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It was a chilly evening in late 1991 when Ted Turner, the media mogul and owner of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), gathered his top executives for a crucial meeting at the Turner Broadcasting System headquarters in Atlanta. Frustration filled the room as the group reviewed WCW's financial reports, showing losses that seemed insurmountable in the ongoing battle against Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

Seated at the head of the conference table, Ted Turner wore a stern expression as he addressed his team. "Gentlemen, we've got a serious problem on our hands. Despite our best efforts, WCW is struggling to turn a profit, and we're falling behind the WWF. We need a fresh perspective, new ideas, and most importantly, we need to start winning."

As the executives exchanged concerned glances, the door swung open, and in walked a confident figure with a smirk on his face – Paul E. Dangerously. Known for his sharp wit and shrewd business acumen, Dangerously had made a small fortune in the stock market and had been following the wrestling business closely since his teenage years.

"Ted, gentlemen, I couldn't help but overhear your predicament," Dangerously said, taking a seat at the table without waiting for an invitation. "I've been watching the wrestling landscape, and I believe I have the vision and the means to turn WCW into a powerhouse. I'm willing to buy 51% of the company, inject fresh capital, and bring in some innovative changes."

Ted Turner, intrigued by the audacity of Dangerously, raised an eyebrow. "You think you can do better than us, Paul?"

With a confident smile, Dangerously began outlining his plan. "Ted, I've got ideas that will shake up the industry. We need to present not just an alternative to WWF, but an attractive alternative, with new stars that can carry us into the future. Vince is already starting to have issues figuring out who his next guys are. If we figure that out before he does, we'll be back here in 10 years laughing at him."

As Dangerously continued to lay out his strategy, the executives in the room couldn't help but be captivated by his enthusiasm and fresh perspective.

After a lengthy discussion, Turner leaned back in his chair and said, "Paul, you've got some guts, and I like that. If you're willing to put your money where your mouth is, let's make a deal."

In a historic turn of events, the room buzzed with excitement as Ted Turner and Paul E. Dangerously shook hands, sealing the deal that would forever change the landscape of professional wrestling.

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The last few times I've tried to do diaries on here, weird stuff has popped up. I've had Windows-on-Mac options fizzle out on me, an actual Windows machine give up the ghost, and, of course, had to deal with the general everyday life stuff we all have to deal with.

Having said that, when I saw Fleisch/SkyCrasher's 1992 mod, I knew I had to give it a go. I came of age as a wrestling fan in the mid-1990's, and the biggest "butterfly effect" scenario I could come up with was Paul Heyman buying a controlling interest in WCW, rather than getting fired and hopping to ECW. 

It's been a little while since I've done one of these (to those who may remember some of my past stuff, thanks for reading this one!). I'm not the best with graphics, so it's going to be pretty text-heavy. Still, there's a lot of fun ideas I've got in mind, and I'm really looking forward to seeing them all play out.

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Wrestling Observations Exclusive

By Maeve Seltzer | January 1, 1992

Welcome, wrestling aficionados, to the first edition of Wrestling Observations in the new year! As the fireworks explode in the sky, the world of professional wrestling is ablaze with changes and developments, especially in the hallowed halls of World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Hold onto your seats; we've got the inside scoop on the seismic shifts taking place under the reign of Paul E. Dangerously.

Lex Luger's Suspension Saga Unfolds

The WCW landscape is already experiencing a shakeup as its reigning champion, Lex Luger, finds himself on the wrong side of the WCW board's disciplinary actions. Luger is currently serving a 30-day suspension, and rumor has it, he's not taking this sitting down. Sources close to the Total Package suggest that he's expressing his displeasure quite vociferously behind the scenes. Only time will tell how this suspension will affect the championship scene in WCW.

Frye's Departure and Solie's Uncertain Future

Former CEO K. Allen Frye has been reassigned to another division within the vast empire of Ted Turner. 

Meanwhile, the venerable voice of WCW, Gordon Solie, is reportedly considering his options. The rumor mill is buzzing with speculation that Solie may be finishing up with the company. It's a bittersweet moment for fans who have grown up listening to Solie's distinctive commentary. If he decides to go elsewhere, it will undoubtedly mark the end of an era for WCW.

Heyman's Grand Vision and Talent Hunt

Paul E. Dangerously, the man of the hour, has wasted no time laying out his grand vision for WCW. Long-term goals include growing homegrown talent, and Heyman has already set his sights on several young prospects from around the globe. Our sources indicate that developmental deals are on the table, and contracts have been dangled before the eyes of promising wrestlers.

However, the wrestling landscape is a fickle one, and not all negotiations go according to plan. Two notable talents, Dean Malenko and the massive Kokina Maximus, have opted for pastures anew. Malenko, the "Man of a Thousand Holds," has inked a full-time deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling, while Kokina Maximus, the colossal force, is heading south to showcase his skills in the Mexican wrestling scene.

A Veteran's Crossroads

In another twist, one seasoned veteran in the WCW locker room has received an offer to ply his trade elsewhere, and sources suggest he's seriously considering taking the leap. The identity of this wrestling stalwart remains undisclosed, leaving fans speculating about a potential departure that could reshape the dynamics of both WCW and the wrestling industry at large.

As we embark on this new chapter in WCW's history, the wrestling world is on the edge of its seat, eagerly awaiting the next move in the chess game orchestrated by Paul E. Dangerously. Stay tuned, dear readers, as we navigate the twists and turns of this thrilling journey through the squared circle!

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NOTE: B-show writeups will be a bit shorter than the ones for WCW Saturday Night and PPV's, and I'll try to keep the B-shows together for the sake of readability.

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WCW World Wide Wrestling - January 1, 1992

Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 2,300

Paul E. Dangerously's Unprecedented Address

The WCW faithful were greeted by an unexpected sight at the top of the show, as Paul E. Dangerously stepped into the spotlight for a rare out-of-character address. Dangerously, now at the helm of WCW, promised the fans something special under his leadership. However, slipping back into his trademark persona, he dropped a bombshell, announcing Sting's appearance in the night's main event against Richard Morton.


Tag Team Clash: The Fabulous Freebirds vs. WCW Patriots

In a tag team bout that had the arena buzzing, The Fabulous Freebirds, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin, squared off against the WCW Patriots, Firebreaker Chip and Todd Champion. The match was a hard-fought battle, but in the end, Hayes secured the victory for his team, pinning Todd Champion after a bulldog at 7:45.


Diamond Dallas Page Hypes the Diamond Mine

Diamond Dallas Page took to the mic, bringing the hype for the Diamond Mine, his managed tag team featuring the towering Vinnie Vegas and The Diamond Studd. Page promised that under his guidance, the Diamond Mine would rise to dominance in the tag team ranks of WCW.


"Beautiful" Bobby Eaton (with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Arachnaman

After a back-and-forth battle, Eaton secured the win with an exclamation point, executing his trademark Alabama Jam for the pinfall victory after 12:36. Dangerously's presence at ringside played a crucial role in Eaton's success, adding an extra layer of tension to the match.


Main Event: Sting vs. Richard Morton (with Alexandra York)

The night reached its climax with the much-anticipated main event. The match lived up to expectations, featuring high-flying maneuvers and dramatic near falls. In the end, it was Sting who emerged victorious, forcing Morton to submit to the Scorpion Deathlock after an intense 13:02 of action.


