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Episode 318: My Mom Was A Tommy Rich Guy

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular returning guest Jammmie Ward! With the Fortieth Anniversary of “Black Saturday” coming on Sunday, July 14, we take a look at the Black Saturday event itself (the WWF taking over Georgia Championship Wrestling and the WTBS television slots) and the goings on in World Championship Wrestling, formerly known as Georgia Championship Wrestling, during the year of 1984. We discuss:

–The events that led to Jack and Jerry Brisco selling their Georgia Championship Wrestling shares to Vince McMahon.
–Gordon Solie was a legend, but even legends eventually lose their fastball. By 1984 Gordon was heavily relying on his off speed pitches.
–Should GCW have looked at a change in bookers? Because by 1984 Ole Anderson, as the promotion’s booker, was also heavily relying on his off speed pitches.
–The WWF’s national expansion and the subsequent wrestling war was inevitable. But it wasn’t Vince McMahon who fired the first shot. It was Georgia, and we tell you all about it.
–Not only couldn’t Georgia Championship Wrestling compete with the WWF talent-wise, they couldn’t compete with the other promotions as well, despite having tremendous exposure on national cable. We tell you why.
–Vince McMahon doesn’t drop the ball often, but he did by the way he handled the WTBS television and Ted Turner himself.

Plus we share our experiences living through Black Saturday, expecting to enjoy two hours of Georgia Wrestling but actually getting two hours of WWF re-runs, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode right now!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 317: It Was A Big Second

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we focus on what was one of the biggest angles in wrestling history: Cyndi Lauper, one of the music industry’s biggest stars, appears on Piper’s Pit and the fireworks go off between she, Roddy Piper, and Captain Lou Albano. We quickly learned where this was all going, as Cyndi challenges The Captain to find a women’s wrestler to take on her new protege. The stage has been set for one of the biggest money angles in pro wrestling history.

Plus we discuss the other goings on in the WWF from forty years ago:

— The Sgt. Slaughter vs Iron Sheik feud coming to a close.
— The Roddy Piper vs Jimmy Snuka feud getting started.
— The WWF continues to roll not only in it’s traditional Northeast footing but in California as well.
— Buzz Sawyer entering and departing the company very quickly.
— The WWF invades Memphis, Louisville, and Nashville which were historically Lawler / Jarrett towns.
— The odd Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch vs The Samoans heels vs heels feud.

And more, plus there’s lots of rare and historic audio from this era, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 312: A National Treasure

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING John McAdam and Steve Generelli continue our review the WWF from forty years ago, May 1984! We talk Roddy Piper, Captain Lou Albano, Jesse Ventura, Cyndi Lauper, Vince McMahon, Paul Orndorff, Bobo Brazil, Sgt. Slaughter, Fred Blassie, Hulk Hogan, Wendi Richter, Bob Orton Jr, Gorilla Monsoon, Jimmy Snuka, Greg Valentine, Gene Okerlund, Tony Atlas, Andre The Giant, Mr. Fuji, Rocky Johnson, Ivan Putski, Tito Santana, Iron Sheik, Fabulous Moolah, Buzz Sawyer, David Schultz, The Samoans, and more! This episode has been voted voted the 34th best podcast of all time!

Plus we provide lots of rare and fantastic audio from this era, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 308: Indoor Voices

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING John McAdam and Steve Gennerelli continue their deep dive into the WWF’s national expansion of 1984! Discussed on this episode:

–It’s only April and the WWF has radically changed since the beginning of the year.
–Bob Backlund’s interviews have gone from bad to downright cringeworthy.
–Tito Santana has a unique challenger for the Intercontinental title at Madison Square Garden.
–A really bad event in a major arena.
–Private Terry Daniels was Sgt. Slaughter’s protege. Was this done correctly?
–The Tonga Kid is losing matches in the opener, just months before he would propel into the main event at Madison Square Garden.

Plus there’s lots of rare audio from the promotion, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 307: Had I Gone Into A Coma In 1988…

John McAdam and Steve Generelli are back discussing the WWF’s historic national expansion of 1984, reviewing everything that happened that April. A lot was going on and we discuss…

–The WWF debuts in Detroit, giving one the the United States biggest cities their first taste of major league wrestling in close to five years.
–The Iron Sheik is getting heat like we’ve never seen before.
–Was Bob Backlund supposed to turn heel early during Hogan’s title reign?
–The tag team of Adrian Adonis and Dick Murdoch have arrived in the WWF, and they were very unique to that territory. Meaning, they were a tag team that was actually good.
–It’s 1984, and WWF cage matches are still disappointing.
–Roddy Piper really did have stamina. We’ll tell you all about it.

