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Shawn Micahels vs. Mankind

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The Birth of the nWo

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Austin 3:16 Says I Just Kicked Your Ass

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Wrestlemania 12 Review

The boyhood dream comes true as Shawn Michaels battles champion Bret 'The Hitman' Hart in a classic 1-hour iron man match. Plus, Diesel vs. Undertaker and more.

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Thursday, 2 June 2022

EVENT REVIEW: ECW When World's Collide 1994

May 14, 1994
ECW Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review

ECW When World's Collide was the first of two events to take place under that name in 1994. 

the name referred to a cross-promotion between Paul Heyman's ECW and World Championship Wrestling, with the two companies agreeing to exchange talent. 

Heyman wanted The Hollywood Blondes on his show but had to settle for Bobby Eaton and Arn Anderson, while the likes of Terry Funk and other ECW mainstays would find themselves on WCW programming.

Later, WCW apparently thought that "When World's Collide" was such a good name for a PPV that they used it for their presentation of AAA's first US PPV, a show that still stands up as one of this writer's favorite PPVs of all time. 

Unhappy with that, ECW sued WCW for copyright infringement, leading to an out-of-court settlement in which World Championship Wrestling once again agreed to supply Heyman's company with more talent.

So, that's the background out of the way, but was the show any good?

Let's head to Philly to find out. 

Rockin’ Rebel (w/ Jason) vs. Tommy Dreamer

After the standard ECW TV intro, we went straight into our first match as Tommy Dreamer made his return from injury after his match with Jimmy Snuka back at The Night The Line Was Crossed.

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - Tommy Dreamer confronts Rockin' Rebel

For the time period, this wasn’t a bad opener.

OK, so it was a little bland, but it was short and inoffensive, ending when Dreamer caught his opponent with a Thesz Press for the three.
Your Winner: Tommy Dreamer

Post match, Rockin’ Rebel got into an argument with his manager, Jason, but the two patched things up and left together.

ECW Television Championship
ECW TV Champion Mikey Whipwreck vs. 911 (w/ Paul Heyman)

The story here was that Mikey Whipwreck was a perennial loser who couldn’t win a match to save his life but had fluked his way to a recent win over then-champion The Pitbull.

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - Mikey Whipreck

Tonight, he would make his first title defence against 911, a man who had regularly pulverised the champion on TV.

The match was hardly a match at all, but it was a cleverly done segment in its own right.

After the match began with Paul Heyman shouting at Whipwreck, the challenger pushed his opponent into the corner then choke slammed him twice.

He was about to do it a third time but instead chose to also grab the referee and chokeslam him too.

Naturally, the battered official called for the bell.
Your Winner via DQ and Still TV Champion: Mikey Whipwreck.

That was smart booking if you ask me. The Whipwreck flukey title reign continued while 911 looked impressive despite his limited in-ring ability.

Afterward, 911 posed with the Tv title before chokeslamming the referee while a distraught Joey Styles yelled “911 does not care about this official’s soul! Who is going to pray for the souls of 911 and Paul Heyman?”

Superfly Jimmy Snuka (w/ Hunter Q. Robins) vs. Kevin Sullivan (w/ Woman)

Kevin Sullivan made this one work and saved it from being a bad match. Instead, he took Snuka on a typical ECW brawl that was good enough to watch without being overly impressive.

Towards the finish, The Sandman came down and convinced Woman to leave with him. Of course, this being early ECW, the cameraman missed the whole thing so it was hard to tell what Sullivan was distracted by.

The distraction allowed Hunter Q. Robbins to trip him up and Snuka to pin him. 
Your Winner: Jimmy Snuka 

Up next, this:

Singapore Caning Match
The Sandman & Woman vs. Tommy Cairo & Peaches

Loser revives six lashes with a Singapore Cane

With the women hanging out on the apron for the majority of the match, The Sandman and Tommy Cairo fumbled their way around the ring in a fairly sloppy and uninspired match.

As they did so, announcer Joey Styles tried to sell us on the extreme and brutal nature of ECW, promising us that this was a company like no other professional wrestling promotion on Earth.

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - The Sandman

I know Joey was well-respected as an announcer and all that, but he made himself sound kind of stupid here.

How was anybody supposed to take him seriously when he was making ECW sound like the wildest promotion in town while watching Sandman bumble his way into a lacklustre clothesline.

Eventually, Cairo got the better of Sandman but Women dove in to save her man from being pinned and a cat fight with Peaches inevitably ensued.

As Cairo backed Woman into a corner, Peaches pounced on a prone Sandman and won the match.
Your Winners: Tommy Cairo & Peaches

Post match, Peaches exposed her estranged husband’s bare bum and proceeded to whack him with the cane but could only manage three lashes before Woman once again came to the rescue.

A wild brawl broke out until Sandman and Woman got the better of their opponents and absolutely obliterated them with the cane.

Honestly, the post match stuff was a thousand times more entertaining than the actual match.

The Pit Bull (w/ Jason) vs. The Tazmaniac

Prior to the match, 911 came out and chokeslammed the referee again, much to the delight of the ECW faithful.

The match then began with a wild and entertaining brawl around the arena before making it to the ring where The Pitbull began systematically wearing down his opponent.

It made for a decent -though hardly spectacular contest- that came to and when The Tazmaniac made a comeback and busted out a barrage of suplexes.

He even suplexed Jason over the ropes but this distraction allowed The Pit Bulk to take his opponent down and win this good-by-1994-ECW-standards contest.
Your Winner: The Pit Bull

Before the next match, The Franchise Shane Douglas informed us that his rival, Road Warrior Hawk had injured his knee and wouldn’t be getting involved tonight.

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - Shane Douglas

The ECW Champion then said something about Ric Flair, but loud music was playing so it was impossible to hear him because early-ECW’s production values were atrocious.

Handicap 4 vs. 3 Elimination Match
ECW World Heavyweight Champion The Franchise Shane Douglas, Mr: Hughes, and The Public Enemy (Flyboy Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) vs. J.T. Smith and The Bruise Brothers (Ron & Don Harris)

With Road Warrior Hawk no longer able to compete in this match, it became a handicap match.

