Vince was able to keep buying up the top stars from every top promotion. That's incredibly expensive. Where did Vince get the money to d that and ultimately put all the territories out of business? He wasn't getting it from house shows. He only ran his big cities - New York and Philly and Washington D.C. once a month! Other territories ran cities weekly! Miami every week. Tampa every week. Houston weekly. Dallas every week. New Orleans weekly. Atlanta every week. Vince couldn't run cities weekly because his style of wrestling was too boring to run towns weekly and not lose his fans. No, Vince got that money from the mafia. After all, New York is infested with Italians. New York was where the mafia was based at that time. It's no coincidence that they let Bruno Sammartino hold their "world title" for 12 years. The mafia wanted an Italian champion. How else does somebody get to have the "world title" for 12 years?