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 Posted: Tue Feb 6th, 2018 12:27 am
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The August 2, 1986 World Championship Wrestling was the same night as the final card of the Great American Bash tour, held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. They were banging the drum hard for that card, trying to get people seeing the TV show on a free to air basis via WTBS-17 in Atlanta to buy tickets at the last minute. From my recollection, the show featured Tony Schiavone and David Crockett doing sit down interviews at the WTBS set backdrop with various stars from the promotion. However, the few matches were all on tape from arenas, either the syndicated ones or leftovers from when World Championship Wrestling went on tour that July. Dusty was definitely there with the NWA World Title belt. Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell made their debut after coming over from Memphis.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 6th, 2018 12:34 am
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I'm at home with a sick kid all day, so here is what I've watched so far today:

Inside the Steel Cage

Grand Slams

Most Embarrassing Moments

Brains Behind the Brawn


I love watching this stuff, but I have seen several segments more than once just watching the first few here. 

I'm not complaining, but I wonder if the people at the Network actually look at the match listings when they pick which videos to upload.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 6th, 2018 04:54 am
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First time I saw Inside the Steel Cage was President's Day 1987. No idea how I remember that, but I know we had the day off from school and we went to this new video store a town over from our usual spot. They also have the Big Event there too. Asked my mom to check that out also. Had a fun day watching those!



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tamalie wrote: The August 2, 1986 World Championship Wrestling was the same night as the final card of the Great American Bash tour, held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. They were banging the drum hard for that card, trying to get people seeing the TV show on a free to air basis via WTBS-17 in Atlanta to buy tickets at the last minute. From my recollection, the show featured Tony Schiavone and David Crockett doing sit down interviews at the WTBS set backdrop with various stars from the promotion. However, the few matches were all on tape from arenas, either the syndicated ones or leftovers from when World Championship Wrestling went on tour that July. Dusty was definitely there with the NWA World Title belt. Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell made their debut after coming over from Memphis.
Just finished watching this over the weekend.  I'll post my review a bit later.  A hidden surprise on this episode- albeit brief, its the first on camera appearance for Terri Runnels.



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tamalie wrote: The August 2, 1986 World Championship Wrestling was the same night as the final card of the Great American Bash tour, held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. They were banging the drum hard for that card, trying to get people seeing the TV show on a free to air basis via WTBS-17 in Atlanta to buy tickets at the last minute. From my recollection, the show featured Tony Schiavone and David Crockett doing sit down interviews at the WTBS set backdrop with various stars from the promotion. However, the few matches were all on tape from arenas, either the syndicated ones or leftovers from when World Championship Wrestling went on tour that July. Dusty was definitely there with the NWA World Title belt. Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell made their debut after coming over from Memphis.The AWA ran a show in 1989 that must have aired live because Lee Marshall implores fans to come down to the arena and watch the rest of the card in person. 
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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/jim-crockett-promotions-wtbs-debut-april-6th-1985/
A look into JCP's debut on WTBS sees an awesome promo from Ole Anderson delivering threats, Jimmy Valiant's boogie, Dusty Rhodes being awesome, wacky music videos, Ric Flair living up to his rep as the "Nature Boy", Tully Blanchard looking for a classy whore, and other fun from some of the best wrestlers of the era! 

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Arnold_OldSchool wrote: tamalie wrote: The August 2, 1986 World Championship Wrestling was the same night as the final card of the Great American Bash tour, held at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. They were banging the drum hard for that card, trying to get people seeing the TV show on a free to air basis via WTBS-17 in Atlanta to buy tickets at the last minute. From my recollection, the show featured Tony Schiavone and David Crockett doing sit down interviews at the WTBS set backdrop with various stars from the promotion. However, the few matches were all on tape from arenas, either the syndicated ones or leftovers from when World Championship Wrestling went on tour that July. Dusty was definitely there with the NWA World Title belt. Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell made their debut after coming over from Memphis.The AWA ran a show in 1989 that must have aired live because Lee Marshall implores fans to come down to the arena and watch the rest of the card in person. 

That would likely be the show they ran in Chicago...Villa Park. Aired live on some of the Sportschannel outlets. Zbyszko defending vs. Greg Gagne in the main event, shortened to ten minutes or so because TV time ran out/curfew/some other BS.
EDIT: From Claw's archives:
6/23/89 Villa Park, IL @ Odeum AWA Champion Larry Zbyszko drew Greg Gagne Colonel DeBeers beat Derrick Dukes Chavo Guerrero & Mando Guerrero & Hector Guerrero beat Texas Hangmen & The Executioner (Tom Stone) Wendi Richter beat Candi Divine Ken Patera & Scott Norton beat Destruction Crew Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom dq Akio Sato beat Paul Diamond dq Tommy Jammer beat Johnny Stewart Mike George beat Rockin Randy Att: 175 paid
DeBeers/Dukes was a paint challenge match IIRC. 

