‘WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #174 – October 1st, 2011
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week: Second of a two part look back at WCW Fall Brawl. Today's main event was a 'War Games' Cage Match, pitting Dusty & Dustin Rhodes & the Nasty Boys vs Terry Funk & Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck & Colonel Robert Parker (WCW Fall Brawl '94 ppv, September 1994). Other matches on today's show were Diamond Dallas Page vs Chavo Guerrero Jr (WCW Fall Brawl '96 ppv, September 1996); and Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart vs Disco Inferno & Alex Wright (WCW Fall Brawl '98 ppv, September 1998).
1) Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart defeated Disco Inferno & Alex Wright. This match took place on the 'WCW Fall Brawl 1998' pay-per-view event, held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 13th, 1998. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan & Mike Tenay. This was the infamous match that nearly crippled Davey Boy Smith and was his last match in WCW. It was held in one of two rings situated side by side, in place for the 'War Games' cage match main event later on the same ppv. During that main event, Ultimate Warrior was scheduled to emerge from a trap door hidden in the ring. Unfortunately for Smith, no-one told him ahead of time about the trap door in the ring, and he ended up suffering a back injury taking a fall on to it during this match. Smith started this match strongly, using high impact running clotheslines against Wright. Smith threw Disco Inferno to the outside, where Neidhart slammed Inferno upside down against the guardrail. Back in the ring, Smith dropped Inferno throat-first against the middle rope. Neidhart tagged in, but missed Inferno with a slingshot splash over the top rope. Wright made the hot tag and caught Smith and Neidhart with dropkicks. Finish of the match was horrible, as Smith - by now, injured from falling on to the trap door - struggled several times to get Wright up on to his shoulder for a very weak looking powerslam to score the pin. The injury that Smith suffered here led to him suffering a spinal infection that hospitalised him for the next six months. During which time, WCW famously, classlessly, fired him via Fed-Ex.
2) Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. This match took place on the 'WCW Fall Brawl 1996' pay-per-view event, held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on September 15th, 1996. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan & Dusty Rhodes. Chavo started the match quickly, dropkicking DDP out of the ring and attacking him at ringside, showing a viciousness you wouldn't normally associate with Chavo. DDP had the boots put to him and was thrown into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Chavo caught DDP with a slingshot splash for a nearfall, before applying an armbar. DDP tried for a tilt-a-whirl slam, but Chavo armdragged him across the ring. After a commercial break, Chavo was struggling, but still managed to connect with a knee lift that sent DDP sprawling. Chavo connected with both a top rope dropkick and a huracanrana for nearfalls, before DDP used a back elbow of his own and attempted to pin Chavo with his feet on the ropes, scoring a two count. DDP threw Chavo into the second ring, and gave him a side suplex. DDP hit a great looking twisting powerbomb on Chavo for a nearfall. Finish of the match saw Chavo try for a backslide, only for DDP to escape and hit the Diamond Cutter on him to score the pinfall win. This was a very good match, with the crowd popping big for DDP's win, despite him technically still being a heel at this point.
Next came a short clip from the September 10th, 1994 edition of 'WCW Saturday Night', in which Gene Okerlund interviewed the 'Studd Stable' faction, comprised of Terry Funk, Arn Anderson, Bunkhouse Buck, Colonel Robert Parker and Meng. Okerlund asked how Parker's blood pressure, heart and health was. Parker became flustered and wondered why Okerlund was asking him such questions. Okerlund then brandished a piece of paper which he claimed was from the WCW Executive Committee, in which they declared that Parker, and not his bodyguard Meng, would be the fourth man in his team's War Games cage match against the Rhodes & the Nasty Boys on the following week's ppv. The heels were outraged and Parker looked like he was about to faint upon hearing this news.
