2. Spring Stampede 1994
Along with Slamboree five weeks later, there may never have been a better one-two combo of WCW pay per views ever. This one gets the drop on its May counterpart, as Chicago was treated to a rematch five years in the making between WCW World Champion Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat that, for a pair of 40-year-olds, comes damn close to their 1989 standard.
By contrast, but in the same neighbourhood of quality, The Nasty Boys’ violent win over Cactus Jack and Maxx Payne is comparable to the same match a month later (subbing Kevin Sullivan for Payne). Vader and The Boss (Big Boss Man) beat the snot out of each other the way they were born to, while Dustin Rhodes and Bunkhouse Buck surprised with their, go figure, Bunkhouse Match. It was as if someone in charge had said, “Whoever’s in the best match gets $10 million,” and everyone went into a frenzy.
1. Great American Bash 1989
And it comes to this, the cream of the crop. The 1989 Bash may have had 50,000 less fans than WrestleMania X-Seven, but to those packed into the Baltimore Arena, they got to see a show on par with WWE’s finest event ever. What cruised along as a decent-enough show hit overdrive for the final four bouts.
First, Sting and Great Muta’s TV title match achieved a lot in just nine minutes. That was topped by Lex Luger and Ricky Steamboat’s US title bout. War Games followed, mixing in some odd combos (Road Warriors, Steve Williams, and the Midnights vs. The Freebirds and Samoan Swat Team), but still met the high standards for the match. All three of those bouts (fantastic as they were) were topped by Ric Flair and Terry Funk’s World title match, two veteran bulls fighting it out in a fashion that was in line with Flair’s impressive 1989 body of work. If you’ve never seen this show before, do so, and you’ll see that WWE and New Japan don’t have the market cornered on perfect events.