WCW Superbrawl 2 (1992)
Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff welcome us to the show. Eric believes that the Steiners are going to eat Eaton/Arn's lunches tonight. As they run down the card, it sounds pretty dope.
TO THE BACK. Missy Hyatt tells everyone she's going to be doing interviews tonight. No shit. You do that every PPV.
JR is in the ring and brings out the newest member of the WCW announce team...JESSE VENTURA! Fuck yeah. He comes out on a motorcycle, actually driving it himself instead of riding bitch like LOD. Jesse suggests that JR should wear a cowboy hat.
Brian Pillman vs Jushin Liger WCW Light Heavyweight Championship
Sweet way to open the show. Much better than Michael fucking Hayes. Jesse is stoked to be able to see Liger in person. Indie respek stand off. At least it was a new thing in the US in 1992. Pillman's game plan tonight is to keep things on the mat and try to keep Liger from using his aerial offense. Liger reminds Jesse of the Predator. He was in that movie, you know. Fans are so into Liger. So is Jesse. Brian hits a back drop driver that was shown during a wide shot, but looked rough. Liger hits a top rope tope, which JR calls a moonsault. Pillman ends up hitting Air Pillman, dumping Liger out on the other side, and hitting a dive of his own. Brian attempts Air Pillman off the apron, only to hit the guard rail. Pillman scores a wacky roll up. New champion! Standing ovation.
TO THE HYATT. Missy is speaking with Terrance Taylor, who is wearing a shameless Million Dollar Man tux rip off. Shameful shit, WCW.
Terrance Taylor vs Marcus Alexander Bagwell
There was a special ring announcer. It's some college guy who won a contest. It looks like he's wearing a a tux...until you see he's wearing shorts and orange wrestling shoes. Taylor had offered to be Buff's mentor, but Buff wasn't down for it. The "Taylor Made Man" doesn't like Buff out wrestling him. It's kind of weird that the last PPV was only 2 months ago and had a match where Taylor was put over as being one of the most underrated guys in wrestling and someone who could not only hang, but nearly beat the champ on multiple occasions and even got the fans on his side for a match, and then he went right back to total mid card stuff like this. It seemed like they were going to try to elevate him a bit, but I guess it was a one night thing. Fans seem to be on his side on this show, too. I don't think Jesse cares too much for young Buff, as the nicest thing he can say is that Buff's hair stays in place even on the mat. Roll up OUTTA NOWHERE gives Buff the win! Taylor laid him out with a DDT after the match.
TO THE HYATT. Missy is outside of Lex Luger's locker room. She gets a few words with Harley Race. Harley says Lex is in the best shape of his life and will still be the champion tomorrow night.
Cactus Jack vs Ron Simmons
Cactus reminds Jesse of Pat Buchanan. About a minute in, Cactus hangs himself in the ropes. It heads to the floor and Cactus gets his ass kicked. Cactus gets back into it with a back elbow and lariato. JYD is hanging out in the crowd in a white tux with a red bow tie. Double arm DDT. Back to the floor. I imagine the Mick Foley of 1992 would absolutely take a Ron Simmons spinebuster on the floor. Let's see if that happens. Cactus Elbow from the second rope. Ron misses and then hits a dropkick. Ron misses a football tackle and goes flying to the ramp. Spinebuster on the ramp! Close enough. He recovers quickly, though. He was in control when they got back to the ring. Simmons wins by catching Cactus with a powerslam. Abby came out after the match and continued his head hunting ways by smashing the fuck out of Ron's head with his stick. JYD hops the railing, takes out some security guards, and saves Simmons.
Van Hammer/Z-Man vs Vinnie Vegas/Richard Morton
Jesse thinks Hammer looks like a fucking idiot, but the fans are getting a We Will Rock You stomp going. Nash went from whatever the fuck Oz was supposed to be to a Vegas lounge comedian. From Liger/Pillman to Nash vs Hammer. Nash counters 10 count punches by just picking Hammer up and running him into the other corner. Morton is in and the pace picks up a bit. BIG fucking boot. I can't believe that this match is going so long. And that it isn't that bad. And that I have so many Nash gifs. I can't believe WCW did so little with Nash. He was huge, young, good looking, athletic for his size, and could talk. I guess JCP/NWA/WCW never really pushed the big guys like Vince, so I suppose it was natural that they didn't know what the fuck to do with the guy. Despite being in great shape and very athletic, Zenk is just not coordinated at all. He pins Morton with a sunset flip out of the corner.
Dustin Rhodes/Barry Windham vs Steve Austin/Larry Zbyszko
Jesse immediately starts talking about Madusa's tits. Jesse the King Ventura. The match starts with all four brawling. It looks like Austin and Rhodes will officially start. I wish Barry wasn't such a flake. He would have been the GOAT. I love Barry's DDT. Everything he does looks so natural and effortless. Dustin is tagged in and tries to break Larry's arm, just like he and Arn did to Barry. They get Barry out to the floor and give his balls a working over on the railing. Big short arm lariato from Austin. Dustin/Austin matches always have a ton of lairats. I love it. Neck breaker from Larry. Good back suplex from Austin. Those trunks. That hair. Stunning is the right adjective. LOL at Jesse ragging on Oklahoma football by saying it is the only college where their players take a pay cut to go to the NFL. JR's response was along the lines of, "Well....Minnesota sucks at football". Madusa gives Goldy a slap, so he goes after her. Austin followed him and drilled him with another lariat in the face. Double heat in this one. It's like Austin and Dustin want to see who can throw the most lariats in one match. Larry's goofy ass jumping up is so funny. You know he thought that made him look super athletic. Ref of course misses the pin. Dustin hits Austin with the Stun Gun. That's Austin's move! Flying lariat/punch from Barry gets the win. Man, I love well executed Southern tag wrasslin.
