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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! 

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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 July 21

Florida's most unlikely tag team
Eddie Graham & Boris Malenko vs. Dick Murdoch & Bobby Duncom

Miami Beach, Fla.
July 21, 1971

World heavyweight championship
Jack Brisco vs. Al Madril 

Ft Worth, Texas
July 21, 19
75

World heavyweight championship
Terry Funk vs. Bull Ramos

Seattle, Wash.
July 21, 1976

Eight-man Elimination tag match
Bruiser Brody & Kerry, David, Kevin Von Erich vs.
Professor Toru Tanaka & Jim Dillon & Mr. Sakurada & Mr. Hito 

Ft. Worth, Texas

July 21, 19
80

World heavyweight championship
3 out of 5 falls;90-minute time limit
Jack Brisco vs. Al Madril

Dallas
July 22, 19
75

Larry Matysik card 
Bruiser Brody & Spike Huber vs. Nikoli Volkoff & Toru Tanaka

St. Louis
July 22, 19
83

Triple Main Event
Ivan Putski vs. Blackjack Mulligan

Missouri Mauler vs. Pat O'Connor

Black Gordman & Goliath vs. 
Billy "Red" Lyons & Raul Mata


Ft. Worth, Texas
July 23, 197
3

Contenders Match
Jack Brisco vs. Rocky Johnson

Houston
July 23, 1976

World heavyweight championship
Harley Race vs. Kevin Von Erich

Texas tag team championship
Kerry Von Erich & Bruiser Brody vs.
Killer Brooks & Mark Lewin

Texas heavyweight championship
David Von Erich vs. Frank Dusek

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 23, 1979


Hulk Hugan & Eddie Boulder vs. Ron Bass & Pete Austin 

Freebirds 
(Terry Gordy & Michael Hayes) vs. Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee

Memphis, Tenn.
July 23, 19
79


Southern tag team championship
Ken Lucas & Ricky Morton
 vs.
Manchurians 
(w/Sputnick Monroe)
 

Evansville, Indiana
July 23, 1980


Georgia tag team championship

Bobby Shane & The Pro
 vs.
The Assassins

Georgia  heavyweight title
Paul DeMarco vs. Nick Bockwinkel

Atlanta
July 24, 19
70

Tag Team War
Wahoo McDaniel & Ivan Putski vs. Blackjack Mulligan & 
Missouri Mauler 

Dallas
July 24, 197
3


Handicap Match
Bruiser Brody vs. 
Kevin & David Von Erich 

Rocky Johnson vs. Killer Krupp

Fort Worth, Texas
July 24, 19
78

AWA World championship
Nick Bockwinkel vs. Tony Atlas
(special referee Lou Thesz) 

Houston
July 24, 19
81

Russian Roulette Battle Royal

Boris Malenko vs. 
Billy "Red" Lyons
 

Dallas
July 25, 19
72

Mid-Atlantic heavyweight title
Johnny Valentine vs. Sonny King 

Greensboro, S.C.
July 25, 1974

Battle of the Brutes
Gene Kiniski vs. The Sheik 

Calgary, Alberta
July 25, 1976

American heavyweight title
Bruiser Brody vs. Big John Studd 

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 25, 1977

World mid-heavyweight title
Bruce Hart vs. Fidel Castillo 

Calgary, Alberta
July 25, 1980

Main Event
Jose Lothario vs. Moondog Mayne 

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 26, 1976

Lou Thesz comes out of retirement
Lou Thesz & Nick Kozak vs.
Larry Lane & Nick Kiniski

Lou Thesz vs. Larry Lane 

Port Arthur, Texas
July 23, 1981
Beaumont, Texas
July 26, 1981

AWA World heavyweight title
Nick Bockwinkel vs.
Baron Von Raschke
 

Omaha, Neb.
July 27, 1976

NWA World heavyweight title
Harley Race vs. El Halcon

Jack Brisco vs. Spoiler

Bruiser Brody vs. Gino Hernandez 

Houston
July 27, 1979

Double Main Event
Kevin Von Erich vs. Killer Brooks

Bruiser Brody & Spoiler vs. 
Chang Chung & Ten Gu

Lights Out Match
David Manning vs. Killer Brooks
 

Ft. Worth, Texas
July 27, 1981

7/20/73 - is the 29th anniversary of Jack Brisco winning his first NWA World heavyweight championship. There is a special section at www.jackbrisco.com commemerating this event featuring the program from that night's event, newspaper coverage, and magazine coverage.

