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WCW On Pay Per View in the 90's - Every event Reviewed

Discussion in 'General Wrestling' started by Keith, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

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    OPPS! 1993 is calling and saying that I forgot something:loser: I don't really think 1993 should be trying to flag up how awful it was anymore:mickie4: But what the hey, I will jump in my Delorean[​IMG]

    and head back to 1993!

    WCW Battle Bowl 1993

    Date: November 20, 1993

    Setting: Pensacola, Florida

    Attendance: 7,000

    Best Match: Battle Bowl Battle Royal

    Worse Match: Hawk and Rip Rogers VS. Davey Boy Smith and Kole

    Event Rating: 6/10

    Comments: For the third straight year WCW pushed the Lethal Lottery/Battle Bowl concept on PPV. But this time rather than including it as part of the Starrcade super show, the powers that be decided to afford it its own pay per view. At a time when the depth of WCW's talent roster was not great and when business was the pits this was a strange move and one which rewarded the promotion with their lowest buy rate in history up to that point. Unlike the previous year's Lethal Lottery/Battle Bowl tournament which was broken up with non-tourament matches, here bigwigs decided to fill the whole show up with the format. Therefore, there was a total eight lethal lottery style matches, and the show was capped off with a 32 man battle royal for the battle bowl ring (the field was just eight in 92), it was overkill of course. Another issue was that WCW took the portential of having bitter rivals team up to the extreme, so that no less than five matches played out that way. The pick of the LL matches was Stunning Steve Austin and Ric Flair's lively win over Too Cold Scorpio and Maxx Payne. Flair who was very over with the crowd was clearly having a ball and was on top form during this match. Cactus Jack and Vader did a great job in selling their conflict at the begining of their LL scrap with rookies Charlie Norris and Harlem Heat's Kane (future Booker T). Manager Harley Race did a stand-up in the early stages too as he struggled to convince both that they had to get along in order to advance to BB. Race also earnt his money later during the headliner. Paul Orndorff and The Shockmaster against Ricky Steamboat and Lord Steven Regal (again bitter rivals) had its moments, but was also a little sloppy too. It was a better match for the lack of involvement from the clumsy Shockmaster. And I think the duo of Regal and The Dragon would have been better choices to advance to the main event. The highlight for me was Jesse Ventura on communtary commenting, that the Shockmaster last time was beaten by a wall, and since there is no wall in this match than he should be alright (this of course was referring to him tripping over a wall in a disatious appearance at a recent Clash of Champions special, this was very sharp from the Body!:Clap:). Involving washed up jobber Rip Rogers to beef up the field (Rogers and Road Warrior Hawk advaced) really was a sign of desparation from the company. In between matches Mean Gene and Fifi would draw the names of the next teams, this led to some amusing, if overdone comedy where the camera would often cut to Randy old man Gene with his mind far from on business:lmao
    Luckily, the Battle Bowl main event was a very rewarding finish to the show. The field was overstuffed, and the action did sometimes drag, but there was still enough good talent involved to make for an eventful and exciting match, the closing stages of which was very dramatic. The final four of Ric Flair, Sting, Austin and Vader all produced the goods. Flair wasn't offically eliminated from the match, instead taking a stratcher job following a beating from Vader on the ramp. This was done to call into question Flair's appearance in his career VS. Title match at Starrcade, as well as to sell Vader's threat, and to protect Flair (by not having Vader cleanly eliminate him here), it suceeded in all three. This left heels Vader and Austin to double team face Sting (sound wrestling logic). Sting going for his second Battle Bowl ring was heroic and managed to eliminte Austin, but it was champion Vader who ended up eliminating his old foe for the win. Though the PPV was uneeded and flawed in many ways, this match and finish to it made it worth it.

    Now back to 1994 for next review!:187:
     
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  2. Keith

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    You know I missed a trick then because I should have done the Halloween Havoc 94 review during OCTOBER!!:deniro:

    Still I will return with that next review BY THE END OF THE WEEK!:brie:
     
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    Halloween Havoc 1994: The Cage Revenge!

    Date: 23nd October, 1994

    Setting: Detroit, Michigan, Joe Louis Arena

    Attendance: 14,000

    Commentary Team: Tony Schivone and Bobby Heenan

    Best Match: Hulk Hogan VS. Ric Flair (Title VS. Career cage match)

    Worse Match: Dave Sullivan VS. Kevin Sullivan

    Event Rating: 3/10

    Comments: WCW carried on its battle plan against the WWF by repeating much of the F's past formula with a super show and headlining match that followed the route their rivals had often went in the 80s. The 94 Havoc featured the much hyped Hogan VS. Flair rematch inside a cage with Hogan's Title on the line against Flair's career. With all the add-ons including Mr. T (yes another Hogan buddy!) as the guest ref, this did have a big style WWF main event feel. Like many of those cards Havoc 94 was pretty much a one match show. Was it all worth it? Well, sort of, but we'll let the wrestling historians make the real judgement.

