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

MARCH 12

1993

AAA held a card in Mexico City where Rey Misterio Jr. teamed with Misterioso and Volador against Heavy Metal, La Parka and Psicosis in a ***3/4 match.

1994

Hype for the Bluegrass Brawl continued on SMW television, with the Rock & Roll Express claiming that if they lose to the Heavenly Bodies, they will not only leave SMW, but they will disband as a team as a forever. Also on the show, Daryl Van Horn (James Mitchell) cut a scathing promo on the SMW faithful, asking them to get their tongues out of their grandmothers’ mouths and stop felching the family dog.

Hulk Hogan made his first appearance on WCW television on an episode of WCW Saturday Night, which was taped on February 28 in Atlanta’s Center Stage Theatre. Gene Okerlund interviewed Hogan on the set of Thunder In Paradise, and Bobby Heenan crashed the interview to ask Hogan about unfinished business in pro wrestling. In another angle, Kevin Sullivan threw a fireball at the Nasty Boys and revealed that The Equalizer was actually his brother, Evad Sullivan. Finally, in the main event, Steve Austin and Ricky Steamboat squared off in an excellent ***3/4 match where the winner would face WCW World Champion Ric Flair at Spring Stampede. Steamboat won the match by disqualification. The show drew a 2.8 rating.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x64z92_ricky-steamboat-vs-steve-austin_sport

AAA held a strong card in Los Angeles, drawing 13,823 fans to the Los Angeles Sports Arena and a $228,595 gate, which was the strongest United States gate of the year to that point. The highlight of the card was a ****3/4 match between Espectrito and Mascarita Sagrada, which is arguably the greatest minis match in history. Also on the show, Rey Misterio Jr., Heavy Metal and Winners faced Fuerza Guerrera, Jerry Estrada and Espectro Jr. in a ***1/2 match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eCFn9unJ4Y

WCW held a house show in Dresden, Germany, that included an infamous match between Vader and Cactus Jack where Cactus’ head was caught in the ring ropes, which caused him to lose part of his ear. The main event was excellent but less known, as Ric Flair teamed with Steven Regal against Sting and Ricky Steamboat in a ***3/4 match.

1999

BattlARTS held a card which featured a ****1/2 tag match when Yuki Ishikawa teamed with Carl Greco against Alexander Otsuka and Mohammed Yone.

In The “To Watch” Queue:

Ultimo Dragon, Ciclon Ramirez & Oro vs Negro Casas, Bestia Salvaje & Felino (CMLL 03/12/93)

Blue Panther vs Vulcano (AAA 03/12/93)

Riki Choshu, Yoshiaki Yatsu & Masa Saito vs Kengo Kimura, Shiro Koshinaka & Kuniaki Kobayashi (NJPW 03/12/95)

Eagle Sawai, Jen Yukari & Michiko Nagashima vs Chigusa Nagayo, Bomber Hikaru & Sonoko Kato (LLPW 03/12/96)