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  1. http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/from-the-wwe-network-wwf-msg-4-6-1981/ MSG from April '81 - Capt. Lou at his crazy best - Moondog Rex: Grappling Wizard - A ref takes more bumps than the former World champion. - Sgt. Slaughter impresses by selling his butt off for Pat Patterson - Patterson gets upset over one of the more justified DQ's on record. - Stan Hansen refuses to lay down for Bob Backlund - Chatter about how Tony Garea is not in the Hall of Fame - Garea and Rick Martel tangle with two prominent wrestling trainers
  2. I'm not sure where I sourced this from: Henri Deglane won the Greco-Roman gold medal in the unlimited division in the 1924 Olympics representing France. He was later involved in a pro wrestling controversy about the world heavyweight title. On May 4, 1931, Deglane wrestled champion Ed "Strangler" Lewis in Montreal. If you go back to the piece in the 7/8 Observer, you'll notice in the section on Ed Don George, when Boston area promoter Paul Bowser, who had gotten into the championship picture as a key figure with Lewis when he had his wrestler, Gus Sonnenburg so hot that Lewis and Billy Sandow, who controlled a version of the title, wanted the title on him to feud with Lewis which brought Bowser into the trust. George was given the title by Bowser, without telling either Lewis or Sandow, after Sonnenburg had been embarrassed on a busy street corner when a no-name middleweight wrestler who was friends with rival promotion star Jim Londos beat up Sonnenburg in front of witnesses that got a ton of pub in that the world champion wrestler was beaten up on a busy street by a small no-name guy. Bowser put the title on George, who was in the Olympics with the idea he wanted the title on a guy who could handle himself against an attack out of the ring or a double-cross in the ring. Lewis apparently got revenge on April 14, 1931 by telling George he was going to win the title that night in the ring, and with Lewis' rep, even as good a wrestler as George was, he didn't challenge him and voluntarily dropped the title at Lewis' request, which was a double-cross on Bowser. It was only three weeks later that Bowser got his revenge, booking Lewis to defend the title against Deglane in Montreal. Stories about this match differ. According to Lou Thesz' recollections in his book, after the second fall of the match that Lewis was under the impression he was going to win, Deglane bit himself on the arm until he drew blood while in the dressing room (in those days the wrestlers returned to the dressing room between falls in the main events for several minutes in order for the promoter to make money selling concessions). He kept it covered and in the third fall, screamed, showed the ref the teeth marks, and the ref saw all the blood and disqualified Lewis and declared Deglane champion. Others have claimed that the "Battle of the bite" finish was a worked finish that everyone involved knew about beforehand as simply a gimmick finish for controversy purposes in changing the title without Lewis having to do a job. As it turned out, that was the final split between the Lewis camp and the Bowser camp which lends credence to the Thesz story as being the accurate one, as Bowser recognized Deglane as world champion with Boston and Montreal as his main cities, but Lewis continued to be recognized as champion in some other cities and basically took off for Europe. Deglane held his version of the title until February 9, 1933 when he lost to George in Boston. --- Tony Kozina is an independent pro-wrestler who has worked most notably for Ring of Honor. He's close friends with one of their top guys, Davey Richards, and receives a lot of bookings as such. Ryan Kidd is exactly what his last name implies, a kid. He's allegedly been training to become a wrestler since he was 13; he was 17 at the time of this beat-down. This took place at a Magnum Pro show. Someone didn't shake someone's hand the right way, or they cracked a joke that wasn't funny, and Tony Kozina came out to hurt someone that night. There's always going to be people who claim the match just looked totally legit, but that's because it clearly is. --- From the WON: New Jack is once again in the middle of controversy stemming from a series of incidents on 4/14/95 in Erlanger, KY. SMW was scheduled to run a house show that night at Peall's Palace, a night club across the river from Cincinnati. After a disastrous show the last time in, the club owners wanted to change the rent deal. SMW was planning on pulling out of the building since the new deal wouldn't have made running economically feasible. However, since they had no other city booked that night, the plan was to go ahead and due to a lack of communication, Jim Cornette thought they were doing the final show under the old deal. When he found out they weren't the night before, he told all the wrestlers at television that he was canceling the show which thrilled several of the babyfaces who didn't like working there anyway because the fans booed faces more than in other SMW cities. An SMW official called the building the next morning to cancel. At that point, because there was a decent advance (whatever that means since only 200 fans showed up), local promoter Bob Harmon and Johnny Diamond decided to put on a show of trainees at Harmon and Les Thatcher's Bonecrusher's wrestling school. They posted signs in front of the building that there would be no SMW show, but instead a "Northern Wrestling Federation" show, a group that is no planning on running regularly in that same building. For whatever reason, D.Lo Brown and New Jack showed up