Date: February 29, 1992
Venue: Milwaukee Theatre at the MECCA (Milwaukee, WI)
Commentators: Jim Ross & Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura
The second edition of SuperBrawl moves the PPV to February where it would remain for the rest of WCW’s life. It’s a pretty important show too, as Sting finally gets his shot at WCW World Champion and former best friend Lex Luger, Jesse Ventura returns from Hollywood to debut for WCW, and the American wrestling fans get their minds blown out the back of their skulls by Brian Pillman and Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger. Let’s see how it holds up.
- WCW World Heavyweight Champion: ‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger
- WCW United States Champion: ‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude
- WCW Television Champion: ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin
- WCW Light Heavyweight Champion: Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger
- WCW World Tag Team Champions: Arn Anderson & ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton
- WCW United States Tag Team Champions: ‘The Taylor Made Man’ Terry Taylor & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine
- Jushin Liger [c] vs. Brian Pillman for the WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (****)
- Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Terry Taylor (*1/2)
- Ron Simmons vs. Cactus Jack (**1/4)
- Van Hammer & Tom Zenk vs. Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas (*3/4)
- Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham vs. Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko (***)
- Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton [c] vs. The Steiner Brothers for the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
- Rick Rude [c] vs. Ricky Steamboat for the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (***1/2)
- Lex Luger [c] vs. Sting for the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (**1/2)
-Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff open the show on the in-arena interview stage to go over the card, Missy Hyatt chiming in backstage to let everyone know she’ll be handling interviews. We then cut to Jim Ross in the ring who introduces his new commentary partner: Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, making his WCW debut and return to pro wrestling commentary after a two year absence. Ventura enters via Harley Davidson BECAUSE HE’S A MAN and plays to the Wisconsin crowd (and his AWA past) by referencing local legend The Crusher. He then tells Ross that he would look like JR Ewing if he wore a cowboy hat and has the initials to boot. Ross in a cowboy hat going by his initials? PFFT, that’ll put butts in the seats.
WCW Light Heavyweight Championship
Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger [c] vs. ‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman
Liger defeated Pillman for the title at a Christmas house show and Pillman built the rematch we’re getting tonight by playing into the American crowd’s xenophobia about how Japanese corporations are stealing everything yadda yadda. It was not very face-like but hey at least they knew their audience. If you’re a longtime wrestling fan there’s no doubt you’ve either seen this one or heard a lot about it; I myself have seen this once or twice and I’m excited to revisit it again.
Match starts with both men coming to a stalemate due to their comparable speed and a little mat wrestling to boot. Liger kicks it into gear briefly with a moonsault and a back handspring psyche out that pops the crowd. Liger and Pillman trade near falls then Pillman misses a knee in the corner, giving the half-lion half-tiger a limb to work on, which he does with a Figure Four. The crowd that popped for Liger’s acrobatics earlier now chant ‘USA’ at him because of course they do and the two start trading “open hand strikes” (a slapfight pretty much but men are doing it so it has to sound manlier). Liger gets in a half-Crab, Pillman gets to his feet and breaks it with an enzuigiri, which hasn’t gotten its name yet as of 1992. Liger sends Pillman to the floor, Liger follows up with a flying senton from the top turnbuckle. Back inside the ring Pillman catches Liger with an Air Pillman then suplexes Liger out to the floor which probably blew a lot of minds in 1992 but also blew my mind right this very second because I still don’t see that spot happen a ton. I don’t watch a ton of indie wrestling though to be fair. Liger tries something from the top turnbuckle, Pillman catches him on the way down with a dropkick. Pillman tries to follow up with a missile dropkick but Liger dropkicks as well and despite both men hitting the mat the way they would have anyway it hurts them and both men are down. Pillman blocks a superplex attempt and follows up with a flying crossbody but only gets a two-count, Liger connects with a power bomb (not a Liger Bomb, big difference) and only gets two himself. Liger crotches Pillman on the top turnbuckle and hits a gnarly superplex but Pillman barely kicks out so the match continues. Liger goes for a flying splash, Pillman moves out of the way, gets his feet under Liger’s armpits, and rolls him up in a bridging O’Connor Roll for the 1…2…3!
