Seth Rollins Out Of Action For 6-9 Months, New WWE Champion To Be Crowned At Survivor Series

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here with a bit of breaking news. It’s been confirmed that at a live event in Dublin, Seth Rollins suffered right ACL, MCL and medial meniscus tears during a No Holds Barred match with Kane. It was initially unclear about whether this was something Seth could shake off but now it seems that the injury is worse than we feared. It means that Seth will be out of action for around 6-9 months which of course means that the WWE World Title has been vacated. A new champion will be crowned in a tournament at Survivor Series.

I don’t even know where to start. It’s very heartbreaking to see as Seth has been such a star for WWE in the past few years. He’s been a prominent feature on the product, having main-evented nearly every PPV this year and being the top heel in the company. He also has the distinction of holding the WWE World title longer than anyone else after they cashed in Money In The Bank. He’s been an integral part of the show so to see him lose the belt like that is very disheartening.

It’s such a blow for WWE, especially with John Cena taking time off. A lot of people have speculated that Cena might be rushed back to win the WWE World title. I would respect Cena’s wishes and leave him off of TV, but I could see why WWE might want to do that.

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It’s going to be hard to see who will take the mantle as the top heel in the company now. I think WWE have booked themselves into a hard place by not having a back up top heel. Bray Wyatt could be considered their back-up but he’s embroiled in a feud with the Undertaker and just lost to Roman Reigns. The next two top heel singles stars are probably Alberto Del Rio and Kevin Owens, who are both holding titles at the moment. Either of those guys are not totally out of the question but it’s very unlikely. Who’s next? Sheamus? He holds the Money In The Bank but as I mentioned during my Wade Barrett article yesterday, he’s nowhere near in the position to cash in Money In The Bank. Him and Barrett just lost to the Lucha Dragons on RAW. I don’t think he’s ready yet. The New Day winning the WWE World title and all of them holding it with the freebird rule might be funny but WWE wouldn’t dare!

There’s only a few options now. Either Brock Lesnar has to come back and win the championship, taking a more active role which will mean WWE having to pay him a lot more or they have to turn someone. I’ve talked about Dean Ambrose winning the WWE title and turning heel a number of times. I’d like to see it happen. It’s very questionable whether now’s the right time as WWE were just about to line him up for a feud with Kevin Owens. You can’t turn Kane, who has just turned face0. Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and Neville all aren’t ready. The only man left is Roman Reigns.

I personally believe that there is no better time to put the title on Roman Reigns, whether he’s a face or a heel. I wrote about this for SLTD Wrestling. Leave it too late and Roman might not be over enough. Roman’s hot at the moment and it could work well. It could work even greater if he turns heel. He could be the answer to WWE’s prayers for a new top heel.

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Again, heartbreaking to see such a long WWE World Heavyweight Championship reign end like this. My thoughts go to Seth and I wish him a speedy recovery. Someone just messaged me saying that he hasn’t missed a RAW since 2012. That’s pretty incredible. He’s been an incredible worker since he joined the main roster. Let’s all wish him the best.

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Does WWE Need Another Brand Split?

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In 2011, the WWE’s brand split was effectively put to an end when COO Triple H announced that the RAW and SmackDown! rosters would be featured on both shows full-time. At the time of the decision, RAW and SmackDown! had interacted with each other quite a bit for the last few years. With RAW being the main host for all of this interactivity, the gap between RAW and SmackDown! had expanded to such a degree that it was hardly a competition. Therefore, the SmackDown! stars might as well just moved to RAW full-time and vice versa. In 2013, the merge was cemented by the merging for the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships to from the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

To be honest, I originally was all for the two brands coming together again. If everyone is fighting for one championship and everyone is on the same level, surely it’d promote competition within the superstars to get their time in the spotlight. On RAW and SmackDown!, it was much easier for these wrestlers to get time on television with a smaller roster to compete with. Now, the roster is so huge that it could have been an incentive for everyone to step up their game. However, my feelings about the decision have seemingly reversed.

