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The First Annual David Von Erich Memorial
Parade of Champions, Sunday May 6, 1984

 - Max Levy

On Sunday May 6, 1984 World Class Championship Wrestling held its biggest card ever. The day was both a celebration of pro wrestling excitement and the life of the late David Von Erich. A reported crowd of 43,517 fans filled Texas Stadium that day. This was one of the largest crowds in pro wrestling history at the time and was definitely the largest crowd in World Class history. The top stars of the promotion and stars from outside the promotion combined for a memorable show that we’ll now look at in depth.  

Johnny Mantell vs. Kelly Kiniski, time limit draw 

This bout raised the curtain on the proceedings. Mantell was back in World Class after an absence, but was unable to regain his past momentum. Kiniski had wrestling talent, but lacked the flash to get over as a major star. Nevertheless, they knew how get it done in the ring and battled for 15 minutes until the bell rang without a winner. 

Butch Reed defeated Chic Donovan

This was an all too rare World Class appearance for Hacksaw Butch Reed. With his wrestling talent, heelish big mouth, and muscular physique, Reed had much to offer the promotion. It is too bad he never stayed for a sustained length of time. Chic Donovan also was a muscle man. He is best known as a preliminary wrestler in Georgia Championship Wrestling during the early 1980s. Chic had a nice run in World Class during 1984, although injuries sidelined him for an extended period later in the year. Chic had the fans’ support, but Reed was too much for him on this day. 

Junkyard Dog defeated The Missing Link by disqualification 

Although he was not a regular in World Class, JYD’s reputation and status as a major star was such that he was always warmly received on his rare appearances. With The Missing Link a regular in World Class, this bout was as much about showing Link’s prowess against a major out of town star. There wasn’t a lot a lot of scientific wrestling here, just plain brawling. Link got the win, but was disqualified afterwards for refusing to let up on JYD. The Missing Link would become a comedy figure later in his career, but at this time was booked as a dangerous and legitimate threat. 

Kamala vs. Kabuki, double disqualification 

This was The Great Kabuki’s first appearance in World Class in more than a year. As always, his manager, Gary Hart, accompanied Kabuki to the ring. Kamala had his usual entourage of Skandor Akbar and Friday at his side. Neither man was a clear babyface as this was a rare bout featuring heels only. However the fans got behind Kabuki. Perhaps it is the old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder” at work. Additionally Kabuki’s manager Gary Hart had never been one to make anti-American statements in the manner General Akbar. The two wild men of the ring traded heavy blows and predictably were both disqualified. The idea was to set up more matches between the two. However a sudden defection changed booking plans, as we’ll discuss in further detail next month.  More...

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