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Boz1515 wrote: I'm at home with a sick kid all day, so here is what I've watched so far today:

Inside the Steel Cage

Grand Slams

Most Embarrassing Moments

Brains Behind the Brawn


I love watching this stuff, but I have seen several segments more than once just watching the first few here. 

I'm not complaining, but I wonder if the people at the Network actually look at the match listings when they pick which videos to upload.



I find that they haven't really considered the binge-watcher with the way the Network is set up right now. Let's say you're watching a month of WWE. You have to put up with all the "moments ago" and "earlier tonight" segments designed for people who were watching the show live and channel hopping. Add that to the "last week" stuff and if you watch two shows in a row you can end up watching the same thing five times. Netflix have got it right with the options to skip recaps and opening credits.

Also, from the few I have looked at, the Coliseum video uploads don't have chapter breaks, which should be included on every upload for exactly this reason.



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http://culturecrossfire.com/wrestling/kayfabe-lies-alibis-dave-meltzer-talking-history/

Dave Meltzer talks up his past as a writer, how he was able to get promoters and wrestlers to give him information - in spite of kayfabe, Billy Graham's WWWF title run, Bill Watts being a racist, Bruiser Brody's murder, the Montreal Screwjob, McMahon's steroid trial, and other bits from history!

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Binge watching NWA World Championship Wrestling through August 1986 this week. My GAWD, this promotion was on fire. I remember it being great tv, but re-watching some of these shows for the first time in 30 years is amazingly entertaining.

The August 2nd show was a recap show in studio as they were preparing for the last Bash show that same night at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium. Lots of sit down interviews. Debuting were: Buddy Landell and Dundee, the Kansas Jayhawks, and Dick Murdoch. Big news is that Dusty beat Flair for the NWA title.

August 9th - the big highlight is replaying the match from Kansas City where Dusty retains the title against Flair, but Tully and JJ come in and destroy Dusty's knee. Magnum and Nikita are still battling, but Magnum has come back to make the series 3-2 (in favor of Nikita).

August 16th - Big news again, as Flair has defeated Dusty, this time in St. Louis, due to the knee injury. In a separate angle, Bubba Rogers attacked Baby Doll and Dusty made the save. Also, Magnum has tied the best of seven series at 3-3.

August 23rd - hottest show yet. Baby Doll turned on Dusty to help Flair retain the title against him. Nikita has defeated Magnum for the US Title 4-3 by using the chain. Charlotte looked like it was ready to riot. Meanwhile, the RnR Express beat the Midnights to win back the tag belts in Phily.

GREAT stuff from top to bottom.



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August 30, 1986 NWA World Championship Wrestling-

Wahoo has defeated Tully for the National Title at a show in LA. Crockett comes out during Wahoo's interview to announce a new tournament for the National Tag-Team Titles that have been vacant but says they will be renamed the US Tag Titles. He doesn't mention any title unification between Nikita (US) and Wahoo (National), but that's coming up soon from memory.

Ric Flair wrestles a 15 minute match against Mike Jackson. One of the most surreal things to see. Jackson gets offense on Flair for 85% of the match, even putting Flair in the figure four. I get this was Flair's gimmick, but man it made him look weak.

Also - Jim Cornette addresses Baby Doll and says his mother smoothed things over between them and Baby Doll will be decorating Jim's house in the near future.



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Baseball Seasons 1981-

Lots of focus on the strike, The Billy Ball A's, Winfield signing with the Yankees, the Phils not being able to repeat, Blue Monday when the Dodgers beat the Expos in Game 5 of the NLCS, and the Dodgers winning it all in the Series.

GREAT shit.



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Sorry I’m monopolizing this thread.  The Blackhawks suck this season, so I’m basically trying to watch a disc a night to catch up on a huge stack of shows I have before baseball season starts.

WWF at MSG October 1984

Starts off with Dr. D beating Sal Bellomo.  Schultz came off with his 2nd rope flying elbow finisher and Bellomo kicked out.  WTF.  Schultz got up pissed and took his head off with a double ax handle to the back of the skull the suplexed him for the pin.  Weird.

Dick Murdoch and Afa went to a time limit draw in a total comedy match.  The story was that Afa’s head was so hard that Murdoch couldn’t do anything to it and hurt his own hand trying to punch, then fucked up and tried to head butt him.  Half the match was Murdoch selling and acting like his “lights were out”, falling all over himself and out of the ring.  Actually pretty awesome and funny.

