Fall Brawl 1999 Results
The Filthy Animals (Eddy Guerrero, Billy Kidman, & Rey Mysterio Jr.) def. Dead Pool (Vampiro & Insane Clown Posse) at 14:14
~In your usual WCW hot opener, Billy Kidman pinned Vampiro with a botched Shooting Star Press. Vampiro fractured his eye socket and broke his nose from the finisher; Rey Mysterio was carried out by trainers after the match with a potential knee injury.
Lenny def. Kaz Hayashi to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship at 12:09
~Ambiguously gay Lenny had ass-istance from his ambiguously gay brother Lodi.
The First Family (Brian Knobs & Hugh Morrus) def. The Revolution (Shane Douglas & Dean Malenko) at 9:26
~In a shocker, the First Family won this match almost as clean as you can get in WCW at the moment.
Rick Steiner def. Perry Saturn to retain the WCW Television Championship at 9:23
~The TV Champion wins clean, successfully retaining a TV Title that is never defended on television anymore, by a champion who is hardly ever seen wearing the belt.
Berlyn def. Jim Duggan (replacement for Buff Bagwell) at 7:58
~Bagwell arrived late to the show because of travel problems (kayfabe), so proud American Duggan lost to the new-look Alex Wright after help from his bodyguard, The Wall.
Harlem Heat (Booker T & Stevie Ray) def. The West Texas Rednecks (Barry & Kendall Windham) to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship at 13:05
~Harlem Heat won these belts at Road Wild, then lost them on Nitro to the Windhams, and then complete the circle of life be regaining the belts at Fall Brawl to become the 9-time Tag Team Champions.
Sid Vicious def. Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Championship at 11:48
~Chris Benoit becomes the next person to job to Sid in what was a truly terrible match. As a result of the win, Sid is now 80-0 in WCW, which is the most tainted and illegitimate undefeated streak ever.
Goldberg def. Diamond Dallas Page at 9:04
~Despite numerous attempts by DDP to cheat, Goldberg wins clean, essentially defeating Page and the rest of the New Jersey Triad (Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon).
Sting def. Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship at 15:21
~Both men entered the match as faces, although Lex Luger was in the middle of this fiasco by trying to convince Sting that Hogan was the man driving the mysterious Hummer that ran down Kevin Nash back in June. Sting was skeptical, Hogan was adamant that he didn't because he wore red and yellow again, and Sting and Luger came to blows heading into the pay per view. It all set up a swerve ending, as after an overbooked mess of interference including Page, Sid, Bret Hart (yes, he's back now, but only because he wants to fight Hulk Hogan... despite coming down to help Hogan), and Lex Luger, Sting takes a baseball bat that Luger brought into the ring and uses it to hit Hogan to get the victory. Sting and Luger end the show by embracing and celebrating together, starting a shock Sting heel turn.
~Tonight's WCW Monday Nitro will mark the first show in the post-Bischoff era of World Championship Wrestling. Bischoff, who became the Executive Producer of WCW in 1993 and Executive Vice President in 1994, has been in hot water with the higher ups of Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting for the past several months. The on-air product of WCW has been stale for quite some time now, despite numerous attempts by Bischoff to expand the WCW brand by bringing in musical talents KISS, Megadeath, Chad Brock, and of course, Master P. In fact, these costly attempts have only dropped the ratings and made even more of a mockery out of the product. KISS ended the 08/23 Nitro with a live performance that tanked big time in the ranks (and they are now getting their own wrestler in the KISS Demon, portrayed by Brian Adams), Megadeath's "Crush 'Em" replaced Goldberg's highly popular "Invasion" theme, Chad Brock did nothing, and Master P's No Limit Soldiers and their feud against the West Texas Rednecks was one of the lowest moments in an incredibly low summer for World Championship Wrestling. To make matters worse, other attempts by Bischoff to expand WCW's name in the world (Nitro Grill and Cologne) have also been costly failures, and the company as a whole continues to spend much more than it makes under Bischoff's leadership. There is no official word what Bischoff's role in the company is currently - there have been mixed reports that Bischoff has simply been demoted from President of WCW, has been fired from the company altogether, and is still a member of the company that could be used in an on-screen capacity.
