You are here: Home>Regional Territories>ICW (Poffo)>#9


Search Kayfabe Memories

Regional Territories 4

This section contains monthly articles on over two dozen territories. To relive those wonderful days of old, click here.

Wrestlers 4

Enter this section for bios/profiles of various wrestlers from the regional days. To find more out about your favorite pro wrestler, click here.

Stories 4

This section contains stories from the pros themselves told exclusively to Kayfabe Memories. Want to know more as told from the wrestlers themselves? Click here.

Old School Book Reviews4

Click here to find various book reviews from old school wrestlers. 

KM Links 4
For tons of links to old school related sites, click here.
KM Micro Wrestlers4
What are Micro Wrestlers?  Click here  
to find out.
KM Interviews... 4
Click here to read exclusive interviews with stars from the regional territories.
 

View Old Guestbook

 
 

www.kayfabememories.com is 2004 AtomDesigns. All promotional art, characters, logos and other depictions are their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

All contents save Wrestler Stories are Kayfabe Memories.

Website designed and maintained by  AtomDesigns 2004 . If you experience any problems with this site or have any questions, please contact the Webmaster.

 

 - Eric Westlund

ICW wrestling was going at a furious pace at the turn of the decade from the 70's to the 80's.The promotion featured many stars from other promotions who had banded together to present an exciting brand of entertainment through an area in the mid-southern region of the United States. The promoter had eyes for expansion into other areas in my analysis, as he was paying to show the promotion in regions where they did not normal present events. This objective, Angelo Poffo probably reasoned, could be attained through cooperative ventures with other independent organizations, or just plain moving into an area and seeing if the fans would come to an ICW event. The in studio wrestling show was unique for its time, combining cutting edge theatrics with good athletic wrestling.

The promotion decided to incorporate a television champion for the benefit of those who mainly could only see the product via its televised time slots. A trophy was made to give to the winner of a tournament who would be crowned the "television champion".  I did not get to witness all the matches leading to the conclusion of this event. Most all of the ICW roster at the beginning of the tournament were given the opportunity to compete.  If memory serves me this started in early August of 1980. Upsets occurred in the playing out of the contests: Jim Pride (Tommy Heggie) defeated the hustler Rip Rogers in an early match. In an event chronicled on the ICW message board, Bob Orton Jr. was disqualified for assisting his brother in a match versus Ronnie Garvin. This was the result of Garvin being injected by Orton and his manager, Izzy Slapowitz, with a syringe loaded with something which caused Garvin to "froth at the mouth".

Unfortunately, this was not the last we saw of Orton Jr. during the tournament.  He surfaced in another opening round match as his masked alias, The Best, and was able to compete successfully to the quarter finals. If memory serves me well, the last four left at that point were Randy Savage, who had been given a bye to the quarter finals as the result of his world champ status, Pez Whatley, the Best and Bob Roop. Old friends the Best and Roop met in one quarter final match, while Savage squared off against Pistol Pez. Savage handled Whatley in the first match, while Roop achieved a clean pinfall over the Best to gain entrance to the finals.  More...

If you'd like to discuss the ICW (Poffo) region with other fans, please visit the KM Message Board

KM DVD/VHS Store 4
Click here to purchase DVD or VHS products direct from the official distributors.
KM Replica Masks 4
Click here to purchase pro quality replica wrestling masks of all your favorite old school masked wrestlers.   
KM Store 4
The KM Store now features products featuring the GCW logo as well as some other very cool images.  To see what's new and to purchase T-Shirts, ball caps, mouse pads and more, click here
KM Message Board 4

Want to chat with other fans of regional wrestling? This message board has forums for over two dozen promotions. Click here.

KM Belt Gallery 4

This section contains an extensive title belt gallery... images of heavyweight, tag, U.S. and various regional title belts.  To view it, click here.

Old School Tape Review 4

Reviews of various PPV's, commercial tapes and regional wrestling TV shows are available in this section. To read more, click here.

 

Website designed & maintained by

 

 

Thanks for visiting!