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 Posted: Wed Feb 21st, 2018 06:56 am
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The guy is such a prodigious uploader that I don't expect him to promote every one of his videos here, but The Wrestling Collector just put up a compilation of angles, promos, and matches related to the Bob Backlund/Superstar Graham title change and cage rematch -- and what a job he did here.  The title match features three different videos, the WWF official feed, a Japanese recap, and a silent, hand-held video.  This is incredible stuff.  Great job, Wrestling Collector.  I don't know how much time you spend putting this stuff together, but it's appreciated.




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 Posted: Wed Feb 21st, 2018 10:31 am
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This stuff is amazing. Was watching this and some old AWA videos on his channel tonight on YouTube. Amazing collection.



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Wrestling Collector doing a terrific job on these compilations.
He just added a second one on Bob Backlund

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlKtXrFJWo

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It's only six minutes an not a great match but the MSG Cage Match between Backlund and Graham very rare to find in good shape like this. Nice work WC.

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Man Backlund was nervous and shy on the stick back then.



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Really good shit here. Superstar is high as fuck in one of the promos where he's just about slurring his words. And Superstar walking in wearing basic all white gear and pouting probably made it obvious to everybody that could clearly see him that he was either going to lose or bleed buckets on that white garb. I think that to be honest they owed Superstar the opportunity to go around the horn a couple times in rematches, give him the big payday for doing what he was told to do as a reward on his way out of the territory. And if Superstar didn't completely fuck up his life he could have gone back to Florida or the AWA in '79 and probably earned really good (if not Northeast) money for less of a schedule.



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Graham was such a great talker he was a live show attraction like few others -- and think about it -- the amount of TV matches he had you could count on one hand

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I miss the abdominal stretch. It's a great move that looks painful (especially when applied octopus style like Toshiaki Kawada) and there's the psychology of it potentially being fully reversible. I don't know why it ever went out of style. One factor might have been the way Gorilla Monsoon constantly knocked it. Every time someone applied it he would insist the hold wasn't being done properly because they hadn't hooked the leg the right way or some nonsense. I can enjoy Gorilla in certain situations but his rep is better than it should be for an announcer that consistently shit on wrestlers and second guessed what they were doing in the ring.



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KGB wrote: I miss the abdominal stretch. It's a great move that looks painful (especially when applied octopus style like Toshiaki Kawada) and there's the psychology of it potentially being fully reversible. I don't know why it ever went out of style. One factor might have been the way Gorilla Monsoon constantly knocked it. Every time someone applied it he would insist the hold wasn't being done properly because they hadn't hooked the leg the right way or some nonsense. I can enjoy Gorilla in certain situations but his rep is better than it should be for an announcer that consistently shit on wrestlers and second guessed what they were doing in the ring.
I thought it was a boring move, especially the old “grab the ropes for more leverage” trick with the red running back and forth and always missing it. I believe this was last regularly done by Scott Hall. 



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KGB wrote: I miss the abdominal stretch. It's a great move that looks painful (especially when applied octopus style like Toshiaki Kawada) and there's the psychology of it potentially being fully reversible. I don't know why it ever went out of style. One factor might have been the way Gorilla Monsoon constantly knocked it. Every time someone applied it he would insist the hold wasn't being done properly because they hadn't hooked the leg the right way or some nonsense. I can enjoy Gorilla in certain situations but his rep is better than it should be for an announcer that consistently shit on wrestlers and second guessed what they were doing in the ring.
The abdominal stretch is still in use by those like Minoru Suzuki, Zack Sabre Jr. and countless others.



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KGB wrote: I miss the abdominal stretch. It's a great move that looks painful (especially when applied octopus style like Toshiaki Kawada) and there's the psychology of it potentially being fully reversible. I don't know why it ever went out of style. One factor might have been the way Gorilla Monsoon constantly knocked it. Every time someone applied it he would insist the hold wasn't being done properly because they hadn't hooked the leg the right way or some nonsense. I can enjoy Gorilla in certain situations but his rep is better than it should be for an announcer that consistently shit on wrestlers and second guessed what they were doing in the ring.
I was watching an old Prime Time the other day and the holy grail comment happened.  Mike Rotundo hooked an abdominal stretch on someone and Gorilla complimented him and showed how Rotundo had hooked his left leg around the opponent’s ankle.  It wasn’t the finisher, but I was surprised to actually see someone do it correctly and up to Gorilla’s standards. :)

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