WCW continues adding to its pay-per-view lineup with the inaugural Halloween Havoc! This October event would become a mainstay for the company, this first event venturing into the WWF’s territory in Philadelphia. It also sported one of the most memorable (at least to me) cover arts for a video tape, as The Road Warriors and their face paint really fit the Halloween theme. Let’s see what WCW has to offer after their last effort was arguably their top-to-bottom best!
Match #1: ‘Captain’ Mike Rotunda vs. ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk
Rotunda starts the action with a waist lock take down. Collar and elbow tie up and Zenk catches him in a side headlock. Rotunda runs the ropes but he’s taken down by Zenk’s shoulder block. Another collar and elbow into a side headlock. They run the ropes and Zenk again gets the better of him with a football tackle. The crowd gets behind Zenk and Rotunda paces on the outside. Back into the ring and Zenk gets another side headlock. They run ropes, Rotunda leaps Zenk and uses a hip toss.
He cannot follow up as Zenk moves on the attempted elbow drop. Zenk is quickly back up and hits Rotunda with a drop kick. Rotunda rolls to the outside and the referee counts. The Captain gets back up on the apron and slowly enters the ring. Collar and elbow tie up and the two men move to the corner. Rotunda takes a cheap knee to Zenk’s mid section. Rotunda catches Zenk in a headlock and sticks a thumb into his eyes before sending him out to the floor. Zenk climbs back to the apron and meets Rotunda with a shoulder to the midsection and executes a sunset flip.
He can only get a 2 count and Rotunda rolls out of the ring once again. Rotunda rolls into the ring, and Zenk locks in an arm bar. Rotunda is up and down from his knees. Rotunda gets a knee to the mid section and sends Zenk running. Zenk comes back with a modified arm drag take down and locks Rotunda in a hammerlock. Rotunda strengths his way up and breaks the hold on the ropes. Another collar and elbow and Zenk delivers a side headlock take down and gets a 2 count. Rotunda uses his positioning and captures Zenk in a head scissor submission.
He uses the ropes for leverage when he can. He is caught using the ropes and the hold is broken. Rotunda paces the outside and re-enters the ring. Collar and elbow tie up and Zenk works Rotunda down to his knees with another side head lock. A run of the ropes and Rotunda dumps Zenk out of the ring and to the floor. Rotunda stalks him on the floor and slams his head on the ring apron. Rotunda pulls Zenk back to the apron and chokes his neck over the top rope before kicking him back out. Rotunda viciously kicks Zenk down in his effort to re-enter the ring. Back to the apron for Zenk and Rotunda hits a vertical suplex.
Rotunda hesitates before the lateral press and he only gets a 2 count. Frustrated, Rotunda applies an abdominal stretch and uses the ropes once again. Referee Nick Patrick catches Rotunda using the ropes and breaks the hold. Rotunda and Patrick get in each other’s face. Rotunda applies a reverse chin lock and Zenk falls to his knees. He fights back and delivers elbows to the mid section. The hold is broken and he runs for the ropes. Rotunda foils his plan and delivers a massive clothesline.
Rotunda whips Zenk to the ropes, but the Z-Man holds on to them causing Rotunda to miss his drop kick. Irish whip from Zenk and he follows it with a big elbow. Rotunda stops the momentum with an eye rake. Zenk reverses an Irish whip but Rotunda spring boards from the 2nd turnbuckle for a cross body. He rolls up Zenk, but the Z-Man reverses it and gets the pin.
Winner: ‘Z-Man’ Tom Zenk (Roll-Up Counter)
- EA’s Take: Pretty standard affair kicks this one off, nothing really good or bad about it. Rotunda was a good opponent for the freshly debuted Z-Man who arrived from the AWA the month prior. He always struck me as a guy with a great look and potential, but just never realized it and severely lacked in the charisma department. He also looked really soft here, just watch how he applies his side headlocks. Theree’s no real aggressiveness there and for me, something like that is always glaring.
Backstage: Bruno Sammartino discusses his role as special guest referee in the main event. He see’s nothing about this match that will cause him to stop it beyond a manager throwing in the towel.
Match #2: The Samoan Swat Team (Samu, Fatu & The Samoan Savage) w/Big Kahuna vs. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) & ‘Dr Death’ Steve Williams w/Jim Cornette
The Samoans are out of control and causing problems outside of the ring. The referee is doing his best to maintain order. The Savage and Stan Lane start the action. Brief collar and elbow tie up before the Savage rakes the eyes, hits an elbow and delivers a kick to the midsection. Stan Lane reverses a whip to the ropes and lands a back body drop on th Savage before clothes lining him to the floor. Eaton takes advantage on the outside with a straight right and now all 6 men have a stand off on the floor. Things slow down and they enter the ring.
Armbar by Lane and a tag is made to Eaton. The Express deliver a double elbow and Eaton takes control. Straight right from Eaton but the Savage reverses an arm bar. Eaton returns the favor with a reversal of his own but the Savage rakes his eyes. Body slam from the Savage and a tag is made to Samu. He misses an elbow on his entrance and Bobby goes to work with rights and fends off distractions. Another 6 man stand off before Eaton and Samu slow it down for some one on one action. Big chops from Samu. Irish whip by Samu but Bobby moves away from the big splash and a tag is made to Williams.
Dr. Death fights all the Samoans off and delivers a football tackle to Fatu. The crowd goes wild and the Samoans are reeling on the outside. The Samoans regroup and a tag is made to Fatu. The two exchange rights, but Fatu rakes the eyes. Williams reverses the Irish whip and hits a clothesline. Williams fights off the Samoans who are trying to interfere with the match. He hits more football tackles on Fatu and clears the ring once again. Cornette taunts the Big Kahuna from the outside. A tag is made to Eaton who catches Fatu in a standing arm bar. Quick tag made back to Lane who delivers a series of kicks before holding a side headlock.
There is a whip to the ropes and Fatu stiffens up before Lane can deliver a hip toss. Instead there is a big right from Fatu and a tag is made to Samu. Samu delivers a karate kick and a standing drop kick to Lane. From his knees, Lane tries to fight back with lefts and rights to the abdomen. He’s able to buy enough time to get a tag to Dr. Death. Williams and Samu with a collar and elbow tie up. Samu rakes the eyes and works Williams to the corner. Irish whip is reversed by Williams who delivers a big clothesline. Williams sends Samu to his corner to meet Bobby Eaton’s big right hand. Williams keeps on him with a snapmare and a legdrop.
Williams picks him up and makes a tag to Eaton. A big right from Eaton followed by a running clothesline. He executes a lateral press but only gets a 2 count. Cornette gets the crowd clapping by banging on the apron. Collar and elbow tie up between Eaton and Samu. They run the ropes, Samu leaps Eaton but when he ducks down to the mat, Eaton delivers an elbow drop. A tag is made to Stan Lane and Fatu. A collar and elbow tie up before Lane delivers a drop toe hold. Lane holds Fatu in an arm bar but he works his way to his feet. Lane is thrown to the ropes. He attempts a crossbody but Fatu catches him and slams him to the mat.
Fatu attempts an elbow drop but misses and Lane is quick to his feet and ties up the Savage’s arm on the rope before making a tag to Eaton. Fatu rakes the eyes and gets a double team after a tag is made to the Samoan Savage. Eaton lands a couple rights. He goes for a bulldog, but The Savage uses the momentum and drives him groin first into the post. Eaton is dumped to the outside and he is double teamed by the Samoans while the referee is distracted. On the outside, Eaton is hiptossed on the concrete as his teammates try to regain control. Eaton is back in the ring, he’s whipped to the ropes and reverses into a sunset flip but can only get a 2 count.
