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 Posted: Tue Nov 27th, 2012 11:57 pm
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HBF wrote: Hogan/Andre double Hebners is more famous than half of those matches listed and was on mainstream TV>
Good call.  It was a huge deal at the time.  I was in high school but was watching it in the campus center (a building that housed fast food places, convenience store, book store, and several game rooms) of our local college and the place was packed.  Students didn't have cable in their dorm rooms back then and they all flocked to this one location to watch it. 

I'd also have to say the Snuka/Muraco cage match is hugely famous in certain respects.  But that's the problem with this poll -- what criteria were used to select these matches?



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I hate to be the one who brings this up but I remember LT/Bam Bam getting a ton of media attention leading into Wrestlemania 11. The event had a lot of mainstream celeberties there (Pam Anderson, Jenny McCarthy) and the press was all over it.

Obviously for those of who follow, it would never be ranked at the top of any list. But for the first time in a long time, the general public knew of what was going on in a pro wrestling ring.

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srossi wrote:
indikator wrote: cheapseats wrote:
Flair/Race from Starcade '83 screams of glaring omission.

That's not even the most famous Starrcade match. And maybe not even in the top 10 world title changes.

And a horrible match to boot.  I mean probably the absolute worst high-profile match of either man's career.  Just sucked balls and Gene Kiniski overshadowed his World title run by being the most embarrassing guest referee ever.  I don't think the match is very famous at all, except among tape traders who have it 586 times in varying conditions even though it's not worth watching once.

Certainly Jim Londos had a match that has to be up there.  The guy was a God for about 2 decades and got tons of mainstream press.
We're not talking best matches but most famous..

The other Starrcade match I think deserves a place on the most famous list is the Magnum/ Tully "I Quit" match.



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beejmi wrote:
bpickering wrote: Kind of shocked Hogan & T vs Piper & Mr Wonderful is not on the list.

Thought about that. People know "the event" (wrestlemania) but not who exactly wrestled who.

Highlights of that match was on every news show at the time. I think that match got the most non wrestling media attention up until Austin Tyson angle.



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Worldwide, there is no match more famous than Ali/Inoki.  You can go anywhere and if the people were alive when the match took place, they know about it. 

In the US - you can't say that Hogan-Andre isn't the most famous.  Millions of people think it was their first match, that Andre was 700lbs, and that Hogan tore all his back ligaments slamming him, and also caused an earthquake when he hit the mat.

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bpickering wrote: beejmi wrote:
bpickering wrote: Kind of shocked Hogan & T vs Piper & Mr Wonderful is not on the list.

Thought about that. People know "the event" (wrestlemania) but not who exactly wrestled who.

Highlights of that match was on every news show at the time. I think that match got the most non wrestling media attention up until Austin Tyson angle.

Ask 100 non-wrestling fans who was in Hogan and Mr T's corner for the match and I have absolutely no doubt that less than 10 percent of them know

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some overlooked not neccessaruily great matches but lots of hype

Fred Blassie vs John Tolos Cage match- LA Colesium

Bruno Sammartino vs Pedro Morales- Shea Stadium

Bruno Sammartino vs Larry Zbyszko -Shea Stadium

Mankind vs Undertaker- Hell in a Cell

Frank Gotch vs george Hackenschmidt

 

 

 

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beejmi wrote: bpickering wrote: beejmi wrote:
bpickering wrote: Kind of shocked Hogan & T vs Piper & Mr Wonderful is not on the list.

Thought about that. People know "the event" (wrestlemania) but not who exactly wrestled who.

Highlights of that match was on every news show at the time. I think that match got the most non wrestling media attention up until Austin Tyson angle.

Ask 100 non-wrestling fans who was in Hogan and Mr T's corner for the match and I have absolutely no doubt that less than 10 percent of them know

Well yeah that they wouldnt know and I am sure its less. However Hogan, T and Piper are 80's icons. Hogan and Piper both became known to non wrestling fans, Piper starting with the angle starting with kicking Cindi and scaring the crap out of Dick Clark then with the war to settle the score on MTV. Hogan starting with Rocky 3.  I am sure non wrestling fans wouldnt remember mr wonderful either.



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Jim Londos vs Kola Kwariani from Greece could rank quite high, but the attendance hasn't yet been validated. It might be anywhere from 60 000 - 130 000



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Papa Voo wrote: May sound dumb, but I think the Bruno vs. Zbyszko TV match with Larry's heel turn would have to be one of the most famous.  It is one of those matches that was popular when it occurred, and for awhile it seemed to pop up on every old school VHS/DVD mix footage.

and certainly the blowoff match at Shea. 



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also The Destroyer vs Rikidozan



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What about Hogan vs. Goldberg in the GA Dome? 40,000 plus in attendance and I think the quarter hour rating was 6.9.

Goldberg had a lot of non/very casual fans interested.

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indikator wrote:
Jim Londos vs Kola Kwariani from Greece could rank quite high, but the attendance hasn't yet been validated. It might be anywhere from 60 000 - 130 000

lol.



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I'm going to throw out the big match Andre had with Don Leo Jonathan at the old Montreal Forum in the early 70's. I remember more than a few, VERY casual and non fans bringing that match up when I was a kid and I would try to steer every conversation I had towards wrestling. :)

Actually the Inoki/Ali match probably came up the most in those conversations.

For the 'AWA Clique' ... What would some candidates be for the most famous AWA match ever?

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Portalesman wrote:
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Jim Londos vs Kola Kwariani from Greece could rank quite high, but the attendance hasn't yet been validated. It might be anywhere from 60 000 - 130 000

lol.


Oh Ports, you should laugh about me researching 1900 European wrestling. I was able to find a midget circus troupe with a wrestling act in St. Petersburg in the year 1895. And a Italian nobleman wrestling a bear in front of the Italian king in 1899 (!!!)



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