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By Aaron Wood Feb 5, 2012 - 2:13 PM print


VINTAGE COLLECTION #193
Mean Gene opened the show, noting that WCW's Superbrawl ran from 1991 to the company's end in 2001 and was seen as one of WCW's flagship events. And to kick off, we would go back to the very first match of the very first show in 1991. In theis match, the vacant WCW US Tag Titles were on the line (vacant because the-then champion Steiner Brothers had won the World Tag Titles and so gave up the US belts) as the Fabulous Freebirds took on The Young Pistols.

Last week, Okerlund said that we'd be looking at WCW's February tradition. Well, as it goes, the first Superbrawl was actually in May. Kane's much hated May 19th of 1991 to be exact. These videos are just the first 2 chunks of show rather than the match itself, which I couldn't find.




After the break, we jumped to the year 2000 and Superbrawl 2000. Much like Wrestlemania that year, despite Superbrawl having numbers after it rather than the year, this changed when it came to 2000. Although that said, unlike the problems Wrestlemania could have when it hits the 2000 mark, no WCW shows are going to have that dilemma. Anyway, this match was between Billy Kidman and Vampiro, a feud that had been going on some time, as the video will show.




Our next match took us back a year (that would be 1999 for you non-maths majors out there) and Superbrawl 9 as nWo Wolfpac member, Scott Steiner would defend his TV Title against Diamond Dallas Page (who of course appeared 8 years earlier as the Freebirds manager).


Back from break, and for our main event this week, we went to Superbrawl 4 in 1994. Mean Gene, in studio, spoke about the Thundercage structure, explaining that it was a cage that surrounded the ring and while open at the top, curved inwards thus preventing escape. This six-man tag would see St5ing, Dustin Rhodes & Brian Pillman against Pillman's former tag partner Stunning Steve Austin, Rick Rude and Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff.


Gene rounded off the show saying that three years after this match in the innovative Thundercage, WWE would come along with Hell In A Cell, a match which created it's own memorable moments over the years, like some we saw this week. Not quite, dude. Gene seemed to suggest that this was all of Superbrawl we'd be getting, not giving any clue as to next week's show.

Epilogue
While I'm sure you could say this about many PPVs on an annual basis, in this case, the Superbrawl events featured seem to he a collection that had some unique occurrences to them. The first Superbrawl show saw the debut of Johnny B. Badd by way of an interview, where he stated "I'm so pretty, I should have been born a little girl." The main event saw Ric Flair taking on Tatsumi Fujinami to unify the NWA and WCW once again. Flair had lost the NWA World Title to Fujinami in Japan, but WCW refused to recognise it, so this match here was to bring them back together again. Flair would end up winning on a reversed rollup.

Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong started out in WCW as "The Southern Boys", but changed the name to The Young Pistols when they turned heel. They feuded for some time with the Freebirds, but were ultimately unsuccessful. They would win the US Tag Titles, but they would win them from The Patriots, who had beaten The Freebirds. They would lose at the turn of 1992 to Big Josh & Ron Simmons. After this, they soon split with Armstrong going to WWE as Lance Cassidy later in 1992 while Smothers left WCW almost immediately after the Tag Title loss, heading back to Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

As irony would have it, (and has been mentioned before in Vintage Collection) the feathered interferer known as Fantasia (although they would immediately change the name to Badstreet due to legal worries with Disney) was Steve Armstrong's brother Brad Armstrong, who as you saw also interfered on behalf of his brother in the match. That said, Badstreet was never revealed to be Armstrong, as he would remain masked. The addition of Badstreet would see the Freebirds win the Six-Man Tag Titles as well. However, after Badstreet was split off from them, as well as Big Daddy Dink and Diamond Dallas Page, they would disband in 1992.

The 2000 show was notable for 2 matches. One saw The KISS Demon take on The Wall in what was billed as a "Special Main Event" match as the contract with KISS stated that The Demon had to be in main events, so to get round it, they would bill matches as main events, but still have them mid-show. Also on the show was the infamous "Leather Jacket On A Pole" match (or as it was called, a "Skins" match) between Tank Abbott & Big Al, where Abbott would take a knife from the pocket of the jacket and pulled out a knife, putting it to Big Al's throat and saying "I could f**king kill you right now", forcing an immediate cut to backstage that TNA would later become famous for.

You would think that a match made on the premise of having a win each and getting in each other's way would be blown off by a third match, but alas no, as 2 months later at Spring Stampede, Kidman and Vampiro would actually meet again, albeit under the banner of the 1st round of the vacated US Title tournament, as part of Russo & Bischoff's spring resetting of the company.

