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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. 
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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.

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Special Edition!

Here is some extra coverage of some major events:

Hair Match

Loser Gets His Head Shaved In the Middle of the Ring
Gorgeous Gino Hernandez vs. Jose Lothario

Houston, Texas
Sam Houston Coliseum

Aug. 21, 1979

It's the reprisal of one of the greatest angles in the history of Houston wrestling. A year earlier Gino Hernandez infuriated the fans by bleaching his hair blonde and claiming that he "was tired of trying to make the Mexican fans happy by dying his hair brown. It's naturally blonde." He and Jose Lothario met in a series of hair matches that nearly cost Lothario his career. Now the hair has grown back, the bleach has been broken out, and Gino Hernandez and Jose Lothario renew their bitter rivalry.

September 15

Six-Man Tag Team Elimination
Al Madril & Jose Lothario & Red Bastien vs. John Tolos & 
Steve Strong & Geoff Portz

Ft. Worth, Texas

Sept. 15, 1975

Cage Match
Kevin Von Erich vs. 
Gino Hernandez 

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 15, 1980

National Heavyweight Title
Super Destroyer vs. Tommy Rich

Columbus, Ga.
Sept. 15, 1982

Texas Heavyweight Title
Red Bastien vs. Terry Funk

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 16, 1974

Texas Heavyweight Title
Al Madril vs. John Tolos

Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jose Lothario

Dallas
Sept. 16, 197
5

Karate Glove Match 
Jose Lothario vs. Bull Ramos

Captain USA (John Studd) vs. 
Al Madril

Houston
Sept. 16, 19
77

Texas Heavyweight Title
David Von Erich vs. Mark Lewin

Kerry Von Erich & El Halcon vs. Spoiler & Killer Brooks

Dallas
Sept. 16, 1979

Tag Team Main Event
Jimmy Valiant & Bill Dundee vs.  
Dream Machine & Jimmy Hart

Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Mr. Onita & Masa Fuchi  

Evansville, Ind.
Sept. 16, 1981

Tag Team Main Event
Ivan Putski & Man Mountain Mike vs. Paul DeMarco & Nikolai Volkoff

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 17, 1973

Texas Tag Team Championship
Bruiser Brody & Kerry Von Erich vs. Spoiler & Mark Lewin

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 17, 19
79

Battle of the Big Men
Bruiser Brody vs. Nikolai Volkoff

St. Louis
Sept. 17, 1983

Main Event
Wahoo McDaniel vs. Stan Stasiak

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 18, 1972

Three-Man Battle Royal
Ivan Putski vs. Blackjack Mulligan vs. Man Mountain Mike

Dallas
Sept. 18, 1973

Main Event
Al Mardil vs. Bruiser Brody


Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 18, 1978

Main Eveht
Bruiser Brody vs. Ken Patera

Mil Mascaras & Manny Fernandez vs. Gino Hernandez & 
Tully Blanchard

Houston
Sept. 18, 1981

Main Event
Andre the Giant vs. Ox Baker

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 19, 1977

Main Event
Ivan Koloff vs. Tony Atlas

Houston
Sept. 19, 1980

Lights Out Cage Match
Dusty Rhodes vs. Jim Garvin

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Ric Flair vs. Mike Graham

Brian Blair & Butch Reed & 
Sweet Brown Sugar vs. 
Bruiser Brody & John Studd & Kiamala

Orlando, Fla.
Sept. 19, 1982

Main Event
Brett Sawyer & Tommy Rogers vs. Rip Oliver & Sheik Abdullah

Tacoma, Wash.
Sept. 19, 1982

Main Event
Jose Lothario vs. Moondog Mayne

Rocky Johnson vs. Lord Al Hayes 

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 20, 1976

Battle of the Giants
Andre the Giant vs. John Studd

Dallas, Texas
Sept. 20, 1977

Double Main Event
Kabuki vs. Ten Gu

David Von Erich vs. Killer Brooks

Dallas
Sept. 20, 1981

Canadian Heavyweight Title
Sgt. Al Tomko vs. Mr. Pro

Vancouver
Sept. 20, 1982

Double Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs. 
Seigfried Stanke

Jose Lothario vs. Big O

Dallas
Sept. 21, 1976

American Heavyweight Title
Gino Hernandez vs. Bruiser Brody

American Tag Team Title
Kerry Von Erich & El Halcon vs. Stan Stasiak & Bulldog Brower

Dallas
Sept. 21, 1980

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