NWA Crock & Roll Podcast
NWA Crock and Roll-You can find the podcast on the Place to Be Wrestling Network feed on iTunes, Podbean, all other podcast aggregators, and at Place to be Nation. NWA Crock and Roll Podcast is a show focused on the April 85-November 88 Crockett Era of the NWA with your hosts Shawn, Dr. G, Scott, and Calum. Each episode looks at the major feuds, promos & matches going on each month in detail from one of the greatest times in wrestling history.
NWA Crock & Roll #33: March 1986, Part 1
On episode 33 of NWA Crock and Roll, the full crew is back together to start the journey of March 86! Tully sends Dusty a clear message about the National title, while Dusty wants a fan to kiss his ass. A BIZARRE set of promos between Ron Garvin and Arn Anderson leading to a TV Title match. Crockett Cup location announced along with the debut of The Crockett Cup Spotlight, looking at matches with teams in the upcoming tournament. Up first, The Fabulous One’s vs. The Guerreros in a cage. 5 house show matches from Roanoke and Charlotte, end of show awards and more!
NWA Crock & Roll #32: February 1986, Part 2
On episode 32 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys close out 2021 by completing their look at a match filled February ’86. Matches include a Flair/TA World Title match, 3 Arn TV Title matches, 2 Midnight Express Tag Title defenses, and a banger of a tag team war from World Wide Wrestling between Dusty and Ron Garvin vs. Flair and Arn. All this plus Nikita/TA continuing to build, Tully setting a goal, and the debut of Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin! Happy New Year!
NWA Crock & Roll #31: A Very Crockett Christmas
On episode 31 of NWA Crock and Roll: A Crockett Christmas, the 3-man team of Shawn, the returning Dr. G, and Scott discuss 7 matches from 1983-87 that took place in World Class and the AWA on Christmas Night shows involving Crockett era wrestlers. Flair, Wahoo (wonder why Calum is missing?), Billy Graham, Baron Von Raschke & Midnight Express in matches against Kerry and David Von Erich, Rick Martel, Adrian Adonis, “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal and the Fantastics! Happy Holidays from the Crock and Roll crew!
NWA Crock & Roll #30: Battle of the Belts II
On episode 30 of NWA Crock and Roll, the three 3-man team of Shawn, Calum, and Scott discuss Battle of the Belts 2 from 2/14/86! Topics include Scott’s disturbing Ron Slinker takes, miserable Mike Graham, Kendall Windham needing a steak, the future Great Muta challenging for the Jr. Title, the future Jimmy Jack Funk shining against Lex Luger, a Wahoo/ Brody match for Calum to hate, a fun Road Warriors 6-man war, an all-time classic with Barry Windham vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World title and much more!
NWA Crock & Roll #29: Superstars on the Superstation, 2/7/86
On episode 29 of NWA Crock and Roll, once again it’s a 3-man team as they kick off February ’86 discussing Superstars on the Superstation from 2/7/86. Topics include Magnum TA hosting the show with an interesting co-host, a hot tag title opener, announcement of the first Jim Crockett Memorial Cup, a disappointing Warriors/Russians tag, Dusty and Willie Nelson being best friends, a long Dusty/Tully National Title match, and close with a Flair/Garvin World Title Banger!
NWA Crock & Roll #28: January 1986, Part 2
On episode 28 of NWA Crock and Roll, January 86 Part 2, the episode opens with a special announcement on a new partnership, then jumps right in! Topics include a disaster in the making substitute joining the Russians, the continuation of the Arn/Tully/Dusty/Baby Doll saga, a fantastic Flair/Garvin segment, an Ivan/Magnum match with a hot ending, a fun tag match involving one of the first instances of Tully and Arn teaming and ends with monthly awards!
NWA Crock & Roll #27: January 1986, Part 1
On episode 27 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are down a member, who is “on assignment”, but welcome a new official Horsemen, Scott Shifflett to discuss January 86 part 1! Topics include an interesting episode of Mid Atlantic TV, a nuclear break up of Tully and Baby Doll that leads to some of the best promos we have ever discussed, 3 new champions crowned, a title in danger of being vacated due to an injury of a Horsemen, a fantastic PWI segment featuring Magnum TA and an awkward Ron Garvin, a bad few weeks for Krusher Krushchev, Midnight Express/Rock n Roll Express heating up, Flair vs. Bockwinkel and more!
