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.
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.
Eric Embry USWA Promo
Eric Embry original USWA promo. Promo features the historic taking down of the World Class banner and transition into the USWA.
Percy Pringle III Jacket
Percy Pringle III TV Worn Jacket
"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
Signed 8 x 10 of the legendary Von Erich brother Kevin Von Erich. Features the classic "Iron Claw" pose.
Freebirds PWI Poster
PWI Poster of The Fabulous Freebirds. Signed by Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts. From the January 1987 Issue.
Photo magnet depicting the world-famous Dallas Sportatoruim where many classic World Class moments took place.
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. Features Billy Jack Haynes & Kerry Von Erich with the NWA World Title on the cover. Signed by Billy Jack Haynes
Marc Lowrance Signed Photo
Signed photo of Marc Lowrance, ring announcer and the voice of WCCW for many years.
Jimmy Garvin & Sunshine
Classic photo of Jimmy Garvin and his original valet Sunshine. Signed by Jimmy Garvin.
World Class Tag Team Champions Matt Borne & Buzz Sawyer with their manager Percy Pringle III. Signed by Percy Pringle.
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
"Cowboy" Scott Casey with Sunshine. Signed by Scott Casey.
Gen. Akbar & The Missing Link
"General" Skandor Akbar and The Missing Link from "Devastation Inc." Signed by both.
The One Man Gang
Signed photo of The One Man Gang as he appeared in World Class.
Al Perez & Gary Hart
"The Latin Heartthrob" Al Perez with manager Gary Hart. Signed by Al Perez.
Missy Hyatt & John Tatum
Missy Hyatt & "Hollywood" John Tatum. Signed by both.
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 ring-worn Samoan LavaLava. Program & photo of Robrts with the Samoan Swat Team accompany the piece.