WCW Wednesday: Part XV – The Workrate Bonus Edition!

In January 1992, Kip Allen Frey was hired as the Executive Vice President of WCW to replace Jim Herd. Two things stood out from his tenure:

  1. He hired Jesse “The Body” Ventura as a color commentator.
  2. PPV workrate bonuses.

But what does that have to do with February?

Well, glad you asked. In February 1992, WCW moved SuperBrawl from May to February in an effort to compete between WWF Royal Rumble (Ric Flair won the Rumble and the title) and WrestleMania VIII (Flair lost the WWF title for the first time to Savage). To accomplish this feat, Frey wanted his performers to bust their ass for cash rather than phone-in their PPV match based upon their spot on the card. So did it work?

SuperBrawl II

  1. Big Josh defeated Diamond Dallas Page. Somehow I’m thinking this was NOWHERE close to match of the night.
  2. “Flyin’” Brian Pillman pinned Jushin “Thunder” Liger to win the WCW Light Heavyweight title. Hmm…let’s continue on for a moment.
  3. Marcus Alexander Bagwell beat the “Taylor Made Man” Terry Taylor. Nice try, rookie.
  4. Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack. Close but no cigar.
  5. Tom Zenk & Van Hammer beat Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas. While it was good, it wasn’t good enough.
  6. Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes defeated “Stunning” Steve Austin & the “Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko. Despite the awesomeness of the Dangerous Alliance, this one barely missed the cut.
  7. The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton won by DQ over the Steiners. You’d think Steiners versus Dangerous Alliance could win best match, but you’d be wrong.
  8. “Ravishing” Rick Rude successfully defended the US title against Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat thanks to the Ninja a.k.a. Paul E. Dangerously. While good, they’d have a better match at Beach Blast. No winner here.
  9. Sting won the WCW World title by beating the “Total Package” Lex Luger. If Luger wasn’t singing his swan song for WCW here, this match stood a chance. However, since Luger was bulletproof and could phone it in, he did.

Where did it lead?: Not surprisingly, Pillman-Liger won match of the night, and they received a performance bonus. The true winners, however,  were the fans because top to bottom, the show was excellent. Check it out on the WWE Network when you get the chance.

What are your thoughts on the performance/workrate bonuses implemented by Frey? Or SuperBrawl II in general?

Also, please be sure to check out all of my reflections at rockstargary.com.