This sounds closer to what was happening in 1985, when I started going to the arena. In my era, they wrestled at the Lane County Fairgrounds, in Eugene, every Friday night. They also wrestled at the Salem Center Arena every Thursday. Since these wrestlers were on the road usually 7 nights a week, these were both relatively close. Salem being about 45 miles from Portland and Eugene being about 90 miles.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Since I've been watching all of the older then my time matches on You Tube, I have noticed that
they really liked to have other wrestlers referee some of the matches. And the good guys
usually called it right down the middle, of course. I don't remember them ever using that in the late 80's and 90's. It seems like Rocky Johnson is the special ref at this event. I wonder if his son was in
June 18, 1988, just a little over a year after Steve Doll came to the Northwest he was tag champs with Scott Peterson and super popular with the audience. It's true that the Southern Rockers ruled Portland Wrestling in the late 80's!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Midnight Soldier wrestled in Portland Wrestling for a short time in 1989. He mysteriously appeared a few weeks after Brian Adams had lost a loser leave town match. Grappler put a $1,000 bounty on the mask. Bounties were very popular in the 80's. As it turned out, it was Brian Adams all along! He also used this mask when he was passing out candy at Halloween at his apartment in Milwaukie.
Friday, May 25, 2018
I've been matching the Portland Wrestling Playlist 1977-1979 from the Portland Wrestling channel on You Tube. This is before I got into Portland Wrestling, and video that I haven't seen. I have been surprised about how much I am really enjoying it. I'm not sure why I was surprised, but,of course, it's great and really entertaining.
I know most of the names, and still remember many of the personalities from the 80's and beyond. The action is great, the storylines are compelling, and the ring mat looks totally GROSS! In one of the videos,Sam Oliver Bass (Outlaw Ron Bass) gets attacked by Ed Wiscowski and Buddy Rose, he's bleeding everywhere and during the second fall the referee Sandy Barr has blood on his clothes, the wrestlers have that blood on them here and there. Ewwww!
I've heard of Frank Bonnema, I remember going to the memorial tournament in '85 or '86. He's a great commentator. I like how he is just himself and doesn't seem over the top. He doesn't appear to fake enthusiasmm, but seems genuinely excited about what's happening in the ring.
I'm 40 videos in to the playlist and I'm pretty sure I'll watch all 188 of them.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Along with the PNW, I was, of course, a fan of the WWF. I watched every week, and even though I didn't have many of the toys, I wanted them all. My first wrestling action figure was an Andre the Giant large rubber figure that we found in my Grandpa's backyard mysteriously. He was super cool, pretty beat up, and heavy as heck.