Mr. Perfect vs. Doink the Clown (and Other Dream Matches!)

King of the Ring (1993) - Wikipedia

WWF KING OF THE RING QUALIFYING MATCHES (1993):
* So for this week’s “Dream Matches” column, I decided randomly to take a look at the build up to 1993’s inaugural King of the Ring. As a 12-year old fan, I was way into the idea of this big tournament, and even now the set-up seems great- you have an 8-man tournament in one night on PPV, and in the weeks leading up to the show, you stick your stars up against JTTS guys in “Qualifying Matches” that are mostly foregone conclusions, except a couple of them have a legit question mark. It lets your “Featured Matches” actually count for something, and gives your name guys a big win on TV- and if you were watching back then, you know you only saw “Star vs. Star” matches once per week if you were lucky. I’ll see what I can find on YouTube for these (turns out it’s everything but Shawn/Crush, which ended in a Double Count-Out, which disqualified BOTH for some reason, so we had a different Qualifying Match instead).

The issue with KOTRs, of course, is that with 16 guys, 15 have to do the job. And when times are tough, Vince is squirrelly about letting guys drop legit falls. The real purpose of the first King of the Ring, of course, was to return some credibility to former champion Bret Hart, and set off his new feud with Jerry Lawler.

RAZOR RAMON vs. “EL MATADOR” TITO SANTANA:
* So Razor had debuted the previous year and been given arguably his biggest solo push ever, teaming with Ric Flair in the main program at Survivor Series and then facing Bret Hart for the WWF Title at the Royal Rumble. After his loss there, he was cycled into the upper-midcard, beating Bob Backlund at WMIX. Here, we’re a little bit away from the face turn that would forever change his career. Santana, meanwhile, has fallen all the way down the card and is only rarely featured on TV anymore- he’s been a JTTS for years by this point, and was looking pretty flabby compared to the ’80s. Both guys are in black, here- I don’t recall Tito in that look.

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Shawn Michaels vs. Kamala (and more Dream Matches!)

Remembering Kamala: 16 Greatest Matches

Welcome back to another Dream Matches column! This week we have another “Wait, that happened?” bout from the mid’90s, as Shawn Michaels in the midst of his IC Title (and Diesel’s early run as a denim-clad bodyguard) push takes on Kamala! Next, it’s from that forgotten era of the Quebecers in the WWF as Pierre is used as a jobber for the intense loner rookie Edge! Then it’s the battle of WCW’s “Rick Fuller Division” with the actual Rick Fuller taking on mighty Roadblock! I mean, SOMEONE has to lose! And we end with a WCW Lucha spotfest, as Juventud Guerrera & the deceptively-stocky Silver King take on Kaz Hayashi & Blitzkrieg!

As always, these are taken from YouTube, so you can watch them regardless of whether or not you have the Network.

WWF INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE:
SHAWN MICHAELS (w/ Diesel) vs. KAMALA:
(WWF RAW, June 28th 1993)
* This one was mentioned by fellow poster Moskow, and you just GOTTA review a trainwreck-looking match like this! Shawn is all in black and has his bodyguard Diesel, but Big Sexy is in all denim, looking like the most 1990s guy ever. One version online is SUPER-clipped, so watch the “two parts” version.

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Yokozuna vs. Kamala (and other Dream Matches!)

Kamala, The Ugandan Giant: 6 Things To Know About The Late Professional Wrestler - CINEMABLEND

As a lover of “Big Fat Guys Running Into Each Other” spots, this screencap makes me so, SO happy.

Time for more Dream Matches! And if you’re a Kamala fan, boy have I got the column for you! Watch a newly-babyface Kamala trotted out as a sacrifice for a bigger, fatter Yokozuna! And then him teaming up with the mostly-forgotten “Kimala II” in All Japan of all places, teaming with Abdullah the Butcher to take on Stan Hansen, Joel Deaton & Mike Golden! Plus Bad News Brown vs. Koko B. Ware!

And also, a very special random match from RINGS of all places, as the Japanese fake-shoot fed gives us two of their top stars- Volk Han & Dick Vrij in one of those weirdly inexplicably-scored matches (but don’t worry- the counts are only there to lead to the come from behind finishes!).

YOKOZUNA (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. KAMALA:

(WWF RAW, May 1993)
* Hell yes- someone recommended this to me, and it’s perfect. Another FAT MAN STAND-OFF, as Yokozuna takes on the newly-babyface Kamala, with no Slick at ringside, so you know his ass is being jobbed out. Heenan writes off Kamala’s chances because Yoko has never been slammed, while Savage votes for “the definite underdog” on account of Razor Ramon’s recent loss to the 1-2-3 Kid meaning everything’s up for grabs. Yoko is about ready to fight Hogan for the WWF Title at King of the Ring, so that pretty well tells you the finish right away.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA 10-01-1985

Taped from St. Paul, MN

Airdate: October 1, 1985 (taped 09/08)

Attendance: 4,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Doug McLeod, Rod Trongard, & Verne Gagne

Coming off the tremendous Super Clash ’85, could the AWA follow it up with a great ESPN show? Martel has a title match against…Kamala? Be afraid. Let’s cautiously make our way in…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-18-1985

Taped from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 18, 1985 (taped 05/05)

Attendance: 26,153

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Who will win the vacant American tag titles? Who wins the 12-man match? Who wins the car? How does Mike fare against the “Crippler”? And who will join me for the second half of this doubleheader?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-11-1985

Taped from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 11, 1985 (taped 05/05)

Attendance: 26,153

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

How will Kerry fare against Gang? Will Fritz get involved? What will occur during a 12-man match? And who will join me for the first half of this doubleheader?

