Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brutus Beefcake, Corporal Kirchner, Cowboy Lang, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Iron Mike Sharpe, Iron Sheik, Jesse Ventura, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Snuka, Johnny V, JunkYard Dog, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lord Littlebrook, Moondog Rex, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, SD Jones, Sivi Afi, Slick, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea
The Best of series continues as we hit number nine. This is one comes in a very bright yellow box with the Junkyard Dog on the cover. Advertised matches include a six man tag, a battle royal, midget madness, a boot camp match and Ricky Steamboat versus Randy Savage which should be amazing. This looks like it’s going to be one of the best in the series so far with those matches, well other then the midget match. So let’s not waste time and let’s get this show rolling.
The usual opener rolls and we are welcomed by Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny V who hype up the tape and Johnny makes some bad jokes. Gorilla goes over the card for the show, and once again I’m impressed with the lineup. They go over the rules of the Boot Camp match and Gorilla makes fun of Johnny being in the battle royal. We head to the ring for the opening contest. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Big John Studd, Bret Hart, Brutus Beefcake, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Iron Sheik, Jim Neidhart, Johnny V, King Kong Bundy, Lou Albano, Moondog Rex, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff
Let’s journey back to a time when Tag Team Wrestling was actually a valuable portion of the card. When tag teams had names, finishing moves and stuck together more then a few months. Tag teams were once a very important part of wrestling, as many main event stars of the 90s came up through the tag team ranks first, names like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Jacques Rougeau and Davey Boy Smith. Tag teams would last for years like the Road Warriors, Demolition, Killer Bees, Hart Foundation, and the subject of today’s tape The British Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were one of the most amazing tag teams in wrestling back in the 80s and were doing stuff never seen in North America. They were the perfect blend of power (Davey Boy Smith) and speed (Dynamite Kid), and were able to work together like no other team. Sadly injuries would destroy this once amazing team and by the end they were just a shell of what they were, but let’s go back to the mid 80s and see the Bulldogs in their prime.
The box is just plain white with a picture of the British Bulldogs holding the Tag Team Championship. Nothing is advertised on the front, so I guess we’ll just be surprised with what we get. Following the usual vintage opening we are greeted by Mene Gene in the control room, Gene talks about the upcoming matches which include the title win over the Dream Team. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bob Backlund, Bruno Sammartino, Don Muraco, George Steele, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka, Kamala, King Kong Bundy, Pat Patterson, Randy Savage, Roddy Piper, Tito Santana
After sitting through one of the most boring ending in the history of Monday Night RAW, it’s good to get back to a quality wrestling show. Next up is Inside the Steel Cage, An entire tape dedicated to what was once the most violent match in the WWF, which has been ruined by the current PG style. True cage matches need blood to really drive home how vicious the match is supposed to be, but now we can’t have blood thus negating both the Cage and the Cell matches. The cover of this tape is blood red, how ironic, and features Hulk Hogan, Don Muraco, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, Big John Studd and Randy Savage. Announced matches include Tito & Bruno Sammartino versus Randy & Adrian Adonis, Andre the Giant versus Studd and Superfly Snuka versus Don Muraco among others. Looks like a very good show as we continue through the Coliseum Collection.
We start with the usual vintage WWF opening before being welcomed by Gorilla Monsoon and Johnny V, the same two who hosted the previous show, The Big Event. Gorilla talks about some of the matches on the show, love the old control room with all the monitors behind them showing various matches. They go over the rules of the cage matches as we see a cage being built before sending us to our first match. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Brian Blair, Brutus Beefcake, Dick Slater, Don Muraco, Ernie Ladd, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Hoss Funk, Hulk Hogan, Iron Mike Sharpe, Jacques Rougeau, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Johnny V, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Pedro Morales, Raymond Rougeau, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, The Machines, Tony Garea
We move along to one of my favorite Coliseum Video releases, The Big Event. This show took place in the summer of 1986 in Toronto, Ontario with over sixty five thousand fans in attendance. This show is basically what Summerslam became as this was a huge show that highlight the feuds and stories of the WWF in 1986. Our headline match features World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defending against former friend Paul Orndorff. The Hulk/Orndorff feud went on and off for years in the WWF as it started in 1984 and ended the first time at Wrestlemania when Hulk and Mr T defeated Paul and Roddy Piper in the main event, Piper and Bob Orton then abandonded Paul along with Hulk and T. Paul and Hulk then became a tag team and were doing pretty good, until Adrian Adonis got in the middle. Adrian claimed that Hulk was using Paul and just pretending to be his friend so he didn’t have to face him. Paul said that was not true and that Hulk was always there for him, he then called Hulk from Adonis’ talk show, but was told Hulk was too busy to talk to him. Paul was irate and Bobby Heenan quickly jumped in to stir the pot. At Saturday Night’s Main Event Hulk and Paul teamed up against Heenan’s charges of King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd, and through the match Paul refused to tag Hulk in. After winning the match Bundy and Studd attacked Hulk until Paul made the save, or so we all thought. Paul helped Hulk to his feet only to blast him with a vicious clothesline and followed that with a piledriver on the champion. Paul left the ringside area with Bundy, Studd and a grinning Bobby Heenan, thus setting the stage for tonight’s Big Event.
