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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:

Jack Brisco Makes His First Championship 
Appearance in Dallas-Ft. Worth

Non-Title Match 
Jack Brisco vs. Jose Lothario

Ft. Worth, Texas
North Side Coliseum

Sept. 24, 1974

NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Jack Brisco vs. Ivan Putski

Dallas
Sportatorium
Sept. 25, 1974

Back in the territory days of professional wrestling, it was always a major event when the World heavyweight championship made one of his few appearances into an NWA territory. It was newsworthy when a new champion made his first appearance. Jack Brisco had captured the NWA World heavyweight championship from Harley Race in July. These were his first two appearances in Dallas with the belt. It marked the first time Dallas had seen somebody other than Dory Funk Jr. carry the title since the 60s.

September 22

Double Main Event
Superstar Billy Graham vs. 
A
l Madril 

Jose Lothario vs. John Tolos

Ft. Worth, Texas

Sept. 22, 1975

10-Man Elimination Tag Match
Bruiser Brody & Fritz Von Erich &  Kevin Von Erich David Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs. Gary Hart & Gino Hernandez & Stan Stasiak & Pak Song & Gary Young

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 22, 1980

Texas Brass Knucks Title
Jose Lothario vs. 
Superstar Billy Graham

Al Madril vs. Dory Funk Jr.

Dallas
Sept. 23, 1975

Giant vs. Brute
Andre the Giant vs. 
Abdullah the Butcher

Houston
Sept. 23, 1977

American Heavyweight Title
El Halcon vs. Killer Brooks

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

Dallas
Sept. 23, 197
9

Double Main Event 
Bruiser Brody vs. 
Freebird Michael Hayes

Freebird Terry Gordy vs. 
Kerry Von Erich

Dallas
Sept. 23, 19
83

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Terry Funk vs. Jose Lothario

Houston
Sept. 24, 1976

Texas Brass Knucks Title
Bruiser Brody vs.
Mark Lewin 

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 24, 1979

For the Dog's 
King of Houston Crown

Junkyard Dog vs. Nick Bockwinkel

Cage Match
Tony Atlas vs. Mongolian Stomper

Southwest Tag Team Title
Gino Hernandez & Tully Blanchard vs. Mil Mascaras & Dos Caras

Houston
Sept. 24, 1982

Double Main Event
Johnny Valentine vs. 
Fritz Von Erich

Mil Mascaras vs. Stan Stasiak

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 25, 19
72

Texas Tag Team Championship
Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich vs. Bruiser Brody & 
Gino Hernandez

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 25, 1978

AWA World Heavyweight Title
Nick Bockwinkel vs. Bruiser Brody

Southwest Heavyweight Title
Dick Slater vs. Wahoo McDaniel

Houston
Sept. 25, 1981

Texas Brass Knucks Title
Kabuki vs. Bugsy McGraw

Texas Heavyweight Title
David Von Erich
vs. 
King Kong Bundy

Wichita Falls, Texas
Sept. 25, 1982

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich
vs. Ox Baker

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 26, 1977

American Heavyweight Title
Gino Hernandez vs. Bruiser Brody

Mil Mascaras vs.  Ivan Koloff

Houston
Sept. 26, 1980

American Heavyweight Title
Fritz Von Erich vs. Lord Al Hayes

Texas Tag Team Championship
Rocky Johnson & Jose Lothario vs. Seigfried Stanke & Big O

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 27, 1976

Texas Heavyweight Championship
Al Madril vs. Ox Baker

Kevin Von Erich vs. Gary Hart

Dallas
Sept. 27, 1977

Texas Heavyweight Championship
Al Madril vs. Killer Brooks

Kabuki vs. Ten Gu

Dallas
Sept. 27, 1981

Texas Heavyweight Championship
Seigfried Stanke vs. 
Rocky Johnson

Dallas
Sept. 28, 1976

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Harley Race vs. Gino Hernandez

Dallas
Sept. 28, 1980

Corvette vs. Hair
David Von Erich vs. Killer Brooks

Ft. Worth, Texas
Sept. 28, 1981

Southern Tag Team Title
Bobby Eaton & Koko Ware vs. 
Terry Taylor & Stan Lane

Louisville
Sept. 28, 1981

North American Heavyweight Title
Magnum TA vs. Terry Taylor

Mid-South Tag Team Title
Midnight Express vs. Fantastics

Ghetto Street Fight
Butch Reed vs. Master G

Houston
Sept. 28, 1984

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