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…

Why Charlotte Should Not Win The Divas Championship At Night Of Champions

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Charlotte is undoubtedly one of the most gifted women in the WWE. She has the blood of one of the greatest wrestlers of all time running through her veins. When I saw her compete in NXT, I thought she was exceptional. She’s had some brilliant matches with Sasha Banks, Bayley and the rest of the women in the NXT roster. When I saw her debut on RAW in July, I was ecstatic. She’s got all the tools needed to be a huge star. With that being said… I don’t think Charlotte should win the Divas Championship in her title match against champion Nikki Bella at Night of Champions.

Pitchforks down please! I’m not entirely endorsing Nikki Bella’s reign as Divas Champion to continue either. However if you’re going to build up a new top face in the Divas Division, then the build up to their title victory is crucial. Look at Bayley’s title win at NXT TakeOver. Bayley had been struggling for a year or so to capture the NXT Women’s Championship. Bayley mentioned that her family was at everyone of her title matches. Her family has been through thick and thin with Bayley en route to her glorious moment in Brooklyn. When Sasha Banks injured her arm during TakeOver and the odds were stacked against her again, you really wanted to see Bayley finally get her moment at the top of the NXT mountain. When Daniel Bryan was taken out so many times at Wrestlemania XXX, you were rooting for this underdog to defy all the odds and win the championship. Charlotte needs that same journey.

Let me explain why Charlotte needs this journey so much. When Charlotte won the NXT Women’s Championship, she was a heel. She had Ric Flair in her corner. The NXT Championship was vacated by Paige and Charlotte seized the moment to capture the belt. She then turned face to engage in a heated rivalry with Sasha for the belt. She came onto the main roster as a babyface. She won her first match at Battleground and her record since has been pretty great compared to the rest of the divas in this “Divas Revolution”. Therefore, Charlotte has missed out on this opportunity to have her “struggle to reach the top” storyline which can make a top babyface… particularly in the divas division.

If you’re picking the babyface that will end the record-breaking title reign of Nikki Bella (it will be record-breaking longest title reign come Night of Champions) it has to be a worthwhile moment. Look at when Paige beat AJ Lee for the Divas Championship in 2014. AJ Lee had beaten everybody in her path. At Wrestlemania XXX, AJ beat everybody else on the main roster to successfully retain her championship. She had legitimately beaten everyone there was to beat on the main roster. That was when NXT Women’s Champion Paige arrived onto the scene. After being forced into a title match she initially didn’t want to be in, Paige overcame the odds to shockingly beat AJ for the title. She’s done something no other woman has done in 295 days. That MADE Paige an instant star from the moment she got onto the roster.

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Paige’s background wrote the story well for her. During her efforts to break into the wrestling industry in England, Paige was the only one out of her family selected from try-outs to be apart of the WWE. She struggled to fit into WWE as she was the outcast. She was not like any other diva. She really was the “Anti-Diva” and used that to shoot right to the top of NXT. This led to her winning the Divas Championship, being the youngest woman in the history of the company to do so. That is a phenomenal story.

Charlotte has a great story in the fact that she is Ric Flair’s daughter. There’s a great burden on her to succeed due to her bloodline. However, there was no real struggle for her to capture the NXT Women’s title. She won the belt after the previous champion Paige had vacated the belt. She won it in her first ever title match, so the climatic rise to her title win was seemingly non-existent. If she wins the Divas Championship on the first time of asking, then it would kill her rise to being the top babyface. There’s not been enough reason to get fans to rally behind Charlotte. The biggest reason for people wanting Charlotte to win the title is because they DON’T want Nikki Bella being the champion.

Nikki Bella is the type of heel champion who generates heat every time she goes down to the ring. People are sick of seeing her. WWE uses this to their advantage as Nikki is the perfect foil for Paige, Becky Lynch and Charlotte to rise up against. That would make anyone of these women worthy of winning the title, if it had not been for the WWE writers and how they’ve booked this women. As I went to great detail in during my End of the Revolution blog post, these women have suffered due to the way to writers have booked them. Out of everyone in the PCB, Charlotte has suffered the most.

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In what I think has been quite degrading, WWE has labelled Charlotte simply as the daughter of Ric Flair. That’s factually correct but it’s one thing to pay homage to her own family. It’s another thing to have Charlotte mimicking her father ALL THE TIME. Her theme music is a remix of Ric Flair’s entrance music. She shouts WOO every time she’s in a match. She shouts WOO every time she cuts a promo. She does the strut of Ric Flair. Her finisher is a variation of her father’s finisher. This means that Charlotte cannot stand out on her own as she needs to channel Flair in order to get a reaction. That’s not Charlotte’s fault. It’s the writers.

Chavo Guerrero was perhaps the worst victim of this type of booking. Every time he appeared on WWE or TNA following the death of Eddie Guerrero, they would have Chavo reference Eddie in literally every other promo he cut. He started using the three amigos and the Frog Splash and those became his permanent signature moves. Chavo couldn’t develop as a character or get over as the booking resulted in him needing to pay homage to somebody else in order to get over. Charlotte shouldn’t need to do this but now… she has too.