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Bret Hart & The Ultimate Warrior vs. Kamala & Papa Shango (and other Dream Matches!)

UNRELEASED Tag Match, Ultimate Warrior & Bret Hitman Hart Vs Papa Shango & Kamala 13th Oct 1992 - YouTube

Ugh, it’s SINGLET Warrior- that’s always death.

It’s time for more Dream Matches! Including the weirdest “final bout of the House Show” tag match ever! The ultimate battle of WCW Saturday Night: Hole In One versus LIGHTNING FOOT! An odd and very rare Heel vs. Heel Tag Title match on RAW! And a very interesting match featuring 1992 Sean Waltman & Jerry Lynn in a bout featuring a ton of Luchadors!

As always, WWE-owned clips are non-kosher to post here, but they’re all on YouTube.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR & BRET “HITMAN” HART vs. PAPA SHANGO & KAMALA (w/ Dr. Harvey Whippleman & Kim Chee):
(WWF Unreleased, Oct. 13th, 1992)
* Oh man, this is weird. Ultimate Warrior (in his “Brick Wall Singlet” era, no less!), just about done with the company, is teaming with the single WWF wrestler least like him against a guy they both have an issue with- Papa Shango possibly “cursed” the Hitman and he lost the IC Title, while he made the Warrior bleed black and puke his guts out on TV in one of the most bizarre, amazing, fantastic angles of 1992… before everyone was kind of just done with that gimmick. And Kamala’s teaming with him because he needs an extra guy, I guess (I mean, voodoo has its roots in African religions, but I doubt the booking team knew that). They’re clearly going with an “Undertaker” vibe with Shango, doing close-ups of “disturbed”, frightened children, but it’s just not taking- the gimmick’s too out there. Who would have guessed that the secret to Charles Wright was to make this 6’6″, 300-lb. tattooed guy a smiling babyface instead?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-26-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: May 26, 1984 (taped 05/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Will Flair prove that Kerry’s a flash-in-the-pan? Or will our hero establish himself with a non-title victory over the former champion? Can the Freebirds survive an onslaught by Devastation, Inc.? All this and much more in this action-packed episode. Aren’t you excited, Lewis?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-28-1984

Taped from Denton, TX

Airdate: April 28, 1984 (taped 04/15)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adams retain the American title against Garvin? Will Kamala feast upon Parsons? How will the Von Erichs fare against the Freebirds in a tag match? And who will join me for this next-level edition of WCCW?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-31-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 31, 1984 (taped 03/16)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can the Freebirds demolish Kamala and Link? Will Garvin turn Mike into human excrement? Who will join me for this gripping episode?

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

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 02-25-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: February 25, 1984 (taped 02/17)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adams defeat Roberts? Will Parsons figure out a way to beat Link? Leilani Kai faces a tough challenge from Penny Mitchell, but will she win? And who will join me this week for another great episode?

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 30, 1995

WCW Prime for September 25 featured a few new bouts, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-21-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 21, 1984 (taped 01/06)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

How will Andre make a difference for Parsons against Devastation, Inc.? Can Kevin topple Garvin, and will Adams be a factor? Who also makes an impolite debut? And what dynamic duo will assist me with hosting this episode?

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

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast.  They focus their attention on the Giant using a monster truck to destroy WCW Champion Hulk Hogan’s Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Okerlund and Heenan recap the Cobra-Sergeant Craig Pittman feud and how they love sneaking up on each other.

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What the World Was Watching: Fall Brawl 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Asheville, North Carolina.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-31-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 31, 1983 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 19,675

Hosted by Bill Mercer

It’s week one of the Christmas Star Wars show from Reunion Arena. Can Kerry slam Kamala (again) and collect $10,000? Will Parsons gain revenge while teaming with Adias against the Super Destroyers? And who will join me for the year-end episode of 1983?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-24-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 24, 1983 (taped 12/09)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adams and Mantell get the better of Gordy and Garvin? Will Kevin get involved? Ernie Ladd pays WCCW a visit with a date against Kamala? Who will prevail? Who will join me to bring you this holiday episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-10-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 10, 1983 (taped 11/24)

Attendance: 18,500

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adams achieve glory by defeating Garvin for the American title? Will David succeed against the Ugandan giant? How will Kevin fare against Gordy? Plus, a BONUS MATCH! With all this, who will join me to bring you this historic episode?

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 9, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are concluding the August 9 tapings at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia.

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