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Title: I remember when
Post by: LurkerNoMore on September 26, 2011, 08:37:44 AM
Tix cost $2.50 for general admission, $5 for ringside area and $10 for front row seats.

Ramming your opponent's head into the steel post automatically required him to be stretchered out.

A chair shot could send someone out with an injury for 2 months.

The sleeper hold actually worked and won matches.  Ditto for the abdominal stretch.

The Road Warriors matches were the best because they didn't waste time with silly armbars and chinlocks.

Nikita Koloff once wrapped a chain around his arm and clotheslined Magnum TA across the throat.  In the slow mo replay you could clearly see his arm smacking directly into TAs adam apple.  Amazingly the throat survived crippling damage, but the next week TA was on tv with a black eye and lacerated forehead due to the move.  Even though it never touched his face.

You could smoke in the wrestling arena.  And 80% of people did.  Nonstop.  Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin used to cause a near riot because he threatened to walk out of the building and not wrestle if all the "peanut head slobs" didn't put out their cigerettes because the smoke was "making his luscious curls frizzy out"   His valet (wife) would be walking around spraying a can of air fresher in the air.

Referees seemed to have better eyesight and heels had to be crafty in their cheating.

The Midnight Express had the greatest double team moves of all.

-more to come,


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on September 26, 2011, 02:41:08 PM
Excellent!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on September 27, 2011, 09:14:39 AM
-- Tagteams had to hold onto that little rope in the corner....it added drama to tags and they used it to choke opponents with.

--  You could tell just from the entrance if a guy was a face or heel....and he would prove it throughout the match.

--  Buying a photo of your favorite wrestler and having them sign it at a table set-up at the local HS gym.

-- Buzz Sawyers win streak on GCW TV being broken by Pistol Pez Whatley who would later become Shasta Whatley.

-- A heel, such as Arn Anderson or the Masked Superstar cutting a promo and you actually believing they were going to put some fan favorite out for good.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on October 04, 2011, 01:19:55 PM
Ric Flair had relinquished a singles title (the US Title I think) to defend the World Tag Title (I forget his partner...it was during one of his "face" runs)...they lost the title in some sort of "Dusty" finish...and I remember my Dad saying, "It seems like any time somebody wins a belt, it's because of some kind of fluke like that..."  Neither of us had fully caught on to the game at that point   :-\


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on October 05, 2011, 11:40:54 AM
Ric Flair had relinquished a singles title (the US Title I think) to defend the World Tag Title (I forget his partner...it was during one of his "face" runs)...they lost the title in some sort of "Dusty" finish...and I remember my Dad saying, "It seems like any time somebody wins a belt, it's because of some kind of fluke like that..."  Neither of us had fully caught on to the game at that point   :-\

haha, i don't think my dad ever has....  ;D


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on October 18, 2011, 12:56:52 PM
- seeing the Rockers doing identical moves simultaneously and thinking, "wow they must rehearse that in private for hours to wait for the right time to strike"

- i would get upset because my hero's were severely injured

- i would go to school the day after the PPV (when there were only the big 4 in wwf) and the entire class would discuss it


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on October 19, 2011, 12:28:53 AM
- seeing the Rockers doing identical moves simultaneously and thinking, "wow they must rehearse that in private for hours to wait for the right time to strike"

- i would get upset because my hero's were severely injured

- i would go to school the day after the PPV (when there were only the big 4 in wwf) and the entire class would discuss it

Before Al Gore invented the internet, the WWF one year had a 900 number you could call to get Wrestlemania results as they happened.  I called several times during WM IV.  When the phone bill came, I lied to my roommate and said the charges were for phone sex.  A lot less embarrassing.   :-[


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on October 19, 2011, 07:34:23 AM
I remember when the PPV channel was scrambled but you could still listen to it. Thats how Timmy experienced Mania III. Dad wouldn't put out the 20$ or whatever it cost then. I wouldn't have changed it if I had the chance. We had a Mania party/BBQ and were all sitting around the TV listening to it. The Queen of soul. VKM saying "Welcome to WM III!". The Savage vs Steamboat match. The noise from all the slams on the mat. Monsoon calling the shots. Then Hulkster slammed Andre. It was such an experience. Really really awesome! A$$ kicking badness!

