Filed under: NWA/WCW PPV | Tags: Abdullah The Butcher, Arn Anderson, Barbarian, Billy Jack Haynes, Black Bart, Bobby Eaton, Buddy Landel, Dennis Condrey, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, JJ Dillion, Krusher Khruschev, Magnum T.A., Manny Fernandez, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Ric Flair, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Ron Bass, Ronnie Garvin, Sam Houston, Superstar Billy Graham, Terry Taylor, Tully Blanchard, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Coming on the heels of the two previous Starrcade shows, is the 1985 edition. In 1985 the NWA was still going strong with Ric Flair as the centerpiece and main star. Dusty Rhodes was booking the shows at this point, so he winds up in the main event with Flair for the second year in a row. This was still a closed circuit program as Starrcade would not wind up on PPV for two more years, but they still put on these major shows. Wrestlemania may be called the granddaddy of them all, but Starrcade was around two years before. Coming into this show Ric Flair is the World Champion having regained the title from Kerry Von Erich way back in May of 1984, Flair was in his eighteenth month of his title reign. Meanwhile, Tully Blanchard held the US title winning it from Magnum TA back in July, and the Tag Titles were held by Ivan & Nikita Koloff who also won them in July. This sets the stage for the Starrcade 1985: The Gathering coming to us from Greensboro, NC and Atlanta, GA. Yes this show takes places in two arenas. Continue reading
Filed under: NWA TV | Tags: Arn Anderson, Barbarian, Billy Jack Haynes, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Krusher Khruschev, Manny Fernandez, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Ronnie Garvin, Thunderfoot, Tully Blanchard
Picking up from the last episode of NWA TV, we return to the build up to Starrcade 1985. Starrcade is coming up in three weeks and we don’t know who Ric Flair will defend the NWA World title against, but tonight the announcement will be made. Also scheduled to appear are Terry Taylor, Buddy Landel and more, so let’s get started.
The opening video is followed by David Crockett and Tony Schiavone, who go over the upcoming show including Dusty Rhodes is here tonight. Also an update on Starrcade and the six man champions. Arn Anderson joins us and Tony says the Television Championship has been held up and there will be a tournament to crown the new champion. Arn says he took it from Dusty and it is his, which brings in Ole who says they will not allow anyone to do anything to the Andersons. Tony says due to Dusty’s injury he has been stripped of the belt and sends it to the ring. Continue reading
Filed under: NWA/WCW PPV | Tags: Black Bart, Brian Adidas, Buzz Tyler, Denny Brown, Dick Slater, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Jesse Barr, Jimmy Valiant, Joe Frazier, Keith Larson, Manny Fernandez, Mike Davis, Mike Graham, Mr Ito, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Paul Jones, Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Ron Bass, Superstar Billy Graham, The Assassin, The Zambuie Express, Tully Blanchard, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Starrcade, the true granddaddy of them all, began almost two years before Wrestlemania and ran for eighteen shows in all. The original Starrcade took place the previous year and was headlined by Ric Flair defeating Harley Race for the NWA Title in the steel cage. This would end up being the last time Harley Race would hold the NWA title, at a time a record seven times, something that should be historical. Sadly in this day and age we get guys who are ten, twelve or fifteen time champions in a decade. Thus negating something as amazing as seven time champions, which is a shame as when Ric Flair was going for that eighth title reign it was a big deal, now title changes are not such a big thing. Tonight’s show is headlined by World Champion, Ric Flair defending the title against The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Ric had lost the title briefly to Kerry Von Erich back in May but regained it three weeks later. Dusty and Ric had a legendary feud in the NWA and this was one of their biggest matches, so let’s get it started. Continue reading
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: Smackdown | Tags: AJ, Alberto Del Rio, Alicia Fox, Bella Twins, Bob Orton, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, Dusty Rhodes, Great Khali, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Heath Slater, Hunico, Jimmy Hart, Kane, Mark Henry, Mene Gene, Mick Foley, Natalya, Randy Orton, Roddy Piper, Ryback, Sgt Slaughter, Sheamus, Tyson Kidd, Usos
We have a special edition of Smackdown this week, since the WWE Wrestlers are headed overseas. There is a number of legends scheduled to make appearances tonight, so that should make for a fun show. Hopefully better then the trainwreck that was Raw this week. So without further ado, let’s head to the arena for a live Smackdown.
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Demolition, Dusty Rhodes, Greg Valentine, Haku, Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, Kerry Von Erich, Koko B Ware, Legion of Doom, Randy Savage, Sgt Slaughter, Tugboat, Ultimate Warrior
Tonight’s episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event is a special Oktoberfest edition as we have little Oktoberfest skits interspersed in between the matches. Speaking of matches we have the biggest six man tag in the history of SNME, as the World Champion, The Ultimate Warrior teaming with The Legion of Doom to face Demolition. A quick Summerslam recap, as Hulk Hogan beat Earthquake via countout, Warrior beat Rick Rude in the cage, The Hart Foundation captured the tag team titles from Demolition, effectively killing the Demolition characters. The final blow to Demolition will occur at Wrestlemania VII when they lose to two Japanese wrestlers brought in with no fan fare. Mr. Perfect lost the IC title to Kerry Von Erich, who was a substitute for Brutus Beefcake. Brutus missed his IC opportunity for the second year due to injuries. In 1988 he was to face Honky Tonk Man for the title, but a storyline injury at the hands of Ron Bass kept him out. Unfortunately the injuries Brutus suffered that caused him to miss this year’s show were all too real, as he was injured severely in a parasailing accident. This kept Brutus out of the ring for two years, and he was never the same in the ring again. Kerry took this opportunity and won the IC title. Also at Summerslam Randy Savage defeated Dusty Rhodes, when the American Dream was distracted by the loss of his manager, Sapphire. Sapphire was bought by the Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, and this caused Dusty to lose the match. Tonight Dusty gets his rematch with Savage; can Dusty concentrate on the match and forget about Sapphire? We have all this and more tonight on Saturday Night’s Main Event.
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Dino Bravo, Dusty Rhodes, Greg Valentine, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Lanny Poffo, Mr Perfect, Randy Savage, Rick Rude, Ronnie Garvin, Ultimate Warrior
With tonight’s episode we leave behind the 1980’s and journey into the 1990’s. We’re coming to you just six days after the Royal Rumble. In the Royal Rumble we had the first epic meeting between the past and the present, as Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior squared off. Hulk eliminated the Warrior from the Rumble, supposedly by accident, and now the Warrior’s mad. Tonight these two men must work as a team as they face the man who beat Hulk at the last SNME, the Genius, and Mr. Perfect. Can the two champions unite or will tonight be a perfect victory, all that and more tonight on Saturday Night’s Main Event.