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NWA Championship Wrestling – November 2, 1985

NWA Championship Wrestling – November 2, 1985

Moving from the WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, we go to the NWA’s weekly TV show. This takes place the same day as the SNME we just saw, and will have the build to Starrcade 1985. NWA/WCW shows were never big in Canada, so we didn’t get to see most of this making this new to me. My earliest memories of WCW begins in about 91/92 era, so I’m looking forward to watching something new. With that let’s see what the NWA was like in the mid-80s. Continue reading



Saturday Night’s Main Event – November 2, 1985

Four weeks after the last episode of SNME, we move forward to the next one. No major changes in the title scene as Tito Santana, The Dream Team and Hulk Hogan are the IC, Tag and World champs respectively. On the previous SNME Hulk Hogan retained the World Championship defeating Nikolai Volkoff, Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff brawled to a double disqualification, we had the wedding of Uncle Elmer and Hulk Hogan saving Andre the Giant from King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd. The last match set up tonight’s main event of Hulk and Andre versus Bundy and Studd, among other matches tonight, also there is a big Halloween Party backstage which we will see clips of between the matches, let’s get to it. Continue reading



Saturday Night’s Main Event – October 5, 1985

Following the previous episode of SNME, we just forward four and a half months to October for the second edition of SNME.  Since the last episode two championships to have changed hands first is the WWF Tag Team Titles, which actually changed twice. First Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo regained the gold from Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in June, but lost the titles two months later to Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine. Greg Valentine was the Intercontinental Champion but six weeks before winning the tag belts he lost the championship to Tito Santana. Meanwhile Hulk Hogan is still riding high as the World Champion sitting at just over twenty months. Tonight on SNME we get a wedding with Uncle Elmer, also Hulk Hogan defends the World title against former tag champion Nikolai Volkoff in a flag match and Roddy Piper faces Wrestlemania tag partner Paul Orndorff. All this and more, on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Continue reading



Saturday Night’s Main Event – May 11, 1985

After a brief hiatus we return to the WWE Network with the very first Saturday Night’s Main Event. Coming to us about six weeks after the massive success of Wrestlemania, the WWF acquired a timeslot on NBC. Taking over for Saturday Night Live, SNME was the first WWF televised program to feature actual main events, and not just the squash matches that we were so used to. Back in the eighties seeing the WWF champion on TV was very rare, and seeing him in action on TV never happened. The only way to watch Hulk Hogan in the ring was to go to the house shows, SNME gave fans a chance to see huge matches for free, which is why the relaunch of SNME failed. Back then seeing title matches was a big deal, now it’s a weekly occurrence. I originally recapped this show six years ago, from the original broadcast and now we’re going to see how different the Network version is. True watching the shows on the network will be a better quality, but I know these will be missing things, most obviously the music.  With that, let’s see what the Network version is like. Continue reading



WWF – April 21, 1985

Coming off the first ever Wrestlemania, we head to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens for our next show. About three weeks removed from the biggest night in the WWF’s history, tonight’s show is headlined by Hulk Hogan defending the WWF World Championship against Paul Orndorff. Being that this show is only fifty two minutes, I assume we get maybe two other matches and that’s it. Either way, Hogan and Orndorff were always able to bring the excitement levels up, so let’s head to the ring and get it started. Continue reading



WWF Wrestlemania – March 31, 1985

This Sunday night is Wrestlemania 32, and looks to be one of the least exciting Manias of all time. Today though we go back thirty two years, to where it all began, Wrestlemania. Emanating from New York City in Madison Square Garden the WWF begins to march to becoming a National company instead of just running the North East. Hulk Hogan was just a little more then a year into his World Title reign and had turned back challenges from Greg Valentine, Big John Studd and David Schultz. Roddy Piper had been running his mouth for the last few months calling out Hogan and at a previous MSG show attacked Hogan along with Bob Orton and Paul Orndorff. This lead to Mr T, who was front row, to jump in the ring and make the save, thus setting up our main event. Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo had won the Tag Titles from Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch two months ago and were ready for a lengthy title reign, but first they have to defeat the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. Greg Valentine was able to capture the Intercontinental championship from Tito Santana, and in the process injure the former champion. Tonight Greg must defend against the very tough Junkyard Dog. Wendi Richter ended the title reign of Fabulous Moolah the previous summer, but was upset by Leilani Kai one month ago, tonight she looks for retribution. Andre the Giant and Big John Studd have been feuding over who is the true giant for some time, tonight they meet in the bodyslam challenge. If Andre win he get fifteen thousand dollars, but if he fails to slam Big John, Andre has vowed to retire. All this and more, tonight at Wrestlemania. Continue reading



Starrcade 1984 – November 22, 1984

Starrcade, the true granddaddy of them all, began almost two years before Wrestlemania and ran for eighteen shows in all. The original Starrcade took place the previous year and was headlined by Ric Flair defeating Harley Race for the NWA Title in the steel cage. This would end up being the last time Harley Race would hold the NWA title, at a time a record seven times, something that should be historical. Sadly in this day and age we get guys who are ten, twelve or fifteen time champions in a decade. Thus negating something as amazing as seven time champions, which is a shame as when Ric Flair was going for that eighth title reign it was a big deal, now title changes are not such a big thing. Tonight’s show is headlined by World Champion, Ric Flair defending the title against The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Ric had lost the title briefly to Kerry Von Erich back in May but regained it three weeks later. Dusty and Ric had a legendary feud in the NWA and this was one of their biggest matches, so let’s get it started. Continue reading




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