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The Birth of the nWo

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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.

Monday, 11 April 2022

PPV REVIEW: WWE Wrestlemania XIX

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Event poster
March 30, 2003
Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington

Just recently, WWE fans saw Stone Cold Steve Austin return to action and open up a can of Whoop Ass on Kevin Owens in the main event of Wrestlemania 38's Saturday show. 

The match was significant for being the first time we'd seen The Texas Rattlesnake compete in an official match since Wrestlemania 19, where he capped off an impressive three-'Mania trilogy against long-time rival, The Rock. 

With that in mind, now seems like the most appropriate time to go back to that memorable night in 2003 to review the first Wrestlemania show promoted under the WWE name after the Panda People put paid to the WWF a year earlier. 

Join me, won't you, as we journey to Seattle, Washington for Austin's last match, Brock Lesnar's first Wrestlemania match, and a whole bunch of other entertainment. 

Welcome to Wrestlemania 

Tonight’s show began with a dramatic opening video in which various superstars reminded us what a truly monumental occasion Wrestlemania was, and talked about how they were going to shine on The Grandest Stage of Them All. 

An epic pyro routine followed as Limp Bizkit blasted through the PA system and Jim Ross welcomed us to the show.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Raw announcers Jim Ross and Jerry 'The King' Lawler

Barely able to contain himself, Ross declared that he was just as excited tonight as he was back in 1993 when calling his first ‘Mania back at the oft-reviled Wrestlemania IX while his ever-present broadcaster colleague, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler was likewise as giddy about tonight.

Passing over to Smackdown’s Michael Cole & Tazz, the blue brand announcers put over what a huge event we were about to witness before sending it to the ring for our opening contest.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Matt Hardy V1 (w/ Shannon Moore) vs. Rey Mysterio

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Matt Hardy vs. Rey Mysterio

As opening matches go, this certainly wasn’t the longest one you’ll ever see, but it was still pretty entertaining for what it was.

Rey Mysterio was making his Wrestlemania debut here while Matt Hardy, according to his latest Matt Facts, was competing in his fourth.

Together, the two crammed a lot into a few minutes, giving us an explosive opener that got the crowd to come alive.

Harry’s excellent character work as V1 combined with Mysterio’s always dazzling offense and some well-placed interference from Shannon Moore all helped this one to deliver.

Towards the end, Mysterio looked to have Hardy’s number, only for the dastardly champion to sneak an advantage and score the pin with some heavy assistance from the ring ropes.
Your Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Matt Hardy V1

Out in the back, The Miller Light Girls arrived at the arena in a limo. Michael Cole was apparently excited to see them in a catfight, but first, he had more important matters to attend to.

Namely, he had to take us back to Sunday Night Heat where Nathan Jones had apparently been taken out in the back.

That meant that Jones could no longer team with The Undertaker tonight, leaving Big Evil to go it alone against Big Show and A-Train.

Keep On Rollin’, Baby

Up next, Tony Chimel introduced us to what he genuinely called “the WWE’s favourite band in the whole world,” Limp Bizkit.

I’m not saying Fred Durst’s nu-metal crew didn’t have some good tunes, but Chimel’s line sounded incredibly forced and, honestly, kind of immature and weird for a pro wrestling event.

Anyway, the band launched into a rendition of Rollin’.

It was pretty good, but all this long-time Korn fan could focus on was the fact that they had Brian ‘Head’ Welch jamming with them on guitar.

Anyway, towards the end of the performance, Undertaker appeared on his motorcycle and made it to the ring for our next bout of the evening.

Handicap Match
The Undertaker vs. The Big Show & Albert

I honestly don’t know why this match gets so much hate because it really wasn’t that bad.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - The Undertaker ready for battle

To be fair, it wasn’t great either, but it certainly was nowhere near as dull or as boring as some people would have you believe.

Rather, it was a competently performed big man match that didn’t exactly set the place on fire but didn’t stink up the joint either.

After coming in strong in the early going, the numbers game eventually got the better of The Undertaker until Nathan Jones hit the ring to even the score.

