Our weekly Chairshot Classics WCW PPV series continues with Fall Brawl ’95!
Match #1 – WCW United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B. Badd
The bell sounds and we’re underway! The crowd is more vocal for Badd. Collar and elbow, Badd takes position in the corner and he backs off. Pillman offers a handshake and Badd obliges. Arm drag by Badd and Pillman is up quickly. Duck behind and a waistlock, standing switch by Badd, Pillman reverses into a hammerlock and Badd returns the favor. Hip toss by Pillman and they regroup. Side headlock takeover by Pillman and he hangs on with a head lock. To the ropes they go, shoulder tackle by Pillman, Badd leaps, Pillman leaps and they have a drop kick standoff.
Collar and elbow, Pillman grabs the wrist and cranks on it, Badd somersaults to his feet and chucks Pillman across the ring. Neutral position, Badd with the wrist lock and he turns it into a hammer. Pillman counters with a leaping snapmare. Side headlock takeover and Pillman regains control. To the ropes, Pillman ducks, they both try a clothesline and Pillman gets the better of it. Modified arm bar by Pillman with Badd down on the mat. Snapmare by Pillman, he tries running but is tripped up. Pin attempt by Badd but Pillman is in the ropes. A wrist lock by the Badd Man, they run the ropes, drop toehold by Pillman and he maneuvers into a pin, Badd kicks out at two. Snapmare and a reverse chin lock by Pillman.
Badd works back to vertical and throws an elbow into the gut. Into the corner and its a flying headscissor by Flyin Brian who rolls Badd up for two. Brian stays on the offense with another head lock. Badd breaks it off, Pillman throws a chop, Badd reverses an Irish whip and scores with an arm drag and its his turn to throw on a headlock. They work to their feet and Pillman lifts him for a backbreaker, he hooks the leg and Badd kicks out. Pillman tries for a Boston crab and he locks it in. He drops the hold and throws a right. Pillman is cocky and throws a chop. Badd reverses a whip to the ropes and hits a spinning back breaker.
Johnny wraps Pillman’s knee and Brian is in pain. He drops an elbow on the inside of the leg and hangs on. Badd with a modified surfboard on the mat, but he’s too close to the ropes. Pillman pops up and a shoving match ensues. They lock up, Pillman with back elbows in the corner. He drags Badd across the top rope, Badd fights back with rights and body shots. Pillman leaves the ring to regroup and the fans have fully turned on him. Pillman offers a handshake and Badd wants no part of it. Pillman takes a cheap shot from the neutral position and dumps him out to the floor. From the apron, Pillman throws a right and bites Badd’s nose. Badd blocks a turnbuckle shot and turns the table on Flyin Brian.
He leaps from the apron over the top rope with a leg drop and gets a very close count. Back to the reverse chin lock for Badd, Pillman sinks into the mat. Back to their feet, they hit the ropes, Badd leapfrogs twice, they both go for a Thesz Press and collide in mid air. The count is on, and Badd is up first but he walks right into a headbutt and both men hit the mat again. Slowly to their feet, Pillman goes on the attack and knocks him off the turnbuckle. He stomps Badd out to the floor, there are 5 minutes left in the contest. From the apron, Badd blocks a vertical suplex and lifts Flyin Brian out to the floor.
The Badd Man hits a big plancha out to the floor and slowly rolls Pillman back in. He heads for the top rope, tries a double ax handle and Pillman cuts him off with a drop kick. He rolls over and lays on top of Badd but can only get two. To the ropes, Badd stops short and lifts Pillman for a sitout powerbomb, but Pillman gets his shoulder up. A whip to the ropes, Pillman catches him, spins him and drops him for a piledriver and a very close 2 count. Pillman is calling for the end, he tries a hurricane DDT but Badd pushes him off, hooks the leg and its another close count. Badd grabs the arm for a modified arm bar on the mat as Michael Buffer announces there are 2 minutes remaining.
They jockey around on their feet and Pillman hits a Russian leg sweep and maneuvers into a submission. He hooks the arms for an abdominal stretch from a seated position. The ref drop checks the arm, but he’s not out yet. He finds some energy and gets to his feet, into the ropes, Badd stops short for a face buster and lands the Tooty Fuity. He makes the cover with under 30 seconds left, but Pillman is under the ropes. Badd pops up not realizing this, Pillman climbs up on the apron and leaps from the top rope with a diving clothesline. He hooks the leg but Badd kicks out at two. The bell rings, calling for a 20 minute time-limit draw. It’s determined we need a #1 contender so the match must continue.
