WCW Presents: SuperBrawl VIII
Live March 1st 1998, in San Francisco, CA!
This shows clips of Benoit, Jericho, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Sting, DDP, Harlem Heat, and Ric Flair.
The announcers open SuperBrawl VIII. Mike Tenay and Tony Schiavone have the duties, as always. The two talk up the previous weeks, and how WCW got to this point in time.
First Match: Ladder Match for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Rey Mysterio vs. Chavo Guerrero
With the Cruiserweight title hanging above the ring, Rey and Chavo shake hands at the bell, and circle slowly. These two know each other so well, that both are trying to anticipate each move. Chavo goes for the first swing, but Rey blocks it and delivers a knee to the stomach. Chavo doubles over, and quickly backs away from Rey. Mysterio goes for a dropkick, but Chavo is able to sidestep the move, and pushes the feet of Mysterio to the ground. Chavo quickly grabs the arm of Rey and wrenches it in an arm bar. Rey does several flips to keep pressure off of his shoulder, and forces his way to the ropes. He takes one big leap, and ends up on the top of the turnbuckle, and seemingly in one motion rolls to the ground, sending Chavo flying across the ring. Chavo is able to roll back to his feet quickly, and delivers a massive lariat to Rey, flipping Mysterio one full rotation before he hits the mat.
Chavo grabs his lower back, in pain. Chavo slowly walks over to Rey and delivers a few kicks to the ribs. Rey catches one of the kicks, and rolls away from Chavo, flipping Guerrero onto his chest. Rey picks up Guerrero’s leg and forces it down hard on the knee. Chavo grabs the ropes, and the referee forces Rey to stop his assault. Guerrero rolls to the floor, to regain his senses. Mysterio does a spring board plancha to the floor, taking out Guerrero, and temporarily slowing down Mysterio. There is a race to be the first into the ring, as the second man in will be at a disadvantage, and open to a beat down. Both enter at different ends of the ring and end up in a punch for punch brawl. Chavo ends up with the advantage and is able to deliver a suplex, and goes to work on the arm of Mysterio again. Chavo is then the first to introduce a ladder. Chavo is slow to get the massive structure into the ring, and Rey delivers a drop kick to the ladder as Chavo slides it into the ring. The ladder bounces off of Chavo’s head and knocks him to the ground. Rey jumps over the ropes, to the apron and then does a springboard moonsault onto Chavo. Rey then takes the ladder and slides it into the ring. He sets up the ladder and starts the climb. Chavo slowly gets to his feet and enters the ring. Rey sees Chavo and decides that taking out his opponent will be more beneficial than going for the title, dangling high over the ring.
Rey goes for a cross body, but Chavo catches Rey. Chavo scoop slams Rey and delivers an elbow drop to the heart. Chavo then apparently has an epiphany, and decides that putting Rey’s head under one side of the ladder, and his feet under the other, will prevent him from getting up while Chavo climbs the ladder to get the belt. Chavo slides Rey over, and sets up the ladder. Rey struggles under the weight as Chavo climbs. The announcers all but declare Chavo the winner, as Chavo reaches the top and latches onto the title. Grabbing onto the belt, Chavo lifts just enough of his weight off the ladder, and it allows Rey to slide out from his trap, and he springs up the ladder at lightning speed, on the opposite side as Chavo. The two exchange right hands, and hold onto the belt with their lefts. Chavo has the strap undone, but can't get it through the ring suspending the title from the ceiling.
The two are battling for position so hard, that they both manage to push the ladder just right, and it falls. Now Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio are suspended above the ring, only held up by the title belt. Rey and Chavo are now kicking away at the midsection. Chavo grabs onto the same side that Rey is clinging to, and the two fall 15 feet to the mat, never letting go of the Cruiserweight belt. Rey, the innovator, slides through the legs of Chavo, so the belt is between his legs and pulls up. Chavo flips forward and lands on his back. Rey then does a leg drop, but Chavo holds firm. Guerrero rolls to his feet and spins to elbow Rey, but Rey uses the belt to block it. Mysterio rushes to the ropes, hops up, and delivers a Hurricanrana. This move sends Chavo flying. Rey’s momentum forces him to let go of the belt, but Chavo held on. Rey looks on in disbelief as Chavo stands.
