I think I just got the obvious ones right in my predictions..
I really wonder what'll happen to Steamboat and Rhodes now that they didn't get to wear gold and cannot challenge for the belts again. Maybe they can switch target belts?
I got a suspicious feeling that Windham would betray Steamboat.. all the talk about having his back and so forth. But it wouldn't have made much sense since Windham's match with Jack was later, and you wouldn't want more than 1 heel vs heel match.
Great supercard Josh, looking forward to what's gonna happens next!
- Rhodes and Steamboat just might have to do that. They actually will definitely be involved in an important way coming up on the next supercard.
- Yeah, I was kind of surprised that a few people thought Windham was going to turn, but reading back over the cards I can see how it would look that way.
Thanks for the comments, Rey!
-Yeah, the plan all along was Vegas and the Studd to go over. When Vegas quit and I started using Muraco I would have liked to have to switched to the DA going over, but the only problem is that Anderson and Eaton are already going to be busy with something else I had booked for the next supercard.
- And now something just happened on Saturday Night after the show where somebody quit and now I'm pissed off as it kind of screws up my WrestleWar booking.
WCW Saturday Night 4/18/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your hosts are Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes
Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes both welcomed everybody to tonight’s Saturday Night. Ross brought up just how great a night of action that Clash of the Champions XIX was. Ross said that because it was such an important night that WTBS has decided to air an encore showing this coming Tuesday night. Dusty Rhodes agreed that it was a night where history was made and that nobody that competed that night came out unscathed.
Ross commented on Rhodes’ victory over Harley Race and that he even got his hands on Big Van Vader. Rhodes said that he had promised Race a beating and that’s exactly what he gave him. He added that if he had to give Vader a little flip, flop, and fly in the process that it was just a bonus. Rhodes said that he now wanted to focus in on his career as an announcer and put all that behind him. Ross agreed that it was nice to have him back, but he wasn’t so sure that Vader and Race were going to let bygones be bygones.
From there Ross announced that both Steve Austin and Rick Rude retained the TV Title and the US Title respectively. Dusty said that Dustin just had an off night, but he had to hand it to Austin in that he was able to pull the Stun Gun out of nowhere to get the pinfall. Ross said that Austin would not have it easy despite his hard fought victory as he’d be going one on one with the Patriot in a Television Title defense and that would be up next!
The Patriot pinned Steve Austin with the Patriot Missile in 0:10:40. Rating: 3/4* (The Patriot won the Television Title.)
What a huge upset we had on our hands here tonight! The masked Patriot has only been in WCW for a short while, but he was given the opportunity of a lifetime. He came out a house of fire on Austin and quickly had him on the ropes for the opening minutes. Paul E. Dangerously was throwing a fit at ringside as the Patriot was able to counter any and every offensive maneuver that Austin attempted. Dangerously had eventually seen enough of that as he jumped up on the ring apron to distracted the Patriot. This allowed Austin to chop block the Patriot and take his legs out from under him. This slowed the match down quite a bit and put the advantage right back in Austin’s favor. Things continued this way for quite some time as Austin tried to wear his opponent down, but the Patriot would not go down easily. He kept trying to fight back, but every time Austin would cut it off by a knee to the midsection or kicking at the leg of the masked man. Austin had his game plan and that was to keep the match at a snail’s pace.
Things were going the champion’s way when all of a sudden Paul E. Dangerously decided to toss Austin the cellular phone. Austin seemed kind of confused as he had the advantage in the match. Austin started to talk it over with Dangerously, but he took just too long as when he turned around the Patriot drilled him with a dropkick to the face. The Patriot immediately went to the outside and climbed up to the top rope. Austin got back to his feet, but instead of focusing in on the Patriot it looked like he was looking around the ring for Paul E’s phone which had fallen to the outside. In doing so Austin turned and walked right in to the Patriot Missile! The Patriot quickly hooked both legs and held on tight as Austin bucked and kicked trying to escape the pinfall, but the Patriot’s hold was too tight and Nick Patrick delivered the three count!
The entire crowd went crazy as the Patriot jumped to his feet. Nick Patrick handed him the Television Title, and it looked like the Patriot was in shock! It didn’t take long for him, however, to raise the belt above his head to huge cheers. Austin slid to the outside, and he looked furious as he started yelling at Paul E. Dangerously. The Patriot continued to celebrate in the ring. Austin and Dangerously started to walk to the back, all the while yelling at one another. Tony Schiavione was able to get their attention long enough to get them over to the interview area while the Patriot made his way down the aisle, clapping hands and holding on tightly to his new TV Championship.
Schiavone asked Austin and Dangerously just what happened out there. Austin ripped the microphone out of Tony’s hands and yelled that he didn’t need any help and that Dangerously was an idiot for distracting him. Paul E. seemed to take offense to that as he replied that he was the only reason Austin had the Television Title in the first place and that Austin better watch his mouth. This only made Austin more angry as he grabbed Dangerously by the suit jacket and pulled him in close. This brought a roar to the crowd at the thought of Dangerously finally get a little bit of punishment for his underhanded deeds. It looked like Austin was going to nail Paul E. as his fist wound up, but out of nowhere Larry Zbyszko forearmed Austin in the back of the head. Austin collapsed to the floor and out came Bobby Eaton, Arn Anderson, and Rick Rude. All four men started to lay the boots to him as Dangerously cheered them on and directed traffic. Austin tried to cover up, but the Dangerous Alliance had more in store for Austin. Anderson and Eaton picked him up and dragged him to the ring while Zbyszko collected a couple of chairs from ringside.
Rude stood by and watched as Anderson set Austin’s arm up in between the two folded up chairs as Bobby Eaton climbed to the top rope. Zbyszko held Austin down as Dangerously screamed at “Stunning” Steve that he’ll never put his hands on him again. Eaton flew off with the Alabama Jam on to the chairs, smashing Austin’s arm in between them! Austin screamed out in pain as Jim Ross hollered that Austin’s arm had to be broken in half! Rude politely applauded from the corner and soon joined the rest of the Dangerous Alliance in the center of the ring. They stared down at their fallen former partner. Dangerously even did the unthinkable as he spat on Austin. With that the four men and their manager left the ring while Austin continued to scream out in pain. Medics soon came down to the ring while Dusty Rhodes said that a promising career might have been ended abruptly here tonight.
After a batch of commercials Jim Ross said that “Stunning” Steve Austin had been taken to the hospital, but it looked like from preliminary reports that Austin had indeed had his arm broken by the Dangerous Alliance. Ross said that Austin must feel like the unluckiest man alive as he went from successfully defending his TV Title at the Clash against Dustin Rhodes in the main event to just one week later losing his TV Title to a rookie, being forcefully kicked out of the Dangerous Alliance, and having his arm broken. Ross wished the best to Austin while Dusty Rhodes added that what goes around comes around and maybe Austin needs to take awhile and think about that before he gets back in the ring.
The Orient Express (Kato and Pat Tanaka) defeated Mike Thor and Chick Donovan when P. Tanaka pinned Donovan with the Kamikaze Plex in 0:05:06. Rating: ** 3/4
During this match Jim Ross announced that the Orient Express have requested and been granted a match against the Diamond Mine next Saturday. Dusty Rhodes said he heard that Diamond Dallas Page was throwing a fit backstage because of this, but Kip Allen Frey thought it was about time that the Orient Express were given the opportunity to try and get some revenge for the beating their friend, Jushin Liger, took at the hands of the Mine. Meanwhile, in the ring, the Express had little trouble disposing of their opponents. After the match Pat Tanaka and Kato made sure the Diamond Mine knew they were after them as Tanaka did the throat cutting gesture and pointed at the camera, simply saying, “Page.”
Ron Simmons pinned Rip Rogers with the Powerslam in 0:02:31. Rating: ** 3/4
Ron Simmons cut an insert promo during this match saying how he was honored to hold on to the United States Tag Team Titles as long as he did with Big Josh, but now it was time to focus on himself. He promised he was stronger and meaner than anybody in WCW and he’d start showing it soon. He warned Sting, Rick Rude, and the Patriot, and anybody else that he was gunning for them and would be setting his sights on singles gold.
Simmons showed some of that strength and temper he was talking about here as he just stormed right through Rip Rogers in record time. Rogers wasn’t even able to mount the tiniest bit of offense as Simmons just shrugged it all off before pounding away at the much smaller man. The Powerslam was more than enough to end things. It looks like Simmons may have set his sights on something beyond the United States Tag Team Titles. The question being, where does this leave Big Josh?
Cactus Jack and Jorge Gonzalez defeated Italian Stallion and Tommy Angel when Gonzalez pinned Angel with the Choke Slam in 0:04:32. Rating: * 3/4
Cactus Jack seemed to think he had already done enough work for the week as he didn’t even tag in to this match. He let his giant do all the work as Jorge Gonzalez demolished both Stallion and Angel. The match might as well have been a handi-cap match except for the occasional cheap shot from the ring apron by Cactus Jack. Eventually the Choke Slam put Angel away and the two deranged men walked away with a victory.
After the match Jack and Gonzalez joined up with Schiavone at the interview area. Jack wanted to apologize to all the fans around the country as he knew how badly they wanted Barry Windham and Sting to be successful at the Clash. He said he could practically feel the happiness drain out of every person that watched him demolish Barry Windham and when Jorge Gonzalez crushed Sting. But he promised the crowd they didn’t need to worry because now that Sting and Windham were taken care of, they could now cheer them. The crowd didn’t seem to like this idea very much as they started to jeer. Cactus said he would now be the new fan favorite in WCW and he would not reject the cheers of the fans. He said that he knew he shouldn’t do it, but he was willing to forgive the fans and that they would be able to cheer on the new champion, Cactus Jack, once Sting handed the title over. Schiavone seemed a little taken aback by this as he said that Sting may not be in the arena tonight, but that he was expected to make a full recovery and would be here next week! Cactus Jack looked a little surprised at this, but then he said that Sting must be coming to hand the title over to him like the gentleman he is. With that Jorge Gonzalez and Cactus Jack walked to the back while Schiavone sent it back to Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes.
