Shane Douglas - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘All I want is a chance to prove myself — I’ll take care of the rest’
Though his handsome face is often accented by a broad smile and a twinkle in the eyes, Shane Douglas becomes a firebrand in the ring once the bell rings and the match is underway.
This 6’1”, 239-pound Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native loves to take to the air. Among his favorite off-the-mat maneuvers: high cross-bodyblocks, sunset flips, and precision dropkicks. But the move he enjoys most isn’t an aerial tactic, it’s the Magnum T.A.-style belly-to-belly suplex. In fact, Douglas was trained by T.A. for a while early in his career.
Young, bright (he holds a Masters degree in education), and single, Douglas spends much of his free time reading fan mail. And if his experience in WCW throughout 1993 is as positive as it’s been in the closing months of 1992, the amount of fan mail he receives is sure to increase dramatically!”
I love how WCW Magazine spent this whole page trying to sell how much of a stud Shane Douglas is. Plus that whole bit at the beginning about just-a-young-buck-trying-to-follow-his dreams crap is hilarious!
Brian Pillman - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘I’m doing now what I should have done for years!’
Good looks and outstanding aerial skills helped establish ‘Flyin” Brian Pillman as one of the sport’s most popular young stars, but that popularity is crumbling under the weight of a shocking new attitude.
The Cincinnati-born Pillman, who entered the mat sport in 1986 following a football career that included two years with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals, had long been hailed as one of the sport’s top aerial artists. When the 6’, 226-pounder engaged Japanese sensation Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger in a series of light heavyweight bouts last year, aerial wrestling was raised to a new plateau.
Pillman’s promising future collapsed at Clash of the Champions XX when he slapped Brad Armstrong for not being able to wrestle him that night — and turned his back on the fans once and for all.
What the immediate future may bring for Pillman is anybody’s guess.”
His hair is a little tame in this photo, but when he was first starting out for WCW, Brian Pillman had a crazy mane of hair that made him look exactly like Reb Beach.
You know, the guitarist from Winger!
Jushin Liger - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘There is no limiting the heights achieved by a hard-working man’
Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger may stand only 5’7”, but this incredible athlete is a giant in the eyes of the wrestling world for his explosive high-risk aerial moves that have thrilled and awed fans worldwide.
The former World light heavyweight champion (he weighs in at 216 pounds - mask included!) has an extensive repertoire of breathtaking maneuvers that frequently includes such stunners as a high-speed mid-air somersault that finds him landing back-first on his opponent, and a moonsault (reverse somersault) from the top rope to the arena floor!
A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Liger (the name is derived from the combination of lion and tiger) has been a pro for nearly a full decade. The miracle of his success, aside from the unbelievable style he demonstrates in each match, is that he has yet to suffer a career-threatening injury — a testament to his timing and athleticism.”
I believe that’s the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship in Liger’s arms there. Liger is still ranked number one in the number of title reigns with that particular championship (eleven total) AND the number of combined days held (2245 overall).
Big Van Vader - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘I’ll destroy any puny punk who stands in the way of my success’
Seemingly impervious to pain and virtually impossible to pin, 6’5” 435-pound Big Van Vader is a juggernaut of wrestling destruction.
Vader is a rugged athlete with extensive football experience: He was named consensus All-American in 1977, All-Big Eight in 1976-1977, was voted outstanding lineman on 1977’s Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine Game, and Japan Bowl, and played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1977 through 1981.
A sparring partner for former WBA heavyweight boxing champion Mike Weaver, Vader turned to the pro mat in 1985. He soon captured major titles throughout Europe, Japan, and Mexico, and amazed the world by hold the CWA (Austria), IWGP (Japan), and UWA (Mexico) titles — simultaneously!
Vader captured his first U.S. based title — the WCW World championship — at the Great American Bash ‘91. His reign lasted only three weeks, but he has sworn to recapture the belt again soon — no matter what it might take!”
An absolute beast and an unstoppable monster inside the ring — one of my absolute favorites of all time.
Johnny B. Badd - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘Hush, now: I’ve got a pretty face, but I’m a baaaaaad man!’
Few wrestlers in the sport’s history have been as colorful and energetic as the flamboyant Johnny B. Badd, who struts to the ring amid a flurry of feathers and a blizzard of confetti.
The 6’1”, 234-pound native of Macon, Georgia, entered the mat sport in 1991 following a notable career as an amateur boxer that saw him amass a record of 58 wins in 60 fights with 37 knockouts.
Badd’s boxing skills are reflected in the ring, where his ‘tutti-frutti’ knockout punch is the cornerstone of a repertoire that also includes a magnificent sunset flip from the top rope.
A relative newcomer to the ring, Badd is already a veteran at public service: Hardly a week passes when he is not appearing at several children’s hospitals or nursing homes, giving something back to the people that have supported him in his career.”
