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 Posted: Mon Dec 3rd, 2007 08:56 pm
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I was a kid when I got really into wrestling, but I was lucky that my mom liked wrestling too and going to shows was our family thing to do together. We got to see Mid-South and UWF close to home, but also traveled to shows around the state (both Mid-South and indies, and later NWA/WCW, and one WWF in Lafayette).

 

I was lucky to see a few territories in the mid/late 80's (saw WCCW in the Sportatorium and Shreveport, saw Continental at Botwell in Birmingham and at a high school, saw JCP/NWA/WCW at techwood studios the morning before Stardust beat Flair in Greesboro '86, and a handful of major shows in the early PPV/Cable Special era).  I was lucky to see a number of shows in a number of different states. But I was obsessed with wrestling, and about knowing as much as possible about the different territories, and I wanted more.

I wish I was older during the territory era. I was happy to see the early days of the big PPV/Modern era, but If it was 1984 or 1985 (if not earlier) right now, I would take time off, get in my car, and hit all kinds of spots. I could make a loop to the west, and one to the East and hit all kinds of shows. A few years earlier, and there would be even more choices. Many of them wouldn't be that hard of a drive for me.

 

I'm wondering if any of you did this? Did any of you travel and see different territories? Which of the classic territory TV tapings were you able to make? If you didn't travel, what was your local territory and where did you see shows?

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 Posted: Mon Dec 3rd, 2007 11:18 pm
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I saw lots of MACW from mid 70s through about '84 in Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC as well as a bunch of the Rocky Mount, NC spot shows.



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World League Wrestling, a Lars Anderson promotion out of northern minnesota, was one.

The AWA was another, although I had to travel to see it.

International Wrestling out of Montreal was another. They had a great 6+month run here and drew huge every show. The only reason they stopped coming was the promotion went out of business. I guess Montreal didn't draw quite as well... :(

After that, some WWF house shows (standard circuit tripe) and lately the occasional foray by Condello's Winnipeg based group.

 

We've never had anything steady here, save for the International run.

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 Posted: Tue Dec 4th, 2007 12:37 pm
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My father took me to see my 1st live Wrestling event back in 1981...it was the AWA at the City Auditorium in Colorado Springs,CO...we had ringside seats and after his match Baron Von Rashcke walked by us and stuck his "claw" right in my face...i was only 7 years old at the time and it scared the hell out of me!!!Also went to a WCW Nitro show and a WCW Clash of the Champions show...I saw Flair vs Hogan at the Clash!!!







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I went to about a dozen CWF shows in the early 80's. Got to see Race vs Rhodes for the NWA Title in Miami Beach. This was a big card, they had Les Thornton defend the NWA Jr title vs Jerry Brisco, Tommy Rich and Mil Mascarras were on the card as well. And Sir Oilver Humperdink spat on our homemade posters. I also went to a few WCW cards inth late 80's when Steamboat was champion-great worker, and one PPV in Ft Lauderdale for WCW- when the "rap was crap" thing was going on. And one PWF show when Dusty brought back pro wrestiling to FLA in the late 80's. Never one WWF show, and to that I am very proud :P

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As a kid, most of the shows I saw were at the Sam Houston Coliseum. Went to a couple of shows at the Sportatorium as well.
Live TV events attended:
- 1989 Royal Rumble (PPV)
- 4 or 5 live RAWs
- one live Nitro (you think they were bad on TV? In person was like hell on earth. Remember that Konnan video? They must have played it like five times that night.)
- I did NOT attend Wrestlemania X-7 but did go to the Fan Axxess.
- one ECW on TNN/Hardcore TV taping



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 Posted: Wed Dec 5th, 2007 02:02 am
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BuddyPSHayes wrote: As a kid, most of the shows I saw were at the Sam Houston Coliseum. Went to a couple of shows at the Sportatorium as well.
Live TV events attended:
- 1989 Royal Rumble (PPV)
- 4 or 5 live RAWs
- one live Nitro (you think they were bad on TV? In person was like hell on earth. Remember that Konnan video? They must have played it like five times that night.)
- I did NOT attend Wrestlemania X-7 but did go to the Fan Axxess.
- one ECW on TNN/Hardcore TV taping


A funny thing is that, as many live shows as I went to and loved as a kid, I got away from wrestling for awhile and was only slightly aware of what was going on for a couple of years, Mid-90's. All of a sudden, my friends were having PPV parties and stuff and wreslting was big news. WCW, of all things, was huge!

 

Nitro came to Lafayette when I lived there, and RAW came to my hometown Alexandria just a couple of years ago. RAW has come to Lafayette also. I never went to any of those shows! It is wierd considering that I saw every show anywhere near my hometown for about 6 or 7 years, maybe more, and a number of them that were quite a ways from home.

Funny story, a friend of mine got really into wrestlign during the Monday Night Wars (I was in college then) and he and some guys had front row tickets to the show. Rick Steiner grabbed my buddy's beer and threw it down on national TV. Let me tell you, this friend of mine is a SERIOUS drinker. He shakes and paces until noon because that is the time that he makes himself wait until before he opens his first beer of the day. This guy was REALLY into wrestling at the time, but that experience at Nitro (with Steiner knocking his beer down in particular) made him HATE wrestling. He never watched it again after that!

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PS Buddy, I was at that Royale Rumble PPV also. The one that Studd won. That was my only WWF PPV. I saw two NWA PPV's (Starcade '88 in Norfolk, and Starcade '89 in Atlanta), too, but I only saw 3 (I think) WWF cards. That Rumble, a show in 87 or 88 in Lafayette, and another one in Hoston headlined by a Bootcamp match between Slaughter and Hogan.

 

That Rumble was cool because I saw a whole bunch of guys I hadn't seen live before, plus got to see some old favorites that I hadn't seen in a while (Jake and Arn/Tully come to mind. I didn't really like Studd winning though. I thought he was way too slow by that point in his career. Plus, I was somewhat ruined by the "sheets" by then. I knew Studd was going to win in advance, and I wish I had gone in without knowing.

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Saw AWA shows in St. Paul, Milwaukee, Racine, Davenport, Burlington, Iowa and Ottumwa, Iowa.

Saw Central States shows in Ft. Madison, Iowa, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Quincy, Illinois.

Saw a few Funk promoted shows at the fairgrounds in Amarillo in the early-mid 70s.

Saw a LeBell show at the LA Sports Arena circa 1980ish, featuring such luminaries as Mil Mascaras and The Monster.

Saw a couple or three California Championship Wrestling (CCW) shows in the early 80s in Anaheim.

Saw two or three UWF tv tapings in Reseda, CA in the early 90s (that was the name of Herb Abrams deal, right?).

Went to WM II at the LA Sports Arena and some random WCW show at the LA Forum the night Mike Tyson bit off Evander Holyfield's ear, whenever that was.



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