Wednesday, May 19, 2021

WCW Wrestlewar 1992

Before anyone asks... yes, I somehow managed to finagle time to watch the Backlash show... no, I will not musing on it. I want to muse on something good. You'll get your helping next week, so... that's something, I guess.

So botched ending, that Blood & Guts match from AEW a couple weeks was pretty fun and prompted me to pop onto the WWE Network - because I can do that still here in Canada - and check out an old Wargames show. Didn't want to watch any of the WCW/nWo shenanigans and I qasn't feeling anything from the Crockett years... but there was one show I've heard good things about and that was Wrestlewar 1992, with the main event being the Wargames between Sting's Squadron and the Dangerous Alliance.

You've got my attention with this one kids.

Michael P.S. Hayes and Jimmy Garvin defeated U.S. Tag-Team Champions Greg Valentine and Terry Taylor to win the titles in a thing that happened. The titles would be retired a couple months later, because apparently, we didn't need another set of tag titles. I would agree.

Johnny B. Badd defeated Tracy Smothers. This was another thing that happened.

Scotty Flamingo defeated Marcus Alexander Bagwell with help from the holding of the ropes. If you want an early flavor of Raven vs. Buff Bagwell, this is the match for you. Otherwise, this was a thing that happened. You might be noticing a pattern here.

Mr. Hughes defeated Ron Simmons with an assist from Cactus Jack in yet another thing that happened. This was supposed to be a tag-team match, with Hughes and Cactus facing off against Simmons and Junkyard Dog, but Cactus beat the crap out of the dog and it became a regular match. I'm not quite sure if that's a step up or down from what we ended up with.

Todd Champion defeated SUPER INVADER (a.k.a. Hercules Hernandez in a mask, according to research) in - take a guess? That's right!  A thing that happened.

Big Josh defeated Ricky Morton Richard Morton, the man formerly of the Rock N Roll Express and now a member of the York Foundation, a group of wrestlers managed by "computer guru" Alexandra York, a.k.a. Terry Runnels, who later appear in the WWF as Marlena. This factoid is more interesting than the match itself, I'm afraid.

Light Heavyweight Champion Brian Pillman defeated the Z-Man Tom Zenk to retain the title. Finally, after a series of things  that happened, we've got a good match. Not seeing enough early-90s WCW helps to appreciate how good both guys are. Pillman would eventually have bigger moments to shine before his unfortunate passing in 1997, but this Z-Man dude is also pretty slick. I'd like to see more of this man's work one of these days.

WCW Tag-Team Champions The Steiner Bros. defeated the New Japan team of Tatsumi Fujinami and Takayuzi Iizuka to earn a shot at the IWGP Tag-Team Championships, at the time held by Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow. Fant

Sting's Squadron (WCW World Champion STING, Ricky Steamboat,, Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Dustin Rhodes) defeated the Dangerous Alliance (US Champion Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Stunning Steve Austin, Larry Zybyzko,  and Bobby Eaton) in the WARGAMES. Two rings, one cage, ten of the most notable WCW names at the time, a whole lot of blood, a whole lot of carnage, a hot crowd, top-tier announcing, camerawork that caught (almost) every vital moment in the fight... and yes, this was a bloody FIGHT. One that delivered the goods in spades, in the right amount of time, and capping off this chapter in a long-running feud with Zbyzko's untimely shot wth a shoe costing the Alliance the match beyond. If there is a textbook definition for the absolute most perfect WARGAMES match and perhaps one of the greatest matches to ever grace a WCW ring, this WARGAMES match should be in the Top 2. That's right; TOP TWO. Anyone looking to book a Wargames-like match,

Wrestlewar 92 is a good example of a one-match show. Yes, there's some good matches on here, but you have to wade through a whole bunch of crap before you got to the good stuff. And even then, once you got to Wargames, you got a match so awesome that it more than made up for the low points you have to endure. Seldom few wrestling shows are capable of pulling this off, but WCW Wrestlewar 92 is certainly one of them.

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