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

FEBRUARY 25

1990

WCW aired Wrestle War ’90 live on pay-per-view in Greensboro, NC, before 9,894 fans. In the main event, Ric Flair defended the NWA World Title against Lex Luger in a sweeping, ****3/4 epic that saw Lex Luger turn babyface when he gave up the title victory to save Sting from another beating at the hands of the Four Horsemen. Anyone who thinks Lex Luger was never any good should really watch this match. If you are interested in hearing me break down the match, I have previously done so on three podcasts: Wrestlespective with Jason Mann, Where The Big Boys Play and the Pro Wrestling Supershow right here at Place To Be Nation. Also on the show, the Midnight Express and the Rock & Roll Express — both of whom were working without contracts at the time — attempted to steal the show by giving us a ****1/2 match of their own. This was pretty much a two-match show, but both matches over-delivered. The show did a strong 222,000 buys, putting it nearly on par with the WWF’s Royal Rumble the month prior. Flair-Luger also briefly showed signs of life at the gate following this show, which indicated that the feud still had steam. Additionally, the rap that opened the show is awesomely bad and a must-see. You can watch this show on the WWE Network.

1995

On SMW television, Buddy Landell unloaded on the Dirty White Boy in an awesome promo, calling him a “diesel-driving, pickle-licking sack of shit!” Also on the show, New Jack told us that it was 1995, not 1875, which meant he could beat up a white boy and not have to go to jail before adding that the days of the Junkyard Dog and the friendly, tap-dancing 2 Cold Scorpio were over.

The USWA paid tribute on television to Eddie Gilbert, who had recently passed away. The show also included a rare studio match between top stars Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee.

ECW held Return of The Funker in Philadelphia at ECW Arena. The show earned its name when Terry Funk made a surprise appearance to attack Cactus Jack while dressed as The Sandman in one of ECW’s most memorable angles. Raven and Tommy Dreamer also furthered their feud with Joey Styles teasing that there seemed to be past problems between the two. Marty Jannetty also made a cameo, facing Shane Douglas in a ***1/2 match. In the main event, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko faced Sabu and Taz in a fun match.

1996

New Japan held a strong card at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo, with a pair of excellent **** matches. First, Black Tiger (Eddy Guerrero), El Samurai and Gran Hamada faced Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto and Dean Malenko; and later, Shiinya Hashimoto and Junji Hirata faced Yoji Anjoh and Yoshihiro Takayama, continuing the New Japan vs UWFI feud.

In The “To Watch” Queue:

Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs The Patriot & The Eagle (AJPW 02/25/93)
Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs Akira Taue & Masa Fuchi (AJPW 02/25/93)