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Every WCW PPV Reviewed & Ranked: Part 7

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AI is awesome, I'm happy for it to takeover the world. Here are 20 more entries into the review & ranking of every WCW show ever. Who will narrowly miss out on the top 20? Who will be ranked higher than they deserve?

#39: The Great American Bash, July 7th 1990. 46.5%

The 3rd ever G.A.B would be the last to be produced under the NWA banner, as WCW would depart the affiliate in January of '91. We're in the midst of the white hot Sting vs Flair feud, but this show would be most notable for the debut of a certain masked hoss.

Our first match is Brian Pillman vs Buddy Landell. This followed a basic formula but it was done effectively. Landell used his experience to dominate, but Pillman fought back with his flashy offence, eventually winning with a flying crossbody. Totally fine (2.5). Mike Rotunda vs The Iron Sheik followed and it was pretty awful. Rotunda was always mid at best and Sheik was old, slow and uninteresting. I've had more enjoyable UTI's (0.5). Doug Furnas vs Dutch Mantell was a bad pairing. Both guys we're competent in ring but they were a clash of styles. Dutch is a classic southern wrassler whereas Furnas is a bit more flashy and technical. This was disjointed a lot of the time (1.25). Tommy Rich vs Harley Race was yet ANOTHER weak match, two veterans far past their best. Race would retire soon after, Tommy Rich STILL WRESTLES. He's wrestled Jerry Lawler recently, which must be the slowest match on the card (0.75).

We return to form with a fantastic tag match for the US tag gold. The Midnight Express defend against the Southern Boys. Jim Cornette once called this the best ME match, so yeah this is GREAT. It's your expected south style tag wrestling, with plenty of good action and smart psychology. Smothers & Armstrong had a great upside, it just unfortunately never worked out as well as it could for them. A must-see tag match (4.25). Big Van Vader debuts against Tom Zenk. It's only 2 minutes but it's great. Vader MURDERS Zenk and instantly establishes himself as a dangerous force. A perfect debut (1). Fabulous Freebirds take on The Steiner Brothers. The Freebirds played the role of heel well, but the Steiner's were the stars. They'd not peak for a couple more years but they were still incredible to watch. Freebird offence was a mixed bag but the Steiner excellence more than made up for it (3). The Horsemen (Sid, Arn & Barry) take on Paul Orndorff, Junkyard Dog & El Gigante. This was El Gigante's debut, who was basically WCW's Great Kahli except even they knew it was a bad idea to put a world title on him. Anderson, Windham & Orndorff try to work a match, but the other 50% aren't good in the ring so it's largely an uncoordinated mess. Sid throws JYD over the top for a stupid DQ, Gigante did precisely nothing because he has zero in-ring ability (1).

Lex Luger defends the US title against soon-to-be-known-as Booger Red, Mean Mark Callous. Spookems McGee didn't get much of a spotlight during his time in WCW, this might be his biggest and best match for the company. It's a competitive back and forth power match, it was a little shaky at moments but it was mostly good if a bit predictable (2.75). Doom defend the NWA Tag titles against Rock 'N' Roll Express. This was okay, I never really liked Doom much as a team. I thought Simmons was good but Reed kinda sucked. Rock N Roll do their usual shtick and it was good as always. Nothing wrong with this one, it just didn't set me alight. Soon, they would break up the Express and turn Morton heel in one of Watts' worst creative decisions (2.5). Our main event, Ric Flair defends the world championship against Sting. This has been delayed due to Sting's injury but it's now happening with lots of extra parts. Arn Anderson is handcuffed to El Gigante, whilst the rest of Sting's Dudes (JYD, Orndorff, Steiners) surround the ring to prevent Horsemen interference. Is it overbooked? Yes, but I think it fits the feuds intensity. I don't think these two ever had a bad singles match together that I can recall. This is a very good match, a classic back and forth that made Sting look heroic as Flair tried every dirty trick to retain his belt. The Horsemen try to intervene leading to a schmoz on the outside. There's a great nearfall when Flair tries a leverage pin but Scott Steiner pushes his feet off the ropes. Sting reverses a small package into a pin to win his first World Championship. I think the overbooking added to the intensity but also prevented the match reaching the heights it could have (3.75). It takes a while for this show to get going, but it has a pair of BANGERS worth checking out.

MOTN- Midnight Express vs Southern Boys

#38: Souled Out, January 24th 1998. 46.7%

Following the laughable botched booking for Starrcade '97, did they book a rematch to fix it at the following PPV? Nope. They did a rematch on Nitro which also ended in a draw, the title is vacated and a third match is set for Superbrawl in February. Neither guy are wrestling on this show. From this show for the next 13 months, all of the PPV events were advertised as co-produced by WCW & nWo. I quite liked that, but I think they should have started that a year ago.

We begin with a Lucha Libre tag match. Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Lizmark Jr & Chavo Guerrero Jr vs La Parka, Silver King, Psychosis & El Dandy. This is either your thing, or not your thing. Cornette would burst a blood vessel watching this match. It lacks tag formula, but it's advertised as a Lucha Libre match so i allow it. It's a high voltage, action packed 10 minutes full of flips, dives and ranas. This is a lot of fun, hard to follow at times and there were moments they were stood just waiting for the next spot, but it was so entertaining (3.75). Raven vs Chris Benoit under Raven's Rules aka No DQ. The Flock is banned from ringside, which is good because now we get a straight up good match between these two workers. A competitive fight, Raven is in control when they wrestle his style so Benoit tries to turn it back into wrestling where he is the man. Raven smiles and passes out in the crippler crossface, a great visual that kept Raven looking like a badass in defeat (3.25). Rey Mysterio defends the Cruiserweight title against Chris Jericho. '98 was the year of Jericho's awesome heel run that made him standout even when WCW wasn't paying attention. This was a good match, only hurt by it not being given enough time. They make the most of the 8 minutes and have a good match, Jericho wins with the Liontamer and takes the title (3).

I mentioned it earlier, but we have a segment here where JJ Dillon brings out commissioner Roddy Piper who books Sting vs Hogan for next months show. A TV segment that overstayed its welcome. Next, Booker T defends the TV title against Rick Martel. This is a solid match, Martel was always a good worker and he was a good choice to put over the younger future star. It lacked crowd investment but in-ring it was good (2.5). Scott Hall vs Larry Zbyzsko, a feud that's actually been well built over many months as Larry don't stand for nWo's bullshit. Zbyzsko is way past his prime, he's been retired for some time but he's not bad in the ring. Hall leads him well, it's not good but it's not awful. The big talking point was Dusty Rhodes turning heel, attacking Zbyzsko for a DQ and joining the nWo. This was one of the first nWo recruits that felt really wrong and out of place, it showed that they were starting to run this whole storyline dry (1.25). nWo reps Scott Norton, Buff Bagwell & Konnan take on The Steiners & Ray Traylor. The match never really got out of second gear. These were the bottom team workers from the nWo and they got far too much offence in. The tension between Scotty S & his team would lead to his eventual turn towards the black and white (2).

