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WCW Flashback – Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger WCW Capital Combat 1990

WCW Capital Combat The main event of WCW Capital Combat put challenger United States Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger (with his astro-green trunks) taking on National Wrestling Alliance/World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair inside the Steel Cage, in Washington D.C. This was a follow up to their match at WCW Wrestle War. At Wrestle War, Luger replaced Sting days before the match and came within inches of beating Flair for the title.

To my surprise, Lex Luger was a replacement for Sting. Sting tore his knee in an angle a few days before Wrestle War at the Clash of Champions. The biggest downfall of Sting’s knee being torn is NWA/WCW took a year building the Flair/Sting storyline, and the replacement they had was Luger. The predicament they were in was that Luger was a heel, which meant they had to turn him face quickly for the match at Wrestle War, a month before the match that I watched.

The match at Capital Combat that I recently watched was a rematch between the two because Ric Flair won by a count-out at Wrestle War 1990, caused by Ole Anderson attacking Sting outside the ring and Luger running out to save his fallen friend. The attack was vicious considering that it was well known that Sting tore his knee up just days before.

The Four Horsemen were back in full force at this time. The feud started when the Horsemen turned heel and attacked Sting at the Clash of Champions. Sting won a tournament at Starrcade 89 to win a title shot. Sting was given the choice of giving up the shot or suffering the wrath of the Horsemen. Sting kept the shot, was attacked by the Horsemen, and tore up his knee later that night trying to scale a cage and seek revenge.

Looking at the match length at Wrestle War with the “Total Package” Lex Luger and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, their match at Wrestle War went almost forty minutes. Why that surprises me is that their match at Capital Combat was about half the length of their match at Wrestle War.

Another huge part at Capital Combat was the wild card was Robo Cop. Robo Cop was there to rescue Sting away from World Heavyweight Champion and the IV Horsemen. Why this was a huge part back in the 1990’s was the crossover promotion with having Robo Cop on National Wrestling Alliance/World Championship Wrestling television. This was the same thing for the World Wrestling Federation and Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania XI, having him face Bam Bam Bigelow.

But anyways, that’s the background of the match, here’s the review of the match:

One of the funniest lines that I heard was when Ric Flair came out, with Woman (Nancy Benoit), Bob Caudle mentioned: “…the wrestler of the decade of the ‘80’s…” That gave me a good laugh, because one it was Ric Flair, and two, it was a great line. When Flair was being introduced, he was introduced as a six-time World Champ. A fact that the next time Flair comes back to WCW within a couple of years; he’ll be an eight-time World Champ.

Something that I did enjoy was the referee was patting down Luger, Flair, and Woman, because ref’s these days simply don’t do that anymore. And it was weird that Woman was left to stay inside the cage during the whole match. That surprised me, and at the end of the match, it still didn’t make much sense to me. But that’s okay.

One thing that we don’t see in the world of professional wrestling anymore was delayed vertical suplexes. Both Luger and Flair gave each other a delayed vertical suplex, and there was a lot of holds and moves in this match, which was something I really enjoyed during the match. Talking about holds, another move that I haven’t seen that often was Luger gave Flair a couple of Military Press Slams.

Another line that I got a good chuckle was when Bob Caudle mentioned “…most dangerous when he’s injured…,” referring to Ric Flair being outside of the ring, right by Woman, taking a break from the action with Luger inside the ring.

Where the hard camera was located, we saw the “Floor C” sign a lot for the crowd. Why I bring that up? I find that interesting that we saw that a couple of times. Good stuff. Also, I noted that I really love Flair matches around this time period, he makes everything look great.

A turning point for the match was when there was a “suplex from Lex,” which hurt his injured right knee. After which, Flair took his time on stomping Luger’s knee, ankle, leg region, setting him up for the patented Figure Four Leg Lock. Go submissions! Flair did a belly-to-back suplex, I almost cried because of all the wrestling moves and holds in this match-up.

During this time, the Horsmen came down to cage side, trying to get inside the cage, not wanting their man to lose the World’s Championship to Luger, and then Sting came down and triple teamed the Horsemen, then Ole “found” where the operating table was to raise the cage for Barry Windham to get in and attack Luger, when he had “the Nature Boy” up in his finisher, the “Torture Rack.”

A great match, I thought, especially coming from a early WCW pay-per-view, but made me realize on why I love the matches of man we know as Ric Flair, the greatest World’s Heavyweight Champion in professional wrestling history.

Another reason why I love Ric Flair was the couple of words that we were able to be graced by him after the match. “You keep your mouth shut!” That he hollered out to a fan. I love that guy. Another line was “…there is only one [referring to the World Heavyweight Championship], and it’s mine!” Ric Flair is full of great one-liners.

But I did enjoy this match, with a lot of wrestling holds and wrestling moves. I do appreciate matches like this and am happy that I do have this match on VHS. But this is Eric Darsie, jamming out to Black Stone Cherry, goodbye!

What led to the match? Check out the Four Horsemen kicking Sting out of the group at Clash of the Champions

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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