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I brought all the wrestling talk up because I have two proposals for the three of you. What if Vince and Linda had a fallout with Vince Sr and decided to do Titan Sports Wrestling on their own while the WWF stayed in the NWA?
The second proposal involves David Von Erich staying in college to finish his bachelor's in wellness and health? What he brings to the table in World Class could save the rest of his brothers from the various suicides and drug issues, but also alienate many of the top stars (Gino Hernandez) from the promotion because they can't sober up.
And he would easier to work with than Brando IIRC.If Apocalypse Now hadn't been made yet ITTL, I'd recommend casting Jack Nicholson as Kurtz--he'd have been better than Marlon Brando (watch The Shining for an idea of how he might play Kurtz)...
I agree with all of these except for Gateway (only because I don't know who they are) and Safeway (because they still thriving fairly strong here in Denver). We could save Blockbuster by having them agree to the Netflix deal.There are a few companies I'd like to see survive: Burger Chef, Commodore, and Gateway. Oh yeah, and I forgot Blockbuster. Also Safeway and Sears deserve more than a quiet slide into irrelevance.
That's what I'm leaning towards doing. From there, David would put together his own promotion (SuperClash Wrestling), alongside Memphis, Stampede, St. Louis (Harley Race ends up buying the territory out from Sam Muchnick after Starrcade while making an offer.Why not do both at the same time? Nothing is stoping one and the other from happening.
Now, as for who could bring wrestling to the mainstream in the US, aside from the aformentioned billionaire ted and bill watts (i don't believe watts would've succeeded IMO. Too old-fashioned.), you might have either verne gagne change his mind on hulk hogan and finally put the goddamn AWA belt on him at super sunday, or either hogan swallows up his pride and accept giving a share of his earnings from japan to verne (Highly unlikely IMO), verne doesn't make such a foolish demand, or he somehow dies and somebody else takes over the AWA. Remember, AWA eventually got a TV Deal with ESPN. Can you imagine the likes of hogan, rick martel, curt hennig, the road warriors, the midnight rockers and whoever this TL's AWA would bring on ESPN? on prime time? That could be huge! You would have a 4-way promotion wars in the US with AWA (with the aformentioned stars), WCW, UWF and WCCW (especially with david proning for a more strict health regimen), with lawler and memphis being the odd indy fed 5th horse.
Now, just because vince Jr. Doesn't take over WWF doesn't mean the Fed won't stay behind. I'm pretty sure vince Sr. Would like to have his share of the national pie... after all, new york's pretty hard to turn down, and he would have to make his move in the impending national wars...