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"The Golden Age"

Start Date: March 1987

King's Court 1987 Hype Thread

 

The data is coming along well now so thought I'd start this up to give a big of a preview of what's to come. It allows you guys to start thinking about what promotion you may want to play as also. As I complete a promotion I'll update this thread with a spotlight and details.

 

Another massive thank you has to go to the pic cutters, in particular, Togg and Michgcs. They're saving me huge amounts of time which is allowing me to move much faster :) I'll post requests in this thread from now on.

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: American Wrestling Association (AWA)

 

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Owner: Verne Gagne

Head Booker: Verne Gagne

Location: Mid West (USA)

Size: Cult

Prestige: B

Momentum: D+

Money: $500,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Realism & Pure

 

 

Bio: In 1960, after unsuccessfully lobbying the NWA for a title match between Gagne and the NWA World Champion, Gagne and Karbo led certain territories out of the NWA forming the AWA. The AWA unilaterally recognized NWA World Champion Pat O'Connor as AWA World Champion and gave him 90 days to defend the AWA title against Gagne. The NWA ignored the challenge. O'Connor was stripped of the AWA title and it was awarded to Gagne on August 16, 1960. While O'Connor was considered the first AWA Champion, he never wrestled in the AWA until later in the 1960s (when he teamed with Wilbur Snyder to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship).

 

Gagne was a former amateur-wrestling champion who had earned a spot on the U.S. team at the 1948 Summer Olympics; he ran the AWA with a traditionalist sensibility, firmly believing that sound technical wrestling—not flashy "sports entertainment"—should be the basis of a pro-wrestling company.[1] Starting in the 1970s, Gagne trained his newcomer wrestlers from his farm in Chanhassen, Minnesota.[2] After retiring in the early 1980s, he focused the promotion on Nick Bockwinkel, a loyal employee of several years who was a mat-wrestling technician like Gagne had been. Under Gagne and Karbo, the AWA became one of the most successful territories in the country, promoting shows in such major cities as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Omaha, Winnipeg, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and throughout the Midwest region.

 

Starting in 1982 and accelerated by a role in the hit film Rocky III, Hulk Hogan rapidly caught on as a babyface with AWA fans, and became the AWA's top draw. But even as his popularity grew to unprecedented levels, Gagne refused to make him the AWA World Heavyweight Champion, as Hogan was a powerhouse wrestler. But as Vince McMahon and his northeastern-based World Wrestling Federation (WWF) attempted to end pro wrestling's regional era in the mid-1980s (by establishing the WWF as a national promotion), Gagne made several decisions that caused his AWA to lose momentum in the emerging wrestling promotion war, including overemphasizing his son Greg Gagne in AWA storylines (which led to speculation of nepotism by Verne within the company) and failing to make Hulk Hogan the focus of his company when he had the chance.

 

Frustrated by Verne Gagne's business decisions, Hogan accepted an offer from rival promoter McMahon to wrestle for the WWF, in December 1983. One month later, Hogan became the World Heavyweight champion. He and the WWF soon became a mainstream media phenomenon and virtually synonymous with professional wrestling in much of the national consciousness, vaulting past the AWA and NWA as the premier promotion in wrestling. Hogan wasn't alone in leaving the AWA. Some of the AWA's other top talent, including announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund, manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, and wrestlers Adrian Adonis, Ken Patera, Jim Brunzell, and Jesse Ventura, also jumped to the WWF. The sting of the WWF expansion was not shouldered by the AWA alone. The NWA also lost top stars "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Jack Brisco, Jerry Brisco, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and "Cowboy" Bob Orton to the WWF during that same time.

 

The AWA continued to fall behind the WWF and NWA as a major promotion throughout 1986 and 1987. Despite this, Gagne still managed to develop legitimate young talent like Scott Hall, The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), "Bull Power" Leon White, The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags), and Madusa Miceli during that timeframe.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Nick Bockwinkel, Jimmy Snuka, Jerry Lawler, Sgt Slaughter, Wahoo McDaniel, Greg Gagne, Curt Hennig, Larry Zbyszko

 

 

Titles

AWA World Heavyweight - Nick Bockwinkel

AWA World Tag Team - Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty

AWA World Women's - Sherri Martel

AWA World Light Heavyweight - Vacant

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Continental Championship Wrestling (CCW)

 

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Owner: Ron Fuller

Head Booker: Ron Fuller

Location: South East (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C-

Momentum: D+

Money: $50,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream

 

 

Bio: In 1974, Ron Fuller opened up Southeastern Championship Wrestling based out of Knoxville, Tennessee where he focused mainly on the east Tennessee area. In 1977, Ron Fuller took over the territory his grandfather and father had originally founded when GCCW folded and Fuller expanded the SECW to run in the Southern Alabama, Northern Florida area in addition the Eastern Tennessee territory he already established. This was initially labelled ”the Southern Division” of the SECW treating them as two separate entities despite the original plan to run a talent exchange between the two involving talent spending sixteen months in one end of the territory and then spend eight months in another to regain momentum after losing steam in the previous one.

 

In 1980, several members of the talent roster and behind the scenes personnel left the territory out frustration involving backstage politics with Ron's brother Robert Fuller who was considered lazy in terms of booking the terrirory, and spent many nights partying and felt his spot in Southeastern was owed to him since he was a member of The Welch/Fuller family.

 

Five years later, Fuller decided that it was time to reach beyond the Southern Alabama/Northern Florida area and re-purchased the Knoxville end of the territory, with this expansion came a name change to Continental Championship Wrestling. This was an attempt on Ron Fuller's part to compete with Vince McMahon. After a failed negotiation with CBS, he settled on moving the television show out of the small television studio and into the big arenas where they did house shows in order to give the promotion a national look and feel. While the name Southeastern restricted the promotion to a more regional feel, the name Continental gave fans the impression they toured all over North America.

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Buddy Landell, Dutch Mantell, Mr Wrestling II, Ron Fuller, Robert "Tennessee Stud" Fuller

 

 

Titles

NWA Southeast Continental Heavyweight - Buddy Landell

NWA Southeast Continental Tag Team - Jerry Stubbs & Tony Anthony

NWA Southeast US Jr Heavyweight - Tom Prichard

NWA Alabama Heavyweight - Vacant

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Central States Wrestling (CSW)

 

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Owner: Bob Geigel

Head Booker: Bob Geigel

Location: Mid West (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: D+

Momentum: D

Money: $50,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Realism & Pure

 

Bio: Central States Wrestling, also known as the Midwest Wrestling Association, Heart of America Sports Attractions and the World Wrestling Alliance, ran shows mainly in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. Due to the promotion’s main office and base of operations being in Kansas City, Missouri the territory was often referred to simply as “Kansas City”.

