Live from Tokyo, Japan
Airdate: March 21, 1991
Since I watched this on NJPW World and know approximately three words in Japanese, this ought to be interesting. Also, this was dubbed “Starrcade ’91 in Tokyo Dome” so if the real Starrcade ’91 sucks, WCW didn’t recruit enough Japanese wrestlers.
Match 1 (eight-man): Hiro Saito, Tatsutoshi Goto, Norio Hanaga, & Super Strong Machine versus Kengo Kimura, Kantaro Hoshino, Osamu Kido, & Animal Hamaguchi
- Here’s quite the obstacle–determining who’s who here. If I interchanged someone here, please forgive me.
- An eight-way brawl erupted at the onset as Machine gave Hamaguchi a back elbow.
- After a slam, the heels quadruple-teamed Hamaguchi.
- As Saito tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Hamaguchi.
- He then dropkicked Hamaguchi for 2.
- When Hamaguchi no-sold a shoulder block, he gave Saito a back drop for 2.
- Kido tagged in and clotheslined Saito for another 2.
- After Machine tagged in, he attempted a suplex, but Kido countered with an arm bar submission.
- Goto tagged in and slammed Kido.
- When Hamaguchi came in illegally, the heels broke the wishbone on Kido using the ring post. OUCH!
- Hanaga tagged in, but Kido survived to tag in Hoshino.
- Using Hanaga’s momentum against him, Hoshino sent him between the ropes to the floor.
- As Hanaga returned to the apron, Hoshino dropkicked him back to the floor.
- Machine tagged in and slammed Hoshino.
- After another slam, Machine mounted the second turnbuckle but missed a diving head butt.
- Hamaguchi tagged in, slammed Machine, and hit a running elbow drop.
- When Kido tagged in, he and Hamaguchi gave Machine a double back elbow.
- Kido then hooked a Boston crab, but the heels broke the hold.
- They then whipped Kido into the corner and delivered back elbows and an avalanche.
- Next, Machine and Hanaga delivered a spike piledriver to Kido.
- Hanaga then delivered a vertical suplex for 2.
- When he applied a Boston crab, Hoshino broke the hold.
- Kitamura tagged in, but Goto and Machine delivered a double clothesline.
- After Machine gave Kitamura a vertical suplex, he got 2.
- He then slammed Kitamura and tagged in Saito.
- Upon mounting the top turnbuckle, Saito delivered a knee drop followed by an elbow drop for a 1-count.
- Goto tagged in, and the heels attempted a double shoulder block, but Kitamura dodged them.
- As Hoshino tagged in, he hooked an arm bar submission on Goto, but Hanaga broke the hold.
- Hanaga tagged in, placed Hoshino atop the top turnbuckle, and attempted a superplex.
- However, Hoshino blocked it sending Hanaga down to the mat.
- He then hit a cross body block from the top turnbuckle for 2.
- When Hamaguchi tagged in, he clotheslined Hanaga for another 2.
- Kido tagged in as Hamaguchi held Hanaga in a fireman’s carry.
- As Kido mounted the top turnbuckle, he lowered the boom on Hanaga.
- Shortly after, Machine gave Kitamura a cross corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
- Saito and Goto then tried to double-team Kitamura, but Goto came up empty on his follow-through.
- Immediately, Saito clotheslined Kitamura and tagged in Hanaga.
- When Saito slammed Kitamura, Hanaga mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a senton splash for 2.
- All eight wrestlers were in the ring.
- After Goto clotheslined Kitamura, he attempted a belly-to-back suplex, but Kitamura fell on top of him for 2.
- Machine then tried a diving head butt to interrupt the count but hit Goto instead of Kitamura.
- Afterward, Kitamura hit a flying knee to Goto’s midsection, powerbombed him, but only got 2.
- Goto then hooked a German suplex with a bridge for 2.
- As Goto held Kitamura, Machine accidentally hit Goto.
- Kitamura then pinned Goto.
Summary: Decent opener with some excitement.
Match 2 (six-man): Brian Pillman, The Z-Man, & Tim Horner versus Shiro Koshinaka, Kuniaki Kobayashi, & Takayuki Iizuka
- Z-Man delivered a series of dropkicks to Kobayashi and got 2.
- After Kobayashi reversed an Irish whip, he delivered a leg lariat.
