Saturday Night Special again/ Back in the 80’s

If you are a wrestling fan like I am you should remember WWE’s “Saturday Night Main Event”. At the time it was WWF and some of the big stars that made Saturday Night’s Main Event were Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, King Kong Bundy, The Undetaker and Sid Justice just to name a few. Well starting March 18th on NBC (which is where it all started) it will air once again. This to me will be so nostalgic because I will travel back in time to my teenage years to remember how many times I actually turned down going to parties and hanging out just to see Saturday Night’s Main Event.

This was a tradition growing up and my grandmother & I literally stopped everything just to sit and watch it. I hope that today’s Superstars can bring the electricity that made this show successful. I am sure they will but it was that something special about a Saturday Night wrestling show that made it timeless.

Check you local listings to see what NBC is in your area.

Back in the 80’s

Back in the 80’s when the WWE (then known as WWWF) had finally hit a high with viewership and was seen in every household. They had a vast array of characters, one of them being Tatanka.

Chris Chavis “aka” Tatanka was born in Pembroke, N.C.; home of the Lumbee Native American Tribe. He is a former student of Bethel High School, Hampton, Va. 1975-1978. During his time in school he played football all 3 years and was voted most valuable lineman in 1977. He was also in the Army R.O.T.C.where he was promoted to the highest rank of Command Sargent Major in his Jr. year. In his Sr. year he was promoted to the highest rank of Colonel and received a scholarship to the West Point Academy.

He held the following titles in bodybuilding:

1983 1st place Mr Goldcoast.

1985 2nd place Citrus States.

1987 1st place First Coast Bodybuilding Championship

1988 1st place Mr. Gulf Coast

He tried out for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, and Oakland Raiders to pursue a career in football. Although he was offered a with the Miami Dolphins he opted not to take it because he was making more working at Bally’s gym. He left Bally’s (even though he was given raises) in 1989 to pursue a career in professional wrestling and in January of 1990 turned pro. In 1991 he was signed to the WWE and had a terrific run.

As a wrestler he spent 300 days per year on the road and in 1996 decided to take a break from the sport to spend time with his wife to get his personal relationship in order. During that time he not only did he rebuild his relationship with his wife but he also developed a relationship with GOD. During that time off his wife gave birth to a baby girl.

2 1/2 years later he stepped back into the squared circle and ultimately captured The South African Heavyweight Title, The U.C.W. Heavyweight Title, and The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title. In September of 1999 he also captured The Heavyweight Champion for I.W.A. Championship Wrestling thus making his belt count 5.

He is working the independant circuits and making personal appearances. He is also involved with WXL (another wrestling promotion) based in South America. It is good to know he is still around.

Mosley vs Vargas (Boxing)

It’s going down on PPV (Pay-per-view) February 25th at 9pm. “Sugar” Shane Mosely vs. “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas is a fight that I have wanted to see.

Mosley (41-4, 35 KOs) hailing from Lynwood, California has been world champion at lightweight, welterweight, and junior middleweight thus being known as the best pound for pound fighter in many boxing circles. His win in June of 2000 over Oscar De La Hoya placed him in such a great position by winning the welterweight title but his 2 losses to Vernon Forrest (former Olympic opponent) and Winky Wright had many wondering if Sugar was still sweet in the ring. Mosely says “I am mentally prepared for this fight. My work ethic is better, and my intensity is higher than it has been in the past. This is a big fight, and I want to use this fight and the ones after it to make a statement that I am the best fighter in the world.”

Vargas (26-2, 22 KOs) hailing from Oxnard, California has had an extraordinary amateur record of 100-5. He turned pro in 1997 and was named “Fighter of the year” in 1999 by the World Boxing Hall of Fame. In September of 2002, Vargas surrendered his WBA and IBA titles to Oscar de la Hoya in an historical jr. middleweight championship unification showdown that went 11 of 12 rounds. He returned to the ring on July 26, 2003, and hammered WBC #1 ranked jr. middleweight contender Fitz Vanderpool to earn a sixth round stoppage (TKO 6). Vargas wore down Vanderpool with lead rights to the head and crippling combinations to the body before ending the bout at 2:36 of round six with a 14-punch flurry.

After a 15-month layoff he returned on March 26, 2005, to dominate IBF #7 ranked middleweight contender Raymond Joval and capture a unanimous decision by the scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 96-94 (W 10).

In his last bout on August 20, 2005, Vargas floored two-time world champion Javier Castillejo in round three on his way to capturing a unanimous decision (W 10). Nearly 10,000 fight fans jammed the Allstate Arena to watch the Oxnard, CA two-time jr. middleweight champion outbox Castillejo.

Vargas says “I am not going to disrespect Shane Mosley. He is a world champion and I consider him a friend. I actually have nothing but love for Shane Mosley; nothing but love. But on February 25, when that bell rings, there are no friends in the ring.

Stay tuned to see what happens.