What the World Was Watching: The Wrestling Summit (Special Column)

As noted in prior columns, this show was a joint effort by the WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling, and All Japan Pro Wrestling.  The WWF was looking to expand its global presence while New Japan and All Japan felt threatened by Akira Maeda’s shoot-like Universal Wrestling Federation, which drew a 50,000 person crowd to the Tokyo Dome for a big show in November 1989.  To counter them, New Japan and All Japan worked together on a supershow at the Tokyo Dome on February 10.  Then, they built on that effort by partnering with the WWF for another big card in Tokyo on April 13 that was named The Wrestling Summit.  According tothehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a crowd of 53,742.

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What the World Was Watching: Starrcade ’95

Note the typo on the video cassette box, which says “1996” instead of “1995.”  I guess this goes in the “because WCW” category?

Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes are doing commentary and they are live from Nashville, Tennessee.  Heenan appears to have put aside his complaints about working with Dusty, which drove him from WCW Saturday Night earlier in the year.

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

Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these shows were taped on November 16 and 29 at Center Stage.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 9, 1995

WCW Prime for December 4 featured a few new matches that will be recapped before WCW Pro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – December 3, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for today’s show.

Okerlund talks about a “dark cloud” that lingers over Randy Savage’s world title win at World War 3.  Since the company is not building to a Savage-Hulk Hogan match, continually casting Savage’s title win in this fashion is not doing him any favors.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – December 2, 1995

Note:  I hope that everyone on the Blog is having a great Christmas holiday today.  I have also started a website to archive some of my work here.  I will be gradually uploading my 1995 WCW reviews there and all of my reviews for the WWF have been posted and indexed.  Check it out at www.wrestlewatch.com.  Also, look for information on this year’s Doomies near the end of next week.

WCW Prime for November 27 featured the debut of the Super Assassins in a match that tasked Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes with commentating duties.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – November 11, 1995

WCW Prime for November 6 featured a new match, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – November 5, 1995

With no pay-per-view afterward, Main Event is back as a studio show with Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – October 22, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s telecast.  Okerlund does his best to describe how the monster truck battle between Hulk Hogan and the Giant will play out at Halloween Havoc.

As part of the Halloween Havoc Control Center WCW Champion Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart do a taped promo where they promise to do whatever it takes to defeat the Giant at Halloween Havoc.

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