- Shortly after, Horner avoided a monkey flip and dropkicked Koshinaka twice.
- Iizuka tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Horner.
- After a slam, Iizuka hit a cross body block but only received a 1-count.
- Upon tossing Horner outside the ring, Kobayashi gave him a baseball slide.
- As Horner returned to the ring, he hooked an inside cradle on Kobayashi for 2.
- Shortly after, Koshinaka gave Pillman a butt butt sending Pillman over the top rope to the floor.
- From the apron, Pillman hit a springboard clothesline to Koshinaka.
- Iizuka tagged in, but Pillman leaped to the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and got 2.
- When Z-Man tagged in, he gave Iizuka an enziguri for 2.
- Kobayashi tagged in, gave Z-Man a cross corner whip, and followed with a leg lariat.
- As Kobayashi hooked an abdominal stretch, Horner broke the hold.
- Pillman tagged in and gave Kobayashi a lariat for a 1-count.
- After Koshinaka tagged in, he and Kobayashi broke the wishbone on Pillman. Poultry must have been the main dish for the celebratory dinner this year.
- Regardless, Pillman hit a thrust kick on Koshinaka for 2.
- When Horner tagged in, he gave Koshinaka a sidewalk slam for another 2.
- Pillman tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Koshinaka.
- As Z-Man tagged in, he and Pillman delivered a double dropkick to Koshinaka.
- Shortly after, Z-Man held Iizuka so that Pillman could dropkick him.
- With Z-Man on the apron, Pillman slingshot him back into the ring atop Iizuka for 2.
- Pillman tagged in, placed Iizuka atop the top turnbuckle, and dropkicked him to the floor.
- Next, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a tope. Woohoo!
- Horner tagged in and gave Iizuka a snap suplex for 2.
- Upon delivering a belly-to-back suplex, Horner got another 2.
- Pillman tagged in, and he and Horner gave Iizuka Demolition Decapitation but couldn’t get 3.
- As Z-Man tagged in, he delivered an enziguri to Iizuka.
- Following a clothesline, Z-Man got another 2.
- Horner tagged in and gave Iizuka a swinging neckbreaker but couldn’t pin him.
- When Pillman tagged in, he leaped to the top turnbuckle and hit a splash for 2.
- Z-Man tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a missile dropkick.
- Before he could pin Iizuka, Kobayashi made the save.
- Horner tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and hit a splash on Iizuka for a 1-count.
- Upon giving Iizuka a knee drop, Horner got 2.
- Shortly after, Z-Man delivered a piledriver, but Iizuka made the ropes.
- Iizuka came back with a pair of dropkicks, but Pillman hit a leg lariat.
- After Horner and Pillman missed a double clothesline, Iizuka delivered a double dropkick.
- Koshinaka came in and gave both Z-Man and Horner consecutive butt butts.
- As Kobayashi came in, he hooked a fisherman’s suplex on Horner for 2.
- He then held Horner so that Iizuka could mount the top turnbuckle and hit him with a missile dropkick.
- While Iizuka delivered a dragon suplex, he pinned Horner.
Summary: Great workrate with lots of high-flying. At 25 years of age, Iizuka was the young up-and-comer who overcame adversity.
Match 3: Scott Norton versus the Equalizer
- Hopefully this will be short.
- After a pair of clotheslines, Norton gave Equalizer a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
- Equalizer came back with a big boot and yelled a lot.
- As Norton hit a flying shoulder block, he gave Equalizer a short-arm clothesline and pulled him up at 2. Make him pay, Flash!
- Thanks, man.
- He then pulled down the straps, hit a powerslam that Equalizer didn’t get up for, and pinned him.
Summary: Equalizer had barely a year of experience under his belt and it showed.
Match 4 for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title: Jushin “Thunder” Liger versus Akira Nogami
- After a spinning heel kick by Liger put Nogami on the floor, Liger mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a somersault tope. Woohoo!
- He then hooked a sleeper, but Nogami wouldn’t submit.
- Next, he secured a surfboard and reapplied the sleeper.
- He then nailed Nogami with an Abiseger.
- Shortly after, he applied a camel clutch, but Nogami escaped and hooked his own.
- Upon giving Liger a series of leg drops, Nogami got 2.
- Liger then escaped a ¾ nelson and delivered a headscissors takedown.
