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Sorry everyone...needed to skip a few days, work was a mess this week...back on track now...


...as of late 1983 I've decided that Jim Crockett Promotions, while still in business, is no longer a major promotion...JCP is a regional promotion shown only on local TV...outside of a few loyal diehards like Wahoo McDaniel and Jay Youngblood, as well as Ric Flair swinging through to earn some beer money when he's home on break from touring with NJPW, there's not much going on there...JCP will now be lumped into the "news and notes" section with everyone else...along with the NWA World title and RCW, the WWF and GCW are the only promotions that will get their own separate entries as there is, for now, only the "big 2" in American wrestling


November 1983

News and Notes:

With more and more viewers watching WWF and GCW on nationwide television, PNW's Big Time Wrestling sees a loss in viewership and is bumped to the graveyard slot on local Portland TV...a pair of wrestling legends walk away from the business for good in November: Houston promoter Paul Boesch holds his last local show and former multi-time NWA World champion Lou Thesz retires from his position as road agent from SWCW...


Although he became famous well before the "national-TV era", Lou Thesz is still widely considered one of the best pro wrestlers of all-time

...Calgary Stampede Wrestling suffers a huge blow when Dynamite Kid and Bret Hart leave to work full-time in All Japan Pro Wrestling...American stars Buzz Sawyer, Curt Hennig and The Masked Superstar also sign on for the upcoming AJPW tour, although they all continue to wrestle in the US as well...AWA gets a short term boost in ratings thanks to Jerry Lawler's run in the company and (another) Bockwinkel vs McDaniel feud, but they still lag well behind the big 2 in terms of national popularity...Road Warrior Hawk continues to dominate in Memphis, defeating Steve Keirn and Jack Brisco to retain the Southern Heavyweight title as well as teaming with Jerry Lawler to defeat the team of Bill Dundee and Dutch Mantell...


Road Warrior Hawk defends the title in Memphis against Steve Keirn

...Dory Funk Jr., Hercules Ayala and Scott Irwin win the vacant WCCW six-man tag titles...Funk breaks his leg near the end of the match and would miss the next year of action...JCP holds the first annual Starrcade at the DC Armory in Washington DC, the show is highlighted by a rare face vs face title match with Wahoo McDaniel retaining the NWA United States Heavyweight title over Jay Youngblood..."Dr. Death" Steve Williams defeats Stan Hansen in Mid-South in a MOTY candidate (99)




More of the same for the WWF in November...Rich and Andre are the biggest attractions in wrestling at this point, selling out TV tapings and house shows across the country and feuding primarily with the team of Greg Valentine and Roddy Piper...Tommy Rich defeats Jake Roberts at the WWF's big end of the month show




Two of the hottest teams in GCW meet in the finals of the annual Thanksgiving Tag Team Tournament as the East-West Connection (Adonis and Ventura) defeat Bobby Duncum and Ken Patera...


Even if they don't hold the tag titles, Adonis and Ventura prove they are the best tag team in Georgia

...Ole Anderson continues as a top babyface, defeating "Superstar" Billy Graham on national TV in a much hype match




Hercules Ayala holds on to the NWA World title in November with wins over Invader #1 and Bulldog Bob Brown




RCW is off this month...JD Greene announces the next show to be held in December, RCW Holiday Bash 83...in the main event, Greene will team with Doug Vines to battle Donnie Texas and a mystery partner!


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December 1983

News and Notes:

21 year old Davey Boy Smith suffers a brain aneurysm due to a nasty fall out of the ring in a match in New Japan against veteran Seiji Sakaguchi...Smith would recover, but wouldn't wrestle another match until January of 1985...


