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 Posted: Thu Sep 5th, 2019 03:02 am
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I was also thinking about the people who were in attendance at this match months ago and then saw it aired on tv as the "title change". Wonder how much damage that did in the long run.



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-wwf-maple-leaf-gardens-9-23-85/

The WWF at Maple Leaf Garden Sept. 1985
- A multi time champion from the Florida territory wallows in the prelims upon his debut
- Dino Bravo cosplays as 1991 Jacques Rougeau
- King Kong Bundy tangles with someone less mobile than he is.
- The Killer Bee's had theme music?!?!?!
- Ricky Steamboat shows great fire as he tears into Don Muraco in a Lumberjack match.
- Haku continues to be a poor babyface.
- Uncle Elmer proves to be the worst worker on the show.
- Lanny Poffo showcases his abilities as he grapples with "Cowboy" Bob Orton
- Jesse Ventura proves to be popular with the fans, even though he is challenging IC champ "Chico" Santana.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 13th, 2019 03:38 pm
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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-cwfs-battle-of-the-belts/

CWF's Battle of the Belts 1!!
- Wahoo McDaniel defies his age as he battles NWA champ Ric Flair in a 3 Fall fight for the gold.  
- The Road Warriors have a FIGHT on their hands as they match up with Stan Hansen and Harley Race! 
- AWA Champ Rick Martel fails to appear, leading to a poor replacement taking his spot against Nick Bockwinkel 
- Cocoa Samoa's crazy life outside of wrestling proves to be more entertaining than his match. 
- Rookie sensation Kendall Windham struggles with a jabroni.
- Percy Pringle does his best to entertain us in lieu of the action in the ring. 
- A raw Rick Rude shows his potential as he grapples with Billy Jack Haynes. 

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 Posted: Sun Sep 15th, 2019 11:24 am
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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-volume-4/

The Best of Memphis Wrasslin Vol. 4

- Monster heels sing the music of their homeland.
- Bill Dundee's ego shows through as he beats up multiple babyfaces by himself.
- Jerry Lawler wins a squash in a most amusing manner.
- Memphis becomes a hot territory as The Flame, The Torch, The Inferno and Fire all make appearances.
- Tojo Yamamoto sets back race relations 50 years with his promos.
- Promoter Eddie Marlin is busted up while trying to get involved in a battle between Jeff Jarrett, Pat Tanaka and Tojo's hired goons.
- We close with a bonus six man match from JCP where the JYD partners with an ex-football player, and a notoriously bad worker to face off with a former world champ, a crippled manager and a resthold loving Oriental assassin! Can it be as bad as it sounds?

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 Posted: Wed Sep 18th, 2019 04:56 am
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Papa Shango v Tito Wrestlemania 9 Dark match


It’s under the Dark match section on the network; did this air on All American or Mania after the fact or is this the first time it made circulation?



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Franchise wrote: Papa Shango v Tito Wrestlemania 9 Dark match


It’s under the Dark match section on the network; did this air on All American or Mania after the fact or is this the first time it made circulation?

I think this is the first time it’s been made available. Pretty cool stuff. 



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 Posted: Thu Sep 19th, 2019 08:43 pm
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I've spent a lot of time watching Randy Savage promos from his 1985 arrival in the WWF until just before he officially turned babyface in the fall of 1987. Some of these were house show promos. Others were generic promos that were sent to markets not getting house shows during a particular timeframe or were used as filler on Prime Time Wrestling and All American Wrestling. Mean Gene held the microphone for most of these. It is amazing to see Savage take the premise of say a match against Tito Santana in Boston or Detroit or wherever and then build an entertaining promo around it. Mean Gene gets some deserved criticism for being too much of a ham and getting himself over more than the talent, but he was great at the interplay with the Macho Man. It's a pipe dream, but I'd love to see this kind of promo interview make a return so the current talent could have a better shot at getting over as personalities. There was one in particular from mid 1986 with Savage and Jake Roberts cutting a promo together for no apparent reason that made me want to have seen a long term tag team of the two. Savage was great and Jake was on an entirely different level.

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 Posted: Fri Sep 20th, 2019 04:08 pm
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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-volume-5/

The Best of Memphis Wrasslin Vol. 5!
- Big Stan Frazier returns to the area, drawing crowds and having dreadful matches.  
- Cheesy gimmicks run amuck as we get Beach bums facing some sort of cyberpunk, glam rock heels 
- JOE MOTHERF#*#**# LEDUC kills jobbers.  I love this man!!!!
- Tommy Rich is battered into a bloody mess.  How many times did Memphis fans see that? It's still awesome. 
- The action is so wild, even the backstage office goons wind up busted open. 
- Jerry Lawler promises to commit a straight up homicide. 
- The mysterious identity of Mr. Liberty
- Bam Bam Bigelow puts the MONSTER in monster heel. 
- This was an outstandingly fun hour of southern wrasslin' goodness! 

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INVASION of the BODY SLAMMERS!!!

- Kamala is given bowling lessons in your painful show long "humorous" bits. 
- A former heavy hitting headliner is squashed by the new monster heel in town
- JR does his best to make mediocre matches important in the big picture
- Macho Man and Undertaker's unlikely bromance is revealed. 
- Typhoon has a surprisingly watchable fight with Bam Bam Bigelow. 
- Repo Man breaks several laws on camera as his side job is given a (long) profile. 
- Bret Hart and HBK have another stellar match as both men claw their way up the rankings. 
- Heel Doink messes with poor Kamala's simple mind. 
- The Undertaker matches magic powers against voodoo powers as he collides with Papa Shango. 
- A battle royal ends with a GIANT surprise.
- Mr. Perfect squares off with Ric Flair as a time traveling JR calls the action, 
- Macho Man and Bobby Heenan drop insider lingo and possible shoot comments as they argue over Savage and Flair's feud. 

