INDEX

 

NWA Title Defenses on Thanksgiving

for Jim Crockett Promotions

1963-1987

The 1960s

1963: Lou Thesz successfully defends the title against Swede Hanson (Greensboro NC)

1965: Lou Thesz defeats Pat O'Conner via count out in the 3rd fall (Greensboro NC)

1966: Gene Kiniski successfully defends against the Missouri Mauler Larry Hamilton (Greensboro)

1967: Gene Kiniski wrestles Johnny Weaver to a 1-hour draw to retain the title (Greensboro NC)

 

The 1970s

1970: Dory Funk Jr. wrestles Jerry Brisco to a 1-hour draw to retain title (Greensboro NC)

1971: Dory Funk Jr. defeats Jerry Brisco, winning the final 2 falls to retain title (Norfolk VA)

1972: Dory Funk, Jr. and Dory Funk, Sr. lost to Jack & Jerry Brisco (Greensboro)*

1973: Jack Brisco defeats Dory Funk Jr. in 24 minutes to retain the championship (Greensboro NC)

1974: Jack Brisco is disqualified against Wahoo McDaniel and retains the title (Greensboro NC)

1975: Jack Brisco lost to Wahoo McDaniel by count out and retains title  (Greensboro NC)

1976: Terry Funk successfully defends the title against Rufus R. Jones (Norfolk VA)

1977: Harley Race successfully defends the title against Ricky Steamboat (Norfolk VA)

1978: Harley Race successfully defends the title against Paul Jones (Norfolk VA)

 

The 1980s

1981: Ric Flair successfully defends against Ivan Koloff (Knoxville 3PM)

1981: Ric Flair defeats Ole Anderson (Greensboro 8 PM)*
1982: Ric Flair successfully defends the title against Roddy Piper (Greensboro NC)

1983: Ric Flair defeats Harley Race to win his 2nd NWA World Title (Greensboro NC)

1984: Ric Flair defeats Dusty Rhodes by TKO to retain title (Greensboro NC)

1985: Ric Flair retains title over Dusty Rhodes following NWA ruling on DQ (Atlanta GA)

1986: Ric Flair retains title over Nikita Koloff by DQ (Atlanta GA)

1987: Ric Flair defeats Ron Garvin to win the NWA World Title (Chicago IL)

 

* In 1972 and 1981, the NWA champion was on the Thanksgiving card in Greensboro, but did not defend the championship.

 

Knoxville was affiliated with Jim Crockett promotions in 1981.

 

 


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