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Discussion in 'Pro Wrestling Discussion' started by BeeCee, May 18, 2017.
You have all been a great help
Macho crushes Ricky Steamboats threat with the ring bell. They had a hot feud
You really should just go with the WWE Network. It's a huge bargain, and the amount of material is staggering.
If you want to go the freebie route, you can try a couple of wrestling torrent-specific sites:
http://www.xwt-classics.net (pre-2000s stuff, I believe, including tons of 80s)
http://xtremewrestlingtorrents.net/browse.php (modern stuff)
Google and Bing also have video search engines that can find a lot of stuff:
Daily Motion tends to have quite a bit, too. Here's a DM channel with over 2,000 videos uploaded:
But, yeah, for $10-12 a month, WWE Network is unbeatable.
Thanks very much
Most memorable for me?
Heenan turns Andre "sour" on Hogan
Rude putting Jake's wife on his pants
Savage using the bell on Steamboat
Roddy Piper & Adrian Adonis
Warrior learns to never trust a snek
Mega Powers explode
Ronnie Garvin uses a shinguard
(I was a big Greg "The Hammer" Valentine fan so I'm probably the only one who remembers that last one.)
Which ended up with the submission match between the two at the 1990 Royal Rumble
I started watching wrestling around 1986-1987 and have a wide knowledge of the product. It never dawned on me until now. If Wrestlemania 1 was the first PPV for the WWF, what platform did they use to promote this event? I vaguely remember watching WWF in the mornings on Saturday (I think) and WCW late at night on TBS. Did WWF have a weekly program they promoted the PPV on?
Background and promotion
During the 1980s, Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF)'s main competition in the professional wrestling industry was from Jim Crockett Promotions. McMahon countered Jim Crockett's successfulStarrcade pay-per-view, which began airing in 1983, by creating the WrestleMania franchise.
For the first WrestleMania, Vince McMahon began cross promoting with MTV, which aired two wrestling specials. The first one was The Brawl to End It All, aired on July 23, 1984, in which a match from a live Madison Square Garden broadcast was shown on MTV. Wendi Richter defeated The Fabulous Moolah to win the WWF Women's Championship on the card, with Cyndi Lauper on her side. At The War to Settle the Score, which aired on February 18, 1985, Leilani Kai, accompanied by Moolah, defeated Richter, again accompanied by Lauper, to win the Women's Championship. Aside from Lauper, other celebrities also appeared during the buildup to and at the event; most notably Muhammad Ali, Liberace (with the The Rockettes) and Major League Baseball manager Billy Martin all appeared during the main event.
Two other championships were also defended at WrestleMania: the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. Prior to the event, Greg Valentine had feuded with Tito Santana over the belt. Valentine defeated Santana on September 24, 1984 for the championship. Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham won the WWF Tag Team Championship three months before WrestleMania from the team of Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch.
In the months leading up to the first WrestleMania, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper began a talk-show segment on WWF television entitled "Piper's Pit". On one episode of the show, he hit Jimmy Snuka over the head with acoconut, leading to a feud between the two men. As part of the storyline, Piper recruited Bob Orton to be his bodyguard. On another episode of Piper's Pit, Piper spoke out against the burgeoning Rock 'n' Wrestlingconnection, which led to a confrontation with Hulk Hogan. In February 1985, the two men faced each other at The War to Settle the Score, where Hogan won by disqualification after interference by Paul Orndorff and Mr. T. Their on-going feud led to their match at WrestleMania.
As part of the promotion for the event, Hogan appeared on Hot Properties four days prior to WrestleMania, where he put host Richard Belzer into a front chinlock —a move that cuts off the flow of blood to the brain. Belzer, however, fell to the floor unconscious and began to bleed profusely. His injury required eight stitches. Belzer later sued Hogan for $5 million, but they eventually settled out of court. The night before WrestleMania, Hogan and Mr. T hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live to help promote the event.
lol. Good old wikipedia. Pretty wild they had to use multiple networks to do their promoting. Man I truly miss wrestling in the 80s and 90s. I remember my babysitters oldest son recorded every TV airing of WCW and pay per views. I would watch hours on end. If it wasn't for him, I would have been out of the loop as a kid. Must have had 100s of VHS labeled and organized
wtf is this thread about?
My best memories from around that time were
Jimmy Valiant vs. Paul Brown and the Assassins, complete with an unmasking and face shaving matches
George Steele kidnapping Ms. Elizabeth ... poor women, as I assume he raped her repeatedly
Kevin Sullivan and the devil worship stuff ..... legit scary for a kid
Kamals ...... trully thought he was a cannibal
Piper-Snuka run ...... coconut to the head lol!
The person who started the thread is the person in the YouTube clip asking about how to watch WWF events from the 80s
Andy Kaufman vs Jerry Lawler was a great one. I wish I was around to watch that pan out.
oh. fucking thread worthy .... banhammer worthy!
He couldn't just write that in the OP? Holy crap do I hate now.
One of the earliest storylines I remember was Hogan and Bundy in the lead up to WM 2. Hogan had a match on SNME against Don Muraco and Bundy interfered leading to a double-team beating. Muraco held Hogan's arms to keep him stuck in the corner while Bundy hit Avalanches to Hogan's back, breaking his ribs. I'm pretty sure that SNME was also the debut of the music video for Real American, which aired after the beating and after Hogan was taken to the hospital. Hogan had his ribs taped up for WM 2 and 6-year-old me was about to shit twice and die with worry that the Hulkster would lose.
In which, Ronnie Garvin's own shinguard, The Hammer Jammer, was used to negate Valentine's Figure 4. I believe Valentine's shinguard was The Heartbreaker.
Oh and also despite it being a submission match, they both kept going for pins.
It also gave us this moment.
On a related note, if you Google 'Ronnie Garvin gif' that is the first result, but it also asks if you meant 'Ronnie Garvin gay'
Scholarly, my good man.
Lol. Freaking casual marks at Google don't know the difference between Ronnie and Terry.
Life imitating art?