WWE is making Charlotte channel Flair to the point where she is now simply a tag line. In the casual audience’s eyes, she is Ric Flair’s daughter and nothing more. It’s sad. It sucks. But for this reason, Charlotte cannot be the one to win the Divas title if you want to develop this Divas Revolution. Unless Charlotte were to turn heel after this, which I don’t see happening, she is going to be stuck in this character purgatory. This means Charlotte cannot develop her character which means the fans’ interest in this champion will quickly vanish. Why do you think Natalya struggled so hard to get over as Divas Champion?

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Natalya was a great wrestler but it’s very difficult for her to develop a personality. Charlotte is going to do the same thing unless WWE gives the fans a reason to rally behind her. Have Charlotte lose this round at Night Of Champions. Have her make a mistake or have Paige accidentally cost her the match. That way, fans will begin to feel for her as she just had the title in her grasps only to come up short. Rematch after rematch on RAW until Charlotte says “Right. If I don’t beat Nikki at Survivor Series (or whatever), I don’t deserve to be on the main roster. If I lose, I will leave the main roster and never return.” That character development and self-motivation will get the fans to get behind Charlotte as she has a family legacy to uphold. When she wins the title, it will be a big moment. After struggling, she finally wins the Divas title on her last try. Therefore, you’re able to get Charlotte over enough to make Nikki losing her championship mean something.

If I had to pick right now who I believe should be the Divas Champion, I wouldn’t pick Charlotte. I’d pick Sasha Banks because she’s the most over person in the Divas Revolution storyline. But if WWE are going to go with Charlotte, then WWE have to do a lot more to develop this woman’s character. They have to build up the moment of Nikki losing her title a lot better. If Charlotte just beats her at Night Of Champions, then you make all these calls for change in the divas division seem anti-climactic. If you’re going to bring up all of these top quality NXT stars, then build them up as stars. Build up their moments of glory as truly big moments. If you’re going to take inspiration from the women from NXT, then do it properly.

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.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 23 – ROAD WILD 2000

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Booker T won the WCW Title at Bash At The Beach, when he knocked off Raven. Raven was incensed that he lost the WCW title again and said that Booker robbed him of his chance to leave a legacy behind as the most dominant champion of all time. Raven invoked his rematch clause for Road Wild which Flair allowed. But Flair wanted to spice up the WCW Title picture and decided to book Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho on Nitro – the winner would be added to the match and it would be a triple threat. Jericho won after Flair distracted Benoit. Jericho and Booker had problems working as a tag team which Raven has been taking advantage of for his own ends. Raven insists that their egos will be all the edge he needs to become champion once again.

Chris Benoit was incensed that Flair’s distraction cost him a shot at the WCW Title. Despite protests from his manager Paul Heyman, Benoit called Flair out for a brawl on Thunder, which spilled out to backstage and was later broken up. Benoit tried to goad Flair into facing him at Road Wild. Bischoff came out on Nitro and decided to allow Flair to have his match, as long as Bischoff had total control of WCW… until after the Flair/Benoit match. Flair agreed and Flair and Benoit was booked for the PPV.

Bret Hart won his match with Hollywood Hogan at Bash At The Beach, after Hogan got himself disqualified by hitting him with the chair. Per pre-match stipulation, Bret would be the special guest referee for the WCW Title match later on. As Bret was about to screw Booker T, Hogan made the save. Hogan would put on the ref shirt and deliver the count that crowned Booker T as the new champion. Bret decided that WCW wasn’t big enough for the both of them and that they should settle things until one of them is truly the last man standing. Hogan accepted the challenge, and the last man standing match was made for Road Wild.

Tajiri defended the cruiserweight title successfully in a hell of a fatal four way match against Ultimo Dragon, Rey Mysterio and Jamie Noble. However, the four decided to have an elimination match at Road Wild to decide just who truly is the greatest cruiserweight in WCW!

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Pre-Show – Edge, Christian Cage and Jeff Hardy def. “Asian Invasion” Keiji Mutoh, Kensuke Sasaki and Low-Ki

So I kind of wanted to continue the pre-show little rivalry from Bash At The Beach. If you’ll recall, Jeff and Mutoh produced one of the best matches of the night with their pre-show match at the last PPV. This time, I wanted to spice things up. Edge and Christian were starting to get over on TV, so I had them team with Jeff in a six man tag against Mutoh and two of his Asian Invasion stable members Low-Ki and Kensuke Sasaki. Sadly, the pay-off for this wasn’t what I was hoping for. It was an OK rating for a pre-show match, but I was kind of hoping for a bit more. However, this gives Edge, Christian and Low-Ki PPV time, three guys who properly needed it.

Match 1 – Rob Van Dam (c) def. Curt Hennig in a Falls Count Anywhere match to retain the WCW International Championship

RVD retains in the rematch between these two from Bash At The Beach. With it being falls count anywhere match, these guys have the freedom to just do all kinds of special spots. I think this could be a great match for the International Title. RVD retains once more. Rob Van Dam has had a hell of a run as International Champion. Can anyone take the title from him?

