Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby ‘The Brain” Heenan, and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes
How do you screw with the competition’s PPV when you can’t broadcast a free show against their live show? You do it against their replay! Yes, folks, WCW was so hell-bent on beating the WWF that they scheduled a Clash on the Tuesday night opposite the Royal Rumble replay. Those scoundrels!
Match 1 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Ultimo Dragon (champion w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Dean Malenko
“Iron” Mike Tenay joined the broadcast table for this match.
As the Milwaukee faithful chanted “U-S-A,” a fan held up a phone number for RF Video.
During the commercial break…
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In the ring, Malenko gave Dragon a delayed vertical suplex.
After Dragon unleashed a series of kicks, he punted Malenko out of the ring much like Craig Hentrich.
As Schiavone shilled nWo Souled Out live on PPV this Saturday, Malenko delivered a belly-to-back suplex.
He then hooked a single-leg crab, but Dragon made the ropes.
After giving Dragon a knee crusher, Tenay mentioned Rey Mysterio’s knee injury.
Malenko then applied a stump puller which used to be the finishing move of this guy. Hopefully, Malenko doesn’t start to clown around.
Upon tossing Dragon outside the ring, Malenko joined and stomped his leg against the steel railing.
He then tossed Dragon back into the ring and applied the figure-four leg lock.
After releasing the hold, Malenko gave Dragon a cross-corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
Dragon then reversed a cross-corner whip and hit a spinning heel kick.
Next, he mounted the top turnbuckle, but Malenko caught him and delivered a superplex.
That woke up the Milwaukee faithful.
In turn, Malenko hooked a rollup for 2.
Dragon then countered a powerbomb with a huracanrana for 2.
After Malenko reversed a cross-corner whip, Dragon floated him to the apron and gave him a springboard dropkick.
Upon joining Malenko on the floor, Dragon reversed an Irish whip sending Malenko back-first into the steel railing.
Dragon then hit an Asai moonsault as Onoo pleaded for Dragon to return to the ring.
Back in the ring, Dragon delivered a vertical suplex, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a moonsault for 2.
He then placed Malenko atop the top turnbuckle, and hit a super huracanrana.
Next, he attempted a tiger suplex, but Malenko countered with the Texas Cloverleaf.
Dragon then countered with an inside cradle for another 2.
Malenko came back with a butterfly powerbomb, tried to hook the Cloverleaf again, but had to knock Onoo off the apron.
He then made his third attempt, and Dragon tapped out.
WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
Summary: Too much mat wrestling in the beginning put the Milwaukee faithful into a brief coma. Once Dragon put the match into higher gear, the match improved, and the Milwaukee faithful enjoyed it.
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Match 2: Scotty Riggs versus Mike Enos
After a back elbow, Riggs gave Enos a cross-corner whip causing him to soar over the top rope to the floor.
Riggs then delivered a plancha.
Next, Enos reversed an Irish whip sending Riggs back-first into the apron.
From the apron, Enos leaped and clotheslined Riggs.
As Enos charged, Riggs backdropped him on the floor.
Back in the ring, Enos gave Riggs an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
After Enos missed a clothesline, Riggs delivered a flying forearm.
Summary: Showcase match for Riggs.
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After a commercial break, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the Horsemen. Benoit then cuts a promo on Taskmaster as the Milwaukee faithful chants his name. Following that, Arn requests that Benoit finish off the Taskmaster. When Mongo gets on the microphone, the Milwaukee faithful boos him mercilessly. In response, Mongo calls them “limburger losers.” He then calls Taskmaster “a little toad.” After Benoit and Woman leave, Debra takes yet another potshot at Woman by calling her “Queen Sheba.”
Match 3: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho, Chavo Guerrero, Jr., & Super Calo versus Konnan, La Parka, & Mr. JL
Jericho replaced Juventud Guerrera, and La Parka substituted for Psicosis. The travel ban must have been in effect.
After a leap frog, JL delivered a flying back elbow to Chavo.
While JL missed a clothesline, Chavo hit a flying forearm.
Calo and Konnan tagged in.
Upon climbing the turnbuckles, Calo gave Konnan a flying headscissors followed by a dropkick.
Jericho and La Parka tagged in.
Immediately, La Parka hit a powerslam and got 2.
Jericho then delivered a crisp clothesline but ate a crescent kick from La Parka.
When La Parka gave Jericho a cross-corner whip, he ate boot on his follow-through.
Jericho then mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a missile dropkick.
As Jericho prepped for a high-risk maneuver, Konnan came in and clotheslined him.
Chavo came in and delivered dropkicks to Konnan and JL.
After another Konnan clothesline, La Parka and Konnan executed a double leap frog followed by a double clothesline to Chavo.
With Chavo atop Konnan’s shoulders, La Parka then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a corkscrew moonsault. That did not look crisp.
While JL tagged in, Chavo ducked a double clothesline and hit a cross body block to both La Parka and JL.
