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Best Arn Anderson Match

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Watched some early 1990's WCW today and Arn's great performance in the 1/26 Flair/AA/Sting vs Sawyer/Muta/Dragon Master and the 2/18 Flair/AA vs RnR had me thinking about the definitive Arn match. For tags, a top candidate is the 11/19/91 Arn/Larry vs. Steamboat/Rhodes from the Clash.

 

But what about singles?

 

Tully had the Magnum I Quit and Garvin WWW matches. Flair has the Steamboat, Windham, etc. to choose from. Windham had the Too Cold Scorpio Clash match. But did Arn have that one really great singles match?

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He has the Regal match from Super Brawl, and that Dustin Rhodes match from Saturday Night 1/4/92 sticks out for me.

 

Yeah, but even these aren't "great" in the traditional sense. I think he's similar to Regal in that he wasn't a big match worker.

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If the "traditional sense" of great is that the match main evented or was a spotlight match on a ppv, then Arn had no great matches. But I think that's a pretty worthless way of thinking about wrestling. If OJ means something else by "traditional sense" I'd like to know what.

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If the "traditional sense" of great is that the match main evented or was a spotlight match on a ppv, then Arn had no great matches. But I think that's a pretty worthless way of thinking about wrestling. If OJ means something else by "traditional sense" I'd like to know what.

 

Tim was asking about matches comparable to Tully vs. Magnum or Flair vs. Steamboat. A TV match with Dustin and an underrated pay-per-view match against Regal aren't in the same ballpark. The question wasn't did Arn have a great singles match, but did he have that "one really great singles match?" which I presume is a match that's good enough to be "canonised" for want of a better word.

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Would the Fall Brawl '95 match against Flair count as a canonizable "spotlight match?" I know there's some dispute over its quality, judging by the discussions in the '95 Yearbook, but I think it might be the best intersection you'll find of AA's ring work, his history with the Horsemen, and higher-profile storytelling.

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He's got really fun stuff vs Manny in 85, and the Eaton series in 91 and a couple of Windom matches I love, including the 91 WCW Pro Chicago match. I imagine there's some good stuff in his 95 TV Title run too on the syndi shows.

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I can't imagine anyone who posts here seeing that match and not loving it. It's just that no one's seen it. It should have made a Schneider comp or something at some point. I'm pretty sure I pushed for it on the yearbook but it didn't make the cut for one reason or another. I might have pushed too late or there wasn't a good enough copy.

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What's the date of this Eaton/Anderson match on PRO?

 

I've started watching all WCW tv from 91 and the best thing thru Jan and early Feb is the TV Title with Zenk, Taylor, Eaton and Anderson.

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Holy Cow that crowd is HOT for babyface Arn! The pops he gets for powering out of Muta's Cattle Mutilation, for the reverse Atomic Drops, and for the Spinebuster. Wow.

 

Very hot finish. Totally enjoyable match from start to finish. Really liked this a lot. Soilid basic pro wrestling. More entertaining, for me, than watching dudes doing back-flips through tables (thought that can also be entertaining if it's done well). 

 

Muta maybe could have sold the arm a little, if I'm gonna nit-pick.

 

Jim Ross is a just openly racist on commentary. That part was pretty weird. 

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