WCW in the 90s May 19, 2021 15:13:09 GMT -5
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CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS XXX (June 23, 1994)
WCW celebrates it’s landmark 30th edition of the Clash of the Champions with an explosive card. In a throwback to the very first Clash, Ric Flair and Sting will meet tonight for the WCW World title.
However, casting a shadow over that match and the night itself is the ongoing rumors of negotiations between WCW and Hulk Hogan.
Flair has tried, to no avail, to unite WCW against Hogan. Sting chiefly, has rebuffed Flair’s offers. In counter, Flair says he has no other choice but to reform the Four Horsemen.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Jean-Paul Levesque with the Tutti Frutti in 12:43.
Steven Regal promised Johnny B. Badd a United States title shot if he could beat Regal's new protege Jean-Paul Levesque. It wasn’t easy, but Badd took care of that end of the deal despite suffering an arm injury when Levesque sent Badd shoulder first into the ring post.
But while Badd’s hand was still being raised in victory, Regal came out saying he was a man of his word. However, that title match was going to happen, right now.
Lord Steven Regal made Johnny B. Badd submit to the Regal Stretch in 3:09.
(Lord Steven Regal retained the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE.)
Regal took advantage of Badd’s fatigue and his arm injury, quickly making him submit to the Regal stretch.
Arn Anderson pinned Ice Train with the DDT in 0:07:18.
Rating: ** ¼
Ric Flair has stated he's aiming to reform the Four Horsemen to help defend WCW against the impending arrival of Hulk Hogan. He previously tried to get Sting to join his efforts but was turned down.
Flair's longtime friend Arn Anderson is obviously along for the ride, and Anderson's partner Bobby Eaton thought he was too. But after Anderson's match tonight, he gave a ringside interview telling Eaton flat out he wasn't going to be a Horseman. He used Eaton for his help to fight Roma and Orndorff but Anderson claimed he had to do most of the work himself.
Those matches showed Anderson that Eaton didn't have what it takes to be a Horseman. Eaton looked ready to go after Anderson when running in and attacking from behind was Stunning Steve Austin.
Anderson pointed at Austin saying "That's a Horseman."
Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma) defeated Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray and Booker T) when Orndorff defeated S. Ray by disqualification in 4:10.
Rating: * 3/4
(Harlem Heat retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
[Brian Knobbs interfered against Paul Orndorff.]
Pretty Wonderful took their turn at Harlem Heat in a world title match, but Brian Knobbs obviously hasn't forgotten Pretty Wonderful attacking him last month.
Knobbs ran down causing a DQ not long into the title match, and then issued a challenge saying while Jerry Sags is still hurt, he's found a new partner and asked Pretty Wonderful to meet them next month at Bash at the Beach.
Brian Pillman defeated Ron Simmons by countout in 7:59.
Rating: ** ¾
(Brian Pillman retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
Cactus Jack hasn't been seen much lately, but when he's been around he's scared the heck out of Ron Simmons.
Just like at Slamboree, Jack ran down during Simmons' match, this time his TV title shot against Brian Pillman. Jack chased Simmons to the back getting him counted out.
Davey Boy Smith pinned Dustin Rhodes with the Running Powerslam in 14:59.
Rating: *** ¾
Dustin Rhodes, still reeling from a loss to Davey Boy at Starrcade, asked for a rematch to try to fully put his losing streak behind him. But when Smith said no due to having his focus elsewhere, Rhodes couldn’t accept that.
After a blindside attack last month, Smith finally agreed to face Rhodes, and much like their first match, Smith came out on top.
Rhodes wasn’t letting this one go though, as he and his manager Terry Funk attacked Smith after the match.
Rick Rude defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell in 16:29.
Bagwell tried to make a huge jump up the ladder in a match against former world champ Rick Rude. Bagwell gave Rude quite a match but just couldn't top the former world champ.
After the match, while Rude and his valet Woman were celebrating, Barry Windham came out and said he's not done with Rude yet. At Bash at the Beach, he has a big surprise in store for him.
Ric Flair pinned Sting after a roll up in 19:08.
(Ric Flair retained the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
Old rivals met again with Sting challenging for Ric Flair's world title. Flair was a bit distracted running around ringside ripping up any signs for Hulk Hogan he could find.
While Flair was engaged with the match, Anderson and Austin came out to patrol around ringside. When it looked like Sting was ready to put Flair away in the scorpion, Anderson started yelling at a young fan with a Sting shirt and a sign saying "Sting and Hogan, the dream team." Anderson ripped the sign up and drew Sting's attention. Flair took advantage of the distraction, rolling Sting up from behind, grabbing the tights and getting the pin.
After the match, Anderson and Austin joined Flair in a 3-on-1 attack on Sting, until the music began to play and Hulk Hogan made his way to the ring to make the save!
Sting and Hogan fought off the Horsemen, and then in a sight many never thought they’d see, Sting and Hogan stood face to face in a WCW ring and shook hands.