WCW Souled Out
January 24th 1998
Live, on PPV, from Trotwood, Ohio
: Well folks, tonight is the night! WCW’s landscape will surely change after this evening!
We have 8 explosive matches coming your way, fans. WCW is the best wrestling promotion in the world, and tonight WCW will prove why.
“The Total Package’’ Lex Luger vs “Macho Man’’ Randy Savage (with Elizabeth).
Savage is filled with rage as the bell rings, and he starts with kicks and punches to the midsection of Lex. Luger doubles over in pain, and is kicked harder with his every attempt to get back to an upright position. Savage grabs a handful of Luger’s hair and bounces his head off the turnbuckle. Savage starts to punch away at the head of Luger. Luger blocks one big, wild haymaker and tries to punch back but Savage gives a quick shoulder block to Lex, and backs away from Luger, leaving The Total Package standing in the corner. Savage takes a 5 step run at Luger and crushes him into the corner. Luger collapses to the mat, and lays motionless face first on the mat.
Miss Elizabeth is slapping her hands on the mat, but it is not clear if she is cheering on her longtime husband, Randy Savage or Lex Luger. Savage yells for her to shut up as he puts his knee into Lugers back and cups his hands under the chin of Lex. Luger stretches his leg toward the ropes, but he is just out of reach. Liz continues to clap her hands together and shout words of encouragement. Macho Man snaps at her again, telling her to shut her trap! Luger is groaning in awkward pain, and he is having a hard time breathing. Savage stands up slightly and slams his knee hard into Lugers back, and the Lex Express screams in pain. Elizabeth stands on the apron and calls for Savage. Savage stands, and faces Liz. Savage yells at Miss Elizabeth, saying that he will deal with her when he is done with Luger. Luger stands up slowly, and tries to regain his senses. Savage comes at him hard and Luger ducks. Macho Man comes off the ropes and Lex is able to deliver a stiff elbow to the chest of Savage. Luger falls to his knees and tries to find a way to gain the upper hand. Luger, still from his knees, punches at the head and chest of Savage. Luger doesn’t want to let Savage to his feet, and the Macho Man is rolling violently, looking for an opening. Luger gets to his feet, and delivers a quick elbow to Savage, who writhes in pain. Luger looks toward Liz for approval, but this proves fatal as Savage hurries to his knees and delivers a low blow to Luger. Savage stands up, holding his abdomen. He spits on Luger and tells him to stay the hell away from his wife.
Savage drops down to the floor and grabs a chair. He hops back into the ring. The ref is checking on Luger, who is claiming the low blow. Savage waves his hands to the crowd, egging on a mixed reaction. Savage holds the chair high over his head and is about to come down onto Luger, when Liz grabs the chair and yanks it from her husband. The ref hears the argument between Elizabeth and Savage and turns to see Elizabeth holding the chair. The now on his knees Luger looks on in confusion as Savage disappears from the foray in the ring. Luger pleads with Liz, asking why she has the chair… is she trying to screw him? The ref warns her of a disqualification. Suddenly, Liz closes her eyes and flinches. There is a loud, metallic thud and Luger hits the ground. Savage stands over Luger, chair in hand, and points at The Total Package. Savage holds the chair to Luger’s throat and begins to choke him with the back of it.
Elizabeth enters the ring, chair still in hand. Savage calls for her to smack Luger in his chest and head. She holds the chair high in the air. Luger gasps feverishly. Elizabeth closes her eyes and swings as hard as she can, whacking Savage right in the back of the skull. Savage hits his face on the legs of the chair and collapses next to Luger. Liz looks at both men, and slowly backs out of the ring. What have I done?
This Match has been declared a No Contest
Star rating: * ½
Backstage: Hollywood Hogan is interviewed by Mean Gene Okerlund.
: Hollywood Hogan, you are in a match tonight, for the World Title. What will be your strategy against Bret “Hitman” Hart and WCW Champion, Sting.
