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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingRecap View Post
    I completely agree with Luger and Doink heel characters. Luger as the Narcissist should have gotten a run as champion, in my opinion. Doink was so fresh and different that I loved it. Bourne had it for what nine months and people still talk about it. He was awesome. And, he could work well in-ring with the gimmick. He had a good match with Savage on RAW and with Jannetty, too.
    I understand why they turned Luger face but as a Narcissist fan I hated it. Lex went from hero to zero in my eyes with the face turn. Narcissist as an upper card heel in the mid 90s would have been so much better than Luger as a failed upper card face. Felt like they were building to a big Bret/Narcissist feud coming out of Wrestlemania 9 but it never really took off.

    Don't forget about the Doink/Perfect series either. They were among the first matches I viewed as 'good' despite my total lack of caring about match quality/workrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker View Post
    I understand why they turned Luger face but as a Narcissist fan I hated it. Lex went from hero to zero in my eyes with the face turn. Narcissist as an upper card heel in the mid 90s would have been so much better than Luger as a failed upper card face. Felt like they were building to a big Bret/Narcissist feud coming out of Wrestlemania 9 but it never really took off.

    Don't forget about the Doink/Perfect series either. They were among the first matches I viewed as 'good' despite my total lack of caring about match quality/workrate.
    Oh they were. The attack at the Mania press conference and main events on house shows throughout May was the direction.

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    Oh they were. The attack at the Mania press conference and main events on house shows throughout May was the direction.
    MAAAAAAN... That probably would've been much better than the Bret-Yoko II.

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    Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas don’t like the criticism they’ve gotten in WCW. Dustin Rhodes is bummed about Barry Windham turning on him. Does Randy Savage need a break from wrestling? Being a smaller wrestler is in instead of being a larger than life persona. Kevin Sullivan recent attacks and blood feud with Brian Lee in SMW. All this plus much more in the magazine, WrestleAmerica April '93!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/05/...ca-april-1993/

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrestlingRecap View Post
    Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas don’t like the criticism they’ve gotten in WCW. Dustin Rhodes is bummed about Barry Windham turning on him. Does Randy Savage need a break from wrestling? Being a smaller wrestler is in instead of being a larger than life persona. Kevin Sullivan recent attacks and blood feud with Brian Lee in SMW. All this plus much more in the magazine, WrestleAmerica April '93!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/05/...ca-april-1993/
    I don't really remember Nurse Vanessa. Name is vaguely familiar but that's about it. Will have to look her up after this post.

    Sara from Pennsylvania is my girl. She's spot on about Bigelow.

    Pamela from Oklahoma not so much. She's probably just another Apter persona. No real person could possibly hate early Doink.

    Apter is way off in this issue. The Steiners in WWF was not a good fit, Doink ruled, and Jimmy Snuka had sucked for years.

    Rod Price did have a good look.

    Ellner was pretty savage there. Got some things right. Others wrong. I bet he came around on Mr. Backlund though.

    I didn't know Kerry worked USWA around this time and don't remember a Simmons/Doc match/feud at all.

    Awesome pic of Muta.

    Yep. Douglas & Steamboat were merely the best of a bad lot as proven by the fact that the superior Hollywood Blondes got the better of them and sent a young Douglas packing.

    That Barry/Dustin angle was cool and "The Anguish of Betrayal Is Still An Open Wound" is such a glorious Apter Mag headline.

    I thought Mr. Nanny came out a few years before this.

    They were right about WWF transitioning away from super heavyweights. Just a little too early. In many ways 1993 was the last gasp of super heavyweights with Yoko & Vader holding the Big Two titles for most of the year.

    "Road Warrior Hawk, perhaps the hottest American wrestler" Good one, guys.

    Looked like a pretty good issue overall.

    I had just gotten back into watching WCW at the time after seeing very little since the Black Scorpion angle. I was digging it because Yay! More wrestling! They had a nice mix of familiar faces and new guys. WWF was WWF. Maybe not the best era but not the worst either. I always watched and enjoyed it to some extent back then.

    Edit: OK, after doing a minute of research I'm convinced Nurse Vanessa and/or her guy "Dr. Johnny Wildside" (whoever that is) had to be among those who paid Apter for publicity.

