Episode 164: Not Useful From A Financial Standpoint

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Alfred Sumrall as we have fun with an Apter Magazine from 1987! Some of the news stories (in some cases not really “news stories”) that we discuss:

–Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Iron Sheik were sworn enemies who party and carpool together.

–The WWF coming to a settlement with John Stossel after he was attacked by David Schultz.

–The Road Warriors tour Japan and use some bad words to describe their opponents.

–Ted Dibiase is suddenly rich and is flaunting it. This is somehow Hulk Hogan’s fault.

–Larry Zybysko has changed Curt Hennig!

–Legendary Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer is training Steve Williams for his upcoming UWF title match against Big Bubba Rogers.

Plus we talk about the general wackiness of the Apter Magazines, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 163: The Brandon Bull

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by returning popular guest Ricardo Coleman as we pay tribute to an all time great, the recently deceased “Mr. Wonderful”, Paul Orndorff. On the show this week we talk about:

–Orndorff getting his start in Florida, Memphis, Tri-State, and Mid-South.

–Orndorff’s heel turn in Mid-South, starting with him “oversleeping” and missing an important title shot and eventually using his younger brother as a human shield.

–Bill Watts calling Paul Orndorff a word that one usually wouldn’t associate with Paul.

–Orndorff’s “disappearance” in 1983 after leaving Georgia not really being a disappearance.

–Orndorff hitting the big time in the WWF.

–WCW misused Paul Orndorff. What a surprise.

Plus we talk about Orndorff getting hit in the face with a bottle at the old Boston Garden, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 162: A List Of Reasons

STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by Randy Smith as we continue discussing the 1991 Great American Bash, and more! We discuss not only the Bash from thirty years ago, but what went on afterward and we hit on the following:

–There was a surprise guest In Randy’s room after the show, someone you all know.

–How the promotion should have handled the mandate from the Maryland State Athletic Commission saying Missy Hyatt could not compete in a mixed tag match.

–Booker Dusty Rhodes was not just putting a rocket on Dustin Rhodes’ back, he was kneecapping the rest of the babyface roster. We’ll yell you about how he was doing it.

–The stunning double turn of Lex Luger and Barry Windham, and how it may have been one turn too many in Luger’s still young career.

–Our weekend encounters with Harley Race, Cactus Jack, and Eric Bischoff.

Plus we tell the story of how Johnny Mac and another fan ruined everyone’s cruise through Baltimore Harbor, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 161: We Want Flair, We Get Oz

STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by popular guest Randy Smith, who attended the 1991 Great American Bash with John McAdam. We discuss the Bash from thirty years ago and we hit on the following points:

–The fans in Baltimore were mad at the promotion, far angrier than it came across on TV.

–There was a wrestler named Oz who was managed by someone named The Wizard. No, really. But Oz would go on to make millions in the wrestling business.

–Scaffold Matches were an odd combination of being both very boring and extremely dangerous, and on this night the company wasted three elite talents in such a match.

–Diamond Dallas Page was as big and tall as Scott Hall, which means he’s too big and tall to be a manager.

–The second coming of The Yellow Dog was a complete travesty. We explain why, and provide the history of the gimmick.

–The Rock & Roll Express rarely had a bad match, but they did on this night: against each other. Robert Gibson was still only 32 years old here, but he looked completely washed up.

Plus Johnny Mac spends much of the hour kicking around the booking tactics of Dusty Rhodes, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 160: Hogan Goes To Hell, Or At Least Was Told To

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest Thomas Bane, and we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bash at the Beach ’96! We discuss the following and more:

—Supposedly Kevin Nash didn’t want Hulk Hogan in The Outsiders.

—Ric Flair was one of the best promos in history, but he was often terrible on the stick around this time.

—It was 1996, but someone called Rey Mysterio Jr vs Psycosis “the first great match of the 21st century”.

