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Tenyru, who never even made an appearence on American soil while co Six Man Champ, and the Road Warriors were stripped of the Six Man Tag Titles and the titles were shelved for 10 years. I'm not sure when exactly, but it is sometime THIS month when Zbyszko leaves for the AWA with the Western States Heritage Championship, thus retiring that as well. He's not gone yet, but since he never defends the title, might as well not include it on the lineup. Pretty obvious that they had no plans for these two titles since they were the only two not defended at Starrcade, and rarely ever defended anyway. Although the Six-Man Tag Titles were the catalyst for some of the promotion's hottest angles in 1988. Go figure.

The 1/7/88 Show was a Best of '88 recap show. Featured is a recap of the Crockett Cup tournament including a replay of the Anderson/Blanchard vs. Sting/Luger finals. Paul E. Dangerously cut a promo recapping OMX's rise to prominence. Rick Steiner vs. Varsity Club storyline was recapped. Flair vs. Sting from COTC 1 was replayed in FULL. They replayed the awful Bunkhouse Stampede finals won by Dusty Rhodes. They recapped the Flair/Luger 1988 storyline. Lex Luger cuts a promo and calls Flair out on saying he's not defending against Luger anymore. Luger promises one way or another, he will be World Champion in 1989. The OMX/MX feud is recapped from 1988 including clips from a match on New Years Day. I wish they showed it in full, but whatever. To end things, Cornette cuts a promo on MX's year in 1988 and what '89 holds, knowing that the war with OMX isn't over yet by a longshot.

NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death (Since 12/26/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
January 14th, 1988
Atlanta, GA


Match #1: Barry Windham [c] w/ JJ Dillon vs. "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert [NWA United States Championship]
So, Windham agreed to the rematch this week. And to start something new, this even gets the big time ring introductions. A first for the studio shows. Windham doesn’t seem to take Gilbert very seriously. Gilbert fires away, but then gets caught with a suplex. Windham goes for the Lariat, but Gilbert ducks and comes back around with a lariat of his own. Windham slows the pace down and takes Gilbert down for a headlock. Gilbert escapes with a headscissors, but Windham pops out and levels Gilbert with a right hand. “Eddie” chant gets Gilbert going again, but Windham slows the pace down again this time in the corner. Gutwrench suplex and a slam sets up a knee drop. Windham heads up top, but Gilbert is there to slam him down. Meanwhile, Ric Flair is out to get a closer look. Ten-count corner punch ensues, but Windham brings him out of the corner for an atomic drop. Windham grounds and pounds Gilbert for a while and then delivers an awesome walk-around back suplex. Gilbert won’t stay down, so Windham dumps him out to the floor. Windham turns away to say something to Ross and Schiavone, so Gilbert spins him around and punches him back into the ring. Backdrop gets two, but he misses an elbow drop. Windham follows up with a stalling suplex for two, then argues with ref Teddy Long to allow a rollup from Gilbert for two. That’s all Gilbert gets though, as Windham maintains control. Windham attempts a superplex but Gilbert blocks.They fight over it, but Windham still delivers. Windham fails to cover and lets Gilbert get back up. He punches Gilbert down again and slams him for a knee drop, but Gilbert moves and then hooks on the Figure-Four! Windham quickly grabs the ropes though. Eddie pounds on the knee and hits a suplex, but now Windham is back on his feet. As Gilbert fires away on Windham, Flair finally has watched enough and attacks Gilbert for the DQ.
Rating: **3/4

Post-match, Flair & Windham really put the boots to Gilbert some more and leave him laid out. Flair smiles at Windham and gives him the thumbs up.

Jim Ross interviews the Horsemen. JJ says this is justified because he has such a busy schedule managing Flair & Windham, and he doesn't have time for this waste of valuable TV time like Eddie Gilbert. He says Gilbert's been neutralized and Windham's warmed up for 1989.

Dusty Rhodes cuts a pre-taped promo at a house show, clearly during a Bunkhouse Stampede match because you can hear when people are being eliminated. Dusty rambles on about being the bull of woods and says he wants the US Title back in 1989. Poor guy.

Match #2: Michael Hayes vs. Paul Lee
BAD STREET, ATLANTA GA. BAD STREET, ACROSS THE WHOLE USA. It's how amazing how in fie years, when he becomes Dok Hendrix, how quickly he lets himself get out of shape. Some dude named Scott Casey comes out to watch, not sure why. Hayes dances around a bit and after some stretching, a DDT ends it.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Hayes and JYD comes out. They've been teaming on house shows apparently and are gunning for the US Tag Titles. Hayes tells JYD that he's more of a nigger than he is, and the studio goes into riot mode. When I come back to reality, Hayes just rants on about Sullivan & Dr. Death.

Match #3: Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death [c] w/ Mike Rotunda vs. Randy Hogan & Mike Collins [NWA United States Tag Team Championships]
BRAWL. Sullivan backdrops Collins into a Dr. Death POWERBOMB! Awesome! Doc and Sullivan get tired of slamming and clotheslining Collins, so they make him tag in the Randster! He gets killed, as Doc throws him around like a ragdoll and then looks to break his arm in a hammerlock on the mat. Sullivan lets Collins tag in and then nukes him in the corner with the Tree of Woe. DOUBLE-STOMP! Tag to Doc, OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE ENDS IT BAH GAWD CUM BBQ SAUCE RAPE SOONER.
Rating: *3/4

JR interviews the Varsity Club. They mock Steiner and call him stupid and say Rotunda will take the title back later tonight. The also talk shit to the Road Warriors and challenge them to champion vs. champion matches. Oh, so I guess that heel turn is over now.

Match #4: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Dale Lepreyouse & Mike Jackson [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
40 second squash where the only actual move is the DOOMSDAY DEVICE~
Rating: 1/4*

Schiavone interviews the Road Warriors. In the background, we see Lepreyouse do the stretcher job which rules. They start off with a heel promo, but then go total face by shitting on the Varsity Club and accepting their challenges but hating on their bullshit.

JR conducts an interview with Barry Windham, Ric Flair and JJ Dillon. They talk about how 1989 is going to be the best year ever for the Four Horsemen until Eddie Gilbert stops by to issue them a challenge for next week. He’s got a partner, Ric. Oh yes, he’s got a partner. WHO WAS PARTNER?! JJ accepts the challenge for them with a verbal contract since Bigelow's MIA, the Road Warriors are on their side and as long as it's not Luger. They think Gilbert will back down but Gilbert laughs and says it's NONE of them. JJ agrees and they shake hands. Gilbert promises if they lose, he'll leave them alone.

Match #5: Original Midnight Express w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Trent Knight & Bob Emory
Rose and Condrey wipe the mat with these two jobbers while Dangerously does his best Cornette impression. Whoa, Rose hits a missile dropkick. After a Condrey clothesline, Paul E shouts to the camera, “That’s why the ratings are up!” Great stuff. The HUMAN COUGH DROP wins the match, which is Condrey lifting Rose up in an atomic drop position and bringing him down for a legdrop.
Rating: *3/4

Jim Ross interviews OMX & Dangerously. They show clips from Starrcade, then then from the house show they clipped up on the BEST OF~ show, including the post-match, that we didn't see, when Dangerously finally attacked Cornette again with the cell phone and left him laying. Paul E tells the world that anything Jim Cornette can do, he can do better. “When it comes to careers, I’m obsessed with your demise!”

Match #6: Larry Zbyszko & Al Perez w/ Gary Hart & Abdullah the Butcher vs. George South & Curtis Thompson
Foot insert to mouth, I guess. The star of this is Abdullah, who keeps getting involved by beating the shit out of George South for no reason. Zbyszko does some decent stretching and Perez ends it with the Spinning Crucifix Powerbomb on Thompson.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews Gary Hart's stable and he talks about how Ric Flair needs to drop the belt, and he promises that in 1989, it'll be to one of his three men, with Al Perez stepping up first. No.

Match #7: Dick Murdoch vs. Eddie Sweat
Fuck yeah, they gave Murdoch three minutes to beat the shit out of this piece of shit jobber, definetely one of the worst. He kills his neck as usual with some awesome stretching and takes him to the outside for a great brawl. He whips him back and fourth with the camera cord wrapped around his neck. Brainbuster in the ring ends it.
Rating: *1/2

We get Missy Hyatt's taped interview segment with Ric Flair that was supposed to air on 12/31/88, but didn't. And it's pointless to air it now since Flair's already had interview time on this show, but whatever, I won't complain, it's Flair! She asks Flair why he cheated to win at Starrcade, but his response is he was just using the ropes to keep his balance. OOOOOH okay. No more title shots, Lex. Flair shoots off his “stylin’ and profilin’” catchphrase and Missy looks like she wants to take a ride on Space Mountain. WHORE. HE HAS KIDS YOU UNCLEAN GASH OF THE EARTH. FUCK. FEMALE LEE MARSHALL, DIE.

Match #8: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Keith Steinborn & Gary Royal
About what you would expect. Nothing bad, just the same. Blind tag to Lane gets Steinborn caught in a back suplex/elbow drop combo. SAVATE KICKS~! Eaton tags in for a flying elbow drop while Cornette puts Paul E over on JR and Tony’s microphone by saying he’s starting to get under his skin. VEG-O-MATIC gets the 1-2-3. GOD I LOVE THAT MOVE.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Cornette & MX. Cornette admits that Dangerously is finally getting to him, getting under his skin, and he doesn't like it. Cornette confesses Lane got Valentine’s day cards from one of his teachers in elementary school while Eaton ran around with a bunch of hoodlums back in Alabama. He then lets Paul E know that if he wants to play the Midnight Express game, then he’s more than willing to play.

Match #9: Rick Steiner [c] vs. Mike Rotunda w/ Varsity Club [NWA Television Championship]
Another big match introduction for this. Steiner's got his damn puppy dog out here again. During the introductions, Rotunda pearl harbors Steiner with a pair of clotheslines, but then whiffs on a third one and falls out to the floor. Back in, Steiner hits a backdrop for two. Rotunda rolls out to safety while Steiner barks in the ring. Back in again, they do some brief mat stuff. Rotunda hiptosses out of a headlock, but gets dropped with a Steinerline and then escapes out to Sullivan once again. Rotunda taunts Steiner from the apron and baits him over for a thumb to the eye and a neck snap. Awesome! Rotunda shoots back in the ring and delivers a dropkick. Steiner gets dumped and takes a wooden box to the head from Sullivan. Back in, Rotunda hits the sleeper. Rotunda uses the ropes like a pro too. Steiner elbows out, but gets nailed with a clothesline for two. Rotunda heads up top, but he’s caught and slammed to the mat for two. Steiner comes off the ropes, but Sullivan pulls the ropes down and Steiner falls out for a throat jab. Rotunda gives Steiner a suplex back in for 1-2-NO! Back elbow gets a pair of a twos. Just to be a jerk, Rotunda bites on Steiner’s hand puppet Alex. AMAZING! Steiner gets a desperation sunset flip, but Rotunda pokes him in the eyes on the way down for two. Steinerline connects, but now Dr. Death is in the ring and stomping a mudhole in Steiner for the DQ. Better than their Starrcade match. It was shorter, about 10 minutes to be exact, and didn't have any dead spaces or blank looks.
Rating: ***1/2

Post-match, The Varsity Club give Steiner a SPIKE PILEDRIVER and then they try to steal Steiner’s dog until Hayes and JYD come by to put an end to that. STABLE WARS~

Match #10: Sting & Lex Luger vs. Agent Steel & Bob Holiday
Sting does moves that generate a reaction here like a press slam for instance, while Luger executes chinlocks and bearhugs. Sting tags in for the Stinger Splash and the SCORPION DEATHLOCK on poor Holiday gets the win.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews Sting & Luger afterwards. Luger claims it's NOT over between him and Flair no matter what Flair does or tries to do. Sting just rambles for ten seconds. JIM ROSS INFORMS US -- HOLY SHIT -- THAT BUTCH REED IS ON HIS WAY TO THE NWA! FUCK YEAH! Sting seems displeased but FUCK YEAH!
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death (Since 12/26/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
January 21st, 1988
Atlanta, GA


Only an hour episode tonight. The main event is hyped of Flair/Windham vs. Gilbert and his mystery partner, as well as the fact that in the past week, Butch Reed has signed with JJ Dillon Enterprises and will be represented by him. Guess that means he'll be managed by JJ, but there's no plans for more Horsemen, which is gay.

JR & Schiavone interview Eddie Gilbert. He tells the fans that if they think somebody's not watching to call them and tell them now because this surprise he has won't just rock Flair & Windham's worlds, it'll rock the wrestling world to its very foundation.

Match #1: Michael P.S. Hayes vs. Russian Assassin #2 w/ Paul Jones & #2
Somebody better apologize to me for this. Michael Hayes vs. Jack Victory. What is two men I'd love to party with all night long but not watch them wrestle against each other? Correct. Hayes does some good arm work throughout but eventually, Victory takes over and works over the back, which is the only thing he can do good. Jones nails Hayes in the back with his arm and RA hits a big chokebomb to pin him but Hayes gets his foot on the rope. RA starts to celebrate thinking he's won and before he knows it, Hayes rolls him up to win instead.
Rating: *1/4

CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS: ST VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE~ on Valentines' Day.

Match #2: "Hacksaw" Butch Reed w/ JJ Dillon vs. George South
Reed dominates this and tosses South around. South makes him look like gold because that's his job. Some great blows to South's chest including a sick rising knee lift. Diving Lariat ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club. Rotunda says this issue with Steiner is far from over and he WILL get his TV Title back. Sullivan talks more shit on the Road Warriors and Rotunda tries to talk him down, but Sullivan gets too hyped up.

Match #3: Mike Rotunda & Kevin Sullivan vs. Randy Hogan & Gene Miller
The VC spend a few minutes trying to break Hogan’s arm. Sheesh, Gene Miller looks like a serial killer. The VC try to break his arm too! Sullivan hits the DOUBLE-STOMP and Rotunda delivers the butterfly suplex on Miller for the win.
Rating: *

We get a recap of Windham/Gilbert I, and then Windham/Gilbert II, including the post-match beatdown and challenge. Eddie Gilbert comes back out and brags more about his partner and says he's been waiting until THIS moment to embarass the Four Horsemen.

Back from break, Gilbert is all smiles in the ring as Windham & Flair make their entrances. They wait and wait and wait with Flair growing impatient. Suddenly, the Alan Parsons Project hits up and...OHH MY GOOOOOOD, IT'S RICKY THE DRAGON STEAAAAAAAMBOOOOOOAT~ FLAIR FLIPS OUT! STEAMBOAT! STEAMBOAT! STEAMBOAT!

Match #4: Ric Flair & Barry Windham w/ JJ Dillon vs. Ricky Steamboat & Eddie Gilbert
Total lack of prepardness is a great underlying story here, since the Horsemen are ALWAYS prepared. Windham starts off to try and soften him up for fearless leader. Steamboat breaks out his epic armdrags and the place goes nuts. The Horsemen re-group and Windham tries to take Steamboat to the mat but he won't allow it. Gilbert comes in to get his shots in on Windham for a bit before Flair comes in, and FLAIR WANTS STEAMBOAT! Steamboat takes Flair to the limit and back and it rules. Flair can't stay on his feet long enough, Steamboat makes sure he's constantly moving. Flair's selling for good friends is always better. He's great no matter what, but when it's somebody he loves and respect, it comes out so much more. Windham keeps offering the tag but Flair REFUSES because he KNOWS he's better than Steamboat and he wants to prove it. And as soon as he gets the chance to do it, he becomes so flustered that Steamboat takes over. Steamboat gives Gilbert the big chance to go after Flair and he does get a few shots in, but it's all Flair mainly. Flair lets Windham come in to take care of his new nemesis and they have a great back and fourth. Windham's largely in control until Steamboat hits a stun gun across the top ropes on Windham. Gilbert works the neck but Windham manages to place them near Flair to tag him in. Flair tries to take this lax but Gilbert takes over with huge punches and Flair does a beautiful Flair bump over the top. The Horsemen AGAIN regroup on the outside, showing their lack of preparedness for this. Gilbert does some shoddy knee work on Flair and even locks on a weak Figure Four, but it becomes the Horsemen isolating Gilbert in their corner, being prepared for something like that, and just murdering him. At one point, both Flair & Gilbert go down and Gilbert almost tags in Steamboat but Flair blocks it just in time and tags in Windham. Windham tosses him around and out to the outside where Flair runs him into the post a bunch of times. Windham starts breaking out the big guns, teasing a lariat but Gilbert avoids it at all costs. Each time Gilbert gets free from the Horsemen's corner, they come up with a new way for Gilbert to attempt a tag and a new way for the Horsemen to stop it. Windham connects with the lariat but GILBERT KICKS OUT AT 2 MY GOD! GILBERT TAGS IN STEAMBOAT! Gilbert lays dead on the apron as Steamboat fights off both Horsemen tremendously with great chops and karate chops. Flair becomes the legal man and gets the arm drag treatment. Steamboat hits a big press slam and goes up top. THE DRAGON FLIES AND CONNECTS WITH THE CROSS BODY! He pins Flair and Gilbert cuts Windham off short and Steamboat pins Flair clean. Now, don't get mad at me. I KNOW why they did and I know WHERE it goes. But I do not like a new guy in the promotion in his very first match in the promotion pinning the World Champion clean on national TV. I just...I don't like that. AMAZING match though and clearly the best non-Clash TV match of this entire NWA project.
Rating: ***3/4

JR & Schiavone interview Gilbert & Steamboat. Gilbert seems more excited for Steamboat's return and win than Steamboat is. Steamboat talks about his past in the NWA and what he's been up to the past few years, being put to the test, but never getting a fair shot at a World Title and wants to know what it'd be like for the Dragon to be the World Champion. Gilbert says he had alot of people come up and offer his services, but there was only one man he knew that was fit to be his partner in this situation because he's the only one that can beat Ric Flair, and that's Ricky Steamboat. Flair, JJ & Windham storm over and destroy the podium. Flair flips out and asks what he's doing. Steamboat says this is legit, he took the money to come here and there's nothing Flair can do about it. JJ says this is a scheme and will never go down in the record books. Steamboat walks off laughing and celebrating with the fans. Flair screams that he's a multi millionaire and this doesn't happen to him. They weren't prepared, this wasn't fair and it will be stricken from the books if it costs him everything because he can make it back immediately. He reminds us all that no matter what, he's still the World Champion. It's a cool dynamic to see Flair get pinned clean and show his first sign of vulnerbility in a promo in a long time. So I guess it does work out.
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
January 28th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Jim Ross interviews Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat about his problems with World Champion Ric Flair. Steamboat goes on and on about family and all that shit about how TBS and Turner is family oriented organization and he brings on BONNIE "BAH GAWD" STEAMBOAT AND RICHIE "FUCK THE FCW" STEAMBOAT~ Ugh. Some of the worst shit EVER.

