EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 31 – NITRO ROULETTE

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Welcome to a bonus edition of the EWR WCW series. I’m Tom Robinson and here we’ve got a special Nitro edition of this series. The last time we did a Nitro special, it was Nitro of Champions. On this show, all the titles were on the line. For this show though, I did a Nitro Roulette show. We had six matches booked for this show. All six the matches would all be feud-ending matches. These matches were…

  • Chris Jericho (c) vs Curt Hennig for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Booker T vs AJ Styles
  • Diamond Enforcers (c) vs Chris Benoit and Steven Regal for the WCW Tag Team Championship
  • Eddie Guerrero and Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam
  • Scott Steiner (c) vs Randy Savage for the WCW Television Championship
  • Sting (c) vs Raven for the WCW International Championship

Now, you maybe wondering what was so random about the matches. Well, I decided to use a lovely little wheel generator website which allowed me to put together my own roulette wheel for this episode of Nitro.

I put together two wheels for singles and tag team matches (as there are more match options for singles matches then tags). I put all the possible stipulations for each match into a wheel with the stipulation for each match being settled in this way. The video down below will let you know which stipulation each match was given.

Anyway, now let’s get to the show itself and see who the big winners were on Nitro Roulette…

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Match 1 – Rowdy Roddy Piper and Eddie Guerrero def. Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam in a steel cage match

This follows up on what happened at Uncensored. During a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight title between champion Jeff, RVD and Eddie, Piper inadvertently cost Eddie the match which lead to RVD retaining. Bischoff told Eddie and Piper to get the job done and they faced RVD and Jeff in a steel cage match.The one thing which might have effected the match was Piper but it did get a 88% rating which I’m down with. Eddie and Piper had to win as I have big plans for Eddie regarding Spring Stampede.

Segment 1 (2) – Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T

WCW President Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T just before his big match with AJ Styles. As I announced in the video above, the board of directors decided that former president Ric Flair would be the special referee for this match. Eric told Booker to get the job done as he did not want AJ to win. This got a good 91% but the next segment really surpassed it.

Segment 2 (3) – Eric Bischoff/Ric Flair confrontation. Eric adds stipulation

Bischoff would then be confronted by Ric in his referee shirt. Eric and Ric would argue back and forth with Ric saying that Eric’s running WCW into the ground. He told Eric that AJ was the future of WCW. Eric responded by saying that Ric maybe the ref but Eric was still in charge. Eric said that he could add any stipulation to the match he wanted, even if Ric was the ref. Eric told Ric that if AJ lost, he would be fired. Eric DARED Ric to fast count Booker and prove how much of a kiss-ass to the fans he was. Ric got in his face but then just walked off. 95%. A great segment between Eric and Ric.

Match 2 (4) – Scott Steiner (c) def. Randy Savage in a Texas Death match to retain the WCW Television Championship

This was the joint-lowest rated match on the show but that’s not really a bad thing considering it got a 84%. That’s like saying that the worst match at NXT TakeOver was the opener between Balor/Joe vs the Mechanics… it was still a great match! The finish was that Raven got involved which led to Steiner retaining the title. If you’ll recall, Savage was previously part of the Exiles stable lead by Raven. He got injured which resulted in him leaving the group. When he came back, he came back as a face to try and help Team Flair at Fall Brawl. This is the first time where his departure from the Exiles has been really addressed. I’m looking forward to this feud between Savage and Raven. I see a lot of potential with it.

Match 3 (5) – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Andesron (c) def. Chris Benoit and Steven Regal in a ladder match

Steven Regal returns after being suspended just before his and Benoit’s tag title match against the Enforcers at Uncensored. Therefore, Tajiri took his place. Now that he’s back, he and Benoit got their tag team match at last. This was the best match of the night with the 94% rating! Very happy with that. I think I’m going to put the Benoit and Regal tag team to one side. I think I’m going to turn one of them as one of them lost an incredible amount of overness during this feud. That might revitalise them going forward. Going with the Diamond Enforcers to win was the right thing to do as they were more over.

Segment 3 (6) – Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson celebrate their victory

Same rating as the match. DDP and Arn are basically celebrate their win here. It was a nothing segment but at least it got a good rating so I’m happy.

