Beach Blast (1993)
VHS cover showing Vader, Sid Vicious (back) Davey Boy Smith, and Sting (front)
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateJuly 18, 1993
CityBiloxi, Mississippi
VenueMississippi Coast Coliseum
Attendance8,600
Tagline(s)A Day At The Beach, A Night For Revenge
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Beach Blast (1993) was the second annual Beach Blast professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on July 18, 1993, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi. In the main event the team billed as "the Superpowers" (Sting and Davey Boy Smith) faced a team nicknamed "the Masters of the Power Bomb" (Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious) as part of a longer running rivalry between the two sides.

WCW closed in 2001 and all rights to their television and PPV shows were bought by WWE, including the Beach Blast shows. In 2015, All WCW pay-per-views were made available on the WWE Network.

Production

Background

In 1992 the Atlanta, Georgia based World Championship Wrestling (WCW) professional wrestling promotion increased their pay-per-view (PPV) shows from five in 1991 to six in 1992. As part of the expansion WCW came up with the concept of "Beach Blast", a summer show featuring a beach theme, complete with surfers, women in bikinis and an entrance set created to resemble a beach. In 1993 the Beach Blast show was moved to July and replaced the Great American Bash that WCW usually held in July. In 1994 the show was renamed Bash at the Beach, keeping the general theme of the summer event. In 2014 the show became available on the WWE Network, initially with some of the theme songs originally used being replaced with generic music, notably the entrance music for Sting and the Steiner Brothers composed by Jimmy Papa. In March 2014 the WWE restored the original music after an unsuccessful lawsuit by the composer.[1]

Storylines

The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[2]

WCW produced a mini-movie centered around the four participants in the main event Sting and Davey Boy Smith (nicknamed "the Superpowers", playing off the fact that Sting was American and Smith was British) facing the team of Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious (dubbed "The Masters of the Power Bomb", based on the fact that both wrestlers used a power bomb as their finishing move). The mini-movie depicted Sting and Davey Boy Smith on a tropical island with a group of kids. As they were playing with the kids Vader, Vicious and their managers Harley Race and Col. Robert Parker approaches them, offering them a bribe to not wrestle at Beach Blast. The Superpowers turn the bribe down, which lead the villainous duo of Vader and Vicious to hire a midget to swim out to their boat, with a fake shark fin on his back and plant a bomb. At the last moment Smith saves Sting from being blown up, vowing revenge at Beach Blast.[3]

Other on-screen personnel
Role: Name:
Commentators Tony Schiavone
Jesse Ventura
Interviewers Missy Hyatt
Eric Bischoff
Ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta
Referees Randy Anderson
Nick Patrick

Results

No. Results[4][5][6] Stipulations Times
1 Paul Orndorff (c) defeated Ron Simmons by disqualification Singles match for the WCW World Television Championship 11:15
2 2 Cold Scorpio and Marcus Alexander Bagwell defeated Tex Slazenger and Shanghai Pierce Tag team match 12:48
3 Lord Steven Regal (with Sir William Dundee) defeated Erik Watts Singles match 07:31
4 Johnny B. Badd defeated Maxx Payne Singles match 04:50
5 The Hollywood Blonds (Brian Pillman and Steve Austin) (c) defeated The Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson and Paul Roma) Tag team match for the WCW World Tag Team Championship 26:14
6 Dustin Rhodes fought Rick Rude to a draw 1-1 Iron Man match for the vacant WCW United States Heavyweight Championship 30:00
7 Ric Flair defeated Barry Windham (c) Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 11:15
8 Sting and Davey Boy Smith defeated The Masters of the Powerbomb (Big Van Vader and Sid Vicious) (with Harley Race and Col. Robert Parker) Tag team match 16:44
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References

  1. ^ Alvarez, Bryan (March 21, 2014). "FRI UPDATE: Another ridiculously packed weekend, TNA star done, Slammiversary travel packages, WWE Network potential series reel, tons more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  2. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  3. ^ Reynolds, R.D. "Beach Blast 93: One of the unholy trinity of mini-movie driven PPVs in 1992-1993, this one featured Sid Vicious in flip flops, orphans playing volleyball with Sting and Davey Boy Smith, and Cheatum the one eyed evil midget blowing up a boat while wearing a shark fin. Quite possibly RD's favorite induction of all time". WrestleCrap.
  4. ^ "2007 Wrestling Almanac & Book of Facts". Wrestling’s Historical Cards: Beach Blast (Biloxi, Mississippi, Mississippi Coast Coliseum). Kappa Publishing. 2007. p. 140.
  5. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  6. ^ "Beach Blast 1993". Pro Wrestling History. July 18, 1993. Retrieved August 29, 2015.