Match #1: Michael P.S. Hayes & Junkyard Dog vs. Max McGyver & Bob Emory
This went on FOREEEEEEEEVER. Jesus Christ! Hayes uses the armbar while JYD uses his trusty head to do some damage. JYD hits the BIG THUMP on McGyver and then lets him up. The faces continue the beatdown until Hayes finally puts McGyver away with the DDT.
Rating: *

Tony Schiavone interviews Butch Reed. "AINT NOBODYS BUSINESS WHY IM HERE TONY SCHIAVONE. SHUT UP!" Evidently, JJ Dillon has hired Reed to be a bodyguard of sorts. I'm going to assume David Crockett's quit by now.

Match #2: Butch Reed w/ JJ Dillon vs. Alan Kensey
Reed beats the shit out of Kensey for 30 seconds and then puts him in a side headlock to beat him. That's not a typo or a mistake. Sadly, this is JJ's last appearence in the NWA/WCW until 1997.
Rating: 1/4*

Match #3: Kendall Windham vs. George South
Windham works on South’s arm for the whole match. Nothing really wrong with it wrestling-wise, just rather bland and boring. Barry comes down and joins JR and Tony for a while to put over his brother. BULLDOG connects, and Kendall is your winner. This got 8 unneccesary minutes. And something awful is about to begin.
Rating: 3/4*

This has been the worst episode of WCWSN since I started this project.

Match #4: "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert vs. Agent Steel
This is all headlocks and armbars. Gilbert is clearly just not giving a fuck today, or perhaps forever more since he's married to the sack of shit now. HOT SHOT~ ends it on Gene Anderson's kid.
Rating: 1/2*

Match #5: Mike Rotunda & Dr. Death w/ Kevin Sullivan vs. Trent Knight & Mike Jackson
Doc and Rotunda beat the fuck out of Mike Jackson. Rotunda suckers Trent Knight into a amateur sitout. He does it for real the first time, but then stomps him hard the second time. Awesome. Doc press slams both jobbers and then puts Knight away with the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE BAH GAWD I CAME BBQ SAUCE YOU FUCK!
Rating: *1/2

Match #6: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Russian Assassin #2 w/ Paul Jones & #1
Schiavone recalls the Steamboat/Jones relationship from the late ’70s to try and make this match a tad interesting. Steamboat chops and armdrags Assassin with no trouble at all. Flair comes out and walks over to Tony and JR to talk about the biggest fluke win in the history of wrestling that occurred last week. Assassin goes low and punches away. Slam gets two. He works an armbar while Flair berates the crowd for chanting “Let’s Go Steamboat!”. I love it! Flair's legitimately going up, fan to fan, in the front row and yelling at them for cheering for Steamboat, reminding them how he's the boss around here and he's who they paid to see the past 5 years in this studio. Amazing. More Assassin punishment follows. Steamboat skins-the-cat to set up his comeback and finishes Assassin off with the Cross Body to win! On a side note, during his comeback, he did the ten face smashes into the corner and it was literally one of the worst spots I've ever seen. Don't ever do that again, Ricky.
Rating: **

Post-match, Assassin #1 and Jones attack afterwards unsuccessfully. Now that all of that is out of the way, Flair wants to go. All he does is talk, so Steamboat DIVES OVER THE ROPES ONTO FLAIR! He botches it horribly but the moment still RULES! Barry Windham comes down for the save, which cues Eddie Gilbert to come save Steamboat. Gilbert winds up getting double-teamed and sent face-first into the ringpost, followed by GILBERT BEING FACE DOWN AND HELD BY WINDHAM! AND WHILE HIS FACE IS AGAINST THE FLOOR, FLAIR HITS A SICK KNEE DROP TO THE BACK OF HIS HEAD! JESUS FUCKING CHRIST! Steamboat makes a comeback and fights them off but it's too little too late as the heels bail. AMAZING segment.

Back from break, Gilbert does the stretcher job. JR & Schiavone are irrate and JR says the Horsemen deserve whatever's coming to them.

Match #7: Dick Murdoch vs. Mike Justice
Elongated 5 minute showcase squash for Murdoch that goes nowhere until he does some brief neckwork just so he can hit the Brainbuster and have it make sense.
Rating: *

Match #8: Lex Luger vs. Jerry Price
Shitty Luger armwork for about 3 minutes and it leads to the...TORTURE RACK?! NO WAY! NEVER SAW IT COMING NIG!
Rating: 1/2*

CHI TOWN RUMBLE~ update: MX/Cornette vs OMX/Dangerously in a LLT; Rotunda/Steiner for the TV Title; Windham/Luger for the US Title; Flair/Steamboat for the World Title.

Match #9: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Rick Allen & Keith Steinborn
MX delivers a leapfrog backbreaker combo to Steinborn. He announces their six-man tag match with the Original Midnights and Dangerously at Chi-Town Rumble has a special stipulation: whoever gets pinned must leave the NWA. Drop toe hold/elbow drop combo follows as well as the savate kick/bulldog combo. Paul E and the Originals come out from behind the curtain to play some MIND GAMES~! Bobby gets distracted and Allen takes control for a bit. That is until Steinborn tags back in and gets beat down and dumped out to the floor. The Midnights get into a standoff and when Steinborn tries something, he gets posted. Back in, Steinborn fires back on Eaton and tags Allen. He gets KILLED by a slingshot clothesline and then the VEG-O-MATIC for the deuce.
Rating: *3/4

Match #10: Rick Steiner [c] vs. Eddie Sweat [NWA Television Championship]
Steiner uses power moves throughout and pulls Sweat up after two on more than one occasion. All because apparently Alex told him to. Belly to Belly Suplex ends it.
Rating: *1/4

Tony Schiavone interviews Rick Steiner who rambles on with the damned dog in his arms. More Retardo and other childish jokes. Eugh, this is worse than Eugene.

Match #11: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Randy Hogan & Bill Holiday [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
Rape as you'd expect. Holiday is the only one to see action and gets put away pretty quickly with the Doomsday Device.
Rating: 3/4*

Jim Ross interviews LOD. They continue their unfortunate switch back to faces by talking shit on the Varsity Club and blah blah blah I've stopped caring again.

Match #12: Ivan Koloff vs. Gene Miller
Ivan works the mid-section for a while. Miller gets in a little offense, but then runs into a boot in the corner. Ivan beats on Miller down on the floor and then makes it difficult for him to get back in the ring. Once he is back in, he hits a Bossman straddle. A standing SICKLE and a Boston Crab gets the submission win.
Rating: *1/2

Ricky Steamboat comes back out and he's livid about what happened. JR tells us that Flair & Windham are going to be fined. Steamboat tells us Gilbert has a broken nose and severe concussion. Steamboat cuts an AWESOME promo about Flair being enraged with jealousy because Steamboat pinned him and how Windham & Flair came out here like assassins tonight ready to take him out. "...But Eddie Gilbert took my bullet. He took my bullet...And I can't live with that".
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Top Ten Matches of January
1. Ric Flair & Barry Windham vs. Ricky Steamboat & Eddie Gilbert (1/21/88) ***3/4
2. Rick Steiner (c) vs. Mike Rotunda [NWA TV Title] (1/14/88) ***1/2
3. Barry Windham (c) vs. Eddie Gilbert [NWA US Title] (1/14/88) **3/4
4. Ricky Steamboat vs. Russian Assassin #2 (1/28/88) **
5. Original Midnight Express vs. Trent Knight & Bob Emory (1/14/88) *3/4
6. Midnight Express vs. Rick Allen & Keith Steinborn (1/28/88) *3/4
7. Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death (c) vs. Randy Hogan & Mike Collins [NWA US Tag] (1/14/88) *3/4
8. Butch Reed vs. George South (1/21/88) *1/2
9. Ivan Koloff vs. Gene Miller (1/28/88) *1/2
10. Dick Murdoch vs. Eddie Sweat (1/14/88) *1/2

Wrestler of the Month: TIE - Ricky Steamboat / Barry Windham / Eddie Gilbert / Mike Rotunda
Tag Team of the Month: Midnight Express
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
February 4th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


So continuing the departures of the company, Tony Schiavone has now left to go to the WWF for the next year or so. Magnum TA has replaced him as the co-host and JR's fully in control because fuck yeah.

Eddie Gilbert meets with JR and Magnum at the beginning of the program with his broken nose all taped up. That sets up the flashback to last week where Eddie gets a knee drop from Flair face down on the concrete! Such carnage! Gilbert tells Flair and Windham that they should have KILLED him, because now he’s coming back to get his revenge!

Match #1: Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death [c] vs. George South & Bob Emory [NWA United States Tag Team Championships]
Sullivan attacks South’s leg and then tags Doc in for a half crab. Sullivan tags back in for a kneebar. South gets tossed over to Emory for a tag. Doesn’t matter much because Doc manhandles him with a press slam. Doc grabs a body scissors and hooks on a full-nelson down on the mat! The VC work on his arm and keep him in their corner. Sullivan hooks on an Ole Anderson-like armbar and really wrenches on it while he yells for the Road Warriors. Doc comes in for a try with the arm, but then Sullivan tags back in and hooks on a good key-lock and then PULLS up on it to get the submission. Not bad at all. Keep Sullivan with Doc so he looks good.
Rating: *3/4

Jim Ross interviews Ricky Steamboat and apparently tonight he's going to uh, work out, for us. Wat.

Match #2: The Fantastics vs. Trent Knight & Eddie Sweat
Meh, one of the better squashes I've seen from them to be honest. Albeit nothing changes, they're just not mailing anything in really. LE CANNONBALL~ ends it.
Rating: *1/4

So, JJ Dillon is gone from the NWA. Barry Windham & Ric Flair stand by with the man who bought all of JJ Dillon's contracts, making them all extremely rich, richer than they were before. AND IT'S HIRO BAH GAWD MATSUDA~ While it works with the times, of Japanese investors buying out American companies or Japanese countries becoming more American-friendly, it was awful for professional wrestling and even though it's gone on record that "your average fan wouldn't notice JJ was gone", it doesn't matter.

Match #3: Abdullah the Butcher w/ Gary Hart vs. David Heath
FUCK YEAH GANGREL! He's in a red, white and blue singlet and horribly out of shape. So it makes it even funnier when Abby murders him and stands on him, literally, for most of the match. After some decent neck and chest work, Abby hits a hard, hard elbow drop straight to the heart and Gangrel is dead until 1994.
Rating: *1/2

Match #4: Rick Steiner [c] vs. Mike Thor [NWA Television Championship]
MIKE THOR~ otherwise known as the masked PRETTY BOY FLOYD~ Steiner runs Lloyd upside down into the corner and then connects with a Steinerline. A huge powerslam but goddamnit, Rick’s not ready to pin him. He hits a release German suplex and then smiles about it. PBL tries to start up some offense, but Rick stops him with a Steinerline. He drives his forearms into PBL’s face and then puts him away with a belly to belly.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross conducts an interview with the Varsity Club. Rotunda calls Steiner stupid and promises he’ll get the TV belt back at the Chi-Town Rumble. Sullivan and Doc believe the Road Warriors have met their match.

Match #5: Barry Windham & Kendall Windham w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Mike Justice & Robbie Wise
Barry controls Justice to start with a Lariat and then throws him out to Kendall to get beat up. Back in, Wise gets a tag and takes a suplex. Kendall tags and helps out with a double-dropkick. Barry tags for another Lariat and the superplex. Instead of just pinning Wise, Kendall tags in for his awful running bulldog to get the pin. Ugh, die already.
Rating: *

Post-match Kendall & Barry put the boots to the jobbers some more. Interesting to note, Kendally's now wearing a similar glove as Barry, as well as tights and boots like his older brother. And his hair's in a ponytail, like his brother...and he's mysteriously starting to look a bit thicker. Hmm. Wonder why?

Match #6: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. The Terminators
The Terminators wear masks and they’re strong and that’s about it. Paul E and his Original Midnight Express come out to screw with Eaton and Lane while they’re trying to wrestle. Lane pins one of the Terminators after the Flap Jack. I think this went exactly 54 seconds.
Rating: 1/2*

Jim Ross interviews Lex Luger. Since Flair won’t allow any more title shots, he’s going after the next best thing: Barry Windham’s US title. I love Luger’s reason for going after the US belt. It’s not necessarily Windham that he wants, but knowing that if he’s the US champ, he’s automatically the #1 contender to the World belt, which means that Flair would have to wrestle him. Good booking, legit.

It’s time for Ricky Steamboat to finally work out in preparation for his match against Flair in two weeks. Dustin Rhodes, Bob Cook and Ric Diamond are all here in support of the Dragon. They’re only here to help Steamboat learn to counter Flair’s moves like the back suplex, a knee drop, and the figure-four, among others. Ric Flair comes out while the workout's going on and he's LIVID! IRATE, EVEN! He can't believe Steamboat would have the gall to do something like this. As we head to commercial, Flair starts yelling at the jobbers.

During the break, Steamboat invited Flair into the ring and Flair graciously accepted. They go to tie up but Flair rakes the eyes and goes to work on Steamboat in the corner and lights him up with chops. He works stiff as shit for some reason and Steamboat's chest immedieately chaps and starts to bleed, swelling up to a huge size. Steamboat comes out of the corner with big elbows and his epic armdrags. He hits the big body press and sends Flair into the corner and Flair botches the Flair Bump. Steamboat rips his shirt off him, leaving him shirtless with just a tie, in an awesome precursor of things to come. Hiro Matsuda pulls Flair out and they bail to the back with Steamboat wanting some more!

Jim Ross interviews the Road Warriors. It's official, they're putting the Tag Titles on the line against the US Tag Champs at the Chi-Town Rumble. Just your typical angry Road Warriors promo. They're full fledged face again, even though Ellering does his best to try and heel on Steamboat, but the fans ignore it.

Match #7: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Jerry Price
JR brings up the Japanese conglomerate that’s buying NWA contracts and says, “Does the date December 7th mean anything to anybody anymore?” AMAZING! Reed beats the crap out of this jamoke, throwing him around and it rules as usual. Flying Lariat ends it.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Sting. He's facing Butch Reed at Chi-Town Rumble and he wants Reed to come out here and talk shit to him but Reed doesn't show, so Sting just howls.

Match #8: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Mike Jackson & Kip Montanta [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
Jackson tries to hurt Animal, but that won’t happen. The same happens to poor Kip, who gets put away with the Hart Attack. That's stupid, why are they doing that?
Rating: 3/4*

It's announced at the Clash, the Road Warriors will actually DEFEND the Six Man Tag Titles with Tenyru to go against Sting, JYD & Hayes.

Match #9: Dick Murdoch vs. Eddie Royal
Murdoch works in a couple fireman’s carry throws and then grabs a headlock. Throw in some more punches, and the brainbuster, and it's all over. With no Dusty around, I fear that Murdoch's a squirrel without a nut.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews the Midnight Express and Jim Cornette. Corny does his best “Untouchables” impression. He then goes on to say that all evil men’s time must come. Capone died a broken man, Hitler blew his brains out, Ted Bundy met the electric chair , and now Paul E’s time has come. AWESOME promo.

Match #10: Mike Rotunda vs. Mike Allen
He gets all cocky with Allen to start with his fireman’s carry takeovers and such. He then works the leg in and out of the ring for a bit. Butterfly Suplex gets the win. Underwhelming 5 minute showcase.
Rating: *1/4

Match #11: Michael Hayes, Junkyard Dog & Sting vs. The Cruel Connection & Max McGyver
The Cruel Connection double teams Sting to begin with. Sting flips out of a double-armdrag from the Connection and then armdrags them both over. You’ve probably seen the spot. Tag to Hayes, who works a headlock on #2. JYD tags in for a headbutt, but then Sting punches #2 over to McGyver for a tag. Hayes tags in and finishes him off with the DDT. Out of nowhere, fuck it.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews the technicos trio. Hayes puts over the Fabulous Freebirds for making Six Man Tag Matches what they are today. JYD makes alot of dog references, Sting howls, and Hayes says he's gon' SLAP A JAP CAUSE HES MORE OF A NIGGER THAN YOU ARE!
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
February 11th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Only an hour episode tonight.

Jim Ross interviews Midnight Express and Jim Cornette. Corny whips out a doctored edition of the popular tabloid paper The Sun with Paul E’s picture under the caption “Doc Gives Woman Sex Change By Mistake” and that Paul E plans to have that procedure reversed on February 20 when his wrestling commitments come to an end. He’s also got a sack full of hotel information so that he doesn’t have to sleep in the bus station where he picks up his boyfriends. Cornette even called Rand McNally and they gave him a free road atlas to give to Paul E, which apparently gives you a direct route to hell. Before he and the Express leave, Cornette declares February 20 as Paul E’s last day in the NWA. Another amazing promo.

Match #1: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Trent Knight
Another public raping courtesy of Sir Butch Reed. Good stuff as usual and a diving shoulderblock ends it this time.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews Lex Luger. He cut his monthly promo last week, now he just repeats himself for the next 3 - 4 weeks.

Match #2: Michael Hayes & Dick Murdoch vs. Ric Allen & Mike Thor
WHAT A TEAM! Sadly they don't get showcased enough, or at all, really. I think mentor angle with Murdoch/Hayes would rule. Hayes and Murdoch work on Thor’s arm for a good while. Allen comes in and gets choked by Hayes. Murdoch tags in and finishes Allen off with the brainbuster.
Rating: *1/2

THE ROAD WARRIORS DID AN OLD SPICE COMMERCIAL?! AMAZING!

Match #3: Road Warriors & Paul Ellering vs. The Varsity Club [From NWA Pro]
Big brawl to start, as expected. Rotunda starts with Hawk. LOD is already getting face reactions. Rotunda tries to wrestle, but Hawk would rather punch. Animal and Sullivan tag. Animal no-sells a clothesline and fires back, so Doc tags in as a much more evenly matched opponent. Doc takes Hawk to the mat, but Hawk comes back fighting with a clothesline. Ellering and Sullivan go toe-to-toe. Ellering’s fires dropkicks everywhere on the VC! Animal and Rotunda tie up, but Doc pulls the rope down and Animal goes flying out to the floor to try and break his arm! Hawk comes over after the damage is done and throws a wooden podium around. Back in, Rotunda delivers a hammerlock slam and follows up with some elbow drops. Doc tags in and lowers the boom on Animal’s arm. Uh oh, OLE ANDERSON STEPOVER ARMBAR! FUCK YEAH OLE! He stomps away and then tags in Sullivan. Animal fires back, but Sullivan clips him and tags Rotunda. They draw Hawk and Ellering in and then deliver the old fashioned Anderson flying knee to the arm double team. It turns into a pier-six and Ellering gets posted. Together, Doc and Rotunda intentionally toss Hawk over the top rope for a DQ.
Rating: **3/4

Interview with the Varsity Club. Rotunda mentions that the Varsity Club can take it to LOD, but he’s more concerned with getting his TV belt back. Doc and Sullivan are going to break some arms at the Chi-Town Rumble. Wonder why that's the only body part they're focusing on.

