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Many title histories mention that the NWA Central States territory (and its Championship) was originally known as the "Heart Of America" territory (and Championship). I have been wondering for quite some time exactly when the name change took place. No list is clear.
Here's a new find by Tim Hornbaker, author of the great "National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling" book:
Tor Kamata passed away on 2007/07/23 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan after a long battle with heart disease.
Kamata was one of the top heels in the old IWE where he was Rusher Kimura's big rival. He then wrestled for All Japan and won the prestigeous PWF Heavyweight Title from Giant Baba in 1978. He had a total of 16 tours in Japan.
He also held various titles in Canada and the U.S. including AWA World Tag ...
Karl Gotch has passed way on July 28th, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. He was a true legend in the sport, especially in Japan where he was known as the guy who trained other legends such as Antonio Inoki, Osamu Kido, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Satoru Sayama, Akira Maeda, etc., etc.
The brackets have been announced:
To be honest, I don't know many of these wrestlers, but I think the video production is well done (doesn't look too cheap). Sure, NWA isn't what it used to be, but these guys are trying to making the events look very important thru this video clip, and I think they are doing good job at it. Something that major promotions can learn ...
Our sport lost what may be the last connection to the Depression Era. Abe Kelmer, better known as Abe Coleman in the world of squared-circle, passed away in Queens, New York at the age of 101. He was said to be the oldest pro-wrestler in the world.
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Rest in peace....
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Even more legends of our great sports have passed since last week:
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Allen Coage (aka Bad News Allen or Bad News Brown) passed away from a heart attack at 5:30am on 2007/03/06 in Calgary at the age of 63.
Bad News Allen was one of the top foreign stars for New Japan in the early 80s and also had some matches with UWF International in the early 90s.
Rest in peace...
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