    In a dark match Booker T pinned Brian Armstrong with a flyin forearm in a sloppy encounter. Both of these guys would go onto much bigger things in years to come. Armstrong who would have success as the Roaddog in the WWF looked very green and out of shape here. In an ill-advised move, WCW had the guest for the night Muhammad Ali led to his ringside seat during the match!:jc: For the guys involved and the promotion it would have been better to have done this entrance either side of the match. Not surprisley the boxing legend got a bigger response than anything in the match. The PPV proper opened with a dreadful performance of the Star Spangled Banner (another WWF copy cat, WCW had rarely opened like this, and certainly not with a mainstream pop act). TV Champion Johnny B. Badd went to a 10 minute time limit draw with the Honky Tonk Man in a very bad and dated comedy match. The finish was a result of Honky's silly "NO JOBS ON TV DEAL":cena: Thankfully HTM's WCW run was short lived. Pretty Wonderful (Roma and Orndoff) beat Stars and Stripes (Bagwell and The Patriot) to win the WCW Tag belts in a patchy effort. In further hype for the main attraction, Slick Ric and Sherri cut an entertaining heel promo (truth be told Sherri has cut some of my personal favourite promos ever, see Rumbles 1990, 91, and Slam 89 for examples).
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    Dave Sullivan defeated brother Kevin via a cheap count out in a lame cartoonish match. In the storyline Dave was a Hulk Hogan fan who actually believed that he was HOGAN!!:lmao Leading to heat with his big brother. Dustin Rhodes bested Arn Anderson in a medicore match that only really peaked in the closing stages. Three years previous these two could have had one hell of a match. In a interview with Mean Gene, Sting (who was going to be at ringside for the main event, yep another unneeded add-on), made one of the dumbest ever comments, "I'm going to take a ringside seat and watch the man who is going to lead wrestling into the 1990s." The 1990s Sting? THE 1990S?!:Megaphone:ITS ALREADY 1994 YOU RETARD!!:pipe:

    Hacksaw Jim Duggan retained the U.S. Title over Stunning Steve Austin via crappy over the top rope DQ in another hopeless match:Evil:The washed up Duggan looked terrible. Hogan bringing his mates along for the ride was possibly the worse thing for the likes of Austin's career prospects in WCW. Vader defeated The Guardian in a passible super heavy weight match. Ray Traylor was more effective when on offense than defense. The selling of manager Harley Race was a highlight for me. Loved Vader sticking it to be Sting and Ali at ringside:lmao The Nasty Boys beat Terry Funk and Bunkhouse Buck in a by the numbers filler match. The hard working Funk was the highlight of this forgettable match, and I did oddly enjoy the piledriver on the pumpkin spot that ended the match:) And finally, Hulk Hogan pinned Ric Flair with the leg drop of doom to retain the WCW World Title and end Flair's wrestling career (according to the storyline), in a fairly dramatic and entertaining 1980s style headliner. The match hit the skids in the last 5 minutes when the whole world decided to interfear. One of these extras were the masked heel who turned out to be Ed "Brutus Beefcake" Leslie repackenged in WCW as The Butcher. The dumb thing about this later reveal was that Leslie had earlier came out with Hogan wearing the red and yellow. So as a show Halloween Havoc 1994 was mostly crap with no standout matches on a undercard largely made up of re-runs (now where have I heard that before?:hm:). The promotion do deserve credit for getting the Hogan/Flair feud right where WWF had dropped the ball 3 years previous (eat that Vince!:gun:). And on the night the company made a profit overall. But they were still a long way off competing with even the underperforming WWF of 94. There were warning signs in the main event alone. Mr. T had lost some of his mainstream shine at this stage, after all the A-Team had been off the air for close to a decade. And if you look down the card, a guy like Vader had peaked probably in his feud with Flair, and had run out of good talent to feud with. Speaking of which, even if WCW could build their future success around Hogan, one thing they were struggling to do which WWF did so well from 85-92 was provide quality heels to rub off against him. The signs from this PPV was that WCW intended to keep the same old faces (Sting, Hogan, Vader, Flair) involved in the main event scene and rather than push the likes of Austin to the next level to challenge them would instead fill up the roster with Hogan's washed up pals, and useless 1980s style big men. From that point of view copying Vince's game plan to such a degree did not prove fruitful. Its the same thing that TNA would learn to their cost more than a decade later. Still there was a twist in the tail, but I haven't quite got there yet:thumbs:

    I will aim to leave 1994 behind me next week:)
     
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    wcw botched Muhammad Ali for crying our loud....no wonder they died.
     
  5. The Wrestling Enthusiast

    The Wrestling Enthusiast .....

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    keith, you my guy and all. But your structure of the way you review is a mess.
     
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    Is it heck! That's the way Power Slam magazine did their old PPV reviews and we all know their the greatest wrestling rag of all time.... Besides you couldn't have told me this like 5 years ago?o_O
     
  7. The Wrestling Enthusiast

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    I AM THE GREATEST RAG MAG OF ALL TIME. Plus i thought you would have smartened up in 5 years, guess not. :side:
     
  8. Deezy

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    need stars and emojis/smileys to he a reviewer now.
     
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    But do you really think Ali wanted to do a Tyson type thing? He was a different sort of person. After retiring I think he was happy to live the quiet life. I'm sure just having him appear would have helped boast the numbers.

    Its not a mess though is it? The breakdown of statistics are clear, I used paragraphs. Think this one might have been a bit messy because I went a bit OTT with emjojis:shhh

    The stars are a good idea I will add them for my next review. Thanks.
     
  10. The Wrestling Enthusiast

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    i'm just talking about you having best, worse match and rating at the start of the review. I would leave it until the end.
     

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