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Week 3, November 1997
Portland Memorial Center (Portland, Oregon)
ATT: 11,497
TV: 19.42
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay


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Ladies and Gentlemen, we are LIVE....it's Monday Night.....and that can mean only one thing.....it's time for the Titans of Wrestling to make that now familiar walk down the aisle....

.....the group enter the ring, and it's obvious that they are not happy with how last weeks "Revenge of the Titans" show went....sure, with the exception of Buff Bagwell they were all victorious in their matches, but when the show came to a close, it wasn't the Titan's being talked about.....it was Shawn Michaels....it was Diamond Dallas Page....it was Sting....and that has to drive Hollywood Hogan's ego crazy....

.....Hollywood takes the lead tonight, telling Diamond Dallas Page that he hopes he set his VCR last week....he hopes he has that Diamond Cutter on tape....because he'll be reliving that moment for the rest of his life....("because that right there brother, was the peak of your career....cheap-shotting Hollywood, like the no good, yellow coward that you are, and hitting the ONLY Diamond Cutter that you'll ever get me with jack....and even then you had to hide behind a mask to do it").....

.....Hollywood says that since Page is obviously so keen to get into the ring, he can get in the ring right here tonight....because the man with the plan, Vinnie Ru, he's made a match for DDP....tonight....live on Monday Nitro....it's going to be Diamond Dallas Page, squaring off against.........The Giant.....("and after that big stinky Giant eats you alive....IF.....you even make it to Mayhem.....then Hollywood Hogan, the greatest wrestler of all time, is going to squash you like the scrub that you are.....and you'll feel the Bang alright brother.....the bang of Hollywood Hogan dropping the Big Leg on you brother").....

....with that out of the way, it's on to our next order of business....Jean Paul Levesque, Shawn Michaels.....and the man called Sting....

....Russo says that since Sting spends his days hiding from Hollywood in the shadows...Sting won't come out and face Hollywood like a man, because he knows that for as long as Hogan is the WCW Champion ("which is going to be for a long time yet bro, let me tell ya") then Vince Russo will not grant Sting a single shot at the big gold belt.....BUT.....Russo has said it before, and he'll say it again.....there is NOTHING stopping Sting from competing in this ring, and there is nothing stopping him from challenging for the SECONDARY titles around here.....but instead, he's been moping around like some moody teenager, hiding out in the rafters and sneak attacking the Titans of Wrestling.......well no more.....

".....because like it or not "Stinger", you ARE a part of World Championship Wrestling....you DO have an active contract with World Championship Wrestling....and that makes ME your boss....and as long as I am your boss.....and as long as you are employed by ME....you will play by MY rules.....

....you have not competed in this ring since August....for three months now YOU Sting, have not been doing your job, and I don't know about where you come from, but where I grew up...New York, New York, the greatest City in the world...if you ain't doing your job bro, then your ass gets canned...."


....so it goes like this....the very next time Sting so much as LOOKS at Hollywood Hogan....the next time he so much as waves that stupid black bat in the Titans direction.....then his little gothic ass will be FIRED for breach of contract.....so Sting, stay up and sulk in the rafters all you want....but stay OUT of the Titans way....

....now, speaking of contracts....Shawn Michaels....(the dumbest man on the planet for turning down the offer to join the Titans)....Shawn Michaels does NOT have a contract with World Championship Wrestling....last week, Shawn Michaels attended Nitro as a fan, and he kicked Buff Bagwell in the face....and ACTIVE member of the WCW roster.....because of this, Vince Russo is perfectly within his rights to bar Mr. Michaels from attending ANY future World Championship Wrestling events....so guess what.....that's exactly what he is going to do....

"....no more hanging out with your little buddy backstage....no more watching from the crowd....no, the next time you wanna watch your 'Rassling bro, you can watch it on TV at home....in fact, I suggest you order WCW Mayhem in about 2 weeks time.....because your pal Jean Paul Levesque, he's going to be in action....against Buff Bagwell...."





















.....well would t you know it, that only goes and brings out Mr. JPL himself.....but he's not alone.....Shawn Michaels is with him.....the two men walk out onto the entrance way with a microphone, and Russo and The Titans are not impressed.....

.....Vinnie Ru asks Shawn if he's deaf bro?....he says he is barred from attending all WCW events because of his conduct last week....so get the hell out of here.....Levesque however tells Russo that's not going to happen.....

"....see Shawn, he might not have signed a contract with the Titans of Wrestling.....he might not have signed a contract with World Championship Wrestling.....but he DID sign ONE contract..........Shawn.....show em what ya got....."

