IT’S TIME FOR SUPERBRAWL!
Rivalries were carried on from Starrcade at Souled Out, and we had a lot of interesting developments. We had nWo leader Hollywood Hulk Hogan fail to capture the World Title from Sting after a dusty finish, Raven retained the TV Title against DDP after Goldberg inadvertently helped Raven and the Steiners and the Guerreros continued to pull out quality ratings.
There was a lot of time from Souled Out to this PPV Superbrawl, so let me bulletpoint the big events that happened on Nitro, Thunder etc since then…
- Raven won the feud DDP and was easily the biggest heel in the company. So a feud with the WCW World Champion Sting was in order (and was what I was planning all along… muahahaha!). However, Raven was still the Television champion, which I still considered a mid-card belt (even though it had the same amount of prestige as the World Title!). I felt Raven had to drop the belt, however I didn’t want him to lose it in the ring and risk losing overness. So I pulled a Steve-Austin and had Raven drop the belt, saying he didn’t need the belt and was going after the World Title. After multiple attacks with his new allies Public Enemy, Raven had taken the wind out of the Stinger’s tail..,
- Chris Jericho ended up winning the vacated TV Championship after winning a fatal four way elimination match and then ended up winning the feud with The Giant. His next feud? Bret Hart!
- DDP’s reward for putting Raven over was a feud with the man that lost the WCW Title feud to Sting… Hollywood Hogan! It’s been a difficult time for DDP to get points over in the feud due to Hogan’s Creative Control! However, I still planned on having DDP win the feud.
- Chris Benoit had been feuding with WCW United States Champion Keiji Mutoh, and fought him in the last few feuds. However, Mutoh won both matches. However, Benoit laughed last after defeating Mutoh in an Ironman match to win the US Championship… helped tremendously by their matches for the belt! But I decided to give Benoit a mega-star to defend the belt against… “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who was victorious in his feud with Roddy Piper following interference by his new bodyguard The Big Bossman!
- I turned the Steiners heel after they won the feud with the Guerreros. They would run in on Nitro to “save” Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio from The Outsiders. However, they turned on Rey and RVD – bolstering up my heel tag team ranks!
- I had Eddie and Chavo feud with one another because I was planning on turning Eddie face and here’s why. Chavo was my reigning WCW Cruiserweight Champion and was even more over than Eddie. However with my two top face Crusierweights RVD and Mysterio feuding with The Steiners, I felt I had a shortage in top face cruiserweights. After the feud was made however, I soon discovered that Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon were both getting super over! However, I still had this Guerrero feud in place! So I had Chavo drop the belt to Ultimo and Eddie/Chavo continued their feud as a kinda “Who’s-The-Better-Guerrero” feud with both of them heel. Like one trying to outdo the other but still remain a team. It was going to be hard to get this heat, but I figured I could pull something out of the bag.
- Keiji Mutoh was also feuding with Piper after they both lost their feuds, and the Outsiders were FINALLY set to end their feud with Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.
Pre-Show – Booker T, The Giant and Goldberg def. nWo members Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow and Mr Perfect
Looking back, I probably should have put Jushin Thunder Liger in the face team but I wanted three top faces to go against three members of the nWo in the pre-show. The Giant had feuded with the nWo’s Lex Luger before and he was over, so that’s why I put him in. Booker was quite over himself so he got a spot. And I wanted to push Goldberg so he was in there too. Luger, Perfect and Bigelow were the most over nWo members NOT in feuds so that’s why they were there (I would have put Konnan but he was injured at the time). The faces got the win with Goldberg pinning Bigelow because Luger refused to let Goldberg go over. -.-
Match 1 – Ultimo Dragon (c) def. Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero and Dean Malenko in a fatal four way elimination match to retain the WCW Crusierweight Championship
The top four crusierweights in the company gave me a hell of an opener in the main show. I wanted a bit more for my overall rating but 86% is alright. They gave me good match quality ratings and Ultimo retained. Eddie and Chavo were feuding with each other and cancelled each other out and Dean Malenko wasn’t over enough, so Ultimo retained!
