Ep. #433: November 22-28, 1989

6h 26m | Nov 27, 2023

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week that was November 22-28, 1989. Topics of discussion include:

  • The state of wrestling on Thanksgiving Day and how much it had changed in the back half of the 1980's.
  • Ric Flair officially becoming the chairman of the WCW booking committee and why that was a bad thing for him.
  • The Midnight Express “refusing to wrestle” on TBS.
  • Ric Flair and The Great Muta having a big main event on World Championship Wrestling on the same show where Kevin Sullivan debuts as the new color analyst, albeit not for long.
  • The New York Times spotlighting WCW with a major story.
  • Giant Baba being impressed by the Nasty Boys in AJPW and caving in to the fans’ demands for the return of Rip Rogers.
  • An update on Seiji Sakaguchi's business dealing with WCW.
  • Koji Kitao working under a mask in the AWA to get reps in before his NJPW debut at the Tokyo Dome.
  • Ed Whalen being absent from Stampede TV in its final weeks.
  • Jerry Blackwell's extremely bad luck with his health and in his personal life at the time.
  • Billy Jack Haynes walks out on PWF in Florida.
  • The final original episode of the Continental Wrestling Federation's TV show airing over Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Jerry Lawler going full heel on Memphis TV.
  • Lia Maivia and friends getting acquitted in their federal racketeering case in Hawaii.
  • An in-depth rundown of Survivor Series and the Saturday Night's Main Event that aired two days later on a very busy Thanksgiving weekend in the WWF.
  • Hulk Hogan vs. The Genius and how polarizing that was, as well as how Hulk Hogan vs. Mr. Perfect and Randy Savage vs. Jim Duggan were not drawing well at house shows.
  • Roddy Piper holding Brother Love hostage.

That just scratches the surface of everything that we talk about on this great episode of BTS!!!!


0:00:00 Dave Meltzer on Thanksgiving Night

0:25:26 NWA/WCW

1:22:43 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, UWF, Stampede, EMLL, UWA, & WWC

2:06:38 Classic Commercial Break (featuring Alf)

2:12:19 Halftime (with Observer HOF results discussion)

2:49:25 Other USA: Jerry Blackwell, PWF, Continental, CWA/Memphis, USWA, HeritageCW, Central States/WWA, AWA, Portland, & Lia Maivia

4:49:08 WWF

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