When It Was Cool Patreon Newsletter - Issue 1

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Issue 1  -  Covering April 2019 Updates & Additions

This is the official newsletter available to all of our Patreon supporters. Thank you! This newsletter includes all of the When It Was Cool website updates we have done throughout the month for you in one easy to find location.  These are website articles, article updates, additions, and more that have been posted in the last month so you don’t have to hunt them down.  Enjoy!

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Future newsletter issues and the podcast that accompanies it will be available at the $1 Patreon support level.  This month we have a great mix of movie reviews, concert reviews, and tons of pro wrestling history.  As I continue to work on the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling section of When It Was Cool there will be a lot of this, including tons of new and updated research.

The first When It Was Cool Newsletter Podcast will air on the Patreon feed on Wednesday May 1st so if you are getting this newsletter for free then you will need to sign up at least at the $1 level by then to get access to it. 

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Captain Marvel - Shazam! Movie Review and History of the Shazam Character

This weekend When It Was Cool headed out to the theater to see the latest offering from the DC movie universe with Shazam! Shazam (Captain Marvel) has long been one of our favorite comic book characters dating back to his return to the mainstream in the 1970s with the Mego action figure, Shazam! comic book series, Saturday morning cartoon, and live action Saturday morning series. 

Over the last decade, DC Comics has made significant changes to the Captain Marvel character including altering his classic name to Shazam (it’s a long and complicated story). While I’m not a big fan of that change, well, it is what it is.  While the new version of the classic Captain Marvel might rub old school purest the wrong way the new character still had the chance to be redeeming and, in our opinion, it was.

Far and away the brightest, funniest, and I dare I say the most entertaining of the DC movie universe offerings to date, Shazam! was a the story of a moral journey of lone street survivor outcast Billy Batson and his road toward understanding the true meaning of family and being a hero.  Along the way you got all the superhero tropes you would want - a bad guy, monsters, superhuman feats, and yes… a fight scene that ran too long.

The movie isn’t perfect by any stretch.  The CGI effects of the Seven Deadly Sins left a lot to be desired in 2019. The final fight scene between Shazam and Dr. Silvana went entirely too long and the characters lack of an actual proper name (which is also an element of the current Shazam! comic book series) is irritating and unnecessary.

Still, when all was said in done, we left this film feeling uplifted and excited which is certainly not the case with most of grim DC movie offerings so far.  I expected the worst from this iteration of Shazam but instead was treated to a fun, inspiring, and exciting superhero movie. Two thumbs up.

KISS Concert Review - End of the Road Tour - Birmingham, AL BJCC - April 13, 2019

ALRIGHT PEOPLE! YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST! THE HOTTEST BAND IN THE WORLD - KISS!

From that iconic introduction then blasted Detroit Rock City and one of the most incredible live acts in rock and roll history took the stage in Birmingham, Alabama for the last time - KISS!

You can say whatever you like (and it’s valid criticism) about the musicianship of KISS, the in-fighting between original members, and just what their real place in rock in roll history actually is but one thing you absolutely can’t criticize is the showmanship and fun atmosphere of a KISS concert.  This wasn’t my first time seeing KISS but it has been over twenty years since I last saw them with the big mid-1990s reunion tour featuring all the original members.  Original members who were fighting, obsessing, and generally not having much fun.  This version of KISS seemed to be having a lot of fun and brought that energy to the crowd on April 13, 2019 at the Birmingham, AL BJCC arena.

Judging from the amount of arena blocked off by the massive stage and set I’d guess probably 12,500-14,000 people were in attendance and dare say none of them left being anything short of blown away by the amazing performance by KISS (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, and Tommy Thayer).

This tour has received a lot of backlash from rock and roll critics like Eddie Trunk for having Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in the make up and characters of Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.  It is a valid point of contention to be honest and maybe KISS would have been better served to have gone with original make-up and characters for later members (the way they did with the late Eric Carr and Vinnie Vincent). But that’s not what they did but it didn’t seem like a single person at the BJCC arena cared.  Eric Singer’s drum solo got a great reaction. Honestly, he sings better than Peter Criss too.  Tommy Thayer is a very respected guitarist and about the only negative criticism you can throw at him is that he is wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup.

Much has been made over the last several years about the declining vocals of Paul Stanley.  It is widely reported he is using backing tracks on this tour and not a single person in the BJCC cared.  We paid for a show and we got a show and if you think KISS is the only band doing this then you haven’t been to many concerts over the last few years.  If 67 year old Paul Stanley needs a little help from his own voice to push through this massive set then I couldn't care less.  There is virtually nothing to criticize about this show unless you don’t like having fun or something.

Even if you’re a hater of the latter day incarnation of KISS and even if you aren’t a giant fan of their music, it’s hard to not have a blast at a KISS concert.  They will just roll you over with a good time.  Loud heavy guitars, explosions, theatrics, explosions, gimmicks, fast paced fun songs, more explosions.  It both literally and figuratively is a blast.

The End of the Road Tour claims to be their last and I actually am not skeptical.  After all Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are men near 70 years old and neither Tommy Thayer nor Eric Singer are spring chickens either.  It is probably time to put this massive KISS machine to rest but instead of going out with a whimper, KISS is going out with a bang with one of the most pyrotechnic, gimmick laden, flame throwing concert sets you’ll ever experience which is exactly what you would expect and want from KISS.

KISS has largely been a gimmick since day one.  KISS has always been larger than life, garish, over the top, a touch ridiculous, and KISS fans (myself included) wouldn’t have it any other way.  You’ve got a dude dressed like a demon breathing fire and spitting blood for Pete’s sake ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?  Yes. Yes, we were. Thank you KISS.

Setlist:

  • “Detroit Rock City”
  • “Shout It Out Loud”
  • “Deuce”
  • “Say Yeah”
  • “I Love It Loud”
  • “Heaven’s on Fire”
  • “War Machine”
  • “Lick it Up”
  • “Calling Dr. Love"
  • “100,000 Years”
  • “Cold Gin”
  • “God of Thunder”
  • “Psycho Circus”
  • “Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll”
  • “Love Gun”
  • “I Was Made for Lovin’ You”
  • “Black Diamond”

Encores:

  • “Beth”
  • “Do You Love Me”
  • “Rock and Roll All Night”

Spotlight on: Stuck in the Desert Podcast by the Desert Rat

Photo by Karl Stern

Have you listened to one of our newest podcasts yet?  If you haven’t yet listened to the Stuck in the Desert Podcast by the Desert Rat you are missing an amazing show.  This show is a laid back, slice of life show from the desert southwest of the United States which, incidentally, is one of my favorite places to visit.  

I have been “out west” several times and have never failed to love every minute of it.  It’s almost like being on a different planet to me.  Where I live is heavily forested.  Trees everywhere.  Out there I can go miles and miles and never see a tree on the landscape.  There are these beautiful sweeping mountain ranges with wild white capped rivers running through them.  You can literally feel the history of the first nations people in the landscapes.  It is honestly one of the most beautiful places I have ever traveled.

The Desert Rat is from Arizona which has no shortage of places to visit and things to see. Obviously, the Grand Canyon comes to mind first (as well it should, it is a majestic National Park) but Arizona is so much more than that and the Desert Rat narrates it to you in a soothing, welcoming tone.  We are thrilled to have the Stuck in the Desert show at When It Was Cool and the show is currently doing a series on the summertime in the desert and it’s made me wish I was out there right now!  I can’t wait until I can finally take Tonya out there, she’s never been, and I know she will love it.  Thank you Desert Rat!

Updates to the History of Wrestling Zone:

1860 (Unspecified):  James H. McLaughlin joins the 26th New York Infantry and becomes the regiment’s wrestling champion

01-22-1861:  Future wrestling champion Jack Carkeek is born in Rockland, MI.

05-24-1861: Evan “Strangler” Lewis is born in Ridgeway, WI to Irish and Welch parents.

1861 (unspecified): John McMahon wins his public debut match defeating 6’5” 320 pound Peter English in Port Henry, NY winning two out of three falls in 18 minutes.

04-1864: George W. Flagg, a long time wrestler and member of the Vermont Infantry, leaves the hospital after recovering from a leg wound, and wins the Grand Championship of the Army of the Potomac in a Gettysburg tournament. Flagg was the wrestling champion and physical instructor for the Vermont 2nd Infantry.  Flagg trained such regional collar and elbow champions as George Georghan, Lee Burton, and Sam Fox.

04-14-1865: Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater.

06-1866: By this date John McMahon had recorded 39 wins with no losses and some of his wins came over: Al Store, Uxile Crickett, Lon Doolin, Jim Craven, George Stone, Ed Fox, E.M. Titus, W.M. Scoville, John Harrod, Cpt. John Haley, Homer Lane, Parry Higby, Albert Ellis, J. Dunlap, and George Van Dyke.

Col. James H. McLaughlin

01-1867: The American Collar & Elbow championship is established. Col. James H. McLaughlin defeats Louis Ainsworth for the title in Newark, NJ.

09-01-1868: Homer Lane defeats Col. James H. McLaughlin for the American Collar & Elbow championship in Utica, NY.

1870 (unspecified): Padded wrestling mats make their first appearance. Credited as among the first to use them were Jim Owens and his cousin Ed Cox who stuffed comforters and used them to wrestle collar & elbow matches on them.

03-10-1870: Col. James H. McLaughlin defeats Barney Smith in Detroit, MI for the “Diamond Championship Belt”. Homer Lane was also in the tournament. The rules were collar & elbow. Barney Smith dies soon afterward and McLaughlin donates his winnings to Smith’s widow and apologizes saying, “I forgot I was so wicked strong.” Wrestling historian Steve Yohe relates the story of McLaughlin winning the collar & elbow title in the tournament. In the final he met the favorite Barney Smith.  McLaughlin threw him five times but the judges refused to award him the title, so McLaughlin vowed to use all his strength in the next match.  He raised Smith to his hip and then flipped him over his shoulder.  Smith landed off stage with his head hitting a rail.  He was carried off and McLaughlin was awarded the first championship belt ever awarded in America. The next morning in the pouring rain Barney Smith was found wandering the the streets in his underwear.  He was taken to an asylum where he died.

06-19-1871: Following a match against Nathan Dorrance, Col. James H. McLaughlin issued a challenge to face anyone for up to $10,000 side bet.  With no takers he took a railroad job and did not wrestle again for some time.

1873 (unspecified): The first recorded masked wrestler, named appropriately enough, The Masked Wrestler, debuts in Paris, France. He was Thiebaud Bauer.

Viro “Black Sam” Small

1874 (unspecified): A former slave named Viro Small begins wrestling in New York.  While perhaps not the first, he was certainly one of the earliest African-American pro wrestlers of note in the United State. There is debate over whether his wrestling career started at this point or in 1881. There was a wrestling match in 1881 which was a collar-and-elbow match against Mike Horogan. While Viro Small lost, Horogan was very impressed with Small's ability and agreed to train him. Viro Small's career began to take off after this. Wrestling under the name Black Sam, Small won 63 matches between 1882 and 1892 and the Vermont Collar and Elbow Championship twice.