Match #4: Rick Steiner [c] vs. Pretty Boy Lloyd [NWA Television Championship]
Steiner beats up Lloyd while talking to Alex. He rams PBL gut-first into the corner and then takes him outside for a bit. Back in, Steiner finally takes his jacket off and delivers the STEINERLINE~ to win.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews OMX & Dangerously. Heyman's gonna phone the rest of this feud in since both Rose & Condrey had already given their notice, so why should he give a shit? Can't say I blame him. Just refutes Cornette's claims, and whatever.

Match #5: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. The Cruel Connection
The Midnights clothesline the Connection out on the floor for tandem atomic drops. Lane shoots back in the ring with a slingshot back elbow. Shortly thereafter, Cruel #2 receives the VEG-O-MATIC and it's over. 90 seconds or less, what's going on here?
Rating: *
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NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

NWA: WCW Main Event
February 12th, 1989
Greenville, SC


Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously now host the show. Dangerously asks where that "italian fella" has gone and JR plays dumb. OH YOU!

Match #1: Dick Murdoch vs. Keith Steinborn
Again, why not save shit like this for WCWSN? Why waste a show called MAIN EVENT with preliminary matches? Steinborn gets some offense in early on and actually takes Murdoch to the outside, which proves to be fatal. Soon after, Murdoch facewashes him and uses the railings on the outside to soften him up. Back inside, some stretching on the neck leads to the obvious Brainbuster. But he's not done. Dusty Rhodes style Elbow Drop ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Continuing NWA/WCW's epic streak of not paying attention to things that they advertise, while a Road Warriors/Midnight Express match was promised at the top of the show, they do not deliver, and instead, just opt to show the actual "main event", if you wheel.

Match #2: Sting & Michael Hayes vs. Ric Flair & Barry Windham w/ Hiro Matsuda
Windham and Sting start this one. They run the ropes and Sting crotches himself on Windham’s shoulder off a leapfrog, but it doesn’t seem to bother him too much as he quickly recovers and rolls up Windham for two. Sting hits a press slam and Windham retreats over to Flair for a tag. He styles and profiles, but Sting no-sells his chops and gives Flair a press slam. Windham runs in and receives the same punishment. Flair takes a count and shoves ref Teddy Long around. This crowd literally seems to hate Flair. Back in, Sting grabs a test of strength. Flair corners Sting and tries for more chops, but it does no good. Sting hiptosses him out and delivers the dropkick for two. He delivers another hiptoss, but Flair avoids the dropkick. They run the ropes and Sting simply puts on the brakes and tags in Hayes. Flair immediately goes to his knees before Hayes even does the moonwalk! Flair tries to corner him in the wrong side of town, but Hayes punches out and follows up with more punches. The Flair Corner Flip puts him on the wrong apron and he walks right into a ear clap from Sting. Flair and Windham regroup and Teddy Long doesn’t mess around with that ten count. Flair hurries back at five. He corners Hayes for some chops and then snapmares him over for a Rolling Knee Drop. He tries another, but Hayes moves and posts Flair’s leg. That leads to a figure-four on Flair. Windham comes in to save, but Sting stops him and applies the figure-four. STEREO FIGURE FOURS~! The crowd goes crazy for this stuff. Once all that is done, Flair low blows Hayes to take back control. Windham tags in for an inverted atomic drop. The Horsemen then cheat like CRAZY by using extra leverage and illegal trade-offs on an abdominal stretch. Just old school heel awesomeness. After all that, then Flair throws Hayes over the top rope behind the ref’s back. Flair goes back to the knee and tags in Windham for a Lariat. Cover, 1-2-NO! Hayes gets a desperation sunset flip, but Windham reaches over to Flair for a tag before he falls back. Flair rakes the eyes, but Hayes blocks a hiptoss and executes a backslide for 1-2-NO! Flair goes to the eyes AGAIN and then heads up top. Guess what happens next. HOT TAG TO STING! He backs Flair into the corner for the ten-count corner punch. Hiptoss and dropkick follow, and the same goes for Windham. The double-team from Flair and Windham fails and Sting NO-SELLS the chops. Stinger Splash! SCORPION DEATHLOCK! Windham saves and Hayes gets dumped. The Horsemen attempt another double-team, but Flair gets tripped up by Hayes and Sting rolls up Windham to win.
Rating: ***1/4

After the break, JR & Dangerously recap the show, including the Main Event, which actually went about 16 minutes. Dangerously says he'll never do this again unless JR grows a personality, because he's worse than David Crockett. MORE SHEWTS~

TONIGHT AT THE OMNI~ Night of Champions:
Ric Flair [c] vs. Michael Hayes
Barry Windham [c] vs. Sting
Road Warriors [c] vs. Original Midnight Express
Sullivan & Dr. Death [c] vs. Midnight Express
Larry Zbyszko [c] vs. Junkyard Dog
Rick Steiner [c] vs. Al Perez
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NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu (Since 12/10/1988)

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WCW Presents: Clash of the Champions V - "St. Valentine's Day Massacre
Wednesday, February 15th, 1989
Cleveland, Ohio


Whoa. One of the loudest audio packages on any of the torrents I've ever reviewed. I have the level set at 15 and it's equal to what 100 would be normally. Fuck my life.

Match #1: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. The Russian Assassins w/ Paul Jones
Dusty's no longer in charge and the Russian stock immediately plummets. Nikita quit, Ivan's dissapeared, and the Assassins are regulated to enhancement talent, which in all fairness, is what they are. Assassins do a great job of isolating Stan Lane in the early going, but it soon fizzles out. Rather boring stuff as they work on his back with a suplex every once in a while and put him in a bearhug. This continues until the Russians go for the Russian Missile, which apparently only works on jobbers because I’ve never seen them hit it on anyone else. HOT TAG TO EATON! He quickly gets dumped though, but then the Russians have some miscommunication problems as one of them loads up their mask and headbutts the other Assassin by accident. Lane nails the one who screwed up with a savate kick while Eaton heads up top for the Rocket Launcher on the other Rooskie for the win.
Rating: **

The point of that was to make the Midnight Express look good going into Chi-Town Rumble. However, they just struggled against a team that's been nothing but enhancement talent the past few months, even during their feud with Ivan Koloff to be fair. It makes them look weak to struggle for almost 15 minutes again them.

Bob Caudle interviews Ricky Steamboat, who's with BONNIE~ and RICHIE~ because fuck yeah family, apparently? Anyway, he says tonight is the last in a long line of tune-up matches he's been having across the country to prepare himself for Flair and he hopes he's going to give the fans their money worth tonight.

Match #2: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Scott Casey
This is the first Clash of what they would pretty much become. Just enhancement matches on a bigger stage. Now they looked like Steve Casey was going to be getting a push when he was showing up watching people's matches a few weeks ago, but I guess not, because here he gets his ass kicked for SEVENTEEN FUCKING MINUTES. When I tell you he gets next to NO offense in, I'm not bullshitting you in the slightest. While a Reed power squash is always fun, I don't want to see ANYONE squash someone for SEVENTEEN MINUTES. Totally pointless, did nothing for neither man. Casey slides out of a press slam attempt only to get his head taken off with a huge lariat.
Rating: 3/4*

What really hurts my feelings is that this is the first straight-from-TV version of the Clash I've gotten to see in this project, so I'm getting all the shitty stuff in full length. Fuck you.

Ric Flair comes out with five "gorgeous" ladies, who are in reality, extremely ugly. God, why was like, every woman ugly until the 90s? Flair's in the most expensive suit he's ever worn, apparently, and has an extremely big fur coat on. He cuts his usual epic interview about being the best in the world and what his lifestyle entails. He offers a truce to Ricky Steamboat and invites him out to have the pick of the liter of women he has with him. Ricky Steamboat comes out to the top of the entryway with his wife and kid, but hands his kid off to his wife and heads to the ring, which is funny considering she divorced him for cheating about a year later. Anyway, Steamboat goes to the ring and Flair renigs on his offer. He points to his clothes and his ladies and says this is what being the World Champion is all about, and until he's ready to commit, he'll NEVER live up to the Nature Boy's standards. Steamboat looks to the crowd in disbelief and Flair warns him to never turn his back on the Nature Boy and always look him in the eye. Flair tells Steamboat to rethink their match at the Chi-Town Rumble and now's the time to back out and head home with his kid and play catch. Steamboat retorts by saying he despises everything Flair is all about and what he represents. Flair interrupts him and shows off his coat, his shoes and rolex, saying he knows Steamboat doesn't despise any of that stuff. Flair tells Steamboat to head home with the misses and do the dishes. He goes to leave with the women, but STEAMBOAT TURNS HIM AROUND DECKS HIM! AND IT'S ON! FLAIR AND STEAMBOAT! FLAIR AND STEABOAT! FLAIR AND STEAMBOAT! During their epic back and fourth, Steamboat manages to slowly rip off all of Flair's clothes, and before you know it, he's in the middle of the ring engaging in a huge chop battle with Steamboat, dressed only in his socks and underwear. They head off into the crowd and battle some more. As Steamboat gets back in, Matsuda attacks him from behind with some vicious open handed chops to the chest. Flair goes to get some shots in but Steamboat fights them both off and the heels bail. Steamboat puts on all of Flair's ripped clothes and struts around. He gets on the mic and says this is what he thinks of all of this stuff and he completely rips it to shreds and spits on it.

Match #3: Lex Luger vs. The Blackmailer w/ Hiro Matsuda
Blackmailer is Jack Victory, who's pulling double duty tonight. Matsuda's accompanying him because they've hired him to soften Luger up for Chi-Town Rumble. JR tries to associate the angle with the Blackmail persona, but uh, it's not even close. Luger hits a powerslam early on and goes to a headlock on the mat. Blackmailer fights up, but then he runs into a press slam. He gets a break though as Luger falls out to the floor after missing a clothesline. He comes back in with a sunset flip for a one-count. Blackmailer chokes Lex in the ropes and then puts him in a chinlock. Luger elbows out and counters a suplex and then starts no-selling some punches before giving Blackmailer a Superplex to send a message to Windham. Nice extended squash.
Rating: **1/4

Bob Caudle interviews Rick Steiner backstage. Steiner tells him Alex, his hand and only friend, told him he'll be fine defending the TV Title tonight and at CTR. Whatever. Stop this and bring in Scott already. Speak of the devil, Rick announces he's gotten back up and his little brother Scott will accompany him to ringside at Chi-Town Rumble.

Match #4: Varsity Club [c] w/ Kevin Sullivan vs. The Fantastics [NWA United States Tag Team Championships]
Pretty sure this is the end of the Fantastics. For some reason, Rotunda's taking Sullivan's place in this which I'm fine with, even though recently, Sullivan's held his own quite well with Doc. I guess the Freebird rule is under effect without actually being said. They do some more mat stuff, but then Rogers gives Rotunda a clothesline for two. Rotunda grabs him again and tags in Williams, who you REALLY don’t want giving you a clothesline. Of course, Doc comes in and explodes on Rogers with a clothesline. He tries to follow up with an elbow drop, but he misses and allows Rogers to tag in Fulton. A double-dropkick from the Fantastics puts Doc down on his butt. It’s not too long though until Doc grabs a headlock. debut. Williams gets dumped off, but he’s quickly back on Fulton for a tag out to Rotunda. He gets in trouble when Fulton gets a sunset flip for two, so he tags in Doc again. He gets nailed with a crossbody block for two, but then Fulton rolls over and tags in Rogers. The Varsity Club works him over for a bit until Rogers fights out of the corner and tags in Fulton for a knee-lift for a nearfall. Fulton tries a ten-count corner punch on Rotunda, but Doc shoves him off to the floor! While Rotunda distracts the ref, Doc gives Fulton a hotshot on the railing around ringside! Back in, the Varsity Club continues the dismantling of Bobby Fulton. Rotunda tries a splash, but Fulton gets the knees up. Doc gets a tag and cuts off Fulton before a tag could be made! He delivers a hotshot, a multiple-rep press slam, and a three-point stance before going for the Oklahoma Stampede. Fulton is able to counter it though by grabbing the top rope and falling back on top of him! He finally gets up and makes the tag to Rogers! He does okay against Doc until Rotunda shows up on the floor to trip him up. Rotunda gets in and dumps Rogers. Fulton comes in and goes toe-to-toe with Rotunda while Rogers comes off the top with something on a draped-over Doc. He covers while the ref is busy trying to get Fulton out of the ring. Meanwhile, Rotunda stomps on Rogers’ head from the middle rope as Doc rolls him over and covers for the win. Kind of a lame duck ending, but a good enough match for the Fantastics last major outing.
Rating: ***

Match #5: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat w/ Bonnie & Richie Steamboat vs. Bob Bradley
Crowd is shitting all over Steamboat's family gimmick, and are openly jeering his wife & kid, as well as him. They chant "WE WANT FLAIR" throughout the entire match. gets a bunch of slams on Steamboat both inside and outside the ring, but nothing else of note. He eventually misses a charge in the corner for Steamboat to take over with armdrags. Bradley escapes from an armbar and hits a side slam, but then he misses a flying headbutt from the top. Steamboat heads up and hits the judo chop and then the Flying Crossbody for the win.
Rating: *3/4

Match #6: Rick Steiner [c] vs. Rip Morgan [NWA Television Championship]
Morgan starts pounding on Steiner, but he comes back with a Steinerline. He tries to smash Steiner’s face into the buckle, but it has no effect! Steiner hits a powerslam for two and barks a little bit. He runs into a boot though and gets stuck in a chinlock for a bit. Morgan then attempts a middle-rope fist drop, but he misses and gets caught with another Steinerline for a Steiner victory. On a completely unrelated sidenote, Morgan looks like a cross between Eugene & Bruiser Brody. But unlike Eugene or Bruiser Brody, is completely awful and not memorable.
Rating: *1/2

Bob Caudle interviews JYD, Hayes & Sting backstage. Sting's completely lost it and all he does is scream anymore. JYD barks alot but doesn't say anything of note. Hayes cuts the only actual promo putting over his history in six man tag team situations and how he's bringing that to the table with one of the best wrestlers of the world and one of the greatest of all time. They go back down this set of steps to their locker room to finish getting ready. Bob Caudle's wrapping up the interview when Kevin Sullivan runs by laughing. The camera follows him and SULLIVAN LOCKS A CAGE DOOR THAT WAS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRCASE! STING, JYD & HAYES ARE TRAPPED AND CAN'T GET OUT! Sullivan tells Caudle not to worry about it and he has it completely taken care of. Sullivan darts off and we see Sting, JYD & Hayes come back up and flip out behind the steel fence, which seems like a hilarious jail scene.

Match #7: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. The Varsity Club [NWA Six Man Tag Team Championships]
Somehow, the Varsity Club has been able to come out and take the other team's place in this match and if they weren't before, the Road Warriors are definetely now full fledged faces. We cut backstage throughout the match where DOUG FUCKING DILLINGER is attempting to free the technicos trio. Decent brawl all over the place to start things off, with literally no order to it. Once it turns into a regular six-man tag match, LOD treats the Varsity Club like they’re beating up small children. That is, until Rotundo and Animal to the floor. Animal gets his arm slammed into the guardrail to give the Varsity Club the advantage. After a whole bunch of work done on Animal’s arm, the Varsity Club goes for a Triple Spike Piledriver which looks deadly, BUT HERE COMES STING, JYD & HAYES! BAH GAWD JESUS CHRIST! IT'S A NINE PERSON PIER-6 BRAWL!
Rating: **

Post-match, the Road Warriors & JYD/Hayes/Sting have cleared house. Amazingly, Sting's seemingly forgiven the Road Warriors for the past 4 months with no reasoning or explination, let alone even it being brought up. Fuck you. Worst "big show" of this NWA project yet.
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
February 18th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Recap of the Flair/Steamboat segment from the Clash to start the show.

Jim Ross & Magnum TA interviews Ricky Steamboat. With only 48 hours until the Chi-Town Rumble, Steamboat remains confident as he heads into the biggest match of his career.

Jim Ross interviews Paul E. Dangerously. He talks about that he's pulled Dennis Condrey from the match at Chi-Town Rumble so he can throw a loop in the MX's plans and says it's also due to personal reasons, but they're still going to win.

Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club. There’s a new member in the crew. He’s from the University of Georgia and his name is Dan Spivey! Sullivan tells us about a crazy dream he had about the Road Warriors. Next up, whoa! Spivey is like cocaine on the mic! All Rotunda has to say is that he’s ready to get his TV belt back just like he’s done for the last month. Rotunda looks completely deflated and like he's ready to die.

Match #1: Dan Spivey vs. Tony Suber
FUCK YEAH WAYLON MERCY! Good squash. Once again, Suber backs up his claim as the King of the Jobbers by bumping around like crazy for Spivey and making him look great. Huge sidewalk slam ends it for Spivey's first victory in his first match.
Rating: *1/2

My theory continues to prove correct as Lex Luger's interviewed, and repeats the same things of the past two weeks. I guess it's not too flawed since the Saturday Night program is all about selling tickets and PPV's. He said what he wanted to say, now he's sending the points home further each week.

Match #2: Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Jerry Price
Steamboat looks amazing in this showcase. All of his typical stuff is hit to a perfect T and Price does his job amazingly. He even takes like a 360 bump for an armdrag. THE DRAGON TAKES TO THE SKY TO WIN!
Rating: *3/4

Match #3: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Ned Brady & Julio Barerra [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
Short, sweet and stiff. Animal powerslams Brady from the middle turnbuckle for the win.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews LOD & Ellering. They’ve come to the conclusion that the reason the Varsity Club have brought in Spivey is because they need help taking the belts away from the Road Warriors. Alot of jumbled words and phrases that break down into them wanting to decapitate and disembowel the Varsity Club.

Butch Reed comes out to the podium and talks shit on Sting, daring him to come out. He's got his eyes on something in the production area and suddenly just leaves. Why? Because here comes Sting for his match from the other side of the set. Fuck yeah Butch Reed.

Match #4: Sting vs. Max McGyver
Sting hits all of his usual stuff while he gets a little distracted by Reed. He then works a headlock for a while, hits the Stinger Splash, and then uncles McGyver with the Scorpion Death Lock to win.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Matsuda, Flair & Windham. Windham looks SO miserable at this point and probably can't wait to head back to the WWF, which is coming soon. Windham says he's going to teach Kinsey a lesson and make an example out of him for Luger. Flair puts over Steamboat and is almost kissing his ass, trying to underhandedly back out of the match at the Chi-Town Rumble. When JR accuses him of such, Flair flips out and runs Steamboat and his family down, calling him pathetic.

Match #5: Barry Windham [c] w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Allen Kinsey [NWA United States Championship]
Real methodical squash for Windham. Seems more like apathy than anything though. After the prolonged beatdown, a lariat ends it.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews MX. Cornette mocks the fact that Condrey won't be at Chi-Town Rumble and talks more trash on what's going to happen to Dangerously, claiming he will run him back to that two-bit promotion up north so he can go back to being just "second rate".

