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NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling Results Project

Results for NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling.  This is an on-going project with TV shows and results continually being added.  This focuses on the southern end of the promotion known among wrestlers as the "Pensacola" or "Alabama" territory.  The promotion was owned by Ron Fuller and later David Woods.  View Results

Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Timeline

Pro wrestling historian Karl Stern (DragonKingKarl) presents a comprehensive timeline of important events in pro wrestling history. New entries are being added daily If you have additions or corrections to the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Timeline please contact us! Click Here for the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling Timeline


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show Series - The Long Form History of Pro Wrestling

I have reorganized the ongoing long form history of pro wrestling series into this new zone making it easier to find the shows and making the listings clear on what years and topics each show covers plus easy to access links to any .pdf’s or reading materials that go along with the series. This show is premium content for Patreons at the $5 or higher level, though there is a free show you can download and check out for yourself. This is the most intensive, inclusive, and exhaustive history of pro wrestling series ever undertaken. Check it out! Long Form History of Pro Wrestling Series



DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Halloween Havoc 1991 Review

You know you've been waiting for this one- the Chamber of Horrors! Thrill as Abdullah the Butcher gets roasted alive, chill as Cactus Jack tries to figure out the on/off switch, be amazed that Razor Ramon is in this match! Plus: Lots of random masked men, Steve Austin, BILL KAZMAIER VS OZ (!) in NOT the worst match of the night, Van Hammer IN the worst match of ever, Richard Morton, Rick Rude debuts, The Enforcers, and Lex Luger vs Ron Simmons! It's a horror of a show all right. Let's talk about it. Halloween Havoc 1991 Review


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Halloween Havoc 1990 Review

Our second fun review of WCW Halloween Havoc. This one is packed with hilarity. Matches and topics include: Terry Taylor as the Black Scorpion, the Fabulous Glambirds, the Steiner Brothers, Nasty Boys, what if Teddy Hart had managed Doom, Stan Hansen and his tobacco, and Sting verses Sid Vicious in the main event for the Generic World Title and the doppleganger finish. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll have a good time looking back at Halloween Havoc 1990. Halloween Havoc 1990 Review


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - Halloween Havoc 1989 Review

The first of four Halloween Havoc reviews for the month of October on the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show. I had a blast re-watching and recording these and the next four weeks are going to be insanity like never heard before on the DragonKingKarl Show. 1989 was the first Halloween Havoc featuring the Midnight Express, Tommy Rich, The Freebirds, THE DYNAMIC DUDES, Doom, The Steiner Brothers, Lex Luger, Brian Pillman, the Skyscrapers, The Road Warriors, and a ridiculous main event where a wacky steel cage caught fire and Great Muta and Terry Funk fought Ric Flair and Sting! Halloween Havoc 1989 Review


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - 53 Long Form History of Wrestling - 1980 continued

On this edition of the long form history of pro wrestling series, host Karl Stern continues a deep look into 1980 including Verne Gagne not being able to give it up and putting himself over Nick Bockwinkel, the continuing rise of Hulk Hogan, the retirement tour of Jackie Fargo, Roger Smith and Don Bass, Iron Sheik, The Assassins, and much more. We continue pressing into the history of pro wrestling in the 1980s, come join us! $5 Patreon Level


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Show - From the Pages of the Wrestling Observer - The Deaths of Gene Anderson, Lance Idol, and El Gran Davis

Three short obituaries this episode pulled from the pages of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Gene Anderson was one half of the famous Minnesota Wrecking Crew with Ole Anderson and a well known name on the east coast. You might have never heard of Lance Idol but his story is bizarre and sad. Finally, El Gran Davis got a short obituary by Dave as well. $5 Patreon Level


Giant Annual DragonKingKarl Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Discussion Show

It's time once again for the biggest show Karl Stern does every year- a detailed look and discussion of the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame ballot. Karl has been a HOF voter for many years this year's ballot is interesting due to several names being put back on and a few being dropped off. Among names discussed in this massive show are CM Punk, Edge, Sgt. Slaughter, Junkyard Dog, Kerry Von Erich, Bearcat Wright, Dr. Wagner Jr, Jim Crockett, Big Daddy, and many others. This years show is free in order to raise awareness of When It Was Cool so pass it around and let others hear it too, post it to social media, whatever. Thank you!

