Parade of Champions

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The WCCW Parade of Champions was a professional wrestling supercard promoted by Fritz Von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling.

History[edit]

Fritz Von Erich came up with the "Parade of Champions" in 1984 as a way to honor his recently deceased son, David. Fritz called the first one the "David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions". At the inaugural event, in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a pro wrestling event in the United States up to that point, Kerry Von Erich defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, only to lose it back to Flair 18 days later in Yokohama, Japan. Over the next few years, he altered the names as tragedy repeatedly struck his family. The Parade of Champions is the most recognized event that World Class Championship Wrestling promoted and was an annual event from 1984 through 1988. There was another Parade of Champions supercard held in WCCW (then known as Big Time Wrestling) in 1972 and another in 1982 but it was rarely mentioned in the 1980s.

All Parade of Champions supercards were held at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

A wrestling organization out of Texas called NWA Southwest is running an event in late August, 2010, called Parade of Champions, which it claims is the "Longest Running Wrestling Event In Texas History Dating Back To 1972," but there is no true connection between this event and the legendary Parade of Champions cards that WCCW ran, other than the name.

Parade of Champions '72[edit]

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Promotion Big Time Wrestling
Date June 24, 1972
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions[edit]

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Promotion World Class Championship Wrestling
Date May 6, 1984
Attendance 50,123 (43,517 paid)
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

Parade of Champions 2[edit]

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Promotion World Class Championship Wrestling
Date May 5, 1985
Attendance 26,153
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

Parade of Champions 3[edit]

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Promotion World Class Wrestling Association
Date May 4, 1986
Attendance 24,121
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

Parade of Champions 4[edit]

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Promotion World Class Wrestling Association
Date May 3, 1987
Attendance 5,900
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

Parade of Champions 5[edit]

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Promotion World Class Wrestling Association
Date May 8, 1988
Attendance 7,000
Venue Texas Stadium
City Irving, Texas

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