|Legend vs. Legacy - Baltimore Arena - 7.14.91|
Oh wait, scratch that. Change of plans....
|Luger vs. Windham - 7.14.91|
In a scant two years the NWA (morphing into WCW) went from being at the top of its game to being in absolute creative shambles. Nowhere is this more evident than at their 1991 summer spectacular. Ric Flair, the NWA's top star for the past decade, had reached a contractual impasse with the new management (led by the cosmically inept Jim Herd) and was forced out of the company while still in possession of its top championship. His scheduled match with Lex Luger was thus off, and WCW's scrambling to plug this roster hole seemed to have a domino effect on the rest of this PPV. Once again they shoehorned eleven matches onto a three-hour broadcast, and once again most of the matches belonged in a wrestling dump heap.
Case in fucking point: Steve Austin & Terrence Taylor vs. Bobby Eaton & PN News in a Capture the Flag Scaffold Match. Sweet merciful Christ, what the hell was this? Scaffold matches in general are terrible, but this achieved new levels of putrid. The scaffold itself looked so rickety and unsafe I don't know how these four guys were even coaxed up there. Once on the platform they did basically nothing for the better part of ten minutes, aside from trying to not die. After several agonizing minutes of a match three of these four guys should've been mortified to have on their resumes (I'll let you guess which three), Bobby Eaton captured the other team's flag to euthanize this shitshow.
Next up was one of several not-ready-for-PPV bouts: Tom Zenk vs. Diamond Stud, a forgettable free TV match featuring an enormously jacked Scott Hall a year before he jumped to the WWF and mainstream success. Stud won after some interference from DDP. Moving on....
We go from the future Razor Ramon to the future Diesel, as Ron Simmons faced Oz. Apparently every match on this show featured a future WWF talent from 1996. This also belonged nowhere near a PPV. A portly Kevin Nash looked lost for most of this, yet somehow got to dominate the match. Eventually Ron Simmons woke everyone up with a clothesline that sent Oz over the ropes, but Oz soon took over again. Simmons eventually won with a powerslam.
|Simmons' reaction upon learning he'd be working with Oz: ".....DAMN!"|