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The Big Event

We move along to one of my favorite Coliseum Video releases, The Big Event. This show took place in the summer of 1986 in Toronto, Ontario with over sixty five thousand fans in attendance. This show is basically what Summerslam became as this was a huge show that highlight the feuds and stories of the WWF in 1986. Our headline match features World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan defending against former friend Paul Orndorff. The Hulk/Orndorff feud went on and off for years in the WWF as it started in 1984 and ended the first time at Wrestlemania when Hulk and Mr T defeated Paul and Roddy Piper in the main event, Piper and Bob Orton then abandonded Paul along with Hulk and T. Paul and Hulk then became a tag team and were doing pretty good, until Adrian Adonis got in the middle. Adrian claimed that Hulk was using Paul and just pretending to be his friend so he didn’t have to face him. Paul said that was not true and that Hulk was always there for him, he then called Hulk from Adonis’ talk show, but was told Hulk was too busy to talk to him. Paul was irate and Bobby Heenan quickly jumped in to stir the pot. At Saturday Night’s Main Event Hulk and Paul teamed up against Heenan’s charges of King Kong Bundy and Big John Studd, and through the match Paul refused to tag Hulk in. After winning the match Bundy and Studd attacked Hulk until Paul made the save, or so we all thought. Paul helped Hulk to his feet only to blast him with a vicious clothesline and followed that with a piledriver on the champion. Paul left the ringside area with Bundy, Studd and a grinning Bobby Heenan, thus setting the stage for tonight’s Big Event.

The tape is bright blue and features only one face on the cover, King Tonga, no just kidding of course it’s Hulk Hogan. The box mentions the record crowd, and the main event plus The Machines, Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Junkyard Dog and more. No opening video this time, instead we see overhead footage of Toronto from a chopper as Gene narrates what we will see. It looks odd not seeing the Skydome next to the CN tower, just feels like it’s been there forever. We see clips of some of the big names we’re going to see tonight, and an overhead shot of the CNE and we see the crowd, which looks amazing similar to Wrestlemania III. Continue reading



Best of The WWF Volume 8

It’s time for the eighth tape in the Best of the WWF series, as we head through the summer of 1986. The cover for this volume is bright yellow and features a young star named Bret Hart. Advertised on the box are Jake the Snake versus Ricky Steamboat, Pedro Morales versus Adrian Adonis, Pat Patterson versus Lou Albano, debuts of Hercules, Dan Spivey and Harley Race. It looks like quite the impressive lineup, so let’s roll the tape.

The usual opening sequence sends us to Mene Gene who talks about the WWF TV coverage, seven hours a week across the planet. That really surprised me, I thought we had a lot of TV today, but they had about the same twenty five years ago! Gene sends it to our opening match, from Madison Square Gardens! 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



WWE March Madness 2011 Tournament

Taking a brief hiatus from the Coliseum Home Video collection, we’re going to recap a special WWE program. The WWE March Madness 2012 Tournament that aired on WWE On Demand. This is basically the WWE’s attempt to do the NCAA March Madness tournament. I have no idea of the matches, so it’s all going to be a surprise, but I have a bad feeling the final match will be Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels, I hope I’m wrong. Hopefully we get some good solid matches and no garbage. Let’s get underway.
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Saturday Night’s Main Event #30 – February 8, 1992

Almost to the end of the SNME collection as we have two remaining. Tonight’s episode is three weeks after the Royal Rumble and two months before Wrestlemania. A lot has changed in the WWF since our last SNME back in April 1991. Hulk Hogan was defeated by the Undertaker at the Survivor Series 1991, but due to controversy we had a rematch five days later won by Hulk Hogan. This was not without more controversy and the title was declared vacant. Ric Flair, who debuted in the summer of 1991, won the 1992 Royal Rumble and in the process won the vacant World Title. Randy Savage, who reunited with Elizabeth at Wrestlemania, finally married Elizabeth at Summerslam. At the reception the happy couple was attacked by Jake Roberts and the Undertaker, setting off the Savage and Roberts feud that went through the fall and winter. Bret Hart finally captured his first singles title defeating Mr. Perfect and putting him out of wrestling for years. Bret defended the title proudly against all comers, but finally was beaten for the title by the Mountie. The Mountie would then quickly lose the belt, only two days later, to Roddy Piper, who finally gained a title after eight years with the WWF. The Nasty Boys were able to hold the tag titles up until they ran into the Legion of Doom at Summerslam, making the LOD the first Triple Crown tag team champions. The LOD would lose the tag titles one night before this show to the tag team of Money Inc, Ted DiBiase and IRS (formerly known as Mike Rotundo). Demolition has gone their separate ways as Ax was released, Crush became Hawaiian Crush, and Smash became the Repo Man. Finally Sid Vicious made his long awaited WWF debut in the summer destroying various heels and aligning himself with Hulk Hogan. This friendship was short lived as Sid was eliminated by Hulk at the Rumble and proceeded to eliminate Hulk allowing Ric Flair to win. These two men are forced to team tonight to face Ric Flair and Undertaker. In the Hulk and Sid’s corner, making his big return was Brutus Beefcake, who’s been out for almost two years after a parasailing accident. Let’s get down to ringside for the opening contest.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event #29 – April 27, 1991

It’s time for another classic SNME as we have three remaining. Tonight’s episode comes to use one month following Wrestlemania VII. At Wrestlemania we had the crowing of a new World Heavyweight Champion as the Real American Hulk Hogan defended the United States and conquered the Iraqi turncoat Sgt Slaughter to regain the title for the third time. At the time that was unheard of and Hulk was the first three time World Champion. Also that night we witnessed The Hart Foundation losing the Tag Titles for the final time to newcomers the Nasty Boys, who won a battle royal to qualify for the match. The match of the night honors had to go to Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage who put on one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history, and in the end the Warrior vanquished Savage and ended his career. After the match Queen Sherri attacked Savage and making the save, surprisingly was the return of Elizabeth. The reuniting of Savage and Elizabeth brought a tear to the huge audience and is one of the most remembered moments of that night. Other matches that night included Jake Roberts beating Rick Martel in a blindfold match, which was horrible, Demolition being destroyed and ending the team at the hands of two Japanese wrestler who very few people knew, Virgil breaking away from Ted DiBiase after three years of abuse and beating Ted, and the Wrestlemania debut of the Undertaker who defeated Jimmy Snuka to begin the legendary streak. With all that behind us we begin the march to Summerslam, and tonight Warrior gets his hands on the former champion Sgt Slaughter, we have a battle royal and the Nasty Boys defend the tag titles, all this and more on SNME.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event #25 – January 27, 1990

With tonight’s episode we leave behind the 1980’s and journey into the 1990’s. We’re coming to you just six days after the Royal Rumble. In the Royal Rumble we had the first epic meeting between the past and the present, as Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior squared off. Hulk eliminated the Warrior from the Rumble, supposedly by accident, and now the Warrior’s mad. Tonight these two men must work as a team as they face the man who beat Hulk at the last SNME, the Genius, and Mr. Perfect. Can the two champions unite or will tonight be a perfect victory, all that and more tonight on Saturday Night’s Main Event.

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