Summertime in the 1980s meant one thing for me as a wrestling fan, The Great American Bash. The first incarnation of this legendary event happened 35 years ago this month (July 6, 1985).
I have fond memories reading about these shows and later renting them on VHS from the local video store weeks after they aired on closed-circuit or pay-per-view television. The biggest thing to come out of the GAB is the first-ever War Games match.
The brand is alive and well today with WWE using it over the last couple of weeks on NXT. It makes me happy to relive the nostalgia. But what do you think about the history and the legacy of the Great American Bash?
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It’s been 30 years since the first Halloween Havoc. WCW came up with the concept and it ended up being a successful formula for the company. Did you know Halloween Havoc had a better rating than Starrcade 6 of the 12 years they were around? One year it was a tie and five times Starrcade rated higher.
This week though, we’re focused on that first year and the build-up to the Thunderdome match between Ric Flair and Sting vs. Terry Funk and the Great Muta.
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It’s a Christmas miracle. Continuing the @JitteryMonkey holiday crossover event, @kevinhunsperger joins @chadsmart to continue the Positive Cynicism month of nostalgia to discuss how and why they’re fans of professional wrestling. Starting with their earliest memories of wrestling and going through their thoughts on the current state of wrestling, Kevin and Chad touch on favorite moments from the last thirty years as well as things they would like to see change. Along the way the discussion delves into a meeting of the Becky Lynch mutual appreciation society.
Be sure to check out the rest of the shows on the Jittery Monkey podcasting network.
This week on the podcast, a look back on 1984. It’s a strange thing, I know. But I explain it all in the show. Plus a few wrestling-related memories at Christmastime. And a special guest kicks things off this week.
Merry Christmas and join in next week for the Centy Awards. The show will drop on New Year’s Day.
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It’s a new year and UFC Hall of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn is staying busy. The former NWA World Heavyweight Champion is still very active, teaching children and adults the art of amateur wrestling and self-defense.
I recently had the honor of speaking with The Beast. He is a gracious and humble man who shares his insight with all of us. Thanks to Rob Fairless from The 25th Hour Radio Show for helping me set up this interview.
You can keep up with Severn on his official website and check out his book The Realest Guy in the Room. Jim Cornette wrote the forward for it, and we talk about the relationship between Severn and Corny. We also discuss Ken Shamrock and Brock Lesnar among other topics.
Stride Pro Wrestling returns to action Saturday, November 12 at West Frankfort High School. It’s the Redbird Rumble. Several great matches have already been announced including the Stride Pro Wrestling heavyweight title. Heath Hatton gets a last chance opportunity for the gold against Ax Allwardt in a Street Fight. The tag team titles will be defended in a Fatal Four-Way match and “Big” Roger Matheus battles Chris Hargis in a grudge match.
In this week’s show Heath talks about his upcoming match and goes over some of the big events from his career, including an NWA title shot against Adam Pearce and his WWE PPV debut against Ryback in 2012.
Speaking of the upcoming Stride Pro Wrestling show, there’s a new Legacy Champion. Jerry Travelstead beat Tony Flood in a ladder match to win the brand new title. The two put on an amazing match, both coming out worse for the wear as a result.
Welcome back to the podcast NWA National Heavyweight Champion “Golden Boy” Greg Anthony. He’s been a fixture in NWA Mid-South for years. Anthony and Kevin worked together in 2011 in All American Pro Wrestling. He’s also been to the Cauliflower Alley Club several times. He shares stories from the 2016 event on this week’s show.
“Golden Boy” shares stories about NWA Mid-South and their weekly shows in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Bell time is 7:30 p.m. every Saturday. You can learn more about them here.
Don’t forget to keep up with My 1-2-3 Cents the blog. Also, every Thursday a new video drops on the YouTube channel. Follow @my123cents on Twitter and Instagram and like the Facebook page. For wrestling fans in the southern Illinois area, check out Stride Pro Wrestling. The next show is coming up Saturday, May 7 at CMA at the Illinois Star Centre Mall in Marion.
Kevin also has a new endeavor that combines wrestling with craft beer, social media and pop culture. Check out the Craftbeericans on YouTube and all forms of social media.
Heath Hatton has been an independent wrestler for nearly five years. In 2012 he stepped into a WWE ring, facing Ryback at Extreme Rules. Since then Heath has had his ups and downs, including a great match with former NWA heavyweight champion Adam Pearce.
Happy New Year. Kevin has a golden opportunity as he talks with the new NWA Midsouth Unified Champion “Golden Boy” Greg Anthony. The Golden Boy has been wrestling for 14 years and talks about his time in the business with the likes of “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and JJ Dillon. Anthony shares his thoughts on today’s wrestling product and the importance of supporting independent wrestling.