Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
From: Atlanta, GA
1.) Dustin Rhodes defeated Tracy Smothers
2.) Ron Simmons defeated Chris Sullivan
3.) The Super Invader defeated Johnny Rich
4.) WCW World Champion Sting defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a non-title match
5.) WCW World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers defeated Arn Anderson & Steve Austin in a non-title match
1.) This week the show is only an hour long instead of the usual two hour format. I’m not sure why, but it could be because of the Atlanta Braves.
2.) Bill Watts says that WCW is going to go in a different direction but they are going to enforce rules. Watts has contacted someone to make sure the action stays inside the ring. He called Ole Anderson to become the senior referee for the company. Ole Anderson comes out wearing a referee shirt and says that Watts helped him realize that something had to be done. Ole and Watts are determined for their to be wrestling going on in WCW. There will be no more padding around ringside because WCW has real men.
3.) Cactus Jack is interviewed by Jim Ross and he has a wooden crate with him. Jack will be wrestling WCW World Champion Sting at Beach Blast in a falls count anywhere match. Jack says the crates are Sting’s ribs and knows that they don’t feel well. Jack drops head first onto the crate and stumbles backward. That was because he literally gave himself a concussion doing that.
4.) WCW United States Champion Rick Rude shared pre-tape comments regarding Ricky Steamboat and the Ironman match at Beach Blast. Rude asks if he looks nervous because he is not nervous at all. Rude says that thirty minutes is going to be a lifetime for Steamboat. Rude says that Steamboat cares about his family so much he wonders who will support them when Steamboat is gone!
5.) Scott and Anderson kick off the main event with Scott taking Anderson down with a leg sweep. Scott takes Anderson down with a fireman’s carry. Arn wants a test of strength and kicks Scott in the midsection instead. Anderson bridges Scott to the canvas with a wrist lock but Scott gets to his feet and hits a tilt a whirl slam. Scott puts a half crab on Anderson and tags in Rick who barks to the fans. Rick catches Anderson on a leapfrog with a power slam and taunts Anderson as Austin gets tagged into the match to try his luck. Austin shoulder blocks Rick and puts a headlock on Rick briefly. Rick decks Austin with a clothesline and plays to the crowd. Scott is tagged in and takes Austin over with a headlock. Austin backs Scott into his corner and Anderson tags in to hammer away on Scott.
Anderson avoids a dropkick and Scott crashes to the canvas. Scott misses a running attack and goes flying over the top rope to the floor hitting the concrete. Ole Anderson is the referee, which is something I just noticed. Anderson slams Scott and begins to work over the back before tagging in Austin. Austin plants Scott with a gut wrench suplex for a two count. Anderson tags back into the contest and locks in a bear hug. Scott battles his way out of the bear hug but can’t make the tag to Rick. Austin continues to have control of Scott with a headlock. Austin knee lifts Scott as he came off the ropes and gets a near fall. Austin rakes the eyes of Scott to stop a comeback and chokes Scott over the middle rope. Anderson plants Scott with a back suplex but can’t followup on the advantage. Austin stomps on Scott and punches Rick on the apron. Scott nearly pins Austin with an inside cradle but Austin recovers to knee lift Scott again. Austin counters a backdrop attempt with a kick to the chest to knock Scott down. Scott has a backslide on Austin but the referee was out of position. Scott plants Austin with a double under hook power bomb!
Rick gets the hot tag and power slams Austin followed by a clothesline but Austin blocks an elbow drop by getting his knees up. Austin and Rick trade blows with Rick getting the better of the exchange. Scott gets the tag but the referee didn’t see the tag. Anderson tags in but the referee didn’t see that tag either. Rick sunset flips from the apron into the ring and pins Austin as Scott kept Anderson away on the canvas. (**3/4. It’s a good main event with some quality action provided. I’m glad to see that the match ended in a clean fashion, as well.)
A fine episode for WCW this week as we got some hype for the Cactus/Sting and Steamboat/Rude feuds for Beach Blast next week. Rude is such an excellent heel in his role against Steamboat. The main event was a good bout and made the whole show a quality program.
Thanks for reading.