Jim Ross thought it was a little odd that Cactus Jack seemed so certain that Sting would be handing the title over to him next week, and Dusty Rhodes agreed that there was no way in hell that Sting would ever just give up his title. Dusty said the next match should be interesting to see as he hoped his son could put his loss at the Clash behind him and keep his focus in the ring.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Jack Victory with the Bulldog in 0:07:00. Rating: *
Well, Dusty Rhodes did not need to worry about his son as he definitely was focused in on his opponent, Jack Victory, here tonight. Victory put up quite the fight, but Dustin was out to prove something here tonight. He did just that. Victory did catch Rhodes a little off guard at one point when Dustin put his head down a little too early for a backdrop, but Victory just couldn’t get him up for the Free Fall. Instead Rhodes slipped his head out from between Victory’s legs and clobbered him with a big elbow to the top of the head. A couple of minutes later Victory looked like he might be taking back control of the match, but when he went to whip Dustin into the turnbuckles Rhodes was able to reverse it. Victory hit the buckles hard and as he staggered out of the corner, Rhodes bounced off the ropes and came off with the Bulldog! That would be all she wrote for Jack Victory.
After the match Dustin Rhodes joined up with Tony Schiavone in the interview area. Schiavone asked Dustin Rhodes about his feelings on Steve Austin and the attack earlier tonight. Rhodes responded that it was a shame that Austin may be out of action, and not because he felt bad for him, but because he wanted to be the one to do it. Dustin knew that the Dangerous Alliance were a bunch of cowardly dogs, and when dogs get hungry enough they will turn on one another. Rhodes said that even though Steve Austin may no longer be in the picture, he hadn’t forgotten the Dangerous Alliance. He promised Larry Zbyszko, Rick Rude, Bobby Eaton, and Arn Anderson that what he had in store for Austin will now just be moved on to them. Dustin stated that he would not be content until the Dangerous Alliance was just a memory.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Richard Morton with the Tutti Frutti in 0:05:40. Rating: ***
Mike Droese was back in the striped shirt for this match after his successful wrestling debut against Rip Rogers at the Clash of the Champions. It was a fairly straight forward match with Richard Morton trying to use his speed, but realizing a little bit too late that he no longer could match speed with a guy like Johnny B. Badd. The Tutti Frutti sealed the deal. Morton tried his best here tonight, but he just didn’t have what it takes to beat the younger, faster, and stronger Badd.
Col. Robert Parker did make an appearance after the match for some reason. It became all too clear, however, when he stepped in to the ring and asked for a microphone. Johnny B. Badd was already headed to the back, but referee Mike Droese was still in the ring. Parker told Droese that he saw his match at the Clash, and he couldn’t help but be impressed at the skills and strength that Droese showed. Parker then told Droese that he was going to give him the chance of a lifetime as he was going to offer his managerial talent to Droese. Parker promised Mike Droese that with him by his side that Droese would soon be atop the WCW Top Ten. Mike Droese looked like he was seriously thinking it over before leaning in and sternly shouting “No!” Droese quickly left the ring and headed to the back to the cheers of the fans while Col. Robert Parker looked rather angry in the ring. The cameras even picked up Parker saying something along the lines of “big dummy” in reference to Droese.
Jim Ross made sure the television audience knew that next week would be a big show as Sting would be making his first appearance after the brutal attack he suffered from at the hands of Cactus Jack and Jorge Gonzalez. Ross then made mention of Ricky Steamboat losing his United States Title shot against “Ravishing” Rick Rude when Larry Zbyszko interfered during the match. Ricky Steamboat was furious after the show and demanded this match. Dusty Rhodes said that it was possible that Zbyszko and the rest of the Dangerous Alliance might be a little distracted with what happened earlier tonight and it might be the perfect time for Steamboat to catch Zbyszko off guard.
Larry Zbyszko and Ricky Steamboat battled to a double disqualification in 0:08:50. Rating: ** 1/2
Normally these two would probably wrestle it out in a nice technical bout, but this match was not under normal circumstances. Steamboat wasn’t going to waste any time with headlocks or takedowns. Instead he went right at Zbyszko. Ricky just blasted “the Cruncher” with chop after chop to get him back in to the corner. Within seconds Steamboat had Zbyszko’s chest a beet red. Zbyszko fought right back, however, as he seemed to have picked up quite the mean streak in the past few months. Both men refused to back down from one another as they continued to brawl around the ring and ringside. Eventually the Alliance had seen enough from the back as they stormed the ring. Anderson and Eaton quickly took Steamboat down and started to lay in the boots while Rude held his rival down.
It didn’t take long, however, for Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham to sprint down the aisle! Barry Windham is here! Windham and Rhodes quickly took out Anderson and Eaton while Dangerously headed for the hills. Rude and Zbyszko quickly escaped as well. Anderson was hit with a big elbow by Dustin while Windham leveled Eaton with a lariat. The former tag champions both exited the ring while Rhodes and Windham checked up on their fallen comrade. Jim Ross said that they were running out of time, but be sure to tune in next week where the Orient Express will go at it with the Diamond Mine and Sting makes his first appearance since the Clash!
Card rating: ** ¼
This was definitely a wild and crazy night here in WCW. Nobody could have predicted what happened in the opening minutes here tonight as the Patriot came out of nowhere to capture the Television Title. He has only been part of the company for a month or so, but he has already captured one of the most prestigious prizes that the wrestling world has to offer. The Patriot left the show with Van Hammer, PN News, and Marcus Alexander Bagwell as they were going out to celebrate. The Patriot won’t have it easy as champion as the Television Title brings with it a lot of responsibilities, but for tonight he is on cloud nine.
What came as even more of a shocker, perhaps, was the miscommunication between Paul E. Dangerously and “Stunning” Steve. It isn’t very often where either man makes a mistake, but tonight Paul E. seemed a little quick to jump the gun in throwing in the phone. Austin seemed to have things well under control when Paul E. stuck his nose into the match. When Austin nearly took Dangerously’s head off after the match, however, it was the Dangerous Alliance coming to their manager’s aid. Not only that, but it has been confirmed that Bobby Eaton broke Steve Austin’s arm with the Alabama Jam Austin’s arm sandwiched in between two chairs. The question is how long will “Stunning” Steve Austin be out of action? And if he is ever able to return, where will he go from here?
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat wanted Larry Zbyszko’s head, and he almost got his wish as he just ripped into “the Cruncher” here tonight. Larry didn’t back down an inch, however, and if it weren’t for the Dangerous Alliance the match would probably still be going on. Both men looked like they had been in a war after just 8 minutes of action. Luckily for Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham were both in the arena to break up the post match beat down that the Alliance had planned for “The Dragon.” All three men have scores to settle with the Dangerous Alliance, but the Alliance definitely have the numbers on their side at this point.
Col. Robert Parker took it upon himself to offer his managerial skills to Mike Droese here tonight. Droese made it clear that he wasn’t interested, but Parker may not be too happy with that decision.
The Orient Express came away with a win here tonight, and they look ready to go against the Diamond Mine here next week. They definitely have the speed advantage, but can they handle the pure, brute strength of the Diamond Studd and Don Muraco? Not to mention it’s almost definite that Diamond Dallas Page will be at ringside. But will the Steiner Brothers be around?
Ron Simmons looks like he wants to get back in to singles action, and he did have a strong showing here tonight. Due to Simmons’ decision, it looks like Big Josh might also be headed back to singles wrestling.
And Cactus Jack seems to think that Sting will be showing up next week to hand over the World Heavyweight Title. People that know Sting are definite that won’t be the case. However, what will happen when these two are in the same arena at the same time? They are just a month away from their big World Heavyweight Title match.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow to the Main Event where Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson will be in action, Michael Hayes will be in singles action, Tom Zenk and Brian Pillman will also be in tag action, and in the main event, “Ravishing” Rick Rude will defend his United States Title against Johnny B. Badd!
Also, next week on Saturday Night, Sting will be here, the Orient Express will face off with the Diamond Mine, and in our main event it will be Big Van Vader going up against Marcus Alexander Bagwell. Bagwell has been on quite the roll as of late, but can he beat the Mastodon?
In backstage news, “Stunning” Steve Austin gave notice after the Clash of the Champions. Tonight was his last show with the company. We wish him all the best, and hope we can work with him in the future.
What a blow you took with Austin quitting. Instead of getting fired in a couple years, he just goes ahead and quits now. Not sure how I feel about The Patriot winning the title. One thing I am sure of, though, is that the afterparty celebration likely got WAY out of hand with that wild group of guys!
Oddly enough I'm looking forward to Diamond Mine/Orient Express to see how Muraco progresses. And Bagwell will get mauled, no doubt about it.
- Austin quitting was just horrible. When I saw it pop up on the TNM screen I threw a little hissy fit. It sucks that I take whatever TNM gives me otherwise I'd just rehire him and nobody would have known.
It does make things a little more interesting. I wish I could have built it up a little bit better however. I definitely had plans for Autsin, but I guess I'll have to switch them over to somebody else, and maybe I can rehire Austin at a later date.
- The Patriot wasn't really my first choice for the TV Title switch...it probably would have gone to Rhodes, but I had already kind of implied that the Clash would be his last shot. I had some other options, but nothing without totally screwing up some of my booking plans.
- Diamond Mine/Orient Express is kind of an odd pairing, but I still am enjoying it. And Bagwell did beat Slater. Maybe he becomes the new upset king by beating Vader? Hmm....