~One of the most prominent storylines of the past few months under Bischoff has been the 'Hummer' storyline. On June 7, six days before the Great American Bash, Randy Savage's entourage of ladies lured Kevin Nash into a limo, only for Savage and his ladies to lock Nash in the limo. A white hummer then runs into the limo (and Nash). Over these past three months, numerous promises were made by Savage to reveal who the hummer driver was, with Sid Vicious and Eric Bischoff both teasing who the Hummer Driver was. Over the past month, Lex Luger, just back in WCW from an injury, has been telling everyone Hulk Hogan was the hummer driver. Since returning to WCW in the summer, Hogan has defeated Savage to win the WCW World Heavyweight Title, and then defeated Nash at Road Wild to retire Nash. Oh, and he's gone from Hollywood Hogan to the red and yellow Hulkamania as well. Luger, a well known best friend of Sting, has shown "evidence" to Sting that Hogan was the driver, Hogan hasn't changed, and not to trust Hogan, as Hogan and Sting were now friends. However, despite Sting being skeptical of Hogan and then coming to blows with Luger, Sting showed his true colors last night at Fall Brawl when he hit Hogan with a baseball bat, embraced Lex Luger, and won the WCW World Heavyweight Title. However, despite it all, there has been no conclusion to the Hummer storyline... and don't expect there to be one. The new creative leaders of WCW are rumored to want to be rid of the terribly-executed storyline, so it could never be mentioned again on WCW television.
~Speaking of Hogan, anyone who has watched him wrestle or simply walk to the ring over the past month can tell you that the former WCW World Heavyweight Champion is going through some injuries and pain. Hogan is believed to have some recurring problems in his knee and hip, but surprisingly, Hulk Hogan wants to work through the injuries and not take any time off for surgeries. However, expect Hogan to take time off within the next few months to rest and get the surgeries his body does need.
~Kevin Nash was retired by Hulk Hogan in August. His buddy, Scott Hall, hasn't been since on television in about six months. While Nash is on-screen retired, there is every intention to bring Big Sexy back on-screen and in the ring, while Scott Hall is also nearing a comeback as well. While the two will probably not be returning to the squared circle for a little bit of time, the plan is to utilize The Outsiders on-screen in some capacity so they are not collecting a pay check without having to work at all. After all, for a company that is leaking millions, WCW needs to try and maximize the talents they are paying so much for.
~Last night at Fall Brawl, two men picked up injuries in the opening contest. Rey Mysterio's looked the worst as he had to be carried out of the ring by trainers after the match with a knee injury, while Vampiro took a botched Shooting Star Press from Billy Kidman. Mysterio's knee injury is not believed to be serious, and can in fact work through the injury. Vampiro, however, broke his nose and fractured his eye socket; he is expected to miss a little bit of time before returning back to work. Kidman will not be punished in any way for the injury.
~Don't expect anything out of Thunder this Thursday. With Hurricane Floyd set to rock the east coast this week, Thunder is expected to be cancelled and a recap show will air in its place.
~And that other TV show, Monday Nitro, continues to sag in the ratings compared to Raw is War. Nitro hasn't won a head-to-head battle since October 26, 1998. Throughout the summer, Raw is War has continued its dominance in this Monday Night War. Monday Nitro has drawn a low-to-mid 3 in the Nielsen Ratings throughout the summer (their highest a 3.6 in June 28 before the end of August), while Raw is War has averaged a mid 6 rating, even drawing a 7.1 on July 26. However the past two weeks are seemingly an anomaly. After the failed KISS performance on Nitro from Las Vegas on 08/23, the head-to-head ratings between the two have been the closest they've been in a long time. Raw drew 4.2 and 4.4 (08/30 and 09/06), a steep drop from the 6.6 and 5.9 it had the two weeks beforehand, while Nitro jumped up to a 4.0 and 4.1; the horrendous Las Vegas showed finished with a 2.9 average. With Nitro being 3 hours long to Raw's two, Nitro's first hour (8-9PM) goes unopposed, and does well in the ratings, but WCW's flagship then gets killed when going head-to-head for the last two hours. Rumors are rampant that WCW's new Senior Vice President, Bill Busch, is going to cut Nitro down to 2-hours, and presumably from 8-10PM, in a cost-cutting measure, as soon as possible.
~While WCW has some injuries right now, there is some good news for returning workers. Lex Luger is cleared to wrestle after spending time earlier in the year out on the shelf, while men who have been off-screen for non-injury purposes, Bret Hart and Ric Flair, are also ready to compete. Hart returned to WCW programming last week, while Flair is widely expected to return to television on tonight's Nitro, live from North Carolina, Flair's home state. Scott Steiner (back) and Wrath (knee) are both making progress on their recoveries, but are not due back until January and April of 2000. Fit Finlay (leg) continues to be on the sidelines after lacerating his leg in July and suffering nerve damage; there is no timetable for his return. 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper remains off-screen for no particular reason, along with David Flair, Hardcore Hak, and Dusty Rhodes.