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No, you are not seeing a mirage. You can pinch yourself if you're not convinced that this a new thread being posted by yours truly in the Mods Section post-mod retirement. After spending time playing the game, I've been getting my motivation back and have thought of a few ideas for a new project, and now I'm pulling a Terry Funk and coming out of retirement for now. I have decided on a wrestling world set the day after WrestleMania 32 in 2016 that's a bit different from the world we were actually in two years ago. And before I go on, I should mention that I have already discussed this idea with Fleisch and he is on board, giving me full permission to use his RWC data as a base. I also have permission from joemurphy, who's Super Awesome Modern Picture Pack will be used in conjunction with this new mod, Elseworld 52.

Now, you might recall the Hall of Fame speech the Freebirds gave for their induction in 2016. Specifically, the story Michael Hayes told of he, Terry Gordy and the Von Erichs hitting up a... let's just say less than savory club in Texas. "Michael, he's got a wooden leg." POW-POW! POW-POW! POW! "What's so funny?" "He missed."

What on earth does this story have to do with this mod, you ask? Because this is where things start to go down a different path. In the original telling of the story, Michael Hayes was playing Pac-Man before the biker slapped him on the back. But in this timeline, Michael plays for just a few seconds longer. Other than that, the story plays out exactly the same way, complete with "wooden leg" and "he missed" punchlines. Yet somehow, those very few extra seconds change the wrestling world as we know it in 2016. Stay tuned to this thread to find out what all has changed with those few extra seconds.

On a side note, this means that I also have motivation to get my Locations file finished, which I will release as a standalone data set along with those locations being part of the data. The locations file will be basically for those who want to use these locations across all mods as they should be compatible with any and all real world mods, alternative history or real life.
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February 1984

Everything had played out in the wrestling world up to this point as it did in real life. The Freebirds/Von Erichs rivalry kicked off with Terry Gordy slamming the cage door on Kerry Von Erich's head on Christmas night; Hulk Hogan left the AWA for the WWF and became the new WWF Champion; and Ric Flair won the NWA World Title from Harley Race at the first annual Starrcade. But here is where history starts to diverge from reality. David Von Erich was set to go on a tour of Japan, but was feeling ill. His doctors would not clear him to make the trip, and David had to let Giant Baba know that he would not be cleared to make the trip. Thankfully, Baba was understanding and made adjustments along the way.

David made follow up doctor visits and was diagnosed with enteritis. David followed his doctor's recommendations and was back to feeling 100% not long after the diagnosis. However, he did not return to the ring until Memorial Day weekend of that year, where he would face Ric Flair inside Texas Stadium at the NWA's first annual Parade of Champions. This event was a spring time companion event to November's Starrcade, featuring NWA talent from various regions and hosted by World Class, much like how the Mid Atlantic territory hosted Starrcade. After a thrilling 30 plus minute bout, David would win the title using Flair's very own Figure Four Leg Lock against him. Finally, a Von Erich had won the NWA World Title. It was truly inspiring considering what preceded this event...

March 1984

With the World Class TV show being aired on KXTX channel 39, which at the time was an affiliate of televangelist Pat Robertson's CBN, the Von Erichs could use their connections to go on the 700 Club anytime they wanted. David opted to go on the show to come clean about his cocaine habit, which never caused him problems as far as putting on a good match was concerned. In fact, he never showed up to any show drugged up to the gills. But he did use it recreationally. He talked about how he believed it was the cause of his enteritis, and if his doctor hadn't stopped him from making the trip to Japan, he very well might not be alive today to tell his testimony. He talked about how his life flashed before his eyes, and how if he didn't do something now to change his life, things could get really bad in a hurry.

He knew he was taking a risk coming out and admitting all this with the fans in Texas being so in love with the Von Erichs that any sort of scandal might cause irreversible damage to their prestige, but David thought it was more important to come clean about this and if even just one person turned their life around, it was all worth it. Kerry and Kevin would soon follow suit, talking with pastors and counselors in order to kick their own bad habits and turn their lives around when they saw that younger brothers Mike and Chris had always looked up to them and didn't want them to pick up on their bad habits.