.....Michaels looks "shocked" at that suggestion, but he shrugs his shoulders and does as Levesque asks, unbuckling his belt and pulling out his.....

".....NOT THAT!...."

.....Levesque slaps Michaels on the chest, telling him to show them the OTHER thing he's got in his pants....Michaels pulls a goofy "my bad" face, before bucking his belt back up and pulling out a piece of paper.....and taking the microphone......he says that was he has in his hand is a contract.....

".....not a contract with you.....not a contract with Eric Bischoff.......not a contract with the Titans of Wrestling.....and certainly not a contract with "dubbya see dubbya".....what this is, is a contract with my good friend JPL here....."

....Michaels fishes into his pocket and pulls out another piece of paper....

".....and this right here.....this is a managers licence..........and this contract, and this licence.....means that where JPL goes, Shawn Michaels goes.....so guess what Vinnie.....Shawn Michaels is going to be at Mayhem.....Shawn Michaels is going to be right there at ringside at Mayhem......and when JPL faces your little boy toy wannabe Buff Bagwell, Shawn Michaels is going to be right there in his corner, "managing" him all the way to victory.....and if you don't like that, I WOULD have two words for ya.....but instead, you can have this....."

....and with that Michaels tosses away the microphone, as he and Levesque give the Titans of Wrestling a good old fashioned Crotch Chop, before turning and heading to the back as Manager and Client......and the Titans of Wrestling are NOT amused.

Rating: A*

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I've been listening to "The Lapsed Fan Wrestling Podcast" this week (as I do most weeks....do yourselves a favour and check it out....the only wrestling podcast you'll ever need) and we are currently working through the "Lamentable Tragedy of WCCW".....because of this I've had the god awful song "Heaven needed a Champion" from the David Von Erich memorial stuck in my head......well heaven might have needed a champion in 1985, but in 1997, Vader needed a Victim....that's why he crushed Rick Martel.....

......the match wasn't long....the match wasn't pretty.....but it did its job....and so did Martel....putting up enough of a fight to make it an entertaining match, but eventually succumbing to the Vader Powerbomb....as Vader and The Forgotten march on with their mission to take out the "WWF Outcasts"

Winner: Big Van Vader
Rating: B

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Big Bammers makes his way out, to join his Stablemates Big Van Vader and Kevin Sullivan in the ring....the two big men stand in the background looking on menacingly (A and A* respectively in that department....not too shabby) as Sully takes the microphone.....

.....he says that WCW Mayhem is just thirteen days away, and if there is one thing that Kevin Sullivan has always relished in, it's Mayhem.....thirty men....one ring....one shot at the WCW Championship at Starrcade for the winner?....well consider this The Forgotten's official entry into the Mayhem match.....Sully says that while The Forgotten are far from finished with their mission.....and while The Forgotten are far from finished with The Rock.....Mayhem will be all about one thing.....securing that shot at the WCW Championship.....

.....Sullivan says that these fickle fans might have "Forgotten", but it was only last year that BOTH Vader and Bam Bam main evented Starrcade....and Bam Bam Bigelow was the reigning WCW Champion at the time.....

".....you have forgotten....but we have not....so at Mayhem, we WILL dominate....we WILL decimate.....we WILL destroy.....and no matter who stands before us....be it a Rick Martel....a Rikishi....a Jeff Hardy.....even your precious Rock....."it doesn't matter"......all will fall.....and at Starrcade 1997.....be it Vader....Bam Bam.....or Myself.....The Forgotten will bring that Championship home once again....."

Rating: A

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We go backstage for the first time this evening, where Mean Gene is standing by to shill the hotline....1-900-909-9900....where you can get all the latest backstage news, including that of a possible new arrival here in WCW.....Option 1 will give you all the information we CAN give you on that......one person who will NOT be joining WCW anytime soon is Stone Cold Steve Austin, who has just put pen to paper on a multi-year, very lucrative deal with "the other guys" as New York attempt to continue to push WCW's cast off's....Option 2 will tell you all about that ("that" being the fact that Steve Austin is now the highest paid wrestler in the WWF, with his new deal coming with a whopping $22.000 a month pay raise, pushing him up to $60,000.....I say highest paid....he's actually the joint highest paid thanks to the Wage Matching clause that I had to put in both Kevin Nash and Scott Halls contracts to keep them around almost two years back.....are the Outsiders worth 60 grand a piece in late 97's WWF?....whether they are worth it or not is irrelevant, that's what their contracts dictate.....Bret Hart also requested a pay rise thanks to Austin's new deal.....he only got 75% of what he wanted, but that still puts him on $56,820.....incidentally, the next two highest paid stars? Ahmed Johnson and Ric Flair.....both of whom are on $50,000 a piece, which considering ones current health issues, and the others time decline, is frankly daylight robbery........but I digress......

