Retro Express – Bad Blood 2003

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Once upon a time, WWE used to be pretty big on building up interesting storylines for their wrestlers. From the opening act to the main-eventers, everyone involved in the show had a reason for being there. On Bad Blood, as amazing as it is, everyone on this show had a reason for being there. Everyone from Theodore Long at ringside for the opening match to Mick Foley as the special referee in the main-event. As simple as this show was put together, did the storyline work pay off with RAW’s first brand-exclusive US pay-per-view of 2003?

 

WWE Bad Blood 2003

Date: June 15th 2003

Brand: RAW

City: Houston, Texas

Attendance: 10,000

 

The Dudley Boyz vs Christopher Nowinski and Rodney Mack w/Teddy Long

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As mentioned earlier, this was a heavy storyline time for WWE. Every little program on Monday Night RAW in 2003 did its best to tell a storyline, including this simple tag team match with the Dudleyz facing Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski. Teaming up the Harvard graduate Nowinski with the new up-and-comer Rodney Mack, combined with the black supremacy advocate Teddy Long as their manager, was a bizarre combination to say the least. However, at least they got something. Not that I’d want to do an angle like this or anything, as I wouldn’t, but at least it gave the audience a reason to take notice once they got on television.

They did a backstage segment on Heat where Teddy Long pestered D-Von Dudley, questioning why his brother Bubba always told D-Von the get the tables. At least there was more to this match than just throwing two tag teams together. Giving D-Von an angle going into this match at least gets fans interested in him. Rodney Mack was also undefeated going into this event.

Mack and D-Von began angry lock-up before the match even began. We got early “we want tables” chant. Mack had a seriously hard time selling for the Dudleyz. The Dudleyz started off well and Bubba was a great babyface but then the distraction came from Teddy. Teddy was on the apron distracting Bubba and Bubba began waiting for Mack to jump him. He waits and waits and waits until Mack came in to throw a horrible clothesline.

We got a “Harvard sucks” chant directed at Nowinski. Mack hit a pretty decent spinebuster. Bubba got the hot tag, which included the big man hitting a top rope crossbody onto Nowinski! Keep in mind, this was not the slimmest guy in the world! A big man flying like that is very much a joy to see!

Nowinski, who was wearing a metal face protector worth $30,000 according to Jim Ross, tried to use it to no avail. Mack went for the “Black Out” submission but it was countered. The Dudleyz hit the “Wassup” while Teddy was yelling on the apron. Bubba told D-Von to the table but Teddy got in his way, tying into the segment from earlier. Mack attacked D-Von from behind while Nowinski hit Bubba with the metal mask and pinned him.

This was a slightly-below average tag team match with Mack being rather sloppy while the Dudleyz tried their best to get a good match out of him. Nowinski seemed to just be there. In terms of promoting new talent, the right team won. In terms of who the better workers were however, the wrong team won.

Match Rating: *1/2

 

Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler talked about the Redneck Triathlon scheduled between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Bischoff. The Redneck Triathlon would consist of three rounds, with the first round being a burping contest and the second round being a “pie-eating” contest. Jerry was excited for the pie-eating contest. Now, I remembered the beginning and the end of this Redneck Triathlon. The pie-eating contest was what I couldn’t remember and it did strike me as odd regarding Jerry’s comment about the pie-eating contest. In hindsight, I should have known what that pie-ating contest was ACTUALLY about. More on that later.

We began with the burping contest, with JR claiming to have once won a burping contest in the eight grade. Both gladiators were stood with Terri Runnels doing the introductions while Stone Cold drank beer. Terri went over the rules as Stone Cold did starfish jumps, which is the perfect way to prepare for a burping contest. There would be three rounds of burps, with the loudest combined burps winning the contest. Bischoff went first and delivered a weak burp. This was probably the only legitimate burp in the whole thing. Then it was Austin’s turn. Some may have been upset that the majority of the burps were all sound effects pipped in by the production group and it that it was not a legitimate burping contest. However, this burp was delivered so well that you just couldn’t not laugh at it. Jim Ross’ and Jerry Lawler’s laugh after Austin “unleashed” this burp was great! This was exceptional delivery by production and by Stone Cold’s expressions.

Austin demanded another beer as Eric did his second burp. It was a decent attempt by Eric but Terri was disgusted.  Austin had a pretty weak second burp, which the Texas crowd loved. Eric was also disgusted by this and then delivered his third burp, which was slightly above average. Austin got the last laugh as he unloaded with a long final burp, with the later part of it sounding like a toilet was being flushed!

Austin won and then delivered a post-contest promo, congratulating Eric on being a good competitor and himself for winning such a competition. His UFC-like promo was actually pretty funny! Eric told Austin to see a doctor and that was that. Austin was 1-0 up in the Redneck Triathlon.

Moments like this really made me love the Austin and Bischoff co-general manager deal, with Eric almost coming off as likeable as he was involved in these funny angles with Austin. The crowd loved this burping contest as did I.

 

Test vs Scott Steiner for the managerial services of Stacy Keibler

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A lot of you reading this might not believe your eyes but Scott Steiner is probably one of my favourite wrestlers of all time. This guy was just one-of-a-kind in terms of his in-ring style, his promos and just the character as a whole. I ALWAYS paid attention whenever this guy was around.

In WWE around this time though, he hadn’t had the greatest of starts since his return at Survivor Series 2002. His program with Triple H, including a truly devastatingly bad World title match at Royal Rumble 2003, had seen Steiner’s stock drop significantly. Now he’d been put with Test and Stacy Keibler, as the two vied for the affection of the lovely Stacy.

This match was by FAR not one of the greatest technically gifted matches I’ve ever seen. I can’t even consider this a good match as far as the in-ring side of things is concerned. As far as the entertainment however, this match was in a league of its own and mostly because of Steiner.

One of the other highlights of this match was Stacy Keibler, who looked amazing on this particular show. Stacy tried to get in the ring but her “ex” Test yanked her off the apron to berate her. As amazing as it sounds, the spot that followed was one of the highlights of the entire pay-per-view and it was the mother of all botches! Scott got onto the apron as he had to save this love interest, who was in peril at the hands of the bad guy. This was Mario saving Princess Peach from Bowser. Mario would jump in and save the day. Scott Steiner ALSO decided to jump in and save the day! He leaped off the apron but didn’t have his balance right, so he slipped and plummeted down. He landed on the floor but at least he had the instinct to put his hands up for the double axe handle that had obviously been the original spot. He drops down, hits Test in the knee and Test slips as if he slipped turning around in the shower. This was one of the all-time great botches in the history of wrestling and it was actually a lot more entertaining than if he had just successfully pulled off this double axe handle!

So Scott Steiner beat up Test and when they got into the ring to start the match, Test begged off Steiner. Now, there have been many babyfaces that have fallen for this obvious trap set by the heels to lure him into trouble. These spots make the heroes seem like such fools. Scott Steiner was not like that as instead of backing off, Steiner said “Nah. Fuck You!” and beat up Test some more! Not that I’d encourage wrestlers to swear as they’re on the rampage but I laughed so hard at this. I’m just amazed that my DVD didn’t censor this moment as Steiner unloaded with swearing throughout this match. Steiner wasn’t having any of Test’s shenanigans.

Steiner did some press-ups and began yelling at the referee. Test used Stacy as a human shield to gain the advantage. Test then threw Steiner into the steps. I know a lot of people had mixed opinions about Test as a performer, who sadly passed away in 2007. All I’ll say is that he was effective in making people hate him! That’s a key part to be a good villain, having an unlikeabillity factor that even “great” in-ring work can’t get around. The douche level of Test’s character was high as he mocked Steiner and yelled “wait until tonight” at Stacy as he blew her a kiss. The fans chanted “you suck” as Test got the heat. Test did a sleeper hold as the fans rallied behind Steiner with “lets go Steiner” chants. Jim Ross had a very nice line about Stacy when he said that her heart was as beautiful as her face. He was… damn on point.

