RIP: Michael Moody

We want to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of WCM contributor Michael Moody, who passed away in his sleep Sunday morning.

Many of you probably saw Michael and brother Daniel at the most recent WWE Hall of Fame inductions on WrestleMania weekend, accepting on behalf of their late father William Moody (Percy Pringle/Paul Bearer). We added Michael to our "roster" a few months back after he reached out to us, offering to share memorabilia from Percy's collection; we couldn't have imagined we'd soon be saying a final goodbye to Michael as well.

As if this loss wasn't devastating enough, Michael's wife Beth also lost her father to cancer the very same day. Again, we wish Beth, and all who knew and loved Michael, best wishes for strength and comfort at this tragic time.

RIP: Jim "Clawmaster" Zordani

WCM sadly reports the untimely passing of pro wrestling historian Jim Zordani, who died in his sleep from natural causes over the weekend.

It's no exaggeration to say Jim (who posted on various message boards as "Clawmaster") was one of the major reasons the Internet Wrestling Community knows as much as it does about the sport's history. At least 95 per cent of the data in our Results section, in fact, was provided by (or copied and pasted from) two men: author/researcher Tim Hornbaker, and Jim. These gentlemen are the real deal, poring through rolls of microfilm in public libraries to preserve as much info on wrestling's past as possible.

JIm Zordani was 50 years old. We send sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him...and a huge THANK YOU to the Clawmaster himself.

PRO WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED'S World Class Rankings

PWI'S WCCW RANKINGS:
1983-90
In September 1983, Pro Wrestling Illustrated -- then a 100% kayfabe magazine edited by Bill Apter -- began publishing monthly top ten rankings lists for the territories then in existence, including World Class and its eventual successor, USWA Dallas.  Ratings for the D/FW area were discontinued late in 1990, shortly after Jerry Jarrett pulled the USWA out of the Metroplex.

Although rankings for a worked sport were (and are) obviously meaningless and clearly more than a little arbitrary, these listings do provide a fun and nostalgic look at the impressive array of talent performing in Texas rings during WCCW's heyday.  So, with special thanks to Clint M.and Da Wrestling Site's "Erick Von Erich" for providing this info, we present a (nearly) complete month-by-month listing of the magazine's ratings for WCCW and USWA Dallas.

1983
SEPTEMBER:  (1) David Von Erich     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Terry Gordy     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Michael Hayes     (7) The Great Yatsu     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) Jose Lothario

OCTOBER:  (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) David Von Erich     (5) Michael Hayes     (6) Kamala     (7) The Great Yatsu     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Terry Gordy     (10) Buddy Roberts

NOVEMBER:  (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) David Von Erich     (5) Michael Hayes     (6) Kamala     (7) Mil Mascaras     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) Terry Gordy

DECEMBER:  (1) Jimmy Garvin     (2) Kevin Von Erich     (3) David Von Erich     (4) Kerry Von Erich     (5) Michael Hayes     (6) Kamala     (7) Mil Mascaras      (8) Iceman Parsons      (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) Terry Gordy

 
1984
JANUARY:  (1) Jimmy Garvin     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Mil Mascaras     (7) Kamala     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) Terry Gordy

FEBRUARY:  (1) Jimmy Garvin     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Kamala     (7) Iceman Parsons     (8) Buddy Roberts     (9) Terry Gordy     (10) Chris Adams

MARCH:  (1) Jimmy Garvin     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Iceman Parsons     (7) Kamala     (8) Chris Adams     (9) Terry Gordy     (10) Super Destroyer

APRIL:  (1) Chris Adams     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Jimmy Garvin     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Iceman Parsons     (7) Kamala     (8) Super Destroyer I   (9) Terry Gordy     (10) Super Destroyer II

MAY:  (1) Chris Adams     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Jimmy Garvin     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Iceman Parsons     (7) Kamala     (8) Super Destroyer I    (9) Brian Adias     (10) Super Destroyer II

JUNE (for period ended February 7, 1984):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) David Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Jimmy Garvin     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Iceman Parsons     (7) Super Destroyer I     (8) Kamala     (9) Super Destroyer II     (10) Mike Von Erich

JULY (for period ended March 9, 1984):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Iceman Parsons     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Hacksaw Butch Reed     (8) Johnny Mantell     (9) Kamala     (10) Chick Donovan

