WCW Saturday Night – April 17, 1993


wcwsaturdaynightWCW Saturday Night
April 17, 1993
Atlanta, GA
Commentators: Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura

Ron Simmons & Van Hammer vs. Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Peirce

Tex & Van Hammer start the match, and it’s poor. I say this a lot. I wish I didn’t. But it is poor. I can see why WCW was high on Van Hammer due to his look, but he was not a great worker by any stretch of the imagination. However, there have been far worse who have gone further in wrestling, so he had a shot. Henry O’ Shanghai tags in but the match resumes with Van Hammer taking control. Hammer tags in Ron Simmons after executing a hammer lock. Hammer did a hammer lock. Well then.

Ron Simmions is clearly the best worker in the ring, as he takes it to Shanghai with some fast-paced offence. It’s quite amazing to see how an average wrestler like Shanghai or Tex preform much better with a decent wrestler like Ron Simmons, as compared to the green Van Hammer. Tex & Peirce get the heat after pulling down the rope to send Hammer crashing to the outside when he hit the ropes. They work him over for a few minutes with the crowd Ohhhh’ing everything Tex does again.

The end of this match was a complete mess. As Van Hammer tags out to Simmons, the ref doesn’t see it. Simmons gets in the ring, runs wild, but the ref tries to get him out. However, in the meantime Tex & Shanghai hit Van Hammer with the bull rope, leading to the DQ, as they did it right in front of the ref. What a mess.

RATING: 1/5 – This match was okay, but the ending was a complete mess. I’m not entirely sure who booked that finish, but it was poor.

Johnny B. Badd vs. Todd Zane

This was a quick squash with Badd using some mat based wrestling before hitting a left hook for the win.

Scott Norton vs. Scott McKeever

I think Scott might not survive this match. Norton wins very quickly with lariat, pinning him by putting his hand on McKeever’s face.

It’s a shame WCW didn’t push him more, because a feud with Vader would have been awesome.

Norton cuts a promo saying he’s here to get to the top.

Arn Anderson vs. Chick Donovan

Donovan spends the early portion of this match working over Arn Anderson’s knee, which was injured a few weeks ago. After smashing Anderson’s leg into the ring post, Chick goes right after Anderson, but Anderson gets mad and takes Donovan’s arm to the ring post, and follows it up by working over Chick’s arm viciously. There’s a reason you don’t mess with Arn.

Donovan tries to trap Arn in the corner, but Arn has none of that, rakes the eyes, and goes back to the arm. Anderson gets nasty, stomping on Donovan’s arm. Arn sends Donovan to the ropes and hits a spinebuster for the 1-2-3.

RATING: 2/5 – This was a squash, but it was awesome. Anderson made it look like a fight, if wrestling was real. He sold well, looked angry that Donovan has the audacity to even try to beat him, and beat him all over the place. Donovan sold well too. This was so great.

Ric Flair & Arn Anderson is interviewed by Tony Schiavone and Flair talks about Windham snubbing him. Flair talks about getting back into the ball game because of Windham, but Anderson cuts him off and talks about how it’s time for Arn to come out from the shadows and now it’s his time. Flair smiles and nods, happy to see his friend going for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Arn Anderson is the man.

Paul Orndorff vs. Gunner – WCW World Television Championship

Orndorff has a pre-taped promo where he claims the WCW World Television Championship means he’s the man.

Gunner tries to take advantage of the crowd yelling Paula at Orndorff by attacking quickly, however Mr. Wonderful wins rather quickly with a piledriver.

Steve Regal vs. Bobby Baker

Regal works Baker over with some great mat wrestling in this one. Some fans chant USA, even though Regal is the babyface. Shhhhhh, fans. Shhhhhhh. Regal wins after a few minutes with a butterfly suplex.

Tony interviews Dustin Rhodes, and he sounds exactly like his dad at parts in this promo. He brings Regal over to cut a promo too, and while Rhodes addresses Orndorff and Rick Rude, Regal warns Vader that Davey Boy Smith is on his way back.

