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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 02:03 am
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^ Pretty good Santana vs. Valentine match. Went back and re-watched it this morning because I was falling asleep last night when I watched this.

Hard hitting as fuck, no flippity-flop bullshit. Crowd was hot, great story. Valentine absolutely took Tito's head off early in the match with a forearm. At the end, Tito came back with a vicious flying burrito that knocked Valentine out of the ring for the countout win. I think they had a trio of matches at MSG. This was the one not included on a Coliseum Home Video, but the lumberjack match and the curfew match are both on CHVs. Good shit. Go out of your way to track these down.

Also- favorite line of the night with Gorilla and Okerlund on the call (which is an enigma in its own right), Gorilla said that 95% of wrestlers are "college graduates". LOL.



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WWF at MSG Dec 28, 1984.
This may be one of the most loaded cards in history.
This was the show where they brought in Dick Clark and Cindy Lauper to do the angle with Piper smashing the record over Albano's head.
Also, a super hot Tonga Kid/Snuka vs. Piper/Orton tag match.
That awesome (for the time) Black Tiger vs. Cobra match for the WWF Jr Heavyweight Title that was on one of the earlier Coliseum Best of the WWF tapes.
Add to that, John Stossel's mug is on camera the entire time because this was the show that he filmed and did backstage interviews for 20/20.  He's ringside opposite the camera for the entire show.
Not enough?
Antonio Inoki is here to fight Dr. D David Schultz for the Martial Arts Title.
Not enough?
The Brisco Brothers get a shot against Adonis and Murdoch for the tag titles.  (Kinda funny seeing these guys go right after the Lauper angle).
Barry Windham steamrolled Mr. Fuji in about 15 seconds because they were running late.
Then, Hogan beat Sheik in a rematch from January for the title.
Loaded show, fun watch.

Full results:
Brutus Beefcake (w/ Johnny V) pinned SD Jones at 13:22 with a running kneelift
Salvatore Bellamo pinned Johnny Rodz at 5:36 with a reverse crossbody off the middle turnbuckle; prior to the bout, Howard Finkel introduced Bellomo's parents who were sitting in the crowd
World Martial Arts Champion Antonio Inoki pinned David Schultz at 5:16 with an enzuiguri (Schultz and Inoki's last MSG appearance)
The Junkyard Dog pinned Paul Kelly at 3:05 with the powerslam (JYD's MSG debut)
The Cobra pinned the Black Tiger to win the vacant WWF Jr. Heavyweight Title at 12:29 with a tombstone and senton bomb off the top; after the bout, the Black Tiger attacked the Cobra after Cobra offered to shake hands; moments later, the Cobra retaliated by hitting Tiger with a steel chair (Best of the WWF Vol. 1)
Jimmy Snuka & the Tonga Kid fought Roddy Piper & Bob Orton Jr. to a double disqualification at 14:58 when all four men began brawling in the ring and Snuka shoved the referee to the mat; after the bout, Snuka & Tonga cleared the ring of the opposition (Rowdy Roddy Piper's Greatest Hits)
Mike Rotundo pinned Rene Goulet at 10:38 with an airplane spin
WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch fought Jack & Jerry Brisco to a double count-out at 26:46 when all four men began brawling on the floor; after the match, the challengers put Adonis & Murdoch in simultaneous figure-4 leglocks
Barry Windham pinned Mr. Fuji at the 19-second mark with a bulldog
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned the Iron Sheik (w/ Freddie Blassie) at 3:31 with a powerslam and the legdrop (WWE's Top 50 Superstars of All Time)

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January 1986 Saturday Night's Main Event from the SunDome in Tampa.

Highlight of the show was a really well-done Hogan vs. Terry Funk title match. Loved this as a kid, as this holds up just as well today. Two near falls that looked like Funk was going to win the belt (closest Hogan had come to losing the title up to that point). The first one came after a Funk piledriver, the other after Jimmy Hart nailed Hogan with the branding iron. The rest of the match, Funk bounced around and took maniacal bumps like Curt Hennig. He was great. Super hot match, and this was when Hogan was still cool.

