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TylerStanMan
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We have a lot of fans from many geographic regions and age groups here. What is the best period of your territories big promotion?
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The WWW F - 1974 to 75. Bruno Sammartino had a wild (and bloody) feud with Bobby Duncum. The Valiant Brothers came in and ran roughshod over the tag team scene. Spiros Arion came in as a baby face (and former partner of Bruno), and had a very hot heal turn angle (while teaming with Chief Jay Strongbow against the Valiants), and embarked on a huge feud against Bruno. Also, Ivan Putski debuted, and quickly became one of the most popular wrestlers in the territory. In all very memorable period for WWWF fans.

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WWWF 1976...my first year as a fan and Bruno's last full year as a Champ. Very exciting year with the top heels of that era challenging Bruno (SBG, Koloff and Ladd) and then the neck breaking match with Hansen, the "resurrection" of Bruno at Shea Stadium and the blow off cage match at MSG. Plus the debut of Bruiser Brody, the return of Stan Stasiak and the arrival of Ken Patera. On top of that, there was a phenomenal undercard feud between Albano's Executioners team (Studd & Kowalski) vs. Strongbow/White Wolf who the fans just were crazy about back then. That year hooked me for life.
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Georgia Championship Wrestling: Fall 1977 - Winter 1983
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CWF from 65 to 76
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quote:
Originally posted by evensout:
CWF from 65 to 76

What he said
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Mid-Atlantic from around 77 to 84.

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quote:
Originally posted by The Average Malenko:
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Originally posted by evensout:
CWF from 65 to 76

What he said
I'd cut a year or two off each end but yup.

So long from the Sunshine State!

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quote:
Originally posted by RichATL:
Georgia Championship Wrestling: Fall 1977 - Winter 1983

This

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quote:
Originally posted by WahooFan:
Mid-Atlantic from around 77 to 84.

And this

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I am sure i am in the vast minority, but ECW 93--95.
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Arguments could be made for Toronto's 1941-1948 period that saw Whipper Billy Watson first headline the promotion, leading to his 1947 NWAssoc. title win over Bill Longson -- as well as his famous feud with Nanjo Singh -- or for 1969 to 1974 which was the period of The Sheik's long unbeaten streak that filled MLG to capacity (and over) repeatedly.


Vancouver never really had as hot a period as nearly every other promotion when you look at CWF or Georgia or Amarillo or LA, but the 1971-1973 period was undoubtedly a high point in their existence, with the Bob Brown/John Quinn v. Dutch Savage/Stephen Little Bear which packed them in for a year. What was remarkable about that was that co-owner Gene Kiniski was out of the ring for at least one-half that time after an accident at his home that supposedly came close to making him lose his hand (or so the story goes). And Kiniski at that time was still a big draw, so for that tag-team feud to be able to cover so well speaks to the interest it gathered at the time.

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Detroit.. anytime up till the last years

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For Tri-States, 1970-73, 75-79. Mid-South 1984-85.
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I wonder where the "best of" periods line up with the fan's age.

For me, I grew up in WWWF territory, loving Chief Jay Strongbow. Bruno wasn't on TV, nor was he doing secondary market appearances, so CJS was THE face.

But best period was the mid/late 80's NWA when Rude & Wahoo were teaming up, the 4 Horsemen, Road Warriors, etc. That wrestling style, the shows ending in havoc was new and amazing to a more mature fan.

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quote:
Originally posted by merc:
I wonder where the "best of" periods line up with the fan's age.

For me, I grew up in WWWF territory, loving Chief Jay Strongbow. Bruno wasn't on TV, nor was he doing secondary market appearances, so CJS was THE face.

But best period was the mid/late 80's NWA when Rude & Wahoo were teaming up, the 4 Horsemen, Road Warriors, etc. That wrestling style, the shows ending in havoc was new and amazing to a more mature fan.

For the NWA, I see what you're saying, but for me there was almost too much going on. You always knew there was going to be a run-in on a horseman match among other things that drove me crazy.

As for the WWWF, I've always wondered what would have happened if Wahoo hadn't caused trouble with the office years earlier. Does he take the place of Strongbow? Take that spot to levels Strongbow couldn't reach? Or, because he's Wahoo, does he do his own thing and move on after a couple of years?
OR, all of the above?

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ECW - 1995-97
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JCP Summer 1985-Starrcade 1986. HOT, HOT, HOT!
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In the minority but Spring/Summer of 1988 JCP. Summer of 1986 is a close second.

