My copy is watchable, and there’s nothing that completely ruins the viewing experience, but there are definitely much better copies out there. If you have a better copy, I’ll take it.
This is a really good copy, and I have no interest in getting a new one.
Dear God, this is a good match. If you’ve never seen this match, get this tape! GEORGIA CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
GCW on TBS
KILLER KARL KOX vs. BILL ALLEN
CRUSHER & TOMMY RICH vs. OLE ANDERSON & IVAN KOLOFF The time limit expires after two minutes (?) of action.
BLACKJACK LANZA vs. CURTIS BRAZIL Stan Hansen does commentary with Gordon Solie; unintentionally funny, as this match is taped in the WTBS studio, but they dub in canned heat with at least 20,000 screaming fans.
STAN HANSEN vs. SNAKE BROWN
BOBBY HEENAN CHALLENGES BOB ARMSTRONG to a match vs. a mystery opponent in a judo-jacket match.
CARL FERGIE vs. CHICK DONOVAN
IVAN KOLOFF & OLE ANDERSON in a squash match, with Tommy Rich & Crusher sitting in to do commentary. Crusher is particularly funny here. Rich, Crusher, Anderson and Koloff brawl afterward.
BOB ARMSTRONG vs. DR. JUDO Armstrong squashes Heenan’s henchman.
OLE ANDERSON & ERNIE LADD vs. CHICK DONOVAN & BILL ALLEN
TOMMY RICH & CRUSHER vs. RIP OLIVER & CARL FERGIE Rich & Crusher are now the tag champs.
JOHNNY NICKS vs. RICKY FIELDS
STERLING GOLDEN vs. CHICK DONOVAN Golden is a young, southern-accented HULK HOGAN, in his earliest days. He offers $1,000 to any man who can break out of his finisher, the Golden Squeeze.
TONY ATLAS vs. JACK FULLER
SGT. JACQUES GOULET & CHRIS MARKOFF v TED ALLEN & MARVIN TURNER
KILLER KARL KOX vs. JERRY ROBERTS Roberts is actually a young Jacques Rougeau. The finish of this match is cut off.
ANDRE THE GIANT v MASKED MARAUDER & ERIC VON HELLER in a handicap match.
EDDIE GRAHAM vs. KILLER KHAN Graham scores the win after a ref bump & a run-in by four men.
RAY STEVENS & MIKE GRAHAM vs. THOR THE VIKING & MASKED TERROR
SWEET BROWN SUGAR vs. BILL IRWIN
STERLING GOLDEN vs. JACK POORE & CURTIS BRAZIL Post-match, the Hulkster…uh…Sterlingster has a confrontation with Tony Atlas.
TOMMY RICH & TONY ATLAS v CARL FERGIE & BILL HOWARD
TONY ATLAS vs. BUCK BRANIGAN
RICK FIELDS vs. CARL FERGIE
BRET HART & CHICK DONOVAN vs. JACQUES GOULET & CHRIS MARKOFF One of Bret's earliest U.S. matches; They make no mention of his famous father, and he’s billed as being from Great Falls, Montana. Speaking of B.S., the heels are billed as the “European Tag Team Champions.”
ERNIE LADD & MASKED SUPERSTAR v BOB ARMSTRONG & BUZZ SAWYER Heenan slips a foreign object to Ernie Ladd, and the heels give Armstrong a three-on-one beating.
SGT. JACQUES GOULET & CHRIS MARKOFF vs. RICKY FIELDS & GERALD FINLEY
Also includes matches and angles from CWF, plus promos from Bobby Heenan, Ernie Ladd & Ole Anderson, Ricky Fields, Bob Armstrong, Tommy Rich & Crusher, Ricky Fields, Stan Hansen, Tony Atlas, Sterling Golden, Austin Idol
3 ½ HOURS GCW on TBS
TERRY GORDY vs. MIKE JACKSON Gordy is subbing for Michael Hayes, who refuses to wrestle, setting up the Freebirds’ split.
JUNKYARD DOG & TED DIBIASE vs. FABULOUS FREEBIRDS (ROBERTS & GORDY) JYD & DiBiase surprise the Freebirds by buying the contract from the jobbers the Freebirds were supposed to face.
NWA WORLD TITLE: HARLEY RACE vs. DUSTY RHODES from the Omni. The Dre-uhm, looking almost fit here, wins the World Title.
