Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling House Show
From: Oakland, CA
This isn’t the complete show. There are two matches missing. They were the following.
Johnny B. Badd defeating Richard Morton
Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Terrance Taylor
Opening Contest: Cactus Jack vs. Abdullah The Butcher: Cactus attacks Butcher before the bell sounds but Butcher hits him with a flag to knock Cactus to the floor. Butcher drops Cactus throat first across the top rope and gets hit by Cactus with a trash can it appears. Cactus also hits Butcher with a flag it appears. Cactus clotheslines Butcher into the corner a few times. Cactus monkey flips Butcher out of the corner in slow motion. Cactus comes out of the corner with a leg drop a few times. Cactus has the cover but Butcher kicks out at two. Cactus goes to the top rope but Butcher punches him in midair. Butcher chokes Cactus over the top rope and sends him to the floor. Cactus tosses a chair into the ring but the referee kicks it to the floor. Butcher shoulder blocks Cactus off the apron. Butcher rams Cactus face first onto the table. Butcher hits Cactus in the throat with a stick. Cactus runs back to the ring and Butcher whacks him several times over the head with the stick. They brawl backstage to essentially end the match. (DUD. That was literally nothing of a match and just brawling. This is what you’d expect from them.)
Second Contest: Larry Zbyszko vs. Barry Windham in a death match: Zbyszko attacks as soon as Windham enters the ring and sends Windham to the floor. Zbyszko sends Windham into the guard railing and chokes Windham on the floor. Zbyszko rams Windham face first onto the apron and connects with a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Zbyszko chokes Windham over the top rope. Windham stops Zbyszko with an eye rake and hammers away on Zbyszko. Windahm knocks Zbyszko to the floor dropping Zbyszko to the floor. Windham rams Zbyszko face first onto a table at ringside a few times. Madusa hits Windham and causes him to walk towards her. Windham goes back to Zbyszko working with a gut wrench suplex. Windham hammers away on Zbyszko with right hands. Windham gets distracted by Madusa and Zbyszko comes up from behind to send Windham to the floor. Zbyszko drops Windham groin first over the guard railing. Zbyszko goes for a cover on the floor for a near fall. Zbyszko scoop slams Windham for a two count back in the ring. Windham hammers away on Zbyszko with right hands managing to hit a back suplex. Windham steals the match with an inside cradle. Zbyszko tries to attack Windham but is knocked to the floor. Madusa tries to choke Windham and gets slammed to the mat. Windham punches Zbyszko to the floor. Madusa claims that Windham is nothing more than a woman beater before going backstage. (1/2*. For a death match this really lacked any sorts of violence and the finish was flat.)
Third Contest: WCW Television Champion Steve Austin, WCW Tag Team Champions Arn Anderson & Bobby Eaton vs. Dustin Rhodes & The Steiner Brothers in an elimination match: Rhodes and Anderson start the match with Anderson yanking Rhodes down by his hair a couple of times. Anderson rams Rhodes back first into the corner and keeps control with several strikes. Rhodes knee lifts Anderson in the corner but gets crotched on the top and Anderson hammers away on Dustin. Dustin shoves Anderson off the middle rope to hit a clothesline. Austin and Eaton get knocked to the floor too. Austin legally enters the match to try his luck against Dustin. Austin works over Rhodes with overhand strikes and takes Dustin down to the mat with a hammerlock. Rhodes counters but Austin drops him with a short arm clothesline. Dustin attempts a monkey flip of the corner but Austin hangs onto the ropes. Dustin clotheslines Austin in midair and tags out to Scott Steiner. Scott atomic drops Austin followed by an overhead belly to belly suplex. Rick and Dustin punch Austin before Scott connects with a scoop slam and controls Austin on the mat with a sleeper hold. Rick tags in and Austin quickly goes to the ropes. Anderson and Rick are the legal men now as Anderson is met with a shoulder block and power slam from Rick. Eaton tags in to try his luck with Rick. Rick runs over Eaton with a clothesline and plays to the crowd in the ring. Scott arm drags both Eaton and Anderson sending them both per the top to the floor. Scott and Rick play to the crowd and taunt the heels on the floor.
Eaton tags in to battle Scott. Eaton backs Scott against the ropes and delivers a right hand. Eaton is driven down to the mat by Scott with a tilt a whirl slam. However, Anderson knee lifts Scott on the back and Austin enters to stomp away on Scott. Austin takes Scott over with a vertical suplex. Austin works over Scott in the corner and Anderson tags in to deliver a knee drop. Eaton comes back in and delivers an elbow drop as Arn kept Scott on the mat. Austin tags in and hammers away on Scott against the ropes. Austin sends Scott into the corner delivering right hands moments later. Austin runs into a big boot and Scott comes out of the corner with a clothesline for a near fall. Scott tries to tag out to Dustin but is dragged away. Eaton tags back in and beats on Scott in the corner before tagging in Anderson. Arn sends Scott into the ropes but they collide heads both dropping to the mat. Austin and Dustin get tagged in with Dustin cleaning house with strikes. Rhodes clotheslines Austin for a two count. Scott knee lifts Anderson in the corner while Rick pummels Eaton in the corner as the match has broken down now. Dustin and Austin have been counted out on the floor and they are eliminated from the match. Scott suggests the tag titles be put on the line but that’s just not going to happen.
