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Old Yesterday, 06:47 AM   #5501
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Not from the territory stuff, but just randomly thought of it: Roddy Piper burying Tony Atlas's gimmick on commentary while Vince tries to stand up for it will always be hilarious to me.

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Old Yesterday, 10:15 AM   #5502
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They populated All Star Wrestling on Peacock through February 1982, so I decided to check in at that same point in September 1981 to see what WWF's weekly programming was like then. At least with regard to the 9/12/81 episode: holy **** it was boring. Absolutely nothing happened. Basically no plot advancement - I couldn't even glean what stories may have been going on - and the squash matches were extremely slow-moving.

I feel inclined to give it one more episode just to make sure that wasn't an especially bad episode, but if the next one isn't a big upgrade then I'll stick to territory stuff.
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That was pretty much how Abdullah came across. He was wailing away with a weapon like a violent psychopath and Piper was prodding him to keep going from ringside. Piper was also out for an Abdullah jobber squash, and he did coach him into picking the guy up on a two-count so that he could hit another running elbow drop.

I don't have great context for knowing Kamala's earlier work. I only really encountered him when he came back to WWF in the early 90s, and it's my understanding that he was far better in his earlier work. That '93-'94 stuff was not great.
I don't know if Kamala was ever much more than belly slaps and chops, but he sure as hell was booked much stronger in the 80s.
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I actually went back myself this morning and watched the first couple of episodes of Mid-Atlantic on Peacock; that runs from September 1981. As long as I stay interested, I'll watch through chronologically and add Mid-South to the mix when I get to December '81.
This is a really interesting idea and I'm going to give it a shot.

I watched the "first" episode of Mid-Atlantic last night. They've started just before Flair wins his first NWA title.

In case you don't know, Jim Nelson, who wrestled on that show, will become more prominent there for a while. In later years, he'll become Boris Zhukov.


When I reach January 1982, I'm going to add World Class Championship Wrestling. 1982 is good (I've watched reruns on ESPN in the later '80s).

But, 1983 is all-time great and 1984-1985 are very good too. I was able to watch all of that on Boston TV back in the day.
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Old Yesterday, 06:59 PM   #5505
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Yeah, had the same plan to add WCCW at the start of 1982 as long as I maintain an interest in following these. I guess the start of 1982 is the point when they rebranded from Big Time Wrestling to WCCW.

I watched a second episode of All Star Wrestling and it was still pretty boring. Think I'll cut that series out of my chronological watch and maybe just pepper in the sporadic WWF house shows that are on Peacock since there's only a small handful of those each year.
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Starting WCCW when the Freebirds show up would probably be ideal...which is probably 1982 anyway. Still one of the best turns ever.
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I think the Freebirds show up in November of 1982.


WWF All Star Wrestling wasn't even the primary syndicated show.

WWF Championship Wrestling was the #1 show where the angles usually played out. But, even that show should be less interesting than Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, or World Class.

The WWF had a slower pace as a territory with a monthly circuit. The other three territories were one-week or two-week territories with a faster pace.
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