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A truly insightful look at the business from one of the greatest promoters ever. Mid South Wrestling was a special time for the boys as well as the fans. Skip to main content. The listing you're looking for has ended. Very Good. View original item. Sell one like this. We found something similar. About this product. Stock photo. Brand new: lowest price The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable.

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He is often credited with creating the current and popular "episodic" style of TV wrestling, building solid creative storylines week-on-week, with an emphasis on solid in-ring action with dependable wrestlers like "Dr. He's an outspoken critic on breaking kayfabe and "smart" wrestling fans.

A Watts-run promotion always had face and heel wrestlers dress in different locker rooms and to have faces and heels not meet publicly. He has also been known to revamp his booking plans in order to protect the business from such fans. When a newspaper mentioned a wrestling event being the last one Jake "The Snake" Roberts would wrestle in Watts' territory and talked about the tradition of a wrestler jobbing in his last match to put his opponent over and to expect the finish to be in that fashion, Watts changed it so Roberts actually won the match and got put over on his way out of the territory.

Instead of having UWF as a separate organization, Crockett sent his mid-card wrestlers to the UWF and had them quickly win their titles. He took a lot of his old-school values with him, such as banning moves from the top rope and the babyfaces and heels separation. His tenure was not long, nor were his ideas overly embraced.

The Cowboy and the Cross by Bill Watts

He introduced his son, Erik Watts , to WCW around this time, who many felt was not ready for national wrestling. Mick Foley referred to Watts' history of "creating a black babyface and building the company around him", while talking about his match with Simmons. The circumstances of Watts' departure in are controversial. Prior to , he had given an interview to a wrestling newsletter. Most notably, Watts had commented on Lester Maddox , a restaurant owner and future Governor of Georgia who was told he had to serve black people but instead closed down his business.

Watts felt Maddox stood up for what he believed in and acted accordingly. He also made several other controversial statements pertaining to race and sexual orientation. However, a year later wrestling journalist Mark Madden brought the interview to the attention of Hank Aaron , himself a vice president in the Turner organization with the Atlanta Braves , who then pushed for Watts' removal. While Madden takes credit for Watts getting fired, Watts himself disputes this account, saying he was not fired for the comments but quit his position out of frustration over "backstabbing" by Shaw and unbeknownst to Shaw had already resigned by the time Aaron got the newsletter.

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