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

Episode 57: Good Thing Sean Opened The Box Early

Put something in front of John McAdam and Sean Goodwin and they will have an interesting conversation about it. On this show we each open a box sent to us by the fine folks at www.HotBoxCards.net and talk about what’s in there. Topics discussed:

–John meets Dory Funk Jr and his lovely wife Marti.

–He’s always meeting people! The story of John meeting Dutch Mantel at Gordon Scozzari’s ill fated Lowell, MA taping.

–In what way should JCP have used ECW’s model?

–In 1986, Tully Blanchard was the Michael Jordan of being a pro wrestling heel.

–Why he got the nickname “Softball Sid Eudy”.

–Guess who popped big(ger) crowds for his early 1991 run vs Ric Flair?

–Tatanka gets a big push. Outback Jack gets a big push. Let’s not let Vince McMahon go to the movies or watch them on cable any more.

–The top five wrestlers of the 80’s? That question is no longer unanswered.

–Pushing smaller wrestlers at the top of the card.

–Who is the hottest woman in wrestling history?

Plus Johnny Mac finds a CD he’s been searching out for years and he gets a very odd surprise. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

STICK TO WRESTLING! Give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a WICKED GOOD podcast!

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

Episode 56: They Entered As Boys, And They Left As Men

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Howard Baum, co-host of the Kentucky Fried Rasslin’ podcast! Howard was part of the greatest angles of all time, when back in 1984 he presented the New Fabulous Ones an award on the Memphis TV show and all hell broke loose from there.

On this episode John McAdam, Sean Goodwin, and Howard Baum take a look at:

–Adrian Street

–Chick Donovan

–Mil Mascaras

–Duke Keomuka

–Chris Champion

–Bob Backlund

–Memphis wrestling

–The death of Florida wrestling

Plus, 70’s / 80’s children Howard and John moan about today’s youth and cell phones. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

Stick To Wrestling: Give us sixty minutes, and we’ll give you a WICKED GOOD podcast!

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

Episode 55: Stealing The Show At Wrestlemania XV

This week Stick To Wrestling is joined by Scott Bowden, who is a former manager in Memphis and does the Kentucky Fried Rasslin’ podcast! Discussed on this week’s episode:
 
–Tommy Dreamer, thanks for not going through with that.
 
–Jerry Lawler as a challenger to Bob Backlund? Wait, Jerry Lawler as WWF champion?
 
–Reactions to WWE bringing in Paul Heyman to run RAW and Eric Bischoff to run Smackdown.
 
–So why didn’t Jerry Lawler get a quick run with the AWA title in the early or mid 80’s?
 
–What was the best match Scott Bowden has ever seen live?
 
–What if the Memphis promotion ran Cincinnati? Remember, that city is right on the Kentucky border.
 
–Why Jerry Jarrett turned down a spot on the USA Network in the 80’s.
 
Plus Johnny Mac tells the odd story of how he came to know Scott Bowden. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!
 
Stick To Wrestling: Give us sixty minutes, and we’ll give you a WICKED GOOD podcast!
 
Stick To Wrestling with John McAdam & Sean Goodwin is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network

Episode 54: An Eyewitness To The Brody vs Monsoon Fight

This week John and Sean are joined by Rom Lemieux, whose knowledge of all things wrestling is unsurpassed.

This week we have an amazing segment with Craig Fair, who was at the Allentown Fieldhouse in 1976, where he witnessed Bruiser Brody punching Gorilla Monsoon square in the face for real. Craig tells this amazing story on this week’s STW.

We also talk about:

–The WWE Network making the ENTIRE 1986 Crockett Cup tag team tournament available.

–Jay Youngblood, who would have been celebrating his 64th birthday on the day the show drops.

–Dusty Rhodes as NWA champion in 1981.

–The WWF taping where the Monsoon vs Brody brawl took place. We share thoughts on Captain Lou Albano, Bruiser Brody, Chief Jay Strongbow, The Executioners, Nikolai Volkoff, Tor Kamata, Johnny Rodz, S.D Jones, Jose Gonzalez, Johnny Rivera, Jose Estrada, and more.

Plus we learn why 1970’s WWWF wrestler was nicknamed Doug “Gashouse” Gilbert. What are you waiting for?

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

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!