WCW Main Event 4/19/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your host is Tony Schiavone
Tony Schiavone welcomed everybody to the Main Event. He immediately went over what happened on yesterday on Saturday Night where “Stunning” Steve Austin was forcibly kicked out of the Dangerous Alliance. Schiavone confirmed that Austin did indeed have his arm broken by “Beautiful” Bobby’s Alabama Jam. Schiavone wished Austin all the best, and said that Austin was refusing any and all phone calls to the hospital. Schiavone kind of laughed off that nobody would probably be calling him anyways. Schiavone ran down tonight’s card and brought up the main event tonight where “Ravishing” Rick Rude would be defending against Johnny B. Badd. Tony said that, while Johnny B. Badd might be an underdog, if he hits the Tutti Frutti we will see a new champion here tonight.
Z-Man and Brian Pillman defeated Mustafa Saed and George South when Z-Man pinned South with the Flying Dropkick in 0:05:13. Rating: ** 1/4
The Z-Man and “Flyin’” Brian cut an insert promo during their match where the Z-Man said they were coming after the United States Tag Team Titles. Tom Zenk said he respected all that the Fabulous Freebirds have accomplished, but he knew that he and “Flyin’” Brian could beat them in a straight up match. Brian Pillman said that he was sick of being looked over just because he was a little bit smaller than the rest of the roster. He promised that he would do whatever it takes to get himself some championship gold. The Z-Man reminded everybody that they are former United States Tag Team Champions and they would win them again. Pillman warned the rest of the teams to watch out because they were on the prowl and they wouldn’t be pushed around.
During the match the Z-Man and Pillman kept their opponents completely off guard with their speed. Surprisingly, Pillman used a lot more fisticuffs during this match than is usual for him. In fact, one left hand knocked Mustafa Saed from the ring, over the top rope, and all the way to the outside. Seconds later the Z-Man had tagged in and drilled George South on the chin with his Flying Dropkick off the top rope to end the match rather emphatically.
Michael Hayes pinned Jim Nash with the DDT in 0:03:42. Rating: *
Michael Hayes was joined by his tag team partner, Jimmy Garvin, at ringside for this match. They are the new United States Tag Team Champions, and Jimmy Garvin wasn’t going to let anybody forget it as he walked around the ringside area with both belts. Hayes was his normal arrogant self as he worked over Jim Nash. A couple of times throughout the bout Hayes even took the time to look at his reflection in the US Tag Title that Garvin held up for him from the ring apron. Hayes eventually nailed Nash with the big left hand which led right into the DDT to put this match in the books.
After the match the Fabulous Freebirds joined up with Gordon Solie in the interview area. Solie congratulated them on their hard fought victory at the Clash of the Champions that won them the US Tag Titles. Michael Hayes said he knew it was only a matter of time before they were champions again and that you can only hold a Freebird down so long before they get what they deserve. Garvin said he knew they were wanted men now, but that’s nothing new for the Freebirds since they are “wanted” everywhere they go. Hayes promised they would not be relinquishing the Titles any time soon and guys like Hip Hop Rock and “Flyin’” Brian and the Z-Man better enjoy being second best, because they will never be able to overtake the Freebirds as the number one tag team in the States.
Mr. Hughes pinned Chris Sullivan with the Spinning Side Slam in 0:02:48. Rating: * 1/4
We haven’t seen much of Mr. Hughes as of late, but he showed tonight why he is still a force to be reckoned with. The Spinning Side Slam is more than capable of putting anybody on their back for a three count. Harley Race still was not accompanying Mr. Hughes to the ring, and it looks like Race might have decided to put all of his eggs in one basket, the basket being Big Van Vader.
Paul E. Dangerously was out next and joined Tony Schiavone on commentary for his team’s next match. Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton looked like they were out to prove a point here tonight while Dangerously immediately started to rip in to “Stunning” Steve Austin as the match went on.
The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton) defeated Kevin Neal and Robert Wallace when B. Eaton pinned Wallace with the Alabama Jam in 0:04:22. Rating: ** 1/4
Dangerously took this time to say that Austin was never somebody he could put his faith in. Paul E. made sure it was clear that without his help, Austin would have been a nobody fighting in some trailer park somewhere for a can of baked beans. Schiavone thought Dangerously was taking it a bit too far, but Dangerously continued to berate “Stunning” Steve. Eventually things moved towards Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson’s problems and also the Patriot winning the TV Title last Saturday. Dangerously said that Anderson and Eaton were like brothers so, of course, there would be the occasional squabble. Dangerously then got on the topic of the Patriot, and said that he better enjoy his little title reign for as long as he could, because he had plans for the Patriot, and none of them ended with him surviving.
Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton seemed to have gotten back on track as a team as they had no problems with their opponents here tonight. After Anderson had disposed of Kevin Neal, he caught Wallace charging in to the ring with a devastating spinebuster. Eaton followed that up almost immediately with the Alabama Jam. Wallace and Eaton may not have been the legal men in the ring, but Randy Anderson seemed to think that Neal and Wallace had enough as he delivered the three count despite the legality.
Paul E. Dangerously joined up with his men in the ring after the match where he got his face up close to the camera and warned the Patriot that his days were numbered. Schiavone commented that the Patriot better be on his toes, because he may be a great wrestler, but he doubted he had much experience dealing with the types of Paul E. Dangerously and the Dangerous Alliance.
Tony Schiavone then sent it to Eric Bischoff who was in WCW Headquarters. Bischoff ran down all of what happened at the Clash of the Champions and also the craziness that occurred after the main event on Saturday Night. Schiavone said that Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, and Barry Windham were demanding that they were able to get their hands on the Dangerous Alliance, but Executive Vice President Kip Allen Frey was still trying to figure something out as to how to handle this situation. From there Bischoff brought up the graphics for this week’s top ten to the World Heavyweight Champion Sting.
10. The Patriot (-) 9. Ricky Steamboat (9) 8. Johnny B. Badd (-) 7. Arn Anderson (10) 6. Larry Zbyszko (7) 5. Barry Windham (4) 4. Dustin Rhodes (3) 3. Big Van Vader (5) 2. Cactus Jack (2) 1. Rick Rude (1) Champion: Sting (C)
Eric Bischoff reminded the television audience that Wrestle War was coming up in just under a month’s time. Bischoff said that only one match had been signed at this time and that was Sting defending his World Heavyweight Title against Cactus Jack. Bischoff added that Cactus Jack seemed to think that Sting would be forfeiting his title this Saturday Night. Bischoff had not spoken to Sting since the Clash but with the damage Sting received at the Clash from Jorge Gonzalez and Cactus Jack, Jack just might be correct. Bischoff encouraged everybody to turn in to Saturday Night because we might see the crowning of a new champion if Sting is, in fact, unable to compete at Wrestle War.
Barry Windham pinned Mike Bucci with the Superplex in 0:03:43. Rating: * 3/4
Barry Windham cut a short insert promo during the match where he stated that he was far from done with the Dangerous Alliance. He promised that he wasn’t happy with how Cactus Jack stole the number one contendership from him at the Clash, but he was even more upset that he let Ricky Steamboat down and allowed the Dangerous Alliance to steal a mach away that Steamboat should have won. Windham said that as long as Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, and himself were around they’d make it their goal to see the Alliance dismantled once and for all.
Barry Windham had no problems in his match, and it seemed like he got even more lift out of the Superplex here tonight. Windham got quite the large fan reaction after the match as he continues to grow in to one of the bigger fan favorites. A determined Windham is not something Paul E. Dangerously wants on his hands.
Johnny B. Badd cut a pre-match promo backstage with Gordon Solie. Badd said he had fought long and hard to get the right to face Rick Rude for the United States Title. Badd said he was dying to taste some championship gold and tonight was the night that he’d satisfy that hunger. He finished by saying it was most definitely a good day to be a bad man.
Rick Rude pinned Johnny B. Badd with the Rude Awakening in 0:08:05. Rating: ** 1/2 (Rick Rude retained the United States Heavyweight Title.)
Rick Rude, accompanied by Paul E. Dangerously, seemed to take his challenger a little too lightly here tonight. He used the opening seconds to show case his strength by pushing Badd around the ring to the jeers of the crowd. Badd seemed a little off his game, but it was all a show, however, as when Rude pushed him back in to the corner for a third time Badd came out of nowhere with a big right hook that floored the champion. Rude hit the mat hard and quickly escaped to the outside where Dangerously was there to check up on him. The surprise blow seemed to just upset Rude as he charged back in to the ring, but was immediately taken down with several arm drags.
Rude had to get himself back in to the match, but it was a very slow process as Badd kept him on his toes throughout the match by his quick offense. Eventually Rude was able to capitalize on a mistake that Badd made as he went for a flying crossbody press and Rude was able to duck under it. From there Rude tried to end the match as he went for the Rude Awakening. Badd somehow was able to push himself off, however, and when Rude turned around to go back at Johnny B. Badd he was met with the Tutti Frutti! Unfortuantely for Badd Rude fell through the ropes and to the outside. Dangerously was immediately there to slap “Ravishing” Rick awake, but it was pretty clear that if Rude had fallen in the ring that he would have lost his title there.
Things continued to go Johnny B. Badd’s way, but one mistake cost him as he went to charge at Rude after he had whipped him in to the corner. Rude was able to move out of the way just in the nick of time and Badd hit the buckles chest first. Badd staggered backwards and right in to a knee to the lower back. Rude quickly followed that up by slowly wrenching the neck and dropping him with the Rude Awakening. Nobody gets up from that.
For just an eight minute match Rick Rude looked like he had been in a war. He was bleeding from the lip and drenched in sweat. Paul E. Dangerously was quick to enter the ring and hand Rude his US Title, but it’s pretty clear that the next time these two meet Rude won’t take him too lightly.
