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Dedicated to Gordon Solie
January 29, 1929 - July 27, 2000

The Cat Regains the WCW Commissionership

Stylin' and Profilin':
The Legend of Ric Flair

Part 46 by Ervin Griffin

All Pro Wrestling News

by Jermz

Crossface Connection

Opinion by John Cross

The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

Cauliflower Alley Club
Annual Meeting Report

by Mike Lano

DONOVAN MORGAN RECEIVES
"FUTURE LEGEND" AWARD AT CAULIFLOWER ALLEY


Volume 6, Issue 620 - February 19, 2001

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Tonight's edition continues Ervin Griffin's epic article chronicling the life and times of the "Nature Boy", Ric Flair. The first installment of this article was published in Issue #291 of the newsletter, way back on March 16, 1998. The latest installment, #45, was published in the last issue. Because of that long span of time, I have set up an index page located at http://members.aol.com/solie/stylin.html, which has links to all 44 previous chapters. This way, if you want to catch up with the previous chapters, you can.

Tonight's issue also contains our weekly Crossface Connection editorial from Solie's regular, John Cross, some APW News from Jermz, two reports on the annual Cauliflower Alley Club convention, and as always, my own topical rant. I will not be covering the Monday Night shows this week since I will be traveling to Tampa on business on Monday. Speaking of Florida - here is a little news out of the sunshine state.


Steve Keirnís School of Hard Knocks Pro Wrestling Spring Mini-Camp

TAMPA ó Its no secret that wrestling veteran Steve Keirn runs one of the best wrestling schools in the country called "The School of Hard Knocks." And luckily for fans around the world, the school is located in the heart of Florida. In response to the many inquiries from fans around the country who have asked about wrestling schools in the Sunshine State, NWA Florida is proud to announce that from May 25th to May 30th, "Steve Keirn's School of Hard Knocks" in conjunction with NWA Florida and Upscale of Tampa will present its very first "Pro Wrestling Spring Mini Camp."

For only $949, current workers and future wrestlers can spend 6 Days and 5 Nights in beautiful Tampa Bay, the home of many WWF and WCW superstars, learning exactly what it takes to make it in pro wrestling. While the price includes hotel accommodations, two meals a day, and local transportation in Tampa between Tampa International Airport, the hotel and the training facility, it also includes the most complete program to prepare potential superstars for a career in pro wrestling.

Not only will students be taught the basic moves in the ring by the masters themselves, but Steve and his "superstar guest instructors" will show them through both classroom seminars and hands-on instruction, chain wrestling, ring psychology, how to tell a story through ring work, calling a match through body language, identifying common errors, advanced techniques, high spots, locker room etiquette and developing a comfortable persona that is an extension of themselves.

In addition, Steve will work one-on-one with each and every student on how to cut an effective in-ring and/or television promo, concentrating and critiquing style, technique and delivery. As a veteran of more than 1,000 hours of television, both as a producer and a booker, Steve will show students why there's more to doing a promo than just yelling at the camera. He will personally assist them in developing a comfortable presentation by avoiding many of the clinches and pitfalls that prevent independent workers from making it to the next level.

Every student who attends the Spring Mini Camp will not only receive a "Certificate of Completion," but they'll also get a video of their mini camp matches absolutely FREE. You won't find any hidden costs in this program. And, if that's not enough, the top four students from the mini camp, will be selected by Steve and NWA President Howard Brody to wrestle in a match on the May 29th NWA Florida card at the historical Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. By the way, all participants must be at least 18 years of age. Since there are only 30 spots available for this unique opportunity, deposits are now being accepted. Those interested in attending "Steve Keirnís School of Hard Knocks Pro Wrestling Spring Mini Camp," should book their spot today. If planning to attend, they should send their non-refundable deposit of $100 via check or money order made payable to "Upscale of Tampa" and mail it to:

Payment balance will be due upon arrival in Tampa just prior to the mini camp orientation.

If you have any questions, comments or inquiries, feel free to e-mail NWA President Howard Brody at nwa-florida@nwa-wrestling.com


All Pro Wrestling News

by Jermz MARDI GRAS MAYHEM RESULTS

APW's "Mardi Gras" Mayhem is history! A great crowd of Vallejo fans packed The Pacific Sports Arena on Mare Island for a fantastic night of wrestling action. Lots of surprises & some pretty good wrestling too...here are the results:

Terri Nicole Ash started off the show, coming to the ring and doing an interview. She let the fans know that she has her eyes on two new wrestlers, but wouldn't say who they were. She talked about Jason Deadrich & Dalip Singh not being able to cut it, so it looks like Style & Substance may be history.

"Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande won a 16-Man Battle Royal by eliminating "Brown Bomber" Robert Thompson ( * * * 1/2 ) - This was a very good Battle Royal, Boyce & Bomber were the final two and they decided that the fans came to see a winner. The battled it out for a few minutes, and then Boyce surprised Bomber by tossing him over the top rope and getting the win. After the match, Boyce made his long awaited announcement. He stated that The Westside Playaz were going to call it quits as a tag team, as he wants to now go on and wrestle singles matches. Boyce wants to get ready for the King Of The Indies 2001 coming to Vallejo in October, and he doesn't want anything clouding his mind. Thompson agreed that he couldn't stop Boyce from making a decision, and they wished each other the best of luck.

The Ballard Brothers (with Cheerleader Melissa) over Boom Boom Comini & Super Destroyer 2000 (with Buddy Cotello) with a Double Downward Spiral ( * * 1/2) - Both teams looked good here, and the fans were really into the match. They love Melissa in Vallejo, and The Ballards came out on top with a big victory over a team much stronger than them, in SD2K & BBC.

The UPW Invasion - The UPW boys backed their van in through a huge garage door and made their way to the ring. Big Schwag, Rick Bassman, Looney Lane, Samoa Joe, Billy D, Frankie Kazarian & The Prototype all came out and made a challenge to Roland and APW. Roland put up the team of Seymour Snott, Peter Snott & Sean Patrick O'Doul to face the UPW boys later in the night. When the UPW van pulled up through the garage door, it had the feeling of Kevin Nash & Scott Hall walking through a WCW crowd all over again.

"Fly Daddy" Jardi Frantz over Kid Chrome with a Phoenix Press ( * * * ) - I liked this match a lot, and i think both guys wrestled their hearts out. Lots of good mat wrestling, as well as death defying high-flying. Jardi hit an awesome Phoenix Press for the win.

Frankie "The Future" Kazarian, "Smooth" Billy D & The Prototype (with Rick Bassman, Loony Lane & Samoa Joe) over Seymour Snott, "Big" Peter Snott & "Fighting Irish" Sean Patrick O'Doul when Prototype hit S. Snott with a Twisting Side Slam ( * * * ) - A pretty good tag team match. The UPW guys have a ton of charisma, and really fed off this great Vallejo crowd. I don't think the crowd down there when Roland and the boys invaded were half as hot as this one was. All three guys look great...good wrestlers...great bodies. I love this angle though, and Big Schwag's fur coat makes it even better :) Team UPW wanted a better challenge, so Roland put together another team, this time it consisted of Vincenzo Massaro, Donovan Morgan, Michael Modest & Christopher Daniels...however, Daniels had a surprise for Roland, and let us all know where his loyalty really stands. He turned against APW, and joined Team UPW right there in front of everyone! So Roland had to name a replacement, and brought out Robert Thompson. This set up a future match between Team APW & Team UPW.

APW Worldwide Internet Championship -"Innovator" Vincenzo Massaro (with Buddy Cotello) over "Kamikaze Kid" Myaki Frantz with a Twisting Powerbomb to retain the Internet Title ( * * * * ) - This was my favorite match of the night. These two worked a great match with each other and it really makes me glad to see Myaki back in the ring. Lots of sick and innovative moves throughout the match, leading up to the perfect ending...yet another new move made by Vinny...a Torture Rack spun into a Powerbomb...simply sick!

APW Universal Tag Team Championship* - THE WESTSIDE PLAYAZ 2000 - "Brown Bomber" Robert Thompson & "Bad Boy" Boyce LeGrande (with ICEBOX) over WRESTLING INC. - "Shooter" Tony Jones & "Natural One" Michael Modest when LeGrande hit Jones with a Swanton Bomb to retain the Tag Team Titles ( * * * 1/2)

Good tag team match between two of the best we have ever seen. Boyce took quite a beating for most of the match, but the hot tag to Thompson turned it into a free-for-all and allowed Boyce to hit the Swanton for the victory. WSP2K is 20-0! I can't be 100% sure, but i believe they will be teaming together one final time before officially breaking up. After the match, in a very emotional moment, Modest told Bomber that this may be the final time he will get to kick his ass, and after 6 years of beating each other all up and down California, we may have seen the end to the legendary Bomber/Modest feud. Modest let Bomber know they will always be brothers, and the two hugged in the middle of the ring. Great job by everyone in this match!!

APW Universal Heavyweight Championship* - "Future Legend" Donovan Morgan over "Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels by DQ when Team UPW interfered to retain the Universal Title ( * * * ) - What was leading up to being a great match, was interrupted by Team UPW as they came in to save Daniels. The ref called for the bell and the match was awarded to Donovan by DQ. Team APW came to the ring to make the save and there was a big standoff. The APW guys ended up chasing the UPW guys away, and the show ended with Team UPW standing on the entrance way while Team APW stood in the ring calling them out.