Sting's supposed to be interviewed, but before he can come out, the SAMOAN SWAT TEAM~ makes their debut and rushes the ring to start their match early. In the meantime, Hiro Matsuda, Gary Hart, Paul E Dangerously, Paul Jones & Kevin Sullivan are all watching, scouting the SST.

Match #6: Samoan Swat Team vs. Bob Emory & Dale Lepreyouse
FATU AND SAMU FUCK YES. This rules so fucking much, the SST are just great power houses and can actually go. They're not just a bunch of quick, flash power moves. It all looks real and legit I just...I love them. Double Thrust Kick connects on LaParouse! Samu hits a DDT off the second rope and then gives him a back superplex to set up a Fatu flying splash for the win.
Rating: *3/4

Jim Ross finally gets to interview Sting. He’s kind of disappointed that Reed isn’t talking junk about him. Sting is just happy that Reed comes out to watch his matches, and that gets him excited. I don't recall any of this happening. Infact, it happened in the absolute reverse.

Jim Ross again interviews Barry Windham and Hiro Matsuda, with Kendall at their side. Barry puts Luger over as a great athlete, but Barry’s on his case. He will do whatever it takes to keep the belt and will not not cheat to do it! He sticks around to watch Luger's match.

Match #7: Lex Luger vs. Keith Steinborn
Luger works an armbar, a pair of clotheslines, the powerslam, and then finishes Steinborn off with the Torture Rack.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews Ricky Steamboat again. He says he doesn’t want Flair to treat him like he has Luger, meaning that if he doesn’t capitalize on his opportunity at the Chi-Town Rumble, he may not get anymore title shots.

Match #8: Michael Hayes & Dick Murdoch vs. Mac Anderson & El Negro
I CAME! TWO WEEKS IN A ROW FUCK YEAH! Good in and out, nothing perfect, but it's all scientific. Paint by numbers, really. Murdoch works over the neck and Hayes joins in as well. Hayes hits a pretty sick snap DDT to set up for Murdochs' brainbuster on EL NIGGER to end it.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Paul E Dangerously, who's running solo tonight. At this point, Condrey had indeed quit, fed up with George Scott & Jim Crockett, and Rose wanted to leave too, but vowed to stay through at least Chi-Town Rumble, but would make no other appearences until then. He promises to send Cornette & MX to hell on Monday Night at the PPV if it's the last thing he ever does.

Match #9: Abdullah the Butcher w/ Gary Hart vs. Ric Allen
Abdullah stomps all over Allen and then applies the nerve hold. After TWO MINUTES of that, Allen is out and Abdullah drops a pair of big elbows from the corner to win.
Rating: *1/4

Match #10: Rick Steiner & Eddie Gilbert vs. The Cruel Connection
HOT STUFF INTERNATIONAL FUCK YEAH! The CC get their masks ripped and pulled on for a good while. #2 gets nailed with a Steinerline. Off a cross-corner whip, one of the Cruel Connection guys dosey-doe into a STEINERLINE~ Belly to Belly Suplex ends it. Barely any Gilbert. His face is still "messed up" from the attack three weeks ago.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Gilbert & Steiner. Gilbert treats Steiner like his actual dog, having to summon him and make him sit and even talks to him like a pet. He keeps reassuring Steiner that he'll beat Rotunda again at Chi-Town Rumble. Steiner says he's not stupid, he's working out his problems and he now knows, too, that he'll beat Rotunda to retain the title. Gilbert promises to have Steiner's back incase any of the other 3 Varsity Club members want to get involved.
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (Since 11/26/1987)
NWA United States Champion: Barry Windham (Since 5/13/1988)
NWA Television Champion: Rick Steiner (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

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WCW Presents: Chi-Town Rumble '89
Monday, February 20th, 1989
Chicago, Illinois


This is the real, legit straight from PPV to VHS version of the show, so nothing's clipped. That means I might really have to suffer from some awful things.

Kieran Culkin is in attendance. That's right, while the WWF was giving you Malcauly Caulkin appearences, NWA got his little, unknown brother.

Match #1: Michael P.S. Hayes vs. Russian Assassin #2 w/ Paul Jones
I'm perversely interested in this only because Victory's had two great TV matches so far this year. However, it's wn/lose because if he is able to pull out a good performance here, he'll probably shit the bed when he takes Condrey's place later on in the night. Also, proving they can't keep track of their own masked superstars, the ring announcer introduces him as Russian Assassin #1, even though it's clearly Jack Victory, who's Russian Assassin #2. Ugh. Whatever. Assassin levels Hayes with a Russian sickle for two. Some choking leads to a chinlock, but Hayes elbows out and hits a crossbody for two. Another Russian sickle gets two, and we're back in the chinlock. It's like Hayes vs. Hayes now. Hayes fights up out of the chinlock and delivers a corner clothesline. He turns away from Assassin though and gets nailed. Paul Jones gets a shot and it does nothing. Hayes blocks a turnbuckle smash for a whole bunch of his own and then goes for the Bulldog, but the Assassin shoves him off. Hayes still manages to counter a suplex. They trade blows, but Assassin misses a corner charge and runs shoulder-first into the ringpost. Ten-count corner punch leads to the DDT out of nowhere by Hayes for the win. Very uninspiring and not a very good way to open up the show.
Rating: *

Bob Caudle interviews Ricky Steamboat, who legitimately seems nervous. He's with BONNIE~ and RICHIE~ and he talks about being a family man and I can feel my stomach turn. EUGH. This shit was cornier than anything Hogan ever did in the 80's.

Match #2: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Sting
This was decent, but I expected alot better. I know I'm going to sound like an EWR game here, but I just don't think their styles meshed whatsoever. The entire match pretty much just revolved around a goddamn chinlock from Sting. Sting would try his typical offense and Reed had none of it, so Sting would immediately find a way to ground him and put him right back into the chinlock. Reed soon turns the tables and starts a series of his OWN chinlocks, FUCK man. Sting gets out pretty fast with a jawbreaker. Reed misses a clothesline, but Sting does not. Sting works the crowd and then hits a backdrop followed by the awesome jumping elbow drop. Reed knows he's in trouble, so he throws Sting out again on the floor and then stomps him on the apron. Sting sneaks in a shoulderblock and tries a sunset flip, but Reed comes down on Sting and grabs the ropes for a near fall, but Long takes him off the ropes and Sting's able to roll him up to win. Blech.
Rating: **

Post-match, Reed goes to attack an exhausted Stinger, but Sting decks him with one punch and Reed bails. That's stupid. This did nothing for either man. No need for it to have gone 20 minutes either.

Bob Caudle interviews Paul E Dangerously and he brings on Randy Rose and...JACK VICTORY?! Yeah, so they announced already Condrey wouldn't be taking part and Paul E saves face by saying he had Condrey stay home because out of the three men in the OMX, Condrey was the one they knew the best, so they brought in their secret weapon.

After OMX makes their entrance, Bob Caudle interviews MX & Cornette. Cornette cries bullshit on Paul E bringing in Victory and claims he's sure Condrey's somewhere in the building ready to strike at a moment's notice, but there's only one Midnight Express surviving tonight, and you're looking at 'em.

Match #3: Midnight Express & Jim Cornette vs. Original Midnight Express & Paul E. Dangerously [Loser Leaves Town Match]
Alot of chain wrestling and basic shit to start off. Only highlight is Stan Lane breaking out more TAE KWAN DO~ and failing miserably. We go to Eaton vs. Rose, which is the constant highlight of the match. Both teams take their opponents into their corners so the managers can cheap shots in throughout the match and they do a really good job of building up the eventual tag in of the managers to go at each other. Victory over powers Eaton and he gets isolated. Rose comes back in for some great stretching on Eaton. They brawl briefly to the outside and a big brawl is teased but the ref immediately stops it. Eaton & Rose have a tremendous battle on the apron that Rose takes control of, even doing the teetering on the apron. Rose tosses Eaton back in for a slam and then tags in Paul E for the first time in the match. Paul E stomps and mocks until Eaton takes a swing and then scurries over to Randy Rose for a tag. Man, he was a great heel manager. Cornette WANTS a tag and NEEDS Paul E to get his butt in the ring. Paul E says "Nuh uh", so Cornette charges after him. Paul E hops off the apron to allow Rose to nail Cornette from behind. Rose slams Cornette around and now he brings in Paul E. He stomps away and hits a big KO punch, but Cornette kicks out at two. Eaton encourages Cornette from the apron while Paul E is smashing his face into the turnbuckle. Cornette regroups as Paul E works the crowd and then spins Paul E around for a barrage of punches. But Cornette is so messed up from the attack that he doesn't realize he's in the wrong corner, allowing Rose to tag in and level Cornette with a huge lariat. After some brief stomps, Victory comes in and murders Cornette pretty good until Eaton kind of cheats to get Cornette to tag him in, leaning in way too far. Once Eaton maintains law and order, they try isolating Victory but the managers go at it on the outside. Eaton attempts to save Cornette and Lane gets a 2 on 1 beatdown and it's really fun. After killing Lane's back, he escapes an imitation VEG O MATIC~ attempt and gets the HOT TAG TO EATON BAH GAWD! Eaton fucking cleans house, taking Rose off the apron and murdering Victory with a missile dropkick and a huge elbow drop. He drags Victory over and forces him to tag in Dangerously. Dangerously gets drug into the ring and gets a HI-LO~ from MX. HOT TAG TO CORNETTE NOW AND THE CROWD CUMS! Cornette hits a few shitty lariats and goes for a pin but Randy Rose storms back in to break it up. Cornette crawls through his legs to tag in a rejuvenated Lane. Lane & Rose have their first actual series of the match and it seems kind of offputting at this point, but whatever. Rose goes for a big flying splash but Lane rolls through it and gets a 2 count before Victory breaks it up. ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE~ Dangerously dumps Cornette and helps out his team momentarily until heel miscommunication occurs and his team bump heads. Cornette trips up Paul E and holds him by his legs as THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS END A MATCH AND A FEUD WITH THE ROCKET LAUNCHER ONTO RANDY ROSE! FUCK YEAH! FULL CIRCLE MOTHERFUCKERS! Dangerously's face is priceless. This was very, very good, but I have a feeling this could've been, perhaps, one of the best matches of the year if Condrey was around.
Rating: ***1/2

Post-match, it's revealed that the LOSING TEAM isn't out of the NWA, no no, see, they decided to change it at the last second because of the situation, and now only the person who got pinned is gone. So after all this hype of wanting to see Dangerously gone, the only person gone is Randy Rose. Which is ashame, because he grew on me, and from what I've read, is a legitimately good human being.

Bob Caudle interviews Ric Flair with Hiro Matsuda. Flair reminds Steamboat that HE has to beat HIM tonight, not the other way around. Flair can phone it in, mail it in, do whatever he wants, because he has a million ways to keep the title, while Steamboat only has one way to win. BE AT YOUR BEST STEAMBOAT! BE AT YOUR BEST! YOU'VE GOT THE NATURE BOY, TONIGHT IN CHI-TOWN!

Bob Caudle interviews Rick Steiner and...guueeeesss who? HEH! IT'S THE BIG BAD BOOTY DADDY SCOTT STEINER! Scott explains the reason why Rick acts the way he acts is because of a serious car accident years ago. Rick says he doesn't remember but says he has trouble remembering. Scott explains why his friend "Alex" was created. Oh god, just...shut up and wrestle. In what I'm assuming is a bit of foreshadowing, Steiner says he might get into the ring tonight and just forget and take Rotunda's head off. I assume the opposite happens and his newfound head injury causes him to lose.

Match #4: Rick Steiner [c] w/ Scott Steiner vs. Mike Rotunda [NWA Television Championship]
They should've stopped this feud with the TV match a few weeks back, since that was the best in their feud. This just...this isn't good. Rotunda wants a handshake to screw with Steiner. Alex says don't do it, so Rick calls Rotunda a bad man. Rotunda still manages to apply the abdominal stretch near the ropes to cheat up a storm. Scott lets Teddy Long know what is happening, and eventually Rotunda gets caught. Rick reverses into an Oklahoma roll, but he's in the ropes. Rotunda takes a breather and comes back in with a cheapshot. Rotunda tries a crossbody out of the corner, but Steiner rolls through for a really close fall. Rotunda powers Steiner to the mat into an elevated armbar. Steiner comes back with a backdrop for two. Steiner wants a flying splash, but Rotunda rolls away and throws Steiner out for a good shoulder posting. Back in, Steiner surprises Rotunda with a powerslam. He hesitates to cover though and only gets two. Oh man, Kevin Sullivan is out here now with a mic in-hand. He mentions something about Rick Steiner's dog Spike and then laughs all evil-like. That brings Rick out to the floor and gets him all distracted. Back in again, Rick gets dropped with a nice back suplex for two. Rotunda whiffs on a dropkick and takes ten-count corner punches in the corner. Sleeper hold follows, but Rotunda falls back on top and Steiner gets his shoulders counted for the win. UGH. Glad Rotunda has the belt back, but let's ass some flavor to this title reign. Short of his series with Ricky Santana and then the beginning of the Steiner feud, he did NOTHING in 1988.
Rating: *3/4

Post-match, Scott gets in to raise his brother's arm in victory. Apparently, he must've been in a fucking car accident too. I feel like if the NWA at this point had a finish man like Pat Patterson, they would've been in much better shape, creatively speaking.

Bob Caudle interviews the Road Warriors. Jibba jabba, hometown heroes. I think they realized Chicago was going to turn them face no matter what, so why not put them up against the now (shockingly) top heels in the company to complete the turn? Fuck it, fuck you, fuck everything.

Match #5: Barry Windham [c] w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Lex Luger [NWA United States Championship]
Windham's already dressed in his Widowmaker gear. This is his last NWA appearance. He takes a couple of months vacation before heading to the WWF sometime in the summer. This should've been treated so much more importantly considering this is their blow off from 10 months ago. Instead, it's just a loop hole for Luger to try and get a World Title shot again. Otherwise, this is quite good. Luger does some great work on Windham's claw hand to avoid that at all cost, and it even spreads up to the arm, which is the one he does the lariat with, as well. Awesome brawl around the outside area. They trade blows, but Windham stops that with the Lariat as Lex has been busted open a little bit. More guardrail damage down on the floor ensues, but then Luger avoids a punch up against the ringpost and Windham hits steel with his claw hand. Back in, Windham punches back with his hurt hand and immediately regrets that decision. Oh wow, Windham bladed his fucking hand. That kind of rules. Windham tries to fight through it and goes for a clawhold but Luger gets out of it, which is big and the crowd knows it, going nuts. Windham manages to stay in control and goes for a superplex but takes forever to hit it because of the hurt hand. A weak Windham tries for a bridging german suplex but, IT'S NECCESARY TO NOT ONLY HAVE THIS ENDING TWICE IN A NIGHT, BUT BACK TO BACK, WINDHAM OUTWRESTLES HIMSELF AND LUGER'S SHOULDERS ARENT DOWN ON THE MOVE, BUT WINDHAM'S ARE. I agree with Roddy Piper in saying that this is a stupid thing to do in wrestling, it makes no sense. Why would somebody put themselves in a position like that to get pinned off of an offensive maneuver? So fucking stupid. Great until the ending. Farewell, Barry.
Rating: ***

Bob Caudle interviews Mike Rotunda. Rotunda says the party is over for Steiner and he's not worried about what people think of how he won it, because ten years from now, they'll just wanna know who won it. Considering that in 1999, Rotunda had become completely irrelevant and the TV was thrown in a garbage can, I'd say your logic is sadly and mistakenly flawed.

Match #6: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
This has gotta be the birth of the coined phrase "Road Warriors Pop" because this is one of the most insane pops I've ever heard, jesus christ. Sullivan is totally out of the loop here in a sense that, he can't even brawl on the level of the Road Warriors & Doc. He pretty much goes out of his way to make this shitty by doing awful limb work on Animal & Hawk and the fans start to shit on it completely. Seeing this, the Road Warriors clearly change the pace and wouldn't surprise me if they start calling it on the fly because they break out alot of big power shit that rules mainly because of the atmosphere. Like, Animal does his powerslam off the middle rope onto Sullivan that would've been like "eh" in the TBS studio, but because it's in Chicago and the way the crowd is, it's made to look like a public raping. I just assume the savages in Chicago cheer for public rapes. Big brawl erupts and Hawk ends up being posted down on the floor by Doc. Meanwhile in the ring, Animal is looking for the DOOMSDAY DEVICE on Sullivan, but Doc breaks it up. Then Hawk sneaks up on the top rope and comes down on Sullivan with a clothesline. Meanwhile, Animal gets the Oklahoma Stampede from Doc. Both men cover at the same time. The ref actually pays attention and counts for Hawk/Sullivan since they're both legal. Both teams immediately get up and no-sell everything from the past 8 minutes to start celebrating. The ref declares the Road Warriors the winners and they retain. THATS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ENDING THREE MATCHES IN A ROW ON THE SAME CARD. FUCK MAN.
Rating: **

Awesome recap of the Flair/Steamboat situation, even leading back to the original Windham/Gilbert match from before Starrcade.

Ricky Steamboat makes his entrance with Bonnie & Richie and almost gets booed out of the arena for the cheesiness. Once they're escorted backstage, the fans start cheering Steamboat. Amazing.

Two trumpet players come out and play the Queen's March as 10 "gorgeous" ladies come out and line up and down the aisle. The trumpets lead smoothly right into a more current version of "2001: A Space Oddessy" and for some reason, I feel myself marking out right now. I've never seen any of the Steamboat/Flair matches in full, so here goes nothing!

Historical note: Last two World Title switches in Chicago were in '61 when Buddy Rogers won, and in '87 when Flair beat Garvin.

