Thanksgiving 1986: Remembering the Skywalkers

Starrcade 1986!

If you have the WWE Network then I recommend checking out Starrcade 86: Night of the Skywalkers. This event isn’t exactly quality wrestling, it’s not exactly bad, it’s just not exactly good either. It’s a card that shows the huge gap in talent that the NWA at the time had at the time. With main event quality competitors like Ric Flair, the Andersons, the Road Warriors, and the Midnight Express being featured on a card that also includes the team of Tim Horner and Nelson Royal…Royal who was beyond past his prime at this point.

The main events of the night were the Rock N Roll Express vs the Andersons, in a steel cage, and Ric Flair vs Nikita Koloff for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. However the match that the card derives it’s name is the Skywalkers Match(Scaffold Match) between the Road Warriors and the Midnight Express.

God they built up this match and by the time of the event it was clear that someone was going to get killed… What we actually got was a match that only lasted 7 minutes, ended in legitimate injuries, and probably should never have taken place to begin with…sadly this wouldn’t be the last scaffold match we’d see in wrestling.

The match itself is awful, and it was going to be awful considering that Road Warrior Animal was wrestling a gimmick match with a broken leg, but if it had been a regular tag match this injury might have been hidden by allowing Hawk to take most of the match. Instead we got a match with four competitors who are all visibly horrified to be that far up above the ring.

This match would probably go down as just another bad gimmick match if not for the bump at the end. Jim Cornette was set up to fall from the ring and land in the arms of Big Bubba Rogers, what happened though is Rogers missed his spot, Cornette fell to the ring, and landed in such a way that destroyed his knees. It’s a horrific sight to see and you can tell things are not ok from the moment he hits the mat.

This match should have been an example that gimmicks shouldn’t be placed above the safety of the wrestlers involved, however as we all know it did not work out that way. Scaffold matches have continued to be held with huge numbers of injuries, they are always awful matches, and the wrestling world has created even more dangerous matches since then.

So if you have some time on your hands this Thanksgiving, pull this one up, sit back, and enjoy. It’s not the greatest event but it does feature some great matches and classic Starrcade events should always be a Thanksgiving tradition!

Scorpio Sky: A License To Print Money

Scorpio Sky is a rising star in the AEW

Short one this morning. Just wanted to take a minute and give props to Scorpio Sky who has been on quite a rise over the last couple of months. Going from independent hot shot, shot to AEW World Tag Team Champion with Kazarian, to championship contender against Chris Jericho in just two short months is nothing to balk at.

Last night Scorpio Sky showed exactly why his future is so bright. We got a promo from the man that set him apart from others in his same position. Not only can Sky move flawlessly throughout the squared circle but he can talk the talk as good as anyone, in fact this might just be the tip of the iceberg. He had the crowd really behind him last night and folks are clamoring to see next weeks match.

This is no one hit wonder, with folks like Sky, Cody Rhodes, and MJF on the roster, the art of the promo is live and well in AEW.

NWA Big Announcement Falls Flat In My Eyes…

NWA Logo for New Program

Today at 8am ET the NWA Announced a new program, scheduled to begin in mid September, The Circle Squared. This show will feature new talents trying out for a chance to win a contract with the National Wrestling Alliance. According to the NWA Website;

“This series will allow new talents an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is to get a chance to earn an NWA Talent contract. This competition show allows talents selected to step up to the circle of the podium to exhibit their talents on the microphone before stepping into the square of the ring to show their physical abilities in a wrestling match.”

-Billy Corgan NWA President

So from the information released today it seems to be some sort of American Idol contest for promo skills, and that’s why it fell flat for me.

First off let me point out that I’m calling this a flat announcement, meaning I don’t see it as good or bad but more or less a cup of warm but bland soup. While I’m incredibly excited to see new talents enter the NWA, and I believe that promo skills are absolutely crucial to a successful wrestling career, I don’t know that a promo contest is something that will really connect with me or the fan base that the NWA has grown so far. To me this shouldn’t have been used as a “Big Announcement” that had everyone talking, so in that respect I feel like they somewhat swerved us fans.

In truth, only time will tell whether this idea is a success or a failure on the part of the National Wrestling Alliance and the NWA President, Billy Corgan. What I can say is that this announcement didn’t persuade me to watch their current product any more or any less. I still see the NWA as the best professional wrestling program on air today and will be sticking around to see exactly what they have in store for us in the future.

Maddie McAtee

Honest Thoughts Update: To be honest, this announcement seems like something exciting for professional wrestlers and not for wrestling fans. In the past this would have been a 30 second on screen graphic letting people know the promotion was holding a tryout. Instead we’re getting what more or less amounts to a reality TV program, for a promotion that’s built around taking things back to the basics. Sadly, given a couple of hours to contemplate this announcement, I have to increase this from falling flat to a complete letdown.

Nick Aldis vs Trevor Murdoch (High Class vs. Total Crass)

According to the NWA’s twitter page;

This is big news people! Trevor Murdoch Vs Nick Aldis. We can now report that this match will be non-title which just might give the upper hand to Murdoch. The Champ, Mr Aldis, might just have bigger things on his mind and this could be a great opportunity for his opponent to cement his place in the National Wrestling Alliance.

Trevor Murdoch

Murdoch has the experience edge, being a 23 year veteran of the sport in comparison to Aldis and his 14 year career. However, let’s not forget ring rust may come into play and while Murdoch has had some good showings in the NWA his first bout was a loss to Ricky Starks which had to be a big upset for the returning veteran. Since then Murdoch has been dominant and dare I say looks better than ever.

Nick Aldis,
Current NWA World Heavyweight Champion!

Aldis on the other hand is the working champ, carrying the NWA World Heavyweight title from coast to coast defending it against contender after contender. Absolutely no ring rust here but the fact that it’s a non-title bout could come into play. As the champ, Aldis always has to have his mind heavily focused on his next defense of that belt. So will he come into the ring unprepared against Murdoch?

One thing is for certain, this is guaranteed to be one hell of a match the likes that this country hasn’t seen for many years. Both Aldis and Murdoch spent time in Harley Races Wrestling Academy where they honed their skills. Murdoch is obviously the more Race like contender with size and brute force to do his talking for him, Aldis on the other hand has shown that even though he can style and profile with the best of them, he’s no joke once the bell rings.

My guess is Murdoch comes out victorious in the end, his sheer size is enough to make him a formidable opponent to anyone in the ring and with the recent loss to Ricky Starks, more than likely still plaguing his mind, he will be ready for whatever the champ has to throw at him. No doubt this will be one match you won’t want to miss! Tune in at 6:05 ET on YouTube for NWA Power!

Update:

Also Announced for the Card:
Ricky Starks Vs The Question Mark
Marti Belle and Thunder Rosa Vs Allysin Kay(c) and Ashley Vox

What is Weeknight Slams?

This Is Only The Beginning…

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

Hello Wrestling fans and welcome to my new blog, Weeknight Slams. The primary goal of this blog will be to give my opinions, stand in defense of some things from the past and the future, as well as highlight some of the great matches of today, as well as those from the past. I’ve been a wrestling fan for 30+ years now and have a lot of thoughts about the product today and a great love of times past.

My current favorite promotion is the NWA, which hosts a weekly show, NWA Powerrr, Tuesdays at 6:05 ET on YouTube. So I plan to cover this promotion pretty extensively. Other promotions that I enjoy from time to time include AEW, Impact, ROH, NJPW, and Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.

IF you enjoy wrestling then follow this blog and check back often for more wrestling fun!