7/21/60 - The Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Roy Heffernan) beat Lou & Red Bastien (Lou Klein & Rolland Bastien) for the “NWA” U.S. tag title in Washington, D.C. This version of the title eventually evolves into the WWE World tag title.

7/21/79 - "Macho Man" Randy Savage (Randy Poffo) beats his brother Leaping Lanny Poffo to capture the World heavyweight championship as recognized by the Poffo-owned International Championship Wrestling (ICW), a group in the late 70s and early 80s which featured such stars as "One Man Gang" Ron Garvin (Roger Barnes), Cowboy Bob Orton Jr., Crusher Broomfield (George Gray, who was later known as One Man Gang), (Doug) Ox Baker, Chief Jay Eagle (Jerry Bragg), and others.

You can see that promotion and the great matches in the Tennessee Collection.

7/21/81 - Tony Garea & Rick Martel (Richard Vignault) beat The Moondogs (Randy "Rex" Culley & Larry "Spot" Latham) to win the WWE World tag title at a taping of the syndicated WWF Championship Wrestling in Allentown, PA.

7/21/85 - Ravishing Rick Rude (Richard Rood) beats Mike Graham (Mike Gossett) in the finals of a tournament to capture the “NWA” Southern heavyweight championship.

Rick Rude teams with King Kong Bundy against Jerry “The King” Lawler and Austin Idol in ICW Tape 2.

7/21/95 - "The Iceman" Dean Malenko (Dean Simon) beats Eddy Guerrero in Tampa to capture the ECW television championship.

7/22/60 - Danny Hodge beats Angelo Savoldi in Oklahoma City to win the NWA World junior heavyweight championship for the very first time of his career.

Danny Hodge is considered the greatest NWA World junior heavyweight champion of all time. He takes on another wrestler to wear the World junior crown, Jerry Brisco, in Florida Tape 3.

7/22/65 - "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom), generally acknowledged as having the best matches of any WWE World champion in history, is born.

See Shawn Michaels’ career get started in Before They Were Stars 1.

7/22/86 - The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) uses a loaded mask to defeat "The Total Package" Lex Luger (Larry Pfohl) in Florida for the “NWA” Southern crown.

The Masked Superstar teams with Paul Jones to challenge Superfly Jimmy Snuka and Ray Stevens for the NWA World tag team championship in Mid-Atlantic Tape 1.

7/22/94 - Vincent Kennedy McMahon is acquitted on all charges in the steroid distribution case against him and his company, Titan Sports, Inc. (the promoter of WWE events), in Uniondale, NY.

7/22/95 - Chuck Austin, a poorly trained jobber who had no business in the ring in the first place, settles out of court with the WWE for $10 million after a jury had previously awarded him an astounding figure of $26.7 million following his infamous "Rocker Dropper" injury at the hands of Marty Jannetty.

7/22/97 - In a battle of two of the more under appreciated workers in the business, Ultimo Dragon (Yoshihiro Asai) beats Steven Regal (Darren Matthews) in Jacksonville, FL to capture the WCW television championship.

7/23/79 - Eddie Gilbert is named Rookie of the Year by the top wrestling fans group WFIA (Wrestling Fans International Association).

You can see Eddie Gilbert team with Wildfire Tommy Rich in a brutal Street Fight against Phil Hickerson and The Spoiler in Memphis Main Events.

7/23/79 - Two former WFIA members, Jim Cornette and Paul E. Dangerously (Paul Heyman), battle it out in a tuxedo match in Baltimore at the Great American Bash pay-per-view, with Cornette prevailing.

7/23/95 - Former WCWI World heavyweight champion Hiroshi Hase is elected to the Japanese House of Councilors (basically the senate).

7/24/67 - Bruno Sammartino, the reigning WWE World champ, teams with Spiros Arion to beat The Sicilians (Capt. Lou Albano & Tony Altamore) for the WWE U.S. tag title in Atlantic City, NJ.