AUGUST:  Rankings Not Available

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 3, 1984):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Iceman Parsons     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Missing Link     (8) Hacksaw Butch Reed     (9) Kamala     (10) Johnny Mantell

OCTOBER (for period ended June 7, 1984):  (1) Gino Hernandez     (2) Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Chris Adams     (5) Terry Gordy     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) The Missing Link     (8) Michael Hayes     (9) Killer Khan     (10) Hacksaw Butch Reed

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 5, 1984):  (1) Gino Hernandez     (2)  Jimmy Garvin     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Chris Adams     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Terry Gordy     (7) The Missing Link     (8) Mike Von Erich     (9) Killer Khan     (10) Hacksaw Butch Reed

DECEMBER (for period ended August 8, 1984):  (1) Mike Von Erich     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Gino Hernandez     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Killer Khan     (6) Chris Adams     (7) The Missing Link     (8) Kelly Kiniski     (9) Hacksaw Butch Reed     (10) Jake Roberts 
1985
JANUARY (for period ended September 6, 1984):  (1) Gino Hernandez     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Mike Von Erich     (5) Killer Khan     (6) Chris Adams     (7) Jake Roberts     (8) The Missing Link     (9) Hacksaw Butch Reed     (10) Kelly Kiniski

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 3, 1984):  (1) Gino Hernandez     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Kevin Von Erich      (4) Mike Von Erich     (5) Chris Adams     (6) Killer Khan     (7) Jake Roberts     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) The Missing Link     (10) Kelly Kiniski 

MARCH (for period ended November 6, 1984):  (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Mike Von Erich     (6) Killer Khan     (7) The Missing Link     (8) Jake Roberts     (9) Iceman Parsons     (10) Sweet Brown Sugar 

APRIL (for period ended December 6, 1984):  (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Mike Von Erich     (6) Jake Roberts     (7) Terry Gordy     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Killer Khan     (10) The Missing Link 

MAY (for period ended January 4, 1985):  (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Terry Gordy     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Billy Haynes     (8) Rip Oliver     (9) Iceman Parsons     (10) Exotic Adrian Street 

JUNE (for period ended February 6, 1985):  (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Terry Gordy     (6) One Man Gang     (7) Mike Von Erich     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Kelly Kiniski     (10) Rip Oliver 

JULY (for period ended March 7, 1985):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) One Man Gang     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Rip Oliver     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Kelly Kiniski     (10) Johnny Mantell 

AUGUST (for period ended April 4, 1985):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) One Man Gang     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Hercules Hernandez     (7) Brian Adias     (8) Mike Von Erich     (9) Rip Oliver     (10) Kelly Kiniski

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 8, 1985):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Kevin Von Erich      (4) Kerry Von Erich     (5) One Man Gang     (6) The Great Kabuki     (7) Brian Adias     (8) Mike Von Erich     (9) Hercules Hernandez     (10) Rip Oliver 

OCTOBER (for period ended June 7, 1985):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) One Man Gang     (6) The Great Kabuki     (7) Mike Von Erich     (8) Brian Adias     (9) Rip Oliver     (10) Scott Casey 

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 2, 1985):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) One Man Gang     (6) Killer Brooks     (7) The Great Kabuki     (8) Scott Casey     (9) Mike Von Erich      (10) Brian Adias 

DECEMBER (for period ended August 6, 1985):  (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Chris Adams     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Gino Hernandez     (7) Killer Brooks     (8) One Man Gang     (9) The Great Kabuki     (10) Mike Von Erich 

1986
JANUARY (for period ended September 4, 1985):  (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Gino Hernandez     (3) Bruiser Brody     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Chris Adams     (6) Kerry Von Erich     (7) Brian Adias     (8) One Man Gang     (9) The Great Kabuki     (10) Killer Brooks

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 2, 1985):  (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Bruiser Brody     (4) Gino Hernandez     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Chris Adams     (7) Kerry Von Erich     (8) One Man Gang     (9) The Great Kabuki     (10) Killer Brooks 

MARCH (for period ended November 6, 1985):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Bruiser Brody     (4) Gino Hernandez     (5) Iceman Parsons     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Lance Von Erich     (8) Chris Adams     (9) Kerry Von Erich     (10) The Great Kabuki 

