Showing posts with label WCW. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WCW. Show all posts

WCW Saturday Night and Fall Brawl 1995 at Grandma's House

Monday, September 19, 2022

One Saturday evening at the end of August in 1995, my parents were watching my brother play hockey on the other side of town.  Or at least that's how I remember it.  August seems a bit early for hockey, but we pretty much played around the calendar, so... who knows.

In any event, wherever they were, I somehow managed to beg off and stayed home with Grandma and Grandpa.  They lived next door, and as a kid, I frequently wandered back and forth from our house to theirs several times a day.  

Longtime readers here will already know, but I've been a pro wrestling fan since I was 5 when I caught a glimpse of the National Wrestling Alliance on TBS in 1990.  I'm pretty sure it was a Rock and Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) match because I remember the blond hair and the brightly colored red and blue bandanas, but it may have been The Fabulous Freebirds for all I know.  Either way, it was classic Southern-style "rasslin" and set me on a lifelong fandom of NWA/WCW over the more flashy WWF presentation.

I drifted in and out of casual fandom during the next 5 years.  Mainly because it was forbidden in my house, for fear I may try a wrestling move on my brother or a friend at school.  In any event, I'd sneak some wrestling in when I thought nobody was watching.  Or, more often, I'd just walk next door and watch it at my Grandparent's house.  They didn't seem to mind and usually left me alone with a glass of Tang, a Snickers, and the TV in the kitchen.  

Eventually, my parents gave up policing the TV, and I began watching wrestling on a regular basis.

Years later, like The Simpsons, all it took was for my Dad to watch a few minutes and enjoy what he saw to get their final approval.  He just happened to sit down beside me one day during the infamous Ric Flair interview where he stripped down to his boxer shorts and handcuffed himself to the ring.  

What can I say?  Ric Flair is the best of all time, and wrestling in the 90s was amazingly fun.

Just days after this fateful August evening at my Grandparent's house, World Championship Wrestling launched a new show called Monday Nitro.  Nitro quickly became the focus of the promotion, causing WCW Saturday Night, what had long been the flag bearer for the promotion, to take a backseat to the new Monday show.  The pro wrestling Monday Night War of the 90s had begun, and the non-wrestling world was starting to take notice.  

But what I saw that night, while sitting at Grandma's kitchen table, turned my interest in pro wrestling into a lifelong love.

Retro Scans: 1995 WCW Main Event Trading Cards

Monday, March 28, 2022

Unfortunately, I've been a little too busy with work and things at home this week to put out a thoroughly researched article for ya'll to enjoy and one I can be proud of.  

Since my last two posts were about professional wrestling, focused on Big Van Vader and Scott Hall (CLICK HERE FOR MY TRIBUTE TO SCOTT HALL), I figured it would be a good time to break out a pack of 1995 WCW Main Event trading cards for an old fashioned Retro Scan!  

This pack of trading cards from 1995 is probably from my favorite era of professional wrestling, or at least, the era I'm most nostalgic for.  This was when wrestling was still 'banned' in my house by my parents, and to be honest, I was probably still 95% convinced it was real.  So, I'd sneak in a half-hour or hour of WWF or WCW's Saturday morning syndicated recap shows.  Then that evening, I'd head over to Granny and Gramps' house where I'd watch WCW Saturday Night (at 6:05PM on TBS) while they were eating dinner in the other room in order to get my wrestling fix.  

I'd say when wrestling was on top of the world, between 1996 and 1998, was the best wrestling would and will ever get, but as far as personal memories are concerned, nothing beats WCW in 1995 for me.  

I'm sure you real wrestling fans are rolling your eyes and gagging because 1995 WCW was pretty darn bad.  But for a kid like me?  It was great!  This was when the larger-than-life characters were bright and colorful, with flashy gimmicks (like Scott Hall's Diamond Studd) or were real-life monsters (like Vader).  

This pack of cards from 1995 is pretty hard to find on eBay.  Like most trading cards lately, prices have skyrocketed, and just the other day, a complete, unopened box of these cards sold for over $750!  Just crazy, considering a few years ago, I pulled these packs for just a few bucks each.  I may regret opening this pack one day, as prices continue to climb... but I'm just as eager to look inside as any of you are!  What does having a stockpile of all trading cards mean if you never open them?  I guess that's another discussion for another day.

Immediately, I was excited to see a Vader card!  After writing about Vader and his time on Boy Meets World (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT), I have been on a Vader kick.  I've spent time watching several youTube clips or firing up the WWE Network on Peacock to see some of his old matches and it's been a lot of fun reliving the early 90s.  

I was also delighted to see my favorite ever, Sting (sans face paint), in my preferred "surfer Sting" gimmick as he plays beach volleyball.  What a great photo of a great guy.

