WCW PRO WRESTLING CHICAGO 08.03.1991 Recap + Review – Austin vs. Z-Man, Yellow Dog vs. Arn

COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

WCW Pro this week features two big matches as Arn Anderson tries to take The Yellow Dog’s mask and Steve Austin defends the TV Title against former champ The Z-Man. Sting, One Man Gang, and others are also in action and this week Schiavone & Zbyszko do their remotes aboard the new luxury Chicago cruiseliner the Odyssey.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Sting vs. Fred Avery (SQUASH)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog vs. Arn Anderson (**1/2)
  • One Man Gang vs. Chad Floyd (SQUASH)
  • Dustin Rhodes & Robert Gibson vs. Brian Carr & Paul Lee (SQUASH)
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. The Z-Man for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)

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WCW POWER HOUR 08.03.1991 Recap + Review – Six Man Bounty for the Mask Match, Squashes Galore

COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously

Legacy of WCW continues on Jon vs. Pro Wrestling as we head into August 1991, with the first episode of Power Hour. This one features matches that have already aired in previous weeks on other programming but since we’re starting fresh on a new website I have treated them as new; future rundowns will be a lot more condensed since Power Hour tends to be mostly rehashed footage if you watch all of their other TV.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)
  • WCW WORLD SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes, Jimmy “Jam” Garvin, & Badstreet)

LINEUP

  • Johnny B. Badd vs. Joey Maggs (SQUASH)
  • El Gigante vs. Carl Nelson (SQUASH)
  • Steve Austin vs. Kip Abee (SQUASH)
  • Z-Man vs. Mike Thor (SQUASH)
  • BOUNTY FOR THE MASK: The Yellow Dog, Dustin Rhodes, & Bobby Eaton vs. Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, & Diamond Studd (**1/4)

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‘WCW SPRING STAMPEDE 1999’ Recap + Review – Four Corners World Title Match, Goldberg vs. Nash, New U.S. Champ Crowned

DATE: April 11, 1999
VENUE: Tacoma Dome (Tacoma, WA)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The Professor” Mike Tenay
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

The World Heavyweight Championship is up for grabs in the main event as  Ric Flair defends against Hollywood Hogan, Sting, and Diamond Dallas Page in a Four Corners Match with the returning “Macho Man” Randy Savage as the special guest referee. Also on the show the United States Championship is decided as Booker T takes on Scott Steiner, Hak battles Bam Bam Bigelow in a Hardcore match, Goldberg finally gets his hands on Kevin Nash after losing the World Title (and streak) to him back in December, and most importantly IT’S THE FIRST PPV WITH THE NEW LOGO THAT ONLY I LIKE, APPARENTLY.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: Booker T
  • WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Rey Mysterio Jr.
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Rey Mysterio Jr. & Kidman

LINEUP

  • Blitzkrieg vs. Juventud Guerrera (**1/2)
  • Hak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (**3/4)
  • Mikey Whipwreck vs. Scotty Riggs (**)
  • Konnan vs. Disco Inferno (*1/2)
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. [c] vs. Kidman for the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • Raven & Perry Saturn vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko (****)
  • Booker T vs. Scott Steiner for the vacant WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
  • Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash (*3/4)
  • Ric Flair [c] vs. Hollywood Hogan vs. Sting vs. Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)

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‘WCW UNCENSORED 1999’ Recap + Review – BOB WIRE, Lumberjacks with Straps, Dog Collars, Oh My

DATE: March 14, 1999
VENUE: Freedom Hall (Louisville, KY)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The Professor” Mike Tenay

All sorts of things are on the line at Uncensored 1999 as Ric Flair fights to become WCW World Champion and PRESIDENT FOR LIFE, challenging Hollywood Hogan in a First Blood Cage Match topped with BOB WIRE. Also on the show Rey Mysterio Jr. looks for revenge against Kevin Nash, Mikey Whipwreck makes his improbable WCW debut, Perry Saturn finally embraces the real him, and a bunch of other sh*t thrown against the wall because it’s Uncensored.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Hollywood Hogan
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Scott Hall
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner
  • WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Kidman
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Curt Hennig & Barry Windham

LINEUP

  • Kidman [c] vs. Mikey Whipwreck for the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***3/4)
  • HARLEM STREET FIGHT: Stevie Ray vs. Vincent (*3/4)
  • Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Kevin Nash (*1/2)
  • HANDICAP MATCH: Jerry Flynn vs. Ernest Miller & Sonny Onoo (*1/2)
  • Raven vs. Hak vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (***)
  • LUMBERJACK (WITH STRAPS) MATCH: Curt Hennig & Barry Windham [c] vs. Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • DOG COLLAR MATCH: Perry Saturn vs. Chris Jericho (**)
  • Scott Steiner [c] vs. Booker T for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • FIRST BLOOD CAGE MATCH: Hollywood Hogan [c] vs. Ric Flair for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)

