Originally Posted by to4sty
Real stacked show.....should be great!
It is a stupidly stacked show. Once upon a time I did put squash matches on Saturday Night, but I have way too much talent, hence this show being six pages long, even in highlight form.
World Championship Wrestling presents: Saturday Night
Saturday, Week 2, September 1992
Your commentators: Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously
Segment of the Night 1 – If you need a partner, you go to the Man!
Hart was, clearly and understandably, less than pleased with the way the match had panned out. Slamming his hands into the mat, he rolled out of the ring and over to the announcers’ table. Leaning on the desktop he glared down at Dangerously, who shifted uncomfortably in his seat.
Hart: I don’t know if Anderson’s out here for you, or for Flair, and either way I don’t care. He cost me that match, and he was the first one to beat me here in WCW – if you believe the referee! I could whine and cry about being screwed by a bent referee...
Hart: But I prefer to move on, to take the next fight, to win, and win again, until I can’t be denied what I’m worth. And what I’m worth, to you, is a hell of a lot of money. And that gives me leverage, it means I can make conditions.
Hart: Professionally, personally, I want Anderson in that ring – and if you want me to prove I’m worth what you think I am, you’ll give me your Enforcer so I can prove I can beat him. Because if I’m not better than what you’ve already got, then I need to get better – and you shouldn’t waste your money.
Dangerously: Well, I-
Hart’s hand shot out and closed on Dangerously’s shirt front, pulling him in close.
Hart: It’s not a request, Paul. You say the Alliance is like a family? Sometimes families fight, believe me, I know. You put Anderson in the ring with me and let me show you what I can do... Or I’ll show you what I can do.
Dangerously: Alright, alright, you’ve got your match!
Hart released his hold on Dangerously and turned away as...
...Rick Rude walked down the aisle, Ric Flair still celebrating in the centre of the ring. Rude stopped as a clearly furious Bret Hart approached, and the two shared a long, impenetrable stare before Rude stepped aside to let Hart past.
Ross: The Dangerous Alliance is going all out to bring in Bret Hart, aren’t they?
Dangerously: I, uh, well... Absolutely, Ross. You think Rick Rude stands aside for any other man on the planet? The president himself would take a knee before the World champion, and quite right too. That’s the power that the Dangerous Alliance wields.
Rude climbed into the ring, before shedding his robe to reveal the WCW World title fastened securely around his waist. Flair stared at it, his hunger evident on his face as Rude smirked.
Rude: You see this, Nature Boy? You know what it is – I know you do. Not just ten pounds of gold, not just the only fitting adornment for my perfect waist, not just the most prestigious title in the wrestling business...
Rude: It’s a symbol, a symbol that the man who holds it is the best of the best of the best. One man, and one man only, is fit to hold this title.
Rude: Right now, that one man is me.
Rude: As for you... Well, how do we know what you’ve got left in your tank, Ric? You’ve basically taken a year off since Nikita Koloff pounded you into the mat. You spent your time running around with Jericho and Storm, probably because they were the only ones you’d not already bored to death with tales of your glory days – or maybe they just needed someone old enough to be their dad so they could get into bars at the end of the night!
Flair smiled at the jibe, but it didn’t reach his eyes.
Flair: That’s what you’ve got, champ? ‘Old man Flair’ jokes? I came out here and challenged you to a World title match, and all you can do is tell me I’ve got a few more years behind me than the Thrillseekers? You think I don’t know that? Let me tell you something, Rick, the Nature Boy is like Space Mountain – it may be the oldest ride in the park, but it’s still got the longest line! Whoooo!
Rude: Classic Ric Flair, and I do mean classic – or vintage, old, antique... You see, you’ve come back from sitting on the sidelines and had a few good matches, sure, but are you really ready to face me? I don’t know, Ric, and I’m not putting my title on the line against you until I do.
Rude: So here’s the deal. At the Clash, I’m walking into the main event – exactly where the World champion should be, and I’m bring my World title with me... but I won’t be alone, because I’ll have the man I trust the most in the world at my side for a tag match: Steve Austin!
Rude: If you can find a partner who wants to team with you, great, you know where to find us – and when. And if you ever want to get me in the ring with the title on the line, Ric, then you’re going to need to beat us.
