Eric’s Blog: One of my top 5 favorite matches, Ric Flair vs. Vader, 20 years ago today

Once upon a time, World Championship Wrestling, and Jim Crockett Promotions before it, promoted Starrcade as its most prominent and preeminent event of the year. Originally held Thanksgiving night, pressure from the WWF in 1988 forced WCW to move its flagship event to the week of Christmas, which means if the event were being held today, well, it might be held today.

In fact, 20 years ago today, the 11th Starrcade was held in Charlotte, N.C., with the original plans pitting WCW Champion Big Van Vader against Sid Vicious in a bitter battle of former tag team partners who were, well, thrown together about six months earlier, um, because they were both big and, uh, they both used a power bomb as their finisher.

In December 1993, Vader was 18 months into a spectacular run as a monster heel champion, and Sid was, you know, Sid, the underachieving heel whose babyface turn was predicated on a fumbled, accidental double-cross by his comedic manager, Col. Rob Parker, and who could never connect with a crowd at-large beyond the pop he received on his entrance. (Never mind the fact that Dusty and I think he’s, as Sid himself used to say, “the man.”)

And then came the little issue of the night Sid stabbed Arn Anderson with a pair of scissors 20 times in a hotel in England that October, effectively removing himself from the main event of WCW’s biggest show of the year. This put Eric Bischoff’s team of bookers in quite a pinch, and what did WCW pretty much always do when they were in a pinch?

Paging Ric Flair.

Flair was programmed with Vader beginning at Battlebowl, a half-crocked concept launched by Dusty Rhodes at Starrcade 1991 that, somehow, got its own pay-per-view in November 1993. During the ceremonious final battle royal, Vader attacked Flair outside of the ring, eliminating Flair from the match.

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Dan’s Blog: I Swiped Dusty’s Mailbag

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While catching up on my reading of all things on the Stunt Granny site I realized that Dusty has been jumping into the mailbag with both feet answering questions that the wrestling intelligentsia needs to read up about. Not being all that creative myself I visited the Stunt Granny World Headquarters (Don’t ever show up unannounced again. -Jeremy) and managed to grab a bag full of mail for myself. Then I stopped off in New York and took a few things off Matt Brock’s desk also (it was interesting that no one seemed to care about taking that stuff but I digress). I tried to figure out how to break into Wade Keller’s email so I could steal some of his “Ask the Editor” questions but he’s got that account triple protected.  I suppose it’s because “Ask the Editor” seem to make up the majority of the Daily Keller Hotlines!

Anyway, I digress.  Speaking of the Torch, let’s jump into Question One.

Question #1: What’s this I hear about super internet phenomenon “zourah” going on a rant about the way the Torch deals with Bill Watts?  Doesn’t this guy know that Watts was the most racist, sexist, homophobic, all around bad person that ever existed in wrestling?  (M.M.—Pittsburgh, PA)

Answer #1:  Yes, unfortunately my rant is still somewhere stuck in Eric Nelson’s phone because he could not figure out how to get a one hour audio from his phone onto the web. I should mention that I have had a very polite discussion with Mr. Keller about my feelings on this particular subject and I now do respect his view on the entire situation when Watts was fired. I still don’t see things the same way myself but that’s fine.

As for the meat of the question, let’s just compare Watts to everyone’s current God of Wrestling Vince McMahon.

McMahon wins the “PC” game for sure in his public statements. Both he and Watts worked with well known figures in the wrestling business who happen (ed) to be gay.  Again, McMahon has worked more closely with Pat Patterson but Watts did work frequently with Jim Barnett and with a few exceptions he worked fairly well with him.

As for acceptance of gays, Watts said some very un PC things to be polite in an interview. McMahon had his baby face tag team leading children in chants of F***** for at least six months in the early ‘90s.  Advantage Watts

If you were/are an African American wrestler who would you want to work for?  Well unless you really hated distasteful language I’m thinking you would be better off working for Watts. I know The Rock is arguably the biggest deal ever in wrestling but Watts promoted JYD as a hero in Mid South while Vince promoted him as someone who could barely speak complete sentences. No promoter has ever given so many African American wrestlers chances to be at the very top of the card than Watts.

In closing, I’d argue that the premise of your question is ridiculous. I can go into great detail about my thoughts on sending that interview to higher ups at TBS eighteen months after the interview was conducted but that’s a topic for another day.

Question #2: That brilliant “zourah” guy hasn’t chimed in much on Prime Wrestling lately.  What’s up with that?  (A.MG – Cleveland, OH)

Answer #2: I think my contributions to the audio side of things lately have not been of sufficient quality to impress the premier reviewer of Prime on the ‘net Kevin DiFrango I suppose. (It’d really help if I stayed current with the product. They’re even going every other week and I’m still slacking off. – Kevin) If you haven’t been reading his reports go ahead and do so before you read this. I’ll wait for you to finish!

