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 Posted: Wed Jul 12th, 2017 10:46 pm
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The Great American Bash 1992.  The entire show, with the exception of the main event, consisted of quarterfinal, semifinal, and final matches from the NWA tag team tournament.  Bill Watts was in charge and his man love for Steve Williams and Terry Gordy showed here as they rode roughshod over the competition winning the titles and unifying the NWA/WCW tag titles in the process.  Apparently it was the Kip Frey regime that wanted to bring back the NWA name and when Watts took over he wanted to move in another direction, so the natural booking direction of having two "World" champions and having them feud over the title went out the window before it could even get off the ground.  The tournament matches weren't bad, per se, but consisted of a lot of ground and pound mat work, with the Miracle Violence Connection no-selling quite a bit.  The  tournament matches aren't for everybody. 
 
The main event, however, was fantastic.  Sting vs. Vadar saw Vadar claim his first WCW title by dominating Sting, drawing blood, and then pinning him cleanly after a powerbomb.  This was the first of a series of three highly regarded main event matches they would have in the span of several months.  I loved this match at the time and it still stands up very well.  It's interesting to contrast this with the match in which Sting dropped the title of Flair, in January of 1991.  In that match, Sting sold absolutely nothing, Flair won on a fluke, and Sting immediately popped up after the pin just in case you missed the fact that Flair couldn't really touch him.  On this night, as he dropped the title for a second time (and on a much bigger stage - the Flair change was on an untelevised house show) he made Vadar look like a monster.  What was different?  Either way, full marks to Sting as this catapulted Vadar into the stratosphere.  Unfortunately, Watts went all PC and had Vadar drop the title to Ron Simmons three weeks later.  Big mistake. 



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 Posted: Thu Jul 13th, 2017 12:27 am
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This is one of my favorite WCW PPVs.  I loved that tag tournament.  Doc and Gordy were near their prime and brought some AJPW strong style to America, and the finals with Windham and Rhodes was outstanding, probably the best match of Dustin's career.



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Clash of Champions XIX with the earlier round did have teams from all over the NWA that weren't WCW guys. Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit made early appearances. El Texano and Silver King, although they were bizarrely billed as Silver King #1 and Silver King #2. The Headhunters were supposed to be there, but they didn't turn up, so they put two jobbers in masks and sent them out as the Headhunters. The Australian team were Larry O'Day and his son, who looked like they had just arrived from the 1960s NWA. Larry was 48, but looked about 68.

It's a nice novelty card if you enjoy seeing people who you haven't seen 1000 times before, but some of the matches were a bit crap.

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Man I feel old. I remember racing home from my college summer intern job to watch this. Loved the tournament and Watts' surprise of having the Steiners face Williams and Gordy at the end of the show.

FWIW- this show was in June of that year, before the Bash PPV mentioned above. Or am I losing it?



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Edit - nevermind- on the train and misunderstood the thread topic. Clash 19 was definitely in June.



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