Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling - A Time Line of Every Major Event in Pro Wrestling History - 1983

By: Karl Stern (@wiwcool)

1983

01-01-1983: Norman Fredrick Charles III won the vacant NWA U.S. Junior title in a tournament in Dothan, AL for the Southeastern Championship Wrestling promotion.

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.

01-03-1983: In West Palm Beach, FL Barry Windham defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ.

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.

In Tampa, FL Barry Windham defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ.

01-05-1983: In Miami Beach, FL The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) defeated Ron Bass & Barry Windham to win the Global tag team titles.

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 in order to avoid a riot 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.

Jack veneno with the nwa world heavyweight title following the win over ric flair. I long assumed this photo was snapped by Veneno's people after he "won" it for publicity. I always assumed the U.S. flag was backward because this was a copy someone made with the image mirrored. However, I looked up the NWA World title belt with Ric Flair holding it just before this match and compared the colors on the Mexican flag which are NOT mirrored. So, I believe this is actually a replica belt.

Jack veneno with the nwa world heavyweight title following the win over ric flair. I long assumed this photo was snapped by Veneno's people after he "won" it for publicity. I always assumed the U.S. flag was backward because this was a copy someone made with the image mirrored. However, I looked up the NWA World title belt with Ric Flair holding it just before this match and compared the colors on the Mexican flag which are NOT mirrored. So, I believe this is actually a replica belt.

01-10-1983: Robert Gibson defeated Norman Frederick Charles III to win the NWA U.S. Junior title for Southeastern Wrestling.

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 Kauffman which distracted Lawler allowing Bockwinkel to grab a pin and “regain” the title.

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. On the same show Terry Allen (AKA: Magnum TA) & Scott McGhee defeated The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) to win the Global tag team titles.

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

In Ft. Pierce, FL Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair but did not win the title.

01-15-1983: Norman Fredrick Charles III fought Robert Gibson to a disputed finish the NWA U.S. Junior title is held up for Southeastern Wrestling.

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

01-17-1983: Robert Gibson defeated Norman Frederick Charles III to win the held up NWA U.S. Junior title for Southeastern Championship Wrestling.

01-18-1983: The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) defeated Terry Allen & Scott McGhee to win the Global tag team titles.

01-21-1983: Butch Reed defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair in a $5000 challenge match in Chillicothe, MO for the Central States promotion. The title is not on the line.

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.

At the Omni in Atlanta, GA in a non-title $5,000 challenge match Butch Reed defeated the NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair.

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. Results: Andre the Giant & Barry Windham defeated Kevin Sullivan & Jake Roberts… Mike Graham defeated Don Kent… Roddy Piper defeated Mr. NY and unmasked him as Chic Donovan… Rufus R. Jones & Ron Bass defeated Angelo Mosca & Leroy Brown by DQ… Charlie Cook defeated Cyclone Negro… Scott McGhee & Terry Allen defeated The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) by DQ.

NWA referee and president bob Geigle takes the NWA World title away from the midnight rider (Dusty Rhodes)

NWA referee and president bob Geigle takes the NWA World title away from the midnight rider (Dusty Rhodes)

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.

02-12-1983: In Sarasota, FL Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair but did not win the title.

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).

02-15-1983: In Tampa, FL Terry Allen & Midnight Rider (Dusty Rhodes) defeated The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) to win the Global tag team titles but Midnight Rider gives up the belt to Scott McGhee.

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.

AWA in Rockford, IL saw Nick Bockwinkel defeat Hulk Hogan by DQ to retain the title.

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.

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.

Chavo Guerrero defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel in a non-title match in Houston, TX.

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.

AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Hulk Hogan by DQ in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.

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.

03-07-1983: Bob Armstrong defeated Jimmy Golden to win the NWA Southeastern title in Birmingham, AL in a Texas Death Match. Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) won a tournament to get a shot at NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair.

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.

03-08-1983: The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) defeated Terry Allen & Scott McGhee to win the Global tag team titles in Tampa, FL.

