And So It Begins...

By Bill

Many of you have been enjoying Bob's work as he has been "working his way backward", writing up old WCW shows. He mentioned to me once that around 1991 is about as far back as his memories of wrestling go. I thought it would be interesting for me to "start at the beginning" of regular WCW broadcasts, and start covering things all the way back to the first TBS show in 1985. See the Wikipedia entry for "Black Saturday" for the history leading up to the inaugural Crockett TBS broadcast.

Ideally, Bob and I will keep doing this forever and ever and "meet in the middle" and have a nearly complete chronicle of WCW all the way back to its very first days on TBS. But, that's a long way off and who knows how long Bob and I will stick with it. Certainly, my progress will be very slow...given how long it took me to get through the first two shows, it will take me approximately 40 years to get through them all. For now, Bob and I are both doing our thing and we can all ride this train as far as it goes. In particular, I am really looking forward to seeing the original formation of The Four Horsemen unfold before my eyes in real time.

So, I will get in Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine and go back almost a quarter century. To give you context, some current pro wrestlers weren't even born yet when NWA/WCW was first on TBS.

Following Bob's writing style, I am going to write as if I am there watching the show for the first time, and don't know what the immediate future holds (e.g. if I happen to know that an upcoming match is going to lead to a title change), although I may on rare occasions reference things very far in the future when historical context is warranted.


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