WCW Clash of the Champions XXIV

Live from Daytona Beach, FL

Airdate: August 18, 1993

Attendance: 8,903 (2,400 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Will Vader retain against Smith? Can the Blonds keep their titles against the Horsemen? How will Steamboat fare against Orndorff for the TV title? Who will be Rhodes’ partner against Rude & Equalizer? What other shocking things will happen? Let’s find out!

Prior to the opening match, Pillman, who injured his left ankle during a match on 8/9 in Atlanta, cuts a pre-taped promo alongside Austin. Afterward, Schiavone mentions that the tag titles will be defended tonight, and Regal will replace Pillman. Ventura, obviously a Blondes fan, was vehemently upset about it. He should have borrowed a line from Gorilla Monsoon and called it a “miscarriage of justice.”

Match 1 for the WCW/NWA World tag team titles: “Stunning” Steve Austin & Lord Steven Regal (champions w/ Sir William & “Flyin’” Brian Pillman) versus the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Pretty” Paul Roma


Rating: ***½

Summary: With the Daytona faithful firmly in the Horseman’s back pocket, the tag formula worked wonders, and the story had an excellent climax. In case you’re wondering why the titles needed to change hands, the Horsemen were filmed during the Disney tapings in July with the belts. Since they lost the title match at the PPV, they HAD to win here.

Following a commercial break, Eric Bischoff interviews the NEW World tag team champions. While Roma’s “proud to call (himself) a Horseman,” Arn, in his own unique way, tells us to call him “champ.”

Match 2: 2 Cold Scorpio versus “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Scorpio.

Match 3 (mask versus Norma Jean): Johnny B. Badd versus Maxx Payne


Rating: *

Summary: Without a hot crowd, this match would get nothing and like it.

After the match, Ventura interviews Badd at ringside. The best part was when he kissed the guitar and stated “time for guitar lessons.” HA! The point behind the interview was to hype his unmasking on WCW Saturday Night.

A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD: As you’d expect, Flair walks the aisle arm-in-arm with Fifi. He then introduces Sting and Smith. When Flair mentions Fall Brawl ‘93, Smith LOSES HIS DAMN MIND over-hyping everyone. Suddenly, Sid Vicious, Harlem Heat, and Colonel Rob Parker interrupt the interview, but not before Flair mentions a “special tag team partner” for Sting and Smith.

Sting then mentions that his partner “will shock the world because he is none other than the SHOCKMASTER!” After a pyro explosion, a big fat guy falls through a makeshift wall losing a Stormtrooper helmet in the process. Stop it! My sides are splitting!

But seriously, folks, Flair exclaims “oh, God” in complete embarrassment. As groans from the stage are easily picked up on the air, Sid yells at tonight’s feature until the voice of the Black Scorpion returns! Please make the Shockmaster disappear! Instead, Shockmaster challenges Sid while laughing maniacally.

HOT TAKE: In case you were wondering why WCW spent time and money recording their TV shows and editing them in post-production, this is a prime example of an unintentionally funny mistake that ruins someone’s debut/character. For those unaware, Shockmaster was portrayed by former Natural Disaster Typhoon—Fred Ottman. His career would never recover from this blunder.

Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (champion) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Rating: ****

Summary: Great back-and-forth match with a plethora of thrills made this match a heck of a ride. Kudos, gentlemen! If I’m Orndorff, I’m thrilled to borrow the finish to one of the greatest matches of all-time.

After the match, Orndorff ambushes Steamboat and piledrives him on the belt atop the ramp. That’s one way to celebrate, I guess.

Fall Brawl ‘93 will be LIVE on PPV on 9/19. Order NOW!

Prior to the next match, Bischoff interviews Race with the Kongs. Race vows revenge against Flair for “sucker-punching” him.

Match 5: NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & Sting versus the Colossal Kongs (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Flair and Sting.

After the match, Schiavone interviews Sting and Flair at ringside.

Match 6: “Ravishing” Rick Rude & the Equalizer versus the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes & ????


Rating: *

Summary: While the surprise of the return of the Road Warriors made an impact, Equalizer’s inability to perform simple moves baffled me beyond description.

Promo airs for the Chevrolet Camara Z28 sweepstakes. Hmmm...both promotions touting Chevys. I can just hear the folks at Ford Motor Company.

Match 7 for the WCW World title: Vader (champion w/ Harley Race) versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: ***

Summary: By the hair of his chinny-chin-chin, Vader kept his title, but Smith’s effort remained solid. Perhaps a forthcoming rematch will earn Smith a World title victory.

Following the match, Smith nails Race so Vader defends his manager. Suddenly, after a four-month hiatus, Cactus Jack storms the ring to brawl with Vader, and, boy, is he PISSED.

Conclusion: Let’s do the math, shall we? The WWF holds their “spectacular” on free TV two days prior to this event. They then offer a PPV six days afterward. With this show, WCW tries to oversaturate the market to deter the PPV buyrate. With that being said, this show, with two title changes and something for everyone on the card, I truly endorse this show.

Of course, this show lives in infamy thanks to one man.

Thanks, Fred.

Rating: 3.8

Stay tuned for WWF Summerslam ‘93!

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