80's WWF Expansion

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    I have the JYD/Funk and Muraco/Steamboat matches that i recorded when they were aired as "Feature Match" on VHS somewhere in my basement.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-august-1985/

    August of 1985 sees...

    - The Heenan Family seriously injure Andre the Giant in a violent sneak attack
    - The hottest new act in the WWF finds an unlikely manager.
    - A babyface pulls a knife on Mean Gene.
    - The WWF uses a prop for an injury angle, leading to JR going on Mid-South TV to expose their phony baloney.
    - Roddy Piper takes Vince McMahon to his dungeon of doom.
    - The WWF's Montreal takeover leads to major issues with talent and the local promoters.
    - An all time great manager is spared a tragic end as he avoids a plane crash.
    - Plus more news, notes and results from the WWF's takeover of pro wrasslin'!
     
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    I never knew about the Hogan/Studd bout at the Ohio State Fair. 50K fans getting to watch WWF for free back then would have been a sweet deal. The Big Event (Hogan/Orndorff) in Toronto a year later in 1986 is probably the most impressive drawing paid event the WWF had when you consider they had 60K plus on a Wednesday.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-august-1985-part-2/

    - The AWA loses their top crossover media star, just as they are to embark on national TV
    - Politics are put aside as World Class and the AWA share some talent
    - Money arguments cause a change in the Twin Cities' AWA main event
    - A future convict appears on both AWA and WWF house shows
    - A Boston TV special is marred by some of the worst commentary in history.
    - NWA champ Ric Flair takes on some of the AWA's top talents as he ventures away from JCP
    - Jim Crockett is physically threatened in the locker room as a business deal goes south
    - Stan Hansen finds a new ally in Japan
    - A monster from Outer Space invades New Japan.
    - Paul Heyman promotes his first wrestling event, where he somehow managed to book some of America's biggest wrestling stars to appear at.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-august-1985-part-3/

    Wrapping up August of 1985 in the world of wrasslin'
    - Jerry Lawler struggles to find a partner to battle the Freebirds, leading him to make a deal with the devil
    - A new monster heel arrives in Memphis. 30 years later and his identity still creates confusion online.
    - A Playboy seeks to make the Florida mat wars a bit more interesting.
    - Ric Flair goes racist to build up his title defense against Butch Reed at the Superdome
    - A legend is forced to leave his beloved home. Can the new masked man in town shed some light on how to save the day?
    - A movie monster reject destroys Dick Murdoch on TV.
    - Mike Von Erich endures Toxic Shock after surgery, beginning one of the saddest wrestling stories of the 80's
    - Inoki finds a new partner to loan talent from
    - Jim Crockett makes moves to insulate power in the NWA for himself.
    - A controversial figure who battled being blackballed from the business decides to retire instead of toiling away
    - Plus more news, notes and results~!
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/awa-wrestling-on-espn-9-3-1985/

    With the AWA entering the national (cable) TV world on ESPN, I felt it would be interesting to look at an early episode and breakdown what they did right and wrong in their bid to compete with the WWF and JCP.
    - One of the AWA announcers is larger than the main event talents.
    - How long is too long for a squash match?
    - A future creepy criminal covets a championship
    - A villian straight off of headlining some WWF shows makes his AWA return
    - The worst Road Warriors music video ever!
    - Hawk and Animal, now babyfaces, cut a heel promo.
    - Champions who are booked don't even bother to show up for a National TV taping.
    - A top heel is shown being beaten clean.
    - Future ECW and WWF talents find work as jabronis.
    - Rick Martel has a big time title defense against Terry Gordy~!
    - The Freebirds act is neutered by editing choices.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-wwf-boston-garden-9-7-1985/

    WWF at the Boston Garden 9/7/85

    - Lanny Poffo offers new tricks on wrestling physics
    - Cpl. Kirschner defends America against the evil forces of the Swamp People.
    - King Kong Bundy cosplays as Dracula.
    - Gorilla Monsoon finally finds a wrestler who can apply a proper abdominal stretch!
    - Monsoon always offers up why women are inferior athletes
    - Haku makes an uninspired debut
    - A rather terrible card if your looking for competitive bouts as Hogan defending against Bundy is far and away the most notable encounter
    - Greg Valentine has to try and do the wrestling for 5 other guys in the co-main event as he is saddled with old guys and Beefcake.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-wwf-maple-leaf-gardens-9-23-85/

    The WWF at Maple Leaf Garden Sept. 1985
    - A multi time champion from the Florida territory wallows in the prelims upon his debut
    - Dino Bravo cosplays as 1991 Jacques Rougeau
    - King Kong Bundy tangles with someone less mobile than he is.
    - The Killer Bee's had theme music?!?!?!
    - Ricky Steamboat shows great fire as he tears into Don Muraco in a Lumberjack match.
    - Haku continues to be a poor babyface.
    - Uncle Elmer proves to be the worst worker on the show.
    - Lanny Poffo showcases his abilities as he grapples with "Cowboy" Bob Orton
    - Jesse Ventura proves to be popular with the fans, even though he is challenging IC champ "Chico" Santana.
     
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    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-cwfs-battle-of-the-belts/

    CWF's Battle of the Belts 1!!
    - Wahoo McDaniel defies his age as he battles NWA champ Ric Flair in a 3 Fall fight for the gold.
    - The Road Warriors have a FIGHT on their hands as they match up with Stan Hansen and Harley Race!
    - AWA Champ Rick Martel fails to appear, leading to a poor replacement taking his spot against Nick Bockwinkel
    - Cocoa Samoa's crazy life outside of wrestling proves to be more entertaining than his match.
    - Rookie sensation Kendall Windham struggles with a jabroni.
    - Percy Pringle does his best to entertain us in lieu of the action in the ring.
    - A raw Rick Rude shows his potential as he grapples with Billy Jack Haynes.
     

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