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Lonestar Shootout
 

Some of the biggest stars in the world gathered in San Antonio, Texas on July 4, 1982 for one of the greatest nights in the history of professional wrestling. Southwest Championship Wrestling and promoter Joe Blanchard simply called it, The Event. When you have Terry Funk, Nick Bockwinkel, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Bruiser Brody, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Lou Thesz, Tully Blanchard, Ricky Morton, Polish Power Ivan Putski, The Unpredicatable Dick Slater, Gorgeous Gino Hernandez, Polish Power Ivan Putski, Mr. Piledriver Bob Sweetan, Don Carson and the Mongolian Stomper, never has such a simple title said so much. 

Click here to find out about the hottest Pay Per Views of the Year! 


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! 

The new edition of Pro Wrestling Title Histories is on sale now! 
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. 
Click here to see a sample page


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.

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Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Paul Boesch Retirement Card

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Hulk Hogan vs. One Man Gang

Houston, Texas
Sam Houston Coliseum

Aug. 28, 1987

After 40 years of promoting and 50 years in professional wrestling, over 10,000 people braved a torrential downpour to see the final card of one of the greatest promoters ever. Houston police estimated at least another 10,000 were turned away. Paul Boesch was an institution in Houston. 


August 25

Bear Hug vs. Claw
Superstar Billy Graham vs.
Jose Lothario

Ft. Worth, Texas

Aug. 25, 1975

American Heavyweight Title
Gino Hernandez vs. 
Kevin Von Erich

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 25, 19
80

Main Event
Johnny Valentine vs. John Tolos

Dallas
Aug. 26, 1975

Western States Championship
Scott Casey vs. Swede Hansen

Texas Rules Death Match
Rip Hawk vs. 
Lawman Don Slatton 

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Larry Sharpe


Amarillo, Texas
Aug. 26, 19
76

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich & Bruiser Brody vs. Mark Lewin & Spoiler

Dallas
Aug. 26, 1979

Main Event 
Kerry Von Erich vs.
Freebird Michael Hayes

Gorgeous Jim Garvin vs.
Gentleman Chris Adams

Dallas
Aug. 26, 19
83

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Dory Funk Jr. vs. 
King Curtis Iaukea

Nick Bockwinkel & Dory Dixon vs. Ripper Collins & Buddy Austin

Honolulu, Hawaii
Aug. 27, 1969

12-Man Battle Royal
Man Mountain Mike; 
Blackjack Mulligan; Ivan Putski; Jose Lothario; Black Gordman; Goliath; Nikolai Volkoff; 
Missouri Mauler; Joe Blanchard

Jose Lothario vs. Black Gordman

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 27, 1973

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Terry Funk vs. Jose Lothario

Houston
Aug. 27, 1976

Double Main Event
Kevin Von Erich vs. Bruiser Brody 

Gary Hart vs. 
Bad Bad Leroy Brown

Dallas
Aug. 27, 19
78

Texas Heavyweight Title
David Von Erich vs. Mark Lewin

Ft. Worth
Aug. 27, 1979

American Heavyweight Title
Fritz Von Erich vs. Missouri Mauler

Dallas
Aug. 28, 1973

One Night Tournament for American Heavyweight Title Shot
Bruiser Brody vs. Rocky Johnson vs. Killer Karl Krupp

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 28, 1978

Double Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Tank Patton 

Tully Blanchard vs. 
Manny Fernandez

Houston
Aug. 28, 1981

Tag Team Main Event
Big John Studd & Ox Baker vs. Jimmy Snuka & Tommy Siegler

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 29, 1977

Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Gino Hernandez

Houston
Aug. 29, 1980

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs. Lord Al Hayes

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 30, 1976

Texas Heavyweight Championship
Ox Baker vs. Jimmy Snuka

Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich vs. Big John Studd & Bull Ramos

Dallas
Aug. 30, 1977

American Heavyweight Title
Kerry Von Erich vs. Kabuki

Dallas
Aug. 30, 1981

Main Event
Lord Al Hayes vs. 
Moondog Mayne 

Dallas
Aug. 31, 1976

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Harley Race vs. El Halcon

AWA World Heavyweight Title
Nick Bockwinkel vs. Bruiser Brody

Houston
Aug. 31, 1979

American Tag Team Title
El Halcon & Kerry Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez & Gary Young

Dallas
Aug. 31, 1980

Texas Rules Death Match
Bruiser Brody vs. Kabuki

Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug. 31, 1981

North American Heavyweight Title
Magnum TA vs. 
Hacksaw Butch Reed

Coal Miners Glove Match
Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. 
Hercules Hernandez

Mid-South TV Title
Dr. Death Steve Williams vs. 
Terry Taylor

Houston
Aug. 31, 1984

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.

8/25/67 - Fred Blassie downs Mark Lewin in Los Angeles to capture the WWA Americas heavyweight championship.

8/25/78 - Chavo Guerrero (Sr.) beats Lonnie "Moondog" Mayne in Los Angeles to win the “NWA” Americas belt.

8/25/84 - The Road Warriors beat Baron Von Raschke & The Crusher at the Showboat Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to capture the AWA World tag team championship.

8/25/89 - The Southern Rockers  (Steve Doll & Rex King) beat The Grappler (Len Denton) & Scotty the Body (now known as Raven) in Portland, Ore. to win the vacant “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag title.