Match 4 (7) – AJ Styles def. Booker T with Ric Flair as the special guest referee. If AJ lost, he’d be fired.

The finish of the match was that AJ covered Booker and Ric went to count. However, Eric pulled Ric out of the ring and punched him in the mouth. Eric got a chair but accidentally hit Booker in the head with it. AJ hit the Pele on Eric and went for the Styles Clash on Booker. Booker hit the low blow and hit the Book End. Ric gets back in the ring, goes to count but AJ kicked out. Booker yelled at Ric and Ric teased a punch but Booker instead ran into AJ delivering the Styles Clash. Ric made the count and AJ won the match. Booker then attacked Ric after the match and left with Bischoff. 91% is a great rating for this match. Booker and AJ have two very different styles but they worked well together. This was fine.

Segment 4 (8) – Hollywood Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back

Hogan and Sting have a conversation backstage before Sting’s match with Raven. Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back because he knows how dangerous Raven is. Indeed he does. In the last year or so, Raven has done nothing but kick Hogan’s arse so it makes sense! Sting appreciated but said that he wanted to take care of Raven once and for all. Raven has terrorised WCW for years now and vowed to end it all tonight. I was very disappointed with this rating because it’s Sting and Hogan of all people. It wasn’t too bad of a rating that it bombed our show so it was fine.

Match 5 (9) – Sting (c) def. Raven to retain the WCW International Championship in a first blood match

This is basically retribution for earlier. Randy Savage comes out and hits Raven with a chair and Raven hurdles into Sting who hits the Scorpion Death Drop. The ref sees Raven bloodied and calls for the bell. As simple as that. I was kind of hoping for a rating that was somewhere in the 90s but this was fine. It was certainly not the worse thing on the show.

Segment 5 (10) – Video package for Chris Jericho vs Curt Hennig

A hype video basically promoting the main event of Jericho vs Hennig for the title. Video angles for some reason don’t have that great of a rating when I usually do them on TV. It’s kind of disappointing that this one wasn’t as good.

Match 6 (11) – Chris Jericho (c) def. Curt Hennig in a Hardcore match to retain the WCW Championship

Great rating to finish the show. I was very tempted to put the title of Hennig but I’d rather keep in on Jericho because he’s still the most over person in the company. 93% rating in this match and a 89% overall for this show. A great show overall. I do have a good Spring Stampede lined up for you all in part 32 so stay tuned for that!

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 30 – UNCENSORED 2001

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To see the last edition of WCW EWR, click on this link.

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Pre-Show – La Parka def. Kensuke Sasaki in a Texas Death Match

You maybe wondering why a TEXAS DEATH MATCH was put on the pre-show. Well, there’s actually a legitimate reason. La Parka and Kensuke Sasaki had been having poor ratings on the television shows. They were mostly in the 60% to 70% range and it was very disappointing. Kensuke Sasaki had been losing overness rapidly. Therefore, I demoted them to the pre-show because I didn’t think it’d get a good rating. On the PPV in which I make that decision, Kensuke and La Parka pulled out a 91% RATING! The match got a 100% overall which was a huge plus. These two had struggled with this feud but at least in their final match, they were able to put on a hell of a show. La Parka got really over from this feud and has got a really decent feud lined up next. Kensuke Sasaki regained a bit of his lost overness with this ending. However, I think this will end up being Sasaki’s last appearance on a WCW PPV. His contract is coming up and I think I’m going to let Sasaki go. Sasaki has delivered some amazing matches in this game but he’s not really over to level of the matches he’s had. Sasaki’s also being paid a lot, so it cuts a few costs for us too. We’re not losing money or anything, but there’s no point in keeping Sasaki at the moment. He might be resigned in the future but we’ll see.

Match 1 – “Exile Exterminators” Shane Helms and Lodi def. Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko in a number one contendership match for the WCW Tag Team Championship

Shane Helms and Lodi were here to represent the Exiles. It’s usually Road Dogg and Perry Saturn, but these two have put on some great matches on TV. So I put them on the PPV together with the team name the “Exile Terminators”. Looking back, that name probably didn’t make any sense! They teamed up to take on the former WCW Tag Team Champions Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon. The heels won after miscommunication from Dragon and Dean. It got an 85% rating, which I was rather pleased with.

