How I Would Book… Who Ran Over Stone Cold?

SPOILER ALERT from fifteen years ago, but I think it’s a safe bet to assume that nearly every wrestling fan on earth knows that Rikishi ran over Stone Cold with a car. Even if you were not watching wrestling during the attitude era, the WWE have referenced the storyline several times on WWE YouTube videos, the WWE Network and even on episodes of RAW and SmackDown! Many fans and wrestling experts over the years have criticised the WWF’s decision to have Rikishi be behind the attempted murder of the top wrestler in the company. With that said, are there many other solutions that would have been better than Rikishi? Could I have booked the “Who Ran Over Stone Cold” storyline better than WWE? Well, let’s find out!

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Before we dive into the analysis of Rikishi as the culprit, let’s run down the storyline itself from Survivor Series 1999 to Survivor Series 2000.

Stone Cold Steve Austin had been embroiled in a triple threat WWF Championship feud with the champion Triple H and The Rock. A triple threat match was promoted for Survivor Series 1999 and a triple threat match was ended up what we got. Unfortunately, it did not include the Texas Rattlesnake. Triple H provoked Austin during a backstage interview before the match. This led Austin towards the parking lot, where he was ran down by an unidentified assailant.

Austin was sidelined for nearly a year, to take care of actually injuries that he was working with at the time. He returned at Backlash 2000 for a one-off appearance to help The Rock against Triple H and made his full return to the WWF at Unforgiven 2000. He was on a quest to track down the man who had ran him over, even not pressing charges as a means to lure the man out. Austin’s methods of tracking down the attempted killer included interfering in several matches, getting on the bad side of Commissioner Mick Foley. Foley suspended Austin, conducting his own investigation into the crime.

After major suspects like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kurt Angle and The Rock were called out, Foley eventually got to the bottom of the case. Stone Cold Steve Austin was actually ran over… by Rikishi.

Rikishi, who had not appeared on WWF television yet when Austin was ran down, admitted to the crime. He claimed that he did it for The Rock, as the WWF had been keeping down Samoans like himself and The Rock for years. Austin was getting in the way of The Rock’s success, leading to Rikishi doing what he did. This led to Austin getting his revenge on Rikishi, destroying the big man in a No Holds Barred match and then trying to hit RIKISHI with a truck.

The plot thickened for the Austin mystery, as it would later be revealed that Triple H was secretly the one that had orchestrated the hit-and-run and put Rikishi up to do it.

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The biggest problem with the official solution is that it almost seemed like the culprit was too random to be a legitimate suspect. Mick Foley even mentioned it during the reveal that Rikishi wasn’t even in the WWF at the time of the hit-and-run. Therefore, it’s likely to assume that the WWF had no idea who the suspect would end up being when they shot the angle. Rikishi’s initial reasoning  for running down Austin seemed very out-of-place, as it didn’t seem enough of a justification to explain Rikishi going after Austin. Rikishi wanting to help out The Rock could be viable but the whole Samoans being held down story had nothing to do with Austin. Yeah, Austin is one of the most successful wrestlers of all time and is a 100% American. However, it’d still seem odd that Rikishi would resort to murder because of this.

Now obviously, Triple H being thrown in as the mastermind behind of the whole thing did sort of write out this explanation a little. Rikishi still could have theoretically felt how he did about The Rock and the Samoan lineage, but Triple H does give Rikishi more of a valid reason for running down Austin. After all, Triple H was the one that led Austin out into the parking lot and hated his guts. Him getting Rikishi to run down Austin makes a lot more sense than Rikishi doing it for his Samoan lineage.

While Triple H being the mastermind does involve someone that was a big part of the story at the time of the attack, Rikishi played no part in the story at all. Rikishi was a joyful babyface that got over with his dance moves more than his ruthless aggression. There seemed to be no hint of Rikishi possibly having a dark side to him, so him all of a sudden being an attempted murder does seem a bit unfathomable. It’s actually funny when watching back Rikishi’s run ins with Triple H and the McMahon-Helmsley regime in 2000. Rikishi feuded with Triple H, and even faced him for the WWF Championship one time, while secretly having conspired with him to commit attempted murder! Then again, Rikishi running down Austin would explain why Triple H would give Rikishi a title shot in the first place. I guess that was Rikishi’s grand reward.

In a way, Rikishi being the culprit was good for attempting to get over the next big star in WWE. Rikishi did get elevated as a main-event heel but ultimately ended up flopping in that role. Sticking your backside in people’s faces doesn’t exactly come off as an evil thing to do. Considering it’s Rikishi’s rear end though, I guess it kind of is! Rikishi really didn’t work as a badass, monster heel and quickly turned back into a babyface just before the Invasion angle kicked off.

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When coming up with an alternative solution, we need to think of people that not only were relevant to the story but were also strong enough to be able to work as a top heel. As much as someone like Kurt Angle being the culprit would make sense, as he would have been someone that would gain from Austin being out of the picture, he would have no real motivation other than that. It’s not like he would have met Austin at the time, as he made his in-ring debut at Survivor Series 1999 itself. As much as fans would believe this to be a fitting irony-pleasing solution, Angle doesn’t work in this role for me.

Then you’ve got to think about the other big culprits that were highlighted as the two prime suspects by Mick Foley. Triple H would have been too obvious of a culprit, even though he wounded up being written into the official solution anyway. Right after Austin was ran down, Vince McMahon immediately accused Triple H and D-Generation X of committing the crime. Him being the culprit would be rather anti-climatic.

The Rock, on the other hand, became the top babyface when Austin wasn’t around. As outlined by Mick Foley, The Rock (as well as Triple H) had the most to gain from Austin being out of the picture. At the time of Austin’s return, The Rock was the WWF Champion. Being the top babyface, his popularity rose to new heights. With The Rock being suspected so heavily leading into the official solution, him also being the suspect would be another anti-climatic reveal. Another reason for the Brahma Bull not being culprit is that the WWF would be passing up on some serious merch sales with The Rock now being viewed as a villain.

Really, we’re looking for someone that you’d least suspect. Someone that had been shown to be sinister enough to pull off devious acts like this in the past. We’re looking for someone that would do something as a means to fulfil a much grander master plan. Who would fill this role? Why it is someone that did feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin in 1999. It is someone that wasn’t actually there at Survivor Series 1999 and was unaccounted for. It was someone that has a history for making his foes rest in peace. The man that should have been the culprit was… the Undertaker.