An overall great show, one of the best I have seen in a long time. Vinny/Myaki was great, and so were the tag title match and the main event. Next show is a month from now...March 17th in Pacifica!


APW/UPW WAR CONTINUES THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT

If you are going down to Southern California this week, you won't want to miss the next episode of the APW/UPW war! California Collision continues this Wednesday night at The Galaxy Theater. First it was Donovan Morgan, Michael Modest, Tony Jones & Roland Alexander who invaded UPW. Then they answered this past weekend when 7 wrestlers from UPW came and invaded APW. Now the stage has been set for a 6-Man Tag Team match this Wednesday night. It will be Modest, Morgan & Jones taking on the team of Tom Howard, Mikey Henderson & Christopher Daniels. The stipulation here...if Team UPW wins, the SoCal title comes back to Bassman and UPW...and he gets 2 minutes in the ring with Roland Alexander. But if Team APW wins...they will get full and complete bragging rights to being the best promotion in all of California! For more information check www.upw.com.


More On UPW vs. APW...Alexander Responds To Bassman...

The following is a statement made by APW President Roland Alexander about UPW's Rick Bassman:


APW 2001 SCHEDULE

Here is APW's official schedule for the 2001 "King Of The Indies" Tour. These are the shows that have been announced already. Keep checking this newsletter on a weekly basis to keep up to date with any new dates/venues or changes in the schedule...


CAC 2001 Vegas-35th annual CAC awards banquet/reunion

by CAC's photographer Michael Lano

Since Lou Thesz left as president last year; he did not attend this year. Instead, the big highlights were Inoki and Piper's returns- both were SWAMPED not just with fans but lower tier wrestlers of today.

Will get you a full lineup but since I started the cause in '94 to raise money for Johnny Valentine, escalated last spring when he fell and has been hospitalized ever since- Piper promised on stage to donate 5% of all his future earnings to JV: wrestling, autograph shows, movies, tv and he challenged Rock, Austin, Goldberg and others to do the same - got a standing ovation as the J Valentine theme ran the whole awards dinner night Saturday, Friday night the more relaxed meet and drink. It was a very touching moment when Piper recalled talking with JV in the Houston locker room circa 1975 and went and bowed to Mrs. (Sharon) Valentine and kissed her on the head. Sharon gave a moving story of how her prayers to God and Johnny's strong will keep defeating the doctors every time they say he's ready to die- and he fights on and survives. Friday and Saturday, collection cups were passed around to collect cash to give Sharon and over $3700 was raised in cash alone. Piper began having all the big names autograph shirts for auction bids to raise further cash- so I was pleased my efforts were recognized and carried on by bigger names.

Piper cried when I dragged over our fellow Lebell territory original 1976-78 L.A. cohorts Gene Lebell, Chavo and Mando Guerrero, Johnny (Java Ruuk who piper managed) Rodz and finally the guy who finessed his gimmick in L.A.- booker Leo Garibaldi. Roddy was only going to stop over in L.A. before begin working full-time for Shire's SF. Leo convinced him to do the full kilt, etc. gig and turn heel since Roddy debuted in Lebell's battle royal in his stopover match as a bleached blond babyface vs Tony Rocco. Piper had legit bodyguards (including nearly adopted son, wrestler Bart Sawyer) and had a professional film crew filming his every move and interaction with fellow stars.

Stu Hart won the club's very top award- the Iron Mike Mazurki award and BRUCE, Ross, Keith and yes Diana were with him on stage for the final emotional main event award.

Other award recipients were Johnny V (only wife Sharon showed up- not Greg as rumored), Kay Noble, Rita Cortez, Royal Kanga Norman Frederick Charles 3, Reggie Mr. Belts Parks who was finally presented with a surprise belt commemorating all the hard work he's done for decades, Marie LaVerne who also accepted on behalf of her equal legend- her mom Ann!, George Scott who talked about working and booking, , Pampero Firpo, a very moving tribute to Mr. W 2 (Johnny Walker) and a plaque for his late wife who made the robes and jackets for Heenan, Flair, Steamboat, Piper, etc. and not a dry eye in the house for this tribute to the former Rubberman and later to Lord Alfred Hayes who Heenan and Piper paid moving tribute for; Cowboy Bill Watts, Rev. Jack Laskin who's fighting cancer, Montreal legend Billy Two Rivers (who came in full legit Sioux regalia as did the South African family who had the Global Oly Olajuan deal on the table with Joe Pedicino a decade ago - so a very colorful evening with even folks from Australia and China in native outfits), and no-show and Mimi's former ex: Frank Stallone who's grandmother just passed away. Bobby Heenan was total class as he said he was going to start an annual ref's award and had a plaque he paid for made for Joey Morella and talked about our loss of Joey and some road stories, and also citing his very best friend in announcing- Gino. It was touching and very classy of Bobby. Everyone was blown away as Bobby "shot." Super moment. Robbie Ellis; boxers: Richie Sandoval, Paul Bake, Jose Flores and Boza Edwards.

