welcome to another edition of Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling
review series on the internet that asks the questions that have already been
answered! It’s time for WCW’s Starrcade 1995 and I am fuming, you want an easy
way to make me mad? Build all these interesting angles and then at your biggest
show, throw them all aside for a battle bowl or in this case a series of
matches between WCW and NJPW talent when the last PPV was perfect for this kind
of thing being called you know a World War PPV. So this PPV is dominated by
NJPW with Masahiro Chono, Shinjiro Otani, Koji Kanemoto, Jushin Liger and
Kensuke Sasaki all making appearances on the card while we have a triple threat
between Luger, Sting and Ric Flair to decide who will face the World
Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage later in the night. What is this card? Let’s
get this done with.
Benoit vs Jushin Thunder Liger
A best of
seven between WCW & NJPW to decide who wins the World Cup of Wrestling, I
cannot believe they are doing this on their biggest show. Classic rivalry
renewed here as Chris Benoit who was formerly The Pegasus Kid and later Wild
Pegasus takes on Jushin Liger. Again, heels in WCW will play babyfaces here as
they take on evil foreigners. At least Liger is known to the fans due to his
battles with Brian Pillman in 1992 and even on the very first Nitro.
Benoit throws Liger to the mat, Benoit continues to out-power Liger. Side
headlock by Benoit, shoulder block and leapfrogs and speed from both men.
Arm-drags by Liger, dropkick. Baseball slide by Liger and an apron senton,
crowd loves Liger. Dusty Rhodes is on commentary so you know tonight will have
a special flavour, Benoit goes for a test of strength and pushes down Liger.
Liger lands a beautiful head-scissors and a spinning wheel kick, chops from
Liger. Tilt-a-whirl back-breaker by Benoit for two, Liger counters a powerbomb
with an arm-drag, dropkick from Liger and Benoit powders. Benoit kicks Liger in
the ribs and lands a snap suplex, Benoit lands a beautiful belly to back
suplex. Left-arm lariat from Benoit, high-angle Boston crab from Benoit.
escapes and strikes back at Benoit, Benoit goes low with a kick and plants
Liger with a German suplex for two. Benoit is tripped for Liger who applies The
Romero Special, Benoit is in agony. Liger transitions into a camel clutch with
Benoit screaming out in pain, Benoit stands up with Liger on his back and
plants him on the mat. Benoit tries a belly to back but Liger floats-over,
Liger counters the tombstone for a slam. Liger climbs high, Benoit catches
Liger. Top rope superplex, Benoit sells smacking his head off the canvas.
Benoit covers for a close two, scoop slam by The Crippler. Benoit climbs high
and misses The Diving Headbutt, Liger is dancing and prancing before grabbing
Benoit by the hair.
Kappu Kick in the corner by Liger, Ligerbomb for a close two! Brainbuster from
Liger! Benoit lands two German suplexes on Liger, Benoit lands a massive
powerbomb and climbs to the top rope one more time. Benoit lands his Diving
Headbutt, Kevin Sullivan has a problem with Benoit and Benoit is distracted by
Sullivan and Jimmy Hart. Liger grabs Benoit in a hurricanrana and steals the
from these two who know each other so well, Benoit and Liger have great
chemistry with one another and the bumps are crisp and nasty. Loved how
physical it was, the finish leads into a big feud that will be coming soon and
have big implications for both men but yeah from a neutral standpoint, it’s
hard to see how the hot Horsemen who have been just reunited are going to feud
with the comical Dungeon of Doom.
Jushin Liger over Chris Benoit via Hurricanrana!
Kanemoto vs Alex Wright
It is really
crazy to think that WCW said this is what we will do for Starrcade. Like the
fans would be familiar with the likes of Liger, Chono and Muta but to bring
over various juniors like Otani and Kanemoto is a brave choice. It’s even
braver to put them with Alex Wright who has been floundering I would say during
1995, the babyface who is just a little too bland to really connect with the
in black pants with a sash looking like he’s come right out of a Bruce Lee
Kung-Fu Movie. Big fan of Kanemoto and his work, don’t remember this look but
certainly makes me laugh. They trade control to start out with both men showing
great mat-work, Kanemoto takes down Wright by the leg before Wright lands an
enzuigiri. Uppercut by Wright, Kanemoto doesn’t seem interested in selling for
Wright. Kanemoto has wrist control before Wright uses a hip-toss. Japanese
arm-drag and head-scissors from Wright, dropkick and Wright lands a spear to
the chest. Wright lands a flying crossbody and both men spill to the floor,
Wright is in the ring while Kanemoto comes back slowly. Baseball slide by
Wright, plancha from Wright. Kanemoto regains control in the ring and lands
chops, right hand to the head and more big chops.
into a knee to the back of the head, Kanemoto tries winding up the crowd but
it’s for very little reaction. The fans chant USA at German born Wright so God
knows who they are cheering for, Kanemoto dropkicks and kicks Wright all over.
