The Rockers vs. The Natural Disasters (and other Dream Matches!)

The Wrestling Insomniac: The Natural Disasters: Tag Team Champions?

Many more “Fat Guy Matches” await us today! Read on!

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! The main thing this time is a match I didn’t even realize had happened, as one team formed just as the other one was being split apart- the Natural Disasters against The Rockers!

And this time I have even more on those terrible indie-riffic tag guys, as the Land of Giants actually fight EACH OTHER (in Puerto Rico of all places), while the Puccio twins (“The Undertakers” on last week’s column) wrestle on a WWF House Show as “Double Trouble” against the Steiner Brothers! Then we see a random Saturday Night squash as Mike Enos takes on Mike Tolbert.

Also, a match that helps explains to the youngsters among you just WHY Dallas Page was one of the most hated wrestlers online in the late ’90s. This tends to shock newer fans and those who weren’t around back then, so take a look at a particularly notable match against Psychosis!

THE ROCKERS (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) vs. THE NATURAL DISASTERS (Earthquake & Typhoon, w/ Jimmy Hart):
(WWF TV, Oct. 20th 1991)
* It is extremely weird to me that these two teams overlapped- I identify them both so strongly with two different eras- the “Hogan Era” and the post-Hogan doldrums- that this just feels “wrong”. But there was indeed about a four-month period where this could have happened- the Rockers were on their way to splitting, while the Disasters were a fresh heel team set up to fight the Legion of Doom. Ironically, the Rockers, in their bright blue tasseled gear, were a “modern”-looking duo, which is why in retrospect they’re now the most dated-looking guys of the era.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – October 24, 1995

Joey Styles calls the action on this episode, which continues to come from The South Philly Jam.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – October 10, 1995

Steve Austin cuts his famous promo that denounces his treatment in WCW and puts over how he is now in an environment where no one can hold back his wrestling abilities.  The segment marks the end of the “Stunning Steve” character as Austin promises to reach new heights because no one can stop him any longer.  And what makes this promo so great is Austin would later become one of the most famous wrestlers in history and helped bring down the company that cast him aside.

Amid terrible camera work that keeps shaking, Lance Wright hypes the October 28 ECW Arena show which will feature the Sandman defending the ECW Championship against Mikey Whipwreck in a ladder match.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – September 26, 1995

Highlights of the Pitbulls winning the ECW tag team titles from Raven and Stevie Richards at Gangstas Paradise air.  After, the Pitbulls and Francine brag about winning the titles and Richards woman.

Joey Styles announces that the Pitbulls will defend the ECW Tag Team Championship against Raven and Richards on October 7 at the ECW Arena.  The match will feature dual special guest referees.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW: Gangstas Paradise

Joey Styles commentates the matches, which come from the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 16.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – September 12, 1995

Joey Styles calls tonight’s action, which comes from the ECW Arena on August 26.

Lance Wright hypes Club ECW where for $100 you get the same ringside seat for the next four ECW Arena shows, get on ECW’s priority mailing list, and get twenty percent off all ECW merchandise.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 22, 1995

A recap of Cactus Jack’s heel turn at Wrestlepalooza ’95 airs.

ECW Champion the Sandman and Woman talk about how they love thinking about Mikey Whipwreck and the Public Enemy lying in a poor of their own blood.  The Sandman adds that Whipwreck is a boy trying to do a man’s job.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 8, 1995

Footage of fans celebrating in the ring with Public Enemy at one of ECW’s Florida shows, and the ring collapsing because of it, is shown.

Joey Styles says that the matches on tonight’s show come from the Orange County Fairgrounds in Middletown, New York.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Hardcore TV – August 1, 1995

Highlights of Tommy Dreamer, the Pitbulls, and Luna Vachon fighting Steve Richards, the Vampire Warrior, Raven, and the Dudley Brothers in Florida is shown.

Joey Styles calls the matches on the card, which come from ECW’s July 21 show from Tampa, Florida.

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What the World Was Watching: ECW Heatwave ’95

Joey Styles does commentary for the show, which took place at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 15.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 1,000 fans.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain TV – July 15, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are broadcasting from a new set of television tapings from Jellico High School in Jellico, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the tapings took place on July 6, but no attendance figures were reported.