03-11-1983: Chavo Guerrero defeated AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, TX. Also on the show Tiger Conway, Jr. & Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Ted DiBiase & Matt Borne to win the Mid-South tag team titles.

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.

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 an evening show in 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.

03-17-1983: Frank Dusek defeated Barry WIndham to win the Southern (FL) heavyweight title on TV in Tampa, FL.

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.

At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Killer Tim Brooks defeated Paul Orndorff to win the NWA National heavyweight title which will be sold to Larry Zbyszko.

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.

Mid-South North American title tournament in New Orleans, LA: Round 1: Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) defeated Marty Lunde (AKA: Arn Anderson)… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Bill Irwin… Butch Reed defeated Super Destroyer (Scott Irwin)… Tito Santana defeated Matt Borne. Round 2: Mr. Wrestling II battled Kamala to a double DQ… Butch Reed defeated Jim Duggan… Kendo Nagasaki defeated Tito Santana by count out… Junkyard Dog defeated Ted DiBiase. Round 3: Mr. Olympia defeated Butch Reed… Junkyard Dog defeated Kendo Nagasaki. Finals: Mr. Olympia defeated Junkyard Dog to win the vacant North American title.

03-23-1983: Scott McGhee defeated Johnny Heffernan in Tampa, FL on TV to win the vacant Florida title.

03-24-1983: Hulk Hogan defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by by with Wahoo McDaniel as special referee in Winnipeg, Canada.

03-26-1983: In Jacksonville, FL Barry Windham defeated Angelo Mosca to win the Canadian title.

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.

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.

In Green Bay, WI Wahoo McDaniel defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ.

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

03-30-1983: In Miami Beach, FL Terry Allen & Scott McGhee defeated The Kangaroos (Don Kent & Johnny Heffernan) to win the Global tag team titles.

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.

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.

04-11-1983: Bob Armstrong defeated Ken Lucas to win the NWA Southeastern title in Birmingham, AL.

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.

04-13-1983: On a Mid-South television taping at the Irish McNeill’s Boys Club in Shreveport, LA Ted DiBiase & Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) defeated Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) & Tiger Conway, Jr. to win the Mid-South tag team titles.

04-16-1983: Roddy Piper defeated Greg Valentine to win the NWA U.S. title in Greensboro, NC at the Coliseum.

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.

Mid-South Wrestling holds a show at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA: Junkyard Dog defeated Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) to win the North American title in a steel cage match… David & Kerry Von Erich defeated Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts… Andre the Giant defeated Kamala… Butch Reed defeated Kendo Nagasaki… Mr. Olympia & Ted DiBiase defeated Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) & Tiger Conway, Jr… Chavo Guerrero defeated Bill Irwin… Art Crews defeated Kelly Kiniski… King Kong Bundy defeated Tim Horner.

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.

AWA has a historically important show in St. Paul, MN where it appeared that Hulk Hogan won the AWA World heavyweight title from champion Nick Bockwinkel but was ultimately ruled a DQ win. The other results on this show were: Verne Gagne & Mad Dog Vachon defeated Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan… Ken Patrea & Jesse Ventura & Blackjack Lanza defeated Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Rick Martel… Jerry Lawler defeated John Tolos… Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ed Boulder (AKA: Brutus Beefcake)… Brad Rheingans defeated Tom Stone… Joyce Grable & Wendi Richter defeated Judy Martin & Velvet McIntrye.

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.

04-28-1983: Iron Sheik defeated Ronnie Garvin for the NWA National TV title at the Omni in Atlanta, GA.

04-30-1983: Ron Bass defeated Frank Dusek for the Southern (FL) title in Ft. Myers, FL.

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

At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Tony Atlas defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ.

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

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 Kauffman 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.

05-03-1983: Rick Martel defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Salt Lake City, UT.

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.

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: Austin Idol defeated the Mongolian Stomper in a loser leave town match for Southeastern Wrestling in Birmingham, AL in a steel cage match.

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.