The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith is checked by the referee after his match with Seiji Sakaguchi


"Professor" Toru Tanaka retires from in-ring competition, although he'd stay with NJPW as a manager and road agent...Crockett promotions continues to slide down the rankings as popular mid-carders Buddy Colt and Rufus R. Jones leave the promotion...Tony Atlas also bolts JCP after he signs a long-term exclusive deal with the WWF...Atlas would work one more match in the Mid-Atlantic territory, dropping the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title to Don Bass...Hulk Hogan debuts in Memphis, defeating Carl Fergie in a televised squash match then teaming with Adrian Street to lose to the team of Dundee & Mantell...the AWA holds the Brawl in St. Paul in front of a disappointing crowd of just over 5,000 fans...in the main event, semi-retired Paul Jones defeated longtime "enhancement talent" Nacho Barrera...Terry Gordy gets the biggest win of his young career, defeating Terry Funk via DQ in WCCW




The WWF guts it's roster, releasing over 20 wrestlers...many are lower carders, aging veterans or wrestlers who work with other promotions and refused to sign an exclusive deal with McMahon...big names in "the purge" include: Curt Hennig, Ron Garvin, Tony Garea, Big John Studd, Ivan Koloff and the Killer Bees...Jake Roberts pulls a major upset, defeating Andre the Giant via DQ...Tommy Rich defeats Bob Backlund cleanly to retain the WWF World title...Rich and Andre defeat Larry Zbyszko and Blackjack Mulligan in a MOTY candidate (98)


Vince pushes out the old guard as younger wrestlers like Tommy Rich and Jake Roberts rise to the top of the card




One of the top babyfaces in WCCW (Terry Gordy) defeats one of the top babyfaces from Memphis (Road Warrior Hawk) in a match at the Omni in Atlanta...Ole Anderson and Jimmy Snuka defeat the East-West Connection by botched interference on national TV when Ivan Koloff returns to Georgia and runs in to attack Anderson...Ole and Koloff would enter a bloody feud




Hercules Ayala heads to Japan and retains the NWA World title with wins over Masa Saito and Tatsumi Fujinami





RCW holds Holiday Bash '83 in front of 26 loyal fans...Homeless Mick is the surprise mystery partner for rookie Donnie Texas in his match with JD Greene and Doug Vines...Greene and Vines win the match thanks to underhanded tactics, but Homeless Mick cuts a great promo afterwards, telling the crowd his name is Mick Foley and he's here in RCW to stay!!!


Homeless Mick poses for a polaroid with a fan before RCW Holiday Bash '83


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(Since the in-game awards went almost exclusively to Japanese promotions, I'll do my own set of end of year awards)

1983 End of Year Awards:


Wrestler of the Year:

Winner: "Wildfire" Tommy Rich - Tommy Rich had the biggest impact on North American pro wrestling in 1983...after a successful heel turn and tag-team run alongside Austin Idol in Georgia, he jumped to the WWF, won the world title in his second match, ran off a series of high profile title defenses against the likes of Bob Backlund, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts, Larry Zbyszko, Blackjack Mulligan, Tully Blanchard, Gino Hernandez and Greg Valentine...his tag team with Andre the Giant became one of the most over acts ever in wrestling and as far as the duos match quality...




Runner-Up: Wahoo McDaniel - Wahoo was a workhorse in 1983, wrestling 148 matches (98-42-8) for 4 different companies...he held major titles in two of them, the AWA World title and the NWA United States Heavyweight title (JCP)...he wrestled Dusty Rhodes to a double DQ in SWCW in a MOTY candidate (99)


Promotion of the Year:

Winner - World Wrestling Federation - Hands down it was the WWF taking the prize in '83...the WWF grew to cult size and locked up some of the top wrestlers under the age of 35 in the US to exclusive deals including: Tommy Rich, Roddy Piper, Tully Blanchard, Greg Valentine and Larry Zbyszko...despite losing the TV ratings battle to GCW, the WWF is by far the most popular promotion in the US


