It’s another career-focused episode of Classic Wrestling Memories. This episode is dedicated to the career of the late great WWE Hall Of Famer, “Ravishing” Rick Rude. Seth and Crazy Train discuss Rude’s beginnings in Florida, all the way through his run in WCCW, Jim Crockett Promotions, The World Wrestling Federation, and his final years in WCW.
This is a must hear show if you are a fan of Rick Rude. What are your Rick Rude memories? Sound off below!
Classic Wrestling Memories is back for 2018 with a special look at one of Seth’s favorite wrestling events, WCW Great American Bash 1992. The event was centered around a tournament to crown new NWA Tag Team Champions, and a WCW World Title match between Champion Sting, and Challenger Big Van Vader.
Here is the card. Notice all the WWE Hall Of Famers in the lineup.
Flyin’ Brian Pillman & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Nikita Koloff
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael P.S. Hayes & Jimmy Jam Garvin) vs. Hiroshi Hase & Shinya Hashimoto
Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs. Ravishing Rick Rude & Stunning Steve Austin
Dr. Death Steve Williams & Terry Gordy had already advanced into the next round.
WCW World Title: Sting vs. Big Van Vader
In the first segment, Seth and Crazy Train give the set-up for the event, and the state of World Championship Wrestling at the time. This is a must hear discussion for WCW and early 90s wrestling fans alike.
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Flashback to 2014 for a candid conversation with Crazy Train and his wrestling mentor, Susan “Tex” Green. Susan is a member of several Halls Of Fame, including The NWA. Hear her story on breaking into wrestling and training under Joe Blanchard. Susan also tells the story of having to legit “hook” Fabulous Moolah in a shoot finish for the NWA Womens Championship.
There are plenty of other old school stories from a legend who traveled the world many times over. You won’t hear discussion like this anywhere else! You can learn more about Susan’s wrestling school on its Facebook page.
Here are some of the pictures talked about during the discussion
Classic Wrestling Memories has completed its first year, and we want to thank you the fans for listening and providing your feedback. This episode is devoted to 2017, both in the history of the show, and especially the talent we lost. Join Seth and Crazy Train as they pay tribute to Bobby Heenan, Lance Russell, Chavo Guerrero Sr., Tom Zenk, Ron Bass, Ivan Koloff, and many others.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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