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WWF/NWA Unification Tournament

Postby mattitude » 2003/12/30 Tue 3:01 am

Hello,

I found this on prowrestlinghistory.com is this true

[b]WWF/NWA Title Unification


[/b]September 22, 1980 in New York City, NY
Madison Square Garden drawing 20,000
  1. The Hangman beat Dominic DeNucci (10:15).
  2. Rick Martel beat Rick McGraw (6:47).
  3. Les Thornton beat Jose Estrada (7:41).
  4. Pat Paterson beat Johnny Rodz (8:38).
  5. Pedro Morales beat Afa (3:34).
  6. Tony Atlas beat Sika (5:32).
  7. Ken Patera beat Rene Goulet (1:04).
  8. Larry Zbysko beat Tony Garea (13:34) via DQ.
  9. Andre the Giant beat Hulk Hogan (12:25).
  10. WWF World Champ Bob Backlund beat NWA World Champ Harley Race (35:14) via DQ.
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Postby Dan Poutsma » 2003/12/30 Tue 3:34 am

It wasn't a tournament. The "unification" is just in reference to the Race-Backlund match.

The NWA champ and W(W)WF champs wrestled each other quite a few times in the past, as Vincent James McMahon (Vince's dad) was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance and recognized their world championship even though his own company Capitol Wrestling Corporation was 'governed' under the auspices of the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation, which he and his then partner Toots Mondt created in 1963 after their initial split from the NWA before he rejoined the organization in the early 70s.

Fwiw, there WAS initially a plan to unify the two titles way back in 1965. The deal was that NWA champ Lou Thesz would lose to WWWF champ Bruno Sammartino and then regain the championship the following year. Vince and Toots offered Lou and NWA President Sam Muchnick $50,000 (with half going to each) to go along with it, but Thesz wanted $100,000 instead plus 10% of the gate or else he would shoot. It caused the deal to fall apart and led to Thesz falling out of favor with Muchnick and the NWA, as he ended up dropping the title to Gene Kiniski the following January. Besides that though, Bruno himself has gone on record as saying he didn't want the title anyway because he didn't wanna take on the grueling schedule that being the NWA champ demanded.
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Postby mattitude » 2003/12/30 Tue 2:19 pm

[QUOTE=Dan Poutsma]It wasn't a tournament. The "unification" is just in reference to the Race-Backlund match.

The NWA champ and W(W)WF champs wrestled each other quite a few times in the past, as Vincent James McMahon (Vince's dad) was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance and recognized their world championship even though his own company Capitol Wrestling Corporation was 'governed' under the auspices of the World (Wide) Wrestling Federation, which he and his then partner Toots Mondt created in 1963 after their initial split from the NWA before he rejoined the organization in the early 70s.

Fwiw, there WAS initially a plan to unify the two titles way back in 1965. The deal was that NWA champ Lou Thesz would lose to WWWF champ Bruno Sammartino and then regain the championship the following year. Vince and Toots offered Lou and NWA President Sam Muchnick $50,000 (with half going to each) to go along with it, but Thesz wanted $100,000 instead plus 10% of the gate or else he would shoot. It caused the deal to fall apart and led to Thesz falling out of favor with Muchnick and the NWA, as he ended up dropping the title to Gene Kiniski the following January. Besides that though, Bruno himself has gone on record as saying he didn't want the title anyway because he didn't wanna take on the grueling schedule that being the NWA champ demanded.[/QUOTE]
That is very intresting information so that is why the Unification Tournament is never mentioned. This is great. Wonder Why Bruno did not want to go with Schedule.. it would have been a great point in his career.

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Postby The Crowbar King » 2004/01/15 Thu 11:02 pm

WOW! I can't even begin to imagine how that would've changed wrestling history... NO WWF means no VKM, no Hogan, no 80's boom, no WCW... I'm kinda glad that didn't happen.
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