A brutal beatdown of the Road Warriors, there’s a new NWA World TV champion, and a major star is coming to Jim Crockett Promotions…
Lots of tag team action on the docket to hype the upcoming the U.S. Tag Title Tournament, including the Andersons vs. the Kansas Jayhawks. Plus the Rock & Roll Express, Road Warriors, and big news on the U.S. and National Heavyweight Titles.
Date: May 31, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness, Tom Phillips
We’re back in Orlando for the first in a series of shows that isn’t likely to build towards a Takeover. After last week’s stand alone show from Chicago, tonight we’re scheduled to see the Glorious Celebration from NXT Champion Bobby Roode, which will likely see a new challenger arise. Let’s get to it.
The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 02.10.97
Oh hi! Turns out there’s a month-long gap in my Monday Night Wars posts from 2007, so you get a fresh review of Nitro and RAW for the next month of shows. But since I have limited time in my life, we’ll take it one show at a time.
Live from Baltimore, MD
Airdate: July 7, 1990
Attendance: 10,000 (8.900 paid)
Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
Will this be Sting’s crowning moment? Or will the “Nature Boy” continue to reign as World champion? Read on!
Who is the new National Heavyweight champion? What does Mama Cornette think of Baby Doll now? Did Sam Houston really beat Jerry Lawler? What role did Killer Kowalski play in Hall of Famer Warren Spahn’s baseball career? Can Nikita Koloff withstand Ron Garvin’s knockout punch? Is Mulkey Mania dead? Answers to these questions, plus Ric Flair in a great match, and the Horsemen in a pier six brawl, on this week’s edition of the Saturday night staple…
Live from Charleston, SC
Airdate: June 13, 1990
Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle
Which is worse? JYD’s workrate or El Gigante’s English? Read on!
The SmarK Rant for WCW SuperBrawl III
Live from Asheville, NC, drawing 6500 and a 0.5 buyrate.
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura
Maxx Payne plays the national anthem on his guitar to start, which is an odd choice since he was a heel at the time.
Live from Washington, DC
Airdate: May 19, 1990
Attendance: 7,500 (sold out)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle
Cross-promotional PPV? Or hidden wrestling gem? Read on!
The SmarK 24/7 Rant for The Monday Night War – January 27 1997
– This will be my last rant for a week or so, as we’re moving and the cable doesn’t get hooked up until next Tuesday. How I will live without 24/7 for a week, I honestly don’t know. (Backstory! This was written around 2007, and we were moving because we were kicked out of our dream apartment due to the building getting sold for condos. It was wonderful, because there was a second bathroom and I had my own office for writing and a FIREPLACE and everything. The real kick in the pants is that we actually repainted it ourselves because we wanted to make it perfect, and then they decided to use our place as the show room because we did such a good job on it. We were then kicked out of the NEXT place we rented as well, because the owners also sold the property, and finally bought our own house in 2010 and we’ve been there ever since. Unfortunately I have no office now and only one bathroom, but at least we know we’re not getting the property sold out from under us.)
A momentous episode of the TBS Saturday night staple, as we have Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Title, a shocking heel turn, the best-of-seven series for the U.S. Title concludes in dramatic fashion, new NWA World Tag Team Champions, and the Midnight Express vs. the Mulkeys, with the birth of MulkeyMania!
The SmarK Retro Rant for Clash of the Champions XXII: THUNDERCAGE! (Jan 13 / 1993)
(Back to the Observer Flashbacks tomorrow, but first the Clash that Dave reviewed in the last one, as I’ve always been a fan of this show and wanted to post it again.)
– This is another one of those shows that I could swear up and down on a stack of Bibles that I’ve already done, but don’t seem to have anything actually done for it. So here ya go, courtesy of reader David J. Mann.
– Live from Milwaukee, WI.
– Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura.
The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXXIV (January 1997)
Live from Milwaukee, WI
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes & Bobby Heenan.
This is the second-to-last Clash, and clearly by this point these shows were just extra editions of Nitro and little effort was put into promoting or booking them. Plus this was leading into nWo Souled Out, so…you know…not the best PPV to be leading towards.
Can Ric Flair regain the NWA Title from an injured Dusty Rhodes? Magnum T.A. tries to even the best-of-seven U.S. Title series with Nikita Koloff, and another huge confrontation between Dusty Rhodes & Big Bubba Rogers. That and much more on an action packed Saturday Night program…
The SmarK Rant for WCW Starrcade 1992 – 12.28.92
Tonight! The 10th annual Starrcade ’92! Well, at least they understand the concept of an anniversary. Oh, also, the graphics in the opening video package have Barry Windham and Brian Pillman mixed up. Because they apparently look SO MUCH alike.
Live from Atlanta, GA, drawing 8000 people and a 0.5 buyrate.