Wright tries suplexing Kanemoto into the ring, Kanemoto reverses and lands a
tiger suplex but Wright is in the ropes. Kanemoto lands a Diving Moonsault but
decides not to pin Wright, Kanemoto kicks Wright in the head over and over.
More chops, whip to the opposite buckle. Wright leapfrogs Kanemoto and lands a
German suplex for two, Wright keeps on the attack. Whip to the opposite buckle,
elbow and a slam. Wright is climbing high, slingshot splash. Kanemoto has his
foot on the ropes, Wright is on the top rope with both men trying dropkicks.
whipped to the corner, Wright leapfrogs to the top rope. Diving crossbody for
two, Kanemoto kicks Wright in the chest. Scoop slam and twisting senton for
two, Kanemoto climbs to the top rope. Wright avoids the diving crossbody with a
dropkick, Wright lands a diving missile dropkick. Wright places Kanemoto on the
top rope, superplex in the middle of the ring for a close two. Kanemoto
reverses an Irish whip and Wright tries the leapfrog but Kanemoto lands the
stun-gun and rolls-up Wright for the win.
They worked hard
but the crowd did not give a damn in the slightest, I knew it was a brave
decision to put the two out there on PPV, Kanemoto wasn’t going to give you
100% here, it was clear from the start and the finish wasn’t as smooth as it
could have been.
Koji Kanemoto over Alex Wright via Roll-Up!
vs Masahiro Chono
we have one of the Three Musketeers coming in here against Luger who should be
white-hot as a freshly minted heel. How could either man lose this match? I
don’t see either man losing this match so this could be a disaster, Luger is
cheered despite taking out Hogan & Savage. This is such an awful idea,
let’s get it on though.
on a side headlock, shoulder block knocks down Chono. Military press drop from
Luger, crowd has come alive for Luger. Vicious kicks to the ribs by Luger,
Chono ducks and lands a flying forearm. Make it two, Yakuza Kick by Chono and
Luger is on the floor. Both men stall before a test of strength, Luger
cheap-shots Chono. Chono is man-handled into the corner, stomps by Luger. Chono
blocks the suplex and drills Luger, knees in the corner and a choke by Chono.
Luger fights back but is caught in a sleeper, Chono delivers a reverse DDT and
applies The STF. Luger is in the middle of the ring and not doing well, Luger
survives but eats an inverted atomic drop. Chono lands his Yakuza Kick again,
Chono is climbing high but Luger counters with an elbow to the throat. Torture
Rack from Luger! Chono taps!
payday for Chono I imagine to lose like that to Luger, fans are cheering for
Luger like a massive babyface which again fits the circumstances but damn man,
throwing all this away for a random World Cup on your Wrestlemania Show is just
Lex Luger over Masahiro Chono via Torture Rack!
Badd W/ Diamond Doll vs Masa Saito
Johnny B. Badd with Kimberly who looks fantastic and is flipping around the
ring like a cheerleader, no DDP or continuation from feud but you can see the
early formations of The Nitro Girls here. Masa Saito is a block of a man and I
cannot see these two men’s styles gelling at all, this could be a disaster but
let’s see how it goes between Saito & Badd.
Badd to the ropes, clean break and a bow. Hip-toss from Saito, sweep from Saito
who looks for a cobra clutch like manoeuvre on the ground here. Both men are
chopping one another, Badd celebrates prematurely as the two continue to chop
one another. Side headlock and a throat shot from Saito, Badd is rammed off the
turnbuckle. Sonny Onoo chokes Badd with the Japanese Flag behind the referee’s
back, Kimberly is very concerned. Saito Suplex! 1..2.. Badd kicks out!
Clothesline by Saito for two, Onoo attacks Badd again. Russian leg-sweep for
two, Badd reverses an Irish whip and lands a knee-lift. Diving axe-handle from
Badd, Badd climbs high again and lands his diving sunset flip for two.
begging for mercy and bows, Badd kicks Saito and throws his lefts and rights.
Let it end soon oh Lord! Snap suplex by Badd, Onoo is on the apron and Saito
measures and attacks Badd by the back and we have a DQ as Saito lifts Badd over
the top rope.
