Cable operators, broadcasters and others who have locked horns with industry icon Ted Turner--the so-called Mouth of the South--probably didn't realize that they were rasslin' with a professional. Now Turner's amateur veil has been torn away; he's being inducted into the pro wrestling Hall of Heroes in August.
Turner's not being recognized for his prowess within the squared circle but rather for "seeking out wrestling programming in the early days of cable TV and for more than two decades providing a broadcast home for matches sanctioned by the once-mighty National Wrestling Alliance," according to a press release.
According to the release, Turner's "quickly expanding SuperStation broadcasts" and TBS' move to satellite in 1976 made "household names" of "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "Wildfire" Tommy Rich and Mr. Wrestling #2 (that's what it says).
- see this news release
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