Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 21, 2019 12:07:56 GMT -5
So Im in the process of trying something I'm curious how its going to work out. Years ago I ran a WCW circuit starting in the fall of 1993 and gave it a good run through the nWo era. Never did get around to posting it here. Through a combination of reading back through it and watching old shows on WWE Network from when I first remember watching WCW, around early 1990, I got an idea to restart my circuit. But instead of just tacking on to the back of my original 1993 circuit, I thought about doing, I guess you can call it the prequel. Starting in 1990 and working my way up to my initial 1993 start date. The downside is I can't stray TOO far from reality since if I plan on seemlessly joining the true 1993 roster and incorporated some history into my storylines. So I'm kinda interested to see how this works. Might as well throw it up here for anyone still lingering. It'll start soon
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 27, 2019 0:51:03 GMT -5
It's February 25th, 2014. WCW, the No. 1 wrestling and sports entertainment promotion in the world, is making a groundbreaking announcement. WCW announces a new online streaming service, the WCW Network. Programming such as past events and a variety of specials will be available 24 hours a day. Also, you can go to the On Demand feature to view WCW's extensive library of classic shows.
Included in the initial launch is Every single WCW pay per view, dating back to when the company broke away from the NWA and formed its own entity. Also available is every Clash of the Champions broadcast under the WCW banner, and WCW Monday Nitros beginning with the very first broadcast in the fall of 1995.
It's no coincidence that the launch takes place on February 25th, 24 years to the day from when WCW officially withdrew from the NWA and held its very first Pay Per View exclusively under the WCW Banner, Wrestle War!!
So take a trip down memory lane and relive all the classic WCW action, from the very beginning!
WRESTLE WAR (Feb. 25, 1990)
The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace) defeated Kevin Sullivan and Buzz Sawyer when Douglas pinned Sawyer after a Sunset Flip in 9:46. Rating: ** 1/4
The young, up and coming tag team of the Dynamic Dudes scored a big win when they beat a pair of veteran brawlers, Kevin Sullivan and Buzz Sawyer.
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated the Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) when Eaton pinned Gibson after a Leg Drop in 17:21 Rating: *** 1/4
One of wrestling's most storied rivalries holds its latest chapter in WCW. With Jim Cornette in their corner, the Midnight Express pick up a big victory that will surely move them up the tag team rankings.
Match for the vacant WCW TELEVISION TITLE Arn Anderson defeated Tommy Rich after a spinebuster in 6:23 Rating: ** 3/4 (Arn Anderson won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE)
Arn Anderson is an integral member of The Four Horsemen, one of the most ruthless factions in wrestling history. A few weeks ago, the Horsemen were responsible for severely injuring the knee of Sting, who was in position to wrestle Ric Flair tonight for the WCW World Title. In recent weeks on television, Tommy Rich had made his opinions known that the Horsemen's actions were reprehensible.
Anderson wanted to take it upon himself to shut up Rich and send a message to anyone who stands in the Horsemen's way. He seemingly accomplished his goal with a decisive victory to become the first TV champion under the new WCW banner.
The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk) defeated The Skyscrapers (Dan Spivey and Mean Mark) when Animal pinned Spivey after a clothesline in 12:54 Rating: **
Two power teams collided in a hard-hitting affair. The popular Road Warriors came out with the win when Animal hit Dan Spivey with a clothesline coming off the top rope.
Match for the vacant WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES: The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated Flyin’ Brian and The Z Man when Hayes beat The Z Man after a DDT 0:12:46. Rating: *** 1/4 (The Fabulous Freebirds won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
Earlier this month, Flyin' Brian and the Z-Man defeated the Freebirds in a tournament final to win what was then the NWA US Tag Titles. They hoped to carry them into this new era of wrestling, but instead, the Freebirds gained revenge. A DDT from Michael PS Hayes proved to be the difference.
Match for the vacant WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES: Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when Simmons pinned R. Steiner after a shoulder block in 0:17:46. Rating: ** 1/4 (Doom won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
Another rematch resulted in another title change. At the recent Clash of the Champions, the Steiner Brothers successfully defended their world tag titles against Doom, in the process, unmasking the team under Teddy Long's guidance, revealing them to be Ron Simmons and Butch Reed. Tonight, Doom got their revenge with Teddy Long providing a little boost behind the ref's back that enabled his team to become the first WCW World Tag Team Champions.
Match for the vacant WCW UNITED STATES TITLE Dr. Death Steve Williams pinned Barry Windham after a shoulder block in 11:34. Rating: *** 1/2 (Dr. Death Steve Williams won the WCW UNITED STATE TITLE)
When Sting was injured, Ric Flair needed a new opponent for Wrestle War. Lex Luger was the United States champion and rightfully the next contender in line. He wanted the title match against Flair so bad, he willingly vacated the US Title to show the championship committee how badly he wanted the match with Flair and how confident he was he would win.
That left a void with the US title. The committee scheduled Williams and Windham to wrestle for the title. After a great, back and forth match, Dr. Death finally got the upperhand and become the first WCW US Champion
Match for the vacant WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Ric Flair pinned Lex Luger after a roll up in 0:23:50. Rating: *** 1/2 (Ric Flair won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Perhaps if Luger kept his focus on Flair, he would be world champion today. If this was the same Lex Luger that had shown he only cares about himself, perhaps he'd be world champion today. Instead, in what was a change of pace for the normally vain Luger, the Total Package showed compassion. When Sting came to ringside on crutches to cheer him on, and Arn and Ole Anderson approached Sting ready to assault the injured star, Luger, who was in the process of putting Ric Flair in the torture rack, decided to drop Flair and run outside to save Sting from the Andersons. This allowed Flair a chance to recover, and once Luger returned to the ring, Flair low blowed Luger while the Ref was yelling at the Andersons. Flair rolled up Luger and got the pin.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 28, 2019 23:39:21 GMT -5
CAPITAL COMBAT (May 19, 1990)
6-Man Tag Norman the Lunatic, Flyin’ Brian and The Z Man defeated Bam Bam Bigelow, Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan after Norman pinned Sullivan after a Splash in 14:35 Rating: **
WCW has arrived in the nation's capital, Washington D.C., for its latest pay per view, Capital Combat. Starting off the show was a 6-man tag featuring an eclectic mix of competitors. The combination of athleticism and speed of Flyin' Brian and The Z-Man, and the pure size of Norman made for a combination tough to beat, and one that claimed victory in the show opener.
Mean Mark defeated Tommy Rich after a Heart punch in 7:14 Rating: **
Mean Mark Callous has taken on a new manager in Paul E. Dangerously and has separated from his partner in the Skyscrapers, Dan Spivey, to try his hand in the single ranks. Mean Mark had a dominant performance against the veteran Rich, one that will go a long way into establishing Mark as a serious threat. The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) when Ace pinned Hayes after a Flying Dropkick in 14:11 Rating: *** ½ (The Dynamic Dudes won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TITLES)
In the first of four title matches tonight, we have new US Tag champions. The Dynamic Dudes upset the Freebirds. In a wild finish, Michael PS Hayes had Johnny Ace set up for a DDT, but Shane Douglas came off the top rope with a flying dropkick to catch Hayes. Ace got on top to get the pin and the belts.
Barry Windham defeated Dr. Death Steve Williams after a Superplex in 13:21. (Barry Windham won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE)
The Four Horseman in recent weeks brought themselves back up to full strength with a pair of big new additions. One being Sid Vicious, the other being Barry Windham. In a rematch from Wrestle War, Windham, with the backing of the Horsemen scored revenge on Dr. Death and became the new United States champion.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson when S. Steiner pinned O. Anderson after a FrankenSteiner in 18:33.
As the Horsemen have been attempting to assert their dominance in WCW, starting with injuring Sting a few months ago, the Steiner Brothers had been at the front of the resistance. They got one up on the Horsemen by scoring the victory, but after the match, the newest Horsemen, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious ran to the ring to attack the Steiners. They all stood with hands raised in the air over the fallen Steiners.
Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) defeated the Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) when Simmons pinned Hawk after a Powerslam. Rating: ** ¾ (Doom retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES)
Doom made a statement tonight that winning the world tag titles was no fluke. Only a few months into their reign, they are establishing themselves as dominant champions after beating the legendary team of the Road Warriors. The team's two managers even got into it with the Road Warriors' Paul Ellering knocking out Doom's Theodore R. Long. But all that basically did was serve as a distraction as Doom caught the Road Warriors to get the pin.
CAGE MATCH Lex Luger defeated Ric Flair by Disqualification in 17:21 (Ric Flair retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE).
After the events of Wrestle War, Lex Luger was awarded another shot at Ric Flair's world title, this time in a steel cage, presumedly done to keep the Horsemen from interfering. Well, things didn't quite work that way. When it look liked Luger was getting ready to put Flair away, the rest of the Horsemen came to the cage but were helpless. That was until Flair shoved the referee into the side of the cage right in front of the Horsemen. The referee went down, and through the cage, Anderson picked the Ref's pocket for the key to the cage. He unlocked it and the Horsemen flooded the cage before locking the door once again.
Luger tried to fight them off as best he could, but the numbers proved too great. The Steiners and a number of Luger's allies tried to rush down but they couldn't get in the cage. Finally, the injured Sting hobbled down to the cage with bolt cutters, he cut the lock off and Luger was able to get reinforcements. With the damage done, the horsemen fought their way out of the cage, leaving everyone else inside to check on Luger.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 29, 2019 17:21:22 GMT -5
In an effort to even things up against the Four Horsemen, Sting was recruited a team of his own he calls the Dudes with Attitudes. Included are two new arrivals to WCW, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff and The Junkyard Dog.
The Horsemen have accepted the challenge head on. Tonight, Arn Anderson goes one-on-one with Orndorff and Ric Flair puts his world title on the line against JYD. All part of tonight's Clash of the Champions.
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XI (June 13, 1990)
The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when Morton pinned Hayes after a dropkick in 14:12 Rating: ** ¾
Kicking off the show was a tag team match that is sure to go a long way in the division rankings. The Rock N Roll Express took a big step toward getting themselves in line for a title shot while the former US Tag Champs, the Freebirds, continued their slide.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace) when Eaton pinned Ace after a Rocket Launcher in 14:45 Rating: *** ½ (The Midnight Express won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TITLES)
Speaking of the tag rankings, there's a new set of champions as the Midnight Express brought a quick end to the Dynamic Dudes' US title reign. A tennis racket shot from Jim Cornette to Johnny Ace behind the ref's back helped set up the Rocket Launcher and new champions.
Lex Luger defeated Sid Vicious after a clothesline in 1:14 Rating: *
Lex Luger pointed his finger at Sid Vicious for his role in the attack on him at Capital Combat. The Total Package got his revenge with a quick strike, getting to Vicious right at the bell when the big man was still going over strategy with Ole Anderson.
Barry Windham defeated Flyin’ Brian after a Superplex in 16:45. Rating: *** ¾ (Barry Windham retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE)
On a brighter note for the Horsemen, Barry Windham had an impressive victory fighting off the challenge of the young up-and-comer Flyin Brian getting a clean fall.
Mean Mark defeated Dr. Death Steve Williams after a elbow drop in 8:11 Rating: * ¾
Mean Mark keeps looking more and more impressive with each outing. Tonight was a dominant win over one of the toughest guys in the business and former US Champion, Dr. Death Steve Williams. Doom (Ron Simmons and Butch Reed) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when Simmons pinned R. Steiner after a Powerslam in 15:11. Rating: *** 1/4 (DOOM retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES)
Doom held on to their tag titles against the Steiners but not without help of the Horsemen. Not so much the Horsemen wanted to help Doom, but they just wanted to take an opportunity to try to attack the Steiners.
But as Barry Windham and Sid Vicious came to ringside, the Steiners ran outside to meet them and drove them off. But the time that took allowed Doom to take a much-needed break. When the Steiners returned to the ring, Doom was waiting and took advantage of the distracted Steiners.