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This may be a tough pill to swallow. The Undertaker did only come back as a babyface American Badass in May 2000. It would be somewhat of a letdown to see this new babyface run down our beloved Stone Cold. Then again, considering Undertaker would turn heel just a year later anyway, I think we can work a turn into this angle without hurting the Undertaker.

If you think about it, Undertaker is one of the rare people in the Attitude Era that would actually resort to murder so casually. He’s set his brother on fire repeatedly and even hanged Big Boss Man following their WrestleMania 15 Hell in a Cell match. Heck, he’s even faced Steve Austin in a Buried Alive match. I think it’s safe to say that he’d be willing to run over Austin with a corner.

The biggest issue with this is simple, and it’s actually what Kurt Angle mentioned on an edition of SmackDown! when HE was accused of running over Austin. One of the biggest parts of a murder mystery is motive. What’s the Undertaker’s motive? Why would he turn his attentions to Steve Austin? Well I have a question for you in response… why does the culprit’s motivation have to necessarily be focused at the victim? Obviously, some sort of disdain has to be present in order to consider attempting murder and Taker did feud with Austin that same year. However, what if Undertaker’s motivation was not to solely eliminate AUSTIN from the equation. While taking out Steve Austin was an added bonus, Undertaker’s real end-game was to mess with the man that had forced him to leave the WWF. Undertaker’s real end-game was in fact to remove Mr McMahon from power.

In September 1999, Undertaker “left” the WWF after refusing to take part in a Casket match with Triple H. Mr McMahon threatened to take away Undertaker’s spot in the WWF title match at Unforgiven, leading to the Undertaker walking out of the company. Jim Ross specifically stated when Undertaker made his return at Judgement Day 2000 that he was “going after McMahon” when challenging the Faction. Clearly, some hostility still exists between the two men. After all, McMahon losing power in the WWF in 1999 led to the Undertaker losing the WWF Championship and never gaining an opportunity to get it back. This could have been Undertaker’s ultimate revenge, especially after blindly following Vince’s orders when he was the “higher power” of the Corporate Ministry.

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Picture it like this. Mr McMahon was the first one shown to be outraged after Austin was run over… other than Jim Ross I guess. McMahon lashes out at DX following the incident. Knowing how much McMahon hated Triple H at the time and with Triple H’s title match with two other men coming up later that night, obviously Vince would come to the conclusion that DX was behind it. This is the Undertaker being the puppet-master, pulling McMahon’s strings by taking out one of the competitors in the running to dethrone Triple H as WWF Champion. In response, McMahon inserts the Big Show into the WWF Championship match and Big Show wins the title because of Vince. Just prior to his departure from the WWF, Undertaker had been teaming with the Big Show as part of an unholy alliance. It makes perfect sense that Taker would reward Big Show by manipulating events in order to get the title on the big man.

From behind the scenes, Undertaker is causing dysfunction within the McMahon family. Let’s start of with Stephanie, who turned on her dad and aligned with Triple H at Armageddon. Undertaker was the one that had abducted Stephanie, following the orders of Mr McMahon. Little work needed to be done on Taker’s end, with Mr McMahon having pushed Triple H’s buttons by costing him the championship at Survivor Series. McMahon made things personal with Triple H, so Triple H retaliated. Of course, Triple H hatches a master plan with Stephanie. Stephanie wanted to get revenge at her father for the abduction plan from before so she went with the man that Mr McMahon hated the most. Vince is being torn apart as daddy’s little girl has been taken away from him by the enemy.

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Shane and Linda would also get involved, leading to the WrestleMania 2000 fatal four way match with the McMahons in every corner. McMahon would be emotionally torn by having to compete with three members of his family. Not a lot can be said about the Undertaker during this period as he really can’t do much else to mess with McMahon until he comes back. Why not have McMahon regain control with Triple H and Stephanie? If he’s in charge by the time Undertaker comes back, Undertaker can be there to personally remove him from power again. At Judgement Day, his crusade with McMahon begins. He attacks him and the McMahon-Helmsley regime during the big Triple H/Rock Iron Man match. His main intentions when he comes back is to fight the regime, oust McMahon from power and win the WWF Championship. At King Of The Ring, The Rock wins the WWF Championship instead of him during a big six man tag team match but it’s not too much of a loss as at least the regime didn’t win. Undertaker will get back at The Rock, which I will get to later.

Following King Of The Ring, Vince left to become a “genetic jackhammer” while Mick Foley took over. It would have been better to say that the beatings from Undertaker, Rock etc. would force him to leave but as long as McMahon is gone. Now Undertaker can try to win back some gold. He does this initially by going after the tag team titles with Kane and then feuding with his brother. Not a lot happens for the Undertaker at this point, but he does get involved in the WWF title picture at Unforgiven 2000. How ironic, considering that he was initially barred by Mr McMahon from getting a title shot at Unforgiven last year. Here’s where I would change things up. Instead of Undertaker failing to win the championship, he wins the title in a fatal four way match also involving the champion Rock, Kane and Chris Benoit. On the very same night that Taker wins the title, Austin makes his return to WWF.

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Austin coming back is an unexpected and unwanted situation for the Undertaker. With his title reign only just getting started, Mick Foley and Austin beginning their investigations, and The Rock getting his rematch at No Mercy, how does the Undertaker turn the attention and suspicion away from himself? Why simple. Turn The Rock and Austin against each other. It is suddenly played up by Undertaker and a number of other wrestlers about how The Rock had to most to gain from Austin being ran over. This builds up all the way to No Mercy, where The Rock challenges Undertaker for the WWF Championship. Austin was initially suspended by Mick Foley, but Foley reinstates Austin after getting an anonymous tip that the culprit would reveal himself at the pay-per-view.

Up until the main event, we get no word from the culprit. Nobody comes clean. Ausitn doesn’t hear anything. Then the main-event comes around, with Austin coming down and going crazy. He pulls the referee out of the ring and grabs a chair. He sees and targets Taker, going for a chair shot but accidentally nailing The Rock. Undertaker then hits Austin with a chokeslam. Undertaker takes advantages and retains the title when the referee awakes. Undertaker then picks up a chair and unleashes hell on Austin and The Rock. Undertaker grabs the mic and laughs. He then asks the question of who had the most to gain from Austin being run over. He simply replies by saying “me” and that Austin’s search was over. Undertaker was the one that ran over Austin.

