welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling
review series on the internet that brings the pain like a Sid Vicious squash
match! It’s time for WCW Slamboree 1994, we are sticking with the theme of a
legend’s reunion which means this could once again be another terrible PPV from
WCW. We have Steve Austin defending his US Championship against Johnny B. Badd,
Sting vs Vader for the vacant WCW International World Championship, Ric Flair
vs a mystery opponent and much, much more including Tully Blanchard! Will it be
awful like 1993? Perhaps but let’s find out!
United States Heavyweight Championship Match) Stunning Steve Austin © W/
Colonel Rob Parker vs Johnny B. Badd
to rise the card, they lock-up and an arm-drag from Badd. Austin wasn’t
expecting that, side headlock takedown from Badd. Austin pulls the hair and
backs Badd to the corner, Austin pats Badd on the chest. Belly to back takedown
into a front chancery into a hammerlock from Badd, Austin escapes and lands a
knee to the head and an elbow drop. Austin applies the sleeper, jaw-breaker
counter from Badd. Austin slips out to the floor, the action resumes with Badd
applying the hammerlock. Side headlock from Austin, Badd continues to fight
back. Austin uses the hair to drop Badd, Austin continues to use the hair to
maintain control before the referee calls for the break.
headlock from Austin, drop toehold from Badd. Arm-bar from Badd, head-scissors
from Badd. Side headlock takedown, could this be another draw? Flying crossbody
from Badd for two, arm-drag into the arm-bar. Austin slips out, small package
by Badd for two. Drop toehold into the front chancery transition into the
arm-bar, lots of mat work here. Austin sends Badd into the buckle, Austin
stomps and chokes Badd with his knee. Parker gets in a choke behind the referee’s
back, Austin continues kicking the ribs. Middle rope choke, Badd kicks back at
Austin. Austin sends Badd to the floor, suplex and knee-drop from Austin.
Reverse chin-lock from Austin, knee-drops galore. Middle rope splashes misses
for Austin, gut-wrench suplex by Badd.
and elbow drop misses for Austin, right hand and chops by Austin. Badd lands a
back body-drop, hip-toss out of the corner. Clothesline and scoop slam,
dropkick by the challenger. Knee-lift, Parker is on the apron. Oklahoma roll
from Badd, no referee. Small package for two, back-drop by Badd. Badd climbs
high, diving sunset flip for two! The Kiss that don’t miss is blocked with an
eye-poke, belly to back suplex from Badd but Austin lands on top and covers for
found this quite boring, a lot of mat-wrestling that did nothing for me. This
was a big test for Badd who is getting more over but this match wasn’t great, I
am a little saddened by Austin’s reign as United States Champion. I thought the
quality would go up and be interesting but it’s not happening for Stunning Steve
Stunning Steve Austin over Johnny B. Badd via Cradle!
Funk vs Tully Blanchard
seeing Tully Blanchard once more, a man who should have had a longer career in
the spotlight but due to a failed drug test and broken promises, Tully
Blanchard would find himself removed from the spotlight before it was time. On
the other side of the ring, a man who had retired countless times by this point
but would not give up, Funk would split time between FMW, AJPW, IWA Japan and
on the floor, brawling before Blanchard lands a suplex on Funk. Back to the
floor, Funk has crutches that are thrown into the ring. The two continue
brawling on the floor, atomic drop by Funk. Funk lands a neck-breaker in the
ring for two, they brawl on the ramp. Funk has part of the wooden ramp,
Blanchard is cracked in the head with the piece of the ramp. Piledriver on the
wooden ramp, Nick Patrick is irate with The Funker. DDT on the ramp, Funk is
torturing himself like Funk only can. Another Texas-Sized Piledriver, Funk
calls for something special. Funk misses a moonsault! Blanchard covers for two,
elbow by Blanchard.
off in the corner with chops, Funk is weathering the storm and peppers
Blanchard back with clubbing blows before Blanchard drills Funk with numerous
knees. Funk sends Blanchard into the referee, Funk grabs a chair from ringside.
Funk wants a middle rope piledriver onto the chair, the two continue brawling
with the referee removing the chair. Blanchard kicks the referee in the ribs,
Funk smashes Blanchard with his branding iron. They continue brawling as the referee
calls for the bell.
good, no surprise really considering who is involved but Funk gives us some
great piledriver spots as well as a missed moonsault, Blanchard scraps and
fights around with Funk. Fun stuff with a terrible ending but so much better than
any match from the previous year’s Slamboree legend matches.
Zbyszko vs Lord Steven Regal W/ Sir William
Not my idea
of babyface but Zbyszko did fill that role in WCW on a few occasions memorably
against Eric Bischoff and later Scott Hall during the NWO days. Regal has been
doing a fine job as a mid-card heel but the flurry of time-limit draws have
hurt my views when watching his matches. Lots of stalling before Zbyszko trips
up Regal twice, Regal is tied up once more by Zbyszko who lands a small package
before an abdominal stretch. Zbyszko maintains control with short-arm scissors before
Sir William helps Regal reach the ropes. Side headlock by Regal, Zbyszko
counters and tells Regal to fuck off. Regal finally works the arm and lands
uppercuts, hammerlock from Regal followed by more uppercuts. Regal tortures
Zbyszko with submissions holds and uppercuts before Zbyszko manages a
desperation sleeper. Jaw-breaker counter from Regal, umbrella shot by Sir William.
