WWF Championship Wrestling 01/07/1984

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The World Wrestling Federation did not just turn the page from 1983 to 1984, they threw out the damn book and created one on their own. Vince McMahon took the WWF out of the National Wrestling Alliance in 1983 with the idea of going national himself in mind. This is ground zero for the beginning of that because we have four debuts on this show: Continue reading WWF Championship Wrestling 01/07/1984

Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 1 (Early Career Edition)

As  mentioned in the last post, I was on vacation last week. The great thing about having a Kindle (or any e-book reader) is that I can immediately get new books and highlight things to comment on for this blog. This book is a very new release having come out only a week ago today. Patterson, born Pierre Cleremont in 1942, has led a very interesting life in the wrestling business. He’s very well-known for being gay, but what he should be known for is being perhaps the greatest booker/producer in the history of wrestling. The Royal Rumble speaks for itself, but he also held together the first WrestleMania main event, was in one of the greatest tag teams ever with Ray Stevens, and as Vince McMahon’s right hand man he was an advocate for smaller wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. I recommend this book highly, so let’s peek at some highlights. Continue reading Highlights of “Accepted” by Pat Patterson: Part 1 (Early Career Edition)

Sex, Lies and Headlocks: Part 1 (Early Vince Edition)

Onto the next book, “Sex, Lies And Headlocks” by Shawn Assael and Mike Mooneyham, originally published in 2004. There are some interesting anecdotes but overall the book was a mild disappointment, probably because the James Dixon series on WWF from 1995-98 is better. But here are the highlights:

However, he also said that he was long estranged from her and hinted that the reason was sexual abuse. “Was all the abuse physical, or was there sexual abuse, too?” Playboy asked him. “That’s not anything I’d like to embellish,” he replied, “just because it’s so weird.”

Vince McMahon talking about his birth mother. If you ever wondered why his perspective and sense of humor is so screwed up there is your answer. Continue reading Sex, Lies and Headlocks: Part 1 (Early Vince Edition)

Highlights from J.J. Dillon’s Book: Part 1

Since I enjoyed putting together passages from Bret Hart’s book, I figured I might do it for other wrestling books. Maybe I’ll try to cut it down from 17 parts. Ergo, a look at J.J. Dillon’s book will run 3 parts. Dillon is best known as the manager of the Four Horsemen from 1985-89, and as the on-screen WCW Commissioner from 1997 to 1999. But he also played a key role behind the scenes in the WWF from 1989 to 1996 doing the grunt work, and was a wrestler himself in various territories. The book is “Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls”, an interesting quote itself that will be covered eventually.

I had a passion for baseball, but when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, my interest waned somewhat. 

A common issue, actually. My wife’s grandparents (born in the mid-1930s) remain pissed to this day about the Dodgers leaving. Hell, even Mets ownership had Citi Field built, but turned it into a monument to the Dodgers and not their own franchise. Continue reading Highlights from J.J. Dillon’s Book: Part 1

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 16 (Career-Ending Edition)

Got a big announcement coming up on the blog in the next week or two, let’s balance that good news with the sadness of Bret Hart’s book as his wrestling career has come to an end.

Unfortunately for Russo, nobody understood it.

If someone who was there and taking part in this nonsense had no idea, what hope was there for the audience to make sense of what was happening? Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 16 (Career-Ending Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 14 (Owen Edition)

As the year 1999 got rolling, Bret Hart was dealing with some lingering injuries and would take some time off after the angle in Toronto with Goldberg. Things were about to get much worse not only for him, but his entire family.

They were still tearful, and then one of them cracked a tentative smile and said, “Why are we crying? It’s not like somebody died.”

Bret’s Western Hockey League Junior team the Calgary Hitmen had lost in the Memorial Cup in overtime to the Ottawa 67s on Sunday, May 23, 1999. This happened to be the same day that Owen Hart died from the fall in Kansas City. The Calgary players (16-20 year olds) were still upset when one of them had said the above, but nobody in the group knew of Owen’s death at this point. Bret was trying to get to Los Angeles to appear on The Tonight Show. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 14 (Owen Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 13 (WCW Edition)

It’s fitting that as we reach the WCW portion of Bret Hart’s wrestling career that this is part number (unlucky) 13. Things start to move a bit faster and turn very dark in a hurry.

According to the mail I received and the opinions of the fans I ran into in person, they had a hard time following the incoherent storylines—and so did I.

This is so true and is why I rarely have reviewed WCW shows from the late 90s. I can’t figure out what is going on half the time so there is no insight into what happened. Anyone who has reviewed Starrcade 1999 is better than me because I wouldn’t be able to make any sense of what was happening. But WCW was always somewhat dysfunctional from the day Ted Turner bought them and even in the Crockett days. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 13 (WCW Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 11 (Montreal Edition)

And now what you’ve been waiting for from Bret Hart’s book, passages from the Montreal screwjob. Let’s dive right in:

He glared back at me. “I appreciate that, but I want you to know that I’m not willing to do the same thing for you.” And then he left.

Shawn Michaels said this to Bret in October in the locker room in San Jose, CA only weeks before Survivor Series. At the time, Bret claimed to have no issue with losing to Shawn but it changed in an instant with that comment. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 11 (Montreal Edition)

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