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Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi - Seventh Star (1986) [Sep. 10th, 2013|04:48 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles: Black Sabbath Featuring Tony Iommi - Seventh Star (1986)

TIMELINE

When we last left the saga of Black Sabbath, ex-Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan had stepped into the position of frontman, previously occupied by Ozzy Osbourne and Ronnie James Dio, and recorded 1983's Born Again with the original lineup of guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, and drummer Bill Ward. Prior to the ensuing tour, Ward once again removed himself from the situation due to his issues with alcohol and was replaced by former Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan. Following the Born Again campaign, Ward was feeling well enough to return to the fold after the departures of Gillan and Bevan, who also reunited with their old outfits after leaving Sabbath. Although several relatively unknown vocalists auditioned and actually joined the three original members for brief spells, these lineups failed to release any official recordings and the band basically fell apart with the exit of founding members Ward and Butler.

Why can"t you see, I"m no stranger to love...Collapse )
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Halloween Havoc '91 [Aug. 5th, 2012|01:26 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Halloween Havoc '91 - October 27, 1991

- While the company had always endured its share of turbulence, WCW had an especially tumultuous year in 1991 with the departure of its signature star and seven-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair, to the WWF following a breakdown in contract negotiations. For the first time in ten years, there was a void in the main event scene and a chance for other stars to climb up the card, allowing Sting to assume his role as the face of the promotion without the spectre of the Nature Boy looming over him. In the absence of the Four Horsemen, manager Paul E. Dangerously assembled an elite five-man conglomerate of WCW's upper-card heels in an effort to kill off the top babyfaces, with his end goal being the destruction of the company following a real-life legal tussle that was incorporated into the storyline. Late in the year and into 1992, WCW began to improve immensely with a talented crew of hard-working wrestlers up and down the card and produced one of the best single years in terms of in-ring quality and realistic storylines. Of course, this time period wasn't without its embarrassing gimmicks and questionable booking decisions, but overall this was my favorite era of WCW. Since we didn't get TBS at the time, I never got to see their flagship program, WCW Saturday Night, and only kept up through the syndicated Worldwide Wrestling and WCW Magazine. Recently, I came into contact with a (mostly) full archive of the Saturday Night shows from this era and since I'll be watching them anyway, I figured I would recap them as well. I will also do any of the pay-per-views I can find along the way, beginning here with Halloween Havoc 1991 as the prologue.

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Clash of the Champions XXXV [Jul. 11th, 2012|01:40 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXXV - August 21, 1997

- Kicking off the final Clash of the Champions ever broadcast, the opening video does a good job of hyping every match-up and highlighting a hook for each of them. In the main event, Diamond Dallas Page will join forces with Lex Luger to present a united front for WCW against the nWo's Randy "Macho Man" Savage & Scott Hall! Still claiming to be a free agent since arriving in WCW, Curt Hennig has agreed to team with his old associate, Ric Flair, to take on Syxx & Konnan of the nWo! With Debra McMichael in his corner, ex-Horseman Jeff Jarrett will defend the US Heavyweight Title against her husband, Steve McMichael! There will be a wild eight-man tag team match contested under Lucha Libre rules! Raven will face his long-time friend, Stevie Richards, in a Grudge Match! Recently revealing a bitter side to his personality, Eddie Guerrero will challenge Chris Jericho for the World Cruiserweight Title! World TV Champion Ultimate Dragon will put his gold on the line against Alex Wright! I will miss using so many exclamation points at the end of sentences!

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Clash of the Champions XXXIV [Jul. 9th, 2012|02:45 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIV - January 21, 1997

- The opening video hypes the two marquee matches for the thirty-fourth Clash of the Champions: Lex Luger will meet the nWo's Scott Hall one-on-one in the main event, and Chris Benoit will battle Kevin Sullivan in a Falls Count Anywhere showdown! Other wrestlers will also appear!

Some of them might even wrestle!Collapse )
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Clash of the Champions XXXIII [Jun. 27th, 2012|11:31 am]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXXIII - August 15, 1996