Thats how i got the Rumble results when Slaughter beat Warrior for the title. Loved it. We had a number over here which you could call at £1 per minute to hear their voices and book tickets, it was almost as if we were speaking to them :) 0891-555-646, have never forgotten it in over 20 years.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on October 21, 2011, 02:39:51 AM
I always remember Bobby Heenan being the most hated guy. When seeing the Show live. He managed so many different guys he'd be ring side for alot of the show. Crowd booed him more then anyone else pretty much I've ever seen before. Chanting Weasel, Weasel, Weasel. He knew how to work the crowd. In my opinion he's one of the best in my lifetime.

We did that also when they came to the UK, it was brilliant.

TRUE STORY: At a live event in, i think, 93 in Sheffield UK Hacksaw Jim Duggan became the first man to not only knock down Yoko in WWF but to beat him also. The main event was Luger (then The Narcissist)vs Duggan with Yoko at ringside. Typically Yoko got involved as the match ended and they were beating him down until Hennig came storming down and handed their arses to both of them, i can still hear the crowd screaming as i think back..... ;D

It went off air but Duggan grabbed a mic and said something along the lines he was gonna give all the UK fans a treat by challenging Yoko right there to a match that only the live audience would see. They got into it, Fuji went to throw the salt and hit Yoko (think WM9), to which Hacksaw did the running clothesline and got him. One of the greatest experiences of my youth right there......

On a side note HBK was IC champ on the bill, Backlund, the Nasties, Demento, Headshrinkers all made appearances. Great times.

Only match i could find...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxyRf_5aToQ


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on October 21, 2011, 02:51:39 AM
delighted........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOn3Rx8L05U


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: LurkerNoMore on October 25, 2011, 07:00:10 AM
I remember the wrestling program for $1 that you could buy at the matches that listed the night's events.  They always put a babyface like Wrestling II, Tommy Rich, or Dusty Rhodes on the front because heel covers never sold well.  Page 2 was 6-7 different photos of the current stars, Page 3 was the list of matches opponent vs opponent style.  Page 4 was the local advertisers like Ford, Lewis Tree Cutting service, etc..

- That front row seats never sold out completely when Abdullah was on the card.  People were actually scared of him.


- Growing up and attempting the Figure Four leglock on friends consisted of you spinning around their legs, laying down and kicking your foot in their balls.  Because you never got the "top" part right and couldn't leverage the ankle against the knee to cause pain.


- Faces would actually take on Masked Superstar, Spoiler, or someone else wearing a dark colored mask in a First Blood Match.  And always win by disqualification.


- you actually believe Sam Houston could beat Ric Flair. 


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on October 25, 2011, 10:56:06 AM
I remember the wrestling program for $1 that you could buy at the matches that listed the night's events.  They always put a babyface like Wrestling II, Tommy Rich, or Dusty Rhodes on the front because heel covers never sold well.  Page 2 was 6-7 different photos of the current stars, Page 3 was the list of matches opponent vs opponent style.  Page 4 was the local advertisers like Ford, Lewis Tree Cutting service, etc..

- That front row seats never sold out completely when Abdullah was on the card.  People were actually scared of him.


- Growing up and attempting the Figure Four leglock on friends consisted of you spinning around their legs, laying down and kicking your foot in their balls.  Because you never got the "top" part right and couldn't leverage the ankle against the knee to cause pain.


- Faces would actually take on Masked Superstar, Spoiler, or someone else wearing a dark colored mask in a First Blood Match.  And always win by disqualification.


- you actually believe Sam Houston could beat Ric Flair. 


all great stuff...

How about when preliminary wrestlers were referred to as "the young lions" of professional wrestling?

When tag-team matches actually meant something?

When you watched the local show and during the promos for the upcoming events you would hope that your town or one near you popped up?



Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on October 25, 2011, 01:51:47 PM
- Growing up and attempting the Figure Four leglock on friends consisted of you spinning around their legs, laying down and kicking your foot in their balls.  Because you never got the "top" part right and couldn't leverage the ankle against the knee to cause pain.


LOL!!!!!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on October 25, 2011, 02:55:30 PM
all great stuff...

How about when preliminary wrestlers were referred to as "the young lions" of professional wrestling?

When tag-team matches actually meant something?

When you watched the local show and during the promos for the upcoming events you would hope that your town or one near you popped up?