Runner-Up - Georgia Championship Wrestling - GCW weathered the storm after losing several top stars to the WWF and consistently put on quality shows...thanks largely to being aired Saturdays at 6:05pm on the largest national cable network, WTBS, World Championship Wrestling is the highest rated TV show in America, setting a record with 2.6 million viewers for an episode in October...despite both men being nearly 40, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and longtime heel Ole Anderson stepped up as the top babyfaces...Adonis and Ventura were the best heel tag team in the country...having the best and most well respected announcer in the country in Gordon Solie helps



Top stars came and went...but World Championship Wrestling is still the top wrestling show in the land


Biggest Surprise of 1983: Tommy Rich winning the WWF World title in his second match with the company

Saddest Moment of 1983: The death of Randy Savage

Tag Team of the Year: The East-West Connection (Adrian Adonis & Jesse Ventura)

Rookie of the Year: Although Rick Rude had a better record in JCP, Donnie Texas wins rookie of the year, wrestling for the AWA Light Heavyweight title several times, being a top star in River City Wrestling, working with 18yo Mick Foley in Foley's debut match and main eventing an AWA On Tour show against Wahoo McDaniel

Biggest Disappointment: (Tie) Hulk Hogan's title run...ever since appearing as "Thunderlips" in 1982's Rocky III, Hogan was assumed to be the next big star in pro wrestling, but his 4-month AWA title run was mediocre at best...some of the blame goes to the booking, but Hogan failed to connect with the fans the way another blond-haired All-American babyface champion did over in the WWF...


Hogan gets a shot in the main event, but he fails to get his Hulkamaniacs FARRRRRED UP!

(Tie) Jim Crockett Promotions - Even with Wahoo McDaniel and the occasional appearances of Ric Flair, JCP slid from one of the top promotions in 1982 to barely keeping it's local TV deal in the Carolinas...can they fight back in 1984?


Teasers for 1984 - RCW survives through the year (barely), debuting a couple of BIG stars of the future, a face-painted hero and a "Rocking" young tag team...a well-known American wrestling company closes it's doors for good



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January 1984

News and Notes:

Saturday January 7th, 1984 becomes known as Black Saturday in the wrestling industry...GCW's World Championship Wrestling airs at 6:05pm on Superstation WTBS...the show opens with a pre-recorded segment with Gordon Solie and Ole Anderson standing at the familiar podium, the ring and the stands empty...although no reason is given, Solie and Anderson inform wrestling fans across the country that World Championship Wrestling is going off the air for good...the two share a heartfelt good-bye to the fans that made the show the number 1 wrestling program in the country...the opening segment is followed by 2 hours of highlights of the biggest moments from the past few years...


A somber Gordon Solie and Ole Anderson say good-bye to the fans as World Championship Wrestling goes off the air permanently

...although losing their TV deal, Georgia Championship Wrestling would continue live events and monthly events shown on Closed Circuit TV...legendary wrestler Bobo Brazil retires, his last match was a loss to Jimmy Valiant...David Von Erich begins a main event run in PNW while still competing in WCCW...Verne Gagne gives up on the "youth movement" in the AWA as 49yo Nick Bockwinkel defeats 45yo Wahoo McDaniel to win his third AWA World title...


Nick Bockwinkel defeats Wahoo McDaniel for the AWA World title in a battle of Old Lions

...Road Warrior Hawk scores the biggest win of his career, defeating Mil Mascaras by clean pinfall to retain the top title in Memphis...Ric Flair forms a short-lived tag team with Dr. Death Steve Williams in JCP...showing how bad the talent situation is for Crockett, the biggest match for Flair & Williams is a win over Paul Jones and Tony Garea...Mid-South puts on one of it's best shows in some time with their end of the month show headlined by Junkyard Dog and Ricky Steamboat defeating the team of Dutch Mantell and Jim Duggan...Kevin Von Erich defeats Buzz Sawyer in the match of the month for WCCW (86)




Tommy-Mania shows no signs of slowing down, as Rich and Andre continue their main event tag team run...Wildfire also picks up a win over Masked Superstar at the Spectrum in Philadelphia to retain the WWF World title...match of the month goes to Paul Orndorff defeating Andre the Giant in a MOTY candidate(99)


