#84 – Randy Savage v Bruno Sammartino, January 3, 1987

In this episode we look at a fascinating match-up between two legends – Randy Savage and Bruno Sammartino. One man starting the biggest run of his career, the other in his twilight. We also discuss the upcoming OSWP Christmas Spectacular, feedback from Thanksgiving at David’s, and our tremendous new message board. Please support the podcast by visiting flairchop.com where you can buy our tremendous “mail-order wrestling gimmicks” t-shirt, posters, and the box set of our first 50 episodes.

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  1. frankito S. says:

    Sorry Dre but thats the worst Imitation of italian i have ever heard! sounded more like somebody from Fargo

  2. frankito S. says:

    another great episode guys, congrats on the review in the onion, it really is a great show.
    i believe the Bruno/Savage Feud started after savage hit steamboat with the ring bell and bruno confronted him in an interview about it and he smacked bruno and they were separated.

    unfortunatly i could only find a small clip of it, not the whole incident

    i don’t know about Boston but in NYC Bruno is a God. my father liked wrestling a bit, but when it came to bruno he turned into a wrestling super fan ! being of part italian heritage myself i think it was ingrained in us that no matter how old he was Bruno was a legend.

    and guys the bruno/zybysko cage match is a good match, but the televised training match where the feud started is the true classic


  3. I still say Dre’s Bruno impression sounds more Canadian than Italian. I agree with frankito S. about the Fargo comment.

    Dre, I had nothing to do with nor will I participate in the “Dre mispronounces names a lot” message board thread. Although I agree that I kid because I love.

    I want more Dre and Jook messing around during the music bed at the end of each episode. Dusty trying to say Colt Cabana = Hysterical!

    Bruno would not have been the star he was if WWWF’s home base wasn’t in New York, home to a huge Italian American population. Discuss.

  4. Rusty Brooks Biggest Fan says:

    I remember Bruno’s comeback in the late 80s. But like you guys, my main memories of Bruno were of him doing commentary (and horribly at that) with Vince McMahon on weekly WWF television. I remember Bruno when he was in the WWF/NFL Battle Royal at WM2. I thought he was like 90 years old back then. I still do.

  5. SlingshotSuplex says:

    Remember this match from Prime Time Wrestling, I believe, and loved it to bits. Right on about the distinctive arenas. Another immediately recognizable WWF arena was Maple Leaf Garden with its massive ramp.

  6. SlingshotSuplex says:

    The Poffo family ran ICW, an outlaw promotion in Kentucky, which was considered Jarrett territory at that time. They were wild and outrageous, and there is a lot of ICW studio TV on youtube.