DATELINE: JULY 14, 1984 – ATLANTA, GA
Vince McMahon appears on Georgia Championship Wrestling to announce that the WWF had assumed the 6:05 time slot on The SuperStation, setting off a firestorm of fan protests.
Beginning in 1972, Georgia Championship Wrestling had aired its weekly Saturday evening show on Ted Turner’s WTCG. The show aired from 6pm-8pm. In 1976, Georgia became the first territory to get a national cable deal, with its shows now being shown on the renamed Superstation WTBS.
The weekly show moved to 6:05pm ET in June 1981, and became a beloved fixture for pro wrestling fans, powered by the voice of legendary broadcaster Gordon Solie and the reach of a media giant.
The bold move enraged the viewing audience, who actually began levying complaints before the broadcast was even over. Despite McMahon’s opening assurances that they would like the new product, it was thoroughly rejected, and the WWF eventually sold the time slot to Jim Crockett Promotions