Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 4

bret1Now that I’m back from watching my Orioles drop 3 straight in Toronto and fully becoming the Orioles Cooler, here are more highlights from Bret Hart’s 2007 book “Hitman: My Real Life in the World of Cartoon Wrestling”.

Vince hadn’t run anything in Calgary in five months, and hadn’t paid Stu a nickel of their supposed deal,

Despite “buying” Stampede in 1984, Vince McMahon did not come through on payments. One reason for this is that  Bruce Hart possibly violated part of the deal by trying to relaunch Stampede behind everyone’s back. All the WWF had wanted was the contracts of talent like Bret and the British Bulldogs. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 4

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

bret1More highlights from Bret Hart’s book as we get introduced to Bad News Allen Coage, rival of Bret’s in both Stampede and later in the WWF.

News took me down with a judo leg sweep and gripped me by the throat—and he wasn’t working! My comeback went straight out the window, as did our match, and as a result, all the business we were expected to do for the rest of the summer.

Bad News was a bronze medalist in judo at the 1976 Summer Olympics so he was legit. The problem was that he had issues putting on coherent matches and Bret hated the fact that he was given so little in their matches together, a theme that would repeat for their 1988 WWF series. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 2

bret1More clips and commentary from Bret Hart’s 2007 book Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling:

Turned out the guy was the handler of the chimp from the TV show B.J. and the Bear.

At a Stampede show there was a “midget” tag match and a guy with a chimp walked to the ring. The chimp was left on the apron and entered the ring and screwed with the finish, much to the chagrin of Cowboy Lang. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 2

Saturday Night’s Main Event #14 – 01/02/1988

A chilling vision of things to come
A chilling vision of things to come

While it appears we’ve reached the end of 1987, this show airing two days into 1988 was actually taped on December 7, only 9 days after the last SNME of 1987 aired. Whew. Let’s just call it ’88 and be done with it. We will see a mix here of title defenses by Hulk Hogan and new tag champs Strike Force and the start of a rebuilding for two midcarders: Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. Jake’s 1987 was mostly a lost cause due to a drug suspension and injuries while the Hammer was stuck teaming with Dino Bravo. Not sure which one is worse. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #14 – 01/02/1988

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 1

I recently got a Kindle and one of the great benefits is that all books weigh the same so it means I would not have to lug around a 600 page book. Another benefit: having stored highlights with easy access. Currently I am reading Bret Hart’s autobiography and here are some highlighted quotes from the book in what will become a miniseries.
Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 1

WCW Slamboree 1998 – 05/17/1998

20160605_164645The next installment in the “I was there” series will be WCW Slamboree 1998, which was held in Worcester, MA at the Centrum on May 17, 1998. I would celebrate the one year anniversary of my high school graduation by attending a PPV 40 miles from my house alone. Good times. But does this show hold up? Continue reading WCW Slamboree 1998 – 05/17/1998