Match #7: Ric Flair [c] w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat [NWA World Heavyweight Championship]
Flair's game is immediately thrown off and tested when Steamboat takes him down and gets a 2 count within the first ten seconds. Steamboat avoids alot of classic Flair reversals by constantly making this a mat based match. Flair eventually gets him up into the corner and starts the chops but Steamboat fights back with his own that are just as loud. They have a really fun sequences based all off of a grounded side headlock from Steamboat. Flair keeps trying to roll out of it in a creative pinning roll-up sequence, but Steamboat's able to both break the pin and keep the side headlock applied each time. Flair fights his way out of it and against goes for the chops but Steamboat stops him dead out of the corner with a huge mongolian chop across the face that sends Flair to the outside to regroup. For the first 8 minutes, it goes about this and Flair's unable to outsmart Steamboat or even get him to the ground. During a test of strength tease, Flair backs off and says if he wants him to come here and they go into their famous collar and elbow tie-up sequence. Flair wants to go at a faster pace and Steamboat again surprises him with a huge headscissors, a series of armdrags and right back down into the sideheadlock for a few pin attempts. Flair finally finds a way up and out of it and gets Steamboat to break free and nails him square in the jaw with a huge elbow that dazes him briefly, but Steamboat comes back with another house of fire segment to send Flair to the outside. Steamboat teases a huge dive but Flair bails over the guard rail into the crowd to prevent it. Flair, however, has finally gotten Steamboat annoyed and mustered up enough that he makes his first mistake while Flair's on the outside. Steamboat goes to reach down and over while the ref is between Steamboat and the ropes, and Flair drags him out and manhandles him on the outside, using the railing and the apron to full advantage. He nails him across the bridge of the nose with a huge chop as a receipt and leaves him on the outside to prove a point. Flair drags Steamboat back in and pulls the knee pad down to hit a series of knee drops to the face and throat before attempting a few pins. Flair breaks out a double arm suplex and is now trying to end it after every move, sensing that Steamboat might be just one big hit away from being done. Steamboat's totally worn out from the fast pace of the first half of the match while Flair is well rested due to constantly being grounded by Steamboat. Steamboat's comebacks during the chop battles start becoming farther and farther in between. For the first time in like, forever, Flair heads into the corner for the Flair bump and successfully hits the crossbody, BUT STEAMBOAT ROLLS THROUGH IT! JESUS CHRIST IT WAS LIKE CENTIMETERS AWAY FROM BEING A THREE COUNT! Flair IMMEDIATELY scops himself up and locks on the Figure Four DEAD CENTER OF THE RING! And the beauty of it is, I think Flair's doing it more now because the legs of Steamboat are all that he has left at this point, and he's doing this more to make Steamboat endure the pain than get an early submission. Proven right when Flair starts twisting his body around to add pressure and pulling himself on the ropes to make it even tighter. Flair's got himself in amazing ring position as Steamboat starts to constantly fade in and out from the pain, but each time, he comes back with a little bit more. In an amazing turn of events, what Flair doesn't realize is that each time he twerks the hold and grabs the ropes, he's spinning the move around. Not only has it put Steamboat close to the ropes, but with the ref turning with the action, he finally sees Flair grabbing onto the ropes and Flair's forced to break the hold! Steamboat's chops start becoming far more frequent so Flair quick dives at him during a rope sequence. As they land on the outside, Steamboat's knee gives out from under him and his selling is FANTASTIC, but at the same time, Flair lands on his head and is dazed. They both just fall into each other and Steamboat starts swinging so Flair drop toe holds him immediately, sending him into the post. Flair crawls back into the ring in hopes of a countout but Steamboat's almost right after him. Steamboat gets suplexed back in and Flair starts alot of cocky pins. He gets the ref in another shitty position and pins Steamboat with his left leg on the rope, keeping his right leg folded and blocking the referee's view. Steamboat realizes this and rolls to his side during a point that Flair had to adjust and the pin couldn't stay flat. Flair gets up to argue with the referee and STEAMBOAT ROLLS HIM UP FOR JUST TWO. There's that damn pinning combonation that would probabl rule if it's not so overused. They do a double bridge up and Steamboat reverses it into a Double Arm Suplex of his own for ANOTHER close fall! Steamboat breaks out another series of pins to give him his second wind and Flair's getting groggy. Another chop battle that Steamboat finally wins. Flair pops out of the corner only to get a SICK lariat from Steamboat. Flair stumbles around and Steamboat hits the flying judo chop. Steamboat goes back up top for the Flying Crossbody and we get the infamous call "THE DRAGON WILL FLY!" but FLAIR PULLS THE REFEREE IN THE WAY SO BOTH FLAIR & THE REF GET LANDED ON! A new ref comes down to check on the old one and Steamboat sneaks back up to go for the Flying Body Press but he MISSES! Flair gets up and takes too long for the Figure Four during the set up. INSIDE CRADLE HOLDS HIM AND RICKY STEAMBOAT IS YOUR NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION!
Rating: ****3/4

Post-match, the referee makes the official decision and it is announced. Matusda confronts both referees and Flair falls to his knees in sadness and dissapointment before finally rolling out and leaving in shame. Bonnie & Richie come back out to celebrate. JR says that Flair's not thinking of anything else right now except one word that's guaranteed: "REMATCH".

Bob Caudle interviews Ricky Steamboat backstage and all the faces come over and bathe him in champagne. Steamboat takes the bottle and does a huge chug of it before pouring the rest of it over his head. The faces chant speech and Steamboat's choked up, but I think most of it's because he got a shitload of champagne in his eyes, as evident through the rest of the interview. Steamboat says with his friends, family and fans, he'll bring the NWA back up top to the #1 where it belongs.
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
February 25th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


We start off the show with a replay of the OFFICIAL announcement that Ricky Steamboat is the NEW World Heavyweight Champion.

Jim Ross is solo and runs down the major things from the PPV, including the three title switches and how neither Cornette or Dangerously are gone from the NWA.

Match #1: Michael Hayes & Junkyard Dog vs. Nightmare & El Negro
Hiro Matsuda randomly comes out to watch this. Nightmare is awful, not sure who he is. Decent enough. JYD softens both jobbers, namely El Negro up, and Hayes hits the DDT to win.
Rating: *1/4

Match #2: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Chris Powers
Reed works a chinlock for most of the match. Because we didn't have enough of that at the PPV. Reed goes up top and hits the Diving Shoulderblock. That will be all for Powers.
Rating: *

Nice video package of some of the major highlights of the Chi-Town Rumble to hype the VHS Tape coming out soon.

They replay Scott Steiner's debut along with the interview about why Rick is the way he is, and then they decide to replay, in full, the Steiner/Rotunda match from CHI TOWN RUMBLE~

Magnum TA interviews Eddie Gilbert who brings out the sunshine of his life and the person who helps him more than anybody, Missy Hyatt. GROSS. Missy comes out and they kiss, you know, because they're married in real life. Even though Missy's the biggest rat in history. Knowing what she was like and what she looks like now, I can't fucking find her hot. Gilbert says she's there as his back up, Hot Stuff International is one step closer to being reformed, and threatens the use of Hyatt's infamous loaded purse.

Match #3: "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Rick Conners
Goes a little long to get it's point across. Lots of back and forth offense, but Gilbert still gets the HOT SHOT. Make it two of them. And it's all done.
Rating: *1/2

In an awful decision, I think, they replay a good 8 or so minutes of the Steamboat/Flair match as well as the interviews before and after the match and the long, drawn out entrances.

HOLY SHIT WHAT?!

WHAT?!

NO FUCKING WAY!

IT'S THE IRON SHEIK! FUCK YES! Jim Ross interviews the debuting IRON SHEIK~ Sheik fucking loses it and starts mentioning the AWA & WWF by name and how he took both companies by storm and took themover. TEHRAN IRAN ORIGINAL COUNTRY WRESTLING AND OIL. MISTER STEAMBOAT, THE IRON SHEIK IS NOT AMERICAN I AM FROM AYATOLLAH COUNTRY and I lose him there because he starts speaking Iranian. He's got alot of choice words for Ricky Steamboat. I can't believe they even considered this for a follow up feud for Steamboat.

Match #4: Dan Spivey vs. Tom Pitner
No other Varsity Club members to be seen. Spivey's good at throwing smaller guys around but that's about it. After a huge powerbomb, a decent sidewalk slam ends it all.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Dick Murdoch. Murdoch puts over New Orleans and talks about his classic battles with Butch Reed down there. He said he doesn't like Reed coming in here like he owns the place and if he's gonna stick his nose in somebody's business, stick it in his so he can break it. I'm thinking all of the interviews are pre-taped now because none of the interviews are getting any background reaction. Not to mention, Murdoch's dressed completely different as we quickly cut to the ring.

Match #5: Dick Murdoch vs. Keith Steinborn
Murdoch does good enough matwork, working on the back of the arm, up to the neck on Steinborn. He hits the Brainbuster but that doesn't end it, so he hits the big Dusty Rhodes elbow drop to win. I smell a change of finisher.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Dan Spivey, and this one seems to be in front of the crowd. Him and his batshit crazy eyes put over the Varsity Club and says that with him around now, they're not just going to be great amateur athletes, they're going to start hurting people as well. Coming up, there's a Varsity Club vs. Luger/Sting/Fantastics match apparently which makes me kind of hard.

Match #6: Kendall Windham vs. Keith Heart
No, not that Hart. Just a jobber. After some chinlocks and armbars, Kendall drops Hart with the shitty running bulldog for the win.
Rating: 3/4*

Post-match, Kendall hits another one to prove he's a HEEL.

Jim Ross conducts an interview with Michael PS Hayes & Junkyard Dog. Magnum asks Hayes why Matsuda is scouting after him. Hayes admits that the Japanese have been making him some pretty nice offers but Japanese money doesn't mean anything to him. He says something else that gets edited, so I'm sure it was pretty funny. Hayes' blatant racism rules. JYD does his best Japanese impression and says something about Toyotas. I can't help but think of Ping from "The Dundies" episode on the Office when JYD does that.

A recapped version of MX/Cornette vs. OMX/Dangerously airs to end the show.
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Top Ten Matches of February
1. Ric Flair (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat [NWA World Title] [CHI TOWN RUMBLE] ****3/4
2. MX & Jim Cornette vs. OMX & Paul E Dangerously [CHI TOWN RUMBLE] ***1/2
3. Sting & Michael Hayes vs. Ric Flair & Barry Windham (2/12/89) ***1/4
4. Barry Windham (c) vs. Lex Luger [NWA US Title] [CHI TOWN RUMBLE] ***
5. Dr. Death & Mike Rotunda (c) vs. The Fantastics [NWA US Tag] [COTC V] ***
6. Road Warriors & Paul Ellering vs. The Varsity Club (2/11/89) **3/4
7. Lex Luger vs. The Blackmailer [COTC V] **1/4
8. Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu [c] vs. Varsity Club [NWA 6 Man] [COTC V] **
9. Road Warriors (c) vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dr. Death [NWA Tag Titles] [CHI TOWN RUMBLE] **
10. Midnight Express vs. Russian Assassins [COTC V] **

Wrestler of the Month: TIE - Barry Windham / Michael Hayes
Tag Team of the Month: Road Warriors
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
March 4th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Match #1: Hot Stuff International w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Rip Morgan & Mike Thor
Thor gets outwrestled by Gilbert and beaten down by Steiner, so he tags out. Morgan gives Gilbert a little bit of trouble, but then he makes the mistake of tagging Thor. Steinerline and a HOTSHOT~ gets the win.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews the Iron Sheik. I love that at this point, his addiction to crack and other drugs had completely depleated his teeth and it's Sheik, so he doesn't give the fuck. He calls Jim Ross Mr. Oklahoma and says hello to a bunch of Iranians. He waves the flag a bunch and then demonstrates his strength with the set of Iranian dumbbells. We all know what that looks like by now, and if you don't, YouTube it. Funny thing, Sheik's new gear is like...these jeans that are spraypainted in negro fashion with Iranian garb. Weird. Sheik makes everyone stand as he sings the Iranian National Anthem, but of course noone follows. Cougar Jay attacks Sheik and sends him to the ring.

Match #2: The Iron Sheik vs. Cougar Jay
Sheik beats the fuck out of Cougar Jay and works the back. He sends him to the outside and works him over with a chair, which is clearly 100% legal in 1980's NWA TV shows. Jay's back is dead as he gets back in the ring so Sheik leaps on him and locks on the Camel Clutch to break his back, make him humble. Sheik could still "go" at this point, so that's cool.
Rating: *1/2

Paul E. Dangerously stops by to hype his new talk show segment called The Danger Zone, and that is next!

Back from break, we have a nice little set for the DANGER ZONE~ and he announces that he now manages the SAMOAN SWAT TEAM BAH GAWD! Jack Victory stands by as the body guard in case Paul E's guest can't handle the tough questions. Before Paul E brings out his guest, he takes a quick cheapshot at Brother Love for those of us who are listening. His first ever guest is none other than Nature Boy Ric Flair! Paul E still calls Flair the champ. Flair says he's going to make a statement with a match next week! Paul E says he doesn't want his son to grow up in a world where Ricky Steamboat is the champ, only Ric Flair. So when will he get a rematch? Well, Flair just guarantees that Steamboat's title reign will be the shortest ever. WOOO!

Ricky Steamboat is off on a tour of Japan, but he has pre-recorded comments where he accepts Flair's challenge for a rematch anywhere, anytime, and he wants it as soon as possible.

Match #3: Mike Rotunda [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Bob Emory [NWA Televison Championship]
JR & Magnum try to hype this as something more than a squash, but I think we all know different. Rotunda grounds Emory, but can't seem to keep him down long enough for an elbow drop. He misses several of those and finally gives up on it and just stomps him instead. Abdominal stretch on the mat gets the submission win for Rotunda. Odd ending.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club. Sullivan says the TV belt will never change hands now that he made it so that the matches can only go ten minutes long, which would be a rule that would be in effect for the next five years. Nobody can beat Rotunda in under ten minutes! Just thinking about it gets Dr. Death excited. Spivey mentions that Rotunda should put up $10,000 dollars, and if there's somebody who can beat him, then he can have the money AND the belt. Rotunda thinks this is a good idea! Doc and Spivey get a little warm and overexcited and then barks at Rotunda to tell somebody to turn the AC on. Awesome. After all that, Sullivan makes Rotunda the new captain of the Varsity Club. Very good promo.

Match #4: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Joe Cazara & Julio Barerra
Big, powerful double team on Barerra to begin. Drop toehold/elbow drop combo connects. It turns into an extended squash once the jobbers get in some offense, but Eaton quickly stops Cazana with a back elbow. Cazana tries that crap again, so Lane avoids an elbow drop and delivers a slingshot back elbow to set up the Rocket Launcher for the win. I love the Veg o Matic, but I'm glad, for storyline reasons, that they brought back the Rocket Launcher.
Rating: *3/4

We get a clipped version of Luger/Windham from Chi-Town Rumble. We cut to some pre-recorded comments from Luger with the US Title who says he's happier than he could possibly be. He wants to cut the US Title up into little pieces so he can share it with all of his fans.

Match #5: Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Bob Mercedes & Joe Cruze
While the Samoans brutalize these jobbers, Paul E stops by JR & Magnum to talk about how great everything is going for him. Dennis Condrey is happily retired in Aspen thanks to him, Randy Rose is supposedly doing just fine in the unemployment line, he's got his own talk show, a new awesome tag team to manage – he's got it all. Samu gives Mercedes a DDT from the middle rope to put him away.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews an irate Barry Windham who keeps calling Luger's win a fluke. His hand is heavily taped up and says it'll take more than a hand to stop him, and they'd have to surgically remove every bone in his body to stop him.

Match #6: Barry Windham w/ Hiro Matsuda & Kendall Windham vs. George South
Barry takes one shot at South and then steps away to act like it doesn't bother him. Stuff like that is lost in today's wrestling. You know, the little things that should be common sense stuff. South gets dumped and beat down by Kendall Windham, who shows up out of nowhere. Back in, Windham maintains control and finishes South off with the Lariat.
Rating: *1/4

Match #7: Sting vs. The Raider
Typical Sting squash ending with the Stinger Splash/Scorpion Deathlock Combo.
Rating: *

Jim Ross interviews the Midnight Express & Jim Cornette. Another great promo, as Cornette continues to be elated about the fact that the Original Midnight Express is finally history. His Midnight Express have taken out two of the legendary Four Horsemen, put Rock n Roll into a coma, won every title, won every award, and received every honor. If the Samoans want some, come get some. Don't sing it, bring it.

Match #8: Dr. Death & Dan Spivey w/ Kevin Sullivan vs. Steve Casey & Crash Chandler
Not alot of Doc in this, which sucks. The VC work on Crash's back and grab bearhugs for a large majority of the match. Spivey hits his SIDE SLAM and then makes Crash submit to the bearhug.
Rating: *

Magnum TA interviews Sting. Kind of out of place, shoulda happened right after his match. Anyway, he says he wants new competition and he's not gonna look, HE wants somebody to come for him.

Match #9: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Gator Gilmore
Really, really aggressive squash with alot of stretching and blatant choking. Diving Shoulderblock ends it. Bring on Doom already please.
Rating: 3/4*

Match #10: Michael Hayes & Junkyard Dog vs. Trent Knight & Gary Royal
Hayes controls to start with chinlocks and an elbow drop off the second rope for two. Knight and JYD go for a bit. A headbutt from Knight proves to be quite a stupid move, so JYD nails him with a headbutt of his own. JYD nails Knight in the mid-section, setting up the DDT for Hayes.
Rating: *1/4
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
March 11th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club. Rotunda is here to back up what he said about putting $10,000 up against anybody who can beat him in ten minutes or less. Why is he doing this? Because Rotunda thrives on competition. They've got all the money in a large fish bowl to carry around.

Match #1: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Bob Cook & The Raider
The usual Midnights stuff punishes Raider to start. Cook tags in and runs into an elbow to set up the Leapfrog Backbreaker combo from the Express. They wrestle Cook on the mat until Eaton punches Cook back over to Raider for a tag. Eaton slams him down for the Alabama Jam. Cover, close fall, but nothing. Bobby's not done. He delivers a swinging neckbreaker and tags in Lane for an enziguri. Flapjack finishes off Cook.
Rating: **

Match #2: The Iron Sheik vs. George South
Match is joined in progress. South gets a sunset flip for two, but gets dumped so Sheiky baby can bother the crowd. Back in, Sheik goes to the eyes and hits a gutwrench suplex. Sheik loads up his boot for a kick and then applies the abdominal stretch. South won't give it up, so Sheik chokes him down to the mat. Back suplex sets up the CAMEL CLUTCH MAKE HIM HUMBELL.
Rating: *3/4

DANGER ZONE~ This week, Paul E's guest is US Champion Lex Luger. Paul E congratulates Lex on his title win and says he knows his shoulders were indeed off the mat, but so were Barry's shoulders. BUT ANYWHO! Tomorrow night in the Omni, Lex will be teaming up with Michael PS Hayes to take on the Windhams. Hayes comes out all excited to be hanging with Lex, so Paul E asks Hayes if Lex is the new Freebird. That's not cool, says Hayes. Lex looks very annoyed by Hayes' presense. Before we go, Paul E BEGS Lex to flex. He does so, and it appears Paul E just wanted to get him to do it so he could say, "Yeah well, flexing doesn't win you wrestling matches, pal!" Great stuff.

