Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Jason Hess
fans and readers!!!
Welcome to the next installment of
Houston Wrestling, and I hope you enjoy
In this edition of our journal, we will
take a look back at some of the more memorable
moments of wrestling at the Sam Houston
Coliseum, home of Houston Wrestling.
I know that many more memorable moments
occurred at the Coliseum both prior to 1980
(Rhodes-Koloff Coffin Match, Boesch/Gary Hart/Malenko,
etc.) and after 1987 (Houstonís first and only
Great American Bash).
I am just highlighting a few.
If you have a memorable moment that is
not included on my list, head on over to the KM
Message board and post under the Houston
Speaking of the message board, itís a
great place to get questions answered and to
answer othersí questions, as well as talk
about memories and highlights.
I peruse it often, and it is a great
delight to read othersí questions and
of our Coliseum moments involve Mid-South stars,
but some include stars outside the Mid-South
So without further ado, here we go:
Junkyard Dog vs. Hacksaw Butch Reed: This
feud dominated Mid-South during 1983, as Reed
turned heel and feuded with JYD.
Reed and Dog traded the North American
title during this time period.
The two headlined a Sam Houston Coliseum
card in 1983.
That they headlined was not significant,
as they were headlining all across the
That they were headlining in Houston was
At the time, African American wrestlers
were not considered headliners much.
Of course you had Bobo Brazil, and
Abdullah The Butcher.
But for two guys to headline a card in
Houston like JYD and Reed did in 1983, it was
The card was a sell out, and JYD defeated
Reed by DQ to continue their feud, which never
really closed, as JYD went to the WWF in 1984.