Giant vs Giant, Kevin Nash vs THE Giant. This was a slow, plodding match, typical for a battle between two big men. I was going to give this 1 star, until the infamous finish. Nash tries a Jacknife Powerbomb, doesn't lift him properly, botches it and drops big Paul right on his head. It's really ugly to watch. There's back and forth on who's fault it was, but my view is if Nash didn't feel like he could comfortably do the move, he shouldn't have attempted it (0.75). Ric Flair vs Bret Hart, a battle between two GOATs. They crossed paths at WWF Survivor Series '91, and fought once on TV but never had a PPV outing until now. This would have been awesome a few years early, but this is still really good. They weren't on the best of terms so maybe that limited the quality, as well as both men being towards the latter stages of their career. This was still really good and Hart winning was the right call (3.5). Our main event is Randy Savage vs Lex Luger, they're both big stars but this feels like a let down of a finale. Hart & Flair is a more appropriate closer, especially when this match goes 7 minutes and isn't very good. A weak back and forth with excessive interference, Luger wins but the nWo attack, leading to Sting to appear, clear house and stand tall (1/5). A strong start, but it got a little rickety after the 5th match. The booking could have been better.

MOTN- Lucha Libre Tag

#37: Starrcade, November 24th 1983. 46.9%

The high placement of this show is a testament to how successful the first ever Starrcade was. With the WWF growing and attempting to monopolise the territories, Jim Crockett fires back with Starrcade to stay in competition. A Dusty Rhodes & Dory Funk creation, this show popularised the use of closed-circuit broadcasting for wrestling events. Of course, Vince McMahon tries to sabotage to event by offering $250K to Harley Race quit and join the Fed, but Race declined.

It's an 8 match show, with not much worth talking about until the final 3 matches. The Assassins defeat Rufus Jones & Bugsy McGraw in the opener, a slow tag match that followed a basic formula and didn't do anything exciting (1). Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin defeat Scott McGhee & Johnny Weaver, another empty tag match between 4 guys who weren't really over. Sullivan & Lewin were probably the most successful, in the midst of a satanic Sullivan mind controlling Lewin story but you wouldn't know it here (1.25). Carlos Colon vs Abdullah the Butcher is a revival of their feud that lasted throughout the 70s. Its kept under 5 minutes which is good because it was like watching an underwater street fight. Colon wins with assistance from future WWE Spanish announcer Hugo Savinovich (1).

Wahoo McDaniel (actually a Native American) & Mark Youngblood (Not actually a Native American) take on Bob Orton Jr & Dick Slater. A much needed improvement, good tag wrestling psychology. Slater & Orton are old-school kings of cheating and generating heel heat. Good wrestling from the heels, Wahoo & Youngblood play their roles well (2.75). Next, Charlie Brown vs The Great Kabuki, it a title vs mask match. Kabuki is the NWA TV champion, Charlie is Jimmy Valiant in a mask. Everyone knows it's him because it's obvious and that's the joke. The Charlie Brown from Outta Town story was a big one in the 80s, Valiant was crazy over and I'll never understand why. When Brown is working, this match is borderline unwatchable, but when Kabuki is on offence its pretty good so it's tough to rate. 10 minutes long though, big yikes (1). Time to get to talk greatness now, Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine in a dog collar match. This is an iconic dog collar match that is stil an influence in wrestling 50 years later. It's a brutal fight with excellent psychology. Valentine targeting Piper's ear because it'll throw off his equilibrium? That's actually genius. The ending is slightly flat as it feels a bit abrupt, but the match is bloody violence and it was great (4).

Ricky Steamboat (real surname Blood) & Jay Youngblood (not real surname Youngblood) challenge Jack & Jerry Brisco for the NWA Tag Titles, with legendary Angelo Mosca as referee. These two teams were friends, but after a few matches the Briscos slowly turned heel on them. The Briscos were one of the greatest tag teams through the 70s & 80s and showed exactly why here. Great tag wrestling and psychology, Steamboat & Youngblood were beloved babyfaces and they were able to get a win over their friends-turned-enemies (3.5). The main event, 'A Flare for the Gold'. Harley Race defends the World championship against Ric Flair inside a Steel Cage, Gene Kiniski is the referee. This is an awesome match that still holds up. Flair has been in the main event scene since '81 but he wasn't taken to by fans and promoters. This was essentially a passing of the torch, this match would establish Flair is the top guy for years to come. A great back and forth, Flair bleeds like a stuck pig in classic fashion. Flair gets his big win and he would be challenged by Dusty Rhodes, which would set up there years long feud and Flairs eventual heel turn (4.25). A historic event that's a worthy watch once you get past the undercard.

MOTN- Harley Race vs Ric Flair

#36: Halloween Havoc, October 27th 1990. 47.5%

The main card for this show actually featured 10 matches, but 4 of them were cut from the original VHS release and also for the WWE Network version. Terry Taylor defeated Bill Irwin, Brad Armstrong defeated JW Storm, the Master Blasters defeated Southern Boys & Junkyard Dog defeated Moondog Spot. I agree, not watching these matches is most probably a good thing. I have ranked this as the best WCW PPV to come from 1990.

Tommy Rich & Ricky Morton team up against the Midnight Express. This is the end of the Midnight as Stan Lane & Jim Cornette would leave WCW to form Smokey Mountain Wrestling and Bobby Eaton would stay. This is good, old-style tag wrestling. Rich didn't get much ring time which might be a good thing at this stage in his career. The Southern Boys come out impersonating Cornette which aids Rich & Morton to victory (3). The Renegade Warriors (Chris & Mark Youngblood) vs the Fabulous Freebirds. This was real bad, a mess of a match. The Youngbloods looked like amateurs in the ring, the Freebirds try to salvage things but they're past their prime and can only do so much. The fans turn on the match, cheering the heel Freebirds over the lame Warriors (0). The Steiners defend the US tag titles against the Nasty Boys. If anyone can make the Nastys look at their best, it's the Steiners. A very good tag match, plenty of brawling and power moves. This match would elevate the Nastys to become future world tag champions for multiple wrestling promotions. Scotty nails a lovely frankensteiner for the W (3.5).

Match 4 and it's our fourth tag match, Doom defend the NWA Tag titles against Ric Flair & Arn Anderson. This was a pretty good match, the Horsemen are on top of their game and Doom looked the best they ever have done. I think it went a little longer than I would have liked, a few lull moments in this but it was largely good. The Horsemen win, aiming to hold all of the gold in the near future (3.25). Lex Luger defends the US title against Stan Hansen. I was unsure how this was going to be, it felt like a clash of styles on paper, but this was rather enjoyable. It's a 10 minute slugfest and Hansen gets the better of Luger and lariats him down for the win. No complaints (2.5). Sid Vicious challenges Sting for the World title. This is better than I thought it was going to be. Sting leads him well but there was still moments were Sid looked like a lost puppy or forgot to sell moves. I actually liked the weird booking in this one, they brawler to the back and they came back out and Sid pinned him to win! However, he was an imposter Sting, the real Sting returns and chases away Fake Sting before putting away Sid to retain. It was interesting story development as the Horsmen tried more underhanded tactics (2). There's one DUD on the show, but everything else is enjoyable.

MOTN- The Steiners vs Nasty Boys

#35: Clash of the Champions 8, September 12th 1989. 47.5%

We're on the road to the inaugural Halloween Havoc PPV, this Clash was the 'Fall Brawl' themed show which they ran yearly for a couple of years, before they transformed Fall Brawl into a full PPV.

