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 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 Great American Bash ’92

Live from Albany, GA

Airdate: July 12, 1992

Attendance:  8,000 (4,000 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win the NWA World tag team title tournament? Will Vader dethrone Sting for the WCW World title? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – August 13, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are the announce team and they are concluding the tapings in St. Louis, Missouri.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – July 9, 1995

Waylon Mercy’s vignettes are spliced together to hype his Action Zone debut.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are taped from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 25, 1995

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill narrate a video package for why Bret Hart and Henry Godwinn are facing each other in a rematch of their Superstars encounter, which occurred two weeks ago, on today’s show.  Godwinn says that he will give Bret the beating of his life.

Ross and Pettengill are in charge of commentary and they are taped from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – June 4, 1995

Jim Ross recaps the events on last week’s show that led to today’s Razor Ramon & Savio Vega-Blu Brothers main event.

Ross and Pettengill are handling commentary and are still in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – May 28, 1995

Jim Ross recaps how Savio Vega contributed to Razor Ramon winning a King of the Ring qualifying match against Jacob Blu on Superstars and how that has led to Eli Blu signing to face Savio on today’s show.

Ross and Todd Pettengill are today’s commentators and they are still in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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What the World Was Watching: The Action Zone – March 19, 1995

Doink and Bam Bam Bigelow cut promos on each other for today’s feature match.  Doink says he is going to win and let Lawrence Taylor know all of Bigelow’s secrets.  Bigelow rebuts that he thought he got rid of Doink for good at WrestleMania X but will finish things today.

Jim Ross and Todd Pettengill are doing commentary and they are still taped from North Charleston, West Virginia.

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Thunder – March 21, 2001 (Final Episode Plus Thought On Thunder)

Thunder
Date: March 21, 2001
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay

We’ve arrived at the final shows. We’ll start off the final episode of the corporate mandate that was Thunder, which has somehow gotten even less important over the years. The big story coming out of Monday is Ric Flair’s face being pressed onto the back of a donkey and the upcoming Night of Champions on Monday. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Nitro – March 19, 2001

Monday Nitro #282
Date: March 19, 2001
Location: O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida
Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson

Greed has come and gone and it should be interesting to see where things go with this final real show before next week’s grand (work with me here) finale. Scott Steiner is still World Champion after demolishing Diamond Dallas Page because that’s what Scott Steiner does, though it does raise the question of who is left for him to beat. In theory that would be Booker T., who became US Champion for the first time last night. Let’s get to it.

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