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 Posted: Wed Nov 24th, 2010 03:16 am
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Shit, you Philly guys should have reminded us about this happening today.

Kinda sucks, always wished I had of seen a wrestling card there back in the late 70's-early 80's.

http://www.fanhouse.com/2010/11/23/philadelphia-spectrum-goes-down-for-the-count/

Philadelphia Spectrum Goes Down for the Count
By FanHouse Staff

Say goodbye to one of sports' classic arenas, as the Philadelphia Spectrum will officially be destroyed Tuesday. The building was the indoor home of Philly sports for over 40 years after opening in 1967.

The list of classic moments at the Spectrum runs long. The 76ers and Flyers both won championships there. Together, they made sure that 10 Stanley Cup and NBA Finals were played there. The Flyers also provided a pivotal Cold War moment when they became the first NHL team to beat the Soviet Central Red Army team. And let's not forget 1976, when the Spectrum played host to the NHL and NBA All-Star Games as well as the Final Four.

But Spectrum infamy doesn't belong solely to the two teams who primarily called it home. Christian Laettner, then at Duke, hit his legendary shot against Kentucky in the Spectrum in 1992.

Nor does it belong solely to athletes. The arena regularly hosted shows by iconic acts like Pink Floyd, The Who, Aerosmith, The Grateful Dead and Phish and was a welcoming home to WWE (then WWF) when wrestling was in its heyday.

It was fitting, then, that the arena's last event was a concert by Pearl Jam on Halloween in 2009.

Make sure to read the tributes to the Spectrum posted at Philly sports haven The 700 Level.


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 Posted: Wed Nov 24th, 2010 10:36 am
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Curious why they went old school wrecking ball with it though.

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It has to do with how the building was constructed.

The wrecking ball hardly dented the thing. It'll be around another 30 years if they don't use something else.

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Although it hosted some great cards topped by Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Superstar Billy Graham and Hulk Hogan not all that much happened there in terms of wrestling history. A tag title switch (Valentine & Beefcake beating Windham & Rotundo) was as about as "historic" as it got.

Here's a great match though if you have never seen it before. Superstar Billy Graham defends the WWWF title against Bruno Sammartino. The crowd is POSITIVE that Bruno is getting the belt back on this evening. This is well worth checking out if you have never seen this incredible match.






Some great Flyers moments from the building.




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beejmi wrote: Although it hosted some great cards topped by Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Superstar Billy Graham and Hulk Hogan not all that much happened there in terms of wrestling history. A tag title switch (Valentine & Beefcake beating Windham & Rotundo) was as about as "historic" as it got.






Kerry Von Erich beat Curt Henning for the IC title in 1990
Hart Foundation beat Demolition for Tag titles in 1990
Don Muraco beat Pedro Morales for Ic Title in 1981

Summerslam 1990 held there

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Forgot about Summerslam 1990 being there.

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I'm glad the Spectrum is gone. It was a Fucking dump.



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Pittsburgh Civic Arena will be the next to go. MSG will be the last great Bruno-era building standing.

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I don't think it was used alot for wrestling but I was surprised (a couple weeks ago) when the Flyers played the Islanders .....and they were at the Nassau County Coliseum. I was surprised that thing was still up.

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beejmi wrote: I don't think it was used alot for wrestling but I was surprised (a couple weeks ago) when the Flyers played the Islanders .....and they were at the Nassau County Coliseum. I was surprised that thing was still up.

It was certainly used a lot for wrestling, at least in the '80s and '90s.  It was a regular stop in the NY area along with MSG and the Meadowlands and the WWF would run each venue a certain number of times a year.  As MSG continued to get more expensive, they would start running the other two even more often.  I saw my first live show at Nassau Coliseum.

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Wasn't Nassau Coliseum where Savage and Steamboat had a cage match, that never made it to video?
I think it was on the cover of a wrestling mag I had back then..."Wrestling '87"?

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Has any more news come out about The Islanders building their new arena in Queens, next door to The New Shea Stadium(Yeah, I don't like calling it Citi Field)?

I know their was talk about it about six months ago or so. I can't remember if Charles Wang was going to sell the team to The Wilpons or if The Wilpons were just going to build the new arena for them.
I'm hoping that happens as I'd love to see an NHL team in Queens.

Hell after The West Side Stadium deal fell through, The Jets should have went with their own stadium in Queens. I see why it didn't happen, but as a fan of New York City area teams, it would have been awesome to have The Mets, Jets and Islanders all in the Flushing area of NYC.

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the squared circle wrote: Wasn't Nassau Coliseum where Savage and Steamboat had a cage match, that never made it to video?
I think it was on the cover of a wrestling mag I had back then..."Wrestling '87"?

Yup.

The place was small and had bad lighting (for hockey at least) even then. I figure the Islanders came in around 1972 without looking it up so it is 40 years old or so

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beejmi wrote: the squared circle wrote: Wasn't Nassau Coliseum where Savage and Steamboat had a cage match, that never made it to video?
I think it was on the cover of a wrestling mag I had back then..."Wrestling '87"?

Yup.

The place was small and had bad lighting (for hockey at least) even then. I figure the Islanders came in around 1972 without looking it up so it is 40 years old or so

It's not called the Mausoleum for nothing.  I've only gone to the building for wrestling (and not in 20 years) and concerts and it's a shithole.  The acoustics for concerts are among the worst I've ever heard too.  It couldn't even make Metallica sound that loud.  And you're right, it opened in 1972.  Not sure when the first WWF show there was, but I'm sure someone ca look it up.  I feel like they never ran the building in the '70s.



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Maybe early 80s or Hogan era. I used to watch channel nine out of New York (WWWF wrestling) and that's about when they started running it although my memory prior to 1978 is fuzzy

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