Non-title match Paul Orndorff beat Arn Anderson with a small package in 9:21 Rating: **
Arn Anderson refused to put his TV title on the line against Orndorff, saying he can't waltz into the WCW and automatically get a title shot. He hadn't earn the right to wrestle for his title. But now maybe he has. Orndorff got the best of the TV champ, as Anderson was trying to go for a spinebuster, Orndorff caught him in a small package and got the pin.
Junkyard Dog defeated Ric Flair by Disqualification in 8:21 Rating * ¾ (Ric Flair retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE).
The Dog's power had him on the cusp of defeating Flair for the title, but there was no way the Horsemen was going to let that happen. They rushed the ring causing the disqualification, but right behind them was Sting and the Dudes with Attitudes, Orndorff, Luger and the Steiners, creating quite a fight. The Dudes got the upperhand and chased the Horsemen off. In a post-brawl interview, Sting called out Flair saying he was back and ready to go and was ready to sign the title match that he was robbed off earlier in the year.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 3, 2019 0:27:43 GMT -5
THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH (July 7, 1990)
Flyin’ Brian and The Z Man defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when Brian pinned Garvin after a splash in 6:23 Rating: * ¾
Two teams who not too long ago were fighting for the US Tag Titles are now fighting to get back in position to get another title shot. This one ended fairly quickly when Brian caught Garvin with a splash and held him for the pin. The Iron Sheik made Tommy Rich submit to the Camel Clutch in 6:11 Rating: ** ¼
Two veterans faced off. Long time enemy of America, the Iron Sheik wanted to make a statement at the most American of events, the Great American Bash. And he did, scoring a victory over Tommy Rich. He celebrated his win by waving the Iranian Flag proudly in the ring.
However, on commentary at the time was a new face to WCW, Doug Furnas, a former United States national powerlifting champion who has a lot of pride in his country. He took off his headset and went into the ring to halt the Sheik's celebration. Furnas landed a few solid punches and a body slam before clotheslining the Sheik out of the ring.
The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Saggs) defeated The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas and Johnny Ace) when Knobbs pinned Ace after an elbow drop in 7:11. Rating: * ¾
One of the newest teams in WCW, The Nasty Boys, made their PPV debut with an impressive win over the former US Tag Champions. Their size and power were too much for the Dudes.
After the match, Shane Douglas, apparently fed up with the team's recent losing streak, sucker punched Johnny Ace and then walked out on his former partner.
Mean Mark pinned Mike Rotunda after a Heart Punch in 7:12 Rating: **
One of the toughest and hottest stars in WCW kept on his winning ways. Mean Mark was dominant again, destroying Mike Rotunda. After the match, Mean Mark's manager, Paul E. Dangerously ranted about how Mean Mark will leave a path of destruction through WCW until he gets a shot at a championship. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated The Rock N Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) when Lane pinned Morton after a kick in 18:22 Rating: *** ½ (The Midnight Express retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TITLES)
Old rivals get together one more time, this time with gold on the line. And as has often been the case throughout this rivalry, the third man in the Midnight Express' corner, James E. Cornette, was a deciding factor. This time it was Cornette's distraction that drew the attention of Ricky Morton. Morton, to the delight of the roaring crowd, knocked Cornette off the apron. But he turned around right into a kick to the head from Stan Lane that led to the pin and the Midnights retaining their titles.
6-man tag The Horsemen (Barry Windham, Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious) defeated The Junkyard Dog, Paul Orndorff and Lex Luger when Windham pinned Dog after a clothesline in 18:11. Rating: *** 1/4
The first matchup of the night between the Horsemen and The Dudes with Attitudes technically went to the Horsemen. They got the win in a wild match when manager Ole Anderson held down JYD's foot as Barry Windham pinned him.
But the aftermath saw the Horsemen trying to keep up the fight to further beat down their rivals, only instead to have the Dudes come out on the better end, beating the Horsemen all the way back to the locker room.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) beat Doom when S. Steiner pinned Reed after a Frankensteiner in 15:11. Rating: *** 1/4 (The Steiner Brothers won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES)
Even though it wasn't against the Horsemen, the Dudes with Attitudes got a big win. The Steiner Brothers, in what was billed as their last chance at Doom's world tag team titles, got the big win to win back the titles they lost back in February.
Sting defeated Ric Flair after a small package in 16:06 Rating *** ¾ (Sting won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE).
Five months after having the Horsemen tear up his knee during an assault, Sting is back and he's on top of the mountain. With the Dudes with Attitudes surrounding the ring, keeping the Horsemen from interfering, it was a one-on-one match. Flair tried every trick he could think off, but without his support system, there was little he could to fend off the Stinger.
Flair had success for a bit going after Sting's injured knee, but when Sting was able to power out of the figure four, turning it over, Flair had to know he was in trouble. Later in the match he tried to go for it again, only to have Sting roll him up. He got the three count and we have a new world champion!!
After the match, the Dudes and several others from the WCW locker room piled into the ring to congratulate the new champ.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 5, 2019 1:27:19 GMT -5
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XII (Sept. 5, 1990)
The latest Clash of the Champions is tonight from Asheville, North Carolina. A number of great matches are on hand. The new world's champion Sting is already booked for a monster of a challenge at the next pay per view, Halloween Havoc against the monster of the four Horsemen, Sid Vicious. But to get there, he'll have to survive the challenge of one of the toughest and hottest wrestlers in WCW, Mean Mark.
But to open the show, we have 6-man tag action. Ricky Morton's partner Robert Gibson was injured at the hands of the Midnight Express. Shane Douglas, who recently walked out on his partner offered to join up with Morton to go back after the US titles that he lost to the Midnight Express. Morton reluctantly agreed.
The match happened on a recent edition of WCW Saturday Night. There, Douglas turned on Morton and revealed he was the newest recruit of manager Jim Cornette. The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) and Shane Douglas defeated Ricky Morton, Z-Man and Flyin' Brian when Douglas pinned R. Morton with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 13:57. Rating: ** 1/4
Douglas worked seamlessly with the Midnights. Cornette said he's been looking for the right wrestler to take on and go after singles titles in addition to the Midnight Express' tag gold. It seems he found it in Douglas. Douglas picked up the victory for his team by pinning Morton.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) when S. Steiner pinned Knobbs with the Frankensteiner in 19:03. Rating: ** 3/4 (The Steiner Brothers retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The Steiners got quite a test as they put their newly regained world tag titles on the line in the powerhouse team of the Nasty Boys. But the Steiners showed they can match power with just about anybody, plus throw in some quickness and great mat wrestling ability.
Doug Furnas pinned Iron Sheik after a roll up in 7:28. Rating: * 1/4
Doug Furnas had a tough draw for his debut match, the craft veteran the Iron Sheik. Sheik's experience was a big help early, but he got a little too over confident and fell victim to a quick roll up from the former national powerlifting champion.
Stan Hansen pinned Mike Rotunda after a Lariat in 7:25 Rating: ** 3/4
Stan Hansen is a relatively new arrival in WCW and is trying to quickly work his way up the rankings. The tough Texan was impressive beating Mike Rotunda, finishing him off with a vicious Lariat.
Horsemen Flair & Anderson (Arn Anderson and Ric Flair) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) defeated when Anderson pinned B. Reed after a DDT in 12:18. Rating: ** 1/2
Without the world title around his waist for the first time in a long time, Ric Flair has decided to take his shot at going after tag team gold. He's willing to let Sid take care of Sting while he teams with Arn Anderson to bring tag gold to the Horsemen. The duo made a strong case for a future title shot, beating the former champions, Doom.
Barry Windham and Lex Luger battled to a double countout in 0:20:54. Rating: *** 1/4 (Barry Windham retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Lex Luger never lost the US title, he chose to relinquish it back in February to chase after then world champion Ric Flair. Now, Luger wants his title back. But Barry Windham has had a strong reign with the title and isn't just going to hand it back over to Luger.
The ring couldn't hold these to. But sadly, a fantastic match ended indecisively as both men were too busy fighting on the floor to get back in the ring before the ref counted to 10.
Sting pinned Mean Mark with the Stinger Splash in 0:13:07. Rating: * 3/4 (Sting retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Sting survived the challenge of Mean Mark but got one heck of a fight. He also had to contend with Mark's manager Paul E. Dangerously. Sting at one point pulled Paul E. into the right and hit him with a military press slam to take him out of the equation.
Sting got the win after the Stinger Splash. Paul E. and Mark left for the back with Paul E. telling the Camera that Sting will pay for putting his hands on him. But as they were going to the back, Sid made his way to the ring. Sting met him and the show closed with the two men brawling at ringside.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 7, 2019 12:22:19 GMT -5
HALLOWEEN HAVOC (Oct. 27, 1990)
Shane Douglas pinned Ricky Morton with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:08:37. Rating: ** 1/4
Shane Douglas is thriving as a singles wrestler under the guidance of Jim Cornette. Douglas was pretty impressive in settling a grudge with Ricky Morton.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Tommy Rich and Terry Taylor when M. Hayes pinned Rich with the DDT in 0:12:24. Rating: ***
The Freebirds picked up a much needed victory to keep them up in the tag team rankings. Meanwhile, Tommy Rich's search for the perfect tag team partner continues.
Z-Man and Flyin' Brian defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) when Brian pinned B. Eaton after a flying cross body press in 0:14:12. Rating: *** (Z-Man and Flyin' Brian won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
One of the teams the Freebirds and every other WCW tag team will be chasing is now Flyin Brian and The Z-Man. The high flyers picked up the US Tag Titles after a classic match against the Midnight Express that ended when a misguided tennis racket shot from Cornette hit Eaton and Brian capitalized.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Horsemen Flair & Anderson (Arn Anderson and Ric Flair) battled to a double countout in 0:21:37. Rating: *** 1/4 (The Steiner Brothers retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
Nothing was settled for the World Tag Titles. The ring couldn't hold the Steiners and the Horsemen as the battle spilled to the floor and even into the crowd. Even Barry Windham and Lex Luger got involved ahead of their US title match later in the night. Interview with Paul E. Dangerously
Paul E. most recently managed Mean Mark, who lost to Sting in a world title match at the last Clash of Champions. During that match, Paul E. got involved and got body slammed for his troubles. He vowed to make Sting pay for that moment. Paul E. hasn't been seen much since that match, but according to him, he's been in Japan. He's recruited the man who he says will be the one to end Sting. Not simply end his world title reign, but end Sting in general.
From there we see a video package of a 450-pound monster known as Big Van Vader.
Stan Hansen pinned Doug Furnas with the Hansen Lariat in 7:40. Rating: ** 1/4
The rookie Doug Furnas was a little over his head tonight against the double-tough Texan, Stan Hansen. After Hansen dominated the early part of the match, Furnas began mounting a comeback, but all it took was one Lariat to end it.
Lex Luger pinned Barry Windham after a powerslam in 0:13:15. Rating: ** 1/4 (Lex Luger won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
He never lost the title, and now he has it back. Lex Luger is once again the United States champion winning the title back from Barry Windham. Sting pinned Sid Vicious with the Stinger Splash in 0:13:22. Rating: * 1/4 (Sting retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Sting has survived another monster challenge, this time from the Horsemen's Sid Vicious. Sting had his friends the Steiners and Lex Luger helping keep the rest of the Horsemen away from ringside keeping it a 1-on-1 match.
Still, Sid's pure size and power kept him in control most of the match. But the heart of Sting could not be denied. He made a furious rally and made it a successful title defense.
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CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XIII (Nov. 20, 1990)
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich defeated The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) when R. Morton pinned Sags with the Rock'n'Roll Buster in 0:12:18. Rating: ** 1/4
There's a new tag team on the scene in WCW. Ricky Morton has partnered with Tommy Rich in recent week with the team having quite a bit of success. Tonight they picked up their biggest win to date, getting past the powerhouse team of the Nasty Boys.
After the match, Morton said that they're coming for the Midnight Express, looking for payback for the Midnights injuring his normal partner Robert Gibson a few months back.
