NWA Big Time Wrestling (BTW; Later known as World Class Championship Wrestling), based out of Dallas, Texas held their first major professional wrestling super shows under the name Wrestling Star Wars in 1981, an event series that would run until 1989, with at least three of these being held in 1981. Promoter Fritz Von Erich held two "Wrestling Star Wars" events, one in June and one in October as well as a special "Christmas Star Wars" on December 25 of that year.

Wrestling Star Wars (June)

Big Time Wrestling Star Wars
PromotionNWA Big Time Wrestling
DateJune 4, 1981[1][2][3]
CityDallas, Texas[1][2]
VenueReunion Arena[1][2]
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Wrestling Star Wars (June 1981) was a professional wrestling supercard show that was held on June 4, 1981. The show was produced and scripted by the Dallas, Texas based Big Time Wrestling (BTW) professional wrestling promotion and held in their home area, the Dallas, Texas. Several matches from the show were taped for BTW's television shows and broadcast in the weeks following the show. It is believed that the June 4, 1981 version of "Wrestling Star Wars" was the first overall show in the "Wrestling Star Wars" event chronology. The show was held at the Reunion Arena.

Due to sparse records from 1981 the full show has not been found documented, only three matches on the show have been verified. Kerry Von Erich defeated Ernie Ladd to win the NWA American Heavyweight Championship on the show. As of May 2019, all known matches are available as Hidden Gems on the WWE Network.[4]

Results

No. Results[1][2] Stipulations
1 Kerry Von Erich defeated Ernie Ladd (c) Singles match for the NWA American Heavyweight Championship[3]
2 Bruiser Brody defeated The Great Kabuki "Texas Death" Steel cage match[5]
3 Fritz Von Erich defeated Gary Hart Steel cage match[5]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Wrestling Star Wars (October)

Big Time Wrestling Star Wars
PromotionNWA Big Time Wrestling
DateOctober 25, 1981[6][7]
CityDallas, Texas[6][7]
VenueReunion Arena[6][7]
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Wrestling Star Wars (October 1981) was a professional wrestling supercard show that was held on October 25, 1981. The show was produced and scripted by the Dallas, Texas based Big Time Wrestling (BTW) professional wrestling promotion and held in their home area, the Dallas, Texas. Several matches from the show were taped for BTW's television shows and broadcast in the weeks following the show. Records are not clear on if this show was the second or third overall show in the "Wrestling Star Wars" event chronology. The show was held at the Reunion Arena.

Big Time Wrestling promoter Fritz Von Erich's son Kevin Von Erich was supposed to team up with Kerry Von Erich on the show, but had to be replaced at the last moment by Terry Orndorff. Kerry Von Erich and Orndorff would go on to defeat the team of the Great Kabuki and Chan Chung to win the NWA American Tag Team Championship.

Results

No. Results[6][7] Stipulations Times
1 Frank Dusek defeated Jesse Leon Singles match 04:47
2 Terry Orndorff defeated Richard Blood Singles match 12:47
3 Chan Chung defeated Big Daddy Bundy by disqualification Singles match 05:21
4 Junkyard Dog defeated Armand Hussein Singles match 10:35
5 Ernie Ladd (c) defeated Jose Lothario Singles match for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Championship 09:22
6 David Von Erich defeated Killer Tim Brooks Bunkhouse match 04:10
7 Kerry Von Erich and Terry Orndorff defeated the Great Kabuki and Chan Chung (c) Tag team match the NWA American Tag Team Championship[8] 20:08
8 Al Madril (c) defeated Bill Irwin via DQ Singles match for the NWA Texas Heavyweight Championship 15:42
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Christmas Star Wars

Christmas Star Wars
PromotionNWA Big Time Wrestling
DateDecember 25, 1981[9][10]
CityDallas, Texas[9][10]
VenueReunion Arena[9][10]
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Christmas Star Wars (1981) was a professional wrestling supercard show that was held on December 25, 1981 The show was produced and scripted by the Dallas, Texas based Big Time Wrestling (BTW) professional wrestling promotion and held in their home area, the Dallas, Texas. Several matches from the show were taped for BTW's television shows and broadcast in the weeks following the show. The show was the third or fourth overall show in the "Wrestling Star Wars" event chronology. The show was held at the Reunion Arena. The show was the first show to be billed as "Christmas Star Wars", starting an annual tradition that would last until 1987.

For the show promoter Fritz Von Erich had brought in El Solitario from the Universal Wrestling Association (UWA) in Mexico to defend the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship as part of the show. Fritz himself wrestled one of his last high-profile matches of his career as he took on and lost to the Great Kabuki in a "Texas death" match where there were no disqualifications. The main event was a 14-man battle royal featuring wrestlers that had already competed once that night.

Results

No. Results[9][10] Stipulations Times
1 El Negro Assassino wrestled Richard Blood to a time-limit draw Singles match 15:00
2 Tiny Tom defeated Little Tokyo Singles match 09:56
3 Jose Lothario defeated Ernie Ladd (c) Singles match for the NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Championship[11] 06:33
4 Blue Demon and Al Madril defeated Arman Hussein and Carlos Zapata Tag team match 13:52
5 El Solitario (c) defeated Killer Tim Brooks Singles match for the UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight Championship[12] 05:32
6 The Great Kabuki defeated Fritz Von Erich "Texas death" match 14:32
7 Kerry, Kevin, and David Von Erich defeated Frank Dusek, Bill Irwin, and Ten Gu Six-man tag team match 11:30
8 Big Daddy Bundy defeated Al Madril, Armand Hussein, Bill Irwin, Blue Demon, Carlos Zapata, David Von Erich, Frank Dusek, José Lothario, Kerry Von Erich, Killer Tim Brooks, El Negro Assassino, Richard Blood and Ten Gu Two-ring battle royal  
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Wrestling Star Wars". Pro Wrestling History. June 1981.
  2. ^ a b c d "Historical Cards: Wrestling Star Wars (June, 1981. Dallas, Texas)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 172. 2007 Edition.
  3. ^ a b Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Texas) Dallas: NWA American Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  4. ^ "Hidden Gems Adds Several WCCW/Big Time Wrestling Related Rarities To WWE Network Vault, Including Historic Full Episode | WWE Network News". www.wwenetworknews.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ a b WWE. "WWE Hidden Gems - The Battle with Brody - June 7, 1982". WWE Network. Retrieved May 12, 2019.(subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c d "Wrestling Star Wars". Pro Wrestling History. October 25, 1981.
  7. ^ a b c d "Historical Cards: Wrestling Star Wars (October 25, 1981. Dallas, Texas)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 172. 2007 Edition.
  8. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Texas) Dallas: NWA American Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  9. ^ a b c d "Christmas Star Wars". Pro Wrestling History. December 25, 1981.
  10. ^ a b c d "Historical Cards: Wrestling Star Wars (December 25, 1981. Dallas, Texas)". PWI Presents: 2007 Wrestling Almanak and book of facts. Kappa Publications. p. 172. 2007 Edition.
  11. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Texas) Dallas: NWA Texas Brass Knuckles Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. p. 271. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.
  12. ^ Royal Duncan and Gary Will (2000). "Mexico: Universal Wrestling Federation Junior Light Heavyweight Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 397. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.