The hit list of names in WCW featured many iconic wrestlers of the 80s and 90s in the main event scene. Names like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage and Sting were fixtures closing the show. Unfortunately, most of the PPV main events in WCW often failed to deliver. WWE has classics with Steve Austin, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels while the older stars in WCW struggled to put out a memorable performance.
We will look at some rare instances of classic matches getting the best spot on the card. Most of the best WCW matches came in the mid-card, with the cruiserweights or underrated talents stealing the show. These rare main events provided some special moments, with WCW getting to end a big night on the right note.
10 Booker T vs Jeff Jarrett (Bash at the Beach 2000)
The match between Booker T and Jeff Jarrett at Bash at the Beach 2000 was not originally planned to happen. Booker wrestled earlier in the show against Chris Kanyon, but Jarrett needed a new opponent for the main event.
Russo named Booker as the hard-working young talent deserving of the spot. Booker defeated Jarrett in a great match with a greater result: his first world championship win.
9 Hulk Hogan vs Ric Flair (Bash at the Beach 1994)
Hulk Hogan joining WCW placed him in a feud with Ric Flair for the WCW Championship right away. The pair faced off for the title after WWE dropped the ball on a main event feud between them earlier in the decade. Their best match came during this 1994 PPV.
Mr. T was in Hogan's corner along with Jimmy Hart, to prevent Flair’s manager Sherri Martel from interfering. Hogan won the WCW Championship in a superb match against Flair. Many fans would rate this as highly as any Hogan match, when looking back at his rare classics.
8 Team WCW vs Team nWo (Fall Brawl 1996)
War Games was one of the most important concepts in WCW history. The match featured two teams of four wrestlers facing off against each other in two rings with steel cages over them. WCW became a must-watch product in 1996, with the New World Order taking over.
The nWo claimed to have Sting on their team, leading to the WCW wrestlers questioning him. It was revealed to be a fake Sting team-up, with Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall on the nWo side. The real Sting saved Lex Luger, Ric Flair and Arn Anderson, before walking out on them for betraying him. Hogan and company scored the win in the emotional match.
7 Sting vs Ric Flair (Great American Bash 1990)
The rivalry between Sting and Ric Flair played a huge role in the rise of WCW. Both wrestlers are the two names most linked to WCW and their history. Sting became a major star in the late 80s and early 90s, thanks to the work with an established name like Flair.
Flair developed a reputation for helping elevate talents to the next level. Sting became an undeniable top star at Great American Bash 1990 with a superb performance. The chemistry between the two peaked with Sting closing the show by winning the NWA Championship over Flair.
6 Diamond Dallas Page vs Randy Savage (Spring Stampede 1997)
Diamond Dallas Page started to break out into the main event picture for WCW in 1997. The decision to turn down joining the New World Order transitioned Page from a rising star into a top caliber name that fans were excited to see every week.
Randy Savage was the first main event name to work a singles program with DDP, as things grew personal between the two. Spring Stampede 1997 led to both wrestlers getting the main event slot in a No DQ Match. Page scored the biggest win of his career, showing he was there to stay.
5 Ric Flair vs Vader (Starrcade 1993)
The story of Ric Flair’s redemption as a face character in 1993 created great television for WCW. Flair put his career on the line against the dominant heel Vader for the WCW Championship on the biggest show of the year: Starrcade 1993.
Vader and Flair told an emotional story in the match, with every fan in the arena rooting loudly for Flair. The match ended with Flair pulling off the victory in a teary-eyed moment. Flair had countless fantastic matches, of course, but few (if any) were ever as emotional as this one.
4 Sting's Squadron vs The Dangerous Alliance (WrestleWar 1992)
The history of War Games saw classic matches that stand out at the top of WCW history. One special match placed Sting as the leader of a team known as Sting’s Squadron, along with Dustin Rhodes and their three partners.
The Dangerous Alliance faction featured heels Steve Austin, Rick Rude and partners including Arn Anderson, with Paul Heyman as their manager. Sting led his team to victory in this violent match.
3 Bret Hart vs Chris Benoit (Mayhem 1999)
Bret Hart’s WCW run was viewed as a disappointment; they just didn't present him as well as WWE did. One match featured Hart getting to showcase his full potential against Chris Benoit in the main event of the Mayhem 1999 PPV.
A long tournament for the vacated WCW Championship culminated with the semi-finals on Mayhem. Hart defeated Sting and Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett, getting to the finals in the main event. Hart defeated Benoit in an instant technical wrestling classic to win the WCW Championship.
2 Goldberg vs Diamond Dallas Page (Halloween Havoc 1998)
Halloween Havoc 1998 was a controversial show, with the telecast ending while the show continued (due to time issues). Diamond Dallas Page challenged Goldberg for the WCW Championship in a classic match that most viewers were unable to see, due to the broadcasting issues.
WCW replayed it the following night and received a huge rating. Goldberg was known for having short matches with little depth, but this one got the best out of him. Fans were invested in every near fall and exploded when Page hit the Diamond Cutter for a false finish. Goldberg pulled off the victory to retain the title in a must-see match.
1 Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat (Chi-Town Rumble 1989)
The series of matches between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat helped create momentum for the company. Both wrestlers were at the top of their game, leading to classic matches that changed the business for the better. The Chi-Town Rumble 1989 was the main event headlined by the two icons.
Steamboat defeated Flair in a classic to win the NWA Championship. The level of competition in the ring made both wrestlers come off like absolute superstars. Flair showed that he was arguably the best wrestler of all-time, while Steamboat showed he was a babyface who was second to none.