Match 2 – Scott Steiner def. Sting

Sting taps out to Steiner. Now if anybody out there knows how many people have made Sting tap out in his career, I’d like to know. I know Kurt Angle tapped him out at TNA Sacrifice 2007 in the triple threat with Christian. Bret Hart at WCW Mayhem 1999 (talking about real WCW btw!). Flair might have made Sting tap out during their feud in the 80s. Other than that, I’ve drawn a blank. It’s hard to imagine someone like Sting tapping to anyone, to be honest. Steiner making him tap puts him over amazingly!

Match 3 – “The Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Anderson (c) def. Rowdy Roddy Piper and Steven Regal in a hardcore tag team match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

DDP and Arn go over in their feud with the Legion. I don’t mind having DDP and Arn being the champions for now but I think when they drop the titles, it should be to a young and up-and-coming tag team. Someone like Edge and Christian, who are both getting over on TV. I think with Bigelow/Hennig, Hogan/Sting, Piper/Regal and now DDP and Arn Anderson winning the titles in the last year, a lot of old-timers are holding the tag titles. I think we need to look to the future a bit.

Match 4 – AJ Styles (c) def. Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman in a ladder match to retain the WCW Television Championship

The Phenomenal AJ Styles retains the WCW TV title in a dramatic ladder match with Eddie. I assumed that Eddie might have been willing to take a sick bump, I really didn’t want to risk it with him. Eddie’s REALLY over and has a great thing going with Paul Heyman. But AJ goes over in what was the best match of the night as far as in-game ratings. A lovely little feud between AJ and Eddie that has helped elevated the TV title.

Match 5 – Rey Mysterio def. Yoshihiro Tajiri (c), Ultimo Dragon and Jamie Noble in an elimination fatal four way match to win the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Eliminations: Ultimo Dragon pins Jamie Noble (Rey takes out the interfering Haas Brothers which leads to Dragon hitting the Asai DDT for the pinfall), Tajiri pins Ultimo Dragon (Tajiri does the Green mist and the roll-up for the elimination, after Jushin Thunder Liger and Low-Ki tried to interfere), Rey Mysterio pins Tajiri (As all the stables and that brawl to the back, Rey hits the 619 for the win)

NEW CHAMP! Finally, we see the Cruiserweight title change hands on one of these PPVs! It’s so rare as I usually just do them on television. But with this feud, I figured that we needed to crown a new champion at Road Wild and Rey got the win. Dragon was highly considered because he was the most over wrestler in this feud I think. But Rey’s somebody that I’ve never really given anything to. He’s had feuds and stuff, but he’s not actually won a belt throughout this entire series. He goes over after beating Tajiri in the end. Very disappointed about this rating as the fatal four way between these four at Bash At The Beach did so well.

Match 6 – Chris Benoit def. Ric Flair

Well err… this was a mistake. I figured that with his high overness (he’s 100% over) Flair could pull out a great rating with the also over Benoit. However, the game didn’t see it that way! 68%! Bischoff came out as Flair had the figure four locked in. Bischoff declared that the current ref is no longer needed as referee and declares himself as the new referee. He walks down to the ring where Benoit manages to get out of the hold. Benoit locks in the crossface and Bischoff goes to tell the timekeeper to ring the bell. However, Flair rolls Benoit over and is able to kick Flair in the grapefruits to prevent it from happening. Flair breaks out, drops the leg and goes for the figure-four. However, Benoit rolls him up with the small package as Bischoff crawls over to perform the quick count. Now this match adds to the Ric Flair/Eric Bischoff Co-President storyline and I am currently figuring out the way to settle things with the two, probably at Fall Brawl.

Match 7 – Hollywood Hogan def. Bret Hart in a Last Man Standing match

The 75% from this match is really annoying, because I thought the story behind this feud was pretty decent. Bret Hart’s built-up frustration over not winning the WCW Title leads him to snap on the biggest babyface in history and tries to take out Hogan as part of a crusade against the fans really who’ve favored the likes of Booker T, Jericho and Hogan over him. This match is a pretty brutal match. These two are smacking each other with weapons. It’s really bloody. Hogan hulks up one last time, does the comeback. When Bret’s down, before hitting the leg drop, he constantly smacks Bret with the chair. He hits him like 20 times or so. It’s crazy. Then Hogan, who’s exhausted from this match, then hits the Leg Drop. He pulls himself up as he wins the match but then collapses again. Hogan is then raised up by Bret Hart but is then leveled with a chair shot to the head by Bret. Bret screams “You think you’ve won?” and then leaves groggily.

Match 8 – Booker T (c) def. Chris Jericho and Raven in a triple threat match to retain the WCW Championship

I really don’t get why this game doesn’t like triple threat matches. These three have very unique and different styles. Jericho’s a high-flying, technical guy. Booker’s a very unorthodox showman. Raven’s a very ECW, hardcore style brawler. But these three have had decent matches with each other singles match. That was my reasoning for making it a triple threat. That and I wanted to avoid two Booker T/Raven singles matches in a row. I’ve done it before in feuds, but I wanted to add more to this world title picture. Jericho was a former champion that Raven beat, so why not throw him in?

