Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Main Event
From: Orlando, FL
1.) Sting & Ricky Steamboat defeated Bat Attitude (Steve Keirn & Bobby Eaton)
2.) Dustin Rhodes defeated Shanghai Pierce
3.) Johnny B. Badd defeated Billy Payne
4.) Guardian Angel fought Vader to a double disqualification
1.) This weeks episode is live and an interactive episode of Main Event. Eric Bischoff and Bobby Heenan are doing commentary with Mean Gene doing backstage work. Gene says that Vader was backstage going ballistic over Guardian Angel. They talk about WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan saying that he’d wrestle Ric Flair tonight on Main Event instead of at the Clash later this month. Heenan promises that Hulk Hogan will not be here tonight. WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan shows up behind Heenan with Jimmy Hart and the crowd goes nuts for the Hulkster. Hogan threatens to ring Heenan’s neck. Hogan wants Ric Flair to be here tonight and thinks that he has something that Flair wants back. Hogan thinks that everyone is sick and tired of Ric Flair. Hogan is in the kind of mood to teach Flair a lesson tonight when Flair arrives.
2.) Sting and Eaton kickoff the tag team match to start the action portion of the show. Sting hip tosses Eaton out of the corner for the early advantage. Sting monkey flips Eaton and follows up with a dropkick. Sting charges and sends Eaton over the top to the floor with a clothesline. Keirn tags in to try his luck against Sting. Sting manages to arm drag both men and hits a double clothesline. Steamboat leaps off the top to hit a double flying clothesline. Steamboat continues with chops and Keirn begs off in the corner. Steamboat keeps a headlock on Keirn for a few moments. Steamboat hits a crossbody off the ropes for a two count. Keirn decks Steamboat from behind with a forearm allowing Eaton to deliver a strike. Keirn scoop slams Steamboat and Eaton hits a top rope elbow drop in the middle of the ring for a two count. Eaton keeps a front face lock on Steamboat and the referee gets distracted on the tag to Sting.
Steamboat is double teamed in the corner, but Sting makes the save and backdrops Eaton. Steamboat and Keirn fall over the top to the floor. Sting with a Stinger Splash in the corner and Steamboat hits a top rope crossbody to pin Eaton. (**. The crowd is electric for this episode and the action here was actually rather solid.)
3.) Mean Gene interviews Sting and Sting is looking to wrestle Flair. Sting wants Hogan to save a piece of Flair for him. Ricky Steamboat will be wrestling Steve Austin at the Clash in two weeks. Steamboat says that Austin has been saying he’s stupid. Steamboat notes that if Austin gets disqualified then he’ll lose the championship.
4.) Dusty Rhodes is in Dustin’s corner for the next match.
5.) Dustin cleanly breaks away from Pierce in the corner to start the bout. Dustin arm drags Pierce and Pierce is fired up. Dustin takes Pierce over with another arm drag and keeps control with a hammerlock. Dustin takes Pierce down to the mat and keeps an arm bar on Pierce. Pierce shoves Dustin away, but Dustin returns the shove. They begin to trade strikes with Dustin getting the better of it and dropkicks Pierce. Rhodes dropkicks Pierce through the middle rope to the floor. Pierce knee lifts Dustin against the ropes and delivers a few strikes. Rhodes gets a sunset flip and arm drags Pierce to the mat. Pierce works over Rhodes with strikes in the corner, but Rhodes runs into a knee strike in the corner. Pierce decks Rhodes with a clothesline. Rhodes boots Pierce in the corner to avoid a clothesline. Rhodes pummels Pierce with right hands in the corner. Dustin hits the running bulldog out of the corner to win the match. (*1/2. Pierce had a few seconds of shine, but this was obviously just a match to put Dustin over with his father in his corner. It was effective.)
6.) Mean Gene is with Dustin and Dusty Rhodes for an interview. They will be teaming up against Bunkhouse Buck and Terry Funk at the Clash. Dustin says that Arn Anderson thinks he accomplished something by breaking his arm. Well, Dustin hasn’t been sitting in bed and he’s been getting stuff done. Dustin says that nobody can destruct family. Dusty says that it wasn’t all that long ago when he said there’s nothing stronger than family and blood. Dusty says that Dustin is paying for the sins of his father. Dusty is going to walk the aisle at the Clash and family is going to get it done at the Clash.
7.) Angel ducks Vader’s strike and delivers a couple of clotheslines to stagger Vader. Angel drops Vader with an uppercut and clotheslines Vader over the top to the floor. Vader staggers Angel with forearm strikes in the corner. Vader beats on Angel with more strikes to the midsection. Vader splashes Angel in the corner and delivers a clothesline. Vader taunts the fans by flexing. Vader goes to the middle rope and leaps off but is met with a powerslam in midair. Angel picks Vader up and connects with a scoop slam. Angel runs the ropes and is tripped by Harley Race. Vader comes off the ropes to deliver a splash. Vader hits a second splash to Angel’s back. Vader works over Angel on the apron with strikes and taunts the fans some more. Vader rams Angel face first into the top turnbuckle and then lunges over the top to clothesline Angel over the top to the floor. Harley Race gets a cheap shot in on the floor. Vader tears open Angel’s shirt and delivers a few more strikes to the chest. Angel fires back with strikes in the corner and decks Vader with a right hand. Vader forearms Angel to stop his momentum.
Angel fights back with kicks and an uppercut. Vader drops Angel to his knees and they start trading blows from their knees. Vader drops Angel to the mat and Race continues to get cheap shots in from the floor while the referee is distracted. Angel slides to the floor and decks Race several times. Race holds Angel, but Vader misses and splashes Race on the floor! Angel clotheslines Vader in the ring and goes for a sunset flip, but Vader goes for a splash and misses! Angel moves the referee out of the way and Vader delivers more strikes. The referee got knocked down. Angel brings Race into the ring with a suplex! Vader splashes Angel and Race delivers a falling headbutt. Angel is being double teamed by Race and Vader. The match has been ruled a double disqualification. (**1/4. These guys continue to have some really fun matches and they work very well with each other. I think these matches aren’t appreciated enough. They are having quality TV matches and have delivered on PPV, too.)
8.) Bobby Heenan says that Ric Flair is too smart to fall for WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan antics.
9.) WCW World Champion Hulk Hogan makes his way out to the ring and is in full gear looking for a fight. Hogan ends up going to the announcers and Heenan bails from the scene. Hogan had a few of his brothers hanging outside the studio. Ric Flair appears on the big screen and he’s with Sherri Martel. Flair says they are headed out of town in thirty minutes. Flair wants everyone to be there at the Clash when he reveals the biggest surprise of his career. Flair says that things don’t always appear as they seem. Sherri says people bring the dead to their women and then gets cut off. Hogan says Flair is the dirtiest player in the game. Hogan has his friends and doesn’t think that Flair can’t divide and conquer the power of Hulkamania. Hogan is going to give Ric Flair a wrestling lesson of his life. Hogan will make Flair get down on his knees and acknowledge that Hogan’s the best and beg to be a Hulkamaniac.
The live atmosphere for this show was an added bonus. Usually the Orlando crowd is really phony and not into the action. Sure they are still phony here, but they seemed to enjoy the action and it added to the show in a positive manner. I thought this was a good show overall.
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