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WCW Clash Of The Champions #22 Review (The Mr. Bang Bang Show!)

January 13th, 1993
Live from Milwaukee, WI (MECCA Arena)
Announced attendance: 4 000 (capacity: ca 11 000)
TV rating: 2.9 (TBS) (down 0.3 from Clash 21’s 3.2)

Hey everyone. Welcome to my review of the first WCW Clash of the Champions of 1993, featuring Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas defending the tag titles against the Hollywood Blondes, and a ThunderCage tag team match in the main event.

Here are the list of champions in WCW heading into Clash 22:

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  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Big Van Vader [14th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ron Simmons
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: The Great Muta [9th day of his reign] – previous champion: Masahiro Chono
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: vacated* [for 43 days] – previous champion: Rick Rude
  • WCW World Television Champion: vacated [for 1 day] – previous champion: Scott Steiner
  • WCW/NWA Unified World Tag Team Champions: Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas [56th day of their reign] – previous champions: Miracle Violence Connection (Dr. Death Steve Williams & Terry Gordy)

* Dustin Rhodes won the vacant title on WCW Saturday Night taped January 11th, but it only aired after this show (on January 16th)

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura

– We kick off the show with Tony Schiavone interviewing Bill Watts. He announces Van Hammer is out of tonight’s main event due to injury, and there will be a replacement for ThunderCage. Furthermore, his son Erik is suspended due to charges for attacking Arn Anderson at a gas station. Well good riddance.

Erik Watts cuts a promo in an interview with Larry Zbyszko to address this situation. The crowd sh-ts all over Erik and boo the crap out of this segment. Bill finishes by announcing that Johnny B. Badd will replace his son in the upcoming opening match.

Cactus Jack vs. Johnny B. Badd

We see a clip of Johnny KO’ing Cactus and costing them their lethal lottery tag team match at Starrcade like a dumbass. Big reaction for Foley here, despite still being a heel at this point in time. Johnny with a hammerlock off the early lockup, but Cactus gives him a back elbow and hammers him. Johnny fights back with his boxing and Cactus holds back before catching him with a knee to the gut. Cactus misses a blind charge in the corner and Badd rolls him up for two. Dropkick into an armdrag by Badd, but Cactus knocks him out with three straight forearms to the head. Badd rams him into the buckle a number of times, however, and he takes over. Inside cradle gets two. Back elbow by Johnny and he goes up, only to find no water in the pool on a flying sunset flip attempt, taking himself out. Cactus drops an elbow and gets the win at 2:50.

  • Rating: Real quick match but a really solid one for the short time it lasted. Although it’s scary how badly the office had quit on Johnny B. Badd at this point, just a little over a year after being undefeated for months and only losing to STING. *1/2

2 Cold Scorpio video package with his new theme song from the recent Slam Jam album.

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2 Cold Scorpio vs. Scotty Flamingo

Flamingo goes after the arm to start but Scorpio rolls out of that and hiptosses him for one. A criss-cross sequence is won by Scorpio with a cartwheel into a back elbow. A high kick dumps Flamingo all the way to the outside, and Scorpio meets him there with a jump off the apron. He takes Flamingo back inside the ring, but Scotty dropkicks him back to the floor and follows up with a dive. Flamingo takes over back inside the ring, although Scorpio cradles him for two. Flamingo puts the boots to Scorpio and suplexes him for two. Flamingo goes to a chinlock, but Scorpio fights out of it and makes the comeback with a hiptoss followed by a dropkick. Flamingo asks for mercy, and 2 Cold Scorpio responds with a slam right into a flying splash for a nearfall. The crowd really bought that one, and honestly I thought that’d be it as well. Scorpio eats the buckle on a missed blind charge, allowing Flamingo to roll him up for two. However, Scorpio superkicks him, hits a twisting legdrop and goes up for the 450 to finish Flamingo at 4:13.

  • Rating: A quality short sprint. 2 Cold Scorpio was very exciting to watch upon his arrival to WCW, and the fans were very much into his innovative and charismatic style. They managed to get in a couple of believable nearfalls near the end as the action went back-and-forth, before Scorpio put Flamingo away with his unique offense. Scotty left WCW about a month later, joining the WWF as manager Johnny Polo before eventually gaining success as Raven. **3/4

– Recap of Harley Race choosing a replacement for the injured Rick Rude at ThunderCage 3 days ago on WCW Main Event. He books his two favorites, Paul Orndorff and Cactus Jack, in a match to determine who gets the final spot in his team. Ultimately things go south and Foley gets tired of Race getting involved, attacking him. That causes Vader to come down and destroy Cactus. Later in the same broadcast, Cactus attacks Vader with a shot with a shovel to the back. Cactus Jack closes the show by saying they’ve made the biggest mistake of their lives: they let Cactus Jack live!

Brad Armstrong vs. Chris Benoit

This is Chris Benoit’s WCW debut, outside of the one-off appearance in the NWA tag team title tournament alongside Beef Wellington in 1992. Criss-cross sequence and Benoit blocks a dropkick. Brad counters a powerbomb with an armdrag and this time the dropkick connects. Brad goes to work on the arm. Benoit kips up out of the hold, but Brad does the same and quickly follows it up with another dropkick, before going back to work on the arm. Brad wrestles him down to work the count, but Benoit overpowers him with an impressive bridge and powers Armstrong down to the mat. However, Brad escapes with a belly-to-belly. The fight into a hammerlock, with the veteran Brad once again outsmarting Benoit and dumping him to the outside off the hammerlock. Back in, Benoit tries to do the same tactic, but Armstrong doesn’t fall for it and dropkicks him. Nice little story being told here so far. Brad reverses a catapult attempt by Benoit, and Benoit finally catches Brad by faking a suplex attempt and instead dropping him on the top rope with a front suplex. With Brad still on the apron, Benoit slingshots with a flying clothesline that takes both men to the floor. Both guys get a huge pop and even Jesse gives them an applause on commentary. Benoit rocks Armstrong with a clothesline back in the ring. Snap suplex gets two, as Benoit is very much in the driver’s seat by now. Chris Benoit unloads on him, but Armstrong tries to fight back with a kneelift. However, Benoit takes him down for good with a nasty backbreaker. Suplex follows and Benoit goes up, only for Brad to meet him there. Benoit shoves him off and goes for the flying headbutt, but finds no water in the pool and Brad hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. And then Benoit catches him with a dragon suplex (full-nelson into a German suplex) into the bridge pin for the win at 9:13.

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  • Rating: Great action here. The story was simple but very easy to understand. Benoit was outsmarted by the more-experienced Armstrong until the front suplex spot, which hurt Brad. Then, right as Brad was coming back, Benoit used his deep arsenal of international moves to catch Armstrong and get the win. Impressive debut for Benoit, this was very good stuff. Another great showing by Brad as well, who was mad underrated in the early 90s. ***1/2

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express are back to WCW, so we take a look at a clip of them in action in Smoky Mountain Wrestling against Jim Cornette’s Heavenly Bodies. That match is scheduled for SuperBrawl III in February.

– Tony Atlas and Vinnie Vegas arm wrestle. Crazy how just five months later, Nash would be in WWF working with Shawn already as his bodyguard. Vinnie Vegas wins because he’s the strongest left-handed or whatever. We move on.

‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk & Johnny Gunn vs. The Wrecking Crew (Rage & Fury)

Zenk controls things early on with a headlock on Rage. Zenk avoids a gorilla press slam and gets a high crossbody off the top, but Rage kicks out WITH AUTHORITY BY GAWD. The big guys take a powder, so Gunn takes both of them down with a dive. Back in, the Wrecking Crew collide and Gunn gets a roll-up for two. Fury takes over with a clothesline followed by a backbreaker. Zenk tries to make a comeback, but Fury quickly cuts it off with a gutwrench slam. The big men take turns slamming Tom Zenk, who scores with a dropkick before making the hot tag to Gunn. He runs wild with his own slams and a running clothesline, but Rage nails him with a cheapshot from the apron. Fury picks up Gunn with an overhead gutwrench backbreaker, as Rage flies off the top with an elbow (which they call the “Wrecking Ball”… no, seriously) for the win at 6:06.

  • Rating: Extended squash to put the new guys over. They weren’t very impressive, but this was definitely far from being terrible. *1/2

– We hear from The Hollywood Blondes.

Sting’s team speaks ahead of tonight’s main event.

Big Van Vader’s team does the same. Harley Race doesn’t want anyone associated with Cactus Jack in there, so they beat up The Barbarian and get rid of him.

– We take a look at highlights from the first two editions of WCW SuperBrawl. This year’s SuperBrawl III is coming on Sunday, February 21.

WCW/NWA Unified World Tag Team Championship – Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas vs. The Hollywood Blondes (Flyin’ Brian Pillman & Steve Austin)

Austin slugs away on Steamboat to start, who fights back with a series of different pinning combinations for a few nearfalls. Steamboat with a crossbody for two, but Pillman breaks up the pin. Douglas comes in as well to get rid of him. The Blondes double-team Ricky in their corner back inside, but the veteran Steamboat fights back with an armdrag on Brian and goes to work on his arm. And now it’s the champs’ turn to exchange quick tags as they control Pillman over in their corner. Unfortunately, Pillman then twists his ankle on a leapfrog during a criss-cross sequence. This causes the ref to pull Douglas back and stop the match for a while… but SIKE! Pillman cheapshots Douglas from the apron and goes for Air Pillman, but Douglas turns it into a powerslam in mid-air for a nearfall! Austin comes in and gets into a sweet wrestling sequence with Douglas on the mat. Douglas gets the better of that sequence with a wristlock, while adding some knees to Austin’s arm to boot. Hammerlock slam by Steamboat as the faces continue to work on the arm.

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A sunset flip by Douglas gets two, and they get into a pinfall reversal sequence from there. Douglas flips his way out of a backslide by Austin, and springboards into a flying shoulderblock of sorts for two. The champs continue to show great teamwork as Steamboat slams Douglas on top of Austin, and then slams the interfering Pillman onto a standing Austin as well. However, Austin rams Ricky into a cheapshot from Brian on the apron, and Austin follows it up with a backdrop suplex to put the Blondes in control. Pillman gets a slam of his own for a two count. Austin slams Steamboat on the concrete outside. Brian suplexes Ricky off the apron into the ring and gets two. The Hollywood Blondes cut the ring in half, while the groggy Steamboat tries to fight back unsuccessfully. Nobody could do that better than Steamboat! Austin hits a gutwrench slam and throws a cheapshot at Douglas just for fun. Steamboat finally gets something in as he shoots Brian off the apron into the railing, but the legal Austin is right there to backdrop suplex him for two. Steamboat uses the ropes for leverage to block a body vice, but he’s too hurt to backdrop Austin, who puts him back in the body vice. Pillman makes the blind tag and goes for Air Pillman, only to hit his own partner instead! Steamboat takes down Brian with a suplex and… crawls… for… the… HOT TAG! Shane Douglas cleans house in short order and finishes Brian with the belly-to-belly, but Austin comes in off the top rope onto Douglas behind the ref’s back. Austin puts Pillman on top for a very close two count. Shane gets an O’Connor Roll on Pillman, but Austin whams Douglas with the belt for the DQ at 13:39. Shane gets busted open from the shot, and all four guys get into a huge brawl afterwards. Multiple babyfaces run-in to make the save as the Blondes walk away with the belts in their possession.

  • Rating: Stuff like this is why Ricky Steamboat won the wrestler of the year award in 1992. This was a no-nonsense balls-to-the-wall tag team title matchup that was extremely exciting from start to finish. There were countless believable nearfalls in here despite the relatively brief length of the bout. Add a proper finish and this could’ve potentially been a classic. ****

Commercial break

– We take a look at Vader beating Ron Simmons on December 30, 1992 to win his second WCW World Title.

Jesse Ventura interviews Vader & Harley Race to discuss the recent title change. Ron Simmons interrupts it and slugs away on the new champ, taking him down with a huge spinebuster. He stops to go after Harley Race on the ramp, which causes Vader to splash Ron out there. Vader destroys him with a couple of shoulderblocks, until Sting and Rhodes run-in to finally stop the beatdown.

Ron Simmons is now out of tonight’s main event due to this attack. It started as 4 v. 4, but Van Hammer was out and made it 4 v. 3 for the heels. Then they beat up Barbarian due to his association with Cactus Jack and got him out of the team to make it 3 v. 3. Now Ron is out to make it 3 v. 2 for the heels, but it’s still announced as a six man tag team match.

Main Event

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Six Man Tag Team ThunderCage – Big Van Vader, Barry Windham & Paul Orndorff (w/ Harley Race) vs. Sting, Dustin Rhodes & ???

Sting and Dustin come out by themselves. Dustin goes after his former partner Windham right off the bat. Sting comes in with a faceplant off the blind tag. We get a showdown between Sting and Vader. A couple of clotheslines stagger Vader, and a DDT takes the World Champion down. Sting gets the Stinger Splash and hammers on Vader in the corner like there’s no tomorrow. Vader finally catches a charging Sting in the corner, and comes down on him with a flying clothesline off the top rope. The monster goes up again for a flying splash but finds no water in the pool this time around. Orndorff stomps away on Sting in the corner and connects with a clothesline. Windham comes in with a suplex for two, but Dustin instantly jumps the ring to go after Barry. The other heels prevent him from attacking him, though, and Vader destroys Sting with an Avalanche in the corner. Gorilla press slam by Vader, who brings in Windham. He goes for the Superplex immediately, but Sting fights back and rams him off the top. Dustin gets the tag and takes everyone out with lariats and Cactus Jack enters the match with the help of bolt-cutters! Cactus uses his boot to destroy all the heels, effectively cementing his face turn. Orndorff goes for a piledriver on Rhodes, but Cactus comes off the top to hit Paul with a boot shot to the back of Paul’s head and covers him for the win at 11:22.

  • Rating: Energetic match that was more about the angle than the match itself per-se. Sting squaring off with Vader is always exciting to watch, even if it’s just a small preview like this. Dustin Rhodes went after Barry Windham numerous times and made a valiant 3-on-1 comeback near the end, until Cactus Jack came in to save the day. The finish was far from the greatest, but it did get the point across of Cactus now being a good guy. Once again, it was more of an angle than a match so it’s harder to give it a proper rating, but it was good. ***

Cactus Jack promises he’ll get revenge on all three of the heels, starting with Paul Orndorff on the next episode of WCW Saturday Night.

Then we get the awesome visual of Jesse & JR (in one of his final WCW appearances) closing the show while Cactus Jack is on top of the ThunderCage in the background like a complete maniac. But a loveable one now!

END OF THE SHOW

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Final thoughts: Honestly a great edition of Clash here. We had great wrestling in the form of Steamboat & Douglas v. Pillman & Austin and Benoit v. Armstrong, and a great main event angle with Cactus Jack’s face turn being the highlight. He also went over Johnny B. Badd earlier in the show, effectively making this the Cactus Jack Show! Recommended watch. 7/10

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Clash of the Champions Reviews

WCW Clash Of The Champions #21 Review (Watts Happening Here?)

November 18th 1992
Live from Macon, GA (Macon Coliseum)
Announced attendance: ca 7 500 (capacity: ca 9 000)
TV rating: 3.2 (TBS) (down 0.5 from Clash 20’s 3.7)

Hey there good people. Welcome all to my review of the 21st edition of WCW Clash, featuring Sting vs Rick Rude in a semi final of the ‘King of Cable’ tournament and Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas for the World Tag Team titles.

Here is the list of champions in WCW heading into this edition:

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Ron Simmons [108th day of his reign] – previous champion: Big Van Vader
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Masahiro Chono [98th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair, before it was vacated/deactivated
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Rick Rude [365th day of his reign] – previous champion: Sting
  • WCW World Television Champion: Scott Steiner [50th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ricky Steamboat
  • WCW/NWA Unified World Tag Team Champions: Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes [58th day of their reign] – previous champions: Miracle Violence Connection

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & rockstarcalgary.com

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura

A weigh-in between Madusa and Paul E Dangerously for their boxing match later on quickly ends in a scuffle to kickoff the Clash. I personally couldn’t think of any better way to start a show.

Bill Watts and Michael Hayes offer their all-important thoughts on tonight’s proceedings.

Brian Pillman vs Brad Armstrong is scheduled as the first match of the night, but Pillman shows up on crutches and in street clothes and announces he’s badly injured and can’t compete. Much like what happened to Brad at the previous Clash, which took Pillman’s chance to regain the since-defunct Light Heavyweight Championship away. Brad shows up to confront Pillman, and… SIKE! Brian destroys Brad’s leg with the crutches around ringside, before issuing the challenge. Brad accepts anyway, giving us…

Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Brad Armstrong

Brian, in street clothes mind you, immediately goes to work on the bad leg. Armstrong manages to turn things around on one good leg somehow, and returns the bitchslap from Clash XX. However, Pillman clips the knee and steals it at 00:25.

  • Rating: Haha, that silly Brian Pillman! Entertaining crap, but more of an angle than a match. N/R

Recap of Paul E firing and abusing Madusa at Halloween Havoc, and getting his ass kicked for it.

Paul E claims in an interview with Michael Hayes that he’s a man and therefore superior. “The only sacrifice women ever make is when they’re 16 years old in their boyfriends’ car.” Oof. This promo would work really well in this day and age, wouldn’t it?

Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton (w/ Michael Hayes) vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Erik Watts

This series has finally been graced with the debut of the incredible Erik Watts. We’ve made it folks, it just doesn’t get any better than this! Paul E put up a 10,000$ bounty on anyone that beats up Watts. Bobby Eaton has the honor of getting into a wrestling sequence with the great Erik Watts to start, and they exchange a few slaps from there. Bobby applies an abdominal stretch but Watts, ever the master technician, quickly outwrestles Eaton and escapes. He gets dumped, but jumps right back in and totally botches the worst-looking “high crossbody” (or was it a sunset flip?) you will ever see. He takes Eaton down immediately anyway (awkwardly might I add) and pounds away on poor Bobby, who has to stand there and put up with this crap. AA gets tagged in for a face off with Watts, quite possibly the highest point of Arn Anderson’s career. The two lock up briefly but go nowhere, and it’s down to Eaton vs Sasaki. They get into a criss cross sequence that is won by Sasaki with a dropkick, who fires away with some chops in the corner. Anderson pulls Eaton out of the corner away from the charging Sasaki, making him taste some turnbuckle, as then Hayes adds some cheapshots from ringside. Oh look, finally some wrestling. The heels keep cutting the ring in half until Erik comes in to save the day, allowing Sasaki to catch Eaton with a scoop powerslam. Hot tag Watts. He takes Eaton down with a MONKEY FLIP out of the corner before dealing with Anderson all by himself as well. This is truly something. Eaton cuts him off with a cheapshot and goes up, only to get caught by Watts in mid-air. And then… please read this carefully… ERIK WATTS TAPS BOBBY EATON OUT WITH AN STF AT 6:06!!! I hope Bobby’s paycheck was worth it. My time and yours certainly is not, though.

  • Rating: I have never seen anyone whose “moves” looked so awkward. This was the total sh-ts apart from those 30 seconds or so of actual wrestling where Sasaki was worked over in the heel corner. Poor Bobby Eaton literally spent the entire match rolling over for Erik fucking Watts and ended up tapping out to him, because of course he did. It’s almost as if Erik was the son of the booker or something. 1/4*

Johnny B. Badd and Scotty Flamingo comment on their upcoming boxing match. Kevin “Vinnie Vegas” Nash cutting a promo with a fake accent in a pink shirt is something to behold indeed.

Boxing Match – Johnny B. Badd (w/ Theodore Long) vs. Scotty Flamingo (w/ The Vegas Connection)

The story here is that Flamingo used brass knuckles to knock out Johnny in a segment with Jim Ross on a recent episode of WCW Saturday Night. Mero used to be a boxer before wrestling, so he’s the clear favorite here. Johnny unloads with a flurry of jabs to kickoff round 1. Flamingo runs away from him, and sneaks in with a clothesline and a few stomps while Vegas has the referee distracted. Flamingo scores with some jabs himself, until Badd avoids one and knocks Scotty out cold. However, the time for round 1 expires and that ends up saving Flamingo. The seconds get in the ring during the break, and DDP fills Scotty’s glove with water in their corner. Round 2 begins with Johnny still in control, until DDP gets up on the apron and allows Flamingo to hit Badd with the loaded glove for the KO win at 3:01.

  • Rating: This was really dumb on multiple levels, but I get what they were going for and it did draw a bit of heat. Relatively short and inoffensive little undercard “match”. 1/2*

Clips of the battlebowl/lethal lottery concept from the previous year won by Sting to promote the upcoming Starrcade ’92.

Jesse Ventura and Missy Hyatt draw the first match for the “lethal lottery” battlebowl-qualifying tag match at Starrcade: Cactus Jack & Johnny B. Badd vs Danny Spivey & Van Hammer.

