Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.07.91

Anaheim, CA phone repair

 

Previously on the Flashback…http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2017/01/12/wrestling-observer-flashback-09-30-91/

It’s Friday the 13th, and more bad luck for the WWF!

– It seems that for unknown reasons, Vince McMahon is suddenly having cash flow problems, so a bunch of stuff is immediately happening.  First up, they’re adding another PPV on a Tuesday, 12/6, which is just six days after Survivor Series.  Next, 10% of the front office staff got the ax, but no one that would be recognizable.  Thirdly, tickets are being raised by $1 in most venues.  Fourthly, the travel schedule is being completely redone to cut back on air travel expenses, which are “completely out of control” and part of the reason cash is so tight.  (What, they didn’t just buy a private jet and fly everyone around the country like Crockett did?)  So now they’re going to book cities where they can fly into an airport, have the guys go by car to 10 shows or so, and then fly out from there again after the loop is done.  (What a wacky concept.) 

– Basically the company has been operating in the red for a while now, so they’re doing this stuff now to get back into the black again before it get much worse.  (Or, alternatively, they could spend $250,000 on a Wizard of Oz gimmick for Kevin Nash and then keep pushing it even after it bombs and wonder why the company is losing so much money.)  The blame internally seems to be pointed at the WBF, which had huge startup costs and big money contracts for 14 guys who don’t add anything back to the bottom line.  Other people are more realistically blaming the flop that was Wrestlemania VII and weak Hogan-Slaughter program over the summer.  One thing is for certain:  This too shall pass.  (I mean, it’s not like the entire business is about to fall into a downward spiral that will last for the next four years!) 

– Much like WCW and their mystery-laden shows, the new PPV will be kept DOUBLE SECRET from WWF fans, so as not to disrupt the buyrate for Survivor Series.  Right now it’s just listed as a generic “special event” with a $12.95 price, with no details given to cable companies.  The idea is that no card will announced until after the Survivor Series, when something so shocking and heinous will occur that an immediate rematch will be necessary, forcing everyone watching the show to order another show a week later.  Dave thinks it’s a gamble, to say the least.

– Wrestlemania VIII, which Dave is still counting on being headlined by Hogan v. Flair, sold 5500 tickets on opening day, which is a monster number to begin.  (Unfortunately it never really achieved the numbers it looked like it was going to.) 

– Hey, let’s get back to the exciting union talk with a brand new feature that I’d like to call…

– The full strike threatened by the union didn’t materialize after all, although there’s still some limited strikes happening at house shows where TV cameras are present.  The wrestlers all went to EMLL president Francisco Alonso and let him know that they’re UNIFIED in wanting the TV show taken off Televisa.  Or else.  Wrestling on weekly network TV just isn’t in the best interest of the wrestlers!  However, and this is going to come as a huge shock so I hope you’re sitting down on something comfortable, apparently some reporters dug into the story and it turns out…

…remember, I warned you here…

…the wrestlers are actually not unified at all.

– Yes, it’s hard to believe that a group of wrestlers could immediately backstab each other, I know, but it turns out that the wrestlers who work for EMLL and the wrestlers who work for the UWA are in it for entirely different purposes. The union is in fact split down those lines, and UWA faction (who are mostly older and more politically connected) are in fact fighting to keep EMLL off TV because they don’t want EMLL on TV, ya know?  The EMLL guys seem to think they’re righteous social justice warriors or some shit like that, whereas the UWA guys are just dicks.  And in fact the UWA has negotiated another deal with another network to air their show, ironically while this strike is going on.  The union is hoping that the Mexican president will step in and mediate the proceedings, but first they have to go through a billion miles of red tape and other assorted stages, so that doesn’t seem likely.  In fact, they’re having trouble even finding a branch of the judicial system that is willing to declare that they have jurisdiction to make a ruling in the first place.

