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See the final showdown for NWA supremacy between legendary champion Harley Race and the American Dream Dusty Rhodes from the Omni in Atlanta. Find out why Rhodes was one of the most popular stars in the world. See why Nature Boy Ric Flair proves he is a Jet Flyin', Limousine Ridin' Kiss Stealin' Son of a Gun. Plus, Jerry the King Lawler, Macho Man Randy Savage, Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, the Universal Heartthrob Austin Idol and much, much more.

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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:

Two World Titles Defended Simultaneously!

Two Ring Excitement Opens Will Rogers Coliseum in Ft. Worth

NWA World Heavyweight Championship 
Harley Race vs. David Von Erich

World Women's Championship 
Evelyn Stevens vs. Fabulous Moolah

Ft. Worth
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. 

October 5

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs. 
Seigfried Stanke

Dallas
Oct. 5, 1976

Texas Brass Knucks Championship
Bruiser Brody vs. Stan Stasiak

Kevin Von Erich & David Von Erich vs. Gino Hernandez & Gary Young

Dallas
Oct. 5, 1980

Double Main Event
Kerry Von Erich vs. Killer Brooks

Jose Lothario vs. Kabuki

Ft. Worth, Texas
Oct. 5, 1981

Double Main Event
Mad Dog Vachon vs. Red Bastien

Al Madril vs. Geoffrey Portz

Ft. Worth
Oct. 6, 1975

Steel Cage Match
Kevin Von Erich vs. 
Gino Hernandez

Ft. Worth
Oct. 6, 1980

Southern Heavyweight Title
Jerry Lawler vs. Jerry Brisco

Southern Tag Team Title
Al Greene & Phil Hickerson vs.
Jerry Jarrett & Tojo Yamamoto

Memphis
Oct. 7, 1974

Double Main Event
Mad Dog Vachon vs. Al Madril

Red Bastien vs. Hans Schroeder

Dallas
Oct. 7, 1975

Big Cat vs. the Mad Man
Ernie Ladd vs. 
Abdullah the Butcher

For World Junior Title Shot
Jimmy Snuka vs. Nick Kozak

Houston
Oct. 7, 197
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Mask vs. Hair 
Mil Mascaras vs. Black Gordman

Los Angeles
Oct. 7, 1977

American Heavyweight Title
El Halcon vs. Spoiler

David Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich vs. Mark Lewin & Killer Brooks

Dallas
Oct. 7, 1979

NWA World Heavyweight Title
Harley Race vs. 
Iceman King Parsons 

Dallas
Oct. 7, 1983

Texas Rules Death Match
Tully Blanchard vs.
Spike Huber

Dick Murdoch vs. Jerry Oates

Freebird Terry Gordy vs. 
Dominic DeNucci

St. Louis
Oct. 7, 1983

Six-Man 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)

North American Heavyweight Title
Ernie Ladd vs. Magnum TA

Dallas
Oct. 7, 19
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Double Main Event
Ivan Putski vs. Nikolai Volkoff

Jose Lothario vs. Paul DeMarco

Ft. Worth, Texas
Oct. 8, 1973

Tag Team Match
Junkyard Dog & Tony Atlas vs. Gino Hernandez & Tully Blanchard

Southwest Championship
No Disqualifications
Dick Slater vs. Mongolian Stomper

Terry Gordy vs. Dick Murdoch

Houston
Oct. 8, 1982

Main Event
Fritz Von Erich vs. Nikolai Volkoff

Black Gordman & El Gran Goliat vs. Ivan Putski & Jose Lothario

Dallas
Oct. 9, 1973

Main Event
Jimmy Snuka vs. Ox Baker

Ft. Worth
Oct. 10, 1977

25 Person (Men and Women)
Battle Royal

Grudge Match
Jerry Lawler & Dutch Mantell vs. Kimala I & Kimala II

Southern Tag Team Ttitle
Bobby Eaton & Koko Ware vs. Terry Taylor & Bill Dundee

Lexington
Oct. 10, 1982

Texas Tag Team Chammpionship
Siegfried Stanke & Big O vs. Rocky Johnson & Charlie Cook

Ft. Worth
Oct. 11, 1976

Main Event
Ox Baker vs. Big John Studd

Dallas
Oct. 11, 1977

Lumberjack Match
Jose Lothario vs. Kabuki

David Von Erich vs. 
Arman Hussein

Dallas
Oct. 11, 1981

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