TOMMY RICH vs. KEN PATERA JIP from the Omni.
BLACKJACK MULLIGAN vs. BRUISER BRODY 8mm clips from the Omni.
MICHAEL HAYES cuts a PHENOMENAL promo explaining his face turn.
TERRY GORDY & JIMMY “Superfly” SNUKA vs. TED DIBIASE & STEVE O
TERRY GORDY & JIMMY SNUKA announce that the NWA board of directors has reversed their tag team title loss to Tommy Rich & Ted DiBiase. I’m guessing this is a cover for Ted DiBiase leaving the promotion. Michael Hayes walks out shortly after and Terry Gordy surprises him by smashing a silver cup Hayes gave him when his son was born.
MICHAEL HAYES vs. EL TORO Gordy offers Toro (“who wrestled Bruno Sammartino to a one-hour draw at MSG” according to Gordy) $1,000 to injure Hayes. This leads to Gordy & Snuka giving Hayes a 2-on-1 beating.
KEVIN VON ERICH vs. JIMMY “Superfly” SNUKA Gordy interferes until Michael Hayes makes the save.
MICHAEL HAYES & ANDRÉ THE GIANT vs. TERRY GORDY & JIMMY “Superfly” SNUKA 8mm footage from the Omni.
MICHAEL HAYES IN A SQUASH MATCH A masked henchman attacks Hayes, who makes a comeback and unmasks the henchman as Austin Idol; Idol & Terry Gordy then give Hayes a 2-on-1 beating.
MASKED SUPERSTAR & SUPER DESTROYER vs. VALENTINO & RUSSELL Even Gordon Solie doesn’t seem to know who the jobbers are; Big Red & Leroy Brown brawl with the heels post-match.
TOMMY RICH vs. IRON MIKE SHARPE
MASKED SUPERSTAR CHALLENGES LEROY BROWN This ends with about 8 men in the ring.
MASKED SUPERSTAR vs. VALENTINO
RODDY PIPER & BOB ARMSTRONG have a series of confrontations.
RODDY PIPER & GARY HART STRIKE A DEAL allowing Piper to manage Kabuki.
TOMMY RICH vs. RICK STARR Buzz Sawyer insists that Rich wrestle him instead, and Rich accepts. Ric Flair does commentary for this match.
KENDO STICK CHALLENGE Gary Hart and Roddy Piper offer $200 to anyone who can hit Kabuki with the Kendo stick without Kabuki blocking it. Kabuki loses and goes nuts!
GEORGE “THE ANIMAL” STEELE DEBUTS attacking Kevin Sullivan, Ole Anderson, and Roddy Piper.
BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN vs. RICK HARRIS
ROWDY RODDY PIPER & OLE ANDERSON vs. TWO JOBBERS The heels brawl with Tommy Rich & George Steele post-match.
MICHAEL HAYES vs. BILL WHITE
RIC FLAIR CHALLENGES LEORY BROWN TO AN ARM WRESTLING MATCHBrown accepts; then, just as it appears Flair is about to lose, he…loses and calmly walks away. Man, didn’t see that coming.
BUZZ SAWYER vs. KEVIN SULLIVAN
RIC FLAIR CHALLENGES LEORY BROWN TO ANOTHER ARM WRESTLING MATCH and loses again.
BOB ARMSTRONG & KEVIN SULLIVAN vs. BIG JOHN STUDD & SUPER DESTROYER
RIC FLAIR CHALLENGES LEORY BROWN TO YET ANOTHER ARM WRESTLING MATCH and offers him a new suit as an incentive. Ric loses again!
MICHAEL HAYES & A SURPRISE PARTNER vs. OLE ANDERSON & SUPER DESTROYER Hayes’ schedule partner, Kevin Sullivan, no-shows, and in a “Holy crap!” moment, he reveals a substitution…Terry Gordy! The Freebirds are back together! Post-match, Gordy explains why they got back together.
PAUL ORNDORFF vs. BUZZ SAWYER
MR. WRESTLING II vs. BUZZ SAWYER Masked Superstar destroys Wrestling’s robe during the match.