The Hollywood Blondes vs. Chris Sullivan & The Italian Stallion

Pillman & Austin beat both men all around the ring, dominating their opponents. Pillman spends time choking Stallion on the outside with his t-shirt. Austin & Pillman are so awesome, and I have missed seeing them on my TV with these old shows. Pillman & Austin absolutely destroy Sullivan with a clothesline turns Sullivan inside out.austinpillmanclothesline

It doesn’t take much longer Pillman to pin Sullivan after dropkicking Sullivan off Austin’s shoulder.

I love Austin & Pillman.

The Cole Twins (w/ their hair) vs. Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker & Bob Cook

Cook and Parker actually spend a good amount of time getting the heat on the Cole Twins in this match, including using a Battering Ram. The Bushwackers must be jealous. Parker and one of the Coles bump heads, and the other Cole makes the hot tag, running wild. The match starts to break down and all four men were in the ring. They send Parker to the outside and hit a double team body press and jackknife pin for the 1-2-3. Bagwell and Scorpio come out and celebrate with them. If this was modern wrestling, they’d turn on each other.

Dusty Rhodes cuts a promo about Slamboree again. Dusty talks about the people who the fans will meet, and the food that they’ll eat! That’s right, I rhymed. Dusty talks about Don Muraco being there there, along with Lou Thez and others.

Barry Windham vs. Tommy Angel

Windham comes out and defeats Tommy Angel with an Implant DDT after about five minutes. While the match is going on, they talk about how they don’t understand why Windham is snubbing Flair, as Flair gladly put the belt around Windham’s waist.

Windham is interviewed by Jesse Ventura, and Windham talks about how Anderson is just the 2nd fiddle in the Horsemen. Ventura mentions Flair, and Windham walks off without a word again.

Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race)

If you want to learn presence in wrestling, watch Vader. He’s the man, and he knows it. Jack takes Vader into the corner and hits him with a series of really stiff strikes in the corner. Vader doesn’t like that, and decides to hit Cactus with his own stiff strikes. Vader won’t let up and just keeps brutalizing Cactus with hard strikes, but Cactus won’t stay down.

When Vader goes for a splash in the corner, Cactus CATCHES Vader and hits a bodyslam. Insane. Cactus hits a clothesline from the top rope, and the and a clothesline that sends Vader crashing to the floor. Cactus follows and hits a huge clothesline sending Vader into the guardrail, which collapses! Cactus takes out Harley Race! Vader is rocked.

Vader is on the apron, struggling to make it back into the ring as Cactus continues to brawl with Vader. Cactus locks in a sleeper hold, but Vader falls backwards dropping Cactus. Vader is angry, as he takes off his mask and starts throwing big punches on Cactus, and Cactus collapses in the corner. This is amazing.

Vader distracts the ref while Harley Race chokes Cactus on the bottom rope. Vader hits a big Samoan Drop on Cactus, climbs to the middle rope, goes for a Vader Bomb, and nails it! Cactus keeps getting up! As Vader distracts the ref again, Harley Race lays in some right hands on Cactus. Harley Race holds Cactus up and Vader goes for a clothesline, but Cactus ducks and Vader nails Harley Race. Race drops like a ton of bricks. Cactus barely rolls back into the ring as Vader continues to work. Cactus rolls outside and leans against the guardrail. Vader runs at him, but Cactus moves and Vader crashes into the guardrail. Cactus hits a flip from the apron onto Vader, and the ref counts to 10! Cactus Jack wins by countout!

RATING: 3/5 – Now this was a great match. Vader and Cactus beat each other all around the ring. This is how you do a countout finish and make it count. It now looks like Vader can be beaten, but he wasn’t pinned or submitted. Now it’s planted into the fans head that Cactus can beat Vader.

Vader goes nuts throwing guardrails around. He talks about Cactus and wants to have a non-sanctioned fight with Cactus. Race claims that Cactus started a war he can’t survive. Vader pushes Schiavone away and almost takes him out, and tells Cactus to “Come on!” as Vader goes back to destroying the ringside area. Awesome angle to close the show.

RATING: 2.5/5 –This was a pretty boring episode of Saturday night for the most part, but the Vader/Cactus and Anderson/Windham stuff is so good that it saved the episode for me. I can’t wait to see where this goes next, and I expect it will produce some memorable matches.

Time posted: 6:05 PM

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