– Variety (the only media outlet more up its own ass than WWE) actually produced a story on Warrior’s departure called “Ultimate Exit”.  The piece claims that Warrior was to be paid $50,000 for Summerslam but then discovered Hogan was getting $150,000, and so held up Vince for the extra $100,000 before he’d show for the PPV.  Vince paid him the money and then fired him immediately afterwards.  Dave can’t vouch for the accuracy of the numbers at this point.  (Of course, we later discovered that this was in fact EXACTLY the real story behind the firing!) 

– Hulk Hogan decided to open his mouth on the subject of George Zahorian yet again, and here was his latest life story:  He only knew Zahorian in 1983, when George prescribed him a MILD steroid, ONCE, to heal an injury, but then all of a sudden the doctor gets busted and here’s this picture of Hogan and him like they’re best friends.

– Hogan was interviewed again by Entertainment Tonight on the subject while doing PR for Suburban Commando, and just a few days later his story has now changed to the steroids being given to him in 1984. Still legal, still mild, still just three times.  Did he say three times?  He meant once.

– OK, time for Dave to debunk this nonsense once and for all.  Zahorian testified at the trial that he met Hogan in 1984, at which point Hulk already had a serious abuse problem.  However, it’s hard for anyone to reasonably believe that the two men never met in 1980 when Hogan was doing the Allentown tapings every week as a regular and Zahorian was the ringside doctor.  It’s also strange that Hogan would have suffered an injury in 1983 as champion, when we won the title in 1984.  It’s also strange that Hogan would seek the medical advice of WWF doctor Zahorian in 1983, when he was wrestling as the top star for the AWA, thousands of miles away.  Unless Zahorian was his personal physician.  Which Hogan says he wasn’t.  Because they never met until 1984, or so Hogan claims.

– Also, Hulk is getting his medicine confused in the midst of his ever-changing stories, admitting to using what is essentially the cortisone version of steroids (like the anti-inflammatory type that are in inhalers and such) while pretending not to know anything about the muscle-building version of steroids.  In fact, the anabolic steroids used by wrestlers have never been used by legitimate medical doctors to treat legitimate injuries.  EVER.  They are for a specific purpose, which is building muscle, and any medical purpose would be for treating forms of breast cancer or kidney disease.

– Speaking of kidney disease, Ed Gantner’s mother continues to make the news, as she told the press that her son continued using steroids even after his first kidney failed because “I may die, but I’ll be so big they’ll have to bury me in a piano crate”.  She plans to testify at the hearings in Florida to determine whether drug testing should be regulated by the government there.  (Oh man, you can just FEEL the bad mojo building and building towards something big here.) 

– Anyway, back to Zahorian, as Hogan’s story is now that his name only came up in the trial because they found a photo of him and the good doctor from 1983 (or was it 1984, Hulk?) in his office when they did the bust.  In fact, they found Hogan’s name because federal investigators caught him shredding Fed-Ex receipts for drugs shipped to 43 different WWF employees, of which Hogan was one.  In fact, there was another 15 shipments sent directly to the offices at Titan Towers, totaling more than 36 pounds of drugs, ordered by Vince himself.  The WWF had no comment on that one.  And the raid only covered people that Zahorian was supplying by Fed-Ex, because there was another large group (including admitted client Billy Graham) who bought from him via other methods.

– So yeah, Hogan actually received five packages from Zahorian in 1988, sent to his homes and signed for by either himself or his wife, using either real or worked names.  Now, there’s no proof that a three pound package sent via Fed-Ex to an alias like “Tiny Bolen” was actually drugs of any kind, but THAT is why his name was associated with Zahorian at the trial, not because of a stupid photo.

– Hogan talked to the local paper in St. Petersberg, claiming that he’ll never wrestle a full-time schedule again (unless WCW drove a dump truck full of money up to his door) and he’s currently grooming his replacement.  Dave hopes that this time they’re at least smart enough to use a transitional guy to put the title on Sid instead of wrecking Warrior by splitting crowd response.

