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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING
SUNDAY EDITION

1988

1/6/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Studios
1/10/88 - featured Tony Schiavone & Magnum TA on commentary; included a pretaped promo by NWA World Champion Ric Flair in which he said Lex Luger didn't have what it takes to be a Horseman and Michael Hayes was just another contender; included Schiavone conducting an interview with the Sheepherders, with Johnny Ace, regarding their recent attack on Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson; featured Magnum conducting an interview with Morton & Gibson regarding the Sheepherders, during which they said they were on their way back to get revenge and become 5-time NWA Tag Team Champions; included an ad for the Starrcade 87 home video; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with the Road Warriors & Paul Ellering regarding the challenge of the Powers of Pain, participating in the Bunkhouse Stampede Jan. 24, and the benchpress contest against the Powers of Pain Jan. 30 in Greensboro:
Black Bart (w/ Skandar Akbar) pinned Ricky Nelson with the legdrop from the middle turnbuckle at 3:42
Eddie Gilbert & Terry Taylor defeated the Italian Stallion & Tommy Angel at 4:24 when Gilbert pinned Angelo following a Hot Shot double team
Dick Murdoch (w/ NWA US Tag Team Champion Bobby Eaton) pinned David Isley with the brainbuster at 4:22; after the bout, Jim Cornette came out and gave a ringside interview with Schiavone; Cornette then said he had arranged for Murdoch to meet his mom and would soon be collecting a lot of money for putting NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes out of the business; Murdoch then referred to Dusty as Virgil Runnels and said the whole world was ready to see him face Rhodes; Cornette then said Murdoch would collect on the bounty after facing Rhodes Jan. 23 in Lakeland, FL
The Warlord & the Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) defeated Larry Stephens & Trent Knight at 4:48 when Barbarian pinned Knight following a modified Decapitation in which he came off the top with a headbutt; during the bout, Jones briefly joined the commentary team regarding his team being part of the Bunkhouse Stampede finals Jan. 24 in Long Island, NY
Sting defeated Lee Peak via submission with the Scorpion Deathlock at the 27-second mark; following the bout, Schiavone conducted an interview with Sting regarding his team with Barry Windham and going after NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard
NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Mike Jackson & Alan Martin at 1:28 when Lane pinned Martin following the flapjack; after the bout, Schiavone conducted an interview with Cornette, Dick Murdoch, Eaton & Lane in which he showed off Eaton & Lane's Pro Wrestling Illustrated Tag Team of the Year award and their spread in the magazine; Cornette then said Eaton & Lane would be the next NWA TV and NWA US champions and would retire Rhodes

1/14/88; Norfolk, VA; Scope
1/24/88 - included an opening in-ring segment in which Sting challenged NWA World Champion Ric Flair to come out and face him while being interviewed by Jim Ross; featured Ross & Tony Schiavone on commentary; included Schiavone conducting an opening ringside interview with Larry Zbyzsko, with Baby Doll, regarding him facing NWA Western States Heritage Champion Barry Windham in Long Island, NY later that night; featured Schiavone conducting a ringside interview with Dick Murdoch regarding his association with Jim Cornette, feud with NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes, and upcoming Texas barbed wire bunkhouse match against NWA TV Champion Nikita Koloff Feb. 6 in Charlotte; included Schiavone conducting a ringside interview with Flair & JJ Dillon regarding Flair facing Road Warrior Hawk later that night in Long Island, during which Flair said he would beat Hawk and NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard would split the $50,000 after co-winning the Bunkhouse Stampede finals; featured an ad for the Starrcade 87 home video; included Schiavone conducting a ringside interview with Lex Luger regarding the Bunkhouse Stampede finals later that night and facing Blanchard & Anderson as part of the match; featured Schiavone conducting a ringside interview with the Road Warriors & Paul Ellering regarding Hawk facing Flair later that night and Road Warrior Animal being part of the Bunkhouse Stampede finals:
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) defeated Tommy Angel & Cougar Jay at 3:15 when Blanchard pinned Jay with the slingshot suplex; following the commercial break, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Anderson, Blanchard, & Dillon regarding the Bunkhouse Stampede finals later that night on pay-per-view
The Warlord & the Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) defeated Larry Stephens & Trent Knight at 3:01 when Barbarian pinned Knight following a modified Decapitation where Barbarian came off the top with a headbutt; following the bout, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Jones, Warlord, & Barbarian regarding their participation in the $50,000 Bunkhouse Stampede finals and the $50,000 benchpress challenge against the Road Warriors Jan. 30 in Greensboro
Black Bart (w/ Skandar Akbar) pinned Mark Cruz with a legdrop at 3:20; during the bout, Akbar briefly joined the commentary team
Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson defeated George South & Gene Ligon at 2:32 when Morton pinned Ligon following the double dropkick
Sting defeated Mark Fleming via submission with the Scorpion Deathlock at 2:56
Florida Heavyweight Champion Mike Rotunda (w/ Kevin Sullivan) pinned Bob Riddle with the butterfly suplex at 1:06; after the bout, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Rotunda & Sullivan regarding NWA TV Champion Nikita Koloff and the show later that night in Long Island

