Taylor Made Man says he offered Marcus Alexander Bagwell the chance to be his protégé and become a winner but now heís going to teach him how to be a loser.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell vs. Taylor Made Man
Notable before the match is a kid from Syracuse University who won a chance to be the ring announcer for this match and he decides to wear a tuxedo shirt and bow tie with basketball shorts in public. Unreal. Hip toss by Bagwell to start and he and Taylor exchange some words. Bagwell knocks Taylor down and Taylor hits a knee to the gut before dumping Bagwell to the floor. Taylor follows out and Bagwell hits an atomic drop. He clotheslines Taylor back into the ring and goes up. Crossbody off the top by Bagwell gets 2 and he goes to the side headlock. Taylor breaks with a head butt and he dumps Bagwell to the floor again. Back in, Bagwell overpowers Taylor and Taylor bails. Back in, Taylor hits a knee to the midsection and goes for a suplex but Bagwell escapes into the sleeper. Taylor makes the ropes to break and Taylor pulls Bagwell to the floor. Taylor follows out and he works over Bagwell on the floor. Back in, Taylor hits a jaw breaker and he toys with Bagwell. Taylor rakes the eyes of Bagwell and Bagwell fights back with rights. Gut wrench sit-out powerbomb by Taylor gets 2. Corner clothesline by Taylor and he hits a knee drop for 2. Sunset flip by Bagwell gets 2 and Taylor hits a suplex. Taylor goes up and he hits a flying splash off the top for 2. Taylor goes for a piledriver but Bagwell backdrops out. Taylor rakes the eyes and hits a snap mare. Mr. Perfect neck snap by Taylor gets 2. OíConnor roll by Bagwell gets 3. Taylor lays out Bagwell with a flying forearm and a DDT after the match. Winner- Marcus Alexander Bagwell ** ( Taylor tried his hardest to make Bagwell look good but Bagwell was botching stuff and still looked too green. Crowd didnít really care and they were left to die after the opener.)
Harley Race says Lex Lugar is in the best shape of his life and heíll walk out tonight with the WCW World Championship.
Cactus Jack vs. Ron Simmons
Cactus hammers away to start but Simmons fights back with rights. He charges in the corner but eats boot and Cactus charges but misses and gets his head caught in the ropes. Simmons works him over and Cactus looks to escape through the crowd but Simmons stops him. Back in, Simmons slams Cactusí face off the mat and he hits a slam. Leg drop by Simmons gets 2. Simmons charges in the corner but eats elbow and Cactus hits a clothesline. Double arm DDT by Cactus and he hits a leg drop for 2. They go to the floor and Cactus works Simmons over. Cactus slams Simmons on the floor and he goes to the second rope. Cactus hits the flying elbow drop of the second rope to the floor onto Simmons. Cactus snaps Simmonsí neck off the ropes and back in, Simmons fights back. Dropkick misses and Cactus covers for 2. Chinlock by Cactus but Simmons escapes and hits a dropkick. Simmons charges but Cactus moves and Simmons crashes onto the entrance ramp. Cactus follows and Simmons hits a spine buster onto the ramp!!! Back in, Cactus rakes the eyes of Simmons and he hits a bulldog. He goes to the second rope and leaps but Simmons catches him in mid-air with a powerslam for 3!!! Winner- Ron Simmons **1/2 ( This was a decent brawl that for the majority saw Cactus doing his crazy bumps and making Simmons look like a million bucks. )
After the match, Abdullah the Butcher coems out and attacks Simmons with his cane. He and Cactus double team Simmons but Junkyard Dog comes through the crowd. He attacks the security that tries to prevent him from coming in the ring and JYD cleans house of Abdullah and Cactus.
Vinnie Vegas and Richard Morton vs. Van Hammer and Z-Man
Hammer and Morton start. Press slam by Hammer and Vegas tags in. Vegas pokes the eye and he hammers away on Hammer. Vegas goes to leap frog but Hammer collides with him to bring Vegas down. Hammer works over the left shoulder of Vegas, ramming it into the corner multiple times. Rights by Vegas but Hammer fights back with some of his own. Punches in the corner by Hammer but Vegas rams Hammer into the corner to come back. Clothesline by Hammer and Z-Man tags in. He goes up and hits a missile dropkick to Vegas for 2 as Morton pulls him off by the hair. Vegas with a knee to the gut and Morton tags in. Z-Man clotheslines Morton to the floor and he hits a suicide plancha to the floor!!! Hip toss on the floor by Z-Man and back in, Vegas and Hammer tag in. Back suplex by Vegas and he hits a short-arm clothesline for 2. Tag to Morton and he hits a reverse atomic drop to Hammer. Snap mare and Morton hits a fist drop. Tag to Vegas and he hits a face plant to Hammer for 2 as Z-Man saves. Gut wrench suplex by Vegas gets 2. Big boot by Vegas and Morton tags in. Back suplex by Morton gets 2. Tag to Vegas and he hits an elbow drop for 2. Tag to Morton and Hammer catches him with a powerslam for 2. Morton cheap shots Z-Man, drawing him in to distract the ref allowing him and Vegas to double team Hammer. Leaping shoulder block by Vegas and Hammer hits some rights. Vegas pokes the eye and he hits a suplex to Hammer for 2. Tag to Morton and he snap mares Hammer into a chinlock. Tag to Vegas and he and Hammer collide mid-ring. Tag to Z-Man and he backdrops Morton. Powerslam by Z-Man gets 2. Morton pokes the eye of Z-Man and he charges in the corner but Z-Man catches him with a sunset flip for 3. Winners- Van Hammer and Z-Man **1/2 ( Decent tag team match, as I enjoyed the strategy of Vegas and Morton where Vegas would work Hammer over, Morton would get his shots in but when Hammer overpowered him, he tagged Vegas back in to deal with the larger opponent. Hammerís heat segment dragged however and the finish came too quick.)
