Filed under: WWF TNT | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Afa, Andre the Giant, Billy Travis, Brian Blair, David Schultz, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka, Lou Albano, Paul Orndorff, Rocky Johnson, Sika, Tito Santana, Tony Atlas
I’m back with more WWE Network programming. I waited to see if they were going to fill in any of the gaps for the territories and it doesn’t seem likely, so I’m just to skip those and focus on WWF, NWA/WCW and ECW. So that brings us to TNT tonight from May 29, 1984. So, we are about ten months away from the first Wrestlemania and four months into Hulkamania which started in January when Hulk Hogan won the World Title from Iron Sheik in the last show we recapped. The Tag Team titles are being held by Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch, who won the gold Rocky Johnson and Tony Atlas only a month earlier. Tito Santana is the current reigning Intercontinental Champion, having regained the gold from Don Muraco on February 11th. This leads us to TNT, aka Tuesday Night Titans, which is not your standard WWF program as they tried to make it more of a talk show style with occasional matches. Let’s head to the ring for the very first episode.
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, 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: 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: Aldo Marino, Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Blackjack Lanza, Bobby Heenan, Chief Jay Strongbow, Corporal Kirchner, Don Muraco, Ernie Ladd, Freddie Blassie, George Steele, Gorilla Monsoon, Hulk Hogan, Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Ken Patera, King Kong Bundy, Lou Albano, Mr Fuji, Mr T, Nikolai Volkoff, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Randy Savage, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Scott McGhee, SD Jones, Stan Stasiak, Terry Funk, Tito Santana, Tor Kamata
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