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Celebrities clash in the squared circle for cash and glory... and a big ol' championship belt

Recaps by Rob Seidelman, GSNN

Host: Hulk Hogan
Judges: Eric Bischoff, Jimmy Hart
Creators: Eric Bischoff
Eric Bischoff, Jason Hervey, Hulk Hogan, Brian Smith, Bob Kusbit, Melanie Moreau
Packager: Bischoff/Hervey Productions for CMT
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Down to the Basics
October 18

Hello everybody and welcome to the CCW Arena.  On this program you’ll see wrestling legend Hulk Hogan take ten celebrities on the wrestling journey of their lives.  Every week, the celebs will be trained by Hogan’s best buddies and wrestling legends, in their own right, Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.  After various challenges, the celebrities will square off in the CCW Arena in front of a live audience.  After the matches, they will come face to face with the judges.  The judges include Hulk Hogan’s former manager, Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart and former President of WCW and General Manager of Raw in WWE, Eric Bischoff.  Those two and Hulk Hogan will determine who stays, and who gets eliminated.  After 8 weeks, whoever is left standing will be crowned the Celebrity Championship Wrestling Champion.

Now, entering the arena are your combatants. 


Danny Bonaduce:  Star of The Partridge Family and Breaking Bonaduce, Danny is primed to enter the squared circle.  Although he may appear mild-mannered, but after seeing him in Breaking Bonaduce and knocking out Barry Williams in 2 rounds on Celebrity Boxing. 


Todd Bridges:  Cut from the same cloth as Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges also was a child star gone bad.  After being typecast as Gary Coleman’s brother in Diff’rent Strokes, he moved on from that to start up a production company, Little Bridge Productions.  He’s also a vet of Celebrity Boxing by beating Vanilla Ice by unanimous decision. 


Butterbean:  Known as Eric Esch in real life, Butterbean has known little in life, but fighting.  He is known as the King of the 4-rounders but is also known in the world of pro wrestling by knocking out Bart Gunn at Wrestlemania XV. 


Trishelle Cannatella:  Primarily known for being on The Real World: Las Vegas on MTV, she’s been known to have a very wild side.  This wild side led her to doing reality television such as The Surreal Life and Kill Reality.  Let’s see how that translates into the ring. 


Dustin “Screech” Diamond:  What hasn’t been said about this guy?  Known primarily for Saved by the Bell, he’s not scared to throw down against anybody.  He took out Ron Palillo in Celebrity Boxing 2 in a matter of seconds, had several verbal brawls against Harvey Walden, IV on Celebrity Fit Club and isn’t scared of anybody; a good trait to have in this contest. 


Erin Murphy:  This woman spent most of her life in front of a TV camera.  Whether it be as a baby in Folgers commercials, or as Tabitha from Bewitched or the spinoff, Tabitha.  She is widely known as a well-liked TV personality.  She has done some wrestling in her own right as a mother of 6 boys and devotes her time to her City Council Leadership Program. 

Dennis Rodman:  The Worm is one of those enigmatic characters that you can’t seem to forget.  His major claim to fame was as the colorful forward of the Chicago Bulls when they won a handful of World Titles in the early-mid 90s.  When he was seen in the NBA as a real bad boy, he was spotted by Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff and wrestled in the main event of WCW’s Bash at the Beach in 1997 and 1998. 


Frank Stallone:  Although he is primarily known as the brother of Sylvester Stallone, he is an accomplished musician.  He came up with the scores for Staying Alive, and such hits as “Far From Over” and “Take You Back”.  He is also an accomplished actor by appearing in Barfly and various others. 


Tiffany:  The 80s pop sensation with such hits as “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Could’ve Been” is well known to the 80s fans out there.  She is also known as the voice of Judy Jetson in the feature length Jetsons movie.  Currently, she just put out a new CD entitled, “Just Me”, and just finished a four-month long summer tour.  


Nikki Ziering:  Her career started at the Bob Barker Studios by modeling various prizes on The Price Is Right.  After she got tired of modeling Big Green Eggs and Ford Mustangs, she moved on to become an actress.  Her current roles were in National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers and Standing Still.  Now, she wants to prove she’s more than just a pretty face.

With the pleasantries out of the way…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!!!!

All ten of our celebs have entered the ring and are met up by Eric Bischoff and Jimmy Hart.  Eric introduces them to the Hulkster, and he runs down the rules.  The rules are that every week, the coaches will train the celebrities to utilize 3 different wrestling moves.  They are to use those moves during the match that they will have the next day.  They will be judged on technical ability, showmanship, and fan reaction.  The team that has the best match will be spared and the other team will stay and be judged.  Out of that team, the one that Hogan, Bischoff and Hart decide was the weakest out of them all, will be eliminated from the competition.  With that said, the coaches for each team are Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs and Brutus “the Barber” Beefcake.  The coaches then picked their teams.  So, let’s break them down.

Team Nasty






Team Beefcake

Eric Esch





With the teams broken down, Eric Bischoff announces the three moves that would that have to be perfected this week.  Those moves are a kick to the midsection, a forearm smash and the clothesline.  With some pretty good demonstrations out of the way by Beefcake and Knobbs, we go to the practice rings to teach the celebs the moves.

The first move is the Forearm Smash.  In order to perform it properly, hit your opponent on the back with the meaty part of the forearm.  Knobbs points out to the ladies that it’s not fun being the first kicked out because it makes you look like a nobody.

