KAYFABE THEATER: “Learning the Ropes” – pilot episode

learningropes250Learning The Ropes was a short-lived Canadian television sitcom which aired for one season in 1988-1989. The premise is Robert Randall is a high school vice principal by day and moonlights as professional wrestler “The Masked Maniac” at night.

The show starred former NFL star Lyle Alzado and Degrassi Jr High star Nicole Stoffman (Stephanie Kaye) and featured various NWA wrestlers including The Road Warriors, Tully Blanchard, and Ivan Koloff among others.

NWA wrestler The Italian Stallion performed all the in ring work for Alzado’s Masked Maniac wrestling character. Alzado also made an appearance at Clash Of The Champions II in June 1988 to promote the series.


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