Thursday, February 16, 2006

WCW Wrestle War 1992

1) Greg Valentine & Terry Taylor vs. The Freebirds - 5
2) Ron Simmons vs. Curtis Hughes – 4
3) Brian Pillman vs. Tom Zenk – 6
4) Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka vs. The Steiner Brothers - 7
5) War Games Match: Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, Bobby Eaton, & Rick Rude vs. Nikita Koloff, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, Dustin Rhodes, & Sting - 8

I’ve been waiting to see this tape for a while now and it didn’t disappoint. As is the case with early WCW videos, it’s edited down from the actual broadcast itself because, honestly, who buys a tape to see Todd Champion take on The Super Invader? Now then, the first two matches were nothing special. The rating for the Simmons match was brought down simply because it was supposed to be a tag match with the legendary Junkyard Dog as Simmons partner against Hughes and Cactus Jack. Jack attacked JYD on the entrance ramp, so we’re left with Hughes vs. Simmons. It wasn’t good but it wasn’t bad either.

Now we get to the good stuff. The Pillman vs. Zenk match was a pleasant surprise and featured some great work by both guys. What’s better is that they got about 15 minutes to ply their trade. The Steiners busted out a much better match than they were capable of against Fujinami and Iizuka. It featured great back and forth action and just good solid wrestling. As for the main event, it has to be one of the bloodiest matches I’ve ever seen. By the end, I think everyone but Zbyszko and Sting were busted open. It was definitely the best War Games match WCW ever did and this is definitely one of the top shows done by WCW.

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