James Mark Cornette is an American podcaster and has worked in professional wrestling business as a booker, commentator and occasional professional wrestler. He is working with Major League Wrestling as a color commentator; as a manager, member of the booking committee and member of the creative team, he has worked for Continental Wrestling Association, Mid-South Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, World Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling Federation, from 1991 to 1995, was the owner of Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He has worked as an on-screen character in an authoritative role. More he has worked as a color commentator for Major League Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance and What Culture Pro Wrestling. Born in Louisville, Cornette always loved wrestling installing a ten-foot antenna on top of his house as a youth so he could watch as much regional wrestling as possible, he began working at wrestling events at the age of 14, serving as a photographer, ring announcer, magazine correspondent, public relations correspondent.
During this time, from attending matches at the Louisville Gardens, Cornette got to know promoter Christine Jarrett, the mother of Jerry Jarrett, promoter of the Continental Wrestling Association. His dedication was such that he timed television shows with a stopwatch and would present her with typed formats for every show. By 1982, Cornette was now writing programs for arena shows, having photos published in wrestling magazines, contributing to Championship Wrestling Magazine. In August, he travelled to Memphis to see the TV match between Ric Flair. After the show ended, Cornette was tapped on the shoulder by promoter Jerry Jarrett, asked if he wanted to become a manager on television; as Cornette has recalled, despite his presence being tolerated at shows and TV tapings for nearly a decade, the first time he was allowed into the locker room was only after he had become a manager. Before making his managing debut Cornette decided to go by James E. Cornette in tribute to legendary wrestling promoter Jim Barnett.
Cornette made his ringside debut on September 1982, managing future manager Sherri Martell. Cornette was given the gimmick of a rich kid turned inept manager whose clients kept firing him after one match; the most notable wrestlers in this angle were Crusher Broomfield. Over the next 14 months Cornette managed Jesse Barr, the Exotic Adrian Street. Other wrestlers included a trio in Nashville consisting of Carl Fergie, Norman Fredrich Charles III, the Angel, a trio that he called the "Cornette Dynasty". After a short-lived run in Georgia through a deal Jarrett had with Ole Anderson, Cornette returned to Memphis in July 1983, worked as co-manager alongside Jimmy Hart. In November 1983, Mid-South promoter Bill Watts recognised his business was down, was looking to reinvigorate his territory. Watts asked Jerry Jerry Lawler to visit a TV taping and offer their opinions. Jarrett suggested a talent trade, invited Watts to Memphis to see who he liked. After watching a Memphis TV taping, Watts took singles performers Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton to create a new tag team, took the existing team of Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson as the Rock and Roll Express.
Watts noticed the brash young manager in Cornette, in his own words, recalled "He was so obnoxious I wanted to slap him", "I knew he was instant box office if he could get me that riled up". As the more senior Jimmy Hart was still required by Jarrett, Watts took Cornette to manage his new team, who decided on the name The Midnight Express. Notable wrestlers in the trade who left Mid-South for Memphis included Jim Neidhart. Mid-South Wrestling had to that point been a territory featuring bigger wrestlers, Cornette has stated that The Midnight Express, the Rock and Roll Express, himself were the five smallest members of the roster when he arrived; the influx of the new talent had an immediate impact, business first rebounded and skyrocketed. It was during this time, he has stated he had seen a college movie at the time with an obnoxious rich kid carrying a badminton racquet with him, so he decided on a tennis racquet. At times Cornette loaded the racquet with a horse shoe to guard against aggressive fans.
