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 - Jason Hess

Greetings, Kayfabe fans, and welcome to another installment of Houston Wrestling at Kayfabe Memories!  A very special Holiday greeting to all of you, and may the joy of this season and what it represents be real and vivid to each of you; especially during this time in the life of our country.  As we end a very turbulent year in professional wrestling, our country, and our world, I would like to take a look back at a somewhat turbulent time for Houston Wrestling, 1983. 

1983:  The Last Great Year for Territories ?????

Many places and territories during 1983 were on fire, so to speak.  The AWA never had a better year, as top draw Hulk Hogan led the Minnesota based promotion to its largest box office successes in company history.  World Class Championship Wrestling had its coming out party as the Freebird-Von Erich war drew constant sellouts and record breaking attendance marks throughout the year.  Jim Crockett Promotions had a banner year as well, drawing huge gates around the horn (and not just for Starrcade either), and having top talent grace its rings. 

Mid-South Wrestling had its share of success in 1983 as well.  Some of the best crowds Bill Watts ever drew happened in 1983, especially for the big Superdome shows.  But by the end of 1983, crowds were down across the area, especially Houston.  Why did crowds drop, especially during a year that saw many territories peak?  What did Bill Watts and Paul Boesch do to stop the downward trend, and were they successful?  Who was the top drawing card of 1983 in Houston?  Lots of questions, and a few answers.   

Downward Spiral:

Although it was the largest city that Mid-South regularly ran, Houston was like most towns in that the majority of their matches came as a result of the Mid-South television program.  Like most other territories, feuds were begun from what happened on the television show, with house shows occasionally providing more fuel to the fire.  Many times the house show footage would come from places like the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, or the Convention Center in Tulsa.  Some did come from Houston, such as footage that made the Ted DiBiase-Hacksaw Duggan feud so hot in 1983.  When a feud would run its course, or have the blow off, there would be a small lull in the action as the cards were re-shuffled for new feuds.  More...

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