Sunday, May 26, 2024

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 Mexican jeweler Manual Sabala to make the famed belt for NWA president Sam Muchnick. Sabala is credited for designing 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.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Jerry Brisco a Top Contender for the Harley Race's NWA TItle (1973)

Jerry Brisco and "Big" Bill Ward at WBTV studio in Charlotte, NC

The following is an excerpt from Les Thatcher's "Wrestler's Eye View" in Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine from July 1973. The subject was Jerry Brisco, one of the top singles stars at the time for Jim Crockett Promotions.

JERRY BRISCO has set out to recapture the Eastern Heavyweight Championship Belt taken from him earlier in the vear by OLE ANDERSON. There have been some classic battles between Jerry and Ole. Jerry may detour briefly to get a shot at New N.W.A. Worlds Champ

Most wrestling experts felt that Jerry's brother Jack would be the man to dethrone kingpin of 4 years DORY FUNK JR. But Race pulled it off in Kansas City. Jerry would like to be the one to bring the World's Belt into the Brisco family.

Les wrote that column in late June of 1973, just a matter of weeks before Jerry Brisco's brother Jack defeated Harley Race for the NWA title in Houston. 

Monday, May 6, 2024

Kerry Von Erich Tours Florida as NWA Champion (1984)

When Kerry Von Erich won the NWA World title in 1984, he fulfilled the appearance contracts of the previous champion Ric Flair, which included dates in the state of Florida for Championship Wrestling from Florida. 

NWA Champ Kerry with Coach John Heath on the set
of Championship Wrestling from Florida

The magazine from Japan seen below features a photo on the cover taken during that Florida tour of Kerry sporting the Ten Pounds of Gold with Florida heavyweight champion Billy Jack Haynes.  

Originally published on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway, June 2022

Thanks to Brian Rogers for providing the cover image.