Card rating: ** 3/4
“Ravishing” Rick Rude once again successfully defended his United States Title. It was definitely a close encounter, but Rude always seems to come up with a way to escape defeat. Paul E. Dangerously’s other two men also had a good ngiht as Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton showed they are still able to work well together.
Paul E. Dangerously does look like he hasn’t forgotten about the Television Title. He threatened the Patriot tonight while doing commentary, and immediately after tonight’s card he went to Kip Allen Frey and was able to get a match signed for next week’s main event. It will be the Patriot in his first TV Title defense against “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. This will be quite the challenge for the Patriot as he’ll be needing to continue to step up his game if he’s going to be able to be a successful long term champion.
It looks like Barry Windham, Ricky Steamboat, and Dustin Rhodes will continue to do battle with the Dangerous Alliance as well. It is quickly becoming clear that there may be no way to end this feud between the Alliance and the men that they have tormented for the last few months.
Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk continued their winning ways here tonight, and they also let it be known that they will be going after the Fabulous Freebirds and their United States Tag Team Titles. The Z-Man and Pillman are former US Tag Champions themselves and with how they’ve looked in the last couple of weeks, they have to be right up there for a future shot.
Be sure to tune in next week on the Main Event as the Patriot will have his first TV Title defense against “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and much more! Also, this coming Saturday Night it’s Big Van Vader versus Marcus Alexander Bagwell and the Orient Express finally gets their chance at revenge as they go up against the Diamond Mine, Don Muraco and the Diamond Studd. Plus Sting will be there as will be Cactus Jack! All that and much more!
WCW Saturday Night 4/25/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your hosts are Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes
Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes welcomed everybody to tonight’s show, but as they had started to run down the lineup, Cactus Jack’s music came over the speakers. Cactus Jack was followed by Jorge Gonzalez, and the entire Center Stage Theatre really let them have it with boos. Jack kept the crazy grin on his face, however, despite the crowd showing their complete distaste for him. Once in the ring Cactus Jack grabbed a microphone and squealed out that it was time for Sting to come down the aisle and hand him the World Heavyweight Title. The fans obviously booed this, but Jack told the crowd to calm down because now they could cheer on a true champion and not some high school quarterback hero. He said that they could cheer somebody who was exactly like all the people sitting at home watching on TV, Cactus Jack.
Jim Ross seemed to think that more fans could relate to Sting than the deranged psychopath Cactus Jack, and Dusty Rhodes was quick to agree. Sting’s music brought the crowd to their feet as the World Heavyweight Champion stepped out with the World Title on his shoulder. Sting looked pretty beat up as he was limping from the chair shot he received to his legs at the Clash. Once Sting had entered the ring Cactus held out his hands like he expected Sting to hand over the Title. Sting had something else on his mind, however, as he grabbed the microphone out of Jack’s hands. Sting said it was true that he was sore as hell and was having a little trouble with his legs the past week. But Sting also questioned Cactus Jack’s sanity if he actually thought that he would forfeit his World Heavyweight Title after he fought so long to get it. Sting promised Cactus Jack that he would be at Wrestle War, and he would deliver the butt whipping of a lifetime.
Cactus took the microphone back and seemed really sad. Cactus said he was extremely sorry to hear that, but Sting may not have a say in the matter as to if he’ll be there at Wrestle War. With that Jorge Gonzalez came up from behind to grab Sting, but Sting apparently heard him coming as he turned around and started kicking and chopping at Gonzalez. Jorge was caught off guard as he backed in to the corner. Sting’s eyes, however, were totally off Cactus and it cost him. Cactus drilled Sting in the back with a knee which was promptly followed up with his Double Arm DDT. Gonzalez and Cactus weren’t done as they tossed Sting over the top rope. Once outside Gonzalez grabbed Sting by the throat and dropped him with a huge chokeslam on the floor! Cactus let out a “Bang, bang!” before getting down on his hands and knees and screaming that Sting wouldn’t make it to Wrestle War.
Cactus Jack and Jorge Gonzalez left Sting laid out as they walked to the back while Doug Dillenger and several other WCW officials ran out to check on the fallen champion. Dusty Rhodes questioned if Sting would be able to recover after the attack at the Clash and the beating he took tonight. Jim Ross said it was clear that Cactus Jack didn’t exactly want the one on one match with Sting at Wrestle War, but he more than likely wanted to take Sting out before then and force Sting to forfeit the championship over to Cactus Jack without a match even taking place.
Ron Simmons pinned Mr. Hughes with the Powerslam in 0:06:21. Rating: 1/4*
Ron Simmons cut an insert promo during his match here tonight where he once again proclaimed that he was going to be focusing in on singles action from here on. Simmons promised that by the end of the year he would be wearing championship gold once again.
Simmons and Hughes did have quite the brawl here tonight, and it was pretty obvious that both men were well matched in the power game. Simmons does have something else he brings to the table, however, and that’s speed. When it became clear to Simmons that he wouldn’t be able to overpower Mr. Hughes, he decided to try using his speed to his advantage and it worked perfectly. Several diving shoulderblocks out of nowhere really caught Hughes off guard and it was just enough to lead in to the big Powerslam that Simmons uses to put his opponents away.
After the match as Simmons was getting his hand raised Mr. Hughes decided to take it upon himself to get a little bit of revenge from his loss as he attacked him from behind. Hughes dropped Simmons with a clothesline to the back of the head and then he started to lay in the boots to him. All of a sudden Big Josh sprinted down the aisle! Big Josh slid in to the ring and peppered Hughes with rights and lefts which sent him packing. Mr. Hughes slowly walked to the back while Big Josh tried to help Ron Simmons up. Once Simmons realized what had happened, however, he gave Josh a gentle push and seemed to be asking him what he was doing out there. Josh just shrugged his shoulders while Simmons stepped through the ropes and also headed to the back. Dusty acknowledged that there might be some trouble brewing with the former United States Tag Team Champions, but Ross thought he was over reacting a bit and that Simmons probably just wanted to do things on his own right now.
Jack Victory pinned Chris Sullivan with the Free Fall in 0:04:02. Rating: * 1/2
Right after the bell rang Ross yelled that something was going on in the back and that there were camera men back there picking up the action. When the cameras cut to the back they caught up with Sting running through the hallway with a chair. He slammed into a door, forcing it open. Sting ran through the door and it was clear he was outside and Cactus Jack and Jorge Gonzalez were in the bed of a pickup truck. The truck peeled out as it drove off while Cactus Jack let loose another “Bang, bang!” towards Sting. Sting tried to run after them, but he soon gave up the chase as several doctors ran up to him and apparently started chastising him for running out of his checkup. Sting slowly walked back to the arena, obviously favoring his back and his right leg. Sting may not have gotten his hands on Cactus Jack, but he is still in the game. But, the question is, how much more punishment can he take from those two psychos?
Hip Hop Rock (PN News and Van Hammer) defeated Taylor Made Men (Terry Taylor and Tracey Smothers) when Hammer pinned T. Smothers with the Off the Charts in 0:06:05. Rating: * 1/4
Hip Hop Rock really impressed everybody here tonight as they came out and handed it right to the Taylor Made Men. Terry Taylor and Tracey Smothers definitely had the experience and the technical skills to win the match, but Van Hammer and PN News just negated all of that with their brute strength. After disposing of Taylor through the ropes there was no way that Smothers was getting out of their finishing maneuver Off the Charts.
After the match PN News grabbed the microphone and rapped awhile while Van Hammer did a little headbanging in the center of the ring to the delight of the crowd. The Taylor Made Men seemed rather perturbed with their antics as they left the ring and headed to the back. Meanwhile Hip Hop Rock have definitely added their names to the United States Tag Team Title hunt which are currently being held by the Fabulous Freebirds.
Jim Ross then ran down a brief report about the Steiner Brothers who had been wrestling in Japan, defending the World Tag Team Titles. Ross said that they had been there for a week now and have competed against some of the finest tag teams the sport has to offer and just last night they were able to defeat Hiroshi Hase and Kensuke Sasaki. Ross said that they were on their way back home and were actually going to be competing tomorrow night on the Main Event. Dusty Rhodes hoped that they weren’t pushing it with the amount of traveling they were doing to prove they are the best tag team in the world. Rhodes said that they better start putting all of their focus on the Diamond Mine or they may just be in for a shock when they meet up at Wrestle War.
Dick Slater pinned Shane Tomlinson with the Piledriver in 0:04:20. Rating: * 1/2
Dick Slater took out all of his aggression from his loss to Marcus Alexander Bagwell at the Clash on his opponent here tonight. Shane Tomlinson had no chance to even fight back as Slater attacked him before the bell and never let up on the pressure. Mike Droese was refereeing this match and tried to keep things under control, but the presence of Col. Robert Parker at ringside seemed to distract him quite a bit. After Slater had put away his opponent with the Piledriver it looked like Slater wanted to continue the beating. Droese would have none of it, however, as he got in between them. Slater gave Droese a pretty hard shove at this point, and it looked like Droese was going to retaliate with a right hand when Parker got in between the two men. Parker had a microphone and once again petitioned Droese to join up with him. Droese would have none of it as he once again said no before heading to the back. Col. Parker once again seemed rather upset with Droese’s decision.
The Diamond Mine (Diamond Studd and Don Muraco) defeated The Orient Express (Kato and Pat Tanaka) when Muraco pinned P. Tanaka with the Cave In in 0:08:14. Rating: * ½
Here was a match that both teams had been looking forward to for quite some time. The Diamond Mine had been ambushed a couple of times at the hands of the Orient Express, but the Express was simply trying to get some measure of revenge for their fallen friend, Jushin Liger. Diamond Dallas Page was at ringside, of course, to watch his Mine try to take out the men from Japan once and for all.