 

Originally known as the Midwest Wrestling Association before the formation of the National Wrestling Alliance it controlled and booked shows territories in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa and was seen as a cornerstone of the NWA. The territory was promoted by Pinky George and the first ever NWA World Heavyweight Champion Orville Brown from the creation of the NWA until 1958.

 

In 1958, wrestler/promoter Bob Geigel took over and partnered up with Pat O'Conner and Harley Race to form "Heart of America Sports Attractions, Inc." The promotion continued to be a cornerstone of the NWA with Geigel sitting on the board of directors and even served as chairman of the National Wrestling Alliance from 1978 until 1987, the period that's considered the last "glory years" of the NWA. Central States Wrestling did not become a household name across the United States until 1973 where Harley Race brought attention to CSW (and it's "sister promotion" the St. Louis Wrestling Club) when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Title for the first time.

 

In 1958, wrestler/promoter Bob Geigel took over and partnered up with Pat O'Conner and Harley Race to form "Heart of America Sports Attractions, Inc." The promotion continued to be a cornerstone of the NWA with Geigel sitting on the board of directors and even served as chairman of the National Wrestling Alliance from 1978 until 1987, the period that's considered the last "glory years" of the NWA. Central States Wrestling did not become a household name across the United States until 1973 where Harley Race brought attention to CSW when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Title for the first time.

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Bulldog Bob Brown, Bill Dundee, Pork Chop Cash, Rufus R. Jones, Bobby Jaggers, Earthquake Ferris, Cuban Assasin, Rip Rogers

 

 

Titles

NWA Central States Heavyweight - Bulldog Bob Brown

NWA Central States Tag Team - Rick McCord & Bart Battan

NWA Central States Television - Vinnie Valentino

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Continental Wrestling Association (CWA)

 

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Owner: Jerry Jarrett

Head Booker: Jerry Jarrett

Location: South East (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C

Momentum: C-

Money: $100,000

 

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream, Comedy, Cult

 

 

Bio: The Continental Wrestling Association (later on “Championship Wrestling Association”) was a wrestling promotion managed by Jerry Jarrett. The CWA was the name of the "governing body" for the Championship Wrestling, Inc. promotion which was usually referred to as Mid-Southern Wrestling. This promotion was a chief NWA territory during the 1970s and early 1980s while operating out of Tennessee and Kentucky. The CWA was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance until 1986 and also affiliated with the American Wrestling Association, even sharing various titles with the promotion.

 

The biggest run of the promotion was the Jerry Lawler-Jimmy Hart feud which would last throughout the 1980s. Jimmy Hart's "First Family" included dozens of wrestlers who Hart brought in to face Lawler. Included in this list were The Iron Sheik, The Dream Machine, The Nightmares, Eddie Gilbert, Ken Patera, Jesse Ventura, Hulk Hogan, Bugsy McGraw, Kevin Sullivan, Bobby Eaton, "Killer Tim Brooks", Paul Ellering, and countless others. The feud ended when Hart was signed by the WWE and Lawler won a match against Eddie Gilbert in which the stipulation was Hart leaving the territory.

 

The federation also aired live Saturday-morning wrestling cards from the studios of WMC-TV in Memphis, hosted by Lance Russell and Dave Brown. In the territorial era of wrestling, many local promotions had huge ratings with their wrestling shows, but none of them topped the ratings for the weekly CWA show which drew previously unheard of shares behind the strength of Lawler's local popularity.

 

At the end of 1982, Jerry Lawler had seemingly won the American Wrestling Association World Title from Nick Bockwinkel, but due to the match's controversial ending, the title was returned to Bockwinkel with a rematch scheduled for January 1983. On the night of the match, manager Jimmy Hart showed up in Bockwinkel’s corner, face bandaged after being beaten up by Lawler in December. Near the end of the match a familiar face showed up – Jimmy Hart. In the confusion Bockwinkel managed to win the match after which Andy Kaufman unwrapped the bandages to reveal the ploy, thus reigniting Lawler’s feud with Kaufman. The Lawler/Kaufman feud would end in the early part of 1983 after Jerry Lawler threw a fireball at Kaufman, ending his run with the CWA. After Kaufman left, Lawler refocused his efforts on Jimmy Hart and his First Family stable.

 

Lawler challenging for the World title and almost winning it was a recurring theme throughout the mid-1980s, with neither the AWA nor the NWA being willing to actually put their main title on Lawler. The NWA World title was not defended very often in the Memphis area, usually touring with companies that had more political clout in the Alliance, which meant that the CWA actually featured the AWA World champion more regularly than the group of which they were actually dues-paying members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Jerry Lawler, Austin Idol, Tommy Rich, Bill Dundee, Rocky Johnson, Bam Bam Bigelow, Brickhouse Brown

 

 

Titles

AWA Southern Heavyweight - Austin Idol

AWA Southern Tag Team - Big Bubba & Goliath

CWA/AWA International Heavyweight - Soul Train Jones

CWA/AWA International Tag Team - Tarzan Goto & Mr. Shima

CWA Super Heavyweight - Vacant

NWA Mid-America Heavyweight - Vacant

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP)

 

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Owner: Jim Crockett Jr

Head Booker: Dusty Rhodes

Location: South East (USA)

Size: Cult

Prestige: B+

Momentum: C+

Money: $1,000,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - Mainstream

Medium Features - None

 

 

Bio: For over half a century, Charlotte was synonymous with the wrestling office founded in 1948 by promoter Jim Crockett Sr. A longtime member of the National Wrestling Alliance, it served as 'home base' for the NWA for quite some time. This was due, in no small part, to Crockett's control of the NWA World Heavyweight championship through Ric Flair (and his bookings).

 

By the 1980s, the wrestling world was undergoing significant changes. The old NWA territory system was collapsing under pressure from the Vincent K. McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which began to operate nationwide. Crockett had similar plans, envisioning a united NWA by purchasing or merging all of its member territories.

 

An extra sense of urgency was added to Crockett's national ambitions when, after Frank Tunney's death, the Toronto promotion joined forces with the WWF. If Crockett wanted to run shows outside the Mid-Atlantic states, he would have to either find other willing promoters, or buy out their territories. This period also marked Crockett's first attempt to create a national federation; Crockett and other wrestling companies needed the opportunity after the buyout occurred, as well as after the WWF program The War to Settle the Score aired on MTV. Together with Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association (AWA), Championship Wrestling from Georgia, and Memphis-based Jarrett Promotions, Jim Crockett Promotions would create Pro Wrestling USA. However, the organization fell apart in January 1986.