Road Warriors vs Samoan Swat Team opens the show. It's 5 minutes of fast-paced, hard hitting action and it was a great way to open the show. I rarely enjoy Road Warriors tag matches but this one was a lot of fun. They won, of course (2.5). The 'Z-Man' Tom Zenk makes his WCW debut against the Cuban Assassin, who is Fidel Sierra. He is the cousin of Bill Alfonso. A short match to showcase Zenk's skills and put him over. It was meh and pretty bland, a poor way to debut Zenk and I don't think he ever truly recovered (0.75). Sid Vicious squashes Ranger Ross in about a minute, pretty fun for what we got and Sid was hot with the crowd (0.5). Only good things to say for the rest of the show. The Freebirds defend the WCW Tag Titles against the Steiners. A good tag match because the Steiners are awesome. The Freebirds win cleanly which is somewhat baffling, but it didn't harm the match quality (3).

Brian Pillman makes his first major event appearance for WCW taking on Norman the Lunatic. I expected this to suck, but somehow the gods shone down and this was another short but exciting match up. It goes less than 5 minutes, Norman brings the power and Pillman brings the athleticism (2.5/5). Steve Williams vs Mike Rotunda was another good match, only hindered by its length. A competitive 5+ minute match that got the crowds attention. I would have liked another 5 minutes (2.75/5). Lex Luger defends the US title against Tommy Rich. Another rare good match for an out-of-date Tommy Rich. A good story is told, Rich is the veteran who is able to capitalise on the youth and inexperience of Luger. He kept coming back from Luger's offence and the crowd ATE IT UP. Luger would of course retain, but this was more good action on a real good show (3.25).

Terry Funk cuts an intense promo from the hospital, promising to make an appearance to get revenge on Flair. The main event, Sting & Ric Flair take on Dick Slater & The Great Muta. This is the first time we see Flair & Muta share the ring. They really missed an opportunity for a great programme between those two. Muta is at his in-ring, Slater is an awesome heel heat machine, Sting is a great babyface in peril & Flair is so over the building shakes with cheers. An awesome near 20 minute tag match. We see Muta use the yellow mist which we hadn't seen before, which apparently paralyses an opponent. Sting is the victim and he falls to the floor. The ref is taken out, Terry Funk runs out with a bag and tries to suffocate Flair! This is like a fight at the Byker Wall. The referee eventually calls a DQ win for the faces. I was disappointed by the DQ finish but it adds plenty of fuel to the fire and I understand why it was done. Progressing both the Sting vs Muta feud and the Flair vs Funk feud (3.75). This show definitely deserves more praise. The weak matches are kept short and serve a purpose, everything else was fun and/or good to watch.

MOTN- Sting & Flair vs Slater & Muta

#34: Clash of the Champions XX, September 2nd 1992. 48%

This is a huge show for a couple of reasons. Not only is it the 20th Clash event, but it's the 20th anniversary of wrestling being on TBS. Mid-Atlantic wrestling began on TV in 1972, over 20 years it morphed in Jim Crockett Promotions, then eventually WCW. Plenty of wrestling legends are in attendance, including Andre the Giant who make make his last ever televised appearance, unfortunately passing away 4 months later.

Steve Austin defends the TV title against Ricky Steamboat in a No DQ match. Paul E. Dangerously hangs above the ring in a shark cage. A good match to start the show, Austin has held on to his title in every feasible way but now he's forced to actually defend it. Enjoyable back and forth, eventually Steamboat finally beats Austin to win the title (3.25). Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton team against Greg Valentine & Dick Slater. An all heel affair so I'm just gonna root for all 4 guys. It's kept short since these guys aren't exactly spring chickens, but it was a decent little contest (2). After a series of video packages, including Bruno Sammartino burying the company that made him a star, we get our next match. Ron Simmons defends the WCW Title against Cactus Jack. This was okay, these two lacked chemistry so it was dull and janky in places. It was kept short for the best (1.75).

Next up, The Barbarian & Butch Reed vs Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes. Another average tag match, a basic formula that didn't get too exciting (2/5). Mega main event. Sting, Nikita Koloff & The Steiners vs Jake Roberts, Rick Rude, Super Invader & Vader. It's an elimination match, and it was good. I was hoping for better, but it was good. It of course would come down to a 3-on-1, Sting against the world (minus the Invader) but he didn't have an extremely hot comeback like I'd expect. Vader is disqualified and Roberts slides in with a DDT to win (3). Consistently average show really, it got some key storylines in playing and rolling but the match quality didn't cross.

MOTN- Steve Austin vs Ricky Steamboat

#33: Clash of the Champions 22, January 13th 1993. 48.3%

This would be the final Clash for Jim Ross, who would soon be forced out of commentary by WCW, which breached his contract, leading to him joining the WWF. The originally planned 8-man main event had The Barbarian, Van Hammer, Rick Rude & Ron Simmons involved. Hammer & Rude we're pulled due to injury, so Paul Orndorff was added to the heel side. Barbarian was removed from the match during the show by his teammates and Vader attacked Simmons during the show. So now it's a 3-2 handicap match, or is it?

We begin with Cactus Jack vs Johnny B. Badd, the latter replacing Erik Watts who is kayfabe suspended. It's a quick 3 minute match for a Cactus win, who is the heel but he's cheered big by the fans. More on that later (1). 2 Cold Scorpio takes on Scotty Flamingo in "before they were famous" ECW match. This is a short match, under 5 minutes but it's pretty decent. Flamingo (Raven) was a decent worker before he adopted his hardcore garbage style in ECW. Scorpio was good as always (2.25). Chris Benoit vs Brad Armstrong, a good match by both men, especially for Benoit who came into this unknown and left with appreciation from the crowd (3). Jesse Ventura hosts an arm wrestle between Tony Atlas & Vinnie Vegas. Vegas wins, and challenges Van Hammer to an arm wrestle. Cool.

The Wrecking Crew (named Rage & Fury) take on Johnny Gunn & Tom Zenk. Rage & Fury are the Road Warriors from Gunn would be best known as Salvatore Sincere in WWF. A glorified squash victory for the Wrecking Crew, not a very exciting one (1.5). Shane Douglas & Ricky Steamboat defend the NWA & WCW Tag Titles against the Hollywood Blondes. This is an awesome tag match, it's like the Rock N Roll Express faced off with a heel version of themselves. The series of nearfalls, the heel work by the Blonds, Steamboat's babyface fire. It all worked to make a great match, the DQ finish was a bit disappointing but it led to a series of matches between these 2 teams and I'm all for more of this (3.75). We close with the Thundercage match. Vader, Barry Windham & Paul Orndorff vs Sting & Dustin Rhodes, the numbers game is overwhelming until Cactus Jack appears! He sides with Sting & Rhodes and helps take the fight to team Vader. This was a rushed, chaotic main event but it was a lot of fun with a lot of crowd heat. Cactus defeats Orndorff and completes his face turn by wanting some more of Vader in the future (3). For a Clash event, this was an enjoyable 90 minutes of action.

MOTN- Douglas & Steamboat vs Hollywood Blondes

#32: Greed, March 18th 2001. 48.3%

And now the end is here, And so I face that final curtain, My friend I'll make it clear, I'll state my case, of which I'm certain, I've lived a life that's full, I traveled each and every highway, And more, much more, I did it, I did it my way. Yes, this would end up being the last WCW PPV ever, as 8 days later WCW would be sold to Vince McMahon'a empire. It's a shame, because after enduring toxic management and ridiculous booking, WCW had slowly began to make some positive changes. There was only 3, but this is the best PPV from 2001, by a landslide.