Bruno Sammartino teams with Dick the Bruiser against Big Cat Ernie Ladd and Baron Von Raschke in Indianapolis Tape 3.

7/24/71 - Hercules Cortez is killed in a car wreck in St. Cloud, MN at he age of 39. At the time of his death, Cortez is one-half of the AWA World tag champs with Red Bastien, who is then allowed to choose The Crusher as his replacement partner.

7/24/91 - Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada beat Steve Williams & Terry Gordy for the Double (World) tag belts in Kanazawa, Japan.

7/24/96 - Kenta Kobashi beats Akira Taue in Tokyo to win the Triple Crown.

7/25/39 - Sandor Szabo beats Bulldog Lee Henning in San Francisco to capture the Pacific Coast heavyweight championship.

7/25/55 - Salvador "Gory" Guerrero & Luigi Macra beat Doug Donovan & Ivan Kameroff for the “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag team straps. Guerrero is the late father of current WWE superstar Eddy Guerrero.

7/25/62 - Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko (Larry Simon) is awarded the “NWA” Southern title after the man he injured, Eddie Graham (Eddie Gossett), is unable to defend the title in their scheduled championship match.

Eddie Graham teams with Paul Jones against Dusty Rhodes and Buddy Colt in a Lights Out Match in the spectacular Florida Tape 3.

7/25/66 - Tough Tony Borne (Tony Osborne) beats Louie Tillet in Forth Worth to win the hardcore title of its time, the Brass Knucks championship.

7/25/73 - Ed Francis & Ripper Collins (Lee Roy Collins) beat High Chief Peter Maivia & Sam Steamboat (Sam Mokuhai) in Honolulu for the “NWA” Hawaii state tag title. Francis' sons, Billy and Russ (a former NFL star) also competed inside the squared circle. Maivia is the late father-in-law of Rocky "Soulman" Johnson (Drew Glasteau) and the grandfather of current WWE superstar The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). Steamboat is the namesake of legendary NWA World champ Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, who was billed as Sammy's son at the beginning of his career due to their striking resemblance.

7/25/77 - The masked Captain U.S.A. (John Minton) pins Bruiser Brody (Frank Goodish) to capture the “NWA” American championship. Minton would go on to gain fame as Big John Studd.

Bruiser Brody has a brutal encounter with Abdullah the Butcher in Texas Tape 26.

7/25/79 - Tojo Yamamoto & The Great Togo beat Gypsy Joe & Tom Renesto Jr. in Nashville, TN for the “NWA” Mid-America tag team belts.

7/25/79 - Rusher Kimura beats Alexis Smirnoff (Michele DuBois) in Mishima, Japan to capture his fourth World heavyweight title as recognized by International Wrestling Enterprises.

7/25/80 - Ken Mantell beats Chief (Ed) Wahoo McDaniel in the finals of a tournament in Shreveport, LA to capture the Louisiana state heavyweight championship. The title had been vacated after the previous titleholder; The Junkyard Dog (Sylvester Ritter) was "blinded" in a famous angle by The Fabulous Freebirds.

Ken Mantell is a former World junior heavyweight champion who went on to become on of the most accomplished bookers of all time. You can see him in action in Mid South Tape 1.

7/25/82 - The original Sweet Brown Sugar (Skip Young in a mask) pins Derek Draper (Ed Wiskowski) in Orlando, FL to capture his third “NWA” Southern title. Draper would later gain fame as Colonel DeBeers, one of the featured performers on ESPN's AWA Championship Wrestling in the late-1980s.

Sweet Brown Sugar defends the Florida television championship against Dory Funk Jr. in Florida Tape 2.

7/25/83 - Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin (James Williams) beats Kevin Von Erich (Kevin Adkisson) in Fort Worth, TX for the held-up “NWA” American title.

Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin prepares for Wahoo McDaniel in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/25/83 - Jerry "The King" Lawler beats "The World's Strongest Man" Ken Patera in Memphis to capture the AWA International title.

Jerry Lawler teams with Austin Idol against the Road Warriors in Memphis Main Events.

