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World Championship Wrestling presents: Saturday Night
Saturday, Week 1, September 1992
Your commentators: Jim Ross and Paul E. Dangerously

Match of the Week

Ricky Steamboat vs. Big Van Vader
Dangerously: Look at the sizes of these two men, Ross. What can Steamboat hope to accomplish against Big Van Vader?

Ross: I think he’s looking for revenge, Paul, and he aims to get it.

Dangerously: And I thought that Steamboat was a family man, a man of morals. Revenge seems somehow beneath a man like that.

Ross: Then let’s call it justice for the Kingdom’s attack on Marcus Bagwell.

Dangerously: Speaking of whom, I notice the little punk isn’t here at ringside.

Ross: Not that you’re a man to hold grudges or anything, Paul, but if you must know Steamboat has asked Bagwell to stay backstage during this match as he’s worried that the Kingdom would attack him again.

Dangerously: Well, why not? I have the urge to knock his teeth down his throat every time I see him. I can only imagine what Big Van Vader makes of him.

Steamboat was cautious about engaging Vader in the early going of the match, understandably not wanting to get caught in range of the bigger man’s clubbing blows. But Vader is no lead-footed super heavyweight, and he was able to close the distance between himself and the Dragon almost as quickly as Steamboat could open it, keeping Steamboat on the back foot in the opening exchanges.

Steamboat eventually scored with what almost seemed like a desperation dropkick, but one that caught Vader flush on one side of his head. The big man seemed less certain in his movements afterwards, with Ross speculating that his equilibrium had been disrupted by the strike.

Steamboat made the most of the brief respite, peppering Vader with a series of clotheslines and kicks, focusing the latter on the big man’s knees and thighs to weaken his standing base.

But Vader seemed barely to feel the blows as they landed, and soon enough the fog cleared. As Steamboat dived in with another clothesline, Vader slammed his arms together, catching Steamboat’s head in the middle, dropping him to the mat. As the Dragon lay on the mat, desperately trying to regain his bearings...



...the other members of the Kingdom walked down the aisle, Mr Hughes’ habitual sneer in place as Ron and Don Harris smacked away the hands of any fans reaching out to them.

Ross: This doesn’t look good for Ricky Steamboat.

Dangerously: He took a match against Big Van Vader, Ross. What did you expect it would look like?

Rather than enter the ring, Hughes and the One Percenters simply took up station around it, with Harley Race forming the fourth point of a diamond trapping Steamboat in the ring with Vader. Steamboat, however, showed no signs of being willing – or, rather, able – to escape from Vader, as the 450 pound monster landed an elbow drop across Steamboat’s back and dragged him off the mat before slamming him back down.

Vader: Who’s the man? Who’s the man?



But the appearance of the Kingdom drew out Marcus Bagwell – despite his promises – as the youngster charged the ring and jumped on Hughes’ back. The sudden impact stunned even the silent big man, sending him staggering forward and bringing the Harris twins running to his defence. In the ring, Steamboat looked around and saw his young protégé locked in a fight with the trio and deftly evaded Vader’s charge into the corner. Climbing to the top rope, Steamboat flew through the air and toppled the Kingdom brutes with a crossbody that left all five men on the floor...

...as, with Vader alone in the ring, the lights went out for a few seconds.

The lights came up again without further incident, leaving Vader staring about him, looking to all sides in anticipation of any further appearance. But there was nothing, just the One Percenters taking advantage of the distracted official to brutalise Ricky Steamboat as Mr Hughes crushed Marcus Bagwell against the ringpost. The Harrises rolled Steamboat back into the ring at Vader’s feet and, with Harley Race yelling at him from ringside, Vader turned his attention back to the task at hand, lifting Steamboat up as he tried to regain his wits and planting him with a Vader Bomb before he could. The pinfall duly followed as Vader claimed the scalp of a former World champion – albeit with some assistance!

Dangerously: Even that muscle-bound whacko can’t stop this guy, Ross!

Ross: Oh, sure, Paul. That was all Vader.

