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Wrestlemania II – April 7, 1986

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

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Saturday Night’s Main Event – January 4, 1986

With Wrestlemania II coming up in about 5 weeks, tonight’s episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event will set up some of the key matches. Tonight we have Hulk Hogan defending the World Title against Don Muraco, and Mr T will face Bob Orton in a boxing match. Also advertised for the show is the British Bulldogs, I assume in a warm up match for Wrestlemania. The only title to change hands in the last two months is the Intercontinental Championship which was won by Randy Savage in Boston from Tito Santana. Nothing else is advertised so, let’s see what we get. Continue reading



WWF Wrestlemania – March 31, 1985

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



WWF Grand Slams

It’s time for another classic WWF Coliseum Home Video release. This one is called Grand Slams and the box is bright yellow with George Steele, Kamala and King Kong Bundy on the cover. That’s a good sign, two of my favourites right on the box. Advertised matches include Bundy winning in 9 seconds, Iron Sheik winning the Title, Mr Fuji and Mr Saito winning the Tag Titles, Andre versus 3 opponents and Mene Gene in the ring. Wait, Mene Gene in the ring? Really, this is going to be something to see as Gene teams with Hulk Hogan to face George Steele and Mr Fuji! It’s funny because I just added a Mene Gene LJN figure to my collection this weekend! Let’s start rolling the tape! 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 Grudge Matches

   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



WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #5 – March 1, 1986

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #5 – March 1, 1986

Let’s hop back in our time machine and return to the glory days of Hulk-a-Mania, as we continue our trek through the classic SNME. Tonight’s episode continues the buildup for Wrestlemania II, as we have Don Muraco facing Hulk Hogan in our main event. Let’s quickly recap our champions, as Hulk Hogan is still our World Champion, Randy Savage won the IC title on February 8th in Boston from Tito Santana, The Dream Team of Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake are still Tag Champions and Moolah is still Women’s Champion. Randy Savage’s title win in Boston came quickly after his debut, which was only in August and sadly began the rapid fall of Tito Santana, who other than a brief Tag Title run in 1987 quickly became feeder material for newer guys. Tonight’s episode of SNME comes to us from Phoenix, Arizona and should be a very interesting show. Let’s get down to Mene Gene Okerlund to start the show. Continue reading