Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers – NWA Bunkhouse Stampede (24th January 1988)

Good Day One And All!

Back with another Stinker Review this week, where I look at a show that has a reputation for being rubbish and decide whether it deserves its rap sheet or not.

This time out it’s another reader request, with Bunkhouse Stampede fighting its way out of the Stinker Hat courtesy of WChilders 49. I have watched this show before but it was quite a while ago, and I only really remember one of the matches being any good.

This is one of them there concept shows, with the idea being that guys have qualified for the Main Event by winning Battle Royals on House Show events, leading to them all going at it in a big Battle Royal bout to close the show. The extra gimmick though is that the Battle Royal itself is going to be held inside a cage, meaning you have to chuck your opponents out of the cage until you are the sole survivor.

This show is mostly remembered for being the catalyst for the first ever Royal Rumble event, as Vince McMahon threw that on TV in order to mess with the NWA and the concept got so over that it remains to this day. Would the Bunkhouse Stampede Cage Match™ enjoy the same enduring popularity? I guess you’ll have to read on to find out…

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Mike Reviews Shows Considered To Be Stinkers – WCW Road Wild 1998 (8th August 1998)

Howdy-Ho Neighbourinos!

Back with another Stinker review, as I tackle Road Wild 98!

For those not au fait, Stinker Reviews are where I take a look at a show that has a bad reputation and see if it deserves that reputation or not. September will be another reader review, so get your suggestions in either in the comments or to [email protected] I’ll draw a “lucky” winner out of the Stinker Hat and that’ll be September’s review.

There is an actual hat as well…

See! I don’t exaggerate about these things!!

Anyway, Road Wild was usually a pretty rubbish event each year as WCW held the show in a field in Sturgis in front of a bunch of bikers who didn’t like wrestling. Amazing how that usually led to bad shows eh? The 98 version of the show featured talk show host Jay Leno wrestling Holllywood Hogan (Couldn’t they have at least sprung for Steve Wilkos? I could at least buy that he’d have a chance in a fight).

There’s not much on the under card to get excited about either, but who knows, maybe this show might have aged well?

Well…it COULD happen!

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.13.93

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.13.93

Oh man, Gamestop sent me a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY COUPON for 20% off a used game!  If I buy another used game.  Don’t be jealous of how special I am.  I’m gonna run right out and take advantage of that awesome deal, don’t you worry.  I don’t even know how they stay in business when they’re practically giving away money like that!

Taped from Atlanta, GA, as we begin the post-Watts era for the company.

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Larry Zbyszko

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.06.93

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 02.06.93

So this is a special request from a Patreon subscriber, and if you too would like the ability to influence my ranting decisions by requesting something, head on over to the PATREON OF DOOM at www.patreon.com/blogofdoom and see if it’s something that interests you.  I actually posted the Summerslam 91 redo a few days early for Patrons, and you get instant access to the Rant Archives as a part of the Montreal Tier.

To be honest I might just carry on from here anyway because 92 is a slog under Bill Watts and this way we get to the Bischoff era right away.  In fact this is the last show under Bill Watts, as he resigns from the company on 02/10 and Bischoff replaces him.

Taped from Atlanta, GA

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Larry Zbyszko

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Mike Reviews – WCW Monday Nitro (4th August 1997)

Greetings Friends!

Another Nitro review today, as we cover one of Lex Luger’s greatest moments.

WCW was riding high during the summer of 1997, with the New World Order storyline continuing to be a hot hand for them, with a big Hollywood Hogan Vs Sting match still on the horizon for when they decided to pull the trigger on it.

It wasn’t just Sting gunning for Hogan though, as Lex Luger had been looking for a Title shot with The Woodster for most of the summer and he was due to finally get it on a 3 hour special of Nitro (Nitro hadn’t made the permanent move to 3 hours yet).

Interestingly this show was due to take place at The Palace of Auburn Hills, which was the site of one of Luger’s most infamous “chokes”, where he had failed to win the WWF Title from Yokozuna but still celebrated like he had, thus looking like a chump in the process.

Would he be able to shed the “choker” label for one night? Let’s watch on and find out!

