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Rod Trongard's Hair
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I know CMLL owns the arenas they run. Don Owen owned the Portland Sports Arena and the LaBells had the master lease on the Olympic, but how many other promoters owned the building(s) they ran?

Would the idea have even crossed the mind of a promoter in the territory days as an idea for another revenue stream renting the building out on non-wrestling days/nights?

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It was somewhat prevalent in Louisiana in the 40s and 50s. Gus Kallio owned his own arena in Monroe and Jimmie Thompson owned his in Alexandria. The promoter in Lake Charles (something McRae) also owned his.

CM would know for sure but I believe Milo Steinborn owned the arena in Orlando.

Paul Jones owned the Sports Arena in Atlanta and it was used when the City Auditorium was unavailable.

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Actually I'm not sure but off the top of my head I do not believe Milo owned the arena.

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Who owned the Junction in San Antonio?

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dthcm
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Vince used to own the Cape Cod Coliseum.

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I always assumed the Von Erich’s owned the Sportatorium in the later days, or did they just rent the office space?
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quote:
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I think there were handful of concerts held at The Portland Sports Arena in the early 80s. And there was a flea market there ran by Sandy Barr on Sundays.


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I was under the impression Danny Davis owned the Davis Arena that Ohio Valley Wrestling uses in Louisville.
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Dan P-170
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The company associated with EMLL (now CMLL) that appeared on the NWA membership listings back in the day was actually Arena Mexico and later Nueva Arena Mexico, S.A.

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Matt Farmer from WA
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Salvador Lutteroth wasn't the only promoter in Mexico to own many of his arena's. I believe he owned as many as 7 at one point.

Spot show promoter Aldofo Moreno owned the 2,400 seat Arena Naucalpan. This building still hosts two or more events every week. His family runs the IWRG lucha promotion.

There are numerous others too.

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The only one in the UK was Arthur Wright of Wryton Promotions who owned a former cinema (movie theater) that he renamed the Wryton Stadium in Bolton. As well as a venue, it was a gym for wrestlers. Don't know how often they hired it out for other purposes, but it had some of the matches in the 1969 World Snooker Championships.
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What about Sam Muninchek?
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quote:
Originally posted by elijahkareem:
What about Sam Muninchek?

He didn't own the Kill or the Chezznerdoom.

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Was Vince ever in a position where he feasibly could have bought MSG? Or Maybe Vince Sr. in the 70s when New York was run down?
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Of course, there is the Eddie Graham Sports Complex in Orlando owned by someone whose name I can't recall.

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Did Johnny Doyle or Mike Hirsch own one of the LA venues?

Ocean Park Arena or something like that. I may be misremembering it and they just had the lease.

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quote:
Originally posted by Shaving Weezie Jefferson:
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Originally posted by elijahkareem:
What about Sam Muninchek?

He didn't own the Kill or the Chezznerdoom.
Or for that matter the Cay pee ell are studio.
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Matt Farmer from WA
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Al Haft owned his own arena.
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quote:
Originally posted by Happ Hazzard:
Was Vince ever in a position where he feasibly could have bought MSG? Or Maybe Vince Sr. in the 70s when New York was run down?

Wonder how much money the elder Vince had. I read that MSG stock got as low as $3.25 a share in 1974. There was a total of 4.8 million shares. So owning 100% of MSG stock would have been a little over $15 million in 1974.
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How would America have reacted if they'd renamed it McMahon Square Gardens?
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Joe Turner's arena in Washington DC. McMahon bought it for TV.--Yohe
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In history, there was a number of owners or managers of arenas, that promoted wrestling & boxing to fill the building.--Yohe
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Before the Nassau Coliseum went up in 1972, events held out on Long Island were in West Hempstead at the Island Garden Arena and in Commack at the Commack Arena. Whitey Carlson promoted and owned both buildings.
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quote:
Originally posted by Tatsuya:
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Originally posted by Happ Hazzard:
Was Vince ever in a position where he feasibly could have bought MSG? Or Maybe Vince Sr. in the 70s when New York was run down?

Wonder how much money the elder Vince had. I read that MSG stock got as low as $3.25 a share in 1974. There was a total of 4.8 million shares. So owning 100% of MSG stock would have been a little over $15 million in 1974.
Tex Rickard, who built the 3rd version of MSG was involved in the fight game. And of course Jess McMahon worked for/with Tex for some time.

Of course MSG wasn't the only arena Rickard owned. He had numerous "temporary" arena built too, including the famous fight between Jack Johnson and James J Jeffries.

In some ways I am surprised Vince never had his own arena built.

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