As just about everyone who reads this column knows, I’m in the midst of trying to watch every NWA / WCW PPV (and Clash of Champions) on WWE Network. It’s an arduous task, especially when you consider that the talents and matches at some of these points, and I apologize to the uber-fans like my dear friend Magnum here, just weren’t very good!
For me, though, its not really about the matches. It’s about the characters, particularly the lesser known / mildly terrible ones.
I mean, come on, I’m the guy who spent 10+ minutes discussing New Day on NAIpod this week! I’ve always been drawn to the undercard when it comes to professional wrestling, and boy, does late 80’s and early 90’s WCW have an undercard!
Rather than do a traditional DC Diaries this week, I thought I’d instead introduce many of you to a cast of characters that, in many ways, defy descriptions. The following are NWA and WCW talents that, in my opinion, you should know.
(Honestly, I’m only writing this column for one specific reason. You’ll see what it is at the end. Trust me, its worth the wait.)
I had a Throwback Thursday column all set to write… Research had been done, pictures filed, I was really ready to go…
But it just. . . keeps. . . snowing. . .
If you’re a New England wrestling fan (and there seems to be a lot of us), you know how its been these last few weeks. For whatever reason, Boreas (Greek god of the north wind and of winter) has deemed that Mondays in late January and early February are where New Englanders get another foot or so of snow… Happened 2 weeks ago, happened this week and if you believe the forecast, it’s going to happen again in a few days.
So I’m sitting here in my home office, looking out the window, and the piles of plowed snow are over my head. I can barely make out the top of my SUV, which coincidentally, has snow on it, because we’re just having a slight 1-2 inches on a Thursday, just for Funsies.
And I’m thinking. . . “All this weather makes my blood run c. . . . Damn it, now I got to write about Glacier.”
In hindsight, one could sum up WCW’s “Clash of the Champions 7” with a Dickens quote.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
While the talent pool for the former NWA was deep at the time, with names like Ricky Steamboat, Terry Funk, The Great Muta, The Midnight Express and a very young Steiner Brothers among their ranks, there was trouble brewing.
Jim Herd, who was running WCW at the time, was trying to compete with WWF. Seeing that WWF was home to the ‘over-the-top’ gimmicks, Herd decided to create some of his own.
Ladies and gentlemen, without any further ado, I give you. . .