EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 29 – SUPERBRAWL 2001

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Previously on WCW EWR…

Souled Out’s top higlights were Chris Jericho retaining the WCW title against Booker T after getting disqualified and Jeff Hardy won the cruiserweight title in the match of the night against Jamie Noble.

Now it’s time for SuperBrawl…

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Pre-Show – Ted DiBiase Announces His Retirement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 6 – SPRING STAMPEDE

Previously on WCW EWR…

We wrapped up a number of feuds at Uncensored as the new WCW World Champion Raven retained against Sting due to interference by Eddie Guerrero in a Last Man Standing match! Chris Jericho also won his feud with Bret Hart while the Outsiders retained against Booker T and The Giant.

Many feuds ended and changed by the time Spring Showdown so let me just outline all the feuds…

  • Exiles Leader and WCW World Champion started feuding with Bret Hart. Even though Bret Hart had lost the TV title feud to Jericho, he was still 100 over. So him and Raven was put in place for the WCW Title…
  • The Ric Flair vs Hollywood Hogan feud was still going on with Flair having just been removed from power as WCW President. The rematch between the two would take place at Spring Stampede. If Flair won, he got his power back. If Flair lost, he would never appear in WCW again!
  • Sting turned his attentions to the extremely-over Eddie Guerrrero after Eddie cost him the WCW Title match at Uncensored.
  • Here’s the biggest change of them all… WCW Television Champion Chris Jericho turned FACE to fight the Outsiders alongside Chris Benoit! I really wanted another top babyface and Jericho was the perfect candidate. Him and US Champion Chris Benoit would face the Tag Champions the Outsiders, with all the belts on the line. So if Nash and Hall won, Nash would win the US and Hall the TV. But if Benoit and Jericho (who already had the name Canadian Violence) won, they’d win the tag titles.
  • Scott Steiner broke off from Rick Steiner to feud with Booker T. The team never neccesarily broke up in some dramatic fashion. I just had the two of them doing separate things. I may have them reform, but it depends on how Steiner does here. The gimmick was that Booker had kept on beating Steiner on Nitro and this was pissing Scott off. This led to a number one contendership match for the US Championship at Spring Stampede…
  • Keiji Mutoh and Rob Van Dam had been requesting matches with each other for so long, so I decided to have them feud after they wrapped up their last feuds. This would be a kind-of respect story where RVD was trying to get the respect of Mutoh. It’s like the Cesaro/Sami Zayn storyline from NXT.
  • The idea of Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger as a tag team was appealing so I had them team up to take on the nWo’s Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig.
  • DDP was continuing his feud with Randy Savage that began just after Uncensored.
  • ECW also went out of business in my game! So Paul Heyman became available and I signed him up! At the end of the post, I will announce who’s the newest Paul Heyman guy…

So let’s get to it. Spring Stampede!
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Pre-Show – Ultimo Dragon (c) defeated Chavo Guerrero and Dean Malenko in a triple threat elimination match to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship

These three were the hottest three cruiserweights, so I stuck them in a three way dance for the cruiserweight belt. Chavo went out first and then Ultimo Dragon defeated his friend and tag team partner Dean Malenko to retain the cruiserweight title!

 

Match 1 – Diamond Dallas Page def. Randy Savage

A rematch from Uncensored. DDP did win the match at Uncensored but I wanted him to win again because Savage was going over at the end of the feud. He won off a botched interference from Savage’s manager Sable. Despite him eventually losing the feud to Savage, DDP looked strong off two PPV wins over Savage.

 

Match 2 – Rey Mysterio and Jushin Thunder Liger def. Bam Bam Bigelow and Curt Hennig

So yeah. These two teams never had that high overness rating but I felt these two could have a good tag team feud. I liked the idea of a Liger/Mysterio team and Bam Bam and Hennig were the secondary tag team of the nWo (behind the Outsiders). So it seemed a decent pairing of tag teams. Mysterio and Liger got the win in the first PPV match between these two as they needed a bit of momentum. This would lead to a manager coming up to Hennig and Bam Bam saying, “Hey listen. You guys need me on your side to beat these guys,” leading to the reintroduction of a manager I forgot I had on the roster!

 

Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh def. Rob Van Dam

This match didn’t perform as much as I would have hoped considering they’ve been requesting to do a program together for ages. They’ve had good matches on TV before but here it struggled to get ratings. It’s like the Jericho/Wyatt feud… good on paper, not as great in reality. Mutoh wins because I like the thought of RVD trying to earn the legend’s respect by beating him. He struggles at the start but he will eventually get there.

 

Match 4 – Booker T def. Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner had risen to amazing overness heights following a number of huge tag team feuds with his brother Rick and Booker T came off the feud with the Outsiders very well. Solution? Feud them! I decided to do a storyline where Booker T would beat Scott all the time and Scott would keep getting pissed off. I think Booker won like two matches before this match. He won again, which led to Steiner attacking Booker. I do like the ratings this feud is getting me.