I’m pleased to see that they are going to have “Wrestlelution 6” this year as I was starting to wonder. It wouldn’t work so great if WWE said they were having WrestleMania “sometime between April 1 and May 30” but I know Prime Wrestling is not WWE. (Their next taping is this weekend being billed as a “Wrestlelution Prelude” in Parma OH. -Kevin)

There are things I like about the “Evil Vic” storyline. He does have good timing in his segments but man the evil GM thing just seems too derivative for this promotion. I expect better. I do not agree with Kevin on Ricky Shane Page. I’ve warmed up to him and like his promos (although hitting the announcer has no place on TV. Joe should hold himself to a higher standard than that.  What would Gordon Solie do?) quite a bit.  He’s not at Krimson level on the promos but he is quite good. Nicki Valentino is hilarious and adds quite a bit to the show. I really liked his interaction with Bryan Castle a couple weeks ago. We will see what the big event is for WL 6 and I’m sure we will have a good discussion about it.  Aaron Maguire continues to be the highlight of the show on a week in and week out basis. (More on some of these subjects in my Prime Review after I edit that column. -Kevin)

Question #3:  So what else is out there under the radar that I’m missing? I hear that super smart “zourah” guy always watched USWA, SMW, ECW and other indy feds back in the day.  (S.S. – Rockville Centre, NY)

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Sid Vicious appears on CBS’ “Big Brother”

This one’s for you, Dusty: According to PWTorch.com, former WWF and WCW superstar Sid Vicious (Sid Justice, Sycho Sid, a/k/a Sid Eudy) (side note: I remember picking up my one and only copy of the National Enquirer when I was about 10 years old, because it listed two dozen wrestlers’ real names, and Sid Eudy was one of them; still no idea how to pronounce it, and I’ve watched the above video 12 times) appeared on CBS’ “Big Brother” series. Sid’s son, Frank, is one of the house guests and the leader of whatever Team Frank is. Oh well, based on these three minutes, Frank seems like a good kid, and Sid comes across as a nice guy that Dusty and I should probably go have beers with now. I’ll just shave my beard so I don’t look so much like an Anderson-Eric

Sid smokes weed? Heh heh heh, cool.

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"I learned it from watching YOU, Dad! I learned it from watching you..."

According to Prowrestling.net, Sid Vicious, aka Sid Justice, aka Psycho Sid, aka Sid Eudy irl (that’s “in real life” for you uncool kids who don’t know Internet language) was arrested Friday for possession of marijuana, driving without a license and driving without a seat belt. Of course he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, he was high! Just kidding. Anyway, according to the report on WMC-TV in Memphis, Sid had 18 grams of pot in a bag on the arm rest of his car. Damn, son! That wasn’t enough to be accused of trafficking (Jeff Hardy, let this be a lesson to you), but someone had to cough up $1,000 to release Sid on bond.

Remember back when Sid used to sniff the air and say, “I smell… I smell a powerbomb!”? I think I know what a powerbomb smells like. -Eric

UPDATE: Apparently 18 grams of weed isn’t a lot. I don’t know, I don’t have a scale in my bedroom. I do have an adrenaline shot in my fridge, though; I’ve seen “Pulp Fiction.”

Sid To TNA

Master and Ruler of the World.

That is according to English major Dave Meltzer. I’d say going from T-Murda to a broken down Sid is a pretty significant downgrade, but what do I know? Check this out, from Sid’s Myspace page:

Well… by now everybody has heard the news about Hulkamania going to TNA which is pretty big news and you know the Theory about “Where Hulk Hogan goes…Wrestling goes”
it happened twice it could happen again.
So now with all this happening, Business can become reborn in the year 2010
There could be a big 3 once again, WWE, TNA & UFC.
Hulk Hogan draws attention to the product causing all kinds of new doors to open for Wrestlers that a lot of people want to see back on TV.
Now….I’m Expecting that WWE will be smart about this.
This will put pressure on WWE to jump on things and go with the no brainers, The comeback storys and the Brand name talent that the fans want to see on Monday Nights where it counts.
WWE …Vince McMahon, Johnny Ace, I’m calling on you guys to do your job.
We are here to help you.
we can get you 2 guys that can add Atmosphere, concept and character to your show…Something that you don’t have right now.
one of the greatest Mic men of all time, The founding father of the nWo ..Scott Hall as Razor Ramon on Color Commentary, Not play by play I’m talking Color Commentary like Ventura and Heenan.
Scott is Good to go and he’s ready, he already made it publicly known on several radio shows.
and then theres the Big one…The Return of The Master and Ruler of the World…Psycho Sid Vicious Returns to WWE for the Biggest comeback story of all time.
Just the Comeback story alone is a no brainer but what WWE will be getting is a great storyline written by Sid that took 15 years to write.
This return is something the fans have been waiting 7 years for, The return of Psycho Sid Vicious is Voted as the top and most viewd Topic in the WWE Universe Creative Team thread.
That in itself is proof that the fans want to see this happen, Why would you deny the fans of something like this anyway?
WWE, The ball is in your court…The offer is there.
Are you going to do your job and give the fans what they want?
you don’t know what you got Till it’s gone…Use the Legends while you can and let the fans embrace every moment of it.

The offer is here.. you know where to find us!

Yum. – Dusty

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