Mad Dog Vachon debuts against Rick McGraw.  Vachon kinda playing a heel here, but a legendary one.  He looks super short and small in the WWF ring.  Also looks 100 years old.  Odd to see him in the WWF though, so this is almost a must see.  Vachon botched some spots and got the win.  

David Bruno Sammartino debuted against Moondog Spot.  Gorilla spent the match talking about David being his own person and making a name for himself.

Okerlund is just awful on these shows with his yelling on play by play.

Disc 2 coming up later tonight...




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Disc 2-

Tito makes his triumphant return to MSG after losing the IC belt and having knee surgery.  He faces the Hammer.  Total shootout.  Tito is out for blood.  Ends up getting DQ'd when he hits Hammer in the face with a chair.  Albano bumps.  Great match to begin their MSG series.


Rocky Johnson v. Ken Patera.  As bad as it sounds.  Okerlund at the beginning says Patera has zero percent body fat.  Later in the match, he talks about Patera dropping 10-15 pounds so he can become quicker on his feet.   Patera wins with rollup and pull of the trunks.


Adonis vs. Sika.   Not memorable.  Adonis DQd after using a studded glove on Sika.
Interviews in the back:


Johnny Valiant looks coked out and introduces "Brutus BeefcakeS".  He said Beefcakes (with an "s") five times.

Back to action.
Sgt Slaughter had Nikolai Volkoff in the cobra clutch but was standing on the apron, so ref counted him out.  Volkoff with the duke.  Blassie looked 1000 years old and went to the lockerroom after intros.  Slaughter is crazy over.

Garea jobs to Bruti's high knee.

Hogan beats Studd in a quick match.  Story here was that Hogan would lose title on DQ or countout.  One close call where he got back in at 9, but otherwise a quick match without much drama.  Heenan on the floor.  Hogan wins with clothesline.  DUD.



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I remember thinking that the DQ/COR stipulation would result in Hogan dropping the title. I figured that the match would spill outside the ring and that Heenan would sneakily pull Hogan's leg, preventing him from getting back in the ring. God, was I naïve or what?



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Saturday Night's Main Event - March 1986.

Although I probably watched this on my VHS tape 20 times after it aired in 1986, I haven't seen this in full probably since 1989.

Mr.T vs. Battling Bob Orton. T wins by countout. Ref let all kinds of hijinx go on and didn't DQ Piper and Orton. Piper gets pissed and challenges T after the bell, and they beat him down and whip him. Jesse says it looks like "Roots 2".


Bundy destroys Steve Gatorwolf, gets the five count and then challenges Hogan. Hmmm.


Hogan vs. Muraco. Fuji is laid up in bed in the lockerroom with the "Asian" Flu. Heenan comes out to takes Fuji's place. Muraco give Hogan a run for the money in a decent match. Hogan comes back, Hulks up, goes for the pin, and Heenan breaks it up. DQ. Bundy comes down and administers a series of three avalanches in the corner and two splashes. Hogan carted out in an ambulance. Gorilla tells the cameramen to "get the hell out of here" and hops in the ambulance. Gene yells at anyone listening to "Follow that ambulance!"

Bulldogs fight Valentine and Beefcake. Ok, biggest highlight of the show here for me. Vince didn't edit the Dream Team's entrance music! Unfuckingbelievable. This is the Network version, and I always wondered how they would handle this because Jesse and Vince make reference to it on the broadcast...


As the Dream Team walks to the ring...

Vince: "What is that? We are the Champions?"

Jesse: "We Are the Champions of the World, by Queen. And if you knew anything about rock, you'd know that McMAHON!"

Love that they kept the music in.

Anyway, great match. Uncharacteristically long match by SNME standards. A keeper. Valentine and Dynamite knock heads, and Valentine falls on top for the fluke win before they squared off again at Mania 2.

Final match: Adonis vs. JYD. Sign in the crowd, dead center on the camera, "Junk the FAG, JYD!!!" Got to love the quality control. This was really an entertaining match. JYD threw Hart on top of Adonis and they both went over the top rope. Jimmy was a bump machine. Really highly entertaining, moreso than I remembered it being.

This was back when everything wasn't so refined in the WWF. There are elements where you can tell they kinda threw this show together at the last moment. It wasn't perfect by any means. They were really last-minute planning on certain matches for Mania 2, but this was a fun show to go back and watch if not for the 1980s lack of political correctness, at least for Queen and the Bulldogs/Dream Team match.



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