Historians (besides ol' dr mike) were Diane Devine, Tom Burke, Mick Karch, Harry White, Mike Rodgers, George Shire Jr, Dean Silverstone (who was a tremendous promoter and helps Karl Lauer run the club), J Michael Kenyon who did a great job of opening Saturday's awards by giving most everyone in the room a plug, Ray Whebbe and others.

Crazy Luke Graham and his equally wild wrestling doppleganger son Luke Jr, Tom Drake who went from wrestler to congressman, Beautiful Bruce Swayze, Don Wilson (basically all the surviving original WFIA real board members were there: besides former prez Don, me, Diane, Tom B, George Napolitano), Danny Hodge who Watts emotionally credited, Tom Andrews, Donny Lewin, Fritz Von Goering, Billy Darnell, Piper's agent Mitch Ackerman, Penny Banner, Dick Beyer, food chair Nick Bockwinkel, mc's Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay who did a great job, Valerie Boesch, Leo G, Walter and Stan Kowalski, Gene Lebell who present the NHB/martial arts award to his dojo copartner Gokor with Mimi Lesseos - Mimi is completing her A&E bio on judo gene, Ida Mae Martinez, Ella Waldek, Jeff Walton and all my surviving coworkers from the 66-82 Lebell L.A. territory, Inoki of course who was given another award and talked about his NHB group Pride training boys in So Cal, and Jesse Ventura's former Portland and Hawaii partner Steve STrong who unveiled his latest painting- a magnificently detailed oil of Jesse as a knight on a white horse (photos to come) which Jesse has already agreed to place in his Gov's mansion. And Vegas promoter Buff Jim brought former WWF star Viscera. WWF's Sgt. Slaughter wheeled in Lord Alfred (wheelchair bound as is Stu) Hayes which was moving since Al once managed and took care of Robert Remus - Sarge when Sarge first began in KC and later in the AWA as Super Destroyer Mark II. Also there WCW's ref Mickey Jay and a totally white haired Sheik Adnon.

The theme this year was a showing of all the art many of our greats have gone on to do- and a magnificent showing of Ted Lewin's work, George Gordienko, Steve Strong who is just tremendous, and others. Next year the theme is having a display of all the books ever on the biz...!

There's a big June function at the Newton, IA amateur museum honoring Jack Brisco and Tim Woods that should really draw well! Also... Buddy Rose who gave a big hug to Inoki, and Bart Sawyer who I may not have mentioned came in with Piper and his bodyguards and filmmakers. And the major heat between former AWA legend Stan Big K Kowalski and Sheik Adnon. Some promoting rift...Also Steve Yohe and Harry White there too.


DONOVAN MORGAN RECEIVES "FUTURE LEGEND" AWARD AT CAULIFLOWER ALLEY

...an honor given to WWF champ Kurt Angle last year

by Roland Alexander

Congratulations are in order to Donovan Morgan. Donovan was awarded the "Future Legend 2001" by Cauliflower Alley at their annual awards banquet held at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday evening.

What makes this award even more rewarding is the fact that is is only the second year they have had this award. Cauliflower Alley implemented this award last year for the first time when they awarded WWF's Kurt Angle with the honor.

Donovan has come a long way in the 5 years he has been a part of All Pro Wrestling. Donovan got an early start in his career when he had his first pro match after only 5 months of training. The early start was a sign of how talented Donovan would be. We continued to use the APW system of duplicating key people in our company when training Donovan Morgan. Just like we duplicated Rick Thompson and myself with Michael Modest, Modest took Donovan under his wing and duplicated himself with Donovan. In the summer of 97, Donovan picked up some very valuable experience by traveling on the road with Michael Modest and doing many California indy shows. Last year, is when things really began to happen for Donovan Morgan. After being named Head Camp Instructor at the #1 training school in the country, the APW BOOT CAMP, Donovan went on to enjoy a very good year. Donovan has gotten bookings all over the U.S. and Canada and became one of the most traveled indy wrestlers in the industry. Morgan has also had some classic 20 minute "wrestling clinic" matches with the likes of Barry Horowitz and Christopher Daniels. This all took place after his classic match in San Leandro with Michael Modest in front of WCW scout, Jim Barnett. Donovan went on to reach the finals of the first annual APW King of Indies tournament this past December and must have made quite an impression on Cauliflower Alley Club president, Red Bastein when he attended an APW show in October.