The bout started slow but soon developed into a gripping contest.

The heels spent most of the time kicking J.T. Smith’s leg out of his leg but the valiant babyface refused to quit.

Although this dragged at parts, it was mostly compelling.

The only real complaint was that the camera man once again missed an important moment as Douglas, Mr. Hughes, and The Bruise Brothers all started brawling on the outside.

The first we became aware of it was when the camera cut awkwardly to the four brawling in the stands as the referee counted them all out for a mass elimination.

Back in the ring, The Public Enemy continued their assault on Smith’s dodgy wheel, but the youngster caught each one with a quick roll-up and miraculously emerged as the sole survivor of the match.
Your Winner: J.T. Smith

Honestly, I’m surprised at how good that was, but not as surprised as Public Enemy were about losing.

Naturally, the two attacked Smith after the bell and left him down and out.

Sabu & Beautiful Bobby Eaton (w/ Paul E. Dangerousy and 911) vs. Terry Funk & Arn Anderson

Before the match could commence, Paul E. Dangerously took to the microphone to rile up the crowd and put his men over.

Terry Funk and Arn Anderson then made their way out and engaged in the best match of the night and the most enjoyable ECW match I’ve seen since I first started reviewing the company’s early shows.

In true extreme fashion, this was wild and out of control in the best possible sense.

At one point halfway through the match it was also pretty funny.

Arn Anderson called his former tag team partner Bobby Eaton into the ring to fight him, but Terry Funk ruined his partner’s plans by attacking Eaton on the outside. It was so typically Funk that I couldn’t help but chuckle.

Even funnier was Joey Styles listing Bobby Eaton’s credentials.

“And he was in the Midnight Express with Stan Lane who is now…well I don’t know where he is or what he’s doing, but he shouldn’t be doing it!”

I don’t know why but that was so funny and redeemed Styles from trying to convince us that the piss poor Singapore cane match was extreme wrestling at its finest.

Stan Lane was, of course, commentating for the WWF at the time.

Enough about him though, this was a hugely entertaining brawl which came to an end following an attack on Terry Funk by The Public Enemy.

Anderson saw off Rock and Grunge the way nu-metal would a few years later, only to turn on his partner and attack him with a chair.

Sabu then applied a half crab and this one was done.
Your Winner via submission: Sabu & Arn Anderson

Backstage after the match, Paul E. paid off Public Enemy for their run-in and then cut a brilliant promo questioning why on earth Terry Funk would want to get involved in a match with The Public Enemy.

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - Paul E. Dangerously w/ The Public Enemy

Though this would have made more sense if we’d actually seen Funk challenging Flyboy and Johnny to a match against he and his brother, Heyman’s promo was absolutely incredible.

Offering a response, Terry Funk ended When Worlds Collide with a single, solemn line:

ECW When World's Collide 1994 Review - Terry Funk

“Who are we? We’re the Funk Brothers.”


Watching the evolution of ECW from their early 1993 shows onwards has been absolutely fascinating.

Those first few shows that I watched sucked, and while this one was hardly perfect, you can see the company get better and better with every show as they continue to morph into the game-changing extreme revolutionaries they would go down in history as.

The main event was awesome and the elimination match was better than anticipated, but there was also some boring stuff here like the Singapore cane match.

ECW still had a long way to go then, but they were clearly getting there.

Still, if you really must watch an event of this name, watch AAA/WCW When World’s Collide because not only was it far superior to this event, it was one of the greatest Pay Per Views of all time.

Friday, 6 May 2022

EVENT REVIEW: Clash of the Champions XV - Knocksville, USA!

June 12, 1991
Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, Tennessee

WCW Clash of the Champions 15 Review - Event Ad

If you went on PPVs alone, World Championship Wrestling had enjoyed a successful run in the months leading to Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville, USA!

The previous month’s WrestleWar ‘91 had been a very entertaining show, culminating as it did with an exceptional War Games match that saw Sid Vicious nearly end Brian Pillman’s life.

A few weeks later, the stars of WCW had journeyed to the Orient for WCW/NJPW Supershow 1991 - an event that has to be considered one of the best PPVs of the early 90s.

Yet for all of their success, the company was heading into The Golden Age of Wrestlecrap.

Kevin Nash as a giant wizard, Dusty Rhodes created his own interview segment in which he spit bars with PN News and later had his tv time cut back due to the creative embarrassment of his segments, and a host of generally poor creative decisions were doing the company no favors whatsoever.

Still, as abysmal as things looked, the likes of Sting, The Steiner Brothers, Flyin’ Brian, and Ric Flair were still delivering the goods inside the ring while the Clash debuts of future megastars Steve Austin and The Diamond Studd helped to make this a notable event in the company’s history.

Would tonight’s show continue to show that WCW wasn’t really all that bad back in the early 90s? Or would it serve to further turn the company into a laughing stock?

Let’s get down to the show to find out, shall we?

Welcome to Knocksville!

Our show tonight began with WCW’s typical opening, basically random shots of our biggest stars of the evening that whizzed on and off the screen.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15 Review: Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross

From there, we went live to the arena where we were greeted by Missy Hyatt. As she welcomed us to the show, Hyatt was interrupted by Paul E. Dangerously, who was apparently flabbergasted and frustrated that the show had dared to go live.

In one of many “wtf was that about?” moments that WCW would deliver over the years, Missy simply shoved the microphone at Paul E., who then told us that we had to go straight to our announce team, Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone.

Anyway, Ross and Schiavone hyped up our main event (Ric Flair vs. Bobby Eaton) before sending it to the ring for our opening contest.

Six-Man Tag
The Fabulous Freebirds (WCW United States Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds &
Bastreet w/ Diamond Dallas Page, The Diamond Doll, and Big Daddy Dink) vs. Tom Zenk and The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong & Tracy Smothers)

I know that The Fabulous Freebirds were supposed to be a rock ‘n’ roll band, and I know rock ‘n’ roll was all about excess back then, but I really feel having three people come down to ringside with Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin was gratuitous.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15 Review - Tom Zenk & The Young Pistols

It took the spotlight off the actual wrestlers and did more harm than good to their presentation.

