WCW Saturday Night – January 16, 1993


WCWSaturdayNight_zps0b06dedaWCW Saturday Night – January 16, 1993
Atlanta, GA
Commentators – Jim Ross and Larry Zbyzsko

Brian Pillman, Barry Windham, and Steve Austin vs. Brad Armstrong, Johhny B. Badd, and 2 Cold Scorpio

The crowd was really hot in this match. Lots of quick tags from both sides, make all the guys look good. The match breaks down into a huge brawl between all six guys, and the ending comes after Windham hits a great looking implant DDT on Brad Armstrong.

RATING: 2.5/5 Really great start to the show. Good move having guys who draw great heat easily open the show.

Larry Zbyzsko interviews Barry Windham, and Windham calls out Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. He also says that Ricky Steamboat will beat Rhodes for the US Title, and that he’ll be watching intently.

Vader vs. Tim Dixon

Vader destroys Tim Dixon in only a few minutes. It’s interesting to note that many of the fans are cheering Vader (and cheering very loudly), even though he’s a heel, something that was unusual in 1993. Not that it never happened, it just didn’t happen often. Vader finishes the match with a massive Vader Bomb. A bunch of wrestlers come out and help Dixon out of the ring.

Teddy Long interviews Ron Simmons, and Simmons talks about how he wants the WCW World Heavyweight Championship back.

Tony Schiavone interviews Erik Watts about the incident with Arn Anderson that led to his suspension. As it turns out, some fans had recorded what happened. Watts is giving a kid an autograph when Arn Anderson comes out and starts brawling with Watts. Watts slams his car door into Anderson and then locks in an STF. The police come and arrest Watts. Watts offer comments about what happened, and claims that he didn’t let go of Arn because there was no referee to pull him off, as he’s an in ring competitor. The only thing that saved Anderson was the police.

The Wrecking Crew vs. Keith Cole and Chris Sullivan

Keith Cole’s haircut was a mix of 90’s Will Smith and a mop. Jim Ross even called it unusual. Other than that, a standard match with a little offence from Cole and Sullivan with The Wrecking Crew hitting big moves and getting the finish. Cole took a clothesline that may have separated his hair from his head, and his head from his shoulders. The Wrecking Crew wins after The Wrecking Ball.

RATING: 2/5

Tony Schiavone interviews Dustin Rhodes, and says that Ricky Steamboat better be on top of his game because he’s going to bring it to win the WCW US Championship.

Jim Ross is at the SuperBrawl III control centre and gives the latest update about the matches that will take place.

Ricky Steamboat is interviewed by Tony Schiavone, and Steamboat claims that Dustin better take the opportunity that he earned, because Steamboat isn’t going to go easy on him.

Max Pain vs. Rick Savage

Larry Zbyszko: This guy is so tough, Jim, he combs his hair with a hand grenade.

Max Pain wins in less than a minute with an armbar.

Larry Zbyszko interviews Vinne Vegas and Vegas calls Van Hammer a coward for not answering his challenge to an arm wrestling match.

Jim Ross and Larry Zbysko comment that Cactus Jack is actually becoming a fan favourite. Cactus Jack says that Vader and Co. took away something that fuels him – the fans hatred. So he’s going to feed himself with his hatred for them.

A clip of the Rock and Roll Express in Smoky Mountain Wrestling is shown.

Marcus Bagwell vs. Chris Benoit

Good match between these two, as Benoit makes the man who will be Buff Bagwell look good. Seriously though, Bagwell performed well in this match. The women in the crowd were cheering for Bagwell, but not many beyond that. Was he 1993’s Cena? Benoit hits a nice dropkick at one point and Larry Zbyzsko says that he got smacked, “right in the Leno.” Benoit wins with a Dragon suplex.

RATING: 2/5
Good match overall. Lots of action, and Benoit looked great.

Larry Zbyzsko interviews Chris Benoit and he claims he came to WCW to wrestle the best.

WCW Up Close

Tony Schiavone interviews Brian Pillman and Steve Austin. Pillman claims that he and Steve Austin will be one of the best tag teams of all time. Tony says that Steve Austin might be the wrestler of the 90s after being the longest reigning TV Champion of all time. If you only knew Tony, if you only knew. Pillman and Austin say they want a 2/3 falls match with Shane Douglas and Ricky Steamboat.

Steve Austin: The bottom line is we will be the Unified World Tag Team Champions, and that’s just the way it is.

Paul Orndorff vs. Cactus Jack

Cactus comes out to a huge pop from the audience and goes right after Orndorff. Cactus beats Orndorff around the right in the early seconds of the match, but it doesn’t take Orndorff long to turn it around and send Cactus to the floor with a sick thud. The match has a lot of action both inside and outside the ring, and Cactus takes a few crazy bumps. One example is when Orndorff sends Cactus to the corner and hits the buckle hard and flies to the outside of the ring. Orndorff follows this by driving Cactus’ head into the floor. This is an absolutely solid match between these two wrestlers. Nick Patrick almost accidently took a headbutt to the groin after Orndorff grabs Cactus by the waist and sends him towards the corner, but Patrick was in the way of the turnbuckle. The match ends when Cactus is about to pin Orndorff, but Vader comes out and attacks him.

RATING: 2/5

Ricky Steamboat vs. Dustin Rhodes – WCW United States Championship

The size difference between Steamboat and Rhodes is apparent when they shake hands to begin the match. Some good technical wrestling between both these men, mixed with a lot of fast paced action. Zbyszko comments that the height difference should actually work in Steamboats favour as it’s easier for Steamboat to take the taller Dustin down. Rhodes spends a lot of the match working on Steamboat’s back, making it difficult for Steamboat to pick Rhodes up. Nice little spot at one point when Ricky Steamboat tries to get out of an armbar from Dustin and thus arm drags him, but Rhodes rolls through and arm drags Steamboat back into an arm bar. It was also around this time that a fan yells, “Break his arm!” to Dustin. Poor Ricky, what did he ever do to you Mr. Fan Dude?

After an Irish whip, Rhodes hits the bulldog, but Steamboat kicks out. Soon thereafter, Steamboat hits a suplex, then the flying cross body, but Dustin kicks out. The referee is nailed by Steamboat after Dustin leapfrogs him when he hits the ropes, and the ref is out! Barry Windham hits a DDT on Steamboat on the floor, and the ref counts out Steamboat. Dustin Rhodes is the new United States Champion!

RATING: 2.5/5
Good match between these two, but it would have been nice to see a clean finish. I understand the need to further the feud between Steamboat and Windham though, so it’s acceptable.

Jim Ross interviews Dustin Rhodes, and Rhodes says he didn’t want to win the match that way, and he leaves to talk to Ricky Steamboat.

OVERALL RATING: 3/5
This was a very good episode of WCW Saturday Night. There were a lot of good angles and promos, decent wrestling, and plenty of setup for future shows. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Best match: The Six Man Tag, and Rhodes vs. Steamboat
Worst Match: Max Pain vs. Rick Savage
Highlights: Vader destroying people is always fun. There were also great promos from Cactus Jack, and The Hollywood Blondes.

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