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WCW – APRIL 17, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week my WCW is Akira Hokuto! Hokuto made her debut in November of 1995 at the World War 3 pay per view event, teaming with another Japanese star Bull Nakano. Hokuto and Nakano took the victory in the match and teamed to gain another victory the following night on Monday Nitro. In 1996 WCW held a tournament to crown the first WCW women’s champion. The tournament featured many Japanese women wrestlers, as WCW had working agreements with several Japanese wrestling promotions . An interesting fact is Akira Hokuto wrestled twice in the first round. Once as Hokuto taking the victory, and once as masked wrestler Reina Jabuki in a losing effort. Longtime WCW wrestler Medusa defeated Jabuki in the first round. The tournament finals took place in December at Starrcade 1996 where Hokuto won the championship when she pinned Medusa in the finals. Akira Hokuto was the first WCW women’s Championship! Medusa and Hokuto would continue their feud over the women’s title through the first half of 1997 leading to a match at the Great American Bash in June. The stipulation in the match was if Medusa loses she must retire from professional wrestling Hokuto remained the champion defeating Medusa at the Bash and sent her into “ retirement” . As retirement matches go in the wrestling world Medusa did come back to wrestle again however it was Hokuto and the women’s championship title that never appeared in WCW again after this match. Though the women’s division in WCW fell apart very quickly Akira Hokuto will go down in wrestling history as the first and only WCW women’s champion. What is your favorite Akira Hokuto match?

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WCW – APRIL 10, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means. It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week my WCW is Little Richard Marley! You had to really be paying attention to WCW in late 1990 and 1991 to remember Little Richard Marley. In the fall of 1990 the tag team of Michael P.S. Hayes and Jimmy Garmin, the Fabulous Freebirds, decided as the world’s greatest tag team and greatest rock and roll band they needed a manager. That was when the birds announced that Little Richard Marley was making his way to Bad Street USA as the manager of the Fabulous Freebirds. Upon joining the team Marley assisted the Freebirds in their feud with the Southern Boys by consistently interfering in the matches. Things seemed to be going well for the trio until December. At the WCW Starrcade pay per view, Marley accidentally cost the FreebIrds a victory in their match against Tommy Rich and Ricky Morton. After the match Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin attacked Marley ending the managerial relationship with the Fabulous Freebirds. In the weeks that followed Little Richard Marley began wrestling under the name Rocky King before a career change where he became a referee for the WCW. Even though his time was short in WCW little Richard Marley made an impact with the Fabulous Freebirds. What was your favorite memory of Little Richard Marley?

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WCW – APRIL 3, 2019

Hey! it’s Wednesday! You know what that means. It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling. This week my WCW is the 7 foot tall Yeti! The Yeti emerged in WCW as the Dungeon Of Doom’s “ insurance policy” to further stack the deck against Hulk Hogan at the 1995 Halloween Havoc pay per view. Hogan will be putting the WCW world championship on the line in the main event against Dungeon Of Doom member, the Giant! As the match between the Giant and Hogan unraveled, shockingly Jimmy Hart turns on Hogan and strikes the ref with the megaphone causing the disqualification. With the referee out, Lex Luger along with Kevin Sullivan rush to the ring to attack Hogan. Randy “ macho man “ Savage takes to the ring in an attempt to help Hogan but he is outnumbered and the Giant locks Hogan in a bear hug. Jimmy Hart then waves towards the entrance and the 7 foot tall Yeti begins making his way to the ring. The Yeti, who looks more like a mummy as he’s wrapped from head to toe in bandages, enters the ring and attempts to bear hug Hogan from behind as the Giant still had the hold locked on too. The visual of the Yeti and the Giant giving Hulk Hogan a simultaneous bear hug is laughable and made the Yeti look even more ridiculous in his debut. Fortunately Halloween Havoc would be the only time the Yeti would be on WCW television dressed in bandages, he quickly was given a wardrobe makeover to resemble a 7 foot masked ninja rather than a mummy. The “ninja” Yeti didn’t last long either as he only made a handful of appearances on television before that idea was scrapped, but not before he made one appearance under the name “ the super giant ninja”. The Yeti was repacked again, without the mummy and ninja attire, this time as Big Ron Studd, paying tribute to his trainer the legendary Big John Studd. Just like the other gimmicks the Ron Studd character did not last long and the former Yeti was repacked one more time now as an outcast member of Raven’s “flock” wrestling under the name of Reese. The 7 foot tall Reese was the enforcer of Raven’s flock, . As a 7 foot monster Reese still did not fare very well in the ring, losing to Juventud Guerrera at the 1998 Great American Bash pay per view and making his final appearance on WCW television in a losing effort against Perry Saturn on WCW Monday Nitro in June of 1998. The Yeti character is considered one of the worst ideas in WCW history but he is without question a memorable character. What was your favorite match featuring the 7 foot tall Yeti?

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See all of Intern Mark’s WCW posts in the archives

‘From The Desk Of Intern Mark’ archives – 2019

‘From The Desk Of Intern Mark’ archives – 2018

‘From The Desk Of Intern Mark’ archives – 2017

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