The Orient Express had to use their speed for the majority of the match as it quickly became clear that Don Muraco and the Diamond Studd just had too much strength. Any time either Kato or Pat Tanaka got within the grasp of the two bigger men they definitely took a pounding. Eventually though Tanaka and Kato used quick tags and flying maneuvers off the top to keep Studd and Muraco on their toes. The Orient Express even hit a double dropkick off the top rope on to Muraco that could have secured the three count if the Diamond Studd hadn’t broke things up.
Later on in the match the Orient Express were able to hit the Kamikaze Plex on the Diamond Studd! At the exact same moment the entire crowd burst in to cheers as Jushin Liger made his return to WCW! DDP was standing right near the aisle when Liger grabbed him by the back of the head and hurled him in to the ringpost. Page was completely stunned as Liger grabbed him by the hair and smashed him face first in to the guardrail. Don Muraco looked like he was about to hop down to the floor to help his manager, but then he realized that his partner was being pinned. Muraco made the decision to break up the three count just as Liger threw Page through the curtain and in to the backstage area. Muraco went on a complete tear in the ring as he threw Kato and Tanaka around the ring. A few seconds later Muraco was officially tagged in by the Studd, and Muraco hit the Cave In on Pat Tanaka to secure the three count while Kato was held off by the Diamond Studd.
Seconds later DDP staggered out from behind the curtain with a big gash in his forehead. He was bleeding rather profusely from the forehead as he took a couple of steps towards the ring. At that point Page fell face first right in the aisle. Muraco and the Studd were quick to leave the ring to collect their fallen manager while the Orient Express regrouped in the ring. Jim Ross seemed to think that this had all been some sort of master plan for Liger to get his hands on Page where the Studd and Muraco would be unable to intervene. Dusty Rhodes thought it was a hell of an idea and was happy to see DDP get some of what he deserved.
It looks like Jushin Liger is back in WCW, at least for the time being, and Page certain got the worst of it.
Lex Luger made Bubba Monroe submit to the Torture Rack in 0:04:24. Rating: * ¾
Lex Luger was back in action here tonight and quickly dismantled Bubba Monroe. Luger may not have his full attention on wrestling right now, but there is no doubt he still has the talent. After the match Luger joined up with Tony Schiavone at the interview area. Schiavone commented on the impressive victory Luger just had. Luger thanked Schiavone and said that he had some free time tonight and that he thought he’d stop in and give the crowd a little thrill by getting to see him live an in action. Luger promised WCW that he hadn’t forgotten the little people and even though he may be a little pre-occupied with Hollywood at this point, he would always be here to entertain the masses.
Ricky Steamboat pinned Rip Rogers with the Flying Cross Body Press in 0:04:32. Rating: ** 1/2
Ricky Steamboat was accompanied to the ring by Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham for his match here tonight. It didn’t seem to be give “The Dragon” help for his match, as he won that rather easily, but probably to keep an eye out for the Dangerous Alliance.
After the match Steamboat, Rhodes, and Windham joined up with Tony Schiavonne at the interview area. Steamboat promised the Dangerous Alliance that they could keep on running, but eventually they were going to get a hold of them in a fair encounter. Steamboat promised that when that happened the Alliance will feel their wrath. Rhodes said he was use to fighting with the odds against him, but no more as he, and Barry, and Ricky were going to even things up and finish the Alliance off once and for all. Windham finished by saying that the Dangerous Alliance had broken his hand months ago and took away time from the wrestling ring that he will never get back. Windham said that he might have gotten his revenge on Larry Zbyszko, but he wouldn’t be happy until he watched every single member of the Dangerous Alliance laying on the mat in a pool of their own blood and that included Paul E. Dangerously.
Big Van Vader pinned Marcus Alexander Bagwell with the Vader Bomb in 0:08:23. Rating: ** 1/4
Harley Race joined up at the announcer’s table with Dusty Rhodes and Jim Ross to watch his man Vader face off with the upstart kid Marcus Alexander Bagwell. There was some definite tension between Race and Dusty after their match at the Clash of the Champions. They shared a few unkind words towards each other as the match went on.
Bagwell used his speed as much as possible to stay out of the grasp of Vader, and it seemed to work for the majority of the match. The problem was once Vader finally grabbed a hold of Bagwell that Vader had become rather annoyed with Bagwell’s antics. This led to quite the beating in the corner which Bagwell was lucky to escape when referee Nick Patrick separated the two. Bagwell was quite a bit the worse for wear, and it was pretty obvious as later on when he finally was able to nail Vader with a series of clotheslines that knocked Vader on to his rump he was unable to capitalize.
Seconds later things got a little interesting as Richard Morton, Dick Slater, and the Taylor Made Men all made their way down to ringside. Rhodes and Ross both seemed confused with what was going on as they all made their way over the announcer’s table. Back in the ring Vader had regained complete control and was able to hit the Vader Bomb to secure the three count.
Back outside the ring Harley Race pulled out a piece of paper and slid it over to Dusty Rhodes with a pen. Harley Race told Rhodes that he had done something at the Clash that no man should ever do and that was he made Big Van Vader angry. Race told Rhodes that he was now going to be forced to sign this contract and agree to face Vader, man versus man, at Wrestle War. Rhodes kind of laughed that off and said he had officially retired and from here on he was only going to be announcing during matches, not competing in them. With that Race nodded to Vader in the ring who went back to the middle ropes and came off with another Vader Bomb!
Dusty Rhodes had seen enough as tried to get up from his chair, but he was held to his seat by Morton, Slater, and the Taylor Made Men. Race told Rhodes to sign the contract once again or WCW would see the end of Bagwell’s career here tonight. Race motioned for Vader to back up to the middle ropes. Rhodes glared at Race, but he did slowly pick up the pen and sign the contract while Jim Ross kept telling him not to. Vader didn’t seem to care as he came off the middle turnbuckle with one more Vader Bomb! Race thanked Rhodes for signing his death warrant before walking off with Vader soon following after. As they made their way back up the aisle Rhodes burst out of his chair and started delivering solid elbows to Morton, Slater, Smothers, and Taylor. All four men collapsed to the floor as Rhodes slid in to the ring to check on Bagwell. Race and Vader just laughed in the aisle as they had just forced Dusty Rhodes, a man far past his prime, to sign a match with the most dangerous man alive, Big Van Vader.
Card rating: ** 1/4
Dusty Rhodes may have succeeded at the Clash of the Champions by defeating Harley Race, but on that same night Rhodes embarrassed Big Van Vader. Vader did not take this too kindly and apparently he wants Rhodes’ head on a stick. Harley Race was able to pay for the services of several men to hold Dusty Rhodes in place and forced him to sign a contract for a one on one match at Wrestle War with Big Van Vader or witness the destruction of Marcus Alexander Bagwell. Dusty Rhodes wants no part of Vader, but his arm was twisted and there was nothing that could be done. One can just hope that Rhodes pulls off the impossible and shows that he can handle Big Van Vader.
Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, and Barry Windham have an alliance of their own, and it’s clear that their whole purpose is to dispose WCW of the Dangerous Alliance. It is still unclear as to how they plan on accomplishing this, but these are three that might just be capable of it.
While the Orient Express may not have been successful in defeating the Diamond Mine here tonight, they did accomplish one part of their goal as they kept Don Muraco and the Diamond Studd busy while Jushin Liger returned to World Championship Wrestling to take out Diamond Dallas Page. Liger delivered quite the beating to Page at ringside and also backstage. Page had to be stitched up after the show tonight, and Don Muraco was promising that he’d destroy Liger once he got his hands on him.
Mike Droese continued to turn down Col. Robert Parker’s offers to manage him. Droese seems satisfied in his role as a WCW referee, and even if this upsets Parker and Dick Slater, there may not be a way to convince him to become a full time wrestler.
Ron Simmons and Big Josh seem to be having a little bit of miscommunication. Big Josh seemed to think he was helping out a friend when Mr. Hughes attacked Simmons after the match, but Simmons did not look like he appreciated the helping hand. Simmons has given several interviews where he has stated he wants to focus on singles wrestling at this point, and perhaps he wants to prove he can get the job done by himself.
And finally, Sting and Cactus Jack once again got in to it here tonight. Sting refused to forfeit his World Heavyweight Title over to Cactus Jack, and that did not go over well. When the dust had settled Sting was once again lying on his back while Jorge Gonzalez and Cactus Jack left smiling. Cactus Jack has promised that Sting will not make it to Wrestle War and that Sting will have to forfeit the Title before then. Cactus Jack is one deranged man and the tactics he uses could easily put Sting out of action. However, don’t ever under estimate Sting. Sting has fought through many wars, and if there is one man that can take what Cactus Jack is capable of dishing out, it is Sting.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow to the Main Event where The Patriot will have his first Television Title defense against “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. The World Tag Team Champions the Steiner Brothers will also be in action and much more!
Next week on Saturday Night we will see Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham team up to face “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson and “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton! “Ravishing” Rick Rude will also be in action! And just signed, Sting has demanded a one on one match with Jorge Gonzalez and it has been granted. However, Kip Allen Frey has made this match for the World Heavyweight Championship! Not only that, but Frey has announced that Cactus Jack will be banned from ringside for the duration of the match or he will forfeit his Title shot at Wrestle War. Be sure to tune in next week!
That over the top rule is so silly. I have to be careful when I'm writing up matches because of it. I thought I'd throw it in there to see if anybody remembered that it was still a part of 1992. We might have to change that eventually.
I was looking forward to bringing back Liger, but thought I'd try and be realistic as he would definitely need to return to Japan at some point for a little while. Now he's back and ready to take it out on Page.
