Thursday, September 18, 2014
Some points about World Class
I grew up watching World Class Championship Wrestling, so I probably took a bit more from the documentary Heroes of World Class Wrestling. A few points worth considering:
1. World Class (and others) had the opportunity to go national at roughly the same time at Vince McMahon. Most did not because of antiquated respect for the territory system. Dallas was big enough to paraphrase Fritz. That said, World Class struggled to keep its stars healthy in and around Texas. Expansion for them could have been far more costly and would strain the roster more. By the time Fritz and the gang were out of the territory mentality, it was largely to coordinate with other dying promotions (e.g. Verne Gagne's AWA).
2. The documentary makes brief mention of the dozens of World Class alum that died in their words prematurely. Yes, many died under 40 (Gino Hernandez, four Von Erichs, etc.), but the vast majority on that list died well after World Class. Using that logic, if I die a tragic death tomorrow, someone should connect it to the two days I worked for Papa Johns in high school. This is not to make light of the many who died young, but this was an industry problem, not a World Class problem.