Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Jason Hess
Kayfabe Memories fans!!!
Welcome to the first installment of
Houston Wrestling on KayfabeMemories.com.
My name is Jason Hess, and I hope that
you enjoy our look back on a very unique area of
professional wrestling that was at times red
hot, and at times, real cold.
As you scroll down this first
installment, you will understand the uniqueness
of Houston Wrestling, a brief history, and the
main players that brought Houston Wrestling to
of Houston Wrestling:
Wrestling was unique in the territorial days,
because it was almost a territory within a
territory until 1986.
Although Houston Wrestling was affiliated
with Bill Watts’ Mid-South territory, it was
not uncommon to find stars from other
territories to come in for cards, and run
mini-feuds solely for Houston.
During their respective title reigns,
Harley Race, Ric Flair, Bob Backlund, and Nick
Bockwinkel all made appearances at the bi-weekly
Houston Wrestling cards.
In fact, Ric Flair and Nick Bockwinkel
made title defenses within the same year.
As well, Houston had (has) a large
Mexican community, and Mexican legends Mil
Mascaras and Dos Caras were regulars on Houston
North Texas stalwarts such as Johnny
Valentine, Fritz Von Erich, and later the Von
Erich brothers were frequent guests in Houston,
receiving great crowd responses. Another unique feature was that Houston Wrestling would show
matches from the syndicated Mid-South show, and
matches from Houston house shows, complete with
promos and all!!!
It was the best of both worlds, as we saw
some of the best wrestlers from Mid-South, and
some of the best wrestlers in the world. Houston
Wrestling was truly unique!!
Brief History of Houston Wrestling in the
During the early 1980’s, Houston was the largest city for two different promotions, Joe Blanchard’s Southwest Championship Wrestling, and the aforementioned Mid-South Wrestling. However, by 1983, Houston promoter Paul Boesch cut ties with Blanchard and solely affiliated his area with Watts, a partnership that would last for nearly four more years.More...