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Patreon Flashback — Ep. #68: Titangate Part 2

4h 51m | Jan 28, 2024

Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.

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Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

It’s May [2022], and you know what that means: Time for a new Patreon-exclusive deep dive. This time, it’s part 2 of a series on what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. This time, the topics include:

  • The Now It Can Be Told and Geraldo episodes covering the scandals, especially the new allegations from Rita Chatterton (accusing Vince McMahon) and Mike Clark (accusing Terry Garvin), as well as the CBS Evening News story the same week where Vince McMahon loses his mind. Also: Just how shook was Murray Hodgson by sitting next to Rita during the Geraldo taping?
  • The WWF steroid symposium at the Plaza Hotel and how it led to the dissolution of John Arezzi and Vince Russo’s business relationship.
  • Steve Planamenta going wild as WWF spokesman, particularly to kvetch about Phil Mushnick to Mike Mooneyham, with Mushnick striking back the following week.
  • Dave Meltzer’s many back and forths with Dr. Mauro DiPasquale about the WWF drug testing program.
  • The Allentown Morning Call attempting to look into the local side of the Mel Phillips allegations.
  • Karate Kid and Lord Littlebrook accusing the WWF of blackballing their “midget wrestler” troupe for accusing Pat Patterson of sexual harassment.
  • Roddy Piper ranting about steroids and Hodgson in a radio interview.
  • David Letterman referencing the scandals in his own way.

…and much more. You will probably learn a lot from this show.

Timestamps:

0:00:00 Week of March 23, 1992

0:59:07 Week of March 30, 1992

1:51:15 Week of April 6, 1992

3:17:37 Week of April 13, 1992

4:05:54 Week of April 20, 1992

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