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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 134: The WWF MVPs, Part One

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

–Bob Backlund, and how he was a huge success as Bruno Sammartino’s successor.

–Bruno Sammartino, as he disappears when Backlund wins the title and re-appears when the time is right.

–Ivan Koloff, and why he was so valuable as a challenger.

–Peter Maivia, and the turn that made him a main eventer.

–Greg Valentine, and how his first WWWF run made both he and Bob Backlund bigger stars.

–Pat Patterson, and how his four match series vs Bob Backlund at Madison Square Garden was so brilliantly booked.

Steve and I give you the top five on our WWF MVP ballot for 1978, 1979, and 1980, 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 132: Flair Is In A Limo While Luger Rides The Bus

The week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Max Levy and we talk about the demise of the WWF in the early to mid 90’s. So what happened?

–The steroid scandal, shrinking wrestlers, and an issue the fans could no longer turn a blind eye to.

–Berry Orton (named after Wild Red Berry) had a casual conversation with John Arezzi that morphed into a nationwide scandal.

–Was pro wrestling, at the end of the day, just an 80’s fad?

–The ridiculous and heavily pushed characters like Doink The Clown and Papa Shango that drove fans away.

–Sgt. Slaughter’s push, and the WWF tying their storylines to an ongoing real-life war.

–Hulk Hogan gets stale, and eventually leaves.

And more, plus this episode goes into overtime, 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 131: Pat Patterson’s WWF Run

The week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Ron Lemieux! It’s a wicked good hour as we talk about the late, great Pat Patterson and what it was like to see him in the WWF. We discuss:

–The brilliant booking where Patterson won the North American title from Ted Dibiase, and how he then deployed that same strategy in his attempt to win the WWF title from Bob Backlund.

–The angle that turned Patterson babyface, where the Grand Wizard literally tried to sell Pat to Captain Lou Albano.

–Pat becoming a part time wrestler and a full time announcer.

–How his legendary feud with Sgt. Slaughter started with a slow burn and eventually exploded, ending with his series of Alley Fights with Slaughter. These were some of the best matches in WWF history and still hold up today.

–Patterson’s subsequent feuds with Angelo Mosca and Ivan Koloff.

–His slide into full time retirement as a wrestler, but remaining one of the most important people in the business.

Plus Ron refers to Angelo Mosca as a “big galoot”, AND we talk about the best and worst Red Sox free agent signings of all 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 130: The Brock Brothers

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by The King of Baltimore himself, John Fell! It’s a wicked good hour as we discuss:

–Roddy Piper making John’s wife furious.

–The 1987 Crockett Cup

–Ric Flair luring females to the Baltimore Marriott hotel.

–Wrestlemania 3

–J.J. Dillon, an underrated asset with the Four Horsemen.

–The 1991 Great American Bash.

–Barry Windham’s initial run as a heel.

Plus John Fell shares a heartbreaking memory about meeting Road Warrior Animal, 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 129: I’m Worth Something

Hi Everyone:

I’m John McAdam and I’m here to tell you that this episode of STICK TO WRESTLING is a special one, something I’ve been planning for months.

Back in 2003, Dave Meltzer had a talk show on CBS Sportsline Network. Ole Anderson had just released a book, and Dave invited Ole as a guest on the show to promote it. The lit matches and the gasoline collided, and the interview was THE topic of wrestling chats and messageboards at the time. Thomas Bane and I took a close look at this disaster as STICK TO WRESTLING provides a Thanksgiving leftover show that’s over TWO HOURS of controversy and laughs.

I hope you and your families all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the episode!

JRM

Produced by Lou Kipilman

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

Episode 128: Mixing Up The Daves

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by longtime fan Will Rickard, who shares his experiences growing up watching Mid-Atlantic Wrestling and attending the shows there. We discuss:

–The infamous traffic jam caused by the sold out show featuring Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood vs Sgt. Slaughter and Private Don Kernodle in a Cage Match.

–The brilliant angle where Jack and Jerry Brisco turned heel.

–The day Will was “smartened up” to the business.

–The angle where Bob Orton Jr turned on Ric Flair, allowing he and Dick Slater to collect the bounty Harler Race placed on Ric.

–The WWF’s invasion of the Carolinas.

–Hulk Hogan getting booed out of the building in Greeensboro as a babyface during the early Nitro days.

And more, plus Johnny Mac debunks an old rumor about The Freebirds, 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 127: Shaving Bobby’s Back

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Al Getz of the “Charting The Territories” Arcadian Vanguard podcast! We had a blast doing the show as we discussed:

–Al’s background as a wrestling manager and someone who handled various behind-the-scene tasks.

–How Al uses actual metrics to accurately represent a wrestler’s spot in a territory.

–Modern Wrestling vs Classic Wrestling.

–How Al does off-internet historic wrestling research.

–The 1984 “Mr. R” angle in Georgia.

–All Elite Wrestling, and why the Orange Cassidy persona works.

Plus Johnny Mac talks about his adventure in Kenosha, Wisconsin 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 126: Frumpy’s Advice

This week STICK TO WRESTLING is joined by Jeff Bowdren! It’s a Georgia Championship Wrestling episode, and we discuss:

–The Mount Rushmore of Georgia Wrestling.

–Roddy Piper’s impact on the territory.

–Pushing Buzz Sawyer and Brett Sawyer as the promotion’s top stars.

–The arrival of The Road Warriors.

–Black Saturday.

–The demise if the territory, and the awful early Saturday morning show they tried to run with.

Plus Johnny Mac does a PERFECT impersonation of Austin Idol’s dog, 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