Winner, and NEW Cruiserweight Champion: Chavo Guerrero
Star Rating: ***
Backstage: Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, and Ric Flair
are in a dressing room, preparing for their matches. Chris Jericho
accidentally walks into the room, carrying his bags and the title. He stops, makes eye contact with Benoit and almost yells in fear, but can only muster a whimper. Jericho quickly scurries out of the room, and Malenko and Flair smirk. Benoit doesn’t react. Malenko and Flair say that they have to go, their match is next.
Second Match: Syxx and Curt Hennig vs Dean Malenko and Ric Flair
These two teams really go at each other, and it quickly becomes a brawl. Malenko and Flair take much of the match to Hennig, as Syxx stays on the apron for much of the contest. Flair goes for a quick Figure Four to Hennig, but Syxx breaks the hold. Malenko attacks Syxx and the two rolls to the floor. Hennig is able to take control of Flair, and delivers a suplex for the pin, but Flair kicks out at 1. Hennig and Flair then exchange chops.
On the floor, Syxx knocks Malenko loopy with a spinning heel kick, and then hops onto the apron, and springboards into the ringing, taking out Flair. Syxx then does a back kick to the gut of Flair, softening him up for his partner, Hennig. The Perfect One delivers a few variations of suplexes and then pushes Flair into the Wolfpack’s corner. The tag to Syxx leaves the Pack in control. Syxx uses his fast-paced assault on The Nature Boy, hitting a few spinning kicks to Flair, while he is down in the corner. Syxx then goes for a sitout facebuster, but Flair catches him, and delivers a release powerbomb. Syxx hits hard, and Flair makes his way to his own corner to tag Malenko. The Man of 1000 Holds is ready to take control. Malenko charges the woozy Syxx, but he is met with a drop toe hold, followed by an arm trap chokehold. Malenko struggles to free himself, eventually just rolling Syxx onto his own back and the referee starts a count.
Syxx wisely releases the move and the two charge at each other. A collar and elbow battle begins, but Malenko is just too strong for the smaller Syxx. Malenko locks on a sleeper hold, and kicks Syxx in the back of the leg, forcing him down to his knees. Flair enters quickly, and delivers a few Flair Chops to the exposed chest of Syxx. Hennig comes hard at Flair, but The Dirties Player in the Game pokes him square in the eye, and sweeps his legs out from under him. Flair then locks on the Figure Four, while Malenko decides that the sleeper is not getting the job done.
Malenko dumps Syxx and locks on his patented Texas Cloverleaf, and sits down on it, causing Syxx to scream in pain. Both of the Wolfpack members begin to tap frantically, as the referee signals for the bell.
Winners: Dean Malenko and Ric Flair
Star Rating: *
Third Match: Diamond Dallas Page vs Eddy Guerrero for the WCW United States Championship
Page and Guerrero tie up in a collar and elbow, and it seems to take forever. Neither can get an advantage from this hold, and eventually they break and back into opposite corners. Page goes for it a second time, but Eddy delivers a knee to the gut, and several hard axe handles to the back of the Champion. Eddy then pushes Page into a corner, and continues the assault of the midsection.
Page is obviously in pain, after his beat down from Curt Hennig and Guerrero on Nitro. He can barely stand in the corner, as Guerrero kicks away at his ribcage. Finally, DDP sidesteps a big boot attempt, and Guerrero’s leg gets caught on the top rope. Page uses the advantage to deliver a few hard slaps to Eddy’s chest, and the delivers a diving shoulder to the back of Eddy’s standing leg. Guerrero hits the mat hard, and Page starts his own assault, choosing to work the neck of Guerrero. DDP uses several headlock variations to keep pressure and pain on Guerrero. Eddy is able to block a few errant punches, but can’t seem to regain his focus that helped him dominate the early parts of the match.