Brian Pillman defeated Jushin Liger [c] via pinfall with a roll-up to win the WCW LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (16:57)
- Here’s something you’ll see me say a lot: as a kid who grew up on people like Rey Mysterio Jr. I have to admit that I was not as wowed as people probably were back then. But that’s looking at it in hindsight and if you take it as a match that occurred in 1992 when wrestling simply was not like that in the United States you can’t help but be amazed. And honestly, my own shrug about the high spots aside, this match is a really good fast-paced back and forth contest that I was into from start to finish. That suplex spot is especially great. It’s one of the U.S. wrestling’s most influential matches and everyone should watch it. (****)
-Missy Hyatt is standing by with The Taylor Made Man (Terry Taylor). Taylor wants to beat up his opponent Marcus Alexander Bagwell because Bagwell didn’t want to be his protege. Hey they actually gave this one a story, cool.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. ‘The Taylor Made Man’ Terry Taylor
For a man who’s supposed to be impeccably dressed Taylor’s rip-away suit is super wrinkled and cheap-looking. Maybe that’s the joke? Eh I don’t know. Taylor made his WCW return in 1990 after a disastrous run in the WWF as The Red Rooster and turned heel in 1991 as ‘The Computerized Man of the 90s’ with The York Foundation. He’s dropped the Foundation and amazing nickname for fake suits and a U.S. Tag Team Championship run with Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine who’s sadly not here tonight. Bagwell at this point is suuuuuper green and this might be his first singles match on PPV. I could go check but I won’t.
Match starts and after a shoving match Taylor sends Bagwell onto the elevated ramp. Bagwell fights back with both versions of an atomic drop and a clothesline that sends Taylor back into the squared circle. After some basic babyface stuff Taylor takes control, countering a backdrop attempt with a Doctor Bomb. Bagwell goes for a sunset flip but goes too far and has to quickly scoot under Taylor to finish the spot. Whoops. Taylor connects with a Superfly Splash but Bagwell kicks out and Bagwell ends up rolling Taylor up with an O’Connor Roll for the 1…2…3.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated The Taylor Made Man via pinfall with an O’Connor Roll (7:37)
- Taylor did what he could but this one was pretty bad. Bagwell isn’t awful but he’s still pretty green and that sunset flip spot was real awkward. He gets a lot of flack but I’ll go full in on Bagwell defending when he gets Buff. You’ve been warned. (*1/2)
Taylor doesn’t let Bagwell enjoy his win for even a second as he attacks him right away, laying him out with a Taylor Made Forearm and a DDT to stand tall. NO HEAT FOR YOU, BAGWELL.
-Missy Hyatt is standing by outside of Lex Luger‘s dressing room hoping to get an interview. Instead she catches up with Luger’s manager Harley Race who promises victory as usual for the WCW World Champion.
Ron Simmons vs. Cactus Jack
Simmons is still rocking the Doom theme for this one, which is one of WCW’s greatest themes ever. Jack catches Simmons off-guard with a kick but ends up hanging himself in the top and middle ropes after Simmons ducks the follow-up. Yikes watch out Jack, that could tear an ear off! Simmons continues the punishment, a legdrop only getting him a two-count. Jack catches a charging Simmons with an elbow and takes him to the mat with a clothesline. The Junkyard Dog is in the audience watching things in a white ass white shirt and tie. He doesn’t have a good seat though, poor guy. Jack slams Simmons on the floor and follows up with a GODDAMN ELBOWDROP FROM THE MIDDLE TURNBUCKLE. Simmons tries to hit a dropkick but misses and of course it hurts him even though it shouldn’t. Simmons then tries a 3-point stance but Jack moves out of the way and out he goes to the elevated ramp. Jack charges and Simmons hits him with a spinebuster. Jack is inhuman though and quickly regroups, hitting a bulldog. Jack heads to the middle buckle, Simmons catches him on the way down with a powerslam for the 1…2…3!
Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack via pinfall with the Powerslam (6:34)
- Decent match made better by Jack being absolutely fearless with his bumps. That elbowdrop to the floor from the middle turnbuckle still makes me wince to this day, how this guy is walking around after everything is done is a miracle in and of itself. Simmons is en route to legendary status by becoming the first black World Champion (yes it took until 1992, of course it did) but you wouldn’t really know it from here. He’s still a little rough and the best parts of the match were the bumps as opposed to his moves. (**1/4)
Jack attacks Simmons after the match with the help of his friend/enemy/friend Abdullah The Butcher. JYD stumbles through the card and beats up WCW security en route to saving Simmons. Crowd goes absolutely nuts for JYD, because the man was a charisma machine despite being…not so good in the ring. JYD rips his shirt and jacket off but the red bowtie making him look like a day shift Chippendale’s dancer. Unintentional comedy.
-Schiavone and Bischoff lie about JYD being in shape and kill some time.
‘Heavy Metal’ Van Hammer & ‘The Z-Man’ Tom Zenk vs. Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas
I thought BattleBowl was two months ago, what the heck is this nonsense? Vegas is the third and final WCW gimmick of one Kevin Nash, who spent the past two years as a fake Road Warrior and a fake Wizard of Oz character. No wonder he booked it to the WWF as soon as he got the chance. Obviously that was the better move for him too since his run there gave him enough power to help kill WCW when he returned later in the 90s. Morton for some reason is his tag team partner here, still a heel and still using his full name despite the dissolution of The York Foundation. On the face side we’ve got Tom Zenk, who got royally screwed over by WCW the year before during his run as Television Champion and never recovered, teaming with Van Hammer, still super green and still a poser who can’t actually play the guitar he brings with him to the ring. He’s got a fair amount of fans in the crowd though, so good for him overcoming some of the dumber parts of the gimmick. What a strange hodge-podge this is, sorry for this overly long paragraph.
Hammer and Vegas lock horns and awkwardly blow a leap frog spot. They trade punches, Vegas rams Hammer into the corner but Hammer responds with a clothesline. Zenk tags in and hits Vegas with a Missile Dropkick but Morton pulls him off by the hair. One of the folks in the audience doesn’t understand the ‘We Will Rock You’ boomboomCLAP and just claps the whole time. That or he’s making fun of all the white people, which would be pretty hilarious. Zenk clotheslines Morton to the floor and follows up with a slingshot splash and a hip toss to give himself some shine. Vegas tags in and wants Hammer, so Hammer tags in. Vegas easily outpowers Hammer and the heels put the boots to ‘Heavy Metal’. This match is certainly going on longer than I thought it would. Hammer being the babyface-in-peril is an interesting choice for this one considering he’s much bigger than Zenk. You’d think it’d be the other way around. Zenk finally gets the hot tag, launching Morton into the lights with a back bodydrop and sorta dropkicking Vegas on the apron. Morton with a corner Irish whip, Zenk floats over and rolls him up with a sunset flip for the 1…2…3!
Van Hammer & Tom Zenk defeated Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas when Zenk pinned Morton with a sunset flip (12:02)
- There’s no reason this random assortment of dudes should have gotten twelve minutes. Hammer being the one in peril for the bulk of the match was just weird to see, and I’ll be honest at this point in his career selling wasn’t exactly his strong suit but he tried, dammit. Vegas actually looked the best out of all four here, which is surprising. Overall this wasn’t bad but it was long and feels out of place on this card. (*3/4)
-Schiavone and Bischoff hype the next match and we see footage from Halloween Havoc 1991 where Larry Zbyszko broke Barry Windham’s arm in a car door. Zbyszko now calls himself ‘The Cruncher’ which sounds like a name a kid would make up. In fact I probably used that as a name when I wrestled my wrestling buddies. I didn’t have a lot of friends.