Opener had Piper, Orton and Jesse vs. The Hillbillies (Cousin Junior had been replaced by Cousin Luke).

George Steele's love affair with Elizabeth began this night. Savage beat Steele in a quick match. Volkoff beat Corp. Kirchner with some hijinx in a Peace Match, and Steamboat/JYD beat Muraco/Fuji in a decent tag match to end the show.

Lots of fun segments in between with water slides and "fun in the sun" and a great 1985 year end video set to Billy Ocean.

I eat this shit up :)



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NWA World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night 6/28/1986 and 7/12/1986.

6/28 episode is the last buildup to the Great American Bash before it started in Phily at Veterans Stadium on 7/1 with Flair vs. Hawk, so the show had an angle where the Horsemen took out both Road Warriors (piledrove Animal on the floor).

7/12 episode was shot at Dorton Arena in Raleigh (what a cool venue....glass windows on all sides up to the ceiling). Shaska Whatley was shaved by Jimmy Valiant. Dusty calls Ole an "old man", yikes. Nikita and Magnum are heating up (Magnum down early in the Best of 7), but Nikita is also going to get a crack at the World Title. Wahoo beats Tully by DQ in a National Title match (he would later on win that belt). NO signs yets of Manny's turn on Jimmy Valiant. Good stuff.

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Dorton Arena...



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Cody Rhodes vs. Ibushi from Wrestle Kingdom 12 tonight.

Decent match, but lord have mercy Brandi Rhodes.

Would.



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Blazer wrote: NWA World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night 6/28/1986 and 7/12/1986.

6/28 episode is the last buildup to the Great American Bash before it started in Phily at Veterans Stadium on 7/1 with Flair vs. Hawk, so the show had an angle where the Horsemen took out both Road Warriors (piledrove Animal on the floor).

7/12 episode was shot at Dorton Arena in Raleigh (what a cool venue....glass windows on all sides up to the ceiling). Shaska Whatley was shaved by Jimmy Valiant. Dusty calls Ole an "old man", yikes. Nikita and Magnum are heating up (Magnum down early in the Best of 7), but Nikita is also going to get a crack at the World Title. Wahoo beats Tully by DQ in a National Title match (he would later on win that belt). NO signs yets of Manny's turn on Jimmy Valiant. Good stuff.


I recall the Dorton Arena episodes too and agree that it had a great look on TV. The crowd for this World Championship Wrestling taping was incredibly hot. You'd never guess that the promotion was dying on its feet in about two years.

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tamalie wrote: Blazer wrote: NWA World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night 6/28/1986 and 7/12/1986.

6/28 episode is the last buildup to the Great American Bash before it started in Phily at Veterans Stadium on 7/1 with Flair vs. Hawk, so the show had an angle where the Horsemen took out both Road Warriors (piledrove Animal on the floor).

7/12 episode was shot at Dorton Arena in Raleigh (what a cool venue....glass windows on all sides up to the ceiling). Shaska Whatley was shaved by Jimmy Valiant. Dusty calls Ole an "old man", yikes. Nikita and Magnum are heating up (Magnum down early in the Best of 7), but Nikita is also going to get a crack at the World Title. Wahoo beats Tully by DQ in a National Title match (he would later on win that belt). NO signs yets of Manny's turn on Jimmy Valiant. Good stuff.


I recall the Dorton Arena episodes too and agree that it had a great look on TV. The crowd for this World Championship Wrestling taping was incredibly hot. You'd never guess that the promotion was dying on its feet in about two years.

I forgot to mention the final match was Midnights vs Road Warriors.  This was the angle where Baby Doll ran down and potatoed Cornette in the back of the head.  This absolutely blew the roof off the place.  The place was on fire. You’re totally spot on.  Crowd was electric.  Magical stuff.

