Welcome to a bonus edition of the EWR WCW series. I’m Tom Robinson and here we’ve got a special Nitro edition of this series. The last time we did a Nitro special, it was Nitro of Champions. On this show, all the titles were on the line. For this show though, I did a Nitro Roulette show. We had six matches booked for this show. All six the matches would all be feud-ending matches. These matches were…
- Chris Jericho (c) vs Curt Hennig for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
- Booker T vs AJ Styles
- Diamond Enforcers (c) vs Chris Benoit and Steven Regal for the WCW Tag Team Championship
- Eddie Guerrero and Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam
- Scott Steiner (c) vs Randy Savage for the WCW Television Championship
- Sting (c) vs Raven for the WCW International Championship
Now, you maybe wondering what was so random about the matches. Well, I decided to use a lovely little wheel generator website which allowed me to put together my own roulette wheel for this episode of Nitro.
I put together two wheels for singles and tag team matches (as there are more match options for singles matches then tags). I put all the possible stipulations for each match into a wheel with the stipulation for each match being settled in this way. The video down below will let you know which stipulation each match was given.
Anyway, now let’s get to the show itself and see who the big winners were on Nitro Roulette…
Match 1 – Rowdy Roddy Piper and Eddie Guerrero def. Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam in a steel cage match
This follows up on what happened at Uncensored. During a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight title between champion Jeff, RVD and Eddie, Piper inadvertently cost Eddie the match which lead to RVD retaining. Bischoff told Eddie and Piper to get the job done and they faced RVD and Jeff in a steel cage match.The one thing which might have effected the match was Piper but it did get a 88% rating which I’m down with. Eddie and Piper had to win as I have big plans for Eddie regarding Spring Stampede.
Segment 1 (2) – Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T
WCW President Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T just before his big match with AJ Styles. As I announced in the video above, the board of directors decided that former president Ric Flair would be the special referee for this match. Eric told Booker to get the job done as he did not want AJ to win. This got a good 91% but the next segment really surpassed it.
Segment 2 (3) – Eric Bischoff/Ric Flair confrontation. Eric adds stipulation
Bischoff would then be confronted by Ric in his referee shirt. Eric and Ric would argue back and forth with Ric saying that Eric’s running WCW into the ground. He told Eric that AJ was the future of WCW. Eric responded by saying that Ric maybe the ref but Eric was still in charge. Eric said that he could add any stipulation to the match he wanted, even if Ric was the ref. Eric told Ric that if AJ lost, he would be fired. Eric DARED Ric to fast count Booker and prove how much of a kiss-ass to the fans he was. Ric got in his face but then just walked off. 95%. A great segment between Eric and Ric.
Match 2 (4) – Scott Steiner (c) def. Randy Savage in a Texas Death match to retain the WCW Television Championship
This was the joint-lowest rated match on the show but that’s not really a bad thing considering it got a 84%. That’s like saying that the worst match at NXT TakeOver was the opener between Balor/Joe vs the Mechanics… it was still a great match! The finish was that Raven got involved which led to Steiner retaining the title. If you’ll recall, Savage was previously part of the Exiles stable lead by Raven. He got injured which resulted in him leaving the group. When he came back, he came back as a face to try and help Team Flair at Fall Brawl. This is the first time where his departure from the Exiles has been really addressed. I’m looking forward to this feud between Savage and Raven. I see a lot of potential with it.
Match 3 (5) – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Andesron (c) def. Chris Benoit and Steven Regal in a ladder match
Steven Regal returns after being suspended just before his and Benoit’s tag title match against the Enforcers at Uncensored. Therefore, Tajiri took his place. Now that he’s back, he and Benoit got their tag team match at last. This was the best match of the night with the 94% rating! Very happy with that. I think I’m going to put the Benoit and Regal tag team to one side. I think I’m going to turn one of them as one of them lost an incredible amount of overness during this feud. That might revitalise them going forward. Going with the Diamond Enforcers to win was the right thing to do as they were more over.
Segment 3 (6) – Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson celebrate their victory
Same rating as the match. DDP and Arn are basically celebrate their win here. It was a nothing segment but at least it got a good rating so I’m happy.
Match 4 (7) – AJ Styles def. Booker T with Ric Flair as the special guest referee. If AJ lost, he’d be fired.
The finish of the match was that AJ covered Booker and Ric went to count. However, Eric pulled Ric out of the ring and punched him in the mouth. Eric got a chair but accidentally hit Booker in the head with it. AJ hit the Pele on Eric and went for the Styles Clash on Booker. Booker hit the low blow and hit the Book End. Ric gets back in the ring, goes to count but AJ kicked out. Booker yelled at Ric and Ric teased a punch but Booker instead ran into AJ delivering the Styles Clash. Ric made the count and AJ won the match. Booker then attacked Ric after the match and left with Bischoff. 91% is a great rating for this match. Booker and AJ have two very different styles but they worked well together. This was fine.
Segment 4 (8) – Hollywood Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back
Hogan and Sting have a conversation backstage before Sting’s match with Raven. Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back because he knows how dangerous Raven is. Indeed he does. In the last year or so, Raven has done nothing but kick Hogan’s arse so it makes sense! Sting appreciated but said that he wanted to take care of Raven once and for all. Raven has terrorised WCW for years now and vowed to end it all tonight. I was very disappointed with this rating because it’s Sting and Hogan of all people. It wasn’t too bad of a rating that it bombed our show so it was fine.
Match 5 (9) – Sting (c) def. Raven to retain the WCW International Championship in a first blood match
This is basically retribution for earlier. Randy Savage comes out and hits Raven with a chair and Raven hurdles into Sting who hits the Scorpion Death Drop. The ref sees Raven bloodied and calls for the bell. As simple as that. I was kind of hoping for a rating that was somewhere in the 90s but this was fine. It was certainly not the worse thing on the show.
Segment 5 (10) – Video package for Chris Jericho vs Curt Hennig
A hype video basically promoting the main event of Jericho vs Hennig for the title. Video angles for some reason don’t have that great of a rating when I usually do them on TV. It’s kind of disappointing that this one wasn’t as good.
Match 6 (11) – Chris Jericho (c) def. Curt Hennig in a Hardcore match to retain the WCW Championship
Great rating to finish the show. I was very tempted to put the title of Hennig but I’d rather keep in on Jericho because he’s still the most over person in the company. 93% rating in this match and a 89% overall for this show. A great show overall. I do have a good Spring Stampede lined up for you all in part 32 so stay tuned for that!