Gene Dubois vs. Terrible Ted (Buffalo Athletic Club February 24, 1967)

Terrible Ted was a 600 pound bear from Canada that wrestled professional from 1950 to 1974. Here we see him take on his trainer, Gene Dubois, in an exhibition match that took place in Buffalo, NY. I could have the date wrong but if the internet is to be believed this is the only time these two faced each other in Buffalo.

As far as wrestling bears go, Terrible Ted was probably the best since he could manage snapmares and single leg takedowns and things of that ilk.

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NWA:TNA Weekly PPV #21 (November 20, 2002)

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Time for another action packed episode of NWA-TNA from 2002. Your hosts for the evening are Don West and Mike Tenay. West talks up tonight’s matches. We’ve got Amazing Red taking on Jerry Lynn for the X-Division championship and in the main event Jeff Jarrett will be taking on Ron Killings for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

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NWA Clash of the Champions (March 27, 1988)

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The story goes that back in 1987 Vince McMahon put together the Survivor Series to fuck with Jim Crockett Promotion’s PPV buyrates for Starrcade. The event was scheduled on the same day as the previously announced Starrcade and Vince talked a number of cable providers to carry Survivor Series alone by threatening to withhold WrestleMania IV from them if they aired both events.

Crockett decides that turnabout is fair play and schedules an NWA supercard to run against WrestleMania IV and goes that extra mile by putting it on free TV instead of PPV. This is that supercard.

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NWA:TNA Weekly PPV #20 (November 13, 2002)

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Welcome to the TNA Asylum. Jeremy Borash introduces Goldylocks who will sing “The Star Spangled Banner,” in honor of the veterans (Veterans’ Day would have been a day or two prior to this). She proceeds to sing the National Anthem unaccompanied and does a pretty decent job.

We then get the opening video before we’re joined by our hosts for the evening: Don West and Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay. Tenay tells us that as of yet, Mr. Wrestling III has not contacted him about The Truth’s open contract. He and West then give us a brief rundown of the card.

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NWA:TNA Weekly PPV #19 (November 6, 2002)

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I’ve decided to watch some old TNA from the weekly PPV era for reasons not even I completely understand so let’s get it going on!

Professor Iron “Mike” Tenay informs us that the stars of TNA took part in he NWA’s 54th Anniversary event in Corpus Christi, TX since the last PPV, and we are shown a man proudly displaying a tattoo of the NWA logo on his arm. That’s really something guy!

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Haystack Calhoun vs. Buddy Rogers (NWA Chicago April 14, 1961)

Headlocks and hammerlocks are the order of the day until Haystack invents the Fat Guy Wrestler move set and slams his girth into Rogers and nails him with a big splash. Rogers gets fired up and hits a bunch of dropkicks that send Calhoun tumbling out of the ring. A ring rope breaks and Calhoun and apparently bloodied, and stuck under the ring and thus unable to answer the rapidfire 1960s ten count. Probably one of the better fuck finishes I’ve seen recently.

Also the belt Rogers is wearing here I think is the same NWA United States Championship belt thatwould  become the first version of the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship a couple years after this match.

Jim Graham vs. Bozo Brown (NWA Chicago October 10, 1950)

Time for some NWA Chicago! Today we have the youngster, Jim Graham, taking on Bozo Brown. I don’t know who Jim Graham is/was, but Bozo Brown would go on to be “Spaceman” Frank Hickey and wrestle everywhere pretty much until he died in 1993 (some of his final matches were teaming with a young Brian “Grandmaster Sexay” Christopher).

The Code of Honor is not adhered to by Brown as the match gets underway, and oh what a match it is! If you like sloppy 1950s action with lots of hip tosses and rest holds this is the match for you. The announcer kind of improves it by delivering random sardonic one liners (“I’ll put gravel in your oatmeal!”) throughout the match, but other than that it’s a pretty bare bones match.

Graham ends up picking up the win when Bozo Brown goes out to the apron and gets counted out in ten legit seconds. Having watched a million WWE matches where the 10 count sometimes takes a full minute I have to admit that I was kind of confused when the bell rang seconds after Brown went to the outside.