WCW Slam Jam Vol. 1 album ad.

Handicap Match – Ron Simmons & 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Cactus Jack, The Barbarian & Tony Atlas

This was supposed to be Ron and Robbie Walker, but the latter got injured by the heels and replaced by the debuting (and still unnamed) 2 Cold Scorpio. This is being called a “Ghetto Odds” match because the heels had been picking on black guys like Walker, and Ron wants to teach them a lesson despite the odds. Yeah. Gary Cappetta announces Scorpio as “The Yet To Be Identified Tag Team Partner”!! Him and Ron run down to the ring and clean house rather quickly, before Scorpio meets the heels with a dive onto the outside as Cactus’ brood bails for a second. They eventually walk back in, but Simmons runs wild with a hiptoss on Barbarian, followed by a dropkick on Atlas and finally a spinebuster on Cactus. The heels bail once more, as Ron brings in “Ron Simmons’ Partner”! Hey, it’s still better than Shorty G. Scorpio pulls off a springboard moonsault but nearly botches it badly after slipping on the top rope, but Cactus goes down anyway and Scorpio gets two. It’s back to Simmons, who raises his elbow to block a blind charge from Foley, before exploding out of the corner with a bulldog. A follow-up dropkick misses though, after Tony pulls Cactus out of the way, and Barb drops an elbow for two. Cactus’ trio proceed to work over Ron in their corner. Barb backdrops him but Cactus goes for the Top Rope Vertical Jump That Always Misses and only finds boot, allowing him to make the hot tag to Ron Simmons’ Partner. Scorpio cleans house on all the heels with high-flying moves, until all three get in and Atlas dumps Scorpio while IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA. Eventually Ron joins the melee, only to get triple-teamed as well. Atlas holds Ron in a full nelson to set him up for Barb’s big boot, but Ron ducks and Atlas ends up eating the boot himself. Ron takes care of both Barbarian and Cactus, while Ron Simmons’ Partner busts out a freaking 450 shooting star press that takes every single butt off the seats in the crowd, finishing Tony Atlas with it at 5:52.

  • Rating: Decent enough match that did a good job of introducing 2 Cold Scorpio to the program. It was far from being perfect, and it’s kinda unnecessary to have the World Champion involved in this stuff, but it was alright. **1/2

Jesse Ventura interviews the winners immediately after the match, where Ron Simmons’ Partner finally announces his name to the world.

‘The Hottest New Tag Team’ Z-Man & Johnny Gunn walk around a clothing store. They’re coming to an arena near you soon. What the hell was this vignette?

Ravishing Rick Rude is standing by with Tony Schiavone. He’s motivated to give Sting and his fans a trip to hell & back on his way to the King of Cable final. No mention of beating Sting for the US title EXACTLY 365 days earlier? I’m disappointed!

Rundown of the ‘Jesse Ventura Invitational Arm Wrestling’ tournament. Geez, how many tournaments does this company plan on running at the same time, huh?

‘Battle of the Sexes’ 5 Minute Match – Madusa vs. Paul E Dangerously (w/ Michael Hayes)

Paul E apparently knocked Madusa out with the telephone during her entrance, but we totally missed it because Madusa’s tale of the tape was on the screen. We come back to find her laying on the floor while Paul and Hayes trashtalk her, but Paul ends up with a wig in his hand and finds out it’s jobber Mike Thor in there instead. Oooh foreshadowing, Vince Russo was probably taking notes at this time. Madusa finally appears behind Paul’s back, and kicks the f-ck out of him. Powerslam by Madusa and she slugs away, as even Hayes gets kicked for his troubles while Paul E gets outta town as soon as possible. Madusa drags him back to the ring with 2 minutes left on the clock, but Hayes trips Madusa and Paul taunts like Hulk Hogan. LUCHA HEYMAN goes up for a flying double axehandle(!), but Madusa no-sells it and clotheslines him. She drops some knees and follows it up with a missile dropkick, but stops to humiliate Paul by taking his clothes off. Paul E takes a walk to the back as the 5:00 time expires, and Madusa stands tall with Paul E’s trousers in her possession.

  • Rating: Utter sports-entertainment ‘match’ which is everyone was expecting. I would’ve preferred to see Heyman eat a kick in the teeth and get pinned within seconds after verbally humiliating Madusa for the past month or so, especially given he was on his way out of WCW and about to introduce ECW to the wrestling world, but it is what it is. 1/2*

Recap of the first round matches of the King of Cable: Rick Rude over Barry Windham; Sting eliminated Flyin’ Brian Pillman; Vader defeated Tony Atlas; Dustin Rhodes eliminated Barbarian. The first semi-final (Sting-Rude) takes place later tonight, while the other (Vader-Rhodes) is scheduled for the upcoming episode of WCW Saturday Night. The final goes down at Starrcade.

Big Van Vader has no doubt he’ll win the King of Cable tournament, the only question is who will he have to put in the hospital on his way there? This man rules.

King of Cable Semi Final – Rick Rude vs. Sting

Ole Anderson, Hiro Matsuda and Larry Zbyszko are at ringside to decide the winner in case this ends in a draw. Which totally doesn’t give away the finish of this match. Rude wastes no time in raking the eyes as he goes to work early on. However, he swivels already, allowing Sting to fight back with a couple of gutbusters as he goes after the RAVISHING ABS. And Sting has the audacity of doing the swivel himself, before going back to work on the midsection. Inverted suplex drops Rude on his abdomen. And another one. Where is Gorilla Monsoon for BREAD BASKET references when you need him!? Sting works a camel clutch to further punish the midsection, and switches to an abdominal stretch from there. Rude escapes the hold with a hiptoss, before finally turning things around with an eye rake. Rude pounds away on the back to set Sting up for the Rude Awakening, but Sting blocks a suplex and drops Rude’s ribs on the top rope. Sting suspends Rude on the ropes and punts Rude’s abs as if he’s Ronaldo and Rude’s abs are the ball, but the Stinger Splash misses on the outside and Sting knocks himself onto the railing. Back in, Rude drops a flying clubbing blow from the top and gets two. Powerslam by Rude, as now it’s Rude applying a camel clutch. Rude stops to swivel, but he’s too hurt and can’t complete it. I always liked that small touch. And Rude goes back to the camel clutch and pounding on the back. Vertical suplex gets two. Rude hits the chinlock but he misses a buttdrop to Sting’s back, and Sting goes for the comeback. Sting goes for a powerslam but his back gives out, and Rude lands on top of him for two.

This allows Rude to get back in the driver seat, working the count a few times to force Sting to put force on his back on the kickouts. Very smart wrestling. Rude works a bearhug with 5 minutes left to go on the time limit. Sting tries to escape that predicament, only for Rude to wham Sting’s back into the turnbuckle a couple of times and going back to the bearhug. Sting finally escapes with 3 minutes on the clock, and catches a charging Rude with a sleeper. We’re clearly in that time-killing stage to reach the time limit. Rude escapes the sleeper nicely with a jawbreaker, planting Sting’s face on the mat and even blowing a snot right on Sting’s face. Urgh! Rude goes up top but Sting slams him off and finally makes the comeback with 1:30 left. Atomic drop (featuring the unique Rude selljob) is followed by a bulldog, as now it’s Sting climbing to the top rope. High crossbody gets a nearfall. Sting goes up yet again, but Rude punches him in the gut in midair. Rude sets up for the Rude Awakening, but Sting powers out of it with 10 seconds to go. Stinger Splash connects and he tries to go for the Scorpion Deathlock, but the 20:00 time limit expires. Each judge gives Gary Cappetta their final decision, which goes as follows: Matsuda for Sting, Zbyszko for Rude, and Ole Anderson for Sting to put him in the final at Starrcade.

  • Rating: Finally a great wrestling match on this rather subpar Clash. The psychology was great from both men, with both targeting a body part to set up for their respective finishing moves in a lovely touch. Rick Rude’s selling was impeccable as usual. It dragged a bit towards the end as they were clearly extending it to reach the time limit, but it was otherwise a really strong match. ***1/2

Main Event

WCW/NWA Unified World Tag Team Championship – Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas

Douglas and Rhodes to start. Lockup and Douglas counters a Rhodes backdrop into a cradle for two. Dustin responds with a backslide for two and they reach a stalemate. Douglas takes him down to the mat for a side headlock, reversed by Dustin into a hammerlock and Douglas makes the ropes. Dustin gives him a clean break, prompting Jesse to predict some cheating later on. They exchange some clean armdrags and trade a few nearfalls before colliding on a double dropkick for a double down. Steamboat and Windham both get tagged in at the same time, and their fight spills to the floor for a small moment of tension amongst both teams. Back in, Ricky atomic drops Barry and scores with an armdrag to take over. Double back elbow alongside Douglas gets two. Exchange of quick tags back-and-forth by the challengers. Shane blocks a suplex attempt by Windham, hitting one of his own for two. Barry misses a blind charge and eats the buckle, as Steamboat comes in with a savate kick to the gut for two. Double backdrop by Steamboat & Douglas gives the latter two. Shane Douglas goes to work with an armbar, but he ends up missing a crossbody and necksnapping himself on the top rope. Dustin Rhodes gets back in and gets two. Now it’s the champions pulling off the double-team moves, with a double dropkick giving Windham two. Barry’s suplex into a Dustin elbowdrop combo gets two. Shane Douglas with a sunset flip for two.

Rhodes wrestles Douglas down into a hammerlock, even getting a few nearfalls from it. Windham with a chop for two. Double clothesline gives Dustin two more. Dustin goes to work on Shane with a chinlock, while Steamboat begs for the hot tag over in his corner. Douglas manages to escape the chinlock and hit a quick crossbody for two, only to get caught over in the wrong corner and double-teamed yet again. Windham hits a massive delayed backdrop suplex for two. He follows it up with a lariat for another nearfall. Rhodes goes back to working over Douglas’ arm, who escapes and hits a springboard crossbody for two. Shane blocks a dropkick and brings in Steamboat for the battle of the former tag team champions. Steamboat runs wild with a couple of shoulderblocks and crossbodies for a number of two-counts, until Dustin eventually hiptosses him and dropkicks him for two. Inside cradle gets two. Running shoulderblock gets two. An awesome criss cross sequence follows, with Steamboat dropping down more times than usual to try to take his former partner off his game, and then Dustin accidentally headbutts Steamboat in the groin on a leapfrog attempt. Rhodes seems worried and refuses to go for the cover, which gets Windham FURIOUS on the apron. They get into a heated discussion in their corner, and Windham literally tags himself in and elbowdrops Steamboat for two. Barry follows it up with an atomic drop like an absolute dick (no pun intended), which Rhodes does not agree with. Steamboat is selling the f-ck out of this angle. Windham hits him with a second atomic drop followed by another lariat, but Dustin himself breaks up the pin. Windham bitchslaps his own partner and Dustin unloads on him, leaving Windham open to take Shane Douglas’ belly-to-belly for the pin and the titles at 15:52.

Dustin Rhodes checks on the Dragon after the bell, before abandoning Windham alone in the ring. Barry begs him to return to the ring for a talk, and Windham beats the crap out of him with a DDT. Even the referee takes a shot from the crazed Windham. He finally adds the superplex on Rhodes as an exclamation point.

  • Rating: This was some great pro wrestling. The action was good, but the multiple stories being told throughout this match was done beyond perfectly. Ricky and Dustin knowing each other’s arsenal well, Windham going ballistic and just being a dickhead after Dustin’s accidental low blow and show of fair play. This match was constructed very well, and the execution was great. Steamboat’s amazing selling took it to another level, making Windham look even more like a heel and justifying Dustin’s worries about his condition. A real sleeper right here, watch it if you’ve never seen it. ****

Steamboat & Douglas get interviewed in the dressing room, but Barry Windham runs in with a chair and destroys them as well to cement his heel turn.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: After such a horrible undercard, I never thought this show could ever be saved. But guess what, it was. The final two matches are really good and could have easily been on any PPV. Watch just these two matches, honestly, and maybe 2 Cold Scorpio’s debut if you’re having a good day. There’s no need to talk about this godawful undercard. Erik Watts, pffft. 5/10

POINT SYSTEM

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Thank you very much for your time. Don’t miss the upcoming review of WWF Survivor Series and WCW Starrcade as we get close to the end of 1992. Have a great summer people, see you soon!

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WCW Clash Of The Champions XX: 20th Anniversary Review (Simmons Vs. Foley)

September 2nd 1992
Live from Atlanta, GA (Atlanta Stage Theater)
Announced attendance: ca 500 (capacity: ca 1 050)
TV rating: 3.7 (TBS)

Welcome everyone to my review of the 20th edition of WCW Clash of the Champions. In the midst of all the cameos from legends of the past 20 years of wrestling on TBS, including André the Giant’s last televised appearance, Cactus Jack challenges newly-crowned WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ron Simmons.

Here is the list of champions in WCW/NWA heading into this Clash:

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Ron Simmons [31st day of his reign] – previous champion: Big Van Vader
  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Masahiro Chono [21st day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair, before it was vacated/deactivated
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Rick Rude [288th day of his reign] – previous champion: Sting
  • WCW World Television Champion: Steve Austin [102nd day of his reign] – previous champion: Barry Windham
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Brad Armstrong [59th day of his reign] – previous champion: Scotty Flamingo
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Miracle Violence Connection (Dr. Death Steve Williams & Barry Gordy) [59th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Steiners
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: Miracle Violence Connection (Dr. Death Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) [52nd day of their reign] – inaugural champions
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IMG credit: WWE & rockstargary.com

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

We start off the show with an animation taking a look back at the past 20 years of wrestling on TBS.
In order: Cowboy Bill Watts, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Dusty Rhodes, World Championship Wrestling w/ Gordon Solie, King Kong Bundy, The Spoiler and then-WWF Champion Ric Flair (I’m sure Vince appreciated the free publicity).

Tony Schiavone & Missy Hyatt are outside the arena for our first cameos of the night.
Gordon Solie and André the Giant are the first to speak.
Ron Simmons arrives with his wife and addresses tonight’s title defense against Cactus Jack.
Next up, a limo arrives. It’s Bill Watts and his wife, baseball player Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, TBS & WCW Executive Bill Shaw and his wife.
Another one arrives immediately afterwards – this one with promoter Jim Barnett, WCW’s Executive VP Bob Dhue, and the legendary former champion Bruno Sammartino. Bruno says he’s excited to be back in an organization that actually promotes wrestling!
Finally, someone pops up in a Harley Davidson as the crowd gets louder. It’s Sting!

Tony and Missy throw it to Teddy Long, who’s inside the building with Atlanta City Councilman Robb Pitts. He declares September 2nd 1992 as World Championship Wrestling Day in Atlanta. Sure, why not.
Dusty Rhodes is ready to get funky like a monkey live and in color from downtown in Atlanta because he’s too sweet to be sour!

It’s finally down to JR & Jesse, who rundown tonight’s events – apparently fans get to vote for the top rope rule to continue or not – before throwing it to the ring for our first match.

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WCW World Television Championship – No DQ Match with Paul E Dangerously locked in a cage suspended above the ring – Steve Austin(c) vs. Ricky Steamboat

But not before an 11-year-old from Tulsa, accompanied to the ring by Johnny B Badd, gets to sing the American national anthem while Austin and Steamboat stand there watching. That’s … something. Nice way to earn a paycheck, Mero!

Now we can FINALLY start.

Steamboat’s ribs are taped from the injury suffered in the NWA Tag Team title tournament. We start off with basics as Austin immediately goes to work on the taped ribs, while Steamboat tries to fight back using chops. Austin fights out of a headlock, into a criss cross, with Steamboat sliding between Austin’s legs and going right back to the headlock. Austin blocks a backdrop attempt, however, turning it into a hiptoss. Elbowdrop follows, but Austin stops to point to his head and allows Steamboat to go back to the headlock. Rule #1 of wrestling: never point to your head, it always works against you. Austin makes it up by going after the hair to escape the hold. Steamboat goes up but Austin meets him there with a shot to the ribs, before shooting him off the top with a belly-to-belly of sorts. Austin takes off the tape and hits a sequence of backbreakers for a few two counts. Ricky goes for a powerslam but his ribs give out and Austin clotheslines him. Austin works an abdominal stretch with extra sauce, in the form of a little elbow-squeezing action on Ricky’s ribs. Dragon makes the comeback and hits a high crossbody, but Austin rolls through for two and nearly steals it.

Steamboat ducks a dropkick from Austin, catapulting him into into the buckle for two off a roll-up. Austin takes him down and gets two with his feet on the ropes. Steamboat sets him up for a tombstone piledriver that kickstarts a tombstone reversal sequence, won by Steamboat for a close nearfall. They go up for yet another slugfest up top, this one won by Ricky, only for Austin to catch Steamboat with a shot to the ribs in mid-air. Austin misses a chop and Ricky gets a flying shoulderblock for two. Steamboat gets dumped and skins the cat back in, only to eat a running back elbow that sends him flying to the floor for good. Steamboat hides under the ring, however, and when Austin goes looking after him on the outside, Steamboat pops up on the other side, catching Austin by surprise with a high crossbody to win the title at 10:43.

  • Rating: Very good opener with good psychology, good selling and a fantastic finish. Though Heyman not playing a bigger part was surprising, and kind of a waste of the stipulation. We all know he could’ve sold it brilliantly. These two would have much better matches down the road, particularly over the US Title in their 1994 feud, but this was still pretty good. ***1/4
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Commercial break

We come back to JR & Jesse reliving some of the best tag teams of the past 20 years – Dusty & Ole, The Assassins, The Briscoes, The Freebirds, Road Warriors, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express

“Spin the wheel, make the deal” ad for Halloween Havoc ’92

Michael Hayes presents his new team. He picked a member of the three teams that ruled the ’80s – himself (Freebirds), Arn Anderson (Horsemen) and Bobby Eaton (Midnight Express) – and together they’ll rule the ’90s.

Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton(w/ Michael Hayes) vs. Greg Valentine & Dick Slater

A rare all-heels match. It quickly starts with a pier six brawl, with Arn & Eaton using cheapshots and bailing early on. Dick Slater takes control with a neckbreaker followed by a russian legsweep for two, using the ropes for leverage right in front of the ref. Arn comes in and works the arm to take over, but Hammer gets the blind tag and rams AA into the buckle. Eaton comes in and returns the favor by ramming Greg’s head into the buckle as well, but then Slater returns the illegal double-teaming from earlier to cause another pier six on the floor. And Eaton literally chops the skin out of Slater’s chest on the outside. Holy moses! Bobby proceeds to break up Greg’s figure four on Arn back inside, opening the door for AA to finish with the spinebuster, but now Slater runs in to break up the pin. And once again IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA! The ref loses all control and Larry Zbyszko runs in to attack his former Dangerous Alliance teammates with the cast, but Arn ducks and he knocks out Valentine instead. Eaton adds the exclamation point with a quick (and illegal) Alabama Jam on Valentine while the ref’s still busy with Slater, and Anderson gets the win at 5:42.

  • Rating: I came into this one expecting nothing more than an easy win to establish the new trio, no different than a WCW Saturday Night / Power Hour squash. It turned out to be a really entertaining little match. The four heels trying to out-heel each other at every cost made for a weird yet extremely fun dynamic! **1/2

Commercial break

Next throwback clip: Jim Cornette cutting a promo on the Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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JR interviews Bruno Sammartino. He puts over Austin/Steamboat from earlier and hypes up the upcoming Simmons/Cactus World Title match. He’s proud to be involved with a wrestling company again because “what the other league has been doing for the past ten years is a total embarrassment”. Yikes. Also, he’ll be at Halloween Havoc.

We cut to Teddy Long again, who’s still in the back with André and Solie. Teddy interviews a bunch of hosts, including Bob Armstrong.

Mr. Wrestling II leaves a short message to the fans via satellite, unable to be physically present.

Ted Turner is proud to feature wrestling on TBS. Sure, captain.

Commercial break

Throwback clip: The Road Warriors promoting the channel back in the day.

Meanwhile, Bill Watts announces Brad Armstrong is still injured and thus, vacates the Light Heavyweight Title. He announces a tournament to crown the new champion, which never happened as the title was quietly retired.

Brad Armstrong comes out to address his injury. He’s interrupted by his scheduled challenger for the evening, Brian Pillman. Brian snaps and ultimately bitchslaps Brad, turning heel.

Commercial break

Throwback clip: Flair-Piper in GCW.

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Now some of the best single stars of the past 20 years on TBS – Dusty Rhodes, Stan Hansen, Ron Garvin, Tony Atlas, Magnum TA, Buzz Sawyer, Mr. Wrestling II, The Great Kabuki, Ted DiBiase, Cowboy Bill Watts, Wahoo McDaniel, The Masked Superstar, Jimmy Valiant, King Kong Bundy, The Spoiler, Tully Blanchard, Ric Flair, Terry Funk, Tommy Rich, Roddy Piper

Another “spin the wheel, make the deal” video ad for Halloween Havoc

Commercial break

Throwback clip: special referee Earnie Shavers gets in Flair’s face.

