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This ‘Piledriver’ should have been banned in all 50 states

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Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer notes that reader Jason Singh reminded him that 24 years today, Koko B. Ware was filmed lip-synching for the “Piledriver” video, the title cut from one of those treacherous wrestling albums of the ’80s, as part of a 4-hour-plus TV taping typical of the era.

During these marathon tapings, they usually filmed nearly 20 squash matches, along with live interview segments like Piper’s Pit. Newspaper ads usually lured people in with promises to be “seen on TV” and a hot dark-match main event, sometimes headlined by Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Jake Roberts or Randy Savage, to prevent the audience from bailing early to give the appearance of a full house, even for the crappiest of lineups, on its syndicated shows like “Superstar” and “Wrestling Challenge.”

Apparently, Meltzer had the misfortune of attending this particular show at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

He writes: “…They filmed the ‘Piledriver’ video for Koko B. Ware and had him lip synching in the ring.  I remember that.  What a disaster.  They made Ware do it three times and the crowd didn’t like it the first time, and downright hated it the second and third time.  I think Ken Patera tore his triceps that night.  This was a long night, more than 20 matches, I think they taped four hours of television and then Hulk Hogan beat Killer Khan in the main event.  The crowd was still hot for the main event after all that.”

The end result made a strong case for a nationwide ban–not just limited to the Memphis territory–on the hold of the same name.


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  1. mike Andrews
    August 26th, 2011 at 06:53 | #1

    Let’s not forget this album also gave us the smash hit “Stand Back” by M.C. Vince McMahon! Oh, and the hip-hop classic “Jive Soul Bro,” too…

  2. David
    August 26th, 2011 at 14:04 | #2

    I like that Vince was working with the boys!! Shouldn’t he have been the foreman?

  3. David Fullam
    August 28th, 2011 at 09:32 | #3

    Nothing homo erotic there in the first part of the video, nooooo….Always amazed that the song was done by a guy whose finisher was not the title move but the Brain Buster.

  4. Steve
    August 29th, 2011 at 05:12 | #4

    Was I the only one who thought it was a tad racist of Vince to call Koko’s vertical pile driver the “ghost buster”?

  5. meekrob
    September 2nd, 2011 at 06:13 | #5

    Apparently Haynes had never seen a good-looking woman before. And wouldn’t have eating an apple been tricky for him to begin with?

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