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 Posted: Thu Aug 29th, 2019 08:28 pm
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Going back to the 1988-89 ICW shows on Tempo, it was a studio setting along the lines of Prime Time Wrestling although with much poorer production values. The hosts were a British guy named Brian Bristol and a heel ref named Tom Fornini. The two actually had some decent Monsoon/Heenan chemistry together while chatting between the interviews, matches, and various clips. When the battle royal was being built up, they had Bristol with his tie off and collar unbuttoned while at a whiteboard going over who was and wasn't going to be in the big battle royal for the taping in Augusta, ME in late 1988. They treated it like the NCAA Basketball Tournament Selection Sunday with wrestlers after bids and some guys being on the bubble. The matches on the show came from various tapings and sometimes the original announcers would get dubbed over to make an older match seem new, such as when Kevin Sullivan and Mark Lewin faced Blackjack Mulligan and Joe Savoldi from a match circa late 1985 or early 1986 that was presented as if it was happening in late 1988.

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 Posted: Fri Aug 30th, 2019 01:26 am
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I wonder where they got Brian Bristol from. As corny as he was he did a fairly good job. Brian Webster came on board in the IWCCW days and got to communicate with him back and forth over the years. Good guy. I'm curious as to how long Gordon Solie and Les Thatcher were involved. I think Gordon lasted a single taping but I'm not sure 100%.

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Brett, thanks for the extra clippings! That 11/28/92 Hamburg, PA show looks horrible. Aside from Joe Savoldi, there isn't a single name on that show that I would've paid to see wrestle. The IWCCW years were reduced to a roster of WWF castoffs, no name goofs, and embarrassing gimmicks (Curley Moe, anyone?), with only a few redeeming names (Ray Odyssey, the Tazmaniac, Joe Savoldi, Tommy Dreamer, The Billion Dollar Babies being among the good talent that worked in the IWCCW years). I much prefer the 80s ICW myself.

Regarding ICW/IWCCW announcers, Les Thatcher had 2 runs for the Savoldis. Les Thatcher was actually the first PBP announcer used when the promotion started running full-time at the beginning of 1985. Les was there until April/May of 1985, by which point Gordon Solie took over for a few tapings. Gordon called the Portland, ME tapings and was with the Savoldis through the summer of 1985. Les returned sometime in the fall of 1985 and was paired with Lou Thesz. Thatcher and Thesz called the action until early 1986 (January or February 1986), and were then replaced by Rich Landrum (yes, the same one who worked for Jim Crockett) and King Curtis Iaukea. Personally, my favorite ICW commentators were Les Thatcher and Milt Avruskin (best known for being the English-language PBP guy for International Wrestling from Montreal, and earlier as George Cannon's sidekick on Cannon's Superstars of Wrestling from the mid 70s up to the early 80s). Milt actually called some tapings for ICW in the summer and fall of 1987. I wish he'd stayed on, but since he was from Toronto and mainly worked on TV documentaries and other TV ventures for Canadian TV, he didn't last too long. 

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The following card line-up is from a poster shared here on Rob Elder's old blog, Ontario Wrestling Clips and Pics (Independent Ontario Shows)

ICW @ Bay Shore Arena Auditorium
Owen Sound, ON
Sunday, October 16, 1988
Att: About 100, per Rob Elder
Start time: 04:00 P.M.

Double Main Event - Lumberjack match with 10 men around the ring: Mr. U.S.A. Tony Atlas vs. The Dungeon Master
Six-man Tag Team Match - Jumpin' Joe Savoldi, Vic Steamboat, & 550 lbs. Giant Gustav vs. Super Destroyers I & II & Boston Bad Boy
ICW Junior Heavyweight Title Match - Eric Sbraccia (C) vs. Local Portuguese Sensation Carlos Mattis
Ladies' Title Match - Miss Heidi Lee Morgan vs. Whip Woman
Indian Sensation Chief Gatorwolf vs. The Thing, from World Class

Tickets: $9 advance, $10.50 at door, $7 for children 12 and under; tickets available at Sam the Record Man

ICW also promoted a show in Lindsay, ON on October 17, 1988, but I cannot find any results/line-ups in Greg Oliver's Canadian Wrestling Report for that show. The November 1988 issue does mention that locals Chico Fernandez, Johnny K-9, and Mad Dog Rex were hired to tour the regular ICW circuit. The December '88 issue of CWF mentions that local promoter Chris Drury had a falling out with ICW and that Drury was planning to promote further shows on his own. ICW was supposed to link up with Aaaron Weiss Productions to promote future Ontario tours and acquire TV on TSN.