However, this match would end due to Hulk Hogan coming out and attacking Kidman. More on that in a moment. Vampiro however would face Sting in the next round of that, but lose. This would start the now infamous feud with him and the Human Torch match against Sting at the Great American Bash, where the point of it was to light someone on fire, with Sting (or at least a professional stuntman dressed like him) was set alight, returning the month later in a swerve as Vampiro face the KISS Demon in a Graveyard match.

As noted, Hogan attacked Kidman, after Bischoff turned on Hogan by way of setting up the New Blood/Millionaires Club feud, which led to Kidman "beating" Hogan a bunch of times. That said, Kidman's "wins" came about by multitudes of interference and every other show Hogan made Kidman look like a complete jobber. By the time the feud was done at the Great American Bash when both Horace Hogan and Torrie Wilson turned on Kidman (who would himself turn on Bischoff the next night on Nitro and be friends with Hogan), the entire feud did more damage to Kidman than help it.

Superbrawl 9 was mostly notable for being the PPV where Rey Mysterio was forced to unmask, spending the rest of WCW unmasked until his return to WWE. Indeed, the Steiner/DDP match was the very next match after, hence why the Wolfpac were walking back during Steiner's entrance. Also, for WCW in 1999, their 2 main title matches were Hogan vs. Flair for the WCW Title and Roddy Piper vs. Scott Hall for the US Title.

Page would pick himself up from this loss at Superbrawl and win his first WCW World Title at Spring Stampede, beating Sting, Hogan & Flair in a Four-Way Dance with Randy Savage as the referee, pinning Flair. Page then turned heel in a match for the title against Goldberg, getting the match thrown out in the process. However, only 2 weeks and a day into the reign, he lost the title to Sting on Nitro. However, the match took place in the first hour. On the same show, Kevin Nash showed up and challenged Sting for the title, and extending the challenge to DDP and Goldberg. IN that match, Page hit Nash with a weapon and regained the title he lost earlier in the show. That said, he'd only hold onto the title another 13 days before losing to Nash at Slamboree.

After beating Page here, Steiner entered a feud with Booker T for the TV title, and Booker would win at the Uncensored PPV the following month. However around the same time, Scott Hall vacated the US Title due to injury, and in the tournament that ensued, Steiner & Booker found themselves against each other in the finals. However, this time, Steiner would end up victorious and winning the US Title at Spring Stampede.

The most notable thing about the fourth Superbrawl is that it was the first PPV with Ric Flair as booker, whcih generally was seen as an upturn in WCW's quality. Still didn't stop him form winning the WCW Title in the main event in a second Thundercage match. It would also be the last time Harlem Heat would appear on PPV under the name Kole & Kane. Also, this match we saw was somewhat rare, as this show was one of very few that was never released on VHS.

Stunning Stone Cold would continue to defend his US Title almost perfectly alternately against Ricky Steamboat & Johnny B. Badd. He would hold onto it until the Clash Of The Champions show in August when Steamboat won. Then, in a match previously shown on Vintage Collection, the rematch never happened due to a Steamboat injury, with the title awarded to Austin, only for Hacksaw Jim Duggan to come in and beat Austin in half a minute to win it.

This six-man match occurred between periods where Orndorff was teaming up with ClubWWI's own Paul Roma as part of Pretty Wonderful. they got back together for another run a couple of months after this, winning the WCW Tag Titles at the Bash At The Beach. They then feuded with "Stars & Stripes" (namely The Patriot and Marcus Bagwell), trading the titles back and forth. That came to a head in November when a match saw simultaneous pinfalls although it was awarded to Stars & Stripes, with Pretty Wonderful splitting up once and for all shortly after.

Rude, at this point was the WCW International World Heavyweight Champion, a belt that was created after WCW seceded from the NWA the previous year. On a tour of Japan the following month, Rude lost the title to Hiroshi Hase but won it back before leaving. Sting would win the title at Spring Stampede, only for Rude to win it back again on another Japanese tour in May. However, the result was reversed right away when Rude used the belt to win the title. Rude would retire shortly thereafter and not work again for a couple of years.

However, Sting refused to take the title right back, putting it up for grabs against Vader at Slamboree, a match Sting won anyway. Ric Flair would unify the title with the WCW World Title later in the year, leaving Sting to team with the newly arrived Hulk Hogan against the Faces Of Fear.

After this match, Rhodes entered into a feud with Colonel Robert Parker and the Stud Stable. To counter this, as Terry Funk was a member of the stable, Dustin brought in his father Dusty for help for some time, as well as enlisting the Nasty Boys for the Wargames match that the show featured some weeks back.

Pillman would go on to feud with Steven (William) Regal over the TV Title, battling to a time limit draw at Spring Stampede. After a sojourn in the early ECW as part of a talent exchange with WCW, he returned later in 1995, but slowly becoming a "tweener" as he developed the "Loose Cannon" character.



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