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April – June 1983

 - Max Levy

As winter turned to spring in 1983, World Class Champion Wrestling was on an absolute roll. With The Von Erichs vs. The Freebirds battling in emotional and action packed main events and others like Iceman Parsons, Jimmy Garvin, and Kamala getting over as stars, tickets were next to impossible to come by. A look at the TV shows of this era shows that the fans at The Sportatorium and Will Rogers Coliseum were packed in like sardines and made so much noise that it seemed as if the earth would move.  

The promotion did not stop there. Von Erichs vs. Freebirds and Arman Hussein’s stable vs. Devastation Incorporated were a good start, but World Class needed to build further. That was accomplished by creating new feuds. One of these pitted David Von Erich vs. Jimmy Garvin. Iceman King Parsons got a moment in the spotlight vs. Buddy Roberts. Meanwhile the feuds with Kevin and Kerry vs. Hayes and Gordy took on new dimensions. World Class never liked to overwhelm fans with too many feuds. There were usually just a few, but the promotion was able to give these feuds more attention and TV time. The result was well-developed feuds that drew well and are remembered to this day. It would be wrong not to note that eventually this tendency to limit the number of feuds and draw them out over a long period of time eventually came back to hurt World Class in later years. 

The Title Scene 

After moving back and forth between Kevin Von Erich and Terry Gordy during the first quarter of 1983, Kevin was in sole possession of the American Heavyweight Title during the second quarter of the year. The belt was de-emphasized at this time and became secondary to the Texas Heavyweight Title. This title, which bounced between David Von Erich and Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin as the focal point of a fantastic feud, was the main singles title in World Class at this time. The Six-Man Tag Team Title remained with The Fabulous Freebirds as they battled with The Von Erichs time and again. Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy also held the American Tag Team Title that went from buried to prominent when Kerry Von Erich recruited Bruiser Brody as his partner. The TV Title continued to be defended in Fort Worth. Although this championship was normally a hot potato, Iceman Parsons and The Mongol both enjoyed two-month reigns as champion.  More...

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