The Week in 90’s Wrestling: February 22nd – 29th

FEBRUARY 24

1990

Jerry Lawler was surprised on USWA television when Kerry Von Erich made a surprise appearance in the WMC-5 studio to douse him with a bucket of water. A furious and embarrassed Lawler took out his frustration on his innocent assistant Nate. Also on the show, The Stud Stable broke up when Robert Fuller attacked partner Brian Lee when he dared to say nice things about the Southern Rockers. Lawler took out his remaining anger on preliminary wrestlers Ben Jordan and The Destroyer later in the show.

The tournament to crown new WCW U.S. Tag Team Champions reaches its conclusion on WCW Worldwide, as Brian Pillman and Tom Zenk defeat the Fabulous Freebirds in the tournament final.

Jake Roberts and the newly-turned Big Boss Man had enough of Brother Love’s mouth on WWF Superstars, which led to the Boss Man dropping his ball and chain on him.

The Four Horsemen teased an attack on Lex Luger on World Championship Wrestling, but thought better of it when The Steiner Brothers came to Luger’s defense and evened the sides.

1991

WWF Wrestling Challenge included an interview with Sgt. Slaughter and Gen. Adnan where Slaughter burned a poster of Hulk Hogan. The announcers imply that this is analogous to burning the American flag, which supposedly Slaughter was asked to do but refused, which was probably for the best, considering the enormous heat that was already on the company for exploiting the Gulf War.

One of the funniest and strangest vignettes of the year happened when Missy Hyatt attempted to interview El Gigante on location in a dive bar on WCW Main Event. Gigante refused the interview until  Missy would dance with him, and the two ended up two-stepping on the dance floor.

WCW aired Wrestle War ’91 on pay-per-view live from Phoenix, AZ, in front of 6,800 fans. The show was one of WCW’s better pay-per-views, with a ****1/2 main event where Ric Flair, Barry Windham, Sid Vicious and Larry Zbyszko faced Sting, Brian Pillman in the Steiner Brothers in War Games. The match is most remembered for Sid botching a powerbomb on Pillman and legitimately injuring his shoulder. Also on the show, the Fabulous Freebirds defeated Doom to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles; after the match, Butch Reed turned on Ron Simmons, sadly splitting up a great tag team. Lex Luger and Dan Spivey had a surprisingly good ***3/4 match with Luger putting on his working boots in a major way; after the match, returning babyface Nikita Koloff was scheduled to present Luger with a new U.S. belt, but turned on Luger instead to set up a feud between the two. Vader and Stan Hansen also had a short but hot ***1/4 match worked Japanese style, while the JWP crew worked a solid tag match when Itsuki Yamazaki and Mami Kitamura teamed to face Miki Handa and Miss A (the future Dynamite Kansai). The show did approximately 201,000 buys, and you can watch it on the WWE Network.

1992

PWFG hosted one of their best matches when Yoshiaki Fujiwara held off Yusuke Fuke in a ****1/4 match.

1994

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a rare card at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall and gave the audience a special main event, as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto defended against the top junior heavyweight Jushin Liger in a ****1/2 match. The match was an attempt to add credibility to the junior heavyweight division, as the Super J Cup was scheduled in the next two months. Hashimoto went quite far to put Liger over in the match while still maintaining his own credibility. You can watch on NJ World.

1996

Bill Dundee returned to the USWA in quite the segment after being fired in 1995 for pulling a knife on Wolfie D in the locker room. Dundee was prepared to tell the public what happened while Lance Russell pleaded with him not to talk about this on the air. PG-13 came out in an attempt to calm the situation, with Wolfie even saying that if people really want to know what happened, let Dave Meltzer tell them in the sheets. Jerry Lawler was finally able to diffuse the situation.

1999

CMLL wrestlers toured Japan under the CMLL Japan banner, and gave us a ***3/4 match when Tsubasa and Oriental faced Ultimo Guerrero and Virus.

In The “To Watch” Queue:

Jumbo Tsuruta, Great Kabuki & Mighty Inoue vs Genichiro Tenryu, Toshiaki Kawada & Ricky Fuyuki (AJPW 02/24/90) (Part 1) (Part 2)