March 30, 1990 |
WrestleMania 6, hyped as the Super Bowl of professional wrestling, will unfold Sunday at the SkyDome in Toronto and will send thousands of people from this area into giant-screen closed-circuit theaters to witness the head- banging, toe-crushing, appendage-smacking, body-bashing, fist-pounding, torso-throwing, hair-pulling and nose-tweaking action. This will be the first WrestleMania since the deregulation of wrestling, meaning that the World Wrestling Federation will use its own officials, timekeepers and ring doctors and will script and rehearse most matches, the winners being predetermined - exhibitions without actual athletic competition.
March 31, 1989 |
In its first four years of existence, Wrestlemania has broken closed- circuit and pay-TV records, and the hype surrounding the event appears to have exploded as well. By the looks of it, this weekend's fifth edition, at the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, will be as popular an event as ever. Only limited seating, at $150 per, remains. So if you don't already have one of the 21,000 tickets, the best way to take in the 14 matches is either by pay TV or at one of the five humongous-screen closed-circuit locations in the region.
March 28, 1999 |
WrestleMania fever hit hard, and early, in Philadelphia this weekend. Tickets to tonight's event at the First Union Center have been sold out for months. WrestleMania participants - call them "superstars," the World Wrestling Federation asks - have been hyping it for weeks, everywhere from national call-in sports-radio shows to late-night TV. The live show, the Convention Center party, the personal appearances by the Rock and Paul "the Big Show" Wight, the Home Shopping Network extravaganza were all set. Fans streamed into the city from across the country.
March 22, 1991 |
Pow! Bash! Slam! Those will be the sounds echoing across the country on Sunday, when the World Wrestling Federation presents Wrestlemania 7, live from the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The most controversial Wrestlemania ever pits WWF champion Sergeant Slaughter against the immortal Hulk Hogan in the main event. Slaughter, a former Marine drill instructor, voiced his support for Iraq during the Persian Gulf War and burned a Hulk Hogan shirt and a Hulk Hogan poster on national TV. Hogan, playing the All-American hero, has vowed to bring down Slaughter as a Patriot missile would a Scud.
October 8, 1999 |
Jesse Ventura, former pro wrestler and now governor of Minnesota, said yesterday the death of longtime wrestling icon Gorilla Monsoon saddened him deeply. "He was both a friend and a colleague and I have many fond memories of the time we spent together," he said. "He will be missed. " Monsoon, 62, who lived in Willingboro, N.J., died early Wednesday of complications of diabetes and a recent heart attack. He and Ventura teamed up as wrestling commentators after they retired from the ring.
May 28, 1987 |
Tonight, tonight, tonight, Phil Collins and Genesis are at Veterans Stadium and the Flyers and the Oilers are at the Spectrum. What this means is traffic. That is why game time has been pushed back to 8:05, in hopes that the Genesis throng will be in place for the scheduled 7:30 start of that event. Never mind that only nerds show up on time for rock concerts. Extra parking is available across Broad Street at Roosevelt Park, and the Spectrum doors will open at 6 p.m., in case you're dying to kill two hours sitting in the Spectrum.
November 27, 1991 |
Paul Sumner Bullock, 34, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound black belt in karate who loved basketball, top-of-the-line stereo equipment and long weekend drives in his red Mustang GT, died Saturday at Hahnemann University Hospital. Death was sudden and unexpected. He had undergone an apparently successful liver transplant in the Cleveland Clinic in August that had brought him out of a coma and back to the brink of good health. Recuperating last week at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, he had been able to walk on his own and was looking forward to going home on a 12-hour pass for Thanksgiving.
April 12, 2000
More on Lindros Eric Lindros is for Eric Lindros. When he wants to play, he can dominate a game; unfortunately, most of the season, he's either giving less than half an effort or he's out for ailments or injuries. If Lindros went all out, the Flyers would be Stanley Cup champions. But he doesn't give a damn. I'm sure it bothers Bob Clarke, a Flyer through and through, to see a talented player like Lindros play hard only when he wants to, then have to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars.
March 29, 1995 |
First, the boos rained down. Then came the chants of "Bulls-! Bulls-! Bulls-!" Then, the deafening roar "Refund! Refund!" filled Al's Diamond Cabaret strip joint. But it wasn't until the first beer can flew on stage, after the crowd's anger had turned to outright rage, that the bouncers vaulted the railing to kick some serious behind. Had it actually come to this for LaToya Jackson, the sultry, fawn-like vixen who also happens to be an embarrassment to her famous show-business family?
April 8, 1989 |
There is absolutely no way the Major Indoor Lacrosse League could have written a better ending to its third season. To ask for anything more would have been asking too much. Of course, the true beauty of it all was that there wasn't any script. Fans of Wrestlemania take note: The MILL might not be major league, but it is nothing if not a legitimate effort. And so it was that the team that has consistently drawn the most support, the Wings, defeated the club that was considered the one to beat all along, the defending champion New York Saints, last night at the Spectrum, 11-10.