Tag Archives: Hulk Hogan

Episode 205: Hogan Was In It, So He Went

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined again by popular guest Matt Mann as we discuss what was going on in wrestling forty years ago, during the month of May 1982. On this week’s episode:

–Rocky III is released, forever linking Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

–Mid-South Wrestling holds a SuperDome show that draws over 21,000.

–Jimmy Garvin turns heel and becomes “Gorgeous Jimmy”, finally breaking out of the mid-card.

–Leroy Brown wrestling Ric Flair on the main event at The Omni?

–You were never, ever supposed to miss a St. Louis show. But Sam Muchnick retired so Jack Brisco did.

–Former college football teammates Ted Dibiase and Tully Blanchard square off.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about the first great wrestling match he had ever seen, 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 198: Conspicuous By His Absence

This week on STICK TO WRESTLING we continue to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Wrestlemania 3, as popular guest Brent Nicolas returns to discuss these issues and more:

–Where was Paul Orndorff?

–Who was Randy Savage originally scheduled to defend the Intercontinental title against?

–What was Bobby Heenan paid for this event?

–Was Hogan vs Andre really that bad?

–What was Wrestlemania III’s overall impact on the wrestling business?

–Tom Zenk left the WWF shortly after this event. Why did he leave, and how did it impact his career?

Plus we take questions on Wrestlemania III from the Stick To Wrestling Universe, 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 188: You Need To Wear A Mask, Sir.

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Shawn Heimberger and we celebrate the Year of 1982 turning forty years old by looking at some results and discussing the matches’ participants. We talk about Sam Muchnick’s retirement show, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Hulk Hogan, Harley Race, Dick The Bruiser, Bobby Heenan, Ted Dibiase, Pat O’Connor, The Briscos, Paul Orndorff, David Von Erich, Magnum T.A., Iron Sheik, Junkyard Dog, Greg Valentine, Mr. Wrestling II, Bobby Duncum, Mike Graham, Bob Orton Jr, Ken Patera, Tully Blanchard, Jim Brunzell, Mr. Olympia, Bob Roop, The Spoiler, Greg Gagne, The Samoans, Jesse Barr, and more.

Plus there’s Catfish Hunter and Goose Gossage talk and you finally get that crazy Verne Gagne story we false advertised for last week’s show, 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 182: Brad’s Grandma

On this week’s STICK TO WRESTLING popular guest Brad Breitzman makes his return! Brad grew up watching the AWA and attending their events, so why not take questions from our listeners on the old American Wrestling Association? We talk about:

–Fantasy time! What if Verne Gagne, somehow, was able to retain Hulk Hogan’s services instead of Hogan jumping to the WWF?

–How should the AWA have booked Rick Martel as their champion?

–What was the best AWA match we’ve ever seen? —After Stan Hansen abruptly left the promotion, who was the best choice for the AWA to have as their champion?

–Are the High Flyers tag team of Greg Gagne and Jim Brunzell underrated? Overrated? Rated correctly?

–When the AWA aired on ESPN, the network was not the monolith it is today. But could the AWA have better used the exposure they got from them?

Plus there are “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” references and we have bonus content where we talk about David Bowie, 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 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 169: You’re Not Gonna Turn On Me, Are You?

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

–Paul Orndorff turning on Hulk Hogan may have been obvious and an overly simplistic story, but their feud drew spectacularly.

–The AWA and World Class Championship Wrestling came into 1986 still looking and feeling like major league promotions. By the middle of this Summer they did not.

–Roddy Piper finally turns babyface and of course, is immediately in main events.

–The UWF putting on great television. The Freebirds and Eddie Gilbert’s crew are the lead heels while Hacksaw Duggan, Ted Dibiase, Steve Williams, and Terry Taylor are the top babyfaces. Bill Watts comes out of retirement and makes things even more interesting

–Championship Wrestling from Florida continues to spiral despite having the mega-talented Barry Windham and the promising Lex Luger in the promotion.

