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Monday, 13 June 2022

EVENT REVIEW: WCW Clash of the Champions XVI - Fall Brawl '91

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Event Logo

September 5, 1991 
Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center, Augusta, Georgia

WCW Clash of the Champions XVI - Fall Brawl '91 was not only the last of the four Clash events with the Fall Brawl subtitle (I haven't reviewed the other three yet), but it was also the last Clash event to have any subtitle at all.

After this, all Clash shows outside of the 20th-anniversary event would be given a number only, while the Fall Brawl name would eventually return in 1993 for the company's fall PPV. 

Tonight's event would see the finals of a tag team title tournament to find new champions after the previous titleholders, The Steiner Brothers, were forced to vacate the titles due to an injury to Scott Steiner. 

Scott's brother, Rick, had managed to make it to the finals with a temporary partner in 'World's Strongest Man' Bill Kazmaier, but would the new duo be able to replicate The Dog Faced Gremlin's success with his brother, or would the relatively new team of The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Barry Windham) prevail?

Let's head down to Augusta, Georgia, to find out. 

Welcome to Fall Brawl

Our show tonight began with an opening video which was decent by WCW standards.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross called all the action

The video highlighted some of the main matches including a battle royal, the finals of the tag team tournament and an appearance from world champion Lex Luger.

If you somehow missed that, don’t worry because as Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone opened the show, they ran down the card once again.

The now-current AEW announcers then sent it to their colleagues Eric Bischoff, Paul E. Dangerously, and Missy Hyatt, who aimed to get us excited by telling us that Missy would be interviewing the world champion while Dangerously would be speaking to his upcoming challenger Ron Simmons later on in the show.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Eric Bischoff with Paul E. Dangerously & Missy Hyatt

I might have missed something, but they really made it sound like that match was happening tonight. I was a good solid hour into this show before I realised Simmons vs. Luger wasn’t until Halloween Havoc and had to come back to rewrite this part of the review.

With all that done, it was on to our opening contest.

Georgia Brawl Battle Royal

Featuring: The Z-Man, Thomas Rich, Beautiful Bobby Eaton, Ranger Ross, Tracy Smothers, The Incredible Oz, Rapmaster PN News, Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker, Stunning Steve Austin (w/ Lady Blossom), The Natural Dustin Rhodes, Terrance Taylor, Big Josh, Barry Windham, One Man Gang, El Gigante

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Battle Royal

As early 90s mid-card battle royals go, this one wasn’t bad.

The match went the better part of five minutes before a single-elimination, at which point Big Josh impressed everybody by skinning the cat and bringing Terrance Taylor out with a head scissors.

Unfortunately, Josh couldn’t hang on and also crashed to the floor. Somehow, Ranger Ross got caught up in it all and was eliminated too.

The eliminations started coming thick and fast then until it was down to Oz, One Man Gang, El Gigante, and Dustin Rhodes.

Just when you got worried that Dusty’s son was going to win in the same the way he’d won every Clash and PPV match since January, Oz dumped him on the outside.

El Gigante then clotheslined both Oz and One Man Gang but was so ineffective that Nash visibly had to jump over the top rope and eliminate himself.
Your Winner: El Gigante

Honestly, I have no problem with that outcome. George Gonzales may not have been a very good wrestler, but it’s totally believable to have the biggest man in a battle royal win the whole thing.

After a quick plug for the WCW Hotline, it was back to the action.

Light Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Final
Badstreet vs. Flyin’ Brian Pillman

Badstreet came down with The Fabulous Freebirds but they got sent to the back before the match began.

Meanwhile, Flyin’ Brian had been reinstated after the whole Yellow Dog thing went nowhere.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Brian Pillman vs. Badstreet

The two men were given a decent amount of time to show what they could do and absolutely made the most of it, giving us a fast-paced match with a few exciting big spots and a couple of ugly ones too.

At one point, Badstreet suplexed Pillman to the outside, but Brian either tried to reverse into a neck breaker or just didn’t take the bump properly because it looked like he almost snapped his opponent’s neck off on the way down.

Later, Flyin’ Brian dove at Badstreet on the outside but overshot me crashed face first into the guard rail.

Not long after, Pillman won this enjoyable match with a sweet crossbody from the top.
Your Winner: Brian Pillman (advances to the finals)

Before the break, the announcers ran down the WCW Top 10 rankings which put Beautiful Bobby at number ten, but placed tonight’s world title contender Ron Simmons at number two behind US champion Sting.

Speaking of the Stinger, the champ would be in action next.

United States Champion Sting vs. Johnny B. Badd (w/ Theodore Long)

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Sting vs. Johnny B. Badd

Sting had been receiving some mystery gifts as of late, including one that was Abdullah The Butcher and his massive man boobs who came to attack the US champ.

