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 Posted: Wed Sep 15th, 2021 11:36 pm
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I just started watching WCCW on the network and I'm guessing this is the syndicated show and that it is the "A" show but I'm not entirely sure. Can one of you more familiar with WCCW give me the run down? 



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Franchise wrote: I just started watching WCCW on the network and I'm guessing this is the syndicated show and that it is the "A" show but I'm not entirely sure. Can one of you more familiar with WCCW give me the run down? 
Right, that's the syndicated show which was the unofficial "A" show. It aired on KXTX (an independent station at the time, now Telemundo). They also had a weekly show from Fort Worth which was seen locally on KTVT (also an independent station at the time, now CBS), which was seen on cable in much of Texas and on old-school C-Band satellite.
Some markets and ESPN also ran "Legends of World Class", basically reruns/best of.



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Don’t have network, but they had World Class Championship Wrestling that was their main show from 81 or 82 on wards. Had the Dum, dum dum dum theme music with the satellite graphic shooting scenes at the earth as the intro. They syndicated this show.

Then they had a 1 1/2 hour Saturday night show that aired only in DFW ( I think) on channel KTVT Channel 11. This was taped in Ft Worth at Cowtown Coliseum and Will Rogers Coliseum.

Mercer usually hosted the main World Class show. Lowrance would sub occasionally before taking over at some point. Lowrance hosted the Saturday night Ch. 11 show.

May not be 100% but this is close.

I got the syndicated show in Louisiana on Saturday mornings.

Got to catch the Saturday night show a couple times visiting relatives in DFW.

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Are the DFW shows worth tracking down or is the syndicated show adequate?



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Franchise wrote: Are the DFW shows worth tracking down or is the syndicated show adequate?I would say yes. I used to watch it on the old C band satellite back in the day, and stuff I have picked up in trade since then from that show is good.

It's more of a real house show feel, the arena bouts are generally longer as I recall. Production values are lesser than the Sportatorium shows which isn't necessarily a bad thing IMO.



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I think everyone above covered it nicely. The Ft Worth shows would give you a “deeper dive” if you wanted to go there. The syndicated show generally showed highlights for the big Ft Worth angles, but not full matches or clips. Sometimes there would be a tag-team tournament or something on the Ft Worth show to crown new champions, and you’d only hear about it on the syndie show.



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The Ft Worth shows were actually better than the syndicated show in a lot of stretches of time. Not every week, but if you recall they would set up a big angle on the syndicated show, and that angle would run through Ft Worth to conclusion...unless they were setting up a Reunion Arena or Texas Stadium show. So many times you'd see them show "special footage from last Saturday night" where usually a Von Erich was getting raped and pillaged and left bleeding. On a rare occasion, they'd show the Von Erichs triumphing, winning a title, beating the worst of the bad guys that they were up against - then get pearl harbored and left laying. The Ft Worth shows are a lot rarer to find, especially intact. A lot of people back in the day "cut them up" to make comp tapes. The matches on the comp tapes are the good matches, but I still like watching those old house shows completely.



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The Ft. Worth show also had a "Beat The Champ" style TV title, usually featuring midcarders. Also a 2-of-3 fall TV main event, again showcasing midcarders. They usually got 5 or so minutes of the arena main event in before TV time ran out.
They did progress a lot of angles on the show, and Lowrance did a much better job of "selling" a babyface being beaten down.



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I also recall they’d tell the crowd what the purse was for the beat the champ match, which was pretty unique at the time.



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When did the first DFW specific “b” show air?



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Franchise wrote: When did the first DFW specific “b” show air?
I was under thr assumption though I could be wrong is the Fort Worth show was the original wrestling show for the territory and that the WCCW syndicated show came along much later.



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silentkiller wrote: Franchise wrote: When did the first DFW specific “b” show air?
I was under thr assumption though I could be wrong is the Fort Worth show was the original wrestling show for the territory and that the WCCW syndicated show came along much later.

Correct, the Ft, Worth show was around in the 60s at least. WCCW started in '81, I think.



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BuddyPSHayes wrote: silentkiller wrote: Franchise wrote: When did the first DFW specific “b” show air?
I was under thr assumption though I could be wrong is the Fort Worth show was the original wrestling show for the territory and that the WCCW syndicated show came along much later.

Correct, the Ft, Worth show was around in the 60s at least. WCCW started in '81, I think.


That helps; thanks everyone. 

Some events have seemed disjointed especially the americas title moving from bugsy to kerry without much more than a passing comment on the syndicated show. Possibly it was covered on the DFW show. 



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Any idea of a good place to track down the B shows?  WOuld love to see them

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NCJames wrote: Any idea of a good place to track down the B shows?  WOuld love to see them A few are on Youtube. From what I've seen I'm not even sure if it should be called the B Show since they are much more in depth, the guys had much more interview time to really build matches/angles and it kind of was better than the more action oriented show syndicated throughout the country. Jim Cornette credited this show with his improving on the mic since the interviews could be a lot longer than the other shows.
Here's one link from 86. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlzXzO1hp-c



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