–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan are in the studio for today’s broadcast. Heenan says that he is rooting for Sting on Monday Nitro because he cannot stand Hulk Hogan. Due to Heenan’s WWF career, that is an awesome piece of character continuity.
–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes call this evening’s action, taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches took place on October 18 and 25.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. WCW Pro got a great new set but Worldwide must be the neglected child because their presentation looks incredibly outdated relative to the other shows.
–Colonel Robert Parker hypes his new tag team: the Super Assassins. He puts over the fact that they weigh over three hundred pounds.
WCW Prime for November 13 featured a new match, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes doing commentary.
–Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Jacksonville, Florida since WCW talent went to Japan for a series of shows with New Japan Pro Wrestling.
–Gene Okerlund and Tony Schiavone are doing the studio work for this show. They recap how the WCW title was held up on Monday Nitro.
–Okerlund and Schiavone discuss the recent difficulties of Paul Orndorff.
–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these matches were taped on October 18 and 25.
Remaining footage of this show is incomplete, so the matches below were reverse engineered from the November 12 edition of WCW Main Event that featured them. Based on last week’s previous, though, one can assume that Paul Orndorff (23-8) won a squash match.
WCW Prime for November 6 featured a new match, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary.
–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are doing commentary and they are live from Jacksonville, Florida. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 9,500 fans, with 3,500 paying for entry.
–Tonight’s show is an interactive telecast where fans can call 1-900-370-3WCW and pay 99 cents to pick a wrestler from the “red locker room” that has Ric Flair, Meng, Diamond Dallas Page, the Blue Bloods, Big Bubba Rogers, the Shark, and Scott Norton to face a wrestler from the “blue locker room” that has Sting, Johnny B. Badd, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Dave Sullivan, Alex Wright, the Nasty Boys, and Mr. J.L. The Shark and Norton must have patched up their differences since they were fighting each other on the last Nitro.
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.
–With no pay-per-view afterward, Main Event is back as a studio show with Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan.
–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the matches on this show were taped on October 11.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.
WCW Prime for October 30 featured some new matches so we will recap those before moving on to WCW Pro. Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes called the action on Prime.
–Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are live from Dayton, Ohio. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 3,500 fans attended the show, with 2,500 paying for entry.
–Bischoff says that Randy Savage will not face Sergeant Craig Pittman tonight because he was hurt at Halloween Havoc and that Eddy Guerrero will be his replacement. Savage was dealing with a legitimate detached tricep injury so the beating at Halloween Havoc was a convenient way to write him out for the time being.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are live from Detroit, Michigan. Schiavone says that Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman attacked Ric Flair before the show went on the air and Flair’s ability to compete later tonight is uncertain.
–A video package recaps the Diamond Dallas Page-Johnny B. Badd feud.
–Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes are in the booth and they are live from Detroit, Michigan as tonight’s Main Event episode is the pre-show for Halloween Havoc.
–Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the matches on this show were taped on September 27, October 11, and October 25.
–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are in the booth and they are taped from Orlando, Florida.