anyway, and when they saw there was a show, talked with the promoter, and got booked on the show and agreed to work the show for free. With the two milling around the crowd before the show it caused fans to believe they were going to see "name" wrestlers and those who showed up bought tickets even with the signs saying SMW wrestlers weren't going to be there. New Jack continued to interact with the fans during the show and heckle the wrestlers, some of whom by all accounts were too inexperienced to even be in the ring. During a tag match, New Jack threw a bar table onto the shoulder of one, and separated his shoulder, although that was perhaps an accident. In the main event, a 10-man elimination tag, New Jack did a run-in and began throwing real punches in several people's face including giving one young wrestler a 12-stitch cut from a punch to the mouth. New Jack later claimed the guy either had said a racial remark to him or that he had punched one of the guys who didn't sell it and wanted to make sure he would sell the second punch. At this point, a large security guard named Mike McCord (no relation to Austin Idol) realizing something was amiss, tackled New Jack which led to more brawling into the parking lot and New Jack finally taking off before a few police cars showed up to quell the problem. --- The last example of the stars aligning to produce a rare shoot happened in the Pacific Northwest in 1932. A highly-skilled welterweight by the name of Wildcat McCann, who’d appeared in numerous AT shows taking on all comers, was repeatedly issuing challenges to world title claimant Robin Reed. Reed, a former Olympic gold medallist, was no certainly no slouch, but wrestled for a rival promotion in Portland run by Virgil Hamlin. The goading in the press was becoming too much and the local athletic commission saw McCann as a logical contender. So Hamlin and Reed had to confront the situation head on. The two decided that to earn a title match with Reed, McCann first had to wrestle and beat a hand-picked opponent. This was a perfect example of utilizing a “policeman” in pro wrestling. The term “policeman” didn’t refer to one of the blue uniformed individuals standing in the aisle way, but a wrestler of significant ability who warded off challengers to a specific championship. “Policemen” were commonly used in the heavyweight division, particularly by Ed Lewis and Jim Londos. Reed and his promoter picked Pete Metropoulos, and on March 9, 1932, McCann and Metropoulos wrestled in Portland. Their match was completely out of the ordinary and the Portland Oregonian newspaper commented that it was “one of the most hectic and weird mat affairs ever staged” in their city. McCann proved his mastery by winning the first fall by submission, and the second was given to Metropoulos by default after a stunning display of brutal warfare. In the final fall, McCann “flipped Pete onto the boards” and was declared the winner. The Portland Boxing Commission met some time later and fined both McCann and Metropoulos $50 for failing putting forth their best efforts in the Portland match. A wise sports writer noted: “Yes, the commission has fined two men for wrestling on the ‘square’ and letting others know that they won’t stand for anything but horse-play … the match was terrible, but don’t forget it was on the up and up.” If you can believe it, they were actually fined because they gall to wrestle a real match. But it was a horrible presentation, and witnesses to the spectacle probably applauded the penalty. In a sport that thrived on secrecy, it is difficult to know for sure which matches in history were definite shoots and which weren’t. There are other famous incidents, including the double-crosses of Wayne Munn and Danno O’Mahoney, as well as Ed Lewis’s matches against Ray Steele and Lee Wykoff. On Saturday, September 1, 1962, Buddy Rogers filed charges against Bill Miller and Karl Istaz (Karl Krauser/Karl Gotch), claiming that he was assaulted by the two grapplers in the dressing room of the Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum. Rogers spoke with Prosecutor Bernard Chupka, and his left arm was in a cast following an examination at the University Hospital. *Rogers claimed that he was talking to Al Haft in the dressing room, talking about business, when Miller and Gotch entered the room. Rogers said the following in the Saturday, September 1, 1962 edition of the Columbus Dispatch: “The next thing I knew, Haft is flying through the air and these two guys jumped me and slammed a door on my arm.” *On Sunday, September 2, 1962, both Bill Miller and Karl Gotch surrendered to Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies and posted $25 bond. *On Tuesday, September 4, 1962, Miller and Gotch were arrigned in Franklin County Municipal Court. The case was continued to Tuesday, September 11, 1962. --- Four old school dudes known for being ornery. Harley Race and Nick Bockwinkel were the old guard, while Stan Hansen and Bruiser Brody were rising quickly. The matches these guys put on always looked like fights, so it's hard to really tell the difference. One night, Bockwinkel and Brody began a tag team match opposite one another. Brody went beast mode, and Bockwinkel didn't like what was happening. Harley Race tagged in, nearly broke Bruiser Brody's ankle, and sent for Stan Hansen. Hansen and Race tussled into a corner, where Harley Race went for a suplex. Stan Hansen grabbed the ropes and sat down, so Race would look foolish. The referee called for a rope break, Hansen stood up, and Harley suplexed him anyway. These four wrestlers could have incited a riot if they decided to go a little harder that night.
  3. BruiserBrody

