WWF World Tour 1992 Review

WWE Review: WWF World Tour 1992

wwfworldtour1992An awesome video package advertising for WWF SummerSlam 1992 with the lullaby of “London Bridges Falling Down” with wrestling action based to the beats, I really enjoyed that opening commercial!  If you can find it on YouTube, it’s worth the search.

Macho Man Randy Savage screams at us to buy the new wrestling figures that open every Coliseum Video cassette.  Always a flash back to my childhood that I appreciate every time I see this commercial.

First and foremost, I want to thank Scrooge McSuck and his piece from “Da’ Wrestling Site,” because I googled this Coliseum Video title and his piece was one of the top items that popped up.  You can find his blog about this same tape here .

Lord Alfred Hayes is our host for this Coliseum Home Video, telling us, the home viewers, what we should expect to come later in the video.  With Big Ben behind him in the United Kingdom, I feel pretty welcomed to this Coliseum exclusive.

The Texas Tornado versus the Mountie (with Jimmy Hart)

This matched happened on October 3rd, 1991 from the Albert Hall.  Man, what an awesome arena!  I don’t know why the WWE doesn’t do specials at this arena whenever they head over to the UK, or even have Raw and Smackdown tapings there.  It’s different from what we commonly see on WWE television now and it’s a great addition to when they tour over there!

Our color commentators for this match were Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan, something that I appreciate and always welcome whenever I watch old WWE classics.

The match opening pace was pretty slow, which is something I always appreciated, since it helps me get to know the characters that are gracing me on my television screen.  The Mountie was someone who I hated as a child and the Texas Tornado was someone I never appreciated his work when he was alive.

The Tornado nailed the Mountie with the spinning punch, which sent him outside the ring and the Mountie teased walking out and giving the Tornado the count-out victory.  Before being counted-out, the Mountie decided to continue the match and got the upper-hand in the match against his opponent, for easily cutting off the Tornado’s F5 furry.

The Canadian Mountie had the sleeper slapped on the Texan Tornado for a few minutes and the crowd sat in their seats, waiting patiently for something important to happen.  Once the Texan countered and clasped on his sleeper, the fans popped loudly for the quick counter.  Sadly for the Tornado, he wasn’t able to keep his advantage going, because the Mountie got him where he wanted, and started to work his shoulder.

I still can’t get over how awesome the Albert Hall looks for a wrestling show!  If anyone in the WWE is reading this, or someone who knows someone in the WWE, whenever you guys head back to the United Kingdom, could you guys head back there, please?  Even if it’s for a Smackdown taping, or an Main Event taping, that’d be great!  This arena makes the show seem special!

The Mountie scored the pinfall victory when he got his feet up on the second rope.  Didn’t catch how he cheated and got the victory.  Sorry for that folks.

Wait just a moment, the referee caught the Mountie pulling his feet off the ropes, so he restarted the match and the Mountie ran off, giving the Tornado the count-out victory!

For the review I’m reviewing, along with writing this, gives the Mountie the victory.  I guess that makes sense, due to the bell rang and the ref did originally give the Mountie the victory and the bell never rang to restart the match.

Winner: the Mountie and Canadian justice!

Anyways, we see a clip with Bobby Heenan and Lord Alfred Hayes in the Queen’s Box at the Albert Hall.  Both men put over how awesome the arena looks.  I couldn’t agree with them more.

We go to a British Bulldog profile piece, where there’s a twenty man battle royal that’s already in progress.

Twenty Man Battle Royal with Typhoon, the Mountie, and the British Bulldog left

Both Typhoon and the Mountie double-team the Bulldog and why would a company fly overseas and not put over their home-country wrestler.  The Mountie held the Bulldog from behind, letting Typhoon run to the opposite ropes to hit a clothesline, which didn’t work out too well.  The Bulldog dropped to the mat and the Mountie got eliminated!

The end of the battle royal saw when Typhoon beating down the Bulldog by the ropes, walk a few steps back, run towards him to clothesline him over the top-tope, but be back-body-dropped and eliminated, giving the battle royal win to the Bulldog!  A pretty cool ending to the battle royal that we saw!

We then go and see the Bulldog walk out a house and get mauled by some fans for an autograph.  Then Lord Alfred sits down with the Bulldog and his parents, asking about his childhood and what he ate when he was younger.

After that clip, we go to the next match.

The British Bulldog versus IRS (with Jimmy Hart)

This match was held on April 19th, 1992, in Sheffield, England, from the UK Rampage pay-per-view.  IRS was already in the ring when we saw the Bulldog come down to the ring with a huge crowd ovation.  The arena was bigger than the arena in the last match, but still pretty alive due to being in the United Kingdom.  They’re always an awesome crowd to watch.

Just like the first match we saw, the wrestlers were milking out the pacing, feeding to the cheers the fans were giving to the Bulldog and booing whenever IRS had any advantage over their home-country hero.  Times like this make me remember why this time frame of professional wrestling made me fall in-love with this industry.

Why aren’t shows like this shown in theaters?  I would love to go watch WWE pay-per-views or their documentary pieces in theaters.  I would pay for the ticket, pay for some candy and soda, and sit on my butt for however long and have a great time.  If I ever own a bar, restaurant, or a movie theater, I would be up for showing shows like this for people, since watching wrestling with crowds are always fun.

I always get a kick out of when the Bulldog had the upper hand during the match; the fans were into his comebacks.  When IRS had the upper hand, the crowd was either quite or entertaining themselves by chanting for the Bulldog.  Made me laugh out loud.

