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Did TV Really Use to Look Like That?

They could watch TV on the microwave in the 80s?
They could watch TV on the microwave in the 80s?

The world has changed a lot since the Cold War.  That is indisputable fact (Fact).  But in some ways it has not changed.  In what ways has it changed?  It what ways has it not changed?  That’s not the point of this paper.  This paper is supposed to be about technology advances since the Cold War.  It is specifically about the way TV looks and how it has changed since the Cold War.  That’s my point exactly (Travish).

Have you ever been watching TV and they do a flashback?  Example: I was watching the NCAA Tournament and they showed a flashback to 1982 when NC State won a NCAA Tournament (TV).  But it didn’t LOOK good.  Not the way they played, it was the image quality that wasn’t good.  I wondered if TV really looked like that back then?  Does anyone know if TV really used to look like that?  THAT is what this paper is about.

Second of all, I must define the Cold War.  There wasn’t snow everywhere like that place in Star Wars, it was called Cold War for a DIFFERENT reason.  “The Cold War rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union that lasted for much of the second half of the 20th century resulted in mutual suspicions, heightened tensions and a series of international incidents that brought the world’s superpowers to the brink of disaster,” (History.com).  These incidents included U2 trying to have a concert in Russia, Ivan and Nikita Koloff beating the Rock & Roll Express for the tag team belts, and the death of Apollo Creed.  The Cold War was ended when Rocky avenged Apollo’s death and defeated Ivan Drago IN RUSSIA (Rocky IV).

Many scholars believe that this incident is what led to improvements in TV (many scholars).  TVs used to be big, deep boxes.  Now TVs are flat screens with High Definition.  Sometimes the screen isn’t flat, it is curved.  Also, TVs are rectangles now, but they used to be squares.  A square is a rectangle, but a rectangle isn’t always a square.  TVs now are always rectangles but they are never squares.

Whenever you see a flashback on TV it doesn’t look very good.  Except in LOST, then the flashbacks look like normal TV.  So it doesn’t always look bad, but it usually does, OK?  Another time flashbacks don’t look like TV does today is on WWE Network.  In the flashback to the first blood match between Dusty Rhodes and Tully Blanchard it looked bad.  But that match was better than any match on WrestleMania 32, so does that mean that worse TV quality equals better matches?  Does it mean that since LOST’s flashbacks looked normal it wasn’t a good show.  Or is it just that the flashbacks on the rest of TV don’t look good because they got old and dusty?

After all of these questions, I have found the answer.  When my dad wanted to play Donkey Kong Country, it looked really bad on the flat screen TV.  So he bought one of those old, big, square TVs from the janitor at the library.  My dad is a dumb jerk.  On the old TV, Donkey Kong Country looks great!  A librarian said there are ways to improve this experience on a modern TV by using a converter (gamesradr.com, nintendolife.com).  So I say they should have used a converter when they showed the NC State flashback.  Those IDIOTS!!

Well fans, there you have it.  It all depends on what TV you are watching TV on.  If you use a TV from the 80s, those flashbacks will look good.  If you are watching on a flat screen, it won’t look good.  And if you are watching on a curved screen, then it will just look pitiful.  Also, you could use a converter just like if you were playing Super Intendo on a flat screen.  That’s all the time we have left, until next time my name is Travish.  It will still be Travish until then too.  Thank you.

Rocky IV
Many scholars


The History of the Slingshot Suplex

Here is my paper on the history of the slingshot suplex.  When I turned it in to Mr. Matthews, he said he will read it this weekend.


Tull Blanchard - famous American inventor
Tully Blanchard – famous American inventor


Second of all my name is Travish.  This is a paper on the history of the slingshot suplex.  The slingshot suplex is one of the greatest moves in the storied history of professional wrestling.  It was invented by Tully Blanchard.  It is a really good move and I like it.  I might as well tell you, not very many wrestlers use the slingshot suplex anymore.  Why don’t they use it?  Read on and maybe you will find out!

Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat (Athnet).  Tully Blanchard didn’t invent wrestling.  Tully Blanchard invented the slingshot suplex, but no one knows the exact date he did this.  You might already know this, but he used the maneuver when he wrestled in the NWA in the 80s.  He did the slingshot suplex on such wrestlers as Terry Taylor (Youtube “Tully Blanchard vs. Terry Taylor: NWA U.S. Title”).

