The Ring Report TV Update 12/25/94 Vol. 1, No. 96
(“HAPPY HOLODAZE ISSUE!”)
WRESTLING NEWS AND COMMENTARY by “LIGHTNING” DENNIS MILLER
WWF NEWS: BULL NAKANO has been suspended for six weeks for testing positive for drugs . . . It now looks like CHRIS CANDIDO is leaning more towards New Japan than the WWF . . .
WCW NEWS: The January Clash has been moved from Hampton, VA to Las Vegas. The reason for the switch is a television broadcasters convention and the show will be free and will take place at Caesar’s Palace. The main event has also been changed, it will now be RANDY SAVAGE and THAT HH GUY vs. BUTCHER and KEVIN SULLIVAN . . . It now looks like HH will be hanging on to the title and Randy Savage will be shaking his hand at STARRCADE. Therefore, IMHO, there is no reason to waste $24.95 on the show . . . Look for a feud to explode between STING and THE GUARDIAN ANGEL at STARRCADE. Angel is expected to turn heel and drop the Angel gimmick . . . IMHO, This will probably be the most interesting part of what will go down in history as the worst STARRCADE ever . . .
SMW NEWS: BUDDY LANDELL is now wrestling for SMW . . .
USWA NEWS: MISS TEXAS received Hooked On Phonics for XMAS . . .
USWA WRESTLING 12/18/94 by CRUNGE
WHAT YOU MISSED: SCOTT BOWDEN came out and showed a copy of PRO WRESTLING ILLUSTRATED showing him as the #8 contender in USWA . . . DOUG GILBERT and SCOTT BOWDEN came out and said that since BRIAN CHRISTOPHER had just beaten TOMMY RICH for the USWA Heavyweight Title, Rich was pissed and Christopher better be afraid . . . Rich came out and complained about the count where he lost the belt, and that EDDIE MARLIN stipulated that Rich had to put up $1000 for a return match; Rich turned over $1000 . . . TOMMY RICH destroyed KEN RAPER . . . Brian Christopher came out, talked about Rich, and then said that if Bowden was the #8 contender, he would fight him then and there for the title; Eddie Marlin came out and agreed to the match . . . Bowden came out and whined about having to face Christopher . . . SPELLBINDER beat EDRICK HINES and RONNIE KRAVITZ in a handicap match while SID VICIOUS cheered him on . . . MOONDOGS beat SHADOW and REGGIE B. FINE . . . SUPERSTAR BILL DUNDEE came out, then Doug Gilbert came out, and they fought . . . PG-13 beat the CADILLAC BROTHERS . . . PG-13 talked about an upcoming triple-threat match between PG-13, the Moondogs, and BEAUTY and the BEAST . . . BRIAN CHRISTOPHER beat SCOTT BOWDEN, and was immediately attacked by Tommy Rich . . . a stomach-churning MISS TEXAS video . . .
WWF MONDAY NIGHT RAW 12/19/94 by BRYAN FISHER
WHAT YOU MISSED: LEX LOSER lost to IRS after TATANKA, posing as a DRUID, interfered . . . THE SMOKIN’ NUNS beat up 2 prelims . . . JERRY LAWLER interviewed MR. BOB BACKLUND . . . BOB “BARFSTUF” HOLLY over a Ham & Egger . . . Toad did a Royal Rumble Report . . . THE BUSHWACKERS w/THE FINK beat WELL DUNN . . . JIM NEIDHART killed a prelim . . .
SMOKY MOUNTAIN WRESTLING 12/21/94 by Dennis Miller
WHAT YOU MISSED: BRUISER BEDLAM beat GEORGE SOUTH. However, the referee reversed the decision because Bedlam kept beating on South . . . A look back at last week’s submission workout match in which TRACY SMOTHERS was attacked and had his shoulder dislocated by BRYANT ANDERSEN . . . An interview with Bryant Andersen, followed by comments from Tracy Smothers . . . BRIAN LEE beat THE NIGHTMARE . . . An interview with THE DIRTY WHITE BOY . . . An interview with JIM CORNETTE . . . Highlights of a match involving CACTUS JACK and CHRIS CANDIDO . . . Comments from Tammy and Chris . . . An interview with CACTUS JACK . . . THE GANGSTAS beat STEVE and SCOTT ARMSTRONG . . . and the show ended with NEW JACK yelling at us . . .
WCW PRO WRESTLING 12/24/94 by RYAN CUNNINGHAM
WHAT YOU MISSED: STARS & STRIPES defeated CARL FERGIE & RICKY SANTANA . . . ALEX WRIGHT over BOB STARR . . . Gene gave a Starrcade Control Center . . . “THE NATURAL” DUSTIN RHODES beat MARK KYLE . . . Another great DIAMOND DALLAS ARM WRESTLING CHALLENGE saw DDP crush a prelim . . . A heartwarming yet nauseating segment of the HSTER reading ‘Twas the Night Before X-Mas . . . A replay of the main event from last month’s Clash ended the show . . .
