Jim Barnett: King of the Australian
- American Connection
Professional wrestling owes much
of its history to Jim Barnett.
Barnett was one of the promoters of Australia's
World Championship Wrestling.
Barnett shaped the future of professional Wrestling
in Australia when in 1964 traveled to Sydney with
Johnny Doyle to inspect the Australian Wrestling
returned under the banner of "World Championship
Wrestling" presenting their first card on
October 23rd 1964 at the Sydney Stadium.
promotion gained valuable publicity through televising
programs through Channel 9 which was presented
at noon on Saturday's and Sunday's.
average of 6,500 people attended in the first
3 months of W.C.W, a crowd of 8,000 attended a
show on November 7th in Melbourne when the first
title change in the new promotion took place as
Dominic Denucci defeated Killer Kowalksi.
1978, Channel 9 ceased coverage of W.C.W, with
no TV coverage promoters were facing financial
ruin, thus the death of the 'glory days' of Australian
Professional Wrestling transpired.
Barnett acts as an advisor for Vince McMahon's
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Great Yankee Promoters
Great Aussie Promoters
the media has said about wrestling over the years
Wrestling returns to Australia, by Greg Tingle
- 15th May 2003
walk on the wildside