56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania 2’s Best Matches: Results

To the surprise of no one, the landslide victor in WrestleMania 2 voting was the British Bulldogs vs. the Dream Team of Brutus Beefcake and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine. OK, so most people don’t list “Brutus Beefcake” in their Top 850 Technical Wrestlers of All Time, but he was perfectly capable of having one-fourth of a good match on this night. Second place goes to the main event, Hulk Hogan vs. King Kong Bundy in a steel cage. Now, either due to WWE copyright restrictions or because the match really wasn’t all that good, the full contest is not available on YouTube, so as a mea culpa, let us offer you the next best thing:

56 Days of WrestleMania – WrestleMania 2’s Best Matches

We’re counting down the days until WrestleMania 29 by selecting the 56 best matches in WrestleMania history! (Wow, that sounds ridiculous now that I type it out. Our methodology is also completely unfair, selecting the best two matches from every WM when we know full well that the entire WM17 card was better than the entire WM2 card. Nonetheless…) Today, it’s WrestleMania 2, with 12 contenders. And two pretty logical winners. I mean, Moolah vs. McIntyre is the stuff wrestling textbooks are made of. Let us know what you think and vote now! Results tomorrow!

Stunt Granny Conversation: Jeremy & Kevin 12/4/2012

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Jeremy: Man the more I watched raw last night the more i questioned why. Punk was the only decent thing in the entire three hours.

Kevin: I’ll have to look over my review.

Jeremy: Cesaro winning was a nice, so two.

Kevin: It was a weird episode because of how much Baby Momma Drama talked to me.

Jeremy: The rest was boring and unimaginative.

Kevin: I like The Shield stuff. Finally putting over some heels.

Jeremy: Yes then they got fed to Ryback. It should have never happened. Ryback should have run down and then cleaned house with no contact at all. They should have scattered. You can’t build the conflict with him immediately getting his hands on them .

Kevin: He only got his hands on one guy.  And babyfaces finally did what they should, help each other out in a timely manner instead of waiting around backstage

Jeremy: He got his hands on Rollins last week though. The chase is way smarter. Build it up. Don’t get on them the very next day and then subsequent weeks.

Kevin: Forgot about that

Jeremy: Think of it in terms of Star wars. A New Hope: Luke sees Vader fighting Obi-Wan. Empire Strikes back he gets a glimpse of a fight then at the end they finally duel. Finally in return of The Jedi they get it on big time and it comes to a conclusion. If it had been written by WWE it would have been  an entire episode of Raw.

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Eric’s Blog: Twenty-five facts about WWF WrestleMania III

Today marks 25 years since the monumental professional wrestling event that was WWF WrestleMania III. The event that would purport to break the world’s indoor attendance record, the event headlined by three-year champion Hulk Hogan vs. former best friend and “undefeated” Andre the Giant, the event that encapsulates the incredible boom period of the 1980s somewhere between the petulant innocence of rock-n-wrestling and the glitz and glamour of global dominance.

With 25 years gone by, let’s take a look at 25 fun facts about this canonical event.

1) Sorry to start on a down note, but known deceased wrestlers, managers and wrestling personalities from that card include Gorilla Monsoon, Lord Alfred Hayes, Joey Marella, Hercules, Little Beaver, Little Tokyo, Fabulous Moolah, Junkyard Dog, Dino Bravo, Adrian Adonis, Davey Boy Smith, Randy Savage, Miss Elizabeth and Andre the Giant.

2) Attendance for this show has been disputed for the whole of its 25-year history. Vince McMahon and WWE claim 93,173, which would have broken Pope John Paul’s attendance number at the time. Since then, Wikipedia cites 93,682 in attendance for the Pope’s visit. Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer frequently cite a faxed report from a Silverdome worker stating 78,000. And Hulk Hogan constantly increases the figure to the point where he may have slammed a 900-pound Andre the Giant in front of 17 million screaming Hulkamaniacs.

"Anybody want a peanut? YOU! You, Hogan! You want a peanut!"

