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Lowrance, outraged by the incident, later told Akbar to "kiss my ass" as the tag team match between Kerry Von Erich and Jeff Jarrett vs. Mick Foley and Gary Young was about to begin; and even walked away from the broadcast table while Akbar was conducting a tirade of his own.

Foley and Young won the match, again due to interference by Akbar. Tojo Yamamoto was then introduced as the "President of World Class," who drew the ire of the fans due to his lack of action for the Dusek incident, then later getting involved in several altercations with various wrestlers, including a vicious attack against Dusek in an empty Sportatorium.

Lowrance was also physically restrained by P. Chu-Hi Phil Hickerson as manager Tojo Yamamoto berated Lowrance. Embry came out to save Lowrance from any further harm. Prior to that, Lowrance was involved in heated confrontations against Yamamoto, including one instance in which he called Yamamoto "a disgrace to wrestling and to himself.

With all of these aforementioned occurrences, everything came down to a battle for control of World Class on August 4, at the Dallas Sportatorium. Embry wrestled Hickerson in a steel cage match , with the winner gaining control of World Class Embry representing the USWA, and Hickerson representing WCCW.

During the match, Yamamoto shouted instructions at Hickerson, with Lowrance grabbing the mike out of his hands on several occasions.

Finally, after a minute battle, Embry managed to avoid a body avalanche from Hickerson and pin him to win, [10] thus officially changing World Class into the USWA.

This was necessary in reality because the Adkissons owned the World Class name and would no longer allow Jerry Jarrett to continue using the name any further after this event. After the match, Embry and manager Percy Pringle walked to the D section of the Sportatorium and tore the World Class Championship Wrestling banner off of the wall in the same spot where the American flag once was displayed.

Various wrestlers such as Matt Borne then stomped and spit on it. Lowrance and Chris Adams, who celebrated Embry's victory in the ring, did not partake in the post-match festivities, showing respect to the Adkissons and the World Class name, and neither Kevin nor Kerry were on hand during the celebration.

Other World Class banners, all owned by the Adkisson family, above the Sportatorium were later removed, replaced with various World flags. The red World Class ring aprons were covered by the Renegades Rampage logo except for one section of the ring, but all of the aprons would be replaced as well as the ring itself.

The Dallas Sportatorium was refurbished with a new ring, and ring aprons with the Renegades Rampage logo. Section D also had a large yellow banner promoting Renegades, which did not sit well with some longtime patrons who were more used to the American flag or the World Class banner displayed there.

The main camera position was also relocated to the Section D area, and the broadcast table returned to its original position on the southern end of the arena. For a time, a USWA wrestling banner was placed above the Section D sign, but was later moved adjacent to the E and F sections of the Sportatorium, or the east corner of the arena.

Its syndicated programs, World Class Championship Wrestling and Wild West Wrestling were later renamed USWA Challenge and USWA Main Event respectively.

The latter program featured a main event of its Saturday Championship Sports program, with the remainder of the program featuring past World Class cards dating as far back as late These two programs aired in this format until Some of the hot feuds of the era included Chris Adams and Toni Adams vs.

Phil Hickerson and Tojo Yamamoto; Kerry Von Erich vs. Tarras Bulba with Kerry being pinned by Bulba's iron claw ; and Eric Embry vs. Billy Travis. Travis later feuded with Chris Adams, Jeff Jarrett and Kevin Von Erich.

Kerry later wrestled against Mark Calaway , who was known as The Punisher at that time, while Embry was involved in a blinding angle similar to the angle used with Chris Adams nearly four years before involving a white bottle which may have been Freebird Hair Cream which Travis used against Embry to blind him.

In fact, Billy Travis became the Sportatorium's biggest heel wrestler who would often sing a line of various songs during ringside interviews, heckle the crowd, and on several occasions smash a wooden guitar over the head of several wrestlers.