I remember Tony Schiavone reading upcoming events off of a cue card, just off center of the camera.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: njflex on October 27, 2011, 06:41:29 PM
Same here but Howard Finkel was doing it. It was one of the highlights of the show. Finkel would announce the matches for the next show. Could be six months away. And the crowd would be cheering and excited. These were definitely the good old days.   
yes old msg matches ,finkel would announce the next month's card ,,and say pedro morales and muraco wrestled to a draw earlier in the night ,,,finkel would announce a return match for the intercontinental title with a stipulation it will be in a 'steel cage"!!!crowd would erupt.awesome time late seventies late eighties there,,,


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: yates fan on November 19, 2011, 11:23:42 AM
i remember larry zybysko turning on sammartino and thinking that is the worst thing anyone could ever do to someone.and then not trusting anyone for a long time,think i was like 10.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on November 19, 2011, 11:24:42 AM
i remember larry zybysko turning on sammartino and thinking that is the worst thing anyone could ever do to someone.and then not trusting anyone for a long time,think i was like 10.

The "new" Living Legend....  ;D


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Karl Kox on November 20, 2011, 07:41:04 AM
When wrestling had sociology, and a good heel could control a crowds emotions,  and hold them in the palm of their hand. No heel works the crowd anymore,  they don't even know how to.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on November 20, 2011, 07:48:57 AM
The crowd didnt shout "WHAT?!" after every sentence, which is rather sad since its 10 years or so since it occurred with Austin. I HATE it with a passion.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on November 20, 2011, 07:53:57 AM
Barry Windham dressing as Sting at Halloween Havoc in order for Sid to become champ, loved it. Much better than the crap they had with Robocop


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Karl Kox on November 20, 2011, 07:56:52 AM
When a wrestler was on top because of his ability,  and because he was talented,  not because a corporation spent millions of dollars trying to cram him down your throats, trying to create something he's not.  


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: LurkerNoMore on January 03, 2012, 08:36:43 AM
Boogie Woogie man carrying around a chalk board and chalk to "write" out his interviews because Paul Jones and the Barbarian injured his throat by giving him a double clothesline with an axe handle.

There used to be a match - can't remember the name of it - where a face and heel got in the ring with a partner.  The partner's would go to the opposite side of the ring (face to heel corner, heel to face corner) and when a buzzer sounded the partner would have 60 seconds to tie the opponent up in the corner with rope as tight as possible.  (The opponent was required to stand there and let them).  After 60 seconds were up a buzzer would sound and the partners would get out of the ring and the wrestlers would start trying to get free.  Whoever got free first (always the heel) would be able to go over and beat on their opponent as long as they wanted.  The way it always turned out was that as soon as the 60 seconds started the heel would either kick the face's partner in the balls so he couldn't tie him up or the heel's partner would tie a few quick knots on the face, rush over, clobber the face's partner from behind and untie the heel before rushing back to tie up in face in a bizarre sort of bondage attempt that had more complex knots than a room full of Eagle scouts would ever see in their life.  Which the face somehow managed to escape from, but not after five minutes of being beat down.   The end of the match usually happened when the heel backed up and rushed at the face in the corner just as he got the last knot free and moved, the heel crashed into the corner and the face rolled him up from behind. 

You actually believed the sleeper hold worked.  And your attempt as using it had you slapping your hand across your friend's forehead and pressing against his forehead as hard as  you could.  Never realizing you needed to constrict the blood flow at the neck points.  By the time mom broke it up, your friend had a red imprint of your hand on his forehead for the rest of the day.

Mike Enos was fired from WCW for appearing "commando" in tights on a live show and jumping all around while his junk very clearly bounced along with him.

Ronnie Garvin knocked Ox Baker out with some popcorn.  He didn't hit him with the bucket, but held the bucket and dashed the popcorn in his face.  You would have thought the city bus just hit Ox Baker as fast as he went down. 

There was some heel that was a "maniac" (or something) that when he beat his opponent (can't remember how) the guy was always unconscious and his manager could only revive the victim by placing a purple hankerchief over his face and quickly snatching it away.  At which point the guy would open his eyes and start gasping for air.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: OLE BIG on January 03, 2012, 12:03:47 PM
The "new" Living Legend....  ;D

I always wondered if Bruno regretted that.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 03, 2012, 01:09:33 PM
I always wondered if Bruno regretted that.


I don't know for sure, but if I had to guess, I'd say no.
Larry has spoken well and highly of Bruno in several shoot interviews since his semi-retirement.
Bruno has been VERY vocal about anything wrestling-related that gives him the red ass over the last twenty years, and he hasn't mentioned anything.