....with the shill done, Gene turns to his guests.....the Titans of Wrestlings Totally Awesome Trinity.....WCW Tag Team Champions, Adam Copeland and Christian Cage, and The Enforcer Ray Traylor.....

....Gene says that there's a tag team match coming up next, The Nasty Boys taking on Gideon Cain and Mike Awesome....as yet, their next challengers have yet to be announced, would they consider this match a number one contenders match? Copeland and Cage look at Gene for a moment....then look at each other....then look at the Enforcer....and burst out laughing (while Traylor stands stone faced between them).....once the laughter has subsided, Copeland asks why in the world they would consider this a number one contenders match?....

".....I don't know if you saw Gene-o, but we totally kicked the crap out of the Not-So-Nasty Boys already......and as for Gideon Lame and his Totally Not Awesome partner, we've been beating them up for weeks now....."

....Gene ask then if not the Nasty's or Missy's Men, who DOES deserve a shot at the titles? But after a brief squabble between themselves about the tag team division, the Totally Awesome Trinity finally come to a decision......NOBODY.....there's not a team in WCW that can come close to matching Copeland and Cage for awesomeness......hell, there's not a team in the world.......












.....it would appear that Madusa disagrees.....because she walks into shot along with the Pitbulls, telling the Trinity that she's got their next contenders right here.....

.....for the second time this segment, Copeland and Cage burst out laughing (and even Traylor cracks a wry smile before he catches himself).....Madusa isn't sure what's so funny, but (in between bursts of laughter) Cage says that if they're looking for the Westminster Dog Show then they're totally working in the wrong company.....this is WCW, and the Totally Awesome Trinity rule.....Cage tells the Mutt's to beat it, before they have the Enforcer neuter them.....

....Copeland interrupts his partner though, telling him to hang on.....they DO need to put the titles on the line at some point because of that totally stupid 30 day rule....can he think of an easier defence than these two stray hound dogs? Copeland thinks not.....and he accepts Madusa's challenge, telling her that they will see them at Mayhem.....before the trio walk off (Copeland and Cage still chuckling) leaving Madusa and the Pitbulls with Gene, who says that it doesn't seem as though the Champions are taking this challenge too seriously....Madusa says that's fine.....they will.....when her Pitbulls have them by the jugular at Mayhem....and we go to our next match.

Rating: B+

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If there's one (or two if you count Jimmy Hart) manager here in WCW that knows the Nasty Boys well, it would be Missy Hyatt, who managed the duo to the WCW Tag Team Titles back in 1993.....

.....she will be hoping to replicate that success with her current clients, Mike Awesome & Gideon Cain....to have that success however, her men are really going to have to be picking up victories over the likes of Knobbs and Saggs, who (while still arguably one of the more over team) are past their prime to say the least.....

....fortunately for Missy, her men were more than up for the task....it was a back and forth brawl, but after Gideon Cain dropped Sagg's with the East of Eden, this one was all over

Winner(s): Mike Awesome & Gideon Cain
Rating: B

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From there we go backstage, where Mean Gene is standing by with the public face of the WCW Championship Committee, Eric Bischoff....Gene says that Eric specifically requested this time, "so please tell us what's on your mind".....

....Bischoff thanks Gene, before reiterating that he did indeed request this time, and he requested it for two reasons....the first being the upcoming Mayhem match....he says that for once he agree' with Vince Russo, with this more streamlined version of their usual World War 3 match being the better option....and the added prize of the winner being granted an opportunity to challenge for the WCW Title at Starrcade is a stipulation that he's particularly interested in, because as the face of the Championship Committee, this match now has Championship implications, which means he has some say in the way that it's being structured.....

".....so first of all, despite what Mr. Russo will tell you, there are PLENTY of worthy opponents out there, both in WCW and ELSEWHERE......which is why entry to this Mayhem match is NOT limited to World Championship Wrestling employee's, but professional wrestlers the world over.....Japan....Mexico....Europe....Asia.....if you are eligible to compete in the United States of America, then you are eligible to compete in the Mayhem match, and you are eligible to compete for the WCW Championship at Starrcade......once you sign a WCW contract.....