Tonight, they were joined by ‘Badstreet,’ who was Brad Amstrong wearing a mask and full-body outfit which appeared to have been made from a pair of Michael Hayes’ old tights.

Not only that, but The Freebirds dominated their opponents and pretty much made Z-Man and The Young Pistols their personal bitches with ease.

This was odd, not only because The ‘Birds and The Pistols (then known as The Wild-Eyed Southern Boys) had a couple of really competitive matches back at Clash of the Champions XII and Superbrawl I but also because Hayes, Garvin and Badstreet were supposed to be the heels yet performed with all the flash and panache of babyfaces.

After a few short minutes of getting continually punked out by their opponents, Z-Man, Tracy Smothers, and Steve Armstrong hit simultaneously sunset flips from the outside onto their opponents and pinned each man at the same time.

It was a cool spot, and most of the match had technically been good, but it was also very weird.
Your Winners: Z-Man and The Young Pistols

Before the next match, we got a weird British voiceover telling us about the “Flash and Bash Sweepstakes” competition to promote the Great American Bash ‘91.

Apparently, you could win some major prizes in this thing, including Ric Flair’s own personal Rolex, and all you had to Do was complete the phrase “to be the man…

This was followed by a quick advert tor the WCW hotline where fans could call and talk live to Flair’s upcoming opponent, Bobby Eaton.

With all that done, it was back to action.

Oz (w/ The Great Wizzard) vs. Johnny Rich

Having debuted back at Superbrawl 1, Oz was apparently making only his second appearance here, making light work of jobber Johnny Rich in about 2-3 minutes.

Say what you will about the Oz character, this match saw Nash bust out a flying shoulder tackle and his spinning Razor’s Edge* finisher, which was probably the most athletic the future champion had been in his entire career.

After Oz dumped Rich with the big finisher, Jim Ross told us that he’d dropped him “like a sack of….yesterday’s news.

Good save, Jim.
Your Winner: Oz

*Yes, I know there’s a proper name for this move, but I’m writing this review straight after waking up from less than 4 hours sleep, and can't think of it.

Prior to the next match, a quick commercial told us that PN News was coming to an arena near us.

Yo baby, yo baby, yo baby, yo!

Dangerous Dan Spivey vs. Big Josh

Was Dangerous Dan really all that spicy?

Big Josh didn’t have the bears with him that he’d had at Superbrawl, nor did he seem to have that much smarts:

After just a few short minutes of decent action in which Dangerous Dan Spivey looked to be the more impressive of the two, a frazzle-haired Kevin Sullivan came down carrying a crutch.

Big Josh saw this and charged at the ropes anyway, looking directly at Sullivan the whole time and yet still being surprised when Kevin whacked him with the crutch.

The blow didn’t hurt Josh, but it did distract him long enough for Spivey to hit an impressive German Suplex and score the victory.
Your Winner: Dan Spivey

In a pre-recorded bit, Tony Schiavone next ran down the WCW top 10 rankings.

Sting was number six but somehow El Gigante was at number three, which probably tells you everything you need to know about that.

Jason Hervey on The Dangerzone

WCW Clash of the Champions XV: Jason Hervey from The Wonder Years confronts Paul E. Dangerously

Paul E. Dangerously welcomed “The Wonder Years” star Jason Hervey to The Dangerzone and proceeded to ask him a bunch of questions, only to cut off the future WCW executive every time he tried to answer.

Eventually, Dangerously allowed Hervey to talk when quizzed about his relationship with Missy Hyatt.

The TV star admitted he and Hyatt were in a relationship but refused to answer whether the two were in love, instead insisting that he was only out there to talk about Sting, Lex Luger, and other high-profile stars.

All of this led to Heyman asking Hervey why, if his stardom afforded him a new house and a new car, he chose a girlfriend who was “used merchandise.

Jason stormed off at that, so Paul E. knocked him out (or “bopped” him, to use Schiavone’s words) with a cell phone to the back or the head.

Hervey was fine in his role here but Dangerously was next-level brilliant.

The Natural Dustin Rhodes vs. The Computerized Man Terrance Taylor (w/ Alexandra York and Mr. Hughes)

WCW Clash of the Champions XV Review: Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor

Before the match got underway, a graphic for told us that the son of WCW’s head Booker had been undefeated since debuting in January.

No doubt he accomplished that on merit alone, right?

The match got underway and was fine but nowhere near as good as their match back at Superbrawl.

After a few short minutes of bog-standard action, Terrance Taylor’s head of security, Mr. Hughes hopped up on the apron and distracted Dustin Rhodes until the referee had enough and called for the bell.
Your Winner via DQ: Dustin Rhodes

As Rhodes turned around, Ricky Morton was standing behind him. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express legend then attacked Dustin, revealing himself to be the newest member of The York Foundation.

He, Taylor and Hughes proceeded to attack until Big Josh rushed in for the save.

This was followed by a commercial telling us that Johnny B. Badd was coming to arena near us.

Well, alrighty then!

Prior to the next match, we got a flashback to Superbrawl when Nikita Koloff nailed Stint with a chain.

The Stinger would have his chance at revenge next.

Nikita Koloff vs. Sting

This was a tremendous match that proved it’s possible to get over even if you lose a match.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV Review: Nikita Koloff vs. Sting

From the opening bell, the recently-returned Koloff had the Stinger’s number, taking him apart both inside and outside the ring and destroying him with a tombstone pile driver.

The former world champion popped the crowd with a few exciting comebacks, but his rival seemed one step ahead all the way until the finish.

At that point, Koloff had Sting in the corner and charged at him, but the man from Venice Beach moved out of harms way and stole the victory with a quick roll-up.

That was great, and about as good as you were going to get given the short amount of match time that the Clash format allowed for.
Your Winner: Sting

After a quick commercial break, PN News made his way to the ring with Pepa and Spinderella of Salt-N-Pepa.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15 - Johnny B. Badd and Teddy Long confront PN News and Salt n Pepa

Apparently Salt wanted nothing to do with this and I can’t say I blame her. At least we’d get to see the group as a whole a few years later at Wrestlemania 11.

