EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 32 – SPRING STAMPEDE 2001

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Previously on EWR WCW…

We had a Nitro special, where we held WCW Nitro Roulette! Six feuds ended with the stipulations of the matches determined by a roulette wheel. We actually did use an online roulette wheel generator to help with this so it was all legitimate! Chris Jericho retained the WCW title in a hardcore match, Sting beat Raven in a first blood match, Scott Steiner beat Randy Savage in a Texas Death match, AJ Styles beat Booker T with Ric Flair as the special guest referee, the Diamond Enforcers retained the tag titles in a ladder match and Eddie Guerrero and Roddy Piper won a tag team steel cage match.

With Ric Flair now back in the storylines, things are going to get interesting. I’ve had the heel regime running things for a while. Ric’s still under contract with WCW so I want to insert him back into the picture because he’s popular. Obviously, he’s not running the show any more so he’s just going to make a few brief appearances for now on. We’ll see as time goes on.

In the storyline, Ric is not under contract and Eric has banned him from Nitro. Meanwhile, Eric’s focus now is to put all the titles on his most preferred wrestlers. Scott Steiner is the WCW TV Champion, which Eric is fine with. However, he wants Steiner and Booker to challenge for the WCW Tag Team titles on this PPV. The Diamond Enforcers have been the top dogs in the division for a while and Eric feels that it’s time for a change.

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Pre-Show – “Cool School” Silvio Maldini, Buff Bagwell and Jesus Castillo def. Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon and Kidman

I really don’t know where I’m going with this Cool School stable! I just saw these three weren’t doing much and I figured, why not put them in a group together. It doesn’t hurt to at least try because a lot of wrestlers in this universe have gotten over as part of a group. Buff and Silvio are actually in the 80s in terms of overness so they’re fine. Jesus is the one I’m really hoping to elevate. Anyway, these three beat the three cruiserweights Rey, Ultimo and Kidman. Kidman’s rising in popularity as of late and Rey and Dragon were both established cruiserweights. Not a bad pre-show. These six can rest easy knowing that despite their lack overness compared to the main-eventers, they didn’t receive the worst rating on this show! By the way if anyone has a better name than Cool School, leave a comment below.

Match 1 – “Exile Exterminators” Shane Helms and Lodi def. Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy in a hardcore match

To anyone that was wondering what happened in the Exile Exterminators’ WCW Tag Title match. It took place after Nitro Roulette and they lost due to interference by Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy. Lodi and Shane had previously beaten the crap out of RVD and Jeff on a Nitro and this was their revenge. This all lead to a hardcore tag team match at Spring Stampede. These four actually had the joint best match in the show and it was the opener! A solid effort. The finish was that there was some opponent miscommunication which lead to Shane and Lodi winning. Jeff and RVD argued after the match which may lead to a WCW Cruiserweight title somewhere down the road.

Match 2 – La Parka def. Yoshihiro Tajiri

I am SO happy with this match. This was the second joint best match on the show and it featured Tajiri and La Parka! Both these men have gotten really over in the last few months and I’ve put them in a feud together. A HUGE improvement on the Parka vs Sasuke feud which barely got any of them over. This is doing wonders for both men. Parka got the win but Tajiri refused a handshake.

Match 3 – Sting (c) def. Rowdy Roddy Piper via DQ to retain the WCW International Championship

It’s actually funny. In the game, more than two years have passed since my first PPV. In all of that time, I’ve not thought about doing this feud. Piper vs Sting has a unique dynamic to it so it’s cool that I’ve got a chance to do it. It’s a bit more of a brawl than a wrestling match. Piper got himself DQ’d by hitting Sting with his own baseball bat. He bloodied him, spat on the championship belt and threw it down.

Match 4 – Bret Hart and The Giant def. Hollywood Hogan and Dean Malenko in a steel cage match

Boy did this not go the way I planned! This tag team feud was really put in place to get The Giant and Dean Malenko over. Bret and Hogan have faced each other over and over so I decided that at least more people should benefit from being a part of a feud between them. I’ve had Dean and Giant in a few past feuds in WCW before so I decided to throw them into the mix. The Giant and Bret got the victory. It was the worst match on the show but at least The Giant got over a great deal. It’s been hard for him to really get over but now he’s getting there!

Match 5 – Randy Savage def. Raven

This is a match which I have been looking forward to. The Exiles storyline has been a pretty good one. Raven and Savage both formed the Exiles group at Superbrawl 1999 and the group dominated. Raven had been WCW World Champion twice as well as a WCW International Champion. In 2000 however, Savage got injured. When Savage returned, he returned as a face and tried to help Team Flair in the winner takes all match. Savage also left the Exiles in the process. After losing the International title to Sting, Raven finally “deals” with Savage’s desertion and the two fight here at Spring Stampede two years after the group first formed. Savage got the win and went to shake Raven’s hand. Raven initially shook hands with Savage but then dropped him with the Evenflow DDT. 91%. A great rating for this match and I’m happy to announce that this feud is far from over.

Match 6 – Booker T and Scott Steiner def. Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

This was really just done to give Bischoff a lot more power with regards to this new power struggle. Scott Steiner was initially the only heel with title gold in a company run by a heel. Surely the heels should dominate right? Steiner and Booker win the tag titles to gain Eric some power. 92%. A great rating for this tag team title match.

Interview (7) – Eddie Guerrero cuts a promo on WCW Champion Chris Jericho

Eddie talks about the main event match, which is Jericho vs Eddie vs Curt Hennig vs AJ Styles for the WCW World title. Eddie vowed to win the title as a thank you to Eric Bischoff for giving him this opportunity. 100% rating so I think it got the job done!

Match 7 (8) – Chris Jericho (c) def. Eddie Guerrero, AJ Styles and Curt Hennig in a fatal four way match to retain the WCW Championship

91% is a great rating for the main event, particularly a fatal four way match. Jericho got the win. I’m not sure how long I’m going to have Jericho hold onto the title but he’s still the most over person in the company. There’s no reason to take the title of him just yet.

VERY happy with this PPV. One of the strongest PPVs in the history of this series. Eddie’s 100% interview segment obviously helped a great deal but there were just a lot of great matches that exceeded my expectations. La Parka vs Tajiri did a tremendous job in particular. Great things going forward for WCW!

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