- On Memorial Day of 1996, two huge developments in the growth of WCW occurred. Originally conceived as a one-hour broadcast going head-to-head with Monday Night Raw, Monday Nitro expanded to two hours in order to gain a head-start against the WWF. During that initial two-hour program, one of the most shocking and revolutionary storylines in the history of the business began as Scott Hall, who until recently had been portraying the character of Razor Ramon in the WWF, came out of the crowd in the middle of a non-descript preliminary match and implied that he was a WWF representative declaring war on WCW. This was treated as a total shoot and since the unnamed Hall was still using the Razor Ramon accent and mannerisms, many fans believed that it was real and we were finally going to get the cross-promotional war to settle the score between the two companies. Soon after, Kevin Nash--also nameless and appearing in character as Diesel--showed up on Nitro and they claimed they had a third man on the way, as they challenged WCW to a six-man showdown at Bash at the Beach '96. On that fateful night, Hulk Hogan ran in and made his long-awaited heel turn as he legdropped Randy Savage and cut a scathing promo, unleashing his vitriol on the fans for booing him despite his work with kids and charities. The Hulkster also coined the "New World Order of Wrestling" moniker and started calling himself "Hollywood" Hogan to match his new heel persona, as the nWo became the hottest act in professional wrestling and led to record TV ratings for Nitro. Always one to jump on something when it's hot and then take all the credit for it, Hogan was given another WCW World Heavyweight Title reign as he beat the Giant at Hog Wild '96 and then famously spraypainted "NWO" on the belt.


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Clash of the Champions XXXII [Jun. 4th, 2012|02:56 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXXII - January 23, 1996

- After a recap of last night's Nitro, the lineup for the thirty-second Clash of the Champions is announced thusly: Hulk Hogan joins forces with new WCW World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage to battle Ric Flair & The Giant; Public Enemy scrapping with the Nasty Boys; Konnan defending his Mexican Heavyweight Title against Psicosis; new WCW World Tag Team Champions Sting & Lex Luger facing the Blue Bloods; and Sister Sherri and Col. Rob Parker will get married. It is the second half of WCW's Vegas double-header and IT IS NEXT!

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Monday Nitro - 1/22/96 [May. 31st, 2012|03:17 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Monday Nitro - January 22, 1996

- Debuting on Ted Turner's TNT cable network on September 4, 1995, WCW Monday Nitro immediately became the company's flagship program and kicked off the Monday Night Wars. Airing live every week against the usually-pretaped WWF Monday Night Raw, Nitro quickly gained a reputation as exciting and unpredictable after Lex Luger, fresh off a house show tour with the WWF, made a shocking return to WCW on the premiere episode. The battle for ratings dominance led to WCW offering PPV-caliber match-ups on their free television show and when Nitro eventually expanded to two hours, it rendered the Clash of the Champions broadcasts obsolete because they were essentially having a Clash every week. But for now, Nitro was still in its infancy and on this occasion, it was used to set up Clash of the Champions XXXII the following evening. WCW had a two-night stand in Vegas, beginning with this edition of Monday Nitro!


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Clash of the Champions XXXI [May. 24th, 2012|02:50 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXXI - August 6, 1995

- The opening video lays out possibly the least inspiring Clash lineup ever: Colonel Parker's exotic combination of Meng & Kurosawa will meet Sting & Road Warrior Hawk in meaningless tag team action! Alex Wright will take on Diamond Dallas Page and nobody will care! Paul Orndorff will challenge the useless Renegade for the Television Title! Billed as a "Five Men and a Lady" match, Harlem Heat & Sister Sherri will face Bunkhouse Buck, Dick Slater, & Col. Parker! The valiant and emotional WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan will step into the Dungeon of Doom once again! And in a two-on-one handicap match, Vader will collide with Ric Flair & Arn Anderson! What more could you possibly want?!?


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Clash of the Champions XXXI - The Preshow [May. 23rd, 2012|08:35 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Main Event - August 6, 1995


Getting you ready for the Clash!Collapse )
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Clash of the Champions XXX [May. 16th, 2012|01:53 pm]
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The Chrononaut Chronicles
WCW Clash of the Champions XXX - January 25, 1995

- Back in November of 1994, a very rare moment in WWF history on Monday Night Raw when Vince McMahon announced on the air that they were unable to come to terms on a contract with the legendary Randy "Macho Man" Savage and wished him well in his future endeavors. Those future endeavors involved signing a lucrative deal with WCW and the Macho Man immediately made an impact as he went face-to-face with Hulk Hogan and teased a heel turn, playing off of their legitimate love/hate relationship, but Savage decided to bury the hatchet and shook Hogan's hand at Starrcade '94. Since the WWF owned the trademarks on the names "Mega Powers" and "Mega Maniacs" and probably even "Ultimate Maniacs", the reunited superteam was given the silly moniker of "Monster Maniacs" as they joined forces to combat evil in WCW. Signing Savage was a big coup and a shocking surprise, since he had seemingly settled into Semi-Retired Legend status in the WWF as the co-host of Raw and now suddenly he was thrust back into active competition in WCW's main event scene.


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