Match #3: Mike Rotunda [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Cougar Jay [NWA Television Championship] [$10,000 Challenge]
Rotunda works a wristlock to start, then executes a back elbow. Rotunda gets cocky, so Cougar takes advantage with an inside cradle for two. Rotunda takes a walk after that. Back in, Rotunda punishes Jay in the corner, but Cougar ducks a clothesline and connects with a crossbody for a 2 count. That just pisses Captain Mike off, so he throws him out on the floor. Jay sunset flips back in, but Rotunda blocks with a punch. Rotunda grabs a front headlock on the mat while the crowd chants "we want Steiner". Mike grabs an abdominal stretch and uses the ropes of course. More mat work from Rotunda leads to the Guillotine for the submission.
Rating: **1/4

Jim Ross interviews Ric Flair with Hiro Matsuda. Flair says he's only letting Steamboat borrow the belt, but he never said he could leave the country with it. He wants his rematch, he wants his title back and his day is coming. He remembers the days when HE was US Champion and says it would be marvelous to take that belt from Luger, like he took his dignity throughout 1987. Usual catchphrases end it and he hypes his match later on.

Match #4: Sting vs. Julio Barerra
Again, typical Sting squash. Stinger Splash and Scorpion Death Lock ends it.
Rating: *

Magnum TA interviews Sting. Sting puts on a completely random southern california accent like he's a surfer then makes fun of fat people. This project's making me hate Sting.

Match #5: Ric Flair w/ Hiro Matusda vs. Greg Evans
Flair's trying to learn from his mistakes in the match with Steamboat, and he does alot of the work Steamboat did in this match, including basing alot of the early on chain wrestling from a grounded side headlock. Flair works into his usual move set and Evans bumps around fantastically, if not a little bit too much at times. Flair gives Evans a false sense of security during a comeback only to lure him into the corner with a sneaky hit to the groin. He exclaims now it's time to make a statement and he begins some AWESOME knee work, just absolutely murdering Evans knees. He pulls down his knee pad and starts delivering some bare knee knee drops to Evans leg. Flair picks him up just to chop with him and fuck around with him and Evans keeps trying to maintain his balance to get into a brawl but he can't stand up straight. Flair says this is what happens when Mother Nature gets angry. He hits another knee drop to the bad leg and a big shinbreaker before locking on a Figure Four. Evans is ready to leave his shoulders down to get counted out but Flair keeps spinning him to his side, forcing him to feel the pain. Flair adds the pressure with the ropes and Evans taps out.
Rating: **3/4

Post-match, Flair lets go of the ropes but he keeps the hold on as Teddy Long tries to break it up. FLair gets up and grabs Teddy Long and tells him he made a mistake at the PPV and chucks him out to the floor. He starts blatantly choking Evans with his boot and slapping him around. Evans tries getting up so Flair again drops a knee on him and then starts yanking at his foot, trying to dislocate it. He locks on the Figure Four again until Matsuda comes in and calms him down. AWESOME stuff.

Jim Ross interviews an irate Ric Flair. Flair says without the World Title, this is the most motivated he's felt in years, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want the belt back. He says that everyone in his path of destruction has nobody to blame except Ricky Steamboat. He mocks Luger some more and says if Barry, the Varsity Club or Butch Reed don't get Luger, HE will and HE'LL finish him off, he won't be nice, because this isn't 1988 anymore. He says he knows Steamboat's in Japan making the money that's rightfully HIS but he comes home TODAY and it's only hours away from when Steamboat has to come to the Omni, and look at his maker in the eye, and know that he doesn't deserve it. But before he can realize that, he'll already be down, out and a FORMER World Champ.

Match #6: Barry Windham w/ Hiro Matsuda & Kendall Windham vs. Gator Gilmore
Windham's still selling the injured hand and works around it. All of his typical moveset is left in tact, however, and the lariat still manages to end it.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Barry Windham. Windham's still irate, he says Luger got lucky, and he's waiting til he's 100%, which is soon, so he can take his title back. If only :(

Jim Ross interviews Hot Stuff International. Gilbert claims either one of them can beat Rotunda because they've done it before, and they'll do it for the title. Then he sounds awfully drunk when he keeps saying how much he loves Rick Steiner and says he never wants to see him out of his eye sight again so he can protect him and he never wants him to join up with Kevin Sullivan ever again. Good thing you're dead before late 1999.

Match #7: Dan Spivey & Kevin Sullivan vs. Morgan Vastein & Mike Thor
Sullivan kills both jobbers and is just blatantly attacking them. Spivey comes in to do the big shit including a pretty sick floatover DDT. A couple of powerbombs and backbreakers later on Spivey makes Thor submit with the bearhug.
Rating: *1/2

Match #8: Hot Stuff International w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Max Miles & Trent Knight
Gilbert softens Knight up for a Steinerline. He gets in a little trouble with the jobbers, but comes right back with a bearhug into a beautiful belly-to-belly throw on Miles. Gilbert tags back in and gets pressed and thrown on top of Miles and Knight for a cool visual. While Gilbert stretches Miles on the mat, Steiner goes around and acts like a little kid. He tags back in and has a conversation with Alex. Steiner tags Gilbert and goes over to joke around with a cameraman, then tags again for the Belly to Belly suplex and the win.
Rating: *3/4

Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club with no sight of Doc. They're not done with the Road Warriors yet by a long shot and now Spivey wants a shot at them. Spivey looks legitimately insane.

Match #9: Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Joe Cruze
Good shoulder work by Reed, strangely enough, using his own shoulder for the most part. Diving Shoulderblock ends it.
Rating: *1/4

RANGER ROSS IS COMING~

Match #10: The Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Jack Victory vs. Randy Mulkey & Bob Emory
The SST is INSANE! They start beating up these jobbers during the commercial break and everything. Mulkeymania is not running wild tonight and he gets the shit beat out of him by both SST members. Rikishi hits his epic superkick and the big diving splash ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Dangerously & SST. Lex Luger will defend the US Title against Jack Victory at the next COTC in April. Also, he wants the SST to be unleashed on the Road Warriors AND the Midnight Express. But he has to cut the interview short because he can't control these savages.

Match #11: Michael Hayes, Junkyard Dog & Vincent Young vs. Rip Morgan & Cruel Connection
The faces take their turns working the arm of one of the Cruel Connection guys, but its Hayes who hits the DDT out of nowhere for the quick win.
Rating: 1/2*
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
March 18th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


JR & Magnum bring on Gary Hart & Hiro Matsuda. Matsuda has presented Gary Hart with a gift from Japan. Matsuda introduces him and goes down all of his awesome skills. Matsuda calls Hart one of the greatest managers in the world and Hart responds by saying how much interest and respect he has for people from the land of the rising sun. Hart then builds up this man up who's wearing a ninja like outfit with a mask where we can only see his eyes, standing there stoically with his hands in a certain symbol. Hart introduces this man as...THE GREAT MUTA! FUCK YEAH MUTA!

Match #1: Hot Stuff International w/ Missy Hyatt vs. The Enforcer & Max McGyver
No, this is not Arn Anderson, and yes, it's bullshit that they would stoop this low. Fuck them. This guy sucks too. Just another jobber in a mask for no reason. Gilbert escapes a headlock from the Enforcer and tags in Rick. He roughs up McGiver a bit. Gilbert tags back in and works McGiver's arm on the mat for a while. Blind tag to Steiner, and he finishes McGiver off with a Belly to Belly Suplex.
Rating: *1/4

For some reason, the DANGER ZONE segment is cut from this and there was an epic exchange with JYD apparently. Also, Ranger Ross' debut match is missing too, what the fuck?

Magnum TA interviews Sting and it's just more nonsensical mess from him. Stop talking.

Match #3: The Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Jack Victory vs. Mike Justice & Rick Allen
Alot of big spots from the Samoans, just tossing their opponents and themselves around too. We find out that at the next Clash, it will be SST/MX. Samoan offense abounds with Samu getting the pin on Justice with a back superplex.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews NEW World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat, his first live appearence since winning the title. He beat Flair FAIR AND SQUARE for the belt in Chicago, but he'll give Flair a rematch anywhere in the world to prove to him he's the REAL world champion. Then it's some more cheesy, almost unbearable stuff about his wife & kid.

Magnum TA interviews Ranger Ross. He's a former military drill seargent, but he's extremely friendly. Craig Pittman before his time. He's even black. He talks shit on Iron Sheik and waves the American Flag.

Match #4: The Iron Sheik vs. Sgt Buddy Lee Parker
Another good squash for Sheik and I thoroughly enjoy seeing him kick the shit out of Sarge. After the typical Sheiky baby back work, the Camel Clutch humbles the fuck out of Parker.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews Iron Sheik. He wants to take the US Title away from Lex Luger and bring it home to Iran and change the title's name. He also thinks Ranger Ross is a no good piece of shit motherfucker.

Match #5: Sting vs. Snake Brown
ting jumps up and down during an arm wringer until Snake falls down in the corner. During a test of strength, Sting brings Snake's hands to the mat and being the sportsman that he is, stomps his knuckles good one time. Stinger Splash sets up the Scorpion Deathlock to end it. They have literally ZERO idea what to do with Sting anymore.
Rating: *1/4

Jim Ross interviews the Varsity Club, namely Rotunda. As he continues to put over the 10-minute limit and the $10,000 on the line, Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner come over and try to get themselves a match with Rotunda. A near brawl ensues but Stener & Gilbert leave after getting their point across.

Match #6: Mike Rotunda [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Richard Startain [NWA Television Championship] [$10,000 Challenge]
Another clinic from Rotunda with alot of basic stretching. Much quicker, thus, not as good as last week's squash. After a Butterfly Suplex, a sort of STF ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Ric Flair. He guarantees he will regain the NWA title belt. Flair puts over Steamboat for beating him for the belt, but he's got to beat THE MAN twice.

Match #7: Dick Murdoch, Junkyard Dog & Steve Casey vs. The Raider, Chance Myers & John Brewer
Ugh, these 6 man tags are making me sick. The teams are so random and usually awful together. Casey's completely lost and is awful when he actually tries. The three jobbers are not very good. Murdoch throwing Myers around the outside and choking him is the highlight. The doggie style (lol) headbutts and the THUMP~ ends it on Myers.
Rating: 3/4*

Magnum TA interviews HOTSTUFF INTERNATIONAL~ They're calling themselves the First Family but I don't like that, so I will refer to them by their old name because fuck you. Gilbert randomly has a problem with Paul E Dangerously and then they continue to goad Steiner into accepting one of their challenges.

Match #8: Dan Spivey & Dr. Death w/ Kevin Sullivan vs. Jerry Price & Greg Brown
SPIVEY DOES A FUCKING ENZIGURI RIGHT OFF THE BAT ON PRICE! FUCK YEAH! Doc & Spivey rule as a powerhouse team and I hope there's a point where I get to see MVC/Taker & Spivey. But fuck it, I probably won't. Doc throws Brown all around the ring. Spivey tags in for a double shoulderblock. Doc back in and the DOCTOR BOMB plus an elbow drop gets the win.
Rating: *3/4

Match #9: The Great Muta w/ Gary Hart & Hiro Matsuda vs. Cougar Jay
Good 90 second debut squash. Muta quickly dumps Jay out for a neat pescado, then right back in for the power drive elbow drop. Spinning Heel Kick out of the corner ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Match #10: Butch Reed & Rip Morgan w/ Hiro Matsuda vs. Bob Emory & Tony Suber
This makes NO FUCKING SENSE WHATSOEVER MAN, FUCK YOU! Reed & Morgan are AWFUL together and Tony Suber actually has to carry this match. A running palm strike from Morgan sets up a Diving Shoulderblock from Reed to Suber for the win.
Rating: 1/2*

From the OMNI~ show last week, Hayes & Luger vs. the Windhams is talked about and something OMG happened, so JR & Magnum TA take us to the match in full.

Match #11: Lex Luger & Michael Hayes vs. Barry & Kendall Windham w/ Hiro Matsuda
We get the Hayes stall treatment to start, complete with the moonwalk and everything. After Hayes does all that, the crowd wants Luger instead. Hayes shrugs and tags Luger in to a huge pop. Barry and Luger go nose-to-nose. Luger no sells a backbreaker and press slams Barry to the mat. Barry retreats to his corner while Hayes pumps up the crowd. Luger wants the ten-count corner punch. Barry tries to counter with an atomic drop, but Luger avoids that and drops Barry with a clothesline for two. Luger brings Barry from the apron to the ring with a suplex for another two. Hayes tags in and does what he does best: work the crowd. Barry makes a big deal about a clean break in the corner, so Luger takes advantage and slaps Barry's taped up hand. That causes chaos, but then out of nowhere, Hayes gets down on all fours behind Luger and Kendall nails Lex with a Lariat. Kendall rolls out while Barry covers for the win. What a shitty way to turn heel. Really? That was dumb.
Rating: **

Post-match, Hayes and the Windhams put the boots to Luger including a pretty neat double spinning neckbreaker by both of the Windhams. MICHAEL HAYES HAS SOLD OUT BAH GAWD!

Jim Ross stops Michael Hayes on the aisleway. JR demands that Hayes admit he took the money from "those Japanese people", but Hayes says he doesn't have to tell him anything. After two months, Michael Hayes is sick of being Mr. Nice Guy. Heaven doesn't want him, and hell's afraid he'll take over! FUCK YEAH! BADSTEET IS BACK MOTHERFUCKER! Luger gets up and Hayes sees this, so he darts off with Luger in super hot pursuit. HAYES HAS JOINED THE NAGASAKI CORPORATION (Matsuda's unmentioned before now yet newly named stable).
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Varsity Club (Since 12/26/1988)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

WCW Saturday Night
March 25th, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Magnum TA has again left the company to literally do nothing but be crippled, so Michael Hayes is now the co-host even those he's engaged in a feud.

Match #1: Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette vs. Chance Myers & The Raider
Myers receives the drop toehold/elbow drop combo. Lots of one-move tags between the Midnights while they work on the Raider. Raider gets in some jobber offense, but he's quickly cut off with a Russian legsweep from Lane. Eaton tags in and surprises Raider with a Swinging Neckbreaker and the FLAPJACK puts him away.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Lex Luger and Michael Hayes is noticably absent. Luger wants Flair but even more than that, he wants Michael Hayes and he wants to KILL HIM!

That leads to JR questioning Hayes for taking the evil Japanese money. The Nagasaki Corporation OWNS you, that's why. If you don't like it, then you can leave and go to that other wrestling promotion where you don't have to wrestle so hard. Oh you. Is that why you're one of the Vice Presidents of THAT company now?

Match #2: Dr. Death & Kevin Sullivan [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Bob Emory & Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker [NWA United States Tag Team Championships]
The VC work on Sarge's arm. While Doc has Sarge in an armbar on the mat, Sullivan tags in and REPEATEDLY STOMPS Sarge right in the face. Doc goes to soften up the back with a Canadian backbreaker and then rams Sarge stomach-first in the corner for a reverse tree of woe. Sullivan charges into him and Doc finishes with the OKLAHOMA STAMPEDE.
Rating: *1/4

DANGER ZONE~ Since the bigger stars don't seem to be giving Paul E. Dangerfield any respect, today's guest is Cougar Jay! Paul E puts Cougar Jay over as an up and coming star (?!) until Randy Rose stops by. He's been trying to get a hold of Paul E, so he thought the sure fire way to get in touch with him would be to just come on the Danger Zone. He's here to tell Paul E that he's back in the NWA and he wants Paul to be his manager. How? How does that even make sense? Paul E says there's no way he's going to manage a LOSER who cost the Original Midnight Express at Starrcade and at the Chi-Town Rumble. Rose gets in Paul E's face, so "Secret Service" Jack Victory has no choice but to BASH Rose in the back of the head with Paul E's phone. Cougar Jay receives the same punishment. Victory pancakes Jay and Rose DDP-style on the concrete and then leaves them for dead. Good segment.

Match #3: Ranger Ross vs. Max McGyver
Shitty armwork and his version of the Bicycle Kick called the COMBAT KICK. Iron Sheik comes out to wave the flag during the match and thus, they're now feuding for the Clash.
Rating: 1/2*

Jim Ross interviews the Iron Sheik. He rants on and on about Luger & Steamboat being no good cocksucking faggot shits and they no respect the legend the man with the ten inch cock so he take their titles and he shoot with them like the Mr. Kurt Angle and Mr. Bob Backlund and Mr. Danny Hodge and break their back with the camel clutch. RANGER ROSS, AH PFOOEY.

Ric Flair and Hiro Matsuda join JR for color commentary for this next match. Flair promises Steamboat will have the shortest title reign in NWA history. It's a taped match from a recent house show...

Match #4: Ricky Steamboat [c] vs. Snake Brown [NWA World Heavyweight Championship]
Steamboat stomps the hands off a test of strength. That must be Snake's favorite spot or something. A turnbuckle smash has no effect on Snake, but a judo chop does. Tons of chops set up the Flying Crossbody to win. The entire time on commentary, Flair puts over Steamboat but mentions how awesome of a competitor he has to be to have beaten Flair, but it'll never happen again.
Rating: *1/2

From the house show, Bob Caudle interviews Ricky Steamboat. Short and sweet, he will wrestle anybody and put this title on the line with no question.

Back to the studios: Flair knows what Steamboat's doing. He's trying to prove everybody that he's better than Flair, but he's got to beat the man twice to be better than Flair.

Match #4: The Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously & Jack Victory vs. Tony Suber & Mike Justice
Typical Samoan squash. Samu hits an awesome superkick to Suber and Fatu ends it with the huge splash.
Rating: *

Jim Ross & Michael Hayes interview the Midnight Express & Jim Cornette. This recent foreign invasion in the NWA just burns Jimmy up, and it looks the Midnight Express are the team to keep these foreigners out of the NWA. The Russian Assassins came in talking about Russia, and the Midnights took care of them. Hiro Matsuda and the "Japs" are buying out all the major NWA stars. Hayes takes objection to that. Iron Sheik's here. Now we've got a couple of Samoans. Cornette makes a very key statement saying that he doesn't mind people from other lands coming into our country who are looking for an opportunity and to contribute to society, but it's those who are coming into the NWA who leech off of us or buy us out. Clash 6 is coming! The Midnights vs. The Samoans, BAH GAWD!

Match #5: The Great Muta w/ Gary Hart vs. Jerry Price
Power drive elbow connects. Muta sticks his fingers in his mouth and then gouges the eyes, which becomes a trademark for him. Muta gives Price the Handspring Elbow in the corner and then finishes off with the Cattle Mutilation. Great booking of Muta, not making him shove everything into one match and debuting a new epic move each week. Doesn't hurt that he's my favorite Japanese wrestler ever.
Rating: **

Jim Ross interviews Gary Hart while Muta stands there stoically. Hart issues an open challenge to ANYBODY IN THE WORLD who thinks they can beat Muta.

Jim Ross interviews Mike Rotunda with Kevin Sullivan. Rotunda still has the $10,000 with him and continues to put over the new rules and regulations he has with the TV Title. JR brings up a point that if he's taking all these challenges, how come he won't give title shots to people like Rick Steiner or Sting. Rotunda is caught off guard and cleans up by saying he's been trying to get matches with them but they refuse.

