WWE Vintage Collection TV report



'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #295 – January 26th, 2013

Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.

By Stephen Lyon.

This week's theme: The WCW Battlebowl 1993 pay-per-view event. All the tag team matches (mostly Parejas Increibles matches) were featured from this November 1993 WCW ppv, including: Ric Flair & Steve Austin (the first time these two ever tag teamed together, and one of only two times in history) vs Too Cold Scorpio & Maxx Payne; Vader & Cactus Jack vs Charlie Norris & Kole (Stevie Ray); and Ricky Steamboat & Lord Steven Regal vs Paul Orndorff & The Shockmaster. Plus the rest of the ppv card and Battle Royal main event.

Show was Renee Young on her own for the first time, providing the links from an empty arena before a recent Raw or Smackdown taping.

A few minutes from each match were shown, all from the WCW Battlebowl 1993 pay-per-view event, held on November 20th, 1993 in Pensacola, Florida. Announcers for the matches were Tony Schiavone & Jesse Ventura. Gene Okerlund & Fifi the Maid drew the names of wrestlers before each match to create the randomly drawn tag teams. Wrestlers were shown in both separate babyface and heel locker rooms, awaiting their names to be drawn and showing their reactions to the draw. The winners of each tag team match advanced to a battle royal main event. Okerlund was acting totally enamoured with Fifi during the links, almost making out with her at times, with the cameras 'unexpectedly catching him off guard' each time they joined him for the next drawing.

In a nice touch, 2014 WWE post-production created little 15-20 second package before each bout featured, detailing how it was friend teaming with foe in the tag team matches, explaining the history of animosity between the two partners.

1) Vader & Cactus Jack (w/Harley Race in their corner) defeated Charlie Norris & Kole (later known as Stevie Ray). Heel & face vs face & heel here. At first, Vader and Jack did not get along and Race had to separate the pair. Later on however, they did. Vader used a Vader Bomb on Norris, then held him up outside the ring for Jack to nail Norris with a running somersault plancha off the ring apron. The finish was screwed up, as Vader gave Norris a powerbomb, but legitimately fell over backwards doing it. Vader scored the pinfall for the win.

2) Brian Knobbs & Johnny B. Badd (w/Missy Hyatt in their corner) defeated Paul Roma & Erik Watts. This was a heel & a face vs 2 faces. Hyatt was the Nasty Boys' heel manager here. Knobbs scored the pinfall win after a flying bodypress on Watts, holding on to the tights. Badd was upset by Knobbs cheating to win.

3) The Shockmaster & Paul Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat & Lord Steven Regal (w/Sir William in their corner). Face & heel vs face & heel here. Steamboat and Regal - arch rivals battling over the TV title, held by Regal here - did not get on. At one point Regal wouldn't accept a tag from a fallen Steamboat. The finish saw Steamboat deck Regal with Sir William's (Bill Dundee) cane, allowing Shockmaster to splash Regal for the pinfall win.

4) Sting & Jerry Saggs (w/Missy Hyatt in their corner) defeated Ron Simmons & Keith Cole. Face & heel vs two faces here Simmons grew annoyed at Cole's inexperience throughout this match. This finish saw Sting dominating Cole and Saggs make a blind tag. Saggs then dropped a top rope elbow on Cole to score the win. After the match, when Cole blew off Simmons complaints, Simmons attacked him and gave him a spinebuster. This was supposed to be the start of Simmons heel turn, but the way Cole acted towards him, coupled with the way Ventura buried Cole on commentary throughout the match, Simmons seemed justified in attacking him.

5) Dustin Rhodes & King King defeated The Equalizer & Awesome Kong (a male wrestler, the late Dwayne McCullough, not Kia 'Kharma' Stevens of the same name). Awesome Kong & King Kong were a tag team known as the Colossal Kongs, two 400 pound masked men. Despite the nature of the match, they refused to face off against each other here, in a face & heel vs two heels match. Rhodes scored the pinfall win on Awesome Kong after a bulldog. Even in just 90 seconds of edited action, this match looked utterly horrible. In fact in the November 29th, 1993 issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer, in the review of this show, gave this match -*** and called it 'one of the worst matches of all time'.      