One notable such incident occurred in October when he cold-cocked Percy Pringle with a guitar during an interview, then claimed that the guitar was given to him by Mick Jagger. During one incident, Travis spanked Toni Adams in the center of the ring at the Sportatorium, with Chris handcuffed on the ring rope; and in another infamous incident, Travis cold-cocked Adams with a coke bottle over his head, prompting announcer Marc Lowrance to announce that Adams may be dead.

Chris only received a minor cut on his scalp and returned to wrestle the following day, even disguising himself as another wrestler to gain revenge against Travis. In December , Adams and Embry began feuding. The angle, developed by Embry and Adams, was brought about when Adams and Embry blamed each other for two significant losses in tag team matches, including one during a tag team tournament between Billy Travis and Gary Young.

A few weeks later, a six-man tag match between Adams, Embry and Bill Dundee vs. Travis, Young and Skandor Akbar, was held. After taking punishment for 11 minutes by Young, Travis and Akbar, Adams was thrown out of the ring.

Embry and Toni Adams attempted to help Chris, and an argument ensued, which led Embry to shove Toni down to the floor. As Embry attempted to help her back up, Chris attacked him, and a brawl between Adams and Embry ensued.

Dundee attempted to help stop the carnage, but was hit by Embry, while Akbar, Young and Travis stood in the ring cheering. The carnage was broken up when wrestlers from the back, including Steve Austin and Matt Borne, came in to help get order restored. Two weeks later, Adams and Embry faced each other in the ring, with the majority of the crowd cheering for Embry in the beginning, and the hint of a possible heel turn by Adams.

As the match progressed with no true dominance by either wrestler, Embry hit referee Bronko Lubich during the bout, which resulted in a DQ. As referee Tony Falk came in to stop the fight, Adams hits him, and another brawl between Embry and Adams ensued, with wrestlers again coming out to separate the two.

According to Embry, the idea was for Embry to turn heel and start a long feud with Adams, but the crowd would not boo for Embry and turning Adams heel wouldn't work either, since he is a beloved figure in the area himself. The angle was short-lived, and Embry left the organization for a while, but returned a few months later and reteamed with Adams and continued his battles with Akbar's group until the USWA pulled out of Dallas.

Two major feuds erupted in one between Chris Adams and "Stunning" Steve Austin , and the other between Kerry Von Erich and Matt Borne. The Adams-Austin feud started slow, but eventually picked up huge heat thanks in part to good promoting by Adams, who decided to bring in former girlfriend Jean Clarke also known as Jeanie Adams for a time, and later married to Austin and then-wife Toni Adams into the feud; resulting in a mixed tag-team war very similar to the Adams-Sunshine vs.

Garvin-Precious battles of the early s. On a few occasions, Jeanie was spanked by Adams in the center of the ring; and on one interview segment, Clarke and Austin showed pictures of Adams with different women, including a picture with Sunshine and the World Class belt, and another of Adams and Clarke from his early days in England.

The angle, which Adams created and wanted to promote initially in with Jeanie and the late Gino Hernandez, even gained national headlines, as the National Enquirer ran a story on the Adams-Toni-Jeanie-Austin angle.

The Kerry Von Erich-Matt Borne feud began in May when Borne turned heel by attacking Chris Von Erich during an interview segment with the soon-to-be departed Marc Lowrance at the Sportatorium.

A week or so later, Borne and Von Erich battled in a pinfall counts anywhere in the building match, which eventually continued outside the Sportatorium. During the outside confrontation in a thunderstorm, among other things , Von Erich slammed Borne onto the hood of a parked vehicle and also attempted to attack him with a piece of two-by-four.

Minor damage occurred with the vehicles, and the ensuing fight continued until Chris Adams, Jeff Jarrett, and others broke up the brawl.

Promoter Max Andrews suspended Kerry for his actions, but no time frame was given as to how long he was suspended. This drew the ire of Borne, who demanded the USWA forfeit Kerry's Texas heavyweight belt.