‘The Natural’ Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham vs. ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin & Larry ‘The Cruncher’ Zbyszko [w/ Madusa]
Although Anderson was involved in Windham’s arm breaking as well he’s moved onto the WCW World Tag Team Championship with a different tag team partner so a different Dangerous Alliance member is taking his place in a team with Zbyszko. Austin is barely two years into the business and already holds the third-most important singles title in a major wrestling company because he’s just that damn good. Pre-Stone Cold Austin is a joy to watch, folks who haven’t are missing out. Windham comes out with his ‘healed’ arm still wrapped up, pretty much giving The Dangerous Alliance a giant bullseye. DUMMY.
Rhodes and Windham immediately go into pummel mode with Windham taking Zbyszko out to the ramp, dropping him face-first onto the guardrail. Rhodes and Austin are the legal men for this one, Rhodes rolling him up with a backslide for two. Austin blocks a monkey flip and tries a double axhandle but gets caught with a right hand that’s supposed to be a clothesline. Zbyszko tries a piledriver on the ramp but Windham counters with a backdrop and follows up with a clothesline. They’re the legal men by the way, not sure if I have to say that or not. Rhodes tags in, double backdrop to The Cruncher for two, Rhodes works over Zbyszko’s left arm in an attempt to break it for revenge. Zbyszko blocks a piledriver attempt, Austin clotheslines him and now the odds are in the Dangerous Alliance’s favor. Zbyszko pummels Windham on the floor behind the ref’s back, Austin throws some suplexes inside the squared circle but they can’t put him away quite yet. Zbyszko slaps on a sleeper, Windham breaks it with a jawbreaker and they knock heads and fall to the mat. Rhodes gets the hot tag and hits Austin with an inverted atomic drop followed by a dropkick. Zbyszko breaks a pinfall attempt, Windham immediately attacks and they brawl to the ramp. Rhodes blocks an O’Connor but gets turned inside out with a clothesline. Rhodes is now the man in peril as The Dangerous Alliance double-team him, Zbyszko hitting a spinning neckbreaker for a two-count. Rhodes tries a backdrop, Zbyszko counters with a DDT but once again it’s a two-count. Madusa slaps Rhodes, so Rhodes starts stalking her, leaving him open to a clothesline from Austin. Ventura wonders why Paul E. Dangerously isn’t out here with his men, and yeah that’s actually a good point.
Austin turns Rhodes inside out once again with another clothesline to stop a comeback and in tags Zbyszko for a backbreaker. He prevents a tag by grapevining the leg and Austin tags back in. Rhodes rolls him up with an inside cradle but the ref is distracted too long and Austin eventually kicks out. Austin uses the ropes for chinlock leverage and when the ref sees the ropes shaking Madusa shakes them to make him think it was her. That’s brilliant, actually. I don’t think I’ve seen that before. Rhodes catches Austin with a Stun Gun, giving him a taste of his own medicine, and both men are down. Rhodes decks Zbyszko and makes the tag to Windham. Windham lariats Zbyszko, Austin breaks the count so Rhodes attacks him at ringside. Windham sets up for the Superplex, Zbyszko pushes him off. Rhodes then pushes Zbyszko off the turnbuckles and Windham hits him with a flying clothesline for the 1…2…3!
Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham defeated Steve Austin & Larry Zbyszko when Windham pinned Zbyszko following a flying clothesline (18:22)
- A good tag team match that went on just a little too long for my tastes. When a tag team match has two hot tag spots I get a little weary. Windham showed some good aggression wanting revenge on Zbyszko but they gave up the ‘break Zbyszko’s arm for revenge’ thread way earlier than they should have. Also it’s a bummer Arn Anderson got shuffled out of this one since Rhodes and Windham technically had beef with both of them for the Halloween Havoc 91 attack, but Austin was so good despite being so new that it evened out. Just took a little wind out of the feud sails a bit. (***)
-Missy Hyatt wants an interview with Ricky Steamboat and runs into Steamboat’s weird masked mentor guy The Ninja. Ninja leads her to Steamboat’s dressing room where he’s making fire or some nonsense as preparation (he’s The Dragon after all). Hyatt is shooed away so she tries to interview Madusa next. Madusa wants to see Steamboat and tries to sweet talk The Ninja but Ninja repeatedly tells her to go. She shoves Ninja, Ninja chases her away. THIS IS REAL DUMB but I laughed because The Ninja is ridiculous.
WCW World Tag Team Championship
‘The Enforcer’ Arn Anderson & ‘Beautiful’ Bobby Eaton [c] [w/ Madusa] vs. The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner)
Man I love how Cappeta says ‘BEAUTIFUL BAWWWWB-BAAAAY’. Not sure if there’s really a feud here but everyone hates The Dangerous Alliance so I guess that’s always a factor. Anderson & Eaton defeated Dustin Rhodes & Ricky Steamboat to win the belts just a month prior. Paul E. Dangerously accompanies his team to the ring but gets banned from ringside, so he has Madusa stand in for him. The Steiner Brothers were apparently stripped of the Tag Team Titles due to Scott Steiner‘s biceps injury, so they’re out to regain the belts they never got beaten for.
Scott outwrestles Eaton at the beginning but gets caught with a neckbreaker that slows him down. Eaton flies from the top, Scott catches him into a release belly-to-belly suplex like nothing. Ventura gets Ross heated by making fun of Michigan State, Anderson tags in as does Rick. Let the barking commence. Anderson is very confident in his bowel control abilities as evidenced by his super white trunks. Anderson tries a leap frog but gets caught and taken to the mat with a slam, bailing to his corner to slow the pace down. Rick peppers Anderson with rights, Anderson bails to the floor to create distance. Lots of stalling here so far, we may be at this one for awhile so grab a snack. Anderson brings the now legal Scott into a bridge with a wristlock, Scott muscles back up and stops a Dangerous Alliance double-team, leading Rick to send them out to the floor with a double Steinerline. WHERE’S THE DQ REF?!? Anderson sends Scott to the floor but Scott stops that double team attempt with an inverted atomic drop. Nice try I guess? Their hearts didn’t seem too into it. Eaton tries to attack Scott on the ramp and eats a tilt-a-whirl slam. Part of the crowd is chanting for blood for…some reason. Rick tags in, Eaton slams him as the crowd is crazy silent. Rick puts Eaton on his shoulders, Scott hits a flying clothesline and we’ve got ourselves a Doomsday Device. Rick wants to hit a flying bulldog on Anderson, Eaton moves his partner out of the way and catches Rick with an inverted atomic drop on the way down. Dangerous Alliance are now in control.
Anderson and Eaton work ‘The Dog-Faced Gremlin’ over. They try a double suplex but Scott comes in and it’s stereo suplexes for The Steiner Brothers. This match is a messsss. Anderson tries a double axhandle, Rick counters with a Steinerline. Scott gets the tag and takes Anderson to Suplex City, but Anderson kicks out. Scott tries to fight out of the heel corner, Anderson sacrifices Eaton by ramming Scott’s head into his own partner. It’s Scott’s turn to take some punishment as Eaton catches him with a flying kneedrop for a really close two-count. Anderson traps Scott in a Boston Crab, Eaton tags and drops an elbow across the back of the head then locks in a sorta Camel Clutch. Scott grabs the legs and marches his way towards Rick but Eaton cheapshots him to prevent the tag. Smart move. Rocket Launcher to Scotty on the ramp behind the ref’s back. Scott dazes Anderson enough to finally tag Rick back in for a Steinerline Party. Chaos ensues and Anderson throws powder in Rick’s eyes. Rick accidentally hits the ref and backdrops Anderson to the floor. Scott hits Eaton with the Frankensteiner and a new ref counts for the 1…2…3! NEW CHAMPS…or are they? The original referee converses with the new ref and the decision is changed to a DQ win for Anderson and Eaton!
Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton [c] defeated The Steiner Brothers via disqualification to retain the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (20:07)
- I dig these two teams a lot but oh man for some reason I just couldn’t get into this match. Felt too slapped together and confused in spots which took me out of it, plus it felt like forever before it actually got going. The final few minutes were pretty good but it didn’t make up for the rest of it. Disappointing. (**1/2)
Ross and Ventura talk over a replay of the finish. Turns out Scott Steiner and Bobby Eaton weren’t even the legal men in the match so the whole pinfall would have been null and void anyway. Wow I actually completely forgot that fact while watching the match, how embarrassing.
WCW United States Championship
‘Ravishing’ Rick Rude [c] vs. Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat [w/ The Ninja]
Not enough good things can be said about Rude’s WCW run; yeah he got put on the map thanks to the WWF and did okay stuff there but he really hit his stride in 1991 when he jumped companies. Steamboat made his own WCW return in 1991 as well after a ridiculously terrible run in the WWF, winning the Tag Team Championship his first night back. With that run over he’s back to singles and I think we’re about to get one helluva match here. My body is ready. Also ‘The Body’ is ready. Everybody’s ready!
Rude tries a cheap shot, Steamboat blocks it and connects with a pair of armdrags and a faceslam for an early two-count. Steamboat works Rude’s left arm over, wrapping it around the ringpost and hitting a hammerlock slam. Rude escapes an armbar, Steamboat catches him with a crossbody for two and goes right back to the armbar, his knee right into the face. Ventura calls The Ninja a ‘goof’ which I agree with. It’s very very dumb and an extra gimmick Steamboat didn’t need. Rude tries to crossbody himself and Steamboat over the top rope but there’s not enough torque so they crumple to the mat instead. Ross and Ventura cover beautifully for it. Rude goes on the offensive, suplexing Steamboat into the ring and countering chops with a series of rights. Rude connects with a clothesline using his bad arm and it takes him a sec to regroup. To a chinlock we go. Steamboat escapes and Rude hits another clothesline then hangs him out to dry across the top rope. Rude with a piledriver (GOD I MISS THAT MOVE IN MAINSTREAM WRESTLING) and covers for the 1…2…Dragon still has some fight left in him.
Steamboat rebounds, locking in a Figure Four in the center of the ring. Rude uses his long arms to force a break, Steamboat tries again and gets sent into the turnbuckles. Rude to the top, connecting with a right hand that he sells hilariously (flipping and ending up on his knees all dazed and whatnot). Ross mentions ‘there’s no money in bodybuilding’, throwing shade at their World Champion who’s about to leave the company for bodybuilding. Rude applies another chinlock but it looks more like how you would hug your significant other from behind so it’s hard to take seriously. His other chinlock, in a Camel clutch position, works a lot better. Steamboat counters with an electric chair and both men are down. Rude with a backpack sleeper, Steamboat wakes up just in time and escapes, applying a sleeperhold of his own. Rude counters with a jawbreaker and both men struggle to get to their feet. Rude goes to the top, Steamboat crotches him and connects with a top-rope superplex for the 1…2…CHAMP KICKS OUT. Steamboat makes fun of Rude’s hip gyrations and starts his comeback with a back bodydrop and clothesline for the 1…2…RUDE KICKS OUT AGAIN. Steamboat hits a flying chop and signals for another one. Ninja climbs the apron, pulls out a GIANT 90S CELLPHONE and hits Steamboat with it. How DANGEROUS of him wink wink nudge nudge. Steamboat crumples to the mat, Rude covers for the 1…2…3!