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‘WCW SUPERBRAWL IX’ Recap + Review – Hogan vs. Flair, Goldberg vs. Bigelow, RIP Mysterio’s Mask

DATE: February 21, 1999
VENUE: Oakland Arena (Oakland, CA)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The Professor” Mike Tenay
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock

SuperBrawl IX features a very fresh and never before seen main event as Hollywood Hogan defends the World Title against Ric Flair. About time! Also on the show Rey Mysterio Jr. put his mask on the line against Miss Elizabeth’s hair (they don’t wrestle each other, don’t get excited), new World Tag Team Champions are decided, and if you love nWo interference and shenanigans YOU ARE IN FOR A GREAT NIGHT.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Hollywood Hogan
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner
  • WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Kidman
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant

LINEUP

  • Booker T vs. Disco Inferno (**3/4)
  • Perry Saturn vs. Chris Jericho (***)
  • Kidman [c] vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr. for the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS KINDA: Chris Benoit & Dean Malenko vs. Curt Hennig & Barry Windham for the vacant WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*1/2)
  • MASK VS. HAIR: Rey Mysterio Jr. & Konnan vs. Kevin Nash & ??? (*3/4)
  • Scott Steiner [c] vs. Diamond Dallas Page for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Roddy Piper [c] vs. Scott Hall for the WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (3/4*)
  • Goldberg vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (**1/4)
  • Hollywood Hogan [c] vs. Ric Flair for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**)

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‘WCW BEACH BLAST 1992’ Recap + Review – Steiners vs. MVC, Sting vs. Cactus, Steamboat vs. Rude

DATE: June 20, 1992
VENUE: Mobile Civic Center (Mobile, AL)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Just four days removed from Clash of the Champions XIX, WCW presents its first-annual Beach Blast live from the summer capital of the world: Mobile, Alabama! This show features one of the greatest World Championship matches in WCW history, the Tag Team Championship main-eventing a PPV for I think the first time ever, and a 30 minute Iron Man match. Let’s see how it holds up.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Sting
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “Ravishing” Rick Rude
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “Flyin” Brian Pillman
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael “P.S.” Hayes & Jimmy “Jam” Garvin)

LINEUP

  • Brian Pillman [c] vs. Scotty Flamingo for the WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Ron Simmons vs. The Taylor Made Man (*1/2)
  • Marcus Bagwell vs. Greg Valentine (*1/4)
  • FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE: Sting [c] vs. Cactus Jack for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****1/4)
  • IRON MAN CHALLENGE: Ricky Steamboat vs. Rick Rude (****1/2)
  • Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, & Nikita Koloff vs. The Dangerous Alliance (**3/4)
  • The Steiner Brothers [c] vs. The Miracle Violence Connection for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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‘WCW SOULED OUT 1999’ Recap + Review – Goldberg vs. Hall, Flairs vs. Hennig & Windham

DATE: January 17, 1999
VENUE: Charleston Civic Center (Charleston, WV)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, & “The Professor” Mike Tenay
VIEWING METHOD: Peacock (ugh)

One month after losing both his World Championship and his streak, Goldberg seeks revenge at Souled Out as he takes on the man who cost him everything, Scott Hall, in a Ladder Match. Also on the show Ric Flair teams with his young son David Flair to take on Curt Hennig & Barry Windham, Perry Saturn and Chris Jericho battle in a “Loser Wears a Dress” match (yes that happened on a major PPV in 1999), and the cruiserweights try their best to save a cratering PPV by having a four corners match full of nonsense.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Hollywood Hogan
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner
  • WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION: Kidman
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Vacant

LINEUP

  • Chris Benoit vs. Mike Enos (**1/2)
  • Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Norman Smiley (**)
  • Van Hammer vs. Fit Finlay (*)
  • Wrath vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (*1/4)
  • Konnan vs. Lex Luger (*)
  • LOSER WEARS A DRESS: Perry Saturn vs. Chris Jericho (**1/2)
  • Kidman [c] vs. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Psicosis vs. Juventud Guerrera for the WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***)
  • Ric & David Flair vs. Curt Hennig & Barry Windham (**1/4)
  • LADDER MATCH: Goldberg vs. Scott Hall (**1/2)