NWA Crock & Roll #26: December 1985, Part 2
On episode 26 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are joined by guest Jacob Williams to discuss December 85 pt. 2. Topics include 12/28/85 with a Saturday Night show that brings big-time main events in Garvin/Flair for World Title & Ole/Magnum TA for the US Title, while World Wide on same day has Magnum, Dusty, Manny Fernandez vs. Flair & the Andersons. They then discuss the 12/29/85 AWA Night of Champions 2 from the Meadowlands with Dusty/Flair, TA/Tully, and Warriors vs. the Russians and close out with December awards and announce a new permanent Horseman member starting on January 86 show!
NWA Crock & Roll #25: December 1985, Part 1
On episode 25 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys, after 6 long months, are back to the timeline with December 85 part 1, covering 12/7-12/21. Topics and discussions include a somber Tully, how is Tommy Young multiple time ref of the year, $33,000 fur coats, Russians/Warriors heating up, R & R Express next challengers, an all-star six-man, a Mid-Atlantic Title match, Anderson wanting the TV title, JJ feeling disrespected, Flair feeling himself while Ron Garvin steps up to challenge him in wrestling, not lovemaking & much more!
NWA Crock & Roll #24: Unwatched, Part 4
On episode 24 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys are once again joined by Scott Shifflett for the final part of the “Unwatched” series of matches they missed from April-November 85. Topics include one of the best 6-man all-star tag matches you will see from Memphis, a great Warriors/Freebirds tag from the Meadowlands, Wahoo’s continued downside against a big future star, and a sneak peek of December ’85 happenings with 3 matches in Puerto Rico. One, brutal for the wrong reasons, Nikita Koloff match & 2 Starrcade 85 rematches of which one is a tragic waste of 4 minutes with the US title on the line and one a fun World Title match! December 85 & our timeline watch returns next episode after 6 long months! So, join us for this final stop!
NWA Crock & Roll #23: Unwatched, Part 3
On episode 23 of NWA Crock ‘n’ Roll the boys are once again joined by Scott Shiflett for part 3 of the 4-part “Unwatched” series of matches they missed from April-November 85. Topics include 3 Road Warriors matches with varying opinions, including a shocking result against a team most did not understand, Portland bringing the goods again, while Puerto Rico does not, Shawn’s anger at Japan match bias, a fantastic TA/Flair match, weird “We are the World” ring entrance, a bloody Abdullah/Colon match with strong…ear work (???) and more!
NWA Crock & Roll #22: Unwatched, Part 2
On episode 22 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are once again joined by guest Scott Shiflett for part 2 of the 4-part “Unwatched” series of matches they missed from April-November 85. On tap in this educational episode; discussion about the loss of Bobby Eaton, 3 story-driven Flair title matches from Houston over a 6-week period, a shocking match rating from Calum, perplexing discoveries on Chris Markoff (who?), Road Warriors vs Dollar Tree Koloffs, a fantastic Dusty/Arn TV Title match and the potential resolution to the mystery of why Jimmy Valiant is over as he faces Tully Blanchard.
NWA Crock & Roll #21: Unwatched, Part 1
On Episode 21 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys are joined by guest Scott Shiflett for part 1 of the 4-part “Unwatched” series of matches they missed from April-November 85. Up first a match between the Road Warriors vs. the Hennigs, then 5(!) Ric Flair title matches ranging from Japan to Houston to Dallas and ending in Portland against 5 different opponents. A Wahoo-free episode for Calum to enjoy and hope you do too!
NWA Crock & Roll #20: Houston Layover Part 2, The Sequel
On the show’s one-year anniversary, in episode #20 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are once again joined by guest, Ben Locke to close out part 2 of the Houston Layover series. After discussing year one they jump right into it. Topics & matches include Adrian Street in a surprising match with Terry Taylor, continued bad Boesch commentary, a disappointing Brody/Rhodes match, a run-down of bad Billy Graham matches watched including the one in this show, the entertainment value of Abdullah the Butcher, a big swerve in a Wahoo match that leaves majority siding with Calum, the diversity of matches in Houston, worthless 2/3 fall matches, a divide on a Manny/Mascaras match, an entertaining Texas Death Coffin Match that has to be seen to be believed, and close with a sneak peek of the next few episodes through September where the timeline relaunches with December 85 in episode 25!