The finish of the match saw when the Bulldog hit the running powerslam on IRS, where the fans jumped to their feet for the pinfall.

Winner: the British Bulldog and the United Kingdom!  Yeah!

Next we saw the Bulldog walking with some kids, talking to them about whatever since we couldn’t pick up.  Lord Hayes caught the Bulldog and talked to him about the school he attended when he was a kid.  Something I enjoyed, since it’s something that the WWE DVDs don’t do anymore (only if it’s documentaries).

The British Bulldog (with Winston the bulldog and Andre the Giant) versus Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart)

This match took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  I love seeing how arenas look in different countries, and tapes like this helps me see what they look like.  Thank you World Wrestling Federation for putting tapes like this out.

The match opens when both men pose for the crowd, the fans crapping on Earthquake, who throws a hissy fit, and fans pop for the Bulldog when he poses for them.

Like a normal big man/little man match, it took several big impact move to take Earthquake off his feet and to the mat.  Once he fell off his feet, Earthquake rolled out of the ring, walked over to Jimmy Hart, and got some new advice on how to take on the British one.

Whenever the Bulldog had advantage of the match, the pace was pretty fast, since he had to play the little man in this match-up.  When the Earthquake had the upper hand, there were a lot of rest holds, which slowed the pace down a lot in the match.  The announcers put over Earthquake and the Bulldog when both men had the advantage of the match.

The finish of the match saw when Earthquake was going for his finish, Andre hit him with his cane when he ran towards the ropes by him, and the Bulldog popped up, body slammed him, and scored the pinfall.

Winner: The British Bulldog and Andre the Giant’s intelligence!

We see another clip of the British guards who never smile and have the big furry hats.  We transfer to Lord Alfred Hayes and talked about having coffee with the Queen.  After that comment, we went to a segment with El Mantador Tito Santana, where he “was at home” and told us about his family history.  He told us about Latino tradition and culture, which was nice to see something outside the United States for their culture.

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper versus the Barbarian

This match also took place on October 5th, 1991, in Barcelona, Spain.  The crowd booed the Barbarian and he didn’t seem too happy to be there.  The crowd was on their feet when the Hot Rod came down to the ring, yet I didn’t hear that many cheers for him, which made me sad.  Come on guys, let’s cheer the Hot Rod!

To be honest, it’s hard for me to keep interest in this match since every match we seen before aren’t that good and aren’t anything that memorable.  By the test-of-strength spot, I wanted to start to chant “boring” at my TV screen, but knowing that both men wouldn’t hear me, or could care less over twenty years later, I would keep typing and find something interesting in the match to blog about.

Sean Mooney and Alfred Hayes were our announcers for the match and after the Barbarian nailed Piper with a right hand, Mooney mentioned that this match would be a great match to include in this very tape.  Thanks Mooney for the advice, since I really don’t care much about this match.  I’m happy the fans in attendance cared for the match more than I do.

The match ended when Piper won with the sunset flip.  The fans jumped to their feet and were happy the match ended, so was I.

The winner: Roddy Piper and I, since I wasn’t interested in this match.

Battle Royal :: Munich, Germany :: Joined In Progress

This battle royal happened on April 14th, 1992, and without a break, we’re welcomed midway through a battle royal in Germany and we see the Mountie eliminate Tito Santana in his bright green tights.  I’m surprised I didn’t go blind!

3080-WWFEuropeanRampageTourThe Hitman was trying to eliminate Nasty Boys Jerry Sags and the Mountie came up from behind him and eliminated him!  A great way to sneak in an elimination.

The Road Warrior Hawk tried to eliminate two different men at the same time and did the classic elimination by running to the opposite ropes to run back with more momentum, and the two guys dropped down, pulled the top rope, and eliminated the Road Warrior!

Instead of discussing every elimination, I’ll just discuss some of the higher points of the battle royal from here on out.  One thing I’ve noticed is the only main eventer (at least a former main eventer) in the battle royal was Sgt. Slaughter.  At least we’re having a bunch of mid-carders putting on a show.

The final five men were Nasty Boys Sags, the Mountie, the Repo Man, the British Bulldog, and Sgt. Slaughter.  Sags, the Mountie, and the Repo Man teamed up as the heels of the five and the Sgt. And the Bulldog teamed up as the babyfaces.  It was fun seeing how these five men teamed up with each other.

The final elimination saw the British Bulldog eliminate Sags and the Mountie to win the battle royal!

The winner: the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith!

We go to back to another tour of the Royal Albert Hall with Heenen and Hayes.  Bobby “the Brain” tries to look up the skirt of a gal in one of the paints.  Yup, vintage Bobby Heenen!

WWF Intercontinental Championship :: Rick “the Model” Martel versus Bret “the Hitman” Hart (WWF Intercontinental Champion)

Something of note here in this match, both men are wearing bright pink tights and both are from Canada!  A great addition to this 1992 World Tape, put on by the World Wrestling Federation!   This match also came from the WWF Rampage pay-per-view.  I wonder if that event ever made it on VHS tape.

One thing I noticed was every time the Hitman got the upper hand; the crowd ate it up and loved seeing Bret Hart gain the advantage on his challenger.  Whenever Rick Martel got the upper hand, the crowd started to entertain themselves and start chants to encourage Bret to gain the advantage back.  Made me smile.

More this match went on; more I appreciate these two wrestlers that made it on this tape.  Both are technical, submission athletes and know how to work the crowd and have them eat out of their hands.  The match was very much back-and-forth, mixed in with some technical grappling, topped off with some submission holds!  Thank you Bret Hart and thank you Rick Martel!

