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This is a list of various things that took place in 1982.

Significant events

Unknown date

April

  • 5 - Jerry Lawler battles comedian Andy Kaufman in a match at a sold-out Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee. The match stems from Lawler taking exception to Kaufman wrestling women as part of his skits and laying claim to being the "Intergender Heavyweight Champion", with Lawler claiming that Kaufman's skits were disrespectful to his sport. Kaufman wins the match by disqualification when Lawler lays him out with two piledrivers (an illegal move in Memphis)

June

July

  • 4 - WWF Champion Bob Backlund and NWA World Champion Ric Flair battle to a no-contest in a title vs. title bout at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 29 - Jerry Lawler and Andy Kaufman appear together on Late Night with David Letterman, which draws widespread publicity when Kaufman, wearing a neck brace due to being piledriven by Lawler in their April 5 bout in Memphis, curses repeatedly at Lawler after "The King" slaps Kaufman out of his chair, then throws Letterman's coffee at Lawler, who then chases Kaufman out of the studio

September

  • Frank Bonnema, the host of Pacific Northwest Wrestling's Portland Wrestling program on KPTV, suffers a heart attack several days after what would turn out to be his final broadcast of the show on September 18 [1]
  • 14 - Buddy Rogers makes his first appearance in the WWF in 19 years, hosting a new interview segment called "Rogers' Corner". Early installments of the segment are used to facilitate Jimmy Snuka's face turn, using a storyline where Snuka's manager, Captain Lou Albano, was defrauding him

October

  • 9 - On a broadcast of Portland Wrestling, the announcing team of guest host Don Coss and color commentator Dutch Savage announce the death of previous host Frank Bonnema on October 5 due to complications from a heart attack Bonnema had suffered less than a month earlier. Bonnema had been the host of Portland Wrestling from 1967 (shortly after its return to KPTV from its previous home on KOIN-TV Portland) until shortly before his death. With this broadcast, Coss takes over as the show's permanent host [2]
  • 29 - Riki Chōshū double-crosses partners Antonio Inoki and Tatsumi Fujinami during a New Japan six-man bout in Koichi, Japan. The turn ignites New Japan's biggest feud of the period as Chōshū leads his heel Seikigun stable against the babyface Ishingun group, led by Inoki and Fujinami

December

  • 7 - During a television taping of WWF Championship Wrestling that aired on tape delay on December 18, Big John Studd (and manager Freddie Blassie) announce his "Bodyslam Challenge", promising a payoff to anyone who can successfully slam him in the ring. The first challenger, a fan named Joe, is unsuccessful in collecting $500. The "challenge" was the eventual setup of Studd's long-running feud with André the Giant, who would be the first WWF wrestler to successfully slam Studd. Despite boasting that he had never been (nor could ever be) properly slammed, André -- and later, Hulk Hogan -- would slam Studd on multiple occasions during the next four years (Bob Backlund, Tony Atlas, Roddy Piper, Blackjack Mulligan and Haku were also known to be successful in slamming Studd)
  • 25 - Ric Flair retains his NWA World title against Kerry Von Erich in a cage match (with Fabulous Freebird Michael Hayes as the guest referee) at WCCW's Christmas Star Wars card in Dallas, Texas. Hayes pulled Kerry on top of a dazed Flair following a mid-ring collision and made the three-count, but Kerry refuses to win the title by cheating; the aftermath of the match, which sees Hayes' fellow Freebird Terry Gordy slam the cage door on Kerry's head as Von Erich tries to leave the cage, sets off the Von Erichs-Freebirds feud which rages across Texas for nearly five years
  • 26 - NWA Hollywood Wrestling ceases operations

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Deaths

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Debuts

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Title changes

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August

  • 3 - Jack Brisco regains the NWA Mid-Atlantic title from Roddy Piper in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 11 - Jimmy Garvin wins the NWA Florida Southern title from Sweet Brown Sugar
  • 23 - The NWA Florida title, last held by Brian Blair, is declared vacant following a match against Bruiser Brody in West Palm Beach; Dean Ho and Moondog Moretti defeat Bruiser Costa and Butcher Hughes (subbing for Terry Adonis) to win the NWA Vancouver International Tag Team title in Vancouver
  • 25 - Brett Sawyer wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Rip Oliver in Coos Bay, Oregon
  • 28 - Rip Oliver regains the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Brett Sawyer in Portland
  • 29 - Super Destroyer wins the vacant NWA National title in a tournament final over Paul Orndorff in Atlanta

September

  • Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle are awarded the vacant NWA World Tag Team title, last held by Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen; they supposedly beat Giant Baba and Antonio Inoki in a fictitious match for the vacant belts in Tokyo
  • 1 - Paul Jones wins the NWA Mid-Atlantic title from Jack Brisco in Charlotte (aired on tape delay on World Wide Wrestling)
  • 3 - Bad News Allen wins the Stampede North American title from Bret Hart in Calgary
  • 17 - Harley Race wins the NWA Missouri title from Dick the Bruiser in St. Louis
  • 20 - Mr. Pro wins the NWA Vancouver Canadian title from Al Tomko in Vancouver
  • 22 - Brett Sawyer wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Rip Oliver in Salem, Oregon

October

  • 6 - Kevin Sullivan wins the vacant NWA Florida title in a tournament final over Barry Windham in Tampa, Florida
  • 17 - Bret Hart regains the Stampede North American title from Bad News Allen in Calgary
  • 18 - Jack Brisco regains the NWA Mid-Atlantic title from Paul Jones in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 31 - Dusty Rhodes wins the NWA Florida Southern title from Jimmy Garvin in Orlando

November

  • 2 - Paul Jones regains the NWA Mid-Atlantic title from Jack Brisco in Raleigh
  • 15 - Moose Morowski wins the NWA Vancouver Canadian title from Mr. Pro in Vancouver
  • 22 - Kevin Sullivan defeats Barry Windham (subbing for champion Dusty Rhodes) to win the NWA Florida Southern title in West Palm Beach (Sullivan is later stripped of the title for trying to give the belt to Jake Roberts as payment for Roberts' interference in that match)
  • 25 - Stagger Lee (Junkyard Dog wearing a mask) regains the Mid-South North American title from Ted DiBiase in New Orleans
  • 30 - Jack Brisco regains the NWA Mid-Atlantic title from Paul Jones in Columbia, South Carolina

December

  • 7 - Sheik Abdullah Ali Hassan wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Brett Sawyer in Portland
  • 18 - Barry Windham defeats Greg Valentine in a tournament final to win the vacant NWA Florida Southern title in Sarasota, Florida

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