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From Starrcade '83 to March 26, 2001, Tony Schiavone was the voice of professional wrestling below the Mason-Dixon Line. Though the Monday Night Wars may be over you can still relive the memories of Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling. Hear for yourself why What Happened When with Tony Schiavone is a hilarious trip down professional wrestlings memory lane. Join Tony and Conrad every Wednesday morning at 6am ET exclusively on Westwood One Podcast Network.
 
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We start our summer vacation with a trip to Munich, Germany to watch the legendary match between Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader! Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon or subscribing to our premium episodes in Apple Podcasts! You can also purchase old episodes on our digital merchandise site. Visit all the important links below! Thanks …
 
On this episode of What Happened When, Tony is joined by the birthday boy himself Casio for this hilarious look back at the debut of Bugsy McGraw and the aftermath of War Games. Sit back and enjoy World Championship Wrestling from July 11, 1987. Support us on Patreon, get this show early and ad free, plus TONS of BONUS content: patreon.com/WHWMonda…
 
On this episode of What Happened When with Tony Schiavone, Conrad's under the weather so we're taking a MEGASODE look at the Great American Bash from 1986, 1988 and 1989. Sit back and enjoy 10 HOURS of WHW hilarious audio, Support us on Patreon, get this show early and ad free, plus TONS of BONUS content: patreon.com/WHWMonday Like us on Facebook: …
 
One of the most memorable matches between Dusty Rhodes and Tully Blanchard for $100,000 and the TV Title. Also, Jim Crockett announces the rules of the innovative WarGames match and the upcoming Great American Bash Tour! One of the most classic episodes of World Championship Wrestling ever! Support us on Patreon, get this show early and ad free, pl…
 
On this episode of What Happened When, Tony and Conrad take us on a hilarious look back at some of the BEST/WORST matches they've watched and called on the show. Matches such as, Judy Bagwell on a pole, WrestleMania X7 Gimmick Battle Royal, and the Doomsday Cage Match just to name a few. Sit back and enjoy this trip back to your childhood, from the…
 
We are firmly into the NWO era of WCW, and this edition of the Great American Bash had plenty of highlights. Led by the feud between the Macho Man Randy Savage and Diamond Dallas Page, the Bash of '97 had some fine matches. Additionally, in action were the Kevin Nash and Scott Hall with Syxx against Ric Flair and Roddy Piper, Akira Hokuto meeting M…
 
This week on the Old School Wrestling Podcast we go back to the glory years of Jim Crockett Promotions, 1987, to review the finals of the US Tag Team title tournament between the new Midnight Express and Ron Garvin and Barry Windham. Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon or subscribing to our premium episodes in Apple Podcasts! You ca…
 
This will go down as one of the better WCW Pay Per Views ever. It had the debut of Rey Mysterio, Jr. in a classic against Dean Malenko. Lord Steven Regal and Sting had a tremendous one-on-one encounter, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson went to battle with Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael, the Giant and Lex Luger squared off for the world title and Chris …
 
It is the JCP/TBS/6:05/Saturday night show that began the Dusty Rhodes vs Tully Blanchard feud with the $50,000.00 Challenge! We will go in the lawyer's office to see the contract signing of Dusty/Tully complete a a paper bag full of a whole lot of money. Plus some great Interviews from Ric Flair, Jim Cornette, the Road Warriors (especially Hawk) a…
 
We are joined by Jon Boucher from the Charting the Territories podcast this episode for a great discussion on Don Leo Jonathan and this match between him and Dory Funk Jr. from 1975. Thanks to Jon for all his knowledge and insight on “The Mormon Giant” Don Leo Jonathan! Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon or subscribing to our premi…
 
We take you back to 2011 as Impact was a strong product in the wrestling world. The roster was AMAZING: Cactus Jack, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Sting, Kurt Angle, Jeff Jarrett, Eric Bischoff, the Young Bucks, Matt and Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Amazing Red, Bully Ray, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Tommy Dreamer and on and on and on. But 11 years ago, Eric Bischo…
 
