The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout! (02.06.90)

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions X:  Texas Shootout! (02.06.90)

Well, we have made it through the complete redo of 1989 NWA, and now we might as well start on 1990.  And hey, it’s been 20 years since I watched this one.

Live from Corpus Christi, TX, drawing 3000 and a 4.5 rating.

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Road Wild Main Event

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Urgh, Road Wild

I have never really enjoyed this event, even though the visual of them setting up a ring in the middle of a biker rally always looked cool. The atmosphere on the shows was inconsistent to say the least and some of the work was below standard as the wrestlers just wanted to get in and get out without drunken bikers throwing rocks at them.

I’m not overly optimistic at the thought of watching these, but who knows, maybe some of them will have gotten better with age?

Let’s tentatively watch some chuffing wrestling

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The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions V – St. Valentine’s Massacre (04.15.89)

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions V – St. Valentine’s Massacre (02.15.89)

I figured I might as well go back and finish the last 89 Clash that I hadn’t done in a while.  My original version of this one was somewhat haphazard because it’s the infamous rant where my apartment burned down in the middle of writing it and I had to pick it up again weeks later.  I’ll skip the story this time around, but suffice it to say, Frankenstein had it right:  FIRE BAD.  Also I lost a whole lot of CDs that took me years to replace, which was a real pain in the ass.  Of course now I’m like “LOL WHAT’S A CD?” and just stream everything off Spotify while my collection gathers dust in the basement.

Anyway, this show is a legendary stinker but I never liked the original rant so let’s give it another look.  It’s shortly before the first Flair-Steamboat match in Chicago.

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The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions IX – New York Knockout (11.15.89)

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions IX – New York Knockout! (11.15.89)

OK, finishing up the 89 Clash series with one of the greatest Clash shows they did!  Honestly a lot of the stuff here should have been Starrcade 89.  Anyway, I literally only remember like two matches from this one, so it’s another one where it’s all new to me.

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The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions VII – Guts & Glory! (06.14.89)

The SmarK Rant for Clash of the Champions VII – Guts and Glory!  (06.14.89)

Let’s face it, I’m home on vacation, and since I’m building to the redo of Starrcade 89, we might as well finish going down the rabbit hole of 89 WCW and do the 3 big Clashes that I haven’t done since 2000.

Live from Ft. Bragg, NC, which was apparently a stifling hot arena with no AC.  The arena is small but it’s a hot crowd (literally) and a unique look at least.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Beach Blast and Bash at the Beach Main Event

(This one has been pending for nearly a week, which was before everything kicked off on the UK wrestling scene. Obviously I stand with the victims, some of whom I actually know personally, and remain horrified by every new story that comes out)

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We’ve got Summer Slam on the horizon and that one is probably going to take over a month to get covered, so I’m doing a bumper edition review for all of the Beach Blast and Bash at the Beach shows.

Bash at the Beach is notable for the frankly ridiculous amount of tag matches that it has in Main Event slots. Indeed, all but three of the Main Events here are tag bouts. I’d like to say that this would be a good review for fans of tag wrestling as a result, but when you see some of these tag team combinations you might choose to disagree.

For the first two years of its existence this event was called Beach Blast, which is a name I prefer actually, but they went with a new name in 1994 and it stuck for the rest of company’s lifetime.

Let’s all grab our inflatables and suntan lotion as we head to the sand and sea for some wrestling action!

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Great American Bash Main Event Part Two (1995 to 2000)

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Let’s close out Great American Bash. Sadly I don’t expect the overall match quality to be as good in this one as it was in Part One, mainly because we’re now moving into the Bischoff Era, where WCW’s trademark essentially became hot under cards with Main Events that couldn’t live up to what came before them.

The Bash actually took a break from 1992 to 1995, so there are no 93 and 94 Bash events. I’m not sure why they decided to get rid of it, especially as it had traditionally been such a big event for the company prior to it getting side-lined.

Anyway, less chatter, more chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Great American Bash Main Event Part One (1988 to 1992)

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Time for some more Main Event reviews, as we look at WCW’s Great American Bash Event. For simplicities sake, I’m just going to count the official pay per view events, as otherwise we’d be here for a long time due to The Bash being a big tour prior to it becoming an official pay per view. I’m also not going to cover WWE’s version of the event, because I never really enjoyed those ones and I’m not really that eager to relive them.

