WWF 1978-80 - Showdown at Shea! Mar 21, 2018 20:47:04 GMT -5
Post by warriorlynx on Mar 21, 2018 20:47:04 GMT -5
On April 30th, 1977, in Baltimore, Superstar Billy Graham won the WWWF Championship from Bruno Sammartino to become the biggest WWWF star around despite being a heel. He had the look and charisma, a perfect 10 on promos and several wrestlers would later adopt his style including Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura. Another reason for his popularity was that fans were used to more "ethnic" champions such as Bruno (Italian), Stasiak (Quebecer), Pedro (Puerto Rican) or Ivan (billed from Russia) and to see an "American" as champion was someone who they wanted to get behind for a change.
Graham would sell out everywhere to the point that thousands couldn't get tickets during big shows because of how hot his run was. Unfortunately it wouldn't last too long as Vince McMahon Sr, was determined no matter what, to give the title to Bob Backlund. Graham pleaded to Vince Sr and even suggested to become a babyface, but Vince turned his plea down and would reject the idea that a heel could ever become a babyface. It's said that during a dinner prior to the title change that those close to Vince Sr (like Bruno) didn't agree with the title going to Backlund, but Vince Sr's stubbornness wanted to see it through and it was that stubbornness that nearly brought the WWWF to bankruptcy.
This alternate history has Vince Sr change his mind about Superstar Billy Graham on the advice of his son Vince Jr, starting with the date he was supposed to lose the WWWF title...