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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

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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. 
Click here to see a sample page

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 16 - May 22

Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Jack Brisco gives Harley Race rematch

NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Jack Brisco vs Harley Race

North American Heavyweight Championship
Buddy Colt vs Cowboy Bill Watts

Andre the Giant & Don Muraco vs Dusty Rhodes & Pak Song

Eddie Graham & Mike Graham vs Buddy Roberts & Gerry Brown

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bayfront Center
May 18, 1974

Now this is an All Star Card!

This lineup front St. Petersburg's Bayfront Center demonstrates how loaded the Florida territory was in the 70s.

Jack Brisco returned to his adopted home state to defend the NWA World heavyweight championship against the man he defeated, Harley Race.

The biggest feud in the state at the time saw Buddy Colt defend his newly won North American heavyweight championship against Cowboy Bill Watts.

And look at the stars that weren't even in the semifinal.

Dusty Rhodes, still hated in the sunshine state, teams with the man who terrorized Florida, Pak Song. They were managed by Playboy Gary Hart. Shortly after this match, Rhodes would have a falling out with Hart and Song and go on to become the most popular wrestler in Florida.

Other stars in action were the underrated Hollywood Blondes (Buddy Roberts & Jerry Brown), Mike & Eddie Graham, Ron Fuller, Sputnik Monroe, Tom Jones, Tony Charles and Kevin Sullivan.

See great 70s Florida action this month in Ringside Retribution. Click here for details on this All Star Pay Per View.

Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens defend
AWA tag team title in Texas

World Tag Team Championship
Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel vs Bob Orton Jr & Ken Patera

International Championship
Ciclon Negro vs Bob Roop

Fritz Von Erich vs Blackjack Lanza

Ft. Worth, Texas
North Side Coliseum
May 20, 1974

Proof that Ray Stevens and Nick Bockwinkel really were among the greatest teams of all time.

And an interesting footnote in Texas wrestling.

Traditional National Wrestling Alliance stronghold Texas brought the AWA World tag team champions to Fort Worth to defend the belts against future superstars Bob Orton Jr. and Ken Patera.

Note in the program, that Stevens and Bockwinkel are referred to as World tag team champions but not AWA World tag team champions.

Grudge Match
Red Bastien vs Stan Stasiak

Johnny Valentine vs 
Billy "Red" Lyons

May 16, 1972

Texas Death Match
Greg Valentine vs 
Johnny Weaver

Bobo Brazil vs 
Brute Bernard

Greenville, S.C.
May 16, 1977

Mid-Atlantic Championship
Wahoo McDaniel vs 
Ric Flair

Mongols vs 
Johnny Weaver & 
Tiger Conway Jr

Greenville, S.C.
May 17, 1976

Winner Take All
Blackjack Mulligan vs 
Wahoo McDaniel

Andersons vs 
Rufus R Jones & Avenger

Greenville, S.C.
May 19, 197

Tag Team Match
Andersons vs
Tommy Rich & Superstar

No D.Q.
Mr Wrestling II vs 
Ivan Koloff

Columbia, S.C.
May 19, 1981

Main Event
Superstar Billy Graham vs 
Jose Lothario

Mad Dog Vachon vs 
Al Madril

May 20, 1975

Double Main Event
Blackjack Mulligan vs
Wahoo McDaniel

Missouri Mauler vs 
Billy "Red" Lyons

Ft. Worth
May 21, 1973

Main Event
Wahoo McDaniel & 
Ivan Putski vs 
Missouri Mauler & 
Brute Bernard

May 22, 1973

Six-Man Tag Team Match
Blackjack Mulligan & 
Dick Murdoch &
Wahoo McDaniel vs
Ric Flair & Greg Valentine & Baron Von Raschke

Greenville, S.C.
May 19, 197

5/17/63 - Former NWA World champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) is dragged from his hospital bed to do the job for Bruno Sammartino at New York's Madison Square Garden, thus beginning Bruno's legendary run as WWWF champion.

You can see Buddy Rogers when he was the hottest star in wrestling throughout the Golden Age Collection. You can see his record-breaking NWA heavyweight title match against Pat O’Connor in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

5/17/93 - Marty Jannetty comes out of nowhere to pin former partner Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) for the WWF Intercontinental title at the Manhattan Center in New York. This is during a live broadcast of USA's Monday Night Raw.

You can see Shawn Michaels & Marty Janetty team early in their careers, taking on Diamond Timothy Flowers & Art Crews in Central States Tape 6.

5/18/70 - Professor Boris " Great" Malenko (Larry Simon) downs Mil Mascaras (Aaron Rodriguez) in the finals of a Fort Worth tournament to win the American heavyweight title as recognized by the NWA promotion in Dallas (which didn't become known as the World Class Wrestling Association until the early 80s). It marked the first time Mascaras was pinned in Texas.

You can see Mil Mascaras in action throughout the IWA Collection.

5/19/72 - Shohei "Giant" Baba and Seiji Sakaguchi beat Terry and Dory Funk Jr. in Los Angeles to win the International tag team title as recognized the Japan Wrestling Association (NWA member). Today, this title is part of the Double (World) tag championship in All Japan Pro Wrestling.

The Funk Brothers have the highlights of their great careers, including both their NWA World heavyweight championship victories, available in the two-tape set, The Legend of the Funk Brothers.

5/19/81 - American Wrestling Association (figurehead) president Stanley Blackburn awards Nick Bockwinkel with the AWA World championship belt following the retirement of (AWA owner) Verne Gagne.

Nick Bockwinkel has a classic title defense against Jerry Lawler in Memphis Main Events 1.

5/19/91 - WCW World champion Ric Flair pins NWA World champion Tatsumi "The Dragon" Fujinami at SuperBrawl I in St. Petersburg, FL. This marks the second and only time in history that the NWA and WCW titles are held by the same man at the same time. The titles were never officially "unified" as the NWA board is required to sanction NWA title changes, whereas the WCW title is a company championship controlled by the actual promotion.

You can see Ric Flair in action throughout the special Mid-Atlantic Tape 3. Flair teams with Blackjack Mulligan to win the NWA World tag team championship from Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke. You can also see the title rematch. In addition, Flair meets Paul Jones one-on-one.

5/21/52 - In a match billed as being for the "Undisputed heavyweight championship of the World," Lou Thesz (Lajos Tiza) defeats Baron Michele Leone in Los Angeles to win the Olympic Auditorium version of the World title. Thesz goes into the match holding recognition from the NWA, AWA, and MWA and establishes himself unquestionably as the top man in the business.

5/22/65 - (Maurice) Mad Dog Vachon pins Mighty Igor (Ed Garza) in Omaha to regain the AWA World heavyweight title.

5/22/72 - Sonny King and Chief Jay Strongbow (Joe Scarpa) down King Curtis (Iaukea) and Baron Mikel Scicluna in New York's Madison Square Garden to take the WWF tag-team straps.

5/22/85 - The Nightmare (Randy Culley) downs Terry Taylor in Shreveport, LA to capture the North American heavyweight championship as recognized by Mid-South Sports.

5/22/94 - After the WCWI (World Championship Wrestling International) World title, which had been held by Ravishing Rick Rude (Richard Rood), is declared vacant, Sting pins Vader (Leon White) in Philadelphia at Slamboree to win "Big Goldy."

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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