National Wrestling Alliance - St. Louis (1948-1982)
St. Louis was the home base of National Wrestling Association kingpin Tom Packs and while opposition in the area around St. Louis was not entirely unusual, running the city itself in opposition to Packs seemed like an impossible task. However, Sam Muchnick did just that in the late 1940s. A former sportswriter who could communicate with anyone from famous athletes to powerful politicians, Muchnick used this abilities to break away from his former boss and start running his own shows in St. Louis. After Packs sold out, Muchnick was able to get a toehold on the market and eventually local promoter and National Wrestling Association champion Lou Thesz merged his "Mississippi Valley Wrestling Club" with "Sam Muchnick Sports Attractions." Although they remained separate for another ten years, when they became the single "St. Louis Wrestling Club," the two promotions were both under NWA control. Soon after the merger, Muchnick began the celebrated "Wrestling at the Chase" TV program and became the definitive president of the NWA. St. Louis became known for its straightforward product with great pro-wrestling without all the theatrics that were becoming increasingly popular. After Muchnick's retirement in 1982, St. Louis was taken over by a group of promoters and things began to spiral downward for bothe St. Louis and the National Wrestling Alliance. Booker Larry Matysik broke away and ran independent of the NWA for a stint before joining the WWF himself in 1984. 


Skandor Akbar
Mitsu Arakawa
Buddy Austin
Shohei Baba
Bob Backlund
Ox Baker
Red Bastien
Brute Bernard
Crusher Blackwell
Brian Blair
Freddie Blassie
Nick Bockwinkel
Bobo Brazil
Jack Brisco
Jerry Brisco
King Kong Brody
"Killer" Tim Brooks
Bulldog Brower
Jim Brunzell
Ray Candy
Edouard Carpentier
Scott Casey
Moose Cholak
Ciclon Negro
The Crusher
Don Curtis
Dominic DeNucci
Ted DiBiase
Dick the Bruiser
J.J. Dillon
Kim Duk
Emile Dupre
Bobby Duncum
Dusek Riot Squad
Bob Ellis
Ronnie Etchison
Fabulous Kangaroos (Al Costello & Don Kent)
Don Fargo
Jackie Fargo
Ric Flair
Ron Fuller
Dory Funk Jr.
Dory Funk Sr.
Terry Funk
Greg Gagne
Verne Gagne
Bob Geigel
Mike George
Terry Gibbs
Eddie Gilbert
Pepper Gomez
Gordman & Goliath
Gorgeous George
Karl Gotch
Superstar Billy Graham
Eddie Graham
Luke Graham
Great Togo
Gory Guerrero
Ray Gunkel
Hard Boiled Haggerty
Larry Hamilton
Bob "Swede" Hanson
Rip Hawk
Lord Alfred Hayes
Bobby Heenan
John Paul Henning
Lee Henning
Hans Hermann
Gino Hernandez
Danny Hodge
Dick Hutton
Invader (Dick Murdoch)
Bobby Jaggers
Don Jardine (The Spoiler)
Rocky Johnson
Don Leo Jonathan
Rufus R. Jones
Tor Kamata
Duke Keomuka
Kinji Kimura (Kengo Kimura)
Taro Kobayashi (Strong Kobayashi)
Ivan Koloff
Wladek "Killer" Kowalski
Killer Karl Kox
Killer Karl Krupp
Ernie Ladd
Blackjack Lanza
Jerry Lawler
Luther Lindsay
Reggie Lisowski (The Crusher)
Wild Bill Longson
Billy Red Lyons
Peter Maivia
Bobby Managoff
Bob Marella (Gorilla Monsoon)
Luis Martinez
Great Matsuda (Hiro Matsuda)
Wahoo McDaniel
Tex McKenzie
Danny McShain
Mighty Ursus (Jess Ortega)
Bill Miller
Mongolian Stomper
Rocky Monroe (Sputnik Monroe)
Dick Murdoch
Sonny Myers
Leo Nomellini
Oates Brothers (Ted & Jerry)
Chuck O'Connor (Big John Studd)
Pat O'Connor
Paul Orndorff
Bob Orton Jr.
Ken Patera
Thunderbolt Patterson
Angelo Poffo
Lanny Poffo
Johnny Powers
Percy Pringle
Harley Race
Bruce Reed (Butch Reed)
Ron Reed (Buddy Colt)
Dusty Rhodes
Dewey Robertson (Missing Link)
Billy Robinson
Buck Robley
Buddy Rogers
Bob Roop
Bruno Sammartino
Dutch Savage
Dr. Scarlet (Bill Watts)
Hans Schmidt
David Schultz
Baron Scicluna
The Flying Scotts (George & Sandy)
The Sheik
Kinji Shibuya
Sgt. Slaughter
Wilbur Snyder
Pak Song
Ron Starr
Stan Stasiak
George Steele
Ray Stevens
Big John Studd
Kevin Sullivan
Sweet Daddy Siki
Bob Sweetan
Takachio (Great Kabuki)
Terry Taylor
Tenryu
Lou Thesz
"Sailor" Art Thomas
Les Thornton
John Tolos
Enrique Torres
Jumbo Tsuruta
Tarzan Tyler
Johnny Valentine
Greg Valentine
The Valiant Brothers (Jimmy & Johnny)
Khosrow Vaziri (Iron Sheik)
Jesse Ventura
Nicoli Volkoff
David Von Erich
Fritz Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich
Waldo Von Erich
Baron Von Raschke
Whipper Billy Watson
Bill Watts
Johnny Weaver
Jim Wehba (Skandor Akbar)
Herb Welch
Wild Samoans
Bob Windham (Blackjack Mulligan)
Ed Wiskowski (Col. Debeers)
Tim Woods (Mr. Wrestling)
Bearcat Wright
Yukon Eric