Everyone in Cauliflower Alley seems to respect the old school technical wrestling approach and the fact that Donovan is one of the few wrestlers in the game today that actually still wrestles. Donovan was also taught how important the legends were to pro wrestling and to his career and he has never lost that knowledge. Donovan first became a member of Cauliflower Alley last year and attended his first banquet and in two years has earned the respect by being humble and absorbing the knowledge like a sponge from great wrestling legends such as Danny Hodge, Lou Thesz, Red Bastein, Nick Bockwinkle, Paul Diamond, Mike Tenay, Bobby Heenan and Dick Beyer, just to name a few.

Entertainment might be what the industry is about today with characters, promos and the likes but when it all comes down to it, the name of the game is still PRO WRESTLING and Donovan Morgan exemplifies that. In the last year, Donovan has worked very hard on his in-ring skills, developing his body and the look and donating his time to Cauliflower Alley and I can't think of any indy wrestler more worthy of the award. Donovan has easily moved into the slot Michael Modest and Christopher Daniels used to own and is now one of the top indy wrestlers without a contract. If he continues down the path he is on, we'll soon be naming a new Head Camp Instructor because Donovan will get his day to shine in the sun of major league wrestling.

Donovan wants to thank everyone on the board of directors of Cauliflower Alley who voted for him. He would also like to take this time to thank all the wrestling media including David Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer and Mike Tavares from IGN.com for all their help in getting the name Donovan Morgan out there. Donovan also thanks his many wrestling fans including the very loyal APW fans. Of course, Donovan thanks All Pro Wrestling, Roland Alexander, Michael Modest and everyone associated with All Pro Wrestling for the great training and marketing they have provided him and for showing him the importance of wrestling legends and Cauliflower Alley.

Roland Alexander is the promoter of All Pro Wrestling, based in Hayward, CA. Solie's would also like to add our congratulations to Donovan Morgan on winning this prestigious award.


Stylin' And Profilin': The Legend Of Ric Flair

By Ervin Griffin, Jr. and Matt Benaka

Part 46: Title History and Awards

1) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title/Mid-Adlantic Tag Team Title with Rip Hawk. This duo won the title during November of 1974 from Paul Jones and Bob Bruggers. They would lose the title to Paul Jones and Tiger Conway Jr.

2) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Mid-Atlantic Television Title. Ric defeated Paul Jones during 1975 to win the title, and lost the belt back to Jones during the same year.

3) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Mid-Atlantic Title. Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel (Edward McDaniel) to win the title during September of 1976. He lost the title back to McDaniel later that year.

4) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Mid-Altantic Title. Ric defeated Wahoo McDaniel again during November of 1976 to become the fourth two-time champion. He lost the title back to McDaniel during January of 1977.

5) National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title with Greg Valentine (John Wisniski Jr.). They won the title during February of 1977 by defeating Gene Anderson and future Horseman, Ole Anderson. Flair and Valentine vacated the title during 1977.

6) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Mid Atlantic Television Title. Flair won the title from Rufus R. Jones during 1977. He went on to lose the belt to Ricky Steamboat during July of 1977 in Charlotte, North Carolina. This was the first of many title changes between Flair and Steamboat. This reign made Flair the fourth two-time champion.

7) National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Title. Flair won the strap from Bobo Brazil (Houston Harris) during September of 1977. During the same year he lost the belt to one of his toughest opponents, Ricky Steamboat.

8) National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title with Greg Valentine. Flair and Valentine teamed again to defeat Gene and Ole Anderson during November of 1977. This win made them the second team to win the title on two occasions and Flair became the third individual to be co-holder of the title on two occasions. Flair and Valentine were stripped of the title during 1978.

9) National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Title. Flair defeated Tim Woods/Mr. Wrestling in May of 1978 to win the title. This win made him the third man in history to have held this title on two occasions. He lost the title on December 18, 1978 to his nemesis, Ricky Steamboat in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

10) Charlotte, North Carolina National Wrestling Alliance Atlantic Coast Tag Team Title/Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title with John Studd (John William Hinton). They won the title during 1978 after Ricky Steamboat and Paul Jones vacated the title after winning the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title. The team of Steamboat and Jones returned on November 05, 1978 to take the title back from Flair and Studd. This title reign made Flair the tenth two-time co-holder of this title.