Cornette and The Midnight Express debuted on Mid-South television on November 23, 1983. After the first few weeks in the territory the team faced the Mid-South tag team champions Magnum TA and Mr. Wrestling II. At a TV taping for a contract signing for an upcoming championship match, the Midnights and Cornette attacked Magnum TA and tarred and feathered him; the feud continued through to early March 1984, when The Midnight Express won the Mid-South tag team titles after Wrestling II walked out on his partner during a match. At a TV taping on March 14, 1984, Cornette and the Midnights staged a celebration for winning the tag team titles, complete with champagne and birthday cake. While Cornette's back was turned, The Rock'n' Roll Express ran in and shoved Cornette's face in the cake. Cornette was enraged afterwards when Bill Watts replayed the incident on TV as he thought it was funny; this led to a heated altercation between the two. In following weeks, the Midnight Express and Cornette attacked and bloodied Watts l
Amateur wrestling is the most widespread form of sport wrestling. There are two international wrestling styles performed in the Olympic Games: freestyle and Greco-Roman. Both styles are under the supervision of United World Wrestling. A similar style called collegiate, is practiced in colleges and universities, secondary schools, middle schools, among younger age groups in the United States. Where the style is not specified, this article refers to the international styles of competition on a mat. In February 2013, the International Olympic Committee voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Summer Olympics onwards. On 8 September 2013, the IOC announced that wrestling would return to the Summer Olympics in 2020; the rapid rise in the popularity of the combat sport mixed martial arts has increased interest in amateur wrestling due to its effectiveness in the sport and it is considered a core discipline. Greco-Roman and freestyle differ in what holds are permitted. In both Greco-Roman and freestyle, points can be scored in the following ways: Takedown: A wrestler gaining control over their opponent from a neutral position.
Reversal: A wrestler gaining control over their opponent from a defensive position. Exposure or the Danger Position: A wrestler exposing their opponent's back to the mat awarded if one's back is to the mat but the wrestler is not pinned. Penalty: Various infractions. Any wrestler stepping out of bounds while standing in the neutral position during a match is penalized by giving their opponent a point; as in the international styles, collegiate wrestling awards points for reversals. Penalty points are awarded in collegiate wrestling according to the current rules, which penalize moves that would impair the life or limb of the opponent. However, the manner in which infractions are penalized and points awarded to the offended wrestler differ in some aspects from the international styles. Collegiate wrestling awards points for: Near Fall: This is similar to the exposure points given in Greco-Roman and freestyle. A wrestler scores points for holding their opponent's shoulders or scapulae to the mat for several seconds while their opponent is still not pinned.
Time Advantage or Riding Time: On the college level, the wrestler who controlled their opponent on the mat for the most time is awarded a point. Escape: A wrestler getting from a defensive position to a neutral position; this is no longer a way to score in Greco-Roman. In the international styles, the format is now two three-minute periods. A wrestler wins the match when they were able to get more points than their opponent or 10 points lead in two rounds. For example, if one competitor get 10-0 lead in first the period, they will win by superiority of points. Only a fall, disqualification terminates the match; this format replaced. One side effect of the old format was that it was possible for the losing wrestler to outscore the winner. For example, periods may be scored 3–2, 0–4, 1–0, leading to a total score of 4–6 but a win for the wrestler scoring fewer points. In collegiate wrestling, the period structure is different. A college match consists of one three-minute period, followed by two two-minute periods, with an overtime round if necessary.
A high school match consists of three two-minute periods, with an overtime round if necessary. Under the standard rules for collegiate wrestling, draws are not possible. A match can be won in the following ways: Fall: A fall known as a pin, occurs when one wrestler holds both of their opponents' shoulders on the mat simultaneously. Technical superiority: A form of mercy rule where the match is declared over when a point differential is achieved. In American folkstyle wrestling the point difference is 15 points, in freestyle it is 10 points, in Greco-Roman it is 8 points. Folkstyle terms this a technical fall and freestyle and Greco-Roman refer to it a technical superiority. Decision Default: If one wrestler is unable to continue participating for any reason or fails to show up on the mat after their name is called three times before the match begins, their opponent is declared the winner of the match by default, forfeit, or withdrawal. Injury: If one wrestler is injured and unable to continue, the other wrestler is declared the winner.
This is referred to as a medical forfeit or injury default. The term encompasses situations where wrestlers become ill, take too many injury time-outs, or bleed uncontrollably. If a wrestler is injured by their opponent's illegal maneuver and cannot continue, the wrestler at fault is disqualified. Disqualification: Normally, if a wrestler is assessed three Cautions for breaking the rules, they are disqualified. Under other circumstances, such as flagrant brutality, the match may be ended and the wrestler disqualified and removed from the tournament. While having similar victory conditions with Greco-Roman and freestyle, such as wins by fall, decision and disqualification, victory conditions in collegiate wrestling differ
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. d/b/a WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company, known for professional wrestling. WWE has branched out into other fields, including movies, real estate, various other business ventures; the WWE name refers to the professional wrestling promotion itself, founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. As of 2019, it is the largest wrestling promotion in the world, holding over 500 events a year, with the roster divided up into various globally traveling brands, is available to about 36 million viewers in more than 150 countries; the company's global headquarters is located in Stamford, with offices in major cities across the world. As in other professional wrestling promotions, WWE shows are not legitimate contests, but purely entertainment-based, featuring storyline-driven and choreographed matches, though matches include moves that can put performers at risk of injury if not performed correctly.