The Savage is still in control and chops Eaton when he’s on his feet. A tag is made to Fatu. Eaton is whipped to the ropes for a double clothesline and Fatu gets a 2 count on a lateral press. Fatu holds Eaton on the mat in a pressure point lock. Eaton works back to his feet slowly. He delivers a few rights before running the ropes and reversing a back body drop by slamming Fatu’s face into the mat. Fatu is unfased and comes back with a clothesline. The Savage attacks Eaton on the apron and rolls him back into the ring. A tag is made to Samu who keeps the offense going with a leg drop and a head butt. Eaton is pulled to his feet and receives an elbow to the head before the Samoan partners deliver cheap shots on the outside.
There is a 3 on 1 against Eaton as the referee is distracted by Stan Lane attempting to help his partner. The Savage is tagged in and he delivers a head butt to Eaton before biting his arm. The Savage delivers a side slam and gets a 2 count before Dr Death breaks up the pin. A tag is made back to Fatu who re-applies a nerve submission maneuver. A tag is made back to The Samoan Savage. The Savage goes for a splash from the first turnbuckle but Eaton gets his knees up. Eaton is looking for his corner and a hot tag is made to Williams who enters with a double axe handle on The Savage and follows it with kicks to the ribs and big clothesline.
He takes care of the Samoans rushing the ring and military presses the Savage into Samu and Fatu. Powerslam by Williams on the Savage but he only gets two before the pin is broken up. A tag is made to Lane who delivers a botched neck breakers and he fights off Samu and Fatu. A karate kick to the head on The Savage from Lane, but all the participants are entering the ring and picking a dance partner. The ref is struggling to maintain order. The Big Kahuna is distracting the referee on the apron and Cornette comes over and hits him with his tennis racket to a big pop. Lane walks toward Cornette, but he’s hit from behind by The Samoan Savage. Lane clocks heads with Cornette and The Savage picks up the pin.
Winners: The Samoan Swat Team (Savage/Outside Interference)
- EA’s Take: Another really good bout from these two teams who work beautifully together. The Express continues to use heel tactics as babyfaces with the crowd loving it, which is really something that WCW/NWA was ahead of their time on. We wouldn’t see anything like that in the WWF for a much longer time, so credit to WCW on that. Regardless, next time we see them, they’ll be back to their old ways of being heels. Little bit of a strange finish here. Who knew Cornette’s head was so hard that it could cost his team a match?!
Match #3: The Cuban Assassin vs. ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich
The Assassin goes to work with many hard rights and bashes Rich’s head into turnbuckles. Rich ducks a clothesline and comes back with a big right hand of his own. Two power slams given by Rich before knocking the Assassin outside of the ring with a right elbow. The Assassin is back in and there is a collar and elbow tie up. They exchange right hands before another tie up. Rich is worked to the ropes and hits a shoulder to the abdomen before a delivering a head butt.
An Irish whip is reversed by Rich but the Assassin comes back with a cross body and he gets a 1 count. Quickly back to their feet and Rich executes an arm drag takedown and holds the arm bar. The Assassin fights out of it and tries to dump Rich to the outside. Rich stops on the apron, he delivers a shoulder to the mid section and jumps back in with a sunset flip and he gets a 1 count. A collar and elbow turns into an arm drag by Rich who holds on for an arm bar. The Assassin is back to his feet. He breaks the hold and works Rich to the corner. The Assassin delivers chops and sends Rich for an Irish Whip to the corner. Rich moves and the Assassin runs into the turnbuckle.
Rich takes him down with an arm drag and goes right back to the arm bar. Back to their feet and Rich works the arm more with an elbow. The Assassin rakes Rich’s eyes and delivers some rights. He chops Rich to the mat and delivers another right. The Assassin executes a body slam but he misses the follow up elbow. Rich comes back with an arm drag and continues to go to work on that arm. The Assassin reverses it back into an arm bar of his own. He uses Rich’s hair to pull him down to the mat and he maintains the hold. Rich is slowly back to his feet.
He uses a head butt to break the hold. The Assassin goes for a pile driver but Rich reverses it into a back body drop. The Assassin lands a head onto Rich’s solarplex and gets a 2 count on a lateral press. Reverse chin lock from The Assassin, and he works up to a vertical suplex. The Assassin heads for the top rope but he’s caught by Rich. Down to the mat and Rich sends him for a big elbow. Rich comes off the ropes with a fast press and gets the win.
Winner: ‘Wildfire’ Tommy Rich (Lou Thesz Press)
- EA’s Take: This is just a “get over” match as its the shortest of the night at just over 8 minutes. Some consider Tommy Rich a legend, but personally I think he’s more of a legendary underachiever. There was a handful of veterans that were brought in when Turner purchased the company from Crockett, including Bill Irwin, The Iron Sheik and Rich. Unfortunately, the young talents the promotion also brought in wouldn’t leave a whole lot of room for these kinds of guys.
Match #4 for the NWA World Tag Team Championships: NWA World Tag Team Champions The Fabulous Freebirds (‘Gorgeous’ Jimmy Garvin & Michael ‘P.S.’ Hayes) vs. The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace) w/Jim Cornette
Hayes and Douglas get things started. A quick arm drag from Hayes and the two regroup. Side headlock from Hayes, they run the ropes and Hayes delivers a sunset flip to no avail. The crowd is firmly behind the birds. Kick to the midsection and a chop by Hayes. They run to the ropes, and Douglas grabs a side headlock. They run and Douglas delivers a neckbreaker. Garvin and Ace are tagged in. Collar and elbow and Garvin immediately goes on the offense. Ace fights back.
Garvin misses a clothesline and Ace delivers an arm drag and works into an arm bar. A tag is made to Douglas who maintains the arm bar. Garvin shoots Douglas to the corner and delivers some rights. Douglas reverses an Irish whip and lands a back body drop. Garvin is quick to his feet, grabs a side headlock and a tag is made to Hayes. Shane uses a nifty flip to reverse a wristlock and makes the tag to Ace. Johnny comes off the top with an elbow and maintains a wrist lock. Hayes fights back with a right and a chop, but a tag is made to Douglas on the run and the double team ends with a scoop slam from Douglas. Garvin runs into the ring, but the Dudes deliver a double drop kick.
The Birds take a walk around the ring and Hayes is slow to re-enter the ring. Plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd for the Birds. Collar and elbow and Shane holds an arm bar. Hayes misses a drop kick, and he’s the victim of another double team off a tag. Face buster by Ace and he gets a 2 count. A tag is made to Garvin. Ace consults with Douglas. Collar and elbow and Ace grabs the side headlock. Shots to the midsection by Garvin. Ace kicks Hayes’ hand away from a tag attempt twice. Hayes is angry and he enters the ring but gets a back body drop.
Ace manages to take Hayes down with a head scissor while holding the side headlock. The Birds regroup outside of the ring. Garvin and Ace lock up, and it’s back to the side headlock for Ace. They run and Ace delivers a football tackle followed by a roll up. Garvin kicks out and sends Ace to the Birds’ corner where Hayes delivers a right. Douglas protests but the crowd loves it. Kick to the mid section followed by a running knee by Garvin. Ace is down on the floor and Douglas and Cornette check on him.
