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 Posted: Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 09:39 am
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Prime Time Oct 4, 1988.

Lots of stuff going down in this episode. The first Mr. Perfect viginette airs, this one of him playing pool in Vince's basement and he runs a 9-ball rack. Later on in the show, a match from the Meadowlands with Perfect vs. Jim Brunzell would air, which was pretty competitive.

Also, Akeen debuted in the ring with his new entrance music and dancing and shit. Slick was there. Pretty much a squash of course.

Also they aired the angle where Heenan tried to sell Hercules to DiBiase to become Ted's new slave. Herc of course rejected that shit, so all hell broke loose, ending with Herc swinging his steel chain over his head and almost decapitating the front row of fans behind the podium at the Superstars taping.

This led to fun banter between Gorilla and Bobby for the rest of the show, with Gorilla implying Herc was going to show up on the Prime Time set. Also, the WWF crew missed one segment when Gorilla accidentally left his Diet Coke on the table. Product placement!

Sam Houston lost to Ron Bass in the opener. Bass almost raked the spurs over Houston's head, but Beefcake made the save.

Dino Bravo beat B Brian Blair (looks like the Killer Bees are officially broken up).

Bossman beat Koko from Summerslam 88 *(love the missile dropkick from Koko on Bossman in this match though).

Fun stuff. The Gorilla/Bobby chemistry is awesome. They're also starting to hype the Sugar Ray Leonard boxing match they would help promote on PPV in November.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 24th, 2018 11:01 am
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Blazer wrote:  They're also starting to hype the Sugar Ray Leonard boxing match they would help promote on PPV in November.
Who was he fighting, Donny LaLonde?



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 Posted: Wed Jan 24th, 2018 11:08 am
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I watched a long run of Puerto Rico matches from WWC. They sure did like blood in the islands. The fans get pretty rowdy too.

Lots of Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah or Ayala. Lots of barbed wire matches.

The Invaders vs. the Sheepherders were great bloody matches.

Invader I wrestles in a bunch of matches.

Leo Burke makes an appearance in a "boxing match" vs. The Invader, who has Macho Camacho in his corner.

I also saw waaaaaay too much Chickie Starr.



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I binge watched a bunch of Stampede today.

Obviously it had a bunch of young Brett & Owen Hart matches. The British Bulldogs wrestled as partners and as singles.

It was also cool to see a young Chris Benoit.

The Stomper was a huge fan favorite. I was only familiar with him in the AWA.

Bad News Allen was a good lead heel even if the Beer Belly Share Croppers didn't like him.

Later Mike Shaw did a nice job too.

An odd situation happened. Jason The Terrible unmasks Zodiak and the announcer, Ed Whalen, sees Zodiak's face and says, "I don't know him."

Was there more to this angle? Why unmask a guy if there's no payoff? It was Barry O under the mask.

Also I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on something. They mention on more than one occasion that they were shut down by the athletic commission and fans waited outside but were turned away. The next show was going to be on an Indian Reservation to get around it. Later that are hyping a show but aren't sure which venue it will be.

Was this for real or part of an angle? It seems real, because I can't understand why you wouldn't want to announce where a card was going to be.

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I'm now on to some Japanese matches.

I watched Vader's premier and was shocked that he beat Inoki.

There was a really wild Brody & Hansen vs. The Funks match.

I just watched a young Andre take on Stan Hansen. Andre was a great monster heel when he was young.

I'm looking forward to the next match which is from 79 featuring Harley Race and Abdullah. Abby is young and agile here.

So far so good.



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I watched the Kayfabe Commentaries Brother Love 1990 WWF Timeline last night. It was enjoyable enough, not overly memorable, but a guy like Pritchard comes across to me as genuine as he talks about what he remembers and that's always a huge plus in these things.

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The Ultimate Sin wrote: I binge watched a bunch of Stampede today.

Obviously it had a bunch of young Brett & Owen Hart matches. The British Bulldogs wrestled as partners and as singles.

It was also cool to see a young Chris Benoit.

The Stomper was a huge fan favorite. I was only familiar with him in the AWA.

Bad News Allen was a good lead heel even if the Beer Belly Share Croppers didn't like him.

Later Mike Shaw did a nice job too.

An odd situation happened. Jason The Terrible unmasks Zodiak and the announcer, Ed Whalen, sees Zodiak's face and says, "I don't know him."

Was there more to this angle? Why unmask a guy if there's no payoff? It was Barry O under the mask.

Also I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on something. They mention on more than one occasion that they were shut down by the athletic commission and fans waited outside but were turned away. The next show was going to be on an Indian Reservation to get around it. Later that are hyping a show but aren't sure which venue it will be.