Paul Orndorff debuts in the WWF on an episode of Piper's Pit...Orndorff makes a big statement the following week by defeating Andre the Giant




Despite no television to hype the event, GCW still sells out the Omni for it's monthly big show...the event is co-headlined by Arn Anderson and Buzz Sawyer losing to the East-West Connection and Jimmy Snuka defeating Ken Patera to retain the NWA National Heavyweight title




Hercules Ayala spends much of the month in Japan, defeating top Japanese stars like Riki Choshu and Genichiro Tenryu to hold on to the NWA World title



RCW announces it will be holding it's next event in February...JD Greene promises a "big surprise" if Homeless Mick gets in his way...rookie Donnie Texas will challenge Doug Vines for the RCW Heavyweight title


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Wow wait a minute. Turner cancels the highest rated wrestling program in the country? Did the Time Warner deal early without AOL driving that entity? That is a strange deal for them to drop wrestling when they were so pro the wrestling industry.

Glad too see Bockwinkle get a well deserved title win in the ring instead of given to him by Stanley Blackburn.

The NWA promoters must be being blackmailed to allow their title to remain on Hercules Ayala....who? I would have loved to have been in the meeting that made that decision.
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Wow wait a minute. Turner cancels the highest rated wrestling program in the country? Did the Time Warner deal early without AOL driving that entity? That is a strange deal for them to drop wrestling when they were so pro the wrestling industry.

Glad too see Bockwinkle get a well deserved title win in the ring instead of given to him by Stanley Blackburn.

The NWA promoters must be being blackmailed to allow their title to remain on Hercules Ayala....who? I would have loved to have been in the meeting that made that decision.
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- Yeah it was a surprise to see GCW get dropped...I'll be adding that to the narrative, and it has an impact on the future of pro wrestling

- Bockwinkel was a great wrestler, but with WWF pulling away with hot young stars just entering their primes like Tommy Rich, Tully Blanchard and Roddy Piper, is a 49yo champion and figurehead the way to go? We'll see how they do

- The Hercules Ayala title run is surprising...I could see a huge international star like Antonio Inoki or Mil Mascaras but Ayala is barely at 40-45 popularity outside of Puerto Rico
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I agree that Nick being champion at this point other than transitional isnít ideal. But having Wahoo as champion wasnít going anywhere either. Nick was such a great interview though and Verne wouldnít let the poor man win the belt in the ring. Even after Satan Hansonís walkout in 86, they just awarded the title to him. It happened to often in the real AWA. It would have been interesting if a Magnum TA had gotten the AWA Title, maybe there is hope in your universe for something like that.
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I agree that Nick being champion at this point other than transitional isn’t ideal. But having Wahoo as champion wasn’t going anywhere either. Nick was such a great interview though and Verne wouldn’t let the poor man win the belt in the ring. Even after Satan Hanson’s walkout in 86, they just awarded the title to him. It happened to often in the real AWA. It would have been interesting if a Magnum TA had gotten the AWA Title, maybe there is hope in your universe for something like that.
Magnum was talented and loaded with charisma, everyone pretty much agrees that had it not been for his car wreck he would have been NWA champ someday...unless he wound up in the WWF of course


(semi)Spoilers: Bockwinkel's title run isn't transitional...or his last...although there are some really surprising names holding the AWA title over the next few years

As far as Magnum TA, well there is good news & bad news there...

good news - no car accident so he's still healthy and going strong

bad news - as of late 1987, Magnum is not a big player in the US wrestling scene and hasn't held any major titles
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Well, considering JR and Cornette had to talk Watts into turning Mr. Wrestling 2 heel instead of Magnum, which was his breakthrough program AND Dusty isn't booking JCP, Magnum not being a thing is easy to see. So much had to go right for Magnum to explode on the scene, that any one of them not happening could have rendered him a midcard nobody.

