welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling
review series on the internet that tears the house down more than a Young Bucks
vs Lucha Bros match! It’s time for WCW Spring Stampede 1994! We have big
matches like Stunning Steve Austin defending his US Championship against The
Great Muta? The Boss takes on Vader as Vader looks for revenge following the
main event of Superbrawl! Lord Steven Regal defends against Brian Pillman and
Ric Flair to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Ricky Steamboat!
With Flair at the helm, WCW looks to turn things around, Superbrawl was rough
but maybe things will change now! Let’s find out!
Badd vs Diamond Dallas Page
coming to the ring with Kimberly so this is their first PPV appearance together
which is a nice to see, Kimberly Page was beautiful. DDP jumps Badd to begin
the match, right hands but the clothesline misses. O’Connor roll from Badd for
two, clothesline to the floor. Badd works the arm, DDP pulls the hair to take
control. Arm-wrench into a suplex for two, Badd turns away and works the
hammerlock into a full-nelson like pin. DDP elbows his way out and lands a
shoulder block, Badd kicks off DDP and lands an arm-drag. DDP elbows Badd and
lands a huge belly to back suplex, DDP walks around like he is the man. DDP
lands a massive gut-wrench, two for DDP. Reverse chin-lock, Badd escapes and lands
a belly to back suplex. Shots to the ribs, inverted atomic drop and back body
drop. Head-scissors, Left Hook from Badd. Plancha to the floor from Badd, diving
sunset flip for the win from Badd!
quite brief, Badd is starting to look like a threat and someone credible inside
of that ring, it’s nice to see considering I have seen him do nothing special
since his debut. DDP will improve with time but was serviceable here. Solid
opening match, good start to the show.
Johnny B. Badd over DDP via Diving Sunset Flip!
World Television Championship Match) Lord Steven Regal © W/ Sir William vs
Flyin’ Brian Pillman
time-limit draw king, the king of stalling taking on Brian Pillman who has
picked up wins over Steve Austin but finds himself challenging for the TV
championship. Pillman jumps Regal, kicks to the injured knee and right hands to
the head. Regal tries a tackle but Pillman is too quick and pummels Regal who
begs for mercy, slap from Pillman. Regal is bounced off the canvas, Japanese
arm-drag from Pillman and Regal powders. Regal is bounced off the guardrail
arm-first, the champion might be in dire straits. Hammerlock from Pillman,
Regal is sent into the ring-post. Great arm work and babyface fire from Pillman
so far, Regal is selling his ass off too.
Pillman, Regal rakes his eyes. European uppercuts and Regal takes the arm, Regal
catches Pillman with an over-the-shoulder throw for two. Regal starts smacking
the spine, Pillman elbows back at the champion. Argentine back-breaker from
Regal, Pillman kicks off the buckle and lands a small package for two. Regal
grabs the leg and applies the STF, uppercuts from Regal. Pillman blocks an
uppercut but Regal counters Pillman’s counter, variation of the Romero special
from Regal. Right hands from Pillman, Regal smashes the back of Pillman.
Powerbomb attempt countered into a hurricanrana from Pillman, two for the
challenger. Pillman runs into a rolling fireman’s carry for two, the Regal
works the stretch again on the canvas. Are we heading toward time-limit
territory? I feel it coming and I am getting scared for sure, surely not again
arrow from Regal, Pillman escapes the hold and lands big right hands. Regal
comes back with a grab of the leg, takedown and Regal looks for the single leg
Boston crab. Indian death-lock from Regal back into another stretch, Pillman
fights out and lands a massive chop. Regal rolls-up Pillman for two, Regal goes
back into the hold on the mat. Pillman fights out, right hands and headbutts
all around. Regal has control, more beat-down work from Regal. Pillman lands a
desperation dropkick, chop from Pillman. Regal stops a hurricanrana, Pillman
twists off Regal. Enzuigiri from Pillman, could this be the challenger’s
the monkey flip with a shove, Regal misses a knee-drop. Sir William checks the
time, Regal dives off the middle rope into a dropkick from Pillman. Pillman
rallies the crowd, chops from Pillman and a back body drop. Regal is chopped
again, ten punches in the corner. Irish whip reversed by Regal, Regal is
tripped up and both men tumble to the floor off of a diving crossbody. Pillman
cannot pin Regal in time as the time-limit expires!
well for sure, Regal was bumping all around for Pillman and I was intrigued but
then it went back to a formula I am far too familiar with at this point with
Regal wasting time with lengthy rest-holds before the drama ramps up for the
last 2 minutes. Very disappointing because if we are to invest in Pillman, we
need a big win while Regal’s television champion reign has to end soon, there
has to be a pay-off so please I am begging you WCW do not mess this up!
