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WCW Cruiserweight Title: Chavo Guerrero © vs Rey Mysterio Jr.
These two put on a breath taking match, with Mysterio playing the face in peril to perfection throughout the match. Guerrero dominates Mysterio, using his size to his advantage, and his athleticism as his trump card. After 7 minutes of utter destruction by Guerrero, he sets Mysterio up for a super-plex, but Mysterio is able to stop him, and delivers a Hurricanrana from the top rope, to the outside of the ring. Mysterio can’t seize upon the opportunity and the two go into a move for move series, dazzling the fans with drop kicks, planchas and hurricanranas.
Mysterio goes for a 619, but as he swings around, Guerrero dives through the ropes, spearing Mysterio to the outside, and uses the steel barricades to inflict pain on the challenger. Guerrero then rolls Mysterio into the ring, and hits a massive BrainBuster and goes up to the top rope for a Frog Splash. Mysterio is able to get his knees up, and both men are down on the mat. Mysterio is able to get his arm draped across Chavo and the referee counts
NO! Chavo not only kicks out, but locks his legs around Mysterio’s arms and rolls Rey onto his back, going for a pin.
NO! Mysterio was able to kick out at the last second. Mysterio hurries to his feet and runs to the ropes and attempts a springboard plancha to Guerrero, but Chavo catches Rey mid air, and goes for a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rey is able to slide through, and has Chavo’s arm in an arm bar, Chavo rolls forward, to get the pressure off his shoulder, but as he rolls, Rey releases and nails a dropkick. Chavo stumbles into the ropes, with his head hanging out over the second rope. Rey goes for a second 619, and nails it. Mysterio goes to the top rope, to attempt a leg drop, but his feet slip, and he nails the back of his head on the top turnbuckle, falling hard to the mat.
Chavo is slow to get up, and realizes that Rey is out. He pulls him into the center of the ring, and walks around the ring, smiling and shrugging his shoulders as the crowd boos. Chavo lays across the chest of Mysterio, nonchalantly, as the referee counts.
NO! Mysterio got the shoulder up at the very last second. Chavo is frustrated. He just cannot put Mysterio away. He tosses Mysterio down to the ground and starts to argue with the referee. The referee is counting, as Rey is outside the ring. Mysterio is leaning against the guardrail, yelling at Chavo, telling him to come finish him off. The referee’s count has reached 7, when Rey tells Chavo he isn’t nearly as talented as his Uncle Eddy. Chavo loses his cool and drops to the ground, starting another count. Chavo continues to beat down Rey, leaving him in a heap on the floor. Chavo screams at Rey that he has him beat, there is no winning this match now, and tells Rey that he WILL win, when suddenly the bell rings.
Star Rating: ****
Chavo is incensed; he didn’t win, and was made to look like a fool. Rey may have not won the title, but he did quite a bit of damage to the ego of Guerrero. Chavo continues his beat down of Mysterio, taking his anger out on Rey. The lights go out, and the sound of chimes fills the arena. The lights come back on, and the Ultimo Dragon
is standing behind Chavo. Guerrero looks around confused, but he cannot see Dragon. The Dragon grabs Chavo’s head and locks him in a Dragon sleeper, leaving the Champion out cold.
Backstage: Mean Gene
interviews Bret Hart
, and the Hitman looks focused. Hart says tonight he gets a fair fight and will be walking out victorious, because he is the “Best There Is, Best There Was, and Best There Ever Will Be.”
Raven’s Rules Match: Buff Bagwell vs Scotty Riggs
The Flock makes their way to ringside as this match starts, and Raven, Kidman, Saturn, and Mortis all take a side of the ring, and watch intently as the match begins. These two former Tag Team Champions lock up in the center of the ring, jockeying for position. Riggs is able to back Bagwell into a corner and slaps him several times across the chest. Bagwell tries to block a haymaker to the side of his skull, but Riggs drills him hard, sending Buff staggering out of the corner. Riggs takes the hunched over Bagwell and tosses him down to the floor.
The Flock beats up Bagwell and tosses him back into the ring. The Flock starts to toss weapons into the ring, and the two men each grab weapons. The two spend the next little while bash eachother to smithereens with chairs, stop signs, trash cans, and the like. Bagwell is able to get Riggs down for a few minutes, and gets to the top rope. He nails a Buff Blockbuster as Riggs gets to his feet and Bagwell scores the pinfall.
