thunderwill Posted October 17, 2017 Share Posted October 17, 2017 Let me take you to time 1980’s. I’m not talking about big hair or one hit wonders, I’m talking about a time in the 80’s where wrestling was king. Now close your eyes and imagine you’re sitting in the bleachers of an old bowling alley, thousands of fans around packed like sardines. No air conditioning, the smell of sweat, cheap beer and stall popcorn. Standing in the middle of an old ring is an elderly man dressed in a cheap suit going over the introductions, barely audible with the inadequate sound system and scarcely able to see him through the smoke and horrible lighting of the old bowling alley. That elderly man is a legend in wrestling and is often overlooked by many in today’s modern wrestling fans. The man responsible for over 60 years of wrestling in the northwest, one of the last territories to survive the WWF onslaught of the 80’s. The elderly man would be the one and the only Don Owen. If you can see this, you’re in the Portland Sports Arena, and you're about to watch the Pacific Northwest Wrestling, the kings of the northwest. We are in the year 1987, and unfortunately, Portland Wrestling is dying. Just two short years of Portland Wrestling held its most significant event in its history the Owen Family 60th Anniversary Extravaganza. Over thirteen thousand fans packed Portland Memorial Coliseum (Vince McMahon never did sell out the Coliseum) to watch the final match of the greatest feud in Portland Wrestling history, Roddy Piper versus Buddy Rose. Sure the NWA, AWA champions where on the card but fans in Portland wanted to watch Piper finally beat Rose. Rose lost clean in the middle of the ring. Piper would become the most essential face in Portland Wrestling history. It has been nothing but downhill since then, as talent left the promotion for more money out east. The biggest stars have either gone from the promotion like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Curt Hennig, Rick Martel, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, Billy Jack Haynes and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka or could no longer hang in the ring like Dutch Savage, Bull Ramos, Jesse Ventura and Lonnie Mayne. The talent that is left is young and unproven, but the ability is there. We are the last of the original National Wrestling Alliance members, as Vince McMahon is expanding and crushing the competition. The Oregon Boxing commission is hounding and harassing Owen over the product, enforcing rules that make no sense. But Portland Wrestling still moves forward like it always has. Is it possible to re-write history? Is it possible that the most overlooked wrestling promotion will finally come out of the shadows? Is it possible to stop the WWF from ruling the wrestling world? These questions will be answered one way or another. Either we here in Portland Wrestling will slowly die, or we will bring back the glory of the past. Whatever the outcome, it will be tremendous ride through the history of wrestling, and maybe a new future will be formed Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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