Vol. 11: Championship Wrestling From Florida

Legendary announcer Gordon Solie hosting a 1970’s edition of Championship Wrestling From Florida

It is one of the most infamous territories in all of wrestling history. From the 1960s into the mid-1980s, Eddie Graham’s Championship Wrestling From Florida was a beacon of wrestling talent.

Seth and Crazy Train are joined by a special guest, former NWA World Tag Team Champion Chris Nelson to discuss the legendary promotion.

Hear some of the names on the laundry list of alumni who all made their names in Florida before achieving legendary status on international levels. Gordon Solie, Jake Roberts, The Brisco Brothers, Hulk Hogan, Blackjack Mulligan, and many more are among those names.

Also talked about is arguably the most definitive angle in the company’s history, the babyface turn of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Yes, Dusty was a heel for years before becoming The Dream we all loved.

In the final segment, Nelson talks the tragedy of the final year of the promotion, which was the fallout of Eddie Graham’s passing. Plus other memorable angles from the promotion’s history.

If you want to check out a TON of Championship Wrestling From Florida, check out the CWF Video Archives YouTube Page! Tell ’em Classic Wrestling Memories sent you…

Vol. 10: Capitol Wrestling Corporation

The classic logo for Capitol Wrestling Corporation

January, 1953. Before any Monday Night War, Pay Per View, or weekly live TV, Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt helped change the face of professional wrestling forever.

Join Seth and Crazy Train as they tell the story of the formation of Capitol Wrestling Corporation. As you may have surpised by the name “McMahon”, the company was co-founded by Jess McMahon, the grandfather of Vincent K. McMahon.

Hear the stories behind the days with the National Wrestling Alliance, and the subsequent breakaway, which lead to the formation of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. In short, Capitol Wrestling was the company that would eventually morph into World Wrestling Entertainment.

Vol. 9: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Photo Credit: WWE

The wrestling world lost a true legend this past week with the passing of Hall Of Famer Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. Join Seth and Crazy Train as they pay tribute to the man who is widely considered the greatest managers of all time. They cover the four major promotions Heenan worked for: WWA, AWA, WWF, and WCW. There are a few fun stories with each one, including a WWA story involving a fan altercation with Bobby in which The Blackjacks  got involved. You may not hear this story anywhere else.

This is a must listen for any fan of Heenan, and especially any fan of old school pro wrestling.

Vol. 8: The NWO

It was arguably one of the greatest angles in wrestling history… At least for a while. Join Seth and Crazy Train as they discuss the background and formation of WCW’s New World Order.

Hear what inspired the concept, and what laid the groundwork to the creation of the stable. How could the beloved “Training, Prayers, & Vitamins” Hulk Hogan turn evil and join a hideous villain group?  And how could he, in real life, be convinced to make what was such a daring move at the time?

What makes this podcast unique is you’ll get the opinion of somebody who was just a fan, and the opinion of a wrestler who was already actively in the business while this was going on.

If you’re a fan of WCW, The Monday Night War, or especially The NWO, this show is a must listen!

Vol. 7: Booking 101 – The Art Of Storytelling In Pro Wrestling

“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, a man who was successful both in the ring and behind the scenes

Have you ever wondered how magicians learn their craft? Have you ever wondered how storytellers get their style? Or, more appropriately, have you ever wondered how wrestlers have gotten over with the crowd? Or why some get put in certain places on the card? Well, those latter two fall under the philosophy of Booking. Join Seth and Crazy Train as they pull back the curtain a little to explain some of the philosophies behind booking a wrestling show. Plus they mention seven famous bookers and why they were great bookers.

George Scott – Most famous for booking Jim Crockett Promotions and a lot of the early Rock n Wrestling Hulkamania Era for WWE.

Eddie Graham – Widely considered one of the greatest minds for the business, and had a very successful run in Florida.

Kevin Sullivan – Very well respected wrestler and booker who had success in multiple territories. Also worked under Eddie Graham.

Bill Watts – Known for booking the Mid-South territory, and for a brief stint running WCW. Also had tutelage under Eddie Graham.

Paul Heyman – Infamous for being the main booker and promoter of ECW.

