Episode 154: Just Push Your Wife Into A Bloody Ivan Koloff, Dan

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by the late, great, Dan Farren! Dan grew up in San Bernadino, CA and went to the matches there every Sunday night in the 70’s, so you know he has some stories. We discuss:

–Dan’s encounters Dory Funk, Roddy Piper, Greg Valentine, Edouard Carpentier, John Tolos, and more.

–The death of the Los Angeles based Mike LeBell promotion.

–The story of a very persistent autograph hound.

–An interesting Mil Mascaras vs Ivan Koloff match.

–What it was like visiting the Olympic Auditorium.

–The greatness of the Black Gordman and Goliath tag team.

–Attending a AAA show in Los Angeles when the promotion was red hot.

Plus Dan talks about seeing David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Rodney Dangerfield, and more at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 153: That’ll Be $6,000, Macho Man.

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by David Taub as we discuss the history of pro wrestling in Fresno, California. David writes professionally for gwire.com and shares the following with the Stick To Wrestling Universe!

–David reports on a 1986 incident in Fresno where Savage takes a swing at a fan who threw an object at him. Savage missed and knocked out a fourteen year old girl.

–Then David shares his investigative report of a legendary story involving the late night antics of Roddy Piper, Bob Orton Jr, and Magnificent Muraco. It was a crazy night in Fresno, that’s for sure.

–David then opens up about the history of wrestling in Fresno, going back to the Mike Lebell and Roy Shire, and how the WWF eventually ended up having shows there.

Plus Johnny Mac gives out misinformation that he got watching the 1988 California Raisin Bowl, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 152: Misty-Eyed Mud Match Memories

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by popular guest Chris Tabar as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1986 World Class Parade of Champions! We discuss:

–This was truly the end of the glory days of World Class Championship Wrestling. This show drew over 23,000 fans. They would never come close to that number again.

–Why “something for everyone” is a bad marketing strategy in wrestling.

–Strange booking takes place as The Great Kabuki tries defeating four stars in a row.

–Was Rick Rude ready to be pushed as a real world’s heavyweight champion?

–This show was missing something. That something was Ric Flair.

–The injuries seem to be taking their toll on Kevin Von Erich as his bad shoulder was re-injured to the point where he couldn’t wrestle in his Dad’s promotion’s version of the Super Bowl.

Plus Tabe and Johnny Mac talk about how radically the wrestling scene changed during the Spring of 1986, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 151: Catsaboulis The Welcher

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Mike Mills, co-host of the http://midsouthpod.com/! Mike is a Mid-South Wrestling fan and historian (and a really cool guy) and we talk:

–What if Bill Watts got on national cable early enough?

–The Junkyard Dog’s rise to fame, demise, and defection to the WWF.

–The Freebirds return in 1986 and their “Million Dollar Contract”.

–Ted Dibiase’s heel and face turns.

–Jim Cornette’s 1984 persona was the greatest wrestling manager of all time.

–The UWF painfully swirling down the drain after being purchased by JCP 1987.

Plus Johnny Mac and Mike Mills share memories of their favorite promotion, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 150: Addressing That Rumor

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined once again by popular guest Will Rickard, as we pay homage to the card where Tommy Rich winning the NWA forty long years ago. We talk about:

–Tommy Rich held the NWA title for five days, and did not get to appear on WTBS with the actual belt. Was this good for Tommy’s career?

–NWA President Jim Crockett Jr flying back from Japan once he heard of the unexpected switch.

–How did this switch come about? We’ve all listened to different versions, Will and Johnny Mac tell you what they’ve heard.

–We talk about all of the wrestlers that appeared on the card, including Andre The Giant, Ted Dibiase, The Freebirds, Mr. Wrestling II, Mongolian Stomper, Robert Gibson, a young Jim Duggan, and more.

–We address THAT rumor.

