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Jack Brisco Shoot Interview in Stock Now! Jack Brisco was a major player in the ring in the 70s and a major player behind the scenes in the 80s. In this professionally produced video Jack talks about his remarkable life in professional wrestling. In this no-holds-barred interview he talks about:
  • The conspiracy to try and double cross him out of the NWA World heavyweight championship.

  • The story of why he and his brother Jerry sold their shares of Georgia Championship Wrestling to Vince McMahon resulting in the famous Black Saturday for WTBS wrestling fans.

  • The death threats he received afterward.

  • The story of the time he and Billy Robinson nearly crippled each other in a shoot in an Australia hotel.

  • Why he dropped the NWA World title to Giant Baba during a Japanese tour.

  • How he discovered Hulk Hogan and how instrumental he was in other stars' careers.

  • His sudden departure from the wrestling business.

Click here to see the hottest Shoot Interview of the Year! 

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!

Every week we remember the great stars, great matches and great moments that have defined professional wrestling.

Richard Sullivan provides special insight for this week's highlights. Special thanks to David Williamson for his contributions to the exhibits.

You can click the images to see a larger version of the photo. Click the hyperlink in the text to get more information about the memorabilia.

The WrestlingClassics.com Online Store features many of the matches and stars discussed.

Week of June 30

NWA World heavyweight title
Harley Race vs. Terry Funk
Body Slam Battle Royal
Bruiser Brody, Jimmy Snuka, Big John Studd (Big John), Iron Sheik (Mohammed Farouk), Moondog Spot (Randy Colley), Jose Lothario, Tommy Seigler
Houston, Texas
July 1, 1977

Tag Team War
Fritz Von Erich & Bruiser Brody vs. Maniac Mark Lewin & Spoiler
Dallas

July 1, 1979

Brass Knucks Title!
Taped Fists - No DQ!

Superstar Billy Graham vs. 
Jose Lothario
Houston
July 2, 197
6

Eight-Man TagTeam Match
Bruiser Brody & Kevin, David, Kerry Von Erich vs. Spoiler, Maniac Mark Lewin, Killer Tim Brooks & Playboy Gary Hart 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 2, 197
9

Texas heavyweight championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Al Madril
Texas heavyweight championship
Kevin & David Von Erich vs. 
Leroy Brown & Kiler Karl Krupp 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 3, 197
8

$1000 Challenge Lights Out Match 
David Von Erich vs. John Studd
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 4, 197
7

Double Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Killer Karl Krupp

Kevin & David Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez & Killer Tim Brooks 
Dallas
July 4, 19
78

22-man Two-ring Battle Royal

American heavyweight title
Gino Hernandez vs. Mark Lewin
Houston
July 4, 19
80

Double Main Event
Rocky Johnson vs. Killer Brooks

Moondog Mayne vs. Red Bastien 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 4, 197
6

Challenge Match
Jimmy Snuka vs. Big John Studd 
Dallas
July 5, 1977

All-Asian Tag Title?
Kevin & David Von Erich vs. 
Chang Chung & Ten Gu 
Dallas
July 5, 19
81

Bounty Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Big John Studd

Texas Death Match
Dory Funk Jr. vs. David Von Erich
West Palm Beach, Fla.
July 5, 1981

Tag Team Main Event
Moondog Mayne & Killer Brooks vs. Rocky Johnson & Red Bastien 
Dallas
July 6, 19
76

Brass Knucks Championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Mark Lewin 

Special Challenge Match

Mil Mascaras vs. Gino Hernandez
Houston
July 6, 197
9

Six-Man TagTeam Match
Bruiser Brody & Fritz Von Erich &  David Von Erich vs. Kabuki & Chang Chung & Ten Gu 
Ft. Worth, Texas
July 6, 19
81

6/30/37 - Football Hall of Famer (Bronislaw) Bronko Nagurski beats Dean Delton in Minneapolis to win the World heavyweight championship as recognized by Ring Magazine.

