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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] ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1993’ – Hart vs. Razor, The Narcissist Debuts, Oh Yeah Also a Rumble

Date: January 24, 1993
Venue: ARCO Arena (Sacramento, CA)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

The 1993 edition of the Royal Rumble features the first singles WWF Championship match in the event’s history as Bret Hart defends against Razor Ramon, The Rockers finally colliding as Shawn Michaels takes on Marty Jannetty, the WWF PPV debut of The Steiner Brothers, the return of Bam Bam Bigelow, the debut of Lex Luger‘s new in-ring gimmick, and…a tall dude with spray-painted muscles. This is a weird show, folks. Let’s check it out!

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster)

The Lineup

  • The Steiner Brothers vs. The Beverly Brothers
  • Shawn Michaels [c] vs. Marty Jannetty for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Big Boss Man vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
  • Bret Hart [c] vs. Razor Ramon for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The 1993 Royal Rumble

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[PPV Recap] ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1992’ – Greatest Rumble of All-Time

Date: January 19, 1992
Venue: The Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

Happy Royal Rumble season everybody, let’s celebrate by reviewing what I think is one of, if not the, greatest Rumble match of all-time. Also we’ll tackle the undercard too, I guess.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: VACANT
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: The Mountie (no, seriously)
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal)

The Lineup

  • The New Foundation vs. The Orient Express
  • The Mountie [c] vs. ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
  • The Bushwhackers vs. The Beverly Brothers
  • The Legion of Doom [c] vs. The Natural Disasters for the WWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
  • 1992 Royal Rumble for the vacant WWF CHAMPIONSHIP

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[Event Recap] ‘WWF Battle at Royal Albert Hall 1991’ – Battle Royal, Santana vs. Flair

Date: October 3, 1991
Venue: Royal Albert Hall (London, England)
Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan

WWE has put up a whole lot of Coliseum Video releases on the Network, so you know I gots to start recapping those. This time around I’m going with the Battle Royal at the Albert Hall which features a, SHOCK SHOCK SHOCK, battle royal as the main event. Let’s check it out together. As friends. Or maybe more if the connection is there, I don’t know.

Champion Roll-Call

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
  • WWF Tag Team Champions: The Legion of Doom (Animal & Hawk)

The Lineup

  • The Rockers vs. The Nasty Boys (DUD)
  • Tito Santana vs. Ric Flair (**1/2)
  • Big Boss Man vs. Earthquake (*3/4)
  • Kerry Von Erich vs. The Mountie (*1/4)
  • Jim Duggan vs. The Undertaker (1/2*)
  • The Legion of Doom [c] vs. Power & Glory for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Davey Boy Smith vs. The Barbarian (**)
  • 20 Man Battle Royal (**1/4)

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[PPV Recap] ‘WCW WrestleWar ’90: Wild Thing’ – Flair vs. Luger, Steiners vs. Andersons

Date: February 25, 1990
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Terry Funk

WrestleWar ‘90: Wild Thing features a World Title main event as ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair defends against former Four Horsemen brother ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger. The undercard? PRETTY MUCH ALL TAG TEAM MATCHES, including two championship contests and a Chicago Street Fight between The Road Warriors and a real low-rent version of The Skyscrapers. Throw in one of the all-time great fun bad PPV theme songs and you’ve got yourself a helluva way to kick off the 1990 WCW PPV season. I’ve watched this one before but that was like twelve sites ago so let’s pretend like I didn’t.

Champion Roll-Call

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger
  • NWA World Television Champion: ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Champions: ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman & ‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk

The Lineup

  • The Dynamic Dudes vs. Kevin Sullivan & Buzz Sawyer (*3/4)
  • Norman The Lunatic vs. Cactus Jack Manson (*)
  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (***1/2)
  • Chicago Street Fight: The Road Warriors vs. “The Skyscrapers” (*1/4)
  • Brian Pillman & Tom Zenk [c] vs. The Fabulous Freebirds for the NWA UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. Ole & Arn Anderson for the NWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Lex Luger for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)

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