- International Championship Wrestling
owner=Angelo Poffo (1978-1984)
International Championship Wrestling was an independent
professional wrestling promotionbased in Lexington, Kentuckythat operated from 1978until 1984. It was run by WCW Hall of Famer Angelo Poffo, the father of Randy Savageand "The Genius" Lanny Poffocite book | author= Kristian Pope & Ray Whebbe | title=The Encyclopedia of Professional Wrestling: 100 Years of History, Headlines & Hitmakers | publisher=Krause Publications | year=2nd Edition 2003 | page= 219 | id=ISBN 978-0873496254] . Throughout its history, ICW was considered an "outlaw" promotion, in which International Championship Wrestling was not a member of the National Wrestling Allianceand promoted shows in direct competition against NWA regional territories. [Meltzer, Dave, "Tributes II: Remembering the World's Greatest Wrestlers". Champaigne, Illinois: Sports Publishing LLC, 2004. (pg. 213) ISBN 1-58261-817-8]
The promotion was founded in 1978 as a rival to
Ron Fuller's "Southeastern Championship Wrestling" and Nick Gulas"NWA Mid-American" territory. Later on they'd come in direct competition with Jerry Lawlerand Jerry Jarrett's Continental Wrestling Associationas well, operating in their territories and even managed to get several wrestlers to leave Southeastern and the CWA to join ICW.cite book | author= Hornbaker, Tim | title= National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly that Strangled Pro Wrestling | publisher=ECW Press | year=2007| id=ISBN 978-1550227413] This, among other issues, would result in a series of lawsuits between Poffo and other NWA-affiliated organizations during the late 1970s and early 80s. [Johnson, Weldon T. and Jim Wilson. "Chokehold: Pro Wrestling's Real Mayhem Outside the Ring". Philadelphia: Xlibris Corporation, 2003. (pg. 513) ISBN 1-4010-7217-8]
The main stars of ICW were Poffo's sons Randy (better known as "Macho Man" Randy Savage) and Lanny (better known as "Leaping" Lanny Poffo) who frequently traded the promotion's heavyweight title between each other; [Nagasaki, Kendo. "The Grapple Manual: Heroes and Villains from the Golden Age of World Wrestling". London: Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. (pg. 55) ISBN 0-297-84419-9 ] in fact only one other man (Paul Christy) held the
ICW World Heavyweight Championshipin the 6 years the title existed. While Randy and Lanny were the focus of the federation, it did feature many other stars such as Ronnie Garvin, Crusher Broomfield (later known as One Man Gang and Akeem), Bob Orton, Jr., Bob Roop, Rip Rogers, "Pistol" Pez Whatley, George Weingeroff, and the Devil's Duo(Jeff Sword and Doug Vines) with their manager Izzy Slapowitz.
Elizabeth Hulette, who would later gain fame in the WWF and WCW as
Miss Elizabeth, got her start in professional wrestling as an on-camera host (using the name "Liz Hulette", as she was known to her friends while growing up) of ICW's weekly TV show where she also started her romance with Randy Savage.
In 1984 the promotion closed down due to dwindling attendance and its assets were bought by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. Due to the fans' knowledge of the extremely bitter rivalry between ICW and CWA, Randy Savage was able to migrate to the CWA and begin a memorable feud with Jerry Lawler that established Randy Savage as a world-class superstar.
ame name dífferent promotions
Paul Christy, the wrestler who had ended Randy Savage's final reign as ICW World Champion, started a new ICW when Poffo's promotion folded. He ran the promotion for a few years with little publicity or success before closing it down in the late 1980s.
Another promotion called "International Championship Wrestling" operated out of Boston in the late 1980s, promoted by Angelo and Mario Savoldi, and Mario's son
Joe Savoldi. After forming a working agreement with World Class Championship Wrestling, the Boston-based ICW was renamed " International World Class Championship Wrestling" (IWCCW). It included such stars as: The Russian Brute, Tom Brandi, Mike Kahula, Tony Rumble, and Nikolai Volkoff.
"International Championship Wrestling" (ICW) is also a lesser known promotion based in Cloverdale, BC. Past wrestlers include
Buddy Wayne, and Chico Alvarez. [ [http://www.cheetara.nl/Wrestling/reports/ICW.htm ICW Results of matches - 1997] ] [ [http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/chrisdelsol/ICW/ICW.htm ICW Results of matches - 2000] ]
List of International Championship Wrestling alumni
* [http://www.kayfabememories.com/Regions/icwp/icwp.htm ICW (Poffo) history at KayfabeMemories.com]
* [http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/promotions/icw-poffo.html Profile at OWW]
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