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Class Championship Wrestling
- Max Levy
We last left World
Class Championship Wrestling on the field of Texas Stadium where Chris
Adams and Gino Hernandez had just used One Man Gang’s chain to smash the
Lincoln Continental won by Kevin Von Erich for scoring the match ending
pin in the big 12 man, 2 ring, best of 5 falls tag team match. Chris and
Gino had put on over on their hated foes and the Von Erich family vowed
revenge. Needless to say, this war had only just begun. Beside that issue
plenty else was happening in World Class in the summer of 1985. Let’s
take a look at all the action.
As always Kerry and
Kevin Von Erich stood as the top babyfaces. Mike was around too, but
limited to occasional duty by his shoulder injuries. Mike’s bout with
Toxic Shock Syndrome was not far in the future. The Fantastics were still
on hand although on their way out. World Class pushed Brian Adias more
than ever before. Clearly they aimed to establish him as the top non Von
Erich although he never quite caught on. Sunshine’s duo of Kabuki and
Scott Casey were quite over, as was Sunshine herself. Jim Powers arrived
to some fanfare although his push ultimately never caught on. A past
favorite returned after a lengthy absence. Iceman “King” Parsons came
back to World Class after wrestling elsewhere for most of the year.
The Dynamic Duo of
Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez led the heel roster. Gary Hart rebuilt his
stable to include not only One Man Gang, but also returning charges Killer
Tim Brooks and Maniac Mark Lewin. Jim Cornette continued to manage his
Midnight Express as well as Rip Oliver. The entire Cornette stable was
finishing out its World Class run. Perennial heel midcarder Kelly Kiniski
remained a fixture. A young Jack Victory started to make his mark. His
future tag team partner John Tatum also began wrestling in World Class,
minus Missy Hyatt. She would not arrive for a few months.
a moment I will step out of the role of fan and into the role of analyst.
Business was still on fire in World Class during 1985, but the future
problems are already apparent based on the talent pool. In the preceding
months out had gone the likes of The Freebirds, Billy Jack Haynes,
Hercules Hernandez, Jake Roberts, and Kamala while the likes of Butch Reed
and Steve Williams teased coming in only to either leave quickly or not
arrive at all. Coming in were people like Mark Lewin and Killer Brooks who
still had some name value but had passed their primes in the ring and at
the box office. Iceman Parsons was a big favorite in World Class and fans
were happy to see him return, but he had not been gone long enough to seem
fresh and have a positive impact at the gate. There was an old hat feeling
about all of them, even if Lewin and Brooks had been gone for years. Brian
Adias did not have the talent or charisma to fill the top non Von Erich
babyface role once held by Parsons and later Chris Adams. Meanwhile The
Midnight Express and Jim Cornette were finishing up and about to leave.
The Fantastics also moved towards the exit door. World Class needed to
bring in some big name talent to keep up the momentum. Some effort was
made to maintain the talent pool, but not enough and this failure would
hurt the promotion down the line.
If anything sums up the
World Class title scene in the summer of 1985, it is The Dynamic Duo.
Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez were at their peak as a team and dominated
the championships. Adams continued to reign as American Champion until
Iceman Parsons won the gold in Dallas at The Sportatorium on July 5, 1985.
Gino’s Texas Title reign exceeded one year before Brian Adias upset him
in Fort Worth on July 29, 1985. To top it off, on June 24, 1985 The
Dynamic Duo upended The Fantastics in Fort Worth to claim the American Tag
Team Title. For a time in late June and early July Chris and Gino
controlled both of the main singles titles and the tag team title.
Apart from The Dynamic Duo, plenty else was happening in the title picture. Gary Hart’s trio of One Man Gang, Killer Tim Brooks, and Mark Lewin won the Six Man Title via a phantom switch allegedly taking place in Reno, NV on July 7, 1985. They defeated Kerry and Kevin Von Erich and their partner for the day, Brian Adias who was credited for standing in for the injured Mike Von Erich. More...