Written by Moose Duncan
That's when I remember wrestling becoming cool. After that, there was another MTV event, the beginnings of Wrestlemania, pay per views, big money. By '86/'87, Saturday Night's Main Event was actually pre-empting Saturday Night Live on NBC once a month. Now me personally, I didn't like the WWF product as a kid. I wasn't into the bright colors, or the cartoon characters that Vince McMahon was putting out there. I liked gritty wrestling, with real people doing real things. For that, you had to change the dial to Superstation TBS at 6:05 on Saturday nights for NWA World Championship Wrestling.
In the '70s, Ted Turner bought a very small UHF station in Atlanta, and programmed it with garbage. The only thing that brought it ratings was Georgia Championship Wrestling. Ted never forgot that, and when his little channel became the Superstation, he kept wrestling around. In doing so, he created Vince McMahon's prime competition throughout the 80's, and even more so in the 90's.
Down in Georgia, they were doing things different than they were in New York, but they were just as important, in their own way. McMahon was running big mainstream gigs, but Ted Turner was honoring the territory system and putting together some wrestling matches and cards that are still talked about as being the best ever.
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