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 Posted: Wed Jul 30th, 2008 04:12 pm
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I know this has been done to death everywhere else, but I couldn't find this anywhere on here in skimming over previous posts so here goes:

What wrestler(s) was really hyped up in magazines, on TV, and in promotion who you always wanted to see, and when he / she / they finally came to your hometown or area you were really let down and disappointed in them/their performance?

For me it was Mil Mascaras.  I had been reading about him in the mags for years and thought the guy must be next to God.  They advertised him as coming in to Toronto, and when he came in he worked longtime Toronto journeyman Terry Yorkston.  Mil was boring as hell and it almost seemed like Terry carried him through the whole match.  Mil used the flying cross body off the top as his finish, and while it looked good - it didn't look GREAT and I remember us Maple Leaf Gardens fans almost sitting on our hands for him. 

 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 30th, 2008 04:55 pm
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Tough to argue with Mascaras, however, I was never impressed with Sting.

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 Posted: Wed Jul 30th, 2008 06:29 pm
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Pedro Morales. When Pedro came to the AWA, I was excited. I'd read about him in the mags and knew he was a former WWWF champ. Then I got to see him wrestle. Huge disappointment. Couldn't believe he had actually been a world champion. Wasn't impressed when I saw him wrestle in Los Angeles either on the SIN Network. He paled in comparison with Chavo Guerrero aka Chavo Classic.



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Dusty Rhodes after 1980.  I saw him in 1978 in the WWWF and he was awesome.  By the time TBS came to my area, Dusty was not the guy I remembered.



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Harley Race in the WWF.  He was past his prime and had the stupid King gimmick, but after reading so much about him for so many years, I was esxpecting the best wrestler ever and he was a shell of his former self by that point.  And a few years later when I saw Starrcade '83 for the first time, I thought that match sucked too.  Race after '82 or so wasn't particularly good.

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Ron Bass was Lord/God/King of wrestling in Florida. By the time I saw him (80s WWF) he didn't belong anywhere higher than the middle of the card.

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I never got Bass, even in Florida.  Seemed like a bad Blackjack Mulligan impersonator to me. 



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Silo Sam.

When I finally saw a clip of him wrestling I said Pffffft.



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 Posted: Thu Jul 31st, 2008 01:02 pm
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Benlen wrote: Silo Sam.

When I finally saw a clip of him wrestling I said Pffffft.
You saw Silo Sam 'wrestle'?  Wow!  Did anyone else see this?

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I can't remember feeling that way about any wrestler. I used to get SO jacked as a kid when a wrestler would come in that I read so much about in the mags. I would be going bonkers with anticipation for weeks leading up to their debut. I think with me being so 'stary eyed' about them that it overrode how crappy some of them might of really been. I'm sure if I saw some of those matches I used to go crazy about back then now, it would be a different story.
One guy that didn't disapoint was when Rick Martel came to my town as AWA World Champion. It is probably the biggest 'mark out' moment for me and I still bring it up a lot. Another HUGE moment and the biggest 'pop' I ever heard for anything was the first time Hogan came to Halifax in the Summer of '87. The whole place shook when his opponent Randy Savage and 'Liz came out and it went up two notches higher when The Hulkster came out. Even people who hated Hogan there were standing on their chairs cheering. A very surreal moment.
Sorry about my post being off topic but like I said I don't really remember being letdown by anyone. I'm sure there are a few that I read about in the Apter Mags and thought they were all that, but that perception changed when I finally saw them on TV or on a tape. I'll have to think about a couple though and get back to you on it.

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Okay here was a good one. Tully Blanchard in ECW.

Shane Douglas was running around for weeks on TV calling Ric Flair "Dick" Flair as ECW built to a match they could never deliver. Tully Blanchard shows up and it is called "The Revenge Of The Horsemen" with the subtle insinuation that Barry or Arn might also be showing up at some point.

Tully comes out to a standing ovation, he gets in the ring and pumps both arms into the air (doing the four horsemen hand signal) and the damn roof just about blows off the bingo hall, I mean, ECW Arena.

The match was beyond awful. Tully was gassed in about ten minutes. Match was booked to be a "classic old time 60 minute time-limit draw". Fans got up and turned around (turning their backs to the ring) Others that did not do this chanted "who booked this shit"until the bell mercifully ran well short of 60 minutes with the match being declared "a time-limit draw".

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when the Valiant Bros returned to the WWF in '79 I was more than psyched, remembering them as one of the greatest heel teams ever just a few years before

but Jimmy got sick with hepatitis and was replaced by Jerry, who sucked, and the whole situation just unraveled-  even though they won the belts it was not the same Valiant Bros. without Jimmy being a fulltime member of the team (he did wrestle occasionally)

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beejmi wrote: Okay here was a good one. Tully Blanchard in ECW.

Shane Douglas was running around for weeks on TV calling Ric Flair "Dick" Flair as ECW built to a match they could never deliver. Tully Blanchard shows up and it is called "The Revenge Of The Horsemen" with the subtle insinuation that Barry or Arn might also be showing up at some point.

Tully comes out to a standing ovation, he gets in the ring and pumps both arms into the air (doing the four horsemen hand signal) and the damn roof just about blows off the bingo hall, I mean, ECW Arena.

The match was beyond awful. Tully was gassed in about ten minutes. Match was booked to be a "classic old time 60 minute time-limit draw". Fans got up and turned around (turning their backs to the ring) Others that did not do this chanted "who booked this shit"until the bell mercifully ran well short of 60 minutes with the match being declared "a time-limit draw".

What year was this? I mean anyone in their right mind should have realized that the match wouldn't deliver. I mean how much did Tully work in the '90's? You could probably count his matches on both hands. The bookers should have known. Now I wonder how much Tully 'worked' the boys into believing he was in 1984 mode? Did Tully ever talk about the match in any of the shoot interviews he's done since then? I've never seen the match and I'm sure someone will chime in with 'and you don't want to either.'lol

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Late 1994 or early 1995. No we all thought the match would be off the charts great. All 1500 of us Meltzer-sheet-readers got sucked in.

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Tully said on a shoot. He didnt know it was going to go a hour untill he got to the arena. Said if he knew before hand he would of gotten in better shape for the match.

Dave Scherer over at Pwinsider.com  said that him and his friend was so bored during the match that they turn from the ring and looked at the bingo board and started to yell Bingo.                              



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