Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout

Live from Corpus Christi, TX

Airdate:  February 6, 1990

Attendance:  3,000 (sold out)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jim Cornette

Let’s set the table for WrestleWar ’90, shall we? Will all of our guests arrive intact? Read on!

Backstage, Gordon Solie interviews the Road Warriors with Ellering. They’re ready for the Skyscrapers.

After Samoan Savage makes his entrance, a vignette airs with Williams “rescuing” a patient with an ambulance. Check out the NEW production values for WCW!

Match 1: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams versus Samoan Savage (w/ the Big Kahuna)

Highlights:

  • After a clothesline by Williams, Samoan Savage sought refuge outside the ring.
  • As Samoan Savage returned, Williams repeatedly took him down with four-point stance shoulder blocks.
  • With Samoan Savage in the corner, Williams charged but ate a clothesline.
  • When Samoan Savage distracted referee Mike Adkins, Big Kahuna choked Williams on the floor.
  • Suddenly, WCW Security director Doug Dillinger pulled up a chair at ringside for Woman. Please forgive Nitron’s absence as he was previously detained.
  • After a powerslam, Samoan Savage got 2.
  • Williams then attempted a sunset flip but ate a knuckle sandwich instead.
  • It must have lacked barbeque sauce on it because he no-sold it and clotheslined Samoan Savage.
  • As Williams missed an elbow drop, Samoan Savage got 2.
  • After Cornette reeled off some racist humor about South Texans, an eye rake by Samoan Savage caused Williams to fall between the ropes to the floor.
  • Seeing the blinded Williams, Big Kahuna nailed him.
  • Upon Williams’ return, Samoan Savage delivered a sidewalk slam.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but missed a splash.
  • As Williams came back, he gave Samoan Savage a military press slam followed by a dropkick.
  • He then countered a hip toss with a backslide.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Williams won.

Rating: **

Summary:  The Corpus Christi faithful loved Williams. It’s too bad his contract expired, and he left for Japan.

During the commercial break, a rap disguised as a promo for WrestleWar ’90 aired. It will be LIVE on PPV on 2/25.

Afterward, “Tuxedo” Terry Funk interviews the Four Horsemen. For those keeping track, Sting joined the Horsemen on 1/6 (taped 12/14). According to Ole, Sting is no longer a Horseman. That was quick. Additionally, his “death warrant” occurred when he signed to meet Flair at WrestleWar for the NWA World title. Ole then gives Sting two hours to cancel his title shot or else. When Sting grabs Ole, Flair nails him. WE HAVE A HEEL TURN!

Match 2: Mod Squad versus Brian Pillman & the Z-Man

Highlights:

  • The Mod Squad was portrayed by Mack and Jim Jeffers (a.k.a. Spike and Basher).
  • After Spike gave him a cross-corner whip, Pillman floated over and delivered a hip toss followed by a dropkick.
  • Z-Man tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Spike.
  • As Basher tagged in, Z-Man leap-frogged and monkey-flipped him.
  • Shortly after, Pillman gave Basher a bicycle kick to the midsection as Z-Man delivered an enziguri for 2.
  • After the Mod Squad missed a double clothesline to Z-Man, Pillman gave them a springboard double clothesline.
  • Spike tagged in, but Pillman reversed his cross-corner whip and delivered a back drop.
  • When Spike reversed a cross-corner whip, he face-planted Pillman.
  • Basher tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and put a knee into the back of Pillman’s neck. He must have been watching old Ivan Koloff matches.
  • As Z-Man distracted referee Nick Patrick, the Mod Squad double-teamed Pillman in the heel corner.
  • Further distraction allowed Basher to choke Pillman using the top rope.
  • After a clothesline, Basher only got 2 thanks to a save by Z-Man.
  • Spike then executed a Basher-assisted backbreaker on PIllman for 2.
  • Shortly after, Basher put a knee into Pillman’s midsection and tagged in Spike.
  • After a leap frog, Pillman gave Spike a flying back elbow.
  • Basher tagged in and prevented Pillman from tagging out.
  • Following that, Pillman hooked a crucifix on Basher and got 2.
  • Spike tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, but missed the big elbow.
  • Hot tag Z-Man.
  • After Basher reversed a cross-corner whip, Z-Man leaped to the second turnbuckle and hit a cross body block.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Pillman and Z-Man won.

Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Pillman and Z-Man. Perhaps these guys should have wrestled Pillman and Z-Man.

You’re probably right, Geoffrey!