APRIL (for period ended December 5, 1985):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Gino Hernandez     (5) Iceman Parsons     (6) Kevin Von Erich      (7) Chris Adams     (8) Lance Von Erich     (9) Scott Casey     (10) The Missing Link 

MAY (for period ended January 9, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) The Grappler     (3) Brian Adias     (4) Kerry Von Erich     (5) Gino Hernandez     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Chris Adams     (8) Lance Von Erich     (9) The Missing Link     (10) Iceman Parsons 

JUNE (for period ended February 5, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) The Grappler     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Bruiser Brody     (6) Lance Von Erich      (7) The Missing Link     (8) Brian Adias     (9) Iceman Parsons     (10) Buddy Roberts

JULY (for period ended March 7, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) The Grappler     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich      (5) Bruiser Brody     (6) Lance Von Erich     (7) The Missing Link     (8) Brian Adias     (9) Iceman Parsons     (10) Steve Regal 

AUGUST (for period ended April 2, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude      (2) Brian Adias     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Bruiser Brody     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Lance Von Erich     (7) The Missing Link      (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Brickhouse Brown      (10) Kamala 

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 9, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Bruiser Brody     (6) Lance Von Erich     (7) Chris Adams     (8) The Great Kabuki     (9) The Missing Link     (10) Iceman Parsons 

OCTOBER (for period ended June 4, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Bruiser Brody     (4) Kerry Von Erich    (5) Steve Simpson     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Chris Adams     (8) Lance Von Erich     (9) Blackjack Mulligan     (10) Abdullah the Butcher 

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 24, 1986):  (1) Rick Rude     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Steve Simpson     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Chris Adams     (6) Lance Von Erich     (7) Bruiser Brody     (8) Abdullah the Butcher     (9) Blackjack Mulligan     (10) Killer Brooks

DECEMBER (for period ended August 6, 1986):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Buzz Sawyer     (3) Rick Rude     (4) Lance Von Erich     (5) Brian Adias     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Abdullah the Butcher     (8) Bruiser Brody     (9) Steve Simpson     (10) Killer Brooks

1987
JANUARY (for period ended September 4, 1986):  (1) Chris Adams     (2) Buzz Sawyer     (3) Lance Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich     (5) Steve Simpson     (6) Rick Rude     (7) Abdullah the Butcher     (8) Brian Adias     (9) Killer Brooks     (10) Bruiser Brody 

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 8, 1986):  (1) Black Bart     (2) Buzz Sawyer     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Lance Von Erich     (5) Steve Simpson     (6) Bruiser Brody     (7) Abdullah the Butcher     (8) Dingo Warrior     (9) Crusher Yurkov     (10) Brian Adias 

MARCH (for period ended November 7, 1986):  (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Buzz Sawyer     (3) Lance Von Erich     (4) Crusher Yurkov     (5) Bruiser Brody     (6) Abdullah the Butcher     (7) Dingo Warrior     (8) Steve Simpson     (9) Mike Von Erich     (10) Brian Adias 

APRIL (for period ended December 4, 1986):  (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Tony Atlas     (3) Lance Von Erich     (4) Brian Adias     (5) Crusher Yurkov     (6) Dingo Warrior     (7) Black Bart     (8) Mike Von Erich     (9) Steve Simpson     (10) Abdullah the Butcher

MAY (for period ended January 8, 1987):  (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Tony Atlas     (3) Lance Von Erich     (4) Black Bart     (5) Brian Adias     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Dingo Warrior     (8) Steve     Simpson     (9) Abdullah the Butcher     (10) Master Gee 

JUNE (for period ended February 5, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Dingo Warrior      (2) Lance Von Erich     (3) Tony Atlas     (4) Bob Bradley     (5) Brian Adias     (6) Black Bart     (7) Mike Von Erich     (8) Steve Simpson     (9) Abdullah the Butcher     (10) Al Madril 

JULY (for period ended March 5, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Dingo Warrior     (2) Lance Von Erich     (3) Tony Atlas     (4) Brian Adias     (5) Black Bart     (6) Mike Von Erich     (7) Red River Jack     (8) Steve Simpson     (9) Abdullah the Butcher     (10) Bob Bradley 

AUGUST (for period ended April 2, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Dingo Warrior     (2) Nord the Barbarian     (3) Brian Adias     (4) Jeep Swenson     (5) Red River Jack     (6) Tony Atlas     (7) Lance Von Erich     (8) Mike Von Erich     (9) Steve Simpson     (10) Eli the Eliminator

