Ring Rust Radio's Golden Era Draft Results and Fantasy Cards

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2013

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24:  Hulk Hogan gestures to the audience during his Hulkamania Tour at the Burswood Dome on November 24, 2009 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
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After successful current and Attitude Era fantasy drafts, Ring Rust Radio decided to hold another in the form of the Golden Era draft.

The panelists of the show—Brandon Galvin, Donald Wood, Mike Chiari and Michael Cahill—have crafted the best cards they could with the men they drafted from the time period of 1987-1992, and the following is each company’s results.

We are asking you to look through the cards and decide which one you would most like to see in an actual main event of a company. Be sure to read through each card before ultimately making your choice.

Catch the actual draft here and enjoy!



Donald Wood—American Wrestling Association

AWA's SuperClash
AWA World Heavyweight Championship Ric Flair (c) vs. Sting
AWA Tag Team Championships Road Warriors (Animal & Hawk) (c) vs. The Brainbusters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard)
AWA International Television Championship Steel Cage Match Cactus Jack (c) vs. Vinnie Vegas
No. 1 Contender's Match
Bob Backlund vs. Paul Orndorff
AWA British Empire Heavyweight Championship
Steven Regal (c) vs. Barry Windham
5-on-5 WarGames Match Heels (Johnny B. Badd, One Man Gang, Nikita Koloff, Ivan Putski, Marcus Alexander Bagwell) vs. Faces (Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Jim Duggan, Greg Valentine, Tony Atlas).
AWA World Light Heavyweight Championship Brian Pillman (c) vs. Chris Benoit vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.
 Dark Match Virgil

Note: Winners in Italics


To start the night, Virgil hits the ring and is forced to sit alone at a table in the middle of the ring. The sign above the table says “Wrestling Superstar Virgil”. This lasts 40 minutes.

As the American Wrestling Association, the first match of SuperClash pay-per-view will be an amazing Light Heavyweight Championship match between defending champion Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit and Jushin Thunder Liger. This match is full of technical mastery and high flying, with Pillman eventually going over.

The next match will be a giant 5-on-5 battle that will see the faces (Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, Jim Duggan, Greg Valentine and Tony Atlas) win the match against the heels (Johnny B. Badd, One Man Gang, Nikita Koloff, Ivan Putski, Marcus Alexander Bagwell). This should get the crowd excited as the faces celebrate in the ring.

This is where the takeover of the Four Horsemen begins.

In a match for the British Empire Heavyweight Championship, Barry Windham will defeat reigning champion Steven Regal via submission in a great technical bout to claim the title for the Four Horsemen.

The next match of the night will be the battle for the No. 1 contendership between Bob Backlund and Paul Orndorff, with the face Backlund losing via dirty pin to Orndorff in an ending that will continue the feud past this show. Orndorff is No. 1 contender; for now.

With the television championship on the line, defending champion Cactus Jack will beat Vinnie Vegas (Kevin Nash) in a cage match that will feature plenty of blood and hardcore spots. Foley will win when Vegas jackknifes him through the cage wall and he hits the ground.

For the co-main event of the evening, the Four Horsemen make their impact known once again during the World Tag Team Championship match. As defending champions, The Road Warriors continued to dominate the division throughout the year, but Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (The Brainbusters) are the heel team that can stop their face reign. The Brainbusters win the title clean.

The main event of the evening will be AWA World Heavyweight Championship Ric Flair defending his title and the pride of the Four Horsemen by fighting Sting. With Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham surrounding the ring, Flair and Sting battle in a great match that sees both men get their fair share of offense.

Flair uses every dirty trick in the book without getting disqualified, including throwing the referee into the corner to take the Stinger splash. With the ref down, the Four Horsemen beat down Sting and let Flair get the win. Sting lays motionless in the ring as the PPV ends with the four champions holding up their gold.

An iconic end to the beginning of a new era in wrestling.



