NWA World Championship Wrestling, February 15, 1986

Our opening clip shows the end of the time limit draw between Dusty Rhodes & Tully Blanchard from “Superstars on the Superstation”, after which Blanchard delivered a piledriver on Rhodes and J.J. Dillon stole Dusty’s National Heavyweight Title.

Tony Schiavone is our host this week from the TBS Studio. David Crockett is still on special assignment, thankfully. Coming up, Arn Anderson defends the World TV Title vs. Sam Houston in what should be a good match and the Midnight Express will defend the NWA World Tag Team Titles. Also here are the Rock & Roll Express, Magnum T.A., the Russians, Paul Jones will unveil a new charge, and much more.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, February 8, 1986

There is a two-week period in between the last show and this one. WWE Network is apparently missing the February 1 show. TBS also aired “Superstars on the Superstation” on February 7, with supposed “dream matches” that the fans voted for. It’s not on the WWE Network either, but Rock Star Gary provides a good review here. The Midnight Express defeated the Rock & Roll Express for the NWA World Tag Team Titles on that show, which brings us to tonight…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Starrcade ’88

Live from Norfolk, VA

Airdate: December 26, 1988

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Magnum T.A., Jim Ross, and Bob Caudle

Will the NWA, now under the Turner umbrella, introduce a new champion? Or will they maintain the status quo? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions IV: Season’s Beatings

Live from Chattanooga, TN

Airdate: December 7, 1988

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

This is the first supercard under the Turner umbrella as Ted Turner officially purchased Jim Crockett Promotions on 11/2.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Crockett Cup ’88

Live from Greenville, SC & Greensboro, NC

Airdate: April 22 & 23, 1988

Attendance:  4,440 & 6,200 respectively

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross

After the incredibly successful and exciting Clash, how does Jim Crockett Promotions follow up? They scheduled a twenty-four team tournament, but, as you will find out, there are only twenty-two teams. This ought to be interesting…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions

Live from Greensboro, NC

Airdate: March 27, 1988

Attendance:  6,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Bob Caudle

In previous reflections, we learned that Vince McMahon and the WWF initially opposed Starrcade ’87 with Survivor Series then subsequently Bunkhouse Stampede with Royal Rumble on USA. With the help of TBS, Jim Crockett Promotions counter-attacked by opposing WrestleMania IV with this show. Back in 1988, despite my admiration for Savage, I tuned in to watch this show instead. Let’s see what transpired.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Starrcade ’87

Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: November 26, 1987

Attendance:  8,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross

Since 1983, Starrcade had been an annual tradition for Jim Crockett Promotions. However, by 1987, Vince McMahon was steadily knocking down the smaller territories (e.g. AWA, Stampede, etc.) yet still wanted to hurt the WWF’s biggest rival where it hurt the most as well.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on the Great American Bash ’87

Taped from several cities

Airdates:  several dates

Attendance:  varied by location

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross with token appearances by Bob Caudle and David Crockett

As you can see, this was not so much a one-night extravaganza as much as a “best of” tour with blockbuster matches. Of course, the most historical portion of the tour was featured prominently to provide everyone with arguably Dusty Rhodes’ greatest idea.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on Crockett Cup ’87

Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: April 10 & 11, 1987

Attendance:  9,300 (4/10), 13,000 (4/11)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone

Instead of the early matinee followed by a night session like last year, Jim Crockett Promotions spanned the tournament over two nights (which probably involved truckloads of money to the Baltimore Marriott). Let’s start with the Friday night show. My reflection is based upon the home video for the show as I await a full-length copy on the WWE Network any day now.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Starrcade ’86

Live from both Greensboro, NC & Atlanta, GA

Airdate: November 27, 1986

Attendance:  16,000 in Greensboro, 14,000 in Atlanta

Hosted by Bob Caudle, Johnny Weaver, Tony Schiavone, and Rick Stewart

This reflection is dedicated to the illustrious but shortened career of Magnum T.A.

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WCW Wednesdays Part 2

To those in the good ol’ USA, Happy Veterans’ Day! Kudos to those of you who served your country.

To celebrate, let’s discuss Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory. It emanated from none other than Fort Bragg, NC.

From top to bottom, the card looked like this:

  1. The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated the Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas).
  2. Ranger Ross pinned the Terrorist (a.k.a Jack Victory).
  3. The Ding-Dongs beat George South & Cougar Jay.
  4. Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated the SST (w/ Paul E. Dangerously).
  5. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams fought Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy to double count-out.
  6. Norman the Lunatic (w/ Teddy Long) squashed Mike Justice.
  7. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda) beat the Steiner brothers.
  8. Sting retained the World TV title by pinning “Wild” Bill Irwin.
  9. The Freebirds won the World tag team titles by defeating the Midnight Express.
  10. Ricky Steamboat beat Terry Funk by disqualification.

After the main event, the “Total Package” Lex Luger saved Steamboat from Funk then turned on him.

Please share your thoughts on this great if not intriguing show. And be sure to check out rockstargary.com for all of my wrestling reflections.