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 7, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Nord the Barbarian     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Jeep Swenson     (4) Red River Jack     (5) Steve Simpson     (6) Eric Embry     (7) Al Madril     (8) Lance Von Erich     (9) Black Bart      (10) Eli the Eliminator 

OCTOBER (for period ended June 3, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Brian Adias     (2) Tony Atlas     (3) Al Perez     (4) Nord the Barbarian     (5) Bruiser Brody     (6) Al Madril     (7) Ted Arcidi     (8) Lance Von Erich     (9) Steve Simpson     (10) Matt Borne

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 8, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich 
    (1) Al Perez     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Tony Atlas     (4) Bruiser Brody     (5) Al Madril     (6) Ted Arcidi     (7) Steve Simpson     (8) Matt Borne     (9) The Spoiler     (10) Eric Embry 


DECEMBER (for period ended August 6, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Kevin Von Erich     (1) Al Perez     (2) Brian Adias     (3) Tony Atlas     (4) Al Madril     (5) Ted Arcidi     (6) Steve Simpson     (7) Bruiser Brody     (8) Matt Borne     (9) The Spoiler     (10) Eric Embry 

1988
JANUARY (for period ended September 3, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Ted Arcidi     (3) Brian Adias     (4) Tony Atlas     (5) Matt Borne     (6) Steve Simpson     (7) Eric Embry     (8) Bruiser Brody     (9) The Spoiler     (10) Shaun Simpson 

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 8, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Ted Arcidi     (3) Brian Adias     (4) Tony Atlas     (5) Eric Embry     (6) Matt Borne     (7) The Iron Sheik     (8) Shaun Simpson     (9) Al Madril     (10) Skip Young 

MARCH (for period ended November 4, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Ted Arcidi     (3) Brian Adias     (4) Tony Atlas     (5) Eric Embry     (6) Matt Borne     (7) The Iron Sheik      (8) Shaun Simpson     (9) Al Madril      (10) Vic Steamboat 

APRIL (for period ended December 4, 1987):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Matt Borne     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Kerry Von Erich     (5) Shaun Simpson     (6) Brian Adias      (7) Tony Atlas     (8) Eric Embry      (9) The Iron Sheik      (10) Mil Mascaras 

MAY (for period ended January 7, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Matt Borne     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Chris Adams     (5) Eric Embry     (6) Shaun Simpson      (7) Brian Adias      (8) Terry Gordy     (9) Tony Atlas      (10) The Iron Sheik 

JUNE (for period ended February 8, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Chris Adams     (2) Terry Gordy     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Kevin Von Erich      (5) Matt Borne     (6) Eric Embry     (7) Shaun Simpson      (8) Brian Adias     (9) Tony Atlas     (10) Steve Simpson 

JULY (for period ended March 4, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Al Perez     (1) Michael Hayes     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Chris Adams     (4) Terry Gordy     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Terry Taylor     (7) Matt Borne     (8) Eric Embry     (9) Steve Simpson     (10) Iceman Parsons 

AUGUST (for period ended April 7, 1988):  World Class Champion:   Iceman Parsons      (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Terry Taylor     (3) Kerry Von Erich      (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Terry Gordy     (6) Chris Adams     (7) Eric Embry     (8) Black Bart      (9) Buddy Roberts       (10) Bill Irwin 

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 6, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Iceman Parsons     (1) Terry Taylor     (2) Chris Adams     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Kevin Von Erich     (6) Terry Gordy      (7) Eric Embry     (8) Black Bart     (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) Bill Irwin 

OCTOBER (for period ended June 8, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Kerry Von Erich     (1) Terry Taylor     (2) Iceman Parsons     (3) The Great Samu     (4) Michael Hayes     (5) Kevin Von Erich      (6) Eric Embry     (7) Terry Gordy      (8) Kamala     (9) Buddy Roberts     (10) The Missing Link 

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 8, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Kerry Von Erich     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Iceman Parsons     (3) The Great Samu      (4) Eric Embry     (5) Kamala     (6) Buddy Roberts     (7) Michael Hayes     (8) Steve Casey     (9) The Missing Link     (10) Bill Irwin 

