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Episode 174: The 1981 Year In Review

STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest Steve Generelli as we review the year in wrestling that was 1981! We discuss:

–The NWA championship changing hands multiple times, and Ric Flair starting his domination of the title that would last ten years.

–Verne Gagne retires as champion, and Nick Bockwinkel is awarded the AWA title.

–Andre The Giant, the biggest attraction in the sport, has a hotel room accident that leaves him with a broken ankle that put him out of action for months.

–Roddy Piper, The Freebirds, Ken Patera, and Jimmy Snuka all invade Georgia.

–Hulk Hogan debuts in the AWA after he completes filming Rocky III.

–Sgt. Slaughter comes to the Mid-Atlantic area and wins the U.S. Title.

–Sam Muchnick announces his retirement.

Plus there’s bonus content! After an hour of wrestling content we discuss The Sopranos and the film The Many Saints Of Newark, so what are 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 wicked good and rawboned podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 171: Dusty Did Not Sandbag Flair

September 17 is the 40th Anniversary of Ric Flair winning his first NWA title and we celebrate the day by having popular co-host Brandon Hefner return to STICK TO WRESTLING! Among the things we discuss:

–Was the average fan surprised when Flair won?

–Who would have been the alternative choices to having Flair as NWA champion?

–Would Charlotte have been a better choice as the city Flair won the title in?

–Did Eddie Graham and Dusty Rhodes try to undermine Flair’s title reign?

–Which promoters wanted Flair as champion, and which did not?

Plus we talk about Michael Hayes ‘ being announced as appearing at the Boston Garden in 1983 and the place coming unglued, so what are 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 wicked good and rawboned podcast.

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!

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 135: The WWF MVPs, Part Two

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Steve Generalli, a knowledgeable longtime WWF fan. In the second segment of a two part series, we talk about the Most Valuable Players of the Bob Backlund era, year by year. We cover:

–Captain Lou Albano, and how if managers qualified for the MVP he might have won it in 1982.

–Magnificent Muraco’s arrival in 1981, and how he looked like the next Superstar Billy Graham.

–Pedro Morales becoming the rock-solid number two babyace in the WWF.

–1983 feeling like reruns with tried and true stars like Sgt. Slaughter, Magnificent Muraco, The Samoans, and more coming back.

–Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito being absolute heat machines in the territory.

–How Greg Valentine’s return in 1981 looked like the end for Bob Backlund.

And more, plus Steve and I give you the top five on our WWF MVP ballot for 1981, 1982, and 1983, 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 44: Wahoo, Where Are You?

The final segment of John McAdam and Sean Goodwin discussing 1981 WWF and other things with our guest Brandon Hefner! Covered in this convo:

–How the WWF could have booked a 1981 Wrestlemania / Shea Stadium type supershow.
–Why Bob Backlund was SO over at Madison Square Garden.
–Why no Bob Backlund vs Larry Zybysko feud?
–Wrestlers and promoters fibbing to each other.
–Who was the best non-champion in the WWF?
–What if Superstar Billy Graham returns a year earlier, with the tye-dye look instead of Kung Fu Billy?
–And the big question…why was Wahoo McDaniel not a big star in the WWF in the late 60’s?

And more. It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool!  Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a monumental podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

Plus there’s a story about Brandon having a guy offer to sell his drugs during a wrestling show at the Keil Auditorium…when he was ten years old! 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 43: 1981 WWF Meets The Man In The High Castle

This show was a bit of a departure for us, where John and Sean welcome Jammie Ward back as our guest, and we discuss two entirely different subjects: Wrestlemania, and 1981 WWF. On the table:

-How last year’s Wrestlemania gave poor John PTSD.
-What the first Wrestlemania in 1985 was like for all of us.
-The letdown that was Wrestlemania 2.
-There were two big problems with Johnny Mac’s girlfriend watching Wrestlemania 3 with he and his friends. –Jammie’s memories of attending Wrestlemanias Iv and V live.
-Toronto fans are a different breed, Chicago fans are a pain in the ass.
-An alternative universe where Magnificent Muraco wins the WWF title in 1983.
-Seanny expresses joy over the greatness of 1981 Don Muraco.
-Buddy Rose: All-time great worker.
-Jammie’s reaction to the 1981 Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine match where the WWF title was held up.

