Category Archives: 1984

Robert M. Russell, 77, wrestled As Masked Marvel, Boris Fabian

The Boston Globe – June 14, 1984

Robert M. Russell Sr. of Revere, who wrestled for 30 years in Boston, throughout New England and in several foreign countries, died of pneumonia yesterday in the Sea View Nursing Home in Rowley after a short illness.  He was 77.

He began his professional wrestling career after the 1932 Olympics and continued to wrestle in the early 1960s. Continue reading

Ol’ Yellow Dog Rounds Up Ron Bass With The Help Of Cowpoke Dusty Rhodes

St. Petersburg Independent – January 11, 1984
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – With the help of Dusty Rhodes, the Yellow Dog saddled up Ron Bass and rode him to the second fall in a Lights Out Texas Death Match at the Sun Dome last night.  Black Bart arrived to save Bass from further indignity. Continue reading

3,500 Attend Von Erich Funeral

Associated Press – February 15, 1984

DENTON, Tex. – Many of the luminaries of the professional wrestling world paid their final respects to David Von Erich, 25, a ring comrade who died of a stomach ailment last week while on a wrestling tour of Japan. Continue reading

Thousands Expected To Attend Funeral

Dallas Morning News – February 15, 1984
By Stephen G. Bloom

The City of Denton was preparing Tuesday for 3,000 to 7,000 mourners expected to attend the Wednesday funeral of David Von Erich, the 25-year-old professional wrestler found dead in a Tokyo hotel room Friday. Continue reading

Acute Enteritis Blamed For Von Erich’s Death

Dallas Morning News – February 12, 1984
By Debra Martine

David von Erich, the 25-year-old wrestling star from a locally prominent wrestling family, died Friday of acute enteritis, an inflamation of the intestine, medical officials in Tokyo said Saturday. Continue reading

Wrestlers Stir Q-C Mob Into Lather

Quad-City Times – December 12, 1984
By Craig Cooper

Give us your tired, your wretched, your poor, your weak-minded, your infirm, your zombies yearning to see blood spilled. Charge them $6, $8 and $10 per seat, and you’ve got a pro wrestling crowd. Continue reading

It Was No Snap For Billy Jack, But He Did Dim Nagasaki’s Lights

St. Petersburg Independent – March 21, 1984
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – Billy Jack was as good as his word.  He had announced publicly he was going to do a number on Kendo Nagasaki in their Lights Out Steel Cage match at the Sun Dome last night.  He succeeded, but it wasn’t easy.

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Wrestling Event Slated At CFCC

Ocala Star-Banner – April 11, 1984

Championship Wrestling from Florida will return to the Central Florida Community College gymnasium at 8 p.m. Saturday. Continue reading

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The Palm Beach Post – February 14, 1984

Professional

At WPB Auditorium Yesterday’s Results

1. Kendo Nagasaki pinned Dennis Brown, 4:56, 2. Mike Davis won by disqualification over One Man Gang, 3:28, 3. Les Thornton pinned Hector Guerrero, 12:38, 4. Six-man tag team match, Chief Jo Light Foot, Billy Jack, Barry Windham won by pinfall over Cowboy Ron Bass, Black Bart and Hacksaw Duggan, 5. Dusty Rhodes pinned Kharma, 4:50, 6. World Heavyweight title match, Rich Flair and Mike Rotundo fought to a 60-minute draw.

Rhodes, Street Win Main Event

The Ledger – April 22, 1984

LAKELAND – Dusty Rhodes and the Exotic Adrian Street teamed together to down Kevin Sullivan and Mad Dog “Buzz” Sawyer in the main event of the Championship Wrestling held here at the Civic Center. Continue reading