– OK, enough about steroids.  Over to Japan, where the UWFI sold out in Sapporo but nearly had a riot because Takada knocked out Bob Backlund in the main event in only 1:15 and people were PISSED at the short match. (They must have really hated that CM Punk fight, then.)  Bob immediately apologized to the crowd for the poor showing and promised to train better kick blocking next time.  Dave clarifies that “better” would be “not blocking kicks by using your face” like he did this time.

– After their epic brawl that sold 33000 tickets, Onita and Tarzan Goto have apparently mended fences and will resume their partnership as a team again, built on mutual respect or whatever.  (I can’t see any way this could possibly backfire on them.) 

– The GWF will be holding yet another tournament, this one for the TV title vacated by the Patriot.  (Apparently Joe Pedicino subscribes to my philosophy about tournaments being awesome.  However, I’m not down with his views on taking money from Nigerian scammers.) 

– Jerry Lawler did a promo in Memphis talking about how he was faithful to the USWA even though he could go anywhere he wanted, and he wanted to prove himself against a WWF wrestler, so it’s building to a match against Koko B. Ware at the end of the month.  (This would actually lead to a pretty steady stream of WWF crossover for the next couple of years, culminating in Lawler leaving for the WWF and the amazing evil Vince interviews.) 

-Apparently Joel Goodhart’s Philly promotion is gaining a cult following, and he’s got dates tentatively booked for much of 1992 at the bingo hall he runs out of as a result.

– To WCW, where the Sting v. Cactus Jack & Abdullah program is actually starting to liven up the TV shows a bit.

– There’s also talk about bringing in Rick Rude and giving him a big push.

– So here was the original planned finish for the Chamber of Horrors match, in case you’re looking for a good party story to impress a girl with:  One Man Gang would do the job by getting “electrocuted” in one of the gimmick chairs, but instead of dying he would simply get amnesia and return as the Reverend Billy Bright as a babyface.  THIS WAS A REAL THING THEY WANTED TO DO.

– To the WWF, where the tag team known as the Undertakers on the indy scene got a tryout because of a lawsuit settlement over the name.  They were called Double Trouble and it went about as well as you’d expect given none of us have ever heard of them again.

– Tito Santana debuted as El Matador and everyone was just confused rather than reacting in any specific way.  He does the gimmick of dodging the jobber and yelling “Ole” and Dave is worried that fans will think he’s talking about the former WCW booker.

– And finally, the poor Beverly Brothers are the only team who continues to shrink in size since the drug program was instituted.  (Hopefully they’re making a killing selling their clean piss to everyone else, at least.) 

  • Heenan: So he became a preacher after getting fried in the electric chair?
    Gorilla: That’s correct, Brain
    Heenan: I guess he really saw the light.
    Gorilla: Will you be serious?!?
    Heenan: Reverend Billy Lite Brite
    Gorilla: WILL YOU STOP?!?

    • AnInternetToughGuy

      *Applause*

    • Kuetsar

      *****

    • Thanks – I just got back from a doctor’s appointment and still have a full day/night of work to deal with – I needed a great laugh.

    • JAWAS ♥ SMOAK

      I’ll have you taken out of here in a minute.

  • Vince

    Moving from Elkhart to Anaheim is like when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to LA.

    • I’m going to Disneyland > I’m going to the RV Hall of Fame and Museum

  • mike

    “Hopefully they’re making a killing selling their clean piss to everyone else, at least”

    EXACTLY what i would have done.

  • tonybell73

    I’ve said this before, but someone should write a book about Hogan using ONLY quotes from Hogan interviews. An Oral History of Hulk Hogan, from Hulk Hogan, if you will.

    • PatJames387

      I would read that so many times! LOL!

      • James M. Fabiano

        Scott, can you take a one-time detour to the WON where Dave picks apart Hogan’s autobiography?

        • Bettis

          Good idea for MLK day.

        • RG-Dallas

          Which version?

    • It would have to include Andre the Giant’s tragic death only days after Wrestlemania 3.