: Well, Mean Gene, I’m going to let those two beat each other up, and then I’ll pick up the pieces. I’m smart, I’m an icon, and I’m bringing my trump cards.
: And who might that be?
You’ll see. Oh, you’ll see
Hogan smiles widely as he walks out of camera frame.
Well Tony, you heard it here. Hogan is confident, and he has something up his sleve!
Tony Schiavone: I hope Sting and Hart have a plan as well, Mike, because the last thing WCW needs is to lose their top belt back to the n.W.o.
Both are phenomenal competitors, so I’m sure they have a plan. Now, it’s Cruiserweight Championship time, Tony!
This is sure to be a fantastic match.
Cruiserweight Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio jr.
Eddie and Rey slap hands at the bell rings, and the two friends circle each other slowly. Eddie lunges forward, but right before he reaches the grasps of Rey, he backs up slightly. Rey misses on a wild haymaker, which seems to rile Eddie up. Eddie and Rey slowly lock hands, and engage in a short battle for positioning. Eddie’s size advantage allows him to force Rey backwards. Rey’s feet remain on the ground, but he is bent all the way backwards so his knees are bent, and his upper-body is parallel with the mat. Eddie quickly releases the move, and in one motion delivers an elbow drop to the midsection. Eddie smiles, and quickly puts Mysterio into an arm bar. Rey flips forward, to take the pressure off of his shoulder. Not to be outdone, Eddie twists Rey’s arm twice more, and then forces him forward, flipping him head over heels. Rey lands square on his backside, and Eddie applies a textbook sleeper hold. Rey is able to quickly get to his feet and delivers a back body drop to Guerrero followed by a standing senton. Rey waits for Eddie to get himself into a seated position, and the high flyer delivers a basement drop kick to the back of Guerrero. Eddie screams in pain. His body was awkwardly forced forward and he clutches his chest area. Rey stands up Eddie and wrenches his arm behind his back. Rey tries to bounce Eddie off the ropes, but Eddie holds on to them, as Mysterio attempts a dropkick, landing square on his back.
Guerrero continues to clutch his chest. He smiles again, and waves his arms out to his side, egging on the crowd. Rey is slow to his feet and Guerrero is ready for him with several punches to the midsection. He gives a stiff kick to the gut, and goes for a power bomb. Mysterio is able to reverse into a Hurricanrana. Eddie is quick to kick out of the ensuing pin attempt. Mysterio comes off the ropes, jumps over Eddie, and then delivers a perfect bulldog to the champion, coming off the opposite ropes. Rey goes quickly, as he can, to the top ropes. He attempts a moonsault on Guerrero, but Eddie got his knees up, causing Rey to roll toward the apron in pain. Eddie hops to his feet, and again smiles at the crowd, who seem to really love the athleticism. Eddie points to the sky. He hooks Rey in a suplex position, and delivers a beautifully devastating suplex. He twists his hips, rolls to his feet, and never having released Rey, hits a second suplex. Tenay and Schiavone sell how he has been doing this for years in Mexico, so Rey should have been able to scout it out.
After the impact of the second suplex, Eddie rolls his hips, extending his legs far over the head of Mysterio as he attempts to roll, but Rey is able to use his free arm to grab the ankle of Eddie and rolls it into a quick pin. Eddie kicks out at 2, and he is heated as he gets to his feet. He is quick to his Mysterio with a drop kick, and for the fourth time smiles widely at Mysterio. He walks slowly over to the motionless Rey, and kicks him in the face, shoulder, arm, midsection, and legs all down his left side, working his way from head to toe. He then grabs the legs, and hits a knee drop to the groin. The crowd boo’s Guerrero’s heelish tactic against his ‘’friend.’’ He then wrenches the knee of Mysterio and walks around the ring, rolling his wrists at his sides. The crowd begins to really boo, but Eddie doesn’t care, he feels like a star.
