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WWF Championship Wrestling was the original TV show of the World Wrestling Federation. Championship Wrestling featured all the stars of the WWF, interviews and championship matches. The show lasted from 1972 to 1986.

History

Run in syndication

This was the first WWF program to be shown on national broadcast television. Vince McMahon built the syndicated network in part by persuading local stations to pay for the rights to air the program. Stations like KPLR-TV in St. Louis and KHJ-TV (now KCAL) in Los Angeles reportedly paid $100,000 to air the show.

In its early years the show was taped at the Allentown Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1984 the tapings were moved to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York where the show was taped weekly until 1986, when it became WWF Superstars of Wrestling and they began taping in big arenas.

Notable title changes

Notable moments

  • January 22, 1980: Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zybysko wrestled in a match billed as "the student vs. the teacher". After Sammartino got the better of Zybysko several times in this scientific contest, Zybysko attacked Sammartino and busted him open with a chair leading to a cage match at the Showdown at Shea in August that year.
  • August 12, 1981: Bruno Sammartino announces his retirement as an active wrestler.
  • June 18, 1983 (taped July 31): Jimmy Snuka dives over the top rope onto Don Muraco, something, which at the time, was never before seen.
  • January 7, 1984 (taped January 3): Hulk Hogan made his official return to the World Wrestling Federation by appearing on this show after spending the past 3½ years working for New Japan Pro Wrestling and the AWA.
  • February 4, 1984 (taped January 24): The interview segment Piper's Pit hosted by Rowdy Roddy Piper debuted.
  • August 24, 1985 (taped July 30): Randy Savage introduced his new manager, Elizabeth.
  • July 19, 1986 (taped June 24): "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff turned on Hulk Hogan in a tag team match against Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy.

Announcers

Theme music

Probably the most well-remembered theme music of "Championship Wrestling" is "Scheherazade" by jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson. This instrumental piece was used from 1978 until well into 1981. From March 1984 to 1986, an instrumental version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" was used. This song was accompanied by the image footage of Hulk Hogan winning the WWF title from the Iron Sheik. Other theme music included "Cruise Control" by the Dixie Dregs (Oct. 1981- March 1984) with footage of Bob Backlund being mobbed and picked up by jubilant fans, while holding up the Championship belt. "One Fine Morning" was also used by Canadian jazz-rock ensemble Lighthouse (approx 1974–1975).

External links

List of WWWF Championship Wrestling results
1977 List of WWWF Championship Wrestling results

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1978 List of WWWF Championship Wrestling results

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1979 List of WWWF/WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1980 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1981 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1982 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1983 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1984 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1985 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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1986 List of WWF Championship Wrestling results

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