THREE AND A HALF HOURS MID-SOUTH WRESTLING/UNIVERSAL WRESTLING FEDERATION
Mid-South Wrestling Classics
“Dr. Death” STEVE WILLIAMS vs. TOM MENESTO, JR. Interesting “funny-how-things-work-out” moment: Since it’s Dr. Death, Bill Watts veers into a rant about college football, talking about how Oklahoma could use a heavyweight player like Steve Williams. Bill then mentions some of the heavyweights in other colleges, including a youngster from Canada playing for Louisiana State named John Tenta.
MARTY LUNDE vs. DICK MURDOCK Marty Lunde?…Yes, that’s none other than Arn Anderson, a relative newcomer still going by his real name!
KAMALA vs. ART CREWS
GREAT KABUKI vs. TIM HORNER
TED DIBIASE & MATT BORNE vs. DAVID SAMMARTINO & BUDDY LANDELL David is billed as Bruno Sammartino, Jr. Bill Watts speaks of him as if he’s a legend in the making and the future of professional wrestling, but the initials on his boots say it all: “BS.”
MISTER WRESTLING II vs. GINO HERNANDEZ
KEVIN VON ERICH vs. MIKE BOND
IRON MIKE SHARPE vs. YOSHI YATSU Iron Mike is a face here, which is just, well, unsettling to me.
MISTER WRESTLING II vs. HIRO MATSUDA
TIM HORNER & BUDDY LANDELL vs. KAMALA & KABUKI
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. DAVID SAMMARTINO
GORGEOUS GINO HERNANDEZ vs. CHAVO GUERRERO
MISSING LINK vs. TIM HORNER
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN & MAGNUM T.A. vs. ROAD WARRIORS
JUNKYARD DOG VISITS A SICK CHILD Footage from a local news broadcast.
JUNKYARD DOG vs. BORIS ZHURKOV Junkyard Dog promised that boy in the hospital he’d kick the crap out of a communist just for him.
BUZZ SAWYER TRAINS for his upcoming match against JYD in a peculiar skit.
BUZZ SAWYER vs. JOHNNY RICH
KING KONG BUNDY vs. ART CREWS
CRUSHER DARSOW vs. GEORGE WEINGROFF Weingroff is legally blind, but manages to hold his own and shows a lot more ability than I would expect from someone in that predicament. Good for him.
RICK ROOD vs. RIP ROGERS Ravishing Rick is a babyface rookie, still using the real spelling of his last name.
JUNKYARD DOG vs. KING KONG BUNDY JYD slams Bundy, but Buzz Sawyer and Missing Link run in for a three-on-one attack.
ROAD WARRIORS vs. RICK ROOD & ART CREWS
MISSING LINK vs. RIP ROGERS
BUZZ SAWYER vs. TIM HORNER
NO DISQUALIFICATION: HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. TED DIBIASE WILD brawl!!!!
KRUSHER DARSOW vs. JOHNNY RICH
GEORGE WEINGROFF & MAGNUM T.A. vs. DOUG VINES & BORIS ZHURKOV
TV TITLE: TERRY TAYLOR vs. TIM HORNER
GINO HERNANDEZ vs. TOM PRITCHARD
TED DIBIASE & “Dr. Death” STEVE WILLIAMS vs. TERRY DANIELS & BRAD ARMSTRONG
BARBARIAN vs. SHAWN MICHAELS The future WWF World Champion gets no offense and gets destroyed in a two-minute squash.
KAMALA vs. ICEMAN KING PARSONS Hercules Hernandez attacks Parsons, and Butch Reed makes the save, slamming Kamala from the top rope. Kamala freaks at this show of strength and runs away!
DIRTY WHITE BOYS vs. DAVE BOWMAN & MIKE JACKSON
KERRY VON ERICH vs. BUDDY LANDELL
JAKE ROBERTS vs. TERRY TAYLOR Jake DDTs Taylor on top of a chair, and Terry is legit split open!
BUDDY LANDELL vs. BRAD ARMSTRONG
DIRTY WHITE BOYS vs. MIKE JACKSON & PRIVATE TERRY DANIELS
ICEMAN KING PARSONS vs. FRANK LAVERT
“Gorgeous” GINO HERNANDEZ & “The Sheik” HERCULES HERNANDEZ vs. “Hacksaw” JIM DUGGAN & KERRY VON ERICH Ted DiBiase interferes, and Duggan retaliates with the coal miner’s glove.