Eddie grabs Mysterio by his mask and stands him up. He has a fistful of the back of the mask of Mysterio as he looks toward the crowd and chuckles. His opponent is out on his feet, held up only by the hand of Guerrero. Eddie reaches his arm far back and prepares to strike Rey. Rey is able to use both arms to block the punch, and grabbing the wrists of the Champion, slides between his legs. He hits a double kneed back breaker on Eddie, followed by a spinning leg drop. Mysterio has been grounded most of the match, and he is ready to fly. He picks up Guerrero and leads him to the ropes. Rey bounces Eddie off the far ropes, hops to the top rope, and hits a whisper in the wind, on charging Guerrero. Eddie falls perfectly, and Rey heads to the apron. Eddie is slow to his feet, but is apparently paying close attention to where he is in the ring. As he stands, Rey attempts a springboard cross body, but Guerrero ducks. Rey lands on his feet, but his momentum carries him into the far ropes and he receives a massive spinning elbow from Guerrero. Guerrero heads up to the top ropes and delivers a Frog Splash onto Rey. The ref counts out the 3 count, which Eddie counts with his fingers along with the ref.
Winner, and still WCW Cruiserweight Champion: Eddie Guerrero
Star Rating: ***
Backstage: Mean Gene interviews Bret “Hitman” Hart.
I’m here with Bret Hart, tonight, Hitman, you have a match against WCW Champion Sting, and Hollywood Hogan. What is your plan tonight?
Gene, you know I’m a guy who keeps my promises. I may not win, but I promise Hulk Hogan won’t. This is a two man race.
What about the n.W.o.? Aren’t they a concern?
I am The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be. If, Degenerates up north don’t scare me, why would a cheap, watered down version of en-dubbya-oh will scare the Hitman? Tonight, either Sting or Me, but not Hogan. Guaranteed.
WCW United States Championship Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs Curt Hennig.
Hennig comes out first, n.W.o. music blaring on the P.A. system. Hennig is followed closely by Eric Bischoff.
*Self High Five*
Page’s music hits, but the United States Champion is nowhere to be seen. Hennig and Bischoff stare down the ramp, looking for Page to emerge from the entrance ramp. His music stops abruptly. Bischoff grabs a microphone and looks overly confident as he smiles toward the crowd.
“Well… DDP isn’t man enough to show up to face Curt Hennig. Page, you have about 15 seconds to get in this ring, or you will be giving up your US title, to your scheduled opponent, Curt Hennig! 15….14….13….12…. Wow, Page you must not want to keep that belt! Where was I? 10…9….’’
‘’yo! It’s me! It’s me! It’s D…D…P….”
emerges from the crowd. The camera searches for him, showing the concern on Bischoff’s face for a few seconds before Page is shown, among the people.
‘’I just had to run out here, because you sent you crony, The Giant to my dressing room to take me out, but he didn’t know that I was in the same dressing room as….”
In the ring, Bischoff says ‘please not Goldberg…’as Page pauses and looks around to his people as he trots to the ring, through the crowd.
‘’Goldberg! So The Giant was a little distracted, and I slipped out the door, and come out here to defend my strap!”
Page is now in the ring. He walks up to Hennig, mouthing away from the mic. Bischoff goes to hit Page, but DDP catches his arm, and twists him into a diamond cutter! The bell rings, and Page goes hard after Hennig. Hennig is stunned that he will have to wrestle, and Page takes advantage. Page pummels Hennig with vicious right hands to the face, and chest area. Page tosses Hennig off the ropes, and delivers a back body drop to the Perfect One. Hennig sells his pain, grabbing his lower back, as Schiavone and Tenay run down Hennig’s history of back surgery and injuries. Page goes right back to work on the lower back of Hennig, delivering a hard knee to the base of the Perfect Spine. Hennig rolls onto his back, and is holding his hips high in the air, still grasping his back. Page quickly delivers a brutal elbow to the neck of Hennig, and goes for a pin, Hennig kicks out at 1. The Perfect One rolls to his knees.
