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Last time out we got Manic with WrestleMania V, but this week it’s time to go to WAR! Join us as STRAIGHT SHOOT takes on WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown this Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 6pmET!
As always, we’ll bring the historical background, the who’s who and copious amounts of jokes, so all you need to do is watch WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown 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 WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown.
- Right here, on this very page, live or after-the-fact, through the embedded YouTube video right up above
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With the backing of Ted Turner, WCW was ready to make a real concerted effort at challenging WWF. Unlike previous attempts, however, that saw the promotion attempting to expand into the northeast and make use of more gimmick matches, in 1989 WCW took a more back to basics approach.
This fact is clearly on display with WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown, a new PPV that was held south of the Mason-Dixon line in Nashville. The main event was the third NWA Championship Match in the renowned Flair/Steamboat trilogy, and the undercard featured reliable NWA performers like Rick Steiner, Kevin Sullivan, the Road Warriors, Mike Rotunda, Steve Wiliams, Sting, Lex Luger and others. And instead of appearances by trash TV hosts like Morton Downey, Jr. at WrestleMania V, WCW got its star power from former NWA Champions like Lou Thesz, Pat O’Connor and Terry Funk.
But that’s not to say that the promotion was stagnating, as there’s also some pretty exciting new-to-us talent on the card, as WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown marks the first STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO appearances of The Great Muta, Shane Douglas, John Laurinaitis and a young Rikishi. Also, no spoilers, but the aftermath of the World Title Match is something you certainly won’t want to miss.
Check out the full match card below:
- Doug Gilbert with Eddie Gilbert vs. The Great Muta with Gary Hart
- Ranger Ross vs. Butch Reed
- Dick Murdoch vs. Bob Orton, Jr. with Gary Hart in a Bullrope Match
- The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace) vs. The Samoan Swat Team (Samu & Fatu) with Paul E. Dangerously
- NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger vs. Michael Hayes with Hiro Matsuda
- NWA World Television Champion Sting vs. The Iron Sheik with Rip Morgan
- NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair with guest judges Terry Funk, Pat O’Connor & Lou Thesz
- NWA World Tag Team Champions The Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda & Steve Williams) with Kevin Sullivan vs. The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) with Paul Ellering with Nikita Koloff as special guest referee
- NWA United States Tag Team Champions Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner with Missy Hyatt vs. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey)