Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Parade of Champions ’86

Live from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 4, 1986

Attendance:  24,121

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Back on February 18, to separate themselves from the National Wrestling Alliance (and Jim Crockett Promotions in particular), World Class defected from the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA). Additionally, they differentiated by waiving the disqualification and countout results to keep a title.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event VI!

Taped from Providence, RI

Airdate: May 3, 1986 (taped 5/1)

Attendance:  not given

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

This review is sponsored by Kay Jewelers! Thanks WWE Network!

Hogan promises a surprise for the Funks.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WrestleMania 2!

In the supreme act of one-upmanship, due to Starrcade ’85 emanating from two locations, WrestleMania II emanated from THREE locations! If they keep this up, Starrcade ’86 could emanate from Tokyo AND London simultaneously.

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WCW Wednesdays Part IV – Starrcade ’85

I apologize for the tardiness, but once again, it’s WCW Wednesday!

Add to that it’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so let’s discuss the best Thanksgiving Starrcade of the bunch–Starrcade ’85. If you’re not familiar with the show, please read my reflection here.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event V

Taped from Phoenix, AZ

Airdate: March 1, 1986 (taped 2/15)

Attendance:  12,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

This reflection is sponsored by Hot Pockets. Thanks, WWE Network!

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WCW Wednesdays Part III – Starrcade ’87

Happy Hump Day, BoD faithful! And also, happy WCW Wednesday!

Since Survivor Series occurs this weekend, let’s reminisce about the show that the inaugural Survivor Series made us forget about…Starrcade ’87!

What happened, you ask? Good question!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts II

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: February 14, 1986

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Prior to the first match, Solie shills the latest copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Road Warriors on the cover.

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WCW Wednesdays Part 2

To those in the good ol’ USA, Happy Veterans’ Day! Kudos to those of you who served your country.

To celebrate, let’s discuss Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory. It emanated from none other than Fort Bragg, NC.

From top to bottom, the card looked like this:

  1. The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated the Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas).
  2. Ranger Ross pinned the Terrorist (a.k.a Jack Victory).
  3. The Ding-Dongs beat George South & Cougar Jay.
  4. Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated the SST (w/ Paul E. Dangerously).
  5. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams fought Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy to double count-out.
  6. Norman the Lunatic (w/ Teddy Long) squashed Mike Justice.
  7. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda) beat the Steiner brothers.
  8. Sting retained the World TV title by pinning “Wild” Bill Irwin.
  9. The Freebirds won the World tag team titles by defeating the Midnight Express.
  10. Ricky Steamboat beat Terry Funk by disqualification.

After the main event, the “Total Package” Lex Luger saved Steamboat from Funk then turned on him.

Please share your thoughts on this great if not intriguing show. And be sure to check out rockstargary.com for all of my wrestling reflections.

Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Superstars of the Superstation!

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: February 7, 1986 (taped 2/2)

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and David Crockett

Read moreRock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Superstars of the Superstation!