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August 1983:

News and Notes:

As the WWF and GCW expand nationwide thanks to syndication and cable television, many smaller promotions begin to struggle...SECW, owned by Ron Fuller, loses it's local TV deal thanks to falling ratings...a slew of big name wrestlers from the 1960s and 70s finally hang-up their boots, retirements in August include: the Fabulous Moolah, the Sheik, Tor Kamata, the Crusher, Bob Orton Sr., former WWF World Champion Stan Stasiak, "Maniac" Mark Lewin and Mexican Lucha Libre legend El Santo...Stan Hansen ends his run in the WWF and focuses mainly on Japan for the next year...Veteran Wahoo McDaniel ends Hulk Hogan's disappointing run as AWA champion, defeating Hogan at a tour show in Chicago...

A bloodied Wahoo McDaniel is handed the AWA title after defeating Hulk Hogan in Chicago, August 1983

...McDaniel would hold the belt for the remainder of 1983...Jack Brisco goes on a tear in CWA (Memphis) defeating Dutch Mantell, Jerry Lawler and Road Warrior Hawk to defend the AWA Southern Heavyweight title...WCCW continues to gain momentum, with their weekly syndicated TV program peaking at a little over 750,000 viewers...The Von Erichs enter into a bloody feud with Dr. Death Steve Williams, Kevin Sullivan and Butch Reed

Kevin and Kerry Von Erich during a tag team match with the Varsity Club on WCCW TV

A quiet month for the WWF...Tommy Rich would lose a non-title match to Greg Valentine, but defeat Roddy Piper at Madison Square Garden to retain the WWF World title...former world champ Pedro Morales turns heel and forms a short-lived tag team with Jake "The Snake" Roberts...Tully Blanchard feuds with Jerry Brisco

Despite the recent talent losses, GCW is riding high...World Championship Wrestling on TBS tops the 2.2 million viewers mark, pulling well ahead of the WWF in TV ratings...Paul Orndorff shocks the wrestling world to win the Cadillac Cup held at the Omni in Atlanta...Orndorff defeats Don Muraco, Adrian Adonis and Sgt. Slaughter all in one night to win the prestigious trophy

In an interview with Gordon Solie, Paul Orndorff promises to win the Cadillac Cup tournament...he'd make good on that promise 4 days later at the Omni in Atlanta

Even with Ric Flair on break from NJPW and Wahoo McDaniel carrying the NWA United States Heavyweight title, JCP continues to struggle...youngsters like Rick Rude, Crusher Bloomfield (One Man Gang) and Mark Youngblood get significant TV air time

Hercules Ayala defeats CMLL's Cien Caras at a sold out show in Mexico City to retain the NWA World Heavyweight title

JD Greene takes a job washing dishes at Dennys to raise money for the next River City Wrestling show

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