WCW SuperBrawl III

Live from Asheville, NC

Airdate: February 21, 1993

Attendance: 6,500 (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Who will win the White Castle of Fear match? Can Windham defeat Muta for the NWA World title? Who debuts/returns to WCW on this show? Let’s find out!

*** BREAKING NEWS *** On February 2, both "Cowboy" Bill Watts and Jim Ross were demoted by WCW. Watts will no longer make personnel decisions but concentrate solely on the wrestling product. On the other hand, Ross, Vice-President for TV, was reassigned to syndicated television sales.

But wait! There's more! On 2/10, Watts resigned. The reasoning behind his resignation remains unclear; however, racist and defamatory comments made to the Pro Wrestling Torch in 1991 by Watts were relayed by Torch columnist and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Mark Madden to Hank Aaron. Why is that important? Aaron, in 1993, was a senior Vice-President to the Atlanta Braves—another subsidiary under the Turner umbrella. If you'd like to read the comments, they're included in this article.

In order to try to settle the dust bowl created by the management shakeup, WCW put Ole Anderson in charge of Wrestling Operations and promoted Eric Bischoff to Executive Producer. In order to continue his broadcasting career, Ross resigned from WCW on 2/25.

As the show begins, we revisit WCW Saturday Night when Vader, Windham, and Race triple-teamed Sting. During the beatdown, Vader lashed Sting with a strap (aired 1/30, taped 1/25).

After Bischoff and Missy Hyatt welcome us to the show, Johnny B. Badd joins them to hype the upcoming matches.

Payne stands on the podium with “Norma Jean” to perform the national anthem. That’s some pretty impressive guitar-playing!

Match 1: Hollywood Blonds versus Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Erik Watts


Rating: ***

Summary: On one hand, I understand the complaints about Watts; however, in this case, he technically jerked the curtain while being a member of the losing team. If job duty remains in his future, the negative reaction should dissipate. Good match with the heel team using chicanery to gain victory.

Next, a portion of the White Castle of Fear mini-movie airs. Why am I suddenly craving mini-cheeseburgers?

Bischoff and Badd reveal that “Nature Boy” Ric Flair has rejoined WCW and will be here tonight. Afterward, Hyatt stands beside a limousine, but WCW Security detains her before she can interview Flair. HA! When a pair of women shuffles Hyatt away, Flair emerges from the limousine with a customary “Woo!”

Upon returning to the arena, the Asheville faithful chants “We Want Flair.”

Match 2: 2 Cold Scorpio versus Chris Benoit


Rating: ****

Summary: Incredible match showcasing both wrestlers extremely well. Methinks these guys have a future in pro wrestling.

Bischoff then shills the WCW hotline, and Gordon Solie along with Rhodes are shown backstage mid-interview. Payne then joins Bischoff on the podium while carrying “Norma Jean” and cuts a promo on Rhodes. Following that, he plays “Taps.”

Sorry, Chester.

Match 3: “Wild” Bill Irwin versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: *½

Summary: Irwin got robbed! Seriously, though, this was a showcase match for Smith. Irwin would wrestle one more time for WCW before returning to the independent circuit. In case you believed WCW fans didn’t follow the WWF, Smith received a big ovation from the Asheville faithful.

Another snippet from the White Castle of Fear mini-movie airs. Suddenly, I have a craving for chicken rings and fish nibblers.

At ringside, Schiavone interviews Smith who vows to become World champion. He then challenges Vader and “is hungry.” Perhaps he could use a slider or two.

Backstage, Bischoff interviews Orndorff, but Cactus interrupts with a snow shovel.

Match 4 (falls count anywhere): “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus Cactus Jack


Rating: ***½

Summary: Crazy brawl that told a good story. Cactus’ bumping was...

Match 5 (non-title): SMW tag team champions The Heavenly Bodies (w/ Jim Cornette & “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton) versus the Rock’n’Roll Express


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Wow! What an excellent tag team match! Great heat generated by the Bodies coupled with the underdog sympathy from the Asheville faithful created a fantastic adventure enjoyed by all. Great job, gentlemen!

Yet another clip from the White Castle of Fear mini-movie airs. Skip the popcorn and get some jalapeno cheese sliders!

Match 6 for the WCW US title: The “Natural” Dustin Rhodes versus Maxx Payne


Rating: DUD

Summary: Neither wrestler did a good job of being a ring general, so the match was either boring or terrible.

After the match, Payne tosses Rhodes over the top rope to the floor. He then delivers a shoulder breaker and rams Rhodes shoulder-first into the ring post. When he grabs Rhodes’ arm, Rhodes retaliates by making Payne HIT THE POLE. He then rams Payne face-first into the apron and dropkicks Payne out of the ring. There’s more excitement after the bell than before it.

Another morsel from the White Castle of Fear min-movie airs. Perhaps an order of bacon, egg, and cheese sliders would suffice for breakfast.

Ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta then introduces “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Although Flair can appear at WCW shows, his non-compete clause states that he can’t wrestle until June. Schiavone then interviews Flair at ringside. While Flair will witness the next match from ringside, he’s pumped for it and rightfully claims the NWA title as “the belt I never lost.” Attaboy, Naitch!


Match 7 for the NWA World title: The Great Muta (champion) versus Barry Windham


Rating: **

Summary: According to Meltzer, Muta claimed he suffered from the flu during this match. Muta wouldn’t return to WCW for over a year. This was Windham’s sole World title in his career.

After the match, Flair brings the NWA World title belt into the ring and secures it around Windham’s waist. Windham takes exception, and they stand face-to-face. After Flair exits without incident, Windham celebrates his achievement.

The final portion of the White Castle of Fear mini-movie airs. Feasibly, I believe one more slider will prepare me for the main event.

Match 8 (White Castle of Fear/strap/non-title): WCW World champion Big Van Vader (w/ Harley Race) versus Sting


Rating: ****

Summary: Incredible match where both wrestlers gave it 110% to change a normally unappealing match into an extremely entertaining one. Great job, guys!

After the match, Sting whips Vader with the strap until Vader exits the ring.

Bischoff interviews the NEW NWA World champion—Barry Windham—who is ready to capture even more titles. If they paired him against Vader, it’d be a battle of who could be the bigger bully.

Conclusion: What a great show! With the exception of the NWA and US title matches along with Smith’s debut, this show is stacked with quality matches. Check this show out STAT! Who else is hungry?

Buyrate: 0.50

Stay tuned for WWF Monday Night RAW 3-1-93!

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