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WWF Championship Wrestling was the original TV show of the World Wrestling Federation. Championship Wrestling featured all the stars of the WWF, interviews and championship matches. The show lasted from 1978-1986.

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Run in syndication

This was the first WWF program to be shown on national broadcast television. Vince McMahon built the syndicated network in part by persuading local stations to pay for the rights to air the program. Stations like KPLR-TV in St. Louis and KHJ-TV (now KCAL) in Los Angeles reportedly paid $100,000 to air the show.[1]

In its early years, the show was taped at the Philadelphia Arena and later at the Allentown Agricultural Hall in Allentown, PA. Typically, three weeks of television were taped in one night. The final taping in Allentown took place on June 19, 1984, with the episodes airing June 30, July 7, and July 14. The tapings then moved to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York until the final taping took place on August 5, 1986, with the final episode airing on August 30. The following week, WWF Superstars of Wrestling replaced Championship Wrestling as the WWF's new flagship syndicated program. In contrast to Championship Wrestling, the tapings for Superstars of Wrestling moved around the country and took place at larger arenas.

Notable title changes

Notable moments

Announcers

Theme music

From 1984 to 1986, the theme of Championship Wrestling was an instrumental version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", with footage of Hulk Hogan winning the WWF title from the Iron Sheik.

References

  1. ^ Sports Illustrated, March 18, 1985 issue, Hogan on the cover

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