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

FEBRUARY 26

1991

All Japan Pro Wrestling held a card in Sendai highlighted by Mitsuharu Misawa and Toshiaki Kawada facing Steve Williams and Terry Gordy in a ***1/4 match. Williams and Gordy decimated Misawa and Kawada here, with Misawa even taking a powerbomb on the floor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHs0IaUCHKM

FMW held a show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo where Atsushi Onita had one of the best non-gimmicked matches of his career, facing Tarzan Goto (arguably his best opponent) in a ****1/4 encounter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KYKyKpkJco

1994

An awesomely cheesy video hyping the SMW debut of The Thrillseekers (Chris Jericho and Lance Storm) aired on television. The song used was “Rock America” by Danger Danger and featured the two playing bumper cars, feeding bears, bungee jumping, ice skating, riding horses and engaging in other wholesome activities. The closing graphic told us “The Thrillseekers Will Rock America”. In the main event, the Heavenly Bodies and Killer Kyle faced the Rock & Roll Express and Bobby Blaze in a fun, 10-minute match where Morton was “busted wide open”, as they say in pro wrestling.

WCW Saturday Night aired a show taped on February 2 in Atlanta’s Center Stage Theatre. In the main event, Vader faced Ricky Steamboat in a solid *** match that ended in disqualification when Harley Race interfered on Vader’s behalf. The show did a 2.6 rating.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Y_ljknZQGs

1995

One of the best and sadly most forgotten television matches in WWF history happened on Action Zone, when Bret Hart and Davey Boy Smith faced Owen Hart and Bob Backlund in a ****1/4 match. The show was taped on January 25 in Ft. Myers, FL, and surprisingly only pulled a 1.4 rating.

SMW held Sunday Bloody Sunday in Knoxville, TN, before 1,100 fans, which was a major disappointment that foreshadowed SMW’s decline. In the main event, the Heavenly Bodies teamed with Jim Cornette against The Gangstas and D-Lo Brown.

1996

WWF Monday Night RAW aired a show taped on February 19 in Cincinnati, OH. They began hyping the return of the Ultimate Warrior by airing a video of fans asking acting WWF President Roddy Piper to bring him back. Also on the show, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had an in-ring interview with Vince McMahon to discuss their upcoming match at Wrestlemania XII. Roddy Piper added to the segment by telling us the match would be a 60-minute Ironman match. The show did a 3.1 rating, and you can watch it on the WWE Network.

1999

One of the best feuds of the year continued in CMLL, when El Hijo del Santo and Negro Casas faced Bestia Salvaje and Scorpio Jr. in a ****1/4 match.

In The “To Watch” Queue:
Lioness Asuka, Jaguar Yokota & Bison Kimura vs Etsuko Mita, Mima Shimoda and Suzuka Minami (AJW 02/26/95)