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Blazer wrote: WWF at MSG Dec 28, 1984.
This may be one of the most loaded cards in history.
This was the show where they brought in Dick Clark and Cindy Lauper to do the angle with Piper smashing the record over Albano's head.
Also, a super hot Tonga Kid/Snuka vs. Piper/Orton tag match.
That awesome (for the time) Black Tiger vs. Cobra match for the WWF Jr Heavyweight Title that was on one of the earlier Coliseum Best of the WWF tapes.
Add to that, John Stossel's mug is on camera the entire time because this was the show that he filmed and did backstage interviews for 20/20.  He's ringside opposite the camera for the entire show.
Not enough?
Antonio Inoki is here to fight Dr. D David Schultz for the Martial Arts Title.
Not enough?
The Brisco Brothers get a shot against Adonis and Murdoch for the tag titles.  (Kinda funny seeing these guys go right after the Lauper angle).
Barry Windham steamrolled Mr. Fuji in about 15 seconds because they were running late.
Then, Hogan beat Sheik in a rematch from January for the title.
Loaded show, fun watch.

Full results:
Brutus Beefcake (w/ Johnny V) pinned SD Jones at 13:22 with a running kneelift
Salvatore Bellamo pinned Johnny Rodz at 5:36 with a reverse crossbody off the middle turnbuckle; prior to the bout, Howard Finkel introduced Bellomo's parents who were sitting in the crowd
World Martial Arts Champion Antonio Inoki pinned David Schultz at 5:16 with an enzuiguri (Schultz and Inoki's last MSG appearance)
The Junkyard Dog pinned Paul Kelly at 3:05 with the powerslam (JYD's MSG debut)
The Cobra pinned the Black Tiger to win the vacant WWF Jr. Heavyweight Title at 12:29 with a tombstone and senton bomb off the top; after the bout, the Black Tiger attacked the Cobra after Cobra offered to shake hands; moments later, the Cobra retaliated by hitting Tiger with a steel chair (Best of the WWF Vol. 1)
Jimmy Snuka & the Tonga Kid fought Roddy Piper & Bob Orton Jr. to a double disqualification at 14:58 when all four men began brawling in the ring and Snuka shoved the referee to the mat; after the bout, Snuka & Tonga cleared the ring of the opposition (Rowdy Roddy Piper's Greatest Hits)
Mike Rotundo pinned Rene Goulet at 10:38 with an airplane spin
WWF Tag Team Champions Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch fought Jack & Jerry Brisco to a double count-out at 26:46 when all four men began brawling on the floor; after the match, the challengers put Adonis & Murdoch in simultaneous figure-4 leglocks
Barry Windham pinned Mr. Fuji at the 19-second mark with a bulldog
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned the Iron Sheik (w/ Freddie Blassie) at 3:31 with a powerslam and the legdrop (WWE's Top 50 Superstars of All Time)

Dag, you've been watching some awesome stuff here recently.  I've always loved this card and the way the crowd responded to some of the angles.  The Snuka/Tonga Kid vs. Piper/Orton match was fantastic from a reaction point of view.

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Watched some 1982-83 Montreal/Detroit George Cannon shows last night..."Superstars of Wrestling". Some of the action was decent but it was more a nostalgia trip as I used to get that show off and on as a kid up here.

At one point Sailor White (aka Moondog King) told George Cannon he was going to come to his house and take a crap on his lawn. lol.

Aside from that a Destroyer vs. Mr. Hito match which was pretty good, A Dino Bravo-Billy Robinson contract signing for the International title, and a pretty decent promo out of John Bonello (future WWF job guy) were some of the highlights. Also a Stampede Promo for an 11/21/82 show.

