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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-28-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX Airdate: January 28, 1984 (taped 01/20) Attendance: unknown Hosted by Bill Mercer Can Kerry, Adams, and Parsons overcome the diabolical team of the Super Destroyers and Missing Link? How will Mike fare against a grizzled veteran? And who will join me to bring this fantastic episode to you? Wake up! It’s ... Read more

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Monday Night Open Mic

Howdy Blog O’Doomers! Less said about last night’s snoozer of a PPV the better. Scott’s review is below and I don’t think Thomas Hall did one or if he tried he probably stopped out of boredom. Super quick build to Hell in a Cell, which is in 20 days, so expect some matches to be ... Read more

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Kofi endgame

Afternoon Me. Keith.  I’m quite surprised Kofi has been given the title this long but I’m sure not against it as there’s really nothing else that would interest me at the moment, especially given last nights show. Having said that, if they get the title off him prior to mania, I can’t fathom a captivating ... Read more

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Best Tag Team with No Name

Hey, Scott: Your Clash of Champions rant – specifically on the somnambulant combination of Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode – got me thinking: who is the greatest tag team to never use a collective name for their team? For the sake of argument, let's eliminate Edge and Christian who debuted in The Brood, although I think that ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight: Plum Mariko

Plum always dresses like a giant cupcake. JOSHI SPOTLIGHT- PLUM MARIKO Stats: Real Name: Mariko Umeda Billed Height & Weight: 5’2″ 121 lbs. Career Length: 1986-1997 Trained By: Kotetsu Yamamoto, Atsushi Onita, & Gran Hamada A HUGE bio/description of Plum (the temptation to just “Caliber Winfield” it is enormous): https://ift.tt/2O8p3BF Among the saddest and most ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Saturday Night – September 30, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Atlanta, Georgia.  According to thehistoryofwwe.com, these tapings took place on September 20. –Dusty Rhodes comes out to take on his new role as a color commentator.  Heenan demands that Dusty leave and when Dusty refuses, Heenan takes a hike, doing a ... Read more

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New Japan Pro Wrestling Super J Cup 2019 – Night One (22/08/2019)

Hello You! The J Cup finally got uploaded to New Japan World last week. Seeing as I’ve got a day off today I’ll get Night One done. Not sure when the others will be up, so watch this space. For those not acquainted, this is a big 16 man single elimination tournament to decide who ... Read more

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Vince and the Creation of the Babyface

Hey Scott– Following Smackdown this week, Bryan and Vinny did a segment about how WWE has no idea how to book a babyface anymore. This made me think about the top faces throughout WWF/E history and I wanted to ask: how many top faces can Vince McMahon say he actually "made"? Hogan pretty much had ... Read more

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Women Starting To Be Over Exposed?

I noticed something watching Clash. I'm starting to get burnt out by all the women matches on PPV cards. The PPV had 3 women's matches. I just wish we can go back to the days when we got one decent to good 10-12 min Women's Championship match on a card. 2 of those slots could ... Read more

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AEW

Yes, hello. AEW is obvs, basically the best and number one 4-eva pro wrestling group in history after all those sellouts. When they get a second show, do you see it being live every week, taped every week or live one week and taped the next? What two WWE (not number one 4-eva) "superstars" do ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2019–09.15.19

The SmarK Rant for WWE Clash of Champions 2019 – 09.15.19 Live from Charlotte, NC Your hosts are Michael Cole and friends. RAW World tag team titles: Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman v. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode Apparently the challengers won the “largest tag team turmoil match in WWE history”, because everything has to ... Read more

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AEW In TNT

Hey Scott, we are about three weeks out from AEW from airing on TNT, marking TNT’s first wrestling show in over 18 years. Obviously, TNT is playing it safe by airing this show on Wednesday, as Raw and Smackdown fall on Monday and Tuesday. Do you see TNT wanting to compete with WWE and USA ... Read more

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ECW on Syfy 07/28/2009 #164

Night Of Champions 2009 Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian (ECW World Title) This is following the debut of JeriShow and a hot CM Punk promo so no pressure lads. Dreamer vowed to retire if he couldn’t win the ECW title by a certain date, something he managed on the last possible day by pinning Jack Swagger ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling–02.20.82

The SmarK Rant for Mid-South Wrestling – 02.20.82 Yeah, all the way back to where I originally left off with Bill Watts back in 1982. WHY NOT. Here’s where we left things back when I was originally at that point: https://ift.tt/2I4U1GT Taped from Shreveport, LA Your hosts are Boyd Pierce & Bill Watts. Boyd’s suit ... Read more

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Champions Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2011