What a difference a year made in the life of World Championship Wrestling! In last week's podcast we looked back on Slamboree 1996, an event most fans hated. A year later? Most everyone loved Slamboree 1997. The advent of the NWO had a lot to do with that, but so did the return of Ric Flair after being off for eight months with shoulder problems. F…
 
Slamboree was originally an event that began in 1993 and was subtitled: "A Legends Reunion." The event was the brainchild of Dusty Rhodes, but in 1996 it looked nothing like the original one. The 1996 version featured Sting versus the Giant for the WCW World Title, Dean Malenko against Brad Armstrong for the WCW Cruiserweight Title and Konnan again…
 
We close out ECW month with a look at the legendary feud between the Sandman and Tommy Dreamer that truly defined who Tommy Dreamer would become in ECW. In the second half Dre takes us down memory lane with some of the classic ECW commercials that would appear during Hardcore TV. Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon or subscribing to…
 
This is arguably the most famous "Raw is War" ever. Not because it was the highest rated ever, but because it featured DX on the attack against WCW! The two sides, the two shows, were literally 24 miles apart with the WWF(E) at the Hampton Coliseum and WCW at the Norfolk Scope. So DX, led by Triple H, Billy Gunn, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Chyna recorded…
 
We go back to 1987 with some pretty memorable events. First of all, Magnum T.A. makes his first public appearance since his horrible accident in the fall of 1986. Secondly, we will see highlights from the Crockett Cup tournament in Baltimore won by Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff, and, finally, we will see the debut of the New Breed: Chris Champion …
 
The entire month of April we will be talking about EXTREME CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING! For this episode we will be talking about the incredible phenomenon that was Rob Van Dam in 1998/1999 as well as his big match against Bam Bam Bigelow where he won his first major singles title. Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon! You can also purcha…
 
While things were on the steep decline in 1998 for WCW, Vince McMahon and the WWE continued to grow. Then on April 13, 1998 something happened that shook the Monday Night Wars: Raw beat Nitro in the ratings for the first time in 83 weeks. Things were never the same, again. The main reason was the angle between Stone Cold Steve Austin and McMahon. B…
 
In honor of her 70th birthday (which is April 6th), we take a close look at the woman who has been with Tony Schiavone during his entire wrestling career. A very emotional but devoted, loving wife and mother of five, she was with Tony when he first decided to take the plunge into wrestling, during the move to WWE, the move back to WCW, the demise o…
 
It’s WrestleMania season again and this year we go back in time to look at the classic match and feud between Randy Savage and Ric Flair. In the second half we are joined by the Macho Man to offer his side of the story behind this legendary feud. Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon! Thanks for listening and we’ll see you…at the matc…
 
The Nitro ratings were tumbling, but that did not stop a very large crowd from coming to the Air Canada Center in Toronto in March of 1999. Why? Because Bret Hart was on the card with a memorable challenge to Goldberg. Also, Hollywood Hulk Hogan meets Diamond Dallas Page and their brawl goes on to destroy the Nitro set. Chris Benoit and Dean Malenk…
 
Twelve years ago, great stars like Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Amazing Red, the Young Bucks, the Motor City Machine Guns, Mangus (AKA Nick Aldis), Scott Hall, Syxx-Pac, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, AJ Style, Kurt Angle, Abyss and many more all got together for a special edition of TNA's Destination X. We will look back on that prog…
 
On this week’s episode of the Old School Wrestling Podcast we go back in time to talk about one of the most horrifying moments in WWF history, the night Earthquaked killed Damien and then several weeks later would serve Quakeburgers made with the meat of Damien to Vince, Bobby, and Lord Alfred Hayes on Prime Time Wrestling. Please support the OSWP …
 
If you combine Cinnaburst gum with college students, girls gone wild and WCW and what do you get? WCW Monday Nitro at Club La Vela in Panama City, Florida on March 16, 1998. Quite a collection! With Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Sting, Ultimo Dragon, Fit Finlay, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Diamond Dalla…
 
Ole Anderson has left the Four Horsemen and it is time they fill the void. That big announcement happens on this show along with some great action. We will see Ron Garvin and Barry Windham defend the US Tag Team Titles against the unlikely duo of Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch. Plus in action: Brad Armstrong, Jim Cornette, Big Bubba and the Midnight …
 