Winner: Buff Bagwell
After the match, The Flock enters the ring, and hold the hand of Bagwell in the air. The Flock then turns their attention to Riggs. They start to beat him down. Mortis gives him a Gorilla Press Slam, but immediately after, Bagwell tosses Mortis to the floor. Saturn and Kidman hold Riggs’ arms so Raven can beat him to a pulp, but Raven gets tossed to the floor by Bagwell, as well. Buff then double clotheslines Saturn and Kidman to the ground, and asks for a mic. Bagwell tells the Flock that he wants the fame and the glory, but he doesn’t need the Flock to deal with his dirty work. He beat Riggs fair and square, no need to beat him down afterwards. Bagwell tells Raven he can shove it, Bagwell doesn’t need the Flock.
Backstage, Chavo confronts Eddy about not saving him from the beatdown he got from Ultimo Dragon. Eddy just smiles and says that he wouldn’t have let him lose the title, but he had to let him get his lumps. Chavo just looks angry as Eddy walks out of the frame.
WCW United States Title: Eddy Guerrero © vs Diamond Dallas Page
This match has the stipulation that if Eddy is disqualified, Page wins the title. The two go blow for blow for good portions of this match, and neither can get an upper hand. Page and Eddy don’t quite dazzle like their previous PPV match, but both have a few highlights. Guerrero hits Three Amigos and gets a 2 count, and follows that with an attempted Frog Splash, Page is able to roll out of the way, but both are down for a 9 count, before both are able to make it to their feet. The two go punch for punch for another period of time, and Page is tossed onto the apron by Guerrero. Guerrero comes to shove Page to the ground, but Page is able to grab Guerrero’s head and hits a Diamond Cutter across the ropes. Eddy falls backwards into the center of the ring, while Page collapses to the floor. Page manages to get into the ring, and goes for a pin, but so much time had passed between the Diamond Cutter and the pin, that Guerrero is able to kick out at 2.
Page attempts a second Diamond Cutter, but Eddy blocks it, and hits a spinning heel kick to Page. Guerrero hops to the top rope and hits a Frog Splash and goes for the cover.
Winner: Eddy Guerrero
After the match, Eddy pushes Page to the floor and celebrates with his title.
Backstage: Mean Gene interviews “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Savage says that tonight will end the reign of Sting, and the start of the Era of Madness. Savage looks prepared for this match, and his intensity will be needed to take down the Champion.
WCW Tag Team Title Elimination Match: The Steiner Brothers © vs Harlem Heat vs Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko vs Chris Jericho and The Giant
This match will only have two competitors in the ring at any given time, and anyone can be tagged in, at any time. The Steiners strategy is to be involved in the match as little as possible, so to avoid elimination. Chris Jericho and The Giant are heavily involved in the match. Jericho and Booker T dazzle early on, with some great combinations and reversals. The match evolves into the team of Jericho and Giant vs Harlem Heat, with the other teams just watching. Stevie Ray is worked over by The Giant, who tags in Jericho and delivers a massive punch to Booker, knocking him to the ground. Jericho hits a superkick to Stevie, who stumbles around into a Chokeslam by the Giant. As Stevie hits the mat, Jericho jumps over his lifeless body, and hits a Lionsault for the pinfall.
First Elimination: Harlem Heat
Chris Benoit comes into the ring and viciously attacks Jericho from behind. The two put on an intense show, with the Steiners quickly tagging out, whenever put into the match. Giant is able to dominate Dean Malenko, and again tags in Jericho. Jericho hits the superkick, while Giant goes for a knockout punk to Benoit, but The Crippler sidesteps the punch and locks Giant in a Crossface across the ropes. Giant can’t move, but Benoit can’t see what is happening across the ring. Jericho sees what is happening and hits the Lionsault on Malenko and pins him.