We open with Jason Jett vs Kwee Wee, two awful names. Two good talents though, putting on an exciting opener that pleased the crowd and didn't overstay its welcome (3.5). The tournament finals for the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships, Billy Kidman & Rey Mysterio vs Elix Skipper & Kid Romeo. Awesome, the last great match WCW produced. They went out there to steal the show and they certainly did. Skipper & Romeo won the titles, unfortunately for them it wouldn't last long (4). Bam Bam Bigelow takes on Shawn Stasiak. Well, I said they made improvements but not everywhere. This was boring, but at least it was kept short. Bigelow was past it and Stasiak wasn't very good (0.75). Team Canada (Lance Storm & Mike Awesome) take on Konnan & Hugh Morrus. A shame, because Team Canada are good but their opponents suck. This could have been fine if it was kept short but it exceeded 10 minutes, exposing how lame Morrus & Konnan were (1.75).

Chavo Guerrero defends the Cruiserweight title against Shane Helms. A good match, Chavo was the veteran who used his experience to maintain control. Helms played along, showing resiliency and using his speed to stay in the fight. Chavo's arrogance would be his downfall as Helms reversed his move into a pin to win (3.25). Chuck Palumbo & Sean O'Haire successfully defend the tag titles, squashing Totally Buff in less than a minute. I'm all for this decision and it was entertaining therefore I shall rate it as a segment, not a match (NR). Chris Kanyon takes on The Cat, set up by Kanyon being a stalker. Why do wrestling love stalker storylines? This was okay, it went longer than I expected and it was overbooked to shit but it was entertaining in a way. Kanyon didn't seem into it, but The Cat was fun to watch which is something I rarely say (2).

Rick Steiner defends the US title against Booker T. Ricky should not be wrestling singles matches on PPV in 2001. This push he deserved 10 years prior, but here it was too late. Booker tries his best, but from Rick being old and awful as well as more classic WCW overbooking, this was not very good to watch. At least Booker won (1). Dusty & Dustin Rhodes take on Jeff Jarrett & Ric Flair in a Kiss my Ass tag match. The lossr must kiss the winners ass, simple. Insane that this is the first ever time Dusty & Flair fought on PPV. This was mostly carried by Dustin & Jarrett but they gave Dusty & Flair their opportunity to work the crowd and the crowd LOVED it. It's good fun, not a technical masterpiece but I wasn't expecting it to be (2.5). The main event, Scott Steiner defends the WCW Title against DDP in a Falls Count Anywhere match. This was a good fight, both men were motivated and brought their game. DDP fought against to odds as Rick came out and Scott's valet Midajah attacked him too. It proved to be too much as Steiner retained with the Recliner (3). At least WCW went out with a bang, they put on a relatively good show. Their best show in two years.

MOTN- Kidman & Mysterio vs Skipper & Romeo

#31: Uncensored, March 15th 1998. 48.3%

"Rules are for Fools" says WCW, ahead of their yearly tradition of Uncensored where usually it's a card full of stipulations and no disqualifications. This year though, on a 9 match card there is 1 Triple Threat matches, a Steel Cage match and the rest are standard singles matches. Talk about being uncensored.

We begin with Booker T vs Eddie Guerrero. Both men were starting to really develop their in-ring ability by this point, but they weren't at their peaks just yet. Booker T retains in a good match, with better things to come in both men's future (3). Konnan takes on Juventud Guerrera in a grudge match after Juvie lost his ask against Chris Jericho. Another good match, a nice clash of styles as Konnan worked the ground game whilst Juvie quickened the pace. Guerrera even went over which was nice (3.25). Chris Jericho defends the Cruiserweight title against Dean Malenko. One of WCW's greatest feuds, between two of their greatest performers. This was another in a long list of great matches by these two. Jericho managed to make Malenko tap to the Liontamer which I think was a needed boost to his character (4).

Newly heel Scott Steiner takes on Lex Luger. Not a good match, you would think they'd put over Steiner strong in his new character but nope. It goes about 3 minutes and interference from Rick helped Luger get the win. A rushed, messy match with a poor outcome (0.75). DDP defends the US title against Raven & Chris Benoit in a Jeopardy match, aka Falls Count Anywhere. Another awesome match, great effort from these three who went Hammer and tong on each other for 15+ minutes. Raven & Benoit both looked vicious, whereas DDP looked like a hero taking a load of punishment and coming back to win the match. Great match (4). The Giant vs Kevin Nash, in a rematch of the neckbreaking match they had last time. This was a slow big man match with little substance, mercifully ending via DQ as Brian Adams attacks the Giant. Could have done without this (1).

Curt Hennig takes on Bret Hart. These two had some bangers in the Fed together. This is good, the chemistry is still there but it didn't go beyond that. A good win for Hart who even kicks out of the Perfect-Plex which is a rare commodity (3). Sting defends the WCW Title against Scott Hall, who won the WW3 match in November to earn this shot. This was quite short for a world title match, but it was good. It would have been able to be better with a bit more time as I think a lot of the spots were rushed, however Hall wasn't in a good place so maybe this is the best we could get (2.75). Why isn't the World title closing the show? Well because Hogan is of course! He and Randy Savage fight inside a Steel Cage. Hogan started being a dick to Savage for no reason essentially, so Savage has been getting back at him. Eventually this will lead to the divide within the NWO. This is a 15 match and it's real bad. Back and forth with the same moves and spots. Drink everytime someone is thrown into the cage, you'll be plastered. Then the The Disciple (Brutus Beefcake) comes down to help Hogan so Sting comes down to help Savage, but Savage just attacks Sting and then continues to argue with Hogan, then the match just, ends? I'm sorry, but fuck that noise. An awful mess of an ending to what's been a really good show (0). This show would have cracked the top 20 without that awful main event.

MOTN- DDP vs Raven vs Chris Benoit

#30: Halloween Havoc, October 24th 1993. 48.8%

WCW's spookiest show of the year earns flowers for best standalone WCW PPV of the year 1993. There is a certain cross-promotional show in this year that we will discuss in next week's list. This show opened with maybe WCW's weirdest mini movie, where Tony Schiavone invites kids into his house to see something scary. He turns into a monster. Tony is a sex pest confirmed. Linked below.

Harlem Heat team up with the Equaliser to face the Shockmaster, Ice Train & Charlie Norris. A slow, boring opener that's not worth talking about much more than this (1). Ricky Steamboat takes on Paul Orndorff, who's replacing am injured Yoshi Kwan we're told. A good match, started slowly but they picked up the action overtime. Paula wins when his manager the Assassin headbutts Steamboat with a foreign object in his mask. Lame (3). Steven Regal defends the TV title against Davey Boy Smith. Mostly good, but the time limit draw felt obvious and Davey had some sloppy moments that brought this down (2.75). Vader spins the wheel to make his deal with Cactus Jack. Texas Death Match? Don't mind if I do.

Dustin Rhodes defends the US title against Steve Austin. Solid, competitive action but it lacked fan interest. These two had decent chemistry together and have put on good matches together before, this one was a little off (2.5). 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Bagwell defend the WCW Tag Titles against the Nasty Boys. Another mostly good match, but a flat finish. A fun back and forth but Saggs uses Missy Hyatt's boot to win (2.75). Sting defeated Sid Vicious next. This was poor, Sting tried but Sid did not and it was obvious. Trying to get a good match out of Sid is like trying to make lemonade with limes. You can try but it's never going to work out the way you want it to (1).

