Eric Bischoff returned to WCW after a hiatus from the company. Bischoff announced that Ric Flair’s leadership of WCW has come into question by the Board of Directors. It was therefore declared that Bischoff and Flair would share the role of president while Flair was on “probation”.
Chris Jericho is still the WCW World Heavyweight Champion after knocking off Raven, Keiji Mutoh and Bret Hart in a fatal four way elimination match at Souled Out. Mutoh, who was quickly eliminated by the champ, demanded one more shot at Jericho. Jericho agreed but stated that they needed to prove who was truly the best in one of the most testing matches in all of wrestling… the Ironman match!
Raven and Bret Hart still continued their problems while Booker T and Randy Savage were at each others throats as well. Exiles members’ Raven and Savage decided to take care of both problems as a unit. Booker and Bret joined forces to combat the Exiles members and a hardcore tag team match was made for Superbrawl to settle the score.
On an episode of Nitro, Diamond Dallas Page challenged Rowdy Roddy Piper for the WCW European Championship. Rob Van Dam was made the special referee, but Flair warned RVD not to show favoritism to DDP. However, the constant insults from Piper during the match eventually annoy RVD. He hits Piper with the Vandaminator which waddled the Scotsman into DDP who connected with the Diamond Cutter for the win. However, Bischoff disputed the win by stating that RVD violated the pre-match stipulation and stripped DDP off the title. Flair and Bischoff therefore decided to settle the dispute over the title by introducing a new title in its place… the WCW International Championship. At Superbrawl. Steiner would take on DDP (which Bischoff made a submission match), Piper would take on RVD and the winner of those two matches would face off later on the same night to crown the NEW International Champion.
Ultimo Dragon defeated Eddie Guerrero by disqualification after his former manager Paul Heyman hit Dragon with a chair. This was followed up with Eddie delivering the brainbuster on Dragon ONTO the chair! Dragon came out later demanding a rematch with Eddie. Heyman agreed on one condition… if Ultimo Dragon loses, he must unmask!
AJ Styles and Yoshihiro Tajiri would settle their feud for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship in a LADDER match, as Tajiri has ONE LAST CHANCE to win the cruiserweight title!
Pre-Show – Perry Saturn (c) def. Chris Benoit and Jushin Thunder Liger to retain the WCW Television Championship
Exiles member Saturn continues his reign as TV Champion, knocking off Benoit and Asian Invasion member Jushin Thunder Liger in a triple threat match. Frustration continues to build for Benoit as it’s now two PPVs in a row that he’s not been able to capture the title.
Match 1 – Rob Van Dam def. Rowdy Roddy Piper in a WCW International Championship Eliminator
RVD wins the first match in the mini WCW International Championship tournament. He beats Piper after botched interference from Piper’s faction the Legion. This results in RVD picking up the win and moving onto the WCW International Championship match.
Match 2 – AJ Styles (c) def. Yoshihiro Tajiri in a ladder match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
The highest rated match of the night! So proud of my cruiserweights! Styles was able to knock off the Asian Invasion member after powerbomb off the ladder and a styles clash before climbing up to get the belt.
Match 3 – Hollywood Hogan (c) and Sting (c) def. Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig in a steel cage match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship
I was going to have Bam Bam and Hennig win the titles back at the end off the feud, but I kinda changed my mind on it. I figured that Hogan and Sting would hold onto the titles and drop it to another up-and-coming heel tag team. There’s a lot out there to choose from plus Asbury Perfection ended up gaining overness from the match anyway. So I’m guessing Sting and Hogan made them look good… shocking!
Match 4 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Scott Steiner in a WCW International Championship Qualifier (This match was a submission match)
DDP beat Steiner with his own Steiner Recliner to pick up the win in this qualifier. Steiner did a beatdown afterwards, so DDP’s a bit hurt going into his match against RVD. Then again, RVD is hurt too!
Match 5 – Ultimo Dragon def. Eddie Guerrero. If Ultimo Dragon lost, he had to unmask.
Dragon won the match after taking a page out of his opponents’ book! Eddie tried to unmask Dragon but Dragon fell to the outside grabbing his ankle. He rolls underneath the apron but Eddie goes out to get him. He brings him into the ring and locks on the Laso From El Paso. However, Dragon pushes him off and Eddie pulls off Dragon’s boot! Eddie turns and Dragon rolls him up for the three! Shades of Eddie vs Angle at Wrestlemania XX! Another good match between these two.
Match 6 – Raven and Randy Savage def. Booker T and Bret Hart in a hardcore tag team match
Raven and Savage go over in the tag team feud. Booker will probably continue his feud with Savage, but Raven’s set for bigger things! Exiles go over strong! Saturn won and Raven and Savage won this!
Match 7 – Rob Van Dam def. Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW International Championship
RVD goes over DDP clean to become the first WCW International Champion. The handshake afterwards signifies respect between the King of Bada-Bing and the Whole Damn Show! Great little way to end this WCW US/European/International title saga!
Match 8 – Chris Jericho def. Keiji Mutoh in an ironman match to retain the WCW World Championship
Jericho goes over in the ironman match to put an end to his feud with Asian Invasion leader Keiji Mutoh. But he’s got a new problem now. After the match, Raven comes out and attacks. He ends the night, holding the WCW Title high over his head!