Continuing the chronological look back at the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions’ run in the mid-late 80s, it’s time for Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering”. Our main event is a rematch from Starrcade ’84, NWA Champ Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes. However, perhaps the most anticipated match on the card is the I Quit steel cage battle for the U.S. Title between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. Let’s roll…
We are five days away from Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering”. Presumably, this show will presumably push the event heavily … We open with a video clip of how we ended last week: Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A. challenging the Four Horsemen to step into the ring. The Horsemen’s 4-2 advantage quickly disappears when the Road Warriors provide some backup for Magnum & Dusty. The Horsemen backdown and we go to the show open…
Twelve more days ’til Starrcade ’85 … We open with a clip of Nikita Koloff vs. Jimmy
Black Blackland Backlund. The Russian Nightmare turns the scrawny ginger inside out with the Russian Sickle. Great bump by the future gigolo. We go to the show open.
Live from Greensboro, NC
Airdate: March 27, 1988
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.
Live from Uniondale, NY
Airdate: January 24, 1988
Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
This was Jim Crockett Promotions’ second foray into PPV. Can you guess how the WWF counterattacked? Oh yeah, I reflected on the Royal Rumble last week, and that was on free TV! Let’s see what Dusty Rhodes’ booking did here.
Live from Atlanta, GA
Airdate: February 7, 1986 (taped 2/2)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone and David Crockett
Live from Tampa, FL
Airdate: September 2, 1985
Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham
Similar to the WWF with WrestleMania, WCCW with the Parade of Champions, AWA with Superclash, and JCP with Starrcade, Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) created Battle of the Belts as their supershow to showcase the best wrestlers of the Sunshine State.
Live from Greensboro, NC
Airdate: November 22, 1984
Hosted by Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle
Place to Be Nation is excited to kick off a new show on the PWO-PTBN podcast network as Kris Zellner and David Bixenspan are joined by Todd Martin (Pro Wrestling Torch) to discuss the week that was July 20-26, 1989. Listen to the guys discuss the Great American Bash PPV and all the matches/angles, Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Mike Tyson????, the rise of Kenta Kobashi among other young guys and how the AWA Team Challenge Series compares to the Laff-A-Lympics!!!
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I hate change, but I’m digging the new site.
I spoke with NWA President Bruce Tharpe about NWA Classics 24/7 and ended up learning a ton such as WWE low-balling the Boesch library and how the NWA is somehow still around.
Hopefully your readers will share in my shock.
Thanks as always,
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In 86, Ricky Morton challenged Ric Flair for the NWA title and had a great cage match with him during The Bash 86 tour. This was following the epic beat down the horsemen gave Morton including wiping his face on the locker room floor.
Could Morton of pulled off a short reign and drop it back to Flair quickly? The Rock N Rolls were pretty over at that point and Morton could go in the ring.
Or was he too small even by NWA standards to pull of a short run with the title?
Too small, too regional, too limited of a worker as a single, no credibility in that kind of position or role. He was fine as a challenger of the week, but there’s no way they would have been able to get that one past the NWA voters without getting laughed out of the office.
this week’s review, I wanted to know if any readers had feedback on the WWE
2k14 game. I bought WWE 13 and was
irritated by the one count glitch. Worth
a buy this year or not? I just don’t
want to get burned again.
Juanita McMahon, who recently passed away, is shown.
narrates a video package about Kane’s turn on his brother at last night’s Royal
Cole, and Kevin Kelly are in the booth and they are live from Fresno,
out to the Undertaker’s old theme music and gloats about setting the Undertaker
up at the Royal Rumble. He goes through
a lengthy narration about last night’s events until the Undertaker’s current
theme music hits and druids roll out a casket.
Instead of the Undertaker, Kane pops out of the casket and that ends the
segment. This started with lots of crowd
heat, but Bearer’s recap of last night went on way too long and killed the
segment. 0 for 1
D-Generation X and European Champion Triple H says that he proved last night
that Owen Hart can’t cut it in the WWF.
WWF Champion Shawn Michaels promises that DX will find the Undertaker
and bring him back tonight.
