Highlights of Bill Apter’s “Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!”

Been a while since I’ve done a post on a book and in reviewing my Kindle notes, I completely missed one. I read Bill Apter’s book “Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!” on vacation in the Outer Banks at the same time I read the Pat Patterson book, which consumed many more posts than this will.

Apter was a staple of my childhood as the main guy at a group of wrestling magazines (The “Apter mags”) led by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. As I lived in the northeastern US, I would see WWF but those magazines introduced me to NWA, AWA, World Class and all the territories or at least the ones that remained in the late 1980s. So in a way, Bill Apter is partly responsible for this blog. Let’s peek at the book, though I didn’t highlight very much. Continue reading Highlights of Bill Apter’s “Is Wrestling Fixed? I Didn’t Know It Was Broken!”

The Wrestler (1974) Film Synopsis and Review

And now I am going to jump completely out of my comfort zone of mid-80s WWF and not even watch a wrestling show, but rather a movie. No, it’s not No Holds Barred. It’s not even the more famous “The Wrestler” from 2008 starring Mickey Rourke, or as I knew him: “that dude from 9 1/2 Weeks”.

This “The Wrestler” was an independent film released in 1974 by Verne Gagne, the longtime owner and champion of the American Wrestling Association based out of Minnesota. At the time of the movie’s release, Gagne was in year 6 of a long title reign and was nearly 48 years old. And therein lies the premise of this somewhat autobiographical film: the promoter (played by Ed Asner) feels Gagne is too old and wants him to step aside to make way for a new champion (played by British shooter Billy Robinson). There are tons of cameos from active wrestlers, including Ric Flair who LIVED that “too old” storyline so many times. As it is 1974, the movie is done entirely in kayfabe. Continue reading The Wrestler (1974) Film Synopsis and Review

Reflections on 1989 Survivor Series

I was able to see every WWF PPV live in the calendar year 1989. That’s the 1st PPV Royal Rumble, WrestleMania 5, SummerSlam, and yes, the No Holds Barred: The Match/The Movie show. Oh and this Survivor Series from Chicago, where the only thing people seem to remember is Tully Blanchard being pulled and replaced by Bobby Heenan. Something more must have happened, because I took 2 1/2 pages of notes on this! Continue reading Reflections on 1989 Survivor Series

A Complete Guide to Wrestlemania 3

Whenever the topic of Wrestlemania 3 comes up, the attendance issue tends to overshadow things. This is maybe the best built card WWE ever did and yet many people just want to talk about the 93,173 attendance figure. So I will get that out of the way off the top: The number is nonsense, Dave Meltzer got a figure of 78,000 from the company and no matter what myths you might want to believe, it is much closer to that. An argument is made that “well I never saw any sections blocked off” but who the hell would be taking pictures of empty sections anyway? Continue reading A Complete Guide to Wrestlemania 3

Mid-South Wrestling 12/1/1984

20151201_102854-1Since 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.

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