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Pacific Northwest (Portland) Summer of 1976 to Christmas 1977.

1980 Piper-Rose

1983 Rose Face Turn until he goes East.

January 1989-July 1989

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Southeastern in the late seventies was great, with Les Thatcher announcing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Alfred Ticineto,:
The WWW F - 1974 to 75. Bruno Sammartino had a wild (and bloody) feud with Bobby Duncum. The Valiant Brothers came in and ran roughshod over the tag team scene. Spiros Arion came in as a baby face (and former partner of Bruno), and had a very hot heal turn angle (while teaming with Chief Jay Strongbow against the Valiants), and embarked on a huge feud against Bruno. Also, Ivan Putski debuted, and quickly became one of the most popular wrestlers in the territory. In all very memorable period for WWWF fans.

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Originally posted by Stephen Gennarelli:
WWWF 1976...my first year as a fan and Bruno's last full year as a Champ. Very exciting year with the top heels of that era challenging Bruno (SBG, Koloff and Ladd) and then the neck breaking match with Hansen, the "resurrection" of Bruno at Shea Stadium and the blow off cage match at MSG. Plus the debut of Bruiser Brody, the return of Stan Stasiak and the arrival of Ken Patera. On top of that, there was a phenomenal undercard feud between Albano's Executioners team (Studd & Kowalski) vs. Strongbow/White Wolf who the fans just were crazy about back then. That year hooked me for life.

This is when I came along also, and the territory just seemed to explode in popularity at this time. This was the period where they opened the Felt Forum up to handle the overflow MSG crowds, and frequently sold that venue out also. I will add to the previous posts, the popularity of the Dean Ho and Tony Garea team, and really establishing Captain Lou as the defacto lead heel in the promotion, as the "guiding light" and manager of the perennial tag champs. He also managed the Blackjacks to the straps in betweent the Valiants and Executioners. If you want to extend into 1977, you saw the debut of AWA icon, Baron von Raschke in the WWWF. The title win and subsequent heel title run of Superstar Graham vs long time established area faces getting their "first" title shots, and bringing in world famous babyface stars such as Mil Mascaras and Dusty Rhodes for title programs and challenges.

Personally I would also add LA late 74-76, Georgia late 79 through 81. WWF 84-87, JCP 85-87, ECW 93-95, UFC 93-96, WCW 95-96, WWF 97-2001 as other times I have immensly enjoyed wrestling promotions.

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Bert, great wrap up and I agree about WWF "the expansion years" '84-'87 was a mostly fun ride and way better than the junk that would follow in '88 and beyond for WWF.
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quote:
Originally posted by merc:
But best period was the mid/late 80's NWA when Rude & Wahoo were teaming up

Wahoo and Rude never teamed. They feuded in late 86/early 87. You may have meant Rude & Manny Fernandez teaming up in 86 and winning the NWA World Tag Team titles (JCP version).

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quote:
Originally posted by Mississippi fan:
For Tri-States, 1970-73, 75-79. Mid-South 1984-85.

I would agree. I especially liked the early 70s period after Tom Jones came in and thought from mid'76 until the split McGuirk's promotion really picked up.
For Mid-South I would add 1981-82.

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1982 was my favorite Mid South year. That crew was amazing - JYD, Dibiase, Murdoch, Olympia, Samoan, Orndorff, Roop, Orton, etc
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JCP 85-87

Plus I need to mention WWF 80 being that was the year I became a fan with the Larry/Bruno feud.

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quote:
Originally posted by Stephen Gennarelli:
WWWF 1976...my first year as a fan and Bruno's last full year as a Champ. Very exciting year with the top heels of that era challenging Bruno (SBG, Koloff and Ladd) and then the neck breaking match with Hansen, the "resurrection" of Bruno at Shea Stadium and the blow off cage match at MSG. Plus the debut of Bruiser Brody, the return of Stan Stasiak and the arrival of Ken Patera. On top of that, there was a phenomenal undercard feud between Albano's Executioners team (Studd & Kowalski) vs. Strongbow/White Wolf who the fans just were crazy about back then. That year hooked me for life.

I wonder if there are any of that stuff available.

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You tube has the Bruno/Hansen MSG cage match, some Bruno vs. Patera matches and some Bruno vs. SBG matches.
But sadly the tv episodes with interviews hyping the matches has yet to emerge. Hopefully they will someday.

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