This weekend I’m looking at an episode of WWF Wrestling Spotlight from 1987 as well as an episode of a cartoon that aired the same year, Around the World with Willy Fog, plus the usual bits and pieces paying for promotional consideration.
Welcome to the first edition of a new take on reviewing some classic wrestling action as well as capturing a little bit of the time period it happened in!
For the last few months I’ve been reviewing episodes of WWF All American Wrestling and noticed there was really some interest in the commercials left in the old recordings that had been uploaded. A lot of the shows were on the weekend or at the tail end of a Saturday morning block. So, it’s going to be a mix up of wrestling, adverts and some of the programming that you would find on at about the same time.
This weekend it’s some USWA action from late 1991 plus a quickie review of an animated show that debuted that year, Super Mario World. Enjoy!
Over the last few months I’ve been reviewing WWF All American Wrestling and some of the other weekend shows, which will continue in a more varied form next week. What seems to have been a “high spot” is when the person recording the show has left commercials in, so that will be a major inclusion too, but this week I thought I’d have a look specifically at some of the LJN and Hasbro commercials for WWF figures as well as a few others.
Check out the kisser on that kid!
This week’s episode review is in the wake of the 1989 Royal Rumble. I’m probably going to see the summer through with a few more around the remaining big four of the year (Summerslam already in the bag a while ago) and then possibly change things up a bit. Let me know in the comments section if there’s anything you want to see reviewed that’s a bit of a departure from the norm.
Once again, a diversion from All American, as one of the uploaders on YouTube has begun to put up episodes of WWF Mania. Mania fell into a similar boat as All American, mostly comprised of replays of matches from the other shows, sometimes including a bonus match (but not for long). It was especially important to people in the UK because it showed us footage from the nascent Monday Night Raw, which we didn’t get until the new fall season in September, 1995, at which point I’m sure the viewership went off a cliff.
So, this week it’s Mania, with an interesting episode that included a very important announcement later in the show.
A mini-review and advert of sorts for a new channel on YouTube, courtesy of Steve Anderson, who was Bobby “The Brain” Heenan’s friend and co-writer of his two awesome books. They had a lot of phone conversations and chats that were recorded so that the book could be organised and written. I wanted to look at a few as a taster for other checking them out themselves. Bobby was so good that a lot of the time he didn’t need editing, they just put his stories in his books verbatim. Here’s a few for you.
There’s a channel on YouTube that’s run by either Harry or Georgia Smith (or both) that I may have to dip into at some point in the future that acts as an archive of their late father’s (Davey Boy Smith) matches. I’m going to do a quickie review of this one, which is a workout video put out in the late nineties seemingly before the Bulldog jumped to WCW given how he looks. Co-hosting it is his wife, Diana. A list of the exercises for the musclehead readers, some commentary for the Bulldog fans.