Of all the
matches to think that would end in a DQ I did not have this on my bingo card,
the match is alright considering the contrasting styles but yeah this PPV is
doing nothing for me and a whole lot of dull matches up and down the card.
Johnny B. Badd over Masa Saito via DQ!
Otani vs Eddie Guerrero
Very sad to
hear about Otani’s current condition, the future was bright for both men here.
So sad to think what the future would hold but anyways, Eddie Guerrero came to
WCW and hasn’t had a chance to shine on PPV just yet but this should be a good
showcase considering as Black Tiger, these two men would have tore it up in
NJPW and much like Benoit, this style is very comfortable for Latino Heat.
Otani rakes the eyes but is caught with an enzuigiri, Otani holds the back of
his head, clearly rocked by Eddie’s kick to the head.
a snap-mare and stomps on Otani’s face, Otani trips up Eddie and works the leg.
Eddie out-manoeuvres Otani and grabs a reverse chin-lock, Otani escapes and
lands a monkey flip, Eddie lands a pop-up hurricanrana. Otani powders and
recovers, Otani comes back into the ring to eat a dropkick. Scoop slam and tope
atomico from Eddie, Boston crab from Eddie. Eddie lands a snap powerbomb for
two, brainbuster from Eddie for a close two. Corner clothesline by Eddie, Otani
leaps out of the corner and lands a springboard dropkick, springboard plancha.
In the ring, Otani lands a dropkick. Otani grabs the hair of Eddie before going
back to a foot-choke. Otani uses the bottom rope to choke Eddie, camel clutch
with a little face-rake from Otani.
counters out of the hold with a belly to back suplex, Otani kicks out of the
hold. Eddie lifts up Otani but Otani floats out and drills Eddie with a German
suplex for a close two. Otani is on the apron, springboard spinning heel kick
by Otani. Scoop slam and Otani goes high, the fans boo the Japanese talent.
Eddie is too quick, Otani is caught with a top rope hurricanrana. Two for
Eddie, Splash Mountain Bomb by Eddie for a close two. Standing switches from
both men before Otani trips Eddie into a heel hook, Eddie reaches the ropes but
Otani continues to hold on with Eddie screaming out in pain. Eddie side-steps
Otani, Otani is sent into the guardrail. Scoop slam by Eddie, Eddie lands a
springboard crossbody on Otani.
dead-weight at this point, Eddie has Otani and looks for a suplex on the floor.
Otani suplexes Eddie into the ring, Otani lands a springboard dropkick to the
back of the head. Dragon suplex attempt by Otani, Eddie counters with a
hurricanrana, Otani rolls through for two. Eddie counters for two but Otani
rolls-up Eddie and steals it.
Lots of fun
in this one, more talent that is very familiar with one another and they just
work at an electric pace towards the end with both men showcasing that junior
heavyweight style that would be new to WCW fans, Otani and Eddie kick lots of
Otani over Eddie Guerrero via Roll-Up!
Savage vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan
one part of Cho-Ten and would later become one of NJPW’s legends who stuck with
the company through the good and bad, Savage is competing in this cup and will
later defend his championship against the winner of a triple threat.
pushes Tenzan to the corner, clean break from Savage. Tenzan is frustrated,
Tenzan does not give a clean break the second time around. Tenzan stomps all
over Savage, Savage is in trouble now. Savage meets the buckle, Tenzan applies
the sleeper and dishes out some chops while Savage stumbles around the ring.
Stiff clothesline for two, Savage is fighting back but Tenzan keeps coming back
with massive headbutts. Shoulder claws from Tenzan, Savage rakes the eyes of
Tenzan. Tenzan whips Savage off the ropes and lands a spinning heel kick.
Tenzan lands an excellent throw and taunts the crowd, Diving Headbutt by Tenzan
for two. Scoop slam and Tenzan misses the moonsault, Savage clotheslines Tenzan
to the apron. Savage wants a suplex into the ring, Tenzan blocks before Savage
lifts Tenzan onto the rope. Diving Elbow Drop by Savage and the match is over.
basic, really basic. Savage got beaten for 95% of it only to win like that? Talk
about phoning it in, almost makes me want to laugh.
Randy Savage over Hiroyoshi Tenzan via Diving Elbow Drop!
Sting, we have a lot of history here as Sasaki took Sting’s WCW United States
Championship and of course, the prestigious World Cup hangs in the balance.
