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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.

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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. 

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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.


June 6 - June 12

Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Harley Race defends against Ted DiBiase
in St. Louis Checkerdome

Main Event
NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Harley Race vs Ted DiBiase

Ric Flair & Ken Patera vs Dusty Rhodes & Dick the Bruiser

St. Louis, Mo.
Checkerdome
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 Checkerdome.

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 itself.

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 by disqualification.

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 throne. 

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 unseat Race.

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 title. 

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.

 

Southern Heavyweight Title
Mongolian Stomper vs 
Ron Fuller

Memphis 
June 9, 1975

 

Georgia Heavyweight Title
Spoiler vs Mark Lewin

$5,000 Bounty Match
Abdullah the Butcher vs Dusty Rhodes

Atlanta 
June 11, 1976

 

Crown vs 5 min w/ Heenan
Nick Bockwinkel vs Junkyard Dog
If Bockwinkel wins, he gets JYD's crown. If JYD wins, he gets 5 minutes in the ring with Bobby Heenan

Southwest Tag Title
Ken Lucas & Ricky Morton vs Gino Hernandez & 
Tully Blanchard

Houston 
June 11, 1982

 

Movie Premier:
The Wrestler opens

June 12, 1974

6/6/62 - King Curtis Iaukea beats Nick Bockwinkel to win the U.S. title as recognized by the NWA promotion in Honolulu.

Iaukea, the inspiration for WCW wrestler Mike Haynor’s “Prince Iaukea” character, can be seen in classic Golden Age action, while Bockwinkel is captured defending his AWA World title against the great Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen) in a match from San Antonio, Texas.

6/6/30 - Jim Londos beats Dick Shikat in Philadelphia to win the World heavyweight championship, some 18 years before the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Wrestling Classics has rare footage of Jim Londos and others available now in our main event-calibre video store.

6/6/66 - 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.

6/6/73 - 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.

Both 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.

6/6/79 - 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.

See Gagne in his prime as he takes on Hans Schmidt in Wrestling Classics’ Stars of the Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

6/6/81 - 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.

Check 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 Kabuki.

6/6/82 - "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.

Witness the Legend of Ivan Koloff featuring “the Russian Bear” against such grapplers as Dusty Rhodes, the Wild Samoans, and Ken Shamrock.

6/6/91 - "Doctor 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 following year.

Doctor Death was the first champion of the Universal Wrestling Federation. See him run roughshod in his old stomping grounds in Wrestling Classics’ Mid-South Wrestling series.

6/6/93 - "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom) regains the WWF Intercontinental title, dropping his former Rocker partner Marty Jannetty in Albany, NY.

See 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).   

6/7/69 - "The Blond Bomber" Ray Stevens (Carl Raymond Stevens) beats King Curtis Iaukea in San Francisco to capture the “NWA” United States heavyweight championship.

6/7/78 - Two titles change hands at WRAL studios in Raleigh, NC: “NWA” tag champs Paul Jones (Paul Frederick) & Ricky Steamboat (Richard Blood) flip a coin to determine which partner get the right to challenge Baron Von Raschke (James 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 Wisniski Jr.).

6/7/80 - "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 DeBeers.

6/7/82 - 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 Toombs).

6/7/97 - Taz (Pete Senercia) beats "The Franchise" Shane Douglas (Troy Martin) in Philadelphia to capture the ECW television title.

6/8/68 - 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 Shire.

See the powerful Gomez team with the Fabulous Jackie Fargo against the Interns in Wrestling Classics’ Memphis collection.

6/8/76 - Maki Ueda beats Jumbo Miyamoto in Tottori, Japan to win the WWWA World championship.

The 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.

6/8/85 - 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 Promotions.

Bart 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 Mulligan (Bob Windham).

6/9/32 - 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.

6/9/66 - Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) beats Fritz Von Erich to capture the “NWA” American title.

Valentine was also a longtime rival of Paul Jones and is featured in Number One’s personal collection here at Wrestling Classics on  video).

6/9/86 - 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 Florida.

See 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 Coliseum.

6/9/97 – In a battle of second-generation wrestlers, Jeff Jarrett, with Debra, beats "The Iceman" Dean Malenko (Dean Simon) in Boston to capture WCW U.S. gold.

Jeff’s dad, Jerry Jarrett can be found at Wrestling Classics battling the vicious Don Greene in early scaffold match action.

6/10/75Paul Jones beats Ric(k) Flair (Richard Fliehr) in Raleigh, NC to regain the “NWA” Mid-Atlantic TV title a week after losing the title.

Flair, 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 Classics.

6/10/79 - Ricky Steamboat suckers  Paul 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).

6/10/83 - 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.

You can now witness this historic match when you order Wrestling Classics’ NWA World heavyweight championship series.

6/10/84 - Superstar Billy Graham (Wayne Coleman) downs Billy Jack Haynes in Orlando to win the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight title as recognized by the NWA group in Florida.

See these two powerhouses on display at Wrestling Classics in sizzling action from the Sunshine State.

6/10/88 – 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.

See 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 Antonio.

6/10/88 - Riki Choshu & Masa Saito beat Tatsumi "Dragon" Fujinami & Kengo Kimura in Hiroshima to win the tag-team IWGP (International Wrestling Grand Prix).

6/11/60 - Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis) beats Cowboy Bob Ellis in Detroit, MI to capture the “NWA” U.S. title.

Check out the Bruiser in Wrestling Classics’ Indianapolis collection, available now in our video store.

Ellis is featured in action from the International Wrestling Association.

6/11/77 - 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.

Both men are featured in matches promoted by Jim Crockett Promotions and on sale now in the Wrestling Classics video store.

6/11/95 - Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue beat Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi in Tokyo to win the All Japan Double (World) tag belts.

6/12/61 - 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.

6/12/68 - Jim Hady beats Ray Stevens for the Honolulu version of the NWA U.S. championship.

Check 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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