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Yearly Review: NWA February 1988

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A former Horsemen returns to team with Luger to take out the heel group.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Scene: (currently held by: Ric Flair)
Flair defended the championship on 2/14 at the Omni against Sting. Flair was able to retain the championship. At the 2/28 Omni show Flair teamed with Anderson and Blanchard in a losing effort against Dusty Rhodes, Lex Luger and Ole Anderson.

NWA United States Championship Scene: (currently held by: Dusty Rhodes)
Jim Cornette believed that Bobby Eaton should have been the champion instead of Dusty. Eaton would get a few shots at the belt throughout the month but would come up short each time.

NWA Television Championship Scene: (currently held by: Mike Rotundo)
Jimmy Garvin is a new challenger for the championship trading words with the Varsity Club throughout the month. The issue was the Varsity Club messing with Garvin’s manager Precious. On the 2/14 WCW Wrestling show, the Varsity Club taunted Garvin and Precious by chanting her name.

Rotundo primarily defended the championship against Nikita Koloff throughout the month and retained the championship each time.

NWA Western States Heritage Championship Scene: (currently held by: Larry Zbyszko)
Zbyszko didn’t defend the championship during the month as he was focused on rising up the ranks. Zbyszko was kept busy wrestling Dusty Rhodes several times but always came out on the losing end.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
Anderson and Blanchard defeated the team of Lex Luger and Ole Anderson at the Omni on 2/14 inside a steel cage in a non-title match.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Scene: (currently held by: Midnight Express)
The Midnight Express continued to retain the championships by beating Jimmy and Ron Garvin thanks to Kevin Sullivan attacking Jimmy at the Omni on 2/28.

Other Happenings:
– Magnum TA revealed he had a surprise for the Horsemen at events on February 20th and 21st. The surprise was Ole Anderson teaming with Dusty Rhodes and Lex Luger.

– Road Warrior Animal is out with an injury caused by Warlord and Barbarian. A ladder match with $50,000 at stake was promoted. Hawk and Paul Ellering won the ladder match that took place on 2/14 in Chicago.

– Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong had a feud going on with the Sheepherders, though Horner had no idea what the issue was between the teams because “the US never went to New Zealand to bomb any sheep.”

– Ivan Koloff and the Powers of Pain won the NWA Six Man Tag Team Championships defeating Road Warrior Hawk, NWA US Champion Dusty Rhodes and Paul Ellering.

Buy-rate/Ratings:
There weren’t any major events taking place during the month.

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  1. Dave #

    “On the 2/14 WCW Wrestling show, the Varsity Club taunted Garvin and Precious by chanting her name. ”

    Sometimes, the easiest ways to get heel heat are the most effective. :) (Also, Horner’s comment cracked me up.)

    January 2, 2014

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