WCW Main Event 4/26/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your host is Tony Schiavone
Tony Schiavone welcomed everybody to tonight’s edition of the Main Event. He quickly ran down the card which will be headlined by the Patriot’s first Television Title defense as he faces off against “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton. Schiavone said that Paul E. Dangerously had promised that the TV Title would be back around a Dangerous Alliance Member soon and tonight might just be the night where he fulfills that promise. Schiavone also mentioned that the Steiner Brothers were back from their brief tour of Japan and would be in action here tonight.
Johnny B. Badd pinned Mustafa Saed with the Tutti Frutti in 0:03:27. Rating: **
Johnny B. Badd is coming off a heart breaking loss last week to United States Champion Rick Rude. Badd was very close to winning his first WCW championship belt, but it wasn’t meant to be. Badd took it out on his opponent here and walked away with a quick win. Badd got his face up in to the camera after the match and promised that he was just as bad a man as ever and that he is still the prettiest man in World Championship Wrestling.
The challenger for Sting’s World Heavyweight Title on Saturday Night, Jorge Gonzalez, had a warm-up match here tonight. As he was being introduced Gonzalez cut an insert promo that was spoken entirely in Spanish. Luckily he was with Cactus Jack who gave his translation after the giant had finished speaking. Jack told Sting that Gonzalez was promising to do things that even made him squeamish and it wouldn’t be a good day to be a little Stinger on Saturday. Cactus Jack made Gonzalez promise that he would get a Title shot at Wrestle War after he beat Sting on Saturday. Gonzalez nodded his head which caused Cactus to let loose a big grin before dishing out a “Bang, bang!” to end the segment.
Schiavone commented that that these two just get more and more bizarre as the weeks go by. He hoped Sting was well prepared, because Jorge Gonzalez is a man that is not one be taken to lightly.
Jorge Gonzalez pinned Firebreaker Chip with the Choke Slam in 0:00:40. Rating: -*
The match, if you can call it that, was almost over before it began. Firebreaker Chip, whom we haven’t seen in quite some time, came right at Gonzalez with a dropkick as the bell rang, but Gonzalez just absorbed the blow. As Chip got back to his feet Gonzalez floored him with a big overhand chop to the head. One Choke Slam later and that was it.
After the match a few clips of Sting’s non-title match with Jorge Gonzalez aired, mostly of Gonzalez’s brutal offense on the champion. Schiavone once again stated that this Saturday the World Title would be on the line and that Sting’s reign might come to a crashing halt. Schiavone also brought up that it appeared Cactus has been promised by Jorge that if he wins the title that he’ll still get his match at Wrestle War. Schiavone mentioned that Jorge Gonzalez and Cactus Jack fought back at Superbrawl II and it was a horribly brutal match. Schiavone thought that if Cactus and Gonzalez ever fought again there was a good chance neither man would survive.
Non-Title Match: The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) defeated Jim Nash and George South when S. Steiner pinned South with the Frankenstein in 0:06:06. Rating: ** 1/2
The Steiner Brothers showed that they weren’t suffering from any jet lag here tonight. Their opponents were pretty much punching bags that got thrown around the ring for around six minutes before the Frankensteiner ended things.
Things looked like they were going to get a little interesting after the match as the Diamond Mine made an appearance, Diamond Dallas Page sporting a big bandage on his forehead. The Steiner Brothers saw them coming, however, and they looked ready for a fight. They even motioned for them to enter the ring, and Rick Steiner went so far as to hold the ropes open for them. The Diamond Studd and Don Muraco seemed happy enough staring them down from the aisle, however. The Diamond Studd could be heard saying they were going to get the gold before officials came down to pull the Diamond Mine back to the locker rooms.
Richard Morton pinned Bubba Monroe with the Rock 'n Roll Buster in 0:05:01. Rating: ** 1/2
Terry Taylor pinned Van Hammer with the Five Arm in 0:06:15. Rating: 3/4*
Terry Taylor sure seemed to have his hands full with the bigger Van Hammer here tonight. Taylor was forced to take it to the mat early as Hammer was dominating him from the standing position. Taylor was able to use quite a bit of his expertise to keep Hammer down as he worked over the legs of the rock star. Hammer fought back with his own unique offense, however, and almost came away with a three count after a big powerslam. Later on in the match Hammer had tossed Taylor to the outside. Taylor was quick to grab the guitar that Hammer brings to ringside and as Hammer went to pull Taylor back in to the ring Taylor jabbed the guitar right in to his throat. Referee Nick Patrick didn’t appear to see it as he was trying to hold Hammer back and there was no disqualification. Seconds later as Hammer staggered around the ring gasping for air, Taylor bounced off the ropes and nailed the Five Arm for the victory.
After the match PN News ran down to the ring to dispute the call by Nick Patrick, but as they were discussing what had happened out ran Tracey Smothers. Smothers chop blocked News from behind and soon both Taylor Made Men were laying the boots to both PN News and Van Hammer. Taylor even went after the guitar once again and broke it across the ringpost. One thing is for certain and that is that Hip Hop Rock will not be happy once they wake up and see what has become of Hammer’s prized guitar.
Bobby Eaton and The Patriot battled to a draw in 0:15:00. Rating: * ½ (The Patriot retained the WCW Television Title.)
This was a huge test for the Patriot. Not only was he defending his TV Title for the first time, but he was going up against one of the best wrestlers in the sport today, Bobby Eaton. Not to mention that Eaton was accompanied to the ring, as always, by Paul E. Dangerously. Eaton really took it right to the Patriot, but the Patriot wasn’t one to back down. So what we had was a very close encounter with numerous close pinfall attempts. It seemed like Eaton would be winning the Title as he kept the Patriot off his game for most of the match, and it was clear that Bobby Eaton was the superior wrestler. Somehow, however, the Patriot was able to fight right back and keep himself in the match.
As the match continued on Bobby Eaton seemed to growing rather frustrated. This was especially shown when Eaton hit a beautiful swinging neckbreaker on the Patriot around the 12 minute mark and still was unable to secure the three count. A couple of minutes later and things really picked up speed as Eaton kept going for pinfall after pinfall in trying to get the three count. Paul E. was yelling at ringside that time was almost up, but there was nothing Eaton could do as the Patriot just kept kicking out. Eventually Eaton hooked the Patriot up in an inside cradle, and it looked like he might get the three, but at the count of two the bell rang signaling the time limit draw!
The Patriot had succeeded in defending his strap! He looked utterly exhausted as referee Randy Anderson handed him the TV Title. The Patriot slumped in the corner, hugging the strap, while Eaton and Paul E. Dangerously looked on furiously in the ring. The Patriot took his eyes off “Beautiful” Bobby as he was going to make his exit and that turned out to be a huge mistake. Eaton drilled him from behind with a knee followed by a vicious left hook that knocked the Patriot out. Paul E. signaled to the back and out came Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, and Rick Rude to join in as they laid the boots to the Patriot.
They had the Patriot in perfect position as Bobby Eaton climbed up to the top rope to deliver the Alabama Jam when out ran Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Ricky Steamboat! Steamboat pushed Eaton off the top rope and to the outside! Eaton crashed in to the guardrail as the rest of the Dangerous Alliance bailed out of the ring, grabbed Eaton, and raced to the back. Meanwhile Steamboat, Rhodes, and Windham checked up on the Patriot to end the show.
Card rating: * 1/2
The Dangerous Alliance apparently had two plans here tonight. One was for “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton to come out here and win the Television Title by just plain out wrestling the Patriot. When that did not work they went to plan B and that was just beat the hell out of him after the match. Plan B succeeded as the Patriot was left lying after the match. Thank goodness that Ricky Steamboat, Dustin Rhodes, and Barry Windham were there to make the save. Those three men have had their scuffles with the Dangerous Alliance over the course of the last 4-5 months and it has to come to an end eventually. Executive VP Kip Allen Frey seems to have an idea on how to handle this and has said he will reveal it on Saturday Night!
The Taylor Made Men made a couple of enemies here tonight when they broke Van Hammer’s guitar and also laid out PN News. Hip Hop Rock successfully defeated the Taylor Made Men yesterday on Saturday Night, and it looked like Tracey Smothers and Terry Taylor did not take too kindly to it. Hammer was very upset backstage and was seen throwing lockers around while PN News tried to calm him down.
The Steiner Brothers and the Diamond Mine almost came face to face here tonight, but officials were there to break it up. It doesn’t look like the Diamond Studd and Don Muraco are scared of the World Tag Team Champions and the Steiners definitely won’t back down from anyone. Things are sure going to explode when they finally meet in the ring at Wrestle War.
Diamond Dallas Page was all bandaged up from the attack by Jushin Liger yesterday on Saturday Night. Page has promised that he will end Liger’s run in WCW once and for all, but he might just be getting in over his head with the likes of Jushin “Thunder” Liger.
Jorge Gonzalez demolished his opponent here tonight. Sting never backs down from a challenge, but getting in the ring with Gonzalez this close to his World Title match with Cactus Jack just might be a mistake. Gonzalez will be trying to win the title, that is for sure, but Cactus Jack has also promised that Sting will not make it to Wrestle War. He has been banned from ringside for the match on Saturday, but with these two psychos you never know what is going to happen.
Be sure to tune next week where Johnny B. Badd goes one on one with “Dirty” Dick Slater! Col. Robert Parker has even requested that Mike Droese specifically referees this match. Who knows what will come of that as Parker has been trying to coerce Droese into joining his stable.
Also, this coming Saturday Sting defends his World Heavyweight Title against Jorge Gonzalez! Dustin Rhodes teams up with Barry Windham to face “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson! Rick Rude will also be in action, and Executive VP Kip Allen Frey has promised to be there to try and handle the current situation with the Dangerous Alliance and their rivals.
I'm curious to how the Col. Parker/Droese thing'll work out. I'm thinking he might join up eventually.
You still need another few matches to round up WrestleWar... hmm.. time to bring Luger back, maybe?
