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: Afa, Andre the Giant, Chief Jay Strongbow, Hulk Hogan, Invaders, Iron Sheik, Ivan Putski, Jimmy Snuka, Jose Luis Rivera, Masked Superstar, Mr Fuji, Paul Orndorff, Rene Goulet, Rocky Johnson, Sal Bellomo, Samula, Sgt Slaughter, Sika, Tiger Chung Lee, Tony Atlas, Tony Garea
Today on the Network we watch one of the most historic night in WWF history, the night Hulkamania was born. Coming into the show, the reigning World Champion is The Iron Sheik who won the gold from Bob Backlund only one month earlier. Bob lost the title when his manager tossed in the towel as Sheik had Bob in the dreaded Camel Clutch, also injuring Bob. Hulk Hogan would be called to take the place of the injured former champion. The World Tag Team Champions are Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson who won the titles back in November from the Wild Samoans. Don Muraco is the Intercontinental Champion and is one day past his one year anniversary as champion having won the gold from Pedro Morales. At this point the WWF was in a major state of change as Vince McMahon Junior was taking the company over from his father and preparing to go national and challenge the other territories, something no one thought would work. It was a major gamble for McMahon and WWF, as failure would have not only destroyed the company but probably blackballed a lot of the talent who worked with Vince. Huge changes were sweeping through the wrestling world, as two months earlier the NWA aired the first major show, Starrcade, which was a success and began the launch of supercards with Wrestlemania to come next year, but we’re getting a head of ourselves. Let’s see what tonight’s show has to offer. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Bob Backlund, Johnny Rodz, Larry Sharpe, Moondog Rex, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Rick Martel, Sgt Slaughter, Stan Hansen, Tony Garea
We finally made it out of the 1970s and into the 80s. Although the changes may not be seen for a while, the WWF slowly changed from Sports to Sports Entertainment. This show is from 1981, so it’s still before the advent of Hulkamania, as Bob Backlund is still the WWF World Champion and the Moondogs are about a month into their title reign. We finally have the IC title as Pedro Morales, the third champion, is currently four months into his title reign. This show is also only an hour, so we won’t get a lot but hopefully it’s better then what we had in the 70s. Continue reading
Filed under: Smackdown | Tags: AJ, Alberto Del Rio, Alicia Fox, Bella Twins, Bob Orton, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, Dusty Rhodes, Great Khali, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Heath Slater, Hunico, Jimmy Hart, Kane, Mark Henry, Mene Gene, Mick Foley, Natalya, Randy Orton, Roddy Piper, Ryback, Sgt Slaughter, Sheamus, Tyson Kidd, Usos
We have a special edition of Smackdown this week, since the WWE Wrestlers are headed overseas. There is a number of legends scheduled to make appearances tonight, so that should make for a fun show. Hopefully better then the trainwreck that was Raw this week. So without further ado, let’s head to the arena for a live Smackdown.
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Beverly Bros, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Sgt Slaughter, Sid Justice, The Mountie, Undertaker
Almost to the end of the SNME collection as we have two remaining. Tonight’s episode is three weeks after the Royal Rumble and two months before Wrestlemania. A lot has changed in the WWF since our last SNME back in April 1991. Hulk Hogan was defeated by the Undertaker at the Survivor Series 1991, but due to controversy we had a rematch five days later won by Hulk Hogan. This was not without more controversy and the title was declared vacant. Ric Flair, who debuted in the summer of 1991, won the 1992 Royal Rumble and in the process won the vacant World Title. Randy Savage, who reunited with Elizabeth at Wrestlemania, finally married Elizabeth at Summerslam. At the reception the happy couple was attacked by Jake Roberts and the Undertaker, setting off the Savage and Roberts feud that went through the fall and winter. Bret Hart finally captured his first singles title defeating Mr. Perfect and putting him out of wrestling for years. Bret defended the title proudly against all comers, but finally was beaten for the title by the Mountie. The Mountie would then quickly lose the belt, only two days later, to Roddy Piper, who finally gained a title after eight years with the WWF. The Nasty Boys were able to hold the tag titles up until they ran into the Legion of Doom at Summerslam, making the LOD the first Triple Crown tag team champions. The LOD would lose the tag titles one night before this show to the tag team of Money Inc, Ted DiBiase and IRS (formerly known as Mike Rotundo). Demolition has gone their separate ways as Ax was released, Crush became Hawaiian Crush, and Smash became the Repo Man. Finally Sid Vicious made his long awaited WWF debut in the summer destroying various heels and aligning himself with Hulk Hogan. This friendship was short lived as Sid was eliminated by Hulk at the Rumble and proceeded to eliminate Hulk allowing Ric Flair to win. These two men are forced to team tonight to face Ric Flair and Undertaker. In the Hulk and Sid’s corner, making his big return was Brutus Beefcake, who’s been out for almost two years after a parasailing accident. Let’s get down to ringside for the opening contest.
