- The Original
Intelligent Sensational Destroyer (Dick
Beyer) is born. A former AWA and WWA World champ,
The Destroyer is noted for his figure four leg lock and
tremendous mat skills.
- Art Neilson
beats Angelo Martinelli for the “NWA” Southern heavyweight
championship. Martinelli would go on to find work as a
referee following his career as an active performer is
Butch Reed (Bruce
Reed) is born. A former Kansas City Chief, Reed has
held such titles as the North American title, “NWA”
International title, and the NWA World tag team
championship with Ron
- In a battle between two of wrestling's premier
patriarchs, Angelo Savoldi beats Dory
Funk Sr. in Oklahoma City, OK to regain the NWA
World junior heavyweight championship.
- Canada's greatest athlete, "Big
Thunder" Gene Kiniski, beats Verne
Gagne in Minneapolis, MN to capture the AWA World
heavyweight championship. Kiniski would go on to win the
NWA World title, becoming the only man in history to
hold both of those prestigious titles.
- In a battle of blond bombers, Ray
Stevens beats Pat
Clermont) at the famed Cow Palace in San Francisco
to win the “NWA” U.S. heavyweight championship.
Stevens & Patterson would go on to become one of the
top tag teams in wrestling history, holding both the
“NWA” and AWA World tag team titles.
- Two titles change hands on the same night in two
different stops on Jim Crockett Promotions' Great
American Bash '87 national tour. At the famed
Coliseum in Greensboro, NC, "The
Total Package" Lex Luger (Larry
Phofl), a member of The Four Horsemen managed by James
J. Dillon (James
Morrison), beats "The
Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff (Scott
Simpson) to win the “NWA” U.S. title. Meanwhile,
in Oklahoma City, OK, "Doctor Death" Steve Williams beats Big Bubba Rogers (Ray Traylor),
a member of Devastation Incorporated managed by General
Skandar Akbar, to win the UWF World heavyweight
- Tex Riley
wins the vacant World junior heavyweight championship in
Nashville after previous champion Herb
Welch is injured in an automobile accident. Welch
later makes a comeback to regain the title a year later.
- Jerry Brown
& The Turk beat Gama Singh
& Bulldog Bob
Brown in the finals of a tournament in Kansas City
to win the vacant “NWA” Central States tag team
- Vader (Leon White) beats Sting (Steve
Borden) at the Great
American Bash '92 pay-per-view in Albany, GA to
capture the WCW World heavyweight championship for the
first time in his career. Also that night, reigning WCW
tag champs Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy & Steve "Doctor Death" Williams beat Barry Windham & Dustin
Runnels) in the finals of a several week long
tournament to win the vacant officially board-sanctioned
NWA World tag team championship as well (marking the
first time in history the NWA has ever sanctioned tag
champions). The WCW and NWA tag titles are then
"unified" until WCW drops out of the NWA the
- Dan Kroffat
(Phil Lafon), who took his name from Calgary legend Dan
"King Krow" Kroffat, beats Masa
Fuchi in Kagoshima, Japan to win the World junior
heavyweight championship as recognized by All Japan Pro
- After the WWF restructures its Canadian operations,
placing former Bret
Hart confidant Carl
DeMarco in charge of its operations, longtime
figurehead "WWF president" and Toronto area
Tunney "retires" from office. Tunney is
the nephew of the legendary Frank
Tunney, who was best friends with WWF founder Vincent
James McMahon (father of current WWF owner Vincent
- Bobo Brazil
(Houston Harris) & Enrique
Torres beat Mike
& Ben Sharpe
in Oakland, CA to take the “NWA” World tag title.
- Kenji Shibuya
& Masa Saito
beat Pepper Gomez & Pepper
Martin in San Francisco, CA to win the “NWA”
World tag team championship.
- Sputnik Monroe
beats Danny Hodge
in Shreveport, LA to capture the NWA World junior
- Sean Waltman
is born. The wrestler now known as X-Pac
began his career in 1991 as The
Lightning Kid (a name taken to pay homage to "The
Dynamite Kid" Tommy
Billington). He captured the GWF World junior
heavyweight championship at the world famous Dallas
Sportatorium before entering the WWF as underdog hero
The 1-2-3 Kid.
He was later at the forefront of the hottest angle in
WCW history, the NWO invasion, as "Syxx-Pac."
