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Ep. #443: January 31-February 6, 1988

5h 26m | Feb 5, 2024

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week that was January 31-February 6, 1988. Topics of discussion include:

  • The Main Event airing live in prime time on NBC featuring Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship and DOUBLE DAVE HEBNERS! We also talk about the Nielsen ratings for the show, Honky Tonk Man refusing to do a clean job to Randy Savage, and much much more from this history-making TV special.
  • Ted DiBiase showing up in Boston and Philly the next day wearing the WWF Championship belt and how that was received.
  • New Japan on tour featuring Buzz Sawyer and Owen Hart, and how they were being received.
  • Scott McGhee suffering a stroke that ends his career.
  • Dave Meltzer's rundown of the Lucha Libre scene in 1988.
  • Jerry Blackwell's Southern Championship Wrestling doing some great things in Georgia, plus a look into their feud with Deep South.
  • Ron Fuller makes a big announcement about the future of wrestling in Knoxville.
  • Brother Ernest Angel comes to Memphis.
  • The AWA having issues drawing in the Twin Cities.
  • The Road Warriors/Powers of Pain bench press contest angle where Animal broke his orbital bone.
  • And RIC FLAIR NIGHT in Raleigh, North Carolina on NWA Worldwide Wrestling, which started the build to Sting’s title shot at the first Clash of the Champions.

We always love the 80's shows and this one is no different, so LISTEN NOW!!!

Timestamps:

0:00:00 WWF

1:32:00 Int’l: NJPW, Stampede, Tim Flowers, Mexico, & WWC

1:54:05 Classic Commercial Break

1:57;53 Halftime (contains discussion of the Vince McMahon sex trafficking allegations, albeit mostly in broad strokes)

2:46:10 Other USA: Canarsie High School, Georgia (SCW-Deep South war), Global (FL), Continental, CWA/Memphis, WCCW, Central States/WWA, AWA, Chavo Guererro, Alexis Smirnoff, & Portland 

4:12:29 Jim Crockett Promotions

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