Tag Archives: Harley Race

Dusty Doesn’t Disappoint This Time

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

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A Forgettable Night In Tampa

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

J. J. Dillon Comes In For A Crash-Landing

St. Petersburg Independent – September 28, 1983
By Gene Taylor

TAMPA – Blackjack Mulligan and Barry Windham went against Harley Race and Cowboy Ron Bass in the final match of the evening at Fort Hesterly Armory Tuesday night.  That was the scheduled lineup, but when Mike Rotondo was brought into the ring and introduced as the new Southern Heavyweight champion, he and James J. Dillon got into such a heated argument, the referee decided to put them in the match, too. Continue reading

Piper Defeats Adonis On A Disqualfication

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

Pro Mat Card At Auditorium

Milwaukee Sentinel – April 14, 1966

Big time wrestling will return to Milwaukee after a three year absence Apr. 23, with five bouts scheduled at the Auditorium starting at 9 p.m.

A double main event will highlight the card. Continue reading

Mat Show Completed

Milwaukee Sentinel – May 1, 1968

Saturday night’s professional wrestling show at the Auditorium, which is topped by a tag team match, was completed Tuesday with the signing of two more bouts.

Dale Lewis

Dale Lewis

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Wrestling Bill Is Completed

The Milwaukee Journal – December 27, 1967

Two more acts, added Tuesday, complete the professional wrestling card to be staged Saturday night at the Auditorium.  Reg Parks and Doug Gilbert will meet Black Bart and Barron Von Roschke in a tag match and Eddie Sharkey will pair off with Johnny Kace in the curtain raiser.  In other exhibitions, Harley Race will meet Igor Vodik in what is billed as the main event and Hard Boiled Haggerty will appear with Rene Goulet in the semifinal.

Whatever Happened To… “Handsome” Harley Race

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – June 24, 2001
By Joe Holleman

ELDON, Mo. – He won the National Wrestling Alliance world championship eight times and became a favorite at the Chase and Kiel after starting in the ring at age 15 because he’d punched his high school principal. Continue reading

Rhodes Meets Super Destroyer Tonight

The Ledger – February 12, 1980

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes and Andre the Giant meet Harley Race and Bugsy McGraw tonight at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in the Annual Gasparilla Spectacular. Continue reading

Wrestle Royals

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – October 4, 1997

That Which We Call A Rose …

Here’s a real bunch of sweethearts, the guys who will be slammin’ it out at Badd Blood, this Sunday at the Kiel Center. Continue reading