ICW Wrestling Angelo Poffo – The Untold Story – Wrestling Territories Documentary
International Championship Wrestling was an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Lexington, Kentucky that operated from 1978 until 1984.
It was run by WCW Hall of Famer Angelo Poffo, the father of Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo. Throughout its history, ICW was considered an “outlaw” promotion, in which it was not a member of the National Wrestling Alliance and promoted shows in direct competition against NWA regional territories.
And Angelo Poffo established International Championship Wrestling as a rival to Ron Fuller’s Southeastern Championship Wrestling and Nick Gulas NWA Mid-American territory, extending into Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association and Dick the bruiser’s World Wrestling Association territories by 1981.
Later on they’d come in direct competition with Jerry Lawler and Jerry Jarrett’s Continental Wrestling Association as well, operating in their territories and even managed to get several wrestlers to leave Southeastern and the CWA to join ICW.
This, among other issues, would result in a series of lawsuits between Angelo Poffo and other NWA-affiliated organizations during the late 1970s and early 80s.
The main stars of ICW were Poffo’s sons Randy and Lanny who frequently traded the promotion’s heavyweight title between each other; in fact only two other men (Ronnie Garvin and Paul Christy) held the ICW World Heavyweight Championship in the 6 years the title existed. While Randy and Lanny were the focus of the federation, it did feature many other stars such as Ronnie Garvin, Crusher Broomfield, Bob Orton, Jr., Bob Roop, Rip Rogers, “Pistol” Pez Whatley, Ox Baker, and the Devil’s Duo with their manager Izzy Slapawitz.
Miss Elizabeth, who would later gain fame in the WWe , got her start in professional wrestling as an on-camera host of ICW’s weekly TV show where she also started her romance with Randy Savage.
In 1984 the promotion closed down due to dwindling attendance and its assets were bought by Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler. Due to the fans’ knowledge of the extremely bitter rivalry between ICW and CWA, Randy Savage was able to migrate to the CWA and begin a memorable feud with Jerry Lawler that established Randy Savage as a world-class superstar.
Paul Christy, the wrestler who had ended Randy Savage’s final reign as ICW World Champion, started a new ICW when Poffo’s promotion folded.
He ran the promotion for a few years with little publicity or success before closing it down in the late 1980s.