Tag Archives: 1989

Episode 76: Masked Superstar and Austin Idol have the night of their life, no girls involved

It’s Thanksgiving Week, so Stick To Wrestling discusses the Thanksgiving Day shows from thirty and forty years ago! We discuss:

–The miracle of the Georgia tag team titles somehow being vacant before the annual tag team tournament so that they’d be at stake.
–Stan Hansen as a good guy? Unthinkable in the WWF area.
–Who did Big John Studd say he owed everything to?
–What was the greatest shoot remark ever made in a wrestling promo? We’ll fill you in.
–Handicap matches are dumb.
–Who was the Marty Jannetty of a 1979 tag team? We talk about it.
–What if the WWF used Bruno Sammartino to get younger wrestlers over toward the end of his career?
–What should the cash prize for battle royals have been?
–Tim “Mr. Wrestling” Woods gets a farewell tour.
–Draw 3,700 fans putting on a house show, or let your crew spend Thanksgiving with their families? You know how Vince McMahon is going choose.
Plus, what if Tully Blanchard had dedicated himself to being a top star in ECW?

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Episode 73: They’re not booing. They’re saying “DUUUUUUDES”

This week John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by Jammie Ward, and we review Halloween Havoc ’89, thirty years later. Both John and Jammie attended the show and can provide a unique perspective. We discuss:

–The NWA had four consecutive outstanding Pay-per-view events before this one. Could they run the streak to five?
–Who got the biggest pop on this show?
–Should Lex Luger have been in the main event instead of The Great Muta?
–How did The Skyscrapers wind up feuding with the Road Warriors?
–What were our initial thoughts on Brian Pillman?
–What was it like when Doom made their first appearance, having never been on television before?
–Why was the promotion jobbing Jim Cornette and The Midnight Express?
–Can Stick To Wrestling provide a first-hand, full, detailed, moment by moment description of everything, smell of the air, sounds of the fans, as the Dynamic Dudes are announced? Of course we can!

Plus Jammie shares a story about standing on a chair at the show, the chair collapsing while Lex Luger laughed at him and offered no assistance. What are you waiting for, DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THIS BAD BOY!

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Episode 70: The Lance Von Erich Casting Call

This week STICK TO WRESTLING continues it’s October of Inquiries where we answer questions from our listeners! We’re joined by Keith Valentine and we discuss:

–If Ricky Vaughn wasn’t available, who might World Class Championship Wrestling have cast in the Lance Von Erich role?
–The NWA’s disastrous flirtation with Randy Savage in 1989, and the biggest reason why the promotion needed him.
–How did the old WWWF decide which manager to pair with the heels, and what was up with Fred Blassie managing Hulk Hogan, Jesse Ventura, and Adrian Adonis instead of The Grand Wizard?
–What if Sgt. Slaughter didn’t leave the WWF in 1984?
–Who was better: The Assassin or Masked Superstar?
–The upcoming (presumably) Tyson Fury vs Braun Strowman match, and previous boxer vs wrestler showcases.
–What was the deal with Owen Hart’s brief appearance in WCW in 1991?
–How would we have booked the Road Warriors at Starrcade ’85.
–Who would have made a better NWA champion; David Von Erich or Magnum T.A.? Plus we discuss the controversial “Hell in a Cell” finish, the debut of AEW Dynamite, and Johnny Mac’s reaction to the first hint of Captain Lou Albano’s 1984 babyface turn.

And more! What are you waiting for? Get off your duffs, then DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THIS BAD BOY!

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

Episode 67: 19009099900 – These Digits Were Burned Into Our Brains

Sean Goodwin makes his triumphant return to Stick To Wrestling, and he and John McAdam are joined by Brandon Rice! Our discussion this week centers around the NWA’s September 12, 1989 Clash Of The Champions event that aired live on WTBS!

-Everything Terry Funk said was true- he almost lost his arm due to an infection..
-What was the long term plan for The Great Muta?
-Muta taking THREE losses at Starrcade ’89? Why?
-Why the plastic bag angle should never have happened.
-We give Tommy Rich tons of credit for his performance in match vs Lex Luger- he deserves it. We also question why he was given this spot.
-Lex Luger is peaking. Ah, what could have been with competent booking.
-Cornette was firehosing Rotondo’s credentials.
-What Johnny Mac would have done with Dr. Death, Steve Williams. – The sky was limit for Brian Pillman, and Ric Flair sees it.
-The Freebirds have their final great match.
-How can there be a bad and boring segment with a 24 year old Missy Hyatt and a 25 year old Nancy Sullivan be boring and awful? Let the NWA show you.
-Scott Stiener…he’s the #1 pick in the draft at this point. Unpolished but the high ceiling is clearly there.
-And of course, the NWA Hotline. PLUS Sean sees a weird in-ring thing have never seen before!

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Episode 59: Make A Million Dollars, Just Use The Z-Man Correctly

Stick To Wrestling’s Summer Series continues as John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by Randy Smith. We discuss the NWA’s Summer of 1989, with the main talking points being:

–Why Terry Funk couldn’t win anything but TV squashes before his big PPV bout vs Ric Flair.
–TV did not do the Great American Bash post match brawl with Flair and Sting vs Funk and Muta justice.
–Ricky Steamboat won’t sign that extension? No problem, just have Lex Luger feud with Tommy Rich. Puh-leeze.
–The Varsity Club- it ended too soon.
–The match between Ricky Steamboat and Lex Luger from July 22, 1989 is one of the most talked about non-televised, house show only matches ever. We tell you why.
–They pulled the plug on the talented Eddie Gilbert’s turn and left him without a role.
–The greatness that was the feud between James E. Cornette and Paul E. Dangerously.
–The Great Muta was aptly named.
–Mike Rotondo’s odd transition from a charmless bully to a happy sailor.
–McAdam thinks that if he were booking WCW, he would have made a million dollars with Tom Zenk. He really said that.

