- Verne Gagne took an increasing interest in the management of the AWA, and eventually became the sole shareholder.
- The AWA was picked up by ESPN and Verne Gagne promoted and ran events from New York to California and more.
- ~~~As well as live international events in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East.
- The AWA was the catalyst for many great stars like;
- ~~~Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Curt Hennig, Jesse Ventura, Jimmy Snuka, DDP, Andre and many more!
- AWA referees included; Joe Snyder, “Iron Duke” Jim Mitchell, Steve “O” Olsonoski, Khosrow Vaziri, Jack Pesek, Buddy Lane, Jerry Sagonovich, Larry Lisowski, Scott Ladeaux, Gary DeRusha, Marty Miller, George Gadaski, Doug Gilbert, Tom “Rocky” Stone, Mike Enos, Evan Johnson.