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 - Ruby Davison and Diane Whalen

World Class Championship Wrestling was yet another division of the NWA but  in 1986 they broke off from the NWA to become World Class Wrestling Association.  Cal Farley was the original promoter of the NWA, but eventually it was passed down through many people such as Dory Funk Sr. and Jr., Terry Funk, Dick Murdoch and Bob Windham.  Finally, in 1986, Jack Adkisson a.k.a. Fritz Von Erich took over as the promoter and changed the name to the World Class Wrestling Association though it continued to be referred to as WCCW.  Fritz Von Erich would turn this association into a household name.

It seems impossible to think of World Class Championship Wrestling without thinking of the Von Erichs. Fritz Von Erich along with his sons Kerry, Kevin, David, Chris and Mike would captivate the audiences and pack the house.

Many wrestlers started their careers in World Class. Some of the stars of the late 80ís and the 90ís got their start there. Future AWA and WWF champion Shawn Michaels made his debut in the area as well as The Dingo (Ultimate) Warrior, Rick Rude,  Paul Bearer (better know in the region as Percy Pringle), and even The Undertaker.  Other famous wrestlers also showed up in WCCW such as Andre the Giant, Mil Mascaras, and the Big Cat Ernie Ladd.

The World Class roster had so many stars that it became one of the more popular associations in the 80ís:  The Freebirds: Michael Hayes, Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy, the late Gino Hernandez, Gentlemen Chris Adams, Rick Rude, the late Bruiser Brody, Kamala, Abdullah the Butcher, The Missing Link, Hercules Hernandez, Steve and Shaun Simpson, Scott Casey, John Tatum, Jack Victory, Brian Adias, Steve Cox, Austin Idol, The Great Kabuki, Iceman King Parsons, Brickhouse Brown, Killer Tim Brooks, The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton), and the Midnight Express.

Some of the more colorful managers and valets that were part of the World Class roster were Gary Hart, known for his running feud with the Von Erichs, General Skandor Akbar and the more unusual members of his stable, and Jim Cornette.  Jim was famous for carrying his tennis racket around and interfering in the matches. Sunshine was one of the most popular managers.  She first got her start as the valet of Jimmy Garvin. Other valets would show up such as Precious who would replace Sunshine and also Missy Hyatt, who with John Tatum personified the whining, spoiled rotten brat.   More...

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