6) Road Warrior Hawk & Rip Rogers defeated Davey Boy Smith & Kane (no, not Glen Jacobs, but Booker T). This was face & heel vs face & heel. Rogers was portrayed in comedic fashion, a prelim squash match guy overjoyed to be tagging with Hawk, but way out of his depth. Hawk attacked him (his own partner) on the ramp before the match, and Rogers spent most of the match crawling to the ring. This was a bizarre match. Hawk worked with Kane (Booker T) most of the way, with Kane's partner, Davey Boy Smith actually leading the crowd in an LOD chant for his opponent. Finish saw Rogers finally make it to the ring, with Hawk picking him up off the ring apron and throwing him on to Kane for the win.

7) Ric Flair & Stunning Steve Austin (w/Colonel Robert Parker in their corner) defeated Maxx Payne & Too Cold Scorpio. This was a fun match, face & heel vs 2 faces, the first time Flair ever teamed with Austin. Flair & Austin would later team up for a tv match vs Sting & Ricky Steamboat in July 1994. Here Flair was a face, at one point preventing Austin from using the ropes to add pressure on to an abdominal stretch on Scorpio. Flair himself used a delayed vertical suplex on Scorpio, as well as chopping Payne, which Payne no sold. The finish saw Payne miss with a charge into the corner, injuring his knee and leading to Flair applying a figure four leglock for the win

8) Ravishing Rick Rude & Shanghai Pierce defeated Tex Slazenger & Marcus Bagwell. Two heels vs a heel & face here. Shanghai Pierce & Tex Slazenger were a prelim heel tag team on opposing sides here, with Pierce later known as Henry Godwinn, and Slazenger as Phinneus Godwinn/Mideon. Unlike the Colossal Kongs, Pierce and Slazenger had no qualms about going at it in a big brawl against each other, leading to Rude hitting the Rude Awakening on Slazenger for the win.

9) Vader won the Battlebowl winners' battle royal, which featured all the winners from the all tag team matches on this show. It built to a final four, which were Vader, Ric Flair, Sting and Steve Austin, and the action at that point became excellent. It had already been announced that Flair would be putting his career on the line against Vader for the WCW title on the next ppv, Starrcade, so the action and angle here was to build that match. Flair got into it with Vader's manager Harley Race (Flair's former legendary rival) and Flair actually suplexed Race on the ramp. However, Vader then attacked Flair on the ramp, dropping elbows and splashing him. This led to Flair being removed from the match and being stretchered to the back. This left Sting vs Vader & Austin. Sting managed to dump Austin out, and Vader tossed Sting out. However, Sting landed on the ramp and not the floor, so was allowed to continue. Finish saw Sting miss with a Stinger splash in the corner, falling to the outside, resulting in Vader scoring the win.

A brief clip aired of Flair getting his revenge on Vader, defeating him to win the WCW title at the following month's Starrcade ppv in Flair's hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Closing thoughts: Fun nostalgia. Some of the action wasn't very good, but only a few minutes aired of each match. The finish of the battle royal match was excellent.

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Match Results:

1) Vader & Cactus Jack (w/Harley Race in their corner) defeated Charlie Norris & Kole (later known as Stevie Ray) ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93)

2) Brian Knobbs & Johnny B. Badd (w/Missy Hyatt in their corner) defeated Paul Roma & Erik Watts ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93)

3) The Shockmaster & Paul Orndorff defeated Ricky Steamboat & Lord Steven Regal (w/Sir William in their corner) ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93)

4) Sting & Jerry Saggs (w/Missy Hyatt in their corner) defeated Ron Simmons & Keith Cole ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93).

5) Dustin Rhodes & King King defeated The Equalizer & Awesome Kong ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93).

6) Road Warrior Hawk & Rip Rogers defeated Davey Boy Smith & Kane (later known as Booker T) ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93).

7) Ric Flair & Stunning Steve Austin (w/Colonel Robert Parker in their corner) defeated Maxx Payne & Too Cold Scorpio ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93).

8) Ravishing Rick Rude & Shanghai Pierce defeated Tex Slazenger & Marcus Bagwell ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93).

9) Vader won the Battlebowl winners' Battle Royal ('WCW Battlebowl 1993' pay-per-view event - Pensacola, Florida: 20/11/93)

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