05-20-1983: A show featuring multiple world champions is held in Houston, TX. WWF champion Bob Backlund defeated Wild Samoan Afa… Junkyard Dog & Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated King Kong Bundy & Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs)… AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Dusty Rhodes… Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) & Super Destroyer (Bill Irwin) defeated Tito Santana & Mil Mascaras… Hacksaw Duggan defeated Kendo Nagasaki… Butch Reed defeated Rip Rogers… Gran Marcus defeated Johnny Rich.

05-21-1983: Mr. Gulf Coast defeats NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair by DQ on Southeastern Championship Wrestling television from Dothan, AL. Mr. Gulf Coast unmasks himself as Austin Idol.

AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel battled Jerry Lawler to a no contest in Chicago, IL.

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.

Rick Gibson defeats The Flame (Jody Hamilton) for the Alabama title in Birmingham, AL. On the same show NWA World heavyweight champion Ric Flair defeated Austin Idol to retain the title.

05-27-1983: Wahoo McDaniel defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Denver, CO.

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.

05-1983 (unspecified): Mr. Olympia wrestles throughout the summer in the Florida territory but is actually Tommy Wright instead of Jerry Stubbs.

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.

06-05-1983: A tournament for the NWA National heavyweight title is held in Atlanta, GA at the Omni. Results: Larry Zbyszko defeated Brett Wayne… Tommy Rich defeated The Super Destroyer (Bill Irwin)… Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) defeated Ray Candy… Paul Ellering battled Ole Anderson to a double DQ… Stan Hansen defeated Pat Rose… Ronnie Garvin defeated Mike Starbuck… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Bob Roop… Arn Anderson defeated Mark Hill… Pez Whatley defeated Tracey Stone… Round 2: Larry Zbyszko defeated Tommy Rich by count out… Iron Sheik defeated Ronnie Garvin… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Arn Anderson… Buzz Sawyer defeated Pez Whatley… Dick Murdoch defeated Killer Tim Brooks… Round 3: Larry Zbyszko defeated Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) by count out… Stan Hansen defeated the Iron Sheik… Buzz Sawyer battled Dick Murdoch to a double DQ… Semi-Finals: Larry Zbyszko defeated Stan Hansen by count out… Finals: Larry Zbyszko defeated Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) to win the National heavyweight title… In a boxing tag team match Dick Murdoch & Ernie Shavers defeated Buzz Sawyer & Killer Tim Brooks by count out.

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.

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Harley Race wins NWA World title from Ric Flair on the cover of The Wrestler magazine.

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

The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) make their tag team debut on WTBS at the WTBS Studios in Atlanta, GA defeating Joe Young & Randy Barber.

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.

Rick Martel defeated AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Salt Lake City, UT.

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.

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.

06-22-1983: Marty Lunde debuts his new Arn Anderson name and storyline relation to the Anderson family on a Mid-South television show from the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, LA when he takes on NWA National champion Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) on the show.

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

Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell defeated Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell to win the AWA World tag team titles in St. Paul, MN. On the same show with an attendance of 14,000: AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel defeated Wahoo McDaniel… Baron Von Raschke battled Blackjack Lanza to a no contest… Bobby Heenan defeated Kenny Jay… Buck Zumhofe defeated Mr. Saito via DQ… Brad Rheingans battled Rick Martel to a draw.

07-02-1983: In Atlanta, GA on WTBS TV Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Larry Zbyszko in a mask vs $25,000 challenge elimination match.

07-03-1983: At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Larry Zbyszko to win the NWA National heavyweight title. Attendance was 4,000.

07-05-1983: Scott McGhee & Mike Graham defeated Angelo Mosca & Bobby Duncum to win the Global tag team titles in Tampa, FL.

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.

07-14-1983: In Winnipeg, Canada, Verne Gagne comes back out of retirement to team with Mad Dog Vachon and defeat AWA World tag team champions Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell in a non-title match. Also on the show: Wahoo McDaniel & Baron Von Raschke defeated Blackjack Lanza & Bobby Heenan… Greg Gagne defeated Sheik Adnan… Mr. Saito defeated Buck Zumhofe… Rick Martel battled Bill White to a draw… David Schultz defeated Brad Rheingans.

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.

