Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

WCW Clash of the Champions XXI

Live from Macon, GA

Airdate:  November 18, 1992

Attendance:  7,500 (700 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who wlll win the Clash of the Sexes? Will Steamboat and Douglas capture tag team gold? What happens in the boxing match? Let’s find out!

Earlier today, Uncle Paul gets on the scale and weighs 188lbs. When Madusa got on the scale, Uncle Paul tried to screw with her only for another tussle to occur. Devious!

From the blue locker room, Tony Schiavone interviews WCW Executive Vice-President “Cowboy” Bill Watts who welcomes us to the show.

From the red locker room, Teddy Long interviews Michael “P.S.” Hayes who despises Erik Watts to the CORE. According to Long, Pillman has suffered a knee injury.

At ringside, Ventura interviews Pillman who shows contrition until Armstrong interrupts. When PIllman apologizes to him, he WHACKS Armstrong’s previously injured knee with the crutch. How dastardly!

Match 1: “Flyin’” Brian Pillman versus Brad Armstrong

Highlights:

  • Although injured, Armstrong still wanted to wrestle.
  • He slapped the taste out of Pillman’s mouth and sought cheers from the Macon faithful.
  • Quicker than a hiccup, Pillman clipped Armstrong’s injured knee.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Pillman won.

Rating: DUD

Summary:  Good continuity from the previous Clash, but I would have rather seen a match than an angle.

After a commercial break, we recap the Uncle Paul-Madusa feud. First, the verbal followed by physical beatdown from Halloween Havoc ’92 is shown. We then see Madusa train and cut a promo on Uncle Paul. We then revisit WCW Saturday Night when Uncle Paul held a public workout against Mike Thor (aired 11/14, taped 11/11).

We then see Uncle Paul confront Madusa, but the Dangerous Alliance wrestlers leave his side while he won’t leave well enough alone. When he finally realizes he’s alone, Madusa chases Uncle Paul out of the arena.

From the red locker room, Hayes interviews Uncle Paul who continues his crusade of misogyny. Suddenly, Thor interrupts him asking for money. HA! Methinks I found the first wrestlers Uncle Paul stiffed.

Match 2: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (w/ Michael “P.S.” Hayes) versus Kensuke Sasaki & Erik Watts

Highlights:

  • When Eaton badmouthed him, Watts slapped the taste from his mouth.
  • Eaton then hooked an abdominal stretch, but Watts escaped.
  • As Watts charged, Eaton ducked. That sent Watts over the top rope to the concrete floor.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Arn struggled with a bum knee.
  • After Eaton tagged in, Sasaki dropkicked him.
  • Numerous reversals of a cross corner whip resulted in Sasaki coming up empty thanks to Arn.
  • When Eaton tossed Sasaki down to the concrete floor, Hayes gave him the business. Nefarious!
  • Arn tagged in and distracted referee Mike Adkins while Hayes leveled Sasaki.
  • As Eaton tagged in, Sasaki powerslammed him.
  • Watts tagged in, gave Eaton a cross corner whip, and followed with a monkey flip.
  • After he backdropped Eaton, Watts nailed an incoming Arn.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring while Sasaki gave Arn the ten-punch count-along.
  • When Eaton mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped, but Watts nailed him in mid-air.
  • He then applied the STF to Eaton who submitted.
  • Watts and Sasaki won.

Rating: *1/2

Summary: Watts didn’t look totally lost out there, but there were times when his timing was completely off. It appears that Big Daddy Watts wants his boy to follow the same path as Dustin Rhodes. To Erik Watts’ credit, the freebie crowd ate this match up with a spoon.

Back in the blue locker room, Schiavone interviews Badd with Long. We then revisit WCW Saturday Night when Flamingo knocked out Badd with a roll of coins (aired 11/7, taped 11/2).

Back in the red locker room, Schiavone interviews Flamingo along with Vinnie Vegas and DDP. Vegas cuts a hilarious promo with a phony Italian accent while name-dropping numerous boxers past and present. Also, a Don King lookalike sits with his back to the camera psyching up Flamingo.

Match 3 (boxing): Johnny B. Badd (w/ Teddy Long) versus Scotty Flamingo (w/ Vinnie Vegas & DDP)

Highlights:

ROUND ONE:

  • As Badd jabbed him, Flamingo fell out of the ring.
  • Upon Flamingo’s return, Badd knocked him down.
  • When Vegas got up on the apron to distract referee Nick Patrick, Flamingo raked Badd’s eyes. SNEAKY!
  • He then clotheslined Badd knocking him down to the mat.
  • After delivering a double axe handle, Badd knocked him into the middle of 1993.
  • Fortunately for Flamingo, the bell saved him.