Come to find out, the fans did NOT turn on the Von Erichs, but in fact loved them even more for having the courage to come out and admit their shortcomings. And through hard work and determination, the Von Erichs were able to kick their bad habits, and became even better workers for it. While still not the best talker in the world, at least Kerry now didn't forget what he was to talk about in his promos. And he wasn't forgetting spots in matches either. Fritz was also relieved that he didn't feel the need to cover for his boys anymore.

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A Champion Crowned, and a Big Time Offer

The NWA Board of Directors met once again to discuss plans for the NWA World Title. Ric Flair was on board with dropping the belt as had been discussed, and was even more on board with David Von Erich being the heir apparent than before. On TV, Bill Mercer and Marc Lowrance would hype up the pending NWA Parade Of Champions on WCCW's TV shows, World Class Championship Wrestling and Championship Sports, respectively. Tickets for the Memorial Day weekend event sold out with more than a month to go before the event, headlined by David Von Erich winning the NWA World Title form Ric Flair when he used Flair's very own Figure Four to beat him as the he passed out and had his shoulders down for a three count. David would also go on to win Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Inspirational Wrestler of the Year" award for his courage to go on national television and admit to his problems, clean himself up and become NWA World Champion.

However, his reign was short lived as he received a phone call from Vince McMahon. In this timeline, the Fabulous Freebirds didn't have that short run in McMahon land in September of 1984. Instead, David got the phone call. It was a tough decision to make, but Fritz reassured David that now was the time to make a go of it in New York and that the family territory would be fine with Kerry and Kevin holding down the fort. Fritz was also making some investments to help maybe possibly expand the World Class territory. David thought long and hard, and finally decided to accept McMahon's offer. David would give his notice to his father and to the NWA Board of Directors. The NWA Board decided that David would drop the NWA World Title back to Ric Flair at that year's Starrcade on Thanksgiving Night in 1984. The two would go back and forth in another classic, and this time, David would return the favor to Flair by allowing him to go over using the famed Iron Claw, with David passing out from the hold and being pinned much like Flair had passed out and was pinned with his own Figure Four.

On the December 22, 1984 episode of WWF Championship Wrestling, Rowdy Roddy Piper was hosting yet another edition of Piper's Pit, as he and Cowboy Bob Orton were set to hand WWF Intercontinental Champion, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, an award for being the best champion in the WWF. "Better than that big cowardly brute, Chump Hogan!" Piper exclaimed. Greg and his manager, Jimmy Hart, talked about how they practically had no competition left because they broke Tito Santana's leg, and had already beaten the Junkyard Dog. The crowd went bonkers as none other than David Von Erich walked onto the set. Remember, World Class was shown in the New York area and was garnering just as big, sometimes bigger, TV ratings as the WWF, so the fans in attendance knew exactly who David Von Erich was. The heels all looked like they had seen a ghost, and Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino both wondered out loud just what on earth David was doing here as he stared the heels down. After about a minute, David yanked Roddy's microphone from his hand and told Valentine that he spoke too soon about having no competition, because he came to win some WWF championship gold this time around, and he had his eyes on that Intercontinental Title.

The feud would go all the way to the first annual WrestleMania at Madison Square Garden, where David would finally get the better of the Hammer and win the IC Championship. David and Valentine were turning fans away with their classics on the B cards, which were now rivaling the A cards that Hulk Hogan headlined. Their feud finally culminated on the first ever Saturday Night's Main Event on NBC, where David defeated the Hammer inside of a steel cage. David would then feud with the likes of Don Muraco, Nikolai Volkoff and the Iron Sheik before feuding with possibly his greatest opponent to date: "Macho Man" Randy Savage. They went back and forth, trading disqualification and count out victories on the house show loop before blowing off their feud at WrestleMania 2, where they stole the show at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, with Macho Man winning the title. David would disappear off TV for a few months until some familiar faces showed up...