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I mentioned earlier that the roster is so huge that it could have been an incentive for everyone to step up their game. However, those wrestlers are now having to work a much more intense schedule. They’re not just working on one or two shows every week. Some of them are wrestling on ALL of their shows! Heck, we’ve seen a number of NXT stars like Kevin Owens and Sasha Banks having to appear on the main roster and NXT at the same time. The main wrestlers are now just physically and mentally drained by the heavily demanding schedule.

On the flip side, there’s the wrestlers that are barely getting a sniff of the action on the flagship shows. These active and healthy wrestlers are all backstage for the flagship shows but are hardly ever used. If their lucky, they might get an appearance on SmackDown! but Main Event and house shows are their usual schedule for the week. This is very alarming.

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It’s no surprise when taking this into account as to why stars like Randy Orton are asking for lighter schedules. They just can’t give it their all when their schedules are this intense. A lot of these stars are working with injuries, which is further risking the well-beings of these wrestlers. Even with the brand split, wrestlers were working 300+ days a week. However, the WWE roster nowadays aren’t just working with one show as mentioned earlier. With the WWE Network also in full swing, the demand of content from these wrestlers are now just becoming too much.

What another brand split can do now is re-motivate those stars that are currently lost in the shuffle. What the brand split can do is re-energise those stars that are battered and bruised from working these hard schedules. Alright, it might feature a lot of hard work at first in order to get the brand split running. However, the long term benefits could be worth that initial short-term hardships.

Jim Ross mentioned this on the Q&A part of this website when he said: ““I’ve said it many times but if the brand split was truly a split and no cross booking occurred then it would be tough over the short term but would be a benefit in the long haul. I don’t look for it to happen.”

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Daniel Bryan also mentioned his desire for a brand split and wanting to work exclusively on SmackDown! Not only would this spare him an extra three hours of work on RAW which is obviously much better for his well-being, the pressure would really be off him working on a show that wasn’t as micro-managed as RAW by the powers-that-be. With the ratings of RAW taking hits, all eyes will no doubt be on RAW internally.

With that being said, Jerry Lawler has actually mentioned that SmackDown! could possibly be going live in 2016. Therefore, interest in the product internally could end up being just as important as RAW. The flagship show RAW is obviously their main priority as it attracts the most viewers and is the main driving force for their WWE Network. However, now WWE are adding more pressure on themselves by having SmackDown! potentially go live as well. The SmackDown! scripts would be a lot more micro-managed with the pressures for it to succeed.

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I don’t think WWE should take that mentality for RAW and duplicate it for SmackDown! SmackDown! doesn’t fit the same mould as RAW any more and is not possibly going to get their ratings as good as RAW’s. If that’s the case then what is there to lose by having SmackDown! being a lot more experimental than RAW. The pressure is not as extreme so let the writers have a bit more fun with the roster it has. If a brand split was introduced and the writing staff was once again split up, the SmackDown! writers could be more ambitious which is not a bad thing. Writers would be ambitious to beat the competition which Paul Heyman always stated was his driving force as SmackDown!’s head writer. He wanted to make new stars and beat RAW in terms of it’s programming. He wanted to break the mould. If the brand split caused the writers to act this way, how is that necessarily a bad thing?

Bleacher Reporter’s Andy Soucek highlighted how damaged the narrative had become for WWE with so much to keep up with for the viewers.

He said: “What is maybe the most damaging aspect of the end of the brand split, is that WWE has now made it painfully hard to follow the entire narrative of WWE. When Raw and Smackdown were separate rosters, a viewer could keep up with their favourite wrestler in two hours a week.”

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This is a move that would benefit the wrestlers. This is a move that would benefit the writers. This is a move that would benefit the TV Networks that are getting better programming and possibly better ratings. There’s a lot of people that would benefit in the long run from the brand split being re-introduced. The question is would WWE ever consider doing it? I’d like to think that they would when the over-flowing roster and burned out writers start to seriously effect the product. What I’m really concerned with is whether they’ll do it before it’s too late. What if SmackDown! is taken off the air before this brand split could even happen? Then what? Will they introduce NXT as their second show? That’s all filled with developmental stars and wouldn’t solve the over-expansion issue. Before this all goes down, something’s got to give. The brand split must go down.