Larry was Bruno's protege for a time. The two lifted weights and trained together in the basement of Bruno's Pittsburgh home.
I've always wondered how Bruno felt about Larry making it, but his son David never going anywhere.



Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: bic_staedtler on January 13, 2012, 01:29:00 AM
I remember watching Royal Rumble 92 with my buds who had one of those cheater cable boxes; I wasn't even watching the tv shows by that point, but we'd always get together to watch the pay per views for free!...along with early versions of UFC which soon followed. 

By the time our cheater box stopped working, we were playing the Raw game on the Genesis and using the Razor's Edge and Tombstone on everybody, lol...and then came Stone Cold, who I really didn't like at the time but it brought with it a lot of great storylines and characters.

I remember watching a live event for the first time in 96, and for the first time realized how 'trailer park' wrasslin was...we had close seats, and after the first match of Rotundo and Jake the Snake (I think), I was stunned by how fake the moves were, how much the mat bounced, how much the arena stank of shit from the rodeo the previous night, and how creepy most of the fans were at this show!...so, we solved it by moving up to about mid-level in the arena, next to the wheelchair section: now, it looked just like it did on TV, and after a few slow matches, they blew the roof of the place with match after match: Goldust was especially hilarious, SWEARING on the mic (pretty shocking, IIRC), lol...culminating with Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker...overall, by the end of that night, I really thought it was awesome, and it was.  I didn't watch it live again until the 2000s, by then things had changed way too much.  But I did get to see Hogan as Mr America, lol...and Lesnar the first time around.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 13, 2012, 05:13:38 AM
...and for the first time realized how 'trailer park' wrasslin was...and how creepy most of the fans were at this show!


Try going to an indy show. :-X


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: bic_staedtler on January 13, 2012, 12:10:44 PM

Try going to an indy show. :-X

I did around 99, and actually it was fuckin' hilarious!...probably because we knew one of the guys wrasslin, but it was so low budget but friggin funny the whole time.  I got spat on after booing some loonie to his face; I guess the indies don't just sit back, dude hocked one and it was like slow-mo to dodge it!  The best part about indies are that everyone is there for the right reason, a good laugh...but low-rent indeed.  Heenan's humanoids for sure!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 13, 2012, 12:25:38 PM
I did around 99, and actually it was fuckin' hilarious!...probably because we knew one of the guys wrasslin, but it was so low budget but friggin funny the whole time.  I got spat on after booing some loonie to his face; I guess the indies don't just sit back, dude hocked one and it was like slow-mo to dodge it!  The best part about indies are that everyone is there for the right reason, a good laugh...but low-rent indeed.  Heenan's humanoids for sure!


"Ham & Eggers," baby...all the way. ;D


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on January 13, 2012, 02:08:49 PM
I did around 99, and actually it was fuckin' hilarious!...probably because we knew one of the guys wrasslin, but it was so low budget but friggin funny the whole time.  I got spat on after booing some loonie to his face; I guess the indies don't just sit back, dude hocked one and it was like slow-mo to dodge it!  The best part about indies are that everyone is there for the right reason, a good laugh...but low-rent indeed.  Heenan's humanoids for sure!

I've posted this before, but since you mention low-rent indy shows, I wanted to repost. 

TBS used to have this short "kids' news" program called Kids' Beat, and it had a pretty lame theme song (youtube posted).  The reason I mention this is that I was at an indy show in Roanoke, VA once in about 1988 and one of the wrestlers (the "champion"  ::)  ) used this music as his theme song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpInA8ZxIg


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: vascsurgeon on January 13, 2012, 06:45:48 PM
I remember when the WWWF was on at 11 or 12 at night on channel 9 in NY. The Tag belts where on the Valiants or Dean Ho/Tony Garea and Bruno was...............well Bruno!
Baron Miguel Sicluna would open the show against a jobber, Chief Jay Strongbow was hot and every month they would bring in the next challenger for the belt. Kollof, Arian, Stasiak,Kowolski, Duncam and of course Superstar just to name a few.
Putski had a huge belly and Vince did the commentary and interviews.
The business is very different and the performers are very different, all in all very weak story lines no heat no fun.
O well :(