Michael Hayes takes a cheap shot on the floor and struts on the apron. Garvin keeps Ace out every time he tries crawling back up. Once back in the ring, Garvin sends him to the turnbuckle and tags in Hayes. They exchange a series of rights before Hayes delivers an elbow to the head and tags Garvin back in. Big back body drop by Garvin followed by an Irish whip. He tags Hayes back in and sends him flying into Ace for a clothesline in the corner. He sets up for the DDT and the crowd pops. Ace fights it off and shoves him away.
Tags are made to Garvin and Douglas. Douglas executes a back body drop followed by a series of drop kicks. Hayes enters the ring, but he receives a double clothesline from the entering Ace. Hayes is sent to the ropes for a double knee. They attempt to double team Garvin who is the legal man with a double side suplex, but Hayes pulls their feet and Garvin lands on Douglas with a cross body. They get a 3 count and retain the titles.
Winners and STILL NWA World Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (Garvin/Crossbody)
- EA’s Take: This isn’t our first time seeing them obviously, but man, The Dynamic Dudes have to have one of the most dated, ridiculous gimmicks of all time! As “tubular” as their schtick was, they could give a quick pace and that’s what we saw here. Hayes continues to impress me as well and if you want to see some of his great stuff that’s got better production value, these years are for you.
Backstage: Scott Steiner cuts what feels like a nervous, weak promo and Rick is playing up the “crazy” card big time. Rick assures everyone he won’t be distracted by Woman.
Match #5: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) vs. Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed) w/Woman
Doom enters the ring and the Steiners waste no time brawl. They send Doom into one another for an Irish whip collision and each take one for a belly to back suplex. Doom is back in the ring but the Steiners clothesline them over the top rope. Doom regroups on the outside with Woman. The structured action will start with Scott and Reed. Scott shoves him to the corner and the ref can’t break the action. A reversal of an Irish whip followed by a clothesline by Scott. Snapmare takedown and a knee to the chest by Steiner and he gets 2 off of a lateral press. A tag is made to the Dog Faced Gremlin who enters the ring with fury.
He delivers Steinerlines to both members of Doom who need another regroup outside. Back in the ring, it’s Rick and Simmons. Simmons gets the upper hand with straight rights but Rick comes back with a big right hand. He can only get a 2 count but he locks in a reverse chin lock. Simmons reverses this with an atomic drop and sends him into his partners boot. A tag is made to Reed who keeps the momentum going until Rick blocks a front face lock. A vertical suplex by Rick and a tag is made to Scott. The younger Steiner comes off the rope with a clothsline and locks in a reverse chin lock of his own. A quick tag is made back to Rick, but he’s quickly met with a jaw breaker and a tag is made back to Simmons.
A punch to the head by Simmons who then whips him for a clothesline. Simmons hot shots Rick and only gets a 1 count. They run the ropes and Rick kicks the doom member who was attempting a back body drop and makes a tag to brother Scott. A kick to the mid section and a face first suplex comes from Scott. He gets a near fall and Reed is tagged back in. Scott is sent to the ropes but grabs a waist lock and a belly to back suplex. Two elbow drops from Steiner and a two count. Scott holds Reed in a reverse chin lock but Reed strengths his way up.
They run the ropes and Simmons takes a cheap shot on Steiner from the apron. Reed takes advantage and goes to work. A snapmare from Reed followed by a tag to Simmons who enters with a double axe handle blow. Scott is booted outside of the ring and Reed takes cheap shots while the referee is distracted by Rick. Scott takes several hot shots on the security railing before being rolled back in the ring. A tag is made the Scott receives a double elbow. Two lateral presses but Doom cannot get a 3 count. Scott fights out of a headlock but not for long. He is kneed to the midsection and Reed is tagged back in.
Scott is hung up on the 2nd and is the victim of some extracurriclars. Rick protests but Scott is dumped over the top to the outside. Scott is kicked off the apron on his first attempt. On his 2nd attempt he gets a knee to the midsection and rolls Reed over on a sunset flip. Reed still has the energy and momentum and lands a neckbreaker getting a 2 count. A tag is made to Simmons as Scott tries to fight both members of Doom out of the corner. He’s sent to the ropes though and receives a power slam. The referee is distracted and Scott gets a double vertical suplex. A tag is made to Reed who holds Scott down in a front face lock.
Scott powers his way back up and makes the tag, but the referee didn’t see it and won’t allow it. Scott is instead pile driven into the mat but he kicks out at 2. Simmons holds him in a reverse chin lock and the crowd is getting behind Scott. Simmons is kicked in the face while attempting a back body drop. A tag is made to Reed but the hot tag is made to Rick. A back body drop from Rick followed by a couple of Steiner lines.Scott takes Simmons over with a head scissor while Rick Power Slams Reed. Woman comes up on the apron and Rick is having none of it. Rick turns around to fend off Simmons and Woman puts a foreign object in Reed’s mask. Rick picks up his opponent but receives a headbutt with the foreign object.
Winners: Doom (Reed/Foreign Object)
- EA’s Take: Where, oh where is Mean Gene? I know he was in the WWF at the time, but I couldn’t help thinking of him because during this match, I heard the first reference to the hotline. 1-900-909-9900, folks. Are 900 numbers still a thing? I hope not. What a money making scheme those were, eh? Anyways, this is your typical Steiners match, but the debut of Woman on PPV after using her…charms, to toy with the dimwitted Rick. I guess technically I broke kayfabe here since Doom is not using their names yet, but I mean, come on. It’s so obviously Ron Simmons and Butch Reed!
Backstage: NWA United States Champion Lex Luger tells Brian Pillman that this match is the real deal. He will prove to Pillman why he is the premier wrestler and the champion of the 90s.
Match #6 for the NWA United States Championship: NWA United States Champion Lex Luger vs. ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Collar and elbow tie up and Luger powers Pillman to the corner. Pillman squirms out. Another tie up and another corner break up. A third tie up and Luger hits a knee to the mid section and sends him face first into the turn buckle. Straight rights followed by a body slam by Luger. The Package sends Pillman through the middle rope, but Flyin Brian comes back with a fire in his belly. A chop, Irish whip, backbody drop and drop kick sequence by Pillman. Luger rolls out and Pillman stalks him with chops. Luger is rolled back in the ring, but he moves from Brian’s attempted leap off the ropes.
Pillman chases Luger around the ring who baits him back into the ring and greets him with stomps. Luger pulls him up and delivers an elbow to the back of the head. Straight rights by Luger before a series of kicks to the gut. Pillman leaps off the turnbuckle on an Irish whip attempts. He runs to the opposite turnbuckle and gets a two count off of a cross body press. Arm drag from Pillman who hangs on for an arm bar. Pillman keeps the pressure on Luger’s left arm and turns it into a wrist lock. Luger breaks the hold with a knee to the mid section. Straight right from Luger and he sends Pillman to the ropes.
Pillman reverses a hip toss, lands a drop kick and an arm drag and he goes back to the arm bar. Back to their feet and Luger delivers a big right hand and a kick. He delivers a football tackle to Pillman twice. After another run and Pillman is able to regain momentum with a similar series as before. Luger is trapped in the arm bar once again. Pillman delivers a right shot to the shoulder as well as a kick to the mid section. Luger works his way up from a wrist lock and fights Pillman off with rights. Pillman leap frogs over Luger and on the come back, wraps around his back and rolls him to the mat. He can only get a 2 count.
Arm drag and arm bar sequence once again from Pillman. Luger tells the fans to shut up while he’s held in the submission. Luger strengths Pillman into the corner and sends him for an Irish whip but Brian gets his feet up. Flyin Brian heads for the top rope but Luger moves out of the way. Lex shows his strength by lifting Pillman from a front slam and hot shots him on the top rope. Luger taunts the crowd. Off the ropes, Luger hits a massive clothesline and he continues taunting the fans. A stumbling Pillman fights Luger off with chops and kicks.