Match 2 – Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam def. Scott Steiner and Rick Steiner via DQ
The Steiners had been on top throughout most of the feud so far, so I wanted Mysterio and RVD to go over at the PPV. They were fine with that, but refused to go out clean to the duo. So I had Mysterio/RVD win via DQ after Scott hit RVD with a chair! They ended up brawling to the back. This feud’s getting a less overall rating than Guerreros/Steiners were getting but they did better than the opener. Pleased!
Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh def. Rowdy Roddy Piper
Mutoh won this match after interference by Tajiri – the second most over person in his stable “Asian Invasion”. So yeah, Mutoh had a group of himself , Tajiri and Kensuke Sasaki and I’d figured put him against Piper, who’s incredibly over. This match got a 87% overall, which surprised me. And also good news for Mutoh as he’s getting over!
Match 4 – Bret Hart def. Chris Jericho (c) via count out in a match for the WCW Television Championship
Match of the night by a landslide! 96% OVERALL! That’s fantastic! Interestingly enough though, none of the crowd reaction, match quality or anything like that got 100%! It was like 98 and 95 or something. But ultra-pleased with this. I didn’t want Jericho beating Bret Hart early in the feud but I also wanted him as my TV Champion. So Jericho got himself counted-out and got beat up by Bret for it.
Match 5 – Hollywood Hogan def. Diamond Dallas Page
Creative Control strikes again as Hogan refused to lose to DDP… even by like DQ or count out. He wanted to win so I gave him the victory due to interference by Eric Bischoff. DDP got revenge though by fighting them both off to stand tall. The match quality sucked big time on this one but the crowd reaction was 100% because of Hogan. So if anything, he saved it from being a total let-down of a rating. 80% overall.
Match 6 – The Outsiders (c) def. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson
At last, the feud between these teams ended! The Outsiders went over for the third PPV in a row to win the feud! I was tempted to have Arn and Ric go over, but Ric was a non-wrestler and I wouldn’t be able to have him fight on Nitro and Thunder. So the Outsiders had to win… even though they did let me put Ric and Arn over when I was about to! 86% overall… which says a lot because the Cruiserweight Title match got the same rating!
Match 7 – Chris Benoit (c) def. Randy Savage to retain the WCW United States Championship
Benoit went over clean in this one. Savage never complained about it, which was awesome (he didn’t have creative control, but it was nice that he was willing to put Benoit over). At this point, I was considering putting Savage over at the end of the feud but I kinda didn’t want Benoit to lose the title yet. 87% overall. Three matches all getting 87%! Come on guys! In the 90s!
Match 8 – Raven def. Sting (c) to win the WCW World Championship
After beating the likes of DDP and Jushin Thunder Liger, after vacating the TV Championship and after aligning with Public Enemy… Raven got what he wanted the most! He defeated Sting to become the WCW Champion… but how?
I mentioned early on that Raven had joined forces with the Public Enemy. But another little group was also being formed. Randy Savage and his manager Sable had formed an alliance with The Big Bossman. However on Nitro, Public Enemy and Savage and Bossman got into a pull apart brawl after PE cost Savage and Bossman a tag team match. However, near the end of the WCW World Championship match at Superbrawl the ref gets taken out. Savage comes running down the isle seemingly for Savage… but BOOM! Savage hits Sting with the WCW Title! Raven then covered Sting for the 1, 2, 3! Afterwards, Raven and Savage SHOOK hands to symbolize the dawn of a new powerhouse stable in WCW… The Exiles!
- Raven (Co-Leader and WCW Champion)
- Randy Savage (Co-Leader and the Macho Man!)
- The Big Bossman (The Fixer… or something)
- Sable (The second lady of Savage)
- “Public Enemy” Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge (The cronies)
BY GAWD! A new day is here in WCW! The Exiles are here!