PPV/Event Recaps

[PPV Recap] ‘ECW Guilty as Charged 1999’ – Taz vs. Douglas, Stairway to Hell, RVD vs. Lance Storm

Date: January 10, 1999
Venue: Millenium Theatre (Kissimmee, FL)
Commentator: Joey Styles

ECW Guilty as Charged 1999 is the only ECW PPV I ever watched live so it holds a special place in my heart. And what a show it is to as Taz finally gets his shot as ECW World Champion Shane Douglas, both Tajiri and Super Crazy make their American debuts, and a whole lot more. Unfortunately this is the WWE Network version so the music is going to be generic and terrible but hey can’t win them all. I haven’t watched this since it first aired, bootleg copies I had of it always had technical issues for some reason, so I’m excited to see how it holds up. Will it still be good or will it be like most ECW shows and have aged poorly? Let’s find out!

Champion Roll-Call

  • ECW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Franchise’ Shane Douglas
  • ECW World Television Champion: ‘The Whole F’N Show’ Rob Van Dam
  • ECW World Tag Team Champions: Sabu & Rob Van Dam

The Lineup

  • Three Way Dance: Axl Rotten & Balls Mahoney vs. The F.B.I. vs. Danny Doring & Amish Roadkill
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy
  • John Kronus vs. ???
  • New Jack & Spike Dudley vs. The Dudley Boyz
  • Rob Van Dam [c] vs. Lance Storm for the ECW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
  • Stairway to Hell: Tommy Dreamer vs. Justin Credible
  • Shane Douglas [c] vs. Taz for the ECW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW Fall Brawl 1995’ – Team Hogan vs. Dungeon of Doom, Flair vs. Anderson

Date: September 17, 1995
Venue: Asheville Civic Center (Asheville, NC)
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

The third annual Fall Brawl features Hulk Hogan’s first time in a War Games match, as he leads his team into battle against The Dungeon of Doom. Also on the show Ric Flair takes on Arn Anderson for the first time, Johnny B. Badd and Brian Pillman fight to become #1 contender to the United States Championship, and Harlem Heat tries to win back the WCW World Tag Team Championship from Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater. Let’s goooo.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WCW United States Champion: Sting
  • WCW World Television Champion: The Renegade
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater

The Lineup

  • #1 Contender’s Match: Johnny B. Badd vs. Brian Pillman (****1/4)
  • Cobra vs. Craig Pittman (SQUASH)
  • The Renegade [c] vs. Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Bunkhouse Buck & Dick Slater [c] vs. Harlem Heat for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • Arn Anderson vs. Ric Flair (****1/2)
  • War Games: Hulk Hogan, Lex Luger, Sting, & Randy Savage vs. The Dungeon of Doom (*)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW Uncensored 1995’ – Hogan vs. Vader, Nasty Boys vs. Harlem Heat, WHY DID I DO THIS TO MYSELF

Date: March 19, 1995
Venue: Tupelo Coliseum (Tupelo, MS)
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

The first-ever Uncensored set the tone for the soon to be annual PPV event, featuring a whole host of matches considered ‘unsanctioned’ by WCW. That meant no rules, no mercy, and NO TITLES ON THE LINE. It was a cool idea on paper but this is WCW we’re talking about so the execution left a lot to be desired. Like “a lot” a lot. I’ve never watched this one before after reading so much bad press around it but you know what? I’m game to give it a shot. What’s the worst that could-wait Jim Duggan is competing in a MARTIAL ARTS match? And this is the debut of THE RENEGADE? Oh no. Oh no oh no oh no.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WCW United States Champion: Vader
  • WCW Television Champion: Arn Anderson
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray)

The Lineup

  • King of the Road Match: Dustin Rhodes vs. The Blacktop Bully (*3/4)
  • Martial Arts Match: Jim Duggan vs. Meng (DUD)
  • Boxer vs. Wrestler: Johnny B. Badd vs. Arn Anderson (*1/4)
  • Randy Savage vs. Avalanche (*1/2)
  • Sting vs. Big Bubba Rogers (*1/2)
  • Texas Tornado Match: The Nasty Boys vs. Harlem Heat (**)
  • Strap Match: Hulk Hogan vs. Vader (DUD)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW SuperBrawl III’ – White Castle of Fear, Return of the Nature Boy

Date: February 21, 1993
Venue: Asheville Civic Center (Asheville, NC)
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

The war between Sting and Big Van Vader continues into 1993 as the two headline WCW’s first PPV of 1993. It’s not just any match, however, it’s a ‘White Castle of Fear’ match. What does that mean exactly? Strap match. It’s a strap match. Also on the show The British Bulldog makes his debut, Ric Flair makes his PPV re-debut, and Maxx Payne of all people gets a shot at the United States Championship.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Big Van Vader
  • WCW United States Champion: ‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes
  • WCW World Television Champion: Vacant
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat & Shane Douglas
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: The Great Muta

