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NWA Starrcade 1985 – November 28, 1985

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


NWA Championship Wrestling – November 9, 1985

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

NWA Championship Wrestling – November 2, 1985

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

Starrcade 1984 – November 22, 1984

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

Saturday Night’s Main Event #24 – November 25, 1989

Tonight’s SNME comes to us only five weeks after the last episode. This one was taped before the Survivor Series, but was aired two days after. By this point Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard had been fired from the WWF and Tully was removed from the PPV, replaced by Bobby Heenan. So, tonight marks the final appearance of Arn & Tully as they face long time foes the Rockers. One correction, I said the last SNME was the final appearance of Akeem and I was wrong. He was pulled from the PPV, and replaced with Bad News Brown, but he was in the Royal Rumble 1990 and faced Big Boss Man at Wrestlemania VI. I thought I had heard he was fired before the 89 Survivor Series, maybe he was and then brought back by the Rumble, not sure. Either way he wasn’t at the Series but was back by the Rumble. According to Wikipedia he was with the WWF till October 1990 and then left, as he was scheduled to be on the Mercenaries team facing The Alliance, but was gone by that year’s Series. Anyways, this is the final SNME of the 1980’s as we roll into a new decade and we head to Wrestlemania VI. Tonight’s show is headlined by Warrior facing Andre and Hulk Hogan defending the World title against Lanny Poffo, let’s get to it.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event #22 – July 29, 1989

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve done a SNME recap, about six weeks. So let’s try and finish off the final nine episodes. Tonight’s episode comes to us about one month before the second annual Summerslam PPV, back when PPV’s were far apart and not every three to four weeks. Going into this show the biggest feuds were Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, and Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude. The World Heavyweight Champion is still Hulk Hogan, who regained his title at Wrestlemania V, while the IC champion is Rick Rude who upset the Ultimate Warrior at the same show. Meanwhile in the tag team division, Demolition is still the reigning champions sitting at 478 days since the victory. Tonight they face Bobby Heenan’s tag team of the Brain Busters in a two out of three fall match. Can the Demolition retain the gold again, or will Bobby Heenan acquire his second championship for the Heenan family? We have all this and more tonight on Saturday Night’s Main Event.

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Saturday Night’s Main Event #21 – May 27, 1989


Tonight’s SNME comes to us about six weeks after Wrestlemania V, where the Mega Powers exploded. The fallout from the biggest PPV of they year happens tonight from Des Moines, Iowa. First let’s recap Wrestlemania V, which took place in Atlantic City, New Jersey for the second year in a row. Hulk Hogan overcame former tag team partner Randy Savage to regain the WWF World title for the second time, at the team that was a big deal. Only Bruno Sammartino had won the title twice, since Backlund’s loss & second reign was never recognized by WWF at this point. Also at Wrestlemania we crowned a new IC champion, as Rick Rude scored a controversial pin over the Ultimate Warrior, thanks to Bobby Heenan holding Warrior’s ankle. After the match Warrior destroyed Heenan, who still had a match with Red Rooster coming up. Rooster crushed Bobby in 32 seconds, but was attacked by Brooklyn Brawler in a feud that basically went nowhere. Strike Force broke up at Wrestlemania, when Tito Santana accidentally nailed Rick Martel with the flying forearm during the match. This prompted Martel to walk away and leave Santana alone with Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson, and Santana got beaten. We also had the Wrestlemania debuts of Mr. Perfect, Powers of Pain, Owen Hart as the Blue Blazer, Shawn Michaels, and Bad New Brown. The tag team Champions, Demolition, were able to retain their gold beating former manager Mr. Fuji and his new protégés The Powers of Pain in a handicap match, as the Demolition celebrated one full year as champions. Finally we had a huge return at Wrestlemania, as Rowdy Roddy Piper returned after a two year absence. The Hot Rod hosted his classic Piper’s Pit with guests Brother Love and talk show host Morton Downey Junior. Piper did what he does best by humiliating both guests as he stripped Brother Love and sprayed Morton with a fire extinguisher. That brings us to tonight, as we have my favorite Hulk Hogan match as he faces Big Boss Man in the steel cage, so let’s get to it.

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