Zbyszko counters a butterfly suplex with a back-drop into the cover for a win.
lead to Zbyszko challenging and beating Regal for the championship, this match
was mostly stalling and taunting so I am going to address my thoughts on the
championship change instead. I am shocked because Regal had been built up for
at least a year with that championship and you have him lose to Zbyszko? Not
Badd who could use that win or Pillman or a rebound for Rhodes or anyone who
was active on the roster at the time? Bizarre cannot believe that.
Larry Zbyszko over Lord Steven Regal via Baack-Drop Counter!
Match) Dustin Rhodes vs Bunkhouse Buck W/ Colonel Rob Parker
is legal baby, these two tore it up at Spring Stampede in their Bunkhouse match,
I am hoping for something similar tonight because if it is similar, I will be a
happy man. They start by brawling, Rhodes knocks Buck to the floor and chokes him,
Bionic Elbow and a right hand from Rhodes. Rhodes drives a boot to the nuts of
Buck, scoop slam and elbow drop by Rhodes. Rhodes drives the cowbell into the
knee and leg of Buck, Rhodes continues drilling Buck with right hands, the
cowbell and sending the leg of Buck into the ring-post. Buck manages to take
control in the ring, Rhodes has his shirt pulled over his head and the cowbell
is cracked on his back. Suspenders and cowbell to the head, Buck is in control.
Rhodes to the ring-post, Buck tees off with right hands. Boots to the ribs from
Buck, Rhodes fights back and lands a low blow. Eye-rake and Bionic Elbows from
Rhodes, Buck tries to go to the top rope. Rhodes crotches Buck, right hands to
the head. Buck is yanked off the top rope, the referee is wiped out as Buck
collides with him. Rhodes suplexes Buck, Parker is in the ring. Buck has Rhodes
in a full-nelson, Parker has the bell. Rhodes kicks off Parker, Buck is waffled
in the head with the bell. Rhodes wins! Funk comes down and attacks the son of
that egg-sucking dog. Rhodes decides now it is the time to get colour and we
have a botched piledriver from the two but the deed is done, Buck and Funk are
blood would have served better if it was in the match, I think I was spoiled by
their Bunkhouse match as I had high expectations for this one, they were not met
which means it has not been a great night so far. Buck and Rhodes work hard but
without the blood and the intensity, it just does not hit the spot. Shame I
hope their next few matches live up to the hype.
Dustin Rhodes over Bunkhouse Buck via Cowbell!
World Heavyweight Championship Match) Ric Flair © vs Barry Windham W/ Colonel Rob
surprise, Barry Windham is back as Parker promised a big blonde who was over 300
pounds, people obviously thought it would be Hogan but it is great to see Windham
again, Windham does not look great though looking heavier and out of shape.
Windham gets chopped before landing some rights and a scoop slam, Flair dodges
an elbow drop and Windham has to powder. Windham has been absent for a year so
we have to factor that into this match, Flair is chasing down Windham.
Hammerlock from Flair, Windham goes to the corner and has his legs worked by
The Nature Boy. Chops and shots to the knees, Windham is whipped to the corner
and explodes out with a clothesline.
clamps on a reverse chin-lock, Windham uses the ropes for leverage. Flair
fights back with kicks but Windham continues to dominate, Windham suplexes
Flair hard. Ten punches before Flair lands the inverted atomic drop, Superplex
from Windham for a close two. Flair slaps on The Figure Four on Windham, middle
of the ring and Windham is in serious trouble. Windham makes it to the ropes, Flair
trips Windham again but Windham rakes the eyes. Flair goes back to it and locks
it right back on, Windham makes it to the ropes. Flair is on the top rope,
makes it to the ropes. Flair lands another knee-drop, chops from Flair. Windham
lands a right hand, Flair lands a crossbody and they spill to the floor. In the
ring, Flair lands rights and lefts on Windham. Jacknife cover from Flair for two,
Windham lands a low headbutt. Parker is decked by Flair, Windham survives the
slingshot sunset flip as the referee stops Parker from aiding Windham. Flair
decks Parker, Windham sends Flair to the buckle and Flair flips and lands his
diving crossbody for the win.
That was soft
from these two, I want to give Windham the benefit of the doubt as it was his
only match in a year but man, it makes me sad because Windham was one of my
favourites over the course of these WCW reviews and now that I know that’s it
as he re-injures himself in this match and will return as part of The
Blackjacks in the WWF means this is it in terms of big blonde Windham and it’s definitely
a downer but Windham and Rhodes as a tag team were tremendous and Windham’s heel
run in 1993 was great before losing the championship to Flair. Not a great match
and seeing Flair go back and forth between wrestling as a heel against Steamboat
to wrestling as a face against the Stud Stable is definitely bizarre.
