Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Jason Hess
Greetings, Kayfabe fans, and welcome to another
installment of Houston Wrestling at Kayfabe
Once again, we are taking a look at one
of the most unique “territories within a
territory” ever, as we examine wrestling life
in Houston in the 1980’s.
In this edition we will examine the
attempt of another promotion to make Houston
their home, and their success, and how long it
took before success finally hit
Time after time, people would come and challenge
the “Supremacy” of Paul Boesch and
Mid-South/UWF wrestling in Houston, Texas.
In future installments we will dig a
little deeper into Southwest Championship
Wrestling’s “world” title tourney and why
it failed, as well as the oil bust of 1984 in
Houston (which didn’t affect the rest of the
state until late 1985, by which time Houston had
begun recovery), and how that affected gates,
and how those affected gates affected storylines
In 1988, World Class Championship
Wrestling tried to run Houston, but failed.
Three years earlier, another promotion
“invaded” the home town heroes, and while
initially not so successful, eventually won over
the Bayou City, and its rabid fans.
As many of you all know, Vince McMahon declared war
on wrestling’s territorial system in early
McMahon was planning and plotting as early as
mid-1983, his war didn’t actually start until
January 7, 1984 when he and the WWF appeared
from the Chase Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.
(for more info on the St. Louis wrestling scene,
check out John Edwards’ excellent series of
articles on the St. Louis scene)
McMahon’s strategy was to outbid the
local promotion for television time, and to bid
for the services of their top drawing stars,
putting them on the WWF debut card in the area
to insure a shot at a good crowd.