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World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) was a regional professional wrestling promotion headquartered in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. Originally owned by promoter Ed McLemore, by 1966 it was run by Southwest Sports, Inc., whose president, Jack Adkisson, was better known as wrestler Fritz Von Erich.<ref name=mick129>Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.129)</ref> Beginning as a territory<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), it went independent in 1986 in a bid to become a major national promotion, but was unsuccessful in its attempts and eventually went out of business in 1990. Rights to the pre-1988 WCCW tape library currently belong to WWE (the post-1988 rights are owned by International World Class Championship Wrestling).

World Class Championship Wrestling was a member of the NWA and was originally known as Big Time Wrestling until 1982, when Adkisson decided that the name of his federation needed to be changed. Mickey Grant, who headed the production of its telecasts, suggested the name World Class, and from there, the rest was history. WCCW operated its enterprise in Dallas, Texas and held wrestling events at the Reunion Arena, and mostly at the famed Sportatorium, located just south of Downtown Dallas, which was also a well-known boxing and wrestling arena as well as the one-time home to the famous Big D Jamboree.


World Class Championship Wrestling sections
Intro  Golden years  WCCW's television programming  Monday and Saturday night matches  Ring announcers  NWA era  Independence  USWA Dallas  After the fall  Performers  WCCW events  WCCW Championships  References  External links  

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