- Masa Saito
& Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara),
managed by Captain
Lou Albano, beat Chief
Jay Strongbow (Joe
Scarpa) & Jules Strongbow (Frank Hill)
in Allentown, PA during a taping of the syndicated WWF Championship Wrestling program, to win the WWF World tag team
- Former NWA World champion Shohei
"Giant" Baba beats Stan
"The Lariat" Hansen in Tokyo to regain the
Pacific Wrestling Federation heavyweight title. The PWF
belt is now part of the All Japan Triple Crown along
with the “NWA” International and “NWA” United
- Ricky Morton,
son of Paul
Morton, beats "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert, son of Tommy Gilbert, in Memphis, to win the Unified World heavyweight
championship as recognized by the United States
Hoshimoto & Junji
Hirata beat Scott "Flash" Norton & Mike Enos in Sapporo, Japan to capture the vacant tag team
International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP).
Franchise" Shane Douglas (Troy
Martin) beats "Lionheart"
Chris Jericho (Chris
Irvine) in Phliadelphia, PA to capture the ECW
television title. This is the night that Douglas
legitimately breaks the neck of Gary
Wolfe of the Pit Bulls.
- Ramon Torres
& Dick Warren (Nick Bockwinkel)
Montana & Tiny
Mills in Sacramento, CA to take the “NWA” World
tag team championship.
- Billy McGuire
(Bill McCrary) of the famed McGuire
Twins tag team (along with brother Benny)
dies in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The McGuires, who rode
min-bikes in the circus in addition to wrestling, were
the largest tag team in the history of the business.
- Vincent Kennedy
McMahon's Titan Sports, Inc. purchases controlling
interest in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Inc. (an NWA
member) from stockholders Jim
Barnett and the Brisco
& Gerald), thus gaining access to that promotion's nationally
televised program, World
Championship Wrestling, on Ted
Turner's SuperStation TBS.
- Former eight-time NWA World champ Harley
Race pins former WWF World titleholder Pedro
Morales in Foxboro, MA to win the second annual King of the Ring. This is before the event is televised on
- The Fabulous
"P.S." Hayes & Jimmy
"Jam" Garvin), along with Terry
"Bam Bam" Gordy, beat The
Midnight Express (Sweet
Stan Lane & Beautiful
Bobby Eaton), managed by James
E. Cornette, in the finals of a tournament to crown
new “NWA” World tag team champions. This match is
televised live from a military base in Ft. Bragg, NC as
part of a Clash of the Champions special on TBS. The show also features Gordy
battling to a no-contest with future partner "Doctor Death" Steve Williams, Terry Funk losing via DQ to Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat (Richard
Blood) in a battle of former NWA World champions,
and the debut of the Jim
Herd masterstroke known as The
- WCW U.S. kingpin Lex
Luger, managed by Harley
Race, beats Barry Windham inside a steel cage at the Great American Bash '91 pay-per-view in Baltimore, MD to win the
vacant WCW World title. This match takes place after Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr)
is stripped of the WCW World title (despite the fact
that Flair continues to hold the completely separate NWA
World title at this point).
- Jesse "The
Body" Ventura (Jim Janos) is born. A former NWA
Pacific Northwest heavyweight champ and co-holder of the
AWA World tag title, Ventura is currently the Governor
of the state of Minnesota.
- Ray Stevens,
the reigning U.S. titleholder, beats Bruno
Sammartino via countout at San Francisco's Cow
Palace, but fails to win the WWF World title.
Sammartino faced many of the top stars in the country.
He teams with Dick the Bruiser to take on Ernie Ladd
and Baron Von Raschke in Indianapolis
7/15/83 - Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) beats David Von Erich (David Adkisson) in the finals of a tournament in St. Louis to crown a new “NWA” Missouri State heavyweight champion. The title had been vacated by Harley Race after his victory over Flair for the NWA World title a month earlier in the same city.
You can see Ric Flair’s rematch for the title with Harley Race in NWA World Heavyweight Championship 1. It was the main event of the first Starrcade.
- Bad Boy Billy Black & Outlaw Joel Deaton (Joe
Kobashi & Johnny Ace (John Laurindas) for the
All Asia tag team title.
- Brickhouse Brown & Reggie B. Fine beat Bart Sawyer & Flex Kavana (Dwayne Johnson) for the USWA tag
straps in Memphis. Kavana would go on to gain fame as The Rock in the WWF.
