This Week in 90’s Wrestling: February 8th – 14th

FEBRUARY 11

1990

Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels had their first-ever singles match – a brief, throwaway match on WWF Wrestling Challenge.

1995

WCW Saturday Night was heavy on special features, the biggest one being Ric Flair’s first interview since losing a retirement match to Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc ’94. He claimed that Vader would beat Hogan for the WCW World Title at SuperBrawl and promised that he would be in attendance. Also on the show, Sting showed all of his ring jackets and walked through the big matches in which he wore them with highlights of the matches interspersed. The show did a 2.6 rating.

1996

WCW SuperBrawl VI aired on pay-per-view from St. Petersburg, FL. In the two feature matches, Hulk Hogan defeated The Giant in a cage match while Ric Flair defeated Randy Savage in another cage match to regain the WCW World Title, after Miss Elizabeth turned on Savage and aligned herself with Flair in a memorable angle. Flair bled during the match – as was promised in pre-match hype – which led to the match not being shot up close for several minutes, making WCW seem awfully amateur from a production standpoint. Perhaps the most memorable part of the show was a “respect” strap match between Brian Pillman and Kevin Sullivan, where Pillman immediately grabbed the microphone and said “I respect you, bookerman” before walking out of the building in the first worked shoot angle of the era. Pillman ended up getting a legitimate release from his contract and was involved in a terrible automobile accident a few months later, which left him unable to perform at the level he had in years past. He would eventually make stops in ECW and WCW once again before finally signing with the WWF. The show did approximately 190,000 buys, and you can watch it on the WWE Network.

In The “To Watch” Queue:

Dynamite Kansai & Plum Mariko vs Devil Masami & Debbie Malenko (JWP 02/11/93)

Chigusa Nagayo vs Plum Mariko (JWP 02/11/94) (Part 1) (Part 2)