Friday, March 4, 2011

Flashback Friday: The Slammy Goes To...

March 1, 1986:  The Rock 'n Wrestling connection was still in full effect.  The WWF was enjoying some main stream media coverage thanks to its union with MTV and rocker Cyndi Lauper.

In 1985, the company released "the Wrestling Album", complete with different wrestlers singing songs.  Some of those hits would become their own theme music.

I still have my original vinyl album.  I also have it on CD, which I've transferred into my iPod, and yes I do listen to it from time to time.

The album, although cheesy, is pretty good (if you're a wrestling fan)  But there's no way any of the songs, not even my favorite "Land of a 1,000 Dances" was going to win a Grammy award.  So Vince McMahon and the powers at MTV collaborated on an awards show that was totally appropriate.

And on that night in March 25 years ago, we got the first ever Slammy Awards.  The Slammies aired on MTV.  There was no in ring wrestling like we see now when the awards are presented during Monday Night Raw.

I vaguely remember watching the show.  I may have even taped it (on VHS of course)  So if you've never seen the show, or don't remember what happened, here are the results... (thanks for reading)

  1. Best Personality in Land of 1000 Dances
    • Roddy Piper (winner)
    • all wrestlers in the video were nominees
  2. Gene Okerlund performed "Tutti Frutti."
  3. Best Producer:
    • Mona Flambe aka Cyndi Lauper (winner)
    • Rick Derringer
    • Joel Dorn
  4. Jimmy Hart performed "Eat Your Heart Out Rick Springfield."
  5. Best Commentator
    • Gene Okerlund (winner)
    • Vince McMahon
    • Jesse Ventura
  6. Hillbilly Jim lip-synched "Don't Go Messin' with a Country Boy."
  7. Most Ignominious
    • Nikolai Volkoff (winner and only nominee)
  8. Junkyard Dog lip-synched "Grab Them Cakes."
  9. Best Single Performer
    • Junkyard Dog (winner)
    • Lou Albano
    • Gene Okerlund
    • Roddy Piper
    • Nikolai Volkoff
    • Jimmy Hart
    • Hillbilly Jim.

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