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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.

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Kayfabe Memories is a website that will attempt to, over time, examine both the major and minor wrestling promotions that existed between the time frames of 1965 and 1989. However, we will break this time focus for certain specific promotions that were either part of the regional period and extended beyond the 1989 (such as the USWA) ending point, or for very specific promotions that though after 1989, had that regional feel (such as GWF or SMW).  As stated, this period of time between 1965-1989 is generally referred to as the regional or territory days of pro wrestling. Whereas nowadays, there are essentially 3 large promotions (WWF, WCW, and ECW), and a large number of independent groups, 20 years ago there were many organizations that were all essentially on the same level. Some were bigger (WWF, NWA and AWA), and some smaller, but none outsized the others as is seen today. Furthermore, each of these promotions were based in a specific part or region of the country and for the most part, stayed within those set boundaries. This was their territory and they respected those boundaries. For instance, the Lebell Brothers, ran their promotion in and around the L.A. area, while Roy Shire ran his promotion further north in San Francisco. Both could have run shows in each others towns but they did not, choosing rather to respect the informal rules that territorial wrestling followed. The rest of the country followed a similar set of rules that found their beginnings in 1948 when the National Wrestling Alliance was formed.

The NWA was first started in '48 in order for wrestling promoters to avoid strict anti-trust laws. Though each promoter would essentially work separate from the others, they would work with each other under the NWA banner. While each promotion may've had their own regional champions, there was also an NWA World Champion that each and every promotion under the NWA banner recognized.

The first NWA champion came from the Midwest Wrestling Association, who joined the NWA when it was formed. His name was Orville Brown. During this same time, there was another NWA… the National Wrestling Association. Their champion was Lou Thesz. In 1949, Thesz won the National Wrestling Alliance belt when Brown was unable to compete. Over the next few years, Thesz unified several championships as they joined the NWA to create one singular championship. It should be noted that championship matches during this period consisted of two out of three falls.  

In 1960, the American Wrestling Association named Pat O'Connor their World heavyweight champion, effectively splitting themselves off from the NWA. This title eventually found its way to Verne Gagne, who held it for much of the promotion's history. More...

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.


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