I was certainly surprised to read in the Wrestling Observer’s daily update that the Unpredictable Johnny Rodz turned 76 today.
Wow. Anyone who grew up watching WWF wrestling in the 1980s and earlier will no doubt remember Rodz, who was a career-long jobber in the federation, but one who was taken seriously.
That may be a hard concept to grasp these days, but there was an upper echelon of enhancement talent that got respect from the fans. People like Rodz, Jose Luis Rivera, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Jose Estrada, S.D. Jones, and others gave the stars real fights during bouts.
My friend Tom likes to remind me that Rodz actually was a star in Continue reading
I finally had a chance to try out the new WWE Network last night — and of course the first stop I made was an old WWF house show from Madison Square Garden in April 1981.
A lot of my inspiration for writing this blog comes from my nostalgia of the ’80s wrestling scene that I grew up on, and the WWE Network is a pipeline back to those halcyon days.
With house shows filed under the “Old School” heading on the website, I have high hopes that an old Boston Garden card may eventually show its face on the network, as the intro mentions the Garden, MSG, and the Spectrum.
For the record, the MSG clip I watched wasn’t actually the full house show, but instead an hour of the featured matches. Many of the prelim bouts that filled out the house show cards in those days were skipped on the network clip. I’m not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, do I really need to see Baron Mikel Scicluna fight S.D. Jones? On the flip side, why not just post the whole show and let the viewer decide what to watch?
Wow, I just ran into a cool historical website that could easily take up an hour of your time if you’re into the various names and aliases a pro wrestler used and what titles that person held.
In my prior post, I challenged you to remember the 1980s WWF wrestlers who hailed from the hometowns listed below. Here are the answers for those who might have been stumped.
- The Isle of Malta– Baron Mikel Scicluna
- Sunset Beach, HI– Continue reading
Between the classic pro wrestling video clips I’ve watched recently and some of the great comments from visitors of this blog, I’m reminded about the many, many WWF jobbers that I grew up with each Saturday morning on TV and also saw in person at the monthly shows at the old Boston Garden.
Here are some of the guys I remember well:
The Unpredictable Johnny Rodz – Rodz was one of those prelim wrestlers who was a step above the normal jobber, in that Continue reading
King Curtis Iaukea, a pro wrestling star in various regions of the world in the 1960s and ’70s, died over the weekend. For a short time in the WWF in 1986 and 1987, Iaukea managed wrestlers under the name the Wizard. Continue reading
I just read that Baron Mikel Scicluna died. He was a fixture among the prelim wrestlers on the WWF’s Saturday syndicated TV shows and the early 1980s Boston Garden cards.
I saw Scicluna on my very first Garden show in Continue reading
How’s this for a nostalgia trip? I remember way back in 1981 when Championship Wrestling on Saturday afternoons in Boston used to just have squash matches, and then one week they announced that Rick Martel (half of a popular tag team at the time with Tony Garea) would face … Baron Mikel Scicluna. Yes, he from “the Isle of Malta.”
Never mind that Scicluna hardly ever won a match Continue reading