World Class Championship Wrestling

Before the WWF started making waves in the mid-'80s, another promotion out of Texas was making a name for itself. World Class Championship Wrestling would excite fans in the region with hard-hitting action led by hometown heroes The Von Erichs. The Von Erichs would often engage in exciting title bouts with the NWA Champion at the time first Harley Race, then Ric Flair. Kerry would win the title from Flair for a brief time in 1984.

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In 1982 the promotion would be changed forever with the introduction of The Fabulous Freebirds of Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts. Initially, crowd favorites, a famous angle where The 'Birds turned on Kerry

during a cage match with Flair ignited a violent feud that would go on and off with various wrestlers taking sides until 1988 when Gordy would leave the promotion for good and Hayes, now a fan favorite would feud with the Samoan Swat Team led by Roberts.

 

 

Other famous feuds in the area pitted David Von Erich against Jimmy Garvin and Kevin & Kerry Von Erich against "The Dynamic Duo" of Chris Adams & Gino Hernandez. "General" Skandor Akbar's "Devastation Inc." would also wreak havoc over the years right up until the promotion's demise. World Class would also gain great exposure through the expansion of cable television and revolutionary production techniques. While many associate World Class with tragedy, that should never overshadow its legacy and the enjoyment it brought to fans not only in Texas but around the world. To hear a first-hand account of the action in World Class we recommend signing up for BookingThe Territory's patreon page where you can hear Mike Mills and longtime fan Lance Peterson on the "World Class Cast" podcast.

Percy Pringle III Jacket

Percy Pringle III Jacket

Percy Pringle III TV Worn Jacket

The Reveal-1982

The Reveal-1982

"The Reveal". In 1982 Fritz Von Erich produced a copy of a check from Ric Flair to Gary Hart. The check was a payoff for having Kabuki injure Kerry Von Erich so he would be unable to challenge for Flair's NWA World Title.

Kevin Von Erich Signed Photo

Kevin Von Erich Signed Photo

Signed 8 x 10 of the legendary Von Erich brother Kevin Von Erich. Features the classic "Iron Claw" pose.

Freebirds PWI Poster

Freebirds PWI Poster

PWI Poster of The Fabulous Freebirds. Signed by Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts. From the January 1987 Issue.

Sportatoruim Magnet

Sportatoruim Magnet

Photo magnet depicting the world-famous Dallas Sportatoruim where many classic World Class moments took place.

Iceman King Parsons photo

Iceman King Parsons photo

Signed photo of "Iceman" King Parsons. A mainstay in World Class, Iceman was second in popularity only to the Von Erichs in the early to mid 1980s.

Sports Review Wrestling November 1984

Sports Review Wrestling November 1984

Sports Review Wrestling November 1984. Features Billy Jack Haynes & Kerry Von Erich with the NWA World Title on the cover. Signed by Billy Jack Haynes

Marc Lowrance Signed Photo

Marc Lowrance Signed Photo

Signed photo of Marc Lowrance, ring announcer and the voice of WCCW for many years.

Jimmy Garvin & Sunshine

Jimmy Garvin & Sunshine

Classic photo of Jimmy Garvin and his original valet Sunshine. Signed by Jimmy Garvin.

Pringle Dynasty

Pringle Dynasty

World Class Tag Team Champions Matt Borne & Buzz Sawyer with their manager Percy Pringle III. Signed by Percy Pringle.

Gary Hart & Chris Adams

Gary Hart & Chris Adams

The top manager in World Class , Gary Hart with Chris Adams and announcer Bill Mercer. Signed by Gary Hart.

Scott Casy & Sunshine

Scott Casy & Sunshine

"Cowboy" Scott Casey with Sunshine. Signed by Scott Casey.

Gen. Akbar & The Missing Link

Gen. Akbar & The Missing Link

"General" Skandor Akbar and The Missing Link from "Devastation Inc." Signed by both.

The One Man Gang

The One Man Gang

Signed photo of The One Man Gang as he appeared in World Class.

Al Perez & Gary Hart

Al Perez & Gary Hart

"The Latin Heartthrob" Al Perez with manager Gary Hart. Signed by Al Perez.

Missy Hyatt & John Tatum

Missy Hyatt & John Tatum

Missy Hyatt & "Hollywood" John Tatum. Signed by both.

World Class Program 1988

World Class Program 1988

World Class Program featuring Buddy Roberts and World Class Tag team Champions The Samoan Swat Team on the cover. August 1988.

Buddy Roberts LavaLava

Buddy Roberts LavaLava

Buddy Roberts ring-worn Samoan LavaLava. Program & photo of Robrts with the Samoan Swat Team accompany the piece.

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