Steiner damn near killed Test when Test came off the top rope and Steiner caught him by the waist, and dropped him over his shoulder which I think was meant to be a belly-to-belly suplex. I like Steiner but Test must have been fearing for his well-being when Steiner caught him by the waist! Jim Ross called this a Northern Light suplex turned into a slam. Steiner ran wild. Test bounced off the rope and it appear that he was going up to take a back drop but he leaped up, and Steiner caught him in a powerbomb position. Steiner simply threw him over his shoulder and continued to run wild. This was NOT the best night for Steiner in terms of his in-ring wrestling.

Steiner kicked out of a Full Nelson Slam. Test missed a big boot but Scott hit a sloppy reverse DDT. This got a near fall and Steiner’s reaction was to simply yell “HUH?” at the top of his lungs! That was very funny. Steiner hit a pumphandle slam for a near fall. Test undid the turnbuckle when Stacy popped up on the apron. Test grabbed Stacy and said some very non-PG and not nice things about Stacy, calling her names. Stacy slapped him and Steiner almost bumped into Stacy. Test hit a big boot out of nowhere which I honestly thought was the finish! Steiner kicked out. Test grabbed the chair and pushed Stacy away with it. Test went to hit Steiner with the chair and instead hit the ropes, bouncing the chair back to hit his own head. Steiner hit the flatliner and won the managerial services of Stacy. Stacy was happy and leaped onto Steiner in celebration. Stacy got off Steiner and then began selling her backside, implying that Test’s chair push was a lot more mighty than we realised.

This was an entertaining match to watch but not by any means a good one! We had some very noticeable botches from Steiner but the heat was there for this match. Test was a good heel. The match picked up with the finish and the bully Test was in the end overcome as the two babyfaces stood up against him. Even Stacy was being brave as Test eventually let his cockiness get the best out of him and paid for it. This was fine, simple story-telling.

Match Rating: **

 

Bischoff and Stone Cold talked backstage. Stone Cold described burping as being an “art form” in Texas, which was a great line. Eric vowed to win the pie-eating contest. Eric said he did some research and invited Austin to meet some ladies, that were set to take part in the pie-eating. By taking part, I don’t mean actually eating real bakery. Apparently, THEY were the pie. In case you were wondering, this show was NOT PG in the slightest.

Eric wanted first dibs on eating the “pie” and Austin allowed this, as long as he decided what pie Eric was going to eat first. I can’t have been the only one that could see where this was going, and I’d never seen this pie-eating contest before.

 

Christian (c) vs Booker T for the Intercontinental Championship

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Picture this in your head. RAW had just recently reinstated the Intercontinental Championship that they inexplicably retired at No Mercy 2002. Christian won the title in a battle royal. Christian made his first defense of the title in a promising match between himself and Booker T, who happened to be from Houston, Texas where the Bad Blood pay-per-view was being held. You had all the potential in the world to make these two actual top stars on the red brand. The fans were going nuts for Booker T in one of the most heated moments in the entire show. This could have been something really special. Not like in the level of Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat from WrestleMania III but a memorable match that’ll be remembered through the ages. Well, spoiler alert, but that didn’t happen.

On a show which included MANY non-wrestling segments featuring Stone Cold and Bischoff, Booker and Christian got SEVEN MINUTES of wrestling which resulted in an incredibly rushed match between these two great workers. Lawler did have a great back-handed compliment when he claimed that “there’s a lot of suckas in Houston.” Jerry Lawler in 2003 had some of the best crack in all of WWE in 2003! With that said, Lawler was pretty bad for the large majority for this match on commentary which we’ll get to. Jim Ross claimed that Christian leaving as the champion would be a miracle, which I think probably did Christian more harm than good.

The match started off very well, as these two worked well together. Christian sold one particular back drop from Booker very well as he was thrown HIGH into the air. Lawler was hardly paying attention to any of this as he constantly made jokes about Booker’s previously convictions. Booker T was once a criminal and Lawler mentioned this ALL THE TIME while on commentary during this time. It’s not like if Jim Ross mentioned it and praised Booker for overcoming it. No, Lawler made joke after joke during this match. Did NOT make Booker come off well either.

Christian tried winning by putting his feet on the ropes. JR completely ignored Christian hitting Booker with the Book End, in Booker’s hometown. Booker hit an axe kick on the ropes. Booker hit a top rope dropkick and followed it up with a spinaroonie. Booker went for the Scissors Kick but Christian ran away and took the title with him. I was initially pretty upset at this as this would have been a match that ended in a count out in the challenger’s hometown. Then the referee Jack Doan got a microphone and told Christian that if he didn’t get back in the ring, he’d forfeit the title. This announcement got a big reaction but when I think about it, how did Jack Doan have the right to make this call that Christian would lose the title if he walked out? He’s not like an on-screen authority figure or anything.

So WWE teased the count out finish but the referee put a stop to that. The fans got excited at the thought of seeing a clear winner in this match. Instead, Christian runs into the ring and runs right back out. Booker chases him around the ring and they get back into the “squared circle” of WWE. Christian then grabbed the belt and hit Booker in the face, causing a disqualification.

The fans were irate with this finish, chanting “bullshit” and these chants were pretty much justified. They teased a count-out finish only for it to end in seven minutes via disqualification. THIS was a let down.

Match Rating: **1/4

 

We had an advertisement for Jim Ross’ cook book, which I’ve got to get a hold of one of these days! Kevin Nash was taping up his wrists as he was set to challenge Triple H for the World title in a Hell In A Cell match.

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Jerry Lawler was in the ring for the pie-eating contest. He brought out Eric and commended him for his selection of “pie” for this event. Austin came out to a BIG POP in Texas. Austin reminded Eric that he would select Eric’s pie as agreed to earlier. Austin talked about Eric being into “mature women” which further solidified that I knew what was coming. Austin questioned Eric’s ability to please a woman with Eric insisting that he would be fine. Austin called Bischoff “Eric Jerk-Off” which the crowd popped for. Austin complimented Eric’s choice of women but Austin said that Eric would not be having any of their “pie” as he brought his choice for Eric. It was revealed to be Mae Young, who was accompanied by  Fabulous Moolah. Eric had a disgusted face which almost looked like he was about to sneeze. Austin just smiled with an awesome grin on his face.

Jerry protested this decision as he claimed it was supposed to be a pie-eating contest and not “cheesecake” that would be eaten. Disgusting, Jerry. Mae stuck her tongue out and Eric insisted that Mae put her tongue back in her mouth and called her a nasty old hag. Pretty mean words from Easy E. Eric refused to eat the pie but Austin called him a chicken. Mae tried to grope Eric but he told her to get her hand off his ass. Austin called Eric a piss-ant and demanded that Lawler declare him the winner. Eric cut him off and decided to go through with it. As shocking as it was, the fans started chanting “eat the pie” to which Eric responded by kissing her. Eric thought this was enough but Austin told him that this was a pie-eating contest. Mae low-blowed Eric and she was instructed to make Eric eat the pie. Mae gave Eric the stinkface while wearing a thong. Jim Ross called this as if he’d just watched Mankind being thrown off the Hell in a Cell. Austin was laughing, with Eric being furious and demanding that Austin goes next. Austin gave Mae Young the stunner, with Mae selling this possibly even worse than when Vince McMahon sold the first stunner that Austin gave him in 1997. Austin forfeited this contest and demanded beer. It was 1-1 in the redneck triathlon.

