Originally Posted by nevereveragainu
vernes son claims that because he refused to let vince buy him out vince went out of his way to screw awa at every turn
There might be some truth to this. It seems the WWF snatched more talent from the AWA (Hogan, Hennan, Mean Gene, Ventura, Adonis, Martel, Hennig, Badd Company, The Rockers, Beverly Bros., Boris Zukoff, Brunzell, Yokozuna, etc.) But Vern was known to be cheap and rip people off.
The AWA probably should have changed the format in the later years after the AWA-CWA-WCCW merger failed and instead should have played up GI Joe Sgt. Slaughter by giving him the strap and then bringing in top talent from Japan like Gordy & Williams for a few weeks.