With this talk about the WWE having access to the WWF, WWWF, WCW / pre 1990 NWA and possibly ECW film archives, I was wondering who owns the rights to AWA, Memphis, and the American rights to AJPW and NJPW? Does McMahon have a claim to any of these?
Certainly the AWA would be a huge addition to the WWF's film archives; it is probably also the least likely of the 4 McMahon would have any access to. I heard a while ago Greg Gagne bought the rights to the "AWA" name and started an indy league - did the archives go along with it?
The AWA would be an awesome addition to the WWF's archives. Awesome because so many of the WWF's stars of the '80s and '90s got their big break in the AWA. I'm talking about people like Sterling Golden (aka Hulk Hogan), Curt Henning, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels, Marty Jannetty, Jesse Ventura. Given the fact that AWA had such a huge territory (going from Chicago, Minnesota, and Southern Canada all the way to Las Vegas; I think at one point they also promoted in Boston) and the fact they had a major TV deal with ESPN for so long, and the fact that from the late '70s to the early '80s they were arguably the #1 wrestling federation in America, the addition of AWA rights would be great.
Memphis, and the co-promoted "Power Wrestling USA" shows (for a few months, the AWA, USWA, and NWA co-promoted shows competing against McMahon) might be something McMahon has a better chance of gaining, or already having, access too. Again, seeing old Flex Kavana matches would make gaining the rights here well worth it in my mind.
And finally, during the monday night wars, WCW had a working relationship with NJPW and WWF had one with All Japan. Aside from talent exchanges, I know WCW and New Japan at one point co-promoted a historic PPV in North Korea. Again, given the many wrestlers who, at one point or another, have wrestled in one of these 2 big Japanese feds, I wonder if WWF has any rights to their back footage?
I doubt Vince would use Japanese footage, because in his mind Japanese wrestling does not exist. Memphis is probably owned by Lawler or Jarrett, so depending on which one would dictate the probability of Vince purchasing the footage. As for the AWA, the Gagne family still owns it, as they occassionally run Best Of AWA PPV's. Main reason they still own the footage is because Verne lied about their value in bankruptcy court.
I want you to know, I agree with everything I've just said.
Originally posted by Mild Mannered MadmanThe "Gagne" running the new indy AWA isn't an actual Gagne. Just some con artist.
In the Fall of 1991, the legacy of the AWA came to an end when the company declared bankruptcy and closed its doors. It was thought that the AWA name would never again cease to exist in the realm of the wrestling business. However...
In the Spring of 1996, the tradition of the AWA was reborn. Out of the ashes emerged a promotion with a NEW NAME and NEW ATTITUDE. Former ring announcer-turned-President and owner Dale Gagne purchased all rights to the AWA name out of the bankruptcy court after Verne Gagne allowed his rights to the name to run out. Choosing to reinvent the promotion, Gagne declared his company the AWA Wrestling Entertainment.
In 1999, AWA began its first year of full-time operations. In a short period of time, the company has been taken into the public eye with great storylines, fast-paced action, legends of the past and the stars of today and tomorrow. Several of the top wrestling stars of years past have returned to the spotlight, and several new stars have been introduced to the world through the company's live event schedule across the United States!
The New AWA has arrived, so get ready for the hottest wrestling action and excitement at a location near you! "SOMEBODY'S GONNA GET HURT!"
Honestly...If it looks and feels the same it'll still blow the big one. I'd like to see them adopt an old-school format. Make Heat the show where they appear in front of the graphic of their name, and cut crazy promos for the PPV.