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 Posted: Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 05:16 am
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I was always under the impression that when a wrestler died back then a 5 second insert was taped announcing the death (sometimes) and then the show just went on. 

But watching the World Class documentary, apparently there was at least one full-fledged tribute episode for David extremely similar to the Owen Hart Raw.  They show quite a bit of footage of all the wrestlers out of character, not just The Freebirds but even Flair and Race taped messages to send to Texas.  Then there was a lengthy interview with Fritz, Kevin, and Kerry on the farm.  The production team says in the documentary that they worked for 40 hours  without sleep to put it together.  There were 2 shows a week, the first aired the day after David died and showed a David match.  According to them, millions of people saw that show without realizing he was dead yet.  The second show of the week was the Tribute Show. 

There's also quite a few clips of reactions to Gino Hernandez's death from the TV show.  I assume a lot was done for Mike when he died too.  Those would be the Big 3 at the time I suppose.  By the time Brody died World Class was pretty much dead too.

Why do I not see these shows in tape trading circles?  Certainly they must be out there. 



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 Posted: Wed Jan 23rd, 2008 07:03 am
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I don't think any of the deaths matched what they did with David... David got the full hour show you mention with lots of film clips of him growing up, playing sports etc... Harley Race says that David would of been NWA champ.  Hayes and Flair also give nice tributes.  

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 Posted: Thu Jan 24th, 2008 04:32 pm
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When Gino Hernandez died, they had Bill Mercer announce it and did similar "out of character" interviews, including with Chris Adams who was feuding with him at the time. Of course, he wasn't a Von Erich so it was only a short segment and not a whole show.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 05:29 am
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srossi wrote: I was always under the impression that when a wrestler died back then a 5 second insert was taped announcing the death (sometimes) and then the show just went on. 

But watching the World Class documentary, apparently there was at least one full-fledged tribute episode for David extremely similar to the Owen Hart Raw.  They show quite a bit of footage of all the wrestlers out of character, not just The Freebirds but even Flair and Race taped messages to send to Texas.  Then there was a lengthy interview with Fritz, Kevin, and Kerry on the farm.  The production team says in the documentary that they worked for 40 hours  without sleep to put it together.  There were 2 shows a week, the first aired the day after David died and showed a David match.  According to them, millions of people saw that show without realizing he was dead yet.  The second show of the week was the Tribute Show. 

There's also quite a few clips of reactions to Gino Hernandez's death from the TV show.  I assume a lot was done for Mike when he died too.  Those would be the Big 3 at the time I suppose.  By the time Brody died World Class was pretty much dead too.

Why do I not see these shows in tape trading circles?  Certainly they must be out there. 

David died on a Friday. The Saturday night show was the Fort Worth (ch. 11) show, which was taped the previous Monday. Apparently, it aired as intended, complete with a match the David was in. The Sunday morning show was the syndicated show, which was the hour-long tribute to David.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 05:31 am
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Anyone have these shows?



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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 07:34 am
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When World Class announced Gino's death on the syndicated show in early February of 1986, after the various wrestlers offered comments, a scheduled squash with Gino was edited out of the show and replaced with a bout from the 1984 Christmas show at Reunion Arena with The Fantastics against The Midnight Express.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 26th, 2008 05:10 pm
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srossi wrote: Anyone have these shows?

I have the tribute show for David.



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