Match 2 – Jeff Hardy (c) def. Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Jeff and RVD were teaming up in a feud with Eddie and Piper, who don’t get along in the storyline. I was going to have Eddie vs Jeff in a rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship but then I noticed that RVD could also challenge for the belt. So it got turned into a triple threat. It got a 88% rating which I’m happy with. Eddie lost the match after botched interference from Piper.

Match 3 – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) def. Chris Benoit and Yoshihiro Tajiri to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

I’ll explain what happened here. I had a feud with the Diamond Enforcers going up against Benoit and Regal. However, Regal got suspended for talking negatively about the main wrestlers on the roster on an interview. So Benoit had to find another partner. The Asian Invasion group with Tajiri, Sasuke, Low Ki, Nagata etc was breaking up anyway. So I decided to have them hold a summit which saw the group go their separate ways. Benoit approached Tajiri about replacing Regal. Tajiri accepted this and the two had great chemistry in the ring, as one of the road agents noted. Tajiri’s been getting really over, which is why I gave him the opportunity. 88%. A great rating for a WCW Tag Title match.

Match 4 – Scott Steiner (c) def. Randy Savage to retain the WCW Television Championship

86% was not a bad rating for this match either. Steiner went over after Jamie Noble ran in for the interference. Not a lot to say other than great ratings.

Match 5 – Bret Hart def. Hollywood Hogan in a first blood match

I could have put anyone of these men over and it wouldn’t have really mattered. Bret and Hogan are both at 100% overness on this game at the moment. Either way, their both going to be two of the most over men in the company. Having said that, I don’t really put Hogan over that much nowadays. Maybe he should have gotten the win but again, it’s not going to hurt either of these men to do the job. 85% A decent rating considering Hogan’s match rating was bad as usual. The crowd was into it as the 100% crowd reaction demonstrated.

Match 6 – Sting (c) def. Raven via DQ to retain the WCW International Championship

DUSTY FINISH! Bret Hart ran into help Raven (the two of them had been partners in the past). Bret came out to hit Sting with his own baseball bat. Raven hit the Evenflow DDT, got the pin and was celebrating with the title. However, the referee noticed Bret with the baseball as he was hugging Raven. The ref sees the video replay which shows Bret’s involvement and the referee reverses the decision because of it. Raven responds by hitting Bret with the DDT in fustration. 87%. A damn good rating.

Match 7 – Booker T def. AJ Styles

The joint best match of the night along with the main event. These two matches both got 93%. Booker got the win after Eric Bischoff came down to hit AJ with the brass knuckles. I know it might seem strange to do the run in interference again after Raven got DQ’d for it. However, it’s not like a title was on the line in this match so we can kind of get away with it.

Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Curt Hennig w/Trish Stratus to retain the WCW Championship

93% again. It was good to give Curt his first proper main event like this. He and Jericho excelled.

This PPV was a really good PPV. Although there was nothing exceptional, there wasn’t anything that was bad either. The lowest rated segments were at 85%. That’s pretty incredible for me. A great PPV.

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…

SuperBrawl

Pre-Show – Ted DiBiase Announces His Retirement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Previously on WCW EWR

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

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

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

SOULEDOUT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Royal Rumble 2014 Countdown – Top 10 Rumble Performances

As we enter the road to the Royal Rumble, we can expect one or two tremendous performances from the individuals involved as they look to earn a title shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. They’re going to have to go the extra mile if they want that title shot, like these 10 wrestlers. These 10 pulled spectacular performances out of the bag in the rumble match, but which performance was the greatest?

10. Rikishi (2000)

The Samoan big man made a literally HUGE impact in 2000, eliminating 7 men including the fellow members of Too Cool. Having just came into WWF, this was an impressive showing by Big Kish whose elimination was a result of a combined effort of SIX men. However, this performance was enough for Rikishi to quickly rise as one of the most popular wrestlers in the company.

9. Randy Orton (2009)

Due to him booting Vince McMahon in the head on the RAW before, the Royal Rumble victory for Randy Orton didn’t seem as much of a surprise. But it doesn’t mean that his win wasn’t pulled off well as he lasted 40+ minutes and RKO’d just about everyone in the ring! Orton acquired the victory by throwing Triple H out last to win the 2009 Rumble as the 8th entrant!

