I want to thank Eric Gargiulo over at the Camel Clutch Blog for posting my rant about how ridiculous it was to see Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin hanging out like two old chums during Monday Night Raw this week. Didn’t these guys have one of the biggest WWE feuds of all time? I guess that doesn’t matter to the writers.
In my Camel Clutch post, I also mention other big WWF feuds from the past that were summarily dismissed later on, involving names such as Sgt. Slaughter and the Iron Sheik. Camel Clutch Blog is a good spot for commentary about current WWE and TNA Impact angles, MMA, and other sports.
Back when Bob Backlund was WWF Champion in the early 1980s, he was often pushed as someone who had freakish conditioning. At times he demonstrated his cardiovascular prowess with some unusual exercises.
I remember him doing a routine where he knelt on the floor and used a wheel with a bar through the middle of the wheel, and he would roll the wheel with his hands, extending out from his chest and stretching the wheel on the floor well past his head.
And then there was the Harvard step test, which was a simple exercise where you placed a small set of steps in front of you, and then you climbed up a step and back down to the floor over and over and over.
In 1983, Sgt. Slaughter, who claimed to have set a Harvard step test record Continue reading
By modern standards, it was certainly a bold move by the WWE to set the stage for WrestleMania XXVIII by announcing Rock vs. John Cena as the main event.
That type of straightforward booking worked great for big angles in the 1980s. We guessed that “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff was going to turn on Continue reading
King Kong Angelo Mosca had two major angles during his brief time as a WWF headliner in 1981. One was the much remembered incident during which he whacked Pat Patterson in the head with a water pitcher.
But there was also the time Mosca made WWF Champion Bob Backlund go nearly berserk. Continue reading
Questions about which pro wrestler is in the mysterious 2/21/11 video airing on WWE Monday Night Raw are stirring debate among pro wrestling fans, particularly those who are active on the Internet. Does the video promote the return of the Undertaker? Does it herald the arrival of Sting? Is it teasing a WrestleMania match between Undertaker and Sting?
The excitement makes me think back to some of the great mysteries from the WWF in the 1980s, such as the following: Continue reading
I’ve always loved reading the Wrestling Observer (I got hooked on it after being a fan of Dave Meltzer’s pro wrestling columns in the old National sports newspaper). An issue of the Observer this month gave me yet another reason to like it: The discussion of the first Royal Rumble, which I knew nothing about.
I was floored to read about it, because I consider myself pretty aware of WWF history from the 1980s. I, like many of you who were fans back then, remember that the first Royal Rumble was on the USA Network in 1988, which Hacksaw Jim Duggan won. Well, at least that’s what I thought history had written.
It turns out the first Royal Rumble Continue reading
I just want to quickly mention that I updated my prior blog post, “Slaughter’s cobra clutch challenge peaks with an attack on Patterson,” to include a link to a video clip of that great angle.
It was the first time I have ever found a video of the attack online. Man, I was excited just to watch the whole thing again. I don’t think I’ve seen the Pat Patterson cobra clutch challenge since it originally aired in 1981, and I remember almost every bit of it (although I forgot about the referee pulling Sgt. Slaughter’s hair). Patterson, as always, was great in this angle, so it is well worth 10 minutes of your time to watch.
When I started watching pro wrestling in the early 1980s, the WWF often used blood in angles and matches. Feuds such as Magnificent Muraco vs. Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheki, and Slaughter vs. Pat Patterson all culminated with bloody final encounters.
Blading has swung like a pendulum between in vogue and outright banned, largely dependent on Vince McMahon’s reading of the wrestling landscape and whether fans and sponsors will tolerate blood.
The last few years have been a dry spot in WWE in terms of gore. I look more at this issue, and hints that could indicate a resurrection of blading, in my Camel Clutch Blog article, “Could blood return to the WWE rings in 2011.” Please check it out and give your thoughts as well.
Kids can certainly put an extra oomph into a pro wrestling angle or plotline. Part of that reality is that children more readily identify with heroes and villains, and, in some cases, kids may also not fully grasp that wrestling is worked.
The young girl whose scowl burned into the memories of fans when the Miz beat Randy Orton for the WWE Heavyweight Title – you know, the “angry Miz girl” – made the strap switch that much more juicy.
Watching Miz take the girl’s Slammy trophy from her on a Monday Night Raw was priceless, and reminded me of another shady skit from the 1980s that involved the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Continue reading
As all of this talk started bubbling last week about John Cena going under a hood as “Juan Cena” to sidestep his WWE retirement stipulation, I couldn’t help but remember an earlier post I did about how the Machines pulled a similar stunt in 1986. Continue reading