Straight Shoot Retro: The Big Event

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Ready to continue the World’s Smartest Rasslin Talk Show’s curated walk through the last 30 years of professional wrestling? Then watch STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO this Wednesday, April 16 at 9pmET/6pmPT as we discuss WWE’s The Big Event.

As always, watch the show beforehand on the WWE Network, then come ready to watch Jeff Schiller and I crack wise, talk about the matches and put the entire event in context with historical background and information about the participants. RSVP and submit questions here!

Ways to watch/listen are below. Scroll down for more information on The Big Event.

  • Right here, on this very page, live or after-the-fact, through the embedded YouTube video right up above
  • Over at the official Google Hangout event page, where you can watch live and even ask questions for me and my special guest.
  • On my official YouTube channel, where the video will continue to live after the event. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE.
  • The morning after, via audio-only podcast versions of the show embedded above or on iTunesStitcher and PodOmatic.

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If you’ve never heard of WWE The Big Event, don’t worry, it’s a common thing. That’s because not only does WWE rarely mention the pay-per-view, but because it was a Canada-only event, emanating from Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium on August 18, 1986.

It was billed as “The Biggest Event of All Time,” which wasn’t too far off of a claim, seeing as it set an outdoor attendance record of 74,000, which held until the following spring’s WrestleMania III. The simple existence of the pay-per-view – not to mention its colossal live attendance numbers – is a clear indication of the growing power of WWE and Vince McMahon, as they begin producing double the amount of pay-per-views as their southern competitors, and even branched out into the Great White North.

Matches from the card (minus spoilers, natch) are listed below:

  • The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell & B. Brian Blair) vs. Jimmy Jack Funk & Hoss Funk with Jimmy Hart
  • Haku vs. The Magnificent Muraco with Mr. Fuji
  • Tony Garea vs. Ted Arcidi
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Adrian Adonis with Jimmy Hart
  • Mike Sharpe vs. Dick Slater
  • Lou Albano & The Machines (Super Machine & Big Machine) with Giant Machine vs. Bobby Heenan, King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd
  • Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts in a Snake Pit Match
  • Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules Hernandez
  • The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond) vs. The Dream Team (Greg “The Hammer” Valentine & Brutus Beefcake)
  • Pedro Morales vs. King Harley Race
  • WWE Champion Hulk Hogan vs. Paul Orndorff with Bobby Heenan

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