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 Posted: Mon Jan 15th, 2018 04:40 pm
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Watched some All Japan Classics last night. Billy Robinson and Horst Hoffman, The Destroyer winning over the Super Destroyer and unmasking him as Don Jardine (aka The Spoiler), Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik running wild, Harley Race defending the NWA title against Jumbo Tsuruta. Pretty fun stuff.

Sometimes it's nice to turn the action on without having to listen to the announce team trying to be funny or whatever. With the announcing in Japanese all you really get is the excitement of their words for the most part, and it's ok.

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 Posted: Mon Jan 15th, 2018 07:45 pm
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I've been watching Portland Clips of the 70 & 80s.  Young Roddy Piper, Buddy Rose, Rip Oliver and the Clan, Rick Martel, Matt Borne, The SheepHerders, Dr. D David Schultz, Dynamite Kid, Brett Sawyer, Ed Wiskoski...
It's pretty good stuff.  Buddy, for as much of an asshole as he was on message boards, is gold here.  He turns back and forth too often, but the turns at least have some logic to them.
Brett Sawyer does one of the bloodiest blade jobs ever.
Oliver is a strong heel.  The rest of the Clan at times is a bit generic, but they are tolerable. 
It was odd to see the Sheepherders with long hair & working face & even more shocking was Dr. D David the Redneck Schultz working face.
NWA Champion Harley Race and Martel have a great 2 out of 3 falls match together.  Of course they split the first two and Martel has Harley in the sleeper when time expires.
There is some Lonnie Mayne stuff at the end including his death announcement.  This is the first time I've ever seen him.  He's quite an odd character.  Funny at times and annoying AF at others.
Don Owens as promotor is a very good on air personality.  He's always pissed when someone interferes and screws up a match.  Schultz demands a match vs. Buddy next week and he tells them no because their matches are too bloody for TV and people are complaining, but they can have a match on Tuesday because that's not a TV taping.  Way to pump the house show!
I love the fact that you can buy tickets at Referee Sandy Barr's Flea Market on Saturdays, and of course the TV commercials are great.  I'm really interested in purchasing that HI-FI system that allows you to record from 8-Track to 8-Track.  You can get it for $10 a month.

It's a lot like Southeastern/Continental with the same guys at the top of the card and them continually turning on each other, but the Portland guys are better wrestlers and characters, and the angles used to create the turns are fresh & different each time.



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I agree except I always found Southeastern to have a "slimier" vibe amongst the heels. Portland had it a bit but not to the same level.

Schultz worked face in Calgary too. Him as a face seems wrong. Like if Rick Steamboat was booked as a heel.

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Read this stuff from Portland's Wikipedia page... I'd bet Buddy typed this him self and that's why there are no citations.


Between 1976 and 1985, "Playboy" Buddy Rose became famous for drawing more money than any other wrestler in the history of Portland Wrestling.[citation needed] In 1982 and 1983, Rose wrestled for the WWF, but on his days off he returned to the Northwest and worked one-night stands for Don Owen.[citation needed] Rose was credited with sold-out venues on both the East and West coasts.[citation needed]



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 Posted: Mon Jan 15th, 2018 08:28 pm
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LOL probably a pretty good bet

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I've never bought he idea thay "so-and-so" sold out an arena. Hogan and Zbyszko both credit themselves for the Shea Stadium crowd. On the house shoes I've gone to I would look at the card as a whole and see if it was worth plunking my money down for. Ive never based my decision on a certain person being there (sole exception was Andre the Giant coming to SIouz City to be in a battle royal. That doesn't count because I was around 12at the time and thus it wasn't my decision plus the tickets were free)

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-and-alibis-tully-j-j-and-magnum-discuss-the-horseman-era/

Magnum TA, JJ Dillon and Tully Blanchard discuss their memories of the Four Horsemen's legendary first run in JCP. Topics include how the men kept their egos in check while working in a group atmosphere, party life, Dusty Rhodes' booking, Blanchard and Magnum's wars, the car wreck that ended Magnum's career, the exodus of Horsemen members to the WWF in 1988/89, and more!

