Saturday, June 27, 2015

NWA Champion Dusty Rhodes in Key West

"Wrestler Dusty Rhodes in the ring for his NWA wrestling match with Harley Race - Key West, Florida."
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory
Website Location https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/90520

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Toronto Ad: Funk vs. Race


This is the newspaper ad for the February 6, 1977 match where Harley Race defeated Terry Funk for the NWA world heavyweight championship at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens.

Although former NWA champion Pat O'Conner is billed as special referee, he was not the referee in that match.

It is part of a great collection of clippings on the excellent Maple Leaf Wrestling Pictorial website spotlighting NWA title defenses in Toronto from 1950 - 1984.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Classic Newspaper Ad from Florida (1975)

A great looking ad from "Championship Wrestling from Florida" featuring NWA Champion Jack Brisco and "the ten pounds of gold."

What a loaded 10-match card! Not only was Jack defending the title against Terry Funk, but two former world champs were also meeting in the semi-final as Terry's brother Dory Funk, Jr. met Harley Race. Plus Eddie Graham, Jim ("J.J.") Dillon, Johnny Weaver, Bob Backlund, Bob Armstrong, Danny Hodge, and others.

The card was held at the beautiful Bayfront Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. For my money on of the most beautiful arenas in the most perfect setting of any venue in Florida.

Belltime 8:30!!

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FUNK EARNS TITLE SHOT
St. Petersburg Newspaper

ST. PETERSBURG—Wrestler Terry Funk. brother of former world champion Dory Funk Jr.. has won the right to meet current world champ Jack Brisco for the title and will tonight in the feature match at the Bayfront Center.

That will be the final match on a card that begins at 8:30 p.m.

In another big match, Dory Funk Jr. will meet the man who took his title away from him, Harley Race. Eddie Graham will take on the Mongolian Stomper and then Bearcat Wright in a special five minute match.

In other matches: Johnny Weaver will meet Jim Dillon in a Florida TV title match; Mike Graham and Tiger Conway will wrestle Doug Somers and Joe Soto: Bob Armstrong will wrestle against Roger Kirby: Danny Little Bear faces Dutch Mantel; Danny Hodge battles Jon Foley and in the opener Bob Backlund comes up against Pat Barrett.


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RESULTS
Jack Brisco defeated Terry Funk
Dory Funk Jr. defeated Harley Race by DQ
Mike Graham and Tiger Conway defeated Joe Soto and Doug Somers
Dick Slater defeated Chris Markoff
Jim Dillon defeated Johnny Weaver
Eddie graham defeated the Stomper

Thursday, June 11, 2015

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes Passes Away


It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes. A 3-time former NWA world heavyweight champion, he was one of the eight champions who wore the famous domed-globe version of the NWA belt.

Our condolences go out to all his friends and family.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Brisco Celebrates with Boesch in Houston

Promoter Paul Boesch hugs Jack Brisco who had just defeated Harley Race for the
NWA World Championship. 

One of my favorite magazine photos from Houston the night Jack Brisco defeated Harley Race for the NWA world championship. The date was July 20, 1973.

Brisco is being hugged by promoter Paul Boesch. Boesch holds a camera in his left hand. He took many photos in the ring after that match, several of which were given to Harley Race who provided them for use in the book "Ten Pounds of Gold" which documents that historic night in Houston.

Also in the photo are ring announcer Boyd Pierce and despondent Harley Race.


Available on Amazon.com and at TenPoundsofGold.com

Thursday, April 16, 2015

NWA World Champion Tommy "Wildfire" Rich, 1981 (WWE.com)
Scott Bowden made us aware of a photo on WWE.com featuring Tommy Rich with the NWA world championship belt over his left shoulder.

"I had never seen it before," Scott wrote me, "but from the look on Rich's face, it appears as if he was just told he'd be dropping the belt back to Race on Friday."

I love that line.

Rich won the NWA title on a Monday 4/27 in Augusta, GA, and dropped back to Race on Friday 5/1 in Gainesville, GA. He is part of a short list of guys in the 1970s and 1980s who were "cup of coffee" champions, as in - - they hardly held it long enough to have a cup of coffee.

Other WWE.com content regarding Tommy Rich -

The match that inspired Hell in a Cell: 
Tommy Rich, Buzz Sawyer and The Last Battle of Atlanta
(includes some video)

Rich was one of the biggest stars in pro-wrestling at the time he won the NWA title. He was huge box office in George Championship Wrestling and the Memphis, TN territory.

Scott Bowden actually managed Rich in Memphis in the 1990s, and has written about him occasionally on his excellent blog "Kentucky Fried Wrestling" site ( "A Wrestling Perspective That's Both Original and Extra Crispy" - - I love that line, too.)

Somebody Say Something 'bout Hollywood?
by Scott Bowden

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Tommy Rich winning the NWA title from Harley Race
Poor video quality, but historically worth seeing.
Commentary by Gordon Solie, Jim Crockett, Jr., and Tommy Rich.




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Terry Funk Letter to Jack Adkisson (1975)

Terry Funk letter to Jim Barnett (1975) (Click to Enlarge)

Another wonderful piece of historical memorabilia:

This is a letter written by Terry Funk to the NWA secretary-treasurer Jim Barnett in the days following Funk's victory over Jack Brisco for the NWA world heavyweight championship. Funk won the title December 10, 1975, in Miami, FL. The letter is dated December 15, 1975.

It is basically formal documentation of:

(1) Funk's request that the NWA, through Barnett, be his booker for appearances as long as he is NWA champion.
(2) Funk acknowledges he is in possession of the gold belt which remains the property of the NWA.
(3) He will only lose the title when instructed to do so by the NWA.
(4) He agrees to be booked for at least one rematch with the person who takes the title from him.

Fascinating stuff indeed.

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Special thanks to Yuhki Kihara and Atsushi Kanie for providing this and other images on the Domed Globe blog.