WWF MANIA 12/24/94 by BRYAN FISHER
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE BRITISH BULLDOG over a prelim . . . We watched MOM lose to TATANKA and BAM BAM . . . THE BUSHWACKERS over WELL DUNN . . . ADAM BOMB nuked a prelim . . . SHAWN MICHAELS interviewed JEFF JARRETT . . . IRS beat LEX LOSER from RAW . . . and things ended with Titan employees wishing us a happy holiday . . .
WCW SATURDAY NIGHT 12/24/94 by RYAN CUNNINGHAM
WHAT YOU MISSED: ALEX WRIGHT squashed GEORGE SOUTH, “Das Ispeaknoenglish” gave an interview . . . A look at the feud between JOHNNY B. BADD & THE HONKY TONK MAN . . . THE HONKY TONK MAN beat a wimp . . . Gene O gave a Starrcade news: Latest reports indicate that no one is planning on ordering the event . . . KEN KENDALL lost to JEAN PAUL LEVESQUE . . . A replay of THE NASTY BOYS/HARLEM HEAT match at the Clash . . . BLACKTOP BULLY disposed of LARRY SANTO with his awesome “breaker 19” submission hold, it consists of him squeezing his opponents elbow (wow) . . . DAVEY RICH & ROB MORGAN jobbed for HARLEM HEAT, SHERRI & THE HEAT gave an interview . . . A replay of last week’s forgettable main event . . . JIM DUGGAN beat THE TERRORIST and did an interview . . . DUSTIN RHODES demolished a prelim . . . Footage of the HOGAN/BUTCHER “sorry excuse for an” angle . . . AVALANCHE & KEVIN SULLIVAN beat 2 prelims . . . Things ended with an interview from The Three Faces of Fear . . .
WCW WORLD WIDE WRESTLING 12/25/94 by BRYAN FISHER
WHAT YOU MISSED: NASTY BOYS over NASTY NED and RON OAKES . . . VADER killed BARRY HOUSTON . . . GENE OKERLUND did a final STARRCADE Control Center . . . AVALANCHE flattened 2 Prelims . . . HARLEM HEAT over 2 Deadbeats . . . STARS AND STRIPES over MARK STARR and FRANK LANCASTER . . . and Gene interviewed the WCW Champ . . .
WWF WRESTLING CHALLENGE 12/25/94 by RICKY KAYE
WHAT YOU MISSED: VINCE MCMAHON interviewed DIESEL about his upcoming match with BRET HART at the royal rumble . . . OWEN HART made BUCK QUARTERMAINE submit . . . ROYAL RUMBLE Report . . . 123 KID pinned BERT CENTENO . . . Live Event News . . . Clips of IRS/LUGER match from raw . . . IRS then beat Nick BARBERRI . . . THE SMOKING GUNNS beat THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER & DUANE GILL . . . JEFF JARRETT in Vegas . . . ADAM BOMB over BARRY HARDY . . . Promo for CAMA(SP?), THE SUPREME FIGHTING MACHINE . . . HENRY GODWINN pinned TONY ROY . . . Live Event News . . . The show ended with DIESEL leading people in singing . . .
USWA WRESTLING 12/25/94 by CRUNGE
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE MOONDOGS beat SHADOW and DON BASS . . . TOMMY RICH (with the USWA Heavyweight belt) and DOUG GILBERT came out, and LANCE RUSSELL talked about how Rich had stolen the belt, and not won it . . . SID VICIOUS clips . . . BEAUTY AND THE BEAST talked about beating both PG-13 and the MOONDOGS each twice in the same night . . . JERRY LAWLER and BRIAN CHRISTOPHER beat BEAUTY AND THE BEAST despite help from SPELLBINDER . . . Rich and Gilbert came out again, and we were told that Rich is fighting Christopher soon, and if he loses, he must leave the USWA . . . Tommy Rich/Doug Gilbert/Spellbinder beat PG-13/BILL DUNDEE in the first fall when RON HARRIS tripped WOLFIE D. when the ref. wasn’t looking; the faces won the second fall when the ref. saw Ron Harris get involved . . . “HANDSOME” JIMMY VALIANT video . . .