Pillman dives at Badd’s waist, he drives him in the corner and throws a right. Badd blocks a right and throws some of his own. They spill out to the floor for a brawl and Pillman reverses a whip into the steel rail. Badd is rolled back in, Pillman climbs to the top, he tries a drop kick but Badd puts one up and its a stalemate. They’re both down and the count is on, Pillman is up first and he sends Badd for the ride and he grabs a sleeper hold. He falls back to the mat and Nick Patrick checks the arm, Badd doesn’t give up and gets to the ropes. Up to their feet, Badd reverses a whip and its sleeper time for Pillman, Flyin Brian quickly counters with a belly to back suplex.
Pillman lifts Badd and seats him on the top turnbuckle, he hooks a front facelock but Badd blocks a suplex and tosses him to the mat. Johnny with a sunset flip from the top rope for a very close count. Badd stays on the offense, he tries a powerbomb but it’s reversed with a head scissor, Pillman hooks the leg and Badd gets his shoulder up in time. He tries again to no avail. Big chop from Pillman, Badd reverses a trip to the ropes, Pillman leaps up for a crucifix but Badd counters by falling backwards, Pillman barely escapes the count.
Badd sets Pillman up for a top rope hurricanrana and once again Pillman stays alive. Badd seats him up top again, Pillman cuts him off with a hurricane DDT. He’s slow to make the lateral press and Badd gets his shoulder up. Pillman climbs up to the top rope. Badd is up and trips him up. From the apron, Badd throws Pillman out to the steel rail. Pillman staggers up to his feet and Badd comes flipping over the top rope to take him out again. He rolls Pillman in, tries the Badd Mood but Pillman gets his knees up, tries a cover and its another close call. Pillman slingshots Badd across the top rope and Badd falls out to the floor.
Pillman with a big suicide dive out into the entry way. Badd is slow to the apron, Pillman tries to spring off the turnbuckle to boot him, but Johnny moves and Brian lands on the top rope. Badd goes for a pin, but it’s determined his feet were under the ropes. Both men hit the ropes hard, they duck clotheslines, both try crossbodies, Badd gets the better of it and we have a new #1 contender.
Winner: Johnny B. Badd (Crossbody)
- EA’s Take: Fantastic match to start the show! Easily the best match I’ve seen Johnny B. Badd in. They came through the curtain as two babyfaces, so I’m not sure if this was the plan or they played to the crowd and adjusted, but when it was clear the fans were more behind Johnny, Pillman did a great job flipping the script and heeling on him halfway through the match. That’s going to be hard to top, so it’s good for the rest of the locker room that next match on the card is a nonsense squash match.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is joined by North Carolina native ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair. It was he and Double A for 15 years, they lived, bled, sweat and cried together, but they shared a bond. They were best friends and brothers, but ironically, here they are in Asheville walking out from opposite ends of the building. The problem is, he loves The Enforcer, but unfortunately he has to show him there is only 1 king of the hill.
Match #2: ‘The Pitbull’ Sgt. Craig Pittman vs. Cobra
Pittman’s music plays, but no one is coming out. An unidentified man appearing to be an army private comes out with a message, distracting Cobra as Pittman repels from the ceiling. He sneaks up with an army crawl and blindsides him with a choke. Pittman stomps and pounds away as Cobra is on the mat. Pittman dumps him to the floor. Cobra reverses a whip to the ring post and rolls him back in. Cobra leaps off the top rope, but Pittman moves out of the way. He locks in the Code Red and we have a winner.
Winner: ‘The Pitbull’ Sgt. Craig Pittman (Code Red)
- EA’s Take: The only interesting thing I can say about this one is that Cobra = Jeff Farmer, best known as ‘Fake Sting’. Oh, and of course Bobby Heenan constantly making me laugh out loud, this time by calling Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael – ‘Steve McNuggets’.
Video: Paul Orndorff is second guessing his career and identity after his recent loss to ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Gary Spivey comes in, and thoroughly reassures him that he IS ‘Mr Wonderful’.
Match #3 for the WCW World Television Championship: Diamond Dallas Page w/The Diamond Doll & Max Muscle vs. WCW World Television Champion The Renegade w/Jimmy Hart
DDP picks his moment and takes control of the high energy Renegade in the corner with some elbows. A whip to the corner and a Russian legsweep, but Renegade counters out. DDP tries a headbutt, but it takes more out of him and he stumbles out to the floor. Renegade gives chase, throws a headbutt and pulls him across the safety rail. He bashes Page into the apron and rolls him back in. Page baits him into the corner, tries a turnbuckle shot but Renegade turns the tide. He claps on a side headlock and cranks it hard.
