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#21 agentofenton

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:09 PM

Mid Atlantic News

 

Randy Savage debuts on this week's TV, a week earlier than planned. However, since he was in the area and they wanted to get something hot going for this weeks TV, they debuted him to set up his TV wrestling debut next week.

 

The Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Title was quietly retired after Adrian Street left the company. It is rumored that that title was retired to make room for a new championship. 

 

A roster shakeup this past week has made for some interesting matchups on the house show loops. The current booker is trying to get a majority of his roster in use for the house show loops. A lot of tag team matches are the booking sheets in the coming weeks.

 

A rumored big time TV special is in the works. It may end up being a closed circuit event instead, but top executives are working on a major show for the end of March. 

 

Mr Fuji is currently working some of the house shows, but he's also working as a manager on a few of the shows. He maybe getting ready for a retirement, or a semi-retirement thing. Time will tell on this one. 



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:50 PM

Southeastern

- We haven't had results filter through from this weeks big Birmingham show, but we have heard a major angle happened at the end of the show.

- As seen on this weeks TV, Jody Hamilton The Flame will be back within a few weeks, Hamilton who is in his mid 40s is likely to play a reduced role, but still very much involved.

- Norvelle Austim has signed a deal and will be on TV in a couple of weeks. Mr Wrestling who debuted this week is Ron Starr under a mask, Starr who was trained by Tim Woods, returned this week. Expect him to fill the void in the mid card between the youngsters and main eventers.

- You may of noticed Gordon Solie was pulled from TV this weekend and Les Thatcher took his place. From what we've heard, Fuller was unaware Solie wouldn't be able to make the taping, and ask Thatcher if he would help out as he was visiting friends at the taping, he even had to borrow a suit from Tony Falk.

- This is the biggest indication that Southeastern won't be renewed in March, we believe Solie finished up his Florida gig in the morning and then was either in with Jim Crockett at a show in North Carolina or at the WMC-5 studio with Jerry Jarrett, looking at their operation. This will only add fuel to the Fuller-Turner fire.

- If Turner is to pull Southeastern, Fuller has a back up plan to cover his extra over heads he pick up when expanding. He's been in contact with Ron Wright and his old East Tennessee territory All Star Wrestling, it's believe Fuller will be moving into East Tennessee with Wright and Phil Hickerson heading up that side of the territory. Ron Wright who was a massive star in the 50, 60s and 70s knows the East Tennessee area inside out. We are unaware of the territory will be split like pre 1980.

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Posted 26 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

Memphis News

 

-It seems the Continental Wrestling Association is trying its best to keep up with the times and get a national TV contract.  Jerry Jarrett has been in meetings with many major players in the cable industry including WTBS and Ted Turner.  Ted Turner is believed to love the current roster but wants the CWA to move its headquarters to Atlanta. 

 

-If Turner and Jarrett reach an agreement, what will become of the CWA/AWA Alliance.  Everyone knows that Georgia is an NWA town but the CWA and especially Lawler have been unhappy with the actions and lack of respect of both the NWA and its champion Ric Flair. If CWA goes fully NWA, it is rumored Lawler wants out!

 

Lawler is actually in negotiations with Jarrett himself to buy part of the company.  If this happens, it would be hard pressed seeing it move away from the King's hometown.  Lawler says he wants in now because of the bright future of the CWA.  He says he has never seen 4 rookie wrestlers like Bam Bam Bigelow, Shane Douglas, Steve Simpson and Wendell Cooley in one place at one time.  

 

-Many of the wrestlers have also heard this rumor and are upset about possible travel issues.  TBS is centered in Atlanta but the major show for CWA is a weekly program in the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.    

 

Tony Atlas was overheard complaining about recent remarks by Rocky Johnson up in the Detroit area.  These two former partners seem lucky that they are separated by some 500 miles.  Let's see if they can stay away from each other or will this feud turn hot.

 

-Ernie Ladd seems to be up to his old tricks again.  He has angered everyone from Troy Graham to Butch Reed of late.  Will his size and athleticism allow him to keep running his mouth or is his age keeping up with him.