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 13, 2012, 06:53:27 PM
I remember when the WWWF was on at 11 or 12 at night on channel 9 in NY. The Tag belts where on the Valiants or Dean Ho/Tony Garea and Bruno was...............well Bruno!
Baron Miguel Sicluna would open the show against a jobber, Chief Jay Strongbow was hot and every month they would bring in the next challenger for the belt. Kollof, Arian, Stasiak,Kowolski, Duncam and of course Superstar just to name a few.
Putski had a huge belly and Vince did the commentary and interviews.
The business is very different and the performers are very different, all in all very weak story lines no heat no fun.
O well :(


How old are you, Vas?
Damn, you're going back to the days of Studio Wrestling!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: vascsurgeon on January 13, 2012, 07:20:38 PM
Studio wrestling !!!! So bad it was good!!!
"Polish Power", The Executioners, Johnny Valiant's trunks with "The End" on his ass lol How about handicap matches?? 2 against 1, or Andre against 3 jobbers, pinning them all, on top of each other and then sitting on the pile  ;D
I am Closer to 50 than 40 "Brutha" ;)
Loved it at the time, had picks of Bruno "lifting" Haystacks off the mat  lol
Haven't watched in years though, rather watch old matches on youtube
The Rock?? Please, his old man was cool, the real Rock, the best was Gordon Solie doing commentary while Rocky Johnson was doing drop-kicks, nice.
I could go on forever.............


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 13, 2012, 07:34:22 PM
Studio wrestling !!!! So bad it was good!!!
"Polish Power", The Executioners, Johnny Valiant's trunks with "The End" on his ass lol How about handicap matches?? 2 against 1, or Andre against 3 jobbers, pinning them all, on top of each other and then sitting on the pile  ;D
I am Closer to 50 than 40 "Brutha" ;)
Loved it at the time, had picks of Bruno "lifting" Haystacks off the mat  lol
Haven't watched in years though, rather watch old matches on youtube
The Rock?? Please, his old man was cool, the real Rock, the best was Gordon Solie doing commentary while Rocky Johnson was doing drop-kicks, nice.
I could go on forever.............



 ;D


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on January 14, 2012, 03:53:51 AM
Studio wrestling !!!! So bad it was good!!!
"Polish Power", The Executioners, Johnny Valiant's trunks with "The End" on his ass lol How about handicap matches?? 2 against 1, or Andre against 3 jobbers, pinning them all, on top of each other and then sitting on the pile  ;D
I am Closer to 50 than 40 "Brutha" ;)
Loved it at the time, had picks of Bruno "lifting" Haystacks off the mat  lol
Haven't watched in years though, rather watch old matches on youtube
The Rock?? Please, his old man was cool, the real Rock, the best was Gordon Solie doing commentary while Rocky Johnson was doing drop-kicks, nice.
I could go on forever.............


Loved Gordon Solie...pronouncing suplex as "su-play" and excitedly yelling, "It's a regular Pier 6er...and Mr. Wrestling II is on the scene!!"


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: vascsurgeon on January 14, 2012, 05:25:59 AM
Loved Gordon Solie...pronouncing suplex as "su-play" and excitedly yelling, "It's a regular Pier 6er...and Mr. Wrestling II is on the scene!!"

He would actually sell the wrestler by talking about their background, college athletics etc... Talked up Bob Roop, Mike Graham, the Funks and Briscos like they could be in the olympics tomorrow.
He was the best, I remember one Madison Square Garden show where they did a combined card and Vince and Gordon shared the commentary, I can't recall the matches though  ???


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 14, 2012, 05:41:03 AM
He would actually sell the wrestler by talking about their background, college athletics etc... Talked up Bob Roop, Mike Graham, the Funks and Briscos like they could be in the olympics tomorrow.
He was the best, I remember one Madison Square Garden show where they did a combined card and Vince and Gordon shared the commentary, I can't recall the matches though  ???


Was that when Flair worked the program with Backlund while each was champion of their respective promotion?


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on January 14, 2012, 06:00:23 AM
He would actually sell the wrestler by talking about their background, college athletics etc... Talked up Bob Roop, Mike Graham, the Funks and Briscos like they could be in the olympics tomorrow.
He was the best, I remember one Madison Square Garden show where they did a combined card and Vince and Gordon shared the commentary, I can't recall the matches though  ???

He even did this with jobbers.  I remember him going on about some jobber that he was offered an athletic scholarship, but instead worked for, and got, an academic scholarship.  Then of course, the guy was beaten in three minutes but some mid-carder. 


