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  1. Bruno Sammartino vs. Superstar Billy Graham WWWF Championship - Baltimore, Maryland April 30, 1977 Graham's look really must have been a revelation. Perfect foil for the North East crowds. Vince Jr. is on commentary. They circle and tie-up with Graham powering Bruno into the corner twice in a row, with the second throw having an audible impact. They tie up a third time and now Bruno gets the arm drag take down. Brunoe works over a wristlock into an armbar and then throws him down into a hammerlock but Superstar rolls outside. Graham slides back in and begs off. Test of strength is only appropriate as Graham powers Sammartino down but can't get the pin. Bruno powers himself up with the help of the crowd and Graham escapes again. Superstar now takes over with an attempt at a wristlock but is overpowered by Bruno, who gets an armbar before Graham gets a big knee to the belly. Graham then stomps Bruno's abs and chops his throat. Bruno's selling is great here and Graham works him over by choking him with the ropes. Bruno waits for his chance and makes his comeback, even posting Graham and sending him to the floor. Superstar is bleeding when he comes back in and Bruno gets the crowd going with an all out assault. Superstar gets even with a bearhug, which Bruno eventually works out of into a bearhug of his own. He lets Graham go just to beat on him some more, but the ref argues with Bruno allowing Superstar to roll him up, get extra leverage with his feet on the ropes, and win the title at about 15 minutes. Both guys looked at their best here, with Bruno in complete control of the crowd and Graham coming across as a sneaky Hollywood prick. Sammartino won most of the exchanges and even had Superstar bleeding and begging but somehow Graham was able to cheat his way to the championship. Good stuff. ***1/2
  2. 18:39 Graham cuts one of his classic promos before the match. Bruno looks great here with his 'fro and pornstache. He comes out guns blazing, and the crowd eats it up. He dominates for awhile, with Superstar doing a lot of cowardly heel schtick. Things slow down when they do an extended sequence of trading full nelsons. But even then it's not so bad because the crowd's excited about everything. It's been awhile since I watched any Superstar. I forgot how limited he really was - friggin Goldberg had a bigger move-set. Full nelson, bear-hug, test of strength, a few bumps. Not much even by 1970's WWWF standards. But this match really makes me appreciate the skills of prime Bruno, as he carries Graham to something that is way more entertaining than it has any right to be. Flair himself couldn't have done better with this broomstick.
  3. http://placetobenation.com/titans-of-wrestling-42-wwwf-at-madison-square-garden-april-14-1975/ The boys are back for another look at that wild year of 1975, this time focusing on the April 14th card from Madison Square Garden. On the docket: 4-14-75 TONY ALTIMORE vs MIKE PAIDOUSIS 4-14-75 GREG VALENTINE vs EL OLYMPICO 4-14-75 JAY STRONGBOW vs WALDO VON ERICH 4-14-75 BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs SPIROS ARION - GREEK DEATH MATCH 4-14-75 EDOUARD CARPENTIER vs BIG JOE NOVA 4-14-75 BOBBY DUNCUM vs VICTOR RIVERA Also on tonight's show, marvel at... -The new anti-workrate masterpiece of all-time -El Olympico: The Man in the Half-Mask -"Friendly" Bob Freed: The announcer who never met a name he couldn't mispronounce -Bruno Sammartino's attempt at vengeance in the dreaded GREEK DEATH MATCH!!!! -Plus extended discussion on Greg Valentine and his early career, the ideal wrestling champion, a mini Mike Paidousis bio and Nazi's!
  4. http://placetobenation.com/titans-of-wrestling-40-a-very-bruno-christmas/ Forget about family and friends, come celebrate Christmas Day with the Titans and the Living Legend! Parv, Pete, Johnny and Kelly gather around the figurative Christmas tree and discuss festive days of Bruno's past. *Due to technical difficulties the last part of the show, a look at Sports Legends: Bruno Sammartino, is unavailable, but it will be released later on Titans Xtra* On the docket: 7/12/86 Bruno and Tito Santana vs Randy "Macho Man" Savage and "Adorable" Adrian Adonis, Cage Match MSG 1/18/71 Bruno vs "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff, Rocky Raymond commentary MSG 3/7/67 Bruno vs Shohei "Giant" Baba, JWA Also on tonight's show: - Rocky Raymond narrates the Zapruder film - Thoughts on Adrian Adonis as a performer - Parv doesn't have a chip on his shoulder
  5. http://placetobenation.com/titans-of-wrestling-27-wwwf-january-to-february-1975/ Parv, Pete, Johnny and Kelly jump in the Quantum Leaping Lanny machine back to 1975! On the docket tonight: 01-13-75 SAMMARTINO/GORILLA/STRONGBOW vs VALIANTS/DUNCUM BOSTON GARDEN 02-01-75 BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs BOBBY DUNCUM BOSTON GARDEN 02-17-75 TONY GAREA/DEAN HO vs KILLER KOWALSKI/BOBBY DUNCUM MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 02-17-75 BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs SPIROS ARION JIP (+ Arion/Blassie promo) MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 02-17-75 VALIANTS vs GORILLA MONSOON/JAY STRONGBOW MADISON SQUARE GARDEN Also on this show: - Introducing the world's most amazing commentator, Rocky Raymond! From The Boston Garden! - Bios for Dean Ho, the vegetarian Killer Kowolski and Spiros Arion plus random discussion of the career of actor John Astin! - Sammartino vs. Backlund, round 1 - Titans enters the sleazy 70s featuring ... Indian Jay Strongbow, Gorilla Monsoon and "some rat".
  6. http://placetobenation.com/titans-of-wrestling-24-wwf-at-philadelphia-spectrum-december-1980/ In this very special episode, Pete, Johnny and Kelly pay tribute to two icons of wrestling… JerryvonKramer, aka “Parv”, aka The President of the I Hate Bob Backlund Club , aka “Spanky” and Kal Rudman: Everyone’s favorite drunk, pervy, wrestling commentator (pictured second from left, likely high as hell) On the docket: 12-13 Dominic DeNucci vs. Sgt. Slaughter 12-13 Larry Zbyszko vs. Tony Atlas 12-13 Rick Martel & Tony Garea vs. the Samoans Best 2 out of 3 Falls 12-13 Pedro Morales vs. Ernie Ladd 12-13 Bruno Sammartino vs. Ken Patera Also on tonight’s show: -Philadelphia: America’s #1 sports town in 1980! -Fantasy Booking #1: Super 8 (possibly Bob Crane in disguise) films Tony Atlas being walked on by a woman while Kal watches, smoking a cigarette, at the Holiday Inn across from the Spectrum -Fantasy Booking #2: Kal goes to Memphis and meets the Fabulous Ones -Visit Izzy Bernstein’s House of Blue Tights (with red trim)! -Extended discussion on everybody from Sgt Slaughter, DeNucci, Pete Rose, and Ernie Ladd, to Bill Watts, Greg “the Bull” Luzinski, and The Living Legend