1874 (unspecified): Richard K. Fox arrives in America from Belfast, Ireland as a penniless immigrant.  By the early 1900s, Fox is a millionaire and the most powerful man in organized wrestling and boxing.  The publisher of The National Police Gazette and a boxing and wrestling promoter. Richard K. Fox would end up being a major force behind such careers as William Muldoon and Frank Gotch.

02-28-1875: H.M. Dufur wrestles Jim Owens to a five hour draw in Marlboro, MA.

03-07-1875: Jim Owens defeats Charles Murphy in New York to win the National Police Gazette World Collar & Elbow championship and is presented with a championship belt by the Gazette.

1875 (unspecified): In what is likely (if true) the largest money ever won by a wrestler up to this date, Col. James H. McLaughlin defeated the Pacific Coast wrestling champion Michael “Corduroy” Whelan for a supposed $15,000 in San Francisco. McLaughlin won four consecutive matches during this period. One, Dutch Hogan, died during the match.  Another, Charles Meier, was paralyzed. Hogan became the second person known to have died after wrestling McLaughlin.  McLaughlin vowed to abandon the dangerous Catch-As-Catch-Can style for the more “civilized” Collar & Elbow style of wrestling.

1875 (unspecified): Richard K. Fox is named business manager of the National Police Gazette magazine.

01-17-1876: Future world heavyweight champion Fred Beell is born in West Prussia, Germany.

04-27-1876:  Future world heavyweight champion Frank Alvin Gotch is born in Humboldt, IA.

12-27-1876: A wrestling match between Col. James H. McLaughlin and Jim Owens for a purse of $500 each plus the proceeds of the house and the American championship (held by McLaughlin) took place in Boston, MA with Owens winning the title.  According to newspaper reports, the audience was comprised entirely of men and it was an “exceedingly respectable gathering”.  Dr. John T. Ordway was the referee and J.R. Smith was the umpire for McLaughlin and Mr. M. Kirk was the umpire for Owens.

The contestants were unevenly matched in size with McLaughlin weighing nearly 30 pounds more than Owens and taller also.  McLaughlin’s strength advantage, however, was negated by his seriously injured left foot.  The match began at 8:15 PM and did not end until 1:30 AM.  The contest was described as being “uninteresting”.

At 1:15 AM neither had been able to gain the deciding fall and they left the stage determined not to wrestle any longer but the crowd became very boisterous and refused to leave until a final fall had taken place.  At 1:30 AM, Owens threw McLaughlin over his hip to win the match.  Professor Thiebaud Bauer announced himself ready to challenge Owens.

1876 (unspecified): “The Solid Man” William Muldoon joins the New York City police force.  He quickly forms the Police Athletic Association and has his first professional wrestling match sometime in late 1876 defeated Thiebaud Bauer.

William Muldoon

02-06-1877: William Muldoon wins a Greco-Roman championship from Andre Christol. Muldoon also defeats Jim Owens.

07-1877: James McMahon wins the Canadian Collar & Elbow title from James Lafell of British Columbia.

1877: Richard K. Fox buys the National Police Gazette.

1877:  A supposed “mysterious prehistoric human body” is dug up in the town of Beulah, Colorado.  The “body” is later discovered to be a hoax but it was dubbed “The Solid Man” after William Muldoon.

07-20-1878: George Hackenschmidt is born in Dorpat, Russia.

11-23-1878: In Chicago, IL, a wrestling match between Col. James H. McLaughlin and John McMahon for $1000 a side bet (some reports claim $4000), Collar & Elbow, best two out of three and for McMahon’s Canadian & Pacific Coast Collar & Elbow titles and whatever championships McLaughlin held takes place. The general opinion before the match was that McMahon would win and this belief found it’s backing in the betting pools at the rate of two to one in private bets with large odds on McMahon.

Col. James H. McLaughlin was much larger than McMahon at 243 pounds to 204 pounds.  The first fall went to McLaughlin at 22:00. The second fall went to McMahon in 25:00.  McMahon took the third and final fall in 30:00. This won the match and secured the championships for John McMahon. According to newspaper reports there was no question to the legitimacy of the match.  The referee was F.F. Clark.

06-11-1879: H.M. Dufur wins the American Collar & Elbow title from Jim Owens in Boston, MA after Dufur has been challenging Owens for the last couple of years. Dufur had been publishing challenges to Owens in the New York Clipper newspaper to which Owens had only been responding, “You talk big Mr. H.M. Dufur but I wrestle big.”

01-18-1880: William Muldoon wins the American Greco-Roman wrestling championship from Thiebaud Bauer in New York City at Gilmore Gardens in front of 3000 fans.

01-19-1880: William Muldoon participates in what is believed to be the longest wrestling match in American history, a nine hour thirty-five minute draw with Professor William Miller in New York.

03-16-1880:  John McMahon wrestles H.M. Dufur to a six hour draw without a fall in Boston, MA.

07-01-1880:  Allgeme Sport Zeitung, a sporting magazine out of Austria begins publication covering wrestling in Europe.

07-16-1880: John McMahon defeats his cousin Jim Owens for the World Collar & Elbow title.

10-11-1880:  Duncan C. Ross wins the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Providence, RI.

11-18-1880:  H.M. Dufur recaptures the American Collar & Elbow title from Duncan C. Ross.

12-16-1880:  John McMahon wins the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

03-03-1881: William Muldoon defeats Edwin Bibby in New York. The match was supposed to start at 3:30 PM but Muldoon was unable to get off patrol for the New York Police Department until 7:00 pm. When he arrived he quickly won two falls. He soon quit the police force to concentrate on wrestling full time.

04-1881: Mike Horagan defeats Viro Small in New York and decides to become Small’s trainer.  Between 1882 and 1892 Viro Small won 63 matches and the Vermont Collar & Elbow title.

12-09-1881:  Joe Acton defeats Tom Connors to become the European Catch-As-Catch-Can champion.

1881 (unspecified): William Muldoon wrestles to an eight hour draw with Clarence “The Kansas Demon” Whistler in New York.  In this 1881 match which the New York Herald called a “torture marathon”, Muldoon and Whistler were both left bloody and Whistler lost part of his ear. Muldoon accused Whistler of purposely wearing his fingernails long to inflict cuts to Muldoon and he also accused him of wetting his hair with ammonia.

05-1882: Evan “Strangler” Lewis is reported to have won a 64 man tournament in Montana.

12-28-1882:  Col. James H. McLaughlin defeats Edras Gus Lambert, the Canadian champion, at Volk Garden in New York.

02-22-1883:  Edras Gus Lambert drew with Viro “Black Sam” Small 1 fall each in New York, NY.

Edras Gus Lambert

03-21-1883:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis billed as the Montana champion defeats Ben Knight billed as the Wisconsin champion in Dodgeville, WI.

04-07-1883:  Joe Acton defeats Tom Connor to win the World Catch-As-Catch-Can title in Philadelphia, PA.

10-10-1883:  Jack Carkeek throws Evan “Strangler” Lewis twice in Darlington, WI for a $250 purse.

10-11-1883:  Duncan Ross wins a tournament in Rochester, NY to become recognized as the American Mixed Styles champion.

12-13-1883:  H.M. Dufur wins the American Collar & Elbow title from John McMahon in Boston, MA.

1883 (unspecified):  Sorakichi Matsuda, a Japanese sumo wrestler, travels to the United States and competes as a professional wrestler.  Another sumo wrestler, Sangokuyama (Shokichi Hamada) also arrives.

01-14-1884:  Sorakichi Matsuda has his first Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling match and is defeated by Edwin Bibby, losing the first of three falls in just 32 seconds and losing the second fall in 2 hours and 19 minutes.

01-29-1884:  Col. James H. McLaughlin recaptures the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Detroit, MI and $2,500 in winnings.

05-03-1884:  H.M. Dufur defeated Col. James H. McLaughlin for the American Collar & Elbow title in Chicago, IL.

06-06-1884:  Col. James H. McLaughlin regains the American Collar & Elbow title from H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

07-30-1884:  H.M. Dufur regains the American Collar & Elbow title from Col. James H. McLaughlin in Boston, MA.

08-01-1884: Edras Gus Lambert defeated Dick Pennell in a Catch-As-Catch-Can match in Philadelphia, PA.  Lambert set up shop in Philadelphia from August to November 1884 offering to take on all comers. 

10-15-1884:  John McMahon becomes the last American Collar & Elbow champion defeating H.M. Dufur in Boston, MA.

03-20-1885:  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle runs the following article - William Muldoon, ex-member of “the finest” and champion Collar & Elbow wrestler who circumvented the wily Matsuda Sorakichi made his first appearance as defendant in any police court before Judge Walsh this morning. Mr. Muldoon is present attached to Thatcher, Primrose & West’s Minstrel Troupe, which is this week filling an engagement at W.A. McConnell’s Brooklyn Theater.  Last night after going through his usual performance Mr. Muldoon exchanged his stage clothes for a suit of decorous black and in the company with Mr. Charles Mitchell the ex-medical student, who for the last few years has devoted his knowledge of anatomy to the purpose of finding out vulnerable points of all who ventured to oppose him in the fistic arena, went to the Park Theater to meet a couple of ladies who had been attending the representation of “Falka.” 

Looking through the theater door Mr. Muldoon saw that the play was not quite over and returned to his friend Mr. Mitchell who stood in the lobby. They were conversing quietly when Thomas F. Rochford, the doorkeeper of the theater, approached and addressing Mr. Muldoon said, “You will have to go outside. My instructions are to allow no lounging here.”  Mr. Muldoon endeavored to explain to him that he was waiting for a lady and had no intention of annoying anybody.

Richford then showed his special officer’s shield and in a very arbitrary manner told Muldoon that if he did not set quietly on his advice he would put him out by force.  By this time people were beginning to leave the theater and Mr. Muldoon wishing to avoid any further trouble went outside and waited for the ladies he was expecting.  This is his version of the story.

Rochford in the complaint on which the warrant of arrest was issued states that Mr. Muldoon, when requested to leave, said, “he would do as he pleased,” and then struck him in the face. All parties concerned appeared in Judge Walsh’s court this morning and Mr. Muldoon pleaded through his council, Jere A. Wernberg, not guilty.

The case was adjourned till tomorrow at ten o’clock.  Mr. Muldoon was accompanied by Manager McConnell and considerable attention on the part of the habitues of the court.  Mr. Mitchell, as he appeared this morning, is a “mild and mannered man” as ever punched a head.  He was armed according to the strictest code of sporting fashion, wearing a drab coat of abbreviated proportion, and a derby hat of unusual width and brim and height of crown.  A three carat diamond sparkled in his white satin scarf, and he twisted carelessly in his head a Malacca cane with a massive silver head.

03-21-1885:  The Brooklyn Daily Eagle runs a follow up article to the William Muldoon arrest.  The examination of the charge of assault preferred by Thomas F. Rochford, an usher in the New Park Theater, against William Muldoon, the Greco-Roman champion, came up before Justice Walsh today.  The court was crowded.  Mr. William A. McConnell, the manager of the Brooklyn Theater where Muldoon was engaged this week entered the court in company with Muldoon and Mitchell.  Soon after Colonel Sinn and his usher, Rochford entered.  Mr. Wernberg appeared for Muldoon and ex-Judge Troy was present.  He had been retained in the case but for some reason he withdrew and Assistant District Attorney John U. Shorter prosecuted.  Rochford swore that Muldoon and Mitchell on Wednesday night were obstructing the lobby and he told them to move on.  Muldoon, he said, called him a loafer.  Muldoon continued abusing him and finally struck him.

