Post by snabbit888 on May 11, 2010 12:15:08 GMT -5
I really dig this circuit. A lot. Your feuds are all fun and make a lot of sense. I'm looking forward to seeing when you get away with what the real WCW gave you and really get to branch out on your own. You're already doing that somewhat, but with these types of circuits, it's always fun to see who will break out that never did in real life.
Thanks a lot for the comments, Ryan. Glad you are enjoying it. I'm looking forward to getting a year or so down the road to see how it all works itself out. I usually book pretty far in advance, but somehow it always seems to change as I enjoy writing a wrestler. I definitely didn't think I'd be enjoying "The Cruncher" Larry Zbyszko this much. Too bad he is a little past his prime.
I'm also trying to keep it fairly realistic so I doubt we see Marcus Bagwell or Richard Morton winng the Heavyweight Title anytime soon. The main event is pretty well set, but luckily I have a lot of decent names to work with, and also early enough in their careers where it isn't unheard of them to also wrestle the mid-card.
WCW Saturday Night 2/22/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your host is Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes
Jim Ross started tonight off by announcing Dusty Rhodes would be joining him on commentary for tonight’s action. Ross also said that Dusty Rhodes would be joining himself and Tony Schiavone with announcing duties at Superbrawl II next Sunday. Dusty said it was an honor to be sitting here, and he really would enjoy watching some WCW action up close and personal. He also wished his son, Dustin Rhodes, luck in tonight’s match for the World Tag Team Titles.
The number one contenders for the World Tag Team Titles, the Steiner Brothers, opened the show here tonight with their match against the Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas. Vegas and the Studd were accompanied to the ring by Diamond Dallas Page. This was definitely going to be a barn burner, and Dusty made the assumption that there would be some clubbering. These four men are four of the strongest in WCW, and this was going to be one hard hitting affair, especially considering the Studd and Vegas weren’t too happy with the Steiners for interfering against their attack on Jushin Liger during the Main Event last week.
Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when Studd pinned R. Steiner with the Snake Eyes in 0:07:15. Rating: ** 1/4
This ended up being quite the brawl between these four powerhouses. None of the men were going to back down, and the result was all four men being thrown around the ring. Still, the Diamond Studd and especially Vinnie Vegas do not quite have the experience that the Steiners do. Both Rick and Scott showed that they had no problem suplexing the two men from the Diamond Mine around the ring. But Vegas and Studd did fight back with their own vertical suplexes, powerslams, and other moves to keep the Steiners from gaining too much momentum. Things looked like they were going to end in the Steiner Brothers favor, however, after they had already caught DDP trying to interfere, and Rick had knocked him silly with a big Steinerline that sent DDP flying off the ring apron and into the guardrail. This all led up to Scott lifting up the Studd, and Rick coming off the top with the Steiner Bulldog. Just at this time out stepped the World Tag Team Champions, Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson! Scott Steiner saw them and immediately stepped through the ropes and started arguing with them. In the meantime, Vinnie Vegas, who was on the outside checking on DDP, quickly re-entered the ring as Rick was pinning the Studd. Vegas dropped a big elbow on the back of Rick’s head, lifted him up and dropped him on the top turnbuckle with the Snake Eyes! Vegas quickly rolled the Studd over on top of Rick before plowing into Scott Steiner from behind with a knee. Scott fell through the ropes and to the outside as the referee counted the three count!
Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton seemed satisfied with their work as they laughed at Scott Steiner and left the ringside area. Scott meanwhile was slowly trying to get back to his feet while Vegas pulled the Studd to his feet and celebrated with him in the ring. DDP soon joined in on the biggest win in the Diamond Mine’s history. This immediately catapults them into serious tag team competition even if it was by nefarious means.
Brad Armstrong pinned Rip Rogers after a flying cross body press in 0:06:01. Rating: ** 1/2
Surprisingly, Rip Rogers complained about a fast count after the match. He and the referee, Randy Anderson, seemed to get rather heated before Anderson decided he had enough and walked out. Rogers threw a small temper tantrum in the ring after the match while the crowd gave him a hard time yelling at him to get out of the ring.
In the backstage area Eric Bischoff conducted an interview with the World Tag Team Champions, Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton. Bischoff asked them why they involved themselves in the opening match here tonight. Arn made it clear that they did not involve themselves, they just wanted to come out and see the so-called best tag team in the world in action. Anderson said he wasn’t impressed. Eaton followed that up by saying that if the Steiners couldn’t beat a couple of guys who have never teamed before, one of them being a rookie at that, then how in the world did they think they could beat the TRUE best tag team in the World, Bobby and Arn? Arn then said that if the Steiners wanted to see how a real tag team handles business to watch here tonight when they take Sting and Dustin Rhodes and break them down.
Brian Pillman pinned Michael Hayes after a Victory Roll in 0:06:30. Michael Hayes suffered a sprained ankle. He will be out until approximately Superbrawl II on 3/1/92. Rating: ** 3/4
Michael Hayes and Brian Pillman both have big matches coming up at Superbrawl, but it was Pillman coming away with a win here tonight. Hayes seemed to put his foot down wrong when running against the ropes, and that might have led into Pillman being able to take advantage and eventually rolling him up with a Victory Roll out of the corner to get the win. Hayes left the ring, hobbling a little, but that wasn’t the end of the night for Pillman.
Harley Race stepped out with and slowly started walking towards the ring. Brian Pillman was on guard and ready for some sort of attack, but it appeared as if Race was here peaceably. Race yelled for a microphone as he entered the ring to confront “Flyin’” Brian. Race explained to Brian that he didn’t understand him butting his head into Vader’s business. He said that Pillman should have just turned his head and closed his ears to the screams of Vader’s opponents, just like every other person in WCW did. Race noted that nobody wanted to come out and save these pieces of garbage because that’s all they are and nobody should risk life and limb to save garbage. Brian Pillman was obviously getting upset by some of Race’s comments, but Race wasn’t doesn’t done. Harley said that he respected Brian’s courage to come out here and that he could see that Pillman might have a strong future…in some sort of Light Heavyweight division. Race said he didn’t want to be responsible for ending such a young man’s bright future because of the fact that Brian’s brain hadn’t matured enough to realize he was going to be destroyed at Superbrawl. Race then gave “Flyin’” Brian the chance to just say he was sorry and forfeit his match at Superbrawl, and that if he did that, Race would tell Vader to forget about him.