Yeah, WarGames match is in the works, that's for sure. The Dangerous Alliance and their opponents have been at each throats for ages now it seems. Not that I'm one to talk about feuds that never end
Good work Josh, looking forward to next show.
BTW, the advantage of doing a classic fed is that you don't feel the pressure of putting out a new card when real life dates catch up with you. I was well ahead with TNAW when my 3 weeks holiday almost put me behind..
WCW Saturday Night 5/2/92 Atlanta, GA: Center Stage Theatre Your hosts are Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone
Jim Ross welcomed everybody to WCW Saturday Night and then said that Dusty Rhodes would not be at the broadcasting table with him here tonight. He had been told by Dusty that there was some business backstage that Rhodes had to take care of. Tony Schiavone recapped the actions of Harley Race and Big Van Vader from last week where they practically forced Rhodes in to signing a contract for a match with Vader at Wrestle War. Ross said that we would be starting tonight off with a huge match that could change everything going in to Wrestle War as Sting would be defending his World Heavyweight Title against Jorge Gonzalez.
Jorge Gonzalez came down the aisle first and was accompanied by Cactus Jack. This was only a problem because Executive VP Kip Allen Frey made this match with the stipulation that Jack would be banned from ringside. Luckily the Head of Security, Doug Dillenger, was watching and he quickly came down to tell Cactus Jack to head back to the locker rooms. Cactus Jack and Jorge Gonzalez both seemed very unhappy with this ruling but it wasn’t long before Jack was gone from the ring area. Within seconds the World Champion stormed down the aisle and the ovation nearly blew the roof off of the arena.
Sting pinned Jorge Gonzalez after a flying cross body press in 0:08:50. Rating: -** 1/4 (Sting retained the WCW World Heavyweight Title.)
Jorge Gonzalez did not seem to need Cactus Jack by his side in the early goings of this match as he totally dominated Sting. Any time Sting even attempted to fire off a few series of kicks or punches Gonzalez would retaliate with a big chop that would send the Stinger to the mat. Gonzalez does have a little bit of a limited offense, however, so he mainly focused in on weakening Sting with several different variations of nerve holds in preparation to apply the Claw. A lot of the little Stingers at ringside started to look pretty worried as the match went on, but Sting is not one let his fans down.
Eventually Sting was able to work his way out of Gonzalez’s grasp and he focused in on the legs of the big man. Things continued this way for awhile until Gonzalez hooked on the Claw out of nowhere when Sting was jumping off the top rope. The crowd really tried to get Sting back in to things as they cheered on from ringside and it seemed to work as when referee Randy Anderson tried to drop Sting’s arm for a third time to give Gonzalez the victory Sting held it up! From there Sting was able to make his way to the ropes to force the break of the Claw hold. Seconds later Sting moved out of the way of a Gonzalez charge in to the corner. Sting saw he had Jorge stunned and he was able to capitalize by consecutively hitting three straight Stinger Splashes! But Gonzalez would still not go down! As Gonzalez staggered out of the corner Sting went up top and this time hit a flying cross body press off the top, and Gonzalez was caught so off guard that he had no chance of kicking out at three.
As expected, Cactus Jack returned to the ring after the match. Unlike most times, however, Sting was ready for him. Sting peppered him with lefts and rights as Jack entered the ring sending Cactus to the mat. Sting quickly turned him over in to the Scorpion Deathlock as Cactus squealed out in pain. The fans were going crazy, but it was only a matter of time before Jorge Gonzalez got back to his feet. Once he had, though, Sting released Cactus and exited the ring. The camera picked up Sting yelling out that there was no way he wouldn’t be at Wrestle War no matter what Cactus tried to do to him until then.
Mr. Hughes pinned Big Josh after hitting him with a foreign object in 0:05:33. Rating: 1/2*
Big Josh had a run-in with Mr. Hughes last week when Josh came to Ron Simmons’ rescue after Hughes had decided to put a little beating on Simmons after their match. Mr. Hughes was not very happy with Big Josh putting his nose in Hughes’ business. Of course, Ron Simmons wasn’t overly happy with Big Josh either since he had told Josh that it was time for them to go their separate ways. This match was here to hopefully settle the dispute between Hughes and Josh.
This was your standard big man fist fight with neither man ever really getting the upper hand. Mr. Hughes would pound away at Josh for awhile and then Josh would retaliate. It looked like things might be finally going Josh’s way when he went to whip Hughes in to the ropes. What he didn’t know was that Hughes had pulled out a pair of brass knuckles from his pants and had equipped them. Hughes ducked under a Josh lariat on the rebound and when Josh turned around Hughes popped him in the head with the knux. Big Josh went down pretty hard and Mr. Hughes had no trouble getting the three count.
After the match Mr. Hughes decided to put a little bit of added punishment in as he continued to lay the boots to Josh after the match and even hit him with his deadly Spinning Side Slam. Josh was laid out while Hughes basked in the boos of the crowd. Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone both questioned where Ron Simmons was during this encounter, but neither of them appeared to have an answer.
Rick Rude pinned Tim Horner with the Rude Awakening in 0:03:46. Rating: ** 3/4 (Rick Rude retained the WCW United States Title.)
Tim Horner is never one that can be taken too lightly, but Rick Rude proved once again why he is one of the best wrestlers in the world as he was able to put him away in under four minutes with the Rude Awakening. Rude’s victory was never even in doubt during this match.
After the match Rude and his manager, Paul E. Dangerously, joined up with Gordon Solie at the interview area. There Rude promised that what happened in the ring here tonight would happen to each and every wrestler that tried to get in his way and take his United States Title. Rude then ran down several wrestlers he has defeated in the past, including Sting and Ricky Steamboat in those names, and then went on to proclaim himself the best United States Champion that WCW has ever seen. Paul E. Dangerously also had a few words for Executive Vice President Kip Allen Frey. Paul E. told him to mind his own business and to not mess with the Dangerous Alliance. Paul E. admitted that there had been some problems with a couple of Texans and a wannabe Bruce Lee, but that he didn’t need Frey to handle things or the WCW’s Board of Directors to get in his way. Dangerously promised that he could handle it on his own and he would do so tonight.
Z-Man pinned Jimmy Garvin after a collision in 0:06:04. Rating: *** 3/4
The Z-Man and Brian Pillman have been trying to climb the ranks of contention to the United States Tag Team Titles, and they had a really good shot of doing just that here tonight in singles action. Jimmy Garvin is one half of the US Tag Champs with Michael Hayes and a victory over him would surely put them in line for a future shot. Brian Pillman and Michael Hayes both accompanied their tag team partners to the ring for this match just to make sure that no underhanded antics went on.
It did look like both men were going for a straight forward match, an amazing one at that. Z-Man really kept Garvin off of his game by his high flying offense. There were numerous dropkicks and flying clotheslines that had Garvin really struggling to keep from being pinned. Garvin is a ring veteran, however, and he adapted quickly and soon he was trying to ground Tom Zenk with his superior brawling offense. The styles didn’t clash and we ended up having a great little match. Things went a little awry, however, when due to some bad luck Garvin, Z-Man, and referee Nick Patrick all ended up in a collision after a crisscross spot. All three men fell to the mat in pain and it looked like Patrick might be unconscious. Michael Hayes continued to cheer on his partner from ringside, but “Flyin’” Brian apparently had other ideas. Pillman grabbed a chair and smashed it across Hayes’ back! Pillman then entered the ring, tossed Zenk on top of Garvin and shook the referee awake. Once Patrick was up he was able to clearly see Garvin’s shoulders on the mat and was able to slap his palm to the canvas three times giving Tom Zenk the victory.
The crowd really didn’t know how to take this as there was a slight mix of cheers and boos as Pillman tried to shake his partner awake. Eventually he had awakened Tom Zenk and once the Z-Man had realized he had won the two Light Heavyweights celebrated in the ring. Hayes slid in to the ring and was obviously very upset as he yelled at Nick Patrick about what had happened, but by that time Pillman and Zenk were already heading to the back. Tony Schiavone made it clear that Pillman’s actions were totally out of character and he had no idea what was going through his head. Jim Ross agreed with Tony and advised that no matter how badly you may want championship gold, there are just some things you shouldn’t do. Regardless, it looks like the Z-Man and Pillman have just catapulted themselves towards a possible title shot down the line.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Big Van Vader via countout in 0:02:14. Rating: *
Marcus Alexander Bagwell had requested this match himself after what happened last week. He had told Jim Ross he felt responsible that Dusty Rhodes would be forced to wrestle against Big Van Vader at Wrestle War since Rhodes had signed the contract to save Bagwell. Bagwell said he was going to try and soften up the mastodon for one of the men he looked up to while growing up. Big Van Vader, well, he just wanted to beat Bagwell up some more.
Things were not right from the beginning, however, as when Big Van Vader was announced he came out without his manager Harley Race. Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone both questioned his whereabouts, and it looked like Vader didn’t know where Race was either. Vader kept looking around like he was maybe looking for Race in the crowd. Eventually he made his way to the ring where Bagwell immediately went on the offensive. Vader was off his game for almost the entire first minute as Bagwell was able to keep him off his feet with several hip tosses and dropkicks. Eventually though Vader had enough and dropped Bagwell with a vicious Vader Attack as he came off the ropes. As Bagwell crumpled to the floor Vader once again looked around instead of going in for the kill. Vader’s mind was clearly not on the match, and he eventually left the ring and headed back to the locker rooms. Referee Randy Anderson continued to count from the ring and at the count of ten raised Bagwell’s hand! Marcus Alexander Bagwell had defeated Big Van Vader!
