WCW Slamboree '93

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: May 23, 1993

Attendance: 7,008 (3,722 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and the “Living Legend” Larry Zbyszko

Can Smith derail the freight train that is WCW World champion Vader? How will Arn fare against NWA World champion Windham? Quién son los Dos Hombres? Will they defeat the Hollywood Blondes? Let’s find out!

In case you’re curious, I reflected upon this show on 12/11/2012. I hope you enjoy my current reflection as I get to invest my time into this show again.

As the PPV begins, numerous legends who were introduced prior to airtime stand in the ring. According to Schiavone, Jesse “The Body” Ventura is in the hospital due to a blood clot.

Maxx Payne then plays “Norma Jean” while a chariot carried by several prospective wrestlers gets carted onto the ramp. The Fabulous Moolah emerges. Although I love me some metal guitar work, Payne’s jam coupled with Moolah’s grand entrance seemed like a waste of time.

According to Eric Bischoff, the Prisoner will replace Scott Norton while the lights go out. Perhaps Norton sought some pancakes instead of a payoff from WCW.

Match 1: The “Crippler” Chris Benoit & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton versus 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell


Rating: ***

Summary: Decent opener that showcased Scorpio’s high-flying and Bagwell’s selling.

Match 2: “Heavy Metal” Van Hammer versus ???? (w/ Col. Rob Parker)


Rating: *

Summary: Demonstrative return for Sid much to the delight of the Atlanta faithful.

On the podium, Bischoff interviews Red Bastien and Bugsy McGraw who praises Sid. I truly anticipated Bugsy dowsing Bischoff with a water balloon.

Match 3 (legends/six-man): “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel, Blackjack Mulligan, & “Jumping” Jim Brunzell versus “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Don Muraco, & “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch


Rating: *

Summary: While Murdoch was game to destroy and Brunzell to sell, the rest of the match was pedestrian which the Atlanta faithful took as an opportunity to grab some popcorn.

After the match, the legends brawl while Mulligan makes Murdoch HIT THE POLE. Meanwhile, McDaniel chops Snuka so hard that he lands in the fifth row. Now THAT’S selling!

Missy Hyatt interviews Mad Dog Vachon and the Assassin. When Hyatt tries to cut him off, Vachon allegedly threatens to sick his niece on her. Seriously, Assassin challenges the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes to a match. Someone boot up the time machine please!

Match 4 (legends): “Bullet” Bob Armstrong & Thunderbolt Patterson versus Baron Von Raschke & the “Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff


Rating: *½

Summary: Patterson had the Atlanta faithful in his back pocket, but the action didn’t lend itself in his favor until the very end.

A FLAIR FOR THE GOLD: " Nature Boy” Ric Flair makes Fifi the Maid “walk that aisle” and follows with Arn’s intro. After Arn cuts a promo on Windham, Flair drops the bad news that Tully Blanchard won’t appear tonight. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Regardless, Flair presents Ole Anderson, a.k.a. head booker, who dismisses Blanchard. Next, he introduces the NEWEST Horseman--” Pretty” Paul Roma.

OK, this has to be a rib.

In case it isn’t, Roma walks onto the set and accepts his role as gopher. Flair then cuts a promo on the Hollywood Blonds.

HOT TAKE: The look on Arn’s face was priceless. While Ole looked like he just struck gold, Arn must have contemplated getting some rope for him. I understand that Roma worked on the cheap, but making the Horsemen look like cubic zirconia was a bad idea.

Promo airs for Beach Blash ‘93. It will be LIVE on PPV on 7/18. Order NOW!

Match 5 (legends): Nick Bockwinkel (w/ Verne Gagne) versus Dory Funk, Jr. (w/ Gene Kiniski)


Rating: *

Summary: Great mat wrestling, but nothing that would make a crowd from 1993 leave its seat. Nonetheless, they appreciated the effort by applauding both wrestlers afterward.

Bischoff then interviews former six-time NWA World champion Lou Thesz and former NWA President Bob Geigel.

Match 6: WCW US champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude & WCW World TV champion “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus the “Natural” Dustin Rhodes & Kensuke Sasaki


Rating: **

Summary: The Atlanta faithful got behind Rhodes, but the heels got the victory.

WCW HALL OF FAME: The “Dean” of announcing Gordon Solie welcomes us to the event and stops to acknowledge those who belong but could not attend: “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers, Andre the Giant, Pat O’Conner, Gene Anderson, and Dick the Bruiser.

Next, he inducts Lou Thesz. Verne Gagne, and Mr. Wrestling II. Interestingly, Solie points out that Mr. Wrestling II was invited to President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. Despite the honor, Mr. Wrestling II declined because he refused to be seen without his mask. That earns a thumbs-up from me. Next, Solie inducts the late Eddie Graham, and his son Mike accepts on his behalf.

Hyatt then interviews Lord James Blears and John Tolos.

Match 7: Sting versus the Prisoner


Rating: ½*

Summary: What a waste of an opportunity. Kevin Wacholz could have stuck it to the WWF with a solid try-out against their rival’s top babyface, but he blew it. Waste of Sting too, I guess.

Promo #2 for Beach Blast ‘93 airs.

Bischoff then interviews the Crusher and Ox Baker. Unfortunately for Bischoff, Baker has WAY too much love for him. It must have been VERY cold in MInnesota in 1991.

Match 8 for the NWA/WCW World tag team titles: The Hollywood Blonds (champions) versus Dos Hombres


Rating: *****

Summary: Absolutely fantastic tag match that told a great story, had plenty of drama, contained serious amounts of workrate and high-flying, and kept the Atlanta faithful on the edge of its seat. Bravo, gentlemen!

Bischoff then interviews Dusty Rhodes, Stu Hart, and Mr. Wrestling II. As Dusty answers the challenge from the Assassin, he doesn’t hesitate to mention his “big ass.” Hart then touts Smith on his challenge for the WCW World title tonight.


Rating: ***

Summary: Although Arn had a fighter’s chance, Windham used his heel mannerisms to thwart Arn’s opportunity. Really good match with that old-school NWA flavor to it.

Match 10 for the WCW World title: Big Van Vader (champion w/ Harley Race) versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: ***½

Summary: As world champion, Vader did his job making Smith look like a million bucks; however, that finish stunk on Melba toast.

After the match, Vader returns Smith to the ring. Bagwell runs in to try to save Smith to no avail. When Scorpio hits the ring, Vader flapjacks him. Sting then comes to the ring, mounts the top turnbuckle, and clotheslines Vader to a HUGE pop.

Bischoff then interviews Magnum T.A. who should have remained a color commenator if only on a B show.

At ringside, Schiavone and Zbyszko interview Verne Gagne who’s impressed by the WCW wrestlers.

Conclusion: While nothing truly historical occurred, the last three matches are certainly worth your time. But be forewarned, the legends matches in the middle may cause drowsiness or irritability. Please consult your physician before watching. Also, you may want to fast-forward through the Flair for the Gold segment to avoid choking and/or unnecessary bowel distress.

Buyrate: 0.50

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 05-31-93!

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