Carnival days[ edit ] Professional wrestling, in the sense of traveling performers paid for mass entertainment in staged matches, began in the post- Civil War period in the late s and s. Grand circuses included wrestling exhibitions, quickly enhancing them through colorful costumes and fictional biographies for entertainment, disregarding their competitive nature.
History[ edit ] NWA Tri-State s - [ edit ] A former territory  wrestler who was blinded in a auto accident, Leroy McGuirk eventually took over promoting a wrestling circuit that covered OklahomaLouisiana and Mississippi. UntilWatts had been a fan favorite for Tri-State Wrestling. MSW began adding shows in Arkansas to its circuit.
Inthe promotion grew to include Oklahoma when McGuirk shut down his Oklahoma-based promotion. He also formed an alliance with Houston promoter Paul Boesch to feature Mid-South talent on the cards at the Sam Houston Coliseumone of the largest cities in America and one of the most fabled arenas in professional wrestling, as well as other parts of southeastern Texas.
Instead of cartoon-ish characters and interviews, Mid-South Wrestling focused on energetic matches and characters whose personas blurred the lines between good and evil and a physical style and episodic format.
Ina card pitting a "blinded" Junkyard Dog against Freebird Michael Hayes in the main event drew nearly 30, fans for a show presented by a promotion less than one year old. The latter card also featured a showdown between Magnum T. The show drew 22, fans. In the mid-to-late s, the MSW began to expand nationally.
Turner was angered by Vince McMahon and the WWF because McMahon reportedly promised Turner a studio-produced program, but he instead presented just two hours 2 hour show including commercial time of highlights from other WWF programming see: Eventually, the WWF would have in-studio squash matches on the show on an infrequent basis.
Watts made one more attempt at going national the following year under the auspices of the Universal Wrestling Federation Universal Wrestling Federation [ edit ] In MarchMSW went national and was relaunched as the Universal Wrestling Federation so it was not stigmatized as a southern group.
Watts was also harmed when the oil-based Oklahoma economy went into a severe recession in the fall ofaffecting all businesses and cutting down on fans able to pay to see the shows.
Despite promises at the time, Crockett buried the UWF, letting its various titles die out and, with the prime exceptions of Stingthe Fabulous FreebirdsShane Douglas Rick Steinerand for a while Eddie Gilbertand Steve Williamsfew of its various stars made headway into Crockett's promotion.
Beer kegschairs, tables, popcorn machine and anything the four wrestlers could get their hands on were used in the brawl which lasted nearly 15 minutes. With Taylor on top, referee Randy Anderson made the pinfall. Later, Adams came out and told Anderson what had happened, which prompted Gilbert and Taylor to gang-up on Adams.
Sting came in to even the sides, and that resulted in an all-out brawl outside the ring. Gilbert was the mastermind of this famous angle and received huge praise from fellow promoters and wrestlers.
Originally, Adams and Iceman were one of the eight teams participating, and Taylor was teamed with Sam Houston. Adams, who was helping Williams and DiBiase fight off Akbar and his army, wanted the match to continue, but Parsons wanted the win.
After a lengthy argument, Adams and Parsons split, and Chris chose Savannah Jack as his new tag team partner. Iceman sucker-punched Savannah during a match and injured him, thus Adams had to choose another tag partner.
Taylor and Adams eventually won the UWF tag team titles, and held the belts for two months. Meanwhile, Adams and Parsons engaged in a lengthy feud, which lasted for more than a decade the two had feuded earlier in WCCW when Adams was the heel and Parsons was the babyfacewith Parsons frequently referring to Adams as "Jailbird," a reference to Adams serving jail time in on an assault conviction.
A face-vs-face bout between Adams and Taylor marked Taylor's heel turn as he piledrived Adams on the floor. The feud did have a short interruption when Taylor was injured in an automobile accident, but picked up again by the summer and carried over to World Class by Taylor and Adams promoted a famous angle in August which involved a press conference, where Taylor spoke about his situation with Adams and then left.
Chris later took questions, which prompted Taylor to attack Adams with a chair. The following week, Adams conducted an interview vowing revenge against both Taylor and Eddie Gilbert. Williams recruited Oklahoma Sooners and future Dallas Cowboys head coach Barry Switzer into training and getting back into the ring.
It paid off on July 11, when Dr. The Freebirds became faces around that time, as they began feuding with Skandor Akbar's army as well as The Angel of Death. A prelim wrestler, Mike Boyette, wrestled in the UWF and is believed to be one of the very few wrestlers to never win a match.
Video editors for the show even put together a music video of his various losses in the ring, set to the Little River Band song Lonesome Loser.
He actually had five years experience under his belt. Young's claims prompted Jim Ross to begin referring to him as a "five-time rookie of the year.
Williams would successfully defend the UWF Heavyweight Title on the same show versus Barry Windham and then left on a tour of Japan, only to have the title retired while he was still overseas.Jun 25, · A fifth count, which defense lawyer William Costopoulos said concerned providing steroids to former World Wrestling Federation champion Hulk Hogan, was dropped after United States District Court.
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All of Mid-Missouri. The Universal Wrestling Federation was owner Bill Watts' attempt at taking his Mid-South Wrestling promotion to a national level in The attempt failed and in , Watts sold the promotion to Jim Crockett Promotions and it became part of what would later be known as World Championship urbanagricultureinitiative.com promotion had started out as an NWA Territory known as NWA Tri-State founded by .
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