Sorry I haven’t been super active on the blog recently; as many of you know, it can be tough following wrestling when you’ve got work and family to look after.
But I read something over the weekend that brought me way back to my youth. October 12 was the 30th anniversary of the Grand Wizard’s death.
Many of us who grew up in the Northeast watching WWF Championship Wrestling every Saturday remember Continue reading
Great North Wrestling published a short video interview with “The Genius” Lanny Poffo about a tiff he had with Bam Bam Bigelow in the dressing room of the old Boston Garden.
And unfortunately the issue at the center of the argument was a female fan going down on Bigelow. Continue reading
Watching Paul Heyman these days reminds me of two of the greatest WWE managers in history, and both of those guys played huge roles in wrestling in the 1980s: Captain Lou Albano and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Continue reading
Well, one of the great mysteries of the 1980s may have been solved for me: Why Hulk Hogan never had a main event program with Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Roberts played a heel so well that people got into him and started to cheer him, sort of like what happened to Roddy Piper. Where Roberts had the advantage over Piper was that Jake had a filler finishing move, the DDT.
I’ll never forget early into Jake’s original run in the WWF when Mean Gene Okerlund asked him what DDT meant. And Roberts simply said, “The end.”
So why did such a hot heel never challenge Hogan either Continue reading
Anyone who’s an inside fan of the WWE or wrestling in general will enjoy the interview that Triple H recently did with the Grantland website. He talks openly about behind-the-scene doings and his relationship with father-in-law Vince McMahon.
There are a few points in which he references the nostalgia of the 1980s WWF scene, or even earlier WWWF memories, including the following: Continue reading
One of my favorite wrestling sites to check out these days is the Ring the Damn Bell blog (what a great historical name), and the folks there recently looked back at the SummerSlam 1989 PPV. Out of all the PPVs I watched at my parents’ house or a friend’s house, SummerSlam ’89 might be the one I remember most because of the atmosphere.
Eight to 10 friends of mine packed into the family room at my house to watch the show, which meant people were sitting on the couch, in chairs, and on the floor around the TV.
Back in ’89, even though it was not the main event for the night, all of us wanted to badly see Continue reading
It’s great to be writing again here — I feel like Don Muraco returning to the WWF in 1982 on his way to winning another Intercontinental Championship.
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything on the blog. Between a renovations in my home and a new job in my kayfabe life, I really got behind in adding some memories here from the 1980s.
My friend, Ed, just emailed me about attending a WWE house show at the TD Garden in Boston over Labor Day weekend (I need to get back to Ed with an answer), and it made me realize that it’s been years since I’ve seen a card in Boston. It’s unbelievable how fast the years sped by from the late ’80s and early ’90s, when I would not miss a house show in Boston for anything. Nowadays, we’re lucky if wrestling comes to Boston three or fours times a year, yet I’m on the fence about attending.
Just like sleeping until noon on the weekends, going to movie theater every week, and eating out whenever I liked, going to live WWF shows was something best played in my youth. Now, 30 years on, I can’t give Ed an automatic “Yes! Yes! Yes!” answer about attending. I still love wrestling, but it doesn’t speak to me like it did when I was a teen.
I think that’s the problem at lot of people from my generation are having these days with the WWE.