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Talk about wasted youth - when the advertising for the Great American Bash first began I knew I had to be there. This promised to be quite a trip to Charlotte as it was an outdoor event and it was raining in Greensboro ninety miles away. Man, that show was a horror to get to but the weather got better as we got to the football stadium.
I mean we had to go; we already had paid for the tickets
and it was going to be a huge show with Flair verses Nikita with
The parking was the ultimate nightmare, as we had to park about twelve blocks away on a side street and walk to the stadium I was sure we were going to be towed away but we went anyway. If they got me they would have to tow about two thousand cars so it was on to grappling heaven.
As we got close to the event you could hear the crowd popping and the matches had started. Imagine that, they didn't hold the start for it's biggest fans! We did get our seats and we were sitting on the grass and in the mud.
This was going to be a real strange show.
The Road Warriors were fighting the Russians, Ivan and Crusher and we soon noticed that Road Warrior Hawk had eaten an orange for lunch. Why did I know that? Because he threw it up in the first twenty seconds of the match! Man, that was an ugly sight. Kind of made me a little hungry, so I ordered a chili dog.
Thes Russian/ Road Warrior feud was real hot and the
fans really hated the commies. Heat was everywhere that night and it got
really hairy when suddenly about fifteen Harley
I am not kidding. These roughnecks just went though the crowd knocking people on their cans as they made their way towards the ring. It was a near riot situation and the Hells Angels started throwing bottles and beer cans at the Russians from ringside. I couldn't believe the hatred these guys showed.
I could see Ivan yelling at
For a short while.
the Ugandan Giant battled Magnum TA and, thank God,
At last came the big main event with Flair verses Nikita.
Nikita was in the ring with his uncle Ivan Koloff while Flair arrived at the stadium in a helicopter. Man, what a way to enter a main event and the crowd loved it. Well, some of the crowd did.
That place was a nuthouse with fans in the crowd breaking
into fistfights all over the stadium! The police would go into the crowd
and use their billy clubs on them and drag the troublemakers out feet
first. I can still remember the sound of people's heads banging down concrete
Come to think of it where were those same cops went Ivan and Crusher were getting killed?
Maybe the cops believed the hype?
event was a really great match until Ivan started to interfere then it
got crazy again. I was sitting on the second row right on the outside
isle and suddenly this crazed fan hit the ring! He tripped over me, I
could have lied and said I tried to stop him but he went by in a blur.
This guy ran right into the ring and gave Ivan a knee in the balls. Ivan
doubled up yelling at
This guy would not back down so Nitkita went after him. Nitkita didn't catch him but the cops did and they kicked the shit out of this guy. It was brutal.
Now you know why I only hit the ring once in my career but that is another story. Flair won the match with the cheap help of Crockett but that was not the action I will remember.
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