7/25/87 - Rip "The Crippler" Oliver (Larry Oliver Sr.) teams with The Super Ninja (Shunji Takano) to beat Mike Miller & The Black Ninja (John "Cocoa Samoa" Reiher) in Portland, OR for the “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag title.

7/25/88 - Steve & Shaun Simpson beat Hollywood John Tatum & Jack Victory in Temple, TX to capture the Texas tag team title.

7/25/95 - The most critically-panned WWE King of the Ring pay-per-view in history ends with Mabel (Nelson Royal) pinning Savio Vega (Juan Rivera) in Philadelphia, PA to wear the crown and robe.

7/26/55 - Dr. Bill Miller beats Nature Boy Buddy Rogers (Herman "Dutch" Rohde) in Dayton, OH to win the “NWA” Eastern heavyweight championship.

Buddy Rogers would later meet Pat O’Connor for the NWA World heavyweight championship in a match that set an attendance record that lasted for decades. See it in NWA World heavyweight championship.

7/26/59 - Tommy "Wildfire" Rich (Thomas Richardson) is born. Rich would go on to become one of the first true stars of the cable television era, parlaying his popularity into a brief stint as NWA World heavyweight champion.

Wildfire Tommy Rich renews his brutal feud with Buzz Sawyer in San Antonio in Texas Tape 25.

7/26/72 - Opearl Anston & The Masked Lee beat Jumbo Miyamoto & Miyoko Hoshiro in Irina, Japan to win the WWWA World tag team championship.

7/26/76 - Sam Bass, the original manager of Jerry "The King" Lawler, and the tag team of The Masked Dominoes (Frankie Hester & Reuben "Pepe Lopez" Rodriguez), are killed in an automobile accident in Jackson, TN.

Sam Bass was an extraordinary manager and you can see him featured throughout the Tennessee Collection.

7/26/80 - Greg "The Hammer" Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.) beats former tag partner Nature Boy Ric Flair (Richard Fliehr) at the old Charlotte Coliseum (now Independence Arena) to win the “NWA” U.S. title. Valentine and Flair had previously held the “NWA” World tag title on two separate occasions and the “NWA” Mid-Atlantic tag title once.

7/26/80 - Barry Windham pins Masa Saito in St. Petersburg to capture the “NWA” Florida television championship.

7/26/80 - An AWF card in Forest City, NC ends in near-riot as the team of The One Man Gang (George Gray) & Rick McCord (Richard Riddle) battles to a bloody no-contest with Chief Jay Eagle (Jerry Bragg) & Karateman Don Gilbert.

7/26/81 - Angelo "King Kong" Mosca beats Big John Studd at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to win the “NWA” Canadian heavyweight championship.

7/26/84 - The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) down The Uptown Boys (Marty Jannetty & Tommy Rogers) in Kansas City to take the “NWA” Central States tag title.

The Grapplers defend the Southwest tag team championship against Tully Blanchard and Gino Hernandez in Texas Tape 24.

7/26/86 - "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Riley Runnels) captures his third NWA World title, beating Ric Flair at a Great American Bash tour stop in Greensboro, NC. This match is contested inside a steel cage.

You can see Dusty Rhodes win his second World title from Harley Race at the Omni in Atlanta in Mid-Atlantic Tape 4.

7/26/90 - The All Japan Triple Crown (consisting of the “NWA” International title, “NWA” United National title, and Pacific Wrestling Federation title) is declared vacant following the hospitalization of reigning champion Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy.

Professional wrestling still mourns the passing of Terry Gordy on July 16, 2001.

7/26/91 - The Can-Am Express (Doug Furnas & Dan Kroffat) beat Bad Boy Billy Black & Outlaw Joel Deaton (Joe Jones) in Chiba, Japan to win the All Asia tag team championship.

7/27/45 - Nature Boy Buddy Rogers beats Dave Levin in Houston for the Texas State heavyweight title.

7/27/48 - Greg Gagne, son of legendary wrestler/promoter/trainer Verne Gagne, is born. The younger Gagne would go on to hold the AWA World tag title along with Jumpin' Jim Brunzell as The High Flyers.

