Ep. #404: May 3-9, 1988 with Robert O'Connor

6h 51m | May 8, 2023

Kris and David are joined by Robert O'Connor (@ghostofquinones) to discuss the week that was May 3-9, 1988. Topics of discussion include:

  • The end of the Midnight Rider in JCP and why the storyline ended so abruptly.
  • Jim Cornette throwing a party on WTBS in a very similar angle to one he did four years earlier in Mid-South.
  • Will wrestling have a spot on Ted Turner's new TNT network?
  • Tiger Mask II/Mitsuharu Misawa getting married.
  • Tatsumi Fujinami politicking himself into an IWGP Heavyweight Title win.
  • Owen Hart losing the North American Title in Stampede after a year-long reign and why it happened.
  • The awesomeness of Ron Fuller's USA Wrestling TV show.
  • Thomas Edward Gilbert Jr.'s Continental takeover is complete as we have the TV debut of Paul E. Dangerously.
  • Jerry Lawler finally winning the AWA World Heavyweight Title in Memphis with a ton of fanfare, and we have a ton of clips about this.
  • World Class’s last Parade of Champions at Texas Stadium, featuring the TRIPLE DOME OF TERROR.
  • The Oregon wrestling war heating up as Billy Jack Haynes’s Oregon Wrestling Federation runs its first show.
  • The end of the manipulation of syndicated wrestling ratings by the various major wrestling promotions.

Plus we have O'Connor's brand of humor sprinkled in, of course, so yes, this is another must-listen show, indeed!!!!


0:00:00 Jim Crockett Promotions

1:07:53 International: AJPW, NJPW, Singapore, All-Star, EMLL, Moreno, UWA, AWA in North Bay, & Stampede

2:02:21 Classic Commercial Break

2:07:44 Halftime

2:49:03 Other USA A: USWA (Raskin), USA, SCW, FCW, WOW, & Continental

4:11:45 Other USA B: FNN/SCORE, CWA/Memphis, WCCW, Central States, mystery Vegas women’s promotion, & Portland

5:51:19 WWF

6:36:46 Patreon Preview: Ric Flair countersues Eric Bischoff and WCW

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