The level playing field then gave ‘Taker an opportunity to drill A-Train with the tombstone piledriver and go 11-0 at Wrestlemania.
Your Winner: The Undertaker

Backstage, The Miller Light girls found Stacy Kiebler and Torrie Wilson. The two sets of ladies fawned over each other in a cringe-inducing segment before the announcers showed us a clip from
Heat of Lance Storm and William Regal retaining the tag team titles thanks to an assist from The Dudleyz.

That clip had nothing to do with the segment before or after it, which made it seem a little out of place, but there you go.

WWE Women’s Championship
WWE Women’s Champion Victoria (w/ Steven Richards) vs. Trish Stratus vs. Jazz

Despite a few moments where things looked a little messy and haphazard, this was a good effort from start to finish.

All three women performed their roles well to give us a good match that had plenty to enjoy from start to finish.

Following a good battle in which the champion and her two challengers were all given a moment to shine, Trish Stratus delivered a Chick Kick to Victoria to take the title.
Your Winner and New WWE Women’s Champion: Trish Stratus

Out in the back, The Rock was in full-on heel mode as he admonished ‘the people’ for turning against him and promised to finally…FINALLY…beat Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania once and for all.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Jonathan Coachman interviews The Rock

WWE Tag Team Championship
WWE Tag Team Champions Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas vs. Los Guerreros (Eddie & Chavo Guerrero) vs. Chris Benoit & Rhyno

This is one match your writer could have watched all day long, or at least for a good few minutes longer than it actually lasted.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Eddie Guerrero & Chavo Guerrero Jr.

Fast, explosive, and full of just damn good wrestling, this was a very enjoyable match from beginning to end.

For me, the highlight was Chris Benoit pressing Eddie Guerrero into the air and catching him on the way down with the crippler crossface.

Of course, the really interesting thing here was that the champions, Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas, we’re pretty much classed as the underdogs here, their age and experience dwarfed by those of their opponents.

Despite that, Kurt Angle’s boys made their way to victory in an impressive win that brought to end a very good match indeed.
Your Winners and Still WWE Tag Team Champions: Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas

Returning to the back, Torrie and Stacy argued about who was responsible for Wrestlemania, Vince McMahon or Hulk Hogan.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Stacy, Torrie, and The Miller Light Girls

This led to the Miller Light girls arguing exactly the same thing before deciding to settle their argument in a catfight


Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels

I won’t lie to you, as a big fan of both these men, this was the one Wrestlemania 19 I’ve been looking forward to the most, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Before the combatants made their way to the ring, we got a video looking at their rivalry.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels

To sum up, Chris Jericho had grown up admiring Shawn Michaels, had strived to be like him, and had often been compared to him, but now the star’s ego had gotten the better of him and he believed he was far superior to his one-time idol, even going so far as claiming to be the one who would end HBK’s career.

Tonight, Jericho more than held his own with Michaels, proving that if he hadn’t yet surpassed his hero, he had certainly reached the same level as him.

Together, the two performed an absolutely enthralling match that was the best thing on the card up to that point by a solid mile.

And that’s saying something given that ‘Mania XIX has so far been a good show.

After an excellent match, Michaels picked up the win, though not before helping Y2J to look superb.
Your Winner: Shawn Michaels

In fact, Jericho’s efforts in this one had been so good that they’d endeared the evil heel to the live crowd and had them cheering along for him as much for HBK.

Fortunately, Jericho wasn’t about to embrace an accidental face turn. Sure, he did embrace Michaels after the match, but then kicked him right in the balls to ensure his heeling ways stayed intact.

Crack Addict

Backstage, evil referee Sylvain Grenier made his way into Mr. McMahon’s office, after which Tony Chimel told us that Wrestlemania 19 had set a new Safeco Field attendance record of 54,097.

Next, Chimel reintroduced us to WWE’s favorite band, Limp Bizkit.

This time, the band were here to perform the show’s theme song, Crack Addict.

I don’t know why, but I find it hilarious that a company that today is PG to the point of running a sterile product once had a song called Crack Addict as the official theme to their marquee event.

I’m not saying it wasn’t a monster jam or anything, just a funny choice for a theme song.