KAMALA vs. DAVID EDDY
BARBARIAN vs. TOM PRITCHARD
“FREEZE FRAME” music video featuring Terry Taylor. This is remarkably gay (Yeah, that didn’t sound homophobic. Sorry) for something conjured up by Bill “Bring Your Lunch” Watts.
TOM PRITCHARD vs. TIM HORNER Pritchard begins his heel turn.
THOR vs. BRICKHOUSE BROWN You might know Thor better as Nailz, Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler.
BARBARIAN vs. RICHARD DYE
BOO THOMAS vs. BRAD ARMSTRONG
“Dr. Death” STEVE WILLIAMS & JAKE ROBERTS vs. TERRY DANIELS & SHAWN MICHAELS
CHRIS ADAMS vs. STEVE CASEY
PAUL BROWN & JACK VICTORY vs. TERRY TAYLOR & KERRY VON ERICH
LARRY HIGGINS vs. MISTER WRESTLING II
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. KRUSHER DARSOW Darsow pulls the old switcharoo with commie look-alike Nikolai Volkoff.
KOKO WARE & MIKE JACKSON vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS The Midnights’ Mid-South debut.
“SOME DAYS ARE DIAMONDS” music video featuring Terry Taylor. Man, two videos…what a push. This one’s a little, well, manlier than the last one.
JIM NEIDHART & BUTCH REED vs. ICEMAN KING PARSONS & LEAPING LANNY POFFO Weird alternate universe moment; it’s 1984 and the commentary team is Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler, but it must be a different Jerry Lawler because this one puts over the wrestlers and makes pertinent observations during the match. :-P
NIKOLAI VOLKOFF vs. JOHNNY RICH
ONE MAN GANG vs. RON ELLIS
MAGNUM TA & “Hacksaw” JIM DUGGAN vs. THE MISSING LINK & KING KONG BUNDY
JUNKYARD DOG vs. KRUSHER DARSOW
BUTCH REED vs. GEROGE WEINGROFF
JIM NEIDHART vs. ART CREWS
Awesome tape! It’s becoming clearer to me why so many fans who have been around longer to me regard Mid-South as the best wrestling promotion of all-time. The strange thing is I can’t really put my finger on why. It’s just that the booking for everything here seems so, well, perfect, somehow.
SIX HOURS Wrestling Spectacular
CHICAGO STREET FIGHT: BRUISE BROTHERS vs. SHEEPHERDERS
DOG COLLAR MATCH: HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. BUZZ SAWYER
STEEL CAGE MATCH: JAKE “The Snake” ROBERTS vs. HUMONGOUS As a means of psyching out Humongous, Jake is wearing the same type of mask. The play-by-play man tells us, “The name Humongous fits him, even though I am not quite sure what it means.”
BUNKHOUSE BATTLE ROYAL with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, Dick Slater, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Buzz Sawyer, Nightmare, Dick Murdoch, Al Perez, Ricky Gibson, Superstar, Steve Keirn, Ted DiBiase, Terry Taylor, Fabulous Ones, Chavo Guerrero, “Hot Sutff” Eddie Gilbert, and Rob Ricksteiner.
NORTH AMERICAN TITLE: DICK SLATER vs. JAKE “The Snake” ROBERTS Ends with an absolutely insulting Dusty Finish.
ONE HOUR UWF Monsters of the Mat
KAMALA vs. DAVE PETERSON Strange that a “best of” collection would start with a squash.
RICK STEINER vs. CHAVO GUERERRO Buzz Sawyer interferes for Rick.
BLADE RUNNERS vs. TED DIBIASE & STEVE WILLIAMS Blade Runners are future superstars Sting and Ultimate Warrior, managed by Eddie Gilbert. I started watching wrestling at the beginning of 1989, so this was an absolutely awesome match to see when I first got this tape.
HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN vs. CORCHINIKA
TERRY TAYLOR vs. BUTCH REED Match is joined in progress, but well over 15 minutes airs. Nikolai Volkoff and Krusher Kruschev run in and DESTROY Taylor.
BRETT SAWYER vs. GESTAPO MENDOZA
TERRY TAYLOR & FANTASTICS vs. JACK VICTORY & SHEEPHERDERS
TED DIBIASE vs. MAGNUM T.A. Sorry about my wrestling history ignorance. This is obviously a title match of some kind, but there’s no play-by-play and the ring announcer’s intro isn’t shown, so I don’t know much beyond that.