Jericho tagged in and gave JL a superkick followed by a spinning heel kick.
After Konnan and JL missed a double clothesline, Jericho hit a flying shoulder block on Konnan as Chavo tripped JL.
With Konnan on the floor, Jericho delivered a plancha.
JL then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a tope on Jericho.
Not to be outdone, Chavo hit a plancha on JL.
Next, La Parka hit a tope suicida over the top rope onto Jericho and Chavo. Amazing!
Lastly, Calo delivered a somersault senton on La Parka.
Back in the ring, JL gave Jericho a huracanrana for 2.
After a belly-to-back suplex, JL mounted the top turnbuckle but got crotched.
Jericho then joined and gave JL a super huracanrana from the top rope.
Jericho, Chavo, and Calo won.
Summary: The Milwaukee faithful didn’t have much of a clue about this, but WCW’s version of lucha libre is very exciting.
Match 4: Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) versus the Renegade & “Desperado” Joe Gomez
Stevie Ray gave Gomez a Mafia kick followed by a slam.
As Booker T tagged in, Schiavone shilled SuperBrawl VII live on PPV coming February 23.
Booker T then gave Gomez a Harlem sidekick, but Gomez hooked an inside cradle for 2.
When Stevie Ray tagged in, Harlem Heat gave Gomez a double vertical suplex for 2.
After Stevie Ray tossed Gomez outside the ring, Booker T held Gomez so that Sherri could nail him.
Back in the ring, Stevie Ray delivered a leg drop and tagged in Booker T.
Booker T then hit a scissors kick, mounted the second turnbuckle, but missed an elbow drop.
Where’s the spinaroonie?
When Renegade tagged in, he gave Booker T a back drop.
Harlem Heat then hit the Heatseeker.
Harlem Heat won.
Summary: Showcase match for Harlem Heat.
Lee Marshall then delivers the 1-800-COLLECT road report from “Des Moines, IA.” If he builds it, I ain’t comin’.
Match 5: Masahiro Chono versus “Daswunderkind” Alex Wright
While wearing an nWo shirt, Nick Patrick was the referee for this match.
After Wright backflipped off the top rope, he gave Chono an enziguri.
He then delivered a flying headscissors followed by a dropkick.
After a leap frog, Wright gave Chono a spinning heel kick for a very slow 2-count.
Chono came back with an inverted atomic drop, but Wright hooked an inside cradle for an insanely slow 2-count.
When Chono tossed Wright over the top rope, Patrick did not disqualify him. I smell favoritism.
With Wright on the apron, he mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a sunset flip, and got a pedestrian 2-count.
Fed up, Wright kicked Patrick in the leg and gave Chono a belly-to-back suplex. That’ll learn ‘im!
Again, Wright mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a cross body block.
Chono then delivered the Yakuza kick.
Summary: Showcase match for Chono with some nWo flavor added for taste.
During the commercial break, Public Enemy shills the NEW Lex Luger t-shirt.
Match 6 (non-title): WCW US champion Eddie Guerrero versus Scott “Flash” Norton
Again, Patrick was the referee for this match.
After manhandling Eddie, Norton gave him a cross-corner whip followed by a military-press slam.
When he tried a second time, Eddie countered with a sunset flip yet avoided the knuckle sandwich.
Eddie then dropkicked Norton twice in the leg.
From the apron, Eddie gave Norton’s leg a springboard senton.
Norton came back and clotheslined Eddie.
Next, he took Eddie up for a vertical suplex but dropped him like a bad habit.
Upon missing a clothesline, Norton delivered a powerslam.
Following that, he gave Eddie a powerbomb.
GET OUT THE SPATULA!
When Norton mounted the second turnbuckle, Eddie stopped playing possum and dropkicked him.
Eddie then joined and gave Norton a super huracanrana.
He then mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, and performed a forward roll when Norton evaded him.
As Norton clotheslined Eddie, DDP made his way to the ring through the crowd.
Norton then gave Eddie a shoulder block that sent both him and Patrick down to the floor.
When DDP came into the ring, he gave Norton a Diamond Cutter to a HUGE ovation.
After Eddie tossed Patrick back into the ring, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the frog splash to Norton’s back.
1-2-3 from a reluctant Patrick.
Summary: Great story to a short match as DDP helped Eddie overcome the odds that were stacked in the nWo’s favor.
Next, a pre-recorded promo by the Giant aired.
Promotional consideration paid for by the following: Hot Pockets, Slim Jim, and Chef Boyardee.
After a commercial break, Schiavone announced the ten finalists for the Sony Playstation challenge.
Match 7 (falls count anywhere): The “Crippler” Chris Benoit (w/ Woman) versus the Taskmaster (w/ Jimmy Hart)
As the bell rang, Benoit and Taskmaster brawled at ringside.
They then fought all the way to the men’s room as Taskmaster rammed Benoit twice into the paper towel dispenser.