6/30/61 - NWA U.S. champion Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) beats Pat O'Connor at Chicago's Comiskey Park to capture the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) World heavyweight championship in a bout billed as "The Match of the Century." Rogers gets the pin after O'Connor misses a dropkick and crotches himself on the top rope. This match set an attendance record that stood for decades.

You can see this historic contest in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

7/1/77 - Texas Red (Bastien) beats Armando Guerrero at the Olympic Auditorium in L.A. to capture the NWA Americas title. Bastien would go on to gain even greater fame by teaming with Mark Nulty as co-host of Jim Crockett's syndicated NWA Championship Wrestling in 1995.

7/1/84 - The Spoiler (Don Jardine) pins Brad Armstrong (Robert James Jr.) in Atlanta to capture the NWA National heavyweight championship. Armstrong was last seen as "B.A." of the No Limit Soldiers. As Gordon Solie might say, "Hooty Hoo, indeed!"

7/1/91 - Nature Boy Ric Flair is stripped of the WCW World title (1991-present) following a contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. Flair continues to be recognized as NWA World champion (1948-present) by the National Wrestling Alliance until September of the same year. Flair becomes WWF champion for the first time the following year.

7/2/79 - Outlaw Ron Bass beats Randy Tyler in Memphis to win the AWA Southern heavyweight championship.

Ron Bass has a feud with Mike Rotunda for the NWA version of the Southern title in Florida Tape 2.

7/2/80 - Kengo Kimura beats Bret Hart in a tournament final in Kitakyushu, Japan to capture the International junior heavyweight championship as recognized by New Japan Pro Wrestling.

7/2/82 - One of the most overlooked and underrated teams in history, Black Gordman & El Gran Goliat, win their 18th and final "NWA" Americas tag title, downing the Exotic Adrian Street & Diamond Timothy Flowers III.

Both Black Gordman and El Gran Goliat are featured throughout the Texas Collection.

7/3/40 - Tetsuo Higami beats Billy Venable in Honolulu to capture the Hawaiian junior heavyweight title.

7/3/86 - Velvet McIntyre beats The Fabulous Moolah (Lillian Ellison) in Brisbane, Australia to win the WWF Women's title.

Moolah and more of the greatest women wrestlers of all time are featured in Classic Womens Matches 1.

7/4/60 - Barry Windham is born. The son of the legendary Blackjack Mulligan (Bob Windham), he is a former member of the Four Horsemen and has held such championships as the NWA World title and the "NWA" U.S. title, and World tag honors as recognized by the NWA, WWF, and WCW.

7/4/65 - Sonny Myers beats the Mongolian Stomper (Archie Gouldie) for the "NWA" Central States heavyweight championship.

The Mongolian Stomper was an incredible physical specimen and meets Bob Armstrong for the Southern title in Tennessee Tape 1.

7/4/68 - Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko (Larry Simon) downs the man who broke his false teeth, Eddie Graham (Eddie Gossett), in Jacksonville, Fla. to win the hardcore title of its time, the Brass Knucks championship.

Both men were responsible for developing when of the all-time great territories. Check out the Florida Collection.

7/4/68 - King Curtis Iaukea beats Bearcat Wright in San Francisco to win the "NWA" U.S. heavyweight championship.

You can see a young King Curtis Iaukea in action from Washington, D.C. in Golden Age Tape 1.

7/4/74 - Ric Flair teams with his "uncle" Rip Hawk (Harvey Evers) to win the first championship of his career, the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic tag team title. They beat the team of Bob Bruggers & Paul Jones (Paul Frederick) for the straps at the Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C. Flair was basically a replacement partner, as Hawk's longtime partner Swede Hanson was taken out of action due to a nearly life-ending heart attack. Bruggers, of course, was in the plane crash that broke Flair's back in 1975 and which ended the career of Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.).