19/10/2015 RAW PREVIEW – Can WWE Turn Ratings Around With Top Stars In Texas?

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How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here once again to talk about RAW. The pressure is on for the writers of WWE as they are coming off record-low ratings for their flagship show. With ratings at their lowest since 1997, Vince is reportedly “freaking out” over ratings which has not done them any favours leading up to Hell in a Cell. It’s also not doing them any favours that they’ve not been able to promote the main event of that show due to availability issues for both Undertaker and Brock Lesnar.

Have no fear though, both men are here for tonight’s edition of RAW in Texas. This RAW is crucial for the writers as it is the go-home show for the PPV. They certainly don’t want to go into Hell in a Cell with low ratings so they’ve brought out a number of big guns tonight. Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels are advertised alongside Undertaker and Brock Lesnar for RAW. Whether Stone Cold Steve Austin will be appearing tonight is still up in the air as it seems that not even Stone Cold knows what he’s doing tonight!

We do know that he’ll be doing his podcast with Brock Lesnar as his guest after RAW which could very well be great to watch. What Undertaker and Brock Lesnar will do tonight is interesting. If Brock is scheduled for the podcast, it’d be strange if Brock and Taker got into a huge brawl or something on RAW. It’s not like Brock will be walking into the podcast and selling an attack from Taker. But you never know…

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What we don’t know is what John Cena will be doing at Hell in a Cell. So far, he is not advertised for the PPV. He’s not currently scheduled for a match but his match could easily be announced tonight. With his current feud with Dolph Ziggler, it’s likely that Cena vs Ziggler for the US Championship will be announced for the PPV. Cena could still do his US Open challenge tonight but he’ll likely retain to lead into the PPV.

There’s a few more matches that will no doubt be built up for Hell in a Cell. Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt is a match I’m looking forward to. The build-up so far has been a bit comme ci comme ca and it’s had it’s ups and downs. I hope there’s some kind of brawl tonight because I feel that’s the only way this rivalry should have been built up. Their strongest segments during their program has been because of the fans’ desire to see these two just beat the hell out of each other. If they fight tonight, that’s going to build up Sunday’s fight up very well.

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There’s a number of title matches lined up for the PPV too. There needs to be some serious work done for the Intercontinental Championship match. Ryback and Kevin Owens have barely done anything with each other since Kevin won the title. There’s got to be some kind of confrontation. Charlotte vs Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship will also need a bit of work done. I’ve not really thought highly of the Divas Revolution storyline since Paige cut her worked shoot on the RAW after Night of Champions. Charlotte’s not really been that impressive as champion yet and Nikki Bella has just annoyed me with her lack of emotion after losing her title. There’s not a lot going for this feud so unless they add Paige to the title match (which I highly doubt they’ll do), I think the interest into this match will quickly dissipate.

There’s also the true highlight of the show in the New Day. I can’t wait to see what antics those three will be up to tonight! So far, their tag title defence against the Dudleyz is currently just a regular match. However, the tables stipulation could easily be added tonight. Then there’s the final week of the Kane vs Seth Rollins feud. I had a entire article prepared on Seth but I should mention it now just before RAW… Seth NEEDS to win a match tonight. Seth’s record since Night of Champions has been so shameful that it’s incredible that their champion is being booked this way. I know with the other two Hell in a Cell matches, there’s not a lot of pressure on Kane and Seth. However, Seth needs to look credible. If Kane completely dominates this week, Seth’s credibility would be crippled. If Seth is going to be as featured as prominently as he usually is on RAW, he needs to do something of value to justify all of this time he’s given. He needs a pin over “Demon Kane” to lead into the PPV.

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I think this RAW could EASILY be one of the strongest RAWs of the year. I know that’s not saying much considering the quality of RAWs this year hasn’t been all that great, but it needs to be. With Lesnar, Taker, Flair, Austin and Michaels all under the same roof in Dallas, something’s got to give. This could be the ratings boost WWE needs but only if they capitalise on the stars that have come together in Texas. The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. If the WWE allows these stars to shine big and bright tonight, it could be just the boost they need….

