NWA Clash of the Champions XII: Fall Brawl ‘90-Mountain Madness

Live from Asheville, NC

Airdate: September 5, 1990

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Who is the Black Scorpion? Can Sting overcome his challenge? Read on!

Match 1: The Freebirds (w/ Buddy Roberts) versus the Southern Boys (w/ “Bullet” Bob Armstrong)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Adding Roberts and Bob to the mix added some sizzle to a medium rare steak.

After the match, the Freebirds dispose of the Southern Boys and triple-team Bob with Roberts. They then give Bob a double DDT as the Southern Boys return to chase them off.

In the locker room, Tony Schiavone interviews the NEW US tag team champions—the Steiners. Back on 8/24 in East Rutherford, NJ, the Steiners beat the Midnight Express to win the titles. Scott then cuts a promo on Doom while Rick has no clue how to deal with Maximum Overdrive. Well, nobody ever accused him of being the sharpest tool in the shed.

Match 2: “Captain” Mike Rotunda versus “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel


Rating: DUD

Summary: Without a doubt, this was a popcorn match in all 50 states.

After a commercial break, Schiavone interviews the Freebirds with Roberts. Afterward, a video featuring them plays. As the Freebirds hit Hollywood, California, they’re mobbed by fans at the Holiday Inn. Um, Hayes, men wearing mascara in Hollywood have more male than female fans if you catch my drift.

Match 3: The Master Blasters versus the Lightning Express


Rating: ½*

Summary: Who thought this show would be a good time for these ham’n’eggers to debut? Interesting fact: This was Pendarvis’ only pro wrestling match as he left the business soon afterward. Pendarvis’ partner was none other than the Mohawk-wearing Kevin Nash. Welcome to WCW, Kevin.

Backstage, Schiavone interviews Brian Pillman. On 9/14, Pillman must win three consecutive matches on the upcoming weekend shows: Friday Power Hour, World Championship Wrestling, and Sunday Main Event. Should he succeed, he will win $15,000. If he loses, the money will be divided between his opponents. This would sound cool if the shows are live. Let’s hope Sunday Main Event isn’t taped before Friday Power Hour.

A quick check reveals that Pillman defeated Horner on 9/14 and Landel on 9/15. However, he lost to Dan Spivey on 9/16. Also, all three matches occurred on 9/3. Better luck, next time, Pillman. Notably, Scott Steiner successfully ran the gauntlet the following week by defeating “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson.

After a commercial break, Missy Hyatt interviews Flair. I’m surprised her dress remained on during the entire segment.

Match 4: Nasty Boys versus Terry Taylor & Jackie Fulton


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Showcase match for the Nasty Boys.

After a commercial break, Schiavone interviews Sid Vicious who cuts a promo on Sting.

Match 5: “Wildfire” Tommy Rich versus “Wild“Bill Irwin


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Showcase match for Rich.

WCW Top 10:


Champion: Sting

  1. Luger
  2. Flair
  3. Arn Anderson
  4. Barry Windham
  5. Sid
  6. Hansen
  7. Pillman
  8. Junkyard Dog
  9. Rich
  10. Landel

Tag teams:

Champions: Doom

  1. Steiners
  2. Rock’n’ Roll Express
  3. Horsemen
  4. Midnight Express
  5. Southern Boys
  6. Freebirds
  7. Samoan SWAT Team
  8. Pillman & Z-Man
  9. JYD & El Gigante
  10. Rotunda & Horner

Analysis: In the spirit of kayfabe, I understand WCW’s effort to give the viewer some semblance of hierarchy. On the other hand, this list reveals the shallowness of WCW’s talent depth.

After a commercial break, Schiavone interviews a disgusting Hansen who’s PISSED OFF about being #6. He’s perturbed yet ready to climb the ladder.

Match 6 for the LPWA Women’s title: Susan Sexton (champion) versus Bambi


Rating: 1/2*

Summary: While the ladies knew more wrestling maneuvers than both Master Blasters combined, they could barely get a stir from the Asheville faithful.

Match 7 for the NWA US tag titles: Steiners (champions) versus Maximum Overdrive


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Showcase match for the Steiners.

Match 8: Stan “The Lariat” Hansen versus Z-Man


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Hansen.

Backstage, Schiavone leads us to footage from WrestleWar ’90 to refresh our memory of the Flair-Luger rivalry and subsequently interviews Luger.

Match 9 for the NWA US title: The “Total Package” Lex Luger (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Although it’s a crappy finish to another deserving Flair-Luger match-up, segueing Luger into a feud with Hansen was the match’s main purpose.

After the match, Hansen destroys Luger with elbow drops and chokes him with his bull rope. How dastardly!

Backstage, Schiavone shows us a pre-recorded promo by the Black Scorpion: “If you beat (him), (he’ll) tell you who (he is).” He then interviews an extremely-focused Sting.

Match 10 for the NWA World title: Sting versus the Black Scorpion


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Despite the awful main event, Scorpion didn’t blatantly expose his identity.

After the match, Sting removes the mask, but Scorpion wears a second one. Clever! Suddenly, the REAL Black Scorpion emerges on the ramp. A shocked Sting stares at his adversary until the segment ends. For those unaware, the first Black Scorpion is portrayed by Al Perez while the second is the Angel of Death.

After a commercial break, Ross interviews Sting in the ring. Abruptly, Sid arrives while demanding a title shot. When Sting dismisses him, Sid attacks him from behind on the ramp. He then claims to be the next champion because “Sid Vicious rules the world!”

Conclusion: Let’s discuss purpose and execution. The purpose of this show was to create angles for Halloween Havoc. While Sid’s attack of Sting stood as one angle, Hansen’s attack of Luger became the other. Therefore, they accomplished their purpose.

Conversely, with the awful debuts of Maximum Overdrive and the Master Blasters along with Hansen’s metamorphosis of Z-Man into minced meat, the show left a lot to be desired. Additionally, the main event was duller than a Christofle butter knife thanks to poor execution. I can only hope that Halloween Havoc outshines this dreck.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXVIII!

Rating: 5.00 (Holy Black Scorpion ratings, Batman!)

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