- As Nogami landed on his feet to escape a belly-to-back suplex, he delivered one of his own.
- Liger then backdropped Nogami over the top rope to the floor.
- When Nogami returned to the apron, Liger dropkicked him back to the floor.
- He then attempted a plancha, but Nogami dropkicked him in mid-air. Sweet!
- When Liger exhibited a lower leg injury, Nogami exploited it.
- Nogami then hooked a figure-four leg lock, but Liger reversed it.
- Shortly after, Liger hit a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
- He then gave Nogami another Abiseger, suplexed him atop the top turnbuckle, and joined him.
- When he attempted a top rope superplex, Nogami head-butted him down to the mat.
- Nogami then attempted a splash but ate knees.
- Afterward, he hooked a sunset flip for 2.
- He then delivered a German suplex with a bridge for another 2.
- As Liger escaped a full nelson, Nogami dropped down with him but couldn’t get 3.
- He then fucked up a victory roll; nonetheless Liger reversed it and got 2.
- Following that, Liger attempted a tombstone piledriver, but his lower leg injury prevented from him from doing so.
- When Nogami attempted another figure-four leg lock, Liger countered with an inside cradle for 2.
- After Nogami hit a pair of dropkicks, he mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but came up empty.
- Liger then delivered a powerbomb followed by a sit-out powerbomb for 2.
- Upon clotheslining Nogami, Liger placed him atop the top turnbuckle and delivered an elevated DDT.
- GET OUT THE SPATULA!
- Liger retained.
Summary: Fantastic match that not only showed off Liger’s repertoire but also his selling ability.
Match 5: WCW World TV champion Arn Anderson & Barry Windham versus Masa Saito & Masahiro Chono
- After a couple of minutes, Windham tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Saito.
- He then slammed Saito but missed an elbow drop.
- As Chono tagged in, Windham delivered a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
- He then gave Chono a DDT and tagged in Arn.
- Upon slamming Chono, Arn mounted the top turnbuckle.
- Chono then caught and slammed him down to the mat.
- When Chono mounted the top turnbuckle, he hit a flying shoulder block to Arn.
- He then attempted the STF, but Windham made the save.
- As Windham celebrated the heel reaction from the Tokyo faithful, Chono dropkicked him out of the ring. HA!
- Chono then hit a tope suicida to Windham on the floor. Wow!
- Back in the ring, Chono reversed an Irish whip and hooked an abdominal stretch on Arn.
- Windham then mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a double axe handle to break the hold.
- As he tagged in, Windham gave Chono a vertical suplex, floated over, and got 2.
- Arn tagged in and delivered a SPINEBUSTER to Chono for another 2.
- After Windham tagged in, he gave Chono a standing dropkick but couldn’t get 3.
- Arn tagged in and hooked a Windham-assisted abdominal stretch until the referee caught him.
- Hot tag Saito.
- When Arn nailed him repeatedly, Saito rebuffed it and gave Arn a belly-to-back suplex.
- Windham came in and got a taste of the same medicine.
- With all four wrestlers in the ring, Windham hit a lariat to Saito.
- The Horsemen won.
Summary: Chono and Arn did the heavy lifting while Saito and Windham got their $.02 in. All in all, it was solidly entertaining.
Match 6 for the IWGP tag team titles: Kensuke Sasaki & Hiroshi Hase (champions) versus the WCW World & US tag team champions the Steiners
- Scott caught Hase with a T-bone suplex, but Hase retaliated with a heel kick.
- Next, Hase clotheslined Scott over the top rope to the floor.
- Shortly after, Sasaki gave Rick a powerslam similar to the way Rick usually executed it.
- Sasaki then hit a bulldog and almost decapitated Rick with a clothesline. Wow!
- Shortly after, Scott gave Hase a pumphandle slam drawing an “ooh” from the Tokyo faithful.
- He then placed Hase atop the top turnbuckle and hit an avalanche Samoan drop.
- As Rick tagged in, he pancaked Hase on the top turnbuckle.
- He then gave Hase a Steinerline as the Tokyo faithful chanted “Ha-se.”
- When Scott tagged in, he delivered a belly-to-belly suplex for 2.
- He then gave Hase a DDT and tagged in Rick.
- Upon placing Hase atop the top turnbuckle, Rick delivered an overhead belly-to-belly superplex. Wow!
