What the World Was Watching: WWF Wrestling Challenge – June 24, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan call the action, which originates from Rochester, New York.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on June 5 and drew a crowd of 8,000 fans.

The Bushwhackers squash match from Prime Time Wrestling is today’s opener.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-20-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 20, 1985 (taped 07/12)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin defeat Adams and blow the roof off the Sportatorium? Will Kerry beat the odds by defeating Gang in a Chicago death match? What does Hart have in store for us this week? Let’s get ‘er started!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-13-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 13, 1985 (taped 06/28)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the battle of the thrust kick versus the superkick? Can the Von Erichs defeat the Dynamic Duo to capture the American titles? What does Hart have up his sleeve? Let’s rock!

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Macho Man Squashing Steve Austin (and other Dream Matches!)

Jimmy Del Ray (Graffiti) last TV match: vs Dean Malenko, WCW Monday Nitro  09.12.1996 - video Dailymotion

The legendary Jimmy Graffiti, the finest gimmick of “Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray.

This week in the “Dream Matches”, here’s the most disappointing match between two all-time great workers possible! Plus Shawn Michaels trying to crawl up the WWF card in 1992 against the Texas Tornado! One of those matches only WCW could have, featuring Jimmy Del Ray as a rebellious young street tagger and Prince Nakamaki in a cheap Tiger Mask outfit! Oh, and New Japan legendary asshole Shinjiro Otani fights Jerry Lynn in his Luchadore/Power Rangers ripoff gear!

“MACHO MAN” RANDY SAVAGE vs. “STUNNING” STEVE AUSTIN (w/ Col. Robert Parker):
(WCW Saturday Night, 27.05.1995)
* Yes, an ultra-rare meeting between two of the greatest stars in the history of the business… passing like two ships in the night because Austin’s about to get dumped. “Stunning Steve” has a terrible receding hairline, wispy blond hair, black trunks & leather jacket, and no goatee, while Savage is in full Mega Powers colors, but with Slim Jim décor on his cowboy outfit. The winner of the match will face the winner of Ric Flair & Alex Wright. And before you get too excited and search this out, the YouTube video is only 7 minutes long and half of it’s pre-match bullshit.

Austin pokes the bear with a slap to start, and eats a back elbow and gets choked over the ropes for it. Austin goes to the eyes and brawls, but misses a flying splash (?!?) and Savage rams him into the Slim Jim post coverings (those don’t look painful at all) and the guardrail, then finishes with the Flying Elbow in the ring at (2:19). Haha, jesus christ.

Rating: * (TWO MINUTES. That’s all it got. Nice moves, as Austin was very smooth back in the day, but TWO MINUTES)

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA Super Clash ’85

Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: September 28, 1985

Attendance: 20,347

Hosted by Larry Nelson

Can Magnum defeat Flair for the NWA World title? Will Martel retain the AWA World title against Hansen? How will the Road Warriors fare in their hometown? Does Slaughter stand up for America against Zhukov? Let’s sink our teeth into this delicious supershow!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-29-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 29, 1985 (taped 06/14)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry and Kabuki beat the undefeated Dynamic Duo? What’s Parsons’ side of the story about Mike? And who will join me for this never-say-die episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-15-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 15, 1985 (taped 05/31)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry defeat Gang in a return match? Will Cornette succeed in retrieving his green jacket? And who will join me for this playful episode?

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Battle Kat, Phantasio & Friar Ferguson (Dream Matches & One-Offs!)

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I have literally no memory of this guy ever being a thing. I wasn’t watching regularly enough.

Welcome back to more “Dream Matches”! This time with more weird, forgotten one-off characters who actually made TV in the Big Two! Short-lived weirdos like Battle Kat! Phantasio, the wrestling magician who had one WWF appearance and then vanished! Plus a match with Nick Dinsmore, pre-OVW- in WCW against Wrath! The Godwinns fight former stars under embarrassing identities in Who & TL Hopper! And the return of Big Bully Busick as he faces off against Kerry Von Erich!

