OSR: WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 Review

The Outsiders and ??? vs. Sting, Randy Savage and Lex Luger

The history package is shown for the match, depicted around The Outsiders arrival in WCW and the events which have led up to Bash at the Beach. One thing about this promo is anything people are saying is slightly inaudible due to the stupid music playing in the background. Nonetheless, the promo is effective. We then go to Michael Buffer, to announce the main event of the evening. The Outsiders make their way to the ring first without the third man, to which Okerlund makes his way to the ring to try and find out who it is. they say he won’t be there just yet and they can handle it at the moment. Soon enough, Sting, Luger and Savage make their way to the ring to a tremendous reaction.

The match gets underway, with both teams going at it. The sides are soon evened out, when Sting inadvertently takes out Luger with a Stinger Splash…knocking him out on the turnbuckle. This brings it down to a standard tag team match, as Luger is stretchered out of the match. The match continues, with The Outsiders being exceptionally dominant over Sting. Sting takes a real beating, but is eventually able to tag in Savage. Savage is initially dominant but is quickly taken down by Nash. At this moment, Hogan makes his way to the ring, appearing to align with Savage and Sting. Ultimately, he turns heel by landing various leg drops on Savage. He then proceeds to taunt the crowd, as fans begin to throw trash inside the ring.

Gene Okerlund then makes his way to the ring, and tries to get some reasoning from Hogan. Speaking with a new fire in his voice, Hogan tells the fans to shut up if they want him to talk. He really rips into the WWE and Vince McMahon, without specifically naming them. He then turns to Ted Turner, saying how he is bored in WCW and now how he wants The Outsiders as his friends. He then tells the fans to stick it, before declaring themselves as the nWo. The match was good, but the closing segment was insane and memorable, one of the true defining moments in the history of WCW.

Winner: No-Contest

Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

The show did feature some really credible matches, such as Flair versus Konnan and Malenko versus Disco. They were both really well contested and paced out, and are a credit to the performers. The opening match between Mysterio and Psychosis was absolutely outstanding. The match quality in the main event wasn’t to bad, but it was overshadowed. That is the problem with the whole show, it was massively overshadowed by what happened at the end with Hogan and The Outsiders. The culmination of the show was superbly hyped throughout the show, but it couldn’t have prepared anyone for the impact it actually had because no one would have expected it. Some of the matches are skip-able, but this event is one that must be watched because it is a true defining moment in history. It will always be remembered, so definitely watch this…you can and must watch this as part of your 9.99 Subscription fee to the WWE Network. Go on, it’s definitely worth it!

Show Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

Image Credit: Cheap-Heat.com

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