Brandon Galvin—United States Wrestling Association

USWA Championship Wrestling
USWA Championship Steel Cage Match

Ted DiBiase vs. Hulk Hogan (c)

USWA Texas Championship Texas Death Match Jerry Lawler (c) vs. Terry Funk
USWA Tag Team Championship Ladder Match British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid) (c) vs. Owen Hart & Steve Austin
USWA Southern Championship Jake Roberts vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink vs. Lex Luger

Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)

The Natural' Dustin Rhodes vs. Don Muraco w/ 'Superstar' Billy Graham

Ole Anderson & Ronnie Garvin vs. Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Hillbilly Jim vs. Abdullah the Butcher

  The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas) vs. Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs)
  Jeff Jarrett vs. Lanny Poffo

Note: Winners in Italics


Opening Match: Jeff Jarrett vs. Lanny Poffo

USWA Championship Wrestling starts with a fast-paced battle between two highly skilled athletes in blue chipper Jeff Jarrett and veteran Lanny Poffo. Poffo, being the egotistical heel he is, issues an open challenge to the USWA roster. Jarrett accepts the challenge in surprising fashion and takes Poffo to the limit before being hit with the Honor Roll for the finish.


The Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas) vs. Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Saggs)

The next bout is a tag team match between the Dynamic Dudes and the Nasty Boys. Despite the Dudes putting up a nice fight due to their athleticism, the veteran Nasty Boys use their chemistry and every nasty heel trick in the book to escape with a victory and move up the tag team ranks.


Hillbilly Jim vs. Abdullah the Butcher

Hillbilly Jim and Abdullah the Butcher battle next. Leading up to the event, Abdullah the Butcher had been viciously attacking several wrestlers on the circuit. Hillbilly Jim said he was going to be the man to stop The Butcher's onslaught, but instead gets busted open during the match when The Butcher hits him with multiple weapons. This leads to a disqualification by The Butcher and a victory for Jim, but Abdullah stands tall over a bloodied Jim as his rampage continues.


Ole Anderson & Ronnie Garvin vs. Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)

Heading towards retirement, two tough-nosed workers in Ole Anderson and Ronnie Garvin team up to take on the devastating duo of the Natural Disasters, who had been mowing down most of the tag team division. This is your typical brawl between big men with a lot of power moves during this short match. The younger, more powerful tandem of the Natural Disasters come out victorious in this bout despite the aging veterans giving them a run for their money.


"The Natural" Dustin Rhodes vs. Don Muraco w/ 'Superstar' Billy Graham

Still in magnificent shape and now managed by 'The Superstar' Billy Graham, Don Muraco had been on an impressive hot streak. Coming to USWA, 'The Natural' Dustin Rhodes had been living off the success his father Dusty Rhodes built during the territorial days. Rhodes, Muraco and Graham had been putting on stellar segments to create a heated rivalry built on the tradition of the business. Though Dustin battled tooth and nail to live up to the Rhodes name, Muraco proved to be too skilled and savvy for the up-and-coming star.


Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) vs. Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane)

Two of the top tag teams in the business square off next in the Rock 'n' Roll Express and Midnight Express. Both teams are veterans in the tag ranks and know seemingly every trick and double-team maneuver in the book. This is your classic back-and-forth matchup with a ton of reversals and quick tags. Ultimately, the Rock 'n' Roll Express overwhelm the Midnight Express by isolating Stan Lane and hitting several double-team moves for the victory.


Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink vs. Lex Luger

Lex Luger came to USWA and immediately started running his mouth how he was the closest thing to perfection the wrestling industry had ever seen. His cocky attitude rubbed not just fans the wrong way, but also a major babyface force in USWA in Bam Bam Bigelow.

This is your classic feud between the immovable and the unstoppable culminating in a drag-'em-out, beat-'em-up style contest. Bigelow wins the match, and the rivalry, due to his immense athleticism after he hits Luger with several power and high-impact maneuvers.


USWA Southern Championship: Jake Roberts vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper

The first of four main event matches of the card, Jake Roberts and Roddy Piper had been involved in an extremely hate-filled and personal rivalry. Both men are notorious for their controversial actions and unwillingness to sugar-coat anything. The promos between these two captivated fans and became must-see TV. Each man attacked the other's personal demons and way of life.

This match presents the first time they physically interact with each other in true grudge-match fashion. Roberts hits the DDT on Piper twice for good measures before picking up the pinfall victory and securing the vacant USWA Southern Championship.


USWA Tag Team Championship Ladder Match: British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid) vs. Owen Hart & Steve Austin

The British Bulldogs had been running through the tag team division leading up to this event. Despite having formidable tag teams in the division to go against, they were looking for a fresh contender. Newcomers Steve Austin and Owen Hart, two of the best technical performers in the business, announced they had formed a tag team to go against the two technical masterminds.

With their universal technical, power and high-flying skills, these four put on a magnificent, psychological ladder match. Given their chemistry and familiarity with each other, the British Bulldogs come out on top despite a close call from the new duo of Austin and Hart.


