- 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. The
death of Marella, a longtime WWF employee, is never
mentioned on television.
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 a five-hour draw in Omaha.
- 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. Today, Saggs
is retired from the ring due to injuries.
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
- Buddy Colt
beats Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny
Walker) in Atlanta to win the sixth of seven career
"NWA" Georgia State titles.
- 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
& Scott Rechsteiner) to win the WCW World tag straps.
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
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- 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
- Frederick Von
Schacht & Tom
Rice beat Ben & Mike Sharpe in
San Francisco for the "NWA" World tag team
"Strong" Kobayashi & The
Great Kasatsu beat Dr.
Bill Miller & Baron
Mikel Scicluna in Chiba, Japan to win the vacant
World tag title as recognized by International Wrestling
Bill Miller is one of the stars featured in Indianapolis
- Maria LaVerne
beats the under appreciated Kay
Nobel in Amarillo to win the NWA Texas Women's
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- Harley Race
beats The Mongolian Stomper in Kansas City to capture the "NWA"
Central States title.
Race was the king of the Central States. You can see
some of his greatest battles in the Central
Valentine beats The
Sheik at Cobo Hall in Detroit to regain the NWA U.S.
Classics did a special tribute on the life and career of
the legendary Johnny Valentine. Click
here for the tribute.
Nasty" Angelo Mosca beats Pat
Clermont) in San Jose, Calif. to seize the
"NWA" U.S. title.
- The High Flyers
(Greg Gagne & Jumpin' Jim
Brunzell) down Cowboy
Bobby Duncum & Blackjack
Lanza, managed by Bobby
"The Brain" Heenan (Raymond
Heenan), in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to capture the AWA
World tag team championship.
can see Bobby Heenan put on the trunks as he
teams with Blackjack Lanza and Blackjack
Mulligan against Dick the Bruiser, the Crusher
and midget star Little Bruiser in Indianapolis
- Rowdy Roddy
Piper (Roderick Toombs) beats Jack
Brisco to regain the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic
Jack Brisco’s official new
- Sting (Steve Borden) is given the torch to carry as he pins Ric
Flair at the Great American Bash pay-per-view in Baltimore to win the NWA World
heavyweight championship for the first and only time of
his career. Sting would also hold the WCW World title on
six occasions and the WCWI World title once, making him
an eight-time World champion.
- Hulk Hogan,
Kevin Nash and Scott Hall
stun the wrestling world with the formation of the New
World Order at the Bash
at the Beach pay-per-view in Florida. This is viewed
as a turning point in the promotional war between WCW
and the WWF.
- Dynamite Kansai
Suzuki beat Hikari Fukoaka & Kaoru
in Tokyo for the JWP tag team straps.
- Jack Brisco
downs The Missouri Mauler (Larry
Hamilton) in Tampa to win the NWA Southern title.
Hamilton, who passed away a few years ago, was the
brother of The
Hamilton) and uncle of WCW referee Nick
Brisco of course is the older brother of the WWF's Gerald
Brisco and is generally regarded as one of the
greatest NWA World champions of all time.
- Harley Race
bests Bulldog Bob Brown in Kansas City to recapture the "NWA"
Central States crown.
- In "The Battle of the Nature Boys," Ric Flair beats Buddy Rogers
at the Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. Rogers, as a special
guest referee, had previously tried to rob Flair of his
U.S. title in a match against Dusty
Rhodes. Rogers later formed a stable of wrestlers
Jimmy Snuka, Ken
Patera, and Big
John Studd (John Minton) to battle the man who had stolen his persona. Flair and
Rogers are the only two wrestlers in history to hold
both the NWA and WWF World titles.
- Don "The Rock" Muraco
beats The Iron
Vaziri) in Foxboro, MA to win the first-ever WWF
King of the Ring. It should be noted that in its
early years, the tournament was not televised on
- Kevin &
Kerry Von Erich (Kevin
Adkisson) team with old rival Michael
"P.S." Hayes (Michael
Seitz) to beat Buddy
"Jack" Roberts (Dale
Hay), Iceman King Parsons, and Kimala
the Ugandan Giant for the World six-man title as
recognized by the World Class Wrestling Association.