TO BE CONTINUED

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All in the Family

While David was tearing it up in New York, Kerry and Kevin Von Erich had several babyface allies they could rely on to keep their feud with the Freebirds going. From Bruiser Brody, to Chris Adams, to Iceman King Parsons, World Class definitely did not suffer from a shortage of good babyfaces. And with everything going well, Mike Von Erich was never pressured to get into the ring. Instead, he got to do what he wanted to do: work behind the scenes as a producer for the show. Chris Von Erich, however, wanted to be a wrestler, but was a bit depressed that he knew he would never be as big as his older brothers. To help cheer himself up, he would start doing impressions of various workers backstage. But not only was he cracking himself up, everyone else backstage was cracking up as well. Kerry and Kevin took notice, and pitched the idea to their dad to give Chris his own interview segment a la Piper's Pit, with the difference that this segment was being hosted by a babyface. Chris' time hosting the talk segment known as Youth Movement was a turning point in him battling and overcoming his depression of never getting to be a wrestler as now he realized he could be a part of the show in other ways. He also had a mind for the business as he had some rather creative ideas, such as Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez wearing masks after they had their heads shaved by Kerry and Kevin Von Erich at the 1985 Cotton Bowl Extravaganza.

Fritz meanwhile was making investments in hopes of expanding the World Class territory. However, he and many other people were swindled by a shady money man who was sent to prison for money laundering. Now in dire need of money, Fritz had to do something he never foresaw himself doing: selling the territory to an outsider. In August of 1986, Fritz Von Erich made a phone call to his former booker Ken Mantell, and worked out a deal for Bill Watts to purchase the territory. Watts would merge Mid South and World Class together to form the UWF, with the company holding TV tapings in Oklahoma and Texas. Receiving more money than he thought imaginable, Fritz was able to retire and this time invested some of his money in better assets that insured that he never had to work another day in his life. Meanwhile, Kerry and Kevin would join their brother David in the WWF, as did the Fabulous Freebirds. The Von Erich/Freebird rivlary was about to reignite in the World Wrestling Federation. Mike and Chris would be hired on to the WWF production staff, working as apprentices under Kevin Dunn before going on to help produce the WWF's revamped syndicated shows of Superstars of Wrestling (formerly Championship Wrestling) and Wrestling Challenge (formerly All Star Wrestling).

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David had taken some time off after WrestleMania 2 to heal some nagging injuries. This couldn't have come at a better time as his brothers, Kerry and Kevin, debuted on Superstars of Wrestling in October of 1986. After an otherwise ordinary squash victory over Steve Lombardi and Mario Mancini, the Von Erichs were attacked by newcomers the Fabulous Freebirds. All looked lost until David Von Erich made a triumphant return, blasting all of the Freebirds with right hand after right hand, and even locking Buddy Roberts in the famed Von Erich Claw.

As was mentioned, Mike and Chris took jobs on the WWF production crew. In this timeline, Bruce Prichard never came to work for the WWF. Instead, he stayed on with Bill Watts as the head booker for the UWF, and would also book other territories (we'll get there). So instead of Bruce working the Gorilla position at some shows and helping to pitch storyline ideas, Chris Von Erich was the one who would work Gorilla and pitch storyline ideas. It was Chris' idea for Bobby "The Brain" Heenan to be the linchpin in Andre the Giant turning heel and challenging Hulk Hogan in front of a record-setting crowd in the Pontiac Silverdome at WrestleMania III. It was also Chris who pitched the idea for Macho Man to injure Ricky Steamboat's larynx to set up their show stealing bout at WrestleMania III. Mike, meanwhile, showed a talent for putting together promo videos that helped sell the fans on upcoming big events, as well as video packages that highlighted the WWF superstars at their very best. In later years, Kevin Dunn would see Mike as a threat, but again, we'll get there.

Since Bruce Prichard never worked for the WWF in this timeline, that means there was no Brother Love... no Brother Love character portrayed by Bruce that is. Vince had seen Chris Von Erich doing his impressions and saw the headlines corrupt televangelists were making for all the wrong reasons. Vince, ever the one who likes to seize on real world issues and make money off of them, pitched the idea of Brother Love to Chris. It was a chance for Chris Von Erich to make a name for himself on WWF TV without having to live up to the Von Erich hype. If the character got over, he got it over on his own merits. If it fell flat on its face, he still had his production job and could live with the fact that he failed on his own and didn't bring shame to the Von Erich family name. In February 1987, the Brother Love Show premiered on Wrestling Challenge after Jake "The Snake" Roberts kayfabe put the Snake Pit on hiatus to get revenge on the Honky Tonk Man for blasting him over the head with his trusty guitar.

