Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF WrestleMania V

Live from Atlantic City, NJ

Airdate: April 2, 1989

Attendance:  18,946 (17,500 paid)

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can the dissolution of the MegaPowers lead to a worthwhile main event? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Clash of the Champions VI

NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun

Live from New Orleans, LA

Airdate: April 2, 1989

Attendance:  5,300

Hosted by Jim Ross & Michael Hayes

We begin with Steamboat’s historical defeat of Flair to become World Champion at Chi-Town Rumble. Can the “Nature Boy” reclaim the biggest prize in the game today?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on SNME XX

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate:  March 11, 1989 (taped 2/16)

Attendance:  9,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

As if the dissolution of the MegaPowers isn’t enough, what else can cause separation between Hogan and Savage? Let’s find out!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Chi-Town Rumble ’89

NWA Chi-Town Rumble

Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: February 20, 1989

Attendance:  7,500 (5,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Magnum T.A.

Can the NWA keep up with the WWF and give us a great show?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash Of the Champions V: St. Valentine’s Massacre

Live from Cleveland, OH

Airdate: February 15, 1989

Attendance:  5,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Magnum T.A.

Are you ready to hype Chi-Town Rumble? Well, Ross and Magnum are as they detail what tonight’s show contains and add the spice of NWA World Champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and #1 contender Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat being here. This episode has to be awesome, right?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF Royal Rumble ’89

WWF Royal Rumble ‘89

Live from Houston, TX

Airdate: January 15, 1988

Attendance:  19,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Question to the masses: If a baseball game lasts until 3am on a work night, can we still blame Vince McMahon? Ponder on that while enjoying the show.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XIX

Taped from Tampa, FL

Airdate:  January 7, 1989 (taped 12/7)

Attendance:  9,176

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

To open the program, the Ultimate Warrior centers his promo on victory. In spite of the promo’s theme, I hope the US military didn’t use this as a motivational tool for the troops.

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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 AWA SuperClash III

In the solemn words of Jim Morrison: “This is the end…my only friend…the end.”

With the national expansions of both the WWF and NWA, the territorial system, as we knew it, was breathing its last breath. Despite legends like Verne Gagne, the Von Erichs, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mad Dog Vachon, Chris Adams, among others, the lingering territories during this era tried their best not only to survive but to succeed.

With the conglomeration of the AWA, WCWA, CWA, and POWW, this supercard marks the last stand by the territories in their effort to compete. How much success do they achieve? 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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WCW Wednesday: Part XXXV – the Pilot Episode Edition!

Back on September 4, 1995, WCW began what became a five and one-half year trek into weekly prime time television that would significantly impact the competition between them and the WWF. While I won’t detail the entire history of the series, I present to you the pilot episode of WCW Monday Nitro.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on SNME XVIII

Taped from Sacramento, CA

Airdate:  November 26, 1988 (taped 11/16)

Attendance:  15,900

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Warrior scares the dickens out of everyone by opening the program. Hey! This isn’t the Halloween episode! Regardless, he wants to spoil Super Ninja’s Thanksgiving weekend. I believe salmonella enterocolitis would be less painful.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WWF Survivor Series 1988

 

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 24, 1988

Attendance:  13,500

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We’re back in Richfield for the 2nd annual Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Night. Grab your turkey leg and enjoy!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XVII

Taped from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: October 29, 1988 (taped 10/25)

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Vince McMahon & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We open tonight’s program with Jake and Cheryl Roberts sharing a kiss. Jake then cuts a promo with Damian wrapped around his shoulders. According to Cheryl, Rude’s pain will be their “pleasure.”

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl

Live from Albany, GA

Airdate: September 7, 1988

Attendance:  3,700

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Jim Ross, & Bob Caudle

Prior to the first match, Tony acknowledges that the “Total Package” Lex Luger is Flair’s toughest test to date. Methinks Rhodes did NOT write that line for him.

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