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Old School WrestleMania Competitor Passes Away

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• OLD SCHOOL HISTORY (March 29, 1986) – NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling

On this day in 1986, Jim Crockett Promotions aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘NWA Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling’.

This episode featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments featuring the 1986 NWA Wrestling Superstars.

The card for the show was:

– Interview: Jim Cornette

– Sam Houston vs. David Dillinger

– Black Bart vs. Gene Ligon

– Jimmy Garvin vs. Rocky Kernodle

– Interview: Ivan/Nikita Koloff

– Barbarian/Baron Von Rashcke/vs. Nelson Royal/Italian Stallion

– Interview: Dusty Rhodes

– Interview: Magnum TA

– Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson vs. George South/Denny Brown

– Interview: Jimmy Garvin

– Midnight Express vs. Mike Simani/Ron Rossi

– Interview: Ron Garvin

• Old School WrestleMania Competitor Passes Away

We are saddened to learn that Old School WrestleMania Competitor and Puroresu Veteran Koji Kitao passed away from chronic renal failure.

He was 55 years old.

Kitao was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2013 and passed away on February 10, 2019. An official statement of his death was only announced earlier today though.

Apart from his time in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the American Wrestling Association, Super World of Sports and various MMA promotions, most North American Wrestling Fans remember him for his WrestleMania VII match, where him and Japenese Wrestling Legend Tenryu defeated the Team of Demolition.


August 12, 1963 – February 10, 2019

We extend our condolences to Kitao’s family, friends and fans.

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