NWA World Championship Wrestling, November 30, 1985

Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering” is in the books and five new champions were crowned, including a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Dusty Rhodes. Two days later, we’re back in the TBS studios for another exciting edition of the Saturday night tradition, NWA World Championship Wrestling.

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NWA World Championship Wrestling, November 23, 1985

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…

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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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WCW Wednesday: Part XVIII – the Uncensored and Egomaniacal Edition!

Last week, we addressed the first ever Uncensored PPV from WCW. This week, while addressing the second annual show, we will explore the egomaniacal nature of Hulk Hogan and his use of creative control.

Before we begin with the show, allow me to ask you a simple question:

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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 III – Starrcade ’87

Happy Hump Day, BoD faithful! And also, happy WCW Wednesday!

Since Survivor Series occurs this weekend, let’s reminisce about the show that the inaugural Survivor Series made us forget about…Starrcade ’87!

What happened, you ask? Good question!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts II

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: February 14, 1986

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Prior to the first match, Solie shills the latest copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Road Warriors on the cover.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Superstars of the Superstation!

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: February 7, 1986 (taped 2/2)

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and David Crockett

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