 

-It is true, Jarrett has signed Baron Von Raschke and The Spoiler.  This might have something to do with Ted Turner and Georgia as they were recently major players in Georgia Championship Wrestling.  Jarrett might be trying to bring back some of the old talent to entice Turner and reignite the Georgia Wrastlin Scene as it has been quiet of late.

 

It seems that the CWA's next big event, St. Valentine's Eve Massacre on Feb 13th will bring back some Memphis favorites.  Stay tuned for more details.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 08:55 PM

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There are rumors that Jerry Jarrett was very upset at Ric Flair for his lack of respect that he showed Jerry Lawler and the CWA Championship Belt when he was here for Night of Dreams on Jan 16.  Jarrett is trying to figure out a way to get revenge on the Champ in his next appearance in the CWA which is scheduled for Feb 13th at the Mid-South Coliseum.

 

It is also believed that the Kansas Jayhawks may have bitten off more then they can chew with their big mouths and attempts to injury wrestlers.  As of now, they are scheduled to face Troy Graham and Sweet Brown Sugar on Feb 13th but their may be a Major fill in for their NWA Mid-American Tag Championship.  We should find out on the TV show on Feb 11th.  

 

Many find it interesting that Plowboy Frazier would choose Sir Oliver Humperdink as his opponent on Feb 13th, especially in a no DQ match.  Doesn't he know this will give the entire House of Humperdink free rain to attack him.  

 

It seems that Jarrett has Ernie Ladd involved in 2 huge angles.  First is the mask bounty he has on The Dream Machine and second is his recent problems with Hacksaw Reed.  Is Lad young enough to handle all of this or is Jarrett trying to force him out by overworking him.  

 

Now you ask, why force Ladd out.  Maybe Jarrett is still in contract talks with Ted Turner.  Hacksaw Reed could be the lead figure in Georgia but it might not work if he is so closely linked to Ladd who seems to have no interest of moving to Atlanta.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 09:58 PM

-Bill Watts recently sat down and address Mid South Wrestling and it's future. He covered the following topics...

 

The Supdome Show on February 4th

-Without a doubt it will be the biggest show in the history of Mid South. The most people we've ever had in the Superdome is 28,000 when the Junkyard Dog defeated Michael Hayes in a Dog Collar Cage Match. He said that JYD and Dibiase are putting everything on the line for this show and only one man will be around the next day.

 

Mid South Wrestlers going to Japan

-I have working relationships with Inoki and Baba. I've got some real talented guys going over there and the exposure is great. It shows the true star power of Mid South Wrestling.

 

The recent talks of WTBS and it's wrestling programming

-I think it is absolutely absurd. You talk about a national television company, one of the biggest in the country just flip flopping every 3 months. Everyone who comes in drops out quicker than a hiccup. I dare say that Turner has absolutely no clue what the hell is going on with the programming. If he ever wakes up and wants something consistent with the top stars in the country, tell him to give me a call. It is too bad the good people of Georgia have to suffer through this kind of malarkey.

 

The recent talks of Mid South running in New York

-We simply went to New York to talk about programming. There is absolutely no talks of Mid South traveling East. With the states we have, and the big addition of Texas, we have got plenty on our plate and are more visible now than ever before.

 

Talks of running Texas Stadium

-Even with the weather and our current product, it would be difficult to run a stadium show like that after we invest so much into the Superdome. You are talking almost 50,000... that would be a goal of ours down the line and we are going to do our best on February 4th to pack the Superdome.

 

Vince McMahon's role in Mid South

-Vince McMahon is working with me as the head of talent relations. He and I work together with talent coming in and contracts. With our recent expansion, my role has been diversified elsewhere. He has done a great job picking up that role. He gets help from Jim Ross who also helps Joel with production on both Power Pro and our Sunday and Monday loop shows.

 

The signing of Gino Hernandez

-I think Gino Hernandez is one of the best wrestlers in the world today. He comes at a very high price and rightfully so. We don't have anything locked in full-time yet, but we're still negotiating those terms.

