REWIND-A-WAI #118: WWF at MSG 10/17/83 (Steel Cage: Jimmy Snuka vs. Don Muraco)

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John Pollock & Wai Ting travel back to October 17, 1983 to review WWF at Madison Square Garden featuring Jimmy Snuka and Don Muraco’s legendary steel cage match.

We discuss the legacy of the match and the incredible set of promos that preceded and followed it, plus our thoughts on what a pre-Hulkamania WWF informed us about the evolution of Vince McMahon’s style of pro wrestling.

Also featuring WWF Champion Bob Backlund and a “Battle of the Dads” as The Rock’s father, Rocky Johnson takes on Roman Reigns’ father, Wild Samoan Sika.

Plus, News & Notes from the wrestling world in October 1983.

This event was chosen by Espresso Executive Producer, Sean La Vigne.

WWF at MSG
Monday, October 17, 1983
Madison Square Garden

  • Steel Cage Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Don Muraco (c) vs. Jimmy Snuka
  • WWF Championship: Bob Backlund (c) vs. Masked Superstar
  • Andre the Giant vs. Afa
  • Sgt. Slaughter vs. Ivan Putski
  • Iron Mike Sharpe vs. Tito Santana
  • Rocky Johnson vs. Sika
  • Rene Goulet vs. Tony Garea
  • Special Delivery Jones vs. Tiger Chung Lee
  • Mike Graham vs. Bob Bradley
  • The Invaders vs. Paul Vachon & Israel Matia

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That Tiger Chung Lee recap was bloody hilarious.

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This review was great. I didn’t know what to expect with an older show from an era that doesn’t get talked about I guess because it was in a smoke filled bar, the casual racism of SD Jones headbutt to hes from the orient. I enjoyed the Putski winner only for the hilarious reveal in the comment section, the thing about what you said about modern wrestling mostly AEW Rampage during the cage setup, before the Hangman injury i thought the 10-18 Dynamite was one of the best because everything was slowed down , i would rather have 3 rampage matches with telling you why this is important instead of a jumbled mess which Rampage has been.

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Isn’t it true that, much like Wrestlemania VI, every single fan in the crowd for this MSG show was a future pro wrestler?

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