WCW Saturday Night – January 30, 1993
Commentators: Jim Ross and Larry Zbyzsko
Douglas and Steamboat cut a promo against Pillman and Austin, claiming that they’re going to make Austin and Pillman bleed.
Chris Benoit vs. The Z-Man
This matches opens with a lot of chain wrestling from both men, and is a decent contest overall. The crowd was really hot in this one, booing Benoit, and cheering The Z-Man. The end of the match comes after Benoit hits a big dropkick from the top rope, and follows it with a Dragon Suplex.
Decent opener, but would have benefited from being longer.
Tony Schiavone interviews Maxx Payne. I don’t understand what he said. He called himself the Alpha and Omega. So apparently he’s God. It was a bad promo.
2 Cold Scorpio’s music video plays again. It still doesn’t make much sense, but it’s still fun.
Brad Armstrong and 2 Cold Scorpio vs. Ron Hagen and Sgt. Buddy Parker
I have to say, I never understood why Brad Armstrong never became a huge star. That man was so underrated. As far as I’ve seen, he’s never had a bad match, and this is no exception. A fast squash match, but nothing terrible. Armstrong gets the pin after a Russian Leg Sweep.
A video plays hyping Sting vs. Vader in the White Castle of Fear match. The video is a bit weird as it has Sting doing a voice over for his internal monologue as he heads for Vader’s While Castle of Fear. Seriously. It plays out like a really bad 80’s action movie. You need to see it to believe it. In any case, it leads to Vader asking Sting to take part in a strap match, and they have a tug-o-war over a flaming table that ends with an explosion and a To Be Continued at SuperBrawl III message. You can’t leave us with cliffhanger endings like that!
Steven (William in the WWE) Regal is introduced to the WCW audience by Jim Ross. He will be wrestling next week.
Scotty Flamingo and Rip Rogers vs. Marcus Bagwell and Erik Watt
A squash match that ends with Erik Watts getting the STF on Rogers.
The Rock and Roll Express are interviewed by Jim Ross and he asks them about their recent loss of the Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Titles to the Heavenly Bodies and how they feel about The Wrecking Crew.
The Wrecking Crew vs. Rex Cooper and Rick Ryder
The Wrecking Crew wins by complete annihilation in less than 3 minutes.
WCW Up Close
Tony Schiavone interviews Gordon Solie, the greatest wrestling announcer of all time in Jim Ross’ opinion. Tony asks Gordon about Vader, and Gordon puts Vader over huge. Solie says Vader is a 450 pounder who moves like a 200 pounder. Solie also gives his thoughts on Sting and says Sting has a tonne of heart, and he might be able to overcome Vader because of it. Finally, he gives his thoughts on the Strap match between Vader and Sting, and he believes it will be brutal. Great interview with a wrestling legend that adds a little big match feel to Vader vs. Sting at SuperBrawl III.
Tony Schiavone interviews Barry Windham, and Vader (w/ Harley Race) about their upcoming match with Sting and Dusting Rhodes later in the night.
Maxx Payne vs. Johnny Gunn
Apparently Payne is from the State of Euphoria. Yep, this guy gets stranger and stranger. And he added an X to his first name and changed the spelling of his last name. It must mean he’s gotten crazier this week. I predict Gunn is going to die in this match. Payne wins with an armbar after beating up Gunn for a few minutes.
A tournament is announced for the Television Title as Scott Steiner left the company (for the WWF).
Sting and Dustin Rhodes are interviewed by Tony Schiavone and they hype the match against Vader and Barry Windham. Sting is one of those guys who knows how to do the “yelling” promo right. Too many wrestlers think volume is what makes a promo great. Sting yells, but volume isn’t his main tool. It’s intensity. So Sting cuts a good promo here.
The Barbarian vs. Paul Orndorff
The crowd was really hot for this match, as they rally behind the Barbarian. They really love to see Orndorff take a beating and the Barbarian obliges and does just that all over the ringside area.
Larry Zbyzsko, after Barbarian slams Orndorff on the outside of the ring: Jim, I felt the floor move when Orndorff’s body landed.
Classic commentary there.
Barbarian continues the assault for a few minutes, but Orndorff turns it around once they get back into the ring and gets the win after The Barbarian gets confused and thinks he got the pin and Orndorff hits him with a German suplex.
An okay match. It wasn’t terrible, but it could have been better.
Big Van Vader and Barry Windham vs. Sting and Dustin Rhodes
The crowd pops huge when “A Man Called Sting” hits, and the most popular man in WCW enters with Dustin Rhodes to a great reaction from the crowd.
Larry Zbyzsko: The crowd is psyched, the guys are psyched, I’m psyched, let’s go!
You said it Larry.
Sting and Rhodes spends the first few minutes of the match beating Windham around the ring, and Rhodes tries to take it to Vader once he’s tagged in, but Vader kills Dustin with a massive clothesline. I think you might be able to find Dustin’s boots in the ring and Dustin somewhere in the 8th row. Vader and Windham beat Dustin up for the next few minutes, including a big DDT on Rhodes from Windham. Neat spot when Rhodes goes for a sunset flip on Windham, but Windham tags out to Vader before Dustin can get him over for the pinfall attempt.
Rhodes takes a horrendous beating for the next few minutes until he can hit a bulldog on Windham and he tags out to Sting. The audience goes crazy. Harley Race and Dustin Rhodes start brawling on the outside of the ring as Sting nearly flies over the top rope after hitting Windham with an awesome Stinger splash. Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Vader nails him with a clothesline. Vader grabs a leather strap after Windham hits Sting with an Implant DDT and whips Sting with it for a DQ ending. Vader scares off the entire roster (it seems) as they come out to help Sting.
Lots of action in this one, and it leaves us with an inconclusive ending to leave us wanting more. It also makes the Strap Match between Vader and Sting at SuperBrawl III a little more personal, if that was possible.
OVERALL RATING: 2.75/5
Not quite as good as the previous 2 weeks, but still a decent episode of Saturday Night. WCW booked really well in terms of setting up stories for SuperBrawl III. As I haven’t seen it before, I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
Best Match: Sting and Dustin Rhodes vs. Vader and Barry Windham
Worst Match: Maxx Payne vs. Johnny Gunn
Highlights: That crazy 80’s action movie featuring Sting and Vader, Sting and Dustin Rhodes vs. Vader and Barry Windham
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