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Austin initially challenges Taker for the title at Survivor Series 2000, with it ending in a no contest after Austin takes out Taker in a similar fashion to Triple H in real life. Undertaker retains the title at Armageddon 2000. Then Mick Foley resigns as Commissioner which changes everything. Undertaker would have mentioned in an explanation that he did what he did to remove Austin and McMahon out of the equation and win the WWF title. Now Vince is back and in charge. Therefore, McMahon is going to make Undertaker pay. Undertaker vs The Rock is booked for Royal Rumble, with Vince’s reasoning being to make amends with The Rock after Vince turned on him at WrestleMania 2000. Sure. Whatever works. Undertaker loses the championship following interference from Stone Cold. Stone Cold wins the Royal Rumble itself, leading to No Way Out. Instead of Triple H, Undertaker is the one that faces and beats Stone Cold in a three stages of hell match.

That effectively is when the storyline ends. However, with Steve Austin and Mr McMahon’s alliance after WrestleMania 17, there is a lot more potential with the dynamic of Undertaker, McMahon and Austin. Imagine Stone Cold Steve Austin working with the boss to take out the man that tried to kill him. You could do the Power Trip angle if you’d like, having Undertaker and Kane battle Austin and Triple H. This could also add a lot to the Invasion angle, especially when it comes to Austin and Taker. You could have Austin and Taker initially not trust each and then eventually bury the hatchet (well bury the hatchet as much as you could, considering Taker tried to kill the man). Alternatively, you could have Austin join the Alliance and led the group against the WWF led by the Undertaker. The possibilities are endless.

Or if you’d prefer for the storyline to finish at WrestleMania 17, simply have Undertaker hold the championship all the way to WrestleMania. Austin wins the Rumble and Undertaker is the WWF Champion. This leads to the ultimate showdown in Texas between Austin and the man that ran him over more than a year ago. In the ultimate act of revenge for Undertaker running him over, Austin makes a deal with the devil himself Vince McMahon. McMahon was manipulated by Undertaker for so long, so Vince helped Austin DEFEAT the Undertaker at WrestleMania. The streak and Undertaker’s title reign is ended by Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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That about wraps up this edition of How I Would Book. I have to admit, this one was rather fun to write. I’d seen many different solutions but after thinking of a number of different options, Undertaker being the mastermind actually fits in with the storyline well. I’d love to hear of any other alternative solutions from fans so feel free to leave a comment or tweet me @TomRobinson5199. Don’t just do it for me. Do it… for The Rock. Thanks for reading everyone.

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2015 Review – Lesnar vs Undertaker III Delivers On Really Good Show

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Hell in a Cell brought a lot to Los Angeles, California. It featured hard-hitting matches, shocking moments and a hell of a main event with Brock Lesnar and Undertaker squaring off inside the demonic structure. However, did they bring all they could to the state of California? Could the WWE make up for a poor month of RAW ratings with a quality event on the WWE Network? Could this be the turning point the WWE need to get back on the right tracks? Well, let’s run down the card with this review.

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The night started off with the US Title Open Challenge. Cena cut his usual promo and opened the challenge up to the roster. Zeb Colter of all people came out on some kind of scooter.He called John a divider and said that it was time for people to come together. He introduced the man that he claimed would become the United States Heavyweight champion. That man was Alberto Del Rio! No words can describe how much joy I had at that moment. I truly never believed that Del Rio would be the one to answer to call for a few reasons. I was talking with a few writers from SLTD Wrestling about who would take up the challenge. Someone actually threw Del Rio’s name into the mix but I shot it down. A reason for that is I had no idea if Del Rio was still under contract with Lucha Underground or not. I heard that Del Rio could have gotten out of that contract any time he wanted but I figured it would taken a lot of time to get the paperwork through in time for Hell in a Cell. Alberto Del Rio is also still the AAA Mega Champion too which is a huge missed opportunity for WWE! After the PPV, I looked onto NoDQ.com and this how Del Rio was able to sign with WWE so easily:

“Regarding his contract with the company, Del Rio’s deal was a lot easier to put together than most. Del Rio’s deal calls for less dates, and he will also be allowed to work through his remainder indie dates that he has previously agreed on. Money played a major factor in Del Rio’s return to the company. Lucha Underground was his main source of income, but both parties had a falling out because Del Rio couldn’t agree with creative and returning to WWE was his only option to making any kind of real money again.”

I did not believe it was going to be Daniel Bryan. I did not believe it was going to Tyler Breeze. I didn’t really know who I thought was going to challenge Cena but I didn’t think it would be Alberto Del Rio. Putting Del Rio with Colter is an interesting mix. I’m not sure if it’s going to work but then again, I was critical when Colter was put with Cesaro and Cesaro ended up benefiting from it in the end. So you never know.

John Cena (c) vs Alberto Del Rio for the WWE United States Championship

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When I was doing the predictions for this on SLTD Wrestling, I really didn’t know what to think. I’d changed my mind over and over regarding whether the mystery challenger was going to win. On the predictions, I predicted that Cena would retain. When I saw Del Rio, my predictions were in a constant state of flux! I thought right away that to bring Del Rio back just to beat him on his first match back would be preposterous unless this was a one-off appearance. However, John Cena is John Cena. Having anyone beat Cena is very hard for the writers to do. They have to protect Cena. So I was thinking of all of these ways that would protect both Cena and Del Rio regardless of who win. I thought either Del Rio would win due to Zeb or Cena would just go over. Again, I was wrong. Low and behold, Del Rio pinned Cena after seven minutes… clean.

It was mind-blowing! The whole world went nuts when Kevin Owens pinned John Cena clean at Elimination Chamber. Not only did Del Rio beat Cena clean here, he did it seven minutes. He won off a backstabber and a super kick. The super kick is done by every other wrestler on the roster and is Del Rio’s signature move. It’s not even his proper finisher and Del Rio won clean. CLEAN!

Now I’ve seen a lot of fans on Twitter tweet about the logic of Cena beating the WWE World Champion Rollins clean but losing here clean to Del Rio. Let me just point something out. When John Cena beat Seth Rollins clean at Night of Champions, Seth was preparing for two opponents that night. It was not as clean a finish as you would have thought as Seth was preparing for two opponents. On the other hand, Del Rio had not been in WWE for over a year. Del Rio’s schedule in the last year has been a lot lighter than Cena’s. Cena’s been on the road with WWE nearly all year long. Del Rio’s worked for the likes of AAA, Lucha Underground and ROH but has not been wrestling as much as Cena in 2015. Cena’s body, in terms of the storyline, is hurt after putting up his US title every week. Del Rio is a lot fresher and simply took advantage of a wounded champion. It makes perfect sense as Cena was more prepared than Rollins at Night of Champions but not as prepared as Del Rio for Hell in a Cell. This is alright with me.

