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Portland Wrestlecast free show: Rip Oliver's big 1980s run


Editor's Note: This is a free show. Just click the red button below to listen.

When fans talk about Portland Wrestling in the 1980s, Rip Oliver is one of the first names that come to mind.

In a podcast scheduled before this week's announcement of Oliver going into hospice care, myself and historian Rich Patterson talk about Oliver's mid-1980s run in the Pacific Northwest as the territory's top heel.

From his debut in 1980 as the right hand man in Buddy Rose's Army to establishing his own heel group "The Clan," Rich and I discuss his legendary feud with Billy Jack Haynes, his infamous "Carry Out Service" stretcher, his taped thumb, how he fit so well in the territory, and why fans in the Northwest loved to hate him.

If you want to learn more about Rip and his Pacific Northwest career, this conversation will help you understand why he is so special to the region and its history.

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