Old School Review: Slamboree 1993

We then go to Eric Bischoff, who is joined by Dusty Rhodes, Mr Wrestling II and Stu Hart. Rhodes gets on the microphone and responds to the challenge of The Assassin, saying he knows where to find him. Stu then puts over Davey Boy ahead of his match with Vader later in the evening…hearing Stu talk here has made me realise Bret Hart’s impression of him is spot on. We then go back to the ring for the next match.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Barry Windham (c) vs. Arn Anderson

Both competitors make their way to the ring, and the match gets underway. It is really well contested and is very back and forth between both men. Soon enough, Windham is busted open quite badly, but this doesn’t appear to slow him down as he continues to go for Anderson. This match is very good, exceptionally solid match but I feel as if it is lacking something to make it more noteworthy or credible. Eventually, Windham is able to retain the championship after he nails Anderson with the championship belt. Solid and enjoyable match nonetheless.

Winner: Barry Windham, to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

WCW Championship: Big Van Vader (c) (w/ Harley Race) vs. Davey Boy Smith

Davey makes his way to the ring first to a nice reaction, before Vader makes his way to the ring with Harley Race carrying the championship belt for him. The match gets underway, with Davey showing superb athleticism and power with Vader, including a Standing Vertical Suplex. Vader, to his absolute credit takes the moves like a pro and bounces around the ring like a cruiserweight. Vader regains the control, and is able to ground Davey. Davey soon regains control in an impressive showing, but following interference from Race, Vader nails him with a chair to get himself disqualified. Vader continues to attack Davey after the match, with efforts from Scorpio and Bagwell to no avail, until Sting makes his way down and quickly takes out Vader. Thoroughly enjoyable match which could have easily gone much longer with ease.

Winner: Davey Boy Smith

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

We then go to Eric Bischoff, who is talking to Magnum TA. We then return to ringside with Schiavone and Zbysko who are joined by Verne Gagne, who expresses his pleasure at the athleticism shown in this evenings event, before the show is drawn to a close.

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect going into watching this event. It could have easily gone two different ways…good or bad but I can honestly say that it was a thoroughly enjoyable event, with several of the matches bordering on fantastic. For me, the match of the night was Bockwinkel and Funk which really needed another 15 minutes to be truly stunning. It was amazing, but more could have being achieved…and this is from two men at the time who were in their 50s. There were some forgettable matches on the card, but the superb did really outweigh the bad. Therefore, this is an event that would certainly come with a high recommendation from me. It featured something for everyone in my opinion, and the main event stood true to a testament of mine where Vader is concerned…he really does work better with smaller opponents. If you would like to view the event yourself, which you really should, you can certainly do so as part of your 9.99 subscription fee to the WWE Network!

Show Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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