 

The future of Mid South

-I am very happy with what we've done moving out to Texas. Like I said with New York, we are looking to get programming throughout the country in some major markets. Vince McMahon has done a great job calling in and getting meetings in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles. We just want to get programming and possible down the line look at some shows here and there.



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 08:29 PM

WWA news

 

The upcoming top ten rankings are going to be legit in the sense that it will be using winning percentages to determine the initial rankings, but worked in the sense that they'll be using everybody's rankings since the restructuring of the company in July to prevent someone like Nick Bockwinkel from falling out of the top ten.  There's also a rumor that it will not be done weekly as originally announced, but may be done monthly to coincide with the USA specials.

 

They'll also only be including wrestlers on the full time roster, so even though the WWA's deal with Mid-South allows them use Don Muraco whenever he's not booked for Mid-South, don't expect him in the ratings.

 

Dan Spivey is expected to debut on this week's TV and will be getting at least a midcard push.  They feel he has a tremendous upside but understand he's green and don't want to push him too hard too fast.

 

Ric Flair will be appearing for the company on February 18 to defend their title on the USA special.  Expect his opponent to be announced on TV next week.

 

The Guerreros are being loaned out to other NWA promotions and will be booked similar to Flair.



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 10:36 AM

Mid Atlantic News and Notes

 

Shocking Title Change (well, shocking to some, not to others!) with Randy Savage's debut match winning the United States Championship. We hear there is some new influences in MACW, and the direction of the company has changed a little bit in recent weeks. This title change is one of those changing directions.

 

The booker is said to be really happy with the current roster. He is focused on building towards the big super-card in Charlotte and the end of March. It has been rumored to be on Closed Circuit all around the Mid Atlantic region. He thinks if this is a success, he could have a long career in the MACW.

 

Randy Savage will be bringing in his own manager in the next few weeks. 

 

Speaking of managers, Skandar Akbar is negotiating with someone(s) about signing with him. The big rumor is a tag team might be looking to get his help. No word on who this may end up being yet. 

 

Expect more of these mega multiple man tag team matches to be featured on the house show circuit. They have been popular among many in the locker room and the fans alike. 

 

MACW wants to get on a big cable TV network, but nothing is on the horizon for them yet. If an opportunity rises, the powers that be want to capitalize on it. 

 

That's all the news fit to print today, good day folks!



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 09:15 AM

Notes from The Battle of New Orleans

The biggest story coming out of the Battle of New Orleans was Bruiser Brody. He was a legit no show at the event. He worked with Mid South on Friday night in Houston against Stan Hansen in a no contest Texas Death Match. The story is unfolding that Brody was told the finish of the match in the Superdome before his match with Hansen and then subsequently phoned in his effort. Hansen, who has a good relationship with Watts, did business but Brody was non-committal. It is said that Vince McMahon brokered the deal for Brody to come into the Superdome and booked the program with Magnum and Brody taking on Gino and Tully. McMahon is said to be very high on Gino and thought the best way for him to get over again would be to pin Brody. Magnum offered himself as the sacrificial lamb, but McMahon said with his return to Mid South, they want to keep him strong for house shows and the loss on Brody would mean more. There were rumors that Brody and Magnum would go against the grain against Tully and Gino leading up to the event Saturday night, but instead, Brody no showed and Mid South was left without the top star.

 

The call for Watts to come in was very last minute, however this is one way in which Watts may cycle off television and be more in an administrative role. Mid South has been looking around the area for possible color commentators to go along with Jim Ross and have even reached out to Gorilla Monsoon but Watts balked the idea right from the get go. He said he had respect for Monsoon but he doesn't belong in Mid South. Vince McMahon is still looking to possible get him in as a road agent. Danny Hodge is a name that has been floating around to come in as a road agent and possible color guy or even Grizzly Smith who has done some booking for Watts in the past to come in and help with the new workload.