TWO HOURS NATIONAL WRESTLING ALLIANCE
BEST OF STARRCADE 1983-1987
DOG COLLAR MATCH: “Rowdy” RODDY PIPER vs. GREG “The Hammer” VALENTINE It hurts to watch this match, and I mean that in a good way. Greg and Roddy come up with some VERY creative ways to use the chain during this very bloody match.
TAG TEAM TITLE: BRISCO BROTHERS vs. RICKY STEAMBOAT & JAY YOUNGBLOOD Great match!
WORLD TITLE STEEL CAGE: HARLEY RACE vs. RIC FLAIR with guest referee Gene Kiniski, who damn near ruins the match by being an incredible nuisance throughout, and slightly botching the finish. That aside, this is a great match and a great main event. You’d never know the NWA was going to be running in second by the end of the following year.
TV TITLE: TULLY BLANCHARD vs. RICKY STEAMBOAT Great match between two men who were right on the verge of becoming superstars at this point.
$1,000,000 & WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. DUSTY RHODES with guest referee Joe Frazier, who stops the match for blood after 12 minutes of an absolutely terrible main event. I’d expect much better from the promotion that was building its reputation from straight wrestling.
UNITED STATES TITLE STEEL CAGE “I QUIT” MATCH: TULLY BLANCHARD vs. MAGNUM T.A. And on this night, hardcore wrestling was born. The thing that blows my mind is that this match is over 16 years old, and it could be a Wrestlemania main event, which should tell you what kind of standards these two men set. Magnum T.A. is easily the biggest “What if…?” story in wrestling history.
TAG TEAM TITLE STEEL CAGE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. IVAN & NIKITA KOLOFF
“SKYWALKER” MATCH: ROAD WARRIORS vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Hey, if we come up with a really cool name for a scaffold match, maybe no one will notice how much it sucks!…Trust me, we still noticed.
TAG TEAM TITLE STEEL CAGE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. OLE & ARN ANDERSON “Playing Ricky Morton” is defined in this match.
UNITED STATES TITLE STEEL CAGE: LEX LUGER vs. DUSTY RHODES OK match with a hilarious blown spot where Luger struggles and gives up trying to apply the torture rack on Rhodes, and the play-by-play men have to come up with a diplomatic way of saying Dusty is too fat.
WORLD TITLE STEEL CAGE: RON GARVIN vs. RIC FLAIR Garvin’s best match. You thought ECW invented cynical wrestling fans, but here we are in 1987 listening to a very loud and decisive “Garvin sucks” chant.
WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. DUSTY RHODES Dusty wins the NWA title, only to be stripped of it a week later in an extended Dusty finish. The fans were basically being trained not to believe anything they saw until a few weeks passed and it was determined that everything was okay.
FOUR HOURS NWA BEST OF 1985
NWA TAG TEAM TITLE: TERRY TAYLOR & BUZZ SAWYER vs. MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW
NWA TAG TEAM TITLE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. IVAN & NIKITA KOLOFF
BUZZ & BRETT SAWYER vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
COWBOY RON BASS vs. BLACK BART
MAGNUM TA vs. RIC FLAIR Magnum makes a $1,000 bet that Flair can’t beat him in ten minutes.
ROAD WARRIORS vs. JAY YOUNGBLOOD & PEZ WHATLEY The Warriors tie up Youngblood and cover him with paint until King Kong Bundy(!) makes the save.
NWA TAG TEAM TITLE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. RISING SUNS
MAGNUM TA cuts a promo---not sure where this came from, but we see a botched “take one” before the actual promo. Anyway, while hyping a match in Philadelphia, Ole & Arn Anderson run in to attack; this leads to the actual show that night, where Rhodes, not knowing where his partner is, takes a 2-on-1 beating.
NWA TV TITLE: DUSTY RHODES vs. ARN ANDERSON
SIX-MAN TAG TEAM TITLE: KRUSHER KRUSCHEV & THE KOLOFFS vs. DUSTY RHODES, MAGNUM T.A., & “Raging Bull” MANNY FERNANDEZ
LUMBERJACK MATCH, SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: WAHOO MCDANIEL vs. LEX LUGER
SOUTHERN HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: WAHOO MCDANIEL vs. ARN ANDERSON
RIC FLAIR vs. SGT. SLAUGHTER
“Raging Bull” MANNY FERNANDEZ & BUZZ SAWYER vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
“Boogie Woogie Man” JIMMY VALIANT vs. BARBARIAN
WAHOO MCDANIEL & BILLY JACK HAYNES vs. JACK HART & RICK RUDD You know Hart & Rudd better as Barry Horowitz & Ravishing Rick Rude.
