Ep. #360: June 22-28, 1986 with Robert O'Connor

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Kris & David are back this week with another episode of BTS, going back to the 80's with Robert O'Connor (@ghostofquinones) making his return to discuss the week that was June 22-28, 1986.

  • We start in the WWF, where we talk about George Scott being removed as the head booker as well as who his replacements were rumored to be at that time, which may surprise you. We also talk about Paul Orndorff's heel turn percolating on TV, the original plans for Harley Race's gimmick, and much more.
  • Then, after a very short International section, we return to the U.S. territory scene, where we talk about an amazing money mark story, a segment with David Crockett & America's Team that made Dave Meltzer want to vomit, the greatness of Brad Armstrong in Continental, Bam Bam Bigelow running wild on Memphis TV, Bill Watts & The Freebirds get heated up in the UWF, and so much more.
  • We then close with the AWA in a rarity for us, but they had a big week, as they did a LIVE show on ESPN, Battle by the Bay, that Dave Meltzer attended in person, so we have his live rundown as well as our thoughts, especially O'Connor’s, and we talk about all sorts of other AWA stuff, as well.

Just another classic O'Connor show, with an ending that you MUST listen to…

Timestamps:

0:00:00 WWF

1:05:02 Int’l:

1:31:50 USA East:

2:37:25 Classic Commercial Break

2:42:58 Halftime

3:03:44 USA West: UWF…and then the recording goes blank for some reason near the end of that sub-section (We’ll try to make it up during the week with a re-recording without O’Connor.)

3:36:55 AWA

4:28:15 Patreon Preview: Phil Mushnick and WWF spokesman Steve Planamenta do battle in Mike Mooneyham’s weekly wrestling column

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