Page gets to the ropes, but Renegade drops him hard. Standing lariat and a cover, Page kicks out. A whip to the ropes, he dives, DDP moves and Renegade hits the top rope. Page chokees him out and lectures the ref for counting. He leaps over the top and whiplashes Renegade, instructing The Diamond Doll to hold up a ’10’ sign.Renegade is dumped out to the other end, and DDP lands a knee knocking him off the apron. Renegade comes back with a headbutt from the apron, he tries a sunset flip, Page holds the ropes but the ref catches him, Renegade gets him over and Page kicks at 2. Running clothesline by DDP, hooks the leg and its another two count.
Forearm shot by DDP, he sends him for an Irish whip and hits a shoulder spear. Another Irish whip, but this time Renegade moves out of the way. Page tries a back body drop but gets kicked in the chest, running lariats by Renegade. Springboard back elbow by Renegade and he heads for the top rope and lands a double ax handle. He hooks the leg and its a close call for DDP. In the ropes, DDP reverses a hip toss with a leaping DDT. He’s slow to cover and Renegade stays alive. He tries a Diamond Cutter, but Renegade shoves him off and rolls him up. Max Muscle climbs up on the apron, and Jimmy Hart rushes over to protest.
Renegade whips Page into the ropes which knocks Max down, he delivers a power slam and heads for the top rope. Instead of going for Page, he leaps on top of Muscle. He goes to crawl back in, Max Muscle hangs onto his ankle allowing DDP to hit the Diamond Cutter and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WCW World Television Champion: Diamond Dallas Page (Diamond Cutter)
- EA’s Take: Well, looks like the undeserved push is slowing down quickly for Renegade. Take a clothesline out of his offense and it’s ugly folks. Meanwhile, the 2017 Hall of Famer’s push is just beginning. I wonder if Tye Dillinger has seen this “10” sign gimmick they’re doing with The Diamond Doll?
Match #4 for the WCW World Tag Team Championships: Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) w/Sister Sherri vs. WCW World Tag Team Champions ‘Dirty’ Dick Slater & Bunkhouse Buck w/Col. Robert Parker
Slater and Booker kick off the action. Collar and elbow, Slater takes position, Booker reverses the Irish whip and throws a lariat. Collar and elbow, drop toe hold by Slater and he grabs a crossface, Booker counters into a wrist lock and tags in Stevie Ray. Scoop slam by the older brother and he drops an elbow. He makes a cover and Slater kicks out. Stevie works him over in the corner and grabs a side headlock. He makes a tag and Booker picks up where his brother left. They work to the champ’s corner and Buck takes over.
Booker works to a top wrist lock but Buck lays in some kicks to keep control. Booker pushes Buck into Heat’s corner and tags in Stevie. A clothesline and a blatant choke by Stevie. He locks in a reverse chin lock. Booker is tagged in and Buck is sent to the ropes for a spin kick. Back to the chin lock, Buck tries to break it with some elbows. They criss cross the ring and Booker hits a hip toss before dropping a knee for a 2 count. Tag is made to Stevie who hits some throat thursts. Buck tumbles back and tags in Slater. His jabs aren’t effecting Stevie and Ray hits some rights in the corner before its reversed with an atomic drop.
Swinging neck breaker by Slater and Stevie kicks out at two. Double leg take down and a choke hold by Stevie. Tag is made to Booker, Buck takes a cheap shot to the kidneys and Slater dumps him over the top rope with the ref’s back turned. Sherri helps him back to the ring, but he’s immediately cut off by Slater’s boot. A tag is made to Buck who knocks Booker down with big kicks. Body shot and he drives him into Slater’s boot before making the tag to keep the double team rolling. Forearm by Slater who distracts the ref so Buck can take liberties. Leg sweep by Slater and he tries a cover, only getting two.
Dirty Dick tries a piledriver and he lands it, he pulls Booker to the center but only gets a count of two. Tag is made to Buck, he does another illegal toss over the top rope, and this time its Slater with a cheap shot into the railing. He rolls Booker back into Buck, and he’s sent for a big boot. Reverse chin lock is applied, Booker slowly works his way up to his feet, lifting him on his back. A whip to the corner but Booker misses with a drop kick. Slater is tagged in, he baits Stevie for a distraction and he hits Booker with a belly to back suplex. He hooks the leg and Booker escapes. Short jabs from Slater and a big body blow takes him down.
