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WCW: Thunder (06.18.98)

WCW: Thunder
June 18, 1998
Philadelphia, PA
CoreStates Spectrum

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (4/20/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bill Goldberg (4/20/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Sting & Kevin Nash (6/15/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (6/14/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Chris Jericho (6/15/1998)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Bobby Heenan. Lee Marshall is handling the press conference in Los Angeles concerning the Bash at the Beach main event.
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WCW: Monday Nitro (06.15.98)

WCW: Monday Nitro
June 15, 1998
Uniondale, NY
Nassau Coliseum

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Hollywood Hogan (4/20/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Bill Goldberg (4/20/1998)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: vacant (6/4/1998)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (6/14/1998)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: vacant (6/11/1998)

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko.
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WCW: Monday Nitro (01.12.98)

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WCW: Monday Nitro
January 12, 1998
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Coliseum

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Vacant (1/8/1998)
WCW U.S. Champion: Diamond Dallas Page (12/28/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick & Scott Steiner (10/13/1997)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (12/29/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Juventud Guerrera (1/8/1998)

Last week on Thunder…

THE WORLD TITLE IS NOW VACANT!

*Sting bat points to JJ Dillon* – “You got no guts.”

*Sting then bat points to Hollywood Hogan* – “You’re a dead man.”

HOUR NUMBER ONE! Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay, and Larry Zbyszko. Read the rest of this entry

WCW: Thunder (01.08.98)

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WCW: Thunder
January 8, 1998
Daytona Beach, FL
Ocean Center

The current WCW champs are as follows:
WCW World Champion: Sting (12/28/1997)
WCW U.S. Champion: Diamond Dallas Page (12/28/1997)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Rick & Scott Steiner (10/13/1997)
WCW World Television Champion: Booker T (12/29/1997)
WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Ultimo Dragon (12/29/1997)

Your hosts are Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Lee Marshall.
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New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS (07.17.15)

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New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS
July 17, 2015

Tonight we look at three matches from the WON Best Major Show winner night seven of the G1 Climax 24 round-robin tournament including the WON Match of the Year AJ Styles vs. Minoru Suzuki.

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo and Frank Shamrock. Read the rest of this entry

New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS (06.05.15)

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New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS
June 5, 2015

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo and Josh Barnett.
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NJPW: Wrestling Dontaku 2015

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NJPW: Wrestling Dontaku
May 3, 2015
Fukuoka, Japan
Fukuoka Convention Center

The current IWGP champs are as follows:
IWGP Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles (2/11/2015)
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kenny Omega (1/4/2015)
IWGP Tag Team Champions: Michael Bennett & Matt Taven (4/5/2015)
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks (2/11/2015)
IWGP Intercontinental Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (9/21/2014)
NEVER Openweight Champion: Togi Makabe (4/29/2015)
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NJPW: Invasion Attack 2015

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NJPW: Invasion Attack
April 5, 2015
Tokyo, Japan
Ryogoku Sumo Hall

The current IWGP champs are as follows:
IWGP Heavyweight Champion: AJ Styles (2/11/2015)
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kenny Omega (1/4/2015)
IWGP Tag Team Champions: Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson (2/11/2015)
IWGP Jr. Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks (2/11/2015)
IWGP Intercontinental Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura (9/21/2014)
NEVER Openweight Champion: Tomohiro Ishii (2/14/2015)

The Bullet Club has gone FULL 1997 nWo-style on the championships in New Japan. Tonight, all four of their championships are on the line. New Japan Cup winner Kota Ibushi meets IWGP Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles in the main event, Kenny Omega defends his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight crown against Mascara Dorada, Rocky Romero and Baretta take on the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Champs the Young Bucks, and Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson battle over the IWGP tag belts with the Kingdom from Ring of Honor. SO MANY POSSIBILITIES FOR CHANGE.

NOTE: If you’re looking for a hardcore puroresu fan perspective for this show, unfortunately you’ve come to the wrong place. I am at best a casual fan of New Japan, but the World Pro Wrestling show on AXS is peaking my interest in what they are capable of doing, so that’s why this recap is happening. That being said, I will do my best to not assume anything or hopefully make you roll your eyes at my ignorance as I hope that doesn’t show through all too much.
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New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS (02.20.15)

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New Japan World Pro Wrestling on AXS
February 20, 2015

G-1 CLIMAX, SON. Tonight, we’ll get three matches from the Wrestling Observer show of the year in 2013. Arguably, five of the ten matches on that night are **** or better. We only get one of those matches here in Nakamura/Ibushi.

Your hosts are Mauro Ranallo and former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett.
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Starrcade 1995

WCW Starrcade
December 27, 1995
Nashville, TN
Municipal Auditorium

The current WCW champs were as follows:
WCW World Champion: Randy Savage (11/26/1995)
WCW U.S. Champion: Kensuke Sasaki (11/13/1995)
WCW World Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat (10/28/1995)
WCW World Television Champion: Johnny B. Badd (10/29/1995)

To set this concept show up and it is pretty simple, a stereotypical Japanese guy named Sonny Oono (one of Bischoff’s real-life kickboxing buddies) entered WCW a few months back as an international consultant and told everybody that the athletes from Japan could beat American wrestlers any day of the week. WCW Read the rest of this entry

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