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WRESTLING FROM FLORIDA, INC.
CROCKETT PROMOTIONS, INC.
Jim Crockett, Jr.
David F. Crockett
ATHLETIC CLUB, LTD.
Stewart E. Hart
Rip Hawk represented Mike London
CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, INC.
James E. Barnett
WRESTLING ENTERPRISES, INC.
OF AMERICA SPORTS ATTRACTIONS, INC.
ILL PRO WRESTLING FOUNDATION
MCGUIRK CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING, INC.
JAPAN PRO WRESTLING ASSN., INC.
ZEALAND PRO WRESTLING ASSN., INC.
COAST ATHLETIC CORP.
LOUIS WRESTLING CLUB, INC.
WARD PROMOTIONS, INC.
guests attending were Tench Coxe, partner of the law firm, Troutman, Sanders,
Lockerman and Ashmore and the attorney for the NWA, and the World Heavyweight
Champion Harley Race. Other guests included Dick Murdock, Peter
Maivia, Victor Jovica, Kit Fox, Brian Blair, Red Bastien and Sandor Kovacs.
members not in attendance were as follows:
JARRETT-WELCH WRESTLING CO. - not represented
MISSISSIPPI WRESTLING ENTERPRISE - not represented
OWEN SPORTS, INC. - proxy given to Gene Kiniski
SOUTHEASTERN WRESTLING - proxy given to Jim Barnett
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING - proxy given to Jim Barnett
Geigel announced that his office had raised $10,000 for the Kansas City Leukemia
Foundation pursuant to the request of that organization and stated that he
thought this had been very good for public relations. The
wrestlers on the particular card had gone into the audience and solicited fans
and had been glad to do so. Four guests from the Kansas City
Leukemia Foundation were present and introduced by the President.
Edmund Schober, whose office is in Hannover, Germany, where he promotes
wrestling, addressed the group. He discussed a tournament which
he runs in Hannover every year at which wrestlers from all over the world are
present, and asked that the NWA encourage participation by wrestlers in the
United States. It was suggested to Herr Schober that he contact
the booking office which was then handling the booking of any wrestler in which
he was particularly interested and they would see what they could do for him.
this point, all guests were excused and the closed meeting of members took
Barnett opened the closed meeting by giving his treasurer's report, indicating
that the NWA was in good condition financially.
report was then requested from the general counsel, Tench Coxe. He
reminded the members of their obligation to observe the Consent Decree as a
condition to membership in the NWA.
meetings of the standing committees were announced and each was informed to be
ready to report back to the membership at the session on Saturday. A
discussion occurred in regard to the abolition of the Grievance Committee as
being obsolete. After discussion, it was moved, seconded and
unanimously resolved that the Grievance Committee be abolished and the By-Laws
be amended accordingly. Accordingly, Article V, Section 8,
entitled "Grievance Committee" is abolished and the following
substituted in lieu thereof:
8. Litigation and Disputes.
Grievance Committee is hereby abolished. The functions of the
Grievance Committee having to do with membership are transferred to the
Membership Committee. Any other functions formerly handled by
the Grievance Committee are vested in the Board of Directors."
standing committee to be referred to as the Committee on Litigation and Disputes
was then appointed by the President. He stated that the purpose
of this committee is to look into the status of litigation in which the NWA is
involved and disputes among the members for the purpose of protecting the
interests of the NWA in such interests. The members appointed
to such committee were Messrs. McMahon, Crockett and Adkisson. Tench
Coxe was directed to make himself available to that committee at its request.
discussion then took place in regard to the exchange of "second layer
talent" among members for the purpose of developing such talent, as well as
increasing the gates for the promoters involved.
there was discussed the question of use of "World Champion" by various
organizations involved in professional wrestling. It was
pointed out that this was in many instances a source of great confusion and loss
of integrity by the promoters involved.
there followed a discussion in regard to the television of promotional matches
by cable television, particularly as it related to Channel 17 in Atlanta. Mr.
Barnett stated that cable cannot be stopped and that he hoped to reduce any
confusion which may have been created by his show appearing on cable by stating
that the "champions" on his show were Georgia champions.
Race expressed his gratitude for the treatment that he had received as World
Champion from the various members.
election of officers took place. Bob Geigel was elected
President; Mike LeBell First Vice President; and Nick Gulas Second Vice
election of directors took place. The same board of directors
was elected as for the previous year, consisting of Messrs. Adkisson, Barnett,
Crockett, Funk, Geigel, LeBell, McMahon, Owen and Ward.
meeting was then adjourned until 10:00 Saturday morning.
Saturday session opened with a report of the Membership Committee, which
announced that all new members had been elected to membership. Since
M&M Promotions had been engaged in litigation, it was recommended that it be
required to indemnify the NWA, its agents and the World Champion against any
costs which might be incurred arising out of the actions of M&M prior to its
admission to membership. The report of the Membership Committee
was unanimously adopted and the new members were admitted to the meeting. The
new members are: M&M Promotions of Canyon, Texas; Capitol Sports of San
Juan, Puerto Rico; and Peter Maivia of Polynesia.
Committee on Litigation and Disputes gave its report, indicating that there were
no unusual problems. It was announced that the lawsuit between
McGuirk Enterprises and George Culkin, both of whom are members, has been
settled and that the discovery phase of the Gunkel lawsuit was about to begin.
Barnett gave the report of the Finance Committee. The Finance
Committee recommended that the dues stay the same, and that a member be
suspended if dues were not paid by January 1st of the year following their due
date of September 1st of the previous year. If a suspended
member later wanted to rejoin, he must reapply and pay the $500 initiation fee. The
Committee also recommended that the NWA Champion be paid a $100 minimum for each
appearance and that the NWA be paid a $50 minimum for its assistance in regard
to each appearance. These are minimums only and the Champion is
still to be paid 10% and the NWA 3%. The recommendations of the
Finance Committee were unanimously approved.
report of the TV Committee was given by Mike LeBell. He stated
that cable was increasing and that promoters would simply have to learn to live
with the appearance of outside shows on cable in the various towns in which they
promoted. There was additional discussion in regard to the
number of "champions" appearing on television and the confusion which
resulted from this. There was also discussion in regard to
limitation of commercial time per telecast and the need to follow the FCC rules
in this regard. The report on the Light Heavyweight Champion was given by
Salvador Lutteroth. His name is Alfonzo Dantes and he has been
performing primarily in Mexico. Mr. Lutteroth emphasized that
in Mexico too many "champions" had been designated and that this
practice was detrimental to the business.
report on the Junior Heavyweight Champion was given by LeRoy McGuirk. He
stated that he planned to hold a tournament in various towns around the country,
particularly in the south, to establish a Junior Heavyweight Champion and asked
for suggestions from the membership as to who might be qualified for this
the President gave his report, indicating that he knew of no unusual problems.
lengthy discussion ensued as to the site for the 1980 annual meeting and the
date on which it should be held. It was determined that Reno
would be the appropriate site and that the Board of Directors should select a
date after polling the membership.
the suggestion of Stewart Hart, the general counsel was directed to check to
determine whether any arrangement could be made with the appropriate authorities
to assist in the passage back and forth across the Canadian border of wrestlers
who were performing in various towns in which he was the promoter.
discussion took place in regard to the development of new talent. The
sons of Jack Adkisson were introduced. Various members
indicated ways in which they thought the NWA should be doing more to improve the
profession and particularly the development of new talent.
being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
E. Barnett, Secretary
Wrestling at the Chase, circa 1981
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