In the Hulk Hogan/Andre the Giant storyline, it would be revealed that it was Brother Love who helped Andre to "see the light" about how Hulk was holding him back, and how the only reason Bobby Heenan sent the Heenan Family after Andre was to try and beat sense into him to try and see the light. Thanks to being thrust into one of the hottest angles going on in the WWF at that time, Chris Von Erich was able to get the Brother Love character over like Rover. So much so that when Rowdy Roddy Piper left for Hollywood after WrestleMania III, the Brother Love Show was promoted to Superstars, and the Snake Pit made its return to Wrestling Challenge. The Brother Love Show had its share of big moments, but none would be bigger than what was to come in late 1987...

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http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x41pmfl

Straight from the horse's mouth himself.
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Just. Wow!!!!

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Following the hell out of this. I've always had a love for the "what ifs" about WCCW and the Von Erichs, and this preview already has me happy and excited like nothing before!
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Fear not, good sirs, more is on its way. As a matter of fact...

Survivor Series

By 1987, the WWF had come into a Golden Age in terms of popularity. Hulkamania was running wild; Honky Tonk Man had enormous heat as a heel IC Champion, selling out B shows as Hogan sold out A shows; and the Von Erichs/Freebirds rivalry hit a fever pitch, with the Freebirds inadvertently costing the Hart Foundation the WWF Tag Team Titles on an October edition of Superstars that saw Kerry and Kevin Von Erich win the Tag Titles. The rivalry came to a head in a Badstreet Match at the first annual Survivor Series. While the rest of the roster would participate in five vs five matches (and the 20 man five tag teams vs five tag teams match), the Von Erichs and Freebirds did battle in a six man Badstreet Match fought under Survivor Series elimination rules. Vince understood the risk he was taking allowing these men to work such a match in front of the WWF audience, but it was well worth it as it was now starting to rival Macho Man vs. Ricky Steamboat for Match of the Year honors. As a matter of fact, the voting was practically split down the middle as Ricky Steamboat/Macho Man won the honors in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. However, the Badstreet Match won the honors in Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Something that many thought was interesting was how much more vicious that David had been than ever before. In fact, when the Von Erichs had the Freebirds down 3-1, with Michael Hayes the lone Freebird left, David would shove both Kerry and Kevin on his way out of the ring after he got eliminated when Kevin accidentally hit him with his cowboy boot. Now at this same Survivor Series event, Hulk Hogan led his team of Hulkamaniacs against Andre the Giant's team, with Andre claiming that he would retire if he could not defeat Hogan. Hogan would be the lone survivor, and Andre would ride off in the sunset by going back to being a babyface after slapping Bobby Heenan around when the Brain berated him for losing the bout. In reality, Andre's size and years of wrestling caught up to him, and he was ready to step away from competition, with Vince giving him a job behind the scenes as a road agent.

The Main Event

And still on the subject of Survivor Series, there was a special PPV edition of the Brother Love Show, where "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, who was now a financier of the show (in kayfabe), proclaimed that he would buy the WWF Championship. Two weeks later on Superstars, Hulk Hogan got choked up, acting as if he was sad to let Hulkamaniacs know that the money was too much to turn down, only to shout "HEEEEEELL... NOOOOOOOOO!" With that, DiBiase was infuriated, but being the smart man that he was, he had a Plan B. The following week on the Brother Love Show, he claimed that he knew someone who had all the tools to be a champion, and was being held back by President Jack Tunney from challenging Hogan because he knew that this man could beat Hogan. When Brother Love asked DiBiase just who he was talking about, he brought out none other than... David Von Erich! The crowd was practically speechless in shock, hoping against all hope that David was coming out to tell DiBiase that he was a liar. But instead, David proclaimed that DiBiase was right, that Hogan had ducked him for these past few years, but he was so busy trying to fight his rotten brothers' battles for them because they couldn't leave well enough alone with the Freebirds that he didn't have the time to protest President Jack Tunney never once naming him #1 contender.

That comment brought out Kevin and Kerry, who were as shocked as everyone else, trying to figure out just what had gotten into David. Kevin said that if this was about him accidentally hitting him with his cowboy boot at Survivor Series, that he was truly sorry. But David said this had nothing to do with any of that, and everything to do with finally doing things his way. He told Ted DiBiase that he would beat Hulk Hogan for the title, and he would gladly give the title over to him with all the money he was going to make. The Von Erichs had enough and were about to go after David and Ted until the Freebirds showed up and attacked! Ted DiBiase had built his own gang known as Money Inc., with Virgil serving as bodyguard, David serving as enforcer, and Buddy Roberts serving as manager for Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy as Buddy retired after Survivor Series.

