Here is an email I received from a reader who attended the Nitro broadcast this week:
Just thought I would let you know, the dark match at the Nitro in Roanoke was Alex Wright and Billy Kidman over Joe Gomex and Renegade.
Nash did seem pissed. Either he or Syxx threw the headsets and tossed one of the announcers chairs off the little announcer platform. I missed it, but quite a few people in the parking lot were talking about Nash giving the audience the finger, but as I said, I didn't see this.
Midnight Express Book Of Lists
by Ervin Griffin Jr.
We have now come to the final chapter of my series on the Midnight Express. The Book of Lists will cover championships won to particular moments in the history of the Midnights. The lists will cover all the versions of the Midnights, so I will refer to Dennis/Randy as "Original" Midnights, Dennis/Bobby as Midnights II and Bobby/Stan as Midnights III.
Of course, you can't have a tag team without members so here are all of the men (wrestlers/managers) that made the Midnight Express name legendary:
1. Norvell Austin
2. "Ravishing" Randy Rose
3. "Loverboy" Dennis Condrey
4. "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton
5. "Sweet" Stan Lane
6. James E. Cornette (M)
7. Paul E. Dangerously (M)
The Midnights have had classic matches over their seven year span. Here are ten of their greatest:
1. Midnights II VS. The Fantastics at the 1984 Parade Of Champions in Dallas, TX. Fantastics regain the World Class Tag Team Championship.
2. Midnights II VS. The Rock n Roll Express in Atlanta, Ga on February 2, 1986. Midnights win the NWA World Tag Team Titles.
3. Midnights II VS. The Road Warriors in the quarterfinals at the 1986 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament. Road Warriors win by DQ.
4. Midnights III VS. The Rock n Roll Express in Atlanta, Ga on July 4, 1987. The match up was a double-championship contest. The Midnights put up their US Tag Team Titles against The Rock n Rolls NWA World Tag Team Belts. The R n R's won by DQ, thus both teams retained their belts.
5. Midnights III VS. The Fantastics on March 27, 1988 at the first Clash Of The Champions. The Midnights won by DQ.
6. Midnights III VS. Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson on September 14, 1988 in Philidelphia, PA. Midnights win the NWA World Tag Team Titles and, in doing so, became one of two teams ever to hold the NWA World and US Tag Belts at the same time (the other team was the Steiners).
7. Midnights III VS. "Original" Midnights at Starrcade '88 in Norfolk, VA on December 26, 1988. Midnights III win.
8. Midnights III VS. Ric Flair/Barry Windham at The Clash Of The Champions IV in Chatanooga, TN. Flair/Windham win by pinfall.
9. Midnights III VS. Jim and Ron Garvin at the 1987 Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup. Midnights win by countout.
10. Midnights III VS. The Southern Boys at The Great American Bash in Baltimore, MD on July 7, 1990. Midnights win by pinfall.
The Midnights have also wrestled on some significant cards as well:
1. Midnights II VS. The Rock n Roll Express on February 2, 1986. That was also the first time that TBS had a prime time wrestling special. The card also featured Dusty Rhodes VS. Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair VS. Ron Garvin, and the Road Warriors VS. Ivan and Nikita Koloff.
2. Midnights III VS. The Rock n Roll Express on July 4, 1987. That card also featured the premiere of the WarGames/The Match Beyond. The participants were Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger and JJ Dillon VS. The Road Warriors, Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes and Paul Ellering.
3. Midnights III VS. The Fantastics on March 27, 1987. This match was not only featured on the first Clash Of The Champions, it also featured the team of Lex Luger and Barry Windham winning the NWA World Tag Team Titles from Tully Blanchard/Arn Anderson and the legendary NWA World Title match between Ric Flair and Sting.
4. Midnights III VS. Samoan Swat Team on April 2, 1989. This match took place on the same card as the famous two out of three falls NWA World Title match between then-champion Rick Steamboat and Ric Flair.
5.Midnights III joined up with The Road Warriors and Steve Williams to face The Freebirds (Jim Garvin, Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy) and the Samoan Swat Team in WarGames/The Match Beyond at the Great American Bash in Baltimore, MD on July 23, 1989. Also fetured on this card was a spetacular NWA TV Title match between then-champion Sting and The Great Muta (which ended in a no-contest), a brutal US Title match between then-champion Lex Luger and Rick Steamboat and a wild NWA World Title match between then-champion Ric Flair and Terry Funk!!! That last match I mentioned also produced the best aftermatch brawl I have ever seen with Ric Flair and Sting on one side and Terry Funk and Muta on the other!!!! The only thing that I have seen that comes close since is the recent brawl on RAW where the Undertaker, Sid, Bret Hart and Steve Austin went at it!!!
The Midnights have also created some unique moves as well:
1. The Rocket Launcher-A top rope splash with an assist from the other team member. This move was used by all of the Midnight combinations.
2. Double Gouzzel-This move was used by Midnights III. They would set up the helpless opponent in the center of the ring. Stan would clip the opponents' feet from underneath him and, at the same time, Bobby would hit the opponent with a clothesline.
3. Full Nelson Face Slam-This move was used by Dennis Condrey. He would lock his victim in a simple full nelson. Then, he would step over his opponents' left leg and fall forward!!! Ouch!!!
4. Spedge-o-matic - Possibly the most lethal of the Midnight manuvears!!! Exclusively used by Midnights III. Stan would first get his opponent in a bearhug. Then, he would lean over forward to expose the victims head and neck. When he did, Bobby would jump of the top rope with a legdrop!!! Decapatation time!!! Don't need the gallows for this one!!!
5. FlapJack - Used by all of the Midnight combos. They would whip the opponent into the ropes, pick him straight up by his legs and drop him face first into the mat!!!
Well, those are my list. If you have a question, comment, criticism or just want to talk pro wrestling, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting Saturday: IronMan: The Legend Of The Road Warriors
Ervin Griffin Jr. is a regular contibutor to Solie's Wrestling Newsletter as well as the Ringside Insider and other publications.
WrestleMania Book of Lists
by Joe Crowe
Another Wrestlemania has come and gone. Here is a look back at all 13 of the events that brought wrestling into the forefront of pop culture back in 1984.
Wrestlemania defined, for better or worse, the PPV system that wrestling now revolves around. Till recently, when the "wrestle" overtook the "mania" it's just been goofy fun.
I'm not concerned with a dry rundown of the cities and arenas it's been in, or attendance figures, or even quality of matches. Some WMs (like no. 7) had matches that sucked, but I had a great time watching. I'm going to focus on minute details that I found interesting, in equal parts of "wrestle" and "mania." Hope you enjoy it.
I'm ignoring dark matches and numbering only the matches that were broadcast on PPV or closed-circuit, or what the heck ever. Dark matches have never applied to "continuity" or advanced any storylines, the one exception being the tag team tournament final at WM12. I included it in the count because it was broadcast on the preview channel while they were trying to coax us into buying.
Number of Wrestlemania Matches: 137
Title Matches: 40
Fewest Title Matches:
Title Changes: 21
Women's Title Change: One, at WM1
Intercontinental Title Changes: Three, at 3, 5, 8.
Tag Title Changes: Seven, at 1, 2, 4, 6, 7,11, and 12
World Title Changes: Ten, at 4-10, 12, and 13. Hulk Hogan and Diesel are the only World champions to ever survive Wrestlemania with their championships.
Victories by Good Guys: 80
Victories by Bad Guys: 48
Draws, Double DQs, Double Countouts: 9
Good guys have only fought each other twice at WM:
Special Stipulation Matches: Some of the stipulations or special circumstances double up.
Most Celebrities: Lots at WM2.
Managers Appreciation Day:
The Wrestlemania That Wasn't:
The Original Clique:
They Debuted at WM:
Precious Paul Ellering and World Bodybuilding Federation contender "Total Package" Lex Luger (both at 8), Jim Ross (9), Marc Mero (12)
They Returned at WM:
He Turned Good at WM:
They Turned Bad at WM:
Roddy Piper's Wrestlemania Occupations (in order starting at WM1):
1) Tag team wrestler
4) pleasant memory
6) singles wrestler
7) color commentator
8) Intercontinental champion
9) fondly-mentioned actor
12) WWF President/backlot brawler
13) WCW main-eventer
Joe Crowe is a book editor and stand-up comedian based in Birmingham, Alabama.
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