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The Turnbuckle Tavern


Jun 15, 2024

In episode 25 ACEFIELD RETRO returns with MIKE BELCASTER to discuss HALLOWEEN HAVOC 1996 & the OCT 28th episode of MONDAY NITRO. HOGAN & MACHO's showdown is finally here in all of its SLIM JIM glory. What does the debut of RODDY PIPER mean for the WCW product? What exactly is the impact of this moment and does it resonate the same way as it did back in 1996? What's next for the NEW WORLD ORDER now that they have the tag titles? Are the OUTSIDERS going to hold these titles hostage or will it help the division even further? This is a highly regarded show and the card top to bottom certainly is exemplary vision of what nostalgia remembers 1996 for. There's something special about Halloween Havoc. We've had so much hype and this card has been constructed with patience and poise. How can we inject some of that into AEW & WWE nowadays? DEAN MALENKO has an epic encounter with REY MYSTERIO but what else is new? Do we get any resolution on what's going on with RIC FLAIR'S United States Championship? As per usual, we do some digging into Uncle Dave's newsletter as it happened in real-time to bring in CONTEXT and help us travel completely back to 1996 to get an idea of what this event meant to WCW's drive to overtake WWF in the MONDAY NIGHT WARS. What was the rating like? Is there more drama to unpack? Bret Hart going to WCW? Hogan back to WWF? Savage too?! WHAT?! As always, this episode is sure to be a tremendous time with the main homie MIKE BELCASTER. Don't forget to grab your weekly Shot of Nostalgia at 7 PM Eastern to continue FLASHBACK FRIDAY ON THE TAVERN. As always, tip your bartenders & learn from the past!

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This episode originally aired on September 30, 2022 on our streaming platforms. We are releasing the back catalog for audio purposes! Enjoy!