Looking to forget about all that for now, Sting locked up with Johnny B. Badd in a match that was far more entertaining than some other reviewers have given it credit for.

What I liked about this was that, despite being the heel, Badd didn’t resort to shady tactics here.

He simply held his own against Sting and gave a fine account of himself, at least until a mystery package appeared at the entranceway.

At that point, both men just stopped and looked at it before agreeing to continue, at which point Sting immediately scored the win with a roll-up.
Your Winner: Sting

I don’t understand why the US title couldn’t have been on the line if Badd was going to be made to look so strong and Sting was going to win anyway.

It didn’t matter because as soon as the bell rang, Cactus Jack burst out of the package and attacked Sting before throwing him to the outside and hitting him with a wicked top rope elbow.

WCW being WCW, the cameraman missed the shot of Jack bursting from the package.

Light Heavyweight Title Tournament Semi-Final 2
Mike Graham vs. Richard Morton (w/ Alexandra York)

Wow, Mike Graham. WCW had really gone out of their way to bring in some major names for this tournament.

I actually have no problem with Graham, but Richard Morton was overwhelmingly boring as a heel.

His match at Great American Bash ‘91 with his former partner Robert Gibson was one of the most tedious things I’ve ever witnessed, and this sadly wasn’t much better.

This wasn’t awful of anything, it was just completely void of heat or even anything marginally exciting.

Much as I did with the aforementioned Gibson match, I completely zoned out here and almost missed Morton getting the roll-up for the three count.
Your Winner: Richard Morton

After a commercial break, Jim Ross shilled WCW magazine before showing us Bill Kazmaier in the Guinness Book of Records:

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Big Bad Bill Kazmaier

Kazmaier was set to attempt a new world record here tonight and came down to the ring with a bunch of ring crew workers carrying a huge inflatable globe to make sure that everybody knew he was ‘The Strongest Man in the World.’

Big Bill then bent a steel bar around his head but was immediately attacked by his upcoming opponents Arn Anderson and Larry Zybysko.

That was, happened I suppose.

Non-Title Match
WCW United States Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael ‘P.S’ Hayes & Jimmy Jam Garvin vs. The Patriots (Todd Champion & Firebreaker Chip)

Ah yes, here we have Todd Champion and Firebreaker Chip representing ‘ WCW Special Forces’ and hailing from the super-specific location of “USA.”

I love the idea of WCW Special Forces, that all these star wrestlers had side gigs saving and protecting the United States, though I do wonder who else they had working for them.

El Gigante rescuing cats who got stuck in trees?

Sting working double duty as a policeman?

Maybe that time Dr: Death Steve Williams rode around in an ambulance back at Clash of the Champions X wasn’t a dumb skit after all but an honest-to-goodness look at his work as a member of WCW Special Forces?

Anyway, here Champion and Chip locked up with The Fabulous Freebirds in a match that wasn’t very good but which nonetheless popped the live audience.

Hayes & Garvin won, which would have been fine except this was a non-title match and the two teams were already being advertised as facing each other again for the titles in a few days time.

This left me with some questions:

1: Again, if you’re going to have the champions win, why not make it a title match?

2: If you’re going to have The Patriots lose, why should anybody believe they were worthy of a title shot literally days after this?

3: If you were going to have the babyfaces win the titles so soon after, why not just do it here to make both the win and this event seem like a bigger deal?

I don’t know the answer to any of those questions, I just know I’m happy to see The Fabulous Freebirds fighting anybody other than The Young Pistols.
Your Winners: The Fabulous Freebirds

After the break, Paul E. interviewed Cactus Jack in the middle of the ring.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Paul E. interviews Cactus Jack

Just as Cactus was telling us that Sting’s career was over, a large box identical to the one he’d bust out of earlier was wheeled out towards the ring.

Assuming it was his “business partner” Abdullah The Butcher coming to greet him, The mad man from Truth or Consequences went over to give him a hug, only for Sting to burst out of the box and attack.

This led to a wild and hugely enjoyable brawl.

I’d assumed this set the stage for their now-famous street fight, but apparently, we still had nearly a full year to go before we’d see that one.

Ron Simmons Used to Play Football

Did you know that Ron Simmons’ jersey was retired at Florida State?

What a silly question, of course you did. How could you not?

Jim Ross mentioned it literally every single time Simmons wrestled for the rest of his career.

Anyway, before Simmons came out to compete, we saw a video clip of the actual retirement ceremony followed by a word from his former coach in which he said it didn’t surprise him to see Big Ron competing for the world championship in wrestling.

