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Jack Brisco biography available now
 

Brisco - The Life & Times of National Collegiate and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Brisco Jack Brisco is on the short list in the discussion of the greatest NWA World heavyweight champions ever. He was one of the few men to hold both the World professional championship and the NCAA championship. He lost only one match in his career for Oklahoma State and won the NCAA championship in 1965. This is the book about Jack's battles both on and off the mat. Author Bill Murdock has spent countless hours with Jack, helping Jack write his amazing story about his travels through amateur and professional wrestling. All the big names in wrestling history parade through the book as Jack tells some of the greatest stories never heard. "One of the very best books on pro wrestling I've ever read," said Mike Chapman, executive director of the International Wrestling Institute and Museum, Iowa. Softbound, 286 pages, lots of photos.

Click here to get your autographed copy

Click here to read an excerpt


WrestlingClassics.com comes to iN DEMAND PPV!

This Month:

Ringside Retribution 

In the early 70s the hottest promotion in the World was located in Tampa, Florida. 

Florida Wrestling Ringside Retribution features some of the greatest stars in history in the legendary battles from the Homer W Hesterly Armory. 

As a special treat, enjoy original commentary from the great Gordon Solie and special commentary from Jack Brisco

Some of the stars you'll see in action include Dory Funk Jr., Jerry Brisco, Cowboy Bill Watts, Jack Brisco, Lou Thesz, Johnny Valentine, Dusty Rhodes, Buddy Colt, Eddie Graham, Paul Jones, Bobby Shane, Bearcat Wright, Bob Roop, Danny Hodge, Harley Race, Don Muraco, Hiro Matsuda, Bob Orton Jr., The Zodiac (Bob Orton Sr.), and many more.

You'll see three NWA World heavyweight championship matches, a World junior heavyweight championship match, a non-sanctioned "Lights Out" match, Florida title matches, Southern title matches, and much more.

Click here to find out about WrestlingClassics.com on iN DEMAND this month! 


HUGE Sale on Mid-Atlantic Collections

Major price savings and FREE U.S. shipping 

The best of Mid-Atlantic wrestling action available at special prices with free U.S. Shipping. It's Nature Boy Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Number One Paul Jones, Ivan Koloff, Superfly Jimmy Snuka, The Four Horsemen, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Magnum TA, Wahoo McDaniel, Dory Funk Jr., Johnny Valentine, Harley Race, Rock 'N' Roll Express, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff, Blackjack Mulligan, Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin, Ken Patera, and all the great stars from the 70s and 80s. Order now and receive free U.S. delivery. Shipping.Note: International orders will be charged regular shipping charges. 

Click here for the best deals on Mid-Atlantic wrestling from the 70s and 80s!


The new edition of Pro Wrestling Title Histories is on sale now! 
Much of the information in This Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling Title Histories. The 2000 edition is available now. It is the most complete record of over 2,000 professional wrestling titles and titleholders ever published. If you want a complete guide of who the title holders were in your favorite territories, you must own this ultimate reference book. Contains information on titles from the WWF, WCW, ECW, NWA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, all the old territories -- Florida, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Portland, Kansas City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Calgary, Memphis, Knoxville, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Mid-South, San Antonio and more -- as well as hundreds of independent promotions from across the U.S. (including now-defunct favorites like Smoky Mountain, the UWF, and the USWA). The new edition includes major title changes (WWF, WCW, ECW) right up to the end of 1999. 
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Celebrate the milestones of professional wrestling!

The WrestlingClassics.com Online Store features many of the matches and stars discussed.


This Week In Wrestling is sponsored by Lost Colony Entertainment.


May 9 - May 15

Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

David Von Erich Parade of  Champions

NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Ric Flair vs. Kevin Von Erich

12-Man Tag Team Match
Best 3 Out of 5 Falls
$100,000 to winning team
Freebirds & Von Erichs
vs
Ric Flair & Chris Adams & Gino Hernandez 
& Steve Williams & One Man Gang & Kamala

Irving Texas
Texas Stadium
May 5, 1985

This is a couple of days late, but still worth mentioning.