07-16-1983: Mid-South wrestling at the New Orleans, LA Superdome: Butch Reed defeats Junkyard Dog for the North American title… King Kong Bundy defeated Dusty Rhodes in a taped fist match… Jim Duggan defeated Ted DiBiase in a Lights Out Match… Iceman King Parsons defeated Buddy Roberts… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Larry Zbyszko… Tommy Rich defeated Kamala… Magnum T.A. defeated Buzz Sawyer by DQ… Mil Mascaras & Tim Horner defeated Mr. Olympia (Jerry Stubbs) & Boris Zurkov… George Weingeroff defeated Art Crews… Johnny Rich defeated Rip Rogers.

07-17-1983: At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Ronnie Garvin defeated the Iron Sheik to win the NWA National TV title in a no time limit match.

07-19-1983: Jos LeDuc defeated Scott McGhee on TV in Tampa, FL for the Florida title.

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.

In Tulsa, OK Magnum T.A. & Jim Duggan defeated Ted DiBiase & Boris Zhukov (substituting for Mr. Olympia) to win the Mid-South tag team titles.

In Green Bay, WI Wahoo McDaniel defeated AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel 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.

07-29-1983: Mil Mascaras went to a draw with AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel in Houston, TX.

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.

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.

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.

08-16-1983: Dusty Rhodes defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by DQ in Tampa, FL.

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

08-26-1983: Hacksaw Duggan defeated Ted DiBiase in a loser leaves town match in Houston, TX.

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.

08-28-1983: Junkyard Dog & Steve Williams defeated King Kong Bundy & Ted DiBiase in a loser leaves town match in Tulsa, OK.

A notable card takes place in the Omni in Atlanta, GA. Results: Buzz Sawyer defeated Dick Slater by DQ… Pez Whatley defeated Great Kabuki… NWA World tag team champions Jack & Jerry Brisco defeated The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) in a Texas tornado tag team match… Tommy Rich defeated Bill Irwin in a handcuff match… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) battled Larry Zbyszko to a double DQ… Bruno Sammartino, Jr. (David) defeated Bob Roop… Paul Ellering defeated Bruno Sammartino, Jr… Mr. Wrestling (Tim Woods) defeated Joe Lightfoot.

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 losing to Ron Bass by DQ.

At the Irish McNeill’s Boys Club in Shreveport, LA on the Mid-South television tapings Hacksaw Duggan defeated Ted DiBiase in a no DQ loser leaves town match. On the same TV tapings The Road Warriors debut for Mid-South losing to Jim Duggan & Magnum T.A. by DQ and defeating Art Crews & Rick Rood (AKA: Rick Rude) in another match.

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

Mike Graham defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race in Orlando, FL but did not win the title.

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.

09-06-1983: Blackjack Mulligan defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race in Tampa, FL but did not win the title.

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.

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.

Barry Windham defeated Jos LeDuc in Sarasota, FL to win the Florida title.

09-18-1983: Jos LeDuc regains the Florida title from Barry Windham in Orlando, FL.

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.

09-20-1983: In Tampa, FL at the Ft. Hesterly Armory a big show takes place with a main event of a steel cage, loser leaves town for one year match. Dusty Rhodes defeated Lucifer and unmasks him as Kevin Sullivan. Also on card: Barry Windham defeated Southern heavyweight champion Ron Bass by DQ… Angelo Mosca went to a double countout with Jos LeDuc… Mike Rotundo defeated The Purple Haze (Mark Lewin)… Zambui Express (Ray Candy & Leroy Brown AKA: Elijah Akeem & Kareem Muhammad) defeated Hector Guerrero & Mike Davis… Sam Houston defeated Mike Fever.

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

In Houston, TX Junkyard Dog defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel in a non-title match.

09-24-1983: Mike Rotundo defeated Ron Bass for the Southern (FL) heavyweight title in St. Petersburg, FL.

09-25-1983: In St. Paul, MN Brad Rheingans battled AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel to a draw. On the same show which drew over 15,000 to the Civic Center: Hulk Hogan defeated David Schultz & Mr. Saito by DQ in a handicap match… Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell & Rick Martel defeated Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan… Blackjack Lanza defeated Bobby Heenan… Buck Zumhofe defeated Steve Regal… Steve O battled Bill White to a draw.

