Bill Watts is interviewed by Jim Ross about SuperBrawl III and the main event of tonight, Brian Pillman vs. Ricky Steamboat in a lumberjack match!
Scotty Flamingo, Shanghi Pierce, Tex Slazenger vs. 2 Cold Scorpio, Marcus Bagwell, Steve Regal
Take a wild guess who had his cheering section “Ohhhhhh’ing”’ everything he did? Bagwell. I’m kidding, of course. It’s Tex Slazenger. These guys got about 10 minutes, and the team that would be later known as the Godwinns, and Raven took the loss after Scorpio pinned Scotty Flamingo with a crazy looking splash.
Solid opener. Nothing of note really happened, but it was a good start to the show.
Jim Ross interviews Sting and they talk about how Vader is going to be a huge challenge for Sting in their non sanctioned strap match. Sting vows to hook the Scorpion Death Lock on Vader, and threatens to break Vader’s bones with it and he’s going to enjoy it. Great promo from Sting.
Vinnie Vegas vs. Brad Anderson
It would take about six Brad Anderson’s to be the same size as Vegas, so you can guess how this one went. Vegas dominates most of this match and wins after a Snake Eyes.
Maxx Payne is interviewed by Tony Schiavone. Apparently he’s going to introduce everyone to someone or something called Norma Jean at SuperBrawl III.
Jim Ross interviews Paul Orndorff about his No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere match at SuperBrawl III.
Cactus Jack vs. Mustafa Saied
Cactus beats Saied around the ring for a few minutes before delivering a leg drop to Saied on the floor, rolling him back in the ring, and getting the fall.
Eric Bischoff is in the SuperBrawl III control centre, and he summarizes all the action that fans will see when they watch SuperBrawl!
Big Van Vader vs. Chris Sullivan
Well, poor Chris Sullivan is about to get the life beaten out of him by Big Van Vader. Vader throws Sullivan around the ring for 2 or 3 minutes before ending the match with a Vader Bomb. Vader beats various wrestlers with the leather strap after the match, but Sting comes out to make the save!
Jim Ross interviews Harley Race who says Vader is going to end Sting’s career. Great promo here.
Maxx Payne vs. Keith Cole (w/ His hair)
Maxx Payne and Keith Cole could have a contest for weirdest hair in wrestling and I’m not sure who’d win. Standard squash affair with Payne winning after an armbar.
Tony Schiavone interviews Steve Austin and Brian Pillman about Pillman’s match against Ricky Steamboat. Austin asks, “How come it isn’t a tag match?” The answer, according to Pillman, is that Shane Douglas is hurt.
The Wrecking Crew vs. Johnny Gunn and The Z-Man
This match goes back and forth a bunch with The Wrecking Crew cheating when they get the chance in an attempt to get the advantage over Gunn and Z-Man. A solid match that was given decent time, unlike a few of the bigger matches on Saturday Night in the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the match had a rather weak ending when one of the Wrecking Crew falls off the top rope onto Gunn and his partner gets the pin.
I would have given this a 2.5, but the botch was very noticeable and put the quality down a bit. Still a decent match though.
WCW Up Close
Gordon Solie, who is standing next to a street, interviews Barry Windham who drives up on a motorbike. Solie asks him about his relationship with Ric Flair, but Windham doesn’t want to talk about Flair. He wants to talk about The Great Muta. Windham claims Muta didn’t beat him at Battlebowl, but Windham is going to beat Muta for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Good promo from Windham here, and it makes the match between him and Muta more personal, as it’s been a dream of Windham to win that title.
Ricky Steamboat vs. Brian Pillman in a Lumberjack Match
Steve Austin gets involved in this match very early on my trying to drag Ricky Steamboat to the outside of the ring. Austin comes in, and Shane Douglas follows. No fighting occurs, and the ref gets Austin and Douglas out of the ring. Pillman rolls out of the ring after taking some chops from Steamboat and everyone throws Pillman back in. Pillman tries to cheat at every opportunity, and Steamboat counters a lot of his offence. Some great chain wrestling here. Lots of good technical wrestling in this face paced match, but would you expect any less from Steamboat and Pillman? Oh dear. There are folks in the crowd chanting for a particular lumberjack that goes by the name of Tex. I have to admit, their love for this guy is incredibly amusing. Some of the wrestlers on the outside almost get into a fight after pushing Pillman back into the ring. This happens, it seems, every time Pillman hits the floor.
Once the match comes back from a commercial break, Pillman is in control. When Steamboat hits the floor, Austin gets some cheap shots in. Steamboat attempts to suplex Pillman to the outside of the ring while on the apron, but Austin gets another cheap shot in. Pillman and Steamboat put on quite the show in this one, and they work around the tension outside the ring quite a bit to add to the intensity in the ring. At one point, Steamboat dives outside the ring and attacks Austin. This is when it all breaks down and the lumberjacks start brawling with each other. It’s complete chaos at ringside while Pillman has steamboat in a camel clutch on the inside of the ring. Eventually the wrestlers separate and get back to doing their jobs as lumberjacks.
Steamboat gets Pillman up on his shoulders and drops him with an electric chair drop. The match ended during the commercial break, but the cameras were filming. Pillman gets up after the drop, and both men hit the ropes and both go for a cross body at the same time, with both men hitting the mat hard. Pillman misses a knee drop, and as he’s laying on the ground he grabs Steamboat and sends him outside the ring. The lumberjacks start to brawl again and the ref gets distracted. Steamboat locks a figure four in, but Steve Austin comes in and tries to make the save, but Pillman accidently hits Austin and Steamboat is able to pin Pillman after a school boy rollup.
Great match. These two can wrestle, and this match was given about 20 minutes, which was easily enough time for these two to work one of the best matches on Saturday Night in 1993 thus far.
OVERALL RATING: 3/5
The whole show, in terms of in ring action was simply okay until the main event. The main event was awesome. There were also two great promos from Sting and Vader, so this was a good lead in to the PPV which aired the next night.
Best Match: Steamboat vs. Pillman
Worst Match: Maxx Payne vs. Keith Cole – This one was too long, even though it was only about 5 minutes.
Highlights: Great promos from Sting and Vader, and the tension on the outside of the ring in the lumberjack match really added to the presentation of the match as a whole.
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