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WCW Uncensored 1995 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Unsanctioned, Unauthorized, Unbelievable.”

If a tagline ever fit a World Championship Wrestling show, this was it.

Uncensored – WCW’s attempt to bend the rules and present an “extreme” Pay-Per-View with only gimmicked matches, was an experiment in the beginning.

Headlined by a Leather Strap Match between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Vader in the midst of a hot feud between Hogan and “A Man Possessed,” Ric Flair, it was enough to salvage for the rest of the malarky.

What malarky? Put in a “Boxer Vs. Wrestler” Match, a “King Of The Road” Match and a “Martial Arts” Match.

Oh and because of recent creative changes, no blood was allowed at all.

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WCW Halloween Havoc 1992 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

World Championship Wrestling and the early 1990’s are about as gimmicked as professional wrestling could be.

Check out our review of Starrcade 1991 for an example of this.

With this particular event famous for its “Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal” concept (just imagine Raw Roulette for more current readers), Sting and Jake “The Snake” Roberts would settle their longtime feud with 12 possible “unsanctioned” scenarios.

On top of that, WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude would “compete” in two matches, Flyin’ Brian-Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat would face off in an exceptional match (by early 90’s standards) and there was a moment between Paul E. Dangerously (or Paul Heyman for those current peeps – how ya doin’?) and Madusa that wouldn’t be forgotten.

Coming from Philadelphia, we got snippets of what “hardcore” would soon look like. This crowd helped to make this show more bearable.

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WCW Starrcade 1991 Reaction

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Known as World Championship Wrestling’s proverbial “answer to WrestleMania” from the then-World Wrestling Federation, Starrcade was always about making history and was aptly placed where a “payoff” Pay-Per-View should be – the end of December.

It’s only fitting that all the big storylines would come to a halt here, naturally.

Oh wait – not in 1991. Ha. What were you thinking there?

In Ric Flair’s absence, WCW appeared to put a lot of faith in its biggest draw, the blonde-haired, face-painted babyface Sting, as he sought the World Heavyweight Championship.

As an obstacle, he had to go through not only Lex Luger, but as well as a group called The Dangerous Alliance, consistent of members like Rick Rude, “Stunning” Steve Austin (who had blonde hair of his own, that’s how old this show is) and were led by none other than Paul E. Dangerously, who we now know as Paul Heyman.

The melodrama was certainly there and all stages appeared to go towards a big showdown for the Title between Sting and Luger. Nope, you’re not going to get that match straight up at Starrcade. They’re going to “make history” and introduce a concept never heard before – the “Lethal Lottery.”

Come join us for this 1990’s-tastic journey.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – Best And Worst PPVs

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast where PWO’s own Nick, “Big Guy” Rich and “Mastermind” Sal discuss the best and worst pro wrestling pay-per-views in history! 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Bischoff Family

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By Anthony Zevoteck 

 

If you read the article title and hoped for me to talk about Garrett Bischoff, you may leave now.

The Bischoff of topic is Eric.

Arguably one of pro wrestling history’s greatest minds, the man worked his way up from the corporate office to become the face of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), an organization that almost put Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) out of business in the late 1990’s.

He first made an impact as a backstage interviewer and announcer in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), which allowed him to get a job for WCW, where he’d eventually change the wrestling world. After he positioned himself as Executive Vice President, he turned into a pivotal character and introduced the genius concept of television as he mixed the mainstream “New World Order” storyline with fast-paced ring action from international stars in Mexico. Before long, he’d be directly involved in the nWo storyline as their manager.

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Brand Split Decision

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By Anthony Zevoteck 

 

Randomly, one Wednesday this past May, WWE shook the wrestling community when Shane and Stephanie McMahon both announced via social media there’d be a roster split to create two completely different shows with Raw and SmackDown.

The news was coupled with another announcement that SmackDown would be moved to Tuesdays and to air live, which would start Jul. 19.

Expectedly, the double bombshell was met with equal cheers and jeers from WWE fans alike. For longtime fans, this wasn’t new territory, as WWE had once split the roster before in 2002 upon a sudden influx of talent from the defunct World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling promotions. It was also due to the fact that at the time, four hours of weekly television time was too little to establish new talent and called for a difference between shows.

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The RSN Wrestling Podcast – International Stars

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Wrestling Podcast, where “Big Guy” Rich, “The Mastermind” Sal and PWO’s Resident Head Honcho Nick give you a little international flavor, as they discuss stars that contributed to the business’ diversity throughout many eras. 

As you know, diversity has always been an American staple and this time of year, it’s all about America, so recover from your July 4th food coma and get comfy!

 

 

 

 

 

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The RSN Podcast – Invasion

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, where Rich, Sal and PWO’s own Nick chat up various invasion angles through pro wrestling history and their significance – whether it be Extreme Championship Wrestling in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-to-late 90’s, Global Force Wrestling in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling this year and who can forget 2001? All that and more!

 

 

 

 

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Booking The Territory Podcast – Big Swoll (Randy Thornton) Interview Part II

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at Booking The Territory Podcast, featuring the second part of an interview with former World Championship Wrestling talent Randy Thornton aka Big Swoll from the No Limit Soldiers, who discusses more of his WCW days.

Afterwards, Hosts Mike Mills, Doc Turner and Hardbody Harper from Wildkat Sports and Entertainment discuss the week that was in professional wrestling and address fans’ Facebook/Twitter questions and comments. 

 

 

 

 

 

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The RSN Podcast – Women Of Wrestling

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Check out the latest episode of The RSN Podcast, where Rich, Sal and Nick discuss the history of women’s wrestling in WWE and WCW. They also touch up on the Divas in the Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression Era, PG Era and of course, the ladies of NXT!

 

 

 

 

 

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