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 22 – BASH AT THE BEACH 2000

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Previously on WCW EWR…

Booker T has been busting his ass for so many years to try and get a break in this business. Time after time though, Booker’s rise to the top has been shafted by one reason or another. However, Booker T finally earned himself the opportunity of a lifetime when he defeated Bret Hart and Chris Jericho in a triple threat match to earn a WCW Championship match at Slamboree. However, Booker would come up short in his WCW Title match with champion Raven and fellow challenger Bret Hart (Bret was interjected into the match after beating Eddie Guerrero earlier on in the evening). Booker’s performance in the triple threat impressed Ric Flair enough that he was given another shot at the title for the Great American Bash. However, Bret Hart was unhappy with this decision and attacked Booker T on Nitro. This attack ruled him out of the Great American Bash title match and Bret Hart took his place (Raven retained the title). However, Booker would not be denied and returned on the 4th of July Nitro to attack Raven and Bret Hart. It was shortly announced that Booker would finally get his one on one opportunity at Raven for the WCW Title at Bash At The Beach. Booker had his title shot. However, the plot thickens….

Bret Hart, as mentioned earlier, was put into the Great American Bash match as Booker’s replacement. However, in order to get into the match Bret agreed to a stipulation – if Bret lost, he would not get another WCW Title shot for ONE year! Despite a valiant effort, Bret came up short. Bret’s effort and desire got the applause following the match and the next night on Nitro. Bret came out sitting on a steel chair, seemingly about to quit the company. However, Hollywood Hogan came out from the back to prevent him from doing it. He got the fans to chant “We Want Bret”! Bret then embraced Hogan with a hug and declared that he was staying! Hogan and Bret began playing to the crowd, but when Hogan’s back was turned…. SMACK! Bret smacks Hogan with a chair and once again to the skull. Bret’s heel turn was finally cemented with a sickening attack to Hollywood Hogan. Bret said he knew at that moment why he needed to stay… to make sure that he would be champion next year and take out anybody that gets in his way. This eventually led to Hart vs Hogan being made for Bash At The Beach. However, with Bret’s vendetta towards Booker and intentions with the WCW Title in mind, Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff both agreed to a stipulation… the winner of that match would be the referee to the WCW World Title match later that night. Whoever wins will play a major role in the fate of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship…

WCW Cruiserweight Champion Yoshihiro Tajiri was into his second reign as champion, having beat AJ Styles at the start of May. However, his legitimacy as champion was called into question as Tajiri had not defended the belt since the Nitro of Champions special. With Tajiri already in violation of breaking the 30 day title defense rule, Ric Flair ordered that Tajiri defend the title on the Nitro after The Great American Bash or else he would be stripped of the title. In his title defense against Rey Mysterio, the match ended in a no contest with interference from Ultimo Dragon and the Steiner System’s Jamie Noble ruining the match. Constant interferences by all four cruiserweights resulted in a fiercely contested cruiserweight division and forced Ric Flair to book a fatal four way match for the title at Bash At The Beach.

WCW Television Champion Perry Saturn and his girlfriend Trish Stratus gloated on the Nitro after the Great American Bash, after retaining the TV title against Arn Anderson. Perry declared himself the greatest TV Champion of all time and there is nobody in the near future that would take the title from him. AJ Styles, who’s considered to be the future of WCW, came out to challenge Perry. Perry would jump AJ after Trish’s distraction which would lead to Perry deciding to put the belt on the line against AJ right now! A referee comes down to the ring and asks AJ if he wants to do the match, which AJ nods to. Perry is on offense most of this match but as he goes for Death Valley Driver, AJ counters into the Styles Clash for the pinfall to win the Television Title! Perry went to Ric Flair on Thunder, demanding a rematch at Bash At The Beach. Then in came Paul Heyman and one of his clients, Eddie Guerrero. They too wanted in this match so Flair made Saturn vs Eddie with the winner going onto Bash At The Beach. With the match ending in a draw, a triple threat was made for the PPV.

BATB

Pre-Show – Jeff Hardy def. Keiji Mutoh in a hardcore match

Jeff has been one of my secret TV projects which have worked their way up from developmental to the WCW main stage! Jeff got over pretty quickly since debuting on the main roster at the start of the year I think. This led to Keiji Mutoh demanding a match with him, which I gave him on Thunder. Mutoh would win by cheating but the match got a 91% on that show. So I booked it again for the Bash At The Beach pre-show. I’d hate to put Mutoh in the pre-show since it wasn’t too long ago that Mutoh competed for the WCW title! But since then, his overness and stock has dropped dramatically. So I had Jeff go over in the pre-show match and again, this match got 91%! Jeff’s got a bright future ahead of him I believe.

 

Match 1 – AJ Styles (c) def. Perry Saturn and Eddie Guerrero w/Eddie Guerrero in a triple threat match to retain the WCW Television Championship

I think Perry dropped the rating of this match a bit. If I had just left it AJ vs Eddie, then it probably would’ve been a lot better. However, I wanted to put Saturn in it to change it up a bit and technically, he has a rematch clause! So the three way happened and AJ retained. Perry’s probably out of the TV title hunt for now but there’s potential for a storyline between AJ and Eddie. Very excited for that!

