Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
World Class July - September 1984
- Max Levy
There was a lot of unfinished business left over from the spring and early summer of 1984. The Von Erichs and Freebirds remained at war. Iceman still pursued the Irwin Brothers, his main rivals. Gino Hernandez dominated the singles wrestling scene and faced his main enemy in the form of the lady truck driver Stella Mae French. A lot was happening so let's take a look at the remainder of the summer of 1984.
We Are The Champions
one dominated the title scene like Gino Hernandez. The handsome half-breed
from Highland Park controlled the American and Texas Titles apart from
Mike Von Erich taking a brief turn with the American belt. The American
Tag Team Title remained with Iceman Parsons and Buck Zumhofe and although
they defended the belts against the Irwin brothers on an occasional basis,
the championship was de-emphasized during this period of time. Chris Adams
held the TV Title for a spell and then lost it to Jake "The
Snake" Roberts who had just arrived in the promotion. The Six-Man
Title remained in a state of flux as The Von Erichs and The Fabulous
Freebirds battled for the held up title.
Big Changes On The Talent Roster
In the late summer of 1984 World Class began to see some real changes in the talent lineup. Let's look at the heels first. Change was afoot with the impending departure of The Fabulous Freebirds. The big arrival was Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Jake was coming off a hot run in Georgia and had broken out as a major heel in 1984. Also arriving to bolster the tag team ranks were the PYTs, the team of Norvell Austin and Koko Ware. Besides these men, The Birds still stayed on through the Labor Day Star Wars. Also still on hand were Gino Hernandez and his bodyguard Nicola Roberts. Skandor Akbar and his stable of Killer Khan, The Missing Link, and Scott and Bill Irwin were prominently featured. Kelly Kiniski added depth.
the babyface side of the fence, Kerry, Kevin, and Mike Von Erich of course
received the most attention. Iceman Parsons remained a prominent figure,
as did Chris Adams although it is fair to say that Chris had lost some
momentum. Needless to say, that would change very soon. Gary Hart was also
still aligned with the fan favorites. Stella Mae French continued to
torment Gino at every opportunity. Others included Buck Zumhofe who still
teamed with Iceman, but was now slipping down the card as a single,
"Sweet Brown Sugar" Skip Young who was back in Texas after an
absence of many years, and George Weingroff who helped fill out the lower
reaches of the card. Jules Strongbow was still around as well. Jose
Lothario also still wrestled on an infrequent basis. More babyface
reinforcements would arrive in the fall.
From Close Friend to Devastating Enemy
In Killer Khan The Fabulous Freebirds possessed a very powerful ally. The mysterious man from Mongolia may have been the most vicious competitor in World Class Championship Wrestling. Khan never failed to backup the boys from Badstreet when they needed an ally against the likes of the Von Erichs and Devastation Incorporated. More...