Rick Rude defends the International Championship against Ric Flair. The theme continues of good match, bad ending. It's paint by numbers but for these two it's almost always going to be solid action. Silly ending as Flair just blatantly DQs himself in front of referee Terry Taylor. He's supposed to be the dirtiest player in the game not the dumbest. Zing (2.75). Vader vs Cactus Jack, Texas Death rules. The hype is high and good for us, it actually meets expectations! A violent back and forth for 15 minutes, ending with Harley Race tasering Foley to keep him down. Another stupid finish but at least it made sense and the match slapped (3.75). What's with all the dumb finishes? Imagine how good this show could have been if smarter decisions were made.

MOTN- Vader vs Csctus Jack

#29: Wrestlewar, May 17th 1992. 48.9%

This would be the fourth and final Wrestlewar event as WCW would replace it with their Slamboree show to honour legends. They would move their WarGames tradition match to September as a part of Fall Brawl. Sting and his friends have been embroiled in a feud with the Dangerous Alliance which sets up our violent two-ring, one cage main event.

The first two thirds of this show is largely filler. The Freebirds defeated Terry Taylor & Greg Valentine for the WCW US Tag Titles to start. A very mid match that was a bit too onesided but the fans were fuego for the Freebirds so this wasn't all bad (2.25). Johnny B. Badd defeats Tracey Smothers in a 5+ minute sprint. Decent in-ring work, it would have benefited from a bit more time (2). Scotty Flamingo defeats Marcus Bagwell in almost a carbon copy of the previous match. A decent action under 10 minutes but in contrast I'm happy with the amount of time this got. Too much Bagwell ain't a good thing (2). Ron Simmons vs Mr Hughes next. Hughes did amazingly well in his career for someone who was always slow, boring and mediocre in the ring, was never a fan favourite and never improved. The action is passable but the match was very dull, Simmons wasn't good enough to carry Hughes to anything (1.5). Super Invader vs Todd Champion. Well, this was bad. Pros, this only lasted 5 minutes. Cons, it happened in the first place. No heat, awful in-ring work and they somehow needed rest holds to kill a 5 minute match! This show is slowly getting worse (0).

Big Josh defeats Ricky Morton in another boring match, Morton felt out of place as a heel and Josh wasn't over with the crowd. Not the worst thing in the world, but pretty lifeless (1.25). Brian Pillman defends the Light Heavyweight Championship against Tom Zenk. A much needed rescue breath provided by these two lads. These two made a name for themselves in the early 90s as being some of WCWs best and underrated performers. A cracking back and forth match which wouldn't feel out of place in today's wrestling. They give it their all, escalating their offence intensity until Pillman finally retains with a Jacknife (4). The Steiners defend the WCW Tag Titles against Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka. The Steiners had some awesome physical wars in this time period, many against the stars of New Japan. This was more of the same, an absolute clinic in tag team wrestling with sound psychology and sweat-splitting physicality. Awesome (4).

Finally, our Wargames main event. Sting's Squadron (Sting, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff) vs the Dangerous Alliance (Steve Austin, Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyzsko & Bobby Eaton). It can debated what is the best ever Wargames match, some of the contenders we will talk about in next week's final entry. For me though, this match is the Greatest WarGames match WCW ever put on. The feud had been built so goddamn well, and Wargames was the perfect blowoff as both teams wanted to tear each other apart. From bell to bell it's all action and the crowd gets louder and louder. Austin & Windham start the match in great fashion. The heel team win the toss (of course) and they take control every time they have a man enter, but everytime the Squadron have an entry the crowd erupt at the babyface comeback. There's a creative spot where traps Arn's head between the two rings and twists him which looked equally awesome and gruesome. The match is an absolute classic. Madusa & Paul E. Dangerously's interference adds to the match and doesn't over do it. There's a load of smaller interwoven narratives throughout the match. MWAH! Chef's kiss to one of WCWs greatest matches (5). That final trio of matches are some of WCWs best work, it's a shame about everything prior to it.

MOTN- WarGames

#28: Halloween Havoc, October 28th 1989. 49.4%

In 1989, in an attempt to compete with the domination of the WWF, WCW began running more and more PPV events. The goal was to increase popularity nationwide as well as revenue. Alongside their flagship event Starrcade they introduced Chi-Town Rumble, Wrestlewar, Great American Bash all as PPVs. They also introduced this Halloween theme event, which would be the third longest televised annual event in WCW history.

Mike Rotunda vs Tom Zenk opens. Not a good way to start the show. The action was solid and it put Zenk over, but it did so in a damn boring way (1.5). The Midnight Express & Steve Williams take on the Samoan Swat Team & the Samoan Savage. Now THIS would have been a good opener. A lovely cocktail of quick, slick tag wrestling and stiff powerhouse wrestling. Never a dull moment. The trio of Samoans win (3.5). Tommy Rich vs the Cuban Assassin in a loooooooong 8 minute match, awfully boring and poorly worked. Not worth the effort (0.5). Fabulous Freebirds defend the US tag titles against the Dynamic Dudes. The Dudes are booked as faces, but the fans turn on them hard and shower them with boos. Not radical, dude. A good match with an interesting fan dynamic, the fan favourite Freebirds retain (3).

Doom take on the Steiner's. These two teams would have better matches the following year when Doom had built better rapport. Here, this is their PPV debut. The match is fine, a back and forth power match but nothing special (2.5). Lex Luger defends the US Championship against Brian Pillman. I previously talked about the unique chemistry between these two guys and this match maybe their best match together. A big vs little match with a twist, as both guys are able to play each other at their own games. Very good action, Pillman looks great in defeat and Luger remains a star champion (3.75). The Road Warriors vs the Skyscrapers is next. I had low expectations for this, but it turned out well all things considered. 10 minutes of hoss action, they just leathered each other and it was fun. Not very clean, but fun (2). Our finale is a Thunderdome Cage match with "electrified walls" (debatable). Sting & Flair vs Terry Funk & The Great Muta. Bruno Sammartino is the referee, the only way to win is if the manager for either team throws the towel. This was mainly to progress two rivalries at once as well as plant early seeds for the upcoming Sting & Flair feud. It's a good but not great main event. A lot of fighting that suited the storyline, but a weak finish in my opinion. Ole Anderson punches Gary Hart, who drops his towel and Bruno sees that as a sign to call the match in favour of Sting & Flair. A cheap win that to me only made Bruno look like a poor choice to be referee (3). A strong card with limited weaknesses. Remove two matches and tweak some booking then we have a classic show on our hands.

MOTN- Lex Luger vs Barry Pillman

#27: Spring Stampede, April 19th 1998. 49.5%

Clocking in as our best show for 1998, Spring Stampede took place during a transitional period between the peak of the nWo and the "next phase". Starrcade '97 should have been like Marvel's Endgame for the NWO storyline. It was more like Age of Ultron. Everything afterwards still feels like Phase 4 Marvel though. Continuing a story well past its due date to milk every last penny out of the it.