Page puts Guerrero in a corner, and spends some time delivering hard shoulder blocks to the abdomen, and then bounces Eddy’s skull off the turnbuckle. Eddy falls to his knees and begs Page for mercy. DDP slowly approaches Guerrero, looking to continue his assault, but unsure if Guerrero is playing opossum. Seems Page’s concerns were warranted, as Guerrero is able to deliver a low blow to the Champion, and both collapse to the mat. Eddy rolls to the ground, and attempts to regroup himself.
Page is slow to get up, and asks the referee if he saw Guerrero’s tactics. Page is obviously growing frustrated with the officiating, but keeps his calm. Guerrero thinks that Page’s discussion with the referee is an opportune time to attempt another assault, but Page is ready. He blocks a punch, and then ducks a dropkick. Guerrero slams his hands on the mat in frustration. As he stands, DDP goes for a quick Diamond Cutter, but Guerrero is able to grab onto the ropes, and sees Page’s hard fall to the mat as an opportunity to hit a Frog Splash. He heads up top, but as he comes down, Page gets his knees up, and into the stomach of Guerrero. Page goes for the pin.
Guerrero kicks out, and immediately rolls to the ground again, as DDP argues with the referee. Guerrero holds his abs as he gets back to the apron, and attempts a springboard crossbody, but Page is able to see him at the last second, and the two roll through the move, brawling to the floor on the opposite end of the ring. Page bounces Guerrero’s head off the ring post, and then does a hard bulldog near the announce table. Page sees an opportunity to put Guerrero through the table, and end this match, and attempts to do a suplex, with his back to the table. Guerrero is able to slide through and lands on his feet atop the announce teams desk. He quickly jumps toward Page, delivering a tilt-a-whirl DDT, and rolling quickly in and out of the ring, to break the referee’s count. Guerrero then rolls Page back into the ring, and goes for the pin.
NO! Page was able to kick out at the last possible second, and the announce team had once again all but proclaimed a new champion. Guerrero yells towards the referee, and heads to the top rope again. He wants a second shot at a Frog Splash, but this time, he is thwarted as he climbs. Page quickly got to his feet, and ran hard into the corner, causing Guerrero to nail his groin on the top turnbuckle. Page then goes for a superplex, but as the two hit the mat on the massive impact, the referee is hit by the feet of Page and rolls to the floor, seemingly hitting his head. Page rolls to the floor and attempts to revive him, to no avail. He enters the ring again, and is met by a few stiff right hands by Guerrero, who wants to try and take advantage of the obviously concerned Page. DDP blocks a wild blow, and tosses Guerrero down to the ground opposite the referee. Page picks the ref up and sets him on the apron. The referee is stirring as Page enters the ring. Guerrero has entered the ring again, and this time, he has a chair! He tosses the chair to Page, who looks on in confusion. The sound of the chair being caught by Page made quite the sound, causing the referee to quickly attempt to get up. Guerrero lay down quickly, and closes his eyes. The referee finally gets into the correct position, and sees Page with a chair in his hand, and Eddy laid out on the mat. He calls for the bell.
Winner: Eddy Guerrero via DQ (Diamond Dallas Page Retains WCW United States Championship)
Star Rating: **1/2
Page tries to explain what happens. The referee “wakes” Eddy, who looks shocked as they announce him the victor, but his expression changes when the United States title is handed to Page. Eddie shoves the referee out of his way and goes after Page, but receives a massive Title Shot to his skull.
Fourth Match: Lex Luger vs Randy Savage Winner gets a WCW World Title Match, Loser Leaves Town
After the disappointment of their Steel Cage match at Boston Brawl, these two come out with much intensity. Luger and Savage exchange stuff shots throughout the contest, but neither can gain a significant upper hand early on. Luger goes for a Torture Rack, but Savage is able to counter it into a bulldog. The Macho Man then takes control. The beating that Savage puts on Luger is a bloody one, and the announcers proclaim that the winner of the match will receive a new contract, and a WCW Title match. This is due to a rumor reaching the internet that WCW was in negotiations with both, unable to decide which was worth keeping.