Shane Douglas pinned Brad Armstrong with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 0:09:35. Rating: ** 1/2
One of the hottest wrestlers in WCW right now is Shane Douglas. Ever since becoming a singles wrestler and taking on Jim Cornette as his manager, Douglas has been unstoppable.
After a win over Brad Armstrong, Douglas demanded some better competition so he can prove to everyone he will be a cornerstone of the industry in the 1990s. Junkyard Dog pinned Arn Anderson with the Thump Powerslam in 0:10:06. Rating: * (Junkyard Dog won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
JYD has captured gold, taking the TV title off of the Horsemen's Arn Anderson. Anderson has been teaming with Ric Flair in recent weeks, but the championship committee ordered him to put his singles title on the line tonight against JYD, and the veteran made the most of his opportunity.
Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when B. Reed defeated M. Hayes by disqualification in 0:16:55. Rating: * 1/2 The third man in Doom's corner, Teddy Long, was a big factor in the match. A trip here, a distraction there, putting Ron Simmons' foot on the ropes after Jimmy Garvin hit a DDT.
But despite Long's assistance, Doom couldn't put away the Freebirds. But before too long, the Freebirds snapped. Michael Hayes brought a chair into the ring taking out, Reed, Simmons AND Long.
While the Freebirds enjoyed it and it seemed to delight the fans, it dis cause a disqualification.
Michael Wallstreet pinned Tim Horner with the Wallstreet Crash in 0:04:19. Rating: * 3/4
Mike Rotunda has rebranded himself Michael Wallstreet and taken on a new manager in Alexandra York. The two claim wrestling in the 90s will be all about analytics and York's computer will help make Wallstreet unbeatable.
They claimed before the match, if Wallstreet follows the computer program, he will win the match in less than 5 minutes. He lived up to the decree, winning in just over 4.
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated Z-Man and Flyin' Brian when S. Lane defeated Brian by countout in 11:10. Rating: ** (Z-Man and Flyin' Brian retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
It was a victory, but the titles did not change hands with the Midnight Express winning by countout. After the match, it was said the Midnights should be in line for a rematch. Cornette said, why? They got nothing to prove by beating Brian and Z-man again. They are putting sights on the Steiners and the World titles.
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich came out to confront them and issued a challenge. Eaton told Morton to back off before they put him on the shelf just like Robert Gibson. Tommy Rich came to his new partner's defense attacking Eaton setting off a wild brawl between the two teams.
Lex Luger defeated Stan Hansen when Stan Hansen passed out in the Torture Rack in 8:54. Rating: *** 3/4 (Lex Luger retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Luger answered a challenge from Stan Hansen, successfully defending his US title. The total package was able to avoid Hansen's fabled Lariat. He caught Hansen with a few tough clotheslines of his own before putting him int he Torture Rack. The Four Horsemen (Barry Windham, Ric Flair and Sid Vicious) defeated The Dudes with Attitudes (Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner and Sting) when B. Windham pinned Sting after a roll up in 20:12. Rating: *** 1/4
Since Halloween Havoc, Paul E. Dangerously has claimed he was bringing Big Van Vader to the United States from Japan to take Sting's title and end his career. His words have just been words before tonight.
It was another classic battle between Sting and the Steiners and The Horsemen. Late in the match, emerging from the back was Paul E and a 450-pound Monster. This naturally caught Sting's attention. He took his eye off Barry Windham who rolled Sting up to get the win for the Horsemen.
As the Horsemen and Steiners fought away from ringside, Vader made his way down and attacked Sting. Hitting him with a big powerbomb and following up with a big splash off the ropes. The show ended with Paul E. holding Vader's hands high in the air over a fallen world champ.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 11, 2019 13:07:04 GMT -5
STARRCADE '90 (Dec. 16, 1990)
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich when B. Eaton pinned Rich with the Alabama Jam in 15:21. Rating: *** 3/4
The Granddaddy of them all, Starrcade, opened with the Midnight Express settling a grudge with old rival Ricky Morton and his new partner Tommy Rich. The new team of Morton and Rich made quite a showing in the loss, though, showing they are clearly a team on the rise.
Meanwhile, the win allows the Midnight Express to set their sights on getting some form of tag team gold. Michael Wallstreet pinned Terry Taylor with the Wallstreet Crash in 7:49. Rating: ***
Under the guidance of Alexandra York and her computer, Michael Wallstreet has been on a role. Before the match, York's claim was that Wallstreet will win the match in less than 9 minutes. Again, Wallstreet made the vow hold up, getting it done in less than 8.
Flyin' Brian and Z-Man defeated Great Muta and Masahiro Chono when Brian pinned Muta with the Springboard Clothesline in 0:18:24. Rating: *** 1/2 (Flyin' Brian and Z-Man retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
A prestigious event such as Starrcade typically brings out the best wrestlers from around the world. Two of Japan's best came from overseas to challenge the United States tag team champions.
Brian Pillman and the Z-Man were certainly up to the challenge, getting the best of the more experienced duo and getting perhaps what is likely the biggest win of their careers.
Shane Douglas pinned Doug Furnas with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 10:12. Rating: *** 3/4
Two rising stars faced off to see who can put their name in line for some sort of title shot. The rookie fresh out of the national powerlifting scene, Doug Furnas, was a tough test but Shane Douglas has been on a roll that no one has been able to slow down.
Jim Cornette proudly watched on as his latest acquisition kept his winning streak going.
After the match, Cornette gave an interview in the locker room surrounding by Douglas and the Midnight Express. Cornette said the WCW Championship committee will not be able to hold back his boys any longer. The Midnight Express deserves to be the next in line for either the Horsemen or Steiners, whoever comes out of the match champion. And Douglas will be keeping a close eye on the TV and US title matches later in the night, as his name will be in the mix for championship match very soon.
Junkyard Dog pinned Barry Windham after a powerslam in 9:54. Rating: * (Junkyard Dog retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE)
The Horsemen usually jump at any chance to obtain gold, Barry Windham was left on his own to face JYD. And it didn't work out too good. While Windham gave a good fight and seemed like he'd take the TV title anyway, only to have JYD catch him in a powerslam and get the win.
[STREET FIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match: Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when B. Reed pinned J. Garvin with the Flying Shoulderblock in 14:22. Rating: * 3/4
These two teams have quickly developed a fierce rivalry, evidenced by how they threw everything they had at each other, including chairs and tv cameras and anything else that could be found at ringside.
Teddy Long was a factor as usual for Doom, willingly sacrificing himself to help his team. Long took a double DDT from both Hayes and Garvin, but that opened the door for Simmons to take Hayes out of the ring with a chair shot, and Reed to hit a flying shoulder to pin Garvin.
Lex Luger made Sid Vicious submit to the Torture Rack in 7:43. Rating: * 1/4 (Lex Luger retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Luger scored another victory over Sid Vicious, this time to retain his US title. But after the match, the Horsemen were caught have a vocal disagreement in the locker room. Anderson and Flair were criticizing Windham for not coming to help Sid. Windham countered by asking where anyone was during his match. Anderson said everyone had big matches tonight and since he was first up, everyone was getting ready.
Anderson and Flair said the two better do the right thing during the tag title match.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Horsemen Flair & Anderson (Arn Anderson and Ric Flair) when S. Steiner pinned A. Anderson with the Frankensteiner in 16:40. Rating: *** 3/4 (The Steiner Brothers retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.) [Sid Vicious interfered against Scott Steiner.]
Well, Sid atleast did try to help the Horsemen but it did little good against a team like the Steiners determined not to let the Horsemen take the world titles away.
The Steiners overcame all the Horsemen's tricks to score the win and hold on to their world titles.
Sting pinned Big Van Vader with the Stinger Splash in 19:13. Rating: *** 1/4 (Sting retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.) [Paul E. Dangerously interfered against Sting.]
Paul E. Dangerously brought in Big Van Vader to settle his score with Sting. Vader is as big of a monster as WCW perhaps has ever seen. His massive size and power were quite an issue for Sting.
Sting kept fighting through it all. He overcame Paul E.'s interference, and used his speed to counter Vader. He managed to use Vader's agression against him.
Vader tried charging Sting in the corner, but the champ avoided the attack. And hit a series of Stinger splashes before finally going up top for a splash that sealed the win.
But things got stranger after the match. Vader and Paul E. headed to the back and Sting stood alone in the ring celebrating. Then the lights began to flicker. A strange voice bellowed over the sound system as a spotlight shined down on Sting.
The voice congratulated Sting on the win but say his time is quickly running out. The day of reckoning is coming soon for Sting. And the last words uttered before the lights came back fully on ... "Beware the Black Scorpion"
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 13, 2019 13:29:45 GMT -5
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XIV (January 30, 1991)
Sting has had a lot on his plate in the last month. After he beat Big Van Vader at Starrcade, a mysterious figure calling him The Black Scorpion addressed Sting and has continued to harass Sting in recent weeks alluding to being someone from Sting's past.
In addition, the WCW championship committee has granted Barry Windham a title match with Sting tonight at the Clash, something that has further strained relations between Windham and the Four Horsemen who want to get Ric Flair back into the championship picture. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when M. Hayes pinned T. Smothers with the DDT in 8:23. Rating: ** 1/4
Prior to their match tonight, The Freebirds announced they were tired of teams like Doom and the Midnight Express getting an edge cause of their managers, so they got one of their own. Their new manager was Diamond Dallas Page!
DDP was there to lend a hand to his team tonight as they scored an impressive win over the Young Pistols.
Interview with Barry Windham
Jim Ross conducted an in-ring interview with Barry Windham ahead of his world title match tonight against Sting. Ross asked how the rest of the Horsemen felt about him getting a shot, noting they were not out here by his side.
Windham tried to play everything off saying they're united behind him, but then Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious came to the ring. They said Barry should do the right thing, and grant the match instead to Flair.
Windham laughed off the suggestion but the Horsemen showed they were serious with Sid clotheslining Windham from behind and then starting a triple team. Flair even put Windham in the figure four before, of all people, Sting rushed down to chase the Horsemen off. Officials and Sting checked on Windham. Doctors said Windham, who was in excrutiating pain, shouldn't wrestle tonight.
This led to Flair calling out Sting saying this was all on him. Flair should have the match and Sting can't keep ducking him. Sting said Flair is crossing the line and he would love a chance to shut him up for good.
This eventually led to Sting accepting Flair taking Windham's place in tonight's world title main event.
Nikita Koloff pinned Terry Taylor with the Russian Sickle in 7:09. Nikita Koloff tore his left quadricep muscle. He will be out for approximately 6 cards. Rating: * 1/2
After being away for a few years, Nikita Koloff has made a return to WCW. He defeated Terry Taylor, but had to be helped to the back after the match.
Shane Douglas pinned Junkyard Dog with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 8:08. Rating: -1/4* (Shane Douglas won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
The roll Shane Douglas has been on has carried him to gold. Douglas, known mostly for his speed and athleticism, showed he can match up with the power wrestlers, too, scoring a win over JYD, even hitting the now former champ with a belly-to-belly to end it.
Sid Vicious pinned Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker with the Power Bomb in 4:24. Rating: -1/4*
The four Horsemen's strong man, Sid Vicious, dominated Buddy Lee Parker in an easy win.
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich defeated The Lightning Express (Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong) when R. Morton pinned B. Armstrong with the Rock'n'Roll Buster in 8:23. Rating: *** 1/4
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich have been improving greatly as a team in recent weeks, and now they got a manager of their own to support them. Alexandra York, who had been scouting potential new wrestlers and teams, has picked Morton and Rich to be the new cornerstone of her foundation.
Flyin' Brian and Z-Man defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) when Brian pinned B. Reed with the Springboard Clothesline in 0:14:19. Rating: *** 1/2 (Flyin' Brian and Z-Man retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.) Interview with Lex Luger
Lex Luger was giving an interview about being proud to be United States champion but still has his sights set higher. No matter how tonight plays out, he wants to put his name on the list and feels he should be high up as far as future world title challengers.
While he was talking, from behind, Paul Orndorff came from behind and hit Luger with a chair.