We take an extended look at Ron Simmons’ career, of course culminating with his World Championship win over Vader the prior month.

WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Ron Simmons(c) vs. Cactus Jack

Simmons wastes no time early on and fires away with a shoulderblock for two. Ron overpowers Foley and takes control with a headlock, but Cactus escapes with a running headbutt. Cactus dumps Simmons to set him up for the Cactus Elbow, only for Ron to get up on his feet and dare Foley to jump, who thinks better about it. Back in, Cactus chokes and bites away to provoke a slugfest. Ron gets the better of it, until Foley cheapshots him and dumps him with the Cactus Clothesline. He follows it up with the Cactus Elbow but misses the double-arm DDT back inside, hitting a trio of short clotheslines instead for two. Jack works a chinlock until Ron escapes and runs wild with a series of headbutts. Ron goes up for a flying faceplant that gets two. Cactus avoids the powerslam, only to eat a flying shoulderblock. And Ron gives him another one for fun. It gets two. Simmons hits a delayed backdrop of sorts followed by a clothesline, but he’s again tossed to the floor by Cactus, who slams him out on the floor. He drops a second Cactus Elbow outside, but Ron does a half-assed selljob and immediately pops up with a spinebuster back in the ring. Uh, really? And then he just finishes with the powerslam at 8:51.

  • Rating: While not necessarily bad, it definitely could’ve been a lot better given who’s involved. Foley’s crazy elbow had always been sold as this highly dangerous move against all kinds of top guys (Sting, for example), and seeing it get no-sold here – the second of the night, no less – made for a really awkward and abrupt ending. **
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JR & Jesse recap Masahiro Chono beating Rick Rude in Japan to reinstate the NWA World Heavyweight Title.

Rick Rude challenges Chono for a second round, this time in the United States.

Once again, the “spin the wheel make the deal” video.

Commercial break

Cactus Jack says he’s never been more hurt but he’s never been happier. While he was unsuccessful, he found Ron’s weaknesses. He introduces The Barbarian and Ron’s former “Doom” partner Butch Reed to continue the chase. Which takes us to…

The Barbarian & Butch Reed vs. Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes

Cactus Jack joins us on commentary for this one. Barb no-sells a couple of Dustin’s shoulderblocks to start, until eventually Windham joins for some double-teaming. Barry with an O’Connor roll on Barb for two. Dustin takes over on Reed, but misses a blind charge and eats post. Barb & Reed take control with a double clothesline on Rhodes. The Barbarian chokes away on the ropes before cutting the ring in half to prevent the tag. Swinging neckbreaker by Butch gets two. Dustin finally manages to get a few shots in, but Reed rakes the eyes while Barbarian has the ref distracted. Barbarian with a powerslam into an elbowdrop for two. Dustin manages to backdrop his way out of a Butch Reed piledriver, and they clothesline each other for a double KO spot. Windham finally gets the hot tag and he runs wild. Dropkcik to Barbarian, clothesline to Reed, lariat to Barbarian. He’s a house of fire BY GAWD! Windham finishes Barb with the superplex but stops to go after Reed. Dustin joins him as they take Reed out with a double dropkick, but this gives Barbarian enough time to catch Windham with the big boot at 8:13.

  • Rating: A fine tag match to establish Cactus’ new stable. It goint the point across well enough. **

Recap of the multiple stories intertwined in tonight’s main event: Vader injuring Sting in the spring; Vader winning the WCW Title from Sting at GAB; the debuting Jake Roberts attacking Sting and costing his title rematch to start their feud; Nikita Koloff and Rick Rude’s feud over the US Title

Main Event

Eight Men Elimination Tag Team Match – Big Van Vader, Jake Roberts, Rick Rude & The Super Invader(w/ Harley Race & Madusa) vs. Sting, Nikita Koloff & The Steiners (Rick & Scott)

Vader and Rick exchange some bombs to start. Rick actually gets the better of that at first, only to eat a massive clothesline. Vader squashes Rick with an avalanche in the corner, following it up with another clothesline. Rick comes back with a belly to belly, and Vader bails. But then Super Invader gets tagged in, before this gets fun or something. Invader works a HERCULEAN chinlock on Koloff, but they can’t shoulderblock each other and we reach a stalemate. Koloff finally manages to hit a couple of shoulderblocks and hits a crossbody for two. Rude comes in against his challenger, but Koloff quickly turns things around and brings in Scott. Steiner continues the work on Rude’s arm that Koloff began, but Rude manages to overpower Scott and tags Invader back in. He slugs away on Scott for a while, but ends up eating a Tiger Driver and a belly to belly. Steiner sets him up for the Frankensteiner, but Rude makes the blind tag and the heels take over using quick tags. Vader smashes Scott with a few rugged elbows in the corner. Rude follows it up with a clothesline. However, he stops for some hip-swiveling action, earning him a tilt-a-whirl slam from Scott. Hot tag Nikita who runs wild on Roberts, before cleaning house on all the heels. Rude catches him with a knee to the gut from the apron, though, and Roberts rolls him up at 7:26.

  • Nikita Koloff eliminated (by Jake Roberts)

Sting wastes no time after the elimination with a backdrop on Invader. Powerslam sets up an elbowdrop, and a bulldog evens things up at 7:52.

  • The Super Invader eliminated (by Sting)
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Rick Steiner takes Vader down with a Steinerline, before taking him down with a german suplex. Rick gets too excited and goes up to the top, though, getting caught by Vader with a powerslam. Chokeslam sets up the flying splash, but Rick kicks out at two. Rude comes in to work a headlock, and Roberts distracts the ref making him miss ahot tag to Sting. This allows Vader to powerslam Rick as now he goes up, with Rick powerslamming the big man down! Rick SOMEHOW gets Vader on his shoulders for a Steiner Device alongside Scott… who gets DQ’d because of the top rope rule at 11:24. F***ing really??

  • Scott Steiner eliminated

Rick dumps Vader with a Steinerline. However, Rick Rude jumps in with a Rude Awakening to Steiner on the concrete, who gets counted-out at 12:19.

  • Rick Steiner eliminated

It’s down to Sting alone against Vader, Roberts and Rude. Vader misses a buttdrop splash on Sting, who then faceplants Roberts. Sting manages to hit a quick Stinger Splash and he quickly goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, but Rude breaks it up with a clothesline from the apron. Sting makes his big comeback, though, and a bulldog on Rude gets two. Slingshot suplex while Vader is going up, who ends up splashing both Sting and Rude for another dumb DQ at 15:13.

  • Big Van Vader eliminated
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Roberts pulls Rude to their corner while the ref’s still busy with Vader. Jake gets the easy tag and the DDT is academic at 15:57.

  • Sting eliminated (by Jake Roberts)

Winning team: Vader, Roberts, Rude & Invader
Survivors: Roberts & Rude

  • Rating: While it felt rushed at times and many of the eliminations were nonsensical (especially that stupid top rope rule), this was good at times. I particularly liked the interactions between Vader and Rick Steiner, who was unquestionably the MVP of this match. The finish perfectly fit Jake’s gimmick, while also continuing to put Vader’s stuff over as deadly. Nothing memorable but still a good little main event here. ***

JR reveals the voting results: 88% of the fans want the top rope rule gone. How shocking.

Next Saturday on WCW Saturday Night: Steiners vs. Eaton & Arn.

The promo package for Sting vs. Roberts at Halloween Havoc airs one final time.

END OF THE SHOW

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Final thoughts: While there’s nothing outstanding here, it’s definitely not a bad show either. The cameos and the throwback videos give this show a special vibe, and things were developed here. Particularly the debut of two new stables. Steamboat vs. Austin is the best match of the bunch, but there’s more to see here. Overall, I’d say it’s a slightly recommended show that has its moments. 6/10

POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerResultStar ratingMain eventingExtrasTotal
Ricky Steamboat13.25+2 for winning a title6.25
Jake Roberts131+1 for two eliminations6
Rick Rude1315
Arn Anderson12.5+0.5 for earning the fall4
Ron Simmons12+1 for retaining a title4
Sting31+0.5 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated
4
Big Van Vader
The Super Invader
0.531-0.5 for being eliminated4
The Steiners
Nikita Koloff
31-0.5 for being eliminated3.5
The Barbarian12+0.5 for earning the fall3.5
Bobby Eaton12.53.5
Butch Reed123
Dick Slater-12.51.5
Greg Valentine-12.5-0.5 for losing the fall1
Cactus Jack
Dustin Rhodes
-121
Barry Windham-12-0.5 for losing the fall0.5
Steve Austin3.25-1-2 for losing a title0.25

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WCW Clash Of The Champions #19 Review – 06.22.1992 (NWA Tournament With Some Radical Debuts)

June 22, 1992
Taped from Charleston, SC (taped on June 16)
Announced attendance: 4,600
TV rating (TBS): 2.8 (-0.9 compared to Clash 18’s 3.7)

Hey there everybody. Welcome to my review of the 19th edition of WCW Clash of the Champions, featuring exclusively first round matches of a tournament to crown the inaugural holders of NWA’s World Tag Team Championship. Among the many participating teams are many young international talents making their WCW debut, including future Radicalz teammates Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit.

List of WCW champions heading into this show (considering the date of the tapings):

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Sting [108th day of his reign] – previous champion: Lex Luger
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Rick Rude [210th day of his reign] – previous champion: Sting
  • WCW World Television Champion: Steve Austin [24th day of his reign] – previous champion: Barry Windham
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Brian Pillman* [108th day of his reign] – previous champion: Jushin Thunder Liger
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott) [44th day of their reign] – previous champions: Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) [30th day of their reign] – previous champions: Greg Valentine & Taylor Made Man

*Scotty Flamingo was the Light Heavyweight Champion at the time this show aired, having defeated Pillman for the title at Beach Blast

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IMG credit: WWE & placetobenation.com

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Jesse Ventura

NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #1 – Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff vs. The Malenkos (Joe & Dean)

Steamboat represents USA, Nikita represents Lithuania (hi, Vilnius!) and the Malenkos represent Europe. Hm, really? By that logic, doesn’t it mean Europe automatically advances regardless of the result!? Nice mat work by Steamboat and Joe to start and we get a stalemate. They get into a test of strength and Joe monkey flips him into a pin, which Steamboat blocks with a headscissors that Joe also blocks with a cartwheel, but then walks into an armdrag from Ricky. Joe manages to block a second attempt, so Steamboat scores with a hiptoss instead. Dean comes in and gets his arm worked over by Steamboat until he brings in Nikita. He works a bearhug and Dean uses the top rope to flip out of it, with Jim Ross making sure to mention on commentary that it is still legal under NWA’s rules. Dean goes up but his high crossbody gets caught by Nikita, only for Joe to come up with a dropkick from behind that gives Dean two. Snap suplex is no-sold by Nikita who responds with a giant faceplant, and Steamboat comes in to immediately go back to working the arm. Steamboat goes for a flying headscissors but gets double-teammed by the Malenkos behind the ref’s back, who hit a nice backdrop suplex into a flying clothesline combo for two. Dean puts Steamboat in a wicked submission that punishes both the leg and back, which Steamboat obviously knows how to sell perfectly. He eventually escapes and hits a desperate faceplant before making the hot tag to Nikita, who runs wild and finishes Dean with the Sickle to advance at 9:50.

  • Rating: Good match to get the tournament underway, with some great technical exchanges between Steamboat and the Malenkos and power display from Nikita. Though the result was never really in question, the Malenkos did somewhat look like credible threats due to Steamboat’s willingness to sell like a champ for anyone. ***
NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #2 – The Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude & Steve Austin)(w/ Madusa) vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk & Marcus Alexander Bagwell

Everyone involved in this match represents the United States. Rude clotheslines Bagwell right off the gate, and Austin & Zenk take it to the mat and reach a stalemate. Rude gets back in with a dropkick followed by some hip swiveling action, and a vertical suplex gets two. Tag to Austin who walks into a cradle for two. However, Bagwell eats boot on a blind charge and the Alliance takes back control. A bunch of shots to Rude’s ravishing abs are no-sold (NEVER go after his abs!), and Rude responds with a piledriver to Zenk for two. Rude & Austin hit a double clothesline behind the ref’s back and they go to cut the ring in half, but Austin eats a superkick that opens the door for the hot tag. Bagwell crossbodies Austin for a nearfall, but then knocks himself out like a geek on a missed dropkick to Rude, who casually puts him away with the Rude Awakening at 7:54.

  • Rating: Average paint-by-numbers match to put the Alliance ahead. Bagwell in particular came off looking incredibly stupid, blowing away pretty much everything he went for here. On the other hand, Rude was clearly put over as the big star of the bunch. Not necessarily bad, but one would expect a lot more given who’s in it. *1/2

Meanwhile, Steve Williams & Terry Gordy are so desperate to get a rematch with the Steiners that they’re almost pissed to have to go through the first-round!

NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #3 – The Miracle Violence Connection (Dr. Death Steve Williams & Terry Gordy) vs. The O’Days (Larry & Jeff O’Day)

MVC are representing Japan in the tournament, and their opponents are a father/son duo from Australia. Gordy takes Larry (the father) down to the mat to start with some wrestling, but then Doc comes in and he pounds away. The kid eats a backdrop suplex from Doc and a corner clothesline from Gordy, but he actually gets a nearfall on Gordy with a sunset flip. It’s back to Larry for some shots, until Gordy gets tired of it and just PLANTS the poor man with a backdrop suplex. A stiff double shoulderblock from the MVC sets up Doc’s Oklahoma Stampede for the easy win at 2:35.

  • Rating: Just a squash, but the Miracle Violence Connection looked like world beaters. N/R

Jesse Ventura interviews Sting. Jesse compares Sting’s upcoming title match with Vader at the Bash to David vs. Goliath, and Sting actually has the balls to say he’s Goliath in this situation due to the fan support. Dang champ, there’s a difference between being confidence and asking for the beating of a lifetime!

NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #4 – The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton)(w/ Paul E Dangerously) vs. Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes

Another all American match. Barry & Arn lockup to start, with Arn complaining about the taped fist already. A wrestling exchange goes nowhere, so Windham simply whacks him down in a fun spot that gets Jesse complaining about the cast on commentary as well. Barry eats knee on a blind charge in the corner and Arn goes up, but Windham dumps him to the floor with a dropkick. Eaton punches Rhodes in the gut in midair on a leapfrog attempt, but Dustin responds by dumping Bobby with a big boot and Paul E asks for the DQ. The Alliance bail but the babyfaces remain in control, until Eaton cuts Windham off with a cheap knee on a criss cross. Backdrop from Bobby gets two. Arn eats boot and Dustin cleans house off the hot tag. Rhodes holds the ropes to block Arn’s DDT, but Eaton pops up with a clothesline from the apron. Dustin misses a crossbody on Eaton and dumps himself to the floor, where Paul E adds his shot with the telephone. Back in, Bobby goes up and the flying kneedrop gets two. Eaton adds insult to injury by hitting Dustin with his own bulldog for a nearfall. He gets too cocky and tries it again only to be sent into the buckle this time around, but Arn immediately covers up for Bobby by distracting the referee so that he misses the hot tag to Windham. Arn then illegally jumps in with the spinebuster to Rhodes, giving Eaton a delayed nearfall. Bobby tries to follow up with the Alabama Jam straight away, but Rhodes dodges and the bulldog puts Bobby away at 10:23.

  • Rating: Good first round match with some quality cheating from Bobby & Arn. ***1/4
NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #5 – The Steiners (Rick & Scott) vs. Miguel Pérez Jr & Ricky Santana

Actually never mind as the Miracle Violence Connection report to Eric Bischoff that they witnessed someone running over the Puerto Ricans, unabling them to wrestle tonight and thus automatically sending the Steiners into the quarter finals for a rematch with the MVC!

NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #6 – The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. The Silver Kings (#1 & #2)

The Kings are representing Mexico and the Freebirds are representing Badstreet USA, of course. One of the geeks dropkicks the other to start, but Garvin misses a dropkick. #2 goes up for a flying legdrop, but Garvin ducks and gets two. Suplex gets two. Hayes gets in and moonwalks for a bit, but #1 comes back with a senton for one. Flying elbowdrop from #2 gets two. The Silver Kings hit horrible looking spinning wheel kicks in stereo, but Hayes comes back with a backdrop. And he follows it up with absolutely nothing, instead stands there and claps. Okay then. #2 makes the comeback with a series of quick kicks and dropkicks, with Hayes bumping awkwardly for them as he looks totally lost and out of place out there. Missile dropkick from #1 gets two, with Jimmy breaking up the pin. The Freebirds get a couple of cheapshots in but the Mexicans ram them against each other and dump them. Hayes hits Garvin by mistake on the floor, and then the Silver Kings hit each other as well. Ugh. Hayes takes #1 back inside, where he simply cradles him for the merciful end at 6:28. I smell an audible there.

  • Rating: I like the Freebirds’ work in previous years, but at this point their matches keep getting scarier every time. This was really bad. 1/4*
NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #7 – Flyin’ Brian Pillman & Jushin Thunder Liger vs. Chris Benoit & Beef Wellington

Yep, it’s that Chris Benoit making his WCW debut. Him and Beef are representing Canada, Liger is representing Japan and Brian the United States. Benoit and Liger get into a nice wrestling sequence to start, won by Benoit with a fireman’s carry takedown. Benoit wins a test of strength too, but Liger bridges his way back up and sends Benoit flying. Benoit comes back with a shoulderblock, but ends up running into a series of armdrags before they each dodge a dropkick from the other and reach a stalemate. It’s off to Pillman and Beef, who runs over Brian with a powerful shoulderblock but gets dumped after a series of dropkicks. Beef comes back with a snap suplex and Brian responds with a suplex from the apron onto the floor. Liges fires away the quick kicks until Beef grounds him, and Benoit gets in with a clothesline followed by an enziguiri. Wellington brings back the ULTIMATE DICK MOVE by slamming Liger all the way to the floor, but his follow-up dive finds no water in the pool.

Brian dumps Benoit on a criss cross sequence, and brings him back inside with a backdrop suplex off the top rope. Missile dropkick follows and Benoit bails, so Brian fakes a dive and takes him down with a high crossbody instead. They get into a nasty chopfest filled with all kinds of extra mustard all over it. Now it’s Liger taking down Beef with a dive on the outside, but Beef counters a crucifix with a samoan drop for two back inside. Benoit takes Liger up top for a backdrop suplex, which Liger counters in midair and falls on top for two. Spinning wheel kick sends Benoit flying all the way to the floor, where Liger meets him with an Asai Moonsault. Brian goes for an O’Connor Roll on Benoit but instead walks into Beef’s knee in the corner, who then puts the miss in missile dropkick. Double noggin knocker gets rid of Benoit while also leaving Wellington in position for Liger to finish him with a moonsault at 11:30.

  • Rating: This was all action from start to finish, and it completely blew away everything else on the card, which is not surprising given who’s involved. Wellington would have a stint in ECW in the mid 90s, until his career came to an abrupt end in 1996 due to a serious eye injury. Benoit spent the next decade and a half having kickass matches and winning all kinds of titles in pretty much every promotion across the planet. ***3/4
NWA Tag Team Title Tournament First Round Match #8 – Hiroshi Hase & Akira Nogami vs. The Headhunters (#1 & #2)

Japan versus the Dominican Republic. The Headhunters are Bob Cooke and Joe Cruze under masks. The masked guys take over with a bunch of basic stuff until Nogami blocks a suplex and hits a dropkick. #1 hits a stungun into a backbreaker for two, but the Japanese come back with a variation of kicks. They run wild until Hase misses a flying kneedrop, and #1 hits a sideslam for two. Double suplex gets #2 two. It eventually turns into a pier six that ends with both Japanese hitting bridged suplexes in stereo for the double pin at 5:19.

  • Rating: Not horrible, but there’s nothing to see here. 1/2*

Jesse Ventura interviews Ron Simmons. He plans to go where no other black man has gone in this sport and become World Heavyweight Champion. Harley Race interrupts alongside the Super Invader, and he wants Ron to go tell Sting something in the back, but Ron replies “go do it yourself”. Harley reminds him who he is and what he’s accomplished, but then goes too far by saying he had guys like him carrying his bags. Simmons snaps and cleans house alone, with Harley even taking the chop block to feed Ron’s push. Effective little segment to get Ron over.

Tony Schiavone interviews Bill Watts. He’s all about giving the fans what they came to see, and since there were eight matches booked on the card, that’s what they will get. The quarter finals were originally scheduled for GAB, but since the Miracle Violence Connection want the Steiners so bad, their quarter final match is TONIGHT.

