Southwest Sports (1940-1966)
In 1940, Ed McLemore took over the Dallas operation and formed "Southwest Sports." He ran the promotion concurrently to Morris Sigel in Houston. Throughout the 1940s, McLemore was a local promoter for the Houston office, which had control over much of Texas. He continued a formula similiar his predecessor Bert Willoughby with the pre-NWA stars coming in to battle his local heroes. Late in the decade, Dallas and the Sportatorium saw big changes. The NWA was formed and McLemore became their Dallas affiliate. The Sportatorium grew a national reputation as the home of the "Big D Jamboree" country program. In 1953, McLemore left the NWA and severed his ties with Houston. Soon after the Sportatorium was burned down in a suspicious manner. It was rebuilt, McLemore rejoined the NWA and continued to promote wrestling in the Dallas area. The formation of the National Wrestling Alliance, development of the television and economic stability caused numerous regional markets to change and Dallas was no different. In the early 1960s, Fritz Von Erich came to town. He was one of the premier stars of the 1950s and wanted to settle down in the region. He went to war with McLemore, aligned with Houston promoter Paul Boesch and San Antonio promoter Joe Blanchard to take over the city. 


Johnny Becker
Ted "King Kong" Cox
Ray Gunkel
Lee Henning
Bill Longson
Blimp Levy
Man Mountain Dean
Bobby Managoff
Leroy McGuirk
Buddy Rogers
Doc Sarpolis
Angelo Savoldi
Swedish Angel
Lou Thesz



Big Time Wrestling (1966-1981)
Fritz Von Erich was one of the top heels in the United States when he rolled into Dallas in the 1960s. After a few years working with Sportatorium owner Ed McLemore, Von Erich decided to take over the city. He created an alliance with Houston promoter Paul Boesch, San Antonio promoter Joe Blanchard as well as his connections from touring the United States to seize control. In the late 1960s, he turned babyface and began feuding with "Playboy" Gary Hart and his various charges as well as other excellent heels that came to Dallas. When McLemore died in 1969, Von Erich took over the Sportatorium, the Southwest Sports promotion and worked hard to turn Dallas into one of the best promotion around. Von Erich had a great core of talent throughout the 1970s from rough-and-tough types to highflyers to great talkers, Big Time was just as its name claimed. As the decade came to a close, Fritz's children began their careers in the territory and he began phasing himself out as an in-ring performer. By this time Fritz was a wealthy man with investments all over the region in real estate. The Von Erich boys had a certain marketability that would led the promotion to a great rise and fall in the 1980s. 


Abdullah The Butcher
Skandor Akbar
Andre the Giant
Afa & Sika Anoia
Tony Atlas
Ox Baker
Red Bastien
Brute Bernard
Black Gordman
The Blackjacks (Mulligan & Lanza)
Jerry Blackwell
Brian Blair
The Big O (Ron Bass)
Tully Blanchard
Nick Bockwinkel
Lord Johnathan Boyd
Bobo Brazil
Jack Brisco
Bruiser Brody
"Killer" Tim Brooks
Bearcat Brown
Leroy Brown
Haystack Calhoun
Captain USA (John Studd)
Scott Casey
Ciclon Negro
Cien Caras
Tony Charles
Randy Colley (Moondog Spot)
Colosso Colosetti
Tiger Conway Sr.
Tiger Conway Jr.
Bull Curry
J.J. Dillon
Dory Dixon
Hacksaw Duggan
Bobby Duncum
Frank Dusek
"Cowboy" Bob Ellis
Eric The Red
Don Fargo
Johnny Fargo (Greg Valentine)
Muhammad Farouk (Iron Shiek)
Mr. Fuji
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Pepper Gomez
Frank Goodish (Bruiser Brody)
Gordman & Golitah
El Gran Markus
Great Goliath
Great Mephisto (Frankie Cain)
"Superstar" Billy Graham
Luke Graham
Gypsy Joe
El Halcon
Stan Hansen
Swede Hanson
Gary Hart
Rip Hawk
Lord Alfred Hayes
Gino Hernandez
Rocky Johnson
Don Leo Jonathan
Paul Jones
Ruben Juarez
Tor Kamata
Duke Keomuka
Kim Duk
Gene Kiniski
Stan Kowalski
Nick Kozak
Killer Karl Krupp
Blackjack Lanza
Jos Leduc
Mark Lewin
Jose Lothario
Billy Red Lyons
Al Madril
Peter Maivia
Rick Martel
Luis Martinez
Boris Malenko
Ken Mantell
Wahoo McDaniel
Tex McKenzie
Mighty Igor
Mil Mascaras
Dr. Bill Miller
Missouri Mauler
The Mongolian Stomper
"Moondog" Lonnie Mayne
Angelo Mosca
Blackjack Mulligan
Don Muraco
Dick Murdoch
Pat O'Connor
Jerry Oates
Bob Orton Jr.
Ken Patera
Thunderbolt Patterson
Alex Perez
Paul Perschmann (Buddy Rose)
Roddy Piper
Tom Prichard
Ivan Putski
Harley Race
Bull Ramos
Dusty Rhodes
Victor Rivera
Buddy Roberts
Jake Roberts
Ricky Romero
Bob Roop
Nelson Royal
Mr. Sakurada (Kendo Nagasaki)
El Santo
George Scott
The Sheik
Oki Shikina
Dick Slater
Grizzly Smith
Jimmy Snuka
Clay Spencer (Ken Mantell)
The Spoiler
Stan Stasiak
Ray Stevens
The Stomper
Jerry Stubbs
Big John Studd
John L. Sullivan
Sweet Brown Sugar
"Bruiser" Bob Sweetan
Professor Toru Tanaka
Les Thornton
John Tolos
Mad Dog Vachon
Dale Valentine (Buddy Roberts)
Johnny Valentine
Khosrow Vaziri
Nikolai Volkoff
David Von Erich
Fritz Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
Waldo Von Erich
Baron Von Raschke
Bill Watts
Bearcat Wright
Gary Young
Jay Youngblood




