Mike Reviews – SuperBrawl III (21/02/1993)

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It’s another Stinker review next week, so as is usually the case I’ve decided to watch a show I actually like this week because I sometimes deserve nice things too!

WCW was still a distant second to the WWF when this show took place, but they had a few things going for them that might have led to a concerted revival in their fortunes. Firstly, Bill Watts’ reign of terror had finally come to an end after his big mouth had written a racist cheque that Turner wasn’t prepared to cash, so they would be permitted to present a more modern product again. Secondly, Ric Flair was returning to WCW after a stint in the WWF, which would hopefully give the company a much needed shot in the arm. Thirdly, British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith had climbed aboard the WCW ship after being booted out of the WWF for a supposed drug failure, meaning that WCW could grab themselves a stronger foothold in Europe, which had become a lucrative territory for the WWF in recent years.

Of course, the new management brought with them a slew of additional issues and it took Flair stepping up and bailing the company out at Starrcade later that year for WCW to see out 1993 in one piece, which led to them bringing in Hulk Hogan to the company in 1994. However, for their first pay per view effort of 1993, WCW more than delivered.

The Main Event for this show is a strap match between Vader and Sting (Set up by Sting visiting Vader in his White Castle of Fear. No, I’m not kidding) along with The Great Muta flying in to defend the NWA Title against Barry Windham. In addition to that we’ve got The Heavenly Bodies and Rock ‘n’ Roll Express paying WCW a visit from Smokey Mountain Wrestling in one of the last deals that Watts brokered before his run came to an end.

So without further ado, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Mike Reviews: New Japan Pro Wrestling “Wrestling World In Tokyo Dome” – 04/01/1996

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Seeing as we’re just under a week away from Wrestle Kingdom 14, I thought I’d do a recap of one of the earlier New Japan Tokyo Dome spectaculars from 1996, as I happen to own the DVD for it.

I honestly can’t recall when I bought this or even where I got it from, but I think some of the matches from this are on New Japan World if you want to check them out. It looks like a rip of the official Japanese release, so that probably means they’ll dub out a lot of the entrance themes with wacky in house music. Hey, New Japan didn’t become the biggest wrestling company in the world in the mid 90’s by spending loads of dosh you know!

The 1996 event was built around guys from the UWFi group coming in to face New Japan guys, as well as one of the big matches on the countdown to Antonio Inoki’s retirement as he took on Vader. Vader was, I think, a WWF guy at this stage, or at the very least was on his way to the WWF in time for the Royal Rumble, so this was one of those occasions where Vince McMahon decided to be accommodating for whatever reason and let him work the Dome show.

I’ll look to have reviews for both nights of 2020’s Tokyo Dome event, hopefully quite soon after they happen as both shows fall on weekends this year and it’ll be in the morning time over here in the UK, so I should have enough time to watch them baring some kind of issue.

Anyway, less wittering from me, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 4, 1995

Note:  Due to my work schedule picking back up, future reviews of this series will be posted on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:00 EST.

Sting & Randy Savage and the Stud Stable cut dueling promos against each other.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping was done on January 10 and 11 in Atlanta, Georgia and drew 750 fans, none of whom paid to see the show.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 28, 1995

Television Champion Arn Anderson and Randy Savage do dueling promos to hype tonight’s main event.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The announcers recap the end of Clash of the Champions, with the footage not showing Hulk Hogan not selling Big Van Vader’s powerbomb.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 28, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are wrapping up Worldwide tapings that took place on November 1, 1994.

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What the World Was Watching: Clash of the Champions XXX

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Las Vegas, Nevada.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 21, 1995

The Nasty Boys and Dick Slater and Bunkhouse Buck cut dueling promos against each other to kick off the broadcast.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are wrapping up the January 8 tapings in Atlanta, Georgia.  Gene Okerlund lets both of them know that Big Van Vader and Harley Race have purchased ringside seats for Clash of the Champions.  Heenan adds that Ric Flair will also make an appearance at the Clash.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 21, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing the commentary.  These Worldwide tapings were done on November 1, 1994 in Orlando, Florida.  Heenan puts over the attractiveness of Sister Sherri and warns WCW Champion Hulk Hogan to be on the lookout for Big Van Vader.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 21, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are concluding the tapings in Dalton, Georgia.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – January 14, 1995

Sister Sherri provoking Stars & Stripes on last week’s show is replayed.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  The matches on this telecast were taped on December 8 and January 8.  The announcers discuss the Hulk Hogan-Big Van Vader main event that has been signed for SuperBrawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – January 14, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.  Schiavone announces that Hulk Hogan will defend the WCW title against Big Van Vader at SuperBrawl.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 8, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket.

Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and Meng; urges fans to call 1-900-370-3WCW to vote for who they wish to see wrestle in the main event.  The calls cost ninety-nine cents.  The babyface locker room, where Tony Schiavone is, features Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Guardian Angel, and Dustin Rhodes.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – January 7, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are doing commentary and they are taped from Dalton, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 1,400 fans attended the tapings.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XX

NWA Clash of the Champions XX

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate:  September 2, 1992

Attendance: 500

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WCW celebrates twenty years on TBS. Who will make special appearances? Can Steamboat defeat Austin for the TV title? What happens with Brian Pillman? Included is a special BONUS match. What is it? Let’s find out!

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