Mike Reviews IWA Japan 2nd Year Final Battle

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I was originally going to have a bash at reviewing the 1995 King of the Deathmatch this week, but I’ve seen that one quite a few times whilst I’ve never seen this show, so I decided to go with something new. If you fancy watching along, you can do so by clicking HERE.

For those not au fait, IWA Japan was a Japanese Deathmatch promotion that was founded by Víctor Quiñones and ran by Tatsukuni Asano. Essentially it was created to replace the recently defunct W*ING promotion. They spent the 90’s being one of the main rivals to FMW, the premier Japanese Deathmatch company of the time, and brought in the likes of Terry Funk, Cactus Jack, Tarzan Goto and Tiger Jeet Singh to juice up the roster.

The “Kawasaki Dream” show from the summer of 1995 featured an 8 man Deathmatch Tournament, eventually won by Cactus Jack, and had given the company some considerable attention both at home and internationally, with this tape being the follow up.

The tape features a selection matches from two shows that were held at the end of 1995 , one in October and the other in December. The December show is based around crowing new NWA Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, with Terry Funk taking part as well as Cactus, Terry Gordy and The Headhunters.

It’s not like I’m a gigantic fan of Japanese Deathmatch Wrestling, but it’s nice to have a change of pace now and then from the usual brand of Puroresu, and I’m a big Mick Foley fan so it’s always interesting to go back and watch stuff from the mid-90’s where he was still working the indies and pretty much destroying himself almost purely for the love of the sport.

So without further ado, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 26, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call the action from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: The Super Bowl of Wrestling (1995)

This show took place on Friday, August 4, 1995 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, the show drew a crowd of 5,000, with 4,600 fans paying, thereby creating a gate of $37,500.  That made this the best-attended card in the history of the promotion.  The show is provided courtesy of a fan cam.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 29, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action from the Jellico High School tapings.  Kessler has been trying to channel Vince McMahon to kick off each program by screaming “Neexxtt” but he just ends up sounding like he is grunting on the toilet.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 22, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call the action, which is still from the Jellico High School tapings.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 29, 1995

(Based on comments, it seems like the Blog is favoring SMW in its feud with the USWA.  SMW’s TV is missing most of this inter-promotional feud because of its taping schedule, sadly)

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Tracy Smothers, who runs down the USWA.  He repeats a lot of the same talking points that he used last week.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 1, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher call today’s action, which is still taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – June 24, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are handling the broadcasting duties and they are taped from Sevierville, Tennessee.

Thatcher interviews Commissioner Bob Armstrong and Armstrong’s Avenger.  Armstrong says he has faith in the Avenger against SMW Champion Buddy Landel.  He promises a surprise.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 17, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher kick off a new round of television tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place at Catan’s Chapel Elementary School and drew 300 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – June 10, 1995

There is a lengthy recap of the Rock N’ Roll Express-Dynamic Duo feud, as the first thirty minutes of the show revisits past promos and matches between the two teams.

A replay of the promos to hype the Gangstas-PG-13-THUGS triple threat this week in Knoxville airs.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-19-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 19, 1985 (taped 01/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Gordy attain greatness by winning the NWA World title? Who’s the young newcomer with the short hair and just a shred of flamboyance? Let’s find out!

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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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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-29-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 29, 1984 (taped 12/14)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Can Gordy defeat the Missing Link? How will Mike fare against a blond guy from “Hollywood”? And who will join me for this sizzling episode?

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RSG reflects on WCCW 12-01-1984 (Thanksgiving edition)

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 1, 1984 (taped 11/22)

Attendance: 15,235

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Thanksgiving may mean turkey and football for some, but for WCCW, it means WRESTLING from Reunion Arena. This week, we have a Texas Death match that earns this episode a TV-MA rating. Who will help me to bring this generous helping of wrestling this week?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-25-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 25, 1984 (taped 08/17)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Kerry and Gordy go toe-to-toe in a lumberjack match. A familiar reptile-like wrestler debuts, and a very familiar face returns. How will it all play out? And who will join me for this surreal episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-18-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 18, 1984 (taped 08/03)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

What could possibly happen if WCCW puts Gordy and Khan in the same ring together? Also, Mike gets his first test as American champion against “Wild” Bill. So, who will join me for this Olympic episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-21-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 21, 1984 (taped 07/06)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin and Adams dismantle Gordy and Khan? Will Strongbow chop the “Handsome Half-Breed” down to size? And who will join me for this industrial episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-07-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 7, 1984 (taped 06/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry and Adams send Garvin and Link packing? What will happen to Donovan when he encounters Khan? Plus a BONUS match! Who will join me for this surprising epic gangster-like episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-23-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 23, 1984 (taped 06/08)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Penalty boxes! NWA board meetings! Parsons and Hernandez battle to garner the most heat. Which one will succeed? And who will join me for this rather judicial episode?

Thanks for the verdict, Judge Wapner! Let’s hope there isn’t any chicanery conducted by the WCCW wrestlers.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-09-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 9, 1984 (taped 05/18)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Adams and Parsons overcome the evil duo of Gordy and Khan? What does Stella have in store for Garvin? And who will join me in this rather dangerous episode?

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