In cross examination Rochford said, Mr. Muldoon and Mr. Mitchell entered the theater about forty minutes before the play was over. They came out with the audience, they stood some ten feet from the orchestra door.  I told them to move on and Muldoon said he was unmovable.  I told a young man to get a policeman.  After this Muldoon continued to abuse me and he said he would make me apologize the next day.

Mr. Wernberg - Did Mr. Muldoon tell you that he was waiting for his wife?

Witness - No

Mr. Wernberg - Did you know either Muldoon or Mitchell?

Witness - No sir, I never saw them before.

Mr. Wernberg - But forty minutes before the occurrence you passed three men in and they did not pay?

Witness - Yes.

Mr. Robert F. Gillen, sworn, said he was in the lobby on the night in question, saw Muldoon and Mitchell, did not hear the conversation, except that Muldoon said if it were not for ladies being in the lobby he would give Rochford a beating and saw the blow struck by Muldoon.  To Mr. Wernberg witness said he did some work for the theater and had the entree there.  He heard Muldoon say he was waiting for some ladies. William A. Shaw, the advertising agent of the Park Theater, said he was present when the occurrence happened.  Rochford told some gentlemen to move on.  Muldoon said, “Who are you talking to?” “To you,” answered Rochford.  Muldoon asked him by what authority and Rochford showed him his shield.  Muldoon called him “a dirty loafer” and struck him in the face with about three of his fingers.

Muldoon was called by Mr. Wernberg.  After being sworn he said, My name is William Muldoon, I reside in New York. I am now engaged giving exhibitions with the Thatcher, Primrose, and West Minstrols.  I went to Park Theater on Wednesday night about a quarter to eight.  I had a pass for my wife and two ladies.  I saw them in their seats and then left as I had to appear at the Brooklyn Theater.  When I was through, Mr. Mitchell and myself went to the Park Theater.  The act was on and we did not go to where the ladies were sitting because we would have annoyed the audience.  When the people were coming out Mitchell and I waited for the ladies.  We were in the center of a line of a dozen gentlemen who were waiting.  Rochford appeared to single me out and said, ‘get out, you can’t stand here.” I told him I was waiting for some ladies.  He said he didn’t care that I shouldn’t stand there.  But I said I am waiting for my wife and there she is.  She was about ten feet from me.  He then called for a policeman and attracted everybody’s attention to me.  By this time my wife and lady friends had reached where I was standing.  I shook my fingers at Rochford and said ‘You are a loafer and were it not for these ladies I would make an example of you.’ I did not strike him, my fingers were at least six inches from his face.  Charles Mitchell corroborated Muldoon’s testimony and said that Rochford spoke to Muldoon in a loud voice and in a very insulting manner.

Mr. Shorter - Did you think there would be any trouble there?

Mitchell (giving a contemptuous glance at Rochford) - with him? No. I took it as more of a joke than anything else.  I didn’t notice him because I didn’t think he was worth noticing.

The case was submitted by both lawyers.  The defendant is acquitted, Judge Walsh answered as he penned his decision.  Applause greeted this result and Muldoon, Mitchell, and Manager McConnell left the courtroom with their friends.

06-01-1885:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats James Faulkner billed as “Champion of the World” in Milwaukee, WI.  The only other match Faulkner is supposed to have lost since his stay in the states was to Andre Christol.

08-21-1885:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeated Andre Christol in Madison, WI.

09-26-1885:  What is reported to be the first Australian professional wrestling match is held in Melbourne with Clarence “The Kansas Demon” Whistler defeating William Miller.  Whistler died following the match after performing a glass eating stunt which caused internal bleeding.  Whistler had been William Muldoon’s most significant rival in the United States.  The National Police Gazette said that “Whistler has passed away at the heyday of his powers.”

George William Flagg

1885 (unspecified): George Decker defeats George William Flagg for the Vermont Collar & Elbow title.  Flagg stands a reported 6’4” tall and weighs 220 pounds while Decker is only 5’4” tall and 160 pounds but Decker is 22 years younger than Flagg.

01-20-1886: Edras Gus Lambert defeated Leopold Arnade in a Catch-As-Catch-Can match for the Championship of Canada in Montreal.

01-27-1886:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats Matsada Sorakichi with the stranglehold in Chicago, IL. Matsada was said to be spitting blood after the match.

02-15-1886:  Matsada Sorakichi rematches with Evan “Strangler” Lewis, this time with the strangle hold barred. Sorakichi is said to have told Lewis, “If you choke me I will shoot you.”  Lewis responded, “I will not choke you this time, but I will screw your leg off.”  Lewis wins with Sorakichi’s leg badly injured.  The match made the front page of the New York Times.

04-10-1886:  Edras Gus Lambert defeated Andre Cristol in a Catch-As-Catch-Can match for the Championship of Canada in Montreal.

06-22-1886:  Edras Gus Lambert defeated David Michand in a Catch-As-Catch-Can match for the Championship of Canada in Montreal.

10-09-1886:  The following appears in the National Police Gazette - “If Evan ‘Strangler’ Lewis is the wonderful wrestler the western papers claim him to be why don’t he meet Joe Acton, the original and only champion at Catch-As-Catch-Can? Acton will meet Lewis or any man living either in a contest according to Greco-Roman or Catch-As-Catch-Can rules for any amount from $1000 to $5000 a side.  Time and time again Acton’s backer, Arthur Chambers of Philadelphia has posed a forfeit of $250 with the Police Gazette and offered to match Acton to wrestle any man in the world but the forfeit money appears to always frighten the would be champions. Lewis is now the only man who appears to have any reputation since William Muldoon and Duncan C. Ross have given up the game and he will either have to meet Acton or lower down his colors.”

03-03-1887: Jack Carkeek is badly injured in his match against Evan “Strangler” Lewis in Milwaukee, WI.  Lewis won the first fall in 22 minutes. Carkeek gave up the second fall and lost the third in just two minutes. Carkeek was said to have suffered a “rupture”.

04-11-1887:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats Joe Acton for the Catch-As-Catch-Can title in Chicago, IL answering a challenged laid out in 1886 by Acton in the National Police Gazette.

04-12-1887:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats Joe Acton in Milwaukee.  Lewis wins the match with a new hold he has developed.  When asked what he called the new hold by the newspaper, Lewis responds, “I don’t know, I guess I do it with my legs.”

06-01-1887:  Shokichi Hamada brings twenty American wrestlers to Tokyo, Japan for a pro wrestling show.  The event fails to catch on despite a first day sell out.

06-14-1887:  Tom Connors defeats Evan “Strangler” Lewis in a dirty match in Pittsburgh, PA.  The match was marred by numerous fouls and at one point broke down into a war of words between the two corners that almost resulted in the match being called off. The match resulted in four falls, three of which were fouls and the only legitimate fall of the match was won by Conners.

08-20-1887:  Jack Carkeek defeated Thomas Bragg in Plymouth, MA.  Carkeek won two falls to none. Carkeek apparently calls himself “world champion” and Bragg was the “Champion of England”. Carkeek is supposed to have won 126 matches at this point with just one loss.

Evan “Strangler” Lewis

11-10-1887:  Ed Decker wins the National Police Gazette wrestling title from H.M. Dufur in Swanton, VT. Decker is called “The Little Wonder from Vermont” because he stood only 5’4” tall and weighed 160 pounds.  George Ed Decker was managed by and wrestled for P.T. Barnum and the Barnum, Bailey, and Hutchins Circus.  Allegedly the circus offered $100 to anyone who could throw Decker and $50 to anyone who could remain unthrown by him for three minutes.  Supposedly, no one was ever able to collect the prize money.

02-09-1888: Evan “Strangler” Lewis fails to throw Jack Carkeek in the allotted fifteen minutes of a handicap match, thus Carkeek won $50 from Lewis.  Later Lewis and William Muldoon put on a Greco-Roman wrestling exhibition.

1888:  Ghulum Mohammad (Gama the Great) is born in Amritsar, Punjab.  He would become the most famous wrestler ever out of India and one of the most famous legends in wrestling history.

06-20-1889:  Duncan C. MacMillian defeats Evan “Strangler” Lewis in a mixed style match in Milwaukee, WI.

06-1889: Evan “Strangler” Lewis buys a Wisconsin hotel house in Barneveld, WI.

01-04-1890:  William Muldoon defeated Evan “Strangler” Lewis in a Greco-Roman wrestling match in Philadelphia, PA in 48 minutes.

02-11-1891:  A tournament is held in Chicago, IL featuring Al Zimmerman, Evan “Strangler” Lewis, Tom McInerney, and John Graham with Evan Lewis winning.

06-30-1891:  The second “Strangler Lewis” - Ed “Strangler” Lewis, real name Robert Friedrich is born.

07-25-1891:  In what the National Police Gazette called “an intense match”, Carl Abs defeated Tom Cannon in Berlin, Germany.

10-24-1891: Evan “Strangler” Lewis injures his leg in a farm accident causing him to miss several matches.

12-31-1891:  William Muldoon retires as the American Greco-Roman champion.

1891 (unspecified): Tom Jenkins has his first wrestling match battling Al Woods to a draw at a benefit show for steel mill workers families. Jenkins worked at the plant and was a last minute replacement.  Jenkins only had one eye stemming from a fireworks accident as a child. Jenkins became one the the top wrestlers in the world in the 1800s into the early 1900s.  Following his retirement from wrestling, then President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as the boxing and wrestling trainer at West Point Military Academy, a position he held for 37 years.

Tom Jenkins

03-02-1893:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis unifies the American Greco-Roman title and the Catch-As-Catch-Can titles into the American heavyweight title which is seen as one of American pro wrestling’s first true major championship.  Evan Lewis defeats Ernest Roeber in New Orleans, LA in a best of five falls match.

1893 (unspecified): Dr. Benjamin F. Roller is recognized as the first light heavyweight champion of the world, a title he claims until 1911.

08-22-1894:  In a European Greco-Roman match, Tom Cannon defeats Tom McInerney in Liverpool.  Through this match some promoters have claimed a lineage of “European champion” through which George Hackenschmidt later solidified his claim to be the “World Champion”.  Historian Gherardo Bonini has since disputed this “championship” stating that his research has shown that no such championship existed.

01-30-1895:  Ernest Roeber is given a certificate with “Championship of Europe” on it by the National Police Gazette.

02-28-1895:  European wrestling great Carl Abs dies.

04-20-1895:  Martin “Farmer” Burns wins the American title from Evan “Strangler” Lewis in Chicago, IL winning the last two of three falls.  The match was blasted by the press.  The match had been advertised as winner take all but the papers later found out that Lewis took a portion of the gate. The next day the Milwaukee paper said, “Throughout Burns seemed to be clearly outclassed in physical ability.  Lewis is doing all the aggressive work.  At times the Farmer was rushed against, or almost thrown through the ropes. He tried various schemes by which to throw his burly antagonist but it appeared that he might as well have attempted to move a ton of coal.  He finally got a hammer lock and Lewis rolled over seemingly without protest.  Shouts of ‘fake, fake!’ went up all over the house.  True, the men may have wrestled honest on one point and dishonest on all others.” One paper described Lewis as looking “fat as a prized pig".”