With Pillman’s concentration on Harley Race, he didn’t notice Big Van Vader hopping over the guardrail and slowly sliding into the ring from behind. Pillman did seem like he was contemplating Race’s offer before he reared back and gave Race a huge slap! The crowd gasped as Race seemed stunned. Pillman grabbed the microphone and said he’s never given up in his entire life, and he would never give up especially not to two fat bullies! Unfortunately for him, that’s all he got out as Vader whipped him around and with one clubbing blow from Vader, Pillman flew into the air, over the top rope and into the guardrail! Pillman was shocked as he never saw it coming. Pillman went down to one knee in the ringside area and looked like he had been socked silly as he was shaking his head trying to get his bearings. Meanwhile Race grabbed the microphone again and told Pillman that he had tried to be a nice guy for once, but now he’s going to let Vader completely loose at Superbrawl, and Pillman will only have himself to blame.
Lex Luger made PN News submit to the Torture Rack in 0:06:44. Rating: DUD (Lex Luger retained the World Heavyweight Title.)
During the ring introductions, Luger cut an insert promo over his own match saying that Sting better not be getting himself too pre-occupied and putting his mind on other things. He said that the only thing that should be on Sting’s mind is if Luger will want to put him on the shelf for good or maybe he’ll take it easy on him and just make him bleed all over the arena. Luger said that Sting was a fool for going after the tag titles with Dustin Rhodes, because if Sting couldn’t win them with Luger there was no way he could win them with a loser like Rhodes.
From those comments it looked like Luger was pretty focused on Sting, and he was upset that Sting was putting so much attention on possibly winning the Tag Titles instead of keeping his eye on Luger. It definitely seemed like Luger would try take out some of this on the hip hop star. PN News has been on quite the roll lately, but tonight was a whole other matter as he went one on one for the World Heavyweight Championship against “The Total Package” Lex Luger. Harley Race stayed at ringside to be with Luger, but Lex would not need his help as he showed off some amazing power by slamming the big rapper several different times. PN News did try to put up a decent fight, and he even had the opportunity to try for his Broken Record, but Luger rolled out of the way. From there Luger impressed everybody by lifting News up and hooking him in the Torture Rack! PN News was only up for a few seconds before he was giving it up and giving Luger a successful Title defense going into Superbrawl.
The Taylor Made Men (Terry Taylor and Tracey Smothers) defeated Johnny Gunn and Johnny Rich when T. Smothers pinned Gunn with the French Cuff in 0:05:38. Rating: ** 1/4
New referee Mike Droese made his debut here in the match tonight. It took him a few seconds to get comfortable, but he soon seemed to get into the groove of things. At one point Droese was actually put into the action when Taylor ducked under a flying cross body press by Johnny Rich. Droese then ended up being in the line of fire, but surprisingly Droese caught him! Considering the size of Droese, who is easily 6’6 and 300 pounds though, I guess it shouldn’t be considered that surprising. As for the Taylor Made Men, they continued to roll right along with another win here tonight. They debuted their new finisher, the French Cuff, which had Smothers holding on to Gunn in a bearhug, and Taylor coming off the ropes with the Five-Arm. Gunn had nowhere to go as Smothers held him perfectly in place.
El Gigante defeated Mr. Hughes when Mr. Hughes passed out in the Claw in 0:05:23. Rating: -* 1/4
El Gigante was still in his knee brace from the attack suffered at the hands of Cactus Jack. He didn’t seem to let that bother him, however, as he took it right to the big Mr. Hughes. Mr. Hughes is never a pushover, but tonight El Gigante was just too much for him. In fact, tonight El Gigante probably would have been too much for most WCW superstars as the “Friendly Giant” didn’t seem too friendly. He took his time chopping Mr. Hughes down to size before applying the Claw to finish the match. After the match El Gigante’s attention was pulled to the entrance aisle and we soon saw why as Cactus Jack had made his way halfway towards the ring. Cactus had that deranged smile on his face, but that wasn’t the case with Gigante. Gigante instead bent back down and re-applied the Claw to Mr. Hughes all the while pointing at Cactus. Cactus Jack just rocked back and forth with that strange smile on his face before screaming out” Yes! Yes! Yes!” and then a “Bang! Bang!” while starting to slap at his own head. This all was getting a little too strange for everbody, including Dusty Rhodes who said somebody needed to be calling the loony bin for Cactus.
Sting and Dustin Rhodes cut a backstage interview with Eric Bischoff before the main event tonight where both Sting and Rhodes showed mutual respect for one another. They said that tonight they were taking the gold, and that there wasn’t anything that could stop them. Bischoff asked Sting about his thoughts on Superbrawl and his match with Lex Luger, but Sting said that Luger was the least of his worries at this time and tonight it was all about the Tag Team Titles.
Prior to the main event Jim Ross said that due to a backstage confrontation between Dustin Rhodes and Steve Austin earlier on in the night that the Dangerous Alliance will be barred from ringside. Only Paul E. Dangerously of the Alliance will be able to accompany the World Tag Team Champions to the ring. Kip Allen Frey had also informed Jim Ross that if Austin, Larry Zbyszko, or Rick Rude interferes during the match that the Champions will be stripped of their titles. Dusty Rhodes couldn’t help but laugh at the expense of the Dangerous Alliance. This only helped the odds that Dusty’s son Dustin Rhodes and Sting could take home the straps here tonight.
What should have been a great encounter started off on the wrong foot here tonight. Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson came down the aisle first and awaited their opponents. Next out was Dustin Rhodes to his own theme music. Once he was in the ring, out came Sting to a huge ovation from the crowd. Halfway down the aisle, however, Lex Luger ran out with a chair and completely leveled him in the back of the head with it. Sting fell to the floor like a ton of bricks. Rhodes tried to go to his partner’s aid, but Anderson and Eaton quickly cut him off and started working him over. The bell had yet to be rung so Luger delivered three more quick shots to Sting’s head, back, and legs. The crowd was nearly becoming unglued and even Dusty Rhodes was yelling things at the announcer’s table towards Luger. Luger finally raised the chair above his head and smiled before heading back. The camera did pick up Luger saying that Sting better not have better things to worry about than the Total Package. Anderson soon took over on Rhodes alone as Eaton left the ring. Nick Patrick, the referee, didn’t know what to do but eventually called for the bell to start the match with Sting still in the aisle rolling in pain.
Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson defeated Sting and Dustin Rhodes when Anderson pinned Sting with the DDT in 0:9:16. Rating: *** 1/2 (Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson retained the World Tag Team Titles.)
Dustin Rhodes put up one heck of a fight here tonight against the World Tag Team Champions. Anderson and Eaton kept the tags coming and kept trying to dismantle the young man from Texas, but every time they thought they had him down he’d fight back with punches, elbows, or at one point even biting Eaton on the bridge of the nose. Sting, meanwhile, slowly crawled his way up on to the ring apron, but it was clear that he wasn’t all there. He kept dropping down to one knee, shaking his head, before pulling himself back up to a standing position by using the ropes.
There finally came a time where Rhodes was able to catch Eaton with his head down too early and was able to slam his head into the mat. Rhodes slowly crawled over and made the big, hot tag to Sting just as Eaton tagged Anderson. Sting came in and immediately it was obvious as he was still woozy as he wildly swung over the head of Anderson a few times. Anderson quickly took control, but when he went to whip Sting into the turnbuckle Sting was able to reverse it and charge in with a Stinger’s Splash! Sting grabbed Anderson and whipped him into the opposite turnbuckle, but it was right into the Tag Champions corner. Sting went for one more Stinger’s Splash, but Eaton was there and pushed Anderson out of the way from the ring apron! Sting smashed his head into the ringpost and staggered backwards. Anderson quickly grabbed him and snap DDT’ed him to the mat. Rhodes, still exhausted from wrestling most of the match, tried to make the save, but Eaton was there to cut him off, and just like that the World Tag Team Champions had retained their Titles!
Anderson and Eaton grabbed their Titles and raised each others’ hands in the air as Rhodes checked up on Sting. At that point you could see Luger step back out from the exit curtain and smiled as the show went off the air.
Card rating: * ¼
Sting was enraged after tonight’s show. He was throwing things around in the locker room and screaming that he wanted Lex Luger’s head. Dustin Rhodes and Ron Simmons tried to calm him down, but it took quite awhile. Sting has been sneak attacked by Luger on numerous occasions, but he only has to wait one more week before he can finally get his hands on the World Champion. But has Luger already put Sting so far off his game by getting his temper so riled up?
Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton walked away with a huge World Tag Team Titles defense here tonight, and with the Steiner Brothers also losing in their match, it looks like momentum is leaning towards Anderson and Eaton. The Steiner Brothers were not happy with the Champions interfering in their match tonight, but they offered up no excuses for their loss. Scott Steiner did say they would more than make up for their loss tonight at Superbrawl.
Diamond Dallas Page ran around backstage after the Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas’ win tonight proclaiming them to be the best tag team in WCW. It seems a little early for such a claim, but it’s hard to argue with success. Still, they might need a little bit more experience and a second win before they should start yelling it from the rooftops.
Steve Austin and Dustin Rhodes had quite the pull apart brawl before the Tag Title match tonight. It was unclear if this was part of Paul E. Dangerously’s plan to soften up Rhodes before hand or if it was bad luck that these men, with obvious distaste for one another, met up in a hallway before the match. All that was clear was it took quite a few officials to break it up.
Brian Pillman finally felt a little of what Vader is capable of, and he was pretty shaken up after feeling a totally unprotected blow from the Mastodon. Pillman deserves all the respect in the world for trying to save some of the rookies, but pissing off Vader and Harley Race might just be the worst thing he could have done in trying to continue his career in WCW.
Cactus Jack is one weird guy. He is certain that El Gigante can endure the punishment that he needs to release to free him from his demons. But his constant actions have really started to anger El Gigante, and now we’ve seen the “Friendly Giant” turn into a man who will put the Claw back on a fallen opponent.
We are almost a week away from Superbrawl II! Be sure to tune into the Main Event tomorrow where Jimmy Garvin will face off against Dustin Rhodes in the main event, Ricky Steamboat will also be in action as will Diamond Dallas Page and Larry Zbyszko.
Next week on Saturday Night Sting has asked for and received a one on one match with Arn Anderson which will main event the last Saturday Night before Superbrawl! This is a match you will not want to miss and also just announced Barry Windham will be in the arena! What will he have to say? And will Larry Zbyszko show his face?
You can't very well have the Muthaship without the Common Man, can you? Plus I was thinking about bringing in TL Hopper to form one helluva team.
Yeah, it was definitely an upset. But DDP doesn't seem to think so.
Armstrong needed a win, I was afraid he was getting lost in the shuffle.
Did you not get the new TNM build? It tells you what card the wrestler can come back for even if it hasn't been booked or ran yet.
Pillman definitely bit off more than he could chew...but he has gotten the upper hand twice now, Vader only once. I wouldn't count him out yet.
Last night I even thought out a rap for PN News, but I forgot to put it in the card...rhyming Luger with loser and feeling sorry for Sting cause News was taking that bling....I should freestyle more often.
Wrasslin' refs? Just cause a guy is 6'6 and over 300 pounds and has the last name of a famous trashman doesn't mean anything!
Eh, they both have low workrates so I guess I just got lucky with Hughes and Gigante.
Yeah, Sting will be pre-occupied with Anderson, but Pillman will probably get in on some tag team action on Saturday.
WCW Main Event 2/23/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your host is Tony Schiavone
Tony Schiavone started the show off by announcing tonight’s line-up including the big main event of Dustin Rhodes and Jimmy Garvin. In fact, Schiavone announced that all six men involved in Superbrawl’s big six man tag were in the arena tonight. But before all of that, the opening contest would have the manager of the team that upset the Steiner Brothers on Saturday Night, Diamond Dallas Page, in action. Vinnie Vegas and the Diamond Studd, never one to leave their manager alone, would be accompanying him to the ring.
