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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2007 01:54 am
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Well let me throw this out for debate.

That Flair/Race switch overseas? Done to .....boost attendance on the tour? Or some other reason?

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2007 02:27 am
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That was basically to pop the teritory that they were in.  In two towns, they both got to see a New World Champion crowned, and there was no harm done to the US market.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2007 04:05 am
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Rsapochak wrote:

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.

I didn't say the theory had no merit.

In fact, I tend to believe it does with Gainesville as Gainesville had never been a regular stop and had a brand new arena. Gainesville probably needed all the attendance boost it could get.

I certainly don't have as much insight into the business as Weldon Johnson, but I think I have a decent feel for the Augusta area.

Augusta was perhaps the number two town in the territory before GCW had a working relationship with Fred Ward (and probably #3 - behind Columbus - after). Unlike other Georgia Championship Wrestling towns, Augusta had the high quality cards. They even had their own TV broadcast in the 1950s.

I just find it a little peculiar that neither an ad nor results appeared in the Augusta Chronicle.

Of course, that could be indicative of the promotion as once upon a time, you had an ad and/or results every week in that paper. Starting in the 1980s, the advertising gradually became worse. The Chronicle has always seemingly been a wrestling-friendly paper. Even WCW received good promotion.

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 Posted: Fri Nov 9th, 2007 04:31 am
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I wasn't thinking necessarily on the terms of improving the attendance in Augusta or Gainesville, but more along the lines of improving attendance in Alliance venues all over the country. With the publicized win in the smaller venues, I'm thinking smaller venues everywhere might think "they had a shot" at a title change. I'm sure film and publicity of Rich winning the title was used across the country if there were dates for the World Champ in their area. Maybe a place like St Joseph, MO would actually think it wasn't totally impossible to see a title change if Gainesville,GA had one.

The NWA History I was referring to was the one by Tim Hornbaker, not the Jim Wilson book by Johnson. On his commentary of the Tommy Rich situation, he mentions one of the reasons for the 5 day reign was the possibility of popping gates across the alliance.

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 Posted: Sat Nov 10th, 2007 07:05 pm
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Plus, you'd have to think that at the time, Rich's status as a "former NWA champ" meant that anytime he was on a card, he could conceivably win the belt back again. He was a much more credible challenger.

Hell, when he was in the AWA in the late 80s, I really thought he might knock off Curt Hennig for the AWA belt just because he was a "former NWA champ." Even if it was only five days, being a former NWA champ really meant something back when.

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