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New show on WWF All Star from March 7, 1981 feat. Pat Patterson in the Cobra Clutch Challenge.

 

Plus

- Titans of Wrestling: The Golden Girls of wrestling podcasts

- SD Jones possibly has the flu

- Yatsu, NJPW/WWF working agreement, and the Olympic boycott

- Blassie is hung out to dry by Vince on a promo like a long bad SNL skit

- Dominic DeNucci imagined as All In The Family character

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/greetings-from-allentown-38-wwf-all-star-wrestling-03-07-1981

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When I thought of doing a podcast about weekly wrestling TV, this week's show was one that I always wanted to do. NWA Worldwide from March 29, 1986 but that's not the important thing: it's the Jimmy Valiant/Pez Whatley haircut angle!

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/greetings-from-allentown-42

 

- Joe Coltrane is a guy who was never on my radar, but at least he had that one spot where he got suckered by Whatley.

- Dusty Rhodes calls Tully Blanchard a "honky" and says "the bruthas know what I'm talking about..."

- Since it gets talked about so much, I give a theory for why Pez was carrying a scissors in his dress slacks

- How 1986 Jim Cornette was kinda like Milhouse Van Houten

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New Greetings From Allentown on WCW Saturday Night from June 26, 1993!

 

- Defending the city of Cleveland from its portrayal in the "Lost in Cleveland" nonsense

- Teddy Long flexes his muscle with his many connections

- Jesse Ventura melts into a puddle in front of the Hollywood Blonds

- Flair For the Gold promoting the ultra fresh feud of....Dusty Rhodes and The Assassin?

- Paul Roma as a Horseman

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa-48-wcw-saturday-night-06-26-1993

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Great show! Along with BTS and PTBN you are quickly becoming one of my favorite podcasts. Early 90s WCW gets allot of criticism, but it's still one of the best eras to relive! I noticed something crazy...everywhere Ventura was working, is where the most over and entertaining product was! How much credit should Jesse get? As soon as Jesse left WWF, the WWF product turned to shit. Every Ventura Wrestle Mania was great.

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New show on probably the easiest topic for me to talk about: 1991 WWF, this time on Wrestling Challenge from July 14, 1991 since someone requested a show with Jim Neidhart on commentary(!)

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/greetings-from-allentown-52

 

Covering:

- Hogan and Warrior together for a promo during Hulk's militaristic phase

- Issue with the concept of Col. Mustafa

- Multiple Virgil musical mashups, including imagining the former bodyguard as a character in Fiddler on the Roof

- When Gorilla Monsoon would be busting balls

- And much more, with only a few minutes on the Super Bowl!

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Wait, Petes Blanche? That kinda means I must want to fuck Pete and while I love him, and his sweet, sweet passion for grappling, were just friends. This Golden Girls theory has flaws.

 

Pete is Blanche kind of by default because you have to be wise-cracking Sophia.

 

What would be even better IMO is a reboot of the show Maude with Parv in the starring role.

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Okay this latest episode was absolutely fantastic. And as a little kid who was living in Toronto in 1984, I sincerely regret not convincing my parents to let me go to Maple Leaf Gardens for wrestling shows. Instead I got to boo Harold Ballard and the Leafs ...

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This week was totally an example of me thinking the show was crappy and then listening thru and realizing "hey...this isn't so bad for a review of a wrestling show watched on a turboprop airplane!"

 

What I enjoyed the most:

- my "apology" to Meltzer

- finding out about the "WCW Executive committee" guy but unfortunately finding out he's dead (didn't enjoy the last part)

- figuring out a proper wrestling Village People lineup. Strongbow has to be the Native American because the Village People version probably wasn't a real Native American either

- Watching Regal walk to the ring: seriously, he's the best of all time at that

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/greetings-from-allentown-55-wcw-saturday-night-05-25-1996

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New show building to WrestleMania 6, WWF Superstars from March 10, 1990

 

Advisory: If you like tirades against the Ultimate Warrior, you'll dig this one.