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June 13, 1987 NWA World Championship Wrestling Saturday Edition.

Forgot how fucking great this was-

Dusty vs. Tully in a match they've been building for about a month. $100,000 on the line, along with Tully's TV title. Dusty put up $50 grand, and Tully put up $50 grand. JJ and Dark Journey are in Tully's corner, Magnum hobbled out with a cane to be in Dusty's corner. I think this was held in Greensboro.

Late in the match, Dusty brings Tully in from the outside with the slingshot suplex and pins him. Tully lays his foot across the bottom rope a split second after the 3-count. Tommy Young looks over and sees the legs as Dusty is celebrating and you can see his expression "oh shit." JJ grabs the money (in a papersack on Magnum's lap) and runs out of the arena. Dusty chases him out through the lockerroom, the arena tunnel and into the parking lot, where some sweet 1987 LTDs and Rivieras are parked. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Tommy Young restarts the match and Tully wins by countout and now is the rightful owner of the 100 grand anyway. Magnum is helpless. Dusty comes back to the ring and says "Where da hell did he go?" They go back to the lockerroom and cuss out Tony Schiavone. Magnum tells Big Dust he'll "get the money back". Dusty says, "You're in no condition to do that. I don't give a damn about the money". Then they hug.

Great. Fucking. Shit.



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-uk-rampage-93/

UK Rampage 1993! 

The WWF puts on a strangely booked TV special for their UK fans. 
- The longest match features Samu the Headshrinker....in a singles bout. 
- Doink the EVIL clown outwits Kamala.
- A former World champ has possibly the worst match on the show. 
- Typhoon takes nearly 10 mins to end the threat of the Brooklyn Brawler.
- Shawn Michaels is tasked with carrying Crush to something watchable. 
- Noted promo savant Mr. Fuji is given a live mic and too much time. 
- The UK fans rally behind American Hero "Hacksaw" Duggan as he fights Lex Luger in the headliner. 
- I run down all the major talent left off this stinker of a show and why they possibly missed this tour. 
- Bobby Heenan and JR almost save the show with great commentary and humor throughout. 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-86-volume-6/

- My favorite monster, Joe LeDuc is now a babyface. :( 
- A classic chaotic studio brawl as the King and Dirty Dutch deal with JD Costello's henchmen. 
- Austin Idol and Stan Frazier join Lawler in a six man Mid-South Coliseum clash
- Rookie Jeff Jarrett admits he sucks. 
- Casual Racism. Because wrestling. 
- Jobbers get angles for reasons that are lost on me. 
- The joys of live TV are revealed as a 10 man match with jabronis goes on and on as extra falls are added to soak up TV time. 

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The Sheffield, UK show had sort of a skeleton crew, because the WWF had separate crew at home in the States. The Sheffield show was on a Sunday and there was another week of UK shows afterwards. The crew back home had a live Raw the next night in Poughkeepsie, NY at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center with the following Monday's Raw taped that night. 

This card had Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, the Steiners, Money Inc., Tatanka, Giant Gonzalez, Bam Bigelow, Papa Shango, Virgil, and Mike Shaw in his one and only appearance as Friar Ferguson among the pushed talent. Steve Keirn was there doing the Doink gimmick.

In an odd switch, by the time the next live Raw aired on 4/26/93, the Sheffield crew was at the Manhattan Center for that live shoot and a taping of the next week's show while the Poughkeepsie crew was on its own European tour that included live televised cards from Barcelona and Milan that aired on TV networks in those countries.

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-september-1985-part-one/

September of 1985 sees...
- A legendary baseball announcer is rumored to join the WWF's new venture into PPV
- Hillbilly weddings are all the rage!
- Roddy Piper hosts a CBS primetime special full of stars from music, wrestling, sports and TV. 
- Hulk Hogan is injured. What top heels nearly were earmarked for "replacing" the Hulkster on top?
- A talent swap amongst managers leads to a dramatic gimmick change for a former championship contender. 
- A Hall of Famer makes his final in ring appearance at nearly 70 years of age...in a cage match no less!
- Gagne and Crockett bring a cavalcade of stars to battle Vince in several cities.
- The WWF squanders their new hot Montreal talent almost right away. 
- A former AWA World champ made a surprise one off appearance at MSG. 
- Roddy Piper and Bruno kick off their hot feud. 
- Despite featuring the AWA and NWA world champions, among other mega stars, the NWA branch of St. Louis wrestling is dealt a final death blow by Vince McMahon's maneuvering. 

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/the-best-of-memphis-wrestling-86-volume-7/

- Bam Bam Bigelow eliminates the all doubt as to his rule breaker status. 
- Jerry Lawler shows how to get rookie monsters over. 
- Blatant racist promos air for the cheapest of cheap heat. 
- A new roided up beast hurts jobbers with his sloppy offense, 
- Broken down, old man Stan Frazier works against a masked rookie Sid Vicious(!) 
- Jerry Jarrett must have gotten a discount deal on masks because there are masked jabronis everywhere!
- Memphis tries to keep up with the wrestling trends and hires every green guy who could stick a steroid needle in his hind end. 

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