11) National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Title. Ric won the title from Ricky Steamboat on April 01, 1979 to become the second three-time champion. He vacated the title during November of 1979 after winning the National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title with Blackjack Mulligan (Robert Windham).

12) National Wrestling Alliance World Tag Team Title with Blackjack Mulligan. They won the title from Baron Von Raschke (Jim Raschke) and Paul Jones on August 12, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina. They lost the title back to Raschke and Jones during September of 1979 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This reign made Flair the fourth man to be co-holder of this title on three occasions.

13) National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Title. Flair defeated Jimmy Snuka on April 19, 1980 in Greensboro, North Carolina to win the title. He lost the belt to his former tag team partner, Greg Valentine on July 26, 1980 in Flair's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. This reign made Flair the first man to have held this title on four occasions. Length of reign was 2 months 28 days

14) National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Title. Flair regained the title from Greg Valentine on November 24, 1980 in Greenville, North Carolina. On January 27, 1981 he lost the title to Roddy Piper (Rod George Toombs) in Raleigh, North Carolina. He became the first man to have held this title on five occasions. Length of reign was 2 months 4 days.

15) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. The Nature Boy won his first World Heavyweight Title at the expense of Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels Jr.) on September 17, 1981 in Kansas City, Missouri. After his win, Rhodes is reported as having said that Flair was just a flash in the pan and would never last at the top of the industry. Flair's first reign came to an end at the hands of Harley Race on June 10, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri. Length of reign was 1 year 8 months 24 days.

16) National Wrestling Alliance Missouri Title. Ric won the vacant title on the final of a tweny-man tournament to crown a new champion on July 15, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri by defeating David Von Erich (David Adkisson). He went on to lose the title to David Von Erich on September 16, 1983 in St. Louis, Missouri. Length of reign was 2 months 3 days.

17) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Flair defeated Harley Race on November 24, 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He lost the title back to Race on March 21, 1984 in Wellington, New Zealand in a title change that was not recognized in North America until the last several years. He became the sixth man to hold this title on two occasions. Length of reign was 3 months 28 days.

18) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Ric defeated Harley Race on March 23, 1984 in Kallang, Singapore in another title change that wasn't recognized in North America until recent years. He held the title until May 06, 1984 when he lost the belt to the fan favorite, Kerry Von Erich (Kerry Adkisson) in Dallas, Texas. This reign made Flair the fourth man to hold this title on three occasions. Length of reign was 1 month 15 days.

19) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Flair took the hometown advantage away from Kerry Von Erich and defeated him on May 24, 1984 in Yokosuka, Japan. He held the title until July 26, 1986 when Dusty Rhodes upended him for the title in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dusty must have seen The Nature Boy as much more than a flash in the pan at this point.

This reign made Flair only the second man in history to hold this title on four occasions. Length of reign was 1 year 11 months 4 days.

20) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Ric came back and beat Dusty Rhodes on August 09, 1986 in St., Louis, Missouri to re-claim his title. During this reign, Flair formed The Four Horsemen and took J.J. Dillion as his manager. He didn't lose the title until meeting Ron Garvin (Roger Barnes) in Detroit, Michigan on September 25, 1987. Flair was the second man to have held this title on five occasions. Length of reign was 1 year 1 month 18 days.

21) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Flair defeated Ron Garvin on November 26, 1987 in Chicago, Illinois to regain the title. During this reign he was initially managed by J.J Dillion and was the leader of The Four Horsemen. However, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and J.J. Dillion all left the National Wrestling Alliance for the World Wrestling Federation basically ending The Four Horsemen. So, Flair joined The Yamazaki Cooperation managed by Hiro Matsuda for a brief time. Ricky Steamboat struck his largest victory at Flair's expense when he defeated The Nature Boy on February 20, 1989 in Chicago, Illinois for the title. This reign made Flair the second man to have held this title on six occasions. Length of reign was 1 year 2 months 25 days.

22) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Flair regained his belt from Ricky Steamboat on May 07, 1989 in Nashville, Tennessee. Arn Anderson returned from the World Wrestling Federation during this reign and Ric re-formed The Four Horsemen. He was managed by Ole Anderson and Woman (Nancy Sullivan). He lost the title on July 07, 1990 at The Great American Bash in Baltimore, Maryland to Sting (Steven Borden). Ric was the second man to hold this title on seven occasions. Length of reign was 1 year 2 months 1 day.

23) National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Title. Ric regained his title from Sting on January 11, 1991 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Flair fought New Japan's IWGP Champion, Tatsum Fujinami in a unification match on March 21, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan. The original referee ruled the match a disqualification after Flair was tossed over the top rope. However, a new referee entered the ring and ruled that Fujinami defeated Flair in the ring.