Sting's Post-Match Declaration

Following his hard-fought victory, Sting took the mic to address Paul E. Dangerously and the Dangerous Alliance. The Stinger made it clear that, regardless of who controls WCW, he, his friends, and the Little Stingers would continue the fight for justice and what's right.


TV RATING: 0.05 (43,348 viewers)

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WCW Main Event - January 1, 1992

Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 2,000

Paul E. Dangerously and Rick Rude Kick Off the Show

The first episode of WCW Main Event in 1992 kicked off with a bang as Paul E. Dangerously and the WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, took center stage for a fiery promo. The duo hyped up the night's main event, a title defense by Rude against Brian Pillman.


Tag Team Action: The Diamond Mine vs. Chris Candido and Lance Storm

In tag team action, The Diamond Mine, represented by the imposing duo of The Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas, accompanied by the ever-verbose Diamond Dallas Page, faced off against the debuting team of Chris Candido and Lance Storm. The Diamond Mine showcased their dominance, with Studd securing the victory at 8:07 by pinning Storm with a devastating Diamond Death Drop.


Ron Simmons vs. Thomas Rich (with Alexandra York)

The powerhouse Ron Simmons stepped into the ring to face off against Thomas Rich, accompanied by the calculating Alexandra York. Simmons showcased his immense strength and skill, claiming victory after 12:39 with his signature Spinebuster.


However, the celebration was short-lived as Rich, York, and the cunning Richard Morton orchestrated a brutal 3-on-1 assault on Simmons after the match. Security eventually ran off York and her men, but Simmons had to be helped to the backstage area.


WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Rick Rude (with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Brian Pillman

The spotlight then shifted to the main event, where the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship was on the line. Rick Rude, flanked by the ever-present Paul E. Dangerously, defended his title against the high-flying Brian Pillman. The championship clash proved to be a highly competitive affair, with Pillman showcasing his incredible athleticism and Rude countering with his trademark ruthlessness.

In the end, Rude successfully retained his title after an intense 18:26 battle, securing the victory with his devastating Rude Awakening maneuver. Despite the loss, Pillman earned the respect of the audience with his valiant effort against the champion.


Post-Match Chaos and Heroic Save

The drama didn't end with the final bell. Rude and Dangerously launched a post-match beatdown on Pillman, but the situation took an unexpected turn when Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, and Ricky Steamboat rushed to the ring for the save. The trio chased Rude and Dangerously off, bringing a chaotic conclusion to this explosive episode of WCW Main Event.


TV RATING: 0.06 (50,329 viewers)

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Okay shows but why put Sting against Morton when he could wrestle Terence Taylor? I don't know if they actually wrestled before but their both former uwf guys, Taylor himself was the uwf television champion when it merged with jcp, you could bring up they have prior history with each other in kayfabe at least.

The WCW patriots, don't know them outside that they held the US tag belt forca time but other then that they seem like a jobber team. The only patriot i wanna see in wcw Is the trooper Del Wilkes, Jr. The freebirds are cool but it's only Hayes and Garvin right now right? No buddy Roberts or Terry Gordy? Might wanna add a few members to them to see if they can be as dominant as they were in wccw. Just have brad armstrong drop the marvel lawsuit gimmick known as arachnaman and go back to the freebirds as badstreet brad armstrong but without the mask. And now that think about it, what if you signed the miracle violence connection Terry Gordy and Dr death steve Williams to feud with the freebirds. It sounds interesting former freebird brothers fighting each other. And maybe Gordy and Bigelow feud over the rights of the bam bam nickname, it would be a hard hitting Japanese style match.

The diamond mine, Vinnie Vegas and the diamond studd, a.k.a. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall pre diesel and razor. It will be interesting to see where they'll go cause I'm gonna assume you plan to keep these guys rather then send them up north. Giving their shared history with Shawn and getting him would be impossible sense he's in the middle of being managed by Sherri and holding the Intercontinental Championship right now, why not get the next best thing and get his partner Marty Jannetty? In his prime he was just as a good in the ring as michaels and Vince wanted to make both of them big single stars. So why not steal him out from under mcmahon's nose?

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1 hour ago, sonny912 said:

Okay shows but why put Sting against Morton when he could wrestle Terence Taylor? I don't know if they actually wrestled before but their both former uwf guys, Taylor himself was the uwf television champion when it merged with jcp, you could bring up they have prior history with each other in kayfabe at least.

The WCW patriots, don't know them outside that they held the US tag belt forca time but other then that they seem like a jobber team. The only patriot i wanna see in wcw Is the trooper Del Wilkes, Jr. The freebirds are cool but it's only Hayes and Garvin right now right? No buddy Roberts or Terry Gordy? Might wanna add a few members to them to see if they can be as dominant as they were in wccw. Just have brad armstrong drop the marvel lawsuit gimmick known as arachnaman and go back to the freebirds as badstreet brad armstrong but without the mask. And now that think about it, what if you signed the miracle violence connection Terry Gordy and Dr death steve Williams to feud with the freebirds. It sounds interesting former freebird brothers fighting each other. And maybe Gordy and Bigelow feud over the rights of the bam bam nickname, it would be a hard hitting Japanese style match.

The diamond mine, Vinnie Vegas and the diamond studd, a.k.a. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall pre diesel and razor. It will be interesting to see where they'll go cause I'm gonna assume you plan to keep these guys rather then send them up north. Giving their shared history with Shawn and getting him would be impossible sense he's in the middle of being managed by Sherri and holding the Intercontinental Championship right now, why not get the next best thing and get his partner Marty Jannetty? In his prime he was just as a good in the ring as michaels and Vince wanted to make both of them big single stars. So why not steal him out from under mcmahon's nose?

All I can and will tell you (I've got an element of surprise to uphold here!) is that one of these questions will be answered sooner rather than later.

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WCW Saturday Night - January Week 1, 1992

Commentator: Jim Ross
Location: Jacksonville Coliseum; Jacksonville, FL
Attendance: 9,628

Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Brian Pillman vs. Rip Rogers and George South

The first WCW Saturday Night of 1992 kicked off with a tag team extravaganza, as the dynamic duo of Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Brian Pillman faced off against Rip Rogers and George South. Liger and Pillman's chemistry was undeniable as they secured the win after 8:21, with Liger delivering a stunning Brainbuster to George South for the pin.


A Surprise Emerges from the Shadows

Following the match, a post-match celebration turned chaotic when the lights dimmed, and the atmosphere became electric. Out of nowhere, the enigmatic SABU made his shocking debut. Clad in a busted straight jacket and a "Hannibal"-type mask, Sabu laid waste to Liger and Pillman before snatching the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship and posing with it. Orderlies eventually corralled the newcomer and led him backstage, leaving the crowd in stunned silence.


The York Foundation's Announcements and Ron Simmons' Challenge

In the ring coming back from a commercial break, Alexandra York was flanked by Richard Morton, Thomas Rich, and Terrence Taylor.


Alexandra York: Ladies and gentlemen, tonight marks a significant moment in the evolution of the York Foundation. Richard Morton, my esteemed client, has just inked a deal with New Japan Pro Wrestling, broadening his horizons and showcasing his talents on an international stage.

The crowd murmurs at the news, some expressing surprise at Morton's new venture.

Alexandra York: Now, as one door opens, another closes. And with great pleasure, I introduce to you the man who will be Richard Morton's long-term replacement in the York Foundation - none other than the "Taylor Made Man" himself, Terrence Taylor!

