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Flair keeps world wrestling title with controversial win By Steve Eighinger News Journal COLUMBUS, Ohio National Wrestling Alliance superstar superstar Ric Flair continued his stranglehold on the world championship Wednesday night with a controversial win over Magnum T.A. Magnum T.A., the reigning NWA United States heavyweight heavyweight champion, had apparently wrestled the title from Flair via a pin, only to have the decision reversed immediately immediately following the three-count. three-count. three-count. Magnum was disqualified disqualified for somersaulting Flair over the top rope moments before the (apparent) pin. Such a move is prohibited by the NWA. Flair is a three-time three-time three-time NWA world champion. The current current reign of the self-proclaimed self-proclaimed self-proclaimed "Nature Boy" has lasted lasted 13 months. He regained the NWA championship belt last summer before 43,000 fans at Texas Stadium when he pinned the "Modern Day Warrior," Kerry Von Erich, son of the famed Fritz Von Erich. Last night's 30-minute 30-minute 30-minute Flair-Magnum Flair-Magnum Flair-Magnum T.A. clash highlighted an eight-event eight-event eight-event card at Battelle Hall atop the Ohio Center in downtown Columbus. Two other championship championship bouts were presented. The most entertaining contest of the night, however, was a non-title non-title non-title affair pitting Mad Dog Buzz Sawyer and Am Anderson in a Texas Death match. Anderson is the younger brother of Ole Anderson, who together form the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. They are the reigning NWA national tag team kings. Sawyer emerged victorious in the half-hour half-hour half-hour brawl in which the only rule was there were no rules. Both wrestlers wrestlers faces' resembled bloody pulps by the end of the slugfest. Other matches saw: The popular Dusty Rhodes (a.k.a. "The American Dream") defeat Tully Blanchard in a battle for the NWA national television title. Rhodes also kept the services of Blanchard's valet, Baby Doll. He "won" her services in a recent match. Black Bart outlasting Ronnie "Hands of Stone" Garvin Garvin and keeping his NWA national heavyweight title belt. Manager Jim Cornette's Midnight Express tag team upending Pistol Pez Whatley and the Italian Stallion. Whatley is a former Southern heavyweight champion. Dirty Dick Slater and Kevin Sullivan battling to a draw outside the ring. Thunderbolt Patterson pinning Rock and Roll RPM-DJ RPM-DJ RPM-DJ and Brett Wayne Sawyer downing Bob Roop in a pair of preliminary yawners. Roop and Sawyer are The NWA will return to Battelle Hall Aug. 17 with the featured match finding World tag team belt holders the Rock and Roll Express meeting Krusher Kruschev and Ivan Ko-loff. Ko-loff. Ko-loff. v

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  1. News-Journal,
  2. 19 Jul 1985, Fri,
  3. Page 21

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