Catfight Time

After teasing it all night long, the two Miller Catfight Girls came out next to scrap, but couldn’t get started until Stacy and Torrie decided they both wanted a piece of the action.

Cue a minute or so of four attractive girls faffing around a giant bed and stripping each other to their bras.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - The Catfight girls celebrate

I know there will be people out there who found this hugely entertaining, and I know that all four women were stunning in their own right, but if the intention was for this to be sexy then it failed miserably.

More embarrassing than erotic, the whole thing ended when two of the girls did the whole rolling-around-on-the-floor-and-accidentally-rolling-over-the-official-who-really-enjoys-it bit that happened in every match of this type the company ever did.

This time, they did it with the match’s MC, Jonathan Coachman, and when the announcer seemed to enjoy it a little too much, they pulled his pants down before one of the Miller girls covered him while Torrie counted the pin.

I’ve no idea what just happened, but I know it wasn’t good.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H (w/ Ric Flair) vs. Booker T

Yes, this was the match that was roundly criticized, not only for Triple H going over but for his problematic comments that “someone like [Booker T] doesn’t get to be world champion.”

Whatever problems you might have with the whole HHH/Booker rivalry of 2003, there’s no denying that their match at Wrestlemania XIX was a pretty solid affair.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Nick Patrick has words with Booker T and HHH before their match

Not that it seemed to start that way.

The early moments of this bout seemed dull and almost entirely devoid of heat, but the longer it went on, the longer both combatants managed to find their grove and deliver a good match.

At one point, The Game busted out an Indian Deathlock which Jim Ross sold as though the champion had just utilized some ancient technique not seen since the dark ages.

True, it was a move we didn’t normally see Hunter use, but Ross’s description of it was, as with many of JR’s calls, a little over the top.

Fortunately, the challenger was able to break out of that hold and fight back, even breaking out a crowd-popping Harlem Hangover but, alas, it wasn’t enough.

After both men had absolutely destroyed each other, The Cerebral Assassin barely managed to land a Pedigree and scraped his way to victory.
Your Winner and Still World Heavyweight Champion: Triple H

Post-match, a visibly broken HHH was helped to the back by the Nature Boy.

A Match 20 Years in the Making

After a quick commercial for WWE Shop, we got a look back at the intense rivalry between Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan.

The two were at loggerheads over who was responsible for the runaway success of Wrestlemania and Hulkamania, with Vince McMahon claiming -fairly- that he hated Hogan for turning his back on him, joining WCW, and even testifying against him in federal court.

The two would meet tonight in a match that saw Hogan’s career on the line.

That was good stuff and as engaging a story as you could hope for to get us to what we were about to witness.

Street Fight
Hulk Hogan vs. Vince McMahon

If Hogan loses, he must retire.

No word of a lie, this was a tremendous match.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Vince McMahon & Hulk Hogan

Ok, sure, it wasn’t the kind of technical classic you might have seen from two talented, full-time workers in their prime, but it was still damn good.

Not just “good for a Vince vs. Hogan match” either but edge-of-your-seat captivating kind of good.

The street fight stipulation gave both men an opportunity to play to their strengths, with Vince McMahon’s facial expressions telling the story better than any wrestling move ever could.

Seriously, only William Regal told stories with his face better than McMahon did here on this night.

Not that he simply spent the whole thing gurning and grunting. 

At one point, the Chairman of the Board set up a ladder on the outside and crashed down onto a battered and bloody Hogan with a flying leg drop.

Sending his nemesis back into the ring, Vince next retrieved a led pipe from
Under the ring and came peeking up over the ring apron with the most brilliant evil look.

Things then took a turn for the interesting when Rowdy Roddy Piper randomly showed up, teased hitting Vince with the pipe but battered Hogan instead in a move which, though it got a good pop, you could see coming a mile away.

Finally, after some inevitable shenanigans involving dodgy referee Sylvian Grenier, Hogan made his comeback and got the better of Vince after three Leg Drops of Doom.
Your Winner: Hulk Hogan

Post match, Shane McMahon made his way to the ring to check on his bloody and defeated father.

