Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
World Class May - July 1984
- Max Levy
Class was on a tear coming out of the Parade of Champions and its record
crowd of 43,518 fans. Kerry Von Erich was NWA World Champion. Feuds
between the Von Erichs and The Freebirds, Jimmy Garvin and Precious and
Chris Adams and Sunshine, and Iceman Parsons and Buck Zumhofe and The
Super Destroyers continued to rage. Some familiar faces were back and
the action was possibly at its peak. Let's look at what was going on.
Class maintained a fairly stable roster during this time. Kerry, Kevin,
and Mike Von Erich were prominently featured on the babyface side of
things. Chris Adams and Iceman Parsons were on the next tier. Buck
Zumhofe, Chick Donovan, Johnny Mantell, George Weingroff and Chief Jules
Strongbow were another step down from there. Jose Lothario also still
competed on a frequent basis. Sunshine of course had been a major
babyface over the past eight months or so. She had some issue in her
life that necessitated taking a break from the wrestling scene.
Sunshine's departure was sold as an injury although it was never really
defined. Stella Mae French, billed as Sunshine's truck driving aunt,
showed up to avenge her niece and make life hell for the heels. Gary
Hart eventually wound up on the babyface side of the fence as well.
Fabulous Freebirds led the heel roster. Hayes, Gordy, and Roberts soon
gained a dangerous ally in Killer Khan. General Skandor Akbar's
Devastation Incorporated suffered a noticeable loss in the departure of
Kamala. Kabuki was recruited to fill the gap although his tenure was
brief. The Missing Link and The Super Destroyers anchored the group.
Gino Hernandez was back as a regular for the first time in many years
and made an immediate impact. Jimmy Garvin and Precious were still on
hand although they were beginning their exit from the promotion. Kelly
Kiniski had never quite gotten over as had been hoped, but he still was
a solid midcard heel. Veteran Black Gordman still appeared now and then
as a foil for Jose Lothario.
the late spring and early summer of 1984, the title scene was fairly cut
and dry. Kerry Von Erich held the NWA World Title although his reign was
brief. The American Title was the premier title in the promotion and was
dominated by Gino Hernandez who seems to have won it in a phantom title
change. The American Tag Team Title bounced between the popular duo of
Iceman Parsons and Buck Zumhofe and their foes The Super Destroyers who
were unmasked during this time period as Scott and Bill Irwin. The Von
Erichs and The Fabulous Freebirds swapped the Six Man Title. As usual
the TV Title bounced around with Killer Khan, Kevin Von Erich, and Chris
Adams all getting turns. The Texas Title last held by David Von Erich
remained dormant until June 23, 1984 when Gino Hernandez upset Ric Flair
in controversial circumstances to win title tournament in San Antonio.
Kerry Von Erich - NWA World Champion, 18 Days At The Top
When Kerry Von Erich won the NWA World Title at the Parade of Champions, a 20 year long family quest had been completed. The celebration with the fans was emotional, but the next day it was back to business. Kerry had won the title, now he had to defend it.More...