Second Elimination: Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko
The Steiners are well rested and go toe to toe with The Giant and Jericho. Lets Giant take a beating for a while, before finally re-entering the foray, and hits a dropkick to Scott, knocking him into the referee in a corner. Jericho runs full speed at Scott, and hits another dropkick, crushing the referee and knocking him out. Rick Steiner grabs a chair and enters the ring. Jericho sees him, and hits a superkick to the chair, knocking Rick out. Jericho grabs the chair and whacks Scott across the skull and tosses the chair to the ground. The Giant pushes Rick to the floor and picks up the referee, who is still stunned. Jericho goes for a pin on Scott, but the referee can’t even stand up under his own power. The Giant sets down the referee and uses his hands to count the pin and call for the bell.
Winner, and NEW WCW Tag Team Champions: Chris Jericho and The Giant
After the match, the referee is still unconscious, so Jericho and the Giant hold him upright and they are awarded the titles.
Backstage: Mean Gene interviews the Blackhearts
before their big showdown with Bret Hart. The Blackhearts make a plea for Hart to join them, and be their leader. They seem to be scared, but still try to put forward a confident look. Anvil tells Bret that tonight could end up as the most important night in the history of WCW, as Bret Hart will either join them, or be left a shell of his former self.
Bret Hart vs Davey Boy Smith
Jim Neidhart is barred from ringside for this match. Smith comes hard at Hart, punching him into oblivion. Smith looks more focused than Hart and really takes the match to him. After a few minutes of beating Hart to a pump, Smith goes for the running power slam, but Hart is able to block it, drops behind Bulldog and rolls up Smith, but Smith kicks out. Hart collects himself, and goes to work. Hitman delivers several perfect suplexes, scoop slams, and kicks to Smith. Hart then goes for the Sharpshooter. Smith’s massive legs are just too strong for Hart, and he tosses Hart into a corner. Smith hops to his feet and charges at Hart, smoldering him in the corner. Then he starts to kick away at his stomach. Smith lifts Hart up onto the top turnbuckle and starts to climb. As he gets to the top, Smith is nailed with a kick to the gut by Hart. Hart is able to get Smith’s head between his legs, and nails a piledriver off the top rope!
Hart collapses in the corner, looking at the lifeless body of Smith. He walks over and grabs the legs of his opponent. He steps through, crosses Smith’s legs and turns him over. The Sharpshooter is locked on tight, and Smith’s body is contorted oddly, as he is clearly unconscious. The referee holds up Smith’s hand three times before declaring the winner.
Winner: Bret Hart
Rating: ** 1/2
Bret Hart vs Jim Neidhart
Smith is dumped from the ring, and is drug to the back by security, as he is barred from ringside during this match. Hart watches as Smith goes up the ramp and awaits Jim Niedhart’s arrival, but as his music plays, no one appears. Suddenly, Anvil appears behind Hart and locks him in a sleeper as the bell rings to begin the match. Hart struggles to free himself from the move, and Anvil has it locked in tight. Hart is in the hold for close to two minutes as he wiggles himself under the arm of Anvil. Anvil squeezes harder and harder and Hart starts to lose his senses. The referee tries to lift his arm in the air to see if he is out, but Hart pushes his hand away. Hart is somehow, someway able to deliver a belly to back suplex on Anvil.
Anvil is still the first to his feet, being well rested, and not drained by the sleeper hold. Anvil puts one leg on eachside of Hart and jumps high in the air, landing with his rear end on the sternum of the Hitman. Neidhart just sits there as the referee counts the pin.
NO! Hart kicked out. Anvil stands back up to attempt the flop again, but Hart locks his arms around the legs of Anvil, and throws his legs into the air, kicking Neidhart in the back and sending him falling to the mat, facefirst. Hart rolls forward and tries to cross the legs for the Sharpshooter, but Anvil is grabbing the ropes, forcing Hart to release. Hitman quickly goes back to work, but is slowed by the belly flop. He starts to kick away at Anvil, blasting him in the face several times. Anvil is stood up by Hitman, who attempts a suplex, but as he gets Anvil up, the weight overcomes him, and Anvil lands ontop of him for a pin.
