New feuds emerged in my WCW Extreme Warfare Revenge universe, but old scores had to better settled as well before things could really move on. After knocking off Randy Savage at World War III, Sting had to deal with nWo Leader Hollywood Hulk Hogan. However, Savage wanted in as well due to the controversial nature of Sting’s win at World War III. So a triple threat match was made with Sting, Savage and Hogan for Starrcade. In this star-studded match, Sting walked out with his championship still in tact. But the feud is far from over between him and Hogan, while Savage is turning his attention to Rowdy Roddy Piper.
Also on the card, Benoit missed out on the opportunity to win the United States Championship from Keiji Mutoh following interference from Jushin Thunder Liger – who wanted a piece of Mutoh himself after Mutoh attacked him. This didn’t set tight with the Rabid Wolverine, who locked in the crossface to Liger afterwards. Jericho knocked off The Giant, Bret Hart defeated Lex Luger, the Guerreros defeated the Steiners while the Outsiders defeated Flair and Anderson to retain the Tag titles. Also, Raven and DDP went to a no contest in their match-up for the TV title. Still a lot of fire to a lot of these feuds as Souled Out was just a couple of weeks away…
Pre-Show – Rob Van Dam and Dean Malenko def. Edge and Christian, Rey Mysterio and Kidman and Curt Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow
Now, pre-show is a great way for me to do a bit of WCW experimenting! And at Souled Out, I wanted to do give a lot of the less-over wrestlers a chance to get overness by having them duke it out with some of the higher wrestlers in the card NOT in feuds. So I did a fatal four way elimination tag match involving:
- Rob Van Dam and Dean Malenko: Because I wanted to push RVD and I felt Dean Malenko could get a lot of overness teaming with RVD.
- Edge and Christian: Because they’re Chris Jericho’s cronies and I wanted them to get over as their stats are awesome in this save.
- Rey Mysterio and Kidman: Someone said Kidman was impressing a lot of the experienced wrestlers in WCW, so I figured I’d reward him by teaming with Rey Mysterio.
- Curt Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow: Because I wanted a team representing the nWo and these two were the most over, other than the guys in feuds like Hogan and Luger.
I initially wanted the young up-and-comers Edge and Christian to win, but this garnered protests from all the other teams. So I decided to go with RVD and Dean Malenko as the winners going over Edge and Christian at the end. This match actually got a great match quality rating but Kidman, Edge and Christian’s lack of overness saw the overall drop.
Match 1 – Keiji Mutoh (c) def. Chris Benoit and Jushin Thunder Liger in a triple threat match to retain the WCW United States Championship
If you read what happened at Starrcade, this is a continuation of the Benoit/Mutoh feud which Liger got involved in. Liger cost Benoit the title match after going after Mutoh. Solution? Three way dance at Souled Out! Mutoh retained again, but I planned on having Benoit going over in the feud. This 3 way however got good ratings all around with 85%. Benoit did eventually win the feud as well as the US Championship (because he became more over than Mutoh). However, these two ended up having top quality opponents to rival with next!
Match 2 – Lex Luger def. Bret Hart
The rematch from their encounter at Starrcade (which Bret Hart won). I gave Luger the victory simply because he needed some points in the feud and Bret had won in the last PPV. This match got 4% better overall then last time so at least the feud is doing something. This ended up being the last time Luger was put into an official feud as he was hardly getting any more over. Eventually, his morale got really low which thankfully allowed me the honor of releasing him without paying for it! My reasoning was because he was like 74 over and we were paying him way too much! Considering all the talent on my roster, cuts had to be made!
Match 3 – Kevin Nash (c) and Scott Hall (c) def. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson to retain the WCW Tag Team titles
89% overall! These four were giving me insane ratings! So yeah this feud continued with Outsiders again going over. Reason being that Flair only recently became a non-wrestler. Meaning that I could only have him performing once a month. Some companies might be OK with that, but I wanted active champions. So the Outsiders got the win. Unfortunately, I had to wait a while for the next PPV to wrap this feud up because I couldn’t end it on a Nitro or Thunder due to Flair’s non-wrestler status. But at least that feud-ending match should give me some great ratings!
Match 4 – The Giant and Booker T def. Chris Jericho and The Big Bossman
Now I wanted to do something different with the Giant/Jericho feud so I booked them in a tag team match at the PPV. It would be The Giant with his new ally Booker T versus Chris Jericho and the man that turned heel by attacking the Giant… The Big Bossman! Sadly this match didn’t get a lot of high ratings and got the lowest rating in the show (not counting the kick off). But if anything… Bossman got over!
Match 5 – Raven (c) def. Diamond Dallas Page in a Last Man Standing match to retain the WCW TV Championship
Winning the contest for the highest rated match of the night was DDP vs Raven for the WCW TV Championship! Not the feud-ending match but the feud was close to it’s climax. The last match ended in a draw so I figured that we MUST have a winner. We had a Last Man Standing match which Raven won after a botched interference by Goldberg. Raven attacked Goldberg on Thunder. So in my head, Goldberg accidentally speared DDP through the stage when he was going for Raven causing the latter to win! Raven and DDP eventually ended the feud on Nitro a few weeks later when Raven won a Texas Death match. Goldberg never really did much after costing DDP the match at Souled Out. He’s not been getting over enough for me to properly feature him! After the feud, Raven vacated the TV Championship having made it on par with the WCW Title in prestige somehow! Anyway, Raven has bigger things on his mind. DDP also had a big feud himself to tend with…
Match 6 – Steiner Brothers def. Los Guerreros in a hardcore match
Basically the Steiners returning the favor after the Guerreros beat them at Starrcade. It got a 91% overall which I was pleased with! I wanted to change these teams up after this feud… and I did in various strange ways!
Match 7 – Rowdy Roddy Piper def. Randy Savage
91% overall which had me beaming. This was the first match between the two and I had Piper win this one. I decided to have Piper win the first match since Savage was set to win the feud.
Match 8 – Sting def. Hollywood Hulk Hogan via Dusty Finish DQ with a run-in
Two top stars in the company duking it out for the title. Sting won off a Dusty Finish after a run-in by Eric Bischoff! 86% overall but the 100% crowd reaction was enough for me to be satisfied! Sting ended up winning the feud, but his next feud put his World Title reign in jeopardy!
87% overall for the PPV. Very pleased – with it only having two weeks of build! But next time we’re at Superbrawl… where all these feuds are pretty much done! And we begin a lot of interesting new feuds!