Diamond Dallas Page pinned Buddy Baker with the Faceplant in 0:04:05. Rating: ** 1/2
DDP came away with an impressive win here tonight by hitting his Faceplant, a double underhook faceslam. After the match the Diamond Mine all walked over to the interview area to talk to Tony Schiavone. DDP started it off by gloating that his two men did what nobody thought was possibly by beating the Steiners clean in the middle of the ring. When Tony Schiavone tried to interrupt to bring up Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson’s interference, DDP yelled at him to shut up. From there DDP said that Vinnie Vegas and the Diamond Studd would continue to climb the ranks by destroying those two pipsqueaks the Z-Man and Jushin Liger next Sunday. The Diamond Studd said that the three of them had chipped in a bought a ticket for Liger, a ticket back to Japan. Vinnie Vegas recommended he use it before Sunday or he might be headed back to the Rising Sun in a bodybag.
Non-Title Match: Big Josh and Ron Simmons defeated Jim Boss and TC Carter when R. Simmons pinned Boss with the Powerslam in 0:04:39. Rating: ** 1/2
Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, and Steve Austin cut an insert promo during the match with the Freebirds promising victory at Superbrawl and after their win, they demand a US Tag Team Title shot. They feel they should have already been given one, and they can see what Simmons and Josh are just too afraid to lose the only gold they will ever have. Hayes even said that Big Josh and Ron Simmons were lucky to win the titles in the first place, and now they refuse to fight any real competition. Austin focused most of his attention on Dustin Rhodes telling him that he must not understand the meaning of the Television Title. Austin let Rhodes know that the people want to see superstars and beautiful and “stunning” people on Television, people like himself. Austin said that the fans definitely don’t want to see some hick on TV that just got his job because his dad use to let Arn Anderson beat him to a bloody pulp. Austin told Rhodes that he probably ought to look somewhere else if he wanted some championship gold, because it’s obvious that he is not meant for the television.
Big Josh and Ron Simmons walked away with a win here tonight, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens later on tonight as it’s almost a definite that Big Josh and Ron Simmons will be watching Dustin Rhodes’ back.
Eric Bischoff was in the WCW Headquarters to give us this week’s top ten:
10. Larry Zbyszko (-) 9. Brian Pillman (10) 8. El Gigante (8) 7. Big Van Vader (6) 6. Cactus Jack (7) 5. Dustin Rhodes (5) 4. Steve Austin (4) 3. Ricky Steamboat (3) 2. Rick Rude (2) 1. Sting (1) Champion: Lex Luger
After running down the rankings, Eric Bischoff reminded everybody watching that Superbrawl II is just a week away. He said that next week the Main Event was going to be live as it would lead in to Superbrawl with a complete run down of the event, but not only that, as we would see several matches leading into one of the biggest nights of the year. He also made sure to mention to not miss Saturday Night as the night before Superbrawl would have Sting in action with Arn Anderson, Barry Windham would be in the arena, and Brian Pillman would be teaming with El Gigante against Cactus Jack and Big Van Vader! Not only that, but the TV Title would be defended by Steve Austin against Big Josh!
Larry Zbyszko pinned Gregg Sawyer after a superplex in 0:04:59. Rating: ** 1/4
“The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko once again came to the ring with the black glove on. He is still trying to get under the skin of Barry Windham, and you would have to think it must be driving Windham a little nuts that he hasn’t been able to get his hands on Larry yet. Zbyszko once again used this match to attack another person’s hand and pretty much had left it disabled by the end of the match. He stomped on it, used a test of strength, and even stood on it for a few seconds. It looked like Zbyszko had this match in the bag after hitting his Brainbuster, but instead of going for the pinfall, he propped Sawyer on the top turnbuckle and nailed a beautiful superplex! Of course, that is the move Windham currently uses to put away his opponents.
After the match Zbyszko and Paul E. Dangerously joined Tony Schiavone in the interview area by ringside. Schiavone asked Larry just what he was thinking by using the claw last week and tonight using the superplex? Zbyszko said he was just trying to figure out how Barry Windham planned on wrestling next Sunday. It’s obvious he can’t use the Claw and tonight he showed that it requires quite a bit of hand strength to get a guy up for the superplex. Larry Zbyszko claimed he actually felt sorry for Barry Windham and that his full intention was to just retire Barry with as little pain as possible, but that the idiot kept coming back for more. He regretted that now he realized he’d have to go one step further and break the other hand of Barry Windham and then there’d be no choice for him but to leave the sport. He also acknowledged that he had some respect for Blackjack Mulligan so he’d try to at least leave his son, Barry Windham, with his legs that way we could turn tail and run back to Texas after he was done with him.
Ricky Steamboat pinned Mark Kyle with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:03:42. Rating: **
Ricky Steamboat cut an insert promo during his match regarding his upcoming US Title shot against “Ravishing” Rick Rude. He promised that he would do his family and the United States proud by winning the Title and holding it with honor. He said that he had already pinned Rick Rude twice in the last month, but Rude kept wanting to run from him because he knew he didn’t have what it took to tame “the Dragon.” And unlike Rick Rude, he would be willing to defend the title against all comers at a moment’s notice because that is what being a champion is all about. It is not about hiding behind your manager and contracts like a coward the way that Rude has done. Steamboat told Rude to come ready for the fight of his life.
In tonight’s main event, Jimmy Garvin was accompanied by Michael Hayes and TV Champion “Stunning” Steve Austin. Paul E. Dangerously was not out there with Austin as he apparently thought that Austin could handle his own tonight. Dustin Rhodes was next out, and it looked like he would be alone, but after he had walked down the aisle a few steps out stepped the US Tag Team Champions, Big Josh and Ron Simmons. It appeared we would have all six men involved in the big six man tag at Superbrawl at ringside here tonight for our main event.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Jimmy Garvin after a rollover in 0:10:49. Rating: **
Poor Mike Droese. This was his second match to referee in WCW, and he was stuck with a total clinic of interfering behind his back. Austin and Hayes struck first by tripping up Rhodes whenever given the chance as he was bouncing off the ropes or if he was standing too near to them by the ropes. Big Josh and Ron Simmons like to compete fairly, but they eventually saw too much and the next time Garvin came off the ropes at Rhodes, Simmons tripped him which got a large positive reaction from the crowd. Droese kept being distracted by the antics on the outside, and it looked like he got a little frustrated at one point as Hayes jumped up on the ring apron, and Droese shoved him back down to the ringside area! Hayes looked on in shock, but Droese just yelled at him to stay out of the match. Things kept going back and forth in the match until Rhodes was able to roll through a flying cross body press by Garvin, and he was able to pin a totally caught off guard Garvin for the three count.
