WCW Beach Blast ‘92

Live from Mobile, AL

Airdate: June 20, 1992

Attendance: 5,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Can Cactus Jack defeat WCW World champion Sting in a falls-count-anywhere match? Who will win the 30-minute Iron Man challenge? Oh, and there's stuff going down in WCW, too? Let's find out!

**BREAKING NEWS** On 5/18, WCW hired "Cowboy" Bill Watts as its new Vice-President of Wrestling Operations. By the following week, he was the Executive Vice-President as K. Allen Frey stepped down. What rules have changed within WCW? Quite a few actually...

  1. Making your opponent taste the steel railing is forbidden. Hey! That'll ruin one of my gags!
  2. Wrestling outside the ring is discouraged. That'll mean wrestlers won't HIT THE POLE anymore. Dammit!
  3. Absolutely, positively no low blows. That'll mean fewer highway signs in my reflections. Grr.
  4. Fines for being tardy.
  5. No-shows not due to serious injury are considered breach of contract. Yikes!
  6. Injured wrestlers still must travel.
  7. Lewd hand gestures, cursing loud enough for fans to hear, and talking over the ring announcer are prohibited.
  8. Babyfaces and heels may not fraternize. This includes clubbing, gyms, and hotels.
  9. No guests allowed in the locker room including family members.
  10. Only two complimentary tickets per wrestler will be issued.
  11. Number of matches for television tapings will be reduced so as not to burn out the audience.
  12. NO TOP ROPE MANEUVERS WHATSOEVER. Violation will result in a disqualification.
  13. Anybody on steroids will NOT wrestle for WCW. I guess Sid Vicious will have to seek employment elsewhere because WCW won't sign him with this policy in place.
  14. Unless mandated by state law, ring mats will not be placed around the ring.
  15. Did I miss anything?

As the show begins, Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff introduce Watts who mentions his "strict rules and regulations." He then "ban(s)" both Uncle Paul and Madusa from the Iron Man challenge and waives the new rules for the falls-count-anywhere match.

When Ross introduces Ventura, "The Body" is seated in a beach chair with four bikini-clad women. Yowza! They then escort him to ringside.

Match 1 for the WCW Light Heavyweight title: “Flyin’”Brian Pillman (champion) versus Scotty Flamingo


Rating: **

Summary: Flamingo's heel skills have improved, and Pillman carried him to a moderate level. I certainly hope Flamingo's promos are better than his in-ring work.

Ventura then protests Badd's involvement in the First Lady of WCW contest stating that Badd should BE in the contest rather than emcee it. Badd then makes his entrance and explains the three portions of the contest:

  1. Evening gown
  2. "Bathing suit"
  3. "Itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie bikini"

He then introduces Missy Hyatt who is both dressed and made up well. When he introduces Madusa, she's wears a wedding gown with a veil. Is she getting hitched? Madusa's body language tells you exactly how she feels about doing this. Can you smell the enthusiasm? Call the wrestling hotline to vote NOW!

Ross then shills Great American Bash '92 on 7/12 and notes that Sting will defend the WCW World title against Big Van Vader. Order NOW!

Match 2: Ron Simmons versus the Taylor Made Man


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Simmons.

At ringside, Ross interviews Simmons who cuts an inspirational babyface promo while declaring his intentions for the World title.

Match 3: Marcus Alexander Bagwell versus Greg “The Hammer” Valentine


Rating: *1/2

Summary: With Bagwell's babyface character firmly established, Valentine earned a decent midcard victory. Conversely, I wonder what direction this will send Bagwell.

We then revisit Clash XVIII when Cactus Jack beat Van Hammer in a falls-count-anywhere match thanks to Abdullah the Butcher. Speaking of whom, Abdullah quit WCW after refusing to job to Dustin Rhodes on 6/7.

Match 4 (falls-count-anywhere/non-title): WCW World champion Sting versus Cactus Jack


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Superb yet sick brawl with plenty of workrate, high-flying, and crowd enthusiasm. Wouldn't you concur that Cactus Jack should be elevated after going toe-to-toe with the World Champion?

Match 5 (30-minute iron man/non-title): WCW US champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/o Uncle Paul & Madusa) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/ Bonnie & Richie)


Rating: ****

Summary: Fantastic match as each wrestler pulled out all the stops to gain falls. Rude sold his ribs for the majority of the match, and, as always, Steamboat's selling was excellent. Great job, guys!

Badd returns for the second round of the First Lady of WCW contest. Meanwhile, Madusa emerges wearing a bandana, sunglasses, and a jacket over her swimsuit. You can't tell she's a biker chick, right? Nevertheless, Missy emerges in a blue bikini. Even I have to credit her for this. Stay tuned for part three and don't forget to call the wrestling hotline to vote.

For the second time, Ross shills Great American Bash '92 LIVE on PPV on 7/12.

Match 6 (six-man): The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, & WCW World TV champion “Stunning” Steve Austin (w/ Uncle Paul) versus Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes


Rating: ***

Summary: The new rule affects the outcome of a decent tag match.

After the match, Austin makes Windham taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Reagan's Peanut Butter Burger at Mugshots.

On the podium, Bischoff interviews Steamboat who cuts a promo on the Dangerous Alliance. Suddenly, Uncle Paul interrupts him and declares that he'll receive no more US title shots. From behind, Cactus Jack pulls Steamboat down from the podium, and they brawl until officials separate them.

At the entrance, Ventura and Badd emcee the third portion of the contest—the "itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie bikini" portion. Madusa then emerges, and Ventura declares the competition to be OVER. When it's Missy's turn, Ventura and Badd question her shenanigans. Apparently, her bikini was in an envelope, but the envelope's empty. She then swipes Ventura's doo-rag.

Missy then emerges wearing Ventura's "scarves" as her bikini. Bombastically, Badd proclaims Missy as the winner so a disgruntled Madusa pushes him around. When they wind up in the mini-tent, Badd emerges with Madusa's top. Oh my! Ventura then has to take a look for himself and affirms that Madusa is the "First Lady of WCW." What chicanery!

Match 7 for the WCW World tag team titles: The Steiners (champions) versus the Miracle Violence Connection


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: STIFF mat-based wrestling match with a pair of heat segments and a decent finish. With the NWA World tag team tournament already in play, either a draw or a double-disqualification made sense booking-wise.

Conclusion: The last four matches make this show a must-see for wrestling fans. If you've never experienced the Bill Watts era of WCW, then this would be a good starting point. The Sting-Cactus Jack match is one of the best falls-count-anywhere matches you will ever see so I'd recommend seeking that out. What else will happen in WCW during the summer of 1992?

Buyrate: 0.40

Stay tuned for WCW Clash XIX!

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