— Days Without Shea —

Loge13 is on vacation. Meanwhile, here is another entry in our retrospective, "Wrestling at Shea"

Shea Stadium has played witness to the Beatles, Popes and The Boss.

It has also hosted Little Beaver, Chief Jay Strongbow and The Wild Samoans.

Shea Stadium was the setting for three WWF events between 1972 - 1980 (Kids: WWF is how we used to spell WWE back in the seventies).

The first time wrestling came to Shea was 1972. Among the highlights: The Fabulous Moolah defeated Debbie Johnson to retain the World Women's Championship belt. Also on the card:

  • Little Beaver and Little Louie defeated Pee Wee Adams and Sonny Boy Hayes (8:25).
  • El Olimpico defeated Chuck O'Connor by disqualification (5:15).
  • Jack Brisco defeated Mr. Fuji (14:07).
  • Gorilla Monsoon and Ernie Ladd fought to a draw (20:00).
  • Chief Jay Strongbow and Sonny King defeated Lou Albano and The Spoiler (4:28).

The 1976 WWF showcase may be the most notorious of all. Muhammad Ali boxed/wrestled  Japanese champion Antonio Inoki in Japan. More on that match in a later post.

Also at the 1976 event, Andre the Giant squared off against boxer Chuck Wepner. Wepner allegedly was the inspiration for the Rocky movies. On this night, he was raw meat for Andre the Giant. Wepner hauled off and punched Andre hard in the third round. Confused and without a script, Andre then picked up Wepner and threw the boxer out of the ring to the concrete floor below, whereupon some other wrestlers continued to pummel him. Fake or real? Who cares? Watch the bout here:

And here:

In 1980, Andre the Giant would return to Shea Stadium again, to beat Hulk Hogan.

 




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