DECEMBER (for period ended August 5, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Kerry Von Erich     (1) Kevin Von Erich     (2) Kamala     (3) Iceman Parsons    (4) Eric Embry     (5) Steve Casey     (6) Buddy Roberts     (7) Michael Hayes     (8) Terry Gordy     (9) Black Bart     (10) Bill Irwin
1989


JANUARY (for period ended September 8, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Kerry Von Erich     (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Jerry Lawler     (3) Kevin Von Erich     (4) Kamala     (5) Eric Embry     (6) Steven Casey     (7) Buddy Roberts     (8) Michael Hayes     (9) Terry Gordy     (10) The Beast 

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 7, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Kerry Von Erich     (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Jerry Lawler     (3) Kamala     (4) Eric Embry     (5) Buddy Roberts      (6) Michael Hayes      (7) Terry Gordy      (8) Steven Casey      (9) Kendall Windham       (10) Steve Cox 

MARCH (for period ended November 4, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler      (1) Iceman Parsons      (2) Kerry Von Erich      (3) Jeff Jarrett       (4) Super Black Ninja     (5) Eric Embry      (6) Terry Gordy       (7) Kevin Von Erich      (8) Kendall Windham       (9) Steve Cox      (10) The Beast

APRIL (for period ended December 16, 1988):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Kerry Von Erich      (3) Eric Embry      (4) Jeff Jarrett      (5) Super Black Ninja     (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Brickhouse Brown     (8) Steve Cox     (9) Michael Hayes     (10) Kamala 

MAY (for period ended January 13, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler      (1) Iceman Parsons     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Dutch Mantel     (4) Cactus Jack     (5) Eric Embry     (6) Jeff Jarrett     (7) Kevin Von Erich     (8) Super Black Ninja     (9) Brickhouse Brown     (10) Jimmy Jack Funk

JUNE (for period ended February 17, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Brickhouse Brown      (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Eric Embry      (4) Jeff Jarrett      (5) Cactus Jack      (6) Kevin Von Erich     (7) Jimmy Jack Funk     (8) Super Black Ninja     (9) Gary Young     (10) Dutch Mantel 

JULY (for period ended March 15, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Gary Young     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Brickhouse Brown      (4) Jeff Jarrett      (5) Kevin Von Erich      (6) Cactus Jack      (7) Jimmy Jack Funk      (8) The Beast      (9) Chris Adams      (10) Robert Fuller 

AUGUST (for period ended April 14, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Eric Embry     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Gary Young     (4) Brickhouse Brown     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Jimmy Jack Funk     (7) Cactus Jack     (8) Iceman Parsons     (9) Matt Borne     (10) Botswana Beast 

SEPTEMBER (for period ended May 12, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Eric Embry      (2) Matt Borne     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Brickhouse Brown     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Jimmy Jack Funk     (7) The Zodiac     (8) Iceman Parsons      (9) Chris Adams     (10) Mil Mascaras

OCTOBER (for period ended June 12, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Eric Embry     (2) Al Perez     (3) Kerry Von Erich     (4) Matt Borne     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Brickhouse Brown     (7) Cactus Jack     (8) Jimmy Jack Funk     (9) Iceman Parsons     (10) Chris Adams 

NOVEMBER (for period ended July 14, 1989):  World Class Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) P.Y. Chu-Hi     (2) Eric Embry     (3) Mil Mascaras     (4) Chris Adams     (5) Kerry Von Erich     (6) Al Perez     (7) Jeff Jarrett     (8) Corporal Braddock     (9) Jimmy Jack Funk     (10) Kevin Von Erich 

DECEMBER (for period ended August 9, 1989):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) P.Y. Chu-Hi      (2) Eric Embry     (3) Mil Mascaras      (4) Kerry Von Erich     (5) Al Perez     (6) Chris Adams     (7) Jeff Jarrett     (8) Sheik Braddock     (9) Jimmy Jack Funk     (10) Matt Borne
1990
JANUARY (for period ended September 15, 1989):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Eric Embry     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) P.Y. Chu-Hi     (4) Taras Bulba     (5) Chris Adams     (6) Al Perez     (7) Jimmy Jack Funk     (8) Jeff Jarrett     (9) Sheik Braddock     (10) Matt Borne 

FEBRUARY (for period ended October 19, 1989):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) The Punisher     (2) Kerry Von Erich     (3) Taras Bulba     (4) P.Y. Chu-Hi     (5) Chris Adams     (6) Jeff Jarrett     (7) Billy Travis     (8) Ron Starr     (9) Jimmy Jack Funk     (10) Sheik Braddock 

