WCW Monday Nitro (September 11, 1995)

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Sometimes you just want to watch a random 23 year old wrestling show with zero political implications attached to it which is why I watched the second ever episode of WCW Monday Nitro this weekend. Coming to us live from Miami, FL the hosts for the evening are Eric Bischoff, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, and Bobby Heenan.

We kick things off with one of the most important debuts in the history of WCW: the classic WCW Monday Nitro set. This is hands down the best non-PPV set in the history of this great sport. Come at me bro!

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WCW Monday Nitro (July 10, 2000)

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I somehow skipped this episode of Nitro while playing along at home with the Keep it 2000 podcast and since they’ve closed up shop for the foreseeable future I figured I might as well fill in this gap in my own reviews.

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WCW Monday Nitro (July 31, 2000)

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The show begins with a ten-bell salute as a picture of Gordon Solie along with the text “Gordon Solie 1929-2000,” is displayed. I can’t believe that in WCW 2000 someone had the good sense to do something as subdued and classy as this, but that’s actually what we get here to memorialize one of the all time greats in wrestling announcing.

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NWA Clash of the Champions (March 27, 1988)

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The story goes that back in 1987 Vince McMahon put together the Survivor Series to fuck with Jim Crockett Promotion’s PPV buyrates for Starrcade. The event was scheduled on the same day as the previously announced Starrcade and Vince talked a number of cable providers to carry Survivor Series alone by threatening to withhold WrestleMania IV from them if they aired both events.

Crockett decides that turnabout is fair play and schedules an NWA supercard to run against WrestleMania IV and goes that extra mile by putting it on free TV instead of PPV. This is that supercard.

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WCW Uncensored (March 19, 2000)

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We’re live at the American Airlines Arena in Miami for WCW Uncensored, a show with a reputation of one of the worst WCW PPVs of all times. So why exactly am I reviewing a notoriously bad show from WCW’s nadir? BECAUSE DOUBLE STRAPIFICATION JACK!

We start things off with a video package highlighting the events leading up to the trio of main events to come. We get stuff about Luger and Sting feuding for the nine billionth time and Sid and Jarrett jostling for the World Heavyweight Championship, but none of that shit actually matters because Hogan vs. Flair is a MOTHERFUCKIN’ YAPAPI STRAP MATCH BROTHER DUDE JACK!

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WCW Clash of the Champions XVI: Fall Brawl (September 5, 1991)

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We begin things with a brief video that gives us a rundown of the main matches on the card before heading to the Civic Center in Augusta, GA where we are joined by our hosts for the evening Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone. They talk about what’s going on tonight and then throw it to their broadcast colleagues who are standing about ten feet away from them.

Eric Bischoff, Missy Hyatt and Paul E. Dangerously talk about what they will be doing during the Clash. Missy Hyatt is apparently still on her quest to interview a dude in the locker room and promises an interview with the World Heavyweight Champion, Lex Luger. Paul E. is going to interview the man who will challenge Luger for the title at Halloween Havoc, “The All-American” Ron Simmons. Bischoff then throws it over to the ring announcer to get the Clash underway with the first match of the evening.

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WCW Monday Nitro (September 4, 1995)

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This is the very first episode of Monday Nitro and the opening salvo of what would become the “Monday Night Wars.” We are at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota for some reason and our hosts for the evening are apparently Eric Bischoff and Steve “Mongo” McMichael.

This is Mongo’s first show with WCW and Bischoff tells him, “You made it to the big leagues, buddy,” which is a reference to Mongo’s brief stint in the WWF during the feud between Lawrence Taylor and Bam Bam Bigelow. I guess, then, that this is the first shot Bischoff would take at the WWF during an episode of Nitro.

They bring out Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in an effort to make the commentary team not completely awful. Heenan offers Mongo a handshake and then yells out in pain because Mongo has a joy buzzer or something.

With all that out of the way we head down to the ring (which appears to have been set up in the middle of the food court) for action!

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WCW WrestleWar ’91 (February 24, 1991)

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With William “Steven” Regal recently announcing a WarGames match for the upcoming NXT pay per view special I decided to go back and watch some old WarGames matches to get me super excited. Since I’d also been randomly watching WCW from 1991 it made sense for me to watch the WarGames match from that year, so let’s go back to February 24, 1991 for WrestleWar ’91!

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