I’m late, but with good reason, I swear! My wife and I recently surpassed one full year of marriage, and as a result, I was forced to gift her with paper in accordance with tradition. What resulted was a literal paper-trail of activities that took us through the Syracuse area. And of course, I couldn’t recap these shows at night, because back at the hotel we were too busy making wild passionate love watching the Food Network. One of those statements is true; and the married men amongst us are sadly nodding their heads in agreement.
But with the strenuous time with Bobby Dean and Guy Fieti over with, real life demands two things: mowing the lawn once a week, and keeping up to date with the activities of defunct wrestling promotions from 17 years ago.
Shortened edition of Saturday Night this week. Go Braves go!
TONY SCHIAVONE and DUSTY RHODES are here, and the talk is Macho Man, who is indefinitely suspended from television going forward, so he will NOT fight the Barbarian tonight. A shame, he could have become the #2 contender to the World Title. Dusty says with all the security in the hizzle, he was sure the president of the USA was here. Of course, that’s not possible, as he was signed to a WWF contract at the time.
THE AMERICAN MALES vs. THE STEINER BROTHERS
Riggs dropkicks the massive Scott Steiner in the face, but all that does is fire him up for a tiger bomb. Bagwell decides to make a go of it against Rick, and he also tries a dropkick to no avail. One of the finest monkey flips I’ve ever seen takes Rick over, and Bagwell follows with a top rope splash for 2! Bagwell goes to the well once too many times, and this top rope escapade is met with an overhead belly to belly. Scott comes in, threatens the screwdriver, but spares Bagwell by running him into the buckle instead. Well, at least ONE Steiner brother cares about the future of Bagwell’s neck. Pier 6 breaks out, and Scott quickly finishes with the Frankensteiner on Riggs at 3:10. This felt like an exhibition of the superior Steiners, and did its job brilliantly. **1/2
Here is a Very Special Look at Hulk Hogan. No thanks, I have been gargling Clorox to forget about him.
THE BOOTY MAN (with Kimberly) vs. THE GAMBLER
Let’s see how far Booty’s push has fallen, seeing as how the last time we saw him he was jobbing to tag-team saves. Gambler slams Booty face first into the buckle, but misses a blind charge and gets backdropped. Three straight high knees finish at 1:11. DUD
WCW Propaganda: The Steiners throw around Mick Foley like Taylor Swift at a frat party.
New Blood Runs cold promo … GLACIER … is coming to WCW! The SAME Glacier that the Yeti emerged from? SECOND YETI???
MEN AT WORK vs. HARLEM HEAT
This is the third incarnation of Men at Work we’ve see, with Mark Starr and Mike Winner making up this weeks’ pairing. Kanyon must be on his union regulated 4 week coffee break. Starr tries to suplex Stevie Ray, but eats a Rock Bottom for his trouble. 110th street slam, and Booker tags in with a Harlem Hangover for the win at 1:42. 1/2*
“LORD” STEVEN REGAL (with Jeeves) vs. STING
Regal wants a gentlemanly test of strength, which Sting wins without breaking a sweat. Upon release, Sting stomps on Regal’s hands, who is in so much blinding pain he stumbles upon the ring … right back into Sting, and he reacts in horror. Sting suckers Regal into trying a pin, but when Regal sits down, Sting rolls him right up for 2. Regal goes to the eyes, and lands a couple of rough European Uppercuts that must have been taught to him through the skilled knuckles of David Taylor. Regal tries an abdominal stretch, but Sting shrugs it off. Sting hits a dropkick, goes for the Deathlock, but Regal packages him. Sting rolls back just enough where he’s in charge of the package, and gets the pin at 3:21. Regal, showing the kind of grace and class that only a true English Gentleman could, threatens to beat up the referee. *1/2
WCW Propaganda: Mick Foley takes a one sided beating from Kevin Sullivan. We’ve really been hating on Foley lately.
THE BARBARIAN vs. ???
During the entrances, RANDY SAVAGE jumps in the ring from the crowd. “MEAN” GENE OKERLUND and JIM FIRMAN from the WCW Executive Committee meet Savage, that as a result of his actions at the Lethal Lottery (Savage: “That was nothing!”), he’s suspended from all future WCW programming. Savage slaps Firman, then goes into full blown clubberin’, finishing with an Elbow. Gene: “HE SHOT THE MESSENGER!!!!” SECURITY tries to arrest Savage, but he hauls ass through the crowd.
Okerlund heads backstage to hang out with Dusty and Tony to get his take on what just happened. Gene calls it one of the saddest nights in WCW history to watch Savage crumble like this. Dusty angrily refuses to condone Savage’s behaviour, and hopes he’s suspended a long time. Tony wraps things up.
With Savage suspended indefinitely, Hogan MIA, Luger hurting, and Flair busy trying to have sex with every wrestler’s wife in North America, it would almost seem that the main event picture was … vulnerable. Watchful eyes from the competition were on the product, and unlike the impending threat of Glacier, our world truly was about to change.
Originally posted by jerichofan717I love these recaps as they're a nice trip down memory lane(even if some of the memories are horrifying).
I don't love getting the American Males theme song stuck in my head everytime I read about them. AMERICAN MALES! AMERICAN MALES! AMERICAN MALES!
When I first started watching WCW, Bagwell had already joined the nWo, and Scotty Riggs was coming down to the American Males theme (and doing the clapping, even!) by himself. You almost couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy. (Maybe the nWo had dropped him on his head so hard he honestly didn't remember that Bagwell had turned on him?)
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Originally posted by ekedolphinScotty Riggs was coming down to the American Males theme (and doing the clapping, even!) by himself. You almost couldn't help but feel sorry for the guy.
Was this pre-Flock? I thought Riggs joined The Flock before Bagwell joined the NWO, but I could be completely wrong. I stopped watching WCW shortly after the NWO arrived, after having watched since Championship Wrestling from Georgia. I was flipping back and forth between Nitro and Raw and realized that even though WCW had all of my favourite wrestlers, the WWF had actual endings to their matches.
One nitpick. The WRESTLE-1 shows were promoted by Keiji Mutoh aka The Great Muta (All Japan President) and then-K1 president Kazuyoshi Ishii. Mutoh seems to be the Sports Entertainment fan, and even did commentary on WWE's last Japan go-through.