Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saturday Morning Ringside: World Class Championship Wrestling (1984)

One of the advantages that professional wrestling enjoyed in the 70's & 80's, especially, was that in syndication, local stations could put it on any time of day. When the Von Erichs decided to put their Dallas based promotion, World Class Championship Wrestling, in national syndication in the mid-80's, some stations, such as WRGB in Schenectady, the current CBS affiliate, slotted it at 11 in the morning, blacking out another hour of CBS' Saturday morning fare.

Following is an episode from November 1984:



World Class aspired to be at least the #2 promotion in the country, behind the juggernaut that the WWE had become. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Like everyone else, they fell victim to Vince McMahon's talent raids, and by the end of the decade, the World Class television show was no more. For a good period in the mid-to-late-80's, however, it did provide an alternative, and a pretty good one at that.

Rating: B.

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