Terrence Taylor steps forward, smirking confidently as he basks in the spotlight.

Alexandra York: Terrence brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Foundation. With Morton's departure, we've ensured that the foundation remains strong, adaptive, and ever-evolving. Terrence, welcome to the team.

As Terrence acknowledges the applause from the crowd, the unmistakable beats of Ron Simmons' theme music hit. The arena erupts in cheers as Simmons, who made his name as a college football star at nearby Florida State, makes his way to the ring with a grin on his face.

Ron Simmons: Alexandra, I heard you out here talking about doors closing and opening. Well, you just opened one you might not be ready for. See, I've been thinking. Why don't you, Rich, Morton, and now Mr. Taylor, step into this ring tonight with me? I've got a couple of friends who are just dying to meet you all.

The crowd erupts with anticipation as Simmons awaits York's response. Alexandra smirks confidently.

Alexandra York: Ron, Ron, Ron. Do you honestly think you have any friends qualified enough to step into the ring with the York Foundation? You're on!

The crowd pops again as Simmons confidently steps aside, gesturing towards the entrance. The familiar sounds of the Steiner Brothers' entrance music hit, and the audience explodes in cheers as Rick and Scott Steiner make their way to the ring alongside Ron Simmons.

Ron Simmons: You asked for it!


Ron Simmons and The Steiner Brothers vs. The York Foundation (Richard Morton, Thomas Rich, and Terrence Taylor)

Fittingly, this match featured lots of power from the fan favorites and lots of running by the York Foundation. Morton, Rich, and Taylor tried hard to slow down the three powerhouses, but ultimately, Simmons secured the victory after 10:03, pinning Morton with his signature Spinebuster to satisfy the Seminole faithful.


Harley Race Introduces Big Van Vader

The WCW Saturday Night interview set is adorned with the classic red and white backdrop as Gordon Solie stands by with the legendary Harley Race. Race, adorned in a sharp suit, looks at Solie with an intensity that demands attention.

Gordon Solie: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here with the seven-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion and now the manager of Big Van Vader, Harley Race. Mr. Race, with the recent suspension of WCW World Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger, how do you plan to navigate these uncertain waters?

Race adjusts the collar of his suit, his gaze never leaving the camera.

Harley Race: Gordon Solie, the landscape of professional wrestling is ever-changing. Champions may rise, and champions may fall, but what remains constant is the need for strength and dominance. With Luger temporarily out of the picture, I've had to shore up my camp, and I've done just that.

Suddenly, the ominous theme music of Big Van Vader hits, and the crowd's reaction is a mix of awe and trepidation. Vader, fresh off a tour of Japan, walks into the interview set with a presence that demands attention.

Harley Race: (as Vader steps in) Gordon Solie, allow me to introduce you to the future of professional wrestling. Big Van Vader, the mastodon of destruction, the man who has left a trail of broken bodies across continents.

Vader glares into the camera, a cold and calculating expression on his face.

Big Van Vader: Gordon Solie, you're looking at the man who strikes fear into the hearts of every opponent he faces. The Great Muta, tonight, you'll be the next victim in my path of destruction.

Race steps forward, emphasizing the gravity of their words.

Harley Race: Muta, you may be a sensation in Japan, but tonight, you step into the ring with a force that transcends borders. Big Van Vader is not here to make friends; he's here to send a message. Tonight, we vow to send you back to Japan on a hospital gurney. Welcome to the era of dominance, courtesy of Big Van Vader and the guiding hand of Harley Race.


Tag Team Title Unification Match: Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes vs. The Young Pistols (Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong)

Maeve Seltzer's dirt sheet hinted at rumors that the new administration wanted to make some changes. One of them, clearly, proved to be getting rid of one of two tag titles. Unsurprisingly, given their status as one of WCW's top teams, Steamboat and Rhodes emerged victorious after 10:27, with Steamboat forcing Armstrong to tap to a Chickenwing submission.


The Celebration Proves Short-Lived

However, the celebration turned to chaos as Paul E. Dangerously orchestrated an extended post-match beatdown. Rick Rude, Larry Zbyszko, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton laid waste to Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes, leaving the duo battered and bruised.

Dangerously, as he's prone to do, grabbed a microphone.


Paul E. Dangerously: Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and especially to you, Ricky Steamboat, and you, Dustin Rhodes! (chuckles) Tonight, oh, tonight, was merely a taste of what awaits you on this treacherous journey you've embarked upon.

Raising the microphone to his lips, Dangerously's eyes gleam with intensity.

Paul E. Dangerously: Ricky, Dustin, you might be holding gold, but you've also painted a big, red target on your backs. That shiny gold only amplifies the danger that surrounds you. And let's face it, gentlemen, when you carry those titles, you're not just holding onto gold; you're cradling a burden, a burden that makes every competitor in WCW hungry for a piece of you!

Dangerously pauses, a wicked smirk playing on his lips.

Paul E. Dangerously: Ricky, my dear Ricky, and Dustin, the son of a son of a plumber, you've stepped into a battleground where the predators are relentless, where every team is now fixated on prying those titles away from you, just like a pack of hungry wolves circling their prey.

The camera zooms in on Dangerously's face as he becomes more animated.

Paul E. Dangerously: You think tonight was bad? Oh no, no, no. This is just the beginning. We've only scratched the surface of the chaos that awaits you. Every step you take, every breath you draw, will be filled with the anticipation of an attack from all angles. You'll be walking on a tightrope, with no safety net below.

Dangerously chuckles, a sinister edge to his voice.

Paul E. Dangerously: Steamboat, Rhodes, that gold you're clutching so tightly won't keep you safe. It only makes you more alluring, more enticing for the predators that now hunt you. And who leads the pack? The Dangerous Alliance, of course. We're not just a threat; we're the embodiment of chaos, the architects of your inevitable downfall.

He lowers the microphone, staring directly into the camera with an unrelenting gaze.

Paul E. Dangerously: So, savor those titles while you can, gentlemen. But remember, every victory, every triumph, only brings you one step closer to the fall. Welcome to the perilous world of being the hunted. And just like tonight, the Dangerous Alliance will be there, ready to strike when you least expect it.


Big Van Vader (w/Harley Race) vs. The Great Muta

The match was a brutal showcase of power and agility, with both competitors unleashing their devastating offense. Vader, with his imposing stature, dominated much of the contest, using his raw strength to overpower Muta.

Despite Muta's elusive and unorthodox offense, Vader proved to be an immovable force. The turning point came when Vader ascended to the top rope, delivering a thunderous Vader Bomb that echoed through the arena. With a crushing impact, Vader secured the pinfall victory after a hard-fought 13:16.


A Surprising Debut From A Big Name

The aftermath of the match was as intense as the bout itself. As Muta lay battered in the ring, Big Van Vader continued his assault, emphasizing the statement he and new manager Harley Race aimed to make.

However, the atmosphere suddenly shifted as new, uptempo country rock music blared over the speakers. The arena erupted in surprise as KEVIN VON ERICH made his debut, rushing to the ring to confront the monstrous Vader. With incredible speed and agility, Kevin dropkicked Vader out of the ring, standing tall alongside The Great Muta. Vader looked shocked someone stood up to him, while Race looked on as though he'd seen a barefoot ghost from his past.


