The guiding force that made the National Wrestling
Alliance the most powerful governing body of all-time, Sam
Muchnick, passed away Dec. 30 in St. Louis at the age
Muchnick was the promoter in St. Louis from 1945 through 1982 when it was
one of the wrestling capitols of the world.
Muchnick was the president of the National Wrestling Alliance for much of
that period, when the NWA was the largest and most powerful group in wrestling. Under
Muchnick's direction the NWA World heavyweight championship was the most universally
recognized title and was considered the most important championship in the sport.
Joe Blanchard starred on Muchnick's cards in St.
Louis. Blanchard would later start his own successful promotion
in south Texas, Southwest Championship Wrestling.
Blanchard talks about his memories of Muchnick, what made Muchnick special
as a promoter and what he learned from Muchnick in creating his own promotion.