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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 168: The Best Summer Of Wrestling

Popular guest Christian Boddie returns to Stick To Wrestling and we talk about our favorite Summer in wrestling which happened thirty five years ago: 1986. Discussed on this week’s episode:

–Baby Doll inexplicably turns on Dusty Rhodes to side with Ric Flair, which made no sense from a logical or a storyline standpoint. Making things worse, Ric and Baby Doll had no on-screen chemistry.

–Ole Anderson returns to the NWA after a six month absence, and the Four Horsemen get rolling.

–Paul Jones scores the upset, and Jimmy Valiant gets his head shaved.

–Dusty Rhodes wins the NWA title, but for only three weeks.

–The Magnum T.A. vs Nikita Koloff feud continues to rage on.

Plus Christian and John talk about both being at the 1986 Great American Bash in Philadelphia, 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 162: A List Of Reasons

STICK TO WRESTLING is once again joined by Randy Smith as we continue discussing the 1991 Great American Bash, and more! We discuss not only the Bash from thirty years ago, but what went on afterward and we hit on the following:

–There was a surprise guest In Randy’s room after the show, someone you all know.

–How the promotion should have handled the mandate from the Maryland State Athletic Commission saying Missy Hyatt could not compete in a mixed tag match.

–Booker Dusty Rhodes was not just putting a rocket on Dustin Rhodes’ back, he was kneecapping the rest of the babyface roster. We’ll yell you about how he was doing it.

–The stunning double turn of Lex Luger and Barry Windham, and how it may have been one turn too many in Luger’s still young career.

–Our weekend encounters with Harley Race, Cactus Jack, and Eric Bischoff.

Plus we tell the story of how Johnny Mac and another fan ruined everyone’s cruise through Baltimore Harbor, 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 rawboned and wicked good podcast.

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 159: Giant Preying Mantis

On this week’s STICK TO WRESTLING we have a “mailbag” issue where we take questions from the listeners, including but not limited to:

–When should have Crockett moved on from Dusty as booker and who should have replaced him?

–Which wrestling magazines were the best, and which were the worst?

–What wrestling that you remember loving in your youth did you re-watch as an adult and realize “maybe I should have left that as a memory”?

–Did exposure to the Wrestling Observer and other inside news sources immediately change the way you enjoyed pro wrestling?

–What stars from the 70’s and 80’s would not last in today’s era and why?

Plus Johnny Mac talks about all of the sitting around the wrestlers had to do back in the 80’s, 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 158: Muraco Becomes A Superstar

This week STICK TO WRESTLING features a popular returning guest, The King of Baltimore himself, John Fell! We discuss two important shows that occurred on the weekend of June 20 and Jun 21, 1981 and we commemorate the 40th anniversary of:

–Dusty Rhodes winning the NWA title for a second time.

–Magnificent Muraco winning the Intercontinental championship.

–Ken Patera winning the Georgia championship.

Plus we talk Harley Race, Bob Backlund, Sgt. Slaughter, Terry Gordy, Bruiser Brody, Ted Dibiase, Jimmy Snuka, The Andersons, Pat Patterson, Pedro Morales, Blackjack Mulligan, Butch Reed, Curt Hennig, George Steele, Mike Graham, Tommy Rich, Angelo Mosca, The Moondogs and more, 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 156: …Of The Apocalypse

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Matt Mann, and we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the week the Four Horsemen were formed! On the podcast this week:

–The events that led up to the formation of the Four Horsemen, which actually started almost a year prior to the actual formation of the group.

–In their first official act as a faction, the Horsemen destroyed the Road Warriors. That had never happened before.

–Arn Anderson calling himself, Ric Flair, and Tully Blanchard “the three horsemen of the apocalypse” months before the faction was formed.

–Would Gino Hernandez have become a Horseman had he not passed away?

–Lex Luger making his Horsemen aspirations known upon his arrival in 1987.

–Dusty Rhodes as a member of the Horsemen in 1989? Hear about how that was the plan at one point.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about working with a girl who played Roller Derby, 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 139: There Is Such A Thing As A Bad Terry Funk Match

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING, we have Part Two of our discussion of the 30th Anniversary of the Dixie Dynamite Clash of the Champions special, featuring the first Ric Flair vs Scott Stiener match, as well as more general discussion. We discuss:

–The disappointing Ric Flair vs Scott Stiener match, and Scott’s allegation that Flair “sandbagged” him.

–Scott Stiener’s fictional accomplishments as an amateur wrestler at Michigan versus his actual wrestling accomplishments- the actual accomplishments may have been more impressive.

–Dusty Rhodes’ role as an announcer on the show.

–How would we have re-booked this event?

–Jayce asks John to sell him on Bob Backlund.

–An awesome Memphis storyline that was scheduled to happen but fell through.

Plus there’s a Great Wojo reference, 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 133: Pump Or Pay Revisited

This week’s STICK TO WRESTLING is a Christmas Day edition, and the last STW of the year, so why not have a special TWO HOUR EPISODE?

More specialness- we’re joined by the show’s producer, Lightning Lou Kipilman!

Even more specialness- it’s a mailbag show where we answer questions from the listeners! Here are some of the inquiries we respond to this week:

–What was the story behind was Buddy Rogers being billed as world champion in the Northeast after losing the title to Lou Thesz?

–What happens if Dusty does not become Mid-Atlantic booker in 1984?

–What were the best matches we’ve seen live?

–What is the most money you’ve ever spent on something ridiculous and what was it?

–Why was there heat between Ric Flair & Rick Rude?

–If he’d gotten the ESPN slot, could Bill Watts have won the wrestling wars?

And more! Plus we talk about embarrassing encounters with wrestling personalities, and we discuss a Psycho Capone match, 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 125: Valentine’s Favorite Stereo Salesman

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Mike Gunter, who grew up in North Carolina in the 1970’s as a big fan of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling! This week we discuss:

–The ascent of Ric Flair as a superstar.

–The territory transitioning from a tag team based territory to a singles territory featuring the United States title.

–Roddy Piper’s arrival in the Carolinas.

–Dusty Rhodes arrival as booker and top star.

–Ric Flair’s turning full-fledged heel in 1985.

And more, including Mike opening up about his friendship with Jack Brisco, 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