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 Posted: Thu Jul 12th, 2018 11:13 pm
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Eric Bischoff and/or Tony Schiavone have caught a lot of shit over the years for giving away that Mick Foley was going to win the WWF title and that somehow contributed to the downfall of Nitro and WCW as a whole, but a lot of people have forgotten that the WWF actually spoiled it themselves on their own website right after the taping occurred because they wanted people to tune in and see the title change.

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 Posted: Thu Jul 12th, 2018 11:21 pm
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That’s interesting I wasnt aware of the WWF doing that



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Superstar wrote: broke wrote: Harley Race making a brief appearance in the AWA during it's dying days.
I actually remember this well because he was presented as a legit threat to win the AWA belt.  And I also remember thinking that putting the strap on Harley may have gotten the AWA some footing, especially if he went to Japan to put over Saito or somebody else on a tour.  But of course, he was like so many other big names that went through the AWA at that time, he was in for a taping and gone.

Larry Zbyszko vs. Harley Race has repeatedly appeared on ESPN On Demand as part of old AWA matches they show.

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Boni Blackstone conducting interviews for the WWF in 1993. There were also other miscellaneous names such as Joe Fowler, Charlie Minn, Stephanie Wiand, and Tamara Murphy (Tammy Sytch pre-Sunny) that they experimented with to do their event center promos and other shit in that early-mid 90s period when business went in the toilet.



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Fowler was goofy but I found him acceptable; waind on the other hand was fucking brutal



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Before seeing him in the WWF I remember initially seeing Fowler as the host of a program called Knights and Warriors, which was an American Gladiators type of competiton show IIRC.

The Undertaker was temporarily billed as Kane or Kane the Undertaker when he first arrived, which of course we later found out was the name of his brother. I wonder if that was designed to be some kind of an inside joke or rib that he possibly assumed his brother's identity for those that remembered he was initially called that.

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Recently found out something curious about Dusty Rhodes and his return to WCW after the WWF.

In January 1991, he was still on WWF TV, albeit in a reduced role. They were hyping up his tag team match with Dustin against DiBiase and Virgil in all the update segments (although most of the focus turned to Virgil).

The Royal Rumble was on a Saturday night-- January 19, 1991. That same day, on WCW shows, they heavily hyped "the return of the American Dream" for the next week; including footage of Big Dust. So in the same day, one guy appeared on telecasts for both WWF and WCW.

I think Dusty even appeared on a WCW syndicated show, on the 21st or 22nd. I remember catching it, on something like "Prime Sports" and thought: "well, that was quick. Dusty's back home".

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Just because it's so odd to see him anywhere but the south, Jimmy Golden was a regular in the San Francisco territory for a while in 1977.

Buddy Landell came to the AWA in the fall of 1987 for a Las Vegas taping, but quit before ever hitting the circuit.

When New Day debuted in the summer of 2014, they were doing a heel, Black Power gimmick with Xavier Woods as the mouthpiece and portrayed as an intellectual. The situation in Ferguson, MO erupted only two and a half weeks after the gimmick began. The WWE immediately pulled them off TV with no further mention. They came back in November doing a positive babyface gimmick with a gospel theme. The fans rejected this gimmick, leading them to become dork heels who thought the fans loved them to eventually sarcastic, comedy babyfaces who got over due to absurd antics.

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I remember when I first saw Kevin Nash in the WWF as Shawn's bodyguard, that same weekend he was still on WCW Worldwide as Vinnie Vegas.

Buddy Roberts briefly returning with the Freebirds at a Clash of the Champions in 1990. Precious also reappeared with them in 1992.

Ivan Koloff taking Rick Rude's place as Manny Fernandez's  World tag team championship partner before they decided to just do a phantom title switch by airing footage from a several month old match of the Rock 'N Rolls beating Rude and Fernandez.

Vader as a babyface in WCW circa 1990-91.

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Kriss wrote: DJP wrote: WCW having a Women's Cruiserweight championship.


If you watched every WCW TV show every week, but only that, and didn't read newsletters or the internet, you would have seen the semi-finals of the tournament, but would never have found out who won, since the final was a dark match.

The final actually did air in the US on the 4/19/97 TBS episode of WCW Main Event. The 4/12/97 episode also featured another tiurnament match between Malia Hosaka and Sonoko Kato.

The 1992-93 episodes of ECW originated mostly from tapings at the Original Sports Bar in Philadelphia and aired on a small low-powered cable station in the area. One of the last episodes was used as the pilot sold to Sportschannel Philadelphia in 1993 and not long afterward Glen Osbourne was stripped of the TV title belt which led to the tournament that aired in the first few episodes of what became Hardcore TV.

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Lou Thesz coming into WCW in 1991 to teach Erik Watts the STF.

John Nord getting a brief undefeated streak going on a bunch of WCW c-shows in 1998

Greg Valentine was still in WCW as late as 1998

Robert Gibson did a one shot for WCW in 2000 during the Jim Duggan TV title angle



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broke wrote: Lou Thesz coming into WCW in 1991 to teach Erik Watts the STF.

What the hell did STF stand for?



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The Ultimate Sin wrote: broke wrote: Lou Thesz coming into WCW in 1991 to teach Erik Watts the STF.

What the hell did STF stand for?

Step-over-toehold facelock.  Rolls right off the tongue.

But I have no recollection of Thesz coming in to teach Watts, I thought that was Chono. 

And when is someone going to teach it to Cena?

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I could swear Thesz made a cameo appearance around that time.  Perhaps not.

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Franchise wrote: That’s interesting I wasnt aware of the WWF doing that
I remember specifically because they named Shane McMahon (President of WWF New Media) who made the call to share the spoiler. 

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