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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here to read an excerpt
here to read the reviews
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Much of the information in This
Week In Wrestling is researched from Wrestling
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June 6 -
Here is some extra
coverage of some major events:
defends against Ted DiBiase
in St. Louis Checkerdome
NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Race vs Ted DiBiase
Flair & Ken Patera vs Dusty Rhodes & Dick the
June 12, 1981
It was the beginning of
the end of the glory days for St. Louis wrestling.
About a year before
venerable St. Louis promoter Sam Muchnick retired, he put
together a masterpiece for a packed house at the St. Louis
Missouri state heavyweight
champion Ted DiBiase culminated a year long chase of Harley
Race and the NWA World heavyweight championship with a
final showdown in St. Louis' biggest venue.
The quest to get this
title match was nearly as difficult as winning the title
DiBiase actually pinned
Race in a title match in St. Louis earlier in the year, only to
have the decision reversed and see Race be declared the winner
DiBiase then saw Nature
Boy Ric Flair make a St. Louis assault on Race.
To get this title match,
DiBiase had to successfully defend his state title against
Flair a few weeks earlier in a match.
A lot of experts
considered DiBiase the man that would win the World title from
Race and thought this would be his ascension to the
Instead, Race turned back
DiBiase and kept the belt.
But Race's days were
numbered as champion.
Ironically, it would be
the semifinal event that would produce the men that would
Dusty Rhodes and
Flair were on opposite sides of the tag team semifinal. Flair
teamed with Ken Patera while Rhodes sided with St. Louis
legend Dick the Bruiser.
Only 9 days later, Rhodes
would beat Race to capture his second NWA World heavyweight
championship. About three months later in Kansas City, Flair
would beat Rhodes and begin his domination of the World
Other future champions on
the bill were Jack Brisco and Kerry Von Erich.
Ironically, DiBiase, while
being considered one of the greatest wrestlers of his era,
never held the World title.
June 9, 1975
vs Mark Lewin
the Butcher vs Dusty Rhodes
June 11, 1976
vs 5 min w/ Heenan
Bockwinkel vs Junkyard Dog
Bockwinkel wins, he gets JYD's crown. If JYD wins, he
gets 5 minutes in the ring with Bobby Heenan
Lucas & Ricky Morton vs Gino Hernandez &
June 11, 1982
June 12, 1974
- King Curtis Iaukea
beats Nick Bockwinkel
to win the U.S. title as recognized by the NWA promotion in
the inspiration for WCW wrestler Mike
Haynor’s “Prince Iaukea” character, can be seen in
Age action, while Bockwinkel is captured defending his AWA
World title against the great Magnum
T.A. (Terry Allen) in a match from San
- Jim Londos beats Dick Shikat in Philadelphia to win the World heavyweight
championship, some 18 years before the formation of the
National Wrestling Alliance.
Classics has rare
footage of Jim Londos and others available now in our main
event-calibre video store.
- Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson Sr.) beats (James)
Brute Bernard to win
the “NWA” American heavyweight title as recognized by
Southwest Sports, some 15 years before the formation of the
World Class Wrestling Association.
- In the ultimate contrast in styles, Billy
Robinson beats Dusty
Rhodes (Virgil Riley
Runnels) to take the Honolulu version of the “NWA”
North American title.
men can be found in matches at the Wrestling Classics video
store, with Robinson taking it to the mat in Rhodes’ home
state of Texas,
while Dusty himself gets funky like a monkey in Louisiana.
- Verne Gagne &
(Maurice) Mad Dog Vachon
bury the hatchet and team up to take the AWA World straps from
"The Blond Bombers" Ray
Stevens & Pat
Patterson (Pierre Clermont) in Winnipeg.
Gagne in his prime as he takes on Hans Schmidt in Wrestling
of the Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.