Fun. One more disc of that to go later this week,



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Just watched Clash of the Champions 9 from Nov 1989.  I forgot how damn good this show was from top to bottom.  There was only really disappointing match, which was the opener between the Road Warriors and Freebirds with a lame DQ finish.  Otherwise, an electric crowd with great hard-hitting matches and fun booking.  Ross and Solie were outstanding on the call.  Flair/Funk I quit was phenomenal, although I was annoyed with Gary Hart going over to Solie every five minutes in complete view of everyone to ask for the time.  Ross had a great call at the end, “the Japanese have attacked Flair! The Japanese have attacked!”  Steiners vs. Skyscrapers was great.  Pillman/Luger was hard hitting as fuck.  Absolutely great show top to bottom. And Luger destroyed trophies at the end to top it off. 🏆 



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-day-march-1985-part-2/

Part 2 of our look into March 1985 sees the AWA stars bomb in St. Louis, 2 legendary sports broadcasters call the action for a special WWF radio broadcast, Harley Race has a falling out with his business partners, Jim Crockett and Ole Anderson invade the WWF's territory with Vince's former stars, the story of the wrestler who sued a promoter over payoffs, the Road Warriors get physical with fans during a TV taping, Pro Wrestling USA runs a mess of a TV taping as the wrestler's feuds are unclear and WWF angles are pushed, Baltimore fans are treated to a card loaded with JCP and AWA talent, plus more news, notes and results!

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Clash 8 from September 1989. First time I've seen this in full since the original airing.

Road Warriors vs. SST: Hot opener where the SST took a viscious doomsday off the top rope.

Z-Man debuts over Cuban Assasin: Never understood the appeal with this guy.

Sid vs. Ranger Ross: Sid looks unfuckingstoppable here. Absolutely amazing moves. Total squash. Pulled out some wicked moves at the end before the powerbomb like some kind of helicopter razor's edge.

Steiners vs. Freebirds: Robin Greene screws over Scott, Birds retain the titles. Scott Steiner here is just absolutely unbelievable, hitting standing frankensteiners on both Freebirds.  Go out of your way to see this.

Pillman beat Norman the Lunatic. Good match, Pillman was a different guy before the injuries. Could move.  Awesome high flying stuff off the top rope.

Rotundo vs. Doc: Blow off to the Varsity Club.  Williams wins it.  Good match.

Luger beat Tommy Rich is the surprise of the night. HELL of a match. Rich worked his ass off.

Flair/Sting vs. Dick Slater/Muta. Good hard hitting match, ends with Funk interfering and putting a plastic bag over Flair's head, Sting was hit in the leg with the branding iron. Total carnage.

Overall, good shit.

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Should mention this also-

Been watching these MLB Network "Presents" documentaries lately. They're fantastic. They did one on Billy Martin.

Something I didn't know about. I was aware of the five stints as manager with NY for Martin. After they won the Series in 1977, Billy was drinking a lot. During the '78 season, he got into a huge bar fight. Steinbrenner was forced to fire him because it was so bad. Billy's agent actually told him to resign for health reason so Steinbrenner would be forced to honor his contract, and so Billy did just that. Steinbrenner was pissed at the agent, but he kinda respected the move and thought it was good. Steinbrenner didn't really want to fire Billy, and Billy didn't want to leave. But it had to happen. So they bring in Bob Lemon from the White Sox (incidentally, there was a rumor just before this that the Yankees and White Sox were going to trade managers). Bob Lemon took over. Here's the crazy part that I was just too young at the time to remember...

Five days after Billy Martin gives his tearful resignation speech, the Yankees bring him back for old timers day. They announce his name to the crowd, and he runs onto the field and of course gets a standing ovation. On the scoreboard, they announce that Billy Martin will be coming back in 18 months to be the manager for the 1980 season.

WTF?!

Bob Lemon became a "lame duck" manager who would go on to win the World Series with the Yankees in '78, but this was the first time in baseball history that a manager was announced to take over a position 18 months in advance.

Lemon did a nice job turning around the '78 team. Crazy part, the '79 team stunk and they ended up canning Lemon and bringing Billy back early in '79.

Really good piece for you NY cats if you get a chance to watch it.



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