The #Great Todd Vandenberg and I are talking #WrestleMania on today’s #HHNSpecialEvent (#CorporateTakeover) episode. Yesteryear, we would say wrasslin or to most folks – it called the wonderful world of wrestling – not this stuff (more like crap) that’s going on today – it’s all about promos. (Honorable mention to The Rock & Triple H) Prior to Vince McMahon acquiring all the smaller regional wrestling organizations – you had your choice of watching based on your geographical location. (this predates cable TV) In the golden era of the 1980s no one ever cut a better promo than a “son of a plumber” Virgil Riley Runnels Jr aka “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.
Dusty’s feud with Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen (founding members – Ole & Arne Anderson, Tully Blanchard and of course Flair) were arguably the greatest feud of all time (honorable mention to the [Taskmaster] Kevin Sullivan) and the promos stood toe to toe with the “Nature Boy” Ric’s Flair. Leading up to Starrcade 1985 – Dusty delivers a sermon that’s prophetic as he references many of the issues facing our blue collar workers today! My favorite Dusty Rhodes promo was “Hard Times”.
Growing up – my friends and I would watch the various divisions (AWA, WWF [prior to the official “entertainment” name change] UWF, NWA, Florida Championship Wrestling, Mid South, Mid Atlantic, etc) for the matches, but the experience was enhanced by the “promos” leading up to a specific card or bi-monthly wrestling showcase. Things just “ain’t” the same for gangsters – unfortunately, nor will they ever be – again!!!