The DDT was one of the greatest finishing moves ever when Jake “The Snake” Roberts would nail an opponent with it in the WWF, and it’s a move well-remembered by WWE wrestlers today such as Randy Orton during his matches on Monday Night Raw.
But what about the 1980s moves that went the way of big hair and Miami Vice that virtually no one uses in 2011? I saw these moves every week, so I’d like to share my top eight most forgotten finishers from the ‘80s: Continue reading
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
Bob Backlund gets a bad rap these days. Most fans either remember him as the nutty heel who turned on Bret Hart in 1994 and briefly won the WWF Title before losing it to Diesel (better known as Kevin Nash), or worse, they remember his tenure acting as a kook for TNA Wrestling.
But for those of us who grew up watching pro wrestling in the early 1980s, Backlund was one of the biggest stars. Continue reading
Kids can certainly put an extra oomph into a pro wrestling angle or plotline. Part of that reality is that children more readily identify with heroes and villains, and, in some cases, kids may also not fully grasp that wrestling is worked.
The young girl whose scowl burned into the memories of fans when the Miz beat Randy Orton for the WWE Heavyweight Title – you know, the “angry Miz girl” – made the strap switch that much more juicy.
Watching Miz take the girl’s Slammy trophy from her on a Monday Night Raw was priceless, and reminded me of another shady skit from the 1980s that involved the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Continue reading
The Miz’s victory over Randy Orton to win the WWE Title on Monday Night Raw made me think about another sudden title switch that stuck with people for years to come: When the Ultimate Warrior barnstormed the Honky Tonk Man to win Continue reading
There are plenty of good 1980s references in my latest post on Camel Clutch Blog, “Comparing the WWE second-generation wrestlers to their fathers.”
In the post, I attempt to decide who among the current crop of second- and third-generation WWE stars have pulled ahead of their forefathers. I talk about the sons and daughters of such ’80s WWF names as Cowboy Bob Orton, “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Check it out if you have a chance, and thanks to my friends at Camel Clutch Blog for posting the piece.
Talk of Randy Orton’s arm injury (broken forearm, separated shoulder, who knows) made me wonder whether his dad, Cowboy Bob Orton, would dust off the cast he wore for 18 months or so in the 1980s.
The elder Orton really broke his arm in 1985, but typical of wrestling, they exaggerated things, Continue reading