Just got in a couple tapes from 1983 and 1985 of World Championship Wrestling, and it's been a hoot so far.
A lot of the tape so far had been focused on the Larry Zbyszko/Wrestling II feud over the National title. Larry has Killer Brooks in his corner, and II has Pistol Pez Whatley and Rick Rood (looking VERY young) in his corner, plus Mr. Wrestling I (Tim Woods) makes an appearance. Other highlights:
*Paul Ellering's stable, which includes the early Road Warriors (in leather but sans spikes and facepaint and with the National tag titles) and the Iron Sheik. The Warriors and Ellering are about to face Ole Anderson, Stan Hansen and Tommy Rich in an Omni show.
*There is a scene at the announcer's podium where Arn Anderson is about to "sign documents" to change his name to "Arn Ellering"-so far that hasn't been played out on the tape.
*Iron Sheik has the National TV title, being chased after by "One Man Gang" Ronnie Garvin.
*Tape is shown from the Sunday "Best of" show, featuring matches from the "Superstars of Georgia Wrestling" program. (I don't remember this at all from back then.) One match has Bill Dundee vs. Pat Rose, another has a squash win for the tag team of Bountyhunter Jerry Novak and the French Angel, managed by Jim Cornette!
Bob Roop and Steve O have shown up as well.
A lot of smiles so far with this one.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 As of 5/1/05: 127 pounds "I've lost a junior lightweight"
Great stuff, got to be at the Omni several times, my most memorable match I saw in person is still Buzz Sawyer vs Tommy Rich in the cage to end their big feud. I know the WWF got a lot of blame for ending the regional promotions, rightly so and Crockett should too (another topic) but the WWF's popularity from 84 to a few years later led to a lot more TV wrestling of all types, as a lot of folks just wanted to watch any wrestling at all. Then it all fizzled except for "the big 2."
Well, before the WWF tok everything over, I remember I could watch Mid South an Saturday afternoon, then two hours of NWA from eh superstation, then WCCW from Dallas at midnite, wake up and see Southwest on USA, and WWF on one of the local UHF s tations and the recap show of NWA on sunday, followed by USWA/memphis later that night.
THen all I had was WWF and Crockett. I liked the other way better.
Maybe it's just me, but it looked like that Austin/Hennig match tonight was squarely marketed at the "gimme wrestling" fans like the ones complaining in this thread. (Not saying that the complaining is bad.)