Filed under: WWF PPV | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Bruno Sammartino, Brutus Beefcake, Corporal Kirchner, Dan Spivey, Davey Boy Smith, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Fabulous Moolah, George Steele, George Wells, Greg Valentine, Hercules Hernandez, Hillbilly Jim, Hoss Funk, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Junk Yard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Ted Arcidi, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Uncle Elmer, Velvet McIntyre
Finally made it to Wrestlemania II, the second Wrestlemania and the only one to feature a steel cage match. WWF made the crazy decision to have this year’s Wrestlemania take place in three cities at the same time, which was crazy at the time and still is now. We have the show split between New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, which four matches at each and each show having it’s own main event. Once again this show was not on PPV but closed circuit only, and has the most celebrities of any Wrestlemania as each city had celebrities and guest commentators. The matches were what everyone came for and we get a tag title match between the Bulldogs and Dream Team, Hulk Hogan versus King Kong Bundy in a cage, a WWF versus NFL Battle Royal, and another boxing match as Roddy Piper faces Mr T. Making their Wrestlemania debuts are Ms Elizabeth, Corporal Kirchner, Terry & Hoss Funk, Uncle Elmer, Hercules, Don Muraco, George Steele, Mr Fuji, George Wells, British Bulldogs, Adrian Adonis and most importantly Jake Roberts and Randy Savage. Also Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales make their first Wrestlemania appearances in the ring during the battle royal, among others like Killer Bees, Tony Atlas, Ted Arcidi, King Tonga, Hillbilly Jim, Dan Spivey and the Hart Foundation. All in all twenty five people made their Wrestlemania debut tonight making this the second most Wrestlemania debuts after Wrestlemania 16. Not everyone who made their debut had a second Wrestlemania appearance but that is a lot of names making appearances with twelve big matches, let’s start the show. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bobby Heenan, Cousin Junior, Dino Bravo, Hillbilly Jim, King Kong Bundy, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff
After a couple weeks of NWA television we return to the World Wrestling Federation and head to Toronto, Ontario for another classic house show. Taking place in November of 1985, eight days removed from the last SNME, sadly this house show is just a couple matches but should be good. Advertised as the main event if Hillbilly Jim and Andre the Giant facing the Heenan family of Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy, always love a good Bundy match. With that let’s head to ring for some classic WWF excitement.
Following the classic opening video showing all sorts of stars of the eighties we go to the ring for the opening match right away, and it’s the main event. Continue reading
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bob Orton, Cousin Junior, Hillbilly Jim, Hulk Hogan, Junk Yard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Mr Fuji, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Uncle Elmer
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
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Valiant, King Kong Bundy, Lanny Poffo, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea, Uncle Elmer
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
Filed under: WWF PPV | Tags: Andre the Giant, Barry Windham, Big John Studd, Brutus Beefcake, David Sammartino, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Leilani Kai, Matt Borne, Mike Rotundo, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, SD Jones, The Executioner, Tito Santana, Wendi Richter
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
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Andre the Giant, Bobby Bass, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Goldie Rogers, Greg Valentine, Kamala, Nikolai Voloff, Rocky Johnson, SD Jones
Time for some more classic WWF programming, as I decided to skip the remaining TNT shows since the matches are clipped and it makes it very hard to enjoy so we’re moving on. We head to the House Shows and move forward to October 21, 1984. Hulk Hogan is currently ten months into his World Title reign and shows no sign of slowing down, meanwhile Greg Valentine has captured the Intercontinental Championship from Tito Santana. The match took place a month earlier in London, Ontario but only aired eight days ago. The Tag Team titles are being held by Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch, aka the North-South Connection, who defeated Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson back on April seventeenth of this year. The Rock and Wrestling connection was underway as back in the summer MTV hosted the Brawl to End it All featuring Wendi Richter battling Fabulous Moolah for the gold, with Wendi ending the lengthy reign of Moolah. Surprisingly this is the only match that aired from that night in New York City, but this was the catalyst to Wrestlemania, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Tonight’s show takes place in Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario and is headlined by Kamala facing Andre the Giant in a cage, it should be a classic. Let’s head to the ring. Continue reading
Filed under: WWF TNT | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Afa, Andre the Giant, Billy Travis, Brian Blair, David Schultz, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Rocky Johnson, Sika, Tito Santana, Tony Atlas
I’m back with more WWE Network programming. I waited to see if they were going to fill in any of the gaps for the territories and it doesn’t seem likely, so I’m just to skip those and focus on WWF, NWA/WCW and ECW. So that brings us to TNT tonight from May 29, 1984. So, we are about ten months away from the first Wrestlemania and four months into Hulkamania which started in January when Hulk Hogan won the World Title from Iron Sheik in the last show we recapped. The Tag Team titles are being held by Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch, who won the gold Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas only a month earlier. Tito Santana is the current reigning Intercontinental Champion, having regained the gold from Don Muraco on February 11th. This leads us to TNT, aka Tuesday Night Titans, which is not your standard WWF program as they tried to make it more of a talk show style with occasional matches. Let’s head to the ring for the very first episode.