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WWF TNT – June 12, 1984

Here we go with episode two of TNT from the WWF, this episode aired June 12, 1984. Two weeks after the previous episode, which seems odd going biweekly but here we are. After watching the first one I can tell this series is going to be low on action and high on talking, so these reviews may not be as long as others. I’m assuming we’re not going to get any real good matches on these shows until we get to Prime Time in 1986, but we shall trudge through the mire of TNT anyways as there are some hidden comedy gems in here, just got to find them. So with that, let’s head to the studio and see what Vince and Alfred have in store for us this week. Continue reading


WWF’s Explosive TNT Show

Wow, it’s been over a year since I updated my blog, didn’t expect to be away from this for so long. I’m back and we’re going to continue the amazing WWF Coliseum Home Video collection. Picking up where we left off, is the Explosive TNT Show tape. TNT, for those who’ve never seen it, was the WWF’s attempt at doing a talk show. Basically it’s Vince McMahon as the host, with sidekick Lord Alfred Hayes and they interview the WWF wrestlers and do variois stupid skits and stunts. It was the ultimate in WWF cheese, and I’m surprised they haven’t tried to resurrect it. The box for this volume is black and has pictures of Bobby Heenan, the Hart Foundation, Mr Fuji, Don Muraco and Vince himself. With this being more of a series of vignettes and not matches, this review won’t be like the normal ones, but this is not your normal VHS tape, so let’s get to it. Continue reading

Villians of the Squared Circle

   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

WWF Hulk-a-Mania

The second tape in the Coliseum Home Video library features the World Heavyweight Champion, Hulk Hogan. The first tape was clips from TNT, mostly skits, however the second tape features some of Hulk Hogan’s best title defenses from his first year as champion. Hulk Hogan captured the World Title in January 1984 from the Iron Sheik, and thus began Hulk-a-Mania and the change in wrestling forever. The WWF quickly capitalized on this with their national expansion and Hulk Hogan leading the charge. This would lead to the Rock-n-Wrestling Connection followed by Wrestlemania, and then the birth of Wrestling Pay Per Views. However we’re getting ahead of ourselves, as right now it’s only 1984 and Hulk-a-Mania was just starting it’s surge. Continue reading

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #4 – January 4, 1986

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #4 – January 4, 1986

After sitting through the worst episode of Monday Night RAW, I really needed entertaining to watch. So that brings us back to, in my opinion, the greatest era of professional wrestling ever, the eighties and SNME. Tonight’s episode comes to us from Tampa, Florida and our main event features Jesse Ventura back in the ring, along with Roddy Piper and Cowboy Bob Orton v. The Hillbillies in what should be a fun brawl. The only title that has changed hands is the Women’s title, which is now held by Moolah again, after the infamous Spider Lady incident. Otherwise the champions are, World Champion Hulk Hogan, Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana and Tag Team Champions Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake. So let’s get to tonight’s episode, which unfortunately is not from the original broadcast, but from 24/7 so hopefully nothing major is missing. Continue reading