WrestlingClassics.com hosts the official Paul Jones' Web site.

7/4/74 - Texas Bob Geigel teams with former NWA World champion Pat O'Connor to down The Interns in Kansas City to take the "NWA" Central States title. Geigel would go on to be a multiple-term president of the National Wrestling Alliance.

Bob Geigel was the promoter of the Central States territory in its heyday. You can see see the stars that came through in the Central States Collection.

7/4/82 - In the fourth and final battle between the champions of the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation, NWA World champion Nature Boy Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) and WWF World champion Bob Backlund go to a double disqualification in Atlanta's Omni. There had been three previous inter-league unification matches prior to this with then-NWA kingpin Harley Race squaring off once with WWF titleholder Superstar Billy Graham (Wayne Coleman) and twice with Backlund.

You can see Ric Flair win his second NWA World heavyweight championship when he faces Harley Race in the main event of the first Starrcade in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

7/4/83 - David Von Erich (David Adkisson) beats Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin, with Precious, to win the "NWA" Texas State title. That same night in Ft. Worth, David teams with brothers Kevin & Kerry to dethrone The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, and Buddy Roberts) as WCCW World six-man champions.

You can see David Von Erich early in his career in Texas Tape 3.

7/4/84 - "The Man with the Hands of Stone" Ron Garvin (Roger Barnes) teams with Jerry Oates to pull off a huge upset in Columbus, GA. They beat the hottest team in the world at the time, The Road Warriors (Mike "Hawk Hegstrand & Joe "Animal" Laurindas), managed by Precious Paul Ellering, to win the "NWA" National tag team championship. Garvin would go on to defeat Ric Flair for the NWA World title three years later.

The Road Warriors meet another great team of the 80s, The Sheepherders (aka The Bushwhackers) in Texas Tape 17.

7/4/84 - One year to the date of their losing the title for the first time, The Fabulous Freebirds return to Ft. Worth to regain the "NWA" World six-man title from the Von Erichs (with Mike replacing late brother David on the team).

The Freebirds are in action in Mid-South Tape 1.

7/4/84 - The team known as "Rock & Soul," Buck "Rock & Roll" Zumhofe & Iceman King Parsons, defeat The Long Riders (Wild Bill & Scott "Hogg" Irwin) in Ft. Worth to capture the "NWA" American tag team title. Zumhofe and Parsons had unmasked the Irwins several weeks earlier when they were wrestling as The Super Destroyers.

7/4/86 - Abdullah the Butcher (Larry Shreeve) downs The Great Kabuki in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks championship.

Abdullah the Butcher has an incredible brawl with Bruiser Brody in Texas Tape 26.

7/4/86 - Gentleman Chris Adams pins Ravishing Rick Rude (Richard Rood), managed by Percival Pringle III (Bill Moody) in Dallas to win the World heavyweight championship as recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association. Pringle is best known to fans these days as former WWF manager Paul Bearer.

Ravishing Rick Rude teams with King Kong Bundy against the unlikely team of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Macho Man Randy Savage in ICW Tape 2.

Gentleman Chris Adams travels to Kansas City to challenge Mike George for the WWA championship in Central States Tape 8.

7/4/88 - Adrian Adonis (Keith Franke), Wildman Dave McKigney, and the Kelly Twins (Pat & Mike) are involved in a van accident in Lewisport, Newfoundland. Mike Kelly, the driver of the vehicle, is the only survivor. A decade later, Adonis is remembered by former tag partner and current Minnesota Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura (Jim Janos) in his election night acceptance speech.

Adrian Adonis wins a tournament in Houston to claim Southwest Championship Wrestling’s version of the World title. You can see his great match with Bob Orton Jr. in Texas Tape 2.

