The Desk of Intern Mark Archives 2019

WCW – FEBRUARY 27, 2019

Hey it’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! All aboard for this week’s WCW because it’s the man known as Ice Train! The big Ice Train briefly rolled through WCW in mid 1993 wrestling on the World Wide show before making his pay per view debut at Fall Brawl ‘93. The Train defeated Shanghai Pierce at the pay per view. In another mat classic the Ice Train teamed with Charlie Norris and the Shockmaster at the Halloween Havoc to defeat the team of Harlem Heat and the Equalizer. By early 1994 Ice Train rolled out of WCW shortly after losing a match to Ron Simmons at the clash of the champions show. In February of 1996 the light at the end of the WCW tunnel turned out to be the returning Ice Train! The Ice Train began teaming with Scott “flash” Norton to form the team of Fire and Ice. Fire and Ice began to establish themselves as a formidable team building victories hoping to challenge for the tag titles. Along the way both Norton and Train made it to the main event of the Slamboree pay per view the “Lord of the Ring” battle royal but both were eliminated by Diamond Dallas Page. Shorty after Slamboree Fire and Ice began feuding with the Steiner Brothers. Once the feud concluded between the two teams and with Fire and Ice being unsuccessful in capturing the tag titles Norton turned on Ice Train derailing the Fire and Ice team. Ice Train and Norton would feud over the next few months with each man exchanging victories, at the Hog Wild pay per view Norton would get the win but at the Fall Brawl Show Ice Train defeated Norton. Throughout the rest of 1996 and through 1997 Ice Train would compete mostly on the WCW undercard occasionally making appearances on the Monday Nitro show and Thursday Thunder before exiting the WCW again. In mid 2000 the Ice Train again rolled into WCW this time under the name M.I. Smooth and as a member of the “ New Blood” group of wrestlers. When he wasn’t not appearing as a member of the New Blood, Smooth was playing the role of commissioner Ernest Miller’s limo driver. In March of 2001 Smooth engaged in a feud with Kanyon in the final days of WCW. Once WCW was sold that same month M.I. Smooth aka Ice Train retired from wrestling. What is your favorite Ice Train match?

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WCW – FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Hey it’s Wednesday! You know what that means. It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week in honor of Presidents’ Day I have selected a former WCW President as my WCW, Bill Watts. “ cowboy” Bill Watts began his career as an active wrestler from the early 1960s through the late 1970s. When the big cowboy’s active wrestling career began to wind down Bill found himself working behind the scenes mostly as a booker for Mid South Wrestling from 1979 through 1987. In 1992 Watts joined World Championship Wrestling as the executive Vice President. Under Watt’s reign WCW a lot of unpopular old school wrestling values were put into place. Watts banned moves from the top rope and wanted the heel and babyface wrestlers separated when not competing in the ring. Another decision from Watts was pushing his son Erik in WCW, whom many felt wasn’t ready for the national limelight. One bright spot during Watts’ time as President was Ron Simmons claiming the WCW world title, becoming the first African American to hold that belt. Many people were pleased that Watts’ time in WCW didn’t last long, he was released in 1993 under questionable circumstances. Bill Watts’ time in WCW wasn’t the highlight of his career, but overall Bill certainly earned his spot in wrestling history. What is your favorite memory of cowboy Bill Watts in WCW ?

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WCW – FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Hey, it’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week just in time for Valentine’s Day I have Greg “ the Hammer” Valentine as my WCW. The son of legendary wrestler Johnny Valentine, Greg Valentine made his pro wrestling debut in 1970 on the independent scene. Greg would go on to wrestle in Mid- Atlantic, WWWF, WWF, UWF and finally in 1992 Greg landed in WCW. Now a 22 year veteran Greg’s best years were behind him as he arrived in World Championship Wrestling that February. Valentine began teaming up with another well seasoned veteran Terry Taylor almost immediately upon his arrival. Along with Taylor, Valentine made an immediate impact with a shocking win over US tag team champions Ron Simmons and Big Josh within weeks of his debut. Taylor and Valentine would hold the titles until May when the Freebirds took the straps at the Wrestle War pay per view. In July Valentine began teaming with Dick Slater feuding with Dusty and Dustin Rhodes for the next few months. In early fall, Valentine and Slater began a feud the Steiner Brothers, with Valentine occasionally still wrestling singles matches. In October of ‘92 Valentine was scheduled to lose to Sting on a television taping of WCW Saturday Night tv, but instead of losing to Sting Valentine resigned from the company. Valentine found his way back to WCW in July of 1996 making his debut on the July 1st episode of WCW Monday Nitro in a losing effort against Randy Savage. Valentine would appear just a few more times on Nitro over the next 18 months before being released from the company in February of 1998. What was your favorite Greg “ the Hammer” Valentine match in WCW?