Sting fights back and lands a Stinger Splash within minutes, Sasaki reverses an
Irish whip to the corner and lands a face-buster. Sasaki lands a massive
clothesline, make it two. Sting ducks the third and lands a dropkick,
clothesline to the floor. Powerslam in the ring by Sasaki, Northern Lights Bomb
by Sasaki. Stretch-Hold by Sasaki, Sasaki releases the hold and applies his
version of The Sharpshooter. Sting escapes, lands a kick and a face-buster
before looking to apply The Scorpion Death-Lock. Sasaki gives up and Sting
short, how do I even write about it? It was a match, that’s about it.
Sting over Kensuke Sasaki via Scorpion Death-Lock!
vs Lex Luger vs Sting
Ric Flair is
smarter than Luger & Sting as Flair did not wrestle in the World Cup and
therefore, he is fresh. How do I feel about this match? Well, you think Hogan
would be involved but nope why would the ex-champion be involved? Also how did
Giant not involve himself in this one? Luger loses a coin-toss and must wrestle
on the apron as Flair & Sting kick us off, this is a poor man’s version of
the triangle match.
back Flair, Flair lets Sting do his thing. Flair kicks Sting, Sting lands his
military press slam and clothesline, Flair scrambles to the ropes to avoid a
Figure Four. Flair applies a hammerlock to wear down Sting, Flair uses the
ropes for leverage. Flair lands a massive right in the corner, Flair works the
hammerlock again. Sting fires up, hip-toss and dropkick. Military press slam
again, Flair is begging for mercy. Ten punches by Sting, Sting bites the head
of Flair. Face-buster by Sting, Flair powders. Sting is lured into Flair, Sting
meets the guardrail but explodes out with a clothesline. Sting no-sells the
guardrail this time, Flair is begging for mercy. Toss by Sting, Flair avoids
the dropkick this time. Flair pounds on Sting before Sting rallies and lands a
belly to back suplex, Sting looks for the win and Luger teases breaking up the
Sting into the corner, Luger makes the tag and poses in front of Flair. Flair is
on the ring, Luger gives chase. Luger picks up Flair and brings him to the
ring, Flair is begging for mercy again. Flair goes low and works the ribs of
Luger, shoulder block does not work for Flair. Luger knocks down Flair again
and again, Irish whip and military press slam by Luger. Ten punches in the
corner by Luger, Flair Flop. Flair suckers in Luger with a nice thumb to the eye,
Flair goes after the knee. Chop block with precision accuracy, stomps to the
knee over and over. Flair grabs a chair and waffles the leg of Luger, Sting was
with the referee. Flair is strutting around in total control, Sting has to
watch on from the apron. Flair drives his knee into Luger’s nuts and applies
The Figure Four Leg-lock! Luger turns over the hold and reverses the pressure, suplex
for two. Flair goes to the top rope, Luger yanks him off the top rope. Flair
lands chops with no effect on Luger, Flair wants Sting & Luger. Flair tags
in Sting, Sting & Luger now have to fight. Sting & Luger shake hands, Luger
is ready to throw down.
Sting to the buckle, clean break. Sting does the same, Luger is not happy with Sting
showing him up. Test of strength does not happen as Luger goes low and begins
stomping Sting, Sting fights back before Luger lands a huge clothesline. Luger
drops Sting throat-first across the top rope, Sting lands a diving crossbody
for two. Sting lands a scoop slam but misses a Vader bomb as Luger uses his
knees to block. Luger lands elbow after elbow, Sting holds onto the ropes. Back
on their feet, Sting blocks a foot and smacks Luger. Luger blocks the scorpion
and goes low on Sting, Luger wants a suplex but Sting counters for his own
suplex. Sting lands a face-buster on Luger, Irish whip to the buckle. Stinger
Splash connects, Sting misses the second splash. Luger has the Torture Rack.
Sting kicks the referee with his boot by accident, Flair chop-blocks Luger who
collapses to the floor, Flair throws Sting to the floor and both men are
So this was
one of the matches that had a bit of actual story and meat to it and it was
executed poorly, really having someone stand on the apron in a three-way? You
basically get 3 singles matches with the fans not exactly shouting to the
heavens during the matches, Sting and Luger don’t even have that kind of will
they or won’t they kind of thing going on, they just go at it like that. It was
entertaining when it was Flair vs Sting or Flair vs Luger but Sting vs Luger
was not nearly as interesting and I wasn’t invested sadly.
