Saturday, 5 February 2011

Like A Vision She Dances Across The Porch As 1992 WCW Plays

Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas v Barry Windham & Bobby Eaton (Main Event, 12/27/92)

Steamboat and Douglas are still pissed at Windham jumping them with a chair at the last Clash. Windham doesn't care for either guy which is why he jumped them with a chair in the first place. Match is pretty short, but there's plenty of good stuff here, which is something you come to expect from these guys. I wish Barry and Eaton teamed together more often, because they have good chemistry together. There's a cool spot where Eaton makes a blind tag to Windham, so Barry sticks to the apron for a little while until he has a clear passage to cheapshot Douglas with a knee. Doesn't sound like anything special, but it was pretty nifty and I like those kind of tag spots. Finish is also pretty sweet.

Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas v Barry Windham & Brian Pillman (Starrcade, 12/28/92)

Really a classic southern style tag; maybe the best WCW tag of the year, which is saying something in a year full of great tag matches. Windham and Pillman are a great team, Windham as the surly ass kicker, Pillman as the speedy douchebag technician. First stretch leading up to Douglas playing FIP maybe went a little too long and the heat wasn't really there, but Windham and Pillman are great as your heels in peril. Pillman takes a ridiculous bump off the apron where he careens throat first into the guardrail; it's not telegraphed in any way and just comes straight out of nowhere. Steamboat is still major pissed at Barry and brings the fire to suggest as much. Things pick up big time once Douglas gets hurled off the top rope to the floor. Douglas is seriously great as your FIP here; he takes a few killer bumps, sells everything great, has good timing on his hope spots, etc. There's one great moment where Barry clocks him with a punch and he does this amazing sell where he just goes dead on his feet and falls into the ropes like a puppet whose strings where just cut. Crowd are pretty rabid at this point as well, and a lot of that is down to Pillman and Barry working a Hell of a beatdown. Awesome moment where Steamboat loses it because of all the cheating and cracks Barry with a chair. If they went right to the finish after Steamboat's hot tag then this would be a great match. They don't, though, and instead have Steamboat take a stint as FIP as well. Steamboat is great as your belligerent good guy that refuses to take the bad guys' bullshit, wagging his finger at Windham and talking shit while Windham's beating on him. It's less "Oh man he needs to make the tag or he's gonna fucking die" Steamboat, more "Oh man they better fucking kill him or he's gonna rip their heads off at some point" Steamboat. Love the finish as well, especially Windham trying to launch himself over the top rope to break the count. Just a terrific, terrific match.

WCW 1992 Project

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