10-24-1895: Francisco “El Charro” Aguayo is born in the U.S. Aguayo, no relation to later Mexican star Perro Aguayo, becomes one of the most influential forces in the early days of Mexican lucha libre.

11-11-1895: The Milwaukee Journal runs this interesting note, “John Kline of Beloit has $1000 which he wants to place on Evan Lewis against any wrestler in the world, Burns or McLeod preferred.  It is a hard matter to secure a match for Lewis after the fiasco with Burns” referring to their April 20 American title match.

01-30-1896:  The Chicago newspapers run an interesting note, “Evan Lewis, the Strangler, arrived in the city from the east yesterday and is after Farmer Burns and Dan McLeod.  Lewis, it will be remembered, lost the catch as catch can wrestling championship to Burns some time ago in what was said to be a fake match and is probably seeking to even up matters with Burns.”

The Faker? Evan “Strangler” Lewis

02-15-1896:  The following article appears in The Sporting Journal - Kansas City, MO: “I notice in the sporting papers that Evan Lewis of Madison, Wis. issues challenges to wrestle me.  In justice to myself would say that I taught him to wrestle last August and Parson Davies kindly purchased the ticket for me to go to Madison.  After eighteen days hard work I had hard trouble to get $10 from Lewis’ backer, when my contract called for $25 and expenses per week.  After I taught him what he now knows he left me in Beloit in destitute circumstances and John Klein of Beloit supported me.  I made two matches for Lewis, his backer promising me that I would receive my share and that it would give Lewis a reputation.  The parties I made the matches with were John Leon and Andre Christol, and at both these matches Evan Lewis and his backer went back on me.  The last match he had with John Leon, I asked him to give me $5 and he told me to go to Hades.  the result was I returned to Chicago, defraying my own expenses.  Lewis stated in the Chicago Herald that he downed me and others which is a bare-faced lie.  He also claims to have downed Jack Carkeek.  Lewis told at the gymnasium at Beloit that Carkeek came near killing him!  Now in conclusion will say that every match that Evan Lewis has made was fixed for him to win, thus making a reputation that he has nothing to boast of.  The first match made with Christol he paid Christol $5; second with John Leon $30; Chas. Moth in September last, all of the gate money; Tom Cannon 75%, and Jim Faulkner and his trainee Nobby Clark $125.  At last they told me to travel up to Montana under an assumed name and lose matches to Lewis which I refused to do.  I do not consider Evan Lewis my equal but I have a novice that I will back against him at any style- Greco-Roman or catch-as-catch-can preferred for $200 and the gate money and the match to take place one month after articles of agreement are signed at any place that he may select, private preferred. By publishing this letter you will greatly oblige. - Theodore George AKA: Greek George.

09-1896:  George Hackenschmidt makes his pro wrestling debut.

1897 (unspecified): The Allen & Ginters Tobacco company releases sports cards featuring various athletes.  The wrestlers included in the set were:  Joe Acton, William Muldoon, Thiebaud Bauer, James H. McLaughlin, John McMahon, and Young Bibby.  Baseball players, oarsmen, boxers, rifleists, and pool players are also featured.

01-02-1897:  Jim Londos (Chris Theopelos) is born in Argos, Greece.

03-16-1897:  Farmer Burns fails to throw Tom Jenkins in a match in Cleveland, OH.

08-28-1897:  Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeats Tom Clayton in London, England for the “world championship”.

10-26-1897:  Dan McLeod defeats Farmer Burns in Indianapolis, IN for the American title.

03-26-1898:  The first recorded sell out of Madison Square Garden in New York for wrestling matches takes place for a match between Ernest Roeber and Ismael “The Terrible Turk” Yousouf.

Ismael “The Terrible Turk” Yousouf

06-20-1898:  Ismael “The Terrible Turk” Yousouf defeats Evan “Strangler” Lewis in an exhibition match in Chicago, IL.  According to newspaper accounts, “… followers of wrestling were on tip toe as to what the Turk would do in the event Evan Lewis got his famous stranglehold to work.  Fortunately for Yousouf, he had no observable neck, his head being so close to his chest that there was no apparent chance for a throat hold.  This baffled the Strangler, who was soon on the defensive. But the Turk had no intention of trying for a strangle hold.  He knew a much better one. It was the ankle hold and he managed to get a clutch on Lewis ankle quite early in the fray.  Lewis feared the Sultan’s favorite was about to twist the ankle but that was far from the fact.  Jack Curley, the promoter, witnessed the Chicago battle and said, ‘as soon as Yousouf got a good clutch on Lewis’ ankle he began to swing about in a circle and gradually the Strangler’s body was free from the floor and swinging like a windmill.  Faster and faster whirled the Turk until Lewis’ body was performing a merry-go-round.  When Yousouf decided that Lewis had sufficient swinging he was dropped to the floor and lay there in a daze. Lewis was not fit for any more wrestling then and was dizzy for two weeks afterward…”

07-04-1898:  Ismael “The Terrible Turk” Yousouf is killed when the La Bourgogne ocean liner sinks.  549 people died when the French steamer collided with a British ship off of Nova Scotia.  Journalist Bill Brown described Yousouf in a 1930 article, “A physical giant, six feet and a half inch tall and weighing 250 pounds.  He had an obtrusive paunch and his muscular development hidden by several layers of fat.  Yet he stood forth as one of the toughest of modern grapplers.”

11-05-1898:  Tom Jenkins battles another “Terrible Turk” Hali Adali to a draw for what is billed as a “world title”.

12-1898:  Kara Ahmed wins a tournament in Paris, France.

12-25-1898:  Paul Pons of France wins the first European World Greco-Roman championship tournament.

04-02-1899:  Frank Gotch defeats Marshall Green in Gotch’s pro wrestling debut in Humboldt, IA winning three straight falls.

06-16-1899:  Dan McLeod defeats Frank Gotch in Luverne, IA.

09-26-1899:  William Barton Wright brings to the United States Yukio Tani and his brother to tour the music halls giving Jujitsu demonstrations and calling all comers. Barton Wright had been a civil engineer in Japan and had studied at Koudoukan. After returning to England he started teaching his own style martial art called Baritsu.  Yukio Tani’s brother returned to Japan and was replaced by Raku Uyenishi.

11-30-1899:  Kara Ahmed wins his second World Greco-Roman tournament in Paris, France.

12-18-1899:  Farmer Burns defeats Frank Gotch in a famous match in Ft. Dodge, IA.  This is the match where Burns claims he “discovered” Gotch and offered to take him under his wing and become his trainer.  Up to this point it appears Frank Gotch wrestling record was four wins and two losses.

01-12-1924:  Former pioneer wrestling champion Jack Carkeek dies at the age of 63 in Havana, Cuba.

01-04-1983:  On the WWF Championship Wrestling TV taping, WWF champion Bob Backlund debuts a new world championship belt.  The short lived green title belt with round face plate on Buddy Rogers’ Rogers’ Corner segment.

01-06-1983: World Wrestling Council (WWC) World champion Carlos Colon pinned NWA World champion Ric Flair in a non-title match in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

01-08-1983:  Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by count out at Landover, MD Capital Centre.

01-09-1983:  The infamous Ric Flair verses Jack Veneno match takes place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Jack Veneno was a local major star and fans in Santo Domingo were so hot for the match that Ric Flair changed the finish of the match and allowed Jack Veneno to pin him for the NWA World title.  The decision was later reversed or not recognized by the NWA despite Veneno’s clean pinfall.  Also on the same show, Victor Jovica defeated Roddy Piper by DQ.  The next day Ric Flair defended and retained the NWA World title against Barry Windham in West Palm Beach, FL.

In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of a crowd of 8,208 fans Nick Bockwinkel defeated Jerry Lawler to regain the disputed AWA World heavyweight title. AWA never actually recognized the 1982 title change and Memphis television danced around the situation insinuating that Jerry Lawler was the champion yet, at the same time, having him surrender the title on television to Eddie Marlin to “hold” until the rematch or Bockwinkel refused to wrestle.  During this match and leading to the finish the “injured” Jimmy Hart appeared at ringside beside a man wrapped up in medical gauze whom it was assumed was Hart. Instead, it turned out to be Andy Kaufman which distracted Lawler allowing Bockwinkel to grab a pin and “regain” the title.

Jack Veneno

01-11-1983:  A mask verses money match takes place at the Ft. Hesterly Armory in Tampa, FL. The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) & Barry Windham defeat NWA World champion Ric Flair & Kevin Sullivan when the Midnight Rider pins Ric Flair.

01-14-1983:  Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by count out at the Pittsburg, PA Civic Arena.

01-15-1983:  Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout at the Boston Garden in front of a crowd of 14,780.

01-22-1983: WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden.  Results:  Johnny Rodz defeated Pete Sanchez... SD Jones defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna... Superstar Billy Graham defeated Swede Hanson... Don Muraco defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Pedro Morales to win the title... The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) managed by Captain Lou Albano defeated Tony Garea & Eddie Gilbert... Ray Stevens defeated Jules Strongbow... WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated Big John Studd... Jimmy Snuka managed by Buddy Rogers defeated Buddy Rose managed by Lou Albano... Salvatore Bellomo defeated Charlie Fulton... Rocky Johnson defeated Mr. Fuji.

01-23-1983:  Dory Funk, Jr. defeated Jack Brisco for the NWA Mid-Atlantic title in Charlotte, NC. for Jim Crockett Promotions.

01-25-1983: Ivan Koloff returns to the WWF defeating Barry Hart (Barry Horowitz) in Allentown, PA at the Agricultural Hall and later Jeff Craney, Frankie Williams, and Miguel Feliciano on the same show. WWF champion Bob Backlund performed the Harvard Step test for an entire hour during the show.  In a dark match following the TV tapings WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated Buddy Rose who was a substitute for Superstar Billy Graham.

01-30-1983:  Jacques Rougeau defeated Terry Taylor to win the Southern heavyweight title in Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 5,907 fans. On the same show in a titles vs loser leaves town match The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd & Luke Williams) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) to win the Southern tag team titles.

02-05-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund battled WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco to a double DQ at the Boston Garden in front of 14,810 fans.

02-06-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Cook Convention Center in front of 3,206 fans The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) defeated The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd & Luke Williams) to win the Southern tag team titles.

02-07-1983:  In Louisville, KY The Sheepherders (Jonathan Boyd & Luke Williams) regained the Southern tag team titles from the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane)

02-08-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund battled WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco to a no contest in front of 9,200 fans in Buffalo, NY.

02-09-1983:  In Miami, FL in front of a crowd of 6,196 The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World heavyweight title but has to give up the title when he refused to unmask.

02-11-1983: A huge card is held in St. Louis, MO at the Kiel Auditorium in front of 19,819 fans.  It is show on Japanese television and featured a PWF title change and a famous Flair vs Brody match.  Results:  Roger Kirby defeated Manny Fernandez… Bill Cody & Buzz Tyler & Rick Martel defeated Crusher Ayala (Hercules Ayala) & Dewey Robertson & Kim Duk… Ken Patera defeated Ox Baker… Butch Reed defeated Bobby Duncum… Bob Orton, Jr. & Dick Murdoch defeated Bob Brown & Dick the Bruiser… Kerry Von Erich defeated Greg Valentine to retain the Missouri heavyweight title… NWA World champion Ric Flair went to a time limit draw with Bruiser Brody in a best 2 out of 3 falls match… Giant Baba defeated Harley Race to win the PWF heavyweight title.