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I thought I'd post this as it's IWCCW related. In 1999, the Savoldi's started Ultimate Professional Wrestling which was promoted as ICW's sucessor. I remember watching their TV show a few times on America One and was a mixture of current stuff with matches from the archives of the Savoldi's World Entertainment Network (WEN) video library. They had dates at least for shows in the Northeast but not sure if the took place. Here's the UPW website via Internet Archive/The Old Net

http://theoldnet.com/get?url=http://www.wen-tv.com%2Fupw&year=1996&noscripts=true&decode=true
One result found off the site
12/30/1999 Civic Center Augusta, ME

Dave Viscious defeated Whack O. Sullivan
The Bushwhackers beat Jerry Bowser & Jason Rage
Amanda Storm beat Precious Lucy
Public Enemy destroyed Jim Shorts & Bryan Chylds
BAD bested "Mr. Italy" Gino Caruso with the "Bad Blaster" submission
Kendall Windham vs. Scott Putski ended in a double disqualification 

when The Power Company and Public Enemy interfered
Brutus Beefcake defeated Bryan ChyldsChylds received a haircut at the hands of "The Barber"

The Power Company beat The Boston Brawler and Dukes Dalton
Beau Douglas defeated Macumba by disqualification
Rick Fuller was disqualified in his bout with Mr. USA -- Tony Atlas
Hercules Kelly beat Luis Ortiz
Mark Jaguar defeated Robbie Ellis
Rick Fuller pinned David D' Angelo
Kid USA beat Luis Ortiz
BAD over Mark Jaguar
Kendall Windham & The Power Company vs. Scott Putski & Public Enemy
ended in a no-contest when the referee lost control of the match

Last edited on Wed Sep 4th, 2019 05:38 pm by BrettEW

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3/19/86 - Sons of Italy Hall - Rockland, MA
Blackjack Mulligan vs Kevin Sullivan
ICW Heavyweight Champion Joe Savoldi vs The Purple Haze
Barry Windham vs Ron Slinker
Phil Apollo & Terry Daniels vs The Hollywood Blondes
Al King vs The Boston Bad Boy

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ICW @ Manatee Civic Center
Palmetto, FL
Friday, December 26, 1986

$100,000 Winner Take All Battle Royal featuring Tyree Pride, The Mad Russian, The Hillbillies, Rusty Brooks, Bugsy McGraw, Polish Power Ivan Putski, Big Ox Baker, Jack Hart, Austin Idol, The Terminator, Del Apollo, Cowboy Mike Kasey, and ICWA Heavyweight Champion Jumpin' Joe Savoldi

ICW TV Taping
Monticello, NY
February 17, 1988

Featuring George Skaaland, Maurice Pride, The Dungeon Master, Joe Savoldi, The Cheetah Kid, Gustav the Giant managed by Sky Low Low, Mike Kahlua, Tom Brandi, and Tony Atlas

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ICW – 10/6/90 – High School – Newport, VT
Frankie Burns def The Prankster
Eric Sbraccia & G.Q. Madison vs The Undertakers went to a double disqualification
Dusty Wolfe def Equalizer Zap
Chief Thunder Mountain def Equalizer Zip
Tony Rumble def The Mad Russian
G.Q. Madison def The Henchman
Vic Steamboat def The Tasmanian Devil

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ICW - 2/13/87 - West Side Theatre - Scranton, PA
Ivan Putski vs Ali Pasha
Cousin Junior & Hillbilly Mike vs The Boston Bad Boys
Joe Savoldi vs Rusty Brooks
Peaches vs Miss Velvet
Prince Mike Kaluha vs Phil Apollo
plus one more match
Note: Originally advertised as an AWA/ICW co-promotion
(Credit: The Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA 1987/01/31

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Addition to 8/28/88 card is Mesa, AZ
ICW World Tag Team Champions Joe Savoldi & Vic Steamboat vs. Moondog Spike & The Dungeon Master

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2/23/91 Meridian, CT (TV Taping)
Featured the return of Tony Atlas (as a heel), Kevin Von Erich, "Mr. Fantasy" Tom Brandi, The Hawaiian Hurricane (King Kaluha), Joe Savoldi, The Equalizers, S.D. Jones, Vic Steamboat, Curly Moe and the Tazmaniac. Brian Bristol and Ox Baker handled commentary duties.

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6/9/90 Lewiston, ME
Chief Thunder Mountain def ICW Heavyweight Champion Tony Atlas (w/The Duke) by count-out
Vic Steamboat & Eric Sbraccia (sub for Frankie Angel) def
ICW Tag Team Champions The Undertakers (w/Tony Rumble) in a non-title match (3:00)
Jose Luis Rivera def Equalizer Zip
Jose Luis Rivera def Equalizer Zap
The Equalizers def The Wild Bunch
ICW Heavyweight Champion Tony Atlas (w/The Duke) def Al Dawson
Frankie Angel def Kingpin

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