WCW Clash of the Champions XIX

Taped from Charleston, SC

Airdate: June 22, 1992 (taped 6/16)

Attendance: 4,600 (2,500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse "The Body" Ventura

Welcome to the first round of the NWA World tag team tournament. Who will advance to the quarterfinals? What else does "Cowboy" Bill Watts have in store? Let's find out!

Tony Schiavone, Magnum T.A. and Missy Hyatt welcome us to the show. According to Missy, New Japan Pro Wrestling has been awarded the tournament to crown a new NWA World heavyweight champion. Schiavone then interviews Executive Vice-President "Cowboy" Bill Watts who states that the tag team tournament is held under NWA rules rather than his "strict rules and regulations." Woohoo! Long live the top rope!

Match 1 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (#7) Dean & Joe Malenko (Hungary) versus (unseeded) Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat & Nikita Koloff (USA/Lithuania)


Rating: ***

Summary: Good opener where a young Dean Malenko paid his dues.

Match 2 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (#6) US champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude & World TV champion “Stunning” Steve Austin (w/ Madusa) (USA) versus (unseeded) Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Z-Man (USA)


Rating: **

Summary: Despite Z-Man and Bagwell being in line for a US tag title shot, they were overmatched by the singles champions.

After a commercial break, Eric Bischoff interviews Gordy and Williams. Immediately, Gordy discredits the O'Days and pushes the matchup between the Steiners and the MVC. Williams, meanwhile, is obsessed with the Steiners.

Match 3 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (unseeded) Larry & Jeff O’Day (Australia) versus (#4) the Miracle Violence Connection (Japan)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the MVC.

In the ring, Ventura interviews WCW World champion Sting. As Sting makes his entrance wearing a tuxedo, footage from World Championship Wrestling airs showing Vader demolishing Sting (aired 3/28, taped 3/18). Sting then cuts a promo on Vader for their match at Great American Bash '92.

Match 4 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (#1) WCW World tag team champions the Steiners (USA) versus Miguel Perez, Jr. & Ricky Santana (Puerto Rico)


Rating: NONE

REAL Match 4 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (#3) The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (w/ Uncle Paul) (USA) versus (unseeded) Barry Windham & the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes (USA)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Extremely hot tag match that grabbed and maintained the Charleston faithful's attention. Three of the four wrestlers showcased themselves well with the exception of Windham.

Promo for the WCW Magazine poster book airs.

After a commercial break, Missy details the upcoming NWA World title tournament commencing on 8/6 in Shizuoka. For those unaware, that is where Mount Fuji is located. The finals will be held at Sumo Hall in Tokyo on 8/10-12. Also, all four members of the Dangerous Alliance will be involved.

Next, the MVC interrupt, and Gordy describes "a bad wreck" and "a couple of Puerto Ricans." After Williams takes responsibility for it, Gordy points out that the Steiners earn a forfeit pitting them against the MVC in the quarterfinals.

Match 5 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): UWA World tag team champions the Silver Kings (Mexico) versus (unseeded) WCW US tag team champions the Freebirds (USA)


Rating: DUD

Summary: As the match progressed, it became more and more of a styles clash.

Not THAT kind of styles clash!

Promo for WCW Magazine airs.

Schiavone and Magnum T.A. then discuss two upcoming quarterfinal matches:

  1. Steiners versus MVC
  2. Rude/Austin versus Windham/Rhodes

Meanwhile, Ole Anderson joins them and affirms that the Steiners have a bye to the quarterfinals.

Match 6 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (unseeded) Jushin “Thunder” Liger & “Flyin’”Brian Pillman (USA) versus (#8) Chris Benoit & Beef Wellington (Canada)


Rating: ****

Summary: incredible match where all four competitors showcased themselves extremely well. Great job, guys!

Match 7 for the NWA World tag team titles (first round): (unseeded) The Headhunters (Dominican Republic) versus (#2) Akira Nogami & Hiroshi Hase (Japan)


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Hase and Nogami. They will face the Freebirds in the quarterfinals.

After a commercial break, Ventura interviews Ron Simmons in the ring. Simmons promises to become the first African-American World champion in WCW history. Suddenly, Harley Race and Super Invader interrupt him. When Race calls him an "errand boy," Simmons tells him where to go and supplies directions.

Race then directly insults him, so Simmons attacks him. As Super Invader joins the fray, he and Race double-team Simmons until Simmons escapes. He then clotheslines Super Invader and tackles Race. Upon clotheslining both heels consecutively, Simmons clears the ring.

Schiavone then interviews Watts in the ring who mentions that the NWA President will "resign." Hmmm...the last NWA President was Jim Herd who left earlier in the year. Nonetheless, he infers that the MVC eliminated the Puerto Rican team so that they could face the Steiners. He then declares that the MVC and Steiners will face one another TONIGHT rather than at the PPV much to the delight of the Charleston faithful.

Match 8 for the NWA World tag team titles (quarterfinal): (#1) WCW World tag team champions the Steiners (USA) versus (#4) the Miracle Violence Connection (Japan)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: The match got hotter as it grew longer, but, even against the Steiners, the MVC didn't get the crowd to disfavor them. While there were a lot of amateur wrestling moves early in the match, Gordy and Williams dictated the pace basically neutering the Steiners. On another note, Scott sold the knee extremely well in an effort to provide some realism.

Conclusion: This was entirely a concept show that K. Allen Frey negotiated with the NWA prior to his departure. Since Watts felt the need to put his own stamp on it, he chose to put the Steiners-MVC quarterfinal as the main event rather than keep it on the PPV. With that being said, the remainder of the tournament will occur at the PPV along with the World title match.

As far as my opinion of the show goes, the Anderson/Eaton versus Windham/Rhodes match along with the Pillman/Liger versus Benoit/Wellington match are worth seeking out. Please avoid the Freebirds/Silver Kings match at all costs.

See you for WCW Great American Bash ‘92!

Rating: 2.80

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