 

Why Warrior would protect Hogan, Bad News Brown does an accent, Earthquake is down with the brown (gear), Greg Valentine is back in black (hair), Big Bossman rolls out new music, pinpointing Akeem's decline, Robert Goulet in popular culture, meditations on the Brady Bunch and more!

https://m.soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa59-wwf-superstars-03-10-1990

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Instead of taking a week off like I planned, I put together a special compilation show "Best of the Heel Turns, Volume 1"

 

These are all from early episodes before the podcast appeared on the PWO feed.

 

1st segment: Andre turns on Hogan at Pipers Pit

2nd segment: Rockers in the Barber Shop

3rd segment: Bruno & Larry in 1980

 

I finished the wraparounds up prior to learning of Bruno's passing.

 

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa-special-best-of-the-heel-turns-vol-1

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Decided to do another WCW Prime show, because why the hell not?

 

- Defending Alex Wright, whose demise was quintessential WCW

- Going gimmick shopping for John Tenta in 1996

- The beauty of a Barrio Brothers vs Men at Work match

- The Alliance to End Hulkamania: did they actually win the long game?

 

And a lot more....the video had the commercials included.

 

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa-66-wcw-prime-03-11-1996

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https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa-68-wwf-superstars-10-22-1988

 

This week we go back three decades for a look at the WWF Superstars of Wrestling from October 22, 1988!

 

- An examination of the attack on Hulk Hogan by the Big Bossman on the Brother Love Show
- The WWF in the fall of 1988: out with the old and in with the new
- Reasons why Haku was a logical choice for “King”
- What kind of wrestler would you want to be: one known for matches or one who is known for everything but the matches?
- The simple argument for why the Brain Busters WERE a good fit in the WWF
- Comparing two Akeems head to head for 1988-89
- Tito Santana runs into a string of bad luck
- Explaining the difference between the Warlord and the Barbarian
- A revelation by Bad News Brown

 

Plus:
- Running around downtown Nashville like Henry Hill at the end of Goodfellas
- A true tale of hustling drunk guys for money on the golf course at age 7 that ends with a life lesson
- Dan Quayle walks into a trap
- Singing the Hulkamania Prison Blues
- Famous men named Pork Chop
- Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura banter galore!

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Since so much of it has been dropped on the WWE Network lately, decided to do a show on Mid Atlantic Wrestling from November 1981, with the exact date being up in the air. (Even WWE Network has two different dates)

Sandy Scott awkwardly offers up a Cadillac as some sort of undetermined prize, defending Bob Caudle, Piper feuding with Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter as an all time great, trying to figure out what Jimmy Valiant is, and more.

https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/greetings-from-allentown-72-mid-atlantic-wrestling-november-1981

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Episode 78 of Greetings From Allentown out now on AWA All Star Wrestling from February 18 1989! The bizarre events leading to the AWA title being decided in a battle royal, a roll call of that roster, Jerry Lawler fires back at Verne, a new "According to Larry", Lee Marshall loves him some Bill Apter, Greg Gagne brings up Rick Martel in front of Tom Zenk, and much more....


https://soundcloud.com/prowrestlingonly/gfa-78-awa-all-star-wrestling-02-18-1989

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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.  

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Thanks to a random YouTube crackdown, the show takes an extreme turn with a look at ECW Hardcore TV from September 26, 1995!

- ECW as the rest area of professional wrestling
- A glimpse of the future Big Poppa Pump as Taz reaches a low point
- Weapons, tables, and run-ins: the quintessential ECW match featuring the Pitbulls, Raven, and Stevie Richards
- Steve Austin rolls in with a parody of everyone’s favorite balding blond wrestler
- Rey Mysterio Jr. and Psicosis light up South Philly
- 2 Cold Scorpio just lights up, period
- Woman keeps repeating herself
- JT Smith works an old comedy trope

Plus:
- A confession about a popular movie franchise
- Why a big 1987 sports moment wouldn’t have happened in 2018
- Explaining Stevie Richards’ white cutoff jeans
- How the theme to the Hardcore TV show became popular a couple of years earlier
- Background of the term “shah”

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RE: The Continental name change discussed on this week's episode - It was done as part of the effort to get the ESPN slot that Memphis, the AWA and others were seeking. 

 

Also USA Champ. Wrestling was Fuller competing against David Woods, who had just bought the promotion from him. I believe Fuller only waited a matter of weeks, 

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