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: Adrian Adonis, Bob Orton, Brutus Beefcake, Davey Boy Smith, Don Muraco, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Junk Yard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Mr T, Steve Gatorwolf
With Wrestlemania II coming up in about 5 weeks, tonight’s episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event will set up some of the key matches. Tonight we have Hulk Hogan defending the World Title against Don Muraco, and Mr T will face Bob Orton in a boxing match. Also advertised for the show is the British Bulldogs, I assume in a warm up match for Wrestlemania. The only title to change hands in the last two months is the Intercontinental Championship which was won by Randy Savage in Boston from Tito Santana. Nothing else is advertised so, let’s see what we get. 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: 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: 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: Arnold Skaaland, Bret Hart, Brutus Beefcake, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Greg Valentine, Haystack Calhoun, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jacques Rougeau, Jim Neidhart, Ken Patera, Lou Albano, Moondog Rex, Moondog Spot, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Raymond Rougeau, Terry Funk, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea, Toru Tanaka
This is the seventh in the Best of the WWF series, which have been pretty good so far. The box is bright yellow and has Brutus Beefcake on the cover! The matches advertised are Hart Foundation versus British Bulldogs, Dream Team versus Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff, Tony Atlas versus Ken Patera and Hulk Hogan versus Randy Savage. It all sounds good, but the big bonus is it also advertises the Slammy Awards, which should be great fun. I’m looking forward to that especially, some comedy back when they knew how to do comedy.
The classic opener rolls on through, and then we’re welcomed by the one and only Mene Gene who proceeds to go over some of the matches on this tape. Gene talks about some of the great matches on this first six volumes. We also get a classic match with Mr Fuji and Toru Tanaka versus Tony Garea and Haystacks Calhoun, that should be interesting, as Gene sends it to the ring. Continue reading