This Week in 90’s Wrestling: March 8th-14th

MARCH 9

1991

Universal Lucha Libre held a card at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall, highlighted by Perro Aguayo, teaming with Villanos I, III and IV to face El Brazo, Brazo de Oro, Brazo de Plata and Super Brazo in a *** match that acted as a nearly continuous stream of rudo miscommunicatoin spots.

USWA television was centered around the upcoming Jerry Lawler-Terry Funk match at Mid South Coliseum, which would be Lawler’s first shot at the Unified World Title since losing it to Funk a few months earlier. Terry Funk cut an incredible promo where in addition to hyping the match he called Jackie Fargo a pervert that should be in a nursing home while Lawler claimed that win, lose or draw, he would be taking some much-needed time off after the match.

WWF Superstars aired a show taped on February 18 in Orlando, FL. The highlight was an interview Gene Okerlund conducted with Sgt. Slaughter where Slaughter burned a “Hulk Rules” t-shirt.

WCW Pro aired a show taped on February 18 in Montgomery, AL. In the main event, The Steiner Brothers defeated The Fabulous Freebirds to win the WCW World Tag Team Titles for a second time. This was of course the famous negative day title reign for the Freebirds, where because of the television taping cycle, they actually lost the titles six days before they won them in real time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8W6qZxpPqQ

1992

New Japan Pro Wrestling held a card in Kyoto which included a ***1/2 match where Vader and Bam Bam Bigelow faced Masa Chono and Shinya Hashimoto.

1996

WCW Saturday Night aired a show taped on March 6 in Macon, GA. Lex Luger defeated Johnny B. Badd to win the WCW TV title, as Badd was WWF-bound. The show drew a 3.0 rating.

ECW held the Big Ass Extreme Bash at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia in front of 1,200 fans. The most memorable match of the card was a two-out-of-three falls match between Rey Misterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera, highlighted by Juventud powerbombing Rey on the hood of a car outside the arena. Also on the show, Cactus Jack defeated Mikey Whipwreck in a ***1/4 match, which acted as his farewell. After the match, the Blue Meanie and Stevie Richards saw Cactus off while “New York, New York” played in a great moment.

1997

JWP held a card at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall that was supposed to be the retirement match for Hiromi Yagi, as she faced Tomoko Kuzumi (later more famously known as Azumi Hyuga) in a ***3/4 match. Yagi was back in action the following year.

CMLL held a card at Arena Mexico in front of 3,500 fans. The show started off with a bang, as Cicloncito Ramirez and Ultimo Dragoncito defeated Pierrothito and Damiancito El Guerrero (now known as Virus) in a **** match.

WWF Monday Night RAW aired live from Worcester, MA, in front of 7,481 fans. The show debuted a new look for RAW, including a new stage and entrance ramp, pyro to open the show and a rebranding of the show as “RAW Is WAR”. The new theme for the show was also Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People”, in one of the first signs of the WWF changing direction and becoming a harder-edged product. Ken Shamrock was announced as the special referee for the upcoming Bret Hart-Steve Austin match at WrestleMania XIII and the Bret-Sid cage match was announced for the following week. Also on the show, Jerry Lawler and Paul E. Dangerously had a debate in an interesting segment. Despite the changes in presentation, the WWF still had a long journey ahead before winning the ratings battle, as they drew a 2.3 rating, more than a point behind Nitro.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xnm34u_wwf-raw-is-war-03-10-97-part-1_sport

WCW Monday Nitro aired live from Club La Vela in Panama City, FL, beginning an annual Spring Break tradition. Hulk Hogan confirmed that the rumors were true regarding Dennis Rodman joining the NWO. Meanwhile, the Four Horsemen interrupted Roddy Piper and offered themselves as teammates in an attempt to do damage control on the horrible segment with Piper the previous week. The show did a 3.5 rating.

1998

WCW Monday Nitro aired live from Winston-Salem, NC. In the main event, Hulk Hogan teamed with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash against Sting, The Giant and Randy Savage. The show did a 4.9 rating.

WWF Monday Night RAW aired a show taped on March 3 from Wheeling, WV. The key angle of the show saw an angry Steve Austin confront Vince McMahon over calling Mike Tyson “the baddest man on the planet”. Mike Tyson also explained why he joined DX in a sit-down interview with Jim Ross. The show did a 3.6 rating.

In The “To Watch” Queue:

Ric Flair vs Tommy Rich (WCW Power Hour 03/09/90) (Part 1) (Part 2)

Eddy Guerrero vs Chris Benoit (WCW Saturday Night 03/09/96) (Part 1) (Part 2)