Was this for real or part of an angle? It seems real, because I can't understand why you wouldn't want to announce where a card was going to be.


I remember from Dynamite Kid's book that Stampede had been in hot water over Bad News using a fork on him in a street fight. The end result was a few shows on the reservation.



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khawk wrote: I watched the Kayfabe Commentaries Brother Love 1990 WWF Timeline last night. It was enjoyable enough, not overly memorable, but a guy like Pritchard comes across to me as genuine as he talks about what he remembers and that's always a huge plus in these things.
That sounds good.  How long ago was it filmed?



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victhestick wrote: The Ultimate Sin wrote: I binge watched a bunch of Stampede today.

Obviously it had a bunch of young Brett & Owen Hart matches. The British Bulldogs wrestled as partners and as singles.

It was also cool to see a young Chris Benoit.

The Stomper was a huge fan favorite. I was only familiar with him in the AWA.

Bad News Allen was a good lead heel even if the Beer Belly Share Croppers didn't like him.

Later Mike Shaw did a nice job too.

An odd situation happened. Jason The Terrible unmasks Zodiak and the announcer, Ed Whalen, sees Zodiak's face and says, "I don't know him."

Was there more to this angle? Why unmask a guy if there's no payoff? It was Barry O under the mask.

Also I was wondering if anyone can shed some light on something. They mention on more than one occasion that they were shut down by the athletic commission and fans waited outside but were turned away. The next show was going to be on an Indian Reservation to get around it. Later that are hyping a show but aren't sure which venue it will be.

Was this for real or part of an angle? It seems real, because I can't understand why you wouldn't want to announce where a card was going to be.


I remember from Dynamite Kid's book that Stampede had been in hot water over Bad News using a fork on him in a street fight. The end result was a few shows on the reservation.

Thanks



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Blazer wrote: khawk wrote: I watched the Kayfabe Commentaries Brother Love 1990 WWF Timeline last night. It was enjoyable enough, not overly memorable, but a guy like Pritchard comes across to me as genuine as he talks about what he remembers and that's always a huge plus in these things.
That sounds good.  How long ago was it filmed?

Had to look it up...filmed on June 8 2017.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-alibis-rick-steiner-shoot-interview/

Rick Steiner covers his days as an NCAA wrestler, how Verne Gagne and George Steele brought him into wrestling, the Olympian who was meant to be Steiner's first tag team partner, Scott Steiner's rampage in the CNN towers, shooting with other pro wrestlers who had legit backgrounds, performing dangerous ribs while driving town to town, the Steiners failed WWF run, getting heat for abusing a midget, beating up Konnan in WCW, Rick and Meng fighting marines in a bar, Bill Watts roughing up his talent, how his TNA run convinced him to retire and more!!

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwf-torontos-maple-leaf-gardens-4-21-85/

The WWF presents one of their best tag team matches of the era as Ricky Steamboat and Tito Santana combine to battle Greg Valentine and Brutus Beefcake. World Champion Hulk Hogan faces Paul Orndorff, who finds himself in a moral crisis. The undercard is full of a healthy dose of bad matches (Ivan Putski), inane commentary, steroids and Bret Hart trying to steal the show while tangling with George Wells.

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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.

Finally getting back into my Crockett ‘86 run.  Watched the 7/19 episode of NWA World Championship Wrestling tonight.  This week they move from Raleigh to the capital of South Carolina - Columbia.  David Crockett states they will make it a goal to hit all of the state capitols :)
This is another memorable venue.  They did a lot of tv tapings from this building. Its the one that has light blue walls and you can see the ornamental work on the sides of the stage on the camera side.
Anyway, the crowd is absolutely electric.  The second to last match was a fantastic match between the Andersons and the RnR Express that went the time limit draw.  They had a Dusty/Magnum vs Midnights match to end the show with a classic “we gotta go!” moment about three minutes into the match.  Still a super hot show to go out of your way to see if nothing more than the Andersons/RnR match and the electric crowd.
For some reason, there wasn’t a July 26 episode.  The next one in my run is August 2, which I believe they will announce the Dusty title win, so should be good.




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It was the Township Auditorium in Columbia, SC.



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-alibis-bruce-hart-shoot-interview/

Bruce Hart covers the Dungeon training camps, discovering the Dynamite Kid, the night a Canadian reporter tried to expose the Stampede business as phony (spoiler: David Schultz is involved), the locker room fight that left Bruce with a broken jaw, Brian Pillman's locker room fights with much larger men, Bruce's aborted WWF run, the Montreal Screwjob, Owen's death, his thoughts on the next generation of Harts in wrestling and more!

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