The time has finally come at WCW’s Starrcade 1990, as Sting and The Black Scorpion are on a “collision course”! Will we see the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion or will the identity of The Black Scorpion finally be revealed? Honestly, I don’t know why any WCW fan over the age of seven would have cared at this time, but let’s find out, shall we?
Match #1: ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton vs. ‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk
A Collar and elbow tie up is broken up in the corner. The following tie up results in another corner break. Wrist lock by Zenk. Eaton sends him to the ropes but there is a series of football tackles by Zenk. Z Man lands two separate high cross bodies. Eaton kicks out and Zenk follows the pin attempt with a powerful slam. Eaton tries to slow things down. The two lock up. Some chain wrestling results in a hammer lock by Zenk. Eaton is forced down to the mat. Eaton won’t quit and he works back to his feet. Eaton breaks the hold and nails Zenk with a right hand.
To the ropes, Eaton takes Zenk down with a shoulder tackle. Collar and elbow tie up and Eaton takes his elbow to his opponents neck. They run the ropes, drop toe hold by Z Man. Eaton kicks away from any potential offense from it and monkey flips his opponent. Zenk is up quickly and hits two drop kicks. A lateral press only earns a two count. Zenk moves into the arm bar. Eaton reverses it into a modified wrist lock. On their feet, Eaton beats Z Man with some rights and his opponent tumbles to the entrance ramp. Z Man blocks a vertical suplex into the ring and reverses it. Beautiful Bobby is sent to the entrance ramp and he’s soon met by Zenk who flies over the top rope for a crossbody. He can’t pin him there! Instead he lays on some rights and re-enters the ring. Bobby stumbles back in and asks for some time.
They tie up and Zenk lays in a right. Irish whip by Zenk but Eaton gets his elbow up. Bulldog by Eaton and he heads for the top rope. Flying leg drop on the Z Man! Zenk staggers up. Eaton runs at him in the corner but his opponent moves and he goes crotch first into the 2nd turnbuckle. Eaton is sent for a high back body drop. He goes for another ride and meets a drop kick. There’s a lateral press but Eaton’s foot is on the rope. He’s sent once again, but stops short, delivering a neck breaker. Eaton’s returning to the top rope. He leaps, but is met with a superkick to the chest. Now Z-Man is heading to the top. He goes for a flying drop kick but Eaton moves. Eaton grabs Z-Man for an inside cradle and picks up the pin.
Winner: ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton (Inside Cradle)
- EA’s Take: I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again. If there is one wrestler I have a new-found love and respect for by covering these older NWA/WCW PPVs, it’s Bobby Eaton. I absolutely love The Midnight Express, but he was shining bright in in his first PPVsingles completion here. Very nice, technically sound bout to kick off the show. On the other side of the coin, you have Z-Man, a guy who just seems to me like the posterboy for underachievement.
Match #2 – Pat O’Connor Memorial Tag Tournament Quarterfinals: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) vs. Sgt. Krueger & Col. DeKlerk
The Steiner Brothers come down to the ring to the sound of the Star-Spangled Banner. A “USA” chant breaks out. Kreuger and Rick start things out. Belly to back suplex from the sarge followed by an elbow. Rick reverses a scoop slam and turns it into a Steinerline. Kreuger is sent for the ride. He ducks an elbow and delivers a kick. Tag is made to DeKlerk. They send Rick running. He ducks his opponents and turns it into a double Steinerline. The crowd barks but DeKlerk is quickly up to his feet and gives the older brother a body slam.
A spinning heel kick from DeKlerk knocks Rick out of the ring. He flies out of the ring, but Rick Steiner catches him. Krueger leaps from the apron and strikes Steiner on the back of the head. DeKlerke and Rick are slow to re-enter the ring. DeKlerk misses a clothesline, Rick makes the tag and the Colonel walks into a body slam from Scott. Krueger rushes the ring and he too is body slammed. Krueger is sent for the ride and a tilt-a-whirl suplex. Scott delivers his patented Frankensteiner while Rick fights off interference. The Steiners pick up a quarterfinal win.
Winners: The Steiner Brothers (Scott/Frankensteiner)
- EA’s Take You may not have thought so by simply reading the match card, but you actually know these two guys who appear to be faceless jobbers. Sgt. Krueger is Matt Osborne, best known for his WWF run as Doink the Clown. DeKlerk would go on to become Rocco Rock, one half of the popular 90’s tag team, Public Enemy. That’s the most interesting thing I can really give you here as WCW goes with another tournament format for this year’s Starrcade. Thankfully, it doesn’t comprise the entire card of the event and this time it’s just for tag teams.