Ric Flair over Barry Windham via Diving Crossbody!
World Tag Team Championship Broadstreet Bully Match) The Nasty Boys © vs Cactus
Jack & Kevin Sullivan
is back from ECW presumably and the Indies while Cactus Jack is no longer with
Maxx Payne who may have left WCW or was injured, I didn’t bother looking it up
for this review. This starts with brawling, Sullivan as a babyface is definitely
a choice from WCW. Lots of brawling with weapon shots to the head here and
there, Sullivan piledrivers Knobbs on the ramp. Cactus nails Sags with a trash
can, Cactus cracks both champions with the trash can. Cactus misses his diving
elbow to the floor, crashing into the trash can. Cactus Jack clothesline into
the ring, Cactus is bleeding. Sullivan cracks Knobbs with a chair, Sags is
bringing a table to the match.
hip-tosses Cactus through a table, Sullivan continues to smash Knobbs with a
chair, Sags has a light stand and Cactus is crippled with it but continues
fighting. So much brawling, Cactus suplexes the table onto Sags. Cactus uses a
fire extinguisher on Sags, Knobbs cracks Sullivan with a trash can. Sags places
Cactus in the ring, Diving Elbow Drop by Sags but no cover. Sags grabs the
hockey stick and the special referee Dave Schultz waffles Sags and Cactus
covers Sags after a shot with a hockey stick!
was entertaining for sure, they brawled all over the arena and it was a lot of
fun, not much in terms of spots but when there were spots, they were good. Maxx
Payne is here, why wasn’t he in the match but the guitar shot gets a massive
reaction from all the fans. Anyways, this was a fun hardcore match, easily the
most fun part of the night so far.
Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan over The Nasty Boys via Hockey Stick To The
International World Championship Match) Vader W/ Harley Race vs Sting
defeated Rick Rude only for Rick Rude to win it back but Rude was injured in
his NJPW match with Sting which led to the situation we have now with the
championship being vacant. I love these two and they don’t know how to have a bad
match with one another. They lock-up and we have a clean break, Vader looks to
corner Sting. Sting is using his speed so far, Vader corners Sting and batters The
Stinger. Sting fights back with kicks, rights and lefts. Suplex by Sting, Vader
mows down Sting. Elbow to the groin, Vader is looking for a Vader Bomb. It
connects, two for Vader. Second Vader Bomb with Sting surviving thanks to the
ropes, Vader continues punishing Sting with kicks to the leg. Sting is dropped,
Vader tees off on Sting in the corner before Sting explodes with rights and
lefts and drops Vader.
to the ribs, Vader regains control and wrenches the arm of Sting. Vader slaps Sting,
Sting eye-pokes Vader but Vader ducks the clothesline and Sting almost beheads
the referee with a clothesline. Chokeslam by Vader, Harley Race has the chair
and cracks Vader as Sting ducks. Sting kicks away Race, DDT by Sting. 1…2….
Vader kicks out! Sting tries a dive but Vader lands a powerslam for two, Vader
decides to go high. Vadersault misses as Sting dodges, Sting covers for two.
Race tries to help and lands a Diving Headbutt on Vader, Sting climbs high and
lands a diving body splash for the win!
Good, not as
great as their previous match but really fun in parts with Vader destroying Sting
and Sting showing that fire that he has always possessed. Sting gets a
championship again and will not be a world champion in WCW as he takes a
backseat to Hogan which is so wrong in my eyes but that’s life unfortunately.
Good main event though, curious to see where both go as the product will focus
on Hogan at Bash At The Beach!
Sting over Vader via Diving Top Rope Splash!
That was WCW’s
Slamboree 1994, a big improvement on last year’s edition based on the simple
fact that we were limited to one legends’ match here. Austin vs Badd kicks off
the show, it’s not bad but not overly interesting either. It seems Austin has
plateaued with that next killer feud not coming despite the push and the
prestige of the championship while also being part of the big faction in the
company and the centrepiece of said faction. Blanchard vs Funk is a fun brawl,
they do a lot in seven minutes and it was entertaining for sure. Zbyszko vs
Regal is a masterclass in stalling, nothing left an impression on me but the
fans were happy that The Living Legend won that match. Rhodes vs Buck
disappoints in comparison to their first encounter, the hatred doesn’t shine through
here and the lack of blood hurts the match for sure, a shame for two athletes
who almost stole the show one PPV ago. Flair vs Windham makes me sad, Windham was
coming off a year out so it was as good as it could be but still very
disappointing for a world championship match. Nasty Boys vs Cactus &
Sullivan is a wild brawl with a few good moments in there and a feel good
moment as Cactus wins his first championship in WCW, the happiness would not
last too long. Sting vs Vader was good but not on the level of their classics,
still a good main event but something was missing for me. WCW in 1994 is already
looking better than 1993 but Hogan will be here for the next PPV, this will
mark a significant shift in the company with who comes in so it will be
interesting. Could this be the end of a good year for the company? Well we
shall see, thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!