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: 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: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Brian Blair, Cousin Junior, Dan Spivey, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jim Neidhart, Jim Powers, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lou Albano, Moondog Rex, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Ricky Hunter, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, Terry Gibbs, Tony Garea
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
Filed under: Coliseum | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Alfred Hayes, Bob Orton, Bobby Heenan, Bret Hart, Don Muraco, Fabulous Moolah, Freddie Blassie, George Steele, Hoss Funk, Jesse Ventura, Jim Neidhart, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Lou Albano, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Roddy Piper
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
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
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