Main Event: Sting vs. Larry Zbyszko

The main event of WCW Saturday Night pitted two icons, Sting and Larry Zbyszko, against each other in a hard-fought battle that electrified the crowd. The match started with a feeling-out process, showcasing the technical prowess of Zbyszko and the explosive athleticism of Sting. The Stinger gained the early advantage with a series of high-impact moves, keeping the crowd on their feet.

As the match progressed, Zbyszko, known for his cunning and strategic mind, began targeting Sting's limbs, attempting to ground the high-flying champion. Sting, however, fought back with resilience and tenacity, countering Zbyszko's submissions with his own impactful offense. The momentum swung back and forth, with near falls heightening the drama.

Around the 10-minute mark, the action spilled outside the ring as Sting catapulted Zbyszko over the ropes. The two continued their fierce battle at ringside, drawing the attention of the crowd and escalating the intensity of their feud. Sting gained the upper hand, using the ringside environment to his advantage, but the tides turned abruptly.

Just as Sting prepared to lock in the Scorpion Death Lock and potentially secure the victory, Paul E. Dangerously emerged on the apron. Dangerously, with a sinister grin on his face, slid into the ring and attacked Sting with his signature cell phone, causing the referee to call for the bell. The crowd erupted in boos as the disqualification was announced.

As the show began to fade to black, Sting and Zbyszko continued to brawl at ringside. The chaos spilled into the audience, with security struggling to contain the heated confrontation.


TV RATING: 0.65 (488,485 viewers)

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Sabuuuuuuuuuu!!!!! Finally the ecw guys are coming to town.

So Ricky Morton is leaving for njpw or is it just an excursion? When he comes back can you have him reunite with Gibson? You ever read a thread called wcw dangerous territory? Cause it's set around the same time and place as this and in it the rock n Roll Express would reform under the York foundation as the stocks and shares express, maybe you could do something like that? Also I totally recommend reading dangerous territory, it probably the best thread ever put out alongside a new generation... a new attitude.

No more us tag titles, good. Now they just have the world tag belts and the 3 man tag belts. Is madusa still apart of this roster? Cause now you could start a women's division like they tried in the early to mid 90s but better. You could have bertha Faye be the monster Ripper she was meant to be instead of that thing she had with Harvey whippleman, luna Vachon would make for a good heel too. Not to mention all the joshi wrestlers around this time like manami Toyota, bull nakano, aja kong, Kyoko inoue, Akira hokuto, Dynamite Kansai, Shinobu kandori, megumi kudo, combat toyoda, chigusa nagayo and jaguar yokota.

If muta's here then will gary Hart comeback to manage him? What about other new japan stars like shinya hashimoto, Masahiro chono, hiroshi hase and the hell raisers? Not too mention the junior Heavyweight guys that liger was apart of like great sasuke, el Samurai, shinjiro otani and ultimo dragon?

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Wrestling Observations - Maeve Seltzer - January, Week 2, 1992

Greetings, wrestling aficionados! It's Maeve Seltzer here with your weekly dose of the latest buzz from the squared circle. This week, we delve into the developments within WCW, where the winds of change are blowing and the landscape is shifting faster than a Texas tornado.

Richard Morton's Contract Saga

In an intriguing turn of events, New Japan Pro Wrestling and WCW found themselves locked in a fierce battle over the services of veteran Richard Morton. While WCW might not see him as the headline act, insiders reveal his immense value as a seasoned performer capable of elevating anyone he steps in the ring with. The respectful send-off on WCW Saturday Night suggests an amicable parting, leaving the door wide open for Morton's potential return (whether it's after his new multi-year contract concludes or through a talent trade/sharing agreement).

Luger's Frustration Erupts

On the flip side, tensions are simmering within WCW as Lex Luger reportedly vents his frustration over the constant on-air mentions of his suspension. The WCW World Heavyweight Champion believes that Paul E. Dangerously is exploiting the situation, while some in the WCW office argue it's a matter of transparency. This behind-the-scenes drama only adds fuel to the already intense WCW landscape, setting the stage for potential fireworks in the coming weeks.

Kevin Von Erich's Return

In a move that's sure to stir nostalgia among longtime fans, Kevin Von Erich has inked a multi-year deal with WCW. Paul E. Dangerously sees the veteran as a valuable asset, leveraging his name recognition, especially in Texas, to draw crowds and move merchandise. The decision to pair him with Big Van Vader is strategic, combining Vader's reputation as a hard-hitting worker with Kevin's experience in handling that style. It's a dynamic pairing that could add an interesting layer to WCW's evolving roster.

Contract Expirations and Talent Scouting

The rumor mill is buzzing with whispers of expiring contracts within WCW. Notably, Paul E. Dangerously seems to have no intentions of renewing the contract of Bill Kazmaier, deeming him incompatible with the company's future vision. Additionally, insiders suggest that Dangerously has his eyes on several World Wrestling Federation talents whose contracts are nearing expiration. The prospect of potential crossovers between the two major promotions adds an extra layer of excitement to an already unpredictable landscape.

Power Plant Developments

The WCW Power Plant is shaping up to be a critical component of Paul E. Dangerously's strategy. Young talents, some already making waves on WCW TV, are undergoing rigorous training at the facility. Notably, the high-flying Sabu, who debuted last week, is expected to be a major player in the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship scene. Rumors are circulating that Dangerously is contemplating the establishment of a full-fledged developmental company, either replacing or working in tandem with the Power Plant, underscoring his commitment to nurturing the next generation of wrestling stars.

Stay tuned, wrestling enthusiasts, as the chess pieces continue to move on the grand board of WCW. With power struggles, contract negotiations, and the emergence of new talent, the road ahead promises to be nothing short of electrifying. Until next time, keep your eyes on the ring and your ears to the ground for the latest Wrestling Observations!

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WCW World Wide Wrestling - Week 2, January 1992

Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 2,000

Sabu vs. Hayabusa

The night kicked off with a high-flying spectacle between two debuting wrestlers, as Sabu clashed with Hayabusa. The acrobatic maneuvers and lightning-fast strikes from both competitors had the audience on the edge of their seats. After a thrilling back-and-forth, Sabu secured the victory with the Arabian Clutch, forcing Hayabusa to tap out at 8:08.


Cactus Jack vs. Bill Kazmaier

The hardcore action continued with the unpredictable Cactus Jack taking on the powerhouse Bill Kazmaier. In a contest that spilled to the outside, Cactus Jack proved far best, dominating when the action went to ringside in front of the fans. Cactus Jack ultimately emerged victorious after executing a Double Arm DDT, pinning Kazmaier at 8:25.


Post-match, Cactus Jack grabbed a microphone, expressing his desire to be recognized as the most violent man in WCW. He declared his allegiance to Paul E. Dangerously and the Dangerous Alliance, regardless of whether or not Paul E. ever decided to return his calls.


Gordon Solie's Interview with Kevin Von Erich

Gordon Solie sat down with the newly-signed Kevin Von Erich, who explained his debut and the rationale behind saving The Great Muta from Big Van Vader. The Fabulous Freebirds, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin, interrupted the interview, promising peace...for now. Kevin, undeterred, assured them he knew where to find the Freebirds if he ever needed a fight and inquired if they were still in the last house on the right.


WCW Television Championship: Steve Austin (w/Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Sonny Trout

The TV title was on the line as Steve Austin, accompanied by Paul E. Dangerously, defended against Sonny Trout. Austin showcased his technical prowess, ultimately securing the win with the Hollywood and Vine, forcing Trout to tap at 7:47.