As soon as the bell rang chaos reigned as all six men entered the ring and just went at it. Rhodes paired off with Austin as did Hayes with Josh and Simmons with Garvin. All six men continued to fight it out as officials stormed the ring to try and clear the ring.
Card rating: ** ½
We are just a week away from the second annual Superbrawl! Things have been simmering for quite some time, and it’s about time for everything to explode!
The six man tag between Dustin Rhodes, Big Josh, and Ron Simmons against Steve Austin and the Fabulous Freebirds really picked up some steam here tonight. The young referee, Mike Droese, could barely keep a grip on things. It looks like we might see more of the same come next Sunday.
Ricky Steamboat has been training hard for his match with Rick Rude as evidenced by his match here tonight. Rick Rude better be ready because Ricky Steamboat always brings it when it comes to the big match.
Larry Zbyszko continues to taunt Barry Windham and did so again tonight by using the superplex. Zbyszko showed that it takes quite a bit of hand strength to start the lifting required for a superplex. We all know that Barry Windham will get himself a piece of “the Cruncher” at Superbrawl, but will he be able to put Zbyszo down for the three count?
And the Diamond Mine are pretty confident heading into their Superbrawl match against the Z-Man and Jushin Liger. That could be a huge mistake as Liger and Tom Zenk are known for pulling upsets out of nowhere even against much bigger opponents.
Be sure to tune in to Saturday Night as Sting will face off with the man that pinned him yesterday, Arn Anderson, El Gigante teams with Brian Pillman against Big Van Vader and Cactus Jack, Steve Austin will defend his Television Title against Big Josh, and Barry Windham makes his return to WCW and Saturday Night. In what capacity we still are not sure.
And one week from tonight, the Main Event leads in to Superbrawl II with a complete run down of the card along with some special interviews with the contestants and Marcus Alexander Bagwell against Richard Morton and more!
Thanks for the comments again. It's funny that this was suppose to be just a time killer while I'm looking for a job, but it ended up being probably the most fun I've had while running a TNM circuit since either the WWA or an old ECW circuit I use to have....and it's a lot easier not doing 100k cards.
I like the grouping of Austin and the Freebirds, too bad Austin is already set with the Dangerous Alliance for now. As for DDP, I had planned on him being nothing but a jobber to the stars, and he still might just be that at this point, but I'm also enjoying where the Diamond Mine are headed.
Thank you also for the comments.
Steiners have to win the straps first. But that's a definite possibility if the Steiners win at Superbrawl. But I do have about 2-3 months in between Superbrawl and WrestleWar.
Yeah, Josh and Simmons seem to be kind of stuck in the middle there. There really were too few tag teams in WCW to have multiple tag titles at this point. Something might have to be done about that, one way or the other.
"The Living Cruncher Legend" from Larry Land - Larry Zbyszko is a hoot to write. Larry is definitely one of those characters I had planned on writing out with a month or two of the circuit, but things have definitely changed since then.
Now I'm just thinking about splitting this into three brands with 15 draft choices a piece where I take the first 15, but you get 5 bonus picks of my choosing to whoever wants to help...
(I can't believe the JimiC threads weren't pinned on the TNM forums. That stuff is gold. Anybody that doesn't know, yes, I was joking about the above.)
Post by tommybrownell on May 15, 2010 22:13:10 GMT -5
Yeah, there was a draft. And yeah, it was after the SF's. We split it under...Flair and Bischoff, as I recall. Except instead of each of using having a show, we split an "hour" each of Nitro and Thunder.
WCW Saturday Night 2/29/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your hosts are Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes
Jim Ross started the show off tonight by once again introducing Dusty Rhodes to the broadcast area. Rhodes said he had such a great time last week that he couldn’t help but come back for a second round. Ross asked Dusty if he was looking forward to his announcing duties for Superbrawl, and Rhodes confirmed that yes, he was, and couldn’t wait to see Sting get his hands on that no good pig, Lex Luger, after what happened last week and him costing Sting and Dustin Rhodes the World Tag Team Titles. Ross ran down the card which would include Sting facing off against the man that pinned him last week, Arn Anderson. Jim Ross said the show would begin with the Television Title on the line as “Stunning” Steve Austin would be defending against one of the three men he’d be facing at Superbrawl, Big Josh.
Steve Austin pinned Big Josh with the Stun Gun in 0:08:25. Rating: ** (Steve Austin retained the Television Title.)
In a surprising turn of events, this match stayed a one on one encounter with no interference, not even from Paul E. Dangerously. Big Josh brought all he had in his attempt to capture the TV Title, but Steve Austin was completely on his game. Big Josh made the mistake of trying a big splash in the corner, but Austin was able to move out of the way in the nick of time. The lack of air in his lungs seemed to knock Big Josh a little loopy, and it wasn’t long before Austin was able to lift him high enough to drop him on the top rope with the Stun Gun.
Austin looked like he was looking to do a little bit more damage to Big Josh as he got Big Josh up and into the corner. Austin started to punch away at the midsection of Josh when the crowd roared to life as Ron Simmons and Dustin Rhodes sprinted out from the back. Dangerously was yelling at Austin to turn around, but he didn’t get to in time as Rhodes whipped him around and nailed him with two big elbows to the top of his head. Austin was then whipped into the ropes by Rhodes, and Simmons stepped in the way to deliver a huge Powerslam on Austin! Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin ran out and almost entered the ring before they realized that Big Josh had gotten back to his feet, and now all three men were waiting for them. Hayes and Garvin backed up, but this was enough of a distraction to have Dangerously drag Austin out of the ring. Austin and Dangerously joined up with Garvin and Hayes, but it was obvious that Austin was a little worse for wear. Big Josh, Simmons, and Rhodes kept motioning they wanted the Freebirds and Austin to get in the ring, but there would be none of that as they walked back through the curtain. Rhodes, Simmons, and Josh raised each others’ arms to a big ovation from the crowd.
