Note: All title designations denoting “NWA” are
championships recognized by individual NWA-member
companies and are not recognized by the full sanctioning
body of the National Wrestling Alliance.
- Arn Anderson
(Martin Lunde) & Paul
Roma, two members of the Four Horsemen, beat Steve
Austin (Steve Anderson Williams) & Steve
Regal (Darren Matthews) in Daytona Beach, FL during
a live Clash of the Champions broadcast to take both the "NWA" and WCW
World tag team titles. Regal is a substitute for an
injured Brian Pillman.
- Paul Bearer
(William Moody) ends his six-year relationship with The
Undertaker (Mark Callaway), hitting the man from the
dark side with his own urn and helping his arch rival Mankind
(Mick Foley) to victory in their famous boiler room
brawl at SummerSlam
in Cleveland, OH.
- Bobo Brazil
bests Pampero Firpo at Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI to regain the “NWA”
- Former World heavyweight champion Jim
Londos (the original "Golden Greek"), dies
in Escondido, CA at the age of 78.
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- Chavo Guerrero
Sr. (Salvador Guerrero II) downs Rowdy
Roddy Piper (Roderick Toombs) in San Bernardino, CA
to take the “NWA” Americas heavyweight championship.
- Riki Choshu
beats Vader (Leon White) in Tokyo to capture the heavyweight IWGP.
- Dr. Tom
Prichard beats Lord
Humongous to capture the Texas State title in
Memphis, TN, proving once again that things don't have
to make sense in wrestling.
- Longtime WWF wrestler and manager Ted
DiBiase appears at ringside during a live WCW
Monday Nitro, leading to speculation that he is the
newest member of the NWO.
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Kobayashi beats Nobuhiko
Takada in the finals of a tournament in Fukuoka,
Japan to capture the junior heavyweight IWGP.
- Future WWF World champion Mick
Foley downs former NWA World champ Terry
Funk to win the King of the Death Match tournament
at Kawasaki Stadium in Japan, ending an evening of
explosive, barbed-wire, thumb tacked carnage that proves
to be fun for the whole family. On the undercard, Dan "The Beast" Severn retains the NWA World crown with a
submission win over Tarzan
- Steve Regal
beats Lex Luger in Dalton, GA to capture WCW television gold.
- The Crusher
beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, MN to regain the AWA World heavyweight
- Big Thunder
Gene Kiniski beats Dick
the Bruiser to capture the WWA World heavyweight
championship. Kiniski is the only man in history to hold
the NWA, AWA, and WWA World titles.
- Dusty Rhodes
beats Harley Race in Tampa, FL to capture the NWA World belt for the first
- Al Perez,
managed by Playboy
Gary Hart, wins the WCCW World heavyweight crown via
forfeit in Ft. Worth, TX over Kevin Von Erich.
- Steve "Mongo"
McMichael beats Jeff
Jarrett in Nashville, TN for the WCW U.S. title as
well as the hand of the lovely pre-puppy enhanced Debra.
- Sam Muchnick
is born Jesus Muchnick in the Ukraine. He would go on to
become a St. Louis sportswriter and eventually open a
wrestling promotion called the St. Louis Wrestling Club,
co-founding the National Wrestling Alliance in 1948 and
serving as its president for most of its first three
One" Paul Jones & Ricky
Steamboat beat Nature
Boy Ric Flair & Greg
"The Hammer" Valentine at the Coliseum in
Greensboro, NC to capture the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic tag
- Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke
regain the "NWA" World tag team championship, beating Ric
Flair & Blackjack Mulligan at WRAL
television studios in Raleigh, NC. This bout takes place
during a Wednesday night taping for the following
weekend's syndicated World
- "NWA" Rookie of the Year Terry
Taylor is awarded the "NWA" National TV title on
SuperStation TBS following a lengthy points tournament
Championship Wrestling hosted by Gordon
- Former "NWA" World tag champs Ricky
Steamboat & Jay
Youngblood down Sgt. Slaughter's proteges Pvt.
Don Kernodle & Pvt.
Jim Nelson in Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens to
capture the "NWA" Mid-Atlantic tag straps.
- Wahoo McDaniel
beats Sgt. Slaughter in a Canadian lumberjack
match for the "NWA" U.S. heavyweight championship at the
Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. In this match, other
wrestlers surround the ring with leather straps. On the under card,
Jack & Gerald
Brisco down the bickering team of Rowdy
Roddy Piper and Don
"The Magnificent" Muraco.
Misawa beats Stan
"The Lariat" Hansen for the All Japan
Triple Crown in Tokyo.
- Dick Shikat
beats Jim Londos in Philadelphia, PA to win the World heavyweight
championship as recognized by both Pennsylvania and New
York athletic commissions. Gus
Sonnenberg had previously been stripped of the title
by those influential sanctioning bodies.
- Gene DuBuque
Valentino best Ramon
Torres & Dick Warren in Fresno, CA
to take the "NWA" World tag team title. Warren would go
on to greater fame under his real name, Nick Bockwinkel, becoming one of the greatest AWA World champions in
Professional (Doug "Gashouse" Gilbert) beats Tarzan Tyler in Atlanta to capture the "NWA" Georgia State title.
- Bruiser Brody
beats Brian Blair
in West Palm Beach to capture the "NWA" Florida State
- Bam Bam Bigelow
makes his pro debut in New York City, at the famed
nightclub, Studio 54, pinning four opponents in under 12
- The Patriot
(Del Wilkes) defeats former WCCW World champion Al Perez at the world famous Sportatorium to become the first North
American heavyweight champion as recognized by the
Global Wrestling Federation. This match is televised on
- The Fabulous
Costello & Roy Heffernan) regain the "NWA" United States tag team championship
& Lou Bastien in Bridgeport, CT. This version of the title would
eventually evolve into what is known today as the WWF
tag team championship.
Golden Greek" John Tolos beats Victor
Rivera in Los Angeles, CA to win the "NWA" Americas
- Bruiser Brody's
one-day reign as "NWA" Florida State heavyweight
champion comes to an end after a vicious attack on
former titleholder Brian
Blair results in the promotion stripping him of the
- Pistol Pez
Whatley beats Jim
"The Anvil" Neidhart in Sarasota, FL to
capture the "NWA" Southern heavyweight crown.
- The Dream Team
(Greg Valentine & Brutus
Beefcake) beats The U.S. Express (Barry
Windham & Mike
Rotunda) in Philadelphia, PA to capture the WWF tag
- Rick & Scott Steiner beat Jim
Cornette's Midnight Express (Bobby
Eaton & Stan
Lane) at the Meadowlands' Brendan Byrne Arena in
East Rutherford, NJ to capture the "NWA" U.S. tag title.
- WCW presents its twenty-eighth Clash
of Champions from Cedar Rapids, IA headlined by Ric Flair beating WCW World champion Hulk Hogan via countout and Ricky
"The Dragon" Steamboat pinning Steve Austin to win the WCW U.S. crown.
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.