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 Posted: Fri Jun 27th, 2008 05:49 pm
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Ron



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Ok my rumour has been confirmed after 3 years, and yes read the challengers name again.

July 2, 1977 Sarasota, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs Ivan Koloff

Graham would work a week a month for Eddie Graham.  This tour at the beginning of July looks like this so far.

 

June 28, 1977   Tampa,FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham, Ernie Ladd lost to Dusty Rhodes, Steve Keirn

June 29, 1977   Miami Beach, FL Convention Hall South
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham and Ernie Ladd lost to Dusty Rhodes and Steve Keirn. Rhodes pinned Graham

June 30, 1977  Gainesville, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs Jack Brisco

July 2, 1977  Sarasota, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs Ivan Koloff

I do not have the July 1, 1977 date yet.  It is still missing out their in Florida somewhere.  And I am unsure of July 3rd and July 4th.  My next solid dates would be July 5 for him doing his house show promo's at the Philadelphia arena. So it is unsure if he worked Florida or elswhere on the 3rd and 4th.  But July 1, 1977 is all but guranteed to be a Florida date.  


The end of July looked like this for Graham and the Jully 22nd date eludes me for Florida yet:

July 19, 1977  Tampa, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs Dusty Rhodes

July 20, 1977  Miami Beach, FL Convention Hall South
Dusty Rhodes defeated WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham in a non title match

July 21, 1977  Jacksonville, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham lost to Dusty Rhodes

July 23, 1977  Sarasota, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham vs Rocky Johnson

July 24, 1977  Orlando, FL
WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham lost to Rocky Johnson

July 25, 1977  West Palm Beach, FL
Dusty Rhodes beat WWWF World Champion Superstar Billy Graham

Remember Billy Graham was at this point doing a lot of appearances as WWWF Champion in Florida.  He at this point in time is not yet conracted to the WWWF.  I feel he was still under Eddie Graham's contract.  Billy himself has said that in the middle of his Title run is when Vince Jr. came to him with a contract.  Which does show as the months go by towards the end of his title run, with the amount of Florida dates he worked.  The first half of his title run he did indeed appear in the CWF a very lot.