This was the second annual memorial to David Von Erich.

Ric Flair defended the NWA World heavyweight championship against Kevin Von Erich. Of course, the previous year, Flair had dropped the title to Kerry Von Erich at the first David Von Erich Parade of Champions at Texas Stadium. 

The biggest attraction may not have been the World title match but rather that special 12-man tag team match between partners that may have been more comfortable feuding..

It marked the first time the Von Erichs and Freebirds were ever on the same team.

Stipulations were that it was 3 out of 5 falls with the winning team getting a $100,000 winner-take-all prize. In addition, whoever scored the deciding fall also won a Lincoln Mercury. To try and keep some cohesion, if you fought with a partner, you were both eliminated and didn't get to share in any prize your team won.

On the other side of the ring were Ric Flair, Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, Dr. Death Steve Williams, One Man Gang, and Kamala.

Kamala and Gang ended up fighting with each other and were both eliminated. Kevin Von Erich rebounded from the disappointment of not winning the NWA title by pinning Flair to give the Freebirds and the Von Erichs the prize money.

But before Kevin could enjoy his new ride, the Freebirds destroyed the auto.

Paul Boesch and President Bush

Steel Cage Match
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs Nicoli Volkoff

Houston
Sam Houston Coliseum
May 11, 1984

One of the reasons that Paul Boesch was one of the greatest promoters ever was the fact that he was firmly entrenched as part of the Houston community.

How big of a part was Boesch in Houston? 

Among the community leaders that Boesch had a relationship with was wrestling fan George H Bush. This piece in the Houston program shows Boesch posing with Bush, when he was vice president. George H would later go on to become President as did his son, George W.

Sammartino-Monsoon at the Garden

WWE Heavyweight Championship
Bruno Sammartino vs Gorilla Monsoon

New York City
Madison Square Garden
May 15, 1967

 

It was one of the great feuds of the 60s.

When Bruno Sammartino was dominating the WWE World heavyweight championship in the 60s, his most impressive and most dangerous challenger was the 400-pound Manchurian, Gorilla Monsoon.

They would wrestle all over the east coast for years and always draw good houses. 

Few knew that fearsome Manchurian Monsoon was actually a multi-sport star at Ithica College.

Sammartino would hold the WWE title for 12 years over two title reigns. Monsoon would become one of the most respected figures in wrestling, and beloved by peers and fans alike.

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Texas Tag Team Title

Kevin Von Erich & 
David Von Erich vs 
Killer Brooks & Leroy Brown

Dallas 
May 9, 1978

NWA World Heavywt Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs
Professor Boris Malenko

Indian Strap Match
Jack Brisco vs 
The Good Doctor

Tampa
May 13, 1969

Battle of the Canadian Brawlers
Mad Dog Vachon vs Jos Leduc

Dallas
May 13, 1975

Texas Heavyweight Title
Blackjack Mulligan vs 
Jose Lothario

Fritz Von Erich vs 
Brute Bernard

Ft. Worth
May 14, 1973

Six-Man Tag Team Match
Blackjack Mulligan &
Brute Bernard &
Missouri Mauler vs 
Johnny Valentine & Ivan Putski & Billy "Red" Lyons

Dallas
May 15, 1973

United States Title
Ric Flair vs Dick Murdoch

$100,000 Bounty Match
No Disqualifications
Blackjack Mulligan vs Masked Superstar
(scd by Missouri Mauler)

Greenville, S.C.
May 15, 1978

5/9/50 - Ben and Mike Sharpe beat Hard Boiled Haggerty and Ray Eckert to win the World tag title as recognized by the NWA office in San Francisco.  H.B. Haggerty later went on to have a successful film career in Hollywood.

5/9/81 - Devil Masami beats Rim Yokota in Ohmiya, Japan for the All Japan women's championship.

