Review of Timeline History of WCW 1988 w/JJ Dillon
Mar 14, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
by Alan Wojcik
1988 was an interesting year in professional wrestling. “Macho Man” Randy Savage would win the WrestleMania IV World title tournament while forming the MegaPowers with Hulk Hogan. Demolition would rule the tag team division while the Honky Tonk Man still had control of the Intercontinental championship. The AWA was still in business, so was WCCW in some form. Down south the NWA-Mid Atlantic promotion would become World Championship Wrestling after the Crockett family business went under, forcing a sale to Ted Turner and friends involved in pizza making. That would lead to several exits from the promotion including Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and the gentleman charged with being part of TIMELINE: HISTORY OF WCW; Mr. JJ DILLON, released by Kayfabe Commentaries.
At this time in what we’ll call WCW, Mr. Dillon was the manager of the Four Horsemen and working behind the scenes with head booker Dusty Rhodes. As a group the Horsemen would see Lex Luger exit and Barry Windham (turning on Luger) joining the faction before the exit of Blanchard/Anderson (September 10th) to WWF. Before 1988 began Crockett bought out Bill Watt’s Mid-South promotion bringing in lots of good and bad talent. In 1988 WCW would run a Bunkhouse Stampede PPV in Nassau Coliseum only to be destroyed by the inaugural Royal Rumble event by WWF on USA Network. WCW would counter WrestleMania IV with the inaugural Clash of the Champions with Sting taking on NWA World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair (w/Dillon in a shark cage.) Both promotions would engage in tactics to block the other out of the major arenas around the US.
1988 saw the return of Ole Anderson and the Midnight Rider, the formation of the Varsity Club (Mike Rotunda, Rick Steiner, Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan), the debuts of Shane Douglas, Al Perez with Gary Hart, the Fantastics (Tommy Rogers/Bobby Fulton) plus Four Horsemen Vitamins (hilarious story) and Learning the Ropes TV show with the late Lyle Alzado plus the exits of Terry Taylor (to WCCW/WWF), Michael Hayes, Nikita Koloff (would return), the Rock N Roll Express and Eddie Gilbert (would return in 1989). JJ holds nothing back when people like Dusty Rhodes, Sting, the Horseman and the Crockett’s are brought up. This surpasses 1991 with Barry Windham and I cannot wait to see who is next in this series.
Next to be released by www.kayfabecommentaries.com is Timeline History of the WWF 1989 w/Brutus Beefcake (March 26) & Wrestling’s Most Awesome Manager (April 16), follow them on Twitter @KayfabeComment
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