Tag Archives: Classic Wrestling

Episode 143: The Miraculous Buddy Roberts Comeback

This week STICK TO WRESTLING presents Part Two of our 1980 Wrestling Awards with popular guest Jammie Ward! Discussed on the show:

–We don’t just tell you who 1980 Wrestler of the Year is, we give you a Top Five.

–How Buddy Roberts went from being almost out of the business to becoming one of the Fabulous Freebirds.

–1980 Match of the Year, from both in-ring and box office views. –

-Feud of the Year is pretty obvious…or is it?

–Announcer of the Year, and how hard is to choose between Gordon Solie and Lance Russell.

–Four years after his feud with Ernie Ladd, the WWF finally brings in another titan for Andre The Giant to feud with.

And more, plus Johnny Mac and Jammie both select a “Wrestler of the Year”that wasn’t even in the other one’s top five, 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 142: He’s Only 54, Why Not Make Him World Champ?

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest star Jammie Ward as we present Part One in a two part series discussing the 1980 Year End Awards. Where can you hear discussion about who should have gotten awards for things that happened over forty years ago? Stick To Wrestling, of course! We talk about:

–Who deserved “most underrated” and “most underrated”.

–What was the best promotion in 1980?

–Who was the best on interviews?

–1980 Rookie of the Year; an easy choice.

–Who deserved “Announcer of the Year” in 1980?

–We talk about the best babyfaces and the best heels of 1980.

Plus John recommends the last NXT Takeover show, 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 141: Bret Hart, Evil Foreign Menace

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Steve Crawford! I’m kidding- it’s not that Steve Crawford, but it’s an even better one. Steve and I continue answering listeners questions, and here’s what’s on tap for this week:

–What happens if Ric Flair jumps to WWF in 1998? How would he fit in peak of Attitude era?

–What was Hulk Hogan’s least lucrative series of matches in the 1980’s?

–If we could change the combatants or finish of any Supercard what would it be?

–Who gets the NWA title if Ric Flair gets seriously injured in 1981?

–What would have happened with WCW had Bill Watts been put in charge in late 1988 or early 1989 instead of Jim Herd?

–If Sting doesn’t injure his knee at Clash Of The Champions and wins the NWA title at WrestleWar 90 does Flair end up in The WWF earlier?

Plus we try to determine the exact moment that pro wrestling became “silly”, 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 140: Buck Zumhoff On A Sandwich

This week Vincent Waller returns as the guest on STICK TO WRESTLING and we answer questions from our listeners! Inquiring minds want to know:

–What happens if Snuka is arrested and charged with the death of Nancy Argentino? How would this impact the WWF and pro wrestling in general?

–What if Mr. T drops out of Wrestlemania after getting attacked by David Schultz at Madison Square Garden? Is the event a success without a big celebrity in the main event and all the media attention?

–What happens if Iron Sheik refuses to cooperate with Hulk Hogan?

–What happens if Ted DiBiase doesn’t go to the WWF and instead ends up with the NWA in 1987? –When did WCW jump the shark?

–What if after winning the WWF Title Andre does not sell to Ted DiBiase?

Plus we talk Boston Sports Guy Bill Simmons and we discuss condiments, 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 139: There Is Such A Thing As A Bad Terry Funk Match

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING, we have Part Two of our discussion of the 30th Anniversary of the Dixie Dynamite Clash of the Champions special, featuring the first Ric Flair vs Scott Stiener match, as well as more general discussion. We discuss:

–The disappointing Ric Flair vs Scott Stiener match, and Scott’s allegation that Flair “sandbagged” him.

–Scott Stiener’s fictional accomplishments as an amateur wrestler at Michigan versus his actual wrestling accomplishments- the actual accomplishments may have been more impressive.

–Dusty Rhodes’ role as an announcer on the show.

–How would we have re-booked this event?

–Jayce asks John to sell him on Bob Backlund.

–An awesome Memphis storyline that was scheduled to happen but fell through.

Plus there’s a Great Wojo reference, 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 137: The Other Superfly

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by Brandon Hefner as we discuss two cards that happened forty years ago, one Championship Wrestling from Florida show and one Championship Wrestling from Georgia card. Of course the shows themselves are great conversation starters. We discuss:

–How Ted Dibiase, Terry Gordy, Dick Slater, Tony Atlas, and Mike Graham all could have carried the NWA world championship.

