Andre the Giant & Giant Baba vs. The Land of Giants (and other Dream Matches!)

Andre & Baba versus two 6’7″ guys so bad even Vince didn’t want them. I’m in love. So how bad do you have to be to have neither Vince nor Eric want you when you’re that big? Read on!

Time for more Dream Matches! This time, I’ve found one of those things that opens up the floodgates- wrestlers I’ve never heard of before who send me on a YouTube-fest that bring sup all sorts of weirdo matches! Come see two  6’7″+ guys even VINCE didn’t want as the “Land of Giants” take on Andre the Giant & Giant Baba in 1990!

Also, we have two bouts from the same episode of Prime Time Wrestling, as Jake Roberts takes on Typhoon and Paul Roma goes up against The Dragon! And then a match recommended to me a week ago- Dean Malenko vs. SURFER-era Sting from Nitro! And we’ll cap things off with the WCW Saturday Night debut of one Bill Goldberg, as the “Best of Roadblock” series continues! Can Bill defeat the 6’7″ guy who almost never wins? Who knows?!?

REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE 1990:
ANDRE THE GIANT & GIANT BABA vs. THE LAND OF GIANTS (Butch Masters & Skywalker Nitron):
(All Japan, 25.11.1990)
* Oh my god you GUYS. This is Andre & Giant Baba in their retirement tour as crippled old men, and they’re taking on two gigantic dudes I’ve never heard of! I have to know everything about these guys now. Looks like they’re two never-was acts (Nitron sniffed WCW for a second as “Big Sky” and that’s all the Big Two has for them), both about 6’7″ or so but with physiques like the Young Bucks and knock-off Ultimate Warrior facepaint. Oh wait… Big Sky/Skywalker Nitron was Sabretooth in the first “X-Men” movie! It’s Tyler Mane! And he has a goddamn bleached RAT TAIL haircut! Butch has more fashion with a regular brown mullet. I love this match already.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – April 2, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan are manning the studio.  Monsoon announces that the Ultimate Warrior is the new WWF Champion, and adds that Hulkamania has now achieved immortality.  Heenan challenges the Warrior to put the title on the line against an undetermined member of the Heenan Family.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – March 12, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan run the studio portion of the telecast.  Heenan is wearing a dark green jacket, so Monsoon asks him if that will be his attire for WrestleMania VI.  Heenan responds that he might be preparing for the Masters golf tournament.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Prime Time Wrestling – January 8, 1990

Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan host tonight’s broadcast.  Tonight’s two feature bouts come from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and were taped on December 14.

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What the World Was Watching: WWF Superstars – January 6, 1990

Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura are in the booth and they are taped from the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  This taping took place on December 13, 1989.

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WWF Dream Matches (SummerSlam Fest 1990)

PPV REVIEW - WWF SUMMERSLAM 1990 ~ Retro Pro Wrestling Reviews

WWF SUMMERSLAM FEVER 1990:
(1990)

* These “preview shows” for PPVs are always a great source for little-seen matches. In this one, we’re a week away from SummerSlam, we have our prelude show in Utica, New York (what kind of a place doesn’t know the expression “steamed hams”?), featuring a handful of big name vs. name matches- Earthquake vs. Hacksaw! Smash vs. Neidhart! Mr. Perfect against Ronnie Garvin! And most importantly, THE BOLSHEVIKS EXPLODE!

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Earthquake’s Dream Matches (Boss Man! Paul Roma! Booger!)

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Tenta as Yukon lumberjack “Earthquake Evans” in a 1989 tryout match, with Slick as his manager!

I’ve long felt that John “Earthquake” Tenta is a tragically underrated “Big Man” worker, but, much like Haku, he’s had a bit of a renaissance as former Workrate Snobs like me have learned to appreciate what a hard-working big guy can bring to the table. I was gonna make a more varied list for a column, but I had enough for a full one of JUST Tenta, so here’s a random selection of fun or weird Earthquake matches! Watch him take on such luminaries as Paul Roma (back when he was trying out in a Lumberjack gimmick!), The Big Boss Man (with one hell of a power feat), Tugboat & Bastian Booger!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – April 15, 1995

WCW Prime aired on April 10 with a couple of new bouts.  Those will be recapped before going into the April 15 episode of WCW Pro.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – March 12, 1995

A replay of Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel appearing on WCW Saturday Night and suspending WCW Champion Hulk Hogan from WCW events until Uncensored is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are doing the studio portion of the broadcast.  Today’s feature match comes from the Gainesville, Georgia taping on February 21.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – March 4, 1995

-Here was the feature match from WCW Prime, which aired on February 27.  The New York market actually aired a WrestleMania XI ad during this broadcast:

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What the World Was Watching: SuperBrawl V

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Baltimore, Maryland.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – February 18, 1995

Johnny B. Badd and Arn Anderson do dueling promos, with Badd saying that he is coming to get his Television Championship back on tonight’s show.

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the taping were held on February 8 and attracted 785 fans, none of whom had to pay for their ticket.  WCW Commissioner Nick Bockwinkel comes out and says that he is here to meet with Ric Flair tonight.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Slamboree ’93

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: May 23, 1993

Attendance: 7,008 (3,722 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and the “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

Can Smith derail the freight train that is WCW World champion Vader? How will Arn fare against NWA World champion Windham? Quién son los Dos Hombres? Will they defeat the Hollywood Blondes? Let’s find out!

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – February 18, 1995

-Future reviews of WCW Pro will usually be preceded by a recap of feature matches from WCW Prime, a new WCW television show that began airing on February 6.  It would typically have matches from other WCW shows that were several weeks old – combined with one new feature match called the “Prime Match of the Week” – and the program aired Mondays on the Prime Sports Network.  Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes did commentary.  Here is the feature match that aired on February 13:

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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 Pro – February 4, 1995

Gordon Solie, Dusty Rhodes, and Larry Zbyszko are the commentary team and they are taped from Columbus, Georgia.

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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 Saturday Night – January 7, 1995

Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are tonight’s broadcast team and they are taped from the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.  The tapings were done on December 7, 1994.

Footage of Big Van Vader confronting WCW Champion Hulk Hogan at the end of Starrcade is shown.  The highlight is Vader grabbing Doug Dillinger by the tie and nearly decking him with a right hand.

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WCW Wednesday: Part XXXI – the Flare for the Old Edition!

On June 16, 1993, WCW invaded the Scope in Norfolk, VA for the twenty-third edition of the Clash of Champions. The focus of this show was to create storylines for the upcoming Beach Blast PPV. To the fans in attendance, the highlight of the show was the in-ring return of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

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