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This is a list of various things that took place in 1983.

Significant events

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October

  • 5 - During a television taping at the Hamburg (Pennsylvania) Fieldhouse, following a squash match where the Magnificent Muraco defeated Victor Mercado, Muraco famously eats a meatball sandwich and drinks a glass of soda in between wrestling. Following the match, Muraco's manager, Captain Lou Albano slips on the floor on part of the sandwich, drawing laughter from the crowd and commentators Vince McMahon, Jr. and Pat Patterson (and Muraco doing all he can to stifle his own laughter); Albano was not hurt and the incident airs on the October 15 broadcast of WWF All-Star Wrestling. Also during the same event, The Grand Wizard makes his last live appearances in his lifetime; squash matches with him appearing in the corner for Sgt. Slaughter and The Masked Superstar will air on All-Star Wrestling the weekend of October 22, 10 days after The Grand Wizard's death, as his passing will not be announced for another week.
  • 17 - In what has become one of wrestling's most iconic matches, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka leaps off the top of a 15-foot high steel cage onto a prone Magnificent Muraco following their match at New York City's Madison Square Garden; the leap happens shortly after Muraco had been knocked outside the cage and inadvertently won their match, thus successfully defending his WWF Intercontinental Championship. The match is aired live on the USA Network, and in attendance at the show were future wrestling stars The Sandman, Mick Foley, Tommy Dreamer, and Bubba Ray Dudley; all of them cited this match as a major reason they decided to pursue professional wrestling.
  • 23 - Tommy Rich defeats Buzz Sawyer in a bloody steel cage match in Atlanta, Georgia to climax their 18-month feud; this event was dubbed The Last Battle of Atlanta and was a precursor to Hell in the Cell, as the steel cage for this match had a top
  • 29 - The sudden death of The Grand Wizard is acknowledged on the WWF's syndicated television programs, a rare break of kayfabe in wrestling at the time. A storyline was arranged in the following weeks, speculating who would take over as on-screen manager of wrestlers he was paired with on television.

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  • 27 - Hulk Hogan returns to the WWF at a TV taping in St. Louis

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  • 15 - Ric Flair wins the vacant NWA Missouri title in a tournament final over David Von Erich in St. Louis

September

October

  • 3 - Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood regain the NWA World Tag Team title from Jack and Jerry Brisco in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 7 - Billy Jack Haynes wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Dynamite Kid in Salem, Oregon
  • 21 - Jack and Jerry Brisco regain the NWA World Tag Team title from Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood in Greenville, South Carolina

November

December

  • 14 - Billy Jack Haynes wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Rip Oliver in Seattle
  • 25 - The NWA World Tag Team title, last held by Rick Steamboat and Jay Youngblood, is vacated when Steamboat announces his retirement; Rip Oliver wins the NWA Pacific Northwest title from Billy Jack Haynes in Seattle
  • 26 - The Iron Sheik wins the WWF Heavyweight Championship from Bob Backlund in New York City

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