Between rounds, DDP and Vegas poured water into Flamingo’s glove to weigh it down. Clever!

ROUND TWO:

  • As the round began, Flamingo staggered off the stool.
  • DDP then got up on the apron to distract Badd, and Flamingo WALLOPED him with the weighted glove.
  • Since Badd couldn’t beat the 10-count, Flamingo won by KO.

Rating: NONE

Summary:  Hokey faux-boxing that entertained the kids in the audience. I’ll credit the heels for a very sinister ploy to win.

Ross then shills Starrcade 92: BattleBowl which will be LIVE on PPV on 12/28. Order NOW!

Video airs showcasing the BattleBowl concept from Starrcade ’91. Interestingly, both Abdullah the Butcher and the Diamond Studd are shown. Neither wrestler currently works for WCW.

When we return to Macon, Ventura and Missy Hyatt reveal the first four contestants in BattleBowl. First, Cactus Jack’s name gets called. Next, Badd will be his partner. Opposing them will be “Dangerous” Dan Spivey and ‘Heavy Metal” Van Hammer. Wow! I’m so exciting! I’m headed to the ticket window now, ‘cuz I can’t wait to see this!

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Match 4 (ghetto odds): WCW World champion Ron Simmons & 2 Cold Scorpio versus Tony Atlas, Cactus Jack, & Barbarian

Highlights:

  • Scorpio, making his WCW debut, replaced Robbie Walker who apparently left WCW before the 11/11 tapings.
  • With Barbarian, Atlas, and Cactus already in the ring, Simmons and Scorpio stormed in to attack.
  • After Scorpio dropkicked Cactus, the heels sought refuge outside the ring.
  • Scorpio then hit a plancha taking them all down to the concrete floor. Wow!
  • When Simmons reversed an Irish whip, he hip-tossed Barbarian.
  • He then dropkicked an incoming Atlas and gave Cactus a spinebuster.
  • As Scorpio tagged in, Cactus reversed a cross corner whip.
  • Scorpio then leaped to the top turnbckle and hit a moonsault. Oops, he missed by a mile, but Cactus sold it nonetheless.
  • After Simmons tagged in, Cactus reversed a cross corner whip but ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • He then face-planted Cactus but missed a dropkick.
  • When Barbarian tagged in, he delivered a pair of elbow drops for 2.
  • Cactus tagged in and nailed Scorpio on the apron.
  • As Scorpio distracted referee Randy Anderson, the heels triple-teamed Simmons.
  • Barbarian then backdropped Simmons for another 2.
  • After Cactus tagged in, he mounted the second turnbuckle and leaped.
  • On the other hand, he ate Simmons’ boot.
  • Hot tag Scorpio.
  • With all five wrestlers in the ring, Atlas tossed Scorpio over the top rope to the concrete floor.
  • Since Anderson was distracted with the other wrestlers, he didn’t see it.
  • Barbarian then attempted the Mafia kick but DEMOLISHED Atlas instead of Simmons.
  • When Simmons clotheslined Cactus over the top rope to the concrete floor, Scorpio mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • He then hit the Diss that Don’t Miss (450° splash) to Atlas.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Simmons and Scorpio won.

Rating: ***

Summary:  Exciting match thanks to Scorpio who wowed the Macon faithful with his high-flying. During the match, neither Ross nor Ventura could name the newcomer.

After the match, Ventura interviews Simmons and Scorpio. Simmons cuts a promo and introduces Scorpio.

Video featuring Z-Man and Johnny Gunn airs.

From the red locker room, Schiavone interviews Rude who cuts a promo on Sting.

Promo #2 for Slam Jam 1.

Next, an update on the ongoing Jesse Ventura Invitational Strongest Arm Tournament is shown. In the first quarterfinal, Simmons beat Austin. In the second, Barbarian defeated Arn Anderson.

Back in the red locker room, Hayes interviews Uncle Paul who cuts a final promo on Madusa.

