Today in Pro Wrestling History: On January 6, 1983, in a highly anticipated champion versus champion match, WWC Universal Champion Carlos Colon triumphed over NWA World Champion Ric Flair.
Today In Pro Wrestling History (Jan 6): Champion vs. Champion on The Island
In an era where touring champions often lost titles in foreign territories, these matches served dual purposes: bolstering local attendances and enhancing the local star’s credibility without affecting the primary championship lineage.
Such was the case with this encounter, as Flair would regain the title in a non-televised, ‘phantom’ title change on January 23, 1983.
Colon and Flair continued to engage in inter-promotional, champion vs. champion matches throughout the early 1980s.
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