Wrestling 20 Years Review: WCW Beach Blast 1993
So I’ve decided to write a review about the PPV from my Wrestling 20 Years coverage that I covered on Sunday, WCW Beach Blast. Now, I review this largely as a novice of old wrestling, so these will be much for cursive comments relative to my modern day stuff.
I actually liked the show. It wasn’t a blow away by any stretch, but there was some good action throughout which for what seems to be a middle of a road show (in the midst of a fair amount of turmoil in WCW at the time, is all we can ask for).
The main event saw Sting and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, wrestling as the WCW Superpowers, facing Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious (with Harley Race and Colonel Robert Parker) wrestling as The Masters of the Power Bomb. This was a good match, the crowd was hot for Sting, and the other three all put on real good efforts (Vader’s moonsault a particular highlight). Sting and Davey Boy picking up the win when Davey Boy crucifixed Vader. Watching this, you could at least imagine the company being largely built around this quartet in the next few years.
Ric Flair beat Barry Windham to win his eighth NWA World Title, tenth overall. This was a good, if short, match. Windham did very well to cover for his knackered knee. The finish seemed in error, as Flair locked in the figure four, Windham’s shoulders sat on the mat and the referee had no choice but to count the three.
Steve Austin and Brian Pillman (The Hollywood Blonds) defeated Arn Anderson and Paul Roma (The Horseman) to retain the Tag Titles. This was very good, if a tad long. The crowd definitely reacted to Anderson much more strongly than they did for Roma, which fractured the match somewhat. Not sure I’d have had this go quite so long, but the Blonds retain.
"Ravishing" Rick Rude and "The Natural" Dustin Rhodes fought to a 1-1 draw in a 30 minute iron-man match. This match didn’t click, the crowd wasn’t especially into either, and the format of the match basically gave away the idea that it was going to be a flat match. We saw an early edition of stateside William Regal as Lord Steven Regal who beat Erik Watts thanks to outside help from his manager Sir William. This was a nice, technically proficient match that was probably wasted on the Biloxi crowd.
It turns out, in the 1993 WCW universe, you can get DQ’d for throwing someone over the top rope, as Ron Simmons reversed a Paul Orndorff piledriver attempt to drop him over the top rope for the DQ win, me neither. One match that actually surprised me was the tag match between Shanghai Pierce and Tex Slashinger against Too Cold Scorpio and Marcus Alexander Bagwell.
Now, here’s where I show my naivety. I watched the first few minutes of the match, and Bagwell showed a nice, fresh babyface look and hit a wonderful crossbody during the match. So I checked out his wikipedia profile (to find out what happened to him) and it turns out he ends up being Buff Bagwell. I guess I figured they were brothers, because it’s a true testimony as to what steroids can do for your look, because Bagwell in 1993 compared to Bagwell in 1998 look completely different. It’s second only to that of Scott Steiner.
Anyway, this was a surprisingly good match, which possibly benefited from its early spot on the card. The least memorable match was Johnny B. Badd defeating Maxx Payne, which was probably about as lame as the respective names in the match. The finish was botched too.
All in all a good show, I’ll give it a 5.5/10. I did enjoy the extra effort to make the entire set beach themed, and the good awful beach clothes that Bischoff, Schiavone and Jesse Ventura wore.