April 21, 2010
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WCW World Television Champion Steve Austin (w/Paul E. Dangerously) vs. Brian Pillman Ė (WCW Worldwide, 7/4/92)
This is just a few months before Pillman becomes a big douche and joins Austin to form the underrated Hollywood Blondes tag team. Pillman avoids an elbow drop, but canít duck the clothesline. Austin misses a second big clothesline and Pillman hits him with a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. Victory roll gets two. Austin fights out of a headlock, but Pillman rolls him up for two. Back to the headlock. Austin FINALLY escapes and counters another victory roll with an electric chair drop. SWEET. Austin hits a swinging neckbreaker and starts cranking on the neck. Paul E teases Pillman with the TV belt. Meanwhile, Pillmanís arm drops once, twice, but NOT THREE TIMES! He fights up, but Austin levels him with a powerslam for 1-2-NO! Austin uses the ropes to cheat during the chinlock. As Pillman starts to come back, Austin whips Pillman into the corner, but Pillman bounces back with a springboard back elbow. He tries a Missile Dropkick off the middle rope because top rope move are illegal, but Austin swats him away. Cover, 1-2-NO! Austin delivers a suplex and tries a flying clothesline from the middle rope, but this time Pillman slam dunks him to the mat. AWESOME. Pillman hits a pair of spin kicks, but canít get the three-count. Austin dumps out Pillman and when he tries to shoot back in with AIR PILLMAN, Austin catches him in mid-air and drops him with the STUNGUN! Cover, 1-2-3. (9:38) That was a HECK of a match. Great psychology and a smart finish to boot. Why couldnít they have done this well when the Hollywood Blondes split up? I think I may have just answered my own question. ***ĺ

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