USWA Texas Championship Texas Death Match: Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk

Jerry Lawler had been on a crusade to stop hardcore wrestling and wrestlers from infiltrating and remaining in USWA, cutting scathing promos against the style and anybody who participated in those type of matches.

Finally, Terry Funk came to put an end to it all and issued Lawler a challenge for the USWA Texas Championship in the one match Lawler despised the most, a Texas Death Match. With blood spilled by both men and a grueling battle that tested by wrestlers' intestinal fortitude, Funk picks up the victory following a piledriver on a bed of thumbtacks and barbed wire.


USWA Championship Steel Cage Match: Ted DiBiase vs. Hulk Hogan

The emotional and intense pay-per-view culminates with a Steel Cage match between Ted DiBiase and Hulk Hogan for the USWA Championship. The promos between these two men have highlighted their different ideals and ways of life. DiBiase continues to flaunt his money and has been paying people to sneak attack Hogan throughout their rivalry. Despite being outnumbered, Hogan continues to fight back in order to preserve all that is good for the sake of the fans.


After a classic old school match featuring plenty of reversals and power moves, USWA owner Jerry Jarrett tosses the USWA Championship over the top of the steel cage to DiBiase in shocking fashion. DiBiase strikes Hogan in the head with the gold, busting him open and laid out in the center of the ring. DiBiase climbs over the top of the cage and escapes with the championship to become USWA Champion. Jarrett raises DiBiase's arm in victory to signal an alliance and the next chapter in the Hogan-DiBiase feud as the show comes to a close.



Mike Chiari—World Championship Wrestling

WCW Starrcade
WCW Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match

"Macho Man" Randy Savage (c) w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. Mr. Perfect

WCW United States Championship Steel Cage Match
Ultimate Warrior (c) vs. Vader
WCW Television Championship "Ravishing" Rick Rude vs. Dusty Rhodes (c)
WCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush) vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes, Jimmy Garvin & Terry Gordy) (c)
Texas Death Match Harley Race vs. "Dr. Death" Steve Williams
Boot Camp Match Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik

Stan Hansen vs. The Great Muta
WCW Tag Team Championship Kerry Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich (c) vs. Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)
Indian Strap Match
Col. DeBeers vs. Wahoo McDaniel

Loser Leaves WCW Match Pedro Morales vs. Nick Bockwinkel
  Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel) vs. Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu)

Note: Winners in Italics


Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel) vs. Samoan Swat Team (Fatu & Samu)

WCW Starrcade unquestionably boasts the deepest card of the competition and that much is apparent from the start. Things get kicked off with an exciting tag-team match pitting former WWF Tag Team Champions Strike Force against The Samoan Swat Team.

Powerhouses Fatu and Samu dominate much of the match by isolating Rick Martel, but Tito Santana gets the hot tag late and wins it for the face team with a Flying Forearm.


Loser Leaves WCW Match: Pedro Morales vs. Nick Bockwinkel

With the crowd settled in nicely, Starrcade delivers a match that could easily pass as a main event. Although both Pedro Morales and Nick Bockwinkel were reaching the end of their respective careers in the Golden Era, they possessed incredible resumes. Morales was among the longest-reigning WWF Champions ever while Bockwinkel was a four-time AWA Heavyweight Champion in his own right.

Ever the cheater, Bockwinkel hits Morales with a foreign object produced from his tights while the referee’s back is turned and forces the Puerto Rican star to retire from WCW.


Indian Strap Match: Col. DeBeers vs. Wahoo McDaniel

The following match is the conclusion of a blood feud between Wahoo McDaniel and Col. DeBeers. The evil DeBeers had been running rampant on the WCW roster while peddling his racist ways, but McDaniel decided to put a stop to it.

He challenged DeBeers to his signature bout: the Indian Strap match. The bigger DeBeers uses his size advantage to control much of the match, but McDaniel “goes on the warpath” late and drags DeBeers to each corner of the ring in order to pick up the win.


WCW Tag Team Championship: Kerry Von Erich & Kevin Von Erich vs. Doom (Ron Simmons & Butch Reed)

With a few exciting matches already in the books, the first title bout on the WCW Starrcade bout comes next. The sibling team of Kerry and Kevin Von Erich defend the WCW Tag Team Championships against the big-man team of Ron Simmons and Butch Reed--- Doom.

This is a back-and-forth affair to say the least with momentum shifting from side to side. Kevin makes a tag to Kerry in the latter stages of the match, though, and “The Modern Day Warrior” locks in the claw on Reed to defend the titles.


