Jump to content
Pro Wrestling Only

[1991-06-14-WCW-Clash of the Champions XV] Sting vs Nikita Koloff


Loss
 Share

Recommended Posts

  • 3 months later...

Last few minutes. Interesting that the tombstone piledriver is actually being called that now, when I don't think it had a name before the Undertaker started doing it. The action is pretty decent and the heat is good. Sting gets a rollup win.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

"Tombstone piledriver" as a name goes back to at least the mid-'70s when Billy Robinson was using it, though I'm kind of surprised they were using the term here. Nikita doesn't bring anything worthwhile to the table but Sting is still working hard here and drags this closing stretch into something pretty decent.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 5 weeks later...
  • 3 months later...
  • 1 year later...

The victory here was almost too fluky for its own good. I know they have a match upcoming at the Bash, but do you really want your top babyface looking like he stole a win against a guy he had no business beating? Maybe if this was '86 Sting against '85 Nikita, but not after Nikita's been off for most of the last three years.

 

The WWF might not have invented the tombstone name for that kind of piledriver, but Taker's definitely the one who popularized it. When Don Muraco used to use the move, it was called simply an inverted piledriver. I'm kind of surprised that WCW used the word "tombstone" too, but it's not like the WWF could copyright that name for the move (at least not then; it may be a different story nowadays).

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 years later...
  • 4 months later...

On my review blog, I'm going to have to preface this entire show with a brief blurb about how formative this show was for me as a kid. I was 7-and-a-1/2 when this aired and my older brother taped it on our family VCR. Over the next 5-6 years, I would put this show on countless times, often when I was playing with my toys (GI Joes that I used as wrestlers in my original WWF ring with only one rope [the top and bottom long gone] in a fantasy fed that I kept track of in a notebook and built up with PPVs and everything). By the time I was 15, I was well aware that I was too old to be doing this, but how could I drop my fed when The Scavenger [the Zangief figure from the Street Fighter line] had finally earned the right to face Colonel Kill for the title at MegaBrawl?

 

Anyway, even watching this back today, I couldn't help but enjoy it. Is Nikita great? Nope, but, man, Sting is. His selling, as overwrought as it may be to some, brought me back to being that 7 year old kid. They stretch maybe 4 minutes of action to twice that and I love how Sting continuously sells but never "dies" as Steve Austin might describe it. Its this kind of performance that makes it possible to draw a line from what Sting did in the early 90s to what Cena did in the 00s, letting everything register but constantly looking like all he needs is a chance to catch a breath and he'll be right back into this match. Of the other matches I watched dozens of times between the ages of 7 and 13, matches that I watched and re-watched on self-recorded VHS tapes (WrestleMania VII, Havoc 91', SummerSlam 91'), this one is probably in the upper tier of that very limited and admittedly weak set. Compared to the entirety of wrestling, its shit - but when you're a kid and a Sting fan, this match was awesome.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • GSR changed the title to [1991-06-14-WCW-Clash of the Champions XV] Sting vs Nikita Koloff

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...