Thursday, January 27, 2011

WrestleMania rematches

With RAW this Monday having a WrestleMania rematch card, I decided to look back through the history of WrestleMania and see what our possibilities are.........

WrestleMania III  Rick Martel & Tom Zenk vs. Don Muraco & Bob Orton It would be classic to see Tom Zenk on RAW. Doubt it.
Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake vs. The Rougeau BrothersMight be fun. But it won't happen.
Butch Reed vs. Koko B. WareReed was seen in the already-forgotten Theodore Long-Kristal Marshall wedding angle. Koko still works. Let's make it happen.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy SavageLeave this one the way it is.
Honky Tonk Man vs. Jake RobertsIs Alice Cooper going to be there?
Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff vs. The Killer BeesDo I have to go there? you need to be humbled, you great high jumper?

Marvez: Catching up with 'Cowboy' Bob Orton, father of Randy

"Wrestlemania" entrenched WWE as the dominant U.S. promotion. But it was outstanding veteran hands raided from regional groups, like Orton, Piper and Hogan, that comprised the backbone of WWE's national expansion.
"A lot of things fell into place," Orton said. "We had the best talent and, of course, (WWE owner) Vince McMahon had the novel idea of going nationwide. When Hogan came in, he was so hot that it just clicked. And then we got stars from other areas like Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T, Liberace and Muhammad Ali involved. People loved to watch it."
They also loved to hate Orton, who would rile fans by using a cast on his forearm as a weapon against baby-face opponents. Orton was never really injured, but still donned the plaster for well over a year.
While his role at "Wrestlemania I" was more prominent, Orton said his most memorable wrestling moment came in an undercard tag-team match with Don Muraco against the Can-Am Connection (Rick Martel and Tom Zenk) at "Wrestlemania III" in 1987.
"'Wrestlemania I' had all the hype, but I didn't actually wrestle," said Orton, who cost Piper and Orton their match by accidentally whacking the latter with his cast. "I was involved in the main event, but I didn't get to do what I enjoy doing best. Plus at 'Wrestlemania III,' there were 90,000-plus people (in attendance). It was just awesome."

DOS HOMBRES  - Tom Zenk or Shane Douglas?

A wrestling fan since 1986, Sir Jorge of Sir Jorge's Pro Wrestling Blog, still cannot tell who was under the mask  .....(yes it was Tom Zenk)

Jorge, reviewing Steve Austen's greatest matches writes, " 3. Stunning Steve Austin & Brian Pillman vs. Dos Hombres (Ricky Steamboat & Tom Zenk) - This match took place inside a Steel Cage. Wikipedia said that it was Tom Zenk under the mask, but I was under the impression that it was Shane Douglas. This match was another instant classic, one that featured some amazing moments. The finale was great, with all the guys flying across the ring, and Austin hitting his finisher The Stun Gun to get the win for the Blonds. "

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