WWE Acquires the Mid South/UWF Video Library

June 10, 2012 by Mark D

Yesterday it was reported by Mike Johnson at PWInsider that WWE had finally acquired one of the last wrestling tape libraries in existence with the purchase of the Watts Mid South Wrestling/UWF footage.

The library includes: Mid South Wrestling Television, House Shows, Power Pro-Wrestling and the UWF, which was owned by Bill Watts’ ex-wife Ene Watts. It has been reported that several attempts have been made to purchase the footage over the years, however the sides were unable to come to terms on a deal, until now.

Mid South Wrestling is widely regarded as some of the very best weekly wrestling television and will be a fantastic addition to WWE’s video library. The purchase is very timely given the impending launch of the WWE Network, however the impact on DVD projects could also be huge. It has been reported that the company already plans on releasing a DVD retrospective documentary on the company (similar to the World Class, AWA, ECW and WCW sets) as well as using the footage on other DVD projects for Hall of Famers: Ted DiBiase, The Junkyard Dog and Hacksaw Jim Duggan. It’s very possible that the Ted DiBiase DVD set rumoured for release in 2011 was put on hold pending the purchase of this library – which was a huge part of Ted’s career.

However the library can be utilised on a number of different projects given the immense amount of talent which passed through the company. Some of the talent of Mid South/UWF include: Jim Ross, Bill Watts, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Michael Hayes, Nikolai Volkoff , Sting, Ultimate Warrior, Paul Orndorff, Tully Blanchard, Butch Reed, One Man Gang, Dr Death Steve Williams, Dusty Rhodes, Ernie Ladd, Jake Roberts, King Kong Bundy, Andre The Giant, Rick Rude and Kamala (to name a few!).

Two best of Mid South Wrestling DVDs were released a few years ago by the Watts family under the Universal Wrestling banner, titled Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains Vol. 1 & 2. To give you a taste for what to expect from Mid South Wrestling, you can view trailers for these DVDs below.

 

 

What are your thoughts on WWE acquiring the library? How would you like to see the library be used on future WWE DVD releases? And what matches or moments from the company’s history which stand out to you, which you would like to share? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 




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39 Comments on "WWE Acquires the Mid South/UWF Video Library"

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Watts
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Over 180 DVD’s of this amazing footage is still available at http://www.universalwrestling.com ! By it now while you still can! Use coupon code INDEPENDENCE DAY SALE to receive 20% off all items ordered before July 5th! Thank you, The Watts Family

G. Schire
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G. Schire

Another one bites the dust!

EL
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EL

Oooooooooh Yeaaaaah!

Siege
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Siege

FINALLY.

Memphis is the last one I think is left. Other than TNA of course.

Jonathan
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Jonathan

Don’t forget St-Louis’s Wrestling at the Chase library

Anonymous
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Anonymous

AWA check
WCW check
ECW check
UWF check
CWF check
GCW check
SMW check
Stampede check
World Class check
TNA you’re next.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

WWE rules!tna sucks!

NickP
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NickP

Only good things can come from this and more dvd ideas for the chimps in dvd production. A Legacy of Mid-South/UWF dvd could happen and more classic early matches of some of the biggest wrestlers ever. Win/Win for WWE and wrestling fans

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Anything wrestling footage the WWE owns along with the WWE/WWF’s show’s over the years are better then TNA Shitpact

Anonymous
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Anonymous

i wish they would do a junkyard dog dvd set and now that they got the mid south library and now maybe they will junkyard dog desveres a lot of credit for the boom of wrestling in the mid 80’s god bless dog

Anonymous
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Anonymous

So glad I purchased the original broadcast of episodes that feature the Dibiase/Flair/Murdoch angle. I bought it from the family themselves so at least I have it unscathed by the WWE.

Dave
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Dave
Anyone know where i could find Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains Vol. 1 & 2? I would prefer brand new. I checked Amazon and its only through marketplace. I also want to avoid buying used – haven’t had best luck buying used wrestling DVDs, some people really don’t take care of their stuff. When sellers list as “like new” they look like absolute shit, disc has marks everywhere and the case is beat up with rips and tears. When playing on my DVD and Blu-ray players, they wouldn’t even pass a certain chapter. I remember i saw them on Highspots… Read more »
SlayJ
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SlayJ
Well now that the WWE has World Class, Georgia, Florida, NWA/WCW AND Mid-South/UWF footage I would actually go as far as beg for a comprehensive well thought out documentary and match compilation focused on the Fabulous Freebirds. I’m sure the chances of that happening are close to nil. But if I had one week in their vaults and could put together my own DVD collection, I could put together a monster of a set featuring Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy, Buddy Roberts, Jimmy Garvin and all the other cast of characters who made the Freebirds collective one of the greatest in… Read more »
james
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james

Wow, I never thought we’d see this happen. So glad they held back the DiBiase DVD now. I really don’t have much of a knowledge about Mid South, so I’m very interested in any kind of retrospective they may release. I’m a big fan of legit tough guys in wrestling so this should be right down my alley. I like Bill Watt’s man’s man approach to booking, there really isn’t any of that in todays wrestling.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

now wwe needs to get the old memphis wrestling library for a jerry the king lawler dvd set.

Jason H
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Jason H

I thought they already had the Memphis footage, they used footage from it in the Greatest Superstars of the 80s DVD when talking about Lawler.

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