Retro Wrestlemania Moment: 1989's Wrestlemania 5

Monday, February 24, 2020

I often complain to my wife that storytelling doesn't exist in pro wrestling anymore.  I mean TRUE storytelling.  With hints and small gestures that "plant seeds" into the minds of fans that eventually blossom into something that lasts for months or even a year.  Watching wrestling today, I feel like there is just so much available content that they don't have time for storytelling. They just throw a pair of wrestlers together, after a brief scripted promo that basically reads "I don't like you, let's fight," and they'll have the blowoff match a week or so later at the monthly Pay-Per-View and then the two move on to some other feud.  Then, not even a year later, they run out of new matchups, and they return to the original dispute and often pretend it didn't happen in the first place using the same "your a meanie" trope.

But back in the late '80s, the WWF's storytelling was bar none.  Who as a fan, past or present, hasn't heard of what I consider one of if not the best storytelling... the Mega Powers exploding at WM 5, and that's our latest stop on the Retro Road to Wrestlemania here at YRM.

Retro Wrestlemania Moment: 2004's WrestleMania 20

Monday, February 17, 2020

2004's Wrestlemania 20 was the first Pay-Per-View event I ever paid for with my own money.  My parents had mostly refused to pay the $40 price tag during the Attitude Era but would occasionally graciously agree to pay for the most significant events of the year.  I don't mean for that to come off as ungrateful, I have ZERO complaints about my childhood, and I was happy to be able to pay in 2004 for a PPV such as Wrestlemania myself.

Between 2000 and 2004, I had largely given up on wrestling.  During the boom period of the 90s, there was no bigger fan than myself, but by the time WCW began to die, I had nearly stopped watching altogether.  Things like graduating high school and just regular teenage life got in the way of watching shows that had stopped being good anyway.  By the start of 2004, though, I had gotten back into wrestling in a big way.  For whatever reason, I had seen an advertisement for the new RAW vs. Smackdown Playstation game, and something told me I had to have it.  So, one day after class, I took a ride to go buy it with my best friend and a girl that I had pretty much just met.  That girl became my wife years later!  Anyway, as far as the game goes... the guys in my dorm and I suddenly became big fans.  We played that game for hours and we eventually started watching wrestling again.

Wrestlemania 20 is probably most memorable to most fans for seeing the underdog finally get its day.  For many fans, seeing Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit finally get their moment in the sun was almost like Vince McMahon and the company not only acknowledged these two and their amazing ability... but they were acknowledging US for supporting them.

FREE Retro Swag Give Away!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

It's our turn to give back to YOU! 

I'd like to take an opportunity to thank all of you that read my ramblings here at YesterYear Retro Memories.  So, after taking my (admittedly very small) ad revenue from this site, I invested them into some eBay purchases that I intend to use for future content here at YRM.

I've got an abundance of extra stuff that I want to share with you!

What will you win?

Some of the items you'll find in this FREE Swag box include Pogs, Comics, Mini-Figures, Temporary Tattoos, and Vintage Trading Cards and Stickers possibly featuring franchises like Saved By The Bell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Alf, Movie Monsters, and maybe some more!

So, what do you have to do?  

Head over to our Twitter page (@Yesteryearretro) and find our pinned tweet featuring the YRM Retro Swag Give-Away Contest!  Just show us some love by following and then re-tweet our pinned tweet!  That's it!  By Re-Tweeting us, you'll be entered for the drawing on St. Patty's Day (March 17th, 2020) to win the Swag Box.  If you win, I'll reach out via Twitter and we'll get your address squared away for shipment!

Sorry, but, due to costs associated with this, I must limit it to USA and Canada residents only.  

Legal Mumbo Jumbo

I make no promises as to the exact contents of the Swag box.  This is a FREE giveaway and all costs are assumed by me.  I will not be held responsible if the United States Postal Service loses or damages the winner's box.  I will collect a list of the names that RT our pinned tweet and enter them at the "Random Name Picker" on to randomly select a winner some time during the day March 17, 2020.  I will not retain, loan, or sell the winner's address.

I think that covers everything.  It's a free box of retro stuff from the 80s and 90s... what's more to say?   GO ENTER!

