This Week In 90’s Wrestling: March 29 – April 4


The USWA held a show at the Dallas Sportatorium where Jeff Jarrett and Bill Dundee defeated Robert Fuller and Brian Lee in a *** match. Fuller turned on Lee months earlier in Memphis, but they were still teaming in Texas until they repeated the angle there.

SWS held a co-promoted show with the WWF in the Tokyo Dome, which drew 42,000 fans. The Hart Foundation faced The Rockers to open the show in a match that did not particularly get over despite both teams working hard, as neither team had the type of offense to which Japanese fans usually respond. Other WWF matches included Sgt. Slaughter vs Ultimate Warrior and Kerry Von Erich vs Mr. Perfect, while the best undercard match involved no WWF talent, as Naoki Sano faced Masakatsu Funaki in a **** match. There were also matches that featured a mixture of stars, most notably the outstanding ****1/4 main event where Hulk Hogan teamed with Genichiro Tenryu to face The Road Warriors.

World Championship Wrestling aired a show taped on March 25 in Gainesville, GA. The best match of the show was a ***1/4 time-limit draw, as Arn Anderson defended the WCW TV Title against Tommy Rich.

WCW Monday Nitro aired live from Chicago, IL. Dissension continued between Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash as the NWO was about to divide in two factions. The highlight of the show was Chris Jericho reading a list of his 1,004 holds through a commercial break, as he was really mastering his character around this time. The show drew a 4.2 rating.

WWF Monday Night RAW aired live from Albany, NY, in front of 11,202 fans. The show was one of the most historic RAWs of all time, as the Steve Austin-Vince McMahon feud took top billing with Shawn Michaels now on the shelf and the Austin era underway. Sean Waltman, now billed as X-Pac, returned to the WWF and threw shoot comments at Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff about the controversy surrounding his WCW firing. X-Pac joined with HHH to rebuild Degeneration X, and they added the New Age Outlaws to the group by the end of the night. Meanwhile, The Rock also asserted himself as the new leader of The Nation, as fellow members joined him in booting former leader Faarooq from the group. The show did a 3.8 rating.

In The “To Watch” Queue:
Mitsuharu Misawa vs Stan Hansen (AJPW 03/30/93)
Mitsuharu Misawa & Satoru Asako vs Akira Taue & Mighty Inoue (AJPW 03/30/95)
Kenta Kobashi vs Jun Akiyama (AJPW 03/30/95)