 

By 1987, Crockett was elected to a third term as NWA president and gained control (either through purchase or working agreements) of the St. Louis Wrestling Club, Heart of America Sports Attractions (Bob Geigel's Central States brand), Championship Wrestling from Florida, and Bill Watts's Mid-South Sports (Mid-South Wrestling). Despite Crockett having six consolidated territories under his banner and being NWA president, JCP and NWA were two separate entities and Crockett, like all NWA promoters before him and since, was simply licensing the NWA brand name. This despite the fact that during his reign, Crockett had an iron clad grip on the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as by that point, Ric Flair was locked in as champion and any title changes that occurred henceforth were to other wrestlers who were in Crockett's employ.

 

Crockett flew himself and the top stars of his promotion around in an expensive private jet. In addition to the expense of Crockett's personal jet, there were other extravagant purchases such as the limousines provided for various wrestlers and regular business parties held by officials throughout its offices in the region. In addition, as previously mentioned, with the large amount of capital needed to take a wrestling federation on a national tour, Crockett's territorial acquisitions had seriously drained JCP's coffers.

 

To make matters worse for the struggling company Magnum T.A., who was the promotion's top babyface and scheduled to become the new NWA Champion at Starrcade 1986, was severely injured in a car accident on October 14, 1986, and had to end his wrestling career. Nikita Koloff turned face on October 25, 1986 and took Magnum T.A.'s place. Ric Flair retained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship via a DQ finish at the event and the promotion scrambled to look for another bonafide superstar to elevate to the main event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Big Bubba Rogers, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, Ric Flair, Road Warrior Animal, Road Warrior Hawk, Tully Blanchard, Wahoo McDaniel

 

 

Titles

NWA World Heavyweight - Ric Flair

NWA United States Heavyweight - Nikita Koloff

NWA World Television - Tully Blanchard

NWA World Junior Heavyweight - Denny Brown

NWA World Tag Team - Manny Fernandez & Rick Rude

NWA United States Tag Team - Ron Garvin & Barry Windham

NWA World Six-Man Tag Team - Dusty Rhodes & The Road Warriors

 

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Pacific Northwest Wrestling (PNW)

 

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Owner: Don Owen

Head Booker: Sandy Barr

Location: North West (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C

Momentum: D+

Money: $ 100,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream & Cult

 

 

Bio:Pacific Northwest Wrestling founded by Herb Owen in 1925. It was the Northwest territory of the National Wrestling Alliance from the Alliance's inception in 1948 until 1992. The area was brought to its prime by Herb's son, Don Owen, and this version of PNW saw many of the top names in the business come through on a regular basis. The Pacific Northwest was considered one of the main pro wrestling territories from the 1960s to the 1980s.

 

Many big-name stars appeared in Portland, the most famous of which was Portland native Billy Jack Haynes. Others such as Roddy Piper, King Parsons, Matt Borne, "Gentleman" Chris Adams, Rip Oliver, Buddy Rose, David Schultz, and others competed regularly. Owen had a working relationship with Jack Adkisson's World Class promotion in Dallas, which produced several talent exchanges - the most famous of which was when Adams and Parsons were sent to World Class in 1983. Both wrestlers became two of the most famous non-Von Erich wrestlers in the promotion's history, and became Texas mainstays throughout the rest of their respective careers.

 

The PNW took a number of hits in the late 1980s. Changes to a centralized Oregon Boxing and Wrestling Commission began to affect the industry, through new rules and fines levied at wrestlers and promoters. Additionally, the expansion of the WWF and JCP into national promotions with nationwide television deals ran most local or regional wrestling concerns out of business. This left few territories for younger wrestlers to develop their skills, especially early in their careers, thus leaving very green talent for the non-national promotions. By 1987, Don Owen was the only remaining member of the original NWA group.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Cocoa Samoa, Rip Oliver, The Grappler, Ricky Santana, Earthquake Ferris, Bull Ramos

 

 

Titles

NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight - Rip Oliver

NWA Pacific Northwest Television - Vacant

NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team - Cocoa Samoa & Ricky Santana

 

 

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Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF)

 

 

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Owner: Bill Watts

Head Booker: Ken Mantell

Location: Mid South (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: B-

Momentum: D

Money: $250,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Realism & Mainstream

 

 

 

Bio:In 1979, Bill Watts bought out the Tri-State Wrestling circuit from Leroy McGuirk, and renamed the circuit Mid-South Wrestling (MSW, known officially as the Mid-South Wrestling Association). One of his first acts as owner was to withdraw from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), though MSW would still remain loosely aligned with the organization

 

Instead of on cartoonish characters and interviews, Mid-South Wrestling focused on energetic matches and characters whose personas blurred the lines between good and evil and a physical style and episodic format. The promotion ran shows in a mix of small venues and gigantic arenas. In 1980, a card pitting a "blinded" Junkyard Dog against Freebird Michael Hayes in the main event drew nearly 30,000 fans for a show presented by a promotion less than one year old. In 1984, Watts came out of retirement to team with a masked Junkyard Dog to face The Midnight Express to cap an angle in which the Express and manager Jim Cornette beat Watts on TV. The latter card also featured a showdown between Magnum T.A. and Mr. Wrestling II in one of the hottest feuds of the early 1980s. The 1984 show drew 22,000 fans.

 

 

In the mid-to-late 1980s, the MSW began to expand nationally. In 1985, Ted Turner invited Watts to air his Mid-South Wrestling program on SuperStation TBS as an alternative to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) programming that ran on Saturday nights. Turner was angered with Vince McMahon and the WWF because McMahon reportedly promised Turner a studio-produced program, but he instead presented a two hours of highlights from other WWF programming (See: Black Saturday (1984)). MSW quickly became the highest-rated program on TBS, and Watts positioned himself to take over the two-hour Saturday block occupied by the WWF. His luck ran out when former Georgia promoter Jim Barnett helped broker a deal that allowed NWA promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. to buy the slot from McMahon and become the exclusive wrestling promotion for TBS. The deal, however, forced the elimination of the Mid-South Wrestling program from the TBS schedule. Watts made one more attempt at going national the following year under the auspices of the Universal Wrestling Federation.

 

In March 1986, MSW went national and was relaunched as the Universal Wrestling Federation so it was not stigmatized as a southern group. From that point, many newcomers (mostly from World Class Championship Wrestling, WCCW) joined the federation, as did former WCCW co-promoter Ken Mantell. However, despite the federation's success, it could not compete against Jim Crockett Promotions and the WWF... Or could it? UWF suffered another huge shot in late February when top star Steve Williams left the promotion for New Japan Wrestling.

