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June - August 1982

 - Max Levy

World Class Championship Wrestling headed out of the Fritz Von Erich Retirement Spectacular with momentum in hand. The next big super card would be on August 15, 1982. World Class would have two full months to build to the big show and had already planted the seeds for several intense matches and feuds. Let’s look at these summer months to get a hold of the feuds, stars and everything else that was happening in the promotion as World Class Championship Wrestling raced towards its Summer Wrestling Star Wars. 

A Look at the Championship Scene  

The manner in which different promotions treated titles was very different. In the WWWF and AWA titles were few and tended to stay with the champions for extended periods of time. On the other hand many Southern promotions had multiple titles that were often pushed or buried in a similar manner to wrestlers. World Class definitely fell into the latter category. During the summer of 1982, World Class Championship Wrestling recognized the American Heavyweight Title, the Texas Heavyweight Title, the Texas Brass Knuckles Title, the American Tag Team Title, the All-Asian Tag Team Title, and the World Tag Team Title.  Here is a quick look at those titles and their holders and aspirants and the feuds surrounding the titles. 

With Fritz Von Erich winning the American Title at the Texas Stadium show and then retiring, a new champ was needed. In lieu of holding a tournament, the promotion awarded the title to King Kong Bundy on the basis that he was the most recent former champ and therefore the number one contender. This decision seems a bit fishy, then and in retrospect. Certainly the promotion could have taken the talent on hand along with a couple of out of town stars and held one heck of a tournament. Nevertheless that was decision and Bundy was the champ. Kevin Von Erich immediately emerged as Bundy’s primary challenger. On paper it seems like a mismatch due to the tremendous size difference. World Class turned that negative into a positive by emphasizing the contrast between Bundy’s hugeness and strength and Kevin’s speed and aerial ability. Kevin did not claim the title during the summer, but a win in a non-title, hair vs. hair match in Fort Worth saw Bundy lose his mane and get the chrome dome look that would become his trademark. Speaking of trademarks, during this feud Kevin stopped wearing wrestling boots and turned to competing barefoot. Kevin would not wear boots again during the remainder of his career and his bare feet would help make him one of pro wrestling’s most unique and recognizable performers.  More...

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