WCW Saturday Night – January 23, 1993


WCWSaturdayNight_zps0b06dedaWCW Saturday Night – January 23, 1993
Atlanta, GA
Commentators: Jim Ross and Larry Zbyszko

Ross and Zbyszko talk about how The Barbarian and Cactus Jack are becoming fan favourites.

Scotty Flamingo and Bob Cook vs. Johnny B. Badd and Marcus Bagwell

Bob Cook seemed out of place in this match with the colourful characters of the other 3 wrestlers (although Bagwell was still relatively bland at this point). With that being said, Cook is still a half decent worker and does a good job in helping to put Badd and Bagwell over. One really great moment in the match came when Badd and Flamingo were running the ropes back and forth several times and they both go for a flying cross body and collide in midair. Bagwell gets the pin after hitting Cook with a backslide.

RATING: 2/5
Good opening match. I’d love to see more of these 4 against each other as they seemed to have good chemistry in the ring.

Tony Schiavone interviews Barry Windham and announces that he will be wrestling The Great Muta at SuperBrawl III.

Jim Ross interviews Bill Watts and he comments on the United States title situation and how Rick Rude won’t give the belt back even though Dustin Rhodes is the new champion. Bill Watts announces that Steamboat and Rhodes will have a rematch later in the evening.

Vinnie Vegas vs. Chad Byrd

I think Vegas is going to win this one by murder. It took all of 15 seconds for Vegas to nearly take Byrd’s head off with a clothesline. He also hits him with a Snake Eyes that drives Byrd into the turnbuckle. Vegas gets the 1-2-3.

Chris Benoit vs. Johnny Rich

This one was a fast paced technical wrestling showcase, and served the purpose of putting Benoit over really well. Benoit dominated the offence for most of the match and gets the finish after a Dragon Suplex.

The Rock and Roll Express cut a promo saying how their excited to be apart of SuperBrawl III and that their honoured to be the first champions from another North American promotion to appear in WCW.

The Wrecking Crew vs. Larry Santo and The Italian Stallion

Stallion takes most of the offence from The Wrecking Crew in this one, but Santo takes The Wrecking Ball for the finish.

Larry Zbyszko interviews The Wrecking Crew and they claim that they’re the next incarnation of the Minnesota Wrecking Crew. They call out Steamboat and Douglas.

Pat Rose vs. Robbie V (!)

RV… No D? makes his WCW debut here, and the future Mr. Monday Night has a decent match that shows just how quick he was back in the day. Robbie V has a ton of high flying offence that is combined with kicks and as many top rope moves that you can think of. This is par for the course with RVD though. If you want to see RVD before he became one of the biggest names in the business, this is a good place to start. You can see flashes of brilliance from Robbie V that are clear signs about what he’s going to become years later. Robbie V wins with a split legged moonsault.

RATING: 2/5
Good debut from Robbie V. Interesting to see from a historical perspective.

Tony Schiavone interviews Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas and they declare war against Pillman and Austin.

Harley Race, Vader, and Orndorff cut a promo calling out The Barbarian, Cactus Jack, Sting, Johnny Gunn, The Z-Man, The Z-Man’s brother, his brother’s wife, the guy sitting left of the entrance way, and crossing guard in his hometown. I may have made up those last few.

Big Van Vader and Paul Orndorff vs. Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man

The fans are cheering for Vader again, even though he’s the biggest heel in the company at the moment. That’s how awesome Vader is. I have no idea how they ever let him go to the WWF a few years later. At one point in the match, Johnny Gunn uses Vader’s size against him and sends him outside the ring. Gunn follows this up with a big dive over the top rope, and as JR would say, they “landed right in your living room!” Once they’re back in the ring Vader takes control with a stiff clothesline, and Orndorff follows it up with an equally stiff looking dropkick. The end comes after Vader shrugs of a dropkick, splashes him, and hits the Vader Bomb all while Orndorff hits a piledriver on the floor to The Z-Man.

RATING: 2.5/5
Pretty good match, even though it was essentially a squash. The thing is that Vader is so great here that I can’t help but love it, so I’ll make an exception to my squash match rule.

WCW Up Close

Tony Schiavone interviews Sting in this edition of WCW Up Close. Tony asks Sting about losing the WCW Championship to Vader at The Great American Bash the previous year, and Sting explains how he lost the match. Schiavone asks how Sting changed his strategy at Starrcade 92 when he won the King of Cable match, and Sting said he didn’t. His goal was just to wear him down. Sting also talks about his match with Vader at SuperBrawl III. Great promo from Sting.

2 Cold Scorpio vs. Barry Windham

Great back and forth match between two very good wrestlers. Scorpio gets a tonne of fast paced offence, and he definitely gives Windham a preview of what could come in the Great Muta at Superbrawl. The end comes after Scorpio misses a slingshot move, and Windham hits a big Implant DDT.

RATING: 2.5/5
Good match, but it would have been great if it were longer. Give these two 15 to 20 minutes and you’d easily get a 3.5 or a 4 out of me.

Larry Zbyzsko interviews Cactus Jack and The Barbarian and they hype the upcoming No DQ match with Vader and Orndorff. Awesome promo from Cactus Jack.

Cactus Jack: Paul Orndorff, as long as the neck that you piledrove snaps, crackles, and pops like a bowl of sadistic Rice Crispes, I know that this thing ain’t over.

Tex Slazenger and Shanghi Pierce vs. Cactus Jack and the Barbarian

It seems that Tex’s fan club has followed him to this match, as they chant “We want Tex” from the opening bell. Tex and Cactus start a brawl with each other on the apron, and the crowd loves it. Tex’s fan club still “Ohhhhhhh” everything he does; the rest of the audience “Ohhhhhhhh’s” when the Barbarian kicks the crap out of him. This match is fun just because of the crowd reaction alone, even though the wrestling is nothing special. Cactus gets the win after a double arm DDT.

RATING 2/5
A hot crowd makes this a good one to watch.

Ricky Steamboat vs. Dustin Rhodes – WCW United States Championship Match

This match essentially starts where the last one left off, and both guys get back to the slick mat wrestling very quickly. A Solid back and forth match with a lot of countering and chain wrestling. The pace is considerably quicker than the previous weeks match. Both men spill out to the floor of countering each others arm drags. They get into a big shoving match outside the ring, and the intensity is very high, especially after how last week’s match ended. It breaks down into a brawl after Steamboat slapped Rhodes, and Rhodes slapped him back. They both begin to break out high impact strikes after that, and Rhodes attempts to slow it down after taking a trademark chop from Steamboat. The match ends in a time limit draw, and the show ends with Rhodes and Steamboat exchanging forearm blows.

RATING: 3/5
I want to see more of these 2 after that match. 10 minutes was only a small taste, and the ending left me wanting more. So it was a great, intense match between Rhodes and Steamboat.
This was another solid episode of WCW Saturday Night. A few great promos, and a few good matches makes for a fun show to watch. Everything is building well to SuperBrawl III.

OVERALL RATING: 3/5

Best Match: Steamboat vs. Rhodes
Worst Match: Vinnie Vegas vs. Chad Byrd
Highlights: A lot of top notch promos. And Vader. Vader destroying people makes for good TV.

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