Today’s episode of Greetings From Allentown takes a look at World Championship Wrestling from August 10, 1991. Support your WCW Special Forces and give it a listen!
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)
Back from a nice vacation in the Outer Banks now and while I’d like to do a 3000 word rant on why Triple H’s recent comments to ESPN are full of shit, along with a side piece on why ESPN is full of shit in general too, instead you’ll get part 3 of Sex Lies and Headlocks because I’ve read even better books and want to get to them. Like Pat Patterson’s book Accepted (released last week) which was a great read. This edition is a random collection of 90s stuff:
With a heavy tan that he deepened with skin creams so he could pass for black, he became a modestly successful midcard act at WCW.
I always thought Johnny B. Badd/Marc Mero was black. When I first saw him in 1991 WCW, I thought that and it’s not like you could pick up a wrestling magazine to get that sort of information. His initial act was very much like a Little Richard type, probably leaning too much to homophobic stuff which is why it got changed. And yeah, I thought PN News was black too. None of this really matters, though. Continue reading Sex, Lies and Headlocks Part 3 (Potpurri Edition)
Let’s take a look at WCW Beach Blast ’92, a June PPV thrown in between Wrestlewar and the Great American Bash as WCW was trying to increase their PPV presence. Like usual, WCW was in transition at this point from the short-lived but pretty good Kip Frey era (with its workrate bonuses) to the Bill Watts era which would be decidedly mixed in terms of quality. Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff open the show live from Mobile, AL and Eric’s shirt is busier than Grand Central at rush hour. Continue reading WCW Beach Blast 1992 – 06/20/1992
While the book “Sex, Lies, and Headlocks” is mostly about Vince McMahon and the WWF, there are large sections covering WCW to give the full perspective of the #1 competitor. But first, a bit on the good doctor from Pennsylvania. Continue reading Sex, Lies and Headlocks: Part 2 (WCW Edition)
It was 25 years ago today that one of the most infamous WCW shows took place: the 1991 Great American Bash PPV from Baltimore, aka “The We Want Flair Show”. It should be a reminder that WCW was always crazy and screwed up from beginning to end, and it was no different during Bret Hart’s late 90s tenure with the company. Let’s dive back into the Hitman’s 2007 book for a look:
It seemed to loosen everybody up when I took to the blackboard again, drawing Knobbs with ten penises and a speech balloon that read, “Now you know why they call me Knobbs.”
Picturing Brian Knobbs naked is not suggested, but this is funny. Dating back to his WWF tenure, the Hitman liked to draw crude cartoons and put them on a board in the locker room which would serve the purpose of making the boys laugh. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 15 (WCW Madness Edition)
The 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
In the history of wrestling PPVs, there has been exactly one PPV held on February 29: WCW’s SuperBrawl II from 1992 during the Kip Allen Frey era of workrate bonuses. This show is from the MECCA in Milwaukee, though originally the plan was to have the show at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. You mean WCW learned the lesson WWF did from WM4 with casinos having dead crowds? Perish the thought!
Show starts with Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff running down the card, Eric predicts Luger to retain. Guess he doesn’t read the dirt sheets. Jim Ross is in the ring and introduces Jesse Ventura for his WCW PPV debut and he gets a loud ovation. The Body gets a cheap pop by pimping Milwaukee’s own Harley Davidson motorcycles and declaring it to be Crusher Country. Ventura tells Ross that if he had a cowboy hat that he’d look like JR Ewing. Clearly that stayed with Ross for years. Continue reading SuperBrawl II – 02/29/1992 – A Leap Day Special
Let’s jump back into Jim Crockett Promotions at a random time, October 1986. They are starting the build to Starrcade 1986 which will again be split between Atlanta and Greensboro. This is a short show for some reason; it’s not baseball because the Braves season is over (the World Series was going on) so it must be something like college football. Who knows. Continue reading NWA Championship Wrestling 10/18/1986
Let’s rewind to the Baltimore 1991: before the Inner Harbor revival and Camden Yards, and before I became an Orioles fan. It is the 1991 Great American Bash, a rather infamous show. This is a show I remember well personally: it is the only WCW PPV I saw live before Starrcade 1997. There was an issue with the cable company where they activated the wrong PPV channel and we got it working just in time. Maybe I should have just watched the movie Green Card that the cable company was giving us instead. Continue reading 1991 Great American Bash