As Luger recovered, Orndorff grabbed the mic and said last Summer, he came to WCW to help out Sting and Luger and got absolutely nothing for it. It's time he gets what he's owed. And if no one will give it to him, he's going to take it.
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when B. Eaton pinned R. Steiner with the Alabama Jam in 18:05. Rating: *** 1/4 (The Midnight Express won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.) [Jim Cornette interfered against Rick Steiner.]
What a night it's been for Jim Cornette. First, Shane Douglas captures the TV Title, now, the Midnight Express have won the world tag team titles, thanks to a tennis racket shot from Cornette that starting things toward the ending for the Midnights to beat the Steiner Brothers
Ric Flair defeated Sting via pinfall in 16:53. Rating: *** (Ric Flair won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
It what may go down as one of the wildest finishes every to a WCW world title match, Ric Flair, who wasn't even supposed to be in the match, is once again world champion. Flair had Anderson and Sid ringside to help him against Sting. And eventually, Barry Windham, who was originally supposed to face Sting, came down on crutches to keep the other two Horsemen from getting involved.
Sting looked ready to put away Flair when the lights flickered, smoke poured into the area and when it cleared, the Black Scorpion stood at the top of the ramp. This drew Sting's attention as a voice bellowed throughout the building calling to Sting saying his time was up and Sting will soon be wiped off the face of existence.
With the referee distracted by Anderson and Sid who told the ref he can't let this match turn into a circus. Flair pulled out brass knuckles and tried to hit Sting with them, but Sting caught Flair with a right hand first and the knucks flew out of the ring. As Sting was going to put Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock, Windham came into the ring and hit Sting in the back with his crutch, revealing his injury to be a set up all along.
The referee turned back around just in time to see Flair get the pin!
As the Horsemen celebrated, the Scorpion could be heard laughing as the smoke came back and he disappeared.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 15, 2019 12:59:09 GMT -5
WRESTLE WAR '91 (February 24, 1991)
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when Rich pinned T. Smothers after a jumping neck snap in 9:43. Rating: ** 1/2
Rich and Morton had been on a roll even before teaming up with Alexandra York and her computer. Now part of the York Foundation, the sky seems to be the limit for this team. York promised their computer program said this will be done in less than 10 minutes. And the team, albeit barely, got in under their promised time. Dustin Rhodes pinned Black Bart with the Bulldog in 6:40. Rating: * 3/4
Second-generation star Dustin Rhodes made his Pay-per-view debut tonight with an impressive win over the tough Black Bart. The son of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, Dustin seems to have all the tools to become a big name in wrestling in the 1990s.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Z-Man and Flyin' Brian when J. Garvin pinned Brian with the DDT in 0:12:11. Rating: ** 3/4 (The Fabulous Freebirds won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
For a while, the Freebirds were looking for what they were missing, keeping them from being at the top of the tag team division. They seem to have found it once they brought in a new manager, Diamond Dallas Page. Having a third man in their corner was a big asset as they put some gold back around their waste winning the US Tag Titles, ending a pretty impressive title reign from Flyin' Brian and The Z Man.
Big Van Vader and Junkyard Dog battled to a double countout in 12:10. Rating: DUD
Big Van Vader is still pretty upset his world title match back at Starrcade didn't go as planned. He took out frustrations JYD tonight. He hit the Dog with a vicious powerbomb on the floor but kept up the assault until he got counted out as well.
Shane Douglas pinned Terry Taylor with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 13:07. Rating: * 1/2 (Shane Douglas retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Shane Douglas successfully defended his TV title. The veteran Terry Taylor looked for a while he might be able to pull off the upset, but Douglas showed why he's one of the fastest rising stars in the business.
Paul Orndorff pinned Lex Luger with the Piledriver 13:07. Rating: *** 1/2 (Paul Orndorff won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Orndorff put Lex Luger on notice he was going to, as he said, take what he was owed for being one of the Dudes with Attitudes last Summer. What was a bit of a surprise is that he came down with Harley Race as his manager. Race was a valuable asset as Orndorff scored the pin and won the US title. The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) when S. Lane pinned R. Simmons after a kick in 13:11. Rating: *** 3/4 (The Midnight Express retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The Midnight Express continue to show why they are the top team in the world today. They picked up a big win against a former world champion team. But the bigger news came after the match.
It's no secret Doom has been on a bit of a losing streak lately since losing the world titles late last year. Teddy Long and Butch Reed have put the blame on Ron Simmons for the losses. After the match, the both chastised Simmons for taking the pin and Reed eventually sucker punched Simmons and continued to attack what I guess you can say is his former partner as Long cheered him on.
War Games No-Countout-No-DQ-Match: The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Ric Flair and Sid Vicious) defeated Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, Sting and Ricky Steamboat when Flair made R. Steiner submit to the Figure Four Leg Lock in 33:51. Rating: *** 1/4
A lot has been on Sting's mind recently. The feud with the Horsemen was rekindled after Barry Windham's ruse helped Ric Flair steal the World Title from Sting at the clash. To fight off the Horsemen at War Games, Sting naturally teamed up with his old friends and Horsemen enemies The Steiners, but also reached out and brought back Ricky The Dragon Steamboat to WCW.
But all the while, the threat of the Black Scorpion has weighed on Sting's mind, even though the Scorpion has been lying low in recent weeks.
Sting seemingly was able to direct his full attention to War Games, but as the last man set to enter the cage, before Sting could enter, the lights flickered and the Black Scorpion appeared at ringside. The Scorpion proceeded to attack Sting, slamming his head into the side of the cage, slamming him on the floor, and just all around decimating Sting before he could even get in the match.
A weakened Sting was a severe detriment to his team and they couldn't match up against the collective group of the Horsemen. Flair's patented Figure Four on Rick Steiner brought an end to the match.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 17, 2019 13:16:19 GMT -5
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XV (April 3, 1991)
Tonight's Clash of the Champions features several matches setting up WCW's next pay per view, Superbrawl. Sting has still be haunted in recent weeks by the mysterious Black Scorpion. At the same time, he's still been dealing with the Horsemen, in particularly Ric Flair who beat Sting for the world title a few months ago, and Barry Windham who's betrayal cost Sting the title.
Sting's best friend, Lex Luger, has vowed to be by Sting's side for the fight against the Horsemen and the Scorpion.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Z-Man defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) and Shane Douglas when S. Steiner pinned B. Eaton with the Frankensteiner in 0:17:56. Rating: *** 3/4
Even despite Rick Steiner still having his knee taped from Wargames and clearly not 100 percent, The Steiners picked up a huge win in the 6-man tag, getting a pin against the World Tag Team champions. They'll look to take this momentum into their world title shot at Superbrawl.
But there was definitely tension inside the Midnight camp. Jim Cornette, while clearly intending to hit one of the Steiners with his tennis racket instead caught Bobby Eaton which led to the pin.
Eaton and Lane didn't take to kindly to the accident and started screaming at Cornette, asking if they even need him around anymore. Shane Douglas tried to keep the peach but Cornette kept going on about how much the Midnights needed him and they wouldn't be champs without him.
Eaton responded by nailing Cornette with a hard left hand.
Junkyard Dog pinned Butch Reed after a headbutt in 16:55. Rating: * 1/4
Ron Simmons saw this as a perfect opportunity to get a measure of revenge on his former partner, costing him the match then attacking him after until Reed and Teddy Long retreated to the back.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker with the Bulldog in 7:21. Rating: * 1/4
Rookie son of the American Dream, Dustin Rhodes scored another impressive win at the start of his young career.
Interview with Junkyard Dog
After his win, JYD called out Paul Orndorff. He said he was there right along side him last Summer in the Dudes with Attitudes. If Orndorff was only there cause he was expecting something in return, he never should've been there.
JYD went on that Sting and Luger were standup guys and Orndorff is quickly losing his respect and he will never be on the level of those two.
That brought out Orndorff who said he doesn't care about having JYD's respect. All he cares about is being a champion, which he is now and never was being Sting and Luger's lackey.
This led to a mini brawl between the two that officials had to break up.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong when M. Hayes pinned Horner with the DDT in 7:03. Rating: ** 1/2 (The Fabulous Freebirds retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The Freebirds have been just about unbeatable since taking on Diamond Dallas Page as their manager. After another successful US Tag Title defense, they let it be known that while they've been enjoying the ride as US champions, this isn't the end of the line.
Being US Champs should make them No. 1 contenders and are serving notice to whoever comes out of the Midnight-Steiner matchup that the Freebirds are next in lie for a world title shot.
Arn Anderson pinned Flyin' Brian with the DDT in 11:48. Rating: ** 1/4
In what was a fantastic matchup and a contrast of stiles, Arn Anderson grinded out a hard-fought win over Flyin' Brian.
After, Anderson called out Ricky Steamboat, saying he never should've came back to WCW and stuck his nose in Horsemen business.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when Morton pinned S. Armstrong after a swinging neckbreaker in 9:45. Rating: *** 1/4
Morton and Rich continue the roll they've been on beating the Young Pistols. This undoubtedly moves them up WCW tag team ladder. Oz pinned Doug Furnas with a powerbomb in 5:27. Rating: * 3/4
The big green monster from the Emerald City was dominant against a strong challenger in Doug Furnas.
Lex Luger and Sting defeated The Four Horsemen (Barry Windham and Ric Flair) when Luger pinned Flair after a piledriver in 18:02. Rating: *** 1/2
This match began as a brawl between the bitter rivals before it settled down into a pretty classic match.
But after a while, things broke down again and fights happened everywhere. Windham and Sting fought to the floor where out of nowhere, a flash of smoke came and the Black Scorpion was seen on the ramp. Sting charged after the Scorpion but after another flash of smoke, he was gone as only his maniacal laughter was heard in the air.
Windham ran after Sting and fought him up the ramp. Meanwhile, in the ring Lex Luger was able to hit a piledriver and pinned the world champion.
Following the match, Jim Ross met Luger and Sting in the ring and said he has just heard from the championship committee. Based on tonight's outcome, Luger will get a world title shot at Ric Flair at Superbrawl, while Sting will get his hands on Barry Windham one on one.
Sting liked the idea about getting to face Windham, but asked "What about the Scorpion?" Ross was at a loss for an answer. Luger told Sting not to worry, just take care of business, he'll take of his and they'll get to the bottom of this. At the same time, Luger told Sting to think about this, who showed up right around the same time the Scorpion did? And Who had admitted to having a grudge against him? Implying Paul Orndorff could possibly be the Scorpion.
Sting said if it is him, there will be hell to pay.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 19, 2019 16:22:15 GMT -5
I've pretty much just been booking big show to big show. I think there was a bit of development on the weekly shows during this era but not much.
I've been looking at this like I did really watching WWE Network and looking back at this era. I think they've since added like WCW Saturday Night shows, but If I wanted to relive this era, You basically had a Clash of Champions, then the PPV. Which is why I set up the circuit the way I did in the initial post.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 22, 2019 14:52:02 GMT -5
SUPERBRAWL I (May 19, 1991)
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Z-Man and Terry Taylor when M. Hayes pinned Taylor with the DDT in 8:53. Rating: ** (The Fabulous Freebirds retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The first Superbrawl opened up with the Freebirds successfully defending their US Tag Title. After the match they said once again that they are issuing a challenge to the winner of the world tag match tonight.
Thomas Rich made Dustin Rhodes submit to the Sleeperhold in 14:07. Rating: ***
Dustin Rhodes has been having problems with the York Foundation lately. He had a one-on-one match against Thomas Rich but the whole Foundation had an impact. When Rhodes had Rich down, Alexandra York distracted the ref while Richard Morton took the computer and hit Rhodes over the head with it knocking him out.
Rich snuck a sleeperhold on the unconscious Rhodes and the ref had no choice but to award Rich the match.
Shane Douglas pinned Flyin' Brian with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 19:00. Rating: *** 1/2 (Shane Douglas retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Jim Cornette has been missing since the Midnight Express cut ties with him. Shane Douglas looked a little lost without Cornette in the corner, but he was able to overcome and score a win in a great match against Flyin' Brian.