This was first publicly acknowledged by WWE's owner Vince McMahon in 1989 to avoid taxes from athletic commissions. Since the 1980s, WWE publicly has branded their product as sports entertainment, acknowledging the product's roots in competitive sport and dramatic theater; the company's majority owner is its chairman and CEO, Vince McMahon, who retains a 42% ownership of the company's outstanding stock and 83% of the voting power. The current entity, incorporated on February 21, 1980, was known as Titan Sports, Inc., founded that same year in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. It acquired Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. the holding company for the World Wrestling Federation, in 1982. Titan was renamed World Wrestling Federation, Inc. in 1998 World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. in 1999, the current World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 2002. Since 2011, the company has branded itself as WWE though the company's legal name was not changed. WWE's origins can be traced back as far as 1952 when Roderick James "Jess" McMahon and Toots Mondt created the Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd. which joined the National Wrestling Alliance in 1953.
McMahon, a successful boxing promoter, began working with Tex Rickard in 1926. With the help of Rickard, he began promoting boxing and wrestling at the third Madison Square Garden, it was not the first time McMahon had promoted wrestling cards, as he had done so during the 1910s. In November 1954, McMahon died and Ray Fabiani, one of Mondt's associates, brought in McMahon's son Vincent James; the younger McMahon and Mondt were successful and soon controlled 70% of the NWA's booking due to their dominance in the populated Northeastern United States. In 1963, McMahon and Mondt had a dispute with the NWA over "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers being booked to hold the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Both men left the company in protest and formed the WWWF in the process, awarding Rogers the newly created WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in April of that year, he lost the championship to Bruno Sammartino a month on May 17, 1963, after suffering a heart attack a week before the match. Capitol operated the WWWF in a conservative manner compared to other pro wrestling territories: it ran its major arenas monthly rather than weekly or bi-weekly featuring a babyface champion wrestling various heels in programs that consisted of one to three matches.
After gaining a television program deal and hiring Lou Albano as a manager for Sammartino's heel opponents, the WWWF was doing sellout business by 1970. Mondt left Capitol in the late 1960s and although the WWWF had withdrawn from the NWA, Vince McMahon, Sr. re-joined in 1971. Capitol renamed the World Wide Wrestling Federation to the World Wrestling Federation in 1979. Vincent J. McMahon's son, Vincent K. McMahon, his wife Linda, established Titan Sports, Inc. in 1980 in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts. The company was incorporated on February 1980, in the Cape Cod Coliseum offices; the younger McMahon bought Capitol from his father in 1982 seizing control of the company. Seeking to make the WWF the premier wrestling promotion in the country, the world, he began an expansion process that fundamentally changed the wrestling business. At the annual meeting of the NWA in 1983, the McMahons and former Capitol employee Jim Barnett all withdrew from the organization. McMahon worked to get WWF programming on syndicated television all across the United States.
This angered other promoters and disrupted the well-established boundaries of the different wrestling promotions ending the territory system, in use since the founding of the NWA in the 1940s. In addition, the company used income generated by advertising, television deals, tape sales to secure talent from rival promoters. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, McMahon noted: In the old days, there were wrestling fiefdoms all over the country, each with its own little lord in charge; each little lord respected the rights of his neighboring little lord. No takeovers or raids were allowed. There were maybe 30 of these tiny kingdoms in the U. S. and if I hadn't bought out my dad, there would still be 30 of them and struggling. I, of course, had no allegiance to those little lords. McMahon gained significant traction when he hired American Wrestling Association talent Hulk Hogan, who had achieved popularity outside of wrestling, notably for his appearance in the film Rocky III. McMahon signed Roddy Piper as Hogan's rival, shortly afterward Jesse Ventura as an announcer.
