Tagged: Steve Austin

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


My first WWF card at the Boston Garden featured Backlund, Muraco, and an ornery Executioner

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

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.