WCW Worldwide 5/22/1993

Taped from Montgomery, AL
Airdate: May 22, 1993
Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura


Our monthly installment of WCW Worldwide from Classics On Demand brings us the fourth week of the Computer Contender’s Challenge. This week Barry Windham defends the NWA title against Johnny B. Badd. Also “Ravishing” Rick Rude will be the special guest on “A Flair for the Gold.”
According to Tony it’s Slamboree weekend (stay tuned for the Slamboree rant coming soon!) and a party is headed towards the ring.
Match 1: Marcus Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio versus Pat Rose and Tom Burton
Before the match starts Bagwell and Scorpio host a dance party with some kids and Keith and Kent Cole. The mullets on the Coles are truly a sight to see. Burton and Bagwell tie up then trade hammerlocks. Burton hiptosses him then gets kicked in the mush by Bagwell. Another tie-up segues to a Bagwell headlock as Jesse claims Bob Geigel owes him money. Burton shoves Bagwell off the ropes but gets shoulderblocked. Bagwell hits the ropes again, jumps over Burton twice, and counters a hiptoss with one of his own.
As soon as Burton gets up Bagwell gives him a dropkick. Burton charges and receives an armdrag. Bagwell bars the arm then tags in Scorpio. They whip Burton off the ropes and give him a double hiptoss then a double elbow. Scorpio bars the arm again but gets backed into the opposing team’s corner. Scorpio escapes the double team as Rose tags in.
A tie-up leads to some shoving from both men. They trade single leg takedowns into lateral presses, but no advantage is attained. More shoving leads to an exchange of punches. Rose grabs a quick headlock, but Scorpio shoots him off the ropes. Rose gets the shoulderblock then a clothesline;  however, when he comes off the ropes again Scorpio gives him the urinage/Rock Bottom.
After Rose gets to his feet Scorpio gives him a dropkick. He picks him up and dropkicks him again. After Scorpio bars the arm he tags Bagwell in. They shoot Rose off the ropes and give him a double shoulderblock. Rose goes down like a stack of cards but kicks out at 2. Bagwell grabs a quick headlock then switches to a hammerlock. After he bars the arm he gives Rose an Irish whip. Roses reverses the whip but receives a fisherman’s suplex instead. Burton makes the save.
Rose bodyslams Bagwell. He tries to come off the ropes to drop an elbow, but between he and John Tenta (RIP) I’m not sure who was faster. Anyways Bagwell dodges the elbow. Scorpio tags in and gives Rose a spinning sidekick. Scorpio grabs Rose before he can tag out then slams him. A standing moonsault gets a 2 count when Burton saves. Bagwell nails Burton knocking him to the corner. The double cross-corner whip leads to a double counter into a do-si-do by Bagwell and Scorpio. They each deliver a dropkick to their opponent. Following that maneuver Bagwell and Scorpio double-clothesline Burton out of the ring. Bagwell gives Rose a powerslam then Scorpio comes off the top rope with the 450 splash for the pin. DUD
Next we get highlights from last week when “Ravishing” Rick Rude won the US title from Dustin Rhodes. Tony claims shenanigans since both shoulders were up at 2 after the suplex but counted 3 by “Pee Wee” Anderson.
In our first installment of the WCW Magazine Tony Gilliam promotes Slamboree on Sunday night at 7pm Eastern time. Arn Anderson offers his comments about his upcoming match supposedly against Barry Windham for the NWA title. Gilliam states that if Badd beats Windham he’ll defend the title against Anderson.
Tony and Jesse are on camera and promote the Slamboree PPV. Tony reiterates Gilliam’s assertion while a bewildered Jesse asks “who’s feeding the info to the computer?”
