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oldsoutherwrestlingfan May 13th, 2011 16:56 GMT Print this post
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This message was edited by oldsoutherwrestlingfan on May 13th, 2011 16:58 GMT

Hi Tojo,
 Just curious, but what all wrestling did you get to see growing up on TV I assume in Tennessee?  I was reading some old posts and articles about Tenn and the TV shows could be pretty different from one side of the state to the other according to if what I read was all factual and what not.  You had Gulas & Jarrett going at it and later the Poffo's involved in the mix.  Sounded like the shows you got could have been pretty interesting.  I think Chattanooga got something different than Memphis and so on.  Thanks,
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Also any other Tennessee fans can chime in as well.
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Mr.Slash May 14th, 2011 15:51 GMT Print this post
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I lived in the area from the Summer of 81 to late December of 83. During my time there I saw....

(these were on one of the UHF stations. It has been long enough I don't remember what the UHF channels were back then)

Mid Atlantic- I don't remember the exact year they started showing it. But I remember seeing the events that lead up to the very first Starrcade.

World Class- Again, don't remember exact dates, but it was definitely after The Freebirds turned on Kerry in the cage match. Chris Adams was working his way up the card. Iceman Parsons got a world title shot against Harley Race. Was disqualified because DVE hit Race. I figure this was the set up for David getting the belt at some point. As we all know, Flair won the belt back at Starrcade 83 and David passed away not long after in 84.

Poffo's ICW- Randy was ALWAY the champ. Lanny and George Weingroff were tag champs. Ronnie Garvin held a belt too.  
 
Big Time Wrestling- This was Portland. They started showing it it during the summer one year (I want to say 82). They would show it at noon during the week. But it only played a few days then unfortunately stopped.  

And of course, Memphis Wrestling every Saturday morning from 11:00 to 12:30.

During that time, The Jerry Lawler Show started if you want to count that. Also, Georgia was on TBS. But at the time, having cable was a big deal. And I did not have cable.

Hope this helps fill some gaps.


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Mr.Slash May 14th, 2011 18:23 GMT Print this post
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To add to this, I lived in Arkansas in Osceola. So I don't know about anything other than what the Memphis stations showed.


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oldsoutherwrestlingfan May 14th, 2011 23:37 GMT Print this post
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Thanks Mr. Slash.  Appreciate it.  Frank
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Parson Brown May 15th, 2011 14:49 GMT Print this post
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I grew up in northeast Mississippi in the 80s.  The main wrestling show of course was Memphis on Saturday mornings.  There also was a show on WBBJ out of Jackson Tn that was almost like a "best of" type show.  It had Lance Russell introducing clips from different matchs.  I can remember them showing the Fabolous Ones vs Moondogs fued several times.  

We also got the UWF on one  of the UHF channels.  Every know and then if the weather was right we could get a really weak picture of a show out of Alabama.


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Quoted from: Mr.Slash, May 14th, 2011 15:51  GMT

World Class- Again, don't remember exact dates, but it was definitely after The Freebirds turned on Kerry in the cage match. Chris Adams was working his way up the card. Iceman Parsons got a world title shot against Harley Race. Was disqualified because DVE hit Race. I figure this was the set up for David getting the belt at some point. As we all know, Flair won the belt back at Starrcade 83 and David passed away not long after in 84.


I remember in one of Scott Bowden's blogs, he said that WCCW replaced Poffo's show on Memphis TV.
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Tojo Mojo June 15th, 2011 16:35 GMT Print this post
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Sorry--just saw this. I don't come to Kayfabe M.  near as much as I used to.I grew up on Gulas wrestling, with live tv wrestling in Chattanooga almost always on from 5 PM to 6 PM on WDEF-12, a CBS station.Watched it lots in the '60's & '70's.Great action, lots of angles done to help hype the Sat. night cardsheld in Chattanooga, at the Memorial Auditorium.Harry Thornton was the tv announcer & local promoter, working along side Nick Gulas.Great times!
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Thank you Tojo.  Appreciate the response.  Frank
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Tojo Mojo June 16th, 2011 19:58 GMT Print this post
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Of course--tv shows were also done in Knoxville, Nashville, & Memphis.They were all entertaing shows. Gulas also did a show in Birmingham, & for awhile had one in Louisville, too.This was the '70's.
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Gulas also had a live TV show in Bowling Green, kY. This was also on the same day as the house show.  

Later on, when Jarrett reopened Louisville, after Bruiser had pulled out, there was a Louisville TV show. I can't remember who the announcers were, and Jerry didn't remember either, so they must have not got over. Jerry did think one of them may have been Michael St. John.


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Beau James March 16th, 2012 01:43 GMT Print this post
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Tojo how close did Cazana come to Cleveland? Where was cut of for Chattanooga and Knoxville?
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Tojo Mojo March 16th, 2012 12:02 GMT Print this post
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Beau--Cazana did Loudon now & then.That' s south of knoxville. We here got Gulas in Chatt. & in Cleveland, where I live. In between Cleveland & Loudon was kind of nobody's territory--small indies worked there.
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I was lucky I lived about half way between Chattanooga and Knoxville. Gulas was my first wrestling but later I was able to see GCW  and Fuller SE. GCW would come on about 12, Fuller at 1 and Gulas between 3 and 4. If the weather was right I could get the Gulas show out of Nashville or the MACW on Johnson City tv. For a time we had a local staion tha showed Southeastern, Jarrett and ICW. Could also occasionally get All-Star/ICW on a Knoxvilee UWF station. Those were the days.

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Wow--you lucky dog. I sure wish that I could of picked up the Knoxville wrestling tv--but, we were just a little too far away.
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