You are here: Home>Regional Territories>St. Louis>Intro

Search Kayfabe Memories

Regional Territories 4

This section contains monthly articles on over two dozen territories. To relive those wonderful days of old, click here.

Wrestlers 4

Enter this section for bios/profiles of various wrestlers from the regional days. To find more out about your favorite pro wrestler, click here.

Stories 4

This section contains stories from the pros themselves told exclusively to Kayfabe Memories. Want to know more as told from the wrestlers themselves? Click here.

Old School Book Reviews4

Click here to find various book reviews from old school wrestlers. 

KM Links 4
For tons of links to old school related sites, click here.
KM Micro Wrestlers4
What are Micro Wrestlers?  Click here  
to find out.
KM Interviews... 4
Click here to read exclusive interviews with stars from the regional territories.

View Old Guestbook is © 2004 AtomDesigns. All promotional art, characters, logos and other depictions are © their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

All contents save Wrestler Stories are © Kayfabe Memories.

Website designed and maintained by  AtomDesigns © 2004 . If you experience any problems with this site or have any questions, please contact the Webmaster.


The St. Louis NWA Promotion
 Memories of 1974 - 1986

 - John Edwards

The St. Louis NWA promotion - “The St. Louis Wrestling Club” was one of the strongest and most popular territories in its day.  The territory was fueled by excellent wrestlers, great booking (even though it would seem tame or even boring in today’s environment), a highly-rated local TV show, and, most of all by the genius of its longtime promoter, Sam Muchnick. For the record, I am a 36 year old wrestling fan who got started watching the NWA on Channel 11 in St. Louis. I attended my first live card at the Kiel Auditorium in 1974 at the age of nine. I watch wrestling to this day, but miss the old days.

Background of the St. Louis NWA Promotion

A discussion of the St. Louis NWA promotion would be incomplete without some background of its founder, Sam Muchnick and how the St. Louis Wrestling Club came into existence.

Sam Muchnick passed away on December 30, 1998, in St. Louis, the city out of which his wrestling empire grew. He was 93. Initially a postal clerk, he left that position in 1926 to join the sports staff of the St. Louis Times, earning $20 a week to cover the Cardinals. When the paper merged with the St. Louis Star six years later, Muchnick was offered a position there but declined it, reportedly because it would have meant a good friend of his would have lost his job. After a stint in the Army from 1942 to 1945, Sam returned home to enter the pro wrestling business as a promoter.

There was no National Wrestling Alliance, but there was a National Wrestling Association. This group was much looser than the NWA, which would follow it and essentially restricted to the Midwest. The coalition had survived the wrestling drought of the 1930’s, becoming the only office to draw money at a time where the business, and the entire country for that matter, was starving. Tom Packs, one of the promoters in the Association who controlled its World title with Billy Sandow, was the guy running St. Louis. Starting out in the business in 1922, he made a killing both in promoting his hometown and in "selling" the World title, which was a common practice in those days.  More...

If you'd like to discuss the St. Louis region with other fans, please visit the KM Message Board

KM DVD/VHS Store 4
Click here to purchase DVD or VHS products direct from the official distributors.
KM Replica Masks 4
Click here to purchase pro quality replica wrestling masks of all your favorite old school masked wrestlers.   
KM Store 4
The KM Store now features products featuring the GCW logo as well as some other very cool images.  To see what's new and to purchase T-Shirts, ball caps, mouse pads and more, click here
KM Message Board 4

Want to chat with other fans of regional wrestling? This message board has forums for over two dozen promotions. Click here.

KM Belt Gallery 4

This section contains an extensive title belt gallery... images of heavyweight, tag, U.S. and various regional title belts.  To view it, click here.

Old School Tape Review 4

Reviews of various PPV's, commercial tapes and regional wrestling TV shows are available in this section. To read more, click here.


Website designed & maintained by



Thanks for visiting!