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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. 

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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. 
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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.

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September 8

Gino Hernandez Challenges All Three Von Erich Brothers In One Night
Handicap Match: Gino Hernandez must beat all three brothers to win

Ft. Worth, Texas

Sept. 8, 1980

Texas Death Match
Bill Dundee vs. Dream Machine

Louisville, Kent.
Sept. 8, 1981

Double Main Event
Al Madril vs. John Tolos

Red Bastien vs. Geoff Portz

Dallas
Sept. 9, 1975

World Heavyweight Title
Harley Race vs. Ox Baker

Texas Tag Team Championship
Big John Studd & Bull Ramos vs. 
Jose Lothario & Al Madril 

Houston
Sept. 9, 19
77

Texas Brass Knucks Title
Lumberjack Match 

Mark Lewin vs. Bruiser Brody

Dallas
Sept. 9, 19
79

Main Event
Bruiser Brody vs. Terry Gordy

Dallas
Sept. 9, 19
83

Texas Heavyweight Title 
Bruiser Brody vs. David Von Erich

Dallas
Sept. 10, 1978

Tag Team Chain Match
All Four Men Chained Together

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

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 10, 1979

Double Main Event
Ivan Putski vs. Nikolai Volkoff

Black Gordman & El Gran Goliat vs. Wahoo McDaniel & 
Man Mountain Mike

Dallas
Sept. 11, 1973

American Heavyweight Title
Fritz Von Erich vs. Bruiser Brody

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 11, 1978

Double Main Event
Gino Hernandez vs. Bruiser Brody 

Southwest Heavyweight Title

Dick Slater vs. Bobby Duncum 

Houston
Sept. 11, 19
81

Four-Man One-Night Tournament
Winner Gets World Title Shot

Dory Funk Sr.
Nick Bockwinkel
Lord Patrick (Pat Patterson)
Gypsy Joe

Dory Funk Jr. & 
Sky Hi (Tex) McKenzie vs. Infernos

Amarillo, Texas
Sept. 12, 1968

American Heavyweight Title
Fritz Von Erich vs. Big John Studd

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 12, 1977

American Heavyweight Title
Mark Lewin vs. Gino Hernandez

World Junior Heavyweight Title
Les Thornton vs. Don Diamond

Houston
Sept. 12, 1980

Double Main Event
Jose Lothario & El Bracero vs. Lord Al Hayes & Big O 

Rocky Johnson vs. 
Seigfried Stanke

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 13, 1976

Tag Team Main Event
Big John Studd & Gary Hart vs. Fritz Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich

Dallas
Sept. 13, 1977

4-on-3 Handicap Match
Fritz Von Erich & David Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs.
Gary Hart & Kabuki & 
Chang Chung & Tim Brooks

Texas Heavyweight Championship
Al Madril vs. Arman Hussein

Dallas
Sept. 13, 1981

Fritz Von Erich Special Referee
Rocky Johnson vs. 
Moondog Mayne

Dallas
Sept. 14, 1976

American Tag Team Title
Texas Death Match Rules

Jose Lothario & El Halcon vs. 
Gino Hernandez & El Gran Markus

Houston
Sept. 14, 1979

Eight-Man Tag Team
Bruiser Brody & Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs.
Gary Hart & Gino Hernandez & 
Pak Song & Gary Young

Dallas
Sept. 14, 1980

Battle Royal Pole Match
David Von Erich; Al Madril; Kabuki; Bill Irwin; Chang Chung; Ten Gu; Killer Brooks; Jesse Barr; Arman Hussein; Jake Savage; Walter Johnson; Terry Orndorff 

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 14, 1981

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.

9/8/48 - The Great Kabuki is born. A former “NWA” television champion, Kabuki popularized the gimmick used successfully today by The Great Muta.

9/8/62 - Scott Levy is born. Known early in his career as Scotty the Body, Levy would go on to hold the WCW World light heavyweight championship as Scotty Flamingo, managed The Quebecers to the WWF tag title as Johnny Polo, and hold the ECW World belt as Raven. Today, he holds the ECW tag straps with Tommy Dreamer.

9/8/67 - El Mongol beats Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods in Atlanta to capture the “NWA” Georgia heavyweight championship.

9/8/91 - In a deal negotiated by WCW vice president Bill Watts, WWF superstar Ric Flair sells the "Big Gold belt" to WCW for a reported $28,000 (the amount of the disputed figure that Flair claimed was owed to him to cover his old NWA appearance bond). Today that belt, which has been used to represent the NWA World title and the WCWI World title in the past, now represents the RAW World title in the WWE. 

9/9/71 - Former NWA/AWA/WWA World champion "Big Thunder" Gene Kiniski downs Ed Morrow in Hawaii to regain the “NWA” U.S. heavyweight championship.

9/9/79 - Dewey Robertson wins a one-night tournament at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to capture the “NWA” Canadian heavyweight championship, beating Greg "The Hammer" Valentine in the finals. Robertson would later go on to gain fame as The Missing Link, a character still mentioned from time-to-time by David Letterman.

9/9/80 - The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika Anoai) beat Rene Goulet & Tony Garea in the finals of a tournament in Allentown, Penn. to win the WWF tag team championship. This match is televised on the syndicated WWF Championship Wrestling.

9/9/86 - "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes pins "The Enforcer" Arn Anderson following a DDT to win the “NWA” television championship for the third time of his career at a taping of the syndicated NWA Pro Wrestling at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC.

9/9/88 - Legendary wrestler and NWA promoter Leroy McGuirk dies in Oklahoma at the age of 78. McGuirk was instrumental in booking the NWA World junior heavyweight championship throughout the 60s and 70s, turning former amateur great Danny Hodge into a pro wrestling legend as well. McGuirk was also instrumental in starting the career of NWA World heavyweight champion Jack Brisco.

9/9/96 - The NWO had an imposter Sting attack Lex Luger, live on Monday Nitro. This would lead to the real Sting being shunned by the WCW wrestlers & announcers. Sting finally got fed up and quit wrestling for the next year.

9/10/48 - Don "The Magnificent" Muraco is born. A former WWF Intercontinental and “NWA” U.S. champion, Muraco was once known as "The Rock" in the World Wrestling Federation.  

9/10/65 - Former Olympian Masa Saito makes his pro debut. Saito would go to capture numerous titles in his pro career including the AWA World heavyweight championship.

9/10/80 - Harley Race pins Shohei "Giant" Baba in Otsu, Japan to win the NWA World heavyweight championship for the fifth time.

9/10/88 - Jim Cornette's Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) beat The Four Horsemen's Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard, managed by James J. Dillon, in Philadelphia to capture the “NWA” World tag team championship. Blanchard and Anderson then ventured to the WWF as Bobby Heenan's "Brain Busters."

9/10/91 - Ric Flair makes his WWF debut in Cornwall, Ontario, beating Jim Powers with the figure-four leg lock at a taping of WWF Wrestling Challenge.

9/10/96 - Sweet Sapphire (Juanita Wright), the WWF valet of Dusty Rhodes, dies in St. Louis following a heart attack.

9/11/73 - Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka, managed by Fred Blassie, beat Tony Garea & Haystacks Calhoun in Philadelphia to capture the WWF tag team 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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