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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2009 12:17 pm
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March 25 1979 - Maple Leaf Wrestling held an event at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario. The results:
- John Yachetti defeated Terry Yorkston.
- Dewey Robertson defeated Al Costello.
- Moose Morowski defeated Steve Bolus.
- NWA World Tag Team Champions Paul Orndorff and Jimmy Snuka defeated Ken Patera and Big John Studd.
- WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund and AWA World Heavyweight Champion Nick Bockwinkel fought to a double-countout. This was the first time that the WWWF and AWA champions met one-on-one.
- Greg Valentine defeated NWA Toronto Canadian Heavyweight Champion Dino Bravo by disqualification.
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat defeated Ric Flair



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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2009 12:37 pm
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Every time I see that lineup I hope that somehow that card was filmed...and preserved, and that it might show up someday. LOADED card.

I once had a photo shown to me that seemed to indicate that there was a film camera in the background of the Bockwinkel-Backlund match, up a ways. Probably wishful thinking but who knows. Whether any film that might have been taken would have survived 30 years is another story.



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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2009 01:20 pm
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It might say something about Backlund's drawing power in Canada that the unification match is 3rd from the top.



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 Posted: Wed Mar 25th, 2009 01:33 pm
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srossi wrote: It might say something about Backlund's drawing power in Canada that the unification match is 3rd from the top.

Not necessarily. It makes sense that a bout like that not go on last so the finish time is in doubt, as is how the bout will end to a degree (60 minute draw or double CO/DQ..not sure anyone would have thought the titles would actually be unified).

But put them on last, at 9:50pm, when the shows end regularly at 11:00, and you tip the crowd off as to the expected outcome. More applicable in a match where no decisive finish is possible or expected, but backlund wrestled in the middle of the card all the time at MSG as well for what I would assume are similar reasons (especially with NY's curfew at the garden).



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 Posted: Fri Mar 27th, 2009 01:18 am
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In all likelihood it was filmed and probably still exists today.  Maple Leaf Gardens used to video their shows and show the highlights on the weekly program.  Maple Leaf footage of Shiek vs Andre from like 1974 is in circulation.  The Harley Race - Terry Funk NWA title switch in mint quality from 1977 is also in circulation.  I have some 1980 Maple Leaf Gardens footage from Japanese tv in mint quality also. 

One day, about 3 years ago, I called WWE headquarters, used the phone directory and got through to Tom Barecca, the then WWE VP in charge of WWE 24/7.  Although he didn't want to talk to me (he was surprised that I was able to get through directly to him) I asked him specifically about Maple Leaf footage and he told me that they were in negotiations to buy the Maple Leaf footage from before the WWF took it over (i.e. before 1984) but that deal never went though.  It does exist though, at least it did 3 years ago.

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