Post-match, Paul E. Dangerously and Steve Austin called out Barry Windham, with Austin announcing that he would defend his Television title on WCW Saturday Night.


Kevin Von Erich vs. Tracy Smothers

In a notable debut, Kevin Von Erich faced Tracy Smothers in a match that had its moments of intensity. However, it also contained a BAD botch from Smothers, one that clearly riled up Von Erich. Kevin ultimately emerged victorious, pinning Smothers after a Diving Crossbody at 12:54.


TV RATING: 0.05 (38,118 viewers)

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WCW World Wide Wrestling - Week 2, January 1992

Commentators: Tony Schiavone and Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 2,000


Backstage Assault: Thomas Rich and Terrence Taylor Target Ron Simmons

The show opens with a shocking scene as Thomas Rich and Terrence Taylor, at the behest of Alexandra York, launch a brutal backstage assault on Ron Simmons. The relentless attack unfolds as security rushes to Simmons's aid, but the damage is done. As we cut to ringside, the atmosphere is charged with anticipation and concern for Simmons's well-being.


The Steiner Brothers vs. Sean Waltman and Sexton Hardcastle

In the first match of the night, the formidable Steiner Brothers, Rick and Scott, square off against the debuting team of Sean Waltman and Sexton Hardcastle. The Steiners showcase their dominance, securing the victory with a Steinerizer from Scott to Sexton at 7:45. However, the match is marred by a near disaster when Scott Steiner botches a move, narrowly avoiding injury to Waltman.


Strategizing in the Back: Diamond Dallas Page and Company

Diamond Dallas Page huddles with The Diamond Studd, Vinnie Vegas, Michael Hayes, and Jimmy Garvin backstage, plotting their strategy ahead of the eight-man tag match later in the evening. The air is thick with tension as the group discusses their game plan, foreshadowing the chaos that awaits in the ring.


Eight-Man Tag Match: Diamond Studd, Vinnie Vegas, Michael Hayes, and Jimmy Garvin (w/Diamond Dallas Page) vs. Arachnaman, Marcus Bagwell, Firebreaker Chip, and Todd Champion

The match, entertaining due to the constant antics of the heels but lacking much in the way of in-ring prowess, concludes with The Diamond Studd securing the victory, pinning Firebreaker Chip with a Diamond Death Drop at 11:07. Page's actions at ringside added considerably to the atmosphere, as he spent the entire match egging on both the babyfaces and fans in the front row.


Gordon Solie's Exclusive: Brian Pillman Challenges for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship

Gordon Solie sits down with Brian Pillman, who formally challenges Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Sabu to a triple threat match for Liger's WCW Light Heavyweight Championship at the upcoming Clash of the Champions XVIII. Pillman expresses his determination to prove a point and silence the doubters, citing tonight's match against Terrence Taylor as a stepping stone toward his goal.


Brian Pillman vs. Terrence Taylor

In a hard-fought battle, Brian Pillman takes on Terrence Taylor, seeking redemption for the earlier attack on Ron Simmons. The match goes back and forth, with Pillman ultimately securing the victory after 18:19. The victory, however, is aided by the interference of Ron Simmons, who causes a distraction, leveling the playing field and exacting a measure of revenge for the earlier assault.


TV RATING: 0.05 (44,781 viewers)

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Hayabusa is here to!? Even better! Anyone else from fmw coming like mr. Ganosuke, Mike awesome, Ricky fuji(who could be used instead of Marty jannetty for the diamond mine), Tarzan goto or even onita himself?

I like the nod towards the Von Erich-freebird feud, I can't wait to see Kevin vs Hayes down the line.

Sean waltman and sexton Hardcastle eh, did you sign jerry lynn and Christian cage too? Waltman and Lynn used to feud in gwf over their lightweight title, and I have this idea where edge, christian and rhyno formed this shield-like faction. Edge would be rollins, christian is ambrose and rhyno is obviously reigns.

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WCW Saturday Night - Week 2, January 1992

Commentator: Jim Ross
Location: Jacksonville Coliseum; Jacksonville, FL
Attendance: 8,311

Pre-Show Tag Team Matches: The Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas vs. Chris Candido/Marcus Bagwell & Kevin Von Erich/Z-Man vs. The Young Pistols

The pre-show sets the tone with two tag team matches. The Diamond Studd and Vinnie Vegas, accompanied by Diamond Dallas Page, overcome the duo of Chris Candido and Marcus Bagwell in 8:04. On the other side, Kevin Von Erich and Z-Man combine forces to secure a victory against The Young Pistols in 13:10.

MATCH RATINGS: 53 and 56

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Larry Zbyszko vs. Scott Armstrong

Larry Zbyszko steps into the ring against Scott Armstrong, and the match is a showcase of Zbyszko's technical prowess. The veteran dominates the match with his old-school offense (and some traditional heel antics), and secures the victory with a Piledriver after 8:08.


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Backstage Interview: Teddy Long Introduces his newest client

Tony Schiavone: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to WCW Saturday Night. I'm standing here with a man who's no stranger to managing successful athletes. Please join me in welcoming Teddy Long.

The crowd reacts with loud boos and catcalls as Teddy Long steps into view, exuding confidence.

Tony Schiavone: Teddy, you've managed some incredible talents in the past. What brings you here tonight?

Teddy Long: Well, Tony, let me tell you, I've been around this business a long time, and I've always got an eye for a sure thing. Tonight, I'm here to introduce you to my newest acquisition, someone who's going to set WCW on fire. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to the maniacal, the unpredictable, Sabu!

Sabu walks into the frame, accompanied by orderlies on each side and wearing the Hannibal-style mask fans have seen him wear in the past.

Tony Schiavone: Teddy, what led you to sign Sabu?

Teddy Long: Tony, let me tell you, Sabu is like nothing WCW has ever seen before. He's got a style that's all his own, a style that's gonna turn heads, and a style that's gonna bring championships. Sabu is here, and WCW will never be the same again.

It starts tonight, when Sabu hits the ring for a six-man match. It continues at Clash of the Champions, where Sabu will defeat Jushin "Thunder" Liger and Brian Pillman for the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship.

We're here to take over, and ain't nobody gonna stop us. Believe that!


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Six-Man Tag Team Match: Terrence Taylor, Thomas Rich, and Sabu (w/Alexandra York and Teddy Long) vs. Ron Simmons, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and Brian Pillman

To say it bluntly, neither team is exactly comfortable here. Both three-man squads were thrown together, which leads to uneasiness from pretty much everyone involved. Eventually, the match turns into a full-on donnybrook, with the light heavyweights flying around the ring and Simmons doing his best to overcome both Alexandra York-managed heels. The match reaches its climax at 11:38 when interference from York allows Rich to pin Liger with a Sitout Suplex Slam.


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Gordon Solie and a backstage challenge

Gordon Solie: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here backstage with a man who needs no introduction, Kevin Von Erich. Kevin, you've been making headlines since your recent arrival in WCW. What are your thoughts on the challenges that lie ahead?

Kevin Von Erich stands tall, exuding a quiet confidence as he addresses the camera.

Kevin Von Erich: Well, Gordon, I've never been one to back down from a fight. This is a business of warriors, and I'm here to prove that the Von Erich name still means something.

Suddenly, the atmosphere changes as Big Van Vader and Harley Race storm into the interview area, their presence casting a shadow over the room.

