Tagged: Shawn Michaels

Remembering Bret Hart’s progression from tag teams to icon

It struck me after watching Monday Night Raw this week just how enduring Bret “Hitman” Hart is as a WWE star.

Hart and, ironically, Shawn Michaels, are probably the only wrestlers who grew out the tag team ranks of the 1980s to become huge singles stars (granted, the WWF tag team division Continue reading

Saturday Night’s Main Event often featured two-of-three-fall contests

This week on Monday Night Raw, we saw Dolph Ziggler retain the U.S. Title against Kofi Kingston in a two-out-of-three falls bout, which is a match not often seen these days in the WWE. Wasn’t that a surprise to see fans vote for that option?

In the 1980s, it was more common to see two-out-of-three falls, particularly when the WWF would displace Saturday Night Live on NBC with Saturday Night’s Main Event.

All of the three-fall contests on Saturday Night’s Main Event occurred in Continue reading

A brief review of the old Boston Garden and TD Garden

There seems to be some confusion — based on web searches that end up at this blog — over what exactly the main sports arena in Boston is called and how it relates to the WWE. At the risk of boring my friends from New England, here’s a quick rundown.

The old Boston Garden was built in 1928 and hosted its last event in 1995 before being torn down two years later. It held monthly WWWF and WWF wrestling cards in the heydays of Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan. The most famous match from that arena Continue reading

The Boston Garden hosted two 60-minute matches in the 1980s

Earlier this week, the Wrestling Observer website noted the 40th anniversary of a famous 60-minute draw in St. Louis between Jack Brisco and Dory Funk, Jr., which made me recall hour-long matches that the WWF presented in Boston during the 1980s.

In October 1981 Continue reading

MSG is to Howard Finkel as the Boston Garden is to Mel Phillips and “Ring Announcer X”

Madison Square Garden had the great Howard Finkel as ring announcer for most, if not all, of the house shows in New York City in the 1980s.

And the Boston Garden got … well, no one quite at the Fink’s level.

Two men primarily took ring announcing duties at the Garden in the 1980s. One of them was, I hate to say it Continue reading

PG-rated WWE doesn’t give wrestling fans any attitude

Once again I want to thank my friends at Camel Clutch Blog for publishing a piece I wrote about the WWE’s current PG-themed product. Camel Clutch is a great place to find posts about pro wrestling, UFC, and NFL football.

My article, “The sanitized WWE can’t produce another Stone Cold or Rock,” looks at why the stars of the WWE’s “attitude era” in the late 1990s would have a hard time replicating their success under today’s booking regime.

For example, D-Generation X members like Triple H and Shawn Michaels would never get away with crotch chops today — instead, they’d have to give the more politically correct double thumbs up to opponents.

Check out some of my other observations about today’s vanilla-flavored WWE in the full piece.

Triple H and Michaels won’t be the first tag champs to go at it in the Royal Rumble

Monday Night Raw’s angle with WWE Unified Tag Team Champions Shawn Michaels and Triple H arguing about who would win the 2010 Royal Rumble reminded me of another title-holding tag team that got off on the wrong foot during the Rumble.

In 1989 — the first year that the Royal Rumble was on pay-per-view — entrants 1 and 2 were Ax and Smash, collectively known as Demolition and the current WWF tag team champions at the time. Demolition was Vince McMahon’s middle finger to Continue reading

Boston’s favorite jabroni, the “Duke of Dorchester”

I might judge any longtime Boston wrestling fan’s worth by gauging his or her reaction to the phrase “Duke of Dorchester.”

That was the nickname of longtime WWF jobber Pete Doherty, who had a cult following at the Boston Garden because he lived in the Dorchester section of the city. That residence was confirmed to me by Continue reading