Tag Archives: 1970’s

Episode 84: Way More Than Just “The Rock’s Dad”

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Mike Sempervive! We take questions from the Stick To Wrestling Universe and discuss the following:

–Angles that made us angry or sad.

–The wrestlers that had the best chance of replacing Junkyard Dog in Mid-South.

–The best and worst venues where we’ve seen wrestling.

–The women wrestlers from the 70’s and 80’s who could have made it today.

–Jerry Jarrett’s reputation as a payoff man.

Plus we take time to reflect on the career of Rocky Johnson, who was a main eventer in Florida, Georgia, Memphis, Houston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Portland, plus we talk about his WWF feuds with Roddy Piper and Magnificent Muraco.

Plus we discuss how Stick To Wrestling is the Swede Hanson of Podcasts. What are you waiting for, DOWNLOAD THIS WICKED GOOD BAD BOY!

Stick To Wrestling, give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we will give you a RAWBONE podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 79: Inspirational Wrestler Of The Year

This week John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by popular guest Thomas Bane as we present Part Two of our look back at the 1979 “Apter Mags” awards as published in the Spring 1980 Sports Review Wrestling magazine. This was the last year before the awards were permanently moved to Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

–Did they get it right by naming Greg Valentine as Most Hated Wrestler?
–Comeback Wrestler of the Year did not yet exist, but who would have gotten it?
–Who was the Most Improved Wrestler by Apter Mag standards?
–How did a guy who finished third in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1977 actually win it in 1979?
–Arnold Skaaland as Manager of the Year? If you say so.
–Of course, we take Inspirational Wrestler of the Year as seriously as one can.

There’s more as we reflect on the career of Junkyard Dog, and we take a look at Starrcade ’89. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THIS BAD BOY!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 74: Nat Loubet says you can leave The Ring magazines laying around

This week John McAdam and Sean Goodwin review the February 1982 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated!

–Was Bob Backlund’s WWF title actually saved by the referees?
–Ken Patera, Man on the Run…FROM HIMSELF.
–We talk about “The Hotseat”, a regular interview feature in the Apter Mags.
–How the magazines had to cover their tracks after Mr. Wrestling II’s scheduled but aborted turn.
–We discuss how the Apter Magazines and the promotions worked to a mutual benefit.
–Steve Farhood analyzes Dusty Rhodes’ emotional state by the food he orders in a restaurant.
–Did Vince McMahon ever making overtures toward hiring Bill Apter?
–We talk about Dan Shocket’s heel turn.
–In the 70’s Bruno Sammartino and Mil Mascaras were frequently on the cover of the magazines, and we discuss why.
–The NWA discusses the “lax violation of it’s rules”.
–Masked Superstar, SUSPENDED!
–Which of the Apter Mag writers were real, and which were fictional?
–And then there’s the advertisements in these magazines. Hoo boy. Plus Johnny Mac discusses his sordid history as a youngster with fake Ids.

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Episode 62: Stop Your Sobbing

On this week’s Stick To Wrestling podcast we continue our Summer Series as we take a look at the Summer of 1979 in the WWF as John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by fellow old school WWF fanatic Randy Barrier. On the table this week:

–Pat Patterson wins the North American title, and then “wins” the Intercontinental Title.

–Swede Hanson gets a main event in Madison Square Garden, Pat Patterson gets an unprecedented four match series against Bob Backlund, and Roddy Piper gets the shaft. John shares his theory of how Hanson got that spot.

–“Millions Sob As Volkoff Attacks Bruno”. That really was on the cover of “The Wrestler” magazine after Volkoff did exactly that in the Summer of 1979.

–The Greg Valentine vs Chief Jay Strongbow feud, which started with Strongbow writhing in agony with a broken leg at ringside while the matches went on as scheduled with the heels taunting him.

–The Valiant Brothers main evented Madison Square Garden in 1974 and 1975, then finally returned in 1979…but things just weren’t the same. What went wrong?

Plus, Randy provides a firsthand account of Jimmy Valiant turning on Chief Jay Strongbow in 1971.

What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY! STICK TO WRESTLING! Give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a wicked good podcast.

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 61: No One Was More Respected

The term “legend” often gets tossed around casually, but Harley Race was truly a legend. This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Brandon Hefner as we pay a 60 minute tribute to one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

–In early 1986 Harley appeared on WTBS and shot an angle with Magnum T.A. It was his final appearance on WTBS until 1991, and we tell you why. It’s pretty crazy.

–A few months later, in a shocking event, Harley started with the WWF. It seemed like an odd fit, but of course Harley made the most of it.

–There were three towns wrestlers just didn’t miss: New York, St. Louis, and Houston. Harley missed two consecutive Houston shows, fracturing Houston promoter Paul Boesch’s relationship with the NWA. We give the details and a possible explanation.

–We touch upon the Harley Race / Larry Hennig team.

–The first real “world title unification” match was the 1978 Harley Race vs Superstar Billy Graham match from the Orange Bowl in Miami. We share our thoughts on that match and on unification matches in general.

–Starrcade ’83: Why Harley Race was the most logical pick to hold the title for five months to build up one of the biggest shows of all time, and how the show could have fallen apart if not for Harley Race. Also, we discuss how the cracks in the NWA’s foundation were apparent as early as 1983.

–George Gulas gets carried to an excellent 45 minute draw with Harley Race, so Nick Gulas had a nice backstage surprise waiting for Harley…followed by one that wasn’t as nice.

And more! Give STICK TO WRESTLING sixty minutes and we’ll give you a wicked good podcast every week! It’s the best classic wrestling podcast on God’s green Earth!