In Pittsburgh, PA WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in a Texas Death Match.

02-13-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair fought Andre the Giant to a double count out in Orlando, FL.

02-14-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 6,437 fans Jerry Lawler fought AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel to a double count out.  On the same show Bobby Eaton won the Mid-American title in a tournament defeating Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko B. Ware), King Cobra, and Bill Dundee (by DQ).

02-16-1983:  It appears that Rocky Johnson wins the WWF Intercontinental title from Don Muraco in Hamburg, PA but it was later changed to a DQ due to interference by Captain Lou Albano. The TV commentary left viewers in doubt as to whether or not they had seen a title change.

02-18-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden.  Results:  Jose Estrada defeated Curt Hennig… Johnny Rodz defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna…  Mr. Fuji defeated Tony Garea… Big John Studd defeated Jules Strongbow… Ray Stevens defeated Chief Jay Strongbow… WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by DQ… Rocky Johnson defeated Superstar Billy Graham managed by the Grand Wizard by count out… Andre the Giant & Jimmy Snuka defeated the Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) managed by Captain Lou Albano… Eddie Gilbert defeated Charlie Fulton… Salvatore Bellomo defeated Swede Hanson… Pedro Morales defeated Buddy Rose.

02-19-1983:  WWF in Philadelphia, PA at the Spectrum in front of 18,246 fans. Results:  Jose Estrada defeated Curt Hennig… Johnny Rodz defeated Mac Rivera… Tony Garea defeated Charlie Fulton… Swede Hanson defeated SD Jones… Eddie Gilbert defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna… Big John Studd defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout… The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow…  Andre the Giant & Rocky Johnson & Salvatore Bellomo & Jimmy Snuka & Pedro Morales defeated Mr. Fuji & Ray Stevens & Don Muraco & Buddy Rose & Superstar Billy Graham in a best 3 out of 5 falls match.

02-20-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 4,965 fans. Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by forfeit (Bockwinkel arrived late to the arena).  As a substitute match Austin Idol defeated Jerry Lawler in a no DQ match… Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) defeated Bobby Eaton for the Mid-America title.

Mark Lewin

02-24-1983:  Ric Flair defends the NWA World heavyweight title in Auckland, New Zealand defeating Mark Lewin.

02-25-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeats Mark Lewin in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

02-26-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeats Mark Lewin in Christchurch, New Zealand.

02-27-1983:  NWA World champion Ric Flair continues his tour of New Zealand against Mark Lewin this time wrestling him in Dunedin.

02-28-1983:  NWA World champion Ric Flair faces Mark Lewin in Invercargill, New Zealand.

03-01-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 4,573 fans Bobby Eaton defeated Sweet Brown Sugar (Koko Ware) in a loser leave town match to win the Mid-America title.

03-03-1983:  NWA World champion Ric Flair defeats Mark Lewin to retain the title in Auckland, New Zealand.  There is a brawl after the match and Lewin leaves ringside with the belt.

WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in Monaca, PA.

Ric Flair

03-04-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair continues his tour of New Zealand.  This time his opponent is promoter and wrestler Steve Rickard in Hamilton, New Zealand.

03-05-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair goes from one side of the world to the other.  Tonight he wrestles against and defeats Denny Brown on Georgia Championship Wrestling in Atlanta, GA at the WTBS studios.

03-06-1983:  The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) managed by Captain Lou Albano defeated Jules & Chief Jay Strongbow to win the WWF tag team titles in Los Angeles, CA.

Jerry Lawler defeated Austin Idol to win the International title at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 5,657 fans. Also on the show Dutch Mantel defeated Jacques Rougeau in a loser leaves town match.

03-12-1983:  A big show for Jim Crockett Promotions takes place at the Greensboro, NC Coliseum.  Results:  Jerry Brisco defeated Ken Timbs… Mike Rotundo defeated Rick Harris (AKA: Black Bart)… Jim Nelson (AKA: Boris Zhukov) & Johnny Weaver defeated Red Dog Lane & Gene Anderson… Roddy Piper defeated Dick Slater but did not win the Mid-Atlantic TV title as the time limit for the title portion of the match had expired… NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair battled NWA U.S. Champion Greg Valentine to a 60 minute time limit draw… Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated NWA World tag team champions Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle in a no time limit, steel cage match to win the NWA World tag team titles.

Austin Idol

On Southeastern Championship Wrestling (SECW) from the Dothan, AL television studio the Mongolian Stomper turns heel on Austin Idol in an angle known as “The Cure for Idol-mania” where the Mongolian Stomper was a hired hitman for NWA World champion Ric Flair.

WWF at Landover, MD at the Capital Centre results:  Eddie Gilbert & Tony Garea defeated Mr. Fuji & Swede Hanson… Pedro Holmes defeated Johnny Rodz… Ray Stevens defeated SD Jones… Rocky Johnson defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna… Pete Sanchez went to a draw with Jose Estrada… Big John Studd defeated Chief Jay Strongbow… Jimmy Snuka defeated Superstar Billy Graham in a Texas Death Match… Andre the Giant won a battle royal. Participants included:  Big John Studd, Mr. Fuji, Rocky Johnson, Afa, Sika, SD Jones, Chief Jay Strongbow, Ray Stevens, Jules Strongbow, Swede Hanson, Pedro Morales, Tony Garea, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Salvatore Bellomo, Charlie Fulton, Eddie Gilbert, Jose Estrada, Pete Sanchez, and Johnny Rodz… WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in a Texas Death Match.

At a WWF afternoon show in Baltimore, MD Wild Samoan Sika suffers a broken hip in a tag team match and is replaced for a time by The Samoan #3 (Samula).  On television the injury was never addressed and old matches of The Samoans played instead and they continued their run as WWF tag team champions.  On the same show Big John Studd defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by DQ.

Bob Backlund

03-18-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in Boston, MA in the afternoon and then that night the same result from the Boston Gardens.

03-20-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden with an attendance of 26,109.  Results:  Mac Rivera defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna… Tony Garea defeated Johnny Rodz… SD Jones defeated Jose Estrada… Pancho Boy & Sonny Boy Hayes defeated Farmer Pete & Butch Cassidy…  Superstar Billy Graham managed by the Grand Wizard defeated Jules Strongbow… Salvatore Bellomo battled Ray Stevens to a double count out… WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in a Texas Death Match… Andre the Giant & Rocky Johnson & Jimmy Snuka defeated Big John Studd & Afa & Captain Lou Albano in a best 3 out of 5 falls match.

Bill Dundee

03-21-1983:  Bill Dundee defeated Terry Taylor to win the Southern title at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 6,162 fans.

03-27-1983:  Roddy Piper defeated Mid-Atlantic TV champion Dick Slater in Asheville, NC at the Civic Center to win the title.

03-27-1983:  In Roanoke, VA at the Civic Center Iceman King Parsons defeated Tola Yatsu (Yoshiaki Yatsu) for the World Class TV title.

03-27-1983:  In Toronto, Canada at the Maple Leaf Gardens Jim Nelson (AKA: Boris Zhukov) defeated Terry Kay to win the Canadian TV title.  On the same show NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeated Roddy Piper to retain the title.

03-29-1983:  Sgt. Slaughter returns to the WWF defeating Barry Hart (Barry Horowitz).

04-04-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of a crowd of 6,716 fans The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) to win the Southern tag team titles.  AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Jerry Lawler by DQ.

04-07-1983:  Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Lexington, KY.

Dusty Rhodes

04-09-1983: Dusty Rhodes & Dick Murdoch announce on Georgia Championship Wrestling television that they are reforming the Texas Outlaws tag team to challenge Iron Sheik & Ivan Koloff.

04-10-1983:  Johnny Weaver defeated Leo Burke to win the North American title at the Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf Gardens. On the same show NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeated Roddy Piper by DQ.

In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 6,366 fans Giant Frazier (AKA: Uncle Elmer) lost his hair in a tag team match where the loser of the fall lost his hair. Terry Taylor & Stagger Lee (Koko Ware) defeated Giant Frazier & Bobby Eaton & Jimmy Hart.  Also on the show Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ.

04-12-1983:  Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Louisville, KY.

04-16-1983: In another disputed Dusty Rhodes title reversal, The Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) appears to have again defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair for the title in St. Petersburg, FL at the Bayfront Center but the decision was due to an official referee not counting the pinfall.

Kung Fu Billy Graham

04-24-1983:  Following a WWF show at the Baltimore, MD Civic Center, Superstar Billy Graham is rushed to the hospital after overdosing on pills.

04-25-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden.  Results:  Eddie Gilbert defeated Jose Estrada… Salvatore Bellomo defeated Baron Mikel Scicluna… Mr. Fuji defeated SD Jones… Iron Mike Sharpe defeated Johnny Rodz… Pedro Morales defeated Swede Hanson… Ray Stevens defeated Tony Garea… Jimmy Snuka defeated Superstar Billy Graham (Graham’s last match at MSG for the next four years)… Rocky Johnson defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco by count out… WWF tag team champions Afa & Samula (substituting for Sika) defeated Chief Jay & Jules Strongbow… Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd by countout… WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated Ivan Koloff.

At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 4,667 fans The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) defeated The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) to win the held up Southern tag team titles.

05-01-1983:  Greg Valentine defeated NWA U.S. champion Roddy Piper to win the title in Greensboro, NC.

05-02-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in Ogdensburg, NY.

Jerry Lawler

05-02-1983:  A big show at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN sees the return of Andy Kaufman to the ring to team up with the Colossus of Death (Duke Myers in a rubber mask) in front of a crowd of 9,194.  Results:  Jerry Lawler defeated The Colossus of Death & Andy Kaufman in a handicap match… Carl Fergie defeated Sonny King… Terry Taylor defeated the Ace of Spades… Steve O defeated The Galaxian (Ken Wayne)… Stagger Lee (Koko Ware) & Mad Dog & Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) defeated Bobby Eaton & Lone Ranger (Stan Frazier) & the Bruise Brothers (Porkchop Cash & Dream Machine) managed by Jimmy Hart… Bill Dundee defeated Dutch Mantel in a bullwhip match… The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) in a stretcher match.

05-05-1983:  Jerry Lawler defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Lexington, KY.

05-08-1983:  Jack & Jerry Brisco win a tag team tournament for Jim Crockett Promotions in Savannah, GA to earn a shot at the NWA World tag team titles.  In the tournament they defeated One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski, Great Kabuki & Magic Dragon, and Jake Roberts & Dory Funk Jr.

Sgt. Slaughter

05-10-1983:  Sgt. Slaughter interferes with WWF champion Bob Backlund’s Harvard Step Test during a TV taping in Allentown, PA.  Following this TV taping Eddie Gilbert was seriously injured in a car accident breaking his neck.  Also following the show Jimmy Snuka’s girlfriend Nancy Argentino is found dead in their hotel room.  Over 30 years later Snuka is charged with murder in the case though he dies before he can go to trial.  At the time the death was ruled an accident.

