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Hello Kayfabe Memories fans and readers!!!  Welcome to the next installment of Houston Wrestling, and I hope you enjoy it.  In this edition of our journal, we will take a look back at my first trip to the home of Houston Wrestling, the Sam Houston Coliseum.    

June 1984:

In Houston, summers are very very hot to say the least.  And with the oil bust having just hit, the summer of 1984 was hotter than ever.  However, Mid-South Wrestling was still drawing fans despite the economic crunch that had hit Houston, and later the entire state of Texas and Oklahoma.  In fact, for Bill Watts to last as long as he did in the Houston market back then, (which wouldnít recover until the late 80s) was amazing.  But June 1984 saw Mid South at the Coliseum, with a near sell out crowd. 

My mom and sister had gone to great lengths to surprise me with tickets to the matches.  I was having my 11th birthday, and was a big fan of Mid-South.  So the three of us packed into my momís Mazda RX7, and headed off to the Coliseum.  There was a traffic jam outside the Coliseum, something my mom and sister did not expect.  They really didnít think wrestling would pack the Coliseum like it did that night.   

We were a bit late, and missed the opening bout with mid-card jobber Mark Ragin.  We settled into our seats, in the second deck of the Coliseum for a night of action.  Let me say that my mom and sister were not avid fans of wrestling, and were basically afraid for their lives.  I was having the time of my life.  This was my first wrestling card ever, and I was going to remember everything I possibly could.  

The Shifts:

What I didnít know at the time, was that there were some major shifts going on backstage behind the scenes.  Gone were some familiar faces, like the Junkyard Dog, and Butch Reed (Reed would return for another long stint in 1985-6).  And, instead of the Dog as the lead face, that responsibility was shared by Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Magnum T.A., with Duggan carrying the lionís share.  Bill Dundee was now the head booker for Mid-South, although he had yet to make his on screen debut.  He brought with him (as noted in Tim Dillsí excellent Memphis 1983 and 1984 columns, and with Max Levyís column on Mid-South itself) two tag teams that would change the face of Mid-South Wrestling forever.  More...

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