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  1. One thing they never explained about WM X was why Yokozuna should have had to defend his title twice in the same night, it wasn't his fault Bret and Lex tied in the Rumble. You'd think Cornette and Fuji would have kicked up a stink about it, especially after Yoko had foolishly defended his title in a second match at 'Mania the year before and lost it only minutes after winning it.

  2. Oh yeah, with Vince Jr in charge, Kaufman absolutely comes to the WWF. I don't know who he would wrestle up there though. If we're theorizing that Dusty would have been champion than maybe him. 

    It wouldn't have worked nearly as well though as it did with New Yorker Kaufman making fun of the Memphis hayseed/hillbilly fans.

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  3. A "Disco n' Wrestling connection" would have been something to behold. Debbie Harry was a noted wrestling fan so maybe she gets the Cyndi Lauper spot. I don't know who you'd have as the equivalent of Mr T in the late 70s. I guess the obvious choice is Muhammad Ali. Dusty Rhodes and Muhammad Ali teaming against two top heels (off the top of my head, Pat Patterson and Ken Patera) would have drawn pretty well I think.

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  4. 1 hour ago, odessasteps said:

    1978 also means no Sheik as xenophobic champion exploring the hostage crisis. (Might depend on when in 78) 

    To make things easier, early '78, with Superstar Graham still champion. So you could either  have Backlund still win the belt, have Dusty win it, or have Superstar turn babyface. Or do something else entirely.

  5. What if Vince Sr. dies 5 years earlier and Vince Jr takes over in 1978 and tries to go national at that point? 

    Who does he go with as champion? A babyface Superstar Graham? Dusty Rhodes? Would he have known about Hogan that early on?

    What other guys would he have brought in to be his top stars? Would the NWA and AWA would have been a better position to fight the expansion at that point?

    Since MTV hadn't started yet, what pop-culture trend could Vince latch onto instead of "Rock n' Wrestling"?

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  6. They should have done at least one face vs face and heel vs heel match in the tournament. I'd have done Savage vs Steamboat in the 2nd round with Savage getting his win back and have Bret go over a babyface in the first round, getting a bye in the second and falling to DiBiase in the semifinal in a hard fought match, getting the fans behind him for his face turn at the next set of tapings when he and Neidhart fire Jimmy Hart. 

  7. 5 hours ago, AxB said:

    Judging by the fact that the most expensive ticket was £1.50 (and Count Bartelli being on the show) this is probably late 1950s-mid 1960s. He might have just been doing a really happy guy gimmick. Gay didn't start to mean homosexual (in the UK at least) until the mid 70s.

    British money wasn't decimalised until 1971. I think this poster is from 1978. Gay definitely had come to mean homosexual by that point even if some older people still used it in the happy sense. The text below "The Gay One" reads "Uncrowned Queen of the Ring" if there was any doubt.

  8. For those that don't know, Franz Van Buyten's son is Daniel Van Buyten, a former famous soccer player for Bayern Munich (with whom he won the Champions League) and Belgium.

    I've see it argued that Daniel is the most famous non wrestling child of a wrestler and it's hard to argue otherwise.

    RIP.

     

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  9. On 2/16/2020 at 9:28 PM, BloodyChamp said:

    Basically any good WCW theme was stock music from somewhere. Jimmy Hart’s were terrible lol! I’d heard Goldberg’s theme here and there over the years. It’s another 1 of the little reasons I was never on his bandwagon. It wasn’t the main reason or anything, but it sure didn’t help.

    Sting's late 80's/early 90s theme bizarrely can be heard in "Rita, Sue and Bob Too", a British film from 1987.

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  10. Doom were Tweeners for that feud with the Horsemen too, there was even a match where Sting teamed with (I think) Ron Simmons after Butch Reed no-showed.

    NWA @ Charlottesville, VA - October 7, 1990 (3,400)
    The Master Blasters defeated Mike Rotunda & Tim Horner
    Ricky Morton & Terry Taylor (sub. for Robert Gibson) (w/ Steve Travis) defeated Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane after Travis hit an interfering Jim Cornette, with Taylor then hitting Lane with Cornette's tennis racquet
    NWA World Champion Sting defeated the Black Scorpion
    NWA World Champion Sting (sub. for NWA Tag Team Champion Butch Reed, whose father was in the ICU) & NWA Tag Team Champion Ron Simmons defeated Ric Flair & Arn Anderson when Sting pinned Flair

    And a match I hadn't heard about where Simmons teamed with Luger

    NWA @ Roanoke, VA - Civic Center - October 11, 1990 (925)
    Norman defeated the Iron Sheik
    The Italian Stallion defeated Barry Horowitz
    Allen Iron Eagle defeated Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
    The Junkyard Dog defeated Buddy Landell
    Ricky Morton & Steve Armstrong defeated Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
    NWA US Champion Lex Luger defeated Sid Vicious
    NWA Tag Team Champion Ron Simmons & NWA US Champion Lex Luger (sub. for NWA Tag Team Champion Butch Reed, who flew home to be with his ill father) defeated Ric Flair & WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson

     

     

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  11. On 2/5/2020 at 2:40 PM, cool arrow said:

    Yes.  The heel team was originally announced as Oz, Diamond Studd (the birth of the Outsiders???), One Man Gang, and Barry Windham.

    Wasn't Windham advertised for the match until the day of the show when he was take out by the Enforcers slamming his hand in Dustin's car door?

  12. On 12/23/2019 at 9:57 PM, Infinit said:

    In Watt's era of WCW in 1992, were Williams and Gordy affiliated with All Japan or New Japan? And if they were affiliated with AJ, how did this come to fruition politically?

    All Japan. I'm guessing Watts brokered the deal with Williams and Gordy directly rather than with Baba. AJPW guys like Hansen and Spivey had also been in WCW in the early 90s. Baba wasn't interested in dealing with American promotions at the time.

    They did do the match at Starrcade '92 with Williams and Sting vs Liger and Erik Watts (Dr Death and Sting went over). I remember Jim Ross mentioning that WCW was the only place you could see this match as Williams and Liger were in rival promotions in Japan. I don't think Williams pinned Liger though.

    I think the WCW/New Japan promotion became exclusive in later years as NJPW would only use Americans from WCW and WCW would only use NJPW Japanese guys. (Kaz Hayashi might be an exception but I think he signed directly with WCW).

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  13. 1 hour ago, Lawful Metal said:

    What’s the Best Celebrity match of all time? 
    I don’t remember this well, but there was a Macho Man vs. Dennis Rodman match at Road Wild that I recall being way better than it had any right to be. 

     

    Kevin Greene's matches in WCW were up there, particularly the 6 man where he teamed with Flair & Piper against Nash, Hall and Waltman.

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  14. What if: 

    SMW never happens, and Cornette joins the WWF in 1991, taking the Midnights with him  and also taking over from Bobby Heenan as manager of Mr Perfect? (Basically taking John Tolos's spot with Bobby and Stan taking the spot of the Beverly Brothers).

    He and Hennig would have been a fun duo although that wouldn't have lasted long as Curt's back injury would likely have still happened. I can see the Midnights ending up where Money Inc. were, taking the title from the LOD (and Hawk and Animal might have been more willing to drop the belts on TV, since the Midnights had done the honors for them in the NWA), and then feuding with the Steiners in 1993. After that I see Stan retiring, Bobby being used in a JTTS role and Cornette being more of an announcer, maybe he still ends up as Yokozuna's manager.

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