- Pat O'Hara
beats Bobby Lane
in Tampa, FL to win the “NWA” Southern title.
- Two titles change hands at the Cow Palace in San
Francisco as Dean Ho (Dean Higuchi) beats Alexis
Smirnoff (Michele DuBois) to win the “NWA” U.S.
title and Kurt & Karl Von Steiger win
a tournament to crown new “NWA” World tag team
champions. The tag title had been declared vacant after Alberto Madril & Pepper Gomez were stripped of the belts due to
an injury suffered by Madril.
- Derek Draper beats David
Von Erich to win the “NWA” Southern belt. Draper
is perhaps best known as "The Polish Prince" Ed
Wisowski (his real name) and as "The South
African Mercinary" Colonel
7/16/83 - "Hacksaw" Butch Reed (Bruce Reed) beats Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) in New Orleans to win the North American heavyweight title as recognized by Mid-South Sports, Inc.
You can see Butch Reed prepare for a shot at Ric Flair’s NWA World heavyweight championship in Florida Tape 2.
- Jerry Stubbs & Arn Anderson (Marty Lunde) beat
The RAT Patrol in Birmingham, AL to win the
“NWA” Southeastern tag team title.
- Dangerous Danny McShane dies in Alvin, Texas at the age of 79. McShane,
who beat Verne
Gagne for the NWA World junior heavyweight belt in
1951, ended his career as a well-respected referee in
- Sid Vicious (Sid Eudy) beats Jerry
"The King" Lawler via forfeit in Memphis
at the Mid-South Coliseum to win the Unified title.
Lawler was unable to continue due to a pre-match attack
can see Jerry Lawler face some of the biggest
stars in wrestling in Memphis
- WCW holds its annual Bash
at the Beach pay-per-view in the sand at Hunnington
Beach, CA. Among the highlights are the on-air debut of Paul
Wight as “The Giant, Son of Andre” (during a pre-show interview), an
unscheduled appearance by Dennis
Rodman, and a steel cage match between Hulk
Hogan (Terry Bollea) and
Vader, in which Vader suffers a shoulder injury
while attempting a top rope senton splash. Footage is
shot during this show for use in an episode of Baywatch
featuring Hogan, Vader, Ric
Flair, Randy Savage (Randy Poffo), and
- Johnny Valentine (John Wisniski Sr.) beats Danny Dusek in Tampa to win the “NWA” Southern crown.
Classics presented a celebration of Johnny
Valentine’s career in the Features
Section. You will see video clips, photos, and audio
interviews with some of the people Johnny Valentine knew
- The Fabulous Kangaroos (Don Kent & Al Costello) beat
Dr. Bill Miller & Dick the Bruiser (Dick Afflis)
to capture the WWA World tag team championship.
can see a lot of great WWA action featuring such stars
as Dick the Bruiser, The Sheik, Ernie Ladd, Baron Von
Raschke, Blackjacks, Bobby Heenan, Crusher, Cowboy Bob
Ellis, Bruno Sammartino, and more in the Indianapolis
7/17/76 - Pampiro Firpo beats The Sheik (Ed Farhat) in Detroit to win the “NWA” U.S. championship.
The Sheik is one of the most popular stars in the Wrestling Classics Video Store. Check out his sensational matches in the Detroit Collection.
- Bruiser Brody dies in Puerto Rico at the age of 42, one day
after being stabbed in the dressing room by wrestler Invader
I (Jose Gonzales).
- Terry Gordy beats Stan
Hansen in Ishikawa, Japan to win the prestigious
can see perhaps Terry Gordy’s first television
match when he takes on Ernie Ladd in Before
They Were Stars.
7/17/93 - "Prime Time" Brian Lee (Brian Harris) beats Tracy Smothers with use of a loaded glove in Johnson City, TN to capture the Smoky Mountain heavyweight title. Lee would go on to gain WWF fame as Chainz of the Disciples of Apocolypse.
- Hulk Hogan pins
Ric Flair in Orlando, FL at WCW's Bash
at the Beach to win the WCW World title for the
first time of his career. After the bout, Hogan is
presented the belt by special referee Mr.
T (Lawrence Teraud) and NBA star Shaquille
O'Neal. A week later on TBS' WCW
Pro program, commentator Larry
Zbyszko (Larry Whistler) utters the line,
"There's a New World Order in professional