The end of the match saw Rick Martel taunting to the fans a little too much, because the last taunt he did, Hart rolled him up with a small package and scored the victory!

The winner: Bret “the Hitman” Hart, remaining as our Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion!

After Hart won his match and started to celebrate his victory, we go right away into our main event on the World Wrestling Federation tape, for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship!

WWF Championship :: Shawn Michaels (with Sensational Sherri) versus Randy “Macho Man” Savage (WWF Champion)

This title match took place at Munich, Germany!  Lord Alfred Hayes is our color commentator and Sean Mooney is our play-by-play man!  While Lord Alfred and Sean were talking, the announcer told us that the Macho Champion just won the WWE Championship, so I assume that Savage just defeated the former champion, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, at WrestleMania in the Hoosier Dome, homed in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The Macho Champion got the crowd cheering for him rather quickly once he entered the ring, and if I were in the crowd, I would cheer the Macho Man too, simply for his awesome neon-colored trunks and white and pink boots.  Simply awesome, Randy Savage, you and your attire is simply awesome!

Like similar matches on the tape, the crowd seemed to be rather quick to remain quiet when Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Heel, had the upper-hand, and jumped to their feet with excitement when their WWF Champion gained the advantage.

The German crowd seemed to jump to their feet when the champion grabbed a chair to take out the challenger.  The referee stopped the champion on using the chair, for the international crowd could see this title match.

After the chair was grabbed from the champion, both him and the challenger took their match to the outside of the ring and brawled for a while, giving the fans a close encounter on what they do day-in-and-day-out.

One thing that I miss is having a manager on the outside of the ring, because Sensational Sherri made her presence known during the match when she screeched to her man to gain the upper hand against the champion.  Another thing that I don’t miss is hearing that screech.

Macho Man, explained by Alfred Hayes when he entered the arena, sold his injured knee off-and-on during the match, and Michaels and Sherri both worked on the bad leg, trying to weaken the Macho leg, giving the Heartbreak Kid a better chance of walking out with the WWF Championship.  With this, Michaels taunted the crowd while giving the champion a breather, causing loud boos to be rained into the challenger and his beautiful manager.

I popped when Shawn Michaels pulled out Ric Flair’s Figure Four Leg Lock on Randy Savage, and the champion sold it like Michaels was a legit main-eventer.  The crowd hated Michaels more when Sherri grabbed his hands when the ref wasn’t looking to give her man more of an advantage.

Michaels broke up the figure four when the ref ordered him to do so, and when the challenger tried to go for it again, Savage countered with a small package.  The Heartbreak Kid was able to escape the pin attempt and slap on the figure four leg lock on the Macho Man, weakening him more.

The end of the match came quick when Macho Man kicked Michaels into the post when he tried for another figure four, nailed Michaels with a punch to the face, and went to the top rope and nailed the famous Macho Flying Elbow and got the three-count!

Winner: “the Macho Man” Randy Savage, retaining the WWF Champion

Sherri pissed that her man didn’t win the championship, ran in with a chair, and helped her man to attack the fallen champion, and show him that he was a sore loser in Germany.  It’s okay Shawn, you’ll win that strap one day.  It might take you four or so years, but you’ll get there soon.

We go back to Lord Alfred Hayes hosting the tape, thanking us for joining him on the tape and watching this exclusive, brought to us by Coliseum Home Video.  The last match was a fun match, for sure, and a definite watch if you never seen it before.  I believe it’s on the Macho Man 3-disc set the WWE put out a few years back.

To concluded this review of the WWF World Tour 1992 tape, I feel like the only match that’s worthwhile was the main event match for the WWF Championship, since it was great to see the Macho Man in action again the Heartbreak Kid.  The other matches were fun to watch, simply to see what the WWE was like in 1992.  If they occurred today, I would say they are passable.  So, it’s up to you if you feel like they’re worthy for watch.  Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your day.

WCW Starrcade 1993

WCW Starracde 1993 Review

28_Ric-Flair-Starrcade-93_articleMonday, December 27th, 1993 – Independence Arena – Charlotte, North Carolina – A show that I used to rent a lot when I was younger, I wanted to review was this very show, World Championship Wrestling’s Starrcade 1993!  Starrcade 1993 was tenth anniversary of WCW’s WrestleMania and what better way than put the biggest star in the main event in his home town?  Let’s get into the tape!

A piano music track plays when the pay-per-view opens, showing up the history of Ric Flair, the challenger in the main event of the card. Then we see the WCW Champion, Vader, with some heavy metal rifts. Pyro goes off and our announcers welcomes us to the show, Tony Schiavone and Jesse Ventura! To my surprise, “the Body” Ventura’s in a suit! Looking pretty good for the future Minnesota Governor!

Tony and Jesse show us a video of Vader and his manager Harley Race making it early to the arena to train. Vader’s is in a awesome leather jacket and sweat pants and Race is in a suit. I guess it’s a good thing McMahon wasn’t booking WCW in 1993, if so, Vader may have been fired for being the World Heavyweight Champion and not wearing a suit.

When the show opened, Ric Flair hasn’t arrived at the arena. “Mean” Gene Okerlund was sent to “the Nature Boy”’s home to get him (pretty much) and Flair was telling his family “goodbye’s” with a side of hugs and kisses. A babyface Flair is always a great thing in my eyes.

The main event sees Ric Flair putting his career on the line for Vader’s WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Okerlund put that over with Flair on their limo ride over and Flair’s pretty calm, telling “Mean” Gene that he knew what he was getting into when he signed the contract for the card.