05-16-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tn in front of a crowd of 4,803 fans Duke Myers & Bobby Eaton defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) for the Southern tag team titles.  Also on the card:  Ken Patera defeated Jerry Lawler for the International title. Bill Dundee defeated Dutch Mantel in a scaffold match to win the Southern title.

05-23-1983:  One Man Gang & Kelly Kiniski win the Mid-Atlantic tag team titles in a tournament in Greenville, SC for Jim Crockett Promotions by defeating Jimmy Valiant & Bugsy McGraw and Mike Rotundo & Rufus R. Jones.

05-29-1983:  NWA U.S. Champion Greg Valentine defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in Asheville, NC for Jim Crockett Promotions but only the U.S. title was at stake.

Leo Burke defeated Johnny Weaver for the North American title in Toronto, Canada at the Maple Leaf Gardens.  On the same show NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeated NWA U.S. champion Greg Valentine.

06-02-1983:  Jerry Lawler defeated Bill Dundee for the Southern title in Lexington, KY.

06-04-1983:  The Southern title lose from Bill Dundee to Jerry Lawler is repeated in Nashville, TN this time with a loser leaves town stipulation added.

06-04-1983:  The Southern title lose from Bill Dundee to Jerry Lawler is repeated in Memphis, TN this time with a loser leaves town stipulation added at the Mid-South Coliseum.  Bill Dundee is headed to Mid-South as booker and several Memphis wrestlers will go with him and a few from Mid-South will come here.

06-07-1983:  The Southern title lose from Bill Dundee to Jerry Lawler is repeated in Louisville, KY this time with a loser leaves town stipulation added.

06-08-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair battled Jumbo Tsuruta to a draw in Tokyo, Japan.

06-10-1983:  Missouri & Central States champion Harley Race defeats NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair to win the world title in St. Louis, MO.

06-11-1983:  Duke Myers & Bobby Eaton lose the Southern tag team titles to the Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) in Nashville, TN.

06-13-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 5,716 fans Man Mountain Link managed by Jimmy Hart defeated Jerry Lawler for the Southern title.

06-17-1983:  21,000 fans turn out to Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) Star Wars.  Results:  Genichiro Tenryu defeated Johnny Mantell… Vickie Carranza defeated Lola Gonzales… Jose Lothario & Chris Adams & Chavo Guerrero defeated Bill Irwin & Fishman & The Mongol… Buddy Roberts defeated Iceman King Parsons in a hair vs hair match. Despite winning the match, Roberts had hair removed rubbed all over his head… David Von Erich defeated Jimmy Garvin via DQ per match stipulations Sunshine became David’s valet for a day… All Japan United National Champion Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Ted DiBiase… PWF champion Giant Baba defeated King Kong Bundy… Kamala defeated Armand Hussein & Tola Yatsu (Yoshiaki Yatsu) & Mike Bond in a handicap match… NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated Kevin Von Erich via DQ… Kerry Von Erich & Bruiser Brody defeated Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy to win the American tag team titles.

NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race

WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden. Results: Iron Mike Sharpe defeated SD Jones… Swede Hanson defeated Butcher Vachon… Salvatore Bellomo defeated Mr. Fuji by DQ… Ivan Koloff defeated Tony Garea… George Steele defeated Chief Jay Strongbow… Ivan Putski & Jimmy Snuka & Rocky Johnson defeated Don Muraco  & Wild Samoans in a best 2 out of 3 falls match… Andre the Giant defeated Big John Studd… Sgt. Slaughter defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout.

06-18-1983:  Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood to win the NWA World tag team titles in Greenville, SC.

06-20-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of a crowd of 6,523 Jerry Lawler defeats Man Mountain Link for the Southern heavyweight title.  On the same show Lawler defeated International champion Ken Patera by DQ.

06-26-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in Salisbury, MD.

07-10-1983:  20,703 fans turn out to Toronto Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Canada.  Results:  Nick DeCarlo & Billy Red Lyons defeated The Executioner (unknown) & Bill Armstrong…  Kelly Kiniski & Rene Goulet defeated Bob & Joe Marcus to retain the Mid-Atlantic tag team titles… Johnny Weaver & Mike Rotunda defeated Alec & Tim Gerrard… Fabulous Moolah defeated Princess Victoria to retain the Women’s World championship… Dick Slater defeated Nick DeCarlo… Great Kabuki defeated Jimmy Valiant to retain the Mid-Atlantic TV title… Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated Jake Roberts & Dory Funk Jr… Angelo Mosca defeated One Man Gang to retain the Canadian heavyweight title… NWA U.S. champion Greg Valentine battled Wahoo McDaniel to a double count out… Ric Flair defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by DQ.

07-15-1983:  In St. Louis, MO Ric Flair wins the NWA Missouri title in a tournament defeating Bob Brown, George Wells, Butch Reed, and David Von Erich. Also on the show Hulk Hogan fought Jerry Blackwell to a no contest.

George Steele defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by DQ in Portland, ME.

07-22-1983:  In Richmond, VA at the Coliseum, Jimmy Valiant defeated One Man Gang & Sir Oliver Humperdink in a handicap hair vs hair loser leaves town steel cage match. Also on the show NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated Ric Flair by DQ.

07-24-1983:  At Toronto Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Canada, Sgt. Slaughter defeated Angelo Mosca to win the Canadian heavyweight title.  Also on the show NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated Ric Flair by DQ.

07-25-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN Jerry Lawler defeated Ken Patera for the International title.  Also on the show Stagger Lee (Koko Ware) defeated Man Mountain Link in a loser leaves town match.

07-30-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden in front of 27,000 fans.  Results:  Tony Garea went to a time limit draw with Iron Mike Sharpe… Ivan Koloff defeated SD Jones… The Invaders (Jose Gonzalez & Roberto Soto) defeated Jeff Carney & Gypsy Rodriguez… Big John Studd defeated Salvatore Bellomo… WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco battled Jimmy Snuka to a double DQ… Andre the Giant & Dusty Rhodes & Ivan Putski defeated Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika & Samula)… Sgt. Slaughter defeated Swede Hanson… George Steele defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by DQ… Rocky Johnson defeated Don Kernodle… Tito Santana defeated Mr. Fuji.

07-31-1983:  In Orlando, FL Kareem Muhammad & Elijah Akeem (Leroy Brown & Ray Candy) defeated Scott McGhee & Mike Graham for the Global tag team titles.  Also on the show NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated Dusty Rhodes by DQ.

08-01-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN attendance 7,000 The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) lost the Southern tag team titles to The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony).  On the same show Jerry Lawler retained the International title over Ken Patera with special referee Lou Thesz.

08-05-1983:  In St. Louis, MO NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated NWA Missouri champion Ric Flair in a best 2 out of 3 falls match.

In Richmond, VA at the Coliseum Rufus R. Jones defeated Dory Funk, Jr. to win the Mid-Atlantic title.

Don Kernodle

08-07-1983:  In Toronto, Canada at the Maple Leaf Gardens a tournament was held for the Canadian TV championship.  Mike Rotundo won the tournament defeating Magic Dragon, Sgt. Jacques Goulet, and Don Kernodle.

08-08-1983:  In Birmingham, AL for SECW Ricky Gibson defeated Chick Donovan for the NWA U.S. Junior title.  The Midnight Express (Norvell Austin & Randy Rose) defeated Ken Lucas & Eddie Hogan (AKA: Brutus Beefcake) for the NWA Southeastern tag team titles. Buck Robley defeated The Midnight Stallion (Mongolian Stomper) in a loser leaves town match and in the main event where the loser of the fall must leave town Ron Fuller & Jimmy Golden defeated Bob Armstrong & The Flame (Jody Hamilton) forcing The Flame to leave town.

The Flame

At Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN Jerry Lawler & Austin Idol defeated The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) for the CWA World tag team titles.

08-15-1983:  Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) defeated Man Mountain Harris (AKA: Black Bart) to win the Alabama title in Birmingham, AL.

At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN with an attendance of 6,900 Ken Patera defeated Jerry Lawler for the International title. Also on the show The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) defeated Austin Idol & Jerry Lawler for the CWA World tag team titles. Buddy Landell defeated Dutch Mantel for the Mid-America title. Tommy Rogers defended the Southeastern wrestling promotion’s U.S. Junior title on this show as well defeating Frankie Lane.

08-24-1983:  The Philadelphia Arena which hosted many WWF / WWWF shows over the years is destroyed by fire.

08-27-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden. Results:  Invader II (Roberto Soto) defeated Don Kernodle… Iron Mike Sharpe defeated Swede Hanson… Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Butcher Vachon… Ivan Koloff battled Salvatore Bellomo to a time limit draw… Tiger Chung Lee defeated Tony Garea… Andre the Giant & Rocky Johnson & Ivan Putski & Tito Santana defeated Big John Studd & Sgt. Slaughter & Wild Samoans Sika & Samula… WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated Jimmy Snuka by countout… WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated George Steele in 39 seconds.

08-29-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN Koko Ware defeated Buddy Landell for the Mid-America title in front of a crowd of 7,743.

08-31-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund appears on a Florida wrestling card in Miami, FL facing Ron Bass.

09-04-1983:  Riding the incredible popularity of the CWA Memphis wrestling television show, WMC-TV debuts The Jerry Lawler Show, a talk show styled program hosted by Jerry Lawler

09-05-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of a crowd of 6,696 fans a tournament for the Southern heavyweight title is held with Jerry Lawler defeating Dennis Condrey and Bill Dundee to win the title. Also on the show Ken Patera managed by Jimmy Hart lost the International title to Austin Idol.

09-10-1983:  In Lakeland, FL for the Championship Wrestling from Florida promotion Dusty Rhodes defeated Kevin Sullivan in a loser leaves town for 60 days match.  Also on the show NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeated Barry Windham.

09-12-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of a crowd of 5,154 fans The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) for the held-up CWA tag team titles. Also on the show Stan Hansen defeated Austin Idol for the International title. Jesse Ventura defeated Jerry Lawler for the Southern title.

09-13-1983:  Eddie Gilbert makes his first TV appearance since injuring his neck in a car accident and appears with Buddy Rogers on Rogers’ Corner along with WWF champion Bob Backlund.  The Iron Sheik returns the WWF at this TV taping defeating Bob Clement in his first match back. Rene Goulet returns to the WWF after a three year absence defeating Ray Coutu. Tonga Kid made his WWF TV debut at this show defeating Israel Matia. This TV taping also featured the Masked Superstar “injuring” Eddie Gilbert in Gilberts return match with multiple corkscrew neckbreakers.

Eddie Gilbert

09-16-1983:  In St. Louis, MO David Von Erich defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA Missouri title.  Also on the show Hulk Hogan defeated Jerry Blackwell.

09-17-1983:  Bob Armstrong turns babyface following an exception heel run in SECW when he is attacked by the Midnight Express (Ron Starr & Norvel Austin & Randy Rose) and given a piledriver on the concrete.

09-19-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 4,618 fans The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) lost the CWA tag team titles to The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane). Also on the show Dutch Mantel & Koko Ware defeated The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) for the Southern tag team titles.

09-23-1983:  WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by count out in White Plains, NY.

09-26-1983:  Bob Armstrong defeated Ric Flair to retain the NWA Southeastern title in Birmingham, AL.

