WCW Saturday Night
March 27, 1993
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura
Steve Regal vs. Mike Moon
The show starts with both men in the ring, and Regal works him over with some great technical wrestling. There is a reason why this man is a trainer at WWE’s Performance Center.
After a few minutes, Regal gets angry, beats on him, and hits a butterfly suplex for the win!
Michael Hayes interviews the Bulldog while they visited the UK. Some fans inform us that they are picking him to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship!
A video airs about Maxx Payne & Norma Jean, his guitar. It’s a music video of sorts. Weird. I wonder how much it cost WCW to produce this? Probably way too much. It also went way too long.
Ric Flair & Arn Anderson come out for a promo. Arn Anderson claims that the first victim of the reborn Anderson is going to be found next week. This should be good. I love it when Arn Anderson destroys someone.
The Hollywood Blondes vs. Mike Winner & Tommy Angel
This is a great tag match. In what would be a squash, Austin & Pillman give their opponents lots of offense, making this match much better than the usual squash. Austin and Pillman make both these guys look good, and vice versa.
Pillman & Austin manage to get the advantage when Pillman chokes Winner as he hits the ropes. Austin tags in Pillman and Pillman hits a double ax handle. When the ref turns his back, Pillman dumps Winner over the top rope (which is a DQ in WCW – yes, it’s stupid, and they only follow it when convenient) and Austin beats him up on the outside.
Winner manages to get the hot tag, and Angel runs wild for a little bit until Austin hits him with a sideslam and Pillman dumps Winner to the outside again. They hit a double splash off the top rope and get the pin.
RATING: 2/5 – Very solid tag match. Austin & Pillman are great, but that should come as no surprise.
Van Hammer vs. TJ Maverick
Van Hammer wins quickly with a slingshot suplex.
Rick Rude vs. Mitch Bell
Rude hits him with a clothesline before he even gets his robe off. Rude wastes no time, not grabbing the mic or anything and gives Bell a severe beat down. Rude hits the Rude Awakening for the win.
This is how to do a squash match. This was great.
Rude cuts a promo saying he is the Alpha & Omega of wrestling. So he called himself a wrestling God. Take that JBL. Rude calls everyone out. This was a great promo.
Davey Boy Smith vs. Vinnie Vegas (a match from London)
I don’t like young Vincent Vegas’ chances in this one. This one is a short, but back and forth match as both men try to out power each other. Smith hits a dropkick and almost knocks Vegas over, but he recovers. Vegas poses as the crowd boos. Smith poses and the crowd cheers.
The English crowd is rowdy for this one, and it’s great. Both men try a test of strength. Bischoff & Zbyzsko analyze the stance of Bulldog as both men try for the advantage. They have the crowd in the palm of their hand for a match where they are doing pretty much nothing, which is how it should be done folks. It doesn’t do much for quality, but if the crowd is going nuts, you’re doing something right and staying safe, and that’s great.
Bulldog breaks a sleeper hold by smashing Vegas into the turnbuckle, which works, but Vegas goes immediately back to it. Davey Boy goes down, but doesn’t give up. Davey Boy manages to make brief comebacks but Vegas keeps control. Once Vegas misses with an elbow, Davey Boy Smith picks him up and hits a running powerslam for the 1-2-3.
RATING: 2/5 – I really liked this match, even though they did next to nothing. It was really solid. Good heat segment with Vegas controlling a portion of the match, and Bulldog had a comeback and hit his finish. Great stuff.
Paul Orndorff vs. Robbie V
Orndorff yells at the fans for chanting Paula, and it’s awesome. RVD encourages the chant. Orndorff gets angrier, and the fans continue to chant. RVD continues to encourage the chant while trying to keep Orndorff back with strikes.
Orndorff does such a great job drawing heat from the audience. Great stuff. Orndorff works him over, but RVD still gets a few kicks in. Orndorff just looks angrier and angrier. RVD hit some fast-paced offense, and Orndorff sells for him, giving the fans hope that the youngster can pick up the win, including letting RVD out wrestle him on the mat.
Orndorff gets the advantage back after a powerslam, but RVD manages to hit him with several fast paced moves. However, that doesn’t last long and Orndorff wins soon thereafter with a piledriver.
RATING: 2.5/5 – Really solid match here. RVD clearly has a ton of potential, and Orndorff brings him to a very good match for the rookie.
OVERALL RATING: 2.5/5 This show wasn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but it was completely watchable. Compared to some recently watched Saturday Nights, it was very, very good.
Best Match: Paul Orndorff vs. Robbie V
Worst Match: Van Hammer vs. TJ Maverick
Highlights: For the bad – Maxx Payne. He didn’t win worst match this week because he wasn’t wrestling, but that video was way too long. The rest of the show was quite solid.