Ron Simmons vs. The Diamond Studd

Of course, Simmons wasn’t competing for the world championship, at least not yet anyway.

Instead, he was facing The Diamond Studd who was apparently no longer with DDP and who came out yelling “I’m the Bad Guy!” to the camera.

You know, I’d always heard how The Studd Character was the blueprint for Razor Ramon, but it wasn’t until I started watching these early 90s WCW shows that I realise how much of the Razor character Scott Hall already had down before he went to the land of Titan Sports.

His match here with the man whose jersey was retired at Florida State Was decent enough, but it didn’t last long and saw Simmons treat Studd like a jobber, steamrolling over his opponent in about two minutes.

I get that Simmons needed to look strong heading into his clash with Luger, but it’s disappointing that this match wasn’t more competitive.
Your Winner: Ron Simmons

As advertised at the start of the show, the post-match gave us Paul E.‘s promised interview with our man Ron.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Ron Simmons cuts a promo on Lex Luger

Simmons cut a decent babyface promo talking about making dreams come true and how any one of us could make our dreams a reality just like he had.

He then turned his attention to Luger’s entourage of mentor Harley Race and Mr. Hughes.

Ron called the two men out and said he was happy to give them what for, but when Race and Hughes did come out, he changed his mind, claiming that he was tired of looking at them and was going to go and find The Total Package.

Way to backtrack, Big Ron.

Terrance Taylor (w/ Alexandra York) vs. Heavy Metal

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Van Hammer

This was Van Hammer’s WCW debut. 

He demolished Terrance Taylor and squashed him in under forty seconds. It wasn’t much to write home about which, as you can imagine, makes my job difficult as a guy who literally writes about wrestling.

Instead, I’ll mention that I only just learned today that some people thought Van Hammer was a repackaged Ultimate Warrior due to the fact that the two looked vaguely -and I mean really vaguely- similar.

WCW had apparently done nothing to discourage that and even had Hammer acting all wild and shaking the ring ropes ala the late Mr. Hellwig.

Of course, Hammer wasn’t Warrior, he was a big, tall muscular guy who, as he made his way out, pointed a Flying V guitar at some clearly visible pyro rigs which exploded when pointed at.

I assume we were supposed to believe Hammer was shooting fire out of his guitar or something, but when you could see the pyro all laid out and ready to go, it kind of ruined the illusion.

Anyway, Hammer seemed to have the look and a tremendous presence about him, but sadly not much else.
Your Winner: Van Hammer

Out in the locker room, Missy Hyatt looked forward to getting an interview with Lex Luger, but before she could, Ron Simmons ever-so-politely knocked on Luger’s dressing room door and then walked in wanting to confront the champion.

Luger was in no mood to talk and shoved Simmons out, closing the door behind him.

Making sure that none of us could possibly forget that he used to play football, Ron got down in a three-point stance and then barged into the room.

He was immediately followed by a gaggle of babyfaces who were to break it up.

There was no need for him to barge in when he could just as easily have walked through the door again, but I guess that doesn’t make for very exciting TV.

World Championship Wrestling World Television Champion
WCW TV Champion Stunning Steve Austin (w/ Lady Blossom) vs. The Z-Man.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Stunning Steve Austin w/ Lady Blossom

After a few lacklustre contests, things finally picked up with a decent effort between reigning champion Stunning Steve Austin and his challenger, The Z-Man.

Though not the best match in the world, the emphasis on actual solid mat wrestling and well-put-together spots made this one of the better matches on the card.

After a good showing from both men, Lady Blossom slipped her man some brass knuckles which he used to retain the title.
Your Winner and Still TV Champion: Stunning Steve Austin

Up next, we were supposed to get the contract signing between Lex Luger and Ron Simmons but apparently, Luger wasn’t quite ready.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Lex Luger and Harley Race

That was convenient really, as it gave WCW an opportunity to roll some footage of Simmons being a super babyface by giving a motivational speech to The Boys Club of Atlanta then taking two school busses full of kids to see him wrestle at the Omni.

When Luger was finally ready, he offered Simmons a job as his limo driver after beating him at the PPV.

I’m not saying that was racist, but I do wonder if that same line would’ve been used if Simmons weren’t a black man, especially since the only other time the “limo driver” angle had been used in recent years was when Ron’s former manager Teddy Long had to be Ric Flair’s limo driver if Doom lost to The Four Horsemen.

Anyway, Ron didn’t take too kindly to that so attacked Luger who then ran away and sped off in a limo.

World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship Tournament Final
Rick Steiner & Bill Kazmier vs. The Enforcers (Arn Anderson & Larry Zybysko)

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - WCW World Tag Team Championship

This was a decent match which, like a lot of Clash contests, didn’t really last very long.