Team Championship Chicago Street Fight Match) The Nasty Boys © vs Cactus Jack
& Maxx Payne
teams had a great little match the last time around and I was stunned, I only
liked Cactus but Payne has grown on me after that match. This is Falls Count
Anywhere so that should make this very interesting, brawling galore which
should play to everyone’s strengths. It starts on the ramp with weapons, Knobbs
wipes out Cactus with a shovel or broom while in the ring, Payne uranages Sags.
Cactus waffles Knobbs with the pool stick, Cactus clothesline to the floor.
Sags batters Payne with a chair on the floor, Knobbs hits the guardrail hard
before Sags waffles Cactus with a chair-shot. Cactus has the chair, Sags goes
down hard. Knobbs saves his partner but Payne is here, the challengers are
beating down the champions. Knobbs clotheslines Cactus into the ring, Sags
attacks Cactus in the ring. Payne and Knobbs are fighting up the ramp, headbutt
Knobbs battle to the souvenir stands, tables are being thrown. Cactus is biting
Sags at ringside, Knobbs smashes a trash can on the head of Payne. Sags smashes
Cactus with a chair in the crowd, we have a split-screen feature which is
making this difficult to call, Cactus cracks Sags with a chair. Payne slams
Knobbs through the souvenir table, Payne shoves the Nasty Boy t-shirt down the
throat of Knobbs, Payne looks for the win but gets two. The Nasty Boys now have
a table, Payne kicks out of a pin at two. Cactus has Sags on the ramp, what
will happen now? Neck-breaker on the ramp, Cactus suplexes the table onto the
legs of Sags. Knobbs comes out of nowhere and waffles Cactus with a shovel,
Payne cracks Knobbs with the shovel. Low blow by Knobbs, Sags wanted a
piledriver on the table but the table breaks messing up the spot so Cactus is
shoved off the ramp and cracks his head off the floor. Sags has a shovel and
waffles Cactus in the head, it’s over!
brutal, holy shit why would Cactus do that over a blown spot? Cactus has taken
a number of bumps that have made me think that was stupid but did he really
just ask Sags to shove him off the ramp only to get waffled in the face with a
shovel? Insane it’s a great brawl but those two bumps are absolutely ridiculous
I cannot believe what I just saw. Great tag match with a very violent end,
perhaps too much.
The Nasty Boys over Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne via Shovel to the Head!
United States Heavyweight Championship Match) Stunning Steve Austin © W/
Colonel Rob Parker vs The Great Muta
that 1989 run I see, Muta is here to battle for the championship and Muta was
on top of the world in NJPW during this era so I cannot see this ending with
Austin picking up the win over the bigger star in Muta, this could easily be a
cautious with Muta throwing kicks, Muta grabs a full-nelson but Austin is quick
to the ropes. Austin and Muta trade wristlocks, side headlock from Muta. Austin
is in the ropes again, we reset. Austin trips up Muta and stomps all over Muta,
side headlock from the champion. Drop-downs and leapfrogs before Muta has the
abdominal stretch. Muta takes the back, Austin tries to escape. Roll-up from
Muta for two, side headlock takedown from the challenger. Seems like we could
be going draw territory, side headlock takedown again from Muta. Shoulder block
and dropkick by Muta, side headlock takedown again. They continue to mat
wrestle with Muta out-performing Austin. Really slow stuff here, not much to
get the fans excited for which is criminal considering who is in the ring. Muta
tries some sort of full-nelson pin hold but Austin rolls out of the way.
manages to send Muta to the floor, Muta is focused on Parker so Austin axe
handles Muta and sends Muta into the guardrail. Abdominal stretch from Austin, Austin
uses the ropes for leverage. Muta hip-tosses out of the hold, Austin is chopped
and chopped. Austin hangs onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick, middle rope elbow
drop from Austin for two. Austin chokes Muta on the bottom rope, Parker gets in
a punch while Austin deals with the referee. Muta blocks the buckle, Austin
meets the buckle. Spinning sole butt from Muta, back body drop from Muta.
