There’s a new NWA World Heavyweight champion and a new bald-headed geek, as the Great American Bash draws to a close. The grand finale will be later tonight in Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium. A look at the Bash happenings, previewing the final Bash card, and several new, but familiar, faces make their debuts on a “special edition” of the Saturday night staple…
And now it’s time for that new sitcom…Everybody Hates Netcop. This week’s assault on your poor, humble, beleaguered (did I mention humble?) reviewer comes from Matt King (get it?) on the Steel Cage Asylum newsboard at www.cataclysmal.com/asylum/7.html, as he deconstructs my last Thunder review and calls me an idiot a bunch of times. Great reading, folks. Well, not really, but I figure I’d be a good sport and give him extra hits. (Too late. The website doesn’t exist anymore. And yet I’m still standing, baby.)
Anyway, in order to dissuade those who think I’m biased against WCW (perish the thought!) , I thought I’d pick a WCW show with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to make fun of, at all. Nope. Not a one.
Live from Corpus Christi, TX
Airdate: February 6, 1990
Attendance: 3,000 (sold out)
Hosted by Jim Ross & Jim Cornette
Let’s set the table for WrestleWar ’90, shall we? Will all of our guests arrive intact? Read on!
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 12.23.96
Holy cow, I actually got a RELEVANT ad before the show today! WWE Network has apparently been selling ad time to wrestlingfigures.com, advertising WWE-branded stuff and everything.
Live from somewhere not mentioned by Tony, so it must not be a big city. A quick check reveals it was Macon, GA, with a record sellout crowd of nearly 5000.
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 12.16.96
Live from Pensacola, FL
Your hosts are Tony & Larry…hold on, it’s actually Eric Bischoff & Ted Dibiase, who kick them out of the announce position to start the show.
A classic between The Rock & Roll Express vs. the Andersons, Dusty Rhodes & Magnum T.A. vs. the Midnight Express, and Tully Blanchard defends the National Title vs. Sam Houston in another good one. The Great American Bash continues and we’ve got another really good program this week. Let’s get to it…
A bunkhouse match with the Four Horsemen vs. Dusty and the Rock & Roll Express, the Road Warriors vs. the Midnight Express for the tag titles, Tully vs. Wahoo, Great American Bash updates and some of the loudest crowd pops in JCP’s televised history. This is perhaps my favorite WCW Saturday night program ever. Let’s get to it…
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 12.09.96
Man, I’d gotten WAY behind on these, with the last one being the 12/02 show more than a year ago. To be honest, the Lucha Underground stuff isn’t really giving me any kind of return on investment as far as pageviews or reader interest, so we’ll shift back to the Monday Night Wars instead for the time being. Funny story, as I would generally use the Observer from that particular week as reference material, and a lot of times there’d be some funny bit or understated debut and I’d think “Man, it would be fun to just go through and recap all these funny bits as a standalone column!” So there you go.
Live from Charlotte, NC, drawing 6400.
Your hosts are Tony and Larry.
It is the eve of the Great American Bash and we’ve got a brand new, hilarious co-host for the show: Jim Cornette. A spotlight on the best of his wisecracks throughout the recap, along with a fun tag match with Cornette’s team, and more on this week’s show…
Live from Atlanta, GA
Airdate: December 13, 1989
Hosted by Jim Ross, Terry Funk, & Jim Cornette
Since WCW used Funk for color commentary on singles matches and Cornette on tag teams, I thought I’d offer my own special guests…read on!
The Road Warriors are beaten down like never before, Ric Flair in action, Baby Doll suplexes MulkeyMania, and a textbook example of how to get a monster heel over.
The Four Horsemen strike again, the Cold War over the U.S. Title gets even hotter, the in-ring return of the Minnesota Wreckin’ Crew, a significant debut, Khrusher is back, and another confrontation between Jim Cornette and Baby Doll. That and more on this week’s program…
Live from Troy, NY
Airdate: November 15, 1989
Hosted by Jim Ross & Gordon Solie
New York Knockout? Are we referring to these bunch of termagants? Seriously, Flair and Funk battle in an “I Quit” match to settle their feud. Also, the Midnight Express square off against the Dynamic Dudes. In a rematch, Pillman seeks to dethrone Luger for the US title. If that’s not enough, the Steiners face the Skyscrapers. What are you waiting for? Read on!
It’s finally time for the long awaited U.S. Title showdown between Magnum T.A. and Nikita Koloff, Ric Flair tangles with Dusty Rhodes, a major return, the NWA president gets decked, a title gets stripped, a notable debut, someone’s hair gets snipped, some killer promos and more on a historic edition of NWA World Championship Wrestling…
The James Boys are unmasked, the contract signing for the U.S. Title results in mayhem, the Four Horsemen break more bones, Tully Blanchard plays mind games with Ronnie Garvin, and a “big” debut! That and much more on an eventful program…