NWA Crock & Roll #19: Houston Layover, Part 1
This episode is dedicated to the memory of our good friend Calvin Crowell. Rest in Peace Calvin, you’ll be sorely missed. On episode 19 of NWA Crock & Roll, the boys are joined by Ben Locke for a part 1 of 2 series called “Houston Layover” looking at matches with Crockett stars in the Houston Territory. Topics and matches include bad Paul Boesch commentary, why is there a 2/3 falls Atlas/Koloff match, a never to be seen again hot tag sequence from the Rock and Roll Express, a shocking “I Quit” match with Krusher Darsow vs The Missing Link, Dick Slater challenging for the AWA title causing divide, a solid TA/Reed battle, a Tully Blanchard carry job and close out with a highly anticipated Wahoo/Race 2/3 falls match for the NWA title that may or may not breaks Calum, as Shawn continues his mission to find Wahoo matches that he will enjoy.
NWA Crock & Roll #18: Before They Were Crockett, Part 4
On episode 18 of NWA Crock & Roll, the boys are joined by Matt Souza for the final part of the “Before They Were Crockett Series”. Matches include a 4 star Abdullah match from Japan for some (What?), a disappointing Midnight Express match from Dallas, Barbarian in Memphis, Calum’s new favorite Wahoo match in Mid Atlantic, Buddy Landell in Houston, Ron Bass & Black Bart in Florida, and a final match that is a fascinating museum relic of a find involving JJ Dillon in Michigan from the 60s! (Link to some history of the match attached).
NWA Crock & Roll #17: Before They Were Crockett, Part 3
On episode 17 of NWA Crock And Roll the boys are joined by Matt Souza for part 3 of their “Before They Were Crockett Series”. Wrestlers looked at include Buzz Tyler, Buzz Sawyer, Dusty Rhodes, Dick Slater, Billy Jack Haynes, Ric Flair, two of Matt’s Favorites, Jimmy Valiant and Paul Jones in matches that involve The Briscoes, Roddy Piper, Jay Strongbow, “Beefy” Ted Dibiase, Johnny Weaver, Mike Rotundo, Tito Santana, Nick Bockwinkel & more. From Portland to Houston to New York to Canada this show has it all, including some 2-3 star gems, shocking outcomes, and the worst 15:50 minute abomination of a match in the history of this pod and maybe wrestling.
NWA Crock & Roll #16: Before They Were Crockett, Part 2
On episode 16 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys and guest Scott Shifflett are in part 2 of 4 of their “Before They Were Crockett” watch with 7 more matches that involve The Road Warriors, Terry Taylor, Krusher Khruschev, Arn Anderson, Paul Ellering, Ron Garvin, a very controversial Ivan Koloff match that causes some surprise divide, Baby Doll vs. one of The Golden Girls, a match Scott forgets to watch and a sneak peek at the guest and match watches for part 3. All matches can be found on YouTube. Enjoy and thank you for being a friend!
NWA Crock & Roll #15: Before They Were Crockett, Part 1
On episode 15 of the returning NWA Crock and Roll, the boys are back and joined by guest Scott Shiflett (Blockbuster Rewind, Pop Goes to the Couch, Battlestar in the 25th Century) and begin a 4 part mini-series journey of watching 28 random bouts looking at wrestling matches of wrestlers before they joined Crockett promotions in April 85. First 7 matches look at Tully Blanchard, The Rock n Roll Express, Superstar Billy Graham, Magnum TA, Manny Fernandez, Brett Sawyer and Ric Flair in bouts that include the likes of Tito Santana, Gino Hernandez, Ernie Ladd, Ted Dibiase, Doctor Death Steve Williams, Bruno Sammartino and so much more! From New York to Japan, from 1975-1984, from 2/3 Falls to Word Title matches, from awful to hidden gem, all bases covered in part 1 of “Before They Were Crockett!”