2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell (with Teddy Long) versus Pretty Wonderful (Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma) (with the Assassin)

After Scorpio and Bagwell got into the ring with Teddy Long, Long was given the 1993 WCW manager of the Year award. Great work, playa, I’m hoping you’ll get the 2012 WWE General Manager’s Assistant award.

When Pretty Wonderful entered the ring, the four men started to brawl, not starting the match until referee Nick Patrick can gain control of the competitors.

One thing I appreciate about the two teams in this match is, each guy has matching attire to his tag partner. Scorpio and Bagwell are wearing bright orange and black full tights and Pretty Wonderful are wearing black trunks with words written in red on the back. Matching team attires are always a must in tag team competition!

The crowd seemed pretty into Orndorff and Roma, chanting “Paula!” at Roma, I’m assuming to give him a hard time for having a girl’s first name. Reading his body language whenever the crowd chant it, I can’t blame him for hating his name.

Off and on the crowd’s pretty quiet for this match and at times they’re into the match. More times than not they’re quiet. I have to say not the greatest way to open the card this Monday night before 1994.

The end of the match seen Teddy Long distracting Nick Patrick, allowing the Assassin to put something in his mask, headbutting Scorpio, and Mr. Wonderful picking up the pinfall!

Winners: Pretty Wonderful with a wonderful victory!

We go back to the limo ride with Okerlund and Flair seems un-Flair like they put over that this very December night in 1993 could be the last time we see “the Nature Boy” in a professional wrestling match. I have a feeling that this might be Ric Flair’s last match (of course, adding in scarcasm with that sentence).

Awesome Kong (with King Kong) versus the Shockmaster

A big man versus another big man match, which means we’ll see a lot of high-flying and a lot of techincal wrestling for this match! Yes!

When the Shockmaster got in the ring, King Kong and Awesome Kong attacked the Shockmaster. A few minutes passed and Randy Anderson gained control of the match and forced the one-on-one rules. Thanks Randy Anderson!

The match was a short-match, around ninty seconds. Big body slam was how it ended.

Winner: the Shockmaster and the Natural Disasters for a huge earthquake happened after the body slam.

We go back and see Ric Flair and Gene Okerlund arrive at the arena and a faint “Wooooo!” from the fans. “Mean” Gene told Ric “good luck” with his main event match.

WCW World Television Championship match :: 15-minute time limit :: Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat versus Lord Steven Regal (champion) (with Sir William)

I remembered that for most of his career, William Regal wrestled under the first name of Steven. Both first names sounds classy, especially how good of a wrestler Regal is, and how well he comes across, he’s a great heel.

Nick Patrick is back and shows the belt to Steamboat and Steamboat shows off the belt, and the fans cheer. Patrick grabs the title back and shows off the belt and the bell rings.

Ventura tells us that being the challenger in the time-limit championship match, he has to be the aggressor if he wants to capture the belt. Thanks Jesse for the proverb!

The match is very slow paced with a lot of holds. For a wrestling fan like I who’s a smark, I appreciate the technical wrestling and appreciate European chain wrestling. Story-telling at it’s finest whenever Steven Regal’s showing off his technical skills.

Ventura was mentioning that Steamboat needs to pick up the pace if he wants to win the match and capture the Television title from Regal. Can’t argue with “the Body” with that statement, you have two people to beat in the TV title bouts, the champion and the clock.

When Gary Michael Cappetta (the ring announcer) announced that there was three minutes left in the match, Steamboat started to pick the pace up, trying to ware Regal down more to capture the Television gold. Come on Steamboat!

After each minute, the fans get more into the match when Cappetta announces that another minute goes and the pace picks up in the ring. The crowd cheers when Steamboat flew off the top rope when Cappetta counts down the last ten-seconds. Sorry Ricky “the Dragon,” you didn’t win the gold on this December night.

Winner: the time limit yet the smarks are the real winners.

Schiavone and Ventura talks more about the WCW Title main event and Tony tells Jesse that he’s concerned for Flair, that he might retire tonight. Ventura mentions that retirement isn’t as bad as people think it is, heck, Ventura mentioned, look at him, he became a successful color-commentator, Flair can strive to be like Jesse after he lost to Vader.

Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce versus Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne

I just relized, Tex Slazenger would finish 1990’s in the WWE as Mideon! I never knew Mideon wrestled in WCW, especially when Mick Foley was there in the early ’90’s!

Schiavone and Ventura tells us a 1993 history lesson where on a Saturday Night taping in April, Vader put Cactus Jack out of action and Ventura helped Jack onto a streacher and, according to Schiavone and Ventura, no one thought he’d come back. Vader must of put a huge beating down on Cactus for the announcers to think that.

For the size of the guys in the match, I’m not surprised that the crowd isn’t into the match, unless Cactus does his signature moves. Along with that, I’m not surprised these four men aren’t any good in the techical skills, but that’s okay, right? Everyone has to wrestle a different kind of story, but the only thing bad about this match is, the crowd seems to not care for the match.

The match ends when Cactus hit the double arm DDT for the win.

Winners: Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne! I suppose as well as Cactus’ cacti ights.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund welcomed Kyle Petty, a NASCAR driver back in ’93, and interviewed him on the “Mean Gene” position. Okerlund asked him about retirement because Petty’s father retired recently. Petty said that it’s a shame if someone has to retire at the top of their game and hopes that Flair doesn’t have to retire during his prime.