Anyway, there’s chuffing wrestling, so we should watch it!

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Slamboree Main Event

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More Main Events this week, as we look at one of WCW’s B shows in the form of Slamboree. Slamboree was never really an event treated with much gravitas by WCW and the show didn’t have a particular personality to it outside of its first three years. During those first three events WCW would use the show as an opportunity to induct people into its Hall of Fame and also have the odd legends bout here and there. The shows always felt a tad more laid back than other events in the WCW calendar, but the HOF and legends matches at least gave them something unique to hang their hat on. Once those legends matches were gone, Slamboree quickly became “just a show”, and it was often an event you could choose to miss during the hot period of 96 to 98.

Still, from my memory at least a couple of these matches are good, so that’s something to look forward to at least!

That’s enough chatter from me though. Let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews Every WCW Spring Stampede Main Event

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Thanks to all who read my ambitious attempt to review Every WrestleMania Main Event. Seeing as crowdless shows just can’t entice me, I’ve decided to go back to the retro well to find some stuff to review. I’ll still keep my reviews of ECW Hardcore TV from 2000 ticking away, but I’ll also try to keep up these Main Event reviews every weekend as well.

Today we’re looking at the event that was traditionally WCW’s April offering (If you ignore the two years when they didn’t have it for whatever reason) in the form of Spring Stampede. I decided to pick this one as there are only five Spring Stampede Main Events, so I can easily stick them all in to one article. I’ll probably attempt this with Backlash at some stage as well, though I’ll need to break that one up into smaller bitesize chunks as there’s been quite a few more Backlash events than there has been Spring Stampede one’s.

Anyway, I hope you’re all keeping safe and this provides a bit of a distraction from the pandemic.

Right, that’s enough chatter, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 30, 1995 (Last Column of the Series)

There were no new bouts on WCW Prime, so we head to WCW Pro with Chris Cruise, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko doing commentary.  They announce that Ric Flair is the new world champion.

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What the World Was Watching: Starrcade ’95

Note the typo on the video cassette box, which says “1996” instead of “1995.”  I guess this goes in the “because WCW” category?

Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are live from Nashville, Tennessee.  Heenan appears to have put aside his complaints about working with Dusty, which drove him from WCW Saturday Night earlier in the year.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 25, 1995

If you have not already, do not forget to vote for the Doomies.

Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are in the booth for this Christmas edition of Monday Nitro and they are taped from Augusta, Georgia.  This is also the go-home show for Starrcade, which takes place in two days.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – December 24, 1995

If you have not already, do not forget to vote for the Doomies.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for the last Main Event episode of 1995 to feature new matches.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 23, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on November 29 and 30.

Schiavone announces that Hulk Hogan has been suspended from WCW because of his actions on Monday Nitro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 23, 1995

WCW Prime for December 18 featured a couple of original bouts, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.  They are sporting Santa hats for the show.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Monday Nitro – December 18, 1995

Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Augusta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,100 fans attended the show, with 3,000 paying to do so.

Madusa interrupts the announce crew, holding the WWF Women’s Championship.  She says she will always be Madusa and she dumps the WWF Women’s title in the trash can.  The promo was terrible, but this was a HUGE shock at the time since Madusa had just competed at Survivor Series weeks earlier and plans called her for to face Aja Kong at the Royal Rumble.  This incident had long-term ramifications too as Vince McMahon feared Bret Hart would do the same to the WWF title if he retained at the 1997 Survivor Series, thereby leading to the Montreal Screwjob.  Also, the WWF would not restart its women’s division until 1998.  WCW would attempt to create its own women’s division with Madusa as a centerpiece, but it never worked out.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – December 16, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling tonight’s action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on November 29.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – December 16, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 16, 1995

Note:  Sorry about missing Friday’s column.  I was down with the flu near the end of last week and am on the mend.  I will be posting information about the Doomie’s at the end of this week.

WCW Prime on December 11 featured a new bout, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes calling the action.

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