With Kazmier still hurting from the earlier attack, Rick Steiner tried to pick up the slack for his team only to find himself double-teamed and beaten down by The Enforcers.

Predictably, Kazmier finally made the hot tag. Well, I say ‘hot,’ nobody seemed to care so it was more like a slightly lukewarm tag.

He tribes to overpower the dastardly heels but his ribs gave out Zybysko and Anderson quickly overcame him to become our new tag champs.
Your Winners and New WCW World Tag Team Champions: The Enforcers

Post match; the show closed with a compelling promo as The Enforcers boasted that “two plain old wrestlers” had overcome The World’s Strongest Man and a college graduate.

WCW Clash of the Champions XV - Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone interview Arn Anderson and Larry Zybysko

This was a strong way to end a rather mixed bag of a show.

Clash of the Champions shows were rarely known for being excellent, but this one did at least try.

After kicking off with an inoffensive battle royal, the Pillman/Badstreet and Sting/Badd matches were both high quality, but the show pretty much fell off a cliff somewhere around the hour mark and didn’t really get it together again until the end promo from Anderson & Zybysko.

Not that it mattered, this one was clearly designed to get Ron Simmons over. Indeed, if this was a modern day show, fans would accuse WCW of “shoving him down our throats” (a phrase which always seems to overlook the fact that nobody forces us to watch pro wrestling and we can always just turn it off if we’re not enjoying it) as Simmons himself and his upcoming title match were the real focal point.

We’d see Ron -along with the contractually-obliged mention of his jersey being retired at Florida State- at Halloween Havoc ‘91.

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Thursday, 19 May 2022

PPV REVIEW: WCW Great American Bash 1991

July 14, 1991, 
Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, Maryland.

By the time Great American Bash 1991 rolled around, the truly unthinkable had happened:

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Event Poster

Nature Boy Ric Flair had left WCW. 

Flair had been at loggerheads with then-WCW president Jim Herd for some time. Despite the fact that Flair had been the company's franchise player for years, Herd saw zero drawing power in Nature Boy and looked to not only reduce his pay but also his role in the company.

Herd wanted Flair to become a completely different character (though he did deny wanting him to become Spartacus) Naitch wanted to keep on Naitchin', and since neither could agree on a direction for Flair in WCW, Big Bad Jim simply booted him out of the company with the big gold belt in tow. 

Despite being officially stripped of the title, Flair also had a legitimate claim to keep the title belt due to a $25,000 deposit he'd paid for it which WCW had never returned. 

We all know what happened next:

Flair took the title to the WWF and was promoted as 'The Real World's Champion' while, back in WCW, plans for The Great American Bash 1991 were left in dissaray.

Flair was originally scheduled to face Luger for the title, but he had been replaced by Barry Windham, meaning plans for a six-man cage match involving Windham also had to be changed.

Fans were famously unhappy -to say the least- about the changes and positively livid about Nature Boy's departure from the company.

Would WCW put on a great show to win favor with their hostile fans and change their mind about recent developments?

OF course not, this was WCW, and this was a disaster. 

Welcome to the Great American Bash

Our opening video tonight was actually better than a lot of WCW’s usual videos, probably because it eschewed the usual cheap graphics and cheesy animations in favor of having a cameraman give us a fan’s-eye view of walking from the parking lot and into the arena.

Once there, the cameraman bought two tickets, which seems unfair. WCW was supposed to be bankrolled by a billionaire and yet the cameramen have to pay their own way into the show? 

I’d be calling my union rep if I were this guy.

Anyway, our cameraman next took us into the arena where fireworks went off, the event’s logo flashed up on screen and your friend and mine? Garry Michael Capetta welcomed us to tonight’s event.

There was to be no greeting from the announcers yet as we went immediately into the introduction of PN News and Bobby Eaton.

Man, I wonder what poor Bobby did to deserve that.

Scaffold Match
PN News & Bobby Eaton vs. Terry Taylor & WCW TV Champion Stunning Steve Austin

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Terry Taylor & Steve Austin vs. Bobby Eaton & PN News in a scaffold match

There’s no nice way to say this:

This was the dumbest piece of crap I’ve ever seen in my life.

Honestly, if I ever write a “Top 5 Worst PPV Openers Ever” list, this match will take all five spots because of how ridiculously bad it was.

Unlike the classic scaffold matches at Starrcade '86 and Starrcade '87, this one featured the rule that you could win by either hurling your opponents off the scaffold or capturing their flag and taking it back to your side, a rule which immediately telegraphed how this was going to end.

Meanwhile, the actual platform between the two teams’ scaffold towers was so narrow that nobody could actually do anything and it was impossible to get all four competitors on it at the same time.