 

Outside of the Bruiser Brody debacle, the Battle of New Orleans was a major success. With around 21,000 people in attendance, the early figures shows close to if not over a $100,000 gate. Watts had his crew taping the event and he may be trying to sell it to Closed Circuit providers.

 

The Junkyard Dog is legitimately gone from Mid South at this point. Watts made and call and gave him the time off, no telling if it will be for the full year or sooner. It would be hard to see Mid South without JYD come Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Ted Dibiase was severely banged up following his match with the JYD. He's said to have gotten at least 10 stitches in his head and possible a ruptured disk in his back. This isn't good for Mid South as Television Champion Mr. Wrestling II may need to have his knee scoped following his contest with Scott Casey.

 

Maniac Matt Borne was in Mid South and may be gone already. He said to have had some heat with McMahon or Watts over his return and them not making it a big deal. He could be looking for work already for the right promoter.

 

Adrian Street has not made his debut on television yet and Mid South is looking for the right moment for him or the right price as other promotions have shown interest in Street but will Miss Linda be too much to bring along if he goes?



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 08:47 PM

WWA news

 

The big story is the future of Dick the Bruiser.  Bruiser is still the owner of the WWA and is still officially part of the full time roster, but has not been on TV in months.  There is a rumor that he might be looking to sell the company, and if he does, my guess is he'd retire because there's no way he'll get a push with that roster.

 

Andre the Giant is coming in for the USA special on 12/18 but likely will not wrestle a full time member of the WWA roster.

 

I'm expecting a shake up in the tag team division.  Right now there are about six face tag teams as opposed to three heel teams and that's spreading potential matchups thin.

 

Expect Chris Adams to get a future shot at Ric Flair at a USA special.  I'm hearing rumors they want the match 3/17 but unless Adams-Bockwinkel for the Missouri Title is done on TV, I'm not sure they can extend that feud into April.



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Posted 13 February 2016 - 05:45 PM

Southeastern

- Last week Ted Turner and Ron Fuller had clear the air meeting, unfortunately it didn't all go to plan, and it seems the relationship is now at breaking point with Turner ready to pull the plug. Fuller went through the plans for Southeastern and the direction he planned to go with, which Turner didn't agree with. Rumour has it this is possibly the last week on WTBS but who knows.

- One of the big issues between the two is a recent talent exchange that has happen, that we will come into place within the next month. Turner was outraged at the trade, and felt it was the wrong move.

- Talking of talent trades, Fuller has let up a bit with Bill Watts, who haven't seen eye to eye on a few occasions, work together, firstly Steve Lombardi came in for Tracy Smothers and one more bigger talent exchange. Fuller is quoted as saying "Me and Watts have different ideas on how this business should be run, but talent is talent, and a deal was there to be done".

- Landell has landed and may quite an impact, look for him to become the premium talent in the territory, Fuller is big on "The Nature Boy" which has put another stars nose out of joint.

- Talking of Landell, he and The Heavenly Bodies will be working up north on the tail end of the Southeastern loop.

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 03:38 PM

Southeastern

- Massive week for the ever changing Southeastern Championship Wrestling. The biggest piece of news is the heel turn of Bob Armstrong this past Monday in Birmingham, it's thought Armstrong was all for the idea, and wants to do a program with his sons down the line.

- The Fabulous Ones have finished up their run in Southeastern, it's believe they weren't happy with the money they were drawing in Alabama and are going to try their luck in Memphis. In return Fuller has picked up one of the hottest acts in tag team wrestling the Rock N Roll Express, their matches with the Heavenly Bodies will be some matches.

- Also moving on is Tommy Rich, Rich had a fantastic run in Southeastern as was talked about as one of the top stars of 1984 in the wrestling world. He has left on good terms but felt he run his course in Alabama. He is joining The Fabulous Ones in moving across to Memphis.

- Two new faces coming in to Alabama are Superstar Bill Dundee and Adrian Street. Both will be treated as top level wrestlers when they start. Dundee will also be brought in to help with the booking with Ron Fuller.

