Monday, August 26, 2019

Wrestler on TV Shows: The 80's

Wrestlers have been guest starring on television shows going back to the 1950's.  I previously posted about this on two separate occasions: The 1950's & 60's and 1970's.  Now let's take a look at the fabulous 1980's.

Married With Children
Season 2 Episode 22
Aired May 1, 1988

Married With Children ran for 11 seasons on Fox from 1987 to 1997 and was one of my favorite shows.  King Kong Bundy appeared in the Season 2 finale as Uncle Irwin celebrating the Bundy Family reunion.  Bundy would also appear in as himself in a season 10 episode.  This was not Bundy's only television outing as he appeared in two other shows in the 1990's as well.

Season 4 Episode 7 Body Slam
Aired November 12, 1985

Hulk Hogan calls on his old friend BA to help him with mobsters that are trying to shut down the youth center he's financing. Other wrestlers appearing in the episode  that were uncredited were The British Bulldogs: Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid, "Mean" Gene Okerlund, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Dave Hebner, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Corporal Kirchner, Rick McGraw, Big John Studd, & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine

Season 4 Episode 21 The Trouble with Harry
Aired March 25, 1986

Hulk Hogan returned in this episode along with William Perry to aid the A-Team in who is helping a washed up boxer from his troubled past.

Learning The Ropes
1 Season 26 Episodes
Aired September 18, 1988 - March 31, 1989

This Canadian produced show aired on CTV in Canada and in syndication in the United States.  It starred Lyle Alzado as a teacher who works as the professional wrestler The Masked Maniac in the evening.  The show featured many guest and cameo appearances from the National Wrestling Alliance.  "Dr. Death" Steve Williams was Alzado's stunt double in the show wrestling the matches that were featured in each episode.  Other wrestlers that appeared included "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Sting, Lex Luger, The Road Warriors: Hawk & Animal, Ron Simmons, Dick Murdoch and more.

This show as yet to be released on home video and I doubt ever will.  You can find episodes on YouTube though. 

Queen Kong

Dee Booher, better known by her ring name of Queen Kong was a wrestler that performed in the ring for over a decade.  She got her start mud wrestling before joining up with GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and also wrestled in  GLOW creator David McLane's POWW: Powerful Women of Wrestling.  Booher also guested starred in so many television shows in the 1980's she gets her own entry.

Hardcastle & McCormick Season 3 Episode 10 "Strangle Hold" aired 11/18/1985

Night Court Season 5 Episode 4 "Ladies Night" aired 10/22/1987

Mama's Family Season 4 Episode 6 "Mama Mania" aired 11/21/1987

Night Court Season 6 Episode 15 "The Game Show" aired 2/15/1989

Amen Season 3 Episode 21 "Sing, Sister, Sing" aired 4/15/1989

My Two Dads Season 3 Episode 5 "Joey Gets Pinned" aired 10/29/1989

Booher also guest starred in several shows in the 1990's and was cast in many movies over the years.

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