2/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Studios
2/7/88 - featured Tony Schiavone on commentary; included opening comments from Magnum TA in which he said he would be in Norfolk on Feb. 20 and Charlotte Feb. 21 with a surprise for the Horsemen; featured Schiavone conducting a ringside interview with NWA Western States Heritage Champion Larry Zbyzsko, with Baby Doll, in which Zbyzsko said he didn't care to defend the title because he wanted to move up higher in the rankings by taking the NWA US Title from Dusty Rhodes and then the NWA World Title; included footage from the previous night's World Championship Wrestling of David Crockett conducting an interview with Road Warrior Hawk & Paul Ellering regarding the injury sustained from Road Warrior Animal at the hands of the Warlord & the Barbarian Jan. 30 in Greensboro, during which Ellering said they would still defend the NWA Six Man Tag Team Titles Feb. 13 in Philadelphia against Paul Jones' men; featured an ad for the Starrcade 87 home video; included Schiavone conducting an interview with Sting:
NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda (w/ Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner & Kevin Sullivan) pinned Ryan Wagner with the butterfly suplex at 2:42; following the bout, Tony Schiavone conducting an interview with the Varsity Club in which Sullivan said the TV title was the second most prestigious title in the world and then responded to recent comments made by Jimmy Garvin
Tim Horner pinned John Savage with a roll up into a bridge at 2:55
Joe Cruze defeated Kevin Sullivan (w/ NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda & Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner) via disqualification at 1:51 when Steiner and Rotunda helped in triple teaming Cruze and Sullivan shoved referee Teddy Long
Lex Luger & Barry Windham defeated David Isley & Tommy Angel at 2:38 when Angel submitted to Luger's Torture Rack; after the bout, Schiavone conducted an interview with Luger & Windham regarding the Horsemen and Varsity Club
The Warlord & the Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones & Ivan Koloff) defeated Dave Spearman & Bob Riddle at 3:38 when Warlord pinned Spearman following a catapult / clothesline double team; during the bout, it was noted Jones has taken the $50,000 that was up for grabs in the benchpress challenge against the Road Warriors and put it aside for a future ladder match between the two teams; after the bout, Schiavone conducted an interview with Jones and his men about the injury to Road Warrior Animal, the ladder match for the money, and their NWA Six Man Tag Team Title shot Feb. 13 in Philadelphia (Warlord & Barbarian's first appearance with theme music)
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) defeated Alan Martin & Larry Stephens at 1:42 when Blanchard pinned Martin following the slingshot suplex; after the bout, Schiavone conducted an interview regarding comments recently made by Ole Anderson and facing Ole at the Omni