- Another new face behind the screens is Les Thatcher, he's role is two fold, he will be used as an on screen match maker and also booking Southeastern's sister promotion Southern States Wrestling.

- Talking of Southern States Wrestling, Bobby Bearden has had his promoters license revoked due to non payment of talent from the Alabama State Commission, Les Thatcher and Ron Fuller has brought the promotion from Bearden and will be promoting the shows going forward. Expect it to follow the same format.

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Posted 16 February 2016 - 08:32 PM

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Ted Turner and Jerry Jarrett have to come to an agreement to form the United States Wrestling Association.  While Jarrett adds one of the deepest rosters in all of professional wrestling to the deal, it is Turner and WTBS that makes this a special day in professional wrestling.

 

Jarrett and Turner vow to make this a national product that will include a "World Champion" and "World Tag Team Champions."  In saying that, Jarrett has released all Ric Flair and the NWA World Tag Team Champions from their upcoming Memphis commitments.  WTBS will air two weekly shows on both Saturday and Sunday evenings and a monthly mega show.  Turner believes that he has a new concept that brings quality matches into the homes will add to the popularity of the USWA.  He was quoted as saying that fans deserve better then the hot shot vs the bottom of the rung guys gets boring.

 

Turner and Jarrett also disagreed with who should do the announcing.  Jarrett said that his man, Lance Russell is the best while Turner argued for his man, Gordon Solie.  Nothing better than a compromise, they decided to bring them in together and make Dave Brown more an interviewer and special segment type guy.

 

Turner convinced Jarrett that Atlanta was a key market and to win Atlanta they had to bring in Tommy Rich.  Jarrett agreed and said Wildfire was also huge in Memphis.  To bring in Rich, they did sacrifice Bill Dundee which is a huge loss to the Memphis fan base.  The Rock n Roll Express, who were not interested in the amount of travel a national promotion might bring, decided not to sign a new contract.  After a bit of scrambling, The USWA was able to secure the services of the Fabulous Ones.  Both Turner and Jarrett are ecstatic with this.

 

Turner was able to convince Jarrett that the Cold War was Hot!  In order to raise feelings in the fans, they needed to amp up the U.S.-Russian hatred.  They were upset that Ivan Koloff was not available so they may have reached deep down into the barrel for their hated Russian when they signed Korstia Korchenko.  Jarrett said the Memphis fans are familiar with him and hate him like any other Russian.

 

The former CWA would like to thank Channel 5 TV in Memphis and all of its affiliates throughout the region for their years of support.

 

Lastly, while Memphis and Atlanta will be the centers for this promotion, Turner is looking for growth.  He is willing to listen to any and all "territories" that might be interested in bringing their promotion to the USWA.  He promises them weekly segments on the WTBS show and also some say and control on both the World Title and The World Tag Title.  Turner says all they need to do is contact them and he will listen to all offers.



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Posted 20 February 2016 - 04:13 PM

The USA Network is not happy with the satellite feed being unavailable due to the snowstorm that hit Indiana this past week.  They filled the time airing old WWF shows from Madison Square Garden but never made it clear they were repeats, so a lot of fans tuning in thought the WWF was making a comeback,

 

Mike Rotundo is gone as a full time member of the roster.  He will be back to blow off his feud with Dan Spivey, but it may be several months down the line.  I understand someone is coming in to replace Rotundo on TV next week and his appearance will lead to the next chapter of the story.

 

There are rumors that Jimmy Hart may be coming in from Mid-South but they are asking for Bobby Heenan in return.  Rumor is that Dick the Bruiser is interested in pulling the trigger (he and Heenan don't get along anyway) but Nick Bockwinkel might be blocking the deal.