Instead, Kerry was reinstated days later as the two battled for the belt, which Borne won thanks to interference by Percy Pringle. Pringle joined Borne in his feud with Kerry, until June , when Von Erich left for the WWF.

Borne also left a short time later to join that organization as Doink The Clown. Percy later joined Austin and Clarke in their feud with Chris and Toni Adams, with Chris Von Erich and at times Kevin Von Erich getting involved.

Borne also had a few matches against Kerry's brother Kevin. Another feud that drew headlines was between "Hollywood" John Tatum and Bill Dundee, with valet Tessa in the middle of the feud. Originally brought in by Tatum, Tessa, like Sunshine years before, turned face and joined Dundee's side.

During a match against Tatum, Kevin Von Erich, who beat Tatum, swept Tessa off her feet and carried her into the dressing room much to the dismay of Tatum. During a July match, Tatum knocked Tessa unconscious following a superkick to the head, resulting in Tessa being carried out on a stretcher.

In that same event, Toni Adams was carried out on a stretcher following a flying splash from the top rope onto Toni in the ring by Steve Austin, while Toni was on top of her husband Chris, who was piledrived on the concrete floor by Austin earlier, to protect him.

These two incidents resulted in a few stations canceling its USWA broadcasts due to its violent nature. During this time, other wrestlers such as Terry Taylor made brief appearances, and future GWF wrestling star Rod Price made his debut by attacking Kerry during an interview segment.

However, because of a revenue dispute with the Adkissons who still owned 40 percent of the Dallas promotion , Jarrett ultimately pulled the promotion out of Dallas after the September 7, card. A week before Jarrett's departure, KTVT dropped its long-running Saturday night wrestling telecasts; according to some reports, the cancellation was the result of frequent on-air profanity mostly from Eric Embry , despite multiple warnings from station management, as well as the controversial superkick incident between John Tatum and Tessa.

Kevin Von Erich, without the benefit of television as the result of KTVT's cancellation of Saturday Night's Championship Sports , the absence of his brother Kerry, and longtime World Class guru Gary Hart who was starting his Texas Wrestling Federation promotion at the time , began promoting Sportatorium wrestling himself, bringing back the World Class Championship Wrestling name on September 14, Longtime World Class mainstays Chris Adams, King Parsons, Kevin's brother Chris Von Erich, Percy Pringle, John Tatum, David Sheldon, Steve Austin, Jeanie Clarke and Toni Adams remained, while wrestlers associated with the Memphis end of the USWA left.

Steve Simpson and Brian Adias also returned to the promotion, with a few appearances by former WCCW referee David Manning. Initially, the return of World Class proved to be a modest success which included the return of ring announcer Marc Lowrance and a few appearances by Bill Mercer , but financial sources ran out quickly and attendance at the Sportatorium dropped considerably to sometimes fewer than As a result, on November 23, , Von Erich held its last World Class Championship Wrestling show at the Sportatorium, which featured Kevin winning the Texas heavyweight championship from The Angel of Death in the show's final match.

After that match, referee Bronko Lubich announced his retirement from the sport. Lubich would return a few times as a special referee afterwards in the Global Wrestling Federation , with his last appearance in A month later, the USWA returned to the Sportatorium, but only for a limited basis, as promoters Max Andrews, Joe Pedicino , and Boni Blackstone were getting their Global Wrestling Federation promotion ready to go for the summer of WCCW veterans went on to compete in other promotions, including Gary Hart's Texas Wrestling Federation group in North Dallas.

Several attempts to revive WCCW since then have been modest at best: in , Kevin Von Erich began a working agreement with Boston-based International Championship Wrestling, which renamed itself International World Class Championship Wrestling. During that brief time in IWCCW, Kevin had a legendary interview in which Tony Rumble , aka The Boston Bad Boy, made derogatory remarks about Kevin and his brothers, after which Kevin ran Rumble out of the interview studio.