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WCW – FEBRUARY 6, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week I have selected the team of “ pretty” Paul Roma and Paul “Mr. Wonderful” Orndorf, collectively known as the tag team of Pretty Wonderful. Roma had been competing in WCW as a member of the 4 Horsemen and Paul Orndorf had been a singles competitor for the majority of his time in WCW until recently when he began teaming with Steve Austin on a semi regular basis. It was in November of 1993 when Paul Roma split from the Horsemen and began teaming with Paul Orndorf with the legendary Masked Assassin as their manager. Throughout early 1994 the team of Pretty Wonderful, Orndorf and Roma, began picking up victories in the tag team division and then engaged in a feud with the team of Marcus Alexander Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio. By the summer of 1994 Pretty Wonderful turned their attention to the WCW tag team champions Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan. Pretty Wonderful would win the tag team titles from Cactus and Sullivan at the Bash at the Beach and hold the titles for the next few months. Marcus Alexander Bagwell and The Patriot aka the team called Stars and Stripes would step up to challenge Pretty Wonderful for the titles and Stars and Stripes took the titles in early October, only to have Pretty Wonderful regain the belts at Halloween Havoc. The following month Roma and Orndorf would lose the titles again, at Fall Brawl, back to Bagwell and Patriot after a controversial double pin. Pretty Wonderful would not hold the gold again as Orndorf and Roma would go their separate ways back into singles competition shortly after the loss. In early 1995 Paul Roma would leave the company, and with Roma’s departure the team of Pretty Wonderful was now just a memory. What was your favorite Pretty Wonderful match?

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WCW – JANUARY 30, 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 Hulk Hogan’s biggest fan, the Equalizer aka Dave Sullivan! Upon his debut in 1993 the Equalizer was a singles wrestler but then formed a short lived tag team with Rick Rude and feuded with Dustin Rhodes and Road Warrior Hawk. By mid 1994 The Equalizer became Dave Sullivan, the brother of wrestler/ manager Kevin Sullivan. Dave would team with his brother and Cactus Jack for a series of matches against the Nasty Boys. When Hulk Hogan arrived in WCW Dave became Hogan’s “ biggest fan” which lead to problems with his brother Kevin who hated Hogan. Dave began teaming with Hogan and Sting to take on his brother Kevin who would team with members of the Dungeon Of Doom or Ric Flair and the horsemen. After the feud with Kevin concluded Dave fell in love with Diamond Dallas Page’s valet Kimberly. Dave’s infatuation with Kimberly lead to a feud with Page, where Dave found himself on the losing end. In his final months of WCW Dave began carrying a pet rabbit to ringside for his matches. Big Bubba Rogers took offense to this because he is allergic to rabbits, and Bubba and Dave found themselves engaged in a feud as a result. Dave would gain the victory in most of the matches when he would remove Bubba’s surgical mask causing Bubba to inhale the allergens on the rabbit and thus lose the match. During the early months of 1996 Dave would leave WCW and retire as an active wrestler. Dave Sullivan had his ups and downs in WCW he went from teaming with Hulk Hogan in main event matches to feuding with Bubba Rogers over a rabbit. What was your favorite Dave Sullivan match?

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WCW – JANUARY 23, 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 Moondog Rex! Moondog Rex maybe more well known for his time in the WWF where he held the tag team championship with his partners Moondog King and Moondog Spot, but in 1990 Rex made a stop in the WCW. Rex began wrestling at house shows for WCW in July of 1990 and made his television debut for the company in September of that year, when he defeated Reno Riggins. Perhaps the highest profile match of his time in WCW occurred in October when The Junkyard Dog defeated Rex at Halloween Havoc 90. Before his time at WCW came to an end Rex was repackaged as “ Deadeye Dick” and became a member of the stable called the Desperados. Black Bart and Dutch Mantell would round out the stable along with Rex, but the team never made it past the televised vignettes when Stan Hansen, who was to have a storyline with the group, left the promotion. With that Moondog Rex’s time in WCW was humanely put down. What was your favorite Moondog Rex match in the WCW ?

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WCW – January 16, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week I have selected a group of wrestlers who’s hatred for rap music brought them together as a team. I can only be talking about the West Texas Rednecks! Bobby Duncan jr. , Barry and Kendal Windham and Curt Henning comprised the group the West Texas Rednecks. The Rednecks formed in June 1999 to feud with rap star Master P’s and his No Limit Soldiers. Master P made one appearance in WCW and his No Limit Soldiers waved the white flags to surrender when the fans didn’t connect with them, bringing that feud to a quick end. The best thing to come out of the short lived feud against the No Limits Soldiers was the West Texas Rednecks song “ Rap is Crap ( I hate rap) “ . The song actually made air play on some country music stations and on WCW television. The Windham brothers , Kendall and Barry, brought the tag team titles to the West Texas Rednecks group as well as a new member named Curly Bill aka Vincent from the NWO. By October of 1999 the West Texas Rednecks would go their separate ways and ride off into the sunset.. What was your favorite West Texas Rednecks match?

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WCW – January 2, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! Unfortunately we are kicking off 2019’s first WCW on a very sad note. Today, January 2nd 2019 we lost one of the greatest in wrestling history, “ mean “ Gene Okerlund. While “ mean” Gene’s time in the WWF is what really brought him to the mainstream, Gene spent the later part of his career in World Championship Wrestling. Gene was one of the early “WWF guys” who jumped ship to WCW for the lighter work schedule and more money in the mid 1990s. “Mean “ Gene is without question the best stick man in the business. He conducted interviews with nearly every Hall Of Fame wrestler you can name. There will never be another “ mean “ Gene Okerlund. What is your favorite memory of “mean “ Gene in the WCW?

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