Stan Hansen vs. The Great Muta

This next match is one of the most underrated ones on the card as it pits a pair of Japanese legends against each other in Stan Hansen and The Great Muta. Hansen is, of course, American born, but the vast majority of his wrestling success took place in Japan, where he is one of the most well-respected foreigners of all time. Muta, on the other hand, is arguably the greatest Japanese professional wrestler ever.

Muta plays the face role in this one and beats down Hansen with a dizzying display of kicks, but things get crazy near the end. When Muta attempts to hit Hansen with his signature green mist, Hansen pulls the official in front of him. This allows Hansen to grab a steel chair and utilize it as part of his Lariat finisher. The referee then comes to and counts to three as Hansen escapes with a win.


Boot Camp Match: Sgt. Slaughter vs. The Iron Sheik

Sgt. Slaughter and The Iron Sheik were two of the bitterest rivals of the 1980s and engaged in some of the hardest-hitting matches in wrestling history. That is true once again at WCW Starrcade as they engage in an anything-goes Boot Camp match. The crowd is firmly behind Slaughter, but that doesn’t stop the abrasive Sheik from gaining the upper hand through a number of heelish tactics.

The Iron Sheik appears to have the match won when he locks in the Camel Clutch while using an Iranian flag for leverage, but Slaughter somehow manages to reverse it and lock in the Cobra Clutch with the flagpole for the win.


Texas Death Match: Harley Race vs. "Dr. Death" Steve Williams

After such a knock-down, drag-out affair it may seem impossible to keep up the intensity, but this bout features two of the toughest men in the history of wrestling as Harley Race and “Dr. Death” Steve Williams do battle in a Texas Death match.

The rules of a Texas Death match are simple as falls count anywhere in the building and once a fall occurs, the downed participant has until the count of 10 to answer.

Both of these men are renowned for their fists of steel, so it should come as no surprise that Race finishes this match with a brass knuckles-aided right hand to Williams’ chin.


WCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship: Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush) vs. The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael PS Hayes, Jimmy Garvin & Terry Gordy)

Although the Tag Team Championships are normally featured, this card sees the Six-Man Tag Team Championships in a significant spot as two of the best three-man units ever lock horns when Demolition and The Fabulous Freebirds face off. The heel Freebirds enter as champions and have the teamwork advantage as Ax, Smash and Crush rarely wrestled in six-man matches.

Thanks to their brute strength and overall dominance, however, Demolition wins a hard-hitting match that ends with Ax and Smash executing a Demolition Decapitation on Jimmy Garvin.


WCW Television Championship: "Ravishing" Rick Rude vs. Dusty Rhodes

The first part of WCW Starrcade’s incredible triple main event slate pits “Ravishing” Rick Rude against Television Champion Dusty Rhodes. The narcissistic Rude wasn’t shy about criticizing “The American Dream” during the lead up to the match as he blasted Rhodes’ round physique and referred to him as a “Southern sweat hog.”

Rhodes did his best to silence Rude and used his size advantage to ground him, but Rude’s superior athleticism proved useful. Just as the match reaches a fever pitch, Rude executes a roll-up with his feet on the ropes for leverage and picks up the win to become the new TV Champion.


WCW United States Championship Steel Cage Match: Ultimate Warrior vs. Vader

The Ultimate Warrior endured several tough challengers over the course of his career, but none of them possessed the mixture of toughness and agility that Vader brings to the table. Warrior managed to surpass Hulk Hogan in popularity and became the WWF Champion, while Vader was a WCW Champion, so this is truly a dream match.

Vader gives The Ultimate Warrior all he can handle within the vicious confines of a steel cage, but Warrior incredibly manages to hit Vader with a press slam and splash before exiting the cage door and retaining the United States Championship.


WCW Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match: "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. Mr. Perfect

The final bout of an unbelievable evening sees “Macho Man” Randy Savage, accompanied by the lovely Miss Elizabeth, defending his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Mr. Perfect in a 30-minute Iron Man match. The Iron Man match was a new concept in WCW during this time, and this contest marks the first occasion of it being showcased on the big stage.

Savage and Perfect are among the greatest in-ring workers ever, so it should come as no surprise that they put on a fantastic contest. The first 15 minutes feature technical wizardry at its finest, but the action spills outside. Perfect throws Savage into the ring post and Savage can’t respond by the count of 10, so the fall goes to the challenger.

