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See it for Flair and Steamboat!
1 June 2016 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Live from Chicago, IL

Attendance: 8,000

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Magnum T.A

Michael 'P.S.' Hayes Vs The Russian Assassin #1 (W/Paul Jones)

Hayes wins with a DDT. For a match that went 15 minutes, this match was pretty mundane. The Russian Assassin's offense consisted of wear down holds that are liable to put you to sleep. Not exactly a good choice to start a show.

*1/2

Sting Vs "Hacksaw" Butch Reed

In a controversial finish, Reed has Sting in a pinning predicament. The referee removes Reed's hand from the ropes, then Sting reverses it to get the pin. A brawl between the two commences afterwards with Sting getting the upper hand. We're not off to a very good start here. This wasn't much better than the opening contest. It featured too many chinlocks from Reed. When Sting was on offense, it got better.

*3/4

Loser Leaves the NWA

The Midnight Express & Jim Cornette) Vs The Original Midnight Express & Paul E. Dangerously

The loser is forced to leave the NWA. The Midnight Express beat The Original Midnight Express. This was a fun match! It started off a little slow, but really picked up after a while to become a solid match. Seeing Cornette and Dangerously wrestle was amusing as well.

***

Television Championship

Rick Steiner (C) (W/Scott Steiner) Vs Mike Rotunda

Rick Steiner's shoulders were down on the mat as he applied a sleeper hold to Rotunda. Therefore, Rotunda wins the title. I didn't mind this match. There was a lot of amateur wrestling between the two that made things a bit slow at times. That being said, it wasn't anything horrible. The finish was certainly unique.

**1/4

United States Championship

Barry Windham (C) Vs Lex Luger

Windham delivers a German Suplex with a bridge to get the three count. However, Luger gets his shoulder up, and gets awarded the championship. Windham is incensed and viciously assaults Luger with the title belt. I'm gonna call this match solid, simply because of the excellent psychology between the two. I wouldn't call it great, but the two delivered more often than not.

**3/4

Tag Team Championship

The Road Warriors (C) (W/Paul Ellering) Vs Kevin Sullivan & 'Dr. Death' Steve Williams

The Road Warriors win in another controversial finish. Man, what's with all the finishes tonight? One or two, I don't mind, but three or four? It's a bit much. The match was pretty average anyways.

**

World Heavyweight Championship

Ric Flair (C) (W/Hiro Matsuda) Vs Ricky Steamboat

This is probably why you're watching this PPV. I wish IMDb didn't have a word limit so I could review the match. Steamboat wins the title with an inside cradle after a Figure Four attempt by Flair. This match is the definition of a classic. They paced themselves perfectly and turned it into a flawless match. It was just pure wrestling at it's finest with two o the best to ever lace up their boots. We also get spoiled with two more classic encounters between these two. One at Clash of the Champions, and another at Wrestlewar.

*****

This is really a one match show. The PPV as a whole is rather forgettable. It's worth watching for Steamboat and Flair alone.

5.5/10


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