Gary Hart – Helped book World Class Championship Wrestling in Texas for Fritz Von Erich. And yes, learned from Eddie Graham.

Dusty Rhodes – “The American Dream” had as much success, if not more, behind the scenes as he did in the ring. He booked arguably the greatest period of Jim Crockett Promotions. And, you guessed it, learned under Eddie Graham.

Seth and Train give several examples for each of these men on what made them great bookers. Chances are something you enjoyed on a pro wrestling show was the brainchild of one of them

If you’re fascinated with the thought of booking and storytelling through the art of professional wrestling, this is the show for you!

As mentioned during the show, here is an example of George Scott utilizing a hot up and coming star in Sting, and a grizzled veteran in The Iron Sheik

 

Vol. 6: The Great Memphis Split

Memphis has always been a hot territory for wrestling, especially in the late 20th Century. Join Seth, Crazy Train, and special guest Dan “The Dragon” Wilson as they talk the Memphis Territory. Specifically the split that happened in March of 1977 between Promotors Nick Gulas and Jerry Jarrett.

Hear the history behind Memphis dating back to the late 1940’s, and all the stars that came through that territory for big money events. People like Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, Sputnik Monroe, and many more. Then hear what lead to the parting of ways between Gulas and Jarrett. And of course the rise of WWE Hall Of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Jerry “The King” Lawler

As talked about during the show, here are the results of the final show promoted by Gulas in the legendary Mid-South Coliseum, and the first show promoted by Jarrett in the same venue.

This is the type of stuff you don’t get in very many wrestling podcasts. Join us in another fun-filled episode of Classic Wrestling Memories as we provide you with exclusive insight into wrestling history.

Dan “The Dragon” Wilson can be found on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to take a look at Anarchy Wrestling where he is the lead play by play announcer.

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Vol. 5: Heel 101 – What Makes The Villain

Classic Wrestling Memories returns with another edition in the 101 Series: Heel 101. Seth and Crazy Train take a turn to the dark side to discuss what makes a great villain, or heel.

Like last week, Seth lists four basic things a Heel would NEVER do, and four things a Heel would ALWAYS do.

Also, both men list three examples of great heels, including two of the greatest managers of all time.

In the final segment of the show, Seth and Train talk about arguably the greatest heel of all time, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

All this and more in another fun-filled Classic Wrestling Memories!

Vol. 4: Babyface 101 – What Makes The Hero

Some of the greatest babyfaces of all time (L-R) Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Bruno Sammartino, Hulk Hogan, “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Morton, Sting

Classic Wrestling Memories is back for a unique format this week. Seth and Crazy Train are not discussing a historical event or time frame, but are talking the psychology of pro wrestling. Specifically, what it takes to be a babyface. Train brings 15 years experience as a wrester, with most of those years as a babyface.

Seth lists four things a babyface would NEVER do, and four things a babyface would ALWAYS do.

Plus, both give three examples of great babyfaces with specific instances where they showed these qualities.

On top of that, Seth and Train talk arguably the greatest babyface of all time, Hulk Hogan.

In the final segment of the show, Train demonstrates a babyface interview promo.

Vol. 3: The Gold Dust Trio

This week’s episode looks at The Gold Dust Trio, Billy Sandow, Ed “Strangler” Lewis, and Joseph “Toots” Mondt. These men are widely credited with what became the modern style of professional wrestling. Hear how the trio came to be, and how their innovative approach to treating wrestling as a business helped change the face of wrestling forever. Seth and Crazy Train talk the careers of all three men, and the roles they played during this time. This is must hear material for fans of early 20th Century wrestling.

Vol. 2: 1970s Territories With Susan Tex Green

The 1970s were an important decade in the history of professional wrestling. That period is considered the peak of “The Territory Days” when there was no national TV, and wrestling was mainly promoted by local TV broadcasts. Seth and Crazy Train are joined by multi-time hall of famer and former NWA Womens Champion Susan “Tex” Green to give unique insight into what it was like to not only be a wrestler, but a woman in a male dominated business. Hear rare stories about Bruno Sammartino, Fabulous Moolah, and Mae Young. This is stuff you won’t find anywhere else!