Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 6 (Montreal and Final Edition)

Strange feeling this morning as baseball is in the home stretch, yet I’m going to the Ring of Honor PPV tonight despite never watching their TV show. And I feel like I forgot something: to finish a look at Pat Patterson’s book “Accepted”!

A few people even had to be let go when we came back from that tour in the late 1980s.

This is in reference to the fall 1988 tour of Europe, which led to something of a housecleaning and some very odd substitutions at the Survivor Series. Don Muraco was let go even though his feud with Greg Valentine had not wrapped. They had some terrible house show matches, apparently. And speaking of terrible matches, Junkyard Dog was finally fired either for drug use or the fact that he could barely move. Continue reading Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 6 (Montreal and Final Edition)

Saturday Night’s Main Event #16 – 04/30/1988

In the 1985, NBC gave the World Wrestling Federation a Saturday late night slot with the idea that Hulk Hogan would generate ratings that were better than Saturday Night Live reruns. But as we hit mid-1988, Hogan is on a sabbatical. His first daughter would be born 5 days after this show aired, and he was filming No Holds Barred in his effort to become the new Stallone. While that failed, how did the WWF cope without their biggest star? For one thing, they would promote the hell out of Randy Savage making his first world title defense. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #16 – 04/30/1988

Dispatches From Charm City, Baltimore, Maryland

img_20160917_093635It is somewhat ironic that I was off from work for several days this past week and never posted anything new to the blog. But let’s forget that and go into the Adventures in Charm City, a trip I took the Baltimore where I got in Saturday morning and flew out on Sunday night. Since there is no more minor league baseball, I have to go to a Major League game. And there are few better places than Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of my favorite team the Baltimore Orioles. Two games against the last place Tampa Bay Rays, so what could be better? Continue reading Dispatches From Charm City, Baltimore, Maryland

NFL Picks Week 1: A Wins Pool Suggestion

Yes, I own this.
Yes, I own this.

I probably should have put my concept for an NFL Wins Pool up a week or two ago so you could have followed it but I am going to share it anyway. A few years ago, Bill Simmons had a column discussing a wins pool wherein ten people pick three teams each. That’s a nice idea, but I decided to go smaller and add an element of strategy to it incorporating, of all things, the Indian caste system. Continue reading NFL Picks Week 1: A Wins Pool Suggestion

Quick Thoughts: The Last Battle of Atlanta

Everyone and their brother was all aflutter about a match being posted to the WWE Network yesterday after being thought lost forever since 1983. The Last Battle of Atlanta was the culmination of a feud between Tommy Rich and Buzz Sawyer, fought inside a steel cage with a roof that supposedly was an inspiration for Hell in a Cell. So what did I think of the October 1983 bout? Continue reading Quick Thoughts: The Last Battle of Atlanta

Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson Part 5 (Royal Rumble/WrestleMania Edition)

As I was reading the book “Accepted” by Pat Patterson last month, I got more than halfway through and wondered if he had left out the first WrestleMania or something. Fortunately, he went back in the timeline later to discuss that and inventing the Royal Rumble.

I have all the respect in the world for Muhammad Ali, but when he showed up to be the referee for that match between Hulk Hogan and Mr. T against Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper, I realized right away that he would not be able to perform a normal referee’s duties in the ring.

Muhammad Ali was promoted as the special referee for the first WrestleMania main event, but was bumped to the outside at the very last minute as Patterson took over those duties. Ali had just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease within the prior year so it was not clear how many people knew what that meant. Patterson being in the ring was helpful to get Mr. T through the match as well since Pat had a role in training him. With so much on the line, things needed to go smoothly. Continue reading Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson Part 5 (Royal Rumble/WrestleMania Edition)

Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 4 (90s Edition)

Back for a dip into Pat Patterson’s book as he is just about to take an unwanted sabbatical from the business:

“Pat, I was sure you had someone with you. I didn’t know how I was supposed to position myself. I didn’t know if I could watch or not. You had me all screwed up in my mind.”

On the road at one point, Patterson roomed with Bobby Heenan and Pat decided to mess with him. After Heenan had gone back to the room for the night, Patterson decided to make like he was bringing a man back to the room for some fun. This was Heenan’s reaction to all this.

You know, we weren’t sure what to do with Undertaker when he first came to WWE. “You know how I see him?” I said to Vince. “I’m not sure what is the exact word for it, but he reminds me of characters in old Western movies . . . That guy with the long black coat who would have different roles in town. Like a doctor . . .” Vince said, “You’re not describing a doctor, Patrick.” “I don’t know what they are called.” Someone said, “From your description, I think you mean an undertaker.” Continue reading Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 4 (90s Edition)