The WWE likes to make a big deal of its second- and third-generation wrestlers. WrestleMania 27 at the Georgia Dome was no exception, as the event saw four multi-generational superstars appear, including the Rock (grandson of “High Chief” Peter Maivia and son of Rocky Johnson), Alberto Del Rio (son of Mexican star Dos Caras), Cody Rhodes (son of “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes), and Randy Orton (grandson of Bob Orton, Sr., and son of Cowboy Bob Orton).
But sons of pro wrestlers are nothing new. Did you know if you go all the way back to the first WrestleMania in 1985 at Madison Square Garden, there were also four second-generation wrestlers who competed? Here’s a list of them: Continue reading
Bob Backlund gets a bad rap these days. Most fans either remember him as the nutty heel who turned on Bret Hart in 1994 and briefly won the WWF Title before losing it to Diesel (better known as Kevin Nash), or worse, they remember his tenure acting as a kook for TNA Wrestling.
But for those of us who grew up watching pro wrestling in the early 1980s, Backlund was one of the biggest stars. Continue reading
There are plenty of good 1980s references in my latest post on Camel Clutch Blog, “Comparing the WWE second-generation wrestlers to their fathers.”
In the post, I attempt to decide who among the current crop of second- and third-generation WWE stars have pulled ahead of their forefathers. I talk about the sons and daughters of such ’80s WWF names as Cowboy Bob Orton, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Check it out if you have a chance, and thanks to my friends at Camel Clutch Blog for posting the piece.
Talk of Randy Orton’s arm injury (broken forearm, separated shoulder, who knows) made me wonder whether his dad, Cowboy Bob Orton, would dust off the cast he wore for 18 months or so in the 1980s.
The elder Orton really broke his arm in 1985, but typical of wrestling, they exaggerated things, Continue reading
Does anyone remember the live Piper’s Pits that occasionally were held during house shows in the 1980s?
One of my favorites that ended up on TV on WWF Prime Time Wrestling Continue reading
Before the first WrestleMania in 1985, the WWF syndicated TV shows filmed a training session in which Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff were preparing for their main event match with Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
This was a hilarious segment, thanks in large part Continue reading