Bret Hart Snaps: The Push Towards A New Era in the WWF

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With World Championship Wrestling emerging as a legitimate threat to the World Wrestling Federation in 1997…the WWF began making changes to how they did business. Fewer squash matches were used to enhance top stars and in its place were more meaningful confrontations. The WWF was slowly getting a bit more edgier with its content. We were seeing less and less cartoonish gimmicks and were being given more characters with relateability. This was a time where Vince McMahon and company were testing the waters for a product with a bit more…attitude.

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The Cowboy in Connecticut: Bill Watts Short WWF Stay

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‘Cowboy’ Bill Watts was a wrestler turned promoter who found great success running his Mid South territory based in Oklahoma. The Mid South territory became so successful, Watts attempted to take his promotion and expand nationally. He’d change the name to the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), but unfortunately it came at a time when the wrestling business was down and he ultimately sold his promotion to Jim Crockett Jr. Watts would have a run in WCW controlling things creatively, but would be let go after racially insensitive comments were deemed inappropriate by Turner executives and was fired in favor of Eric Bischoff. In 1995, he received a phone call from Vince McMahon and soon, he joined the World Wrestling Federation as the number two man behind Vince. The partnership didn’t last long.

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Wrestling With Sin: 307

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This is the 307th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media. Continue reading