Savage hits a suplex, followed by a few elbow drops to the sternum. Luger is bleeding from his arm, and his forehead. Savage steps on Luger’s head, and pushes hard down toward the mat, causing his head to open even further. Savage stands up Luger and goes for a clothesline, bouncing off the ropes. Luger uses his last bit of strength to drop to the mat, avoiding the lariat, and picks up Savage.
The Macho Man tries to fight off Luger, but Lex has a good grip on him. Luger has Savage on his shoulders and is trying to get his hands around the neck and legs of the squirming Macho Man. Savage tries to swing himself around the head of Luger, but Luger does a quick hop, causing a massive jerk to the neck of Savage. Luger smiles, and finally locks on the Torture Rack. Savage screams in pain, as Luger parades around the ring, jerking the neck and back of Macho Man.
Luger seems to be enjoying himself, but lacks awareness of his ring position. Savage is able to reach the rope with his arm closest to the ground. Savage holds as the referee starts his count. Luger can’t believe it. Savage lasted longer than a minute in the move, a feat seemed incomprehensible. Savage holds onto the ropes, steadying himself and trying to regain his composure. Luger argues with the referee, but the official confirms that Savage did not tap. Luger’s frustration boils, and he charges at Savage full steam. Savage backbody drops Luger to the floor, and comes out onto the apron and delivers a double axe handle to Luger as he gets back to his feet. Savage takes full control, picking up Luger and dropping his neck down on the railing. Luger gasps for air, and Savage takes advantage.
Savage puts his boot into the throat of Luger and puts his weight fully down. Luger struggles, trying to use his arms to release the pressure, but Savage is just too much. Luger is stood up by Savage, and rolled into the ring. Savage gives a few quick kicks to the chest, followed by a scoop slam. Savage points to the sky, trying to evoke a response from the crowd. Savage heads up to the top rope and delivers a Savage Elbow.
NO! Someway, somehow Luger kicked out, and Savage looks utterly shocked. Savage quickly goes back to work on Luger, with a delayed vertical suplex. Savage is set on humiliating the already blood covered Luger, and crouches down near the head of Luger and punches away at the gash. Savage, finally tired of decimating Luger, heads back up to the top rope. Savage is pointing and screaming at Luger, telling him he will never be WCW Champion. Savage nails a second Elbow and goes for the pin.
Winner, and new Number One Contender to the WCW Heavyweight Championship, Randy Savage
Star Rating: ***
Fifth Match: Bret Hart vs Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
The Blackhearts are in the ring first, and Bret Hart makes his entrance, to a resounding crowd reaction. This match is conducted in a tag team format, where the Blackhearts must tag in and out. Hart uses ferociousness to gain the upperhand, keeping British Bulldog away from his tag team partner, and making sure that Bulldog feels the pain of every move. Hart hits a piledriver and goes to drop kick Neidhart off the apron. When Hart turns back around, Bulldog hits a back body drop, and puts the boots to Hart.
The team of Smith and Neidhart take control in the match, making quick tags and wearing Hitman out little by little. Hart attempts throughout the match to get back into the match, but Smith makes sure that he is unable to. Smith gives a snap DDT, followed by a running power slam. Hart is out, but The Blackhearts haven’t had their fill. Anvil locks on a Cobra Clutch and leaves his former tag team partner in a precarious position. Smith enters the ring and kicks away at the stomach of Hart. Hart has a small amount of blood dripping from just above his hair line, and he appears to be unconscious. The referee holds Hart’s hand into the air and allows it to drop.
The referee checks that the move isn’t a chokehold, and again lifts Hart’s arm and lets it drop.
The referee turns toward Smith, who has already started to enter the ring and tells him to stay put. The official lifts Hart’s hand one last time, and releases. Hart’s arm hits his side, and the referee signals for the end of the match.
