Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- John Baumer
NOTE: I'm not sure the date when this aired. It may have aired as a special during the week or during the regular Saturday night time slot. If the latter were the case the airdate would be 5/25/85. The matches took place on Tuesday 5/21/85.
---Opening video. Tonight's special wrestling presentation is brought to us by Tom Peterson's, but wait, this event is so big it needs more than just the regular sponsor. John Lucas Chevrolet in Stayton is also a sponsor.
---Don Coss opened the show up from ringside as the cameras panned the sell out crowd of 13,000 fans. Coss ran down the card. Basically the five main events will be aired on TV, although all were edited to fit.
---Match #1: Rowdy Roddy Piper vs. Playboy Buddy Rose. Rose is accompanied by a couple of girls wearing Playboy bunny outfits. Piper gets an absolutely thunderous ovation. It's hard to believe just two months earlier a sell out crowd at MSG was trying to kill him. Finish sees Piper block Rose's superplex and crossbody him for the pinfall.
---Coss interviewed Tom Peterson at ringside.
The jist of the matter is that Peterson has enjoyed the 20 years he has
sponsored Portland Wrestling. Funny line is that Peterson says he
will be around for another 20 years. Everyone in this area
remembers that Tom Peterson went bankrupt and could no longer sponsor
Portland Wrestling, which was one of many factors that led to the
program being replaced by WWF Superstars of Wrestling in December of
1991. Peterson eventually reopened his main store and was actually
one of the sponsors on the short lived Portland Wrestling program that
aired in 2000.
---Coss interviews KPTV 12's program director Gordon White. He ran down the history of Portland Wrestling on TV. Portland Wrestling was the very first wrestling program on TV in the country, debuting on KPTV in 1948.
---Match #3: AWA World tag team champs the Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Larry & Curt Hennig. Now, I'm not real up on my AWA history, but from what I have gathered, the LOD were the heels here. Despite that, the fans were solidly behind the Warriors and solidly against the Hennigs. This match didn't do anything for me in Minneapolis and it didn't do anything for me in Portland either. Finish sees the LOD DQ'd for excessive double teaming on Curt. Billy Jack Haynes makes the save, and he and Curt clear the LOD from the ring.
---Coss interviews a Portland Wrestler from the 60s (I assume, anyway. All Coss said was he was a part of Portland Wrestling "from a few years past."), Joe Kayhan? Not sure if that is how the name is spelled, but that is how it sounded. I have no idea who he is, but he flew in from Hawaii for the event.
---Match #4: AWA World champ Rick Martel vs. PNW champ Mean Mike Miller. Miller had on his leather hat and jacket, which always made me wonder if he and Martel were out on a date or having a World title match. Martel scored the pinfall with a small package.
---Match #5: NWA World champ Ric Flair vs. Billy Jack Haynes. Haynes is monster over at this point. It's really too bad his personal problems kept him from achieving the success he should have had in pro wrestling. Flair needed a bulldozer to plow through all the fans blocking the aisle way and ringside area on his way to the ring. The match ended in a 45 minute time limit draw, but only 10 minutes was shown on TV. Time limit expired when Haynes finally got the full nelson locked in on Flair. So, Haynes is once again screwed out of the World title.More...