A pair of outdoor cards held in the summer of 1983. Long-time promoter Frank Tunney had passed away in May
and nephew Jack Tunney had taken over the reigns. The shows were dubbed ' The Night Of Champions ' with a combined total
of 11 Titles being defended over the course of the two cards.
The June 12 program advertised the up-coming cards to be held at Exhibition Stadium, former home of the Blue Jays
on the shore of Lake Ontario. The stadium was referred to by the fans here as ' the mistake by the lake '
July 24 Recap reprinted from Wrestling Revue Oct 83
Maple Leaf Wrestling in Toronto recently presented their second straight outdoor card at Exhibition
Stadium. With 14,000 fans watching, the main event featured a rematch between Harley Race and Ric Flair with
the NWA World's Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Johnny Weaver, the area's North American Heavyweight Champion, was appointed special referee for this match. The match seesawed back and forth
when suddenly Flair came off the ropes all set to nail Race with an elbow, but suddenly Race leaped out of the way and Flair caught referee Weaver
on the top of the head with his elbow. Weaver was knocked over and while he
was getting up Flair locked Race in a figure four grapevine. Race was tied up tight when Weaver raised his arm. The
crowd was ecstatic thinking that Flair had taken back the belt -however, Weaver was signifying that Flair was
DQ'd for hitting the referee.
The crowd then became angry, and when Flair argued Weaver suddenly slugged
him with an elbow. Flair went through the ropes and came up with the timekeeper's hammer, and as Weaver
started to argue with Race, Flair ended up pursuing Weaver back into the dressing rooms with the hammer.
There was, however, a title change on this card. "Sergeant" Bob Slaughter took the Canadian Heavyweight title from Angelo Mosca
after a real brawl. Many in attendance thought that Slaughter used a "loaded" arm brace to beat Mosca, but the title change was official.
Steamboat & Jay Youngblood were disqualified in their attempt to regain the World's Tag Team Championship from the Brisco Brothers -Jack and
Jerry -when an angry Steamboat judo chopped referee Tommy Young.
Jimmy Valiant & Bob Orton Jr. faced The Great Kabuki & Gary Hart in a
cage match and thrilled the crowd by handing the villains a rare defeat. Greg Valentine easily defended the U.S. title against the challenge of Cy Jergenson.
Dory Funk Jr. defended the Mid Atlantic title by defeating Mike Rotundo.
On the undercard: The One Man Gang demolished Mike Davis with a giant splash. Sgt. Jacques Goulet & Kelly Kiniski beat Nick DeCarlo & Vinnie
Valentino. Rufus R. Jones pinned Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and Bob Marcus beat Masa Fuchi. Tunney will return to the renovated Maple Leaf
Gardens for his next Toronto card.
Pics show Mosca on his way to meet One Man Gang, and after successfully defending the Cdn Title
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