National Wrestling Allance - St. Louis (1982-1986)
Sam Muchnick had been a cornerstone or the keystone in the NWA for thirty-four years when he retired. The Alliance had changed greatly since he first resigned as president in 1975, but Muchnick and his home territory of St. Louis was a solid market. However, it too would change under the guidance of Kansas City promoter Bob Geigel, Pat O'Connor and Muchnick's protege Larry Matysik. Geigel and O'Connor owned a nearby city and had alterior motives, which frustrated Matysik, who eventually left the fold. St. Louis still carried great prestige and was able to host the premier talent of the day even as the NWA structure fell apart. Interestingly, St. Louis was one of the first long-time NWA cities to fall to the WWF juggernaut. 


Chris Adams
Arn Anderson
Ole Anderson
Andre the Giant
Brad Armstrong
Tony Atlas
Crusher Ayala (Hercules Ayala)
Shohei "Giant" Baba
Bob Backlund
Ox Baker
Crusher Blackwell
Tully Blanchard
Nick Bockwinkel
Bobo Brazil
King Kong Brody
"Bulldog" Bob Brown
Jim Brunzell
Ted DiBiase
Dick the Bruiser
Hacksaw Duggan
Kim Duk
Bobby Duncum
The Fabulous Ones (Stan Lane & Steve Keirn)
The Fantastics (Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton)
Manny Fernandez
Ric Flair
Dory Funk Jr.
Terry Funk
Bobby Fulton
Greg Gagne
Jimmy Garvin
Ronnie Garvin
Mike George
Eddie Gilbert
Terry Gordy
Tarzan Goto
Superstar Billy Graham
Luke Graham
The Grapplers (Len Denton & Tony Anthony)
Gypsy Joe
Michael Hayes
Billy Jack Haynes
Curt Hennig
Larry Hennig
Ray Hernandez (Hercules)
Hulk Hogan
Austin Idol
Rocky Johnson
Rufus R. Jones
Kabuki
Kamala
Gene Kiniski
Ivan Koloff
Nikita Koloff
Killer Karl Krupp
Krusher Khruschev
Buddy Landell
Blackjack Lanza
Jerry Lawler
Magnum T.A.
Rick Martel
Masked Superstar
Wahoo McDaniel
Shawn Michaels
Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey)
Missing Link
Kareem Muhammad (Ray Candy)
Blackjack Mulligan
Dick Murdoch
Ted & Jerry Oates
Rip Oliver
One Man Gang
Paul Orndorff
Bob Orton Jr.
Iceman Parsons
Ken Patera
Roddy Piper
Mr. Pogo
Harley Race
Butch Reed
Dusty Rhodes
Buddy Roberts
Dewey Robertson
Billy Robinson
Buck Robley
The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal)
Rock-N-Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)
Tommy Rogers
Mr. Saito
Sheik Adnan
Dick Slater
Sgt. Slaughter
Jimmy Snuka
John Studd
Bob Sweetan
Terry Taylor
Genichiro Tenryu
Les Thornton
Tonga John (Barbarian)
Jumbo Tsuruta
Greg Valentine
Jerry Valiant (Guy Mitchell)
Jimmy Valiant
Jesse Ventura
David Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich
Baron Von Raschke
Barry Windham
Jay Youngblood



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