'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #288 – December 8th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: The Sting vs Black Scorpion Feud! Yes, today's show was based entirely around the infamous 1990 WCW feud. All the angles, bad promos, and magic tricks, with three matches featuring: Sting vs Fake Black Scorpion (Al Perez) (WCW Clash of the Champions 12 - September 1990); Sting vs Bobby Eaton (World Championship Wrestling, November 1990); and Sting vs Black Scorpion (Ric Flair), in a cage match with Dick the Bruiser as the referee (WCW Starrcade 1990 ppv - December 1990).
Plus - Bonus 'Unsolved' WWE angle vignettes were aired during the show - 'Mystery of the falling set that nearly killed Vince McMahon' (June 2008); 'GTV' (1999); and 'Floating briefcase during Austin vs McMahons ladder match' (June 1999).
An amusing show today for a variety of reasons.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
The hosts set the scene before the first match. Since winning the WCW title in July 1990, Sting had been stalked by a masked figure, calling himself the Black Scorpion, who claimed to be a figure from Sting's past. He wore a black mask and body suit, and when he spoke, it sounded like Ole Anderson using a voice distortion gimmick backstage.....
1) WCW World Champion, Sting defeated Fake Black Scorpion. This match aired on the 'WCW Clash of the Champions 12' live TBS special, held in Asheville, North Carolina on September 5th, 1990. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Bob Caudle. The Fake Black Scorpion in this match was played by Al Perez. This was a really bad match, with Sting and Perez just exchanging blows and brawling around the ringside area and back into the ring. Ross on commentary revealed that the Scorpion had said he was 'from 1986, Sting's past in California' which was a tease to make people think it was the Ultimate Warrior behind the mask, when clearly looking at the masked guys' physique in the ring would tell you otherwise. Sting pinned Perez after a Stinger splash and unmasked the guy afterwards to reveal a red mask underneath. At that point a second Black Scorpion came out on to the ramp, purported to be the real one. This one was being played by 'The Angel of Death' Dave Sheldon. The announcers acted like they were baffled, as referee Nick Patrick inexplicably held Sting back from confronted the second Black Scorpion on the ring ramp.
Vignette: WWE Unsolved #1: 'The Mystery of the Falling Set' - this was from the June 23rd, 2008 edition of WWE Raw, where Vince was presenting the Million Dollar Giveaway segment at the end of the show, when part of the set collapsed, and the whole podium fell on top of Vince, supposedly seriously injuring him. Both John Cena and Triple H both rushed to rescue him, with Vince calling Triple H 'Paul' for the first time on tv, to make people think this was a shoot. It wasn't of course. The mystery was, who was behind the set falling on top of Vince, a mystery never addressed again after this angle.
Back to the Black Scorpion silliness. This segment featured Gordon Solie interviewing the Black Scorpion during a 'Wrestling Wrap Up' segment on the October 6th, 1990 edition of WCW Worldwide. Poor Solie was blindfolded and taken to an unknown location, where he interviewed the shadow of the Black Scorpion, with voice distorted, who told Solie to ask Sting if he remembered a guy from his past from Tulsa.
Next segment was from the 1990 WCW Halloween Havoc ppv on October 27th, 1990. Tony Schiavione (who was dressed as the Phantom of the Opera) interviewed Sting. The Black Scorpion's voice aired over the P.A. system, and the figure appeared on the ramp, grabbing an obviously planted female crew member (who was hideously overacting) and taking her into a cage on the entrance ramp. He pulled a curtain up over both of them, a puff of smoke appeared, and Scorpion and the ring crew member disappeared. Then they re-appeared on the other side of the arena. This was an example of the Scorpion's 'Black Magic'.
Vignette: WWE Unsolved #2: 'GTV' - various clips aired from 1999 WWF tv, featuring Al Snow picking his nose, Big Show beating up Val Venis at a urinal, Meat (Shawn Stasiak) cheating on Terri Runnels and Mark Henry in bed with Mae Young. The premise behind GTV was someone had set up a mystery surveillance camera capturing all of these private moments, then broadcasting them to the world on WWF tv.
