Wrestling legend Don Muraco recalls popular Hudson Valley location

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On a recent episode of the Magnificent Don Muraco Podcast, wrestling legend Don Muraco reminisced about the good old days of wrestling in the 1980s at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie.

“The Magnificent” Don Muraco was best known for his time in the WWF (now WWE) from 1981 to 1988, where the WWF Intercontinental Championship was held twice and was crowned the inaugural winner of the King of the Ring in 1985. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2014.

The imposing presence of Don Muraco

Don Muraco was one of the most recognizable superstars of the 1980s wrestling scene. follow. Muraco famously had feuds with Jimmy Snuka, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, and even Hulk Hogan. One of the most shocking events I watched on television as a young child was when Muraco and Mr. Fuji brutally attacked Ricky Steamboat and hung him by his belt over the top rope of the wrestling ring. The incident took place at the Mid Hudson Civic Center (now known as the MJN Convention Center). Don Muraco vs. Ricky Steamboat was one of Poughkeepsie’s 5 most memorable wrestling matches.

In the clip from Don Muraco’s Magnificent Podcast below, Muraco reminisces about wrestling at the Mid Hudson Civic Center and filming the infamous “Land of 1,000 Dances” video.

The WWF Superstars recorded the iconic video for the song “Land of 1,000 Dances” at the Civic Center. The song would appear on the WWF The Wrestling Album Release. The music video features many wrestling stars and Meat Loaf on drums!

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