3) The announced total combined weight of the two main-event participants – Hulk Hogan at an announced 302 pounds and Andre the Giant at 525 pounds – is the most of any singles WrestleMania main event.

4) WrestleMania III marks what some consider the furthest WrestleMania-to-WrestleMania dive down the card for one wrestler: King Kong Bundy, who headlined WM2 against Hulk Hogan in a steel cage for the WWF Title and then teamed with two midgets to wrestle Hillbilly Jim and two more midgets in the third match of 12. The match’s saving grace: Bob Uecker, who likened Little Beaver after a 450-pound Bundy elbow drop to “marinated mushrooms.”

5) The double countout ending to the Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules “full nelson challenge” would be the second of its kind in WrestleMania history – the first being Paul Orndorff vs. Magnificent Muraco at WM2 – and would not be the last – Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase and Hacksaw Duggan vs. Bad News Brown at WM5, Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown at WM6, Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith vs. Vader & Mankind at WM13, and the first finish of Miz vs. John Cena at WM27.

6) The epic Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage match was, at that point, the longest match in WrestleMania history at 14:35, topping Hogan & Mr. T vs. Piper & Orndorff (13:13), David Sammartino vs. Brutus Beefcake (an excruciating 12:43), Piper vs. Mr. T (a laborious 13:14) and the British Bulldogs vs. the Dream Team (13:03).

"Alice who-per?"

7) Accompanying Jake “The Snake” Roberts to the ring for his match against the Honky Tonk Man was shock-rock icon Alice Cooper. (No More) Mr. Nice Guy would be the fourth recording artist to accompany a wrestler at WrestleMania, the others being Cyndi Lauper (in the corner of Wendi Richter at WrestleMania 1), Ozzy Osbourne (seconding the British Bulldogs at WrestleMania 2) and of course Jimmy Hart (who performed with the Gentrys and managed many WWF superstars of the day).

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ICP’s 2011 Gathering of the Juggalos to feature wrestling, few teeth

I don’t think any of the Stunt Granny crew proclaim to be juggalos, although Kevin might own an Insane Clown Posse album, I used to sell them at the record store (and heard about them in, like, 1995 through some strange connection with Disc Makers, who manufactured ICP’s cassette tapes), and Jeremy is from Detroit and has probably drank Faygo in his day. But I’m sure most Stunt Granny readers know the Insane Clown Posse either as a failed act in WCW, a part of the Oddities in the WWF in 1998, or simply as big wrestling fans who paint their faces and rap about weird horror-type shit while millions of east-siders snarl, stink, smoke, wear Jnco jeans and pump their fists in obnoxious unison.

Well put all of those things together, mix in a shit-ton of alcohol and a few totally safe bonfires and what do you have? The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos is what! This mess of hip-hop, rock and roll, pro wrestling, anhydrous ammonia and Sudafed takes place in Cave In Rock, Illinois, from August 11 (hey, that’s Hulk Hogan’s birthday!) to August 14 (hey, that’s, um, the Festival of Hungry Ghosts in China!) and actually has some humongous names in the world of super-niche entertainment. Live musical performances include Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and MC Hammer (who probably lives in the woods where this event will take place); stand-up comedians Brian Posehn and Harland Williams will be joined by wrestlers King Kong Bundy, Colt Cabana and Mick Foley (all of whom have wrestled for ICP’s Juggalo Championshit Wrestling), and, in a dream match from the Civil War era, Roddy Piper will take on Terry Funk (their walks down the aisle will last from August 11-13).

Anyway, if you have 27 minutes of your life to spare, watch this embarrassing “infomercial” for what actually seems like a cool event, although you wouldn’t catch me within 10 miles from it, mostly because the band Dope makes me want to vomit and marijuana smoke gives me the heebee-jeebies. -Eric

PWO Wrestlelution Spoiler

I’m not going to be a dick for a change. The news won’t be on TV for several weeks. Click on the Read more button to find out the news rather than me posting it without any warning.

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