Hitting the ring, the two ladies danced while PN News busted out a rap so terrible it made Hulk Hogan’s awful freestyling on the Hulk Rules album sound like Eminem at his finest.

Before PN could begin his interview with Tony Schiavone, they were interrupted by the arrival of Theodore Long and Johnny B. Badd.

Taking to the mic, Long insulted Salt-N-Pepa and said that he and Badd were out there to let him know “whatup.”

According to Badd, whatup was that he was pretty and News was ugly. 

Naturally, PN (who was visibly sweating buckets despite doing nothing but standing there) didn’t take too kindly to being dissed like that and challenged Johnny to come get him some, but homie didn’t want none yo, and instead hightailed it.

That was kind of silly, and PN News was not good here, but Long and Badd were entertaining.

With that over, the latest “coming soon to an arena near you,” commercially focused on a star I still can’t believe is no longer with us, The Diamond Studd.

Loser Leaves WCW
Arn Anderson & Barry Windham vs. El Gigante & Brian Pillman

Despite being a tag match, the rule was that only the person who ate the fall would have to leave World Championship Wrestling.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15: Big Bad Barry Windham

Given that he wasn’t much good at anything in the ring, El Gigante stayed on the outside and did nothing more than put a head squeeze on Arn Anderson outside the ring and let Brian Pillman jump off his shoulders onto Barry Windham at one point.

That left Pillman himself to do all the work against Anderson and Barry Windham, and the result was a very enjoyable few minutes of action that could have easily gone a few extra minutes longer.

Honestly, this was looking so good that I would have happily watched a much longer version of this match, even if it would mean more involvement from the future Giant Gonzales.

After way too short of a match, Barry Windham kicked Pillman square in the mush and pinned him.

Man, Windham totally dominated his feud with Pillman.
Your Winners: Barry Windham & Arn Anderson (Brian Pillman must leave WCW)

Poor Brian wasn’t even given a send off or any even a moment to see his reaction to effectively losing his job.

Instead, we cut right from the pinfall to a match replay and then onto Paul E. Dangerously.

Paul E. was there to hype this year’s Great American Bash tour which would culminate in that year’s GAB PPV.

To sell the event, Dangerously promised us highlights from the 1990 Great American Bash but these highlights amounted to nothing more than Sting and Ric Flair making their entrances.

Following that, Schiavone and Ross took us back to that amazing IWGP tag team title match at the WCW/NJPW Supershow ‘91 which led us into the first defense of those titles on American television, courtesy of reigning champions The Steiner Brothers.

IWGP Tag Team Championship
IWGP Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Hiroshi Hase and Masa Chono

Though it wasn’t on par with the aforementioned Supershow classic, this was nonetheless a fantastic tag team match.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15: Hiroshi Hase and Masa Chono

Stiff, brutal, and brilliant, all four men spend the better part of eight solid minutes beating the living hell out of each other in fine fashion before Scott Steiner picked up the win for his team thanks to the trusty Frankensteiner.

Honestly, I’m starting to think that this might be one of the best Clash of Champions shows ever.
Your Winners and Still IWGP Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers

Post match, Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater (known collectively as The Hardliners) made their way to the ring and destroyed everybody in sight.

It was an awesome beat down.

After a quick commercial break, it was back to the action.

The Diamond Studd (w/ Diamond Dallas Page) vs. Wildfire Tommy Rich

This wasn’t much of a match but it was still fun to see Hall doing his thing.

After DDP picked a plant from the crowd to strip Studd of his entrance gear, the big man decimated poor Tommy Rich in about two minutes and put him away with the Diamond Death Drop (Razor’s Edge)
Your Winner: The Diamond Studd

Up next, JR interviewed young Ben from Knoxville who had won a Sting lookalike contest.

WCW Clash of the Champions 15: Ben from Knoxville, Tennessee won the Sting lookalike competition

Much to the young lad’s surprise, Stinger himself came out wearing the exact same face paint design as his number one fan.

Lifting Ben up, Sting claimed that the kid made him excited and feel good, but he didn’t feel too good moments later when Koloff returned and destroyed the former champion.

Nasty Nikita then turned his attention to the kid, but Ben’s momma hopped the guard rail to defend her baby boy.


A quick commercial for the upcoming Bruise Cruise (think the Jericho cruise but in the early 90s) aired after which it was back to more action as Clash of the Champions 15 continued.

World Heavyweight Championship Number One Contendership Match
WCW US Champion Lex Luger vs. The Great Muta

WCW Clash of the Champions 15: The Greatest Muta of All Time

This wasn’t the best match on the card but it was inoffensive and The Great Muta looked as impressive as he always did.

After a few short minutes of decent action, Lex Luger no-sold the green mist and power slammed his way into a title shot.

Unfortunately for him, he wouldn’t get it against Flair as Nature Boy would soon be New York bound.

That’s a shame, because I always enjoyed Flair/Luger matches.
Your Winner: Lex Luger

Coming soon to an arena near you…Stunning Steve Austin.

Stunning Steve Austin (w/ Lady Blossom) vs. Joey Maggs

This is the earliest appearance of Steve Austin that I’ve covered so far.

It was over in about 30 seconds as he clobbered Joey Maggs into the corner, hit him with a Stun Gun and got the fall.
Your Winner: Stunning Steve Austin

Coming soon to an arena near you: Black Blood (Billy Jack Haynes doing a generic executioner gimmick)

Richard Morton Joins The York Foundation

Richard Morton joins The York Foundation at Clash of the Champions XV

Out in the ring, a suited Ricky Morton, now known as Richard, revealed that he had joined The York Foundatiin partly because he was sick of signing autographs but mostly for the money.

When Robert Gibson arrived to confront his partner, Morton cemented his heel turn by attacking him with a piledriver.

2-out-of-3 Falls for the World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Ric Flair vs. Beautiful Bobby Eaton

Bobby Eaton vs. Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions XV

This was a good main event that could have been a great one had it been given PPV time rather than TV time.

After a strong showing in the early part of the match, Beautiful Bobby Eaton scored the first fall courtesy of the Alabama Jam.