At the Royal Rumble, which was shown on the USA Network, Mean Gene Okerlund hosted a live contract signing for the big match between David Von Erich and Hulk Hogan to be broadcast on NBC. This was seen as a big money match because David had a run as NWA World Champion and was seen as a real wrestler that could give Hulk Hogan a run for his money (no pun intended). All of Money Inc. was out there, and Hogan was out there by himself as Macho Man (now a babyface) was working a house show over in the States as the Rumble took place in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. After the contract was signed, Ted told his men to put their official stamp of approval on it by attacking the Hulkster. It was a gang-style attack unlike any other, but fortunately for Hogan, Kerry and Kevin came running down to chase Money Inc. out of the ring.

It was time for the big bout on NBC, and it was living up to everyone's expectations. In fact, it still stands today as the largest network television audience to watch a professional wrestling match with a 15.2 rating and over 33 million viewers tuning in to watch this showdown. The Freebirds inevitably came down to try and distract the Hulkster, but out came the Von Erichs to brawl with them at ringside. With all the ruckus that was going on, referee Dave Hebner was distracted and yelling for security to run down and get everyone separated as Hogan had David pinned following his patented leg drop. You could count to twenty, but the ref would not turn around. Hogan tried to get the ref's attention, but Hebner kept telling him he had to get everyone away from ringside. Hogan turned around, only to get locked in the Iron Claw. David was able to bring Hogan down, and Dave Hebner turned around in time to make the three count... except Hogan got his shoulder up at one! Hogan was double crossed out of the WWF Title, and David Von Erich surrendered the WWF Championship to Ted DiBiase. Amidst all the commotion, there was another Dave Hebner in the ring yelling at the original Dave Hebner... who turned out to be Dave's twin Earl! "HOW MUCH FOR THE PLASTIC SURGERY, MAN?! THEY WERE IDENTICAL! IDENTICAAAAAALLLLL!" All of this set the stage for what would go down as one of the highest grossing (for that time) WrestleMania's of all time.

But the WWF is not the only place that has had changes in its timeline. Just what has happened with the UWF? With Jim Crockett Promotions? With other territories? Don't worry, we will get there soon enough.
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Thanks for the kind words, folks. Hopefully when this is released, it doesn't disappoint.

Now let's tie up a loose end that I'm sure has been on the mind of at least a few people. "Ain't that Chris Von Erich too young to be workin' in the Dubya-Dubya-F!?! What about school?"

If you recall in one of the previous posts, the rest of the Von Erichs did not arrive until October 1986. Chris had already turned 17 by this point. In this timeline, there wasn't much of an issue with him working in World Class since it pretty much stayed in Texas and he was able to attend class. Also in this timeline, by the time the 1986/87 school year starts, he was home schooling and had done well enough that he would graduate early. Just a loose end I wanted to tie up.

So what on earth was going on in other territories while the WWF was doing well?

UWF

After Fritz sold World Class to Bill Watts, the Cowboy merged both his Mid South territory and the World Class territory to form the UWF. They had two TV shows in syndication: Power Pro Wrestling, and Championship Sports. Ken Mantell had been head booker, but right before Christmas 1986, he and Bill Watts had a falling out over the direction of the company, as well as paranoia that a young Bruce Prichard was going to backstab Ken. So Ken quit, leaving Bruce to be the head booker of the UWF. Ken would go on to form Wild West Wrestling and ran in opposition to Watts, holding shows at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, Texas and managing to take some of Watts' talent. By 1987, UWF talent was heading for greener pastures in the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions. While there was no oil crisis in this timeline, fans eventually began to notice the drop off in talent. It didn't help that Bill Watts was budget cutting and using the cheapest talent possible. Jim Ross had already given his notice and went to work for Crockett, calling matches with Tony Schiavone, while the UWF had to settle for Joel Watts calling the matches all by his lonesome. By August of 1987, Bill Watts sold his UWF assets to Jim Crockett Jr., which leads us to...

