Tagged: Ted DiBiase

Somebody fill me in — Why do so many fans rag on Virgil?

My goodness, Virgil gets unending abuse these days from the Internet wrestling community.

Granted, those of us who like pro wrestling and care enough to blog or tweet about it can be a hard-nosed bunch. But I’m just not sure what Virgil did in his WWF career to earn such contempt.

Virgil was the sidekick of “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, a crony who helped DiBiase get Continue reading

Answers to hometown trivia and a funny note about Valentine

In my prior post, I challenged you to remember the 1980s WWF wrestlers who hailed from the hometowns listed below. Here are the answers for those who might have been stumped.

Long WWF Title reigns were the norm back in the day

Here’s a sad fact noted on Monday in the Wrestling Observer’s daily update: Miz is the longest reigning WWE Champion in at least two years.

“He just became the first person in more than two years to pass 100 days as WWE champion. HHH was the last guy to last 100 days,” the Observer said. “Since that time, the title has changed hands 16 times and was vacated once.”

You know how many times the WWE/WWF Title switched in the 1980s? Continue reading

The top five lamest 1980s WWF promos

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

Macho Man’s time as WWF champ featured matches against three distinct opponents

Randy “Macho Man” Savage had among the more interesting WWF Title reigns during his first run as champion in 1988-89.

I wouldn’t swear to this (particularly because of how hard it is these days to keep track of the WWE champions due to frequent switches), but Savage may be the only WWF or WWE world champion to start the reign as a babyface and end it as a heel. Savage won the WWF Title tournament at WrestleMania IV, beating “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase in the finals, before eventually losing it to Hulk Hogan a year later at WrestleMania V. As I’ve noted elsewhere, Savage and Hogan had a great rivalry.

But a look at some of Savage’s other opponents during his title run shows Continue reading

Miz and the “Million Dollar Man” share something in common: Picking on children

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

Boston and Providence played large roles in past WWE King of the Ring tournaments

This week’s Monday Night Raw will feature the return of the WWE King of the Ring Tournament, which at one point was likely the most well-known annual pro wrestling tournament in the world.

Those of us who grew up watching the WWF in Boston in the 1980s will remember that the King of Ring was actually Continue reading

UFC 118’s crowd fights harken back to the old Boston Garden wrestling atmosphere

In his bout-by-bout report from UFC 118 in Boston on the Wrestling Observer’s website, Dave Meltzer made a few mentions about fights taking place in the stands at the TD Garden. “Another fight in the crowd. I think they’re going for the record,” Meltzer wrote.

Wow, have times changed in Boston. When I started going to WWF cards in 1981 in the old Boston Garden, you pretty much were guaranteed to see several real scraps in the crowd during each show.

The reasons for the fights ranged from people just being drunk to arguments about Continue reading

Man, did the first WWF SummerSlam have some sucky matches

I remember being giddy back in 1988 when the original WWF SummerSlam rolled around, because for the first time I was able to order the show on pay-per-view on my cable system (shout out to the old Continental Cable in the Boston area).

I certainly remember Ultimate Warrior steamrolling Continue reading

Mean Gene leads my list of the top five WWF bloopers from the ’80s

Many of us could pick out moments in matches where a move is ill-timed or someone falls out of position. But these slip-ups generally are minor. A true wrestling blooper often doesn’t involve in-ring action at all, whether it’s instead an interview, skit, or even real life. The WWF had some lapses that were doozies in the 1980s, so here are my picks for the top five bloopers of that decade: Continue reading