In our final week of WCW month, we go back to 1990 when a new star was crowned in Sting when he captured his first WCW Championship. Featuring a packed undercard, this was the standard bearer event of the time and spearheaded WCW into the 1990s. I have only ever seen snippets of the main event, but never the entirety of it so I am quite excited for this one. Finally some good old school wrestling to enjoy with the latest…
Old School Review: The Great American Bash 1990
The shown opens with a very presidential approach to the event showing the various superstars which will appear this evening. We then go to ringside with our ann0uncers Jim Ross and Bob Caudle where they talk about the various matches which will take place, and whether Sting is healthy enough for this evening. We then go to the ring for the first match of the evening.
Buddy Landel vs. Flyin’ Brian
The match gets underway, and is a really good pace throughout. Landel displays a level of dominance over Brian in the early moments of the match, but ultimately it falls back to Brian. He does truly live up to his name of Flyin’ Brian throughout the match, and looks very good in this match. Eventually, Brian is able to pick up the win in a cracking way to open the show. If they had more time, this match would have being outstanding.
Winner: Flyin’ Brian
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars
The Iron Sheik vs. Mike Rotunda
The match gets underway with Sheik attacking Rotunda with the Iranian flag, and is able to maintain his dominance in the early moments. Rotunda is able to make a comeback and sends The Sheik reeling at ringside. The Sheik is able to regain the control, and uses a whole variety of moves to remain in control of the match. Eventually, The Sheik is unsuccessful when Rotunda pins him following a backslide. Sadly, this wasn’t a very good match and it was abundently obvious that The Sheik is slowing down here because some of the spots looked quite awkward.
Winner: Mike Rodtunda
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
Dutch Mantel vs. Doug Furnas
The match quickly gets underway, but from the outset I cannot help but think Mantel looks like a tramp. The match gets underway, which sees Mantel in control of the match at various points. He is ultimately unsuccessful, as Furnas, who looks quite impressive throughout wins the match following a belly to belly suplex. This match was quite forgettable to be honest, there wasn’t anything about it.
Winner: Doug Furnas
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Tommy Rich vs. Harley Race
The match quickly gets underway, with Race really taking the action to Rich with a whole variety of moves. Whilst slightly slower, Race does look quite impressive through the match and almost looks to if he is carrying Rich to an extent. A flying cross-body attempt by Rich is immediately countered and Race picks up the win. Despite Race no spring chicken in this match, he does really look quite good.
Winner: Harley Race
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars