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Old 10-23-2012, 10:44 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The Mid-Atlantic also merged with GCW to form JCP, later WCW.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Since we are on the topic of Mid-South. I uploaded this video of UWF Power Pro Wrestling hosted by Jim Ross. This was their B Show, where they did interviews, highlights of house show matches video packages hyping of wrestlers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFtrEkbYFU
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:06 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Would like to throw Stampede Wrestling into the mix. It's a company that somehow continuously reemerged, even after all the other territories were dead.

Great names like: Stu Hart, Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Superstar Billy Graham, Dave Schultz, Dynamite, Davey Boy, Saito, Bad News Allen, Archie Gouldie, and many, many others.
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The Mid-Atlantic also merged with GCW to form JCP, later WCW.
I read on the internet that Jim Crockett Promotions also bought and merged st louis and central states into his territory.
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WCW was essentially composed of:

1) NWA: Mid-Atlantic (JCP), Central States, St. Louis, Championship Wrestling from Georgia (Ole Anderson group's shares of GCW), Championship Wrestling from Florida. All merged into "NWA World Championship Wrestling".

2) UWF: Bill Watts - (apparently not the tape library though). Merged with NWA WCW though UWF was independent and not a member of NWA.

3) The name "World Championship Wrestling" and the Turner Broadcasting (TBS) Time slot which were purchased from Vince McMahon who had purchased them from Jack & Jerry Briscoe's shares of Georgia Championship Wrestling.

Ted Turner eventually purchased all of this, and left the NWA in the early 1990s so the company was just known as "WCW" up until purchased by Vince McMahon where it became a subsidiary of WWE.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #16 (permalink)
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So, which of the territories does WWE now own the tape library for?

Or maybe I should say, which of these does WWE *not* own the rights to? I know WWE recently bought the Mid-South/UWF library.
A previous poster was right, they own almost all of it. CWA is owned by Lawler I think but many of the old shows were" wiped" to film over. I think this is the case of many of the NWA Mid America stuff.

You can find entire years of CWA on youtube....including 1982 imo the greatest year of territory wrestling in one territory.

You can also find the fun IWA shows.

I dream that one day the WWE will launch its network and have a daily block of territory shows. Like World Class, Memphis, Georgia, Mid South, AWA, and Florida all back to back everyday starting with the earliest stuff they have. Their "On Demand" network does this but they only have like 2 shows a month, and they are not always consistant.
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I dream that one day the WWE will launch its network and have a daily block of territory shows. Like World Class, Memphis, Georgia, Mid South, AWA, and Florida all back to back everyday starting with the earliest stuff they have. Their "On Demand" network does this but they only have like 2 shows a month, and they are not always consistant.
I'd love a job piecing together the best parts of all that stuff. Too much of the product would come across as garbage (and some of it rightfully so) especially to newer fans to make airing weeklies/tv tapings of each territory in an episodic fashion productive. Especially given the sheer volume of material.

Quick question about ownership. Vince let's ESPN still air old AWA after all these years?
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WCW was essentially composed of:

1) NWA: Mid-Atlantic (JCP), Central States, St. Louis, Championship Wrestling from Georgia (Ole Anderson group's shares of GCW), Championship Wrestling from Florida. All merged into "NWA World Championship Wrestling".

2) UWF: Bill Watts - (apparently not the tape library though). Merged with NWA WCW though UWF was independent and not a member of NWA.

3) The name "World Championship Wrestling" and the Turner Broadcasting (TBS) Time slot which were purchased from Vince McMahon who had purchased them from Jack & Jerry Briscoe's shares of Georgia Championship Wrestling.

Ted Turner eventually purchased all of this, and left the NWA in the early 1990s so the company was just known as "WCW" up until purchased by Vince McMahon where it became a subsidiary of WWE.
From what I remember here is the order of the collapse of the territories and the formation of the "two party system" WWF/WCW.

This is not exact but to the best of my memory it happened like this.

1. The WWF started their expansion
2. The NWA got together and started to swap their bigger stars more frequantly between, Georgia, Florida, and Mid Atlantic due to their close proxiemety. St Louis and Central States were also sharing talent already with these areas as well.
3. Georgia and Memphis breifly alligned although they still ran seperate tv
4. The AWA and the NWA southern promotions formed Pro Wrestling USA and tried to compete with WWF, this did not last long.
5. Several territories died, like WWA, the Califonia territories, Southwest, Amarillo, and Big Time.
6. The Briscos sold their Georgia WTBS slot to McMahon
7. JCP came in and rescued the WTBS show for NWA and forged an alliance with Georgia
8. Georgia and Mid Atlantic merged although for a while Mid Atlantic still ran their own shows in their area.
9. St Louis and Central States closed shop.
10. Florida, Mid South, WCCW, Pacific Northwest, Contenintal, and Memphis all still maintained their own shows and business as usual although Florida was still loaning and borrowing talent from the new JCP/Georgia alliance.
11. Mid South became UWF
12. CWA became USWA
13. WCCW withdrew from the NWA
14. UWF merged with JCP
15. The JCP alliance left the NWA officially and became WCW
16. Florida still maintained it's seperate status as a traditional territory and member of the NWA
17. Continintal folded as a major territory taking their product mainly to the Gulf Coast and becoming more of an independent.
18. AWA, USWA, and WCCW tried to merge but it failed immediatly
19. Florida folded officially only leaving a small idnependent promotion to fill the void.
20. Smokey Mountain tried to fill the void left by Contenital.
21. USWA bought out WCCW
21. Pacific Northwest folded
22. AWA folded
23. USWA deserted the Texas end of their territory
24. GWF tried to capitalize on the death of WCCW
25. Eastern Championship wrestling, an indy promotion evolves into ECW.
26. USWA is bought out by WWF making it a developmental territory, but allowing it to keep it's own television, and older stars.
27. Smokey Mountain folded
28. GWF folds
29. The NWA tries to rebuild using these indy promotions.
30. USWA struggles and folds after trying again under a new name.
31. Every traditional territorial promotion is dead.

---OFFICIAL DEATH OF THE TERRITORIES---

Only WCW and WWF remain as the non-indy promotions (although some would argue ECW was more than an indy by this point)

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Not sure if this is the right thread for it but speaking of territories and Memphis...

Recently Ive been enjoying the fuck out of going through the Lawler/Savage feud of 84/85 (I think its those years?), watched a title match, cage match and loser leaves town, fucking awesome how they keep building in intensity.
What really hooked me in was this promo, exactly the type of old-school promo I just cant get enough of, amazing how magnetic everyone is in this vid, exactly the type of believable money promos that guys could only do in the territory days when guys had to learn to draw money with their mouths wherever they went, here you get
Savage at his psychotic best, deranged yet not nonsensical like he'd often become in the WWF, those fuckin eyes!
Lawler at his babyface best, ths is the type of thing Cena needs to learn to do, a good guy babyface who's pissed and needs to kick this guys ass.
Austin Idol swinging his axe -need i say more.
and Joe leduc who manages to somehow be twice as unnerving as all of the above.




If I lived in Memphis when this happened id like fuck! take my money,I need to see these guys fight, you just don't see promos like this anymore.
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Southern HW title
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Loser leaves town
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJWzuCvcaDk
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According to my dad My grandma cussed out almost every heel that came through mid-south in the 70s and 80s. Hell she was cussing at the tv when McMahon would get 1 over on Stone Cold.
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