Suplex by Muta, Parker is freaking out at ringside. Muta lands a dropkick,
Austin avoids the diving missile dropkick from the challenger.
applies a rolling cradle looking for a toe-hold, it doesn’t come together. Not
sure what it was meant to be, Stun-Gun from Muta! Handspring elbow by Muta, frankensteiner
from Muta. Parker is smacked off the apron, Muta back-drops Austin to the floor
and we have a DQ. Muta planchas onto both and that’s it!
shame, it was dull from start until the last minute with Muta working that
style where you know the draw is coming from a mile away, why bring him in? Why
not have Pillman fight Austin? Why? Pointless, a waste of both men and their
Stunning Steve Austin over Great Muta via DQ!
International World Championship Match) Ravishing Rick Rude © vs Sting
championship billed as equal to the world championship is defended as the two
men who have been feuding for months finally lock up inside of the ring. Rick
Rude has a habit of having shitty matches with first time singles match
opponents so hopefully, Rude breaks that streak against Sting. Harley Race
comes out and says Vader will face the winner, Rude watches on as Sting sends
Race to the floor and after that, Sting back-drops Rude to a monster reaction.
Rude is clotheslined to the floor, Sting is in pursuit. Suplex on the floor,
Rude is screaming out in pain.
for mercy, right hands from Sting. Sting rakes the back in the ring, front
chancery from the challenger. Sting lands a scoop slam and a massive elbow
drop, Rude grabs onto the referee showing his confusion. Sting gets a two,
Sting slaps on the front chancery again. Both men giving one another wedgies
basically now with Sting returning the favour as Rude tried it first, Rude
works the ribs with massive rib shots. Rude steps on the toes of Sting, Rude is
down to his knees with this front chancery spot going on and on. Very odd to
see Sting in control like this, we going to pick up the pace soon? Rude
crotches Sting on the top rope and clothesline Sting to the floor, Sting is
rammed into the ring apron and the ramp. Rude works the ribs with forearms and
a belly to back suplex.
with the fans being pissed, camel clutch from Rude. Sting tries firing up but
Rude drops his weight on Sting and flexes, Sting gets caught again in the hold.
Victory roll counters by both men before Rude cracks Sting with forearms, Sting
kicks Rude but Rude keeps coming. Sleeper from Rude, Sting survives the hold.
Right hands by Rude, Sting is shaking off the attacks though. Rude tries
running away, atomic drop and inverted atomic drops. Clothesline with Rude’s
ass hanging out, back-drop from Sting. Rude is whipped into the referee and we
have a Stinger Splash! Scorpion Death-Lock! Sting tries waking the referee at
the same time, Harley Race is here and back-dropped into the ring. Vader is
here too, these two feuding again? My heart! Vader is knocked to the floor with
Race, Rude chop-blocks Sting. Vader has a chair, Rude wants the Rude Awakening.
Lots of standing around, what is going on? Rude Awakening is missed as Race
cracks Rude in the back of the head. Sting covers for the win!
going on between Vader and Race at the end? I would say it upset the flow but I
would be lying, I cannot fathom how Sting is not a world champion honestly how
he was shoved to the side for Flair and Hogan which I will experience very soon
will confuse me because he gets the biggest of reactions and is beloved by all.
Rude has been one of my favourites since coming over to WCW but his matches
have been hit and miss but I will point out my love for The Dangerous Alliance
here and his match with Ricky Steamboat at Beach Blast which was one of the
best matches I have seen in quite some time so there’s a bit of a love/hate
thing going on with Rude and me but I loved the gimmick, loved his faction and
I am sorry about how his career ended.
Sting over Rick Rude via Chair to The Head!