Dangerously: Hey, you go ask Ricky Steamboat to tell you how much of the pain he’s in is down to that mastodon standing over him right now!

Winner: Big Van Vader (A)

Segment of the Night – Maybe I've always been this mad!


Bischoff: Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here now with Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. Randy, first of all, how are you feeling after suffering a concussion in your match with Scott St-

Savage: I’m gonna stop you there, Bischoff, because nothing that happened to me that night happened in a match. See, the big freaky Steiner did his best to bring an end to the Macho Man. That night, that wasn’t a match – that was an assassination attempt, and it was a good one, yeah! Scott Steiner caught me, and caught me good, and I was left bleeding and barely able to stand!

Savage: But it wasn’t good enough, no, not nearly good enough. You had your chance, Scott, and you didn’t get the job done, and now the Macho Man has got his eyes wide open, yeah-

Savage removed his sunglasses, his bulging eyes staring unblinking down the camera lens.

Savage: -and I’ll see you coming, see you trying to sneak in and find a way to get at me again, find a way to finish the job but no! There’ll be no sneaking back, no catching me with my back turned, no letting my guard down. I got you two weeks’ ago, and I’ll get you again, that’s right, and I’ll snap one of those big arms off and beat you with it, yeah!

Bischoff: Well, Randy, it seems like you want a rematch-

Savage: I told you! What happened before wasn’t a match, Bischoff, but do I want Steiner in the ring? Yeah, I do, and I’ll get him. All that matters is how Commissioner the Body wants to play this, and I know the Body, yes I do, and he’ll want this somewhere the whole world can see, because this is WCW, this is where the big boys play, and Scott Steiner, yeah, he’s a big, big boy... but I’m the Macho Man, and whatever he’s got, I’ll take it and give him back more than he can handle!

Savage’s voice dropped from a bellow to a near-whisper as he grabbed the microphone and pulled it closer, making Bischoff yelp and grimace as Savage’s hand gripped his around the microphone handle, his wrist twisted at an unusual angle.

Savage: Scott, you got me right here-

He pointed to his head, where stitches were still visible.

Savage: -and maybe you knocked something loose in my head, or maybe I’ve always been this mad. Who knows? What I do know, partner, is that you won’t get me again. You’re big, you’re tough, you’re mean, but I’ve been doing this since you were a punk kid more worried about getting a date to your junior prom than going to war.

Savage: And war is where this has taken you. War is where you lead me, and war is where you’ll find me. Make no mistake, Scott Steiner. You’ll live to regret what you’ve done to me these last few weeks. What I did to you was only the beginning of my payback!

Savage released Bischoff’s hand and stalked off, with Elizabeth giving him a conciliatory pat on the shoulder before hurrying after him.

Bischoff: Back to you, Jim and Paul!

WCW Hotline Show Notes

Before Sting defended his United States title, he was confronted backstage by Rick Rude.

Rude: I know what you’re doing, Sting, and it’s not going to work. You had your chances, you lost, stick to defending your United States title – and know that Arn’s going to be back for it, or Steve, or Brian or Owen. Enjoy it while it lasts, and stick to your lane.

Sting went on to tackle Terence Taylor in a tremendous match, with the Computerised Man of the ‘90s giving the United States champion a run for his money in a tremendous contest. Sting came out on top of this defence by taking Taylor down with the Scorpion Deathlock for the submission, but certainly knew he’d been in a match afterwards! Afterwards, Nikita Koloff hit the ring to shake Sting’s hand – and issue a challenge for the United States title, which Sting accepted!

Ric Flair and Rick Rude both picked up wins again on Saturday night, with Flair forcing Robert Gibson to submit to the Figure Four Leglock, and Rude scoring with the Rude Awakening against Steve Armstrong.