Page comes toward Hennig, but is met with a shoulder block in the stomach. He doubles over in pain and gets a hard uppercut to the face. Page staggers away. Page calms himself, and collects his senses. He turns around to come hard at Hennig, but is met with a few textbook punches to the face. Page staggers into the corner and is getting a mud hole stomped into him. Hennig gets Page to the mat, seated in the corner. He puts a knee to the Champions throat and the ref counts to stop the hold. At 4, Hennig releases and the ref grabs him by the shoulder. Hennig tosses the ref, turns around and crushes Page’s face with a boot to the nose. Page slouches in the corner. Hennig is still chewing on his gum, and returns to his nonchalant posture as he moseys over to DDP.
Hennig does his patented snap kicks to Page and forces him to squirm. Page has nowhere to go. He tries to block the kicks, but Hennig is just too strong. Hennig, finally satisfied with the damage he has done, stands Page up, and delivers a textbook belly-to-belly suplex. Page flies across the ring, and Hennig smiles at his accomplishment. Hennig slowly rolls towards Page and goes for the cover. Surely, Page is done, he couldn’t even stand under his own power, BEFORE the suplex.
NO! Page kicks out at the last possible second. Schiavone is dying on the announce table, as the things coming from his mouth can barely be described as “words.” Tenay and Schiavone both started to proclaim a new champion, until the ref finally holds two fingers high. Hennig is distraught, but know that he must continue the fight. Page rolls to his side, leaving his ribcage and chest open to the onslaught. Hennig blasts Page once directly in the ribs, and Page recoils in pain. Hennig tenses his leg for a second punt-like kick to Page’s midsection, but Page is ready this time. The Champ snatches Hennig’s leg and rolls away from him, causing The Perfect One to roll over Page, and onto his chest. Page then locks his legs around Hennig’s leg and twists his ankle. Hennig’s arms are already at the ropes, and he grabs on quickly. Page releases the hold, and is the first to his feet.
Page is staggering around, trying to regain his senses. Hennig sees an opportunity and runs at Page, looking for a clothesline. Page ducks, and Hennig comes off the ropes. DDP catches the lunging Hennig with a massive lariat of his own! Page is beyond exhausted as the two hit the mat. The United States Champion is the first to his feet. Instead of go for a cover, DDP wants a little revenge. He stands Hennig up and starts to punch away at his neck and head. Page then tosses Hennig to the floor. Page slides slowly out of the ring, and follows Hennig, who staggers around the far side, looking to catch his breath. Page turns Hennig around, looking to punch him, but is met with a quick boot the gut. Hennig then bounces Page’s head off the barricade several times. Page collapses to his knees, head resting against the cold steel separating the fans and the wrestlers. Hennig takes a two step run, and knees Page as hard as he can. Page collapses. Hennig tosses DDP back into the ring, and goes for the pin.
No! Again, Page is resilient. The US Champ has some fight left in him. Hennig wants this over. He yells a few obscenities toward the ref, and head to the top rope. Hennig spits his gum out, and swats it toward the crowd. Hennig waits for Page to stand, and looks like a flying clothesline is his weapon of choice. At 6 foot 3, 260 lbs, Curt Hennig is no small man, but as he leaps high into the air, he looks as graceful as a cruiserweight. The fans ohh and aah at Hennig’s altitude. Page takes advantage of Hennig’s uneccesarily high leap, and does something that shocks the fans beyond belief. Page nails a Diamond Cutter to the Perfect Curt Hennig. Hennig convulses on the mat. Page stands up, surprised almost. He holds his hands high in the air, making the Diamond Cutter sign! The pin is academic. Diamond Dallas Page just wowed the fans with the most innovative Diamond Cutter to date.
Winner, and still WCW United States Champion: Diamond Dallas Page
Star Rating: **3/4
Backstage: Mean Gene finds Sting.
Sting.. Sting… can I have a word?
