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You know - ephemera: Items of limited or temporary use and/or value, collectible and rare usually because people rarely save them, many having sentimental attachment or niche interest, often mass produced & made of paper or other disposable material.

I went through one of my boxes of wrestling crap, Wow, I like my stuff!! I hope you dig it too. Please post your own.

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UTC Pavillion, Chicago IL 1992 - I am a big fan of swiping posters and whatnot, I have rarely ever bought a poster but stuff like this accrue a sense of time and place for me and thus sentimental value. How many other people took , let alone saved one of these. Plus, I don't like a Sting championship and this was a good match. My roommate totally groped Nikita Koloff's buttocks when he was thrown into the protective guardrail in front of us.

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Yeah, my pal Vinnie and I went to this. No Dusty but we also got the amazingly shitty debut of Lisa Sliwa, wife of NYC pest & Guardian Angel founder Curtis Sliwa. Bam Bam impressed, and I saw a youthful Paul H. when he was a fresh-faced radio DJ, photog, club promoter and go-getter as well as Larry Sharpe in a tracksuit.

Anyway, I hope you were amused.

- RAF

p.s. Photobucket can eat a bag of pig anuses. Does anyone have a recommendation for a free hosting service? Does anybody use Google's?

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Twofer, babies!

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20/20 was trash but any and all info on rassling was sought and absorbed back then. There was not the riches we have today, my lovelies. Between this and the Snuka Piper's Pit me and my degenerate chums were tickled pink. At the end of many "news magazine" TV shows a complete transcript was offered, so rosy-cheeked Rev had to go to the Post Office for a $5 money order and wait 8-10 weeks for this to arrive, Later on I found out what we all felt: that the Good Doctor was a martyr to Thee Bitch Goddess Kay Fabe, and (as opposed to Hogan v. Belzer) given a direct order (from VKM thru Strongbow) to "blast 'em". Schultz was too real'n'scary'n'Southern for Mr. McMahon and Hogan and kid-friendly WWF. Anyway, I've carted this booklet around with me for 35 years, innumerable moves and apartments, and it still makes me smile.

no Dr. D, no SCSA,

RAF

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Imgur is not great, but it's miles better than what photobucket has become.

The time I was on the cover of Osaka Pro's program/magazine (in the bottom right corner):

 

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The newspaper supplement after Misawa's in-ring death:

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More "treasures"...

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Ah, Drew Friedman, you are a scamp with impeccable taste. I don't remember where I picked up this (unmailed) postcard but it rocks.

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I read of it and I sent for it, thee Cactus' One's side biz starring Mr. & Mrs. Foley. This was atopic I dropped when I met CJack soon after and he bemoaned his lack of return on his investment. I shoulda bought a vest.

the ol' pack rat,

RAF

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I really don’t have anything anymore, it’s quite sad really. Used to have a full collection of WWF Spotlight magazines as well as WWF and WCW magazines covering 91-93. Lets not talk about selling off my full Hasbro and Galoob collection for £50 either... 😭

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From the UIC Pavillion, 05/03/92.  Dang it Sting, drink some milk. Y'all know how I like to pull down a poster.

WCW @ Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion - May 3, 1992 (3,000)
Michael Hayes pinned Diamond Dallas Page
WCW US Tag Team Champion Greg Valentine pinned Marcus Alexander Bagwell
Nikita Koloff (sub. for WCW World Champion Sting) defeated Big Van Vader via disqualification when Harley Race interfered
Ron Simmons pinned WCW US Tag Team Champion Terry Taylor
Johnny B. Badd pinned Tracy Smothers
Tom Zenk pinned Mr. Hughes
WCW TV Champion Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeated Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko
WCW US Champion Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat via disqualification at 22:47 after Steamboat hit Rude with a chair
Rick & Scott Steiner defeated WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton in a steel cage match to win the titles when Rick pinned Eaton after catching him coming off the top and hitting a belly to belly suplex as Rick was on Anderson's shoulders

- RAF

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Yeah, hold those tiny 2"x3.5" catds up from the cheap seats. That'll show that dastardly Humperdink and really rally thee Rowdy One! Weston wrestling magazines did this a couple times for various feuds. Kids, this was like holding up a cell phone during the Wyatt Family entrance. It's all so Big Brother can find and identify the marks.

- RAF

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I went there once, and it was good. My brotherfromanothermother Bosco went there a couple times, and came back with stories and souvenirs. I have an autographed menu somewhere that Bosco got, as I was proscribed from such antics because I was (allegedly) a worker. One time they were out of T shirts, so Mr. B traded the sweaty greasy one that the cook was wearing for some tour merch and marijuana reefer paraphernalia. The '90s were fun! We forgot our leftovers in the rental car overnight, and in the a.m., the BBQ sauce had eaten thru the styrofoam container. Maybe it was the Hep C.

- RAF

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Circa 1989-90. This was one of the top 5 cards I ever saw. Johnny Legend is just that - a freakin' legend. He is behind the scenes for so much Amerikan culture, bridging between the lowbrow/pop and the underground/punk. He's there behind Mexican wrestling movies, psychotronic video, punkabilly, Andy Kaufman, and so much more. I saw him before the show and he recognized me from the East Coast concerts/conventions. I remember he said to look out for the kid in the dark match, Rey Misterio Jr., who looked (physique-wise) to be about 14 (he was). Konan (his second or third U.S. match) brought him over. Mr. Legend was right, but Konan began his decades long streak of failing to impress me. The stand out was the main as two of the best monikered workers ever - Tim Tall Tree "the Twisted Tonto" & Stephan "Kiss My Ass" De Leon - had a bloody brawl, Mr. De Leon gigged an artery and in the ring in the middle of the Club lingerie dancefloor you could see chambara-style arcs of crimson spurt hypnotically from his forehead up into the lights. That separated the grappling fans from the folks who came to see the bands. I learned later (from Johnny Legend) that De Leon made it back stage, faceplanted and got ambulanced right to Southern California Hospital. Post-show, the Fabulous Flame's equally intimidating sister hit on me but I didn't realize it until afterwards. What a maroon I was. Good times.