8/25/90 - Alberto Madril & Ricky Santana defeat Scott "Flash" Norton & Steve Doll in Portland, Ore. to win the vacant “NWA” Pacific Northwest tag straps.

8/25/95 - Too Cold Scorpio downs Eddy Guerrero in Jim Thorpe, Penn. to win the ECW television championship.

8/26/67 - Johnny Valentine hammers Professor Boris "The Great" Malenko in Tampa to capture the “NWA” Florida state heavyweight championship.

8/26/69 - Legendary shooter Dale Lewis beats Cyclone Negro in Tampa to capture the “NWA” Florida title.

8/26/75 - Blackjack Mulligan & Blackjack Lanza, managed by Captain Lou Albano, beat Dominic DeNucci & "Irish" Pat Barrett in Philadelphia, Penn. to take the WWE tag team championship.

8/26/76 - Jumbo Tsuruta wins a tournament in Tokyo to crown a new “NWA” United National heavyweight title, beating former NWA World kingpin Jack Brisco in the finals.

8/26/79 - Harley Race wins the NWA World heavyweight championship for the third time of his career beating "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes in Orlando. Rhodes insisted on defending the title despite having his arm broken by former champ Terry Funk prior to the match. An outraged Race punches out Funk in retaliation for his interference.

8/26/89 - Members of The Stud Stable, Brian Lee & Jimmy Golden, beat Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong in Dothan, Ala. to win the CWF tag team title.

8/27/58 - "The Babe Ruth of Japanese wrestling" Rikidozan pins former undisputed World heavyweight champion Lou Thesz in Los Angeles to capture the “NWA” International heavyweight championship. This belt eventually goes on to become part of All Japan Pro Wrestling's Triple Crown, along with the “NWA” United National title and the Pacific Wrestling Federation crown.

8/27/71 - Black Gordman & El Gran Goliath beat Masa Saito & Kenji Shibuya in Los Angeles to garner the “NWA” Americas tag title.

8/27/90 - Former NWA World champion Kerry Von Erich pins former AWA World champion Curt Hennig in Philadelphia to win the WWE Intercontinental title. 

8/27/95 - "Monster Ripper" Rhonda Singh, a women's wrestling legend in Calgary and Japan, re-emeges as Harvey Wippleman's girlfriend Bertha Faye to down Alundra Blayze (Madusa) at SummerSlam in Pittsburgh to win the WWE Women's championship. 

8/28/86 - Chief Wahoo McDaniel downs The Four Horsemen's Tully Blanchard, managed by James J. Dillon, in Los Angeles to capture the “NWA” National heavyweight championship.

8/28/87 - After six decades in the business, legendary wrestler/announcer/promoter Paul Boesch walks away from the business, retiring after promoting his last card in Houston.

8/28/89 - The Ultimate Warrior regains the WWE Intercontinental title at SummerSlam in East Rutherford, NJ, beating Ravishing Rick Rude, managed by Bobby "The Brain" Heenan. 

8/28/94 - "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels & Diesel (Kevin Nash) beat The Headshrinkers in Indianapolis to capture the WWE tag team championship.

8/28/95 - PG-13 (JC Ice & Wolfie-D) beat Tracy Smothers & Terry Gordy in Memphis to capture the vacant USWA tag title.

8/29/69 - Dick the Bruiser beats Wilbur Snyder to capture his third WWA World heavyweight championship.

8/29/74 - Omar Atlas & Pat O'Connor beat The Interns in Kansas City to win the “NWA” Central States tag team championship.

8/29/88 - Ultimate Warrior beats Honkytonk Man at SummerSlam in New York's Madison Square Garden to capture the WWE Intercontinental title.

8/29/89 - The Southern Rockers (Steve Doll & Scott Peterson) beat Colonel DeBeers & John Nord to win the Pacific Northwest tag title.

8/29/92 - British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith pins Bret Hart at SummerSlam London's Wembley Stadium to capture the WWE Intercontinental belt.

8/29/94 - Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) beats Diesel (Kevin Nash) at SummerSlam in Chicago to win the WWE Intercontinetal strap.

8/29/81 - The Masked Superstar, the reigning “NWA” National champ, pins Tommy Rich to win the “NWA” Georgia state title. He retires the Georgia crown the following week.

8/30/69 - Butcher & Mad Dog Vachon down Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher in Chicago to capture the AWA World tag team championship.

8/30/74 - Mr. Wrestling II wins his fourth Georgia State title with a win over Buddy Colt.

8/30/82 - Tatsumi Fujinami bests Gino Brito in New York's Madison Square Garden to win the WWE International title.

8/30/93 - Dustin Rhodes pins Rick Rude in the finals of a best-of-three series to take the held-up WCW U.S. championship.

8/30/95 - Dynamite Kansai beats Aja Kong to win the WWWA World title.

8/31/77 - Ramon Torres comes out of retirement in San Antonio to get revenge on Ox Baker, the man who "killed" his brother Alberto.

8/31/78 - Doug "Gashouse" Gilbert beats Bruiser Bob Sweetan in Kansas City to garner the “NWA” Central States belt.

8/31/91 - Katsuji Ueda beats Mark Starr in Chiba, Japan to win the AWA World junior heavyweight championship.

  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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