Tagged: Pat Patterson

Remembering WWF referee Dick Woehrle, who has died

Word broke out on Monday that former WWF referee Dick Woehrle had died, including this announcement from the Wrestling Observer website.

I remember Woehrle vividly from all of those mornings I watched the WWF on WLVI-TV 56 in Boston, when Championship Wrestling aired. He was on almost every week alongside fellow refs Continue reading

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Muhammad Ali turns 70 — he was a special guest ref for the first WrestleMania

Happy birthday to boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who turns 70 today.

It’s easy to forget that Ali was a big part of the promotional machine behind the first WrestleMania in 1985. He served as a special guest referee for the Hulk Hogan and Mr. T. vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff main event.

I don’t know if the WWF’s intent was to ever allow Ali to actually be in the ring officiating the match; what I do know is that Ali stood outside the ring for most of the bout, with WWF official Pat Patterson serving Continue reading

Check out this video of Angelo Mosca involved in a brief, real brawl

Fans of King Kong Mosca may get a kick out of this real-life scuffle that Angelo Mosca had with fellow Canadian Football League (CFL) alumni player Joe Kapp last week in Vancouver.

Kapp and Mosca have had a long-standing grudge from a game in 1963, during which Mosca gave a hard hit to one of Kapp’s teammates, sending him out of the game.

During a CFL alumni lunch last week, Kapp and Mosca shared the stage, and Kapp attempted to give Mosca a flower or something similar. Mosca told him, “Shove it up your ass,” and in response, Continue reading

King Kong Mosca mentions his Boston roots in his new autobiography

There’s been a lot of talk among the insider wrestling community in the past week or so about King Kong Mosca, who recently released an autobiography, Tell Me To My Face.

I always get a kick out of the fact that Angelo Mosca was born in Waltham, MA, which is only about 10 miles outside of Boston. That must have been a thrill for him to wrestle on cards in the old Boston Garden.

In his autobiography, Mosca – whose mother was half African American — talks about what it meant growing up in the Boston area as part of a biracial family in the 1940s. “Today, being one-quarter black might not seem like something to hide but, at the time, Continue reading

The Kevin Nash-CM Punk angle might work

Watching and listening to Kevin Nash and CM Punk go at it verbally is amusing. Punk says every time Nash shows up on WWE Monday Night Raw, people change the channel. Nash tells Punk he looks like a short-order cook at Waffle House. Punk states that instead of “Big Sexy,” Nash’s nickname should be “Big Lazy.” And on and on…

However, some members of the insider Internet wrestling community have gone haywire because they don’t like 52-year-old Nash strolling onto Raw and grabbing a top spot from younger stars like Punk. Hey, when Triple H took over, we all knew Nash would be one of the first people he’d call.

I don’t find myself as insulted by Nash’s presence. I’m not one of those people who believes that the only role older stars play is to put newer guys over.

For example, I remember when the WWF brought back Continue reading

King Kong Mosca sends Bob Backlund over the edge by spitting on him

King Kong Angelo Mosca had two major angles during his brief time as a WWF headliner in 1981. One was the much remembered incident during which he whacked Pat Patterson in the head with a water pitcher.

But there was also the time Mosca made WWF Champion Bob Backlund go nearly berserk. Continue reading

I finally found video of the Pat Patterson cobra clutch challenge

I just want to quickly mention that I updated my prior blog post, “Slaughter’s cobra clutch challenge peaks with an attack on Patterson,” to include a link to a video clip of that great angle.

It was the first time I have ever found a video of the attack online. Man, I was excited just to watch the whole thing again. I don’t think I’ve seen the Pat Patterson cobra clutch challenge since it originally aired in 1981, and I remember almost every bit of it (although I forgot about the referee pulling Sgt. Slaughter’s hair). Patterson, as always, was great in this angle, so it is well worth 10 minutes of your time to watch.