3) Dusty & Dustin Rhodes & the Nasty Boys defeated Terry Funk & Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck & Colonel Robert Parker in a two-ring 'War Games' cage match. This match took place on the 'WCW Fall Brawl 1994' pay-per-view event, held in Roanoke, Virginia on September 18th, 1994. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Bobby Heenan. Dusty was wearing a Nasty Boys t-shirt. Dustin squared off against Arn Anderson for the first five minute period. Dustin, with his wrist still taped up from when Anderson had a broken it weeks' earlier, threw Anderson into the cage and from one ring to the other. Dustin turned Anderson upside down and rammed his head up and down in the gap between the two rings. Dustin caught Anderson with a diving clothesline, from one ring on to Anderson in the other. Dustin pounded on Anderson, but out of nowhere, Anderson hit a DDT. After a commercial break, the two exchanged blows. Dustin sat on Anderson in a half Boston Crab. With the five minutes elapsed, referee Randy Anderson did the coin toss at ringside, which naturally the heels won, and Bunkhouse Buck entered. Buck (Jimmy Golden, now known as Jack Swagger's dad in a couple of different angles on WWE tv in recent years) teamed with Anderson to double team Dustin.
After another commercial break, Buck and Anderson had Dustin in a Boston Crab, holding a leg each. Jerry Saggs was next in, evening the odds, slamming Arn and ramming Buck into the cage face-first, before piledriving Buck. Rhodes locked a sleeperhold on Anderson, as Terry Funk went nuts outside the cage. Funk threw a chair on to the roof of the cage, before taking his cowboy boot off before entering the cage as the next man. Funk immediately nailed Saggs with his cowboy boot, before going after Dustin. Funk worked over Dustin in front of Dusty outside the cage, taunting the 'Dream'. Saggs made the save, and grabbed Funk, piledriving him between the two rings, causing Funk to fall into the gap between the rings. Brian Knobbs was the next man in, and threw all the heels into the side of the cage, as well as raking Arn's face across the cage. After a final commercial break, Dustin threw Funk and Buck into each other. Parker was the final scheduled man for his team to enter, and he acted scared. Meng eventually persuaded him to enter, with Buck holding Dustin for Parker to slap. Funk took off his belt and whipped Dustin with it. After a few lashes, Dustin managed to snatch the belt and whip Funk in retaliation, as well as Buck and Parker. By this point, the live crowd were popping big, loudly chanting for 'Dusty'. Dusty finally entered as the final man, immediately unloading with bionic elbows on all the heels. The Nasty Boys grabbed Parker and ripped open his shirt, before splashing him on the mat and in the corner several times. Meng tried to climb the cage and shake it to make the save, but to no avail. Dusty locked on a figure four leglock on Parker, with both Knobbs and Saggs each taking turns to drop elbows on Parker as well, with the crowd popping big for each elbow drop. After a few seconds, Parker submitted and the crowd popped big.
Closing thoughts: I really enjoyed this show. The first match was pretty bad, but DDP vs Chavo was very good, and the War Games match was very enjoyable, airing virtually in full, for the last 30 minutes of today's show. I thought the commentary by Schiavone & Heenan was very good for the War Games match. The live crowd were really into both Dusty and Dustin seeking revenge on the Studd Stable, and any match featuring heels of the calibre of Terry Funk and Arn Anderson is nearly always likely to be good.
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1) Davey Boy Smith & Jim Neidhart defeated Disco Inferno & Alex Wright ('WCW Fall Brawl 1998' pay-per-view event: Winston-Salem, North Carolina - 13/09/98).
2) Diamond Dallas Page defeated Chavo Guerrero Jr. ('WCW Fall Brawl 1996' pay-per-view event: Winston-Salem, North Carolina - 15/09/98).
3) Dusty & Dustin Rhodes & the Nasty Boys defeated Terry Funk & Arn Anderson & Bunkhouse Buck & Colonel Robert Parker in a two-ring 'War Games' cage match ('WCW Fall Brawl 1994' pay-per-view event: Roanoke, Virginia - 18/09/94).
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