Dangerous Alliance (Larry Zybysko and Steve Austin) w/Madusa vs. Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham
Windham has a cast on his hand because Zybysko slammed a car door on it back at Halloween Havoc. All four men brawl to start and Windham backdrops Zybysko. Austin and Rhodes fight in the ring while Windham and Zybysko fights on the ramp. Jabs by Rhodes knocks Austin onto the ramp but Windham clotheslines him back in. Backslide by Rhodes gets 2 and Austin goes up. He leaps off the top but Rhodes catches him with a clothesline on the way down for 2. Tag to Windham and he hits a dropkick. Zybysko tags in and he hits a spin kick knocking Windham to the ramp. He follows and goes for a piledriver but Windham backdrops out. Clothesline by Windham and he dumps Zybysko back into the ring. Flying lariat by Windham and he hammers Zybysko on the mat. DDT by Windham and Rhodes tags in. Double backdrop to Zybysko gets 2. Rhodes goes to work on the left arm of Zybysko and Windham tags in. Gut wrench suplex by Windham gets 2. Windham goes for a piledriver but Austin comes in and breaks with a clothesline. Zybysko dumps Windham to the floor and Austin works him over on the floor. Zybysko crotches Windham on the railings and back in, Austin hits a short arm clothesline. Suplex by Austin gets 2. Windham goes for the lariat but misses and he falls to the floor where this time Zybysko works him over. Back in, Zybysko tags in and steps on the face of Windham. Swinging neckbreaker by Zybysko gets 2 as Rhodes breaks. Slam by Zybysko gets 2 and he tags Austin. Back suplex by Austin gets 2. Snap mare and Austin grabs the chinlock. Windham breaks with a back suplex so Zybysko tags in. Sleeper by Zybysko but Windham breaks with a jawbreaker. They collide mid-ring and both men are down. Tag to Austin and Rhodes. Reverse atomic drop and a dropkick by Rhodes. Snap mare and Rhodes hits an elbow drop for 2. Lariat by Rhodes gets 2 as Zybysko saves. Austin catches Rhodes with a clothesline that turns Rhodes inside out and he sends Rhodes hard into the corner. Tag to Zybysko and he hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2. Rhodes tries to fight back but Zybysko catches him with a DDT for 2. Madusa slaps Rhodes so Rhodes stalks her, allowing Austin to catch him with a clothesline on the ramp. Austin dumps Rhodes back into the ring and Austin chokes him in the ropes. He dumps on the back of Rhodes for 2. Snap amre and Austin grabs the chinlock. Rhodes fights out and he catches Austin with a crossbody for 2. Another clothesline by Austin and Zybysko tags in. Backbreaker by Zybysko gets 2. Suplex by Rhodes and both men are down. Tag to Austin and Rhodes catches him with a small package but the ref was distracted by Windham. Austin grabs a rear chinlock on Rhodes and he uses the ropes for leverage. Rhodes begins to fight out and he catches Austin with the stun gun. Tag to Zybysko and Windham. Windham cleans house and hits the flying lariat to Zybysko for 1 as Austin saves. Windham puts Zybysko on top and he follows up. Zybysko shoves him off but Rhodes shoves Zybysko off, allowing Windham to go back up. Flying lariat off the top by Windham gets 3. Winners- Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham ***3/4 ( Excellent tag team match. There was some quality wrestling throughout the match but Iím disappointed there was never any work done on the injured hand of Windham since that was what the match was built around. )
Missy Hyatt tries to interview Ricky Steamboat but the ninja blocking his dressing room wonít let her interrupt Steamboatís meditation. Madusa appear and tries to get in the locker room but the ninja refuses to let her through. She nails the Ninja so the Ninja gives chase.
The 411: This was one of the best shows in the history of WCW. The company was finally hitting their stride after losing Ric Flair to the WWF, with the Dangerous Alliance becoming one of the best stables in wrestling and the boys being motivated due to the creation of bonuses for having the best matches. The wrestling on this show was excellent for the most part, as the Dangerous Alliance matches were all great and the opener is one of the best matches in company history. Go out of your way to see this one.