This was my home territory, as I lived 10 minutes from this venue and still hold a special place in my heart for this arena.
I became a wrestling fan and forced my mom, being a single parent, to take me to the monthly card. I got to see such great matches and still remember them to this day.
The one special attraction here was that you could get there two hours before the show and stand outside by the ramp where the wrestlers enter and hope to catch a glimpse of these stars you saw on TV weekly.
I remember Andre the Giant being driven in by a van and he was stretched all the way in the back. I remember Captain Lou driving his stable into the arena, including the Wild Samoans.
The Spectrum has 26 years of wrestling history with the very first match being Larry Zbyzko beating Pete Dougherty and the final match being Shawn Micheals defeating Diesel in a steel cage match.
Gorilla Monsoon wrestled a match here against Ken Patera with the loser having to retire which the loser was Monsoon.
I saw Backlund reign as a WWE champ here with him squaring off with the likes of Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter, Afa the Samoan, Superstar Billy Graham and many more.
There were two characters here that added to the atmosphere monthly and they were a famous ref from South Jersey named Dick Whorley, who was a bald muscular ref who would hit the wrestlers if they were cheating, search them high and low for the all famous brass knucks back then, and he would fast count you if you were not following the rules.
The second personalty was Gary Michael Cappetta, who was a real skinny ring announcer who would wear big bowties and have a great voice. He also went on later and worked with WCW.
Sad to say the arena has been torn down and right now is an empty lot.