This meant we got several very long minutes of the competitors taking it in turns to walk into the middle of the platform, nervously stare each other down and stroke each other’s hands like they were going to attempt a lockup that never happened.

Eventually, all four men ended up in the heel’s “base.” With Terry Taylor and Steve Austin busy attacking PN News, Bobby Eaton simply freed the heel’s flag and sauntered over to the face side like he was out for a Sunday stroll.

That was apparently enough to win the match, but the bell didn’t ring and there was no announcement as Bobby turned back around and went back to the heel side where Steve Austin threw some powder that he’d picked up from Lady Blossom.

It made zero difference.

In the next instance, all four men began climbing down the scaffold as GMC declared Eaton and News the winners, an announcement which was met by silence from the baffled crowd.

I’ve always said that Adrian Adonis vs. Uncle Elmer at Wrestlemania 2 is the worst match I’ve ever seen in life and is the benchmark against which all other bad matches are measured, but honestly, I think this might be even worse.

What an absolutely horrible, boring, and confusing way to start a show.
Your Winners: Bobby Eaton & PN News

Post-match, Bobby and PN continued to brawl with Taylor and Austin. It was the first time the crowd had popped since the start, though some were clearly booing.

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone called the show

Even Jim Ross seemed lost for words to describe what we’d just seen as he and broadcast colleague Tony “I Just Dyed My Hair Blonde” Schiavone welcomed us to the show proper.

Schiavone told us that WCW had made a second offer to Ric Flair to coerce him back to the company but the Nature Boy had refused. As such, Tony insisted that despite this being the seventh Great American Bash, it was actually the first because it was a new era here in World Championship Wrestling.

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Eric Bischoff interviews Paul E. Dangerously and Arn Anderson

He and Ross then sent it over to Eric Bischoff, who was here making his PPV debut as he interviewed Paul E. Dangerously and Arn Anderson.

The duo would be teaming up tonight to face Rick Steiner and Missy Hyatt in a cage match.

Say what you want about that booking, this promo was excellent. Both Arn and Paul E. were gold on the mic as they promised to destroy their upcoming opponents.

Something tells me that promo might prove to be one of the best things on this whole show.

Killing time, we went back to Ross and Schiavone who put over the rest of the card before finally, more than six minutes after the scaffold match ended, sending us back to ringside for another contest.

Tom Zenk vs. The Diamond Studd (w/ The Diamond Studd)

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - DDP introduces The Diamond Studd

Prior to the match, Diamond Dallas Page picked a lady from the crowd to come in and rip off The Diamond Studd’s entrance gear because Scott Hall was, according to Dallas, all “twisted steel and sex appeal.

Studd also had some weird mark on the back of his trunks. It’s impossible to tell if it was part of the design or if Hall had diarrhea.

Tom Zenk responded by coming to the ring with his own entourage of beauties, but he largely ignored them and leapt over the top rope, knocking Studd on his backside with an impressive flying clothesline.

That got the match off to a hot start, with a fun brawl on the outside and Zenk doing his best to fly around and take out his opponent.

Countering all this, the future Razor Ramon countered with punches, kicks, and an abdominal stretch.

Zenk battled back and was the most entertaining thing in the match, even dragging Page into the ring for a beat down, but in the ensuing chaos, Studd suplexed Zenk for the win.

This match was better than most other reviewers would tell you it was, but it wasn’t exactly anything that demands repeat viewing or anything.
Your Winner: The Diamond Studd

Before the next contest, JR and Schiavone told us that while we’d only really seen Oz at Superbrawl and Clash of the Champions 15, we’d seen a lot of Ron Simmons because the former Doom member was on a roll and working his way up the rankings.

The two would meet next.

Oz (w/ The Great Wizard) vs. Ron Simmons

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - The Grand Wizard accompanied Oz to the ring

With The Great Wizard (Kevin Sullivan) in tow, Oz shuffled lifeless lifelessly to the ring with his shoulders slung low looking for all the world like he was going through a bout of depression.

After being saddled with such a goofy gimmick, who could blame him?

Meanwhile, Big Ron hadn’t even made it to the ring before JR started telling us all about Simmons’ football career.

The match itself was…well…it was total garbage, that’s what it was.

Not necessarily sloppy or incompetent, just merely slow and mind-numbingly tedious.

Even the crowd thought so. The audience greeted this match with a deathly silence that was broken only by the sound of one single fan yelling “boring! Boring! At the top of his lungs.

The worst part was that it seemed to last forever.


I’m not the kind of guy to needlessly rag on Kevin Nash. I honestly think the guy did the best he could with what he had, but even as a fan of Big Daddy Cool, I can’t deny that this felt like an endless trudge that was almost painful to watch.

Thankfully, Simmons put us all out our collective misery and tackled Oz for the win in just shy of eight long and agonising minutes.
Your Winner: Ron Simmons

To be fair, that still wasn’t as bad as the opening cage match.

More ‘tween-match banter from Jim and Tony followed in which they put over the upcoming match between Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson before Schiavone ran down the WCW Top 10.

It put Barry Windham and Lex Luger at one and two which made sense given they’d be competing for the vacant world title later.

Robert Gibson vs. Richard Morton (w/ Alexandra York)

Now going by the name ‘Richard,’ Ricky Morton had turned heel at Clash 15 by joining the York Foundation and then beating up his Rock ‘n’ Roll Express partner, Robert Gibson when Gibson came to ask him WTF was going on.

The two had made for an exciting tag team, but when they actually faced off one on one, none of that excitement was there.

Sure, things started pretty hot as Gibson met Morton in the entranceway for a crowd-popping brawl.

It even looked to be the best match on the card as the two traded holds while JR sold us the story that the two knew each other so well it was hard for either man to outdo the other.

That was good stuff.

Then, Morton began working Gibson’s recently injured leg for at least ten minutes.

I’m not exaggerating either.

The majority of this match was just Morton working Gibson’s leg while the crowd told him that he sucked.

This went on for so long (the match ran the better part of 20 minutes!) that at one point I simply tuned out and started messing around on my phone while I waited for it to end.

When I tuned back in, Gibson was still getting his ass kicked and eventually lost when Alexandra York distracted referee Bill Alfonso so that Morton could hit his former partner with her laptop for the win.
Your Winner: Richard Morton

My goodness, this show is the worst.

Out in the back, The Young Pistols and Dustin Rhodes gave an interview to Eric Bischoff.

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Eric Bischoff interviews The Young Pistols and Dustin Rhodes

The ‘Pistols helpfully explained the rules of an elimination match for us but told us they weren’t here for a wrestling match, they were here for a fight.

Meanwhile, poor Dustin delivered an embarrassing impression of Papa Dusty as he also put over tonight’s six man.

Six-Man Elimination Match
WCW Six Man Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (Bad Street and US Tag Team Champions Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes & Jimmy Jam Garvin) vs. Dustin Rhodes and The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers & Steve Armstrong)

Hey, you know what we’ve not seen enough of?

The Freebirds vs. The Young Pistols.

Seriously, I feel like these two teams have faced each other so many times that I‘ve lost count:

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Michael Hayes puts a hurting on his opponent

Still, I probably shouldn’t complain because, whether they going at it in a straight tag team match like they did back at Clash of the Champions XI or spicing things up by making it a six-man like they did both here and at Suoerbrawl 1, both teams normally delivered.

Indeed, this was the best thing on the show so far by a country mile.

Ok, so the bar was set pretty low and anything even remotely half-decent would have looked like a classic compared to the likes of Oz/Simmons, but it would be unfair to say that this was enjoyable only because everything else sucked.

The truth is that, despite an abundance of stalling from the heels in the early going, this was a legitimately solid match with some fun spots and good action.

The only weird part was when Tracy Smothers made a blind tag to Steve Armstrong, who climbed to the top rope and just perched there for a solid minute while Jimmy Garvin staggered around in front of him looking dazed from the match but also completely confused as to why Armstrong wouldn’t leap off the ropes and attack him.

Instead, Steve waited until brother Brad “Bad Street” Armstrong was in the ring so that he could tag him with a drop kick.

The match continued without an elimination until they all happened more or less at once towards the finish.

A Freebirds Double DDT sent Steve Armstrong packing then, seconds later, Michael Hayes was disqualified for hurling Tracy Smothers over the top rope.

Almost immediately after, Tracy Smothers also fell prey to a double DDT courtesy of Bad Street and Garvin, an elimination which was quickly followed by Dustin sending Jimmy Jam to the dressing room courtesy of a clothesline.

This left just Dustin and Bad Street to wrap things up. The former caught the later with his patented bulldog finisher (kicking Big Daddy Dink mid-move in a cool spot) and, three seconds later, the son of WCW’s top Booker was the sole survivor.
Your Winner: Dustin Rhodes

I don’t care how bad this show sucks now, at least that was an enjoyable watch.

Bounty Match
Yellow Dog (w/ Man’s Best Friend) vs. Johnny B. Badd (w/ Theodore Long)

(Yellow Dog’s mask is on the line)

Brian Pillman had lost a Loser Leaves WCW tag match against Barry Windham and Arn Anderson back at the last Clash of Champions but had come back under a mask as The Yellow Dog.

