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Pro wrestling as produced by Norman Lear

by Brad Trechak, posted Oct 1st 2008 7:02PM
Norman LearYou have to admire Norman Lear. In his heyday of the 70's, he produced a lot of counterculture television that allowed the medium to mature. And now, his production company is producing a show about pro-wrestling in the 1970's on a network known for mature content.

I have to say that this is as how that I would watch. Wrestling was very different in the 1970's than from today, made up of regional promotions rather than the single national promotion you see today (thanks to Vince McMahon for ending that). This show is a character-driven drama about a pro-wrestling family running a promotion in New York City. I wonder if they'll get any classic wrestlers making an appearance?

Having worked behind-the-scenes in a pro-wrestling promotion once upon a time, I think this premise has a lot of potential. It certainly has the correct name behind it who understands the culture of the time. With that and the fact that HBO is its home, I think we may have a winner on our hands.

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Cincinnati Mike

Ohio, 1970's...
Mexican Blood Match between Pampero Firpo and BoBo Brazil! First man whose towel is completely soaked in blood is declared the LOSER! This Sunday at Dayton's Hara Arena! Tickets $3.50 at the door!!!!

October 02 2008 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember watching Houston Wrestling in the 70's on my little b/w tv with the alligator clips for an antenae and banging the side of it to stop the screen from rolling. They had the same 4 companies that advertised every week. One of them is now one of the biggest companies in Houston. I remember the Junk Yard Dog, Andre the Giant, and the von Erics. I'll definitely be watching this show.

October 01 2008 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brent McKee

I remember Stu Hart out of Calgary running his Stampede Wrestling promotion on a circuit that included Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina and probably a few other places too. In Hart's case it was a family enterprise. I think that this sort of promotion would have been a great subject for a TV series, more so than a promotion based out of a big city like New York.

October 02 2008 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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