Oz pinned Sid Vicious with a powerslam 6:36. Rating: -* 1/4
Newcomer Oz scored one of his biggest victories to date. In a battle of giants, Oz beat Sid Vicious.
[STREET FIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match: Ron Simmons pinned Butch Reed with the Powerslam in 0:10:38. Rating: ** 3/4
Ron Simmons settled a score against his former partner Reed and manager Teddy Long. In a brutal battle that left both men bloody, Simmons got his revenge.
Ricky Steamboat pinned Arn Anderson with the Flying Cross Body Press in 11:32. Rating: *** 1/2
Arn Anderson might be regretting calling out Ricky Steamboat. Two veterans had a fantastic match, but in the end, Steamboat came off the top rope to catch Anderson with a cross body and get the the pin.
Sting made Barry Windham submit to the Scorpion Death Lock in 15:13. Rating: **** 1/4
The Horsemen are in the midst of a horrible evening. They're 0-3 now leading into Ric Flair's title defense against Lex Luger.
Sting has been attacked on all sides from the Horsemen and the Black Scorpion in recent weeks. Tonight, he was able to put one of his recent demons to rest getting a measure of revenge on Barry Windham who cost Sting the world title back in January.
While there may have been a lingering cloud of the Black Scorpion existing in Sting's mind, there was no physical interruption on this night. Sting was able to keep his attention solely on Windham. Although the Texan gave Sting one heck of a battle, Barry Windham eventually fell victim to the Scorpion Death Lock.
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when B. Eaton pinned R. Steiner with the Alabama Jam in 17:46. Rating: **** (The Midnight Express retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
Unlike past encounters between the two, there was no Jim Cornette around to spoil a fantastic match, ensuring we had a deserving winner and worthy champs would walk out of the area tonight with the titles.
A terrific back-and-forth match ended with the Midnight Express successfully defending their titles. After the match, in a show of sportsmanship, the Steiners shook the Midnights' hands.
Paul Orndorff pinned Junkyard Dog after a back elbow in 6:41. Rating: -1/2* (Paul Orndorff retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Junkyard Dog has taken exception to Orndorff's recent attitude about the time they both spent last year in the Dudes with Attitudes. But JYD was unable to back up his talk in the ring.
Orndorff's aggressive attitude helped him beat JYD and hold on to his US title.
After the match, Sting came to the ring to confront Orndorff. Sting asked point blank "Are you the Black Scorpion? Let's forget all the games and just do this man to man."
Orndorff responded that Sting was crazy and the two continued to argue. Then the lights flickered and the Black Scorpion appeared at the entrance way. Sting began to go after him but Orndorff attacked Sting from behind and hit him with a piledriver while the Scorpion disappeared. Lex Luger made Ric Flair submit to the Torture Rack in 22:25. Rating: **** (Lex Luger won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
With the Horsemen all busy with their own affairs, licking their wounds after a tough night, there was no one to help Ric Flair in his defense against Luger.
Luger had his chances in the past but could never overcome the presence of the Horsemen. With Sting and Steamboat helping take out the Horsemen over the course of the night, Luger had a true one-on-one battle. Flair lived up to his moniker of the dirtiest player in the game, but he still couldn't stop Luger on this night.
A torture rack was too much for Flair to fight out of and Luger became the new WCW World Champion!
Post by cardsflyinhigh on May 26, 2019 22:30:14 GMT -5
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XVI (June 12, 1991)
WCW is preparing for its next big event, July's Great American Bash. Lex Luger will defend his World Title against Barry Windham while the Black Scorpion, the masked magician that has been tormenting Sting for months has agreed to a one-on-one confrontation with Sting at the event.
Over the past few weeks, Lex Luger has convinced Sting that the two most likely people that are the Black Scorpion is Paul Orndorff and Barry Windham. That set up tonight's tag team main event.
Scott Steiner pinned Shane Douglas with the Frankensteiner in 13:50. Shane Douglas injured his left knee. He will be out for approximately 2 cards. Rating: *** 1/4 (Scott Steiner won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
While partner and brother Rick took some time off to deal with a knee injury that's been bothering him since War Games, Scott Steiner stepped into the singles ranks and came out with gold.
Shane Douglas has been a bit off his game since Jim Cornette left the company. He blamed Steiner for one of the reasons Cornette was gone and how they turned the Midnight Express against him. But Douglas still seemed a little lost in the ring on his own and Steiner became the new TV champion.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated Dustin Rhodes and Z-Man when Rich made D. Rhodes submit to the Sleeperhold in 7:11. Rating: **
Dustin Rhodes got Z-Man as his partner to settle a score against the York Foundation. That was a bad move. Z-man turned on Rhodes and York's guys beat down Rhodes after the match. He stood together with Rich, Morton and York with his hands raised after.
Ron Simmons pinned Dan Spivey with the Powerslam in 5:57. Rating: **
After getting the best of his former partner, Ron Simmons has continued to turn heads. Teddy Long hasn't been happy Simmons is flourishing without him. He recruited Dan Spivey, a wrestler Long previously managed before Simmons.
But Spivey, all 6-feet-8 of him, couldn't stop Simmons.
Diamond Studd pinned Bobby Eaton with the Diamond Death Drop in 6:56. Rating: * 1/2
The Freebirds have made it known they want a shot at the Midnight Express, saying their US Tag Titles should make them the No. 1 contenders for the world belts.
Their manager, Diamond Dallas Page, approached the Midnights a few weeks ago on an episode of WCW Saturday Night and made an offer. If one of his guys could beat one of the Midnights in a singles match, the Freebirds would get their title shot.
The Midnights agreed to the deal. Little did Eaton or Lane know when DDP said "one of his guys" he meant his newest wrestler known as The Diamond Studd. The powerhouse rookie to WCW ran through Bobby Eaton pretty easily. With the win, the Freebirds are now in line for a world title match.
Arn Anderson pinned Flyin' Brian with the DDT in 0:11:52. Rating: ***
With the Four Horsemen seemingly all going their separate ways, Arn Anderson has found a new partner in Larry Zybysko who was at Anderson's side during his win over Flyin' Brian.
After the match, Anderson and Zybysko threw out a challenge to the Steiners.
Steve Austin pinned Tracey Smothers with the Stun Gun in 12:40. Rating: ** 3/4
Another impressive newcomer to WCW is Stunning Steve Austin. The rookie had a strong showing topping the veteran Tracy Smothers.
Ricky Steamboat pinned Ric Flair with the Flying Cross Body Press in 16:26. Rating: *** 3/4
Two old rivals had one more classic with Steamboat getting the best of Ric Flair. In a great show of sportsmanship after the match, Flair shook Steamboat's hand, congratulating him on the win.
Lex Luger and Sting defeated Barry Windham and Paul Orndorff when Luger defeated Orndorff by disqualification in 16:22. Rating: * 3/4
Despite having Windham and Orndorff, two likely identities for the Black Scorpion in the right at the same time, Sting was still looking over his shoulder all night. Luger kept telling Sting to get his head in the match and focus on those two. They are the ones that have tormented him for months and this was his chance to get back at them. Luger also stressed the need to take out Windham.
Sting did turn things around and him and Luger got the upperhand. But late into the match, Harley Race showed up at ringside with a bodyguard called Mr. Hughes. They tossed a chair to Paul Orndorff who clobbered Sting with it causing the Disqualification. Luger fought off Windham than helped Sting chase Orndorff and Race and Hughes to the back.
Sting did a quick interview with Jim Ross after the match saying he was ready to put all this behind him at the Bash. Orndorff, Windham or whoever the Black Scorpion is, Sting is going to end this.
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THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH (July 14, 1991)
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) and Thomas Zenk defeated Dustin Rhodes, Flyin' Brian and Robert Gibson when Morton pinned R. Gibson with the Rock'n'Roll Buster in 11:37. Rating: ** 3/4
Dustin Rhodes recruited some help in his fight against the York Foundation. He brought in Flyin' Brian and also, Richard Morton's former partner, Robert Gibson.
The appearance of Gibson caught Morton off guard as he helped his team get an early edge. But eventually, the York Foundation members were able to pull together and score the victory.
Steve Austin pinned Terry Taylor with the Stun Gun in 10:53. Rating: *** 1/4
Steve Austin continued his roll. The rookie got the best of another veteran, this time Austin scored an impressive win over Terry Taylor.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Shane Douglas with the Tutti Frutti in 0:07:24. Rating: **
Shane Douglas has fallen into a downward spiral since Jim Cornette left WCW and it cost him his TV title. Douglas has been reaching out to other WCW managers looking for more guidance.
He approached Teddy Long who's top guy, Butch Reed, also left town after Ron SImmons got the best of him. Douglas thought it would be a perfect fit, but instead, Long revealed that he already found a new wrestler, Johnny B. Badd.
In a match tonight, Badd was a step ahead of Douglas on all counts and scored a surprisingly easy victory. Larry Zbyszko and Arn Anderson defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when A. Anderson pinned R. Steiner with the DDT in 0:12:10. Rating: *** 3/4
Zbyszko joined Anderson's fight with the Steiners and the new duo worked together extremely well. Also the fact they were willing to take any shortcut possible made them very formidable. They ended up getting the victory after they spent most of the match focusing on Rick Steiner's leg that they reinjured by smacking a chair against it while the referee was distracted.
Diamond Studd pinned Junkyard Dog with the Diamond Death Drop in 5:44. Rating: 1/4*
The Diamond Studd made a surprise debut at the last Clash of Champions under the management of Diamond Dallas Page. But Junkyard Dog had plenty of advance notice about Studd but still could do little to stop him.
Ron Simmons pinned Oz with the Powerslam in 0:04:22. Rating: * 1/4
They keep getting bigger, but Ron Simmons keeps taking them all out. The All-American made short work of the 7-foot green monster. Paul Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat by disqualification in 12:21. Rating: *** (Paul Orndorff retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Sting is just about convinced that Paul Orndorff has been the Black Scorpion that has been tormenting him for months.
Orndorff, with Harley Race in his corner, looked ready to complete a successful title defense having Steamboat set up for a piledriver when Sting ran in and caused a DQ.
Sting though chased Orndorff all the way to the back. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) when M. Hayes pinned S. Lane with the DDT 17:13. Rating: *** 1/2 (The Fabulous Freebirds won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
We have new world tag team champions. Diamond Dallas Page snuck in while the Freebirds had the ref distracted and smacked Lane with a title belt. Garvin was fighting Eaton on the outside, so Hayes picked up Lane, hit him with a DDT for good measure and got the pin.
Lex Luger pinned Barry Windham with the piledriver in 13:11. Rating: *** 1/4 (Lex Luger retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Lex Luger has been busy pointing the finger at several wrestlers that could possibly be the Black Scorpion. One has been Barry Windham which Windham as denied saying he always attack straight up and doesn't need smoke and mirrors.
Luger threw everything he had at Barry Windham but the big Texan wouldn't stay down. Windham even found a way to escape Luger's torture rack. But eventually, Luger caught Windham with a piledriver and got a pin to retain his title. Sting calls out the Black Scorpion.
After the main event, Sting made his way back down to the ring and demanded the Black Scorpion come face him. After the lights flickered and the arena filled up with Smoke, the Scorpion was standing right outside the ring.
The Scorpion's voice boomed over the PA saying that he wasn't going to fight Sting because there is nothing Sting has that the Scorpion wants. Sting asserted his belief that the Scorpion was Paul Orndorff, but that was proved wrong when Orndorff came up from behind and attacked Sting.
Sting and Orndorff began to brawl as the Scorpion watched on from the aisleway. But then Barry Windham came out from behind the Scorpion knocking him to the ground. Windham tossed the Scorpion into the ring at Sting's feet.
Windham went and kept Orndorff from getting back into the ring as Sting ripped off the Scorpion's mask to reveal Lex Luger!!
Sting was stunned and Luger used that to attack Sting. Meanwhile Orndorff got the upperhand on Windham and Harley Race eventually came down to join the two and raised both their hands in the air victoriously.