—We didn’t realize it at the time, but WWF castoff such as Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, Randy Savage, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jimmy Hart, Miss Elizabeth, and Hulk Hogan really did help WCW.

—The wisdom of putting Ray Traylor and John Tenta, both superheavyweights, in a match where they had to climb a pole.

—How this show ushered in a second career for the seemingly finished Hulk Hogan.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about driving to Hartford to see Ric Flair wrestle for “one last time” back in 1995, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 159: Giant Preying Mantis

On this week’s STICK TO WRESTLING we have a “mailbag” issue where we take questions from the listeners, including but not limited to:

–When should have Crockett moved on from Dusty as booker and who should have replaced him?

–Which wrestling magazines were the best, and which were the worst?

–What wrestling that you remember loving in your youth did you re-watch as an adult and realize “maybe I should have left that as a memory”?

–Did exposure to the Wrestling Observer and other inside news sources immediately change the way you enjoyed pro wrestling?

–What stars from the 70’s and 80’s would not last in today’s era and why?

Plus Johnny Mac talks about all of the sitting around the wrestlers had to do back in the 80’s, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 158: Muraco Becomes A Superstar

This week STICK TO WRESTLING features a popular returning guest, The King of Baltimore himself, John Fell! We discuss two important shows that occurred on the weekend of June 20 and Jun 21, 1981 and we commemorate the 40th anniversary of:

–Dusty Rhodes winning the NWA title for a second time.

–Magnificent Muraco winning the Intercontinental championship.

–Ken Patera winning the Georgia championship.

Plus we talk Harley Race, Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter, Terry Gordy, Bruiser Brody, Ted Dibiase, Jimmy Snuka, The Andersons, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Blackjack Mulligan, Butch Reed, Curt Hennig, George Steele, Mike Graham, Tommy Rich, Angelo Mosca, The Moondogs and more, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 157: Apartment Fire

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by the King of Recovery himself, Jim Valley! The topic for the show was originally about the 30th Anniversary of Ric Flair leaving WCW after being fired by Jim Herd. We discussed that, but the conversation was not so regimented that we didn’t talk about other things, including:

–Roddy Piper’s 1979 babyface turn in Portland.

–Hulk Hogan’s initial run in WCW.

–The Portland / Pacific Northwest territory’s lack of coverage in the Apter Mags.

–The WWF’s brilliant decisions after the courts declared they could no longer use the image of Ric Flair’s WCW championship belt.

–The evolution of Sting.

–The Road Warrior’s 1988 turn, and why it was a bad idea.

Plus Johnny Mac had to do over half the show in a closet with the door closed because the landscapers showed up right at recording time, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 156: …Of The Apocalypse

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Matt Mann, and we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the week the Four Horsemen were formed! On the podcast this week:

–The events that led up to the formation of the Four Horsemen, which actually started almost a year prior to the actual formation of the group.

–In their first official act as a faction, the Horsemen destroyed the Road Warriors. That had never happened before.

–Arn Anderson calling himself, Ric Flair, and Tully Blanchard “the three horsemen of the apocalypse” months before the faction was formed.

–Would Gino Hernandez have become a Horseman had he not passed away?

–Lex Luger making his Horsemen aspirations known upon his arrival in 1987.

–Dusty Rhodes as a member of the Horsemen in 1989? Hear about how that was the plan at one point.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about working with a girl who played Roller Derby, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 155: Hanging At The Mall With Lord Al

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Neil Shochet! Neil grew up in watching WWF and NWA wrestling in Baltimore, and he and John have some cool stories to share.

–David Schultz making things uncomfortable for Jerry Lawler (and everyone else) at Cauliflower Alley.

–Prank calling Ronnie Garvin.

–Prank calling Kevin Von Erich

–Rip Rogers playing high school football on the same team as John Mellencamp.

–Bruno Sammartino having a bad day.

–A scary airport encounter with Ken Patera

Plus Johnny Mac talks about why he’s never getting on an airplane again, plus we talk Shawn Cassidy,  so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network