Flashback: WCW Superbrawl II
At the end of 1991, a new stable of wrestlers named the Dangerous Alliance stormed into World Championship Wrestling led by Paul E. Dangerously. He recruited top wrestlers Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Bobby Eaton, Arn Anderson and Larry Zbyszko to form one of the best stables in wrestling history. It wouldn’t take long before the group would hold several of the top titles in the company.
The main attraction for the show was the WCW World Championship showdown between former friends as champion Lex Luger defended against Sting. The show took place on February 29th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I did an in-depth review of the show which can be located HERE.
1.) Brian Pillman defeated WCW Lightweight Champion Jushin Liger to win the title
2.) Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Terry Taylor
3.) Ron Simmons defeated Cactus Jack
4.) Van Hammer & Tom Zenk defeated Richard Morton & Vinnie Vegas
5.) Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes defeated Larry Zbyszko & Steve Austin
6.) WCW World Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton defeated The Steiner Brothers by disqualification to retain the titles
7.) WCW United States Champion Rick Rude defeated Ricky Steamboat to retain the title
8.) Sting defeated WCW World Champion Lex Luger to win the title
The lightweight championship match is a great example of how you want to start off a show. Pillman and Liger worked very, very well with each other and put on one hell of a match. It’s a match that is still talked about today and is a match that was on the first ever WCW Nitro show. Though, that match wasn’t nearly as good as this one. Pillman and Liger in their prime tearing it up on pay per view. You simply can’t go wrong with that.
Aside from the opener the first hour of the pay per view isn’t all that memorable. Bagwell/Taylor didn’t set the world on fire but was largely due to what they had to follow. Bagwell was a rookie at the time so it ask much out of him was expecting too much, really.
The deranged Cactus Jack and the collegiate standout Ron Simmons were able to put together a fine six minute match with Simmons prevailing. It’s a good victory for Ron as he would be heading towards bigger and better things as 1992 rolled along. This isn’t the last time Cactus Jack would be on pay per view as he had a major angle in the summer for the championship.
A random tag match involving Van Hammer is never a good sign. I remember when reviewing the show not having much interest in these guys competing. I recall being bored with Morton, but after seeing his stuff in SMW later on in 1992, I think that might have been due to lack of motivation.
We really start to get into the bulk of the show with the tag team match involving Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham and the Dangerous Alliance. When you see that tag match and the tag title match, you’d probably think the tag title match would be the better one. Instead, these four put on a great match and should be checked out.
The tag title match was another good match, but lacked in comparison due to the poor finish. I get the use of the Dusty Finish to keep the challengers strong, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have a regular finish. It’s a hard fitting and fun match but the finish takes away a little bit.
Rick Rude had just come into the company in October and was set to get a huge push, which included winning the WCW United States Championship from Sting at the end of ’91. His first major feud is with Ricky Steamboat, and boy would that turn into a heated one. First, they compete here at Superbrawl and put on a great match. I feel like I’m saying that too much, but it’s true. What makes it even better is that Rude retains thanks to Dangerously dressing as a ninja and costing Steamboat the match. Sure, the victory isn’t clean, but Rude retains and we get several more months of Ricky chasing after the gold. These two would continue to have great matches throughout 1992.
Luger hadn’t been on television for several months prior to the pay per view thanks to a contract dispute that would actually send Luger off to the WWF. While it was expected that Sting would win the match, excitement was still plentiful for the match. It’s nowhere near as exciting as most of the undercard, but for what it was, it was a decent match. We get Sting as the new champion and the fans are quite happy about it. The departure of Luger is probably for the better considering the emergence of the new heel stable, but perhaps he could have turned face to help his friend Sting later on had he stuck around. Of course, we won’t know that.
Superbrawl II may be in the top five for WCW pay per views to ever be produced in my opinion. The undercard is fantastic and everything that needed to deliver did so in a major way. If you have the Network, check this show out as soon as possible.
What are your memories of Superbrawl II?
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