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Repost: The SmarK Rant for Clash of Champions XV – KNOCKSVILLE USA

The SmarK Rant for WCW Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA!

(By request, in honor of Bobby Eaton.  RIP.)  

Oh, you can tell Dusty is booking again from those quality show titles.

The original rant was sometime in early 1998 for this one, so much like Superbrawl it’s time to revisit now that we’re at that point in the Flashbacks.  I also did a re-rant in 2006 but I was in a really bad mood at the time or something, so let’s hit this one a THIRD time.

Live from Knoxville, TN

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 07.25.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW Saturday Night – 07.25.92

I know I’ve been posting these on Saturdays but what can I say, I’m like a moth to a flame with this show.  I like me some classic WCW.  Also, July 18 is missing for some reason.  There was definitely a show that week so I guess it’s just the usual WWE Network wackiness.  It even had a cool angle where Steve Austin was supposed to defend against Ricky Steamboat, but Steamboat was injured and Larry Zbyszko took his place.  So Austin beats Larry and he’s like “Well, that was Steamboat’s title shot wasted, so now he can’t challenge for it anymore!”

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 05.27.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 05.27.96

LIVE from somewhere.  Kind of funny that the show which changed wrestling forever wasn’t important enough to warrant a mention of the city.

Hour #1!  Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Larry Z.  They’re at ringside, which immediately gives the show a different look and feel.  Tony is LEAGUES above Bischoff as an announcer at this point, and immediately the show feels more important and sportlike.

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Mike Reviews – WCW Monday Nitro (6th of July 1998)

Hey Yo!

I decided to review this episode of because we’re a few days away from it being 23 years since Goldberg won the WCW Title (Spoiler) so why not go back and watch the entire show? This was a big night for WCW in the ratings, as hot shotting a Hogan Vs Goldberg match for the Title ended up ensuring Nitro won the ratings battle for the night quite easily. Of course, they’d also given away a sure fire money match that might have potentially destroyed their previous biggest buy rate, but if they’d held it off till a pay per view then Eric Bischoff couldn’t proudly declare that he won a single night of the ratings war, and that just wouldn’t do would it?

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The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 05.06.96

The SmarK Rant for WCW Monday Nitro – 05.06.96

I decided to use my WWE Network “Thank You” credit of $25 to pick up the Best of Sting on Blu-Ray.  No idea what’s on it. But I enjoy the work of Sting and wish him to get royalties, and it was free, so there you go. (Still haven’t watched it yet 6 years later!  And man, remember when they actually tried to get people to subscribe to the Network and cared about it?) 

Live from Daytona Beach, FL

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan & Mongo

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Mike Reviews – “The Summer of 96” – Part Two – WCW Bash at the Beach 1996

Hello You

The Summer of 96 reviews continue, as we look at WCW’s most memorable effort of that Summer in the form of Bash at the Beach 1996. If I were Scott I’d now make a joke that the show was so memorable because it had Joe Gomez on it, but sadly Scott has beaten me to that veritable goldmine so I’ll have to just persevere with posting obscure references to British comedy shows.

Anyway, the real reason this show is so well known is because it featured a gigantic SWERVE in the Main Event that helped turn WCW around from being in a distant second place to the WWF all the way to being the top dog in American Wrestling.

Kevin Nash and Scott Hall decided to leave the WWF and take up Eric Bischoff’s offer of some cushy WCW deals. Rather than just bring them in like they were new guys though, Bischoff instead decided that no one would buy that because Nash and Hall had been such prominent members of the WWF’s upper-card for the past couple of years.

Thus, rather than ignoring all of that WWF backstory, WCW decided to just acknowledge that these two guys were big stars in the WWF and now they’d come to WCW to try and have their run of the place. This allowed WCW to present Nash and Hall almost as an invading force, which combined with the fact they started kicking some monumental arse got them instantly over as a dangerous Heel threat.

Bash at the Beach was to be their first official in-ring match in WCW since returning, and they had an ace up their sleeve in the form of a mystery third man that they promised they would reveal at the show itself. As a result of the (frankly excellent) storytelling going on each week on Nitro, WCW had a lot of interest going into The Bash. The question was, would they deliver a mystery third man worth talking about?

Let’s watch on and find out!

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