Filed under: Prime Time | Tags: Corporal Kirchner, Iron Mike Sharpe, Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Jose Gonzalez, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lenny Hurst, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Christy, Rene Goulet, Scott McGhee, Sivi Afi, Tony Garea, Toru Tanaka
Three weeks after Wrestlemania II, we finally get into the Prime Time Wrestling series. Wish they had the first year of the show, but we start here. Prime Time is the predecessor to Monday Night Raw, and started in 1985 and ran until one week before RAW debuted in 1993. Hopefully the network adds the remaining years as we only get the shows from after Wrestlemania II till the week before Wrestlemania III. Prime Time is fondly remembered by fans for having good matches and most of all, the comedy of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. They worked together so well and had such perfect comedy timing they made the show so much fun to watch. As for the titles, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and British Bulldogs are all still the champions going in. Advertised for tonight’s episode is Jake Roberts, Iron Sheik and more, so let’s see what we get. Continue reading
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: SNME | Tags: Bob Orton, Corporal Kirchner, Cousin Luke, Don Muraco, George Steele, Hillbilly Jim, Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, Jimmy Hart, Junk Yard Dog, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Uncle Elmer
With the start of the new year the WWF kicks it off with Saturday Night’s Main Event. The WWF was about a year into it’s biggest boom of all time, as we’re about nine months removed from the inaugural Wrestlemania and three months away from Wrestlemania II. Hulk-a-Mania has dominated the WWF for almost two years and was showing no signs of slowing down, meanwhile Tito Santana had what he thought was firm grasp on the WWF Intercontinental Title. In the tag team scene the Dream Team had been running roughshod over the over teams including the Killer Bees and The New US Express, but a new team was getting ready to take over. As 1986 begins we start heading into the build up to Wrestlemania, but the show really doesn’t take shape till the next show, however we do have a Terry Funk versus Hulk Hogan match to headline, so that should be amazing. 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: 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: Adrian Adonis, Bob Orton, Corporal Kirchner, Davey Boy Smith, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Ivan Putski, JunkYard Dog, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Wrestlevision
Our next video in the Coliseum Home Video Collection is the first ever WWF PPV, the Wrestling Classic. This was a big tournament that took place in Chicago, Illinois and also featured a World Title defense from Hulk Hogan. It’s the only WWF PPV to feature Roddy Piper versus Hulk Hogan, which is surprising considering what a huge feud they had. This is one of my favorite shows, let’s hope it holds up. Continue reading