Tag Team Contest: Faarooq, Kama Mustafa
& D-Lo Brown wrestle The Disciples of Apocalypse to a double
disqualification at 4:40:
and the commentary team puts over D-Lo Brown’s potential throughout the
match. When all hell breaks loose,
referee Earl Hebner can’t keep things under control and tosses the match out
for a lame ending. After the bell, Mark
Henry and the Rock run out to give the Nation five-on-three odds, but Ken
Shamrock and Ahmed Johnson run out to even the odds and they run the Nation
off. Kevin Kelly says Ahmed has never
look better, but I would disagree.
Ending aside, this was a good brawl and the crowd was hot for the
finish. Rating: ** (1 for 2)
his Vic Venom days, hypes WWF and RAW Magazine.
Call 8-15-734-1161 to get twelve issues of both for $29.97. I had a WWF Magazine subscription at this
time and it was a pretty good read while Russo was at the helm. When he left, it went way downhill.
Mero (w/Sable) beats Tom Brandi with a TKO at 3:29:
that says “Property of Marc Mero” on the back of it. During the first minute of the match, Sable
gets flowers from a secret admirer and Mero berates Sable over it. This distractions help Brandi take the edge
over Mero and he scores several dramatic near-falls, but as Sable momentarily
distracts the referee, Mero hits a low blow and achieves another tainted win. This match showed that Brandi could go, but
awful gimmicks ruined any chance he had to catch on in the company and he was
gone shortly after this feud. Rating:
**½ (2 of 3)
cautiously approaches a hearse in the arena, but when they open the doors a
bunch of young women hop out and Chyna closes Michaels and Triple H in there
with them. Why these women were in the
hearse to begin with is never explained.
Playstation Slam of the Week is Vader’s Vader Bomb on Goldust at last night’s
is shown pulling into the arena. Shane
McMahon, Tyson, and his entourage get out of the limos.
defeat Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie by disqualification when Jack puts
the referee in the Mandible Claw at 3:03:
absence. They were a temporary
acquisition during the Monday Night Wars, as they wrestled in WCW prior to this
as the Amazing French Canadians.
Unfortunately, the Quebecers are not wearing their awesome mountie-style
uniforms. You would think that a former
three-time tag team championship team would get more billing upon their return,
but that’s not the case here. This is a
wild brawl, which goes beyond the bell.
If this is meant to set up a rematch for next week, then it accomplished
its purpose. Rating: ** (3 of 4)
come across the mini wrestlers in their search for the Undertaker. The minis speak Spanish, so they don’t
understand DX, but in a funny moment, Chyna lifts Max Mini up so Shawn Michaels
can interrogate him. Is this whole thing
a parody of when they had Leslie Nielsen track down the Undertaker at
shown chatting with Vince McMahon and his cronies.
American Heavyweight Championship Match:
Jeff Jarrett (Champion w/Jim Cornette & The Rock N’ Roll Express)
beats Bradshaw (w/Barry Windham) when Windham inadvertently lariats Bradshaw at
Jarrett will lead the NWA into the year 2000, since Jarrett was on top of WCW
in 2000 when it started to fall apart.
Throughout the match, the Express help beat down Bradshaw when it
appears that he is getting an advantage in the match and Windham does not help. Bradshaw appears to have
the title won after clearing the Express out of the ring and delivering a
powerbomb, but Windham seems to accidentally hit his partner with a lariat to
help Jarrett retain the title. Another
short, yet solid match on tonight’s card.
Rating: ** (4 of 5)
Bradshaw continues his fight with the NWA faction and Windham comes into the
ring when the NWA faction has the advantage.
He then turns on Bradshaw by hitting him with another lariat and he is
the new member of the NWA faction. If
you want living proof that the WWE will not give up on someone, just look at
Bradshaw. The guy went through three
different gimmicks before they found something that caught on (the APA faction
hypes the house show circuit.
complains in the locker room that he cannot find the Undertaker, when suddenly
the lights go out.
narrates a quick video package to pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.
two, Jerry “the King” Lawler joins Ross for commentary.
music hits and a figure that appears to be the Undertaker descends from the top
of the arena. However, when the lights
hit, the D-Generation X music hits and Shawn Michaels strips off the Undertaker’s
ring gear. Triple H and Chyna bring a
grill and cooking supplies to the ring and they proceed to mock the Undertaker
being burned alive last night. Triple H
announces that he will grant a European title match to Owen Hart next week and
then hilariously rips Ric Flair by saying that Space Mountain is old, broken
down, and in need of repair. Michaels
says that his next target is Steve Austin and delivers a nice opening salvo for
their feud by saying that he has won the titles that Austin has won in the
past, that he is on the top of the mountain, and that he does not lay down for
anyone. This whole segment was great in
terms of transitioning DX away from the Undertaker and into other feuds. It also put over the WWF title and
immediately put over Austin-Michaels as a must see event. 5 of 6
shown talking with the Legion of Doom and Sunny.
