Letters From Center Stage #11

In this episode of Letters From Center Stage, JT & Allan head into their offices in Atlanta, GA to dive deep into the outer rim of the nostalgia mothership that was WCW:

1. The Plunder Bucket: The US Title vs. The TV Title / Michael Buffer!
2. 1-800-COLLECT Road Report: Ric Flair Leaves WCW
3. The Long Topic: WCW’s Women’s Division Through the Years

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5 thoughts on “Letters From Center Stage #11

  1. Hey, you have comments now! Great show as usual.

    I keep hearing that Flair was willing to lose to Barry Windham but I just don’t get how that makes any sense. The Horsemen were pretty much disbanded by May but they were still both heels. Windham does turn face by August but he had just sent Pillman packing at the June Clash and was being harassed by the debuting Yellow Dog.

    1. Essentially it comes down to a “anyone but Luger” scenario with Flair. Flair and Luger have always had animosity and this was the 2nd time he outright vetoed Luger winning the belt off of him behind the WrestleWar 1990 match. That was when Windham was pitched as a replacement idea when Flair knew he was on his way out.

  2. Nice! For my part, I can say I held the U.S. title in higher esteem with respect toeh pecking order than the TV strap, but always associated the latter with hosting better matches. Benoit/Booker Best of 7 …which was not even over the title itself, but No. 1 contendership FOR the title… happened during my formative years as a WCW fan. So I viewed it very much as the fighting champion/”workrate” belt. That’s without even having much knowledge of its lineage including Arn, Regal, Sting, Muta, Austin, etc. Positioning that title so strongly can be counted as one of the things WCW really got right.

    Sidebar: I think WCW was a knock-on beneficiary of ECW treating their World Television Championship with such prestige. It was arguably a bigger deal than the ECW World Heavyweight Championship during that late ’90s run. That inevitably invited comparison to WCW’s counterpart, but I think both promotions were the better for it.

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