Other wrestlers joined the roster, such as Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
Terry Joyal, better known by his ring name Terry Garvin, was a Canadian professional wrestler. He is best known for his work with kayfabe brother Ron Garvin, with whom he won several tag team championships in the Southern United States, he is known for a case of sexual harassment in 1992 that led to the end of his employment with the World Wrestling Federation. Joyal grew up in Quebec, he trained to become a professional wrestler at a gym in the Loisirs St. Jean de Baptiste church in Montreal, he made his wrestling debut in 1958 in Ontario. He held the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship of Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling two times in 1964 with partner Chin Lee. Beginning in 1965, Garvin began an five-year stint as the tag team partner of Ron Garvin. In November 1967, he wrestled for Championship Wrestling from Florida and won the Florida version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship with Ron Garvin, trading it with the team of Paul DeMarco and Lorenzo Parente. Garvin began teaming with Duke Myers.
The pair's manager was the stepson of Ron Garvin. In 1972 in NWA Tri-State, the team won the NWA United States Tag Team Championship. By 1973, he was working in NWA Mid-America, where he won the NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship three times with Myers. In the year, he won the title two more times with Ron Garvin; the Garvins held the Mid-America version of the NWA Southern Tag Team Championship that year. He returned to the Gulf Coast in 1974, teaming once again with Ron Garvin, to win Southeastern Championship Wrestling's NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship. By the early 1980s Garvin retired from the ring and went on to book for Bob Geigel's NWA territory, Central States Wrestling, in Kansas City. In 1985 Terry was approached by Pat Patterson and was offered a job working for the World Wrestling Federation behind the scenes, his employment with WWF ceased on March 2, 1992. Garvin was homosexual. Garvin had an address book full of names and addresses of males that he hooked up with around the country as he traveled.
He once accosted a 19-year-old, who reached a settlement with the WWF. WWF owner Vince McMahon discussed the incident on Larry King Live. Fellow wrestler Barry Orton called into the show and claimed that Garvin accosted him in 1978, he was good friends with fellow wrestler Pat Patterson. He knew Patterson, as well as tag team partner Ron Garvin. Garvin died on August 1998 after suffering from cancer, he married an Australian whom he met in 1975 during his first visit there. Championship Wrestling from Florida NWA World Tag Team Championship - with Ron Garvin Continental Wrestling Alliance CWA Heavyweight Championship Gulf Coast Championship Wrestling/Southeastern Championship Wrestling NWA Mississippi Heavyweight Championship NWA Southern Tag Team Championship - with Chin Lee NWA Tennessee Tag Team Championship - with Ron Garvin Mid-South Sports/Georgia Championship Wrestling NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship – with Ron Garvin NWA Macon Tag Team Championship – with Ron Garvin NWA Mid-America NWA Mid-America Tag Team Championship – with Ron Garvin, Duke Myers NWA Southern Tag Team Championship – with Ron Garvin NWA Tri-State NWA United States Tag Team Championship - with Duke Myers Pro Wrestling Illustrated PWI ranked him #247 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991 Universal Wrestling Association UWA Heavyweight Championship
David Von Erich
David Alan Adkisson was an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name David Von Erich. A member of the Von Erich Family, Von Erich is best known for his appearances with World Class Championship Wrestling, the Dallas, Texas-based professional wrestling promotion owned by his father, Fritz Von Erich. Von Erich was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. David was named after his mother Doris' brother David, who had died only months before David Von Erich was born in 1958. Doris' brother David had died of a brain tumor. David, along with brothers Kerry, loved to hunt and fish with their father. Hunting on the Von Erich ranch was quite an event. Many of their relatives and friends would join in and sometimes the hunting group would be 20 or more. WCCW Referee David Manning and WCCW Announcer Bill Mercer were quite among the group. David's first love in life was raising horses, which turned out to be profitable for him, he raised and sold quarter horses and horses for show and made his own fortune that way, apart from the family business of wrestling.