2/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Studios
2/14/88 - featured Tony Schiavone on commentary with opening comments from Magnum TA on his upcoming return to the Norfolk Scope; included Schiavone conducting an interview with JJ Dillon & NWA Tag Team Champion Arn Anderson regarding the non-title steel cage match that night at the Omni between Anderson & Tully Blanchard and Lex Luger & Ole Anderson; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with Jimmy & Ron Garvin, with Precious, in which Jimmy targetted the Varsity Club; included Schiavone conducting an interview with NWA World Champion Ric Flair, Anderson, & Dillon in which Flair said Anderson might break Luger's bones that night at the Omni and then cut a promo on facing Sting later that night; featured an ad for the Starrcade 87 home video; included Schiavone conducting an interview with Shaska Whatley & Tiger Conway Jr. in which they challenged such teams as NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff and Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with Armstrong & Horner regarding the attack they sustained the night before from the Sheepherders, during which Armstrong said the US never bombed any sheep in New Zealand so he didn't know what problem they had with America; Armstrong then noted his brother Brian was stationed at Camp Lejeune:
NWA TV Champion Mike Rotundo & Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner (w/ Kevin Sullivan) defeated John Savage & David Isley at 3:04 when Isley passed out while in a modified full nelson from Steiner; after the bout, Tony Schiavone conducted an interview with Sullivan, Rotundo, & Steiner regarding Jimmy Garvin's comments the previous night in which he told Sullivan to never mention Precious' name again; moments later, all three began chanting "Precious"
Eddie Gilbert pinned Joe Cruz with the Hot Shot at 2:57; Gilbert briefly left the ring to give his own commentary for the match
Sting, Lex Luger, & Barry Windham defeated George South, Gary Royal, & Tommy Angel at 3:22 when South submitted to Sting's Scorpion Deathlock; following the bout, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Sting, Luger, & Windham regarding the Horsemen and the show later that night at the Omni
Black Bart (w/ Skandar Akbar) pinned Randy Hogan at 1:22 with a bodyslam and legdrop; following the match, Schiavone conducted an interview with Akbar & Bart in which they complained they weren't getting the competition they wanted and Bart said he kicked NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes out of Florida and would do the same in the Carolinas
NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Bob Riddle & Curtis Thompson at 1:44 when Lane pinned Riddle following the Flapjack; Cornette provided guest commentary for the match; after the match, Schiavone conducted an interview with Cornette, Eaton & Lane in which Cornette argued Eaton should be the NWA US Champion and not Rhodes; Cornette then said the Powers of Pain had his respect for taking out the Road Warriors and said Eaton & Lane didn't have worthy opponents; he then said Dick Murdoch would be back the next week; Schiavone said the Rhodes vs. Eaton match would air the following Saturday morning Shane Douglas defeated Alan Martin via submission with the sleeper at the 57-second mark

2/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Studios
2/21/88 - featured Tony Schiavone on commentary; included Schiavone conducting an opening interview with Paul Jones, NWA Six Man Tag Team Champions Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain regarding their win over NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes & the Road Warriors and facing them the following week in Greensboro; featured a video promoting the Starrcade 87 home video; included Schiavone conducting an interview with NWA World Champion Ric Flair & JJ Dillon regarding the six man tag team match the following week at the Omni; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with Sting regarding Flair:
Shane Douglas & Ricky Santana defeated Mike Jackson & Alan Martin at 3:57 when Douglas pinned Martin with the belly to belly suplex; during the bout, it was noted NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes, Ole Anderson, & Lex Luger would face NWA World Champion Ric Flair, NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard the following week at the Omni and Magnum TA would be in the corner of Rhodes' team while JJ Dillon would be in the corner of the Horsemen; following the bout, Jim Ross conducted an interview with Douglas & Santana regarding the youth movement, the upcoming Crockett Cup, and Douglas working with Magnum
Lex Luger & Barry Windham defeated David Isley & Larry Stephens at 3:16 when Windham pinned Isley with a lariat; during the match, it was noted Windham would challenge NWA Western States Heritage Champion Larry Zbyszko later that night at the Nassau Coliseum; it was also announced that the site of the 1988 Crockett Cup would be announced the following Saturday; after the contest, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Luger & Windham regarding NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard and Luger teaming with Rhodes the following week at the Omni against the Horsemen
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) defeated Curtis Thompson & George South at 5:23 when Anderson pinned South following the gordbuster; following the commercial break, Schiavone conducted an interview with Dillon, Anderson & Blanchard regarding next week's show at the Omni
Kevin Sullivan & NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner (w/ NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda) defeated Tony Suber & Ryan Wagner at 2:10 when Sullivan scored the pin following the double stomp; following the match, Schiavone conducted an interview with the Varsity Club regarding NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes
NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda (w/ Kevin Sullivan & NWA Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner) pinned Steve Adkinson with the butterfly suplex at 1:09
NWA Western States Heritage Champion Larry Zbyszko (w/ Baby Doll) pinned Barry Collie with a neckbreaker at the 41-second mark; following the match, Schiavone conducted an interview with Zbyszko & Baby Doll regarding the NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes

2/27/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Sutiods
2/28/88:
Tim Horner & Brad Armstrong defeated Curtis Thompson & Bob Emory
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defeated Trent Knight & Gary Phelps
Lex Luger defeated Cruel Connection #1 via submission with the Torture Rack
Pez Whatley & Tiger Conway Jr. defeated Tony Suber & David Isley
Barry Windham pinned Cruel Connection #2
Black Bart pinned Gene Legion

3/2/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Studios
3/6/88:
Lex Luger & Barry Windham defeated Alan Martin & Randy Hogan
Shaska Whatley & Tiger Conway Jr. defeated Rocky King & Bob Riddle
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defeated Tony Suber & Gene Legion
Rick Steiner pinned an unknown
Ricky Santana pinned Curtis Thompson
NWA Western States Heritage Champion Larry Zbyszko pinned Cody Starr

3/88; Atlanta, GA; WTBS Sutiods
3/13/88 - featured Tony Schiavone on commentary; included Schiavone conducting an interview with Jimmy Garvin, with Precious, regarding the attack he recently sustained at the hands of Kevin Sullivan, NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda, & Rick Steiner, called out the Varsity Club, and said someone was going to get hurt; featured a graphic advertising the Clash of the Champions; included an ad promoting the Starrcade 87 home video; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with Paul Jones & NWA Six-Man Tag Team Champions the Powers of Pain regarding their & Ivan Koloff's barbed wire match against NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes & the Road Warriors as part of the Clash of the Champions, with Jones saying he didn't have proper time to train his men against barbed wire but that the Powers of Pain had taken more from the Road Warriors than any other team; included Schiavone conducting an interview with Paul Ellering & the Road Warriors, Animal's face covered in a mask, regarding the upcoming barbed wire match; featured a vignette promoting the debut of the Fantastics; included an ad promoting the Clash of the Champions hotline; included an ad promoting the Clash of the Champions, focusing around the Rhodes & Road Warriors vs. Koloff & Powers of Pain match; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with NWA World Champion Ric Flair regarding his match with Sting as part of the Clash, during which Flair noted Lex Luger & Barry Windham would face NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard:
Shaska Whatley & Tiger Conway Jr. defeated Tony Suber & Ryan Wagner at 3:02 when Whatley pinned Wagner following a double Russian legsweep; during the bout, it was noted the Top 10 seeds for the Crockett Cup would be announced during the upcoming Clash of the Champions NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda & Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner (w/ Kevin Sullivan) defeated Gary Phelps & Rocky King at 2:28 when Rotunda pinned Phelps following the butterfly suplex; moments later, Tony Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with the Varsity Club regarding Jimmy Garvin & Precious and dominating the NWA
Lex Luger defeated Alan Martin at 2:10 via submission with the Torture Rack
Ricky Santana pinned Gary Royal at 3:59 with a splash off the top after Royal missed a reverse crossbody off the top
NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) defeated Trent Knight & Gene Ligon at 3:19 when Anderson pinned Knight following the gordbuster; during the bout, Schiavone said Baby Doll would soon reveal the photos regarding NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes that she has thus far kept to herself; Dillon was wired with a mic for the match so the fans could hear his encouragement and comments directed at the champions; after the match, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Dillon, Anderson, & Blanchard regarding their title defense at the Clash against Luger & Windham and the upcoming Crockett Cup
NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Randy Hogan & Steve Atkinson at 3:17 when Lane pinned Hogan following the flapjack; Cornette was wired with a mic for the match, giving the fans a chance to hear his comments at ringside; Cornette also briefly joined Schiavone on commentary for the bout; after the contest, Schiavone conducted an interview with Cornette, Eaton & Lane in which Cornette said no one wanted them as the #1 seed in the Crockett Cup because all the other teams were scared of them for their 10-month reign as US tag team champions

