Thursday, March 19, 2020

OWF Oregon Wrestling Federation First Night Poster May 7, 1988

Check out my other blog posts about the OWF.

This was a fun and exciting night!
Check out the videos on YouTube!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

WWF Tries to Invade Portland Wrestling! ~ 1985 Program

I don't know the exact date of this program, but I am sure it is 1985.  That is the first year
that I started going to the Sports Arena.  This might even be my first show!  It is interesting that
in 1985, Don Owen was concerned about Vince McMahon invading his territory.  I was guilty of going to some of those WWF shows that came here to Portland.  Sorry, Don!
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Ricky Vaughn later wrestled in World Class as Lance Von Erich.
He wasn't a Von Erich, but he looked like them.
I would NOT have walked around the Sports Arena in bare feet!!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

R.I.P. Rip "The Crippler" Oliver 1952-2020

Rip Oliver promo picture from the Portland Sports Arena

When I was a kid, I hated this guy!  Which is probably the highest compliment you could pay to someone who dedicated much of his wrestling career to being the top heel (Bad Guy) in any territory he wrestled in.

One Christmas, Rip dressed as Santa Claus and walked around the arena passing out Candy Canes and eventually made it to the ring where he attacked Billy Jack Haynes.  I was so mad I spit out that perfectly good candy cane!

Thanks for all of the great entertainment you provided and putting your heart and soul into your work. You will be missed.

Rip Oliver and his son Larry Oliver at the Portland Sports Arena

Monday, March 9, 2020

Top Gun Autograph Session & Portland Wrestling Memorabilia Saturday, March 14, 2020!!!

@classicportlandwrestling (on Instagram) is displaying his Portland Wrestling Collection at Wyrd War, 3505 SE Broadway, Portland.  You can see the display Saturday and Sunday 12-7pm through March 21st.  This Saturday, Top Gun will be appearing from 5-7pm.  He'll be taking pictures and signing autographs.

I visited the display last weekend, and there are some pretty awesome items, including ring worn trunks from Buddy Rose and Roddy Piper, as well as tons of photos and PNW belt replicas.

There is also a Blue Collar Wrestling event happening on Sunday night which will feature Top Gun and CW Bergstrom.   That event is held at a Lodge at 7611 N. Exeter Ave. in Portland at 6pm March 15th.

AND..... Top Gun will be doing a seminar about the wrestling business on Monday, March 16th.  Contact Blue Collar Wrestling for more information and tickets!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Views in the Crow's Nest - Portland Sports Arena

Some photo views of the Crow's Nest at the Sports Arena

Buddy Rose, Steve Doll, Scott Peterson & John Rambo in an interview.
The sign says, "Do Not Loiter In This Area, By Order of Fire Marshall".
You can see how well we took that warning!

Crush (Brian Adams coming out of an interview with Bodyguard Ray
right behind him.  They put that tinsel up for the background in the 90's.

The view from the ring side.  People sat right below.

Scotty the Body sitting at the announcer's desk.

Scotty The Body standing at the announcer's desk.

Monday, December 23, 2019

The Rock ~ Honorary Oregonian

Did you know that the Rock just bought partial ownership in our very own Salt & Straw Ice Cream chain?  Of course, we know his dad, Rocky Johnson, wrestled here in Portland in the early 80's.  I've always wondered if Dwayne was living here with him at the time.  Turns out they were living in Vancouver and he ran wild around the Sports Arena.  Probably just a few years before I was running wild around the Sports Arena!  He also mentions that his uncle Siva married Kathy Peterson, Tom Peterson's daughter. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Portland Wrestle-Media Magazine Volume 3 - #1 (1989) Entire Magazine Scans

One thing I can say for the Portland Wrestlers is that they were always out doing charity work.
Almost every weekend you could find Steve Doll, Brian Adams or even Buddy Rose out collecting toys or canned food, visiting children's hospitals or donating their time in some other
fun way.  I remember calling up the local MDA telethon and donating $15 so I could talk to Steve Doll on the phone for 1 minute!  

Watch out for my word find near the end of the magazine. 

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