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 Posted: Sun Mar 25th, 2018 03:05 pm
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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-super-tape-2/

"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan gives the Macho King all he can handle in a battle for the crown, The Rockers are given a "profile" section that ends in an unexpected manner, Demolition battles the WWF's new heel tandem, Roddy Piper and Rick Rude brawl, Rick Martel and Bret Hart tangle in a technical battle, Akeem dances in the face of Greek Mythos, and the Hulkster partners with the Barber to try and put a hurting on Mr. Perfect and the Genius!

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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2018 06:39 am
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Watching the 11/22/88 Prime Time Wrestling as I continue my Prime Time rewatch from April 1986 which began five years ago....

So, in the opening match (Akeem vs SD Jones) this May have been up there with as one of the most unusual announce teams ever.
Match was from Phily. Announcers - Alfred, Rod Trongard, and Dick Graham. Weird to have Graham and Trongard together.

Also, Harley Race is back. This is possibly one of the biggest flubs WWF ever made. Mooney and Alfred already talking about Race vs Heenan and Haku a few days before Race is on Andre’s team at Survivor Series.



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Watched the March 1988 SNME last night. Kinda a bit nostalgic after talking about the 30th anniversary of WM4. Have to say, I really enjoyed it. Haven’t watched this probably since it originally aired. Maybe watched it one other time shortly afterwards, but it had been awhile. Five matches on the show:

Beefcake vs Valentine
Hogan vs Race
Savage vs DiBiase
Bees vs Islanders (Islanders with the rub on their way to face Bulldogs)
Gang vs Patera (basically a squash)

The first three matches were all excellent. I did notice a cut in the film at the end of the Race/Hogan match were it looks like they had to reshoot the ending. Overall this was really a good show though. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Still find it interesting they gave us DiBiase vs Macho also well before Mania.



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So Race wrestled in the WM4 battle royal a couple of weeks later. I always thought the injury angle was BS. Was he wrestling hurt at Mania?



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Blazer wrote: So Race wrestled in the WM4 battle royal a couple of weeks later. I always thought the injury angle was BS. Was he wrestling hurt at Mania?Race had 18 inches of intestine removed and was out for months. 


http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-march-to-wrestlemania-9/
WWE should really put the old USA specials up before their corresponding PPVs one of these years.  Here's a passive aggressive look at the "March to WM 9" with a lot of talent that was not part of the show or even with the WWF by the time this special aired.  Macho Man is over HUGE even without a Mania program, Hulk Hogan cuts a promo about mermaids, Taker and Bam Bam Bigelow have a fun battle, Kamala is the Christian Cannibal, plus more fun!

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrestling-back-in-the-day-april-1985-part-2/

Part 2 of April in 1985 sees the AWA run a loaded card only weeks after Mania 1 - with the WWF taking them on with a card of their own, Two cagey vets have an infamous "Shoot" with the Road Warriors to teach them a lesson. Two legends return to action in the AWA, Pro Wrestling USA saw a bit of a WWWF dream match take place a few years too late, The Freebirds tape their motion picture debut, Montreal booms as the AWA stars pop another big house, Bruiser Brody causes more headaches, David Schultz makes headlines for another attack away from the ring, Don Owens turns to Ric Flair to try and salvage his promotion and more news, notes and results! 

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Arnold_OldSchool wrote: Blazer wrote: So Race wrestled in the WM4 battle royal a couple of weeks later. I always thought the injury angle was BS. Was he wrestling hurt at Mania?Race had 18 inches of intestine removed and was out for months. 



The SNME match was taped weeks before WM4.  If he was injured at SNME, how was he able to wrestle at WM4?  We know he did.  I always thought the injury was related to something other than the actual table spot on the SNME.  The retro-history is that he hurt himself falling into that table.  



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Race is a tough bird, and wanted the big payday?


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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwf-network-wrestlings-tough-guys/

Wrestling's Tough Guys is a ROUGH tape to watch! Tito Santana can't get much out of the muscle bound Dino Bravo, Hacksaw Duggan butts heads with Boris Zhukov, The Powers of Pain and the Bushwackers have a true stinker, Hercules and Akeem have a comedic clash of titans, and in the only truly redeeming part of the tape sees Haku and Ronnie Garvin tossing stiff shots at one another in a true battle of legit badasses. 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-the-wwfs-hottest-matches/

