Greetings From Allentown: Episodes 4-6

Late on the update here, but there are three new episodes of Greetings from Allentown posted since the last post.

Episode 4: WWF Superstars of Wrestling, February 7, 1987, Andre and Hogan in Piper’s Pit, the Harts win the tag titles, and Outback Jack debuts.

Episode 5: WWF Wrestling Challenge, January 12, 1992, Rockers in the Barber Shop, Jake Roberts, Undertaker, Roddy Piper.

Episode 6: NWA Power Hour, August 18, 1989, Sting, Luger, Flair, Terry Funk hosting Funk’s Grill.

WCW Beach Blast 1992 – 06/20/1992

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

Saturday Night’s Main Event #15 – 03/12/1988

Big changes on the March 1988 Saturday Night’s Main Event: Hulk Hogan no longer is the champion! However on this show, he has an issue with Race. No, not people of color but King Harley Race. WrestleMania 4 is coming and many other key players are here: Andre the Giant, Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage, and even tournament entrants One Man Gang and Greg Valentine. The show from Nashville kicks off with Vince McMahon saying that he’s from the South! Jeez, didn’t expect that from the guy who put hillbilly gimmicks on many southerners and was rather ashamed of his roots. Co-host Jesse Ventura rips on Vince and says he has a red neck. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #15 – 03/12/1988

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

bret1More highlights from Bret Hart’s book as we get introduced to Bad News Allen Coage, rival of Bret’s in both Stampede and later in the WWF.

News took me down with a judo leg sweep and gripped me by the throat—and he wasn’t working! My comeback went straight out the window, as did our match, and as a result, all the business we were expected to do for the rest of the summer.

Bad News was a bronze medalist in judo at the 1976 Summer Olympics so he was legit. The problem was that he had issues putting on coherent matches and Bret hated the fact that he was given so little in their matches together, a theme that would repeat for their 1988 WWF series. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

WCW Slamboree 1998 – 05/17/1998

20160605_164645The 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

Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10/03/1987

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By the fall of 1987 the WWF roster was loaded with talent in part because guys saw the spectacle of WrestleMania 3 and knew it was the place to be. Just since the last SNME in May, Ted DiBiase, Bam Bam Bigelow, Rick Rude, and the Ultimate Warrior made the jump to New York. None of those guys would make it on this show however and the main story was that of Macho Man Randy Savage’s gradual babyface turn in the summer as he chased the IC title. He would take on the Honky Tonk Man in this show from Hershey, PA. Our hosts are Vince McMahon and Bobby Heenan. O Jesse Ventura, where art thou? Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #12 – 10/03/1987

WWF In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies 04/28/1996

The only reason why I would take a look at IYH 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies is that it is the only PPV to ever take place on my birthday. And it’s 20 years ago now, so I figured what the hell. Taking place in Omaha, Nebraska, our hosts for this one are Vince McMahon and Jerry Lawler. Continue reading WWF In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies 04/28/1996

Imagining a Theoretical Summerslam 1987

Seriously, this might have worked

Since we’ve reached mid-1987 in the Saturday Night’s Main Event series, it would be fun to imagine what a Summerslam card would have looked like in August of ’87. That show was not added until the following year. I will follow a couple of rules with this: I will not rebook the reality of what had happened; Guys who were injured/suspended will not be included; I will attempt to integrate it into what happened later. Continue reading Imagining a Theoretical Summerslam 1987

Wrestling Podcast Primer

I’ve been listening to wrestling podcasts now for over three years, and there are so many good ones out there. Everyone knows about the big names: Austin, Jericho, Jim Ross, and Flair and while they have their strengths (Flair’s is my favorite of those four now) I’d prefer to look at other podcasts that focus on the history of wrestling, with hosts who don’t have 20 years+ in the business. Continue reading Wrestling Podcast Primer

WWE Roadblock – 03/12/2016

My Saturday night was spent at a Beer and Cheese festival in Boston so I missed WWE Roadblock from Toronto. This would be the first WWE “special event” from Canada in a very long time. Here’s a look at the show from my inner monologue, all while trying to recover from the idiocy of daylight saving time adjustments: Continue reading WWE Roadblock – 03/12/2016