He drives a knee into the skull and tries another cover but Booker powers up. Tag is made to Buck and Booker is victim of a double team. A rake to the eyes and Nick Patrick lectures Bunkhouse. Big stomps to the forehead to Booker and Buck grabs a chin lock. Booker works up to his feet, breaks the hold, hits the ropes but Buck catches him with a scoop slam. Tag is made to Slater who hits another swinging neck breaker, he just can’t keep the challenger down. Slater looks for a Boston crab but Stevie breaks it up with a bicycle kick. An exchange is made and Buck keeps on him with a half crab. He rolls him over and Booker kicks out quickly.
To the ropes, Buck looks for a back body drop, Booker counters with a scissor kick. Hot tag is made to Stevie and he cleans house with rights and scoop slams. He shoots Buck in for a power slam, but Slater make the save. Booker gets involved and its a 4 man brawl. Stevie is dumped to the outside enabling a double team on Booker. Ray is back in to help out, but in ring #2, Col. Robert Parker and Sister Sherri are standing across from one another. Sherri crawls his way and Parker leaps over the top rope. As they flirt and embrace, The Nasty Boys run into the match and deck Dirty Dick Slater with a boot, allowing Harlem Heat to regain the titles.
Winners and NEW WCW World Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat (Stevie Ray/Outside Interference)
- After The Bell: ‘Mean’ Gene checks in with the losing team. Bunkhouse Buck asks where Col. Robert Parker has been when they needed him. He’s serious about Sherri, now get to the back, because he runs this outfit and he will help them get those titles back. He’s torn between two feelings, but he’s never felt the way he felt tonight.
- EA’s Take: The belts are returning to more worthy holders tonight, although by confusing circumstances due to The Nasty Boys’ long history with Harlem Heat. WCW fans know that Col. Robert Parker joins Sherri and Harlem Heat during 1996, but it doesn’t sound like he’s “turned” on his team yet, so I’m sure a rematch is in order.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene gets a word with ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson. First, he wants to reflect on history and he cuts to a video of their friendship in and out of the ring, and why things have gone awry. Whether you love him or hate him, Double A has always called a spade a spade. We’ve always experienced a family member who has gone in the wrong direction and sometimes tough love is necessary. He hates that he has to exchange fists with someone who has been a brother to him, but he’s going to give him his all, respect himself in the morning, and The Nature Boy will respect him too.
Match #5: ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson
Many wrestlers have come out to the crowd to watch this one. Flair teases a tie up, runs his fingers through his hair and struts around. Collar and elbow tie up, they hit the ropes, Flair with a shoulder tackle and Anderson hits a drop toe hold on the comeback. They circle and are tentative, they tie up, Anderson with a side headlock, they hit the ropes and Anderson hits a shoulder tackle. Anderson shoves him over and slaps The Nature Boy across the face. Flair is stunned, so he slows it down on the outside. Back in the ring, Flair with a full arm drag and twist, quickly reversed by Anderson and he goes to the arm.
Flair is up and angry, he tries shoving Anderson but Double A gets the better of him. collar and elbow, standing switch into a hammerlock, countered by Anderson, Flair reverses with a leg trip, Flair goes over the top but Anderson counters quickly with a mat hammerlock. He drives the knee in and stands up to stomp the arm. Up to their feet, Anderson hangs onto the wrist hard. He works down into a cross arm breaker. Flair rolls out of it, Anderson tries a head scissor but Flair escapes, both men are up and Flair chops him down sending The Enforcer to the mat. Flair stomps the shin and hits another big backhanded chop. Irish whip by Flair but he runs into a back elbow.
Anderson goes for the top, Flair tries to catch him, Anderson says no and goes to the sleeper hold. Flair backs into the corner to break it, but he quickly receives a knee to the back. Hammerlock slam by Anderson and he stays with it on the mat. He maneuvers into a modified stretch and tries putting the shoulders on the mat. Anderson with a wristlock, Flair chops out of it but Anderson uses the hair to drag him back to the mat. Big stomps on the arm, he rolls out to the floor and Anderson uses the ring post as a weapon. Arm bar take down by Double A and he hangs on tight. Flair is vertical, he puts Anderson in the corner for a chop, Anderson turns it on him with lefts, he Irish whips him over the turnbuckle, he runs on the apron, Anderson rushes at him and Flair pulls the top rope down.