WCW United States Championship match :: Two-Out-of-Three Falls match :: “Stunning” Steve Austin (with Col. Robert Parker) versus “the Natural” Dustin Rhodes (champion)

I watched the WWE Fully Loaded 1998 pay-per-view last weekend and the WWE Intercontinental title was also in a two-out-of-three falls and both Triple H and the Rock went to the full time limit. I hope, for a second weekend, I don’t see another draw (especially when we seen a draw already on this very card).

Both Rhodes and Austin do a lot of ground-chain wrestling, which is great to see. I wish the fans at the arena in 1993 and fans in 2012 would appreciate seeing chain wrestling, as well as technical wrestling. Wrestlers nowadays aren’t anything like they were during this time period.

A funny conversation that Ventura and Schiavone were discussing Parker’s cigars. Ventura questioned Schiavone, wondering why Col. Parker’s cigars are never lit when he’s ringside and having one in his mouth. They talked some politics, which doesn’t surprise me coming from one of my Governors.

Rhodes had a taped right fist for the matched and the announcers kept mentioning it and Ventura, as usual, questions why Rhodes has to have a taped fist. I think that’s a conspiracy Jesse!

Austin went for an easy cover, not hooking a leg or anything, and got a two count. Ventura mentioned that if he would of hooked a leg or the head or a half nelson, he would of picked up the first fall. I can see Ventura’s logic, if he would of hooked something, he’d have a better chance of scoring a fall, but not necessary that fall.

Col. Parker jumped up on the apron to distract Rhodes and Rhodes threw Austin into him, giving Austin the first fall. How? During this time in WCW, if you tossed someone outside the ring, that’s a disqualification.

Austin – 1

Rhodes – 0

Those two men brawled outside the ring and Rhodes left Austin in a pool of beaten mess. Rhodes threw him into the ring to start the second fall and when this happened, the lights went out and the crew had to pull out some spot lights for the match. During this time, Austin’s been busted wide open.

Austin was being pumpled in the corner and pushed Rhodes off and covered him, grabbed the tights, and picked up the second fall.

Austin – 2

Rhodes – 0

The announcers were surprised that Austin won two straight falls.

Winner: Steve Austin and the disqualification rule that WCW had in place. Thanks!

The British Bulldog was suppose to be Rick Rude’s challenger for the WCW International title but couldn’t compete, so the Boss was bumped into the Bulldog’s spot. I find that funny cause of the whole UFC 151 situation that went down recently. I guess Dana White didn’t watch much of WCW in 1993, or he didn’t take any notes.

WCW International Heavyweight Championship match :: the Boss versus Rick Rude (champion)

When the Boss was coming out, Schiavone said, “He’s one big guy.”

“With one big stick!” Ventura mentioned. That made me laugh, thinking of how dirty that comment is that Jesse “the Body” uttered.

Rick Rude did his pre-match pose down and before he posed, he grabbed the mic and told the fans that he’s the “Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion!” To be honest, I would love if he, in his prime, could face Chris Jericho during his prime. They would have had great promos with one another and would have had great matches too.

A fun fact: the Boss in WCW did the same character the Big Bossman played in the WWF. Oh wait, the Boss is the Big Bossman! Go Bossman! Win the WCW International title!

An odd note I picked up on for this match: the Boss was portrayed to be the babyface and wore black for this match and Rude is the heel and has the colorful tights.

Ventura mentioned Rick Rude’s history before wrestling, being a tough man bouncer in bars in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, before becoming pro. He also is undefeated, to what Jesse knows, at arm wrestling, and that’s a tough thing to do in arm wrestling in Minnesota bars.

Boss is one of the better big men wrestlers and Rick Rude is known for putting on great matches with guys who aren’t the greatest wrestlers, yet this match isn’t the best. It could be the quiet crowd, but I feel like the Boss and Rude don’t have any chemistry together in the squared circle.

Both the champion and challenger got into the center of the ring and the challenger locked in a bear hug. Rude got out of the hug by biting the Boss’s nose. Minnesotans always fight dirty!

After a mistake by the Boss and a sunset flip, Rude retains the title after scoring the pin!

Winner: Ravishing Rick Rude and the whole state of Minnesota!

He’s simply ravishing with that victory!

World Tag Team Championship Match :: Sting and Road Warrior Hawk versus the Nasty Boys (champions – Missy Hyatt)

When Sting and Hawk came out, Ventura and Schiavone put over odd team, saying that the only way they’ll lose is if they defeat themselves.

After the bell rang, the Nasty Boys were taunting the fans and the crowd was booing and Schiavone got after the champions, and Ventura got after Tony, asking him if he expected anything different.  One thing I love about watching old tapes, having Jesse Ventura on color commentary, since he called it the way I often see it whenever I watch the old tapes.

For the start of the match, both teams kept the pace pretty slow.  Knowing the Nasty Boys and knowing Hawk, those three men are brawlers and their fights don’t last too long, so milking the crowd for as long as they can, I have to give them props.

Several minutes into the match, the crowd didn’t seem too interested into what the four competitors were doing in the ring.  To be honest, I really can’t blame them.  This being the seventh match in, the crowd didn’t seem to care much on what’s going on.  Maybe bad placement for the match?  I believe so.

The crowd seemed to get into the match when on the floor; Missy Hyatt smacked Hawk with her whip.  Ventura and Schiavone seem to get excited when she used it, as with the fans.

When Knobs had Hawk in a rest hold and Hawk slapped the man, trying to get the fans to cheer him into countering the hold, no one cared.  Wow, was the crowd that burnt out, or did they simply not care for the match?