On this episode of the OSWP we look at one of our favorite episodes of Monday Night RAW from February 24, 1997 when ECW invaded the Manhattan Center in New York City. Please support the OSWP by joining the OSWP Patreon! Thanks for listening and we’ll see you…at the matches! flairchop.com patreon.com/oswp twitter.com/blackcatOSWP twitter.com/wrestle…
 
It was a card loaded with talent, and one that saw the end of Lex Luger's run in WCW for awhile as he would bolt to the WWF. Here we have Cactus Jack, Steve Austin, Ron Simmons, the Steiners, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Beautiful Bobby, Sting, Luger, Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude. Ricky Morton, Vinnie Vegas and more. But …
 
The Four Horsemen were dominate in 1986. So much so that to this day, wrestling fans worldwide know what you mean when you flash four fingers on one hand. But in 1987, the unthinkable happened. The crew of Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson (managed by JJ Dillon) had a problem and it escalated. We will take you back to relive…
 
We welcome back The Voice of Your Childhood, Tony Schiavone, for another edition of Ask Tony Anything! Tony answers Top Guys and My Push member questions, hosted by AFS Queen Lauren! Upgrade today to be apart of the next Live Q&A with JR on Feb 17! Support us on Patreon, get this show early and ad free, plus TONS of BONUS content: patreon.com/WHWMo…
 
The Old School Wrestling Podcast takes a look at the incredible six month run from January to July 1993 featuring “The Narcissist” Lex Luger and review his last television matched as the evil man with the metal plate in his arm before he would board the helicopter that would take him to the USS Intrepid to bodyslam the Yokozuna and save the United …
 
It's the midst of the Jim Herd era in WCW and this seven match card had some good moments and some bad ones as well. The good featured a Ric Flair vs Lex Luger NWA World Title matchup that was basically a substitute match due to Sting's knee injury. Plus the Rock and Roll Express and the Midnight Express with Jim Cornette put on yet another tag tea…
 
The WCW Annual February event was a few months before the advent of the NWO. Packed with stars and some very bad matches, the pay per view event was not short on major talent. Two cage matches highlighted the event with Hulk Hogan meeting the Giant and Ric Flair going up against the Macho Man Randy Savage. The event also featured, Sting, Lex Luger,…
 
This week on the OSWP, Dre and the Black Cat take some time to talk about the fascinating group of characters from early 90s World Championship Wrestling that formed the group called “The York Foundation.” Originally centered around Alexandra York, Michael Wallstreet, this stable of wrestlers looked to skyrocket to the top of WCW with an infallible…
 
We celebrate five (count 'em, five!) years of WHW with a look at the 2017 Royal Rumble. Back in January of 2017, Conrad Thompson brought Tony Schiavone's attention back to wrestling when this podcast began, and for Schiavone, this event--the 2017 Rumble--was the first wrestling program he watched since his departure from wrestling in 2001. So, this…
 
This TBS special, which aired on January 21, 1992, pulled in the lowest ratings numbers of any of the "Clashes," but was, critically, one of the best ones that aired on TBS between March of 1988 and August of 1997. From the opening bout, featuring the Steiner Brothers against Vader and Mr. Hughes, to the final match with Sting and Ricky Steamboat m…
 
Dre and the Black Cat take a look back at one of the most bizarre times in professional wrestling history – the year of 1999 in World Championship Wrestling. With the competition taking the lead, WCW was forced to adapt and attempt to figure out what they needed to do to get the fans to turn the channel back to TNT. This lead to some of the most il…
 
We take you back to the TBS Studios in Atlanta in 1987 where we first heard from and then saw in action, "The Total Package" Lex Luger. Make no mistake, this was not his first time wrestling on television, as he had been a part of Championship Wrestling from Florida, but this would be his first time on a national broadcast. We will also hear from D…
 