From the top rope, Flair leaps to the floor with a double ax handle. Flair breaks the count and lays in another thick chop as well as a measured right. From the apron, Flair slingshots Anderson’s neck. Stomps to the midsection by The Nature Boy and he lays the boot across the eyes. Anderson goes down with another chop and Flair and hits a signature knee. Flair covers and tries using the ropes but Anderson doesn’t stay down. Flair tells some fans in the front rope to keep their mouth shut. Anderson blocks a right, turns him in the corner and lays in some strikes. Irish whip and a back drop by Anderson, but Flair kicks out 3 times.
Flair begs for mercy, Randy Anderson backs Double A off from his left and Flair hits a low blow. Flair punts him in the ribs and dumps him out to the floor. Another vicious chop is followed by a strut for Flair. Anderson turns the tide with a poke to the eye, Flair tries charging but he’s back dropped on the floor. A frustrated Anderson lays in some jabs. Flair blocks a vertical suplex and gives Anderson his own. On the inside, Flair measures a big forearm shot. Front face lock and a suspended vertical suplex and they both hit hard. Flair finally rolls over, but its not over yet. Another Flair chop and a whip to the corner, Anderson bounces back and yet another chop knocks him down for a 2 count.
Anderson is sent for the ride, he leaps with a sunset flip, Flair tries countering with a right but Anderson moves. He drives Flair into the corner and rakes his eyes on the top rope. Flair is whipped upside down in the corner and Anderson throws in some kicks and a choke hold. He calls for the DDT, he tries it but Flair hangs onto the ropes to block it. The Nature Boy climbs the top rope, but Anderson catches him and presses him to the mat. Anderson leaps from the 2nd rope but Flair cuts him off with a thrust. Flair calls for a Figure Four and he cinches it in. Double A struggles to keep his shoulders off the mat. Flair spits in his face and an enraged Anderson turns the hold on him.
Both are slow to get up. Flair is up first and he drives a forearm into the back of the knee. He tries another Figure Four, but Anderson catches him with a small package for two. A kick to the back of the knee again by Flair and he works him over in the corner. Irish whip but Anderson simply collapses. ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman jumps up to the apron. He exchanges rights with Flair and Pillman kicks him in the back of the head. The Nature Boy stumbles backwards and walks right into a DDT, giving Double A the win.
Winner: ‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson (DDT)
- EA’s Take: I was looking forward to this one as soon as I saw it on the card, especially emanating in Horsemen country. By the end of the year, Pillman and Chris Benoit will join Flair and Anderson to reform The Horseman which is the foursome I knew when I started getting into WCW in real time at a hardcore level. This was a match that a lot of fans never thought they’d see and quite frankly, felt pretty weird.
Video: Some believe we are put on this earth for a reason, but especially, The Taskmaster who looks to put an end to Hulkamania. The World Champion has assembled an army of elite soldiers, and they’ll do battle in WarGames tonight.
Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene checks in with the Hulkamaniacs before they do battle with the Dungeon of Doom. Gene likens it to the Battle of Normandy, but regardless of what it reminds him of, they’re impervious to pain tonight. Savage assures Gene there is no dissension in the group, and Stinger doesn’t want to talk, he wants to get out there and do it. Luger says he’s got the paint on because he knows he’s part of the team, and Hulk is sorry for anyone who may get in their way.
Match #6 is WarGames: WCW World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, WCW United States Champion Sting & Lex Luger w/Jimmy Hart vs. The Dungeon Of Doom (Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark & Meng) w/The Taskmaster
Sting & The Shark will be the first participants for 5 minutes. They stare each other down and Shark goes on the offense with forearms early. Body shot and forearm in the corner followed by a snapmare, the big man walks across Sting’s chest. He bites Sting in the corner and sends him with an irish whip, Stinger moves and throws a series of punches. Shark escapes to the other ring but Sting catches him with a flying crossbody. He lifts all 500 pounds of him for a scoop slam but his back feels it. He tries it again, but Shark’s weight topples him over. Big bear hug is locked on by Shark. Sting tries holding on to the top of the cage, but can’t easily escape.
Sting with some chops across the head and a bite on the bridge of the nose breaks the hold, but Shark knocks him down. Shark tries the same flying cross body but gets stuck between the two top ropes. Stinger with kicks to the gut, he tries another crossbody himself but Shark catches him and tosses him aside. Sting cuts him off as he tries climbing over the top rope. Into the mid section with a boot and an irish whip. He chops down Shark from behind the knee and there is less than 30 seconds left. Sting goes for the Scorpion Deathlock, successfully turns him but here comes The Zodiac. Sting hangs onto the bar at the top and kicks Zodiac around. He hits a scoop slam and tries a Deathlock on him, but Shark is back in the mix and a it’s 2 on 1.
