August 5, 2012 by gorillapressonline
On July the 14th nineteen eighty four Vincent K. McMahon and his wwf federation aired on Us Television network TBS Superstation in the time slot that was previously taken by Georgia Championship Wrestling.
GCW had been airing in the stations primetime slot and was its flagship show for over 12 years, and this move by Vince started the Ted Turner wars when you think back on it because Turner had brought in GCW in 1972 to the network.
Vince made the move to take over the national slot on TBS so he would have control over programming on both cable networks which were around at the time and this could be credited in the massive expansion of the WWF product in the mid 80s to early 90s.
Fans tuning into the July 14th Broadcast of GCW were greeted by one of its Co hosts welcoming fans to a new show and introducing VKM to a whole new Cable viewership.
The first show from the WWF was not entirely original programming which Vince had promised the network, showing footage pre taped from arenas around the USA such as Madison Square Garden house show highlights from previous weeks.
The audience was different to the WWF’s primary target and the reception of the show was dire with ratings nowhere near that of the GCW product.
The GCW roster had wrestling greats like Ric Flair, dusty Rhodes and Jimmy Valliant. Fans were outraged to see their favourite wrestlers replaced with the WWF Roster
Here is a video of the full show from this infamous day in wrestling history and if you have 45 mins to spare its worth watching an event that is still talked about amongst older fans.