 

Match 2 – “The Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson def. Rowdy Roddy Piper (c) and Steven Regal (c) to win the WCW Tag Team Championship

NEW CHAMPS! The tag titles have changed hands once more! The team of DDP and Arn Anderson beat the “Legion” members, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Steven Regal to win the gold! The decision to have the “Diamond Enforcers” win the belts came after I put them in a tag on Nitro and I got a report saying that Arn and DDP worked well as a team. I had a good feeling about the team already but after that report, I figured that they had to go over really. Piper and Regal were still super over afterwards, so it didn’t hurt them. But Arn and DDP are the new tag team champions!

 

Match 3 – Sting def. Scott Steiner

I’d say that Sting maybe a little to early on in the card but, then again, he was opening the Great American Bash! Him and Steiner was a match-up I was really interested in doing and I felt that Steiner really needed a huge rivalry right now after losing the RVD International title feud and feuding with Ultimo Dragon. However, Sting’s going over in this one with Steiner attacking him post match. 90% so that means they’re doing something right! However, I’m shocked that they were still beaten by the Pre-Show!

 

Match 4 – Rob Van Dam (c) def. Curt Hennig to retain the WCW International Championship

RVD wins after he hits the Frog Splash for the 1, 2, 3. As simple as that… or is it? Hennig’s foot was underneath the bottom rope when the ref counted to three! Hennig pleaded with the ref after the match, but the decision stood and RVD is still your International Champion! Hennig is not a happy camper! 2nd highest rated match of the night!

 

Match 5 – Bret Hart def. Hollywood Hogan via DQ. The winner will be the special guest referee for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match later that night.

Hogan got DQ’d after a brutal attack on Bret with the chair. Giving Bret a piece of his own medicine after Bret had attacked him with the chair after the Great American Bash. Hogan just batters Hart with the chair and several refs have to pull Hogan off! In what condition will Bret be in to referee the main event.

 

Match 6 – Yoshihiro Tajiri (c) def. Rey Mysterio, Ultimo Dragon and Jamie Noble in a fatal four way match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Tajiri retains! The original plan was for Tajiri to actually DROP the belt at this PPV! However, I saw that Tajiri’s overness was slowly increasing so I decided to have him retain the title for now and possibly build to an elimination rematch at Road Wild. That’s the plan at the moment.

 

Match 7 – Chris Jericho def. Chris Benoit w/Paul Heyman

Jericho and Benoit once again earn Match Of The Night, with Jericho picking up the win. Benoit and Jericho have SO much chemistry and I’m glad that I’m now able to have them feud with each other. Since Benoit won their match at Slamboree, Jericho goes over here.

 

Match 8 – Booker T def. Raven (c) with Bret Hart as the special guest referee to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

Bret tried to screw Booker T out of the victory, but Hogan came out to attack Bret some more after their match earlier on. After dropping the Leg Drop, Hogan put on the ref shirt. Raven went for the Evenflow DDT but Booker countered for his new finisher The Book End for the win! BOOKER T IS THE NEW WCW CHAMPION! The boyhood dream as come true!

 

What a way to cap off Bash At The Beach. Just like the Bash At The Beach 2000 in real-life, Booker T walks out the WCW Champion! Ironically, Hollywood Hogan was the one that helped him win the belt! By god! I’ve been waiting for so long to do this but at last, Booker is on top of the world. We hope you enjoyed Bash At The Beach!

NOTE: Don’t forget to check my latest EWR update at this link! Just to recap all of the WCW EWR we’ve been doing as of late… which has been a lot. To tell you about what’s coming up! And if this is the first time you’ve clicked onto the blog and this series, a FULL LIST of all the EWR WCW PPVs I’ve done including the Nitro of Champions special!

 

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 21 – THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH 2000

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Previously on WCW EWR…

 Note: Both the last PPV Slamboree and the Nitro of Champions special link into this show, so please check them out before reading on.

Booker T, Bret Hart and Raven fought in an intense triple threat match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Despite fierce competition, Raven found a way to retain the title over very game competition. The next night on Nitro Of Champions, Ric Flair announced that Booker T would be headlining The Great American Bash taking on the WCW Champion. But the question became who the WCW World Heavyweight Champion would actually be at the PPV?

Raven and Bret Hart fought at Nitro Of Champions for the WCW Title but Booker T got involved, laying out both men with a chair. Raven would retain but Bret “The Hitman” Hart was incensed. The next week on Nitro, Bret Hart locked on the figure four leg lock on Booker on the ring post incapaciting the Book man. Booker was ruled out with an injury leaving the co-President Ric Flair in a predicament. He announced a fatal four way match to determine a new number one contender the next week, but all four men were taken out by members of Raven’s group the Exiles. Bret Hart then made an emotional plea to Flair to give him one more oppurtunity at the title. Raven came out to agree to the match. But on one condition, if Bret lost he would not get another title shot for the next 12 months! Meaning that the earliest that Bret can recieve a title shot next would be The Great American Bash 2001! Bret agreed and Flair made the match official for The Great American Bash.

