This might be a losing battle here, but anytime new/”old” stuff is on the WWE Network, I want to watch. Today it is AWA from 01/24/1988 at their taping home at the Showboat in Las Vegas. Don’t go looking for it on maps because the property became Castaways in 2000, closed in 2004 when I was living out in Vegas, and is now just a large empty lot.
Since it’s been added to the WWE Network, there is no better time to drop in on Mid South from 12/1/1984, airing 31 years ago today. I’m sure there will be a few familiar faces, starting with host Jim Ross along with Boyd Pierce.
Show starts with a video for Terry Taylor where he is kissing every woman on his way to the ring, some in-ring highlights, a woman appearing to yawn, then sitting down at a table with Taylor. Very odd stuff, but I guess this worked for the time.
One recurring feature I would like to do on this blog is to take a wrestler and do a quick look at what he or she did in a given calendar year.
Today let’s look at 1991 Brian Pillman. He started the year with a ton of promise and was a star of the five star War Games match at WrestleWar. Despite that, Sid Vicious nearly killed him with a power bomb, hitting Pillman against the cage ceiling and dropping him on his head. Flyin’ Brian was back a week later working tags with Brad Armstrong. Continue reading Model Year Wrestler – 1991 Brian Pillman
A long time ago, I went to journalism school at Boston University. Today I work in mutual funds so if there is a lesson to be learned it is this: Go to business school or something more vague unless you REALLY want to pursue a specific field. I became pretty jaded about journalism in college so it is not as if I sit at home and cry every night wondering “what if?’ because I wasn’t up for moving to a Great Falls, Montana to cover high school football. Continue reading The Leap
One day last summer, I took a train into NYC for the day to the decrepit Penn Station. Above that sits wrestling’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden and it made me want to watch an old MSG show. Settled on Summerslam 1988, in part because it was the first PPV I ever saw live. Airing Monday August 29, 1988, our hosts are Superstar Billy Graham and Gorilla Monsoon. I advise you not to play a Graham drinking game; he says “Gorilla Monsoon” the full name so many times, it’s like Tracy Jordan with “Liz Lemon” on 30 Rock. Continue reading 1988 Summerslam