WCW Power Hour aired a show taped on January 23 in Greenville, SC. In the main event, NWA World Champion Ric Flair defended the title against Tom Zenk in a ***1/2 match, probably the best singles match of Zenk’s career. Flair worked as a subtle heel and teased his upcoming turn by hooking the tights to pin Zenk.
USWA television included footage from an immaculately set up match on the January 27 Mid South Coliseum show, where Jerry Lawler teamed with Jeff Jarrett to face The Fabulous Ones. Memphis legend Jackie Fargo was the referee, and Bill Dundee was at ringside to neutralize the Fabs’ manager Jim Cornette. Tension was established a week earlier between Cornette and the Fabs, as Jimbo issued a threat to Fargo, the Fabs’ mentor, which did not sit very well with them. The match marked the return of Eddie Gilbert to the territory, reigniting his great feud with Lawler. They brawled into the stands before Gilbert threw fire at an unsuspecting Lawler. Gilbert had been off of television when the Fabs previously attempted to collect the $25,000 bounty that Terry Funk had placed on his head, yet he co-existed with the Fabs and Cornette here. Gilbert explained this in a promo, saying the heels agreed to stage Gilbert’s departure before working together to take out Lawler and collect the same bounty that was on his head, splitting the money from both bounties in a maniacal scheme. This feud really captured everything great about Memphis wrestling and would have drawn a big house in the glory days of the territory, but sadly played to many empty seats this time around.
WCW Pro aired a ***1/2 match where Barry Windham and Arn Anderson faced Ricky Morton and Tommy Rich, a match that was building to some great heights before the unfortunate countout fnish.
In one of the best WCW TV matches of the year, Barry Windham and Arn Anderson teamed to face Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner on World Championship Wrestling. The ***3/4 match inexplicably ended in a disqualification when Doom ran in to brawl with the Horsemen, continuing a strange pattern in Dusty Rhodes’ booking from this particular run. Also on the show, the hype began for Ric Flair’s house show series against El Gigante, with Flair working overtime to get the match over by taking offense to Gigante’s repeated catchphrase “I Want Da Belt”.
El Canek faced Dos Caras in a ****1/4 mat clinic on a UWA show in Naucalpan, Mexico.
WCW Monday Nitro aired live from the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX, in front of 20,000 fans. In the main event, Randy Savage had Sting in a pinning predicament after the big elbow when Hulk Hogan rushed in to stop the three count. Also on the show, Kevin Nash claimed size discrimination since Billy Kidman used a powerbomb variation earlier in the show without repercussions. The show drew a 4.93 rating.
WWF Monday Night RAW aired live from Indianapolis, IN, in front of a sellout 12,043 fans. The show started with DX issuing a “State of the WWF” address full of obscenities which were especially funny because of the bleeping. Later on the show, Shawn Michaels and HHH dressed as a pair of Uncle Sams to push for Austin vs Tyson at Wrestlemania. This earned an interruption from Steve Austin, who claimed that his sights were still set on Michaels. The show is most memorable, however, for an angle later in the show when Cactus Jack faced Chainsaw Charlie. The match was hyped as a friendly fight between friends and culminated with Cactus dropping an elbow onto Charlie, who was lying in a dumpster at the top of the entrance ramp. The New Age Outlaws seized the opportunity to make a statement, immediately shutting the dumpster and pushing it off the stage. The show came to a screeching halt and the locker room cleared with their fellow wrestlers showing concern. While parts of it were a blatant copy of the WCW angle in 1996 where Kevin Nash threw Rey Misterio Jr. into the trailer after decimating everyone in the backstage area, it still made for compelling television. Unfortunately, its impact was diminished when the two returned to the show at the end of the night to brawl with the Outlaws and set up the scheduled 8-man tag main event for No Way Out. The show drew a 3.45 rating.
In The “To Watch” Queue:
Los Brazos vs Pierroth Jr., Ulises & Gran Markus Jr. (EMLL 02/02/90)
Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon (WWF Hits From The Crypt 02/02/94)