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
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
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.
- 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
- Devil Masami beats Rim Yokota in Ohmiya, Japan for the All Japan women's championship.
- Jerry "The King" Lawler
beats Curt Hennig in Memphis to win
the AWA World heavyweight championship.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Herb Freeman beats (Maurice)
Mad Dog Vachon in Portland, OR to win the Pacific Northwest crown.
- "The Belfast Bruiser" David
"Fit" Finlay beats Marty
Jones in Croydon, England to win the World mid-heavyweight title.
- 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.
- Two Verne Gagne trainees collide
as the Iron Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) beats Jumpin'
Jim Brunzell in Charlotte to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title.
battles veteran villain Hans Schmidt in Stars
of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.
- Ripper Collins beats Tough
Tony Borne (Anthony Osborne) to capture the Pacific Northwest title.
- 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.
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
- 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.
- Steve Keirn and Mike Graham beat the Assassins
in Tampa to capture the North American tag belts as recognized by Championship
Wrestling from Florida.
- 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.
- Rip Oliver (Larry Oliver Sr.) beats Playboy
Buddy Rose in Portland to win the Pacific Northwest belt.
- El Espano Jr. beats El
Hijo del Santo in Mexico City to win the UWA welterweight championship.
- 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.
would later form a team with up and coming rookie Dino Bravo as they
battle the Mongols in Before
They Were Stars.
- 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.
- Rick Martel beats Jumbo Tsuruta in St. Paul to win the AWA World heavyweight
- 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
- 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
- "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
World Heavyweight Championship.
- 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.
proud to host the Web site for Russian
Bear Ivan Koloff.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- The late Luther Lindsay and George
Dussette beat Bulldog Curtis and
Tony Martinez to capture the Pacific Northwest tag belts.
- 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
of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.
- 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
- Sandy Parker beats Miyoko Hishino in Choshi, Japan to capture the WWWA title.
features some of the greatest women wrestlers of all time in Classic
- 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.