Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Jason Hess
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of
Houston Wrestling here at Kayfabe Memories.
As one could know from a regular reading of the excellent
Mid-South and UWF monthly columns, angles were always hot and heavy
around Mid-South wrestling, and consequently, Houston, Texas.
Cards at the Sam Houston Coliseum would always have some
interesting main events to be sure.
This month, we will take a look at what quite
possibly was the most unique main event ever in Houston.
But to give the main event justice, we have to look at bit at the
feud that led up to it. This
feud is perhaps for purposes of discussing the 1980’s one of the
greatest in Mid-South history. It
went on for parts of three years, and saw twists and turns unlike one
would think, especially considering the personalities involved.
In the long history of Houston Wrestling, there
have been many colorful characters, such as Irish Danny McShain, Bull
Curry, Whiskers Savage, and others.
But one would be hard pressed to find two more colorful wrestlers
than Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and “The Big Cheese” Ted DiBiase.
Both of these men at one time were members of one of the best
heel cliques around in the 1980’s, the Rat Pack.
The Rat Pack dissolved in 1983 due to a side alliance between DiBiase
and Skandor Akbar. Duggan
eventually turned face due to the idea that DiBiase was aligning himself
with a foreigner.
The two men would proceed to tear up the Mid-South
region with their subsequent matches, and in the late summer of 1983
during a televised match, Duggan defeated DiBiase in a loser leaves town
match to kick him out of Mid-South for good……seemingly.
The feud laid dormant for a little over a year as
Duggan stayed in Mid-South (besides some small forays into Florida to
work as a heel with Kevin Sullivan in his war with Dusty Rhodes), and DiBiase
ventured into World Championship Wrestling.
But, in a characteristic twist of booking that made Mid-South so
hot in 1984, DiBiase would return in a most interesting way.
Duggan was feuding with Steve Williams, and was scheduled to face
him in a televised football helmet match.
Duggan never came to the ring, and the crowd was shocked to see
DiBiase go to the ring instead. DiBiase’s
promo would set the stage for a new chapter in their war. He claimed that Duggan was going to cheap shot him, but that
he had gotten the best of him.
Duggan’s side of the story was exactly the opposite. Apparently, in the parking lot, some guys helped DiBiase beat him up with a blackjack. Needless to say, the crowd believed Duggan, and the war was on. DiBiase had his famous (or infamous) loaded glove, which helped him to a great deal of wins.More...