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Sam Muchnick Remembered
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By Mark Nulty

The guiding force that made the National Wrestling Alliance the most powerful governing body of all-time, Sam Muchnick, passed away Dec. 30 in St. Louis at the age of 93.

Muchnick was the promoter in St. Louis from 1945 through 1982 when it was one of the wrestling capitols of the world.

Muchnick was the president of the National Wrestling Alliance for much of that period, when the NWA was the largest and most powerful group in wrestling. Under Muchnick's direction the NWA World heavyweight championship was the most universally recognized title and was considered the most important championship in the sport.

Joe Blanchard starred on Muchnick's cards in St. Louis. Blanchard would later start his own successful promotion in south Texas, Southwest Championship Wrestling.

Blanchard talks about his memories of Muchnick, what made Muchnick special as a promoter and what he learned from Muchnick in creating his own promotion.

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Mark Nulty is a professional journalist that has been in the professional wrestling industry since the mid-80s as an announcer, referee and promoter.

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