This effectively split the National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Titles as Fujinami became National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion and Flair retained his World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Title. This brief reign made Flair the second man in history to hold this title on eight occasions. Length of reign was 1 month 8 days.

Next: Title History and Awards: Part 2

If you have a question, comments, criticism, or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at griffiev@hotmail.com or griffiev@yahoo.com

Ervin Griffin Jr. is Solie's resident historian. Check out Ervin's Pro-Wrestling Fan Fiction web site. Matt Benaka is the originator of Solie's Title Histories and a major contributor to the site over the years. Several of their previous articles are available in the Articles section of the Solie's website.



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Crossface Connection

by John Cross

Finally, the Rock..........

....is getting stale.

I know that a lot of people reading this will wonder what closet I have been in for the past year.

"You are just now realizing that?"

"Are you STUPID?"

"Are you some sort of Rocky mark?"

OK, OK, get off of my back. I was on the anti-Rocky bandwagon for a while, back at the end of the fall of 2000, when he seemed to be in a rut. He was wrestling HHH (again), Austin had come back and was getting the big pops, and his schtick was old and in need of re-invention.

Or, so I thought. He kept getting HUGE pops. He has again sagged back a bit.

In this day and age, Rocky has endured pretty well, despite his lack of wrestling skills. This guy has 3 wrestling moves...the spinebuster, the Sharpshooter (in caps in deference to a real wrestler, and that is a FACT, not an opinion), and the samoan drop. The Rock Bottom is a kind of reverse sidewalk slam, and the People's Elbow is the STUPIDEST finisher in the industry....it is so corny that he doesn't finish with it anymore.

Of course, that isn't what the meat of wrestling fandom wants to see....they like punching and kicking, and the Rock is really good at that. With his little leg-smack, those punches even sound real. He can brawl with the best of them. That means he fits right in with the rest of the WWF superstars.

Rock is slowly losing his pop. HHH carries him through each match they are in together (the Iron Man Match was a little different, as I thought Rocky did a pretty good job). Benoit does as well. Heck, when Austin and the Rock get into the ring at Wrestlemania, they might as well wear kickboxing outfits. Either way, Rocky's in-ring skills are needy, to say the least.....but that isn't the big part.

The crowds seem tired of his mic work. With the explosion of creativity that the man showed on the mic for 3 years, it is no wonder that he is running out of things to say. Sometimes, the wait for the "Rock-EE" chant lasts 7 to 10 seconds, and that can be painful. Sure, the guy can play the crowd, but what if the crowd doesn't like the game anymore?

Rocky was the biggest face wrestler during Austin's absence. He was bigger than Austin at times. However, and this is different than what I have said in the past 4 or 5 months, he should turn heel.

This would re-invigorate his character. he would be able to invent new lines and subject material . He could crack on the fans, which always gets heat started. With his natural charisma, he would keep his popularity, but as a heel...he did it before. Imagine him teaming up with HHH against the face wrestlers, whoever they would be. Maybe Kane and the Undertaker, huh? After a while, he could help a Kurt Angle or a HHH to turn face, thus helping their characters stay refreshed in the fan's eyes.

Keep 'em guessing, I say. Not much else you can do in this business. Look what happens when you don't (this means WCW).

In short, Rock is getting taxing to cheer for. The time to turn him is short, as they have to get the Austin/Rock angle going pretty soon. Only 2 months.

If Ya Smelllllalalalalalalalaaa....what the Connection is cookin'.

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See you next week for another Connection.



The Way I See It...

by Earl Oliver

Thunder opened with the new Commissioner (Lance Storm) throwing his weight around, wearing a suit instead of his usual wrestling gear and having to placate Scott Steiner whose looking for someone's legs to break. Apparently Kevin nash was loaded into an ambulance after Nitro and his condition is not known. In the ring,AJ Styles and Air Paris are getting a shot at Jaime Noble and Evan Karagias in a tag team battle to determine thefinal entrants for the Four Corners Cruiserweight Title contenders match at SuperBrawl. Paris was most recently with the Nashville NWA promotion as a pretender to the NWA World Tag Team Title with Rob Williams (its a long story folks). Karagias and Noble won it, but the newcomers made a good fight of it.

Storm sent "Not Even Close to Adequate" Mike Sanders out to teach KweeWee a lesson, but the latter dominated the match. "Angry Allen" pretty much had his way with the former commissioner until Sanders suckered him shoulder first into the corner post then grabbed some tights to get the pin.

