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The main event of Fall Brawl, as usual, was the War Games match. The Dungeon Of Doom, now in full swing, challenging the Hulkamaniacs – Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Sting and Vader, all camo’d up. That was until Vader got in a fight with Paul Orndorff backstage and got suspended. The door opened for Lex Luger who came in, but WCW weren’t shy in building tension between Savage and Luger, a program that would develop after the pay per view.
Elsewhere Ric Flair and Arn Anderson had finally grown tired of each other and Johnny B Badd and Brian Pillman were facing off in a number one contender match for Sting’s US Title. This show also happened just a few days after Steve Austin was let go by the company. This is relevant in the first match. On the main event pre-show, Hulk Hogan is outside on his Harley Davidson chatting to Okerlund and some fans when The Giant appears driving a Monster Truck, running over the motorcycle as Hogan scarpers.
Johnny B Badd vs Brian Pillman
United States Title number one contender match
Austin was released in part because he was in a “group” of younger wrestlers who signed contracts a few years prior who weren’t worth their money. Pillman and Badd were in that group and, to prove a point, WCW put them out there with 30 minutes to fill on the basis they’d flounder. They ended up having the best match on the card. Fast paced, high flying, intense action. The match went twenty minutes to a draw, before being extended, in the end the pair collide mid ring and Badd wins.
Cobra vs Sergeant Craig Pittman
A bit of backstory (the match wasn’t very long). Craig Pittman debuted a few months ago as a former army sergeant, Cobra debuted in Vignettes in August, said to be someone that Pittman left behind in battle. Pittman maintains Cobra “broke the code”. That’s as far as the build got. The match was brief, with Cobra being blindsided by Pittman who entered the match by descending from the rafters. He locked in the “Code Red” armbar and that’s enough for the victory.
Diamond Dallas Page (w/ The Diamond Doll and Max Muscle) vs The Renegade (w/ Jimmy Hart) for the WCW World Television Championship.
Page tried hard, but covering for Renegade who really does make a good claim to be one of the worst workers to ever get a sustained push on a nationwide wrestling product was asking too much. Mercifully the match wasn’t that long, and after Renegade opts to splash Max Muscle on the outside, rather than DDP in the ring, that ended it. DDP hits the Diamond Cutter and wins the WCW Television Title.
Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray w/ Sister Sherri) vs Bunkhouse Buck and Dirty Dick Slater (w/ Col. Robert Parker) for the WCW World Tag Team Championship
A bog standard WCW tag match that this stage. Not the best, but by no means the worst. Unfortunately it followed the usual pattern of treading water before waiting for outside interference came to put them out of their misery. In this case, it took Sherri and Parker kissing in the other ring, followed by interference from The Nasty Boys, the Heat win the tag titles. They lost them the next night.
Arn Anderson vs Ric Flair
WCW did a fantastic job setting the stage for this match. We see wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero, Alex Wright, Brian Pillman and Big Bubba sat in the crowd, adding to the importance of it. Anderson dominates much of the match, working Flair’s arm. Later in the match Flair locks in a long figure four, which whips up the crowd. In the end Brian Pillman jumps onto the apron, kicks Flair in the back of the head allowing Anderson to win.
War Games. The Dungeon of Doom (Kamala, The Shark, Zodiac and Meng w/The Taskmaster) vs The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Sting, Randy Savage and Lex Luger w/ Jimmy Hart). If the faces win, Hulk Hogan gets five minutes inside the cage with The Taskmaster
If the Hulkamaniacs win, Hogan gets five minutes in the ring with The Taskmaster
A predictable War Games match. When Sting is by far and away the best worker in the match you know you’re in some trouble. Usual fodder really, the faces are dressed in camo gear which is a nice touch. Hulk Hogan, ever the babyface, comes in as the last man and throws powder in everyone’s eyes. Once they decided they’d had enough, Hogan puts Zodiac in a camel clutch and that’s enough to end it.
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After the match Hogan gets his five minutes with Taskmaster. Well, that is until The Giant comes out. Giant locks in a nerve hold before “snapping” Hogan’s head to one side. The babyfaces run off the heels before calling for a paramedic to come to Hogan’s aid.
Score Rating: 6.5/10
Go Back and Watch: A well paced, well booked show with two very good matches and otherwise a mixed bag of action. Badd vs Pillman is very good, Arn vs Flair predictably strong. The rest I could take or leave, but of all the WCW PPV’s I’ve seen this was nowhere near the worst.