Ep. #437: December 20-29, 1985 with Beau James & Robert O'Connor

6h 50m | Dec 25, 2023

It's a BETWEEN THE SHEETS CHRISTMAS!!!! this week as Kris and David are joined by our dear friends Beau James (@kingofkingsport) & Robert O'Connor (@ghostofquinones) to discuss the week-plus that was December 20-29, 1985. Topics of discussion include:

  • Stan Hansen becoming the AWA World Heavyweight Champion by beating Rick Martel at a Pro Wrestling USA show at the Meadowlands.
  • Problems onscreen between Tully Blanchard and Baby Doll.
  • The greatness of Ric Flair at the time, specifically his amazing match with Ronnie Garvin on the 12/28 episode of World Championship Wrestling.
  • The Christmas week house show schedule for all of the American promotions and how good or bad the shows did at the box office for everyone involved.
  • The short life of Southern All-Star Wrestling in Knoxville.
  • A recap of the Stud Stable vs. the Armstrongs in Continental.
  • The buildup for the second Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee loser leaves town match, which ended with Lawler leaving Memphis.
  • The birth of the Blade Runners on Memphis TV as the future Sting and Ultimate Warrior shed the Freedom Fighters gimmick.
  • Mid-South’s first TV shows taped in an arena setting (instead of the Irish McNeil Boys Club) start airing.
  • Christmas Wrestling Star Wars at Reunion Arena "bombing" at the gate as World Class blows off the Von Erichs/Dynamic Duo program and tries to reignite the Von Erichs/Freebirds feud.
  • Bruiser Brody becomes the first "Million Dollar Man" in wrestling in Texas All-Star.
  • Ted Arcidi makes his WWF TV debut while the British Bulldogs make their WWF commitment firm by leaving AJPW.

We love doing this show every year, with both Beau and O'Connor killing it every time so, from BTS to you, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holiday season!


0:00:00 Pro Wrestling USA & Jim Crockett Promotions

1:51:35 Int’l: AJW, CWA/NSPS, MoscaMania, Montreal, Stampede, EMLL, UWA, & WWC

2:38:28 Classic Commercial Break

2:42:03 Halftime

3:12:30 USA East: Southern All-Star, CWF, Continental, & CWA/Memphis

4:55;48 USA West: Mid-South, Houston, WCCW, TASW, Central States, AWA, & Portland

6:00:10 WWF

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