The Desk of Intern Mark Archives 2019

WCW – APRIL 24, 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 colorful Scotty Flamingo! Under the management of J.T. Southern, Scotty Flamingo arrived in WCW in 1992 as a surfer dude gimmick complete with a surfboard. Flamingo quickly found himself competing in the WCW cruiserweight division and feuding with Flying Brian Pillman for the WCW cruiserweight title. At the Bash at the Beach pay per view in June of ‘92 Flamingo would defeat the cruiserweight champion Pillman to capture the title. Flamingo’s reign as champion was short as he dropped the title the following month to Brad Armstrong. After the title loss Flamingo went onto align himself with Diamond Dallas Page, The Diamond Studd (Scott Hall) and Vinnie Vegas ( Kevin Nash) in a faction called “the Diamond Mine”. Flamingo continued to feud with Pilliman and Armstrong over the cruiserweight title but was unable to recapture Championship. In late 1992 Flamingo found himself in a feud with the flamboyant Johnny B Badd. The highlight of the feud took place in November at the Clash Of The Champions show when Badd and Flamingo competed in a boxing match. A few rounds into the match Vinnie Vegas loaded Flamingo’s boxing glove allowing Flamingo to knock out Badd for the win. As the feud with Badd wrapped up in early 1993 so did Scotty Flamingo’s time WCW. Scotty Flamingo moved on to the World Wrestling Federation in May of that year as Johnny Polo. What was your favorite Scotty Flamingo match in WCW?

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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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WCW – MARCH 27, 2019

Hey! It’s Wednesday! You know what that means! It’s time for this week’s WCW or World Championship Wrestling! This week for my WCW I have selected comedian Jay Leno! That is correct the former host of NBC’s Tonight Show, Jay Leno. In one of the biggest and possibly worst angles in pro wrestling history, Hollywood Hogan and WCW President Eric Bischoff “ invaded “ the Tonight Show and chased Jay Leno off the set. The show returns from a commercial break and Leno returns to the set with security and Diamond Dallas Page causing Hogan and Bischoff to retreat from Leno’s desk and off the set but not before Hogan challenges Leno to a match at the 1998 Road Wild pay per view, which Leno accepts. So there we have it. The main event for a major pay per view will feature Jay Leno teaming up with DDP to face Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff. The Road Wild event took place at the annual Sturgis South Dakota motorcycle rally. The undercard was forgettable but the main event was not for all the wrong reasons. Leno’s involvement in the match was limited and about as bad as you would imagine. Leno twists Hogan’s arm a few times before making the tag to DDP. Leno got a few moves in on Eric Bischoff, a few punches and a clothesline. The “action” was back and forth for what felt like an eternity Finally the conclusion came as the Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks got involved hitting Bischoff with a “ diamond cutter” which allowed Leno to cover Bischoff for the pin to put an end to this match and Leno’s wrestling career. While the angle with Jay Leno brought WCW the mainstream publicity they wanted the match will be remembered as one of the absolute worst in the history of professional wrestling. What was your favorite memory of the Jay Leno Hollywood Hogan feud ?

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WCW – MARCH 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 my WCW is one of the less remembered wrestling stables the “ Dudes With Attitudes”! It was the summer of 1990 and the Four Horsemen consisting of Ric Flair, Ole and Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious were dominating the wrestling scene in the WCW. Sting and Lex Luger have been teaming up to battle the Horsemen in tag team and singles matches however the 4 on 2 odds certainly were not in favor of Sting and Luger, they set out to recruit wrestlers who have also been having issues with the Horsemen. This lead to the creation of a stable of wrestlers calling themselves the Dudes With Attitudes! The Dudes consisted of El Gigante, Lex Luger, Paul Orndorff, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, the Junkyard Dog and Sting. The Dudes would compete in singles matches and standard tag team matches against members of the 4 Horsemen in the early summer of 1990. At the Great American Bash in July of 1990 the Dudes With Attitudes were prominently featured throughout the pay per view. El Gigante, Paul Orndorff and the Junkyard Dog defeated Sid Vicious ,Ole and Arn Anderson by DQ. The Steiner Brothers defeated the Fabulous Freebirds, Lex Luger got the win over Mean Mark Callous and Sting captured the world title by defeating Ric Flair in the main event. After the Great American Bash the Dudes With Attitudes broke away from being a united stable of wrestlers. Sting and Luger would still occasionally team, but aside from that the Dudes With Attitudes never reformed again. What was your favorite Dudes With Attitudes match?

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WCW – MARCH 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 I have selected the Samoan Savage as my WCW! A member of the famous Samoan dynasty of wrestlers, the Samoan Savage made his World Championship Wrestling debut in 1989. The Samoan Savage joined his brother Fatu and his cousin Samu in the tag team of the Samoan SWAT team, at this time under the management of Oliver Humperdink aka “ the big Kahuna”. Not too long after the Savage’s arrival Samu stepped away from active ring competition the and the Samoan SWAT team. Fatu and the Samoan Savage continued to wrestle and renamed the team “ the new Wild Samoans” . The New Wild Samoans found moderate success competing in the 1989 Starrcade pay per view tag team tournament finishing in third place overall. The Samoan Savage and Fatu continue to team and have the occasional singles match until mid 1990 when the both left the company. What is your favorite Samoan Savage match? ( Samoan Savage is pictured on the right )

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WCW – MARCH 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 my WCW is Sick Boy! Sick Boy made his WCW debut on Monday Nitro in November of 1997 as a member of Raven’s Flock. The Flock was a faction of misfit wrestlers adorn in grunge clothing lead by former ECW champion now WCW wrestler Raven. Within a few months of his debut Sick Boy received a match against U.S. Champion Diamond Dallas Page. Unfortunately Sick Boy could not remedy a win in his quest to capture the U.S. title . As 1998 went on Sick Boy began to feud with Chris Benoit and then Steve McMichael. More often than not the Sick Boy found himself on the losing end of those matches. In September of 1999 Raven disbanded the Flock and Sick Boy dropped the grunge look and attempted to move on without the Flock. It was shortly thereafter Sick Boy would be diagnosed with no future with the company and released from WCW. What was your favorite Sick Boy match?

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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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