WCW Saturday Night
March 13, 1993
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura
Chick Donovan & The Masked Wrecker vs. Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas
Schiavone informs us that Douglas & Steamboat have lost the tag team titles to Austin & Pillman. Douglas & Steamboat are going to look for a strong showing here to get back in the title picture.
This is a basic tag match to get the crowd hyped up at the start of the show, with Douglas and Steamboat running all over Donovan & Wrecker. The question still remains: what is the Wrecker wrecking? Douglas is still selling the knee he hurt a few weeks ago. See WWE, this is how you sell an injury.
There was a nice tag team spot when Douglas front suplexed Steamboat onto Wrecker. Wrecker and Donovan get the heat on Steamboat for a bit, but it does not last long. Steamboat and Douglas maintain the advantage with quick tags, and solid fundamental tag team wrestling. They get the win when Steamboat press slams Douglas onto Wrecker.
RATING: 2/5 – Basically a squash, but still a fun match to watch. They start the show of hot, and it was good enough to warrant a rating.
Vinnie Vegas vs. Danny Dees
A nothing match, with Vegas winning quickly.
Barry Windham (NWA World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Johnny Gunn
This is a slower paced match, but solid nonetheless. Windham and Gunn go back and forth, and it isn’t a straight squash. Gunn gets a big powerslam, but Windham kicks out. Gun goes for a splash, but Windham dodges, and Gunn flies into the top rope. Windham then hits the Implant DDT for the win!
RATING: 2/5 – Solid, entertaining match right here. Windham gave a decent amount of offence to Gunn, giving this match a higher rating than the usual squash match.
Tony goes to interview Windham about Ric Flair being back in WCW, but Windham walks away without answering.
2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell vs. JD Wolfe & Pat Rose
This was another quick squash. Scorpio & Bagwell get the win when Bagwell hits a Fisherman’s Suplex on Wolfe.
Larry Zbyzsko interviews Missy Hyatt and she talks about how much she wants to talk to Ric Flair.
“The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith vs. Tony Vincent
Bulldog wins this one quite quickly.’Nuff said.
Bulldog is interviewed by Tony, and he calls out Vader!
Rick Rude comes out for an interview with Tony Schiavone, and he sets a challenge to Dustin Rhodes & Paul Orndorff, He tells them both that he is coming for his US title, and I believe him! Rick Rude was so awesome.
Shanghai Pierce & Tex Slazenger vs. Bobby Baker & Scotty McKeever
Another quick squash here, and the crowd continues to yell “Ohhhh!” for everything Slazenger does. Not a very good match.
Slazenger cuts a promo calling out the Cole Twins. However, it’s really hard to understand him. Grizzly Smith comes out and gives Slazenger & Pierce 5 minutes against them.
The Cole Brothers knock both men out of the ring.
The Cole Brothers (w/ their hair) vs. Shanghai Pierce & Tex Slazenger
This is another quick one as the Cole Brothers take it to Pierce & Slazenger and defeat them in a little less than 4 minutes after a brief heat segment on one of the Cole Brothers. The crowd is going nuts for the Cole Brothers in this match, which is actually quite cool. The got the win after a double dropkick, and the crowd went insane. The Wrecking Crew run in, but the Cole Brothers escape as the crowd continues to cheer!
RATING: 1/5 The match itself wasn’t very good. Both Pierce & Slazenger nearly botched a bump taking a double hip toss. The crowd was awesome though.
Maxx Payne vs. TC Carter
Maxx Payne continues to suck. This was pretty horrible. Payne wins with an armbar.
Zbyzsko is backstage with Hyatt again, but Barbarian walks in and scares her off.
Big Van Vader (WCW World Heavyweight Champion) vs. Dave Hart
Vader towers over Hart here, and he completely destroys Hart. So awesome. Vader is the man. I love Vader. Vader gets the win with a big powerbomb.
The Bruise Brothers vs. Terry Bronson & Brad Anderson
This one went for quite a bit longer than expected for a squash match. This was a bit of a mess. The beat Bronson with a double team elevated slam. It went about 7 minutes, so this one gets a rating.
RATING: DUD – This was poor.
Jesse Ventura interviews The Bruise Brothers, and they say something about beating everyone.
Tony Schiavone brings out Ric Flair & Arn Anderson, and the crowd goes insane. Arn Anderson tells Tony that there is a death in the family – the death of the Arn Anderson seen in the last year. Anderson is reborn, and the excitement level and focus has returned along with Ric Flair. Woooo! Ric Flair tells Tony that Erik Watt’s career is over, because Ric Flair is back! Wooooo! Flair says when the time is right, he’s going to be champ again. This promo was so awesome.
Paul Orndorff vs. Dustin Rhodes – WCW United States Championship
This was a very basic, slow paced match. Orndorff gets angry when the crowd chants Paula at him again. Oh the 90s. It was a different time. But then again, people on Raw were chanting Sparkle Crotch recently, so maybe not. Rhodes spends the first few minutes of the match working over Orndorff’s arm.
Orndorff eventually gets a headlock and keeps it pulling hair. Ventura talks about how the wrestlers use that tactic to their advantage in the Olympics, and that they’ll see it in a few short years in Atlanta in 1996. 21 years ago in 2017. Man, I feel old. Rick Rude joins on commentary and says that both men are qualified to be champion, if Rick Rude wasn’t in the picture. A good way to put both guys over, while maintaining that he is the man. That’s how it’s done folks.
While both men were fighting on the outside Orndorff rakes the eyes of Referee Nick Patrick. While the ref is recovering, Rhodes sends Orndorff into the ring post, and Patrick DQs Rhodes for using the post. Why didn’t Patrick DQ Orndorff? Didn’t Orndorff attack the ref? This made no sense at all. Rude runs to the ring and demands Rhodes come out and fight as the show goes off the air.
RATING: 1.5/5 – A poor main event with a really weird finish that made no sense at all. Orndorff attacked the ref, but wasn’t DQ’d. Well then.
OVERALL RATING: 2/5 – I was really enjoying the show until the main event. Probably would have given it a 2.5, but the horrible finish to the main event brought it down a notch.
Best Match: Windham vs. Gunn
Worst Match: Maxx Payne vs. TC Carter
Highlights: Ric Flair is amazing. One Ric Flair promo elevates a show so much.