Wrestling Observer Flashback–07.21.86

It’s time for the continuation of the Great American Bash, as in Dave bashing Dusty Rhodes’ booking every week.

To the news!

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–07.07.86

OK, so I guess suicide and depression discussions are a bit dark for this column.  Duly noted, we’ll keep it light from now on.  We’re pretty much smooth sailing for major deaths until 1987 anyway.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–06.28.86

Finally, after our trip back to 1984 and our eventual arrival here, it’s the return of the most-requested* feature in Blog of Doom history**, the running joke by which all other gags are judged!


* requested by me

** “history” defined as the Memorial Day weekend.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–04.22.86

Congrats to the San Jose Sharks on making their first Cup final.  In the absence of teams that I give a shit about this year, I’m rooting for someone new to win the Cup, or at least someone who hasn’t won it in a while, so probably Sharks v. Lightning would be ideal at this point. 

By the way, a reminder that the link to my rant archives is always available for the low price of $20 via Paypal, and it’s now Cultstatus approved!  Instead of updating a zip file, what I do now is give a special link to my OneDrive account, which gives you access to everything I write, updated and archived as I write it.  The only thing that’s not (currently) there is these Flashbacks, because I write them directly to the blog rather than making a Word document first.  There might even be a surprise in there, who knows?

Back to 86 we go…

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.30.85

Previously on American Idol:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/20/wrestling-observer-flashback-12-16-85/

And so we’ve reached the end of 1985 and thankfully the Observer has gone from 30 pages to 8 in the process, and Dave is a much more readable writer, although still 6 years away from switching to a word processor and hiring an actual editor.  Well, something to look forward to as we head into 1986, I guess.

To the WON!

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–11.16.85

Previously on Orange is the New Black:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/18/wrestling-observer-flashback-12-05-85/

So it turns out that November was actually under May, so in fact I can go back and get Dave’s thoughts on the Wrestling Classic.  So I guess it’s a Wrestling Observer Flashback Flashback.

Also, be sure to check out the SquaredCircle subreddit, where some dude is RIPPING OFF MY GIMMICK.  Just kidding, he asked first and I think it’s cool that I’m inspiring others to snark on Dave’s retro snark, plus it’ll be months before I ever get close to 1991 anyway:  https://www.reddit.com/r/SquaredCircle/comments/4jyk66/wrestling_observer_rewind_2181991/

Jesus, guys my age should not be drinking coffee at 8:30PM.  I’ll probably end up doing 2 or 3 of these things tonight before the caffeine wears off. 

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–12.05.85

Previously, on Glee:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/17/wrestling-observer-flashback-10-16-85/

Flash was awesome tonight, but I think Barry Allen was the only person in the world not to see that ending coming.  No spoilers, but [redacted] might as well have been two days away from retirement and putting a down payment on a boat. 

November is missing, so let’s jump to the STARRCADE ‘85 issue instead!

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–10.01.85

Previously, on Friends:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/15/wrestling-observer-flashback-09-19-85/

Oh man, I finally finished Gary Hart’s book (it basically turns into a series of depressing deaths at the end before he’s had enough of wrestling and retires to run an arena) and now I have a gaping hole in my heart during my lunch at work.  It was not only great because of the quality of the content, but also because the chapter breaks were the PERFECT length for the amount of time I had to devote to it.  It also made me very sad that I didn’t appreciate Gary as a talent more when he was alive, although really by the time I knew anything about wrestling, he was essentially out of the sport anyway. 

Anyway, back to 1985 again…

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–06.23.85

Live, from New York, it’s SATURDAY NIGHT!:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/13/wrestling-observer-flashback-april-15-1985-part-2/

Unfortunately, May ‘85 is missing, so we don’t get Meltzer making his first un-retirement like Wally West exploding from the Speed Force in Flash #100, but thankfully the June issue is only SIX PAGES so we can wrap this one up quickly.

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Wrestling Observer Flashback–April 15 1985 Part 1

Previously, somewhere in Parts Unknown:  http://blogofdoom.com/index.php/2016/05/11/wrestling-observer-flashback-march-25-1985-part-2/

Oh man, Captain America.  So great.  Want to watch over and over.  Strangely also want to get freaky with Aunt May, but that seems to be the common sentiment.

Oh, by the way, this is the legendary FINAL ISSUE of the Observer.  Read on for what the deal is.

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