WCW Wednesday: Part XXV – the Yellow Brick Road Edition!

Don’t worry…this column isn’t solely about Kevin Nash.

Our topic this week is the inaugural SuperBrawl which took place on May 19, 1991. Here are the highlights:

  • “Nature Boy” Ric Flair re-unified the NWA and WCW World titles by defeating Tatsumi Fujinami. Back on March 21, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan, Fujinami had beaten Flair in a controversial match and became the first wrestler to hold both the IWGP and NWA titles simultaneously.
  • The Steiners beat Sting & the “Total Package” Lex Luger when Nikita Koloff nailed Sting with a chain. Sting had saved Luger from getting nailed and took the shot instead. This match is featured on a couple of WWE DVDs as it is a fantastic match.
  • “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton pinned the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson to win the WCW World TV title. It was the only singles title Eaton ever held while in WCW.
  • Ron Simmons defeated his former partner Butch Reed in a Thunderdome cage match.
  • El Gigante beat Sid Vicious in a stretcher match as Sid was “honoring tradition” on his way out of WCW.
  • Lastly, Oz pinned Tim Parker after a helicopter slam.

Who’s Oz and why? Immediately after his days as a Master Blaster, Nash was repackaged as Oz and debuted the character at SuperBrawl. To say the character was hokey would be an understatement. After all, accompanying Oz to the ring would be the Great Wizard played by none other than Kevin Sullivan along with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.

So where did it lead:  Unfortunately, this was not a one-night gimmick for Nash as he continued to portray Oz until 1992 when he changed gimmicks to become Vinnie Vegas.

As for the rest of the WCW crew, most are aware that Flair took the WCW title not only home later that year but also to the WWF. In addition, Sting wrestled Koloff in a Russian chain match while Luger won the WCW World title at the Great American Bash.  Regrettably, Eaton held the title only briefly because “Stunning” Steve Austin beat him on Worldwide (aired 6/29, taped 6/3). On the other hand, Simmons attained glory early in 1992, but that’s another story for another time. Lastly, El Gigante squared off against Flair quite a few times during the spring of 1991.

What do you think of the inaugural SuperBrawl and/or Oz in 1991?

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