I think that Black Saturday thing was a narrative as Al had several in to obliterate Georgia in the 2013 version of the mod, and most of those got carried over into the updated 16 version. They probably had enough money to not go out of business, which is why they're still alive at this point.
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Well, considering JR and Cornette had to talk Watts into turning Mr. Wrestling 2 heel instead of Magnum, which was his breakthrough program AND Dusty isn't booking JCP, Magnum not being a thing is easy to see. So much had to go right for Magnum to explode on the scene, that any one of them not happening could have rendered him a midcard nobody.

I think that Black Saturday thing was a narrative as Al had several in to obliterate Georgia in the 2013 version of the mod, and most of those got carried over into the updated 16 version. They probably had enough money to not go out of business, which is why they're still alive at this point.
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That's what so fun about these long term games...you're right, Magnum could have been relegated to career midcarder if a few things had gone differently...in fact for a lot of guys they could have seen there careers go in a wildly different direction if just a few small things change along the way

There were narratives in the mod affecting GCW and several other promotions, but I removed them...in this case, the AI just lost their TV deal which was surprising
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Breaking News from the CNN news desk...


January 10th, 1984...Bernard Shaw and Mary Alice Williams reporting...

Williams: "...in shocking news today, WTBS founder Ted Turner has announced what has been rumored for weeks is true, he has sold controlling interest in Turner Broadcasting and all it's subsidiaries, including this network."

Shaw: "That's right Mary, while Mr. Turner still owns both the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks, he has stepped away from TBS and CNN. Turner Broadcasting has been sold to a group of investors led by CNN co-founder Reese Schonfeld..."

Williams: "...reportedly for well over 1 billion dollars..."

Shaw: "The amount of the deal, and for that matter Mr. Turner's reasons for stepping aside from the company he built are unknown at this time. As are Turner's plans beyond operating the Hawks and Braves. But I for one think I speak for everyone here when I say Mr. Turner will be sorely missed and forever beloved and respected by everyone here at CNN."


Bernard Shaw and Mary Alice Williams break the news of the change in ownership of Turner Broadcasting



Days later Ted Turner would give a brief interview on CNN, stating that he was "ready for a new challenge" and looked forward to a career beyond the broadcasting industry. He dodged allegations that he was "forced out" by Schonfeld and others who were angry that TBS and CNN were providing funding to the failing Atlanta Braves baseball team which was losing money and struggling in the standings...


Turner speaks out...but doesn't say much in his CNN interview



...and his plans for life after TBS? They probably involve his yacht...and maybe pro wrestling?


It remains to be seen if the world of professional wrestling has seen the last of Ted Turner, but for now he's sipping champagne on his 40' yacht in the Gulf of Mexico


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February 1984

News and Notes:

One of the few "major" stars still working for Jim Crockett is forced to the sidelines by injury as "The Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant misses the next six months with a staph infection (remember, no Z-packs in 1984)...perhaps in an attempt to slow the growth of the WWF and remain relevant, promoters Don Owen (PNW) and Jerry Jarrett (CWA Memphis) announce a talent sharing agreement...


Don Owen and Jerry Jarrett join forces, but is it too little, too late?

...Nick Bockwinkel defeats young star Curt Hennig twice in February to defend the AWA World title...Road Warrior Hawk hangs on to the top title in Memphis, beating Mil Mascaras a second time and going to a wild, bloody, double count out with Adrian Street...down in Georgia, Buzz Sawyer gets a big win, cleanly defeating "Superstar" Billy Graham while Jimmy Snuka continues to carry the NWA National Heavyweight title...Mid-South wrestling features a wildly popular feud between the Junkyard Dog and Butch Reed, while routinely more than doubling viewership for it's weekly TV program over JCP's Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, something that would have been unthinkable just a year ago...in even stranger news, one of the Von Erichs (David) teams with one of the Freebirds (Terry Gordy) and Jimmy Garvin to win the WCCW 6-Man tag titles




Paul Orndorff continues his hot run in the WWF, losing in his rematch with Andre the Giant, but in a MOTY candidate (97)...


