March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day, no less – marks the 30th anniversary of when the Moondogs (Rex and King) defeated Tony Garea and Rick Martel for the WWF Tag Team Title.
It was the first title switch I had ever seen and I still remember Continue reading
There’s been an awful lot of talk about how some longtime pro wrestling stars, such as the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry “The King” Lawler, have swooped into angles on WWE Monday Night Raw and delivered promos better than anyone else on the current roster.
Let’s face it: The on-the-job training for interviews was a lot better in yesteryear. In the 1980s, the WWF had a lot of wrestlers and managers who could talk well on the microphone. People like Roddy Piper, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Hulk Hogan, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts understood how to push matches and angles.
However, more than a few promos in that decade were stinkers, which made me ponder the worst ones I had heard during the ‘80s. One of my qualifications here is that it had to be an interview that anyone could have seen (so house show promos really can’t count). And a bad segment doesn’t mean you gave a bad promo, as plenty of gifted talkers have been saddled with lousy circumstances (think about some of those corny Saturday Night’s Main Event skits).
Instead, my choices are reserved for those who truly butchered the art of the pro wrestling promo. With that, below are my five lamest promos from the ‘80s: Continue reading
It was 29 years ago this month that I attended my first pro wrestling card, a WWF show at the old Boston Garden. As the program image at the top of my blog shows, the main event for that afternoon was WWF Champion Bob Backlund against the Magnificent Muraco, who blew off their house show feud in the
15-foot-high 8-foot-high steel cage.
At one point Muraco missed a dive off the top rope as he tried to jam his taped spike thumb into Backlund’s throat. Backlund eventually escaped the cage (no pinfalls in WWF cages in those days), and I remember fans throwing trash at Muraco as he left the ring after the match.
One of the undercard bouts also still sticks with me Continue reading
Those of us watching WWE Monday Night Raw have seen that Husky Harris (the son of Mike Rotundo and grandson of Blackjack Mulligan) has joined Wade Barrett and crew in Nexus.
Watching Harris try to fit into that group just doesn’t seem natural to me. When Harris was in WWE NXT, he had an unusual charisma that got him noticed beyond his less-than-great-genetics look.
I couldn’t help but think that Harris has the appearance and likely the personality to pull of the next wildman character in the WWE. In fact, Harris reminds me of a gimmick I haven’t thought of seriously in a long time: The Moondogs.
Harris actually resembles Continue reading
A short while back I blogged about the Hulk Hogan-themed opening to WWF Championship Wrestling in 1984.
I found an even earlier clip of Championship Wrestling’s opening Continue reading
How’s this for a nostalgia trip? I remember way back in 1981 when Championship Wrestling on Saturday afternoons in Boston used to just have squash matches, and then one week they announced that Rick Martel (half of a popular tag team at the time with Tony Garea) would face … Baron Mikel Scicluna. Yes, he from “the Isle of Malta.”
Never mind that Scicluna hardly ever won a match Continue reading