Filed under: Prime Time | Tags: Corporal Kirchner, Iron Mike Sharpe, Iron Sheik, Jake Roberts, Jose Gonzalez, King Tonga, Lanny Poffo, Lenny Hurst, Mr Fuji, Nikolai Volkoff, Paul Christy, Rene Goulet, Scott McGhee, Sivi Afi, Tony Garea, Toru Tanaka
Three weeks after Wrestlemania II, we finally get into the Prime Time Wrestling series. Wish they had the first year of the show, but we start here. Prime Time is the predecessor to Monday Night Raw, and started in 1985 and ran until one week before RAW debuted in 1993. Hopefully the network adds the remaining years as we only get the shows from after Wrestlemania II till the week before Wrestlemania III. Prime Time is fondly remembered by fans for having good matches and most of all, the comedy of Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. They worked together so well and had such perfect comedy timing they made the show so much fun to watch. As for the titles, Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and British Bulldogs are all still the champions going in. Advertised for tonight’s episode is Jake Roberts, Iron Sheik and more, so let’s see what we get. 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: 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: 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
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