2) Bobby Eaton defeated WCW World Champion, Sting via D.Q. This match aired on the November 10th, 1990 edition of 'World Championship Wrestling', taped at the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta, Georgia on November 5th, 1990. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Bob Caudle. Sadly this Sting vs Eaton match only went a few minutes and was a backdrop to an angle. Sting dominated Eaton and gave him a Stinger splash, but sold an injured knee. Suddenly eery music played mid-match and the Black Scorpion's distorted voice played over the P.A. system, distracting Sting. Eaton tried to gain an upperhand, but Sting backdropped Eaton over the top rope, causing himself to be disqualified. Two unmasked jobbers in street clothes ran in to attack Sting, who quickly threw both of them out of the ring. Then the Black Scorpion appeared in the entrance area, telling Sting that he'd see him at the upcoming Clash.
Next came a 'Danger Zone' interview segment, hosted by Paul E. Dangerously, from the 'WCW Clash of the Champions 13' live TBS special on November 20th, 1990. Paul E. tried to interview Sting, but once again, the Black Scorpion came out. In a repeat from the Havoc ppv angle, Scorpion dragged a planted male crew member on to the stage and placed him into a cage. He covered the cage with a curtain, a puff of smoke appeared, and the crew member had been turned into a leopard, with Scorpion nowhere to be seen.
Vignette: WWE Unsolved #3: 'Mystery of the Floating Briefcase' - this was Steve Austin vs Vince & Shane McMahon in a ladder match for control of the WWF at the 'WWF King of the Ring 1999' ppv, June 27th, 1999, with a contract for control in a briefcase hung above the ring. As Austin climbed the ladder to retrieve the briefcase, somebody raised the briefcase out of Austin's reached. Austin was knocked off the ladder, and when Shane climbed the ladder, the briefcase was lowered so he could retrieve it to win the match. Who raised, then lowered the briefcase? We never did find out.
3) WCW World Champion, Sting defeated Black Scorpion (Ric Flair) in a cage match, with Dick the Bruiser as special guest referee. This match was the main event of the 'WCW Starrcade 1990' pay-per-view event, held in St Louis, Missouri on December 16th, 1990. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Paul E. Dangerously. This was the blow off to the Sting/Black Scorpion feud. There was a very elaborate entrance for the Black Scorpion, with 4 guys dressed as the Black Scorpion walking to the ring, before a spaceship-like contraption lowered from the ring. A puff of smoke went up, and out of the spaceship walked the real Black Scorpion. The match itself was average. Sting unmasked the Scorpion mid-match, to reveal a white mask underneath. Sting threw Scorpion into the cage multiple times, causing the Scorpion to bleed. Yes, even when masked, Ric Flair still managed to bleed in a cage match. Sting won the match after a crossbody block off the top. Suddenly the other masked Black Scorpions climbed into the cage to attack Sting, with Sting and Dick the Bruiser beating them up and unmasking them all to reveal jobbers. Arn Anderson and Barry Windham also climbed into the cage and the pair, alongside the real Black Scorpion, destroyed Sting with chairshots. Tom Zenk & Ricky Morton tried to make the save, along with the Steiner Brothers, who came out with bolt cutters so that they could enter the cage. Finally, as the Scorpion was attempting to escape, Sting unmasked him to reveal Ric Flair.
In some comedy to close the show during the final link, Okerlund and Young said that the Black Scorpion had never been seen since, whilst a masked figure walked behind them, paused, then walked off set.
Closing thoughts: An amusing show that put into perspective how 'bad' WWE (and TNA) tv actually is at the moment. In my opinion, this stuff was far worse than anything we get these days (99% of the time anyway).
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1) WCW World Champion, Sting defeated Fake Black Scorpion ('WCW Clash of the Champions 12' live TBS special - Asheville, North Carolina: 05/09/90).
2) Bobby Eaton defeated WCW World Champion, Sting via D.Q. ('World Championship Wrestling' - Center Stage Theater, Atlanta, Georgia: taped 05/11/90, aired on 10/11/90).
3) WCW World Champion, Sting defeated Black Scorpion in a cage match ('WCW Starrcade 1990' pay-per-view event - St Louis, Missouri: 16/12/90).
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