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CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XVII (September 5, 1991)
In recent weeks on WCW Saturday Night, world champion Lex Luger has answered the questions of why he turned on Sting, why he tormented Sting for months under the alias of The Black Scorpion.
Luger Interview Clip
Luger: Last year, when Sting was out, I was the top guy. I was getting the title shots. Once Sting came back, that all went away. I knew, WCW would never let me near the World Title as long as Sting was in the picture. So I did what I had to do to take him out of it.
At tonight's live nationally broadcast Clash of the Champions, we have a main event no one ever thought they'd see. Sting teams up with former nemesis Barry Windham to face Lex Luger and his accomplice Paul Orndorff!
Also tonight, a tournament has been held the past few weeks to decide new United States Tag Champions. The Midnight Express have clearly stated their desire to win the titles, become No. 1 contenders and get back at the Freebirds.
In the tournament semifinals, The Steiner Brothers faced off against the York Foundation. But the Steiners rivals, the Enforcers, decided they didn't want to face the Steiners in the finals, so they had a hand in costing the Steiners their match.
But that all proved to go for not when the Midnight Express beat the Enforcers in the other semifinal.
Match for the vacant WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES: The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) when Morton pinned B. Eaton in 0:12:49. Rating: *** 1/2 (The York Foundation won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.) [Michael Hayes interfered against Bobby Eaton.]
The Freebirds do not want the Midnight Express anywhere near their world titles. Becoming US champions would've gave the Midnights a great case for a return match. So, Michael Hayes didn't let it happen. He ran while the ref was distracted by Alexandra York and DDTed Bobby Eaton who was easy pickings for Richard Morton.
Van Hammer pinned Nikita Koloff with the Hammer Rocks in 7:25. Rating: 1/2*
Another promising rookie, "Heavy Metal" Van Hammer dazzled the live audience with an impressive display of power and finess while scoring a big win over veteran Nikita Koloff.
Paul E. Dangerously interviews Sting and Barry Windham
Sting and Barry Windham, two uneasy allies, were ready to give an interview ahead of their tag match in tonight's main event. But the interview quickly went in another direction.
Paul E. brought up that Sting's in better shape from the last time they were in the ring together since he's dropped about 20 pounds from around his waist, referencing Sting losing the world title earlier in the year. Sting was not amused.
But Paul E said he didn't want to talk about the past, but rather the present. He said WCW has informed him they will not be renewing his broadcasting contract when it expires. The good news is Paul E. still has an active manager's license. And he will use that license to bring WCW down to its knees. Sting of course began to ask what this has to do with him. At that point, Paul E said with Sting being the face of the franchise, he is a natural first target.
At that moment, Cactus Jack crawled out from under the ring with a baseball bat. He snuck up behind Sting, but luckily for Sting, Windham was there to push Sting out of the way, although he took a bat to the arm for his trouble.
Sting ended up fighting Cactus Jack off but Windham writhed in pain on the mat as doctors came to check him out.
Thomas Zenk and Dustin Rhodes battled to a double countout in 7:46. Rating: ** [Thomas Rich interfered against Dustin Rhodes.]
Dustin Rhodes tried to get a measure of revenge tonight against the York Foundation's Thomas Zenk, but the ring couldn't hold the two. The brawl spilled to the outside and neither man seemed interested with getting it back into the ring.
The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) defeated The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) when Champion defeated Enos by disqualification in 9:14. Rating: ** 1/4
It's hard to say who came out on the better end of this match between two new teams to WCW. The Patriots are two up and coming young wrestlers while the Destruction Crew is a veteran team from other organizations.
The Patriots looked to be getting the best of the match, but the Destruction Crew's Mike Enos put an end to that when he brought a chair into the ring and attacked the Patriots with it. The Patriots got the DQ win, but the Destruction Crew is the team that left hands held high. Flyin' Brian pinned Johnny B. Badd after a sunset flip in 11:07. Rating: ***
In a great match, Flyin' Brian was just a step quicker at the right time catching Badd in a sunset flip and holding him for the pin. After a great battle, Brian extended his hand to Badd, but got a left hook in the jaw instead.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) and Diamond Studd defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) and Terry Taylor when M. Hayes defeated Taylor by disqualification in 10:15. Rating: * 3/4 [Diamond Dallas Page interfered against Tracey Smothers.] [Bobby Eaton interfered against Michael Hayes.]
Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton got a measure of revenge on the Freebirds for costing them the US titles by attacking them during this 6-man match. The Freebirds retreated to the back as the Express called out for a world title rematch.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko when R. Steiner defeated A. Anderson via pinfall 17:57. Rating: *** 1/2
These two teams have fast become arch rivals and their problems with each other came to a boil in tonight's match. Even after the Steiners pulled out the hard-fought win, it still wasn't over.
Stunning Steve Austin ran down and blindsided Scott Steiner then joined the Enforcers in a 3-on-2 beat down. Then Austin revealed he had a surprise up his sleeve.
Austin gave an interview right after and said WCW rules mandate that champions must defend their titles at least once every 30 days or be stripped of the belt. TV Champion Scott Steiner has been so busy with the tag tournament that he hasn't been defending his TV belt. And tonight was Day 30. So Austin called for either Steiner to face him right now for the title or WCW championship committee to strip him of the belt.
A WCW championship committee member came to ringside and verified that Austin was correct and Steiner must defend his belt tonight or be stripped.
Steve Austin pinned Scott Steiner with the Stun Gun in 5:21. Rating: ** (Steve Austin won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Steiner ended up accepting the match, but the grueling match with the Enforcers, plus the post match attack were too much for him against a fresh Austin. The young star won the match pretty quickly, claiming his first WCW title.
Ron Simmons and Sting defeated Lex Luger and Paul Orndorff when R. Simmons pinned Luger with the Powerslam in 0:16:50. Rating: *** 1/4
Barry Windham came to the ring at Sting's side in street clothes with his arm in a sling. Luger and Orndorff were ready for what they believed was going to be a handicap match. Instead, Sting brought down a new partner in the All-American Ron Simmons.
Luger and Orndorff had manager Harley Race by their side, so Windham stayed ringside to assist Sting and Simmons and keep the match as fair as possible despite having just one good arm.
At the end, it was Ron Simmons who caught the World Champ and scored what may have been the biggest pinfall of his career.
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HALLOWEEN HAVOC (October 27, 1991)
For weeks leading up to Halloween Havoc, promos have ran with someone calling himself the WCW Phantom saying they are coming. Tonight, we are hoping to find out who or what this WCW Phantom is.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when Rich pinned R. Steiner after a front-layout suplex in 12:14. Rating: *** 1/2 (The York Foundation retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The Enforcers had a big impact on tonight's Halloween Havoc PPV in a lot more than just their own match. This was their first appearance of the night, interfering in the Steiners' US tag title match costing them the titles.
When the Steiners were getting ready to put away the York Foundation, Alexandra York pulled the ref away distracting him. The Enforcers ran in and took out Rick and Scott with double DDTs.
York let the referee get back to the match just in time to see Rich pin Rick Steiner. Johnny B. Badd pinned Flyin' Brian with the Tutti Frutti in 11:31. Rating: ***
In a rematch from last month's Clash of Champions, Johnny B. Badd got revenge on Flyin' Brian, knocking him out with his left hook. The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) beat The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) defeated when Zbyszko defeated Chip by disqualification in 17:18. Rating: * 3/4
The Steiners came down to get revenge on the Enforcers for earlier rushing the ring and starting a brawl which led to the disqualification.
Steve Austin pinned Ricky Steamboat after a small package in 7:39. Rating: *** (Steve Austin retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Ricky Steamboat has taken issue with how Steve Austin won the TV title. Steamboat has called Austin a coward for using a loophole to get a title match. He challenged Austin to be a real man and prove that he was a worthy champion.
Austin accepted Steamboat's challenge and got the win thanks to grabbing a handful of tights while rolling up the former world champ.
Van Hammer pinned Diamond Studd with the Hammer Rocks in 7:14. Rating: * [Diamond Dallas Page interfered against Van Hammer.]
A pair of big, strong newcomers clash tonight with Van Hammer getting the best of the Diamond Studd despite Diamond Dallas Page getting involved.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Thomas Zenk with the Bulldog in 13:18. Rating: ** 3/4
Dustin Rhodes settled his score with Thomas Zenk and the York Foundation by getting a win.
[STREET FIGHT]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match: Barry Windham pinned Cactus Jack after the Superplex in 10:31. Rating: *** 1/4
After Barry Windham took a baseball bat to the arm last month, he challenged Cactus Jack to a street fight. The big Texan and the crazy Cactus Jack had quite a brawl. Over the past few months, more and more fans have gravitated to getting behind Windham and they were all behind him tonight.
The fight spilled all over ringside with chairs, bats and even a shovel included. Back in the ring, Windham superplexed Cactus on a chair to get the pin. No-Countout-No-DQ-Cage Match: The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when S. Lane pinned M. Hayes with the Saviat Kick in 22:15. Rating: **** 3/4 (The Midnight Express won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
After months of sneak attacks and managers getting involved, the only way to put a clear end to the Midnight Express-Freebird feud was to lock both teams inside of a steel cage. A classic ensued.
All four wrestlers ended up busted open during the match. But through it all, the former champs persevered, even Bobby Eaton kicking out of Michael Hayes DDT.
Outside the Cage, Diamond Dallas Page did all he could to help his boys but the cage kept his participation limited.
Finally, the grueling bout ended with Hayes had Eaton set up for a second DDT, only to get a superkick to the face from Stan Lane. Lane covered and got the pin and the Midnights won back the World Tag Team titles.
But the celebration was short lived. Back again to the ring came the Enforcers. As the new champs were leaving the cage, the Enforcers attacked, slamming Stan Lane's arm in the cage door. Sting made Paul Orndorff submit to the Scorpion Death Lock in 18:02. Rating: *** 3/4 (Sting won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Sting has dealt with a lot over the past few months. Between his former best friend Lex Luger putting him through hell during the Black Scorpion saga, and now Paul E. Dangerously telling Sting he's targeting Sting.
But Sting was able to enjoy one brief moment tonight, getting gold back around his waist after making Paul Orndorff, a man who's called out Sting for months and became Luger's accomplice, submit to the Scorpion Death Lock.
But this was another celebration short lived. In the spirit of Halloween, a man dressed as the Phantom of the Opera rushed the ring and attacked Sting, leaving him laying with a neckbreaker.
Interview with Paul E. Dangerously.
Paul E. gave an interview with this Phantom alongside saying this was going to be the man to end Sting and to help takeover WCW. The Phantom took off his mask to reveal himself as Ravishing Rick Rude!
Lex Luger pinned Ron Simmons after the Piledriver in 17:54. Rating: *** (Lex Luger retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Luger was joined at Ringside by Harley Race and his bodyguard Mr. Hughes. Paul Orndorff later made his way to the ring to give Luger even more support, but right behind him was Barry Windham who wanted to try to make this as fair a fight as possible.
Windham chased Orndorff to the back, but while the ref was distracted by this and Ron Simmons was on the floor, Mr. Hughes threw Simmons shoulder first into the ringpost.
With only one good arm, Simmons kept up the fight, but eventually he couldn't last against the Total Package.
Luger retained his title with Harley Race and Mr. Hughes holding his arms up in the air.
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CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XVIII (November 19, 1991)
The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) when A. Anderson pinned S. Lane with the DDT in 0:09:04. Rating: ** (The Enforcers won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
It's been less than a month since the Enforcers broke Stan Lane's hand when they slammed it in the cage door at Halloween Havoc. He still was not 100 percent but still bravely took the match tonight to keep the world tag titles from being stripped away.
But a damaged Stan Lane was easy pickings for the Enforcers as they became the new world tag team champions.
After the match, Anderson and Zbyzsko weren't satisfied as they continued to stomp away on Lane. But they wouldn't touch Bobby Eaton. Instead, they made Eaton an offer. They had a business proposal for Eaton and him alone and they needed to go to the back to talk about it. Eaton looked reluctant, but eventually left the ring with the new champs leaving his partner laying in the ring.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton, Thomas Rich and Thomas Zenk) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Flyin' Brian when Zenk pinned Brian after a splash Rating: *** 3/4
The Steiners have failed in recent weeks at winning the US tag titles from the York Foundation primarily due to the numbers game. To even things out, they recruited Flyin' Brian to join them for a 6-man tag. Brian also had a personal stake in the match being Thomas Zenk's former partner.
