WCW SuperBrawl II

Live from Milwaukee, WI

Airdate: February 29, 1992

Attendance: 5,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Jesse "The Body" Ventura

Can Sting regain the World title from Luger? Will the Dangerous Alliance prevail in its matches? How will Pillman fare against Liger? Let's find out!

To ensure the TBS viewing audience doesn't miss a minute of the action, Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff discuss the upcoming matches. Since this show happened on a Saturday, World Championship Wrestling aired from 6:05-7:05pm. This show began at 7pm sharp; thus, time was needed to fill the gap.

Backstage, Missy Hyatt previews her pending interviews including a potential one with Luger. Don't hold your breath!

In the ring, Ross introduces the NEW color commentator for WCW—Ventura. Upon riding to the ring on a Harley-Davidson, Ventura touts his American motorcycle. He then refers to Milwaukee as "Crusher country." While he disses Luger for going into "hiding," Ventura advises Ross on wearing a black hat in order to resemble J. R. Ewing. Hmmm...

Having killed seven minutes already, WCW's finally ready to provide the opening match.

Match 1 for the WCW Light Heavyweight title: Jushin “Thunder” Liger (champion) versus “Flyin’” Brian Pillman


Rating: *****

Summary: Absolutely amazing match that was atypical of the North American wrestling scene. These guys busted their asses between the floor and top turnbuckle while putting on a spectacular display. Bravo!

After the match, Pillman and Liger share a hug as the Milwaukee faithful show their appreciation.

Backstage, Hyatt interviews Taylor who wants to teach Bagwell a lesson.

Match 2: WCW US tag team champion The Taylor Made Man versus Marcus Alexander Bagwell


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While I wouldn't refer to this as a showcase match, it definitely appears to be a match built to elevate the rookie Bagwell.

After the match, Taylor nails Bagwell with the five-arm and delivers a DDT.

Outside Luger's dressing room, Hyatt interviews Race who hypes his charge. Perhaps Race isn't aware of Luger's contract status.

Match 3: Cactus Jack versus Ron Simmons


Rating: *

Summary: Cactus was in full-suicidal mode for this match, and Dr. Ron Simmons Kevorkian was ready to oblige.

After the match, Cactus nails Simmons with a double axe handle. Meanwhile, Abdullah the Butcher comes to the ring. He then WALLOPS Simmons with his kendo stick as he and Cactus double-team Simmons. JYD, clad in a tuxedo, hops the railing and head-butts a pair of WCW security officers. While he enters the ring and beats up both Abdullah and Cactus, the Milwaukee faithful chants his name. He has lost A LOT of weight.

Match 4: Vinnie Vegas & Richard Morton versus Z-Man & Van Hammer


Rating: ***

Summary: I believe the financial incentive being dangled by WCW Executive Vice-President K. Allen Frey has encouraged the wrestlers to strap their boots a little tighter and work harder. Case in point—Vinnie Vegas.

Prior to the next match, we revisit the opening segment to Halloween Havoc '91 when Zbyszko CRUNCHED Windham's hand with a car door.

Match 5: WCW World TV champion “Stunning” Steve Austin & the "Cruncher" Larry Zbyszko (w/ Madusa) versus Barry Windham & the "Natural" Dustin Rhodes


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Extremely good tag team grudge match where Windham gave Zbyszko his comeuppance.

In preparation for the Steiners' upcoming match, Bischoff dons a University of Michigan varsity jacket.

Back in the locker room, Hyatt discovers a ninja. Of course, with Hyatt being Hyatt, she thinks the ninja understands and speaks English. When the ninja opens Steamboat's dressing room, Steamboat conducts a fire ritual which prompts the ninja to close the door and shoo Hyatt away. She then tries to interview Madusa. When Madusa attempts to see Steamboat, the ninja denies her request too. Ultimately, Madusa slaps the ninja who chases her away. Hmmm...

Match 6 for the WCW World tag team titles: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton (champions w/ Uncle Paul) versus the Steiners


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Controversial booking decision as the Milwaukee faithful, as well as the PPV audience, was expecting a Steiners victory. Otherwise, the match is extremely solid with great work by all four wrestlers. Excellent work, gentlemen!

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Back in the locker room, Hyatt witnesses Steamboat leaving the dressing room with the ninja.

Match 7 for WCW US title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/o Uncle Paul) versus Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/ the ninja)


Rating: ****

Summary: While the pace only picked up in the last couple of minutes, these guys worked hard and earned their keep.

Back in the locker room, Hyatt opens the dressing room for the Dangerous Alliance. Inside, Uncle Paul's wearing a ninja costume. Brilliant! Proving she's a few cans short of a six-pack, Hyatt reveals the ninja's identity.

Match 8 for the WCW World title: The “Total Package” Lex Luger (champion w/ Harley Race) versus Sting


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Luger's extra bulk and lack of cardiovascular conditioning held this match down considerably. In the meantime, Sting has become a two-time World champion. In addition, this was Luger's last match in WCW until 1995. Where will he end up next? Stay tuned!

Conclusion: Best WCW PPV since Great American Bash '89. The Pillman-Liger match is required viewing for all wrestling fans as it is still discussed today as one of, if not the, best opening PPV match. The matches involving the Steiners/Dangerous Alliance, Windham-Rhodes/Dangerous Alliance, and Rude/Steamboat were fantastic making this show a must-see. Check it out!

Buyrate: 0.96

Stay tuned for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event XXX!

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