In the next edition of the Old School Review, we go to the year of 1996 when things truly began to change for WCW. Loitering behind the WWE for many years, this is the event when things truly began to change for WCW following one of the most controversial moments in wrestling history…a moment still talked about nearly 20 years later, the formation of the nWo – New World Order. Like most, I have seen the main event of this event as it was included on the Best of WCW VHS many moons ago but the rest of the event, I have never seen. So what does the most controversial event in WCW history have in store. Let’s find out in the next…
OSR: WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 Review
The opening promo is depicted around a “Hostile Takeover” with the arrival of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in WCW, before we go inside the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida for this evenings event. Our commentators for this evening are Bobby Heenan, Tony Schiavone and Dysty Rhodes who talk about the unknown whereabouts of Eric Bischoff but also how they don’t know who the third man is for the main event. Lots of tension already being built ready for this, before we go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
Psychosis vs. Rey Mysterio Jr
As Psychosis makes his way to the ring, Mike Tennay joins the commentary team before Rey Mysterio Jr makes his way to the ring with odd entrance music. The match soon gets underway, with a really good style of Lucha Libre being displayed by both men with some superb moves being used. Tennay does wonders at emphasizing the importance of Lucha Libre and Mexican wrestling heritage. The match is really fast paced, and really well laid out. A really nice spot when Psychosis nails Mysterio with a senton to the outside of the ring…it actually made me go WOW! Eventually, Mysterio wins this absolutely fantastic opening match…the cruiserweight superstars in WCW always delivered something fresh and unique from everything else.
Winner: Rey Mysterio Jr
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Gene Okerlund, who is joined by WCW United States Champion Konnan ahead of his match with Ric Flair. They talk about their match later on this evening, and the confidence being displayed by Flair. He then says no matter what, he is walking out as the champion. We then return to the arena for the next match of the evening.
Carson City Silver Dollar Match: Big Bubba (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. John Tenta
Bubba makes his way to the ring, as the dollars are shown on the pole in what looks like a massive “intimate precaution” device. Anyhow, the match gets underway with Tenta being in control of the match. The match doesn’t really have a lot to it, because it becomes apparent neither man will be able to scale the pole to retrieve the dollars. Eventually, Jimmy Hart makes his way up the pole, and retrieves the dollars. Tenta then takes them, and nails Bubba to pick up the win. Very uninteresting match, and a pointless gimmick which didn’t make any sense in the slightest.
Winner: John Tenta
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We briefly go to the commentary team, who talk again about the third man and their uncertainty on who it is. We then go to Gene Okerlund with Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Sting who talk about the third man and how they are pumped for the match despite everything. The hype for the match is really being hyped up throughout the show to allow it to have an amazing impact.
Taped Fist Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs. Jim Duggan
DDP makes his way to the ring first, and is soon joined by Duggan as it is made clear the winner will become The Lord of the Ring (whatever the heck that is). Duggan gets a USA chant going, The match gets underway, with DDP soon taping Duggan’s legs around the ring post in a nice spot which is spoiled by the referee who quickly un-tapes Duggan. This is another match which really doesn’t have anything to it, and is quite boring really. After what seems like a lifetime but is only five minutes, DDP is able to pick up the win in another pointless gimmick match and I still don’t understand what The Lord of the Ring rubbish was all about.
Winner: Diamond Dallas Page
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars