Episode 62: Clash of the Champions XXII

April 9, 2017

It's the first Clash of the Champions of 1993 and there will be (a bit of a) Rage in the Thundercage!

We look at the 22nd instalment of the Clash, and all the story points that have been going on - Vader winning the title...and Cactus Jack turning face?

We have debuts, arm wrestling and possibly the most redundant and confusing cage match we have covered so far, as well as a few farewells...

One of which is Bill Watts, we talk about the reasons he went (depends who you ask) and his controversial Pro Wrestling Torch interview from 1991, and the knock on effect of us losing the voice of WCW!

We also have a chat about WrestleMania weekend (for more thoughts from Thom on that check out Episode 170 of the Asiamania podcast) and Chris has a jolly nice time at Hammerfest.

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Episode 61: WCW/New Japan Supershow 1993

March 19, 2017

It's time for another trip to Tokyo for the third and final WCW and New Japan Supershow, and it really is a Fantastic Story!

A lot has been going on since last recording so we got the show watched and sat down earlier than intended to cover it all.

First up, we talk about the epic XWA weekender which included the moment that went truly viral around the world...Kota Ibushi and his fireworks! Thom was there in person and talks about the show, as well as the previous day in Colchester.

We also discuss the news that the WWE are bringing the UK Championship shows to Norwich, and the reaction from WAW. And we don't really hold back talking about THEM.

Then onto the main show, but we find out that the WCW presence this time isn't much which leads to an announcement about January 4th New Japan shows at the end!

 

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Episode 60: WCW Slam Jam & Learning the Ropes

March 5, 2017

It's the end of 1992 on our timeline so the perfect time to tackle a couple of bonus bits, namely the Slam Jam album and 80's sitcom Learning the Ropes!

Yes, WCW also brought out an album in 1992 and yes, it was also called Slam Jam. Featuring the entrance music for all your favourites it's...something to behold! We talk about the album track by track.

As a little bonus, we review the first two episode of 80's wrestling sitcom Learning the Ropes. A generic American sitcom with added NWA wrestling stars!

Apologies for the quality of audio in the Learning the Ropes section, especially Chris' side...we were using Skype as a one off, but it's still totally listenable which is more than can be said for the Slam Jam album!

As we mention, if you want the links for the album or to watch the episodes and cannot find them on our social media please give us a shout!

 

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Episode 59: Starrcade 1992

February 26, 2017

It's time for the 10th annual Starrcade 1992...whaaaa?

 

The Lethal Lottery/Battle Bowl format returns for it's second year in a reduced capacity but now with added rings. Will Sting make it 2 years in a row?

 

Sting also has to face his greatest adversary, Big Van Vader in the finals of the King of Cable tournament...WCW love their tournaments.

 

Elsewhere, WCW pull the old bait and switch with their world title match, Chono and Muta clash for the NWA title and Erik Watts continues to exist.

 

There's also a live commentary from us on the Battle Bowl Battle Royale! Watch along with us!

 

As it's the end of 1992 we run through the best and worst of the year. Our picks may surprise you (in some cases!)

 

And in non WCW stuff, Chris talks his Anthrax gig and Thom is shocked and appalled at WWE circa 2005!

 

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Episode 58: Clash of the Champions XXI

February 12, 2017

It's another wonderful and eclectic Clash of the Champions show, with everything from a battle of the sexes to a boxing match...but is it any good?

We witness the first big match for Erik Watts, son of the boss. Chris is livid, and for good reason. You won't believe how bad he is!

Madusa and Paul E.'s rivalry culminates in a wrestling match...but will it be as good as the angles have been leading up to it?

Johnny B. Badd and Scotty Flamingo clash in 3 rounds of boxing action...think we can all imagine how that goes.

Sting and Rick Rude renew their rivalry in the semifinals of another overbooked tournement and a big heel turn occurs!

Elsewhere, Thom plugs some great wrestling shows coming up in March and April, and Chris waxes lyrical about his new podcast and seeing Black Sabbath on their farewell tour.

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Episode 57: Halloween Havoc 1992

January 25, 2017

After a month, we are finally back with a new episode and it's time to Spin the Wheel and Make the Deal!

With Thom suffering from his annual ills (and it was a bad one this time!) we are back much later than planned...Chris still hasn't had his Christmas present!

Thom discovers Halloween Havoc isn't bad as he thought it was going to be, while Chris discovers it's exactly as bad as he thought it was going to be...

We talk the infamous "Wheel" match. 12 gimmick matches on a wheel that has not been rigged...what could possibly go wrong?

Madusa and Paul E. have the angle of the entire show, and a in match injury calls to an end the career of one of our favourites!

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Episode 56: Clash of the Champions XX

December 22, 2016

Sting ain't afraid of no wheel!

 

It's the 20th Clash of the Champions and the 20th anniversary of NWA and WCW on TBS, so cue a huge special edition of Clash of the Champions celebrating all this with all the old boys and Bill Watts worship you could want!

 

Loads has happened since Great American Bash, new WCW champion, new NWA champion and more! We cover all the main talking points.

 

We get our first awful vignette for the forthcoming Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal match as Sting and Jake Roberts face off in a weird bar. The video is on YouTube...watch it!

 

Thom talks about Rev Pro Global Wars, ICW Fear and Loathing and Chris talks Terrorvision and Germany, and we both chat about the XWA Supershow.

 

Expect the spliciest episode yet!

 

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Episode 55: Great American Bash 1992

December 3, 2016

We are back with the second part of the NWA Tag Title Tournament and the rot has truly set in!

 

We are faced with a barrage of lengthy tag team matches with only one singles match to break up the monotony!

 

Who will be crowned NWA tag team titles...and who really cares?

 

Sting and Big Van Vader collide for the first time on our podcast for the WCW title!

 

Thom gets distracted by cheerleaders and talks about the WWE house show he went to.

 

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Episode 54: Clash of the Champions XIX

November 28, 2016

Or, Episode 54...Chris does a whoopsie.

 

It's been a busy month which means we haven't been able to get many episodes released but this will be the first of two released this week.

 

We cover the First round of the NWA Tag Title Tournament and explain why the NWA are back on the scene. Does it have to do with Missy Hyatt in suspenders?

 

We see the podcast debuts of Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko... and The O' Days.

 

Things get bigoted when Steve Williams and Harley Race hit the mic.

 

And Williams and Gordy absolutely destroy some Austrailians!

 

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Episode 53: Beach Blast 1992

October 30, 2016

WCW kick starts the Summer and we kick start the Bill Watts era with the first ever Beach Blast! 

Yes, Cowboy Bill Watts is now running WCW and with him come a new set of rules. Bizarre rules in some cases. We take a look at where he came from and what these changes are, and who they effect.

Sting and Cactus Jack clash in a falls count anywhere match, Rude and Steamboat in an Iron Man match, and Williams and Gordy vs. The Steiners...this show is a touch better than the last one!

It's Chris' time to shine as Madusa and Missy Hyatt have a 3 round contest with many costume changes. We also discuss the difference between a swimsuit and a bikini.

Thom has some crushing news for Chris during the main event...blame those #CowboysRules!

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