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World Class September-October 1984
- Max Levy
World Class Championship Wrestling, A Promotion in Flux
fall of 1984 was a time for change for World Class Championship Wrestling.
After nearly two years the feud between the Von Erichs and The Freebirds
had ended. It was time for the promotion to find a new direction. It
wasn't easy at first, but once things got going, things took off like a
rocket ship. Let's take a look in depth.
For The Championships
the fall of 1984 if you wondered who held a particular title, Gino
Hernandez was a good guess. Gino held the American and Texas Titles
throughout the time period covered by this month's article. Before all was
said and done, Gino held the Six Man Title with Chris Adams and Jake
Roberts as well. Heck Gino even showed up with the largely forgotten Brass
Knuckles Title for a spell. For the most part the Six Man Title was the
property of Kevin, Kerry, and Mike Von Erich who now stood as the kingpins
of the Six Man division with The Freebirds having exited. The TV Title did
not move around as per usual. Chris Adams controlled that staple of the
Fort Worth cards. The American Tag Titles moved around a bit. Iceman
Parsons and Buck Zumhofe held the decreasingly defended belts until losing
to Scott and Bill Irwin on September 28, 1984 in Dallas at The
Sportatorium. Ultimately the Irwin brothers were just keeping the belts
warm for on October 22, 1984 in Fort Worth, The Fantastics claimed the
championship gold beginning a tag team renaissance in World Class. The
real new and exciting thing to hit the World Class Title scene were new
championship belts for the American, Texas, American Tag Team, and Six Man
Titles. The former three replaced increasingly tattered belts while the
latter replaced a large, but rather impractical trophy.
A Changing Roster
The babyface side was fairly stable for World Class in the fall of 1984. Obviously Kerry, Kevin, and Mike Von Erich were the kings of the hill although they needed a new set of foes with their old enemies The Freebirds gone to the WWF. Iceman Parsons remained popular if a bit past his peak. The Fantastics soon arrived to bolster the tag team division. Stella Mae French continued her war with Gino Hernandez and Nicola Roberts. Buck Zumhofe continued his slide down the card. Skip Young, Jules Strongbow, and George Weingroff filled out the ranks. Chris Adams began the season as a babyface, but that would soon change.
Over on the heel side of the fence Gino Hernandez clearly ruled the roost, holding the American and Texas Titles simultaneously. As always Nicola Roberts scowled in Gino's corner and fended off the eager interference of Stella Mae. Jake "The Snake" Roberts made his presence known although he ultimately didn't quite have the impact that might have been expected considering his big run in Georgia earlier that year. Norvell Austin and Koko Ware competed as the PYTs. General Skandor Akbar's Devastation Incorporated wreaked havoc with Killer Khan, The Missing Link, and The Irwins among the ranks. Kelly Kiniski rounded out the heel side of the fence. Butch Reed was supposed to become a regular too, but did not. We'll get into this situation in greater depth later on. More...