–The short term team of Ole Anderson and Assassin #1, two of wrestling’s all time greatest heels.

–How Steve Olsonoski was not exactly Captain Charisma.

–Kevin Sullivan’s brilliant and unexpected heel turn in 1981.

-Why Battle Royals suck and two ring Battle Royals are even worse.

–The subtle hint that foretold Sir Oliver Humperdink’s turn back to being a heel.

Plus we share the story of how Dick Slater beat the snot out of then college and future NFL star John Matuszak, who was six-foot-eight and weighed two hundred eighty pounds. This happened WHEN SLATER WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL, 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 136: Victor Rivera’s Alternate Universe

Two very historic 50th Anniversaries are coming very soon: Ivan Koloff winning the WWWF title from Bruno Sammartino, and Pedro Morales winning the title three week’s later from Koloff.

This week’s guest on STICK TO WRESTLING was present at Madison Square Garden for both these historic occasions, and many more. Making his first appearance on the show is the legendary John Jance!

We also discuss:

–What is was like for John Jance being at Madison Square Garden the night Bob Backlund won the title from Superstar Billy Graham.

— John Jance’s recollections of seeing the Bruno Sammartino vs Pedro Morales match at Shea Stadium in 1972.

–The story of how John Jance discovered that Hulk Hogan was coming to the WWF.

–Who John Jance would have preferred seeing as champion instead of Pedro Morales.

–Where John Jance was during the 1976 Shea Stadium show. He wasn’t there, but he has a cool story anyway.

–Where John Jance was getting his wrestling news in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He had a far better source than the Apter Mags.

Plus Johnny Mac very briefly reacts to the happenings on January 6th (this was recorded a few days later) 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 135: The WWF MVPs, Part Two

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Steve Generalli, a knowledgeable longtime WWF fan. In the second segment of a two part series, we talk about the Most Valuable Players of the Bob Backlund era, year by year. We cover:

–Captain Lou Albano, and how if managers qualified for the MVP he might have won it in 1982.

–Magnificent Muraco’s arrival in 1981, and how he looked like the next Superstar Billy Graham.

–Pedro Morales becoming the rock-solid number two babyace in the WWF.

–1983 feeling like reruns with tried and true stars like Sgt. Slaughter, Magnificent Muraco, The Samoans, and more coming back.

–Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito being absolute heat machines in the territory.

–How Greg Valentine’s return in 1981 looked like the end for Bob Backlund.

And more, plus Steve and I give you the top five on our WWF MVP ballot for 1981, 1982, and 1983, 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 134: The WWF MVPs, Part One

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Steve Generalli, a knowledgeable longtime WWF fan. In the first segment of a two part series, we talk about the Most Valuable Players of the Bob Backlund era, year by year. We cover:

–Bob Backlund, and how he was a huge success as Bruno Sammartino’s successor.

–Bruno Sammartino, as he disappears when Backlund wins the title and re-appears when the time is right.

–Ivan Koloff, and why he was so valuable as a challenger.

–Peter Maivia, and the turn that made him a main eventer.

–Greg Valentine, and how his first WWWF run made both he and Bob Backlund bigger stars.

–Pat Patterson, and how his four match series vs Bob Backlund at Madison Square Garden was so brilliantly booked.

Steve and I give you the top five on our WWF MVP ballot for 1978, 1979, and 1980, 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 133: Pump Or Pay Revisited

This week’s STICK TO WRESTLING is a Christmas Day edition, and the last STW of the year, so why not have a special TWO HOUR EPISODE?

More specialness- we’re joined by the show’s producer, Lightning Lou Kipilman!

Even more specialness- it’s a mailbag show where we answer questions from the listeners! Here are some of the inquiries we respond to this week:

–What was the story behind was Buddy Rogers being billed as world champion in the Northeast after losing the title to Lou Thesz?

–What happens if Dusty does not become Mid-Atlantic booker in 1984?

–What were the best matches we’ve seen live?

–What is the most money you’ve ever spent on something ridiculous and what was it?

–Why was there heat between Ric Flair & Rick Rude?

–If he’d gotten the ESPN slot, could Bill Watts have won the wrestling wars?

And more! Plus we talk about embarrassing encounters with wrestling personalities, and we discuss a Psycho Capone match, 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