Orndorff briefly befriended Andre the Giant before turning on him, leading to a pair of MOTY caliber matches between the two

...Tommy Rich lose a non-title match to Larry Zbyszko, but bounces back to defeat Greg Valentine in a much hyped dog collar match to retain the WWF World title




Hercules Ayala again wins against Japanese stars Choshu and Genichiro Tenryu, as well as a win over Hawaiian wrestling legend Dean Ho to hold on to the NWA World title...Ayala has now held the NWA title for over 9 months!



RCW holds St. Valentine's Day Massacre '84 in front of a standing room only crowd of 30 people...JD Greene loses to George Southern when Homeless Mick distracts Greene...post-match, JD introduces his "big surprise", a debuting behemoth he calls The Russian Enforcer, Comrade Nikita...


Comrade Nikita debuts by annihilating Homeless Mick

...in the main event, rookie Donnie Texas "lives his dream" by defeating Doug Vines and winning the RCW Heavyweight title


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March 1984

News and Notes:

Dr. Death Steve Williams returns to Jim Crockett promotions but has a backstage falling out with David Crockett...Despite being a popular attraction and winning the Crockett Cup in April, Williams' run would last only through July...1983 Rookie of the Year Donnie Texas walks out of the AWA after a backstage argument with Greg Gagne...the AWA suffers a more substantial loss when Wahoo McDaniel's contract expires and the AWA doesn't resign him...Mark Youngblood, younger brother of Jay Youngblood, quits JCP...Nacho Berrera wins the AWA Light Heavyweight title...in a grand act of nepotism, Greg Gagne defeats one of the hottest wrestlers in the country, getting a clean pinfall victory over Paul Orndorff in a televised match...


Greg "Rambo" Gagne gets the push over Orndorff...any wonder why the AWA is falling?

...Hulk Hogan gets a shot at the Southern Heavyweight title in Memphis, getting a DQ win over Road Warrior Hawk but failing to win the belt...GCW sells out Rupp Arena for their end of month show, headlined by the East-West Connection defeating Jimmy Snuka and Road Warrior Hawk...Wahoo McDaniel teams with Big John Studd to defeat Paul Jones and Kevin Von Erich in JCP in a much hyped match, but TV ratings are still sagging below 100,000 per show...in Mid-South, JYD defeats Ricky Morton to retain the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title in a stellar match (93)...with GCW off TV, World Class Championship Wrestling on syndicated TV edges out the WWF's All-Star Wrestling to become the most watched wrestling show in the US


The WCCW opening logo in 1984...taking the #1 spot in the TV ratings




On an episode of All-Star Wrestling Andre the Giant and Tommy Rich defeat Roddy Piper and Blackjack Mulligan...Mulligan blames Piper for the loss and the following week Mulligan and Larry Zbyszko attack Piper, beating him into a bloody mess until Rich and Andre make the save turning Piper babyface in the process...Piper would defeat Zbyszko and Tommy Rich would beat Mulligan at the WWF's big end of the month show


On Piper's Pit, Roddy Piper thanks Andre the Giant for saving him from Blackjack and Zbyszko...but can anyone trust the Hotrod?




Hercules Ayala again hangs on to the NWA World title with wins over MS-1 and Invader #2 in Puerto Rico's WWC




RCW holds RCW Live! in front of 39 delirious fans...in the main event, Donnie Texas defeats JD Greene to retain the RCW Heavyweight title...post match, Greene, Comrade Nikita, Texas and Homeless Mick get into a wild brawl all around the ringside area...in the opening match, the 6'9", 315pd Sid Steele debuts as a babyface with a "Hometown Hero" gimmick, squashing journeyman Jeff Sword


Sid Steele debuts at RCW Live!



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