After the match we cut to Eric Bischoff backstage with Lex Luger. Luger was holding on to his World Heavyweight Title with Harley Race by his side. Bischoff ran down last week’s main event and asked Luger if he was happy that he had cost Sting a chance to become tag team champions with Dustin Rhodes? Luger said it was Sting who should be happy because he just did him the biggest favor possible. Luger said he saved Sting the miserable time he would have had to suffer through driving from city to city with Dustin Rhodes defending the titles. Luger said he was disappointed he still hadn’t received a thank you card from the Stinger, but he understood that Sting was probably too busy praying to the Lord that he’d get involved in some freak car accident and injure himself so he wouldn’t have to take the beating that Luger had planned for him.
At this point in stepped Paul E. Dangerously with Arn Anderson. Paul E. and Harley Race had a little private conversation where a white envelope exchanged hands from Race to Paul E. With that Dangerously and Anderson left the scene, but Bischoff was right there to drill Race on what had just happened, but Race told him to shut his mouth and mind his own business as he and Luger left the scene as well.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Mike Fever and Ian Weston when S. Steiner pinned Weston after a release dragon suplex in 0:04:28. Rating: ** 1/4
The Steiner Brothers came into action here tonight with something to prove. They suffered a huge loss here last week against the Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas when the World Tag Team Champions interfered. But instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they came out here and totally demolished their opponents. Scott Steiner also debuted an amazing maneuver when he dropped Ian Weston with a release dragon suplex. Needless to say, that was more than enough to put things away for the Steiner Brothers. The Steiners definitely took out some of their anger tonight, but with the way they looked, they still have plenty left for Eaton and Anderson tomorrow at Superbrawl.
Eric Bischoff was back on the interview area where he announced his guest, Barry Windham, who still had a solid cast on his right hand. Windham got a standing ovation from the crowd which Barry seemed to seriously appreciate. After things were calmed down, Windham said he wanted to think the fans for the letters and phone calls wishing him to get well so he could get back in the ring. Windham said he still didn’t have much mobility in his right hand, and it wasn’t sure if he’d ever be able to bring it back to it’s full strength. Bischoff asked him what that meant for Superbrawl, and if he’d still be able to use most of his offense that he is well known for? Windham simply shrugged his shoulders and said that he would not know until he was in the moment of what he’d be capable of, but one thing he was certain of was that every second of pain he has endured over the past few months will be given back plus interest tomorrow night at Superbrawl in his match against Larry Zbyszko. Windham followed that up by saying that was, of course, if Larry made it to Superbrawl! Bischoff asked Windham what he meant by that, but Barry would say nothing more as he walked to the back to some more cheers.
Jushin Liger and Z-Man defeated Kip Abee and Chuck Coates when Liger pinned Abee with the Moonsault in 0:05:43. Rating: ** 1/2
Jushin Liger and the Z-Man came away with a nice victory leading into their match tomorrow at Superbrawl. After the match the Z-Man grabbed a ringside microphone and told the Diamond Mine to watch out because Liger had told him that they would be delivering a cave-in!
Van Hammer pinned Rip Rogers with the Hammer Rocks in 0:03:15. Rating: 3/4*
Van Hammer picked up a much needed win here tonight that would hopefully get him back on the right track. One man that was not happy about this was Rip Rogers. He apparently thought he was on the receiving end of some unfair treatment by the referee, Nick Patrick. In fact, after the match he pushed Patrick into the corner and gave him a really good verbal dressing down and pantomimed a three count.
Jim Ross said that something was going on outside the arena and that luckily WCW camera men were outside to catch what was happening. Outside the arena a car had apparently just pulled up to the entrance of the arena. The door opened and out stepped Larry Zbyszko from the passenger side. Within seconds, however, Barry Windham had entered the frame and thrown Zbyszko in to the car back first! Zbyszko hit it with a thud, and Barry started hammering away on the stunned “Cruncher.” From the driver side Rick Rude emerged and ran over to try and help his stable mate. He nailed Windham from behind and threw some punches at Windham when Ricky Steamboat came out of nowhere and tackled Rude! Steamboat slammed Rude face first into the hood of the car! Windham and Zbyszko fell to the ground and really started to get in a scuffle while Rude and Steamboat continued to brawl as they staggered away from the car. Officials stormed the area and tried to separate the men, but not before Windham had pulled Zbyszko to his feet and thrown him into the concrete wall of the arena! The camera zoomed in on a cut above Zbyszko’s eye as more officials stormed out of the arena. Eventually all four men were separated long enough for Rude and Zbyszko to jump back in to their car and race away as Windham and Steamboat shouted after them.
The next match had four men who have been dying to get their hands on their opponents at Superbrawl. This would be the first time Big Van Vader and Brian Pillman would be in the same ring together, the same with El Gigante and Cactus Jack. This was sure to be a crazy encounter, and unfortunately for him, Mike Droese drew this match to be the referee. The new referee would definitely have his hands full.
Brian Pillman and El Gigante defeated Big Van Vader and Cactus Jack when Pillman pinned Cactus after an inside cradle in 0:08:45. Rating: **
There wasn’t much doubt that this would be a free for all match, and that is exactly what happened. Mike Droese tried his best to keep the match from breaking too many rules, but it eventually led to all four men brawling. Surprising, however, was the fact that for the majority of the match when Vader was in the ring he was paired off with El Gigante and when it was Cactus Jack in the ring he was in there with Brian Pillman. But eventually Droese was unable to keep things under control, and all four men got in the ring to duke it out. In the end Vader and Cactus Jack went to whip their opponents into one another, but Gigante and Pillman were able to reverse it! Vader and Jack collided in the center of the ring, and Cactus Jack definitely got the worst of that. Vader turned around and was taken down by a big overhand chop by El Gigante while Cactus Jack turned around and was promptly rolled into a small package by Brian Pillman. Droese was right there to deliver the three count, and Pillman had scored a huge pinfall over Cactus Jack!
