Back in the early ‘80s, at about the 30-minute mark of the hour-long Championship Wrestling, we’d get a break from the matches to hear the promos for the WWF’s house shows, which in my case were for the upcoming Boston Garden cards (the same thing happened for fans in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and the other big Northeast cities).
A friend of mine often brings up Pedro Morales’ interviews with Vince McMahon. Morales’ promos were often peppered with familiar one-liners, such as:
- “I’m going to have a big surprise for you”
- “I’m ready for any kind of action”
The best was when McMahon would occasionally ask Morales if he had “any words for our Spanish-speaking fans,” due to Morales’ Puerto Rican heritage. What resulted was a 15-second burst of Spanish, inevitably containing his opponent’s name. I didn’t understand too much Spanish then, but it sounded serious coming from Morales.
I saw my first live wrestling on December 5, 1981, which was a matinee show at the Boston Garden (the image from the card’s program is my blog’s logo). And yes, I had balcony seats.
One of the matches featured Pedro Morales vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, which I remember vividly because Morales bit the referee on his way to a disqualification. No doubt my father, who was forced to bring me with a neighbor and his kid, thought that was good, clean family fun.