He sends Luger to the ropes but Lex is too fresh and he delivers clotheslines in front and from behind. Luger viciously stomps Pillman and drops big forearms. Standing vertical suplex from Luger and he is slow to make a cover. He only gets two. Luger drops an elbow to the chest twice on Pillman. Brian takes shots to Luger’s midsection but he’s dumped through the middle rope to the floor. Luger pulls Pillman back to the apron and clubs him on the chest. Luger goes to pull his opponent back into the ring, but Pillman delivers a shoulder to the midsection and a sunset flip for a two count.
Luger attempts a clothesline but Pillman ducks and Luger falls out to the floor. Pillman pulls Luger back in, delivers a big chops and stands up for straight rights. Luger strengths him away with an inverted atomic drop. Luger sets Pillman up in a seated position on the top turnbuckle. Luger goes for the superplex but Pillman pushes him off. Pillman attempts a sunset flip from the top rope but Luger scissors his legs and gets out of it. Pillman is quickly back to his feet delivering chops to Luger. He comes off the ropes with a flying elbow and Luger begs for him to slow down. Irish whip and a back body drop by Pillman.
‘Flyin’ Brian comes off the ropes with a clothesline but Luger gets his foot on the ropes. Pillman hits a neck breaker and heads to the top rope for a high risk move. Luger moves away from Pillman’s drop kick. Lex pulls him to his feet. They run the ropes and Luger lifts Pillman for a hot shot across the top rope. The champ gets the pin.
Winner and STILL NWA United States Champion: Lex Luger (Hot Shot)
- Off The Top: The commentary team is really propping Luger up verbally. They went on and on about his football career, his physique, and pushing the narrative that he will be one of the top stars of the 90s. While he did go on to win a share of gold that decade, in retrospect it reminded me of ESPN heralding the top overall pick in the NFL draft as a generational talent, but then his career production was more in line with a 2nd or 3rd rounder. Good match though, Pillman certainly knew how to get the most out of everyone.
Backstage: The Road Warriors discuss their chances against the undefeated Skyscrapers. They explain that people build skyscrapers, but they also tear them down.
Match #7: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) w/Paul Ellering vs. The Skyscrapers (Sid Vicious & Dan Spivey) w/Theodore R. Long
A nose to nose stare down when the two teams meet in the ring. The action starts with Spivey and Animal. Collar and elbow tie up and Spivey gets the early advantage. Animal comes back with two clotheslines but it doesn’t take Spivey all the way down to the mat. Arm bar from Animal who tags Hawk and he maintains the hold. A run to the ropes and the two collide, neither giving an inch. Finally on the third attempt, Hawk knocks Spivey outside of the ring with a flying shoulder block. A tag is made to Sid. Tie up and Sid delivers some rights. Sid misses a clothesline and Hawk hits one. It only knocks Sid down to his knees. Sid works Hawk to the corner.
He tries a flying shoulder off an Irish whip but Hawk moves. Animal is tagged in and they double team Sid for a double elbow. Sid is right back up, though. Animal and Sid tie up, Animal ducks a clothesline but can’t move Sid on his first couple shoulder tackle attempts. He finally lands a flying clothesline and Vicious rolls outside of the ring and regroups with Long. A tag is made to Hawk as Sid is slow to re-enter the ring. Hawk asks for a test of strength. The two are at a stalemate until Sid finally works Hawk down.
The crowd gets behind the Warriors and Hawk strengths back up. He throws Vicious to the corner and hits him with a monkey flip. Hawk hits Vicious with a clothesline and holds him with an arm bar before tagging Animal back in. Animal keeps the hold but Sid strengths him to the Skyscrapers’ corner. A tag is made to Spivey, but Animal maintains the offense. Hawk is back in, but he’s thrown to the opponents corner and Sid is back in. Snapmare takedown by Sid and he follows it with a clothesline. Sid lifts Hawk and executes a helicopter carry.
A tag is made to Spivey who gets a side slam on Hawk before a 2 count. They run the ropes and Hawk comes back with a clothesline. Spivey is the first one up and he baseball slides Hawk outside of the ring where Sid takes advantage. Hawk receives a hot shot on the guard rail and is slow to return to the ring. Spivey greets him with a vertical suplex and can only get a two count. A tag is made to Sid. Hawk is whipped to the corner and receives a clothesline from Spivey followed by a knee from Sid.
Vicious pulls Hawk up and delivers a straight right before choking him on the middle rope. Hawk tries to fight back but Sid takes him down and gives a blatant choke until the ref breaks it up. A tag is made to Spivey. Hawk kicks Spivey in the head but it has no effect. Spivey delivers a clothesline. Hawk counters a vertical suplex with one of his own but he’s not able to make the tag. Sid is tagged back in and he’s holding Hawk in a front face lock. Hawk lifts Sid up in his arms and makes the tag to Animal but the ref is blind to it. Hawk and Sid march back to the Skyscrapers’ corner where a tag is made to Spivey.
The referee calls off Animal’s tag that he didn’t see but allows Spivey’s. Irish whip from Spivey with a run to the corner, He attempts a second but Hawk gets his boot up. Finally, the hot tag is made to Animal who ambushes Spivey with a drop kick followed by a flying shoulder block. Sid enters the ring and takes up Animal while Hawk and Spivey brawl. There is a powerslam from Animal on Sid, but Sid is not the legal man and the referee isn’t looking. Long enters the ring with a foreign object and Ellering gives chase. Long tosses the object to Spivey who uses it on Hawk. Nick Patrick sees the object and calls for the bell.
Winners: The Road Warriors (Disqualification)
- After The Bell: The Skyscrapers mug Animal until Hawk makes the save with a clothesline off the top rope.
- EA’s Take: Much more action from Sid in this one than his last PPV appearance. You know they’re building up The Skyscrapers as a power team when on multiple occasions, The Road Warriors are bouncing off of them like immovable objects. If they’re being told to frequently no sell Hawk and Animal, I’m not sure how you could sell teams like The Midnight Express and The Dynamic Dudes as even standing a prayer against these guys. I’m not sure what the Starrcade card looks like yet, but I’d like to see how they’re booked at this time against a team like The Steiners.
Backstage: Ric Flair, Sting and Ole Anderson are standing by. Ole is asked when he’ll throw in the towel. Anderson explains that the towel is wrapped around his arm for a reason: he won’t throw it in under any circumstance.
Match #8 is a Thunderdome Cage Match – Special Referee Bruno Sammartino: NWA World Heavyweight Champion ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Sting w/Ole Anderson vs. NWA World Television Champion The Great Muta &Terry Funk w/Gary Hart
Your opponents’ corner man must throw in the towel to end this contest. Flair and Funk start the action and Funk takes him down with a shoulder block. Flair works some chops in the corner and whips him into partner Sting who takes a free shot. Muta enters the ring but Sammartino kicks him out. Collar and elbow tie up with Funk and Flair. Terry gets a body slam in, but Flair comes back with a chop and two slams of his own. Funk is thrown out of the ring onto his head. He’s slow to return and Flair hits him with an elbow from the apron.
A tag is made to Sting who delivers a right and dumps Funk outside. Sting hangs Funk up on the cage and rakes his back. Back in the ring and Sting makes a tag to the Nature Boy. The teammates deliver a double elbow. Flair sends Funk for two consecutive Irish whips and knocks Funk down with a huge chop. He delivers his patented knee to Funk’s head and goes after Muta who is standing on the apron. Funk is dazed as Flair delivers straight rights before tagging in Sting who lands a drop kick. Funk is frustrated and he tags in Muta.