Not longer after, Eaton continued his offensive, only to get knocked off the top rope by Flair and sent crashing to the outsider where he hurt his knee.

That allowed Flair to even the score by Countout.

A little while later, Flair slapped on the figure four and held the ropes for leverage.

Unable to withstand the pain, Eaton laid back and got pinned.

That was good, but you really got the feeling that it could have been a classic had the circumstances been different.
Your Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion: Nature Boy Ric Flair

As Flair celebrated, Jim Ross and Tony signed off, the credits rolled, and this one was over.

I stand by what I said earlier:

Clash of the Champions 15: Knocksville, USA! was one of the best Clash shows I’ve seen so far.

The IWGP tag match was tremendous and both Sting/Koloff and the world title match delivered the best they could in the time alloted to them.

Clashes have always felt unique but never truly special to me, though this one did have a certain quality about it that elevated it beyond a standard TV show into something that’s well worth watching.

Friday, 22 April 2022

PPV REVIEW: WCW Superbrawl 1

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Event poster
May 19, 1991
Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, Florida

Here’s a rarely-discussed piece of wrestling trivia for you:

Superbrawl 1 saw both Scott Hall and Kevin Nash debut new characters in World Championship Wrestling.

Both men had been in the company before, Nash as part of The Master Blasters (last seen, I think, at Halloween Havoc 1990) and Hall as a guy who apparently wrestled alligators.

Tonight, Nash would debut the terrible Oz character that we’ve all been laughing about ever since, while Scott Hall stepped out onto the stage for the first time as The Diamond Studd, displaying the cockiness, confidence, and unbridled charisma that would be such a hallmark of his character for the rest of his career.

The duo would later go on to change the game when they returned to World Championship Wrestling a few years later and started a revolution known as the New World Order, with Hall himself being the first of the two Outsiders to appear.

I mention all this now because I started writing this review during the weekend that Hall was first reported to be on life support, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how sad I am that The Bad Guy is now no longer with us.

Scott Hall was one of a kind, and though I’ve published my tribute both here on the blog and on the Retro Pro Wrestling Facebook page, I didn’t want to start today’s review without a ten bell salute for one of the all time greats.

Welcome to Superbrawl 1: Return from The Orient

As most WCW shows did around this time, Superbrawl Began with clips of all tonight’s stars doing their thing in the ring, this time shown in between graphics depicting the US and Japanese flags.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Brandi Brown sang America The Beautiful

Then, to lend some kind of credibility and legitimacy to tonight’s proceedings, singer Brandi Brown performed America The Beautiful.

She wasn’t bad at all, but this writer was totally distracted by the fact that the WWE Network version of this event is clearly an old VHS tape, complete with all of the squeaks and tracking troubles that such tapes developed when they were old.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Dusty Rhodes and Jim Ross called all the action

With that over, Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes welcomed us to the show, with Rhodes in particular getting very excited about our world title match.

WCW United States Tag Team Championship
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael ‘P.S’ Hayes & Jimmy ‘Jam’ Garvin w/ Big Daddy Dink) vs. The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong)

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - The Young Pistols faced The Fabulous Freebirds for the 1,00th time

The US tag titles had been officially declared vacant so that former champion The Steiner Brothers could focus on holding the WCW and IWGP tag belts.

Tonight, they were up for grabs in yet another enjoyable outing for The Freebirds and The Young Pistols.

As usual around this time, Diamond Dallas Page accompanied the trio to the ring and trash-talked on a microphone, taking away the shine on his wrestlers and generally being very annoying.

Seriously, I know it’s tantamount to blasphemy to say anything bad about DDP, and I did enjoy his later work, but I really hated his association with Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin.

Thankfully, he didn’t stick around long, leaving the ‘Birds road manager, Big Daddy Dink, to run interference at ringside.

Having seen enough, Steve Armstrong’s brother, Brad, raced to the ring to even the score until referee Bill Alfonso sent Dink packing.

With all outside shenanigans out of the way, the two teams were free to deliver a match which was at least as good as their outings at Clash of the Champions XI and Clash of the Champions XII.

Towards the end, Fonzie got knocked on his arse for the second time in as many PPVs, providing an opportunity for a masked man (whom the announcers identified as Fantasia) to run in and take out the Pistols, giving the win to Hayes & Garvin.
Your Winners and New WCW United States Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds

Moving on…

Ricky Morton vs. Dangerous Dan Spivey

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Dangerous Dan Spivey destroyed Ricky Morton

As squash matches go, this one was actually pretty good.

Ricky Morton came out swinging, only to be overpowered by his larger opponent and dumped on the outside like a bag of crap.

Again, the valiant Morton struck back, and again, he was beaten down and treated like nothing by Dan Spivey.

The big man proceeded to dominate, looking just as impressive in his role of the aggressor as Morton did in his role as Spivey’s happless victim.

Toward the end, Morton mounted a comeback, but then in a weird spot, he bounced off the ropes into Spivey and neither man looked sure of what to
Do so they both just kind of hugged one another.

Not longer after, Big Bad Dan put Ricky out of his misery with a powerbomb and this one was done.
Your Winner: Dan Spivey

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Tony Schiavone with Tom Zenk and Missy Hyatt

Out on the entrance way, Tony Schiavone stood by with The Z-Man and Missy Hyatt.

First, Zenk told the announcer that despite being off the shelf with injury for the past six weeks, it was still exciting to be on hand for such a “fantastic” night.

Then, Big Bad Tony reminded Missy of the time she went into the men’s locker room and got chased out by Stan Hansen back at WrestleWar’91.

Apparently, that was sooooo funny that WCW had decided to do it again, or rather “the fans” had decided in an online vote that I’m sure was rigged.

“Wildfire” Tommy Rich vs. Nikita Koloff

Nikita Koloff had returned to the company back at WrestleWar, where he’d attacked Lex Luger and vowed to come after Luger’s US title.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Nikita Koloff makes his way to the ring to face Tommy Rich

So, naturally, his first PPV match since (I think) Bunkhouse Stampede wasn’t an epic title grudge match against Luger but rather a short, forgettable squash against ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich.