Match 3: Mil Mascaras versus Cactus Jack Manson

Highlights:

  • Mick Foley alert! Was he even 200 lbs. by this point in his career?
  • After a flying head butt, Mascaras delivered a dropkick that sent Manson between the ropes to the floor.
  • Upon scaring ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta away from his seat, Manson fell backwards over it. Nice sight gag there, Mick.
  • Back in the ring, Mascaras attempted a Boston crab, but Manson made the ropes.
  • As Manson tossed Mascaras outside the ring, he joined and gave him a backbreaker.
  • When Manson went for the Cactus elbow, Mascaras hurried back into the ring and gave Manson the Nestea Plunge. YEE-OUCH!
  • With Manson on the apron, Mascaras suplexed him back in.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a flying body press, and pinned Manson.

Rating: **

Summary:  The plunge was the highlight of the match. While he wasn’t thrilled with working with Mascaras here, Manson would have much brighter days ahead of him.

Prior to the commercial break, Missy Hyatt shills NWA Main Event Sundays at 6:05pm on Superstation TBS. Guys, don’t make Missy wait or she’ll block you on Twitter too.

After a commercial break, Manson knocks the hat off of Tough Guys’ drummer Wolf Wild. Seething, Wild attacks Manson, and they brawl on the concrete floor. You know the music’s bad when Foley beats up one of the performers.

Backstage, Solie interviews Norman the Lunatic who wants to eat hot dogs while facing Sullivan. Insert your own joke here.

Prior to the next match, a vignette of Norman at the zoo is shown. He then refers to a potbelly pig as Sullivan. At least he didn’t snatch Nancy away from him.

Match 4 (falls count anywhere): Kevin Sullivan versus Norman the Lunatic

Highlights:

  • Immediately, Sullivan attacked and tossed Norman out of the ring.
  • As Norman reversed an Irish whip, he made Sullivan HIT THE ROOS POLE!
  • Back in the ring, Sullivan attempted a sunset flip, but Norman SQUISHED him.
  • GET OUT THE SPATULA!
  • After a cross-corner whip, Norman ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Sullivan then mounted the top turnbuckle but got caught and slammed down to the mat.
  • When Norman mounted the second turnbuckle, he missed a splash.
  • Sullivan then dropkicked Norman out of the ring and slammed him on the floor.
  • After ramming Norman face-first into the apron, Sullivan made Norman taste some Roos.
  • Upon ripping Norman’s hospital gown off, Sullivan delivered a belly-to-back suplex on the floor. Nonetheless, Norman barely left his feet. That got 2.
  • Sullivan then made Norman taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the My Boy Blue burger at Padre Island Burger Company.
  • Shortly after, Norman gave Sullivan that same taste. Waiter, could you please give the future Taskmaster a Mr. Beckham burger please?
  • Norman then got 2 off a pin in the aisle.
  • After a back drop in the aisle, Sullivan got 2.
  • They then brawled backstage as the brawl continued in the women’s restroom.
  • When Sullivan walked out, he collapsed.
  • As Norman returned with a toilet seat in hand, referee Nick Patrick raised his hand.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: -*

Summary:  One of the worst street fights I’ve ever witnessed.

Funk’s Grill: Luger is Funk’s guest and claims to be the #1 contender to the NWA World title. As the Corpus Christi faithful chants “We Want Sting,” Luger flaunts his ego until Terry cuts him off.

Prior to the next match, we meet the NEW Skyscrapers as “Mean” Mark Callous has replaced Sid Vicious.

After the Skyscrapers make their entrance, the Road Warriors destroy old cars. Fellow Chicagoans Jake and Elwood Blues say hello.

Match 5: The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus the Skyscrapers (w/ Teddy Long)

Highlights:

  • Hmmm…why does this Callous guy look so familiar?
  • After Spivey tossed Hawk outside the ring, Hawk rebounded into the ring and clotheslined him.
  • When Hawk attempted a hangman’s neckbreaker, Callous prevented Spivey from taking the maneuver.
  • Animal tagged in, leap-frogged Callous twice, and ducked a cross body block.
  • After a clothesline by Animal, Hawk and Spivey tagged in.
  • Hawk then gave Spivey a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Animal distracted referee Mike Adkins, Spivey rammed Hawk shoulder-first into the Roos post.
  • Callous tagged in and gave Hawk a ropewalk shoulder smash.
  • When Callous tried a second time, Hawk arm-dragged him across the ring.
  • Hot tag Animal.
  • After a dropkick to Spivey, Animal dropkicked Callous off the apron.
  • He then hit a powerslam followed by an elbow drop for 2.
  • Upon escaping a double-team, Animal gave the Skyscrapers a double clothesline.
  • The Road Warriors then clotheslined Callous over the top rope to the floor. I guess Callous hadn’t perfected landing on his feet after that spot yet.
  • Regardless, the Road Warriors gave Spivey the Doomsday Device, but as Animal made the cover, Callous leaped from the top turnbuckle and WALLOPED him with a steel chair.
  • With Long on the apron, Ellering joined and hammered him.
  • After Spivey tossed Animal outside the ring, the Skyscrapers gave Hawk a spike piledriver missing the steel chair by inches.
  • Spivey then destroyed the Road Warriors with the chair.
  • No contest.

