Friday, February 02, 2018

Action Figures Friday: The 1980s Championships

The Jim Crockett Promotions "Dusty Era" Champions & Championships
by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway
Photographs and Collection courtesy of Jeff Jewett

The "Big Gold" NWA World Championship
Featured Figures: Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, and Hulk Hogan
This week on "Action Figures Friday" we take a brief departure from Mike Simmerman's custom Mid-Atlantic TV studio of the 1970s and early 1980s, and move forward to the mid-1980s where Jeff Jewett takes a look at that period through his collection of custom figures and replica championship belts.

We affectionately call this era the "Dusty era", named for the booker and creative genius behind the explosive success of Jim Crockett Promotions from 1985 until the company was sold to Ted Turner in late 1988.

In this series of photographs that Jeff sent us, you will see each of the Crockett NWA championship belts (with only a couple of exceptions) accompanied by actions figures of many of the champions who wore them, as well as some photographs to serve as background. It's an amazing display that Jeff has put together!

NWA World Tag Team Championship
Featured Figures: Midnight Express, Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson

United States heavyweight Championship (Version 4 "Silver Belt" 1983-1986)
Featured Action Figures: Magnum T.A. and Tully Blanchard

United States heavyweight Championship (Version 5 "Gold Eagle Belt" 1986-1991)
Featured Action Figures: Nikita Koloff and Magnum T.A.
United States Tag Team Championship
Featured Figures: Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express

National Heavyweight Championship
Featured Figures: Tully Blanchard and Terry Taylor

National Tag Team Championship
Featured Figures: Arn and Ole Anderson

NWA World Television Championship
Featured Figures: Dusty Rhodes and Arn Anderson

Western States Heritage Championship
Featured Figures; Larry Zbyszko and Barry Windham

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