Tagged: Jose Luis Rivera

Happy birthday to the Unpredictable Johnny Rodz

I was certainly surprised to read in the Wrestling Observer’s daily update that the Unpredictable Johnny Rodz turned 76 today.

Wow. Anyone who grew up watching WWF wrestling in the 1980s and earlier will no doubt remember Rodz, who was a career-long jobber in the federation, but one who was taken seriously.

That may be a hard concept to grasp these days, but there was an upper echelon of enhancement talent that got respect from the fans. People like Rodz, Jose Luis Rivera, Baron Mikel Scicluna, Jose Estrada, S.D. Jones, and others gave the stars real fights during bouts.

My friend Tom likes to remind me that Rodz actually was a star in Continue reading

Memories of WWF shows in Boston: Squash matches, black barricades, and Orange Line mayhem

Atlee Greene, the author behind the Midnight Logic wrestling and MMA blog, recently ran two excellent posts about his first wrestling card at the old Boston Garden and attending WrestleMania XIV in 1998, which was at the TD Garden, the arena that replaced the original Garden.

Reading about Greene’s remembrances brought back a bunch of memories I had about going to the monthly WWF house shows at the old Garden in the 1980s and 1990s: Continue reading

Trying to figure out why I will never forget Jose Luis Rivera

Don’t ask me why, but I’ve had my mind on Jose Luis Rivera recently. Rivera was a jobber in the WWF in the 1980s, and even though he rarely won a match, he is easily one of the most remembered prelim wrestlers ever.

Why? I’m not entirely sure. I mean, he wrestled all of the time on Saturday morning wrestling back when Continue reading

Remembering some of the old-school WWF jobbers

Between the classic pro wrestling video clips I’ve watched recently and some of the great comments from visitors of this blog, I’m reminded about the many, many WWF jobbers that I grew up with each Saturday morning on TV and also saw in person at the monthly shows at the old Boston Garden.

Here are some of the guys I remember well:

The Unpredictable Johnny Rodz – Rodz was one of those prelim wrestlers who was a step above the normal jobber, in that Continue reading

The mystery behind the 2/21/11 video reminds me about 1980s WWF questions

Questions about which pro wrestler is in the mysterious 2/21/11 video airing on WWE Monday Night Raw are stirring debate among pro wrestling fans, particularly those who are active on the Internet. Does the video promote the return of the Undertaker? Does it herald the arrival of Sting? Is it teasing a WrestleMania match between Undertaker and Sting?

The excitement makes me think back to some of the great mysteries from the WWF in the 1980s, such as the following: Continue reading

Current photos of many top 1980s WWF stars from May’s NJ fan fest

The Slam! Sports wrestling column is always a good read with many interviews with current stars, but I had an even better time checking out a photo page on the column’s website this week that had shots of many WWF stars from the 1980s. Continue reading