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 WWF Monday Night RAW 01-25-93

 

Taped from New York, NY

Airdate: January 25, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & Rob Bartlett

Who will be forced to leave the WWF? Will Savage repossess his hat from Repo Man? How will the New Yorkers treat Kamala? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Royal Rumble 1993

Live from Sacramento, CA

Airdate:  January 24, 1993

Attendance:  16,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Who will win the Rumble match to become the #1 contender to the WWF title? Will the “Bad Guy” become WWF champion? Can Jannetty exact revenge against former tag partner Michaels and gain the IC title? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Monday Night RAW 01-18-93

Live from New York, NY

Airdate: January 18, 1993

Attendance: 1,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, & Rob Bartlett

Can the sequel be as good as the first installment? Will it disappoint or will it surpass the original? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series ’92

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 25, 1992

Attendance:  17,500

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Shawn Michaels win his first WWF title? How will Savage fare against Flair/Ramon? Who’s his partner? Also, who will win the casket and nightstick matches? Let’s find out!

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Armageddon 2003

Armageddon 2003
Date: December 14, 2003
Location: TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 12,672
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’ll wrap up the pay per view schedule for the year here with another show that is hardly inspiring. The main event here is a triple threat match between Raw World Champion Goldberg, HHH and Kane, because why have one challenger who can’t bring out the best in Goldberg when you can have two? I’m almost scared of how lame this could be so let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – November 24, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: November 24, 2003
Location: E Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

We’re coming up on Thanksgiving but more importantly tonight is a double shot with HHH challenging Goldberg for the Raw World Title and Raw Roulette all night long. It’s a night of Spin the Wheel Make the Deal, which used to be one of my favorite ideas when I was a kid. Now let’s see how WWE can screw it up. Let’s get to it.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Summerslam ’92

WWF Summerslam ‘92

Taped from London, England

Airdate: August 31, 1991 (taped 8/29)

Attendance:  78,927 (75,000 paid)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Bret retain the IC title against home country favorite Davey Boy? Will Warrior recapture the WWF title from Savage? In whose corner will Mr. Perfect occupy? Let’s find out!

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Monday Night Raw – October 20, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 20, 2003
Location: Casey Plaza, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s still all about Goldberg and the bounty but this time he has a slightly better opponent with Shawn Michaels getting his shot. We’re also getting ready for Survivor Series in a few weeks, meaning things should be picking up in short order. Then again, that’s never stopped WWE before. Let’s get to it.

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Monday Night Raw – October 13, 2003

Monday Night Raw
Date: October 13, 2003
Location: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler

It’s all about HHH at the moment, despite him not actually being on the show. The big story is a $100,000 bounty that HHH has placed on Goldberg’s head, giving us great villains such as Mark Henry and La Resistance trying to collect. I’m sure we’ll hit the thrilling part soon enough. Let’s get to it.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania VIII

Live from Indianapolis, IN

Airdate: April 5, 1992

Attendance:  62,167 (heavily papered)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

Can Savage regain the WWF title from Flair? Will Bret recapture the IC title from Piper? What’s the deal with Sid? Let’s find out!

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