International Championship Wrestling
International Championship Wrestling was a regional promotion based out of Lexington, Kentucky. From its inception in 1978, the ICW was considered an outlaw wrestling promotion because it was not a part of the powerful National Wrestling Alliance or any other National promotion like the WWWF and the AWA. Angelo Poffo created the promotion in part to “push” his talented sons Randy Poffo (Randy Savage)and Lanny Poffo. The ICW created a huge rivalry with other regional promotions, even filing a federal antitrust lawsuit against them.
In its first year, the ICW was involved in controversy over trying to steal wrestlers from nearby, rival promotions. The ICW was in direct competition with Ron Fuller’s Southeastern Championship Wrestling and Nick Gulas’ NWA Mid-American territory. Some big names ended up leaving these rival promotions like Ron Garvin, Bob Roop, Bob Orton Jr. and Boris Malenko. [...]
Elizabeth Hulette (Miss Elizabeth) got her start in pro-wrestling as a host on the promotion’s weekly TV show. Eventually her and Randy would enter into a relationship during their time in ICW, culminating in their marriage in December, 1984. Unfortunately, the ICW would shut down before Randy and Elizabeth were married reportedly due to poor [...]
There appears to be some confusion on how and when Randy Savage won his first ICW World Heavyweight Championship. According to Wikipedia, Randy Savage defeated Lanny on March 13, 1979 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lanny and Randy spent the previous summer (1978) in the Maritimes, Canada feuding against each other for the AGPW International Championship. [...]
In 1979, the Poffo family filed a federal Antitrust lawsuit, with the U.S. District Court, against numerous wrestling promoters of the region. According to a August, 1979 article in the Kentucky New Era, the Poffos claimed that “other promoters agreed among themselves to use only wrestlers affiliated with their organizations.” The suit named the following [...]