 

Match 5 – “Canadian Violence” Chris Benoit (c) and Chris Jericho (c) def. “The Outsiders” Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to win the WCW Tag Team Championship. Benoit’s United States Championship and Jericho’s Television Championship were also on the line

I had been planning this for a while. I wanted the Outsiders to lose the tag titles but I needed two strong faces to beat them. Benoit and Jericho were already a tag team and they were on par with the Outsiders as far as overness. So I had them do a titles for titles match at Spring Stampede. The Outsiders would put the tag titles on the line against US Champ Benoit and TV Champ Jericho (a.k.a. Canadian Violence), who were putting their belts on the line as well (by the way, if the Outsiders had won, Nash would have won US/Hall would have won TV). Benoit and Jericho won the titles, giving us new tag team champions for the first time since Starrcade!

 

Match 6 – Sting def. Eddie Guerrero

After Eddie jumping him over and over, Sting got his revenge in their first one-on-one encounter. Sting defeated Eddie after botched interference from Chavo Guerrero. Despite losing, Eddie looked strong and gained overness! Good news!

 

Match 7 – Ric Flair def. Hollywood Hogan (If Ric Flair won, he regains power as WCW President. If Hogan won, Ric Flair would never appear in WCW again)

Flair getting revenge for Hogan beating him at Uncensored and regaining control of WCW. Botched interference by Eric Bischoff led to Flair getting the win.

 

Match 8 – Raven def. Bret Hart to retain the WCW Championship

Highest overall rating of the show. Raven retained after cheating – hitting Bret with the chair after the ref was knocked down.

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 4 – SUPERBRAWL

IT’S TIME FOR SUPERBRAWL!

 

Previously on WCW EWR….

Rivalries were carried on from Starrcade at Souled Out, and we had a lot of interesting developments. We had nWo leader Hollywood Hulk Hogan fail to capture the World Title from Sting after a dusty finish, Raven retained the TV Title against DDP after Goldberg inadvertently helped Raven and the Steiners and the Guerreros continued to pull out quality ratings.

There was a lot of time from Souled Out to this PPV Superbrawl, so let me bulletpoint the big events that happened on Nitro, Thunder etc since then…

  • Raven won the feud DDP and was easily the biggest heel in the company. So a feud with the WCW World Champion Sting was in order (and was what I was planning all along… muahahaha!). However, Raven was still the Television champion, which I still considered a mid-card belt (even though it had the same amount of prestige as the World Title!). I felt Raven had to drop the belt, however I didn’t want him to lose it in the ring and risk losing overness. So I pulled a Steve-Austin and had Raven drop the belt, saying he didn’t need the belt and was going after the World Title. After multiple attacks with his new allies Public Enemy, Raven had taken the wind out of the Stinger’s tail..,
  • Chris Jericho ended up winning the vacated TV Championship after winning a fatal four way elimination match and then ended up winning the feud with The Giant. His next feud? Bret Hart!
  • DDP’s reward for putting Raven over was a feud with the man that lost the WCW Title feud to Sting… Hollywood Hogan! It’s been a difficult time for DDP to get points over in the feud due to Hogan’s Creative Control! However, I still planned on having DDP win the feud.
  • Chris Benoit had been feuding with WCW United States Champion Keiji Mutoh, and fought him in the last few feuds. However, Mutoh won both matches. However, Benoit laughed last after defeating Mutoh in an Ironman match to win the US Championship… helped tremendously by their matches for the belt! But I decided to give Benoit a mega-star to defend the belt against… “Macho Man” Randy Savage, who was victorious in his feud with Roddy Piper following interference by his new bodyguard The Big Bossman!
  • I turned the Steiners heel after they won the feud with the Guerreros. They would run in on Nitro to “save” Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio from The Outsiders. However, they turned on Rey and RVD – bolstering up my heel tag team ranks!
  • I had Eddie and Chavo feud with one another because I was planning on turning Eddie face and here’s why. Chavo was my reigning WCW Cruiserweight Champion and was even more over than Eddie. However with my two top face Crusierweights RVD and Mysterio feuding with The Steiners, I felt I had a shortage in top face cruiserweights. After the feud was made however, I soon discovered that Dean Malenko and Ultimo Dragon were both getting super over! However, I still had this Guerrero feud in place! So I had Chavo drop the belt to Ultimo and Eddie/Chavo continued their feud as a kinda “Who’s-The-Better-Guerrero” feud with both of them heel. Like one trying to outdo the other but still remain a team. It was going to be hard to get this heat, but I figured I could pull something out of the bag.
  • Keiji Mutoh was also feuding with Piper after they both lost their feuds, and the Outsiders were FINALLY set to end their feud with Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.