Sting delivers a flurry of punches before throwing Muta on Funk with a military press. Sting delivers a vertical suplex and he tags in Flair. Snap mare takedown by Flair who follows it with an atomic drop. Flair chops Muta in the corner and takes him down again and delivers a knee drop. Stinger is tagged back in and he dumps Muta to the outside. Sting uses the cage as a weapon and pushes Muta’s head through the cage. Flair and Funk brawl on the outside while Muta changes the momentum inside of the ring. Snapmare followed by an elbow by Muta. Standing leg drop as Muta keeps the momentum rolling.
He dumps Sting to the outside for Funk to deal with while Flair rushes Muta. Funk chokes Sting with his boot as Muta takes Flair to the floor. As they round the corner, Funk cuts them off and goes to work on Flair. The legal men are in the ring and Sting is on the receiving end of a standing suplex before his opponents deliver a series of knees. Flair makes the save and hits a vertical suplex on Funk. Sting comes back with a running bulldog on Muta and gives one to Funk for good measure. He measures Muta’s neck over the top rope and makes a tag to Flair.
The champ backs Muta up for an atomic drop and Sting hits a clothesline. Stinger goes for the Scorpian Deathlock but Funk interupts it. Funk goes to work on Sting in the corner and Muta comes back with a kick to the mid section. There seems to be no control over the match and Flair chases Funk out of the ring. Sting is dumped to the outside and pursued by Funk. Sting rolls back into the ring and he’s choked with a boot from Muta. Flair chops Funk on the apron and bashes Funk into the steel cage. Inside the ring, Sting hits a vertical suplex on Muta. Muta and Sting climb the cage and Muta gets shocked by the cage.
Sting bashes Muta face first into the metal while Flair and Funk continue to brawl themselves. Muta and Sting are back in the ring and Sting received a low blow. Flair and Funk climb around the cage and Flair delivers chops from that height. Funk is trapped on the cage, while Sting holds Muta up over his head for a prolonged military press. Sting dumps Muta outside of the ring while Funk is still trapped on the cage. Muta appears to have snuck under the ring while Sting pursues Funk. Muta comes out of the ring and brawls with Flair on the floor. They exchange chops and roll back into the ring. Belly to back suplex by Flair on Muta.
Sting uses a rope hanging from the cage for leverage to slam himself into Funk. Back in the ring, Ric Flair locks in the Figure Four on Muta. Flair breaks the hold unprompted and simply dumps Muta outside. Flair inspects what is going on with Sting and Funk on the cage, but Muta comes back and kicks him in the back of the head. Sting has a misstep on the cage and Funk attempts to tie him up. Back in the ring, Muta locks Flair in a reverse toe hold. Muta keeps the toe hold and grabs a front face lock. Sting appears to be tied to the cage and Ole comes over to save him.
In the meantime, Funk and Muta double team Flair. Funk hits his pile driver on Flair as Ole struggles to get the rope off of Sting. Flair is stuck in their mercy until Sting is finally freed. He climbs up the wall of the cage and leaps off of it hitting Funk with a cross body. Sting is fired up and delivers rights to Muta. Once outside, Muta climbs the cage and Sting pursues him while Flair and Funk fight in the ring. Flair works over Funk’s knee with a variety of maneuvers. Sting and Muta are back in the ring and Muta hits a back breaker.
Muta is going up for a moonsault but he’s knocked to the floor by Sting. Flair locks in the Figure Four on Funk and Sting leaps off the top rope with a splash. Hart refuses to the throw in the towel, so Sting does it again. Muta crawls back into the ring and takes a chop at referee Sammartino. Bruno delivers a strong right and knocks Muta out of the ring. Gary Hart climbs the apron and Ole Anderson rushes to stop him from interfering. Ole delivers a right to Hart who drops the towel upon impact.
Winners: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair & Sting
- EA’s Take: If you’re looking for some big stars participating in a car crash match, you’ll enjoy this one. Just don’t try to make ANY sense of it. You’ve got the special cage and a special stipulation which is fine, but the first quarter of the match had the vibe of a traditional tag team match with partners waiting in the corners and the referee backing off outside interference. The second quarter of the match was a bit more disorganized with dance partners swapping, despite not being tagged. With no distinction or reasoning laid out, the last half of the match was a complete free-for-all which was apparently fine now. Also, there were a half dozen times when guys would just start climbing the cage and their opponents would give chase. Why were they doing this? You can’t win by escaping the cage,where were they going? Some good legends in this bout, but I found myself confused through most of the match.
EA’s Finisher: Wow, 5 tag team matches on an 8 match card. I’ll say it made for plenty of movement and very few rest holds, which was good. The company would frequently and understandably try to distinct themselves from the WWF. I’m really glad they laid off saying “This is NWA… We wrestle here!” 6 times in the show, but the most interesting, subtle comment made tonight was JR citing Sting’s days as a member of The Blade Runners. He “uipped, “I think he’s developed better than his partner has”, of course referring to The Ultimate Warrior. If this card was on a prime time cable show for the company, I’d say it was good, but the main draw (Thunderdome) turned out to be a total cluster. Let’s look at it positively though because I think too many focus on the negatives of WCW. At least they were always trying new things!
Top Three To Watch
1 – The Fabulous Freebirds vs. The Dynamic Dudes
2 – Lex Luger vs. Brian Pillman
3 – The Steiner Brothers vs. Doom
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Chairshot Classics: NWA-TNA Episode 15: Night of Chumpions
On this week’s episode, EVERY title belt is on the line! Jerry Lynn defends the X-Division Title against AJ Styles in a ladder match, Ron Killings defends the NWA Title against Lo-Ki, and Chris Harris and James Storm defend the Tag Titles against Ron Harris and a mystery partner.
Also, the war of words between Jarrett, his crew and the DX/NWO merger continues. The Maximos and Flying Elvises compete for a big opportunity. Siaki takes his first steps in one-on-one competition without the Elvises against a familiar face.
So how’d they do? Let’s find out!
We start off with a DX reunion! Syxx Pac and BG James make their way to the ring and James wants to do some smack talk. He and Syxx have been everywhere and have done that. However, both think TNA is a fresh start. They address Jarrett and Brian Lawler and, using Gilligan’s Island for an analogy, say that they’re in for a shipwreck (which one’s Gilligan?). As for Ron Killings, neither man is very impressed with him, stating that the future is in danger if Ron Killings is that future, stating that Killings isn’t ready.
Syxx gets on the mic, not happy that Lo-Ki, who he claims to like a great deal, is getting a title shot against Killings, a shot he thinks either himself or James should be getting because Lo-Ki isn’t in their league yet and that Truth should be taken care of by them.
Aren’t they supposed to be the babyfaces?
At this point, Killings comes out, claiming that all Pac and James want is his championship. He asserts that he is the future of pro-wrestling and that he only gives title shots to those who are like him and don’t have silver spoons hanging out of, and I quote, ‘their cracker asses’.
By this point, Syxx has had enough of Killings and his race cards and tells killings that the only thing hanging out of his (Killings) ass is going to be Syxx’s foot.
Now, Jarrett comes out to save us all, wondering why Hall is missing from the team and mocking Hall’s well-known substance abuse problems. James takes offense to that, warning Jarrett to keep his mouth shut about Hall since Hall isn’t there to defend himself, or kick Jarrett’s ass. Jarrett replies that he only cares because Hall’s screwed up the card, there’s supposed to be a six-man tag tonight, but it’ll have to be a handicap match: Pac and James vs Jarrett, Killings and…
At this point, Lawler and Elix Skipper sneak into the ring and attack DX from behind. DX gets the upper hand and throws Lawler and Skipper out of the ring where team leader Jarrett corrals his boys.