As soon as the bell rang it looked like El Gigante wanted to get him some more of Cactus Jack, but Cactus quickly rolled out of the ring. Cactus Jack kept on smiling up at Gigante, but it looked like he was going to wait until Superbrawl to continue this brawl. Meanwhile Vader, who had rolled to the outside, tried to get back into the ring, but Harley Race was there to hold him off. That was probably a good idea as “Flyin’” Brian and El Gigante were in the ring waiting for him.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Tracey Smothers with the Tutti Frutti in 0:07:00. Rating: * ¼
Arn Anderson made his way down to the ring for the main event. He was accompanied by his manager, Paul E. Dangerously, and his tag team partner, Bobby Eaton. Dusty Rhodes said he wasn’t having a good feeling about this as he had a sneaking suspicion he knew what was in that envelope that Race had given Dangerously. Sting made his way out next to a huge ovation. Right before the match began the Steiner Brothers stepped out! Bobby Eaton and Paul E. Dangerously seemed confused by their appearance, but it soon became clear why they were out there. They sprinted around the ring causing Eaton and Dangerously to back up and eventually they had no choice but to head to the back! The Steiners continued their chase as Arn Anderson threw a fit in the ring. Thanks to the Steiner Brothers, this was guaranteed to be a one on one match.
Sting made Arn Anderson submit to the Scorpion Deathlock in 0:09:25. Rating: **
Even without Eaton and Dangerously at ringside, Anderson is no slouch in the ring. He took it right to Sting, and Sting fought right back. These two men have quite the history with one another, and it showed here tonight as they both brawled around ringside. It eventually became clear what Anderson had planned as during a few second scuffle on the outside of the ring, Anderson was able to ram Sting’s lower back in to the guardrail. From there Anderson also threw Sting back first in to the ringpost on the outside. Anderson continued the work on Sting’s back for the rest of the match with numerous slams, and he even nailed a beautiful spinebuster that almost put Sting down for the three count. At that point Lex Luger stepped out from the entrance curtain to watch the match from ringside. He apparently thought the match was about to be over as Anderson continued his meticulous work on Sting’s lower back. You can never count Sting out, however, and Luger’s appearance apparently invigorated him even more. He was able to fight back and when Anderson made the mistake of going to the top rope, Sting caught him and threw him off to the mat! Sting followed that up shortly with a big Stinger’s Splash and the Scorpion Deathlock. Anderson tried to escape, but within seconds he had no choice but to give it up or risk injury!
Luger threw a fit on the outside as his plan appeared to have gone south, but while Luger wasn’t paying attention Sting pulled Anderson to his feet and picked him up in a Gorilla Press! When Luger turned around Sting threw Anderson from the ring to the outside with the Press and onto Luger! Luger and Anderson crashed to the floor as Sting pounded his chest in the ring to the crowd going crazy! Sting is most definitely ready for Lex Luger!
Card rating: * ¾
WCW officials have to be happy that Superbrawl II is just a day away as the locker rooms are about ready to explode with tension.
Sting showed that he is definitely ready for Lex Luger with his impressive singles victory over Arn Anderson. It was revealed after the show that Harley Race had paid off Paul E. Dangerously and Arn Anderson in an attempt to weaken Sting’s back before Superbrawl to set him up for the Torture Rack. Anderson succeeded to an extent as Sting was icing his back after the match, but maybe not to the extent that Race had wanted.
Brian Pillman once again showed he can hang with the big men in WCW as he held his own against Cactus Jack and even Vader here tonight. While he was only in the ring with Vader for a short while, he showed that with his speed he can evade Vader if the need arises.
El Gigante’s knee continues to slowly heal, but it will still not be at a full one hundred percent before tomorrow. Cactus Jack has to know this and could that be a factor in tomorrow’s one on one encounter between the two men?
Barry Windham and Larry Zbyszko have really turned this into a blood feud with one another. It’s pretty clear that neither man will be happy tomorrow night unless the other man is in the hospital. The same might be said about Ricky Steamboat and Rick Rude. Rude and Steamboat took it to another level here tonight.
The Steiner Brothers walked right over their opponents tonight and also “escorted” Bobby Eaton and Paul E. Dangerously from ringside tonight in the main event. They seem ready for their World Tag Team Title shot tomorrow after suffering from their loss last week at the hands of the Diamond Mine.
Superbrawl II is tomorrow! The Main Event will lead in to the show with a run down of the event, but also will have several matches signed just to wet your appetites for WCW action including Marcus Alexander Bagwell against Richard Morton. Be sure to call your local cable company and tell them you want to watch Superbrawl II on March 1st!
Post by LillaThrilla on May 17, 2010 15:38:02 GMT -5
Shouldn't DDP's finisher be the "Trip To The Diamond Mine" instead of the Faceplant? Or did he not call it that till later? Regardless I like how you're going with the Diamond Mine stable, even if I liked DDP more in his later face days and hate Hall and Nash.
Good Superbrawl lineup. Still enjoying this circuit!
Liller: Thanks for the reminder. I knew his finisher had a different name, but had a hard time finding it. I might have to do a little bit of editing.
The Diamond Mine are my little fun side project, and I'm definitely enjoying writing them. Glad you are enjoying it, and thanks for the comments!
Yeah, I like to give the heels the occasional clean win. They shouldn't just be reserved for PPVs.
I'm not much on Van Hammer either. I'm not really sure what the future has in store for the man.
Hehe, yeah, that's the problem with historical circuits. I have to keep going back and checking results of TV shows and PPVs that happened in real life to make sure two guys don't hate each other before I team them up.
Bagwell vs Morton is money, baby!
Thanks for the comments, Tommy. One card away until Superbrawl. And then it all starts over again with another PPV build.
WCW Main Event 3/1/92 Milwaukee, WI: The Mecca Your hosts are Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone and Dusty Rhodes
Jim Ross welcomed the crowd tuning in to this live version of the Main Event. He said that the intensity is amazing in the Mecca here tonight. Dusty Rhodes said he couldn’t wait to see the action here tonight and was especially looking forward to Sting finally getting himself a piece of Lex Luger. Tony Schiavone said tonight’s card was full of high profile matches that promised to shape the coming year and the future of World Championship Wrestling. From there Ross sent it to Gordon Solie who was making a special appearance at WCW Headquarters to run down tonight’s card.
