STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO: Chi-Town Rumble 1989

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Last week we covered the Royal Rumble, but this week’s it’s all about the Second City, baby! Watch STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO this Wednesday, August 27 at 6pmET as we talk about WCW’s Chi-Town Rumble from back in 1989!

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 Chi-Town Rumble 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 Chi-Town Rumble.

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With the backing of Ted Turner, the newly renamed WCW was ready to take the fight to Vince McMahon’s WWF. And since it was 1989, that could only mean one thing: Pay-per-view expansion. About a month after WWF’s second annual, but first to be broadcast on PPV Royal Rumble, WCW held a rumble of their own, the first and only Chi-Town Rumble. Interestingly, while WWF held their Royal Rumble 1989 down south in Texas, WCW also traveled outside their home territory, holding Chi-Town Rumble in, you guessed it, Chicago, Illinois.

If you were looking for new or exciting names or gimmicks, Chi-Town Rumble probably wasn’t the PPV for you, as the only notable addition (and it’s a very notable one) to the WCW roster was the returning Ricky Steamboat. But what WCW was lacking in flash at the time, it made up for with serious, competition based rasslin with some of the best workers in the business at the time.

Check out the lineup (with spoilers removed) below:

  • Michael Hayes vs. Russian Assassin #1 with Paul Jones
  • Sting vs. Butch Reed with Hiro Matsuda
  • The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & Jim Cornette vs. The Original Midnight Express (Jack Victory & Randy Rose)  & Paul E. Dangerously in a Loser Leaves NWA Match
  • NWA World Television Champion Rick Steiner with Scott Steiner vs. Mike Rotunda
  • NWA United States Champion Barry Windham with Hiro Matsuda vs. Lex Luger
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) vs. The Varsity Club (Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan)
  • NWA Champion Ric Flair with Hiro Matsuda vs. Ricky Steamboat

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