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From the Vault: Where the Big Boys Play #3: The Final Conflict

From the Vault: Where the Big Boys Play #3: The Final Conflict

October 13, 2018

Place to Be Nation Wrestling is digging into the vault and reposting the full archive of the legendary Where the Big Boys Play Podcast! If you haven't heard it before, check it out and if you listened in the past, it's a good time to revisit the greatness!

Before moving on to Starrcade ’84, Chad and Parv rewind back to March 1983 for this big show at Greensboro Coliseum — a good example of what a supercard in the pre-PPV era might have looked like and featuring a main event that has been mythologized by smart fans for years. Topics include: assessing Dr Tom Miller as a ring announcer, the concept of face managers including Arnold Skaaland in WWF, the plight of ageing 60s and 70s wrestlers in the 80s, Chad wonders why Gary Hart was known as “Playboy”?, the pod pays homage to the energy of David Crockett, and an unusually in-depth review of the legendary Sgt. Slaughter and Don Kernodle vs. Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood cage match for the NWA world tag titles.

From the Vault: Where the Big Boys Play #1 & #2: Starrcade 1983

From the Vault: Where the Big Boys Play #1 & #2: Starrcade 1983

October 7, 2018

Place to Be Nation Wrestling is digging into the vault and reposting the full archive of the legendary Where the Big Boys Play Podcast! If you haven't heard it before, check it out and if you listened in the past, it's a good time to revisit the greatness!

After some brief self-introductions detailing their history as wrestling fans, Chad and Parv take a look at the first four matches of the so-called “Grandaddy of them all”, Starrcade 83. Highlights include: being a wrestling fan in the UK, discussion of late-70s dancing babyfaces, lame finishes, assessing Gordon Solie in general, the difference between Carolinas Flair and Minnesota Flair, and Dusty’s mic trouble, extended evaluation of the Great Kabuki’s claw hold, Japanese wrestlers dogging it in the US, more assessment of Solie, picks for MVP, match of the night and worst performance, and we ask “does Harley Race really care?”