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Episode 92: What The World Was Watching

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest Brandon Rice. It’s Wrestlemania Season, so we talk about the first one, held in 1985. We discuss:

–We talk about David Schultz trying to pick a fight with Mr. T weeks before the show.

–The Hulk Hogan vs Roddy Piper match on MTV that introduced Mr. T into the angle.

–The wave of pre-show appearances by Hulk Hogan and Mr. T, and them hosting Saturday Night Live the night before the show.

–The riot that almost occurred when the Felt Forum oversold over 1,000 tickets.

–What if Wrestlemania was a flop?

–Where and how did we see the first Wrestlemania?

–Had The Freebirds stayed in the WWF, what role might they have played at Wrestlemania?

–Muhammad Ali was heavily hyped as the referee for the main event, but he actually had a very minor role as the ref outside the ring. What happened?

Plus we hype a pool for a tournament that’s not going to happen! 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 will give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 91: Candy Factory

This week Stick To Wrestling has Ricardo Coleman as their guest. Rico grew up in New Orleans as a big fan of Mid-South Wrestling and shares some of his first hand knowledge. We discuss:

–The Mr. Wrestling II vs Magnum T.A. Feud, and how it felt like Magnum was in an abusive relationship.

–Junkyard Dog goes for the ride of his life.

–The real life heat between Cowboy Bill Watts and Jake Roberts.

–Why the WWF sent Gino Hernandez home in 1977.

–Pushing The Nightmare as North American champion in 1985.

–All of the wrestlers Mid-South tried to replace Junkyard Dog with.

–Why Butch Reed didn’t get over after his 1984 babyface turn.

Plus we have a frank conversation about the lack of black competitors in the wrestling business compared to other sports, and Johnny Mac goes on a rant over WWE talking really old guys out of retirement, putting them over, and burying the younger guys in the process. 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 will give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 90: Minority And Unpopular Opinions

This episode will remind you of the classic film “Full Metal Jacket”, which felt like two separate movies.

The first half of this episode is the second part of our talk with Bob Parsons, where we touch upon:

–Could JCP have been saved by getting a booker other than Dusty Rhodes?

–Who have we been around that has the greatest mind for wrestling?

–What’s the one match do we wish were available on video?

–What if Southwest Championship Wrestling remained on USA Network?

–How small can a wrestler be while being taken seriously?

Then popular guest Brandon Hefner joins Stick To Wrestling, where we talk about the Mid-South Wrestling episode from April 2, 1981 that was recently uploaded to YouTube. We talk Don Diamond, Jim Wilson, Junkyard Dog, Mid-South’s top-flight undercard talent, the Ernie Ladd and Leroy Brown tag team, Ashura Hara, loaded boot gimmicks, state titles, Frank Dusek, Kelly Kiniski, the end of the masked wrestler era, the unmasking of The 1981 Black Demon, Jimmy Garvin’s size differential vs Leroy Brown, Bill Watts as a commentator, and Erik Watts big decision.

Plus Bob Geigel gets lots of love, 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 & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 89: Just Say “No” To That Gimmick

This week on Stick To Wrestling we finish up our conversation with Beau James, who shares both wrestling and life experiences growing up and living in Greater Appalachia.

Then we welcome Bob Parsons to the pod! Bob has been a wrestling fan since the 1960’s and he shares tremendous insight on the history of the AWA, Central States, Los Angeles, and more!

We take readers questions, we tackle Terry Taylor’s claims of why he had a strained relationship with Dusty Rhodes, and we even save the AWA!

Plus, Johnny Mac talks about having to take a leak while stuck in a car on a wrestling trip, and how that went sideways. What more could one ask for? DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO THIS WICKED GOOD BAD BOY!

Stick To Wrestling; give us sixty minutes and we will perhaps indeed give you, a rawbone podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 88: Fannie Mae Titwiller

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are finally joined again by popular guest Beau James. We answer questions from our faithful listeners such as:

–Who was the biggest ***hole you ever encountered in wrestling.

–What valet could have had a bigger impact?

–Memories of the first wrestling shows we ever attended.

–If we could have every TV show from every promotion, which would we choose and why?

–What were Beau’s favorite Southeast Championship Wrestling angles?

–How could we make Bill Watts 1992 rule of no jumping off the top rope work?

–What is our favorite stipulation match?

Also, Beau shares some great road stories, tales of growing up in Appalacia Country, and even introduces us to the Melungeons. What are you waiting for, download and listen to this WICKED GOOD BAD BOY.

Stick To Wrestling- give us an hour and we will perhaps indeed give you a RAWBONE PODCAST.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 87: The Junkyard Warriors

On this week’s Stick To Wrestling we have Part 2 of our talk with Chris Tabar about the historic Clash Of The Champions 10 special, where the Four Horseman turned on Sting, and later that night Sting legitimately tore his ACL. We discuss:

–In one night Sting became the focal point of the promotion, but was injured and out indefinitely. The promotion turned Lex Luger babyface. What SHOULD they have done?

–Let’s be honest…were The Horsemen really in the wrong here? There’s an argument that Sting was flagrantly breaking the rules of that club.

