Amazing Stories is one of those rare shows that I can remember both me and my Dad both liking. And let me tell, you, that was not an everyday thing. We never really had much common ground where TV was concerned in those days. Now, after I grew up, we had a lot in common, but back in ’85, this was it.
We’d watch this every Sunday night in the basement of the house I grew up in, and I can remember a lot of the time we’d have a nice cozy fire going in the fireplace. It’s memories like that that inspires this whole blog, so I’m happy to share this look at the show via the TV Guide Fall Preview issue from that year.
With this year’s Royal Rumble coming up this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to think back on some of my favorite Royal Rumble memories and share them with you. And what better way to do that than in this week’s Friday Five. Without further ado, here are five of my favorite Royal Rumble memories.
Royal Rumble ’88 – The First One
Back in late 1987 when the first Royal Rumble was announced as being broadcast on the USA Network, I was pumped. I had gotten to go to a friend’s house to watch Starrcade ’87, but had yet to be allowed to order a wrestling pay-per-view. So when I found out this event was going to be free and I would get to watch it, I was bouncing off the walls.
The first Royal Rumble didn’t disappoint either. One of my favorites at the time, Ricky Steamboat, had a match with Rick Rude, and there was the contract signing between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant for their rematch at the upcoming Wrestlemania IV. But the big draw was their new concept in battle royals, the Royal Rumble itself. Just the concept was enough to get me to watch the show without all the other matches.
This first one was probably the hardest to peg who was going to win. Once they added the stipulation that the winner would get a title shot made it pretty easy to guess who was going to win each year. But this one lacked all the real big stars and was made up of mid-card guys, making it really hard to figure out. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan came out on top, and I had a hell of a time watching my first “big event” live.
Man what a collection this is! Usually, I’m all about stickers, but if could have gotten my hands on these patches back in the day, I would have my Mom iron every one of them onto my faded jean jacket!
I’m really fond of all the Nintendo ones, especially that Punch Out patch. It would have been front and center on the left chest of my jacket. The Nintendo logo one would have probably been on the opposite chest, with the rest of the Nintendo ones running down one of the sleeves, and all the Turtles patches going down the other sleeve.
All I would have needed then would have been a big, kick-ass, Cobra Kai patch on the back of the jacket and I would have been all set.
ExciteBike was one of the Nintendo consoles most beloved games, and a favorite of mine too. I killed many hours with this bad boy, and for good reason….it was full of great features! Racing on a motorcycle! Design your own tracks! Put 100 jumps in a row! This was one awesome game for those three reasons, and why it’s so fondly remembered. That and the fact that you could wreck others by coming down the track with your rear wheel in their front wheel and watch them tumble over and over down the track. With the possibility of using any combination of 19 different obstacles to design your track with, it had great replay value just in designing new courses to race.
I was introduced to this game at my cousin’s house shortly after I got my Nintendo. I was instantly hooked and we spent several hours that night playing it. I never actually owned the game, but several of my friends did, and a copy of it was at my house more often than not through the magic of swapping games with a friend for a period of time. This game still holds its own in the “fun factor” today against such newer and more complicated games.
I could spend more time playing this title than I could modern titles today. Just designing courses loaded with obstacles and then racing against friends provided endless fun for us. Many a Saturday afternoon was spent on a virtual dirt bike in my house, and I’m feeling pretty nostalgic for it right now.
Oh man, I can remember when TNT fist launched back in 1988. I don’t why, but I was overly-excited about it coming to cable TV. At that point in time, I had no interest in old movies like Gone With the Wind, so it must have been the allure of the cartoons along with The Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock that had me amped up.
I know that once it launched, I was tuned into it every weekday evening. They showed a block of Looney Tunes cartoons from 6pm to 7pm I think, and then followed that with Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show. I can’t remember which one of those were at 7, and which one was at 7:30. I just remember that two-hour block being my go-to every day.
Can any of you fill in that detail for me as to which one was on at which time? And how many of you remember when TNT launched, and what memories of it do you have?