Sting just stares at Gene. Okerlund is startled by the intensity of Sting.
Tonight, Hollywood Hogan and Bret Hart gun for your title, any concern about the match up?
Sting doesn’t speak, he takes a deep breath and stares into the camera. He is beyond intense, causing Gene to back away.
uh, back to you guys…
Schiavone and Tenay hype the next match up, while for a second Gene is shown staring at Sting.
Grudge Match: The Flock vs The Four Horsemen.
The first portion of this match is Chris Benoit, being his normal self, trying to take on the whole Flock by himself. Five minutes into the match, Ric Flair, Dean Malenko and Buff Bagwell watch as Benoit is decimated by Mortis and Saturn. Raven sits, with his legs dangling off the side of the ring, and his back against the ropes. Flair drops down to the floor and goes over the other side of the ring. Flair grabs Raven’s legs and pulls him down to the floor, and is quickly attacked by a flying Kidman. Saturn then goes after Flair. Malenko runs to the other side of the ring, and tries to help the Nature Boy. Benoit delivers a few knife edge chops to the chest of Mortis, ducks a wild haymaker, and sprints to his corner. Benoit tags in Buff Bagwell, who runs at Mortis. He ducks a clothesline, and attempts to hit Saturn as he returns to the apron. Saturn sees Buff and punches him square in the face. Bagwell staggers away from the ropes, and into Mortis. Bagwell tries to punch Mortis, but the monster grabs his arm, hooks his leg, and puts him up on his back. Benoit runs full steam at Mortis, who holds Bagwell in a fireman’s carry. Benoit gets a massive boot to the face. Raven has finally come into the ring, picks up Benoit and hits an Evenflow DDT. Kidman and Saturn both take out Malenko and Flair. Mortis steps up the ropes, to the second turnbuckle and falls backwards onto Bagwell. He hooks the leg of Buff Daddy as the ref counts out the three.
Winner: The Flock
Star Rating: ¾ *
WCW Tag Team Title Match: Harlem Heat vs The Outsiders.
Kevin Nash starts the match against Booker T, and goes for a quick big boot. Booker ducks and comes back with a diving crossbody. Nash staggers to his corner, tagging in a struggling Scott Hall. Hall comes into the ring, and goes after Booker. It is obvious to the fans that something is not right about Hall. Booker tosses him off the ropes, and Hall’s rebound is among the slowest seen in history. Booker catches him with tilt-a-whirl slam. Booker tags in Stevie Ray, who picks up Hall, holding him in a horizontal position. Stevie tosses Hall at Nash, knocking both to the floor. The referee calls the contact between the two Outsiders, a tag. Nash comes into the ring, after collecting himself. Hall is still on the ground. The camera shows him for just a split second, and Razor appears to be laughing hysterically.
Nash and Stevie exchange blows, and the two big men are jockeying for positioning. Nash, clearly agitated, delivers a knee to Stevie’s gut. Nash locks him in a headlock, and backs into his own corner, looking to tag in Scott Hall. Hall is still on the floor, and Nash releases Stevie. Nash stares at Hall, and is yelling at his partner. Stevie Ray overly sells the knee to the gut, and crawls to his own corner, looking to tag in Booker. Book stands in his own corner, and yells toward Nash. Big Sexy turns around, and smiles at Booker. Nash says “I don’t know what to do.” Booker responds with “Bring It, Sucka!” Nash and Booker come towards each other in the center of the ring. The two lock up, hand to hand. Nash is twisting and contorting the wrists of Booker, putting him to a knee. Booker sees an opportunity, and delivers a shoulder to the thigh of Nash. Booker stands up, and tosses Nash over his shoulder, and onto his back. Booker stands up Nash, and goes for the Book End. Nash elbows Booker in the side of the head, and pushes Booker off the ropes. Nash then scoops slams Booker and hits a leg drop across his throat and chest.
