Saturday Night’s Main Event #9 – 01/03/1987

The year 1987 was a huge year for the World Wrestling Federation. They would draw a very large number at Wrestlemania 3 (to be discussed more in a later post) and add a 2nd PPV in November just to screw with the competition. But there was some business from 1986 to be wrapped up on this Saturday Night’s Main Event from 01/03/1987. Hulk Hogan would defend the world title against Paul Orndorff in a steel cage to perhaps finally settle that feud which started six months prior. We would also see Randy Savage in an IC title defense, and two Wrestlemania 3 previews with Roddy Piper taking on Adrian Adonis and Junkyard Dog facing King Harley Race. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #9 – 01/03/1987

Super Bowl 50 Picks and Props

I’m still a bit sore about the Patriots losing in Denver, but I went 2-0 in my picks two weeks ago! What a historic moment and it brings my playoff record to a robust 3-6-1. Betting the game is never enough, so when I lived in Las Vegas during Super Bowl 38 I bet many props at the dearly departed Imperial Palace (now the LINQ). Let’s take a look at how I did then, and bets for this game. Continue reading Super Bowl 50 Picks and Props

Dispatches from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – TD Garden 02/04/2016

17309My “journey” as a Springsteen fan started out in the oddest of ways. Of course, I was always somewhat familiar with him but I never went to one of his concerts. In 2003, I got two tickets to a show at Giants Stadium as a part of a bizarre rent agreement and off I went to New Jersey. That show was everything you hear about Bruce shows: it was like a religious revival, fitting because of it being in his home state. Some observations from last night’s show in Boston: Continue reading Dispatches from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – TD Garden 02/04/2016

Saturday Night’s Main Event #8 – 11/29/1986

The final Saturday Night’s Main Event of 1986 aired on November 29 and was taped at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, nicknamed by Bruce Springsteen as “the dump that jumps”. Although it is closer to either downtown or Inglewood, Jesse Ventura welcomes us to his town Hollywood. Ventura had already filmed Predator, which would be released in June 1987. This SNME would kick off with a doozy of a match, one that would be repeated in a 1992 episode: Jake the Snake Roberts versus Macho Man Randy Savage for the latter’s IC title. It is even more notable in that it was that rarest of wrestling matchups: heel against heel. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #8 – 11/29/1986

Model Year Wrestler #9: 1996 Steve Austin, From Ringmaster to Stone Cold

You’ve come a long way, baby!

As was covered with the Rock in 1997, you need more than just talent to become a top star. Luck is required and things that are beyond the control of the individual need to line up for that person to take a huge step forward. Steve Austin spent much of 1995 on the shelf with an arm injury, fired by WCW. After a stop in ECW that served to hone his promo skills, Austin made his way to the WWF in 1996 to presumably serve as a midcard mechanic type. Little did Vince McMahon know that he was hiring a guy who would make him even more money than Hulk Hogan. This is the story of Steve Austin for the year 1996. Continue reading Model Year Wrestler #9: 1996 Steve Austin, From Ringmaster to Stone Cold