      • tonybell73

        As we all know, Andre died the day before WM3, the day of WM3, in the middle of the WM3 match, and immediately afterwards, and each time was resuscitated by the sheer will of Hulk Hogan himself, who gave the Big Boot to the Grim Reaper and then used the atomic legdrop like a defibrillator.

        • Also he weighed 900lbs

          • RG-Dallas

            I keep responding to Hogan’s twitter posts by saying – Andre the Giant, 700 pounds. He keeps ignoring me.

  • superjobber

    Reverend Billy Bright is no worse for OMG than Akeem was.

    • Bettis

      I forgot he was originally in the Chamber match too. I’m gonna have to fast forward through some Sept/Oct WCW programming to track the heel team.

    • y2j420

      Akeem was fucking awesome…

  • Rick Poehling

    “To the WWF, where the tag team known as the Undertakers on the indy scene got a tryout because of a lawsuit settlement over the name.”

    Wait a minute. They sued the WWF (or the WWF sued them), and one of the things they got in the settlement was a tryout with the company that they had just been embroiled with in court? That might be one of the dumbest terms for a settlement I’ve ever heard.

    • They be marks.

    • PeteF3

      They made a full house show run for a few months, so it was a little more than that. Being on a short-term deal rather than just getting a tryout is a little more reasonable.

    • James M. Fabiano

      One was Big Val Puccio from ECW.

  • Boomska316 .

    I couldn’t find a clip online, but I’m assuming most of you have seen that bit from TNT where Hogan was showing off his “Python Powder” and handed out little baggies of “Vitamins” to the audience. I wish someone had dug that clip up around this time.

  • Boomska316 .

    “Tito Santana debuted as El Matador and everyone was just confused rather than reacting in any specific way. He does the gimmick of dodging the jobber and yelling “Ole” and Dave is worried that fans will think he’s talking about the former WCW booker.” It mainly seemed like a cosmetic change to me. He still wrestled like plain old Tito and they never tried to pretend he was someone else. The only thing that was really different was his finisher.

    • nwa88

      Extra hot pace picante?

  • PrideOfCanada

    Despite the stupidity of the video packages, El Matador ended up being a strong repackaging for Tito once they acknowledged it was pretty much still him.

    If only they could have gotten his sister, Arriba McEntire, more appearances.

    • tonybell73

      Bravo. Well done.

    • UngeAutotuneNejTak

      which mania is that from? I think bobby drops it at…. 7?

      • Barry Gilpin

        8.

  • thejob111

    Tuesday in Texas ruined Survivor Series 91

    • MaffewOfBotchamania

      Agreed, Series 1991 is godawful

      • daveschlet

        The Flair match is good, but has a crappy finish; and the Hogan match is ok, with a surprise finish at the time, which of course lead to Flair getting the belt.

        Also, Flair vs Piper should’ve been a televised match on Tuesday in Texas.

        • Boomska316 .

          The Hogan/Taker matches would have been better without the long restholds in the middle of each.

          • UngeAutotuneNejTak

            Resthold In Peace

      • Mr. P

        It really surprised me how bad the Rockers match was, especially since they were on a roll in 1991. It was just so long and boring aside from the one incident that started the breakup.

      • markn95

        It really stands out because the Rumble, Mania, and Summerslam earlier in the year were all so good. Even Tuesday in Texas was better because it had the superior Hogan-Taker match and Savage actually wrestled.

    • Heidenreich

      This. SS 91 was basically a 3 hour commercial for Tuesday in Texas

      • To be fair, it was a unique idea and a good experiment during a time where business was down anyway. Scott effectively points out at the top of this recap just how much Vince ran the company like, you know, an actual business – cutting costs and trying new things. It’s such a joke how far ahead of the other promoters he was in terms of business sense, at least in the wrestling business.