–The suspended Andre The Giant returns to the WWF…in disguise, as the Giant Machine.

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 160: Hogan Goes To Hell, Or At Least Was Told To

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by popular guest Thomas Bane, and we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Bash at the Beach ’96! We discuss the following and more:

—Supposedly Kevin Nash didn’t want Hulk Hogan in The Outsiders.

—Ric Flair was one of the best promos in history, but he was often terrible on the stick around this time.

—It was 1996, but someone called Rey Mysterio Jr vs Psycosis “the first great match of the 21st century”.

—We didn’t realize it at the time, but WWF castoff such as Bobby Heenan, Gene Okerlund, Randy Savage, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Jimmy Hart, Miss Elizabeth, and Hulk Hogan really did help WCW.

—The wisdom of putting Ray Traylor and John Tenta, both superheavyweights, in a match where they had to climb a pole.

—How this show ushered in a second career for the seemingly finished Hulk Hogan.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about driving to Hartford to see Ric Flair wrestle for “one last time” back in 1995, 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 157: Apartment Fire

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by the King of Recovery himself, Jim Valley! The topic for the show was originally about the 30th Anniversary of Ric Flair leaving WCW after being fired by Jim Herd. We discussed that, but the conversation was not so regimented that we didn’t talk about other things, including:

–Roddy Piper’s 1979 babyface turn in Portland.

–Hulk Hogan’s initial run in WCW.

–The Portland / Pacific Northwest territory’s lack of coverage in the Apter Mags.

–The WWF’s brilliant decisions after the courts declared they could no longer use the image of Ric Flair’s WCW championship belt.

–The evolution of Sting.

–The Road Warrior’s 1988 turn, and why it was a bad idea.

Plus Johnny Mac had to do over half the show in a closet with the door closed because the landscapers showed up right at recording time, 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 141: Bret Hart, Evil Foreign Menace

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by former Boston Red Sox pitcher Steve Crawford! I’m kidding- it’s not that Steve Crawford, but it’s an even better one. Steve and I continue answering listeners questions, and here’s what’s on tap for this week:

–What happens if Ric Flair jumps to WWF in 1998? How would he fit in peak of Attitude era?

–What was Hulk Hogan’s least lucrative series of matches in the 1980’s?

–If we could change the combatants or finish of any Supercard what would it be?

–Who gets the NWA title if Ric Flair gets seriously injured in 1981?

–What would have happened with WCW had Bill Watts been put in charge in late 1988 or early 1989 instead of Jim Herd?

–If Sting doesn’t injure his knee at Clash Of The Champions and wins the NWA title at WrestleWar 90 does Flair end up in The WWF earlier?

Plus we try to determine the exact moment that pro wrestling became “silly”, 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 136: Victor Rivera’s Alternate Universe

Two very historic 50th Anniversaries are coming very soon: Ivan Koloff winning the WWWF title from Bruno Sammartino, and Pedro Morales winning the title three week’s later from Koloff.

This week’s guest on STICK TO WRESTLING was present at Madison Square Garden for both these historic occasions, and many more. Making his first appearance on the show is the legendary John Jance!

We also discuss:

–What is was like for John Jance being at Madison Square Garden the night Bob Backlund won the title from Superstar Billy Graham.

— John Jance’s recollections of seeing the Bruno Sammartino vs Pedro Morales match at Shea Stadium in 1972.

–The story of how John Jance discovered that Hulk Hogan was coming to the WWF.

–Who John Jance would have preferred seeing as champion instead of Pedro Morales.

–Where John Jance was during the 1976 Shea Stadium show. He wasn’t there, but he has a cool story anyway.

–Where John Jance was getting his wrestling news in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He had a far better source than the Apter Mags.

Plus Johnny Mac very briefly reacts to the happenings on January 6th (this was recorded a few days later) 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