NWA Tag Team Title Tournament Quarter Final Match #1 – The Steiners (Rick & Scott) vs. The Miracle Violence Connection (Dr. Death Steve Williams & Terry Gordy)

Wrestling sequence to start as Gordy goes after Rick’s leg. Scott tries to explode with a belly to belly, but Gordon uses his power to avoid it. Scott can’t bridge up on a pinfall reversal sequence that looked pretty awkward, so Scott sticks to an explosive backdrop suplex instead. Doc comes in for a nice exchange with Scott on the mat and we get a stalemate. Rick sends Doc flying with a belly to belly, and Doc bails. Doc gets back in and has the brilliant idea of bitchslapping Rick, who just SANDBAGS HIM in response and proceeds to pound away on freaking Dr. Death like he’s yesterday’s trash. We’re done playing now! Doc takes him down and stiffs the hell outta him with a forearm, before taking him inside out with the mother of all lariats. Gordy in for a belly to belly, which also sounds like an excellent idea, and indeed Rick turns it into his own. Hot tag Scott who runs wild with a backdrop, clothesline and the tiger driver in preparation for the Frankensteiner. However, Gordy holds on to the ropes and Scott knocks himself out on the mat. Doc in to work on Scott’s back with a backbreaker for two. Gordy follows up with a running powerslam and locks in a kneebar. A double shoulderblock by MVC gives Williams two. He goes after the leg as well, but Scott comes back with a standing dropkick. Rick gets the false hot tag and immediately dumps him with a clothesline. He hits a powerslam and goes for the pin, but the ref lets him know about it. Gordy runs over Scott with a chop block on the floor, and Doc follows up with a badass delayed gorilla powerslam for a great nearfall. IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA and the ref loses control, allowing Gordy to clip Scott’s bad leg from behind when he’s going for a belly to belly on Doc, who lands on top for the pin to eliminate the Steiners at 15:01.

  • Rating: One of those rare matches where you can tell they’re stiffing the hell out of each other and not cooperating in the slightest, yet the match is better because of it. An absolute car wreck in human form is exactly what this is, a human demolition derby and it’s pretty darned awesome on that level. The tournament was all leading up to this rematch from their broadway at Beach Blast, and while it’s surprising that they did it in the quarter finals, at least it adds some unpredictability to the rest of the tournament. ***3/4

Tony Schiavone & Magnum TA close the show with a rundown of the tournament brackets, which will continue (and end) at Great American Bash. Since I’m a cool dude, I’ll leave them here for you as well:

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: It’s a show that definitely feels incomplete in case you don’t follow up by watching the PPV as well, as it literally just had the first round matches of the tournament. With that in mind, though, it was definitely an interesting show that gave some international talents a first chance to impress in a major wrestling company. Chris Benoit was by far the most impressive of the bunch, and he’d be brought back for a few more dates with WCW the next year before being eventually signed for a proper run in 1995. It’s a different edition of WCW Clash and it’s pretty good, all things considered. 6/10

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POINT SYSTEM

Learn more about the point system here.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain eventingExtrasTotal
Dr. DeathN/R
3.75
1
1
1+1 for winning two falls7.75
Terry GordyN/R
3.75
1
1
16.75
Jushin Liger3.751+0.5 for winning the fall5.25
Brian Pillman3.7514.75
Dustin Rhodes3.251+0.5 for winning the fall4.75
Nikita Koloff31+0.5 for winning the fall4.5
Barry Windham3.2514.25
Rick SteinerN/R
3.75
0.5
-1
14.25
Scott SteinerN/R
3.75
0.5
-1
1-0.5 for losing the fall3.75
Rick Rude1.51+0.5 for winning the fall3
Chris Benoit3.75-12.75
Steve Austin1.512.5
Arn Anderson3.25-12.25
Beef Wellington3.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall2.25
Hiroshi Hase0.51+0.5 for winning the fall2
Joe Malenko3-12
Michael Hayes0.251+0.5 for winning the fall1.75
Bobby Eaton3.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.75
Dean Malenko3-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.5
Akira Nogami0.511.5
Jimmy Garvin0.2511.25
Tom Zenk1.5-10.5
Marcus Bagwell1.5-1-0.5 for losing the fall0

That’s all, thank you very much for reading. Make sure you don’t miss the review of The Great American Bash to follow the rest of the tournament, as well as Sting vs. Big Van Vader for the World Championship. See you there, take care!

Tomás Cunha

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Clash of the Champions WCW

WCW Clash Of The Champions 18 Review (1992 Couldn’t Have Come Sooner!)

January 21st, 1992
Live from Topeka, KS
Announced attendance: 5.500 (capacity: ca. 10.000)
TV rating: 3.7 (-0.6 compared to Clash 17’s 4.3)

Hey there everyone and welcome to my first WCW review for 1992. We kick off the year over in Atlanta with the 18th edition of Clash of the Champions, featuring Sting & Ricky Steamboat taking on Rick Rude & Steve Austin in the main event, a hard-hitting tag team match between the Steiners and Big Van Vader & Mr. Hughes, Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer in a falls count anywhere, and even the historic debut of the one and the only… Vinnie Vegas!

Here is the list of champions in WCW heading into this show:

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger [191st day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair, before it was vacated
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Rick Rude [63rd day of his reign] – previous champion: Sting
  • WCW World Television Champion: ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin [232nd day of his reign] – previous champion: Bobby Eaton
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Jushin Thunder Liger [27th day of his reign] – previous champion: Flyin’ Brian Pillman
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton) [5th day of their reign] – previous champions: Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: Ron Simmons & Big Josh [7th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Young Pistols

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & thesmackdownhotel.com

The hosts are Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The Steiners (Rick & Scott) vs. Big Van Vader & Mr. Hughes(w/ Harley Race)

Scott takes Hughes to wrestling school to start, pulling off single leg and fireman’s carry takedowns. Hughes fights back with a slam, but gets too cocky and eats an overhead suplex. Hughes bails before Scott eventually gets caught in the heel corner, and both Steiners get dumped. They both get back in and climb the top rope for a double Steinerline, though, and the heels bail. Vader takes over with a backdrop suplex on Rick, followed by a regular suplex. Military press slam by Vader sets up an avalanche in the corner, but a second one is blocked with a Steinerline. Rick manages to hit an overhead suplex on Vader followed by a clothesline over the top rope, which… SHOCK ALERT… is not a DQ. Take a drink! Rick chases Vader to the outside, but gets caught and rammed into the post. Back in, Vader hits a clothesline and he goes up, but Rick meets him there and brings him down with a belly to belly! Scott comes in with a clothesline that gets two. A german suplex doesn’t seem to work, but Rick adds a few punches to Vader and Scott actually does it. These guys are not humans. Scott goes up but gets caught with a powerslam in mid air. Scott tries to make the comeback with a sunset flip, but Vader counters it with the buttdrop splash of doom. Hughes gets tagged in and misses a blind charge, setting up the hot tag to Rick. However, Vader comes in and dumps Rick for a double-team clothesline on Scott, but he moves out of the way and it hits Hughes instead. Scott sacrifices himself to get rid of Vader, allowing Rick to go up with the flying bulldog to give the Steiners the win at 9:02.

  • Rating: This was a nice surprise. The Steiners throwing Vader around was quite fun, as those three seemed to have great chemistry and worked very well together. Hughes wasn’t in there for long, but he certainly didn’t look bad or bring anything down. Very good opener for Clash. ***1/4
Flyin’ Brian & Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Taylor Made Man & Tracy Smothers

Terry Taylor’s dumb gimmick #13A after the ‘computerized man of the 1990s’. At least it’s better than being a walking rooster, I guess. Taylor bitchslaps Pillman in the corner to start and chops away. Pillman chops back and headscissors him out of the corner, followed by an atomic drop that sends Taylor into the babyface side for some shots from both. Brian charges into a backbreaker for two, though. Pillman fights back with another headscissors into a crossbody for two, and Bagwell comes in to run wild on both heels, even launching Brian in for some double Air Pillman. Dropkicks in stereo clean house followed by dives, and this crowd is loving it! Tracy comes in and takes over with a dropkick on Bagwell. Clothesline gets two. Perfect necksnap by Taylor gets two. Bagwell gets his knees up to block a splash, though, and it’s hot tag Pillman. He cleans house like a French maid and a spinning wheel kick on Tracy gets two, with the pin broken up by Taylor. All hell’s broken loose and it gets the referee distracted, allowing Taylor to suplex Brian from the apron all the way to the floor. Oof. Tracy gets two back in. Gutwrench suplex by Taylor gets two. Pillman eats some railing but he comes back in with Air Pillman on a distracted Tracy, and it’s hot tag Bagwell. Taylor grabs Tracy to prevent a sunset flip, but Brian knocks him onto Tracy with a dropkick, completing the sunset flip to give them the win at 7:49.

  • Rating: Another great surprise here as I can’t help but say that 1992 couldn’t have come any closer! This was very good for the short seven minutes it lasted, with some great fire shown by the babyfaces in their comebacks and lots of exciting spots. ***1/4

We take a look at Jushin Thunder Liger coming out with the WCW Light Heavyweight title over in Japan, and learn he’ll be defending at SuperBrawl in February against a challenger TBD. Here’s some action from the division…

Richard Morton vs. Johnny B. Badd

Morton pulls some hair in the early going and hides in the corner, but gets rolled up for two. Morton hits an atomic drop and makes Johnny eat some post on the outside. Back in, a suplex gets two. Johnny fights back with a slam for two of his own, before rolling through a crossbody to steal the pin on Morton at 3:20.

  • Rating: So this is it? This is the match you use to showcase the light heavyweight division after that Liger video package and the title match announced for the PPV? This had time to go nowhere, and nowhere it went. 1/2*

Eric Bischoff interviews both Brian Pillman & Johnny B. Badd on the stage. While Pillman’s all serious and issuing the challenge to Liger for WrestleWar, Johnny’s making fun of Bischoff. As soon as he tries to do the same to Pillman, Pillman punches him and leaves him laying (as he should’ve). Brian was awesome throughout this whole night.

Diamond Dallas Page vs. PN News

This is PN News’ last appearance on the series before his departure that April, so it’s my honor to write down PN News’ very last pre-match rap performance right here on the blog. Embrace the greatness, here we go..

It’s the first Clash in 92
And have I got a surprise for you
Come on Page, let’s see whatcha got
I know you fight fair…. NOT
YO BABY YO BABY YO

50 Cent, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tupac, Biggie, etc eat your hearts out homies!

DDP jumps News to start, but that takes him about as far as a feud with The Undertaker would. News misses an elbowdrop and a blind charge, though, and DDP hits a clothesline for two. DDP has the AUDACITY to mock the yo baby yo baby yo as he turns things around with a necksnap on the ropes. News catches him with a belly to belly, however, and he goes up for the RAFTERS SHAKING RAP MASTER SPLASH for the win (with the music even playing before the three count) at 3:25.

  • Rating: It was what it was, a typical short Clash squash. Nothing wrong with it. 1/4*

We move from a departure to the most epic return in pro wrestling history. You missed it, I missed it, the fans missed it, it’s the return of….

THE WCW TOP TEN RANKING!

Let’s see if they’re as stupid as they used to be!

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship top ten contenders list: 10) Larry Zbyszko (only 10?); 9) El Gigante (wait he’s actually still around!?); 8) Big Van Vader (only 8???); 7) Dustin Rhodes (way too soon at the time); 6) Cactus Jack (good to see him here); 5) Rick Steiner (no issues here either); 4) Ricky Steamboat (he was missed); 3) TV Champion Steve Austin (eh, Eric told me this guy would never get over in this business, what a waste of an entry); 2) Sting (how is he #2 when he’s the next in line for the PPV!??); 1) US Champion Rick Rude (I love Rude but again, this makes no sense!) – the champion is Lex Luger

It had some questionable entries (looking at you, El Gigante) and the usual weird logic of the actual next contender in line not being named the top contender in the company, but overall I’ve seen much worse ones.

Meanwhile, Tony Schiavone introduces WCW’s brand new executive vice president Kip Allen Frey, replacing Jim Herd.

See, even Ramsay knows it!

Frey introduces WCW’s new announcer, JESSE THE BODY VENTURA. Hell yeah! Sting comes out to sign the contract and make the title match at SuperBrawl official, and we hear some words from the champion Lex Luger via satellite.

Falls Count Anywhere Match – Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer

Hammer sprays something from his guitar on Cactus’ eyes before the bell, meeting him with a high crossbody from the apron to the ring to start for two already. Hammer stays on top of Cactus with a corner clothesline followed by a legdrop to the back of the head for two. Hammer goes up but Cactus catches him with a clothesline in mid air for two, and the Cactus Clothesline takes both guys to the floor where Cactus gets two. Hammer gets introduced to the railing as Cactus exposes the concrete, and Cactus proceeds to grab Hammer by the hair and faceplant him right on the concrete. He goes up top for a flying sunset flip (good lord Mick…) for two. Cactus takes Hammer up to the ramp now to work a sleeper, but Hammer escapes with a jawbreaker and powerslams him on the ramp for two. Cactus tries to throw Hammer off the ramp, but Hammer reverses and it’s obviously Cactus being sent all the way to concrete again. Hammer meets him there with a flying clothesline for two. They take the fight backstage and earn some boos from the fans, and we take a break.

Commercial break

We’re back with them fighting in the parking lot while Missy Hyatt screams for the referee to do something and end this match. Cactus uses some object to attack Hammer, who manages to escape and grabs a rope to choke Cactus. They go to a hog pen area, where there’s Abdullah the Butcher disguised as a cowboy to attack Cactus. A shot with a shovel accidentally hits Van Hammer and gives Cactus the pin at 10:08. Cactus and Abdullah fight after the match, and Missy Hyatt gets thrown into the water.

  • Rating: As always, Cactus was determined to do everything and anything to get over, including killing himself, in the process making this match a lot better than it had any right to be. The bumps on the concrete are hard to watch, but at least they got Mick over as a big star at the end of the day. Pretty good brawl and another good match on this show. ***
The New Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. Big Josh & Brad Armstrong

The Freebirds now have different attire and have switched their entrance song, which we don’t get to hear because they must’ve been running out of time or something. Brad scores with a hiptoss on Hayes to start, but Hayes kicks him off and Garvin comes in with a clothesline. Garvin goes up and a high crossbody gets two. Big Josh slams Garvin down and steps on him, and does the same to Hayes. The latter shows some life with a sunset flip for two, but Josh pounds away on Garvin in the corner. Brad comes in with dropkicks to both Freebirds, but he gets dumped and Big Josh stops the celebration with a double clothesline to both. Back in, a Brad suplex on Hayes is stopped by Garvin while the ref’s distracted with Josh, and the double DDT gives Hayes the pin at 3:03. ‘Badstreet USA’ plays the Freebirds out after the match, so I assume WWE Network doesn’t have the rights to their new ‘I am a Freebird and what’s your excuse’ song.

  • Rating: Short match but it was all action while it lasted. It was pretty okay for a three minute tag match in the undercard. *

We see a recap of the Steiners’ accomplishments and all the great teams they defeated, including the Road Warriors and the Nasty Boys (take that Vince), Scott being injured and Rick being seconds away from beating Lex Luger for the WCW World Title. Now they’re both healthy and back together after the World Tag title.

Eric Bischoff interviews the Steiners

Rick doesn’t remember losing the World Tag titles because it never happened, and they’re coming after Arn & Eaton. Scott says patience might be a virtue, but they’re not patient and when they step in the ring they leave the ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ persona behind. They’re coming after the titles with bad intentions.

And now it’s time for what everyone came to see. What the wrestling world needed. What the whole world needed. It’s the epic debut of the artist formerly known as Oz!!

Vinnie Vegas vs. Thomas Rich

The announcers put snake eyes over before the match like it’s the world’s most impressive move. Nash is wrestling with a suit in a look and gimmick that have everything to take him to the next level in wrestling. Vegas lures Rich into believing a fan is talking trash to him, which Rich falls for like a complete idiot (this guy is a former World Champion for fucks sake…) and Vegas takes over. Choking follows and the SNAKE EYES OF PAINFUL DOOM puts Rich away at 0:56.

  • Rating: Okay then. It was short but it was dumb as hell and made Rich look like a dumbass way more than it made Nash look good. Just a squash, and not a good one at that. DUD
Eric Bischoff interviews Paul E. Dangerously

Paul claims each and every prediction he’s made since his return at Halloween Havoc came true, and another one will tonight. He promises that at least one of the Dangerous Alliance’s five opponents in the next two matches (Sting, Steamboat, Simmons, Windham and Dustin) will be injured and forced out of WCW forever. Win, lose or draw, they’ll make sure one of them will never wrestle here again. This promo was great and made you want to watch the rest of the show to see what would happen to whom.

The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton & Larry Zbyszko)(w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Ron Simmons, Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes

Windham has a cast in his right arm, which was slammed by a car door back at Halloween Havoc by Anderson and Zbyszko. He asks to start the match with Eaton, who takes over with a neckbreaker. Eaton takes him up for a superplex, but Barry no-sells it and explodes with a couple of lariats. It’s superplex time already but Arn breaks up the pin, and all the heels get caught with figure fours by the babyfaces. Zbyszko works a wristlock on Simmons but he’s tougher than a two dollar steak. AA comes in to work one on the other arm as well, only for Simmons to backflip and double armdrag them out into a double flying shoulderblock. Eaton tries to jump Ron off the top rope but gets caught in a bearhug, but Arn comes from behind with a cheapshot. Ron gorilla press slams Arn away, though, and a clothesline on Zbyszko gets two. It’s off to Dustin and Eaton, who rakes the eyes to take over, but Dustin whips Eaton over the top rope to the ramp (no DQ, take a drink) and meets him there with a dive. Windham goes for the lariat on Zbyszko, but Arn pulls Larry out of the way. Zbyszko’s thinking piledriver but Windham backdrops his way out, and he dropkicks Eaton off the top rope to the floor.

He faceplants Arn and gets Dustin in off a blind tag, who misses a blind charge and goes flying all the way to the ramp. Paul adds a shot with the telephone behind the ref’s back, and back in AA’s spinebuster gets a great nearfall. A corner slingshot splash only finds Dustin’s knees, but Arn immediately fights back with a great DDT for another nearfall. Eaton goes up with a flying elbowdrop for two, with a little bitchslap added before the cover. Eaton crotches himself on a missed blind charge in the corner, and Arn goes up but only eats Dustin’s boot. Windham makes the hot tag and comes in with a flying lariat on Eaton followed by a regular one, and a backdrop gets two. An Arn cheapshot makes Dustin go after him, while Simmons takes Larry out with a shoulderblock. Meanwhile with the ref distracted, Windham punches Eaton with the cast in mid air to get the win at 9:28.

  • Rating: What a fun six man tag this was. The Dangerous Alliance were doing some amazing work as heels at this time in WCW, and Windham was especially feeling it in this one. He did a great selljob of the story of him finally being medically able to come back to the ring and get his hands on the Alliance, and the fans popped big for it all. Another great action packed match on this Clash. ***3/4

Meanwhile, Tony Schiavone interviews the winners in the dressing room. Barry Windham doesn’t care what WCW or the doctors say, he’s back and he’ll cause a lot of pain to some people, starting with Larry Zbyszko for what he did to his hand. Windham turns the tables and has a prediction of his own: Paul E. Dangerously or anyone involved with him will be crippled and out of wrestling forever. Great promo.

Jesse Ventura joins JR to call the main event in Schiavone’s place.

Main Event – The Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude & Steve Austin)(w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Sting & Ricky Steamboat

Just stop for a second and take a look at the talent involved in this main event. Steamboat starts with a shoulderblock on Austin and takes over with the KARATE BLOWS OF DEATH. An Austin hiptoss is blocked into a backslide that gets two, as do a couple more cradles, and Steamboat cleans house with kicks to both heels as they bail. They try to corner Steamboat back inside, but he’s too experienced and won’t fall for it. Nice. That ruins the Alliance’s strategy, so Rude walks over and bitchslaps Sting. He asks for the tag and Steamboat obliges, but Rude hides in his corner. Rude gets over but gets atomic dropped and clotheslined. Sting works a rear chinlock and stops to mock Rude’s hip swivel, and it’s back to Steamboat to work on the back some more. The heels (particularly Paul) get all worked up with this, so the babyfaces illegally switch back to Sting again and Paul’s losing his mind. Rude gets his knees up to block a buttdrop to the back, and Austin is back in to ram Sting’s face into the buckle, only for Sting to reverse and make him eat it instead. Austin back elbow gets two, and Rude cheapshots Steamboat to prevent the hot tag.