NWA Crock & Roll #14: Starrcade 1985
On episode 14 of NWA Crock & Roll, the boys are joined by the real “Podfather” Scott Criscuolo to talk Starrcade 85! Before they talk about the event they make an announcement about the future of the show, then jump in and discuss awkward Johnny Weaver, the multi-month build to the main matches, the “real” greatest NWA/WCW match of all time, Wahoo continuing to disappoint even in a good match, another worst match ever we have watched on this show, is the main event the Dusty/Flair match that’s been missing, a fun tag title match, a complete waste of the Midnight Express and Ron Garvin, why we nickname the show Starrblade, final thoughts on what feels like the season finale of the last 8 months of the pod and more!
NWA Crock & Roll #13: A look back at Starrcade ‘83 & ‘84
After last week’s episode with Nikita Koloff to kick off Starrcade 85 month, enjoy this bonus episode of NWA Crock and Roll #13 where the boys are joined by third-time guest Jacob Williams. They discuss Starrcade 83/84: BC (Before April 85 Crockett) to look at matches from those two Starrcades involving wrestlers they have watched since starting the pod timeline in April 85. Some 4-star classics, some hidden gem surprises, and honestly maybe the worst match they have seen in 8 months of doing the show much to Calum’s delight and Shawn’s chagrin. The final road to our Starrcade 85 episode stops here!
NWA Crock & Roll #12: A Special Episode with a Sick(le) guest
On a very special episode 12 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are joined by the one and only Crockett era staple, former Tag Team, Six-Man, US, and TV Champion, Nikita Koloff! Topics and stories range from his thoughts on the recent passing of Jim Crockett, his start in 1984, many feuds, matches, iconic moments in his career, what he is up to today and a moment our one Calum McDougall will never forget. A great interview with an amazing individual as we launch the first of 3 episodes in Starrcade 85 month on NWA Crock and Roll! Nikita can be found on
NWA Crock & Roll #11: November 1985, Part 2
On Episode 11 of NWA Crock & Roll, the boys are once again joined by guest Rory McNamara as they look at the second half of November 85 to close out the journey to Starrcade! They discuss an iconic closing shot of 11/16/85 World Championship Wrestling, then jump into multiple 3 star plus matches and 1 average match including, Buddy Landell vs Manny Fernandez, 4 Ric Flair matches that include a banger 6 man with the Andersons, a fantastic angle, and match for the title in Mid South vs. Ted Dibiase, another title defense against Koko Ware in Memphis and yet another title defense in Mid South against Jake Roberts with a shocking start. They close the show with a hot Road Warriors/Russians segment and big news on the vacant World TV title! A very match-heavy episode with some awesome hidden gems as we look forward to next month where we cover all things Starrcade 85!
NWA Crock & Roll #10: November 1985, Part 1
On the landmark episode, 10 of NWA Crock & Roll, Shawn, Dr. G, and Calum are joined by first-time guest, Rory McNamara (Special Relations, Seen Your Video, Wrestling 20 Years Ago podcasts) to discuss the first half of November 85! After a brief intro of Rory and his Crockett viewing history, they open with the amazing storytelling of the build to Tully/TA “I Quit” match in 20 minutes worth of TV that has one of the best “real” angles ever and is the feud better than Dusty/Flair? Jim Crockett no selling President Bob Geigel mandates, Tully’s continued trend of making fedoras look good, the “Soviet Union Ambassador of Destruction” Nikita Koloff, an atrocious Billy Graham/Abdullah match, several “uncomfortable” promos that would not hold up well in 2021, Starrcade 85 Update, complete with a Wahoo match announced much to Calum’s chagrin, Dusty’s “special” boot and return to the ring after injury, Arns continued claim to the now vacant TV Title, a trip to Mid South as Flair faces Butch Reed in a nontitle match with a shocking ending, why Sam Houston and Terry Taylor should stay away from microphones, the iconic first mention of the Four Horseman and close the show with the even more iconic greatest promo of all time… “Hard Times” as read by Calum Rhodes with a thought-provoking breakdown by the newly tagged “Shakespeare of Special Relations” Rory McNamara. Starrcade 85 build continues and we are only halfway through the month!
