TODAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY… DEC 25th: Fritz Collapses on Christmas

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DATELINE: DEC 25, 1987 – REUNION ARENA – DALLAS, TX


One of the most infamous incidents in Texas wrestling history —  the “Christmas Day Massacre” — occurred at World Class Wrestling’s Star Wars Christmas show.

WCWA champion Al Perez and Kerry Von Erich were scheduled to face each other in a steel cage main event for the title, with Gary Hart handcuffed to Fritz to prevent interference. However, Fritz is attacked in a scuffle after an argument with a group of heels, led by Terry Gordy.

After the attack, Fritz staged a seizure by self-collapsing onto the floor of Reunion Arena, and was supposedly rushed to a hospital.

Dallas-area media reported this as a top story, not realizing until later that the entire incident had been a work.

This clip includes both of Marc Lowrance’s “live” inserts on Championship Sports the night after the still-controversial angle in which Fritz Von Erich “collapsed” at Christmas Star Wars 1987:


 



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