The times certainly have changed in the “tastes” of wrestling fans! This was a NUTTY angle but I guess nothing else could be expected considering that this was an angle involving Mae Young who, god bless her soul, was willing to do ANYTHING to entertain the fans. She probably loved doing this kind of stuff and the fans seemed to love it to a degree, especially when they chanted “eat the pie” at her. Mae was an entertainer to say the least!

As for the rest of it, it’s funny how Eric won the contest but Austin still seemed like the real winner of that contest in the end. Eric won but Austin still found a way to outsmart Eric Bischoff. The fans loved it and I guess that’s all that matters.

 

We got a vignette for Gail Kim, who would be debuting soon. As a matter of fact, she actually won the Women’s Championship in her debut a few weeks later. I hope I do get to review more of Gail Kim’s matches in the near future of this Retro Express as she was a great female worker.

Jonathan Coachman interviewed La Resistance, who were Rene Dupree and Sylvain Grenier at this time. They were challenging Kane and Rob Van Dam for the World Tag Team Championship next. Sylvain said that this was a big night and that he hated Texas. They buried then-US President George W Bush, which got a lot of boos in Texas. They dedicated the match to then-French President Jacques Chirac. This is actually amazing when you think about the political situation for the likes of US and the UK in 2016. It was amazing that the countrymen of the US and the French actually liked the people that ran their country at the time. Meanwhile, the US currently have a president-elect that they apparently don’t want in the White House anymore. It’s amazing.

 

Kane (c) and Rob Van Dam (c) vs “La Resistance” Sylvain Grainer and Rene Dupree for the World Tag Team Championship

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As far as putting the new heel tag team over, this was NOT the way to do it. La Resistance came out and Jim Ross called them jackasses, which was actually pretty funny. La Resistance got some serious heat. There were some seriously angry fans in the front row. Funnily enough, they showed the graphic for the old World Tag Team title design from the Attitude Era but the champions came out with the new belts that had been around since 2002! As I watched this DVD, I was rather annoyed at WWE for editing out the original theme songs that RVD and Kane came out too. Kane actually had been coming out to “Slow Chemical” from Finger Eleven at that time, which is one of my favourite wrestling theme songs of all time, so seeing that not make the DVD very much upset me.

RVD and Kane beat up La Resistance, with the storyline going in being that the champions were not on the same page. RVD did a great springbroad crossbody as he took over early. La Resistance turned the tide for a bit by planting RVD with a DDT. Kane got the hot tag and ran SERIOUSLY wild on the two french men. I mean Kane was DESTROYING these men all on his own as his partner had been beaten up by these two. Kane was having to contend with the heels on his own while RVD simply WATCHED from the apron. He eventually got the tag while Kane was still getting the better of these two heels. He’s doing fine on his own and then RVD got in. As Kane is battling these men on the outside, RVD goes for a dive and hits Kane accidentally when there was no need for him to go for the dive at all. RVD was attacked and hit the Double Flapjack for the pin as La Resistance won the World Tag Team titles.

The booking of this match caused steam to come from my ears. The whole angle was that Kane and RVD were having issues but here in this match, Kane was completely doing fine on his own while RVD cost them the match by getting involved when Kane was coping fine. The fact was Kane could have beaten these men by himself and he would have retained the title. How could La Resistance possibly have been taking seriously at this point? I guess La Resistance are remembered nowadays so I guess they became somewhat of a memorable tag team. However, this match was pretty lame and pretty perplexing.

Match Rating: *1/2

 

Goldberg vs Chris Jericho

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A common trope of mine is immediately looking up Dave Meltzer’s rating for the match I just saw during a Retro Express. Mine and Meltzer’s ratings are usually right in-line but for this match, I noticed that he gave this match three and a half stars out of a max total of five. Maybe it’s a mistake to watch old matches with modern eyes but I have NO IDEA what type of match he was watching. In case you were wondering what made me un-optimistic about the actual Goldberg/Brock Lesnar match for Survivor Series this year, THIS was the match.

I know these two had heat with each other around this time but even so, the wrestlers with the biggest heat with each other can usually put together some really good matches. Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart had some sublime matches back in the day. This Goldberg/Jericho match was NOT sublime.

Goldberg went for a lock-up and it was one of those lock-ups from a women’s match, that sees both wrestlers tumble out of the ring. Goldberg hit a World’s Strongest Slam as the fans chanted Y2J. Goldberg dominated early on, even gorilla pressing Jericho onto the ropes. Goldberg went for a spear through the wall but Jericho moved out of the way as Goldberg drove himself through the barricade. This actually played into the storyline going in, which Jericho claimed that he’d win the match by making Goldberg angry and sloppy. This was actually pretty good story-telling.

Jericho tried to get at Goldberg but referee Charles Robinson stopped him. I’m not sure why he did this as it wasn’t like the doctors came out to check on Goldberg. Jericho drove Goldberg into the ringpost. Goldberg was bleeding and his arm had been hurt from the spear, which Jericho took advantage of. Goldberg was working with one arm, actually selling the injury. Now, Goldberg rarely had to take the heat in many of his WCW matches. The idea was that Goldberg would destroy the opponent, hit his finishers and beat him early. In WWE however, he was not booked in this manner. He had to sell for Jericho so he tried to work with one arm. While he did this, his ring-work with one arm was pretty bad. If in doubt, DON’T HAVE GOLDBERG SELL.

Jericho locked on a Fujiwara Armbar. Jericho was caught off the top with a high knee. The fans started booing. Goldberg was not able to pull off working with one arm, struggling with an one armed hip toss. “Goldberg sucks” chants began to roar from the crowd. Jericho hit a dropkick and Goldberg waffled to the ground. We got more boos. Jericho hit the lionsault on the face of Goldberg for a near fall. Jericho went for a Lionsault and Goldberg was supposed to catch him but it went ALL WRONG. Goldberg hit the spear and we got even LOUDER “Goldberg sucks” chants. Goldberg went for the jackhammer but Jericho caught Charles Robinson in the eyes and hit a low-blow on Goldberg. This got a lot of cheers and big Y2J chants. Keep in mind that Goldberg was supposed to be the face and Jericho was supposed to be the heel!

Jericho tried the Walls of Jericho but Goldberg powered out, hit the spear and jackhammer, and won the match. And to put a cherry on top, Goldberg slid outside of the ring and got in the face of a fan that booed him throughout the match. A wonderful way to put over Goldberg as a babyface.

To be fair, Goldberg did actually get cheers when he won the match and Jericho tried ALL that he could but even he could not get a good match out of this man. Jericho’s on my list of greatest workers of all time as he had a reputation, in my mind, of being able to have a good match with everyone he wrestled. I remember him having a good match with Ryback at Money In The Bank 2013 for crying out loud! Ryback was mocked as being a “copy” of Goldberg, yet Goldberg couldn’t even have a good match with Jericho. This will be hard to hear for a lot of fans but Goldberg had a HORRIBLE night here.

Match Rating: *1/2

 

They showed a pig pen and Lawler questioned whether Jim Ross had brought his relatives along to the show. Terri was with Austin and Eric again. They spun the wheel for the third round and it landed on “sing-off” which Austin was upset about. Austin asked Terri if she thought that Steve was any good. She said no. Eric vowed to beat Austin in front of these rednecks.

 

Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair

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This was probably tied with the main-event as far as the best match for the show, with these two legends going out. Despite that, I was still a little bit let down. This was certainly not at the level of their WrestleMania 24 match but I did expect something special and I really didn’t get it to be honest.

