In the next edition of the Old School Review, we shall be going back to the year of 1994 and just a short time before it can be seen as changing once and for all. Up until this point, WCW had being a “wrestling” show but with the impending arrival of Hulk Hogan things were about to change once and for all. The event I am going to next in WCW Month is one I have never seen and have no familiarity with it in the slightest. I genuinely don’t known what to expect, but given how other events at this time have being perceived I am quite excited for this. So, here I go blindfolded with the…
Old School Review: Spring Stampede 1994
The opening promo is depicted around each of the championship matches taking a prominent position but then attention is paid to the lesser matches on the card in the evening. We then go inside the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois with Gene Okerlund who introduces Aaron Neville to sing “America the Beautiful” to a tremendous reaction. We then go to ringside with Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan who talk about their excitement for tonight’s event specifically Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat before the crowd start chanting Weasel at Heenan. We then go up to the ring for the first match,
Johnny B. Badd vs. Diamond Dallas Page (w/ The Diamond Doll)
Badd makes his way to the ring first, to an incredible reaction and shoots a lot of confetti over the crowd. DDP then makes his way to the ring with Diamond Doll. The match gets underway with Badd in control in the early moments, but DDP is able to gain some momentum over Badd. The match is simple but nicely told through the effort of Badd it seems. Badd is eventually able to pick up the win in the match, following an impressive aerial sunset flip. Acceptable opening contest.
Winner: Johnny B. Badd
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We then go to Schiavone and Heenan, where they talk about the matches which can still be expected tonight with Heenan pulling rips on Schiavone. We then go to Okerlund with Jesse Ventura talking about the superstar line. They then preview Flair and Steamboat, before talking about more of the matches.
WCW Television Championship: Lord Steven Regal (c) (w/ Sir William) vs. Brian Pillman
Pillman makes his way to the ring first, to an incredible reaction and is soon followed by Regal. The match gets underway, with Pillman taking it to Regal. The match is superbly contested, with a nice wrestling style portrayed by both men. Regal uses a variety of submission and endurance moves to control Brian. In the last minute, Pillman really steps up the game to control Regal in an effort to get the win. They eventually both go outside the ring, which is seemingly the end of the match as it goes to a time limit draw in an absolutely incredible match. Only disappointment, it needed longer to be even better…15 minutes was not enough for this.
Match Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Col. Robert Parker talking to Gene Okerlund about Austin’s match later this evening before Bunkhouse Buck talks about his match with Dustin Rhodes later in the evening. We then head back to the arena for the next match of the evening.
Chicago Street Fight: The Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne
Both teams make their way to the ring, with the action quickly getting underway all over the arena. This match, for the time is really brutal with some nasty spots including shovels to the head. A really great and entertaining match, which would have had more impact at the time because it would have being so different to what they are used to. The Nasty Boys eventually pick up the win after pinning Cactus.
Winner: The Nasty Boys
Match Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0 Stars