• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (June 3, 1999) – WCW Thunder
On this day in 1999, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Thunder’.
This episode was pre-taped at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW The Great American Bash 1999’ PPV.
The card of the show can be found here:
1. Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Scotty Riggs
2. Kidman vs. Hugh Morrus
3. Buff Bagwell vs. Brian Adams
4. Scott Norton vs. Silver King
5. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Curt Hennig
6. Chris Benoit vs. Ric Flair
• Jon Moxley Says He Was In The Last “Old School” Match In WWE
While speaking on ‘My Mom’s Basement’, AEW World Champion Jon Moxley (fka Dean Ambrose in WWE) recalled his WWE Championship match with Triple H at Roadblock 2016, which he highly appreciated.
Moxley said that it wasn’t much of a planned match as he and Triple H just went with the flow and decided what they wanted to do during the match.
Below is what Moxley said:
“It was a unique, old school wrestling match. It wasn’t a regular pay-per-view, it was a Network special, basically a beefed-up house show on a Saturday night. They brought in some cameras, some lights, maybe an extra producer and that was it. It had an old NWA Mid-South feel.
I always heard [Triple H] was the great ring general. I worked with him in six-mans but never got in the ring, didn’t say a word, and see what happens. The way I was taught, if you got caught in the ring going over a spot before the show by like Les Thatcher, it was looked at like a weakness, which is the exact opposite of the way the business is now. That’s the way I was brought up; call it in the ring, work, build it from the ground up.
It takes a different level of patience. I think I’m very good at that. [Triple H] is supposed to be, Harley Race and Ric Flair say that this guy is like the new top ring general. Okay, let’s see what you got.
I showed up really late and there’s this weird gamesmanship that goes on with old school workers where nobody wants to be the first guy to blink or be like, ‘what do we want to do, what’s our spots?’ Nobody wants to be the first guy to blink and it’s like ‘I’m the inferior worker’.
I got there really late and just hung out. It’s like 5:30 or 6, Michael Hayes is looking for me, ‘Hunter is in his locker room and wants to talk.’ I go there and he’s like, ‘What do you want to do?’ ‘Whatever you want to do.’ That game. We basically came up with a finish, a table spot, and a false finish. The rest of it, we basically called in the ring.
For me, I’d rather have that than a WrestleMania in front of a stadium. The unique, old school setting where I’m in control. That was unique and one of the last old school matches you’ll see in WWE probably. I’ll take that over a ‘created moment’ that we overproduced. That was a pure wrestling moment.”