Flair: A tag match? A tag match? You’re that unsure of yourself that you won’t set foot in the ring with me, one-on-one? I can understand that!
This time Flair’s smile was broad and delighted, as Rude scowled.
Flair: Hey, you’re the champion, you call the shots. I get that, believe me, I get that better than anyone. So you want to have a practise run, see what I’ve got, well that’s fine. Because I’ve seen what you’ve got, Rick, and I’m impressed. I am. You’re strong, you’re quick, you’ve got the ladies hanging off you every night like the Nature Boy does. I’ll say it – you may be as good as me!
Flair: So I accept your challenge, champ, and it’ll be a pleasure to get in the ring with you. You’re strong, you’re a big guy, but I’m no slouch – and I’ve beaten strong before. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have an ace up my sleeve and for my partner I’m going to pick someone who’s just as strong as you – maybe even more so! You’re getting your Superstar buddy on your side at the Clash? That’s fine – because for my partner there’s only one logical choice: Sting!
The crowd erupted as Flair said the United States champion’s name, and after a few moments...
...the man himself emerged from the back, walking down the aisle in a manner that lacked much of his usual energy. Climbing into the ring he approached Flair without looking at Rude, and spoke to him quietly. Flair, mic in hand, responded so everyone could hear.
Flair: Stinger, you’re the Man! Who else would I pick as my tag partner?
Sting looked down at his United States title, which was clasped in his hand.
Sting: I’m going to be defending my title at the Clash, Ric-
Flair: Do you have a challenger? Is he-
Flair pointed at Rude.
Flair: -defending his title at the Clash? Imagine the fans’ reaction, Stinger, the Nature Boy and the Man against Steve Austin and Rick Rude. Listen to ‘em!
Sting looked around, taking in the cheers of the crowd as they showed their support for the idea. His expression remained uncertain as he turned back to Flair.
Sting: I don’t want to disappoint the fans, but you must have heard what I said after the Great American Bash, Ric. I’m not out to try and take down the Dangerous Alliance. He-
Sting pointed at Rude, who smirked.
Sting: -beat me. If you want someone on your side, why not one of the Thrillseekers?
Flair: Chris, Lance, they’re good kids – and soon they’re going to be great wrestlers, two of the best in the world. But they’re not the Man, Sting. You are.
Rude: I am.
Rude stepped in between Flair and Sting, turning his back on the latter.
Rude: You heard him, Ric. I beat him, I beat ‘the Man’, I beat Koloff, I beat Steamboat, I beat Rhodes, I beat Windham, I beat Steiner and Savage and at the Clash I‘ll beat you, dead centre in this ring, and you’ll have no comeback, no right to ask for this-
He pointed at the title belt.
Rude: -because you’ll be another victim of the success of the Dangerous Alliance, beaten and broken in our path, same as everyone else who’s crossed us... especially the so-called Man, Sting!
Rude stopped as Sting’s hand fell on his shoulder, yanking the World champion around to face him. When the United States champion spoke, his voice had turned cold and hard.
Sting: I said I wasn’t going to be the one leading the charge against the Dangerous Alliance. I had that responsibility, and I couldn’t stop you. Maybe I wasn’t the right person for the job, or maybe you’re just that good, like you say.
Sting: But if anyone in WCW knows gang warfare, it’s Ric Flair. If anyone knows what it takes to beat the World champion, it’s Ric Flair. And maybe, just maybe, the right person to lead the fight against you and your pack of jackals... is Ric Flair. When he had the Four Horsemen he was no better than you, and I don’t trust him not to go there again, but what kind of man am I if I don’t stand against you? So at the Clash I’ll be standing at his side as his tag team partner!
Rude stepped back, the roar of the crowd almost seeming like a physical strike when coupled with the sight of Sting and Ric Flair united – if only for one match – against him.
Sting: We’ll see you at the Clash!
Segment of the Night 2 – You paid the piper, now you have to dance the tune!
Patricia: Dustin Rhodes, congratulations! You’ve won five straight matches in defending the Television title – no-one could Beat The Champ!
Rhodes: That’s right!
Patricia: Can you tell us which title you intend to challenge for now?