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-day-march-1985-part-3/

Part 3 of our look back at the wrestling world in March 1985 sees Bruiser Brody creating waves in Japan, an MMA legend debuts as a teenage pro wrestler, Memphis brings in the AWA champ - just not the one who happens to be legally holding the title, The Freebirds turn heel during an infamous angle in Florida, Gary Hart and Chris Adams have a falling out in Texas, Fritz teases expansion, a Hercules backstage brawl story, subterfuge in San Antonio sees Joe Blanchard lose his promotion, an arson nearly sees a promoter arrested, WTBS becomes a wrestling hub with the fate of the nation's wrestling landscape in the balance, Bill Watts threatens to book the Road Warriors with shooters if they don't listen, Dusty plots a closed circuit counterstrike to Wrestlemania, domestic violence gets a big pop, plus more news, notes and results!!

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Prime Time Wrestling Sept 27 , 1988.

Starts off with an awful Danny Davis vs. Brian Blair match and ends with the really brutal Bravo vs. Muraco match from Summer Slam 1988.

However, in between all of that were a couple of decent things:

Young Stallions vs. Conquistadors for what seems like the 95th time, but I may be confusing that with the 600 Stallions vs. Shadows matches. However, you need to seek this out just for the finish. Powers shoots one of the CQs in and holds him up him in the old Hart Foundation finish while Roma climbs to the top rops and hits the missile dropkick. This is one of the best finishers I've ever seen in my 35 years of watching wrestling. Roma gets up in the air probably 12-13 feet and is absolutely horizontal when he makes contact and then falls to the ground doing a sumersault and lands on his head but is able to tuck it and protect himself. Spectacular stuff. Looked amazing.

Also we saw Gorilla and Bobby meet up at Churchill Downs. Ron Bass was there too. Bobby wants to buy a horse. Gorilla and Bass talk back to each other. Great stuff.

Also we saw the transformation of One Man Gang into Akeen, which I hadn't seen since it aired. Can't believe anything like this would ever see the light of day in 2018.

Squashes matches with Bossman and Santana also were on the show and Mike Sharpe beat NWA jobber mainstay Tommy Angel.

I love these shows and hate them at the same time, if that is possible :)



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/starcage-85/

The AWA put on a super card in the weeks following Wrestlemania featuring Sgt. Slaughter and Jerry Blackwell locked in a cage with the Masked Superstar, King Tonga, and Sheik Adnan in a bloody war of attrition. Verne Gagne returned to the ring to team with his son Greg to avenge recent evil doings from Nick Bockwinkel and Mr. Saito. Curt and Larry Hennig go blow for blow with the Road Warriors. The Tonga Kid's rise continues he partners with Jim Brunzell to tangle with cagey vets Billy Robinson and Bobby Duncum. The mid-west's favorite Nazi, Baron Von Raschke partners with Buck Zumhofe as they clash with their sworn enemies Steve Regal and Jimmy Garvin. Bob Backlund and Brad Rheingans bring their grappling A-games into a bout with Larry Zbyszko and Butch Reed, plus more action! Along the way we enjoy some technical gaffes, Bob Backlund managing to have the worst match on the card, good old fashion promotional propaganda, music videos and other fun.

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I've never seen Starcage, but I need to track that down. Kinda fascinated by some of those makeshift teams (Reed in the AWA, whom I thought was teaming with Garvin at the time as his bodyguard.)



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Just watched Baseball Seasons: 1980. Very well down video by A&E and Lionsgate. Focused on the pennant races for all four divisions with lots of original footage from the playoffs and World Series. Heavy focuse on the Dallas Green Phils and the Royals of course.



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Blazer wrote: Just watched Baseball Seasons: 1980. Very well down video by A&E and Lionsgate. Focused on the pennant races for all four divisions with lots of original footage from the playoffs and World Series. Heavy focuse on the Dallas Green Phils and the Royals of course.
Wow, that sounds awesome actually.  Where would I find that?

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Boz1515 wrote: Blazer wrote: Just watched Baseball Seasons: 1980. Very well down video by A&E and Lionsgate. Focused on the pennant races for all four divisions with lots of original footage from the playoffs and World Series. Heavy focuse on the Dallas Green Phils and the Royals of course.
Wow, that sounds awesome actually.  Where would I find that?


These originally ran on MLB Network from 2011 through about 2014.  MLB put together a DVD with all ten seasons from the decade of the 80s.  Got it as a present for Christmas.  It's on Amazon for about ten bucks.

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https://www.amazon.com/Baseballs-Seasons-Artist-Not-Provided/dp/B00KJFZXOO/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1516479225&sr=1-1&keywords=baseball+seasons



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