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.
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Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling
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May 30 -
Here is some extra
coverage of some major events:
Jr. vs Fritz Von Erich
Signed for Texas Stadium
Von Erich & Red Bastien vs Spoiler & Stan
May 30, 1972
This card was the start of
the buildup of one of the biggest matches in Texas wrestling
The program for this night
announced the Fritz Von Erich would get a shot at Dory Funk
Jr.'s NWA World heavyweight championship at Texas Stadium.
In under a month, 26,339
would pay just under a $100,000 to see the super card.
In the meantime, Fritz Von
Erich started his march to Funk by teaming with Texas
heavyweight champion Red Bastien to take on American
heavyweight champion Spoiler and top contender Stan Stasiak.
Crowns First UWF Champion
One Night Single Elimination Tournament
Winner Becomes First UWF Heavyweight Champion
First Round Matches
Jim Duggan def Freebird Buddy Roberts
Freebird Terry Gordy def Koko Ware
Dr. Death Steve Williams def Rick Steiner
Kamala the Ugandan Giant def Bladerunner Sting (Sting)
Jack Victory def Brett Sawyer
Terry Taylor TIME LIMIT DRAW Freebird Michael Hayes (eliminated
Ted DiBiase def Bladerunner Rock (Ultimate Warrior)
Chavo Guerrero DOUBLE DQ Buzz Sawyer (eliminated both)
Jim Duggan BYE
Freebird Terry Gordy def Ted DiBiase
Dr. Death Steve Williams BYE
Kamala the Ugandan Giant def Jack Victory
Jim Duggan def Kamala the Ugandan Giant
Freebird Terry Gordy def Dr. Death Steve Williams
Terry Gordy def Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Sam Houston Coliseum
May 30, 1986
When Mid South made the
decision to attempt to go national, they started by changing
the identity of the company.
Mid South changed its name
to UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation) and retired the
historic North American heavyweight championship.
Hacksaw Jim Duggan
was given the honor of retiring the belt and being the last
He went into a one-night
16-man elimination tournament in Houston as the number one
seed, but the Freebirds and One Man Gang had
Duggan met Freebird
Terry Gordy in the finals. Before the championship match, Skandar
Akbar led One Man Gang to the ring to protest that
they weren't included in the tournament and challenge the
Words were exchanged
between Duggan and Gang and Gang sucker punched Duggan. He then
rammed Duggan into the ring post and severely weakened him.
The attack made Duggan
easy pickings for the white hot Gordy.
The win cemented Gordy's
place as not just a member of the Freebirds, but also as one of
the top singles wrestlers in the world.
1 Fall - 90 minute time limit
Funk Jr. vs Tim Woods
June 3, 1972
- Joe Stecher beats Stanislaus Zbyszko in St. Louis, MO to capture the World heavyweight
championship. This is often times incorrectly referred to as an
NWA title switch. Stanislaus is no relation to "Living
Legend" Larry Zbyszko (Larry Whistler).
- (Maurice) Mad Dog Vachon beats Moondog
(Ronald) Lonnie Mayne to win the Pacific Northwest heavyweight title.
- Tony Garea and (William) Haystacks Calhoun
beat Mr. Fuji and Professor
Toru Tanaka during a televised match in Hamburg, PA to
capture the WWF tag team.
Calhoun has a
vicious brawl with Killer Tim Brooks in Detroit
- Big Nasty Angelo Mosca
beats (Lawrence) Mike Rotunda in Tampa to win the Southern heavyweight title as
recognized in Florida.
see Angelo Mosca’s son, Angelo Mosca Jr. upset Ivan Koloff
for the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight championship in Mid-Atlantic
- Terry "Bam
Bam" Gordy beats Hacksaw
Jim Duggan in the finals of a tournament in Houston, TX to
become the first-ever UWF heavyweight champion as recognized by
Mid-South Sports. Over the next year, this title would be held
by the One Man Gang
(George Gray), Big Bubba
Rogers (Ray Traylor),
and Doctor Death Steve
Williams, before being discontinued after Watts sells his
promotion to NWA member Jim
can see Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s feud with Kimala
and the return of the Freebirds in Mid-South
- Black Gordman
beats Porkchop (Bobby) Cash to win the
Americas heavyweight title in Los Angeles.