Hart snaps his shoulder up. Anvil appears to be unconscious, but Hart can’t get him set up for a pin. Hart gets to his feet, and goes for a pin of his own, rolling Anvil over slowly. The count reaches 2, but Anvil gets a second wind and tosses Hart high into the air for the kickout. Anvil stands up and starts his comeback. Anvil locks Hart in a modified camel clutch, with his knee in the back of Hart, but after a little while, it’s clear that Hart will NOT give up. Anvil hops up, and delivers a knee drop to the center of Hart’s spine, before locking the clutch back in. Hart struggles to weasel out, but is able to actually slide underneath Anvil, and deliver a dropkick to the back of Neidhart before collapsing to the mat. Anvil falls out to the floor.
Hart gets up slowly, and runs toward Anvil, diving out of the ring to take him out. Hart then pushes Anvil back near the turnbuckle and slides his legs around the ring post. He locks on the figure four, and releases at the 4 count before re-entering the ring. Hart slides Anvil to the center of the ring, and grabs his legs. He starts to cross his legs for the Sharpshooter, when Anvil sits up, and delivers a poke to the eyes of Hitman. Hart staggers to the corner. Anvil goes for a tackle in the corner, but Hart holds his legs above where Anvil hits, and locks his legs under the arms of Anvil, rolls forward and tries a sunset flip pin, but Anvil kicks out. The two are quick to their feet, and Hart hits a dropkick. Anvil doesn’t fall though, and comes back for more. Hart hits a second drop kick, and then whips Anvil off the ropes and jumps to get more body torque on a clothes line. Anvil falls to his back exhausted. Hart goes for the Sharpshooter a third time, and this time is able to turn over the big man, in the center of the ring. Anvil tries not to, but is forced to tap.
Winner: Bret Hart
Post-match, Hart celebrates his win, while Bulldog and Anvil lick their wounds as they leave the arena.
Backstage: Kevin Nash
promises to end the streak of Goldberg, which now stands at 77-0. Nash then vows to challenge for the WCW Title again, and win it. This is his “impact”.
Goldberg vs Kevin Nash
This match is a punch fest, with neither man getting a chance to do any real wrestling. Nash proves to be almost as much of a challenge for Goldberg, and actually gets several 2 counts early in the bout. Goldberg is relentless and fights his way out of a Powerbomb attempt and delivers a standing sidekick to the skull of Nash. Goldberg attempts a spear, but in what might be the most visually impressive moment of the PPV, Goldberg is too low, and Nash uses Goldberg’s momentum to flip him up into a Jackknife Powerbomb. Goldberg is down on the mat, shaking his head in shock. Nash celebrates a little prematurely, and when he goes for the pin, he places one foot on top of the Beast.
Goldberg grabs Nash’s foot and rolls him into an ankle lock. Nash’s long limbs allow him to grab the ropes, but the damage has been done. Goldberg finishes off Nash with a spear, and a jackhammer.
Backstage: Nash’s Wolfpack members are seen watching Nash on TV, and looked scared at the backlash of their leader losing his “impact” match.
WCW Heavyweight Title: Sting © vs Randy Savage
Savage enters first, and he looks focused on his goal; winning the WCW Championship. Sting makes his slow entrance. Sting doesn’t look excited, instead he looks almost pissed through his face paint, there is a lot of pain showing through his tired eyes. Sting carries the belt in his hand, and looks naked without his bat. Savage attacks Sting as he enters the ring and goes right to work on the injured ribcage of Sting. The Champion doubles over in pain in the early going of the contest, and Savage takes advantage. Savage double axe handles the back of Sting repeatedly, and finally Sting slumps to his chest. Savage picks up Sting and stretches his back against his knee, as he puts pressure on the throat and thighs of the Champion with his hands. Sting screams in pain as Savage smiles toward the crowd.
It becomes obvious to Macho Man that he won’t be able to get a submission this early, and he lets go of Sting, who again slumps to the mat. Savage show boats, and comes back toward Sting. Sting has made it to his knees, and catches an attempted kick by Savage, and quickly dumps him onto his back, crosses his legs around his own and tries to turn him over, into a Scorpion Death Lock. Savage squirms and squirms, preventing Sting from actually locking in the move. Sting keeps trying to swing his momentum and lock on his signature move, but Savage is finally able to get his arms around the bottom rope, and clings on for dear life. Sting slumps back to one knee after releasing the hold, and struggle to keep himself upright.