We open with Perry Saturn vs Goldberg, who was currently at 73-0 (IRL, 77-1). This was a really entertaining 8 minute Goldberg. Saturn worked hard and got a lot of offence in, but Goldberg would hit is exciting moves of doom to add another notch in his "undefeated" streak (2.5). Chavo Guerrero vs Ultimo Dragon next, in a blow-off match to their entertaining rivalry. This was one of Chavo's first big matches in WCW. A good blend of high-flying action and technical mat wrestling, plenty of false finishes. This was excellent, and Chavo losing only adds to the building tension between him and his Uncle Eddie (4). Booker T defends the US Championship against Chris Benoit. One of many very good matches these two had together in the WCW midcard. Booker's win wasn't clean but it protected both guys and set up future encounters. Good stuff in one of the last good feuds over the TV title (3.5). British Bulldog fought Curt Hennig for 4 minutes but it was bad. The camera focuses more on the outside fighting between Rick Rude & Jim Neidhart, missing a lot of the action in the ring. This was a DUD but largely due to the poor production, although the ring work we did see didn't exactly light me on fire either. This is the last dud rating we talk about (0/5).

Chris Jericho defends the Cruiserweight title against Price Iaukea. Iaukea was mid in the ring but working with Jericho he was a good babyface to challenge the dickhead heel. Good work from both guys, Jericho winning was definitely the right call (3.5). Scott Steiner & Buff Bagwell vs Lex Luger & Rick Steiner. This doesn't go very long, it's more storyline progression. Buff & Scott try to get out of the match faking injuries but they're exposed by JJ Dillon and the match gets underway. Luger & Steiner win after a few minutes. Action was okay, this was the first match where the Steiners were against each other (not including their match during the Battlebowl when they were still allies) (1.5). La Parka takes on Psychosis, a tag team gone sour on each other. This was a last minute addition to the card so it was sloppy at points, but it was largely fun and exciting to watch. I liked both men as workers, especially La Parka who reminds me of Penta El Zero M mixed with Joker Sting (2.75).

Kevin Nash & Hulk Hogan face Roddy Piper & The Giant in a Bat match. It's a bat on a pole match, your usual WCW spectacle. This was fine but not exactly thrilling in ring work. Two old Dudes and two big boy rivals who had fought each other way too much by this point. The nWo win, the only interesting thing about this is the furthering of cracks within the Black & White Stable (1.5). DDP defends the US Championship against Raven, the winner will face Goldberg on Nitro (good luck). This is a hell of a match, overbooked but in all the right ways. DDP had to constantly fight the numbers and he did so excellently, but it wasn't enough. Eventually a mystery Flock member (Horace bloody Hogan) hits DDP and Raven matches to win. A wild fight that put over the Flock & DDP (3.75). No DQ match for the World title, Sting defends against Randy Savage. Sting finally took the title from Hogan properly the previous month, whilst Savage has been at odds with the entire NWO recently. This was fine, pretty basic for a world title main event, completely overshadowed by the superior no DQ match before this one. Still, this was better than a lot of other WCW main events. Savage won with Nash's help, another chapter in the absolute mess WCW made of Sting's Crow-themed run in the main event scene (2). Not WCWs cleanest show, however there is plenty on the card to enjoy especially in the first half.

MOTN- Chavo Guerrero vs Ultimo Dragon

#26: Bash at the Beach, July 17th 1994. 50.8%

We've crossed the 50% threshold finally, where arguments can be made for these shows being anyone's favourite in WCWs back catalogue. This is the first Bash at the Beach event, and arguably the second most important event in WCWs history with the debut of Hulk Hogan! Because of this, we would get the iconic NWO. Also, we would get some of the worst matches in wrestling history as well as your usual backstage politicking nonsense.

The show begins with Steven Regal defending the TV title against Johnny B. Badd. Good opener, these two had good chemistry together until the nearfall sequences finish which looked hella awkward. Regal retains without using the time limit which was quite rare (2.5). Vader takes on the Guardian Angel. An entertaining hoss fight with a shitty DQ finish and a weak referee bump. Vader looked great though (2). Terry Funk & Bunkhouse Buck vs Arn Anderson & Dustin Rhodes. This was mostly good but a bit repetitive. The beatdown segment of Rhodes lasted a bit too long, but the action was all good and the crowd were invested (2.75). Steve Austin defends the US Championship against Ricky Steamboat. This is a very good match, these two had great chemistry together. Austin was great at heeling it up whilst Steamboat is one of history's greatest faces. The workrate is high and stays high, Austin manages to gain a cheap victory to retain (3.75).

Pretty Wonderful vs Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan. The only real weakness on the card here, a mind-numbing boring match with poor in-ring work. Who tf green lit this match to go 20 minutes?! Not even Cactus could save this one, he did some decent stuff but the other 3 were so bad (1). Our main event, Ric Flair vs Hulk Hogan for the first time ever. WCW doing what WWF somehow failed to cash in on. Flair was the perfect opponent, it's a first time dream match against someone who can make Hogan look like a great wrestler. It's your usual stuff from these two, but it was still an entertaining spectacle. Hogan won, obviously (3.25). Hogan closed the show with one of his patented confusing Hulkster promos. You're gonna roll Flair up into a ball and get Shaquille O'Neil to dunk him? Okay Terry, if you say so.

MOTN- Steve Austin vs Ricky Steamboat

#25: Clash of the Champions 2, June 8th 1988. 51%

Sequels are hard, especially if the predecessor was real good. We'll be talking about the first ever Clash next week, but here WCW did a solid job in following their first network special.

The opening match of 'Miami Mayhem' is Barry Windham defending the US title against Brad Armstrong. It was slow to start but the action was good once it picked up. Armstrong put in a great effort, the fans really bought him getting the win but it wasn't meant to be (2.75). The Fantastics defend the US tag titles against the Sheepherders. Apparently these two had a banger together two years prior. This is a good standard tag affair, it went a little long and the Sheepherders no sold some stuff but this was mostly good (3). The Varsity Club (Rick Steiner & Mike Rotunda) take on Jimmy & Ronnie Garvin. The action was solid, but the attention of the camera & commentary was all on Kevin Sullivan and Jimmy's valet Precious, which detracted from the match (2.25).

Nikita Koloff vs Al Perez. The action was decent and good have been building to a hot comeback by Koloff, but Larry Zbyzsko interfered quickly into his offence for a DQ. Fine action but a lame finish (2). Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defend the NWA World Tag titles against Sting & Dusty Rhodes. This was getting good until another DQ finish. The match was mostly to continue the narrative of the Horsmen being naughty lads, it was done effectively but another DQ finish harms this overall. Arn & Tully looked especially great in this match (2.75). Not a spectacular show but consistently solid action, just lacking in the booking department.

MOTN- Fantastics vs Sheepherders

#24: Starrcade, November 26th 1987. 51.4%

Starrcade 'Chi-Town Heat' was a monumental show as it was not only the first Jim Crockett/WCW event to appear on PPV, but a first for the NWA too. This was also the first major JCP event featuring wrestlers from the recently acquired Universal Wrestling Federation. A purchase that contributed to the companies near downfall before Ted Turner swooped in like a corporate angel.