Besides the baby-faced Tony Schiavone card, one other card of note was the card featuring the promotional poster for WCW Fall Brawl 1994 on it!  I've mentioned a few times before that the 1995 Fall Brawl was my favorite match ever, just for the leadup and promos alone.  Vader was scheduled to be in that match as a member of the Hulkamaniacs alongside Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Sting... but he was fired shortly before the show and replaced by Lex Luger.

In the 1994 Fall Brawl, Vader would defeat Sting in a number one contender's match for the World Title, but the promotional poster makes it look like the two would appear in the caged War Games match.  

Ok, ok... on to the trading cards!  Click "Keep Reading" to check them out!

The Life and Career of Scott Hall

Monday, March 21, 2022

"Hey, Yo..."

One of the most popular wrestlers of the 1990s passed away last week.  Scott Hall, the former WWF Superstar "Razor Ramon" and founding member of WCW's 90s pop culture sensation "new World order," passed away following complications during hip replacement surgery.  He was 63.

His longtime friend and fellow wrestler, Kevin Nash, made it public that Hall was placed on life support after suffering three heart attacks during the surgery.  Hall's family took him off of life support on Monday, March 14th, where he passed on 5 hours later.

Hall had previous health issues stemming from many years of alcohol and drug abuse, the physical tolls all wrestlers experience in the ring, and a life spent on the road. 

In 2014, he was helped by fellow wrestler Diamond Dallas Page in cleaning up his life and entering sobriety.  He succeeded, and the WWE brought him back in a public role and inducted him into the Hall of Fame twice.  Once as Razor Ramon and the second for being a member of the nWo.  

Hall is often regarded as "the best wrestler never to hold the World Championship in a major promotion."

With the sobering news hitting us wrestling fans this week, I thought it would be fitting that I post a tribute to the life of a man who provided so much enjoyment and entertainment growing up.  

Please click "Keep Reading" to read about the life of "The Bad Guy" Scott Hall.

25 Years Ago: Hulk Hogan Makes Wrestling Cool with the nWo

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

This summer, I've reflected on how so many of my good summertime memories are connected to professional wrestling.  Later this month, I'll be posting an article about five of my own personal memories of summer-time wrestling that I really think you'll enjoy.  In August, there will be another post looking back 25 years at WWF's summer-time spectacular "Summer Slam" from 1996.  

But today, it's of absolute necessity that we look back 25 years from today at WCW's summer-time showcase event the "Bash at the Beach."  It was the catalyst that ignited the boom period of professional wrestling of the mid to late 1990s and it's a day that changed wrestling and American pop culture forever.  

25 years ago, on July 7, 1996, I would have just finished the sixth grade a few weeks earlier.  I was twelve years old.  I would have been dead set on spending my summer doing absolutely nothing but swimming in our backyard pool, watching American Gladiators, Saved by the Bell, and I Love Lucy reruns when the mid-morning heat set in.  Then, after probably a grilled cheese or peanut butter sandwich for lunch, I'd watch Salute Your Shorts reruns on Nickelodeon in the afternoon and then spend my evening hours watching professional wrestling.  If I wasn't watching wrestling, I was reading about it online or pretending to be a wrestler in Prodigy's e-federation system on the BBs.  

WCW was in the midst of an invasion, with newcomers from the rival promotion, WWF, coming out of the woodwork to overthrow the show.  As a diehard WCW fan, I was predisposed to think of these WWF guys as "the bad guys" anyway, but the actions of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash made me really hate them.  

Back then, not everyone had the internet, and knowing the behind-the-scenes details wasn't as readily available as it is now.  Even though my family had the internet, the real news was still hard to come by, and most of it was a lot of rumors and fan's best guesses.

I've mentioned a few times over the years on this blog that my parents never let me buy PPV events.  They didn't like wrestling, and they didn't like that I watched it, so surely they weren't going to spend 30 or 40 bucks a month on a 3-hour show.  So, on the Sunday night of the big event, I'd always be online clicking around in wrestling chat rooms or waiting for the slowly updated "newz" sites to post commentary.  It's hard to believe in this day and age of social media, where people post their most insane thoughts every few seconds, that it would take a good 20 or 30 minutes for someone to update a line or two on their website, but that's what it was in those days.

This PPV, the 1996 "Bash at the Beach," was different than the rest.  The fate of WCW rested on who the infamous "third man" would be.  They had promised someone big, and I was practically biting my nails, waiting for the "wrestling newz" websites to update their results page.  

When I finally read the news, I couldn't believe it.

Hulk Hogan, the ultimate hero of wrestling... had gone bad.

Retro RePost: Christmas Collides With Pro Wrestling

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Life has been busy so far this December, with work and studying for my annual training, so I haven’t been able to finish the content I’ve been trying to produce for Christmas.  Here it is, already December 10th, and I’ve yet to post anything this month celebrating the Holiday season...