Austin hits a backdrop suplex and he too stops to cheapshot Steamboat, only this time giving Sting enough time to recuperate and make the hot tag to Steamboat. He runs wild on both with the chops and some double noggin knocker action gets two on Austin. Victory roll follows but the ref’s busy with Sting, allowing Rude to cheapshot Dragon and turn things around. An amazing back elbow even impresses Ventura, and now the Alliance cut the ring in half. Steamboat shows some life but an O’Connor roll is blocked by Austin, but Ricky gets a cradle anyway for two and IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA. Austin throws Sting off the ramp and gives Steamboat a backbreaker back inside. He goes for another one, but this time Sting climbs the top rope and high crossbodies Austin, with Sting and Steamboat falling on top of Austin for the win at 11:21. Rude jumps Steamboat afterward with two Rude Awakenings while Sting misses a stinger splash on Austin and takes himself out. Paul gives Rude a belt for some good ol’ whippin’ on Steamboat, and even security take a beating. Sting sacrifices himself by covering Steamboat, so he gets a beating too, and the Alliance get booed out of the building on the way out.

  • Rating: Smartly worked tag match, with the veteran Steamboat not falling in the Alliance’s traps and making them provoke the younger Sting to let his emotions get the better of him and get the upper hand. It wasn’t anything out of this world, but it was another good match on a show full of them. ***1/4

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This show completely exceeded my expectations and then some. I don’t know what was up with the wrestling waters in 1992, but so far I’m struggling to find a bad show from that year! Even the matches that looked eh on paper (looking at you, Van Hammer) were suprisingly good, and the four matches that weren’t were squashes that barely lasted ten minutes combined. All the stuff involving the Dangerous Alliance in the main event scene was good, and with them the future sure looked promising for WCW, at least in terms of the quality of their product. 7/10

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain eventingExtrasTotal
Ricky Steamboat3.2511+0.5 for winning the fall5.75
Sting3.25115.25
Barry Windham3.751+0.5 for winning the fall5.25
Ron Simmons
Dustin Rhodes
3.7514.75
Rick Steiner
Marcus A. Bagwell
3.251+0.5 for winning the fall4.75
Scott Steiner
Brian Pillman
3.2514.25
Cactus Jack314
Rick Rude3.25-113.25
Steve Austin3.25-11-0.5 for losing the fall2.75
Arn Anderson
Larry Zbyszko
3.75-12.75
Michael Hayes11+1 for winning the fall2.5
Bobby Eaton3.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall2.25
Big Van Vader
Taylor Made Man
3.25-12.25
Jimmy Garvin112
Van Hammer3-12
Mr. Hughes
Tracy Smothers
3.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall1.75
Johnny B. Badd0.511.5
PN News0.2511.25
Vinnie Vegas011
Big Josh1-10
Brad Armstrong1-1-0.5 for losing the fall-0.5
Richard Morton0.5-1-0.5
DDP0.25-1-0.75
Thomas Rich0-1-1

And that’s all for the first Clash of 92. Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming review, from over on the WWF side of things on the last stop before WrestleMania with an edition of SNME. Then it will be WCW’s SuperBrawl coming up, followed by WWF’s WrestleMania VIII. See you all, take care!

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Clash of the Champions

WCW Clash of the Champions #17 1991 Review

November 19, 1991
Live from Savannah, GA
Announced attendance: 6.922 (capacity: ca 7.832)
TV rating: 4.3

Hello everyone, and welcome to my review of the 17th WCW Clash of the Champions, with five featured title matches scheduled for the card – including Sting putting the US Title on the line against WCW newcomer Ravishing Rick Rude and Rick Steiner challenging Lex Luger for the WCW World Heavyweight Title in the main-event. Also, a returning fiery dragon shocks the world by joining young Dustin Rhodes to challenge the Enforcers for the World Tag Team belts.

Here is the list of champions in WCW heading into this show:

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger [128th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair, before it was vacated
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Sting [86th day of his reign] – previous champion: Lex Luger, before it was vacated
  • WCW World Television Champion: ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin [169th day of his reign] – previous champion: Beautiful Bobby Eaton
  • WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Flyin’ Brian Pillman [23rd day of his reign] – inaugural champion
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko) [75th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Steiners, before it was vacated
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers)* [14th day of their reign] – previous champions: The Patriots
  • WCW World Six-Man Tag Team Champions: The York Foundation (Richard Morton, Terrance Taylor & Thomas Rich) [42nd day of their reign] – previous champions: Dustin Rhodes, Tom Zenk & Big Josh

*Technically The Patriots (Todd Champion & Firebreaker Chip) were still champions at the time of this show, as their title loss wouldn’t air on television until Dec. 15th 1991

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The hosts are Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

Lumberjack Match – Thomas Rich(w/ Alexandra York) vs. Big Josh

Rich jumps Big Josh before the bell and we’re underway. Josh no-sells some shots and Rich tries to run away, but the lumberjacks prevent him and Josh takes over. Big Josh runs wild with some chops, an atomic drop and a belly-to-belly suplex, followed by his silly stomps across the stomach. However, Rich dumps Big Josh over onto the heel side of the lumberjacks so they can put the boots to him for a while, allowing Rich to get back in control. Rich chokes away with some tape in the corner, as does Steve Armstrong with the ref’s back turned. Rich follows it up with a suplex, but Josh shows some life and chops away. He misses a blind charge, though, and Rich goes up only to get slammed off. Suplex gets two. Criss cross sequence sees Rich get tripped by his own York Foundation partner, Terrance Taylor, and Big Josh ends it with the assdrop splash at 6:03.

  • Rating: It was smart to break up the York Foundation, a group that was doomed from the start anyway once Mike Rotunda left in the early stages of the run to become ‘IRS’ in the WWF. Match wasn’t bad up until the finish, but it certainly wasn’t interesting or memorable either. It was ok. *
‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton vs. Firebreaker Chip

Lockup to start into a side headlock from Chip. Bobby rolls him over for the count a couple of times, but he can’t escape the hold. Chip awkwardly botches a flying crossbody or whatever he was going for off the top, but then connects the second time around and gets two. Back to the side headlock goes Chip, but Bobby rams him into the buckle to break. Chip eats more buckle on a blind charge, but he no-sells it and goes up for a flying clothesline regardless, but the rope break saves Bobby. Damn, Eaton is just getting nothing in tonight. Did he piss anyone off in the back or something? Bobby works a hammerlock, which Chip reverses into his own. Eaton catches a charging Chip with a clothesline out of the corner, and a high backbreaker gets two. Crossbody by Bobby, but Chip rolls through and almost steals it. Backslide gets two. O’Connor roll gets two more and Chip is sent into the buckle on the kickout, right into a backdrop suplex from Bobby for the win at 4:52.

  • Rating: Outside of the small botch from Firebreaker Chip early on, this was a perfectly acceptable solid little match. *3/4

Meanwhile, WCW Champion Lex Luger attacks Sting’s injured leg and is revealed as the man who’s been trying to end Sting’s career during the past number of months. As long as there’s no more Chamber of Horrors, I’m fine with anything!

‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. The Diamond Studd

The match is already underway when we come back from a break, but we immediately go to a split screen with Sting being taken out of the arena in an ambulance. Back to the match we go and… Zenk beats Studd with a crucifix pin at 1:24. Okay then. Studd jumps Zenk after the bell.

  • Rating: I mean, what can I say here? Nice crucifix pin, I guess! N/R (no rating)
WCW World Television Championship – ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin(c)(w/ Lady Blossom) vs. PN News

Austin attacks before the bell but gets caught in an elevated chokehold by PN News, who runs wild with an avalanche followed by a clothesline out of the corner. Powerslam and an elbowdrop, and Austin bails only to eat some railing. Austin goes for a powerslam of his own, but he can’t lift him up and News lands on top for two. PN News follows it up with a “dropkick” (nice try, big dude) and a suplex for two. Austin manages to dump PN News and pounds away on the outside, but eats a backdrop right back into the ring. PN News hits the belly to belly suplex for the pin, but Lady Blossom puts Austin’s foot on the ropes. News chases her on the floor, which gives Austin enough time to dive onto him. Back in, News’ avalanche only finds the turbuckle and Austin uses the ropes to steal the win and retain at 4:21.

  • Rating: Very basic power match, with PN News overpowering Austin for literally 99% of the match before Austin pulled off a heel win. Austin sold well and tried to carry this thing on his back, but there was only so much he could do. *1/2
Cactus Jack vs. Van Hammer

Van Hammer turns his back like an idiot and gets rightfully jumped by Cactus to start, but hits him with a backdrop suplex and dumps him with a dropkick. Hammer rams Cactus into the railing, because of course Foley will kill himself to get even Van Hammer over, and back in a big boot, powerslam and a legdrop get two. Cactus turns things around with a bulldog, and the Cactus clothesline dumps both guys over the top rope. Obviously a convenient no-DQ in this case, so you already know what that means. TAKE A DRINK! Cactus follows it up with a flying elbowdrop on the floor. Meanwhile, Jim Ross on commentary: “if championships could be won on the outside, Cactus Jack would be the undefeated champion of the World”. Kenny Omega might have a thing or two to say about that these days. A slugfest ensues and it’s won by Van Hammer, who gets a clothesline to the back followed by a flying knee off the top to the back of the head for two. Cactus bails and uses Van Hammer’s guitar behind the ref’s back to give Van Hammer his first loss in WCW at 4:03. Van Hammer gets his revenge afterwards, with Foley taking a couple of crazy bumps on the ramp because he’s Mick Foley.

  • Rating: This was actually way better than I expected, the match was quite decent thanks to Mick Foley’s willingness to do anything to get over. Major props. **1/2
WCW World Tag Team Championship – The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko)(c) vs. Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes

Dustin’s partner Barry Windham got a broken hand by the Enforcers at the start of Halloween Havoc. Instead, Windham comes out and reveals Dustin Rhodes’ new partner…

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The returning Ricky Steamboat, fresh off a weird brief WWF run where he was known simply as ‘The Dragon’ because reasons.

WCW World Tag Team Championship – The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zbyszko)(c) vs. Ricky Steamboat & Dustin Rhodes(w/ Barry Windham)

The crowd go absolutely bananas for Steamboat. Dragon chose to leave the WWF after he was asked to get jobbed out in 2 minutes on television to the likes of The Undertaker and even fucking Skinner heading into Survivor Series. Can’t say I blame him. Steamboat runs wild with the KARATE CHOPS OF DEATH and this crowd just can’t get enough of Ricky!! Flying back elbow for Zbyszko, atomic drop and a dropkick for Anderson as the Enforcers bail. Great energy in this match! Ricky works a headlock on Zbyszko, who tries to escape but ends up walking into a shoulderblock. Back to the headlock goes Ricky, and the tag to young Dustin. Rhodes works the arm, not letting go of Zbyszko’s arm as he gets slammed. That was pretty good on Dustin’s part. Back to Steamboat for a flying karate chop to the arm, as then Steamboat rams it into the post repeatedly. Tag to Dustin who goes after Zbyszko’s arm some more. Great comeuppance story, as the heels originally hurt Barry Windham’s arm to write him out of this match. Arn comes in and takes over thanks to a cheapshot, and Dustin’s blind charge finds his knee. AA goes up and Dustin tries to slam him off, but AA rakes the eyes and hits a flying double axehandle.

Dustin blocks a blind charge in the corner and makes the comeback with his dad’s bionic elbows on both Enforcers, who take a powder. This is pretty freaking amazing! Tag to Zbyszko who begs for Steamboat to tag in, and the babyfaces oblige. Lockup and Steamboat hits a low superkick, but Zbyszko bitchslaps him and runs away. Blind tag to Arn during the chase right before Steamboat catches Zbyszko by the hair, but AA comes in with a cheapshot from behind and the champs take over. Dustin comes in to argue with the referee, which opens the door for some more Enforcers cheating. Suplex by Zbyszko gets two. Ricky shows some life with the chops, but he’s caught in the heel corner and Arn comes in off the tag with a hard irish whip into the buckle. Steamboat struggles to hit a sunset flip, but Arn makes the tag right before going down and Zbyszko keeps the heels in control. Great example of old-school ‘cut the ring in half’ tag team wrestling. Zbyszko works an abdominal stretch assisted by AA, and again Dustin coming in to argue allows the heels to cheat some more. Backdrop suplex by Anderson gets two. Steamboat faceplants AA and he goes for the hot tag to Dustin, but AA is close to his corner and Zbyszko prevents Ricky from reaching his partner.

Steamboat tries to fight back himself and goes for a powerslam, blocked by Larry who falls on top and gets two. AA adds a shot to Dustin just to piss him off some more, before working a bearhug on Steamboat. He blocks that and tries to turn it into a bodyscissors, but Arn rolls him through into a Boston crab. Brilliant! And obviously Zbyszko pushes Arn’s body for some extra leverage just to be a dick and provoke Dustin even more. Zbyszko goes to the Boston crab as well, and Steamboat manages to crawl and finally reach Dustin for the hot tag… but AA distracts the ref, who misses it and forces Dustin back to his corner. Steamboat blocks a blind charge and hits an atomic drop, but AA ricochets off the turnbuckle and their noggins are knocked for a double KO spot. Arn gets up first and he goes up, but Dragon gets his feet up and Anderson eats some boot. Steamboat crawls again and this time it’s HOT TAG DUSTIN! Bionic elbow to Larry, a shot to Arn, running clothesline to Zbyszko, powerslam to Arn. HE’S A HOUSE OF FIRE BY GAWD! Dustin hits the bulldog on Arn but Steamboat makes the blind tag, surprising Anderson with the flying high crossbody for the win and the titles at 14:48.

  • Rating: YES! YES! MORE OF THIS, PLEASE! Ricky Steamboat’s surprise reveal alone nearly took the roof off the house already, but these four proceeded to deliver a classic tag team title match. Brilliant structure to this match, with the babyfaces taking it to the heels early on, even going after their arms much like they did to injure Windham in a fantastic touch, then the classic heel tag team psychology that never fails to work, milking the hell out of the babyfaces’ hot tag before they can finally get there. One of the best matches of the year, loved it! ****1/2

We take a look at some Japanese clips from Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger, who’s coming to WCW around Christmas time.

Meanwhile, Jim Ross interviews Paul E. Dangerously, who claims he had nothing to do with Lex Luger’s attack on Sting earlier. However, should Sting not appear in time for the US title match against Rick Rude later on, then Rude would capture the belt via forfeit. Having known this, Sting checks himself out of the hospital and makes his way back to the building.

WCW Light Heavyweight Championship – Flyin’ Brian(c) vs. Johnny B Badd(w/ Theodore Long)

Johnny slugs away to start but turns his back to Pillman, who fights back with some chops WITH EXTRA MUSTARD and a backdrop. Dropkick sends Badd all the way to the ramp, and Brian meets him there with Air Pillman. He goes for a powerbomb next, but Johnny blocks and sends him throat-first into the railing. Back in, Pillman hits a springboard high crossbody for two. Powerslam sets up a flying splash, but Badd gets his knees up to block it. Back elbow by Johnny gets two. Powerslam by Johnny as now it’s his time to go up, but Brian meets a flying Badd with a fucking awesome standing dropkick for two. Another vicious chop by Pillman as he hits a running clothesline and a spinning wheel kick for two more. Another clothesline is blocked by Johnny, who criss crosses and hits his own. He goes up yet again, this time hitting a flying sunset flip, but Teddy Long has the referee distracted. Johnny’s KO left is blocked by Pillman, who then rams Badd into Long before rolling him up for the win to retain at 4:19. Teddy eats a left KO punch from Johnny after the match to end their partnership.

  • Rating: Short and to the point, yet filled with exciting fast wrestling while it lasted, fitting of the title and the division. **3/4
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship – Sting(c) vs. Rick Rude(w/ Paul E Dangerously)

Paul wants the forfeit before the match, but Sting arrives in the ambulance and limps his way to the ramp, where he meets Rude with a gorilla press slam. Loud pop for Sting here. Despite being visually hurt, Sting still limps his way back to the ring to avoid the forfeit. Rude goes up for a flying double axehandle, but Sting catches him with a shot to the midsection and then a backdrop. Sting dumps Rude with a clothesline over the top rope, so you better TAKE A DRINK! However, Heyman distracts the referee outside the ring, which allows Rude to ram Sting’s injured knee into the post. Back in, Rude goes up with a flying clothesline to the back, and Rude’s hip swivel gets massive heat! Rude’s thinking Rude Awakening, which Sting blocks but he misses a clothesline, and Rude pokes him in the eye to stay in control. Sting shows some life and slugs away, though Rude inadvertently lands with all his dead weight on Sting’s injured leg. The ref stops to check on Rude, as Heyman knocks out Sting with the telephone on the other side of the ring for a great nearfall. Sting DDTs Rude but stops to go after Paul on the apron, as Rude clips the knee and steals the belt with a handful of tights at 4:50.

  • Rating: Awesome match for the short time they were given. Very good story that everyone could understand, with the valiant injured babyface leaving it all out there before ultimately coming up short. Good selling by Sting as well, and a great heel performance by Rick Rude. ***

Paul E. Dangerously reveals it was all a plan between the Dangerous Alliance and the World Champion Lex Luger. And there goes Sting back to the main event scene. Rick Rude once again showcases his greatness with his perfect delivery of the following line: “Sting, nice guys finish last (blows a kiss)”.

Meanwhile, Ron Simmons addresses his injury during the WCW title match with Lex Luger at Halloween Havoc, but still promises to his home state to be the first ever black World Champion one day!

Main Event – WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Lex Luger(c)(w/ Harley Race & Mr. Hughes) vs. Rick Steiner(w/ Scott Steiner)

Luger is noticeably bigger than in the past couple of years, getting ready for his upcoming bodybuilding career in the WBF. Sigh… Steiner keeps getting the better of Luger early on, who eats up as much time as he possibly can. A shoulderblock sends Luger into the corner and a powerslam gets two. The Steinerline dumps Luger, who takes his time getting back inside the ring. Luger rams Steiner’s head into the buckle, but Steiner fights back with a backdrop out of the corner and he slugs away. Luger rakes the eyes and goes for a clothesline, but Steiner blocks and explodes with a German suplex for two. They get into a slugfest that nearly knocks out the referee too, allowing Luger to crotch Steiner behind the ref’s back before following it up with a clothesline to the back, and a regular one. Luger pounds away and uses the ropes to rake the eyes, but Steiner blocks Luger’s suplex and hits his own. Luger comes back with a powerslam, however, and adds an elbowdrop for two. Luger dumps Steiner to the floor like a sack of potatoes, where Harley Race adds some cheapshots of his own. Luger slugs away but Steiner fights back and makes the comeback with a powerslam for two. Flying bulldog does it, but Luger gets his foot on the ropes to save the title. So Steiner is like ‘okay then’ and proceeds to belly to belly Luger off the top rope. Mr. Hughes comes down but Scott takes care of him with a Frankensteiner, while Rick hits another belly to belly on Luger, but Harley Race has the referee distracted. IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN GEORGIA! Steiner stops to vertical suplex Race off the apron, but Luger uses the distraction to hit Steiner with the belt to the face for the win at 11:30.

  • Rating: Solid main-event here, but a bit too slow for way too long if you ask me. It got better near the end, though, and the finish sequence was pretty hot. **3/4

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Definitely a good one overall, I would say. Sure, the inevitable typical Clash squash matches were there, and PN News dominated Steve Austin for an entire match, but nothing was REALLY bad and there were a few memorable things here. The Sting/Rude US Title match was pretty good, but Ricky Steamboat’s return and the eventual match of the year contender for the tag titles were the clear highlights from this show. Usually this show is nothing special, but apparently this proves to be the exception. 6/10

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WrestlerStar ratingResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ricky Steamboat4.51+2 for winning a title
+0.5 for winning the fall
8
Dustin Rhodes4.51+2 for winning a title7.5
Rick Rude31+2 for winning a title6
Lex Luger2.7511+1 for retaining a title5.75
Brian Pillman2.751+1 for retaining a title4.75
Steve Austin1.51+1 for retaining a title3.5
Cactus Jack2.513.5
Bobby Eaton1.7512.75
Rick Steiner2.75-112.75
Big Josh112
Johnny B. Badd2.75-11.75
Van Hammer2.5-11.5
Larry Zbyszko4.5-1-2 for losing a title1.5
Arn Anderson4.5-1-2 for losing a title
-0.5 for losing the fall
1
Tom Zenk11
Firebreaker Chip1.75-10.75
PN News1.5-10.5
Sting3-1-2 for losing a title0
Terrance Taylor1-10
Diamond Studd-1-1

Thank you so much for your time. Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming reviews of WWF’s Survivor Series and WCW’s StarrCade PPVs, as we then move on to 1992. Stay safe!

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Clash of the Champions

WCW Clash Of The Champions XV: Knocksville USA Review (The Final Flare For Flair)

June 12, 1991
Live from Knoxville, TN
Announced attendance: 5.000 (capacity: ca 6.500)
TV rating: 3.9

Hi there everyone, welcome to my review of a very important edition of WCW’s Clash of the Champions. It features the last WCW appearance of Ric Flair in the series (until his 1993 return), where he defends the World title against ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton. On the other hand, a young Steve Austin makes his very first appearance in the series, The Steiners defend the IWGP World Tag Team Championship, Sting battles Nikita Koloff and much more.

