Stu Hart(1948-1984) Vince McMahon(1984-1985)
Bruce Hart (1985-1989)
Bruce and Ross Hart (1999-2005)
Bill Bell (2005-current)
National Wrestling Alliance(until 1982)
World Wrestling Federation (1984-1985)
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Stampede Wrestling is a Canadian
professional wrestling promotionbased in Calgary, Albertaand was for nearly 50 years one of the main promotions in western Canadaand the Canadian Prairies. Originally established by Stu Hartin 1948, the promotion competed with other promotions such as NWA All-Star Wrestlingand Pacific Northwest Wrestlingand regularly ran events in Calgary's Victoria Pavilion, Ogden Auditoriumand the Stampede Corralbetween 1948 and 1984. Bought out by promoter Vince McMahon, the company was briefly run by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) before being sold back to the Hart familythe following year. Run by Bruce Hartuntil January 1990, he and Ross Hartreopened the promotion in 1999 and began running events in the Alberta area.
Along with its wrestling school known as "The Dungeon", many of the promotion's former alumni becoming some of the most popular stars in the World Wrestling Federation and other American promotions during the 1980s and '90s, the promotion produced one of the earliest televised professional wrestling programs (today considered the forerunner of today's WWE) that remained one of Calgary's most popular sports programs eventually airing in over 50 countries worldwide. [cite web |url=http://archives.cbc.ca/IDC-1-41-1237-6837/sports/prowrestling/clip3 |title=Stampede Wrestling gets pinned |accessdate= |date=1990-01-10|publisher=
CBC Television News]
Stampede Wrestling was operated by
Stu Hartbetween 1948 and 1984. In 1983 a riot broke out during a match at the Ogden Auditorium in Calgary during a match between Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smithand Two Rivers against Badnews, Stomper and Jeff Gouldie. Longtime Stampede announcer Ed Whalenreportedly became distraught during the riot, in which a women was trampled, causing him to quit from the Stampede on air. Speaking of the events he remarked, "We're starting to scare the patrons with this violence outside the ring, and I will not be associated with it anymore." [McCoy, H. (2005) "Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling." CanWest Books. p 187.] The event led to Stampede Wrestling being banned from Calgary for six months by the city's wrestling and boxing commission, and within a year the operation was sold to the World Wrestling Federation. [Meltzer, D. (2004) "Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers." Sports Publishing LLC. pp 105-106.]
A member of the
National Wrestling Allianceuntil about 1982, Stampede's talent was taken by the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, developing into the major professional wrestling promotion it is today. In 1985, the WWF sold Stampede back to the Hart family, who continued to run it until it was shut down in December 1989. The promotion was re-opened on April 2 1999by Bruce and Ross Hart. Stampede's weekly shows were held mostly at the Victoria Pavilion in Calgary, with special events held at the Stampede Corral.
In the 1970's and early 1980's, Stampede Wrestling was one of the top wrestling promotions in
Canada. One of its main legacies was its impact on the WWF. In the 1980's, the stars of Stampede Wrestling included Bret Hart, Owen Hart, British Bulldog, Dynamite Kidand Jim Neidhart. All five wrestlers later joined the WWF when it expanded across Canadaand USA. The British Bulldogsand the Hart Foundationwere among the top tag teams in the WWF in the 1980's.
Stampede Wrestling was the basis for a long-running weekly sports broadcast produced in Calgary showcasing many of the promotion's most popular wrestlers. Hosted by
Ed Whalenfor most of its run, which went from 1957 to 1989, the series was syndicated around the world and reruns continue to be shown in some countries to this day. At the time Stampede was revived in 1999, a second "Stampede Wrestling" TV series was attempted, but it was short-lived and Whalen was not involved.
In early 1999, Bruce and Ross Hart reopened Stampede Wrestling after an eight-year hiatus showcasing graduates from the Hart Dungeon training school. However, only weeks after their first event, the promotion once again became inactive following the death of
Owen Hartin May. Although considering closing the promotion, the Hart family continued to promote events five months later and began touring western Canada. Although successful, the Harts were forced to cancel several tours in late 2001 and early 2002 due to the arrival of a rival promotion backed by a Calgary businessman. The promotion also lost much of its roster due to its rival hiring away top stars. [cite web |url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCO/is_2_3/ai_76726486 |title=Can't Stop the Stampede |accessdate=|date= |year=2001 |month=August|work= |publisher=Wrestling Digest]
In 2005, promoters Bill Bell and
Devon Nicholsontook over day-to-day operations for Stampede Wrestling. During an event at the Spray Lakes Sawmill Sportsplexin Cochrane, Alberta, Nicholson would face Abdullah the Butcherafter the scheduled main event between Lance Stormand Rhyno was canceled when Rhyno failed to appear. At that same event, longtime tag team partners TJ Wilsonand Harry Smith faced each other in Smith's final match for the promotion before leaving for World Wrestling Entertainment. [cite web |url=http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/05/14/1578782.html |title=Stampede Wrestling - Past, present and future collide |accessdate= |author=Clevett, Jason|coauthors= |date=2006-05-14|publisher=SLAM! Sports]
Earlier in 2007, Stampede Wrestling lost the use of the Ogden Legion which was their home base for the past number of years. However, Stampede Wrestling has recently announced on their official website that the promotion will begin to run at the Bowness Sportsplex with the first show being
September 7 2007.
WWE currently controls Stampede's extensive tape library, except for Stampede footage of
Bret Hart, to which Hart retains the rights, and Owen Hart's Stampede footage, which is owned by Owen's widow Martha Hart.
Stampede Wrestling was famous for "The Dungeon," a
professional wrestling schoollocated in the basementof the Calgary mansion Hart House, home of the Hart family. The school trained a number of WCW, ECW, and WWE stars, including the Hart Brothers, Mark Henry, Chris Benoitand Chris Jericho.
Doug Furnas& Phil Lafon
Hall of Fame
The Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame list professional wrestlers and others who have competed in Stampede Wrestling, from Stu Hart's Klondike Wrestling to the original Stampede Wrestling promotion which closed in 1990. [cite web |url=http://www.wrestling-titles.com/canada/ab/hof.html |title=Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990) |accessdate= |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year=2003 |month= |format= |work= |publisher=Puroresu Dojo |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= ]
*Dr. Bill Miller
Tiger Joe Tomasso
*"Flyin'" Brian Pillman
*Jim "Riot Call" Wright
Sky Hi Lee
Whipper Billy Watson
Waldo Von Erich
*"Crusher" Stan Stasiak
Dory Funk, Jr.
André the Giant
Davey Boy Smith
*"Lethal" Larry Cameron
*Al "Mr.Murder" Mills
Don Leo Jonathan
Sky Low Low
*"Dr. D" David Schulz
*McCoy, Heath. "Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling". Toronto: CanWest Books, 2005. ISBN 0-9736719-8-X
* [http://www.thefightnetwork.com/news_detail.php?nid=5091 The Fight Network: Stampede Wrestling Through the Years] by Richard Berger
* [http://www.kayfabememories.com/Regions/stampede/stampede.htm KayfabeMemories.com - Regional Territories: Stampede Wrestling]
* [http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2006/06/29/1659522.html Stampede stars remember Tiger Khan - Slam! Canoe]
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