The tape is bright blue and features only one face on the cover, King Tonga, no just kidding of course it’s Hulk Hogan. The box mentions the record crowd, and the main event plus The Machines, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Junkyard Dog and more. No opening video this time, instead we see overhead footage of Toronto from a chopper as Gene narrates what we will see. It looks odd not seeing the Skydome next to the CN tower, just feels like it’s been there forever. We see clips of some of the big names we’re going to see tonight, and an overhead shot of the CNE and we see the crowd, which looks amazing similar to Wrestlemania III. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Cousin Junior, Dan Spivey, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Jim Powers, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lou Albano, Moondog Rex, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Ricky Hunter, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, Terry Gibbs, Tony Garea
It’s time for the eighth tape in the Best of the WWF series, as we head through the summer of 1986. The cover for this volume is bright yellow and features a young star named Bret Hart. Advertised on the box are Jake the Snake versus Ricky Steamboat, Pedro Morales versus Adrian Adonis, Pat Patterson versus Lou Albano, debuts of Hercules, Dan Spivey and Harley Race. It looks like quite the impressive lineup, so let’s roll the tape.
The usual opening sequence sends us to Mene Gene who talks about the WWF TV coverage, seven hours a week across the planet. That really surprised me, I thought we had a lot of TV today, but they had about the same twenty five years ago! Gene sends it to our opening match, from Madison Square Gardens! Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Alfred Hayes, Bruno Sammartino, George Steele, Gorilla Monsoon, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Mene Gene, Randy Savage, Tito Santana, Vince McMahon
Our next video from Coliseum Home Video features one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Macho Man Randy Savage. Savage has always been one of my all time favorites and has had some of the greatest matches at Wrestlemania (Flair, Steamboat, Warrior and Hogan). This tape covers Macho Man’s first year in the WWF and his IC title reign. The cover of the box features Savage posing with the lovely Ms. Elizabeth right in front of him. Advertised on the tape are matches with Tito Santana, George Steele and a tag match featuring the living legend, Bruno Sammartino. Any way you slice it this is going to be one of the best tapes in the early CHV series.
Following the usual classic open we are welcomed to the tape by Mene Gene who questions why Elizabeth stays with Savage and talks about Savage’s training schedule. Gene says we will see the debut of Elizabeth, Savage’s lifestyle and matches with Hogan. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Alfred Hayes, Bob Orton, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Don Muraco, Fabulous Moolah, Freddie Blassie, George Steele, Hoss Funk, Jesse Ventura, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Lou Albano, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon
Wow, it’s been over a year since I updated my blog, didn’t expect to be away from this for so long. I’m back and we’re going to continue the amazing WWF Coliseum Home Video collection. Picking up where we left off, is the Explosive TNT Show tape. TNT, for those who’ve never seen it, was the WWF’s attempt at doing a talk show. Basically it’s Vince McMahon as the host, with sidekick Lord Alfred Hayes and they interview the WWF wrestlers and do variois stupid skits and stunts. It was the ultimate in WWF cheese, and I’m surprised they haven’t tried to resurrect it. The box for this volume is black and has pictures of Bobby Heenan, the Hart Foundation, Mr Fuji, Don Muraco and Vince himself. With this being more of a series of vignettes and not matches, this review won’t be like the normal ones, but this is not your normal VHS tape, so let’s get to it. Continue reading