Tenay and West give us a rundown of the card and say they’ll try to get a hold of Scott Hall to find out why he’s not there.
Amazing Red vs Shark Boy: Red is out first to a good pop. Shark Boy gets an okay pop. For some reason, Elix Skipper is on commentary and his voice is too annoying to listen to for more than a minute. He sounds like a very annoying Chris Tucker. This match was, despite the stupid shark thing, a pretty okay match. I’m not sure why Shark Boy chose such a stupid gimmick because he’s not a terrible wrestler. Mortimer Plumtree is back, still creepy, and still creepily watching the X-Division.
This match is basically all Shark Boy since Red doesn’t seem to have much wrestling skill outside of flying around. Red finally gets the pinfall after reversing a blockbuster attempt and hitting a Phoenix splash and a standing crossbody splash.
Winner: Amazing Red by pinfall.
Comment: That was an okay opening match.
After the match, Skipper attacks Red, for some reason, security tries to intervene, but it takes Don Harris to finally restore order.
Seriously, dude, hire better security guards.
We get a recap of the end of last week’s Lynn/Killings match and how several members of the X-Division help Lynn retain his title, including Lo-Ki.
Backstage, Goldylocks is talking to Lo-Ki and asks him about his title match against Killings. Lo-Ki promises to get to that, but he’s more concerned with Syxx-Pac’s comments at the start of the show. Unsurprisingly, he’s offended by Syxx-Pac’s comments tells him to mark it down in his book who started what. As for Killings, as far as Lo-Ki sees it, Killings has had it out for the X-Division because they get much more attention than his own title reign. He then says this title match is because he put himself in a position to make a difference because Jerry Lynn got screwed out of being NWA Champion. He says that Truth is unprepared, preoccupied, and unfocused and that he’s going to prove that it’s not the size of the fighter, it’s the size of the fight in the fighter. Or, as Eddie Guererro would say ‘It’s no the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’.
We were going to get a tag match here, but apparently, Killings didn’t like what Lo-Ki had to say. For those keeping score, the reason Lo-Ki was given a title shot has changed for the third time. First we were told that it was because he helped Lynn beat Killings last week, then Killings claimed that he gave him the shot because Lo-Ki didn’t have a silver spoon hanging out his ass, now Killings is claiming that he gave Lo-Ki the shot because he felt sorry for him. He repeats that Lo-Ki will have to kill him to take the title. He then tells Lo-Ki to get his punk ass out there, so the NWA Heavyweight Championship match is happening now.
FYI: While this was going on, the crowd was chanting ‘Overrated’ at Killings.
NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Killings vs Lo-Ki: Well, whatever the motive is for giving Lo-Ki a title shot, the match is a happenin’! Killings is on Lo-Ki as soon as Lo-Ki slides in and we’re on.It takes a couple of minutes for Lo-Ki to get his bearings, but once he does, we have a real match.
Unlike Killings’ previous title defenses, this one is actually worth watching again. Killings and Lo-Ki worked really well together and there was good chemistry. Killings tried to steal the win by blatantly putting his feet on the ropes for leverage. It actually looked like Lo-Ki could pull this one out, but Killings hit his True Conviction, a sitout facebuster from the second turnbuckle and that is the end of that.
Winner: Ron Killings by pinfall.
Comment: That was really good.
Killings gets back on the mic, but before he can say anything, he’s jumped from behind by someone in a white hoodie and white ski-mask, because having a light skinned person in a hood and a covered face beating up an African American man doesn’t look bad or anything. It’s ‘edgy’.
Back to our regularly scheduled match. The Maximos are taking on the Flying Elvises to win a shot at the Tag Team Champions next week.
The Maximos vs Jorge Estrada and Jimmy Yang: Both teams get pretty good pop. This will be the first outing of the Elvises since Sonny Siaki officially left the group last week.
Unrelated note: I’m not sure who ‘Athena’ is as far as TNA goes, but she seems to have a lot of fans in the crowd who want to see her wrestle.
Anyway, this match was ‘eh’. The Maximos were really outmatched by the Elivses at every step and there were a lot of botches. Added to all that was Mortimer Plumtree, who still seems to be scouting the X-Division, and Sonny Siaki, who seems to be watching his old crew from the ramp.
For some strange reason, Siaki jumps on the apron, acting like he wanted to be tagged in, for an equally strange reason, Estrada believes him and goes for the tag, only for Siaki to get off the apron and head to the back, leaving his former teammate to his fate. The Maximos hit their elevated double team DDT and that’s it.
Winner: Maximos by pinfall.
Comment: What the hell was that?
Backstage is trying to get an interview with Siaki when Siaki is attacked by Jerry Lynn. Siaki is saved by Styles, who holds Lynn for Siaki to hit while yelling ‘stop’ at the same time. To add further insult to injury, they stuff Lynn in a production case, AJ sits on it and tells Siaki that he’s lucky that Bob Armstrong didn’t see it.
Sonny Siaki vs David Young: Well, Siaki’s back to an okay pop and he’s greased himself up at some point. Anyway, his opponent is David Young, a hapless guy who had the misfortune of having Bobcat for a manager. Apparently, Young has ditched Bobcat, much to Borash’s relief and is focusing on being a top competitor.
This match was pretty good, but not a standout. This is basically the third X-Division match of the night and the crowd’s getting bored. Young is trying to hang, but this match is just blah. Young had a chance to get a pin but chose to go for a moonsault instead and missed when Siaki moved out of the way. Siaki hits his Money Clip and that’s that.
Winner: Sonny Siaki by pinfall.
Comment: That was an okay match, but after at least three high-flying matches, this didn’t really stand out.
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Chairshot Classics: WWE United Kingdom Championship Special (5/19/17)
NXT UK will finally premiere next Wednesday at 3PM EST for us here in the United States, so today we’re helping to get you ready as we revisit a WWE Network event that features some of NXT UK’s top Superstars with the United Kingdom Championship Special! Months after the inaugural United Kingdom Championship Tournament, the WWE looked to keep the momentum of the new division going with this show from Norwich, England that featured new United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate’s first defense on WWE programming! Let’s get into the action!
Open: Back in January, the WWE made history by crowning its first-ever United Kingdom Champion. Tyler Bate emerged from a two-day tournament with the title, but the event has also been life-altering for all of its participants. Now, the competitors all have their sights set on Tyler’s championship, gunning for Bate at every opportunity to take the spotlight. Tonight, the world is watching a band of unknown UK grapplers, but now they’re WWE Superstars with everything at stake.
Match #1: Wolfgang vs. Joseph Connors
Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, both guys jostling for position, Connors with a go-behind, but Wolfgang counters to a side headlock. Connors reverses out to a wristlock, The Regulator works back to his feet, gets caught in a side headlock, but pushes Connors off to the ropes. They collide shoulders and neither man budges, Connors goes back to the ropes, Wolfgang drops down, pops back up with a leg lariat, then shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop. Connors puts on the brakes and clubs him with a forearm, The Regulator absorbs it, ducks another shot and drills Joseph with a back elbow. Connors staggers to the corner and Wolfgang measures for a splash, Joseph side-steps it, hooks him for a suplex, but it’s blocked.
