Originally Posted by diego maradona
Because those guys were nobodies outside thier territories and outside the wrestling business. I dont need to waste my time debating with a random internet mark that andre and gorgeous george were bigger than those 3. Gorgeous george crossed over to hollywood and mainstream network television,they didnt. Gorgeous George fought on network tv all the time in his heyday, did meltzer include that in his list?
Andre the giant was very rarely booked at the top of the card, that implies he wasnt the box office attraction? In the 1970s, andre was in the guinness world records for his salary. Vince was paying him more money because hes a bigger attraction. I dont care if your emotionally hurt by the fact that andre is a far bigger star than sammartino and buddy rogers combined, he is, debating it wont make you seem any smarter, it will just make you look clueless.
First of all, you didn't answer my question - were you alive when Buddy Rogers and Bruno Sammartino wrestled?
Secondly, if you were alive and following wrestling in the 1950s
you would know that Buddy Rogers fought across myriad territories. He was a wrestling household word in California
, St. Louis
, New York
, etc. By the way, the Texans loved to hate him. Buddy was a six time Texas Champion and had historic bloodbath feuds with top Texas wrestlers like Pepper Gomez.
In fact, the reason Lou Thesz disliked Rogers to his dying day was the fact that he was the big draw and cash cow for Lou's promotion in the 1940s and jumped ship to the nascent NWA in 1948. Every promoter and booker was after Buddy. He didn't lack for work.
Bruno Sammartino had booking problems in the NWA. However, his association with Antonino Rocca and Miguel Perez got his name around to some degree. After Buddy put over Bruno in MSG and he became the second WWWF World Champion he took off, albeit he was not as nationally well known as Rogers was. However, being the big star in the former Northeast territory of Capitol Wrestling was no small accomplishment. At the time of the split from the NWA Capitol Wrestling's Northeast territory accounted for around 40% of the total bookings of the NWA.
Pal, the one who is clueless here is you. I get the sense that you are going to go real far in this forum.
P.S. Regarding George wrestling on network TV, I actually watched some of those matches. I also used to watch Buddy Rogers wrestling all the time on network TV, NOT
on the YouTube videos.