Bret Hart still seems to be torn over the offer from the Dangerous Alliance, and wasn’t necessarily helped by Cactus Jack offering him some words of wisdom about all the treats the Dangerous Alliance’s money could buy – and he should know! Jack rhapsodised about the truck he bought with the money from taking out Sting, but Bret didn’t seem convinced. Still, how about a match with Ric Flair to take his mind off things? That was the offer from the Nature Boy, and Bret Hart seemed especially eager to accept!

Backstage, Michael Hayes was being dressed down by the Young Pistols over his agreeing to them defending their United States tag titles against the Diamond Mine once more.

Smothers: We can’t turn it down now, we’d look yellow! But I don’t know what in blue blazes you were thinking, PS!

Hayes protested that it had been a spur of the moment decision – but wouldn’t it be great if they could keep the US tag titles, and win the Six Man titles? The Pistols eventually agreed that would be great.

Dustin Rhodes picked up another victory and $1,000 as he successfully defended his Television title against Pat Rose, scoring the win with a Bulldog. Afterwards, Rhodes said that he knew exactly what title he’d be chasing if he got his fifth win. Two to go!
Show rating: A

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Makie Numao – that name mean anything to anyone? Not me, at least, and yet in September 1992 she becomes the reining NWA Women’s champion, in her first match, at the age of 19.

In her second match she lost it back to Madusa before Saturday Night went on the air. We’re not about to shout the details of Numao’s reign from the rooftops here.

The NWA could stand to recognise who has the power in this relationship, and it’s not them...

(Numao and Madusa do have great chemistry, though. Maybe that’s why?)

(Real reason: Madusa hit her defence limit with the NWA.)

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WCW Main Event
Beat the Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Owen Hart – WCW Television Title
Jimmy James, John Paul and Kevin Quinn vs. The Diamond Exchange (c) – WCW Six Man Titles
The Patriot and Todd Champion vs. Brian Pillman and Steve Austin
The Young Pistols and The Thrillseekers vs. The Stocks And Shares Express and The Lightning Express
Sweet Saraya vs. Madusa (c) – NWA Women’s Title

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Beat the Champ: Owen Hart – WCW Television Title
The Diamond Exchange (c) – WCW Six Man Titles
Brian Pillman and Steve Austin
The Young Pistols and The Thrillseekers
Madusa (c) – NWA Women’s Title
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WCW Main Event
Beat the Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Owen Hart – WCW Television Title
Jimmy James, John Paul and Kevin Quinn vs. The Diamond Exchange (c) – WCW Six Man Titles
The Patriot and Todd Champion vs. Brian Pillman and Steve Austin
The Young Pistols and The Thrillseekers
vs. The Stocks And Shares Express and The Lightning Express
Sweet Saraya vs. Madusa (c) – NWA Women’s Title
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World Championship Wrestling presents: Main Event
Sunday, Week 1, September 1992

Your commentators: Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff

Segment of the Night – We’re stopping you in your tracks, Dustin!

Dustin Rhodes entered the arena for the main event, with Barry Windham at his side. Almost before they made it to the ring, though, the music of the Calgary Connection played and Brian Pillman and Owen Hart walked down the aisle.

Pillman: Enough, cut the best music in town and let these Sportatorium folks see what real wrestlers look like...

The Dallas crowd, hardly predisposed to support their fellow Texan’s opponent in any case, booed Hart and Pillman all the more loudly.

Hart: Shut up!

The crowd didn’t, nor did they seem likely to.

Pillman: Ah, who cares about Texas? They say everything’s big down here, but as far as I can see, real quality is Canadian-trained!

The World tag champions posed to show off their title belts, while in the ring Rhodes had to hold Windham back, the Sweetwater native spitting curses at Pillman and Hart that were just about audible on the house mics.

Hart: Dustin, we’re not idiots. We know you want these-

He pointed at their title belts.

Hart: -and we’ve been saying all along that we’ll get there, when we’re ready. You don’t get to choose, not when we’re having fun string you along like one of the dumb cows you Texans write all those country songs about.

By now the crowd could hardly have been hotter, and security had to move to stop fans jumping the rail to get at Hart and Pillman.

