The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 01.21.89
Last week, Eddie Gilbert announced that he had a special tag team partner to face Ric Flair & Barry Windham in tonight’s main event! BUT WHO COULD IT BE?
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–Eric Bischoff, Steve McMichael, and Bobby Heenan are in the booth for this Christmas edition of Monday Nitro and they are taped from Augusta, Georgia. This is also the go-home show for Starrcade, which takes place in two days.
The SmarK Rant for World Championship Wrestling – 01.14.89
Life’s too short to worry about all the shit they haven’t put on the Network yet. Let’s review some good shit they HAVE put on there. I know this era in particular is a popular request from many, and hey, it’s one that hasn’t been covered to death on the blog already. So that’s a nice bonus.
–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Augusta, Georgia. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, 8,100 fans attended the show, with 3,000 paying to do so.
–Madusa interrupts the announce crew, holding the WWF Women’s Championship. She says she will always be Madusa and she dumps the WWF Women’s title in the trash can. The promo was terrible, but this was a HUGE shock at the time since Madusa had just competed at Survivor Series weeks earlier and plans called her for to face Aja Kong at the Royal Rumble. This incident had long-term ramifications too as Vince McMahon feared Bret Hart would do the same to the WWF title if he retained at the 1997 Survivor Series, thereby leading to the Montreal Screwjob. Also, the WWF would not restart its women’s division until 1998. WCW would attempt to create its own women’s division with Madusa as a centerpiece, but it never worked out.
Note: Sorry about missing Friday’s column. I was down with the flu near the end of last week and am on the mend. I will be posting information about the Doomie’s at the end of this week.
WCW Prime on December 11 featured a new bout, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes calling the action.
–Eric Bischoff, Bobby Heenan, and Steve McMichael are in the booth and they are live from Phoenix, Arizona. According to thehistoryofwwe.com, the show drew 9,000 fans, 3,000 of whom paid.
–Bischoff announces that the WCW Executive Committee decided forty-eight minutes ago that Hulk Hogan, the Giant, and Ric Flair are all on probation and if they do something wrong, they could be indefinitely suspended.
–Gene Okerlund and Bobby Heenan handle studio duties for today’s show.
–Okerlund talks about a “dark cloud” that lingers over Randy Savage’s world title win at World War 3. Since the company is not building to a Savage-Hulk Hogan match, continually casting Savage’s title win in this fashion is not doing him any favors.
Note: I hope that everyone on the Blog is having a great Christmas holiday today. I have also started a website to archive some of my work here. I will be gradually uploading my 1995 WCW reviews there and all of my reviews for the WWF have been posted and indexed. Check it out at www.wrestlewatch.com. Also, look for information on this year’s Doomies near the end of next week.
WCW Prime for November 27 featured the debut of the Super Assassins in a match that tasked Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes with commentating duties.