Jim Crockett Promotions

The Mid Atlantic area was doing well thanks in part to having the likes of Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, Nikita Koloff, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, the Road Warriors, the Rock 'n' Roll Express, the Midnight Express and more on their roster. Dusty & Friends vs. The Four Horsemen was guaranteed money night after night. In this timeline, Magnum TA never had his car accident, and he would win the NWA World Title at Starrcade '86. It was unheard of at the time for a babyface to be the flag bearer of the NWA for a lengthy amount of time as NWA territories had always been about the babyfaces chasing the heels. But this experiment proved to be a success with Magnum TA's natural charisma and good looks. But at a house show in August of 1987, Magnum TA hurt his arm, and he was going to have to take some time off to let it heal up. So Dusty Rhodes made the call to have Magnum drop the title on a special televised edition of World Championship Wrestling on TBS that aired on Labor Day, taking full advantage of kids being out of school and adults being off work. Magnum won the locker room over by working the match hurt, putting on a performance that rivaled his I Quit steel cage match against Tully Blanchard, and making Ric Flair look like a million bucks as he repaid the favor of doing the honors.

But Magnum's injury wasn't the end of the world, as a face turn for Nikita Koloff had been teased for some time, with the story being that he started noticing that America wasn't such a bad place, and how hospitable everyone was to him no matter how mean and nasty he had been to them. After losing a tag match on NWA Pro Wrestling to the Rock 'n' Roll Express, Ivan blew a gasket and blamed Nikita for the loss, then slapped him in the face. Nikita had enough, and the crowd inside the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium erupted when he laid Ivan out with a vicious Russian Sickle. But Nikita wasn't the only babyface being groomed for a top spot. Ric Flair had his eyes on a face painted man who while still a bit green, had been showing steady improvement. Flair felt all this man needed was some guidance...

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Painted Protege

There was a face painted young man that Ric Flair had his eyes on who was part of the Blade Runners in Mid South/UWF. He was managed by Eddie Gilbert, and had a good look, along with natural charisma. After the UWF folded in 1987, he signed on with Jim Crockett Promotions and was getting a number of wins over enhancement talent, but hadn't been put in a major angle yet.





























Jim Hellwig, who was known in the Mid South territory as Blade Runner Rock, signed with JCP after the UWF's closure, but did not debut until mid September of 1987, growing his hair out and changing his look, being repackaged as a kayfabe protege of Paul Ellering and the Road Warriors, christened the Ultimate Warrior. Flair saw money and took him on as his protege. Jim Crockett Jr. had inked a deal with TBS to air a new series of periodic TV specials known as the Clash of the Champions, with the first one taking place the day of WrestleMania IV to get back at the WWF for airing the Royal Rumble on USA Network in opposition to the Bunkhouse Stampede. The main event, which had not been announced to the public yet but was made knowledge to those behind the scenes, was going to be Ric Flair defending the NWA World Championship against Nikita Koloff. However, Nikita's knee got hurt in his match against Terry Taylor at Starrcade '87. It was initially thought that he could just take time off and cut promos on TV then work through the pain at the Clash event. However, after a second doctor's visit, Nikita had to break the devastating news that he had torn his left quadriceps and would have to get surgery, taking him out of action until at least the summer of 1988, if not later.

Needing a challenger, several ideas were bantered about. David Crockett suggested Dusty Rhodes. After all, Dusty vs. Flair was money, and was usually a guaranteed great match. However, even Dusty himself felt that the fans wanted a fresh challenger. So Dusty suggested Lex Luger, but Flair mentioned that turning Luger suddenly could damage his career, and thought it would be better to build up Luger's turn as the payoff would be much better. Plus, the Four Horsemen were white hot at this point in time. Finally, someone asked Flair about "the painted musclehead" that he took under his wing. Flair nodded his head and had stated that this was the time to put a spotlight on the Ultimate Warrior. Flair would be retaining the title anyway, so if Warrior flopped, they could move on. And if he succeeded, they would have yet another top flight babyface. If ever there was a time to make or break the Ultimate Warrior, this television special on TBS would be it. Warrior was already aligned with the Road Warriors, who were no strangers to the Four Horsemen. And Warrior had shown some improvement, but some wondered if working a longer match would expose the Warrior's weaknesses, though some felt that working with someone the caliber of Ric Flair would hide those weaknesses.

TO BE CONTINUED
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Looks great! Just wondering will all these changes just be in the US or will the entire wrestling world feel the effects?
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