Tag Archives: 1980’s

Episode 288: U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular returning guest Christian Boddie and we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Starrcade ’88! We discuss:

–The NWA being purchased by Ted Turner.
–Dusty Rhodes attempts to cling to power.
–Ric Flair, and his role in everything that was going on in the company.
–Steve Williams- just how to you use this guy in a U.S. based promotion?
–Jim Cornette vs Paul E. Dangerously, the hottest feud in the game.
–With Nikita Koloff gone, was there any role for Ivan Koloff?

Plus we take shots at Dusty Rhodes for portraying himself as John Wayne’s character in the film “True Grit”, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this wicked good episode!

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

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 287: A Weird Marilyn Monroe Analogy

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular returning guest Steve Crawford, and we take questions from our listeners! On this week’s show:

–Has Dave Meltzer’s coverage of AEW hurt his credibility?
–If you listen to this episode, you will learn what was in the photos that Baby Doll was going to blackmail Dusty Rhodes with.
–What could have been the fallout from the controversial Steve Austin / Brian Pillman home invasion angle?
–Would Smoky Mountain Wrestling have done better had it been based in the Carolinas?
–Why was former WWWF champion Stan Stasiak wrestling near the bottom of WWWF shows in the late 70’s?
–What do we remember about the AWA’s Superclash 3?

Plus Johnny Mac shares an amusing anecdote about an annoying tape customer, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

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

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 286: Jack’s Stupid Little Brother*

*That’s a compliment. Jerry Brisco was a great heel playing that role.

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we present Part Two of out review of Starrcade ’83! On the discussion table:

–Why was Angelo Mosca getting so much spotlight?
–It was a shock when Jack and Jerry Brisco turned heel, but they were perfect in the role.
–Ricky Steamboat’s one weakness.
–The internet’s overreaction to Gene Kiniski’s refereeing.
–Was Hulk Hogan really supposed to appear on this show?
–They were booking the United States championship quite poorly.

Plus we have a “for review purposes” segment with Todd Goss, who was fourth row ringside for the event, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

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

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 285: Everything I Don’t Like Is Vince Russo

This week on the 40th Anniversary of Starrcade ’83, we review and pay tribute to this legendary show! On the discussion table:

–What if Harley Race no showed this event, as per Vince McMahon’s request? Could this event have been salvaged?
–The world is becoming a smaller place and the fans are starting to notice copycat gimmicks and angles…like Downtown Charlie Brown.
–The Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine was both brutal and a classic.
–Lots and lots of blood on this show!
–The promotion did a lot to give Starrcade ’83 the feel of a truly major event.
–How would Kevin Sullivan and his gimmick fit into the old Mid-Atlantic territory?

Plus a family traveled 180 miles for this event and Johnny Mac tells you why he’s not impressed, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 284: Watching Monitors In The Cold

This week STICK TO WRESTLING reviews the World Class Championship Wrestling “Star Wars” show from Thanksgiving Night, 1983 and we’re joined by Lance Peterson, who attended the show live! We discuss:

–Did the Von Erichs vs Freebirds feud go on for too long? The box office says no.
–The Sunshine vs Precious was incredibly original, and almost every other promotion tried to copy it. Also, it wasn’t very nice of Bill Mercer to ambush Jimmy Garvin at his house like that!
–Mike Von Erich makes his debut on this show. Was this a good idea?
–Lance tells us about another debut that was not televised.
–Kevin Von Erich and Terry Gordy really brought out the best in one another.
–The Kerry Von Erich vs Michael Hayes “Loser Leaves Town” match had a very important detail presented.

Plus Lance talks about attending the red carpet premiere of “The Iron Claw”, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 282: Jumping In The Wrong Car

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we take questions from the STW Universe about the WWF in 1983. We answer:

–Vince McMahon tried to get Harley Race to skip Starrcade ’83 and jump to the WWF. Did Vince try that with Ric Flair? What if he succeeded in getting Ric ro skip Starrcade?
–Were there any hints that Hulk Hogan was coming in prior to his arrival?
–What angles or programs did we want to see, but they never happened?
–Why did Tony Atlas and Rocky Johnson dislike one another?
–What was the deal with Don Kernodle’s ridiculous non-push?
–Could feuds with Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff have revitalized Bob Backlund?

Plus Johnny Mac shares an odd story about attending a WWF TV taping in 1991, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 280: Stay Sick

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we present Part Two of our look at the WWF during the Fall of 1983!

–This period represents more than the end of the Bob Backlund era. It’s the end of the old WWF / WWWF as we knew it.
–We pay tribute to the late, great, Grand Wizard of Wrestling.
–The Masked Superstar injures Bob Backlund’s protege, and Bob seeks revenge. We have to laugh when we look back at who that protege was.
–There was only one way a heel won a Cage Match in the old WWF, and we discuss how Magnificent Muraco defeated Jimmy Snuka.
–There was only one way a heel won a Strap Match in the old WWF…or so we thought. Jimmy Snuka and Magnificent Muraco threw us a curveball!
–Buddy Rogers’ Corner has been replaced by Victory Corner, hosted by Robert DeBord. Mr. Debord has something in common with the city of Las Vegas and it’s not what you might think.

Plus there’s rare audio and an even more rare occasion where Johnny Mac praises one of Bob Backlund’s interviews, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 279: And Now The End Is Near

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we begin our review of the WWF during the Fall of 1983! We talk Magnificent Muraco, Bob Backlund, Buddy Rogers, Sgt. Slaughter, Captain Lou Albano, Rocky Johnson, Andre The Giant, Masked Superstar, Tito Santana, The Samoans, The Grand Wizard, Tony Atlas, and even Michael Hayes!

Plus there’s rare audio of the WWF from this era and a “For Review Purposes” bonus segment, so what are you waiting for? Listen to this episode for a wicked good time!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 276: Wine Coolers

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we take a look at the first ever episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event! Among the discussion topics:

–The mainstream celebrities and front and center for this one, as we see Cyndi Lauper, Mt. T, and Hulk Hogan within seconds of the event’s start.
–This aired on Mother’s Day weekend, and Hulk Hogan says “this is a special match for my Mother, Brother”.
–Paul Orndorff finally turns babyface after being in limbo since Wrestlemania.
–Did the WWF make the right choice when selecting Wendi Richter as the star of their women’s division?
–Fred Blassie is starting to look old…too old.
–Who could have imagined a babyface Lou Albano and a babyface George Steele just a year earlier?

Plus Greg Gagne’s claims of the AWA getting a similar show on CBS are debunked, Johnhy Mac shares memories of watching this event, AND we have a new “For Review Purposes” segment, as it aired, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 275: In The Chase?

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we discuss a number of subjects, including:

–The passings of Terry Funk, Brett Sawyer, and Sheik Adnan / Billy WhiteWolf.
–SummerSlam ’93. Is the money really always in the chase?
–Was Ultimate Warrior vs HonkyTonk Man at SummerSlam ’88 the best match under sixty seconds in wrestling history?
–Bad announcers. Pro Wrestling sure had a lot of those.
–Why couldn’t the NWA / WCW see what so many people saw in Rodney Anoai, aka Yokozuna?
–The WWF blew it with the Heavenly Bodies.

Plus Jim Valley makes a cameo appearance while he’s at a flea market, so what are you waiting for? Download and listen to this wicked good podcast today!

STICK TO WRESTLING…give us sixty minutes and perhaps indeed, we’ll give you a rawbone wrestling podcast!

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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