 

 

 

Major Stars: Big Bubba Rogers, Ted DiBiase, One Man Gang, Chris Adams, Terry Gordy, Michael Hayes, Bill Irwin

 

 

Titles

UWF Heavyweight - One Man Gang

UWF Tag Team - Chris Adams & Terry Taylor

UWF Television - Savannah Jack

 

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA)

 

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Owner: Fritz Von Erich

Head Booker: Fritz Von Erich

Location: Mid South (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: B-

Momentum: D

Money: $100,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream, Cult & Realism

 

 

Bio: World Class Wrestling Association was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance and was originally known as Big Time Wrestling until 1982, when Fritz Von Erich decided that the name of his federation needed to be changed. Mickey Grant, who headed the production of its telecasts, suggested the name World Class, and from there, the rest was history. WCCW operated its enterprise in Dallas, Texas and held wrestling events at the famed Sportatorium, located just south of Downtown Dallas, which was also a well-known boxing and wrestling arena as well as the one-time home to the famous Big D Jamboree.

 

As his sons began to launch wrestling careers of their own in the mid-to-late 1970s, Fritz gradually cut back on his in-ring appearances and concentrated on promoting, finally retiring from the ring altogether after a 1982 NWA American Title win over King Kong Bundy at Texas Stadium in Irving. By then, the promotion had switched to the World Class name and was centered around Fritz's sons, Kevin, David, Kerry, and later, Mike Von Erich.

 

Developed and booked by manager and behind-the-scenes booker Gary Hart, World Class' most storied feud was the legendary and long-running battle between the Von Erichs and the Freebirds, which began on December 25, 1982 during an NWA World title match between Kerry Von Erich and champion Ric Flair at Reunion Arena in Dallas.A secondary feud was born between Jimmy Garvin, who had spent much of 1983 feuding with David Von Erich, against England's Chris Adams. Adams faced Garvin for the first time on August 26, 1983 at the Dallas Sportatorium, both wrestling to a time-limit draw. It was said to be among the first mixed tag-team matches in modern wrestling history, and would pave the way for future mixed tag team matches, including one Adams promoted himself six years later involving two of his ex-wives (Jeanie Clark and Toni Adams) and his protege Steve Austin.

 

On February 10, 1984, at the height of the Von Erich-Freebird wars, David Von Erich died from an intestinal rupture caused by a stomach ailment just after arriving in Japan for a series of appearances.Although Ric Flair asserted in his autobiography that most people in wrestling believe David died of a drug overdose, with Bruiser Brody flushing pills down a hotel toilet before the police arrived, David's autopsy report indicated no drugs in his system and that his death was definitely caused by acute enteritis. His death was front page news in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, triggering an area-wide outpouring of shock and grief among fans, and was the beginning of the Von Erichs' decline and fall (and WCCW's as well, although attendance levels would remain high for a time).

 

On February 4, 1986, local authorities and friends of Gino Hernandez- now one the company's major stars- discovered him dead in his apartment. In addition, the NWA President at the time, Jim Crockett, Jr., had also decided that he would no longer book the NWA World Champion at the time, Ric Flair, to wrestle in the state of Texas. World Class, still reeling over the death of Gino Hernandez, withdrew its membership from the NWA on February 20, 1986, became known as the World Class Wrestling Association, yet they retained the World Class Championship Wrestling name for its broadcasts.

 

Between late-1986 and the latter part of 1987, World Class was behind the UWF as the top promotion in Texas, but things were about to change soon, which would include the return of many major World Class stars by year's end.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Red River Jack (Bruiser Brody), Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Von Erich, Abdullah The Butcher, The Black Superman (Tony Atlas), Al Perez, Mike Von Erich

 

 

Titles

WCWA World Heavyweight - Kevin Von Erich

WCWA Texas Heavyweight - Dingo Warrior

WCWA Brass Knuckles - Abdullah The Butcher

WCWA World Tag Team - Brian Adias & Al Madril

WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team - Kevin Von Erich, Mike Von Erich, Lance Von Erich

WCWA Texas Tag Team - Vacant

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: World Wrestling Association (WWA)

 

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Owner: Dick the Bruiser

Head Booker: Wilbur Snyder

Location: Great Lakes (USA)

Size: small

Prestige: D+

Momentum: D-

Money: $50,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Cult & Comedy

 

 

Bio: The World Wrestling Association (WWA) was established in 1964 by Dick Afflis and Wilbur Snyder. The duo purchased the Indianapolis NWA promotion in 1964 from its longtime owner Jim Barnett, who at that time was attempting to start up a promotion in Australia. The name of the promotion was taken from the former promotions in the Chicago and Los Angeles areas.

 

A talent sharing agreement with American Wrestling Association (AWA) head (and longtime champion) Verne Gagne brought forth other talent, including The Crusher, Baron Von Raschke and Bobby Heenan. In addition, amateur wrestler Greg Wojciechowski wrestled for the WWA under the name "The Great Wojo" and held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship three times. In later years, Scott Steiner got his start in the WWA under his real name, Scott Rechsteiner.

 

The WWA tried to make a go of it in the mid-1980s, when Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation was buying regional promotions across the country, but the Bruiser's advancing age and the talent drain to the WWF was too much and the WWA struggled to stay afloat.

 

 

 

Major Stars: Scott Rechsteiner, Greg Wojokowski, Calypso Jim, Golden Lion, Dr. Jerry Graham, Jr.

 

 

Titles

WWA World Heavyweight - Scott Rechsteiner

WWA World Tag Team - Chris Carter & Mohamad Saad

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: World Wrestling Federation (WWF)

 

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Owner: Vince McMahon

Head Booker: Vince McMahon

Location: New England (USA)

Size: International

Prestige: A

Momentum: A*

Money: $25,000,000

 

Product

Key Features - Mainstream & Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Comedy

 

 

Bio: In 1980, the son of Vincent J. McMahon, Vincent K. McMahon, founded Titan Sports, Inc. and in 1982 purchased Capitol Wrestling Corporation Ltd from his father. The elder McMahon had long since established the northeastern territory as one of the most vibrant members of the NWA. He had long since recognized that professional wrestling was more about entertainment than actual sport. Against his father's wishes, McMahon began an expansion process that fundamentally changed the industry.

 

Other promoters were furious when McMahon began syndicating WWF television shows to television stations across the United States, in areas outside of the WWF's traditional northeastern stronghold. McMahon also began selling videotapes of WWF events outside the Northeast through his Coliseum Video distribution company. He effectively broke the unwritten law of regionalism around which the entire industry had been based. To make matters worse, McMahon used the income generated by advertising, television deals, and tape sales to poach talent from rival promoters. Wrestling promoters nationwide were now in direct competition with the WWF.

