Rock Star Gary reflects on WCW SuperBrawl II

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Airdate: February 29, 1992

Attendance:  5,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Sting regain the World title from Luger? Will the Dangerous Alliance prevail in its matches? How will Pillman fare against Liger? Let’s find out!

To ensure the TBS viewing audience doesn’t miss a minute of the action, Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff discuss the upcoming matches. Since this show happened on a Saturday, World Championship Wrestling aired from 6:05-7:05pm. This show began at 7pm sharp; thus, time was needed to fill the gap.

Backstage, Missy Hyatt previews her pending interviews including a potential one with Luger. Don’t hold your breath!

In the ring, Ross introduces the NEW color commentator for WCW—Ventura. Upon riding to the ring on a Harley-Davidson, Ventura touts his American motorcycle. He then refers to Milwaukee as “Crusher country.” While he disses Luger for going into “hiding,” Ventura advises Ross on wearing a black hat in order to resemble J. R. Ewing. Hmmm…

Having killed seven minutes already, WCW’s finally ready to provide the opening match.

Match 1 for the WCW Light Heavyweight title: Jushin “Thunder” Liger (champion) versus “Flyin’” Brian Pillman

Highlights:

  • Right off the bat, a significant difference between WCW and WWF makes itself evident. Whereas the WWF would have made Liger an evil foreign heel, WCW allowed him to showcase his wrestling style to get over instead of utilizing heel tactics.
  • Tale of the tape: Pillman: 5″10″ 223lbs. Liger: 5’7″ 212lbs.
  • After each wrestler leap-frogged the other, PIllman and Liger attempted simultaneous dropkicks.
  • Liger then gave him a cross corner whip, but Pillman took him down with a flying headscissors.
  • As Pillman dropkicked him to the floor, he gave Liger a baseball slide.
  • He then gave Liger a cross corner whip, but Liger floated over.
  • When Liger ran to the opposite corner, he climbed the turnbuckles and hit a moonsault for 2.
  • He then dropkicked Pillman to the floor, faked out Pillman, and riled up the Milwaukee faithful.
  • After Liger attempted a surfboard, Pillman quickly reached the ropes.
  • Liger then made a second attempt, but Pillman grabbed the bottom rope again.
  • As Liger gave Pillman a cross corner whip, he followed with another dropkick.
  • Pillman came back with a crucifix and got 2.
  • When Liger hooked a sunset flip, he got 2.
  • Pillman then delivered a belly-to-back suplex for 2 while drawing a favorable response from the Milwaukee faithful.
  • Upon giving Liger a cross corner whip, Pillman came up empty on his follow-through. In doing so, he injured his left knee.
  • Liger then delivered a knee crusher and hooked a figure-four leg lock.
  • Will PIllman submit?
  • No, he reversed it while the Milwaukee faithful chanted “U-S-A.”
  • Shortly after, he gave Liger an enziguri followed by another flying headscissors.
  • Liger then backdropped Pillman to the floor, yet referee Mike Adkins didn’t disqualify him.
  • Instead, Liger mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a somersault senton. Wow!
  • With Pillman on the apron, neither wrestler could suplex the other.
  • Pillman then hit a springboard clothesline, returned to the apron, and suplexed Liger to the floor.
  • After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Pillman delivered a cross body block to Liger on the floor.
  • With Liger leaned against the steel railing, Pillman leaped to the apron, dove, but tasted the steel railing himself. It must have tasted like the Spicy Hungarian at the Swingin’ Door Exchange.
  • Liger then mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but PIllman caught him with a dropkick.
  • When PIllman mounted the top turnbuckle, he attempted a missile dropkick but missed. In addition, Liger tried to dropkick PIllman in mid-air but missed.
  • Pillman then gave Liger a spinning heel kick, reversed an Irish whip, and powerslammed him for 2.
  • As Liger came back with a German suplex and a bridge, he got 2.
  • He then placed Pillman atop the top turnbuckle, but Pillman sent Liger down to the mat.
  • After PIllman mounted the top turnbuckle, he hit a cross body block for 2.
  • Liger then powerbombed Pillman but only got 2.
  • When Liger attempted a piledriver, Pillman countered with a rollup for 2.
  • He then gave Liger a DDT for another 2.
  • When a mid-ring collision occurred, Pillman mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • Liger then crotched, joined, and superplexed him for 2. Woohoo!
  • As Liger mounted the top turnbuckle, he missed a diving head butt.
  • Pillman then hooked a bridging cradle.
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
  • Pillman won.

