Filed under: WCW PPV | Tags: Abdullah The Butcher, Bob Orton, Bugsy McGraw, Carlos Colon, Dick Slater, Dusty Rhodes, Greg Valentine, Harley Race, Jack Brisco, Jay Youngblood, Jerry Brisco, Johnny Weaver, Kevin Sullivan, Mark Lewin, Mark Youngblood, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Rufus Jones, Scott McGhee, The Assasins, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Here we go with the beginnings of the NWA/WCW shows on the Network. We start with the very first ever Starrcade from Thanksgiving in 1983. This is considered one of the first supershows in wrestling and is the true granddaddy of the all, having lasted from 1983 until 2000. A quick recap of the title situations before we begin, Harley Race is the current NWA Champion having regained the title in June from his challenger tonight, Ric Flair. The reigning and defending United States Champion is Greg Valentine who dethroned the man he faces tonight, Roddy Piper almost seven months ago. As for the Tag Team Champions they are Jack & Jerry Brisco who defeated Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood less then a month earlier, tonight the former champions get a rematch. Some interesting rematches on this show and should be fun to see how it holds up thirty years later. Continue reading
Filed under: House Shows | Tags: Baron Mikel Scicluna, Billy Graham, Billy The Kid, Bobo Brazil, Bobo Johnson, Bruno Sammartino, Bugsy McGraw, Dominic Denucci, Ernie Ladd, Francisco Flores, Frank Monti, Ivan Koloff, Ivan Putski, Jerry Blackwell, Kevin Sullivan, Little Johnny, Little Louie, Louie Cyr, Pat Barrett, Pete Sanchez, Spiros Arion, Tony Parisi
After a much longer hiatus then I planned, I’m back with the newest house show on the Network. From February of 1976 in Madison Square Garden, it’s another classic WWF house show. Before we head to ring let’s recap the champions at this time. The World Heavyweight Championship is firmly in the hands of Bruno Sammartino, who is two and a half years into his second title reign. The World Tag Team Titles are being held by Louis Cerdan and Tony Parisi. and they have held the belts for three months at this point beating the Blackjacks (Mulligan and Lanza). As for the IC title, we’re about a year and a half away from the introduction of that championship. Let’s head to ringside for the opening contest. Continue reading
Filed under: WCCW | Tags: Al Madril, Bill Irwin, Bugsy McGraw, Checkmate, Destroyer I, Gran Marcus II, Great Kabuki, Kevin Von Erich, Michael Hayes, Ronald Castro, Samula, Super Dragon, Terry Gordy
Sadly the WWF skipped episodes 44 and 45 and jumped us forward a few weeks. The last episode I watched was much better then I expected with a great tag team match, so hopefully this one can continue the progress and we didn’t miss to much. Would have liked to seen the Bill Irwin versus Michael Hayes match, but anyway.
The opener has such a powerful drum beat to it, as Bill Mercer and Jay Saldi are now behind a desk with headsets. Two weeks and one big change already as they go over the card for tonight as we have two big tag team matches plus Kevin Von Erich in action as we head to the ring. Continue reading