Pillman: Don’t even try it. Lay a finger on me, and Richard Dangerously, attorney at law, will come down here all the way from New York and sue you so hard I’ll end up owning half this state once he’s done!

Hart: Dustin, you’re not using the Television title to get a shot at our titles, and just to make sure, I’m going to stop you tonight and take it from you. Once I do and get five defences under my belt, I’ll use my choice to get the United States title back for the Alliance – or maybe we’ll take the Six Man belts! And if, somehow, some way, your dumb Texan ass gets past me tonight...

Pillman: ...I’ll be waiting for you next Saturday Night, and I’ll put a stop to any ideas you might have about jumping the queue!

WCW Hotline Show Notes


Rhodes and Hart had the main event spotlight on them, and showed that these two youngsters, second-generation stars both, are definitely deserving of their place. The fans were vocal in their support of Rhodes, although had some cheers to spare for Windham as he watched Pillman closely on the far side of the ring. Pillman seemed intent on the match – so much so he seemed to be deliberately ignoring Windham, although the match was so good he may well have been as enthralled as the crowd! Inside the ring Rhodes pitted his strength and size against Hart’s speed and agility, and the contest was an even one, the two young bucks each coming close on several occasions to the win. It was Rhodes who managed to land the decisive blow, blocking an attempted Northern Lights Suplex and planting Hart with a Bulldog before the Canadian could react to score the three!

With Firebreaker Chip injured, the Patriot and Todd Champion teamed up to face Dangerous Alliance allies Brian Pillman and Steve Austin in an enthralling opener. The atypical pairings both showed initiative and innovation as they took the fight to one another, but with Madusa on the outside the Alliance pairing had the edge, as Pillman flattened the Patriot with a Shining Wizard for the pin.

Sting and Nikita Koloff are clearly taking their upcoming United States title match seriously – the training montage that aired here showed Koloff doing roadwork around an abandoned logging camp, while the Stinger was working hard in a state-of-the-art gymnasium, lifting incredible amounts of weight.

Eight man tag action saw crowd favourites the Young Pistols and Thrillseekers clash with the Stocks And Shares Express and Lightning Express. It was a fast-paced, high-flying affair with the crowd on their feet for some of the thrilling action that the two teams put forward, before Tracy Smothers shocked Tim Horner with a Jaw Jacker, laying him out to score the win! Afterwards Michael Hayes congratulated the Pistols and announced that he had big news – the Diamond Mine would be challenging for the United States tag titles this coming Saturday Night!

The Diamond Exchange obviously have a lot of interest in that match, but here picked up a win with their Six Man titles on the line against a trio of local challengers. We suspect that the Young Pistols will put up a bigger test for Vinnie Vegas and Diamond Studd with their titles on the line!

Marcus Bagwell and Ricky Steamboat were backstage on Sunday night, deep in conversation as Steamboat was looked over by the trainers following his match with Big Van Vader. Bagwell seemed to be apologising – which Steamboat seemed happy to accept, to his credit.

Madusa has been feeling mean lately, no doubt due to Wendi Richter’s upsetting presence in WCW. Here she vented some of her frustrations on British talent Sweet Saraya, making the youngster suffer before hammering her into the mat with a German Suplex for the pin.

Show rating: B+

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In “I bet Vince loved that” news, NWA World Champion Johnny (Grunge) Rotten faced WWF World Champion Greg Valentine on WWC’s Caged Ambition card in Puerto Rico. To speak to the drawing power of Valentine, the match was the semi-final (Dick Murdoch over Invader #1 was the main event) and Valentine did the job.

If you are going to have a PPA guy as your World champion, Vince...

(I’m really resisting the urge to have Valentine come in as a York Foundation member, talking about how he wants to make real money, and have him lose to everyone. But that would only hasten the end of his title reign and, honestly, it doesn’t seem to be hurting WWF at the moment as they still have Hogan, albeit a Hogan who’s not wrestled in five weeks...)

