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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 06:47 pm
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The Berzerker party planning segment with Mr. Fuji was prime goofiness from the WWF of this era, but I definitely laughed upon seeing it at the time.

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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 07:44 pm
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tamalie wrote: The Berzerker party planning segment with Mr. Fuji was prime goofiness from the WWF of this era, but I definitely laughed upon seeing it at the time.

One of my all time favorite segments 



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 Posted: Mon Jul 22nd, 2019 09:23 pm
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A couple of weeks ago I watched a bunch of Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) matches from his WWF tours circa 1982 and 1983. I specifically went for matches from this side of the Pacific rather than from New Japan or elsewhere and with the WWF's announcers on the call rather than with New Japan's announcers doing voiceover commentary of stateside matches. This was due to an interest in seeing how the American fans and the WWF perceived and presented him. I was impressed by everything, especially his TV bout with Mr. Saito during which Tiger Mask got a mid match standing ovation.

There have been comments the late 1990s to the effect of calling Tiger Mask's matches with the likes of Dynamite Kid and others overrated. However, I think the matches must be viewed within the context of when they happened in 1982 and 1983. No one, certainly in the WWF audience, had seen stuff like this to any great extent and certainly not with the speed. These matches were like something from another dimension or from the future brought back in time.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-august-1985/

August of 1985 sees...

- The Heenan Family seriously injure Andre the Giant in a violent sneak attack
- The hottest new act in the WWF finds an unlikely manager. 
- A babyface pulls a knife on Mean Gene. 
- The WWF uses a prop for an injury angle, leading to JR going on Mid-South TV to expose their phony baloney. 
- Roddy Piper takes Vince McMahon to his dungeon of doom. 
- The WWF's Montreal takeover leads to major issues with talent and the local promoters. 
-  An all time great manager is spared a tragic end as he avoids a plane crash. 
- Plus more news, notes and results from the WWF's takeover of pro wrasslin'! 

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

- The AWA loses their top crossover media star, just as they are to embark on national TV
- Politics are put aside as World Class and the AWA share some talent
- Money arguments cause a change in the Twin Cities' AWA main event
 - A future convict appears on both AWA and WWF house shows
- A Boston TV special is marred by some of the worst commentary in history. 
- NWA champ Ric Flair takes on some of the AWA's top talents as he ventures away from JCP
- Jim Crockett is physically threatened in the locker room as a business deal goes south
- Stan Hansen finds a new ally in Japan
- A monster from Outer Space invades New Japan. 
- Paul Heyman promotes his first wrestling event, where he somehow managed to book some of America's biggest wrestling stars to appear at. 

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A quick look online says afi and Flair went to a draw at the Hawaii show. Did you have a source that said Flair won?



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khawk wrote: A quick look online says afi and Flair went to a draw at the Hawaii show. Did you have a source that said Flair won?
IIRC I used prowrestlinghistory.com  From the looks of it, I just had a brain fart while typing.   Thanks for the catch! I will edit that now.  
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This Best of Memphis Wrasslin' on Amazon Prime features the WWF's invasion during the early 1990s. 
- Lex Luger comes out as a dime store version of his own gimmick
- Jerry Lawler promises to fight Steroids with Fire
- HBK heads down south for a dandy little match with Double J
- The WWF World champ is beaten by Lawler in a result that may have annoyed Vince McMahon
- A royal couple reunite in a much different setting.
- Sherri Martel drops some casual racism
- Scott Levy changes gimmicks mid promo
- Papa Shango looks like a true monster heel in the Memphis setting 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-1986-volume-1/

- With Jerry Lawler gone, Bill Dundee and Buddy Landel rule the roost in Memphis
- The rise and fall of the Bill and Buddy show! 
- A GIANT FAT MAN takes over as the top babyface for a week. I am in love. 
- Bookerman Dundee drives some gimmick matches into the ground. 
- A Jim Cornette rip off brings in some mall cops to win him glory. 
- The Fantastics know big girls need lovin' too. 
- Lawler's "Best of" VHS tape in promoted in a unique manner
- The rookie Blade Runners prove to be fueled on steroids and...cake. 
- Memphis Wrasslin' Fun! 

