Live from Chicago, IL

Airdate: April 17, 1994

Attendance: 12,200

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan

During the introduction four title matches are advertised as well as the piledriver on the concrete floor from Lord Steven Regal to Brian Pillman on WCW Worldwide being shown.

“Mean” Gene Okerlund welcomes us to the show. Immediately thereafter Aaron Neville sings the National Anthem quite beautifully.

Match 1: Diamond Dallas Page (w/ the Diamond Doll) versus Johnny B. Badd


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Great opener as DDP’s wrestling skills have improved dramatically. The chemistry between these two is very strong. I look forward to future battles between these two.

Tony kicks it over to Gene and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Gene shills the hotline. They discuss the World title match and have a “steak dinner” wager over it.

Match 2 for the WCW TV title: Lord Steven Regal (champion w/ Sir William) versus “Flyin’” Brian Pillman


Rating: ***

Summary: Excellent ground game by Regal enabled him to snag another draw here. Unfortunately it looks like Pillman is on cruise control since his feud with Austin has ended. Like Austin Pillman should be receiving a push but to no avail. The Regal championship reign continues.

Okerlund interviews Colonel Robert Parker with his latest protégé Bunkhouse Buck.

Match 3 (Chicago Street Fight): The Nasty Boys versus Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne


Rating: ****

Summary: As a wrestling match this was nothing. On the other hand, as a brawl, it was everything you could ask for plus mustard. What a chaotic street fight! I’m certain Paul Heyman and his ECW performers were glued to their sets watching this live while drooling simultaneously. Can these guys actually top this match?

After the match Sags runs toward Payne and nails him with a piece of table. Even a few minutes after the match ended Cactus Jack is unable to get to his feet.

Back in the dressing room Ventura interviews Johnny B. Badd. Ventura plugs Slamboree from Philadelphia next month. Meanwhile Badd wants a shot at the victor of the US title match.

Match 4 for the WCW US title: “Stunning” Steve Austin (champion w/ Col. Parker) versus The Great Muta


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Dammit! What a lame finish. While most of the match was slow and plodding mat wrestling by both Muta and Austin the last few minutes were really hot until that finish. Who booked that crappy finish? The last five minutes plus the aftermath boosted this match a full point.

<>Speaking of aftermath, after the match Muta delivered a plancha onto both Austin and Parker to a huge ovation.

Back in the dressing room Ventura interviews Dustin Rhodes. Highlights are shown of Bunkhouse Buck striking Rhodes in the back with a trophy.

Match 5 for the WCW International World title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion) versus Sting


Rating: ***

Summary: Did this match necessitate all this interference? I understand trying to keep Rude strong, but he didn’t need the National Guard protecting him here. Unfortunately this would be Rude’s last PPV match as he sustained a career-ending neck injury in Japan on 5/4/94.

According to Tony, Flair offered tickets to Hogan to attend Spring Stampede. In a funny bit Heenan can’t seem to locate him.

Bunkhouse Match 6: “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus Bunkhouse Buck (w/ Col. Parker)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: If you wanted a bloody brawl you got it here. I sense that this feud isn’t over, and Rhodes will be coming back for more from Buck and Parker.

Back in the dressing room Ventura interviews an irate Rude. Vader interrupts and the heel locker room separates them.

Highlights of the main event of SuperBrawl are shown.

Match 7: Vader (w/ Harley Race) versus the Boss


<>Rating: ***

Summary: Great big man-match. Hopefully these two will lock up again in the near future.

After the match Race gets in the ring with the handcuffs and nightstick. The Boss nails him and takes the nightstick to Vader. As the Boss repeatedly wallops Race with the baton Bockwinkel puts a stop to it.

Gene shills the hotline with the new International World Champion Sting.

In the dressing room Ventura interviews Bockwinkel with the Boss. He removes the baton and handcuffs from him. He then strips the name “The Boss” from him as well. Unfortunately for WCW it had to be done. Trademark infringement is no laughing matter. Let’s see what’s next on the horizon for Ray Traylor.

Match 8 for the WCW World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Whew! What a match! Definitely WCW’s best match in a very long time. I believe if Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon hadn’t had their ladder match a month prior to this then this match could have won match of the year.

After the match Bockwinkel states that Steamboat didn’t beat Flair. A draw due to the double pin enables Flair to retain the World title.

Conclusion:  What an incredible show! It had everything from blood to hardcore to wrestling to title changes to a hot crowd all wrapped into one. There wasn’t even a single bad match on it. Gather your friends, crank up the WWE Network, and watch this show! You won’t regret it. See you at Slamboree!

Buyrate: 0.53

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