Target Exclusive Funko Domino's Noid T-Shirt and Vinyl Pop!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Please excuse the interruption to the Retro Road to Wrestlemania, but, I'm coming to you today with an exciting "Current Event" retro review on the Target exclusive Limited Edition Funko Domino's Noid Tee-Shirt and Vinyl Pop! from the Ad Icon collection! 

Once I saw the advertisement on Twitter the other day, I knew I had to have this!  As a child, I was a HUGE fan of the Noid commercials and even had several Noid toys, including a larger "Bend 'Ems" style Noid that I cherished for years.

Retro Wrestlemania Moment: 1993's Wrestlemania 9

Monday, February 10, 2020

On our first stop through our Retro Wrestlemania Moments series, I figured we'd take a look at Wrestlemania 9 from 1993!  WM9 is probably my all-time favorite Wrestlemania, as a kid or an adult.  This was one of the shows my parents wouldn't order on Pay-Per-View so I was forced to live and die through the video clips and pictures shown on the syndicated "WWF Week in Review" shows until finally, it was available on VHS.

What's not for a kid to love about Wrestlemania 9?  Hulk Hogan returned after a year's hiatus and defeated the evil Yokozuna in a surprise match.  (I bet Yoko and Bret Hart were REALLY surprised!)  Taking place at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, the WWF went all out with the theming, wardrobes, and graphics.  Legendary announcer Jim Ross' made his WWF debut here at WM9 and who could forget Hulk Hogan's mysterious black eye?!

Favorite Retro Royal Rumble Moments

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The very first time I laid eyes on the Royal Rumble was in 1988.  I was 5 years old and was playing Nintendo over at my neighbor's house because he was THAT kid on the block that had every toy you could dream of.  His older brother was watching the USA Network when the very first Royal Rumble aired free for anyone who got basic cable at the time.  This annual Pay-Per-View event, one of the "Big Four," was originally aired for free to take away viewers from rival promotion NWA/WCW's Bunkhouse Stampede PPV.

With the Royal Rumble starting the "Road to Wrestlemania" every year, I thought it would be a good time to think back on some of my favorite Royal Rumble memories.  The Royal Rumble has always been a favorite of mine... most years I find it more exciting and enjoyable than Wrestlemania itself.  The constant count-down clock and the anticipation of "who's next?" is always so exciting!  Could it be a returning injured superstar or a legend getting one last shot in the spotlight?  Back in the day, it could even be a giant surprise debut from "the other company."  It's also always fun to see who can stay in the ring the longest and who has the fastest exit.

The Road to Wrestlemania Starts Now!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Ok, ok, ok... the "Road to Wrestlemania" officially starts at the Royal Rumble. 

That was only last Sunday, so, I'm only a few days behind!  Either way, here at YesterYear Retro Memories we'll be reviewing some of my favorite Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania moments, as well as other great retro wrestling memories! 

Between now and the "Showcase of the Immortals" on April 5, you can expect a slew of articles covering historic Main Events, flubs and flops, and much more!

Unless, of course, the baby comes (which is due any day now) so there will probably be a gap in posting.  I'll do my best though. 

Nickelodeon's Super Toy Run

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Like a lot of children before the creation of the internet, I spent a lot of my free time daydreaming.  One of my recurring daydreams involved myself, a shopping cart, and 5 minutes in a toy store without having to pay for whatever I could get my hands on.  For two lucky kids each year during the '80s and '90s Nickelodeon awarded just that opportunity.  Children could enter the contest by sending in a postcard requesting to be entered into the drawing.  I never did, though, because my Mom considered it a "waste of a good postage stamp" and she was probably right.  In later years, you could sign up at the local Toys 'R Us but I was too old by then to compete.

The "Nickelodeon Super Toy Run" allowed two contest grand prize winners a 5-minute shopping spree in a Kay-Bee Toys (prior to 1994) or a Toys 'R Us each year.  When the race started they were given an unlimited number of shopping carts and free reign of the entire store to collect as many toys as they could before time expired.  As each shopping cart filled up, the contestant would have to return to the start line and pick up a new cart before heading back out into every other child's dream.  Think of it as Supermarket Sweep for kids!