7/4/90 - Ed Leslie is injured in a freak parasailing accident in Florida, which completely shatters his face. Remarkably, after a painful series of surgery and much rehabilitation, he is able to return to the ring. Leslie has wrestled under a wide variety of names during his career, including Ed Boulder, Eddie Hogan, Dizzy Hogan, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Brother Bruti, The Butcher, The Zodiac, The Booty Man, and The Disciple.

7/4/90 - Hollywood John Tatum beats Superstar Bill Dundee (William Crookshanks) in Dallas to capture the USWA Southern title.

When Superstar Bill Dundee first came to the United States, he teamed with Australian partner George Barnes. You can see them battle Tojo Yammamoto and Jimmy Golden in Tennessee Tape 4.

7/4/94 - Referee Joey Marella, son of the legendary Gorilla Monsoon (Bob Marella) is killed in an automobile accident in New Jersey.

7/4/97 - Felino downs El Hijo del Santo in Mexico to garner the WWA World welterweight crown.

7/5/16 - World heavyweight champion Joe Stecher wrestles a defensive Ed (Strangler) Lewis to what is often reported five-hour draw in Omaha. Longtime historians dispute the length of this famous match.

7/5/62 - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) & Handsome Johnny Barend beat Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) & Cowboy Bob Ellis in Washington, D.C. to capture the "NWA" U.S. tag title. This is prior to the split between promoters in the northeast and the formation of the WWF.

You can see Nature Boy Buddy Rogers win the NWA World heavyweight championship from Pat O’Connor in what is considered one of the greatest matches ever in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1.

7/5/63 - Kurt & Karl Von Brauner beat Nick & Jerry Kozak in Houston to win a version of the "NWA" World tag title.

7/5/64 - Jerry Saggs (Jerome Seganovich) is born. Originally noted as a referee in the AWA, Saggs would go on to team with Brian Knobbs (Brian Yandrisovitz) as the hardcore tag team known as The Nasty Boys, holding recognition as World tag team champs from such organizations as the NWA, WWF, WCW, and the North American Wrestling Association.

The Nasty Boys get their start in the South Atlantic Collection.

7/5/68 - Alberto & Ramon Torres beat El Mongol & Tarzan Tyler to become the first-ever "NWA" Georgia State tag team champions.

7/5/72 - Hiro Matsuda & Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods (George Burrell Woodlin) beat The Zodiac (Bob Orton Sr.) & Taurus (Dennis Hall) in Jacksonville to win the "NWA" Florida tag title.

7/5/75 - The Sheik (Ed Farhat Sr.) beats arch rival Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris) in Detroit to win the "NWA" U.S. title for the eighth time of his career.

You can see the buildup for one of their epic encounters, including highlight matches of both men, in Detroit Tape 2.

7/5/85 - Iceman King Parsons beats Gentleman Chris Adams for the "NWA" American title in Dallas.

7/5/86 - 20,000 fans pack Memorial Stadium in Charlotte as the second-annual Great American Bash is headlined by Ric Flair retaining the NWA World title over Ricky Morton inside a steel cage.

You can see the buildup to the Ric Flair-Ricky Morton encounter in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/5/92 - Two titles change hands in Atlanta's Omni as Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy & Doctor Death Steve Williams down Rick & Scott Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner) to win the WCW World tag straps.  Brad Armstrong (Robert James Jr.) bests Scotty Flamingo (Scott Levy) for the WCW World light heavyweight crown.

7/5/93 - Jerry "The King" Lawler defeats Owen Hart in Memphis to recapture the Unified World heavyweight championship as recognized by the United States Wrestling Association.

Jerry “The King” Lawler has a classic match with Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World heavyweight championship in Memphis Main Events.

7/5/94 - The steroid distribution trial of Vincent Kennedy McMahon and Titan Sports, Inc. begins in a courtroom in Uniondale, NY.

7/6/33 - Jack Reynolds downs Earl "Wildcat" McCann in Cincinnati to regain the World welterweight championship.

7/6/37 - Bill Lee beats Gorilla Macias in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks championship.

