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 Posted: Wed Feb 14th, 2018 08:25 am
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The March 86 SNME will always hold a special place in my bitter little heart.

I watched this as a 6 year old and was crushed to see hogan get brutalized. Years later one of my friends older brothers said he had some WWF tv that he taped that I could have and to my surprise it was this show. He gave me the tape and I watched it probably 50 to 60 times before I found a rental store that would sell me their old coliseum videos (1996 or so). I still watched it often after that but I had a few more tapes in the rotation.



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 Posted: Wed Feb 14th, 2018 08:32 am
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The last week or so I’ve been watching early to mid 90’s AJPW commercial releases.

I love plenty of bad cartoon era WWF but this era of AJPW is great (minus the baba stuff). They do lots of little things I really like; the fighting out of holds and the hooking the ropes are nice touches. I’m also a big fan of 6 man tags which their are plenty of. The crowds are hot for these matches and erupting when the big moves hit. Really a great atmosphere; I have no idea what the announcers are saying but they sound fired up.



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe-network-wwfs-unusual-matches/

A look into one of the first VHS releases for the WWF. Featuring legends like Chief Jay Strongbow, Haystacks Calhoun and Ray Stevens in action, plus a hard hitting clash between Tito Santana and Greg Valentine, a pair of battle royals, a ten man tag team contest with Andre the Giant as a centerpiece, a violent brawl with the JYD and Jimmy Snuka fighting Bob Orton and Roddy Piper and other action!

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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wwe-network-grudge-match86/

Grudge Match '86 is full of feuds, blood and brawls including Terry Funk's troubles with the JYD, Hulk Hogan's tussle with Don Muraco, a pair of hard hitting Greg Valentine and Tito Santana bouts for the IC title, Bruno Sammartino butting heads with Billy Graham and Ivan Koloff, and the Hogan/Piper rivalry coming to a head!

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TNA asylum weekly ppvs



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Still doing Prime Time wrestling. Preparing a drinking game for it also in 1986:

Drink a beer if:

Gorilla calls Heenan a Fountain of misinformation or some other type of Gorilla-ism
A member of the Hart Foundation is fighting singles
A match features Tony Garea, Lanny Poffo, George Wells, Scott McGee or Iron Mike Sharpe
Someone is substituting for Dynamite Kid in a tag match
A midgets or womens match comes on
Crowd audibly chants boring


Chug a beer if:
A member of the Hart Foundation wins a singles match
Brian Blair gets a pinfall victory in a match he is in
Garea, Poffo, Sharpe, Wells or McGee win a match or are on the winning side of a match
Gorilla or Heenan buries a jobber
Heenan cracks Gorilla up



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I'm watching Georgia Championship Wrestling from the early 80s. They are hyping a September 21 Omni show that features some AWA guys.

Bobby Henan is managing Killer Karl Kox.
BlackJack Lanza vs. Stan Hanser
Da Crusher and Tommy Rich vs. Ole Anderson and Ivan Koloff in a cage.

Were these guys just passing through, or was it promotors sending talent to help boost a big show?
Here it is:
9/21/79 Atlanta, GA @ Omni
Bill Watts beat Ernie Ladd in a lights out match
Tommy Rich & The Crusher beat Ivan Koloff & Ole Anderson in a cage match to win NWA Georgia Tag Title
Tony Atlas(sub for Dusty Rhodes) beat Killer Karl Kox
The Sheik beat Ray Candy 
Bob Armstrong beat Toru Tanaka
Rick Oliver & Jonathan Boyd beat Ricky Fields & Bill Dromo
Buzz Sawyer beat Carl Fergie

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Crusher and others were doing a full run there. I seem to recall Heenan had heat with Ole because Anderson indicated to Heenan he wanted him long term, Heenan moved his family to Atlanta, then Ole fired him a few months later.

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 Posted: Sun Feb 18th, 2018 08:32 pm
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Been going though some old 1986 Saturday Night's Main Events. One thing I've noticed is that the small number of music edits don't really bother me much. The biggest diff is that Animotion is off the opening and Phil Collins is removed from the close, but overall its nice to see these in good quality.

SNME May 1986:


Hogan and JYD beat the Funks with all kinds of hijinx on the outside. Sign in the crowd "Ric Flair -the REAL Champion!"


Bundy squashed Elmer (later read that Elmer tried to hold up Vince for money before this match, so this was his last appeance).

Orndorff was DQ'd against Adonis. The story here is that Adonis' gay overtures towards Mr. Wonderful caused him to go off the deep end, and this is subtle but kinda points to his heel turn a couple of months later.

Jake DDT's Steamboat on the concrete.