Shark drops an elbow and a big leg and Zodiac piles on. A whip to the ropes and a double clothesline but the DOD. They try again, Sting ducks a double clothesline, comes back with one of his own, it takes out Zodiac but not Shark who turns around and throws Stinger into the cage. The bell rings and here comes ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. He takes on both men with a crazed look, Sting gets held from the outside by Meng so he can’t immediately help out, but eventually comes to his aid. It’s an all out brawl, Savage fighting from his knees. Shark lifts Sting for a powerslam but Savage takes him out. The action is back and forth as there are 30 seconds left. Kamala tries dragging Savage from underneith the cage. The count is on and the next man in is Kamala.
Shark holds Sting in place for Kamala to lay in some chops. Savage gets some licks in to Zodiac but he’s cut off from behind by Shark. Kamala lays in some headbutts to Sting while Zodiac chops Savage. Kamala and Sting move into ring #2, as Shark puts a knee lift into the Macho Man. Sting fights back with body shots and Kamala goes down, but continues to be out-manned. The 10 count starts and here comes Lex Luger. The Total Package ducks a clothesline and takes out Shark and Kamala with one pop. He moves back to help Savage throw Zodiac into the steel. Savage goes up top for a double ax handle to Shark. Sting climbs to the top and takes out Kamala with a forearm. Zodiac gets another wind and throws a throat thrust into Luger.
Savage throws Shark into the cage as the DOD’s last man is about to come in. Luger and Savage accidentally hit one another and start to brawl, Sting is forced to break it up as Meng enters the match. The distraction allows Meng to clean house with head butts and kicks. Big stomp to Sting’s mid section and the Hulkamaniacs are in trouble. Kamala chokes Luger and sends him into the top turnbuckle, following it with some chops. Meng helps the cause and chokes him out some more. Luger is sent to the ropes for a big kick by Meng. Shark tosses Savage into the cage as the crowd makes the final countdown, it’s finally Hulk Hogan’s turn.
He enters and throws powder in the face of 3 of the members of the DOD before leveling Shark with rights. He gives some to Kamala before springing Zodiac back and forth between the rings with rights and then biting his nose. Sting uses more of the powder on Kamala and Luger hits him with a double ax handle. Hogan abuses Zodiac on the top turnbuckle as Meng is thrown into the cage. Zodiac helps Kamala but he gets raked by Hogan. Action is happening all over as Hogan rakes Kamala and double teams him into the cage with Luger. Savage bullies Shark into ring one and it’s Zodiac’s turn to taste metal. Hogan saves Sting from a double team and Savage drops a knee on Meng. Hogan and Zodiac are back to ring #2, Hogan locks in a camel clutch and Zodiac submits.
Winners: Hulk Hogan, ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage, Sting & Lex Luger (Hogan/Camel Clutch)
- After The Bell: As per the stipulation, Hogan gets The Taskmaster alone in the cage thanks to winning. Sullivan tries retreating, but security with the help of Sting gets dragged back to the ring. Hogan throws him into the cage over and over again before they spill out to the floor and he does it some more. He rolls Taskmaster back in and throws some rights. Sullivan misses with a right and gets sent for a clothesline. Hogan untapes his fist and chokes him with it. He sends Taskmaster for the big boot, but from the back, out comes The Giant. He manhandles Randy Anderson and leaps into the ring and stalks Hogan. He chokes him from behind, Hogan tries fighting back but to no avail. Hogan’s teammates rush back to ringside to make the save.
- EA’s Take: While being one of the more memorable ones, but on paper, could there be a more outmatched WarGames in the match’s history? This of course is the build up for the man better known to younger WWE fans as The Big Show winning the World Championship in his debut match at Halloween Havoc, but equally as important, it marks the appearance of ‘The Yeti’, which lives in WCW lore in the same category as The Shockmaster!
EA’s Finisher: Honestly, this was a damn good show. Only six matches, but save for the Pittman squash, they were all long and meaningful. By long, I mean bless DDP for getting almost 9 minutes out of The Renegade. Opening match? A+; the TV Title made an appropriate switch; the Tag Title match furthered stories in the division; Flair and Anderson was a fan dream match and WarGames of course, is my favorite WCW gimmick match. Other than the fact that the teams in WarGames were basically 4 of the biggest stars in the industry going up against cartoon characters, I really can’t complain at all. There was something about Fall Brawl where they tended to get it right.
