Previously on WCW EWR…
At Halloween Havoc, Chris Jericho retained the WCW Title against Scott Steiner in a submission match after making him tap out to the Walls of Jericho. But Steiner’s not giving up on the WCW Title just yet!
Sting and DDP were unable to capture the WCW tag titles after Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow got themselves disqualified. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero fought in a hell of a US Title match which Benoit won. To read all about the PPV, click on the link above.
But a few pointers before we get started because a lot of important things happened on TV which leads us into tonight…
- AJ Styles defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri on Thunder to become the NEW Cruiserweight Champion! I’ve been building this up for a while on TV! I signed AJ onto the developmental a year ago, he joined the main roster a few months later. He’s been slowly built up on Nitro and Thunder and it has led to him capturing the WCW Crusierweight Champion! At last! One of my favorite wrestlers of all time finally wins the WCW Cruiserweight title!
- Rowdy Roddy Piper turned heel when he attacked US Champion Chris Benoit on the Thunder after Halloween Havoc. If you guys recall at Halloween Havoc, Piper lost a first blood match to the Giant. Piper went crazy and attacked the referee after the match. This has led to the turn on Thunder as Piper is eyeing up the US title. Helping him out will be the newest stable in WCW – Legion. Him, Fit Finlay and Steven Regal have formed a British stable (which I’ve been planning for some time to elevate Finlay and Regal) and they are here to conquer WCW!
- Booker T returned from his injury which led to him being left off of Halloween Havoc to attack Eddie Guerrero who’s been bad-mouthing him since he’s been injured. This has brought us to World War 3… when the two will finally get it on!
Pre-Show – AJ Styles (c) def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
The new champion AJ defends his title against Chavo Guerrero. A large reason for this match being done is because Chavo asked for it. Seeing as how neither man was in a feud at the time… why not? In this title match, AJ retained! I like that 88% rating for the cruiserweights.
Match 1 – Yoshihiro Tajiri and Keiji Mutoh def. “The All American Animals” Arn Anderson and Animal in a hardcore tag team match
This tag team feud came to an end tonight at World War 3, when the Asian Invasion’s Tajiri and Mutoh beat Animal and Arn! I think the team name for Arn Anderson and Animal needs working on! Firstly, I don’t think Animal and Arn are All-Americans! I tried thinking of a name that would make use of the three As in Animal and Arn Anderson! So All-American Animals was selected. If anyone has a better tag team name than All-American Animals, tweet at me @TomRobinson5199!
Match 2 – Booker T def. Eddie Guerrero
These two finally get it on after Booker returned from his injury. Booker pinned Eddie clean to win the match but Eddie got in a revenge attack afterwards. 95% and match of the night! I am very happy with this feud!
Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki def. Rey Mysterio Jr. and Ultimo Dragon w/Paul Heyman in a hardcore tag team match
A clean sweep of victories for the Asian Invasion. The leader Keiji Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki also picking up the win in a feud with Rey Mysterio and Ultimo Dragon. Looking back, it would have made more sense to put Dragon with WCW Television Champion Rob Van Dam, because Dragon and RVD are both Paul Heyman guys. I just really like the idea of a Dragon/Mysterio team. But rest assured, Van Dam and Dragon will both be teaming after this PPV!
Match 4 – Randy Savage def. Bret Hart
Bret Hart got the victory at Halloween Havoc. Savage needed the win here! They’re all tied up at 1-1 in this feud! Great ratings as ever!
Match 5 – “Asbury Perfection” Bam Bam Bigelow (c) and Curt Hennig (c) def. Sting and Diamond Dallas Page in a steel cage match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship
Asbury Perfection retain the titles! Sting and DDP are an effective tag team but Asbury Perfection had to go over. But Sting’s not done with the tag team just yet.
Match 6 – Rowdy Roddy Piper def. Chris Benoit (c) to win the WCW United States Championship
NEW CHAMP! Piper is the new champion after cheating against Benoit to win the title. He used Regal’s brass knuckles to win the title! XD A decent effort between the two! I can only imagine it can get better from here.
Match 7 – Raven def. Hollywood Hogan in a Texas Death match
The final match in this feud! Raven and Hogan have fought in epic battles at Fall Brawl and Halloween Havoc. However, all good things must come to an end. Even though I was going to put Hogan over in the end… Raven emerged the victor. I’ve had Raven beat Hogan twice already but I needed Raven to win the feud. Looking back, I probably should have put Hogan over in their Last Man Standing match. However, Hogan still came off big despite losing the feud. I consider this feud a success!
Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Scott Steiner with Ric Flair as the special guest referee to retain the WCW Championship
I really had no idea what type of match to make this blow-off match between Steiner and Jericho! It was the same for Hogan/Raven. I have all these new match types because I upped our riskiness but I’ve never found the right time to pull the trigger on them. I decided to make this guest referee after Flair made himself the ref. The constant taunts from Steiner during the match cause for Flair to snap and attack. Soon after, Jericho picks up the win with the Lionsault. A great victory for Jericho. Awesome ratings between these two. I was going to put Steiner over but it’s a bit too early in Jericho’s title reign for him to drop. I do plan to have Steiner win the belt one day but not right now. Besides, Jericho is already white hot so it’s better for him to be champion.
89% overall for the PPV. Awesome main event. Awesome match between Booker and Eddie. But the matches featuring Piper and Hogan dragged the rating down because they’re not THAT great in the ring at this time.