Stevie rushes in to break up the tag. Stevie stands up, and is face to face with Scott Hall. Hall can barely stand. Stevie goes to punch him, and Hall ‘blocks’ the blow. Hall actually whiffs on his block, so Stevie stops without hitting him, as if Scott Hall has a force field around him. Hall, and the now standing Nash, throw Stevie over the top rope. The Outsiders celebrate their accomplishment. They turn around into a double standing side kick from Booker! Booker comes off the ropes and hits an elbow drop to Nash. Hall stands, and swings wildly at Book, who ducks and catches Hall with the Book End. Hall rolls to the floor, where Stevie is waiting.
Booker stands up Hall, and kicks Big Sexy in the stomach. He bounces off the ropes and hits a Harlem Axe Kick! Booker does his patented Spin-a-roonie. Booker goes for the cover.
Winner, and new WCW Tag Team Champions: Booker T and Stevie Ray, Harlem Heat!
Star Rating: *
, wasn’t this bad if you take out Hall, who was beyond drunk.
Post-Match: The Steiner Brothers
appear in the ring, and attach Harlem Heat. The newest members of The Wolfpack carried chairs to the ring with them, and the attack is very brutal. Scott drags a table into the ring, and hit a Steinerizer on Booker through the table. The Wolfpack celebrate their beat down, with Hall spitting on Stevie’s unconscious body.
WCW Television Title Match: Disco Inferno vs Chris Jericho vs Goldberg.
Disco Inferno comes to the ring, dancing as usual. He does seem like he is concerned, but he is the Champion. He is the only one who doesn’t have to win to walk out of Souled Out, Champion.
*One Crazed Anarchist*
Chris Jericho comes out, and he is amped up. He will need it, with the fight he has on the horizon. Jericho gave Goldberg his biggest scare to date; super kicking Goldberg into a 2 and 9/10ths cover on Nitro a few weeks back. Goldberg’s dressing room door is shown, and a hand appears in the screen. Three quick knocks, and there is a loud bang inside. The door opens, and Goldberg emerges. He marches through the back as “Invasion
” blares through the P.A.
Goldberg comes around the corner, and falls backwards. Jericho is shown in the ring, smiling widely. The camera shows Goldberg s bleeding slightly from the top of his head. A chair enters the frame, placed across Goldberg’s neck. The camera pans up, and shows The Giant
. He is crushing Goldberg. Hollywood Hogan
walks into the frame, and nods at Giant. Giant stands up Goldberg, picks him up and places the beast on his shoulder. The Giant rams Goldberg’s head into a door, and then through a large window. Giant then tosses Goldberg’s whole body through the window. Hogan is egging on Giant.
Back in the ring, Bischoff is standing on the entrance ramp, with “rockhouse
“Ladies and Gentlemen, Mister Goldberg will be indisposed. This match will be a one-on-one matchup for the WCW Television Title. Weighing in at 238 pounds, from Brooklyn, New York, he is the WCW Television Champion: Disco Inferno. The Challenger, weighing in at 221 pounds, from Winnipeg, Manatoba, Canada: representing the n.W.o. Chris Jericho!”
Jericho removes his “Monday Night Jericho” T-shirt, to reveal as n.W.o. shirt, as Inferno looks on in confusion. Jericho takes a step toward Disco, who flinches. Jericho bounces off the far ropes, slides between Disco’s legs and skids to a halt. Jericho locks Inferno in an inverted DDT, and slams his head to the mat. Jericho bounces up quickly, runs toward the nearest ropes, and delivers a beautiful Lionsault. Jericho wags a finger at the crowd and protrudes his lips. He stands up Inferno, and lifts him in a suplex, pausing at the top, mocking Goldberg. Jericho finishes the Jackhammer, and pins Inferno.
Winner, and new WCW Television Champion: Chris Jericho
Time: 3:10 (10:00+ for whole segment)
What a night it has been thus far. WCW has been turned on its head. We have a new Television Champion, and new Tag Champions. Jericho and The Giant joined the n.W.o. and The Flock defeated the Four Horsemen.
