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Stampede Wrestling was operated by Stu Hart between 1948 and 1984. Stampede, a member of the National Wrestling Alliance until about 1982, was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, who took most of the top talents away from the promotion and developed into the major professional wrestling promotion it is today. The promotion was re-opened on April 2, 1999 by Bruce and Ross Hart.
Stampede Wrestling was the basis for a long-running weekly sports broadcast produced in Calgary showcasing many of the promotion's most popular wrestlers. Hosted by Ed Whalen for most of its run, which went from 1957 to 1989, the series was syndicated around the world and reruns continue to be shown in some countries to this day. At the time Stampede was revived in 1999, a second Stampede Wrestling TV series was attempted, but it was short-lived and Whalen was not involved.
WWE currently controls Stampede's extensive tape library, except for Stampede footage of Bret "Hitman" Hart, which Hart retains the rights to, and Owen Hart's Stampede footage, which is owned by Owen's widow Martha Hart.