Little has been handed down about the various styles practiced, but they are thought to have varied greatly from tribe to tribe.
By agreeing to rotate talent and block out rival promoters, Joint Promotions was soon running 40 shows a week, while leaving wrestlers with little bargaining power. Other promoters were not so successful. The closure of Harringay Arena in was the last straw for Atholl Oakley, and Joint Promotions were the only major player left to benefit when Chancellor Peter Thorneycroft abolished the entertainment tax in the budget.
One of Joint Promotions' first moves was establishing and controlling the championships called for by the Mountevans' committee. At first, this proved a profitable venture, with title matches leading to raised ticket prices. However, perhaps inevitably, attempts to extend this success by bringing in additional titles led to overexposure.
Actually, the British, European and World titles were given most prominence. The "regional" titles were mainly honorific, with only the "southern Area" titles actually being fought for.
Television[ edit ] But while titles had some success, it was television that took British wrestling to the next level. The show was successful, and wrestling became a featured attraction every Saturday afternoon from Autumn to Spring each year.
Init went full-time as part of the World of Sport show. Televised wrestling allowed wrestlers to become household names and allowing personality to get a wrestler over just as much as size. The exposure of wrestling on television proved the ultimate boost to the live event business as wrestling became part of mainstream culture.
By the mids, Joint Promotions had doubled their live event schedule to somewhere in the region of 4, shows a year. Every town of note had a show at least once a month, and at some points more than 30 cities had a weekly date.
The style of wrestling at the time was unique — not only in terms of the rule system, but also for the strong emphasis on clean technical wrestling. Heels made up a minority of the roster, with most shows containing an abnormally high proportion of clean sportsmanly matches between two "blue-eyes" as faces were known backstage in the UK.
This would remain the case for several decades to come. Gimmick matches were a rarity, midget wrestling failed to catch on, while women were banned by the Greater London Council until the late s.
Tag wrestlinghowever, did prove to be popular, with televised tag matches happening a mere eight or so times a year to keep them special.
The success of wrestling on television did however create a better opportunity for the independent groups. The opposition to Joint came from the Australian—born promoter, Paul Lincoln. Having promoted shows in the s with himself in the main event as masked heel Doctor Death, Lincoln led a consortium of independent promoters under the British Wrestling Federation BWF whose name was used for a rival championship, built around Heavyweight champion Bert Assirati who split away from Joint Promotions in while still champion.
Although Joint Promotions considered the title vacant and held a tournament for a new champion won by Billy JoyceAssirati continued to claim it within the BWF.
The group later built itself around a new champion in Shirley Crabtreea young bodybuilder who won the title after it was vacated by Assirati while injured in The BWF faded away in the late s after a campaign of pestilence by a disgruntled Assirati vastly superior as a shooter to Crabtree in the form of unsolicited appearances and challenges to his successor at BWF shows, eventually resulting in the abrupt retirement of Crabtree in Lincoln's own promotion was bought out and amalgamated into Joint Promotions at the end of the s.Quarterly Journal of Ideology; The Ideology of Gun Ownership and Gun Control in the United States, by David B.
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