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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  1. Watts says:



    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

  2. G. Schire says:



    Another one bites the dust!

  3. EL says:



    Oooooooooh Yeaaaaah!

  4. Siege says:



    FINALLY.

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

  5. Anonymous says:



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

  6. Anonymous says:



    WWE rules!tna sucks!

  7. NickP says:



    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

  8. Anonymous says:



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

  9. Anonymous says:



    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

  10. Anonymous says:



    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.

  11. Dave says:



    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 a year or so ago and didn’t buy them. Wish i did.

  12. SlayJ says:



    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 Pro Wrestling history. Fingers are crossed!

  13. james says:



    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.

  14. Anonymous says:



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

    • Jason H says:



      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.

  15. R L says:



    Great news I have those dvds and there were quite a few good matches on those Now they need to work on getting the Memphis footage so they can do Jarry Lawler set I think Memphis and St Louis are the only places they dont have yet

  16. Nate says:



    This just sweetens the pot in efforts to get Sting to sign a legends contract down the road and a subsequent DVD release.

  17. Anonymous says:



    More unknown matches will be featured in wwe dvds in the future thats great!

  18. Steve says:



    This is great news! The way the current product had been lately they should just run this footage every Monday night. Would be much better then Cena-Big Show for the 79th time.

  19. Matt says:



    wow…didn’t expect wwe to buy out the mid-south and uwf libraries…did not expect that at all…

  20. oldschool says:



    Great buy!!!

  21. Harry Faversham says:



    Really really really good news. Been casually hoping for this to happen for a long time. And I really think this might be why they held off on the Million Dollar Man DVD.

  22. KirbbDogg says:



    If this means now we can get the Millon Dollar Man dvd set. Then sweet but I don’t know about Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Junkyard Dog set. It might have worked 10 years ago. But I can’t see it now. And Hacksaw and JYD were never up there with Jake the snake or Ted Debase as far as being main eventer. They might have been over with the fans but not main event.

    • Vincenzzzzzo says:



      I can dig a Hacksaw Jim Duggan DVD set. He was never one of my favs, but I can tolorate a documentary on his career. Just as long as his match with Yokozuna is on there where Yoko draped the US flag on him and gave him 4 bozi drops while McMahon is screaming on commentary.

      • SRB says:



        Hacksaw Jim Duggan? JYD? Really? I was told on another article that i was nuts for wanting a Rick Rude set because the kids today dont know the older guys and the sets wouldnt sell. I’m just waiting for those people to step into this comment and shoot your hopes down as well

  23. Bill says:



    Ia related story, TNA says they’ve acquired the rights to the tapes of Jeff Hardy’s meth binges

  24. Vincenzzzzzo says:



    I just read the news on another site. This is really good news. I never really followed UWF or Mid South but have heard plenty about those territories. Great addition to the WWE library. Can’t wait to see what DVD sets pop up out of this purchase.

    • A Dummy says:



      This news was reported on another site?!? Then why did they report it here too? That’s just stupid. Hissyfit! Hissyfit! Hissyfit! My collection has DVDs you’ve only seen in your dreams! LOL

      • Avatar of Mark D Mark D says:



        The news was reported here as we felt that it was german to the site. Simply because the footage will be released on DVD and with plans already in place for a documentary and utilisation of the footage on other potential DVD sets why wouldn’t it be on here?

        If CNN break a news story, Fox don’t not report that story because they didn’t break it. That would just be stupid.

      • Harry Faversham says:



        I fail to see what any of this has to do with wwe, dvd’s, news or the internet. And I own more things than you do.

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