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feffermark
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After spending too much time recently watching WWE 24/7 recently, I have been trying to figure out the voices/names of all the 1980's announcers who were used for the local broadcasts of the monthly arena shows MSG, Spectrum, Boston Gardens, Maple Leaf, etc. I know Monsoon, Hayes, McMahon, Okerlund, Patterson, Resnick, Mooney, Tronguard, and Bockwinkle did MSG and I believe Billy Red Lyons did Maple Leaf. Can anyone identify some of the other voices. Thanks,
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Occasionally, Bruce Prichard, Mike McGuirk
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Don't forget Dick Graham and Kal Rudman in Philly. Rudman was so bad, he was relegated to backstage interviews after the expansion started. Then it was Monsoon and Graham doing the call of the action.
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And I can tell you that Boston was USUALLY Monsoon and Lord Alfred Hayes.
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I know Heenan did a Boston show, and I think an MSG show.

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When did the local arena broadcast end? Im thinking 89-90? Is this right?
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Gorilla Monsoon did MSG, Boston, and usually Toronto and had a revolving cast of color guys. Started with Okerlund, then Ventura, Hayes, and eventually Heenan. Most times it was a different partner each month. Billy Red Lyons did occasionally fill in at Toronto, too, although I don't believe those shows were ever actually televised anywhere in their entirety.

Philly was Dick Graham on play by play, with Monsoon and Alfred Hayes alternating on color.

Toward the later 80's, you added Rod Tronguard, Billy Graham, Sean Mooney, etc. to the mix in all places.

Last MSG broadcast was 3/23/92. Boston ended with 6/3/89, Philly was either Feb. or Mar. of '89. Main reason given was sagging attendance, even though Boston did pop a handful of sellouts in the final months. They figured most people were staying home and watching it on TV instead of paying their money to see it in person, so they pulled the plug on the TV part.

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Think Schiavone did some when he was there from '89-90 and Hillbilly Jim also did some color work.
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Roger Kent did at least one MSG show as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by Andy from NY:


Last MSG broadcast was 3/23/92. .

There was definitely one after this in like 96-97 I believe.
It was a one shot that was on the same night of a WCW pay per view.
Does this ring a bell with anyone else?

Edit: Found the Info on the History of WWE site.

WWF @ New York City, NY - Madison Square Garden - March 16, 1997 (8,513)
The return of the WWF to the MSG Network after 5 years; featured Jim Ross & Jim Cornette on commentary; the final card televised on the MSG Network

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Gene Okerlund did occasional match commentary for the house shows around 1984 and 1985, but rarely, if ever, afterwards. Gene was just awful. Honestly he was a total embarrassment. Gene truly had nothing of note to offer at all. He'd make a comment like "Big John Studd, the big 350 pounder" and then repeat it many times during the bout, with the words changed around slightly if at all. He'd say something like "this capacity crowd is going wild" or "what a move, what a move!", but with no real context or insight. Gene also had no chemistry with his broadcast partners, whomever they were, at all. It's no wonder the WWF stopped using him on match commentary and it's amazing Gene was allowed to do it as long as he did. Gorilla, Vince, and Alfred weren't everyone's cup of tea, but they were Emmy winners compared to Gene.
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I do remember that MSG show in '97. It was a one-shot deal, and they showed everything but the main event, for whatever reason. Unfortunately, they used the "current" TV format, taking commercial breaks during the matches, etc. It wasn't the same as the "old days", but it was great to see.

Roger Kent did make the rounds for a month or two in '88, and yes, Tony Schiavone did several shows in '89. That was around the time they started to phase out Gorilla from full-time announcing.

They did also televise about 6-7 shows from the Los Angeles Sports Arena in the second half of 1988, and I believe a few shows from the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1987. Not sure if those were ever televised locally or if they just filmed them for Prime Time and home video footage.

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quote:
Originally posted by Andy from NY:
I do remember that MSG show in '97. It was a one-shot deal, and they showed everything but the main event, for whatever reason.

