World Heavyweight champion Sting has had a lot on his plate in the last month. After he beat Big Van Vader at Starrcade, a mysterious figure calling him The Black Scorpion addressed Sting and has continued to harass Sting in recent weeks alluding to being someone from Sting's past.
In addition, the WCW championship committee has granted Barry Windham a title match with Sting tonight at the Clash, something that has further strained relations between Windham and the Four Horsemen who want to get Ric Flair back into the championship picture. Instead, Flair is challenging Lex Luger for the United States title.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when M. Hayes pinned T. Smothers with the DDT in 8:23.
Rating: ** 1/4
Prior to their match tonight, The Freebirds announced they were tired of teams like Doom and the Midnight Express getting an edge cause of their managers, so they got one of their own. They unveiled their new manager tonight, Diamond Dallas Page.
DDP was there to lend a hand to his team tonight as they scored an impressive win over the new team of the Young Pistols.
Interview with Barry Windham
Jim Ross conducted an in-ring interview with Barry Windham ahead of his world title match tonight against Sting. Ross asked how the rest of the Horsemen felt about him getting a shot, noting they were not out here by his side.
Windham tried to play everything off saying they're united behind him, but then Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious came to the ring. They said Barry should do the right thing, and grant the match instead to Flair, who promised to turnover his US Title match to Windham in return.
Windham laughed off the suggestion but the Horsemen showed they were serious with Sid clotheslining Windham from behind and then starting a triple team. Flair even put Windham in the figure four before, of all people, Sting rushed down to chase the Horsemen off. Officials and Sting checked on Windham. Doctors said Windham, who was in excruciating pain, shouldn't wrestle tonight.
This led to Flair calling out Sting saying this was all on him. Flair should have the match and Sting can't keep ducking him. He’s ready for his rematch. Sting said Flair is crossing the line and he would love a chance to shut him up for good.
This eventually led to Sting accepting Flair taking Windham's place in tonight's world title main event.
Nikita Koloff pinned Terry Taylor with the Russian Sickle in 7:09. Nikita Koloff tore his left quadricep muscle. He will be out for approximately 6 months.
Rating: * 1/2
After being away for a few years, Nikita Koloff has made a return to WCW. He defeated Terry Taylor, but had to be helped to the back after the match.
Shane Douglas pinned Junkyard Dog with the Belly-to-Belly Suplex in 8:08.
(Shane Douglas won the WCW TELEVISION TITLE.)
The roll Shane Douglas has been on has carried him to gold. Douglas, known mostly for his speed and athleticism, showed he can match up with the power wrestlers, too, scoring a win over JYD, even hitting the now former champ with a belly-to-belly to end it.
Sid Vicious pinned Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker with the Power Bomb in 4:24.
The four Horsemen's strong man, Sid Vicious, dominated Buddy Lee Parker in an easy win.
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich defeated The Lightning Express (Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong) when R. Morton pinned B. Armstrong with the Rock'n'Roll Buster in 8:23.
Rating: *** 1/4
Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich have been improving greatly as a team in recent weeks, and now they got a manager of their own to support them. Alexandra York, who had been scouting potential new wrestlers and teams, has picked Morton and Rich to be the new cornerstone of her foundation.
Flyin' Brian and Z-Man defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) when Brian pinned Simmons with the Springboard Clothesline in 14:19.
Rating: *** 1/2
(Flyin' Brian and Z-Man retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The US champs stayed hot with an impressive win over Doom. After the match, Reed was clearly not happy with Simmons losing the match, but Teddy Long played peacekeeper between the two.
Interview with Lex Luger
After Flair pulled out of their US Title match tonight, Lex Luger gave an interview about being proud to be United States champion but still has his sights set higher. No matter how tonight plays out, he wants to put his name on the list and feels he should be high up as far as future world title challengers.
While he was talking, from behind, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff came from behind and hit Luger with a chair.
As Luger recovered, Orndorff grabbed the mic and said last Summer, he came to WCW to help out Sting and Luger and got absolutely nothing for it. It's time he gets what he's owed. And if no one will give it to him, he's going to take it.
The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) defeated The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) when B. Eaton pinned
R. Steiner with the Alabama Jam in 18:05.
Rating: *** 1/4
(The Midnight Express won the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES.)