The only thing that took away from this moment with Del Rio coming back was Jerry Lawler down-playing Del Rio’s return like it was nothing. He criticised Cole and JBL for making it seem like he was the greatest thing since sliced bread. As someone on Twitter pointed out, he was aghast at the thought that Cole knew so much about Del Rio. I don’t know if Jerry Lawler is aware of this or not but MICHAEL COLE IS A JOURNALIST! It’s his business to know all of this stuff. You’re mad that he knew so much about a wrestler that you bury him for it? You can be a good guy all you want and you can bury the heels when you need to but not when he’s just made his return. Cole and JBL were making Del Rio out to be a star and Lawler thought it was no big deal. This was the start to a horrible night on the commentary table for Jerry Lawler. However, Del Rio’s return was still lovely despite Jerry Lawler on commentary. The pressure is now on WWE to make sure they don’t drop the ball with him.

There was a backstage segments that followed with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Seth Rollins and Corporate Kane all taking about the WWE World Heavyweight title match. Seth vowed to retain the title but Kane just wished Seth good luck as he would need it. Scary.

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt in a Hell in a Cell match

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Initially, I thought it was kind of strange that there was no cool-off match between Del Rio winning the US title and the first Hell in a Cell match. Having thought about it, I understand now that it was probably WWE not wanting the Cell matches to be too close together so I kind of get it. I’m going to actually give Michael Cole credit for bringing up the statistic of only 35 men or so ever competing in a Hell in a Cell match. That actually helped make the match itself a bit more sacred and special as if it’s not competed in a lot. It may be a small thing, but I think that added to the Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt match with two competitors that were in this match for the first time.

It was a decent Hell in a Cell match. Early on, Roman did his drive-by kick to Bray which caused Bray to tumble a few steps and then slam himself into a cell wall. Other than that, I thought Bray was great during this match. Bray was just innovative in general when it came to using the weapons inside the cell. I remember he was like this when he was feuding with Dean Ambrose. When he and Dean had that TLC match last year, they had a WHOLE lot of fun with the weapons. Bray grabbed the chair and was about to hit Roman with it. Bray stopped himself, sat down on the chair, picked up the Kendo stick that was used earlier on in the match and then smacked Roman over and over in the chair while sitting down. I thought that was awesome. Bray was great during this.

The crowd loved Roman hitting Bray with double kendo sticks. The match was very slow paced sometimes to a point where it seemed that they didn’t know what was going on. They were stalling for time quite a bit. What I can say is that both men looked really good coming off this match. Bray and Roman both kicked out of a lot of big moves. Roman did a big powerbomb on Bray through the table but Bray immediately kicked out. There was an awesome sequence with Roman reversing Sister Abigail with a roll up and then hitting the Superman punch. Three tables broke during this. Roman hit a spear from the apron onto the table on the outside which looked really good but Bray kicked out. There was a fan that told Roman to “take his soul.” That made me laugh. Bray had planned to throw Roman into a kendo stick that was wedged into the turnbuckle but Roman threw Wyatt into it and hit the spear for the win.

This was a darn good Hell in a Cell match which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was every bit as fun as I hoped it would be. It was a suitable finish to the feud with Roman getting Wyatt in the cell by himself. It was a great story told with the right man going over. I believe this is a great way to get Roman back into the main event picture if that’s what’s going to happen. At the end of the day, this feud was actually a worthwhile. There’s been times which I’ve been annoyed at the feud but it gave us a quality finish. Judging by the end of the PPV, it seems that both men are going to get a lot out of it. Very satisfied with this one.

The New Day (c) vs The Dudley Boyz for the WWE Tag Team Championship

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Xaiver Woods was not a ringside for this one. The announcers claimed it was because of Xaiver being put through the table on Monday Night RAW. I actually think Xaiver Woods was away because he was being married or something. I think that was the reason if anyone was wondering. Big E and Kofi dedicated this match to him. Kofi said he was going to play the bongo drums on D-Von’s head. Big E said he would slap Bubba’s belly like it were a drum. They told everyone to show off their “unicorn horns” which is really just putting your finger on your head. What this lead to was JBL telling Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler to “get their horns out!” I was critical of Jerry Lawler earlier but JBL was great during this show. There was a lot of stuff he threw in which I don’t think were planned. When he just goes off on his own, JBL is so awesome. It’s such a shame that Vince usually limits what JBL can say. Here, he was great somehow. Great promo as usual even without Xaiver Woods!

The match itself was much worse then the stuff they’ve done at Night of Champions and Madison Square Garden. The Dudleyz have been together for twenty years and messed up a tag team spot so bad in this match. Let me cut to the chase. Bubba had Kofi up for a side slam. D-Von came off the rope and it appeared that he was going for a leg drop onto Kofi. However, D-Von instead while running decided to switch legs at the last minute. So he got to his spot, jumped up to do the leg drop on one leg, then went for the other, but Bubba didn’t go down at the same time and didn’t drop Kofi either. It was such a bad mess up and it came from the Dudleys. Unbelievable.

Kofi tried the old Eddie tribute spot where he got the trombone, threw it to Bubba and went down. The ref didn’t buy it and the match continued. What was funny actually was that Bubba was begging the referee to not DQ them and told them to listen to the fans. However, not only were the fans mostly behind the New Day during the match, when Eddie usually did this spot, he would be cheered! Big E would then hit Bubba with the instrument behind the ref’s back and Kofi hit Trouble in Paradise for the win. I thought this match was very underwhelming as I expected more considering the amount of months this feud has went on. However, all I can say is the right team went over. With that being said and the botched spot earlier in mind, it was still a pretty average tag team match. Not the best pay-off to months of build though.

Charlotte (c) vs Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship

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It was announced on the pre-show that no divas were allowed at ringside for this match, which completely derailed my prediction of Paige screwing over Charlotte! However, I was still convinced that Nikki was somehow going to win the title. I predicted this on SLTD Wrestling. However, it appeared that I was wrong all along!