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 14, 2012, 07:06:39 PM
vascsurgeon had me at "Gordon Solie"  ;D


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: njflex on January 14, 2012, 07:09:38 PM
Loved Gordon Solie...pronouncing suplex as "su-play" and excitedly yelling, "It's a regular Pier 6er...and Mr. Wrestling II is on the scene!!"
or his favorite chick donovan,,,,


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: GraniteCityDon on January 15, 2012, 04:17:57 AM
is Solie the man who we hear at the very opening of Raw, "well yes sir we have a...."? He was before my time but is always highly spoken of on the boards.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 15, 2012, 04:31:37 AM
is Solie the man who we hear at the very opening of Raw, "well yes sir we have a...."? He was before my time but is always highly spoken of on the boards.


Huh, I never paid attention.
That might be him; Vince owns all the footage Gordon appears on.

Trivia - when Gordon passed away, Vince sent a video tribute talking with a lot of the guys who used to work with him, and I believe Jim Ross and several others attended the funeral. I don't believe anyone from WCW went or did anything - and that was Gordon's stopming ground!
Although, to give the devil his credit, Schiavonne did mention on the air, at least once that I can remember, that Gordon was in poor health before he passed.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: vascsurgeon on January 15, 2012, 05:36:09 AM

Was that when Flair worked the program with Backlund while each was champion of their respective promotion?

That sounds right the more I think about it, still can't remember, shows you how much Backlund was as a draw ;) I can remember Graham's matches, Bruno's and many of Flair's even Rhodes, Backlund; please wake me when it's over lol


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 15, 2012, 06:39:33 AM
That sounds right the more I think about it, still can't remember, shows you how much Backlund was as a draw ;) I can remember Graham's matches, Bruno's and many of Flair's even Rhodes, Backlund; please wake me when it's over lol


Backlund was hot with the fans at first, but his popularity waned fast during his last WWWF title run. One of the wrestling mags even voted him "Most Overrated Wrestler of the Year."
That’s when Vince Jr. - who’d just “bought” his dad’s company - decided to make Hogan the star.

Hogan would have gone over regardless, but boy; what a stage they had set for him!
From “Howdy Doody,” whom the fans loathed for the three years prior, to the incredibly-despised, evil Iron Sheik (remember the Iranian hostage crisis)…ANYBODY would have gone over in that situation.
Now, put someone like Hulk in a situation like that and BOOM!!!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: vascsurgeon on January 16, 2012, 06:28:55 AM

Backlund was hot with the fans at first, but his popularity waned fast during his last WWWF title run. One of the wrestling mags even voted him "Most Overrated Wrestler of the Year."
That’s when Vince Jr. - who’d just “bought” his dad’s company - decided to make Hogan the star.

Hogan would have gone over regardless, but boy; what a stage they had set for him!
From “Howdy Doody,” whom the fans loathed for the three years prior, to the incredibly-despised, evil Iron Sheik (remember the Iranian hostage crisis)…ANYBODY would have gone over in that situation.
Now, put someone like Hulk in a situation like that and BOOM!!!

True; but I always felt for SBG he was the original and deserved the BOOM[/b] I remember Backlund when he wrestled in Florida, should have stayed there. He fit in better with the smaller better wrestlers there than up north with the punch,kick body slammers. In my opinion anyway.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Karl Kox on January 23, 2012, 06:51:10 AM
He would actually sell the wrestler by talking about their background, college athletics etc... Talked up Bob Roop, Mike Graham, the Funks and Briscos like they could be in the olympics tomorrow.
He was the best, I remember one Madison Square Garden show where they did a combined card and Vince and Gordon shared the commentary, I can't recall the matches though  ???
Best announcer of all time,  Bill Mercer a close second.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Migs on January 24, 2012, 07:29:29 AM
I remember when karl used to "crack one off so hard..." 



Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Hulkster on January 26, 2012, 08:37:11 PM
Quote
Loved Gordon Solie...pronouncing suplex as "su-play"

I actually hated that lol.

I remember when Jesse and Gorilla used to call every major WWF event.

still the best commentator team in history.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 27, 2012, 01:59:17 PM
Some Solie jobber favs on GCW...

Chick Donavan
Mike Jackson
Dale Veasy (sp?)

on a side note he did a GREAT job of putting over Pistol Pez Whatley leading up to Pez breaking Buzz Sawyers undefeated streak on TV.


add some others...


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: littleguns on January 28, 2012, 05:45:10 AM
I remember when Stables were cool, not factions like Evolution or 4 Horseman but actual Stables.......