Here is the list of champions in WCW heading into this show:

  • WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair [champion since Jan. 11th 1991 – inaugural WCW World Champion, previous NWA World Champion: Sting]
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger [champion since Dec. 16th 1990 – previous champion: Stan Hansen]
  • WCW World TV Champion: Bobby Eaton* [champion since May 19th 1991 – previous champion: Arn Anderson]
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott) [champions since Feb. 18th 1991 – previous champions: The Fabulous Freebirds]
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) [champions since May 19th 1991 – the titles were previously vacant – previous champions: The Steiners]
  • WCW World Six Man Tag Team Champions: The Junkyard Dog, Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich* [champions since Feb. 17th 1991 – inaugural champions]

*Steve Austin and The Fabulous Freebirds were technically the champions, but said title changes only aired later that month

Enjoy the review!

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The hosts are Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin & Badstreet)(w/ Diamond Dallas Page & Big Daddy Dink) vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk & The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong)

The babyfaces run wild to start, with Zenk dropkicks and Pistols high crossbodies for everyone. Hayes pounds away on Tracy, but punches the buckle on a charge and once again the babyfaces clean house with a Zenk springboard clothesline on both Hayes & Garvin, and the Freebirds stall. Garvin cheapshots Tracy on a criss cross back in, and Badstreet follows it up by dumping him with a clothesline over the top rope, which isn’t a DQ for reasons. New rule in the series: for every time this rule is conveniently forgotten about = we take a drink. Badstreet proceeds to cheapshot both Steve and Zenk off the apron, before the Freebirds slam Smothers onto the railing over on the other side and by gawd the pier six is on. IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN KNOXVILLE USA! The Freebirds dump all the babyfaces and celebrate, only to be the victims of three simultaneous slingshot sunset flips for the triple pin at 4:49.

  • Rating: A wild six men tag match to open the show, with the babyfaces showcasing some cool moves and eventually being able to surprise the cocky Freebirds. Nothing crazy here, but the smart choice for the opening contest. **1/4
THE INCREDIBLE OZ(w/ The Wizard) vs. Johnny Rich

Haha, fucking hell. I don’t know how Kevin Nash went from Oz to a multiple time WCW & WWF World Champion, but it’s quite the career upgrade! Nash pounds away and gets a shoulderblock. Clothesline follows, with the jobber taking a flip bump for it and falling right on his head and neck.

IMG credit: WWE

Good lord. Nash doesn’t want the pin yet, hitting a big boot instead. Sideslam, helicopter slam, sayonara Mr. Johnny at 1:29.

  • Rating: Yawn. This whole thing is a disaster. DUD

Meanwhile, PN News is coming to rap at an arena near you. Does Oz come with the package? The amount of ridiculous gimmicks on this show is hilarious.

Danny Spivey vs. Big Josh

We get a slugfest to start, with Josh literally punching nothing but air once, which gets a chuckle out of me. Spivey finally takes over with a clothesline in the corner, but Josh brings him out of the corner with a REALLY rotten belly to belly suplex and he pounds away. However, Spivey catches him with a Japanese armdrag followed by a big boot, but Josh reverses Spivey’s suplex with one of his own. Spivey completely no-sells it and gets back up with a clothesline, though, only to eat a backdrop suplex. Out comes Kevin Sullivan, still with his hair all messed up from the previous match (he was Nash’s manager, The Great Wizard) and he breaks a crutch over Josh’s back. Spivey finishes with a German suplex into a bridge pin at 2:49.

  • Rating: Sloppy in the beginning but it got much better near the end, and it got the point across. 1/2*

And now, the moment I’ve been waiting for. Guess what’s back!! It’s the epic return of…

THE WCW TOP TEN RANKING

Anyone but Oz as the number one contender and I riot.

  • WCW World Championship top ten contenders list: 10) Stunning Steve Austin (what?); 9) One Man Gang (in his – African – dreams!); 8) Barry Windham (isn’t #8 just a little bit too low?); 7) Arn Anderson (same goes for him); 6) Sting (if him as champ means more Black Scorpion feuds, keep him away from it!); 5) Nikita Koloff (I see nothing wrong here); 4) Beautiful Bobby Eaton (isn’t he actually #1 since he’s challenging tonight?!?!?!?); 3) El Gigante (HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA); 2) The Great Muta (he’s great but he’d been mostly gone for the last year or so, #2 is way too high at this point); 1) Lex Luger (certainly one of, if not the, most popular babyfaces on the roster) – the champion is Ric Flair

No Oz on the list????

Just kidding… even though El Gigante being anywhere near that top spot is indeed more than worthy of this GIF!

Meanwhile, Paul E Dangerously hosts the Danger Zone with Missy Hyatt’s boyfriend, 19 year old Jason Hervey, as his guest. Hervey says he has a new house, car and everything, so Paul asks him a brilliant question – if he likes to have everything new, how can he have a girlfriend as used as Hyatt. A pissed off Jason gets in Heyman’s face… geez kid, just because you can’t handle the truth, it doesn’t give you the right to be rude like that. Heyman rightfully defends himself and knocks him out with the phone.

Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrance Taylor(w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Hughes)

A rematch from the PPV here because reasons. Taylor shoves Dustin to start and hides in the corner, but Dustin gets a corner clothesline for two. Taylor bails and goes to the computer already, while JR announces the York Foundation will announce a new member later on this show. Back in, Dustin catches Taylor going for a kick and gets a few atomic drops, only to miss a blind charge in the corner and eat the post. Kneedrop by Taylor gets two. Gutwrench sitout powerbomb gets two. Dustin catches Taylor with a sunset flip and he gets two of his own. They fight over a backslide, which is won by Dustin for two. Dustin makes the comeback with his father’s flip flop & fly and the Bionic elbow. He hits the bulldog, but Mr. Hughes jumps in and causes the DQ at 4:27 instead. Ricky Morton comes in to make the save… but he joins the beatdown and reveals himself as the new member of the York Foundation, Richard Morton. Big Josh cleans house with an axehandle.

  • Rating: Despite the poor finish, this was actually better than their match at SuperBrawl. Dustin didn’t look as green here, and the match was nice and went back and forth while it lasted. Morton as a heel is never a good idea, but he needed something to do with Robert Gibson out injured. *3/4

Johnny B Badd is coming to an arena near you.

Recap of Nikita Koloff getting involved in the World Tag Team Championship match at SuperBrawl.

Sting vs. Nikita Koloff

Sting wastes no time here, sprinting to the ring and going after Nikita immediately, but he eats a back elbow to start. He follows it up with a shoulderblock, and then dumps Sting to the outside where he whips Sting into the railing. Back in, Sting fights back with a piledriver, which Nikita no-sells due to his AWESOME NECK MUSCLES BY GAWD and proceeds to hit Sting with a tombstone piledriver for two. Sting can’t complete a sunset flip and Nikita gets cocky, which allows Sting to get it for two. Nikita stays in control, however, and hits a backbreaker for two. Nikita continues to beat up Sting and adds some choking on the ropes, with Sting showing some life but not being able to make a comeback yet. Nikita dumps Sting and goes to whip Sting into the railing once more, but this time Sting reverses and ends up sending Nikita into it instead. Back in, Sting hits a tombstone piledriver, and this time Nikita doesn’t pop right back up. Sting finally makes the comeback with the crowd going absolutely insane for it, but the Stinger Splash only finds buckle. The Sickle ends up hitting the buckle as well, though, and Sting rolls him up for the win at 9:33.

  • Rating: This was a great fight, with Nikita in control for most of the match to set up Sting’s awesome comeback. It’s good to see Sting being involved in good stuff again. Nikita was a credible antagonist to Sting, which helped. Good job by both guys. ***1/4

PN News does a rap. Lucky us. Allow me to share his “art” with you:

I’m PN News, here to let’cha know
I’m here to bumrush this show
I’m from the streets, not doing crime
That’s why I (something?) all the time
My name is News and I’m on the attack
Check me out later because I’ll be back
YO BABY YO BABY YO
I SAID YO BABY YO BABY YO

Eminem, eat your heart out, homie

Teddy Long & Johnny B Badd interrupt this because Teddy wants to show PN News what up. He clarifies Johnny is the true rap master, and PN’s all like yo back off little man yo whassap witcha man why you dissing me yo I ain’t no big ugly bad boy whatcha problems. This is so bad that it’s actually hilarious! Badd bails and that’s all. What am I watching!?

Loser Of The Fall Leaves WCW – The Horsemen (Arn Anderson & Barry Windham) vs. Flyin’ Brian Pillman & El Gigante

Only the loser of the fall is leaving here. Arn and Pillman slug it out to start, and Pillman gets a backslide for two. Arn goes for a slam but Pillman falls on top for two more, and Arn tags out. Spinning wheel kick on Windham gets two. Windham fakes a pinfall reversal sequence, stopping at the last second and knocking him out with a right hand instead. That was a nice touch. Windham follows it up with a DDT for two. Arn comes back in with a high knee and he goes up, but Pillman dropkicks him to the outside and follows him with a dive. Gigante chokes Arn out, though, and Pillman hits a high crossbody off Gigante’s shoulders on Windham, but Arn stops the count. Pillman turns his attentions to Arn with a powerslam and he goes up, but Windham shoves him off the top and follows with a punt to the head for the pin to end Pillman’s WCW career at 3:08.

  • Rating: For a three minute match, this was as good as you could get. Gigante wrestled a grand total of 00:00 and was limited to doing only Pillman’s cool spot, which was the best thing they could’ve done. For those wondering, Pillman wasn’t going anywhere – this was all apart of the story. **1/4
IWGP World Tag Team Championship – The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)(c) vs. Masahiro Chono & Hiroshi Hase

Scott and Hase start with wrestling reversal sequences, until Scott just goes “enough of this wrestling crap” and just stomps him on his skull. Scott telegraphs a Hase leapfrog but Hase catches him going for a kick, and dumps him with an enziguiri. Hase welcomes Scott back in with a couple of chops, but Scott stunguns him and works the count a few times. Hase bridges out of that and superkicks Scott, which is effective at pissing Scott off and earns Hase a belly to belly with EXTRA MUSTARD. Rick goes for a backdrop but telegraphs it, and Chono blocks by kicking him and BREAKING RICK’S HEAD GEAR IN HALF. Even Haku probably watched this match and went “geez boys maybe you went a bit too far there”! Chono proceeds to kick his brains off twice more until Rick’s all like “fuck off” and bounces off the ropes with the mother of all Steinerlines. The Steiners hit the Steiner Decapitation while the crowd goes absolute apeshit. Hase tags back in and he makes the biggest mistake of his life – trying to German suplex a Steiner. Rick obviously reverses it and sends Hase flying with his own.

Hase cuts him off with a back slam, though, and Chono comes in with a flying shoulderblock. A Chono samoan drop is immediately followed by a Hase flying kneedrop, and Chono turns Rick over into the STF. Meanwhile, Scott suplexes poor Hase right on the floor and goes to break up the STF from the top rope, which he originally botches after slipping off the top rope but he immediately gets back up and covers that up by breaking the hold. They both take each other out with a double clothesline, and tag out at the same time. Scott comes in with a STIFF clothesline on Hase. Was that his tooth flying?! Scott follows it up with the tilt-a-whirl slam, but Hase wants some more. Why would anyone do that? Scott follows it up with the butterfly powerbomb and the belly to belly superplex, but Chono breaks up the pin. Hase actually manages to block a Scott suplex and reverses it into a dragon suplex, but this time Rick breaks up the count and BY GAWD IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN KNOXVILLE. The Japanese dump Rick and hit Scott with a double clothesline. They go for another one, but Rick trips up Chono while Scott gives Hase the Frankensteiner for the pin to retain the IWGP straps at 8:14. Dick Murdoch & Dick Slater jump the Steiners after the match.

  • Rating: I feel like I need a vacation myself after watching that one. Good grief were these dudes determined to kill each other out there or what?! This match RULED, this was epic. I don’t know who I should feel bad for – Rick who literally got his head gear kicked in half(!!!) or the poor Japanese dudes who just got run over and stiffed by the Steiners afterwards. Another incredible match by the Steiners, who are just so ahead of every other team (especially now that Doom is no more) that it’s almost unfair for all the other tag teams. ***3/4
Tommy Rich vs. The Diamond Studd(w/ Diamond Dallas Page)

Diamond Studd is, of course, Scott Hall, who is making his first in-ring appearance in the series. Studd slugs away in the corner to start, with Rich trying to fight back with a hiptoss, but Studd blocks it and chokeslams him. Studd goes up for a splash that only hits knees, but Rich misses a high crossbody and the Diamond Death Drop (Razor’s Edge) ends things at 1:59.

  • Rating: Short and to the point. 1/2*

Meanwhile, the young winner of WCW’s Sting look alike contest gets to meet the real Sting, with the kid absolutely losing his mind… and then Nikita Koloff comes out and beats up Sting with the chain. He then goes after the kid, who hides behind his mother before going to check on Sting. This was a great little segment.

#1 Contender for the WCW World title at The Great American Bash – Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta

Winner was supposed to wrestle Ric Flair for the title at GAB, but Flair didn’t last until that event, quitting due to creative and payment disputes. Muta spits the MYSTERIOUS GREEN MIST OF DOOM to start. Wrestling reversal sequence on the mat to start, and we get a stalemate. Luger gets a shoulderblock and a Muta chop is no-sold, with Luger hitting a backdrop suplex for two. Powerslam sets up a big elbowdrop, but Muta moves out of the way and Luger takes himself out. Muta backdrops him but eventually walks into the gorilla press slam. Luger misses a clothesline in the corner, but Muta misses the handspring elbow too and goes flying to the outside. A vertical suplex from the apron to the inside is blocked by Muta, who goes for the GREEN MIST OF DEATH, but Luger manages to get his arms up in time and catches a charging Muta with a powerslam for the win and the title shot at 3:43.

  • Rating: It was a criminally short match, but for the time it lasted it was all nonstop back-and-forth action and it was pretty good. **
Stunning Steve Austin(w/ Lady Blossom) vs. Joey Maggs

A baby Steve Austin making his debut appearance on the series! Austin slugs away to start and the stungun does it already at 0:25.

  • Rating: Squash. N/R (no rating)

Meanwhile, The York Foundation announce their newest member, Richard Morton. Robert Gibson comes out to confront his former partner, but eats a piledriver.

Main Event – Two Out of Three Falls Match – WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Ric Flair(c) vs. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton

Yeah this might rock. The winner goes on to win the WWF Championship at the next year’s Royal Rumble defend against Luger at GAB. The first lockup goes to the corner, with Flair WOOOO’ing Bobby on the clean break. Another one goes to the corner again, and Flair this time slaps him on the clean break, but Bobby slaps him even harder in return. Eaton telegraphs a dropdown and Flair lays in the chops in the corner already, as they get into a slugfest. This time it’s Flair who gets caught on a dropdown, with Eaton predicting it and dropping an elbow on his back. He proceeds to dump Flair with a clothesline over the top, with the DQ rule again being conveniently ignored. TAKE A DRINK! Back in, Flair chops away in the corner, but Eaton chops him even harder and Flair goes down off a Flair flop. Eaton backdrops Flair out of the corner and gets two, while Flair gets on his knees asking for mercy in the corner.

Flair asks for a test of strength, only to cheapshot Eaton, but Bobby hiptosses him and works a short armscissors. Flair rolls over but Eaton holds on to the arm, and then rolls back to the middle of the ring with the hold still locked in. However, Flair manages to make it to the ropes, and Eaton goes after the arm. Flair reverses a hammerlock with a drop toehold, and a chop only earns Flair a massive right hand. Flair runs away and catches Eaton getting back into the ring, taking control and going back to the chops. Flair sends Bobby into the post and the kneedrop gets two. A suplex gets two more. Another chop pisses off Eaton, who fights back and slams Flair off the top rope. Irish whip sets up the Flair flip, as Eaton meets him and knocks him off the apron with a shot. Back in, Bobby goes after the back with a backbreaker, swinging neckbreaker and a powerslam to set up the Alabama Jam for the pin and the first fall.

Flair 0-1 Eaton

Eaton goes right back to work as soon as the second fall begins, pounding away in the corner and following it up with a hiptoss out of the corner. Eaton takes the better of a slugfest, as Flair goes down off another Flair flop. Eaton nearly takes it with a backslide, and then again after landing on top after Flair couldn’t slam him. Swinging neckbreaker sets up yet another Alabama Jam, but Flair gets up and launches himself into the ropes in desperation, causing Eaton to lose his balance and land right on his knee on the floor for the Flair count-out win.

Flair 1-1 Eaton

The third fall starts with Bobby still on the floor, but Flair puts him back in. Eaton turns things around and hits a superplex, but his knee is too hurt to capitalize and it only gets a delayed two. Flair gets a backdrop suplex and he goes for the figure four, but the ref catches him using the ropes for leverage. Flair brings him to the middle and goes for it again, but Eaton blocks it with a cradle for a very close nearfall. However, Flair clips him and this time gets the figure four locked in again. Flair uses the ropes for leverage once more, but this time the ref misses it and counts Eaton’s shoulders down for the final fall at 14:26.

Flair 2-1 Eaton

  • Rating: They were running out of time on the show and thus the match was a bit short, but they still delivered a very good match while working the 2/3 falls stip. A good one for Flair to go out on. ***1/2

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: This Clash certainly had some good matches, particularly the insane IWGP tag title match between the Steiners and Hase/Chono, but also Flair vs. Bobby and Sting vs. Koloff. However, apart from that there is not much to see here, just a bunch of TV squash matches that wouldn’t feel out of place on weekly WCW programming. It was nice to see the in-ring debut of future big stars Steve Austin and Scott Hall on the series. If nothing else, this show stands out for being Ric Flair’s final major WCW event before his departure, as he’ll soon shock the wrestling world by appearing over on the WWF with the Big Gold Belt! We’ll be here to look at all those historic moments like always. But anyway, as far as this show goes, it’s right there in the middle. 5/10

For comments and/or feedback, e-mail me at cunhatomas2001@hotmail.com

POINT SYSTEM

To know more about my point system click here

WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ric Flair3.511+1 for retaining a title
+1 for winning two falls
-0.5 for losing a fall
7
Scott Steiner3.751+1 for retaining a title
+0.5 for winning a fall
6.25
Rick Steiner3.751+1 for retaining a title5.75
Sting3.2514.25
Barry Windham2.251+0.5 for winning the fall3.75
Tom Zenk
Tracy Smothers
Steve Armstrong
2.251+0.5 for winning the fall3.75
Arn Anderson2.2513.25
Bobby Eaton3.5-11+0.5 for winning a fall
-1 for losing two falls
3
Lex Luger213
Masahiro Chono3.75-12.75
Hiroshi Hase3.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall2.25
Nikita Koloff3.25-12.25
Dustin Rhodes1.750.52.25
Danny Spivey
The Diamond Studd
0.511.5
Terrance Taylor1.75-0.51.25
El Gigante2.25-11.25
Stunning Steve Austin11
Oz011
The Great Muta2-11
Flyin’ Brian2.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall0.75
Michael Hayes
Jimmy Garvin
Badstreet
2.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall0.75
Tommy Rich
Big Josh
0.5-1-0.5
Joey Maggs-1-1
Johnny Rich0-1-1

As always, thank you all so much for taking the time to read. We have two PPVs coming up in the series, WCW’s The Great American Bash and WWF’s SummerSlam, so make sure you don’t miss any. Until then, stay safe!

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Clash of the Champions WCW

WCW Clash Of The Champions 14: Dixie Dynamite Review (A New Era In WCW)

January 30, 1991
Live from Gainesville, GA
Television rating: 3.9 (TBS)
Announced attendance: 2,200

Welcome everyone to my review of the 14th edition of Clash of the Champions, the first one exclusively under the WCW banner and after the partnership with the NWA ended earlier that year. Featuring the brand new and first ever WCW World Heavyweight Champion (it was officially established once the partnership with the NWA ended earlier that month) Ric Flair defending against the young and exciting Scott Steiner, Doom putting the tag titles on the line against Sting & Lex Luger and much more.

Here is the list of champions heading into this show:

  • WCW & NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair [champion since Jan. 11 1991 – previous NWA champion: Sting)
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger (champion since Dec. 16 1990 – previous champion: Stan Hansen)
  • WCW World Television Champion: ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk* [champion since Dec. 4 1990 – previous champion: Arn Anderson)
  • WCW World Tag Team Champions: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) [champions since May 19 1990 – previous champions: The Steiners)
  • WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott) [champions since Aug. 24 1990 – previous champions: The Midnight Express)

*Arn Anderson had already regained the TV title, but it only aired on February 2nd due to tape delay

Enjoy the review!

