This week I’m doing something a little different, folks! Instead of finding a WCW pay per view on the WWE Network, I have found something the Network does not currently provide….(shout out to Rassle Reel on YouTube for the upload)
No, not Thunder.
I’m of course talking about WCW Saturday Night!
From 1983 to the debut of WCW Monday Night Nitro in 1995, Saturday Night was the flagship weekly program for NWA/JCP/WCW. Or rather, the “Mothership,” if you will.
1993 is an interesting period for WCW. Here in June, WCW had recently booted Bill Watts out of his position of power in favor of a new, young television marketer turned television announcer, Eric Bischoff
Talent wise, Vader was the reigning WCW Heavyweight Champion, often defending against the likes of Sting, Cactus Jack and Ron Simmons. Ric Flair had returned to the company a few months prior, but had yet to return to in-ring competition. WCW had also recently realigned with the NWA. Though they were still apart of the National Wrestling Alliance from their inception until later this year; they had been recognizing the WCW Champion as the top guy in the company, while the NWA Champion would travel to different promotions around the world.
The NWA World Heavyweight Champion at this time was Barry Windham, holding the Big Gold Belt. When WCW left the NWA, the Big Gold Belt became known as the WCW International Heavyweight Championship, often being defended in New Japan Pro Wrestling along with WCW. Both world titles were unified in the Summer of ’94.
When you think of iconic intros in wrestling history, what comes to mind? Raw is War from ’98-’01? Sure. Nitro from ’95-’99? Of course.
Well, what about the cheesy late night talk show open we got here!? No!? Piss on you then, this shit is tremendous! Seriously, watch this intro and tell me it doesn’t seem like Leno or Letterman is going to pop out at any second.
We’re shown a video from last week showing Ron Simmons saving Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat from an attack at the hands of “Mr Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Dirty” Dick Slater, or as our friends at OSWReview call him, “Filthy” Phallus Slater.
Dusty Rhodes is going to be a guest on Ric Flair’s talk show, “A Flair for the Gold,” answering the charges of The Assassin tonight whichs makes me very happy. What charges? I don’t know! But I’m sure it will all be hilarious.
Match #1 – Arn Anderson and Paul Roma (The Four Horsemen) vs Don Brodie and Warren Quinn
Ahh yes, Horseman Paul Roma. I may love Paul Roma more than any heterosexual man should love another, but even I’ll admit that he was not a very good choice to be the 4th Horseman in the 1993 reboot of the group.
Worth mentioning that our commentators for the evening are Jesse “The Body” Ventura and Tony Schiavone, which continues my streak of mentioning Schiavone at least once every article.
Roma starts off against Warren Quinn, taking him down to the canvas and kneeing him in the back before quickly tagging in Arn Anderson. The two men double team Quinn by punching him in the gut at the same time. Quinn is fairly tall with a decent body, but a plain black singlet did him no favors, I’m sure. Double A snapmeres Quinn across the ring, who quickly tags in his partner, Don Brodie.
Brodie looks wayyy more like a generic and hilarious jobber that I would expect from WCW. He’s wearing a zebra striped singlet over capri length black tights and has an amazing mullet that even Dave Meltzer would give 4 stars. Anderson treats him like a little bitch though, choking him on the top rope.
Anderson tags in Roma and when he does a large portion of the crowd boo. Even in ’93 people knew Roma wasn’t Horseman material. It’s evident in the match that Roma was not 1/100th as over as The Enforcer.
Ventura points out that at the current moment there are only three Horsemen (Arn, Roma and Flair) before Schiavone reminds him that Ole Anderson is still around and is taking calls on the WCW Hotline. The Body shoots this down by reminding us that Ole is retired and “older than Mark Twain.”
The crowd chants “We Want Arn,” so nice guy Roma tags him in. Keep in mind the Horsemen are supposed to be HEELS at this point. Arn stomps away at Brodie to an ovation from this bloodthirsty crowd and follows it up with a suplex.
Anderson tags in Roma then hits a Double-A spinebuster on Brodie, allowing Paul Roma to climb to the top rope and splash Brodie for the three count and the victory.
We see the Horsemen celebrate as their music plays and that’s the end of that. This was a fine, quintessential squash match.
Cut to Tony and Jesse. Ventura has this big ass goatee and is bald EXCEPT for this tiny tuft of hair flowing out of the back of his head. The only thing more hilarious than the hair itself is knowing that Ventura spent a lot of time and money to dye it that particular shade of black. Tony hypes up Beach Blast, which will feature Sting and Davey Boy Smith vs Vader and Sid Vicious, the “masters of the powerbomb.” Ventura said if he were Sting and Smith, he would have rather retired than face Vader and Sid. Church, bro.
We then have the BEACH BLAST CONTROL CENTER, featuring the President of WCW Eric Bischoff wearing sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt. This is some of the most amazing shit I’ve ever seen. He hypes the main event tag team match as well as the U.S Heavyweight Title match between Dustin Rhodes and R