Tag Archives: 1980’s

Episode 282: Jumping In The Wrong Car

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we take questions from the STW Universe about the WWF in 1983. We answer:

–Vince McMahon tried to get Harley Race to skip Starrcade ’83 and jump to the WWF. Did Vince try that with Ric Flair? What if he succeeded in getting Ric ro skip Starrcade?
–Were there any hints that Hulk Hogan was coming in prior to his arrival?
–What angles or programs did we want to see, but they never happened?
–Why did Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson dislike one another?
–What was the deal with Don Kernodle’s ridiculous non-push?
–Could feuds with Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff have revitalized Bob Backlund?

Plus Johnny Mac shares an odd story about attending a WWF TV taping in 1991, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 280: Stay Sick

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we present Part Two of our look at the WWF during the Fall of 1983!

–This period represents more than the end of the Bob Backlund era. It’s the end of the old WWF / WWWF as we knew it.
–We pay tribute to the late, great, Grand Wizard of Wrestling.
–The Masked Superstar injures Bob Backlund’s protege, and Bob seeks revenge. We have to laugh when we look back at who that protege was.
–There was only one way a heel won a Cage Match in the old WWF, and we discuss how Magnificent Muraco defeated Jimmy Snuka.
–There was only one way a heel won a Strap Match in the old WWF…or so we thought. Jimmy Snuka and Magnificent Muraco threw us a curveball!
–Buddy Rogers’ Corner has been replaced by Victory Corner, hosted by Robert DeBord. Mr. Debord has something in common with the city of Las Vegas and it’s not what you might think.

Plus there’s rare audio and an even more rare occasion where Johnny Mac praises one of Bob Backlund’s interviews, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 279: And Now The End Is Near

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we begin our review of the WWF during the Fall of 1983! We talk Magnificent Muraco, Bob Backlund, Buddy Rogers, Sgt. Slaughter, Captain Lou Albano, Rocky Johnson, Andre The Giant, Masked Superstar, Tito Santana, The Samoans, The Grand Wizard, Tony Atlas, and even Michael Hayes!

Plus there’s rare audio of the WWF from this era and a “For Review Purposes” bonus segment, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 276: Wine Coolers

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we take a look at the first ever episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event! Among the discussion topics:

–The mainstream celebrities and front and center for this one, as we see Cyndi Lauper, Mt. T, and Hulk Hogan within seconds of the event’s start.
–This aired on Mother’s Day weekend, and Hulk Hogan says “this is a special match for my Mother, Brother”.
–Paul Orndorff finally turns babyface after being in limbo since Wrestlemania.
–Did the WWF make the right choice when selecting Wendi Richter as the star of their women’s division?
–Fred Blassie is starting to look old…too old.
–Who could have imagined a babyface Lou Albano and a babyface George Steele just a year earlier?

Plus Greg Gagne’s claims of the AWA getting a similar show on CBS are debunked, Johnhy Mac shares memories of watching this event, AND we have a new “For Review Purposes” segment, as it aired, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 275: In The Chase?

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we discuss a number of subjects, including:

–The passings of Terry Funk, Brett Sawyer, and Sheik Adnan / Billy WhiteWolf.
–SummerSlam ’93. Is the money really always in the chase?
–Was Ultimate Warrior vs HonkyTonk Man at SummerSlam ’88 the best match under sixty seconds in wrestling history?
–Bad announcers. Pro Wrestling sure had a lot of those.
–Why couldn’t the NWA / WCW see what so many people saw in Rodney Anoai, aka Yokozuna?
–The WWF blew it with the Heavenly Bodies.

Plus Jim Valley makes a cameo appearance while he’s at a flea market, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 274: Hulking Up

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by popular guest Dr. Nick Coliadis, and we take a look at an episode of World Class Championship Wrestling from September 10, 1988. We discuss:

–The talent pool has gotten thin. Is there anyone WCCW realistically could have brought in to spike interest?
–Michael Hayes and his amazing interview skills.
–The talent pool may no longer be at a major league level but the television production values definitely are.
–Jimmy Jack Funk is here, using that name and gimmick. Not sure how the WWF allowed that.
–What’s the story with Steve and Shaun Simpson wrestling here?
–Unlike a lot of promotions, the WCCW audience is quite diverse.

Plus we tell you who on this show doubles as the Von Erich family lawyer, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 271: Three Toupees

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest Thomas Bane, and we take a look at an episode of the “Morton Downey Jr Show” from 1988 where the topic of discussion is the pro wrestling business. Jim Wilson and Thunderbolt Patterson say it’s a dirty business and that the matches and outcomes are predetermined. Captain Lou Albano, David Schultz, Ted Arcedi, Dennis Coralluzzo, Larry Sharpe, and Tony Altimore angrily deny the obvious while the crowd cheers wildly as they do so.

It was a three ring circus with people randomly screaming at each other and Dr. D throwing water at Jim Wilson’s face, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 269: Jimmy Snuka Throws Chairs

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we discuss the WWF of 40 years ago, in the Summer of 1983! On this week’s docket:

–The WWF is on fire, routinely drawing $100,000 houses.
–Tony Atlas returns to the WWF. Could he be Bob Backlund’s eventual replacement?
–The dream feud of Jimmy Snuka vs Magnificent Muraco gets rolling.
–The World Wrestling Federation is now a coast-to-coast operation, and both sides are doing successful business.
–Andre The Giant vs Big John Studd are feuding.
–Magnificent Muraco and Captain Lou Albano- a natural pairing.

Plus we have lots of rare audio from this timeframe, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 267: Was Three A Crowd?

This week’s episode of STICK TO WRESTLING sees John McAdam, Steve Generelli, and Steve Crawford taking questions from the Stick To Wrestling Universe of what was going on during the Summer of 1983! Among the issues discussed:

–Should Bob Backlund have still been WWF champion at this point?
–What if the NWA created a show on national cable featuring all of the stars from their various territories?
–Why was the NWA championship taken from Ric Flair?
–Did adding a third member hurt The Samoans as a tag team?
–Why wasn’t World Class Championship Wrestling on a major national cable outlet?
–Were all three of the world champions getting stale?

Plus we discuss the changing role of the NWA championship, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 266: More Booking Gripes

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1988 Great American Bash! Topics discussed include:

— Was the Maryland State Athletic Commission “in” on the finish of the main event?
— The Tower of Doom was wrestling overcomplication at it’s worst.
— Ronnie Garvin’s clumsy and senseless heel turn.
— Should this have been Lex Luger’s coronation?
–1988 Nikita Koloff is a shell of what he was just two years earlier.
— Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard were blossoming into an all time great tag team.

But we endlessly kevetch about the booking methods of Dusty Rhodes, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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