At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Brett Wayne (Sawyer) defeated Larry Zbyszko to win the NWA National title in front of 3,500 fans.

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

09-28-1983: Barry Windham defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by DQ in Miami Beach, FL.

09-29-1983: Blackjack Mulligan defeated NWA World heavyweight champion Harley Race by DQ in Jacksonville, FL.

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.

10-09-1983: Blackjack Mulligan defeated Kareem Muhammad for the Florida Brass Knuckles title in Orlando, FL.

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 Kauffman 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.

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

At the Irish McNeill’s Boys Club in Shreveport, LA on Mid-South television Jim Duggan & Magnum T.A. lost the Mid-South tag team titles to Jim Neidhart & Butch Reed.

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.

10-17-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in front of 7,288 Tommy Rogers defeated Koko Ware to win the U.S. Junior title. In the main event Jerry Lawler & Austin Idol defeated The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass).

10-19-1983: Andre the Giant loaned to the AWA for a series of dates starting with Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada where he teams with Rick Martel to defeat the AWA World tag team champions Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell in a non-title match.

10-20-1983: In Winnipeg, Canada Andre the Giant & Rick Martel & Mad Dog Vachon defeated Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan. On the same show Hulk Hogan battled David Schultz to a no contest and Jim Brunzell defeated Superstar Billy Graham.

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

In Denver, CO Andre the Giant won a 20 man battle royal on an AWA show and teamed with Mad Dog Vachon & Rick Martel to defeat Superstar Billy Graham & Mr. Saito & David Schultz.

10-23-1983: 19,000 fans turn out in St. Paul, MN to see the following AWA show: Mad Dog Vachon won a 20 man battle royal… Hulk Hogan battled Mr. Saito to a no contest… Mad Dog Vachon & Rick Martel defeated AWA World tag team champions Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell in a non-title match… Otto Wanz defeated Bill White… Blackjack Lanza & Ray Stevens defeated Bobby Heenan & Mr. Saito… Billy Robinson defeated Chris Markoff.

The Last Battle of Atlanta show takes place at the Omni in front of 10,600 people. Results: In a lights out match Ole Anderson defeated Paul Ellering… In a steel cage match Tommy Rich defeated Buzz Sawyer… Jimmy Valiant & Pez Whatley battled The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) to a double DQ for the National tag team titles… Jake Roberts battled Brett Wayne (Sawyer) to a no contest over the National heavyweight title… Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Bob Roop… Great Kabuki defeated NWA National TV champion Ronnie Garvin but did not win the title due to time limit… Les Thornton defeated Joe Lightfoot… Bruno Sammartino, Jr. defeated Pat Rose.

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.

Tim Horner defeated Chick Donovan for the NWA U.S. Junior title in a loser leave town match in Birmingham, AL.

The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) defeated The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) for the CWA tag team titles at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. Attendance 3,915.

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

10-29-1983: On CWA Championship Wrestling on WMC-5 in Memphis a big upset takes place as Ken Raper & Robert Reed, two TV enhancement wrestlers, defeat The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) for the CWA tag team titles.

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

The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) defeat Ken Raper & Robert Reed to regain the CWA tag team titles at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. The attendance was 3,906.

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

11-04-1983: 18,500 fans see an AWA card in Rosemont, IL: Jim Brunzell won a 20 man battle royal… Hulk Hogan & Greg Gagne & Jim Brunzell defeated Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell & Sheik Adnan… Baron Von Raschke defeated David Schultz by DQ… Blackjack Lanza defeated Bobby Heenan… Billy Robinson defeated Bill White… Superstar Billy Graham defeated Rick Martel… Brad Rheingans defeated Chris Markoff.

11-05-1983: Dusty Rhodes & Blackjack Mulligan defeated The Zambui Express to win the United States tag team titles in Lakeland, FL.

11-06-1983: At the Omni in Atlanta, GA Jake Roberts defeated Ronnie Garvin to win the National TV title.

