Ringside Rewind: WCW World War III 1995: 60-Man, 3-Ring Battle Royal


In 1995, WCW introduced a unique new concept to the wrestling world: A 60-man, three-ring battle royal. The winner of the contest would also become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, since the title had been stripped from The Giant.

On November 26, 1995, “Macho Man” Randy Savage won the inaugural battle royal in controversial fashion. Savage was the last man standing in the ring and declared the winner, yet Hulk Hogan had technically not been eliminated since he was pulled from the ring by The Giant. The referee didn’t see it and only caught Hogan standing on the arena floor, declaring him eliminated.

There would be four total World War III pay-per-views, with the 60-man battle royal in subsequent years earning the winner a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match.

Ringside Rewind: Team WWF v. Team Alliance, Survivor Series 2001

As we gear up for Survivor Series this Sunday, let’s take a look back at the 2001 version of the event, as posted on WWE’s YouTube page. This was the culmination of the “WCW invasion” storyline, which was so much worse and more convoluted than it could have been. The main event of Survivor Series 2001 was Team WWF v. The Alliance in a traditional elimination match where the winning team’s company would stay in business while the other’s doors would be shuttered, at least in kayfabe.

Team WWF was comprised of The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show while the Alliance squad was made up of Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle (who never competed for WCW or ECW), Booker T and Shane McMahon.

Ringside Rewind: AJ Styles & Air Paris v. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno, WCW Thunder, 2/21/01

In 2001, a 23-year-old AJ Styles had just entered WCW under the name “Air Styles” – along with Air Paris – in the tag team, “Air Raid.” On the February 21, 2001 episode of “Thunder,” Air Raid took on “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright and Disco Inferno.

It’s strange to think that AJ Styles has been around long enough to have wrestled in WCW, even if it was during the company’s spiraling end. It was only a few months after Styles’ arrival that Vince McMahon bought WCW and Styles wasn’t offered a contract.

WWE 2K14 nWo Pack DLC available November 12

The first DLC pack for WWE 2K14 will be released on November 12, 2013. The nWo pack is available for $8.99 (or included with the season pass) and includes playable nWo-themed wrestlers Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Curt Hennig, Randy Savage, Syxx and Scott Steiner. The Giant is also available on November 12th free of charge.

With this news, 2K has released an entrance and finisher video of Kevin Nash, which is embedded above.

#WCW: Steve Austin & Steve Williams v. Dustin Rhodes & Barry Windham, Unified Tag Team Championship Match, Halloween Havoc 1992

Surely if you’re a Twitter user you’ve seen the trending topic, #WCW. In a brutal tease to all of us long time wrestling aficionados, the hashtag doesn’t stand for “World Championship Wrestling” but “Woman Crush Wednesday” instead. But since this is a wrestling blog, let’s relive some WCW glory on Wednesdays, shall we?

Today’s #WCW is from Halloween Havoc 1992 as “Stunning” Steve Austin and Dr. Death Steve Williams take on Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham for the Unified Tag Team Championship.

Ringside Rewind: Steve Austin v. Dustin Rhodes, US Championship Match, Halloween Havoc 1993

20 years ago at Halloween Havoc (still one of my favorite pay-per-view names, and one I wish WWE would revive) then-“Stunning” Steve Austin challenged Dustin Rhodes for the WCW United States Championship.

The rest of the Havoc card was pretty stacked, including Lord Steven Regal retaining his TV Championship in a 15-minute draw with Davey Boy Smith, Sting v. Sid Vicious, Rick Rude v. Ric Flair with the WCW International Heavyweight Championship on the line, and Vader battling Cactus Jack in a Texas Death Match.

Best of War Games DVD and Blu ray content listing revealed

wargamesVia WWEDVDNews.com comes the full content listing for the War Games: WCW’s Most Notorious Matches DVD and Blu ray set, which will be released June 25th. The collection includes 14 War Games matches, with the Blu ray set adding an additional two matches from ECW and one from Smoky Mountain Wrestling inspired by the War Games matches.

This collection should be really great and it’s one I’m especially looking forward to. Check out WWEDVDNews for the full listing!

Reid Flair found dead at age 25

Truly sad news today as several outlets have reported the passing of Ric Flair’s 25-year-old son, Reid, who was found dead in a Charlotte hotel room this morning.

Details are very limited right now, but let’s enjoy this clip of a 10-year-old Reid Flair doing his best impression of his father and taking down Eric Bischoff on Monday Nitro.

I join the entire wrestling community in wishing sincerest condolences to Ric Flair and his family.