Winners, The Blackhearts
Star Rating: *
After the match, Neidhart takes his time releasing the move, as Smith enters the ring. The two continue the assault, with Hart seemingly unconscious. There is a ruckus in the crowd, and the Blackhearts look to see what the commotion is. A figure jumps the guardrail and quickly slides into the ring. The two Blackhearts exit the ring, and start to back down the entrance ramp. The camera has not gotten a view of the face of the man, but he appears to be helping Bret Hart to his feet. The two men stand side by side, and it is now apparent who the man is, Owen Har
t! Bret Hart is standing on his own, but is wobbly, he looks up the ramp toward Neidhart and Smith, who are smiling. Hart suddenly hits the mat again. Owen has attacked his own brother from behind! Owen locks Hart into his own signature maneuver, The Sharpshooter, as the two Blackhearts re-enter the ring and take turns kicking Hart in the back and head area. Owen finally releases the move, and the three kick Hart to the ground, and stand tall in the ring.
Sixth Match: Harlem Heat vs The Steiner Brothers for the WCW Tag Team Titles
The Steiners enter the ring first, bringing Curt Hennig with them. The challengers stand in the ring, and stare intently as Harlem Heat makes their entrance. Booker T and Stevie Ray storm to the ring, ditching their normal entrance to get this match under way. The two teams go straight after each other, going blow for blow. The dust settles and leaves Booker T and Rick Steiner in the ring, but the brawling continues. Rick is able to corner Booker, and starts to dominate. Rick hits a belly to belly suplex, and hops to the top rope. Booker gets up and moves toward Rick, but gets a clothesline and Rick quickly gets up and tags in Scott.
Scott circles Booker, kicking away at his midsection. Booker is able to get to a knee, but Scott won’t let him get into the matchup. Scott delivers knees to the chest, and chin, of the Tag Team Champion. Steiner’s size is proving to be too much for Booker. Scott punches Booker repeatedly, until he is down on his back again. Steiner drops an elbow and then walks slowly around the ring, posing. Stevie Ray tries to enter the ring, but the referee stops him, and The Steiners use the ref’s distraction to double team Booker. Scott delivers a suplex, while Rick does a diving cross body to Booker. Rick, who just tagged in, goes for a pin.
NO! Booker kicks out, barely. Rick goes right back on the offensive, working the neck of Booker with a headlock. Rick has the complete control and forces Booker T down to one knee. T is getting closer and closer to unconsciousness. Stevie’s frustration boils over, and he storms into the ring, and breaks the hold. Scott enters to even up the fight, but receives a Flapjack from Stevie. Rick then goes to take on Stevie. Stevie ducks a wild haymaker and gets a back suplex. Stevie exits the ring, obviously proud that he evened the score. Booker is the first to his feet, and slowly goes to tag in Stevie. Stevie comes in hot off the tag, and tosses Rick down to the floor, alongside Scott. Curt Hennig is standing, with his hands on his hips, yelling toward Stevie. Both members of Harlem Heat grab Hennig and toss him into the ring. Booker is obviously hobbled. Stevie holds Hennig horizontally, and Booker hits a Harlem Axe Kick to Hennig. Suddenly, The Steiners attack Booker and Stevie from behind. Scott drags Booker to the ground, and is able to lock him in a Steiner Recliner. Rick pushes Stevie into the corner, and hits a few shoulder blocks. He goes to hit a big corner clothesline, but Stevie is able to get underneath Rick and toss him over the ropes.
Rick actually lands on his feet, on the apron. He quickly climbs to the top rope, while Stevie tries to collect himself, still leaning in the corner. Rick dives and hits the diving bulldog, and goes for the pin.
Winner and NEW WCW Tag Team Champions: The Steiner Brothers
Post-match, Hennig and The Steiners toss Harlem Heat to the floor, and celebrate, while the announcers recap the match.
Backstage: Bret Hart
is shown, talking on the phone as he exits the locker room, already out of his ring gear, and carrying his bag. He doesn’t look comfortable and he quickly walks out to the parking lot.
