4. When Worlds Collide
Eric Bischoff helped secure American availability for this AAA event, and WCW’s production staff handled the broadcast duties. It’s technically a WCW/AAA joint production, although no wrestlers on the card, aside from 2 Cold Scorpio and Chris Benoit (who were by now in ECW), had any recent association with WCW. For its influence, however, it merits a spot on the list.
WWE has gone on to call the show, “The best PPV you have never seen”, although two excellent bouts made it to their DVDs: the incredible mask-vs-hair tag team match pitting Eddie Guerrero and Art Barr (weeks before Barr’s death) against Octagon and El Hijo del Santo, and a Six-Man Tag that pitted Rey Misterio Jr and Psychosis on opposing teams. The event marked the first time most fans had seen this style of wrestling, shaking up their spoon-fed Hulkamania diets. With Konnan and Perro Aguayo on top in a steel cage match, the event drew 13,000 fans to Los Angeles and sparked a revolution.
3. Superbrawl II
If Bret and Owen Hart’s WrestleMania X curtain-jerker is the best opening match in pay per view history, then Brian Pillman and Jushin Liger’s Lightheavyweight title match is a close second. If you reverse the two, I wouldn’t argue. Pillman and Liger raised the bar so high that nothing else that night in Milwaukee could clear it – though other matches did jump pretty high on their own.
All three matches involving the Dangerous Alliance (Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat, Arn Anderson and Bobby Eaton vs. The Steiners, and Steve Austin and Larry Zbyszko vs. Barry Windham and Dustin Rhodes) anchored the second half of the show nicely, just before a decent-enough main event in which Sting finally regains the WCW Championship by defeating an outgoing Lex Luger. The depth of the WCW roster in early 1992 was something to behold, making for the company’s best pay per view in ages.