SIX-MAN TAG TEAM TITLE: KRUSHER KRUSCHEV & THE KOLOFFS vs. STARSHIP EAGLE, COWBOY RON BASS, & “Boogie Woogie Man” JIMMY VALIANT
“Raging Bull” MANNY FERNANDEZ & RON GARVIN vs. BLACK BART & THUNDERFOOT
NWA TAG TEAM TITLE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS
THREE AND A HALF HOURS NWA CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS (3/27/1988, Greensboro, NC)
NWA TV TITLE, AMATEUR RULES: MIKE ROTUNDO vs. GORGEOUS JIMMY GARVIN
NWA U.S. TAG TEAM TITLE: MIDNIGHT EXPRESS vs. FANTASTICS Dusty Finish! (Clap-clap-clapclapclap!) Dusty Finish!
KEN “EDDIE HASKELL” OSMOND INTERVIEWS JIM CORNETTE
BARBED WIRE CHICAGO STREET FIGHT: DUSTY RHODES & RHODE WARRIORS vs. IVAN KOLOFF & POWERS OF PAIN
NWA TAG TEAM TITLE: ARN ANDERSON & BARRY WINDHAM vs. LEX LUGER & BARRY WINDHAM
NWA WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. STING The Stinger is elevated from pretty-popular mid-carder to superstar thanks to the Nature Boy and this match.
TWO HOURS NWA GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1987
WAR GAMES: DUSTY RHODES, NIKITA KOLOFF, ROAD WARRIORS, & PAUL ELLERING vs. RIC FLAIR, ARN ANDERSON, TULLY BLANCHARD, LEX LUGER, & J.J. DILLON Dusty’s best idea ever, it’s 20+ minutes of non-stop action in a double cage, and enough heat to set the video on fire. *****
WESTERN STATES HERITAGE TITLE: BARRY WINDHAM vs. RICK STEINER
STEEL CAGE UNITED STATES TITLE: NIKITA KOLOFF vs. LEX LUGER Lex wins the US Belt.
TEXAS DEATH MATCH: “DR. DEATH” STEVE WILLIAMS vs. “CAPTAIN REDNECK” DICK MURDOCK An emotional scene, as Magnum TA, making a surprise appearance after his freak accident, stands in Doc’s corner.
FABULOUS FREEBIRDS vs. IVAN KOLOFF, PAUL JONES, MANNY FERNANDEZ
$100,000 BARBED WIRE LADDER MATCH: DUSTY RHODES vs. TULLY BLANCHARD Sounds like a great, extreme gimmick match, but War Games was earlier on the tape so Dusty has used up his allotted one good idea for the year. This sucks.
WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. GORGEOUS JIMMY GARVINJimmy submits, and Flair attacks Precious. Ron Garvin runs in and lays out Ric with the Hands of Stone, setting up their feud.
TAG TEAM TITLE: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS Match 397 of the “Best of 513 Series.”
WAR GAMES: DUSTY RHODES, NIKITA KOLOFF, ROAD WARRIORS, & PAUL ELLERING vs. RIC FLAIR, ARN ANDERSON, TULLY BLANCHARD, LEX LUGER, & WAR MACHINE War Machine is Big Bubba Rogers under a mask, replacing J.J., who was injured in the previous match. This match is just as good as the last. *****
TWO HOURS (Note that all matches except the War Games bouts are JIP) NWA GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1989 (7/23/1989, Baltimore, MD)
TWO-RING BATTLE ROYAL
BRIAN PILLMAN vs. BILL IRWIN
DYNAMIC DUDES vs. SKYSCRAPERS
TUXEDO MATCH: JIM CORNETTE vs. PAUL E. DANGEROUSLY
TEXAS TORNADO: STEINER BROTHERS vs. VARSITY CLUB
TV TITLE: STING vs. GREAT MUTA
UNITED STATES TITLE: LEX LUGER vs. RICKY “The Dragon” STEAMBOAT
WAR GAMES: ROAD WARRIORS, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, & “Dr. Death” STEVE WILLIAMS vs. FABULOUS FREEBIRDS & SAMOAN SWAT TEAM
NWA WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. TERRY FUNK
TWO HOURS STARRCADE ’85: THE GATHERING (11/22/85, Greensboro, NC and Atlanta, GA)
MID-ATLANTIC TITLE: SAM HOUSTON vs. CRUSHER KRUSCHEV
BULLROPE MATCH: “Cowboy” RON BASS vs. BLACK BART If Bass wins, J.J. Dillon must wrestle him in a bullrope match immediately after.
