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 Posted: Sun Apr 1st, 2012 11:54 pm
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I got to watch part of the Wrestle Rock '86 show today. 

It did not seem like a bad card and the matches that I watched were decent. 

They had this in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  It says 23,000 attended.  That place looked empty in most of the shots. 

Were they expecting more of a turnout?




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Papa Voo wrote: I got to watch part of the Wrestle Rock '86 show today. 

It did not seem like a bad card and the matches that I watched were decent. 

They had this in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.  It says 23,000 attended.  That place looked empty in most of the shots. 

Were they expecting more of a turnout?




Not sure but the Metrodome is pretty big, and it looked to me like fans showed up more and more as the card went along....it seemed a lot emptier at the start to me.

I think the show would have looked much better if they had it at the Civic Center in St. Paul with closed circuit in the Roy Wilking Auditorium next door.



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Some of the more expensive seats for this card were priced too highly for the market in that era so the AWA wound up with a deal that many sports and entertainment outfits have faced and will face. The most expensive ringside seats flew out and prices for the moderately positioned seats and cheap tickets did okay, but a whole group of seats in between didn't move as well. If you watch some of the earlier bouts, you can see gaps here and there for this reason. I think some fans arrived late while others moved down as the card went on, unimpeded by ushers.

The AWA knew little about good TV production and hurt itself via not always shooting at or from beneficial angles. I'd say 22,000 or a bit below was on target. They had things decently filled between the baselines (the ring was in the infield) and had a temporary grandstand on the field to create a more intimate set up. The basketball configuration uses a somewhat similar setup and can hold anywhere from 26,000 close in to 35,000 if you use more distant seats the AWA didn't sell. NFL capacity is 64,000 with 55,000 for the full baseball setup.

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Yeah, I have often watched footage of it wondering why they wouldn't just constantly show the filled-up side of the arena and barely, if ever, show the empty side of the arena, just from a television standpoint.



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I find it hilarious that the show was called WrestleRock, because there was a country concert afterwards starring Waylon Jennings.

Shouldn't it have been called WrestleCountry?:?

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Given some of the gates they were doing at the St. Paul Civic Center for much of 85 and 86, it was a shock that this show did this well.

Very historic card

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Who can ever forget the Wrestle Rock Rumble ?

 


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LOD Mark wrote:
I find it hilarious that the show was called WrestleRock, because there was a country concert afterwards starring Waylon Jennings.

Shouldn't it have been called WrestleCountry?:?


I didn't get it either.

Supposedly Verne hated the idea of rock music with wrestling, so if he had to do a show that incorporated music it would be country which he liked.

Good show overall.



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If nothing else Wrestlerock is a catchier name than Wrestlecountry.

 



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BruiserBrodyMania wrote:
LOD Mark wrote:
I find it hilarious that the show was called WrestleRock, because there was a country concert afterwards starring Waylon Jennings.

Shouldn't it have been called WrestleCountry?:?


I didn't get it either.

Supposedly Verne hated the idea of rock music with wrestling, so if he had to do a show that incorporated music it would be country which he liked.

Good show overall.


At the time, there was still a stereotype that wrestling fans = country music fans. Same reason David Allan Coe and George Jones played the Great American Bashes.



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dont recall george jones playing GAB.

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Chrisstlouis wrote: dont recall george jones playing GAB.
 

http://www.thehistoryofwwe.com/bashtours.htm

JCP @ Cincinnati, OH - Riverfront Stadium - July 9, 1986 (3,900 paid)
Featured a concert by George Jones
Hector Guerrero pinned Black Bart
The Barbarian & Shaska Whatley defeated Sam Houston & Nelson Royal
Jimmy Valiant defeated Baron Von Raschke in a pole match
Jimmy Garvin defeated Todd Champion
Manny Fernandez & Ron Garvin fought Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruschev to a 20-minute time-limit draw
NWA National Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard defeated Wahoo McDaniel via disqualification
Baby Doll, Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated Jim Cornette, NWA Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Dennis Condrey
Best of 7 Series for the NWA US Title: Nikita Koloff defeated Magnum TA; Koloff: 2, Magnum: 0
NWA World Champion Ric Flair defeated Road Warrior Animal via disqualification
Dusty Rhodes & Road Warrior Hawk defeated Ole & NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson in a steel cage match when Rhodes pinned Anderson


 

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LOD Mark wrote: I find it hilarious that the show was called WrestleRock, because there was a country concert afterwards starring Waylon Jennings.

Shouldn't it have been called WrestleCountry?:?

You're forgetting Buck "Rock & Roll" Zumhofe was on the card ;)

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I wonder how many fans Super Sunday in 1983 would have drawn if it would have been held at the Metrodome

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King Solomon wrote: I wonder how many fans Super Sunday in 1983 would have drawn if it would have been held at the Metrodome
Good question. I actually never thought of that, only the reverse (how Wrestlerock would have possibly been better if it was held at the Civic Center and closed-circuited next door).



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