8. Bob Backlund (1993)

Having left WWF just before the wrestling industry boomed, Bob Backlund was not particularly well known when he returned as the second entrant of the Royal Rumble. Regardless, Backlund made a tremendous effort in the Rumble. He lasted over and hour and made the final three before being eliminated by Yokozuna. His longevity record lasted up until 2004 and is still one of the longest times in history.

7. Shawn Michaels (1995)

The Heartbreak Kid was about ready to break into the main event picture of WWF. And the first step to that big time was getting through 30 men in the Royal Rumble match. With the entrants coming in every 60 seconds, the match was significantly shorter than usual. However, Shawn was able to go wire to wire and with controversy defied the odds to be the first man in and the last man standing!

6. Triple H (2006)

The Game declared at the top of 2006 that the “King Of Kings” would go back on his throne and his first method of getting there would be to win the Royal Rumble and earn a title shot. However, bad luck was on his side as he drew the dreaded #1 spot in the Rumble match. But that didn’t stop Triple H from being so dominant in the match, eliminating the likes of Big Show, Kane and the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Like Bob Backlund, he made the final three before being eliminated by Rey Mysterio!

5. Steve Austin (1999)

The bullseye was on “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the 1999 Royal Rumble, similar to the year before. Vince McMahon set up a $100,000 bounty to whoever eliminated the number one entrant Stone Cold in the Rumble match (which he himself was apart of). Despite every man gunning for Austin, Austin eliminated 8 men and made the final two with McMahon. Ausitn came close to winning the entire thing, but it would be the boss that eliminated Austin with help from The Rock. Austin failed to make it 3 Rumble wins on the bounce, but he came mighty close!

4. Rey Mysterio (2006)

After making the final four of the Rumble match the year before, the Master of the 619 was attempting to go one further and win the entire thing in dedication of his recently deceased friend Eddie Guerrero. Despite being the number 2 entrant, Rey feed off the emotion of the WWE Universe and eliminated Randy Orton last to win the entire thing in the ultimate Cinderella story! His longevity in the match is the longest of any Royal Rumble to date. Could that change at this year’s Royal Rumble?

3. Ric Flair (1992)

Ric Flair walked into WWF declaring himself to be the “real” World Champion of wrestling after many years spent at rivals WCW. He was determined to prove himself to be the undisputed champion. With the WWF Title currently held up, Ric was entered into the Royal Rumble as the 3rd entrant to crown a new champion.  This was a star-studded rumble match, with the likes of the Underaker, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan and even Shawn Michaels all vying for that title. But it was Flair who stood strong and with help, eliminated Sid last to win the Royal Rumble and his first ever WWF Championship… which was followed by one of the greatest promos of all time!

2. Chris Benoit (2004)

Chris Benoit was spitefully put into the Royal Rumble match by then-SmackDown! General Manager Paul Heyman as the number one entrant. Heyman’s aim was to make sure that Chris Benoit would never win the WWE Championship and the odds was stacked against the 18-year-veteran. However, Benoit survived to the very end of the Royal Rumble when he eliminated the 500-pound Big Show last to become only the second man to win the Rumble match from the very beginning of the match!

1. Kane (2001)

Ah, the Big Red Machine Kane. Despite never winning the Rumble match in his life, Kane’s name is synonymous with the Royal Rumble. When he entered the match as the 6th entrant, he did a great job at making Drew Carey nearly shit himself! After Drew was eliminated Kane, went on a rampage eliminating anyone dumb enough to get in his way. He went to eliminate more than a third of the field in the Rumble match with ELEVEN eliminations including the elimination of The Rock! While finished as a runner up to a certain Texas Rattlesnake, Kane made himself a legend purely on the basis of this match where proved his dominance of nearly everyone in the fold and was unfortunate not to win the match itself!

 

So what do you guys think? What do you think was the greatest performance in Royal Rumble history? And was there any I missed out or you disagree with? Vote in the poll below, leave a comment or tweet the @ArmbarExpress to tell me who you think made the greatest performance in the Rumble ever!