NWA WrestleWar ’90: Wild Thing

Live from Greensboro, NC

Airdate: February 25, 1990

Attendance: 9,894 (7.500 paid)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Terry Funk

With Sting on injured reserve, can WCW still put together a decent show? Read on!

Instead of that god-awful “rap” WCW made for this show, let’s hear Sam Kinison.

Backstage, Gordon Solie interviews Teddy Long who states Dan Spivey is injured (**cough** AJPW **cough) and has a replacement for him. That would not be the sole substitution of the event.

Match 1: Dynamic Dudes versus Kevin Sullivan & “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer


Rating: ***

Summary: Amazingly, Sawyer brought the wrestling and psychology to the match to compete against the babyface team. Unfortunately for Sawyer, he fractured his left wrist during the match, left WCW, and passed away in 1992. RIP Mad Dog.

On the replay, it was clearly evident how he broke it. YEE-OUCH!

Backstage, Missy Hyatt interviews Norman the Lunatic who encourages Missy to hug and kiss him. I hope Norman took an antibacterial bath afterward.

Match 2: Norman versus Cactus Jack Manson


Rating: 1/2*

Summary: Jack tried, but Norman was too much for him. Pass the popcorn, please.

Backstage, Solie interviews Cornette with the Midnight Express who gives a classic promo on the Rock’n’Roll Express.

Match 3: Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Rock’n’Roll Express


Rating: ****

Summary: Classic Midnight versus Rock’n’Roll Express match. Although it seemed a bit old school, the Greensboro faithful enjoyed it.

Backstage, Solie interviews the Road Warriors with Ellering. As Animal mentions his Sting arm band as a tribute to his “brother in paint,” Hawk spews nonsense about sleeping on Wabash Avenue. Ellering doesn’t buy the “Spivey is injured” excuse. Smart man.

Match 4 (Chicago street fight): Road Warriors versus “Mean” Mark Callous & the Masked Skyscaper


Rating: **1/2

Summary: The lack of Spivey in the match made the outcome obvious. This Callous guy has a lot of potential.

After the match, Long gets up on the apron, but Animal pulls him in to the ring, military-presses him, and tosses him into the awaiting arms of Doom.

Speaking of whom, they enter the ring and get into the faces of the Road Warriors. A four-way brawl breaks out until Hawk powerslams Reed. Afterward, Animal makes Simmons taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Chick Magnet at Stumble Stilskins. Add another ½* for the aftermath.

Match 5 for the NWA US tag team titles: Brian Pillman & Z-Man (champions) versus the Freebirds


Rating: **1/2

Summary: This match went too long as the heat segment on Z-Man took an eternity to finish.

After the match, as Hayes gives Z-Man a bulldog, Garvin delivers a DDT to Pillman.

Match 6 for the NWA World tag team titles: Rick & Scott Steiner (champions) versus Arn & Ole Anderson


Rating: ***

Summary: Good match that solidified the Steiners as the best tag team in the promotion.

After the match, while Arn holds Scott’s arm, Ole mounts the second turnbuckle and puts a knee into Scott’s shoulder. How dastardly!

Earlier today, Solie interviewed Luger who was neither cocky nor smiling from ear-to-ear.

Backstage, Solie interviews Flair with Woman who hopefully owned stock in Aquanet.

On crutches but sans face paint, Sting comes to the ring wearing sunglasses and a significant knee brace.

Match 7 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ Woman) versus WCW US champion the “Total Package” Lex Luger


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: Great angle that enabled Flair to keep the title and Luger to maintain credibility for future opportunities.

After the match, the Andersons follow Luger back into the ring as Arn gives him a DDT. They then pummel Luger until the Steiners hit the ring to chase them away.

Conclusion: With two great matches and some good ones mixed in as well, this show is a no-brainer to recommend, but I’d like to make another point.

On March 27, 1988, Flair put Sting on the map in Greensboro at the inaugural Clash. When planning for this show commenced, Flair wanted to drop the title to Sting because it would have made perfect sense to bookend Sting’s birth as a main eventer with his title victory. Unfortunately, Sting’s major knee injury blemished that opportunity.

In addition, Luger, by default, became the #1 contender and needed the rub from Sting to be the babyface contender to Flair’s title. With that said, Flair faced Luger for the title in several shows over the next few months.

Buyrate: 1.60

Stay tuned for WWF WrestleMania VI!

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