Special Feature: The Greatest United States Heavyweight Champion of All Time Tournament: Round One M
Copyright Michael W. Rickard II
Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.
It’s time for part five of round one of The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament, originally presented at Canadian Bulldog’s World. In case you’re just tuning in, this tournament includes the 21 greats who held Jim Crockett Promotions’ United States Heavyweight Championship, one of the most prestigious titles in the National Wrestling Alliance. The belt served as a stepping stone to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and became the focus of many top programs in JCP. The 21 different men who held the belt were either famous veterans or rising stars who eventually became legends. Now, it’s time to decide which one of these stars is the greatest U.S. Champion of all time?
In our last match, Ricky Steamboat scored a pinfall victory over Terry Funk. Next up is one-time U.S. Champion Bobo Brazil versus one-time champion “The Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff. Who will triumph and proceed to round two? We're about to find out. Keep in mind that the wrestlers working the matches are in the same physical condition they were when they held the U.S. Championship which means nearly everyone are in their wrestling prime.
The first-round matches are being held at the historic Charlotte Coliseum (now known as the Bojangles Coliseum) in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Coliseum opened in 1955 and could hold 10,000-14,000 people, depending on the event. Bob Caudle and David Crockett will be calling the action for this round’s matches.
Click here for the tournament introduction
Click here for match one of round one
Click here for match two of round one.
Click here for match three of round one.
Click here for match four of round one.