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: Abdullah The Butcher, Arn Anderson, Billy Jack Haynes, Black Bart, Buddy Landel, Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, Krusher Khruschev, Magnum T.A., Manny Fernandez, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Pez Whatley, Ric Flair, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Superstar Billy Graham, Tully Blanchard
NWA Championship Wrestling – November 2, 1985
Moving from the WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event, we go to the NWA’s weekly TV show. This takes place the same day as the SNME we just saw, and will have the build to Starrcade 1985. NWA/WCW shows were never big in Canada, so we didn’t get to see most of this making this new to me. My earliest memories of WCW begins in about 91/92 era, so I’m looking forward to watching something new. With that let’s see what the NWA was like in the mid-80s. 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: WWE | Tags: Al Snow, Barry Windham, Big Boss Man, Big Show, Booker T, Bret Hart, Brooklyn Brawler, Davey Boy Smith, Duke Droese, Goldberg, Great Muta, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Honky Tonk Man, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Kama, Kerry Von Erich, Kevin Nash, Larry Zbyszko, Lex Luger, Mick Foley, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon, Ric Flair, Rick Rude, Ricky Steamboat, Rock, Sid Justice, Sting, Test, Ultimate Warrior, Undertaker, Vader, William Regal
Taking a brief hiatus from the Coliseum Home Video collection, we’re going to recap a special WWE program. The WWE March Madness 2012 Tournament that aired on WWE On Demand. This is basically the WWE’s attempt to do the NCAA March Madness tournament. I have no idea of the matches, so it’s all going to be a surprise, but I have a bad feeling the final match will be Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels, I hope I’m wrong. Hopefully we get some good solid matches and no garbage. Let’s get underway.
Filed under: TNA PPV | Tags: AJ Styles, Anarquia, Austin Aries, BFG, Bobby Roode, Brian Kendrick, Bully Ray, Crimson, Daniels, Eric Bischoff, Hernandez, Hulk Hogan, Jerry Lynn, Jesse Neal, Kurt Angle, Madison Rayne, Matt Morgan, Mickie James, Mr Anderson, Ric Flair, Rob Van Dam, Samoa Joe, Shannon Moore, Sting, TNA, Velvet Sky, We Want Wrestling, Winter
Tonight TNA presents their version of Wrestlemania, and they even pulled the same stupid stunt WWE did. They moved a title match from the main show to the preshow, hopefully it won’t become a battle royal though. TNA decided the tag title match was not important as Kennedy versus Bully, and moved Hernandez & Anarquia versus Shannon Moore & Jesse Neal off the PPV. I’m glad someone posted the preshow up, so I can at least see this match, of course only one of the four are worth watching, Hernandez, but still it’s a title match. Also tonight we have more old people including Jerry Lynn, Kid Kash, and of course Sting and Hulk Hogan. Who seriously decided that seeing Sting versus Hulk Hogan in 2011 was a good idea anyway? Hulk has already said he won’t take bumps tonight, so what’s the point of the match. Even worse was Hulk’s comments a couple days ago knocking AJ Styles and Bobby Roode, yes the same Roode who is in the main event tonight, way to bury a guy who deserves a shot at the top. I’d be happy if this was the last we see of Kurt Angle for a while though, as TNA really needs to start to focus on the young talent and get rid of some of the veterans. Samoa Joe, Matt Morgan, Kaz, Abyss, Hernandez and Austin Aries should be the top six they use right now, instead of Kennedy, Bully, Kash, Angle, Lynn and RVD. Anyways, as far as the build up for this show, it’s been questionable as some matches were thrown together at the last minute, while some got a nice build. Roode and Angle has been built perfectly, but they also put themselves into a corner, if Roode doesn’t win tonight it means the last three months or so has been a waste of time. The Knockout match has been built good, as at least they did qualifier matches to get the Knockouts in the match, but I expect Velvet to walk out with the title tonight, probably leading to Velvet versus Karen Angle soon. Either way I’m looking forward to more of this show then those matches that I’m not interested in, which is a nice change. The only match I really have no interest in his the aforementioned Hogan versus Sting, which better be quick and over booked, as it’s the only way to salvage this disaster. Let’s hope Bound For Glory is better then the Wrestlemania was, which it stands a good chance of. Let’s cover the preshow match first. Continue reading
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Beverly Bros, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, Sgt Slaughter, Sid Justice, The Mountie, Undertaker
Almost to the end of the SNME collection as we have two remaining. Tonight’s episode is three weeks after the Royal Rumble and two months before Wrestlemania. A lot has changed in the WWF since our last SNME back in April 1991. Hulk Hogan was defeated by the Undertaker at the Survivor Series 1991, but due to controversy we had a rematch five days later won by Hulk Hogan. This was not without more controversy and the title was declared vacant. Ric Flair, who debuted in the summer of 1991, won the 1992 Royal Rumble and in the process won the vacant World Title. Randy Savage, who reunited with Elizabeth at Wrestlemania, finally married Elizabeth at Summerslam. At the reception the happy couple was attacked by Jake Roberts and the Undertaker, setting off the Savage and Roberts feud that went through the fall and winter. Bret Hart finally captured his first singles title defeating Mr. Perfect and putting him out of wrestling for years. Bret defended the title proudly against all comers, but finally was beaten for the title by the Mountie. The Mountie would then quickly lose the belt, only two days later, to Roddy Piper, who finally gained a title after eight years with the WWF. The Nasty Boys were able to hold the tag titles up until they ran into the Legion of Doom at Summerslam, making the LOD the first Triple Crown tag team champions. The LOD would lose the tag titles one night before this show to the tag team of Money Inc, Ted DiBiase and IRS (formerly known as Mike Rotundo). Demolition has gone their separate ways as Ax was released, Crush became Hawaiian Crush, and Smash became the Repo Man. Finally Sid Vicious made his long awaited WWF debut in the summer destroying various heels and aligning himself with Hulk Hogan. This friendship was short lived as Sid was eliminated by Hulk at the Rumble and proceeded to eliminate Hulk allowing Ric Flair to win. These two men are forced to team tonight to face Ric Flair and Undertaker. In the Hulk and Sid’s corner, making his big return was Brutus Beefcake, who’s been out for almost two years after a parasailing accident. Let’s get down to ringside for the opening contest.