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

Bill Dundee defeated Tommy Rogers for the U.S. Junior title at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN. Also on the show The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) defeated The Assassins (Roger Smith & Don Bass) for the held up CWA tag team titles and to win the masks of the Assassins. Attendance was 4,605.

11-11-1983:  In Denver, CO Andre the Giant defeated AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ.

11-13-1983: Rick Martel defeated AWA World champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ in Salt Lake City, UT. On the same show Hulk Hogan & Andre the Giant defeated Mr. Saito & David Schultz & Jerry Blackwell in a handicap match.

11-14-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) lost the Southern tag team titles to The Bruiser Brothers (Porkchop Cash & Dream Machine). On the same show The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) lost the CWA tag team titles to Norvell Austin & Dennis Condrey managed by Jim Cornette. Attendance is 3,800.

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.

11-20-1983: On a show in Chicago, IL Jim Brunzell defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ.

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).

At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN Jerry Lawler defeated Andy Kaufman in a boxing match with Jimmy Hart in the corner of Kaufman. Also Austin Idol & Dutch Mantel defeated Norvell Austin & Dennis Condrey for the CWA tag team titles. Attendance was 3,841.

11-23-1983: The Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey version of the Midnight Express make their debut managed by Jim Cornette at the Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, LA on Mid-South television.

Ron Bass defeated Mike Rotundo in a Bunkhouse match in Miami Beach, FL to win the Southern (FL) heavyweight title.

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.

Magnum T.A. & Mr. Wrestling II (Johnny Walker) defeated Jim Neidhart & Butch Reed in a steel cage in New Orleans, LA at the Municipal Auditorium to win the Mid-South tag team titles.

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.

The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) defeated The Bruise Brothers (Porkchop Cash & Dream Machine) for the Southern tag team titles. Also, Terry Taylor won the Mid-America title from Buddy Landell at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN.

11-30-1983: One Man Gang & Ron Bass defeated Dusty Rhodes & Mike Davis (substituting for Blackjack Mulligan) to win the United States tag team titles in Tampa, FL on TV.

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.

12-05-1983: At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN with a crowd of 8,012 Jerry Lawler defeated Randy Savage by DQ to retain the Southern title. Also on the show: The Fabulous Ones (Steve Keirn & Stan Lane) fought The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) to a double DQ… Angelo Poffo defeated Buddy Landell… The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony) defeated The Jaguar & Giant Frazier… The Moondogs (Spot & Rex) & The A Team & The Bruiser Brothers (Porkchop Cash & Dream Machine) managed by Jimmy Hart defeated Terry Taylor & Bobby Eaton & Stagger Lee (Koko Ware) & Robert Gibson & Art Crews & Tom Pritchard in a $5000 challenge match… Bill Dundee defeated Ricky Morton to retain the U.S. Junior title… Dutch Mantel & Austin Idol defeated Dennis Condrey & Norvell Austin to retain the CWA tag team titles.

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.

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.

At the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN in a steel cage match Jerry Lawler defeated Randy Savage by DQ to retain the Southern title.

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

12-16-1983: Mike Rotundo defeated Greg Valentine to win the vacant Florida title in St. Petersburg, FL.

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.

Barry WIndham begins wrestling under a mask in Florida as the Dirty Yellow Dog.

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.

American Wrestling Association (AWA) Christmas Day Show: St. Paul, MN: 18,000 attendance: Mad Dog Vachon defeated AWA World heavyweight champion Nick Bockwinkel by DQ… Greg Gagne & Baron Von Raschke & Ray Stevens & Jim Brunzell defeated Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell & Mr. Saito & Sheik Adnan… Jesse Ventura defeated Steve Olsonoski… Rick Martel defeated Superstar Billy Graham by DQ… Billy Robinson wrestled Brad Rheingans to a draw… Buck Zumhofe defeated Bill White.

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.

Randy Savage defeated Terry Taylor for the Mid-America title in Memphis, TN at the Mid-South Coliseum. On the same show Steve Keirn defeats Bill Dundee in a loser leaves town match.

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.

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