Match 2: The Z-Man versus J.D. Wolfe
Before Z-Man can show off his fashion sense by wearing banana yellow tights Scott Norton comes in the ring and ambushes Z-Man from behind! That’ll teach ‘em not to wear that! Norton whips Z-man off the ropes then delivers a vicious clothesline! He barks at Wolfe to make him scatter then whips Z-man again in order to nail him with a powerslam. More referees hit the ring, but Norton cannot be stopped. He whips Z-man once more and powerslams him into the middle of next week! Let’s just say that when someone commits a fashion faux pas call the “Flash” and he’ll straighten things out.
Grizzly Smith chases Norton out of the ring. Norton commandeers the microphone from Gary Michael Cappetta and threatens Sting to meet him at the PPV. Z-man gets some assistance on his way back to the dressing room. No match garners no rating.
Here is the Slamboree Control Center with Eric Bischoff. Let’s run down the card for the PPV:
·         For the WCW World Heavyweight title Big Van Vader will defend against “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
·         For the NWA Title Johnny B. Badd, er, I mean Barry Windham (hey, the title’s on the line later) will defend against “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
·         In a steel cage for the WCW World Tag Team titles the Hollywood Blonds will defend against Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas
·         In a war of attrition Scott “Flash” Norton will face Sting
·         “Ravishing” Rick Rude and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes and Kensuke Sasaki
·         Maxx Payne will be playing his guitar “Norma Jean”
·         A singles match, a tag team match, and a six-man match involving the legends
·         “A Flair for the Gold” will take place with a special guest
By the way another match that was more than likely edited out of the telecast will be Marcus Bagwell and 2 Cold Scorpio facing “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and Chris Benoit.
Bischoff introduces Gordon Solie. Gordon informs us that 3 promoters will also be in attendance. Jim Barnett, Don Owens, and Stanley Blackburn are announced. Gordon then profiles Ivan Koloff.
Match 3: The Blackhearts versus “Jumping” Joey Maggs and John Douglas
As soon as the bell rings and the Blackhearts remove their wardrobe they ambush Maggs and Douglas. They toss Douglas out of the ring and whip Maggs off the ropes to deliver a double back elbow. One cannot distinguish one Blackheart from the other, but according to (http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/information/unmasked/) they were Tom Nash and Dave Johnson. Maggs gets whipped again, but Blackheart #1 misses a clothesline. Instead Maggs tries for a flying body press and receives a fallaway slam. Maggs gets up again, gets whipped, and counters a hiptoss into one of his own. He quickly bars the arm and tags in Douglas.
Unceremoniously Blackheart#1 dumps Douglas out of the ring. Blackheart #2 comes off the top rope with a double-axehandle on Douglas and tosses him back in. Blackheart #2 tags in so that the Blackhearts deliver a double knee to the gut and double side-Russian-legsweep. Blackheart #1 tags back in. They whip Douglas off the ropes, miss a double clothesline, but give Douglas the stungun.
Blackheart #1 picks up Douglas and hands him upside down to Blackheart #2 who is perched on the second rope. Together they spike powerbomb Douglas and get the pin. DUD
“A Flair for the Gold”
With his customary “Woo!” Flair greets Fifi wearing a kimono? Arn Anderson is at the bar also wearing a kimono. Geishas are shown over by the sofa. After Flair promotes Slamboree and Anderson’s opportunity to become NWA champ he asks Fifi to “walk that aisle.” Flair then introduces “Ravishing” Rick Rude.
Donned in a spiffy brown suit Rude asks Flair to smarten up his producer as he touts himself as the current US heavyweight champion. Rude informs Flair that he’s overdressed so Flair permits Fifi to take Rude to the back in order to, ahem, prepare him for the occasion. While Rude is getting “prepared” Flair announces that the Four Horsemen will be at Slamboree. Along with himself Flair states that Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson will be on the PPV.
Rude re-emerges from the back wearing a kimono and showing off his chest hair. He sits down on the sofa and is fed sushi by a geisha. Rude praises Fifi’s ability to get him out of his clothes quickly then gives her a gratuity. While Rude cuts a promo on Rhodes the other geisha massages his back. He then refers to Flair as “a legend of the past and a hero of today.”
