Date: April 5, 1992 Venue: The Hoosier Dome (Indianapolis, IN) Commentators: Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan
WrestleMania VIII features a “double main event” as Ric Flair defends the WWF Championship against Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan takes on Sid Justice in Hogan’s “final match”. Lots of quotations going on here folks. Also on the show Roddy Piper defends the Intercontinental Championship against Bret Hart, a newly babyface Undertaker faces off against former friend Jake Roberts, and much more! I don’t think I’ve watched this since the live PPV and I was five back then, so let’s see how it holds up now.
WWF CHAMPION: ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair
WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION: ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Money Inc. (‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & IRS)
Tito Santana vs. Shawn Michaels (***)
The Undertaker vs. Jake Roberts (*¼)
Roddy Piper [c] vs. Bret Hart for the WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIP (***¾)
Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Big Boss Man, & Virgil vs. The Mountie, Repo Man, & The Nasty Boys (*½)
Ric Flair [c] vs. Randy Savage for the WWF CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
Tatanka vs. Rick Martel (**)
Money Inc. [c] vs. The Natural Disasters for the WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (¾*)
The planned 70th birthday for ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair turned sour at the end of RAW last night as the returning Batista decided to send a message to Triple H by beating up their mentor backstage before he could enjoy the festivities. Presumably this is to set up Triple H vs. Batista at WrestleMania, the match that Batista has previously stated was the only match he would return for. Interesting that he’s coming back as a heel too; WWE isn’t even going to flirt with the babyface version of Batista after how his last return in 2014 turned out. I’m actually pretty bummed that I missed this, but thankfully YouTube had my, and everyone else’s, back for this one.
WWE has reported that former multi-time World Champion Roman Reigns will be making an appearance this Monday on RAW, four-plus months after announcing that he was taking a leave of absence to battle leukemia. He is expected to be in attendance to give the fans an update on his fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he interacted with his former Shield brothers, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, in some capacity as well. Despite my own feelings on ‘The Big Dog’, I’m glad he appears to be doing well and is on the road to recovery.
Monday’s RAW is also slated to be the 70th birthday celebration for ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair so it looks like WWE has one helluva show lined up. Will you be watching live?
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.
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
#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 (*)
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.
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)
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 (**)
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.
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
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 (****)