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June - August 1982

 - Max Levy

As we pick up with World Class Championship Wrestling during the latter part of 1982, the promotion was staying on pretty much the same course as in the rest of the year. The talent pool remained largely unchanged and even the feuds stayed more or less the same. Kerry Von Erich continued to pursue Ric Flair’s NWA World Title and take out all comers along the way. Kevin Von Erich and King Kong Bundy continued to battle over the American Title. New chapters were written in Bugsy McGraw’s feud with Gary Hart’s and Arman Hussein’s H and H Limited. Perhaps things had gotten a bit stale. Tapes of TV from the era show that crowds at The Sportatorium were healthy, but the venerable building was far from sold out. Change was coming in due course so the fall and early winter of 1982 served as a winding down period before the promotion would transform itself into a juggernaut at the turn of the year.  

The Championship Scene 

Belts had a way of coming and going in World Class so here’s a quick overview of the title situation. The All-Asian Tag Team Title, recently won by Kevin and David Von Erich, vanished and the American Tag Team Title returned to prominence. Both the American and Texas Titles remained strong and the TV Title continued to be defended in Fort Worth, but the Brass Knuckles Title was rarely if ever mentioned anymore. Ric Flair’s NWA World Title continued to be a matter of great concern. The famous World Class Six Man Tag Team Title was inaugurated. The Great Kabuki was announced as having won the All-Asian Heavyweight Title on a tour of Japan. In fact World Class specifically invented this championship much as it had with its version of the All-Asian Tag Team Title. 

Comings and Goings 

As always, wrestlers came and went from World Class Championship Wrestling. The Superfly flew out of the territory. Gary Hart continued to be active in World Class, but was occasionally and increasingly absent. Arman Hussein, always more of the junior partner of H and H, began to take a more forward role. Bugsy McGraw continued to be a thorn in the side of H and H, facing Bundy, Irwin, and the rest of the H and H contingent in singles bouts and in tag matches teaming with Ken Mantell, Brian Adias, and others.  More...

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