Seventh Match: Chris Benoit vs Chris Jericho for the WCW Television Title
*One Crazed Anarchist*
Chris Jericho, The Lionheart, enters first. Jericho holds the Title over his head as he walks down the ramp. Jericho struts as he enters the ring, and then holds his hands out to his side, title in one hand, and spins around a few times. Jericho soaks up a chorus of boos.
Chris Benoit comes onto the stage, completely emotionless, but looking as focuses as he could possibly be. Benoit slaps his hand to his chest a few times as he walks down the ramp and he enters the ring. Benoit points at Jericho, and he then motions that the title will soon be around his waist. Jericho laughs sarcastically and slowly walks up to Benoit. The two Canadians stand nose to nose, and the intensity is apparent in both men.
Jericho’s smug smile returns, as he chews gum in the face of his opponent. Jericho quickly slaps Benoit across the face, and looks out to the crowd, proud of what he did. Benoit’s response? A vicious knife edged chop to the chest, which immediately leaves a red mark. Benoit continues to chop away, eventually getting Jericho into a corner. Benoit switches between chops and kicks to the gut, and he leaves Jericho no time to breath. Benoit whips Jericho chest first into the far turnbuckle and Jericho falls back to the mat with a loud thud. Benoit goes for the early cover, but Jericho kicks out at 1. Benoit stands up Jericho and wants a snap suplex, but Jericho blocks it.
Jericho delivers a suplex of his own, and slowly gets to his feet. Jericho had quite a bit taken out of him by the beating of Benoit, and is struggling to regain his senses. Jericho starts his own chop and kick fest, leaving Benoit hunched over near the ropes. Jericho puts Benoit’s head on the second rope and chokes him for a moment. The referee counts to 4 before Jericho releases, but the damage has been done. Benoit collapses to his knees, using the ropes to hold his body vertical. Jericho dropkicks him square in the back, causing him to hit the ropes hard and then slam backwards, causing a great deal of stress on his knees. Jericho sees an opportunity and delivers a Lionsault.
Jericho slowly struts over toward Benoit, and drags him to the center of the ring. The Lionheart places one foot on the chest of Benoit and calls for the referee to count.
NO! Benoit was just able to use his legs to force Jericho off of him. Jericho can’t believe it, as he gets Benoit to his knees and goes for another dropkick, this time to the chest. Benoit falls awkwardly onto his back again, with his legs contorted again. Jericho struts around the ring, shadow boxing and mocking the crowd. Benoit, laid out in the center of the ring, rises to his knees. Benoit gets to his feet, and walks up directly behind Jericho. Jericho doesn’t have a clue that Benoit is inches from him. Benoit locks his arms around Jericho’s waist and delivers an overhead German suplex, followed quickly by two more. The third results in a bridging pin attempt by Benoit.
New Champion! NO! Jericho threw his legs wildly toward his head and caused his whole body to roll and he lands on his stomach. Benoit quickly grabs his arm and tries to lock on the Crippler Crosseface, but Jericho grabs onto the bottom rope with his free arm, holding on for dear life. The referee forces Benoit to break his hold and Jericho is able to get back to his feed, using the ropes to get there. Benoit runs at Jericho, who ducks and the Crippler goes over the top rope and to the ground. Jericho is able to get to his feet again and looks more stable this time. Jericho walks to the corner, hops to the top rope and delivers a dropkick to Benoit as he gets to his feet, sending the Crippler sprawling into the announce table. Jericho is slow to his feet, but gets back to his assault.
Jericho uses the table to his advantage, bouncing Benoit’s head off it a few times, and then trying to Irish whip him into the ring post. Benoit blocks it, and turns it into an arm bar, and forces Jericho down to the ground. Benoit attempts to lock on the Crossface, but the referee is counting and has reached 7. Benoit never actually gets it on all the way, and hops up and tries to enter the ring, but Jericho grabs ahold of his ankles, and trips him. Jericho quickly gets up and tries to slide into the ring. Benoit slowly follows, but he struck his head hard on the apron when Jericho tripped him, and he rolls back out to the floor. Jericho sees an opening and attacks. Jericho forces Benoit to stand, and uses the apron to prop him up. Jericho punches, kicks and slaps away at the Crippler, Benoit is seemingly out on his feet. Jericho takes a few steps back and runs at Benoit, attempting a dropkick, but Benoit collapses, causing Jericho to hit the side of the ring.
