Tag Archives: Ric Flair

Episode 128: Mixing Up The Daves

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by longtime fan Will Rickard, who shares his experiences growing up watching Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and attending the shows there. We discuss:

–The infamous traffic jam caused by the sold out show featuring Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood vs Sgt. Slaughter and Private Don Kernodle in a Cage Match.

–The brilliant angle where Jack and Jerry Brisco turned heel.

–The day Will was “smartened up” to the business.

–The angle where Bob Orton Jr turned on Ric Flair, allowing he and Dick Slater to collect the bounty Harler Race placed on Ric.

–The WWF’s invasion of the Carolinas.

–Hulk Hogan getting booed out of the building in Greeensboro as a babyface during the early Nitro days.

And more, plus Johnny Mac debunks an old rumor about The Freebirds, 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 125: Valentine’s Favorite Stereo Salesman

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Mike Gunter, who grew up in North Carolina in the 1970’s as a big fan of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling! This week we discuss:

–The ascent of Ric Flair as a superstar.

–The territory transitioning from a tag team based territory to a singles territory featuring the United States title.

–Roddy Piper’s arrival in the Carolinas.

–Dusty Rhodes arrival as booker and top star.

–Ric Flair’s turning full-fledged heel in 1985.

And more, including Mike opening up about his friendship with Jack Brisco, 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 114: Where Are Their Parents?

This week STICK TO WRESTLING presents Part Two of our conversation with Chris Tabar as we take a look at the 1984 World Class Championship Wrestling Cotton Bowl and the events that led up to it. Tabe has been binge watching WCCW, so the events are all fresh in his memory. Also discussed:

–The mega-push of Gino Hernandez.

–Kelly Kiniski: Not Captain Charisma.

–The background behind the brilliant Kevin Von Erich vs Chris Adams feud.

–What was the point of having Stella Mae French around?

–How Iceman King Parsons got his nickname.

–Why was Ric Flair not on this show?

Plus we question the parenting decisions of several attendees at this 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 will 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 112: I Want That Job

This week STICK TO WRESTLING presents Part Two of our conversation with Jon Boucher as we look at the 1982 Wrestling Observer Year End Awards! We discuss who won Most Obnoxious, Most Scientific Wrestler, Most Agile Wrestler, Best on Interviews, Most Charismatic. Most Overrated, Most Underrated, Match of the Year, Hardest Working Wrestler, Biggest Shock of the Year, and Most Disgusting Occurrence. We also share our thoughts on who we voted for.

Other topics discussed were:

–What did Ivan Putski and Jimmy Valiant have in common? It’s not just the quality of their matches.
–Ric Flair and Bob Backlund agreeing via their autobiographies that their unification match was terrible.
–The decline of Gordon Solie.
–Mil Mascaras’ gift of being extremely photogenic.
–The Roddy Piper babyface formula.
–Tony Atlas’ unreached potential.

Plus Jon shares a story about the guy whose job was to get Vader’s headgear and shoulderpads from town to town, 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 will 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 111: Fuji’s Got Salt

Jon Boucher of “Charting The Territories” podcast fame returns to STICK TO WRESTLING and he comes armed with the FIRST ever edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, which has the 1982 Award Results! We talk 1982’s Wrestler of the Year, Best Babyface, Best Heel, Feud of the Year, Tag Team of the Year, Most Impressive, and Most Improved Wrestler. We’re even mean enough to talk Most Washed Up Wrestler.

Other topics that came up:

–Ric Flair not being happy with his first run as NWA champion.

–The farce that was the 1982 NWA tag team tournament.

–Fans being disappointed when Jimmy Snuka did not deliver the Superfly Splash.

–Why Paul Orndorff was Cool Bob Backlund.

–Superstar Billy Graham’s disappointing return to the WWF.

–An Andre The Giant vs Adrian Adonis match that took place at the Boston Garden.

And more! We even talk a little Mighty Joe Thunder, 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 will 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 98: Of Course She’s Qualified

Stick To Wrestling, the only WICKED GOOD wrestling podcast out there, is once again joined by John Muse as we talk about the first Clash of the Champions special. We go into the details of

–Why this show came into existence and how it changed wrestling history.

–Precious goes wild with coat hangers and wooden boards.

–Steve Williams rolls out one of the worst interviews of all time on live TV. Why was Doc still a babyface?

–The Midnight Express vs The Fantastics in a ten minute tornado of a match.

–The debut of Al Perez, managed by Gary Hart. Believe it or not, Perez was seen as a major acquisition at the time.

–The NWA had a Barbed Wire Match. The WWF would never consider doing one of these in 1988.

–A much smaller version of Nikita Koloff returns.

–Lex Luger and Barry Windham pull off a major surprise by winning the NWA tag titles from Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.

–The NWA had a Penthouse Pet as a judge for the main event. The WWF would never consider doing this in 1988.

–Ric Flair vs Sting turns out to be Match of the Year, and Sting becomes a star in 45 minutes.

Plus we discuss Patty Mullen’s other endeavors, 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 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 81: 1989 Was Thirty Years Ago

This week John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are joined by popular guest Jeff Bowdren as we a look back at the 1989 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. We talk Wrestler of the Year, Best Feud, Best Heel, and more!
Jeff Bowdren and John McAdam provided much commentary and analysis in the 1989 Observer Yearbook, so who better to provide a review of the awards?
But wait- this is only Part One of this conversation!
Part Two will be released next week. Happy 2020, everyone!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

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!

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