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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2014 03:12 pm
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I'd be interested in seeing some 'Retirement' [final] matches of some of the legends.


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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2014 06:20 pm
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For Bruno, it was 8/29/87, teaming ironically with Hulk Hogan to beat King Kong Bundy and One Man Gang.  The match took place in Baltimore and JBL juts referenced it earlier this week when Raw was in Baltimore.



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 Posted: Wed Apr 23rd, 2014 07:05 pm
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Think this was Verne's last match.

6/29/86 Denver, CO @ McNichols Arena
Nick Bockwinkel beat Stan Hansen via forfeit to win AWA title
Colonel DeBeers won a Battle Royal
Verne Gagne & Greg Gagne & Jimmy Snuka beat Nord The Barbarian & Boris Zhukov & Sheik Adnan
AWA Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers beat Midnight Rockers
Jerry Blackwell beat Ali Khan
Boxing Match
Scott Ledeoux beat Larry Zbyszko dq
Mr Go drew Curt Hennig
AWA Women's Champion Sherri Martel beat Candi Devine
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I don't think Verne and Bruno necessarily intended either match to be a finale. Verne was teasing a tag match with him and Greg against Curt and Larry Hennig in late 1987. Bruno didn't want to wrestle anymore at this point and has mentioned feeling manipulated by Vince into getting in the ring. However, he may not have realized that was it.

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who had bouts that were billed as 'retirement' ?
only one that comes to mind is Bruno vs George Steele in 1981 or so , of course he came back later

did The Sheik or Thesz , the Japanese bouts



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The Destroyer had a major retirement ceremony and match in 1993 over in Japan. Terry Funk's "first ever" retirement in Japan was back in 1983.

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Verne had two retirement bouts. One against Bockwinkel in the Twin Cities and one more about 6 months later in Chicago against Adrian Adonis.




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According to the Crusher Record Book the Crusher's last
match was Feb.15, 1988.
Omaha, NE
Crusher & Ken Patera over Demolition by DQ when
Fuji tripped Crusher at the 3 minute mark.

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carlton st wrote: who had bouts that were billed as 'retirement' ?
only one that comes to mind is Bruno vs George Steele in 1981 or so , of course he came back later

did The Sheik or Thesz , the Japanese bouts

Yes, Thesz against Masahiro Chono in 1990 or so. 



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