5/9/88 - Jerry "The King" Lawler beats Curt Hennig in Memphis to win the AWA World heavyweight championship.

You can see Lawler challenge Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA title in a classic match that is part of Memphis Main Events in the WrestlingClassics.com Video Store.

5/10/69 - King Curtis Iaukea beats "The Blond Bomber" Ray Stevens to win the San Francisco version of the NWA U.S. title.  Iaukea was the inspiration for the WCW "Prince Iaukea" gimmick used by wrestler Mike Haynor.

You can see King Curtis in Golden Age Tape 1. Ray Stevens teams with Superfly Jimmy Snuka to defend the NWA World tag title against Paul Jones and the Masked Superstar in Mid-Atlantic Tape 1. All Mid-Atlantic tapes are currently on sale with free shipping and handling.

5/10/63 - Freddie Blassie (Fred Blassman) beats The Original Intelligent Sensational Destroyer (Dick Beyer) in Los Angeles to win the WWA World title. 

You can see Dick Beyer in action Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

5/10/63 - Herb Freeman beats (Maurice) Mad Dog Vachon in Portland, OR to win the Pacific Northwest crown.

5/10/83 - "The Belfast Bruiser" David "Fit" Finlay beats Marty Jones in Croydon, England to win the World mid-heavyweight title.

5/11/78 - Shohei "Giant" Baba and Tommy "Jumbo" Tsuruta beat Kim Duk and Kintaro Ohki in Osaka to win the International tag-team championship as recognized by All Japan Pro Wrestling.

5/11/80 - Two Verne Gagne trainees collide as the Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) beats Jumpin' Jim Brunzell in Charlotte to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title.

Verne Gagne battles veteran villain Hans Schmidt in Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

5/12/67 - Ripper Collins beats Tough Tony Borne (Anthony Osborne) to capture the Pacific Northwest title.

5/12/80 - Rocky "Soulman" Johnson (Drew Glasteau) and Handsome Jimmy Valiant (Jim Valen) beat "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey and "Doctor D" David Shults in Memphis to win the AWA Southern tag title.

Dennis Condrey would later form one of the greatest teams ever with Beautiful Bobby Eaton managed by Jim Cornette as they appear in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4. Jimmy Valiant forms an oddball team with Dory Funk Jr. against the Assassins in Mid-Atlantic Tape 2.

5/12/80 - The Sheepherders (Robert "Butch" Miller & Brian "Luke Williams" Wickens) beat Rowdy Roddy Piper and Rick Martel (Richard Vignault) for the Pacific Northwest tag straps. Today the 'Herders, also known as the Bushwhackers, can be found at WrestlingClassics.com.

5/12/81 - Steve Keirn and Mike Graham beat the Assassins in Tampa to capture the North American tag belts as recognized by Championship Wrestling from Florida.

5/12/84 - The Masked Outlaw (Dory Funk Jr.) beats Angelo "Little Nasty" Mosca Jr. in Spartanburg, SC, with outside interference from Playboy Gary Hart, to capture the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship.  Dory Funk Sr. was the original Masked Outlaw.

You can see Angelo Mosca Jr. win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title in Legend of Ivan Koloff.

5/12/84 - Rip Oliver (Larry Oliver Sr.) beats Playboy Buddy Rose in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest belt.

5/12/92 - El Espano Jr. beats El Hijo del Santo in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight championship.

5/13/63 - Karl and Skull Stroheim beat Gino and Tony Calza (better known as Gino Brito & Tony Parisi) in Memphis to win the Southern tag title as recognized by NWA promoters in western Tennessee.

Gino Brito would later form a team with up and coming rookie Dino Bravo as they battle the Mongols in Before They Were Stars.

5/13/75 - Dominic DeNucci and Victor Rivera beat Jimmy and Johnny Valiant (Jim Valen & Tom Sullivan), managed by Captain Lou Albano, in Philadelphia to win the WWF World tag title. The Valiants are regarded as one of the best drawing tag-teams in WWF history.