(Obviously this one could use an actual review sometime, but life’s too short for extra HHH main events, I feel like.)  The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2011 – I was watching this in the theater and didn’t want to be the asshole taking notes on my phone during the show, so I’ll ... Read more

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Champions Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2010

(Apparently I never watched 2009’s edition.  Oh well.)  The SmarK DVD Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2010 Live from Chicago, IL. Your hosts are Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker. Intercontinental title: Dolph Ziggler v. Kofi Kingston The DQ and countout rules are waived here. They trade headlocks to start, and Kofi clotheslines ... Read more

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Champions Countdown: The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2008

The SmarK Rant for WWE Night of Champions 2008 – Really, you’d think that “Clash of Champions” would have been a better name. I think it’s an interesting idea to try to put more focus on the titles by making every match here a title match, but it kind of defeats the purpose when there’s ... Read more

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Saturday Night Thread

It’s sports out the yin-yang this weekend, so good luck to Clash of Champions finding anyone to watch. Tonight is a UFC that should have a pretty bangin’ main event at least. I got to the “ending” of Super Mario Odyssey last night and now I’m hanging around the Mushroom Kingdom grinding out balloon hide ... Read more

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Mean Gene outtakes

I stumbled across this clip of NSFW Mean Gene outtakes. I wish there was more of this on the network. I’d watch this stuff all day.   https://youtu.be/ct-zOyh7hZY There was a mini series with Jerry Springer in the early days of the Network that was exactly that and it was pretty funny.  I have no idea ... Read more

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Clash and the Champions and AEW

I know the WWE owns the Clash trademark and that by the late 90s that Clash was nothing more than a contractual afterthought for WCW, but there was a time was the Clash was an important event for WCW where angles started and finished, championships changed hands, etc.  Do you think AEW should do something ... Read more

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Smackdown – April 14, 2005

Smackdown Date: April 14, 2005 Location: Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois Commentators: Michael Cole, Tazz We’re in the process of finding a new #1 contender, which is likely to be JBL. Thankfully we get some big matches on the way there, including one tonight with Kurt Angle vs. Eddie Guerrero. That is one of those matches ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for TNT–02.15.85

The SmarK Rant for WWF TNT – 02.15.85 Brought to you by Levi’s button-fly 501 jeans! Your host is Vince McMahon Let’s take you back to December 1984, as Dick Clark presents a trophy to Cyndi Lauper in MSG for some kind of special achievement in women’s wrestling. So Roddy Piper interrupts and steals an ... Read more

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The PPV beyond

After reading your review of the show, it took me back to when I watched it live back in 92. The show was horrible up until the last 3 matches. Can you recall a PPV that was absolutely horrible from beginning but the last 3 or 2 matches saved it from being the worst ever?  ... Read more

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The subtle things

Hi Scott, wrestling as an art form benefits greatly from nuance. Who’s the best you’ve ever seen at the little, subtle touches in pro wrestling? Well, speaking of touches, Terry Garvin was known to…NO, BAD SCOTT!   Sorry, too dark for a Saturday.   As we were discussing in the WrestleWar comments section yesterday, Paul E. Dangerously ... Read more

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Wyatt getting a title match at H.I.A.C.?

What do you think of (apparently) Bray Wyatt facing Seth Rollins or Braun Strowman at the Hell In A Cell PPV for the Universal Title next month?  While I find it interesting that they are already giving him a title match so soon into his reinventing himself as "the Fiend", part of me is fearful ... Read more

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Vince Russo in WCW?

When Vince Russo took over the creative side of WCW in late 1999, the then head of the company Bill Busch’s only instructions, in a nutshell, were to improve the product, because Busch was somehow head of a product he had no idea how to write for (which was not abnormal for WCW). Vince Russo ... Read more

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

It’s Clash of Champions weekend!  I’ll probably do some reposts of the older shows today and tomorrow depending on how busy I am. 205 Live is strongly rumored to have been canceled but still nothing official yet.  I actually think moving it to the third hour of NXT’s tapings would be best for all concerned. ... Read more

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Steiners, WTF

What was the deal with the Steiners being so stiff and putting other wrestlers in peril. I remember seeing a match in Japan vs Benoit/Liger which was amazing but also scary as hell because Rick hit Benoit with an overhead German that nearly killed him. Why were they such assholes? They never seemed to lose ... Read more

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All Out Fail?

