wrestling: more favorites

I recently wrote on what I considered both the greatest and my fifteen favorite professional wrestling matches. But I do have my obsessions with lists, from time to time. I can never watch everything, of course, but it became imperative to find fifteen others, so much so that it is all I've done over the last few weeks. Nothing but research and watch and re-watch. A frustrating way to spend time, being unable to think of anything else but a list, but at least it is done.

I am unsure if these all fit in at #16-30 in terms of my favorite matches, but they might as well. It's more an inventory for myself than anything else.

Andre the Giant vs. Stan Hansen (AJPW 09.23.81)
Hulk Hogan & Genichiro Tenryu vs. The Road Warriors (WWF/SWS Wrestlefest 1991)
Undertaker vs. The Berserker (WWF Superstars of Wrestling 04.25.92)
Eddie Guerrero & Art Barr vs. El Hijo del Santo & Octagon (AAA When Worlds Collide 1994)
Team Blayze vs. Team Faye (WWF Survivor Series 1995)
The Great Muta vs. Jushin Liger (NJPW 10.20.96)
Chris Benoit vs. The Barbarian (WCW Nitro 04.14.97)
LCO vs. Aja Kong & Kyoko Inoue (All Japan Women 08.10.97)
Paul London vs. Akio (WWE Velocity 12.04.04)
Villano V vs. Blue Panther (CMLL 75th Anniversary Show)
Sanshiro Takagi & Munenori Sawa vs. Kim Yotsugi & Hitori Gundan (DDT Pro, 03.27.10)
Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw vs. 17 & The Shard (CHIKARA: Ring of Wax)
Mike Quackenbush & the Colony vs. Jigsaw & the Swarm (CHIKARA: Under the Hood)
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kota Ibushi (NJPW G1 Climax 25: Day 7)
Aztec Warfare II (Lucha Underground Season 2, Episode 9)


Minnesota drive-ins

Ted Mann at France Ave. Drive-in, 1966

Willmar, 1963

Burnsville, 1976

Roseville, 1976

Highway 100, Fridley, 1951


early letterman

(WLWI children's show Clover Power)

(WLWI low-budget film showcase Freeze Dried Movies)

“I was hosting this late-night movie show, and Dave took over for me the week I was on vacation. At that point, we already were showing very bad films. Dave figured out how to superimpose himself into the movies. Once, in this awful Austrian spaghetti Western, he re-tracked the audio with a recording of him and his friends playing a ukulele and singing, ‘Trinidad, Trinidad, the rum is good but the water is bad.’ They were substituting mad Caribbean music for a scene shot in a Western saloon.”

-Jack O’Hara, former host of Freeze Dried Movies on WLWI

"Regardless of what movie might be showing, the host would tell viewers they were watching When Godzilla Ate Detroit. In his second episode, he celebrated the show’s tenth anniversary."