Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WrestleMania Week: WWF Wrestling Figure Commercials From YouTube!

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If you grew up watching WWF Coliseum Video tapes in the late 80s and early 90s, you might remember before the feature started. On seemingly every tape, there was a small block of ads for wrestling figures featuring either Jesse Ventura or Roddy Piper. So, I thought as a fun feature for WrestleMania week, I'd show some of the old wrestling figure commercials I found on YouTube.

This ad is probably one of the first ads that ran on TV for WWF figures. You've got Jimmy Snuka diving off the landing of the stairs, Iron Sheik coming out from behind the living room curtains, and Hulk Hogan barging in from the kitchen, presumably after downing some sort of protein induced madness. The voiceover guy also mentions Big John Studd, but he is nowhere to be found in this house of mayhem. Perhaps he was upstairs napping or outside mowing the lawn.

Judging by the roster of wrestlers in this commercial, it appears to be from 1987. Here we have two kids talking about a "big match at my house" and to be honest, it sounds like a pretty good match with Junkyard Dog, Ricky Steamboat, and George Steele against Brutus Beefcake, Greg Valentine, and Roddy Piper. Yeah, it's cheesy but it's fun and brings back memories from being a kid again.

The other commercials I was going to feature here ended up getting pulled from YouTube but I did manage to find a compilation of all of them. Hopefully this video doesn't get pulled by the time you see this post and starts at the right spot I linked up to as well, if not, just fast forward to 1:18. Anyway, there are three commercials here, the first is for the regular line of figures with Ted DiBiase and Randy Savage showing up, next is for the tag team figures and be sure to watch Roddy Piper's reaction to getting licked by the Bushwhackers. Finally, there's a commercial for talking Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior figures.

These are the ads I have strong memories of as they're on every Coliseum Video tape from the early 90s and they're just so ridiculous, especially with Piper screaming over the top of kids playing with the figures. To be honest, I always preferred the one's with Piper over the ones with Jesse Ventura. Nothing against Ventura, but Piper selling these really made me want to go out and buy them. It didn't hurt either that he talked at the speed of the Micro Machines guy from the early 90s as well.

Hope you enjoyed these old wrestling figure commercials. More stuff tomorrow as WrestleMania week continues!


  1. I remember getting up on Saturday morning and watching wrestling with my older brother.

    I still have quite a few wrestling figures that I collected all the way through early high school. Most are still in the boxes! I was a weird kid.

    1. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that! As far as the figures go, if any of them are the old Hasbro figures from the early-mid 90's, then some of them might be valuable if they're still in the packaging like you mentioned.

  2. Great stuff. Although I was already past the age of action figures... this era was the peak of my WWF fandom. Good times.

  3. The one wrestling figure I had when I was a kid was the Hulk Hogan from the first video. I mentioned it in a comment somewhere before, but my dad called him 'Hunk Hinkie.'

  4. I had a bunch of those old LJN figures back in the day. I remember I had two Hogans so I painted one to look like The Ultimate Warrior.