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Barbarian, Big Boss Man, Bret Hart, Bushwhackers, Davey Boy Smith, Earthquake, Greg Valentine, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Haku, Hercules, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Kerry Von Erich, Mr Perfect, Nasty Boys, Orient Express, Paul Roma, Rockers, Sgt Slaughter, Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, Tito Santana, Tugboat, Ultimate Warrior, Warlord
It’s time for another classic SNME as we have three remaining. Tonight’s episode comes to use one month following Wrestlemania VII. At Wrestlemania we had the crowing of a new World Heavyweight Champion as the Real American Hulk Hogan defended the United States and conquered the Iraqi turncoat Sgt Slaughter to regain the title for the third time. At the time that was unheard of and Hulk was the first three time World Champion. Also that night we witnessed The Hart Foundation losing the Tag Titles for the final time to newcomers the Nasty Boys, who won a battle royal to qualify for the match. The match of the night honors had to go to Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage who put on one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history, and in the end the Warrior vanquished Savage and ended his career. After the match Queen Sherri attacked Savage and making the save, surprisingly was the return of Elizabeth. The reuniting of Savage and Elizabeth brought a tear to the huge audience and is one of the most remembered moments of that night. Other matches that night included Jake Roberts beating Rick Martel in a blindfold match, which was horrible, Demolition being destroyed and ending the team at the hands of two Japanese wrestler who very few people knew, Virgil breaking away from Ted DiBiase after three years of abuse and beating Ted, and the Wrestlemania debut of the Undertaker who defeated Jimmy Snuka to begin the legendary streak. With all that behind us we begin the march to Summerslam, and tonight Warrior gets his hands on the former champion Sgt Slaughter, we have a battle royal and the Nasty Boys defend the tag titles, all this and more on SNME.
Filed under: Main Event | Tags: Dino Bravo, Earthquake, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Legion of Doom, Orient Express, Sgt Slaughter, Tugboat
Well, we’re slowly making it to the end of the SNME/Main Event Collection as we officially enter the final year, 1991. Tonight’s show is the in-between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania VII period. We’re coming to you two weeks after the Royal Rumble where we crowned a shocking new champion. The Ultimate Warrior had run over everyone is his path for the last nine months as champion, but Randy Savage continued to pursue the champ. Warrior wanted nothing to do with the Macho King or the Queen and shut them down repeatedly. Finally at the Rumble while Warrior was defending the title against the turncoat Sgt Slaughter, Savage charged down the aisle and cracked Warrior in the head with the scepter. This allowed Slaughter to score the biggest win of his career and become the WWF champion. Later in the night Savage no showed the Rumble, which was later won by Hulk Hogan. Hulk wasted no time in issuing the challenge to the Iraqi sympathizer and wanted a title match. Tonight on the final Main Event, Hulk Hogan stands in the corner of Jim Duggan as he faces the new World Champion. Before Hulk gets to that point he has to team with Tugboat to face long time foes Dino Bravo and the Earthquake in a tag team match. Let’s head to Macon, Georgia for the final episode of the Main Event.