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Posted 21 February 2016 - 07:25 PM

-There will be no house show loop on Sunday or Monday for Mid South as the talent was given three days off. The reason is due to Bill Watts, Vince McMahon, Jim Ross, and Joel Watts out on the road. As of right now, Mid South is shown throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Arkansas. They are syndicated throughout the major towns in those areas but these four went out on the road to get more markets. Bill Watts went to Memphis to try and cash in on the CWA moving to Atlanta. Word is that those talks went well and Mid South may be shown on Memphis television, all be it, very late at night. Vince McMahon hit the major New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore markets. Word has it that these talks went great and McMahon really sold the talent from Mid South. Expect Mid South to possibly be shown in these markets as soon as June 1st. Jim Ross and Joel Watts were on tag team work as they went to El Paso, Phoenix, and Los Angeles to meet with some of those major television sponsors. These talks went well as Mid South should be popping up in West Texas along with New Mexico and Arizona. The Los Angeles talks didn't go well as they were expecting to meet with Vince McMahon. Bill Watts wasn't happy to hear this and chastised Ross and Joel for not selling the product.

 

-Speaking of Vince McMahon, it was announced to the talent this past week that Vince McMahon is now the head of "talent" in Mid South. He has gained Bill Watt's trust enough to handle all the contracts and dates of bringing in talent. The wrestlers were told to go to Vince if they had concerns. Bill Watts is now working as the head booker with the returning Grizzly Smith. Smith is back on the road after some health issues. He and Watts say they have a clear plan for Mid South going into the Summer and some big plans on how to expand the roster and the visibility of the product.

 

-One of McMahon's first attempts was to try and get some more familiar names. He has reached out to Gorilla Monsoon to come in and help him but still no word on his location. He was last seen around Detroit, but hasn't been seen since. McMahon also sent out feelers for Bobby Heenan. He feels Heenan can be more of a presence that Jimmy Hart and meshes better with the talent. Hart wasn't happy to hear about the possibility of a trade, instead of getting sour he and Vince sat in a room for around 2 hours and both walked out appearing to be happy. Some have said that Hart is going to look for ways to be better on television and cut better promos.

 

- Adrian Street and Matt Borne have effectively left Mid South Wrestling. No word on Borne's location as he was mysteriously brought in and then left without ever getting on regular television.

 

-Scott Hall was brought in to Mid South but hasn't been on the road yet. He is expected to start soon though. Bill Watts things he looks too much like Magnum TA while Vince McMahon is higher on him than Magnum. Watts told him to cut his hair and his mustache but Vince may have enough influence to stop that from happening.

 

- Bill Watts is very happy with the recent run of the Guerreros against the Fantastics. He is really pushing Bobby and Tommy as one of the top tag teams in the world. He has even talked about holding a big two day tag team tournament in Houston. He has spoken to Paul Boesch and has a possible television special on the 31st of March... this could happen.

 

- Mid South is looking to make next week's Leap Year MSW a special one as they have already advertised Ted Dibiase to be in the building. This marks the champions return since the beginning of the month.



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:43 PM

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- The United States Wrestling Association show opened on WTBS to mixed ratings.  It did wonderful in the Memphis and Atlanta areas due mostly to the promoting of the show in the final episodes of CWA Wrestling and through advertisements in Atlanta area newspapers that stated that Tommy Rich, Butch Reed and Tony Atlas would be back in action in the new USWA.  

 

-The USWA expects viewership to improve as people realize that many of the superstars from Georgia Championship Wrestling will once again be brought into their homes each and every Saturday and Sunday night along with such national figures as Jerry Lawler, Austin Idol and Roddy Piper.

 

-To try and compete with the huge, powerful promotions like the AWA and the NWA, the USWA is still looking for partners throughout the country.  Jarrett says he is willing to listen to all offers and would be willing to even give up some control of his World Championships. One person Jarrett would like to speak with is Frizt Von Erich.  Fritz my have some interest but Jarrett knows this is not the time or the place.  While Fritz Von Erich has been upset lately that World Class Championship Wrestling has been off the air for awhile and would love to get back in the game, he is still in morning due to the death of his son David. 

 

-The USWA is very unhappy with the working ability of Korstia Korchenko.  He is a horrible wrestler and a bad speaker.  Jarrett would love to keep him because nothing sells like a big tough Russian but other wrestlers have been complaining that they might get hurt in the ring with him.  Jarrett would love to settle on a 3rd member of the House of Humperdink but is having trouble making the character fit on the national level.  He recently decided that Lord Humongous was just such a strange gimmick that he thought the nation would not buy it.



