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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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 27 – STARRCADE 2000

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Previously on WCW EWR

Booker T successfully defended the WCW Championship, Chris Jericho became the number one contender, DDP and Arn Anderson retained the tag titles, Raven retained the International title by beating Dean Malenko, Randy Savage cemented his face turn, AJ Styles beat Roddy Piper and Jamie Noble became the new Cruiserweight Champion. Which brings us to Starrcade.

A note before we get started…

  • Chris Jericho won a number one contendership match at World War 3, earning a WCW title match. However, the former number one contender Eddie Guerrero demanded another shot. Eric Bischoff tells him that he’ll put him in the World Title match at Starrcade if he beats Chris Jericho on Nitro. Eddie pulls it off after a botched interference from Booker T, meaning that it’ll be Booker defending the title against Jericho AND Eddie in the main event of Starrcade.

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Pre-show – Piper’s Pit with Randy Savage

This segment did a really good rating. Piper interviewed Savage just before Savage’s match with Benoit. Piper started throwing verbal jabs at him. Savage eventually got angry and attacked Piper. This was the highest rated segment of the show and served as a bit of promotion for the Chris Benoit vs Randy Savage match on the PPV.

Match 1 – Road Dogg and Perry Saturn def. Edge and Christian Cage

Edge and Christian Cage have been getting over as of late, so I decided to give them a PPV match with Perry Saturn and Road Dogg. I gave Saturn and Road Dogg the win because on television, Saturn and Road Dogg have mostly been getting beat. I don’t think Edge and Christian Cage will lose a lot from getting beat here. The match got a good rating to kick off the show, achieving a 85% overall which is fine.

Match 2 – AJ Styles (c) def. Steven Regal, Rob Van Dam and Curt Hennig w/Ted DiBiase to retain the WCW Television Championship

Usually fatal four ways don’t get that great of a rating on EWR, but this one got an exceptional rating for me. All of these men usually have great chemistry together and I wanted to throw them all into a fatal four way for the TV title. AJ’s feuding with Curt and RVD’s feuding with Regal so it seemed like a good call to put them all together. In the end, it gave us a solid rating. I’m happy about this and I’m happy that all of these guys are getting over because of it.

Match 3 – Jamie Noble (c) def. Jeff Hardy to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

I think the wrong man won this match, looking back. I wanted Jamie to develop a solid run with the Cruiserweight title but Jeff is far more over. Despite that, these two put together a quality match. This was the highest rated match in the show and it helped boost the prestige of the Cruiserweight title tremendously. It’d lost a bit of prestige after Silvio Maldini was stripped of the title. A huge plus for the Cruiserweight division, but I think Jeff should have won the belt.

Match 4 – Chris Benoit def. Randy Savage

I think Savage’s age had an impact on the rating of this match. Savage has some good stats but Chris Benoit is a lot more quicker. For some reason, the chemistry was way off. That’s a shame because this would have been quite a dream match for me. Also, Chris Benoit’s been unhappy in WCW for the last few months. That probably factored in the rating as he wasn’t put a lot of effort in. 77% is not to bad of a rating but it’s not helping either man to a great degree. Piper interfered allowing Benoit to pick up the win. This will lead into Piper vs Savage at the next PPV I think. Based on this, I’m not quite sure how that’ll do. However, Savage and Piper are both really over. It might not be a great match but at least the crowd reaction will be high.

Match 5 – Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon def. Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c), and Bill Goldberg and Scott Steiner in a triple threat tag team match to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

Considering that Bill Goldberg’s unhappy backstage and all the different styles in this match, I thought this match did a good rating. I figured that the “Diamond Enforcers” DDP and Arn needed to drop the titles. I was going to have them drop the titles to Steiner and Goldberg at the last PPV, but I changed my mind. Goldberg’s contract is coming to an end and I don’t think he’ll want to re-sign. I wanted to give Dean and Dragon a run with the titles because I figured that they could go far with the belts. Dean Malenko’s gotten over because of feuds with Raven and Bret Hart so him and Dragon winning the tag titles could help both men.

Match 6 – Raven (c) def. Hollywood Hogan to retain the WCW International Championship

I was really tempted to put the title on Hogan, but I went with Raven. Raven’s still the leader of the Exiles, so I have to keep him strong. This wasn’t a great match, but the crowd reaction helped boost it up a bit. These two have had a lot of high-rated segments on television, so I’m going to keep this going I think.