[Jim Cornette interfered against Rick Steiner.]
What a night it's been for Jim Cornette. First, Shane Douglas captures the TV Title, now, the Midnight Express have won the world tag team titles, thanks to a tennis racket shot from Cornette that started things toward the ending for the Midnights to beat the Steiner Brothers.
Ric Flair defeated Sting via pinfall in 16:53.
(Ric Flair won the WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE.)
It what may go down as one of the wildest finishes ever to a WCW world title match, Ric Flair, who wasn't even supposed to be in the match, is once again world champion. Flair had Anderson and Sid ringside to help him against Sting. And eventually, Barry Windham, who was originally supposed to face Sting, hobbled to the ring on crutches to keep an eye on the other two Horsemen.
Sting looked ready to put away Flair, setting him up for the Scorpion Death Lock, when the lights flickered, smoke poured into the arena and when it cleared, the Black Scorpion stood at the top of the ramp. This drew Sting's attention as a voice bellowed throughout the building calling to Sting saying his time was up. The past is coming back to haunt Sting, and he will soon be wiped off the face of existence.
With the referee distracted by Anderson and Sid who told the ref he can't let this match turn into a circus. Flair pulled out brass knuckles and tried to hit Sting with them, but Sting caught Flair with a right hand first and the knucks flew out of the ring. As Sting was going to put Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock, Windham came into the ring and hit Sting in the back with his crutch, revealing his injury to be a set up all along.
The referee turned back around just in time to see Flair get the pin!
As the Horsemen celebrated, the Scorpion could be heard laughing as the smoke came back and he disappeared.
Windham hugged the rest of the Horsemen, showing it was all a hoax and the group was as united as ever. They started a 4-on-1 beatdown of Sting before the Steiners and Lex Luger ran down to chase the Horsemen off, but they left with the gold!
Before I run down the card for the next PPV, i'll pull back the curtain a bit. I booked Barry Windham to beat Sting for the World Title at the Clash. But my sim threw me a curveball as Windham "no-showed." So I changed things up a bit and running with the new storyline it led me to rather than my original plans. But hey, that's the game. So now, the card for the upcoming Wrestle War '91!
WAR GAMES The Horsemen (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Barry Windham & Sid Vicious) vs. Sting, The Steiner Brothers & a Mystery Partner
WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES Midnight Express (c) vs. Doom
UNITED STATES TITLE Lex Luger (c) vs. Paul Orndorff
TELEVISION TITLE Shane Douglas (c) vs. Terry Taylor
UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES Flyin Brian & The Z Man (c) vs. The Fabulous Freebirds
Big Van Vader vs. The Junkyard Dog
The York Foundation (Richard Morton & Thomas Rich) vs. The Young Pistols
Dustin Rhodes vs. Black Bart
Oz vs. Tim Horner
BONUS PREDICTION: Who will be the mystery partner of Sting & The Steiners?
The York Foundation (Thomas Rich and Richard Morton) defeated The Young Pistols (Steve Armstrong and Tracy Smothers)in 9:54,
Rating ** ½
Rich and Morton had been on a roll even before teaming up with Alexandra York and her computer. Now part of the York Foundation, the sky seems to be the limit for this team. York promised their computer program said this will be done in less than 10 minutes. And the team, albeit barely, got in under the promised time.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Black Bart with The Bulldog in 6:33.
Rating: * ½
Second-generation star Dustin Rhodes made his pay-per-view debut tonight with an impressive win over the tough Black Bart. The son of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, Dustin seems to have all the tools to become a big name in wrestling in the 1990s.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin and Michael Hayes) defeated Flyin’ Brian and The Z Man when Hayes pinned Z Man after a DDT in 12:05.
Rating: ** ¾
(The Fabulous Freebirds won the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES)
For a while, the Freebirds were looking for what they were missing, keeping them from being at the top of the tag team division. They seem to have found it once they brought in a new manager, Diamond Dallas Page. Having a third man in their corner was a big asset as they put some gold back around their waists, winning the US Tag Titles ending a pretty impressive reign from Flyin’ Brian and The Z man.
Big Van Vader and The Junkyard Dog battled to a double countout in 12:10.