NWA Crock & Roll #9: October 1985, Part 2
In part 2 of NWA Crock and Roll October 85, the crew with guest Logan Crosland, first head to Japan where Ric Flair goes title for title with AWA Champion Rick Martel and also tags with Martel in a match against Tsruta and Tenryu! They then head back to the TBS studios where they discuss Arn’s claim to the TV title, the long-awaited return of his fedora, then facing Wahoo McDaniel in a match for the Southern Title that Calum gets his shining moment in, much to Shawn’s chagrin. Dusty visits the doctor and has his first strange confrontation via video with Flair since his injury in the PWI Scouting Report Studios. R & R discuss their title loss, great intensity from Magnum and Tully building to their I Quit match and the debut of Miss Atlanta Lively and the impact it has to the wrestler portraying her as Valiant has a new ally against the Midnight Express! The Road to Starrcade 85 is heating up on NWA Crock and Roll!
NWA Crock & Roll #7: September 1985
On episode 7 of NWA Crock and Roll the boys are joined by Jacob Williams (The Ruthlessly Aggressive Podcast, PTBNXT, Highway to the Impact Zone) to look at all things September 85! They discuss the many tag teams of NWA 85, making all wrestlers and titles matter in promos, Magnum coming into his own and a video with him you have to see to believe, booking foreshadowing of Dusty and Flair, Dusty partying with Bette Midler and Waylon Jennings, Flair dropping the “kiss stealing” promo for the first time, Tully’s heel traits and why you want to punch him, Andersons coming after “Human Broomstick” Sam Houston again and lines in their promos that make you remember them, a very uncomfortable Jim Cornette promo, terrible use of the Midnight Express getting stuck with Jimmy Valiant and..Rocky King??? Rock n Roll Express and Russians headed for chain matches, a National Tag Title Match, a Junior Heavyweight Title match, Gary Royal’s hair, Baby Doll faces and so much more!
NWA Crock & Roll Special: September 1985 SuperMatches
On episode 6 of NWA Crock and Roll, Matt Souza (Piece of the Action, Highway to the Impact Zone, Jenny, and the Gems) joins the boys for a special bonus Christmas episode as they look at 9 matches from Battle of the Belts 1 from Florida, WWC 5 year Anniversary from Puerto Rico and SuperClash 1 from Chicago, all from September 85! They open with some discussion on the passing of Pat Patterson then dive in. 3 Road Warriors matches against some legendary opponents and tag teams, 3 Ric Flair Title defenses, including a fantastic one with Magnum TA we have waited 5 months for, one against a man with a pinfall win over Randy Savage earlier in the same year, and one that causes controversy as Calum almost gets a pink slip for the holidays. They also watch may be the worst match they will ever see on this pod,Dr. G’s memories of Billy Jack Haynes, a Six-Man Title match with the Russians vs a team they had about ten names for (Team Cocoon?), Flair trying to get killed in Puerto Rico, terrible Larry Nelson, and Mike Graham’s commentary and so much more. Enjoy this episode for Christmas, then the regular September 85 watch drops on 12/30!
NWA Crock & Roll #5: August 1985
On episode 5 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys welcome Scott Shifflett to discuss August 1985 NWA. Some of the items discussed: -A quick goodbye to Mid Atlantic Champion, Buzz Tyler, we hardly you knew you, literally -MVP promos from The Andersons (especially Ole), Flair, Magnum TA and Tully -Not so MVP promos from Dusty Rhodes, including one that does not age well in 2020 -The underrated greatness of Baby Doll, assorted men and papaya juice as everyone is ready for Dusty to leave Baby Doll alone -Two fantastic angles, one from an incredible six man match that includes a broken arm, the other Magnum TA “serving” papers that ignites a spark to one of the greatest matches of all time at Starrcade -An explosive Ric Flair/Russians confrontation that also includes a nice hidden gem NWA World Title Match from the Omni between Flair and Nikita, both of which lay the foundation of long term booking plans -A stellar month for Sam Houston that is quickly derailed by a terrible Black Bart match -The boredom that is Terry Taylor, as he faces Tully for the US Title -Two Jimmy Valiant (who is becoming a Perennial groan magnet) matches, including a Six Man Tag Title defense by the Russians, that a few rated over 2 stars (What??) -A US Tag Title defense by Billy Jack Haynes and Wahoo McDaniel vs. Rick Rude and Jack Hart (Who?), managed by an icon -Paul Jones challenging Dusty to a TV Title match with some of his men, that no one wants to see -We close the episode out with a trip to Florida where Wahoo McDaniel and Ric Flair are headed for a collision Great matches, fantastic promos, red hot angles and stay tuned to end of show where there is a special announcement about the September 85 watches that will be in December.
