Welcome to The Armpit wrestling quiz for the week of October 10, 2016.
I was fortunate enough to have attended No Mercy, Raw, and SmackDown live in person this past week, and they were all a lot of fun. No Mercy in particular was a really good show because the crowd was blazing hot for the 3-way, and somehow topped themselves for Miz vs Ziggler. If you ever get the chance to attend a PPV or TV taping live, please do so because it’s always a good time.
This week we’re making a change to the quiz, as all answers will be multiple choice. This should make it somewhat easier for younger fans who may not have been following pro wrestling in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which many of our questions are based on.
Also, we’re working on putting together a prize for future winners, and that will be announced once it’s complete.
Last week saw a stellar main event between Charlotte and Sasha Banks on Raw, and we hope the success of the match will lead to more women’s main events on both Raw and SmackDown. In honor of that memorable match, the theme of this week’s quiz is “Women’s Wrestling – Part 1.”
(For purposes of this quiz, we’ll consider the modern women’s division in America to have started with the Fabulous Moolah/Wendi Richter era. Of course it really began decades before that, but we’ll focus on everything from 1984 on.)
Congrats to last week’s winner: Bill Jacobs.
Last week’s answers:
1) In 1987, the NWA purchased Bill Watts’s UWF (Mid-South Wrestling).
2) At Starrcade ’88, Ric Flair faced Lex Luger in what was a ****1/2 match.
3) Eric Bischoff was able to get Fusient Media Ventures to purchase WCW in 2001, although the deal fell apart before the WWF stepped in and snatched up WCW for dirt cheap.
4) Shane McMahon wanted the WWF to buy UFC. This was before the Fertittas stepped in.
5) NBC co-owned the XFL with the WWF, sharing in the huge financial losses suffered before the idea was scrapped. To think of what the WWF could’ve used that money for instead is mind boggling, including all those hefty WCW contracts for wrestlers they didn’t hire who could’ve really moved the needle.
This week’s questions:
- As the WWF began their national expansion in 1984, Vince McMahon wanted to use outside celebrities to bring attention to his product. And it worked. Captain Lou Albano managed Fabulous Moolah as she feuded with babyface Wendi Richter, who was managed by a very popular pop singer at the time. The two faced off at the Brawl to End it All on MTV, which was a ratings success back when very few people had cable TV. Who managed Richter?
- a) Madonna
- b) Cyndi Lauper
- c) Sheena Easton
- d) Lita Ford
- e) Joan Jett
- While the WWF was by far the most successful promotion in the country in 1987, it wasn’t known for its top notch workrate.As such, the best matches on the house shows involved two Japanese women: Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno. I recall being a 10-year-old kid at a house show once where they were tearing down the house, but literally couldn’t wait for the match to end because I was dying to see Randy Savage take on Hulk Hogan. What was the tag team of Yamazaki and Tateno called?
- a) Rising Sun
- b) Orient Express
- c) Double Trouble
- d) Jumping Bomb Angels
- e) Femme Fatale
- That same year, Fabulous Moolah lost her title to Sherri Martel.It was the top news story on WWF Superstars of Wrestling that week back when they had those Events Center news segments. Which nick name was NOT ever used to describe Sherri Martel throughout her career?
- a) Scandalous Sherri
- b) Scary Sherri
- c) Sister Sherri
- d) Sensuous Sherri
- e) Sensational Sherri
- f) Queen Sherri
- Women’s wrestling wasn’t heavily pushed in the late ‘80s, and Rockin’ Robin was more remembered for singing the national anthem at WrestleMania V than for her in-ring accomplishments.In real life, who were Rockin’ Robin’s brothers? (technically one was a half-brother)
- a) The Von Erich boys
- b) Rick & Scott Steiner
- c) Randy Savage & Lanny Poffo
- d) Jake Roberts & Sam Houston
- e) Mark & Chris Youngblood
- f) Jacques & Raymond Rougeau
- g) Bret & Owen Hart
- Rounding out the ‘80s, we come to veteran women wrestlers Leilani Kai and Judy Martin.The two were marketed as the Glamour Girls, with their highest profile match taking place at Survivor Series ’87 as part of Sherri Martel’s team (facing Moolah’s team). Who managed the Glamour Girls in the WWF?
- a) Jimmy Hart
- b) Bobby Heenan
- c) Captain Lou Albano
- d) Slick
- e) Freddie Blassie
- f) Sir Oliver Humperdink
- g) Mr. Fuji
Please email your answers to [email protected]. We will randomly generate a number to determine the winner. For example, if the number is 25 and you’re the 25th person to email us with correct answers, you win. We’ll announce your name here next week, along with anything you’d like to promote (assuming it’s not X-rated or illegal). It could be your name, blog, Twitter handle, or anything else you’d like us to mention.
Answers will be posted next week. Have fun and good luck.