10-01-1983:  Wayne Farris (AKA: Honky Tonk Man) joins Randy Rose & Ron Starr as a member of the Midnight Express when he defeats Bob Armstrong on television in Dothan, AL and Rose & Starr run in to assist him.

10-03-1983:  Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood win the NWA World tag team championship from Jack & Jerry Brisco in Greenville, SC.

At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 6,619 fans Jerry Lawler defeated Jesse Ventura managed by Jimmy Hart to win the Southern title. On the same show Austin Idol defeated Stan Hansen to regain the International title. Porkchop Cash & Dream Machine (managed by Jimmy Hart) defeated Dutch Mantel & Koko Ware to win the Southern tag team titles and in what may have been the first ever meeting between the Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) and a version of the Midnight Express, the Rock & Roll Express defeated Dennis Condrey & Norvell Austin.

10-08-1983:  Hulk Hogan defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by DQ when Hogan was thrown over the top rope in a match in St. Louis, MO.

Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by count out in Boston, MA at the Boston Garden.

10-10-1983:  At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN Jesse Ventura defeated Jerry Lawler to regain the Southern title in a no DQ match.  Andy Kaufman returns dressed in a chicken suit.  Koko Ware defeated Tommy Rogers for the U.S. Junior title, this is a different title than the Ron Fuller Southeastern U.S. Junior title where Tim Horner is champion at this time. Attendance was 4,324.

Grand Wizard Ernie Roth

10-12-1983:  Ernie Roth, AKA: The Grand Wizard who has been managing in the WWF dies of a heart attack at age 54.

10-13-1983:  Hulk Hogan fought NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race to a no contest in Kansas City, MO.

10-16-1983: Don Kernodle defeated Mike Rotundo to win the Canadian TV title in Toronto, Canada at the Maple Leaf Gardens.

10-17-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden.  Results:  Tony Garea defeated Rene Goulet… Tiger Chung Lee managed by Freddie Blassie defeated SD Jones… Sgt. Slaughter defeated Ivan Putski by DQ… Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout… Mike Graham defeated Bob Bradley… WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated Jimmy Snuka in a steel cage match after being knocked out of the door.  Following the match Jimmy Snuka climbed to the top of the steel cage to hit the Superfly Splash off the top in this famous moment in wrestling history… Rocky Johnson defeated Wild Samoan Sika… The Invaders (Jose Gonzalez & Roberto Soto) defeated Israel Matia & Butcher Vachon… Andre the Giant defeated Wild Samoan Afa… The Invaders defeated Rene Goulet & Don Kernodle.

10-21-1983:  Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood to win the NWA World tag team titles in Richmond, VA.

10-24-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race begins a tour of Japan and defeats Jumbo Tsuruta in his first match in Kitami, Japan.

10-26-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race battles Jumbo Tsuruta to a draw in Morioka, Japan.

10-31-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race defeats Ted DiBiase in Wakamatsu, Japan.

11-01-1983:  WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout in Buffalo, NY.

11-07-1983:  Super Olympia (Arn Anderson) unmasks Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) in a match in Birmingham, AL.

11-15-1983:  Paul Orndorff makes his WWF debut in Allentown, PA defeating Mark Mattox.  On this same show Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson defeated the Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) to win the WWF tag team titles.

11-18-1983:  The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by count out in Pittsburgh, PA.

11-21-1983:  WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden. Results:  Salvatore Bellomo defeated Butcher Vachon… Tito Santana defeated Don Kernodle… WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco defeated Iron Mike Sharpe… The Invaders (Jose Gonzalez & Roberto Soto) defeated Mr. Fuji & Rene Goulet… The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) defeated Rocky Johnson & SD Jones. The Samoans were still recognized as WWF tag team champions on this card as their title loss to Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas had not yet aired on TV… Iron Sheik defeated Tony Garea… Tony Atlas defeated Big John Studd… Jimmy Snuka battled Sgt. Slaughter to a time limit draw… Pat Patterson defeated Ivan Koloff by countout… WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated the Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie).

Jimmy Valiant as Charlie Brown

11-24-1983:  Starrcade 1983:  Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum:  15,447 attendance:  Results:  The Assassins (Jody Hamilton & Ray Hercules Hernandez) managed by Paul Jones defeated Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw… Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin managed by Gary Hart defeated Scott McGhee & Johnny Weaver… Abdullah the Butcher defeated Carlos Colon… Dick Slater & Bob Orton, Jr. defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood… Charlie Brown (Jimmy Valiant) defeated the Great Kabuki managed by Gary Hart to win the Mid-Atlantic TV title… Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood defeated Jack & Jerry Brisco to win the NWA World tag team titles with guest referee Angelo Mosca… Roddy Piper defeated Greg Valentine in a dog collar match… Ric Flair defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race in a steel cage match to win the title. Special guest referee was Gene Kiniski.

11-25-1983:  Ric Flair makes his first defense of the NWA World heavyweight title in St. Louis, MO defeating David Von Erich in a best of 3 falls match.

11-26-1983:  The Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund by countout in Landover, MD.

11-27-1983:  Kevin Von Erich defeats NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in a non-title match in San Antonio, TX.

11-28-1983:  David Von Erich defeats NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in a non-title match in Ft. Worth, TX.

Ken Lucas defeated Rip Rogers for the NWA U.S. Junior title and Robert Fuller battled Jos LeDuc to a no contest which resulted in the NWA Southeastern title being vacated in Birmingham, AL.

12-02-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated WWF Intercontinental champion Don Muraco in San Jose, CA.

12-03-1983:  Dick Slater defeated Rufus R. Jones to win the Mid-Atlantic title in Hampton, VA.

Bob Armstrong won a tournament in Dothan, AL at the Houston County Farm center to win the vacant NWA Southeastern title defeating Jerry Stubbs, The Superstar (unknown), Wayne Farris (AKA: Honky Tonk Man), and Jos LeDuc.

12-04-1983:  Buzz & Brett Sawyer defeated The Road Warriors for the NWA National tag team titles in the Omni in Atlanta, GA. Also on the show NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeated Tommy Rich.

12-06-1983:  At the WWF TV tapings in Allentown, PA Vince McMahon announces that WWF champion Bob Backlund will have a mystery partner to face the Wild Samoans Afa & Sika next week on TV.  This would lay the groundwork for the debut and title win of Hulk Hogan in the WWF.

12-07-1983:  WWF champion Bob Backlund answers the Iron Sheik’s Persian Club challenge but is attacked from behind by the Iron Sheik furthering the program between the two.

12-10-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair appears on Southeastern Championship Wrestling television in Dothan, AL to further his feud with Bob Armstrong. Here he meets his future best friend Arn Anderson who is wrestling as Super Olympia at the title.  During a brawl on TV Ric Flair accidentally breaks his Rolex watch when he slides it too far out of the ring.

Arn Anderson as Super Olympia

12-11-1983:  NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair begins a tour of Japan.  In Yokosuka, Japan Giant Baba & Great Kabuki & Dory Funk, Jr. defeated Ric Flair & Barry Windham & Ron Fuller.

12-12-1983:  Great Kabuki defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ in Tokyo, Japan.

12-13-1983:  Dick Slater defeated NWA U.S. champion Greg Valentine to win the title in Shelby, NC.

12-18-1983:  Carlos Colon defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in a no DQ steel cage match in Bayamon, Puerto Rico but did not win the title.

12-24-1983:  Kevin Von Erich defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in San Antonio, TX but did not win the title.

12-25-1983:  World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) Star Wars: Dallas, TX: Reunion Arena:  19,675 attendance.  Results:  Missing Link defeated Johnny Mantell… Iceman King Parsons & Brian Adias defeated the American tag team champions the Super Destroyers (Scott & Bill Irwin) to win the titles… Kerry Von Erich defeated Kamala by DQ… Mike Reed defeated The Mongol… David Von Erich defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair via DQ… Jose Lothario defeated Black Gordman… Jimmy Garvin defeated American champion Chris Adams to win the title… Kevin & Mike Von Erich defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts in a no DQ loser leaves town match for one year.

Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch make their tag team debut in the WWF in Pittsburgh, PA defeating Kevin Collins & Terry Daniels.

12-26-1983:  Bruiser Brody defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ in Toronto, Canada.

WWF in New York City, NY at Madison Square Garden in front of 26,592 fans. Results:  Jose Luis Rivera defeated Rene Goulet… Salvatore Bellomo battled Tiger Chung Lee to a draw… Jimmy Snuka & Arnold Skaaland defeated Don Muraco & Captain Lou Albano… Sgt. Slaughter defeated Chief Jay Strongbow… Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) battled Ivan Putski to a double DQ… Iron Sheik managed by Freddie Blassie defeated WWF champion Bob Backlund to win the WWF title when manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel… Wild Samoans Afa & Sika & Samula defeated SD Jones & Rocky Johnson & Tony Atlas in a best 2 out of 3 falls match… Tito Santana defeated Ivan Koloff… The Invaders (Jose Gonzalez & Roberto Soto) defeated Iron Mike Sharpe & Butcher Vachon.

Rip Rogers defeated Ken Lucas to win the NWA U.S. Junior title in Birmingham, AL.  Also on the show Jerry Stubbs defeated Bob Armstrong for the NWA Southeastern title.

The Iron Sheik

12-27-1983:  WWF champion the Iron Sheik makes his first title defense in Lancaster, PA defeating Chief Jay Strongbow.

In St. Louis, MO WWF holds another show at the Chase Park Hotel with a crowd of 1100 fans where Hulk Hogan makes his WWF return defeating Bill Dixon.

12-29-1983:  WWF champion Iron Sheik defeated Salvatore Bellomo in Landover, MD in a title defense.

12-30-1983:  WWF champion Iron Sheik defeats Pat Patterson by DQ to retain the title in Salisbury, MD.

01-02-1983:  In Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum in front of 4,111 fans Jacques Rougeau defeated Sabu (Coco Samoa) for the Mid-America title.

01-04-1997: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Wrestling World ‘97 at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 62,500 fans. Results: Junji Hirata & Manabu Nakanishi & Osamu Nishimura & Satoshi Kojima defeated Kazuo Yamazaki & Osamu Kido & Takashi Iizuka & Yuji Nagata… Super Liger (Chris Jericho) defeated Koji Kanemoto… Jinsei Shinzaki defeated Michiyoshi Ohara… Shinjiro Otani defeated Yoshiaki Tajiri… Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tatsutoshi Goto… Masahiro Chono defeated Shoji Nakamaki… Masa Saito defeated Great Kojika… Antonio Inoki defeated Willie Williams… J Crown Championship:  Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Ultimo Dragon… IWGP World tag team titles:  Kengo Kimura & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Ookami Gundan (Masahiro Chono & Hiroyoshi Tenzan)… Power Warrior (Kensuke Sasaki) defeated Great Muta… IWGP World heavyweight title: Shinya Hashimoto defeated Riki Choshu.

04-12-1997: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Battle Formation 1997 at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of an announced 60,500 fans. Results: Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Manabu Nakanishi… El Samurai defeated Shinjiro Otani… Junji Hirata  & Satoshi Kojima defeated Kazuo Yamazaki & Osamu Kido… Shiro Koshinaka defeated Takashi Ishikawa… J Crown Championship: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Great Sasuke… Antonio Inoki defeated Tiger King (Saturo “Tiger Mask” Sayama)… Keiji Muto defeated Masahiro Chono… IWGP tag team championship: Kensuke Sasaki & Riki Choshu defeated Tatsumi Fujinami & Kengo Kimura… Mixed Martial Arts Match:  Naoya Ogawa defeated Shinya Hashimoto.

