What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 7, 1995

Tony Schiavone, substituting for Eric Bischoff who is in Japan, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida.  These tapings were done on October 30, 1994.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 7, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from Dalton, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 1,400 fans attended the tapings.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 1, 1995

Now that we have covered what the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) was doing in 1995, we will shift our focus to what was taking place in Atlanta with World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  Much like the WWF, WCW was fighting against the headwind of a bitter wrestling depression, but it did receive significant publicity in the summer of 1994 when it signed Hulk Hogan.  Hogan would subsequently defeat Ric Flair at Bash at the Beach and immediately claim the WCW title, which he still held as 1995 began.  Despite drawing an impressive television rating for a Clash of the Champions rematch between Hogan and Flair – a number that put WCW’s events on par with, if not exceeding those of the WWF – WCW was still under pressure to cut costs as it lost more than $3 million in 1994.  The cuts were also spurred on by Halloween Havoc drawing a less than expected rating for the third match in the Hogan-Flair series.  In that match, Flair was “retired” after losing and although he said the retirement would be permanent, few in the wrestling world believed him.  Nevertheless, that meant that WCW was starting the year without one of its major draws in the squared circle.  A big question for WCW going into 1995 was how it would attempt to challenge the WWF’s domestic supremacy, and Executive Producer Eric Bischoff’s gamble to launch a new Monday night wrestling show to challenge the WWF’s Monday Night RAW at the end of the summer changed wrestling forever.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW SuperBrawl III

Live from Asheville, NC

Airdate: February 21, 1993

Attendance:  6,500 (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win the White Castle of Fear match? Can Windham defeat Muta for the NWA World title? Who debuts/returns to WCW on this show? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXII

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Airdate:  January 13, 1993

Attendance:  4,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Experience the return of Thundercage! Also, will Steamboat and Douglas retain the unified tag team titles? Or will Austin and Pillman supplant them? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW/NJPW Supershow III

Live from Tokyo, Japan

Airdate: January 4, 1993

Attendance:  63,500 (sold out)

Will Muta finally beat Chono and unify the NWA and IWGP titles? Will it be worthwhile unlike the match at Starrcade? Can Liger regain the IWGP junior heavyweight title against Ultimo Dragon? What happens when the Hell Raisers and Steiners lock up? Who will win the battle between Tenryu and Chosu? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Starrcade ’92

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: December 28, 1992

Attendance:  8,000 (6,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win Battlebowl? Who will become the King of Cable? Can either Simmons or Chono retain their respective World titles? Or do Rude or Muta stand a chance to unseat them? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

Live from Macon, GA

Airdate:  November 18, 1992

Attendance:  7,500 (700 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who wlll win the Clash of the Sexes? Will Steamboat and Douglas capture tag team gold? What happens in the boxing match? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Halloween Havoc ’92

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: October 25, 1992

Attendance:  7,000 (4,800 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Chono/Rude II live up to the hype? How will Simmons fare against Barbarian? What will be the result of “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” and will Sting give Roberts his comeuppance? Let’s find out!

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XXVIII–08.24.94

(We have come to the point in the Observers where Hulk Hogan drives me away from the product for a year and a bit, so here’s my review of Clash 28 to celebrate!) 

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions XXVIII (August 1994)

There are apparently “technical difficulties”, which forces the deletion of the country singer singing the national anthem. OK then. I also had technical difficulties with the original rant, in that it sucked and had bad formatting, so here’s a fresh version. This was the highest rated Clash ever and one of the highest rated wrestling shows on cable until the Monday Night Wars started blowing all the old records away. I’m pretty sure that Hogan had nothing to do with that.

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Kollision in Korea

(Obviously this show has come up in discussions about the moral issues of the Greatest Royal Rumble, so here’s my look at it from when it was on WWE 24/7!) 

The SmarK 24/7 Rant for WCW Collision in Korea

– My god, the cool shit you get on this channel. How can I pass this one up?

– Live from Korea, the only time that ever happened and likely to stay that way. This was a neat idea from April 95, which was sadly during a really bad time for WCW and thus wasn’t really what it could have been, historically speaking. The crowd is huge, more than 300,000 people total over two nights, because the government decreed that people had to go or get shot, more or less. As a promotional tactic, I’ve seen worse.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XX

NWA Clash of the Champions XX

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate:  September 2, 1992

Attendance: 500

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WCW celebrates twenty years on TBS. Who will make special appearances? Can Steamboat defeat Austin for the TV title? What happens with Brian Pillman? Included is a special BONUS match. What is it? Let’s find out!

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