In order to honor the gifts and respect Flair has shown him Rude introduces Fufu. She kisses both Arn and Flair on the cheek. Meanwhile Rude appears to be giving Fifi his number. To close out the segment Fufu provides us with a striptease. Yowza!
In our second installment of WCW Magazine Tony Gilliam promotes the steel cage match for the World Tag Team titles at Slamboree. Steamboat and Douglas cut a promo on the Hollywood Blonds.
Match 4 for the NWA title: Barry Windham (champion) versus Johnny B. Badd
Johnny B. Badd enters the ring with his confetti gun and a robe with the “Outrageous” moniker on the back. Even Jesse compliments it. Tony notes that next week the controversy over the US title should be cleared up. They tie up and Windham gets the leverage advantage. He takes Badd to the corner and provides him with a clean break.
Again they tie up and Badd gives Windham an armdrag. Yet another tie-up leads to Windham taking Badd to the corner again, but he fakes a clean break and tries to nail him. Badd avoids the sneak attack and gives him some right hands. He whips Windham off the ropes and gives him a huracanrana. Windham retreats to avoid getting pinned.
Jesse disputes the Computerized Contender’s Challenge results by stating that computer must have a virus. HA! Like a bag of pretzels they tie-up once more, and Badd grabs an armbar. He switches to a hammerlock, and Windham goes to the ropes to break. To truly cement home the NWA style (aka OLD style) another tie-up occurs and Badd grabs the arm again. As Badd applies the hammerlock Windham backs him into the corner and delivers a couple of back elbows to the head. He then tosses Badd out of the ring.
When Badd gets on the apron Windham nails him then tries to suplex him back in. However, Badd escapes and counters with a vertical suplex of his own! He whips Windham off the ropes, misses a clothesline, and eats a Windham lariat. As Windham knocks Badd silly we take a commercial break.
When we return Windham whips Badd off the ropes and gives him a back body drop. After a boot to the head Windham argues with referee Mike Atkins. Badd seizes his opportunity and kicks Windham in the gut. Windham absorbs the punishment, turns Badd around, and gives him a belly-to-back suplex. He places his right boot on the top turnbuckle and rams Badd’s head into it. Next he whips Badd off the ropes and hooks the sleeper.
As Badd fades all the way down to the mat Windham cheats by putting his feet on the top rope. In lieu of admitting he’s using the ropes he cleverly blames the cameraman. Atkins catches him on the second try though. As Windham hoists Badd onto the top turnbuckle Tony announces that Sting will be next week’s guest on “A Flair for the Gold.”
Windham hooks Badd with a superplex and floats over for a 2 count. In complete disbelief Windham chastises Atkins’ count. He whips Badd off the ropes, but Badd counters and gives Windham a powerslam. New champ? NO! Windham kicks out at 2. He whips Windham off the ropes and delivers the back elbow for another 2 count. Again he whips Windham off the ropes and gives him a back body drop for yet another 2 count.
Badd slams Windham then mounts the top turnbuckle. He comes off with a flying body press and comes within an inch of becoming NWA champion. He whips Windham again, but Windham reverses. Badd ducks the clothesline and tries another flying body press. This time Windham ducks and Badd clotheslines himself on the top rope. Windham hooks the inside cradle for the pin. **1/2
Before the show leaves the air Tony promotes the WCW title match involving Ricky Steamboat.
Overall the final touches before Slamboree were applied during the program. The main event was entertaining and somewhat exciting. Badd seemed overmatched in my eyes though. Slamboree looks like great on paper with the steel cage match and the two big belts on the line. Interestingly Davey Boy Smith has not been on Worldwide much lately. How can we take him seriously as a threat to the WCW World title? I guess we’ll have to see when I review Slamboree for you. Stay tuned!

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