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Pre-Show – Booker T, The Giant and Goldberg def. nWo members Lex Luger, Bam Bam Bigelow and Mr Perfect

Looking back, I probably should have put Jushin Thunder Liger in the face team but I wanted three top faces to go against three members of the nWo in the pre-show. The Giant had feuded with the nWo’s Lex Luger before and he was over, so that’s why I put him in. Booker was quite over himself so he got a  spot. And I wanted to push Goldberg so he was in there too. Luger, Perfect and Bigelow were the most over nWo members NOT in feuds so that’s why they were there (I would have put Konnan but he was injured at the time). The faces got the win with Goldberg pinning Bigelow because Luger refused to let Goldberg go over. -.-

 

Match 1 – Ultimo Dragon (c) def. Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero and Dean Malenko in a fatal four way elimination match to retain the WCW Crusierweight Championship

The top four crusierweights in the company gave me a hell of an opener in the main show. I wanted a bit more for my overall rating but 86% is alright. They gave me good match quality ratings and Ultimo retained. Eddie and Chavo were feuding with each other and cancelled each other out and Dean Malenko wasn’t over enough, so Ultimo retained!

 

Match 2 – Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam def. Scott Steiner and Rick Steiner via DQ

The Steiners had been on top throughout most of the feud so far, so I wanted Mysterio and RVD to go over at the PPV. They were fine with that, but refused to go out clean to the duo. So I had Mysterio/RVD win via DQ after Scott hit RVD with a chair! They ended up brawling to the back. This feud’s getting a less overall rating than Guerreros/Steiners were getting but they did better than the opener. Pleased!

 

Match 3 – Keiji Mutoh def. Rowdy Roddy Piper

Mutoh won this match after interference by Tajiri – the second most over person in his stable “Asian Invasion”. So yeah, Mutoh had a group of himself , Tajiri and Kensuke Sasaki and I’d figured put him against Piper, who’s incredibly over. This match got a 87% overall, which surprised me. And also good news for Mutoh as he’s getting over!

 

Match 4 – Bret Hart def. Chris Jericho (c) via count out in a match for the WCW Television Championship

Match of the night by a landslide! 96% OVERALL! That’s fantastic! Interestingly enough though, none of the crowd reaction, match quality or anything like that got 100%! It was like 98 and 95 or something. But ultra-pleased with this. I didn’t want Jericho beating Bret Hart early in the feud but I also wanted him as my TV Champion. So Jericho got himself counted-out and got beat up by Bret for it.

 

Match 5 – Hollywood Hogan def. Diamond Dallas Page

Creative Control strikes again as Hogan refused to lose to DDP… even by like DQ or count out. He wanted to win so I gave him the victory due to interference by Eric Bischoff. DDP got revenge though by fighting them both off to stand tall. The match quality sucked big time on this one but the crowd reaction was 100% because of Hogan. So if anything, he saved it from being a total let-down of a rating. 80% overall.

 

Match 6 – The Outsiders (c) def. Ric Flair and Arn Anderson

At last, the feud between these teams ended! The Outsiders went over for the third PPV in a row to win the feud! I was tempted to have Arn and Ric go over, but Ric was a non-wrestler and I wouldn’t be able to have him fight on Nitro and Thunder. So the Outsiders had to win… even though they did let me put Ric and Arn over when I was about to! 86% overall… which says a lot because the Cruiserweight Title match got the same rating!

Match 7 – Chris Benoit (c) def. Randy Savage to retain the WCW United States Championship

Benoit went over clean in this one. Savage never complained about it, which was awesome (he didn’t have creative control, but it was nice that he was willing to put Benoit over). At this point, I was considering putting Savage over at the end of the feud but I kinda didn’t want Benoit to lose the title yet. 87% overall. Three matches all getting 87%! Come on guys! In the 90s!

 

Match 8 – Raven def. Sting (c) to win the WCW World Championship

After beating the likes of DDP and Jushin Thunder Liger, after vacating the TV Championship and after aligning with Public Enemy… Raven got what he wanted the most! He defeated Sting to become the WCW Champion… but how?

I mentioned early on that Raven had joined forces with the Public Enemy. But another little group was also being formed. Randy Savage and his manager Sable had formed an alliance with The Big Bossman. However on Nitro, Public Enemy and Savage and Bossman got into a pull apart brawl after PE cost Savage and Bossman a tag team match. However, near the end of the WCW World Championship match at Superbrawl the ref gets taken out. Savage comes running down the isle seemingly for Savage… but BOOM! Savage hits Sting with the WCW Title! Raven then covered Sting for the 1, 2, 3! Afterwards, Raven and Savage SHOOK hands to symbolize the dawn of a new powerhouse stable in WCW… The Exiles!

  • Raven (Co-Leader and WCW Champion)
  • Randy Savage (Co-Leader and the Macho Man!)
  • The Big Bossman (The Fixer… or something)
  • Sable (The second lady of Savage)
  • “Public Enemy” Rocco Rock and Johnny Grunge (The cronies)

BY GAWD! A new day is here in WCW! The Exiles are here!