Bockwinkel Posted October 9, 2016 Share Posted October 9, 2016 http://i1347.photobucket.com/albums/p715/Bockwinkel83/01-awa_zpsren6jkpw.jpg AWARDS: STORYLINE OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER 2016- Jerry Lawler Vs The Hennig Family 1983 Things are about to change. Vince McMahon Sr. Has sold his company to his son and the NWA wants to sit around and act as if it's "business as usual", even my father, a man who left the NWA because of their bullshit politics thinks sticking to the formula is going to work. This isn't the good old days any more, things are changing. When the NWA formed and dominated in the fifties, did they really think they would ever see the dawn of cable in their future? Was cable even a twinkle in anybody's eye at that time? In the sixties when my dad formed his company, did he think that things would just go on forever like this, everybody getting by on hand shakes and their word? Fact of the matter is, if this new kid on the block doesn't do it, somebody else will. I tried my best to follow in my father's footsteps. It's what he wanted and living up to his name seemed like a feat anybody would be proud of. Unfortunately, they never accepted me the way they did with him. I never was meant to be the top wrestler, a main eventer? Wasn't meant to be, the fans just don't see me the same way they did my dad...and why would they? Gagne is a hell of a big name to live up to. I need to make my own mark on this industry, a move that will put me out of the shadow of my father...but a move I'm sure he will see as betrayal. That conversation is going to have to happen at some point...I don't really want to think about that. After all, I have to get this conversation out of the way first. "Take a seat Wally...got a drink poured all ready for you...somethin' tells me we're going to need it tonight." Wally Karbo, he's been a part of the AWA since the beginning, helped form it with my dad. A big player in the NWA before the separation occurred in 1960. He also happens to own a large interest in AWA, enough of an interest that when bought, would give somebody enough to have a say in the running of the company, effectively making them a "co-owner" in kayfabe, we like to refer to Wally as part of the "Championship Committee" WK: "You know I shouldn't be here talking about this Greg, your Dad's a great friend of mine and so far what you're proposing? Sounds like stabbing him in the back." GG: "That's not what I have in mind, I just know what Dad is like. He's stubborn, too stubborn for his own good most of the time. Believe it or not? What I'm doing? It's for his own good...and the good of the company." WK: "Oh yeah?" Wally raised an eyebrow as he took a sip of the hard bourbon I'd poured for him "How do you know what is good for the company? Besides sharing the Gagne name." GG: "Wally..we're riding the last part of the high that we've been on since the sixties, we need youth, we need talent, we need to use the established stars we have to help us build the future. I'll put it to you like this...name five of our top guys, right now." For Wally, naming these guys wasn't a problem, he had a hand in making it all happen, even if it was a small one. WK: "Wahoo McDaniel, Nick Bockwinkel, Baron Von Raschke, Blackjack Lanza, Hulk Hogan." GG: "Out of all those guys which one is under 40 years old?" WK: "...Hulk Hogan." GG: "That's our main event scene Wally...they're getting old, they're all going to look for a place to give them a nice pay day before they retire and those that will stay with us out of loyalty will last what, five years max if we're lucky? One Main Eventer that has some longevity in him? Hogan? We need more than that Wally...even you should know that." Wally didn't want to admit it out loud, but he didn't have to. AWA needed a youth movement and it needed one badly. GG: "My dad is still remembering the days where he could make a deal with a guy on his word and with a handshake. Those days are coming to an end Wally! Soon enough companies are going to be biting at each others heels, they won't want to share any more, keep everything exclusive...because you know, as well as I do, Vince Junior? He's got something in mind and it sure as hell isn't keeping his dad's promise to all of us!" WK: "So you're just going to step over your father's head? Try to enact some hostile take over?" Wally had a right to be concerned, he'd been in business with my father for so long and much more than that, had been a very good friend. GG: "I don't want to take over Wally, I want to work with him. He said it himself multiple times that I'll be taking over when he's ready to call it a day. If he ever is of course. I want to try and create some sort of compromise that's going to update us and give us a shot to be competitive!" WK: "What do you suggest to do that? You know how your dad is with wrestling, he certainly isn't going to confrom to any views, especially the kind that expose the business!" GG: "The wrestling isn't the problem Wally, the wrestling is fine...it's the age of the wrestlers, the level of our production, our reliance on loyal handshake deals rather than keeping and honing our talent exclusively!" WK: "And how do you expect to talk Verne into agreeing with this?" GG: "We can still focus on traditional wrestling but update the product enough to keep us in the game! You heard some of the things that happen over in New York? It's cartoon, it's comic book, it always has been but now it's been taken over? Who knows what direction he's going to take it in! We need to make moves before anybody else does!" WK: "I don't know..." GG: "Come on Wally...you been thinking about moving on for some time now. I promise you'll get a great pay day out of this and you can watch this product which you have put so much into grow even more than it has already. I ain't gonna sit here and tell you we'll be number one. But we'll do enough to keep everybody on their toes! But we can't do that if we leave all the decisions to dad...he doesn't see that times have changed. I can help show him that!" Wally sighed, swirling his stiff drink before taking a quick shot, he wiped his lips with the back of a hand and after a few moments of silence, returned to the conversation. WK: "...I can retire from what I'd get by selling my interests?" GG: "Absolutely...and the AWA will start a whole new movement starting from the moment you sign them over...this is your baby Wally...don't you want to see it grow?" WK: "Alright Greg...on one condition...work with your father? He's stubborn...but his stubbornness is what's kept this company in business...and he can still train a hell of a lot of athletes." GG: "You think I don't know that Wally? He's Verne Gagne...but by the time I'm finished with this company? Everybody will know my name as well!" ----------------- GREG GAGNE BECOMES CO-OWNER OF AWA, WALLY KARBO RETIRES! Member of the AWA Championship Committee and a holder of a large interest in the American Wrestling Association, Wally Karbo has announced his retirement and the selling of his interests. According to inside sources, Wally Karbo has been considering retirement for some time and although he thought he may have had a couple years left in him of playing the wrestling political game in helping run a company, Wally got an offer he thought "Would propel the AWA through the rest of the decade" Many assumed that when Wally first talked of selling his interests, that those interests would go to the figurehead and main Owner of AWA, Verne Gagne. In a turn of surprise, while Gagne was the name that the interests went to, it was that of Greg Gagne, Verne's son and heir apparent to the AWA throne! The wrestling world is stunned, amazed and some are even writing this off as the beginning of the end for the AWA, word backstage is that because Greg can't seem to make it as a wrestler, he certainly won't make it as a promoter. Whether this is a desperate attempt to stay relevant in a world where only Verne is the Gagne that matters or a genuine move to transform the AWA to fit into the eighties is yet to be seen but we certainly wish the Gagne family the best in their future endeavours! Verne Gagne was unable to be reached for a statement on this story, though we have been assured by an aide, that talks between the two will be happening after this announcement seemingly went underway without Verne's approval or acknowledgement! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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