As Benoit came back, he tossed a trash can at Hart knocking him to the bathroom floor.
He then rammed Taskmaster face-first into said paper towel dispenser knocking it off the wall.
After referee Randy Anderson got pushed into a urinal, Taskmaster gave Benoit a short-arm clothesline for 2. I hope that’s the worst thing that happened to Anderson this week.
Taskmaster then rammed Benoit face-first into the radiator.
Next, he tossed Benoit down the concrete steps.
In the ring, he tied Benoit to the Tree of Woe and nailed him in the midsection.
After a double stomp, Taskmaster only got 2.
Hart then got up on the apron distracting Anderson with the megaphone.
Meanwhile, Woman climbed into the ring with a balsa wood chair.
She then WALLOPED Taskmaster in the back of the head with it.
As Benoit fell on top, he pinned Taskmaster.
Summary: Once again, this was a fight rather than a wrestling match albeit brief.
After the match, Benoit grabs another balsa wood chair from under the ring and HAMMERS Taskmaster with it. Methinks this feud isn’t over.
During the commercial break, Duggan shills the WCW t-shirt.
Match 8: The Steiners versus the Amazing French Canadians (w/ Colonel Parker)
Scott Steiner returned to action for the first time since Nitro on 9/2.
As the Steiners made their entrance, the Outsiders cut a promo on them from the video board.
At the onset, a four-way brawl broke out.
Rick then gave Ouellet a Steinerline as the Canadians sought refuge outside the ring.
After the Canadians tossed both Steiners outside the ring, they mounted the same turnbuckle.
As Scott nailed Rougeau with a Steinerline, Rick gave Ouellet a cross body block for 2.
After a commercial break, Rougeau slammed Ouellet atop Rick.
While Scott distracted referee Scott Dickinson, the Canadians double-teamed Rick in the heel corner.
Ouellet tagged in and mounted the top turnbuckle, but the Canadians missed the Quebec crash.
They then missed a double clothesline, but Rick didn’t.
Hot tag Scott.
Upon giving Rougeau a back elbow, Scott delivered a back drop to Ouellet.
He then pressed Rougeau overhead and tossed him onto Ouellet.
Next, he gave the Canadians a double noggin knocker.
As Ouellet leaped from the top turnbuckle, Scott caught and gave him an overhead belly-to-belly suplex.
After a failed flag pole attack by Rougeau, Rick hoisted Ouellet onto his shoulders as Scott delivered the Steiner DDT.
Summary: Showcase match for the Steiners. It appears that they’re ready for the Outsiders on Saturday.
Match 9: Scott Hall (w/ Kevin Nash & Syxx) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger
As Schiavone indirectly gave birthday wishes to referee Mark Curtis, Luger made his entrance.
Hall escaped a head lock with a belly-to-back suplex. Of course, Luger no-sold it.
He then gave Hall a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
When Hall mounted the second turnbuckle, he delivered a bulldog for 2.
Luger then countered an arm bar with a clothesline.
After each wrestler countered a hip toss, Hall gave Luger a chokeslam.
As Hall missed an elbow drop, he used momentum to toss Luger between the ropes to the floor.
When Luger clotheslined a charging Syxx, Nash almost decapitated him with one of his own. Perhaps Luger should hang out with Marie Antoinette.
Back in the ring, Hall gave Luger a cross-corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
While Nash distracted Curtis, Syxx clotheslined Luger from the apron.
With his feet on the ropes, Hall only got 2.
As Luger leaned against the second rope, Hall distracted Curtis so that Nash could nail him.
Hall then gave Luger the fallaway slam for another 2.
After Hall hooked a rope- and Syxx-assisted abdominal stretch, Curtis caught him.
Luger then reversed a cross-corner whip, ducked Hall’s boot, and tripped him from the floor.
Next, he crotched Hall with the ring post.
To re-enter the ring, Luger used the ropes as a springboard to dropkick Hall.
Upon ducking a clothesline, Luger gave Hall an atomic drop followed by a series of inverted atomic drops.
After a clothesline, Luger reversed an Irish whip and hit a powerslam.
As he signaled for the Torture Rack, Luger nailed Nash on the apron.
When Syxx came in, Luger pressed him overhead and tossed him onto Nash.
He then hooked the Torture Rack, but Nash came in.
After Luger gave Nash a flying forearm, he gave Hall the ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
When Nash tried to interfere, Luger clotheslined him.
As Syxx delivered a stomp from the top rope, Curtis called for the bell.
Luger won by DQ.
Summary: Trying to fight off two other wrestlers while facing another wasn’t an easy task for Luger here.
After the match, Nash gives Luger the big boot as the Steiners hit the ring. A six-way brawl breaks out as Scott makes Nash taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Reuben shalaylee at Mo’s Irish Pub. The brawl continues until the Clash goes off the air.
Conclusion: With the exception of the opener, this was a completely skippable show. Unless you’re a cruiserweight junkie, I’d pass on this one.