3/20/88 - the last episode; featured Tony Schiavone on commentary; included Schiavone conducting an interview with Sting regarding his upcoming match with NWA World Champion Ric Flair the following week during the Clash of the Champions, with JJ Dillon suspended above the ring in a cage; featured an ad for Starrcade 87 on home video; included an ad promoting the Clash; featured Schiavone conducting an interview with Kevin Sullivan, NWA TV Champion Mike Rotunda, & Florida Heavyweight Champion Rick Steiner in which Sullivan discussed Dusty Rhodes, Barry Windham, Jimmy Garvin, and Lex Luger:
The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) defeated Keith Steinborn & Gene Miller at the 17-second mark when Road Warrior Animal pinned Miller following a clothesline; Animal wore a protective face mask for the match; after the bout, Tony Schiavone conducted an interview with Ellering & the Road Warriors regarding their barbed wire match with NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes against Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain as part of the Clash of the Champions
Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton defeated Max McGyver & Alan Martin at 5:28 when Rogers scored the pin following the Rocket Launcher; after the commercial break, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Rogers & Fulton regarding the attack they sustained the previous day at the hands of NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane and facing them as part of the Clash of the Champions
NWA Six-Man Tag Team Champions Ivan Koloff & the Powers of Pain (w/ Paul Jones) defeated Joe Cruz, Trent Knight, & David Isley at 6:42 when Koloff pinned Isley after coming off the top with a blow to Isley's throat as Warlord held Isley above his head; following the commercial break, Schiavone conducted an interview with Jones, alongside his men, in which Jones said the Powers of Pain should be seeded #1 in the Crockett Cup and that the Road Warriors might not even make it to the tournament after the upcoming barbed wire match at the Clash of the Champions
Lex Luger & Barry Windham defeated Bob Riddle & Big Bear Collie at 3:19 when Windham pinned Riddle following the lariat; after the bout, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Luger & Windham regarding their upcoming match at the Clash against NWA Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard and being part of the Crockett Cup; during the segment, Luger responded to Kevin Sullivan's comments made earlier in the show and said he also wanted a piece of NWA World Champion Ric Flair
NWA US Tag Team Champions Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Ryan Wagner & Steve Atkinson at 3:12 when Eaton scored the pin following the Rocket Launcher; Cornette was wired with a mic for the match, giving fans the opportunity to listen to his comments from ringside; Cornette joined Schiavone on commentary for the majority of the bout; after the match, Schiavone conducted an interview with Cornette, alongside Eaton & Lane, regarding the challenge of Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton
Al Perez (w/ Gary Hart) defeated Andrew Bellamy via submission with the spinning toe hold at 2:35; after the bout, Schiavone conducted a ringside interview with Hart & Perez regarding Perez's arrival to the NWA, during which Hart said he wanted Perez to have a title shot against NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes and that Perez would team with Larry Zbyszko as part of the Crockett Cup

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