Filed under: SNME | Tags: Barry Windham, Bob Orton, George Steele, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, JunkYard Dog, Mike Rotundo, Moolah, Nikolai Volkoff, Pete Doherty, Ricky Steamboat, Wendi Richter
After a brief hiatus we return to the WWE Network with the very first Saturday Night’s Main Event. Coming to us about six weeks after the massive success of Wrestlemania, the WWF acquired a timeslot on NBC. Taking over for Saturday Night Live, SNME was the first WWF televised program to feature actual main events, and not just the squash matches that we were so used to. Back in the eighties seeing the WWF champion on TV was very rare, and seeing him in action on TV never happened. The only way to watch Hulk Hogan in the ring was to go to the house shows, SNME gave fans a chance to see huge matches for free, which is why the relaunch of SNME failed. Back then seeing title matches was a big deal, now it’s a weekly occurrence. I originally recapped this show six years ago, from the original broadcast and now we’re going to see how different the Network version is. True watching the shows on the network will be a better quality, but I know these will be missing things, most obviously the music. With that, let’s see what the Network version is like. Continue reading
Filed under: WWF PPV | Tags: Andre the Giant, Barry Windham, Big John Studd, Brutus Beefcake, David Sammartino, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, Leilani Kai, Matt Borne, Mike Rotundo, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, SD Jones, The Executioner, Tito Santana, Wendi Richter
This Sunday night is Wrestlemania 32, and looks to be one of the least exciting Manias of all time. Today though we go back thirty two years, to where it all began, Wrestlemania. Emanating from New York City in Madison Square Garden the WWF begins to march to becoming a National company instead of just running the North East. Hulk Hogan was just a little more then a year into his World Title reign and had turned back challenges from Greg Valentine, Big John Studd and David Schultz. Roddy Piper had been running his mouth for the last few months calling out Hogan and at a previous MSG show attacked Hogan along with Bob Orton and Paul Orndorff. This lead to Mr T, who was front row, to jump in the ring and make the save, thus setting up our main event. Mike Rotundo and Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo had won the Tag Titles from Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch two months ago and were ready for a lengthy title reign, but first they have to defeat the Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff. Greg Valentine was able to capture the Intercontinental championship from Tito Santana, and in the process injure the former champion. Tonight Greg must defend against the very tough Junkyard Dog. Wendi Richter ended the title reign of Fabulous Moolah the previous summer, but was upset by Leilani Kai one month ago, tonight she looks for retribution. Andre the Giant and Big John Studd have been feuding over who is the true giant for some time, tonight they meet in the bodyslam challenge. If Andre win he get fifteen thousand dollars, but if he fails to slam Big John, Andre has vowed to retire. All this and more, tonight at Wrestlemania. 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: Adrian Adonis, Big John Studd, Billy Jack Haynes, Bobby Heenan, Brian Blair, Brutus Beefcake, Dick Slater, Don Muraco, Ernie Ladd, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Hercules Hernandez, Hoss Funk, Hulk Hogan, Iron Mike Sharpe, Jacques Rougeau, Jake Roberts, Jim Brunzell, Jimmy Hart, Jimmy Jack Funk, Johnny V, JunkYard Dog, King Kong Bundy, King Tonga, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Pedro Morales, Raymond Rougeau, Ricky Steamboat, Ted Arcidi, The Machines, Tony Garea
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
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: Bruno Sammartino, Don Muraco, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Hart, JunkYard Dog, Mr T, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Superstar Billy Graham, Terry Funk, Tito Santana
The next entry in the Coliseum Home Video library is simply called WWF Greatest Matches, I thought it was supposed to be Grudge Matches? Well, according to the History of WWF website there is no CHV called Greatest Matches, so I wonder if this was re-released under a different name? Regardless, this should be a good tape as it’s supposedly greatest matches. The box is blue with stripes and features Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik and Hillbilly Jim…wait…Hillbilly Jim? On a greatest matches tape? Are they kidding me? I like Jim but I can’t see him in a greatest match against anyone. Well, let’s see what they actually offer on here. 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