Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Dr. Tom Prichard: The Night Brisco Became NWA Champion

by Dick Bourne
Mid-Atlantic Gateway

Back in 2012, while surfing the internet, I came across a great article by pro-wrestling superstar Tom Prichard on his "Doctor's Note" blog. I originally wrote about it on the Domed Globe website, and I am now posting it on the Gateway as well.

Tom Prichard's ticket stub for wrestling at the
Sam Houston Coliseum, July 20, 1973

In his article "Harley Race vs. Jack Brisco: The Night Brisco Became NWA World Champion", Prichard looks back at the significance the date July 20, 1973 had for him in several ways, not the least of which was the historic title change between Race and Brisco, but also the night the belt known as "the ten pounds of gold" was first presented to the champion.

Prichard, who grew up in El Passo, TX, watching wrestling out of the Amarillo territory, was there in Houston that night and the pomp and circumstance surrounding the big night left a lasting impression on him. I greatly enjoyed his first hand account.

Included in the article are images of the actual newspaper reports that week (not reproductions) as well as programs, magazines, and his row 12, seat 8 ticket stub. This stuff is very cool to me.

Many of the clippings seen in Prichard's post are also featured in the "Ten Pounds of Gold" book, copies of which were provided by Harley Race.

Click the link the below to go to Tom Prichard's blog and relive the night history was made in Houston.

Dr. Tom's blog is "The Doctor's Note" and is located here:
 Originally published on the Domed Globe website in October of 2012