Rules Match) Dustin Rhodes vs Bunkhouse Buck W/ Colonel Rob Parker
really been given too much insight into this angle, Rhodes is sliding down the
card following his disappointing reign as United States Champion, I am not sure
what the purpose of the Stud Stable is at this point because they are not the
dominant faction in WCW. This match starts hot with Rhodes diving over the top
rope and landing a flying lariat, slaps and right hands. Flying lariat from
Rhodes, suplex into the ring for two. Rhodes knocks Buck to the floor, Buck
looks out of it. Both men slugging it out with Rhodes winning the exchange,
Bionic Elbow on the floor and a lovely elbow to the groin.
from Rhodes, Buck misses a clothesline but Rhodes misses a flying crossbody.
Rhodes holds his knee on the floor, Parker chokes Rhodes on the floor. Buck has
a 2X4 and cracks Rhodes across the spine, a vicious shot right to the head.
Rhodes gets colour, Buck lands a clothesline and Rhodes takes the inside-out
bump on the ramp. Buck chokes Rhodes with his suspenders, scoop slam by Buck.
Stomp right to the head from Buck, again and again. Buck slams the leg of
Rhodes off the ring apron, the leg is smashed off the ring-post. Rhodes kicks
away at Buck, Rhodes throws powder into the eyes of Buck. Buck takes off his
belt and whips Rhodes in the face with the belt, it sounds horrific.
to destroy Rhodes, Buck is making quite the name for himself in my eyes. Rhodes
fights back from his knees but Buck lands an eye-rake, kick to the groin from
Buck. Buck kicks Rhodes right in the groin, boot in the head. Buck misses a
boot as Rhodes dodges, Rhodes kicks Buck hard in the back who is on the buckle
laid out. Bionic Elbow to the chin, Rhodes took off his belt. Around his fist
goes the belt, the belt smacks off the face of Buck who is bleeding now. Rhodes
clocks Buck over and over, Rhodes takes off his boot and goes to the middle
rope. Boot to the head from Rhodes, Buck has his shirt stripped away and Rhodes
goes crazy with the belt. Bionic Elbow and Rhodes clotheslines Buck to the
by Rhodes, Bionic Elbows in the corner to Buck but there is something in the
glove of Buck, whip to the buckle. Corner clothesline and Corner Bulldog from
Rhodes, Parker distracts Rhodes. Suplex into the ring from Rhodes, Buck is
recovering though. Rhodes whips Parker with his belt, Parker is tossed to the
floor. Roll-up for two from Buck, Rhodes tees off and destroys Buck with rights
and lefts. A right hand decks Buck, two for Rhodes. Irish whip reversed by
Buck, Rhodes kicks away Buck. Parker hands Buck a foreign object as the referee
argues with Parker, one right hand later and Buck wins this match.
loved the brawling between the two. Rhodes and Bucks bring an intensity to this
match where they just beat the shit out of one another. The blood is beautiful,
the whipping with the belts is tremendous and I really enjoyed this one. Lots
of great visuals throughout this match, just a lot of fun. Great way to
establish Buck with a win, looking forward to the future matches between these
two, if it is good as this match, I will be raving once again.
Bunkhouse Buck over Dustin Rhodes via Brass Knuckles!
vs Vader W/ Harley Race
cost Vader the opportunity to become WCW World Heavyweight Championship, Boss
has added nothing to WCW since joining in my opinion but the high-profile
matches continue for The Boss. We start on the ramp, Vader bulldozes Race as
Boss avoids the splash, Boss lands uppercut after uppercut before a clothesline
into the ring. Gut shots from Boss, big boot staggers Vader. Right hand sends
Vader to the ramp, Vader out-guns Boss. Short-arm clothesline from Vader, Vader
dives over the top rope for a splash but Boss blocks with his knees. Boss
clotheslines Vader to the floor, Vader is sent into the guardrail and into the
crowd. Right hands by The Boss, corner splash connects with Boss winding up for
another big right hand.
from Boss, right hands and clubbing blows from Vader. Boss lands an eye poke
but Vader continues kicking back, low kick and headbutt from Boss. Vader
back-drops Boss to the floor in a worrying spot, Boss saved his own life I
believe there by grabbing the ropes. Race lands two shots behind the referee’s
back, Vader’s eye is all fucked up and bleeding. Suplex into the ring, Vader
tees-off in the corner but Boss comes back with rights of his own. Vader has a
side headlock but Boss lands a belly to back suplex. Boss lands a massive
clothesline, Vader lands a boot and a clothesline of his own.
