Bang Your Head: The Real Story of the Missing Link

Written with candor and the knowledge of expertise, this account tells of struggles with substance--and with self--and of power either out and in of the hoop for the wrestler referred to as The lacking Link.

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Invoice had even approached Verne Gagne a couple of partnership, yet Verne became him down as the AWA used to be slowly fading away too. something i will be able to say with self belief is that the UWF didn't fail simply because we have been placing out inferior product. many folks stated and nonetheless say that Bill’s television exhibits have been head and shoulders 154 BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM web page a hundred and fifty five Mr. common above the choices from the WWF and NWA, that have been strictly “enhancement” fits just like the ones I had performed see you later in the past in Pittsburgh. invoice had stars wrestling different stars, name alterations, face and heel turns — the total package deal week after week. yet inspite of the standard of the wrestling exhibits he was once placing on, Bill’s growth plans weren't understanding the way in which he’d anticipated. a few of that was once as a result of his own shortcomings, and a few of it used to be conditions. It’s humorous, lots of people now appear to imagine it may were very visible by way of  that Vince used to be going to conquer the smaller promotions, yet for these people who have been there on the time, the result used to be not at all yes. loads of critical wrestling enthusiasts disliked the cartoony stuff popping out of latest York (Houston promoter Paul Boesch as soon as referred to as Vince “the Walt Disney of wrestling”). i actually think invoice Watts attempted his most sensible to make the UWF a countrywide advertising, and will have succeeded if now not for a number of vast elements regularly past his keep an eye on. loss of cash used to be the main one. invoice was once a pointy businessman yet he’d needed to cross too seriously into debt sooner than he’d equipped up a superior nationwide viewers and completed the type of cable television saturation that the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions had. energy seasoned Wrestling had a time slot on TBS, however it wasn’t adequate to compete with manhattan or Atlanta’s programming. The UWF additionally didn’t have the type of substantial neighborhood fan base long island and Georgia needed to draw on. The UWF’s major towns have been in Texas and Oklahoma: Houston, castle worthy, Oklahoma urban and Tulsa, and the merchandising could run a three-day swing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday any other week in those towns, taping the tv software on these nights. the matter was once, other than Houston, none of those towns have been sufficiently big to drag within the type of cash on the gate he had to finance a countrywide growth. invoice had attempted increasing outdoor the UWF’s center zone by means of placing on a convey in San Bernardino, California, however it flopped miserably, drawing a crowd a hundred and fifty five BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM web page 156 BANG YOUR HEAD of some hundred. invoice concept he was once going into uncharted territory yet forgot that the large 3 had additionally been working area indicates at the West Coast for years. regardless of Bill’s top efforts, he remained constrained almost always to syndicated indicates in the five-state UWF base, which was once huge yet carefully populated in comparison to the japanese Seaboard the place Jim Crockett and the WWF have been working. And whereas invoice continually had tremendous expertise operating for him and was once constantly very canny approximately getting sturdy insurance within the wrestling magazines, he didn’t have quick access to the recent Yorkbased nationwide media and hence was once by no means in a position to produce a wrestler with the type of leap forward mass attraction of the WWF’s Hulk Hogan.

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