Bulldogs beat Sheik and Volkoff in best 2 out of 3 falls. Dynamite was on the apron for 95% of the match with a "knee injury". As I'm watching these old matches, it almost seems like Dynamite was hurt for all of 1986. The October 1986 match against the Dream Team also shows him banged up. Dude looks like he was constantly in pain, and this is even before the injury in Toronto to his back. Anyway, decent match against Sheik and Volkoff. Bulldogs lost the first fall and came back to win the next two.

Heenan and McMahon were basically SCREAMING for the entire show. Not sure if Ebersol decided this would make for more compelling television, but I had a fucking headache after watching it. Jesse was out here, not sure if he was filming a movie or negotiating his contract with Vince. He was missed on commentary though.



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I like how episodes of AJPW tv have a end screen. Did they think if they didn’t say end people would be confused?



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-inside-the-steel-cage/

"Inside the Steel Cage" has some classic matches. Randy Savage and Adrian Adonis fighting Bruno Sammartino and Tito Santana is the stand out. Andre vs. Studd is like a monster movie come to life, Piper brawling with Bruno is great fun. The classic endings to Santana against Valentine and Muraco defending the IC title against Snuka are worth the inclusion, plus we get Hogan, Backlund and Bruno title defenses!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 27th, 2018 08:25 am
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2/2/90 episode of NWA Power hour; a few jobber matches main evented by flair v Zenk for the world title. A really good tv match; went a little over 16 minutes with flair getting the win on a roll up with a hand full of tights.


This was the last weekend before the horsemen turned on Sting and flair was mostly keeping it clean but it started to break down towards the end. I’m not much of a Zenk fan but it was a good match.


Woman and Nitron came down about half way through the match to watch flair.


Sometimes I forget how good WCW tv could be at times



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a lot of people are realizing that WCW was not as bad as some would have you believe. i know people that watch old episodes, nitros and more and really enjoy it. and miss it. it wasn't perfect but WWE has never been either.

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It’s interesting to see the differences between the 2 companies. Growing up on the West coast and not having access to NESN or the MSG network in 80’s and early 90’s the only time I could see name v name matches was PPV, SNME, some prime times (usually seemed like lower level names) or coliseum videos. Where as NWA/WCW was putting out some quality product across their television network. Granted it wasn’t always maybe how you wanted it but even in 6 or 8 man tags it was still top level talent on free tv or basic cable. I’d be curious to see a list if anyone ever made one of all of the top level matches that aired on WCW tv from 86 to 94. 

The thing that burned me out about nitro was that they tried to cram so much into a show especially the early episodes that it turned into squash matches with name talent. It seemed like everything was 4 or 5 minutes long. 


I watched the 2/9/90 episode of power hour as well with sting in the main event against jacko victory and after the match Jim Ross broke in with a special report explaining that sting was just attacked and now his injured knee was worse. They taped this episode before he injured his knee at the clash and they were doing a end around to clean up why he was just on tv performing without issue.

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I was watching the June 1985 MSG show last night.  It’s a really interesting watch for a lot of reasons (mainly for all the debuts - Jim Brunzell, Randy Savage without Liz or the typical Macho robe and glasses, Missing Link, Lanny Poffo, Patera was replaced by Adonis), but the broadcast kinda completely breaks down about halfway through the show.  It’s one of those rare times when you see glimpses or snapshots of behind the scenes stuff.  First of all, in clear view during the Judy Martin vs Desiree Peterson match, Okerlund is lighting up cigarettes at the broadcast table next to Monsoon.  He was trying to be discreet about it, so he had the lit cigarette sitting on the ring steps.  So at one point Martin throws Desiree into Monsoon’s lap, which had to be an inside joke.  Actually it was hilarious.  Martin is stomping on Peterson while Gorilla holds her, and then Gorilla stands up and dumps Peterson back into the ring.  But in doing so he knocks over the pack of Kools on top of the monitor and Gene’s lit cigarette on the steps.  So Howard Finkel picks up the cigarette and puts it back on the step.  But Gene doesn’t want that one anymore so he lights another. Then there’s some kind of inside joke about Peterson “being on her back quite a bit”.  The camera is zoomed back and you can see Gene look over to the producer on the left side of Gorilla, and they both just start cracking up.  Okerlund is having a blast like he doesn’t really give a fuck, and Monsoon is trying to keep it together as much as he can, but he lost it a few times later in the show.  You can kind of tell both guys are overworked and just slap happy/don’t give a fuck anymore.  They both mention during this match how much they have been traveling and criss-crossing the country.  Oh yeah, anytime the camera picks up a chick in the stands for a close-up, Gene goes into full perv mode “oooh, lord have mercy! Mama!”  It’s total comedy.  Check this one out for some laughs if you ever get a chance.  


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