Mid-Atlantic era by name did not have an official starting
date, nor did it cease to exist on a certain official date. However, the time boundaries that mark the beginning and end of
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (by name) line up nicely at 1973 and
1986 respectively, based on certain events that took place in those years.
official documented reference to "Mid-Atlantic" Wrestling was actually in
March of 1972 when the designation started showing up in newspaper ads for
shows in the Joe Murnick towns of Raleigh and Norfolk. (Learn
But in 1973, the
branding became complete when the two TV shows taped in Raleigh
("Championship Wrestling" for the Raleigh market and "All-Star Wrestling"
for all other markets) changed names to "Mid-Atlantic Championship
Wrestling". During this same year the Charlotte and High Point TV studio
tapings were discontinued and all TV for the territory was consolidated to
In October of
1973, the Eastern Heavyweight Championship (the top singles title in the
territory) was changed to the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship and a
new belt presented to the reigning champion Jerry Brisco. In December, the
Atlantic Coast tag team titles were changed to Mid-Atlantic tag team
documentary "Jim Crockett Promotions: The Good Ol' Days", produced by
Michael Elliot, David Crockett revealed that it was John Ringley (then Jim
Sr.'s son-in-law) who actually came up with the name "Mid-Atlantic"
Wrestling. On the "Crockett
Sports Promotions" page on Facebook, a grandson of Jim Sr., who
publishes the page, described it this way:
"Jim Sr. and John Ringley had been traveling
the circuit for concerts and the Globetrotters. Every TV wrestling show
called itself Championship Wrestling. They decided they needed to have their
own identity to set apart from the rest. On their way to the WBTV station in
Charlotte for a wrestling show, they were discussing graphics that were
being shipped from the Mid-Atlantic. Sitting at the corner of Morehead and
McDowell, John asked "Where is Mid-Atlantic?". Jim Sr. said "I don't know,
and that is what we are going to call it".
By January of 1974, the promotion now led by Jim
Crockett, Jr. had effectively switched all
references to the promotion to the name "Mid-Atlantic Championship
Wrestling." The promotional materials, including event posters and
newspaper ads, all said
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling.
In December of 1986, the Mid-Atlantic
Heavyweight Title was vacated for good, and the television show that was
Championship Wrestling had been renamed NWA Pro
Wrestling. Crockett Promotions had begun expanding nationally and
there was no longer a regional component or reference to the
Mid-Atlantic area, thus the appropriate point to mark the end of the
Mid-Atlantic era, the primary focus of our web site.
- Dick Bourne & David Chappell