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The hosts are Jim Ross & Dusty Rhodes

WCW World Tag Team Championship – Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)(c) vs. Sting & Lex Luger

We kick off 1991 in WCW with a promising World tag title bout. By the way, there is Dusty Rhodes back after a year and a half in the WWF, just eleven days after his last date at the Royal Rumble, now retired and serving as WCW’s commentator and booker. Sting works Reed’s arm to start and then it’s down to Luger and Simmons for the battle of the bulls. Luger takes over with a suplex but a cheapshot puts Doom in control as we take a break.

Commercial

We’re back and a Simmons slam gets two. Luger goes for the comeback but another cheapshot cuts it off and Reed comes in with a dropkick. We hit the chinlock which goes about as far as any other chinlock goes aka nowhere, and Luger fights out with a faceplant. However Reed catches him with his flying shoulderblock off the top… which sends him all the way into Sting for the hot tag. LOL. Sting starts running wild on both members of Doom until out comes Danny Spivey to take out Luger and set up their US title match for WrestleWar. Sting continues the fight alone but eventually gets sent over the top rope for the ULTIMATE HEEL DICK MOVE OF DOOM… and the DQ at 10:33. Okay then.

  • Rating: Shame on me for getting my hopes up, I guess. We’re talking about one of the hottest tag teams in the business at the time against arguably the two most popular young babyfaces, and nine minutes in Sting finally gets the hot tag… only to be sent over the top for the DQ. I understand the non-finish as you’re not going to put the belts on Sting & Luger but you shouldn’t be beating them either, but at least don’t kill the match right after the hot tag. Looking at the names on paper, this was a bit of a disappointment. *3/4
WCW World Television Championship – ‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk(c) vs. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton

As I’ve already mentioned, Zenk is only champion-in-peril here, having already technically lost the belt back to Arn Anderson. Zenk is announced by Gary Cappetta as the sexiest wrestler in WCW, apparently having won a contest determined by Missy Hyatt. WHAT. THE. FUCK. Wrestling sequence goes into a stalemate. Zenk goes to work on the arm but Eaton bails. And then he too goes after the arm back inside. Eaton goes up only to get dropkicked off. Eaton stalls some more. Back in they get into a slugfest and Eaton finally takes over via a cheapshot. He goes up again only to get slammed off followed by a Zenk backdrop for two. Eaton catches him with an elbow though and goes up AGAIN, this time finally being successful with a flying kneedrop. Neckbreaker gets two. Zenk comes back with a cradle for two and then a backslide retains the belt at 7:08. However, the replay shows us Eaton got his shoulder up at two and three quarter. SHENANIGANS!

  • Rating: Solid match with some good wrestling sequences and reversals. They did their best under strange circumstances and with a bullshit finish. The second in a row, by the way. **1/2
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. Tommy Rich & Allen Iron Eagle

What kind of weird match is this? Rich starts off with a couple of slams on both Freebirds and then it’s off to Eagle to get his ass kicked. Hayes works a long chinlock and then Eagle completely fucks up a number of moves, getting noticeably STIFFED by the Freebirds for being the shits. Eagle moves out of the way of a Garvin blind charge (after screwing up that as well, good lord…) and makes the hot tag to Rich. The ref gets distracted and misses it though, so the Freebirds quickly take advantage and double DDT Eagle for the win at 5:53.

  • Rating: This was horrible, apart from watching the Freebirds punish this poor idiot after he single-handledly fucked up the whole match. ‘Allen Iron Eagle’ was Joe Gomez, by the way. I feel bad for everyone else. 1/4*
Sid Vicious vs. Joey Maggs

Sid completely runs him over with a couple of clotheslines and the Powerbomb puts him away at 1:11. The EMTs check on Maggs afterwards – BY GAWD DUST HE TOOK TWO CLOTHESLINES AND A POWERBOMB – until Sid tips over the stretcher just for fun.

  • Rating: They kept it short and inoffensive. 1/2*
Ricky Morton vs. Terry Taylor

Rare babyface vs. babyface match here. They start with a handshake and Morton outwrestles Taylor. We take a break.

Commercial

We’re back with Taylor in control. However it doesn’t last long, with Morton quickly going to work on the arm. Meanwhile, the former manager of Mike Rotunda aka Michael Wallstreet (who left for the WWF to be IRS), Alexandra York joins us at ringside. Both wrestlers get distracted… and Taylor jumps Morton from behind. We then get a split video promo from York, who reveals Taylor is her new client, turning him heel. What an evil rooster you are, Terry! Taylor drops a knee on Morton and chokes away, starting immediately to wrestle a heelish style. Taylor misses a splash off the top though and gets dropkicked. Morton goes for another but misses and lands on his head, as Taylor simply pins him to steal the win at 11:53.

  • Rating: This was an okay little undercard storyline which at least gave Taylor something to do. Nothing wrong here. **1/4

Bill Apter presents Sting with the PWI wrestler of the year award for 1990.

Dusty Rhodes wakes up the crowd with a passionate promo in support of the troops in the Gulf War.

Ranger Ross vs. El Cubano

A patriotic match to follow that up. Cubano takes over with a crossbody until he misses a splash. Ross superkicks him and finishes with a slingshot sunset flip at 3:05.

  • Rating: A nothing match, but one that was there to give the fans a feel-good win during hard times like these. Nothing wrong with that. 1/4*
The Horsemen (Arn Anderson & Barry Windham) vs. The Renegade Warriors (Chris & Mark Youngblood)

I wonder who goes over here! The Horsemen stall to start with the Renegade Warriors actually running wild for a minute or two. They double-team the Horsemen for a while until Barry cheapshots Mark and AA kills Chris with the spinebuster. Barry suplex gets two and a DDT gets two more. Mark gets the “hot tag” but it quickly starts BREAKING LOOSE IN GEORGIA, as AA distracts the ref and allows Windham to run Chris over with a lariat and superplex him. Arn gets the academic win at 7:30.

  • Rating: Nothing more than an extended squash, really. It was watchable. *1/2

Meanwhile, Stan Hansen challenges Big Van Vader at WrestleWar.

Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Buddy Lee Parker

Pillman goes right to work on the count to start and dumps Parker with a headscissors. Parker tries to slingshot Pillman into the ring, but the latter lands on his feet and rings Parker’s bell with a spinkick. A small Parker comeback goes nowhere rather quickly as one would expect and he bails, only for Pillman to follow him out there with a dive. Back in the high crossbody ends Parker at 3:17.

  • Rating: Another squash, yet a bit more exciting because it’s Pillman. *
ARM WRESTLING MATCH OF DOOM – Paul E. Dangerously vs. Missy Hyatt

Paul E. looks very much confident and ready for this… until Missy Hyatt takes off her jacket to reveal a low cut spandex and easily beats the distracted Paul.

Meanwhile, Ric Flair hangs out with Lawrence Taylor. One of them would turn out to be a WrestleMania main-eventer. The other is Ric Flair. Let that one sink in for a second!

Main Event – WCW World Heavyweight Championship – Ric Flair(c) vs. Scott Steiner(w/ Rick Steiner)

This looks like quite the match on paper. New booker Dusty Rhodes actually planned on putting the belt on Steiner here, with WCW higher ups wanting to get rid of Flair and turn him into the gladiator Spartacus for some mental reason, but Steiner rejected out of respect for his brother, so he wouldn’t leave him hanging. We have Hiro Matsuda at ringside to promote the upcoming title match between Tatsumi Fujinami and the WCW champ. And also El Gigante is at ringside. Good for him.

Flair shows off his biceps to start but gets all worked up when Steiner does the same and gets a bigger reaction! Steiner shoulderblocks Flair and goes to work on the arm, but Flair keeps going to the ropes to get some much needed distance. Flair goes for a wristlock takedown only for Steiner to obviously overpower him and turn it around easily. Steiner backdrops Flair and sideslams him for two. Flair begs for mercy as usual and bails. Back in Flair chops away but runs into an armdrag. Flair works a wristlock which Steiner reverses, but Flair reverses as well with a legtrip and he bails.

Steiner wins a test of strength and avoids Flair’s cheapshots with a Steinerline. Flair is out of again but Steiner goes after him and brings him back in with a vertical suplex for two. Flair asks for another test of strength which he obviously loses yet again but he atomic drops Steiner out of the corner. Flair tosses Steiner who comes back in with a springboard sunset flip, but Flair cheapshots him. Steiner eats a boot on a blind charge and Flair gets two with his feet on the ropes. And we take a break.

Commercial

We come back with a Flair shoulderblock. Steiner drop toeholds him off a criss cross, though, and puts him in his own figure four! Flair grabs the ropes to escape and they proceed to take each other over the top rope and out to the floor. Flair drops Steiner with a kneebreaker on the outside while Gary Cappetta announces we have ten minutes of TV time remaining. Flair takes Steiner to school back inside going to work on the leg. Figure four is locked in with some illegal rope assistance. Rick gets involved which distracts the ref Nick Patrick temporarily and allows Flair to get away with it, until Patrick eventually catches him doing it and forces the break. Flair brings Steiner down with a backdrop suplex and goes for the figure four yet again, this time in the middle of the ring. Steiner uses his power to reverse the hold and put the pressure on Flair, who makes the ropes immediately.

Flair goes back to the leg to stay in control but Steiner catches him with a Rude Awakening-like neckbreaker. Steiner whips Flair hard into the corner, who goes flying to the floor off a Flair flip. Steiner chases him and takes him out on the railing while Cappetta says there are five minutes left. Steiner pounds away on Flair in the corner, who cheapshots him on the clean break. Figure four is blocked into a Steiner cradle for a great nearfall. Four minutes remaining! Steiner catches Flair in a sleeper and dumps Flair over the top with a Steinerline, which for some reason isn’t a DQ this time. JR & Dusty call it a “judgment call”, which is code for “it’s not the finish we booked so please ignore it”. Three minutes left! Flair smartly keeps the match at his pace to kill some time and the Flair kneedrop gets two. Flair works the count with his feet on the ropes to kill some more time, with Rick again getting involved and drawing the ref’s attention. We have two minutes left while Flair works the count a few more times in a side headlock position. Steiner escapes with a legscissors but Flair rolls over on top of Steiner, who bridges up and hits a massive tiger driver. Steiner goes for the pin… but Flair bails. What a prick!! Flair flop on the floor to kill even more time as we enter the final minute! Rick puts Flair back inside who eats a Steinerline. Thirty seconds! Steiner whips Flair for the Flair flip but catches him with another Steinerline in mid air. Steiner takes him down with a belly to belly for the win… but time expires at the count of two to save Flair’s title at 24:25.

  • Rating: Good match between Flair and the exciting youngster, who was clearly still not quite there yet. Flair was great as usual, doing his best to put Steiner over big-time by constantly killing time so time would expire and he’d keep the belt. As far as Steiner goes, honestly I’m afraid I didn’t feel a huge sense of urgency on his part especially during the last few minutes. It was a smart decision on his part to stay as the exciting hot tag guy from the Steiners for a few more years, as he still needed a few more time to learn. Still a really good match, though. ***1/2

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: I can sum this up real quick – watch the main event and skip the rest of the show. Just a bunch of TV squash matches and decent matches at best (not ignoring Terry Taylor’s turn) apart from Flair/Steiner. A good show from WCW would be more than welcome! 4/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ric Flair3.51+1 for retaining a title5.5
Scott Steiner3.514.5
Tom Zenk2.51+1 for retaining a title4.5
Terry Taylor2.2513.25
Arn Anderson1.51+0.5 for winning the fall3
Barry Windham1.512.5
Ron Simmons
Butch Reed
1.75-0.5+1 for retaining a title2.25
Sting
Lex Luger
1.750.52.25
Brian Pillman112
Jimmy Garvin0.251+0.5 for winning the fall1.75
Bobby Eaton2.5-11.5
Sid Vicious0.511.5
Ricky Morton2.25-11.25
Michael Hayes
Ranger Ross
0.2511.25
Mark Youngblood1.5-10.5
Chris Youngblood1.5-1-0.5 for losing the fall0
Buddy Lee Parker1-10
Joey Maggs0.5-1-0.5
Tommy Rich
El Cubano
0.25-1-0.75
Allen Iron Eagle0.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall-1.25

As always, thank you so much for your time. Make sure you don’t miss the next reviews, as we’ve got WARGAMES coming up on the WCW side while the WWF is getting closer and closer to the seventh WrestleMania. Until next time, stay safe!

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NWA/WCW Clash Of The Champions XIII: Thanksgiving Thunder 11.20.1990 Review (The Eye Of The Tiger)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the very last Clash of the Champions of 1990. It’s also the last Clash in the history of the NWA, as they officially parted ways with WCW in early 1991. This show features Ric Flair vs. Butch Reed with very unique stipulations, to say the least! Also, the Steiners put their US Tag Titles on the line, and more.

Here is the list of champions in the NWA/WCW heading into this show:

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Sting
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: Stan Hansen
  • NWA World TV Champion: Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)

Enjoy the review!

IMG credit: WWE & ringthedamnbell.wordpress.com

The hosts are Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Live from Jacksonville, FL

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) & Bobby Eaton vs. El Gigante & The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong)

Actually never mind, as apparently the Freebirds reveal they locked Gigante inside a box and sent it to Argentina which is WCW’s code for he sucks way too much to wrestle on national TV. The referee also kicks Eaton out and we get a regular tag match instead…

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. The Southern Boys (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong)

The babyfaces run wild with dropkicks to start. We get the classic mucho stalling from the Freebirds already as usual. This crowd is feeling it tonight. Smothers decides to go after Hayes but that earns him a trip to the railing. The Freebirds take over back inside, and Hayes distracts the ref which makes him miss the hot tag to Armstrong. That results in a massive brawl as it truly is BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA with bodies flying everywhere, and then Hayes trips up Smothers and allows Garvin to steal the win with the DDT at 4:50.

  • Rating: This was a short yet really fun opener with an excited crowd helping. Nothing special, just a fun match and for once NOT A TWENTY MINUTE SNOOZEFEST FROM THE BIRDS! **

Meanwhile, Sting is with Tony Schiavone. He is cut off by The Black Scorpion though who does some weird creepy shit and then disappears when Sting goes after him. I’m SO tired of this feud…

Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Buddy Landel

Landel jumps Pillman to start and drops the knee, only for Pillman to get a number of quick nearfalls with various different pinning combinations. Landel wants none of Pillman but Brian dumps him with a clothesline and meets him outside with Air Pillman, with the crowd eating it all up! Brian tries to follow it up with a piledriver right there on the floor, but Landel blocks it and sends Brian into the railing and the post to turn things around. Brian makes a comeback with a crazy springboard crossbody off the apron onto Landel but finds himself in Landel’s heel rope-assisted abdominal stretch. The ref finally catches him and forces the break, allowing Brian to try another crossbody, with Landel blocking it and turning into a backbreaker of his own for two. To the top they go where they get into a slugfest, won by Pillman, who then follows it up with the high crossbody for the win at 5:52.

  • Rating: This was good! It’s not surprising given the talent involved – I think both Pillman and Landel work their respective babyface and heel roles superbly – and they could’ve absolutely killed it with an extra four minutes or so. For a sprint with little to no story, this is about as good as you can get. ***
Big Cat vs. Brad Armstrong

For those of you who might not know, Big Cat is the future ‘Mr. Hughes’, bodyguard of HHH, Jericho and others. He’s going after Lex Luger, apparently. Yey? Cat throws Brad around with a number of backbreakers and slams until he misses a blind charge. That opens the door for a small Brad comeback that goes about as far as you’re expecting, as he misses a dropkick and Cat puts him away with Luger’s Torture Rack at 4:31.

  • Rating: Standard “sending a message to (future opponent) extended squash. 1/2*
‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. Brian Lee

Lee takes over to start. Zenk goes for a crossbody… but Lee doesn’t move an inch and Zenk crossbodies the air, which earns a major yawn from the crowd.

They then proceed to mess up simple hiptosses until Zenk finishes Lee with a missile dropkick at 3:10.

  • Rating: Wow was this BAD. DUD

Meanwhile Mike Rotunda has legally changed his name and he now is Michael Wallstreet.

Michael Wallstreet(w/ Alexandra York) vs. The Star Blazer

York is Terri Runnels and the Blazer is Owen Har… oops wrong Blazer. It’s Tim Horner here. Horner runs wild to start with a number of dropkicks forcing Mike to bail to think of some better strategy with York. Mike turns things around with a necksnap and he starts working the heel abdominal stretch. Horner escapes and makes a small comeback only to walk into a Boston Crab. The Samoan (Wallstreeter?) Drop ends Horner at 4:15.

  • Rating: This was a watchable bout. It features some nice character work from Rotunda, and it was a nice introduction to his new heel persona. *1/2

Meanwhile, Gordon Solie presents the brand new WCW top ten lists. Oh boy here we go!

  • NWA World Tag Team Titles top 10 list: 10) El Gigante & The Juicer (really?); 9) Big Cat & Motor City Madman (WOW….); 8) Tim Horner & Brad Armstrong (it keeps getting better); 7) ‘The Master Blasters’ Steel & Blade (…); 6) ‘The Southern Boys’ Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong (finally a worthy team); 5) Ricky Morton & Tommy Rich (okay); 4) ‘The Fabulous Freebirds’ Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin (this hasn’t been their greatest year but it’s a solid entry); 3) ‘The Nasty Boys’ Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags (obviously); 2) ‘The Four Horsemen’ Ric Flair & Arn Anderson (aren’t they technically #1?); 1) US Tag Champs The Steiners (sure) – the champions are Doom
  • NWA World Title top 10 list: 10) Bobby Eaton (way too low); 9) ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk (I guess that crossbody really impressed the higher ups); 8) Michael Wallstreet (way too early into the gimmick); 7) Flyin’ Brian Pillman (belongs on the list); 6) Terry Taylor (way too high for what he’s been doing aka nothing); 5) World TV Champion Arn Anderson (more than belongs here); 4) Ric Flair (ridiculously low spot); 3) Lex Luger (one of the most popular); 2) Sid Vicious (didn’t we just do this at Havoc?); 1) US Heavyweight Champion Stan ‘Lariat’ Hansen (how is he #1 contender when The Black Scorpion is booked to challenge next at StarrCade????) – the champion is Sting
Pat O’Connor Memorial Tournament Qualifying Match – African Qualifier: Sgt. Krueger & Col. DeKlerk vs. The Botswana Beast & Kaluha

The Beast & Kaluha are just announced as being from ‘Africa’, so that pretty much tells you who’s jobbing out here in case you had any doubts. Or even cared. Meanwhile in the other team, DeKlerk is Rocco Rock/The Executioner (from Philadelphia) and Krueger is Ray Apollo aka Doink the Clown (from Texas). Some proud Africans here. The Beast takes over to start and oh boy this crowd couldn’t care less. DeKlerk flies around the ring until the Beast catches him with a powerslam for two. Beast goes for another slam on Krueger but DeKlerk runs in with a dropkick for the win to advance to StarrCade (lucky me) at 4:48.

  • Rating: Apparently this was a thing that happened. Next, please. 1/4*

Meanwhile, Lex Luger is confronted by Big Cat

Lex Luger vs. The Motor City Madman

Big Cat jumps Luger before the bell but Luger makes quick work of him. Well so much for the big challenge. Luger slugs away to start while JR starts making his infamous bowling shoe ugly kind of quotes, basically indirectly apologizing for how shitty this might be. Madman turns things around with a sideslam but Luger just gets back up and finishes with a clothesline at 2:34. A clothesline!!!!

  • Rating: It was fun watching Luger completely overcoming these two heels like a bunch of geeks, but the match truly reeked of nothingness. And also he won with a clothesline. What is this, the Survivor Series!? DUD
The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) vs. The Renegade Warriors (Mark & Chris Youngblood)

The Nasties work over Mark to start but Chris jumps in with a high crossbody to both. Chris goes to work on Knobbs’ arm until Saggs runs in and dumps Chris over the top rope for the ULTIMATE HEEL DICK MOVE™ which allows the Nasties to take over. Saggs hits a shoulderbreaker but then the Nasties just get DQ’d at 4:49. And then the Steiners run in to make the save and continue their feud, which was probably the best in WCW at the time.

  • Rating: More of the same. At least this wasn’t sloppy and told a story. 3/4*
Sid Vicious vs. The Nightstalker

The Nightstalker is future KroniKer Bryan Clark or Adam Bomb. They start up by completely fucking up a simple criss cross sequence as the Nightstalker works a bearhug. How exciting. Sid escapes and slugs away with some horrible potatoes as here comes the Big Cat AGAIN… Nightstalker grabs his axe but misses his shot, and then Sid just kinda friendly shoves him down with the axe for the win at 3:30.