Michinoku & The Headbangers defeat Los Boricuas when Owen makes Jesus
submit to the Sharpshooter at 2:59
can be ideal ways to fill two hours of television programming. Honky Tonk Man is doing commentary for some
reason, but thankfully he’s not looking for a new project like he was last
year. They should’ve given this more
time, but it was just a vehicle to put
over Owen for next week’s match with Triple H.
Cole interviews Owen, who accepts Triple H’s offer of a European title match on
next week’s show.
Match: The Rock (Intercontinental
Champion) pins Ahmed Johnson with the Rock Bottom at 2:43:
match is being held without any build since Ahmed is a former Intercontinental
champion and might be able to give a rub to the Rock. Ahmed appears to have the match in hand after
he hits a spinebuster, but Mark Henry comes out and nails him with a chair to
help the Rock win the bout. After the
match, Ken Shamrock hits the ring and runs off the heels.
shown handling Cactus Jack’s barbed wire baseball bat in the locker room.
night’s casket match between the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels constitute the
Western Union Rewind segment.
shown measuring Triple H and Chyna’s muscles.
Championship Match: The New Age Outlaws
(Champions) defeat The Godwinns when Billy Gunn pins Phineas with a loaded pig
they earned for helping the Outlaws in their feud with the Legion of Doom. The Outlaws wear overalls for the contest,
but the Godwinns don’ take kindly to that and rip them off of Billy Gunn. Ross notes that it’s the first time we’ve
seen Gunn in tights, which reflects a nice attention to detail that is missing
from today’s product. The Godwinns
completely dominate Gunn, but he uses a pig toy, loaded with a brick, to help
his team retain the titles. These teams
just don’t have a lot of chemistry. Rating:
*¼ (5 of 7)
1-900-737-4WWF to find out if it will be a “macho” week for the WWF!
comes out and says that he will soon make the biggest announcement in WWF
history. McMahon welcomes Mike Tyson
out, who says that he loves Bruno Sammartino.
McMahon announces that Tyson will be at WrestleMania, but before he can
finish his sentence, Steve Austin comes out.
A sea of WWF officials immediately race out behind Austin and McMahon is
not happy about him ruining Tyson’s time.
Austin says that he is sick of Tyson’s antics tonight, refuses to shake
Tyson’s hand, and says that he wants a piece of him in a WWF ring. He then flips Tyson off, which leads to Tyson
pushing Austin and leading to both men being restrained. During the melee, one of Tyson’s entourage
tries to go after Austin, but Austin intelligently takes him down and lays on
top of him to avoid having the entire angle and his image compromised. As Austin is pulled out of the ring, McMahon
becomes irate and screams “You’ve ruined it!” at Austin and tries to physically
go after him as Austin is escorted to the locker room. This is one of the greatest RAW segments of
all time and I marked out watching it just as much as I did when it originally
aired. 6 of 8
room, Tyson and his entourage are shown arguing with McMahon, who tries to apologize
for Austin’s behavior as we go off the air.
episode of RAW. The D-Generation X and
Tyson-Austin segments carried it, but the in-ring action was also quite good for
most of the show. I remember that
everyone at school was talking about Tyson and Austin the next day and it also
got the WWF significant mainstream attention from the sports media. It was one of those angles that was perfectly
placed, timed, and executed and no one else on the roster could have made it
work except for Austin. McMahon played a
great supporting role as well, especially his nonverbal mannerisms when all
hell broke loose in the ring. This was
also the highest rated RAW of all-time to this point and was the first RAW to
break the 4.0 mark in the Nielsen ratings.
Compared to the previous week, Tyson was worth about a 0.6 increase.