And more. It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a monumental podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

Plus there are TWO separate “This Is Spinal Tap” references! 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 42: 1981 WWF, And That Goofy “Title Change”

Part Four of John McAdam and Sean Goodwin discussing 1981 WWF with our guest Steve Generalli! Covered in this discussion:

–Battle Royal Night in the WWF and why it stunk.
–Texas Death Matches also stunk in the old WWF.
–The impact of the Mr. Fuji and Mr. Saito team in the WWF, and the overall tag team scene.
–How a match on a 1981 Madison Square Garden show had an Eddie Einhorn I.W.A. Connection.
–The Pedro Morales vs Magnificent Muraco feud and the history between the two.
–Yeah, Tony Atlas was really, really strong.
–Dusty Rhodes loved the nightlife, he got to boogie, on the disco ’round, oh yea.

And more. It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a formidable podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

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

Episode 40: Where Is Moondog King? He Got Hit By A Car.

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are once again joined by popular guest Scott Cornish! We’re back taking a deep dive into 1981 WWF, and we cover the following:

–A 1981 show held in Utica, NY, attended by Scott himself.
–A 1981 show at Holy Cross Stadium in Worcester, MA, attended by John, featuring one of the best matches he’s ever seen live.
–The joy of buying programs at the nightly events.
–The mystery of Moondog King disappearing and Moondog Spot taking his place.
–Pat Patterson’s career winding down.
–The fallout from Andre The Giant breaking his leg.
–Curt Hennig getting his start in WWF prelims in 1981.
–The legacy of Captain Lou Albano donning the tights and getting in the ring.
–We get sidetracked and start telling Dick Murdoch stories.
–Was Sgt. Slaughter 1981 Wrestler of the Year?
–Why the managers did not remain at ringside at Madison Square Garden.
–Gorilla Monsoon’s retirement and his one match comeback.
–S.D. Jones’ 1981 WWF return and push, along with his “freeze and blink” offense.

Plus, STW March Madness is coming! Head over to our Facebook group for more info! It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a sweet podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

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

Episode 39: Hulk Hogan’s A Stooge

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are once again joined by popular guest Thomas Bane!

We take a look at:

–We discuss the passing of Dick Beyer, aka The Destroyer and what a huge role he played in creating wrestling in Japan. Yes, I said creating.
–We also have a long talk about the death and legacy of King Bong Bundy.
–Wait, Jesse Ventura tried to stage a walkout at Wrestlemania 2 so that the WWF would have to recognize the wrestlers as a union? And Hulk Hogan stooged him out? How could Vince have handled this? Hear the details on this episode.
–Bundy left the WWF right before Wrestlemania 4 in 1988. We question his timing.
–Was the NWA ever interested in bringing Bundy in after his WWF departure?
–What would Bundy’s Japan prospects have looked like?
–The origin of the Ric Flair vs Shane Douglas spat.
–Was Bundy better with Bobby Heenan or Jimmy Hart?
–Ted Dibiase, most disappointing manager ever.
–Who were the good babyface managers?
–Irish Terry Gunn…we actually talk about him.
–Should Killer Khan have been a bigger deal in the WWF?
–Why did Pedro Morales defend the Intercontinental Title against half of the tag champions? We have the answer.
–We do a deep dive into how the Sgt. Slaughter vs Pat Patterson started, and how they could have done it better.
–The Bob Backlund vs Stan Hansen Cage Match at MSG was a disappointment. What happened?

It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a sweet podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

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

Episode 38: Binghamton, NY Knows Too Much About Greg Valentine

John McAdam and Sean Goodwin are once again joined by longtime WWWF / WWF fan Steve Generalli, who is perfect for this show since we focus on 1981 WWF Wrestling, among other things!

We take a look at:
–The Bob Backlund vs Greg Valentine one hour draw that was recently released on WWE Network, a match many of us have been dying to see for over forty years. We have differing opinions on the quality of this bout.
–Remembering the late, great Pedro Morales.
–Sam Muchnick yelling at Vince McMahon Sr.
–A look at Hulk Hogan’s first run in the WWF.
–Were Tony Atlas and S.D. Jones supposed to win the WWF tag titles?
–A general look at the greatness that was early Sgt. Slaughter.
–Stan Hansen finally returns after an absence of almost four years.
–The Moondogs…we didn’t like them.
–Bulldog Brower…we didn’t like him either.
–The Hulk Hogan vs Tony Atlas feud.

Plus, a story about the time Larry Sharpe tried to pull a dine and dash on one of us and John McAdam is finally acknowledged as the king of bringing up people’s wonderful personal qualities.

It’s a very cool discussion. Actually, it’s wicked cool! Every week give us sixty minutes and we’ll give you a sweet podcast – STICK TO WRESTLING!

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