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 07:42 PM

There has been some dissension within Mid South on the booking and production of Power Pro. Bill Watts isn't happy with the playback of matches taped from television tapings in Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Shreveport, and New Orleans. This was McMahon's way of saving money and booking fees to keep all the regular big names from regular tv tapings to put shows on Power Pro. It has been working well as Watts and McMahon have been bringing in big talent for television like the Freebirds, Guerreros, and Andre... then they get to be booked on MSW and then show up on Power Pro. This was evident this week on MSW with the announcement of the big North American Title tournament. The Semi-Finals will be held next week on MSW with the finals being taped after the show and airing on Power Pro the following Sunday. This was a way to save money on booking the Freebirds once instead of multiple weeks when Gordy was the only one needed.

 

Speaking of booking blunders and issues... Paul Boesch and Bill Watts are already having issues with the big $200,000 tournament. Boesch wanted to bring in Brody and Hansen but Watts says if Brody is there he will be pulling all of the Mid South talent. While the show is Mid South heavy, there is a lot of outside talent coming in but Watts was a firm NO on Brody after he no showed the Superdome in early February. It was Jim Ross and Vince McMahon who had to be the cooler ones to prevail as McMahon helped persuade Boesch while Ross and Watts calmed things down.



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 02:48 PM

Alabama/East Tennessee

- Ron Fuller has been very busy since the WTBS/Georgia split. He's had Ron Wright and Les Thatcher out securing TV syndication deals across Eastern Tennessee. Fuller has secured TV in Knoxville and Chattanooga and will be taping TV bi-weekly at the Knoxville Civic Centre. Others towns being looked at are Knigsport, Johnson City and Hazard, Kentucky.

- Fuller has done a really great job of building his back room staff up, Les Thatcher will be heading up Southeastern's sister promotion Southern States (which should be back up and running this week), Thatcher will also act as an onscreen match maker. Ron Wright has been brought in too run the northern end of the territory in East Tennessee, he will be assisted by Phil Hickerson, expect Hickerson and The Flame (Jody Hamilton) to solely be used in East Tennessee and not Alabama going forward to help run the office there. Ken Lucas has been helping with the booking as he is winding down his career.

- Norvelle Austin looks to be on the move shortly, he hasn't really found his feet back in Southeastern, it's believed Koko Ware has been in contact and looking to form a team.

- Fuller has been working closely with Jerry Jarrett in setting up the new USWA, I could see more talent trades further down the road, as there will clearly need to blow off the Tommy Rich-Bob Armstrong feud.

- Bob Armstrong has done a fantastic job at slowly building to his heel turn since the turn of the year. Bullet Bob isn't overly keen on working against his sons, but may be persuaded, for now he will have his hands full with Johnny Rich and getting him over as a top level face.

- With no top clear face in the promotion at the moment look for Bill Dundee to fill that role when he starts.

#38 agentofenton

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 02:31 PM

Mid-Atlantic News

 

The official announcement of Coastal Clash, a special supercard that will be broadcast on Closed Circuit around the Mid-Atlantic area was announced on TV. This show will be headlined by an NWA World title match. 

 

That show will include some big names, Andre The Giant, Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody are all signed up for this show.

 

Junkyard Dog made a surprise debut in Mid Atlantic, as he is out of Mid-South due to his loss to Ted Dibiase. How long he is staying around is not known at this time. 

 

Miss Elizabeth has also debuted, as the manager of the United States Champion, Randy "Macho Man" Savage. 

 

Skandor Akbar will be adding at least two more members to his stable. 

 

A new championship will be announced and crowned in the coming weeks. 