WCW will never be the same again, and this will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest nights in WCW history. Right now, we’re going to Michael Buffer, who will introduce the participants in our Main Event, here at SOULED OUT!
: “Tonights Main Event is for the Heavyweight Championship, of the World. Are you ready? Wrestling fans…. Are you rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrready?! For the thousands in attendance, and the millions watching around the world, from Trotwood, Ohio, LETS GET READY TO RUUUUUUMMMMMBLLEEEEEEEEEEE!”
*Hitman in the House*
“Introducing first, he is the master of the Sharpshooter, from Calargy, Alberta, Canada, weighing in at 241 pounds, he is the Best There Is, the Best There Was, and the Best There ever will be: Bret “The Hitman” Haaaart!”
Hart comes out of the entrance way to a big pop. He is confident, but not too much so. He gives his sunglasses to a fan nearer to the entrance way that usual. He walks around the ring once, letting his music blare through the arena. He enters the ring, opens his jacket and holds his hands to his sides, bowing slightly the raucous crowd.
“Now Introducing, the biggest star in wrestling history. He has mystified fans from around the world, from Hollywood, California, weighing in at 271 pounds, The Immortal, Hollywood Hulk Hooooooogaaaaaan”
Hogan comes through the entrance way, playing air guitar, with The Giant, Chris Jericho, and Eric Bischoff in toe. Hogan cups his hand to his ear, listening to the chorus of boos, and he points at Hart. Hart drops down to the floor, and stands near the announce table, as the new World order enter the ring.
“Introducing, the master of the Scorpion Death Lock, from Venice Beach, California, weighing 251 pounds, he is the WCW Heavyweight Champion of the Wooooooooorld, The Man They Call Stiiiiiiiiinnnnnnng!”
Lightning flashes inside the arena, as Sting appears on the entrance ramp. He has a baseball bat in one hand, and the title belt in the other. Sting holds the title high, and then points his bat at n.W.o. members around the ring. Sting still hasn’t spoken in 12 months, and shakes his head towards the n.W.o. members. The lights come back on, and as the smoke clears, Goldberg has eliminated Jericho and Bischoff. The Giant sees Goldberg, and turns to run. He hops the barricade, and goes through the crowd to escape the beast. Goldberg follows, leaving Hart, Hogan, and Sting still standing.
WCW World Heavyweight Title Match: Sting vs Bret Hart vs Hollywood Hogan.
Hogan walks up to the other two, talking trash. Hart delivers a strike to his face, he whips around, and receives a stiff kick to the gut from Sting. Sting delivers a massive uppercut to Hogan as he bends over in pain. He turns again to receive another calculated strike from Hart. Hart then Irish whips Hogan into a corner, and turns towards Sting. He then Irish whips Sting toward Hogan. Sting delivers a Stinger Splash, and Hogan falls face first to the mat.
Sting and Hart circle. The crowd begins to slowly erupt. This is a dream match for any wrestling fan. Sting and Hart lock up, but Sting releases and drops away from Hart. Hart looks confusedly toward Sting. Sting runs toward Hart, at full speed. Hart steps toward Hart, to meet him head on, but Sting clubs the Hitman to the side and Sting clotheslines Hogan to the mat. Hart is relieved and the two lock up a second time. Hart gains the upper hand with a knee to the stomach. Hart then delivers a forearm smash to the back of Sting. Sting goes down to one knee, and is met with a double axe handle to the back of the head. Hart begins to kick Sting in the ribcage.
Hart turns toward the crowd and poses, momentarily. He picks Sting back up, and locks him in for a suplex. Hart delivers a perfect snap suplex, and rolls directly on top of the Stinger.