It was years after the Attitude Era was over when I managed to realized that Marc Mero from the WWF and Johnny B. Badd from WCW were the same human being. That fact still boggles the mind a bit (not as much as the fact that there was a Little Richard impersonator/wrestler).
Also, Wikipedia has this interesting piece of info on Badd:
“In 1996, Mero left WCW because he strongly objected to an angle where he was associated with Diamond Dallas Page’s wife (Kimberly Page).”
Does anybody else have any more info about what this angle was about?
Sting - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘Without the fans, I wouldn’t be the same! Oooowww!’
Few wrestling in the history of the sport have achieved the level of popularity enjoyed by Sting. His colorful face paint is just the most obvious manifestation of the charisma and charm that have won him a world of ‘little Stingers.’
A two-time former World heavy-weight champion, the Venice Beach, California, native is fiercely dedicated to physical fitness. His 6’3”, 262-pound body, always in prime condition, lends muscular authority to such moves like the ‘Stinger splash’ and the ‘scorpion deathlock’.
For all the enthusiasm that Sting brings to the ring, it is important to note that his heart is as big as his popularity. He is heavily involved in charity work, particularly for the Starlight Foundation, which grants wishes to critically ill children nationwide.
He’s the ‘Stinger’, and his kind comes along only once in a lifetime!”
I’ve always compared early 90’s Sting to the John Cnea from the mid 2000’s. Power brawlers loved by children who built their career around managing to always get the win, even when the odds are completely stacked against them.
Brad Armstrong - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘In every match I wrestle, Armstrong family pride is on the line.’
Fans worldwide have responded to Brad Armstrong’s positive attitude in the ring, his energetic enthusiasm, and his strong determination to never break the rules.
A second-generation star,Brad possesses a formidable scientific style that was forged at the feet of his legendary father, ‘Bullet’ Bob Armstrong. In fact, early in his career, Brad teamed with his father to capture several regional tag team titles in their home state of Georgia.
The 6-foot, 226-pound Marietta, Georgia native is a former World light heavyweight champion. Unfortunately, he was forced to vacate the title at Clash of the Champions XX last September when a knee injury rendered him unable to defend the championship against ‘Flyin” Brian Pillman. Brad has, however, recovered completely from the injury, and is anxious to attain championship gold again in 1993.”
Rest in peace, Brad.
Marcus Alexander Bagwell - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘Every time I step into the ring, I learn something new!’
With little more than a year of pro experience behind him in WCW, Marcus Alexander Bagwell has succeeded in capturing the hearts and minds of fans — particularly female fans — around the world.
The handsome native of Marietta, Georgia, wrestled throughout high school, where he captured all-county honors in football and baseball. But the pro ring was always his dream, and in realizing that cherished goal he has firmly embraced the tenets of sportsmanship and fair play.
This muscular 6’1”, 235-pounder’s style is an even mix of mat and aerial skills, though he confesses that strength-oriented moves like the cradle suplex and the armdrag are presently among his favorites.
In his spare time (between training, traveling, and competing!) Bagwell enjoys bodybuilding, waterskiiing, and deer hunting. But wrestling is his first love — and he’s determined to mold himself into a champion.”
A pre-buff Buff with the most boring write-up so far.
By the time I got into WCW, he was leaving The American Males to join the nWo, so seeing this spiffy looking kid was a bit of a surprise. Personally, I always liked “Buff” Bagwell’s campiness and really thought his Blockbuster finishing maneuver (diving neckbreaker) was kinda sweet.
“Diamond” Dallas Page - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
“‘When I’m good, I’m good! When I’m bad, I’m better! Good gawd!’
Formerly a color commentator for WCW broadcasts and a manager of WCW superstars, ‘Diamond’ Dallas Page is in the midst of a successful transition to full-time wrestler.
This 6’5”, 252-pounder claims to be from The Diamond Mine near Las Vegas, and his personal style certainly reflects the bright lights and gaudy neon of that gambling town. Self-assured and self-centered, Page believes that he is the greatest star ever to grace the mat sport; the beautiful women that often accompany him — he calls them his ‘Diamond Dolls’ — certainly enable Page to bolster that belief in himself.
Presently, Page is teaming with 7’, 300-pound Vinnie Vegas in The Vegas Connection. As this duo pursues the World tag team title, you can be sure that Page will be bringing every managerial rick he knows into the ring to help him and Vegas score the championship gold.
It’s so weird to see beefy Page. I was a huge fan of his during the late Nineties when he was in the main-event picture and will always believe that DDP was the only person who should’ve taken Goldberg’s streak away from him.
WCW Broadcasters - WCW Magazine Collector Series Special #3 [December 1992]
A nice shot of an extremely skeevy looking Easy-E, Good ‘Ole J.R. before the cowboy hat, a blonde (?!) heavily made-up Tony Schiavone, and America’s favorite conspiracy-nut Jesse Ventura.
Once again, the see everything that I’ve posted so far from this 1993 WCW Yearbook, just click here and follow along for the next week or so.