Meltzer said DON did around 120,000 buys and that All out was not only down but significantly down. Why do you think that happen? Was Moxley/Omega THAT much of a draw for people? Maybe people are already getting tired of watching PPVs with just random pairings and no strong storylines? Thoughts? First up, let's keep ... Read more

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Friday the 13th Party Thread: September 13, 2019

Okay, guys; no splitting up, no drinking, no marijuana, no sex, no entering a dark room, and the first person to say there’s nothing to worry about DIES. That’s your cue, Wavy. Anyway, we have North Carolina playing Wake Forest in what does not count in the ACC standings.  After them, Washington State faces Houston. ... Read more

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Joshi Spotlight- AJW Wrestlemarinepiad ’95

Unfortunately, this one’s kind of all over the place on Hasegawayoshi’s channel. You practically have to search for them match-by-match. Here’s the main event! WRESTLEMARINEPIAD ’95: (18.11.1995) -And now we reach the 1995 Wrestlemarinepiad! This one feels quite a bit bigger than the last one (which was mostly Rookie vs. Veteran, with a big tag ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Worldwide – September 30, 1995

–Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan are calling the action and they are taped from Orlando, Florida. –Opening Contest:  The Disco Inferno (4-1) defeats Barry Houston after a swinging neckbreaker at 1:06: Doug Dillinger has to get Disco out of his locker room because he is not done combing his hair.  Houston catches Disco off guard ... Read more

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The future of McGuiness

Having watched the last of McGuiness I was delighted when Nigel signed with WWE. What's even more wonderful is how he is proving to be one of the best colour commentators right now. Is he worthy of a call up to the main roster to replace one of the existing commentators, or is he better ... Read more

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Your old rants

Hey Scott,   What would the chances be of you reposting your old rants like "For the want of a nail", "King Lazerus", "Guide to every WWE PPV"  etc.  from the original Rantsylvania days?  They were great reads and maybe even do a Scott Says on relevant parts? I’m actually not a big fan of ... Read more

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Justin Liger the prankster

Justin Liger tries to pin sleeping NJPW wrestlers after a night out Jushin Liger tries to pin sleeping NJPW wrestlers after a night out Justin Liger trying to pin NJ stars while they sleep.  Oh damn, Liger’s making a play for the 24-7 division !  Make it happen, Vince.   

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Booking On The Fly

What would you say was/is the worst promotion that was guilty of booking on the fly during a particular time period?  Are we seeing that currently in the WWE with reports of programs being re-written hours before the shows, or in some cases DURING the shows?    You're kinda answering your own question there.  But ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WCW WrestleWar 92–05.17.92

The SmarK Rant for WCW WrestleWar 92 – 05.17.92 Hey, as promised in the recent WCW Saturday Night rant, here’s a long overdue redo of one of WCW’s all time great PPV shows. Of course, immediately after this show ended, it was hardly the quality of the PPV that became the talk of the wrestling ... Read more

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Indies and Insanity: September 12, 2019

Okay, why is there no college football on tonight?  Cowards! You’ll have to settle for the NFL, as their Game of the Week of the Day is Carolina/Tampa Bay. But hey, my Mets just completed a 4-game sweep of the D-Backs and look like they Just Won’t Go Away.  So you’re saying there’s a chance. ... Read more

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WWF Wrestling Challenge – April 10th, 1994

April 10, 1994 From the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY Your hosts are Stan Lane and Ted DiBiase This week, Johnny Polo will interview Mr. Perfect. In action are Owen Hart, Earthquake, Razor Ramon, and Bam Bam Bigelow.   “The Rocket” Owen Hart vs. Bert Styles The crowd chants for Bret as Owen ... Read more

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WWF Superstars – April 9th, 1994

April 9, 1994 From the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Jerry “The King” Lawler This week, we have Bret Hart as a guest on Shawn Michael’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Plus, Jeff Jarrett vs. Sparky Plugg.   Koko B. Ware vs. IRS IRS yells at the crowd how they will ... Read more

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Finn Balor Universal Champ 2016

Had Finn Balor not gotten injured and had to forfeit the WWE Universal Title after winning it from Seth Rollins at SummerSlam 2016, was he supposed to have been a long term or short term champ at that point?     Everything about how he was treated afterwards would suggest short-term.  

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International Crowds

We always hear American wrestlers talk ad nauseam about those "respectful Japanese crowds". Are there any other notable crowd stereotypes among wrestlers for the Americas, Europe, etc.? The British like to sing a lot, I've noticed.  