It’s time to remedy that, so I’ve decided to air a rerun so to speak... A Retro RePost, if you wheeeel (Dusty Rhodes voice) in one of my favorite posts from last Christmas:

Click the above link if you missed this last year or want to relive some good old days or wrestling gone by!  

The Finger Poke of Doom and "Butts in Seats" 21st anniversary

Saturday, January 4, 2020

I'll admit that 21 is not a very special number when it comes to anniversaries and I'm a year late (and a dollar short) for the big 20th one.  Maybe I'm just a tad early for the 25th.  However, this past October when All Elite Wrestling began airing 'Dynamite' on WCW's old home TNT and went head to head with WWE I thought it'd be fun to take a look back at how one company tried to take on the WWF and wound up infamously shooting itself in the foot after a period of great success.  Hopefully, AEW has long term success and does not repeat history.

I've been a fan of pro wrestling since I was about 5 years old when I discovered the WCW/NWA programming one weekend while watching "The SuperStation TBS" at my Grandmother's house.  Later on, I was fortunate to be a rowdy teenager during the 1990s when the Attitude Era of the Monday Night War became one of the hottest and most exciting pop culture trends America had seen in a long time.

10 Times Christmas Collides with Pro Wrestling!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Much like Thanksgiving... Pro Wrestling and Christmas go hand in hand.  Over the years, wrestling promotions and wrestlers have celebrated (and exploited) the holiday season in many ways.  From holding events on Christmas day to wrestlers dressed up as Santa Claus, Christmas themed gimmick matches, or even a handful of wrestlers appearing in Christmas movies, these festive events celebrate the holiday season for children and adults alike.

I've looked around the internet and compiled a list in no particular order of some examples of when Christmas and Pro Wrestling COLLIDE!

Pro Wrestling on Thanksgiving: Starrcade vs Survivor Series

Friday, November 15, 2019

When one thinks of Thanksgiving most people think of pumpkin pie, turkey, football, or maybe even parade balloons.  As unlikely as it seems, though, to me pro wrestling and Thanksgiving go together like mashed potatoes and gravy.

Pro wrestling has deep traditions tied to Thanksgiving, going back to the territory days of yesteryear. Mid-South Wrestling frequently held Thanksgiving events in the SuperDome in New Orleans during the territory glory years.  The big two major promotions we all know, WWF and WCW, also have historical ties to the holiday as well.

Survivor Series 1989 Review

Monday, November 11, 2019

Depending on which side of the isle you sit on in the WWF vs WCW war, the history behind the WWF Pay-Per-View event "Survivor Series" is either considered a dirty trick or just another step in Vince McMahon's plan for domination.  WWF's rival promotion National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) had run a major event called Starrcade on Thanksgiving for nearly a decade before Vince McMahon decided to create Survivor Series.  Vince placed Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Day to compete directly against Starrcade and given the all around success of his major gamble on Wrestlemania, McMahon held all the cards against the cable providers and demanded they decide to either carry his show... or else.  All but a handful of providers chose Survivor Series and the very next year Starrcade was forced to move to December, ending the very quick "Thanksgiving Day War."

As a WCW/NWA fan I've always considered Starrcade a Thanksgiving show, even though it took place in December longer than it occurred on Thanksgiving, but WWF's Survivor Series is the true Thanksgiving show.  From 1987 to 1990, the show took place on Thanksgiving Day.  From 1991 to 1994, the WWF moved it to Thanksgiving Eve before being moved in 1995 to the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  

Starrcade 1989 Review

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Professional Wrestling, and The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), once held a long standing tradition of running major events on Thanksgiving Day.  The NWA ran it's annual flagship event StarrCade from 1983 to 1990, when the event continued on under the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) banner until 2000.

Starrcade was a production of Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP); at that time the largest and most dominant "territory" in the NWA.  It would be a Thanksgiving Day tradition until 1987 when the WWF, led by Vince McMahon, scheduled a pay-per-view event of their own titled Survivor Series on Thanksgiving night.  McMahon, coming off the major success of Wrestlemania and his national expansion, demanded exclusivity from the cable providers on carrying his event.

RollerJam... Pro Wrestling on Wheels

Monday, November 4, 2019

Like everyone else in the late 90's I was hooked on professional wrestling.  I had been a fan going back to 1989 or '90 when I was 5 years old and had found WCW on Saturday evenings at my Grandparents' house.   Like many others though I was utterly OBSESSED during the wrestling boom of the "Monday Night War."

It was in my high school cafeteria one day when my friend Joe asked if I was going to watch "RollerJam"?  I asked what that was and he explained in colorful detail the new wrestling-on-roller blades commercial he saw during WWF's RAW. I must have been over on the other channel watching WCW's Nitro and missed it.  Our other wrestling friend Andrew then mentioned it was a new version of roller derby.