Tagged: Frank Chrzanowski

The 1984 steel cage card in Hartford that I never heard of

I like to think of myself as having a vivid memory of 1980s WWF wrestling, and I can recall most angles and wrestlers from that decade. The last time I was truly surprised by something I never knew from that era was the original Royal Rumble that One Man Gang won in St. Louis.

But my friend, Ed, who is another long-time fan, mentioned to me a card he had just learned of from the early ’80s at the Hartford Civic Center that featured an unusual array of steel cage matches.

 

I’m not sure how or why I’ve never run across this, but sure enough, the great The History of WWE website lists the results as part of a show called “Steel Cage Turmoil,” which took place on November 23, 1984.

The highlight was a 19-match steel cage gauntlet, in which the winner of each contest kept advancing until they lost or won the whole thing. In the end, Big John Studd beat Continue reading

Finally, the “mystery” is solved about who the ring announcer was for WWF house shows at the old Boston Garden

Well, it took some time, but thanks to an anonymous person who commented on my post about recent photos of classic WWF stars, I now have the full name of the ring announcer who worked most of the house shows at the old Boston Garden in the 1980s: Frank Chrzanowski.

Many thanks to this anonymous poster, who also included a clip from a 1999 article in the Meridien (CT) Record-Journal about Chrzanowski and his Continue reading

Hogan and Snuka headlined first NESN taping in Boston in May 1985

It was 26 years ago this month that the old Boston Garden finally made the big-time when it came to WWF wrestling: New England Sports Network, or NESN to us locals, began broadcasting the house shows live on cable.

It always puzzled me in the early 1980s why Madison Square Garden, the Philadelphia Spectrum, and the Capital Centre in Maryland had cameras taping their matches, but Boston did not. At the time, the WWF came to Boston 11 or 12 times a year for near-monthly cards.

Attendance didn’t seem to suffer at the shows because of the NESN telecasts. During that period, we saw the two largest crowds Continue reading

MSG is to Howard Finkel as the Boston Garden is to Mel Phillips and “Ring Announcer X”

Madison Square Garden had the great Howard Finkel as ring announcer for most, if not all, of the house shows in New York City in the 1980s.

And the Boston Garden got … well, no one quite at the Fink’s level.

Two men primarily took ring announcing duties at the Garden in the 1980s. One of them was, I hate to say it Continue reading