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 Posted: Sun Apr 14th, 2019 12:46 pm
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Never heard about this before...

This 40 year old video is available on the internet for free viewing for the first time ever as far as we know. Titled “Plan B”, this was a result of the Knoxville wrestling war of 1979. Seemingly as a last resort; Bob Roop, Boris Makenko, Ron Wright, Ronnie Garvin, and Bob Orton Jr. attempt to “expose” the wrestling business. Evidently this was never circulated to TV stations as was threatened. 


https://www.facebook.com/kayfabeclassics/videos/391084625035884/



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You should've checked Mr. Searchy. This was the talk of wrestling twitter/message boards a few weeks ago.

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I never thought a flat top hair cut could be an improvement but for Ronnie it sure was.


Wasn’t this war started by Roop double crossing the Fullers and trying to take control of the Knoxville end of the territory?


How did any of these guys think that exposing the business would be good for their own personal business? Nobody forced them into wrestling they chose that life.



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Looking back if they did broadcast this we probably would have been saved the Garvin NWA title run so maybe they should have.



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I've not seen the video yet, but I heard the audio from it on the 6:05 super podcast about a month ago. Interesting stuff and quite honestly I'm surprised they didn't get blackballed from the wrestling business because of the exposure.



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Hey Vic do you know the episode #? I’m about a year behind at the moment



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Franchise wrote: Hey Vic do you know the episode #? I’m about a year behind at the moment

Yes sir episode 95 titled House Doctor. Talks to Ron Fuller about it and plays the audio. Also on the next episode Last talks to Kevin Sullivan about it, but doesn't replay the audio.



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Franchise wrote: Hey Vic do you know the episode #? I’m about a year behind at the moment

Yes sir episode 95 titled House Doctor. Talks to Ron Fuller about it and plays the audio. Also on the next episode Last talks to Kevin Sullivan about it, but doesn't replay the audio.



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Bob Roop claimed that Ron Fuller was undercounting gate receipts by skimming off cash before paying the wrestlers their percentages. He, Orton, Garvin, Malenko, and Ron Wright banded together. I can't remember if they protested to Ron Fuller and were rebuffed or if they decided to walk out wholesale. Dick Slater was to have been part of the breakaway, but stayed with the NWA affiliated promotion.

This wrestling war during the second half of 1979 was especially bitter by the standards of such things. There was a story of the Fuller promotion having its guys play in a charity softball game with other local celebs, only for the breakaways to show up and start heckling them, attempting to instigate a fight. Wrestlers on both sides armed themselves. Some wrestling wars spike business. This one killed it. Between the breakaways to All Star Wrestling making grandstand challenges that the Southeastern promotion ignored to fans being unhappy that all their favorites were spread across two promotions and couldn’t wrestle each other to the insider comments mainly from All Star Wrestling confusing people, fans stayed home.

Fuller eventually walked away from Knoxville to concentrate on his Alabama promotion with Georgia running Knoxville as an outpost of sorts for a while. The All Star Wrestling group more or less gave up on Knoxville where it had bad TV and arena situations. Roop, Garvin, and Orton went to the Poffo ICW in Kentucky while Ron Wright more or less retired and Boris Malenko wound up running a new outlaw in Florida. After Georgia quit running Knoxville as a standalone promotion, it left it to JCP to try to arrange a new territory which failed in a year. JCP ran its own cards there and Fuller finally came back in 1985.

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 I am amazed Bob Orton Jr agreed to do this. Even in this interview with Bob Roop he bores the hell out of me. Could never stand that guy.

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