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  • #46
    More Terry Funk is always very welcome!

    The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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    • #47
      Bit of a change in gears here: I can't find a specific promo online that really does it justice but I've been watching some old Mid-Atlantic and Ron Bass was a bit of an underappreciated promo. They give him time week on week and he delivers well and is always pretty engaging. I kinda wish I could find something that showed that in a good light but nothing I've hit sat here has done it. Best bet is to check out some of the archives on the network.

      Of course, this could also be because I'd just watched Vince McMahon interview Tony Garea and everything looks better by comparison. Good grief.

      "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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      • #48
        Garea is underrated in the ring for my money, but yeah not much of a promo...

        Bass never really amounted to anything in his WWF run but I'm not shocked that he was a bit better elsewhere, particularly on the mic. He certainly had enthusiasm at the very least!

        The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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        • #49
          My experience of watching All-Star in the 1970s is there's a lot of steak but the sizzle is really at a bit of a premium. Very few guys other than the managers have been good interviews. Garea probably isn't that much worse than the average, to be fair. Still, it was a successful territory, so clearly that was all they needed to be.

          It's interesting on Bass, because everything I've found to share he's been screaming and bloviating, but in some of the stuff in the WWE vault he comes across as a far more charismatic figure when he just... talks. And they give him a spot most weeks and he's just really quietly quite good at it. I suspect that at 38 and from Arkansas, he's just that bit too old and that bit too Southern to feature heavily in Vince's national vision.


          Y'know who else I've noticed is a bit of an underappreciated promo lately? King Kong Bundy.

          "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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          • #50
            Yes, absolutely agree with that one! It's hard to think of a way Bundy isn't underrated though. Dude was great fun.

            The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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            • #51
              I don't know if it's rare but it sure is good. "It's been your pleasure, as usual!"

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              • #52
                Chop!! Gonna watch that one RIGHT NOW!!

                Gah, Tony with a mullet and a mustache! They had some work to do on the Human Suit, I see.

                Man, Tully is over as hell.

                You got another check to cancel or something??

                Ha, he wasn't phased by the lumberjacks, but the belts got him!

                WHAT HAPPENED TO WRESTLING, cries Arn Anderson!

                Regroup, counsels Arn. I love it.

                Tully wants the boss to come down with a belt and catch Ricky Morton in his lap!!

                Christ, I love Tully and Arn. Everything they do is amazing.

                The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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                • #53
                  That's a grade a, top 10, shut up and take my money.

                  "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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                  • #54
                    Tully was so fucking good. When he starts rubbing his hands, psyching himself up. I LOVE IT! Like Prime says - Take My Money.

                    Edit: Arns distaste for gimmick matches cracks me up!
                    Last edited by Mr Chop; 11-17-2018, 03:01 AM.

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                    • #55
                      Speaking of Andersons, he tends to get most of the love nowadays and has become a bit of an avuncular figure over the years, which might partly explain it. But I've been watching some early 1980s stuff lately, and I think Ole Anderson flies under the radar as a terrific promo nowadays. He's maybe even that bit better than Arn because he can do the whole 'sell the angle without raising your voice' thing. Makes me wonder if he's not remembered well because.... well, pretty much every story I've ever heard makes him sound like an asshole!

                      But yeah, he's consistently entertaining in the stuff I'm seeing. It's 35+ years later and I genuinely don't like him!

                      "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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                      • #56
                        Ole definitely suffers from being known mostly for contributing to some bad stuff in the early 90s and basically alienating everyone in wrestling. But everything I've seen in his prime is very entertaining, it just happens to mostly happen before the point in history where most fans stop when going back to watch older stuff.

                        The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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                        • #57
                          Anything I've seen from Ole has been great. He's definitely not flashy but he sells toughness well. And any time he talks about Dusty you really buy hate. When I started seeing his stuff I was very surprised he wasn't talked about more. A lot of the early Horsemen stuff has him in a very leadership style role, when Flair was still the brash young champion figure.

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                          • #58
                            I think that's what is so great, they have to really sell the animosity in these early 1980s promos I'm watching. They can't just trust that they can get by on people liking their style. Watching Ole with Sarge and Piper a lot. Slaughter is more of an in-ring talent to be honest and I'm not totally into the promo style (though it gets the desired response I guess) but Ole is so unlikeable, and Piper at this point is just on another plane. I can't call him underrated, of course, but still, it's worth saying.

                            "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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                            • #59
                              Is Slaughter still mostly just shouting about maggots in that era? I ended up liking him a lot more than I expected in the ring but yeah, his promos got to be a chore in '91.

                              The '92 Rumble! The Brain's Finest Hour!

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                              • #60
                                Yeah take out all the references to Iraq and it is basically the same act. But he's much better as a wrestler than his old man run made me believe. You ever see the 'hidden gem' they put on the Network with him and Pat Patterson?

                                One of his major antagonists at this moment I'm watching is a young Jake Roberts, who you can tell is still learning the craft. Developing that familiar style, but he's still more cowboy than cold-blooded.

                                "The worst moron is the one too stupid to realise they're a moron."

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