The MSG card's main event was Sid defending the WWF Title in a cage against Bret. Since that was the exact same main event as the following night on Raw, they kept it off the MSG broadcast. They also hoped to protect the gate by keeping the main event as an arena only affair. Undertaker vs. Vader in a casket match was the semi main event at MSG and the main event for the TV broadcast.
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The worse wwf annoncers were pete duke of dorchester dorsey and a woman whos last name was mcguirk. pete sounded like he had a throat full of glass and he ALWAYS had sexist things to say about women more than once mcguirk sounded like she was ready to cry. Tom prichard was usally the third announcer while far from the best he was Gordon Solie compared to dorchester and mcguirk.
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I'm assuming Bruce Prichard, Mike McGuirk, and Pete Doherty did probably all or the majority of the Sam Houston shows. Back in the late 80s, the WWF released a tape called "Hulk Hogan: A Real American" through Coliseum Video; the last match is an arena show from the Coliseum w/ Hogan defending the WWF title against Ted DiBiase and these three are on commentary.
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I think Toronto had Jack Reynolds doing pbp, no?

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quote:
Originally posted by tamalie:
Gene Okerlund did occasional match commentary for the house shows around 1984 and 1985, but rarely, if ever, afterwards. Gene was just awful. Honestly he was a total embarrassment. Gene truly had nothing of note to offer at all. He'd make a comment like "Big John Studd, the big 350 pounder" and then repeat it many times during the bout, with the words changed around slightly if at all. He'd say something like "this capacity crowd is going wild" or "what a move, what a move!", but with no real context or insight. Gene also had no chemistry with his broadcast partners, whomever they were, at all. It's no wonder the WWF stopped using him on match commentary and it's amazing Gene was allowed to do it as long as he did. Gorilla, Vince, and Alfred weren't everyone's cup of tea, but they were Emmy winners compared to Gene.

This is true. Gene was great doing interviews (though he was always trying to get himself over). But he might go down as the WORST commentator ever. And I've heard a lot of 'em. Gene was literally like a little doll that would say things when you pushed him. I think Monsoon would just push a button and Gene would say "That's incredible!" or "Oh my!" or "Get him outta here!"

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I think Superstar Graham also did some Boston and Philly shows
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The Doctor of Style Slick also provided color, very very bad, I might add along side Monsoon during his first few months with the company on Maple Leaf Wrestling WWF broadcasts.
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Didnt Brother Love do commentary on some MSG shows as well? And there's also at least one MSG show with Honky Tonk Man announcing if the dusty dvd is anything to go by.
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Mike McGuirk was a hottie. The Lilian Garcia of her day.

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quote:
Originally posted by BadstreetUSA:
Don't forget Dick Graham and Kal Rudman in Philly. Rudman was so bad, he was relegated to backstage interviews after the expansion started. Then it was Monsoon and Graham doing the call of the action.

Kal Rudman sucked 8,000 different kinds of wang.

Horrible !!!!!!!!!!!

And the toupee....dear sweet LORD.

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Who's the guy that did the ring announcing, I think in Philly? I believe he was an older guy with glasses and a moustache.

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I believe you are referring to Dave Zinkoff who did the public address announcing for Warriors and later 76ers hoops, as well as for college sports, boxing, and occasionally the wrestling cards. He died in late 1985 at the age of 75.
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Most of the Philly shows I ever saw, the ring announcer was Mel Phillips (the dark-skinned guy who got himself in a ton of trouble, which came to light during the scandals of the early 90's). There were a few others, but none on a regualr basis.

He might be thinking of Norm Kimber, although that was Toronto, not Philly. Norm did the Maple Leaf Gardens shows, and also "All-Star Wrestling", the "B-team" syndicated show which was the predecessor of "Wrestling Challenge".

Mike McGuirk was somewhat attractive (IMO) but I doubt she could sing like Lilian.

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Rudman was horrible even on the backstage interviews.

The ones he had with Don Muraco were really bizarre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOQbxgPB8qw

LOL

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quote:
Originally posted by Andy from NY:
Most of the Philly shows I ever saw, the ring announcer was Mel Phillips (the dark-skinned guy who got himself in a ton of trouble, which came to light during the scandals of the early 90's). There were a few others, but none on a regualr basis.

He might be thinking of Norm Kimber, although that was Toronto, not Philly. Norm did the Maple Leaf Gardens shows, and also "All-Star Wrestling", the "B-team" syndicated show which was the predecessor of "Wrestling Challenge".

Mike McGuirk was somewhat attractive (IMO) but I doubt she could sing like Lilian.

Don't forget that Gary Michael Capetta, looking teenager I might add, was ring announcer in Philly during the early eighties, before Mel Phillips started doing it.
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