Piper is the reason I liked wrestling as a kid so It was really awesome hearing him talk about the L.A. territory for me. I've always been interested in the history of L.A. rasslin, I've read about huge shows for the world title that were in L.A. in the early 1900's. Then Ed Strangler Lewis retired to Glendale and Gorgeous George opened a bar on Van Nuys Blvd before he died. So it got me on a whole history of wrestling kick Ive been on for a year or two. My dad and Uncle would talk about going to the Olympic Auditorium and how all the mexicans would throw pennies at the wrestlers from the upper levels; and how they jumped Judo Gene Lebelle one night, his mom and later brother promoted the territory. Then they would mention names like his and Classy Freddie Blassie...Lord Bleers so I tried looking it up but there's not much footage around of it. But it is where guys like Superstar Billy Graham, Rikidozan, Mil Mascaras, Gorgeous George became big names in america. In the 70's the Guerreros were big there and it moved from chanel 5 to the Spanish station and became a wierd hybrid show with spanish announcers and English Interviews, Wrestling From The Olympic aired across the country on spanish stations even in NYC.
The title was called the WWA title and split around the same time WWWF and AWA did in the 60's. It was a major world title used a lot in Australia and Japan. When they went back to the NWA Dick the Bruiser took the title to Indianapolis and ran a midwest version of WWA that ran through the early 90's. Sting and Hogan and some other old WCW guys then did some tours around Australia around 2001-2002 trying to revive it. The Luchadores ran a WWA promotion in Tijuana and So Cal that claimed the lineage till 05 and another company out of South Korea claimed the lineage till 2010.
The WWA - the last world title Vince doesnt own the footage of.
anyway heres some old Roddy Piper being AWESOME, its bad quality but he's really young and probably the best heel ref act I've ever seen.
promo from San Fran