Tagged: Gene Okerlund

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

After my loser leaves town angle, I look at that gimmick in 1980s WWF

Sorry for the lapse in posts, but I lost a loser leaves town match back on April 19 and didn’t have any luck coming back under a hood as “Boston Garden Loge” or something like that. 

While the loser leaves town match has been a staple in wrestling for eons, I don’t recall it ever getting much play in the 1980s in the WWF. It was one of those gimmicks Continue reading

The top five moments of Tuesday Night Titans

Even if you don’t remember the WWF show Tuesday Night Titans, if you’re at all familiar with Vince McMahon, you wouldn’t be surprised that he tried to be Jay Leno and do a wrestling-themed talk show in the 1980s.

Vince was Leno, the late Lord Alfred Hayes played the sidekick, and there was even a house band. The program was cheesy by most standards, but nonetheless I have distinct memories of some of the skits and angles produced on Tuesday Night Titans. Here are my top moments leading up to No. 1: Continue reading

Piper and Orndorff tell Mean Gene, “We told you not to come.”

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