5/13/84 - Rick Martel beats Jumbo Tsuruta in St. Paul to win the AWA World heavyweight championship.

5/13/85 - The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) beat Norvel Austin and Billy Joe Travis in Memphis to capture the AWA Southern tag straps as recognized by Jarrett Promotions.

You can see the Fabulous Ones battle Norvel Austin and Koko Ware (the Pretty Young Things) in Memphis Main Events.

5/13/88 - Four Horsemen member Barry Windham beats Nikita Koloff (Scott Simpson) in the finals of a tournament in Houston to capture the U.S. heavyweight title as recognized by Jim Crockett Promotions.

The Four Horsemen wreak havoc in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

5/14/63 - "Big Thunder" Gene Kiniski and Cyclone Negro beat Toyonobori and Michiaki Yoshimura in Yokohama to win the All Asia tag straps as recognized by the Japan Wrestling Association (NWA member).

You can see Gene Kiniski make his final defense of the title he won from Lou Thesz in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

5/14/73 - Great Kusatsu and Rusher Kimura beat Mad Dog Vachon and Ivan Koloff (James Parris) in Funabashi, Japan to win the World tag title as recognized by International Wrestling Enterprises.

WrestlingClassics.com is proud to host the Web site for Russian Bear Ivan Koloff.

5/14/79 - Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) and Professor Toru Tanaka beat Superstar Bill Dundee (William Crookshanks) and Robert Fuller (Robert Lee Welch) in Memphis for the Southern tag title.

You can see more great Southern tag team championship matches in Memphis Main Events.

5/14/79 - Blackjack Lanza (Jack Lanza) beats Bullet Bob Armstrong (Robert James) in Augusta to win the Georgia TV title. Lanza works today as a road agent for the WWF.  Armstrong's youngest son, (Brian) Jesse "Road Dog" James is a featured performer for NWA-TNA.

You can see Bob Armstrong have classic matches for the North American heavyweight championship in the Legend of Buddy Colt.

5/14/97 - Yasha Kurenai, Mikiko Futagami, and Carol Midori beat Eagle Sawai, Michikio Nagashima, and Shark Tsuchiya in Tokyo to win the LLPW six-woman tag-team championship.

5/15/55 - The late Luther Lindsay and George Dussette beat Bulldog Curtis and Tony Martinez to capture the Pacific Northwest tag belts.

5/15/58 - Verne Gagne and Leo Nomellini beat Doc and Mike Gallagher to win the Minneapolis version of the NWA World tag title. Former NFL great Nomellini later became a promoter in San Francisco for Gagne's AWA promotion.

The Gallagher Brothers, one of the underrated teams of all time, and Verne Gagne are featured in Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

5/15/65 - The Mighty Igor (Ed Garza) beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha to win the AWA World title.  Prior to the Rock & Wrestling Connection, Igor entered the ring to the sounds of polka music.

The Mighty Igor is featured throughout the IWA Collection.

5/15/73 - Sandy Parker beats Miyoko Hishino in Choshi, Japan to capture the WWWA title.

WrestlingClassics.com features some of the greatest women wrestlers of all time in Classic Womens Matches.

5/15/82 - Chigusa Nagayo beats Tomoko Kitamura in Ohmiya, Japan to win the All Japan junior title. Kitamura would later gain fame as Lioness Asuka.

5/15/95 - Reggie Bennett beats Manami Toyota in Ohmiya, Japan to take the All Japan women's title. 

Richard O'Sullivan has been following professional wrestling for nearly 27 years and saw many of today's 'legends' like Ric Flair and Randy Savage compete in small high school gyms and recreation centers when they were just starting out. His first foray into serious wrestling journalism pre-dated publications like The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and he has done play-by-play wrestling announcing on the radio. After a brief stint as an independent promoter, Sullivan has settled into a role as a well-paid wrestling historian, who openly laughs in the face of anyone who hasn't heard of Spaceman Frank Hickey. Richard Sullivan is also the creator of Lost Colony Entertainment.   

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