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Crockett Cup ’86

The 1st Annual Crockett Cup
April 13, 1986
New Orleans, LA
The Superdome

The best of Bill Watts’ UWF and Jim Crockett Promotions come together to compete in a day long 24-tag team tournament with a grand prize of a million dollars! Oh yeah, and to honor the late Jim Crockett Sr. too, of course. It’s wrestling history, BAYBEE!

Your hosts are David Crockett and Tony Schiavone. Hooray Read the rest of this entry

Crockett Cup ’88

The 3rd Annual Crockett Cup
April 22-23, 1988
Greenville, SC & Greensboro, NC
Greenville Auditorium & Greensboro Coliseum

So Turner would buy out JCP in the fall, making this the final Crockett Cup. In case you haven’t been following or just don’t know, the winner of this tag team tournament gets a million dollars cash money!

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

Crockett Cup ’87

The 2nd Annual Crockett Cup
April 10-11, 1987
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Arena

WOW! What a huge bunch of wrestling this would’ve been to sit through. Good thing they split it up into two days! There’s like twenty-something teams battling it out in single-elimination tournament style. Luckily, the good people at Turner have cut this tape down to a 2-hr highlights tape. As for the tournament, the top-eight tag teams according to the NWA people get to skip the first round and go right to the next round. Those teams would be the NWA tag champs Rick Rude & Manny “Ragin’ Bull” Fernandez, Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff (or the Super Powers, whichever you prefer), The Road Warriors, The Midnight Express, Giant Baba & Isao Takagi, Ivan Koloff & Vladimir “Don’t Call Me Putin” Petrov, and Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger. Why Arn Anderson and Kevin Sullivan are together instead of Arn and Tully, I have no idea. Anyways, the winning team gets to split a million smackeroos and a kiss on the cheek all the way from heaven by Jim Crockett Sr. himself!

This intro video is LONG! Clocking in at just over three minutes!

Your host is Tony Schiavone. All this time in the wrestling biz and he couldn’t make ONE friend? Read the rest of this entry

The Great American Bash Tour ’86 Highlights

NWA The Great American Bash Tour 1986
July 5, 1986 & July 26, 1986
Charlotte, NC
Memorial Stadium

This is just a 2-hour tour highlights tape. I believe the only match in full is the Flair/Rhodes world title match from 7/26.

Your hosts are David Crockett and Tony Schiavone. 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

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 1983

NWA Starrcade ’83: A Flair for the Gold
November 24, 1983
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

Your hosts are Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle!

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