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Death of the territories : expansion, betrayal and the war that changed pro wrestling forever

Author: Tim Hornbaker
Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)1033535954
Named Person: Vince McMahon; McMahon family.; Vince McMahon; McMahon family.; McMahon family.; Vince McMahon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Hornbaker
ISBN: 9781773052328 1773052322 9781773052335 1773052330
OCLC Number: 1053861342
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: The established system --
Titan Sports --
The beginning of the end --
Southern California --
The surviving territories --
A new era in professional wrestling --
"They sure got rid of me" --
The great TV expansion of 1984 --
An industry at war --
Rock 'n' wrestling --
Cooperation and crisis --
WrestleMania --
The only game in town --
Year of the supershow --
The war expands again --
Grappling with turbulence --
Manifest destiny --
Loyalty versus money --
A bruising tragedy --
The end of an era.
Responsibility: Tim Hornbaker.
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For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the landscape with the utmost freedom. Dozens of territories flourished between the 1950s and late '70s. But by the early 1980s, the growth of cable television had put new outside pressures on promoters. An enterprising third-generation entrepreneur who believed cable was his opportunity to take his promotion national soon capitalized on the situation. A host of novel ideas and the will to take chances gave Vincent Kennedy McMahon an incredible advantage. McMahon waged war on the territories and raided the NWA and AWA of their top talent. By creating WrestleMania, jumping into the pay-per-view field, and expanding across North America, McMahon changed professional wrestling forever. Providing never-before-revealed information, Death of the Territories is a must-read for fans yearning to understand how McMahon outlasted his rivals and established the industry's first national promotion. At the same time, it offers a comprehensive look at the promoters who opposed McMahon, focusing on their noteworthy power plays and embarrassing mistakes.

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