03 May 2011

Declaration of Principles


Other than why not, here are some reasons.

To me, Mid-South/UWF was the best of the territorial areas in the modern age of wrestling. Like many people of the time not living in that part of the country, I had only read about the company and its workers in the pages of the so-called "Apter Mags." At least until 1986, when Cowboy Bill Watts began syndicating his television show(s) across the country, to try and compete with Vince McMahon's WWF and Jim Crockett's NWA/Mid-Atlantic promotions. It was a refreshing change of pace from the aforementioned companies. Sadly, partially due to the economic hardships of the oil industry, Watts would end up selling the UWF to Crockett in 1987.


For people just discovering Mid-South/UWF wrestling (one of the few promotions whose tape library has not been bought by McMahon), the best way to watch the programs discussed here are by purchasing the DVDs straight from the source, Universal Wrestling Archives , own by Bill Watts' former wife and run by the Watts family.

We also recommend Jim Cornette's Midnight Express Scrapbook, for "you are there" information provided by the Louisville Lip himself.

There's also a tip of the hat to the Demolition Project, which is an inspiration for this endeavor, and, time and inclination willing, that project's co-creator Matt will be occasionally posting here as well, probably about his admiration for the work of Barry Darsow.

Edit: Forgot to explain the title. Yes, Bill Watts being buried under the Russian (Soviet) flag was from the UWF era of 1986. But, it's my second-favorite angle of all time*, so there you go. We thought about using "The Last Stampede" or "Tuxedo Street Fight in a Cage," but neither measured up.

* That would be the MX/MX TBS angle where Cornette bled all over his white jacket and Jim Ross gave us the epic call, "They don't even work here."