Top Three To Watch
1 – Brian Pillman vs. Johnny B. Badd
2 – Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson
3 – WarGames
Chairshot Classic: Andrew’s 2019 AEW Double or Nothing Ratings & Analysis
Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!
Take a look back at AEW’s first PPV effort, the 2019 Double Or Nothing in Andrew’s Retro Ratings and Analysis!
With AEW Double Or Nothing–the 2022 edition–on the horizon, enjoy this trip down memory lane as Andrew Balaz reviewed the inaugural Las Vegas AEW pay-per-view…spectacular?
Well this is history boys and girls. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s the first show of the IWC’s favorite t-shirt company. What becomes of Hangman since he’s injured and PAC cancelled? What surprises will we get?
We all sit here with bated breath. Some want it to fail, many want it to succeed. Me? I just want it to not suck.
Let’s see what we got!
- Casino Battle Royal: Hangman Page wins @10:45 – **
- Sammy Guevara vs Kip Sabian: Sabian wins Argentine Facebuster @9:55 – ***
- So Cal Uncensored vs Strong Hearts: SCU wins via Best Meltzer Ever @14:00 – *** 1/2
- Britt Baker vs Nyla Rose vs Kylie Rae vs Awesome Kong: Britt Bakers wins via Kneecap Brainbuster @11:05 – ***
- Best Friends vs Angelico & Jack Evans: Best Friends win via Strong Zero @12:55 – ** 1/2
- Riho, Hikaru Shida & Ryo Mizunami vs Aja Kong, Yuka Sakazaki & Emi Sakura: Hikaru wins via Three Count @13:10 – *** 1/4
- Dustin Rhodes vs Cody Rhodes: Cody wins via Crossroads @22:35 – *****
- AAA Tag Team Championship: The Young Bucks (c) vs Lucha Brothers: Bucks retain via Meltzer Driver @25:00 – *****
- Kenny Omega vs Chris Jericho: Jericho wins via Judas Effect @23:50 – **** 1/4
This was definitely a mess. A few spots, a bunch of messy spots and just generally awkward moments. Flying Brian Jr had a few decent spots, Luchasaurus looked good and Orange Cassidy is awful. Hangman being the 21st entrant made a lot of sense, but probably already upset a few people since it wasn’t CM Punk or Jon Moxley. Of course Page won. He can fight with a bum leg, cause he has three of them. So yeah, not an awful match, but it had a lot of issues.
Sabian looked tremendous in this match. Guevara definitely did too much. Shooting Star onto Sabian draped over the outside barricade, a bad double Moonsault and standing Shoot Star hurt the match a little. But Sabian’s technically proficient, charismatic and can hang in the air a bit too. So Sabian was the star here. Solid match.
Well now, this was great. Strong Hearts trio pulled off some great fluid offense and SCU did fantastic. This was just a great match, I can’t really accurately describe more than great match. Best Meltzer Ever is a little dumb when it comes to names, but damn was this a good match.
So Brandi comes out in her gear to swerve us that she’s adding herself to the match, but instead she adds Awesome Kong! So the Triple Threat turns into a Fatal 4 Way and it’s not bad. A lot of the early portion is focused on taking out Kong, then Nyla becomes the target. Britt and Kylie are the ones left in the ring after the collateral damage. Kylie looks to be firing up for a finish, but Britt catches her in a Kneecap Brainbuster (Adam Cole’s Last Shot in ROH).
Excessive spots, excessive near falls, I knew to expect it to a degree with these four, but that doesn’t make it better. This was definitely an ‘Indie style” match, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it. There was a lights out attack on both teams from…some team, with masked minions. The “Who Are You” chant kicks up and commentary doesn’t lend any information. So that’s really not helpful.
Everyone got their stuff in, we got to see a lot of personality from the different women and the action was solid. I also appreciated Emi Sakura trying to rally momentum doing We Will Rock You stomps (since she was dressed as Freddy Mercury). Save for the big mess up with the bell ringer calling the end of the match when the referee obviously held up 2 and said 2, just messed up the flow and gave away the finish since Hikaru’s music played. Not bad, just the ending did kind of take the air out of a pretty good match.
Wow. Dustin and Cody brought it, Dustin bladed pretty deep, I think even Dusty would’ve blushed. New moves from Dustin like the Misawa style Apron Senton, a Code Red and a few classics. The blood, the desire to keep fighting, this was everything wrestling should be. It made sense for Cody to win the match of course, but wow after the match was a beautiful moment. Also call of the night might have to go to Excalibur when Cody hit a Pump Kick aka Bicycle Kick and you hear him say something like ” He hit him with a BICYCLE”. In a huge homage to Dustin and Dusty’s Heart to Heart promo, Cody tells Dustin he can’t retire, because he needs a partner. He doesn’t just need a partner, he needs his big brother. This was a great way cap off such a hard hitting personal match. Wow.
