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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 03:38 PM
This is definitely a great read.
I've been a fan since the mid-70's.
Use to watch it religiously every Saturday morning
when Vinnie Mac used to announce.
Andre,Bob Backllund,Chief JAy STrongbow,
Bruno Sammartino,Superstar Billy GRaham
I could go on forever. Never forget when I saw blood for the first time
Black Jack Mulligan used to do the Claw and they used to out a big black X
on the screen.......classic!
Then moved on to Georgia Wrestling every saturday and sunday night
with Gordon Solie. Those were the good ole days, I love watching the
old highlights.
Great thread, Droog

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 03:49 PM
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Isn't his dad Jerry one of the TNA promoters?That explains his push & spot


Yes. TNA was started by Jerry and Jeff Jarrett mainly as a vehicle to make Jeff a star. TNA is now owned by Panda Energy, the owners of which have placed their daughter, Dixie Carter, head of the promotion. Panda has lost $20 million on TNA since they started backing it.

The reason they took the belt off Raven and put it back on Jarrett is that they wanted to have the guy with the most name recognition when they started on Spike. Not the best long-term top guy, and they know it. Besides, the belt that really means the most in TNA is the X Division Title.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 04:06 PM
When I think of 'rasslin', one name comes to mind..... Gordon Solie! The greatest announcer ever!




Rick Flair is still 'rasslin'? LOL!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 04:19 PM
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Gordon Solie! The greatest announcer ever!


Who could ever forget some of Gordon's best lines, such as the "standing vertical soo-play" and "the name on the marquee is wrestling."

As far as the best ever, though, I used to think that until Joey Styles came along...

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 05:50 PM
Here's the card from 1/29/80 from an old program that I have


 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 05:56 PM
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The reason they took the belt off Raven and put it back on Jarrett is that they wanted to have the guy with the most name recognition when they started on Spike. Not the best long-term top guy, and they know it. Besides, the belt that really means the most in TNA is the X Division Title.


Please allow me to join the Jarrett-hating club. That guy has always sucked, and continues to suck. Does he have the most name-recognition in TNA? I thought that would have been Kevin Nash or DDP or somebody else . . . Jarrett seems to suck wherever he goes, unfortunately.

Generic cross between Ric Flair and the Honky Tonk Man, IMO.

Watching the historical stuff after RAW on Monday, I caught a glimpse of "Saturn." He was cool. Anyone know what became of him?

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 06:03 PM
I just found the answer to that:

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/p/perry-saturn.html

Read the bottom. Man, the dude's a real hero!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 06:52 PM
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I just found the answer to that:

http://www.obsessedwithwrestling.com/profiles/p/perry-saturn.html

Read the bottom. Man, the dude's a real hero!


Woah,man;
April 2004: Perry Saturn was driving his girlfriend to work when he heard what he thought was an argument next to a vehicle..
~~~When he approached the vehicle, he saw two men trying to restrain a woman as they were raping her..
~~~Without hesitation, he grabbed both men off her, and started fighting with them..
~~~As he was able to get the woman free from her attackers, he felt a burning sensation in his neck..
~~~He thought originally it was a cut stemming from a punch..
~~~However, he learned soonafter he was shot three times in the neck with a 25 caliber handgun..
~~~Perry Saturn now has a steel plate and three stainless steel screws where his C-5, C-6 and C-7 vertabre..


DAMN!I hope he returns someday.The Eliminators were my favorite tagteam in ECW.' Total Eimination was a devistating finishing maneuver

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 08:17 PM



Favorite wrestler ever!

That was one sick puppy

Coconut anyone?

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 11:25 PM
I use to go to see wrestling at Louisville Gardens every Tuesday night. Ah the good ol days of rasslin.The Gardens is a 6000 seat basketball arena that use to be the old armory. Eveyone has rassled there once back in hey day of the territories. It was a great time, cheap entertainment admission was $4. And when you could still smoke there we would sit on the top row, And smoke.

