The next installment of WWF Superstars are coming in this monday.
Apparently Gary wrote about his dislike of Jerry Jarrett and Tennessee:Did Jimmy Hart and Gary Hart ever cross paths?
In November, the Tennessee crew started coming in. Jim Barnett, Jim Crockett and Fritz Von Erich were all very concerned that we wouldn't put the Tennessee talent over. That's because "Tennessee" was a bad word in wrestling due to the sub par talent and tasteless angles that territory was known for.
"Tennessee" in it had a very bad connotation, and if wrestlers didn't like an idea or a worker, it would be dismissed with, "That's too much like Tennessee." Throughout different territories in the states, it really wasn't uncommon to hear things like, "That's a Tennessee finish," "He's a Tennessee worker" or "What a Tennessee idea!"
So the only possible cross over I see is when Jimmy Hart was briefly working for Ole's B-team group where they tried to expand GCW West with Joe Blanchard's talent added to the mix. I think Gary was with WCCW at this point though. Jimmy was used in the Atlanta area to try and keep drawing with the regular stars elsewhere.Gary was referring more to Jarrett/Fuller/Welch more than anything. From what I recall, Barnett was selling the Australian promotion to a combo of the Fuller/Welch clan. Gary was asked by both Barnett and Jim Crockett Sr. (two men he had tremendous respect for) to help make the transition as smooth as possible. A lot of the mainstays in Australia refused to put the new talent over with the exception of Gary and Brute Bernard. Gary says he was never thanked for the work that he did from Fuller/Welch and that it was commonplace for the Tennessee power brokers to treat talent like dirt. On top of that, Gary was next in Georgia and had issues with Jarrett. Gary was the type of manager who wanted to choose the talent he worked with and/or helped develop (he said that Lawler was one of the few top pieces of talent that Tennessee provided and he was glad to work with him.) On top of that, Gary had brought in a tag team called The Samoans (not Afa and Sika) and Jarrett wanted Gary to fire them, which Gary refused as he promised them a spot in Georgia. This allegedly led to an altercation in the bathroom which resulted in Gary just about ready to give Jarrett a swirlie when Barnett walked in. Due to the business relationship and connections between the Fuller/Welch/Jarrett grouping and Barnett between Australia and Georgia, Barnett had to fire Gary. This led to Uncle Gary next going to Florida and having a monster run with Dusty Rhodes and Pak Song. Keep in mind I don't have the book in front of me (as I sold it a year ago) so I might be off on some particulars.
He gave that plaque to himself. Yes, a man makes himself a plaque for being "the genius who came up with WrestleMania" and awarded it to himself in MSG.
May 15th has a vintage Steiners squash full of jobber violence. I do not believe I ever saw these episodes as Superstars was always preempted in the Green Bay area during the KOR time frame which drove me crazy as the WWF was finally having non "wimpy" matches on TV and I couldn't see them!!!The next installment of WWF Superstars are coming in this monday.
Amusingly, I was on an Old School WWF/WWWF Facebook group last night, and one of the posters on there posted this card and they said longtime NYC fans were pissed that Vince was main eventing the GARDEN with a HILLBILLY JIM match (one with a fuck finish no less). Just imagine list of MSG main eventers; Bruno, Pedro, Superstar Billy Graham, Backlund, Hogan, HILLBILLY JIM!