 

Hulk Hogan, due to his appearance in Rocky III, had a national recognition that few other wrestlers could offer, which is what led McMahon to sign him. Roddy Piper was brought in, as well as Jesse Ventura (although Ventura rarely wrestled in the WWF at that point due to the lung disorder that caused his retirement, moving to the commentator booth alongside Gorilla Monsoon). André the Giant, Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, and the Iron Sheik (Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri) rounded out the roster. Hogan was clearly McMahon's biggest star, causing some people to debate whether the WWF could have achieved national success without him

 

 

The WWF would tour nationally in a venture that required huge capital investment; one that placed the WWF on the verge of financial collapse. The future of not just McMahon's experiment, but also the WWF, the NWA, and the whole industry came down to the success or failure of McMahon's groundbreaking concept, WrestleMania. WrestleMania was a pay-per-view extravaganza (in some areas; most areas of the country saw WrestleMania available on closed-circuit television) that McMahon marketed as being the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. With the inaugural WrestleMania the WWF initiated a joint-promotional campaign with MTV, which featured a great deal of WWF coverage and programming, in what was termed the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection. The mainstream media attention brought on by celebrities including Muhammad Ali, Mr. T, and Cyndi Lauper at the event helped propel WrestleMania to become a staple in popular culture.

 

The original WrestleMania, held in 1985, was a resounding success. This event is sometimes credited as the debut of what McMahon called "sports entertainment", in contrast to his father's preference of pure wrestling. The WWF did incredible business on the shoulders of McMahon and his all-American babyface hero, Hulk Hogan, for the next several years, creating what some observers dubbed a second golden age for professional wrestling. The introduction of Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC in mid-1985 marked the first time that professional wrestling had been broadcast on network television since the 1950s. In 1987, the WWF produced what was considered to be the pinnacle of the 1980s wrestling boom altogether, WrestleMania III. Like all other WrestleMania events, WrestleMania III was hyped for several months in advance. The main event and draw for the card, Hulk Hogan defending his WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Andre The Giant.

 

 

 

Major Stars: Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, King Kong Bundy, Bob Orton Jr., King Harley Race, The Junkyard Dog, Paul Ornodorff, Don Muraco

 

 

Titles

WWF World Heavyweight - Hulk Hogan

WWF Intercontinental - "Macho Man" Randy Savage

WWF World Tag Team - Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart

WWF Women's - The Fabulous Moolah

WWF King Of The Ring - Harley Race

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: World Wrestling Council (WWC)

 

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Owner: Victor Jovica

Head Booker: Carlos Colon

Location: Puerto Rico (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C+

Momentum: C+

Money: $250,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - Mainstream

Medium Features - Lucha Libre & Hardcore

 

 

Bio:

 

WWC gained fame in Puerto Rican homes soon after their TV show, Super Estrellas de la Lucha Libre, went on-air every weekend on channel 4, WAPA-TV. The promotion began touring all over the island, and with the golden era of boxing in Puerto Rico limited only to Ponce and the metropolitan area of Puerto Rico, WWC took their shows to many, inner country towns where people were not used to seeing live in-ring sports events. As a result, WWC's shows usually filled the smaller town arenas.

 

Early stars, apart from Colon, included Barrabas, El Tigre Perez, Hugo Savinovich, Gorilla Monsoon, Huracan Castillo and others. Famous wrestling tag-teams included Los Super Medicos, Los Invaders and others.Many American stars also came to Puerto Rico to wrestle for WWC during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Such were the cases of Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Bruiser Brody, Dory Funk, Jr., Dutch Mantell and others.

 

Run by Carlos Colon and Victor Jovica the territory is becoming red hot but many insiders have warned that the tight knit Puerto Rican wrestling community isn't as safe as most foreigners believe.

 

 

 

Major Stars: Carlos Colon, Bruiser Brody, Hercules Ayala, Inader #1, Invader #2, Wendi Ritcher, Kareem Muhammad, Black Gordman

 

 

Titles

WWC Universal Heavyweight - Carlos Colon

WWC World Junior Heavyweight - Invader #3

WWC World Television - Jason The Terrible

WWC Puerto Rico Heavyweight - Mighty Igor

WWC World Tag Team - Chris Youngblood & Mark Youngblood

WWC Women's - Vacant

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.)

 

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Owner: Matt Cimber

Head Booker: David McLane

Location: South West (USA)

Size: Regional

Prestige: E-

Momentum: C

Money: $250,000

 

Product

Key Features - None

Heavy Features - Risque & Comedy

Medium Features - Mainstream & Cult

 

 

Bio:

 

 

Co-founded by none other than ass psychic and mother to the stars Jackie Stallone, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or G.L.O.W.) was a professional wrestling promotion for women that, appropriately, thrived in the late eighties and early nineties after the demise of Stallone's ladies-only gym, Barbarella's.

 

The entire league was separated into two leagues, Good Girls (managed by Stallone) and Bad Girls (managed by "Miss Kitty"). Each wrestler had her own rap, which were essentially exercises in sweeping, bigoted generalizations about varying ethnicities. The pilot for the show was filmed in December 1985 and continued in various forms after it left television. It was broadcast "direct from the Riviera Hotel and Casino in the entertainment capital of the world Las Vegas Nevada" which gave the show a feel as if it were taped in someone's basement. The characters were totally over the top, with each GLOW girl having her very own "rap" style entrance theme song (possibly inspired by the Chicago Bears and their "Super Bowl Shuffle" of the time period). The theatrics and comedic aspects of this show far surpassed any wrestling "talent" (or general lack thereof) of its performers. The ropes were a bright pink and the characters had various "gimmicks". Colorful characters, beautiful women, and over-the-top comedy sketches were integral to the series' success. Most of the performers were actresses, models, dancers, and/or stunt women hoping to get in to show business through wrestling.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Matilda the Hun, Tammy Jones, Tina Ferrari, Colonel Ninotchka, Mountain Fiji, Royal Hawaiin, Americana

 

 

Titles

G.L.O.W Crown - Tammy Jones

G.L.O.W Tag Team - Hollywood & Vine

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: All-Star Wrestling (ASW)

 

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Owner: Al Tomko

Head Booker: Al Tomko

Location: British Columbia (Canada)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C-

Momentum: D

Money: $50,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream & Pure

 

Bio: All Star Wrestling started becoming a serious force in the Pacific Northwest wrestling scene during Kiniski's reign as NWA World Heavyweight Champion (which he won from Lou Thesz in 1966), when he and Sandor Kovacs, along with Portland promoter Don Owen, joined forces to promote the territory at the start of 1968, forming Northwest Wrestling Promotions as the parent company to run All Star. During this time, the promotion shared talent (including many of the sport's big names of the time) with Owen's nearby NWA affiliate Pacific Northwest Wrestling while also developing local talent. At the same time, the All Star Wrestling program began to be seen across Canada via syndication. Ron Morrier was the original host of the TV show and served in that capacity until his death on August 6, 1981; after that, former CFUN disk jockey Ed Karl took over as the host for the remainder of the show's run on CHAN-TV.