Eric is such a suck up. He's now wearing a Michigan letterman's jacket and hyping up the Steiners, but he's impartial. Fuck you, Eric.
TO THE HYATT. Missy gets a word with a ninja, who takes her to Ricky Steamboat's locker room. Ricky was doing some stuff with a candle and flash paper when Madusa walked by. She wants to see Steamboat. The ninja isn't having any of that shit. She even offered him sushi. She slapped the ninja and the ninja chased her away.
Steiner Brothers vs Arn Anderson/Bobby Eaton WCW Tag Team Championships
The new boss in WCW, Kip Frye, has decided that Paul E. will be banned from ringside. Even from the beginning, WCW had some weird thing about mentioning their real bosses and when they changed for some reason. No one cares who the executive VP is. Bobby and Scotty begin. I can feel Jesse's annoyance at JR not giving him anything to work with. He says stuff and JR ignores it or just brushes it off. So Jesse ends up having to keep the conversation going with himself. "Hey, these guys can wrestle, but what I'm saying is these guys are real stupid, though." That was after JR wouldn't play along with Jesse. Jesse is really pissed at Kip Frye being a dictator, so we get a brief politics talk. Tiltawhirl slam on the ramp! Too bad the camera man was in the way for most of it. Bobby was briefly in control until he got hit with a Doomsday Device. A top rope Steinerline by Rick is countered with an atomic drop. Looks like they're going to work Rick's arm for a while. Arn gets so desperate that he throws Scotty headfirst into Bobby's head. Anything to slow him down. An Anderson family trademark. It works and Bobby is able to follow up with a top rope knee drop. Scotty is firmly in FIP role here. They try the "Rick catches a guy in a powerslam out of a Doomsday Device" spot, but kind of messed it up. Fans didn't realize it was a counter until Rick made the pin. Top rope bulldog to Arn. Eaton breaks the pin with a stomp to the head. Madusa gets some cocaine, which is thrown in Rick's eyes. This makes him accidentally throw Randy Anderson. He then throws Arn over the top rope. A second ref comes out in time to count the pin off a Frankensteiner. New champions! Nick Patrick comes out and all three refs talk. The decision is over turned due to disqualification. Same champions! Dusty Finish!
TO THE HYATT. She lets us know the ninja is back and walks Ricky Steamboat out of his locker room.
Rick Rude vs Ricky Steamboat WCW US Championship
Fans are all over Rude. He can't even get his spiel out. Ricky keeps the arm bar on for a while. He uses the ring post. Jesse makes JR say it was a cheap shot, which JR does admit, but then tries to bring up something that happened in the past, which Jesse shuts down immediately. The tide turns and Rude just lays some forearms in. Ricky kicks the arm and goes back to an arm bar. Hammerlock bodyslam. Drop down/leap frog spot ends in a cross body and Ricky going back to the arm bar. Most of the match is Steamboat working the arm and Rude instinctively using it only to injure it more. Rude can't even properly do a double bicep. LOL "There's no money in body building." JR with the ice cold WBF burn. Camel clutch. Steamer stands up into an electric chair. Rude locks on a sleeper. Come on ref, that's clearly a choke. Ricky does the hip swivel! Steamboat is feeling it. He's on the verge of winning the title. The ninja gets up on the apron and hits Steamboat with a cell phone. MY GOODNESS WHAT A SWERVE! Title retained.
TO THE HYATT. Missy tries to get a word with Rude. When she opens the locker room door, she sees Paul E. under the ninja costume. Well, no shit.
Sting vs Lex Luger WCW Championship
Lex's contract was up and he would be joining the WBF as a way to get around his no-compete clause. For about the last month, Lex had barely been on TV. The first 2 minutes or so are just them standing in the center of the ring and talking. It's awkward. Definitely a strange atmosphere. I'm not sure if the fans knew Lex was leaving or what. He doesn't seem happy to be there, that's for sure. Lex finally shoves Sting and they have to be separated in the corner. Stinger Splash early. Lex no sells it and runs through Sting. Powerslam. Sting blocks the torture rack, hits a German suplex, and puts Lex in the rack. Huge jumping DDT from Sting. Lex is back in control and he's gassed. Probably because he hasn't been wrestling for a month and put on some "muscle" on top of it. JR and Jesse actually make a comment about how someone could put on so much muscle in 30 days. Sting gets pissed and just starts choking Lex. As the ref is trying to break it up, Lex hits a low blow like a dick head. God, Lex fucking sucks at the piledriver. Why the fuck didn't someone pull him aside to either tell him to knock it off or teach him how to do it? It's as shitty or worse than Crush's terrible piledriver. Old man Harley tries piledriver on the floor and gets back dropped. Sting wins with a top rope cross body. New champion! This was a weird match. Lex looked like he really didn't want to be there, they spent a long time just standing there talking to each other, and then there was the same awkward standing around after the match. Lex got up and left pretty much immediately and Sting just stood there.
This was a good ass show. Dustin/Barry vs Austin/Larry was my favorite match, but Steamboat/Rude was really good, Pillman/Liger was fun, Steiners vs Arn/Bobby was good but not as good as you'd expect. Z-Man/Hammer vs Nash/Morton was weirdly enjoyable and the fans were really into it for some reason. Taylor/Buff was decent. Everything was decent. The strongest WCW PPV since GAB 1989.