St. Petersburg Independent – April 21, 1980
By Gene Taylor
Almost no one in the crowd of about 7,000 fans at the Bayfront Arena Saturday night was disappointed when Dusty Rhodes’ arm was raised in victory over Harley Race for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight championship.
Some of his fans have found it hard to forgive Dusty for losing the heavyweight title to Race, only a week after winning it from him less than a year ago in the same arena.
Maybe now they feel better. Continue reading
Posted in 1980
Tagged Bad Leroy Brown, Barry Windham, Bryan St. John, Bubba Douglas, Bugsy McGraw, Don Muraco, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie Ladd, Fabulous Moolah, Gordon Nelson, Harley Race, Hector Guerrero, Jack Brisco, Jeff Portz, Jerry Brisco, Jim Garvin, Manny Fernandez, Mr. Florida, Mr. Saito, Nikolai Volkoff, Reggie Parks, Stan Lane, Steve Keirn, Super Destroyer, The Twin Devils, Wenona Little Heart
St. Petersburg Independent – August 4, 1980
By Gene Taylor
TAMPA – With apologies to A. Lincoln: The world will little note, nor remember, the Last Tangle in Tampa Sunday night at Tampa Stadium. But for 17,834 screaming fans, the thrill of seeing Dusty Rhodes almost winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Harley Race is not something they will soon forget. Continue reading
Posted in 1980
Tagged Andre the Giant, Bugsy McGraw, Dick Murdoch, Don Muraco, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie Ladd, Harley Race, Ivan Koloff, Les Thornton, Mike Graham, Nikolai Volkoff, Super Destroyer
St. Petersburg Independent – June 6, 1979
By Gene Taylor, Wrestling Correspondent
TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes proved last night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory that two wrongs don’t make a right. The two wrongs were done by him – on two referees. And it cost him and his tag teammates their match. Continue reading
Orlando Sentinel – July 29, 1988
By Alan Schmadtke
MOUNT DORA — Gene Bebber can remember watching television as a child and changing channels to watch professional wrestling. It was something his friends did as well, he said, something about which they could see drama unfold with each fireman’s carry. Continue reading
St. Petersburg Independent – May 2, 1979
TAMPA – For a moment Tuesday night at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Jim Garvin saw his Florida Heavyweight title slip into the clutches of Bugsy McGraw while the referee was looking the other way. Continue reading
Posted in 1979
Tagged Blond Bombers, Bubba Douglas, Buddy Rogers, Bugsy McGraw, Cyclone Negro, Don Muraco, Don Serrano, Dusty Rhodes, Frenchy Bernard, Herb Calvert, Jerry Brisco, Jim Garvin, Karl Kox, Killer Kahn, Ox Baker, Pak Song, Ray Candy, Sonny King, Steve Keirn
The Milwaukee Journal – February 22, 1987
Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated Adrian Adonis on a disqualification in the World Wrestling Federation main event before a crowd of 5,710 at the Milwaukee Auditorium Saturday night. Continue reading
Posted in 1987
Tagged Adrian Adonis, Assassin, Bob Orton Jr., Don Muraco, Harley Race, Junkyard Dog, Mike Sharpe, Moon Dog Spot, Paul Roma, Pedro Morales, Rick Martel, Roddy Piper, Scott McGhee, Siva Afi, Terry Gibbs, Tom Zenk
Milwaukee Sentinel – February 14, 1972
Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens won two of three falls from Red Bastien and Reggie (Crusher) Lisowski to take the main event of the wrestling card before a sellout crowd of 6,112 at the Arena Saturday night. Continue reading
Posted in 1972
Tagged Billy Howard, Bull Bullinski, Crusher Lisowski, Don Muraco, Dusty Rhodes, Harry Henning, Ivan Koloff, Jack Pesek, Nick Bockwinkel, Ray Stevens, Red Bastien, Ricky Ferrora
The Miami News – November 7, 1974
Bob Armstrong retained his North American heavyweight wrestling championship last night, winning by disqualification over Dory Funk Jr., before 3,677 fans at Miami Beach Auditorium.
Posted in 1974
Tagged Beautiful Bruce, Bill Watts, Bob Armstrong, Bob Backlund, Bobby Duncum, Danny Hodge, Dick Slater, Don Muraco, Dory Funk Jr., Dusty Rhodes, Frank Hester, Frank Monte, Gene Lewis, Greg Valentine, Jerry Brisco, Mongolian Stomper, Terry Funk, Tony Parisi
Milwaukee Sentinel – February 8, 1972
A chance to regain the American Wrestling association’s tag team title will be offered The Crusher and Red Bastien Saturday night at the Auditorium.
The pair that took it away on Jan. 20 in Denver, Colo., Nick Bockwinkel and Ray Stevens, will afford the opposition in a two out of three falls match, with a one hour time limit. This attraction headlines five bout program, which starts at 8 o’clock.
In the semi-windup, Ivan Koloff, the 275 pound Russian, takes on Don Muraco, one fall, 45 minutes time limit. The other bouts will be announced later by matchmaker Dennis Hilgart.