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Hall Of Pain

Reading the reheating topic from earlier today got me thinking. Assume that Mark Henry had his Hall of Pain gimmick in the Attitude Era instead of lingering as Sexual Chocolate. Would it have worked then and left him as a legit main eventer for the next decade, or was 2011 just the right place and ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for WWF Monday Night RAW–04.24.95

The SmarK Rant for Monday Night RAW – 04.24.95 Live from Omaha, NB Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Jerry Lawler, who is now joining him “as always” so he’s the permanent host now. For those who like to trace the bizarre paths of history, this show starts the unlikely rise to power of you-know-who. ... Read more

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NXT UK – September 11, 2019

NXT UK Date: September 11, 2019 Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness We’re back to the normal schedule this week after last week’s very short show. Normally it would be time to start the slow build towards the next Takeover, but given the schedule for those shows around here, it ... Read more

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Monday Night Raw – April 11, 2005

Monday Night Raw Date: April 11, 2005 Location: Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois Commentators: Jim Ross, Jerry Lawler Things should be getting back to normal around here as we are now into the regular shows instead of last week’s Wrestlemania fallout. Somehow that means more HHH this week, as last week he announced ... Read more

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NXT – September 11, 2019

NXT Date: September 11, 2019 Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix, Nigel McGuinness This is where things wrap up for the old era of NXT, with the show moving over to the USA Network next week (for half of it at least as the second half will be airing ... Read more

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Undertaker on FOX

The Undertaker/Sami segment got me weirdly interested in the idea of a Taker/Nakamura match, which would be such a bizarre "can you believe this is happening?" styles clash of a dream match. But it also got me thinking of a way to use Undertaker as a featured attraction once more.  Say Taker/Nak actually have a ... Read more

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Kevin Owens

So Scott as you heard poor Kevin Owens was "fired" last night. Instead of continuing this never ending fued with Shane, what if he gets moved to NXT? It would give them some star power with the move to USA and he could provide some fresh matchups with Cole, Gargano, Ciampia, Dream. Then they could ... Read more

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What the World Was Watching: WCW Pro – September 30, 1995

WCW Prime for September 25 featured a few new bouts, with Chris Cruise and Dusty Rhodes on commentary. –Sabu (0-1) beats Harry New Baker after a springboard moonsault at 4:02 Cruise hypes this as Sabu’s debut and indeed, this match may have come from the August 22 Pro tapings in Anderson, South Carolina on August ... Read more

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205 Live #146 – 10/09/2019

Hello You! So more 205 Live again, with a notable debut this week that I’m mucho looking forward to! The event is emanating from Madison Square Garden Calling the action are Vic Joseph and Aiden English. With NXT now going up on USA, Nigel McGuinness has sadly departed the announce desk. However, it’s apparently essential ... Read more

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Those Who Forget History…

From your latest ECW review: "This is basic storytelling stuff that’s completely lacking on these shows, which are basically preaching to ECW choir. But if you don’t watch the syndicated show, this one offers no character explanations or backstory." Do you think AEW will avoid this trap come October, or will we have to watch ... Read more

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WWF Monday Night RAW – April 4th, 1994

April 4, 1994 From the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon. We see footage from earlier tonight where Adam Bomb and Earthquake got in each other’s faces backstage. These two will be facing each other tonight. Also tonight will be the ten-man tag that was supposed to ... Read more

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Mike Reviews: ECW Hardcore TV #333 – 11/09/1999

Hello You! Back again with some more Hardcore TV. Once again, if you’d like to read a recap of the TNN show that preceded this one then you can read Scott Keith’s take on it by clicking right HERE (He’s a bit further ahead than I am currently) Last week’s show was kind of miserable ... Read more

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AEW

Hey Scott, hope all is well with you. I was thinking about the AEW going live and I will be checking out the product no doubt. But, my concern is a lot of the talent do not have TV experience. For example, a wrestler like Orange Cassidy is fine in small venues at different Indy events, ... Read more

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Consistency

When it comes to banning things like specific moves or chairshots, I share the Lance Storm opinion where he basically said "they shouldn't ban stuff, just train guys better on doing it safely." That said, moves like the Piledriver have been banned. But if you watch things like 205 Live or NXT, you got people ... Read more

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The NWA’s plan to do studio wrestling

What do you think of Billy Corgan's plan to recreate studio wrestling & leaving Ring of Honor?  I must admit that I am intrigued & even cautiously optimistic. They have a couple of interesting pieces in place, with Aldis being a good champion so far and signing guys like James Storm & Eli Drake has ... Read more

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EC3-MIA?

What is going on with EC3?  Is he out injured, or has the crack creative teams still not found anything for him to do?  If it's the latter, they should send him back to NXT ala Breezango and Killian Dain.   No one particularly knows or cares, but last anyone saw he posted a couple of ... Read more

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The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN–10.01.99

The SmarK Rant for ECW Wrestling on TNN – 10.01.99 Man, this show is really turning into a hate-watch situation for me. And Russo isn’t even involved! Granted he was taking over WCW at this point, so he was preoccupied anyway. Taped from the COMPUWARE SPORTS ARENA in Plymouth, MI. So they did that set ... Read more

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