The following year, Kevin began promoting a few scattered cards under the WCCW banner featuring Kerry, who had been released from the WWF, and Chris Adams. Finally, in , Gary Hart — with no participation by either Kevin or Fritz—launched a World Class-in-name-only independent promotion at the Sportatorium.

This organization, known as World Class II: The Next Generation , featured only a few of the surviving wrestlers from the original WCCW group most notably Chris Adams, Iceman Parsons and Maniac Mike Davis , as well as Gary's son, Chad Hart; it folded in less than a year.

That promotion was also co-owned by Bill Mercer and Mickey Grant, and some believe that Adams was also a silent partner in World Class II.

Adams, Mike Davis and Terry Gordy died in , and the Sportatorium, which stood since , was demolished in , but not before Kevin Von Erich toured the damaged arena for the last time, along with filmmaker Brian Harrison. In , Gary Hart died from a heart attack shortly after returning home from an autograph session.

Two years later, Skandor Akbar and Toni Adams had died, and in , Percy Pringle, who was one of the last surviving heel managers in World Class, passed.

Kevin Von Erich released a compilation DVD of classic Von Erichs matches in Rumors of an impending WWE buyout of the WCCW syndicated broadcast video library began to spread on internet message boards the following year, and on June 5, , the company issued a press release announcing that the purchase had been finalized.

Footage from KTVT's "Championship Sports" telecasts was not included in the buyout and is not owned by the WWE. WWE released a DVD titled The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling on December 11, A documentary by Chicago filmmaker Brian Harrison on WCCW and the Von Erichs, Heroes of World Class , [12] was released on DVD on June 15, , to rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

An updated "Director's Cut" DVD of Heroes of World Class , 30 minutes longer than the original, was released in December The documentary featured interviews from several of the key figures in World Class, including Kevin, Mercer, Grant, Hart, Adams, Skandor Akbar, Marc Lowrance, David Manning and Johnny Mantell.

In , the entire Von Erich family was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. World Class' two major venues, Reunion Arena and Texas Stadium, were demolished soon thereafter. Reunion Arena was imploded on November 17, , while Texas Stadium saw the same fate nearly five months later, on April 11, In May , Imperial Wrestling Revolution, an Oklahoma -based independent wrestling promotion, announced they had changed their name to World Class Revolution in honor of World Class Championship Wrestling, with the blessing of Kevin Von Erich and the Von Erich family.

A sports drama film, The Iron Claw , produced by A24 chronicles the history of the Von Erich family and World Class' history as a whole. The film is directed by Sean Durkin , the film stars Zac Efron , Lily James , Jeremy Allen White , Harris Dickinson , Maura Tierney , Maxwell Jacob Friedman , Chavo Guerrero Jr.

and Holt McCallany. Weekly wrestling shows were staged there on Tuesday nights until August , then were moved to Sunday nights until the early '80s, and finally were held on Friday nights until the promotion's demise. In the early s, WCCW began its hour-long weekly syndicated television show which introduced numerous innovative production techniques, many of which are still commonly used today.

The promotion was also the first to use familiar rock songs as entrance music for its wrestlers. The show was syndicated across the United States, and at one point arguably scored higher ratings than Saturday Night Live.

By the fall of , the opening sequence of World Class' syndicated broadcasts began with a NASA photo of Earth, taken during the Apollo 16 mission back in An animated satellite would beam down over Dallas, and as it moves east, the World Class logo would appear and move across to the upper left hand corner of the picture.

Two more satellite beams aired two highlights from World Class: one involving a match between Kerry Von Erich and Michael Hayes, and another between David Von Erich and Jimmy Garvin.

Another opening sequence featured one segment with Kevin Von Erich performing a flying splash onto Terry Gordy, and another with Michael Hayes attacking Kerry Von Erich, who was handcuffed onto a ring rope.

