Friday, March 05, 2010
Friday Night Videos
During my recent audio adventures with The Hulkster (Tuesdays with Terry, as I like to refer to it as) I was thinking about how the promotions I watched growing up in the mid-to-late 1980s had really high caliber, top-tier babyface characters. Giving the devil his due, the WWF had Hulk Hogan. The NWA had Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A., with the Rock &/or Roll Express (Ricky Morton in particular) at times challenging for top tier status. The UWF had Dr. Death along with Hacksaw Duggan and Ted DiBiase. Memphis of course had favorite son Jerry Lawler while World Class had their Von Erich boys. And of course the AWA had Greg Gagne.
You mean that Rambo guy?!?!
Yup. Greg Gagne. Pale, milquetoast, odd looking, emaciated, son of the promoter with arms resembling bags of party ice that have completely melted Greg Gagne.
The guy's finishing maneuvers were a freaking garden variety drop kick and a sleeper hold that he ripped off from his father for Chrise sakes.
As part of Arabian Facebuster's fight to find a cure for insomnia (instead of a pink ribbon, our signifying emblem is a pair of stay awake novelty glasses) Friday Night Videos is delighted to present AWA International Television Champion (a belt that was specifically created for Greg since, other than his daddy, none of the AWA brass were willing to slap the promotion's World Title around his unremarkable waste) Gagne in action against a familiar looking and lumbering jobber by the name of Daryl Nickle.
Larry Nelson, who apparently asked his (fascist?) barber for a high n' tight cut, handles the introductions while the usual idiots mangle their play-by-play and color commentary responsibilities. Most curiously, former major league pitcher and future boorish and erratic obstructionist Senator Jim Bunning officiates this, and I'm being charitable here, inauspicious contest.
Facebuster Nation, my apologies for the sheer wretchedness of the wrestling on display in this clip. But they can't all be Gino Hernandez, Ric Flair, or The Mulkey Brothers.
Besides, it serves all of you right for exposing me to a near intolerable level of cruelty.