The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–12.23.96

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.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, July 19, 1986

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… 

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, July 12, 1986

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…

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro–12.09.96

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.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, June 28, 1986

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…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Starrcade ’89: Future Shock

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: December 13, 1989

Attendance:  6,000

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!

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, June 14, 1986

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…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout

Live from Troy, NY

Airdate: November 15, 1989

Attendance:  4,000

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!

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, June 7, 1986

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…

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, May 31, 1986

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…

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, May 24, 1986

A title change, a legendary first encounter between future WWE Hall of Famers and the greatest jobbers ever, and Flair & Arn team up. Plus, why is Baby Doll kissing the Road Warriors, what did the Horsemen do to the Rock & Roll Express, and what is the gestation period for a bull moose? Answers to these questions and more on this week’s show…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Halloween Havoc ’89: Settling the Score

Live from Philadelphia, PA

Airdate: October 28, 1989

Attendance:  7,300

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Put Flair, Funk, Sting, and Muta in a cage. Mix in electricity, Gary Hart, and a Philly crowd. Will the recipe be a masterpiece? Or a disaster? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl

Live from Columbia, SC

Airdate: September 12, 1989

Attendance: 2,600

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jim Cornette

Put Flair, Funk, Sting, Muta, and Gary Hart in the main event, and let’s see if it’s a masterpiece or a cafeteria special. Read on!

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