In this episode, perhaps the most influential organization in pro wrestling history--the National Wrestling Alliance--finally comes together. This doesn't happen in a vacuum. St Louis kingpin Tom Packs and his control of pro wrestling did a lot to spur this on, alienating fellow promoters to the point where banding together seemed their best recourse. Small-time Iowa promoter Pinkie George would be the soul of this young organization, but its brain was a young newspaperman who took on the daunting task of breaking into St Louis: Sam Muchnick.
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On this episode of the World Champions Podcast, find out just how deeply affected professional wrestling was by World War II. Not only reeling from the after-effects of Shikat's double-cross and Jack Pfefer's blabbing, wrestling had a much depleted base of stars to work with. Though old stars like John Pesek and Ed "Strangler" Lewis made mild returns, the stage was set for a crop of new ring heroes like "The Blonde Bear" Everett Marshall and perhaps the top wrestler during the war, "Wild" Bill Longson.
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On episode #7 of the World Champions Podcast come take a look at the variety of talents that began to emerge in the 1930s. As pro wrestling struggled to find its audience it came up with a lot of outlandish concepts, from brawling all around the ring with the Dirty Duseks or Ted "King Kong" Cox to the staid, courtly style of Lord Patrick Lansdowne Finnegan. All the while, top stars like Jim Londos continued their run in the main events, battling over an increasingly frayed world title.
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Join the World Champions Podcast as wrestling starts to kick into a higher gear. New concepts or 'gimmicks' entered the sport: flashy new moves, crazy match situations, outlandish characters. Yet all of this came about because of the sport's promotional decline. Backroom battles over control of the title and, worse, the legitimacy of wrestling itself threatened to totally destroy pro wrestling in this era. How'd it get so bad? Listen in to find out!
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