  • MaffewOfBotchamania

    ”– After their epic brawl that sold 33000 tickets, Onita and Tarzan Goto have apparently mended fences and will resume their partnership as a team again, built on mutual respect or whatever. (I can’t see any way this could possibly backfire on them.) ”

    That’d be pretty much the main event scene with Onita until he left, with Pogo swapping out for Goto sometimes.

    • Manjiimortal

      Yep, though Onita and Goto never had another singles match again after this one. And it wasn’t the case of Pogo swapping with Goto sometimes, as for close to 2 years almost every big Onita match in FMW was against Pogo (exceptions being the Matsunaga match in December 93, the Tenryu match at the 94 Kawasaki show, the Aoyagi match at Osaka castle Hall in Summer 94 and his retirement match in 95 of course).

      • MaffewOfBotchamania

        Goto being considered for the retirement match and him going ”fuck that, i’m not going to be blamed for this show bombing” was another amazing example of FMW being amazing backstage

        • Manjiimortal

          It was more a case of “I’m not going to be blamed for the promotion sinking once Onita leaves”, because Onita wouldn’t budge on going out a conquering hero, and beating his successor on his retirement match, which would do WONDER, wonders I tells ya, for the poor bastard.

          Shoichi Arai’s book goes deep into all the FMW backstage issues, and is a very interesting, if tragic, read.

          • MaffewOfBotchamania

            I’ve read bits and basically all of Hayabusa’s career was horrible. I had no idea and would probably have been happier not knowing.

          • Manjiimortal

            Yes, Hayabusa was dealt a horrible hand from the beginning, being put in the position of carrying a promotion when he wasn’t over and the crowd really wasn’t familiar with him either (he’d spent most of 94 and 95 up to then wrestling in Mexico), and then trying to do the Deathmatch style of wrestling when his body really wasn’t suited for it just made things worse.

            Things got better by late 97/98, but by then Onita was trying to make a comeback and made things very difficult for Hayabusa, plus the enforced gimmick change made him no favours.

          • jabroniville

            Wow, I never knew that about Hayabusa. All the stuff I read was basically “he rocks and is the best worker!” because the Puro reviewers I read at the time were huge FMW marks. One guy called it his favorite promotion ever.

          • Manjiimortal

            He got a very raw deal.

            You start with the fact that the promotion had been built around the street fight and deathmatch style of wrestling, with guys like Onita, Goto, Pogo, Matsunaga, etc all being capable of doing that style, but Hayabusa’s body just wasn’t built to take that kind of punishment, so it was very taxing for him to work that style (he spent most of 1996 out injured because of working deathmatches). Then there was the matter that he wrestled almost exclusively in Mexico before being set up as the new ace after Onita’s retirement, when the fanbase wasn’t at all familiar with him (he had only ever worked 2 matches in Japan under the Hayabusa gimmick, the Super J-Cup match and a match with Sabu in FMW in Summer 94), plus the fact that Onita booked himself to win his retirement match, so Hayabusa wouldn’t be getting any rub out of it and start his role as the ace in a crippled manner from a booking standpoint.

            And then Onita came out of retirement in December 96 and started hogging the spotlight, forcing Hayabusa into a midcard position, while putting much more emphasis in guys like Masato Tanaka and Kintaro Kanemura, both of whom could work the deathmatch style. It wasn’t until late 97 that Hayabusa was finally given a chance to rise to the main event while Onita was finally forced down the card. But then in 1999 FMW was taken into a more “Entertainment” direction, as forced by their PPV provider, and Hayabusa was forcefully booked to retire the gimmick and become H, which did him no favours, though he was still presented as a top guy, though no longer THE top guy. They were forced to bring the Hayabusa gimmick back (first only for selected matches, then for good) because the fanbase didn’t take to H as they expected.

            And to top all that, Hayabusa’s high-flying style was extremely taxing on his body (one of the reasons why he became H, to change his style), as he was out of action again between November 2000 and May 2001 on account of forearm surgeries. His body really couldn’t take the damage his style was doing to it as he was a wreck already back in 1999.