A spot that got the fans into the match was when the Nasty Boys, along with the beautiful Missy Hyatt, tried to walk out and get a count-out loss, but the challengers ran out and brought them back to the ring.  Smart thinking on both teams.  If I were a wrestler, that’s how I try ending each match, if I can’t lose the title by being counted out, why not get counted out?

Each time I hear Gary Cappetta tell us how much time we have left for the time-limit title match, I couldn’t wait for the match to end, since I started to battle sleep half-way through this match.  I’m sorry, but these four men didn’t and couldn’t make me care for this match.

The match ended in a disqualification, meaning that the Nasty Boys retained the titles!  Thank you whoever had time limits in WCW back then, since this match was hard to keep paying attention during!

WCW World Heavyweight Championship :: Vader (champion – with Harley Race) versus Ric Flair

Vader came out first, which I found to be odd, but this being Ric Flair’s home town, I can handle the challenger coming out second.  After Vader and Race came to the ring, Vader walked over to Ventura and barked at him to get comfortable, since he’s about to give the challenger the beating of his lifetime!

When the challenger came to the ring, the crowd all jumped to their feet and remained on their feet during the introductions by Michael Buffer.

For the match, Vader put his championship up on the line if Ric Flair put his career on the line.  During this time, career stipulations were rarely done, so this seemed legit.

The first few minutes of the match were pretty slow, doing a slow build for the finish of the match.  Flair had Vader chase him around the outside the ring, which the crowd ate up.  Once both men got into the ring, Vader got the upper-hand on Flair, making sure the fans were sitting on the edge of their seats.

One thing I love about Vader during this time was whenever he had the advantage, he’d yell at the fans.  At Starrcade 1993, he often yell at the fans, asking them, “Who’s the man?”  Yes Vader, walking into Starrcade, you’re the man!

A mistake that the champion took that got the fans to cheer was when Vader stood on the bottom rope and tried to splash the challenger.  A bad landing for the champion when Ric Flair rolled out of the way, causing Vader to eat canvas, to the cheers of the hometown crowd.

Within moments, Vader got the upper hand again and when Vader had Flair on his shoulder, the champion yelled at the crowd, “Huh?,” waiting for them to boo him out of the building.

When Cappetta announced that 15 minutes of this 45 minute match passed, it surprised me how well these two men paced this match better than the World Tag title match just before this.  It didn’t feel like 15 minutes and I wished this match could have gone longer.

The end of the match saw when Race tried to interfere by jumping off the top rope onto Flair, but Flair rolled out of the way and hit his own man, Vader.  Randy Anderson, the ref for the match, kicked him out of the ring and moments later, Flair rolled Vader up and scored the pinfall victory!

Winner: Ric Flair, the new World Heavyweight Champion!

tumblr_m98kkzO4rl1ql0k28o1_500Dave Meltzer said on January 3rd, 1994 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (can be found here) that “Ric Flair’s 11th (or 10th, or 12th, depending on what you consider a world title and what you’re willing to accept and ignore when it comes to wrestling history) world title victory was easily the most memorable of all his title wins, and created a unique emotional moment almost foreign to American wrestling.

In what was easily the best job of build-up for a single match in the five-year history of WCW, Starrcade ’93, by virtue of a horrible situation that took place two months earlier in England, was switched from the planned Vader losing the WCW title to Sid Vicious, to Vader losing the title to Flair in a match where Flair put his career on the line.”

Meltzer also gave this match a four-and-three-quarter-star rating, which I cannot argue with.  I also wrote about this match at CamelClutchBlog[dot]Com (which can be found here).  A great match, but not so much for a whole show.  So if you can find the match (which shouldn’t be too hard to find), go out of your way and watch it if you hadn’t seen it before.  If you have a few hours and wanted to spend watching some old school wrestling, take time and watch it.

January 14th, 1989 World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night

1/14/89 World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night

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Barry Windham w/ James J Dillon vs. “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert

Gilbert gets in Windham’s face. Windham takes over with punches and a suplex. Gilbert comes back with a really cool flying clothesline. Both of these guys are looking really good here at the beginning of 89. Windham takes back over, featuring a really nice headlock takeover. The crowd is super hot for this. Windham is hammering Gilbert with right hands and Gilbert is doing is goofy drunk selling, which I’m not a fan of. Ric Flair is out to look on with Dillon. Ross is just awesome, selling the fact that Flair is concerned over Gilbert taking the title from Windham. This match is a lot of back and forth punching, with Windham on the offensive, but Hot Stuff not giving up. At about 7:00 minutes, Windham throws Gilbert outside and appears to take over, but Gilbert fights back and has a short shine in the ring with a two-count off of an elbow drop. Windham is really good here in my opinion, everything he does is right on point, from the suplexes, to his heel demeanors when arguing with referee Teddy Long. Windham bites Gilbert, before setting Eddie up for his finisher, the superplex. Gilbert initially fights off, but Barry hits the move. However, he eschews the pin in favor of beating on Eddie some more. After Barry misses a knee drop, Gilbert hooks in a figure four leg lock, but can’t finish it, nicely selling the exhaustion.  At the 12 minute mark, Flair can’t take anymore and enters the ring, causing a disqualification.

Winner: 13:00, EDDIE GILBERT (Disqualification) *** Very nice match, Windham looked good and so did Gilbert in this one

After the bell, the horsemen take over. Double-teaming on Gilbert in the ring with clotheslines and knee drops. After, JJ cuts a very nice promo, that while short, serves its purpose. He states that the reason for this was Gilbert being annoying and taking TV time, and now his name can be added to all the rest of the people the Horsemen have taken out.