Rating: ***

Summary:  This sets up their street fight at WresteWar ’90. Good supershow debut for Callous.

After a commercial break, Doom cuts a promo on the Steiners.

Match 6 for the NWA World tag team titles (mask versus title): The Steiners (champions) versus Doom

Highlights:

  • After a leap frog, Scott gave Simmons a powerslam.
  • Upon reversing a cross-corner whip, Scott delivered a German release suplex to Simmons.
  • As Reed tagged in and leap-frogged Scott, he ate a dropkick.
  • After Scott brought Reed in the hard way, he tried to remove the mask.
  • Rick tagged in but ate a knee lift from Reed.
  • When Rick reversed a cross-corner whip, he whipped Reed again and gave him a back drop.
  • Simmons tagged in, gave Rick a cross-corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Afterward, Rick delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
  • Shortly after, Simmons slammed Scott and gave him a standing leg drop.
  • Reed tagged in and clotheslined Scott.
  • When Rick distracted referee Nick Patrick, Simmons tossed Scott outside the ring.
  • Reed then guillotined Scott using the steel railing. How dastardly!
  • Back in the ring, Simmons delivered a spinebuster for 2.
  • As Reed tagged in, Doom gave Scott a double back drop.
  • Scott came back with a backslide for 2.
  • When Reed delivered a piledriver, he only got 2 thanks to a save by Rick.
  • While Rick distracted Patrick again, Doom tossed Scott over the top rope to the floor.
  • After ramming Scott face-first into the apron, Simmons tossed him back into the ring.
  • Scott then hit a sunset flip for 2.
  • As Reed gave Scott a swinging neckbreaker, he got 2.
  • Scott came back and hit a Frankensteiner.
  • Hot tag Rick.
  • After Reed missed a haymaker, Rick delivered an atomic drop followed by a Steinerline.
  • He then hit a powerslam on Reed but couldn’t remove the mask.
  • As Rick came off the ropes, he successfully pulled off Reed’s mask.
  • Rick then rolled him up for the pin.
  • Steiners retained.

Rating: ***

Summary:  Great angle to finish the feud.

After the match, to avoid suspension, Simmons reluctantly removed his mask.

We then revisit the ultimatum from Ole to Sting. Will Sting relinquish his title shot?

Backstage, Solie interviews the Horsemen minus Sting.

During a commercial break, the rap for WrestleWar ’90 aired again. At least the needle wasn’t on the record.

Maniacally, Sawyer cuts a promo on Flair and Sting.

Match 7 (steel cage): NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, NWA World TV champion Arn Anderson, & Ole Anderson versus Great Muta, Buzz Sawyer, & Dragon Master

Highlights:

  • For those curious, Arn beat Muta for the World TV title in the Omni on 1/2.
  • As you would expect, the Corpus Christi faithful booed the Horsemen out of the building then chanted “We Want Sting!”
  • With Arn leaning against the ropes, Sawyer tried a cross body block but ate the cage instead.
  • Arn then reversed a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • After Sawyer rammed Arn face-first into the cage, Arn returned the favor.
  • Flair tagged in and gave Dragon Master a back elbow.
  • Shortly after, Muta tagged in and embraced the babyface reaction from the Corpus Christi faithful.
  • He then gave Arn a cross-corner whip followed by a handspring elbow.
  • As Muta applied a bridged Indian death lock, Sting climbed the exterior of the cage.
  • As Dillinger, PIllman, and Z-Man removed Sting from ringside, Flair yelled at him while standing atop the top rope.
  • Meanwhile, in the ring, Ole gave Sawyer a back drop into the cage.
  • As Dragon Master tagged in, Sting bolted toward the ring.
  • When Sting tried to climb the cage, he suddenly couldn’t.
  • After Sawyer gave Arn a vertical suplex, he mounted the top of the cage but missed a splash.
  • While Sting hobbled at ringside, Arn gave Dragon Master the SPINEBUSTER.
  • After the Andersons rammed Dragon Master face-first into the cage, Arn delivered the DDT.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Horsemen won.

Rating: ***

Summary:  This was more angle than match, but what happened to Sting?

After the match, Flair exits the cage and ambushes Sting. Fortunately, officials separate everybody before the show leaves the air.

Conclusion:  Sting’s diagnosis: Torn. Patella. Tendon. Those three words throw a huge monkey wrench into the NWA booking for WrestleWar ’90. As far as my recommendation goes, check out the last two matches and skip the rest. What’s next?

See you for WWF Main Event III!

Rating: 4.50

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