    [1979-12-17-WWF-MSG, NY] Hulk Hogan vs Ted DiBiase

    Good debut in MSG for the Hulkster. Dibiase had been reasonably well pushed for the past several months (working with Pat Patterson) and here he let's Hogan systematically take him apart before succumbing to a bear hug.
  4. BruiserBrody

    [1979-12-17-WWF-MSG, NY] Harley Race vs Dusty Rhodes

    Rhodes' blood soaked blond afro is a great visual.
  5. BruiserBrody

    [1979-12-17-WWF-MSG, NY] Bob Backlund vs Bobby Duncum

    I hope this one doesn't get too much love. Backlund states in his book that Duncum didn't have much of a gas tank, and they work this in a way to prevent him from blowing up. Lots of "rest holds" in a TEXAS DEATH MATCH! Plus Backlund spends a good portion laying on the wood floor as Duncum paces the ring. Then the finish is just a sunset flip. What a way to end a "feud" following a double juice brawl in MSG the month before.
  6. Checking my review notes from the Team Challenge Series "draft" episode, Baron VR actually is given Big Van Vader as one of his team. It's actually funny/sad to watch as the storyline AWA execs blunder things during the "draft" and it feels very true to life. They are supposed to have the wrestler names in a bingo ball hopper but screw up several times and force Lee Marshall to ramble on to cover for them. (The show also features Larry Z cutting a promo on the Christian Elite. ) Ah screw it, here's the full draft: Larry's Legends: Ken Patera, Akio Sato, Wayne Bloom, Mike Enos, Bob Orton, Ivan Koloff, Jake Milliman, Kokoina Maximus Sarge: Jerry Blackwell, The Fulton Bros., Johnnie Stewart, Pat Tanaka, Rocky Stone, THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER, Col. Debeers Baron: Mike George, Paul Diamond, Big Van Vader, Todd Becker, Derrick Dukes, Tommy Jammer, The Russian Brute , Trooper WILD CARDS: Ricky Steamboat, Big John Studd, Nikita Koloff, Rock and Roll Express, Bam Bam Bigelow, Hector and Mando, Greg Gagne
  7. I read Keith's recent Wrestlerock review and this stuck out: A cursory google search would have debunked that timeline.
  8. BruiserBrody