- He then gave Hase an elbow drop for 2.
- As Scott tagged in, Rick whipped Hase into a Scott Steinerline.
- Scott then hit an elbow drop for another 2.
- After Hase came back with a clothesline, Rick tagged in and delivered a release German suplex.
- Scott tagged in, but Hase hooked an overhead belly-to-belly suplex for a 1-count.
- Shortly after, Hase gave Rick a giant swing until Scott made the save.
- Scott tagged in and hit a butterfly powerbomb for 2.
- When Rick tagged in, Hase countered a double-team with a uranage to Rick.
- Scott came in and received one too.
- Hot tag Sasaki.
- Upon dropkicking both Steiners consecutively, Sasaki delivered another powerslam to Rick for 2.
- Sasaki then delivered a third powerslam and tagged in Hase.
- With Hase on the top turnbuckle, Sasaki superplexed him onto Rick.
- Hase then delivered a Northern Lights suplex for 2.
- After Hase missed a clothesline, a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat.
- Scott tagged in, dropkicked Hase, and delivered a tilt-a-whirl slam.
- When Sasaki tagged in, he gave Scott a DDT.
- As the champs appeared to attempt either the Doomsday Device or the Steinerizer, Scott escaped by giving Sasaki a Frankensteiner.
- Rick then caught and tossed Hase down to the mat.
- When Scott hoisted Sasaki onto his shoulders, Rick mounted the top turnbuckle, and the Steiners delivered the Steinerizer.
- Scott then gave Sasaki a Frankensteiner.
- WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!
Summary: Superb tag match where three of the four wrestlers went balls to the wall. Also, it was truly remarkable having the Steiners draw heel heat from the Tokyo faithful due to Hase’s popularity.
Match 7: El Gigante versus the Big Cat
- While Bill Alfonso was the referee for this match, he and El Gigante compared hands to showcase the latter’s size.
- El Gigante then slammed Big Cat and no-sold his comeback.
- To the delight of the Tokyo faithful, El Gigante delivered a vertical suplex. Who knew that he could execute a wrestling maneuver?
- After a jump kick, El Gigante applied a claw hold.
- El Gigante won.
Summary: Despite the short match, El Gigante amazed the Tokyo faithful with his size and charisma.
Match 8: Doom versus Big Van Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow
- Despite their break-up, Doom reunited probably due to contract obligations. I’m sorry if you got the Peaches & Herb song stuck in your head.
- Since the Tokyo faithful knew Vader, they got behind the super-heavyweight team.
- Vader reversed a cross corner whip and DEMOLISHED Reed with an avalanche.
- After a short-arm clothesline, Vader gave Reed another cross corner whip but ate a clothesline.
- Reed then slammed Vader and tagged in Simmons.
- Out of nowhere, Simmons delivered a spinebuster for 2.
- Bigelow tagged in and gave Simmons an enziguri much to the Tokyo faithful’s delight.
- Next, he delivered a vertical suplex, a cross corner whip, and an avalanche.
- Vader immediately followed with a second avalanche SQUISHING Simmons. I hope Bigelow and Vader bought Simmons some cold Asahi after the show.
- As Vader tagged in, he clotheslined Simmons for 2.
- He then slammed Simmons and tagged in Bigelow.
- Upon mounting the top turnbuckle, Bigelow missed a diving head butt.
- Doom then missed a double clothesline, but Bigelow didn’t.
- As Bigelow came off the ropes, Reed low-bridged him. SNEAKY!
- Simmons then joined Bigelow and slammed him on the floor.
- When Reed tagged in, Doom gave Bigelow a double back elbow.
- Bigelow came back with a snap suplex, but Reed delivered a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
- After Simmons tagged in, he clotheslined Bigelow for another 2.
- He then slammed Bigelow but missed a diving head butt.
- Shortly after, Simmons tagged in and delivered an elbow drop to Bigelow’s back for 2.
- When Simmons attempted another slam, Bigelow countered with an inside cradle for 2.
- Reed tagged in, slammed Bigelow, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit an elbow drop for a long 2-count.
- As Simmons tagged in, he gave Bigelow a standing dropkick for another 2.
- Bigelow came back with a vertical suplex and tagged in Vader.
- After a running body block sent Simmons scurrying to tag out, Vader gave Reed a short-arm clothesline.