Gordman is featured
throughout the Texas
- Pitbull II (Anthony Durante) beats "The
Douglas (Troy Martin)
in Philadelphia, PA to capture the ECW television championship.
- Cowboy Bob Ellis
downs Dick the Bruiser
(Afflis) in Windsor, Ontario, to capture the U.S. heavyweight title
as recognized by the NWA office in Detroit.
Cowboy Bob Ellis and Dick the Bruiser would be popular main
eventers in the Indianapolis
- El Faraon beats Alfonso Dantes in Los Angeles, CA to win the NWA World light
heavyweight championship, one of only three titles recognized
by the full board of the National Wrestling Alliance (the other
two being the NWA World heavyweight title and the NWA World
junior heavyweight crown).
- Hulk Hogan (Terry Bollea) beats (Kanji)
Antonio Inoki in
Tokyo to become the first winner of the heavyweight IWGP
(International Wrestling Grand Prix) as recognized by the NWA-affiliated
New Japan Pro Wrestling. Only two other Americans, Vader
(Leon White) and Scott "Flash" Norton, have held that championship since
- Honkytonk Man (Wayne Ferris) beats Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat (Richard
Blood) in Buffalo, N.Y. during a taping of WWF Superstars to win the Intercontinental championship. Today,
Steamboat is contemplating a comeback, hoping to face his
longtime rival Nature
Boy Ric Flair (Richard
Fliehr) one last time.
“The Dragon” Steamboat
is featured throughout the Mid-Atlantic
- The Spoiler (Don Jardine) downs Chief
(Ed) Wahoo McDaniel in Houston to capture the "NWA" American
Super Destroyer) battles Paul Jones in Mid-Atlantic
- Buzz Sawyer (Bruce Woyan) and Matt Borne
(Matt Osborne) down Superfly
Jimmy Snuka (James
Reiher) and the Iron
Sheik (Khosrow Vaziri) in the finals of a tournament in
Greenville, SC to capture the Mid-Atlantic tag team.
Jimmy Snuka teams
with Ray Stevens to defend the NWA World tag team
championship against Masked Superstar & Paul
Jones in Mid-Atlantic
- Scotty the Body (Levy) beats the Grappler
(Len Denton) in
Portland to capture vacant Pacific Northwest strap, which had
been stripped from the waist of Scott
"Flash" Norton. Today, Levy, now known as Raven,
is one of the mainstays of NWA-TNA.
- In a battle of claw holds, Fritz
Von Erich (Jack
Adkisson) beats the Spoiler
(Don Jardine) in Ft. Worth, TX to win the “NWA” American
Fritz take on wrestling great and champion belt-maker Reggie Parks in Wrestling
of the Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.
- A pre-"Nature Boy" Ric(k)
Flair pins Number
One Paul Jones (Paul
Frederick) in Raleigh, NC to capture the first singles
title of his career, the “NWA” Mid-Atlantic television
championship. Flair had previously held the “NWA”
Mid-Atlantic tag title with his "uncle" Rip
Hawk (Harvey Evers),
beating Jones and Bob
Bruggers. Oddly enough, Bruggers would have his career
ended in the same accident that broke the back of Flair and
partially paralyzed Johnny
Wisniski Sr.). The title known as the WCW TV title can
trace its roots directly back to the old Mid-Atlantic TV crown.
classic matches featuring the likes of Flair, Valentine, then-NWA
champ Dory Funk Jr. and others in the ultra-rare Paul
Jones Collection, available now at Wrestling Classics.
- Stunning Steve Austin
beats Beautiful Bobby
Eaton in Birmingham, AL to win the WCW television
championship. Austin goes on to capture the third-place
position on the all-time longest reigning TV champs list,
passing Tully Blanchard
and trailing behind Number
One Paul Jones and "The
Anderson (Marty Lunde).
- Bob Orton Sr.
beats Cowboy Bob Ellis
in Jacksonville, FL for the Southern heavyweight championship
as recognized by Cowboy Luttrell's NWA promotion based out of Tampa.
Orton’s son, Bob Orton
Jr. take on wrestling’s hardcore legend in Wrestling
Legend of Terry Funk.