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - The Yellow Dog ready for battle

Billed from ‘The Kennel Club,’ Dog came to the ring with a Labrador in tow, with Capetta telling us that the dog was ‘Man’s Best Friend.’

If you didn’t get why the cute little pupper was there, Jim Ross killed off whatever thin slice of subtlety the character had by yelling “and he comes to the ring with an actual yellow dog!”

Thanks Jim, I didn’t quite get that.

Meanwhile, Johnny B. Badd was out to claim a bounty that would be awarded to anyone who could remove the mask and prove that Yellow Dog was Brian Pilman.

The former boxer was supposed to have a big, flamboyant entrance where he stood with his arms out stretched wearing an elaborate robe while pyro went off behind him but, this being WCW, the wrong theme music played.

As a result, Badd just sort of stood there for the longest time while his manager, Theodore Long clearly yelled at somebody to get it right.

That ruined Johnny’s big entrance, but it di d nothing to ruin what was a pretty decent match.

In what felt like the shortest contest on the card, the two men worked well together to deliver a good performance which was fun while it lasted but immediately forgettable once it was over.

Speaking of which, the whole thing ended when Long ran and tried to unmask Pillman, resulting in a DQ.
Your Winner via DQ: Yellow Dog

Post match, Dog clotheslined Long but got punched over the top rope by Johnny B.

Backstage, Eric Bischoff tried to get an interview with Missy Hyatt. Venturing into her locker room, he excitedly busted in on her while she showered, only to have the First Lady of WCW scream and throw stuff at him until he left.

I can’t help but feel like this was Missy’s karma for walking in on Stan Hansen in the shower like she’d done twice earlier in the year.

Lumberjack Match
Big Josh vs. Black Blood

Big Josh came out with a bevy of beautiful women which seemed ill-fitting with his character.

Meanwhile, Black Blood was billed as hailing from “a little town in France,” because apparently nobody had bothered to ask him what that town might be.

He was also advertised as being accompanied by Kevin Sullivan, but Sullivan was nowhere to be found.

All of this was far more interesting than the match itself which, though not necessarily horrible, was pretty tedious and uneventful.

In fact, there was a point when all the lumberjacks began brawling on the outside and it was far more entertaining than anything that happened in the ring.

Towards the finish, Black Blood (Billy Jack Haynes in an executioner mask) picked up his ax, but before he could do anything with it, lumberjack Dustin Rhodes hit him in his injured knee with an ax handle.

That allowed Josh to get the roll-up and the three count.

I should probably mention that both Dustin and Big Josh were supposed to be the babyfaces here.
Your Winner: Big Josh

Before then next match between One Man Gang and El Gigante, Jim Ross told us that Gigante had improved both his English and his wrestling ability.

History would make a liar out of Good Ol’ JR.

Battle of the Giants
One Man Gang (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. El Gigante

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Eric Bischoff interviews Kevin Sullivan and The One Man Gang

As One Man Gang and his manager, Kevin Sullivan made their way to the ring, they were stopped by Eric Bischoff for an interview.

The bat-sh*t crazy Sullivan proceeded to ramble on about a Lady with a Third-Eye who helped them build a death wagon which was now apparently waiting outside for El Gigante.

Alrighty then.

From there, Gigante came to the ring with a gaggle of dwarves for reasons which can only be explained by WCW being WCW.

I won’t lie, it was so absurdly ridiculous that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

The resulting match was just about as bad as you’re probably imagining it was.

Comprised almost entirely of really slow punches and kicks, the end came when Sullivan handed OMG some cocaine (ok, maybe it was just “Mysterious White Powder”) which Gigante then kicked in his opponent’s face so that he could take him down for the three count.

That’s all I’m going to say about this one because, after watching Great American Bash ‘91 for two hours now, I’ve completely run out of creative ways to say “this sucked.”
Your Winner: El Gigante

Before then next match, Jim and Tony sent us to a video package highlighting the feud between Nikita Koloff and Sting, which could basically be summed as Koloff getting the better of his rival every time they interacted.

Honestly, I’m still confused about how this feud started with Koloff attacking Luger and then transitioned to him hating Sting without -as far as I can tell- ever having any kind of major blow-off with Lex at a high profile event.

I mean yeah, I know how the Sting feud started, but from watching PPVs and Clash shows alone, it really felt like the Luger feud was just forgotten about.

Russian Chain Match
Nikita Koloff vs. Sting

This could have been a really good match but it wasn’t.

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - Sting vs. Nikita Koloff in a steel cage

Don’t get me wrong, it was a decent effort and surely one of the more superior matches on the card, but as I said in the earlier six-man, it didn’t take much to be a stand-out match on such a crap event.