Benoit and Jericho are both down on the outside, and the referees count again starts to climb. The two men end up on opposite sides of the ring, Jericho trying to walk off what appears to be a jammed knee, while Benoit tries to get back into the match. Both Canadians are now in the ring, and slowly circling. Benoit makes the first move, but Jericho sidesteps him, sending him shoulder first into the ring post. Jericho quickly grabs his legs and goes for the Liontamer. Jericho has quite a bit of trouble turning over the Rabid Wolverine, but eventually gets the move on, with his knee firmly on the head of Benoit.
Benoit gets one of his arms around the ankle of Jericho and pulls as hard as he can, causing Jericho to slip. The hold is lessened just enough for Benoit to escape, and he is able to his a snap suplex on Jericho. Exhausted, both men lay on the mat as the referee starts yet another count. Benoit slowly rolls ontop of Jericho and the referee counts the pin.
Jericho refuses to give up his title. He someway, somehow kicked out. Benoit stands up Jericho and bounces him off the ropes. On the rebound, Benoit delivers a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, and leaves Jericho in the center of the ring. Benoit grimaces and runs his thumb across his own throat, calling for the diving head butt. Benoit hops to the top rope and dives for Jericho, getting full extension of his head. Jericho is able to roll out of the way, and Benoit hits his head hard on the mat. Jericho and Benoit are now both face down on opposite ends of the ring. Jericho is the first to his feet, but curiously he doesn’t attack right away. Benoit slowly gets to his feet, shaking his head violently to try and shake out the cobwebs. He uses the ropes to gain traction and, finally confident he is ready for battle again, turns to go after Jericho. Benoit hits the mat again, just as quickly as he turned around. He got a massive superkick from Jericho. The Lionheart bounces off the ropes, hops over Benoit and performs a Lionsault and goes for the pin.
Winner, and STILL WCW Television Champion, Chris Jericho
Star Rating: **** ˝
Backstage: Kevin Nash
vows to win his title match tonight, and he promises the Sting will regret taking on the Wolfpack, as they are going to control WCW before long.
Eight Match: Goldberg vs The Giant
The Giant enters first, looking as focused as can be. He stands in the center of the ring, and waves for Goldberg to come on down and start this fight. Goldberg’s music blares through the arena, sending the crowd into frenzy. Goldberg emerges onto the entrance ramp, furthering the immense crowd reaction. The beast comes to the ring and the two competitors each go to separate corners, circling each other. The Giant motions for Goldberg to “hold on one second” and he turns to the crowd and motions for the Chokeslam. The Giant then turns back toward Goldberg. Goldberg charges at The Giant, but he ducks into the ropes, causing the referee to stop Goldberg from attacking.
The referee steps into Goldberg, creating space between The Giant and Goldberg. When he moves, Goldberg makes a quick step toward Giant, but is met with a stiff right hand, which staggers him. Goldberg takes another run, but Giant staggers him with a second shot to the skull. Giant then bounces off the near ropes and tries a big boot to the face. The boot staggers Goldberg, but he stays on his feet. Giant goes off the ropes, and this time attempts a lariat. This time Goldberg ducks underneath, causing Giant to stop in his tracks, whip around and stare at Goldberg. The two get nose-to-nose. The Giant pushes Goldberg, and then slaps him. Goldberg punches towards Giant, but wiffs. The Giant starts to punch away at the beast, backing him into a corner. Goldberg blocks a few of the punches, but Giant takes it to him for the majority. Big Show uses his size, delivering shoulders to the chest and stomach of the Beast, and Goldberg actually looks vulnerable.