Vader is on
the middle rope, too slow as Boss slams Vader down in an ugly looking spot.
Boss looks for a superplex? Holy shit, they are going for a few big spots in
here. Middle rope DDT for two! Boss lands a diving shoulder block, Boss climbs
high again. Powerslam counter by Vader, Vader Bomb connects and Boss somehow
kicks out! Vader decides it is time for The Vadersault and this is over!
match, was not expecting this to be as fun as this but these two big bastards
took some of the nastiest bumps I have seen in a while and they gave it to one
another here. From the middle rope DDT to the Vader Bomb to the powerslams and
suplexes to the final Vadersault. These two men destroy one another in epic
fashion, there is blood and a swollen eye for Vader. Exactly what you would
want from two animals destroying one another, these two last matches have been
a lot of fun.
Vader over The Boss via Vadersault!
World Heavyweight Championship Match) Ric Flair © vs Ricky The Dragon Steamboat
So this is a
little strange for obvious reasons, I do not know where Ricky Steamboat was
during most of 1993, they had Steamboat lose his partner in Douglas so
Steamboat had to work against Regal and Orndorff, unfairly being left out of
the big matches in my opinion because Steamboat had so much to offer so to
relegate Steamboat to not being on PPV was wild to me. I am curious as to why
these two are facing one another other than Flair wants to work against a man
who he knows he will have a classic with. It’s been a wild since I have seen
the trilogy but I am sure this will be just as good.
We kick off
with Flair tripping Steamboat, Steamboat wriggles free. Side headlock into a
hammerlock by Flair, Steamboat continues to wriggle free before a clean break.
Lock-up and side headlock takedown by Flair but Steamboat head-scissors his way
out so Flair has to bridge out, Flair respects Steamboat who is going hold for
hold as anticipated. Lock-up and side headlock from Steamboat, shoulder block
rocks Flair. Takedown from Steamboat, Flair scrambles but is taken down with a
side headlock. Shoves and slaps with Steamboat winning that exchange, drop-downs
and leapfrogs before Steamboat military presses Flair. Beautiful head-scissors,
make it double. Dropkick by Steamboat and a dropkick sends Flair to the floor.
Steamboat are in the middle of the ring, Flair grabs the hair but Steamboat
comes up time and time again. They are trading chops, another slap from
Steamboat. Side headlock takedown from Steamboat, shoulder block and side
headlock again from Steamboat. More shoulder blocks and side headlocks, Flair
shoves Steamboat to the corner. Chop before Steamboat lands a hip-toss,
head-scissors and a side headlock takedown once more. Shoulder blocks and
Steamboat skins the cat and rolls-up Flair for two. Back into the side headlock
takedown, Flair goes low with a knee and chops the challenger. Flair lands a
shoulder block but Steamboat drops Flair with a toe-hold into a front chancery.
back-dropped by Steamboat, Steamboat misses a dropkick. Closed fist to the face
by Flair, chops in the corner. Snap-mare into the knee-drop, another snap-mare
into the knee-drop. 4 cover attempts by Flair but Steamboat continues to kick
out much to Flair’s frustration! They chop one another, Flair in control.
Steamboat chops down Flair, Flair begs for mercy. Right hands and chops, Irish
whip but Flair ducks and lands a flying crossbody with both men crashing to the
floor. Flair is back-dropped on the floor after a failed piledriver, Steamboat is
whipped into the guardrail by the champion. Flair flip to the apron and Steamboat
chops Flair to the floor, Steamboat lands a diving chop to the head.
for mercy, ten punches and chops in the corner. Cover for two, Flair sends
Steamboat to the floor. Slingshot sunset flip is countered with a right hand by
Flair, knee-drop is blocked by The Dragon. Figure four leg-lock by Steamboat, Steamboat
pulls Flair to the middle of the ring. Eye-poke by Flair to survive, they trade
pin-fall attempts. Flair begs for mercy again, chops from Flair. Steamboat is
weathering that storm, massive chops and right hands. Irish whip and double
chop, Flair is on the apron. Steamboat looks for a suplex, Flair blocks with
both men on the ramp. Steamboat chops Flair into the ring, corner chops. Flair
flip to the floor, Steamboat misses a chop from the apron as Flair blocks with
chops down Flair, Steamboat lands his Diving Crossbody for two. Flair kicks
out, Steamboat misses a chop and eats a clothesline from The Nature Boy. Snap-mare,
Flair is climbing high. Steamboat catches Flair and yanks him to the mat.
