"NATURE BOY" RIC FLAIR VS. "THE ENFORCER" ARN ANDERSON
SEPTEMBER 17, 1995...ASHEVILLE CIVIC CENTER...ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
What took place at WCW's annual Fall Brawl was an event the wrestling world thought would never happen. For the better part of 10 years, Double A and the Nature Boy were as close as brothers, part of the most vicious gang in wrestling history and they had conquered the world together. Now, they would face each other in the ring. We talk about the matches we'd never thought we'd see (Rock vs. Hogan, Lesnar vs. Goldberg, etc). In 1995, Ric Flair vs. Arn Anderson was one that no one would have ever predicted would take place.
Flair and Anderson had tried to help Vader beat Hulk Hogan to regain the WCW World title. Eventually, it led to Vader turning on Arn and Ric and becoming face. On August 6, 1995, Vader defeated Anderson and Flair in a handicap match at Clash of the Champions from Daytona Beach, Florida. After the match, Flair blamed Double A for the loss and the two men started squabbling. Over the course of the next few weeks, Arn talked about how Flair's obsession with destroying Hogan had made him lose focus. Meanwhile, Flair said he'd be able to teach Arn a wrestling lesson.
Soon, the match would be set for Fall Brawl on September 17, 1995 in Asheville, North Carolina. However, shortly before the event, Double A was set to face Hacksaw Jim Duggan on WCW Pro in a taped fist match. In typical Horsemen fashion, Flair jumped Arn before the match, which never happened as the two men brawled all the way to the back.
Double A's promo right before the match shows why he is one of the most underrated on the mic, as well as one of the most underrated wrestlers of all-time.
This match has everything...ring psychology, drama, tension, just everything that makes a great match. You see it on the face of the combatants, as they have that feeling in the pit of their stomach that they don't want to face their best friend but think they have no choice. I thought what was a nice touch was showing some of the wrestlers at the time, like Eddie Guerrero, Alex Wright, and Brian Pillman (Flyin' Brian had something to say about the match as the night goes on) sitting at ringside watching. The fans also were fully invested in this battle, since both wrestlers got mixed reactions as you could tell the audience truly didn't know who to fully get behind. Overall, I give the match 5 out of 5 stars.
I won't give away the ending, I'll let whoever wants to watch see for themselves why it was a solid encounter.