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Old wrestling not so Classic
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


I was flipping through the channels the other day when I came across an AWA show on ESPN Classic.

Watching the show, I realized how many of the wrestlers were bloated way out of shape -- too much time spent with a beer and bent elbow.

Or some of the more-muscular others were obviously juiced. And I'm not talking about Tropicana.

Fact is, outside of some wonderful wrestling personalities of the time, wrestling on TV was nowhere near as good or polished as it is now.

The truth is, at the time we didn't know how bad it was and we didn't care.

We were convinced that an abdominal stretch or airplane spin could finish off an opponent and that a sleeper could put an opponent to sleep.

There were too many squash matches -- geez, there were as many jobbers as top performers. And very few of the wrestlers were polished behind a microphone.

I had favourites. I loved The Sheik, Pampero Firpo, Edouard Carpentier, Haystacks Calhoun, Baron von Raschke, The Love Brothers, The Berzerker, Ric Flair, Mad Dog Vachon, Big Tex McKenzie, The Fabulous Freebirds, The Midnight Express, The Road Warriors and others.

Smaller promotions were far ahead of the biggies. Stampede Wrestling was ahead of its time with storylines and didn't do the squash-jobber thing as much. All-Star Wrestling out of B.C., Montreal's International Wrestling and Big Time Wrestling out of Detroit were very good.

I'm sure there are old-school fans who prefer a blast from the past to current WWE and TNA programming, but I'll take the new guys anytime.

THE BASH RESULTS

There were three title changes at Sunday's WWE The Bash pay-per-view. Edge and Chris Jericho won the unified tag titles; Rey Mysterio beat Jericho to win the intercontinental belt; Randy Orton beat Triple H; Michelle McCool won the women's title from Melina; Jeff Hardy beat CM Punk via DQ; Dolph Ziggler beat The Great Khali; Tommy Dreamer won the ECW Scramble match; and John Cena beat The Miz.

THE WRESTLING WRAP

The Score is adding WWE Vintage Collection, a new show on Saturdays (7 p.m.). The blast from the past is hosted by Mean Gene Okerlund ... Lillian Garcia is leaving WWE to get married ... "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase will be the guest host of RAW on Monday. Donald Trump made some trades before he left. Joining RAW are Gail Kim, Alicia Fox, Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne and Mark Henry. Smackdown! gets Matt Hardy, Finlay, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya. ECW gets Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, William Regal and The Bella Twins.