- RAF

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I've always wanted to read the Abby menu. I wonder what "Abdullah's favorite" was? There's no General Tso's on the menu so I'm throwing my dart in that direction.

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I like to imagine the only utensils in Abby's were forks.

And if you asked for something else, you ended up in a back and forth like the Medevil Times scene in The Cable Guy.

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Hey. Lots of punk and punk adjacent bands dig thee REAL Sport of Kings. I dug through some of my 7"s for some rock'n'rasslin connection type stuff. I avoided most singles that just used wrestling imagery and stuck with the true fans. Wrestling pics are shockingly common with the indy and/or bootleg labels. Lotsa of Jim Thirwell releases for example have good grappling photos featured. Maybe because he's big in Japan? Anyway---

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Side 2

Of course, most of your Confederacy of Scum bands revel in the pro wrestling. These discs sre full of brilliance. The mighty Antiseen have oodles of squared circle stomps. Rancid Vat (close personal friends of thee RAF) share some three covers and an original raver, produced by no less than Greg Sage who is a mover and shaker in the r&r connection - thee hidden history of rock and roll and pro wrestling is arcane and important, kiddies. Whiskey Rebel, I miss you.

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More RV platters, an odd interview from the radio with the Grand Wizard (an eBay thang, that's all I know) and (breaking my pro wrestling content intent) a super dope usage of a promo pic of a lovely & young thee Slave Girl (not yet Moolah but always Fabulous) for a hip tune from Down Under..

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To be honest, I have never even spun this. I dig the mini stand up, tho'. Oh Roddy, will we ever really know you? Truly, I would prefer some bagpipe jams.

- these spinners are all winners,

RAF

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On 5/6/2020 at 11:40 AM, thee Reverend Axl Future said:

Rick & Scott Steiner defeated WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton in a steel cage match to win the titles when Rick pinned Eaton after catching him coming off the top and hitting a belly to belly suplex as Rick was on Anderson's shoulders

I remember this being covered in the magazine, how was it? It looked great and I’d never seen a tag match take place in a cage before 

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Brother, you are axing me something from the LongAgoTime, my spongebrain is very selective about the things that fit into my noodle. I remember that there was this old Slick-lookin' man who was always at ringside called The Meddler (iron-on letters on a tracksuit told us so) that would bring signs & props to constantly harass the heels. Sometimes the props fit the taunts, like a rubber chicken for excessive stalling tactics or a big pair of tighty-whiteys for fat rulebreakers, but sometimes they were very non-sequitur, like a oversize sunglasses or a cardboard pizza. So he was like a post-modern Black Gallagher supermark. Some workers really could work off of him, especially Arn Anderson (Meddler hated the Horsemen, but loved Flair). The cage here stymied any potential interaction, so that's all I got. I am sure the match was genius. Chicago had many colorful regulars at the cards.

- RAF

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Don't get old, kids - I wanted to post regularly but I have been under the weather, very sorry. Here is some more phun stuff---

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Big stickers! Like 7"x5" big, probably from a magazine. I like them both: petulant Goto and sexyslim Abbie.

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As I have stated repeatedly, back then you ordered everything connected to wrestling, and you could since there was less available. WCCW and UWF both started to open schools and more importantly, advertise them. As wrestling went national via cable, the schools weren't just local. However, everything was about 90% kay fabed, meaning if you were "half-smart" you could read betwixt the lines...

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Hey, Percy Pringle III is letting us pull his coat. Thank you, sir. Jim Ross had a hand in it to, at least as the face of the UWF.

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I love this page. Did a single person who ever got involved in the business get in with info from this book? I like to think some halfwit redneck hunchback was inspired by his love of rasslin' and armed with $15.95 plus p&h became a wrestling arena food preparation specialist. Thank you again, Mr. Pringle 3.

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13 schools - that's it for 1989. Moolah had a camp as well. Johnny Rodz was training as well but I don't know if he had an actual school yet.

dream baby dream,

RAF

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stoopid fat fingers, no poking stick
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9 hours ago, thee Reverend Axl Future said:

13 schools - that's it for 1989. Moolah had a camp as well. Johnny Rodz was training as well but I don't know if he had an actual school yet.

dream baby dream,

RAF

Well shoot, now I want to know who was running Virginia Wrestling Academy and which wrestlers came out of it given that it was so "prestigious" that it had its own disclaimer that inquiries must come from "serious adults" only.

Would that have been Nelson Royal, maybe?

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I noticed that as well.Believe me, answering the mail and phones back then would have taxed the patience of even the hardest carny, with all the  mugglies and feebs trying to get in. I will ask around. I thought it may be Moolah but she was a  sweet Carolina belle.

- RAF

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On 5/11/2020 at 11:13 PM, PetrolCB said:

I like to imagine the only utensils in Abby's were forks.

And if you asked for something else, you ended up in a back and forth like the Medevil Times scene in The Cable Guy.

My 7th grade class took a field trip to Medieval Times. The waitresses get annoyed repeatedly being called wenches. This was like two years before The Cable Guy came out.

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