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: NWA/WCW PPV | Tags: Black Bart, Brian Adidas, Buzz Tyler, Denny Brown, Dick Slater, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Jesse Barr, Jimmy Valiant, Joe Frazier, Keith Larson, Manny Fernandez, Mike Davis, Mike Graham, Mr Ito, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Paul Jones, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Ron Bass, Superstar Billy Graham, The Assassin, The Zambuie Express, Tully Blanchard, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Starrcade, the true granddaddy of them all, began almost two years before Wrestlemania and ran for eighteen shows in all. The original Starrcade took place the previous year and was headlined by Ric Flair defeating Harley Race for the NWA Title in the steel cage. This would end up being the last time Harley Race would hold the NWA title, at a time a record seven times, something that should be historical. Sadly in this day and age we get guys who are ten, twelve or fifteen time champions in a decade. Thus negating something as amazing as seven time champions, which is a shame as when Ric Flair was going for that eighth title reign it was a big deal, now title changes are not such a big thing. Tonight’s show is headlined by World Champion, Ric Flair defending the title against The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Ric had lost the title briefly to Kerry Von Erich back in May but regained it three weeks later. Dusty and Ric had a legendary feud in the NWA and this was one of their biggest matches, so let’s get it started. Continue reading
Filed under: WCW PPV | Tags: Abdullah The Butcher, Bob Orton, Bugsy McGraw, Carlos Colon, Dick Slater, Dusty Rhodes, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Jay Youngblood, Jerry Brisco, Johnny Weaver, Kevin Sullivan, Mark Lewin, Mark Youngblood, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Rufus Jones, Scott McGhee, The Assasins, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Here we go with the beginnings of the NWA/WCW shows on the Network. We start with the very first ever Starrcade from Thanksgiving in 1983. This is considered one of the first supershows in wrestling and is the true granddaddy of the all, having lasted from 1983 until 2000. A quick recap of the title situations before we begin, Harley Race is the current NWA Champion having regained the title in June from his challenger tonight, Ric Flair. The reigning and defending United States Champion is Greg Valentine who dethroned the man he faces tonight, Roddy Piper almost seven months ago. As for the Tag Team Champions they are Jack & Jerry Brisco who defeated Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood less then a month earlier, tonight the former champions get a rematch. Some interesting rematches on this show and should be fun to see how it holds up thirty years later. 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: 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