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St. Louis Wrestling Club
Acronym St. Louis
Founded 1959
Defunct 1985
Style American Wrestling
Headquarters Missouri St. Louis, Missouri
Founder(s) Sam Muchnick
Owner(s) Sam Muchnick
Harley Race
Parent National Wrestling Alliance
Sister Central States Wrestling
Formerly Sam Muchnick Sports Attractions

The St. Louis Wrestling Club was a professional wrestling promotion based in St. Louis, Missouri. It was owned and operated by Sam Muchnick. The promotion was a flagship member of the National Wrestling Alliance, and promoted primarily in the St. Louis area. It was colloquially referred to within the business as the "St. Louis office" of the NWA. Its weekly television program, Wrestling at the Chase (carried by KPLR-TV), is considered one of the legendary programs in the history of professional wrestling.

Muchnick gained a reputation as a fair and honest promoter, which was uncommon in the early days of professional wrestling. In another anomaly, the St. Louis Wrestling Club did not recognize a tag team championship, focusing mainly on singles matches and angles.

Popular wrestling stars featured by the St. Louis Wrestling Club included Ric Flair, Harley Race (who was also a minority owner of the St. Louis Wrestling Club and Central States Wrestling), Dick the Bruiser, Gene Kiniski, Lou Thesz and Ted DiBiase.

In 1982, the St. Louis Wrestling Club was purchased by Bob Geigel, who also owned Central States Wrestling. By 1985, the WWF and Hulk Hogan were gaining huge popularity in the St Louis area, and the organization began to lose profits.[1] In 1985, the St. Louis office was purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions, and was absorbed into what soon became World Championship Wrestling. Its video archives are now owned by World Wrestling Entertainment.

Championships

The St. Louis Wrestling Club as part of the National Wrestling Alliance recognized the NWA World Heavyweight Championship as their world title and the champion would frequently tour the St. Louis territory. Outside of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship the territory recognized or promoted the following titles at some point in time.

The Central States Heavyweight Title was the forerunner to the Missouri Heavyweight Championship. The title was created after a controversy on January 28, 1972 where Pat O'Connor defeated Harley Race for the Central States title. When promoters refused to recognize the title change and kept promoting Harley Race as the Central States champion Muchnick stopped recognizing the Central States title opting instead to create the Missouri Heavyweight Title instead[2].

References

  1. ^ St. Louis
  2. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (4th Edition 2006). Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.  

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