Kick-out by the World Champion! Hart grabs the legs of Sting and begins to work away at the thighs of Sting. Sting is being stretched and smashed into intense pain. Hart backs away, allowing Sting to stand. Hart runs at Sting, Sting drops to his stomach, hoping Hart would hop over him, and rebound off the ropes. However, Hart runs right past Sting, drilling the now standing Hogan with a knee to the gut. He then tosses Hollywood to the floor. Sting looks on, in confusion. Sting has an opening to attack Hart from behind, but Sting doesn’t take the opportunity. Sting yells, Schiavone describes it as a howl. Hart turns around and the two legends lock up again. This time Sting is able to win the battle for leverage. Sting scoop slams Hart, and bounces off the ropes. He delivers a knee drop to Hart’s skull. Hart rolls to his chest, kicking his legs in pain.
Down on the floor, Jericho and Bischoff are finally standing. They converse with the n.W.o. leader, and Jericho is telling Hogan to wait for the right opportunity. Sting has stood Hart up, and Irish whips the Hitman off the ropes. Once Hart rebounds, Sting lands a hip toss, and heads to the top rope. Sting lands a top rope splash on Hart, and cups his hands around his mouth and “howls” again. Schiavone begins to question if Sting has joined the Wolfpack. Sting is the virtuous one, the man who can bring down the whole n.W.o. He would never screw WCW and join the Wolfpack, would he?
Sting picks up the legs of Hart, and tries to lock on the Scorpion Deathlock, but Hart is very familiar with the maneuver. Hart rolls toward Sting, and ends up with his hands on Sting’s ankles, standing over the Champion. Hart steps between Sting’s legs, crosses his feet, and starts to turn him over. Sting is crawling, dragging Hart with him, toward the ropes. Hart finally gets him onto his stomach and wrenches, but Sting is resilient. Hart looks over his shoulder to see Sting nearing the ropes. He looks forward as he starts to pull Sting from the break. Hogan is up on the apron, about the enter the ring. Hart releases the Sharpshooter and goes after Hogan. He punches and kicks Hogan, and tosses him back down to the floor. Hart turns around and Sting is nose to nose with the Hitman.
Hart strikes Sting with a knife-edged chop. Sting shakes his head at Hart. Hart punches Sting in the face, but Sting shakes it off. He is stone faced as Hart pulls back his fist to punch Sting again. Sting blocks the blow, and returns the favor. Sting delivers a few chops of his own, followed by a punch to the face of Hart. Sting whips Hart into the corner and nails a Stinger Splash. He tosses Hart into the opposite corner and delivers another Splash. Hart staggers toward the center of the ring. Sting picks up Hart, and delivers a Scorpion Deathdrop!
Hogan is up on the outside, and going to slide in to break up the count. Hogan pulls his body unto the apron, and slides underneath the bottom rope. Sting is covering Hart.
Hogan never makes it to break up the count. His foot is caught. Jericho has both hands around the ankle of The Immortal. Hogan looks back in disbelief as Sting’s music starts to play. Hogan rolls back out of the ring and pushes Jericho. Jericho rips off his n.W.o. shirt as Hogan gets nose to nose with him. Jericho takes off the TV titles, and holds it up. Jericho tells Hogan, “I used you, Hogan. I used you!”
In the ring, Sting is standing on the rope watching Jericho and Hogan shouting at each other. Hart gets to his feet, and rips Sting off the ropes. He and Sting stare at deep into the others eyes. Hart extends his hand. Sting slowly takes it, and the two nod.
Winner, and still WCW World Heavyweight Champion: Sting
Star Rating: **1/2
Looks like Sting and Hart have put their issues in the past!
Hopefully, tomorrow night on Nitro we get some answers from Jericho! Hogan was about to break up the count, but Jericho stopped him!
We all knew Hogan’s strategy coming in was to stay away from the action until Hart and Sting had beaten each other to pulps, but he never got his chance.
He shouldn’t get a chance! Not after everyone he screwed during his title reign. Well folks, thanks for joining us, on the greatest night in WCW history! Tune in tomorrow night at 8pm on TNT for Monday Night Nitro!