Big Van Vader is still pretty upset his world title match back at Starrcade didn’t go as planned. He took out frustrations on JYD. He hit JYD with a vicious powerbomb on the floor, but kept up the assault until he got counted out as well.
WCW officials tried to pull Vader off, but Vader started attacking the officials, dishing out more than a couple powerbombs.
It was later announced, Vader has been suspended indefinitely by WCW.
Shane Douglas pinned Terry Taylor after the Belly to Belly Suplex in 12:51.
(Shane Douglas retained the WCW TELEVISION TITLE)
Shane Douglas successfully defended his TV title. The veteran Taylor looked for a bit like he might be able to pull off the upset, but Douglas showed why he’s one of the fastest rising stars in the business.
Oz pinned Tim Horner after a powerbomb in 3:01.
Making his debut tonight was Oz, a 7-foot tall monster who dominated Tim Horner to make quite a first impression.
Paul Orndorff pinned Lex Luger with the Piledriver in 13:07.
Rating: *** ½
(Paul Orndorff won the WCW UNITED STATES TITLE)
Orndorff put Lex Luger on notice he was going to, as he said, take what he was owed for being one of the Dudes with Attitudes last Summer. What was a bit a of a surprise was that Orndorff came to the ring with legendary Harley Race as his manager. Race was a valuable asset as Orndorff scored the pin and won the US Title.
The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) defeated Doom (Butch Reed and Ron Simmons) when Lane pinned Simmons after a kick in 12:43.
(The Midnight Express retained the WCW WORLD TAG TEAM TITLES)
The Midnight Express continue to show why they are the top tag team in the world today. They picked up a big win against a former world champion team, but the bigger news came after the match from the losing corner.
It’s no secret Doom has been on a bit of a losing streak lately. Teddy Long and Butch Reed have put the blame on Ron Simmons for the losses. After the match, both chastised Simmons for taking the pin and Reed eventually sucker punched Simmons and continued to attack what I guess you can call his former partner, with Long cheering him on all the while.
The Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Barry Windham, Ric Flair and Sid Vicious) defeated Sting, Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner and Ricky Steamboat in 21:05.
A lot has been on Sting's mind recently. The feud with the Horsemen was rekindled after Barry Windham's ruse helped Ric Flair steal the World Title from Sting at the Clash of Champions. To fight off the Horsemen at War Games, Sting naturally teamed up with his old friends and Horsemen enemies The Steiners, but also reached out and brought back longtime Flair rival Ricky The Dragon Steamboat to WCW.
But all the while, the threat of the Black Scorpion has weighed on Sting's mind, even though the Scorpion has been lying low in recent weeks.
Sting seemingly was able to direct his full attention to War Games, but as the last man set to enter the cage, before Sting could enter, the lights flickered and the Black Scorpion appeared at ringside. The Scorpion proceeded to attack Sting, slamming his head into the side of the cage, slamming him on the floor, and just all around decimating Sting before he could even get in the match.
A weakened Sting was a severe detriment to his team and they couldn't match up against the collective group of the Horsemen. Flair's patented Figure Four on Rick Steiner brought an end to the match.
Tonight's Clash of the Champions features several matches setting up WCW's next pay per view, Superbrawl. Sting has still been haunted in recent weeks by the mysterious Black Scorpion. At the same time, he's still been dealing with the Horsemen, in particularly Ric Flair who beat Sting for the world title a few months ago, and Barry Windham who's betrayal cost Sting the title.
But Sting is not alone in his fights. His best friend, Lex Luger, has vowed to be by Sting's side for the fight against the Horsemen and the Scorpion.
The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) and Z-Man defeated The Midnight Express (Stan Lane and Bobby Eaton) and Shane Douglas when S. Steiner pinned B. Eaton with the Frankensteiner in 17:56.
Rating: *** 3/4
Despite Rick Steiner still having his knee taped from War Games and clearly not 100 percent, The Steiners picked up a huge win in the 6-man tag, getting a pin against the World Tag Team champions. They'll look to take this momentum into their world title return match at Superbrawl.
But there was definitely tension inside the Midnight camp. Jim Cornette, while clearly intending to hit one of the Steiners with his tennis racket, instead caught Bobby Eaton which led to the pin.
Eaton and Lane didn't take too kindly to the accident and started screaming at Cornette, asking if they even need him around anymore. Shane Douglas tried to keep the peace but Cornette kept going on about how much the Midnights needed him and they wouldn't be champs without him.