The Cat was dealt a crushing blow as Mike Awesome succeeded in softening him up for his "Commissioner's Title" rematch against Lance Storm this weekend on the PPV by suckering him into delivering a barefoot karate kick to one of the corner posts (OUCH!!!) During the remainder of the match Miller couldn't even stand on the injured foot. Awesome took him out easily with his top rope splash.

The Wall and Chavo, Jr. took on Hugh Morrus and Rey Misterio and ended the match when the Wall laid a massive chokeslam on little Rey Rey. After the pin, the two heels worked Rey over to get him ready for Sunday and his Cruiserweight Title challenge.

Dustin Rhodes and Diamond Dallas Page took on their respective PPV opponents, Rick Steiner and Jeff Jarrett in a tag team battle for the main event in which the latter team showed some pretty good continuity. They dominated the contest until Page made a spectacular rally toward the end. Things were confused for a moment then the bad guys emerged on top. Several wrestlers from both sides of the locker room weighed in for a pier six brawl and then Scott Steiner showed up with his pipe and started knocking heads of security personnel. He then appeared to snap the leg of one of them. I am sure this was faked somehow - the leg was dangling at a weird angle - reminiscent of Sid's injury. I imagine this guy was an amputee wearing a prothesis of some kind which Steiner broke to create the illusion. I simply don't believe that it was a real injury. Too pat...

SmackDown opened with Mr. McMahon coming out for a rant. SmackDown was taped Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. It will be remembered that Vince promised on Monday to show video of his estranged wife's condition. But first he introduces his son-in-law who starts running his mouth and the WIP (Weekly Interminable Promo) is on... HHH sets his stips - a 3 fall match. Fall #1: Straight up match - Fall #2: No Holds Barred Street Fight - Fall #3: In a steel cage. Vince then went on to book an Austin/Benoit and a Rock/HHH match for tonight. So much for the first quarter hour...

Is anyone else wondering why Triple H didn't stipulate that Austin's WrestleMania title shot was on the line..? I mean was that one a no brainer or what?

Lucky Edge got to take on Kane. 'Nuff said...

The Steve Austin vs. Chris Benoit match was a little different then their last outing. As you may recall, Austin actually outwrestled Benoit in their earlier match - just to prove a point about Benoit's claim to be the "Best Technical Wrestler in the WWF". This one was an all out brawl with little or no pretense at being a wrestling match. The one exception to this general trend was when Austin actually got Benoit into his own Crippler Crossface. Naturally, HHH tried to interfere, of course, but was unavailing. Benoit never got to use the chair that Triple H passed to him.

Later on we got to see the footage of Linda McMahon at the hospital. She appears to be a vegetable - heavily sedated. Vince brought Trish into the room and gave her the flowers that he had brought for Linda. Back in the arena, he gave Trish the candy that was also a gift for Linda. Stephanie ran out and speared Trish. After Vince and Willie Regal separated them, Stephanie demanded a match against Trish. Vince was against it but Regal convinced him that it would make a great PPV attraction - so Vince scheduled the match for No Way Out. Why am I starting to suspect that Linda is faking her "illness" and will eventually come back and hoist the old man on his own petard..? Otherwise this entire tasteless exercise would seem pointless.

Chris Jericho defended the IC title against X-pac and got off with a DQ win. Then Raven took on the challenge of the Big Show, and about 8 other wrestlers before it was over, and eked out a no decision thanks to the interference of his Mystery Woman (probably Tori). This match was the most fun anyone had all evening.

Kevin Kelly was waiting for his weekly humiliation interview with the Rock. But first, we got Al Snow paying Mick Foley a visit at his home. Apparently Foley is perfectly happy in retirement and spends his days listening to recorded "cheap pops" in his basement rec room. He advises Snow to become the Commissioner of the WWF... Back at the arena, the Rock caught Kelly picking his nose - so Maivia forced him to stand there with his finger in his nostril while he delivered his usual Rock promo.

Steve Austin, Chris Benoit and Kurt Angle all got involved in HHH's barn burner of a match with the Rock (of course). The whole thing got completely out of hand and there was no decision.

SuperBrawl held no real surprises except that the stipulations for the main event match were changed after Nash had apparently won the contest in just a few seconds. Ric Flair appeared and declared it to be a best two out of three falls match with no holds barred and loser leaves WCW, then proceeded to help Madasia provide distraction and interference so that Nash lost and was banished from the promotion. No telling how long that will last. The program was from Nashville, TN at the Municipal Auditorium.

Otherwise all the bad guys retained their titles, except for Lance Storm who lost the commissionership back to the Cat.

Nitro should be interesting tomorrom night, but I won't be around to watch it, so that's all for now.

At least that's the way I see it...

Earl Oliver
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