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #22: PWI February 1995

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/05/...february-1995/

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    Ah yes, the parental advisory issue, this one caught my eye when it was on the news stand. At this time though my magazine budget was still devoted to comic books which is a big reason why I didn't start getting PWI until a few years later. I was still enjoying the prospects of Hogan in WCW since I was still pretty naive to all the backstage goings on with the Hulkster. I couldn't wait for his eventual feud with Vader as that had been a lower tier dream match of mine since Vader started winning titles in WCW. I also didn't mind that Hogan's buddies started showing up as it added more depth to the roster.

    Even though Austin was starting to flounder after the retirement of his rival Ricky Steamboat I thought it strange that Duggan beat him so easily for the US title. I still didn't think Austin was going to be the next big star but I thought he could be useful as a reliable secondary belt guy. I'm with Bill on this one as a reformation of the Blondes could have been what the doctor ordered as Pillman was also starting languish once Hogan arrived.

    I thought Scorpio was committed to ECW at this time and didn't want any part of WCW. A forgotten part of his infamous match with Shane Douglas in the finals NWA title title tourney was Scorp cutting down Bagwell in a pre-match promo. Probably just more kayfabe fluff.

    Nice blurb on Sabu, just the tip of the iceberg when it came to his hype in these magazines.

    Corny and Backlund, can't wait to read Baker's reaction to that.
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    Jerry Lawler shouldn't have been ranked above Undertaker in the PWI 500.

    Quote Originally Posted by PWI
    Ron from Pennsylvania can’t believe that Public Enemy would vandalize the ranch of the Funk Brothers, though they’ll have tough competition with the animal activists.
    Never knew this happened. The bolded will be tough to beat for Line of the Magazine.

    Quote Originally Posted by PWI
    Sonny from British Columbia misses Ted DiBiase as an in-ring competitor. He thinks that DiBiase is a lackluster manager because all the men me manages doesn’t reach their level of ability.
    Sonny from BC is right. Ted Dibiase was like the Mike Singletary of wrestling managers. Great player. Terrible coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by PWI
    Rob from Scotland is annoyed with Hogan and his buddies from the 80s coming into WCW. WCW had just started to get on a role with Spring Stampede and Slamboree events.
    Guys, I swear I never went around masquerading as Rob from Scotland back in the day. I was at least a full year and a half away from becoming a PWI reader.

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    WWF World Champion Bret Hart has had a few new challengers including Jim Neidhart and King Kong Bundy, both who haven’t been able to win the title.
    The Anvil & Bundy have been unable to win the WWF championship? Really? There's a shocker. House show business deserved to be in the toilet with those challengers.

    I'm probably alone on this one but I think the Patriot should have been a bigger star. WCW misused him imo. He was pretty athletic with a good look and an automatic babyface gimmick. Dude was still getting pops in 1997 WWF and it was far easier to get over with a gimmick like that in 1994. He could have at least had a 3 month long TV Title feud with Regal instead of blowing that off in two weeks. That was a natural rivalry WCW dropped the ball on.

    Cool to see the Sandman/Dreamer blinding angle get some coverage. Also cool to see a little bit of the Sabu hype we kept bringing up in the ECW Countdown thread.

    Eddie Ellner remains savage.

    "Bret" claiming Neidhart poisoned Owen contradicts actual storyline where Owen converted The Anvil, not the other way around.

    "Bret" was right about Michaels & Diesel. I bet he wished he was wrong a few years later.

    PWI predicts the NWO two years early with that "Civil War" story.

    The stories about Patriot unmasking & Cornette wanting to manage Backlund are vintage PWI kayfabe bullshit. Love it!

    The future Balls Mahoney gets mentioned twice under his aliases Abuddah Singh & Boo Bradley.

    Cornette with Mr. Backlund obviously would have been glorious. They could have done it too. Cornette had some history with Backlund's nemesis, Bret, and wasn't doing much during this period. They even saddled him *shudders* Mantuar for a minute a few months later.

    Why was this issue Parental Advisory? Pics of the Abdullah/Abuddah match?

    Good stuff as always

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    Yeah, the advisory was for the Butcher/Abuddah match. Butcher's flesh coming off his chest was shown.

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #23: The Wrestler February 1991

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/06/...february-1991/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #24: WCW Magazine March 2001

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/06/...ne-march-2001/

    In this edition of Inside the Magazine, I look at the March 2001 publication of WCW Magazine. Eric Bischoff goes in-depth about his plans for WCW upon acquiring the company. Glacier is coming back to WCW, but with a twist. Johnny The Bull recovering from injury. Getting to know Leia Meow and her difficult childhood. All this and more!