  • Rating: What the fuck was this… I’ll tell you what it was, a big ol’ DUD

Meanwhile, The Freebirds celebrate their win in the opener… but now El Gigante is here. So he wasn’t actually sent back to Argentina? Lucky us!

NWA United States Tag Team Championship: The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)(c) vs. Magnum Force (#1 & #2)

I have no idea who either of these guys are. The Steiners just run through these poor guys with the classic hits. Suplex to one, suplex to the other, Steinerline here, FrankenSteiner there and it’s all she wrote at 1:57. The Nasty Boys run in but the Steiner clean house to continue the great feud that… went nowhere because WCW forgot to sign the Nasties into contracts and they just went to the WWF a few weeks later. Great job, guys.

  • Rating: Extended workout for the Steiners, but that’s still more fun than most of the matches on this card. *

And now….

THE BLACK SCORPION’S MAGIC TRICKS

We get the dramatic evil music and Sting is our guest. He can’t do anything otherwise this show gets more interesting he’s suspended or something. BS takes a planted fan from the crowd and… turns him into a tiger. I wish I was making this up, trust me. This is so stupid that I won’t even bother saying anything. Ugh.

Time for the main-event match. One of the Horsemen (Ric or Arn) to meet one of Doom in a singles match, decided by a coin toss. If Simmons/Reed win, they get Ric Flair’s limo and yacht and the Horsemen don’t get any more shots at their belts. If Flair/Arn win, they get a title shot at StarrCade and Teddy Long has to be their chauffeur for a day. The coin toss decides that it’s…

Main Event: Ric Flair(w/ Arn Anderson) vs. Butch Reed(w/ Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)

And much like at Havoc they are still going with Doom as the babyfaces-in-peril, even though everyone loves the Horsemen. Can’t you do anything right? Not even this which WRITES ITSELF? Reed pounds away on Flair who begs for mercy already. Reed press slams him and they get into a brief slugfest on the ramp. Back in for a Reed dropkick… but Flair pokes him in the eye. Please save this show, Ric! Ron tries to get involved but Flair outsmarts the rookie (duh) and ends up sending Reed to the floor, where Arn adds in some shots of his own. Back in he goes for some Flair chops, which Reed no-sells before slugging away and putting Flair down off a Flair flop. Into the buckle for a Flair flip but Simmons knocks him down. However Flair quickly turns things around quickly and nails the classic kneedrop. A second one finds no water in the pool and Reed goes for a… figure four. Oh sure, that will get him over as a babyface in front of a crowd that loves the Horsemen! Flair makes the ropes to break and Reed misses a middle rope elbow. Ric ends up going nowhere as well though, and he finds himself eating a couple more press slams. Reed hits a flying shoulderblock to the knee but suddenly everyone gets involved and/or distracted. AA takes advantage of this and hits Reed with a chair, allowing Flair to steal the win and the title match at StarrCade at 14:13.

  • Rating: Solid main-event here. It didn’t set the world on fire nor was it spectacular, but it was more than enough to be the best thing on this awful show. ***1/4

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: Well well well… I think you’ve already noticed how truly horrible this mess of a show was. Sure, there’s Pillman vs. Landel and Flair vs. Reed, but the rest of the card is just NOT worth your time. A couple of Americans won the right to represent Africa at StarrCade. The WCW top 10 lists mean absolutely nothing. Tom Zenk crossbodied the air. And The Black Scorpion turned a person into a tiger. Need I say more? 2/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ric Flair3.25115.25
Brian Pillman314
Scott Steiner11+1 for retaining a title
+0.5 for winning the fall
3.5
Jimmy Garvin21+0.5 for winning the fall 3.5
Butch Reed3.25-113.25
Rick Steiner11+1 for retaining a title 3
Michael Hayes213
Michael Wallstreet1.512.5
Buddy Landel3-12
Col. DeKlerk0.251+0.5 for winning the fall 1.75
Big Cat0.511.5
Sgt. Krueger0.2511.25
Mark Youngblood
Chris Youngblood
0.750.51.25
Sid Vicious
Lex Luger
Tom Zenk
011
Steve Armstrong2-11
Tracy Smothers2-1-0.5 for losing the fall0.5
The Star Blazer1.5-10.5
Brian Knobbs
Jerry Sags
0.75-0.50.25
Brad Armstrong0.5-1-0.5
Kaluha0.25-1-0.75
Brian Lee
The Motor City Madman
The Nightstalker
0-1-1
The Botswana Beast0.25-1-0.5 for losing the fall -1.25

Thank you so much for your time reading! Make sure you don’t miss the next reviews, including WWF’s Survivor Series and NWA/WCW’s StarrCade PPVs as we get closer to the end of 1990. Stay safe!

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NWA/WCW Clash Of The Champions XI: Coastal Crush Review (Flair/JYD)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of the eleventh NWA/WCW Clash of the Champions. This show is main-evented by Ric Flair vs. Junkyard Dog for the NWA World title, Mean Mark taking on Flyin’ Brian Pillman, Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. Midnight Express for the US tag straps, Doom vs. Steiners for the World belts and much more.

Here is the list of champions in the NWA/WCW heading into this show:

  • NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger
  • NWA World TV Champion: Arn Anderson
  • NWA World Tag Team Champions: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
  • NWA United States Tag Team Champions: The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)

Enjoy the piece!

Grudge Match : CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XI: COASTAL CRUSH
IMG credit: WWE

The hosts are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
Live from Charleston, SC

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) vs. The Southern Boys (Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers)

The crowd is super hot for everything before they even get going. The Freebirds jump the Southern Boys before the bell, but they turn things around and connect with stereo forearms followed by backdrops and shoulderblocks to clean house. The Freebirds stall and that allows Garvin to take control back in. Smothers charges but eats knee and Garvin gets one. Bodyslam gets one more. Hayes comes in for the double-teaming but Armstrong comes in with a high crossbody to both heels at the same time. And the Freebirds bail yet again. Hayes comes back in but stalls and stops to mock the crowd before asking for Smothers to tag in Armstrong. The latter gets the better of Hayes, but goes up and Garvin comes in to knock him down as Hayes follows it up with a clothesline. Garvin with a backbreaker for two. Hayes comes in and grabs a hold on Armstrong’s arm. Steve eventually blocks that, but Hayes quickly puts him back down and drops an elbow for two. Back to working the arm goes Hayes as the crowd wants the hot tag. Hayes goes up only to get slammed off à la Flair. Tag to Garvin and there’s the hot tag for the babyfaces as well. Smothers comes in with a backdrop and even Hayes gets some as Smothers is running wild. Flying back elbow to both followed by the good ol’ double noggin knocker. Armstrong gets in to help but only succeeds in distracting the ref and him missing his partner rolling up Garvin, while Hayes comes in and breaks up the pin with a clothesline. Garvin connects with a knee to Smothers and covers while the ref is distracted with Hayes, so Armstrong connects with a flying headbutt to Garvin’s back before putting Smothers on top for the win at 7:29.

  • Rating: Decent enough opening match with a really hot crowd. **1/2
Bam Bam Bigelow(w/ ‘Big Kahuna’ Oliver Humperdink) vs. Tommy Rich

Bigelow bullies Rich who keeps slugging away. Rich goes to work in the corner before Bigelow turns things around with an atomic drop out of the corner. Military press slam and Bam Bam chokes away, completely ignoring the ref’s count for the DQ at 3:46. Bigelow throws Rich around some more before saying at the camera “I kill everybody”.

  • Rating: Not much to say here. Just Bam Bam showing his superiority before the abrupt DQ ending. DUD

Big Van Vader is coming soon. Oh shit!

Meanwhile, the debuting El Gigante cuts a lovely babyface promo in Spanish. Oh joy, moving on.

Samoan SWAT Team (Fatu & The Samoan Savage) vs. Mike Rotunda & ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk

The Samoans jump the babyfaces before the bell much like the Freebirds in the opening match. Rotunda manages to block and hiptoss Fatu on the ramp, though. Savage comes in but ends up going nowhere as well, walking into a Zenk slam followed by a dropkick to send the Samoans bailing. Rotunda connects with a high crossbody to Savage, but he turns it around and gets two. Fatu works the usual Samoan nerve hold, before bringing him back up and hitting a clothesline. The Samoans double-team Rotunda before he escapes and manages to reach Zenk for the hot tag. Zenk goes for the double noggin knocker which obviously goes nowhere (why would you do that to a couple of huge Samoans). Savage then goes after the illegal Rotunda in the ring, who counters with a cradle that the ref counts anyway for the win at 5:25.

  • Rating: This was a major upgrade compared to the Samoans’ snoozefest at Capital Combat, with the crowd reacting to everything they did. The match was fine, the finish was stupid. **
Mean Mark Callous(w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Flyin’ Brian Pillman

Mark throws Pillman into the barricade to start. Back in for more abuse, with Mark sending Pillman into the buckle and dropping an elbow for two. Pillman chops away only to get caught in a sideslam. Mark misses a charge and opens the door for a Pillman comeback, which ends up going nowhere as Mark powerslams him to stay in control. Legdrop follows but Pillman moves out of the way and connects with a dropkick. Mark tries to dump him over the top rope but Pillman skins the cat back in à la Steamboat and catches Mark with a missile dropkick. Mark puts Pillman away with a stungun at 5:40.

  • Rating: Another short match that did exactly what it had to do. Decent work while it lasted. **1/2
NWA United States Tag Team Championship: The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)(c)(w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

Gibson and Eaton lockup to start. They get to the ropes and Gibson gives the clean break, but Eaton complains about some non-existant hair pulling. Another lockup goes Gibson’s way who gets in a quick armdrag. Eaton manages to hit a shoulderblock. Criss cross but Gibson leapfrogs over him, hiptosses him and follows it up with a flying headscissors. Gibson keeps him grounded with the headscissors for a while but Eaton manages to tag Lane in. The fresh Lane hits a savate kick and a superkick to the side of the head. Gibson tries a kick, Lane blocks and catches his foot, only for Gibson to surprise him with an enziguiri. And in comes Ricky Morton. Headlock by Morton, shoulder takedown, off the ropes and a hiptoss by Morton. Lane pounds away in the corner only to miss a charge and walk into a backdrop. Lane rakes the eyes and brings Eaton back in, but Morton armdrags him and keeps him on the mat with a hold on the arm. Eaton pushes Morton by the hair all the way to the ropes, and then whacks him on the clean break to take control.

Morton slides between Eaton’s legs and catches him with a surprise dropkick immediately followed by a hurricanrana. Eaton bails and goes over to Cornette to talk some strategy. Tag to Lane who walks into an armdrag. Off to Gibson, who also goes to work on the arm. Lane tries to escape by going after the hair, but that earns him an atomic drop that sends him all the way to his partner as they crack heads. Lane with a drop toehold takedown that Gibson turns into a headlock before tagging Morton in for a roll-up that gets two. Morton armdrag that Lane escapes by raking the eyes. Eaton easily pounds the vulnerable Morton down once he’s in. Eaton sits Morton up on the top rope for a superplex, but Morton lands on his feet and turns it into a backslide, which is broken up by Lane who comes in from behind to send Morton into the buckle. That draws Gibson in as well. The Midnight Express double-team the illegal Gibson with a double backdrop. They go for another one, but Morton sneaks in to backslide Lane while Gibson turns Eaton over into a sunset flip for a double pin that only gets two. IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA! Cornette gets up on the apron and brings the heels into the corner to slow down the babyfaces’ momentum, which actually works. Lane gets tagged in but gets armdragged by Morton. Cornette distracts the ref while Eaton climbs to the top rope for a double-team move on Morton, with Eaton jumping off the top and just taking Morton down with him by the hair! Eaton with a reverse vertical suplex as the Midnight Express cut the ring in half. Perfect necksnap by Lane immediately followed by an Eaton elbowdrop gets two. Eaton misses a charge though, allowing Morton to finally bring in Gibson for the hot tag. Lane gets the tag for his team as well but Gibson is in house-cleaning comeback mode. Nice kneelift takes Lane down and even Eaton gets a shot on the apron. Flying clothesline but Eaton comes in to break up the cover. Morton sacrifices himself to clean the ring, leaving it down to the legal men. Gibson works the leg while Morton slams Eaton throat-first into the railing. Lane sends Gibson crashing into Morton though, who goes flying off the apron to the floor. Meanwhile Eaton slowly gets back up to break up a Gibson sleeper with a shot to the back of the head, allowing Lane to fall on top while Corny has the ref distracted. It only gets a nearfall. The babyfaces connect with a double dropkick on Eaton, but Lane grabs the ref’s arm before he can count three, drawing a DQ instead so they can keep the belts at 12:08. The babyfaces give their comeuppance and stand tall afterwards to close the segment.

  • Rating: Unsurprisingly good match between perhaps the two teams with the strongest chemistry in the entire history of tag-team wrestling. The finish, despite being a little bit lame, makes sense psychology-wise as Lane kept the titles by doing what he did when he was never going to break up the pin in time to begin with. Though there are much better matches between these two teams – including earlier in this year – this was still a good showing. ***1/4
Barry Windham vs. Doug Furnas

Here he is. Barry Windham, returning from the WWF after that brief and weird run as ‘The Widowmaker’ that went nowhere. Good lord. A test of strength obviously goes Furnas’ way and a shoulderblock puts Windham down. Furnas sunset flip gets two and Windham is out of there for a breather. Windham rakes the eyes but gets backdropped, followed by a press slam and a lariat for two. Windham bails and Furnas brings him back in, only for Windham to respond with his own (even harder) lariat. Suplex gets two. Furnas plants Windham’s face and gets a couple of nearfalls with a number of power moves. Furnas completely misses a dropkick though, and Windham catches him with a backdrop suplex to steal it at 5:40.

  • Rating: Not bad power of the bulls here. Furnas was super green though, and it’s quite clear if you look at this match, but it’s fine otherwise. **3/4
Lex Luger vs. Sid Vicious(w/ Ole Anderson)

Stone Cold Lex Luger gets an insane pop on his way to the ring. Holy! Sid tries to attack Luger from behind, but Luger takes his head off with a clothesline for the win already at 0:26.

  • Rating: For your information, in case you don’t know, Sid was injured here. So that should explain it. I can’t rate a match that features a clothesline and a clothesline alone! N/R (no rating)
NWA World Tag Team Championship: Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)(c)(w/ Theodore Long) vs. The Steiners (Rick & Scott Steiner)

Scott and Simmons start. Scott runs wild and hits an INSANE fallaway moonsault slam, followed by one to Reed as well. How is that possible? HOLY SHIT! Simmons takes advantage of the run-in and pounds away, but Scott responds with a Steinerline to the back of the head. Reed comes in and tries to leapfrog over Scott, but Scott immediately turns around and backslides Reed for two. Scott Steiner, calm down man! Apparently he doesn’t feel like doing so, slamming Reed over and over like he’s nothing. Reed wants NO part of Scott and tags Simmons back in, and so does Scott to Rick. Simmons cheats to take over but eats an overhead belly-to-belly. Rick roll-up gets two but he finds himself in the heel corner close to Reed, allowing Simmons to cheapshot him from behind and turn things around. Off to Reed who hits a spinning neckbreaker for two. A massive lariat nearly takes Rick’s head off. Rick goes for the hot tag but Doom throws him over the top rope behind the ref’s back for the ultimate heel dick move! He eats post on the outside as well. He tries to go for the comeback back inside, but Reed catches him with a suplex followed by an elbowdrop for two. Reed tries to work a chinlock for a while that goes nowhere and then misses a charge, allowing Rick to hit a middle-rope flying double axehandle. Here’s the hot tag to Scott who runs wild with some incredible looking dropkicks followed by the powerslam. Meanwhile Long gives Reed an illegal weapon while the ref is distracted with Rick. Reed punches Scott with the weapon, knocking him out and allowing Simmons to get the winning pinfall for the win to retain the belts at 11:19.

  • Rating: The sky is blue, the water is wet, the Steiners & Doom killed it again. This match was a bit different compared to the PPV match at Capital Combat, which was more physical and hard-hitting, but it was equally great in my personal opinion. Scott Steiner was just on another level at this time in his career, less than a year into his NWA/WCW run yet already one of the most unique wrestlers in the whole industry. He was the highlight and the most exciting part of any match he was apart of, and this was no exception. But make no mistake about it, all wrestlers played an important part and helped make this match be as good as it was. Incredible yet again. ***3/4
Arn Anderson vs. Paul Orndorff

Orndorff holds Arn’s TV title before the bell, trying to throw Anderson off his game. An early headlock is won by Orndorff who works over into a backslide for two. Orndorff holds Anderson in a sleeper, which Arn reverses only to get taken down into figure-four position for two. Orndorff goes to work on Arn’s leg but walks into the deadly AA spinebuster. Arn pounds the back and works an abdominal stretch. He grabs the ropes for some illegal assistance, stopping when the ref goes to check if he’s grabbing them before finally getting caught. I always enjoy things like these. They collide for a double KO spot, with Arn being the first to come back up as he hits an atomic drop. Orndorff comes back with a couple of kneelights and elbowdrops for two. Orndorff flying splash only meets Arn’s knees, who rolls him up to steal it only for Orndorff to reverse it and roll over to get the win for himself at 11:39.

  • Rating: Solid non-title bout between two experienced workers. Nothing out of this world, just competent enough work with a number of nice spots, such as Arn’s heel work holding the ropes during the abdominal stretch. Good enough. **3/4
Main-Event – NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair(c)(w/ Ole Anderson) vs. The Junkyard Dog

Yes, JYD. In 1990. Yawn. Flair chops away but JYD sells none of them and keeps overpowering Flair down. JYD shoulderblock, Flair drops down… but JYD goes down as well and meets him with a headbutt on the floor. That was nice. A super weak “uppercut” dumps Flair who then Flair flops on the outside. Ric, your effort is appreciated, but that shot (if I can even call it one) looked horrible and is so not worthy of a Flair flop. Flair gets back in and begs for mercy on his knees, and a number of chops are no-sold. JYD “pounds away”, and then very… slowly… gets up on the ropes to pound some more. JYD follows that up with a horrible looking clothesline – basically Flair walking into it – while JR says “JYD is not being very scientific, he doesn’t know a wristlock from a wristwatch”. No need to apologize, Jim! Flair rakes the eyes to turn things around, and follows that up with a Flair kneedrop… which is no-sold. Oh gimme a break. Flair chops are completely ignored again as JYD pounds away for a second Flair flop. Backdrop and Flair has had enough. I don’t think you’re the only one, champ! Flair snaps the neck and grabs a chair for a shot to the head while Ole distracts the ref… and JYD no-sells it. End this, please. Flair asks for mercy yet again and JYD pounds away in the corner some more. Off to the corner for a Flair flip but he flies right into a JYD right hand. And another backdrop. Ole gets up on the apron and that earns him a shot, allowing Flair to cheapshot JYD from behind. Flair goes up but obviously gets slammed off. JYD headbutt but Ole runs in for the DQ at 6:37. Jesus christ.

  • Rating: Nope. 1/2*

Sting and Luger run in to save JYD from a Horsemen post-match beatdown, and Sting issues the challenge for The Great American Bash. Now we’re talking! Sting beats up Flair for a while to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: There is good stuff from this show that is more than worth your time. The highlight is another great Steiners/Doom encounter, but there’s also another good Midnight/RNR bout and nothing is actually bad… until the main-event. I challenge you to find a Ric Flair match from the mid 80s all the way up to the mid 90s that is even half as bad as this was. JYD looked horrible, out of shape, slow, and was way out of Flair’s league to be in the main-event with him at this point. This is one of those shows that is not bad, but does suffer a little bit from its negative ‘how you leave em’ effect. Low 6/10

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POINT SYSTEM

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WrestlerStar ratingsResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ron Simmons3.7511 for retaining a title
0.5 for winning the fall
6.25
Butch Reed 3.75 1 1 for retaining a title 5.75
Tracy Smothers2.510.5 for winning the fall4
Ricky Morton
Robert Gibson
3.250.53.75
Bobby Eaton
Stan Lane
3.25-0.51 for retaining a title 3.75
Barry Windham2.7513.75
Paul Orndorff2.751 3.75
Mike Rotunda210.5 for winning the fall 3.5
Steve Armstrong2.513.5
Mean Mark2.5 13.5
Tom Zenk 213
Rick Steiner3.75-12.75
Scott Steiner3.75-1-0.5 for losing the fall2.25
Ric Flair0.5-0.511 for retaining a title2
The Junkyard Dog0.50.512
Arn Anderson2.75-11.75
Doug Furnas2.75-11.75
Michael Hayes2.5-11.5
Brian Pillman2.5-11.5
Jimmy Garvin2.5-1-0.5 for losing the fall1
Lex Luger11
Fatu2-11
The Samoan Savage2-1-0.5 for losing the fall1
Tommy Rich0.50.5
Bam Bam Bigelow-0.5-0.5
Sid Vicious-1-1

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