Shawn got a HUGE reaction from the Texas crowd. The two legends messed with each other with taunts but that came to an end when Shawn slapped Ric and mocked him. There was some nice mat wrestling between the two. There was a very old school feel to this match. Shawn slapped Ric and Ric came close to doing the Flair Flop but was able to keep himself up with one foot! Michaels dove onto Ric. Remember when Steiner was able to see through Test’s attempts at begging him off? Well Ric tried to beg Shawn off in this match… and it worked. I can at least accept the possibility of Shawn being conflicted as he was wrestling his idol that he respected, and not to mention that Ric is older and more experienced than Shawn so FINE.

HBK and Flair chopped the hell out of each other. Flair did the chop block. Flair worked on the legs and locked on the Figure Four Leg Lock, that Shawn was able to get the ropes for to break it up. Flair shoved referee Earl Hebner but Earl shoved back. The second time on this show where a referee stepped over his boundaries when calling a match, three if you count Charles Robinson holding off Jericho when he shouldn’t have. Ric got cocky and Shawn made him pay with an enziguri. Flair went up to the top and of course, Shawn threw him off the top turnbuckle.

There was a great exchange when Shawn went for the Super Kick but Flair countered it into the figure four leg lock. Shawn countered this into a small package and then locked on his own figure four. This was some solid professional wrestling right here. Flair poked HBK and they traded roll-ups. HBK hit a superplex and it looked like Shawn struggled to get Flair up for this superplex. HBK got a table and set it up. Flair teased suplexing Shawn through the table but Shawn got out and ended up laying Flair onto this table.

NOW, I personally was taken out of the match a little when they brought out the table. Firstly, it’s supposed to be a regular singles match. Since when are TABLES allowed in a normal match? Yes, Shawn didn’t HIT Flair with this table but he still tried to “cheat” by using a weapon to his advantage. That, to me, should be DQ but Earl let this happen. Secondly, I was very much into the regular singles match and the old-school wrestling behind all of this. Instead, when Shawn introduced the table, it just seemed so out of place to me. I just don’t think this was the time for a spot like this.

Shawn super-kicked the interfering Randy Orton and then jumped off the top and onto Ric, going through the table. Flair bled from the back. Flair was able to take the ref out by low-blowing Earl and Shawn at the same time. HBK fired back and dropped the elbow. Shawn superkicked Flair, Orton hit Shawn with the chair and RIC FLAIR PINNED SHAWN MICHAELS.

Maybe I’m in the small minority here but the table spot just completely took me out of this match. It was a great match up until that point but to me, it just negated the point of the match which was just to see who was better. Instead, Orton and the table got involved and it just became another shenanigan-filled match on RAW. I wanted a clear-cut winner and instead I got this. I think a few fans that were in that building felt a little cheated out of this finish. It was nice to see Flair get the victory over Shawn though.

Match Rating: ***1/4

 

The time had come for the sing off. Eric came out to literally NO REACTION as we’d seen him more than anyone on this show, so the fans were kind of uncaring when he came out. Eric said he’d sing his own theme song but he instead lip-synced his own theme song which I thoroughly enjoyed, as did he based on the way he “sung” this! Austin cut in and called him out on his lip-sync. They went back-and-forth on this like they were kids arguing about the smallest things. Austin told Eric that he sucked and ordered him to do it again. Eric sung badly and Austin called him pathetic. Austin suggested they re-spin the wheel and it came up with “Pig Pen Fun” which involved the pig pen from earlier on. Austin said that whoever threw their opponent into the pig pen would be the winner. Austin deputised the crowd to stop Eric from leaving. Someone threw Eric back in from the crowd.

Austin beat up Eric, stomped a mudhole and hit a Stone Cold Stunner. Eric actually sold this pretty well, with his selling of it probably being around 5000% better than Mae Young selling it earlier on in the night. Austin took Eric to the stage and threw him off it, with Eric landing in the safest way possible. Austin was declared the winner by Lilian Garcia as he drank some beer. Jim Ross had an awesome line in which he claimed that “those pigs may need counselling being so close to Eric Bischoff!” That was a serious contender for line of the night. Austin celebrated for about 30 hours but the fans didn’t seem to mind.

The fans loved all this and to be fair, I enjoyed a lot of the moments from this Redneck Triathlon. However, this went on way too long for me to care at the end. The burping contest was good and Austin had some brilliant banter but in the end, it was way too long. The ending made me feel as if this were a house show, which I don’t think was the purpose. This did not feel like it should have been on pay-per-view and it does rather upset me at how long this went, considering that Booker and Christian only went seven minutes.

 

Triple H (c) vs Kevin Nash in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship with Mick Foley as the special guest referee

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I have to say something about the video package they did for this match. They had the video package where they recapped the rivalry and did an amazing job at selling you on the idea that this type of match was important, rare and dangerous. The music, which was Headstrong by Trapt, fit right in as HHH, Foley and Nash beat the hell out of each other during a RAW segment and it was wonderful stuff. The video packages back in the “ruthless aggression era” used to be quality stuff.

I actually went through a phase with a mate of mine where he used to rave at me everyday about this song, and actually serenaded me with it everyday! And you know what… I had no problem with this. If you’ve never heard of Headstrong by Trapt, PLEASE go and listen to it. It’s fantastic stuff.

The special referee Mick Foley actually got the biggest reaction out of everyone, which should tell you how much the fans cared about Triple H and Kevin Nash. Triple H tried to poke the bear that is Mick Foley but Nash clobbered him. Nash smashed HHH’s with elbows. Nash slowly beat up HHH by driving him into the ringpost and the cell wall, as well as the corner of the cell. The fans cared little for Nash at this point. Nash threw HHH into the steel steps. Nash tried throwing the steps at HHH but thank got that Hunter ran out of the way as that would have been bad news.

In a pretty creative spot, Nash went for a Jackknife Powerbomb but Triple H used the cell itself to get out of it. HHH got out a toolbox and smashed Nash in the knee and the head with a hammer. Foley took the hammer from Triple H and pushed him down. Foley challenged HHH but HHH backed off. HHH grated Nash’s head with the cell wall. After a struggle, HHH wedged a screwdriver into Nash’s head. Foley yelled at Triple H. Triple H grabbed a bat wrapped in barbed wire and hit Nash in the gut. Nash fired back with punches and smashed Hunter in the head with the bat which got a big reaction. HHH was busted open. Nash wedged the bat into the turnbuckle and did a snake eyes onto it for a near fall.  There was a “big lazy” sign in the front row.

HHH smashed a wooden create over Nash. Triple H grabbed a sledgehammer but Foley tried to wrestle it away which got some boos. It made sense why, as it seemed for all the world at this point that Foley was screwing HHH in a no disqualification match. HHH attacked Foley which got some cheers. Nash did the drop toe hold spot onto the steel steps which felt slowly done. This got a near fall. Triple H hit Nash and Foley with a chair. Foley was bleeding as he whipped out Mr Socko. He locked on the Mandible Claw, with Triple H responding by kicking Foley below the belt. Nash accidentally hit Foley and HHH with the steel steps somehow. Nash went for the cover but Foley was out.

Nash tried to revive Foley. Foley was on the apron when HHH knocked Nash into Foley, who bounce back first into the cell wall. A very risky spot if you ask me. HHH went for the pedigree but Nash catapulted HHH into the barbed wire bat still stuck in the top turnbuckle. Nash hit the jackknife, Foley made the count but HHH kicked out. This was actually a GREAT near fall. I think a lot of people in that crowd thought that was the finish.