There’s something about how Charlotte throws her punches that was really off-putting to me. She doesn’t do like a jab, an uppercut or a hook or anything like that. What she does is make a fist and pokes Nikki with her fist. I think Charlotte needs to work on her striking game in the future because it came off so bad in this match.

There were “We Want Sasha” chants. There was a German suplex spot which I thought was so badly screwed up. Nikki was going for a German suplex from the top rope but she had hardly any grip. So what happens is that looked like she was going to try and suplex Charlotte by wrapping her arms around Charlotte’s waist rather than her stomach. It was the most ludicrous looking German suplex I’ve ever seen. The only redeeming quality of it was that Charlotte was able to land on her feet after Nikki tried this “German suplex” which actually made it look sort of cool. Nikki hit the Alabama slam on Charlotte onto the ring apron which looked like it sucked for Charlotte. This went along well with the story of the match, with Nikki targeting the back. Nikki went for the Rack Attack but Charlotte countered it into a botchy looking figure-eight leg lock for the win.

I didn’t like this match. It was certainly not the worst women’s match I’ve seen on PPV. However, it just didn’t come off looking good. I like the idea of wrestlers working over body-parts during the match and it worked well during their match at Night of Champions. However, it did not look good when they did it in this match. This match just seemed like a desperate attempt from WWE to turn this Divas Revolution thing around with Charlotte and Nikki pulling out all the stops and put on a very good match. The only problem with that is you’re asking Charlotte and NIKKI BELLA to put on this “great” match. Nikki is not good enough to put on this type of match and Charlotte is not THAT experienced in the ring. It just came off a cheap rip-off of the stuff Bayley and Sasha were doing on NXT. Nikki and Charlotte were going for all of these great spots in theory but a lot of them were just messed up. The only one which kind of looked cool and was pulled off great was Nikki’s Alabama slam. It was not worth giving the ten minutes they gave them on this show. This match was longer than the Tag Team title and US title matches and it just never justified the amount of time they were given. Sorry girls. You need to do more to impress me. I also don’t think Charlotte was ready for this title run in the first place and this match has not really done a lot to help the cause. Let’s see what they do on RAW anyway.

Seth Rollins (c) vs Kane for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

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This match wasn’t really that great. It was certainly not that great considering all of the weeks of hype this feud has been given. The issue is that Seth wrestled this match with Kane like it was just another guy, with the exception of the spot where Seth tried to knock Kane down but he wouldn’t budge. For weeks, the storyline was that Seth was trash-talking Kane when he was in a suit but was scared of him when he had his ring-gear on. However, he treated this match like it was nothing and pinned Kane clean in the middle. The storyline they had built up for so long didn’t even play into the match itself and the finish. All I can think at this point is that it’s going to continue on into RAW where Kane is fired or somehow spared from being fired. We shall see.

Bryan Alvarez thinks that Kane got injured when he took the powerbomb from Seth onto the table. It actually makes sense as Kane didn’t really do a lot after the spot happened and the doctor came to check on him. I hope that’s not the case but it’s really not good news for Seth if he is hurting all of these lads in high-profile matches, whether it was a mistake or not. He broke John Cena’s nose, we have no idea what the future is of Sting after what happened at Night of Champions and he might have injured Kane too. Maybe he has to tone down a lot of his hard-hitting moves because it’s getting people hurt.

Kevin Owens (c) vs Ryback for the Intercontinental Championship

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This was a pretty bad short match. Usually when a match is a short, the wrestlers try to get in as much good spots as they can. However, it just played out like a normal match which had an abrupt finish after five minutes. Ryback got hardly any reaction when he came out which was worrying. I’m shocked that people are still chanting “Goldberg” at him after all of these years. It’s amazing.

Ryback did a powerbomb on his own to Kevin Owens and the announcers just completely no-sold it. He did his opponent’s finisher and the announcers didn’t even think to mention this. Some stuff happened and Kevin raked the eyes and hit the pop-up Powerbomb on Ryback for the win. It wasn’t a very good powerbomb but at least it played into what happened on RAW with the announcers suggesting that Kevin could do the powerbomb to Ryback as well. Hopefully, Kevin gets a much different opponent than Ryback. When Kevin has to work with a fellow big man, it just doesn’t seem like it works. It certainly didn’t work with poor Ryback.

Brock Lesnar vs Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match

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This was it. The biggest rubber match in recent memory. Brock got busted open very early into the match by going into the ring post. What’s funny is that the announcers mentioned that Brock stopped himself from hitting the post by using his arm but he was bloody anyway. Undertaker was also bloodied in the match too. According to Bryan Alvarez, “Vince freaked the fuck out” after there was blood in the match. That’s what Bryan said on the Bryan and Vinny show but here’s a bit more from the report I read earlier:

“Bryan Alvarez mentioned on the latest instalment of Wrestling Observer Radio that he received texts from someone that was backstage and the event and witnessed Vince McMahon’s reaction to the blood. Alvarez said that Vince and Kevin Dunn were freaking out over the incident because the company has a no blood policy. Dunn was seen screaming for a doctor to get out there. However sending the doctor out there didn’t do much, as Lesnar shoved the doctor down and after that, the doctor did not return.”

I will never say that wrestlers should blade for a sake of making the match better. I was especially not at ease by the “we want blood” chants that were going on during the match. However, blood just seemed to work for this match in a weird way. They showed a shot of Undertaker busted open and he looked very scary! You could tell it was a scary and serious situation which did add to the match.

Undertaker did the chair guillotine which he hardly ever does but it always looks cool whenever he does it. Brock hit a F5 but Undertaker kicked out. As mentioned earlier, a doctor was sent down to the cell. Brock threw the doctor out the ring and just hit another F5 on the Undertaker but he kicked out again. Lesnar hit Taker with the steel steps and Michael Cole was just like “this is it” as if this was going to be the finish. I know he did that to hype up the kick out but there’s no way that it was believable that Cole thought the match was over after that! Brock went to break Taker’s leg with the steel steps. If you’ll recall, Brock did the exact same thing to Kane a few months ago to take him out. In fact, Michael Cole referenced that on commentary. A nice little bit of story-telling there. Michael Cole was actually pretty good himself tonight on commentary.