Match #6: Mike Rotunda [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Greg Brown [NWA Television Championship] [$10,000 Challenge]
Twisting back suplex on Brown gets two. Rotunda delivers the double-arm suplex and then applies the Guillotine for the win. Very short.
Rating: 3/4*

Michael Hayes interviews Ranger Ross. Ross is still pissed about the hostage situation in Iran back in the late '70s and he's going to avenge them by beating Sheik within an inch of his life at the Clash.

Match #7: The Iron Sheik w/ Rip Morgan vs. Richard Startain
Now Ross walks around ringside with the US flag while Sheik tries to beat up a guy. USA! USA! USA! Typical Sheik squash that ends with the CAMEL CLUTCH. FUCK THE RICHARD STARTAIN. I AM IN THE ATLANTA. THIS IS THE BULLSHIT.
Rating: *

They show a clip of the NWA world tag champs the Road Warriors battling the All-Japan unified world tag champs Jumbo Tsuruta and Yoshiaki Yatsu. Of course, LOD sells very little even for these guys. Tsuruta and Yatsu hit their double-team finisher (Tsuruta flying knee into a German Suplex), but Animal kicks out. LOD delivers the Doomsday Device to Yatsu, but the Japanese leave to fight another day and LOD retains by countout.

Match #8: Dick Murdoch & Vincent Young vs. Lee Scott & The Enforcer
The Enforcer is now randomly wearing Soviet Union colors because fuck me. Murdoch keeps trying to rip his mask off to reveal that he's Arn Anderson turned Communist, but to no avail. Young delivers a decent missile dropkick to Scott for two, but Enforcer stops the count. Instead, Murdoch delivers the Dusty Rhodes elbow drop on his side of the ring for the 1-2-3.
Rating: *1/4

Vincent Young then starts randomly break dancing in the ring. According to various websites, this was his last appearence. What was the point? He sucked, I hope he's dead.
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Top Ten Matches of March
1. Ric Flair vs. Greg Evans (3/11/89) **3/4
2. Mike Rotunda (c) vs. Cougar Jay [NWA TV Title] (3/11/89) **1/4
3. Midnight Express vs. Bob Cook & Midnight Raider (3/11/89) **
4. Great Muta vs. Jerry Price (3/25/89) **
5. Lex Luger & Michael Hayes vs. Barry & Kendall Windham (3/18/89) **
6. Dan Spivey & Dr. Death vs. Jerry Price & Greg Brown (3/18/89) **
7. Midnight Express vs. Joe Cazara & Julio Barerra (3/4/89) *3/4
8. Hot Stuff International vs. Max Miles & Trent Knight (3/11/89) *3/4
9. The Iron Sheik vs. George South (3/11/89) *3/4
10. Hot Stuff International vs. Rip Morgan & Mike Thor (3/4/89) *1/2

Wrestler of the Month: TIE - Mike Rotunda / The Iron Sheik (?)
Tag Team of the Month: TIE - Midnight Express / Samoan Swat Team
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Mike Rotunda (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Hot Stuff International (Since 3/31/1989)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

On a show the evening before, the Varsity Club dropped the US Tag Titles to Hot Stuff International.

WCW Saturday Night
April 1st, 1989
Atlanta, GA


Tomorrow on the CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS VI~, Ricky Steamboat will defend the World Title against Ric Flair in a 2 out of 3 Falls Match.

Final show from the WTBS Studios :(

Match #1: Shane Douglas vs. The Raider
HEY FUCK YEAH ALRIGHT! This is whatever. Shane's first match back since leaving in early '88 in which time he recieved his teaching degree, that he never used. He has a little trouble with Raider but eventually surprises him with a few big reverals and a roll up to win.
Rating: *1/4

Match #2: "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
It's randomly announced that Orton will face Dick Murdoch tomorrow night at the Clash. It's eerie how much Randy learned from his dad, especially when Bob breaks out a similar version of the ORTONLOCK~ Good pummeling but nothing amazing. He's lacking the cast which immediately makes me sad and uninterested. Huge superplex ends it.
Rating: *1/2

As Bob Orton heads over to the podium, Gary Hart comes over and congratulates him. JR interviews the two and Hart offers to support Orton tomorrow against Dick Murdoch. Hart does a TREMENDOUS job of putting Orton over as a legitimate threat and talks about his tenure in the NWA 5 years ago. Not to mention, he just got done a tremendous run (at least early on) as one of the top heels in the WWF. Orton says he's not Junior anymore and he'll prove that tomorrow.

Before the next match, JR & Hayes inform us that if Spivey & Sullivan win today, they'll recieve a title match tomorrow night on the Clash.

Match #3: Hot Stuff International w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey [Non-Title Match]
Steiner and Spivey start the match. They get into a shoving contest. Steiner then hits a powerslam and doesn't follow up. Spivey hits a corner clothesline and tags in Sullivan. Steiner catches him with a sunset flip and tags Gilbert. The VC cheat a little bit with a choke. That leads to a Spivey/Steiner confrontation while Sullivan posts Gilbert on the outside. Back in, Steiner gets a tag, but takes a Bossman Slam for a close fall. Backbreaker followed by a clothesline gets two. Spivey weakens Steiner down to the mat with a bearhug to set up the Double Stomp, but Steiner STILL kicks out. Spivey tags back in for his epic Sidewalk Slam and tries to smash Steiner's face into the turnbuckle, but that never works! Steiner punches back and makes the hot tag. Gilbert hits the Hot Shot on Sullivan and that causes a pier-six brawl. During the chaos, Sullivan grabs at Missy and pisses off Gilbert. He tries to check on Missy, but Sullivan knees him from behind and sends him into the ringpost! Sullivan rolls up Gilbert and gets the quick win! VC gets their title shot tomorrow night!
Rating: **1/2

Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner take over the announcer's podium. Gilbert flips out and says tomorrow, they're going to wish this situation was settled months ago. Rick shows the most anger he's shown ever by telling Gilbert just give him the word, and he'll rip their heads off. Gilbert makes the comment that Missy Hyatt's going to take Sullivan's head off.

DANGER ZONE~ Paul E's guests this week are Gary Hart, Hiro Matsuda & Great Muta. This is the first interview where Gary Hart claims that Muta is the son of the Great Kabuki. Paul E believes Muta is WAY better than Kabuki ever was. A much shorter edition of the Danger Zone this week, but just as monumental, I guess.

An AMAZING ad airs for CotC VI hyping Steamboat/Flair.

Match #4: Ron Simmons vs. Bucky Siegler
Simmons is working a bit of a heel style here, but his slams still rule. Siegler gets him down to the mat and does some decent arm work to try and stop him from using the big slams, but Simmons lifts him up out of an armbar to murder him with a Spinebuster.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews Ricky Steamboat. The fans are shitting all over him, which is a shame. They keep chanting WE WANT FLAIR and it visibly upsets Steamboat at one point. Anyway, He says maybe he was just lucky in Chicago, so he needs to win tomorrow to prove to the world that he IS the best.

Match #5: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Snake Brown & John Brewer [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
31 second squash that ends with the Doomsday Device.
Rating: 1/4*

Jim Ross interviews the Road Warriors. They talk about their tour of Japan and how much they love killing people in the Superdome, so tomorrow is easy pickings against the Varsity Club, and it ends tomorrow.

Match #6: Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Jim Bryant & Troy Aldridge
Aldridge sells all of this like death and it RULES. He gets the shit kicked out of him and is clearly the star of this match. Push him. Now. Do it. Do it now, I said. DO IT. Don't think about it, just do it. Anyway, yep, your typical Samoans squash that ends a bit differently when Fatu hits a fucking Tornado DDT off the middle rope to win. Fuckinga.
Rating: *1/2

Match #7: The Great Muta w/ Gary Hart vs. The Cruel Connection
Muta takes a a stoic pose to begin with and doesn't move, but when he does, HE DEBUTS THE GREEN MIST~ He dumps one of the Cruel guys out and gives him a pescado and then gives the other Cruel guy in the ring a missile dropkick! Handspring elbow in the corner connects, followed by a Dragon Suplex for the 1-2-3.
Rating: *3/4

Jim Ross interviews Junkyard Dog, and Hayes again hightails it since they used to be tag partners and friends just a bit ago. JYD says he gon' beat dat ol' nappy head Butch Reed tomorrow at the Clash. Ah yes, we're really going into the era of unannounced/unhyped matches on big shows, aren't we? Anyway, he also says he's taken Ranger Ross under his wing.

Match #8: Ranger Ross vs. Paul Brown
God, Ross is awful. Stop thinking military people can become good wrestlers. Ranger Ross sucks, Sgt Pittman started decent but got awful, and Jesse Neal makes me want to die. COMBAT KICK ENDS IT FUCK.
Rating: 1/2*

Michael Hayes interviews Paul E. Dangerously. Jack Victory's now working this secret service gimmick for some stupid reason. Paul says his problems with Luger are because he looked at him wrong, and tomorrow night when Victory uses his FBI (two different things, Paul) training to rip Luger's eyes out of his sockets, he won't be looking at anyone. But we'll all be looking at the NEW US Champion, Jack Victory.

Match #9: Jack Victory w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Don Sanders
In even more awfulness, not only is Jack Victory a Secret Service member that wrestles who was somehow trained by the FBI, but he's dressed in Air Force gear because it makes total sense. Victory's got a better pace to him when he doesn't have a mask on, so this is a bit better. Still nothing great. But FUCK he's got an awesome lariat. Victory puts his sunglasses and uh, hat back on before hitting the SERVICE REVOLVER (Slapjack) to win.
Rating: *1/2

For some reason, Sting/Rotunda is taped from a special show they had earlier this week from the Center Stage Theatre, which is where WCWSN will take place from every week starting next Saturday.

Match #10: Mike Rotunda [c] w/ Varsity Club vs. Sting [NWA Television Championship] [$10,000 Challenge]
First time I've ever noticed Nick Patrick as a referee, so there's that. Sting starts off too quickly with Rotunda, so the champ takes a walk for some moral support. Back in, Rotunda catches Sting with a knee. Rotunda charges at Sting up against the ropes, but Sting ducks and Rotunda goes flying out to the Varsity Club. Back in again, Sting takes over, but misses the jumping elbow. Rotunda telegraphs a backdrop and pays for it as he goes out for another walk around ringside. Back in AGAIN, Rotunda uses the ropes and everything he can to pin Sting out of a headlock on the mat. Rotunda finally escapes with a back suplex. He whiffs on a dropkick though and rolls out, but Sting goes out after him and punches him back into the ring. Flying Crossbody from Sting gets a 2 count! Back to the headlock, as Luger and Steamboat come down to cheer Sting on and to make sure everything is fair and square. Sting wants the ten-count corner punch, but Rotunda brings him out of the corner with an atomic drop. Sting gets dumped out to the Varsity Club , but Luger and Steamboat keep them at bay. Rotunda pounds away on Sting on the apron, but Sting comes back in with a sunset flip for another 2 count! Rotunda catches him with a legdrop for two. Rotunda then grabs a Sleeper and hooks the ropes with his feet for leverage. The ref sees what's going on and calls for the break. Rotunda follows up with atomic drops and when Sting starts to punch back, Sullivan slips him some taped knux. Rotunda nails him, but Sting won't fucking die. Rotunda starts to paint brush Sting, which just wakes him up and gets him all excited! Sting fires back and hits the Stinger Splash! SCORPION DEATHLOCK TIME! Doc tries to get into the ring to distract the ref while Sullivan breaks up the hold with a shitty judo chop. Lex Luger comes out and pulls Doc out and they get into a little tiff, but Sullivan calms them down while Rotunda covers for a CLOOOSE 2 count! Rotunda knows he's got Sting beat, so he delivers the kill with the Butterfly Suplex. It should be over. Cover, 1-2-NO! WHAT?! Vertical Suplex gets 1-2-NO! HUH?! They run the ropes, but its Sting who rolls Rotunda up off the ropes for the WIN!
Rating: ***

Back in the studio, Jim Ross & Michael Hayes interview Ric Flair w/ Hiro Matsuda. Flair pumps us up for the Clash and promises he'll make history when he's the first person to win a World Title on free TV and reign #6 will begin!
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NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Sting (Since 4/1/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors (Since 10/29/1988)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Hot Stuff International (Since 3/31/1989)
NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions: Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenyru (Since 12/10/1988)

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WCW Presents: Clash of the Champions VI - "Ragin' Cajun"
Sunday, April 2nd, 1989
New Orleans, Louisiana


The previous night, the NWA held a special banquet for it's legends. Such stars were here as Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Buddy Rogers, Dory Funk Jr, Harley Race, Sam Munschnik, Pat O'Connor and others. AWFULLY, Jim Herd makes his first appearence and issues a statement, thanking these legends for their contributions to the NWA and how they'll keep their legacy going. On a funny note, Race literally had just left the WWF 2 - 3 weeks prior.

Match #1: Samoan Swat Team w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Midnight Express w/ Jim Cornette
Quick start with Lane ducking on one of Samu's crossbody attempts and putting Samu down with one of his own. Fatu gets a tag, but he's quickly double-teamed as Eaton tags in for a drop-toehold/elbow drop combo. Eaton hits a missile dropkick and tags out. Lane comes in for a chinlock to slow things down. Meanwhile on the floor, Cornette wallops Samu with his tennis racket when he tries to interfere! The Midnights nail Fatu with a double-back elbow in the ring. They work the arm for a bit, but Fatu fights back and tags in Samu. Lane catches him with a sunset flip for two, and then the Samoans run into each other by accident. The tide turns for a moment as Samu counters Lane off a headlock with a back suplex. Lane comes back with a dropkick and the Midnights trade turns with another headlock on Fatu. That leads to the leapfrog-backbreaker double-team move. Lane with a jackknife rollup gets a near fall. Samu gets a blind tag and nails Eaton from behind. Reverse kick gets two on Eaton, and we go to the nerve hold. Choking and clawing follows once Bobby breaks free of the hold. He fights out of the corner though and makes the tag to Lane. He goes on to do his shitty karate on the SST. The Midnights ram the SST's heads together, but that doesn't bother them too much. Dangerously trips up Lane as he comes off the ropes, so Cornette sees fit to NAIL Fatu in the back with his tennis racket as he comes off the ropes. After some Samoan double-teaming, Samu goes back to the nerve hold. Eaton comes in every so often and that turns the ref's attention away from the match to getting Eaton out of the ring to allow the Samoan double-headbutts and chops. Samu goes for it all with a flying headbutt, but Lane moves. Eaton gets the hot tag and hits Samu with the Swinging Neckbreaker after some more heel miscommunication for a near fall! Lane gets rid of Fatu and the Midnights deliver the ROCKET LAUNCHER! Eaton has the cover, but Paul E tosses in his phone as Fatu blasts Eaton in the back of the head with it while the ref was with Lane. Samu covers for 1-2-3. Good but shockingly lackluster. I liked the heel vs heel tactics with Cornette feeling he had to resort to his old ways in order to beat the SST.
Rating: **3/4

Match #2: The Great Muta w/ Gary Hart vs. Steve Casey
During Muta's pre-match ritual, Casey tries to fight him but Muta sprays him with the GREEN MIST~ Just a really good showcase for Muta, went about 7 minutes which was perfect. Casey bumped around good, and the offense he did was able to showcase Muta's reversals. Not really about selling. Muta kills Casey's back for a while, but Casey actually gets the firey babyface comeback which the crowd sort of gets behind. Muta avoids a dropkick and then enziguri kicks Casey out. He follows that up with a pescado and then gives Casey a handspring back elbow as he's leaned up against the guardrail! A quick backbreaker sets up for the Moonsault and Muta wins.
Rating: **1/4

Match #3: Junkyard Dog vs. Butch Reed w/ Hiro Matsuda
This pretty much just to give their crowd the Mid-South hero, and he even gets brought out by a Cajun Jazz band. Typical JYD squash, man. I'm getting tired of typing the word typical on every review, but nothing ever changes anymore! Reed stalls alot and does his job in the "heel tactics" department. Reed controls a good portion, working over JYD's back. He hits the Diving Shoulderblock but JYD gets his leg on the rope. Matsuda gets on the apron to argue and JYD runs Reed into him and rolls him up for a 3 count.
Rating: *1/2

Match #4: "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr w/ Gary Hart vs. Dick Murdoch
Basically just the beginning point for their feud, so there's alot of feeling out and matwork. The action finally picks up once Murdoch hits a dropkick and then knocks down Orton off a Superplex attempt. Orton charges in the corner and eats an elbow as Murdoch calls for the Brainbuster to end this. He lifts Orton up, but Gary Hart trips up Murdoch and holds his feet down for Orton to get the win. That's right, on the same night as WrestleMania V, with Warrior/Rude having the same exact ending, the NWA does it. Either they had prior knowledge, or Warrior/Rude had already happened and they decided to use it. No way that's a coincidence.
Rating: *3/4

Match #5: Road Warriors [c] w/ Paul Ellering vs. Dr. Death & Mike Rotunda w/ Kevin Sullivan [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
Starts off extremely slow and prodding. Hawk becomes so frustrated with Sullivan teasing interference that he goes out after them but Doc & Rotunda stand in the way. The real interesting story is that Teddy Long, the ref, keeps trying to help the Road Warriors in a sense that he's advising them not to do this or that so they don't get DQ'd. In turn, the Varsity Club ends up beating the shit out of the Road Warriors for most of the match since they're too busy actually following the rules. Doc dumps Animal to the outside at one point and then just jumps off the apron and lands feet first on his back because Doc's the fucking man. Hawk makes a great hot tag as he comes in and clears house and Animal rejoins him soon after and it's a big brawl. They clearly have stopped taking the advice and Teddy keeps trying to get order of everything, but it's no use. During the set-up for the Doomsday Device, Animal lightly shoves Teddy out of the way so they can set up the move and Teddy bumps like he just got shot. They hit the Doomsday Device and cover to retain but...TEDDY REFUSES TO COUNT BECAUSE OF HIS MISTREATMENT! YES! ITS HAPPENING! Animal goes over and flips out at Teddy Long. Doc rolls up Hawk and Rotunda tackles Animal and Teddy hits an EXTREMELY fast three count. VARSITY CLUB WINS! HOLY SHIT HEEL HEAT!
Rating: **1/2

Post-match, Teddy Long quickly hands the belts to the NEW Tag Team Champions and bolts to the back like his life depends on it. The Road Warriors flip out as JR interviews them and say they'll get their titles back and they're going to MURDER Teddy Long. Ellering says Teddy will face the LOD's wrath.

Match #6: The Iron Sheik w/ Rip Morgan vs. Ranger Ross
Long before Craig Pittman did it, Ranger Ross flies down from the ceiling because that's apparently what marines do. Sheik tries the National Anthem of Iran but Ross attacks him. Sheik takes off his head dress and begins choking Ross with it and suplexing him around, but the ref doesn't do shit. Ross makes a half decent comeback but Rip Morgan nails him with the Iranian Flag for the DQ. Only 2 minutes, and probably for the best.
Rating: *

Post-match, it's 2 on 1 until JUNKYARD DOG RUNS DOWN TO SAVE HIS BLACK BROTHER!