Match 7 – Sting def. Bret Hart

This is an interesting match for me. Sting and his Scorpion Deathlock going up against Bret Hart and the Sharpshooter. It delivered a 91% rating, which I’m VERY satisfied about. It delivered the second best match of the night. Sting went over but Bret attacked him afterwards, setting up a rematch for the next PPV.

Match 8 – Chris Jericho def. Booker T (c) and Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman to win the WCW Championship

For the first time since Bash at the Beach, we’ve got a NEW WCW Champion! Jericho was surpassing Booker T in popularity so I decided to have him win the belt. Jericho won after capitalising on Booker T’s Scissors Kick and pinning Eddie to win the belt. I have a great few months lined up for Jericho and hopefully this will come off well in the game.

It was an alright PPV really boosted by the Piper’s Pit segment and the Cruiserweight title match. I was expecting the WCW Title match to deliver a rating in the 90s but I’m not to bothered. What this does though is set the table well for 2001 where things will get very exciting in WCW.

Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo Comment On Bash At The Beach 2000

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A few days ago, a preview of the WWE’s upcoming DVD release “Monday Night War: Know Your Role” was uploaded onto YouTube. What the DVD features is a sit-down interview with Eric Bischoff. Bischoff talks about dealing with Vince Russo and talks about the famous “Bash At The Beach incident” in 2000.

For those of you that don’t know what happened in 2000, let me break it down for you. Vince Russo was a writer for WCW, signing for the company in 1999. Vince had been pushing Jeff Jarrett to a great degree, making him the WCW Champion. He began a storyline involving Jeff and Hollywood Hogan for the title. His plan was for Jeff to beat Hogan at the Bash at the Beach PPV. On the day of the PPV, Hogan activated the “creative control” clause in his contract and refused to lose the match. He believed that Vince had a lack of direction for Hogan’s character following his loss and refused to lose to Jeff. Vince therefore had Jeff lay down for Hogan, resulting in Hogan winning the belt. Hogan cut a “worked shoot” saying that “That’s why this company is in the damn shape it’s in; because of bullshit like this”, which would be the last time Hogan appeared in WCW. Vince would go on to cut a shoot promo on Hogan’s “backstage politicking” and nullified the result of the match. The finish of Jeff laying down and Hogan’s promo was apparently a work but the promo cut by Russo wasn’t. Hogan would go on to sue Russo for defamation of contract but the case got thrown out.

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However, Eric argues in this video that it was actually Vince Russo that went into business for himself that night. Eric said the finish of Hogan going over was already decided between himself, Hogan and Russo. However, on the day, Vince would change the plans which forced Hogan put his foot down, activating his creative control clause. Two ideas were apparently pitched to the head of the network. Vince’s idea of Jeff going over and Eric’s idea of Hogan going over. The president, who “had the deciding vote”, went with Bischoff’s plan. However, Vince would change the plans anyway.

It’s also interesting to note that Bischoff says that Hogan was the only one in WCW to have creative control and that he only ever used it once at Bash of the Beach. It’s interesting because Hogan said the same thing before in interviews. He also said the things Russo booked made Eric look like Steven Spielberg.

Bischoff’s comments can be seen down below…


Vince Russo responded to these claims on his YouTube channel. If you’ve ever seen the stuff Vince writes about his past dealings with WWE, WCW and TNA, he’s very defensive about this work. If you’re as dedicated and passionate as Vince was about his projects, it’s perfectly understandable. It’s hard to see things you’ve put hard work into get torn apart.

However, Vince didn’t take too kindly to Eric’s accusations. He specifically didn’t like Bischoff calling “BS” on Vince’s side of the story. Vince talked about the story at Bash at the Beach itself, in his book “How WCW Killed Vince Russo” and in a number of shoot interviews in the past. However, he now talks about the entire thing again.

Russo says that Eric was talking nonsense and that what happened at Bash at the Beach was part of the original script. Russo argues that if he did go into business for himself, that there would have been some sort of confrontation between Russo, Hogan and Bischoff. He says because there wasn’t a confrontation, it was because everybody was following the script.

Russo argues that if he had gone into business for himself, there would have been some ramifications. Since he “double-crossed” the head of the network, Vince would have probably been fired or been in some other form of trouble. Vince also talks about the legal issues that Eric claims Vince created. Vince also talks about Eric’s accusations of Vince being a bad writer.

Down below was his response to Eric’s comments…

I won’t jump to any sort of conclusion about who I think is right or wrong because frankly, it’s Eric’s word against Vince’s. All I’ll say is that it’s incredible how the Bash at the Beach thing is still being talked about after all of these years. I’m also expecting much more to come out of this story.