Match 5 (Clash of the sexes): Uncle Paul (w/ Michael “P.S.” Hayes versus Madusa

Highlights:

  • Before WCW displayed the tale-of-the-tape graphic for Madusa, a mysterious person with a long ponytail ran to the ring.
  • When the camera panned back to the ring, Ross claimed that Uncle Paul HAMMERED the mysterious person with the cell phone.
  • Uncle Paul then wanted a kiss from “Madusa” but was surprised when he pulled the wig off the mysterious person.
  • After Uncle Paul removed the mask, the mystery person, who was OUT COLD, was revealed to be Mike Thor.
  • The real Madusa then hit the ring and took Uncle Paul down with a thrust kick.
  • As she slammed Uncle Paul, she put a couple of knees into his midsection.
  • That sent him between the ropes to the concrete floor.
  • When Uncle Paul tried to take a powder, Madusa followed and carried him over her shoulder back to the ring.
  • Hayes then tripped Madusa while Uncle Paul distracted referee Mike Adkins.
  • After he spat on Madusa, Uncle Paul mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a double axe handle. Someone notify the media! Uncle Paul hit a high-flying move!
  • Regardless, Madusa came back with a clothesline, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a missile dropkick.
  • Upon removing Uncle Paul’s helmet, she removed his shorts exposing his underwear. Thank goodness it wasn’t a thong.
  • She then chased Uncle Paul backstage as the time limit expired.

Rating: *

Summary: Pure comedy as expected, but the production being unable to disguise Thor’s participation hurt the segment. Nevertheless, methinks Madusa gave Uncle Paul his comeuppance.

Promo #3 airs for Slam Jam 1.

After a commercial break, an update on the King of Cable tournament airs. In the first match, Rude beat Windham. In the second, Sting defeated Pillman. In the third, Vader pinned Atlas. In the fourth, Rhodes squeaked by Barbarian. The tournament final will occur at Starrcade ’92.

From the red locker room, Schiavone interviews Vader with Harley Race. Speaking of Vader, on Worldwide, he broke Joe Thurman’s back with a powerbomb (aired 11/7, taped 10/27).

Match 6 for the King of Cable (semifinal): WCW US champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude versus Sting

Highlights:

  • In case of a time-limit draw, senior referee Ole Anderson, New Japan Pro Wrestling rep Hiro Matsuda, and color commentator Larry Zbyszko sat at ringside to determine the winner.
  • During his pre-match spiel, Rude referred to the Macon faithful as “Sting-loving sleazebags.” HA!
  • Sting flapjacked Rude and followed with a gutbuster.
  • As he rang Rude’s bell, he delivered a front suplex for a 1-count.
  • He then gave Rude another front suplex, worked on the back, and got 2.
  • After Sting hooked an abdominal stretch, Rude escaped.
  • He then attempted a vertical suplex, but Sting blocked it.
  • When Sting hung Rude out to dry on the top rope, he continued to work on Rude’s abs with kicks.
  • He then followed Rude to the concrete floor, charged, but tasted the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Holy Peyote at Ocmulgee Brewpub.
  • As Rude mounted the top turnbuckle, he delivered an axe handle for 2.
  • He then slammed Sting, hit a forearm smash, and got another 2.
  • While the Macon faithful chanted “Go Sting, go,” Rude swiveled but also anguished in pain.
  • He then slammed Sting again, gave him a fist drop, but couldn’t get 3.
  • After Rude delivered a vertical suplex, he slammed Sting yet again.
  • Sting then attempted a slam, but Rude fell atop him for 2.
  • When Rude gave Sting a series of HARD cross corner whips, he hooked a bear hug.
  • He then rammed Sting back-first into the corner repeatedly.
  • As Rude reapplied the bear hug, Sting escaped, reversed an Irish whip, and hooked a sleeper.
  • Rude then countered with a jawbreaker and rammed Sting face-first into the mat.
  • With two minutes remaining, Rude mounted the top turnbuckle, but Sting caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • He then gave Rude an inverted atomic drop followed by a standard one.
  • After Sting face-planted him, he got 2.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and got another 2.
  • When he mounted the opposite turnbuckle, Sting leaped but ate a shot to the midsection.
  • Rude then attempted the Rude Awakening, but Sting escaped.
  • As Sting delivered a Stinger splash, he hooked the Scorpion death lock.
  • Before Rude could submit, the time limit expired.
  • Who won?
  • Matsuda scored the match for Sting.
  • However, Zbyszko scored the match for Rude.
  • Lastly, Ole scored the match for…
  • Sting!