As anyone who's gone to the matches will tell you, often the best show is not in the ring but in the crowd. You see some of the most unique people there. This one black family would come every week and sit one section over from us, three or four generations of them.The oldest male could barely get up the steps he was assisted by what I assume was one of his sons. His wife (?) reminded me of Aunt Esther on Sanford & Son. A church going woman, but when the house lights went down on Tuesday night watch out. She was a hardcore fan. She had a shrill piercing voice. I'll never forget the night when Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee was wrestling the Blonde Bombers, Wayne ferris & Larry Latham. This was the week after the famous concession stand brawl in Tupelo MS.
Lawler got Ferris in an arm bar and she set down the bible and started screaming " Break it, Break it, break that motherf@#*er break it!" The whole time she was just screaming, yelling and carrying on. The matches ended,the house lights came on and she was transformed back to the quiet bible toting woman.

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 11:45 PM
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Lawler got Ferris in an arm bar and she set down the bible and started screaming " Break it, Break it, break that motherf@#*er break it!" The whole she was just screaming, yelling and carrying on. The matches ended,the house lights came on and she was transformed back to the quiet bible toting woman.


Lol!That reminds me of the Andy Kaufman/Jerry lawler footage,there was an old grandma lokkin lady who just got plumb mean during the matches & scream bloody murder.Man those Memphis folk took their wrestling serious!They hated Kaufman!He cracked me up-"I'm the king,oh I'm the king,yeah I'm the king of Memphis wrestling!"
"I'm not from Memphis,Tennesse,I'm from Hollywood,California!"
That guy was burnt man

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 08:57 AM
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Please allow me to join the Jarrett-hating club. That guy has always sucked, and continues to suck. Does he have the most name-recognition in TNA? I thought that would have been Kevin Nash or DDP or somebody else . . . Jarrett seems to suck wherever he goes, unfortunately.

Generic cross between Ric Flair and the Honky Tonk Man, IMO.



Well, Kevin Nash is 46...he can't go full-time anymore, plus he's very actively pursuing a movie career. DDP's body is in even worse shape and couldn't handle the grind.

To me, the biggest mistake they are making with Jarrett is they severely underestimate Raven's reputation. If you are trying to steal wrestling fans away from the WWE, then which guy has 1000 times more cred than the other? Raven, of course.

As an "old-school" fan at heart, what really really bugs me is that the NWA champion, wearing a belt modeled after the original "Ten Pounds of Gold" has to use a prop guitar to win every match.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 09:42 AM
That was funny when they switched Nash's steroids for estrogen in the Longest Yard remake.

What about this Dalip Singh (The Giant Singh) character (also in the Longest Yard - the ping-pong playing manianc)? That is one huge mother-effer. I've heard his wrestling sucks (I've never seen it), but that never stopped the Big Show or Andre or any of the other huge bruisers. I'd like to see him in some matches - if for no other reason than to see some of the big loudmouths get laid out every now and then. I believe most of his activity has been in Japan, in the same league where Rick Steiner is now wrestling.







 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 10:17 AM
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What about this Dalip Singh (The Giant Singh) character


Horrible, horrible worker...actually, a guy died taking a flapjack bump wrong from this guy in training about six months ago...

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 10:57 AM
Yes, I remember hearing a little something about that. A real shame. I see where the company had to pay out in a lawsuit because of that. Do you know if it was a mistake on Singh's part, the victim's, or just an all-out accident?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 11:05 AM
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Do you know if it was a mistake on Singh's part, the victim's, or just an all-out accident?


A bit of all three. A flapjack is really easy to screw up if you don't execute it right...the guy that died had already gotten a concussion from taking the exact same bump earlier that day and had no business continuing to take bumps that day (major meat of the lawsuit against the wrestling school), but the real reason it was so bad was the size differential beween the two...puts a whole new perspective on "it's all fake," doesn't it?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 11:20 AM
Who are some of the other guys in TNA?
Sounds like they have a decent cast.
Are Sabu and RAven doing any ECW type stuff?
When did it start on Spike and when is it on?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 11:39 AM
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Who are some of the other guys in TNA?
Sounds like they have a decent cast.



