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Class Championship Wrestling
- Max Levy
the summer of 1985 wound down, some old faces had gone. The Fantastics and
The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette had all departed. Rip Oliver had
also left the territory. However other new faces were coming and World
Class Championship Wrestling had a prize match on its hands. It was
already announced that The Cotton Bowl in Dallas would play host to a bout
pitting Kerry and Kevin Von Erich against Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez
on Sunday October 6, 1985. Both members of the losing team would have
their heads shaved in the ring immediately afterwards. Leading up to match
day World Class Championship Wrestling centered entirely on these
wrestlers and this feud.
The unquestioned kings
of the babyface pile were Kerry and Kevin Von Erich who remained immensely
popular with the fans and at their collective peak in the ring. Brian
Adias was getting a huge push as the top non Von Erich babyface, much as
Iceman Parsons and Chris Adams had received in the past. Looking back,
despite good intentions Adias was not as charismatic or talented as those
two and was perhaps pushed a bit beyond his true level. Bruiser Brody was
back after an absence of two years. Brody’s popularity had not waned a
bit although commitments to other promotions made his appearances somewhat
irregular. Although lacking a natural rival like Precious or even Jim
Cornette, Sunshine remained as much a star as ever. She continued to guide
Scott Casey and The Great Kabuki. Iceman King Parsons was still on hand.
Jim Powers was still in the area although soon he’d be on his way.
you talked about heels in World Class during this era, the first two names
had to be Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez. These two were as hot as any two
heels in the business at the time. The Dynamic Duo knew exactly which
buttons to push with the audience. Gary Hart remained a force as well. One
Man Gang and Mark Lewin were his main charges. Killer Tim Brooks was in
and out of the area while Jack Victory was paired with Hart to give him a
push. Although things never quite panned out for him, back in 1985 Victory
seemed like a future star to many observers. Hollywood John Tatum began
his climb from the undercard. He had charisma, but still lacked that
superstar touch. That touch was on its way. World Class perennial Kelly
Kiniski rounded out the heel roster.
The championship getting most of the focus in the late summer of 1985 was the American Tag Team Title. Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez reigned as champs and rubbed it in the noses of the fans at every opportunity. Kerry and Kevin Von Erich stood as their main challengers and the two teams battled almost nightly in some terrific bouts. Much to the chagrin of Gino, Brian Adias held the Texas Title. Gino did ultimately regain it on Labor Day September 2, 1985 in Fort Worth only for Brian Adias to take it back on September 20, 1985 in Dallas. One Man Gang, Killer Tim Brooks, and Mark Lewin held the Six Man Title. This championship was rarely defended although it did change hands on September 2, 1985. Brooks no showed so Kerry and Kevin teamed with Adias (in place of the seriously ill Mike) to beat One Man Gang, Mark Lewin, and substitute Jack Victory for the belts. The TV Title passed from Iceman King Parsons to the up and coming John Tatum. Speaking of Iceman, he technically held the American Title, but you certainly wouldn’t know that from watching World Class TV. The promotion had decided to deemphasize the title for the time being. Thus during his reign as champ Iceman was rarely if ever referred to as the Champ on TV and did not carry the belt.
All World Class had to do in the summer of 1985 was book Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez in the main event against Kerry and Kevin Von Erich and it had a match that was guaranteed to draw the fans to the arena and send them home happy, but wanting to see a rematch. More...