- Reed came back with a flying shoulder block for 2.
- When Simmons tagged in, he delivered a powerslam to Vader for another 2.
- Doom then gave Vader a double vertical suplex as Bigelow dumped Simmons outside the ring.
- As Reed mounted the top turnbuckle, he missed a flying shoulder block.
- Vader then splashed and pinned him.
- Vader and Bigelow won.
Summary: Really good high-impact big-man match that ended Doom’s time together as a team.
After the match, Reed WALLOPS Simmons from behind which becomes a brawl. When Simmons knocks him out of the ring, Reed tells him that “(he’s) through with (Simmons).” Greg Kihn would be happy.
Match 9: Sting versus the Great Muta
- Muta attacked Sting at the onset and delivered a handspring back elbow.
- After a backbreaker, Muta mounted the top turnbuckle and attempted a moonsault.
- Sting evaded him, but Muta landed on his feet.
- When he gave Sting a thrust kick to the midsection, Sting no-sold it.
- Sting then exited the ring, but Muta hit a plancha.
- Back in the ring, Muta mounted the top turnbuckle, leaped, but ate a kick to the midsection.
- Sting then gorilla-pressed Muta overhead and dumped him on the floor.
- Next, Sting hit his own plancha to the amazement of the Tokyo faithful.
- After a face plant, Sting followed Muta outside the ring and guillotined him using the steel railing.
- Sting then hooked the Scorpion death lock, but Muta made the ropes.
- As Muta came back, he delivered a flashing elbow for 2.
- He then attempted another handspring elbow but missed.
- With Muta in the corner, Sting attempted a Stinger splash, but Muta evaded him.
- Muta then delivered a backbreaker, mounted the top turnbuckle, attempted another moonsault, but ate knees.
- When Sting attempted another gorilla press slam, Muta fell atop him for 2.
- Muta then gave Sting a third backbreaker and mounted the top turnbuckle.
- As Sting got to his feet, he dropkicked Muta crotching him on the top turnbuckle. OUCH!
- Sting then joined and gave Muta a belly-to-back superplex for 2.
- Upon mounting the top turnbuckle, Sting missed an elbow drop.
- A double clothesline then took neither wrestler off his feet.
- Surprisingly afterward, both wrestlers attempted simultaneous dropkicks.
- Sting then countered a hip toss into a backslide for 2.
- When Sting attempted a slam, Muta countered with an inside cradle for 2.
- Sting then hooked the Scorpion death lock again, but, like before, Muta made the ropes.
- As Muta sought refuge outside the ring, Sting joined and made him taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Jingisukan from Brewdog Roppongi.
- Back in the ring, Sting attempted another Stinger splash, but Muta sprayed green mist in his face. How dastardly!
- Muta then leaped to the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and pinned Sting.
Summary: Truly striking that the use of green mist didn’t result in a disqualification. On the other hand, the somewhat clean finish made more sense. Not surprisingly, these two have amazing chemistry due to their 1989 feud.
After the match, Sting gives Muta a Stinger splash and hooks the Scorpion death lock. Both NJPW and WCW wrestlers run in to break the hold. So THAT’S why they were at ringside.
Match 10 for the Greatest 18 Club title (Tokyo death): Riki Chosu (champion) versus Tiger Jeet Singh
- Before the match began, Singh ANNIHILATED the ring announcer with his sword. Despite his lack of wrestling ability, Singh portrayed a notorious heel in Japan.
- He then nailed Chosu with the sword and loosened the top turnbuckles.
- Meanwhile, Chosu was BUSTED OPEN.
- Upon sustaining an attack by Singh, Chosu came back only to receive a field goal. YEE-OUCH!
- After Chosu rammed Singh into the exposed turnbuckle, he followed Singh outside the ring and made him HIT THE POLE.
- He then rammed him into the adjacent ring post and grabbed Singh’s sword.
- As Chosu nailed him with the sword, Singh was BUSTED OPEN.
- They then returned to the ring, but Singh nailed Chosu with a foreign object.
- After Chosu stole the foreign object, he nailed Singh with it.
- Next, he booted Singh somewhere near Kanoya.
- When Singh returned the favor, Chosu came back with an enziguri. What? A wrestling move? In THIS match?
- Chosu was a bloody mess.
- After a second enziguri, Chosu clotheslined Singh from behind knocking him OUT COLD.
