Episode #40 – Skyscrapers vs Agent Steel and Randy Harris, Mark Callous vs Lex Luger

We take a look at one of Black Cat’s favorite tag teams of the late 80s and discuss the brief singles career of Mean Mark Callous. Beware the heavy breathing of Lex Luger.

This episode has been archived in the Season 1 digital box set available for $9.99 at the OSWP Merch Store!

16 Comments

  1. Rusty Brooks.. says:

    “Vicious” is an adjective, not an adverb. If his last name had been “Viciously”, then it would have indeed been an adverb. I just felt it was my duty as a southern wrestling fan to correct your broken English.. ok, only kidding with you brother. Another great show. I loved it. Ive told people before that Undertaker used to wrestler in WCW as Mean Mark, and they usually just respond, “that was another guy. Idiots.

  2. Trak9 says:

    “The Spoiler” Don Jardine who trained Mean Mark was the first person I’m aware of who did Old School.

    Some other wrestler’s who did the hart punch include Ox Baker (from Escape from New York) and former WWWF Champion Stan (father of Shawn) Stasiak.

    Sting the NWA Champion at the time did wrestle and pin Mean Mark (a subsitute for Barry Windham) at the Greensboro Coliseum on September 1st, 1990. They were going to wrestle again the next night at the Knoxvile Coliseum, but their match the night before was so bad that Harley Race took Mean Mark’s place. Mean Mark was gone from WCW soon after.

    The Tower of Doom from the Great American Bash 1988 was The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal), Steve Williams, Jimmy Garvin and Ron Garvin (with Precious) defeated Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, Al Perez, The Russian Assassin and Ivan Koloff (with Gary Hart).

    By the way Ronnie Garvin is not related to Terry Garvin, but he is Jimmy Garvin’s step father.

    Any chance of an episode on the Tower of Doom and or one on the Road Warriors since they were recently inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?

    • Black Cat says:

      Sadly I could find no video evidence of the Sting v Mean Mark match. That would be a fascinating piece of history.

      I frequently mix up Terry and Jimmy’s name. Not sure why because I know who’s who. I think Terry Garvin is Ronnie’s brother (both are from Canada) and Jimmy is Ron’s stepson. Sounds like a typical pro wrestling family.

      I’m certainly going to make Dre do a Tower of Doom show and I’ve been wanting to do the Warriors, but might save that for something special.

      • Trak9 says:

        It’s too bad that Sting and Mean Mark was just a house show match, not a match on a TV taping even if it stunk up the joint. I’m sure if WWE had the match it probably would end up on 24/7 sometime and or appear as a “lost gem” on a Sting or another Undertaker DVD. By the way I got the information about the Sting vs. Mean Mark match from the History of WWE website.

        Terry and Ronnie Garvin are not brothers, but friends from Montreal. Terry came along in the business first. Jimmy was a Garvin “brother” early in his career and managed his stepfather and Terry. None of them are actual Garvin’s as in their last names.

        I can’t wait for the Tower of Doom Episode along with a Road Warriors episode. By the way Black Cat have you or Dre had a chance to read Road Warrior Animal’s book yet? You can find it online(I have not seen it in stores yet).

  3. Dre says:

    God damn it. I knew as soon as it came out of my mouth that I said the wrong word. I wanted to correct myself, but I held it in. Now I look like a dumb ass (adj).

  4. Eric Darsie says:

    Mean Mark became pretty mean, oh yes.
    19-0 at the World “Wide” Entertainment’s Superbowl
    Was there when they got the “F” out
    Now there getting the “wrestling” out of the federation
    Played dirty over the years
    Nailing other men’s heads into the mat
    Then was followed up buried alive
    A Phenom in the rasslin’ business?
    That’s up to a personal perspective
    Doin’ the tight rope walk
    Goin’ old school
    For the Old School Wrestling Podcast
    Never get the “F” out
    And never get the “wrestling” out either

    -resident Rebecca Howe (TV show Cheers “manager/waitress”). AKA: Eric Darsie. 🙂

  5. Whether you went back on it or not, Dre, you dropped the ball by mentioning the Undertaker 30 minutes in. It was quite a streak you had going there.

    I loved the explanation of how a loaded foreign object works. There must be a hidden compartment in there, it’s the only way.

    I love it that Grunge Puppy got a mention.

    I was hoping you’d go the whole episode without a serious acknowledgement that The Undertaker was Mean Mark. You had a nice run though.

    Trak9’s mention of Terry Garvin got me thinking about Gorilla Monsoon’s call of “he must have trained at the Terry Garvin school of self defense.” I think it was an inside jab at Pat Patterson but does anyone know the story?

    Poor Brock Solid.

    • Trak9 says:

      Terry Garvin was in charge of the ring boys in the late 80’s-early 90’s. He was accused of sexual harrasment in 1992 which led to WWE (F at the time)firing him.

    • Black Cat says:

      How could we talk about the heart punch and not talk about Grunge Puppy? Impossible.

      I don’t remember Gorilla’s Garvin reference but I’ll have to listen for it. Did he say it a lot?

      I thought you totally no-sold my inclusion of that clip but then remembered the Brock Solid dig!

  6. Jeff says:

    Another entertaining piece of werestling history, and I bet when Dre didn’t have cable he used to play with the wrestling dolls to entertain himself on Monday Nights.
    One slight mishap during this show was the Skyscrapers were already a team before the Triple Threat King Of The Hill Battle Royal.
    I also enjoyed the piece about “loaded” piece of equipment wrestlers and or managers used to have in the 80s, with the legendary Cornette being my favorite. What could he have honestly loaded into that skinny racket cover, a piece of cardboard?
    The Rock N Roll Midnight feud didn’t go over well with the Mrs, but she thoroughly enjoyed the Mello Yello. Thanks for the advice, but she still hates you guys.

    • Black Cat says:

      So after doing a bit more digging it seems like Long just showed up with them on Saturday Night after he quit reffing? I vaguely remember that now

      Corny’s racket is a great example – seriously, a f’n tennis racket? Might sting my back, but that’s about it.

      Well, if nothing else, maybe we can bore your wife to sleep if you’re ever out of Nyquil.

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