Zenk got one up on his old friend catching up with a splash and holding the tights to get the pin.
Van Hammer pinned Cactus Jack after a powerslam in 10:32. Rating: ** 1/4
Heavy Metal Van Hammer continued his hot streak since arriving in WCW, but Jack got the better of him post match, attacking Hammer with his own guitar
Nikita Koloff defeated Ricky Steamboat via pinfall in 5:55. Rating: * 3/4
Nikita Koloff made a major move up the rankings with a rather quick win over Steamboat.
The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) and The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin), Diamond Studd and Johnny B. Badd when Champion pinned Badd after a Gorilla Press in 19:03. Rating: ** 3/4
The Freebirds have taken exception to some of the newer tag teams coming into WCW and trying to position themselves ahead of the birds. This led to the Patriots and Young Pistols joining forces.
The Freebirds were able to get the Diamond Studd, another one of DDP's wrestlers as one partner, then recruited Teddy Long's guy, Johnny B. Badd.
But when Badd lost the match, all fingers pointed at him. Long tried to keep the peace, but Badd ended up hitting the Studd with a lethal left hook. When Long asked Badd what he was doing, Badd hit Long with one too.
Steve Austin pinned Junkyard Dog after a Victory Roll in 8:42. Rating: * 1/4 (Steve Austin retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Steve Austin had another successful defense of his TV Title. After the match, Bobby Eaton came to ringside to confront Austin. Austin readied for a fight but Eaton wasn't looking for one. He whispered something in Austin's ear and then walked out. Austin looked unsure but then joined Eaton going up the ramp. Ron Simmons pinned Mr. Hughes with the Powerslam in 7:22. Rating: * 1/2
Ron Simmons might be world champion right now if it wasn't for Lex Luger getting the aid of his bodyguard Mr. Hughes at Halloween Havoc. Simmons was able to get a bit of revenge on Hughes with a dominant win.
Sting and Barry Windham defeated Lex Luger and Paul Orndorff when B. Windham pinned Orndorff after a jawbreaker in 0:17:16. Rating: *** 1/4
A lot of people have issues with Harley Race's crew that includes World Champion Lex Luger and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff. Sting and Barry Windham joined together and picked up the tag team win with Windham getting the pin.
After the match during an interview, Jim Ross told Barry Windham he was named the new No. 1 contender and will face Lex Luger for the world title at Starrcade.
Not too long after, Paul E. Dangerously came out along with Rick Rude and his arm candy, Medusa. Dangerously said good for Barry Windham, but he wants to know if Sting has the manhood to put his US Title on the line against Rick Rude.
There was some arguing and trash talking back and forth between Rude and Sting and Sting agreed to the match. After that, from behind ran down Arn Anderson, Larry Zybyszko, Bobby Eaton and Steve Austin who all began attacking Sting.
Windham tried to help Sting fight them off, but Lex Luger ran down to attack Windham and those two had a separate fight.
The numbers advantage was too great as not even Sting can do much in a 5-on-1 situation. Paul E. Dangerously took the mic and said all night he's been in the back having meetings. He's been secretly scouting WCW talent for weeks and he came up with the greatest collection of talent the company has to offer. Anderson and Zbyzsko are the best tag team in the world. Bobby Eaton, a man that never had the chance to show what he could do since he was always shackled with a tag partner. Steve Austin, a rising star who's the future of this business. And finally, Rick Rude, a man on the cusp of superstardom that will soon be at the top of the ladder. This is, the Dangerous Alliance.
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STARRCADE '91 (December 29, 1991)
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) when R. Steiner pinned A. Anderson with the Steiner Bulldog in 18:55. Rating: **** 1/4 (The Steiner Brothers won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
What better way to start off WCW's biggest event of the year than with an absolute classic for the world tag team titles.
The Steiner Brothers finally got the best of the team that's been the thorn in their side for months, the Enforcers, taking away their gold, making it a dubious start for the Dangerous Alliance. Thomas Zenk pinned Flyin' Brian after a small package in 0:15:19. Rating: *** 1/2
With the York Foundation behind him, Thomas Zenk got the best of his former partner.
Zenk had the referee distracted while Alexandra York smacked Brian in the head with her computer, allowing Zenk to get an easy roll up.
Bobby Eaton pinned Stan Lane with the Alabama Jam in 6:43. Rating: * 3/4
Another match between former partners, Bobby Eaton put one in the victory column for the Dangerous Alliance. Lane's hand injury suffered when the Enforcers slammed it in the cage door at Halloween Havoc was still an issue for him.
Eaton got a relatively easy victory as Eaton looks to fulfill his promise of transitioning from one of the best tag wrestlers WCW has seen, into one of the best singles wrestlers.
Cactus Jack pinned Van Hammer with the Double Arm DDT in 13:03. Rating: ** 1/2
This quickly turned into a brutal brawl. Cactus' wild nature gave him quite an edge in that kind of fight against someone like Hammer who relies mostly on just size and strength.
At the end, Jack was able to get a shot in with Hammer's own guitar while the referee wasn't looking that led to the pin.
The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) defeated The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) when W. Bloom pinned J. Garvin with the Butterfly Suplex in 8:50. Rating: ** 1/4
The Destruction Crew picked up what has to be their biggest victory since coming over to WCW by beating the former world champions.
A big part of that, though, came from miscommunication between the Freebirds and their manager Diamond Dallas Page. DDP, inadvertently sucker punched Garvin trying to hit Bloom.
Garvin couldn't recover and the Crew got the win.
Ron Simmons pinned Paul Orndorff with the Powerslam in 0:07:39. Rating: *** 3/4
Ron Simmons continued his revenge tour over everyone that cost him the world title at Halloween Havoc, using his raw power to score a big win over the veteran Orndorff.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) when Morton pinned Champion after a flying cross body press in 10:26. Rating: *** (The York Foundation retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The York Foundation finished off a flawless night when the tag team of Morton and Rich held on to their US Tag Titles.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Diamond Studd with the Tutti Frutti in 0:11:35. Rating: * 1/2
Fans have been getting behind Johnny B. Badd since he separated himself from Teddy Long.
Studd was trying to get some revenge for Badd's sucker punch last month at the Clash, but Badd's quickness stung him again.
Rick Rude pinned Sting after a Victory Roll in 0:16:15. Rating: *** 1/4 (Rick Rude won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.) [Paul E. Dangerously interfered against Sting.]
A few weeks worth of attacks seem to have taken its tole on Sting. Rick Rude controlled most of the match over a less-than-100-percent Sting. But Stinger still was able to rally late.
If it wasn't for Paul E. smacking Sting in the head with his phone after a Stinger Splash on Rude, Sting may have retained his title.
However, Rude was able to take advantage and roll up Sting for the win.
Barry Windham pinned Lex Luger after a lariat in 20:26. Rating: *** 1/2 (Barry Windham won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
We have a New WORLD CHAMPION!! Barry Windham fought against all the odds, fought off Harley Race, Mr. Hughes and Paul Orndorff, and got the aid of Ron Simmons to keep them from interfering.
It was kept mostly one-on-one Windham vs. Luger and the big Texan thrived in a fair fight.
The match, though, did keep going back and forth with neither man keeping an edge for an extended period of time. But after Luger put together a solid few minutes, he was unable to put Windham away, Windham even kicked out of Luger's piledriver.
That was a turning point as Windham took over. He caught Luger with a Superplex then finally got the win after a flying lariat coming out of the corner.
Many wrestlers poured of the dressing room to help Windham celebrate his title win.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Jul 10, 2019 12:02:42 GMT -5
CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XIX (January 21, 1992)
Tonight's Clash of the Champions opened up with footage from a few weeks ago from WCW Saturday night. New World champion Barry Windham was defending against Paul Orndorff and about to put him away when former champ Lex Luger and bodyguard Mr. Hughes ran into the ring and took out Windham's knee. The three of them continued to attack Windham until Sting and Ron Simmons arrived to chase them off.
Tonight, we are expecting an update on Windham and his status to defend his title at next month's big Superbrawl pay per view.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Diamond Studd when M. Hayes pinned Page with the DDT in 0:12:14. Rating: ** 3/4
After losing at Starrcade, the Freebirds decided their relationship with manager Diamond Dallas Page had run its course and they informed DDP they were ready to move on. Page didn't take too kindly to that as he and his other wrestler, the Diamond Studd, attacked the Freebirds on a previous edition of Saturday night. That led DDP to get in the ring tonight.
Despite being strictly a manager, DDP showed some prowess in the ring and partnering with the powerful Studd helped his cause.
But it was not enough to take down the finely tuned machine that is the Fabulous Freebirds.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Thomas Zenk with the Tutti Frutti in 0:07:51. Rating: *** 1/2
Speaking of wrestlers who are thriving since breaking away from managers, Johnny B. Badd has been on a hot streak since separating from Teddy Long and continued his winning streak with a big win over the York Foundation's Thomas Zenk.
Falls-Count-Anywhere Match: Cactus Jack pinned Van Hammer after a legsweep faceslam in 0:18:25. Rating: ** 1/2
These two have had quite a few brawls in recent months and a falls count anywhere match may have been the most brutal of all. The action spilled outside the area, across the street to a cattle ranch.
Jack got a bit of help where there waiting was none other than Abdullah the Butcher who smacked Hammer with a shovel to help Jack get the win.
Steve Austin pinned Ricky Steamboat with the Stun Gun in 0:09:20. Rating: *** (Steve Austin retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.) [Paul E. Dangerously interfered against Ricky Steamboat.]
The Dangerous Alliance already has quite a bit of gold for becoming a new faction. TV champion Stunning Steve Austin proved to be a great recruit by Paul E. Though a cell phone shot to the back of Steamboat's head led right away to a Stun Gun and a successful title defense.
Interview with WCW VP Cowboy Bill Watts
As head of WCW, Watts came to the ring to address Barry Windham and the world title situation. Watts said that due to his injury, Barry Windham will be unable to defend his title at Superbrawl. That means that he is stripping Windham of the title.
This brought out Lex Luger who claimed that the title should revert back to him since he was the previous champ. Watts informed Luger it wasn't going to work that way.
He announced that at Superbrawl it will be a 4-man tournament to decide the new WCW champion between Luger, Sting, Paul Orndorff and Ron Simmons. The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) defeated The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) when Enos made Morton submit to the Double Hammerlock Submission in 10:33. Rating: ** (The Destruction Crew won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
We have new United States tag team champions. This capped a horrible night for the York Foundation as Morton and Rich lost their belts to the Destruction Crew.
Vinnie Vegas pinned Flyin' Brian with the Snake Eyes in 4:43. Rating: * 3/4 [Diamond Dallas Page interfered against Flyin' Brian.]
A newcomer to WCW making his debut, Vinnie Vegas, all 7 feet of him, was way to much for Flyin Bryan to handle.
Bryan tried a top rope cross body press but was caught by Vegas who turned it into his finisher he calls Snake Eyes. The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when Champion pinned S. Armstrong with the Patriot Missile in 16:54. Rating: ***
The Patriots keep trying to make their climb up the tag team ladder scoring a win in a thrilling match against the Young Pistols.
The Enforcers (Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko) and Bobby Eaton defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Dustin Rhodes when B. Eaton pinned D. Rhodes with the Alabama Jam in 0:17:37. Rating: **** 1/4 [Paul E. Dangerously interfered against Dustin Rhodes.]
The Dangerous Alliance has already been making a lot of enemies in WCW and tonight they faced a host of them in the ring. But the X factor at ringside is Paul E. Dangerously.
Paul E. tried to cheap shot Rhodes, just like he did earlier in the night to Ricky Steamboat, only Rhodes was able to catch him. All heck broke loose between the 6 men and Dustin pulled him into the ring and hit Paul E with a Bulldog.
