Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The NWA's "Big Three" (Japan Magazine)

Thanks to Scottie Richardson at Wrestler Weekly for sending us this image of a classic Japanese magazine cover featuring the NWA champions from 1969-1976. This shot was taken in 1973 as part of a series of famous photos in a hallway at a show in Japan.

Featured are NWA World Heavyweight champion Jack Brisco (front) with NWA President Sam Muchnick (back center) flanked by former champions Dory Funk, Jr. (left) and Harley Race (right.)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Legendary Champions Reunite

Former NWA World champions Terry Funk and Harley Race share a moment on stage at the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Legends Fanfest in Charlotte in 2005. 

Moments like these were very special.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Salvador Lutteroth - Father of the Ten Pounds of Gold

Don Salvador Lutteroth (right), the father of Lucha Libre, with his son Hector (left). Photo from EFE

Salvador Lutteroth (at right in the photo above), the legendary Mexican professional wrestling promoter, was known as "the father of lucha libre." He is also known here at the Domed Globe website as the father of the "Ten Pounds of Gold."

Lutteroth commissioned jeweler Manuel Sabala to make the belt for NWA president Sam Muchnick. Sabala is credited for coming up with the famously familiar "domed-globe" design that was prevalent on so many of the Mexican wrestling championship belts of that era.

Born in 1897, Lutteroth founded the wrestling organization Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (EMLL) in 1933 after first seeing a pro-wrestling exhibition in El Paso, Texas a couple years earlier. That company evolved into CMLL ( Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre) which combined is the longest running single pro-wrestling promotion in the world.

During his time, Lutteroth was the most powerful man in wrestling in the country of Mexico and one of the most powerful wrestling executives in the world. By 1973, when the domed-globe belt was presented to Muchnick, Lutteroth's son was generally running things in the company and had received NWA sanction for the NWA world welterweight and light-heavyweight championships.  The belt that represented the world light heavyweight title was nearly identical in design to the belt that would represent the heavyweight title in 1973. It is generally thought the world belt was a gift to Muchnick and the NWA from the Lutteroths, as they liked staying in good graces with the NWA president.

His influence on the image of the NWA title is immense. That image still exists today in the modern NWA title belt.

Salvador Lutteroth passed away in 1987.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Harley Race and Sylvester Stallone

This is one of or favorite images from the late 1970s in the Stanley Weston ("Apter") magazines. NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race stands with "Rocky" franchise star Sylvester Stallone. Sly looks like he's ready to take on the champ right then. He knows a good lookin' championship trophy when he sees one. The photo is thought to have been taken in Houston, TX in 1978.