Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Bobby Heenan, Cousin Junior, Dino Bravo, Hillbilly Jim, King Kong Bundy, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff
After a couple weeks of NWA television we return to the World Wrestling Federation and head to Toronto, Ontario for another classic house show. Taking place in November of 1985, eight days removed from the last SNME, sadly this house show is just a couple matches but should be good. Advertised as the main event if Hillbilly Jim and Andre the Giant facing the Heenan family of Big John Studd and King Kong Bundy, always love a good Bundy match. With that let’s head to ring for some classic WWF excitement.
Following the classic opening video showing all sorts of stars of the eighties we go to the ring for the opening match right away, and it’s the main event. Continue reading
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Andre the Giant, Big John Studd, Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Valiant, King Kong Bundy, Lanny Poffo, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Orndorff, Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea, Uncle Elmer
Following the previous episode of SNME, we just forward four and a half months to October for the second edition of SNME. Since the last episode two championships to have changed hands first is the WWF Tag Team Titles, which actually changed twice. First Barry Windham & Mike Rotundo regained the gold from Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff in June, but lost the titles two months later to Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine. Greg Valentine was the Intercontinental Champion but six weeks before winning the tag belts he lost the championship to Tito Santana. Meanwhile Hulk Hogan is still riding high as the World Champion sitting at just over twenty months. Tonight on SNME we get a wedding with Uncle Elmer, also Hulk Hogan defends the World title against former tag champion Nikolai Volkoff in a flag match and Roddy Piper faces Wrestlemania tag partner Paul Orndorff. All this and more, on Saturday Night’s Main Event. Continue reading
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: House Shows | Tags: Adrian Adonis, Afa, Big John Studd, Brutus Beefcake, David Sammartino, David Schultz, Dick Murdoch, Greg Valentine, Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera, Mad Dog Vachon, Moondog Spot, Nikolai Volkoff, Rick McGraw, Rocky Johnson, Sal Bellomo, Sgt Slaughter, Sika, Tito Santana, Tony Garea
The next WWF show comes to us the day after the previous show and is from Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nothing has changed as far as championship obviously, but on this show we do have a WWF World Title match up as Hulk Hogan defends the gold against Big John Studd. With the show over two hours long, I assume we’re getting the entire show, so let’s head to the ring.
Still love the classic opener with all the old arenas and legendary stars, just a great way to get the hype started. Even Michael Hayes makes the opener! Gorilla Monsoon and Mene Gene welcomes us to the show and sends it to Howard Finkel. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Bob Backlund, Bruno Sammartino, Haystack Calhoun, Ken Patera, Nikolai Volkoff, Spiros Arion
The final WWF show from the seventies on the network comes to us from Philadelphia, PA. This show comes to us as Bob Backlund is the new WWF champion, having won the title one month earlier from Superstar Billy Graham. The Tag Team Champions are even newer, as Dino Bravo and Dominic Denucci won the titles only eleven days earlier defeating Mr. Fuji and Professor Toru Tanaka, We’re still a year and a half away from the crowning of the first IC champion, but the WWF was still using regional champions and sometimes even the NWA champion. This is only an hour long, so I expect lots of clipping and little else, but let’s see. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Andre the Giant, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Baron Von Raschke, Bruno Sammartino, Chief Jay Strongbow, Domenic Denucci, George Steele, Haystack Calhoun, Ivan Putski, Jan Nelson, Jose Gonzalez, Ken Patera, Larry Zbyszko, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Peter Maivia, Rocky Tamayo, Superstar Billy Graham, Tony Garea, Toru Tanaka
Our next show from Madison Square Gardens takes place a little over two years after the last show. A lot has changed in the WWF landscape as Bruno Sammartino lost the World Title to Superstar Billy Graham about two months prior to this show, after over three years as champion again. The Tag Team Titles changed hands a few times in the two years, finally resting in the hands of Billy White Wolf and Chief Jay Strongbow. White Wolf would be later known as General Adnan in the WWF with Sgt. Slaughter in 1990. There was still no IC title yet, the title would be formed a little over two years later. Hopefully this show will have some better matches then the 1975 show, as it is over two hours long so there should be more then four match. Let’s send it down to ringside. Continue reading