Rick and Anderson continue the match with Anderson beating on Rick over the back. Rick atomic drops Anderson but soon flies over the top to the floor. Eaton rams Rick into the guard railing and delivers a few strikes behind the back of the referee. Anderson stomps on Rick and Eaton chokes Rick from the apron. Eaton drops Rick after a right hand as Arn held Rick. Eaton snap mares Rick and connects with an elbow drop for a two count. Anderson tags in but Rick manages to kick him to the mat. Scott gets the hot tag cleaning house with right hands. Rick gets sent over the top but he pulls himself back in and clotheslines Anderson. Scott sends Eaton over the top to the floor and is disqualified for doing so. That leaves Rick in the match alone.
Rick backs Eaton into a corner and delivers a right hand. Eaton knee lifts Rick from behind to knock him to the apron. Rick rams Eaton face first into the top turnbuckle and hits a bulldog off the top to eliminate Eaton. Anderson quickly gets in the ring and comes off the middle rope but is met with a clothesline and Rick get a three count. After the match, Arn Anderson plants Rick with a DDT but here comes Scot Steiner to save his brother from any further attack. (**1/2. Well, you would have thought this could have been a great match and it just failed to deliver. The DQ and count out eliminations were rather lame. I would have rather this match just been a normal six man tag match so they could work a stellar match.)
Main Event: WCW World Champion Sting vs. WCW United States Champion Rick Rude in a non-title steel cage match: Sting opens the match pummeling Rick with right hands and sends him back first into the cage. Sting rakes the back of Rude a few times. Sting rams Rude face first onto the top of the cage and that crotches Rude on the ropes. Rude sells it as he normally does and Sting delivers an atomic drop. Rude slowly crumbles to the canvas selling the move. Sting spits at Paul E. Dangerously on the floor and puts a chin lock on Rude. Sting jumps down onto Rude’s back and plays to the crowd. Sting jumps down across Rude’s back a second time. Rude manages to get his knees up to block another splash. Rude eye rakes Sting and hammers away over Sting over the back. Rude atomic drops Sting sending the champ into a corner. Rude hammers away on Rude a few more times. Rude delivers a few forearm strikes to the lower back of Sting. Rude sends Sting face first into the cage and controls Sting on the mat with a chin lock. Sting gets out of the hold and plants Rude with an electric chair slam but on a big splash attempt Rude gets his knees up. Rude keeps control with a back suplex and goes to the top of the cage. Rude leaps off the top but loses his footing and drops down to the top rope. Sting is kicked back to the mat and Rude tries again at the top for eh cage. Rude leaps off managing to hit a double axe handle and taunts the fans. Rude takes Sting over with a snap suplex for a near fall. Sting hits a vertical suplex ramming Rude into the cage. Rude is hung upside down on the cage and Sting connects with a Stinger Splash. Sting attempts another one but Rude falls to the canvas and Sting hits the cage face first. Rude knee lifts Sting a few times before attempting a Rude Awakening. Sting counters with a DDT for a near fall. Sting heads to the top rope and waits for Rude. Rude is able to hit Sting in midair to stop his momentum.
Rude plants Sting with a piledriver for a two count. Rude taunts the fans and spits on Sting. Sting doesn’t sell a few punches and has gotten a second wind. Sting clotheslines Rude a few times and Rude drops to the canvas face first. Sting lifts Rude into the air and drops him to the canvas chest first. Sting sends Rude into the referee in the corner on accident. Rude blocks a Stinger Splash by getting is knees up. Rude grabs Paul E. Dangerously’s phone but Sting connects with a back suplex and wins the match. (**1/2. It was an entertaining match, but that finish was quite lame. Rude was really good here and Sting held his own, too. I was hopeful that their heated TV feud would translate into something heated here and that just didn’t happen.) After the match, Rude lays Sting out with the Rude Awakening.
The featured less than an hour of filmed matches and only two matches were missing, so this was a quick house show. The last two matches were okay, but nothing too great. I still enjoyed what was provided and the bad matches were kept rather short, so by default I’ll give it a mild thumbs up. However, I can see how WCW was failing at live events. Their storytelling left a lot to be desired for live events.
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