Not too long ago, I did a retrospective on the NWC (National Wrestling Conference), a small promotion based in Nevada that created a little buzz in the mid 90's before quickly flaming out once the market dried on available free agents with legitimate drawing power and a lack of homegrown talent to build around. Of course, NWC is probably best known for their short-lived relationship with Warrior, a.k.a. The Ultimate Warrior, a.k.a. Jim Hellwig, including one of his few in-ring appearances in a wrestling ring between his 1992 and 1996 WWF appearances. NWC's TV deal didn't last long, maybe 3-4 months, and I think was limited to the West Coast markets, so there's not a heck of a lot of footage out there. Why did I pick this episode? Give me literally 4-minutes and you'll know why this went into the "instant recap" file.
The show opens with "Get Ready for This" by 2 Unlimited (you've probably heard it in Space Jam and countless other sports related television and film), which I doubt had licensing rights cleared. Recognizable names in the open includes The Honkytonk Man, Virgil, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, Sabu, and Cactus Jack taking a chair to the face. NWC Slammin' is brought to us by Ultrazone, "The Ultimate Laser Adventure", KOMP 92.3 FM, "The Rock of Las Vegas", and Allstate Auto Marine & Electric repairs. T.C. Martin (the money man behind NWC) and Al Lorenz are standing by to run down what we'll see this week, including action from the NWC Tag Team Championship Tournament. WHO DOESN'T LOVE TOURNAMENTS?! Also, NWC comes to the Aladdin on October 7th for their anniversary show, with an advertised Main Event of Warrior vs. Jim Neidhart. CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Bill Anderson (in the old Ken Resnick role of backstage promo hype man) is standing by to hype the show on October 7th. Jim Neidhart is here to hype the Main Event. He brags about what he did to Virgil ("I hear he's still hanging around!") and isn't impressed by Warrior's recent victory over the Honkytonk Man. Anderson calls it the "Biggest Main Event in NWC History." In the 30-second commercial that follows, we see "Honkytonk Man vs. Koko B. Ware" is on the under-card.
Commercial for "Warrior University." He's upfront and honest about his mantra that personality will get you further down the road to success. The long-dead phone number is (602)-566-4276, located in Scottsdale, AZ. I hope we get a commercial for his workout tape.
Johnny Psycho Paine is standing to challenge anyone to take him on. How is this guy shorter than the interview man? He rambles nonsense and teases attacking Anderson. We cut to comments from Bruce Allen from the "Out of Control Rock ‘n' Roll Show" on KOMP 92.3 FM that doesn't get me hyped for a match between a DJ and a midget Barbarian.
Bill Anderson is back with The Powers of Pain. Woah, The Warlord and Barbarian reunited! They're in the Tournament and get to face "Aerial Assault." This is the longest promo I've ever heard from the Warlord. These are some awful promo spots.
"The Best of the NWC" Volume 1: Total Chaos is NOW AVAILABLE, and the commercial features an ugly botch of a flying hurricanrana. We'll see the Desert Death Match between Cactus Jack and Sabu! The rematch in the Steel Cage WITH WEAPONS! IT'S TOTAL CHAOS! The Branding Iron Match between Terry Funk and Virgil! Interviews never seen on TV! More Sabu! ONLY $24.95!
Bill Anderson brings out the most disgusting human being in the company (Warrior?) and it turns out to be Johnny Psycho Paine. Again. Is that spit in his beard?! Anderson asks is Paine is "off his medication." Why is the interviewer trying to get himself over on the talent? I guess Paine physically assaulted him before. Anderson mouths off again and gets hit with a DDT on the carpet. "Another one bites the dust."
Bill Anderson is standing by, magically recovered from his brains splattered on the carpet. He introduces the "9th Wonder of the World", MR ELECTRICITY HIMSELF, The Warrior. He shakes Anderson's hand and dismisses him. Where's he been for the last 2 ½ years? He goes where he needs to answer the challenges of the Warrior. He's going to take the familiar ones back down to the dungeon where the Warriors have been hanging and banging. There are those that try to imitate and duplicate the Warrior, but there's no one that feels the power of the Warriors like he does.
MORE HYPE for the Anniversary at the Aladdin Theater on October 7th! The Warrior vs. The Anvil! Honkytonk Man vs. Koko B. Ware in a Battle of Memphis! Virgil vs. The Thug in ANOTHER Grudge Match! Johnny Psycho Paine vs Navajo Kid! Larry Powers vs The Original EARTHQUAKE! Don Juan! Superboy! Principe Hindu! Irish Assassin! Lady Victoria vs. Barbara Blaze! I love how the women are advertised last, after the prelim men. Also, meet Warrior at the Ultrazone at 1 pm that same day! CARD SERIOUSLY SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Final Thoughts: Holy cow, this was some terrible stuff. The show featured a racial fueled angle for cheap heat, an undersized crazy heel getting cheap heat on an interviewer, an established tag team gobbling up an opponent for TEN MINUTES and still not doing a reasonable job, and bad promo after bad promo. I can't think of much that was worth complimenting. Warrior's rambling promo in the final segment was lightyears better than anyone else, only because of how poor the field was. After this sample of NWC TV, I'm not sure I'd waste my time watching another episode soon (which means I'm probably watching another episode tomorrow).