Stuff happened. Piper won the WCW United States title. Bam Bam and Hennig beat Sting and DDP for the tag titles. And err.. yeah!
Pre-Show – Jushin Thunder Liger and Kensuke Sasaki def. Kevin Nash and Scott Hall
This was… a disappointment! Largely due to the Outsiders and here’s why…
For months now, the Outsiders popularity has went down fast! Both of them were at 100 overness when they were WCW Tag Team Champions but they were truly out-done by the other nWo team Curt Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow. When I saw this, I had planned to turn them face and have them go up against Asbury Perfection. However, there was never really the right time for me to pull the trigger if you know what I mean. So when I did eventually turn them, it’s almost as if it didn’t mean anything. They got overness from the turn but quickly lost it. And that was down to the Outsiders as well.
The Outsiders have CREATIVE CONTROL – the biggest pain in the ass in all of EWR. You guys know with the feud between Hogan and Davey Boy Smith early on… those with Creative Control do a damn good job at fucking up your product. They will purposely not sell and complain about the guys lower down in the card. And it… sucks! It’s the exact same thing. Kevin and Scott wouldn’t sell to Liger and Sasaki. They didn’t try and put themselves over in the game or anything, but they just hurt the match rating by not giving a toss about the match. Rest assured… you’ll probably never see Hall and Nash on this EWR series again. Their lack of overness and how much I have to pay them doesn’t really give me any other options than to release them. 67% overall would have messed this PPV right up if it weren’t for some excellent matches later on in the show.
Match 1 – AJ Styles (c) def. Tajiri to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
The rise of AJ Styles continues with this feud. You might have thought that I’ve just given him this push out of nowhere but to be honest, I’ve been pushing him a lot on Television. I use him quite a bit with top guys which really bumps up his overness which has led to him beating Tajiri for the Cruiserweight title a few months ago on Thunder. Now these two are actually feuding for the belt and what a start so far! 95% overall for this opening Cruiserweight title match! The people care about AJ Styles and Tajiri in WCW 1999! Yes!
Match 2 – Raven and WCW Television Champion Perry Saturn def. Rob Van Dam and Ultimo Dragon w/Paul Heyman in a hardcore tag team match
So this was a VERY quick feud which ended here at Starrcade. Raven and Perry Saturn from the Exiles knocking off Rob Van Dam and Ultimo Dragon – the two Paul Heyman guys. After the match, tension was teased between Dragon and RVD with them pushing each other and stuff. Paul Heyman is trying to be the peace-maker while everybody is chanting “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” I’m not sure at this point if Dragon and RVD are actually going to feud but like I’ve said before… it’s always nice to tease!
Match 3 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Scott Steiner
DDP beats Steiner clean in a 93% overall match! This feud emerged after Steiner blamed DDP for costing him the chance to have another WCW Title shot against Chris Jericho. These two fought and DDP won. However, Steiner attacked him afterwards. I look forward to seeing how this feud plays out.
Match 4 – Rowdy Roddy Piper (c) def. Chris Benoit in an I Quit match to retain the WCW United States Championship
Piper goes over in the United States title feud after Legion members Fit Finlay and Steven Regal help him win. They all spend like the entire match beating up Benoit but Benoit still refuses to give. Benoit then takes out Finlay and Regal. He takes out Finlay by spearing him through the barricade and delivers a conchairto to Regal. This leaves him and Piper. He beats Piper up and bloodies him up, but Piper refuses to give up. Benoit then counters the sleeper into the Crossface. Piper almost submits when Regal and Finlay come back out. They hit a triple powerbomb on Benoit and then Piper ties Benoit up on the ropes. After whacking him with a chair over and over Benoit eventually says I Quit.
I don’t like the thought of Benoit verbally submitting to Piper. However, I at least made Benoit look strong while doing. I actually went up to Piper and said “Hey. You’re going over… but you gotta make Benoit look really REALLY strong!” 😄
Match 5 – Eddie Guerrero def. Booker T in a Falls Count Anywhere match
Eddie and Booker end their feud. Eddie actually has not won a singles match between them so it’s only fitting Eddie wins the most important match in the feud! 93% Again, lower than their last match. However, they both gained overness from the feud.
Match 6 – Hollywood Hogan and Sting def. Bam Bam Bigelow (c) and Curt Hennig (c) to win the WCW Tag Team Championship
NEW CHAMPS! Yes, the dream team of Hogan and Sting won the WCW Tag Team titles from Asbury Perfection. I was going to have Asbury Perfection go on a big long title reign but screw it. Why not have Hogan and Sting win the tag titles? Even if it is for a one time thing, which this will be. Hogan and Sting winning the titles would be a great good-feel moment for WCW in the face of all of these stables! However, Bam Bam and Hennig might actually win the titles right back from them! I haven’t really decided! For now though… new champs!
Match 7 – Randy Savage def. Bret Hart in a No Holds Barred match
The feud-ending match. Looking back, I probably should have put Hart over since it seems he never wins these high-profile feuds for some reason. However… I gotta make Savage look strong! 😄 88%. Lower than their last match but still a high rating regardless.
Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Keiji Mutoh to retain the WCW Championship
The first match in this feud! And with that 98% rating, I think this was a good one! I think that’s the highest rated PPV main event that I’ve had! I’ve had 100% angles on TV before and matches that were close to 100% but I’ve never had a PPV match this highly-rated before! It’s insane. Jericho goes over for now. I don’t have plans for Mutoh to win the title right now. Mutoh being unable to cut promos in this game is really going to hurt his chances of winning the belt. Plus Jericho is doing awesome right now. If it ain’ broke, don’t fix it!
This was the highest overall PPV rating I’ve had so far! Get in! A great way to end this WCW adventure… for now. For the next couple of months…. TNA 2010! By god! I can imagine that will go well! Hehe! But I will get back to WCW… eventually! Later guys!