    - - - Updated - - -

    Inside The Magazine Volume #24: WCW Magazine March 2001

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/06/...ne-march-2001/

    In this edition of Inside the Magazine, I look at the March 2001 publication of WCW Magazine. Eric Bischoff goes in-depth about his plans for WCW upon acquiring the company. Glacier is coming back to WCW, but with a twist. Johnny The Bull recovering from injury. Getting to know Leia Meow and her difficult childhood. All this and more!

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    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/06/...february-1984/

    Retro Reading Volume #3: Inside Wrestling February 1984

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #25: PWI August 1993

    Missy Hyatt sits down for Press Conference. WCW invades New York to mixed results. The real winners and losers from WrestleMania IX. Does Van Hammer have what it takes to win the NWA World Title? The South rising up against Dirty White Boy. Will Lex Luger and Mr. Hughes feud or be friends? And, the first ever PWI Poll! All this and more!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/06/...i-august-1993/

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    Random thoughts:

    Starting off with Tony Anthony... a small glimpse into the fascintation PWI had with one of Corny's pet projects.

    Nice little anti-Hogan section in the reader letters. That midget wrestling letter was a crack-up too. Man they sure are hard on Fuji, good old kayfabe. I hated him as a manager too.

    I'll have to see if there is any footage of Arn teaming with the Rn'R's I was not aware of this.

    Paul E's Dangerous Alliance had a bit of a drop off once he transitioned to ECW. Gilbert is a great piece to build around though.

    WCW had a solid card in NYC, just an example of how poor at promotion WCW was. With better marketing they should have been easily able to sell out the Paramount Theater.

    Hogan running for office, oh Ellner.... Robert from England has very poor taste in finishers.

    Van Hammer, from GOAT arm wrestling match to the NWA title?

    Jeff Jarrett the third best wrestler, my faith in the PWI's voters is starting to dwindle. Things like PWI having a poll on a Hogan/Vader match would help people like me having somewhat of an interest in Hogan being in WCW a year later. Readers also thinking Flair not gaining anymore world title's is a head shaker.

    Overall I wasn't happy that the WWF had to go back to Hogan for another title run. The Steiners were about the most exciting thing WWF had as Bret was put on ice for a bit. I guess I was still curious as to how they were handling Lex Luger, they did well in building him up as a heel. Sting and Vader had me much more interested in WCW along with all the great talent they had at the time.

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    Icon already covered most of the high points.

    Fun Fact: He was never called "Tony Anthony" in Smoky Mountain. It was always "Dirty White Boy." Guess this is another one of those PWI things. Like B. Mahoney. DWB was a pretty good heel though. And not a bad wrestler either. Doubt his shtick translates well outside of SMW but it worked for that territory.

    So much talk about New York and Mr. Fuji's kayfabe abilities in this edition. And the writers seem to be goofing off even more than usual.

    Midget wrestling=ratings! That HAD to be a MNW sign at some point.

    Rita from Chicago was awfully harsh to Lex. Ultimately his run has to be considered a flop but he did last longer than a year.

    @The Icon Arn's SMW appearance was pretty cool. Surprised you never heard of it. Eaton had come in to make the Bodies a trio. They were feuding with the Rock & Rolls. Ricky & Robert promised a mystery man. It was Arn. Big pop. The logic being the Rock & Rolls went out and got the dirtiest player they could find to take out Cornette's team. Arn & Rock & Roll weren't friends. It was just a business proposition/mutual enemies type deal. The Stud Stable (Dutch Mantel/Robert Fuller/Jimmy Golden aka Uncle Zebekiah/Col. Robert Parker/Bunkhouse Buck) were tweeners in the Bodies vs. Rock & Roll feud and the big match ended up being an early 3 way. Haven't seen it but it was hyped pretty big years ago when people on the internet still occasionally brought up SMW.

    I'm glad I wasn't 'smarkier' in 1993 because all the anti-Doink propaganda would have driven me up a wall. Well, it still does, but it would have been even worse in 1993. Doink was the 2nd best thing in the company for the first half of the year (Narcissist being #1).

    Sgt. Slaughter: Fat Sack of Shitte is an almost amazing headline. But Shitte? That's not a thing. Was it supposed to be Shiite, perhaps?

    Robert from England is a wanker. Frankensteiner > Chris Adams Superkick > Oklahoma Stampede

    Heel writer Eddie Ellner is taking a new approach to trolling. Now he's pro-Hogan? Perhaps because the Apter Mag readers had become anti-Hogan?

