As those of us in New England get ready to dig out of 20+ inches of snow from the Blizzard of 2013, my memories take me back to 1991, when some friends and I trekked out in the midst of another strong storm to head to the old Boston Garden for the monthly WWF show.
It wasn’t a blizzard on January 12, 1991, but it was a snowy, windy storm in the middle of the day — and naturally, we had a matinee card at the Garden to get to.
I was 19 at the time and still living at home, and I remember my mother going, “What? You’re still going?” as I was getting my jacket on. To me, at that age, there wasn’t even a question I was going. It’s amazing the shit you’ll travel in when you’re in college.
It was pretty rough ride into Boston. As we often did, we parked in Malden Center and hopped onto the MBTA Orange Line subway for the trip into Boston. And sure enough, there were plenty of other wrestling fans on the platform waiting for the train that snowy afternoon.
The card was supposed to start at 1 p.m., and as I recall, they delayed the start for about 30 minutes to allow more fans (and probably wrestlers) to get into the arena.
From my notes that I still keep on my old Boston Garden adventures, I wrote an estimated attendance of about 7,000 people, which at the time was a low number for the monthly WWF shows, especially considering Hulk Hogan was in the main event. However, those attendance figures bottomed out a little more than year later as the WWF reeled from the steroid and ring boy scandals.
Here the Boston Garden results from my notes:
- Dustin Rhodes (a.k.a., Goldust, who is current WWE star Cody Rhodes’ half brother) defeated Playboy Buddy Rose
- Barbarian defeated Saba Simba (who was Tony Atlas in one of the dumbest gimmicks ever)
- Kerry Von Erich defeated “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig by disqualification with Rowdy Roddy Piper as the guest ref
- Jake “The Snake” Roberts defeated Rick Martel by DQ
- Haku defeated Koko B. Ware
- Hart Foundation defeated Power & Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma)
- Hogan and Tugboat (who later became Typhoon as a heel) defeated Earthquake and Dino Bravo
The great The History of WWE website notes that Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase were both scheduled for this show but couldn’t make it due to travel problems. I don’t remember what matches those guys were supposed to be in.
A night-time card was scheduled for the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, about 30 miles outside of Boston, for the same night, but that show got cancelled because of the poor weather, The History of WWE says. I don’t remember what the matches were supposed to be that show, but no way Hogan was wrestling in a 3,000-seat arena at that point in his career. I bet most of the other wrestlers were scheduled for Lowell, however. The next night, most of talent appeared in Dayton, OH.