Now for something a little different. Here’s a recap I wrote of an early episode of the Legends of Wrestling series on WWE 24/7, featuring a roundtable discussion focused on two of the biggest stars of the 1980s: Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund! Since this was taped in 2006, it’s interesting to go back and hear what Jim Ross, Michael Hayes, Pat Patterson, Dusty Rhodes, and Mike Graham had to say about these guys. Let’s go!
TNA makes their Northeast debut as they invade the ECW Arena! Samoa Joe defends the X Division Title against AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in yet another three-way classic, Rhino battles Jeff Jarrett, and more ECW-style insanity than you can shake a barbed-wire baseball bat at!
The Road to WrestleMania V kicks into overdrive with this edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event, headlined by Hulk Hogan against Bad News Brown and Miss Elizabeth’s “Decision of a Lifetime” as she chooses between the Hulkster and the Macho Man!
Continuing along our TNA timeline, weekly recaps of Impact to fill in the blanks between PPVs. This was actually the first review I ever wrote and Scott was kind enough to post it on his old blog way back in 2006. This week on Impact, Sting meets Scott Steiner in a King of the Mountain qualifying match, Kevin Nash and Alex Shelley star in another hilarious Paparazzi Productions segment, and Team Canada battles the James Gang & Chris Sabin in six-man action!
Another old-school MSG show, featuring the Hart Foundation against the British Bulldogs, a heated grudge match between Ricky Steamboat and the Magnificent Muraco, and the “Colossal Jostle” pitting Andre the Giant against King Kong Bundy!
It’s FULL METAL MAYHEM as Christian Cage defends the NWA World Title against Abyss! Sting teams with Samoa Joe to battle Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett! AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels join forces to challenge America’s Most Wanted for the NWA World Tag Team Championship!
Celebrate the holidays with the Thanksgiving edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event! Hulk Hogan defends the WWF Championship against King Kong Bundy, and the Macho Man takes on Bret Hart!
It’s Six Sides of Steel all night long, baby! Sting’s Warriors battle Jarrett’s Army in the Lethal Lockdown, Christian Cage defends the NWA World Title against Abyss, and Sabu challenges Samoa Joe for the X Division Title!
Celebrate Christmas, WWF Attitude style! This classic holiday episode of Raw is War features the Rock meeting the Undertaker, the New Age Outlaws searching for Mankind, and Shawn Michaels forced to defend the European Championship against fellow D-Generation X member Triple H in a match THAT WILL DEFINITELY HAPPEN!
In his first NWA World Title defense, Christian Cage meets Monty Brown and then gets completely overshadowed by “real” main eventers like Jeff Jarrett, Sting, and Scott Steiner! Plus, AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels challenge X Division Champion Samoa Joe in a relatively disappointing Ultimate X match!
The build to WrestleMania V kicks into overdrive with a classic MSG card: WWF Champion Randy Savage squares off against Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior in a non-title bout, Rick Rude meets Brutus Beefcake, the Fabulous Rougeaus meet the Bushwhackers, and more!
Christian Cage gets his shot at Jeff Jarrett’s NWA World Title, Samoa Joe defends the X Division Title against AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels in a rematch of the Unbreakable classic, and Abyss and Rhino try to kill each other in a Falls Count Anywhere match!
WWE Old School presents a classic card from the Philadelphia Spectrum headlined by Randy Savage challenging the Honky Tonk Man for the Intercontinental Title. Plus, Strike Force defends the Tag Team Title against the Islanders, Bam Bam Bigelow battles Killer Khan, and Demolition leaves a mark on Ken Patera & Billy Jack Haynes!
TNA’s first PPV of 2006, featuring the TNA “debut” of Sting, Samoa Joe defending the X Division Title against Christopher Daniels, and a bunch of screwy finishes that everybody hated at the time!
Live from New York, it’s WWE Old School! A classic Madison Square Garden card featuring the Ultimate Warrior meeting the Undertaker in a Bodybag Match, the Hart Foundation challenging the Nasty Boys for the WWF Tag Team Title, and a cool heel vs. heel storyline pitting Bobby Heenan’s Family against Mr. Fuji and his Orient Express.
TNA’s final PPV of 2005, but will it be the best? It will be if AJ Styles and Samoa Joe have anything to say about it!
Chronologically, this should have been posted before Unbreakable, so let’s use Throwback Thursday to look back a couple of months in our TNA timeline to the final PPV before their SpikeTV debut. Jeff Jarrett & Rhino war with Raven & Sabu, AJ Styles meets Samoa Joe in the Super X Cup final, and a bunch of other cool stuff happens!
It’s the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning, or something, as Planet Jarrett collides with Rhino & Team 3D! Plus: the first-ever 8-man Elimination X, AJ Styles defends the X Division Title, and someone who is actually relevant jumps from WWE to TNA!!
Setting up a regular schedule to post my Chronicles on the blog here… I will continue the TNA reviews on “TNA Tuesdays,” and other assorted retro recaps on Throwback Thursdays. Catchy title, no? Let’s begin with the WWE 24/7 presentation of the 1989 Coliseum Home Video release dedicated to Demolition, my favourite tag team of all time.
TNA’s first-ever primetime Impact! The Ultimate X rematch from Bound For Glory, a killer X Division six-man showcase, and Jeff Jarrett crushing everyone’s hopes and dreams!
Thanks for the feedback on the Unbreakable review, and thanks to Scott for plugging it in the Wednesday Wackness sticky post. Now we move on to the first PPV of TNA’s SpikeTV era, featuring the Ultimate X match, Monster’s Ball 2, and a 10-man Gauntlet to determine the challenger for Jeff “Yes, He’s Champion Again” Jarrett’s NWA World Title!
With all the negativity surrounding what is or was or used to be TNA, let’s take a look back at what I consider to be the “Golden Era” of the company. You can argue that TNA never enjoyed such a period, but I would say that they were far more entertaining than WWE from the summer of 2005 until the arrival of Vince Russo in 2007. That journey begins with Unbreakable, featuring Christopher Daniels defending the X Division Title against AJ Styles and Samoa Joe in an all-time classic!
Come along with me, the Chrononaut, as I travel back 15(!) years to the 2002 Halloween edition of SmackDown, featuring a beast, a murderer, an Olympic gold medalist, and more Halloween spirit than you can possibly handle. Plus, John Cena finally finds a gimmick and NEVER LETS IT GO.
Hey guys, I’m the Chrononaut, a traveler of time and space, reviewing wrestling shows from different eras of the past. Thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to share my retro reviews with all of you. Let’s begin with a Halloween-tinged trip back to WWE 24/7 and the October 2006 offering of Shorties, entitled WrestleVania!