....all you have to do is submit your interest to me, and then myself and the rest of the Committee will work through that list of names, until we narrow it down to the thirty entrants.....now, with that being said, there is one small concession we agreed to make with Vince Russo to allow for this open door policy....and that is that Shawn Michaels is NOT allowed entry into the Mayhem match.....UNLESS.....he signs a contract with World Championship Wrestling between now and midnight the Saturday before the event......"


.....Gene is particularly excited by this revelation, wondering which (if any) international stars we could potentially see at Mayhem....before asking Bischoff what the second point he had was?.....

.....Bischoff says that in the interest of opening the possible international boarders, he's also looking to open up the Championship opportunities around here as well.....he says that WCW has some of the greatest wrestlers in the world, but also wrestlers that (as long as Vince Russo has power) that will never be granted an opportunity to shine......men like Juventud Guerrera, like Kid Kash......like Taka Michinoku......men that just don't fit the mould that Vince Russo see's as a "top star", but also men that can do things that your Hollywood Hogans and your Warriors could only dream of........which is why we here in WCW are going to give them the opportunity to shine.......when they compete for this.......

......Bischoff turns off camera and picks an item up, which he holds up for the camera to see......


























"......the WCW Cruiserweight Title.....and in the coming weeks we will be running a tournament to crown a champion.....with the final match coming at Starrcade.......thank you Gene......"


















".......woah, woah, woah......hold on there esè.......make way for the Papi of Perfection holmes......"






.....the Papi of Perfection?.....that can only be Eddie Guerrero.....as the current reigning WCW United States Champion comes sauntering into shot with his title draped proudly over his shoulder......

"......oralè vato......if you're taking names for Mayhem, then your first name is right here esè......"

.....Eddie says that he's beat everyone there is to beat when it comes to his United States Championship, so the way he sees it, it's time to add some more gold to his collection.....the WCW Championship......

.....Bischoff looks unimpressed....telling Eddie that he's a great wrestler (when he's not cheating or taking short cuts) and he may well BE one of the thirty names competing in the Mayhem match.....but Bischoff highly doubts that he will win......not after he's already wrestled once that evening......

.....Eddie looks confused at that, telling Bischoff that Vince Russo hasn't booked him a match?....

"....no he hasn't.....but I have...."

.....Bischoff says that Eddie may claim to have beaten everyone worth beating.....but he's NEVER defeated Curt Hennig.....in fact, the only reason that he's here as the US Champion right now and Hennig isn't, is because Eddie has taken every cheap loss in the book to escape with the title......well, if he wants to escape with the title at Mayhem, then he's REALLY going to have to earn it.......because he's going to be defending the US Championship against Curt Hennig, one last time.......no count-outs.....no disqualifications......no pinfalls......no submissions......

"......no easy way out......because your title is going to be UP for grabs......quite literally......in a ladder match.............good luck "Papi"......"

.....with that, Bischoff slaps Eddie on the back and walks out of shot.....leaving a mortified looking United States Champion behind.

Rating: A

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It's time for a title match now.....and it's a bit of a strange one.....

.....these two have met before for the WCW Television Title....back when Tajiri was a plucky underdog babyface.....now he's a member of James Vandenberg's Unholy Ministry.....and after turning his back on the popular Jeff Hardy, most definitely NOT a babyface.....but then neither is his opponent.....the cocky and arrogant Lance Storm.....so who the hell were the crowd supposed to cheer for?.....

.....luckily they didn't have to try and work it out for very long.....





......because midway through the match, both Mortis and Jeff Hardy came brawling their way out from the back and down the aisle.....

.....Mortis appears to have the advantage, but young Jeff Hardy must be getting sick of fighting Vandenberg's goons by now, and he is able to fight back, before finally sending Mortis flying into the crowd with a back body drop over the crowd rail......

.....Tajiri is suitably distracted by this, and as he turns his back on his opponent, a quick roll up is all Storm needs to win the match and retain his Championship....

Winner: ....and Still WCW Television Champion.....Lance Storm.
Rating: C+

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....not that Tajiri really has time to process the loss.....because as soon as the official rings the bell, Jeff Hardy is charging down the aisle away from Mortis and in his direction.....

.....with Mortis out of the equation briefly, Tajiri obviously decides that he's better off cutting his losses and getting the hell out of dodge.....and he quickly bails to the back with Hardy hot on his trail.....








.....which leaves Lance Storm all alone to celebrate his "victory"....and celebrate he does.....in fact, he spends so long boasting about his big win that he's still there in the ring when the next match is due to start.........and the first contestant makes his way out........


















.......and what a contestant......because it's the undefeated rookie monster (who is currently 44-0 after picking up wins on our B-Shows through the week) Bill Goldberg......