7/27/50 - NWA World champion Lou Thesz beats the original Gorgeous George (Raymond George Wagner) in Boston.

You can see Lou Thesz defend the World title against Argentina Rocca in NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

7/27/51 - Art Neilsen beats Don McIntyre to capture the “NWA” Southern heavyweight championship.

7/27/56 - Duke Keomuka & Tony Martin beat Mike DiBiase & Danny Plechas in Houston for the “NWA” Texas tag title. Keomuka is the father of former AWA World tag champ Pat Tanaka and DiBiase is the stepfather of "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

7/27/63 - Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson Sr.) claws his way to the top, beating Verne Gagne in Omaha, NE to win the AWA World heavyweight championship. A little over two decades later, Von Erich's son Kerry Von Erich would follow in his father's World title footsteps, pinning Ric Flair before 30,000 fans in Texas Stadium to take the NWA crown.

Fritz Von Erich is one of the stars featured in Stars of Cauliflower Alley Club 2000.

7/27/65 - Tojo Yamamoto & Alex Perez beat Frankie Caine & Mike Clancy in Nashville, TN to win the “NWA” Southern tag team straps. Caine would go on to even greater fame as The Great Mephisto.

You can see Tojo Yamamoto team with Jerry Jarrett to defend the Southern tag team championship against Jerry “The King” Lawler and Bulldog Don Kent in Tennessee Tape 4.

7/27/66 - Haru Sasaki & Mr. Fuji (Harry Fujiwara) beat Rene Goulet & Pepper Martin for the “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag title.

7/27/68 - "Triple H" Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Paul Michael Levesque) is born. A trainee of Walter "Killer" Kowalski (Waldek Kowalski), HHH began his major league career wrestling in WCW. First as Terra Ryzin, then as Jean-Paul Levesque, before moving onto the WWE, where he became a member of the powerful backstage clique along with Shawn Michaels (Michael Hickenbottom), Diesel (Kevin Nash), Razor Ramon (Scott Hall), and the 1-2-3 Kid (Sean Waltman).

7/27/73 - Victor Rivera beats future NWA World champ Terry Funk at Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles to win the “NWA” Americas heavyweight championship.

Victor Rivera teams with Dino Bravo to challenge the Mongols for the IWA tag team championship in IWA Tape 10.

7/27/85 - "The Universal Hearthrob" Austin Idol (Dennis McCord) beats Jimmy Golden in Birmingham, AL to take the “NWA” Southeastern heavyweight championship. Golden would go on to hold the WCW World tag title with Dick Slater a decade later as Bunkhouse Buck.

Austin Idol takes on Macho Man Randy Savage in Memphis Main Events.

7/27/89 - Stan "The Lariat" Hansen (John Stanley Hansen) beats Genichiro Tenryu in Nagano, Japan to win both the “NWA” United National and PWF heavyweight titles.

7/27/90 - Following Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy's sudden hospitalization, the All Japan Triple Crown is declared vacant, pending a match between top contenders Stan "The Lariat" Hansen and Mitsuharu Misawa. Hansen pins Misawa in Matsudo, Japan, capturing one of wrestling's most prestigious honors.

You can see Stan Hansen meet another man who held the AWA World heavyweight championship, Larry Zbyszko, in Texas Tape 29.

7/27/91 - Steve Doll & Crush (Brian Adams) beat The Bruise Brothers (Ron & Don Harris) in Portland to take the Pacific Northwest tag team championship.

7/27/91 - Steve Simpson & Chris Walker beat Scott Anthony (Scott "Raven" Levy) & "The Hustler" Rip Rogers in the finals of a tournament at Dallas' world famous Sportatorium to win the GWF World tag team championship.

7/27/92 - Dr. Tom Prichard beats "Too Sexy" Brian Christopher (Brian Lawler) in Memphis to win the USWA heavyweight championship. This title is not to be confused with the separate "Unified World title" and is in fact descended from the old Southern heavyweight title in the Memphis promotion.

7/27/96 - Harlem Heat (Booker T & Lane "Stevie Ray" Huffman) end the three day title reign of Rick & Scott Steiner (Rob & Scott Rechsteiner), thus regaining the WCW World tag title in Dayton, OH.

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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