Wrestling through the ages  LbNA # 30748 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerAdoptable    
Placed DateMay 7 2007
CountyHartford
LocationManchester, CT
Boxes6
Planted ByHillel    
Found By Chrissy
Last Found Oct 25 2007
StatusFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF  
Hike Distance?

This series is located in North West Park, in Manchester CT. If you do not know where this is the easiest way to find it is by using yahoo maps, or google maps etc. The address of the park is 448 Tolland Turnpike.

This series is only out for a limited time. The boxes will be pulled once all three current World Champions have lost their belts. As of 5-7-07 when these boxes are placed the three champions are John Cena, Undertaker and Vince McMahon.

Update 1: On 5-8-07 during a TV Taping the Undertaker lost his belt to Edge, which will air on 5-11-07. We are 1 day into the box and already 1 title change has taken place, 2 more to go.

Update 2: On 6-3-07 during the One Night Stand pay per view, Vince McMahon lost his title. Only 1 more title change needed for this series to be retired.

ECW

Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) was a professional wrestling promotion that was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1992 by Tod Gordon, and closed when his successor, Paul Heyman, declared bankruptcy in April 2001.

The company became known for its loyal fan base as well as its tendency to push the envelope with storylines. The group has showcased many different styles of professional wrestling, ranging from lucha libre to hardcore wrestling.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) bought the rights to ECW and its library after its 2001 closure and revived the promotion in a full-time fashion on June 13, 2006 with a weekly television series on Sci Fi Channel in the United States, FOX8 in Australia and Sky Sports 3 in the United Kingdom. Since 2005, WWE has promoted an annual ECW-brand event called ECW One Night Stand and in June 2006, it became a separate brand of WWE programming, along with RAW and SmackDown!.

To find the ECW letterbox start out by the butterfly garden and take the dirt path, keeping the take on your left. The third big tree on your right is a two sister tree. Around the back of this tree you will find the ECW Letterbox.

WWE/WWF

In 1980, the son of Vincent J. McMahon, Vincent K. McMahon, founded Titan Sports, Inc. and in 1982 purchased Capitol Wrestling Corporation from his father. The elder McMahon had long since established the northeastern territory as one of the most vibrant members of the NWA. He had long since recognized that professional wrestling was more about entertainment than actual sport. Against his father's wishes, McMahon began an expansion process that would fundamentally change the sport, and place both the WWF - and his own life - in jeopardy.

The first step in McMahon's attempt to go national was to sign AWA superstar Hulk Hogan, who, due to his appearance in Rocky III had a national recognition that few other wrestlers could manage. To play Hogan's nemesis, he signed North Carolina badboy Roddy Piper, and also another bodybuilder in the "Superstar" Billy Graham mold, Jesse Ventura (although Ventura rarely wrestled in the WWF at that point due to the lung disorder that caused his retirement, moving to the commentator booth alongside Gorilla Monsoon). McMahon built a superstar roster consisting of these men on top, in addition to New York mainstays like André the Giant, Jimmy Snuka and Don Muraco, and wandering journeymen like Paul Orndorff, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat and the Iron Sheik. It has long been a point of contention whether McMahon could have gone national without Hogan's presence, or vice versa.
The original WrestleMania, held in 1985, was a resounding success. This event is sometimes credited as the debut of what McMahon called "sports entertainment". The WWF did incredible business on the shoulders of McMahon and his all-American babyface hero, Hulk Hogan, for the next several years, creating what some observers dubbed a second golden age for professional wrestling. However, by the 1990s the WWF's fortunes steadily declined as fans were tired of Hulk Hogan's ability to beat anyone and everyone whenever he wanted.

The WWF hit a low point in the wake of allegations of steroid abuse and distribution made against McMahon and the WWF in 1994; there were also allegations of sexual harassment made by WWF employees. McMahon was eventually exonerated, but it was a public relations nightmare for the WWF. The steroid trial cost the WWF an estimated $5 million at a time when revenues were at an all-time low. To compensate, McMahon cut the pay of both wrestlers and front office personnel - close to 40% in the latter case (and about 50% for top level managers such as Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart, who both left). This helped drive many WWF wrestlers to its only major competition, World Championship Wrestling (WCW), between 1993 and 1996. During this time period, WWF promoted itself as "The New WWF Generation" which was led by Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Razor Ramon, Bret Hart, and The Undertaker. In an effort to promote them and other young talent as the new superstars of the ring WWF began to play on the age restrictions which former WWF wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage (who by now were working for WCW) now faced.

