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History of pro wrestling: The Battle to Survive 1985 - Full history of one of the most important years in pro wrestling history and the complete Observer collection

The War Still Alive in ’85 Special

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The special is for the 21 issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter published in 1985 that hi-light the continuation of Vince’s national expansion. 278 pages of history, which also include the 1984 Observer Awards. The year of change for the Observer in format size.
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1985-January (52); February (22); March 4(28); March 25 (26) April 15 (26)(final legal sized issue)
 May 4 (6); June 1 (8); June 15 (8); June 23 (6); July 7 (8); July 14 (8); August 20 (8); September 5 (8); September 19 (8); October 1 (8); October 16 (8); November 4 (8); November 18 (8); December 9 (8); December 16 (8);    December 30 (8).

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1985
Jan. 10 (52)**        1984 Observer Awards Winners
($20)            1984 in Review
Dynamite Kid cover    1984 Wrestling Ratings
            Champions of 1984
Coverage of Starcade ‘84
            Inside Japan Wrestling
            Wrestling notebook covering all the territories news and champions including
            -Sgt Slaughter wants to renegotiate contract, Vince dismisses  Sarge from WWF
            -Tsuruta & Tenryu win annual All Japan tournament
            -Atsushi Onita announces retirement
            -Kevin Sullivan wins Southwest title
            -Flair retains belt vs Kerry Von Erich in Dallas Christmas card
            -Brad Armstrong wins North American title from Ernie Ladd
            -Michael Hayes now booking Florida

Feb. 4 (22)        Eddie Graham Dies of Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound
Tsuruta/Tenryu cover    Eddie Mansfield/Jim Wilson Newspaper Articles re:20/20
            Wrestling notebook including
            -Tonga Kid disappears from WWF
            -Crocketts gain control of Vince’s  TV time slot in Philadelphia
            -Americas tag belts held up between Fantastics & Midnight Express
            -Ted DiBiase wins North American belt from Brad Armstrong
            -Bruiser Brody leaves AWA

March 4 (28)        Editorial on 20/20 Exposing Pro Wrestling
Flair/Steamboat cover    Mr Mikes Mondo Wrestling
            Newspaper article on Eddie Graham
            Twenty One Questions with Vince McMahon
            Inside Japanese Wrestling
            Wrestling notebook including
            -MTV has one hour wrestling show featuring Hogan vs Piper
-Blackjack Mulligan, Briscos, David Schults, Adrian Adonis & Dick Murdoch leave WWF
-Billy Jack returns to the Northwest
-Chris Adams wins American title from Kerry Von Erich
-Rick Martels days as AWA champ may be numbered
-Jimmy Hart leaves Memphis

March 25 (26)        Numerous Newspaper Articles after 20/20
Fujinami/Hogan cover    Latest from the Superstation
            Wrestling notebook including
            -Wrestlemania to be first nation wide closed circuit event
            -Northeastern opposition draw 20,000 to the Meadowlands
            -All Japan draws largest crowd of year in Osaka with no foreign talent
            -David Schults arrives in New Japan and slaps announcer Furutachi
            -Chris Adams & Gary Hart break-up in Texas
            -Mid South now has national TV outlet
            -Mike Graham takes over Florisa, fires Michael Hayes
            -Arn Anderson arrives to Mid Atlantic from Alabama

April 15 (26)        Observer’s Final Issue (at least of the legal sized format with pic.’s)
Brody/Inoki cover    Top 75 Ratings
            Bruiser Brody jumps to NJPW
            Coverage of Wrestlemania I
            Inside Japanese Wrestling
            Wrestling Notebook including
            -Flair vs Kevin Von Erich to headline 5/5 Texas Stadium
            -Duggan beats DiBiase in loser leaves town
            -Blackjack Mulligan arrives in Florida
            -Dusty Rhodes wins TV title from Tully Blanchard

New Smaller 8 1/2 x 11 format begins. Highlights of all the promotions with main stories being:

May 4 (6)        Don Owen to close?
            Coverage of the promotions
            WWF NBC special to be taped 5/10
            Flair arrives in Japan 4/18 then gets next flight back to U.S.
            Inoki vs Brody draws sellout at Tokyo Sumo Hall
            Verne Gagne comes out of retirement

June 1 (8)        Overview of 4 part series on WOR-TV exposing the business
            AWA talent roster has many problems
            Texas Stadium 5/5 show draws 26,000
            Dibiase & Williams win Mid South titles from Rock’n’Roll Express
            Jerry Oski wins Southern title from Randy Savage