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!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 31 – NITRO ROULETTE

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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…

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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!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 29 – SUPERBRAWL 2001

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Previously on WCW EWR…

Souled Out’s top higlights were Chris Jericho retaining the WCW title against Booker T after getting disqualified and Jeff Hardy won the cruiserweight title in the match of the night against Jamie Noble.

Now it’s time for SuperBrawl…

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Pre-Show – Ted DiBiase Announces His Retirement

This was a legitimate retiring of Ted DiBiase. I got the dreaded e-mail saying that DiBiase would be retiring in a month. It was a blow as Ted DiBiase is the most over manager in the company. He’d been managing Curt Hennig for a while and was the manager for Asbury Perfection also including Bam Bam Bigelow. It’s a huge loss. I personally don’t think that Curt Hennig will lose a great deal considering what happens to him later on in the show. However, it’s said to see Ted go. Anyway, Ted talked about how he was walking away. Ted said he’d accomplished all he’s ever wanted to accomplish in the wrestling business. It’s been an honour to manage a wrestler as great as Curt Hennig. He predicts that Curt will one day finally win the WCW Championship. However, he says it’s time to look towards the future. He announces that he’s leaving and there’s one person that he thinks will one day be the next top star. He thinks that there’s one person that’s one his way to being the greatest of all time. He says that man is AJ Styles. AJ comes out and the two hug. Ted tells AJ to shoot for the stars and whatever happens in his TV Championship defense, AJ will be a future WCW Champion as well. A touching moment as Ted passes the torch to AJ.

Match 1 – Scott Steiner def. AJ Styles (c) in a falls count anywhere match to win the WCW Television Championship

After that huge segment on the pre-show, it might seem odd to have AJ Styles drop the title to Scott Steiner. Let me explain. Firstly, AJ’s had the title for a while. I feel right now is the appropriate time for him to lose the title. I also thought that DiBiase retiring would be the perfect transition for AJ to turn his intentions to the WCW title. I had an original plan for him to hold onto the TV title up until he passes a year as champion. After this, he would vacate the belt so he could challenge whoever the WCW Champion was. That was the plan, but I changed my mind. Curt Hennig would cost AJ the belt against Steiner, leading into a future program between those two. A decent 87% rating to open the show.

Match 2 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson def. Ultimo Dragon (c) and Dean Malenko (c) in a hardcore tag team match to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

Let me explain why the Diamond Enforcers won the tag titles again. The feud between these two tag teams started at Starrcade, when Dragon and Malenko won the tag titles. In the weeks building up to this match, the overness of ALL FOUR of these men took a big hit. DDP and Arn were at 100% overness when this feud started and Dragon and Malenko were in the 90s too. Just before the match however, DDP and Arn were both at 92. Malenko and Dragon were in the 80s. That’s bad news as this feud had hurt everyone involved. I decided to put the titles on the team that was the most over and the Diamond Enforcers were more over. So DDP and Arn are now  TWO-TIME tag team champions. The Diamond Enforcers did get a big boost when their feud ended though so I may be inclined to keep the titles on them for now. An 84% rating is fine.

Match 3 – Curt Hennig def. Randy Savage w/Elizabeth with Trish Stratus as the special guest referee

So the storyline for this one. Trish Stratus broke up with Perry Saturn on Nitro. Trish then began flirting with Randy Savage, with Savage starting to fall for her. Elizabeth would try to talk some sense into Savage, saying that Trish is trying to hook up with a top star like Savage to shoot straight to the top. Trish denied this which led to a few brawls on Nitro. Curt started to call Savage out, saying he could beat him any day of the week. In order to get his attention, he started to hit on Trish himself. This led to a big match at SuperBrawl with Trish Stratus as the special guest referee. Trish turned on Savage to give Curt Hennig the victory. It’s a daft little romance angle which I decided to do. This also leads to Trish Stratus replacing Ted DiBiase as Curt Hennig’s manager, which is also a plus.