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 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 PART 24 – FALL BRAWL 2000 (UPDATE)

NOTE: The following is an re-uploaded blog post, tidying up Part 24 a bit.

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Previously on WCW EWR

At the start of the series, Eric Bischoff was removed as WCW President and replaced by Ric Flair. Bischoff had a bit of power for a while due to the power of the nWo. However, shortly after the nWo disbanded, Bischoff was suspended from WCW without pay. However, Flair’s actions on screen came into question by the board of directors with Flair getting into conflicts with other superstars. One of the last straws was Flair personally getting involved a WCW Championship match as special referee. Eric Bischoff returned on television to reveal that Flair has been put on probation and Bischoff being reinstated as Co-WCW President. Bischoff had 75% control between the two of them, with Bischoff having majority say in WCW matters. Bischoff usually would override Flair’s decision, which got under the skin of the Nature Boy. Flair was put in a match with Chris Benoit at Road Wild, which he lost as a result of Bischoff. The two decided to settle the score in a winner-take-all eight man elimination match. Representing Ric Flair would be WCW World Champion Booker T, Chris Jericho, Hollywood Hogan and Sting. They would take on Eric Bischoff’s team which would consist of Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and Curt Hennig. This match will finally put an end to the power struggle within WCW and crown an undisputed WCW president. Needless to say, the stakes were high for this one.

Exiles leader Raven lost his WCW World title to Booker T at Bash At The Beach, losing the Exiles power in WCW. With WCW already in the middle of a power struggle between Flair and Bischoff, the group decide to hold a “State of the Exiles” meeting on Nitro to determine what needs to be done. Raven takes responsibility for losing the WCW World title but vows to bring back power in another way. With that, he attacks WCW International Champion Rob Van Dam. Raven becomes the number one contender for the title and vows to bring home the title. Raven announced that if he lost, he would exile HIMSELF from WCW.

The Exiles aren’t the only stable around having issues. The Asian Invasion really lost it’s edge in 2000. Especially coming off Road Wild, the group isn’t looking so great. Keiji Mutoh blames Tajiri for his Cruiserweight title loss but the rest of the group are standing beside Tajiri. They blame Mutoh for the downfall and ask him to stand down as leader. Jeff Hardy, whose been a thorn in Mutoh’s side, makes fun of him for his predicament. Mutoh angrily challenges Hardy to a match at Fall Brawl. If Mutoh lost, he would no longer be the leader of the Asian Invasion. If Hardy lost, he would be Mutoh’s servant for a year.

Rey Mysterio finally captured the Cruiserweight championship after many months of trying. He won an elimination fatal four way match against Tajiri, Ultimo Dragon and Jamie Noble at Road Wild to win the belt. However, his celebrations are interrupted by a fast-rising new star, Silvio Maldini. This developmental star got the call up to the main roster a few months ago, and has already won a few big matches on WCW television. He disrupts the celebrations by attacking Mysterio and standing over him with the title. Mysterio responded with an attack of his own and challenged Maldini’s request for a Cruiserweight title match at Fall Brawl.

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Now I’m sure you’re well aware that the results for the last match is blocked out. Well for a match this important, I feel I have to build up the suspense for it!

Pre-Show – Kensuke Sasaki def. La Parka in a hardcore match

Yep, Kensuke Sasaki vs La Parka got a 87% overall for me! That’s pretty insane! Like with the Road Wild pre-show, this did well on TV so I gave them the chance to shine on the pre-show. And it was a pretty strong showing. La Parka is getting really over and with Sasaki’s overness dropping, this is a great way to build him back up. If it weren’t for the rest of the card, this would have been one of the strongest matches! It beat two matches on the actual show in the ratings and got a 100% match quality! Well done guys!

Match 1 – Piper’s Pit w/Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair

Piper’s Pit with the two Co-Presidents just before the big main event tonight. A bit of an debate with Piper moderating… that’s probably the first time somebody’s ever said that! It gave me a 97% so an actual angle on a PPV gave me ratings for once!

Match 2 – Jeff Hardy def. Keiji Mutoh. If Jeff Hardy wins, Keiji Mutoh is no longer the leader of Asian Invasion. If Keiji Mutoh won, Jeff Hardy must be his servant for one year.

