PROMOTIONS ERA 1985-1988
Championship Wrestling (Saturday Mornings)
This show was basically a third hour of World Championship Wrestling that aired the following week early on Saturday mornings, traditionally at 9:35 AM, although the time slot evolved from its original start time of 7:35 AM. The show first came about when the WWF gained control of the WTBS wrestling television shows in July of 1984 through a stock acquisition. One of the principle owners of Georgia Championship Wrestling forced out by the change, Ole Anderson, negotiated his own one-hour time slot at 7:35 AM on Saturday mornings called Championship Wrestling from Georgia. That show debuted August 8, 1984.
to air during the WWF's entire tenure on WTBS, but
when Jim Crockett Promotions bought McMahon's TV time
on WTBS in March of 1985, Crockett gained control of
all TV slots on the station through an agreement with
Ted Turner. This included Anderson's early
Saturday morning Georgia show, as well as
promoter Bill Watt's Mid-South Wrestling show
that briefly aired on WTBS Sunday afternoons. Crockett
changed the name from Championship
Wrestling from Georgia to simply Championship
Over the next four years that Jim Crockett Promotions was on WTBS, the morning time slot would have many different incarnations, including a a highlights show called NWA Superbouts (began May 9, 1987) and a two-week delayed version of the nationally syndicated NWA Pro Wrestling (began April 2, 1988), and eventually returning to the original Championship Wrestling studio format on Sept. 9, 1988.
World Championship Wrestling (Saturday Evenings)
This was the "flagship"
wrestling program for Crockett Promotions on WTBS. For
most of 1985 and 1986 the show was taped on Saturday
mornings at the WTBS studios on Techwood Drive in
Atlanta. During college football season, it was taped
on Sunday mornings. In 1987 and 1988, tapings were
moved to Tuesday or Wednesday evenings for periods of
time. The program traditionally aired at 6:05 PM ET,
but occasionally aired at other times on Saturday
The program had its origins back in the early 1970s when the NWA Georgia territory wrestling promotion began airing its Atlanta show on the broadcast channel WTCG channel 17. Georgia Championship Wrestling was a ratings juggernaut when WTCG became WTBS and went national as the nation's first "superstation" on cable television.
In 1982, the Georgia
promotion changed the name of the program to World
Championship Wrestling. The program kept that
name throughout the WWF era on WTBS and throughout the
Crockett era as well. When the Sunday evening show
became a live-to-tape studio show in the fall of 1986,
the Saturday evening show's name was changed to World
Championship Wrestling - Saturday Edition.
Best of Championship Wrestling (Sunday Evenings)
Wrestling's traditional Sunday evening show also had
its origins in the early 1970s. It was a one hour show that
featured matches from prior weeks on Georgia Championship Wrestling (and later World
Championship Wrestling.) When WTBS became a popular channel on local and
regional cable systems across the country in the late
territorial promoters would send tapes
of their wrestlers from their own TV shows that would air on this show as well,
usually featuring stars who would be appearing in
Georgia in the future or who were booked in upcoming
appearances in Atlanta.
It traditionally aired at 6:05
PM, but like the other programs, it occasionally
started at others times, usually between 5:05 PM and
The show maintained its name through the WWF era and into the Crockett era, eventually being replaced by the live-to-tape World Championship Wrestling - Sunday Edition (on September 7, 1986) and the post-produced arena program NWA Main Event (on April 4, 1988.)
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