Taker locked on Hells Gate and Brock was clenching his fist as he was considering tapping. All I kept thinking was “JUST PUNCH HIM!” He eventually took my advice and he beat the crap out of Taker as if this was the end of a UFC fight and if he was just waiting for the ref to pull him away. I liked this. It played to his time in UFC as a legitimate fighter. Brock then ripped up the ring mat but Undertaker used that to his advantage. He chokeslammed and tombstoned Lesnar onto the hard floor but Lesnar kicked out. Brock won the match with a low blow and a F5 to pick up the win. The right man won this one. I don’t think it was as good as their Summerslam match but it was a good Hell in a Cell match. It finished as it should have and it was a fitting end to the feud.

At the end of the night, Undertaker was stood alone in the ring as the crowd applauded him. The Wyatt Family came out. They came out and simply beat up the Undertaker. JBL was well into this angle and even called the Wyatts “sick bastards.” They then carried him out to end the show. I’m guessing this will lead into Survivor Series, as it appears that Undertaker is promoted for that event. I think it’ll be a four on four with Undertaker, Kane, Sting if he’s healthy and somebody else against the Wyatts. I’d like to see that as Undertaker wouldn’t have to do a lot physically but we’ll see where it goes.

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Hell in a Cell was a very good show. It was a great showing by WWE with a lot of good matches to talk about. The Hell in a Cell matches were the best matches of the night which is great as it’s the marquee match of the night. There was a lot of shocking moments and I really hope the WWE can capitalize on them as they hope to turn their RAW ratings around.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 26 – WORLD WAR 3 2000

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Welcome to another edition of Extreme Warfare Ravenge: WCW 1998. We saw the return of the series with Halloween Havoc last week. Now it’s time to get rocking again with another edition. So let’s get to it.

We’ve got a lot of interesting match-ups on this PPV, including Dean Malenko vs Raven and Rob Van Dam vs Bret Hart. AJ Styles will defend the WCW TV title against Rowdy Roddy Piper and Eddie Guerrero is challenging Booker T for the WCW title! So let’s get to it.

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Pre-Show – Eric Bischoff makes a deal with Scott Steiner

WCW President Eric Bischoff cuts an in-ring promo hyping up World War 3, vowing that Booker T would lose the World Heavyweight Championship. This was interrupted by Scott Steiner. Scott talked about how he followed Bischoff’s lead in the nWo. He stuck through Eric during the best and worst of times and says that he needs Bischoff to do him a favour. Steiner said he appreciated Bischoff giving Jamie Noble a Cruiserweight title shot in the Cruiserweight battle royal. However, Steiner is annoyed that he is not on the card for World War 3 at all. Bischoff vows to “owe him one” if Steiner does one thing for him… guest referee the WCW Tag Team Title match between the Diamond Enforcers and the Exiles’ Perry Saturn and Road Dogg. Steiner agrees and says that him and his Steiner System are going to shoot to the top of WCW. Holla if ya hear me…

Match 1 – Jamie Noble def. Jeff Hardy, Lodi, Low Ki, Yoshihiro Tajiri, Ultimo Dragon, Rey Mysterio, Shane Helms, Kidman and Chavo Guerrero in a 10 man battle royal to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

In my WCW title history post, I reported that WCW Cruiserweight Champion Silvio Maldini had been suspended for three months and stripped of his title. With this match, we were to crown a new champion. It was very hard to decide on a winner. Jeff Hardy was considered with his ever rising popularity. Rey Mysterio was the former champion before Silvio beat him, and he was considered to regain his title. Former champions Tajiri and Chavo Guerrero were also in the running. Ultimo Dragon is a personal favourite of mine and was highly considered. There were a lot of great options but I went with the Steiner System’s Jamie Noble. I wanted a heel to be champion and the Steiner System stable also needed a bit of credit to it’s name. Jamie winning the belt is the right way to do that. Steiner MIGHT win a title himself but we’ll see…

Match 2 – AJ Styles (c) def. Rowdy Roddy Piper in a Street Fight to retain the WCW Television Championship

I feel kinda bad for having Piper lose considering he passed away just a few weeks ago. However, I’m sure Piper would understand building your future talent. On the game, Piper actually has 100% overness. So there’s little need for him to win the TV Championship at the moment. AJ’s been rolling along well as champion although I MIGHT consider having him drop the belt soon. Again, it’s a bit MIGHT. It’s hard to have somebody drop the belt after holding it for a while. It has to be the right guy. I also like how cool it is that this match was the highest rated in the show so far! Piper was involved in the top match of the card! Great job, Hot Rod!

Match 3 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) def. Road Dogg and Perry Saturn to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship. Scott Steiner was the special guest referee.

The Diamond Enforcers retain the belts over the Exiles’ Road Dogg and Perry Saturn. After Steiner was taken out with the Spinebuster by Arn, DDP dropped Saturn with the Diamond Cutter. With the ref out, DDP forcefully made Steiner deliver the three count while he was out! It was like when Steve Austin made Vince McMahon count to three in a match with Dude Love in 1998. I’m surprised how well the Diamond Enforcers are doing as tag team champions. They are both incredibly over and it’s going to take quite the team to beat them for the belts. Road Dogg and Saturn just weren’t over enough to be honest. The tag titles have a lot value in my universe and it has to be held by a special tag team. Good showing though.

Match 4 – Bret Hart def. Rob Van Dam in a submission match

As much as I’d hate to have RVD job out just after losing the International Championship, I’ve got to keep Bret Hart’s overness up. He’s just lost to Dean Malenko at Halloween Havoc and I’ve got give the big stars some big wins to keep their stock up. Bret needed this win. RVD will get his way into the WCW title scene. It’s just gonna take a while.

Match 5 – Raven (c) def. Dean Malenko in a Falls Count Anywhere match to retain the WCW International Championship

Dean’s not quite ready for a WCW International title run yet. Maybe in the future, but Raven’s overness is just at a completely different level to Dean’s. Dean really does struggle to get over. Dean’s doing well now but that’s mostly down to a high profile feud with Bret Hart (who he beat at Halloween Havoc). Raven’s always been consistently over. Also with him being the top heel, he kinda needs to hold onto the belt for now.

Match 6 – Chris Jericho def. Curt Hennig w/Ted DiBiase in a 30 minute Ironman match to become the number one contender for the WCW Championship

Jericho’s back in the hunt for the WCW title! This match didn’t quite do the rating I expected it to do, but it helps keep up the consistent good scores in the show so far!

Match 7 – Hollywood Hogan and Sting def. Chris Benoit and Randy Savage in a hardcore tag team match

Savage cements his face turn by turning on Chris Benoit during his tag match with Hogan and Sting. Savage returned as a face at Fall Brawl but “vowed” to work with Chris Benoit and Team Bischoff in his war with Hogan and Sting. Savage turns on Benoit to give Hogan and Sting the big win!