The Regulator delivers a delayed vertical suplex of his own, covers for a 2 count, scoops Connors up for a body slam, then looks to go to the high-rent district. Connors knocks him to the floor with a forearm, Wolfgang hits his head on the apron coming down, Joseph builds a head of steam and scores with a baseball slide. He drives Wolfgang spine-first into the apron, drapes him across it to fire away with elbows, rams him chest-first off the apron, then slingshots in with a splash for 2. Joseph mocks The Regulator’s howl, corners him and unloads with lefts and rights, drags him under the bottom rope in the corner, then wrenches Wolfgang up against the ring post. Connors slides into the ring, delivers a basement dropkick to drive Wolfgang back into the post, rolls out to retrieve him, tries to drag The Regulator up and gets pushed off to the ropes.
Wolfgang surprises him with a knee to the breadbasket, sets for a short-arm clothesline that’s off-target, Joseph plants him with a release back suplex, goes into a lateral press and gains a near fall. Connors fires off right hands to the rib cage, slaps on a grounded abdominal stretch, releases the hold and cover for 2, then goes right back to it. The Regulator finds his footing, Joseph goes to the midsection with a kick, attempts to whip him to the ropes, Wolfgang reverses it and sends Connors hard into opposite corners. He elevates him with a back body drop off the rebound, lines Connors up for a splash in the corner, climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with a double axe handle, but still can’t put it away. Wolfgang looks to ascend the corner again, changes his mind and lifts Joseph for a fireman’s carry slam, Connors fights it off catches The Regulator walking into the corner with a kick, then hops to the 2nd rope.
He comes off with a crossbody, The Regulator catches him in mid-air with a codebreaker, Connors just barely kicks out at 2 and Wolfgang goes back upstairs. Connors wisely rolls out to the apron, The Regulator drops back to the mat in pursuit, Joseph slingshots in with a flatliner for a near fall, continues to work over the abdomen area, Wolfgang pushes him away, presses Connors over his head, but can’t hold him up. Joseph counters a right hand and delivers a sit-out spinebuster, still can’t seem to finish it off and goes right back to hammering away at the ribs. He looks to the corner and climbs to the 2nd rope, comes off and gets split in mid-air by a spear, The Regulator heads up top now, connects with The Howling and that’s she wrote.
Winner: Wolfgang (The Howling)
Match #2: TJP & The Brian Kendrick vs. Dan Moloney & Rich Swann
Moloney & Kendrick will kickoff the action, The Man with a Plan tries to get Swann into the ring, Kendrick nearly ambushes Moloney from behind, but gets caught in the act. The Man with a Plan quickly surprises Moloney with a kick and corners him, Moloney powers his way out, Kendrick sends him back in, then chokes him with his boot. He hooks on a wristlock, mocks Swann and makes a tag, TJP snapmares Moloney over, scores with a basement dropkick, then continues to taunt Rich. Tag back to Kendrick, The Man with a Plan grabs a double underhook, quick tag back out and The Duke of Dab delivers a snap suplex for 1.
Kendrick re-enters the match, continues targeting the left arm, fires off a couple of elbows and looks to hand-off Moloney to TJP. The Fil-Am Flash grabs for an arm, Moloney slips away, TJ ends up pummeling Kendrick’s arm, finally noticing Swann & Moloney on the outside to realize what he’s done. Kendrick & TJP exchange words, The Man with a Plan tags himself out, Moloney is there waiting on The Duke of Dab, battering him with right hands and driving him head-first off the top turnbuckle. He drops TJP throat-first across the 2nd rope, steps to the apron and drills him with a big boot, comes back inside to make a cover and gets a 2 count.
He makes a tag, hits a double atomic drop with The Outlandish One, they both mock TJP with a dab, then dump him to the outside. Kendrick charges in to help out, Swann splits him with an atomic drop, The Man with a Plan rolls to the floor, Rich builds a head of steam and Moloney launches him over the top with a somersault plancha. He tosses TJP back in and gets a count of 2, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, The Fil-Am Flash slides under it, Kendrick makes a blind tag, The Outlandish One gets pushed towards the ropes and The Man with a Plan surprises him with a hot shot. He steps into the ring and puts the boots to Rich, hooks him for a snap suplex, hooks both legs for a near fall, then whips him hard into the turnbuckles sternum-first.
The Outlandish One starts to battle back and leaps towards his corner, Kendrick grabs him by the foot to prevent the tag, Swann catches him with an enzuigiri and we get tags on both sides. Moloney comes in with shots for Kendrick & TJP, drives The Man with a Plan into TJ, clobbers The Duke of Dab with a big boot and Kendrick gets spiked on his head in the process, then falls to the floor. Moloney bludgeons TJP with fists, sends him to the ropes and tosses him up for a flapjack, makes a cover, Kendrick slides back in to break the count at 2, but hits his partner on accident. Moloney clotheslines The Man with a Plan to the outside, connects with lefts and rights to The Fil-Am Flash, hits the ropes and Kendrick hooks him by the foot to create a distraction.
TJP makes Moloney pay with a spinning back kick, peppers him with punches, uses his boot to rake the face, then stomps away and tags out. Moloney starts to fight back and Kendrick surprises him with a drop toe hold, pummels him with heavy shots, brings TJP back in and he slingshots inside from the apron with a somersault senton, but still can’t finish it off. The Duke of Dab goes to work on the arm with a hammerlock clutch, Moloney powers to his feet, hits a back suplex to break free and starts crawling towards his corner. Kendrick gets a tag and charges in for a cheap shot to Swann, The Outlandish One blocks it and returns with a right, Moloney elevates Kendrick with a back body drop, then makes the tag.
Rich steps in and builds momentum with multiple clotheslines, buries a spinning back kick to the breadbasket, hits the ropes for a standing somersault leg drop and gains a near fall. He looks to go up top and TJP creates a distraction, The Man with a Plan climbs up to meet him for a superplex, Rich counters into a super inverted atomic drop, hooks the leg, but TJ breaks the count at 2. Moloney rolls in and tries to dump The Fil-Am Flash to the floor, TJP hangs onto the ropes, avoids Moloney charging in and sends him flying to the outside. The Outlandish One grabs TJ from behind, Kendrick sneaks up and slaps Rich in the Captain’s Hook, Moloney sliding back inside to break the hold.
He heads to his corner and gets the tag, fires away with rights to Kendrick, corners The Man with a Plan and goes to the 2nd rope, raining down more fists. Kendrick surprises him with a hot shot and has words with the official, TJP looks for the Detonation Kick to Moloney, gets pushed to the outside, Moloney lifts The Man with a Plan for a slam, he reaches out for The Duke of Dab and counters into a small package, stealing the win.
Winners: TJP & The Brian Kendrick (Kendrick/Small Package)
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Slamboree 1993 – A Legends’ Reunion
Open: The ring is full of wrestling legends, many of whom will be competing on the card tonight. Maxx Payne once again treats the crowd to his guitar playing as The Fabulous Moolah is carried like royalty to the ring.
In The Arena: Eric Bischoff & Missy Hyatt are standing by. They found out yesterday that Scott “Flash” Norton got the attention of The Prisoner, and tonight he will take on Sting. They introduce the rest of the top matches, Hyatt offers to valet The Hollywood Blonds.
Match #1: 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton & Chris Benoit
Benoit and Scorpio start the match. Collar and elbow, Scorpio with the side headlock. They hit the ropes, shoulder block by Scorpio. Benoit ducks a spinning kick and baseball slides under his opponent. Double leg pick up by Benoit, quickly reversed and Scorpio lands a drop kick and a quick arm drag. Benoit tries to slow it down in the corner. Benoit draws Bagwell into the ring and Eaton blindsides Scorpio while the ref corrals him. Scorpio is whipped into the corner but avoids contact from both Benoit and Eaton before flying back and landing a cross body.
