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When I was a kid this movie was out.  

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gwlee7 wrote: When I was a kid this movie was out.  IMHO far superior to Kansas City Bomber was Unholy Rollers with the late Claudia Jennings. It was made the same year and you smell the cigar smoke in the arenas.



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WongLee wrote: gwlee7 wrote: When I was a kid this movie was out.  IMHO far superior to Kansas City Bomber was Unholy Rollers with the late Claudia Jennings. It was made the same year and you smell the cigar smoke in the arenas.
Man....if skaters looked like Raquel Welch and Claudia Jennings I would need Tommy John surgery from whacking off so much.



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TNN's "RollerJam" in 1999-2001 seemed to be more choreographed than the other variations. It aired either right before, or right after, ECW.

I only tried watching the late 80's "RollerGames" once or twice. I thought it was odd that they had an alligator pit for overtime games. Like a kiddie pool in the middle of the track, with a small alligator in it. The wrestling bears have nothing on the RolerGames Alligator.

I have a friend who currently competes in the local Roller Derby league. It's straight forward competition, not a lot of violence, and is about as risque as a softball game. The only thing wacky about it, is that the skaters all have funny/punny names.



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In the early to mid 1980s or so, I saw some Roller Games from the Olympic Auditorium with the Los Angeles Thunderbirds in the green and yellow uniforms on TV. The T-Birds were the big babyface team. Several other teams all had very generic geographic names like the Western Outlaws and such. I was a wrestling fan, but despite how campy that was, Roller Games seemed even more so. Plus, I was a team sports fan and while it was easier to accept that win-loss records weren't kept in pro wrestling because at the time it was hard to follow those categories in individual sports like tennis and golf, while in boxing the records were kept but fighters often went a while between fights which didn't make TV, I could make no sense of any sort of league standings in Roller Games. Plus, despite how easy it now seems, in my youth I found the rules hard to follow. It just looked like people skating around and around.

They brought in matches to the Twin Cities on two occasions during that era that I can document. On Friday November 12, 1982, the T-Birds faced the Detrot Devils. On Thursday October 25, 1984, the T-Birds faced the New York Bombers. Both events were at Met Center, then the home of the Minnesota North Stars which had a capacity of 15,000 plus for NHL games. For the 1982 show, a good natured newspaper preview said 11,000 to 12,000 fans were expected and the hope was for a sellout. I seem to remember them coming back again around 1986, but can't find any evidence that this actually happened so far.

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I remember Roller Game or Roller Derby from then, but the face team was in white, maroon, gold/yellow uniforms. The top face on the team was a short black guy. The end of the TV programs ended sort of like wrestling in which a skirmish would begin and they would cut away making viewers wonder what happened. I remember the top black guy doing a wrestling dropkick to another guy during an interview segment. There was also an evil manager who would take bumps in civilian clothes.



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tamalie wrote:

They brought in matches to the Twin Cities on two occasions during that era that I can document. On Friday November 12, 1982, the T-Birds faced the Detrot Devils. On Thursday October 25, 1984, the T-Birds faced the New York Bombers. Both events were at Met Center, then the home of the Minnesota North Stars which had a capacity of 15,000 plus for NHL games. For the 1982 show, a good natured newspaper preview said 11,000 to 12,000 fans were expected and the hope was for a sellout. I seem to remember them coming back again around 1986, but can't find any evidence that this actually happened so far.
That's amazing that they drew that big a house in the early 80's. I had thought that the sport was stone cold dead by the mid 70's.



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WongLee wrote: Angelic Assassin wrote: The 1970's Roller Derby was more a form of sports entertainment and was choreographed but no idea to what extent.
During thst timeframe I don't think the outcomes of the matches mattered as much as the showmanship of the combatants.
I don't think anywhere is available a list of yearly records and champions. 
Today's Roller Derby is far more on the up and up.
It was actually the Roller Games that were more like sports entertainment. They had a Figure 8 track to increase the mayhem. I think you're right about stats and standings being saved. I can't find any on the interwebs.
That was the late 80's version.  The version from 67 to 75 had the same track but more of the face and heel element.  Where I live the Warriors were always the good guys.  I have long thought that they must have had different tapings for the other media market and switched roles. 

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tamalie wrote: In the early to mid 1980s or so, I saw some Roller Games from the Olympic Auditorium with the Los Angeles Thunderbirds in the green and yellow uniforms on TV. The T-Birds were the big babyface team. Several other teams all had very generic geographic names like the Western Outlaws and such. I was a wrestling fan, but despite how campy that was, Roller Games seemed even more so. Plus, I was a team sports fan and while it was easier to accept that win-loss records weren't kept in pro wrestling because at the time it was hard to follow those categories in individual sports like tennis and golf, while in boxing the records were kept but fighters often went a while between fights which didn't make TV, I could make no sense of any sort of league standings in Roller Games. Plus, despite how easy it now seems, in my youth I found the rules hard to follow. It just looked like people skating around and around.

They brought in matches to the Twin Cities on two occasions during that era that I can document. On Friday November 12, 1982, the T-Birds faced the Detrot Devils. On Thursday October 25, 1984, the T-Birds faced the New York Bombers. Both events were at Met Center, then the home of the Minnesota North Stars which had a capacity of 15,000 plus for NHL games. For the 1982 show, a good natured newspaper preview said 11,000 to 12,000 fans were expected and the hope was for a sellout. I seem to remember them coming back again around 1986, but can't find any evidence that this actually happened so far.
In our market the T-Birds were the bad guys in 74/75.  The heel team.  Same with the NY Chiefs.  They actually had a segment where their announcers invaded the space of the Philadelphia Warriors announcers and took over the broadcast.  As you can see the invasion angle was hardly new. 

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Papa Voo wrote: I remember Roller Game or Roller Derby from then, but the face team was in white, maroon, gold/yellow uniforms. The top face on the team was a short black guy. The end of the TV programs ended sort of like wrestling in which a skirmish would begin and they would cut away making viewers wonder what happened. I remember the top black guy doing a wrestling dropkick to another guy during an interview segment. There was also an evil manager who would take bumps in civilian clothes.
Regarding the black roller derby star, does the name Ronnie Robinson ring a bell?

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Jim Trotter and Little Richard Brown.

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tamalie wrote: Papa Voo wrote: I remember Roller Game or Roller Derby from then, but the face team was in white, maroon, gold/yellow uniforms. The top face on the team was a short black guy. The end of the TV programs ended sort of like wrestling in which a skirmish would begin and they would cut away making viewers wonder what happened. I remember the top black guy doing a wrestling dropkick to another guy during an interview segment. There was also an evil manager who would take bumps in civilian clothes.
Regarding the black roller derby star, does the name Ronnie Robinson ring a bell?


It could have been, but “Little” Richard Brown sounds familiar, because of the “Little” adjective.  😄😄😄😄  I seem to remember the guy having that nickname. 
 

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But, Ronnie Robinson is now sounding familiar.


Was the guy in civvies an evil coach/manager or the evil commissioner?



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Papa Voo wrote: But, Ronnie Robinson is now sounding familiar.


Was the guy in civvies an evil coach/manager or the evil commissioner?
I don't think so.   The evil coach would have definitely been a Roller Games thing though.  The traditional derby, while scripted, didn't play those things up.  For a bit, we had both on TV in our area.  The traditional derby team that seemed to be on TV the most were the San Francisco Bombers (I think). 

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