Discussion in 'Pro Wrestling Discussion' started by TankAbbott, Apr 15, 2016.
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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.
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'!
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.
- 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.
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~!
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.
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.
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.
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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