Post by str8edge80 on Mar 16, 2013 10:53:43 GMT -5
We go way back to 1986 to tackle The Big Event. Cool show, lame name. High point: the mere sight of the humongous crowd. Very cool to see that mass of humanity. Low point: the announce team is terrible! Gorilla is the man but Ernie Ladd and Johnny V are beyond helpless. Extra points: I always hated the machines, where in the hell is the macho man, and I've always dug King Tonga vs. Magnificent Muraco.
Good to see this show get reviewed. This show could almost be considered Summerslam 86 & the Wrestling Classic could be considered Survivor Series 85. Shocked no Bulldogs, George Steele, Volkoff, Sheik, Kirchner, Hillbilly Jim, Cousin Luke, Moondogs, Lanny Poffo, Hart Foundation, Randy Savage, Moolah, Liz, and other superstars. Coliseum Video chops the show down a little bit, but atleast it aired in full on WWE 24-7. I wonder if the show only aired on closed circuit in Canada? Matches were ok, commentary team sucked, except for Monsoon. V flips out after his team loses. Sharpe gets booed in Canada against the rebel. Race beats Morales. Arcidi Atlas would of been better, instead we get Arcidi Garea. Machines were awesome. When I heard of the Snake Pit match between Steamboat & Jake, I thought it was actually held in a pit filled with snakes. Hogan Orndorff was ok. Crowd was huge, but would get shattered by another event months later.
An interesting show that serves as a nice cross-section of what the WWF had to offer in 1986. It's a pretty solid card overall with a good main event (Hogan and Orndorff always worked well together), a fun six-man tag match, and a typically good Steamboat/Roberts match. Not the greatest show (the commentary team is interesting but not exceptional, along with one or two rather bland matches) but it's a fun show to look at if you're a fan of the era and a nice precursor to Summerslam.
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Post by bigjohnstudd on Mar 18, 2013 0:47:43 GMT -5
I wasn't even two years old but this card holds special meaning because I was supposed to be there. My parents and my brother had tickets because at that point, we went to the CNE every year and 1986 was no different. However, they opted to leave me at home when the word started to leak out in the days prior about just how large the crowd was going to be. And it was probably for the better.
It was an ugly scene from what I've been told. The official story goes that when the Tunney's realized how big the crowd was going to be, they made plans to make sure it was going to be recorded for television. That, along with the late addition of video screens (I'm guessing the first WWF show to include video screens) caused a bunch of seats to be "relocated" elsewhere on the field. The reality is they sold more tickets than they had ever planned on and they had no idea how things would be set up on the field. People ended up furious when they went looking for seats that didn't exist. It lead to fist fights, thrown chairs and melees with security guards. About 2,000 fans sued the Tunney's for refunds and got them.
The show was recorded, but not shown live. It was chopped up and shown on the Canadian WWF syndies in the weeks afterwards.
My brother has said the only things he remembers about that night was how cold it was (so cold that the reptiles in the snake pit match couldn't be at ringside), the brawls on the field and the size of Andre the Giant.
Personally, I think this show was the catalyst that lead to Vince McMahon booking the Silverdome a few months later. Apologies for running on so long, but this is one of the more unique shows in WWF/E history and it always gets me rambling on.
Post by icemandave on Mar 18, 2013 19:04:31 GMT -5
One of my first wrestling memories was Paul Orndorff turning on Hulk Hogan, and this is the event of their first big meeting. The feud drew huge, and we have an enormous crowd in Canada for this event. The atmosphere looked electric and it really shows how hot Hogan was at the time. I have only ever seen the Hogan/Orndorff match (on DVD), but the rest of the card looked pretty average. As for Hogan vs Orndorff, it was heated, it was snug, and it was entertaining. In typical OLD SCHOOL booking, we get a DQ finish in order to try and draw everyone back for a rematch next time.
A good show with Hogan/Orndorff, Steamboat/Jake, and Rougueaus/Dream Team being the standout matches. It was kind of strange though that some of the big names at the time like Savage, Piper, and the British Bulldogs were left off while guys like Ted Arcidi and Mike Sharpe were on the card. Gorilla, Johnny V, and Ernie Ladd were an odd pairing as the commentary team but they ended up being alright as pretty much anything with Gorilla is entertaining no matter how bad his partners are.