Back in the 80’s and 90’s, it was very common to see some no name wrestler go up against a proven star of a promotion. Whether that be from the WWF, NWA/WCW, AWA or elsewhere, these nomads of professional wrestling were there to make the stars look great. They were known as enhancement talent, preliminary wrestlers or as many fans have come to know them…”jobbers.” While fans were clamoring to see big time match ups, these “squash matches” served a very important purpose. While perhaps not appreciated at the time, they were just as important as the stars themselves.
During the 90s, a stable with a great deal of longevity was the Nation of Domination. It had many incarnations, however, and one of them involved Ahmed Johnson, a former foe of the group. In this latest piece Brian wonders what would have happened to Ahmed, during that heel turn, had he not picked up another injury.Continue reading →
‘Monday Night Wars’ continues with the episodes of Raw and Nitro from 20 April 1998. It’s the final Raw before Unforgiven with a main event of Steve Blackman facing Dude Love. While over on Nitro it’s the show after Spring Stampede and Holywood Hogan challenges Macho Man Randy Savage for the WCW title.
‘Monday Night Wars’ continues with the episodes of Raw and Nitro from 13 April 1998. On Raw WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin challenges Vince McMahon to a match while over on Nitro, the go-home show ahead of Spring Stampede 1999, Sting defends the WCW title against Kevin Nash.
This week’s Monday Night War marks a major milestone in the ratings battle between WWE and WCW. For the first time in 84 weeks Raw would triumph in the ratings against Nitro. On the victorious Raw we are set to see a Corporate Stone Cold and DX meet DOA in the main event. While over on Nitro Randy Savage is the victim of a mystery attack and Kevin Nash challenges Sting for the WCW Title in the main event.
Monday Night Wars continues with the Raw and Nitro from 12 January 1998. The Raw show is the go home one ahead of the 1998 Royal Rumble with the focus, unsurprisingly, largely on Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Jamie takes in the episode of Nitro headlined by The Outsiders facing WCW Tag Team Champions The Steiners and featuring the debut of Jim Neidhart.
The Raw is War episode from 11 August 1997 is featured in this week’s #Rawrewind. The show is headlined by Mankind facing the recently turned heel Shawn Michaels. Elsewhere, Hawk and Henry Godwinn battle in a whipping match and Farooq faces Chainz.
In this #Rawrewind we take in the show from 16 June 1997 where Farooq will unveil the two new members of The Nation of Domination and a tag tournement starts with the winners taking on Stone Cold Steve Austin and a partner of his choice after it was revealed that Michaels will be out for six weeks after a backstage altercation with Bret Hart.
On the show Austin will lock horns with Brian Pillman, WWF Champion The Undertaker will team with Ahmed Johnson against Farooq and a new member of the NOD and there will be two tag team tournement match-ups.