Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WCW Bash At The Beach 1999 Results and Review A Better VHS Experience

You Can Buy The Uncensored/Unedited VHS Tape HERE

Well, here we go, another WCW pay per view review. This one was held on July 11, 1999. Do you know where you were? I was in Santa Clarita, California about to head back down to Santa Monica, and well, I missed this one. However, I did have the VHS tape and recently went back and watched it again.

WCW Bash At The Beach 1999 had 13,624 in attendance, which is not a small crowd for the company. It was sad to see that 1 year later, this show wouldn’t even draw 10,000. Anyways, while some will hate WCW, this wasn’t half bad, and here are my thoughts in regards to the classic pay per view.

WCW Bash At The Beach 1999 Results and Review

Ernest Miller defeated Disco Inferno

I never hated Disco, but here he was a shell of his former self. The official time according to the internet was 3 minutes, but I felt like this was a lot longer. Disco isn’t a bad wrestler, he put on some great matches in 1998. I would cite Starrcade 1998 as one of his finer performances. I would also like to mention that he was one tough guy. Just look at Booker T vs. Disco and you’ll see Booker come off the top rope and basically kill Disco by landing full force on his skull. It was a sick mistake, but hey, that’s what happens. This match was fast, had a lot of cheating, and really wasn’t that great, not the best opener.

Rick Steiner defeated Van Hammer (TV Championship)

This was a weird match. Hammer must have done something wrong. Steiner started to no-sell the offense, and instead started to really hit Hammer and this match ended in 3 minutes or so. It was a terrible match, and Hammer wasn’t a bad wrestler.

David Flair defeated Dean Malenko (U.S. Championship)

This was as good as you may think it was. Malenko carried Flair to a watchable match, but thanks to Flair, Anderson, and Double D, David won the match. But not before taking a serious beating. Rick Flair’s nepotism saved him from losing, but he got beat the hell out of for it.

The No Limit Soldiers defeated The West Texas Rednecks

This was an elimination tag team match, and it was laughable to say the least. The best part of this was watching Brad Armstrong in there, mopping up as a No Limit Soldier. Other than that, I can’t recommend this one. I will say this much, The West Texas Rednecks sure put on a showcase of old school wrestling.

Fit Finlay won a Junkyard Invitational (WCW Hardcore Championship)

It was hard to see this one, as the camera kept switching, it was dark, and was just garbage. Fit Finlay would win, but this was a bad idea, executed terribly. This was seriously a bad match, and it legitimately injured a lot of the wrestlers.

The Jersey Triad defeated Perry Saturn and Chris Benoit (WCW Tag Team Championship)

23 minutes, and what a hell of a match this was! The Triad was a team made up of DDP, Kanyon, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Bigelow, holy crap, he could move. In this match, watch for him moving like a cruiserweight, and even coming off the top rope with ease. DDP and Kanyon’s fast tags made sense, and Benoit and Saturn just couldn’t keep up with the numbers. This one stole the show in my opinion, and it is one of the best WCW pay per view matches ever put together.

Buff Bagwell defeated Roddy Piper in a boxing match

This was a throwaway match. Buff won, but eh, I didn’t care. Mills Lane was the referee.

Randy Savage and Sid Vicious defeated Kevin Nash and Sting (WCW World Championship Match)

This was something else. This was a tag match, and it got rowdy fast. Nash was laying waste to Savage and Vicious, Sting wasn’t taking any guff, and this got intense. There was a lot of great moments, but with only 13 minutes to tell a story, it got rushed in the end. Savage won this match and became the WCW World Champion. It sent the fans home confused, as Sting and Nash were way over here, and yet nothing. Oh well. The match was fun, nothing too grand.

Overall Rating: 7 out of 10

WCW Bash At The Beach 1999 didn’t deliver like it did a year before. However, nearly getting 14,000 people to see it was great. If you get this on VHS you can get the unedited music, and commentary. There’s a lot of editing on the WWE end if you see it that way. The best match was definitely the WCW Tag title match, and the rest was take it or leave it for me. Also, pay close attention to how the commentary team treats Bobby Heenan. You could hear the frustration in his replies during this one, it was really bad. Heenan hung in there, but I would’ve walked out, unless he was in on it. I don’t know, sometimes you can’t tell here.

I suggest picking up WCW Bash At The Beach 1999 on VHS here, if you have the money. Get the VHS tape and rip it to dvd, don’t see it on the WWE Networking, or you will not get the crowd reactions and real music for guys like DDP. Overall, not half bad, but not great either.

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