- Kenta Kobashi
& Johnny Ace
(John Laurindas) beat The
Can-Am Express (Doug
Furnas & Phil
Lafon) in Tokyo to garner the All Asia tag-team
- Rey Misterio
Jr. beats "The
Iceman" Dean Malenko (Dean
Simon) at an outdoor Disney broadcast of WCW
Monday Nitro in Orlando, FL to capture the WCW World
cruiserweight championship for the first time of his
- Two referees celebrate birthdays on this day. Longtime
Toronto area official Terry
Yorkston (who also worked for the WWF in the 1980s)
and arguably the greatest ref in NWA history, Tommy
- Bobby Lane
beats Pat O'Hara in Tampa for the “NWA” Southern heavyweight
- Kevin Nash
is born. A standout college basketball player before
turning to pro wrestling, Nash has wrestled as The
Super Shredder, Doctor
X, Master Blaster Steele, Oz,
Cool" Diesel, and "Big
Sexy" and has held World titles in both the WWF
- Marc Mero (Mark Merowitz) is born. A former Gold Gloves boxer, who once knocked
out Lennox Lewis,
Mero first gain famed as Johnny
B. Badd in WCW and went on to be known by WWF fans
as Mr. Sable.
- The Crusher
(Reggie Lisowski) beats Verne
Gagne in Minneapolis to win the AWA World
- The Dynamite
Hori & Junko Sasaki) beat Betty
Niccoli & Sandy
Parker in Osaka to capture the WWWA World tag-team
- All-time great NWA World junior heavyweight champ Danny Hodge teams with Jay
Clayton to beat Stan
Hansen & Frank
Goodish in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to capture the
“NWA” U.S. tag-team title. Goodish would go on to
gain legendary status as hardcore pioneer "King
Kong" Bruiser Brody.
- Lou Klein
& Ed George (Ed Farhat Jr.)
beat The Bounty
Hunters in Detroit to win the “NWA” World tag
Nasty" Angelo Mosca beats Iron
Mike Sharpe in Tulsa to capture the Brass Knucks
- The Rock &
Roll Express (Ricky
Morton & Ruben "Robert Gibson" Kane) make their debut for Jim
Crockett Promotions, defeating Ivan
Parris) and Krusher
Khruschev (Barry Darsow) for the “NWA” World tag title at the Recreation
Center in Shelby, NC. This bout is televised on the
Wide Wrestling program.
- The Fabulous
Ellison) ends the week-long reign of Velvet
McIntyre as WWF Women's World champion, downing the
Irish superstar in Sydney, Austalia.
- Steve Keirn
beats Kendall Windham in Orlando to capture the Florida State title.
- Dirty White Boy
Candido for the vacant Smoky Mountain heavyweight
title in Johnson City, TN.
- Roy Allen
beats Herb Welch in Nashville to capture the World junior heavyweight
- Billy Jack
Haynes and Ted
Petty are both born on this day (to separate mothers
obviously). A longtime star with both the NWA and WWF,
Haynes is certainly a controversial figure both inside
and outside the ring, while Petty is best known as the
Kid and Flyboy
Rocco Rock of The
- The Sicilians
(Tony Altamore & Captain
Louis Albano) beat Spiros
Arion & Arnold
Skoaland in Atlantic City to capture the WWF U.S.
tag-team title. Albano would go on to become the noted
manager of tag-team champions, while Skoaland would
later guide the careers of such singles titleholders as Bruno
Sammartino and Bob
- Chati Yokouchi
& Mr. Ito
(Umanosuke Ueda) beat El
Mongol & The
"Gashouse" Gilbert) in Athens, GA to win
the “NWA” Georgia State tag title. It should be
pointed out that this particular Doug Gilbert is not the
son of Tommy Gilbert or the brother of the late Eddie Gilbert.
- Miyoko Hoshino
Parker in Kasama, Japan to regain the WWWA World
- Dutch Mantel
(Wayne Keown) beats The
Crawford) in Shreveport, LA to win the Mid-South
television championship. Today, Mantel is a noted author
and contributor to the newstand magazine WOW.
- Pork Chop Cash
(Bobby Cash) beats Rufus R.
"Freight Train" Jones (Carey
Lloyd) in St. Joseph, MO to win the “NWA”
Central States title.
- Turner Home Entertainment and Jim Crockett Promotions
join forces to bring the Great
American Bash to pay-per-view for the very first
time. The show is broadcast live from Baltimore. In the
main event, Ric
Flair retains the NWA World title when the Maryland
State Athletic Commission rules that the bout being
stopped due to a cut on the forehead of Lex Luger (Larry Pfohl). Tully
Blanchard & Arn
Anderson hold on to the “NWA” World tag belts
going to a draw with Sting & Nikita Koloff.
Lane & Bobby Eaton) capturing the NWA U.S. tag belts from The
Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby
Fulton) despite the fact that their manager Jim Cornette is trapped in a cage above the ring.
(Jamie "JC-Ice" Crookshanks & Kelly "Wolfie-D" Wolfe) beat The Rock & Roll Express in Memphis to regain the USWA World