Rating: *****

Summary:  Absolutely amazing match that was atypical of the North American wrestling scene. These guys busted their asses between the floor and top turnbuckle while putting on a spectacular display. Bravo!

After the match, Pillman and Liger share a hug as the Milwaukee faithful show their appreciation.

Backstage, Hyatt interviews Taylor who wants to teach Bagwell a lesson.

Match 2: WCW US tag team champion The Taylor Made Man versus Marcus Alexander Bagwell

Highlights:

  • The special guest ring announcer for this match was contest winner Barry Abrams. As he made the introductions, the Milwaukee faithful booed him like he was Herb Abrams. Even worse, when the camera panned back, the kid wore the top portion of a tuxedo but with basketball shorts.
  • According to Ross, Taylor, along with Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, defeated Big Josh and Ron Simmons for the US tag team titles on World Championship Wrestling (aired 2/29, taped 2/17).
  • After Taylor tossed him to the ramp, Bagwell gave him an inverted atomic drop.
  • He then delivered a regular atomic drop and clotheslined Taylor back into the ring.
  • As Bagwell mounted the top turnbuckle, he hit a cross body block for 2.
  • The Milwaukee faithful then chanted “rooster” at Taylor when he attempted a vertical suplex.
  • When Bagwell escaped, he hooked a sleeper.
  • Taylor then made the ropes and tossed Bagwell down to the floor.
  • Upon joining Bagwell, Taylor made him taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Hangover at Sobelman’s. I’ll take a bloody Mary!
  • Back in the ring, Taylor gave Bagwell a jawbreaker followed by a Doctorbomb for 2.
  • He then gave Bagwell a cross corner whip and cemented it with an avalanche.
  • After a knee drop, Taylor got another 2.
  • Bagwell then hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • When Taylor hit a vertical suplex, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a splash for 2.
  • He then attempted a piledriver, but Bagwell countered with a back drop.
  • As Taylor gave Bagwell a neck snap, he got another 2.
  • They then screw up a rollup, but Bagwell got 3 anyway.
  • Shockingly, Bagwell won.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  While I wouldn’t refer to this as a showcase match, it definitely appears to be a match built to elevate the rookie Bagwell.

After the match, Taylor nails Bagwell with the five-arm and delivers a DDT.

Outside Luger’s dressing room, Hyatt interviews Race who hypes his charge. Perhaps Race isn’t aware of Luger’s contract status.

Match 3: Cactus Jack versus Ron Simmons

Highlights:

  • Simmons gave Cactus a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • When Cactus attempted the Cactus clothesline, Simmons evaded him.
  • Cactus then got his head caught in the ropes. Hey! You can lose an ear that way!
  • Regardless, as Cactus fell to the floor, Simmons joined and made him taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Billy Bob at the Wicked Hop. I’ll take another bloody Mary please!
  • Yummy! Thank you.
  • Simmons then face-planted, slammed, and gave Cactus a standing leg drop for 2.
  • As he delivered another cross corner whip, Simmons ate a back elbow on his follow-through.
  • Cactus then hit a clothesline while Junkyard Dog was shown amongst the Milwaukee faithful.
  • After Cactus gave Simmons a double-arm DDT, he delivered a leg drop for 2.
  • He then tossed Simmons to the floor and made him taste the steel railing. Waiter, could you give the head-band-wearing wrestler a Chicago Bob’s Italian beef please?
  • When Cactus slammed him on the floor, he mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a Cactus elbow.
  • He then guillotined Simmons with the top rope before Simmons missed a dropkick.
  • As he successfully delivered a dropkick, Simmons attempted a three-point-stance shoulder block.
  • Cactus then evaded him sending Simmons between the ropes to the ramp.
  • After Cactus charged him on the ramp, Simmons gave him a spinebuster.
  • Back in the ring, Cactus came back with a cross corner whip followed by a bulldog.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but Simmons caught and powerslammed him.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Simmons won.

Rating: *

Summary:  Cactus was in full-suicidal mode for this match, and Dr. Ron Simmons Kevorkian was ready to oblige.

After the match, Cactus nails Simmons with a double axe handle. Meanwhile, Abdullah the Butcher comes to the ring. He then WALLOPS Simmons with his kendo stick as he and Cactus double-team Simmons. JYD, clad in a tuxedo, hops the railing and head-butts a pair of WCW security officers. While he enters the ring and beats up both Abdullah and Cactus, the Milwaukee faithful chants his name. He has lost A LOT of weight.