–In the mid-80’s the Road Warriors got over in part because they were so much bigger than everyone else. We observe that by 1990 everyone else was big, and that the Roadies were no longer special.

–We put forward the argument that once Ric Flair had been turned babyface in 1989, he should have never been turned heel again.

We also mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant, and talk about Tito Santana winning the Intercontinental Title in Boston, who should have gotten the “Superstar Billy Graham run” with the WWF title after Bob Backlund’s reign ended, Chris Adams’ career, and more. What are you waiting for, download and listen to this WICKED GOOD BAD BOY.

Stick To Wrestling- give us an hour and we will perhaps indeed give you a RAWBONE PODCAST.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 86: Coca Cola “Executive” Tully Blanchard

On this week’s STICK TO WRESTLING we talk about the 30th Anniversary of Clash of the Champions 10. This was a historic night where The course of the NWA was changed forever, as within two hours Sting gets tossed from the Horsemen, becomes the promotion’s unquestioned top babyface, and tears his ACL, putting him out for months. We discuss:

–The hosts think Ole Anderson’s promo where he fired Sting from the Horsemen and why it was magnificent. Tabe disagrees. –

-Brian Pillman gets a tag team partner…Tom Zenk. The Z-Man. WCW didn’t get it’s audience.

–Tully Blanchard was supposed to return on this night, but he didn’t. We tell you what happened.

–A bad Steve Williams vignette, a Soccer Moms idea of who and what “Dr. Death” was. Johnny Mac lays out how Doc should have been presented.

–We talk about the brilliant, semi-scripted interview where Ole Anderson kicks Sting out of the Four Horsemen. This was pro wrestling improv at it’s zenith.

–On this night, Mil Mascaras wrestled Cactus Jack, and for twenty years Mick Foley has been venting against Mascaras. All three of the guys on the show buck that conventional wisdom and side with Mascaras.

–The silliness of Cactus Jack getting into a fight with a drummer and not mopping the floor with him.

–The silliness of the finish a “Falls Count Anywhere Match” taking place off camera, in a bathroom.

–Terry Funk interviewing Lex Luger should have been good, right? Maybe wrestlers do need scripts.

Plus, John shares a story about hanging out with a wrestling friend on Old Orchard Beach checking his phone once an hour to see if he has bookings. This week only, give us 60 Seconds and maybe 59 more minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a RAWBONE podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 85: Bruno Sammartino; Human Lawn Dart

This week’s Stick To Wrestling centers around the August 7, 1976 WWWF show from Madison Square Garden. We discuss:

–The reaction toward Stan Hansen after he broke Bruno’s neck.

–Vince McMahon’s as a straightforward 1970’s announcer.

–Why Bob Backlund was selected as the heir to Bruno Sammartino’s throne.

–A young Bruiser Brody’s obvious and immense potential

–Why state athletic commissions STINK.

–The great finish to the Bruno Sammartino vs Stan Hansen cage match.

–Was the year of 1976 the apex of WWWF wrestling in the 1970’s?

–The roles of guys like Johnny Rodz, S.D. Jones, Kevin Sullivan, Johnny Rivera, etc.

–How obvious it was that The Executioners were Killer Kowalski and Chuck O’Connor.

Plus Johnny Mac shares a silly and forgotten Stan Hansen angle. What are you waiting for? Download and listen to the WICKED GOOD BAD BOY.

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes, and perhaps indeed we will give you a RAWBONE podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 84: Way More Than Just “The Rock’s Dad”

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Mike Sempervive! We take questions from the Stick To Wrestling Universe and discuss the following:

–Angles that made us angry or sad.

–The wrestlers that had the best chance of replacing Junkyard Dog in Mid-South.

–The best and worst venues where we’ve seen wrestling.

–The women wrestlers from the 70’s and 80’s who could have made it today.

–Jerry Jarrett’s reputation as a payoff man.

Plus we take time to reflect on the career of Rocky Johnson, who was a main eventer in Florida, Georgia, Memphis, Houston, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, and Portland, plus we talk about his WWF feuds with Roddy Piper and Magnificent Muraco.

Plus we discuss how Stick To Wrestling is the Swede Hanson of Podcasts. What are you waiting for, DOWNLOAD THIS WICKED GOOD BAD BOY!

Stick To Wrestling, give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we will give you a RAWBONE podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 83: “Overrated” Is Not Synonymous With “Bad”

Stick To Wrestling wraps up our three part 1989 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards review with popular guest Jeff Bowdren! We talk Match of the Year for 1989, a year that had multiple “Match of the DECADE” candidates. We also talk 1979 Rookie of the Year, Best Manager, Best and Worst TV announcer, Best and Worst Major Wrestling Card, Best Wrestling Move, Hardest Worker, and Biggest Shock of the Year.

John McAdam and Jeff Bowdren both provided commentary in the 1989 Wrestling Observer Yearbook, where the awards were announced, and are still highly informed and enthusiastic about the subject at hand!

Plus there’s Joe Montana talk, so what are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS WICKED GOOD BAD BOY.

Stick To Wrestling- give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we will give you a rawbone podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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