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[PPV Review] ‘WCW HALLOWEEN HAVOC 1993’ – Spin the Wheel Make The Deal 2, Flair vs. Rude, Rhodes vs. Austin

DATE: October 24, 1993
VENUE: Lakefront Arena (New Orleans, LA)
COMMENTATORS: Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

The 1993 edition of Halloween Havoc tries its hand at Spin the Wheel, Make The Deal as Cactus Jack takes on Big Van Vader in a match to be decided in the main event. Also on the show Rick Rude defends his Big Gold Belt that’s also a World Title now against Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat trades up from his scheduled opponent to take on “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, and Sting and Sid Vicious have a Halloween Havoc ‘90 rematch to decide who the franchise of WCW is.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Big Van Vader
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Lord” Steven Regal
  • BIG GOLD BELT CHAMPION GUY: “Ravishing” Rick Rude
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio

LINEUP

  • The Shockmaster, Charlie Norris, & Ice Train vs. The Equalizer & Harlem Heat (*1/2)
  • Ricky Steamboat vs. Paul Orndorff (***)
  • Lord Steven Regal [c] vs. Davey Boy Smith for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/4)
  • Dustin Rhodes [c] vs. Steve Austin for the WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Marcus Alexander Bagwell & 2 Cold Scorpio [c] vs. The Nasty Boys for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Sting vs. Sid Vicious (**1/2)
  • Rick Rude [c] vs. Ric Flair for the BIG GOLD BELT (**)
  • SPIN THE WHEEL, MAKE THE DEAL: Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (**1/2)

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[PPV Review] ‘WCW HALLOWEEN HAVOC 1992’ – Spin the Wheel Make The Deal, Simmons vs. Barbarian, Steamboat vs. Pillman

DATE: October 25, 1992
VENUE: Philadelphia Civic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Spin the wheel, make the deal. Spin the wheel, make the deal. SPIN. THE. WHEEL. MAKE. THE. DEAL. SPIIIIIIIIIN THEEEEE WHEEEL MAAAAKE THE DEEE-okay you get my point.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The All-American” Ron Simmons
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “Ravishing” Rick Rude
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: Scott Steiner
  • WCW/NWA UNIFIED TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham

LINEUP

  • Shane Douglas, Tom Zenk, & Johnny Gunn vs. Michael Hayes, Arn Anderson, & Bobby Eaton (**)
  • Ricky Steamboat vs. Brian Pillman (***1/4)
  • Big Van Vader (on behalf of Rick Rude) [c] vs. Nikita Koloff for the WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/4)
  • Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham [c] vs. Steve Williams & Steve Austin for the WCW/NWA UNIFIED WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Masahiro Chono [c] vs. Rick Rude for the NWA WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (1/2*)
  • Ron Simmons [c] vs. The Barbarian for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**)
  • SPIN THE WHEEL MAKE THE DEAL: Sting vs. Jake Roberts (*3/4)

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[PPV Review] ‘WCW HALLOWEEN HAVOC 91’ – Chamber of Horrors, Luger vs. Simmons

DATE: October 27, 1991
VENUE: UTC Arena (Chattanooga, TN)
COMMENTATORS: Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone

The 1991 edition of Halloween Havoc features the infamous CHAMBER OF HORRORS, the crowning of the first Light Heavyweight Champion, a Ravishing Halloween Phantom, and 2 out of 3 Falls Match for the World Title.

CHAMPIONS

  • WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: “The Total Package” Lex Luger
  • WCW UNITED STATES HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Sting
  • WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: “Stunning” Steve Austin
  • WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: Vacant
  • WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Enforcers (“The Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “The Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko)
  • WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: The Patriots (Firebreaker Chip & Todd Champion)

LINEUP

  • CHAMBER OF HORRORS: Sting, El Gigante, & The Steiner Brothers vs. Cactus Jack, Abdullah The Butcher, The Diamond Studd, & Big Van Vader (*)
  • PN News & Big Josh vs. The Creatures (*1/4)
  • Bobby Eaton vs. Terrence Taylor (***)
  • Jimmy Garvin vs. Johnny B. Badd (**)
  • Steve Austin [c] vs. Dustin Rhodes for the WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
  • Bill Kazmaier vs. Oz (*1/2)
  • Van Hammer vs. Doug Somers (SQUASH)
  • Brian Pillman vs. Richard Morton for the vacant WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**3/4)
  • Tom Zenk vs. WCW Halloween Phantom (SQUASH)
  • The Enforcers [c] vs. The Patriots for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (*3/4)
  • 2 OUT OF 3 FALLS: Lex Luger [c] vs. Ron Simmons for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)

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