However, He was too distracted taking care of Paul E that Bobby Eaton came back in the ring and caught him from behind. It led to an Alabama Jam and a Dangerous Alliance win.
Rick Rude pinned Ron Simmons with the Rude Awakening in 14:15. Rating: *** 3/4 (Rick Rude retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Rick Rude concluded a perfect night for the Dangerous Alliance retaining his US title over Ron Simmons. However, a big assist goes to Lex Luger. As Paul E. was still recovering from his run in with Dustin Rhodes, Medusa was the lone escort for Rick Rude. But as the ref was amonishing both for their dubious tactics, Simmons was on the floor and Lex Luger ran down to attack Simmons, throwing his already injured shoulder into the ring post.
Simmons crawled back in the ring but was an easy target for a Rude Awakening.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 26, 2020 9:38:44 GMT -5
SUPERBRAWL II (February 29, 1992)
[WORLD TITLE SEMIFINAL NO. 1] Sting pinned Paul Orndorff after a Stinger Splash in 9:35. Rating: *** ¼
Even with Harley Race in his corner, Paul Orndorff could do little to derail the Stinger in his quest to regain the world’s title. Sting picked up the win to move on to the finals for the vacant belt in tonight’s main event.
[WORLD TITLE SEMIFINAL NO. 2] Lex Luger pinned Ron Simmons after a piledriver in 15:12. Rating: *** ¾
Luger survived a very physical battle with Simmons to advance to face Sting for the world title. Simmons had control early on, but Luger took advantage of Simmons’ injured shoulder with a throw into the steel steps that helped turn the match around.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell pinned Thomas Zenk after a splash in 7:42. Rating: ** ½
WCW rookie Marcus Alexander Bagwell is quickly making a name for himself. Tonight he scored a big win over the York Foundation’s Thomas Zenk.
Vinnie Vegas pinned Michael Hayes after a gutwrench suplex in 6:09 Rating: ¾*
After failing to get revenge on his former team himself, brought in some big help. Seven-foot tall Vinnie Vegas dominated Michael PS Hayes, bringing a smile to the manager DDP’s face.
Johnny B. Badd and Van Hammer defeated Cactus Jack and Abdullah the Butcher when Hammer beat Cactus by disqualification in 10:09. Rating: *
Van Hammer recruited Johnny B. Badd to help even the numbers against Cactus and Abdullah, and although they got the win, they sure didn’t look like winners the way they got laid out at the end of the match with a combination of steel chairs and Abdullah’s cane.
The Destruction Crew (Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom) defeated The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion) when W. Bloom pinned Champion after a reverse neckbreaker in 8:01. (The Destruction Crew retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES) Rating: ** ¾
It was a successful title defense for The Destruction Crew, who’s physical, brawling style proved supreme tonight.
Rick Rude pinned Dustin Rhodes with the Rude Awakening in 13:47. Rating: ** ½ (Rick Rude retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE)
In a good match, Rude dispatched of one of the Dangerous Alliance’s top adversaries in Rhodes. After the match, Rude took the mic and sent a notice that he didn’t care who wins tonight’s world title match, Lex Luger or Sting, he’s putting them on notice that while he loves his US title, he’s ready for an upgrade.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton) when S. Steiner pinned A. Anderson with the Frankensteiner in 15:42. Rating: **** ½
Paul. E. Dangerously made a tactical move to not team former world champions the Enforcers together to challenge for the Steiner’s belts. Instead he teammed Bobby Eaton with Arn Anderson. While the two worked well together, the Steiners worked just a little bit better. The two teams put on an absolute classic match with the Steiners coming out on top.
The Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin and Larry Zbyszko) defeated Ricky Steamboat and Flyin’ Brian when Austin pinned Steamboat after the Stun Gun in 6:34. Rating: ** ¾
The Dangerous Alliance was able to chalk up one more win on their slate tonight with Austin leading his team to victory against rival Ricky Steamboat and his partner Flyin’ Brian.
Match for the vacant WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE: Sting pinned Lex Luger after the Stinger Splash in 17:34. Rating *** ¾ (Sting won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE)
Sting has done it, now a two-time world champion. To do so, he has finally vanquished the person who has given him issues for over a year when he was disguised as The Black Scorpion.
Sting withstood interference from Harley Race and Paul Orndorff with Ron Simmons and Barry Windham, even on crutches, coming to keep it an even match.
1-on-1, there was no stopping Sting. To the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance, Sting put away his old rival and took home the WCW World title.
Post by cardsflyinhigh on Apr 27, 2020 21:08:53 GMT -5
BATTLEBOWL: The Lethal Lottery (April 17, 1992)
It seems that the moment Sting regained the World Title at Superbrawl, the Dangerous Alliance made their intentions known they were coming after it. There was unfinished business there, and the Alliance was eager to finish it. US champion Rick Rude consistently challenged Sting, letting it be known that he took a title once from Sting, and he would do it again.
All the while, the Alliance members have kept making life hard on old enemies including the Steiners and Dustin Rhodes. But now Sting has stepped up to join in the fight against the Alliance. It was announced that in May at Wrestle War, Sting will lead a group including the Steiners, Rhodes and Ron Simmons into War Games against the Dangerous Alliance.
But first, WCW is presenting a special event tonight, Battlebowl: The Lethal Lottery. 40 WCW Superstars will be divided up into 20 tag teams drawn at random. There will be 10 tag team matches. The winning team of each match has its members advance to Battlebowl, a 20 man battle royal.
Michael Hayes and Van Hammer defeated Jimmy Garvin and Nikita Koloff when Hayes pnned Koloff after a DDT in 13:06. Rating: ** ¼
We didn’t have to wait long for the Lethal Lottery to produce its first wild pairings. Long time Freebird partners Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes were match AGAINST each other. Fans though got a kick out of the two partners going at it at different points.
Hayes and Hammer were able to work much better as a team than Garvin and Koloff and that proved the different. After the match, Garvin raised the hand of Hayes and Hammer. Wayne Bloom and Arn Anderson defeated Dustin Rhodes and Firebreaker Chip when W. Bloom pinned Chip after a powerslam in 16:48. Rating: *** 1/4
Two of WCW’s toughest, Bloom and Anderson, clicked very well. Bloom was more than glad to help Anderson try to take out one of the Dangerous Alliance’s biggest adversaries in Rhodes.
Sting and Abdullah The Butcher defeated Richard Morton and Johnny B. Badd when Sting pinned Morton after an inside cradle in 8:03. Rating: ** 3/4
This was just a mess from the beginning. Abdullah didn’t seem to understand he was supposed to be Sting’s partner as before the match began, he attacked Sting with his cane. It took Johnny B. Badd, actually their opponent in the match, to come to Sting’s aid.
Abdullah didn’t stick around for much of the actual match, but despite being shorthanded, Sting took advantage of miscommunication between Morton and Badd to get a roll up victory.
Tracey Smothers and Larry Zbyszko defeated Flyin' Brian and Thomas Zenk when Zbyszko pinned Brian after a swinging neckbreaker in 9:44. Rating: ** 3/4
Once upon a time, Flyin’ Brian and Tom Zenk were United States tag team champions. However, those days are long gone. Zenk tried to force Brian to follow Alexandra York’s game plan for them, but Brian was having none of it.
While Brian was in the right, Zenk began yelling at him from the apron trying to tell him what to do. Brian responded by dropkicking Zenk off the apron. Zenk and York then left, leaving Brian on the wrong side of a 2-on-1.
Scott Steiner and Ron Simmons defeated Diamond Studd and Mike Enos when S. Steiner defeated Studd via pinfall in 15:24. Rating: ** 1/2
Steiner and Simmons will be on the same side next month at War Games, and worked well together tonight. It also gives Sting some backup in tonight’s battle royal against the Dangerous Alliance, who already has 2 members advancing with three more still to compete.
Diamond Dallas Page and Vinnie Vegas defeated Todd Champion and Marcus Alexander Bagwell when Vegas pinned Champion with the Snake Eyes in 6:18. Rating: ** 1/4
DDP, typically a manager, got back in the ring but as fate would have it, he got matched up with his charge, Vinnie Vegas. The 7-foot tall Vegas helped lead Page to the next round.
Big Van Vader and Paul Orndorff defeated Steve Armstrong and Terry Taylor when Vader pinned Taylor with the Vader Bomb in 6:28. Rating: ** 1/2
We hadn’t seen Vader since his loss to Sting for the title at Starrcade, but after spending some time in Japan, Vader is back and this time is under Harley Race’s guidance. Orndorff didn’t even get in the ring, content to let Vader decimate their opponents all by himself. Cactus Jack and Brad Armstrong beat Rick Steiner and Thomas Rich when Armstrong pinned R. Steiner in 4:12 Rating: * 1/2
It seems any match with Cactus Jack in it is destined to get wild. Someone apparently forgot to tell Abdullah the Butcher that he wasn’t partnering with Jack tonight. That didn’t stop him from attacking Armstrong with a cane before the match and trying to take his place.
This brought Johnny B. Badd and Van Hammer out of the back to try to fight off Abdullah. While the referee were trying to get everyone not involved with the match to the back, Jack took the opportunity to attack Rich on the floor. Atleast he was involved in the match.
All the while, Rick Steiner was watching from the ring, oblivious to Arn Anderson sneak attacking him and hitting him with a DDT. By this time, Armstrong crawled into the ring and covered Steiner for the pin. Looks like Anderson and the Alliance succeeded in getting another one of Sting’s partners out of the battle royal.
Bobby Eaton and Ricky Steamboat defeated Junkyard Dog and Mr. Hughes when B. Eaton pinned Dog with the Alabama Jam in 12:50. Rating: ***
Somehow, Eaton and Steamboat were able to work well together, putting past issues aside to help them get the win. Sure they had some issues, but were able to still post a win and advance.
Rick Rude and Steve Austin defeated Tim Horner and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker when Austin pinned Sgt. Parker with the Stun Gun in 3:54. Rating: * ¼
The final two Dangerous Alliance members were fortunate enough to draw each other as partners. Together, they ran through Horner and Parker really quickly, keeping themselves fresh for the Battle Royal.
16-Man Battle Royal: Rick Rude won a 16-man Battle Royal in 37:43. Rating: *** ¾
Some of the biggest threats made surprisingly quick exits, but maybe it wasn’t so surprising the way people ganged up on people such as Abdullah the Butcher and Vinnie Vegas. Michael Hayes and Van Hammer kept their teamwork going from earlier and got rid of Abdullah. A trio of wrestlers all teamed up to get Vegas out.
The Dangerous Alliance, with all five members participating in the Battle Royal, aimed to take total control. They worked as a unit to help keep each other safe and take out some big names such as Ricky Steamboat and Cactus Jack.
The first crack in their armour came as Arn Anderson and Scott Steiner eliminated each other on a double clothesline. Even though one of their toughest rivals went out as well, the Alliance was proven not to be invincible.
While some of the bigger wrestlers were ganged up on and knocked out early, one who dominated was Big Van Vader. The beast threw out several wrestlers all by himself and got himself into the final five.
Nearing the end, there were two Dangerous Alliance members left in Rick Rude and Steve Austin, two of their War Games opponents in Sting and Ron Simmons, and Vader.
It was shown that even the fiercest of enemies can be brought together against a common threat. In this case, all four remaining wrestlers worked together to get Vader out.
Then it was time for a showdown.
Sting and Rude faced off, as did Austin and Simmons. Austin struck first, backdropping Simmons out of the ring. But as he took a minute to trash talk the just-eliminated Simmons, Sting came from behind and threw Austin out.
It was the World Champ Sting against the US Champ Rude. The two old rivals brawled and Sting seem poised to take out his top challenger. Sting hit a Stinger Splash in the corner on Rude, then whipped him across the ring and went for another. Only this time, Rude caught Sting and used his momentum to carry him over the top rope.
Sting tried to fight him off and get back in, but Rude grabbed Sting’s neck and dropped him on the top rope, snapping Sting off the apron giving Rude the win.