In late , a different World Class logo was used and two different match sequences: one involving Skandor Akbar urging The Missing Link to head-butt Kerry Von Erich; while the other scene was Kerry Von Erich slamming Kamala to the mat, with his handler Friday outside the ring moving his fist down in disgust, with announcers Marc Lowrance and Ralph Pulley watching.

This opening sequence would be used again in with Boston-based International World Class Championship Wrestling. By , the opening sequence changed; beginning with a dusk photo of Dallas, and other shots of the city, including the Dallas North Tollway, before the World Class logo would appear; then scenes of past wrestling events mostly from the Texas Stadium event would follow before the logo reappeared again.

WCCW's syndicated show was usually taped at the Sportatorium beginning in , with two hour-long shows being recorded every other Friday. For a few months he co-hosted with Jay Saldi , and by , hosted the hour-long program alone, with Lowrance filling in for Mercer from time to time.

After Mercer left in to join Ken Mantell's Wild West Wrestling promotion, Lowrance returned to the broadcast position, where he would remain until resigning to become a minister in July Lowrance would later be paired by former wrestler-turned-matchmaker Frank Dusek for one year, then later by "The Beauty" Terrance Garvin.

Craig Johnson replaced Lowrance for the final two months of telecasts, due to the unavailability of Bill Mercer, who was a ringside announcer for Gary Hart's wrestling promotion at the Metroplex Arena. Percy Pringle III would replace Garvin, who returned to the wrestling ring.

Lowrance did return to the Sportatorium as ring announcer in September as did Mercer, who filled in for Lowrance on a few cards , when World Class seceded from the USWA, and appeared occasionally during the s in other Dallas-based promotions such as the Global Wrestling Federation.

Lowrance is no longer in the business, but does appear at vintage pro wrestling conventions on occasion. The promotion also held matches on Monday nights in Fort Worth at the North Side Coliseum an indoor rodeo arena, known today as the Cowtown Coliseum , until the mids, then relocated to the Will Rogers Memorial Center , where it remained until WCCW discontinued its regular Fort Worth shows in , although the promotion did promote Fort Worth house cards on occasion until These matches aired Saturday nights on local station KTVT , as a minute broadcast entitled Saturday Night Wrestling , which was expanded to two hours in November and retitled Championship Sports.

From late until the station cancelled wrestling in , KTVT's tapings were held at the Sportatorium on Saturday mornings. Dan Coats, who had served as ring announcer in Fort Worth for many years prior to the Von Erich era, called the action on KTVT from until , when Bill Mercer was brought in to replace him.

When Mercer moved to the syndicated telecasts, Marc Lowrance took over the KTVT show. As he would with the syndicated series, Jon Horton became host of Championship Sports for its last few episodes. Lowrance was also the ring announcer at the Sportatorium for several years before moving to TV full-time; he was originally hired in to replace Boyd Pierce, who had been with the group since the s and left to join Bill Watts ' Mid-South Wrestling promotion.

Other ring announcers in WCCW included George Preston s , Joe Rinelli from the s until and Ralph Pulley mids , who also served as a referee for a time. Lowrance, who was 21 at the time, was originally hired for a three-week stint until a permanent replacement was found for Pierce.

Soon after, when no one was found, Lowrance's stay with World Class became permanent. Doyle King, and for one week Jim Ross , worked as fill-in announcers for Lowrance for the Fort Worth telecasts.

In , Dallas rock 'n roll singer Gene Summers took over the ring announcing duties for both the Dallas and Fort Worth matches. However, his tenure was cut short due to conflicting European music tours. It was during this time period that he released the now famous recording "Ballad of Moon Dog Mayne" under the pseudonym of Ricky Ringside.

Summers' brief announcing career in lasted from March 8 to May Marc Lowrance returned to the ring announcing duties in Dallas, and either Ralph Pulley or Joe Rinelli handled the Fort Worth matches.

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