BATTLE KAT vs. PAUL DIAMOND:
(WWF TV, Nov. 18 1990)
* So Battle Kat’s another “quickly done” gimmick I’ve no familiarity with- the first was Brady Boone, a short roided-up guy who was done very fast- his WWF matches under this gimmick run from September to October before he’s gone- I have no idea why. He largely ended up doing jobs for the rest of his career, so it’s probably a combination of size and lack of charisma- his “gymnastic cat-man” thing didn’t seem to get over anywhere. He died in a car accident in 1998, but was the inspiration to Rob Van Dam with his athleticism. Oh man, but the shiny purple cape and kitty ears… no, dude. Another jobber was given the role- Bob Bradley. I’m not sure which was which in the following two matches. Diamond has a GREAT mullet and is a jobber in silver tights here (we’re a ways away from Kato).

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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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SummerSlam Showdown 1991 (Dragon/Tornado/Bulldog vs. All Three Orient Express)

“You know the Texas Tornado’s the only guy I know who can hide his own Easter eggs?”.
-Bobby Heenan on Kerry Von Erich

WWF SUMMERSLAM SPECTACULAR 1991:
* Did you ever know that the Orient Express once had ALL THREE members fighting in a match at the same time? I sure didn’t! Yet here it is tonight! I’m oddly more excited for that than anything else on here- another prelude to a big PPV, in this case being SummerSlam ’91. Also up: Hulk Hogan vs. Sgt. Slaughter for the WWF Title! Hawk vs. Brian Knobbs! Bret Hart vs. The Barbarian! Virgil versus a mystery man of Ted DiBiase’s choosing!

Vince makes a timely Annette Funnicello reference (who in their target audience would get THAT?) and Bobby Heenan’s in a ridiculous early ’90s “beach bum” get-up. Some douchebag fan has a whistle and they blow that sucker REPEATEDLY at certain points during the show.

WCW vs WWF: The Nasty Boys | WrestleZone Forums

The Nasty Boys: The Rocksteady & Bebop of the wrestling industry.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-27-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 27, 1985 (taped 04/19)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry topple Adams? How will the Midnight Express fare against Adias and Casey? What special announcement does Sunshine have in store for us? And who will join me for this marathon-like episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-06-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 6, 1985 (taped 03/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

If it’s Friday night, it’s time to head to the Sportatorium! While Hercules and Oliver grapple, how will Kerry and Adias fare against Eaton and Kiniski in the main event? And who will join me for this runaway episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-30-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 30, 1985 (taped 03/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who are these guys called the “Dynamic Duo”? And how will the Von Erichs fare against them? Also, a familiar face returns to WCCW to face Oliver. Will he succeed? And who will join me for this dark and confusing episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-09-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 9, 1985 (taped 02/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Kerry survive in the main event against the “Crippler”? Who will be in his corner to counter Cornette? And who will join me for this rather hairy episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-02-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 2, 1985 (taped 02/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

What will happen when Kevin and Kerry battle Adams and Hernandez in a lumberjack match? Who makes his WCCW TV debut tonight? And who will join me for this relatable episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 02-16-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: February 16, 1985 (taped 02/08)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry retain the American title, or will Adams attain gold? What’s the latest on Haynes? And who will join me for this hard-hitting episode?

Uh…whoops, wrong tape. Let’s try again…

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-26-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 26, 1985 (taped 01/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

How will Kerry clash with Adams? Will the Fantastics retain their titles against Cornette’s men? And just who is Hart’s “solution”? Also, who will join me for this investigative episode?

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Rock Star Gary presents WCCW Year in Review: 1984

1983 was such a banner year for WCCW. Some would call it WCCW’s best year due to all the great feuds. Of course, the Von Erich-Freebird feud tops the list but also David Von Erich-Jimmy Garvin, “Iceman” King Parsons-Buddy Roberts, and Chris Adams-Jimmy Garvin deserve mention. Of course, the battle of the valets between Sunshine and Precious cannot be ignored.

What happens in 1984? Can WCCW keep the momentum going as their syndicated show gets more coverage across the country?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-05-1985

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Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 5, 1985 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 20,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry become a 2-time NWA World champion by defeating Flair? Who will survive the elimination match and remain in WCCW? Will Mike and Haynes get squashed by Hernandez and Jake? And who will join me for this eyewitness episode?

Uh, while this episode brings some news, the actual newscast isn’t a special guest.

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