The Best of Big Time Wresting (1970) – By Jason S. Lockard


Before there was the media blitz of the 1980’s in wrestling with Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T, Muhammad Ali and Liberace, there was what many call the golden age of professional wrestling. Before the million dollar budgets, fanfare and pyro. It was all about men getting in a squared circle and facing off man-a-mano.

In the 1970’s there was a promotion based in Detriot known as Big Time Wrestling and this promotion boasted of some the greats in the history of wrestling. This new release features 16 matches from the glory days of Big Time Wrestling.

The two hour program features legends of wrestling such as Abdullah the Butcher, Austin Idol, Haystacks Calhoun Bobo Brazil and the great Dory Funk Jr. The main event of this program features a rare Mark Lewin vs. The Shiek encounter.

The quality of the matches on this DVD are a little less the spectacular, but when you think about the fact that in this era a lot of production companies were not saving copies of their programs because they didn’t see how they could make money with them later. So copies did not survive.

All in all this is a nice little collection of a time capsule of wrestling from many years ago. So if you are a fan of classic wrestling pick up this collection. Head over to or your local video provider and pick this one up today!

Moral Rating: mild violence
Audience: teens and adults
Genre: sports, wrestling, entertainment
Length: over 2 hours
DVD Release: 2016
DVD Rating: B