MARCH (for period ended November 18, 1989):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Terry Gordy     (3) The Punisher     (4) Jeff Jarrett     (5) Billy Travis     (6) Eric Embry     (7) P.Y. Chu-Hi     (8) Chris Adams     (9) Taras Bulba      (10) Kevin Von Erich 

APRIL (for period ended December 15, 1989):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Jeff Jarrett     (3) Eric Embry      (4) Chris Adams      (5) Billy Travis     (6) Dustin Rhodes     (7) Kevin Von Erich     (8) P.Y. Chu-Hi     (9) Matt Borne     (10) Gary Young

MAY:  Rankings Not Available

JUNE (for period ended February 9, 1990):    USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler   (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Bill Dundee     (3) Junkyard Dog     (4) King Cobra     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Gary Young     (7) Billy Travis      (8) Dutch Mantel     (9) Jimmy Valiant     (10) Dustin Rhodes 

JULY (for period ended March 9, 1990):  USWA Champion:  VACANT     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Bill Dundee     (3) Jerry Lawler     (4) Jimmy Valiant     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Junkyard Dog     (7) Billy Travis      (8) King Cobra     (9) Kevin Von Erich     (10) Jimmy Jack Funk

AUGUST:  USWA Champion:  Jimmy Valiant     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Bill Dundee     (3) Jerry Lawler     (4) Jeff Jarrett     (5) Billy Travis     (6) Chris Champion     (7) Jeff Gaylord     (8) Mike Awesome     (9) Kevin Von Erich     (10) John Tatum 

SEPTEMBER:  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) John Tatum     (3) Jimmy Valiant     (4) Bill Dundee     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) Matt Borne     (7) Billy Travis     (8) Mike Awesome     (9) Jeff Gaylord     (10) Chris Champion

OCTOBER (for period ended June 15, 1990):  USWA Champion:  Jerry Lawler     (1) Kerry Von Erich     (2) Bill Dundee     (3) Matt Borne     (4) The Snowman     (5) Jeff Jarrett     (6) John Tatum     (7) Steve Austin     (8) Billy Travis     (9) Chris Adams     (10) Kevin Von Erich
 

RIP: Ultimate Warrior

WCM is sad to report the stunning news that, only days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and 24 hours after a triumphant appearance on RAW, Ultimate Warrior (who worked as Dingo Warrior in WCCW in the mid-1980s) passed away Tuesday evening at age 54. According to TMZ, Warrior collapsed while walking with his wife to his car outside an Arizona hotel; he was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital.

We join the entire pro wrestling industry and fanbase in mourning the passing of Warrior, one of the sport's true legends. May he rest in peace.

RIP: George Scott

We're sad to report that former WCCW booker George Scott died yesterday of lung cancer at age 84.

As a wrestler, Scott is best remembered by older Texas fans as The Great Scott, the tag team partner of Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods in 1970-71. The pair defeated Dusty Rhodes and Dick Murdoch to win the American Tag titles on December 15, 1970, but lost the straps to Bronko Lubich and Chris Markoff only a month or so later.

Scott became the booker for Jim Crockett Promotions in 1973 after retiring due to an injury and is credited with turning the Carolinas into one of the country's hottest territories. He also booked WWE during the Hulkamania/Rock 'n' Wrestling era, joining the promotion just as it was beginning its push to go national in late 1983.

After losing his WWE job due to a dispute with Hulk Hogan, Scott booked for a number of other promotions (including WCCW), usually for only a short time. Unfortunately, Scott's stint with World Class was not successful; attendance had plummeted to the low hundreds by the time he arrived in August 1986, and he was not able to turn things around during his brief stay. He remained with WCCW only through the end of that year and was replaced as booker by Bruiser Brody.

WCM joins the entire pro wrestling industry in mourning the loss of George Scott, one of its crucial figures during the 1970s and '80s. May he rest in peace.

RIP: Calvin Knapp


WCM was saddened to learn of the passing of former GWF wrestler "Hardbody" Calvin Knapp last night at age 43. The news was broken online this morning by Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly; according to James Beard (posting at Wrestling Classics), Calvin died of a heart attack.

We join all of Calvin Knapp's family, friends and colleagues in mourning his death. May he rest in peace.