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WCW “Beach Blast”
June 20th, 1992
From the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Alabama
Commentators: Jim Ross and Jesse “the Body” Ventura
Tony Schiavone, Eric Bischoff and Bill Watts lay out the card.
For the WCW World Light Heavyweight Championship
Scotty Flamingo vs. Flyin’ Brian (champion)
I’ve delved a lot into the history of wrestling but I’ve never seen one of my favourites of all time Raven as Scotty Flamingo except maybe on a comp video released by WWE in the early 2000’s (and not a comp of his career). The funniest part of this match was the older couple sitting in the front row and the old mans attention locked on the chest of a lady who walks in front of them mid-match. I’ll be keeping my eye on him. The match itself was good. It’s too bad that this was during the time when top rope moves meant disqualification. That’s kinda integral to lightweight matches. It went way longer than an opening match with no excitement surrounding it should have gone. I was surprised by the outcome.
Winner: Scotty Flamingo (new World Light Heavyweight Champion)
Johnny B. Badd comes out to MC tonights “First Lady of WCW” contest between Madusa and Missy Hyatt. Up first is the Evening Gown competition. For whatever reason Madusa is wearing a wedding gown and she doesn’t seem too thrilled about participating in this competition.
Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff hype up the next match.
Taylor Made Man (Terry Taylor) vs. Ron Simmons
BILL ALPHONSO OFFICIATING!!!
I never knew how much Terry Taylor looked like late-1990’s Shawn Michaels when he had his hair long. At a glance anyway. Mind you the only times I really ever saw his (Taylor) wrestle was when he had a red fohawk. Simmons utilized what may have been the weakest looking Bear Hug I’ve ever seen during this match. I think he was still really new to wrestling at this point so it was a good idea putting him in the ring with someone like Taylor to make him look passable. His finishing Snap Powerslam was pretty impressive though.
Winner: Ron Simmons
Jim Ross asks Ron Simmons his ultimate goal. Simmons says it’s to beat the odds and be the best he can be.
Marcus Bagwell vs. Greg “the Hammer” Valentine
What a miss-match here. Bagwell looked about 12, while Valentine looked 57. They were probably both 25 though. I was surprised how evenly balanced this match was but really when was Valentine really ever booked overly dominant? I’m sure it happened but I always do remember him always being in this exact same spot on every card.
Winner: Greg “the Hammer” Valentine
Pinfalls Count Anywhere on the Gulf Coast
Cactus Jack vs. Sting
BILL ALPHONSO OFFICIATING!!!!
Man, Foley has always looked the same to me for the last 30 years but he actually looked YOUNG here! This kind of match was almost completely foreign to North American wrestling at the time and especially the people of Mobile, Alabama. The looks on some of the faces in the crowd was sheer terror and it was really funny. I can’t blame them. I’d have probably been shocked too. I wondered if it has ever been included on any of WWEs Mick Foley compilations. It was way too short though. I was enjoying it and the crowd was into it.
Bischoff and Schiavone hype the previous match and the next match.
30-Minute Iron Man Challenge
Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat w/his wife and kid
I always feel so bad for Steamboats kid. He always looked so scared shitless coming out with his dad.
This was a really fucking good, well booked match. I liked how Rude sacrificed a point for the top rope disqualification rule in order to inflict more damage on Steamboat in the long run. At points they wrestled like two light heavyweights would 20 years later. GREAT MATCH! Even the ending was great.
Winner: Ricky Steamboat 4-3
Round 2 of the First Lady of WCW thing or whatever the fuck it is. Seriously, how do you follow that match up with this crap? Did Wrestlecrap even mention that in their induction of this contest? Anyway this was the Bathing Suit competition. Not the Bikini Competition, the Bathing Suit Competition. Although Missy Hyatt wore a bikini anyway.
They announce that Madusa is winning the phone poll 51% to 49%.
Beautiful Bobby, Arn Anderson & “Stunning” Steve Austin w/Paul E. Dangerously vs. Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes
This was a good match. Not much more to say other than that.
Winners: Nikita Koloff, Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes via top-rope disqualification
Eric Bischoff interviews Ricky Steamboat and congratulates him on winning the Iron Man match and earning a shot at Rick Rudes United States Championship. Paul E. Dangerously comes out and informs him that this will be his last shot at the United States Championship, then Cactus Jack attacks him (Steamboat).
Round 3 of whatever this thing between Madusa and Missy Hyatt is. It’s the Bikini Contest. Madusa doesn’t really seem to want to be there. Missy Hyatt won’t come out of her tent because someone stole her bikini but then she comes out in a really terrible bikini that’s apparently made of Jesse Venturas scarves. The winner will be announced Monday night on TBS.
Schiavone and Bischoff discuss Cactus Jacks attack on Ricky Steamboat and the next match.
For the WCW World Tag Team Championship
“Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Terry Gordy vs. the Steiner Brothers (champions)
This was a good match but for reasons I’ll get into later it wasn’t placed in the right spot on the card. Ah fuck later; it should’ve been in the spot of the Falls Count Anywhere match. But 31 years later I guess it’s not even worth thinking of.
Winners: time limit draw
Tony Schiavone and Eric Bischoff and then Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura run down the show then promote the Great American Bash.
This was really a “b-show”. Sting was World Heavyweight Champion and Rick Rude United States Champion but neither were defended and both of them wrestled in the mid-card. Athena Great American Bash was like three weeks later and I swear they also hyped Clash of the Champions happening the following week. WCW itself really felt like a b-promotion during this show. Flair was in WWF and they were still a couple years from getting Hogan. It was weird not seeing one of them on a WCW show.
That said the Iron Man match was FANTASTIC and worth watching the show for alone. But the Falls Count Anywhere match was great too. Why they paced the show the way they did is beyond me? The Iron Man match could’ve stayed where it was but the Falls Count Anywhere match should have been swapped with the Tag Team Championship match. The crowd was spent after those two back-to-back and I can’t blame them.
I’ve never seen Johnny B. Badd in full action. That was fun. The First Lady of WCW segments have been inducted into Wrestlecrap but I don’t think they were any worse than any other bikini contest thing that’s ever happened in wrestling. I wish I could remember if it was an early induction from when he was putting stuff that was real garbage in or one of the newer inductions when he was kinda desperate for material?
It was strange having Bischoff and Schiavone acting as hype men while JR and Ventura took care of commentary when those jobs are usually handled by one team. I liked the way they ended with them but WCW always did that.
Nothing much of note from the Old Man in the front row.
I miss Mobile, Alabama. Does current wrestling even go there anymore?