Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: Pro Wrestling USA

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Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeed but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but for various reasons faded away. This latest ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ takes a look at the brief union of Jim Crockett Jr. and Verne Gagne to form a national promotion called Pro Wrestling USA. Continue reading

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Super Clash III: The Blueprint to Burying Several Promotions At Once

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Brian Damage

In the year 1988, it had become blatantly obvious that the World Wrestling Federation was the top dog in pro wrestling. Jim Crockett had just sold his company to billionaire Ted Turner to form World Championship Wrestling to solidify itself as the number 2 promotion in the US. American Wrestling Association owner Verne Gagne was a far distant third. Most of his young homegrown talent like Curt Hennig and The Midnight Rockers jumped ship to the WWF. Continue reading

Paranoia: The Fall of The AWA

Brian Damage

Once upon a time, not so long ago, the wrestling world had not one, not two, but three major wrestling organizations. They were collectively known as the “Big 3.” The Big 3 consisted of the NWA/WCW down south….the WWF up north and the AWA (The American Wrestling Association ) in the middle.

The AWA was owned and operated by a man named Verne Gagne….a wrestler himself…who believed that wrestlers should wrestle gimmick free. Their talents inside the ring should be the selling point…substance over flash. The AWA became a breeding ground for some of the biggest names in the sport. He had an eye and a knack for developing young stars like Leon White ( Big Van Vader ) Curt Hennig, Ken Patera, Madusa Miceli and countless others….The AWA sold out arenas and stadiums across the mid-west. As a matter of fact, the AWA’s “WrestleRock” card in 1986 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota drew over 22,000 fans….outdrawing the 2 infamous Crockett Cup shows at the Louisiana Superdome combined. The AWA also has a national syndicated TV deal with ESPN. Continue reading