Match 4 – The Giant and Rowdy Roddy Piper def. “Legion of Doom” Animal and Hawk in a steel cage match

This feud was a mistake! In my last post, I mentioned that I had signed Hawk to reunite the Legion of Doom. Animal was upset in the game so I decided to give him a rivalry so he could be used more. I put and Hawk in there against Rowdy Roddy Piper (who was annoyed because I wasn’t using him enough) and The Giant. The feud did a lot better than I thought it was going to do, but it still received the lowest rating of the night! No one really got over either and Piper’s overness took a HUGE hit. However, at least The Giant got over from it so it wasn’t all bad.

Match 5 – Jeff Hardy (c) def. Eddie Guerrero, Silvio Maldini and Rey Mysterio in a fatal four way match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

A good rating for the Cruiserweights. It’s a bit of a drop from the 96-97% ratings from the Jamie Noble/Jeff Hardy program but that’s usually what happens when you do fatal four ways. I was just going to do Jeff Hardy vs Eddie Guerrero for the Cruiserweight title, but I wanted to throw Rey Mysterio and Silvio Maldini into the mix too. Silvio came back from his suspension claiming to be the true Cruiserweight Champion as he was never beaten for the title (he was suspended and stripped of the title). Mysterio was thrown in there too and it provided a decent rating. Not as great as the Starrcade and Souled Out ratings but it was fine.

Match 6 – Sting def. Raven (c) to win the WCW International Championship

In the second to last match on the show, Sting beat Raven to win the WCW International Championship. I thought this was the right decision and I thought if any should have beaten Raven, it should have been Sting. This match got the second best rating of the night and the crowd were really into it. I thought this feud was awesome when I first did so I decided to do it again. So far, I’ve been getting some great results.

Match 7 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Booker T in a hardcore match to retain the WCW Championship

This was the final match in the feud between Booker and Jericho. The original plan was for Booker to regain the championship as it would tie into the final segment of this show. However, Booker’s attitude backstage has been really poor. I figured it would be safer to keep the title on Jericho and he’d only just won the title at Starrcade. This was one of the rare instances where the main event was the best match of the show! I’m happy with that.

Segment 1 – Booker T Turns Heel and Aligns With Eric Bischoff

The original plan was for Eric Bischoff to help Booker win the championship, in order to turn Booker heel. Even though Jericho ended up retaining the title, I still went with Booker turning heel at the end of the show. I do need to get some more main event heels and Booker was the best choice. I was going to have Jericho turn but that would have been predictable. Jericho’s also our top seller as far as merchandise is concerned so that would have been a costly decision to have him turn heel. So I went with Booker. And that was the end of the show.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 28 – SOULED OUT 2001

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Previously on WCW EWR

We crowned a BRAND NEW WCW World Heavyweight Champion. It was a triple threat match with Booker T defending the title against Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho. Booker T had been the champion ever since Bash At The Beach but his reign came to an end when Booker hit his finisher on Eddie. Jericho threw Booker out of the ring to steal the pin for himself and leave Starrcade as the new WCW Champion. Booker T is owed a rematch and would get it at Souled Out.

There were another title change that took place. Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko won a triple threat tag team match against the champions DDP and Arn Anderson and against Scott Steiner and Bill Goldberg. Sting battled Bret Hart, Hogan battled Raven and the stole was stolen by Jamie Noble and Jeff Hardy in a match for the Cruiserweight title.

So now we’re in the year 2001 and we’ve got quite a show in store for you….

SOULEDOUT

Pre-Show – “The Exiles” Perry Saturn, Road Dogg, Shane Helms and Lodi def. Edge, Christian Cage, Animal and Hawk

The Legion of Doom are reunited! Yes, I was able to steal Hawk from the WWF to complete the tag team. Animal might be leaving soon because he’s very unhappy. That reflected on the rating a little. However, I do want to get this tag team rocking and rolling again for one final time before he does. They were in the pre-show but I do have something special in line for them at SuperBrawl, so don’t worry. They teamed with Edge and Christian to lose to the Exiles. Shane Helms has been getting really over as of late, which has been awesome because it took him a while to get going. The heels win and the Exiles still look strong coming off this eight man tag team match.