In a variation of a strap match that used a long metal chain, the two went at it with a certain intensity but just didn’t seem to gel very well.

The result was a match that was sloppy in some places and kind of dull in others.

Towards the end, both men managed to touch three corners at the same time.

As they did so, Jim Ross told us that he’d never seen such a thing before despite it being a standard part of every strap match ever.

Referee Randy Anderson allowed them to continue fighting with their three count in tact since -according to Schiavone- neither man had technically broken the momentum of the other.

Then, Sting dove at Nikita in the fourth former, presumably looking to take out his rival while simultaneously winning the match.

Instead, Koloff touched the fourth corner fourth and continued his run of getting the better of his nemesis.
Your Winner: Nikita Koloff

Post match, Sting pulled the chain between Koloff’s legs and almost literally broke his balls.

This was followed by a video package that did its damndest to make the Lex Luger/Barry Windham title cage match sound like the most epic encounter in the universe.

Cage Match for the Vacant World Championship World Heavyweight Championship
WCW US Champion Lex Luger vs. Barry Windham

WCW Great American Bash 1991 Review - The World Heavyweight Championship

The match began with the cameras panning the crowd as they all visibility chanted “we want Flair!”

I get that they couldn’t stop the crowds chanting for Nature Boy, but why draw such obvious attention to it?

The chants continued for a large portion of the match which was a shame really because both men worked hard to deliver a solid, old-school main event.

By the end, it even seemed like Windham and Luger had even won the crowd over with a strong showing, but any good will they’d earned quickly evaporated when Luger joined forces with Harley Race and Mr. Hughes at the finish.

It’s not that any of them actually did anything particularly heelish. As far as I could tell, Luger won clean in the middle of the ring with a piledriver, so the resulting reaction was less hatred towards Luger for turning heel and more a mixture of confusion and apathy.
Your Winner and New WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Lex Luger

Post match, Luger celebrated with Race and then stormed off. It still wasn’t immediately clear that Luger had turned or, if it was, it was just about the lamest heel turn in history.

The crowds booed anyway, but then they probably would have done regardless of the outcome simply because Luger wasn’t the Nature Boy.

Afterward, even JR admitted that the whole thing was confusing.

Mixed Gender Tag Team Cage Match
Arn Anderson & Paul E. Dangerously vs. Rick Steiner & Missy Hyatt

Imagine having a steel cage match for your vacant world title involving a top star like Luger on your shoe and then booking a novelty mixed-gender match as your main event.

Imagine then having one of the combatants, arguably the most over in the whole match, taken out before the bell even rang.

That’s exactly what happened here as Dick Murdoch and Dick Slater came down before the match and kidnapped Missy Hyatt, carrying her to the back.

Hilariously, an over-eager fan tried to stop The Hard Liners and nearly got his head taken off by one of the dicks.

Apparently, this was all done because, in classic WCW fashion, the company had booked the match, promoted the hell out of it, and then learned almost right before the show that inter-gender matches were banned by the Maryland State Athletic Commission.

Fair enough, but it left GAB ‘91 with a less than stellar main event.

Don’t get me wrong, Anderson and Rick Steiner were good wrestlers, but do I want to see them main event?

Not really.

I would have watched this because at least Missy was hot but now, meh.

Not that it mattered.

By the time the actual match started, there was only four minutes left on the show anyway.

During those four minutes, Anderson tried to attack Steiner, but the Dog-Faced Gremlin got the better of him, took out both Double A and Paul E. with a pair of Steinerlines and won the match.

He then stormed off without bothering to celebrate because, let’s face it:

There was nothing worth celebrating on this show.
Your Winners: Rick Steiner & Missy Hyatt

“Fans, as we look out at the Baltimore Arena tonight, I’m glad there are no more matches left,” said Jim Ross as he and Schiavone signed off.

You know what, Jim?

I couldn’t agree more.

There are people out there who will tell you that The Great American Bash ‘91 was the worst Pay Per View of all time.

Those people have clearly never seen the absolute steaming pile of garbage that was the 1999 Heroes of Wrestling PPV, but you can’t blame them for being so critical of this event.

I rarely agree with the general consensus among diehard internet fans, but there’s no possible way I can defend this show.

From the abomination of the opening scaffold match to the bait-and-switch and pointless four minutes of the main event via a string of boring, lifeless matches, GAB ‘91 absolutely f**king sucked.

Sure, the six man was decent and I personally enjoyed the world title match until the finish, but neither match is really worth repeat viewing and certainly could save this show from going down in history as one of the worst of all time.

Clearly, World Championship Wrestling needed Ric Flair more than anyone ever realized.

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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.

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