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Jim Crockett Recalls Counter-Programming WrestleMania with Free TV Special


During his stage show at Starrcast IV, Jim Crockett spoke about the difficult back and forth between the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions in the early days of pay-per-view.

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Crockett recalls starting The Clash Of Champions free TV special to combat WrestleMania IV in 1988, and why that upset Ted Turner:

“Pay-per-view was the way to go, of course, and we did that. Of course, then Vince does his first pay-per-view and I had come up with the bright idea let’s try to hurt his pay-per-view. So, we did a two-hour live special from Greensborough. No commercials during the matches. The next day, we did great, great ratings, matches were great. [Then,] Ted Turner calls, ‘I want to see you.’ Well, his partners for his business, were the cable companies. Cable companies make a lot of money off [of] pay-per-view. And we hurt the pay-per-view badly. And [Ted Turner] said, ‘you will never, ever do that again.'”

(H/T: Fightful)

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