Thursday, December 23, 2010

Portland update from Fans of Portland Wrestling and

Portland Wrestling's weekly Saturday night cards and TV tapings were held at the Portland Sports Arena. The building still stands and is part of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Its at 8501 North Chautauqua Blvd. Portland, OR 97217. 

Oh and it's was never a studio. It was a converted bowling alley turned wrestling arena/ flea market. At the time of Portland Wrestling,  it was an old building. Not that it was broken down at all, but no effort was ever made to really clean it up. If you went to the Portland Sports Arena, you would smell like Winston's for the next week..... Andyou could always count on cold hot dogs & warm RC. It was a GREAT place for pro wrestling!!!

(Above) Inside of the old sports arena today. The double doors at the end of the hallway are about the only things left from the Sports Arena days. You can't see them, but right next to the Pepsi machines are the steps the wrestlers would take to get to the ring. The steps to the old Crow's Nest interview area were about where the two chairs and table are sitting.

 Dynamite Kid and some of the Klan in the Crows Nest

In the "Crow's Nest" TV interview area, circa 1986 - Billy Jack Haynes, Tom Zenk & Brady Boone confront Rip Oliver, Bobby Jaggers, Mike Miller, while Don Coss holds the mike and the middle ground.

Zenk was at his biggest...

....a melee erupts.

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