Match 4: Vinnie Vegas & Richard Morton versus Z-Man & Van Hammer

Highlights:

  • According to Meltzer, Z-Man was substituting for Johnny B. Badd due to a contract dispute. Also, Morton replaced Mr. Hughes since the latter was in the WCW doghouse.
  • Prior to the opening bell, Ventura coined this gem: “there ain’t no money in bodybuilding.” HA!
  • Hammer reversed a cross corner whip and gave Morton a military-press slam.
  • As Vegas tagged in, he and Hammer fucked up a leap frog spot.
  • Hammer then gave him the ten-punch count-along until Vegas sandwiched him in the opposite corner.
  • After Z-Man tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and gave Vegas a missile dropkick for 2.
  • Morton tagged in, but Z-Man clotheslined him over the top rope to the floor.
  • With Morton on the floor, Z-Man hit a plancha. Woohoo!
  • He then hip-tossed Morton before beating the ten-count.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Vegas countered a head lock with a belly-to-back suplex.
  • He then delivered a short-arm clothesline for 2.
  • As Morton tagged in, he gave Hammer an inverted atomic drop.
  • Vegas tagged in and face-planted Hammer for 2.
  • Next, Vegas delivered a gutwrench suplex for another 2.
  • He then gave Hammer a big boot and tagged in Morton.
  • After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Morton lowered the boom on Hammer.
  • He then delivered a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • When Vegas tagged in, he hit an elbow drop for another 2.
  • Hammer then reversed an Irish whip and powerslammed Morton for 2.
  • While Z-Man distracted referee Mike Adkins, Morton and Vegas double-teamed Hammer.
  • Vegas then hit a SWEET flying shoulder block followed by a vertical suplex for 2.
  • As Ventura rattled off metal music musicians (e.g. Dee Snider), Vegas tagged in.
  • A mid-ring collision occurred prior to a hot tag to Z-Man.
  • After Z-Man backdropped Morton, he dropkicked Vegas to the floor.
  • He then powerslammed Morton for 2.
  • When Morton gave Z-Man a cross corner whip, Z-Man hooked a sunset flip.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hammer and Z-Man won.

Rating: ***

Summary:  I believe the financial incentive being dangled by WCW Executive Vice-President K. Allen Frey has encouraged the wrestlers to strap their boots a little tighter and work harder. Case in point—Vinnie Vegas.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the opening segment to Halloween Havoc ’91 when Zbyszko CRUNCHED Windham’s hand with a car door.

Match 5: WCW World TV champion “Stunning” Steve Austin & the “Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko (w/ Madusa) versus Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes

Highlights:

  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, Windham backdropped Zbyszko.
  • He then tossed Zbyszko to the ramp and joined him.
  • From there, he grabbed Zbyszko by the hair, leaped from the ramp, and made him taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Cuban Missile Crisis at SafeHouse.
  • In the ring, Rhodes gave Austin the Flip, Flop, and Fly sending him to the ramp.
  • Windham then clotheslined Austin back into the ring and nailed Zbyszko.
  • As Austin reversed an Irish whip, Rhodes hooked a backslide for 2.
  • He then delivered a bionic elbow, gave Austin a cross corner whip, but Austin blocked a monkey flip.
  • When Austin mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped but ate a clothesline from Rhodes.
  • Windham tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Austin.
  • After he dropkicked Austin, Windham requested Zbyszko’s presence.
  • Similar to an AWA show, the Milwaukee faithful chanted “Larry sucks” at Zbyszko.
  • Speaking of Zbyszko, he gave Windham a spinning thrust kick, followed Windham to the ramp, and attempted a piledriver.
  • Windham then countered with a back drop and clotheslined Zbyszko on the ramp.
  • Back in the ring, Windham hit a lariat for 2.
  • He then delivered a jumping DDT before tagging in Rhodes.
  • As Windham and Rhodes gave Zbyszko a double back drop, Rhodes got 2.
  • He then tried to injure Zbyszko’s left hand with the top turnbuckle and tagged in Windham.
  • When Windham delivered a gutwrench suplex, he got 2.
  • He then attempted a piledriver, but Austin made the save with a clothesline.
  • While Ross mentioned that Windham and Rhodes’ fathers were Blackjack Mulligan and Dusty, the Dangerous Alliance tossed Windham over the top rope to the floor. SNEAKY! In the meantime, Rhodes distracted referee Nick Patrick.
  • Austin then leaped from the apron, gave Windham a double axe handle on the floor, and made him taste the steel railing. Waiter, could you give the wrestler with the taped right hand a Double Agent please?
  • Afterward, Zbyszko crotched Windham with the steel railing. OUCH!
  • He then leaped from the apron to deliver an axe handle and tossed Windham back in.
  • When Austin delivered a short-arm clothesline, he gave Windham a vertical suplex for 2.
  • Windham then attempted a lariat, but Austin ducked. That caused Windham to fly over the top rope to the floor.
  • With Zbyszko already on the floor, he made Windham taste the steel railing again. Um, waiter, one more thing, an order of Mata Hari’s meatloaf for the long-haired blond from Sweetwater?
  • Zbyszko tagged in and gave Windham a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
  • As he slammed Windham, Zbyszko got another 2.
  • Austin tagged in and delivered a belly-to-back suplex but couldn’t get 3.
  • While Zbyszko distracted Patrick, Windham returned the favor to Austin.
  • Zbyszko tagged in and hooked a sleeper.
  • After Windham countered with a jawbreaker, a mid-ring collision occurred.
  • Hot tag Rhodes.
  • Upon giving Austin an inverted atomic drop, Rhodes dropkicked him.
  • He then delivered an elbow drop for 2.
  • When he gave Austin a lariat, Rhodes got another 2.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • Austin then clotheslined Rhodes resulting in a 360° sell. Woohoo!
  • As Austin gave Rhodes a HARD cross corner whip, Zbyszko tagged in.
  • He then gave Rhodes a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
  • After giving Zbyszko an Irish whip, Zbyszko hit a DDT for 2.
  • While Windham distracted Patrick, Madusa slapped Rhodes. Nefarious!
  • Rhodes then sauntered after Madusa but ate a clothesline from Austin on the ramp.
  • When Austin gave Rhodes a running guillotine, he got another 2.
  • Shortly after, Rhodes hit a cross body block for 2.
  • Austin then clotheslined Rhodes who provided another 360° sell. Double woohoo!
  • As Zbyszko tagged in, he gave Rhodes a backbreaker for 2.
  • He then attempted a vertical suplex, but Rhodes blocked it.
  • After Rhodes gave Zbyszko his own vertical suplex, Austin tagged in.
  • Once again, Windham distracted Patrick while Rhodes hooked an inside cradle on Austin.
  • Speaking of Austin, he hooked a rope-assisted rear chin lock until Rhodes gave Austin a stungun.
  • Hot tag Windham.
  • When Windham cleaned house, he gave Zbyszko another lariat but only got 2.
  • He then placed Zbyszko atop the top turnbuckle while Austin and Rhodes fought outside the ring.
  • As Windham attempted a superplex, Zbyszko shoved him down to the mat.
  • Rhodes then knocked Zbyszko down to the mat, and Windham mounted the opposite top turnbuckle.
  • Upon hitting a top rope clothesline, Windham pinned Zbyszko.

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  Extremely good tag team grudge match where Windham gave Zbyszko his comeuppance.

In preparation for the Steiners’ upcoming match, Bischoff dons a University of Michigan varsity jacket.

Back in the locker room, Hyatt discovers a ninja. Of course, with Hyatt being Hyatt, she thinks the ninja understands and speaks English. When the ninja opens Steamboat’s dressing room, Steamboat conducts a fire ritual which prompts the ninja to close the door and shoo Hyatt away. She then tries to interview Madusa. When Madusa attempts to see Steamboat, the ninja denies her request too. Ultimately, Madusa slaps the ninja who chases her away. Hmmm…

Match 6 for the WCW World tag team titles: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (champions w/ Uncle Paul) versus the Steiners

Highlights:

  • According to ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta, K. Allen Frey BARRED Uncle Paul from ringside. Uncle Paul must owe him money. Nevertheless, Madusa replaced him.
  • Eaton delivered a swinging neckbreaker to Scott and mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • As Eaton leaped, Scott caught and gave him an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Rick outfoxed Arn causing him to crotch himself on the ring post. OUCH!
  • When Arn attempted a leap frog, Rick caught and powerslammed him.
  • Scott tagged in while Ross mentioned Frey’s potential signing of the Miracle Violence Connection. Now THERE’S a team that matches up well with the Steiners.
  • Nonetheless, Scott flipped out of a double wrist lock and sent the champs flying.
  • Rick then gave the champs a double-Steinerline sending them over the top rope to the floor.
  • In the meantime, the Milwaukee faithful ate this up with a spoon.
  • Arn then tossed Scott to the floor while Rick distracted referee Randy Anderson.
  • After the champs tried to double-team him on the floor, Scott gave Arn an inverted atomic drop followed by a Steinerline.
  • Eaton tagged in, but Scott gave him a tilt-a-whirl slam on the ramp.
  • As Rick tagged in, Eaton slammed him, mounted the second turnbuckle, but got caught.
  • Scott then mounted the second turnbuckle, and the Steiners hit a Steiner Device.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, Rick gave the champs a double noggin knocker.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Eaton nailed him down near Kenosha.
  • Shortly after, Arn tagged in and nailed Rick with a left for 2.
  • When Arn attempted a suplex, Rick blocked it.
  • Eaton came in to no avail.
  • After Scott came in, the Steiners gave the champs stereo suplexes.
  • Arn then mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but ate another Steinerline.
  • As Scott tagged in, he backdropped Arn and hit a vertical suplex for 2.
  • For some unknown reason, Arn rammed Scott straight into Eaton’s head. I don’t believe that’s the type of meeting of the minds he intended.
  • Arn then delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • When Eaton tagged in, he slammed Scott, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a flying knee drop for 2.
  • Arn tagged in and gave Scott a DDT but only got 2.
  • After Scott caught him in a bodyscissors, Arn countered with an Eaton-assisted Boston crab.
  • Eaton tagged in and delivered an elbow drop.
  • While Rick distracted Anderson, Eaton tossed Scott over the top rope to the ramp. Devious!
  • Arn then gave Scott a backbreaker on the ramp.
  • As Eaton mounted the top turnbuckle, the champs delivered a Rocket Launcher to Scott on the ramp. Woohoo!
  • Eaton then made Scott taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Full Throttle grilled cheese at the Motor Bar.
  • When he attempted to ram him again, Scott gave him a taste of the steel railing. Waiter, could you give the blond-mulleted Alabamian a Sloppy Motor please?
  • Hot tag Rick.
  • After Rick cleaned house, he placed Eaton atop the top turnbuckle with hope of an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
  • On the other hand, Arn caught and put Rick upon his shoulders.
  • Eaton then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Rick countered a cross body block into a belly-to-belly suplex for 2. Sweet!
  • As Arn reversed a cross corner whip, he ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Rick then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the bulldog for 2.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring again, Madusa gave Arn some powder.
  • Arn then tossed it in Rick’s eyes blinding him.
  • When Arn pushed Anderson in Rick’s direction, Rick tossed Anderson down to the mat.
  • Scott then gave Eaton the ten-punch count-along while Anderson was OUT COLD.
  • After Arn missed a left, Rick backdropped him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Scott then delivered a double underhook powerbomb to Eaton while Mike Adkins assumed the officiating role.
  • As Scott gave him a Frankensteiner, he pinned Eaton.
  • WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!
  • The Milwaukee faithful’s reaction then blew the roof off Mecca.
  • While Nick Patrick came to the ring to consult with Anderson and Adkins, Madusa politicked for her team.
  • According to Patrick, the Steiners were disqualified for striking Anderson.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: ****1/2

Summary:  Controversial booking decision as the Milwaukee faithful, as well as the PPV audience, was expecting a Steiners victory. Otherwise, the match is extremely solid with great work by all four wrestlers. Excellent work, gentlemen!

Promo airs for WrestleWar ’92 LIVE on PPV on May 17. ORDER NOW!

Back in the locker room, Hyatt witnesses Steamboat leaving the dressing room with the ninja.

Match 7 for WCW US title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/o Uncle Paul) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/ the ninja)

Highlights:

  • When Rude attempted to perform his pre-match promo, the Milwaukee faithful booed him out of Mecca. To say Rude’s over in WCW would be a gross understatement.
  • Steamboat gave Rude a standing choke followed by a face-plant for 2.
  • Next, he rammed Rude’s left arm into the ring post and followed with an Anderson slam.
  • As Rude leap-frogged him, Steamboat hit a cross body block for another 2.
  • Rude then attempted a cross body block, but the ropes prevented them from going over the top rope to the floor.
  • Upon kicking Steamboat to the floor, Rude joined and guillotined him with the steel railing.
  • With Steamboat on the apron, Rude suplexed him back in.
  • He then clotheslined Steamboat but used his left arm causing him further pain.
  • Meanwhile, the ninja remained stoic at ringside.
  • Rude then clotheslined Steamboat again with his left arm and guillotined him with the top rope.
  • When he gave Steamboat a swinging neckbreaker, Rude hit a piledriver for 2.
  • He then countered a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex for another 2.
  • As Rude hooked a side head lock, Steamboat countered with a knee crusher.
  • He then hooked the figure-four leg lock, but Rude made the ropes.
  • Upon making a second attempt at the figure-four, Steamboat was sent face-first into the top turnbuckle due to momentum by Rude.
  • Speaking of Rude, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered an axe handle.
  • When he tried to pose, his left arm hurt causing him to wince.
  • He then mounted the opposite top turnbuckle and hit another axe handle.
  • Following a clothesline, Rude got 2.
  • After Rude hooked a rear chin lock, Steamboat countered with an electric chair.
  • Rude then leap-frogged Steamboat, but a mid-ring collision occurred.
  • As Rude reversed an Irish whip, he hooked a sleeper while Ventura made a fat girl joke.
  • Steamboat then applied his own sleeper, but Rude countered with a jawbreaker.
  • Once again, Rude mounted the top turnbuckle, but Steamboat upset his balance and crotched him.
  • Steamboat then hooked a top rope superplex. Woohoo!
  • Do we have a new champion?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Steamboat then delivered a pair of clotheslines followed by an enziguri.
  • Upon mocking Rude, Steamboat backdropped him.
  • He then clotheslined Rude again and got another 2.
  • After giving Rude a flapjack, Steamboat mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a chop to the head.
  • He then mounted the opposite top turnbuckle, but the ninja WHACKED him twice with a cell phone.
  • The ninja scampered back to the locker room, but who is he?
  • With Steamboat OUT COLD on the mat, Rude made the cover.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Rude retained.

Rating: ****

Summary:  While the pace only picked up in the last couple of minutes, these guys worked hard and earned their keep.

Back in the locker room, Hyatt opens the dressing room for the Dangerous Alliance. Inside, Uncle Paul’s wearing a ninja costume. Brilliant! Proving she’s a few cans short of a six-pack, Hyatt reveals the ninja’s identity.

Match 8 for the WCW World title: The “Total Package” Lex Luger (champion w/ Harley Race) versus Sting

Highlights:

  • Due to Luger’s limited-dates clause in his contract, it appears that he’s been hanging out with Hans and Franz in lieu of wrestling.
  • Luger gave Sting a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Next, Sting gave Luger a cross corner whip and hit the Stinger splash.
  • Luger then no-sold it and exploded out of the corner with a clothesline.
  • As he powerslammed Sting, Luger signaled for the Torture Rack.
  • Sting then escaped and gave Luger a release German suplex.
  • When Sting hooked his own Torture Rack, Luger escaped.
  • Sting then delivered a jumping DDT, yet Luger sought refuge outside the ring.
  • After Race distracted Sting, Luger pulled Sting outside the ring with him.
  • He then tried to make Sting taste the steel railing but got a mouthful instead. It must have tasted like the Pederson pork chop at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon.
  • Back in the ring, Sting gave Luger another cross corner whip followed by a back drop for 2.
  • He then hooked the Scorpion death lock, but Luger made the ropes.
  • Shortly after, Luger gave Sting a shot down near Racine, but referee Nick Patrick didn’t see it.
  • Luger then delivered an inverted atomic drop followed by a gorilla press slam.
  • As Race signaled for the piledriver, Luger hit it for 2.
  • He then gave Sting a series of elbow smashes for another 2.
  • When Sting came back with a series of discus rights, he face-planted Luger.
  • He then guillotined Luger with the top rope, charged, but flew over the top rope to the floor.
  • Afterward, Luger joined and made Sting taste the steel railing. Waiter, could you please give the blond wrestler with the flat top a heart attack wrap please?
  • While Luger distracted Patrick, Race tried to piledrive Sting on the floor but got backdropped instead.
  • Sting then re-entered the ring via the top turnbuckle.
  • As he hit a cross body block, he pinned Luger.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  Luger’s extra bulk and lack of cardiovascular conditioning held this match down considerably. In the meantime, Sting has become a two-time World champion. In addition, this was Luger’s last match in WCW until 1995. Where will he end up next? Stay tuned!

Conclusion:  Best WCW PPV since Great American Bash ’89. The Pillman-Liger match is required viewing for all wrestling fans as it is still discussed today as one of, if not the, best opening PPV match. The matches involving the Steiners/Dangerous Alliance, Windham-Rhodes/Dangerous Alliance, and Rude/Steamboat were fantastic making this show a must-see. Check it out!

Buyrate: 0.96

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXX!

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