‘WCW BASH AT THE BEACH 1995’ Recap + Review – Hogan vs. Vader, Lifeguard Match, Coolest Wrestling Venue of All-Time

DATE: July 16, 1995
VENUE: Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach, CA)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

Bash at the Beach 1995 brings the action of World Championship Wrestling to an honest to god beach, the only place that contain a main event as big as Hulk Hogan vs. Vader in a Steel Cage. Since we’re on a beach and Baywatch is a thing we’ve also got a Lifeguard match as Ric Flair and Randy Savage continue their year-long feud, The Renegade defends the Television Championship against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, and…Jim Duggan takes on Kamala? We sure this is a WCW show?

Read more

‘WCW BEACH BLAST 1993’ Recap + Thoughts – Superpowers vs. Masters of the Powerbomb, Flair vs. Windham

DATE: July 18, 1993
VENUE: Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Biloxi, MS)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WCW Beach Blast 1993 features a tag team main event as Sting & Davey Boy Smith join forces against Big Van Vader & Sid Vicious aka The Masters of the Powerbomb. The NWA World Heavyweight Championship is also on the line as Barry Windham defends against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Dustin Rhodes defends the United States Heavyweight Championship against “Ravishing” Rick Rude in an Iron Man Match. 

BUT FIRST, a movie:

Read more

‘WCW BASH AT THE BEACH 1996’ Recap + Thoughts – The New World Organization, Brother!

DATE: July 7, 1996
VENUE: Ocean Center (Daytona Beach, FL)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

Bash at the Beach 1996 features a fight for WCW’s future as Sting, Lex Luger, & Randy Savage team up to take on the invading force of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and a mystery partner (brother). This is one of the biggest wrestling main events of all-time and it permanently alters the course of WCW’s future in both a positive and negative way. But that’s not all that’s on the show, as we’ve got additional title matches including Konnan vs. Ric Flair for the United States Heavyweight Championship, a Double Dog Collar Match between The Nasty Boys and Public Enemy, a Carson City Dollar match between John Tenta and Big Bubba, and “Desperado” Joe Gomez in his one and only singles PPV appearance against Steve “Mongo” McMichael

Okay fine it’s mostly the nWo thing that this show is remembered for.

Read more

‘WCW GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1996’ Recap + Review – Hall & Nash, Mysterio’s Debut, Giant vs. Luger

DATE: June 16, 1996
VENUE: Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

Great American Bash 1996 features a tag team match pitting wrestling vs. football as Ric Flair & Arn Anderson of The Four Horsemen (joined by special advisor Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) take on the NFL’s Kevin Greene and Steve “Mongo” McMichael (coached by “Macho Man” Randy Savage). The World Championship is also on the line as The Giant defends against Lex Luger, a man looking to hold THREE championships at once.

OH RIGHT Scott Hall & Kevin Nash are also here to continue their “Hostile Takeover” of WCW, which may or may not come to a head next month at Bash of the Beach with one of the biggest moments in professional wrestling history. Almost forgot.

Read more

‘WCW THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 1995’ Recap + Review – Savage vs. Flair, Sting vs. Meng, Hacksaw vs. Pitbull

DATE: June 18, 1995
VENUE: Hara Arena (Dayton, OH)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

The Great American Bash returns to the WCW PPV lineup with this 1995 edition, headlined by the blood feud between Randy Savage and Ric Flair. A new United States Heavyweight Champion is also crowned as Sting & Meng battle waddle for the vacant wacant title witle, and Arn Anderson defends the World Television Title against The Renegade.

Read more

‘AEW DYNAMITE’ 04.20.2022 Recap + Review – Coffin Match, Punk vs. Dustin, Britt Baker Returns, Big Tony Khan Announcement

VENUE: Petersen Events Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, & Excalibur

This week on AEW Dynamite:

  • Darby Allin takes his war with Andrade El Idolo to the next level: a Coffin Match
  • CM Punk answers the challenge of “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes
  • Wardlow returns to action against MJF’s handpicked opponent The Butcher
  • HOOK makes his Dynamite debut
  • Dr. Britt Baker, DMD wrestles her first match since losing the Women’s Championship, returning to Brittsburgh to take on Danielle Kamela in an Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament qualifying match
  • Tony Khan makes a huge announcement

Hit the jump to get caught up!

