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 Posted: Sun Feb 8th, 2009 10:19 pm
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In looking to confirm a ring date for Antonio Inoki through the History of WWE site, I ran across this lineup that's posted.  This is pretty hard to fathom as an actual occurrence.  EDIT- I don't understand the concept as it seems like a gauntlet of bouts, but maybe someone recalls hearing about this:

 

WWF @ Hartford, CT - Civic Center - November 23, 1984
Steel Cage Turmoil:
WWF IC Champion Greg Valentine defeated SD Jones
WWF IC Champion Greg Valentine defeated Angelo Mosca
Tony Atlas defeated WWF IC Champion Greg Valentine
Tony Atlas defeated Bob Orton
David Schultz defeated Tony Atlas
Tito Santana defeated David Schultz
Tito Santana defeated Moondog Rex
Tito Santana defeated Bobby Heenan
Tito Santana defeated Moondog Spot
Ken Patera defeated Tito Santana
Ken Patera defeated David Sammartino
Ken Patera defeated Swede Hanson
Ken Patera defeated Mario Mancini
Ken Patera defeated Mr. Fuji
Ken Patera defeated Jose Luis Rivera
Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Ken Patera
Big John Studd defeated Chief Jay Strongbow
Big John Studd defeated Salvatore Bellomo
Finals: Big John Studd defeated Rocky Johnson
Non Cage Matches:
David Sammartino defeated Mr. Fuji
The Tonga Kid defeated Roddy Piper via disqualification
Tito Santana defeated Moondog Rex
Tony Atlas & Rocky Johnson defeated WWF IC Champion Greg Valentine & David Schultz via disqualification

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 Posted: Sun Feb 8th, 2009 10:50 pm
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There's a camcorder video of the show circulating. It was indeed a steel cage gauntlet match series.

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There is a handheld camera recording of the show in existence.

Basically you win a steel cage match you advance to the next round to face someone else and you keep going and going with the eventual winner being "the king of the cage".

Interesting concept although the matches are five minutes long because they are trying to cram in so many matches into one show.

Claw may know if they went in this direction on any other shows.

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beejmi wrote: Claw may know if they went in this direction on any other shows.

Not sure. A WWF expert would have to answer that one.



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Some bizarre matches there.  Ken Patera vs. Mr. Fuji heel vs. heel?  That one's really weird.  And Fuji pulling double-duty too.  That must've been the last few months of him being a wrestler before managing full-time.

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Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Ken Patera


who did patera piss off ?  strongbow was about done at this time.



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I had that tape at one time...those cage matches were real boring and didnt last long. It might have been better if you had get a pin to win instead of running out to the floor to win.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Ken Patera


who did patera piss off ?  strongbow was about done at this time.

They needed a babyface to segue from one heel to another.

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I seem to remember reading somewhere that the all cage card was not the WWF's intention and it instead wanted to run a cage battle royal. The commission squashed it for some archaic reason and this gauntlet was run instead as a means of making fans feel they hadn't been cheated. This could be all in my head though. Does this explanation ring bells for anyone else?

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tamalie wrote: I seem to remember reading somewhere that the all cage card was not the WWF's intention and it instead wanted to run a cage battle royal. The commission squashed it for some archaic reason and this gauntlet was run instead as a means of making fans feel they hadn't been cheated. This could be all in my head though. Does this explanation ring bells for anyone else?
yeah I do I remember right before the card they announced that the commission wouldnt alow something...couldnt really hear very good on my copy that I had.



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pjstef wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Chief Jay Strongbow defeated Ken Patera


who did patera piss off ?  strongbow was about done at this time.

They needed a babyface to segue from one heel to another.

yeah, but strongbow ?  they could've put somebody else in that position besides him, or better yet, have him face a heel.



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I wonder if Mario Mancini lasted a minute against Ken Patera?  A better question is why he was even there in the first place? There were more credible wrestlers to do the job.

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They even put jobbers in the old King of the Ring house show tournaments.



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