Plus there’s lots of rare audio from this era and we discuss the biggest surprises to arrive in the WWF during the Hogan Era, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

STICK TO WRESTLING: Give us 60 minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned weekly pro wrestling podcast

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

 

Episode 306: The Six Pack

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we speak with Brad Balukjian, author of “The Six Pack”! Brad drove 12,525 miles around the country to interview Tony Atlas, Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, Tito Santana, Jim Troy, Jose Luis Rivera, and many of Hulk Hogan’s childhood friends. One does not have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this book, and Brad is every bit as interesting to speak with as he is to read. This is can’t miss episode!

Plus Brad tells us a bit about what he’s discovered outside of wrestling, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

STICK TO WRESTLING: Give us 60 minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned weekly pro wrestling podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 303: The Changing Face Of The Industry

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we continue our dive into the WWF’s national expansion from forty years ago!

–We compare the “new” WWF to World Class Championship Wrestling, which aired at the exact same time in Boston.
–We discuss the pain, blues, and agony of the WWF’s opening matches from this era.
–Every city had a different lineup. We miss this.
–We also miss matches that didn’t have a built in storyline coming in. We’ll explain why.
–The WWF was pushing larger then life characters. This did not bode well for Bob Backlund.
–The fans are salivating for the Sgt. Slaughter v Iron Sheik matches.

Plus Johnny Mac discusses a personal encounter he had with the Iron Sheik, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 302: Fixing What’s Not Broken

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we continue our dive into the WWF’s national expansion from forty years ago!

We talk Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Snuka, Sgt. Slaughter, Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon, Big John Studd, Bob Backlund, David Schultz, Captain Lou Albano, Andre The Giant, Iron Sheik, Greg Valentine, Mr. Fuji, Fred Blassie, Paul Orndorff, Bob Orton Jr, Ivan Putski, Terry Daniels, Gene Okerlund, Rocky Johnson, and more.

What are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

STICK TO WRESTLING: Give us 60 minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned weekly pro wrestling podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 301: Andre’s Restaurant And Related Regrets

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we take a deep dive into the WWF’s national expansion, taking a close look at what was going on in “The Fed” in March 1984! We discuss:

–Mr. Fuji delivers one of the greatest heel promos of all time. We are being one hundred percent serious.
–A pro wrestler on the cover of a non-wrestling magazine? Unthinkable coming into 1984, but Hulk Hogan changed that.
–He wasn’t quite at Hulk Hogan’s level of popularity but the newly-turned Sgt. Slaughter was red hot, as was his feud with Iron Sheik.
–Was Andre The Giant starting to get stale?
–Paul Orndorff continues to impress.
–Was Tony Atlas scheduled to win the Intercontinental title?

Plus we announce the STICK TO WRESTLING NCAA basketball pool and the prize the winner will receive, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

STICK TO WRESTLING: Give us 60 minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned weekly pro wrestling podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 299: How’s Your Face?

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we present Part 2 of a retrospective look at the 1984 Year End awards!

We talk Hulk Hogan, Jim Cornette, Andre The Giant, Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes, Mid-South Wrestling, Sgt. Slaughter, the Von Erichs, Ted Dibiase, Roddy Piper, Kevin Von Erich, Vince McMahon, Nikita Koloff, Jack Brisco, British Bulldogs, Verne Gagne, Magnum T.A., The Freebirds, Bill Watts, Ric Flair, Wendi Richter, Tommy Rich, Iron Sheik, Lance Russell, Jesse Ventura, Tully Blanchard, Gene Okerlund, Jerry Lawler, Magnificent Muraco, Kevin Sullivan, Paul Orndorff, Bob Orton Jr, Ole Anderson, Gino Hernandez, Angelo Mosca Sr, Angelo Mosca Jr, Bob Backlund, Central States Wrestling, Mr. Wrestling II, Baby Doll, Master G, Chavo Guerrero, Mr. Fuji, Pro Wrestling USA, Fabulous Moolah, Paul Ellering, Tito Santana, Big John Studd, Brian Blair, Chris Adams, Tonga Kid, Stella Mae French, Bob Roop, and more!

Plus we have a brief Ole Anderson tribute, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good episode!

STICK TO WRESTLING: Give us 60 minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawboned weekly pro wrestling podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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