- Jake "The
Snake" Roberts (Aurelian
Smith Jr.) beats the Grappler
(Len Denton) to capture the North American heavyweight title as
recognized by Mid-South Sports.
out Roberts in a killer episode of Mid-South
Wrestling, available on tape from Wrestling Classics. Other
stars featured include the
Rock & Roll Express, Ted
DiBiase, Doctor Death Steve Williams, Kevin
Von Erich, and the Great
- "The Boogie-Woogie
Man" Jimmy Valiant (James
Valen) beats "The
Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff (James
Parris) at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to win the NWA TV
title. This title switch is recognized by Frank
Tunney’s Maple Leaf Wrestling promotion, but is never
mentioned by Jim Crockett Promotions.
of Ivan Koloff featuring “the Russian Bear” against
such grapplers as Dusty
Rhodes, the Wild Samoans, and Ken
Death" Steve Williams & Terry
"Bam Bam" Gordy beat Stan
"The Lariat" Hansen & Dangerous
Dan Spivey in Yokosuka, Japan to capture the All Japan
Double (World) tag-team championship. Williams & Gordy
would capture both the NWA and WCW World tag titles the
Death was the first champion of the Universal Wrestling
Federation. See him run roughshod in his old stomping grounds
in Wrestling Classics’ Mid-South
- "The Heartbreak
Kid" Shawn Michaels (Michael
Hickenbottom) regains the WWF Intercontinental title,
dropping his former Rocker partner Marty
Jannetty in Albany, NY.
The Rockers in
better days, working together as a team in Wrestling Classics
action from Kansas
City. Others featured on this tape include eight-time NWA
World champ Harley Race,
Sgt. Slaughter (Bob Remus),
(Munenori) Tarzan Goto, and Magnum T.A.
Also see a special tribute to the late, great Bruiser
Brody (Frank Goodish).
- "The Blond
Bomber" Ray Stevens (Carl
Raymond Stevens) beats King
Curtis Iaukea in San Francisco to capture the “NWA”
United States heavyweight championship.
- Two titles change hands at WRAL studios in Raleigh, NC:
“NWA” tag champs Paul
Frederick) & Ricky
Steamboat (Richard Blood) flip a coin to determine which partner get the right
to challenge Baron Von
Raschke) for the “NWA” TV title after Raschke had used
his singles title as bait to get a shot at the duo's tag
championship. Jones wins the toss and defeats Von Raschke to
capture the TV belt, but suffers a back injury which costs him
and Steamboat the tag straps later that night to Von Raschke
and Greg "The
Hammer" Valentine (John
- "The Polish
Prince" Ed Wiskowski beats former Canadian Football
League star George Wells
at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to win the “NWA” U.S.
crown as recognized by Roy
Shires’ Big Time Wrestling promotion. Wiskowski later
gains fame as Derek Draper and Colonel
- Sgt. Slaughter (Bob Remus) wins the “NWA” U.S. title via forfeit in Greenville,
SC after champion Chief
(Ed) Wahoo McDaniel is injured by former partner Don Muraco and his new cohort
Rowdy Roddy Piper (Roderick
- Taz (Pete Senercia) beats "The
Franchise" Shane Douglas (Troy
Martin) in Philadelphia to capture the ECW television
- Pedro Morales
& Pepper Gomez
beat Kenji Shibuya & the Great
Sasake at the Cow Palace in San Francisco to win the World
tag-team championship as recognized by NWA promoter Roy
the powerful Gomez team with the Fabulous
Jackie Fargo against the Interns
in Wrestling Classics’ Memphis
- Maki Ueda beats Jumbo Miyamoto in Tottori, Japan to win the WWWA World championship.
Wrestling Classics video store now has great women’s
action as well, featuring some of the top female performers
in the history of the business.
- Black Bart (Rick Harris) beats "The
Man With the Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin (Roger Barnes) in Atlanta to take the National heavyweight
championship as recognized by the NWA-affiliated Jim Crockett
is featured in great Championship
Wrestling from Florida action in the Wrestling Classics
showroom. Also see Scott
McGhee (Geoff Portz Jr.) upset NWA World champ Ric Flair and Kevin Sullivan go
medievil on Blackjack
- Ed "Strangler" Lewis
beats Dick Shikat in
New York to capture the World heavyweight championship. Check
out Lewis' longtime friend and protege Lou Thesz in an
interview on Ringside Live next week.
- Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) beats Fritz
Von Erich to capture the “NWA” American title.
was also a longtime rival of Paul
Jones and is featured in Number One’s personal
collection here at Wrestling Classics on
- Kendall Windham
beats the White Ninja
(Keiji Mutoh) in Orlando to capture the Florida state title as
recognized by the NWA-affiliated Championship Wrestling from
Windham’s father, Blackjack
Mulligan, team with Ric
Flair to battle Paul
Jones and Baron
Von Raschke for the “NWA” tag straps at the historic Greensboro
– In a battle of second-generation wrestlers, Jeff
Jarrett, with Debra,
Iceman" Dean Malenko (Dean
Simon) in Boston to capture WCW U.S. gold.
dad, Jerry Jarrett can
be found at Wrestling Classics battling the vicious Don
Greene in early scaffold
Jones beats Ric(k)
Flair (Richard Fliehr) in Raleigh, NC to regain the “NWA” Mid-Atlantic
TV title a week after losing the title.
as it turns out, would experience a bit of a career resurgence
following that crushing loss, going on to hold some 20 World
titles in several organizations. See the Nature Boy in his
early days with Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling, available now from Wrestling
- Ricky Steamboat
Jones with a fake knee injury to reverse the Indian
death lock for the pin at the Civic Center in Asheville, NC.
This ends Jones' 368-day reign as “NWA” television
champion, making him the longest-reigning TV champ in the
combined history of Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship
Wrestling (a record which stands to this day).
- Harley Race pins Ric Flair in St. Louis to regain the NWA World title, setting up a
classic bounty feud which leads to the very first Starrcade closed-circuit spectacular.
can now witness this historic match when you order Wrestling
World heavyweight championship series.
- Superstar Billy Graham
downs Billy Jack Haynes
in Orlando to win the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight title
as recognized by the NWA group in Florida.
these two powerhouses on display at Wrestling Classics in
sizzling action from the Sunshine
– The late Jumbo
Tsuruta & Yoshiaki
Yatsu beat the Road
Warriors (Mike "Hawk" Hegstrand & Joe "Animal" Laurindas) in Tokyo to retain their Pacific
Wrestling Federation tag straps and capture the “NWA”
International tag belts. This creates the All Japan Double
(World) tag-team championship.
the globe-trotting LOD as they battle Jerry
“The King” Lawler & “The
Universal Hearthrob” Austin Idol (Dennis
McCord) in Memphis
and The Sheepherders in San
- Riki Choshu & Masa Saito beat Tatsumi
"Dragon" Fujinami & Kengo
Kimura in Hiroshima to win the tag-team IWGP (International
Wrestling Grand Prix).
- Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) beats Cowboy Bob
Ellis in Detroit, MI to capture the “NWA” U.S. title.
out the Bruiser in Wrestling Classics’ Indianapolis
collection, available now in our video store.
is featured in action from the International
- Greg "The
Hammer" Valentine beats Chief
Wahoo McDaniel at WRAL studios in Raleigh, NC during a
taping of Mid-Atlantic
Championship Wrestling to win the Mid-Atlantic heavyweight
title. In the process, Valentine sets off one of the most
legendary feuds in the history of Jim Crockett Promotions (The
"No More Wahoo" feud) by breaking McDaniel's leg.
men are featured in matches promoted by Jim
Crockett Promotions and on sale now in the Wrestling
Classics video store.
- Toshiaki Kawada
& Akira Taue
beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta
Kobashi in Tokyo to win the All Japan Double (World) tag
- Fred Blassie (Fred Blassman) beats Edouard
Carpentier to capture the WWA World title at the Olympic
Auditorium in Los Angeles after the doctor stops the match due
to an injury to Carpentier.
- Jim Hady beats Ray Stevens for the Honolulu version of the NWA U.S. championship.
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.
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