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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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