Plus, John talks about the special line somewhere between Philadelphia and Baltimore. What are you waiting for- DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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Episode 58: The Whole Reason I Came Here Was To Get Away From That F…

On this week’s STICK TO WRESTLING John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by Thomas Bane, and we discuss the WWF thirty years ago, in the Summer of 1989. We talk about:

— Zeus, who got three extremely high profile main events despite not even being a wrestler. The locker room was not happy about this.
— Dusty Rhodes, who debuted with the WWF and got over despite being given a terrible gimmick. The locker room was not happy with Dusty’s emergence.
— Terry Taylor, who did not get over with a terrible gimmick.
— Dino Bravo, who supposedly had Jacques and Raymond Rougeau looking over their shoulders. We’ll tell you why.
— Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, and Tully Blanchard, who were all major stars as members of The Four Horsemen in the NWA a year earlier. None were major stars in the WWF.
— Roddy Piper, who returns to the WWF after being courted by the NWA.
— Andre The Giant, who could barely walk but was still wrestling full time.
— Tony Schiavone, who was not good in the WWF.
— Bad News Brown, who could have had a major run as a babyface.
— Jimmy Snuka, who returned to the WWF after a four year hiatus. This was a major shock and a potential liability, braddah.
Plus a pro wrestler scares poor ol’ Johnny Mac half to death in a bathroom. What are you waiting for?

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Episode 53: Tamalie!

This week John and Sean are joined by wrestling message board legend Max Levy, who is simply known as “Tamalie” in most places. Tamalie’s wealth of information is made apparent in this episode where we discuss:

–The WWE Supershow where The Undertaker and Bill Goldberg take turns trying to kill one another, and the overall negative effect of having old wrestlers portrayed as the “real” stars.

–Buzz Sawyer would now be sixty years old, and we share our thoughts on one of the craziest characters ever.

–Jimmy Garvin as a Freebird. –Scott Hall’s run in the NWA in 1989.

–Ricky Steamboat: Flawed Babyface.

–Listed all, y’all- The Midnight Express were sabotaged.

–Scott Stiener in 1989: The next big thing?

–The Ding Dongs. The kids will love ’em!

Plus many more thoughts on the NWA in 1989. What are you waiting for, DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

Disclaimer: We don’t know if it was Johnny Mac’s Wifi or if it was a Skype issue, but there were some audio issues with this episode. This is the downside of recording close to deadline!

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Episode 37: Chi Town Rumble Turns 30!

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are once again joined by superfan, superpodcaster and superauthor Jeff Bowdren! One day after the thirtieth anniversary of the 1989 NWA Chi-Town Rumble Pay Pay view we take a deep dive into one of the greatest PPVs in history.

We discuss:

–How horribly mispushed Ricky Steamboat was and how, despite being an elite worker, the fans rejected him.
–Was Steamboat’s return to his home promotion a surprise?
–Why the finish to the Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat at this show was arguably the greatest of all time.
–John’s theory on why George Scott was such an awful booker in 1989.
–Hiro Matsuda, The Invisible Manager.
–Was the main event of this show the greatest match of all time?
–How one can tell for certain if a match is going to a one hour draw.
–The Road Warriors turning twice in less than four months, and what a disaster it was.
–The 1989 version of the Varsity Club: Steve Williams, Mike Rotondo, and Dan Spivey. This should have been big.
–How this was the final night of Barry Windham being truly great.
–Mike Rotondo defeating Rick Stiener to regain the NWA TV title. At the time it was a major shock, but we tell you why they did it.
–Did the promotion go out of their way to undermine the red-hot Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, and Stan Lane trio?
–Why Dennis Condrey did not appear on this show as scheduled.

Plus, a story about the time Jeff Bowdren offended Bonnie Steamboat! It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a sweet podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

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Episode 26: Jeff Bowdren & John McAdam don’t swap wives, they swap wife stories.

Sean Goodwin has the flu! So my friend of over thirty years, Jeff “The Booker” Bowdren is the pinch hitter for this episode and he totally pulls a Kirk Gibson. Here’s what you’ll hear about on this week’s sixty minute episode:

–A tribute to the late Dynamite Kid, including abstract stuff such as his time in Calgary, Portland, and Japan. Of course we discuss his legacy as an in-ring performer, but we also discuss his book, his out of the ring reputation and issues, that time he broke Curt Hennig’s neck, and more.

–How Jeff first got into the 80’s pro wrestling underground.

–The brutal WWF travel schedule and lifestyle during the Hogan Era and the misfortune it led to.

–Jeff and I veer off into the NWA’s year of 1989, since we saw shows together including an amazing event we witnessed at the Philadelphia Civic Center the night before the 1989 Great American Bash.

–Lex Luger, who Jeff had to deal with life as a CWF fan when Lex was an off the street rookie getting a ridiculous push.

–Brian Pillman’s start in the NWA.

–Johnny Mac’s favorite Dynamite Kid moment, where he DOES NOT Stick To Wrestling.

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