The show began with Sting teaming up with the Freebirds to take on Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner & Larry Zbyzsko. This was a competitive 6-man tag, I have zero complaints about the in-ring work of these guys. Booking your opening match of your first ever PPV to be a 15 minute time limit draw is a baffling decision though (2.5). Steve Williams defends the UWF Heavyweight Championship against Barry Windham. The last major appearance for this title as it was retired a month later. Not a great match, I can't tell if its a lack of chemistry or if Windham is purposely putting in low effort because he was pissed he wasn't in the NWA World title picture. Some good moves but largely an uncoordinated 6-minute slog (1.25). Midnight Express vs Rock N Roll Express. Should be awesome right? What if I told you it was a SCAFFOLD MATCH!! Oh no is right dear reader. These 4 do the best they can, but the match stipulation is shit because it's super limiting and repetitive. The RNR Express win, but does anyone win in a scaffold match? Only the company providing the scaffold (1.5).

NWA TV champion Nikita Koloff vs UWF TV champion Terry Taylor in a TV title unification match. A good near 20-minute match, a classic 80s wrasslin match. Nothing much more to say, Nikita goes over and unifies the belts (3). Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard defend the NWA World tag titles against the Road Warriors. I thought we were guaranteed a Road Warriors victory here, the most over team in the company in their hometown to win their first NWA Tag titles. Hell I don't really like them that much yet I'm aware that would be the best decision. Jim Crockett didn't though, as we all think the Roadies win but the referee rules it a DQ Horsemen victory for Anderson being sent over the top. It was an awful finish to what was a really good tag match, LOD had explosive offence to overwhelm their technical bastard opponents (3.5).

Lex Luger defends the US title against Dusty Rhodes inside a Steel cage. If Dusty loses he's suspended for 90 days, which for me choreographed who was winning but that might have been different for those in attendance. A standard steel cage match, Luger acts like a prick and Dusty mounts a comeback to win. Not bad, not great, perfectly average (2.5). The main event saw Ric Flair challenge Ron Garvin for the NWA World title in another Steel cage match! Why not. Odd choice to put Garvin as champ. He wasn't awful in the ring, but he wasn't a huge draw and only Flair made him look great. No one really cared for him as world champion, so hilariously the fans are behind the naughty heel here. This was probably Garvin's best match, a blood-spattered war between foes within the cage. Flair was at his best and so was Ronnie, the Nature Boy finally reclaims his championship in a weird feel-good heel finish to a show (3.75). A consistently good card with plenty of good wrestling. Garvin would slide back down the card, Flair would hold the gold for over a year until a certain face-painted surfer gained traction.

MOTN- Ric Flair vs Ron Garvin

#23: Superbrawl II, February 29th 1992. 51.9%

Superbrawl 2 would end up being Luger's last match in WCW for over 3 years, he would soon be off the Vince's muscular, oily fantasy world, the World Bodybuilding Federation. The federation existed for 2 years before dissolving amid the Steroid Scandal. Luger would compete for the WWF and win *checks notes* nothing! I mean, a Royal Rumble yes but no actually championships.

We open with Light Heavyweight action, Brian Pillman challenging for the title against Jushin Thunder Liger. One of the best opening matches to a PPV ever right here. A 15+ minute epic that put both men over on talent alone, they were hitting moves rarely seen during this time and the fans loved it. Pillman got the job done with an awesome pin after dodging a splash. A great start to the show (4.5). Marcus Bagwell and Terry Taylor attempt to follow that in a singles match. The work was okay as the veteran Taylor led the match but it was largely dull with an abrupt finish (1.5). Cactus vs Ron Simmons next in a solidly worked match that was competitive. Simmons won with a cool powerslam, but this lacked any heat for it to be rated any higher (2.5). Richard Morton teams up with Vinnie Vegas to face Van Hammer & Tom Zenk. This was a painful 10+ minutes, the fans didn't care and neither did I. Largely weak and uncoordinated ring work, Vegas showed his future potential at times (0.5).

Larry Zbyzsko & Steve Austin face Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes in a grudge tag match. This had a lot of intensity fitting the feud, but also moments to where it felt they padded the time. Still, 4 great workers = a very good match usually and that was the case here as Windham takes the win with a leaping lariat (3.5). Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton defend the WCW Tag Titles against the Steiners. This was tag team excellence, by 4 men who could feature on anyone's tag team Mount Rushmore. Arn & Bobby play heel and mat wrestle but the Steiner's more than hold their own. The only downfall was a weak DQ finish, which made sense to protect the teams and continue the feud but it was still flat (3.75). Rick Rude defends the US title against Ricky Steamboat. This was a solidly worked contest, it just felt a little stretched out. Rick Rude had some really boring matches. Great wrestler but sometimes a boring moveset. Rude wins the help of a ninja, I ain't tripping (2.5).

Main event time. STIIIIING challenges his BFF Lex Luger for the WCW World title. Fine action but weirdly lack of crowd investment for two of the company's biggest stars. Sting wins with a simple crossbody, after the pin Lex gets up immediately (2). Did he purposefully no sell it? Was it supposed to be a fluke pin? If Luger was leaving it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled an Austin Aries and no-sold the L. Sting was a good friend though, so surely he wouldn't wrong his homie like this right? I dunno, it was strange either way.

MOTN- Anderson & Eaton vs The Steiners

#22: Clash of the Champions 23, June 17th 1993. 52%

This show was scheduled to have Paul Orndorff defend his Television Championship, but he was injured in a car crash and couldn't compete. That's a fair reason isn't it?

Instead of challenging Mr Wonderful, Ron Simmons fought Dick Slater. This wasn't good, obviously very thrown together. I can't blame them too much for this considering the reasons behind it (0.5). Marcus Bagwell faces Steven Regal next. Regal controls most of the match with his European style, Bagwell mounts a comeback but Regal counters a pin with his own to win. Not bad (2). Maxx Payne shoots Johnny B. Badd in the face with his Baddblaster, setting up their weak mask vs guitar match we have previously covered. Following this, 2 Cold Scorpio challenges Barry Windham for his NWA Heavyweight championship. Michael Buffer debuts here for ring announcing duties. This is a clash of styles that I didn't expect to work but what a good match this was! Windham was the dominant champion who controlled a lot of the match, but Scorpio has such an innovative arsenal that he is able to find ways to keep up. Some real close near falls throughout this one too. Another hidden gem of a match in WCW's collection (3.75).

Vader, Sid Vicious & Rick Rude take on Sting, Davey Boy Smith & Dustin Rhodes. An action packed 10 minutes as the heels keep beating down the faces, but our good guys keep rising against them. This was a fun match, slightly rushed but enjoyable still. All 6 guys were in top form and the tag set up hid any weaknesses we may have seen in singles action (3). Our main event is a 2-out-of-3 falls match for both the NWA & WCW Tag titles. The Hollywood Blondes defend against Arn Anderson & Ric Flair. This was a fantastic 20+ minute tag contest, ruined in the last 5 minutes. I'll explain. The first 10 minutes was dedicated to the first fall and it was stellar. Flair proves he is as good of a tag wrestler as he is a singles wrestler, he and Arn work against the cheating tactics of the champs and manage to secure the first fall. The second half on the match sees the Blonds take and maintain control, Arn is injured so Flair fights alone. He manages a hot tag but Arn's weakened leg becomes a prime target. It begins to fall apart here, after working the leg for so long, Arn no sells the injury in the last closing moments which is really unlike him. Then as Flair is closing in on the victory, Barry Windham attacks him for a DQ finish. Ughh. That sucks, such a terrible finish to what was a great match and a great show (3.75)

MOTN- Barry Windham vs 2 Cold Scorpio

#21: Clash of the Champions 6, April 2nd 1989. 52%

"Ragin' Cajun" you could call a response to the WWF's initial diss back in 1987. As we all know, Survivor Series was solely created by Vince to ruin Starrcade by threatening cable companies to only show his PPV otherwise he wouldn't grant them Wrestlemania access. So, a year and a half later on the same day as Wrestlemania V, this Clash event ran in an attempt to hurt buys for the show. Did it work? Well, it pulled just shy of 800K PPV buys which was the highest gross for a Wrestlemania until 1999, arguably the hottest time period for wrestling. Also, WWE are still in business and WCW are not sooo.