During the 1990s wrestling boom, starting with Steve Austin's now infamous Austin 3:16 speech, shortly after defeating Jake Roberts in the tournament finals at the 1996 King of the Ring pay-per-view, the WWF moved away from its "family era" and began broadcasting more violence, swearing, and more edgy angles in its attempt to compete with WCW. After Bret Hart left for WCW following the infamous Montreal Screwjob incident, Vince McMahon used the resulting backlash in the creation of his "Mr. McMahon" character, a dictatorial and fierce ruler who favored heels who were "good for business" over "misfit" faces like Austin. This, in turn, led to the Austin vs. McMahon feud, which, along with the formation of D-Generation X, laid the foundation for the Attitude Era. The Attitude Era also featured the established Monday Night Wars, where both WCW and the WWF had Monday night shows that competed against each other in the ratings.

In 1997 with the new attitude of the WWF, they also released a new and improved logo. The old WWF logo was originally debuted in 1984 and was replaced with the new “attitude” logo in 1997. This logo stayed until 2002 when the WWF became WWE. The WWE logo was very similar to the WWF however slightly changed to remove the “F” followed by them to use the slogan “Get the F out.”

In 2000, the World Wildlife Fund (also WWF), an environmental organization now called the World Wide Fund for Nature, sued the World Wrestling Federation. A British court agreed that Titan Sports had violated a 1994 agreement which had limited the permissible use of the WWF initials overseas, particularly in merchandising.

On Sunday May 5, 2002, the company quietly changed all references on its website from "WWF" to "WWE", while switching the URL from WWF.com to WWE.com. The next day, a press release announced the official name change from World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., or WWE, and the change was publicized later that day during a telecast of Monday Night RAW, which emanated from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

To find the Old WWF logo continue on the path the way you were going. Just before you reach the end of the path (you will see a fence and large rock in front of you), you will see a large tree on your right. From that tree you can see a large fallen tree off to your right. At the end of the tree closest to the trail, you will find the Old WWF logo.

Once you rehide the box do not return to the trail. Continue along the fallen tree and at the other end of the log you will find the new WWF logo.

To find the WWE letterbox return to the trail and head left. You will soon come to an intersection and take your first left (a gravel trail). Continue on this trail until you come to the volleyball court and turn left. You will soon come to another two T intersections and again turn left at those intersections. Shortly afterwards, just before the trail ends you will see a piece of wood in front of you in the trail. This piece of wood is pointing to the left into the woods at a 2 sister tree with a third sister that has broken off. In between these sisters you will find the WWE letterbox


WCW

World Championship Wrestling (WCW) was an American professional wrestling promotion which, in its proper form, existed from 1988 to 2001. Although the name "World Championship Wrestling" had been used as a brand and television show name by various promotions affilated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) since 1983, (most notably Georgia Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions) it was not until five years later that an actual NWA-affiliated promotion called World Championship Wrestling appeared on the national scene, under the ownership of media mogul Ted Turner and based in Atlanta, Georgia.

For the entirety of its existence as a separate promotion, WCW was the chief rival of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), and even the owners of its NWA-affiliated forerunner promotions regarded the WWF as their major competitor. At the outset of WCW's existence, as well as with the promotions that came before it, the company was strongly identified with the Southern style of professional wrestling (or rasslin'), which emphasized athletic in-ring competition over the showmanship and cartoonish characters of the WWF. This identification persisted into the 1990s, even as the company signed former WWF stars such as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. WCW dominated pro wrestling's television ratings from 1996 to 1998, mainly due to its incredibly popular New World Order (nWo) storyline, but thereafter began to lose heavy ground to the WWF, which had recovered greatly due to its new "Attitude" branding. The promotion began losing large amounts of money, leading to parent company AOL Time Warner selling the name, copyrights and tape library to the WWF for $4.3 million in 2001.

Return to the volleyball court and go the other way around (to the left). After going about half way around take your first left. You will soon come to a fork and again go left. On the right there will be a path, at the time of planting it was pretty over grown. Across from this path is a multi trucked tree with large sticks up against it almost like a teepee. To the right of that tree is a tree trunk still in the ground but leaning up against this other tree. This tree has a large hole in it that would be perfect for hiding a box, but would make it impossible to get the box out of. So since inside the tree isn’t a smart idea, swing around the back of the tree to find the old WCW logo.

Return to the trail and go to your left. You will see a small pond on your right followed shortly by a large tree on your left leaning, and two fallen trees on the ground in front of it. Behind the back of the log parallel to the path, near a flat rock, you will find the new WCW logo.