Harley Race: Kevin Von Erich! You've had your fun, but let me tell you something. I beat you, I beat your brother, I beat your other brother, and I beat your other brothers. I'd have beaten your daddy if he were still in fighting shape. And you know what? All that is NOTHING compared to what Big Van Vader is going to do to you.

Harley Race's words hang in the air as Kevin Von Erich maintains his composure. Unfazed, Kevin steps right up to Vader, looking him in the eyes.

Kevin Von Erich: Vader, you've got a mouthpiece in Harley Race, but I've always believed a man should speak for himself. You want to do something? Be man enough to say it to my face.

The tension is palpable as the two giants lock eyes. Without breaking eye contact, Kevin Von Erich continues.

Kevin Von Erich: So, here's the deal. Clash of the Champions, a week from Sunday. You and me, one on one. No mind games. Just you and me in that ring. What do you say?

Vader's expression remains stoic, the silence amplifying the anticipation in the room. As the seconds tick by, Kevin presses the issue.

Kevin Von Erich: Vader, don't let Harley do your talking for you. If you've got something to say, now's the time.

The camera captures Vader's contemplative gaze, a moment pregnant with the weight of the challenge issued. Finally, Vader steps forward, the air charged with anticipation.

Big Van Vader: ...Kevin Von Erich, you want a fight? You've got it. Clash of the Champions, you and me. But remember, you asked for this.

With that ominous proclamation, Vader and Race exit the interview area, leaving Kevin Von Erich alone, ready to face the challenge head-on. The stage is set for a battle that promises to be nothing short of historic.


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WCW World Television Title Match: Steve Austin (with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Barry Windham

Predictably, Paul E. Dangerously makes his presence felt...A LOT. Anytime the veteran Windham takes control of the match, Paul E. finds a way to break his flow, with Austin regaining some momentum for a few minutes until the cycle repeats itself. In a shocking turn of events, though, the official goes down. Paul E. hops into the ring with his oversized cell phone and aims for Windham's head...but he moves!

Instead, it's Austin who gets clocked, leading to Paul E. bolting from the ring in fear. One Texas-sized lariat later, the referee is awakened, and Barry Windham is the new WCW Television Champion.


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Revenge comes quickly for Austin, Dangerously, and Madusa

Unfortunately for Barry Windham and the fans in the arena, his celebration with the newly-won title is short-lived. Filled with rage, Steve Austin pops up and hammers away from behind. Paul E. Dangerously calls to the back, and a moment later, Madusa appears with a steel chair in her hand.

Accompanied to the ring by jeers, Madusa hands the chair to Austin, who repeatedly cracks it over Windham's back. After what seems like an eternity, security and medican staff come to the ring. Austin, Dangerously, and Madusa leave, each with knowing smirks on their faces. Meanwhile, Windham has to be helped to the back as a hush falls over the building.


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WCW World Tag Team Title Match: Ricky Steamboat/Dustin Rhodes vs. Arn Anderson/"Beautiful" Bobby Eaton

Steamboat and Anderson kick things off, showcasing their technical prowess in the opening exchanges. Steamboat's lightning-quick strikes meet Anderson's rugged resilience. Tags are made, and now Eaton and Rhodes enter the fray. Rhodes, the powerhouse of his team, takes control early with his strength and agility, showcasing a wide array of moves.

The match evolves into a chess game, with frequent tags and strategic isolations. Steamboat's high-flying acumen contrasts with Anderson's ground-and-pound style, creating a dynamic ebb and flow. As the clock ticks, tensions rise. Eaton's precision strikes find their mark on Steamboat, softening him up for the potential title change. The crowd is on the edge of their seats, fully invested in the action.

In a critical turning point, Anderson executes a Spinebuster on Rhodes, stunning the crowd. Eaton seizes the moment and ascends the turnbuckle. With precision timing, he connects with a breathtaking Flying Leg Drop. Arn Anderson quickly tags back in, hits a second Spinebuster on Rhodes while Eaton occupies Steamboat, and at 22:57, we have new WCW World Tag Team champions.


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Post-match chaos and another Clash challenge

The arena is in chaos as the entire Dangerous Alliance (Larry Zbyszko, Steve Austin, and Rick Rude) storms the ring, ruthlessly continuing the beatdown on Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. Sting rushes in for the save, clearing the ring one by one until he faces Rick Rude. It's then that Sting calls for a microphone.


Sting: Tonight, right here, right now, we've seen the Dangerous Alliance try to dismantle two of WCW's finest—Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes. I've had enough of this madness, and it stops right here!

(The crowd erupts in cheers as Sting looks around the arena with intensity.)

Rick Rude, you smug, arrogant punk! You think you're the big shot in the Dangerous Alliance? You think you're untouchable with that United States Championship around your waist?

Sting points directly at Rude, who scowls from a safe distance.

I've got news for you, Rude. The Stinger isn't afraid of anyone, especially not a weasel like you hiding behind Paul E. Dangerously and his goons.

Sting turns his attention to the crowd, rallying their support.

I've had enough of the sneak attacks, the beatdowns, and the chaos caused by the Dangerous Alliance. So, here's the deal, Rude. At Clash of the Champions, you and me, one-on-one, in the main event. But we're not just fighting for pride—we're fighting for gold.

The crowd roars with anticipation.

If I beat you, Rude, I'm not only taking that United States Championship off your hands, but I'm also earning the right to challenge Lex Luger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

The crowd explodes with cheers, the prospect of such a high-stakes match electrifying the arena.

So, what do you say, Rude? Are you man enough to step into the ring with the Stinger, or are you just another paper champion hiding behind a gang of thugs?

With his manhood threatened, Rude has no choice but to nod his acceptance of the challenge as the show fades to black.


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TV RATING: 0.58 (440,199 viewers)

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Wrestling Observations - January, Week 3, 1992
By Maeve Seltzer

Greetings, wrestling fans! As we dive into the latest happenings from the wild world of professional wrestling, the drama in WCW takes center stage with some eyebrow-raising incidents that could have significant repercussions.

Ole Anderson's Disastrous Saturday Night

The latest edition of WCW Saturday Night saw an unexpected turn of events when Ole Anderson, a familiar face backstage, showed up in no condition to fulfill his responsibilities. Rumors suggest that Anderson was under the influence, causing a less-than-pleased reaction from none other than WCW's majority owner, Paul Heyman.

Sources say Anderson was promptly sent home and hit with a hefty fine. How this will affect the backstage dynamics remains to be seen, but such incidents are undoubtedly unwelcome in the new era of WCW.

Pillman Suffers A Minor Eye Injury

In the ring, the high-flying Brian Pillman found himself on the receiving end of an unfortunate injury during a six-man tag match this past Saturday. While the injury resulted from a minor botch involving Sabu, reports indicate that Pillman's eye injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for an extended period and that nobody's too upset about the incident.

It's a relief for fans of "Flyin' Brian. Given the nature of the business, these minor hiccups are inevitable, but let's hope for Pillman's speedy recovery.

WWF's Clash of Titans: Flair vs. Hogan

Turning our attention to the grand stage of the World Wrestling Federation, a major storyline is set to shake the foundations of the squared circle. The timeless rivals, Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan, are gearing up for a clash that could potentially define the road to WrestleMania VIII. This colossal showdown promises to captivate audiences worldwide, pitting two legends against each other in what could be an iconic match-up.

In addition to this, the WWF has introduced a new heel stable named Mass Effect, featuring the likes of Randy Savage, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, and The Nasty Boys. The addition of these seasoned veterans adds a new layer of intrigue to the ongoing drama in the WWF, setting the stage for unpredictable confrontations and power struggles.

