We’re just a couple weeks away from the 35 year anniversary of the very first Saturday Night’s Main Event. The show debuted May 11, 1985, from the Nassau County Coliseum.
So, I’ve turned to Jason Skull of the Skullbuster WrestleCast to take a trip down memory lane and chat more about that first episode. From Hulk Hogan to Roddy Piper to Wendi Richter, the show was stacked. Listen to the podcast here.
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Pity Party, table for one. That is how this podcast may sound to some. However, that is not my intent. I had big plans for this week’s show since it falls on 4/20. You can read between the lines on who I wanted as my guest…
That being said, my attempts to get Rob Van Dam on the show turned into another failed experiment. So that got my brain churning and I thought, why not review a beer in my fridge called Mad Scientist Milkshake IPA. It’s from the Experimental Series by Witchita Brewing Company. You can visit their website here.
So this week you’ll hear me kinda rant and complain about the guests who I’d always wanted but never got. I also review the beer and share some thoughts on other aspects of pro wrestling.
I've had my collection of LJN WWF Superstars for nearly 35 years. (I got my first set during the Summer of 1985.) However, I have never given any of these guys a much needed Fig Bath. The Major Wrestling Figure Podcast (hosted by Matt Cardona and Brian Myers) inspired me to do this (finally).
So while experiencing some boredom, I filled up a small tub with hot water and dish soap and grabbed an unused toothbrush and five Superstars for their debut bathing. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, Brutus Beefcake, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage, Andre the Giant and King Kong Bundy were the first of my collection to take the plunge.
I recorded it on time-lapse and it goes by pretty quick. Admittedly, I could probably give them all another good scrubbing but for the purposes of time, I made it as quick as possible.
Have you given your figs a bath before? What do you use?
I've wanted to get back to blogging and other content creation since this whole COVID-19 quarantine stuff started. It was supposed to be a distraction from reality. Fun posts. However, as I make my blogging re-debut it is with a somber tone. This morning as I was just getting my workday started, the news of Howard Finkel's passing hit social media.
Finkel, aka 'The Fink' was the voice of my childhood. Heck, he was even the voice of many of the wrestling matches I watched as an adult. Simply put, news of Fink's death devastated me. There's no denying that he will go down as the GOAT when it comes to ring announcers. He's in a class all his own. Howard Finkel set the standard for what all of today's ring announcers want to be.
Many fans and wrestlers have been sharing their memories of Fink. We've all heard the iconic announcements he made through the years. "And NEW..." has become a phrase I believe we all associate immediately with Fink's style.
If there has been one person I've tried to emulate in my years on the independent scene of pro wrestling, it's no doubt the Fink. My current gig as ring announcer at Stride Pro Wrestling is the longest stint I've had (just over four years). It's a total ripoff of the legend as I attempt to announce a new champion being crowned. But as they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It's an homage to the man with the golden voice.
Years ago when Fink moved off-screen, I like many fans longed for the days of hearing him in the ring. That distinct bell ringing at Madison Square Garden and the microphone dropping down with Fink's familiar voice are imprinted in my brain. I can hear it all right now as I type this blog.
Not the best pic, but this is from the HOF ceremony in 2009
At the risk of rambling, I'm going to wrap it up here. I am grateful for the Fink being a part of our lives. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to see him get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 in Houston. And I'm grateful to have the chance to step into the ring and follow a dream of announcing the men and women making a name for themselves on the independent scene.
Chris Benoit’s last 48 hours on Earth are some of the most polarizing times in the world of professional wrestling. However, Benoit had a huge impact on fans and other wrestlers throughout the years. This week, I’m joined by Stride Pro Wrestling’s Shane Rich. He shares a unique experience with us about meeting Benoit.
We are not glorifying the tragedies or making light of them in any way. We are just two pro wrestling (and Chris Benoit) fans remembering a different time in our business.
Please listen to the show HERE and let us know what you think.
WrestleMania has been a staple not just in pro wrestling but pop culture for 35 years now. I’m proud to say I was around for the first one and have enjoyed the event each year since 1985. That includes the very unique version of WrestleMania 36, held over two nights and in an empty arena.
However, there are some moments in WrestleMania history that fans like to rewrite. That’s the inspiration for an annual tradition I’ve got going here, called WrestleMania Redo. This week Tyler ‘Heath’ Hatton of Stride Pro Wrestling and I talk about a couple of WrestleMania matches that we would rebook.
My buddy Chad Smart from the Positive Cyncisism Podcasting Network has introduced me to all sorts of different pro wrestling companies. In 2004 when I met him, he was ordering the weekly TNA pay-per-views. Then came Chikara Pro and now we’re watching a company out of southern California; Wrestling Pro Wrestling.
This is a very unique independent company, to say the least. Characters include the Fromage Horsemen (all characters based off cheeses), Darwin Finch and ‘Gentleman’ Jervis Cottonbelly. You can check out their YouTube channel here. Pull up the March 5 show; WPW Presents Tony Tickles’ Invasion Featuring the Sneaky Snakes and watch along with us. We also sprinkle in thoughts on other wrestling companies along the way.