I remember when Heavyweight titles meant something and a Short run was 9 mos - 1 yr

I remember the days of flashy tights and robes. My favorite was Rick Rude showing off a new pair of airbrushed tights every week. Best was Jakes wife right on his crotch....

I remember when a 2 hour show consisted of 15 minutes of talking and 1 hr 45 mins of wrestling...


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 28, 2012, 07:00:22 AM
My favorite was Rick Rude showing off a new pair of airbrushed tights every week. Best was Jakes wife right on his crotch....


Ha, ha...
As soon as I read the first sentence, I immediately thought of Cheryl Roberts' face on his tights!
When Rude & Heenan appeared on Regis & Kathy Lee, Rude did the striptease de-robing to reveal he had Kathy Lee's face on the front of his tights and Regis' on the ass side. It really got the studio audience going!

I'll have to search for the clip later on; I'm sure someone's got it uploaded somewhere.



Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Montague on January 28, 2012, 07:12:53 AM
And, on the topic of stables in wrestling:
I always liked the "Bobby Heenan Family." Bobby claims to have gotten the idea, believe it or not, from Charles Manson, who at the time, was a big story in the news. Manson referred to his followers/cohorts as his "family." So, Heenan started the whole Heenan Family business around the late-60's (although, I'm not sure most people ever made the connection) and kept it until he retired from managing in the early 90's.  

I thought that the older inceptions of the Horsemen were cool, but I didn't like the later versions with guys like Mongo, Benoit, and Malenko.
I don't know if it was coincidence or not, but it seemed like "true" stables in wrestling died with the nWo.
At its apex, they had more guys in an nWo faction than not!


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 28, 2012, 11:26:06 AM
House of Humperdink  which was countered by Piper's Palace at one point, oh dear.

Legion of Doom...original one consisted of Bundy, Spoiler and the RW's with Paul managing if I remember correctly.

Paul Jones had Jones' Army....I think that eventually became the Powers of Pain.

Gart Hart always had a great stable.  Kabuki, etc...  liked his because it was always changing.

Skandar Akbar had a great one too in Texas vs the Von Erichs.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Flex 215 on January 29, 2012, 02:16:28 AM
        Jimmy Hart had The First Family of Wrestling back in the early 80's in Memphis, and I would see them on Georgia Championship Wrestling.  King Kong Bundy, Kevin Sullivan, Rick Rude, Eddie Gilbert and many many more.  Hart and his boys were always fueding with Jerry King Lawler and Tommy Wildfire Rich among others.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 29, 2012, 11:14:36 AM
        Jimmy Hart had The First Family of Wrestling back in the early 80's in Memphis, and I would see them on Georgia Championship Wrestling.  King Kong Bundy, Kevin Sullivan, Rick Rude, Eddie Gilbert and many many more.  Hart and his boys were always fueding with Jerry King Lawler and Tommy Wildfire Rich among others.

Sullivans devil worshipper clique in Florida with Lewin, Roberts, etc... was very memorable.  I remember reading magazines and being afraid of Sullivan.... haha


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: Andy Griffin on January 29, 2012, 11:28:03 AM
House of Humperdink  which was countered by Piper's Palace at one point, oh dear.

Legion of Doom...original one consisted of Bundy, Spoiler and the RW's with Paul managing if I remember correctly.

Paul Jones had Jones' Army....I think that eventually became the Powers of Pain.

Gart Hart always had a great stable.  Kabuki, etc...  liked his because it was always changing.

Skandar Akbar had a great one too in Texas vs the Von Erichs.


I always liked Gary Hart's persona.  From what I've read, he was a good guy...actually gave a damn about the wrestlers' well-being, etc.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 29, 2012, 11:32:29 AM
I always liked Gary Hart's persona.  From what I've read, he was a good guy...actually gave a damn about the wrestlers' well-being, etc.

I've read the same thing and he was very bright.  He was involved in a bad plane crash in the 70's and almost died from it from what I have read.


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: littleguns on January 29, 2012, 11:33:48 AM
I've read the same thing and he was very bright.  He was involved in a bad plane crash in the 70's and almost died from it from what I have read.

Good interviews with him on the WCCW DVD


Title: Re: I remember when
Post by: The Showstoppa on January 29, 2012, 11:35:50 AM
Good interviews with him on the WCCW DVD

I'd like to see those.