It's' the Finger Poke of Doom! It's the "Butts in Seats" comment. It's all here! The reason WCW lost the Monday Night Wars. Not so fast! Even though those two incidents have resonated among wrestling fans for decades, the main reason WCW lost the war is actually all wrapped up in this episode. This Monday Nitro episode sucked! Even though on this s…
 
We close out the year with two watch-alongs in one podcast, as we present 12-20-86 and then watch 12-27-86. Get ready for some memorable moments and matches as the U.S. Tag Team Champions--Ron Garvin and Barry Windham, will defend against the Midnight Express. We will also have some great promos from the Rock and Roll Express, Ric Flair, Arn Anders…
 
It’s time for the annual OSWP Holiday Spectacular and this year we are, as always, joined by the Macho Claus, but also by Dwayne Johnson’s favorite wrestling historian, “Bad News” Jon Boucher from the Charting the Territories podcast. Along with the festivities we take a look back at the legendary match between Hulk Hogan and Big Bossman from the M…
 
Maybe it was the holiday season, or maybe they had been on the road too much, but in this episode of World Championship Wrestling from 1986, everyone is fired up. From the intense promos from Dusty and Nitka, the Four Horsemen, the Rock and Roll Express, Jim Cornette, Ric Flair, the Road Warriors and other to the match where the Ragin' Bull and Ric…
 
As Tony continues his travels promoting Butts in Seats, this week's episode of What Happened When will not be about 1986, but instead, we are showcasing a recent AdFreeShows.com live event - it's Ask Tony Anything Live with the man of the hour, Tony Schiavone! Ad Free Shows members had the chance to pick Tony's brain and ask him anything, as they c…
 
Was this the end of the Rock and Roll Express era in JCP? In this very famous telecast Paul Jones issues a challenge for his men Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez to vie for the World Tag Team Championship. The result is an unprecedented four segment match in which Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are dethroned! Also, surprise, surprise....Baby Doll is n…
 
This week the Old School Wrestling Podcast takes a moment to look at the incredible story of SD Jones, a man that has inspired millions, never gave up, and never laid down to the challenges of life. Please support the show by signing up for the OSWP Patreon at patreon.com/oswp or visit the OSWP Merch Store at gumroad.com/oswp. Thanks for listening …
 
Starrcade is over and now the focus of JCP is the Bunkhouse Stampedes going across the country in December. However, this is a different show: no Ric Flair, no Four Horsemen, no Dusty Rhodes, but still plenty of action with a damn good main event. At the end we will see a 12+ minute match with Brad and Bob Armstrong against Jimmy Garvin and Bill Du…
 
Look back with Tony, Conrad and special guest David Crockett as they watch matches from Starrcade '86! Included are Jimmy Valiant vs Paul Jones, Ron Garvin vs Big Bubba, Tully Blanchard vs Dusty Rhodes, the Road Warriors-Midnight Express Scaffold Match, the Rock and Roll Express vs the Anderson and Ric Flair vs Nikita Koloff. Additionally some grea…
 
It’s the special time of year for the Old School Wrestling Podcast when we all gather together to give thanks to all things professional wrestling. This year we’re back in Greensboro, North Carolina with David Crockett and his five new additions to his house that he’s over since March of 2020. Along with enjoying the company of all of our favorite …
 
Conrad and Tony break away from watchalongs this week to talk to five wrestlers who were a big part of not only Starrcade, but the entire year of 1986. The guys will talk with Ron Garvin, Tully Blanchard, Nikita Koloff, Ricky Morton and finally the Nature Boy Ric Flair as the five look back at their time in Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA. This…
 
Dre and the Black Cat take a look at a classic WWF feud between Ricky Steamboat and Jake Roberts that extended for five months during 1986, starting at the Saturday Night’s Main Event in May when Jake splattered Ricky’s head on the concrete like a watermelon, going through the summer, and culminating at the next Saturday Night’s Main Event in Octob…
 
It's the Starrcade '86 "Go Home" edition of World Championship Wrestling on TBS, and the stars are out with great promos. We will hear from Ric Flair, Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, Ole and Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and JJ Dillon, the Rock and Roll Express, Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express, Paul Ellering of the Road Warriors, Paul Jones, Bra…
 
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