Tag Archives: Jack Brisco

Brisco Meets Mr. Wrestler

The Miami News – October 6, 1971

The Florida heavyweight wrestling championship is at stake when Mr. Wrestling meets Jack Brisco in the 9:30 main event tonight at the Miami Beach Auditorium.  The sub-feature pits ladies Sherry Lee and June Peterson against Bonnie Watson and Sarah Corsica. Continue reading

Wrestling On Tap

Ocala Star-Banner – May 17, 1972

Florida heavyweight wrestling champion, Jack Brisco, meets Bearcat Wright in the main event of the mat card at the City Auditorium Saturday night.

Brisco is outweighed 231 to 272 pounds by the huge Wright, one of the few nationally-ranked black wrestlers in the pro ranks. Continue reading

Rhodes Seeks Title Belt Tonight

The Ledger – December 4, 1979

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes meets champion Bad Le Roy Brown for the Southern Heavyweight Championship here tonight in wrestling action at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Continue reading

Rhodes, Destroyer Do Battle Tonight

The Ledger – January 29, 1980

TAMPA – Dusty Rhodes meets the Super Destroyer in professional wrestling tonight at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory.  The card begins at 8 p.m. 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

Brisco Feature Winner

St. Petersburg Times – February 12, 1970

TAMPA – Jack Brisco defeated Mr. Saito Tuesday night in front of 6,000 spectators at Fort Hesterly Armory in the feature event of the Gasparilla wrestling card. 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

Jack Brisco Loses But Still Wins

The Miami News – May 7, 1975

Professional wrestling’s world heavyweight champion lost a match but kept his title last night at Miami Beach Convention Center.  Dory Funk Jr. won by disqualification over Jack Brisco, but a title cannot change hands on a disqualification.

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Tuesday’s Matches

St. Petersburg Times – April 22, 1975

Jack Brisco and Dick Slater vs. Bob Roop and the Mongolian Stomper, Harley Race vs. Dick Murdock, Bob Armstrong vs. Roger Kirby, El Gaucho and Mr. Hayashi vs. Tiger Conway Jr and Mike Graham, Danny Little Bear vs. Doug Somers, Rick Martell vs. Greg Peterson, Bob Backlund vs. Cliff Markoff.

Brisco Wins World Title

The Houston Post – July 21, 1973

Oklahoma’s Jack Brisco became the first man to win the world’s heavyweight wrestling title in a Houston ring since 1942 when he scored a sensational three fall victory over Harley Race in Sam Houston Coliseum Friday night.

The last time the title changed hands here Bobby Managoff beat Canada’s Yvon Robert in November of 1942.  Before that, Bronko Nagurski defeated Louis Thesz here June, 1939.

Race had won the title from Dory Funk, Jr., in Kansas City on May 24, ending Funk’s four-year reign.  Before Friday’s match, Race was given a new $10,000 gold belt by National Wrestling Alliance president Sam Muchnick, but Brisco’s win took the belt from Race before he had a chance to wear it.

Brisco was born in Oklahoma and went to high school in Blackwell, Oklahoma.  He was all-state fullback, but also top wrestler in the state and when he went to OklahomaState, he passed up football to become National Intercollegiate champion, with an undefeated record.

Brisco led during the majority of the first fall.  But the wily Race survived to slam Brisco to the mat and take the opening fall in just over 12 minutes.

Brisco threw everything he had into evening the score.  He caught Race in his leg breaker, forcing the man who held the belt to submit.

When they came out for the final fall, Brisco set the pace.  When Race threw Brisco into the ropes, expecting to toss him into the air for a back drop, they hit, with Brisco coming high.  The move knocked Race down with Brisco on top and the fall was scored to the new National Wrestling Alliance champion.