Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 30): Gordy is On Top of the Universe

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On May 30th, 1986, Bill Watts’ Mid-South Wrestling is renamed the Universal Wrestling Federation, and crowns Terry Gordy as the first UWF heavyweight champion.

Today in Pro Wrestling History: (May 30): Gordy is On Top of the Universe

Today In Pro Wrestling History May 30

To establish the new UWF Heavyweight Championship, a tournament was held, featuring the promotion’s top talent. The finals saw “The Freebird” Terry Gordy defeat “Dr. Death” Steve Williams to become the inaugural champion. This victory solidified Gordy as the face of the UWF and marked the beginning of a new era for the promotion.

The UWF, under Watts’ leadership, was known for its hard-hitting, realistic wrestling style, emphasizing athleticism and compelling storylines. Watts had a keen eye for talent, and the UWF roster boasted future stars such as Sting, Eddie Gilbert, and The Fabulous Freebirds.

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