Bret vs. Misawa, Savage vs. Tenryu & Hogan vs. Hansen (and other Dream Matches!)

 

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Hogan & Hansen: Main Event in the making!

WWF/AJPW/NJPW WRESTLING SUMMIT:
(Tokyo Dome, April 13th, 1990)

* This is a pretty wild and wacky card, full of the kind of “Dream Matches” you’ll never see again- I’m really shocked it’s not more famous. I mean, it’s a triple-show with All Japan, New Japan, AND the WWF all at once! In the Tokyo Dome! Apparently highlights were aired on Japanese TV, but complexities with the rights led to the full event never being shown in its entirety (which might be why it’s so obscure). The biggest matches are Hulk Hogan vs. Stan Hansen, Macho Man vs. Genichiro Tenryu, and the Ultimate Warrior vs. Ted DiBiase. The WON awards declared this the “Best Major Wrestling Show” of 1990!

“TL;DR” Version: So come see Bret Hart vs. Mitsuharu Misawa in the most disappointing Dream Match of all time! Hogan with his “Japan working boots” (where he’s more “Unstoppable Monster” than the Technically-Gifted Powerhouse I was led to believe he was) on against Stan Hansen in one of his greatest matches ever! Macho King & Queen Sherri doing their schtick against a stoic top-tier Japanese legend in a befuddled Tenryu! Grumpy ol’ Jumbo Tsuruta dealing with hard-working heels in Martel & Perfect!

The show had two dark matches- Dan Kroffat, Doug Furnas & Joe Malenko beat Samson Fuyuki, Tatsumi Kitahara & Toshiaki Kawada in (11:56), and Jushin Liger beat Akira Nogami in (8:37). An extremely shaky fancam of the latter exists- it’s mostly hold-trading. They trade corner moves and Liger hits a surfboard and a rock-the-cradle. They trade flash-pins and Nogami hits a very good plancha and German Suplex for two, but Liger dropkicks him coming off the top and hits a Tope Con Hilo to the floor! He misses a roundhouse kick but gets a powerslam and finishes with a Moonsault Press. Looks **1/2-ish but holy god am I not gonna go move-for-move with such a shaky vid.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-01-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 1, 1985 (taped 05/17)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adias defeat Gino and become Texas champion? What’s going on between Cornette and Casey? And who will join me for this greenish episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 9, 1983 (taped 04/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin win the World title by defeating Flair? Will Kabuki get revenge against Yatsu for injuring him? Will Parsons make it 2-for-2 against the Freebirds with a victory over Hayes? Who will join me to celebrate this show?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-02-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 2, 1983 (taped 03/18)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Kabuki be victorious in his comeback match against Parsons? Can David defeat Roberts and continue the heated struggle between the Freebirds and Von Erichs? Also, who will shine some light with me today?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-18-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 18, 1982 (taped 12/3)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can David earn more gold and get even more revenge against Kabuki? What additional stipulation has been added to the cage match for the World title? Will Checkmate get another victory over McGraw and Madril? Also, who will be my special guest host for tonight’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-27-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: November 27, 1982 (taped 11/19)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

Can David provide some revenge against Kabuki for the bounty hit? Who’s next on the ladder for Kerry to climb back to World title contender? And who makes her triumphant return to help me?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 11-13-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: November 13, 1982 (taped 11/9)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

This reflection is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Pallies, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy. He has a pair of roles in this episode. Let’s see what happens!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-23-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 23, 1982 (taped 10/12)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

How will Hayes fare against Irwin? What’s the scoop on Kerry’s injury? And who’s here to help me tell this story?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-09-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 9, 1982 (taped 9/28)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

Can Irwin regain the Texas title? Who will win between Bundy and Madrid? Why is McGraw involved? Also, guess who decided to show up this week?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-20-82

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 20, 1982 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Al Madril

All the Kerry Von Erich versus Kabuki action you could ever want all in one show! Also, who will make a cameo in this week’s reflection? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-13-82

WCCW 3-13-82

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 13, 1982 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Kevin Von Erich

Why is Flair here and who will confront him? Can Madril and Shaft secure a victory over Bundy and Kabuki? Who’s this week’s special guest?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Parade of Champions ’86

Live from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 4, 1986

Attendance:  24,121

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Back on February 18, to separate themselves from the National Wrestling Alliance (and Jim Crockett Promotions in particular), World Class defected from the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA). Additionally, they differentiated by waiving the disqualification and countout results to keep a title.

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