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Episode 56: They Entered As Boys, And They Left As Men

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Howard Baum, co-host of the Kentucky Fried Rasslin’ podcast! Howard was part of the greatest angles of all time, when back in 1984 he presented the New Fabulous Ones an award on the Memphis TV show and all hell broke loose from there.

On this episode John McAdam, Sean Goodwin, and Howard Baum take a look at:

–Adrian Street

–Chick Donovan

–Mil Mascaras

–Duke Keomuka

–Chris Champion

–Bob Backlund

–Memphis wrestling

–The death of Florida wrestling

Plus, 70’s / 80’s children Howard and John moan about today’s youth and cell phones. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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Episode 36: The Hammer

It’s Valentine’s season. We talked about Johnny Valentine on the last show so why not talk about Greg Valentine this week?

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are once again joined by longtime Carolinas fan Mike Gunter who provides tremendous first-hand perspective on Greg Valentine’s career.

We discuss:

-The Greg Valentine vs Wahoo McDaniel feud and how it tied into Johnny’s feud vs Wahoo.
-Greg Valentine’s run in the WWF in 1979. His run against Bob Backlund and his feud vs Chief Jay Strongbow.
-The start of the Ric Flair vs Greg Valentine feud and how Valentine brutally breaks Ric’s nose for real.
-Greg Valentine’s run in the WWF and how John thought Greg WOULD have won the WWF championship in 1981.
-The legendary Greg Valentine vs Roddy Piper feud that led to not just the brutal Dog Collar match at Starrcade ’83 but the series on the road afterward.
-The ad on TV that said Hulk Hogan was coming in to see his buddy Ric Flair win the title!
-Greg’s arrival as a superstar back to the WWF in 1984 and his decline to “just another guy” status.
-Greg as a member of the Four Horsemen in 1988? WHAT? This was a real possibility.
-But wait! An amazing and hilarious story about Greg Valentine buying stereo equipment and accessories from Mike at a strip mall in 1979!

It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a heart-stirring podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 35: Valentine’s Day

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Mike Gunter and we focus on Johnny Valentine’s career. Mike grew up in the Carolinas watching Johnny Valentine, and he carries a unique perspective into his career. This week we talk about:

–Mike being IN ATTENDANCE for a Johnny Valentine vs Wahoo McDaniel match and he describes how brutal it was.
–The plane crash that ended Johnny’s career, and what would have become of the rest of his career had that not happened. Mike also provides perspective of what the media coverage of the event was like in the area.
–Tim Woods was in that plane with a bunch of heels. What he did to cover that up was amazing, and we discuss it.
–Johnny Valentine’s feuds with Bearcat Wright and Paul Jones.
–What Johnny Valentine did when he was stuck in Argentina with no money and no way to get home.
–The story of Johnny Valentine getting fired in Florida.
–And of course, Johnny Valentine’s obsession with ribs, some of which were far from harmless.

Plus there’s brief tribute to the late, great Frank Robinson!

It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a breathtaking podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 34: The Internet Is Broken

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we celebrate Super Bowl Week by discussing…the Super Bowls of Wrestling! This week we discuss:

-The 1971 Fred Blassie vs John Tolos feud that drew over 30,000 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
-The crazy story about how The Samoans (Afa and Sika) got into the wrestling business.
-The first show billed as “The Super Bowl of Wrestling”, a three ring circus with a midget tournament.
-A close look at the 1978 Miami Orange Bowl version of the “The Super Bowl of Wrestling”.
-How the NWA title was presented at Madison Square Garden.
-The buildup of the Harley Race vs Superstar Billy Graham match and how they got Graham over as a main eventer prior to the event.
-The Miami show drew 12,000, which was a massive disappointment. What happened?
-The unfortunate storyline that was used to build up the Rocky Johnson vs Killer Karl Kox match, but at least John gets to baptize wrestling fans in general.
-Johnny Mac shares an unfortunate story about Sputnik Monroe. He also reveals a shockingly good match available on WWE Network. -Was Jack Brisco a good interview?
-A close look at the Dusty Rhodes vs Ken Patera match, and how wrestling was completely different ten years later when it comes to a match like this.
-Debunking the myth that Florida had TV in New York.
-Plus we talk about Smoky Mountain’s “Super Bowl of Wrestling” that John attended.

Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a lit podcast. Forget that other stuff, STICK TO WRESTLING because it’s the only WICKED GOOD podcast out there.

Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.

Episode 27: Joe Leduc Goes To The Hardware Store And Buys An Axe

Sean Goodwin is back, and this week he and John McAdam are joined by wrestling historian Beau James in the guest seat. We spend the entire sixty minutes discussing the history of Southeastern Championship Wrestling! (Which is like spending sixty minutes telling the story of World War II, but we did our best). We have bulletpoints!

–How Whitey Caldwell’s death had a deep, long term impact on the area and how incredibly big that story was in the area.

–Ronnie Garvin pins Andre The Giant. Somehow the tape disappears right before a mega-historic event. This was an eye-popping story.

–What a huge star Bob Armstrong was in Southeast.

–The story about how The Mongolian Stomper legitimately almost killed Joe LeDuc on television, and the incredible aftermath.

–An INSANE story about Joe LeDuc pulling th

–How Bob Roop was the Typhoid Mary of this area.

–Details of the roller coaster ride the area went through during the 1980’s.

Beau’s perspective, knowledge and attention to details and facts here are nothing short of amazing. Make sure you up your information game by listening closely to this show.

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Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.