Abyss
A.J. Styles (if you've never seen him and you're a wrestling fan, you are definitely missing out)
Alex Shelley
"The Alpha Male" Monty Brown (former NFL guy, potential to be HUGE)
Chris Sabin
"The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels (Indie legend, incredible worker)
Elix Skipper (who once did a tightrope walk on TOP of a cage to give a guy an off-the-top huracanrana)
Gail Kim (Just signed)
Jeff Hardy
Jerry Lynn
Konnan
Petey Williams (has a finisher called the "Canadian Destroyer" which is basically a standing sunset flip piledriver, you have GOT to see it)
Raven
Rhino (former Rhyno from WWE & ECW)
Ron Killings
Sabu (still jumping off chairs, doing leg drops with the chair, and nobody throws chairs at people like Sabu)
Samoa Joe (the NEXT guaranteed legend)
Sean Waltman (former X-Pac) was a member of the roster but seems to have blown yet another huge opportunity
Sonjay Dutt
Sonny Siaki
Team 3-D (the former Dudleys)

plus quite a few more...they also bring in from time-to-time international guys such as Shocker and Jushin Liger.

Current Champions:
NWA Heavyweight Champion: Jeff Jarrett
NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas)
TNA X-Division Champion: A.J. Styles


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When did it start on Spike and when is it on?


The first show was last week. The new show is Saturday nights 10pm Central on Spike, replayed Monday nights after Ultimate Fighter.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 12:45 PM
Gordon Soley was the announcer for WTBS before they went nationwide...Don't miss it, BE THERE!!! We would go to the wrestling matches at Griffin-Barnesville Sports Palace...if memory serves, a big barn....they would also swing through Jackson occasionally...Bob Armstrong, Dusty Rhodes, The Assassin, Andre the Giant, I wish I could remember more of their names...would also always go to the matches in Shreveport, LA with my uncle...what a blast...always loved the old lady at ringside who would beat the bad guys with her shoe...

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 12:48 PM
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.always loved the old lady at ringside who would beat the bad guys with her shoe...


I think every arena, gym, or armory had one of those fans. Louisville had an old bald guy that wore overalls. He went every week. There was even a story about him in the paper when he passed away.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 01:57 PM
Here you go, Bill, some memories for ya, I'm sure:

http://www.oldschool-wrestling.com/osw_photogallery.htm

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 02:16 PM
Is that real blood?

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 02:17 PM
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Is that real blood?



Yup. Always.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2005 at 02:20 PM
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Gordon Soley was the announcer for WTBS before they went nationwide...Don't miss it, BE THERE!!! We would go to the wrestling matches at Griffin-Barnesville Sports Palace...if memory serves, a big barn....they would also swing through Jackson occasionally...Bob Armstrong, Dusty Rhodes, The Assassin, Andre the Giant, I wish I could remember more of their names...would also always go to the matches in Shreveport, LA with my uncle...what a blast...always loved the old lady at ringside who would beat the bad guys with her shoe...


I can't remember all of them either, Goliath. Let's see, Wahoo McDaniel was one. Tommy Rich, you and I were probably teens when Tommy wrestled. Tommy 'Wildfire' Rich.

Daddy used to take his uncle to the Civic Center here in Atlanta, I think....could have been the Municipal Auditorium, I'd tag along. Daddy would make me hold his hand and stay right with him. He didn't fear my getting hurt by or viewing the wrestlers. His concern was the fans, lol! To say wrestling fans were rowdy is an understatement.

I do remember one wrestler in particular who was well known for touting the fans, Buzz Sawyer.

How many remember Magnum TA? I always liked him for the obvious reasons a woman would , however, his story is one of tragedy. He was a great wrestler, everybody's hero. He was a class act.

 

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