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 Continue reading
I don’t really associate pro wrestling with Christmas. Boston didn’t have holiday shows the way Dallas or other territories did.
However, having grown up watching WWF wrestling in the 1980s, there are two incidents that I do recall that occurred near Christmas: Continue reading
There is some interest about where the WWE plotline is heading with crooked referee Brad Maddox, who gave Ryback a low blow at Hell in the Cell, leading to a CM Punk victory.
Maddox brings back memories of perhaps the most infamous heel ref, Danny Davis, who peaked in 1987 with the gimmick.
Davis, who is from New Hampshire, was a longtime referee in the early 1980s for the WWF, often working the house shows at the old Boston Garden. He got wrestling experience in the ring by competing under a mask as Continue reading
There was a good post on the Camel Clutch Blog about the worst brothers in wrestling’s annals.
Three of families involved in the article have ties to 1980s WWF wrestling, all of which I have my own opinions on: Continue reading
I recently posted a podcast interview with Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer about the legacy of WrestleMania III. For those of you who were unable to hear the podcast or didn’t have time, below is the complete transcript of the interview, during which Meltzer discusess why so many people remember the Savage/Steamboat match, how Rock vs. Austin compares with Hogan vs. Andre, and why the often touted 93,173 attendance figure is wrong. Continue reading
It struck me after watching Monday Night Raw this week just how enduring Bret “Hitman” Hart is as a WWE star.
Hart and, ironically, Shawn Michaels, are probably the only wrestlers who grew out the tag team ranks of the 1980s to become huge singles stars (granted, the WWF tag team division Continue reading
Look, I understand why Vince McMahon has stopped wrestlers from blading during matches. Advertisers might not appreciate bloody brawls and a PG-rated WWE probably should side-step such gore.
But I’ve seen enough steel cage matches by now to know we need a break from them in the WWE. Many of us old-time fans equate steel cage matches with blood, and without the “crimson mask,” they aren’t nearly as exciting. Even the hallowed Hell in the Cell has taken a tumble because it has become so tame after making its reputation on bloodbaths.
And few wrestlers can pull off a cage match by just working the crowd well. Bret Hart is among the handful of exceptions to that notion, as he was excellent at fighting cage matches without blood, which was also banned for a time when he was champion in the early 1990s.
There is, however, a gimmick match from the past that would work well today. You don’t need blood, it doesn’t involve any particularly dangerous stunts, and just about any fan can appreciate the match’s perception of pain.
I say bring back Continue reading