Plus Johnny Mac and Will Rickard share memories of their favorite prelim wrestlers growing up, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 149: Let’s Discuss A Forty Year Old List

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined once again by popular guest Brad Breitzman, as we discuss a Top 50 list put out by Wrestling World in the Spring of 1981. We talk about:

–Gene Kiniski, who had been in semi-retirement for twelve years, being ranked #43.

–How do you rank a wrestler like Andre The Giant?

–They didn’t include the NWA, WWF, or AWA champions, and Nick Bockwinkel was ranked #1. Was Wrestling World tipped off that Nick was about to regain the AWA title?

–Who was egregiously missing from this top fifty?

–Why is the Pacific Northwest / Portland territory excluded?

Johnny Mac and Brad probably probably put more time discussing this list than the author did creating it, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 148: What If Bruno Had WHAT?

STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by popular guest John Jance, and we enter into an alternative universe. Bruno Sammartino was seriously injured in 1976, and told promoter Vince McMahon Sr that he wanted out. Bruno cut way down on his dates right after losing the WWWF title to Superstar Billy Graham and was completely out of wrestling by the end of 1981. But what if Bruno has Ricflairitis, a condition one suffers from when they can’t walk away from the business? We discuss that and the butterfly effect it would have had.

–When does Vince Jr. finally pull the title from Bruno?

–What effect would this have had on the careers of Superstar Billy Graham and Bob Backlund?

–When would Bruno finally have to retire?

–What impact would this have had on David Sammartino’s career? Would it have hurt Bruno if the fans knew he was old enough to have an adult son?

–How often did Bruno wrestle after dropping the title to Graham? The answer may surprise you.

Plus John Jance shares a story about corresponding with a young Dave Meltzer and how not everything was a secret back in the day, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 147: DTA – Don’t Turn Austin

This week STICK TO WRESTLING continues it’s talk on Wrestlemania X7, universally considered one of the greatest pro wrestling events era and the pinnacle of The Attitude Era. On tap this week:

–The WWF was crazy, and I mean CRAZY, to turn Steve Austin and align him with Vince McMahon.

–The immediate creative collapse the WWF suffered after this show.

–Triple H was great, but that was not how a heel should be portrayed.

–The company had been giving a lot of spotlight to the McMahons before and during this show, but we hadn’t see anything yet.

–The legends battle royal.

–Chyna found herself in a really tough spot, and still managed to come across as an unsympathetic character.

Plus Johnny Mac complains about the company trying to make Stephanie McMahon into a c-word, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 146: Goodbye To A Well Spent $9.99

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Brent Nicholas as we talk about:

–The end of WWE Network. It wasn’t perfect, but at the end of the day $9.99 per month for that much content was a bargain.

–So far, so good with Peacock. Hopefully they’ll be uploading classic footage in a timely manner.

Then we move on to Part One of our 20th Anniversary of Wrestlemania X7, one of the greatest wrestling shows of all time. We talk:

–The deaths of WCW and ECW coming right on the heels of Wrestlemania X7, and the whirlwind going around the business at the time.

–Chris Jericho was on a major adrenaline rush during his match vs William Regal.

–Triple H and Shawn Michaels were excellent politicians.

–Who would win in a shoot? Who cares?

Plus John and Brent talk about the 1987 film “Can’t Buy Me Love”, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good bad boy!

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Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 145: Worst Tag Team Of The Year

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by John Muse, and we do Part Two of our 1990 Year End Awards. John McAdam and John Muse practically wrote the 1990 Wrestling Observer Yearbook, so who better to discuss the 1990 Year End Awards? In the discussion:

–Who was 1990 Wrestler of the Year? Both McAdam and Muse have surprising choices.

–John McAdam picked him as 1980’s Wrestler of the Year. A decade later he’s Worst Wrestler.

–1989 had four great pay per views. 1990 had none, but one of them had to win Best Show.

–Best Tag Team? There were two obvious contenders.

–John Muse’s pick for “Best Heel” barely wrestled in 1990. That’s how great he was.

–Anyone want to guess who got a vote for Worst Tag Team? 🙂

Plus John Muse talks about driving from Michigan to Philadelphia in 1990 for a couple of indy shows, 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