 

Kovacs promoted his final All Star show on January 17, 1977, before selling his share in the promotion to Al Tomko, a veteran wrestler and former Winnipeg promoter for the AWA. While the promotion managed to hold steady through the late-1970s following the sale, All Star began going into decline by the early-1980s, due partly to the aging Tomko (who was physically past his prime and had poor wrestling skills) pushing himself as the company's top star, and partly to the rise of the WWF around the middle of the decade (a situation which actually affected many other North American promotions besides All Star). Late in the promotion's NWA affiliation, during episodes of All Star Wrestling, Tomko and Ed Karl would also present and commentate on highlight clips of matches from fellow NWA affiliates Central States Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions, as well as matches taped at All Star's main house shows in Vancouver and Cloverdale.

 

Noticing the decline of the promotion, Kiniski sold his ownership stake and got out sometime around 1983, after which he began promoting shows in Vancouver in association with Stampede Wrestling and the AWA. In late-1985, Tomko withdrew All Star from the NWA and created a new sanctioning body for the company called the Universal Wrestling Alliance.

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Al Tomko, Moose Morowski, Timothy Flowers, John Tenta, Jonathon Sayers, Rick Davis

 

 

Titles

UWA Heavyweight - Billy Two Eagles

UWA Canadian Heavyweight - Timothy Flowers

UWA Canadian Junior Heavyweight - Rick Davis

UWA Tag Team - Jonathan Sayers & Timothy Flowers

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (AGPW)

 

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Owner: Emile Dupree

Head Booker: Leo Burke

Location: The Maritimes (Canada)

Size: Small

Prestige: D+

Momentum: D

Money: $50,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - None

 

 

Bio: Originally known as Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling (AGPW), the promotion was born around the early 1960s. During the 60s and the 70s AGPW was so popular it became a hit in the Maritimes. AGPW toured mostly in Moncton, New Brunswick during Monday nights, Halifax, Nova Scotia during Thursdays, Berwick, Nova Scotia on Saturday evenings and along other small towns in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.

 

Every summer, there were two big titles in challenge, those being: The United States Heavyweight Title and the North American Tag Team Title. Other titles being the European Heavyweight Title and the Maritime Heavyweight Title. The European Heavyweight Title was held more by Killer Karl Krupp than any other superstar and The Maritime Heavyweight Title was held more by Stephen Petitpas. During the late 1980s, the United States Heavyweight Title was changed to the International Heavyweight Title.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Leo Burke, Stephen Petipas, Bulldog Brown, Ron Starr, Pierre LeBelle, Cuban Assassin

 

 

Titles

AGPW International Heavyweight - Ron Starr

AGPW North American Tag Team - Cuban Assassin & Leo Burke

AGPW United States Heavyweight - Vacant

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Stampede Wrestling Calgary (SWC)

 

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Owner: Ross Hart

Head Booker: Bruce Hart

Location: The Prairies (Canada)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C

Momentum: D-

Money: $100,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - Pure

Medium Features - Realism

 

Bio: Stampede Wrestling was operated by Stu Hart between 1948, and 1984. In 1983, a riot broke out during a match at the Ogden Auditorium in Calgary during a match between Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Sonny Two Rivers against Bad News Allen, The Stomper and Stomper's kayfabe son Jeff Gouldie. Longtime Stampede announcer Ed Whalen reportedly became distraught during the riot, in which a woman was trampled, causing him to quit from the Stampede on air. Speaking of the events he remarked, "We're starting to scare the patrons with this violence outside the ring, and I will not be associated with it anymore." The event led to Stampede Wrestling being banned from Calgary for six months by the city's wrestling and boxing commission, and within a year the operation was sold to the World Wrestling Federation.

 

A member of the National Wrestling Alliance until about 1982, Stampede's talent was taken by the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, developing into the major professional wrestling promotion it is today. In 1985, the WWF sold Stampede back to the Hart family, who continued to run it. The promotion now under control of brother Bruce and Ross Hart would struggle to recapture the magic that made their father so succesful in the territory.

 

Stampede Wrestling was also famous, or rather infamous for "The Dungeon", a professional wrestling school located in the basement of the Calgary mansion Hart House, home of the Hart family. Stu Hart and Mr. Hito were the main trainers in the Dungeon. The school trained a number of US, Canadian and Japanese stars.

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Makhan Singh, Bruce Hart, Gerry Morrow, Strangler DiSalvo, Larry Cameron, Duke Myers

 

 

Titles

Stampede North American Heavyweight - Makhan Singh

British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight - Owen Hart

Stampede International Tag Team - Viet Cong Express #1 & Viet Cong Express #2

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL)

 

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Owner: Salvador Lutteroth

Head Booker: Paco Alonso

Location: West Central (MEX)

Size: Cult

Prestige: B-

Momentum: B-

Money: $2,500,000

 

Product

Key Features - Lucha Libre & Traditional

Heavy Features - Mainstream

Medium Features - None

 

 

Bio: Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) (Spanish for Worldwide Wrestling Council) is a Lucha Libre-style professional wrestling promotion based in Mexico City while running cards in Guadalajara, Puebla and elsewhere in central and southern Mexico. The promotion is also referred to by its previous name Empresa Mexicana de la Lucha Libre (EMLL) (Mexican Wrestling Enterprise). It is currently the world's oldest pro wrestling promotion still in existence.

 

The promotion was founded by "The Father of Lucha Libre" Salvador Lutteroth Gonzales when he ran a card under the banner of EMLL in September, 1933. The promotion flourished and quickly became the premier spot for workers. If wrestlers were big in Mexico City, they were considered stars throughout Mexico. With stars like El Santo, Bobby Bonales, Tarzán Lopez, Cavernario Galindo and Gory Guerrero (father of Eddie Guerrero), "La Empresa" was at the forefront of the Lucha Libre movement and for the next 50 years, EMLL would continue its place as the leader.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Rayo de Jalisco, Americo Rocca, Lizmark, El Satánico, Emilio Charles Jr, Rayo de Jalisco Jr, MS-1, Cien Cars, Kung Fu

 

 

Titles

NWA World Middleweight - Kung Fu

NWA World Light Heavyweight - Rayo de Jalisco Jr.

