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Booker T Recalls How Dallas Fans Went From Making Racist Remarks To Becoming Fans Of Harlem Heat

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (March 21, 1987) – NWA PRO Wrestling

On this day in 1987, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA PRO Wrestling’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments featuring the 1987 NWA Wrestling Superstars.

The card can be found below:

– Bob & Johnny Announce there are new US Tag champs

– Jimmy Garvin vs. Mark Flemming

– The Garvins w/ Precious interview

– The Horsemen w/ J.J. Dillon interview

– Horsemen attack Ole in locker room

– Interview: Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff

– Barry Windham vs. John Savage

– Interview: Barry Windham & Ricky Morton

– Wahoo McDaniel & Baron Von Rashke vs. Gary Royal & Tommy Angel

• Booker T Recalls How Dallas Fans Went From Making Racist Remarks To Becoming Fans Of Harlem Heat

During a recent appearance on Busted Open Radio, soon to be 2 time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T talked about starting off as Harlem Heat with his brother Stevie Ray In Dallas, Texas and reaction of fans towards them.

Below is what Booker T said:

“Our first experience in Dallas was an experience one could never imagine in the wrestling business. It was only about fifty people or so in that arena, they were all 100% Caucasian, and they hated Harlem Heat. We didn’t have any experience there, we were just two guys.

I remember vividly, my brother-in-law was taping it on the recorder and they were calling us everything in the building that night, man, all of it, the ‘N’ word and everything. My brother-in-law was taping and at one point in the match, I did the spinaroonie, and then a guy came up to my brother-in-law and told him, ‘You got to cut that off.’ But right before that, I saw the reaction of all the fans. One guy goes, ‘Oh my God! What was that?!’

From that moment on, we literally changed the people in that sportatorium. It went from fifty people to that place being sold-out on a weekly basis, and those people were seeing it to have the experience.

We were like the Von Erichs in Dallas, and when we left, I remember vividly, we were in my Z28 and we were leaving and heading to Atlanta, GA and all those people that called us those words, they were there crying. They hated to see us go, and I don’t think it has been the same since we left Dallas, Texas.”

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