Live from New Orleans, LA

Airdate: October 24, 1993

Attendance: 6,000 (3,000 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

The opening sequence begins with children trick-or-treating. “Dracula” wants to pick the next house much to his friends’ dismay. He points toward a mansion behind a steel gate. At the same time a man’s hand is shown awaiting his visitors. Upon their entrance the steel gate closes behind them frightening the other children.  “Dracula” continues onward and rings the doorbell which rings as a high-pitch squeal. Obviously they’re taken aback by that.

The door opens and Tony Schiavone answers. He offers the children some cookies. “Dracula” obnoxiously tells Tony that he wants to see something scary. He offers them a bloody Sid with a pair of scissors! Oh wait, that happened AFTER this show in England. Alternatively he offers “Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal” for the Vader-Cactus Jack main event. Still dissatisfied “Dracula” asks for something even scarier. Tony calls his wager, peels back his mask, and transforms into a hideous monster. The children try to escape, but the door is locked. Suddenly the door opens and the wheel appears.

With the exception of Tony’s horrendous acting this wasn’t that bad. It was actually pretty good according to WCW’s mini-movie standards.

Inside the arena Eric Bischoff welcomes us to the show dressed as General George Custer. Tony disguises himself as “Jesse Ventura” as Jesse wears an old doctor’s costume complete with mask. He informs Tony that he is “Bourbon Street’s #1 gynecologist.” He even pulls the thermometer trick on him. This show is off to an ominous start.

Match 1: The Shockmaster, Ice Train, and Charlie Norris versus Harlem Heat and the Equalizer


Rating: ½*

Summary: This match was the drizzling shits. At least Booker T looked good in spite of his eating the pin.

After the match Shockmaster and the Equalizer “brawl” in the ring. I’m sure this entertained the 300 or so fans that occupied the average attendance at house shows during this time.

Bischoff interviews the second referee for the Rude- Flair match--Terry Taylor. He’s going to call it “right down the middle.”

Match 2: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff (w/ the Assassin)


Rating: ***

Summary: Countout finish aside this match was a hard fought battle with some good work rate. I truly enjoy Steamboat’s thirst for a pin attempt several times during a match as it gives a sense of realism.

Tony and Jesse discuss the Big Gold Belt and WCW’s upcoming European tour. I bet Arn Anderson and Sid Vicious regret going on that tour. According to Tony the WCW International Board of Directors recognize Rude’s title as a World title.

Let me add something here: Back in July WCW taped months of matches for their Worldwide syndicated program basically giving away the results of title changes to the members of the audience. The NWA got wind of this and was none too pleased with the complete breach of kayfabe surrounding their prestigious title. Consequently WCW withdrew from the NWA on September 1, 1993. Furthermore, the breach of kayfabe was exposed in an article in the Charlotte Business Journal according to the history of WWE website hence notifying its readers of the result of a match at an upcoming PPV event. Yikes!

Why WCW decided to keep the Big Gold Belt and recognize it as a World title is beyond comprehension. After all once they decided to leave the NWA, Vader’s status as the WCW champion should have skyrocketed. On the contrary they have two World titles confusing the audience and devaluing the WCW title altogether.

Match 3 for the World Television title: Lord Steven Regal (champion w/ Sir William) versus “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


<>Rating: ***

Summary: Obviously Regal was the ring general here based upon the numerous submission and mat-based styles contained within the match. In spite of the close call draw for the TV title DBS had been drawing recently as a WCW World title contender. In fact, on the WCW European tour DBS performed in the main event for the WCW title against Vader numerous times.

Time to spin the wheel! Vader spins it and it lands on…

Match 4 for the US title: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes (champion) versus “Stunning” Steve Austin


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Without question I have to deduct a half-point for that finish. Although Austin getting pinned was the right finish, a lame distraction finish wasn’t the right decision. Perhaps Austin can find something down the road to get an edge against Dustin. Stay tuned!

After the match Austin decimates Rhodes with a belt shot to the head busting him open. Now both men have a reason to face each other in the coming weeks.

WCW Battlebowl 1993 will be on November 20! Its rant has already been scheduled.

Match 5 for the WCW World Tag Team titles: Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Too Cold Scorpio (champions w/ Teddy Long) versus The Nasty Boys (w/ Missy Hyatt)


Rating: ***

Summary: Unfortunately the end result was a given because the taping schedule would not be denied. Regardless, to say that Scorpio and Bagwell carried the Nasty Boys here should go without saying.

Bischoff interviews Sid with Colonel Rob Parker. Sid refers to himself as “Psycho Sid.” Truer words were never spoken two nights later.

Match 6: Sid Vicious (w/ Colonel Rob Parker) versus Sting


<>Rating: **1/2

Summary: Nothing spectacular, but is there dissention between the Colonel and Sid?

After the match Sid begrudgingly forgives the Colonel.

Back in the locker room Vader boxes Harley Race’s hands. Meanwhile Cactus Jack meditates with his bag and yells out “You can’t hurt Cactus Jack!”

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


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Excellent match! It was way too soon for Rude to lose the belt. He and Flair had good chemistry and told a great story.

After the match Flair grabs the title belt and holds it high. In the meantime Rude goes after Fifi. He carries her down the ramp until Flair catches him from behind to rescue her. Flair tries to slap the figure four on Rude on the ramp, but the referees stop him.

Tony and Jesse discuss the rules of the Texas Death match:

  1. No disqualification
  2. Falls don’t count. That means a pinfall does not decide the match.
  3. 30 second rest period between falls.
  4. Falls occur anywhere in the building.
  5. Match continues until one man can’t get to his feet before the 10 count.

Match 8 Texas Death: Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race) versus Cactus Jack


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: This match serves as an excellent precursor to what ECW became in the mid- to late-90s. Even though it was a great bloody brawl what was the point of Vader’s victory here? Jack had been hospitalized, put through the ringer with the WCW mini-movies, and then lost the blow-off match?

After the match Jack grabs Race and DDTs him on the chair on the ramp. Small victory for Jack there.

Conclusion:  Minus the opener each match hovered around 3 stars. To me that’s a great show. The main event made Cactus into a star. Unfortunately it would take another five years before anyone put the World title on him, but that’s neither here nor there. Flair made Rude look great in the semi-main event. Rude’s definitely world champion caliber in spite of the “title” he held here. Sid’s loss meant more here than Sting’s victory due to the scissors incident in Blackburn, England two days afterward. The Nasty Boys’ victory had to happen. There was no other way around it due to the taping cycle. Austin made Rhodes look good in their match and hopefully subsequent matches. Bulldog would get opportunities against both Vader and Regal while on tour in Europe so the time-limit draw didn’t hurt him. The match between Steamboat and Orndorff was a house show dream match. It’s a crying shame that WCW was barely drawing flies at their shows in 1993. I blame the promotion of the events rather than the talent as I lived in the Southeast during this time and didn’t hear much if any local promotion of WCW.

Anyways, find three hours and watch this spectacle. I’m hoping the Clash and Battlebowl, which are next on my plate, are this good.

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