CMLL's Struggles Open the Door for Talent Exodus

South of the border, the winds of change are blowing through Mexico's Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL). Once a powerhouse in the wrestling world, CMLL is reportedly facing financial difficulties, leading to the potential release of some of its biggest names from lucrative long-term contracts. This has caught the attention of wrestling promotions in the United States, including WCW and WWF. With a roster of talent known for their in-ring prowess, the possibility of these luchadores making waves in American wrestling seems increasingly likely.

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WCW World Wide Wrestling: January 1992, Week 3

Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 1,900

Cactus Jack's Ambition Unleashed

The show opens with Cactus Jack barging into Paul E. Dangerously's office, seemingly unaware of a meeting taking place. Jack expresses his eagerness to prove himself, and after some dodging from Paul E., the camera reveals the debuting EL CANEK. Paul E. makes an impromptu match for tonight.


Octagon and Blue Demon Jr. vs. The Young Pistols

In a tag team clash featuring recently released CMLL talents, Octagon and Blue Demon Jr. make an impressive debut against The Young Pistols. The high-flying prowess of Octagon and the technical skills of Blue Demon Jr. prove to be a winning combination. Octagon secures the victory by pinning Steve Armstrong after executing a La Jorocha at 10:27.


Backstage Announcement with Teddy Long

Backstage, Teddy Long, flanked by Sabu, addresses the upcoming Clash of the Champions match between Sabu, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, and Brian Pillman. Long then announces his newest client, EL DANDY, and that Sabu and El Dandy will be in tag team action tomorrow night.


Cactus Jack vs. El Canek

Cactus Jack faces the debuting El Canek in a hard-hitting contest. Despite El Canek's impressive background, Cactus Jack proves to be a tenacious opponent. In a surprising turn, Cactus Jack secures the victory by forcing El Canek to submit to the Mandible Claw at 12:36.


WCW World Television Championship: Barry Windham vs. The Diamond Studd (w/Diamond Dallas Page)

In our main event, WCW World Television Champion Barry Windham faces off against The Diamond Studd, accompanied by Diamond Dallas Page. The match goes the distance, with both competitors giving it their all. In the end, Windham hits a thunderous Superplex, securing the pinfall victory after an intense battle that lasts over twenty minutes.


TV RATING: 0.05 (40,274 viewers)


WCW Main Event: January 1992, Week 3

Commentators: Tony Schiavone, Magnum T.A.
Attendance: 1,900


Teddy Long's Challenge

Teddy Long is shown arriving at the arena, boasting about his men being ready for a fight. However, he's met with a surprise arrival by the Steiner Brothers, who accept the challenge for tonight's main event.


Thomas Rich and Terrence Taylor (w/Alexandra York) vs. Arachnaman and Marcus Bagwell

In tag team action, Thomas Rich and Terrence Taylor, accompanied by Alexandra York, show their skills as hardened veterans of the ring. They secure the victory when Taylor forces Arachnaman to submit to a Boston crab at 13:05.


Ron Simmons Issues a Challenge

Ron Simmons appears on the video board, challenging Thomas Rich and Terrence Taylor to a match at Clash of the Champions. He hints at having a partner ready for the fight, promising a battle on Sunday.


Steve Austin (w/Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Chris Candido

Steve Austin, accompanied by Paul E. Dangerously, takes on Chris Candido in a singles bout. The match ends at 7:32 when Austin forces Candido to submit to the Hollywood and Vine.


The Young Pistols' Challenge

The Young Pistols, Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers, express their frustration backstage over their recent loss to Octagon and Blue Demon Jr. on WCW World Wide Wrestling. They issue a challenge for WCW Saturday Night, vowing that losing won't happen again, especially not to two cowards who won't even show their faces on TV.


The Steiner Brothers vs. Sabu and El Dandy (w/Teddy Long)

In our main event, the Steiner Brothers face off against Sabu and El Dandy, with Teddy Long in their corner. Somewhat surprisingly, Sabu and El Dandy get plenty of offense against the established Steiners, and the match goes a fair distance. However, an attempt at interference by Long goes horribly awry, and El Dandy gets smashed with a loaded fist. Rick then picks up the pinfall victory at 18:27.


TV RATING: 0.05 (43,298)

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WCW Saturday Night - January 1992, Week 3

Commentators: Jim Ross and Dusty Rhodes
Location: Jacksonville Coliseum; Jacksonville, FL
Attendance: 8,331

Pre-Show Matches

Before the official broadcast, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin of The Fabulous Freebirds secure a victory against Marcus Bagwell and Arachnaman. In another pre-show match, Kevin Von Erich defeats Mr. Hughes, who's accompanied by Harley Race.


The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers) vs. Octagon and Blue Demon Jr.

In a fast-paced opening bout between two young, energetic teams, the Young Pistols secure the win at 7:41. However, they do so via underhanded tactics, with Armstrong using a handful of tights and both feet on the ropes for leverage during a rollup on Octagon. The result doesn't sit well with the audience, and neither does the post-match celebration from the Pistols, who act as though they've just conquered Mount Everest.


The Fabulous Freebirds Issue A Challenge

Tony Schiavone stands backstage, microphone in hand, ready to get the scoop from The Fabulous Freebirds. The duo, Michael "P.S." Hayes and Jimmy "Jam" Garvin, strut into the frame with an air of confidence, their trademark flamboyance on full display.

Tony Schiavone: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm here with The Fabulous Freebirds, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin. Gentlemen, you've issued a challenge to The Steiner Brothers for Clash of the Champions. What can you tell us about that?

Michael Hayes: Well, Tony, you see, The Steiner Brothers are a couple of tough guys, and we respect that. But let's get one thing straight—no funny business from those Michigan boys.

Jimmy Garvin: That's right! We've been around the block, and we know how those Steiner Brothers operate. But they've never faced The Fabulous Freebirds with all the odds stacked against them.

Michael Hayes: Exactly, Jimmy! That's why we've got ourselves an ace in the hole, something those Steiners ain't gonna see coming. We're bringing a little extra insurance to make sure things go down the Freebirds' way.

Jimmy Garvin: So, Rick and Scott, you better lace up those boots real tight 'cause The Fabulous Freebirds are coming to Clash of the Champions, and we're gonna show you what it means to mess with the wrong boys!

The Freebirds share a confident smirk, their mysterious ace in the hole leaving everyone wondering what they have up their sleeves for The Steiner Brothers.


WCW Light Heavyweight Championship: Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. El Dandy (w/Teddy Long)

For much of WCW's time in existence, it's been known as a slower-paced, tough-guy-oriented company. This, however, is something completely different, with Liger and his Mexican counterpart taking turns flying around the ring and wowing the crowd. Ultimately, Liger gets the upper hand and retains his title at 10:16 following a Brainbuster.


Post-Match Chaos (And An Unlikely Savior)

After the match, El Dandy attacks Jushin "Thunder" Liger at Teddy Long's urging. Sabu quickly rushes out from the backstage area to join the assault on the fallen champion, ahead of the three-way match at Clash of the Champions. However, Brian Pillman rushes in behind him to even the odds and send Long and company scurrying back up the ramp. Liger rises to his feet, and a short standoff ensues between him and Pillman, who eventually pats the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship belt that sits on Liger's shoulder before exiting.