The Giant backs up a few steps and sizes up Goldberg. Giant takes a quick few steps at Goldberg, attempting to deliver a corner clothesline, but is met with the hand of Goldberg around his throat. Goldberg yells and sticks his tongue out at Giant, forcing him into the center of the ring. Goldberg delivers a few calculated blows to the head of Giant and lands a kick square in the gut of Giant. Giant doubles over, and Goldberg gives him a double axe handle to the back, dropping Giant to one knee. Goldberg goes off the ropes and delivers a hard kick to the side of the head of Giant, finally crippling him to the ground.
Goldberg goes to work on the arm of Giant, locking on an arm bar, and really wrenching The Giant into an uncomfortable position. Goldberg kicks Giant hard in his shoulder and stands him up. Goldberg scoops Giant up and tries to slam him on his back, but Goldberg seems to struggle getting Giant off the ground and the two fall to the mat, with the 500 pound Giant on top of Goldberg.
Goldberg is finally able to get the weight of the massive Giant off of him, but the damage may have been done. Giant stands up Goldberg and delivers some vicious head butts to Goldberg. Giant calls for his patented Chokeslam, and stalks Goldberg. Goldberg is slowly getting to his feet and has obviously finally met his match. Giant wraps his massive hands around the neck of Goldberg and delivers a strong Chokeslam. Giant goes for the cover.
Goldberg managed to kick out, again! The Giant runs his fingers through his hair and is clearly frustrated. He tries to stand up Goldberg again, but Goldberg gets ahold of the massive leg of the Giant and tries to trip him down to the mat. Giant is reluctant, and able to get Goldberg to his knees. Goldberg uses his shoulders to attack the knee of the Giant, eventually tripping the monster and dropping him to the mat. Goldberg is trying to lock on an ankle lock, but the legs of Giant are just too large. Goldberg gives up on that maneuver and goes right back to work on the Giant.
Giant is able to get Goldberg into a collar and elbow tie up, and the two again jockey for position. Goldberg is finally able to gain the advantage, and he never looks back. Goldberg gets Giant into a corner and delivers several rough shoulder tackles. Giant tries to swing at Goldberg and is met with a thunderous spine buster. Goldberg goes to the farthest corner of the ring, and gets into position. The Beast delivers a massive, earth shattering Spear, and lines up Giant for a Jackhammer. The announce team can’t believe he is even going to try the move. Goldberg lifts Giant up, and holds for a second. Giant is upside down, being held high in the air, and Goldberg is solidly in control.
Goldberg turns over The Giant, completing the Jackhammer and causing a loud bang on the mat. Goldberg lifts the leg of The Giant, and goes for the cover.
Sting vs Kevin Nash for the WCW Heavyweight Title
The World Title match is supposed to highlight every pay per view, be the reason people come to see WCW. Sting and Kevin Nash were forced to deal with Main Eventing an overly emotion night and struggled to keep the crowd interested. Nash’s plodding style, and Sting’s wait and see approach clashed and the match struggled to get off the ground. Nash and Sting exchanged many punches and kicks, but nothing in terms of technical wrestling. Nash was constantly getting in and out of the ring to avoid Sting, but was finally caught outside the ring, with a springboard cross body by Sting. Sting drags Nash into the ring, and attempts a Scorpion Death Drop, but Nash reverses it and hits a snake eyes on the Champion.
Sting struggles to regain his positioning in the match, and Nash controls the next few minutes with sidewalk slams, elbow drops and big boots to the face of Sting. Nash goes for a Powerbomb, but he spends too much time celebrating, and Sting is able to pull his legs out from underneath him and locks on a Scorpion Death Lock. Nash writhes in pain as Sting wrenches the move. Several times during the hold, Nash is near the ropes, but Sting pulls him back into the center of the ring. The Wolfpack attacks Sting, from behind, and Kevin Nash is able to get out of the hold and deliver a Jackknife Powerbomb to the champion and The Wolfpack stand tall in the ring, as WCW SuperBrawl VIII goes off the air.
Winner, via DQ and STILL WCW Heavyweight Champion, Sting
Rating: * 1/2