Fair play to Rotten, incidentally. Since winning the strap from Sabu three weeks ago, he’s made eight defences plus had two non-title matches. He’s appeared for WCWP, WCCW, ECWA, IWCCW, TWF, WWC and the UWFi. It’s only a snapshot, but that’s a real touring champion’s schedule. Ric’s pleased to see it, although I note that the last three champions have averaged nine defences each, so maybe Johnny’s not going to have much longer with the gold...
Next: The Dream lives!

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Oh Hammer... when will the boys "up north" learn?

I'm curious about the biggest mystery so far - who the heck was the charming lady in the crowd?
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Oh Hammer... when will the boys "up north" learn?

I'm curious about the biggest mystery so far - who the heck was the charming lady in the crowd?

She lights up the room whenever she enters, and that's all I'm saying



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The party, such as it was, was a quiet one – the booking team and a few of Mike Graham’s friends backstage were gathered in a small room backstage, enjoying the bottles of Haig that Ric had sprung for.

Back to Florida then, Mike? Shame we couldn’t come to terms on that new contract but, well...

Hard for me to sign off on a new deal when I still have your knife in my back!

Ric raised his glass to Graham, who gave him a small smile as he raised his own in return. Ric turned away, putting Mike Graham out of his mind.

“He’s a good kid. Did a lot for Florida wrestling with his father and me back in the day, Ric.”

“He’s nearly forty. He’s not a kid any more, and he needs to learn where his bread is buttered – and where his loyalties lie. That’s not an issue anyone ever had with you. You could always tell which way the wind is blowing.”

Ric raised his glass, and the newest – sort of – member of the booking team raised his in return, his smile as wide as could be.


“Ric, there’s nothing clearer than the direction the wind is blowing right now – due Nature Boy, baby! You’ve put WCW back where it should always have been, you’ve got the dirtsheets falling over themselves so say nice things about you, you’ve got money trippin’ over itself to fill up Ted Turner’s bank accounts-“

“-and Dustin’s in the main event.”

“And Barry too,” Dusty said, with a satisfied sigh. He took a swig of whisky. “I know we didn’t part on the best of terms last time around, Ric, but you know that was just bidness, brother. It wasn’t much fun around here without Murdoch and Slater, and if the Dream’s not got his friends around, well...”

He smiled in a self-deprecating fashion.

“I know I wear my heart on my sleeve, Naitch. I always have, probably I always will. If I’m not happy, well, what use am I to WCW – and to you!”

Ric bit his tongue rather than reply quickly to that.

Is he saying what I think he is?

And if so, how much is this going to cost me?

“Dusty, you know I never wanted you to leave. WCW is the home of the American Dream, and I can’t tell you how much better we are for having you here, how much richer the backstage environment and atmosphere is for having Dusty Rhodes around, even as-“

Ric turned and looked back at the dwindling group around Graham.

“-Mike moves on.”

“Ric, let me tell you something, I hear what you’re saying and I’m a proud man to be thought of in such glowing terms. I want to do my best by WCW, absolutely, and most especially by you, Ric. I want to do my very, very best.”

Ric took another swig of his drink and waited.

“Incidentally, I had a look at the roster list, and believe me, you’ve put together a great group here. Shawn Michaels! Bret Hart! Ultimate Warrior! Naitch, I don’t know what you said to old Vincent Kennedy McMahon, but you sold him a bill of goods better than he sold me yellow polka dots, baby! But still, I think we’re short in one or two spots, and I don’t want us getting caught out, especially with the WWF going national, playin’ follow the leader in your footsteps.”

Ric smiled and nodded, feeling somewhat cloyed under the volume of smarm Rhodes was unloading.

From Dusty! Why can’t we just split a case and he can tell me what he wants?

You know, like I did with him when he was in charge!

“Anyway, I was thinking that Paul Neu kid impressed me back when, Ric. He’s got a lot of promise, and he’s only in his early 20s.”

Is that it? That’s not so bad.

Ric glanced across at few people left. Jim Crockett and Michael Hayes were deep in conversation with Graham. Ric frowned.