A class act, Hogan showed that he had no problem with Shane and even held the ropes for him, but while the Hulkster showed some respect, Vince had none.

His face drenched in blood, his body a wreck, McMahon sat up and gave Hogan the finger.

It made for a fantastic visual.

The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

By now there probably aren’t many people left who haven’t seen this match, but if you haven’t, let me assure you, it was an absolute banger.

From their IC title match at In Your House: D-Generation-X, all the way through to their ‘Mania 17 main event, Rock and Austin always delivered the goods, but there was something extra special about this match.

That was partly the intensity of the match itself, but it was mostly the captivating character work of Hollywood Rock, who was extra entertaining now that he was on his way to movie stardom.

At one point, The Great One even put on Austin’s trademark vest as he continued his assault on his opponent, making for one of the most memorable moments of the whole contest.

Not that this was a one-sided affair.

Knowing it would be his last match, Stone Cold left it all in the ring, taking the fight to his opponent in one of the best matches on the card.

Given the quality of everything we’d seen so far, the fact that Austin and Rock still managed to deliver a stand out match speaks volumes to their talent and superstar status.

Unfortunately for Austin, leaving it all in the ring and being one of the biggest stars in history wasn’t enough.

After three brutal Rock Bottoms, the Texas Rattlesnake was covered and pinned by his greatest rival.
Your Winner: The Rock

After a fantastic match, The Rock leaned in and spoke to Austin. Years later, it would be revealed that he thanked Stone Cold and told him that he loved him.

The Brahma Bull then lept over the barricade to embrace his family before riding off into the sunset.

Finally, Austin’s music played and he was given a standing ovation as he walked to the back one last time.

It would be 19 years before we’d see him compete in a proper match again.

WWE Championship
WWE Champion Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar

This was one hell of a match that only got better as time went on.

WWE Wrestlemania 19 Review - Brock Lesnar looks battered after winning the Championship title belt

Given their backgrounds, it was no surprise that Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar started off with some solid mat wrestling, each man trying to get the better of one another but finding themselves fairly evenly matched.

When taking it to the mat didn’t work, champ and challenger upped the intensity factor and proceeded to give us a truly tremendous match which forced even the most jaded pro wrestling fans to sit up and take note.

What I loved about this one is that it was a straight-up pro wrestling match.

No wild, Attitude Era style brawls around the ring, no international objects or outside interference, just two of the best in the game plying their trade with gusto.

After an incredible effort, Brock laid out Ange and went for the shooting star press but landed on his head in a moment that fans still talk about to this day.

Looking to capitalise, Angle made the cover, but only got two and moments later ate the match-ending F5.
Your Winner and New WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar

Post-match, Lesnar looked more dazed and destroyed than we’ve probably ever seen him.

He was then embraced by Angle in a display of sportsmanship as one of the greatest Wrestlemanias of all time came to a close.

From start to finish, Wrestlemania 19 was an almost flawless show.

Only the Undertaker match was subpar, but even that was nowhere near as awful as some cynical fans would have you believe.

Meanwhile, the undercard entertained, Hogan/McMahon surpassed all expectations, and Rock/Austin and Angle/Lesnar gave us two all-time classics that are still revered to this day.

It’s hard to say exactly what the best Wrestlemania of all time is, but make no mistake about it, the 19th installment of WWE’s flagship event is surely a top contender.

Monday, 4 April 2022

PPV REVIEW: WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991)

March 21, 1991
Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Event graphic

The first WCW/New Japan Supershow is one of the few more noticeable omissions from the WWE Network’s huge archive of Pay Per Views.

As such, I’m reviewing this event as it’s presented in a video I found on DailyMotion.

You can watch the video for yourself below, or read on to read my thoughts on the first of three annual Supershows promoted by WCW and NJPW.

The Rumble in the Rising Sun

After a standard TV opening featuring clips of all your favourite WCW Superstars, announcers Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone welcomed us to the Tokyo Eggdome before putting over the magnitude of tonight’s major event.

