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The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50
The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50
The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50
The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50
The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50
The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50

The St. Louis Wrestling Club | The Untold Story | Wrestling Territories Documentary 3/50

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The St. Louis Wrestling Club was a professional wrestling promotion based in St. Louis, Missouri. It was owned and operated by Sam Muchnick. The promotion was a flagship member of the National Wrestling Alliance, and promoted primarily in the St. Louis area. It was referred to within the business as the 'St. Louis office' of the NWA. Wrestling at the Chase was a professional wrestling television series of local and national historical importance in the field of television wrestling. The show was recorded in St. Louis, Missouri, on KPLR-TV, Channel 11. The show was the brainchild of Sam Muchnick, and Harold Koplar, who owned KPLR and the old Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The two were together on an airplane in 1958 and wondered how they could put wrestling into St. Louis-area homes. A deal was struck, with KPLR paying $1500 per taping, KPLR produced the shows, & received all commercial revenue. The WWF also filmed some episodes at the Chase. The original series began on May 23, 1959 and ran until September 10, 1983. KPLR-TV, Channel 11 produced and televised the matches, which were held at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel in St. Louis' Central West End and televised at 10:00 A.M.;[1][2] conveniently, the KPLR studios were in an adjacent, connecting building. Initially, the matches were broadcast live on Saturday nights and repeated on Sunday mornings. This production method was later replaced by a live-to-tape system, meaning that while the performances were recorded for later broadcast, they were shot entirely in one take as if airing live, so that no allowances were made for unforeseen or unscripted developments or events. The Khorassan Room at the Chase was a place wrestlers from around the world loved to compete. In the early days, they usually performed in lousy rings under a 100-watt light bulb, but at the Chase they had chandeliers, & the spectators wore suits & evening gowns. Of course, this would change. And only seating 900, the sport outgrew the venue, & many matches were moved to Kiel Auditorium or the Arena. The show produced approximately 1,100 episodes over its 24 years.