WCCW - World Class Championship Wrestling (1981-1989)
Fritz Von Erich had become the top dog in Dallas and in the early 1980s, his talented sons took over his spot. World Class secured some of the most talented young wrestlers, who were also prone to self-destruction as the pro-wrestling world would witness in the years that followed. From 1982 to 1985, World Class was the hottest promotion going. The Von Erich boys were handsome hometown kids, the Freebirds were their brash, hard-living antagonists. This feud was the biggest money feud, but they also had innovative feuds involving valets on one end of the spectrum and deaths on the other. David Von Erich was the first to pass, but as time passed, more and more began dying. By 1986, World Class had withdrawn from the NWA and reinvigorated the company for a time, then they aligned with the UWF, which helped too. After the NWA bought out the UWF, booker Ken Mantell left WCCW to start his own company. This was a hard blow, though Mantell eventually returned. By this point, the pro-wrestling world was rocked by the national expansion of Vince McMahon and the ideas that made World Class a hot commodity were being recycled. Eric Embry took over booking duties and drastically changed the direction of the company. A deal was made with Memphis-based promoter Jerry Jarrett to sell the company's assets to him, create a new company and the Von Erichs would retain some control. This company lasted for over a year, but the shift from World Class to the USWA had been a key angle. When it closed, Kevin Von Erich attempted to revive World Class, but lacked the funding or cast to succeed. Into the mid-1990s, attempts to bring back World Class occurred with no notable successes. 


Abdullah the Butcher
"Gentleman" Chris Adams
General Skandor Akbar
Andre the Giant
Brad Armstrong
Tony Atlas
Ox Baker
Black Gordman
Brian Blair
Richard Blood (Tito Santana)
Blue Demon
Matt Borne
Bruiser Brody
"Killer" Tim Brooks
King Kong Bundy
Scott Casey
Jim Cornette
Ted DiBiase
Dingo Warrior
Dirty White Boys (Len Denton & Tony Anthony)
Frank Dusek
Dynamic Duo (Chris Adams &
Gino Hernandez)
Eric Embry
The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton)
Fishman
Ric Flair
The Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts)
Tatsumi Fujinami
"Handsome" Jimmy Garvin
Mike George
Terry "Bamm Bamm" Gordy (Freebird)
The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony)
The Great Kabuki
Great Yatsu
Rene Guajardo
Chavo Guerrero
"Playboy" Gart Hart
Lord Al Hayes
Michael Hayes
Billy Jack Haynes
Gino Hernandez
Hercules Hernandez
Spike Huber
Austin Idol
Iron Sheik
Scott "Hog" Irwin
"Wild" Bill Irwin
Kabuki
Kamala
Killer Khan
Krusher Khruschev
Kengo Kimura
Killer Karl Krupp
Ernie Ladd
Buddy Landell
Jos LeDuc
Mark Lewin
Jose Lothario
Ken Mantell
Junkyard Dog
Al Madril
Magnum TA
Ric McCord (Austin Idol)
Bugsy McGraw
Shawn Michaels
Midnight Express
The Missing Link
Blackjack Mulligan
Ted & Jerry Oates
Rip Oliver
One Man Gang
Ken Patera
Iceman King Parsons
Al Perez
Percy Pringle
Ivan Putski
PYT Express (Koko Ware & Norvell Austin)
Harley Race
Red River Jack (Bruiser Brody)
Butch Reed
Buddy Roberts
Jake Roberts
Rip Rogers
Ricky Romero
"Ravishing" Rick Rude
Buzz Sawyer
El Solitario
The Spoiler
Ron Starr
Big John Studd
Kevin Sullivan
Super Destroyers (Scott & Bill Irwin)
Superfly (Leroy Brown)
Ricky Steamboat
Sweet Brown Sugar (Skip Young)
Pat Tanaka
Terry Taylor
Tenyru
The Texan (Blackjack Mulligan)
Jumbo Tsuruta
Butcher Vachon
David Von Erich
Fritz Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
"Dr. Death" Steve Williams
Tora Yatsu (Yoshiaki Yatsu)
Crusher Yurkoff (Bam Bam Bigelow)
Gary Young
Skip Young