“Well, we can always look at giving him a developmental deal, Dusty, but he was green as they come. Promising? Sure, especially with the right help behind him. Let’s send him down to the Funker and Kevin in Texas and see what they make of him.”

“Naitch, that sounds wonderful. I know he’d love the chance, absolutely. And he’ll show he’s worth it. Give him a year, and you’ll see someone red hot – not green!”

“Okay, give him a call, and I’ll get the paperwork sorted. Was there anything else?”

“Well, do you know Ron West?”

“The fixer? Sure. Great guy, he’s working down in the LPWA now – we talked quite a bit when we bought them out. You know we’re looking at starting a proper women’s division down the line?”

“Haha, yeah, I know you are, Ric.”

Dusty chuckled and nudged Ric. Ric’s smile held, but just barely.

I suppose I can’t blame Dusty for that. God knows I deserve it. But with Megan and Ashley growing up... Damn it, I’m starting to feel like I want something for them to be proud of me for.

And, well, some of those ladies are mighty fine!

“Anyway, I was thinking that we could do with another referee to help out, right? And Ron’s a good hand – and a hell of a good guy. I know he wouldn’t mind the extra money either, right?”

Well... fine. But no Murdoch, and no Slater, under any circumstances.

“...sure, Dusty. We’ll speak to Ron, get him in. You’re right, he’s a hell of a good guy, and that’s just who we want backstage, positive influences, great guys who can help keep things straight backstage. No troublemakers – especially not in positions of authority!”

Ric laughed, and Dusty laughed with him. The two men clinked glasses, business apparently done.

It had better be. We don’t need any more of Dusty’s buddies cluttering up the place – even if Ron West is a good guy.

If we’re keeping Dream on side, better keep that Dustin push going. And maybe checking to see if Dusty’s signing on fee was paid ‘properly’ – can’t hurt to see if a few grand may have gone missing on the way and need chasing up. Imagine how upset he might get if he doesn’t get what he deserves.

Ric looked at Crockett, Graham and Hayes again.

Yeah, let’s make sure he gets everything he needs to keep him happy...

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WCW Saturday Night
Beat The Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Television Title
Michael Hayes vs. Rick Rude – non-title
Sting (c) vs. Nikita Koloff – WCW United States Title
Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
Randy Savage vs. Cactus Jack
The Young Pistols (c) vs. The Diamond Mine – WCW United States Tag Team Titles

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She lights up the room whenever she enters, and that's all I'm saying
Ah, I see where you're going!

Monster Ripper.

Beat The Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Television Title
Michael Hayes vs. Rick Rude – non-title
Sting(c) vs. Nikita Koloff – WCW United States Title
Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
Randy Savage vs. Cactus Jack
The Young Pistols (c) vs. The Diamond Mine – WCW United States Tag Team Titles

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Beat The Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Television Title
Michael Hayes vs. Rick Rude – non-title
Sting (c) vs. Nikita Koloff – WCW United States Title
Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
Randy Savage vs. Cactus Jack
The Young Pistols (c) vs. The Diamond Mine – WCW United States Tag Team Titles
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You totally need to sign The Hammer while he's the WWF Champion....have him bring the belt too and declare himself "the real worlds champion"....bring Bobby and Perfect too and I wouldn't worry too much about them putting the strap back on Hogan.....they'll probably give it to the Brooklyn Brawler or someone else as equally ridiculous as Valentine....where's Beefcake?