Match 1 – AJ Styles (c) def. Curt Hennig in a Falls Count Anywhere Match to retain the WCW Television Championship

Very good opener to the show. AJ performed well as usual. This was the last match in their feud with AJ retaining the TV title once more. I was VERY tempted to put the belt on Curt but I instead kept it on AJ. Both of these men are really over and the fact that they are doing so well sits well with me! 94% overall rating! I’m very happy with this!

Match 2 – Rob Van Dam def. Steven Regal in a hardcore match

Maybe Regal should have went over because he was more over than RVD, but I gave it to Van Dam. This feuds helped both of these wrestlers out anyway. It got a 92% rating and the feud ended with a bang.

Segment 1 (3) – Interview with Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson

Since they weren’t on the show, I had DDP and Arn cut a promo. To give a bit of background. DDP and Arn lost the titles at Starrcade and had their rematch on Nitro. Their rematch was interrupted by Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit, who cost DDP and Arn the titles. It led to a number one contendership match between Eddie/Benoit and DDP/Arn for a tag title match at Souled Out. Ultimo and Dean made a botched interference which led to Eddie and Benoit winning. DDP is basically saying here that they don’t care who wins as the Diamond Enforcers will regain the tag titles. They said that they will be watching on intently.

Match 3 (4) – Dean Malenko (c) and Ultimo Dragon (c) def. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Eddie and Benoit’s morale is really low at the moment, so I think that hindered the match a little. Benoit and Dragon have had some great matches on TV and the Dragon vs Eddie feud from the year before did REALLY good ratings if I remember correctly. To see them just get an 80% was kind of disappointing. The Diamond Enforcers came out to attack Dragon and Dean after the match. They made it clear that they were gonna win the tag titles. By the way, that match will take place at SuperBrawl.

Match 4 (5) – Randy Savage def. Rowdy Roddy Piper in a tables match

I probably should have expected a 77% rating for this. Piper and Savage are quite old at this point in their careers. They got the worst rating of the show. However, they both gained overness from the feud ending. Both of them are still really over anyway so I’m not to bothered. Savage ended up getting revenge on Piper for costing him his match with Benoit at Starrcade.

Match 5 (6) – Hollywood Hogan and Sting def. Bret Hart and Raven

Hogan and Sting have decided to reunite to tackle Bret Hart and Raven together. These three all put together a great rating. The crowd reaction was really high. I think it might have been 100% for crowd reaction but I can’t remember. The match quality wasn’t so great, probably due to Hogan. However, an 85% overall is a solid rating. These four always seem to deliver in the ratings. Anyway, it spices things up to put them in a tag together. Raven always seems to get the win over Hogan so it was nice to see to good guys get a win. Overall, a thumbs up.

Match 6 (7) – Jeff Hardy def. Jamie Noble (c) in a ladder match to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

At Starrcade, I said that the wrong man went over in the Cruiserweight title match. Here, I think I’ve rectified that wrong. Jamie was kind of losing steam as champion while Jeff was just insanely over. Therefore, I put the belt on Jeff. These two stole the show again. It did a better rating than last time which was incredible. I feel that I keep hot-shotting the title nowadays. Sometimes, it’s just out of my hands with suspensions and stuff. However, I do feel I’ve made the right call and I feel that Jeff should be champion for a while.

Match 7 (8) – Booker T def. Chris Jericho (c) via DQ in a match for the WCW Championship

I thought this was a poor rating considering it was the main event. It wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t too great either. I thought the DQ finish was necessary. What happened is that Booker was going for a Book End but Jericho was able to elbow Booker in the head to get out of it. Booker started to lose grip but Jericho kept elbowing at him. Booker eventually got out of the way and Jericho eventually elbowed the ref by mistake. The ref called for a DQ which Booker was furious about. Booker then hit the Book End on Jericho after the match, with the fans not really knowing whether Jericho’s elbow to the ref was intentional or not. Anyway, this sets up the rematch at SuperBrawl. Something big is going to happening in their rematch so check out Part 29 to see what happens…