We open with the Midnight Express vs the Samoan Swat Team. A very good way to open the show, with some great tag psychology. the SST were not always great in the ring, Fatu & Samu were some of the weaker workers in the A'noai family, but with the right opponents they were more than capable of holding their own. The ME were the right opponents for any team (3.5) The Great Muta vs Steve Casey. The result was obvious, this was an extended squash victory for Muta. However, Muta's offence is SO GOOD. He is on another level in this time period. I can't rate this too high, but this was a lot of fun (2.75) We revive an old Mid-South rivalry next between the Junkyard Dog and Butch Reed. That was a long time ago, they both have fallen off a bit since then. A pretty bad match here with a lot of holds and choking, with the occasional awkward move in-between. Reed wouldn't do much until he formed Doom with Ron Simmons (0.5). A trio of matches next that are not on the Network version of this show so I can't review. Bob Orton defeats Dick Murdoch, The Varsity Club defeats the Road Warriors & Ranger Ross defeats the Iron Sheik via DQ. Eddie Gilbert & Rick Steiner defend US tag titles against Dan Spivey & Kevin Sullivan. This doesn't break 5 minutes, mainly a big brawl. This wasn't very good but Steiner looked impressive (1.25)

Our main event is a 5 star classic, chapter two in the iconic Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat rivalry. After returning to WCW after a stint in the Fed, Ricky Steamboat shocked the wrestling community by taking the world title away from Ric Flair. This match is a 2-out-of-3-falls rematch. We get nearly an hour worth of wrestling excellence. Like I mentioned a few weeks back, this was a battle of endurance and physicality. A stiff back and forth first 20 minutes leads to Flair reversing a small package into his own pinfall to go 1-0 up. Steamboat is a master at fighting off his back, which he does now for the rest of the match. Flair retakes his role as confident champion because if it goes to a time limit draw now he will win. Steamboat dials up his intensity and after a 15 minute match he wins the second fall with the use of a double chicken wing. Fall 3 really sold the exhaustion of the match as both men were tired and weary but continued to bring the fight to each other. Flair gave everything he had left to reclaim his title whereas Steamboat treid to hold on. With less than 5 minutes left on the clock, Steamboat goes for another chicken wing finish but he fails due to exhaustion. Both men's shoulders are down as the referee counts 1-2-3, but Steamboat JUST manages to squeeze a shoulder up before the 3. Awesome match, two of the GOATs mixing it up. Out of the three, I think this is my favourite Flair vs Steamboat match (5). Probably WCW's best "one match show" as they have a couple of good matches still beforehand.

MOTN- Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat

#20: Bash at the Beach, July 13th 1997. 52.2%

WCW's bashiest and beachiest show of the year just opens up our top 20, this is mostly a good show. Luger & The Giant fought Hollywood Hogan & Dennis Rodman on Nitro the previous month, Rodman's first ever wrestling match. It was thrown out before it could really get going, so this show's main event will be Rodman's first opportunity to showcase what he has learned.

Mortis & Wrath vs Glacier & Ernest Miller. The never-ending Mortal Kombat feud comes in with a new chapter, as Glacier recruits supposed karate world champion 'The Cat' to aid his fight. This exceeded all my expectations. The heels put in a great effort to make their dorky challengers look like talented threats, but the monster heels took the won and handed Glacier his first pinfall loss. A surprisingly entertaining opener (2.5). Chris Jericho defends the cruiserweight championship against Ultimo Dragon. This is a face vs face clash of cruiserweight excellence, both men are well accomplished in high-flying, striking and technicality. They're both well rounded and have great chemistry together. A very good match, lacking crowd investment and competent commentary to elevate this to the next level (3.5). Masahiro Chono & The Great Muta team up against The Steiners. This only goes 10 minutes and these boys go hard for it. Steiners work best against Japanese opponents because their styles mesh beautifully. A lovely blend of heel tactics and awesome in-ring action to make this an enjoyable watch (3).

The good roll continues with some lucha tag action that WCW occasionally rolled out. Juventud Guerrera, Hector Garza & Lizmark Jr vs La Parka, Psicosis & Villano IV. This was a crazy exciting 10 minutes of your usual lucha spots. This was awesome, no tag psychology but it was great to watch. Either your thing or not your thing. I'm usually quite lenient on these matches because of the culture of the wrestling. I would have liked this match less if this was 4 traditional American wrestlers performing lucha libre compared to wrestlers who actually studied and trained in this artform (3.75). Careers are on the line as Chris Benoit takes on Kevin Sullivan. It isn't advertised as no DQ but it must be as they brawl with weapons on the outside. This was a very good brawl for the most part, it loses steam as it slows towards the end, probably because Kev is old af. Benoit wins and Kevo retires. SIKE. He wouldn't wrestle for WCW again for 2 years, but he would wrestle sporadically across the US for many years. His last match was in Canada in 2019 for WCCW (3.25). Jeff Jarrett retains the US title against Steve McMichael. The hiccups begin here. A bad show by Mongo, Jarrett does well to play to the crowd but the quality isn't there (1).

Scott Hall & Randy Savage team up to face DDP and a mystery partner, who is...Curt Hennig! The formerly Mr Perfect comes out of retirement (kinda) and makes his debut for WCW, what a get for Ted Turner Pro Wrestling. The character work and story development is good here, but the match quality suffers because of it. The intensity betweeen Savage & Page was great, it was good to see Hennig who eventually turns on DDP and leaves him behind. It felt a bit out of place, but it makes sense for Hennig to be pissed about the match going less than perfectly. Great character work but mediocre in-ring work (1.75). Roddy Piper vs Ric Flair. The only good encounter these two had since Roddy's return in late '96. It's a typical run through of both men's offensive arsenals, but its a classic throwback that the fans are really invested in. Flair heels it up with the help of his Horsemen folk but it's not enough to keep Roddy Pipes down (3.25). Lex Luger & The Giant vs Hulk Hogan & Dennis Rodman. I'm surprised this wasn't complete dogshit to be honest. It's far too long, way too much time stalling but everything around that isn't bad at all. Rodman performed his moves adequately and the crowd pop HUGE for him every time. The crowd reactions were insane for this. Hogan is usually ridiculously protected, but he taps to the rack by Luger for the second time in a month. A rare clean finish resulting in a Hogan loss is always good to see. Not bad action, just long-winded and boring a lot of the time (1.5). The lack of quality in the main event didn't matter too much. It was a huge marquee main event that was a huge draw for the company. The majority of these matches are good though, an underrated show from WCW's hottest year.

MOTN- Lucha Libre 6-man tag

Once again, thank you for reading through these long-ass entries. These lists take up a lot of time to watch, review and gather information on. I appreciate anyone who checks these out. Next week will be the best shows in WCW history. After that, I'll probably post a follow up article with some statistics and a full list of my rankings. Until next time, see ya!


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