WCW Fall Brawl ’93

Live from Houston, TX

Airdate: September 19, 1993

Attendance: 6,000 (3,500 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Will the Masters of the Powerbomb wreak havoc during WarGames? Can Flair defend both the World title and Fifi’s honor? Let’s find out!

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (champion) versus Lord Steven Regal (w/ Sir William)


Rating: ***

Summary: I’ll give them credit for the unique finish of exploiting Steamboat’s penchant for skinning the cat. Also, it was a really good match with both brawling, workrate, along with the psychology of Steamboat’s ribs.

On a podium, Eric Bischoff interviews the Nasty Boys who predict a top rope bulldog will earn them the titles over the Horsemen.

Match 2: Charlie Norris versus Big Sky


Rating: ½*

Summary: This was nothing more than an introduction of Norris to all of WCW’s audience. Neither wrestler impressed me whatsoever, and the size difference between the two big men was barely noticeable.

Backstage, Scott Dunlap, a high school student suffering from spastic cerebral palsy, interviews Smith. Way to live the dream, Scott!

Match 3: 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff & the Equalizer


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid tag match that followed the formula and got the Houston faithful on their feet.

After the match, Equalizer attacks Scorpio and leg-drops him. Orndorff then mounts the top turnbuckle and delivers a flying knee drop. When Bagwell tries to intervene, Orndorff hits a belly-to-back suplex on him. Equalizer’s trying to get heat?

Thanks, Junior.

On the podium, Bischoff interviews the NEW World TV champion Regal with Sir William.

Match 4: Ice Train (w/o Thunderbolt Patterson) versus Shanghai Pierce (w/ Tex Slazenger)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Train. What’s with all the big lugs on this show? Where are the Hollywood Blonds and Johnny B. Badd?

After the match, Slazenger enters the ring, but Train dispatches him immediately. He then nails Pierce sending him over the top rope to the floor.

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Match 5 for the WCW World tag team titles: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Pretty” Paul Roma (champions) versus the Nasty Boys (w/ Missy Hyatt)


Rating: **½

Summary: For a team that knew they were winning the belts, the Nasty Boys didn’t showcase themselves very well. As it is, the Horsemen were only transitional champions having won the belts just the month before this show.

At ringside, Ventura interviews the NEW World tag team champions with Hyatt. While Hyatt revels in her revenge against Flair, Knobbs and Sags bask in their victory.

We then get a retrospective on Cactus Jack including the HEINOUS powerbomb on the concrete floor. As Chris Cruise narrates the segment, we see brief clips of “reporter” Catherine White on her quest to locate Cactus. Afterward, clips of Race with Cactus’ bag and his receiving a cactus as a gift are shown.

We then revisit Clash XXIV when Cactus returned to attack Vader. Next, we witness Race’s procurement of Kwan. To conclude the piece, a prerecorded interview with Cactus reveals that he was playing mind games with Vader. While the amnesia angle was hokey, the promo at the end was golden.

Match 6 (bounty): Cactus Jack versus Yoshi Kwan (w/ Harley Race)


Rating: *

Summary: For a bounty hunter, Kwan was neither Dick Slater nor Bob Orton. Welcome back, Cactus!

After the match, Cactus suplexes Race into the ring and retrieves his bag. He then challenges Vader to a match at Halloween Havoc ‘93.

We then revisit WCW Saturday Night when Rude kissed Fifi against her wishes (aired 8/28, taped 8/9). The scoundrel! He then CLOBBERED Flair with the World title belt before delivering a Rude Awakening.

Match 7 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ Fifi) versus “Ravishing” Rick Rude


Rating: ****

Summary: Despite the match’s exceedingly methodical pace, both wrestlers pulled out an extremely solid performance.

Schiavone then shills Halloween Havoc ‘93.

Match 8 (WarGames): WCW World champion Vader, Sid Vicious, & Harlem Heat (w/ Harley Race & Col. Rob Parker) versus Sting, the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, WCW US champion the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes, & the Shockmaster (w/ Road Warrior Animal)


Rating: ***

Summary: While the duration of Shockmaster’s involvement in the match was kept to a much-appreciated minimum, this match didn’t resemble a grudge settlement unlike previous WarGames. Nonetheless, WCW sent the Houston faithful home happy.

After the match, the heels were upset, and Kole claims he didn’t submit. Schiavone then announces that the Vader-Cactus match at Halloween Havoc ‘93 will be spin-the-wheel, make-the-deal. Hmmm...interesting.

Conclusion: Did Dusty Rhodes just grab a case of Lone Star beer, inform each wrestler to perform the same exact moves, and not give a shit? Bear hugs, double underhook suplexes, and an incredulous amount of rest holds permeated the show causing the Houston faithful to zone out during the important matches and ignore the showcase matches.

The three title changes seem important unless one was cognizant of the results of the Disney tapings.

If you’ve never seen this show before, have your caffeinated beverage ready. Otherwise, take a pass and...

Buyrate: 0.46

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 9-27-93!

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