WCW Saturday Night 5/16/1992
Written by: Bob Colling
World Championship Wrestling presents Saturday Night
From: Atlanta, GA
1.) The Super Invader defeated Ian Weston & Keno Mckenzie in a handicap match
2.) Nikita Koloff & Ricky Steamboat defeated Larry Zbyszko & Arn Anderson
3.) Scott Flamingo defeated Johnny B. Badd in a best two out of three falls match
1.) Teddy Long is the special co-host with Jim Ross for the episode this week.
2.) Steamboat and Anderson kick off the tag team contest. Anderson works over Steamboat with a knee lift and several stomps as Ricky is on the apron. Anderson slingshots Ricky into the ring and decks him with a left hand. Anderson tosses Steamboat to the floor and taunts the fans before pulling Ricky to the apron but Ricky is able to slingshot Anderson to the floor. Steamboat comes off the apron to strike Arn and locks in a sleeper hold. Arn quickly counters with one of his own but Ricky drops him face first across the top turnbuckle. Steamboat strikes Anderson and blocks a big boot in the corner. Steamboat atomic drops Anderson but they collide heads in the corner. Anderson heads to the top but is dropkicked off by Steamboat and Arn crashes to the floor. Zbyszko tags in and scoop slams Steamboat but that offense doesn’t last as Koloff is tagged in.
Koloff takes Larry down and drops a leg before focusing his offense on the arm. Steamboat comes off the top to deliver a strike on Larry for a two count. Zbyszko kicks Ricky and tags in Anderson who clotheslines Steamboat. Steamboat drives Anderson down with a face buster and here comes Koloff and he pummels Zbyszko in the corner with right hands. All four men are brawling in the ring as Koloff clotheslines Larry but here comes Bobby Eaton to hit a top rope leg drop and that causes the disqualification. The Dangerous Alliance beats on Koloff as Anderson plants Nikita with a DDT. Steamboat enters with a steel chair and holds off the heels. (**1/2. A fine match that tried to get some last minute heat on the War Games match taking place tomorrow night. They didn’t stall much and they kept the action going very well.)
3.) Jim Ross brings out Tom Zenk to have an interview alongside WCW Lightweight Champion Brian Pillman. They will be wrestling at Wrestle War. Zenk and Pillman are friends as they shake hands before the interview. Zenk has been training really hard to get down to the weight class. Pillman thinks their match will be very exciting when they meet in the squared circle. Ross asks if Zenk will work over Pillman’s back. Zenk doesn’t reveal too much and says he might have that as his focus. Pillman says that his chops will be harder because this is for the championship. Pillman thought he was the dominate force in their tag team. Zenk dismisses that and says they will meet in the ring tomorrow.
4.) During the WCW Magazine segment we see footage of Diamond Dallas Page telling Ricky Steamboat something but were not told what was said. More on that in future weeks, apparently.
5.) There is about thirty minutes left in the show when the main event starts. Badd casually scoop slams Flamingo but doesn’t follow up quickly on the advantage. Scotty scoop slams Badd but is kicked away quickly. Badd wrenches on Flamingo’s head with a side headlock and Flamingo crashes to the canvas face first. Flamingo sends Badd face first into the corner but his offense isn’t long lasting. Flamingo gets a rollup on Badd and uses the tights for leverage to go up 1-0 in the match. We go to commercial but when we come back we see Badd is quite pissed off and is ready to fight Flamingo.
They begin to trade punches with Badd knocking Flamingo upside down on the apron and Badd drops him head first to the floor. Flamingo comes back in and gets control with several strikes. Scotty rakes Johnny’s eyes and puts him on the top turnbuckle. Badd knocks Flamingo off the middle rope and hits a top rope sunset flip for the pin to tie the match at 1-1.
Badd takes Flamingo over with a headlock but Scotty sends him chest first into the corner to regain control of the contest. Flamingo stomps away on Badd keeping him on the canvas. Badd fights back with a strike but gets his eyes raked again. Flamingo sends Badd to the floor where JT Southern taunts Badd. Johnny delivers a few shoulder rams on the apron but misses a sunset flip and Flamingo gets a two count. Flamingo leaps off the middle rope to strike Badd with a right hand. Flamingo and Badd collide in the middle of the ring as they both attempted a cross body. Badd sends Scotty chest first into the corner but can’t follow up. Flamingo drives Badd face first into the canvas a few times to maintain control of the contest. Badd returns the favor a couple of times but Flamingo blocks a backdrop with a kick to the chest. Flamingo comes off the middle rope to deliver a head butt for a near fall. Badd punches Flamingo several times and ducks wild strikes by Flamingo. Badd rams Scotty head first into the top turnbuckle and Badd continues to work over Scotty with strikes in the corner. Badd power slams Flamingo but can’t put Scotty away. Flamingo back elbows Badd in the corner and continues with several strikes. Badd rams Flamingo head first into the corner but JT Southern hits Badd in the face with his guitar and Flamingo gets the three count. (**. The only real positive from this match was just how over Johnny B. Badd was at this point. The match wasn’t all that great, really.) After the match, Tom Zenk makes the save but is attacked. Brian Pillman leaves the commentary table and cleans house helping his buddies clear the ring of the heels.
6.) Tom Zenk is fired up about getting out of his funk and blames Flamingo and Southern always getting in his way. Zenk is already acting like he won the championship. Brian Pillman doesn’t appreciate that and says Zenk doesn’t look past opponents and feels that Zenk isn’t grateful about his actions. Pillman wants Zenk in the ring right now and they get in the ring to close the show but officials come in to prevent them from going at it.
Well, the main focus here was the Pillman/Zenk feud, I guess. It’s a poor go-home show as they briefly promoted the War Games issue and heavily focused on an undercard feud that doesn’t seem to be all the appealing to me. The main event wasn’t all that great, either. I’ll have to give this one a thumbs down.
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