 

A dangerous alliance was formed the day after Uncensored when Chris Benoit turned his back on the WCW Universe and allied with Paul Heyman and Eddie Guerrero. After the duo destroyed the dream team of Hollywood Hogan and Sting, they set their sets on Chris Jeirhco for Paul’s own personal reasons. Benoit’s constant attacks on Jericho would eventually lead to a match between the two former WCW Tag Team Champions at Slamboree. In the match of the night, Benoit prevalied due to Paul Heyman’s interference. Needless to say, Jericho wasn’t done with Paul Heyman.

Heyman tried to get WCW International Champion Rob Van Dam on board as he and Eddie Guerrero would help Van Dam retain the International title on multiple occassions. Eventually, after they almost cost him the title at Nitro Of Champions, Van Dam struck. Van Dam and Jericho eventually formed an alliance to combat the Radicalz. The hardcore tag team match was made for The Great American Bash between these four former ECW stars.

 

It was announced the week after Nitro of Champions that Diamond Dallas Page would be making his return to WCW at The Great American Bash. However, Page ignored the plans himself, making a shock return to save Bret Hart from Asbury Perfection the next week! Curt Hennig demanded a match with DDP at The Great American Bash which Eric Bischoff. However, Eric promised to make DDP “see the light” on the pre-show hoping to have him join “Team Eric”.

GAB

 

Pre-Show – Diamond Dallas Page chooses whether to side with Eric Bischoff or Ric Flair

Eric Bischoff comes out to welcome everybody to The Great American Bash. He cuts a heel promo and promises the fans a night they would never forget. Eric announced that he would be the referee for the opening tag team match between Hogan/Sting and Tajiri/Muto. He promises to call that match right down the middle. Eric announced to the world that DDP would sign a contract for the former WCW Champion to join “Team Eric”. Ric Flair comes out to a huge pop (I’m guessing!) and tells Bischoff to shut the hell up. He tells Bischoff that DDP hates his guts just as much as anybody. Flair says that there is not a man more disgusting on this earth than Eric Bischoff. Eric reminds Flair that he still has majority control between the two of them and advises him to not get on his bad side. Flair comes back by saying that just because Bischoff has majority control, doesn’t mean he can tell the Nature Boy what to do. It’s not like Bischoff could fire Ric if he were to say call Eric an Asshole! This gets a pop and enfuriates Bischoff. Bischoff then simple shrugs it off by saying that if Ric thought Bischoff was an asshole now, he can’t imagine think of what Ric thinks of him after he gets DDP on “Team Eric”. DDP’s music hits and he comes out to a huge response. Bischoff tries to get DDP on his side by promising DDP would be the highest paid worker on the roster. He also guarentees DDP that if he joins his side, the winner of tonight’s WCW World Title would defend the title against the King of Bada-Bing at the next PPV! And unlike Booker T, no-one would be able to touch him. DDP shakes hands with Eric but then drops him with a Diamond Cutter! Eric is brought to the back when Flair picks up the mic. He says that since there’s no referee for the opener anymore!, how about old nature boy takes on the role? The crowd pops and is thrown a ref shirt

 

Match 1 – Hollywood Hogan and Sting def. Keiji Mutoh and Yoshihiro Tajiri with Ric Flair as special guest referee

Clean win for Hogan and Sting. Flair doesn’t really contribute to the finish at all but then again he doesn’t need to. If anything, he like stops Mutoh from using a chair or something but it’s a clean win for Hogan and Sting. Mutoh and Tajiri aren’t really over enough to win this feud, even though I was tempted to just have them keeping jobbing out to heel tag teams! The Asian Invasio have really went downhill since Mutoh feuded for the WCW Title. 82% is a lot better than what I was expecting! It might have been down to Hogan, Sting and Flair more than the actual match quality, which was pretty bad.

 

Match 2 – AJ Styles def. Kensuke Sasaki in a Falls Count Anywhere match

Match of the Night goes to… these two! Very happy that these two stole the show and it’s awesome that the fans are into both of them. AJ is the future of this company and Sasaki is becoming the most over member of the Asian Invasion. I have to give these two credit. They said they’d be able to deliver and they did! 96% overall! 100% match quality!

 

Match 3 – Perry Saturn (c) def. Arn Anderson in a tables match to retain the WCW Television Championship

These two were actually feuding before and actually had a match way back at Uncensored. But then Arn Anderson got injured and I had to wait until he got back to kind of wrap up the feud. Perry retains but I’m not sure for how much longer he’ll remain champion…

 

Match 4 – Rowdy Roddy Piper (c) and Steven Regal (c) def. Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio in a ladder match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Now I know Rowdy Piper in a ladder match doesn’t exactly sound like the greatest spectacle in the world! But then again, they said the same thing about Regal and Dave Taylor when they were in the four way ladder match at Armageddon 2006. And they were both awesome in that match! These guys have a way of suprising you! Legion retain the tag team titles continuing their title reign that started back at Uncensored.

 

Match 5 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Curt Hennig

DDP goes over Curt Hennig in the end. As much as I’ve loved booking Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow as the “Asbury Perfection” tag team, I think it’s time for Hennig to have a solo run. He’s got a lot of potential in the International Title picture. As for DDP… WELCOME BACK!