"The WWF's Hottest matches" is a pretty solid release. Tito Santana and Rick Martel put forth a nice battle, Jake the Snake's psychologically strong style is on display in matches with Akeem and the Million Dollar Man, The Rockers tangle with the Orient Express, and Dusty Rhodes faces Greg Valentine in one on one action, then teams with Sapphire for a crowd pleaser against the Macho King and Queen Sherri, who are joined by Brother Love. Plus the Barber has a stinker against Haku and a young Shawn Michaels gets an early chance at singles success as he grapples with Ted Dibiase. 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-and-alibis-barry-windham-shoot-interview-2/

Barry Windham covers his early years being the son of a vagabond father playing in the NFL and pro wrestling, the wrestlers who he went to college with, breaking in with the Funk family, drinking with Dick Murdoch, Jim Crockett's financial struggles leading him to the WWF, why he ended up leaving the WWF in the middle of a boom period, Ric Flair partying with a teenage Windham, wrestling Stan Hansen and Brody in Japan, why he went back to the WWF briefly in 1989, butting heads with Jim Herd, why he turned down the NWA world title, feuding with his friend Dusty Rhodes, Windham's role in Brian Pillman's career altering car accident, being given the "Stalker" gimmick, JBL being a backstage bully, being an agent for the WWE, NXT, and more!!

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-april-1985-part-3/

The final part of April 1985 sees Nick Bockwinkel head to Memphis to face off with another Hall of Fame heel, a rumored power play in Florida could alter wrestling history, Gary Hart watches one of his creations ruined by bad booking, a new giant gets his first push, World Class gossip suggests they will partner with an act that is selling out stadiums across the USA, Bill Watts takes to the airways to shoot on Sports Entertainment and 20/20, a gimmick change turns a jabroni into a headliner, the WWF is embarrassed in Texas, Jim Crockett makes the biggest move in his business history, plus more news, rumors, and results!

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I'm watching TNT from Jan. 86 and Capt. Lou described Animal Steele as "homicidal, suicidal!!" etc etc and very much sounded like proto-Paul E putting over Sabu a decade later.

Later in the show "Candice Purdue" comes out to talk about her weight lifting training and wrestling career (She's from Moolah's camp). Vince brings a geek with small arms out of the audience to arm wrestle her - and the dude wins. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

The show also sees a great botch as a jobber gets up the wrong way against Davey Boy Smith and he hits a crossbody on the guy anyway.

This also seems to be the debut of Adonis' full on gay gimmick. No more teasing the "Relax with Trudy" briefcase. In 2018 this is a babyface promo as Adonis proudly yells about going to the places he wants go to be with the people he wants to be with and "yes, I'm gay!". Vince brings out a flamingly gay makeup artist but McMahon won't even shake the guy's hand, apparently afraid of cooties.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-supertape-3/

"SuperTape 3" sees Kerry Von Erich in a possibly impaired state as he grapples with Mr. Perfect, Jimmy Snuka sets some kind of record for bad wrestling as he and the Barbarian have a stinker, Jake the Snake shows off his psychology talents as he tangles with Curt Hennig, Paul Roma does his best to have a poor match with Marty Jannetty, the Legion of Doom and Demolition collide twice to establish tag team dominance, Tugboat and the Earthquake test the weight limit of the ring, and the Big Bossman and Ted Dibiase outshine the rest of pack with their efforts in one on one action.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-wwfs-a-m-chicago-tv-special-with-oprah/

In May of 1985, a star was breaking out on the Chicago airwaves as Oprah emerged as an entertainment force. In an effort to snag some ratings from the buzz of "Wrestlemania", Oprah attended a WWF house show in Chicago, and aired parts on her morning show. What followed was some amusing commentary from Winfrey as she admitted did not watch wrestling. The WWF made an odd choice in her announcing partner, which didn't help. Hulk Hogan is asked the WRONG question and sours on Oprah's presence, She attempts to find the softer side of Jesse Ventura. We get a few ethnically questionable remarks, plus we see some WWF headline action with Hulk Hogan, JYD, Tito Santana and other top stars battling in the ring. A unique thing to view for sure....

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-wwf-mega-matches/

WWF's Mega Matches is loaded with stars. They jam in a really fun Randy Savage vs Jim Duggan encounter, the Macho King faces the wrath of the Ultimate Warrior in a cage (featuring Sherri getting stripped), Hulk Hogan out muscling Dino Bravo, Earthquake clashing with Tito Santana, Hacksaw Duggan defending America against Sgt. Slaughter, The Hitman tangling with the Barbarian, a little fun with the Bushwackers and Rhythm and Blues, the Big Bossman getting his hands on the Brain and the British Bulldog's return to MSG after being away for several years. Plus a hilarious bit with the Macho Man on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"!!

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Watching the 2/16 episode of NWA Pro Chicago. Larry Z says New World Order 3 times when talking about Tom Zenk.



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