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A former state champion in amateur wrestling in Hawaii in 1967, Muraco wrestled in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), and several National Wrestling Alliance territories including Vancouver-based NWA All-Star Wrestling, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, and Championship Wrestling from Florida; in CWF he is best remembered for his feud with debuting wrestler Barry Windham. In 1980 he first appeared in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where he would have his greatest success. Between June 20, 1981 and February 11, 1984 he held the Intercontinental Championship twice for a combined period of almost 18 months. On October 17, 1983 in a steel cage match at Madison Square Garden, he defended his Intercontinental Title against Jimmy Snuka. The match ended in a loss for the Superfly, but he managed to drag Muraco back into the ring and this time connect with the most famous Superfly Splash of his career, off the top of the 15-foot high steel cage. Future wrestling stars Mick Foley and Tommy Dreamer were both in attendance at the event, and both attribute this match as the reason they decided to aggressively pursue professional wrestling. The hugely muscular (6'3", 270 pounds) and genuinely intimidating Don Muraco also had bloody feuds with Pedro Morales, Bob Backlund, and Rocky Johnson.(Check out pics #2 and #3 of Rocky with a crushing headlock on Muraco, biceps bulging!) Muraco's character was based on being an incredibly arrogant heel, and in one of his more famous moments, he brought a sandwich to the ring and ate it during the match as a show of disrespect to his opponent. Later, he would preface his matches by dedicating his impending piledriver (his finisher at the time) to either the heel commentator or the person with whom he was feuding with at that time. During his tenure in the WWF, Muraco had several colorful managers (The Grand Wizard, Captain Lou Albano, Mr. Fuji, and "Superstar" Billy Graham). Fuji and Muraco debuted Fuji Vice, a soap opera starring them (and parodying Miami Vice) on Tuesday Night Titans in 1985 (Fuji General Hospital, a parody of the ABC soap General Hospital, followed soon after). Muraco would turn babyface in 1987 after a falling out with his then-tag team partner Cowboy Bob Orton. Shortly afterwards, he would come to the rescue of "Superstar" Billy Graham who would soon become his new manager. Muraco would adopt his new mentor's tye-dye attire and change his name from Magnificent Muraco to Don "The Rock" Muraco. Muraco would replace Graham on the team led by his former rival Hulk Hogan at the 1987 Survivor Series and would reach the quarterfinals of the WWF World Title tournament at WrestleMania IV. Muraco was fired in late 1988. After that, Muraco split his time between Stampede Wrestling (where he defeated Makhan Singh to win the North American Heavyweight title), the AWA, and Herb Abrams' UWF, where he feuded with a young Cactus Jack. In the early '90s, Muraco was one of the first to hold the ECW Championship, before it became Extreme Championship Wrestling. Muraco often wrestled as a heel in New York and Philadelphia during this period. Along with Ric Flair, Jake Roberts, Roddy Piper, and Randy Savage, Muraco was a precursor to the 1990s Attitude Era, when lines were blurred between heels and faces. He was the first wrestler to be known as The Rock, originally simply as a play on his name and his finishing maneuver, a reverse piledriver which The Undertaker would later call the Tombstone Piledriver. After retiring from the ring, Muraco returned to Hawaii. In 2003 he co-founded Hawai'i Championship Wrestling along with local Hawaii TV producer Linda Bade. He served as the Director of Operations and Commissioner of Hawaii Championship Wrestling until 2006. In 2004, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Mick Foley, who, like others such as Tommy Dreamer, Bubba Ray Dudley, and D-Von Dudley, credits the famous 1983 Intercontinental Championship steel cage match between Muraco and Snuka he attended at Madison Square Garden as his inspiration for breaking into professional wrestling. He currently manages his son Joe in the WXW. The matches on this DVD are from the time period 1982-1988, and include the following matches, all shot in their entirety (except the Tito Santana match, which is a clip): Don Muraco vs Curt Hennig Don Muraco vs Rocky Johnson Don Muraco vs Chuck Tanner Don Muraco vs Tito Santana (clip) Don Muraco vs Swede Hanson Don Muraco vs Tony Garea Don Muraco vs Jim Powers Don Muraco vs Joe Mirto Don Muraco vs Rick McGraw Don Muraco vs Rick Steamboat Don Muraco vs Jim Young Don Muraco vs Ivan Lavandeur Don Muraco vs Lanny Poffo Don Muraco vs Roddy Piper Don Muraco vs Mike Sharpe Don Muraco vs Ted DiBiase Don Muraco vs Rick Rude Don Muraco vs Jin Neidhart Don Muraco vs Greg Valentine Don Muraco vs Daryl Nickel Don Muraco vs Steve Lombardie Don Muraco vs Dino Bravo All images included with this description are actual scans from the video, they are not file copies. DVD runs approximately 2 hours.
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