Eaton responded by nailing Cornette with a hard left hand.
Dustin Rhodes pinned Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker with the Bulldog in 7:21.
Rating: * 1/4
Rookie son of the American Dream, Dustin Rhodes scored another impressive win at the start of his young career.
Junkyard Dog pinned Butch Reed after a headbutt in 16:55.
Rating: * 1/4
Ron Simmons saw this as a perfect opportunity to get a measure of revenge on his former partner, costing him the match then attacking him after until Reed and Teddy Long retreated to the back.
Interview with Junkyard Dog
After his win, JYD called out Paul Orndorff. He said he was there right along side him last Summer in the Dudes with Attitudes. If Orndorff was only there cause he was expecting something in return, he never should've been there.
JYD went on that Sting and Luger were standup guys and Orndorff is quickly losing his respect and he will never be on the level of those two.
That brought out Orndorff who said he doesn't care about having JYD's respect. All he cares about is being a champion, which he is now and never was being Sting and Luger's lackey.
This led to a mini brawl between the two that officials had to break up.
The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin) defeated Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong when M. Hayes pinned Horner with the DDT in 7:03.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Fabulous Freebirds retained the WCW UNITED STATES TAG TEAM TITLES.)
The Freebirds have been just about unbeatable since taking on Diamond Dallas Page as their manager. After another successful US Tag Title defense, they let it be known that while they've been enjoying the ride as US champions, this isn't the end of the line.
Being US Champs should make them No. 1 contenders and are serving notice to whoever comes out of the Midnight-Steiner matchup that the Freebirds are next in line for a world title shot.
Flyin' Brian pinned Arn Anderson after a cross body press in 11:48.
Rating: ** 1/4
In what was a fantastic matchup and a contrast of styles, Brian grinded out a hard-fought win over Arn Anderson, but Anderson went on the attack after the bell, nailing Brian with a spinebuster and a pair of DDTs.
After, Anderson called out Ricky Steamboat, saying he never should've came back to WCW and stuck his nose in Horsemen business.
The York Foundation (Richard Morton and Thomas Rich) defeated The Young Pistols (Tracey Smothers and Steve Armstrong) when Morton pinned
S. Armstrong after a swinging neckbreaker in 9:45.
Rating: *** 1/4
Morton and Rich continue the roll they've been on, beating the Young Pistols. This undoubtedly moves them up the WCW tag team ladder.
Oz pinned Doug Furnas with a powerbomb in 5:27.
Rating: * 3/4
The big green monster from the Emerald City was dominant against a strong challenger in Doug Furnas.
Lex Luger and Sting defeated The Four Horsemen (Barry Windham and Ric Flair) when Luger pinned Flair after
a piledriver in 18:02.
Rating: *** 1/2
This match began as a brawl between the bitter rivals before it settled down into a pretty classic match.
But after a while, things broke down again and fights happened everywhere. Windham and Sting fought to the floor where out of nowhere, a flash of smoke came and the Black Scorpion was seen on the ramp. Sting charged after the Scorpion but after another flash of smoke, he was gone as only his maniacal laughter was heard in the air.
Windham ran after Sting and fought him up the ramp. Meanwhile, in the ring Lex Luger was able to hit a piledriver and pinned the world champion.
Following the match, Jim Ross met Luger and Sting in the ring and said he has just heard from the championship committee. Based on tonight's outcome, Luger will get a world title shot at Ric Flair at Superbrawl, while Sting will get his hands on Barry Windham one on one.
Sting liked the idea about getting to face Windham, but asked "What about the Scorpion?" Ross was at a loss for an answer. Luger told Sting not to worry, just take care of business, he'll take of his and they'll get to the bottom of this. At the same time, Luger told Sting to think about this, who showed up right around the same time the Scorpion did? And Who had admitted to having a grudge against him? Implying Paul Orndorff could possibly be the Scorpion.
Sting said if it is him, there will be hell to pay.
It took me a bit, but I am all caught up on this again! Still liking your booking and how you do your write ups.
Appreciate it. I try to book entertaining and logical, staying in the framework of history, atleast for now. And yeah, the format allows me to get pretty deep in time and not get burned out by doing too much.