Rhodes: Well, first Patricia, let me call my friend Barry Windham into the ring. Come on, man!
Windham joined his young partner in the centre of the ring, the pair dwarfing the comparatively diminutive interviewer as she stood between them, holding up the microphone.
Rhodes: Barry, this one was for you, brother. What the Calgary Connection did to you just wasn’t right, and I know you’ve been champing at the bit, waiting for your chance to get revenge. Well, you’re gonna get it! Because the two of us are going to challenge the Calgary Connection for the World tag titles!
The crowd cheered this, but as loud as they were the protests of Hart and Pillman on the outside of the ring were still audible. Pillman, still nursing his sore head, grabbed a microphone.
Pillman: Absolutely not! The Television title is not a tag title – you didn’t win a tag match, you don’t get a shot at the tag titles! Owen and I are the champs, and we’ll tell you when you have a match with us! We won’t be dictated to!
The crowd cheered still louder as Jesse Ventura walked down the aisle, flashing a check for $10,000 at the camera. Entering the ring, he handed it to Rhodes and shook his hand.
Ventura: Dustin, congratulations, you’ve earned the right to choose your shot...
He turned to Pillman and Hart.
Ventura: ...any shot, any title, singles or tag! You want to break someone’s arm? You can do that – but you have to know in Jesse Ventura’s WCW that’s going to come around and bite you. You boys paid the piper, and now it’s time to dance!
Ventura: No more running, no more ducking, no more dodging. You’re defending the WCW World tag titles against Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham... at Clash Of The Champions!
Rhodes and Windham high-fived at this announcement, but Windham’s eyes were locked on the champions, and Pillman in particular, as they protested futilely at ringside.
Ross: He may have the gold, the partner, and the money... but I wouldn’t want to be Brian Pillman right now. Barry Windham looks ready to do some Texas-sized damage to him!
Dangerously: I think that the Commissioner and I need to have a long conversation... but as to the match, Ross, I’m not worried. The Calgary Connection are the best – the best – tag team in the world today. What more do I need to say?
Ross: Brian Pillman might want to try ‘sorry’...
The night’s main event saw Bret Hart and Ric Flair clashing as Flair continued his campaign for a World title shot, and Hart seeking competition as he considers the megabucks offer from the Dangerous Alliance! The Izod Center fans were treated to a stunning display of technical wrestling from possibly the two best technicians in wrestling today, and were on their feet time and again as both men sought their signature submission holds! For Hart, however, escape from the Dangerous Alliance proved to be impossible, even during a potential match of the year candidate. Arn Anderson marched down the aisle and stood at ringside, distracting the Hitman. That distraction was enough for Flair to deftly roll up the Hitman for three – and no more, as Hart kicked out just as the referee’s hand hit the mat! Small wonder that Hart was furious with the outcome of the match... and the long-time friendship between Flair and Anderson, who’d slipped away in the aftermath!
Dustin Rhodes and Brian Pillman clashed in Rhodes’ fifth defence of the Television title. Pillman and Owen Hart didn’t want Rhodes to reach the magic fifth defence, and not just to keep Rhodes from getting his hands on $10,000! Pillman used every trick in the book to try and stop Rhodes, including involvement from Hart on the outside, but Barry Windham quickly hit ringside to stop that! Windham remained outside the ring to counter Hart’s presence, and Pillman seemed rattled by his presence, enough so that Rhodes was able to land the Bulldog for the successful title defence!
Rick Rude’s opponent in non-title action was Michael Hayes, and the World champion was able to put the Freebird down with a Rude Awakening for the win – but Hayes may have other things on his mind this Saturday night!
The Diamond Mine and Young Pistols clashed with the United States tag titles on the line in the first of the night’s three title matches. The rapid offence of the champions was enough to keep Vinnie Vegas and the Diamond Studd on the back foot in the first half of the match, but a big boot from Vegas slowed Armstrong enough to give the bigger team some momentum. With their strength and size advantage, the Diamond Mine slugged and battered their way back into the match. With the triple distractions of Diamond Dallas Page, Shawn Michaels and Kimberly Page at ringside, not even the presence of Michael Hayes in the Pistols’ corner was enough to keep matters balanced. And, indeed, the well-oiled movements of the Diamond Exchange machine were critical in the finale of the match, with Page laying out Hayes from behind, Michaels yanking Smothers off the ring apron, Kimberly distracting Armstrong so he couldn’t help his partners, and finally the Diamond Studd taking advantage of the distraction to lift Armstrong up for the Diamond Death Drop to secure the win and the titles!