            For a very in-depth look at his career and life check Bahu’s FMW site, he has an extensive biography on Hayabusa:

            http://fmwwrestling.us/Hayabio.html

  • Clark O’Brien

    Are those “evil Vince” promos the ones where he reveals he can’t pronounce the word “svelte” properly?

    • Tim Pang

      Somewhat related I just watched the 2000 Raw episode where he repeatedly says “feeshes”

      • RG-Dallas

        My dad and I laughed like crazy on that one. Fishes??? Seriously, it sounded like Fishes.

      • jabroniville

        was he trying to say “fishes”?

        • Tim Pang

          Feces

    • tonybell73

      Related but unrelated: I remember Gentleman Chris Adams couldn’t pronounce “suave” – he’d say it as “swerve” – yet loved to say it in his promos.

      (I know he’s British but that’s not a Brit thing. My dad is from England and he says suave just fine).

  • slapdabass

    I’m loving the One Man Gang storyline going on here. I’m gonna be sad when he misses an issue. I wonder if he would have politely told them amnesia angles are fucking stupid.

  • Chris B

    I loved late 91 WWF. There was just so much stuff going on at the top of the card – Undertaker winning the title, the Hogan backlash starting, Flair causing chaos, Jake Roberts and Randy Savage setting the world on fire, Roddy Piper, Bret Hart’s rise, Sid Justice. It was just so much fun to watch, even if the workrate itself wasn’t always on point.

    • markn95

      Yeah, things were really starting to get interesting until the steroid and other scandals crushed the business and chased so many top guys from the company. It would have been interesting to see how 1992-95 would have played out if a the guys you mentioned above had stayed active. Sure, wrestling’s popularity was going to be on the downswing no matter what and young guys like Bret, Shawn, and Owen would have had less opportunities, but overall the product would probably have been a lot more entertaining.

    • Mr. P

      100% agreed. The only bad thing was that Survivor Series sucked. Other than that, later 1991/early 1992 was one of my favourite periods as a fan.

      For WCW too for that matter, as that was when the Dangerous Alliance angle took place. Both promotions were really putting out a great product during that time.

  • Manjiimortal

    I wonder, didn’t Hogan had a lawyer to advise him to not do these declarations like that? Because there’s a lot of holes in every one of those stories that could be used to crucify him at court.

    The whole Mexican Wrestlers Union nonsense is so very wrestling it’s almost brilliant, and more of a reason to show why unions in wrestling won’t ever work.

    The Takada/Backlund thing is actually a bit bigger than that, because the match was held to high expectations since the first Takada/Backlund match, back in December 88 on the Newborn UWF is universally considered one of the top Shoot-Style matches of all time, so a rematch ending so quickly was a massive, massive, disappointment. Plus, to make matters worse, Backlund was KO’d with a kick to the mid-section, not to the head, as that would have at least looked impressive, instead Takada kicks him in the mid-section and Backlund immediately goes down like a goober.

    The One Man Gang in the Chamber of Horrors story was lol-worthy already, but Dave’s Ole snark just killed me!

    • Stephen

      It’s not like Takada / Backlund II was especially one-sided: Backlund scores the first points of the match and generally has his way of things before Takada gets a flurry in that KOs him.

      But, yeah, my guess is that in those pre-K1 days Japanese fans weren’t trained to think body / liver kicks would be deadly, so they naturally shit on the quick finish.

      • Manjiimortal

        Yeah, the UWF had always presented head kicks as being deadly, while body shots (unless it was a rolling thrust kick) were something used to tire the opponent, which made the finish all the more disappointing. Their rematch in November would be much longer, but it also wasn’t anything special and not even close to the excellence of the December 88 match, which I highly recommend as an introduction to Shoot-Style, since the match is still quite pro-style worked because of Backlund.

      • MaffewOfBotchamania

        Backlund’s wrestling-style bump off it didn’t help. Yeesh.