Triple H crawled for the sledgehammer and instead of pushing away the sledgehammer that he can see or grabbing it himself, Nash simply grabs Triple H by the hair. HHH made him pay with a sledgehammer shot to the head. HHH hit the pedigree and that was that.

The first part of this match was very much boring. Nash beating him up forever got no heat it seems but it picked up a little in the second half. The thing that was weird to me was that Nash and Foley both tried to screw Triple H, and Triple H is supposed to be the heel. In the end, the right man won. Judging on the crowd reactions, a Nash title run would not have gotten a great amount of interest from the RAW audience.

I thought this was a good match considering it’s a long match involving Kevin Nash and I personally thought this was the best match on the show.

Match Rating: ***1/3

 

This was definitely a memorable pay-per-view to say the least. Every match seemed to stand out to me, for many different reasons. I felt that the booking for a lot of these matches were really flat, although the main-event ended up being much better than I thought it was going to be. There were a lot of disappointing matches that struggled for time due to the Redneck Triathlon which took up way too much time. The Texas crowd loved this one for whatever the reason was but I can’t say that I’m too keen to watch it again.

How I Would Book… The nWo 19th Anniversary Special [2002] [Final Part]

WARNING: Please read the first five parts of this series first if you haven’t already. They will clue you up on the storyline for this particular “How I Would Book…”.

Here it is. The FINAL chapter in this nWo saga. We’ve seen the nWo shake the foundations of the WWE. With Hollywood Hogan at the helm, they’ve gone toe to toe with the WWE’s top stars. Hogan’s beaten the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and Shawn Michaels as part of his group’s domination of the company. He currently reigns as RAW’s World Heavyweight Champion while Big Show reigns as SmackDown!’s WWE Championship. Vince McMahon, who had brought in the nWo to “kill” the WWE, suddenly realizes just how dangerous the group has become. They’ve took over RAW and now they’re taking over SmackDown! Vince’s response was to bring back the Undertaker as the 30th entrant in the Royal Rumble to win the match and earn a title shot. The road to Wrestlemania 19 has begun…

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The war between Vince McMahon and Hollywood Hogan is now well and truly under way. Vince McMahon is the owner of the company but Eric Bischoff still holds a considerable amount of power as RAW General Manager and as a leading member of the nWo. Bischoff reveals that the WWE would have to pay him a HUGE amount of money in order to fire him. Even if they did fire him, that wouldn’t stop Bischoff and the nWo from running rough shot over the entire company. They have the two top titles in the WWE. It really has turned into such a power struggle for Vince.

First, Vince has to find someone on the SmackDown! roster to face WWE Champion Big Show at No Way Out. There’s a lot of wrestlers to choose from but Vince feels that he needs to bring a true star back into the fold. He feels that he needs to bring back the “Great One”… The Rock. With a promise of a WWE Championship match at No Way Out, The Rock returns to the WWE as a part of the SmackDown! brand. Upon his return, The Rock’s commitment to the WWE has come into question. When he makes his big return on the SmackDown! before No Way Out, The Rock is back as a cocky Hollywood star. The Rock doesn’t really grasp the importance of his match with Big Show at No Way Out, but The Rock reassures Vince that he’ll get the job done at No Way Out.

Brock Lesnar was screwed out of the WWE Championship at No Way Out. He has a rematch clause, but Brock insists on challenging Hollywood Hogan for the World Heavyweight Championship instead. Eric Bischoff decrees that Brock must beat the Outsiders in a handicap match at No Way Out in order to get his title shot at Wrestlemania. In the World Heavyweight Championship match, Shawn gets his rematch for the title against Hogan in one final encounter at No Way Out.

Brock is able to beat the Outsiders following interference from Triple H, who delivers a cross chop to both Nash and Hall after Brock pins one of them. The Rock challenges the Big Show for the WWE Championship, but the Brahama Bull is not putting any effort in. He’s constantly mocking Big Show and not taking it seriously at all. The Rock hits his finishers but does not pin Big Show and instead just gets on the mic and talks about himself. The commentators can’t believe how foolish The Rock is being and are telling The Rock to just pin him. In the end, The Rock hits a Rock Bottom and goes up to the top. He signals for an elbow drop from the top but is caught in mid-air by Big Show who pins him. The Rock is scratching his head over what’s happened but then just laughs and walks away. Hogan retains the title against Michaels with the Outsiders delivering another beatdown to the Show Stopper. Triple H makes the save, signalling the return of DX as the DX music hits to end the show.

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With No Way Out in the books, here’s all the confirmed Wrestlemania 19 matches so far…

  • Hollywood Hogan (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the World Heavyweight Championship
  • Big Show (c) vs Undertaker for the WWE Championship
  • “D-Generation X” Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs “The Outsiders” Kevin Nash and Scott Hall in a hardcore tag team match (This would be announced on the RAW after No Way Out)

The Rock appears on RAW on the night after No Way Out, claiming that a clause in his contract stated that he could choose which brand he wanted to be on after his match at No Way Out. The Rock claimed that he wanted to be on RAW and demands to be added to the World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania. He is interrupted by the return of the “Texas Rattlesnake” Stone Cold Steve Austin, who gives him the Stunner.

Austin cuts a promo the next week on RAW. He says that while he’s been away from the WWE, he watched his own matches back and realized that he wasn’t himself when he was going up against Hollywood Hogan at King of the Ring. He said he wanted vengeance against the nWo but he was not motivated enough to get the job done. That was another part of the reason why he lost to Hogan at the main event. However, he  re-played the match back and one moment stood out. It was the return of The Rock. The Rock came back at King of the Ring with the passion and the desire needed to achieve his goals. Austin talks about how he watched Big Show vs The Rock at No Way Out. Austin talked about how The Rock was pathetic in that match and that The Rock needed to remember just how important wrestling is. He challenges The Rock to a match at Wrestlemania 19. After a few declines, The Rock finally agrees to the match. The Rock states that there’s one thing that he hadn’t done… beat Austin at Wrestlemania 19. He says that he’ll get the job done at Wrestlemania and will be known as the greatest of all time.

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That takes care of Austin and Rock. Now we’ve got to look at one last thing. Eric Bischoff would cut a promo on RAW taking about Vince McMahon. He calls Vince a coward and desperate for bringing back all of his big guns to take on the nWo. He tells Vince that now is the time to man up. Eric tells the story about how he challenged Vince to a fight when he was running WCW but the fight never took place. Eric now challenges Vince to a sanctioned MATCH at Wrestlemania. Eric asks Vince for a tag team match with Eric and a partner of his choosing going up against Vince and a partner of his choosing. If Eric won, he and the nWo would win 100% control of the company. If the nWo lose, they’re done. Bischoff would be fired. All the power they had would be gone and they would disband. Vince accepts. Almost immediately after Vince agrees, Eric introduces his partner… Scott Steiner.

Vince thinks that in order to fight with Bischoff, he has to fight dirty. In order to fight dirty, Vince believes he needs the dirtiest player in the game. Vince believes he needs Ric Flair. There’s still hostilities between Flair and McMahon after THEY battled for control in 2002. Ric says that he doesn’t trust Vince but will fight alongside him because he knows from his time at WCW just how dangerous the nWo are. Ric says he’ll do it with one other added stipulation… if Ric and Vince win, Ric regains control of RAW. Vince agrees and the match is set.

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So the major matches are pretty much set. Other matches on Wrestlemania would includes Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit taking on the Guerreros for the WWE Tag Team Championship from SmackDown! We’d also have Chris Jericho jump to RAW to take part in a fatal four way match for the Intercontinental Championship alongside Kane, Booker T and Rob Van Dam. Let’s just run down the card one last time..

