- Football Hall of Famer (Bronislaw)
beats Dean Delton
in Minneapolis to win the World heavyweight championship
as recognized by Ring Magazine.
- 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.
can see this historic contest in NWA
World Heavyweight Championship 1.
- 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.
- The Spoiler
(Don Jardine) pins Brad
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!"
- 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.
- Outlaw Ron Bass
beats Randy Tyler
in Memphis to win the AWA Southern heavyweight
has a feud with Mike Rotunda for the NWA version
of the Southern title in Florida
- 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.
- 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.
Black Gordman and El Gran Goliat are
featured throughout the Texas
- Tetsuo Higami
Venable in Honolulu to capture the Hawaiian junior
- Velvet McIntyre
Fabulous Moolah (Lillian
Ellison) in Brisbane, Australia to win the WWF
and more of the greatest women wrestlers of all time are
featured in Classic
Womens Matches 1.
- Barry Windham
is born. The son of the legendary Blackjack
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.
- Sonny Myers
beats the Mongolian
Stomper (Archie Gouldie) for the "NWA" Central States heavyweight
Mongolian Stomper was an incredible physical specimen and meets Bob
Armstrong for the Southern title in Tennessee
- Professor Boris
"The Great" Malenko (Larry
Simon) downs the man who broke his false teeth, Eddie
Gossett), in Jacksonville, Fla. to win the hardcore
title of its time, the Brass Knucks championship.
men were responsible for developing when of the all-time
great territories. Check out the Florida
- King Curtis
Iaukea beats Bearcat
Wright in San Francisco to win the "NWA"
U.S. heavyweight championship.
can see a young King Curtis Iaukea in action from
Washington, D.C. in Golden
Age Tape 1.
- 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.).
hosts the official Paul
Jones' Web site.
- 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
was the promoter of the Central States territory in its
heyday. You can see see the stars that came through in
- 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.
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.
- 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
to dethrone The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael
Gordy, and Buddy
Roberts) as WCCW World six-man champions.
can see David
Von Erich early in his career in Texas Tape 3.
- "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.
Road Warriors meet another great team of the 80s, The
Sheepherders (aka The Bushwhackers) in Texas
- 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
replacing late brother David
on the team).
are in action in Mid-South
- 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.
- Abdullah the
Shreeve) downs The
Great Kabuki in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks
has an incredible brawl with Bruiser Brody in Texas
- 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
teams with King Kong Bundy against the unlikely
team of Jerry “The King” Lawler and Macho
Man Randy Savage in ICW
travels to Kansas City to challenge Mike George
for the WWA championship in Central
States Tape 8.
- Adrian Adonis
(Keith Franke), Wildman Dave
McKigney, and the Kelly
& 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.
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
- 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
Hogan, Dizzy Hogan, Brutus "The
Barber" Beefcake, Brother
Zodiac, The Booty Man, and The
- Hollywood John
Tatum beats Superstar
Bill Dundee (William
Crookshanks) in Dallas to capture the USWA Southern
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
- Referee Joey
Marella, son of the legendary Gorilla
Monsoon (Bob Marella) is killed in an automobile accident in New Jersey.
downs El Hijo del Santo in Mexico to garner the WWA World welterweight
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Kurt & Karl Von Brauner beat Nick
& Jerry Kozak
in Houston to win a version of the "NWA" World
- Jerry Saggs
(Jerome Seganovich) is born. Originally noted as a referee in the
AWA, Saggs would go on to team with 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.
Nasty Boys get their start in the South
& Ramon Torres beat El Mongol & Tarzan Tyler to become the first-ever "NWA" Georgia State
tag team champions.
- Hiro Matsuda
& Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods (George Burrell Woodlin) beat The
Orton Sr.) & Taurus
(Dennis Hall) in Jacksonville to win the "NWA" Florida tag
- 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.
can see the buildup for one of their epic encounters,
including highlight matches of both men, in Detroit
- Iceman King
Parsons beats Gentleman
Chris Adams for the "NWA" American title
- 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.
can see the buildup to the Ric Flair-Ricky Morton
encounter in Mid-Atlantic
- Two titles change hands in Atlanta's Omni as Terry
"Bam Bam" Gordy & Doctor
Death Steve Williams down Rick
Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner)
to win the WCW World tag straps.
Armstrong (Robert James Jr.) bests Scotty
Levy) for the WCW World light heavyweight crown.
- Jerry "The
King" Lawler defeats Owen
Hart in Memphis to recapture the Unified World
heavyweight championship as recognized by the United
States Wrestling Association.
“The King” Lawler has a classic match with Nick Bockwinkel
for the AWA World heavyweight championship in Memphis
- The steroid distribution trial of Vincent
Kennedy McMahon and Titan Sports, Inc. begins in a
courtroom in Uniondale, NY.
- Jack Reynolds
"Wildcat" McCann in Cincinnati to regain
the World welterweight championship.
- Bill Lee
beats Gorilla Macias in Dallas to win the Brass Knucks championship.
- Mr. Moto
& Duke Keomuka beat George
Becker & Billy
Two Rivers in Charlotte for the "NWA"
Southern tag title.
- Maxie Murata
& Jumbo Miyamoto beat Patty
O'Hara & Texas
Red in Fukuyama, Japan to win the WWWA World tag
you are a fan of women’s wrestling, check out the new
tapes in the Womens
- 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).
can see what is believe to be Terry Gordy’s
first televised match against the Big Cat Ernie Ladd
They Were Stars 1.
- 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
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.
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.
- 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
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
Allen) retains the "NWA" U.S. strap with a
victory over Kimala (Jim Harris).
can see a lot of these great stars in Mid-Atlantic
- 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
can see some of Tito Santana’s early matches as
Richard Blood in Mid-Atlantic
- The team known as The
Smothers & Dirty
White Boy (Tony Anthony), down Al Snow
(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.
- 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
- 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.
- Bill Goldberg
captures the WCW World title from Hollywood
Bollea) at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta during a live
broadcast of WCW
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.