Eaton goes to break up the pin, Scorpio moves and he lands an elbow on his own partner. Bagwell rushes back in to even the score and they clear the ring with drop kicks. Benoit crawls back in and tags in Beautiful Bobby. Collar and elbow, Scorpio grabs a hammer lock and tags in Bagwell. He hits an ax handle and grabs a wrist lock. Eaton slings him but Bagwell gets the shoulder tackle. He hits the ropes and Benoit grabs him from behind. Eaton charges but he’s lifted with a back body drop over the top rope. Bagwell slingshots Benoit into the ring, Scorpio comes in for assistance, they whip Benoit to the ropes and he knocks Eaton off the apron.
Bagwell cleans Benoit out with a drop kick who regroups with his partner on the floor. Bobby gets advice from Benoit before going back at it. Collar and elbow, Bagwell with the wrist lock, adjusted into a hammerlock. Eaton chains his way out, they hit the ropes and another cheap shot from Benoit. Eaton tosses Bagwell over the top rope as the ref checks in with Benoit. Nick Patrick lectures Eaton who then scoop slams Bagwell and heads for the top. He lands a flying knee and tags in his partner. Benoit with a big right and then sends Bagwell for a clothesline. They exchange strikes but Benoit scores with a scoop slam and a 2nd rope leg drop.
He pins him but wasted too much time. Eaton is tagged back in and stays in control with some knees. Lateral press gets two. Eaton uses the 2nd rope, the ref draws him back, Scorpio protests and the ref gets distracted as Benoit chokes Marcus. Tag is made to Benoit and he lands a kick. Belly to back suplex sends Bagwell to the mat and he’s forced to kick out. Snapmare and a headscissor submission by Benoit who uses Eaton for leverage. Neck breaker by Benoit and Bagwell kicks out at two. Scoop slam and Benoit heads for the top. He tries a swan dive but Bagwell gets the knees up. Hot tag is made to Scorpio who goes right to work on both opponents.
He throws Eaton across the top turnbuckle and punts him. Bagwell rushes to take care of him. He sends Benoit for the ride and elevates him with a back body drop. Scorpio goes for the top rope and lands a 180 splash but Eaton is able to break the pin. Benoit is up quick and kicks Scorpio down to the mat. He clubs Bagwell from behind and holds Bagwell in position for his partner. Eaton moves in for a big right but Bagwell ducks and Benoit is nailed. Bagwell tackles Eaton out of the ring as Scorpio climbs up top. He lands a corkscrew somersault legdrop to pick up the win.
Winners: 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell (Scorpio/Corkscrew Somersault Leg Drop)
- EA’s Take: Nice way to open the show. I still like Scorpio and Benoit’s singles bout at the last show, but this was a way to grab the crowd’s attention early. Bagwell is still one of WCW’s up-and-comers, but is about to embark on a streak of forming different tag teams over the next few years. His pairing with Scorpio is likely the least remembered of those, but I’d argue it was the best. Meanwhile, Benoit is obviously still on the come-up, but his tag partner is hitting the final stages of prominence with all his greatest successes behind him.
Match #2: Sid Vicious w/Col. Robert Parker vs. Van Hammer
Parker comes down to the ring, reminding Hammer about the altercation they had. It would be the biggest mistake he could make. He introduces Hammer’s opponent who is here to do him justice, and Sid Vicious comes out to a big pop. Hammer blocks a right and delivers a few of his own. Sid puts his boot to the gut and delivers a clothesline. He lifts Hammer up for a Powerbomb and that’s all she wrote.
Winner: Sid Vicious (Powerbomb)
- EA’s Take: Well, welcome back Sid. There isn’t too much to say about a 35 second match, but the crowd was definitely hot for his return as he squashes Hammer. Basically, this is just a reintroduction type of match for Sid, however this run in WCW will be ending quite infamously later in the year.
Match #3: ‘Chief’ Wahoo McDaniel, Blackjack Mulligan & ‘Jumpin’ Jim Brunzell vs. ‘Dirty’ Dick Murdoch, ‘Magnificent’ Don Muraco & ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka
Brunzell and Snuka get us started. Collar and elbow tie up, Brunzell with a hammerlock, reversed by Snuka. Drop toe hold by Brunzell and he takes control with an armbar. Tag is made to Mulligan and he holds the wrist. Murdoch reaches into the ring to grab some hair and he throws some elbows on Blackjack. An official tag is made and Dirty Dick throws some rights. Murdoch with a shoulder tackle but it’s Mulligan with a hip toss. He takes Murdoch down with an arm drag, who then gets up and rushes for a tag in the wrong corner.
Mulligan gets the crowd behind him and they tie up. Murdoch is in control early and takes him down with a snapmare before hitting an elbow. Mulligan kicks out at two and Murdoch bails out. McDaniel chases him back to the ring and tags are made to Muraco and McDaniel. The Chief scores first with a big elbow, following it with two scoop slams. Muraco retreats to his corner. Collar and elbow tie up, McDaniel is trapped in his opponents’ corner and he’s abused while the ref’s back is turned. Tag is made to Murdoch who stomps at the midsection. McDaniel tries to fight back but the ref is busy keeping Mulligan in his corner and he’s triple teamed.
McDaniel is finally able to chop Murdoch to the mat but Dirty Dick shoves him back into the enemy corner. McDaniel fights back with some punches to the gut and works his way over to tag in Brunzell. Jumpin Jim scores with a drop kick. They hit the ropes, Brunzell first with a shoulder block but Murdoch hits a hip toss on the comeback. Murdoch hits an unlikely headscissor takedown. Brunzell is up quickly with an arm drag and holds on with a modified arm bar. Murdoch is sent for the ride, he’s caught in a sleeper but he quickly backs into his corner to break it up. His teammates take liberties while the ref tries to restore order. Muraco is tagged in and he hits a running powerslam and a leg drop.
Muraco with a front face lock as Brunzell forces his way over for a tag to McDaniel. The ref didn’t see the tag and he stops Chief from coming in while Brunzell is forced backward and is held by Snuka. Muraco comes in for a clothesline, Brunzell ducks and Snuka is knocked off the apron. Tag is made to Murdoch who hits a swinging neckbreaker and gets a two count. Irish whip by Murdoch who gets behind him on the top rope and he drives Brunzell’s face into the mat. Head of steam and he plants an elbow, the pin is saved by Mulligan. Muraco is back in. Brunzell ducks a clothesline and scores with a cross body.
The ref is late with the pin and it’s only worth two. Snuka is tagged back in, scoop slam by Superfly but Brunzell avoids the knee drop. Brunzell surprises his opponent with a small package and Snuka kicks out. Front face lock by Snuka, Muraco holds Brunzell in place but its his turn to get knocked down after the opponent ducks. Muraco jumps in the ring and gets in a shoving match with Snuka. All 6 men enter the ring and a melee breaks out. Randy Anderson has seen enough and calls for the bell ruling this one a no contest.
Winners: No Contest
- EA’s Take: The Sid squash match was a good bridge because there was no way this old school, nostalgia match could have followed the high energy of Benoit/Eaton vs. Scorpio/Bagwell. The crowd and the guys in the ring looked and sounded like they were having fun and that’s all that really matters here. It may not have been agile and crisp, but Murdoch’s headscissor takedown popped me and I had to rewind and watch it again.