“Tully Blanchard’s use of the ‘sling-shot’ suplex has won him numerous matches, and is considered one of the top moves in professional wrestling.  However, he has used foreign objects and rulebreaking tactics to win many of his matches,” (Wonderama International).  That quote is from the back of my Tully Blanchard trading card, so you know it is true.  What I am trying to say is that the slingshot suplex is a really good move.  Second of all, Tully Blanchard won many championships.  He won the Television Title, the United States Title, and the Tag Team Title (Online World of Wrestling).  He didn’t win them at the same time, he won them at different times.  The slingshot suplex was no doubt a reason that he won and successfully defended these titles.  He eventually lost every title he ever won.

When Tully Blanchard wrestled, no one else did the slingshot suplex.  They were probably afraid that the 4 Horsemen would beat them up if they stole Tully Blanchard’s move.  Once Tully Blanchard retired and the 4 Horsemen no longer existed, other people could have done the move.  But most of them didn’t!  One person said Van Hammer did it, but he said Van Hammer couldn’t do it as good as Tully Blanchard.  Someone else once said that the slingshot suplex was Stunning Steve Austin’s finishing maneuver (Wrestling Classics).  That’s the Stun Gun you idiot!  It’s not the SAME move, it’s DIFFERENT!  Randy Orton once did a slingshot suplex on Dolph Ziggler during a Survivor Series match (Youtube “Slingshot Suplex – Randy Orton”).  Second of all, I think I saw Beth Phoenix do the slingshot suplex once.  But otherwise, the slingshot suplex is not done today.  My question is why?  If people are still afraid that the 4 Horsemen will beat them up, then I’m sorry, but that’s just pathetic.  I saw Ric Flair on Raw on Monday, and I think I would DESTROY him if he attacked me for using the slingshot suplex.  Pitiful, pitiful, pitiful.

In conclusion, that is the history of the slingshot suplex.  Think about it.  What did you think?  Thank you, my name is Travish.  Good night.

Primary Sources:

“Tully Blanchard vs. Terry Taylor: NWA U.S. Title.” YouTube. YouTube. Web. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_VEjJ9ELfM)
“Slingshot Suplex – Randy Orton.” YouTube. YouTube. Web. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoYmVI3sccQ)

Secondary Sources:

“Athletic Scholarships.” The History Of Wrestling. Web. (http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-wrestling.htm)
“Tully Blanchard.” NWA. Wonderama International. Trading Card.
“Tully Blanchard.” – OWW. Web. (http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/bios/t/tully-blanchard/)
“WrestlingClassics.com Message Board: FYI.” WrestlingClassics.com Message Board: FYI.  Web. (http://wrestlingclassics.com/cgi-bin/.ubbcgi/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=9;t=062935)

Questions About the Slingshot Suplex

slingshot suplex
I THINK this is Tully Blanchard doing a slingshot suplex

Chat Transcript: My name is Travish and I can’t find the information I am searching for.

[Slingshot Libarian 10:20:01]: Librarian ‘(Censored)’ has joined the session.

[SL 10:20:08]: Hi, I’m (Censored), a librarian helping to answer questions for your library.  I am reading your question now to see how I can help you.

[SL 10:20:19]: What information are you looking for?

[Travish 10:21:06]: I am trying to see who has used the slingshot suplex.  All I have so far is Tully Blanchard.

[SL 10:21:41]: I’m not familiar with the slingshot suplex.

[SL 10:22:00]: Can you tell me more about it?

[Travish 10:23:23]: It’s a devastating finishing maneuver. Whilst grappling your opponent, you suplex them with the leverage of the ropes to ensure victory.

[Travish 10:24:09]: I am writing a paper on the history of the slingshot suplex, and I need to know if anyone other than Tully Blanchard has used this move

[SL 10:25:00]: Alright, thanks, let me see what I can find.

[SL 10:28:18]: I wonder if you’ve looked at wikipedia’s entry for this.

[SL 10:28:39]: Wikipedia is not always the authoritative source to use but

[SL 10:28:55]: often it’s an excellent source for getting links to other, authoritative pages.

[SL 10:29:00]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suplex

[SL 10:29:25]: Otherwise I’ve not found a specific answer to your question above.

[Travish 10:30:56]: It doesn’t look like they list who uses it on wikipedia, they don’t even mention Tully Blanchard!! Continue reading Questions About the Slingshot Suplex