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moments that have defined professional wrestling.
Sullivan provides special insight
for this week's highlights.
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Titles Defended Simultaneously!
Excitement Opens Will Rogers Coliseum in Ft. Worth
World Heavyweight Championship
vs. David Von Erich
vs. Fabulous Moolah
Will Rogers Coliseum
Oct. 9, 1978
When the Ft. Worth
promotion moved to the Will Rogers Coliseum it opened the new
venue in style. Two regulation rings were put side-by-side for
the evening's action. An unusual ribbon cutting ceremony saw Kevin
and David Von Erich come to the rings before the first
match. A ribbon was tied between two opposite corners of a
ring. Kevin won a coin toss and "cut the ribbon" by
body slamming his younger brother through it. David forgave his
brother enough to team with him and father Fritz Von Erich
in a two-ring six-man tag team match against Gary Hart, Gino
Hernandez and the White Knight (Dick Steinborn).
Wrestlers from each team wrestled in separate rings. A pin in
either ring ended the match. The third man was on the adjoining
aprons between rings and could tag into either ring.
But the highlight saw each
ring host simultaneous World title matches. Harley Race
was in town to defend his NWA World heavyweight championship
against the 300-pound American champion Bruiser Brody.
In the adjacent ring, Evelyn Stevens defended her newly
won World women's title against Fabulous Moolah. Stevens
had taken the title from Moolah the night before in Dallas.
Alas, for Stevens, her title reign was short lived. The ring
Brody and Race were in couldn't contain their brawl. They ended
up in the women's ring. Stevens was in the wrong place at the
wrong time and was inadvertently decked by Brody when Race
ducked a haymaker. Moolah regained her title by easily pinning
the dazed Stevens.
Fritz Von Erich vs.
Oct. 5, 1976
Brass Knucks Championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Stan
Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez &
Oct. 5, 1980
Kerry Von Erich vs.
Lothario vs. Kabuki
Ft. Worth, Texas
Oct. 5, 1981
Dog Vachon vs. Red
Madril vs. Geoffrey Portz
Oct. 6, 1975
Kevin Von Erich
Oct. 6, 1980
vs. Jerry Brisco
Tag Team Title
Al Greene & Phil
Jerry Jarrett & Tojo Yamamoto
Oct. 7, 1974
Vachon vs. Al Madril
Bastien vs. Hans Schroeder
Oct. 7, 1975
Cat vs. the Mad Man
Abdullah the Butcher
World Junior Title Shot
Jimmy Snuka vs. Nick
Oct. 7, 1977
Mil Mascaras vs. Black Gordman
Oct. 7, 1977
El Halcon vs.
Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs. Mark Lewin &
Oct. 7, 1979
World Heavyweight Title
Iceman King Parsons
Oct. 7, 1983
Rules Death Match
Tully Blanchard vs. Spike
Murdoch vs. Jerry Oates
Terry Gordy vs.
Oct. 7, 1983
Tag Team Match
Kevin Von Erich &
Kerry Von Erich & Mike Von Erich vs.
Jake Roberts & Gino Hernandez & El Gran Markus (Chris
Adams subs for "no show" Markus)
American Heavyweight Title
Ernie Ladd vs. Magnum
Oct. 7, 19
Ivan Putski vs.
Lothario vs. Paul DeMarco
Oct. 8, 1973
Junkyard Dog &
Tony Atlas vs. Gino Hernandez & Tully Blanchard
vs. Mongolian Stomper
vs. Dick Murdoch
Oct. 8, 1982
Fritz Von Erich vs.
Gordman & El Gran Goliat vs. Ivan Putski & Jose
Oct. 9, 1973
Jimmy Snuka vs. Ox
Oct. 10, 1977
Person (Men and Women)
Jerry Lawler &
Dutch Mantell vs. Kimala I & Kimala II
Tag Team Ttitle
Bobby Eaton & Koko Ware vs. Terry Taylor & Bill
Oct. 10, 1982
Tag Team Chammpionship
& Big O vs. Rocky Johnson & Charlie Cook
Oct. 11, 1976
Ox Baker vs. Big John
Oct. 11, 1977
Jose Lothario vs. Kabuki
Oct. 11, 1981
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