World Heavyweight Championship Match) Randy Savage © vs Ric Flair
commentators talk about how Savage is all banged up and now has to wrestle
again but Flair wrestled far longer than Savage and doesn’t even get a break so
how does that make any sense that Savage would be more banged up or at a disadvantage?
even bother taking off his shirt, backslide and the match is almost over. Savage
rips the shirt and tosses it at Flair, they lock-up with Flair having Savage in
the corner. Kicks and chops by Flair, Flair wants the Figure Four but Savage
kicks him off. Savage has a front chancery, Savage lands punches and drives
Flair to the buckle. Flair Flip to the floor, Savage misses his diving axe
handle. Paul Orndorff is here with a neck-brace, security get rid of him. Flair
works the injured arm of Savage, Flair uses chops and the guardrail and
finally, a hammerlock to hurt the arm of Savage. Flair continues working the
arm but Savage fights back, shoulder block but Flair slaps on a sleeper. Savage
runs into the rope so Flair smashes his face off the rope, Savage tries to
sneak a pin-fall but Flair is too strong. Whip to the buckle and a back body
drop by Savage, two clotheslines for two.
right hands by Savage, Savage climbs high. Jimmy Hart is on the apron and
throws Flair the megaphone. Savage is caught in the ribs coming off the top
rope with a right hand, Flair tries using the megaphone but Savage lands a shot
with the megaphone and a Diving Elbow Drop. Brian Pillman is here, Pillman is
throw into Benoit. Flair is bleeding, the referee has missed all of this.
Anderson nails Savage with a foreign object, Flair pins Savage.
to try and digest all of what I just saw, so Savage comes in the fresher man
and having just won the World Championship in controversial circumstances at
the previous month’s PPV. Savage and Flair have worked one another throughout
the year with Savage ending the feud by gaining revenge for his father who was
attacked by Flair. Flair had reformed The Horsemen and seemed to be heading
towards a feud with Sting as Flair had once again double-crossed Sting yet here
we are at the end of 1995 and Flair has beaten Savage and won the world
championship. Did Hogan refuse to lose to Flair? Was Savage a transitional
champion? Are they going to continue the feud? The match was short considering the
nature of the show and I expected a Savage comfortable win as Flair was the one
who went the distance to get here but nope, Flair triumphs and stands stall
again in WCW. The match itself was nothing special, megaphone spot seemed a bit
sloppy and Flair getting all that colour for the match to end seconds later?
Wild stuff all around!
Ric Flair over Randy Savage via Foreign Object!
That was WCW’s
Starrcade 1995, an easy enough PPV to breeze through with matches not reaching gigantic
lengths but very little epic if any action on this one. I have hated for a long
time the WCW concept of taking all their big angles and pissing them away on Starrcade
for tournaments or battle bowl, this might take the cake as we have the show
built around talent who half of them are not even WCW talent. So face and heel
alignments are thrown out the window in favour of cheering the Americans over
The evil Japanese and the Japanese talent are not over with the crowd at all.
The matches that work well are the ones featuring talent who can work that NJPW
Junior Heavyweight style so Benoit and Guerrero have very fun and entertaining
matches with Liger and Otani respectively but with the likes of Wright vs
Kanemoto and Saito vs Badd, it's a tough watch because they don’t really come
together at any point. Luger vs Chono and Savage vs Tenzan are very short and
kind of interesting considering how NJPW loved those two and you would think would
be keen to protect them but here they are doing the JOBs quite quickly too,
same treatment is dished out for Sasaki against Sting. The actual meat of the
card comes in the poorly executed triangle, doesn’t really capture the drama
that you would want considering the quality of star in that ring but they put
over Flair big here as Flair comes out on top, raising questions about booking and
how Hogan, The Giant and everyone will fit into this. I felt there was a lot of
drama heading into the PPV considering how controversial the last show was and
with Luger turning too, you had intrigue and interest but WCW throws this at me
and it somehow feels just so WCW.
How did I
feel about 1995? It sucks to see Vader out of the company considering how much
fun Vader was in WCW, the thought of babyface Vader was interesting to me but
alas, it wasn’t meant to be in WCW. Hogan on top in WCW has proved frustrating
with The Hulkster phoning it in on multiple occasions and hamming it up to
levels that would make any WCW fan change the channel. The influx of ex WWF
talent hasn’t lit the world on fire but the wheels are beginning to turn a bit
here now with the likes of Benoit & Guerrero coming in, the talent is coming
into WCW but at the tip-top there is some weird things going on in the company.
What will Hogan do next? Where does Sting fit in all of this? I guess we will
see, thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!