I get that part of the story was Koloff being told he had to earn his title shot, but this still seemed like a bit of a wasted opportunity.

There was nothing wrong with this one, it was just kind of bland and pointless.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Koloff picked up the victory thanks to his trusty Russian Sickle.
Your Winner: Nikita Koloff

On the entranceway, Johnny B. Badd made his PPV debut in an interview with Tony Schiavone.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Teddy Long and Johnny B. Badd

His manager, Teddy Long promised that Badd would take out PN News because, despite appearances, Johnny was all man.

Badd agreed, he really was a man, though he also boasted that he was so pretty he should have been born a little girl.

I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed that.

The Johnny B. Badd character would never work in today’s culture (quite rightly), but it was certainly different and Marc Mero played the role with such gusto that I can’t help but appreciate it.

Dustin Rhodes vs. Terrence Taylor (w/ Alexandra York & Mr. Huges)

Jim Ross told us that Dustin Rhodes was so far undefeated in World Championship Wrestling, an achievement that I’m sure had everything to do with merit and nothing at all to do with nepotism.

Meanwhile, Terrence Taylor was in the midst of his own push, as evidenced by the fact that not only did he have manager Alexandra York and bodyguard Mr. Hughes (The Artist Formerly Known as Big Cat) with him, but he also got a special entrance in which the York Foundation Board of Directors (a bunch of extras in suits) waiting for him and Alexandra at the top of the entranceway.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Alexandra York leads Terrence Taylor into battle

The match got underway and proved to be a good effort that could have been much better were Dustin Rhodes not still finding his feet as a pro wrestler.

It wasn’t that he was bad. On the contrary, there were many times here when “the natural” looked every bit worthy of the nepotism push he’d been getting, but then there were other times when he’d accidentally stumble or otherwise act a little sloppy.

All in all though, he and Taylor gave us a watchable match with the kind of finish that makes you wonder how dumb pro wrestling referees really are.

Towards the end, Dustin looked to have Taylor finished off, only for Alexandra York to hop up on the ring apron and distract referee Nick Patrick for the next five minutes.

While that was going on, Mr. Hughes hopped up on the apron and waited around for a while until he could grab hold of Rhodes for a Taylor attack.

That worked, but when Hughes went to plant Dusty’s Kid with an International Object, Taylor bore the brunt of the attack instead.

Dustin made the cover, Patrick turned around, and the fall was counted.

It was a perfectly reasonable way to end a match were it not for the fact that it took *ages* to execute.

Indeed, at one point it looked like Taylor went over to Patrick in order to tell him to stay busy while he, Dustin, and Hughes got their act together.

I don’t know if it was Hughes, Rhodes, or Taylor whose timing was off, or if WCW were had planned all along to set a new record for the amount of time it takes to pull off a simple heel interference finish, but the whole thing took so long to pull off it that it was hard to maintain suspension of disbelief.

Seriously, was Nick Patrick such an idiot that he had no problem spending an embarrassingly long time yelling at York (who wasn’t really doing anything except standing there) even though he had a match to call.
Your Winner: Dustin Rhodes

Prior to the next match, Dusty and Jimbo Ross talked about Big Josh bringing live bears to the ring with him.

I love pro wrestling. How can you not with such ridiculous things as live bears?

Black Bart vs. Big Josh

The crowd couldn’t give a single care about Black Bart and greeted him with total silence as he made his way to the ring.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Big Josh and his bears

Big Josh (the late, great Matt “Original Doink” Bourne) was overdue to him bringing two live bears to the ring with him. It was a unique gimmick that was guaranteed to be popular and would’ve been fun had those poor bears not looked so utterly miserable.

I know this isn’t the time to get on an anti-animal-cruelty rant, but I definitely felt bad for Big Josh’s captive companions.

Speaking of Josh, he retained the crowd’s support through a match which wasn’t as bad as some people might have you believe, but was far from entertaining.

Let’s put it this way, JR told us that the match wasn’t “the prettiest you’ll ever see,” which was just another way of him calling it “bowling shoe ugly,” and we all know what Ross meant by that.

Anyway, after two or three minutes of meh, Big Josh ran the ropes and finished off his opponent with an Earthquake splash.
Your Winner: Big Josh

As Josh went to the back, Ross and Rhodes decided among themselves that his finisher was called “a big butt drop.”

“Speaking of big butts,” said JR, “here’s another one:”

The Danger Zone with Stan Hansen

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Paul E. Dangerously interviews Stan 'The Larriat' Hansen

Up next, Paul E. Dangerously hosted an interview segment with Stan Hansen.

In a comical moment, Dangerously tried sucking up to Hansen by wearing his own cowboy hat, only for Hansen to laugh at it because it was made in New York, and then laugh at Heyman for being a work shy yuppie.

The real point of this segment was Hansen bemoaning the fact that nobody had stepped up to fight him tonight. Feeling angry that he didn’t get a match, Big Bad Stan challenged Dustin Rhodes to stop “hiding behind [his] daddy and fight.”

I’m not sure if there was some sort of backstory there which I’m not familiar with, but it did seem like a bit of a random challenge.

Anyway, Hansen stormed off, leaving Dangerously to rag on the state of Florida and then quit his job (as host of The Danger Zone, presumably) due to his microphone not working properly.

Not much happened here, but that was genuinely one of the most entertaining things to have happened at Superbrawl 1 so far.

The Great and Powerful Oz

“Once upon a time there lived a wizard, not the Wizard of Oz, but a great and powerful wizard who ruled over all of Oz,” said one of the most confusing voiceovers of all time as the arena was filled with green light and smoke billowed across the entranceway.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Oz is greeted by Dorothy and The Wizard as he makes his debut

At this point, Dorothy appeared with her homies Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion.

The three were led up the aisle by the Wizard of Oz (the source of the voice-over) who promised to show them this most magnificent wizard of all.

Naturally, that’s where we got the WCW debut of Oz when Kevin Nash turned up wearing an enormous cape, mask, and wig.

At that point, the creepy, eerie music that had been playing stopped, and Oz began making his way to the ring to a theme that sounded like somebody was trying to play Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” but couldn’t remember how the main riff ended.