        • jabroniville

          He at least collapsed pretty quickly. I was expecting him to go flying backwards.

      • jabroniville

        I love how it’s “Shoot Style” and Backlund comes in with a fucking WWF-style Backdrop Suplex.

    • Juan Llama

      “I wonder, didn’t Hogan had a lawyer to advise him to not do these declarations like that? Because there’s a lot of holes in every one of those stories that could be used to crucify him at court.”

      I was thinking about this not long ago. It’s an excellent question, and Hogan may not have had a criminal lawyer at this point. This is before the government was really prosecuting people for using steroids, and they hadn’t yet turned their attention to McMahon and the WWF. I’m thinking that when things started getting really hot with McMahon, and it became inevitable that Hogan would have to testify, he got a lawyer who talked some sense into him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had some kind of immunity deal, or if he just got good advice and actually followed it. Somebody made sure he didn’t perjure himself when it mattered.

  • markn95

    Hogan saying he used corticosteroids like Prednisone or Medrol is absurd. Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are totally different drugs for totally different conditions. Ironically, corticosteroids are in fact terrible for cosmetic purposes. Among their other side effects, they make you gain around 10-15 pounds of “water” weight in the face and torso that would kill the look of any wrestler.

  • TheDDG

    “Variety (the only media outlet more up its own ass than WWE)”

    ESPN would like a word with you, Scott.

    • Stephen

      Canadians are mercifully immune to ESPN’s worst tendencies. Sure, we get PTI and ATH, but they’re shuffled off into the nether regions of the sports package.

      • Big D Wangston

        PTI and ATH are really among the least awful things on ESPN

        • Mr. P

          And First Take has improved substantially since Max Kellerman replaced Skip Bayless.

      • We do get First Take though, unless there’s a curling tournament.

  • BODConscience

    That Meltzer “blocking kicks with the face” joke deserved a dank meme. And I did not get one. I’m disapointed.

    • slapdabass

      Now we know where Ronda Rousey’s coaching staff got the strategy for her last 2 fights, though.

  • SuperfluousNipple

    I don’t know if Dave ever mentions it or not, but one thing that helped develop the cult-ish nature of the Goodhart promotion was a radio slot they got on WIP, Philadelphia’s sports radio station (at the time, anyway). It was essentially a constant stream of promotion for the Goodhart shows with interviews and promos from the wrestlers. I remember hearing Cactus and Eddie Gilbert hype up their famous match endlessly before it occurred and then people calling in on the next show to say they’d never seen anything like it. You could feel the momentum building then for what became ECW eventually.

    • Basscase

      WIP is still in Philly. And yes, it’s still as bad as it was then. IN fact, it’s gotten worse.

    • ONITA100

      That’s badass. What a time that would have been to be around for that

  • “Hopefully they’re making a killing selling their clean piss to everyone else, at least.”

    I just did a cheerio spit take on that line. Well played, Mr. Keith.

    • RG-Dallas

      Scott sounds more like my dad used to sound when he was still living.

  • James M. Fabiano

    Would have been better if OMG thought he was Akeem again.

  • Michael Weyer

    The EMLL story confirms something I’ve heard lots of guys talk about in radio shows and such. It’s not Vince keeping a wrestling union from ever forming. It’s the fact that wrestlers are out for themselves and can never really unify enough for it. For every guy willing to go on strike over some issue, there are a dozen who will jump to take his place. That’s why a union has never been formed as wrestling isn’t a team sport and guys too willing to cut each other loose to get ahead.

    • Manjiimortal

      Yeah, wrestlers aren’t the most thrustworthy bunch indeed. Backstabbing is way too common for something like that to ever work, and the nature of the business is all about the individual.

    • jabroniville

      I can’t imagine someone on Cena’s level wanting to lose money for the hundreds of guys on the indie scene.

      This is why SAG is such a shit-show of a union- 96% of the people in it are poor, starving waiters & bus-boys, so the big-name actors have to follow what all of THOSE fucks want to do.

