Went to WrestleCon and Met over 120 Wrestlers (List/Details/Photos)

For those of you who aren’t familiar, WrestleCon is kind of like Axxess on a budget with everyone running their own booth. The key differences though are you have a TON of indy wrestlers, plus dozens of legends. You pay a flat rate to get in ($33) and then each autograph and picture you want is an additional charge. For the sake of finances, I only paid for a handful of pictures.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXIII

Taped from Cincinnati, OH

Airdate:  October 14, 1989 (taped 9/21)

Attendance:  14,000 (12,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

What can DiBiase do to win the WWF title from Hogan? What’s new with Savage? Can Piper be any zanier? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…The WWF Wrestling Classic

It’s only fitting that I review a show from the Chicagoland area on the night the Cubs advance to the NLCS. Go Cubs!

Live from Chicago, IL Rosemont, IL

Airdate: November 7, 1985

Attendance:  14,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

This review is sponsored by the candy bar Payday. Thanks, WWE Network!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on Saturday Night’s Main Event III

As I promised earlier in the Daily thread, here is my latest reflection. Go Cubs!

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: November 2, 1985 (taped 10/31)

Attendance:  8,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF WrestleMania

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: March 31, 1985

Attendance:  19,121

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Here we are–the very first WrestleMania that has spawned over three decades of supershows for the WWF/WWE. Let’s dig in to how the World Wrestling Federation got to this point:

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Strike Force

Was Strike Force always meant to be broken up the minute they got together? They certainly didn’t last very long despite being popular. Plus, it’s not like pretty boy tag teams were going out of style at the time (hello Rockers). Or was Vince that in love with with the model gimmick that he felt it was worth the sacrifice.

​I know it’s hard to believe with the intense buildup and well-crafted interviews that they gave to set up the team ("We’re gonna STRIKE with lightning FORCE!") ​but yeah, poor Tito was always just the designated goober who Martel was turning on. But I mean, it’s just Tito Santana and it was easy for him to get himself back to the previous level he started at anyway.

Tito Santana

So, I started watching in 1990, and it seemed like Tito had pretty much descended into JTTS hell by that point. As I learned more about the history, I became aware of the two IC reigns and the tag run with Martel, but even then, he lost on every Wrestlemania I rented…and yes, I never got around to watching the first one. My question is: what exactly happened that Tito wound up falling so far down the card? Do you think it would have gone the same way if Tom Zenk hadn’t screwed up whatever it was that he screwed up? Or was he a bigger star than someone who only watched Wrestlemania from that era would have figured, with a bunch of TV and house show wins and such? All I really saw were his JTTS years and the one-sided feud with Rick Martel.

That’s just how the business used to work.  You got your run at the top (or as near the top as you were gonna get underneath Hogan and Savage) and then you dropped down and put guys over while someone new took over your spot.  Besides, Tito was bulletproof anyway, a guy who they could stick in just about any position on the card and fans would buy into his comebacks and accept him in the role.  Need someone to work a long match with a top guy on a house show?  Tito Santana!  Need a tag partner when someone flakes out and leaves?  Tito Santana!  Want to do a miracle jobber angle against the tag champs for fun?  Tito Santana!  I would bet you money that if they had stuck Tito into a World title match against Randy Savage leading up to Wrestlemania V, they would have torn down the house in a 20 minute match and had everyone in the building thinking that Tito might just win the belt.  Tito was good people.  He knew exactly what his role was and played it to perfection.