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Promoted By Jim Crockett Sr. 1935-73
Promoted by Jim Crockett Jr. 1973-88

A significant member of the NWA
Merged with Georgia Championship Wrestling in March 1985
Merged with NWA St. Louis in February 1986
Merged with Championship Wrestling From Florida in February 1987
Merged with Universal Wrestling Federation in April 1987

     The history of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling goes all the way back to 1935 when Jim Crockett Sr. started promoting in the Carolina and Virginia areas.  He promoted in the area for 38 years until his son, Jim Crockett Jr. took over for his retiring father. The area was known at the time as Eastern States Championship Wrestling, then when Jim Crockett Jr. took over, he renamed it Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling and the name stuck until 1986. MACW taped their TV shows at WRAL (Raleigh) from 1973-81 and WPCQ (Charlotte) from 1981-83.  In mid-1983, they started taping their shows live from the arenas. It was some of the most exciting wrestling ever shown on TV and the crowds were very rabid about their heroes and villains. The main announcers were Bob Caudle, David Crockett, and Johnny Weaver although there were some other announcers here and there, but they didn’t stay too long with the promotion. MACW was a very influential member of the NWA and Jim Crockett Jr. was president of the NWA in 3 terms (1980-82), (1985-86), and (1987-91.) The main cities of the area were in (North Carolina): Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Asheville, and Fayetteville, (South Carolina): Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, and Spartanburg, and (Virginia): Roanoke, Norfolk, Richmond, and Hampton.  Crockett promoted cards in association with Maple Leaf Wrestling out of Canada which was promoted by Frank Tunney until his death in 1983. Frank’s nephew Jack took over, but when the promotional wars heated up, Crockett felt he could no longer spare his top guys to Tunney, because of his long relationship with the McMahon’s of the WWF and it eventually drove Tunney to sell the Toronto group to the WWF in 1984. More...

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