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- With Jerry Lawler away, the heels run amok 
- Koko Ware mauls a jobber during an infamous squash outing 
- A new foreigner invades the area to play off the jingoism of Reagan's America
- We are teased with a new gimmick "THE THUNDERDOME" 
- An injury angle shows off just how poor the Memphis area medical care was 
- We see rip off gimmicks of Thunderbolt Patterson and Dusty Rhodes, as the promoters try and find something that will work
- A broken ring helps expose the business
- Jobber gimmick infringement! 
- If your a fan of Bill Dundee, this is your video as he dominates the Memphis scene with the King elsewhere

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

Wrapping up August of 1985 in the world of wrasslin' 
- Jerry Lawler struggles to find a partner to battle the Freebirds, leading him to make a deal with the devil
- A new monster heel arrives in Memphis. 30 years later and his identity still creates confusion online. 
- A Playboy seeks to make the Florida mat wars a bit more interesting. 
- Ric Flair goes racist to build up his title defense against Butch Reed at the Superdome
- A legend is forced to leave his beloved home.  Can the new masked man in town shed some light on how to save the day? 
- A movie monster reject destroys Dick Murdoch on TV. 
- Mike Von Erich endures Toxic Shock after surgery, beginning one of the saddest wrestling stories of the 80's
- Inoki finds a new partner to loan talent from
- Jim Crockett makes moves to insulate power in the NWA for himself. 
- A controversial figure who battled being blackballed from the business decides to retire instead of toiling away 
- Plus more news, notes and results~!

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tamalie wrote: A couple of weeks ago I watched a bunch of Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) matches from his WWF tours circa 1982 and 1983. I specifically went for matches from this side of the Pacific rather than from New Japan or elsewhere and with the WWF's announcers on the call rather than with New Japan's announcers doing voiceover commentary of stateside matches. This was due to an interest in seeing how the American fans and the WWF perceived and presented him. I was impressed by everything, especially his TV bout with Mr. Saito during which Tiger Mask got a mid match standing ovation.

There have been comments the late 1990s to the effect of calling Tiger Mask's matches with the likes of Dynamite Kid and others overrated. However, I think the matches must be viewed within the context of when they happened in 1982 and 1983. No one, certainly in the WWF audience, had seen stuff like this to any great extent and certainly not with the speed. These matches were like something from another dimension or from the future brought back in time.
The only thing I would disagree with is "I think the matches must be viewed within the context of when they happened in 1982 and 1983" line. You really don't. I do think the matches are more amazing when you think about the style at the time, but I not only think the matches hold up, I actually think they are better than the majority of cruiserweight matches in all companies and eras. The Dynamite Kid vs. Tiger Mask bouts were my favorite matches of all-time.



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One really cool thing about seeing Tiger Mask's WWF matches from 1982 and 1983 was that the announcers put him and his style over as something special and different, but in a very serious way. Tiger Mask was made to look like a star. Since the advent of the WWF/WWE trying light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions since 1997, too often the wrestlers have not been allowed to really go all out with the aerial moves and fast pace and have been treated like they don't matter.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-volume-3/

Volume 3 in the best of Memphis 1986 sees....
- Jeff Jarrett goes from teenage ref to Memphis headliner after one intense angle with his Daddy and some top heels.
- Lance Russell is AMAZING in getting this angle over. 
- The MOD Squad have a dull squash, so I amuse myself with dream 80's movie star tag teams 
- A cutie heart throb learns how to fight from an ugly old man. 
 - Joe MOTHER F'N LeDuc kicks some butt!
- Dimestore Jim Cornette screws things up for his team
- My new favorite wrestler of the week, Red Reese is in action
- Steroid freaks learn that boots can hurt more than muscles. 
- Plus promos for a famous Texas Death Match that I hope in this collection somewhere! 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-the-hulkster-hulk-hogan/

We take a look back at the early days of HULKAMANIA in the WWF as our hero battles Brutus Beefcake, Don Muraco, and the Iron Sheik

- Vince McMahon actually manages to make Hogan's title run seem less impressive while trying to put him over

- Hogan works in a comedy spot fit for the 3 Stooges while in the middle of a bloodbath with the Sheik

Since the Hogan video was short I decided to check out some Harley Race material the Network released upon his recent passing:

- Andre the Giant, at the peak of his run as a monster heel, plots with a man cosplaying as a King along with a French artist to plunder the body of Napoleon from his tomb.

- Something much different comes next as we see the build to NWA champ Harley Race fighting WWWF champ Superstar Billy Graham


- Gordon Solie indulges in his vices in front of the world at a press conference

- The warriors cut a face to face promo, with Race putting over his rugged, bad ass attitude, while Graham hypes up his body. Race's response to that is priceless.

- 10 minutes of the bloody, war of attrition is then shown.

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With the AWA entering the national (cable) TV world on ESPN, I felt it would be interesting to look at an early episode and breakdown what they did right and wrong in their bid to compete with the WWF and JCP. 
- One of the AWA announcers is larger than the main event talents. 
- How long is too long for a squash match?
- A future creepy criminal covets a championship
- A villian straight off of headlining some WWF shows makes his AWA return
- The worst Road Warriors music video ever! 
- Hawk and Animal, now babyfaces, cut a heel promo. 
- Champions who are booked don't even bother to show up for a National TV taping. 
- A top heel is shown being beaten clean. 
- Future ECW and WWF talents find work as jabronis.
- RIck Martel has a big time title defense against Terry Gordy~! 
- The Freebirds act is neutered by editing choices. 
 

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