NWA Crock & Roll #4: July 1985
On Episode 4 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys welcome first-time Crockett viewer Ben Locke as they discuss July 85 NWA. The show opens with a discussion on the passing of Road Warrior Animal, then shifts to an incredible week from July 5-13 with the first Great American Bash, a main event anywhere in the country 6 man on Mid Atlantic with a trope Crockett TV ending and an all-time great Tag Team Title Match. Also, they go into the importance of Pro Wrestling Illustrated at this time, the love of the Andersons by all, the opposite for Jimmy Valiant who is on way too much, baffling hot crowds, Ben’s new Man Crush, the many faces of David Crockett and an all-time stroke out, a match that aroused Calum, another great Dr. G story, this one about former manager the Grand Wizard, how great is Manny Fernandez and the Flying Burrito, an all-time innuendo promo from Magnum TA before an Anderson beat down, 3 new champions, the emerging mid-card of Terry Taylor, Sam Houston and American Eagle (Who?), World Champion Buddy Landell (it happened!) a heel Dusty Rhodes, a face Ric Flair with a bonus World title match between them from Mid South and last but not least the saga of Baby Doll, both how she is treated and poor Floyd the horse. All this and so much more in what truly is an amazing July 85 of Crockett Wrestling.
NWA Crock & Roll #3: June 1985
On Episode 3 of NWA Crock and Roll, the boys welcome first-time podcaster Keith Hughes as they discuss an angle filled 5 weeks of June 85 on the road to the Great American Bash. Magnum/Flair hits its peak as Flair/Nikita heats up adding David Crockett to the mix, the debut of the Boogie Kid with more Paul Jones greatness that someone compares to Bobby Heenan, a strong go-home sell for the Tully/Dusty barbed wire cage match including Jimmy Valiant’s prostitute, a surprising title change, two big tag team debuts, a sad goodbye, matches with the Mid Atlantic and Junior Heavyweight Champions (finally), a great Dr. G Denny Brown story, Shawn stroke out moment on Brett Sawyer (or was it Bart) as Brett is really upset about a body part, Manny Fernandez Karate poses and so much more. It’s 6:05 somewhere so join us for the marathon storytelling of June 85!
NWA Crock and Roll #2: May 1985
On a jam-packed episode, 2 of NWA Crock and Roll join hosts Shawn, Calum, and Doctor G as they welcome guest Matt Souza looking at May 85 of Jim Crockett NWA. This show features the debut of “Syndicated Notes” to start each episode as well as 2 title changes, 2 TV title matches, one of which is a hidden gem all-timer, and Ron Garvin defending the National Heavyweight Title. In addition, the crew is divided on a 3 star Italian Stallion match, Dusty’s Gorilla saga continues and ends as his Tully feud flares up, Jones/Valiant War revs up with two of the team professing love for Jones and one giving a shocking Jones/Flair comparison, Flair greatness in his feud with Magnum, Buddy “The Smooth Operator” Landell, and so much more. As Dusty would say it’s time to put on the Superstation and enjoy some Risky Business in May 85, Daddy!
NWA Crock and Roll #1: April 1985
On the debut episode of NWA Crock and Roll join hosts Shawn Kidd, Calum McDougall, Doctor G and special guest Jacob Williams as they begin their monthly dive of the Jim Crockett NWA era beginning with April 1985 TBS World Championship Wrestling shows. After a brief intro of the pod and premise, they discuss the greatness that is the Andersons, Dusty “Hand in the Jar” Rhodes and his Gorilla, The Koloffs, Tully “James Bond” Blanchard, titles and promos that matter, the start of a multi-year Jimmy Valiant/Paul Jones Feud, a bad Magnum TA showing as he begins a feud with the World Champion Ric Flair and so much more! So set the time to 6:05 pm eastern it’s time to Crock and Roll!