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 Posted: Fri Aug 5th, 2016 03:07 pm
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj6QXcmTACQ



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 Posted: Tue Aug 9th, 2016 04:02 pm
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This had to be just about the last show to feature Crockett's crew.



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The main part of the show was produced in the Carolinas with the closing tag match with the Kay Brothers against Brickhouse Brown and Joe Marcus having been taped in Ontario along with the local interviews with Billy "Red" Lyons which presumably were included to enable the show to qualify as Canadian Content per that nation's broadcast laws.

The Maple Leaf Gardens cards in Toronto, spot shows around Ontario, and Ontario TV tapings continued into June of 1984. However, JCP started holding back on the big stars like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and Wahoo McDaniel due to the WWF being on the move and Jack Tunney having ties to the WWF. So the Toronto cards would get the likes of Ivan Koloff, Angelo Mosca, Jimmy Valiant, and all the midcard types like Pez Whatley and Brian Adias. Of course this only pushed Tunney to sever ties with JCP after the June 25, 1984 Maple Leaf Gardens show and go with the WWF. The WWF took over as of the July 22, 1984 Maple Leaf Gardens card and that's around when All Star Wrestling started taping in Ontario, mostly Brantford, which enabled it to be packaged in Canada as Maple Leaf Wrestling with no Canadian Content issues.

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I ended up going to the last show in June, which saw Angelo Mosca Jr regain the Canadian Title from Ivan Koloff. No one had any clue the change was going to happen. TV the next week was featuring WWF workers at a taping from Quebec, and were all like WTF???? Didn't see any NWA wrestling live again until 1987 with Mosca bringing in guys to work his show in Hamilton.

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Wow, was it summertime when the TV switched from Crockett to the Fed? I would have sworn it was much earlier in the year. Saturday afternoons at 1PM on CHCH out of Hamilton, one of the handful of Canadian stations we got across the border in Western New York.



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Buffalo TV as a kid = Commander Tom, Ed Kilgore Irv Weinstein, and WWF Wrestling on WUTV Channel 29

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That's some crowd from the last match there. The brief shot at the start that showed the gallery, which seemed to be about half-full, but ring-side was empty. Why wouldn't they try to fill these on-camera seats? The funniest part was the two women who leave their front row seats just as the "main event" is starting.



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Principal_Raditch wrote: Buffalo TV as a kid = Commander Tom, Ed Kilgore Irv Weinstein, and WWF Wrestling on WUTV Channel 29

And continual Sy Sperling commercials, with the guy on the diving board "ready to take the plunge"...hahahah

I went to the first WWF show in June, was headlined by Chico vs Valentine or Orndorff. Holy cow I cant even remember. I do remember that I desperately wanted to go because Snuka was fighting Orton, and I wanted to see him do the splash. Sadly, he did a flying standing head-butt for the win. I was SO disappointed in that. Also disappointing was when Kimber announced the next card, it seemed vastly superior with Hogan and I believe Piper both on the next card. I still have the program somewhere...

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They still had a few good NWA cards in Toronto in 1984. The February one with Ric vs Harley Race, the Canadian Title Tournament and the card in May with Ric vs Slater but other than that there was too much Rudy and Terry Kay.Ugh.

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Yeah Ric vs Harley in the Cage. Title Tourney had some good wrestlers. Blanchard, Roberts, Colon up from PR plus the usual mix of JCP and Toronto guys. The ending for Slater vs Flair in April was weird, as it intiially came off like Slater had won the belt. Adidas was getting a push, Whatley was over...so yeah...a mix of decent with crap. Too much Kay Bros, Vinnie Valentino. But the Burke vs Bret Hart matches were pretty solid.

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Was Norm Kimber Canadian or American? He also handled the ring announce duties at the Aud.



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as far as the TV it was NWA right up to the end, they filmed the first WWF one in secret around early May IIRC

Kimber was a Canadian , lived locally , he actually joined the office around the same time Jack did , 1952 or so

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