Old School Wrastling!Growing up, I watched a LOT of wrestling with my dad, my brothers Paul and Patrick, and any of the hired help my dad had on the farm, especially the crazy Rymer boys. They were REALLY into wrestling, as was our gas man, Paul Banaszak.
WWF Superstars was what we'd watch on Saturday mornings we'd watch featuring Hulk Hogan, the Real American, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Adrian Adonis, Paul "Mr. Wonderful" Orndorff, "Macho Man" Randy Savage (Oh yeah!), Andre the Giant, and many many others.
World Class Championship Wrestling Saturdays after WWF was on. It featured The Von Erich's: Kerry, Kevin, Mike, Fritz, and Lance. WCCW also starred some really bizarre characters, like Gary Hart, Dingo Warrior (in WWF lore he was the Ultimate Warrior), The Missing Link, One Man Gang, Percy Pringle (who is now the Paul Bearer in WWF) and many other crazy characters.
Sunday mornings meant one thing: AWA Wrestling starring Baron von Raschke, Greg Gagne (pronounced Gahn-ya), Ken Patera, Curt Hennig and Big Scott Hall, The Midnite Rockers (Marty Janetty and Shawn Michaels, pre-HBK days), BADD Company (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond) managed by Diamond Dallas Page of the AWA's Diamond Exchange, Nick Bockwinkle, The Road Warriors, The Fabulous Freebirds, "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin with Precious, and lots of other memorable "wrastlers."
We would watch the NWA on Sunday nights, if our babysitter would allow it, starring Dusty Rhodes battling against the hated Four Horsemen: Ric Flair (Whoooooo), Arn and Ole Anderson and Tully Blanchard, all managed by James J. Dillon (yes, THAT JJ Dillon). Dusty was always getting his ass whooped and even got thrown out of the league in a "loser leaves town" match, but returned as the Midnite Rider. I don't think he really fooled anyone with that cheesy mask he wore, like you could hide Dusty's big ol' belly!
Another "war" in NWA was Jim Cornette's Midnite Express, featuring "Loverboy" Dennis Condry and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, versus the Rock N Roll Express, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. The Rock N Rollers were quite popular, and thus I hated them, and my brother Paul loved them. Jim Cornette used to bash the Rock N Rollers over the head with his tennis racket, and talk about how his "mamma" would send him more money to take care of his boys. Cornette's "mamma" even sent the Express a bodyguard, "Big Bubba" Rogers (who is now a pretty popular wrestling in the WCW as the Big Boss Man). The catch phrase was "Big Bubba...NO trouble."
The reason I have this wrestling page up is to remind me of the times I shared with my dad, my brothers, and the crazy bastards my dad had working for him. Those were some memorable times, and I felt it only right to share them with everyone. So bear with me, okay?
Here's a great site for bio's on past WWF superstars.