The Spark of a Moment in the Diamond Dallas Page/”Macho Man” Randy Savage Rivalry…

 

 

back in 1997, World Championship Wrestling was at the height of its popularity, thanks to the rise of the New World Order and their tensions with the rest of the WCW roster. While the headlining (and, in the minds of many, the top) rivalry in WCW was Sting’s crusade to knock Hollywood Hogan down a peg, another, more personal, physical and bitter rivalry was taking place between Diamond Dallas Page and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. In fact, shortly after Savage joined the nWo, he physically attacked DDP and verbally attacked DDP’s then-wife, Kimberly, and after that, all bets were off. In fact, DDP had already had history with the New World Order before going head-to-head with Savage, as he was a former tag team partner of BOTH nWo co-founders Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. He was initially felt slighted when Hall and Nash recruited others into the nWo before him, but when DDP was about to be inducted, he turned them down — in spectacular fashion — and immediately became a target. Continue reading “The Spark of a Moment in the Diamond Dallas Page/”Macho Man” Randy Savage Rivalry…”

Is WWE Bringing Back ‘The Great American Bash’?!?

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WWE has both flirted with and fully reused the names of former WCW event in the past, and it appears to be happening again. After using Night of Champions (the final WCW Nitro broadcast and the new name of the Vengeance pay-per-view), Clash of Champions (a take on the Clash of the Champions events), Starrcade (as a non-televised house show) and War Games (as an NXT Takeover-branded event), WWE may bring back The Great American Bash. This is according to a report from PWInsider, announcing that Stamford, CT-based company filed a trademark for The Great American Bash last week. Continue reading “Is WWE Bringing Back ‘The Great American Bash’?!?”

The WCW International World Championship – Doc’D #8

You remember the wrestling promotion where “The Big Boys Played”, right? Well, what about the championship that was briefly the second-most important world championship in that company; which was ALSO a world title? This month on Document’D (or Doc’D), Montez McCrary discusses the story and legacy of the forgotten and abandoned WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. Continue reading “The WCW International World Championship – Doc’D #8”

After All These Years: Why Didn’t WCW Get a Proper Send-Off?

As a nerd of many, MANY thing, there are occasions when I become annoyed when things happen that just make absolutely no sense, appear to be disrespectful to a product, and seem to slight my intelligence and the intelligence of others who share similar passions.  That said, in early 2001 when AOL Time Warner felt that they no longer wanted professional wrestling on the TNT and TBS networks and essentially cancelled ALL WCW programming, they sold it off to Vince McMahon and the WWF for only $3 million dollars. This effectively ended the long era of a wrestling promotion that created moments and memories to fan for multiple generations.  You’d think with that type of legacy that that this promotion would get the memorable, nice, respectful, appropriate and FINAL sendoff. But no. It didn’t. And it still bugs me to this day. There were a few problems that prevented that sendoff, and here are some: Continue reading “After All These Years: Why Didn’t WCW Get a Proper Send-Off?”

Halloween Havoc & The Horror Surrounding the 1998 Event

If Whodini was serious about the freaks coming out at night, then if it was Halloween, we’d better look out! Halloween Havoc was World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event, themed from the titular holiday every October, running from 1989 through 2000. While the first two Halloween Havocs were held when WCW was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), WCW took on full responsibility after severing ties with the NWA. WCW held the final five events (1996-2000) in Las Vegas, Nevada at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. WWE has yet to bring back the event since its purchase of WCW and its properties in March 2001.  However, the freaky part in this post has less to do with the themed event, and more to do with quite possibly one of the worst matches and events in the show’s history, particularly the 1998 edition of Halloween Havoc. Continue reading “Halloween Havoc & The Horror Surrounding the 1998 Event”

Remember When ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan was the WCW U.S. Champion?

If not, then you’re in for a treat! It true that the legendary ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan’s highest career achievement was not just winning the 1988 WWF Royal Rumble (as awesome as that is), but for a three-month period in 1994-1995, ‘Mr. American Pride’ himself was the United States Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in World Championship Wrestling.  He would win that title at WCW Fall Brawl be defeating another wrestling legend, the soon-to-be Texas Rattlesnake, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. Continue reading “Remember When ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan was the WCW U.S. Champion?”

WCW Going To War – What is “WarGames”?

Well, here comes your answer! “WarGames” was a gimmick match that involved two teams of four wrestlers locked inside a steel cage that encompassed two rings.  This match was originally used by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later annually held in World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) Fall Brawl pay-per-view event held in September.  It was created by Dusty Rhodes as a specialty match for the Four Horsemen, and originally took place at the NWA’s 1987 Great American Bash tour.   The WarGames match was an inspiration for WWE’s Elimination Chamber, TNA’s Lethal Lockdown, and ROH‘s Steel Cage Warfare match types. Continue reading “WCW Going To War – What is “WarGames”?”

Nice Time for a “Black Saturday”: July 14, 1984

Say WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA??!!??!!??

In a world — say it in “the voice” — in a world, where we attach colors to days of the week (Black Friday, Black Monday, Blue Monday, etc.), when you look into the world of professional wrestling, this phenomenon can be found referring to the day of July 14, 1984, nicknamed Black Saturday.  On that July evening, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation took over the time slot on Superstation WTBS, typically the home station for Georgia Championship Wrestling’s (GCW) flagship weekly program, World Championship Wrestling, for 12 years. Why a big deal, you ask? Well, when thinking about the infamous Monday Night Wars, this occurrence was its genesis; McMahon’s purchase of the time-slot led to a longstanding rivalry between himself and WTBS owner Ted Turner, resulted in Turner’s purchase of Jim Crockett Promotions (formally GCW) and turning it into his own promotion, World Championship Wrestling.

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African Palladio, WiFi Moochers, BLOPS2 Memes & Starrcade – WIRed #23

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The Future is SO BRIGHT……

This week on WIRed #23 (JORDAN!), Palladio’s architectural style found in AFRICA, WiFi moochers better beware, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 memes, and the brief story behind NWA Starrcade!   Continue reading “African Palladio, WiFi Moochers, BLOPS2 Memes & Starrcade – WIRed #23”

The Stars Aligning for NWA Starrcade

The annual professional wrestling event Starrcade was held from 1983 to 1990 by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), then by World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2000.  Starrcade was the promotion’s flagship event that featured the culmination of the most popular feuds in the company and the show eventually rivaled the World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania event (even though Starrcade was typically held in November or December, while WrestleMania is held in March or April). From 1983 to 1987, the show was produced by Jim Crockett Promotions, the top and most dominant promotion of the NWA, and was usually held on Thanksgiving Day. In 1988, due to financial problems, JCP was sold to Ted Turner and was renamed WCW, and when the WWF threatened cable providers to not carry Starrcade and instead carry the inaugural  Survivor Series on Thanksgiving 1987, Starrcade’s yearly schedule was changed to December, and remained that way for all future Starrcade events. Continue reading “The Stars Aligning for NWA Starrcade”