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So, I'm going through some old memorabilia while I'm packing for my move across the city.  I came upon some really faded photos and news stories from 1975.  February 20, 1975 to be exact.

I was ten years old and my family decided to take a trip to Orlando and Tampa for two weeks.  I was psyched to go-not for the Amusement Parks, but because of the possibility of getting to see CWF live!

So, I'm sitting watching TV in the hotel room as my parents are making dinner arrangements when a news report comes on detailing a plane crash that involved Florida wrestlers.  They named Gary Williams, Dennis McCord, Ron Reed and Bobby Schoenberger (pronounced Shaneberger).  Well I recognized McCord's name-as he had just finished a run in WWWF a few weeks earlier. The rest where unknown to me until the report stated that thhey were better known as Gart Hart, Mike McCord, Buddy Colt and Bobby Shane.  He then announced that Shane had died.

So much for that vacation.  My parents said NO way to wrestling matches after that report and I spent the rest of the week pretending to enjoy Disneyland and Cypress Gardens.

Anything notable wrestling wise happen to you where you "were there"?

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I was there for the first ever Hulk Hogan/Ric Flair matchup in Dayton Ohio. It was unadvertised (as far as I know) and came after the end of one of their 4 or 5 hour long Superstars tapings.

Not the best match looking back on it (Flair won by countout after Heenan kept Hogan from getting back in the ring) but I don't think I marked out harder back then.

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I saw the Armstrong Brothers win a match on Nitro.

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Never went to many live shows (except indies) so wasn't "there" for too much. Biggest thing I probably ever saw was Bam Bam Bigelow beating Shane Douglas at the Madhouse of Extreme in Queens for the ECW World title. Believe it's the only time I've seen a World title change live.

Saw one of the first Hogan-Orndorff matches in '86 after the turn and they teased a title change on a screwy finish. I didn't quite know back then that Hogan would never ever lose on a house show so for 3 minutes I was marking out.

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AWA Tag Team Title Change:

Bruiser/Crusher beat Bockwinkel/Stevens Aug 1975

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NWA Title Change, Race over Funk at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1977. 1st show I ever went to.

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wittman2 wrote:
I was there for the first ever Hulk Hogan/Ric Flair matchup in Dayton Ohio. It was unadvertised (as far as I know) and came after the end of one of their 4 or 5 hour long Superstars tapings.

Not the best match looking back on it (Flair won by countout after Heenan kept Hogan from getting back in the ring) but I don't think I marked out harder back then.


That was the first in-ring meeting...What was the crowd reaction?

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Deja vu with Bruiser and Heenan.

I think Bruiser & Heenan were only on the same side twice in all their years and I was at both.

Late 60's Bruiser & Heenan teamed up against The Chain Gang in Chicago and in the mid 70's Heenan managed Bruiser against Sheik & Creachman in Indianapolis.

And you guessed it. Heenan turned on Bruiser both times.

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I was spoiled in that I grew up less than 30 minutes from the Greensboro Coliseum, so I saw lots and lots of good stuff: these are the best of the best

Starrcade '83, Flair vs Race, Piper vs Valentine dog collar match

Starrcade '85, Tully vs Magnum I quit

March 12, 1983 Steamboat and Youngblood vs Slaughter and Kernodle in the cage

Thanksgiving night, 1981   Masked Superstar unmasks

The Road Warriors vs Powers of Pain weightlifting challenge

Flair vs Sting Clash of the Champions

Flair vs Steamboat 60 minute draw for NWA title

Truly, living that close to Greensboro, and being a wrestling nerd in that timeframe was something that I couldn't truly appreciate at the time, I wish those days could come back, but they never will.


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convoy71 wrote:
wittman2 wrote:
I was there for the first ever Hulk Hogan/Ric Flair matchup in Dayton Ohio. It was unadvertised (as far as I know) and came after the end of one of their 4 or 5 hour long Superstars tapings.

Not the best match looking back on it (Flair won by countout after Heenan kept Hogan from getting back in the ring) but I don't think I marked out harder back then.


That was the first in-ring meeting...What was the crowd reaction?


Off the charts. When Hogan's music hit and Flair was already in the ring, the roof came off. I spent the entire match marking out for it. For me the best part was that it wasn't announced, so it was a total surprise for me.

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I love it when people say..."that was the worst match I've ever seen in person."

I reply with..."I was at the Tacoma Dome when Booker T faced Buff Bagwell."

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Flair Beating Savage for WWF World title Hershey Pa Sept 1992

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Sting's title win over Luger at Super brawl 2
Austin winning King of the Ring
Mega Powers split after Savage bumps Liz

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Shane Douglas throws down the NWA title. Eastern Championship Wrestling becomes "Extreme"

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I've seen very, very little in the way of history live.

- The Steiners' first WWF tag title win over Money, Inc. Opening dark match at a Challenge taping, which for some reason has never surfaced anywhere. Not on Coliseum Video and not on wwe.com or 24/7. That's probably the tops, right there. Totally came out of nowhere.

- Hulk Hogan tapping out to Kurt Angle.

- Paul Bearer at a house show before his Brother Love debut had aired. Due to our seats and the subpar PA I spent the next couple of weeks believing Undertaker was now managed by Paul Ellering.

- Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels in the 45-minute snoozefest, "Lie Down and Sell in a Cell."

- I may or may not have been in attendance for the only recorded meeting between Arn & Tully and the British Bulldogs. I sadly can't remember, which I guess doesn't speak well for the quality of the match.

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The Jake Roberts gun incident at one and only WCW Dallas Sportatorium card in 1992.

The guy who had the gun was sitting in the section right next to where I was. Probably like 15-20ft away.

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The Big Event - Hogan/Orndorff - as Gorilla used to say, "You could cut the electricity with a knife!"

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Two moments stand out for me.

4/14/73 in Omaha: Khozrow Vaziri DQ win over Ric(k) Flair

6/4/79 @ MSG in New York: 1st ever Battle Royal, won by Hussian Arab (Vaziri) who faced Backlund in the Main Event.

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The night after they found Brian Pillman in a MSP hotel room, I was talking about it and drinking beer with Chris Benoit and Eddy Guerrero.  It was a sad night...

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I was at the St. Paul Civic Center for Brian Pillman's final match, against Goldust, although no one realized it at the time. When news that he'd died broke among internet wrestling fans the next day, many insisted it was an angle. I knew it was true due to local newscasts picking up the story and having comments from the police. Despite this, and the local papers also running the story, more than one fan at Nitro the next night at Target Center in Minneapolis still claimed it was an angle.

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