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Posted 03 March 2016 - 08:12 PM

-A very interesting week out of Mid South as the doors were closed for a one on one verbal clash between Bill Watts and Vince McMahon. It appears as though both men have different ideas on the Junkyard Dog and the handling of his contract in the future. Watts wanted to bring him back sooner than later with the injuries to Ted Dibiase, but McMahon is hoping to create new fresh faces out of Magnum TA, Wahoo McDaniel, and the Fantastics. The Freebirds came in for a cup of coffee and helped matters along with the Guerreros but it appears as though there are no future bookings for either of those groups in the month of March in which the tour has been labeled the March for the Gold. The big matches they are leading to are the big television title match in which we will see the return of Mr. Wrestling II on March 16th in Houston and then the return of Ted Dibiase and the defense of the North American Championship on March the 21st in Shreveport.

 

- There has been quite a bit of dissension over the production of Power Pro and Bill Watts was moments away from pulling the plug all together. It is McMahon and Jim Ross who have been on the side of keeping the production on Wednesday nights and taping it after MSW. Joel and Bill Watts don't like how the same fans are shown on MSW and on Power Pro. We could see a change in the coming weeks if the show even survives through the month of March.

 

-The Fantastics vs Guerreros was a great draw for Mid South over the past month and there was a great group of time limit draw matches and then the instant classic from the Feb. 29th episode of MSW. There was even talks of a title switch for a quick swap over the month but NWA officials couldn't be persuaded by Watts. The Fantastics are still high on the NWA's top ten tag teams and a powerful showing at the big $200,000 tournament could put them in place for a title reign.

 

-The Executioner will be returning to Mid South over the next couple of weeks on television. McMahon would like to utilize him in a different manner but Watts doesn't see that being a draw and wants to keep him as is.

 

-Lord Humongous debuted to a huge rating on MSW this week. He is coming in with a lot of hype after his debut and his alignment with Tully Blanchard and Gino Hernandez is said to be the key to his success and foreseeable future in Mid South. 



#40 kevinmcfl

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 10:33 AM

photo-39989.jpg?_r=1455674070  UNITED STATES WRESTLING ASSOCIATION NEWS

 

 

-Ted Turner and Jerry Jarrett are all about expansion but they feel it would be in the best interest to the organization that if they were able to acquire other promotions who are already established and allow them to be member organizations to the USWA.  It has been said that Jarrett has offered them opportunities to even control the World Champions for periods of time but so far he has received little interest.  Jarrett is also thinking of vacated some of the Championship Belts in the USWA and giving complete control of them to any new promotions willing to join the USWA.

 

 

-While the ratings for the Saturday and Sunday shows are on the rise, many of the wrestlers have complained that they are not having their talents showcased enough.  Ted Turner and Jerry Jarrett have told each any everyone that they must earn TV time.  They have decided to increase the number of house shows per month by adding a second show to the schedule on many nights.  These extra house shows will give people like Bugsy McGraw  and Brett Wayne a chance to win over the fans and then maybe get a shot at TBS.

 

-The board of directors believes that the Russian angle will work no matter the Russian.  They know they have like a D level Russian in Korstia Korchenko and are looking to improve this part of the roster but they do not wish to abandon the idea.  They know full well that the Hatred of Russian Wrestlers means dollar signs for them.

 

-Talks with Fritz VonErich continue but it seems like he wants to Dallas to be on equal ground with Memphis and Atlanta.  Other than Dallas, Fritz has little to offer as currently  there is no WCCW and his sons are in Florida.  We will just have to see if the VonErich name is enough to entice Turner and Jarrett.

 

-All eyes are the First Battle of Atlanta on March 12.  This is the first major show for USWA and a lot is riding on this.  Since it is also being televised on national TV, their is concern for the attendance.  It is rumored that Turner will give free tickets to any child with an "A"on a test who is accompanied by a paying adult.  His theory is that a packed Omni looks good on TV and the more people equals the more energy.

 

-There has also been the rumor that Turner is down on Plowboy Frazier and his cousins.  Turner is unsure if this Hillbilly routine will be successful in some of the larger cities he wants to bring USWA to.  He knows how great they are in the country side of Dixie but he would be happier adding to the Russian Mob or Ladd's Army.






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