Gordon Solie started off by welcoming everybody before starting the run down of the card with the World Championship Match, Lex Luger versus Sting. Solie talked about the history between the two men including their attempt at winning the World Tag Team Titles last year from the Steiner Brothers which ended in a loss, but showed just how strong their friendship was. Solie said that things turned for the worst when the Great American Bash came around in July of last year where Lex Luger won the World Heavyweight Title after it was declared vacant. To guarantee his victory Luger took Harley Race on as his manager. Sting obviously disagreed with Luger’s decision. With things coming to a head, Sting won BattleBowl at Starrcade by lastly eliminating Lex Luger. Luger has brought things to another level with his constant attacks on Sting, but tonight things would finally be decided as Luger would go one on one with Sting.
Solie also briefly ran down the United States Title defense scheduled for tonight with Ricky Steamboat pinning Rick Rude at Clash of the Champions XVIII in a tag team match. From there Steamboat requested a US Title match, but Rude continued to refuse the match. This led to Ricky Steamboat going under a mask and the name of Richard Blood to pin an unsuspecting Rude with a small package on Saturday Night. Rude still stuck to his guns saying that Steamboat wasn’t worthy, and he wanted to give the shot to Diamond Dallas Page. Instead Kip Allen Frey set up a number one contenders match where DDP would face off against Ricky Steamboat. Steamboat walked away victorious leading us to this match tonight. Rude has continued to try and evade Steamboat, but Steamboat and Rude were involved in an altercation last night that really showed the hatred brewing for one another. From there Solie sent it back to the live showing of the Main Event.
Eric Bischoff, at the top of the aisle, introduced a new manager to WCW, Col. Robert Parker. Parker was wearing a white suit and a white cowboy hat and had a very strong accent. Parker said that he had searched high and low for the man to help him start his Stud Stable. He needed men that weren’t afraid to punch a man’s brains in, and men that could get dirty when he needed. He said he needed men like “Dirty” Dick Slater! Dick Slater stepped out from the curtain to a big round of boos from the crowd. Slater is a rough looking man that was wearing jeans and a t-shirt that was tucked in. He walked over to Parker and Bischoff, and Parker gave him a pat on the back. Slater pulled the microphone out of Bischoff’s hands, and he yelled that he was here to toughen up the pretty boys in WCW and break a few noses in the process. Parker said it all starts tonight when Joey Maggs gets the beating of his life.
Dusty Rhodes talked about Slater on his way down the aisle, running down some of his accomplishments and saying he was one of the toughest guys he had ever been in the ring with. Ross and Schiavone both agreed that Slater was a big pick up for Robert Parker, and with him by his side, Parker may soon become somebody to be reckoned with. Joey Maggs tried to take it right to Slater with a dropkick at the opening bell, but Slater simply swatted him away and from there the beating began.
Dick Slater pinned Joey Maggs with the Piledriver in 0:04:35. Rating: **
Dick Slater had little trouble with Maggs tonight, just pounding him into the mat with his punch-kick offense. Maggs put up very little fight before Slater was able to drop him with the Piledriver and get the three count. Slater seemed like he was wanting to deliver some more punishment to Maggs, but Parker got in the ring and held him off. Parker raised Slater’s hand as the crowd continued to boo the new arrival in WCW.
After the match Jim Ross sent it back to Gordon Solie at WCW Headquarters. Solie talked about a few more matches including Dustin Rhodes and the US Tag Team Champions, Ron Simmons and Big Josh against the Fabulous Freebirds and the TV Champion, Steve Austin. He also talked about El Gigante’s match with Cactus Jack where El Gigante prevented Cactus Jack from ending the career of Van Hammer at the Clash, and Cactus returning the favor by injuring the knee of the “Friendly Giant.” Solie said he was not entirely sure of Cactus Jack’s plan for the match, but Cactus had kept referring to El Gigante being the one that needs to feel Cactus’ pain so Cactus can free his mind of the demons in it.
Solie also talked about the big unsanctioned match between Barry Windham and Larry Zbyszko. Larry Zbyszko was responsible for breaking Windham’s hand and causing Windham to miss a couple months of action. When Windham returned to get his revenge Windham once again was on the receiving end of a beatdown at the hands of the Dangerous Alliance. While Windham was stuck at home recouping, Zbyszko took to taunting Windham by using numerous holds that Windham has used for years including the Claw and the Superplex. Windham is still not a hundred percent, and so the only way that Frey would agree to a match between the two would be if it was unsanctioned so that WCW could not be help responsible. Solie said that things are sure to explode when the two meet here tonight.
Solie then talked about the World Tag Team Title match between the Steiners and Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson and their dispute over who is currently the best tag team in the World. This dispute has turned ugly with numerous attacks and brawls between the two teams. Solie also goes over Brian Pillman saving several youngsters from the attacks of Big Van Vader which led to their match here tonight. Solie then talked about the Diamond Mine’s constant attacks on Jushin Liger, and Liger turning to the Z-Man and Marcus Bagwell for help in his feud with the three men nearly twice his size.
Solie said that time was drawing near there and this was sure to be a crazy night so be sure to tune in! With that Solie sent it back to Jim Ross.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell pinned Richard Morton with the Fisherman Suplex in 0:06:33. Rating: * 3/4
Marcus Alexander Bagwell came away with a very impressive win over the veteran Richard Morton. Bagwell has really improved as his rookie year continues. Morton apparently thought he was a little too smart for the youngster as every time he would get the advantage he’d walk around the ring gloating. Morton eventually just got a little too cocky which allowed Bagwell to hit his Fisherman Suplex and get the three count.
With just seconds remaining until Superbrawl II started Jim Ross once again petitioned the TV audience that if they hadn’t already done so to be sure to call their local cable company and tell them that they wanted to see Superbrawl right now! Tony Schiavone finished off the Main Event by running down the card once again and then it was time for Superbrawl II to begin!
“Dirty” Dick Slater made an impressive return to WCW here tonight and with Col. Robert Parker by his side there may be no stopping this no-nonsense ruffian. Parker has already gotten on the nerves of most of the crowd with his obnoxious over the top accent, but he has been known to have a great mind for the business.
Marcus Bagwell continues to impress the WCW Championship Committee with his victories over wrestlers with a lot more experience than he currently possesses.
Be sure to call your local cable company, WCW Superbrawl II is next!