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What the World Was Watching: Smoky Mountain Wrestling – July 8, 1995

Chip Kessler and Les Thatcher are in the booth and they are concluding the tapings in Sevierville, Tennessee.

The closing moments of the Buddy Landel-Brad Armstrong SMW Championship match in Barbourville, Kentucky are shown.  Timekeeper Kenny Rison, referee Mark Curtis, and Tracy Smothers recap the crazy endings of Jim Cornette ringing the bell prematurely to keep Armstrong from winning, Landel using a foreign object to get a pin until Tracy Smothers got Curtis to restart it, and Armstrong pinning Landel after a side Russian leg sweep.  Cornette and Landel are incensed about Armstrong having the SMW title, and Landel calls Armstrong a thief while Cornette hilariously punches a wall and hurts himself.  Armstrong says the belt is his because possession is nine-tenths of the law.  Commissioner Bob Armstrong says the situation is a mess, so he declares the SMW Championship vacant until Landel and Armstrong meet again for the title in Knoxville.

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Mike Reviews: NWA/WCW Starrcade 1989

Hello You!

Back again with some NWA/WCW stuff (I’m not exactly sure what Turner’s company was called at this time and Wikipedia isn’t especially that helpful either as it lists both groups as hosting the event. The box art for the VHS release says WCW, but that might have been added in after the fact). Seeing as we’re creeping ever closer to December I decided I’d have a look at a show that I’ve never seen in full before with Starrcade 1989.

I remember watching the Turner Home Video cut of the show many moons back, but that featured a lot of clipped matches so that they could trim it down to fit onto the tape. However, thanks to the miracle of the WWE Network, I can now watch the near 3 hour show in its entirety.

Whether that’s a good idea or not is yet to be seen, as this Starrcade fell into the dreaded category of “concept show” (Which is something that happened quite a lot with Starrcade actually now I think about it. It’s strange how they did that so often with their biggest gala event instead of just promoting some big matches that fans cared about and then delivering them) with the concept being Round Robin tournaments for both the singles and tag divisions.

Of course the tag section is immediately weakened by not having The Midnight Express in it, with Jim Cornette relegated to commentary of all things, but the singles tournament features four genuine stars in the form of Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting and The Great Muta. It’s hard to think that having those four guys all working with one another couldn’t produce at least a couple of good matches.

I actually did this the old fashioned way by watching the show with an actual notepad and pencil before going away and typing it up later. Of course hand writing stuff takes a bit longer than typing so if I miss something pertinent it might be because I was busy scribbling something down, so apologies in advance if that should it happen.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – May 14, 1995

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in charge of the studio portion of the show.  Okerlund spoils the result of the feature match by calling it a “warm up” match for Ric Flair for Slamboree.

Heenan picks up a Butcher trading card and says it will soon be a collector’s item because the Butcher has no name anymore.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 16, 1995

(Check back tomorrow night for Doomie Award results!)

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing studio duties for today’s broadcast.  They briefly discuss Ric Flair’s reinstatement.

Bischoff hypes WCW’s rubber action figures.  Heenan uses the Vader figure to knock the Hulk Hogan figure off his desk.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – April 9, 1995

(Note:  Instructions for Doomie voting will be up by the end of the week so check back regularly to the Blog for that posting.  Also, Happy New Year!)

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are handling the studio portion of the show.  They recap tensions between the Butcher and the other Faces of Fear and the recent developments regarding Ric Flair’s possible reinstatement.  Heenan also praises the heel turn of Big Bubba Rogers, alluding to his past issues with Rogers in the WWF.

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

Footage of Dustin Rhodes and Hacksaw Jim Duggan struggling to beat up the Stud Stable on WCW Pro is shown.

Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are the studio hosts.  They discuss Ric Flair wanting to confront Nick Bockwinkel on the next episode of WCW Saturday Night.

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Main Event – January 8, 1995

Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are live from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew a packed crowd of 785, with no one having to pay for their ticket.

Gene Okerlund; in the heel locker room with Avalanche, the Butcher, Colonel Robert Parker, the Blacktop Bully, Bunkhouse Buck, and Meng; urges fans to call 1-900-370-3WCW to vote for who they wish to see wrestle in the main event.  The calls cost ninety-nine cents.  The babyface locker room, where Tony Schiavone is, features Sting, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the Guardian Angel, and Dustin Rhodes.

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