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|Hammer to Fall wrote:
One of the things that were allegedly being done here was to prove the title could change "anywhere" including small towns like Gainesville and Augusta and not just major arenas, with the hope it would increase attendance everywhere when the World Champ comes to town. In theory, I like the idea.
Augusta is significantly bigger than Gainesville. The Bell Auditorium could have squeezed in 10,000. The Georgia Mountains Center holds around 2,500. Augusta has a pretty deep history.
It could be possible that they were trying to boost Gainesville as the Georgia Mountains Center was a new arena in 1981. I'm not sure how often they were there in the 1980s, but they certainly didn't visit often in previous years.
I'm not sure if an attendance boost was their foremost goal for Augusta. A few years ago, I looked up pretty much the whole wrestling history of the city via the Augusta Chronicle. This particular card was neither advertised nor had results printed. The next week's card was advertised.
Augusta isn't exactly Madison Square Garden, Kiel Auditorium, or Maple Leaf Gardens even if the arena holds 10,000. The perception of the time was the title would only change hands at a major venue like the above. The fact there was two changes in Georgia towns other than Atlanta, I think does give the perception of the title might change anywhere. And the fact that the card "wasn't advertised" only further lends to the idea that the "title could change anywhere."
Now I don't really know the reason why these titles changed at these venues. I'm only saying that the proposed theory was feasible. I'm not sure that the facts you brought out either prove or disprove anything. I did read in the History of the NWA book that the author who did a lot of research proposed this theory. While I'm not sure of the true reason, I do think this idea has merit.