Wrestling Observer Flashback–January 1985 Part 4

Previously, on the Edge & Christian Show That Reeks of Awesomeness:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/03/wrestling-observer-flashback-january-1985-part-3/

Page 37 of 54 now.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  We’ve made camp somewhere in the Sierra mountains and hopefully we’ll be headed home in time for Christmas and to see Gerry stopped at the Rhine by our boys on the front lines.  If I don’t make it out of a Meltzer run-on sentence about the UWF alive, tell my family I love them and tell Danimal that he still can’t have posting access.  Ever.

WWF news time.  Let’s do this.  Fingers crossed that I can pull this off in 1000 words and move onto the next month by tomorrow.  GERONIMO!

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–January 1985 Part 1

Previously on WCW Thunder… http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/04/30/wrestling-observer-flashback-september-1984-part-2/

So now we skip ahead to the beginning of 1985, and this is the Observer Yearbook issue at a mammoth FIFTY THREE PAGES, which means I’m gonna have to split this thing up into 3 parts to cover it all.  And it’s a pretty historic issue right off the bat, as you’ll soon see.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–September 1984 Part 2

Previously on Daredevil…  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/04/29/wrestling-observer-flashback-september-1984-part-1/

Although I don’t really recap the letters pages on these things, I should note that Observer readers HAAAAAAAAAAATE the Brutus Beefcake gimmick.  He was like the Eva Marie of 1984 or something.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–June 1984 Part 2

Previously on 24:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/04/27/wrestling-observer-flashback-june-1984-part-1/

For those looking for some extracurricular research to go with these early 80s flashbacks, I recently got the Gary Hart autobiography (someone sent me a copy and said “I’m pretty sure you’ll like it” and he was RIGHT!) and I’ve been working through it on lunch breaks at work.  Gary was someone who knew his place in the hierarchy and travelled around  enough to get a cool perspective on the territory system of the 50s – 80s.  Just a very interesting, conversationally written piece thus far and it made me sad that must of us only ever knew him on the tail end of his career as a manager and booker. 

OK, so we left off with Japan news last time, so let’s pick things up around page 14…

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–June 1984 Part 1

Previously on the Flash…back:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/04/26/wrestling-observer-flashback-may-1984-part-2/

Sorry for those of you waiting anxiously for Black Saturday, but the available collection skips to September from here, so we unfortunately miss the worst day of Ole Anderson’s life and I presume Dave’s as well.

As a note, I think I’m going to only post one part per day because this two-a-day thing is just killing me.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–April 1984 Part 1

For my own sanity we’re going to split the ‘84 issues into two parts, although I’m going to post one at 6am like usual and then the next one at 6pm to see if we can get some evening action going again.  At the very least it’ll break up the giant blocks of text and allow me to go into a bit more detail on stuff.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–January 1984

It was pointed out to me that there was indeed news and such in the January 84 issue, but it took 23 pages to get there.  So let’s jump back there before we continue on!

Also, the remainder of the ‘84 issues are going to be split into two parts because condensing those things into 1500 words is like trying to adapt Stephen King novels into half-hour TV shows.  So we’ll do half each day to let things breathe a little bit.

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