Live from Baltimore, MD
Airdate: July 7, 1990
Attendance: 10,000 (8.900 paid)
Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle
Will this be Sting’s crowning moment? Or will the “Nature Boy” continue to reign as World champion? Read on!
I’ve been watching a bunch of old Steiner Brothers matches of late. It amazes me they spent their entire 1st WCW and WWF runs as babyfaces when everything about their style screams heel. Their body language, the way they’d smile when suplexing people, they didn’t give anyone much offense, and they were kind of bullies in the ring. And that doesn’t even go into how stiff and rough they were.
Didn’t anyone see the money in an extended Steiner’s run as dominant, viscous heels? Or were bookers so enamored with their amateur background and relatively wholesome looks?
Yeah, pretty much. I mean obviously Scott Steiner figured out himself that the money was in being a heel later on, but I think most people that booked them just wanted them at most to be the "rough babyface" character like Lou Thesz used to do. But I mean, sure in hindsight we know what an awesome heel that Scott turned out to be, but for years and years they were natural babyfaces even with their behavior in the ring, so I can see why no one wanted to try something different. If it’s still making money, why change it?
The WWF gets a lot of deserved heat for failing to push stars who've previously established themselves outside the company. Sting is an obvious recent example, but you can go back to Goldberg or pretty much any post-Monday Night War WCW refugee.
Steiners vs Money Inc Cage by CrossFaceChickenWing Steiners vs. Money Incorporated for the WWF tag titles…in a steel cage! Awesome ending as well that I bet Vince just loved due to the crowd reaction… Yeah, this was from the Summerslam Spectacular on USA if I’m not mistaken. I did a review of this show a few years ago on 24/7 and the ending of that cage match was pretty insane.
Was just watching the Steiner Brothers final WWF televised tag match on Raw from April 1994, and it seems as if WWE was possibly teasing a heel turn for them. The Steiners are clearly not playing to the fans and are really aggressive, a point Vince makes on commentary throughout the match. Scott even attempts to slap the ref during the match.
They hadn't been on tv for close to 2 months before this and were seen only 1 more time after this match, when Scott lost to IRS in a KOTR qualifying match on Superstars.
Was this a test run for a possible heel turn had they remained with the company?