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.
- The Great Kabuki is born. A former “NWA” television champion,
Kabuki popularized the gimmick used successfully today
by The Great Muta.
- 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
- El Mongol beats Tim "Mr.
Wrestling" Woods in Atlanta to capture the
“NWA” Georgia heavyweight championship.
- 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
- Former NWA/AWA/WWA World champion "Big
Thunder" Gene Kiniski downs Ed
Morrow in Hawaii to regain the “NWA” U.S.
- 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.
- 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
- "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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Harley Race pins Shohei
"Giant" Baba in Otsu, Japan to win the NWA
World heavyweight championship for the fifth time.
- 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."
- Ric Flair makes his WWF debut in Cornwall, Ontario, beating Jim
Powers with the figure-four leg lock at a taping of WWF
- Sweet Sapphire (Juanita
Wright), the WWF valet of Dusty
Rhodes, dies in St. Louis following a heart attack.
- Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru
Tanaka, managed by Fred
Blassie, beat Tony
Garea & Haystacks
Calhoun in Philadelphia to capture the WWF tag team
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.