Savage is quick to his feet, and blasts Sting with a boot to the chest. Sting again looks like he is struggling to breathe, and grasps for the ropes, but they are just out of his reach. Savage pushes Sting onto his back and starts to choke him with his boot. Sting clasps onto Savage’s ankle, and tries to relieve the pressure, but Savage is just too much. The Macho Man again lets go and showboats. This time Sting is able to roll to the floor to buy some time to catch his breath. Savage follows him onto the floor and taunts him, kicking Sting as he rolls around on the floor. Savage stands up Sting and rolls him into the ring. Sting apparently gets a second wind, and rolls straight to his feet, bounces off the far ropes and dives out on top of Savage, and both men lay on the ground outside the ring. Sting somehow was the first to his feet.
Sting rolled into the ring, and used the ropes to prop himself upright, as Savage made his slow return to the squared circle. Sting and Savage went into a blow for blow fist fight, right in the middle of the ring, with neither gaining the upper-hand. Savage drilled The Franchise right in the stomach with a hard kick, and again Sting doubled over. Savage locks Sting’s head under his arm, and attempts a DDT, but it is blocked by Sting. Using his brute strength, Sting is able to backdrop Savage, and is clearly getting a second wind. Sting storms around the ring, psyching himself up, and runs at Savage, delivering a massive lariat.
Savage pops back up, only to receive a second lariat, and this is followed by a quick elbow drop. Sting starts to feed off the stunned crowd, and picks up Savage for several suplexes and scoop slams Savage. Sting locks on a tight sleeper, and tries to wear down Savage. Savage works his way back to his feet and forces Sting off the ropes. Savage goes for a hip toss, but Sting blocks it and counters into his own attempted hip toss. Savage is able to block this, and goes for an irish whip. Sting thuds off the turnbuckle and collapses to the mat. Sting quickly rolls to the ground, and a pained Savage is in hot pursuit. Savage lifts Sting up and forces his throat down on the guardrail, and then goes back to work on the sore ribs.
Savage’s kicks are punches are precise and keep Sting in an intense amount of pain. Savage rolls Sting’s body into the ring. Savage goes for a cover.
NO! Sting kicked out! Savage argues with the referee, but doesn’t allow Sting back into the match, kicking him square in the head as he sat up. Savage stands up Sting and punches away at his abdomen. Sting starts to feel it, again. He takes punches and kicks and brushes them off. He starts to scream in Savage’s face. He blocks an attempted head shot, and starts to deliver kicks and punches of his own, backing Savage into a corner. He then whips Savage into the opposite corner and follows closely with a Stinger Splash. He attempts a second time, after another irish whip, but this time is met with a boot to the gut from Savage. Savage hops to the second rope and delivers a double axe handle to the back of the head of Sting.
Sting collapses into the center of the ring, on his back. Savage goes to the top rope and waves to the crowd, calling for a Savage Elbow. Savage leaps high into the air, and nails the elbow drop. The crowd is stunned. Savage goes for the pin.
NO! Sting kicked out from the Elbow! Sting kicked out from the Savage Elbow! Savage can’t believe it either. He just stares out into the crowd, down on his knees. He shakes his head. He swings his legs out in front of him and just stares at his hands in confusion. Savage hasn’t realized that Sting is too his feet, and he is angry! Sting delivers a drop kick to the back of Savage. Savage falls onto his back and Sting climbs to the top rope. He delivers a massive Stinger Splash from the top rope. Sting stands up a lifeless Savage and drops him with a thunderous Scorpion Death Drop, with a scream from Sting himself. Sting beats his chest in excitement. Sting goes for the cover.
NO! Savage got his shoulder up. Sting looks as stunned as Savage moments ago. Savage isn’t as luck as the champion was, and can’t get to his feet quickly. Sting goes back on the attack, hitting a scoop slam to the challenger and follows with a high jumping elbow. Savage squirms after impact, and Sting goes for a Scorpion Death Lock. Savage wiggles to try and get free, but can’t muster to get free. Sting turns him over, and for the third time tonight, someone has succumbed to the same maneuver.
Spring Stampede goes off the air, with the Champion, facepaint all but gone, holding his title high above his head and yelling into a crowd that was captivated by the match he and Savage just tore the house down with.