Tagged: Ric Flair

Ricky Steamboat: Overlooked in the WWF

It’s hard to believe that Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat held a championship in the WWF for only about three months.

He won the Intercontinental Title in the famous match with Randy “Macho Man” Savage at WrestleMania III in March 1987, but then lost it almost immediately to the Honky Tonk Man in June 1987.

I seem to recall that Steamboat took some time off for personal reasons at the time he lost the belt, so that likely explains the short reign. But how is it that a guy who held the NWA World Title and had classics with Continue reading

Flair chasing Slater with a baseball bat — that was NWA wrestling

All the hoopla about the Four Horsemen getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year got me nostalgic for the old NWA of the 1980s — the period during which the Horsemen ruled.

Those halcyon days resulted in an article I wrote for the great Camel Clutch Blog called, “21 Reasons You Are an Old-School Fan of 1980s NWA wrestling.”

For example, the scene of Ric Flair chasing Dirty Dick Slater with a baseball bat is something you simply would never have seen in early ’80s WWF wrestling.

Thanks to Eric at the Camel Clutch Blog for publishing my piece and his continued support of my blog. Camel Clutch is also a good spot to read plenty of coverage about the 2012 Superbowl match-up between the Patriots and the Giants.

Frankie Williams tells Piper, “I’m not afraid of nobody!”

One of the greatest Piper’s Pits ever didn’t have a major star as a guest, or even an important angle.

Instead, Rowdy Roddy Piper interviewed jobber Frankie Williams, a decidedly average looking guy with bags under his eyes who was billed from Columbus, OH. Anyone who watched WWF Championship Wrestling on Saturday mornings in the 1980s no doubt saw Williams lose in squash after squash.

Piper explained that he invited Williams to the Pit out of sympathy because the guy never won a match. In typical Piper humor, Continue reading

Stand back, it’s another crappy WWE Slammy Awards show

The WWF Slammy Awards were silly when they started back in 1986, and the modern WWE version is just as bad.

Yet there was the Slammy Awards show on Monday Night Raw this week — it just doesn’t seem like the best gimmick to fall back on when so many fans are clamoring for change.

I remember the 1987 Slammy Awards well. The show was notable because Vince McMahon gave a beyond arrogant, and fully embarrassing, performance singing his tune, “Stand Back.” When I see McMahon dancing in this clip, I’m amazed at what is allowed on TV: Continue reading

Best wishes to Barry Windham, a.k.a the Widowmaker

As some of you may have heard, former WWF Tag Team Champion Barry Windham has run into some serious health problems.

Windham was found collapsed on his family ranch by relatives on October 26. He had a heart attack, and may have suffered a stroke, also. Wrestling columnist Mike Mooneyham interviewed Blackjack Mulligan, Windham’s father, who noted, “It was a very close call … we almost lost him.” Windham is now facing a long recovery at a rehabilitation facility.

I would have thought most WWF fans would remember Windham from his two reigns at Tag Team Champion with Mike Rotundo in 1985, but I’m surprised to say Continue reading

Thankfully not on the WWF card in 1985: Ric Flair vs. Pete Doherty, Captain Lou, or Mr. T

Ric Flair’s initial run in the WWF/WWE started in 1991, which thankfully spared us from having to see him fight some pro wrestlers from the 1980s who just weren’t up to the task.

For example, can you imagine Captain Lou Albano wrestling his annual Boston Garden “special attraction” match against the “Nature Boy”? Flair would have sold for Albano (maybe Naitch even would have allowed Captain Lou to bodyslam him off the top rope), and the race would have been on to see who could bleed first.

I have more thoughts about the crazy foes Flair missed out on in the 1980s–such as the Red Rooster and Pete “Duke of Dorchester” Doherty–in my article at Camel Clutch Blog, “Eight comical opponents Ric Flair never fought in the 80s’ WWF.”