    Shoots Review and Preview thread

    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-and-alibis-dr-d-david-schultz-shoot-interview-review/ David Schultz recently sat down for a new shoot interview. Topics include his early days as a boxer, his days in the military, learning to shoot with Herb Welch, dealing with Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, working stiff with the Hart family in Stampede, the truth behind his run in with Mr. T that led to his firing, his version of the John Stossel attack, plus some tall tales about beating up wrestlers when asked by Vince McMahon, his bounty hunting successes, confronting outlaw wrestlers, using racism in promos and more!
  9. http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-wwf-msg-6-21-1985/ The WWF fans came to MSG in June 1985 to see a bloody steel cage main event with Hulk Hogan defending his title against the Magnificent Muraco. - The Dragon and the Hammer have a stiff battle - Adrian Adonis busts out a DDT that leaves Gorilla Monsoon and Mean Gene baffled. - Bobby Heenan brings the comedy as he tangles with Animal Steele - Randy Savage debuts and becomes a top heel within 15 minutes - Jim Brunzell debuts and cements himself in midcard hell within 15 minutes. - Brian Blair talks about the AWA on a WWF show. - A ref ruins the finish of the match for the new monster heel in town - The women wrestlers deliver table bumps. She's hardcore! - Mean Gene calls the wrestlers out for blown spots -Lanny Poffo debuts with a heel haircut and works so loose it exposes the business.
  10. BruiserBrody

    Shoots Review and Preview thread

    http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-and-alibis-bruiser-brody-discussion-panel/ A look at a recent panel which saw Stan Hansen, Tony Garea, promoter Herb Simmons, Barbara Goodish and dirt sheet writer Bruce Mitchell convene to speak on their lives and experiences of Bruiser Brody. We hear from his widow on how they met, his run ins with promoters, how he and Hansen revolutionized Japanese wrestling, the kind soul that was under his rough exterior, several other wrestlers come from the audience to tell their own stories of dealing with Brody, plus more memories!
  11. BruiserBrody

    Greetings From Allentown podcast

    Dusty Rhodes definitely sent in a promo. I have it on my AWA DVDs from the era. The AWA had "Mat Classic" from the very beginning on ESPN. I believe the first one was Verne vs Bockwinkel. IIRC The ESPN show debuted with a Rick Martel vs. Terry Gordy title match, which is was a pretty big deal for the era.
  12. Kris - the WON from that month apparently says Jesse Ventura promoted a show with Billy Robinson and Buck Zumhofe in an attempt to stick it to Verne. Do you have the results? Ventura also promoted a music concert, so he was really branching out from Vince.
  13. http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/wrasslin-back-in-the-day-may-1985-part-3/ Part 3 of my look back at May of 1985 includes the story of how three WWF stars bucked the system and went to work for the territories without Vince McMahon's approval. The WWF snags two Florida stars as their quest for national dominance continues. . Kamala continues his vagabond lifestyle as he appears and disappears from another headline spot. A legend begins his long road to the world title. World Class puts on a huge tag team spectacular in Texas Stadium. Mike Von Erich is arrested. The WWF draws a smaller crowd than many indy shows do today as the Fed continues to invade Dallas. WTBS and Bill Watts split. ESPN's wrestling time slot is the new desire for every promotion dreaming of competing with the WWF and JCP. Watts finds a new black Superman. Jim Crockett begans demolitioning the NWA infrastructure. Rumors have Tully Blanchard leaving JCP to work for an old friend. Plus other news, notes and results!
  14. BruiserBrody

    RIP Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart

    The Hart Foundation was one of my favorites after their face turn in '88. My neighbor and I wrestled 100's of backyard matches as them as we knocked around invisible warriors. I kept up as a fan through the New Foundation and his WCW run that lasted a hiccup in 93. I really don't remember if I fell out of love after his 94 heel turn. On the other hand, one of the Hart's dirt books said he drugged his wife in order to rape her and taught Davey Boy Smith how to do the same. His passing was probably a blessing though as watching a loved one suffer is not something anyone enjoys. Neidhart was always a big badass athlete, so I'm sure being physically compromised was horrible for him.
  15. I was 6 1/2 when I watched this and I had no perception that the AWA was any less important than the WWF. I maintain a healthy appreciation for Wahoo, the Baron and Greg Gagne, just based on their top face spots in 88-89. I'm almost positive they were plugging Dusty Rhodes as being a part of this, complete with a promo he sent in from Florida or whatever. I'm tempted to fantasy book Dusty being given the book at this point coming off his JCP firing. We might have gotten Bigelow, Big Steel Man, and Dustin in as fresh faces,(based on the PWF roster) and possibly something with Terry Funk depending on his WCW status. Dusty and Larry trading promos would have been fun at least.