Mexican National Light Heavyweight - El Halcón '78

Mexican National Welterweight - Simbolo

Mexican National Tag Team - Cien Caras & Mascara Ano 2000

Mexican National Trios Championship - Ringo Mendoza, Rayo de Jalisco & The Kiss

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Universal Wrestling Association (UWA)

 

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Owner: Francisco José Flores

Head Booker: Ray Mendoza

Location: West Central (MEX)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C+

Momentum: C-

Money: $250,000

 

Product

Key Features - Lucha Libre

Heavy Features - Traditional

Medium Features - Mainstream & Modern

 

 

Bio: In 1974 Empresa Mexicana de Lucha Libre (CMLL) founder and owner Salvador Lutteroth brought his son into the promotion, grooming him to take over when the aging Lutteroth, Sr. eventually had to retire. This action combined with a very rigid and conservative promotional philosophy led EMLL's Promoter in Naucalpan, Mexico State, Francisco Flores, EMLL wrestler and trainer Ray Mendoza and investor Benjamin Mora, Jr. to break away from EMLL to form their own company and challenge EMLL's dominance in Mexico.[1] With the impending change of management in EMLL many wrestlers who had previously been loyal to Lutteroth decided to leave with Flores, Mendoza and Mora including Mendoza's close friends Rene Guajardo and Karloff Lagarde and a number of young wrestles, frustrated with the lack of opportunities in EMLL. They formed the company Lucha Libre International, which would later be known as the Universal Wrestling Association and held their first show on January 29, 1975 creating the first true rival for EMLL in decades.

 

The UWA also reached out to promotions around the globe and forged working relationships with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in the United States and New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling (JWP) in Japan. This working relationship resulted in a larger influx of foreign wrestlers than EMLL was ever able to produce and also led to the UWA actually gaining exclusive rights to promote a WWF branded championship, the WWF World Light Heavyweight Championship in the early 1980s.The UWA even began working with EMLL in the 1980s, co-promoting shows and allowing EMLL to book UWA wrestlers on their shows.

 

 

 

Major Stars: El Canek, Perro Aguayo, Dos Caras, Villano III, Sangre Chicana, Scorpio, Mando Guerrero, Fishman

 

 

Titles

UWA World Heavyweight - El Canek

UWA/WWF Light Heavyweight - Perro Aguayo

UWA World Light Heavyweight - Zandokan

UWA World Junior Light Heavyweight - Blue Panther

UWA World Welterweight - Black Man

UWA World Lightweight - El Hijo del Santo

UWA World Middleweight - Valente Fernández

UWA World Tag Team - Vacant

UWA World Trios - Villano III, Villano IV & Villano V

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: World Wrestling Association (Mexico) (WWA Mexico)

 

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Owner: Benjamin Mora Jr.

Head Booker: Benjamin Mora Jr.

Location: Northen (MEX)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C-

Momentum: D+

Money: $100,000

 

Product

Key Features - Lucha Libre

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream, Modern & Daredevil

 

 

Bio: The World Wrestling Association (WWA) is a lucha libre promotion based in the Tijuana-area of Mexico. It was founded in 1986 by Benjamin Mora, Jr. It featured some of Mexico's best luchadores at the time such as Rey Mysterio, Jr., La Parka and Juventud Guerrera during the late 1980s and early 1990s and was also featured on American television via the Fox Sports en Español channel.

 

Bringing a much more modern style to the lucha libre scene it's uncertain whether or not WWA's mix of young high fliers and lucha veterans will make an impact.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Tinieblas, Rey Misterio, Negro Casas, Super Halcon

 

 

Titles

WWA (Mex) World Heavyweight - Tinieblas

WWA (Mex) WWA Welterweight - Negro Casas

WWA (Mex) World Light Heavyweight - El Cobarde II

WWA (Mex) Lightweight - Mano Negra

WWA (Mex) Middleweight - Super Muneco

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: All Japan Pro-Wrestling (AJPW)

 

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Owner: Motoko Baba

Head Booker: Giant Baba

Location: Kanto (Japan)

Size: National

Prestige: A

Momentum: C+

Money: $10,000,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - Pure

Medium Features - Realism

 

Bio: All Japan Pro-Wrestling was founded by Shohei "Giant" Baba and the Momota brothers, the sons of Rikidōzan. Baba, a former professional baseball pitcher, joined the Japan Pro Wrestling Alliance (JWA) in 1960. In October 1972, he left the JWA and formed his own group, All Japan. Their first card was on October 21, 1972 at Machida City Gym in Tokyo, Japan. Baba established the Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) as the governing body for all future titles in All Japan. In the beginning the PWF recognized a world heavyweight championship and several "regional championships" given as billing to foreign stars depending from which region they came from, but after All Japan joined the National Wrestling Alliance, the PWF world title was downgraded to a regional championship. The first PWF Chairman, who presented the belts to the winners in title bouts, was Lord James Blears. As a loyal member of the NWA, All Japan enjoyed the ability to bring in foreigners, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship was frequently defended.

 

When the NWA collapsed in the late 1980s, Baba distanced himself from other promoters at home and abroad, and began a system of promoting talent (both Japanese and foreign) who competed exclusively for his promotion. With the unification of the titles in All Japan into the Triple Crown seemingly inevitable as well as the promotion of talent including Jumbo Tsuruta, Genichiro Tenryu,Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada and soon to debut Akira Taue and Kenta Kobashi, the promotion looks to carve a loyal fanbase to compete with rival New Japan Pro Wrestling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Giant Baba, Jumbo Tsuruta, Riki Choshu, Genichiro Tenryu, Hiroshi Wajima, Stan Hansen, Ted DiBiase, Terry Funk, Tiger Jeet Singh,

 

 

Titles

NWA International Heavyweight - Jumbo Tsuruta

PWF World Heavyweight - Riki Choshu

NWA United National - Genichiro Tenryu

AJPW Junior Heavyweight - Masanobu Fuchi

NWA International Tag Team - Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta

PWF World Tag Team - Stan Hansen & Ted DiBiase

AJPW All-Asia Tag Team - Ashura Hara & Super Strong Machine

AJPW Champion's Carnival - Vacant

AJPW World's Strongest Tag Team - Genichiro Tenryu & Jumbo Tsuruta

 

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)

 

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Owner: Antonio Inoki

Head Booker: Antonio Inoki

Location: Kanto (Japan)

Size: National

Prestige: A

Momentum: B

Money: $25,000,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - Realism

Medium Features - Mainstream & Pure

 

 

Bio: Founded in 1972 by puroresu legend Antonio Inoki, New Japan Pro-Wrestling became the most popular promotion in Japan by promoting both a strong heavyweight and junior heavyweight division which set them apart from rival All Japan Pro Wrestling. Inoki also shifted the product to incorporate elements of MMA and further legitimise the strong style. Featuring legendary bouts during the 70's and 80's Inoki managed to give NJPW the big promotion feel that saw the promotion nose ahead in popularity from AJPW.