The second move is the kick to the midsection.  The celebs are supposed to lightly tap them in the mid-section.  The highlight of this segment goes to Todd Bridges kicking one of the training guys in the testicles. 

Now, we get to the clothesline.  There are two parts to this, giving it and receiving it.  When you receive the clothesline, you’re supposed to fall directly on your back, arms stretched out and feet up.  Frank Stallone points out that it’s choreographed, but it hurts like hell.

After the training session is over, we go back to the locker room and get the rundown of the matches.  To start off with, we will have 2 tag team matches, with the odd person out being the manager.  Here are the matches:

Team Nasty Tag Team Match

Dennis Rodman &
Erin Murphy

Dustin Diamond & Frank Stallone
w/ Nikki Ziering as manager


Team Beefcake Tag Team Match

Butterbean &
Trishelle Cannatella

Danny Bonaduce & Tiffany
w/ Todd Bridges as Manager

Well, the time for training is over and now we go “live” to the CCW arena where the ring announcer introduces the judges for the show and the match-up for Team Beefcake.  We first see the heels (aka bad guys) come out in the form of Danny Bonaduce, Tiffany and their manager Todd Bridges.  After that, we get Butterbean and Trishelle out there in fine fashion as the faces (aka the good guys). 

We start the match with Danny and Butterbean.  Danny does the classic “faux-handshake and kick to the midsection” routine.  He attempts the clothesline, but Butterbean just gives him a shoulder-block and he goes down quick.  Danny is hurting, so Butterbean tags in Trishelle.  Trishelle rams Danny into the turnbuckle a couple of times, but a third attempt is for naught as Danny kicks her to the midsection and smashes her with a few forearms.  After that, he tags in Tiffany, who has had problems in practice.  Trishelle gets the upper hand and tries to smash Tiffany’s head in the turnbuckle, but she ducks underneath it.  After that confusion, Trishelle runs into Tiffany with a clothesline, but Tiffany counters with a clothesline, and both of them are down.

After some stalling, we get the men back in there.  Danny goes back to Butterbean, but Butterbean puts him in his place.  Butterbean picks up Bonaduce and throws him into the turnbuckle.  Butterbean goes for the Kamala Avalanche, but Danny gets out of the way and tries a body press, but Butterbean catches him and just gives him a massive Powerslam for the 3-count.  Todd proved to do nothing during the match, but he orchestrated a post-match beat down.  However, Butterbean just shrugged Todd and Danny off and they retreated with Tiffany to the locker room.

My take on the match:  Quite interesting, and Danny and Butterbean have great chemistry together.  These two are my picks to go far in this contest.  Trishelle was decent in this outing, while Tiffany was borderline horrible, but that is expected because of her performance in practice.  Todd did nothing as manager during the match, but the post-match beat down was unexpected and shocked the judges.

We head back to the ring for the Team Nasty Match.  Led to the ring by Nikki Ziering, she brings out the heels of Frank Stallone and Dustin Diamond.  Afterwards Dennis Rodman and Erin Murphy come out.  (S-note: Why is Dennis Rodman working face in this match?  He is a natural heel.  Oh well.)  Dustin Diamond and Dennis Rodman start us off.  Dustin gets the people to root against him and for his efforts gets a forearm smash and a huge kick to the midsection.  Once Dustin gets up, he’s met with another forearm and Clothesline.

Dustin rolls out of the ring and Dennis brings in Erin Murphy, who taunts the heels.  Dustin tries to rush to Erin, but Dennis catches him with a huge right hook.  Erin then peppers him with a few forearms, but too little effect as he peppers her.  Dennis tries to run in, but the ref holds him back, giving Nikki the opportunity to choke her out on the bottom rope.  After some damage, Dustin tags in Frank Stallone.  Frank smashes her a bit and has her locked in the Sleeper.  He decides to pick her up and Dustin tags in blind.  (Tagging in blind means tagging your opponent on the back instead of giving each other a high-five or slapping hands.)

Dustin isolates her to the corner, and tries to slam into her, but to no effect as she slides out of the way and tags in Dennis.  Dennis gives Dustin another clothesline before finishing him off by going to the second rope for another clothesline for the 3-count.  Now with the matches all over, it is down to Eric, Jimmy and Hulk to determine which team will be spared from total judgment.

Hogan exclaims that the judges were impressed with the matches and says that only one team will be spared.  And that team is…….Team Nasty. 

After Team Nasty leaves; the three judges will pick one member of team Beefcake to spare from elimination.  Bischoff tells Trishelle that she has a great look, but that only gets you so far in this business.  But she is spared.  Jimmy Hart told Danny that he was lost in the beginning, but after 30 seconds, he caught on fire and worked his butt off.  He is also spared.  Hogan told Butterbean that although he’s big, he can’t work the Hogan gimmick.  He needs to move out there and work.  He gets told to hit the showers, because he is spared.

With those 3 going to the showers, it’s down to Todd Bridges and Tiffany.  Tiffany was told that she lacked the physicality of the others and the placement of the others while in the ring.  Todd Bridges lacked any involvement during the match.  He had to be mobile and do stuff while on the outside.  Hogan said that the judges were shocked and amazed that he planned out the post-match attack.  With all of that said, the first eliminated is……..


Tiffany was the jabroni, and got eliminated from CCW.  She isn’t sad that she’s leaving.  She had a great time and thought better about wrestling.

Next week, expect more CCW action and recapping here at  For Bubba the Love Sponge, Eric Bischoff, Jimmy Hart, and Hulk Hogan, I’m Robert Seidelman saying goodnight, everybody.