The Lineup

  • Erik Watts & Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. The Hollywood Blondes (*3/4)
  • 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Chris Benoit (***3/4)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. Bill Irwin (**)
  • Falls Count Anywhere: Cactus Jack vs. Paul Orndorff (**1/2)
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Heavenly Bodies (***1/4)
  • Dustin Rhodes [c] vs. Maxx Payne for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (DUD)
  • The Great Muta [c] vs. Barry Windham for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • White Castle of Fear: Sting vs. Big Van Vader (****)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW SuperBrawl II’ – Sting vs. Luger, Liger vs. Pillman, The Body Comes to WCW

Date: February 29, 1992
Venue: Milwaukee Theatre at the MECCA (Milwaukee, WI)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

The second edition of SuperBrawl moves the PPV to February where it would remain for the rest of WCW’s life. It’s a pretty important show too, as Sting finally gets his shot at WCW World Champion and former best friend Lex LugerJesse Ventura returns from Hollywood to debut for WCW, and the American wrestling fans get their minds blown out the back of their skulls by Brian Pillman and Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger. Let’s see how it holds up.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger
  • WCW United States Champion: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude
  • WCW Television Champion: ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Arn Anderson & ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: ‘The Taylor Made Man’ Terry Taylor & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine

The Lineup

  • Jushin Liger [c] vs. Brian Pillman for the WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Terry Taylor (*1/2)
  • Ron Simmons vs. Cactus Jack (**1/4)
  • Van Hammer & Tom Zenk vs. Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas (*3/4)
  • Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham vs. Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (***)
  • Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Rick Rude [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Lex Luger [c] vs. Sting for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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[PPV Recap] ‘Impact Wrestling Slammiversary XVI’ – Aries vs. Moose, 5150 Street Fight, Mask vs. Hair

Date: July 22, 2018
Venue: The Rebel Complex (Toronto, Ontario)
Commentators: Josh Matthews & Don CallisTNA

After five years, Impact Wrestling has finally gone and done it: presented a PPV that looks good enough for me to shell out some money. The 16th annual Slammiversary (feel old yet?) features a big main event as Austin Aries defends the Impact World Championship against a man many see as the future of the company, the former NFL player turned pro wrestler Moose. The rest of the show also has a lot to look forward to, from hardcore matches to hair vs. mask matches, to even an International 4-Way which looks like an excuse to just have a whole lot of high spots. I’m down for it. Will Impact get more of my hard-earned money or is this a one and done? Let’s find out.

Champions

  • IMPACT World Champion: Austin Aries
  • IMPACT X-Division Champion: Matt Sydal
  • IMPACT Knockouts Champion: ‘The Undead Bride’ Su Yung
  • IMPACT World Tag Team Champions: LAX (Santana & Ortiz)

Lineup

  • Johnny Impact vs. Petey Williams vs. Fenix vs. Taiji Ishimori (***1/2)
  • Allie vs. Tessa Blanchard (***3/4)
  • House of Hardcore Match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Eddie Edwards  (**3/4)
  • Matt Sydal [c] vs. Brian Cage for the IMPACT X-DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Su Yung [c] vs. Madison Rayne for the IMPACT KNOCKOUTS CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • 5150 Street Fight: LAX [c] vs. The OGz [c] for the IMPACT WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
  • Mask vs. Hair: Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan (****1/2)
  • Austin Aries [c] vs. Moose for the IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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[PPV Recap] ‘NXT TakeOver: New Orleans’ – Gargano vs. Ciampa, 1st North American Champ Crowned

Date: April 7, 2018
Venue: Smoothie King Center (New Orleans, LA)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, & Percy Watson

JVPW is a site focused mainly on classic pro wrestling but I’ve decided to start sprinkling in some ‘current day’ stuff as well, beginning with tonight’s NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. On paper this show looks INSANE, with a new championship making its debut, a grudge match months in the making, and the possible ascension of a man who made his debut at last year’s WrestleMania weekend event to NXT Championship glory. Hell to the yes. Let’s go!

Champion Roll-Call

  • NXT Champion: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
  • NXT North American Champion: VACANT
  • NXT Women’s Champion: Ember Moon
  • NXT Tag Team Champions: The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole & Kyle O’Reilly)

The Lineup

  • Ladder Match: EC3 vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Killian Dain vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Adam Cole vs. Ricochet for the vacant NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP (*****)
  • Ember Moon [c] vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: The Undisputed Era [c] vs. The Authors of Pain vs. Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne for the NXT TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas [c] vs. Aleister Black for the NXT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (*****)

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