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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!

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Episode 22: A Heel Version Of The MegaPowers

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin’s weekly discussion features analyzing Madison Square Garden shows from late 1976. We dive not only into the details of the wrestlers and the matches but how the entire machine worked. Other things we talked about:

-The real legacy of the recently passed Jose Lothario and his feud with former protege Gino Hernandez.
-Did they cancel a scheduled Madison Square Garden show after Bruno’s injury?
-Superstar Billy Graham, Ivan Koloff, and Ernie Ladd forming a miniature union of sorts and how it should have impacted the tag team titles.
-Haystack Calhoun’s level of stardom in the WWWF.
-Hey, what was the deal with Ox Baker appearing on WWF TV in 1980?
-How hot the Chief Jay Strongbow and Billy White Wolf team were in 1976 and the mistakes the promotion made that ended up making them ice cold.
-Plus John shares a (hopefully) funny story about meeting Johnny Rodz and Pete Sanchez in 1982. And more!

Tune in each week for STICK TO WRESTLING, the only WICKED COOL wrestling podcast!

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