Ep. #454: April 17-25, 1987

4h 47m | Apr 22, 2024

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week-plus that was April 17-25, 1987. Topics of discussion include:

  • The UWF to JCP transition beginning with the first set of JCP-controlled UWF TV tapings and how it the landscape looked about a week after the deal was finalized.
  • Big Bubba Rogers winning the UWF Heavyweight Title from One Man Gang in the first major change.
  • Dave Meltzer attending a JCP house show in San Francisco and giveing his thoughts on the promotion’s future, which were pretty ominous.
  • Akira Maeda doing his first pinfall job in New Japan since he returned in January 1986.
  • Exactly what the NWF’s business model was.
  • PAUL E. DANGERLY has a new team in Memphis.
  • Mike Von Erich's funeral plus Kevin Von Erich addressing the fans at the Sportatorium.
  • Curt Hennig finally turning heel in the AWA.
  • Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant’s house show rematches after WrestleMania III that never end up happening.
  • Jim Neidhart being found not guilty in his criminal trial for assaulting a flight attendant.
  • The Ken Patera Story and how it didn't work for 1987.
  • The absurdity of Missy Hyatt’s unaired Missy’s Manor talk show segments in the WWF, the second round of which was taped during our week, and how they were a terrible misuse of her talent.
  • The complete insanity of MR. FUJI GOES TO HOLLYWOOD and how it was re-aired on Prime Time Wrestling as if it was new over a year after it premiered on TNT.

All of this and so much more on a wacky episode of BTS.


0:00:00 UWF

0:36:07 JCP & CWF

1:26:21 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, All-Star, Dale Martin, Stampede, Montreal, EMLL, Promociones Mora, UWA, Tijuana, & WWC

1:55:08 Classic Commercial Break

1:58:45 Halftime

2:33:47 Other USA: NWF, Deep South, Continental, CWA/Memphis, WCCW, AWA, Central States, & Portland

3:45:28 WWF

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