Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- John Edwards
1983 - Confusing times to be a wrestling fan.
the winds of change were beginning to blow. Earlier in 1983, Larry
Matysik had split with the consortium that ran the St. Louis Wrestling
Club (NWA St. Louis Promotion) after Larry's long-time boss and m
formed his Greater St. Louis Wrestling (GSLW) promotion and began
running shows at the Checkerdome (aka The Arena) and had TV on KDNL
Channel 30. TV was taped at the "Checkerdome Sports Studio" -
which was a curtained off portion of the Checkerdome, reduced capacity.
It looked good on TV, always a good crowd.
for those days, Larry was not affiliated with any major promotion; for
example, GSLW was not affiliated with the NWA, the AWA, the WWF, or even
the WWA in
all that being said, in September 1983, the following card was presented
on KDNL Channel 30 (not sure of the timeslot). As usual in the kayfabe
days, the TV was used to hype the next Checkerdome show. At this time,
GSLW was hyping the showdown between King Kong Brody and Nikolai Volkoff
at an upcoming house show. Now,
off to the matches!
- One Fall - Jerry Oates, 240,
believe Jerry was the brother of Ted
Interview Segment - Tully Blanchard and Larry Matysik. Young Tully was honing his promo skills here. This was not the Tully of the Four Horsemen, a few years later. Tully promo'd his matches with Spike Huber and referred to Adrian Adonis as the champion. He was somewhat a bit heelish, referring to his "lifestyle", his "jewelry" and always going for "first place money". At this time, Tully looked like a great young talent. You could see the seeds of 1986 being planted here. I think at this time, Tully's home base was Southwest Championship Wrestling, promoted by his father, Joe Blanchard.More...