01-04-1998: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds it’s Final Power Hall at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 65,500 fans.  Results:  Kendo Kashin defeated Koji Kanemoto… IWGP Junior heavyweight title:  Shinjiro Otani defeated Ultimo Dragon… Yuji Nagata defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan… Osamu Nishimura & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Bull Powers (Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima)… Riki Road Final Five: Riki Choshu defeated Kazuyuki Fujita… Riki Choshu defeated Yutaka Yoshie… Tiki Choshu defeated Tatsuhito Takaiwa… Takashi Iizuka defeated Riki Choshu… Riki Choshu defeated Jushin Thunder Liger… Mixed Martial Arts Match:  Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa… Mixed Martial Arts Match:  Shinya Hashimoto defeated Dennis Lane… Masahiro Chono defeated Shiro Koshinaka… IWGP heavyweight title: Kensuke Sasaki defeated Keiji Muto.

04-04-1998: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Inoki the Final at the Tokyo Egg Dome with an announced attendance of 70,000 supposedly the largest Tokyo Dome attendance to date and the largest gate to date in Japanese wrestling history. Results:  Inoki Final Tournament: Naoya Ogawa defeated Brian Johnston… Don Frye defeated Igor Meindert… Don Frye defeated Naoya Ogawa to win the spot in Inoki’s retirement match… Bull Powers (Manabu Nakanishi & Satoshi Kojima) defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Hiro Saito… Heisei Ishingun (Michiyoshi Ohara & Shiro Koshinaka & Tatsutoshi Goto) defeated Junji Hirata & Kazuo Yamazaki & Tadao Yasuda… Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Koji Kanemoto… Shinjiro Otani defeated Yuji Yasuraoka… IWGP Junior heavyweight title: Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Kendo Kashin… IWGP tag team championship: NWO Japan (Keiji Muto & Masahiro Chono) defeated Osamu Nishimura & Shinya Hashimoto… IWGP heavyweight title: Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Kensuke Sasaki.

05-01-1998: All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) holds it’s 25th anniversary show at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of an announced 58,300 fans.  Results: Satoru Asako defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru… Maunakea Mossman defeated Daisuke Ikeda… Jumbo Tsuruta & Mitsuo Momota & Rusher Kimura defeated Haruka Eigen & Masanobu Fuchi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi… The Headhunters (Headhunter A & B) defeated Shigeo Okumura & Tamon Honda… Johnny Smith & Wolf Hawkfield defeated Jado & Gedo… Akira Taue & Mighty Inoue & Takao Omori defeated Hideki Hosaka & Tatsuhiro Kuroda & The Gladiator… Gary Albright & Steve Williams defeated Masahito Kakihara & Yoshihiro Takayama… Giant Baba & Hayabusa & Kentaro Shiga defeated Kamala & Jinsei Shinzaki & Jun Izumida… Jun Akiyama defeated Hiroshi Hase… Johnny Ace & Kenta Kobashi defeated Stan Hansen & Vader (Leon White)… Triple Crown heavyweight title: Toshiakai Kawada defeated Mitsuharu Misawa.

Toshiaki Kawada

01-04-1999: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Wrestling World at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 62,500 fans.  Results: Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kazuyuki Fujita… Osamu Kido & Tadao Yasuda & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Heisei Ishingun (Kengo Kimura & Michiyoshi Ohara & Tatsutoshi Goto)… IWGP Junior tag team championship: Dr. Wagner, Jr. & Kendo Kashin defeated Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa… IWGP Junior heavyweight title:  Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto… Kensuke Sasaki defeated Atsushi Onita by DQ… Yuji Nagata defeated Dave Beneteau… Don Frye defeated Brian Johnston… Naoya Ogawa battled Shinya Hashimoto to a no contest… IWGP tag team championship: NWO Japan (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka…  IWGP heavyweight title:  Keiji Muto defeated Scott Norton. The Ogawa vs Hashimoto match was bizarre. It had every indication as a double cross shoot but after reading many expert opinions from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter to Chris Charlton of Eggshells: Pro Wrestling In the Tokyo Dome and interviews with various people who were there the match finished seemed to be the planned one but Naoya Ogawa, possibly under the direction of Antonio Inoki, was legitimately trying to hurt Shinya Hashimoto in order to boost the real or shoot image of Inoki’s UFO promotion.

04-10-1999:  New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Strong Style Symphony - New Japan Spirit ‘99 at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 63,500 fans.  Results:  No rope exploding barbed wire match:  Atsushi Onita battled Masahiro Chono to a double knock out… NWO Japan (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata… Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Minoru Tanaka… IWGP Junior tag team titles:  Jushin Thunder Liger & Great Sasuke defeated Dr. Wagner, Jr. & Kendo Kashin… IWGP Junior heavyweight title:  Koji Kanemoto defeated Shinjiro Otani… Kazuo Yamazaki & Kazayuki Fujita defeated Alexander Otsuka & Yuki Ishikawa… IWGP tag team championship:  Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka defeated Genichiro Tenryu & Tatsumi Fujinami… IWGP heavyweight title:  Keiji Muto defeated Don Frye.

Great Muta

05-02-1999:  All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) holds the Giant Baba Retirement Show on May 2, 1999 at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 65,000. Results:  Naomichi Marufuji & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi defeated Gran Naniwa & Makoto Hashi… Satoru Asako & Takeshi Morishima defeated Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru… Kamala & Haruka Eigen & Jun Izumida defeated Masao Inoue & Rusher Kimura & Mitsuo Momota… Johnny Smith & Masanobu Fuchi & Tamon Honda defeated Gedo & Koji Nakagawa & Yukihiro Kanemura… Hayabusa & Great Sasuke & Tiger Mask went to a time limit draw with Masahito Kakihara & Yoshinari Ogawa & Maunakea Mossman… Giant Baba retirement match:  Giant Baba & The Destroyer (Dick Beyer) vs. Bruno Sammartino & Gene Kiniski (Giant Baba had died of colon cancer in January and this “match” was just a tribute involving these wrestler as a memorial to Giant Baba)… Akira Taue & Stan Hansen & Steve Williams defeated Gary Albright & Yoshihiro Takayama & Takao Omori… Toshiaki Kawada defeated Hiroshi Hase… Johnny Ace & The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) defeated Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi & Hakushi… Triple Crown championship:  Mitsuharu Misawa defeated Vader (Leon White).

10-11-1999:  New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Final Dome ‘99 at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 58,500 fans.  Results:  Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Tatsutoshi Goto… Kazuyuki Fujita defeated Sean McCully… IWGP Junior tag team championship:  Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka… IWGP Junior championship:  Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Kendo Kashin… Shiro Koshinaka & Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Osamu Kido & Takashi Iizuka… Kimo defeated Yuji Nagata… Don Frye & Masahiro Chono defeated NWO Japan (Satoshi Kojima & Scott Norton)… Genichiro Tenryu defeated Kensuke Sasaki… IWGP heavyweight title:  Keiji Muto defeated Manabu Nakanishi… NWA World heavyweight title:  Naoya Ogawa defeated Shinya Hashimoto.

01-04-2000: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Wrestling World 2000 at the Tokyo Egg Dome with an announced attendance of 63,500.  Results:  IWGP Junior tag team championship:  Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Kendo Kashin & Minoru Tanaka… Shiro Koshinaka defeated Satoshi Kojima… Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit)… IWGP Junior heavyweight championship:  Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Koji Kanemoto… Manabu Nakanishi defeated Kenzo Suzuki… Kazuo Yamazaki retirement match:  Yuji Nagata defeated Kazuo Yamazaki… Kimo defeated Kazayuki Fujita… Scott Norton defeated Don Frye… Rick Steiner defeated Randy Savage… Shinya Hashimoto & Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami & Naoya Ogawa… Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Muto… IWGP heavyweight title:  Kensuke Sasaki defeated Genichiro Tenryu.

04-07-2000:  New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Dome Impact at the Tokyo Egg Dome in front of a reported 60,000 fans.  Results:  Yuji Nagata defeated Kendo Kashin… Manabu Nakanishi defeated Scott Norton… Don Frye defeated Koji Kanemoto… Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Yutaka Yoshie… Satoshi Kojima defeated Shinjiro Otani… Takashi Iizuka defeated Kazunari Murakami… Masahiro Chono defeated Keiji Muto… Kensuke Sasaki defeated Jushin Thunder Liger… Naoya Ogawa defeated Shinya Hashimoto.

10-09-2000: New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) holds Do Judge! at the Tokyo Egg Dome with an announced attendance of 64,000.  Results:  Shinya Hashimoto defeated Tatsumi Fujinami…  Jushin Thunder Liger defeated Super Delfin… Don Frye defeated Takashi Iizuka… IWGP Junior heavyweight championship:  Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeated Koji Kanemoto… IWGP tag team championship:  Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima defeated Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata… Steve Williams defeated Scott Norton… Masahiro Chono & Mr. T (Tatsutoshi Goto not the famous U.S. actor) defeated Masanobu Fuchi & Shiro Koshinaka… Toshiaki Kawada defeated Kensuke Sasaki.

Southeastern Championship Wrestling Results (Newly Found)

April 19, 1983: (Mobile, AL) (Expo Hall) Tournament for the Southeastern Tag Team Titles: Jimmy Golden & Tom Jones verses The Midnight Express… Ken Lucas & Frank Savage verses The New Zealand Sheepherders… Los Lobos (Probably Rick "Black Bart" Harris & Cyclone Negro) verses Bob Armstrong & The Flame… Austin Idol & Buck Robley verses The Midnight Express… U.S. Junior Heavyweight Title Match: Bill Ash (champion) vs Tommy Rogers 

Jacques Rougeau

April 8, 1984 (Pensacola, FL) (Municipal Auditorium): Tournament to meet NWA World Champion: Jacques Rougeau verses Boris Zhukov… Rick McGraw verses Rip Rogers… Charlie Cook verses Arn Anderson… Johnny Rich verses Ron Slinker… Jimmy Golden verses New Guinea Man Eater… Tennessee Stud (Ron Fuller) verses Jerry Stubbs… Jimmy Golden won tournament.

April 22, 1984:  (Pensacola, FL) (Municipal Auditorium):  14-man battle royal… Tennessee Stud (Ron Fuller) & Bob Armstrong & Jimmy Golden verses Jerry Stubbs & Arn Anderson & Sonny King… Jacques Rougeau verses Boris Zhukov… Johnny Rich verses Tommy Gilbert… Rick McGraw verses Rip Rogers… Charlie Cook verses Vic Rain 

April 24, 1984 (Mobile, AL) (Expo Hall):  Southeastern Tag Team Title Match: Arn Anderson & Jerry Stubbs (champions) verses Ron Fuller & Bob Armstrong… Southeastern Title Match: Jimmy Golden (champion) verses Boris Zhukov… Jacques Rougeau verses Vic Rain in a Canadian Deathmatch…  Johnny Rich verses Rip Rogers… Charlie Cook verses Rick McGraw… Wendell Cooley vs Tommy Gilbert 

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