Adkisson was a football player at Lake Dallas High School. He won a scholarship to North Texas State University to play football. David dropped out to pursue a wrestling career that he had started in June 1977, adopting the name David Von Erich, he was considered a breakout star of his family. His first major match was on August 15, 1977 when he wrestled NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race to a 30-minute draw. David made his first appearance in Missouri in early 1979 and was an instant hit with the fans and the promoters. Due to his popularity at the time, on May 27, 1979, David wrestled NWA champion Race in Missouri in a non-title match and defeated him with the Iron Claw. In November 1979, David made his first and only appearance in the World Wrestling Federation, competing on a card against Davey O'Hannon at Madison Square Garden. In late 1981, David left Texas and struck out on his own, heading to Florida and competing as a heel. In Florida, David was managed by James J. Dillon and was in the same stable as Kendo Nagasaki and Jimmy Garvin.
David's mentor in Florida was Dory Funk, Jr. and during that time David teamed with Dory or his brother Terry Funk in addition to singles competition. Memorable opponents included Barry Windham, Mr. Wrestling II, Eric Embry, Sweet Brown Sugar, Butch Reed. By July 1982, David was back in Texas. During his stay in Florida, David met and became great friends with Jimmy Garvin, convincing Garvin to come to World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas in early 1983 and they created an angle for a feud between them, which culminated with David winning the held-up NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship at The Tarrant County Convention Center on July 4, 1983; as a result of David's victory and his valet Sunshine were forced to serve as David's valets for a day, with the results of the day being broadcast on the WCCW weekly show. The whole angle was conceived by Jimmy, they traded the Texas title back and forth several times that belt was held up several times and when the feud reached its climax on July 4, 1983.
In the fall of 1982, David was working behind the scenes in WCCW and helped create several angles. He invited the Fabulous Freebirds to come to WCCW. Michael Hayes made his debut at the Sportatorium on Saturday, October 16, 1982 and Terry Gordy made his debut at the Sportatorium two weeks on October 30, 1982. Buddy Roberts did not show up; the Freebirds were booked as faces in the run-up to the Christmas spectacular "Wrestling Star Wars" card at Reunion Arena on December 25, 1982. In the final match to crown the first-ever Six-Man Champions, David took Buddy Roberts' place in the Freebirds against Tom Sharpe, Mike Sharpe & Ben Steel, it was David who won that match and the title, but in a ringside interview right after the bout, David gave his third of the title to Buddy Roberts. That evening, David's brother Kerry battled NWA World Champion Ric Flair in a Steel Cage with Michael Hayes and David Manning as the referees. During the match, Hayes knocked out Flair and attempted to hand the pin to Von Erich, but turned on Kerry when he refused the tainted victory and as Kerry tried to leave the cage, Gordy slammed the cage door on Kerry's head.
Thus the Von Erich/Freebird feud was born. David took part in many matches against the Freebirds in 1983 and early 1984. Notable bouts include David vs Terry Gordy in a Handcuff Match on April 1, 1983 at "Wrestling Star Wars", Kevin & Kerry defeating the Freebirds on July 4, 1983 in Ft. Worth at "Star Wars" and what would be David's next-to-last match was against Terry Gordy on February 3, 1984. On the same day, David defeated Hayes to win the NWA United National Championship, his last title ever; this title is now part of All Japan Pro Wrestling's Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship. David won the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair on September 16, 1983, holding the championship until losing it to Harley Race on January 6, 1984. Many within the industry believe that David's reign with the belt was his final step to winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, as the NWA Championship Committee voted in January 1984 for David to win it from Ric Flair in March or April of that year.
An angle between David and Ric Flair was started when David battled Flair at Reunion Arena on December 25, 1983 and Flair retained the NWA World Championship. Afterward, on December 31, 1983, on the N
Dusty Rhodes (wrestler)
Virgil Riley Runnels Jr. better known as "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, was an American professional wrestler and trainer who most notably worked for the National Wrestling Alliance, Jim Crockett Promotions, the World Wrestling Federation known as the WWE. Following his retirement from wrestling, he made occasional on-air appearances on WWE television and pay-per-views and worked as a backstage booker and producer in WWE's NXT developmental territory. Billed as "the son of a plumber", Rhodes did not have a typical wrestler's physique. WWE chairman Vince McMahon remarked that no wrestler "personified the essence of charisma quite like Dusty Rhodes". Rhodes was a three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, during his time in Jim Crockett Promotions known as WCW, he was a United States Heavyweight Champion, multi-time World Television, World Tag Team and World Six-Man Tag Team Champion, he won many regional championships, is one of six men inducted into each of the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Halls of Fame.
