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Wow, they went 7 months where nobody drew. I didn't realize that.

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Post by Bandit » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:04 pm

I didn't realize WWF went back to the Pontiac Silverdome later in 1987. It was hardly another Wrestlemania III attendance or card quality-wise
WWF @ Pontiac, MI - Silverdome - October 23, 1987 (6,625)

Lanny Poffo pinned Barry Horowitz
Koko B. Ware pinned Bob Orton Jr.
Butch Reed pinned Superstar Billy Graham
WWF IC Champion the Honkytonk Man pinned Brutus Beefcake
Davey Boy Smith & the Dynamite Kid defeated Demolition via disqualification when one of the Demos used Mr. Fuji's cane as a weapon
Don Muraco pinned Hercules
Ron Bass pinned Hillbilly Jim
WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan pinned Killer Khan
Besides Bulldogs and Demolition that card sounds awful. And it drew over 80,000 less. They must have had a deal with the stadium, because they're normally far more expensive to rent out than 6,625 tickets can cover.

Crockett had the superior show that night in Florida with a double main event of Ricky Morton vs Tully Blanchard in a Texas death match and Flair, Luger & Arn vs Dusty, Nikita & Kevin Sullivan.

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Post by Big Boss Man » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:15 am

That's an very low attendance for that time period. I assume it didn't get much local advertising or something, but you'd have thought Hogan's appearance alone would have drawn more than that at least. That date would've been a Friday but I doubt that would have made much difference in terms of turnout.

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Post by Bandit » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:51 am

It was probably a case of WWF and Crockett being in Michigan so often that year. You had 9 shows prior to this one in Detroit alone (7 WWF, 2 JCP) so the market was saturated. And the people had seen the biggest match WWF had with Andre and Hogan, so coming back to the Silverdome with Killer Khan was underwhelming. They also stayed out of Detroit for a year after that show, so they knew they ran too often there. They came back with a Savage vs Andre match at the Joe Louis Arena and sold it out.

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Post by Big Boss Man » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:28 am

Thanks, yea that seems plausiable. I assume they were hoping for a bigger turn out though considering the size of the venue, or in this instance a stadium. But that card outside of Bulldogs/Demo isn't appealing. Couldn't they have papered it somewhat to got some more fans in and maybe they could have bought merch etc even if they got a free ticket. They could have put a better card together and put it out on Coliseum video or even PPV if they got thousands of fans in. That low attendance is kinda reminiscent of TNA running that show in the ballpark with only a hand of fans turning up.

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Post by Bandit » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:13 am

Plus Hogan's promos on Killer Khan were always kind of racist. He'd be seeming to blame him for the Vietnam War even though he was a Japanese wrestler the WWF billed from Mongolia (neither country was involved in the war.) So it wasn't even a good angle to sell tickets.

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Post by Big Boss Man » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:08 pm

Yea there's a lot of racist undertones on the down low or sometimes more blatant during that time period. The TNT show on one episode Hulk is real homophobic about Adrian Adonis so there's undercurrent of that too. They let that fly back in the day but would be called out on it now and rightly so.

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Post by Bandit » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:27 pm

Back then the attitude was "We have black/Asian/gay wrestlers and they're okay with it." No, they had people without power who wanted to keep their jobs.

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