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17 Round 1 Match 17: Lou Thesz vs Ray Stevens

The GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament continues and this match up pits one of the most legendary in ring wrestlers of all time- Lou Thesz verses one of the most influential wrestlers of all time Ray Stevens. Who will win? You the listener voted and we have the winner and we discuss the careers of both Thesz and Stevens plus the announcement of our next match which will blow your mind! 17 GKT - Lou Thesz vs Ray Stevens

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Lucha Libre related milestones and Lucha Libre movies from Mexico up to 1969

The following is a running list of Lucha Libre related milestones and Lucha Libre movies compiled by Juan Nunez from Mexico up to 1969. There's plenty of stuff between 1970 and the 90's as well, but I felt like I had to cap this list because it was a lot. Most movies are listed by the exact release date, but some are listed with a year because their release date is unknown. Read More.


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast - Episode 13 - Fall Guys, Southeastern Championship Wrestling from 1982

On the new Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast we continue our look at Fall Guys and find out about the dirty deeds of Jim Londos and how the most popular wrestler in history apparently was quite the crook. Then we run through a few results and hear the wisdom of Terry Funk. Then we take a look at a 1982 episode of Southeastern Championship Wrestling featuring Jacques Rougeau, Jos LeDuc, Ric Flair, Ron Fuller, and a ridiculously terrible match between Tony Charles and Les Thornton. Old Time Wrestling Hour 13


Long Form History of Pro Wrestling - Episode 52 - 1980 (Part 1)

We have hit the 1980s and there is so much more information that we can no longer cover an entire year per episode. So, today we take a look at the first few months of 1980 and talk Mr. Wrestling II, Tatsumi Fujinami, Ron Starr, The Wild Samoans, Dennis Condrey and David Shultz as a tag team, Ric Flair, Harley Race, and more! Long Form History of Pro Wrestling (1980 I)


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - From the Pages of the Wrestling Observer - The Deaths of Chris Von Erich & Ed Gantner

On this week's edition of the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show we begin a new series looking back into the pages of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We will be, from time to time, looking back at Dave Meltzer's obituaries and biographies and this episode we take a look at the deaths of Chris Von Erich and Ed "The Bull" Gantner and see what Dave wrote at the time and what we have learned since. DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show


GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament - Ed “Strangler” Lewis vs Bret “Hitman” Hart

(08-06-2019) The GKT continues (not ironically while in the middle of the real world G1 tournament) but what if the G1 featured literally the greatest wrestlers in all of history? That's kind of the idea between the GKT and we are up to match 16 of round one and it is a clash of eras. You the listeners have voted. Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs Bret "Hitman" Hart! Who won and how, plus the stories and careers of Strangler Lewis and Bret Hart. GKT - Strangler Lewis vs Bret Hart


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast - Episode 12 - Fall Guys, Continental Wrestling and the First Time Paul Heyman Shook Up a Company

(07-30-2019) Today our Patreons are getting a double decker show. First, it's the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast where we continue our read through of Fall Guys and start seeing the falling apart of the Gold Dust Trio, then we take a look at an old school wrestling magazine. Then we review the May 28, 1988 episode of Continental wrestling where a young Eddie Gilbert and a young Paul Heyman attempt to turn a dying Continental Wrestling around with appearances by Austin Idol, Dirty White Boy, Tom Prichard, Danny Davis, and more including the infamous beer bottle angle and Sid Vicious as Lord Humongous. Old Time Wrestling Hour 12


Karl Stern Mailbag Show and Why is WWE Dead in Pop Culture?

Today Patreon's have a double decker show. First, exclusively here at WIWC is the Karl Stern Mailbag Show with quite a few pro wrestling history related questions including some Brawl For All notes, wacky story about wacky Bob Backlund, police security stories dealing with wrestling including the Mike Jackson Axe Man Cometh story. Then, the bonus portion of the show takes a look at why WWE is 100% uncool in pop culture right now and what they did before that made them cool in the 1980s and late 1990s. Karl Stern Mailbag Show & Pop Culture Special


Long Form History of Pro Wrestling Podcast - 1979

On this episode, pro wrestling historian Karl Stern takes a look back to the year 1979 in pro wrestling. 1979 was a pretty epic year in wrestling with a look at Dusty Rhodes who finally wins the NWA World title, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, Tommy Rich, and the whole Bob Backlund - Antonio Inoki - Bobby Duncum WWF title change debacle. Plus some follow up notes, additions, and corrections from 1978! A great show packed with pro wrestling history and ad free for our Patreons! Long Form History of Wrestling Podcast 051


DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show - GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament: Giant Baba vs Shawn Michaels