Match 8 – Booker T (c) def. Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman in a Last Man Standing match to retain the WCW Championship

I was really unsure about the finish. I really wanted to have Eddie win the belt but I’m not sure that Eddie’s in the right place to win the belt. He’s still part of a group and he would really struggle to stand out on his own at the moment. Booker’s still going strong anyway so he got the win. If in doubt, keep the title on the champion. That’s my motto. However, Booker’s celebration was cut short. During his celebration, Jericho came out to smack Booker with the WCW title! Jericho sends a statement as the new number one contender!

That’s it for Part 26 of this series! It wasn’t one of the strongest PPVs I’ve done when it comes to the in-game ratings. However, I think I’ve set the table well for our next PPV “Starrcade”. Starrcade will hopefully be up some time in the next week so stay tuned!

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 – WCW TITLE HISTORIES

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Yesterday saw the return on the WCW EWR series with our latest PPV “Halloween Havoc“. However, I wanted to give you guys a bit of treat as I’ve compiled the title histories of EVERYONE of my championships in the game! It’s pretty detailed and is formatted in a Wikipedia-like table. These tables will show you whose won the championships, when they won it, how many days that they held it, how many reigns they’ve had and any other useful notes. These lists take into account how many titles champions have held before. Any new titles reign they have will be added to how many championships they had in real life. For example, Sting was the default champion for my game. The game is set in January and Sting was in his third title reign having just beating Hollywood Hogan at Starrcade. Therefore, his title count will begin at 3.

An issue with this game is that the game itself begins in NOVEMBER 1998, rather than WCW January. I calculated the original title reigns from the day they won the championship (in real life) up until the 1st of January 1998… which is what this mod was based on. That combined with how long I had them hold the title for will give you an estimated guess as to how long these championship reigns would have lasted. It’s not entirely accurate but if I wanted to get it 100% accurate, I’d have to set my computer clock by to 1998! As much as I love this game, I’m not going to those kind of extremes!

Anyway, do check out the title reign history. If there’s no notes, then the match the champion won their belt in was a singles match (or in the tag titles case, a tag match. There’s also a bit of news regarding one of the championship.

Shortly after Halloween Havoc 2000, I suspended WCW Cruiserweight Champion Silvio Maldini for three months due to backstage issues. This had been his third offence and he had been suspended for a month before, so he’s been given a more substantial punishment. Of course, this suspension means that Silvio can’t defend the Cruiserweight Championship due to the 30 day title rule. Ryback and Nikki Bella might be able to get away with this but not Silvio! With his suspension, the title has been vacated and a new champion will be crowned at World War 3 2000.

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 25 – HALLOWEEN HAVOC 2000

NOTE: To get a bit of recap about what’s happened previously in WCW EWR, please read the Season One Recap to find out more and also check out our last PPV, Fall Brawl.

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Pre-Show – Suicide Blondes (Edge and Christian) def. Perry Saturn and Road Dogg

This gives the young guns Edge and Christian a chance to shine now that they’re building up some momentum. With the Exile members Perry Saturn and Road Dogg Edge and Christian have some pretty tough competition against two of the most over members of the group. They win and hopefully it will help build to a future tag team title shot. An 81% rating is fine considering Edge and Christian’s overness is less than Saturn and Road Dogg.

Match 1 – Chris Jericho def. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Piper has targeted Chris Jericho, whose one of the men that opposed Eric Bischoff in the five on five at Fall Brawl. Bischoff’s promised Piper a reward if he was able to take Piper out. However, Jericho picks up the win to kick off the main card. 88% is a strong way to open up the main card.

Match 2 – Ultimo Dragon def. Yoshihiro Tajiri in a number one contendership match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Cruiserweights still stealing the show, with Ultimo Dragon beating the Asian Invasion’s newest leader Tajiri. 95% showing how well the division is stacking up compared to the rest of the roster. It’ll be interesting to see how the division will develop.

Match 3 – Hollywood Hogan and Sting def. Curt Hennig and Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman

Hogan and Sting are also on Eric Bischoff’s hit list. Therefore, he’s sent Curt Hennig and Eddie Guerrero on them in this tag team match. I think the match quality dampened the match quality down a little. Mostly down to Hogan, who’s gonna struggle to put together a high quality match in the year 2000. However, Hennig and Eddie should be able to boost it up a little. I’ll take the 83% overall rating.

Match 4 – Diamond Dallas Page, Arn Anderson and Rey Mysterio def. Scott Steiner, Jamie Noble and Silvio Maldini

The “Diamond Enforcers” DDP and Arn Anderson, WCW Tag Team Champions, have been feuding with the Steiner System as of late. Meanwhile, Rey Mysterio has been feuding with the WCW Cruiserweight Champion Silvio Maldini since Fall Brawl. Solution? Six man tag team match! A lovely 87% rating for these six great in-ring workers.

Match 5 – AJ Styles (c) def. Steven Regal in a Submission match to retain the WCW Television Championship

Sadly, this was not able to duplicate the 99% overall rating from their match at Fall Brawl! However, a 94% rating is good enough for me! AJ wins with his newest submission the “Calf Killer”.

Match 6 – Dean Malenko def. Bret Hart in a Steel Cage match

Dean Malenko finally gets his big win over a main eventer, with a feud winning Steel Cage match against Bret Hart. Dean wins clean, but I was hoping that the ratings would get in the 90s. At least Dean’s push to the main event scene has been hugely helped with this mini-feud with Bret Hart.

Match 7 – Raven (c) def. Rob Van Dam in a Hardcore match for the WCW International Championship

Raven retains the International title against RVD in their rematch from Fall Brawl. I do have a nice little feud lined up for the WCW International Championship.

Match 8 – Booker T (c) def. Chris Benoit for the WCW World Championship. If Booker T gets disqualified, he’ll lose the title.

Booker T staves off the temptations to lose his temper and get DQ’d to retain the WCW title against Chris Benoit.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 – SEASON ONE RECAP

Previously on WCW EWR….