  • Hollywood Hogan (c) vs Brock Lesnar for the World Heavyweight Championship
  • Big Show (c) vs Undertaker for the WWE Championship
  • “D-Generation X” Triple H and Shawn Michaels vs “The Outsiders” Kevin Nash and Scott Hall in a hardcore tag team match
  • Eric Bischoff and Scott Steiner vs Vince McMahon and Ric Flair for 100% control of the WWE
  • The Rock vs Stone Cold Steve Austin
  • Eddie Guerrero (c) and Chavo Guerrero (c) vs Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit for the WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Kane (c) vs Rob Van Dam vs Booker T vs Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Championship

So… WRESTLEMANIA 19!

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Before we get started, I would like to state that Hogan vs Lesnar would be the main event of the show. I’m usually a supporter of the claim that the Rumble winner should always be in the main event. However, I’m sure I’m right in saying that majority of wrestling fans would be more interested in Hogan vs Lesnar than Show vs Undertaker. Hogan vs Lesnar seems like the perfect ending to this storyline. No disrespect to Big Show and Undertaker, but surely they’d understand the importance of finale of the nWo storyline ending the show.

For the WWE Tag Team title match, the Guerreros would retain after Kurt would turn on Chris Benoit. This would spark a feud between Benoit and Angle to take place following Wrestlemania. Chris Jericho would win the Intercontinental Championship. I know this feels a bit of a step down for Jericho, considering he had his classic with Shawn Michaels in real life at the event. However, at least he’s still a champion coming out of Wrestlemania. Him and Shawn could feud later on in 2003 anyway. The Rock would beat Stone Cold Steve Austin, putting an end to one of the greatest feuds of all time. But now, let’s get to the nWo stuff.

DX would beat the Outsiders in their hardcore tag team match. I feel that DX standing tall would be the best way to end the Outsiders’ role in this storyline. The Outsiders would seem to have the advantage when former nWo member X-Pac would get involved to get revenge on the Outsiders, who turned on him at Armageddon. He would hit both Hall and Nash with chairs and depart. Hall and Nash would be throwing up the Kliq signs, begging Shawn and Triple H for forgiveness. However, DX wouldn’t be too forgiving and a super kick and sledgehammer onto Nash would give DX the victory. On RAW the next night, I’d have Triple H turn on Shawn in similar fashion to how he turned on him in real life.

Undertaker would beat Big Show to win the WWE Championship. This would be a great moment for Undertaker and for Big Show too. In title matches at Wrestlemania, Big Show usually just acts as the third wheel. It’s good to actually give him a legitimate one-on-one match between him and Undertaker. Plus, Undertaker’s streak goes on and it’s cool to see him leave Wrestlemania with the title.

Now for the tag team match with Bischoff and Steiner going up against Vince and Ric. I’d like to see a cameo with Rowdy Roddy Piper, since he did make a cameo during Hogan’s match with Vince at Wrestlemania 19 in real life! His appearance could lead to the finish. In the finish, Flair makes Bischoff tap out to the figure four leg lock. The WWE is saved! However, there’s one last match…

Hogan defends the World Title against Brock Lesnar. Hogan cuts a pre-match promo saying what happened to Bischoff doesn’t concern him. The nWo will leave one last dent in the legacy of the WWE, which will haunt Vince McMahon for generations. Hogan guarantees that he will retain the belt and says that Brock Lesnar is nothing to him. However, Brock actually beats Hogan for the title in a passing of the torch. If you want to have the Hogan turn face, simply have him shake Lesnar’s hand after the match.

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And that…. FINALLY wraps up the nWo storyline! I hoped you enjoyed all of that. It was a lot of fun to write and I hope that ending lived up to all of the build!

Have any suggestions for a How I Would Book? Simply tweet me at either @ArmbarExpress or @TomRobinson5199 on Twitter with your suggestions. Do also check out the rest of the content on my blog. I do a lot of other cool fantasy booking blog posts with my playthroughs of fantasy booking game Extreme Warfare Revenge. And there’s all sorts of other wrestling content as well. You never know, you might just like what you see!

If you have a fantasy nWo storyline of your own, tweet me on the @ArmbarExpress Twitter account! I’m interested in hearing other people’s versions of this storyline!

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 13 – WORLD WAR 3 1999

Previously on WCW EWR…

At Halloween Havoc, Chris Jericho retained the WCW Title against Scott Steiner in a submission match after making him tap out to the Walls of Jericho. But Steiner’s not giving up on the WCW Title just yet!

Sting and DDP were unable to capture the WCW tag titles after Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig and Bam Bam Bigelow got themselves disqualified. Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero fought in a hell of a US Title match which Benoit won. To read all about the PPV, click on the link above.

But a few pointers before we get started because a lot of important things happened on TV which leads us into tonight…

  • AJ Styles defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri on Thunder to become the NEW Cruiserweight Champion! I’ve been building this up for a while on TV! I signed AJ onto the developmental a year ago, he joined the main roster a few months later. He’s been slowly built up on Nitro and Thunder and it has led to him capturing the WCW Crusierweight Champion! At last! One of my favorite wrestlers of all time finally wins the WCW Cruiserweight title!
  • Rowdy Roddy Piper turned heel when he attacked US Champion Chris Benoit on the Thunder after Halloween Havoc. If you guys recall at Halloween Havoc, Piper lost a first blood match to the Giant. Piper went crazy and attacked the referee after the match. This has led to the turn on Thunder as Piper is eyeing up the US title. Helping him out will be the newest stable in WCW – Legion. Him, Fit Finlay and Steven Regal have formed a British stable (which I’ve been planning for some time to elevate Finlay and Regal) and they are here to conquer WCW!
  • Booker T returned from his injury which led to him being left off of Halloween Havoc to attack Eddie Guerrero who’s been bad-mouthing him since he’s been injured. This has brought us to World War 3… when the two will finally get it on!

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Pre-Show – AJ Styles (c) def. Chavo Guerrero Jr. to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

The new champion AJ defends his title against Chavo Guerrero. A large reason for this match being done is because Chavo asked for it. Seeing as how neither man was in a feud at the time… why not? In this title match, AJ retained! I like that 88% rating for the cruiserweights.

Match 1 – Yoshihiro Tajiri and Keiji Mutoh def. “The All American Animals” Arn Anderson and Animal in a hardcore tag team match

This tag team feud came to an end tonight at World War 3, when the Asian Invasion’s Tajiri and Mutoh beat Animal and Arn! I think the team name for Arn Anderson and Animal needs working on! Firstly, I don’t think Animal and Arn are All-Americans! I tried thinking of a name that would make use of the three As in Animal and Arn Anderson! So All-American Animals was selected. If anyone has a better tag team name than All-American Animals, tweet at me @TomRobinson5199!

Match 2 – Booker T def. Eddie Guerrero

These two finally get it on after Booker returned from his injury. Booker pinned Eddie clean to win the match but Eddie got in a revenge attack afterwards. 95% and match of the night! I am very happy with this feud!

Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki def. Rey Mysterio Jr. and Ultimo Dragon w/Paul Heyman in a hardcore tag team match

A clean sweep of victories for the Asian Invasion. The leader Keiji Mutoh and Kensuke Sasaki also picking up the win in a feud with Rey Mysterio and Ultimo Dragon. Looking back, it would have made more sense to put Dragon with WCW Television Champion Rob Van Dam, because Dragon and RVD are both Paul Heyman guys. I just really like the idea of a Dragon/Mysterio team. But rest assured, Van Dam and Dragon will both be teaming after this PPV!

Match 4 – Randy Savage def. Bret Hart

Bret Hart got the victory at Halloween Havoc. Savage needed the win here! They’re all tied up at 1-1 in this feud! Great ratings as ever!