MEXICAN DEATH MATCH: “Raging Bull” MANNY FERNANDEZ vs. ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER The object here is to retrieve a sombrero from a pole.
ARM WRESTLING: “Superstar” BILLY GRAHAM vs. BARBARIAN
TV TITLE: TERRY TAYLOR vs. “Nature Boy” BUDDY LANDELL
WAHOO MCDANIEL & BILLY JACK HAYNES vs. MINNESOTA WRECKING CREW
US TITLE “I QUIT” STEEL CAGE MATCH: TULLY BLANCHARD vs. MAGNUM T.A. Hardcore before hardcore was cool…*****
ATLANTA STREET FIGHT: “Boogie Woogie Man” JIMMY VALIANT, MISS ATLANTA LVELY, & BIG MAMA vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS & JIM CORNETTE Not a bad brawl, considering all involved.
TAG TEAM TITLE, STEEL CAGE MATCH: ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. IVAN & NIKITA KOLOFF The R&R have Don Kernodle in their corner, while the Koloffs have Crusher Kruschev. The Russians clean house post-match.
WORLD TITLE: RIC FLAIR vs. DUSTY RHODES The first cracks in Dusty’s heretofore brilliant booking start to show, as Dusty appears to capture the World Title here, but the decision got reversed on TV a week later…booking a false finish in the main event of the company’s biggest show for the entire year is NOT an effective way to compete with other promotions, people.
TWO HOURS N.W.A. TV, DECEMBER 1987-JANUARY 1988
“White Lightning” TIM HORNER vs. LARRY ZYBYSKO
JIM CORNETTE & BIG BUBBA ROGERS CHALLENGE DUSTY RHODES Dusty accepts but gets attacked by Midnight Express. Nikita Koloff makes the save, but it’s too late, because Dusty’s out cold.
STING vs. THUNDERFOOT #2 Has a masked wrestler with “#2” in their name ever won a singles match?
EDDIE GILBERT vs. GEORGE STOUT
SUPERPOWERS vs. ARN ANDERSON & TULLY BLANCHARD Lex Luger and Ric Flair both run in post-match.
RON GARVIN vs. ARN ANDERSON Good match.
DUSTY RHODES & ROAD WARRIORS vs. IVAN KOLOFF & POWERS OF PAIN No ending shown.
STING & BARRY WINDHAM vs. ARN ANDERSON & TULLY BLANCHARD
NIKITA KOLOFF vs. DICK MURDOCH
BOBBY EATON vs. CHRIS CHAMPION
STING vs. BLACK BART
STEEL CAGE: SUPERPOWERS vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS TV time expires before the finish, which is shown later in the tape.
TULLY BLANCHARD vs. BARRY WINDHAM JIP. JJ Dillon rings the bell, but Luger runs to the ring to restart the match.
ROCK & ROLL EXPRESS vs. SHEEPHERDERS
TELEVISION TITLE: NIKITA KOLOFF vs. MIKE ROTUNDO Only the ending shown, but the entire match appears later on the tape. Rotundo wins the TV Title.
BABY DOLL SHOWS DUSTY RHODES SOME “INCRIMINATING PHOTOS” Stupid angle.
MIKE ROTUNDO vs. NIKITA KOLOFF Rematch; Varsity Club interferes for the DQ.
NO DQ: DUSTY RHODES vs. BOBBY EATON Ending is just barely cut off; you can tell exactly how the match ends from what is shown.
STING vs. BOB EMERY From NWA’s “Ric Flair Night.” Sting squashes Emery, then challenges Flair to a match. VERY FUNNY stuff follows, as J.J. Dillon comes to the ring and tells Sting that it’s Flair’s night of glory, and Sting should just leave him alone…and Sting is totally speechless because J.J. is absolutely right! J.J. realizes that he’s unintentionally made Sting look like an ass, so after a few moments of awkward silence, he throws champagne in Sting’s face so Sting will have an excuse to beat the crap out of him, bringing the Horsemen to the ring.
