10 PPVs with the best claims to be on Mount Rushmore by WCW

WCW was originally part of the NWA as Crockett Promotions. However, when Ted Turner chose to pursue WWE and Vince McMahon, he took over WCW citizenship in the late 1980s, and the two companies battled for the next decade. During that time, both went up and down as WCW attempted to become a national power.

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In the end, it was WWE that stood out when WCW went out of business. However, WCW has put some great PPV events in the spotlight throughout its time. With names like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Goldberg, and the nWo, several great PPVs had moments worthy of the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling.

10 Spring Stampede 1999

1999 - Spring Stampede

In 1999, WCW wasn’t as hot as it was a year earlier as the nWo wasn’t as exciting, the top of the card wasn’t that full, and the storylines were missing more than they hit. What WCW still had, however, were some of the best wrestlers in the world. Spring Stampede 1999 was the best WCW PPV of the late era thanks to wrestling.

The cruiserweight talent was seen here and Chris Benoit teamed up with Dean Malenko for a great match with Raven and Saturn. Even Kevin Nash versus Goldberg was a solid outing.

9 Halloween Havoc 1997

Halloween Havoc 1997 had a great match that went down in WCW history. That was the steel cage match between Hulk Hogan and Rowdy Roddy Piper. This was nowhere near as good as Piper taking out Hogan with the Sleeper, but it was still an important part of wrestling history.

In terms of technical classics, the match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero was one of the best in their history. The most memorable match on the show, however, was Macho Man Randy Savage versus Diamond Dallas Page, as Savage continued to see Page leave the feud as a big star.

8th Superbrawl III

If there were two men in early WCW who never had a bad match against each other, it was Sting and Vader. At the time, Vader was a monster at the top of his game, and Sting was a man who was the biggest baby face in WCW, trying to prove he was the man for the company.

Their match here was one of their best and was backed up with a great undercard.

7th Bash At The Beach 1996

Bash At The Beach 1996

If there is one WCW PPV that deserves to be on Mount Rushmore of Wrestling just for its standing in history, it was Bash at the Beach 1996. This was the PPV that Scott Hall and Kevin Nash one mysterious partner against Sting, Lex Luger, Promise and Randy Savage, and in the end, Hulk Hogan turned his heel.

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This is the WCW PPV that introduced the world to the nWo. Nothing in professional wrestling has ever been the same. The matches on this PPV weren’t great outside of Rey Mysterio vs. Psicosis, but the nWo formation makes this Mount Rushmore worthy.

6th WrestleWar 1992

1991 - WrestleWar

One of the best specialty matches WCW has ever created was the War Games. The original matches with the Four Horsemen are some of the best ever, but WrestleWar 1992 saw the best WarGames match of the 1990s between Sting’s Squadron and the Dangerous Alliance.

This match alone made the PPV stand out, but it all ended with an amazing tag match between the Steiner Bros and the Japanese team of Tatsumi Fujinami and Takayuki Iizuka.

5 Chi-Town Rumble

Chi Town Rumble

The Chi-Town Rumble goes down in WCW history as one of the best wrestling shows of all time and included the first of the trilogy of matches between “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat.

On this map, Steamboat won the NWA World Championship in a five-star match. There have been other great games including Lex Luger versus Barry Windham, but the world title game still shines to this day.

4th Slamboree 1994

Barry Windham Slamboree 1994

Slamboree 1994 had an issue that threatened to drag the card into the garbage dumps. The legends were brought back for this show. The one legend’s match that WCW hosted was one Philadelphia fans loved when Tully Blanchard returned for the night to fight Terry Funk.

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However, the games on this show did not disappoint. Ric Flair and Barry Windham fought for the WCW World Championship. Sting picked Vader on for the vacant NWA International Championship. A great tag team brawl consisted of Cactus Jack & Kevin Sullivan versus The Nasty Boys.

3 Superbrawl II

Sting versus Lex Luger in Superbrawl II.

On the first Monday, Nitro would see Brian Pillman versus Jushin Thunder Liger because WCW knew this match would attract wrestling fans and keep them there. Three years ago that same match opened Superbrawl II and it was even better there.

The Dangerous Alliance was at the forefront of their game here and featured in most of the games, and at the main event, Sting beat Lex Luger for the WCW title.

2 Spring Stampede 1994

1994 - Spring Stampede

In the 1994 Spring Stampede there was a long-awaited rematch between Ricky Steamboat and Ric Flair. While this wasn’t on the level of their match trilogy, it came very close and proved that the two men never face each other and couldn’t produce an instant classic.

What made this show impressive was that there weren’t any outstanding games, but each of them were great. This could be one of the best PPVs in WCW history in terms of game quality.

1 Great American Bash 1989

When Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat finished their trilogy, Flair had no chance to rest. NWA legend Terry Funk walked in asking for a title shot, to which Flair said no.

Funk then tried to break Flair’s neck and it led to the I Quit Match at the Great American Bash in 1989. This was so different from the Steamboat matches, but it was still amazing. Add in Sting vs The Great Muta in their fantastic feud and a War Games match and this was WCW at its best.

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