Match 5 – “Asbury Perfection” Bam Bam Bigelow (c) and Curt Hennig (c) def. Sting and Diamond Dallas Page in a steel cage match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

Asbury Perfection retain the titles! Sting and DDP are an effective tag team but Asbury Perfection had to go over. But Sting’s not done with the tag team just yet.

Match 6 – Rowdy Roddy Piper def. Chris Benoit (c) to win the WCW United States Championship

NEW CHAMP! Piper is the new champion after cheating against Benoit to win the title. He used Regal’s brass knuckles to win the title! 😄 A decent effort between the two! I can only imagine it can get better from here.

Match 7 – Raven def. Hollywood Hogan in a Texas Death match

The final match in this feud! Raven and Hogan have fought in epic battles at Fall Brawl and Halloween Havoc. However, all good things must come to an end. Even though I was going to put Hogan over in the end… Raven emerged the victor. I’ve had Raven beat Hogan twice already but I needed Raven to win the feud. Looking back, I probably should have put Hogan over in their Last Man Standing match. However, Hogan still came off big despite losing the feud. I consider this feud a success!

Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Scott Steiner with Ric Flair as the special guest referee to retain the WCW Championship

I really had no idea what type of match to make this blow-off match between Steiner and Jericho! It was the same for Hogan/Raven. I have all these new match types because I upped our riskiness but I’ve never found the right time to pull the trigger on them. I decided to make this guest referee after Flair made himself the ref. The constant taunts from Steiner during the match cause for Flair to snap and attack. Soon after, Jericho picks up the win with the Lionsault. A great victory for Jericho. Awesome ratings between these two. I was going to put Steiner over but it’s a bit too early in Jericho’s title reign for him to drop. I do plan to have Steiner win the belt one day but not right now. Besides, Jericho is already white hot so it’s better for him to be champion.

89% overall for the PPV. Awesome main event. Awesome match between Booker and Eddie. But the matches featuring Piper and Hogan dragged the rating down because they’re not THAT great in the ring at this time.

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 12 – HALLOWEEN HAVOC

Previously on WCW EWR….    Jericho retained the WCW Title, Raven beat Hogan and Dean Malenko got sidelined with an injury! But now it’s time for Halloween Havoc. This is the twelfth part in the series. We’re in 1999. Chris Jericho is our world champion. Raven is the biggest heel in the company. And Scott Steiner is currently going after the WCW Title! I couldn’t be happier!

However, while this WCW adventure has been fun, I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to keep doing this. I have an idea to do another thing like this but for a different timeline. Like I said at the start of this, there are all sorts of mods from the past to experiment with. Doing one of a modern-day WWE or TNA would be too obvious and I wanted to do something different. I’m probably going to do a January 2010 game with TNA because there’s a lot of potential with that one. If you guys recall, in 2010, Hogan came into the fold and brought in a bunch of new talent with him. Also, TNA decided to go head-to-head with WWE in a rather lame repeat of the Monday Night Wars. So it’s a great challenge for me. What will I do? Will I stay on Monday nights and compete with WWE? Will TNA rise to challenge the mighty WWE? So yeah, a lot of potential with this one. I did a whole year of this WCW one. So I might just do six months of TNA and then just go back to WCW. If the TNA one goes well, I might just do a rotation thing. Do six months for TNA and then six months for WCW etc. Because I don’t want to give up on the WCW game because a lot of stars are coming into their own. I just want to try something different in the near future! Anyway. It’s time for Halloween Havoc!

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This is the card we are ending it on! I hope you enjoy!

Pre-Show – Keiji Mutoh’s Sit-Down Protest Interrupted By Goldberg

For the third time in a row, the pre-show is an angle! I’m not purposely trying to make my pre-shows all angles, that’s just how it was! At least it wasn’t Ric Flair coming out to book a match like the last two PPVs! Mutoh was protesting about his steel cage match with Goldberg later on in the show but this was interrupted by Goldberg who ran him off. 83% for the angle building up their cage match!

Match 1 – The Giant def. Rowdy Roddy Piper in a first blood match

I swear, this is the very last time you’ll see these two in a match! I had The Giant pretty much destroy Piper in this one. Bloodied him. Beat him up. All sorts. Piper attacked the referee post-match in a fit of rage. I do have plans in mind for Piper in the future when I come back to WCW.

Match 2 – Jushin Thunder Liger and Tajiri def. Animal and Arn Anderson, and Rey Mysterio and Ultimo Dragon in a triple threat tag team match

I made a big of a mess of one of my new tag team feuds. I had planned for Jushin Thunder Liger and Tajiri from the Asian Invasion to be in a team feud with Ultimo Dragon and Rey Mysterio. However, I accidentally put them up against Animal and Arn Anderson! I had just put those two in a tag team and accidentally put them against Liger and Tajiri instead of the two cruiserweights! To be fair, Arn and Animal do work great tag team matches with Liger and Tajiri and are both quite over so it’s a good feud. But I really wanted to give Dragon and Mysterio the feud. Therefore I decided to keep the Animal/Anderson v Liger/Tajiri feud and for the PPV, I added Mysterio and Dragon in there for a triple threat tag team match. Liger and Tajiri went over in the finish.

Match 3 – Chris Benoit def. Eddie Guerrero to retain the WCW United States Championship

A bit of background. I had initially put Eddie in a feud with Booker T since both of them were really over after finishing feuds. However, just before the PPV, Booker T picked up a hand injury. He was ruled out for just a month, so I wasn’t pulling the plug on the feud. I instead had Eddie face the NEW United States Champion Chris Benoit! Benoit won the title from Scott Steiner on TV which I mentioned last time so I had him and Eddie fight for the title at Halloween Havoc. That was certainty the right call! 96% overall! Benoit and Eddie just always deliver when they’re booked in a match against each other!

Match 4 – Sting and Diamond Dallas Page def. Bam Bam Bigelow (c) and Curt Hennig (c) via DQ in a WCW Tag Team Championship match

Sting and DDP were just the perfect team for Hennig and Bam Bam to defend the titles against right now! Sting and DDP are both insanely over and had just won a team feud against Randy Savage and Eddie Guerrero – so it makes sense for them to feud with Sting and DDP. Sting and DDP won via DQ after interference from Asbury Perfection’s manager Ted DiBiase! A three-on-two beatdown followed as Bam Bam and Hennig held on to the belts… but for how long?

Match 5 – Bret Hart def. Randy Savage

Bret Hart won off a dusty finish DQ. Perry Saturn did the run in to help his Exiles buddy Savage. Great ratings from Savage and Hart. 92% overall! I’m really surprised I haven’t done this feud sooner!

Match 6 – Bill Goldberg def. Keiji Mutoh in a steel cage match

Goldberg won the feud with Mutoh in a steel cage match. Mutoh and Goldberg shook hands after the match but then Mutoh cheap-shotted him post-match. This feud didn’t go as well as I thought it would. Goldberg wasn’t really as elevated as I would have liked him to be and Mutoh lost a bit of overness from losing the feud. It’s gonna take a bit of work to push Goldberg I’m afraid!

Match 7 – Raven def. Hollywood Hogan in a last man standing match This is a very brutal encounter.

These two are smacking each other with chairs, fighting in the crowd. Raven is just whacking Hogan on the back with a chair like when Triple H did the same to Taker in the Hell In A Cell match. Hogan is clawing his way back up after every shot until Raven just blasts him over the head. Raven wants to continue to attack him but the ref pleads with him to just stop and let him count to ten. Raven responds by laying him out with a chair. Raven grabs another chair and is setting up for a conchairto. As Raven lifts up the chair, Hogan low blows him. Hogan smacked him with a chair. Hogan wraps the chair around the neck of Raven is calling for the Leg Drop. He goes to the rope but Raven escapes from the chair just before he does it. He escapes and blasts Hogan with a chair and follows up with a DDT. The ref gets up and Raven beats the count. However, Raven collapses just after he wins.

Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Scott Steiner in a submission match to retain the WCW Championship

The awesome ratings from this feud continues as Jericho beats Steiner in a submission match after Benoit helps him. A solid ending to the PPV!   So yeah, that was Halloween Havoc!

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 11 – FALL BRAWL

Previously on EWR WCW 1998…

A new era arose here in WCW. Chris Jericho, who had JUST won the WCW Title on Nitro, successfully defended the belt against Raven, Randy Savage and Sting in a fatal four way match to assert himself as the top dog in WCW! We saw a shocking end to the Scott Steiner/Hollywood Hogan feud when Hogan was screwed out of the win… by Raven! Bam Bam and Curt Hennig defended the WCW Tag Titles in an exciting fatal four way against Bret Hart/Chris Benoit, the Outsiders and Dean Malenko/Ultimo Dragon among other events at Road Wild!

I just want to point out that the Outsiders vs Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon feud was supposed to end on this Fall Brawl PPV. However, Dean Malenko was struck down with a bicep injury and is ruled out for 7 MONTHS! So unfortunately, I could not end this feud at Fall Brawl which I had planned. Also a bummer, with Malenko’s injury his tag team with Ultimo Dragon is over which is a shame because they were supposed to go after the tag titles after this.

Anyway, the show must go on and Ultimo was still used on this PPV! So now it’s time for FALL BRAWL… sadly not including this match… 😦


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Pre-Show – Ric Flair Announces Dean Malenko’s Injury, Books TV Title match

Now I know I did this in the last PPV, but Flair is a great ratings grabber and I was really unsure about what to put on the pre-show. There were a lot of people that I wanted to give the spot to and I was actually considering booking a 20 man battle royal with the winner getting a TV Title shot later that night! However, battle royals don’t really get good ratings on Extreme Warfare Revenge. So I decided to do a Ric Flair segment…

Ric Flair comes out and announces that he will referee the Roddy Piper vs The Giant match later on in the show to make sure there is order in that hugely intense rivalry (a move made to try and give that match some added umph). He says that the scheduled Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon vs Outsiders match has been called off due to an injury sustained by Malenko on Thunder. He announces that Malenko has injured his bicep and is out for at least six months. Paul Heyman comes out with his two clients Dragon and WCW Television Champion Rob Van Dam. Heyman says that he is appalled that the reigning defending WCW Television Champion Rob Van Dam is not scheduled to compete on pay-per-view and says that Ultimo Dragon is also looking for action. Heyman gives Flair two options…. either let Rob Van Dam take the place of Malenko in the tag team match with the Outsiders OR have Dragon and RVD added to the WCW Tag Team title match involving Benoit, Bret and Asbury Perfection. This brings out Asian Invasion members Jushin Thunder Liger and Kensuke Sasaki who says that they deserve to be in the tag team title match as their stable have dominated WCW. Flair cuts everybody off and says that all the other matches on the show are set in stone. However, he decides that since everybody wants a piece of the action, why not have a fatal four way match tonight? If RVD wants to defend the TV title and if Dragon, Sasaki and Liger all want action, it’s going to be Van Dam defending the TV title against all three of them in a fatal four way later on in the show!

 

Match 1 – Bill Goldberg def. Keiji Mutoh

The main show opens with the continuation of the Goldberg/Mutoh feud. Goldberg won clean in this one in the second PPV match between the two. Mutoh’s a lot more over than Goldberg so it was important for him to do the job if we want to elevate Goldberg. Mutoh did a revenge attack post-match indicating that things aren’t settled here between the up-and-comer Goldberg and the legendary Mutoh.

 

Match 2 – “Asbury Perfection” Bam Bam Bigelow (c) and Curt Hennig (c) def. Chris Benoit and Bret Hart in a tag team tables match to retain the WCW Tag Team Championship

This feud ended with Bam Bam and Hennig retaining the belts. Benoit and Bret would have been a great tag team  and I got road agent notes saying they worked well as a team afterwards. However, Bam Bam and Hennig will continue to be WCW Tag champions for a while I believe and I think they’re the right team to be holding the belts! Benoit and Har argued post-match

 

Match 3 – Booker T def. Tajiri in a Falls Count Anywhere match

Booker T won the feud with Tajiri in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Mutoh inadvertently cost Tajiri the match. Booker had to go over in this feud in my opinion. Somebody questioned my decision to put Tajiri over in their match at Road Wild so I decided to have Booker go over. Booker’s now white hot as far as overness is concerned but Tajiri is still the Cruiserweight champion! So everybody’s happy!

 

Match 4 – Rob Van Dam def. Ultimo Dragon, Jushin Thunder Liger and Kensuke Sasaki in a fatal four way elimination match to retain the WCW Television Championship

So the match announced early on. RVD puts the TV title on the line against fellow Paul Heyman guy Ultimo Dragon and two members of the Asian Invasion, Jushin Thunder Liger and Kensuke Sasaki. This was a fatal four way elimination match. Liger went out first, followed by Sasaki leaving Dragon and RVD as the final two. RVD then beat Dragon at the end to retain the TV title followed by a handshake between the two Paul Heyman guys. I really wanted it to be Dragon and RVD in the final two as I wanted Dragon to look really strong despite losing his partner. However, RVD is still the man who I want as TV Champion right now! Hell of a match. Did a much better rating than I expected!

 

Match 5 – The Giant def. Rowdy Roddy Piper with Ric Flair as the special guest referee

Like I said last time, not exactly a great technical match but these two were over. Flair was named special referee for this one because I really wanted to do something different with these two. It ended when Flair DQ’d Piper for hitting The Giant with a chair. Piper attacked Flair as a result post-match.

 

Match 6 – Sting and Diamond Dallas Page def. Eddie Guerrero and Randy Savage in a hardcore tag team match

These two teams had formed brief alliances as I kind of wanted to avoid doing singles feuds between these four guys all the time. It’s kind of been like two different singles feuds coming together in this big tag team match at the PPV. As you guys know, DDP beat Eddie at the PPV and Sting and Savage are always feuding with each other. Hell, Savage cost Sting the WCW Title! So a huge wild hardcore tag match at the end was how I settled it. I’d imagine these four going into the crowd and doing very nutty things. Sting and DDP got the win in the end! 91% overall!

 

Match 7 – Raven def. Hollywood Hogan

Raven defeated Hollywood Hogan CLEAN! Yes, Hogan was willing to do the job to Raven clean at Fall Brawl which I was happy with. I wanted to provide a shocking clean win for Raven. Raven would just be all over Hogan from the get go. Raven has mentally got under Hogan’s skin since the feud started and Raven takes advantage of that to win in convincing fashion. Raven practically no sells Hogan’s hulking-up attempt as he blocks Hogan’s first right after Hulking up and drops him with the DDT for the win. I’m digging this rating of 86%! Their match quality was poor but the fans were into it!

 

Match 8 – Chris Jericho (c) def. Scott Steiner to retain the WCW World Championship

Jericho beat Steiner after botched interference from Steiner’s buddy Eric Bischoff which led to Jericho picking up the win! A solid way to end the PPV with a 96% overall rating! I like it!

By the way, Steiner was walking into this match as the WCW United States Champion. I had Steiner drop the US title to Benoit the next night on Nitro, because he really didn’t need the title if he was competing for the WCW World title does he?

 

86% overall rating for the PPV!