WCW MAIN EVENT 12/25/94
WHAT YOU MISSED: THE NASTY BOYS over NASTY NED & RON OAKES . . . a STARRCADE CONTROL CENTER featuring comments from THAT HH GUY & JIMMY HART . . . BILLY PAIN & JOEY MAGGS lost to AVALANCHE in a handicap match . . . a look at THE MASKED MAN attacking HH over the past year . . . VADER over BARRY HOUSTON from “The WorldWide Arena” . . . in the main event, THE HONKY TONK MAN defeated BRAD ARMSTRONG with the SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL while JIMMY HART and a TON of Country/Western Stars looked on . . . finally, the show ended with BOBBY HEENAN laughing at the thought of buying someone else a present for X-MAS . . .
COUNTING THE RING LIGHTS with Michael A. Testa
Merry Christmas all! Just a few comments from me this week. On ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, I saw that HH guy, giving some of his “Time” up this Holiday Season, to read a story to some kids. Well all I can say about that is, boy the HSTER can read.
I missed Superstars this week, due to the NFL, but from what I heard I didn’t miss much.
On Wrestling Challenge this week, when the 1-2-3 Kid is coming out, you can see a rather big RSPW sign. Way to go guys, or however was involved! The Diesel-Vic Jr. interview on Challenge was great, and maybe finally all of you will give him credit. He can interview, and his Raw interview a few weeks back, was not a one time fluke.
Great to see that Shawn Michaels entered in the Rumble, because on Raw they were hinting he would be broadcasting. This now opens a great angle, if Michael’s and Diesel both win, they can use Pam Anderson, in some type of angle, but of course in the end she would walk off with Diesel.
One last thing. I heard this week, Sabu signed a deal with New Japan. Does anyone know how much he is making?
FROM THE MIND OF THE MANIAC by “Maniac” Mike Blade
1994, the year that was . . .
When the year began, all was right with the world. RIC FLAIR had defeated VADER for the WCW World Championship (one of them anyway). YOKOZUNA was still considered formidable and held the WWF World Championship. BRET and OWEN HART we’re a tag team and slated to take on the QUEBECERS at the ROYAL RUMBLE. The WWF still had THE STEINER BROTHERS (a great match between the Steiners and Harts is on the Wrestlefest ’94 video). And, HH was far away from wrestling getting ready to inflict “Thunderous Parasites” upon an unsuspecting public.
DIESEL became BIG DADDY COOL with an impressive showing at the ROYAL RUMBLE. MARK CALLOWAY’S UNDERTAKER took a break to be with wife and child. TED DIBIASE returned from an injured neck to head THE CORPORATION. BIG BOSS MAN became THE GUARDIAN ANGEL, and no one cared. OWEN beat BRET, then BRET beat YOKO, then BRET beat OWEN, and then BRET beat OWEN, and then BRET beat OWEN, and then BRET beat OWEN, and then BRET beat OWEN, and then BRET beat OWEN . . .
CURT HENNIG returned to the WWF to ref. a match between LEX LUGER and Yoko. The Hennig/Luger feud was set and ended just as quickly when Hennig left the WWF again. RICK RUDE and Ric Flair were set to unite the WCW World and WCW International titles. Then Rude was rudely dumped and STING stepped into his last major match of the year.
ROWDY RODDY PIPER took on JERRY LAWLER at KING OF THE RING, and anyone who’d listen to THE BOTTOM LINE. Which went the way of the world when the WWF axed ALL AMERICAN in favor of THE ACTION ZONE.
There was DUKE “THE DUMPSTER” DROESE, THERMON ‘BOB “SPARK “‘SPARKY'” PLUGG” HOLLY’, BASTION BOOGER, KEVIN SULLIVAN (again), CACTUS JACK’S ear, SABU, BROTHER BUTCHER BRUTI, EVAD NAVILLUS, TED DIBIASE’S UNDERTAKER, DANCING BOY ALEX WRIGHT, JEAN PAUL LEPEAU, and the resurrection of the eighties WWF down south.
The conclusion, and my conclusions, next week.
NOTES FROM THE MAD DOG
Okay, first off, this week I’d like to take the time to express the best of holodaze wishes to everyone out there. No matter who you are and no matter what you celebrate, happy holodaze! 🙂
Now that is out of the way I also have to note that some of the shows we cover every week won’t be covered this week due to holodaze programming. In my area alone we missed WWF SUPERSTARS due to figure skating, and WWF ACTION ZONE due to a special STAR WARS showing on the USA Channel. Hopefully all the shows will be back next week, but you never know.
While I’m rambling, I just want to note that we’re now looking for someone to cover the new NWA based out of Texas. If you have access to their weekly show and have some time to spare, please e-mail me at the address below and you too can be a member of the Ring Report staff! 🙂
Next week we should have our first of a not-so-in-depth look at TV shows from across the country, and a review of Monday Night RAW for the Sega Genesis, both by yours truly, along with our normal mix of madness and mania. Until then, be good to each other and . . .
HAVE A GREAT WEEK & A VERY SPECIAL HOLODAZED SEASON!
MADDOGJMF & Company!
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