• Michael W. Rickard II

Special Feature: The Greatest United States Heavyweight Champion of All Time Tournament: The Finals.

Copyright 2019 Michael W. Rickard II

Originally presented at Canadian Bulldog's World.

It’s time for the final round of The Greatest U.S. Champion of All Time Tournament, presented here 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 steppingstone 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.

Round One featured 18 grappling greats battling to advance to round two while three other competitors (Ric Flair, Blackjack Mulligan, and Chief Wahoo McDaniel) received byes for having held the U.S. title the most times. Round two saw 10 titans of the squared circle battling for the title of the best of the best to hold the U.S. belt. Round three featured four fearless competitors battling to advance to the finals and now, only two men remain. 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 every competitor is in their wrestling prime.

The finals are being held at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Greensboro Coliseum opened in 1959 and like some of the other iconic arenas that have hosted our tournament, the Greensboro Coliseum was the home for several sports including hockey, basketball, and of course, “The Sport of Kings,” professional wrestling. The Greensboro Coliseum has held so many legendary events whether it was special Thanksgiving and Christmas shows, “The Final Battle” between NWA World Tag Team Champions Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle vs. Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood, or the first four Starrcades.

As always, Bob Caudle and David Crockett will be calling the action for this, the final match. This match is being held in a steel cage, no disqualification, one fall with no time limit. The winner is the first man to pin his opponent or make him submit. In order to maintain order, the National Wrestling Alliance has appointed a special referee, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Jack Brisco. Brisco is no stranger to the Mid-Atlantic area, having held the promotion’s Eastern States Heavyweight Championship, its successor, the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, and the NWA World Tag Team Championship alongside brother Jerry.

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Round Two

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Round Three

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