Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Afa, Andre the Giant, Chief Jay Strongbow, Hulk Hogan, Invaders, Iron Sheik, Ivan Putski, Jimmy Snuka, Jose Luis Rivera, Masked Superstar, Mr Fuji, Paul Orndorff, Rene Goulet, Rocky Johnson, Sal Bellomo, Samula, Sgt Slaughter, Sika, Tiger Chung Lee, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea
Today on the Network we watch one of the most historic night in WWF history, the night Hulkamania was born. Coming into the show, the reigning World Champion is The Iron Sheik who won the gold from Bob Backlund only one month earlier. Bob lost the title when his manager tossed in the towel as Sheik had Bob in the dreaded Camel Clutch, also injuring Bob. Hulk Hogan would be called to take the place of the injured former champion. The World Tag Team Champions are Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson who won the titles back in November from the Wild Samoans. Don Muraco is the Intercontinental Champion and is one day past his one year anniversary as champion having won the gold from Pedro Morales. At this point the WWF was in a major state of change as Vince McMahon Junior was taking the company over from his father and preparing to go national and challenge the other territories, something no one thought would work. It was a major gamble for McMahon and WWF, as failure would have not only destroyed the company but probably blackballed a lot of the talent who worked with Vince. Huge changes were sweeping through the wrestling world, as two months earlier the NWA aired the first major show, Starrcade, which was a success and began the launch of supercards with Wrestlemania to come next year, but we’re getting a head of ourselves. Let’s see what tonight’s show has to offer. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Andre the Giant, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Baron Von Raschke, Bruno Sammartino, Chief Jay Strongbow, Domenic Denucci, George Steele, Haystack Calhoun, Ivan Putski, Jan Nelson, Jose Gonzalez, Ken Patera, Larry Zbyszko, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Peter Maivia, Rocky Tamayo, Superstar Billy Graham, Tony Garea, Toru Tanaka
Our next show from Madison Square Gardens takes place a little over two years after the last show. A lot has changed in the WWF landscape as Bruno Sammartino lost the World Title to Superstar Billy Graham about two months prior to this show, after over three years as champion again. The Tag Team Titles changed hands a few times in the two years, finally resting in the hands of Billy White Wolf and Chief Jay Strongbow. White Wolf would be later known as General Adnan in the WWF with Sgt. Slaughter in 1990. There was still no IC title yet, the title would be formed a little over two years later. Hopefully this show will have some better matches then the 1975 show, as it is over two hours long so there should be more then four match. Let’s send it down to ringside. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Afa, Andre the Giant, Barry Windham, Brian Blair, Bruno Sammartino, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Fabulous Moolah, George Steele, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Haiti Kid, Hillbilly Jim, Hoss Funk, Iron Sheik, Jim Brunzell, Jimmy Snuka, Johnny Rodz, Junk Yard Dog, Killer Khan, King Kong Bundy, Mene Gene, Mike Rotundo, Mr Fuji, Mr Saito, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Rocky Johnson, Roddy Piper, SD Jones, Sika, Superstar Billy Graham, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Tony Atlas, Wendi Richter
It’s time for another classic WWF Coliseum Home Video release. This one is called Grand Slams and the box is bright yellow with George Steele, Kamala and King Kong Bundy on the cover. That’s a good sign, two of my favourites right on the box. Advertised matches include Bundy winning in 9 seconds, Iron Sheik winning the Title, Mr Fuji and Mr Saito winning the Tag Titles, Andre versus 3 opponents and Mene Gene in the ring. Wait, Mene Gene in the ring? Really, this is going to be something to see as Gene teams with Hulk Hogan to face George Steele and Mr Fuji! It’s funny because I just added a Mene Gene LJN figure to my collection this weekend! Let’s start rolling the tape! Continue reading
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: 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: Aldo Marino, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Blackjack Lanza, Bobby Heenan, Chief Jay Strongbow, Corporal Kirchner, Don Muraco, Ernie Ladd, Freddie Blassie, George Steele, Gorilla Monsoon, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy, Lou Albano, Mr Fuji, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Scott McGhee, SD Jones, Stan Stasiak, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Tor Kamata
The next tape in the Coliseum Home Video collection is Villains of the Squared Circle as we head into 1986. The box is pale blue and says “they live by the motto…rules are for breaking” and features Randy Savage, Roddy Piper and King Kong Bundy. There are no matches listed on the box so I guess we are going to have to be surprised by whatever we get.
Following the usual opening video we’re welcomes by Mene Gene who talks about some of the previous video releases. Gene says he wasn’t sure he could be objective, so they got him a guest host and it’s Bobby Heenan. This tape just went up a hundred percent as Heenan comes out with Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy. Studd says he’s not a villain he’s an aggressive wrestler and Bundy says they’re winners. Gene gets himself in trouble with Bundy and Studd and quickly tosses his it our opening match. Continue reading
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Afa, Andre the Giant, Barry O, Big John Studd, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Brutus Beefcake, Chief Jay Strongbow, Davey Boy Smith, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Ivan Putski, Jesse Ventura, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Leilani Kai, Moolah, Mr Fuji, Paul Orndorff, Ricky Steamboat, Rocky Johnson, Samula, Sika, Tito Santana, Wendi Richter
Returning to the classic Coliseum Home Video collection, we move on to Best of the WWF Volume 5. This of course is the fifth in the Best of collection, which totaled twenty in all. I expect that this tape will cover late 1985 rolling into 1986, as we began to head towards Wrestlemania II. This tape is bring red and features Ricky Steamboat on the cover with a sleeper hold on Don Muraco, so I guess we’ll have that match on here. Also advertised is Wendi Richter versus Leilani Kai and Jesse Ventura versus Tito Santana. Always cool to see a Jesse match, as he really didn’t get a lot of respect for his in ring abilities, mainly for his commentary. Continue reading