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone get set to call all the action

The duo then showed us clips from a recent press conference and ‘Launch party event’ (a giant buffet, basically) while explaining that our matches tonight would adopt Japanese rules in the form of a 20 count for count outs (rather than 10) and the rule that titles would change hands on a disqualification.

With all that out of the way, it was onto our first match.

Flyin’ Brian Pillman, The Z-Man, and Tim Horner vs. Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, and Shiro Koshinaka

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Tom Zenk gets stretched

You know, I’m watching this about 10 minutes after wrapping up my last WCW review, and I’m honestly just relieved to see that Brian Pillman was OK after getting dropped on his head by Sid in that nasty spot at the end of WCW Wrestle War ‘91.

Here, he looked in fine form as he, Z-Man, and Tim Horner dominated the bulk of this enjoyable match.

As they did so, Ross further explained that not only was throwing someone over the top not a grounds for disqualification, it was an actual artform here in Japan.

He and Schiavone also explained that the lack of reaction from the crowd wasn’t a sign of boredom but rather respect.

That was until Horner unleashed a poor version of a moonsault and the audience just laughed their collective ass off at him.

Anyway, After a good effort, things broke down between the six men, resulting in a win for the Japanese team when Takayuki Iizuka planted Horner with a truly beautiful dragon suplex.
Your Winners: Takayuki Iizuka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, and Shiro Koshinaka

Moving swiftly on...

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Jushin “Thunder” Liger v Akira Nogami

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Akira Nogami gets set to battle Jushin 'Thunder' Liger

As this one got underway, our announcers told us that Akira Nogami has forced himself to take a year out to train after losing to Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger the last time they met for for the title.

Unfortunately for Nogami, it didn’t seem to do him much good as he succumbed to Liger’s top-rope DDT after just four minutes.

The good news is that everything leading up to those four minutes was golden.

Though short, this was a fine, fine match indeed.
Your Winner and Still IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Jushin Liger.

After another word with our announcers, it was back to the action.

Arn Anderson & Barry Windham vs. Masahiro Chono & Masa Saito

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Arn Anderson puts a hurting on Masahiro Chono

This was another solid match with non-stop action and a lot to like about it.

Arn Anderson & Barry Windham heeled it up big time here, using every trick in the book that they knew to get the advantage over Masahiro Chono and Mr Saito, but the NJPW boys just wouldn’t be kept down.

Eventually, the latter of the two drilled both of his opponents with some wicked Saito suplexes, but Windham popped back to his feet and Anderson got the fall.
Your Winners: Arn Anderson & Barry Windham

Post match, the Japanese men proved that they couldn’t be kept down and sent the Horsemen packing.

Before the next match, Schiavone and Ross thought we might want to look at how different the Japanese concession stands were to their US counterparts.

The Big Cat vs. El Gigante

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - El Gigante

I honestly thought this was going to be awful, but it really wasn’t.

The Japanese crowd were clearly in love with the enormous El Gigante, and the Argentinian clearly loved the attention.

Playing up to the crowd, the big man pulverised The Big Cat in no time at all, finishing him off with a huge vertical suplex and The Claw.

OK, so Gigante was never a great wrestler in terms of his technical ability, but he was very obviously having the time of his life here, and this fan for one found it rather endearing.
Your Winner: El Gigante

Moving on quickly…

WCW World Tag Team Championship vs. IWGP World Tag Team Championship
WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) vs. Hiroshi Hase & Kensuke Sasaki

As The Steiner Brothers made their way to ring, JR told us that Rick & Scott were not only the WCW world tag team champions but also technically the US champs as well, so if they won tonight they’d have three sets of tag belts simultaneously.


The first of two winner-takes-all title-versus-title matches then got underway, and quickly turned into one of the best matches this fan has ever seen.

Stiff, brutal, with hard hitting slams and suplexes galore, this match is an absolute must-watch for any serious pro wrestling fan.

Yes, I may be prone to getting overly excited sometimes and rating matches higher than they deserve, but i swear to you that this was a masterpiece.

Of course, it helped tremendously that the crowd were well on the side of Kensuke Sasaki and Hiroshi Hase, a fact that seemed to piss off Scott Steiner to the extend that he flashed us shades of the angry heel character he’d portray at the tail end of the decade.

