WWE currently airs several high-profile programs such as Raw and Smack Down in more than 150 countries, hosts 12 pay-per-view events a year including Wrestle Mania, and holds approximately 320 live events a year throughout the world.
The heel champions, such as Ivan Koloff and Stan Stasiak, were used to "transition" the championship from one wrestler to another, and they generally kept the title for no more a single month-long program before dropping it to the next babyface.
Graham was the only heel character to keep his championship for longer than one month, as the WWWF felt it needed time to build Backlund up as championship material.
Programs generally involved a babyface champion facing a heel challenger for one to three meetings in each scheduled town; for longer programs the heel would often win the first match in a non-decisive manner such as a countout or via excessive blood loss, and the champion would then retain in an ultraviolent blow-off match such as a steel cage match or Texas Death match.
Unlike most of the NWA territories, the main event would occur in the middle of the arena show cards, allowing the company to build upon the match's finish in order to sell tickets to the next event; reliable, popular workers such as Chief Jay Strongbow would then wrestle at the end of the show to send the crowd home happy.
They leveraged former, but still popular, wrestlers such as Captain Lou Albano, "Grand Wizard of Wrestling" Ernie Roth and "Classy" Freddie Blassie to act as managers for Sammartino's heel (villainous) opponents.
At this time, only babyface (fan favorite) wrestlers were allowed to have long championship reigns, such as Bruno Sammartino, Pedro Morales and Bob Backlund, who all retained for more than one year each.The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) recognized an undisputed NWA World Heavyweight Champion that went to several different professional wrestling promotions in the NWA. The NWA generally promoted strong shooters as champions, to give their worked sport credibility and guard against double-crosses.While doing strong business in the Midwest (the NWA's core region), these wrestlers attracted little interest in the Capitol Wrestling Corporation territory.The championship would be considered inactive as a result until Luke Graham and Tarzan Tyler won a tournament to claim the championship.They then defeated the Mongols in November 1971, voiding any claim The Mongols had to the championship.613-809-7005 [email protected] 9,900 Something for everyone, reasonable prices. Glassware, chinaware, crockery, vintage small lamps, antique sheet music, collector magazines, books, vintage marbles , collector tins, wooden ware, dolls and doll furniture, venerable decor pieces, peck...