With just minutes remaining in the match, Savage desperately needs a fall and he gets it with his patented flying elbow. Savage looks to be on the verge of retaining via a draw, but Perfect strangely distracts the referee with 30 seconds remaining. This prompts Miss Elizabeth to get on apron and slap her husband across the face. Perfect takes advantage by using a schoolboy on Savage and scoring the decisive fall to become the new WCW Champion.

Savage is in shock after the match and Perfect adds injury to insult as he lays him out with the title. Mr. Perfect then celebrates in the ring with his new valet as the perfect champion now had a perfect 10 by his side.



Michael Cahill—World Wrestling Federation

WWF WrestleMania
WWF Championship

The Undertaker vs. Andre The Giant (c)

WWF Intercontinental Championship
Bret Hart (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat
WWF Tag Team Championships
Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott) vs. The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) (c)

Brutus Beefcake vs. Sid Vicious 

Koko B. Ware & Jimmy Snuka vs. The Orient Express (Kato & Tanaka)

Honky Tonk Man vs. Larry Zbyszko

The Lumberjacks (Scott Norton & John Nord) vs. The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian)

The Junkyard Dog vs. Big Boss Man

Diamond Exchange (DDP & Diamond Studd) vs. Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch)

Jim Neidhart vs. George "The Animal" Steele

The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) vs. Bob Orton & Kamala

Note: Winners in Italics


The Killer Bees vs. Bob Orton & Kamala

Our dark match is the powerhouse team of Bob Orton and Kamala taking on The Killer Bees. The contrast between these two teams makes for an entertaining opening bout. The Killer Bees are completely in sync for most of the match, but the overall brute strength of Kamala and the Cowboy overpower the Bees for a come-from-behind win.


Jim Neidhart vs. George The Animal Steele

A classic matchup for two well-known talents and WWF staples. Neidhart has complete polish with power while The Animal is, well, the Animal. Neidhart is in trouble in spots but never in danger of losing. He gets the relatively easy pinfall.


Diamond Exchange vs. Bushwhackers

We get our first taste of tag team action for the night. Diamond Exchange is clearly the more talented bunch and they know it. Not only do they dominate the Bushwhackers early but they make quite the show of it. However, the moment the Luke and Butch start apply the offense, Diamond Studd takes a cheap shot, getting Diamond Exchange disqualified.


The Junkyard Dog vs. Big Boss Man

Two grapplers with incredible force face off. Big Boss Man and JYD go toe to toe the whole way. No clear-cut advantage throughout but JYD wears him down at the end for the clean pin.


The Lumberjacks vs. The Powers of Pain

The idea of having two teams who are as big, powerful and mean as these two should keep fans in the seats. This match is all about inflicting pain. In the end though, the Powers of Pain come up short as the Lumberjacks score the win.


Honky Tonk Man vs. Larry Zbyszko

The living legend vs the world's greatest IC champ ever square off in one of the best matches of the night. This match had everything you could want. From flash to strength to some real wrestling skills. Zbyszko might be known as a living legend, but he goes home a loser tonight.


Koko B. Ware & Jimmy Snuka vs. The Orient Express

Maybe the best match on the card as the pairing of Koko B. Ware and Jimmy Snuka creates some of the biggest pops of the night. Filled with high-flying maneuvers and some of the smartest in-ring wrestling on the card, the Orient Express is good, but they are no match for the athletic superteam.


Brutus Beefcake vs. Sid Vicious

Two of the nastiest heels the WWF has ever seen face off in a top-notch battle. This match is a pure display of brawn. Beefcake makes a formidable foe, but Vicious is too aggressive and too strong to fall victim to the sleeper hold. Beefcake goes down.


WWF Tag Team Championship:  Steiner Brothers vs. The Rockers

Two of the greatest tag teams of their era and with styles that couldn't be any more dissimilar. The Steiners dominate early but once the Rockers find their offensive groove, its a quick end to a fantastic match. The Rockers leave like they came in: champions.


WWF Intercontinental Championship: Bret Hart vs. Ricky Steamboat

This match brings the house down. Two of the greatest in-ring workers of their generation. Hart is no doubt the odds on favorite, but Steamboat shocks the world and pulls the upset against the excellence of execution.


WWF Championship: The Undertaker vs. Andre The Giant

A match the world would love to see. Two of the greatest of all time. Taker is the more technically skilled by a wide margin, but Andre, in the end, is too big and too strong and picks up a win in the WWF dream matchup.


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