Monthly Archives: June 2007

Clash of the Champions #3 (09/88)

NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl
September 7, 1988
Albany, GA
Civic Center

Your hosts are Jim Ross and Bob Caudle! Read the rest of this entry

The Great American Bash 1988

NWA Great American Bash ’88: The Price for Freedom
July 10, 1988
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

After being a part of the NWA’s calendar for three years, they finally narrowed down the concept to one show and one city; Baltimore. Baltimore would be home to eight of the next twelve “Bashes”, which is more than any one city has ever held for one particular wrestling show in North America.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross! Read the rest of this entry

Clash of the Champions #2 (6/88)

NWA Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem
June 8, 1988
Miami, FL
James L. Knight Center

Talk about a drop from the original, CotC 2 doesn’t even have an NWA World title match OR a multi-million dollar wrestling company to compete against in this timeslot. Basically from this show forward, the Clash was used to further a major feud (or feuds) before a big blowoff match. Which feud (or feuds) am I talking about? Let’s find out!

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle! Read the rest of this entry

Clash of the Champions #1 (3/88)

NWA Clash of the Champions
March 27, 1988
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

So the WWF wants to put on a PPV to make cable companies choose which wrestling show they let America watch on Thanksgiving? Fine. The WWF gets two hours on free-TV for the first-ever Royal Rumble show, while we’re trying to have a crappy battle royal inside of a cage called “The Bunkhouse Stampede”? Whatever, that’s cool. But if you think for one second that we’re not going to put on a show during that one day a year where you show forth your abnormal compulsion of “wrestling” and that we’re not going to show you guys up North how it’s done with a two-hour wrestling extravaganza, then you’re DEAD WRONG, mister (McMahon)!

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross! Read the rest of this entry

Starrcade 1987

NWA Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat
November 26, 1987
Chicago, IL
UIC Pavilion

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross! Read the rest of this entry

The Great American Bash Tour 1987

NWA The Great American Bash Tour 1987
July 1-31 1987

This is from back in the old days when the Great American Bash was a month-long extravaganza. It wouldn’t be until four months later when the NWA would showcase their first ever PPV, so this was acceptable. This tape was put out by Turner Home Entertainment as a “best of” tape of sorts, featuring some full and some clipped matches from the tour. Read the rest of this entry

Starrcade 1986

NWA Starrcade 1986: Night of the Skywalkers
November 27, 1986
Atlanta, GA & Greensboro, NC
The Omni & Greensboro Coliseum

In the Crockett/McMahon wars, this would be “the battle for who can book the better multi-location show: NWA’s second shot.” I have the commercial version so some of (if not all) the matches are clipped and some matches were cut entirely from the tape. Don’t worry though; you’re not missing any five-star classics. Together, Greensboro and Atlanta drew 30,000 fans. Since Wrestlemania had three different locations, they were able to draw 10,000 more than Starrcade. Even if you just take Wrestlemania’s two biggest draws which were LA and Long Island; you’d have a crowd of 31,000. You’re almost there, NWA. You probably should’ve booked a show in Norfolk or something.

Your hosts in Atlanta are Tony Schiavone and Rick Stewart (who?) and as for Greensboro, your hosts are Bob Caudle and Johnny Weaver! Read the rest of this entry

Superstars of the Superstation 2/86

NWA Superstars on the Superstation
February 7, 1986
Atlanta, GA
The Omni

(Taped on February 2, 1986)

This was the first big try at a supercard on Turner’s WTBS which would later become known as Clash of the Champions by March of 1988. It started as an opportunity for the fan’s to write in and tell the Crocketts just exactly what they wanted to see; kind of like Taboo Tuesday minus the internet by using the old-fashioned way of actually sitting down and writing letters. The whole pen and paper thing is, yeah, COMPLETELY ridiculous. But that’s how they did things back in the day. Read the rest of this entry

Starrcade 1985

NWA Starrcade ’85: The Gathering
November 28, 1985
Atlanta, GA & Greensboro, NC
The Omni & Greensboro Coliseum

This is the original show that gave Vince the idea to book a “multi-location” show, except Vince had to one-up Crockett and book his WrestleMania in three different venues ALL over the country. The tape I have starts out in G-boro and then switches back and forth between cities until we reach Flair/Rhodes in ATL, which I can only assume is how it was presented on CCTV.

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle, with Johnny Weaver conducting interviews in Greensboro. Shame the man couldn’t be in two places at once, because I would love for a good old school Ric Flair promo to be on here. Read the rest of this entry

Starrcade 1984

NWA Starrcade ’84: The Million Dollar Challenge
November 22, 1984
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

Your hosts are Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle!
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