Read more

‘AEW BATTLE OF THE BELTS’ Recap + Review – Baker vs. Riho, New Interim TNT Champ Crowned

DATE: January 8, 2022
VENUE: Bojangles Coliseum (Charlotte, NC)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, & Excalibur

AEW Battle of the Belts features three championship matches, with Dr. Britt Baker, DMD defending the Women’s World Championship in the main event. The FTW Championship is on the line as well as Ricky Starks defends against Matt Sydal, and an interim TNT Champion is decided when Dustin Rhodes takes on Sammy Guevara.

CHAMPIONS

  • AEW WORLD CHAMPION: “Hangman” Adam Page
  • AEW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION: Dr. Britt Baker, DMD
  • AEW TNT CHAMPION: “The American Nightmare” Cody Rhodes
  • AEW INTERIM TNT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • AEW TBS CHAMPION: Jade Cargill
  • FTW CHAMPION: “Absolute” Ricky Starks
  • AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus)

LINEUP

  • Dustin Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara for the INTERIM AEW TNT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Ricky Starks [c] vs. Matt Sydal for the FTW CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Dr. Britt Baker, DMD [c] vs. Riho for the AEW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)

Read more

WCW PRO WRESTLING CHICAGO 08.03.1991 Recap + Review – Austin vs. Z-Man, Yellow Dog vs. Arn

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

WCW Pro this week features two big matches as Arn Anderson tries to take The Yellow Dog’s mask and Steve Austin defends the TV Title against former champ The Z-Man. Sting, One Man Gang, and others are also in action and this week Schiavone & Zbyszko do their remotes aboard the new luxury Chicago cruiseliner the Odyssey.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Sting vs. Fred Avery (SQUASH)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog vs. Arn Anderson (**1/2)
  • One Man Gang vs. Chad Floyd (SQUASH)
  • Dustin Rhodes & Robert Gibson vs. Brian Carr & Paul Lee (SQUASH)
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. The Z-Man for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

Read more

WCW POWER HOUR 08.03.1991 Recap + Review – Six Man Bounty for the Mask Match, Squashes Galore

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Legacy of WCW continues on Jon vs. Pro Wrestling as we head into August 1991, with the first episode of Power Hour. This one features matches that have already aired in previous weeks on other programming but since we’re starting fresh on a new website I have treated them as new; future rundowns will be a lot more condensed since Power Hour tends to be mostly rehashed footage if you watch all of their other TV.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Joey Maggs (SQUASH)
  • El Gigante vs. Carl Nelson (SQUASH)
  • Steve Austin vs. Kip Abee (SQUASH)
  • Z-Man vs. Mike Thor (SQUASH)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog, Dustin Rhodes, & Bobby Eaton vs. Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd (**1/4)

Read more

‘AEW DYNAMITE’ 08.25.2021 Recap + Review – CM Punk Speaks, Brock (Anderson) vs. Malakai Black, Mox/King/Allin vs. Wingmen

VENUE: UW-Panther Arena (Milwaukee, WI)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross, Excalibur, & Tony Schiavone

AEW Dynamite this week features the debut of CM Punk on the flagship show, less than a week removed from his all-timer of a debut at AEW Rampage: The First Dance. The Tag Team Title Eliminator continues as well as The Varsity Blondes take on The Lucha Brothers, Brock Anderson tries to defend the Anderson family honor against Malakai Black, and Orange Cassidy gets his hands on Matt Hardy.

CHAMPIONS

  • AEW WORLD CHAMPION: Kenny Omega
  • AEW WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPION: Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D.
  • AEW TNT CHAMPION: Miro
  • AEW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson)

LINEUP

  • Orange Cassidy vs. Matt Hardy (***)
  • TAG TEAM ELIMINATOR – SEMI-FINALS: Varsity Blonds vs. Lucha Brothers (**1/2)
  • Red Velvet vs. Jamie Hayter (**1/2)
  • Jon Moxley, Eddie Kingston, & Darby Allin vs. The Wingmen (***1/4)
  • The Gunn Club vs. The Factory (*3/4)
  • Brock Anderson vs. Malakai Black (SQUASH)

Read more