Previously on WCW EWR…
We wrapped up a number of feuds at Uncensored as the new WCW World Champion Raven retained against Sting due to interference by Eddie Guerrero in a Last Man Standing match! Chris Jericho also won his feud with Bret Hart while the Outsiders retained against Booker T and The Giant.
Many feuds ended and changed by the time Spring Showdown so let me just outline all the feuds…
- Exiles Leader and WCW World Champion started feuding with Bret Hart. Even though Bret Hart had lost the TV title feud to Jericho, he was still 100 over. So him and Raven was put in place for the WCW Title…
- The Ric Flair vs Hollywood Hogan feud was still going on with Flair having just been removed from power as WCW President. The rematch between the two would take place at Spring Stampede. If Flair won, he got his power back. If Flair lost, he would never appear in WCW again!
- Sting turned his attentions to the extremely-over Eddie Guerrrero after Eddie cost him the WCW Title match at Uncensored.
- Here’s the biggest change of them all… WCW Television Champion Chris Jericho turned FACE to fight the Outsiders alongside Chris Benoit! I really wanted another top babyface and Jericho was the perfect candidate. Him and US Champion Chris Benoit would face the Tag Champions the Outsiders, with all the belts on the line. So if Nash and Hall won, Nash would win the US and Hall the TV. But if Benoit and Jericho (who already had the name Canadian Violence) won, they’d win the tag titles.
- Scott Steiner broke off from Rick Steiner to feud with Booker T. The team never neccesarily broke up in some dramatic fashion. I just had the two of them doing separate things. I may have them reform, but it depends on how Steiner does here. The gimmick was that Booker had kept on beating Steiner on Nitro and this was pissing Scott off. This led to a number one contendership match for the US Championship at Spring Stampede…
- Keiji Mutoh and Rob Van Dam had been requesting matches with each other for so long, so I decided to have them feud after they wrapped up their last feuds. This would be a kind-of respect story where RVD was trying to get the respect of Mutoh. It’s like the Cesaro/Sami Zayn storyline from NXT.
- The idea of Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger as a tag team was appealing so I had them team up to take on the nWo’s Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig.
- DDP was continuing his feud with Randy Savage that began just after Uncensored.
- ECW also went out of business in my game! So Paul Heyman became available and I signed him up! At the end of the post, I will announce who’s the newest Paul Heyman guy…
Pre-Show – Ultimo Dragon (c) defeated Chavo Guerrero and Dean Malenko in a triple threat elimination match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
These three were the hottest three cruiserweights, so I stuck them in a three way dance for the cruiserweight belt. Chavo went out first and then Ultimo Dragon defeated his friend and tag team partner Dean Malenko to retain the cruiserweight title!
Match 1 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Randy Savage
A rematch from Uncensored. DDP did win the match at Uncensored but I wanted him to win again because Savage was going over at the end of the feud. He won off a botched interference from Savage’s manager Sable. Despite him eventually losing the feud to Savage, DDP looked strong off two PPV wins over Savage.
Match 2 – Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger def. Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig
So yeah. These two teams never had that high overness rating but I felt these two could have a good tag team feud. I liked the idea of a Liger/Mysterio team and Bam Bam and Hennig were the secondary tag team of the nWo (behind the Outsiders). So it seemed a decent pairing of tag teams. Mysterio and Liger got the win in the first PPV match between these two as they needed a bit of momentum. This would lead to a manager coming up to Hennig and Bam Bam saying, “Hey listen. You guys need me on your side to beat these guys,” leading to the reintroduction of a manager I forgot I had on the roster!
Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh def. Rob Van Dam
This match didn’t perform as much as I would have hoped considering they’ve been requesting to do a program together for ages. They’ve had good matches on TV before but here it struggled to get ratings. It’s like the Jericho/Wyatt feud… good on paper, not as great in reality. Mutoh wins because I like the thought of RVD trying to earn the legend’s respect by beating him. He struggles at the start but he will eventually get there.
Match 4 – Booker T def. Scott Steiner
Scott Steiner had risen to amazing overness heights following a number of huge tag team feuds with his brother Rick and Booker T came off the feud with the Outsiders very well. Solution? Feud them! I decided to do a storyline where Booker T would beat Scott all the time and Scott would keep getting pissed off. I think Booker won like two matches before this match. He won again, which led to Steiner attacking Booker. I do like the ratings this feud is getting me.
Match 5 – “Canadian Violence” Chris Benoit (c) and Chris Jericho (c) def. “The Outsiders” Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to win the WCW Tag Team Championship. Benoit’s United States Championship and Jericho’s Television Championship were also on the line
I had been planning this for a while. I wanted the Outsiders to lose the tag titles but I needed two strong faces to beat them. Benoit and Jericho were already a tag team and they were on par with the Outsiders as far as overness. So I had them do a titles for titles match at Spring Stampede. The Outsiders would put the tag titles on the line against US Champ Benoit and TV Champ Jericho (a.k.a. Canadian Violence), who were putting their belts on the line as well (by the way, if the Outsiders had won, Nash would have won US/Hall would have won TV). Benoit and Jericho won the titles, giving us new tag team champions for the first time since Starrcade!
Match 6 – Sting def. Eddie Guerrero
After Eddie jumping him over and over, Sting got his revenge in their first one-on-one encounter. Sting defeated Eddie after botched interference from Chavo Guerrero. Despite losing, Eddie looked strong and gained overness! Good news!
Match 7 – Ric Flair def. Hollywood Hogan (If Ric Flair won, he regains power as WCW President. If Hogan won, Ric Flair would never appear in WCW again)
Flair getting revenge for Hogan beating him at Uncensored and regaining control of WCW. Botched interference by Eric Bischoff led to Flair getting the win.
Match 8 – Raven def. Bret Hart to retain the WCW Championship
Highest overall rating of the show. Raven retained after cheating – hitting Bret with the chair after the ref was knocked down.