Rating: ****

Summary:  Extremely solid match where both wrestlers used psychology to their advantage. The final couple of minutes also made the match exciting which enabled the Macon faithful to enjoy it thoroughly.

After the match, Rude tries to attack Sting but receives an atomic drop.

Promo #4 airs for Slam Jam 1.

Match 7 for the NWA & WCW World tag team titles: The “Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Shane Douglas

Highlights:

  • Douglas countered a back drop attempt by Rhodes with an inside cradle for 2.
  • Next, Rhodes countered a hip toss by Douglas with a backslide for 2.
  • He then hooked a roll-up for another 2.
  • As both wrestlers attempted a dropkick, they each missed.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while each wrestler countered the other’s hip toss.
  • After both wrestlers spilled to the concrete floor, cooler heads prevailed as the younger partner of each team separated the older.
  • Steamboat then gave Windham an atomic drop and tagged in Douglas.
  • When Steamboat and Douglas delivered a double back elbow to Windham, Douglas got 2.
  • Steamboat and Douglas exchanged tags twice, and Douglas mounted the top turnbuckle
  • As he lowered the boom on Windham, Douglas countered a vertical suplex with one of his own for another 2.
  • Windham then gave Douglas a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • After Steamboat tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Windham.
  • Upon hitting a spinning savate kick, Steamboat couldn’t get 3.
  • Douglas tagged in, and he and Steamboat delivered a double back drop to Windham.
  • When Douglas reversed an Irish whip, he attempted a cross body block.
  • Windham then evaded him causing Douglas to CRASH into the ropes.
  • As Rhodes tagged in, he gave Douglas an elbow drop for 2.
  • Windham tagged in, and the Texans double-dropkicked Douglas for another 2.
  • After Rhodes tagged in, the Texans delivered a suplex/elbow drop combo but couldn’t get 3.
  • Douglas then hit a sunset flip for 2.
  • Shortly after, Rhodes tagged in, and the Texans double-clotheslined Douglas for yet another 2.
  • When Douglas gave Rhodes a cross body block, he got 2.
  • Windham tagged in and delivered a belly-to-back suplex to Douglas for 2.
  • As he hit a lariat, Windham got another 2.
  • Rhodes tagged in and reversed a cross corner whip.
  • Conversely, Douglas leaped to the second turnbuckle and gave Rhodes another cross body block for 2.
  • After Rhodes missed a dropkick, Steamboat tagged in and hit his own cross body block for another 2.
  • Rhodes then hip-tossed and dropkicked Steamboat for 2.
  • When he hooked an inside cradle, Rhodes got another 2.
  • Steamboat then attempted a leap frog, and Rhodes inadvertently nailed him down near Valdosta. OUCH!
  • As Rhodes checked on Steamboat rather than pinning him, Windham vociferously urged Rhodes to put him away.
  • Demonstratively, Windham tagged in and elbow-dropped Steamboat for 2.
  • After Windham delivered a PAINFUL inverted atomic drop, he got another 2.
  • The Texans then argued over sportsmanship while Windham gave Steamboat another inverted atomic drop.
  • When Windham hit another lariat, Rhodes pulled Windham off Steamboat. I smell dissension.
  • The Texans then slapped one another, and Douglas tagged in.
  • As Douglas delivered a belly-to-belly suplex, he pinned Windham.
  • WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!

Rating: ****

Summary:  The Texans’ inability to communicate properly cost them the titles. Do we just have a civil disagreement? Or is it more than that?

After the match, Rhodes is incredulous at the outcome yet apologizes/congratulates Steamboat. Windham also stands in disbelief and stares down Rhodes. As he yells at Rhodes to return, Windham gives him a kick to the midsection. WE HAVE A HEEL TURN! He then delivers a leaping DDT and spits on him. Ew.

When referee Randy Anderson tries to intervene, Windham shoves him down to the mat. He then places Rhodes atop the top turnbuckle and hits the superplex. Officials then separate them.

Ventura then interviews the NEW World tag team champions. After Steamboat refers to Rhodes as his “friend,” Windham CREAMS them with a steel chair. He then beats them both up until WCW Security pulls him away.

Conclusion:  First, the last two matches on the show are worth the price of admission. As a wrestling fan, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Second, the undercard with its either intentional (Madusa/Uncle Paul) and unintentional (Badd/Flamingo) moments are at the very least entertaining. Considering this show was meant to set up Starrcade ’92, I’d recommend taking a look.

Rating: 3.20

See you for WWF Survivor Series ‘92!

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