'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #273 – August 25th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Main event of today's show was Ric Flair vs Ravishing Rick Rude for the 'World Heavyweight title' from WCW Fall Brawl ppv, September 1993. Other matches on today's show saw Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Mr Fuji (WWF Superstars, November 1996); and Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Don Muraco (November 1986).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
Show opened with a clip from the October 25th, 1986 edition of 'WWF Superstars', where Mr Fuji was a guest of the newly-babyface Rowdy Roddy Piper on Piper's Pit. Fuji made fun of Piper's bad leg, following Adrian Adonis' recent attack on him. Fuji tossed some fortune cookies in Piper's face and challenged him to a match on the following week's show. Piper accepted and called Fuji 'a fat ugly sloth'.
1) Mr Fuji defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper via D.Q. This match aired on the November 1st, 1986 edition of 'WWF Superstars', taped in Syracuse, New York on October 6th, 1986. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jesse Ventura. Piper removed the bandage from his leg at the start of this match, as if to prove to Fuji that he was no longer injured. As you'd imagine, Piper totally dominated Fuji here, apart from one spot where Fuji caught Piper with a low blow. Piper was on the verge of winning when Don Muraco, Cowboy Bob Orton and Jimmy Hart hit the ring. Orton and Muraco double teamed Piper, leading to Piper grabbing his crutch from the corner and cleaning house on the pair. Referee Danny Davis - building towards his own heel turn - disqualified Piper and awarded the match to Fuji.
2) Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated Don Muraco (w/Mr Fuji in his corner). This match took place at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on November 16th, 1986. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Johnny V. The pair brawled to the outside, where Fuji attacked Piper. Back in the ring, Muraco caught Piper with a piledriver. The referee was bumped. Fuji tossed his cane into the ring for Muraco to use, but Piper snatched it and used it on Muraco instead. Piper then scored the pinfall win when the referee revived.
Next saw a 'Flair For The Gold' interview segment from the August 28th, 1993 edition of WCW Saturday Night. Ravishing Rick Rude was Flair's guest. Flair welcomed Rude to the show and was friendly towards him, congratulating him on recent match with Dustin Rhodes. Rude kept ignoring Flair, instead focusing on Fifi the Maid who was sat on the opposite side of the set. Rude eventually stated he was angry with Fifi because she hadn't called him after he'd given her his number, and was blowing him off. Rude forced a kiss on Fifi, but she slapped him. Flair tried to make the peace, but Rude then nailed Flair from behind with Flair's world title belt. This set up a Flair vs Rude match for the world title.
3) Ravishing Rick Rude defeated Ric Flair (w/Fifi the Maid in his corner) to win the 'World Heavyweight title. This match took place at the 'WCW Fall Brawl 1993' pay-per-view event, held in Houston, Texas on September 19th, 1993. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura. The match was billed as being for the 'world heavyweight title'. The title belt that Flair held was the NWA world title, but WCW had pulled out of the NWA several weeks before the match, and the NWA had stripped Flair as champion, though WCW had kept the physical title belt and continued to use it. WCW would later call the title that Rude would win here, the 'WCW International title'. Rude had a giant picture of Fifi airbrushed on to the front of his tights. Rude jarred his knee early in the match, leading to Flair attempting a figure four, only for Rude to make the ropes. Rude recovered to do gyrations.
A back and forth match saw Flair give Rude a butterfly suplex and unload with chops. Flair even managed to give Rude the Rude Awakening, but Rude placed his foot on the ropes to break up Flair's pin attempt. Flair worked over Rude's knee in the corner. Rude recovered and connected with a clothesline and top rope knee drop. Rude taunted Fifi, causing Fifi to slap him. Rude grabbed Fifi and kissed her again, bringing her into the ring. Flair made the save, and placed Rude in the figure four. As the referee was guiding Fifi out of the ring, Rude nailed Flair with brass knux to break the hold, then pinned Flair for the title win.
Closing thoughts: Interesting show. The interview segment with Flair and Rude was great, but their match together was regarded as a bit of a let down at the time it took place.
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1) Mr Fuji defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper via D.Q. ('WWF Superstars' - Syracuse, New York: taped on 06/10/86, aired on 01/11/86).
2) Rowdy Roddy Piper defeated Don Muraco (w/Mr Fuji in his corner) (Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada: 16/11/86).
3) Ravishing Rick Rude defeated Ric Flair (w/Fifi the Maid in his corner) to win the 'World Heavyweight title' ('WCW Fall Brawl 1993' pay-per-view event - Houston, Texas: 19/09/93).
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