BENCH PRESS CONTEST: ROAD WARRIORS vs. POWERS OF PAIN Just like any other test of strength, the heels attack just as the faces are on the verge of winning. Animal suffers a legit eye injury during this angle, and there’s a really scary moment as a 700-pound dumbbell just barely misses Hawk’s head.
DUSTY RHODES vs. BOBBY EATON
Plus lots of promos, clips, and a few other squashes.
SIX HOURS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
WCW Halloween Havoc ’90: Terror Rules the Ring (10/27/90, Chicago, IL)
TOMMY RICH & RICKY MORTON vs. MIDNIGHT EXPRESS The MX’s last match before Lane & Cornette quit to start SMW.
STING CUTS A PROMO and is interrupted by an evil illusionist, The Black Scorpion, who makes a planted audience member disappear, while the real audience members disappear on their own to go to the bathroom.
RENEGADE WARRIORS vs. FABULOUS FREEBIRDS
UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLE: STEINER BROTHERS vs. NASTY BOYS
JUNKYARD DOG vs. MOONDOG REX
TAG TEAM TITLE: DOOM vs. RIC FLAIR & ARN ANDERSON
UNITED STATES TITLE: LEX LUGER vs. STAN HANSEN
NWA WORLD TITLE: STING vs. SID VICIOUS This is the infamous match where Sting is “kidnapped” midmatch so that Barry Windham in Sting make-up can run out and take the pin, apparently costing Sting the title until their underhanded treachery is discovered.
THREE HOURS NWO Souled Out 1997 (Cedar Rapids, IA January 25, 1997)
MASO CHONO vs. CHRIS JERICHO
MEXICAN DEATH MATCH: BIG BUBBA ROGERS vs. HUGH MORRUS
MR. WALLSTREET vs. JEFF JARRETT
BUFF BAGWELL vs. SCOTTY RIGGS
SCOTT NORTON vs. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE
WCW TAG TEAM TITLES: OUTSIDERS vs. STEINER BROTHERS
WCW UNITED STATES TITLE: EDDIE GUERRERO vs. SYXX
WCW WORLD TITLE: HULK HOGAN vs. GIANT
THREE HOURS Starrcade ’90: Collision Course (12/16/1990, St. Louis, MI)
TOM ZENK vs. BEAUTIFUL BOBBY Eaton is making his solo debut here.
STEINER BROTHERS vs. COL. DEKLERK & SGT. KRUEGER in the first match of the Pat O’Connor Memorial Tag Team Tournament. DeKlerk & Krueger are better known as Rocco Rock and Matt Borne.
NORMAN SMILEY & CHRIS ADAMS vs. REY MYSTERIO, SR. & KONNAN
RIP MORGAN & JACK VICTORY vs. MR. SAITO & THE GREAT MUTA
BULL JOHNSON & TROY MONTOUR vs. VICTOR ZANGIEV & SALMON HASIMOKOV
TERRY TAYLOR vs. MICHAEL WALLSTREET
BIG CAT & MOTOR CITY MADMAN vs. SKYSCRAPERS
TOMMY RICH & RICKY MORTON vs. FABULOUS FREEBIRDS
STEINER BROTHERS vs. REY MYSTERIO, SR. & KONNAN
MR. SAITO & THE GREAT MUTA vs. VICTOR ZANGIEV & SALMON HASIMOKOV
UNITED STATES TITLE BULLROPE MATCH: LEX LUGER vs. STAN HANSEN Hey, who needs Dusty Rhodes under contract? We’ll just do the Dusty Finish without him!
TAG TEAM TITLE STREET FIGHT: DOOM vs. BARRY WINDHAM & ARN ANDERSON Amazingly bad cop-out finish.
STEINER BROTHERS vs. MR. SAITO & THE GREAT MUTA
WORLD TITLE: STING vs. BLACK SCORPION Oh…my…God…
THREE HOURS WCW Starrcade ’97 (12/28/97, Washington, DC)
WCW CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE: EDDIE GUERRERO vs. DEAN MALENKO
RAY TRAYLOR & STEINER BROTHERS vs. RANDY “Macho Man” SAVAGE, VINCENT, & SCOTT “Flash” NORTON