Before the Exchange could celebrate adding more gold to their Six Man titles, Hayes jumped on Michaels and began pounding him with fists and feet. Smothers joined the fray and, with the help of one of the title belts, Armstrong did as well, laying out Page and tackling Studd as WCW officials sprinted down to the ring to try and bring the situation under control. This one is far from done, folks!
Speaking of the Diamond Mine, who’d like to see them face Ricky Steamboat and Marcus Bagwell? The veteran and his protégé issued the challenge for Main Event tomorrow night – be sure to tune in to see this one go down!
Who’s ready for the Clash? Wendi Richter certainly is! Richter appeared to inform Madusa that their NWA-sanctioned title match will take place in twelve nights’ time. We suspect Madusa may be glad finally to get this match over with – at least, so long as she retains!
Sting and Nikita Koloff faced off for the WCW United States title in a match that showed the mutual respect between the pair – a refreshing change from the bitterly personal conflicts that so many of their peers find themselves in! The two men gave their all in the ring, showing off their power and deceptive speed with Koloff at one point pressing Sting over his head once, twice, three times before slamming him to the mat. But the Post-Soviet Superstar came up short when Sting evaded a corner charge and Koloff hit hard, leaving him prey to a Stinger Splash, followed by the Scorpion Deathlock as Sting successfully retained his title! Afterwards, the two crowd favourites shook hands in a sign of mutual respect – although Rick Rude, watching backstage, seemed to view the display with utter disrespect!
Cactus Jack and Randy Savage were just hitting their groove as they brawled in the entrance way, the referee having been able to do little to convince them to keep their fight in the ring! Before the match could continue, however, Scott Steiner vaulted the guard rail after being absent last week and decked Savage with a Steinerline. Before the attack could continue, though, Steiner was distracted by Cactus cheering him on – apparently the wildman from Truth or Consequences really wants to see the two fight! That gave Commissioner Ventura the chance to interrupt and separate the pair with a security team. The Commissioner said he’d seen enough, and was learning from how he handled Cactus and Nikita Koloff – so at the Clash Steiner and Savage would meet in a Last Man Standing match to settle their beef.
Ventura: And maybe this way at least one of you will come out the other side still fit to fight!
Big Van Vader was holding a public training session at a New Jersey gym, making short work of several sparring partners as Harley Race gloated about his prowess, and the other members of the Kingdom watched on silently. Suddenly, Vader lunged out of the ring and grabbed a member of the crowd who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt, rearing back to punch him before Mr Hughes and Race grabbed his arm and held him back. The sweatshirt ripped, revealing its wearer – an apparently innocent bystander who quickly turned and sprinted out of the gym! As Race looked at Vader in concern, the lights flickered briefly, promoting Vader to slam his hands into a turnbuckle so hard that the ropes snapped. Several other members of the crowd beat a hasty retreat at the sight of the raging Vader...
Pre-show, Nick Patrick was brought into wrestler’s court where Judge Anderson made him pay for everyone’s drinks because he... forgot to pay for a round of drinks. Seems fair, and I imagine a lot of people were out that night who wouldn’t have been otherwise.
Also, Ricky Steamboat added another protégé to Marcus Bagwell and Steve Armstrong. This time it’s... short-term preliminary wrestler Brian Armstrong. After PN Newz and Mike Droese, I need to stop our veterans taking a shine to the guys on one month contracts.
But I guess it means that I can keep Brian around, and him and Steve and Scott will act like a feedback loop, keeping each other happy. I’d bring Bob and Scott in too, but honestly, it seems like that may already have been used in a diary...
Beat The Champ: The Patriot vs. Terence Taylor – WCW Television Title
Ricky Steamboat and Marcus Bagwell vs. The Diamond Mine
Ric Flair and the Thrillseekers vs. Mr Hughes and the One Percenters
Ron Simmons and Nikita Koloff vs. Brutal K