- Kerry Von Erich (Kerry Adkisson) downs "Big
Cat" Ernie Ladd in Dallas' Reunion Arena to capture
the American title as recognized by the NWA-affiliated World
Class promotion. It was Von Erich's first appearance as
"The Modern Day Warrior," complete with new ring
outfit, long hair and entrance music (Rush's
a young Kerry in action with older brother David in the Texas
now at Wrestling Classics. Ladd, meanwhile can be seen
defending the tag title of the World
Wrestling Association against Living
Legend Bruno Sammartino and Dick
- Sandor Szabo beats
football legend Bronko
Nagurski in St. Louis to capture the World title as
recognized by the original NWA (the National Wrestling
Association), which is more or less the wrestling wing of the
old National Boxing Association.
Nagurski and literally hundreds of other stars are available in
Wrestling Classics’ custom showroom. You pick the matches you
wanna see and we’ll make your own Wrestling
Classics Custom Collection according to your personal
specifications. What next? A Wrestling Classics drive-through
- The Masked Red Marvel
beats Herb Welch in
Nashville to win the World junior heavyweight championship.
Welch is the brother of Roy Lee Welch, Lester Welch,
and Jackie Fargo (Jack
Welch), the uncle of Buddy
Fuller (Edward Welch), and the great-uncle of Ron Fuller (Ron Welch), Bunkhouse
Buck (Jimmy Golden), and Robert
Lee (Robert Welch).
Robert Fuller battle Ricky
Steamboat and Number
One Paul Jones for the NAWA title, convince Ken
Shamrock to turn heel, and get dissed by the true icon of
wrestling, Lou Thesz, in
Wrestling Classics’ awesome collection of matches from South
Atlantic Pro Wrestling.
- Paul DeMarco beats
"The Blond Bomber"
Ray Stevens at the
Cow Palace in San Francisco, CA to win the U.S. heavyweight
championship as recognized by Roy
Shires' NWA promotion.
out the legendary Stevens in six-man action along with the
likes of Blackjack
Mulligan, Baron Von
Raschke, Dick the Bruiser, Sailor Art
Thomas, and The
Crusher. It’s available in the Indianapolis
collection at Wrestling Classics.
- George Gulas, Rocky Brewer, and the Mystery
Man beat Bobby Eaton,
Tojo Yamamoto, and
the Secret Weapon in
Bowling Green, KY to capture the World six-man tag team
championship as recognized by Nick
Gulas' NWA promotion based out of Nashville.
of rare Nick Gulas-promoted shows are available in our Tennessee
library, featuring the likes of Yamamoto, Bill Dundee and George Barnes,
the Heavenly Bodies (Al
& Don Greene), Jackie Fargo,
Mr. Wrestling II, Mongolian
Stomper, and of course, Jerry
“The King” Lawler.
Legend" Larry Zbyszko tops Mr.
Wrestling II (Johnny
Walker) in Atlanta to win the vacant National heavyweight
championship as recognized by the NWA-affiliated Georgia
Championship Wrestling. The title was declared vacant after Killer
Tim Brooks has beat Mr. Wrestling II for the belt and tried
to sell it to Zbyszko.
can be found battling the bad man from Borger, Texas, Stan “The Lariat” Hansen on an action-packed edition of Southwest
Championship Wrestling, taken from the original masters and
available here at Wrestling Classics.
- Terry "Bam
Bam" Gordy beats (Tomomi)
Jumbo Tsuruta in Chiba, Japan to win the All Japan Triple Crown,
which consists of the old "NWA" International title,
the "NWA" United National title, and the Pacific
Wrestling Federation heavyweight championship.
he became a Freebird, Gordy was a teenage upstart called “Terry
Mecca” in the old IWA. Now you can catch a rare glimpse
of his rise to greatness in Wrestling Classics’ Before
They Were Stars, featuring matches from such young
up-and-comers as Dick
the Bruiser, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Buddy
Landel, and a future WWF champ you might’ve heard of
named Shawn Michaels.
– Former NWA World heavyweight champion Masahiro
Chono and Hiroyoshi
Tenzan down Shiro
Koshinaka and Genichiro
Tenryu in Tokyo to capture the vacant tag team IWGP.
a Lou Thesz protege who holds the distinction of being
his final opponent in the ring, can also be seen on video in
our collection of shows from Heart
of America Sports Attractions.
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