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Re: What was the 3rd wrestling boom period?
I would say that in terms of the history of the sport, the top three are:
1. Early to mid 80's: WWF in expansion mode with Hogan, NWA pooling it's talent on the WTBS show, World Class enjoying success in syndication and the Freebird/Von Erich war, AWA suffering but still running respectable business, CWA white hot especially from 80-85. Florida running with Kevin Sullivan as top heel and his great gimmick, Mid South thriving and eventually becoming UWF. The first Great American Bash, and WM. Some of the territories were dying but it was still a boom period across the States.
2. Attitude Era, you all know enough about this time
3. I would rank the late 60's to mid 1970's as a solid third. While many of today's fans glamorize the 50's, 80's and AE (deservedly so) this era was so important. There were so many things critical to the development of the sport. Historical things, the rise of mega stars, and formation of the three world champion promotions. Of equal importance, you had the rise of the territories and Apter mags.
While many of the territories had been around they started picking up business and really defining their areas. During this era you had the birth of the WWWF and rise of the AWA both of whom were breaking away from the old gaurd. The Apter mags became stables at every magazine counter across the States opening the eyes of fans who had no idea wrestling exsisted outside of their local promotion, and to fans who had forgotten wrestling after the networks had dropped it. WWWF was rising behind Bruno, and with it's technique of using ethnic stars to draw huge houses in the ethnic heavy Northeast and starting to make its case for having its World Champion as a major player. AWA was in its hayday. Tag team wrestling was drawing mega crowds throughout the NWA southern territoires (Mid Atlantic, Mid America, Mid-South). A young star named Jerry Lawler started selling out Memphis every week. Fritz was taking over World Class and slowley transforming it into the player in Texas. The Sheik was packing them in in Detroit, and Dick the Brusier had Chicago rolling. Dusty Rhodes exploding in Florida, Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Dory Funk, all holding the NWA title and touring with high exposure do to the press in the Apter mags. Oh, and there was this guys named Andre making waves in the later part of the era. On top of all of this St. Louis was still probably the hottest area in the country. And don't forget wrestling in Mexico and Japan really took off in this era. Like the other two above it took wrestling to new levels of exposure beyond what the 50's "Golden era" could deliver.
Looking back on history to me it was the 60's and 70's that exposed wrestling beyond it's previous boundries in large cities by taking it to every corner of the states, running weekly shows from coast to coast. This made it easier for Vince to come in with his star studed lineup and cherry pick fans in every area, who already loved the sport.
The 50's were great, and it was easily #4 in my mind, but it's drawback was that it only appealed to select areas of the country,
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