Tagged: Gene Okerlund

The real main event of SummerSlam ’89: Rick Rude vs. Ultimate Warrior

One of my favorite wrestling sites to check out these days is the Ring the Damn Bell blog (what a great historical name), and the folks there recently looked back at the SummerSlam 1989 PPV. Out of all the PPVs I watched at my parents’ house or a friend’s house, SummerSlam ’89 might be the one I remember most because of the atmosphere.

Eight to 10 friends of mine packed into the family room at my house to watch the show, which meant people were sitting on the couch, in chairs, and on the floor around the TV.

Back in ’89, even though it was not the main event for the night, all of us wanted to badly see Continue reading

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Before his WWF days, Lord Alfred Hayes cuts a mean heel promo

Most of us who watched the WWF in the 1980s remember Lord Alfred Hayes, he of the tuxedo and British accent who played sidekick to Vince McMahon on Tuesday Night Titans (TNT).

Hayes was always goofy, and even today I’m not sure why we needed him in the WWF for so many years. His most memorable moment was on TNT in 1984, when Rowdy Roddy Piper slapped him hard across the face.

But I want to be fair to the late Hayes, who had a career in the ring Continue reading

It’s worth watching the WWF Superstars of Wrestling opening from 1989

The intros for WWE Monday Night Raw and SmackDown are in-your-face assaults, with hot graphics, lots of wrestlers posing, and hard rock music.

You’ll get a laugh comparing them to the 1989 opening of the WWF’s old Superstars of Wrestling program Continue reading

Juan Cena in 2010 harkens back to Giant Machine in 1986

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

Mr. Perfect, Smash, Rude, and others: All from Robbinsdale, MN

My friend. Tom, posted a reply to my recent entry about Rick Rude that reminded me of the great WWF wrestling history enjoyed by Robbinsdale (MN) High School. It’s almost unbelievable that Continue reading

Giant Machine tells Mean Gene, “No, Mr. TV man. Never.”

I ran across one of those corny WWF interviews from 1986 that Mean Gene Okerlund conducted with the Machines, who initially comprised Andre the Giant under a mask and Bill Eadie, the former Masked Superstar (and Bolo Mongol, for those really going back in time).

Giant Machine and Super Machine were part of a fairly short-lived plotline during which Andre the Giant was suspended in the midst Continue reading

Mean Gene leads my list of the top five WWF bloopers from the ’80s

Many of us could pick out moments in matches where a move is ill-timed or someone falls out of position. But these slip-ups generally are minor. A true wrestling blooper often doesn’t involve in-ring action at all, whether it’s instead an interview, skit, or even real life. The WWF had some lapses that were doozies in the 1980s, so here are my picks for the top five bloopers of that decade: Continue reading