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jws84
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Hey all,

This popped in my mind listening to some of Bruce Prichard's podcast about The Undertaker. In the mid 90s, we all know WWF sparked a working relationship with the USWA and SMW. My question is, did the WWF run shows in the this area during that time on their own?? Or, were all shows made out to be "Co-promoted" to give the smaller territory the rub? The show they mentioned on the podcast was Co-Promoted, but was really all WWF with just Lawler in a key spot.

I guess this would be both key towns, and any of the territories really. Meaning both Memphis and Louisville, or Knoxville and Johnson City. Obviously the relationship helped USWA and smw, but direct opposition would really hurt.

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They did run shows there. In fact, the USWA co-promotion began with Jeff Jarrett hopping the guard rail at a WWF house show in Memphis.
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That's true. I guess my question is did they run any shows on their own after the relationship began. Or were all "co- promoted", in a sense giving the smaller group a piece.
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Pretty sure nothing really changed. They still went in.
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When Vince showed up in 93 in Memphis...talk about heat?! The first on tv hints of the "MR MCMAHON" character. It was good stuff, at least the stuff I saw.
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There is a Vince promo on youtube of him wearing the USWA Unified World Title and he cuts probably my favorite promo of his ever. It is not the over the top Mr. McMahon but still just so, perfect. I think Tatanka won the title officially but this promo, was fantastic.
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The one where he mispronounces the word svelte as "slevit"'.

And you have to think there was some satisfaction in Vince wearing that belt because it used to be symbolic of Verne's AWA title. I imagine it was another one of his conquering moments to boost his ego.

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I hated the whole thing. The USWA wasn't in that great of shape by then and was hard enough to watch as it was. Then you add the WWF "superstar" of the week coming in to win the belt over and over and it didn't make the USWA look a bit better, made it look fourth rate to me.

Prichard mentioned that one card held in the Louisville Gardens drew 3000, which was about double what the USWA was drawing at the time. That may be true, but the Gardens holds around 6000, so even with all those superstars, it was still a half empty building.

Some of it was interesting. McMahon being the high and mighty jackass looking down on the small promotion. Savage coming back for a short time (too bad it was the WWF version instead of the old Macho Man). I think Jimmy Hart came back for a show or two.

It may have given the USWA a small shot in the arm, and maybe helped it limp a few more years to the finish line, but it wasn't the most magnificent thing to ever happen to Memphis Wrestling.

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I agree with it making it seem even further behind. I remember very late in the promotion, when they pushed fake Razor and Diesel. Even as a kid, it made it seem like it was taking their titles and status a step down.
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I don't know that the WWF ran any SMW towns anyway, even before Cornette set up shop. Maybe Knoxville every now and then.
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