I figured that since their match did so well last time, that it would be cool to do it again on PPV. I also added the Asian Invasion stipulation because Mutoh’s been really surpassed by the other members of the group in overness. They’ll had a bit of hit (except Low-Ki which we’ll get onto later) but Mutoh’s has been REALLY bad! So I put in the stipulation so that somebody like Tajiri could take over maybe. But I just felt Mutoh had to be demoted or something. I’m not sure what to do with the group to be honest, so Mutoh being dropped as the leader might freshen things up again. We’ll see.

Match 3 – Tajiri and Low-Ki def. Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko

You guys like cruiserweights? The Asian Invasion members Tajiri and Low-Ki knock off Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko in a tag team match. Low-Ki’s really sprung up the rankings in WCW and Tajiri was kinda maintaining his overness as well, despite losing the cruiserweight title at Road Wild. I’d like to see if this Tajiri/Low-Ki tag team goes anywhere because there’s a lot of potential and could make a good feud for the tag team titles.

Match 4 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) def. Scott Steiner and Jamie Noble in a hardcore tag team match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Sadly the Steiner System weren’t able to bring home the gold for the stable, as Arn Anderson and DDP retained the tag titles. However, both teams are now really over after this feud. Jamie Noble especially is insanely over at the moment. The young stud of the Steiner System could be coming into his own…

Match 5 – Silvio Maldini def. Rey Mysterio (c) to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

  • Just to let everybody know, Silvio Maldini is actually an original EWR wrestler that was actually generated from the company’s training camp. I shot him into developmental as soon as he arrived and he just got insanely over quick when he debuted on WCW. He’s a European cruiserweight with a lot of pace but not really much of anything… except charisma. This guys a very cocky son of a gun!

So this new developmental guy is now my cruiserweight champion! You may not know who he is, but his in-game stats are pretty incredible… even if he isn’t a really wrestler. He’s got a lot of potential and is more over than Mysterio so why not have him win the title? Not sure how long it’s going to last. All I know is that with a 90% overall including a 100% match quality, Silvio Maldini has got the potential to be a big star…

Match 6 – AJ Styles (c) def. Steven Regal via DQ to win the WCW Television Championship

99%! Yes! A 99% crowd reaction, but a 100% match quality! Insane results from these two! This might actually be the highest rated match we’ve ever had in the series! AJ and Regal… are money! So about the finish, Piper inadvertently cost Regal the match by attacking AJ with the belt, causing a DQ. AJ would then lay them both out and pose with the belt at the event!

Match 7 – Raven def. Rob Van Dam (c) to win the WCW International Championship

NEW CHAMPION! Raven ends the glorious reign of Rob Van Dam as International Champion! Now I know what you’re thinking… why is Raven going after the International title right after losing the world title? Well it’s not really a demotion in my eyes. The International title is just as over as the WCW Title in the game! So Raven holding onto that belt improves the prestige of it and it doesn’t take away from RVD’s reign either. 93%

Match 8 – “Team Flair” Hollywood Hogan, Sting, Chris Jericho and Booker T vs “Team Bischoff” Bret Hart, Curt Hennig, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit in an elimination match. Winner Takes All.

So the match. Hennig is eliminated like right away after Hogan quickly delivers the boot and the Leg Drop for the three count. Team Bischoff is in shock as they are already down a man in this elimination match. Sting is eliminated after a trip by Hennig allows Eddie to capitalize and deliver a brainbuster to even the score. Booker T pins Eddie after Jericho takes out the rest of the team flying off the top. Hogan is counted out after Bret nails him with the piledriver onto the stairs. Booker is pinned by Benoit who hits him with the WCW Title and makes him pass out with the Crossface. Jericho beats Benoit with the moonsault leaving just him and Bret. Jericho hits the lionsault but Bischoff takes out the ref and Bret capitalizes with a low blow to Jericho. Bischoff is about the hit Jericho with the chair but the lights go out. We hear this familiar sound next….

“Ooooooooooooo Yeah!”

The fans mark out as Randy Savage returns. He climbs to the top rope with the ref, Bret and Jericho all out. He delivers the elbow drop… to Hart! The fans cheer as Savage then drops Bischoff. He smacks Hennig and Eddie with the chair. He goes for Benoit but inadvertldy smacks Jericho. Savage and Benoit brawl to the back but as that happens, Bret covers Jericho. The ref gets up, makes the count and it’s over.

That’s about it for the newly updated Fall Brawl 2000. I do apologize for the lack of EWR in the last few months. Please check out our latest EWR update for more details about the future of the EWR series.