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Wrestling has sucked since 2001 and not many people with more than a few brain cells are going to argue that one with me. I am the new resident poster at DSTROYR “Hurricanrana.” I want to remember the glory days of wrestling from the late 1980’s until 2001. You won’t find any posts about a 65+ year old Undertaker collecting his welfare check or the new washed up Extremely Crappy Wrestling on Sci-Fi on this blog. I grew up in the heart of professional wrestling and in case you are unaware I am going to educate you on how professional wrestling arrived on the main stage and became a huge public entity.

The move that changed wrestling history

Georgia Championship Wrestling was primarily owned in 1983 by a conglomerate of: Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco (brothers who were also superstar amateur and professional wrestlers); Jim Barnett (wrestling); and Paul Jones. The remaining ten-percent stake belonged to Al Rogowski, a match booker, who also wrestled as “Ole Anderson.”

In 1984, the Briscos sold their stock in GCW to Vince McMahon for $900,000 and guaranteed jobs with the WWF. Gerald (Jerry) Brisco, in fact, is still a road agent in today’s WWE. After working out a few prior commitments, Georgia Championship Wrestling ceased to exist.

According to Ric Flair in his book To Be the Man, the Road Warriors were offered $5,000 to injure the Briscoes during a tag team match by an unnamed, disgruntled source. Instead of injuring them, they promptly informed the Briscoes and told them not to worry because, “We’re not those kinds of business people.”

The purchase of Georgia Championship Wrestling by the WWF is still considered the tipping point in U.S. professional wrestling’s evolution from local or regional sideshow to national phenomenon. The other primary event was the demise of WCW in 2001, which the WWF liquidated much the same as it had Georgia Championship Wrestling.

Black Saturday

On July 14, 1984 (a.k.a. Black Saturday within the U.S. professional wrestling industry), Georgia Championship Wrestling ceased to exist when Vince McMahon unexpectedly bought the promotion and its TV time slot for his then-nationally expanding WWF. Freddie Miller, an announcer, was the only member of the original Georgia Championship Wrestling on-air cast who did not quit in protest or just get replaced by the new owner. McMahon had underestimated two major factors, however. The first was the differences in tastes between fan-bases of different geographical regions. The WWF’s style of wrestling sharply differed from that of GCW, with the WWF featuring cartoonish characters and story-lines and squash matches and GCW featuring more athletic competition. Secondly, Southerners resented the symbolism of a “Yankee” company coming down from The North and “taking over” their wrestling.

In addition, WWF World Championship Wrestling was mainly used as a re-cap show, featuring matches which had previously aired on the WWF’s main programming venues such as WWF Championship Wrestling and WWF All-Star Wrestling. This angered WTBS owner Ted Turner, who was hoping that the WWF would have original matches originating from the WTBS Studios at 1050 Techwood Drive. Eventually, the WWF would have in-studio squash matches on the show on an infrequent basis. During this time, the show was co-hosted by Miller and Gorilla Monsoon, with Monsoon serving as the play-by-play announcer and Miller serving as the ring announcer.

Source: Wikipedia


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