June 15 (8)        WWF and network exposure
            Hogan & Piper to appear on the A-Team
            WWF NBC Saturday night specials cancelled for June & July
            Jim Brunzell, Jim Garvin leaving AWA, Sgt Slaughter may not be far behind

June 23 (6)        WWF TV tapings shockers- Terry Funk signs as does
                Randy Savage, Brian Blair, Jim Brunzell
            Bill Watts makes full time comeback in Mid South
            Ken Patera & Masa Saito sentenced to 2 years in prison
            Inoki beats Hogan & Andre adter IWGP tournament

July 7 (8)        NBC to air three WWF specials/WWF to have cartoon show                        Mid Year Observer Award Candidates
            Fantastics headed to Mid South
            Verne Gagne attempts to have talent sign contracts
            Riki Choshu named new president of NJPW

July (8)            Fritz Von Erich Strikes Talent Deal with Antonio Inoki   
            Fritz also gets ESPN time slot in the fall
            Dusty Rhodes wins TV title from Tully Blanchard
            Blanchard wins US title from Magnum TA
            Hercules Hernandez wins Florida title from Hector Guerrero then disappears       
Aug.20 (8)        ESPN to add three hour wrestling show
            Dave’s experience at the Memphis Wrestling Fan Convention
            NWA convention upcoming in Las Vegas
            Stan Hansen wins PWF title from Giant Baba
            Harley Race wins Missouri title from Crusher Blackwell
            Brian Adias wins Texas title from Gino Hernandez

Sept. 5 (8)        Titan Sports takes over Montreal
            Stampede Wrestling to restart
            Top 60 Ratings
            Rumor than Terry Funk to dethrone Hogan as WWF champ to allow surgery
            Altercation in Hawaii between Lars Anderson & Jim Crockett
            WWF and NJPW fail to reach talent deal

Sept. 19 (8)        Death of Jay Youngblood
            Road Warriors leave AWA for NWA
            Mike Von Erich upgraded from critical to fair
            1st attempt to syndicate a live wrestling card
            WWF hires Terry Garvin as assistant booker

Oct.1 (8)            St. Louis Wrestling Club Finished
            WWF signs deal for five pay-per-views
            WCW Battle of the Belts 9/2 card coverage
            Kimala to start fulltime in AWA

Oct.16 (8)        Coverage of Superclash ‘85-The Night of Champions
            Coverage of Saturday Night’s Main Event II
            State Senator Abraham Bernstein of NY to discuss banning wrestling
            Lots of departures in Mid South
            Kevin & Kerry Von Erich defeat Gino Hernandez & Chris Adams in hair match

Nov. 4  (8)        WWF to attempt Japan on own
            Starcade to be biggest topic of conversation over next four weeks
            Giant Baba debuts weekly Saturday prime time show
            Latest version of Stampede Wrestling gets off ground 10/4
            Paul Orndorff & Bob Orton Jr both fined by WWF
            Ivan & Nikita Koloff win NWA belts from Rock’n’Roll Express
            Butch reed wins North American belt from Dick Murdoch

Nov. 18 (8)        Coverage of the WWF Wrestling Classic from Chicago &
            Saturday Night Main Event III
            Quickdraw Rick McGraw passes away
            Ken Mantell buys into Mid South office
            Gary Hart new booker in San Antonio
            Ric Rude wins American title from King Parsons

Dec.9 (8)        Coverage of Starcade ’85-Magnum TA wins U.S. title from Tully Blanchard
            WWF & AWA go head to head in St Paul
            WWF & Crockett go head to head in St Louis
            NJPW & Mid South reach talent agreement
            Crush Girls to wrestle in Madison Square Gardens
       
Dec.16 (8)        NJPW to take back UWF wrestlers
            NJPW signs Talent Deal with Mid-South
            Jim Crockett files lawsuit vs WWF
            Freebirds fired by AWA
            Lex Luger wins Southern title from Wahoo McDaniel

Dec.30 (8)        NJPW fires Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka
            David Sammartino signs with AWA
            Update on Crockett lawsuit vs WWF
            Billy Jack quits Crockett, Terry Taylor gives his notice
            Bad News Allen returns to Calgary
            Promotional war in Alabama
            12/19 Polynesian Pro Wrestling San Jose card coverage