Speaking of the future Big Poppa Pump, it was he who ended this incredible match by landing the Frankensteiner for the cover, the count, and the fall.
Your Winners and New IWGP Tag Team Chanpions (and still WCW tag team champions): The Steiner Brothers

Afterwards, Rick and Scott were handed their titles and a seemingly never-ending assortment of winner’s trophies, all of which they undoubtedly earned.

They also shook hands with their opponents, much to the delight of the live audience.

The Great Muta vs. Sting

A return match, of sorts, from the 1989 Great American Bash, this one saw The Great Muta go after Sting right from the opening bell before the two waged war on each other in a solid but not spectacular battle.

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - The Great Muta wears down Sting

Both men worked hard here, giving us a number of genuinely exciting sequences that flowed well from one to the other to create an exciting match that ended when Muta blinded Sting with the Green Mist and nailed him with a crossbody for the fall.
Your Winner: Sting

Post-match, Stint got a modicum of revenge by nailing his rival with a Stinger Splash in the corner and slapping on the Scorpion Deathlock, giving us the great visual of both men’s teams of seconds trying to break it up.

National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship vs. IWGP World Heavyweight Championship
IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Tatsumi ‘Dragon’ Fujinami vs. NWA World Heavyweight Champion ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1 (1991) Review - Bill Alfonso lays down the law to Ric Flair and Tatsumi Fujinami

To demonstrate the importance of this match, the usual in-ring introductions were preceded by the national anthems of each man’s country.

All the while, Ross and Schiavone went over the rules of this match, noting that while title changes on DQs and 20-count count-outs were still in force, WCW’s over-the-top-rope-DQ rule was also in effect here for the first time tonight.

The announcers all made sure to stress the significance of Bill Alfonso as the only official on record for this match, explaining how it was important to have a single official who knew what he was doing in order to avoid the kind of controversy that went down at the Mike Tyson vs. Buster Douglas boxing match which has also taken place in the Tokyo Dome.

Both of these points would prove to make a big difference to the ending of this contest.

Before we got there, Ric Flair and Tatsumi Fujinami gave us a battle for the ages.

A lengthy match which went longer than half the other bouts on this card combined, both champions traded the advantage several times in a compelling contest that kept this reviewer hooked from start to finish.

Towards the end, Flair ran right into Alfonso, knocking the official goofy and sending him right out of the ring.

From there, Nature Boy ran at his opponent, only to be backdropped over the top rope, a move which, if you recall, meant an automatic DQ.

Still, with Fonzie laying prone on the outside, there was no one around to make that call, nor was there anyone around when Fujinami rolled up his rival for multiple pinfalls.

Eventually, Fujinami made another cover and, this time, a Japanese official hit the ring to give the NJPW star the win.
Your Winner and New NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Tatsumi Fujinami

Out in the back, Jim Ross killed time before a scheduled press conference by sending us to pre-recorded comments from Sting.

Battered, bruised and covered in green mist, WCW’s franchise player was irate that Muta’s shenanigans were not what he expected when he came to Japan in search of good, old-fashioned competition.

Clearly, this was far from over.

Finally, Fujinami was in the middle of a press conference when an angry Nature Boy stormed in and stole the title, claiming he had won the match all along.

The two would meet in a rematch at Superbrawl.

WCW/NJPW Supershow 1991 was an excellent card from start to finish.

The last two matches in particular were fantastic, with the tag team title bout being one of the greatest tag matches of all time.

Elsewhere, Sting/Muta, the Junior Heavyweight Championship, the opening six man, and the Horsemen/Chono & Saito matches were all enjoyable in their own right, and even the Gigante/Cat exhibition proved not to be as terrible as it had the potential to be.

All in all, one of WCW’s better PPV efforts and one of the best PPVs of the early 90s.

Retro Pro Wrestling

New reviews of classic WWF/WWE events recalling every moment from Wrestlemania 1 - 30. You'll also find reviews of WCW, ECW, TNA and the occasional indie event, along with a look at old school magazines, merchandise and more.