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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NWA World Championship Wrestling, January 25, 1986

The opening clip is Ronnie Garvin knocking out a series of jobbers, and we’re supposed to believe that he’s a legitimate threat to the NWA World Title. Yeah, like that’ll ever happen…

Tony Schiavone and David Crockett are our hosts from the TBS Studio. Magnum T.A., the Russians, Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes & Baby Doll, Ron Garvin and many more will be here…

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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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WCW/NWA Randoms

Scott, 

1. In 1990, WCW/NWA finally got the chance to put the world title on Sting, putting him over Ric Flair at Great American Bash of that year.  Sting fought through the Horsemen, then lost a WarGames match to them in early 1991.  Then they transitioned to the Flair-Fujinami program for the world title, with Sting & Luger challenging the Steiners for the tag titles.  Clearly the Flair-Fujinami stuff was in place to draw for the SuperShow in Japan and for the first SuperBrawl.   Flair's premature departure (without dropping the belt to Lex Luger at GAB'91) or not, it was going to be Lex Luger getting the belt back, not Sting.  Did WCW have less faith in Sting as their top guy?  Or did they just have a long-term plan of doing heel Luger vs. face Sting at SuperBrawl II?  It seemed odd that they wouldn't get the belt back to Sting after the Fujinami vs. Flair stuff played out.  

Sting was a HUGE flop as champion, and yes, they lost all faith in him as a result of the Black Scorpion stuff.  And yes, I know it wasn't his fault and it had more to do with Ole Anderson, but really even from the start of that reign it was apparent that fans were more interested in the chase than the payoff.  They pretty much had to have "Scorpion" lose at Starrcade to pay off the whole mess, but they were taking that belt off Sting as soon as humanly possible after that (about two weeks after, in fact).  

2. Before Hogan's arrival in 1994, WCW appeared to be going a bit retro-NWA, with Flair taking the title back from Vader at Starrcade '93 and rekindling the Steamboat feud in '94.  With Steve Austin's star on the rise, Sting and Vader still in the mix, and a less-cartoonish product seemingly coming back, where do you think WCW goes if Hogan never arrives?  Without Hogan and his buddies Brutus, Duggan, Orndorff, HTM, etc coming in, WCW obviously doesn't become as mainstream, but what do you think happens with the product long-term without the influx of WWF guys?
I think they go belly-up or shrink drastically into a TNA-level syndicated non-powerhouse, taking WWE castoffs to survive.  The Bischoff hail mary pass of Monday Nitro saved the company and the Hogan heel turn sent it into the stratosphere, but WWE was just not going to be denied in the long run.