World Wrestling Network

The World Wrestling Network was a National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated professional wrestling promotion which was owned by promoter Jim Crockett, Jr., his last attempt to rebuild a national wrestling promotion after selling Jim Crockett Promotions to Ted Turner in 1988. As part of a non-compete clause in the agreement he signed with Turner, Crockett was unable to promote professional wrestling events for three years.

World Wrestling Network
StyleAmerican Wrestling
Founder(s)Jim Crockett Jr.
Owner(s)Jim Crockett Jr. (1993–1994)
Paul Heyman (1993–1994)

History edit

In 1993, Crockett began contacting former World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation veterans such as Road Warrior Hawk, Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Paul Heyman. Heyman, who had recently left on bad terms with WCW, eventually became head booker for the promotion although he and Crockett would eventually part ways due to his commitments to then Eastern Championship Wrestling[1] and ECW's eventual breakaway from the National Wrestling Alliance.[2]

Holding its first event in Killeen, Texas in August 1993, the show proved moderately successful with 2,156 in attendance.[3] The following year, the promotion held its first televised event at the Manhattan Center in New York City on February 28, 1994 which featured Road Warrior Hawk and Jake Roberts as well as Public Enemy, Sabu, Terry Funk, Shane Douglas and Missy Hyatt[4] in her first appearance since being fired by WCW.[5]

Both Crockett and Heyman had hoped to provide a unique concept of producing televised matches in high-definition television[6] via internet broadcast, using much of ECW's television production and other resources to do so (this is one of the reasons that Eddie Gilbert resigned his position as head booker and left the promotion in September 1993),[7] however, the event was the only HDTV-television taping broadcast and eventually Crockett closed the promotion by the end of the year.

World Wrestling Network in New York edit

World Wrestling Network in New York
PromotionWorld Wrestling Network
DateFebruary 28, 1994
CityNew York City, New York, US
VenueManhattan Center

On February 28, 1994, the World Wrestling Network carried out a television taping in the Manhattan Center in New York City, New York in the United States. The event featured multiple World Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Federation alumni as well as wrestlers from Paul Heyman's Eastern Championship Wrestling promotion.[8][9]

Event edit

During the event, Shane Douglas (accompanied by Missy Hyatt and multiple cheerleaders) gave a promo in which he declared he would be the inaugural World Wrestling Network Heavyweight Champion.[9]

The main event was a single match between Sabu and Terry Funk which ended in a double disqualification. The bout saw multiple spectacles, including Funk throwing Sabu into a dumpster and pushing it around the Manhattan Center; Sabu dismantling a concession stand and then moonsaulting through the table; Funk breaking a glass bottle; and the two men brawling into the audience.[9]

Results edit

1Jake "The Snake" Roberts defeated "Cowboy" Bob Orton by pinfallSingles match
2The Bruise Brothers (Don Bruise and Ron Bruise) defeated Keith Scherer and The Kodiak Bear by pinfallTag team match
3The Convict (with Sherri Martel) defeated Jason Knight by pinfallSingles match
4911 defeated Mikey Watson and Paul Lauria by pinfallHandicap match
5The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge) defeated Badd Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond) by pinfallTag team match
6Tommy Dreamer defeated Gino Caruso by pinfallSingles match
7Terry Funk defeated The Kodiak Bear by submissionSingles match
8J.T. Smith and Tommy Cairo defeated The Captain and Mike B by pinfallTag team match
9Road Warrior Hawk defeated Keith Scherer by pinfallSingles match
10Mikey Watson defeated Jason Knight by disqualificationSingles match
11The Convict defeated Mikey Watson by submissionSingles match
12The Tasmaniac defeated "Surfer" Ray Odyssey by pinfallSingles match
13The Public Enemy (Johnny Grunge and Rocco Rock) defeated Mikey Watson and Paul Lauria by pinfallTag team match
14"Cowboy" Bob Orton defeated Tommy Dreamer by pinfallSingles match
15Keith Scherer defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts by pinfallSingles match
16Sabu (with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Terry Funk ended in a double-disqualificationSingles match

References edit

  1. ^ Loverro, Thom. The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme Championship Wrestling. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. (pg. 55) ISBN 1-4165-1058-3
  2. ^ Williams, Scott E. Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of the ECW. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing L.L.C., 2006. (pg. 18–19) ISBN 1-59670-021-1
  3. ^ "Writer wants WCW Exec In Match". Miami Herald. August 8, 1993
  4. ^ Pro Wrestling Illustrated (2007). "Pro Wrestling Illustrated: Wrestling History".
  5. ^ "New Role For Flair?". Miami Herald. March 6, 1994
  6. ^ "Television redefined by clarity of HDTV". The Daily News. February 4, 2007
  7. ^ McGee (August 30, 2004). "As I See It (8/30): The tenth anniversary of "Extreme" Championship Wrestling".
  8. ^ Downey, Colleen (July 1994). "Arena Reports: New York – World Wrestling Network TV taping at the Manhattan Center". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. p. 45.
  9. ^ a b c Johnson, Mike (August 27, 2010). "Looking back at the early days of Monday Night Raw: Manhattan Center memories". Retrieved December 17, 2021.

Further reading edit

  • Paterno, V.J. (July 1994). "A Veteran Promoter Gets Back In The Game: Can Jim Crockett's WWN Make An Impact?". The Wrestler.