The GKT - Greatest Kayfabe Tournament continues here at WhenItWasCool.com and WrestlingObserver.com and this time we have a bizarre match up. A real clash of styles and eras as All Japan king Giant Baba faces off against the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels! This match would have been a train wreck in real life but what did our voters say? Join host Karl Stern as he talks the lives and careers of Giant Baba and Shawn Michaels and what might happen in a match between the two. 13 GKT Baba vs Michaels


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast - Episode 11 - Fall Guys, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the Best Wrestler You Never Heard Of

(07-02-2019) It's a new edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast and on this episode Karl continues the book Fall Guys, Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 1982-83, and a story and biography of the best wrestler who you never heard of and whatever happened to him. It's more classic pro wrestling than you can shake a stick at and, of course, your weekly dose of Wisdom of Terry Funk. It's a fun time wrestling hour, it's the Old Time Wrestling Hour from WhenItWasCool.com. Old Time Wrestling Hour 11


Karl Stern Mail Bag Show and The Mystery of Paul Boesch vs Jack Washburn

It's time for another dive into the mailbag and this episode we have a ton of questions which touch on lost gem films, Cyndi Lauper, Ron Fuller, Bearcat Wright, Lex Luger, Curtain Call, and more. Then the second show takes a look at a pro wrestling mystery. In 1935 legendary promoter Paul Boesch was a wrestler and his opponent, Jack Washburn, was caught using a metal plate in his knee pad against him and was arrested. Was this an angle gone wrong? Was it a shoot? We investigate the assault of Paul Boesch in the ring on this episode. Karl Stern Mail Bag Show 07


Long Form History of Pro Wrestling - 1978 - Episode 50

Karl "DragonKingKarl" Stern is back for another deep dive into pro wrestling history. This episode we take a detailed look at 1978 and cover such names as Superstar Billy Graham, Harley Race, the Funk Brothers, Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase, Bob Backlund, UWA Mexico, Japanese tournaments, and the death of John Pesek. From the home of the Ultimate History of Pro Wrestling project this is the long form history of pro wrestling - 1978! Long Form History of Pro Wrestling 1978


Greatest Kayfabe Tournament: Jack Brisco vs Triple H

(06-11-2019) The GKT continues! It's all about the game and how you play it... yeah, Jack Brisco probably isn't listening to that nonsense.  But how did the voters see it? Former NWA World heavyweight champion and one of the most respected (and legitimate) mat wrestlers in history against a man who considered himself a modern day Harley Race. Two eras collide. We look at the careers and history of both Jack Brisco and Triple H and then you decided who would win if they ever met in the ring. GKT - Jack Brisco vs Triple H Podcast Special


Karl Stern Mail Bag Show and Retro Wrestling TV Review Podcast

(05-28-2019) (Zones: Patreon Content / Wrestling) Today's show is a PACKED show. The mailbag was so full I had to record TWO different parts to it with questions spanning a number of topics including Continental wrestling, Gorgeous George, the WWF title goes to Hulk Hogan but it could have went differently (deep dive into Backlund-Iron Sheik- Hogan), Bret Hart, and much more! Then, oh dear lord, the retro TV review this episode is not to be missed. What happens when you let George Gulas run a TV wrestling show out of a tiny room? Well, daddy, you get UWA from 1984 which includes the greatest fan ever- Mr. Higgenbothem and his cowboy hat who is tarred of all these dirty wrasslers. Karl Stern Mail Bag Show and Retro Wrestling TV Review Podcast



History of Pro Wrestling Action Figures 4 Part Audio Series

($5 and higher level Patreons) Karl Stern produced audio series on the history of pro wrestling action figures from Remco, LJN, Jakks, Hasbro, Mattel, and more. Join Karl as he takes a look at the evolution of pro wrestling action figures. How pro wrestling action figures changed from the non-articulated plastic LJN figures to today’s hyper articulated premium Mattel action figures.  Check it out.


New - Original 6 Part History of NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling - The Year of 1983

Karl Stern presents a 6 part audio series covering the entire year of 1983 in NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling which featured heel Bob Armstrong, Ron Fuller, The Flame, Mongolian Stomper, The Midnight Express, Mr. Olympia, Frank Savage, Man Mountain Harris / El Lobo (Black Bart), Ken Lucas, Buck Robley, and much more (You also get a ZIP file of all the posters from that years Boutwell shows). Now reduced price $5 level!


The Original History of Pro Wrestling Audio Series (8 Parts - 8 Hours)

Karl Stern presents the original 8 part - 8 hour History of Pro Wrestling Audio Documentary available to Patreon supporters of the $10 or higher level.  Check it Out