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There’s been a war waged between the two Co-Presidents of WCW, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff. WCW President Flair began running the show after Eric Bischoff abruptly left WCW (in the game, he was sent to rehab). However, Ric Flair would cause a huge problem between himself and other members in the locker-room. He would influence World Title matches and attack a number of wrestlers on the roster. With that, Bischoff was reinstated into power. He became Co-President of WCW and worked with Ric, but still had the majority power in the partnership. This meant he can pretty much veto any of Flair’s decision. Tensions between the two caused for one final match for 100% control to be contested at WCW Fall Brawl 2000. It would be WCW Champion Booker T, Chris Jericho, Hollywood Hogan and Sting representing Flair going up against Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Curt Henning representing Bischoff. This would be an elimination match. Randy Savage returned to the company going after the Team Bischoff members. However, Bischoff’s crew would win after a botched attack by Savage onto Jericho. With that, Flair was ousted from power and Eric Bischoff became permanent WCW President with 100% control of the company.

However, the wars in WCW will never truly be done with. Particularly with the Exiles stable running around. The group, headed by Raven, have proven to be a force to be reckoned with in WCW. Raven himself has been turned into a main eventer, becoming a two-time WCW Champion in the process. At our last PPV Fall Brawl, he recently won another championship…

The WCW United States Championship has been one of the most fiercely craved championship in the company, with some of WCW’s finest battling over the belt. When Rowdy Roddy Piper won the championship, he renamed the championship to the WCW European Championship. However, a match on Nitro would result in the title being vacated. A new championship was created at Superbrawl in it’s place called the WCW International Championship, and was won by Rob Van Dam. RVD was champion for months until Raven won the title from him at Fall Brawl. With such a prestigious title in his hands, Raven has gained back power and influence in the company for the Exiles.

The WCW Television Championship is currently held by AJ Styles, whose had some amazing matches for the title with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and Steven Regal. No doubt AJ is looking to shine in WCW. The WCW Tag Team titles are currently held by the “Diamond Enforcers” DDP and Arn Anderson, having beaten Steven Regal and Roddy Piper to win them. The Crusierweight Championship is currently held by Silvio Maldini. He’s a game-generated character that has shot up through the ranks in developmental and made instant impact by beating WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio to win the title.

The Asian Invasion stable is no longer led by Keiji Mutoh due to his loss at Fall Brawl, the Steiner System is currently headed by Scott Steiner and features rising star Jamie Noble in their ranks. Rowdy Piper and Steven Regal had a British stable alongside Fit Finlay but now it’s just them two as a tag team. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero are currently “Paul Heyman Guys” and the nWo is no longer a thing in WCW. This came after the likes of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall both left the company and Hogan turned face. And I think that’s pretty much the jist of the main storylines currently in WCW.

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To be honest, it’s not really much of a recap of the season but hopefully it does help bring everybody up to speed. Whether its those new to the blog or those coming back, I want to help you guys understand the storylines going forth. In our last PPV at “Fall Brawl“, we ended with a pretty big storyline development so it’s a crucial part of what comes next.

Do check out our latest EWR update for more details of what you can expect to see in the future.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 – UPDATE #3

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the Extreme Warfare Revenge: WCW 1998 series! Indeed, the series has proven to be a big hit on my blog since it began last year. A lot of blog views have come off the EWR series and I do thank you all that checked it out. It’s a really fun game to play and it’s nice to see others checking out my WCW storylines. I’m very grateful to you all.

HOWEVER, the series has been on a bit of a hiatus as of late for a number of reasons. Firstly, I wanted to get back to doing a number of the things that I started off this blog doing. I wanted to do a lot more real-life analysis of WWE and it’s programming, as well as bringing back the reviews with my WWE Battleground 2015 review. Also, I’ve developed the “How I Would Book…” series which has really taken off in its own right. I think it’s fair to say people like to see fantasy booking and that’s good to see!

I’m all for people getting creative, especially with wrestling. And that’s one of the reasons why I love playing EWR. It gives us the chance to show the world how we’d book wrestling shows ourselves.

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I’m happy to announce that I AM planning to bring back the series once again with the WCW 1998 save! I MIGHT do a PPV or two with the TNA series but I’m unsure about that one. My main focus will be the WCW EWR series as that’s the big hitter. I can’t say for sure how many PPVs I’ll be doing but I will tell you that I’m planning a “re-upload” of sorts of my last post, WCW Fall Brawl 2000. I’m just going to upload it again and tidy it up a bit with the storylines and stuff which I didn’t explain thoroughly enough before due to… well let’s call it time restraints. That’ll be re-uploaded as well as the follow-up PPV “Halloween Havoc”, which I did a while ago but I never actually got around to posting it on the blog. But that’s in the books and it’s just a matter of me writing it up.

So yeah, I can guarantee that you’ll see those two posts soon on the blog. The Daniel Biggerstaff challenge which I introduced will STILL be going on. Do click on this link to find out all about that little side-plot added to the series!

Before any of this happens, I would like to do a recap of everything that’s happened so far. Consider it a “Season One Recap” if you will, with everything that happened up until Fall Brawl 2000. That PPV had a “Season Finale” like feel to it so it does kinda make sense. This will be kicking off what I consider to be “Season Two”.

However, I will be working on other aspects of the blog too. I do want to continue with the How I Would Book… series and I have a lot of plans for that. Therefore, content for THIS series isn’t going to be as intense as it used to be! So if we go weeks or months without a post, I do apologize. However, I hope you’ll appreciate the other content on this blog in the mean time. If you guys needing catching up on the series, here’s a list of every blog post from “Season One”. And be sure to follow us on Twitter @ArmbarExpress for updates and postings of new content!

Part 1 – World War 3

Part 2 – Starrcade

Part 3 – Souled Out

Part 4 – Superbrawl

Part 5 – Uncensored

Part 6 – Spring Stampede

Part 7 – Slamboree

Part 8 – The Great American Bash

Part 9 – Bash At The Beach

Part 10 – Road Wild

Part 11 – Fall Brawl

Part 12 – Halloween Havoc

Part 13 – World War 3 1999

Part 14 – Starrcade 1999

Part 15 – Souled Out 2000

Part 16 – Superbrawl 2000

Part 17 – Uncensored 2000

Part 18 – Spring Stampede 2000

Part 19 – Slamboree 2000

Part 20 – Nitro of Champions Special

Part 21 – The Great American Bash 2000

Part 22 – Bash At The Beach 2000

Part 23 – Road Wild 2000

Part 24 – Fall Brawl 2000 (Reuploaded at this link)

Part 25 – Halloween Havoc 2000 

Part 26  – World War 3 2000