Straight Shoot Retro: Bunkhouse Stampede

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It’s time for the Bunkhouse Stampede!!! What’s a Bunkhouse Stampede? Well, scroll down to find out, but know that we’re discussing it on STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6:30pmET!

As always, myself and co-host Jeff Schiller will bring the historical background, the who’s who and copious amounts of jokes, so all you need to do is watch Bunkhouse Stampede 1988 on the WWE Network before Wednesday, then RSVP and start submitting questions on the official event page.

Ways to watch/listen are below. Scroll down for more information on Bunkhouse Stampede 1988.

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On January 24, 1988, both JCP/NWA and WWF held pay-per-views at the exact same time. Much as had happened a couple months prior, when Vince McMahon scheduled the WWF’s Survivor Series event on the same night as Starrcade 1987,  as soon as a date was set for the Bunkhouse Stampede, Vince scheduled another new pay-per-view concept, The Royal Rumble, to take place the same night.

Bunkhouse Stampedes were nothing new to JCP and the NWA affiliated territories, and eagle-eyed viewers will remember seeing promotions for the event running on Starrcade 1987In keeping with the NWA’s love affair with all things cowboy-related, a bunkhouse is another name for what amounts to a barracks, used for housing cowboys working on a ranch. A Bunkhouse Stampede then, is meant to resemble a big brawl between cowboys, with participants pulling on boots and bringing whatever weapon they choose to the ring.

While diehard NWA fans might have been familiar with what a Bunkhouse Stampede is, it doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it as The Royal Rumble, and as such, it was an uphill battle trying to make the event a success. Complicating matters is that the decision was made to run the event in Vince McMahon’s own backyard in Long Island, New York, a region that the McMahon family had historically kept locked down. It was meant to be a declaration of war and a show of strength, but it only succeeded in further isolating the NWA from its base.

As always, the card is presented below with spoilers and match results removed…

  • NWA World Television Champion Nikita Koloff vs. Bobby Eaton w/ Jim Cornette
  • UWF Western States Champion Barry Windham vs. Larry Zbyszko w/ Baby Doll
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair w/ James J. Dillon vs. Road Warrior Hawk w/ Paul Ellering
  • Steel Cage Bunkhouse Stampede including: Dusty Rhodes, The Barbarian, The Warlord, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ivan Koloff and Lex Luger

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