Jesse Ventura

[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] ‘WWF WrestleMania VI’ – The Ultimate Challenge…And Other Matches Too, I Guess

Date: April 1, 1990
Venue: The Skydome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

I have watched WrestleMania VI more than any other show I had on VHS, and I’ve even reviewed it already a couple of times since I began writing about pro wrestling. So why am I doing it again? Nostalgia aside WrestleMania VI is an important show that shifts the WWF from its 80s heyday to the 90s with a stellar main event that is way better than it had any right to be. Also it’s WrestleMania season and I feel like it. Cool? Cool. Let’s gooooo.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Colossal Connection (Haku & Andre The Giant)

The Lineup

  • Koko B. Ware vs. Rick Martel (*3/4)
  • The Colossal Connection [c] vs. Demolition for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • Hercules vs. Earthquake (**)
  • Brutus Beefcake vs. Mr. Perfect (**)
  • Roddy Piper vs. Bad News Brown (DUD)
  • The Hart Foundation vs. The Bolsheviks (NR)
  • Tito Santana vs. The Barbarian (**)
  • Mixed Tag Team Match: Dusty Rhodes & Sapphire vs. Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri (**1/4)
  • The Rockers vs. The Orient Express (**1/4)
  • Jim Duggan vs. Dino Bravo (*1/4)
  • Ted DiBiase [c] vs. Jake Roberts for the MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • Big Boss Man vs. Akeem (NR)
  • Jimmy Snuka vs. Rick Rude (*1/2)
  • Champion vs. Champion: Hulk Hogan [World] vs. The Ultimate Warrior [Intercontinental] for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP & WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania V’ – Hogan vs. Savage, Warrior vs. Rude

Date: April 2, 1989
Venue: Atlantic City Convention Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

At WrestleMania IV The Mega Powers combined. Now one year later at WrestleMania V The Mega Powers EXPLODE as the dastardly Randy Savage defends the WWF Championship against Hulk Hogan. Also on the show ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper returns to host an in-ring Piper’s Pit, Run DMC performs a WrestleMania Rap, and The Ultimate Warrior puts his Intercontinental Championship on the line against ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude. Fingers crossed this one is a lot more interesting.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Women’s Champion: Rockin’ Robin
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)

The Lineup

  • Hercules vs. Haku (**1/4)
  • The Rockers vs. The Twin Towers (***)
  • Brutus Beefcake vs. Ted DiBiase (**)
  • The Bushwhackers vs. The Fabulous Rougeaus (*1/2)
  • The Blue Blazer vs. Mr. Perfect (**1/2)
  • Handicap Match: Demolition [c] vs. Mr. Fuji & The Powers of Pain for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • Ronnie Garvin vs. Dino Bravo (**)
  • Strike Force vs. The Brain Busters (**1/2)
  • Jake Roberts vs. Andre The Giant (3/4*)
  • The Hart Foundation vs. The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine (**1/4)
  • The Ultimate Warrior [c] vs. Rick Rude for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Jim Duggan vs. Bad News Brown (1/4*)
  • The Red Rooster vs. Bobby Heenan (NR)
  • Randy Savage [c] vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF SummerSlam 1988’ – Mega Powers vs. Mega Powers, A Warrior Emerges

 Date: August 29, 1988
Venue: Madison Square Garden (Manhattan, NY)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham

The first-ever SummerSlam features a tag team main event, as The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) take on The Mega Bucks (Ted DiBiase & Andre The Giant) with the SUPER IMPARTIAL Jesse Ventura as the special guest referee. Also on the show The Hart Foundation challenge Demolition for the Tag Team Championship, The Honky Tonk Man’s record-setting reign as Intercontinental Champion meets its ULTIMATE end, and…Ken Patera takes on Bad News Brown? If that last match doesn’t sell you on this show I’m not sure what will.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Honky Tonk Man
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)

The Lineup

  • The British Bulldogs vs. The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (**3/4)
  • Ken Patera vs. Bad News Brown (1/2*)
  • The Junkyard Dog vs. Rick Rude (1/4*)
  • The Powers of Pain vs. The Bolsheviks (*)
  • The Honky Tonk Man [c] vs. ??? for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (NR)
  • Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo (1/4*)
  • Demolition [c] vs. The Hart Foundation for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Koko B. Ware vs. The Big Boss Man (*1/2)
  • Jake Roberts vs. Hercules (**)
  • Special Guest Referee – Jesse Ventura: The Mega Powers vs. The Mega Bucks (**)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania IV’ – WWF Championship Tournament, Strike Force vs. Demolition

Date: March 27, 1988
Venue: Trump Plaza (Atlantic City, NJ)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

The fourth-annual WrestleMania features the first-ever (REAL) tournament to crown a new WWF Champion, after the belt was held up following Andre The Giant’s attempt to sell it to ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase on an episode of The Main Event. Apparently WWF President Jack Tunney has morals, who knew? Anyway this is also the first of two WrestleManias in a row to be held at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ beginning a long association with real estate loser turned reality show loser turned Presidential loser Donald Trump. Gross. Let’s watch this one anyway and get it over with.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: VACANT
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Honky Tonk Man
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel)

The Lineup

  • Battle Royal for a SUPER IMPORTANT TROPHY (**1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Jim Duggan vs. Ted DiBiase (**)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo (*3/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Ricky Steamboat vs. Greg Valentine (***)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Randy Savage vs. Butch Reed (**)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. One Man Gang (*)
  • WWF Title Tournament 1st Round: Jake Roberts vs. Rick Rude (1/4*)
  • The Ultimate Warrior vs. Hercules (*1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals: Hulk Hogan vs. Andre The Giant (DUD)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals (**1/2)
  • WWF Title Tournament Quarterfinals (**1/2)
  • The Honky Tonk Man [c] vs. Brutus Beefcake for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (*)
  • Koko B. Ware & The British Bulldogs vs. Bobby Heenan & The Islanders (*1/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Semi-Finals (*3/4)
  • Strike Force [c] vs. Demolition for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • WWF Title Tournament Finals (**1/2)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF WrestleMania III’ – The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object

Date: March 29, 1987
Venue: Pontiac Silverdome (Pontiac, MI)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura

Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Macho Man’ Randy Savage
  • WWF Women’s Champion: The Fabulous Moolah
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart)

The Lineup

  • The Can-Am Connection vs. ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco & Bob Orton Jr. (**1/2)
  • Billy Jack Haynes vs. Hercules (***)
  • Hillbilly Jim, Little Beaver, & The Haiti Kid vs. King Kong Bundy, Little Tokyo, & Lord Littlebrook (3/4*)
  • Loser Must Bow: The Junkyard Dog vs. Harley Race (*1/2)
  • The Rougeau Brothers vs. The Dream Team (*3/4)
  • Hair vs. Hair: Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis (**3/4)
  • Tito Santana & The British Bulldogs vs. Danny Davis & The Hart Foundation (**1/2)
  • Koko B. Ware vs. Butch Reed (*1/2)
  • Randy Savage [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (****3/4)
  • Jake Roberts vs. The Honky Tonk Man (*3/4)
  • The Killer Bees vs. The Iron Sheik & Nikolai Volkoff (*1/2)
  • Hulk Hogan [c] vs. Andre The Giant for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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