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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 28 December 2017 at 12:48pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

The theory was that people did family stuff during the day but wanted something to do at night, so the promotions would run a big show in one of their big markets.

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My brain is often tired from eating too much turkey and drinking too much wine on Xmas Day. Definitely not a brain that can concentrate on watching wrestling, John! 
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John Popa
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 2:07pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

WWE clarified last night that the Women's Royal Rumble would be 30 participants, not 20 as initially suggested. They didn't say if the intervals would be the same or shorter (or if they said it, I missed it.)

Certainly leaves a lot of room for NXT/Surprise entrants.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 02 January 2018 at 5:07pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Indeed.

Incidentally, does anyone know why the intervals were shortened in 1994 and 1995? In 1994, the wrestlers entered every 90 seconds; and in 1995, the wrestlers entered every 60 seconds.

I am just curious what the reason in the shift in policy may have been.


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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 5:08pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

MONDAY NIGHT RAW aired for the first time 25 years ago.

Being on the air continually for 25 years is a hell of an achievement. If it runs for many more years - and there's no reason why it won't - then it could well enter some sort of record book.


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John Popa
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I'm not sure why they shortened the intervals in those years but if you really pay attention, the intervals are almost always pretty random and much shorter than 2 minutes.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 9:37am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

They are? You've been counting? I wish I had. ;-)
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John Popa
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 2:40pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I found a fun bit in an old Wrestling Observer, basically this is the first time the newsletter ever mentioned Dwayne Johnson, when he was still in college at Miami. The story is from the Nov.1, 1993 edition of the Observer.

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Both the New York Daily News and the Miami Herald (which was syndicated nationally on the Knight-Ridder service) ran stories about University of Miami defensive tackle Dwayne Johnson, talking about him being the son of long-time pro wrestler Rocky Johnson. The New York story didn't mention that he was the grandson of the late Chief Peter Maivia although it was emphasized in the Miami story. He claimed his uncles included Jimmy Snuka, The Head Shrinkers and the Wild Samoans, which I don't believe would actually be blood relatives as much as spiritual. Johnson, who is 6-5, 275, is a redshirt junior who splits time in a rotating foursome at DT and will likely someday end up in pro wrestling.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 3:35pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Great find, thank you.

I've never read a copy of the WRESTLING OBSERVER. 
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 6:04pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

From 1989 to 1992, I anxiously awaited the arrival of each issue of the Observer in the mail.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 12:43pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Do they still produce a physical newsletter? I presumed they'd have "migrated" online.

What about the PRO WRESTLING TORCH? Anyone read that?
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 4:16pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I used to read the Torch, too, but the Observer was much more informational, I felt. There was another newsletter I subscribed to that dealt with pro wrestling as a TV business and covered only what could be seen on television.
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 4:17pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

By the way, on Twitter today, Noel Clarke, Mickey on Doctor Who, has been campaigning to return World of Sport Wrestling as a weekly TV program.
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Tim Cousar
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 4:19pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

The Observer is still available in print.
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Robbie Parry
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Wow, still available in print, eh? I am surprised, given most people have the internet now. But I guess some still prefer it in print.

In 1994, a magazine called POWER SLAM hit the shelves (it ran until 2014). It was my first "insider" magazine. It referenced the real names of wrestlers. In time, it talked about booking, scripts, angles, etc. May not seem a big deal now, but from 1994-97, well the business was opening up but it was still presenting a certain reality in other ways - so reading a magazine that did that was quite an eye-opener.

This was, of course, during a time when PWI, WWF MAGAZINE, WCW MAGAZINE and others were strictly kayfabe. That's why I enjoyed POWER SLAM. WWF MAGAZINE had articles on what made Doink tick (1993) and the search for the missing Undertaker (1994), but POWER SLAM "spoke" to me in a different way.
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Posted: 13 January 2018 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

It was a column by Dwight Decker, I think, that introduced me to The Wrestling Observer.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 14 January 2018 at 10:15am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

I did watch the 1994 ROYAL RUMBLE again and it did make me smile, the kayfabe comment about Bastion Booger missing his entrance because he overate and became sick. :D
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 17 January 2018 at 5:54am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

I used to play some of these games, they were pretty good by the standards of the era (some of them, anyway):

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My interest in video games was gone before Nintendo 64.
The greatest wrestling game of all-time for me will
forever be PRO WRESTLING for the NES!

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Posted: 17 January 2018 at 9:16am | IP Logged | 19 post reply

I remember going to an amusement park in junior high (Cedar Point for those in the know) and they had the arcade game Tag Team Wrestling, which is where I ended up spending most of my money and time that day - roller coasters be damned!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 17 January 2018 at 9:54am | IP Logged | 20 post reply

This was my first wrestling game, TITLE MATCH PRO WRESTLING for the Atari 2600:


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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 January 2018 at 8:56am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Royal Rumble '98 aired twenty years ago today:





I remember being quite underwhelmed by this one. I really enjoyed the casket match between Shawn Michaels and Undertaker. As for the 30-Man Rumble, I enjoyed seeing Austin win, but there was nothing remotely compelling or memorable about that match, certainly not like there'd been prior to this.
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Posted: 18 January 2018 at 1:48pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

That undercard WAS kinda underwhelming, but the '98 Rumble stands out as the continued rise of Austin - plus the first appearance of MIKE TYSON in the WWF leading into the WM 14 storyline that began the next night on Raw where Tyson had the shoving match with Austin.  Also, Mick Foley's "Three Faces Of Foley" made the Rumble match fun!

Finally, Shawn Michaels vs Taker... crazy match where HBK suffered a crippling back injury that nearly ended his career!

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 18 January 2018 at 2:36pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

I was still suffering a slight malaise due to Bret Hart having left the WWF (I know I could see him in WCW, but they were fucking him and everything else up).

I did appreciate Austin's victory.

I just didn't feel this was an iconic or memorable 30-Man Rumble. 
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Robbie Parry
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The 2003 Royal Rumble took place 15 years ago today:





The Scott Steiner/Triple H feud was pointless (what did it really achieve?), and Steiner seemed badly out of shape here, but I thought it was a reasonably solid match.

The Benoit/Angle match, for the WWF Title, was phenomenal.

I enjoyed the 30-Man Rumble. At the time, Hulk Hogan was under contract, but had been on hiatus since the summer of 2002. I was hoping he'd show up in the 30-Man Rumble as he hadn't participated since the 1992 event. Obviously, he didn't.

It was a pretty good 30-Man Rumble. Overall, the card was fairly entertaining.


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John Popa
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Posted: 21 January 2018 at 10:26am | IP Logged | 25 post reply

I don't remember the 2003 especially well, which is strange since I think the following Mania is one of the strongest.  HHH/Steiner was a dud of a program and I don't entirely blame Steiner - WWF knew he was damaged goods when they got him, putting him in 20 minute main events wasn't going to do him any favors.  
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