Bob Caudle interviews Ric Flair. He makes it clear: tonight in New Orleans, he wins his title back for the 6th time and Ricky Steamboat goes back home with his wife & kid, fading into obscurity where he belongs, while the Nature Boy goes back to STYLIN' and PROFLIN'. WOOOOOOOO.

Match #7: Hot Stuff International [c] w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey [NWA United States Tag Team Championships]
Spivey brutalizes Gilbert early on using his power and size to dominate. Sullivan gets a tag and draws Steiner in while Spivey posts Gilbert down on the floor. Back in, Sullivan hits the DOUBLE STOMP and tags in Spivey for a running lariat. Tree of Woe follows, but Gilbert moves out of the way on the second charge from Sullivan. HOT TAG TO STEINER! Steinerline for Spivey! Powerslam for Spivey! Belly to Belly for Spivey! Steiner and Spivey fall out to the floor. Meanwhile, Missy tosses Gilbert her loaded Gucci bag and distracts Tommy Young while Sullivan takes the over-priced handbag to the face. Gilbert cradles him up for the win! Only four minutes, again, probably for the best. I like that Gilbert brought up her infamous loaded purse on their first interview back together, and that it took them in something extreme for her to bring it back out.
Rating: *1/2

Steamboat/Flair hype all over the place. Being the first NWA World Champion to ever defend the title in the Superdome, Terry Funk replaces Michael Hayes and joins Jim Ross for color commentary. To set the stage, Flair ALWAYS regains the title in the big rematch. Harley Race, Kerry Von Erich, Dusty Rhodes, Ron Garvin – they have all fallen to Flair when he was back in the title hunt. The "Can Steamboat do it?" factor is at full tilt. I love it.

Match #8: Ricky Steamboat [c] vs. Ric Flair [2 out of 3 Falls Match] [NWA World Heavyweight Championship]
Flair starts the match off with a woo but Steamboat slaps the shit out of him. This flusters Flair so Steamboat goes immediately into the gameplan from their first encounter and grounds Flair with the side headlock. Flair keeps trying to come up with creative ways to get out of it, but it doesn't matter. Eventually, Flair manages to twist it just a bit so he's on his back and he screams that Steamboat's pulling his hair so the ref makes him break it, and Flair immediately heads to the floor to regroup. Flair comes back in and tries the collar and elbow tie up that led to him taking over for a majority of the match last time, but Steamboat instead swims out of it and takes Flair back down. Since Flair can't get out of the hold right now, he might as well do what he can to pin Steamboat. Flair backs Steamboat into the corner for the break and cheapshots him with a shoulderblock and a couple sick chops. That fires Steamboat up and he chops Flair back into a corner. Hiptoss leads to a flying headscissors from Steamboat. After a dropkick, Flair wanders back around into the headlock for another close near-fall. Steamboat really goes to work on Flair's neck with forearms and knee drops. He's using the "control the head, control the body" psychology to perfection here. Flair backs Steamboat into the corner once again to free himself from a front headlock and elbows Steamboat in the ribs. They trade some more chops and then Steamboat puts Flair down with a backdrop. Dropkick gets two. Flair knows he's in trouble, so he begs away and baits Steamboat in the corner for a low kick. Flair misses a forearm shot, so Steamboat sneaks in a rollup for a near fall. Steamboat connects with a clothesline and returns to the headlock for ANOTHER near-fall. Steamboat puts Flair in the corner for some more HARD chops to set up the Flair Flop. Cover, a near fall. Steamboat grabs the headlock again, but Flair quickly counters with an inverted atomic drop. Flair regroups and makes the mistake of not capitalizing, which allows Steamboat to fire back with another chop for a near fall. A pair of shoulderblocks from Steamboat get him a pair of near-falls. Double-chop gets ANOTHER near-fall. Flair realizes he's in trouble again and bails to the floor. Back in, Flair cheapshots Steamboat, which surprises no one. Man, they are REALLY hammering on each other in there. Steamboat wins a brutalizing chopfest for another near-fall. He gives Flair a suplex from the apron and goes for a splash, but Flair brings up the knees. Wooooo. Flair snapmares Steamboat for a double-stomp and then follows up with a butterfly suplex for a near fall. Flair tries again and again and again to gain the fall, but he just can't keep Steamboat's shoulders down! Steamboat kips up out a knucklelock pinning situation and chops Flair back into the corner. Steamboat hiptosses Flair again, but whiffs on a dropkick. It's FIGURE-FOUR TIME! No! Steamboat reverses into an inside cradle for a near fall, BUT, Flair shifts his weight at the last second and gets 1-2-3!

Flair - 1 Steamboat - 0

Flair struts around in celebration, but it's not over yet. Steamboat shoves off a headlock and catches Flair with a press slam to set up a flying judo chop for a near fall. Steamboat returns to the headlock, but Flair counters with a back suplex. He follows that up with the Rolling Knee Drop. Flair wants another one, but Steamboat moves and goes after the knee with elbow drops! I mean, he almost wears himself out with all the elbow drops. That leads to a figure-four! He does it correctly too by placing the straight leg over the injured knee and everything! Steamboat chops Flair down while he's still in the hold for two, but then Flair grabs the bottom rope for the break. Steamboat brings Flair to the center of the ring to try the figure-four again, but Flair kicks him off. That doesn't stop Steamboat though as he grabs a Boston crab instead! Flair finally gets to the bottom rope for the break. Steamboat makes the mistake of letting Flair get to his feet though. When Steamboat starts chopping, Flair grounds Steamboat with a headlock and gets a near-fall! This leads to the bridge-up into a backslide sequence in Steamboat's favor for a near fall. Flair bails after that and capitalizes by dragging Steamboat out to the floor for some guardrail action. Back in, Flair works Steamboat over on the apron and then gives him a stalling suplex back in for a near fall. Flair applies an abdominal stretch into an Oklahoma roll for a near fall. He tries everything possible to get the second straight fall, but Steamboat just won't keep his shoulders down on the mat. He even puts his feet on the second rope, but nothing works. Flair gets distracted by the crowd and berates them for protesting, and that's all the time Steamboat needs to come back with chops. Steamboat then flips out of a back suplex and rolls up Flair for a near fall. Jackknife rollup gets another near-fall, but then Steamboat telegraphs a backdrop and gets kicked in the mouth and chopped down REAL hard for a near fall. Flair heads up top and gets caught and crotched by Steamboat. Huge Superplex by Steamboat to Flair. Steamboat starts hammering on the lower back and lifts Flair up in a double-chicken wing for the submission! HOLY SHIT FLAIR GIVES UP! FLAIR GIVES UP! WHOOOOOOOOOOOA!

Flair - 1 Steamboat - 1

Steamboat immediately goes after Flair's back again and grounds him, trying to end it with an abdominal stretch. Flair reaches the ropes and begs off Flair. Both men are really slowing down but still going strong, if that makes ANY sense. Steamboat starts going for the big chops to wear Flair down but Flair ducks, catches Steamboat and hits a great shinbreaker. Steamboat stumbles around trying not to let his leg give out but Flair straight up kicks him in the leg and Steamboat goes down. Figure Four applied but way to close to the ropes and Flair breaks it at the 4 count. The ref actually has to peel Flair off and Flair shoves him but thinks better of it after what happened earlier to the Road Warriors. Steamboat surprises Flair with more chops and Flair hits the Flair Bump over the top. Steamboat struggles to run over and he stops Flair from going up top with a huge mongolian chop to the face. Flair almost gets counted out, coming back into the ring around 8. Flair begs off Steamboat only to goad him into a take down and pin attempt with the legs on the ropes, trying the pin a few times, and the ref never sees his leg. Steamboat lands on his feet off a crossbody attempt out of the corner, but then charges into a boot. He reverses a cross-corner whip, but Flair moves and Steamboat hooks his leg on the top-rope! Flair jerks him down out of the corner and goes to work. He lands a knee-drop ON the knee, jerks on it a little bit, and THEN applies the Figure Four, dead center of the ring. After a while, Flair gets a few near-falls out of it. The crowd starts to get behind Steamboat though (finally) and he reverses the hold over into the ropes for the break. That doesn't stop Flair from destroying Steamboat's knee, as he slams it on the apron a couple times. Steamboat still fights back with chops though. Cross-corner whip sets up a Flair Flip and this time it actually works for Flair as he comes off the top with a crossbody for a near fall. Steamboat goes for a slam, but his knee gives way and Flair gets two. Steamboat ducks on a back elbow and fires back with a jumping headbutt. He tries to get the feeling back in his leg on his way to the top-rope and comes off for a Flying Crossbody for a near fall. Steamboat goes for a jumping elbow drop, but Flair moves. Flair ducks low off a whip though and takes a swinging neckbreaker for two, but still manages to toss Steamboat to the floor. Both men grab a breather, but its Steamboat coming back in with a sunset flip. Flair fights it HARD, but Steamboat gets him to fall for a near fall. Steamboat then runs into a sleeper hold at 50 MINUTES INTO THIS MATCH! FUCK. Not just a sleeper hold, but he climbs up on Steamboat's back and makes him carry his weight. That's unbelievable stamina. As logic would have it, Steamboat does go down, but the crowd revives him and Flair gets sent face-first into the top turnbuckle to cause the break. Flair stumbles out to the floor, but then sneaks back in and clips Steamboat. It's not enough to throw Steamboat off his game though, as he comes back with an enziguri for a near fall. He heads up top for a splash, but lands on nothing but canvas. Flair works on the knee that just hit the mat and then shoves Steamboat around. Man, that's some blatant disrespect. As he has during this whole match, Steamboat chops back when he's in trouble. He puts Flair in the corner for the ten-count corner chop and Flair tries for the inverted atomic drop to counter, but Steamboat avoids and drops Flair with a clothesline for a near fall. He got his foot on the bottom rope. Steamboat then ducks low off a whip and takes a back suplex. Flair heads up top and gets slammed down this time to set up another double-chicken wing! Steamboat can't hold him up though and collapses, so Tommy Young counts Flair's shoulders down for 1-2-3. BUT FLAIRS LEG WAS ON THE ROPE! THE REF MISSED IT! I LOVE THAT! THE REF ALWAYS MISSES FLAIR'S LEG ON THE ROPES, AND THIS TIME, IT ACTUALLY MATTERED AND WORKED AGAINST FLAIR! THIS WAS A FUCKING WORK OF ART! They're even saying that Flair actually had STEAMBOAT's shoulders to the mat, but I'm gonna pretend that's not what'll bring on the controversy because that finish sucks. BUT FUCK YEAH THIS RULED! ONE OF IF NOT THE GREATEST PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING MATCHES I HAVE EVER SEEN.
Rating: *****

Jim Ross interviews Ricky Steamboat backstage. They replay the ending after Steamboat puts over his victory. Steamboat admits, as much as it pains him, that Flair has a legitimate argument here and he himself will go to Jim Herd, the lawyers, TBS and the NWA to make sure Flair gets his rematch because he's not satisfied yet, with that ending, Steamboat doesn't know if he's the better man yet, and he wants to find out.
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ricky Steamboat (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Since 2/20/1989)
NWA Television Champion: Sting (Since 4/1/1989)
NWA World Tag Team Champions: Mike Rotunda & Dr. Death (Since 4/2/1989)
NWA United States Tag Team Champions: Hot Stuff International (Since 3/31/1989)

During this time, the Six Man Tag Team Championships were officially retired. The NWA wouldn't bring them back til 1998, but WCW brings back their own version around 1991.

WCW Saturday Night
April 8th, 1988
Atlanta, GA


This is the first episode from Center Stage Theatre.

DANGER ZONE~ Paul E swears he doesn't need a body guard, so there will be no "Secret Service" Jack Victory with him today. More than anything, it's because he's getting ready for his match against Randy Rose. But the point is, Paul E doesn't NEED a body guard! Tonight's guest is the new TV champ, Sting! He scares Dangerously away with his primal screams. Sting calls Paul E ugly and when that upsets Paul, Sting grabs him by the nose and then runs him off. Pretty pointless.

Match #1: Rick Steiner w/ Missy Hyatt vs. Paul Brown
Alot of intensity here from Steiner, almost borderline "ruthless" as far as squashes go. He runs Brown into the corner upside down, gut first numerous times before ending it with the Belly to Belly Suplex.
Rating: *1/2

We get a recap of the last 5 minutes of Flair/Steamboat at COTC, showing the controversial ending, and they highlight that Flair's foot was INDEED on the ropes during the pin and the referee did not see it. JR tells us that Flair is uber pissed and is threatening legal action.

We get pre-taped comments from Flair's lawyer. He basically tells us what we already know and that the referee's job when a competitors foot is on the rope is to break the pin or submission and let them go to their neutral corners, thus, Flair would've gotten a fair shot at the title. The lawyer is giving WCW, Ted Turner & Jim Herd 30 days to settle this or he will pursue legal action. He suggests, if not met, that Steamboat be stripped of the title and there will be swift financial damages against WCW & Turner Broadcasting.

Match #2: Road Warriors w/ Paul Ellering vs. Keith Steinborn & Greg Brown
The Road Warriors are FUMING and they even confront this random referee before the match to let him know what their deal is. They kill both jobbers in under 45 seconds and end it with the Doomsday Device on Greg Brown.
Rating: 3/4*

Match #3: Lex Luger [c] vs. Jack Victory w/ Paul E. Dangerously [NWA United States Championship] [Unaired from COTC VI]
Hilarious that, #1, they put this and the Sting/Morgan match AFTER Flair/Steamboat and expected there to be time AND that the fans would give a shit. Luger dominates Victory throughout the whole match and it's almost treated as a glorified squash, which I guess is okay. Michael Hayes storms back out and distracts Luger, allowing Victory to hit the Service Revolver. But instead of ending it, he heads up top and takes way too long. Luger catches him coming down and powerslams him. Torture Rack ends it.
Rating: *3/4

Post-match, Hayes looks displeased on the outside and Luger flexes, thusly scaring him off.

Match #4: Lex Luger [c] vs. Kendall Windham [NWA United States Championship]
Luger over powers Kendall constantly throughout the whole match, and of course, it leads to Kendall constantly stalling. Kendall trying to wrestle like his brother his admirable, but hilarious. And not good. Luger looks over and taunts Hayes while he waits for Kendall to get back in the ring. Lex catches Kendall off a crossbody and drops him throat-first on the top rope. This time Lex misses a charge and lands hard on the floor. Now Kendall beats Luger around the ring and then levels him with a big boot in the ring. Kendall goes for a corner clothesline, but Luger moves out of the way. Luger wins a slugfest and levels Windham with a back elbow. Three-count corner punch follows, and then Lex hits a powerslam. He calls for the TORTURE RACK, but Michael Hayes leaves the announce position and distracts Lex so that Windham can nail Luger from behind. Kendall hits the Lariat and comes off the top, but falls right into a powerslam. Luger retains. Best Kendall Windham match I've ever seen.
Rating: **1/2

Match #5: "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr w/ Gary Hart vs. Shane Douglas
Lots of headlocks to start. Douglas applies a headscissors on the mat, but Orton gets to his feet and twirls Douglas around in an airplane spin type move. That was awesome. Douglas reverses a suplex into one of his own and goes back to the headlock. Orton tries an abdominal stretch, but Douglas counters and applies the hold himself. Back to the headlock, but Orton goes low. He follows up with a gutbuster and then dumps Douglas to the floor. Gary Hart tosses Douglas back in for a flying double sledge. Orton delivers the big body press into a backbreaker for a near fall. He follows up with the ORTONLOCK~ Orton then pounds away in the corner and tries for a piledriver, but Douglas backdrops out. Douglas mounts a comeback and delivers a missile dropkick for a near fall. Slam gets two. Orton fires back, but Douglas explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Douglas heads up top, but Orton is there to stop him with the superplex.
Rating: **1/4

Match #6: Mike Rotunda & Dr. Death [c] vs. Greg Brown & Don Sanders [NWA World Tag Team Championships]
Greg Brown is pulling double duty tonight for some reason. They make this REALLY quick and it rules. They kill Brown early and just send him to the outside. Doc's the fucking man, just tossing Sanders all over the place and moving at a really, really fast pace, punishing the little shot. Huge body press into an Oklahoma Stampede. Rotunda comes in for a high knee lift and the Butterfly Suplex to end it.
Rating: **

Match #7: Sting [c] vs. Rip Morgan [NWA Television Championship] [Unaired from COTC VI]
Hardly even a glorified squash. Morgan gets in a tad of lame jobber offense, but Sting quickly comes back with the flying crossbody, the Stinger Splash, and the SCORPION DEATHLOCK gets the win. This is what the live attendance fans went home with. Fuck you.
Rating: 3/4*

Jim Ross interviews faggot shit hole Jim Herd. Note of interest, WCWSN is now taped strangely. JR & Hayes do commentary in the arena, but when it comes to angles and certain interviews, JR's in front of a green sceen with the production room background. Herd makes it clear that he doesn't care what Flair or his attorneys have to say on the matter – they just have the fans in mind. That may be the case, but Herd just doesn't seem to care what Flair has to say about ANYTHING apparently. I'm sure they're friendly in real life. Nevertheless, the "championship committee" has decided to grant Flair the rematch in Nashville on May 7. There will be three special judges, who are former World Champions, and there will be an ending to this feud once and for all.

Match #8: Jack Victory w/ Paul E. Dangerously vs. Randy Rose
ROSE WITH A TOPE SUICIDA DURING VICTORY'S ENTRANCE! On the outside, he pulls off Victory's belt and whips him with it. Rose chases after Dangerously, but gets blindsided by Jack-o. Back in, Victory controls with clotheslines and such. Rose runs into the post, but then he trips up Jack and wraps his leg around the post. Rose hits a flying clothesline and delivers a face slam similar to the Jeff Jarrett Stroke. Rose pins him near the ropes, which allows Paul E to nail him with his telephone. Jack turns over and covers for the win. Very fun!
Rating: **1/4

Match #9: The Great Muta w/ Gary Hart vs. Bucky Siegler & Gary Royal
Mist, epic kicks and back bumps. Muta dumps Siegler onto his head on the outside and focuses solely on Royal, which sucks for Royal because he dies. Great handspring elbow into a big backbreaker and the MUTASAULT ends it.
Rating: *1/2

Jim Ross interviews NWA World Champion Ricky Steamboat in the fake control room. Steamboat admits that he didn't beat Flair in that third fall. Music City Showdown will be Flair's last chance because Steamboat has other contenders to face.

Ric Flair cuts a pre-taped promo saying that he knows this is his last chance, and if he doesn't beat Steamboat for the title at WRESTLEWAR '89, he'll NEVER get a shot at the World Championship again. Flair says he can't imagine his life without the World Title, and knowing that he'll do anything now, he doesn't care what Steamboat's like come the PPV, he's a dead man.

Next week, JR promises to address the NWA's decision on the Teddy Long situation.
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