Jim Ross all of a sudden yelled that there were cameras in the back and there was something going on. When they cut to that feed it showed Harley Race on his knees and Dusty Rhodes delivering Bionic Elbows consecutively to the top of his head. It looked like he had already done some damage as Race was bleeding from the forehead. Rhodes was shouting that nobody makes a fool out of the American Dream. One last Bionic Elbow caused Race to fall face first on the floor while Rhodes adjusted his crotch. He then told the fallen Race that Big Van Vader would have this to look forward to at Wrestle War. Rhodes walked off just seconds before Big Van Vader showed up yelling Race’s name. Vader ran up to check on his manager as the feed went back to the announcer’s table.
The Orient Express (Kato and Pat Tanaka) defeated Mike Bucci and Kevin Neal when Kato pinned Neal with the Kamikaze Plex in 0:05:11. Rating: **
The Orient Express continue to impress the American crowd with both their high flying ability and their karate skills. It almost seemed at times that they were playing with their opponents before finally putting them away with the Kamikaze Plex (savate kick into a Dragon Suplex).
Things would not end on a good note for the Express because as soon as the bell rang out came the Diamond Mine in full. Jushin Liger was not in the arena tonight as Ross had mentioned before the match had begun. Don Muraco nearly decapitated Kato and Pat Tanaka with a double clothesline before the Diamond Studd started to lay in the boots. Diamond Dallas Page quickly grabbed a couple of chairs from ringside and tossed them in to his men. With both members of the Orient Express already down on the mat Don Muraco was able to repeatedly nail them across the kneecaps with the chair! The Diamond Studd didn’t waste any time in joining in while Diamond Dallas Page just laughed it up in the corner. Page even got in a few licks before yelling at the camera that it was time to lay the two kamikaze dogs down. With that Muraco took turns lifting up Kato and Tanaka and dropping them on the steel chair with the Cave-In (Tombstone Piledriver). Needless to say, both Kato and Tanaka had to be stretchered out by WCW medical crew and security. The Diamond Mine certainly had done their best here tonight to show that you shouldn’t go up against the Diamond Mine.
Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes defeated The Dangerous Alliance (Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton) when D. Rhodes defeated A. Anderson by disqualification in 0:12:47. Rating: * 3/4
These four men are no strangers to one another and it showed here tonight. Each man knew the other to the point of it becoming very hard for anybody to get an upper hand throughout the match. In fact, due to some nice counter wrestling, it was about the four minute mark before Windham and Rhodes finally took control over the match as they battered and beat Anderson and Eaton from one side of the ring to the other. Their brawling gave them the advantage up until Rhodes made a mistake when he ducked his head down a little too early and Eaton was able to hit his signature swinging neckbreaker. From there Anderson and Eaton showed their impressive tag team skills as they cut the ring in half on Rhodes and started to wear him down.
It took Anderson making the mistake of going for his pump splash out of the corner, which Rhodes was able to put his knees up for, to let Dustin make the hot tag to Windham. From there things started to break down with all four men in the ring duking it out. At this point Paul E. Dangerously was motioning to the back and out ran Rick Rude! Rude slid in to the ring with his United States Title and belted Windham across the face with it. The bell rang and the match was thrown out immediately.
Rude went to hit Rhodes with the US Title next, but Rhodes was able to duck under the shot. Rhodes started to nail consecutive Bionic Elbows on the champion as Eaton and Anderson tried to regain their composure. They eventually were able to tackle Rhodes and started to pound him to the mat when out ran Ricky Steamboat!!! Steamboat slid in to the ring and immediately started dropping Eaton, Anderson, and Rude with vicious chops to the chest! That is until Larry Zbyszko made his presence known as he came from out of the crowd and chop blocked Steamboat from behind! All four members of the Dangerous Alliance continued to beat down the three fan favorites when the crowd went crazy! The Television Champion, the Patriot, was running down the aisle! The Patriot slid in to the aisle and started dropping all four men with lefts and rights. This gave Windham, Rhodes, and Steamboat just enough time to get to their feet and soon we had all eight men brawling it out with one another.
A voice over PA system soon broke things up, however, as Executive VP Kip Allen Frey was standing by the announcer’s table with a microphone! He demanded that all eight men stop their fighting. His demand went unnoticed until Frey threatened 60 day suspensions for all eight men. That finally got their attention enough for Frey to announce that he was extremely reserved about announcing this because of the danger involved, but they forced his hand. He said that since it was obvious that all eight men refused to follow the rules when it came to their matches with one another that he was going to have to use a match that had no rules to settle this score. With that, Frey announced that at Wrestle War it would be Rick Rude, Bobby Eaton, Arn Anderson, and Larry Zbyszko teaming up to face Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, and the Patriot in THE MATCH BEYOND!!! WAR GAMES!!! All eight men seemed stunned as Frey dropped the microphone as Ross was saying he would have more about these developments next week on Saturday Night!
Card rating: ** 1/4
What a huge announcement from Executive VP Kip Allen Frey! He doesn’t often make his face seen on WCW television so we all knew it was something big last week when he promised to be here. We finally found out what it was when he said that at Wrestle War we would be all witness to War Games! The Dangerous Alliance and Paul E. Dangerously have all been trying to find a way out of this huge match since it was announced earlier tonight, but so far it seems they are locked in to the contract if they want to stay in WCW.
Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat all seem a little bit more confident in themselves heading in to the match than their partner, the Patriot, does. The Patriot has said he was coming out there tonight to try and get some revenge on the Dangerous Alliance for their attack on him on the Main Event. Little did he know what he was getting himself into. The Patriot has just barely made his debut in World Championship Wrestling and he is already the Television Champion and been put in to the most extreme match known to man, War Games! Not only that, but it’s against four of the most evil and dangerous men alive in the Dangerous Alliance.
In other big news, Sting successfully defended his World Heavyweight Title by the skin of his teeth here tonight. Jorge Gonzalez put up one heck of a fight, but Sting was able to dig down deep and came out the victor. Cactus Jack did try to fulfill his promise after the match of putting Sting out of commission before Wrestle War when he went for a sneak attack on Sting after the bell rang. Sting was ready for him this time, however, and was even able to successfully secure the Scorpion Deathlock on the deranged one even if it was for just a few seconds. If Sting hooks it on at Wrestle War, will it be enough to make the crazy man submit?
The Diamond Mine have once again taken it one step too far. Pat Tanaka and Kato were both taken to the hospital with severe concussions. The WCW medical crew have announced that the Orient Express are most definitely out of action for the time being. It is uncertain as to if or when the two men from Japan will be able to return to in ring action. One thing is certain, however, and that’s Jushin Liger is furious. Once he was given word about what happened he promised to get his revenge once and for all. In fact, he said he is demanding a match against Don “The Rock” Muraco for tomorrow night’s Main Event!
“Flyin’” Brian sure showed some uncharacteristic actions here tonight when he ambushed Michael Hayes with a chair and then dragged the Z-Man on top of Jimmy Garvin to secure his friend the singles victory. It didn’t even look like the Z-Man had a clue as to what was going on. The Fabulous Freebirds were furious backstage and Hayes was demanding a match against Pillman for next week.
Has Dusty Rhodes finally snapped? Harley Race and Big Van Vader have been tormenting the man for quite some time now and tonight he got himself some revenge. He was able to leave Harley Race bloodied on the concrete floor with Big Van Vader nowhere in sight. Once Vader did show up all hell broke loose. Since Vader couldn’t find Rhodes he instead left several members of WCW enhancement talent laid out around the backstage area. Dusty Rhodes better know what he’s doing in making a man like that angry.
And apparently Ron Simmons is really done with his friendship to Big Josh as he was nowhere to be seen as Mr. Hughes laid down a vicious beating on him here tonight. Big Josh had come to Simmons’ aid last week, but maybe it is time for Big Josh to move on as well.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow night on the Main Event where Johnny B. Badd faces off against “Dirty” Dick Slater where Col. Rob Parker has requested Mike Droese to be the referee. Also, just signed, Jushin “Thunder” Liger will meet Don “The Rock” Muraco in one on one action and Liger is out for blood.
And don’t forget next week on Saturday Night where the Patriot really is going to have his hands full as he defends his Television Title against Mr. Hughes! Michael Hayes will try to get a little retribution against Brian Pillman, Lex Luger will have some special words for the television audience, and the Dangerous Alliance have also requested some air time. And “Ravishing” Rick Rude apparently is going to issue an open challenge to defend his United States Heavyweight Title! All this and much, much more!
Matches signed for Wrestle War (5/17/92):
War Games (The Match Beyond): Barry Windham, “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and The Patriot vs. “Ravishing” Rick Rude, “The Cruncher” Larry Zbyszko, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, and “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson
I was curious to how you'd solve the Sting vs Gonzalez match. Cactus Jack being banned from ringside prevented the most likely ending, but I'm glad you didn't go for a DQ or countout victory. Sting needs to pin Gonzalez clean in order to be a strong champ. I was thinking you might need a face to take care of the giant as well.. help out Sting of sorts..
Simmons and Josh might be on a collision course, but still a solid win for Mr. Hughes. Can't say I remember much of him from my early days of watching wrestling, but the same can be said of Big Josh, really. Damn!
Tim Horner's no challenge for Rick Rude, but this was perhaps the way things were done back then?
Interesting stuff with Pillman.. I have seen signs of it in the past, but it looks like the dark side on his way he is.
Dusty pulls one over Harley and Vader tonight, giving Bagwell a win as well (which doesn't really count though), but I'm excited to see how you'll solve this for WrestleWar. I'm not really sure how old Dusty is at this point, but Vader was a monster in this period.
Orient Express finish is really early 00's indy finisher.Dangeroooooouuuusss
Multi-man chaos aftermaths are really cool! We all knew where this would be going, and I guess I can't blame you for stealing my War Games idea, as I of course stole it from WCW. It really is the match beyond!
Wow, didn't even realize that Sting and Gonzalez was for the title..