Tagged: Pedro Morales

We can thank Vince, Sr. for the Moondog gimmick

Those of you who ever wondered where Rex, King, and Spot — the Moondogs — got their gimmick from can thank Vince McMahon, Sr., the father of the current Vince and prior owner of the WWE and WWF.

In 1972, McMahon brought in Lonnie Mayne, an established star from the West Coast, to wrestle Pedro Morales, who at the time was the WWWF Heavyweight Champion.

“McMahon, Sr., named him Moondog Mayne, because Continue reading

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Transcript of my interview with John Cena, Sr. about the first WrestleMania and Bruno Sammartino

I recently posted a podcast with John Cena, Sr. — the father of WWE superstar John Cena, who headlines WrestleMania 29 against the Rock — who talked to me about the first WrestleMania in 1985, Bruno Sammartino going into the WWE Hall of Fame, and his memories of the wrestling cards at the old Boston Garden. For those of you who were unable to hear the podcast or didn’t have time, below is the complete transcript of the interview. Continue reading

Sammartino: I’m happy Backlund is going into the Hall of Fame

The Camel Clutch Blog recently posted a great interview with Bruno Sammartino about his upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame this year at Madison Square Garden as part of WrestleMania XXIX.

Among the topics discussed was the fact that Bob Backlund will also go into the Hall of Fame on the same night, which for fans of the WWWF and WWF in the 1970s and ’80s, is a huge double bill. Continue reading

Before WrestleMania, there was Showdown from Shea

Before the first WrestleMania ever hit Madison Square Garden in 1985, the WWF ran a series of outdoor supershows over an eight-period that were known as Showdown from Shea.

The venue was the old Shea Stadium in Queens, NY (former home of the New York Mets), and in all three events, Bruno Sammartino was the headliner: Continue reading

Morales cracks Muraco with brass knux to regain the Intercontinental Title

Pedro Morales and Magnificent Muraco feuded on and off for nearly two years from 1981 into 1983 over the Intercontinental Title.

Muraco originally beat Morales for the belt in June 20, 1981, at the Philadelphia Spectrum. However, it is Morales’ win over Muraco to regain the title on November 23, 1981, that sticks particuarly in my memory thanks to a great finish in the match.

The scene was Madison Square Garden and a Texas death match. After a solid bout, Muraco attempted to use brass knuckles, but as he swung Continue reading

Big angle in 1981: Greg Valentine suplexes Pedro Morales on the concrete floor

Man, 30 years ago it didn’t take a lot to get an angle over with the audience compared to today. There may be no greater example of that than when Greg “The Hammer” Valentine taunted Intercontinental Champion Pedro Morales into match on TV.

To set the stage, in late 1981 Morales had just regained the Intercontinental belt from the Magnificent Muraco, whom the Grand Wizard managed. The Wizard also tutored Valentine, and after a squash match on Championship Wrestling, Valentine issued a challenge to Morales, including calling the Puerto Rican star a “greaseball.” Yes, those of us who were fans back then occasionally have reasons to hang our heads in shame for real.

Anyway, Morales came out to the accept the challenge as long as he could fight Valentine on free TV so that everyone could see “when I kick your butt, baby!”  To this day, I so distinctly remember Valentine’s reaction Continue reading

Superfly Snuka and Pedro Morales had a minor feud in the summer of ’82

I was on the great History of WWE website just browsing through the results of 1980s WWF cards from the old Boston Garden, and in that arena in August 1982, WWF Champion Bob Backlund defeated Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka with Pedro Morales as guest referee.

This reminded me that Snuka and Morales had a brief feud in ’82 before the Superfly turned babyface. I don’t remember much about how the Morales-Snuka rivalry was set up, but I do recall an angle on Saturday morning Championship Wrestling during which Snuka Continue reading