 

Match 6 – Scott Steiner def. Ultimo Dragon in a submission match

Steiner makes Dragon pass out to the Steiner Recliner. I didn’t really want Dragon to tap out as it wouldn’t have made sense, with him showing the never-die attitude during his I Quit match with Guerrero at Uncensored. So Steiner goes over like that. These two never really seemed to click in the ring, but they’re both still over which made this feud all the more worth it..

 

Match 7 – Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam def. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero w/Paul Heyman in a hardcore tag team match

I had the most difficult time in deciding who to put over in this match. I wanted Benoit and Guerrero continue to look strong as the two Paul Heyman guys. Then again, RVD is the International Champion and Jericho only just lost the WCW Title. I went with the faces with the notion that Jericho could still do a singles feud with Benoit afterwards. Then Benoit could get a lot of big wins on PPV. Either way, awesome match with a 93%.

 

Match 8 – Raven (c) def. Bret Hart to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. If Bret Hart lost, he would not get another WCW Title shot in the next 12 months.

These two have a hell of a match back-and-forth. Raven retains after clobbering Bret with the brass knuckles and Evenflow DDT when the ref was out. Bret looks on into the crowd in disappointment as they cheer him. He walks out of the ring with his hands on his head as the crowd continue to applaud.

I do have a bit of a plan for Bret with regards to the stipulation. I don’t want to spoil anything but Bret’s got a bit of a future ahead of him. I just hope that he can continue to be over in a year’s time!

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 20 – NITRO OF CHAMPIONS SPECIAL

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Alright, this one’s going to be a little bit different from my previous ones. It’s a bit of a BONUS post! Ooooo! We all like bonuses! As for the first time, we get to post about… a Nitro!

You’re probably asking why I decided to do an episode of Nitro for a post right NOW. I’ve done a hundred of these shows off-screen. Why do a blog post of them now? Well you see, I felt my last PPV, Slamboree when HORRIBLY wrong. The battle royal in the pre-show pretty much set the tone for the rest of the show and looking back… the card could have been a lot better. I felt the game graded me a bit too harshly but I felt the WCW Universe deserved a lot more! So I decided to give them a night after Slamboree special edition of Nitro! And seeing as how ALL of my championships lost overness at Slamboree, why not put them all on the line here tonight! As we will have….

NITRO OF CHAMPIONS!

Every championship on the line live on television!

(Note: Kinda forget about the Clash Of Champions event when coming up with the name! Might bring that back as a PPV!)

NITRO

Segment 1 – Authority vs Authority Confrontation Between Ric Flair and Eric Bischoff

WCW Co-President Ric Flair opens up the show saying that Slamboree was a hell of show. But he’s got to look forward and on the horizon is the next WCW PPV, The Great American Bash! He says he’s already decided on the challenger for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at the Great American Bash, and that man will take on the WCW World Heavyweight Champion. But Flair points out that tonight was the Nitro Of Champions special! He says that every title will be on the line tonight, including the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He says the winner of the WCW Title match tonight will go on to The Great American Bash against a man that symbolizes the American Dream. A man that has worked hard to get to the pinnacle of this business and a man that deserves a one on one opportunity at the WCW Title… Booker T.

Fellow Co-President Eric Bischoff cuts him off and agrees that Slamboree was a heck of a show. However, he knows that this product can be taken to the very next level and promises that tonight will be a night of fierce competition. A night in which the strongest will survive as he announces that the Whole Damn Show Rob Van Dam will get the opportunity to prove just that as he will compete not once but TWICE tonight! Tonight he will get an opportunity to challenge Perry Saturn for the WCW Television Champion and later that night, he will defend his own International title against Big Poppa Pump Scott Steiner.

Flair has a go at Bischoff for announcing these match without consulting him, but Bischoff reminds him that he the majority power between the two of them and can overrule any of Flair’s decisions if he sees fit. He also announces that he’s already decided the challenger for the WCW World Title later that night. Flair cuts him off before he announces him, to announce his own matches for tonight. He says that there are two other champions that he feels needs to prove themselves to the WCW Universe. The Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri and the tag team champions Rowdy Roddy Piper and Steven Regal. Flair informs Bischoff that Hogan and Sting never got their rematch for the tag team titles that he screwed them out of at Uncensored. Flair says that tonight, they get those tag titles and hopes at last, WCW can have tag team champions that can be respected. Bischoff questions Sting and Hogan being respectful champions. Bischoff points out Hogan’s role in forming the nWo and says Sting is a vigilante no child should hope to look up to. Flair admits Eric makes a good point, but reminds him that he can’t deny Hogan and Sting their rematch and that will happen tonight.

He also announces that Tajiri will defend the Cruiserweight title against another man that never got his title rematch… AJ Styles. Bischoff doesn’t have a problem with AJ getting his rematch but wants another up-and-comer to finally get his shot… Jamie Noble of the Steiner System! Flair agrees to add Noble to the match but wanted to add one more man into the mix… Jeff Hardy! The two agree and the four way match is made but Eric gets the final word in. Booker T may have the World Title match at the Great American Bash but will be a no-win situation no matter who wins tonights WCW World Title match. Bischoff announces that Raven’s opponent tonight… will be Bret Hart!