Rick Rude [c] defeated Ricky Steamboat via pinfall thanks to The Ninja’s interference to retain the WCW UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP (20:00)
- A good match between two great performers weighed down by a slower pace than it should have had. I still enjoyed it for the most part though, Ninja notwithstanding. Did this Ninja dork exist only to give them an out for the end of this match? That would be hilarious. ANYWAY definitely worth watching but you may need to be in the mood for this kind of thing. (***1/2)
-Missy Hyatt opens the dressing room door of Rick Rude and we see Paul E. Dangerously unmasked in The Ninja outfit. DANGEROUS ALLIANCE WIN AGAIN, SUUUUCK ITTTTTT. Ross and Ventura hype the main event, Ventura also making sure to let everyone know how brilliant Paul E. is. I love The Body.
WCW World Heavyweight Championship
‘The Total Package’ Lex Luger [c] [w/ Harley Race] vs. Sting
Sting and Lex Luger were super best friends until Luger won the World Title and turned his back on everybody. They were the last two survivors in the BattleBowl battle royal at Starrcade 1991, Sting winning the match by eliminating Luger. Sting’s entrance looks super dangerous as he has to walk down a flight of stairs while pyro goes off within feet of his body. Jeez. Also his theme song stops before he’s even halfway to the ring because it’s AMATEUR HOUR.
Luger is so bulked up he can’t even put his arms by his side. Lots of jawing back and forth for the first minute and change until Luger finally shoves him. Sting shoves back and the crowd pops. Sting with a Stinger Splash, Luger quickly responds with a running clothesline. AWESOME. Luger goes for the Torture Rack, Sting flips out and hits a German suplex, then traps Luger in a Torture Rack of his own. He can’t keep it for long though because Luger is waaay bigger than he is. Luger goes for a backdrop, Sting counters with a DDT that he’s more into delivering than Luger is at taking. Luger tries to attack Sting on the floor but gets countered, then begs off into the corner not wanting any more. Backdrop out of the corner from the challenger but Luger kicks out of the lateral press. Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock but Luger quickly gets to the ropes before he’s fully set. Luger uses his power to take control, raking Sting’s eyes across the top rope. Luger catches Sting with a low-blow that the ref didn’t see and hits an inverted atomic drop. Luger hits an AWFUL Piledriver that Ventura calls him out for and covers for the 1…2…STING KICKS OUT. Sting starts fighting back with a series of roundhouse rights and a faceslam, rubbing his face into the canvas. Sting rakes Luger’s eyes across the top rope giving him a taste of his own medicine. Luger begs off but Sting does not relent, raking the back. Sting charges at Luger but Luger ducks and Sting falls to the floor. Luger follows and rams him into the guardrail. Race tries a Piledriver but gets backdropped for his troubles. Sting catches Luger with a flying crossbody for the 1…2…3! Oh hey!
Sting defeated Lex Luger [c] via pinfall with a flying crossbody to win the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (13:02)
- This was almost like WCW’s version of the Mega Powers colliding, but lacked the same enthusiasm from both participants. The match was alright, but there wasn’t a lot of fire there especially from Luger who did his job but did it in a ‘hurry it up so I can leave, screw this place’ way. Still though it’s cool to see Sting finally get his chance at being the World Champion again after his botched run in 1990 and more importantly we’re heading into Sting’s feud with Big Van Vader which is the best thing WCW ever did so GET PUMPED. (**1/2)
Sting continues to celebrate the win, his theme song not playing for some reason. He continues celebrating as the crowd goes wild. Ross and Ventura sign off and we FINALLY get some celebration pyro as credits roll.
Overall Thoughts: 1992 WCW is some of the best American mainstream wrestling has ever offered and SuperBrawl II is no exception; star ratings be damned this was a really fun show with a hot opener and a card with very few low points. Definitely worth watching. Probably one of WCW’s most watchable shows.
- Match of the Night: Jushin Liger vs. Brian Pillman
- Moment of the Night: WCW fans circa 1992 LOSE THEIR MINDS at the stuff Liger and Pillman can do. Too bad it would take an extra four years for this to really take off but once it does there’s no going back.