It was goofy, sure, and the whole character has been laughed at for the past three decades, but there’s no denying this was one hell of an elaborate entrance that rivaled -in scale and ambition if not quality- the kind of Super Special Entrances we see at modern Wrestlemanias.

I mean seriously, this was the most extravagant entrance ever seen in WCW -if not all pro wrestling- up to that point in history, but all Jim Ross could talk about was how big Oz was.

“This guy is huge!” He repeated as Nash waded through thick green smoke with the characters from The Wizard of Oz scurrying in front of him. “He’s huge!”

To be fair, JR probably couldn’t think of anything else to say since the Land of Oz didn’t have a football team Nash could’ve played for.

Oz vs. Tim Parker

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Oz poses after beating Tim "Who's Yo Momma?" Parker

Poor Tim Parker didn’t stand a chance here. With the Wizard (the other one, not Nash) still in the ring, the Big Green Giant picked up Parker, tossed him across the ring, then hit him with an admittedly cool tilt-a-whirl powerbomb that Nash really should’ve kept in his repertoire.

That was all she wrote. The whole match was over in about 25 seconds, making it a good few minutes shorter than the actual entrance.
Your Winner: Oz

Backstage, Missy Hyatt entered the men’s locker room for an interview with her heart set on her main crush, The Z-Man.

Instead, she found Terrence Taylor and began to interview him before heading into the shower looking for Zenk.

Instead, she once again found Stan Hansen, who emerged from a shower drenched in tobacco spit and kicked her out of the lockerroom.

This wasn’t funny at Wrestle War, so why anybody would think it would be funnier a second time is beyond me because it wasn’t.

Taped Fist Match
Flyin’ Brian vs. Barry Windham

This was an excellent match that this writer wishes would have lasted longer.

This feud had been raging since The Four Horsemen attacked Brian Pillman on the eve of WrestleWar ‘91. Pillman had gained a modicum of revenge in that show’s classic War Games match only to get destroyed by Sid, so tonight he was looking to finish the job and get his revenge once and for all.

Alas, he didn’t.

Following a short but brilliantly brutal brawl, Barry Windham hit a huge superplex for the win.
Your Winner: Barry Windham

Up next, Diamond Dallas Page hosted “The Diamond Mine.” This was supposed to be a talk show ala Paul E.’s Danger Zone or Piper’s Pit.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Diamond Dallas Page poses with his Diamond Dolls

Instead, it was mostly another opportunity for DDP to yell “good gawd!” a lot and revel in the excess of his own gimmick.

While he was doing all that, Page started by bragging about The Fabulous Freebirds US tag team title victory. This allowed him to segue nicely into talking about tonight’s world tag team title match between champions The Steiner Brothers and challengers Sting and Lex Luger.

It was the latter two who appeared as Dallas’ “guests,” albeit in the form of a pre-recorded promo in which they talked about what good friends they were with Rick and Scott and how it was going to be a tough match for them.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Sting and Lex Luger

Back in the arena, DDP claimed Sting & Luger’s promo just wasn’t cutting it, so to make up for it, he was going to introduce a new member of the Diamond Mine, none other than the debuting Diamond Stud.

The Stud looked huge here as he gave the famous toothpick flick that would become such an iconic trademark for the rest of his career.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - DDP reveals the debut of The Diamond Studd

As the big man flaunted and flexed and Page’s Diamond Dolls stripped him of his leather jacket, Page himself announced that the two of them would be going across the country in search of a “studette” who could serve as Hall’s manager.

Early DDP still annoys me, but that was a good segment because it actually had a purpose beyond giving Page a platform to be loud and obnoxious for the sake of being loud and obnoxious.

Stretcher Match
Sid Vicious vs. El Gigante

Say what you want about his in-ring ability, Sid Vicious had such a powerful presence that he was always super over. Even when playing a heel, the fans seemed to love him, and so did your reviewer, not that this match gave you much to love.

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - El Gigante stares down Sid Vicious

I’ll remind you that this was a stretcher match:

Normally, the rules of such a match are that the only way to win is to place your opponent on a stretcher and wheel him over a line.

At Superbrawl 1, the rules seemed to be “bring a stretcher to the ring and then forget all about it,” because that’s exactly what happened here.

Sid’s opponent, El Gigante, brought the stretcher to the ring and then left it there while the two competitors proceeded to do almost nothing for the next two minutes either.

I’m not kidding either. There was a staredown, some jockeying for position, a teased test of strength which resulted in Sid getting clotheslined to the outside, and that was pretty much it.

Once Sid got back in the ring, he somehow fell prey to Gigante’s claw and was pinned. In a stretcher match.
Your Winner: El Gigante

OK, so you might be thinking maybe this was a version of a stretcher match where you have to pin your opponent and then put him on the stretcher, but no.

That was just a straight singles match where a stretcher just happened to be at ringside.

To be fair, it did come into play when Kevin Sullivan and One Man Gang attacked Gigante after the match, with the latter getting slammed onto it by the big man before picking it up and hitting Gigante over the back with it.

Sullivan blasted Gigante in the face with some kind of powder and whipped him, but the ginormous superstar simply shrugged it off and the two heels scarpered.

Meanwhile, Sid Vicious immediately disappeared and was never heard from or spoken about again.

Quite literally.

After this, Sid was done with WCW, though he would soon show up in the World Wrestling Federation in time to play a prominent role at Summerslam ‘91.

Thunder Doom Cage Match
‘Hacksaw’ Butch Reed vs. Ron Simmons

(Teddy Long must be suspended in a cage over the ring)

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Butch Reed hurts Ron Simmons

WCW had a Thunderdome catch match back at Halloween Havoc 1989, but this was a grudge match between Ron Simmons and Butch Reed, so obviously, that made it Thunder Doom. To be honest, though, it was just a big standard cage match.

And I do mean bog standard.

The former tag team champions hadn’t yet been given separate entrance themes, so both Reed and Simmons came down to the awesome Doom theme.

So too did Teddy Long, whose role in the match was to be suspended in a shark cage above the ring. Naturally, Long acted completely surprised by this and protested but ended up in the cage anyway.