Beat The Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Television Title
Its high time someone cashed the TV title in again....Dustin is as good a person as any, especially since it will keep Daddy Rhodes happy as well

Michael Hayes vs. Rick Rude – non-title
Hayes might be having a mini resurgence, but he's not beating Rude

Sting (c) vs. Nikita Koloff – WCW United States Title
Sting needs this US Title....he's clearly a bit "lost" at the minute after failing in his attempts to thwart the Dangerous Alliance....I'm not sure where he goes if he loses here

Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
Tough call.....real tough call.....should be great though

Randy Savage vs. Cactus Jack
Time to see how savage the Macho Man can be....against an opponent that can take everything he can dish out....and like it

The Young Pistols (c) vs. The Diamond Mine – WCW United States Tag Team Titles
They can thank P.S for that

Real stacked show.....should be great!
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Beat The Champ: Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Brian Pillman – WCW Television Title
Michael Hayes vs. Rick Rude – non-title
Sting(c) vs. Nikita Koloff – WCW United States Title
Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart
Randy Savage
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The Young Pistols (c) vs. The Diamond Mine – WCW United States Tag Team Titles
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Monster Ripper.
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

I'm hopeful one day to have Akira Hokuto as a regular competitor in WCW, who was quite as striking as Ripper back in the day, but it's neither of them... unless I change my mind, of course!

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You totally need to sign The Hammer while he's the WWF Champion....have him bring the belt too and declare himself "the real worlds champion"....bring Bobby and Perfect too and I wouldn't worry too much about them putting the strap back on Hogan.....they'll probably give it to the Brooklyn Brawler or someone else as equally ridiculous as Valentine....where's Beefcake?
A question I've never thought to ask since starting this game, but as you ask BT(F)BB is still out with his parasailing injury, due back at year's end.

Thanks, incidentally, to whoever it was that recommended the Something To Wrestle podcast as I've had a blast going back through the archives over the last several months. The Beefcake episode was a really good listen, albeit that I could have done without the rather detailed description of his injuries...
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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.

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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 smiled.

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!

Dangerously: ‘May’?

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: I’m...

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’...

WCW Hotline Show Notes

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...

Show rating: A

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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...
WCW Main Event
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

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OOC: Just realised I've hit 50 pages, so happy anniversary, maybe?

Some way to go to catch the 1k posters, I'll grant you!

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World Championship Wrestling presents: Main Event
Sunday, Week 2, September 1992

Your commentators: Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff and Dusty Rhodes

Segment of the Night – Cactus Jack has an idea!

Cactus Jack had a suggestion for Commissioner Ventura to consider which may either be genius or insanity – or both! Let the man himself explain:

Cactus: Commissioner Body, you want Scott Steiner and Randy Savage to have a last man standing match – and one or both of them to come out in fighting condition? I don’t know about you, Commissioner, but I don’t think that sounds very likely at all! No, I think the big guy and the mad guy will try and break each other into little itty bits, bang bang! Sounds like a great fight to me, and I wanna be there to see it, front and centre!

Cactus: So let me make you a deal, Mr boss man, sir. Let me be the referee for the match, and I’ll make sure that Ted Turner’s money is well spent so at least one of them comes out of it in fighting shape. It’s the least I can do for you, boss, after you gave me that cage match against Nikita Koloff, you know, the one where neither of us could walk right for weeks afterwards and we had to be nursed back to full health... But it was fun, bang bang! And I owe you, and I want to pay you back for your kindness!

We’re undecided if we want this to happen, or want Cactus Jack kept far away from the match, but we have a sneaking feeling Commissioner Ventura will be all for it – and how much more intrigue could that add to this match?

WCW Hotline Show Notes

It’s a big welcome back to Dusty Rhodes after his recent sabbatical, with the American Dream slotting right into colour commentary on Sunday night like he’d never been away! And what better match for the three-time former Television champion to call first than the match between the Patriot and Terence Taylor to determine the new Television champ! With the ten pounds of silver and the potential to earn some serious money on the line, the masked man and the Computerised Man Of The ‘90s went at it for all the marbles. Alexandra York, at ringside, was instrumental in guiding her client through the match and her efforts paid off – possibly literally – as Taylor took control and rolled up Patriot for the win, with a handful of tights! I wonder if that move is something that York’s laptop spat out as its suggestion for the win!