Next is a Dusty Rhodes promo. He is a little all around the map here, as usual. He says he is the NWA and professional wrestling and gets around to saying that he is coming for Barry Windham because his paycheck comes every Wednesday (?) and he needs the US title. He also gets a slight dig in by saying that the 4 Horsemen are now, “Only two, only two” as Anderson and Blanchard had recently left for the WWF at the time.

Michael PS Hayes vs. Paul Lee

Hayes does a lot of strutting and dancing before the match and by the time of the lockup, is nearly out of breath. Lee is quite the character. His skin is nearly transparent and his bleached hair just adds to it. Steven Casey, from the metroplex, is out to watch the match. This match is obviously all Hayes here, doing what he wants. I like how Hayes is playing the character of being happy and a fan favorite, but very close to being unhinged and letting his heel form shine through. After no-selling a couple of Lee shots, Hayes hits the DDT for the W.

Winner: 4:00, MICHAEL HAYES (DDT) * Hayes relied way too much on a headlock in what should have been a showcase for him

Next is an interview with Hayes and his new tag team partner, the Junkyard Dog. JYD starts out very incomprehensibly talking about bones and that they’re going after the US tag titles held by “The Devil” and Steve Dr. Death Williams. Hayes takes over, and does a really nice job. My favorite line being, “Heaven don’t want us and Hell is afraid we’ll take over!” Hayes nicely got over the fact they’re coming after the Varsity Club and that even though Williams is a machine, machines can break and can’t adapt, so Hayes and JYD are coming after them. Weirdly though, he finishes by quoting “Bad to the Bone.” Strange.

Kevin Sullivan and Dr. Death vs. Randy Hogan and Mike Collins

I don’t like Kevin Sullivan. I hate his look, his terrible haircut (shaved sides mullet) and his association with the Varsity Club. Why is he even with these guys? The Varsity Club is in total control of this one. It’s a definite showcase for Dr. Death, as he throws around these guys left and right. Randy Hogan, obviously named for his blonde horseshoe haircut and handlebar moustache, looks like the Huckster from 1996 WWF, but despite his terrible look, does a good job selling Dr. Death’s moves. Sullivan takes over on “Mark Collins”, as JR calls him. Oops. Williams gets back in and finishes Collins off with the Oklahoma Stampede for the pin fall and squirts him with his water bottle before leaving the ring.

Winners: 4:00 KEVIN SULLIVAN AND DR. DEATH (Oklahoma Stampede) *1/4

After the match, the Varsity Club joins JR at the interview station. Sullivan speaks on 1989 being the year of the Varsity Club. He addresses the Road Warriors and states that they’re coming for them. Mike Rotunda gets on the mic and calls Rick Steiner a “kleptomaniac moron” and says Steiner stole his TV championship. He says he is a thief and doesn’t even know it and is going to get back what’s his. During the promo, Dr. Death kept walking in front of the camera like he wasn’t sure where he was or who was talking. What’s the deal there?

The Road Warriors w/ Paul Ellering vs. Dale Laparouse and Mike Jackson

The warriors come out hot, with Hawk getting Laparouse right away with a nice dropkick. After one shot from Animal, doomsday device and it’s over.

Winners: 1:00, THE ROAD WARRIORS (Doomsday Device) NR (too short)

After, the Road Warriors, the world tag team champions get an interview. Animal and Hawk address the Varsity Club and say they will snack on Sullivan, dine on Doc and do away with the challengers. Animal says he’s bringing in Tenryu from Japan for the 6 man championships. An ok promo on the whole, with LOD getting over their disdain for Sullivan and Death.

Next is another promo from the Horsemen, or what’s left of them. Windham and Flair both downplay their actions from earlier. Flair is awesome as usual, talking about how 1989 is the year of the Horsemen. Eddie Gilbert comes out and challenges the Horsemen to a match next week to a match with him and his partner. After some cajoling, Dillon commits to a match for the next week with Gilbert and anyone except Lex Luger. After Gilbert leaves, Flair gives respect to Gilbert for challenging them and being a man. This is something I always loved about Flair; he always gives it up to his opponents. Remember, if you call him a nobody and beat them, all you did was beat a nobody. Flair is a pro at that.

The Original Midnight Express vs. Trent Knight and Bob Emory

Dennis Condrey might be my favorite wrestler. He looks old; he’s got a gut, a mullet and wears the bandana wherever he goes. He’s just an old shitkicker and that’s what I love about him. The OMx control this match from pretty much beginning to end while Dangerously mugs, shouts and laughs at the camera for most of the match. I don’t like that the OMx don’t wear matching attire, they don’t look like a team to me. Dangerously:  “You know who gave Dennis Condrey the nickname Loverboy? Jim Cornette’s mama. She had personal experience.” The Express finish it up with a combo of Condrey lifting up Randy Rose and slamming him down in a leg drop onto Knight for the victory. Paul E. calls this the Human Coughdrop. This was alright. As much as I love Condrey, he’s a little past his prime and Rose just doesn’t have a spot in this feud.

Winners: 4:00, THE ORIGINAL MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (Human Coughdrop) *1/2

After the match, Paul E. shows some footage of him hitting Cornette with the phone. He cuts a promo on Cornette, saying that he’s going to run him out of the NWA. “You think it’s over when I leave, I think it’s over when I spit on your career’s grave.” Some nice work there

Larry Zybysko and Al Perez w/ Gary Hart vs. George South and Curtis Thompson

Zybysko is the Western States Champion at the time. Abdullah the Butcher humorously keeps trying to come out and get involved, which I love. Perez is good and I don’t think he ever reached his full potential. George South looks like someone you’d meet at a truck stop or county fair. Perez finishes it off with the “Al-i-copter” airplane spin for the win.