Steamboat misses a diving top rope splash, clutching his knees. Flair is going
to go to work, figure four is blocked though by Steamboat. Flair kicks
Steamboat in the face to apply the hold, Figure Four Leg-Lock from the
champion! Steamboat makes it to the ropes, Flair knees the leg hard. Snap-mare,
Flair looks for it again. Small package counter for two, Steamboat has the
backslide for another close two. Chops by The Dragon, Steamboat places Flair on
the top rope. Superplex off the top rope, massive manoeuvre from the
roll from Steamboat for a close two, Flair misses a belly to back suplex.
Chicken-wing hold from Steamboat, it’s been forever since we have seen this
hold! Steamboat drops down tiger-suplex style and the referee begins to count,
we have a controversial decision here as we are not sure who has won the
championship. Both men have their shoulders down so Flair retains the
championship due to that fact.
match between the two as usual, these two killed it on this night. It is not
their classics from 1989 but it’s still leagues better than a lot of things you
would have seen during this era. Steamboat and Flair work in all their classic stuff,
it’s drawn out and dramatic. Flair is in a familiar role working the heel style
and going back to his old tactics while Steamboat is one of the greatest
babyfaces of all-time with Steamboat showing all that fire that I love, these
guys kick all sorts of ass in this match. Crowd is with them all the way, so
happy to see Steamboat be allowed to do what he does best again in WCW,
Steamboat should always be hovering around the main event and having classics
because The Dragon can still go. Great match, good controversial finish that
leaves us open to a rematch between the two, probably won’t be revisited with
Hogan coming in but I am glad I got to see these two tear it up inside the ring
Ric Flair over Ricky Steamboat via Referee’s Decision!
That was WCW’s
Spring Stampede 1994, a good and bad PPV from WCW. Let me be clear in saying
this might be the best PPV I have seen in about a year or longer from this
company. 1993 was abysmal for WCW PPV wise but the mistakes of the previous
year are being corrected and I am all for it so far. We kick things off simple
enough with Badd vs DDP, Badd is getting over finally and showing promise, that
is good to see. The TV Championship match had a hot start but it faded as time
went on, you could see the draw coming and it’s such a regular occurrence with
Regal that it just has no impact on me anymore. I have seen it more than once,
I have seen matches go down to the last 30 seconds. I would like to see Regal
drop the championship now so we can see something different. The Chicago Street
Fight is a great brawl, four men beating the crap out of each other and the
finish is sickening, I have turned a corner on Payne & Cactus Jack, I am
shocked how much I love the team but this match worked on this night and the
stars aligned. Muta vs Austin is awful, nothing happens its like Steamboat vs
Flair without the urgency or passion. Headlocks to kill time, the finish is
Rick Rude is not great but by God have they finally put a championship on
Sting, I am all for it. It’s been too long and way too many tag matches, Sting
is their most popular star and should be champion. After that match, the card
just gets taken to another level. Rhodes vs Bunkhouse is a great brawl, Rhodes
has been lacklustre for me for a little while now, I was pissed about the feud
with Windham not happening and how the Rude feud played out but here we have
something personal and Rhodes is fired up, the blood is great and the belt
shots are great and the finish leaves the babyface Rhodes searching for
revenge. Quality stuff there, it continues with The Boss vs Vader. Two big men
who hit hard, it should not be this good but I was going wild by the end.
Vadersault is the icing on the cake, Vader continues to be booked strong after
the world championship which is important to me and then, we have the main
event. Another classic chapter written in the Steamboat vs Flair book, great
from bell to bell. Great end to the PPV! So you can see, ups and downs but a
much better experience than what happened in 1993, this could be a good year
for WCW. Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!