Continuing where we left off, this event had so much to offer to both the casual and die hard wrestling fans. The talent line up at this convention was the most impressive I`ve ever seen. The lineup included Bruno Sammartino, Larry Zbyszko, Lex Luger, Crush, Jim Cornette, Stan Lane, Dennis Condrey, "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, The Missing Link, Johnny Swinger, Joe Blanchard, Tully Blanchard, The Cuban Assassin Fidel Cierra, Bill Alfanso, Sabu, Terry Funk, Dory Funk Jr, Cowboy Bob Orton Jr, Marty Jannetty, Christopher Daniels, CM Punk, Pat Tanaka, Bill Apter, Kamala, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, Jake the snake Roberts, Tommy Rogers and Bobby Fulton, The Warlord, The Masked Superstar, Sensational Sherri Martel, Jenny Taylor, Peggy Lee Leather, Wendi Richter, Joey Styles, Jimmy Hart, Dustin Rhodes, "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Lance Russell, Kevin Nash, Mike Rotundo, Barry Windham, Headshrinker Samu, Harley Race, Scott Hudson, Mickie Henson, Team Blondage, Nick Bockwinkle, "The Genius" Lanny Poffo, Bullet Bob Armstrong, Scott Armstrong, Brad Armstrong, Bugsy McGraw, Hack Myers, Virgil, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Dr. Death Steve Williams,
(Above photo) IWA championship 17 man battle royal
(Photo credit: Joseph Bruen)
Adrian Street, Miss Linda, Norman Smiley, Gary Royal, Paul Jones, Abdullah the Butcher, Afa and Sika (Wild Samoans), Malia Hosaka, Jeff Jarrett, American`s Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm), Diamond Dallas Page, Kimberly Page, Outlaw Ron Bass, The Thunderfoots #1 & #2, The Grappler, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Boogie Woogie man Jimmy Valiant, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, Shane Douglas, Rugged Ronnie Garvin, Babydoll, Kevin Von Erich, JJ Dillon, Mike Graham, Kevin Sullivan, Sir Oliver Humperdink, Col. Debeers, Mick Foley, Dr. Tom Prichard, Bambi, Nitro girl Spice, Jack Brisco, Stud Adam Windsor, Buddy Colt, Chavo Classic, The Assassin among others! There were even surprise visits from Ring announcer David Penzer, Jumpin Joey Maggs, Pat Patterson, Dan Spivey among others.
King Harley Race
Terry Funk and Kamala
Masked Superstar (Bill Eadie) and Marty Jannetty
The Fallen Angel Christopher Daniels
Photographer George Napolitano
The Cuban Assassin Fidel Cierra
Diamond Dallas Page
Match eleven featured The Rock n Roll Express as they teamed with The Fantastics w/ Bobby Heenan and defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey and Stane Lane w/ Jim Cornette).
Match twelve saw Christopher Daniels defeat Pat Tanaka.
Match thirteen featured Jeff Jarrett (w/ Babydoll) as he defeated Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) to retain the TNA heavyweight championship.
Match fourteen saw Dusty Rhodes, Dustin Rhodes and Mike Graham defeat CM Punk, Abdullah the butcher and Kevin Sullivan (Managed by Sir Oliver Humperdink and Harley Race) in a six man tag team match. (Guest referee Mick Foley)
The Boogie Woogie man Jimmy Valiant
James J Dillon
The Missing Link
Dr. Death Steve Williams
Lex Luger and Bryan Adams (Crush)
Nitro girl Spice
To top off the weekend, there was a sweepstakes / raffle where you could win an all expenses paid trip to Wrestlemania 21. Well I sat there with over 1000 fans as they called the winner. The gentleman that was chosen at random was actually active military and couldn`t accept the award due to the fact that he would be in Iraq at that time. So they chose a different ticket number and against all odds I won!! So i ended up getting premier seating at Wrestlemania (for 2) with menus in our seats and waitresses would bring the food right to you. Also included in the grand prize trip were a pair of tickets to WWE Monday night Raw (night after wrestlemania 21) and a pair of tickets (front row floor) to the WWE Hall of fame ceremony as well as 2 round trip flights and a 4 night stay in a suite at the Hilton in Beverly Hills, California for the whole wrestlemania weekend.
Wrestlereunion (January 2005) Tampa, Fl - truly a weekend that will not be forgotten!