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

Episode 52: Bill Watts Had A Strong Pimp Hand

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It’s the 52nd episode of the only WICKED GOOD podcast out there, Stick To Wrestling. We celebrate by delivering a special two hour podcast, one hour where we stick to wrestling followed by one where where we totally do not! Our guest for the first hour is none other than a fellow Arcadian Vanguarder, the legendary Jeff Bowdren! We discuss the following topics:

–What tag team wrestler would have been a better singles wrestler?

–Who would have been the best heel in the 80s to work a program with Jerry Lawler, but was never booked in Memphis?

–Should Bill Watts have made a move sooner when he had the TBS timeslot in 1985?

–If Hogan doesn’t get the role in “Rocky 3”, does he remain in WWF as a heel?

–Inspired by Andy Ruiz’s upset: Who was the best worker despite not having the best look or physique?

–What tape / match / footage is the “crown jewel” of your collections?

And more!

Then there’s an hour of open frivolity, including but not limited to Johnny Mac talking about the unchaperoned New Years Eve party he tried to organize as an eighth grader.

What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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

Episode 51: Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair….Black Bart

On this week’s WICKED GOOD Stick To Wrestling podcast Johnny and Seanny have wrestling historian Seth Hanson as our guest. Seth knows his stuff, is a great guest, and an even better Twitter follow!

This week we discuss the 1986 demise of World Class Championship Wrestling. Included in this conversation:

–Did the Freebirds return to World Class too soon?

–Should WCCW have pulled out of the NWA and anointed Rick Ruse as their world champion? |

–Should Chris Adams have remained as a heel, with Gino Hernandez turning babyface?

–World Class lost a lot of talent to Bill Watts’ UWF right after the 1986 Texas Stadium show, and replaced them with with some older veterans. Was this the way to go?

–Al Madril and Brian Adidas became the lead heel faction. We’re there better options? Really, were there worse options? –Black Bart was made WCCW world champion. Was there a better option? Really, was there a worse option?

Plus, we share more general knowledge and thoughts on WCCW in general, and what led up to the 1986 collapse. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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

Episode 50: Welcome To Viceland!

On this week’s WICKED GOOD Stick To Wrestling podcast Johnny and Seanny have Randy Smith as the guest. Randy has been a hardcore fan for 30 years and started reading the newsletters in the mid-80’s. He knows his wrestling, plus back in the day all of the crazy stuff happened in HIS hotel room.

This week we review the six part “Dark Side Of The Ring” series.

–Did the WWF unknowingly book Randy and Elizabeth’s divorce? Plus, don’t get Randy Savage mad at a Waffle House.

–Tony Atlas finally has a forum to talk about Bruiser Brody’s murder! We talk about how awful it must have been for Barbara Goodish, hearing the news in San Juan from Abdullah The Butcher, and having to get her husband’s remains home from a foreign land. Oh, and guess what match was on the first live card Johnny Mac ever saw?

–Was Bret Hart in on the Montreal screw job? Couldn’t the WWF have planned this any better? Who was the bad guy here, Bret or the WWF?

–Was it really a mistake bringing Lance Von Erich into World Class? Should Fritz Von Erich have overreacted so badly at the thought of The Magnificent Lance main eventing at Billy Bob’s?

–We talk about how Gino Hernandez’ Mom came across as a hero in his doc, and how everyone in the wrestling business did not. Plus, John shares some details that was left out of the documentary, and talks about a shocking story that the documentary confirmed.

–What picture was Viceland trying to paint with the Moolah doc? We’re not quite sure.

Plus, we acknowledge the 20th Anniversary of the death of Owen Hart, and share where we were when we learned it happened and our general thoughts on the tragedy, including how a bunch of petty nonsense got a husband and a father killed. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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

Episode 49: Inspirational Wrestler Of The Year

This week’s WICKED GOOD Stick To Wrestling podcast starts with John and Sean discussing the Bret Hart vs Tom Magee match and documentary. Was this really a Holy Grail?

Then we take a deep dive into the 1984 Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards year end awards and the Pro Wrestling Illustrated year end awards. We took a look at who did win the following awards, and who we think should have:

-Match of the Year.
-Manager of the Year.
-Rookie of the Year.
-Inspirational Wrestler of the Year.
-Most Hated Wrestler of the Year.
-Most Popular Wrestler.
-Most Improved Wrestler.
-Tag Team of the Year.
-Wrestler of the Year.

Plus we talk about why the mutants from “I Am Legend” should move to metro-Boston. What are you waiting for? DOWNLOAD THIS BAD BOY!

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