Winners: 3:00. AL PEREZ AND LARRY ZYBYSKO (Al-i-copter) *3/4

After the match, Gary Hart is at the interview station for a promo. The story is that Hart won’t have his guys face Flair for the title because of his association with Flair and Dillon. Now he says that is off the table. This is all to set up a title match at a house show in Florida that is coming up. After that Zbysko says he’s going to be the champ in 1989. We’ll sure see about that.

Dick Murdoch vs. Eddie Sweat

Eddie Sweat, what a name. I wonder how he got that name. JR spends the first part of the match talking about Murdoch’s son who plays for the South Lake Carroll Dragons high school football team, who just went undefeated for 1989. Murdoch is just beating on the sweaty one, pulling up Eddie multiple times before finishing him with a terrible brainbuster.

Winner: 3:00, DICK MURDOCH (Brainbuster) ¾ *

Now, Ric Flair is with Missy Hyatt. Hyatt calls Ric sexier than Don Johnson and Sylvester Stallone combined. They talk about Flair’s match with Luger at Starrcade that just recently happened. Flair calls Luger the golden Adonis, but because he is not Ric Flair he will not face him ever again for the title. Flair was awesome here, in total Nature Boy mode.

Midnight Express vs. Keith Steinborn and Gary Royal

The Express start out hot with Keirn hitting sine fancy kicks and good-looking double-team moves. Bobby hits a real good-looking elbow drop on one of the jobbers. Keirn is a little off, missing slightly on a couple moves. Eaton comes back in and hits the Veg-o-matic to close the match.

Winner: 2:00, THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS (Veg-o-matic) **

Cornette on for an interview. The story he’s telling is that these three are problem children, doing what they want. Cornette was very good here “The game ain’t over til I win.” Gold.

Main Event: Rick Steiner (World TV Champion) vs. Mike Rotunda w/ Kevin Sullivan

As both wrestlers come out, Steiner taunts Rotunda with his newly won TV title. Steiner then goes out and parties with the definition of 1989 (steps cut in hair, pseudo racquetball sunglasses, starter sweatsuit), before getting in the ring to square off. Rotunda starts off with the heat with a huge clothesline before Steiner comes back by throwing Mike out. Steiner caps off the shine by barking at Rotunda, of course. I have never been a huge fan of Rick Steiner; his character to me has always been something close to awful. But I do think that he looks awesome here. He might not be the best wrestler, but the crowd is super into him and that helps overcome that Rotunda is generally boring as usual. Oh gosh, now Steiner is talking to “Alex” aka a face painted on his hand. This is what I’m talking about. Rotunda throws a really nice dropkick at Steiner before slowing it down with some clubbing shots. Sullivan throws a “block of wood” “used for something” according Schiavonne, at Steiner to keep the edge. The crowd is so hot for this it’s crazy. Rotunda goes up-top, but is thrown off by Steiner before getting hit by a shoulder block. Sullivan starts to get involved, chops to the throat of Steiner. At the 9:00 mark, Dr. Death comes out and attacks Steiner to get the DQ.

Winner: 9:00 by DQ RICK STEINER *** It was a very good match, but all of that leading up to a junk finish just isn’t worth it for me.

The beat down is all three of the Varsity Club hitting a stuff piledriver on Steiner and leaving him lay. Sullivan tries to steal Steiner’s dog that he brings with him but is stopped by JYD and Hayes.

Lex Luger and Sting vs. Agent Steele and Bob Holiday

Another squash tag match, here at the end of the show. Steele (a masked man wearing yellow pants with red zigzags on them) and Holiday are on the receiving end of a lot of punishment, especially Luger, who is showing his frustration over Flair’s decision. Luger and Sting are still, even in ’89, a little rough around the edges, and Steele and Holiday aren’t quite good enough to pull out anything from Luger and Sting. In a vacuum, Luger and Sting are wrestling like heels; the jobbers don’t cheat or get an advantage in any way. Sting hits the splash, then locks in the Scorpion Deathlock for the victory

Winners: 5:00, LEX LUGER AND STING (Scorpion Deathlock) *1/4

Luger and Sting meet with Ross. Luger talks on Flair’s ruling. He says that the two best matches from 1988 were July 10th at the Great American Bash and in December at Starrcade. He wants to replicate that with Flair in 1989. He throws it to Sting, who cuts an awful promo on Butch Reed while walking around and saying something about a dog-eat-dog world. A rough ending to the show.

Overall, a pretty good show. The two real matches were good enough to pull up the jobber matches and we got some good promos from Paul E, Cornette, and the Road Warriors.

MVP: Cornette. His promo was awesome and he did some good work during the Midnights’ squash.

LVP: Mike Jackson. The Thriller got clotheslined out of the ring before the bell sounded and didn’t enter again. A nice $30 day for Mr. Jackson

Best Promo: Cornette, as said, very nicely done, building up the upcoming feud ender with the Original Midnights.

Worst Promo: Sting. “Yeah, I know who he is. I know something else. 1988 vs. 1989, it’s a dog-eat dog world Rossy and I’m one who realizes that more than anyone (inaudible as walking away)

Fashion Statement of the night:  Agent Steele. Black mask, yellow tights, red zigzags. Nuff said.

Hey, it’s 1989!: The aforementioned fan in the Alabama sweatsuit with the clear plastic glasses and steps in his hair.

That’s Racist (or homophobic): Nothing too much tonight, but there’s going to be some goodness  (or badness) coming up in the next few weeks.