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Author Hornbaker, Tim, author.

Title Death of the territories : expansion, betrayal and the war that changed pro wrestling forever / Tim Hornbaker.

Publication Info. Toronto, Ontario, Canada : ECW Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  796.812 HOR    Check Shelf
Description viii, 264 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-263).
Contents The established system -- Titan Sports -- The beginning of the end -- Southern California -- The surviving territories -- A new era in professional wrestling -- "They sure got rid of me" -- The great TV expansion of 1984 -- An industry at war -- Rock 'n' wrestling -- Cooperation and crisis -- WrestleMania -- The only game in town -- Year of the supershow -- The war expands again -- Grappling with turbulence -- Manifest destiny -- Loyalty versus money -- A bruising tragedy -- The end of an era.
Summary "For decades, distinct professional wrestling territories thrived across North America. Each regionally based promotion operated individually and offered a brand of localized wrestling that greatly appealed to area fans. Promoters routinely coordinated with associates in surrounding regions, and the cooperation displayed by members of the National Wrestling Alliance made it easy for wrestlers to traverse the landscape with the utmost freedom. Dozens of territories flourished between the 1950s and late '70s. But by the early 1980s, the growth of cable television had put new outside pressures on promoters. An enterprising third-generation entrepreneur who believed cable was his opportunity to take his promotion national soon capitalized on the situation. A host of novel ideas and the will to take chances gave Vincent Kennedy McMahon an incredible advantage. McMahon waged war on the territories and raided the NWA and AWA of their top talent. By creating WrestleMania, jumping into the pay-per-view field, and expanding across North America, McMahon changed professional wrestling forever. Providing never-before-revealed information, Death of the Territories is a must-read for fans yearning to understand how McMahon outlasted his rivals and established the industry's first national promotion. At the same time, it offers a comprehensive look at the promoters who opposed McMahon, focusing on their noteworthy power plays and embarrassing mistakes."--Publisher's description.
Subject McMahon, Vince, 1945-
McMahon family.
World Wrestling Federation -- History.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. -- History.
Wrestling -- United States -- History.
McMahon, Vince, 1945- (OCoLC)fst00332168
McMahon family. (OCoLC)fst00372207
World Wrestling Federation. (OCoLC)fst00642028
Wrestling. (OCoLC)fst01181580
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: ebook version : 9781773052328
ISBN 9781770413849 (softcover)
1770413847 (softcover)
9781773052328 (ePub ebook)
9781773052335 (PDF ebook)
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