Belt reveal with a few extra curricular and Bret Hart. Much like Bret Hart, the belt doesn’t do anything for me. It looks a lot like Big Gold, but it’s so ostentatious it’s hard to love it. Just too shimmery or whatever. It’s not bad, but I in no way love the belt.
I’m very happy there was the unveiling ceremony between the Rhodes match and this one. Cause this was a great match and moving it out too quick could’ve hurt the crowd immersion. Great tandem moves, a decent thread of the ring rust playing a part against the Young Bucks early on and just generally great spots. There definitely was a lot of stuff, big spots and it was “spot monkey” style, but it all worked. The Lucha Brothers pulled out crazy moves to try and get the AAA belts back and the Bucks were trying to prove they still had it with most of the year off. Just really really good.
Well now Jericho and Omega pick back up where they left off. Referee Paul Turner allows for a lot of out of the ring shenanigans. Jericho busts Omega open, tries to use a table as a shield, but Omega still throws himself at Jericho.Jericho focuses on Omega’s face with the Triangle Dropkick, a Lionsault went high and this was pretty damn solid. A few missteps and Jericho not countering the first One Winged Angel was car crash worthy, but aside from that, this was nice. Multiple Codebreakers followed by the new Judas Effect, leave Omega laying for the 1, 2, 3.
Jericho says AEW is for him not for fans, and he deserves a thank you. When the crowd pops, Jericho thinks it’s for him, but Jon Moxley makes his debut through the crowd! Almost as if it were a reference to Lex Luger showing up on the first Nitro, it looks like Jericho basically says “You don’t work here”. Dirty Deeds to Jericho, Dirty Deeds to referee Paul Turner and Omega manages a burst of energy to brawl for a little bit. They end up on the poker chips, Moxley hits Dirty Deeds and then just dumps him off, onto some other stage item.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Well damn, I was skeptical since All In didn’t rate as highly for me as other fans, but this was great. Aside from a few personal gripes, and not really enjoying the cluster that was the Battle Royal, this was one of the better shows of the year thus far. Good surprises like Awesome Kong, Bret Hart and Jon Moxley. Jericho winning the main event breaks up The Elite getting the clean sweep, so that shows it’s not as predictable as All In.
Oh and yes, I can’t express how good the Rhodes match was. The match itself, the story it told, the promo after, everything was just beautiful. That is my number 1 match of the year personally, cause it was just too damn poignant.
Good job AEW. Great show, and the symbolic moment where Cody used the sledgehammer to break the replica throne Triple H used for his WrestleMania 22 entrance. It was awesome.
Chairshot Classics: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock from WWE Backlash 1999
Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.
Ahead of WrestleMania Backlash, Chris King takes a stroll back to WWE Backlash 1999 as Stone Cold Steve Austin defends his WWE Championship against The Rock.
Let’s set the scene for a minute, you’ve got “The Texas Rattlesnake” and Corporate Rock going one-on-one at WrestleMania XV. Austin wins the championship and the McMahon family is livid. Stone Cold wants his Smoking Skull Championship belt back, and Vince and Shane McMahon are trying to keep it from him by hook or by crook.
Damn, things were different during the Attitude Era, The Rock threw Stone Cold over a bridge and held a funeral for his rival. The storytelling was captivating and exciting, and it kept you guessing what would happen next. Keep in mind this match was conclusively built around a championship belt, something that would never work in the current product.
It was a high-octane no disqualification match with Shane as the special guest referee for their latest encounter. Austin began the match running straight into the ring for a brawl which spilled out all over the arena. I miss how exciting these two superstars were. Rock hit a vicious Rock Bottom through the Spanish announce table and then got on commentary to talk some smack.
The arrogant challenger took the camera to talk trash while Austin laid on the other announce table, and ate a Stunner through the table. Man, the WWE Universe was on fire throughout the entire match. I feel like both superstars can’t put on a bad match because they have such strong in-ring chemistry.
The finish of the match came when Austin had Rock set up for the three-count but Shane refused to count. Vince came down and struck Shane with the Smoking Skull belt. Austin hit another Stunner and decked the challenger with the belt for the victory. Vince then tossed his rival his precious Smoking Skull Championship.
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