  • markn95

    So what was so “shocking” about the Survivor Series that fans needed to run out and order Tuesday in Texas six day after? I guess Undertaker beating Hogan for the title qualifies because title changes were rare in those days but it a lot of that was lost in the screwy finish of the match. If anything, it seemed designed to make fans want to see Hogan-Flair, not a Hogan-Undertaker rematch. And Hogan never even cut a promo during the second half of the show to hype the rematch.

    If anything, they probably should have saved the Savage snakebite angle for Survivor Series instead of airing it on Superstars.

    • Buster Abbott

      No way they do that snakebite angle on a live show, too many things could’ve gone wrong. It was pretty clear the Superstars segment was heavily edited, though it still had great “you couldn’t make this stuff up” stuff (like the snake seemingly fucking SMILING alongside Jake…that king cobra was the 1991 WWF MVP)

      • Grampa Bensouda Stomper X

        That cobra was a hell of a worker, even if he took liberties with Savage. : D

        • jabroniville

          That’s probably why he never worked in the WWF again. Fucking politics.

    • PeteF3

      Hogan was legit injured from that last tombstone (not from the chair–UT’s knee hit him in the head) and Mooney had to essentially cut his promo for him.

      • RG-Dallas

        What? That didn’t happen. Did it?

        • PeteF3

          I wouldn’t have typed it if it didn’t.

  • ” Hogan talked to the local paper in St. Petersberg, claiming that he’ll never wrestle a full-time schedule again (unless WCW drove a dump truck full of money up to his door)”

    Wait. Hogan wrestled a full-time schedule in WCW?!

    • zbinks

      Not really. He was wrestling on TV far more, but working house shows far less.

      • Oh, yeah that’s what I meant – I was just being a smartass 🙂

  • Kanye Batista

    Beverly Brothers situation reminds me of Julian selling clean urine in Trailer Park Boys: Don’t Legalize It.

    • Selleck Reynolds

      Real reason Lanny Porto replaced John Tolos: he was willing to be their piss chimp.

  • ONITA100

    Crazy how much the Chamber or Horrers match got changed up as the original heel team was Oz, One Man Gang, Windham and Diamond Studd. And we got Cactus, Vader, Abdullah and Studd

    • If they just would have left it as a 4 on 4 cage match and it didn’t add the stupid Electric Chair bit.. it could have been just a great bloody brawl. Because I’ve always enjoyed that match until the chair comes down because they have no where to wrestle and I believe it’s Scott first match back from the Bicep Tear and he is feeling it, hitting a tiger driver on Studd in like the first minute and fucking breaks a stick over Cactus’s head he hits him so hard with it.

  • Supermark25

    “It seems that for unknown reasons, Vince McMahon is suddenly having cash flow problems”

    Did the Warrior really depand that much at Summerslam?

    But seriously, “Fourthly, the travel schedule is being completely redone to cut back on air travel expenses”

    Were they paying airfare for the guys, at this point?

    • Diamond Jim Lowe

      Yes. It was and is standard practice.

  • Victory73

    ” OMG would get electrocuted in one of the gimmick chairs, but instead of dying he would simply get amnesia and return as the Reverend Billy Bright as a babyface.”

    This is bad, the worst part is he would be a babyface. How in the world would that gimmick be a babyface?

  • y2j420

    So what is/was Japan’s stance or mindset on steroid use?

    • Boomska316 .

      That’s something I’ve been wondering as well.

      • JasonMK

        The Japanese fans weren’t trained to cheer the heavily muscled guys, so it was probably not as big of an issue there anyway.

    • Dedicated Underachiever

      I was always lead to believe that they file steroid use under “Could Give A Fuck”.

  • WaylonMercy2K17

    If only Double Trouble had waited a year, they could have cashed in on the explosive popularity of the Peter and David Paul movie of the same name!

    • Joe Klunk

      “THE…G FORCES…ARE…KILLING ME!!!!”

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