    I guess WCW running a show in NYC was a big deal at the time. Would have meant nothing to me.

    I always dug their "Real Winners and Losers" column. Remember the one from Wrestlemania XII quite well.

    They didn't know how well they had it with neutral, bumbling, somewhat incompetent Tunney. Things would only get worse in the years to follow with heel commish after heel commish.

    I too got a kick out of our arm wrestling hero being considered an NWA Title contender. If anything, Hammer was on his way down the card by this point.

    The Smothers/DWB feud was hot at the time. Probably the 2nd best feud in SMW history.

    I always like the "Wrestling Insider" surveys too. Hell yeah! Fans know what's up. Double J 3rd best pound for pound wrestler in the world. Ha ha! Ain't he great! *Double J strut*

    Now I'm gonna play along giving the answers I would have given at the time.

    Best pound for pound wrestler- Probably Flair
    If I could watch only one wrestler- probably Narcissist. Maybe Doink
    If I could watch only one tag team- Probably Midnight Express. Unless I had forgotten about them. In which case.....Hollywood Blondes?
    Vader vs. Hogan- Hogan. I'd have been a realist.
    Which NA promotion has the best wrestling- WWF! Duh.
    Dominant Federation- WWF
    Sting vs. Bret- Sting
    Wretling's Future- Likely promising. "Bad wrestling" didn't exist as a thing to me in 1993.
    Best Manager- Hmm....I probably would have forgotten about Cornette. No managers were lighting the world on fire in the Big 2 at the time....ahh, screw it. Cornette.
    *Too many questions and I've become bored with this little game. Moving on....

    Thoughts on wrestling at the time.....

    I liked it. I always enjoyed my wrestling back then. Muh WWF was just fine and the novelty of WCW (started watching regularly again after a long break) was still fresh. In hindsight, neither promotion was killing it. WWF was back to Hulkamania and WCW didn't yet have a hook to get me REALLY excited. Both promotions would improve in a few months. WWF saw the Death of Hulkamania I had long dreamed about, Bret/Lawler feud and the rise of the Foreign Fanatics~! While WCW had Flair returning to the ring, Vader/Cactus, and the greatness of Lord Steven Regal. 2nd half of 1993 ruled for both promotions. First half was good enough to get by.

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    Yeah, I'll take the poll too.

    Best pound for pound: Bret Hart

    If I could only watch matches from one wrestler: Bret Hart

    If I could Only watch matches from one tag team: The Steiner Brothers (due to LOD's hiatus the Steiners surpass them for a few years)

    Vader vs. Hogan: Hogan Though I did think at the time Vader would be able to do damage a'la Bundy and Earthquake. Maybe two or three powerbombs on concrete to do the trick.

    Which promotion had the best wrestling?: WCW

    Most dominant promotion?: WWF

    Sting vs. Bret: Sting During this time whenever we had WCW(Galoob Figures) vs. WWF (Hasboro Figures) supercards booked Sting would beat everyone bar Hogan.

    Wrestling's Future: Cloudy Due to the steroid scandal, smaller guys trying to become transcendent mega stars and I was getting tired of squash matches mostly from the WWF. I sure miss them now.

    Best Manager: I would have to go with Harley Race at the time as he managed both Luger and Vader to the WCW title. I wasn't a fan of Cornette being Yokozuna's and Fuji's mouthpiece.

    Are steroids still prevalent? Yes, WWF still brought in Luger a few months after firing Warrior and Davey.

    Do you think Ric Flair will win a 10th World Title? Yes I think it was inevitable with all the natural hype of Flair coming "home."

    Best commentator? Jesse "The Body" Ventura JR was in a less prominent role in the WWF at that time.
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    Inside The Magazine Volume #26: PWI June 1991.

    In this edition of Inside The Magazine, I look at the June 1991 Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Ric Flair has been giving bonuses out to his teammates and one man is getting quite a bit more than the rest. Hulk Hogan visits Fort Bragg. Cactus Jack is a danger to himself. Is there going to be a clash between Ron Simmons and Butch Reed? Scott Steiner sits down for Press Conference. All this and much more!

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/07/...6-pwi-june-91/

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    Retro Reading Volume #4: Wrestling 84 - Spring 1984

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/07/...4-spring-1984/

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    Inside The Magazine Volume #27: The Wrestler April 1993

    https://wrestlingrecaps.com/2017/07/...er-april-1993/

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