Match 1 (2) – Perry Saturn (c) def. Rob Van Dam via DQ to retain the WCW Television Championship

The Television title lost a severe amount of image from the battle royal at Slamboree, so putting these two quality talents together for a title match was the ultimate way in getting that image back. Perry retained after Eddie Guerrero attacked him, getting Rob disqualified. Eddie and Rob argue with Paul Heyman getting between them and trying to get them on the same page. 90%! An awesome opener to this special.

Interview 1 (3) – AJ Styles Interview About Kensuke Sasaki

AJ Styles is doing an interview. He talks about how him and Kensuke Sasaki took each other to the limit last night but says it’s a damn shame that Kensuke resorted to cheating to beat him. Styles reaches out to Sasaki and challenges him to a serious rematch. No cheating, no shenanigans. AJ says he wants to find out who the best between them really is. The interviewer (probably Mean Gene Okerlund or somebody!) points out his title match tonight. AJ thanks Flair for giving him a shot to reclaim what was his. He says it doesn’t matter if he has to go through one man, two men, three men or thirty men. He will beat whoever there is to beat to prove that he is the premiere cruiserweight in this company.

Match 2 (4) – Yoshihiro Tajiri (c) def. AJ Styles, Jeff Hardy and Jamie Noble in a fatal four way match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

Kensuske Sasaki responded to the promo from AJ by again costing him the Cruiserweight title. Tajiri retains, but I think everybody benefited from this match! Noble and Jeff who were like in the 60s before are now very close to AJ and Tajiri as far as overness is concerned and that’s a good thing… I want a very active cruiserweight division. Hell, Noble and Hardy could be future cruiserweight champions!

Segment 2 (5) – Jamie Noble attacks Ultimo Dragon backstage

Noble is angrily walking backstage when Ultimo Dragon walks in front of him. Dragon doesn’t say a word and just looks at him. Noble then simply attacks Ultimo backstage and throws him into a wall or something. The officials pull Noble off of him, but Ultimo is severely hurt.

Match 3 (6) – Rob Van Dam (c) def. Scott Steiner to retain the WCW International Championship

Another classic between these two. Paul Heyman and Eddie Guerrero comes out to ringside and at commentary to look on. However, Van Dam is hurdled into the ref and then low-blowed by Steiner. Steiner throws him out of the ring. Eddie Guerrero comes out through the crowd and hits Steiner with RVD’s International Championship belt. RVD gets up to find Steiner down. RVD capitalizes with the Five Star Frog Splash for the win! RVD, Eddie and Heyman all celebrate in the ring when a replay off Eddie’s interference is shown on the titantron. RVD and Eddie have words until RVD lashes out at Eddie and then hits the Frog Splash, taking his championship belt with him. Things aren’t going smoothly in Heyman’s attempt to get RVD and Eddie on the same page.

Segment 3 (7) – Trish Stratus compliments Perry Saturn and leaves with him

Perry Saturn is backstage in the trainers’ room when his manager Trish Stratus pops in to see if he’s alright. Trish says she cares about him and says Saturn did great out there. She compliments him some more and the two leave.

Match 4 (8) – Rowdy Roddy Piper (c) and Steven Regal (c) def. Hollywood Hogan and Sting to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Piper and Regal retain after Keiji Mutoh and Tajiri interfere. Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio come out to even the score. Simple tag match. Hogan and Sting genuinely never got their tag title rematch on TV or anything so why not have them compete for the titles?

Interview 2 (9) – Bret Hart Interview About His Match Later On

Bret cuts a promo talking about how he should be the WCW World Champion right now and thanked Eric Bischoff for giving him the opportunity to right that wrong and go on to The Great American Bash to defend his title against Booker T. The interviewer mentions that Booker T is expected to be here later on tonight. Bret simply replies that it’s important for Booker to be here tonight. He says tonight Booker will get a clear example of why he doesn’t belong in Bret’s league and that at the Great American Bash, he’s got no chance of beating him for the WCW Title. By the way, Bret’s not a heel now but this is all hinting towards that. Bret’s playing the bitter arsehole role that he played back in early 1997 when he would just complain about not getting the opportunities he deserves. That kinda thing.

Segment 4 (10) – Booker T Arrives At The Building

Speaking of Booker T, he arrives in time for the main event match.

Match 5 (11) – Raven (c) def. Bret Hart to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

This match is interrupted by Booker T, who comes out to attack Raven with the chair while the ref. He also smacks Bret with the chair, leaving them both out! Raven eventually comes to and covers Bret but Bret kicks out. Raven is then eventually able to hit the Evenflow DDT for the win and to retain his title. Needless to say, Booker has sent a clear message to both these guys as we are on the road to The Great American Bash….

So thankfully, this special went well. It elevated some of the up-and-comers like Jamie Noble and Jeff Hardy and ALL the titles gained image! I did what I set out to and I am a very happy camper! Coming up next… THE GREAT AMERICAN BASH! By the way, a slight change has been made to the main event of the Great American Bash announced on this post. I will tweet about it before I post Part 21, so check out my @TomRobinson5199 twitter for more details. In the mean time, have a great day guys!