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In the On and Around the Mat World section of "The Ring's Wrestling Magazine" in the early 80's the would list each promotion by booking office/affliation, list the current champs and give some news. This comes from the Feb 1981 issue
Memphis Booking Office - AWA, CWA
World Brass Knucks HC - Don Fargo
I doubled checked in WTH and it mentions Fargo as the Brass Knuckles Champion in Memphis 2/79
I recall Crusher having the Brass Knuckles trophy also in 82? When he was feuding with Blackwell
This is what I came up with and I find it interesting.
Championship Wrestling Association (1977 - 1989)
American Wrestling Association (1960/05 - 1991)
AWA BRASS KNUCKLES TITLE
2/79 Don Fargo Memphis TN
Billed as World Brass Knuckles Champion by the CWA/AWA Booking Office upon arrival
Managed by Al Greene
Info found in WTH plus Memphis Booking ( Memphis Booking Office - AWA, CWA World Brass Knucks HC - Don Fargo ) ALSO info found on Kayfabe Memories CWA section.
10/12/80 Crusher St Paul , MN
Defeats ‘Crusher” Jerry Blackwell
Title Abandoned <5/81
This info I got an email from George Lentz who runs the wrestling site for the CRUSHER
This past weekend during an AWA New England/Milleniuem Wrestling Federation show in Lynn, MA, Gino Martino defeated Kamala to become the new AWA Brass Knuckles Champion. The title from what I understand was won by The Crusher in 1981 defeating Jerry Blackwell. Supposedly, in an angle, Ox Baker took the title from Crusher and has had it ever since.
Some additional info i get in AWA Brass Knuckles Heavyweight Title History:
Don Fargo - February 1979-Memphis, Tennessee
1. Billed as World Brass Knuckles Champion by the CWA/AWA Booking Office upon arrival. Then the title was abandonded.
The Crusher-October 12, 1980-Saint Paul, Minnesota 2
2. The Crusher defeated Jerry Blackwell to win the revived title. Then the title was abanonded in May of 1981.
Gino Martino-September 24, 2005-Lynn, Massachusetts
3. Gino Martino defeated Kamala to win the revived title. Title vacated in 2006 when Martino leaves the AWA.
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