This gimmick of the heel manager never quite worked for me.

I get suspension of disbelief and all that, but look:

Even in kayfabe, there must have been a point before the match when these heel managers must have agreed to be suspended in the cage otherwise it wouldn’t be advertised as such.

So why do they always act so surprised and appalled by the idea of doing something they must have agreed to?

Anyway, that tangent aside, this was a pretty mediocre match.

The two started with a brawl (which we didn’t get to see due to the cameraman focusing on the referee locking the cage) and then Reed proceeded to beat up his former partner for the majority of the match before Simmons pulled a spine buster out of thin air at promptly won the match.

It was OK, and clearly the two men put a lot of effort in, but it was far from must-see TV.
Your Winner: Ron Simmons

Oh, and incase you were wondering, yes, JR did tell us that Ron Simmon’s jersey had been retired at Florida State.

He told us twice in fact.

Within the first minute.

Before Simmons had even made it to the ring.

I’ve got to be honest with you, as an Englishman who knows nothing about football in the USA, I have no idea what a retired jersey signifies, but Ross clearly thought it was a big deal.

Somebody clearly thought Big Ron was a big deal too because he would get pushed to the moon after this while Butch Reed was pretty much gone.

World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Sting & WCW US Champion Lex Luger

The Steiners had been on a roll as of late. Their IWGP tag team title match at WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 was an instant classic and this one looked to be much the same way.

Things started with Lex Luger and Rick Steiner exchanging headlocks and holds, the two friends not wanting to go on a full-force attack like they normally would.

Then Steiner ran into Luger and got shoulder-barged down the mat with ferocious might. That one power move caused the whole match to explode, erupting in a maelstrom of hard-hitting offence and non-stop excitement.

Seriously, this was a great match in which friendships were quickly tossed aside in favour of both teams just absolutely battering each other.

In the end, Nikita Koloff ran out to try and attack arch-nemesis Luger but got Sting instead.

The interference allowed Rick & Scott to get the win.
Your Winners and Still WCW Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers

Post-match, Sting ridge backstage to attack Koloff and the two brawled all the way to the outside of the arena.

World Championship Wrestling World Television Championship
WCW TV Champion Arn Anderson vs. Bobby Eaton

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Arn Anderson tries to snap Bobby Eaton's leg off

Since we last saw Bobby Eaton, he had become a fully-fledged babyface and was all set to challenge for his first singles title in WCW.

The match with Arn Anderson turned out to be fantastic, not just because of the actual wrestling, but more because Anderson and Eaton were such masters of the art of selling.

Seriously, in the opening moments, Eaton interrupted a series of lockups and takedowns with a big right hand which Anderson sold like a pro, his face expressing not just the pain of being socked in the mouth, but the utter surprise and bewilderment at having been socked in the first place.

It was a thing of beauty.

Later, the champion took control and Beautiful Bobby likewise proved himself to be a selling machine, doing a damn fine job of convincing you that Anderson’s continued assault really was putting him in agony.

I’ve never trained to be a pro wrestler so I can’t say this for certain, but I’d like to imagine that if I did, I’d be watching this match for days to learn how to sell.

Anyway, the match wasn’t the fastest or the flashiest, but it was incredibly solid apart from one tiny moment when the challenger was clearly repositioning himself on the mat ready for Arn’s Vader Bomb attempt.

Later, it was Eaton’s turn to hit the top rope ready for the Alabama Jam.

At that point, we got a totally random run in as Barry Windham rushed to the ring to help Anderson but was stopped by Brian Pillman who fought him off before the former US champion could do any damage.

Eaton hit his ‘Jam and made the cover, but WCW being WCW decided to focus on Pillman and Windham racing to the back rather than the match-winning fall.

Other than the run in which contributed nothing but momentary confusion, this was a good match indeed.
Your Winner and New WCW TV Champion: Bobby Eaton

Prior to the main event, Tony Schiavone helped us peek through the dressing room door of Tatsumi Fujinami as his entourage got him psyched up for his world title match against Nature Boy Ric Flair.

As Fujinami left for the ring, his manager, Hiro Matsuda, stopped by to tell Schiavone that the title was definitely coming back to Japan.

World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Nature Boy Ric Flair vs. IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi “The Dragon” Fujinami

WCW Superbrawl 1 review - Ric Flair stares down Tatsumi Fujinami

Putting all the confusion and chaos of the world title scenario out of the way, Flair/Fujinami II was a solid if unspectacular bout.

Fujinami had a few Japanese flower girls scatter petals en route to the ring while Flair was met in the entranceway by his butler, his maid, his cook, and his limousine driver, you know, because he was RICH!

As if to prove it, he took off his Rolex and put it on a silver tray being held by his maid.

The two combatants eventually shook hands (a weird gesture given that Flair was a heel) and kicked up for a match that started very slowly and eventually built up into a good effort.

Many have commented on how the lack of crowd reaction killed this match.

While it’s true that the audience weren’t exactly moved by this one, both wrestlers worked hard regardless, even if they couldn’t quite give us a classic main event.

After a good effort (which naturally saw Flair busted open), the Japanese official took a tumble, allowing Flair to catch Fujinami by surprise in a roll-up so that outside referee Bill Alfonso could make the three count.
Your Winner and Still WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Nature Boy Ric Flair

As Flair made his way to the back, Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes recalled tonight’s events before signing off with a reminder that we’d next see WCW on PPV at The Great American Bash.

Prior to Scott Hall’s passing, the original introduction to this review talked about how Superbrawl was one of my favourite WCW PPVs and an event I felt should have been held in the same reverence as Starrcade.

In a weird way, I’m almost relieved that I got to rewrite that introduction because Superbrawl 1 was nowhere near to the standard that you’d expect from one of a company’s top flagship events.

The tag team title match between The Steiners and Sting/Luger was awesome, the Eaton/Anderson TV title match was great, and the main event proved that Ric Flair was still better than most even on an off day, but there was a lot of stuff here that just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Still, this was the show that brought Scott Hall one step closer to stardom, and for that, this fan at least will always remember Superbrawl 1 fondly.

Rest easy, Bad Guy.

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