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KAYFABE CLIPS: A Commercial for the 1987 Crockett Cup VHS Tape

One of the most beloved and well-remembered annual events, the second annual Crockett Cup took place in 1987, and fans could own their own copy with this very special offer


1987 - NWA - Jim Crockett Promotions

One of the most beloved and well-remembered annual events, the second annual Crockett Cup took place in 1987, and fans could own their own copy with this very special offer!

That year, The American Dream Dusty Rhodes & The Russian Nightmare Nikita Koloff won the elimination tournament by defeating the Four Horseman combo of Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard in the finals. With the victory, they nabbed the massive silver trophy and a check for $1 Million.


Known collectively as The Super Powers, the duo had formed when Koloff's former nemesis and Dusty's best friend, Magnum TA suffered a career-ending auto accident. They dedicated their victory to him.

The storyline union between Rhodes and former Soviet sympathizer Koloff (with a real-life tragedy as the backdrop) became a gigantic part of a groundbreaking year in pro wrestling history. For Rhodes, it was a resurgence. And for Nikita Koloff, it was probably the hottest point in his short but meteoric career.

However, by 1987, it had become painfully obvious that Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation were winning the merchandise battle by a longshot and had essentially cornered that part of the industry. One of the ways that Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA tried to counter that was with direct-to-home video sales, and commercials like the one shown here.


Advertisements like these were pretty standard fare in the 1980s, particularly before the rise of 30-minute infomercials. It was typically a 30 or 60-second spot that flew by just fast enough to show you a number and get you to ask your parents for their credit card number (sorry... no C.O.D.s)

Despite the fact that they are essentially considered primitive now, VHS tapes were incredibly expensive during the decade. An event like the Crockett Cup or a major motion picture would typically be priced between 30-50 dollars, depending on the length and demand for the content.


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