 

During the early 80's a series of events would unfold that would forever change the course of pro wrestling in Japan.A young Akira Maeda, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, and other New Japan defectors left the company and formed the Japanese UWF. The promotion folded a year later, and Maeda returned to New Japan, where he became one of the promotion's biggest stars as a major player in the UWF invasion of NJPW (later replicated by WCW with the nWo). Maeda became involved in a real-life feud with New Japan booker and top star, Antonio Inoki, refusing to work with him in what could have been a huge moneymaking program. In April 1986, he was involved in one of the most surreal moments in wrestling history during a match with André the Giant; neither man could agree to losing the match, and Maeda proceeded to shoot kick André's legs and then back off, while the giant repeatedly blocked Maeda's attacks and threw him out of the ring. After 30 minutes of this, André voluntarily laid down to be pinned (in spite of being assured that Maeda would lose the match), but Akira refused to do so. Inoki eventually came to the ring and demanded the match to end, much to the bewilderment of the audience. Maeda continues to be a top star in NJPW but many experts are wondering when this ticking time bomb will go off again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Antonio Inoki, Akira Maeda, Tatsumi Fujinami, Masa Saito, Bad News Allen, Kengo Kimura, Seiji Sakaguchi, Steve "Dr. Death" Williams, Yoshiaki Fujiwara

 

 

Titles

IWGP Heavyweight - Vacant

IWGP Junior Heavyweight - Shiro Koshinaka

IWGP Tag Team - Vacant

International Wrestling Grand Prix - Antonio Inoki

Super Grade Tag League - Antonio Inoki & Yoshiaki Fujiwara

NJPW Super Junior Cup - Vacant

WWF World Martial Arts Heavyweight - Vacant

 

 

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Promotion Spotlight: All Star Wrestling (UK) (ASWUK)

 

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Owner: Brian Dixon

Head Booker: Brian Dixon

Location: North (UK)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C

Momentum: B-

Money: $250,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream

 

 

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All Star Wrestling is a British promotion also known as All Star Promotions, Superslam Wrestling and Big Time Wrestling and originally known as Wrestling Enterprises (of Birkenhead), run by Brian Dixon and based in Liverpool, England. Dixon's promotion tours theatres, leisure centres, town halls and similar venues, many of them old venues for televised wrestling in the UK in the 1950-1980s, as well as holiday camps. It is the oldest active wrestling promotion in the UK.

 

During the late 1970s, ASW (UK) held regular major shows at the Liverpool Stadium and organised a version of the World Middleweight Title after the previous version became extinct with the collapse of the Spanish wrestling scene circa 1975. This title continued until champion Adrian Street emigrated to America in 1981. All Star also collaborated heavily with another independent promoter, former middleweight star Jackie Pallo. Neither promoter was able to gain a slice of ITV coverage however, as the 1981 contract renewal negotiations resulted in a five year extension on rival Joint Promotions' exclusive monopoly of ITV wrestling.

 

 

By the early 80s there was increasing dissatisfaction among both fans and wrestlers with the direction of Joint Promotions (which was increasingly centred around Big Daddy), which resulted in a steady flow of top UK talent into All Star Wrestling (as it was by then renamed) and away from Joint and the TV spotlight. Title-holders such as World Heavyweight Champion Mighty John Quinn, rival claimant Wayne Bridges, British Heavyweight Champion Tony St Clair, World Heavy-Middleweight Champion Mark Rocco, British Heavy-Middleweight Champion Frank 'Chic' Cullen and World Lightweight Champion Johnny Saint all defected to All Star taking their titles with them, as did many non-titleholders. By the mid-1980s All Star was running shows head-to-head with Joint Promotions and had its own TV show on satellite channel Screensport.

 

When Joint's five year extension on its monopoly of ITV wrestling expired at the end of 1986, All Star, along with the WWF, was also given a share of the televised wrestling shows for the two years 1987-88. The beginning of this period coincided with the return to full time action for legendary masked wrestler Kendo Nagasaki under the All Star banner.

 

 

 

Major Stars: Kendo Nagasaki, Tony St. Clair, Mark Rocco, Johnny Saint, John Quinn

 

 

Titles

ASW British Heavyweight - Tony St. Clair

British Heavy Middleweight - Vacant

 

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Promotion Spotlight: Joint Promotions (JPUK)

 

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Owner: Max Crabtree

Head Booker: Max Crabtree

Location: South (UK)

Size: Regional

Prestige: C

Momentum: C

Money: $500,000

 

Product

Key Features - Traditional

Heavy Features - None

Medium Features - Mainstream, Comedy & Realism

 

 

Bio:

 

 

The Joint Promotions Group is a consortium of British Wrestling Promoters working together to provide support and resources to its members. The purpose of Joint Promotions is to network performers and promoters across Britain and provide all the necessary information needed to maintain the high standards in the wrestling industry.

 

One of Joint Promotions' first moves was establishing (and controlling) the championships called for by the Mountevans' committee. At first, this proved a profitable venture, with title matches leading to raised ticket prices. However, perhaps inevitably, attempts to extend this success by bringing in additional titles led to overexposure. While the World and British titles had some credibility (particularly as they were often placed on the more legitimate wrestlers), the addition of European, Empire/Commonwealth, Scottish, Welsh, and area championships got out of hand, and at one point there were conceivably 70 different titleholders to keep track of within Joint Promotions alone. Actually, the British, European and World titles were given most prominence. The "regional" titles were mainly titular, with only the "southern Area" titles actually being fought for. The Empire/Commonwealth titles were a "long stop" title, being used by promotions outside of the Joint monopoly, for the most part.

 

 

 

 

 

Major Stars: Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks, Pat Roach, Tiger Dalibar singh, King Kong Kirk

 

 

Titles

JPUK British Heavyweight - Tiger Dalibar singh

British Light Heavyweight - Alan Kilby

British Welterweight - Danny Collins

British Open Tag Team - Vacant

 

 

 

 

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Unless you want to go a different way with something like "The Wrestler and the Beautiful" as a little nudge to the still-running-since-1987 American soap the Bold and the Beautiful. Oh wait, TMNT also debuted that year, that's even better ! :D
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I like those, I had the name "The Golden Age" thrown at me last night and I have to say I really like it!

 

Look forward to getting my grubby fings on this one, Genadi.

 

I think I like "The Golden Age" best of the suggestions thus far.

 

I think it should be "The Golden Age" as well... there, problem solved, go ahed and release it now.

 

K link is posted in first thread.......

 

Bazinga :p

 

As soon as I heard the name, I liked it but thought of something that's just a little more appropriate at the same time. I don't know why I didn't post it, but let me do it now before I forget again.

 

Golden Age to me is Pre-80's. The Time of Georgous George and when the Territories were established.

 

However..> The Silver Age would fit, at least to me. It doesn't sound as good, but to me it sounds like it fits the time period better.

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Can I please get these cut on Togg's bg....

 

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All 150x150.....

 

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Just the part that says Starrcade here if possible

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