The Diamond Exchange weren’t too happy to have their title celebration spoiled again by being reminded that Vinnie Vegas and Diamond Studd had a match on Main Event, but they did, and Ricky Steamboat and Marcus Bagwell proved to be a tough challenge for the new United States tag team champs! In fact, so tough did Steamboat and Bagwell prove to be that Vegas eventually decided to take a powder, getting himself disqualified for a low blow on Steamboat – which Diamond Dallas Page compounded by attacking Bagwell with one of the title belts! But even that didn’t get the group much time to celebrate, as Michael Hayes and the Young Pistols charged the ring to resume the fight that had consumed last night’s show. With Page getting Kimberly – and himself – to safety, Vegas and Studd tired from their match, and Bagwell and Steamboat recovering enough to lay in some shots as well, the Diamond Exchange were forced to beat a retreat as Main Event went off the air!

Madusa was quick to accept Wendi Richter’s challenge for the upcoming Clash of the Champions, saying that the sooner Richter was out of her hair and out of WCW, the better! The Calgary Connection, for their part, shrugged off any suggestion that they’re concerned about their upcoming tag title match. Well, perhaps – but we’d be concerned if the two big Texans were out for our blood!

Brutal K did their best to live up to their name against Ron Simmons and Nikita Koloff, but the All-American and Post-Soviet Superstar were having none of it, overpowering the young Japanese duo en route to Simmons delivering a brutal Spinebuster to Kojima for the win in this truly international contest!

Ric Flair is back to his best of late, and hasn’t had as much time for the Thrillseekers as a result, but he still wants to help them improve, and lead them into battle on Sunday Night against the Kingdom trio of Hughes, Harris and Harris. The young Canadians held their own against their hulking opponents, but it was the wily veteran Flair who took the duke as the match broke down into chaos, clipping Ron Harris from behind to set up the Figure Four!

Show rating: A

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I did think that Johnny Rotten was burning the candle at both ends – eight successful defences and out is Rotten’s record, as he drops the NWA title to IWCCW’s Mike Samson.

Samson is a good hand who’s improved a lot over the last year as he has three contracts (IWCCW, SSW, WCWP) and has worked nearly 80 matches since last July. Don’t be surprised to see him show up on a WCW undercard sometime soon – he’s a so-so all-rounder but has gained at least 12 points in almost all his Performance stats in that time, suggesting real potential.

We’ll see where he is in another eight or nine matches, though, and if he manages to make it to double figures with the NWA belt first.

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In other news, FMW has closed down (‘FMW Close’ as the headline put it). I do try and keep struggling promotions open, but FMW was deep, deep in debt, way beyond the usual 50-100k I have to pay to stop someplace like LPWA going under.

Since the start of the game, FMW, ASCW (right after I made them a snazzy logo), IWF, ACW and the PWF have gone out of business. I realise, belatedly, that I’m sending Mike Graham off to work for a company that no longer exists (PWF). Oh well...

The UWF, remarkably, continues to chug along. Herb Abrams has deep pockets, and even though their shows are crushingly average (C-, give or take a few %) despite having Andre, Orndorff, Blanchard, Bigelow and Williams, they’re somehow still getting by.

I don’t know, however, what supernatural force is preventing PNW from succumbing to the grave. The company is $10 million in the red – and given that they start just $1,000 in debt, it’s incredible they’ve survived so long. I worry about the future of WCW when we ‘only’ make $750k a month. Losing that amount, every month, for over a year is simply inexplicable.

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I was going to make a note of this ECWA title change anyway – Sid and Koko B. Ware teamed up to win the tag titles on one of their shows. Then I noticed the e-mail in my inbox: Sid and Koko B. Ware, WWF midcarder and ex-WWF enhancement talent respectively, are the new NWA tag champs!

It’s a funny old world.
WCW Saturday Night
Beat The Champ: Ricky Steamboat vs. Terence Taylor (c) – WCW Television Title
Ric Flair vs. Brian Pillman
Chris Jericho vs. Rick Rude (c) – WCW World Title
Sting (c) vs. Owen Hart – WCW United States Title
Dustin Rhodes vs. Arn Anderson
Barry Windham and the Young Pistols vs. Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Vinnie Vegas

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