16 Facts About Bill Watts


In 1992, Bill Watts was the Executive Vice President of World Championship Wrestling but after clashes with management over a number of issues, as well as feeling pressure from Hank Aaron over a racially insensitive interview, he resigned.

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In 1995, Bill Watts briefly worked as a booker for the World Wrestling Federation.

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Bill Watts played as a linebacker for his high school football team, the Putnam City Pirates.

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Bill Watts turned professional in 1961 and joined the Oilers, but did not last long there, and according to a shoot interview, he left after knocking out a coach.

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Bill Watts then had a try-out with the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League, but after a discussion with general manager Jim Finks, who wanted him to quit his wrestling career, Bill Watts left the Vikings having decided he could make more money back in Oklahoma.

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Bill Watts is perhaps even more famous for being a pioneering promoter in the Mid-South area of the United States, with his base of operation being in the Shreveport, Louisiana area.

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Bill Watts is often credited with creating the current and popular "episodic" style of TV wrestling, building solid creative storylines week-on-week, with an emphasis on solid in-ring action with dependable wrestlers like "Dr Death" Steve Williams, The Junkyard Dog, Ted DiBiase and Jim Duggan.

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Bill Watts is an outspoken critic on breaking kayfabe and "smart" wrestling fans.

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Bill Watts has been known to revamp his booking plans in order to protect the business from such fans.

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Bill Watts became Executive Vice President of World Championship Wrestling in 1992.

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Bill Watts took many of his old-school values with him, such as banning moves from the top rope and the babyfaces and heels separation.

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Bill Watts's tenure was not long, nor were his ideas overly embraced.

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Bill Watts felt Maddox stood up for what he believed in and acted accordingly.

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Bill Watts later went on to a position of booking power in the World Wrestling Federation.

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Bill Watts served as co-host of a sports talk radio show on The Sports Animal in Tulsa, Oklahoma until late 2008.

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Bill Watts was a longtime resident of Bixby, a Tulsa suburb.

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