7/6/59 - Mr. Moto & Duke Keomuka beat George Becker & Billy Two Rivers in Charlotte for the "NWA" Southern tag title.

7/6/71 - Maxie Murata & Jumbo Miyamoto beat Patty O'Hara & Texas Red in Fukuyama, Japan to win the WWWA World tag team championship.

If you are a fan of women’s wrestling, check out the new tapes in the Womens Collection.

7/6/81 - Terry Gordy leaves The Freebirds behind (for the time being) teaming with Superfly Jimmy Snuka (James Reiher) to beat Ted DiBiase & Tommy "Wildfire" Rich (Thomas Richardson) in Augusta for the "NWA" Georgia State tag team championship (not to be confused with the "NWA" National tag title).

You can see what is believe to be Terry Gordy’s first televised match against the Big Cat Ernie Ladd in Before They Were Stars 1.

7/6/83 - Jim Crockett Promotions does its first independently produced TV tapings at the Memorial Auditorium in Greenville, S.C, leaving the safe confines of WPCQ studios in Charlotte behind. Highlights of this night include the JCP debuts of Hercules Hernandez (Ray Fernandez) under a hood as Assassin #2 and Gary Hart's longtime confidant Armand Hussein. Following the two-hour taping session of both Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and World Wide Wrestling, Ric Flair challenges Harley Race for the NWA World title in a match marred by an over-the-top rope DQ reversal.

You can see some of Ric Flair’s early matches in the Carolinas in Mid-Atlantic Tape 3. He teams with Blackjack Mulligan to challenge Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke for the World tag team championship.

7/6/85 - The first-ever Great American Bash takes place at Charlotte's Memorial Stadium before a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans, highlighted by wrestling matches, fireworks, and a concert by country music legend David Alan Coe. In featured action, Ric Flair retains the NWA World title over Nikita Koloff (Scott Simpson). Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Riley Runnels) wins the "NWA" TV title and the services of Baby Doll (Nickla Roberts) with a cage match victory over Tully Blanchard, and Magnum T.A. (Terry Allen) retains the "NWA" U.S. strap with a victory over Kimala (Jim Harris).

You can see a lot of these great stars in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/6/85 - Tito Santana (Merced Solis) beats Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.) in Baltimore to regain the WWF Intercontinental championship. It's worth noting that these two met for the first time some seven years earlier at WRAL television studios in Raleigh, N.C., when Santana, then wrestling under the name Richard Blood, tried unsuccessfully to win a goldfish bowl filled with silver dollars that Valentine had put on the line.

You can see some of Tito Santana’s early matches as Richard Blood in Mid-Atlantic Tape 3.

7/6/95 - The team known as The Thugs, Tracy Smothers & Dirty White Boy (Tony Anthony), down Al Snow (Alan Sarven) & Unabomb (Glen Jacobs) in Jellico, TN to capture the Smoky Mountain tag team championship. After the collapse of SMW, all four men would eventually wind up in the WWF, with Snow and Jacobs (as Kane) continuing to make great strides with that company.

7/6/97 - El Samurai beats Jushin "Thunder" Liger in Sapporo, Japan to capture the J-Crown octuple championship. At that , consisted of the NWA World junior heavyweight title, the NWA World welterweight title, the WWF World light heavyweight title, the British Commonwealth junior heavyweight title, the WAR International junior heavyweight title, the WWA World junior light heavyweight title, the UWA World light heavyweight title, and the junior heavyweight IWGP).

7/6/97 - Lance Storm (Lance Evers) teams with Kouki Kitahara and Nobutaka Araya to defeat Tommy Dreamer and his partners, former sumo star Koji Kitao and Nobukazu Hirai, for the World six-man tag team championship as recognized by the WAR promotion.

7/6/98 - Bill Goldberg captures the WCW World title from Hollywood Hogan (Terry Bollea) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during a live broadcast of WCW Monday Nitro.

Richard 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.

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