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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2017 03:30 am
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The '87 World Class stuff gets crazy bad around the summer. I remember watching that in high school....Tony Atlas was wearing some kind of weird ass Superman gettup, and Ted Arcidi was there. Doing shows from a rodeo. Early '88 started to pick up again though with some hot angles.



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 Posted: Sat Oct 7th, 2017 03:52 am
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Ultimark wrote: Dying to see Bagwell and Raven from the WCW years! :)
They did some great skits with Raven, Sandman, Chastity and Kanyon back then. where they showed that Raven was really just a spoiled rich kid with a rich mother etc. it was great stuff. one of them did was a take off on Ferris Buellers day off.

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Spatulapup wrote: Ultimark wrote: Dying to see Bagwell and Raven from the WCW years! :)
They did some great skits with Raven, Sandman, Chastity and Kanyon back then. where they showed that Raven was really just a spoiled rich kid with a rich mother etc. it was great stuff. one of them did was a take off on Ferris Buellers day off.

The raven stuff was really good as it tied together his WWF and ECW gimmicks and exposed him as a poseur, something that had occasionally been alluded to in ECW.  However I vaguely remember that they did some weird shit with Sandman where he was Raven's rich neighbor or something and was wearing sweater vests.  That was ill-advised and didn't last long.



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The rodeo arena is in Mesquite, TX and is owned by Don Gay who in rodeo, especially bull riding, is considered a legendary superstar. I'm not sure how it helped World Class, but attendance was poor at the Sportatorium, so perhaps he paid a guarantee in exchange for having his rodeo arena heavily pushed. They did at least two tapings there spread out by a month or two. Don Gay even sat in on commentary with Marc Lowrance for some matches.

In the summer and fall of 1987, World Class had a talent pool that largely consisted of the remaining Von Erichs (Kevin and a still inactive Kerry with Fritz making some TV appearances), some guys who were young and green (Shaun Simpson for instance), some decidedly non prime time payers (Frank Lancaster and Vince Apollo stand out), locals who were around and wanted to work (Skip Young and Al Madril), and veterans no one else wanted (Tony Atlas and Ted Arcidi). Bruiser Brody was in and out. Chris Adams came back in mid fall. Despite the talent problems, at least they tried to run some angles and make things interesting. It was better than the second half of 1986 and the first half 1987, not that this preceding time period represented a very high bar to clear.

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I vaguely remember some of that. Will be interesting to watch again. I remember that Adams coming back was a highlight because seeing guys like Madril on top made for awful TV.

Wasn't the Dingo Warrior working there at the time? And when did the Freebirds make their way back? I've heard that time with Hayes as a babyface was fun stuff.

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DaNkinator wrote: I vaguely remember some of that. Will be interesting to watch again. I remember that Adams coming back was a highlight because seeing guys like Madril on top made for awful TV.

Wasn't the Dingo Warrior working there at the time? And when did the Freebirds make their way back? I've heard that time with Hayes as a babyface was fun stuff.

Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts & King Parsons came back Christmas of 87.  Think Hayes came back in Jan or Feb of 88. 



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DaNkinator wrote: Wasn't the Dingo Warrior working there at the time? And when did the Freebirds make their way back? I've heard that time with Hayes as a babyface was fun stuff.
Warrior was in the WWF by June 1987.  He would've left WCCW 4-6 weeks before, give or take, so the first 4 months of '87 he should be all over those shows.  He was getting a fairly big push and I think held a belt when he left.

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Pretty sure he was the Texas Champion.



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That is correct. Bob Bradley, a career WWF jobber, came in with a push as Texas Champion in February of 1987, beating Warrior in a tournament final for the vacant Texas Title. Dingo Warrior beat him and was getting a good push in February and March as a babyface. He was not around in April or early May and missed the Texas Stadium show. He was to have teamed with Red River Jack (booker Bruiser Brody in a mask) against Abdullah The Butcher and Eli The Eliminator. Spike Huber took his place. Then later in May Dingo Warrior came back for a brief period, still recognized as Texas Champion. He then abruptly left for the WWF.

Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts left JCP/UWF in September of 1987. Michael Hayes stayed behind. Gordy went to tour with All Japan and was announced as coming to World Class around early December of 1987. He hadn't even debuted on TV when the effective merger of World Class and Wild West happened. Buddy Roberts and Iceman Parsons were in the latter group, so they wound up uniting with Gordy. Angel of Death, who'd briefly been with the Freebirds early in 1987 in the UWF as a protégé/bodyguard for Michael Hayes, joined them too. Hayes arrived in early February of 1988. He was main eventing arenas with Ric Flair as a placeholder challenger post Ron Garvin/pre Sting right up until the moment he left. He wanted to work on a record and got some booking power in World Class, which seemed like it had a chance at being a money territory again for a while in early 1988 before the bottom fell out for good, but it seemed like an odd direction to go in.

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Anyone know what the best Youtube channel is for Memphis? I'd like to go as far back as possible.

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DaNkinator wrote: Anyone know what the best Youtube channel is for Memphis? I'd like to go as far back as possible.
https://www.youtube.com/user/ChannelExtreme/videos 

https://www.youtube.com/user/WrestlingsGoldenAge/videos



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Thanks man!

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The Global Wrestling Network launched today. It doesn't deserve its own thread, but if you wanna watch all TNA for hours on end, it'll only set you back $7.99 a month. If you love(d) TNA, I guess it's worth it, but for me, there aren't enough hours in the day to subscribe to more than one streaming wrestling service.



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Kriss wrote: The Global Wrestling Network launched today. It doesn't deserve its own thread, but if you wanna watch all TNA for hours on end, it'll only set you back $7.99 a month. If you love(d) TNA, I guess it's worth it, but for me, there aren't enough hours in the day to subscribe to more than one streaming wrestling service.
No one watches TNA for free, why would anyone pay to not watch it?

In all seriousness, TNA should use this platform to put together a bunch of shows from when the product was good (which is now going back more than 10 years) and give it away for free to try to generate interest (they can add a premium option for additional content if they really want to, but what's the fucking point?).  It's not an ideal situation, and it doesn't even take advantage of the branding since all of that has changed 86 times this year alone, but using Styles, Joe, etc. to get eyeballs on the product is...something.  Better than anything they have going for them right now.  It might remind some nostalgic and lapsed TNA fans (of which there are about 3 million now) about this company and bring them back for 1 or 2 episodes.  Coming up with a strategic path forward for this company is almost impossible since the only sensible advice is euthanasia.

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Supposedly it has Matysik's St. Louis footage. No word on whether the reels had dried spooge of Sam Muchnick or Bruiser Brody.

Also read that they are trying to get the Houston library that was on NWA on Demand.

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