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WCW JAPAN SUPERSHOWS NOT ON WWE NETWORK, INSPIRATION FOR TITAN SPORTS NAME, GIANT GONZALES AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2020-05-29 10:00:00

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Where did Vince McMahon get the name Titan Sports back in the 80s.

It came from the 1976 Clive Cussler novel Raise the Titanic.

I just re-watched the WCW/New Japan Supershow from 1991 where the main event was Ric Flair vs Tatsumi Fujinami. I was very confused by the finish and the aftermath of that match. Was it a dusty finish that took place because of WCW not wanting Fujinami to hold the belt for very long?

They wanted to do a controversy that would be settled at the next PPV.  It was weak.  In Japan, it was portrayed as Fujinami won the NWA title, but not the WCW title and Flair had stolen the belt.  In WCW, it was portrayed that Flair had retained via a screwy finish where he was DQ'd even though Fujinami pinned him.  They had a good rematch at Superbrawl '91 but it wasn't the prime creative story.  Dusty was the booker.

Why aren't the WCW Japan Supershows on the WWE Network anyway?

My guess is that there would be a question over whether they have the rights since New Japan content is produced and owned by TV-Asahi.  WCW may have had the rights to use the content but it may not have been transferable via sale to a third party.

Whatever happened to Giant Gonzales?  What was his back story anyway?

Jorge Gonzales passed away in September 2010 in Argentina.  He had been very ill with complications of diabetes and other physical issues stemming from his 7'7" height, was 44 at the time of his death.   Gonzales was a basketball star in his native Argentina before being drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. After he failed to make his mark, Turner Broadcast shifted his contract over to World Championship Wrestling. Gigante debuted at the Capital Combat 1990 PPV, coming out during a Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger steel cage match as a surprise.  Gigante worked from 1990 through 1993 for WCW, including a house show run where he challenged then-NWA champion Ric Flair.

Although at his height, there was some attention and interest in him due to his size, he was never considered a great in-ring performer and was extremely limited.    He didn't speak much interest so WCW had Bill Alfonso drive him and assist him in his whatever he needed and that role continued for Alfonso when Gonzales moved on to the WWF.

Gonzales was signed by WWF in early 1993 and debuted at the Royal Rumble that year as a massive giant (complete with airbrushed, furry body outfit), attacking and laying out The Undertaker. That set off a feud between the two that went back and forth for months, including a Wrestlemania match at Mania IX in Las Vegas.  WWF built Gonzales as a huge monster, including angles where he laid out all the major babyfaces of the era at house shows, including Randy Savage and Curt Hennig. Gonzales was managed by Harvey Whippleman during the run, where ended after a Summerslam loss to Taker in a "Rest in Peace" match. WWF set the stage for Gonzales to turn babyface but he soon left the company afterward.

Outside of the United States, Gonzales made a few appearances for both New and All Japan Pro Wrestling and appeared in a memorable episode of "Baywatch" where he played a sad, bullied giant.  After his WWF run ran its course, Gonzales returned to Argentina, where it was said he owned and ran a farm. In 2009, he was scheduled to return to the United States for a convention appearance, but his health took a turn for the worse and he canceled the appearance not long after it was announced.

 

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