His sons and Cody, both pursued careers in professional wrestling and performed for WWE. After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Rhodes played baseball and football for West Texas State. Turning professional, Rhodes tried out for the American Football League's Boston Patriots but was cut, he played for the Hartford Charter Oaks in the Continental Football League until the team folded. In 1967, Rhodes saw an advertisement in the newspaper for Tony Santos’ professional wrestling promotion Big Time Wrestling, based in Boston. Rhodes drove to Boston, despite not having any wrestling experience, bluffed his way into working for the company by using his real life friendships with Bobby Duncum and the Funk brothers. Billed as Dusty Runnels, one of his first matches was for the BTW World Heavyweight title against champion Frank Scarpa in the Boston Arena. Having little money, Rhodes slept in his car and spent Thanksgiving with Rufus R. Jones in a Boston soup kitchen. Rhodes moved on to Fritz Von Erich's Texas territory World Class Championship Wrestling in 1968, at that time called Big Time Wrestling.
It was in Texas where Rhodes first adopted the ring name "Dusty Rhodes". Upon meeting Rhodes, Gary Hart suggested that he change his ring name to "Lonesome Rhodes", a character Andy Griffith portrayed in the film A Face in the Crowd. Rhodes replied: "Well... I don’t plan on being'Lonesome'. I think I’ll stick with Dusty." Hart convinced Von Erich of the young wrestler's potential. Rhodes became a rule-breaking heel with Hart as his manager, teaming with Don Jardine, better known as The Spoiler. In 1968, Rhodes left Texas and entered the Kansas City territory, tagging with fellow Texan Dick Murdoch to form the tag team The Texas Outlaws; the team traveled both nationally and internationally, appearing in Big Time Wrestling, NWA Western States Sports, NWA Detroit, National Wrestling Federation, Championship Wrestling from Florida, World Championship Wrestling, Tri-State Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, International Wrestling Enterprise. Rhodes did not have a typical wrestlers' physique, but he was well known for his personality and interviews.
In 1974, Rhodes's character became a hero after tag team partner Pak Song and manager Gary Hart turned on him during a match in Florida against Eddie and Mike Graham. This led him to break out as a solo wrestler in Florida, referring to himself as the "American Dream", a working class hero, aligning himself with Eddie Graham. In 1977, Rhodes wrestled for Vince McMahon, Sr.'s World Wide Wrestling Federation on and off for lengthy periods of time until 1981. During that time, Rhodes main-evented twice in Madison Square Garden, both times challenging for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship against reigning champion Superstar Billy Graham. Rhodes won the first match on September 26 via countout, lost the second, a Texas Death match, on October 24. Graham won after a mid-ring collision, he began working as a booker and wrestler with Jim Crockett Promotions in the Mid-Atlantic, which purchased World Championship Wrestling Georgia Championship Wrestling. Rhodes teamed with Magnum T. A. as "America's Team", who opposed the Four Horsemen and The Russian Team in 1985.
They were one of the more dominant tag teams in the promotion until 1986, when Magnum's career was ended in a car accident. Subsequently, he teamed with Nikita Koloff as The Super Powers. Rhodes was a two time World Six-Man Tag Team Champion with The Road Warriors. Rhodes had feuds with Abdullah the Butcher, Pak Song, Terry Funk, Kevin Sullivan, Blackjack Mulligan, Nikita Koloff, Harley Race, Superstar Billy Graham, "Crippler" Ray Stevens and, most notably, The Four Horsemen. Rhodes and Race fought each other many times over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Rhodes won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times. In October 1985, during his feud with Flair, Rhodes gave an interview that became known as his "Hard Times" promo, arguably his most popular promo: "First of all, I would to thank the many, many fans throughout this country that wrote cards and letters to Dusty Rhodes, The American Dream, while I was down. Secondly, I want to thank Jim Crockett Promotions for waitin’ and takin’ the time ‘cause I know how important it was, Starrcade'8