- Singh couldn’t answer the count of ten so Chosu retained.
Summary: Pure definition of a blood feud with a solid finish.
After the match, Chosu tosses the referee out of the ring and hooks a Fujiwara arm bar on Singh. Methinks Chosu prefers Japanese curry to Indian curry.
Match 11 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus IWGP champion Tatsumi Fujinami
- Fujinami countered a side headlock with a belly-to-back suplex.
- Next, he hooked a dragon sleeper, but Flair made the ropes.
- Fujinami then gave Flair a hip toss followed by a dropkick.
- Upon reversing a whip into the corner, Fujinami delivered a back drop.
- Flair then came back with a belly-to-back suplex.
- After giving Flair another hip toss, Fujinami missed a dropkick.
- Flair then gave him a knee crusher.
- As Flair delivered a snap mare, he got 2.
- He then gave Fujinami a knee drop with a poor camera angle exposing the distance between Flair’s knee and Fujinami’s head. Fire the director!
- When Fujinami came back, he hooked a sasori-gatame (Scorpion death lock/sharpshooter).
- He then switched to a camel clutch, but Flair wouldn’t submit.
- After hitting a clothesline, Fujinami got 2.
- Flair came back with an inverted atomic drop and mounted the top turnbuckle.
- As Fujinami tried to toss him down to the mat, Flair slipped to the apron.
- He then guillotined Fujinami using the top rope.
- Afterward, he made Fujinami taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Dante Must Die at the Capcom Bar.
- He then guillotined Fujinami using the top rope again.
- When Fujinami reversed an Irish whip, he backdropped Flair again.
- Flair came back with a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
- After Flair hooked a butterfly suplex, he got another 2.
- He then delivered a delayed vertical suplex but couldn’t get 3.
- Upon giving Fujinami an elbow drop, Flair got yet another 2.
- Another knee drop couldn’t secure the three-count for Flair.
- As Flair mounted the top turnbuckle, Fujinami caught and slammed him down to the mat.
- He then gave Flair a cross corner whip resulting in a Flair flip.
- When Flair landed on the apron, Fujinami dropkicked him to the floor.
- Fujinami then joined and repeatedly made Flair taste the steel railing. Ueitoresu, please give short blond-haired wrestler a Jackpot please? (bows)
- As you’d expect, Flair was BUSTED OPEN.
- Back in the ring, Fujinami gave Flair the ten-punch count-along although the Tokyo faithful didn’t count.
- That resulted in a Flair flop.
- When Flair came off the ropes, he caught Fujinami by the foot. Unfortunately for him, that meant he’d eat an enziguri.
- That resulted in Flair flop #2 and a 2-count.
- Upon hitting back drop #3, Fujinami clotheslined Flair for another 2.
- He then gave Flair a cross corner whip that caused Flair flip #2.
- After Flair got caught in the Tree of Woe, he attempted a suplex, but Fujinami escaped.
- He then rolled up Flair but only got 2.
- When Flair hooked a side headlock, Fujinami countered with a belly-to-back suplex for another 2 as Flair’s foot was on the bottom rope.
- With Flair outside the ring, Fujinami joined and brawled with him.
- Upon their return, Flair mistakenly bowled over referee Bill Alfonso.
- Fujinami then rolled up Flair for a false pin because Alfonso was OUT COLD.
- As Flair attempted a hip toss, Fujinami countered with a backslide for another false pin.
- Flair then tried to slam him, but Fujinami hooked an inside cradle for false pin #3.
- After Flair raked Fujinami’s eyes, Fujinami backdropped Flair over the top rope.
- Ooh, in the NWA, that’s a disqualification.
- With Flair on the apron, Fujinami suplexed him back in.
- Fujinami then hooked an abdominal stretch into a cradle when referee Tiger Hatori came in.
- WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
Summary: While there was some miscommunication between the wrestlers, the Flair formula held it together for a worthwhile main event. On another note, does the over-the-top back drop create controversy?
After the match, Fujinami holds the big gold belt overhead in celebration for the Tokyo faithful. He is then presented with a couple of trophies while he wears the big gold belt.
Conclusion: Absolutely phenomenal show with several good to great matches. Check this out yourselves, and then let’s find out how WCW handles it with their next PPV.
Stay tuned for WCW SuperBrawl!