Ep. #440: January 9-16, 1987

5h 15m | Jan 15, 2024

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week-plus that was January 9-16, 1987. Topics of discussion include:

  • A look at the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions running against each other on the same night in Philadelphia, which would become a common deal through the rest of the 80's. We talk about who had the better show both in the ring and at the box office.
  • The weird story of Jim Neidhart being charged with (and eventually being tried for and acquitted of) assaulting a U.S. Air flight attendant on a trip from Tampa to Pittsburgh, which was the first case that Jerry McDevitt ever worked for the WWF.
  • The Dynamite Kid returning home from the hospital after his near-career ending back injury.
  • Why the Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis feud was dying at the box office.
  • Jerry Stubbs working as "A. Sheik" in All Japan.
  • Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura doing big business with their mini-feud in New Japan.
  • Mike Von Erich's rough tour of New Japan.
  • Kevin Sullivan returning to Florida yet again as the booker.
  • Jerry Lawler getting posted crotch first by Austin Idol and Tommy Rich in Memphis and suffering pro wrestling’s first-ever in-storyline ruptured testicle.
  • Ted DiBiase: Super babyface in the UWF.
  • Bruiser Brody taking over the book in World Class and the expectations for how his run should go.
  • Jim Crockett wanting to return to Canada with Angelo Mosca as his front-man.
  • Vladimir Petrov’s TV debut.
  • Why do young men outside of the core Crockett territory hate the Rock ’n’ Roll Express?

All that and much more, including a free preview of our latest Patreon show, on a very fun episode of BTS!!!!


0:00:00 War of Philadelphia & WWF

1:15:25 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, AJW, All-Star, Montreal, Stampede, & WWC

1:41:46 Classic Commercial Break

1:46:10 Halftime

2:24:20 USA East: NYC, Sgt. Slaughter, Deep South, CWF, Continental, & CWA/Memphis

3:07:14 USA West: UWF, WCCW, Central States, AWA, & Portland

4:19:57 Jim Crockett Promotions

4:58:47 Patreon Preview: Kerry Von Erich talks to John Clark about going to rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic

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