Cactus Jack's Weekly Antics

The backstage area hums with activity as Paul E. Dangerously, clad in his signature suit, juggles paperwork and a call on his oversized cell phone. Suddenly, the door to his office swings open forcefully, and the chaotic presence of Cactus Jack storms in.

Cactus Jack: Hey, Paul E.! I've been trying to get a hold of you, man! Did you get my messages? I want in on the Dangerous Alliance! I can do things that nobody else can, baby!

Paul E. Dangerously: (Visibly annoyed, looking up from his paperwork) Cactus, can't you see I'm busy? I don't have time for—

Cactus Jack: (interjecting) But, Paul E., I could be the missing piece to your puzzle, the wild card you never knew you needed! I can—

Paul E. Dangerously: (cutting him off) Enough! You've interrupted me one too many times, Cactus. I don't need your messages cluttering up my voicemail. Now, get out...wait, hang on.

The look of aggravation on Paul's face suddenly turns into a devious smile.

Paul E. Dangerously: You know, I've got an idea. You HAVE been doing some good work, and I think you deserve a title match. So I want you to go to the ring, RIGHT NOW, for a match against Barry Windham for the WCW Television Championship. Make me proud!

A confused, but satisfied, Cactus Jack exits the office. Paul E. glances at the door, that smile still on his face.

Paul E. Dangerously: (to himself) Maybe Cactus isn't all bad.


WCW Television Championship: Barry Windham vs. Cactus Jack

If Paul E.'s mission is to make life miserable for Windham following his win over Austin for the TV title, Jack gives it a heck of a go. In fact, the two battle it out for more than 18 minutes, with Jack controlling the match for long stretches of time and taunting the ringside fans as one of their heroes is put in peril. Even the finish is evenly-matched; Windham places Jack on the top turnbuckle for a Superplex, but has to power through Jack's Mandible Claw to execute the move. Still, he does just that and manages to retain his title via pinfall.


Chaos Ensues, And An Instant Main Event Materializes

Before Barry Windham can bask in his hard-fought victory, Cactus Jack, Steve Austin, and Larry Zbyszko ambush him. With Paul E. Dangerously and Madusa watching, the relentless trio initiates a brutal 3-on-1 assault, leaving Windham defenseless in the center of the ring. The crowd roars in disapproval as the onslaught continues.

Suddenly, the atmosphere shifts as the high-energy entrance theme of Ricky Steamboat blares through the speakers. The Dragon charges down the ramp, closely followed by the Bionic Elbow-swinging Dustin Rhodes. The two fan favorites slide into the ring, rushing to the aid of Windham and turning the tables on the attackers.

Ricky Steamboat: (standing tall, addressing Austin and Zbyszko) You two think you can just jump people after a match? Well, how about we settle this in a fair fight? We'll take you on tonight, and if we lose, we forfeit our rematch for the WCW World Tag Team titles. But if we win, you go tell Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton to get ready to see us at Clash of the Champions!


Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes vs. Steve Austin and Larry Zbyszko (w/Paul E. Dangerously)

The match kicks off with a flurry of technical prowess from Steamboat and Rhodes, showcasing their seamless teamwork. Austin and Zbyszko, known for their ruthless tactics, attempt to gain an early advantage but find themselves thwarted by the resilient faces.

As the bout progresses, the tension builds, setting the stage for a thrilling climax. The turning point comes when Paul E. Dangerously, unable to resist the urge to interfere, attempts to disrupt the proceedings. However, his interference backfires as Steamboat skillfully evades the distraction.

Seizing the opportunity, Steamboat ascends the turnbuckle and launches himself into the air, executing a picturesque Diving Crossbody onto Larry Zbyszko. The impact is devastating, and the referee's count follows swiftly at 14:55. With that, the match is set for Clash of the Champions.


Contract Signing for Clash of the Champions Main Event

Backstage , the atmosphere is charged as Gordon Solie takes on the role of mediator for the official contract signing between two titans of the ring, Sting and WCW United States Champion Rick Rude. The stakes are incredibly high, as the winner not only claims the prestigious United States Championship but also earns a coveted shot at the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, currently held by Lex Luger.

The tension in the room is palpable as Sting and Rude sit across from each other at the contract signing table. Both competitors, with a history of intense battles, exchange intense stares and fiery words in the lead-up to their Clash of the Champions showdown.

As the contract signing progresses, each participant takes the microphone to address their opponent and the watching world. Sting, known for his passionate and charismatic promos, emphasizes his commitment to justice and promises to bring the fight to Rude with everything he has. On the other side, Rude, the self-proclaimed "Ravishing" one, exudes confidence and boasts about his prowess in the ring.

However, Rude isn't content with the standard stipulations. In a surprising turn of events, he raises the stakes even higher, proposing that their Clash of the Champions encounter be a grueling 30-minute Iron Man match. The crowd gasps at the announcement, realizing the physical toll such a match would take on both competitors.

Despite the added challenge, Sting, never one to back down, accepts Rude's proposal with a determined look in his eyes. The contract signing concludes with a tense handshake, symbolizing the agreement and sealing the fate of their impending clash. The countdown to Clash of the Champions begins, promising fans a showdown of epic proportions with titles, pride, and championship opportunities hanging in the balance.


TV RATING: 0.63 (473,004 viewers)

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Okay, I'm gonna try this; if it works and there's interest, I'll keep doing it for PPV-type events going forward. Bold your predicted winners in posts below, and feel free to offer whatever commentary you'd like!

PICK-EM: WCW Clash Of The Champions XVIII

WCW Light Heavyweight Championship: Jushin "Thunder" Liger (C) vs. Brian Pillman vs. Sabu (w/Teddy Long)

Ron Simmons and ??? vs. Terrence Taylor and Thomas Rich (w/Alexandra York)
BONUS QUESTION: Who's Ron Simmons's mystery partner?

The Steiner Brothers vs. The Fabulous Freebirds

Kevin Von Erich vs. Big Van Vader (w/Harley Race)

WCW World Tag Team Championship: Arn Anderson and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton (C) vs. Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes

Iron Man Match (WCW United States Championship/WCW World Championship title shot): Rick Rude (C, with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Sting


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20 minutes ago, SonOfSharknado said:

Make Arachnaman the world champion. 

NNNNNOOOOOO!!!!!! That is David Arquette or vince russo as world champion type of booking! At this time brad armstrong would better suited for the light Heavyweight or television titles but not the big one!

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The vibe I'm getting is that Arachnaman = people watching to see what happens next. Duly noted! 😂

I'm going to try to have the Clash recap up late tomorrow or at some point on Wednesday. If you're interested in doing predictions, get those in. If not, no big deal, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

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PICK-EM: WCW Clash Of The Champions XVIII

WCW Light Heavyweight Championship: Jushin "Thunder" Liger (C) vs. Brian Pillman vs. Sabu (w/Teddy Long)

Ron Simmons and ??? vs. Terrence Taylor and Thomas Rich (w/Alexandra York)
BONUS QUESTION: Who's Ron Simmons's mystery partner? Arachnaman

The Steiner Brothers vs. The Fabulous Freebirds

Kevin Von Erich vs. Big Van Vader (w/Harley Race)

WCW World Tag Team Championship: Arn Anderson and "Beautiful" Bobby Eaton (C) vs. Ricky Steamboat and Dustin Rhodes

Iron Man Match (WCW United States Championship/WCW World Championship title shot): Rick Rude (C, with Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Sting

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