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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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I Rebook WCW Starrcade 1997 and beyond.

Hey guys. This is my first time trying something like this so any critical comments of any kind is kindly accepted. I'm not booking every single match or every single Nitro, just the high points that I think would keep WCW as least competitive with the WWE during this time frame. I'm going to Nitro after Superbrawl 8 and if you guys like what I'm doing I will continue. Here we go

Starrcade 1997
The only two major things I change about this show is of course the botched main event and Bret Hart. Giving away Hart's first appearance on Nitro before Starrcade was their first big mistake. I think wait until Starrcade and make the huge announcement that Bret Hart will be making his first live appearance after the screw job on the next night's Nitro. That should be a talking point the whole night. What will Hart say or do?

Next up of course is the main event. People want the payoff of Sting beating Hogan clean. I would book it as more of a squash match. Of course you're saying Hogan would never ever agree to that and I would say you're right but what if Hogan is offered a huge role to change his mind? I will get to that later. The match takes place and Sting just dominates. I mean he is whipping Hogan's behind and of course you have the whole nwo go out there to try and help Hogan but then you have Luger, Piper, Giant and DDP go out there for Sting. Somehow let's say Hall or Henning do distract Sting for a second for Hogan to get the Upper hand. Hogan gives Sting the big boot and the leg drop but instead of covering Sting he gets up to pose for the crowd. At the very moment Sting pops up and no sells the big leg. As Hogan turns around and meets Sting's eyes......OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!, Sting screams for the crowd for the first audible noise from the man in over a year while the pop lifts the roof off. Sting hits the stinger splash and Hogan submits in the deathlock. We get the big celebration as the show goes off the air.

Next night on Nitro we have Hogan demanding his rematch which is granted for Superbrawl 8. After that match is made Nash puts his arm around Hogan and says don't worry, we got this which is when Hogan turns around and says, "no brother, this is something I've got to do on my own". The other big event that night is Bret Hart. Hart comes to the ring with a gym bag and talks about being screwed. He says regardless of how you feel about him everybody in that arena and everyone watching around world and most of all everyone in that garbage company up north knows I was not beaten. I am the real world champion and Hart reaches into the bag and brings out a title not seen before. Hart says " you see this belt? This belt is not affiliated with the WWF, this belt is not affiliated with the WCW, this belt represents all the blood, sweat and tears from the Hart dungeon and is affiliated with the honor of all the great men that dungeon produced. This belt represents Bret Hart.... The real world champion. At that point Flair's music hits. Flair gets in in the ring and says "HaHa Hitman, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but when I did it, I brought the belt with me so if you want to come into the best wrestling company in the world, your little plastic toy doesn't prove anything, if you want to be the man, you gotta beat the man". Hart vs Flair for Hart's belt is the main event at Souled Out.

One thing that happens before Souled Out is we see a very different kind of Hollywood Hogan. One out to prove something. Hogan needs to know if he still has it. Hogan puts his career on the line against Sting at Superbrawl 8. I don't change anything about Souled Out except give Hart and Flair more time.

Superbrawl 8
Here are the top five matches
Raven beats DDP to win the US title.
Lex Luger beats Randy Savage with Hogan having nothing to do with match. Savage is still on good terms with nwo.
Outsiders beat the Steiners with Scott still turning.
Bret Hart beats Ric Flair in a submission match.
Sting beats Hogan in a very close 20 minute affair. This match is nothing like Starrcade with Hogan getting many near falls. The nwo is shown watching backstage on a monitor throughout match. After the match Sting stares down Hogan and we think we might get a handshake but it doesn't happen. Sting leaves and Hogan is left in the ring struggling with emotion as the show goes off the air.

Nitro next night and the final segment is the nwo and the wrestling world saying goodbye to Hogan. The commentators say love him or hate him he's Hulk Hogan and he changed the sport into what it is today. The whole nwo is in the ring with Hogan as Hogan gives a teary eyed retirement speech. After all the hugs and handshakes right before nitro goes off the air Nash hits Hogan from behind. Hogan is given the worst nwo beat down yet. He bleeds and has nwo spray painted on his back to close the show.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-28-2018, 10:34 PM
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Re: I Rebook WCW Starrcade 1997 and beyond.

I like what I perceive as a slow Hogan face turn.

The only problem I see as a person who is old enough to have been watching at the time, as I imagine you are, is Nash was basically a face leaning tweener in the time frame your speaking. I don't know that Nash wouldn't have been cheered for attacking a Hollywood Hogan early 98.

I actually enjoy and appreciate your imagination on this just not sure it would have worked given the circumstances of the time.
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Re: I Rebook WCW Starrcade 1997 and beyond.

Good stuff. Fundamentally, it all seems to be in line with what people think should have happened at the time. Hart/Flair seems logical, to the point that it's a great match and the "Real World's Champion" thing was low-hanging fruit. Flair was pretty popular at the time, and I'm not sure if people really would have wanted to see them beat the shit out of each other. Maybe some sort of alliance between the two would have worked better?
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Appreciate your thoughts with this subject. I think it was at Starrcade 1997 that the WCW started going downhill mainly because of the controversial finish to Hogan/Sting.
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Appreciate your thoughts with this subject. I think it was at Starrcade 1997 that the WCW started going downhill mainly because of the controversial finish to Hogan/Sting.
It was "fool me with once" with the company. People did want to see Sting kick Hogan's ass, but when it turned out to be a mess, ratings actually kept going up. It's frustrating, haha, but the bubble didn't pop right there on that night. But people would get sick of being jerked around, and by the time you get to Starrcade a year later, Nash thought he could do the same thing with Goldberg -- heh, heh, heh. Whoops.

At some point, people just got Pavlovian conditioning to expect no pay-offs and the same old story with Hogan, Nash and Hall on top. By the end of 1998, Hogan stopped being a major positive factor on ratings, but the plans still revolved around getting the belt onto him, instead of focusing on hot young stars like Goldberg. Or hot old stars like Flair, for that matter, haha.
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