......this isn't the first time that these two men have crossed paths.....they met in the aisle-way a few weeks back, which saw the (rather arrogant at the time) Television Champion decisively moved to one side......they also bumped into each other again on WCW Saturday Night....again with the confident champion attempting to dismiss the (so far) unstoppable Goldberg.....

......Storm isn't any more respectful here either.....and as Goldberg climbs into the ring for his match, Storm berates him for interrupting the Champion's Celebration.....telling him that someone should teach the rookie a little bit of respect.....Goldberg snarls at Storm (who almost drops the title he backs off that quickly) and the TV Champion tells Bill that he doesn't have time for this, turning to exit the ring.....

.....the fact that Goldberg IS a rookie has never been clearer than right here.....because instead of making sure that Storm has actually left the ring, he simply turns away.....and receives a shot from the Television Title right to the back of the skull that puts him down.....

.....now Storm DOES leave.....he's made his point.....and here comes His Lordship running down the aisle......someone is looking to steal a quick victory.....

Rating: B

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(.....I know what you want here.....you want a repeat of that clusterf*** that was Bill Goldberg vs. Steven Regal from early 1998 don't ya? What the hell is wrong with you people

....well for what it's worth, Goldberg was seriously off his game tonight, and Regal was protected to take the loss without complaint.....so make of that what you will.....)

....Regal went for the cover the moment the bell rang, after all, the rookie was down....vulnerable....and knocked silly by Lance Storms Television Title....probably not going to have a better opportunity to beat the streak......

.....Goldberg does get his shoulder up at the last moment however, and Regal can't believe it.....guess that means it's time to try for the Regal Stretch.....

.....Goldberg isn't done just yet however, and he has enough power in his legs that Regal isn't able to fully apply the hold.....Regal transfers into almost a Crossface manoeuvre, but with his legs free Goldberg is able to power up to a standing position with Regal mounting him, before driving himself (and by proxy, Regal) hard into the turnbuckles....

.....His Lordship releases the hold, but Goldberg is still groggy from both the belt shot AND Regal's offence, and the former Television Champion is able to maintain the upper hand....the commentary team question exactly how much luck Regal would be having, had Lance Storm not introduced that Television Title to the back of Billy Boy's head....Heenan (who is a big fan of Goldberg on commentary) claims that this match would have been over five minutes ago had this been a straight up one on one match from the get go.....

.....in the end it doesn't matter.....Regal begins to get a little over confident at having the majority of the offence so far, and that comes back to bite him in the ass.....because Goldberg reverses an Irish Whip.....nails Regal with a Spear......and one Jackhammer later, Mr. Goldberg makes it 45-0.....and Mr. Regal is done....

Winner: Bill Goldberg
Rating: B-

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.....another impressive win for Goldberg, and as he has been doing since his debut, Bobby Heenan wonders what's next for "da man".....Schiavone says that Mean Gene has been attempting to find that out for months now and has yet to get a single answer out of the undefeated rookie.....Heenan says that's because Mean Gene is a hack, if you want the scoop then you should send a real broadcast journalist to interview him.....

"....someone like me...."

.....Schiavone and Tenay find that highly amusing, telling the Brain that is he's such a good "journalist" then he should go ahead and try.....the laughing obviously annoyed Bobby, because he gets up haughtily from his chair, indignantly marching over to the aisle-way, where the victorious Goldberg is marching to the back....

".....Mr. Goldberg?.....Mr. Goldberg?....Bill?....can I call you Bill?......I'm going to call you Bill.......another impressive display...another impressive win....I know you haven't had much to say to these other Humanoids, I wouldn't want Okerlund running out here bothering me either, especially when he's usually got mayo in his moustache......but you can tell the Brain the one question everyone has on their lips.....after 45 consecutive victories without a loss, there's only one thing we all want to know..........Who's Next?....."

......who's next?......that's got a bit of a ring to it hasn't it......looks like Goldberg thinks so too......because while he very nearly walks off without uttering a word, he changes his mind as he turns back to stare menacingly into the camera....and he growls his first spoken words since making his debut.....there are only four of them....but they're clear and to the point.....

".....Lance Storm.......YOU'RE NEXT!!....."

......before marching to the back, leaving a very smug looking Bobby Heenan to head back to his place at the announce table, point proved.....(four word) interview got......

Rating: B+

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Mean Gene may have been pipped to the post when it comes to getting a few words from Bill Goldberg......but in the now famous words of his CURRENT guest, "It Doesn't Matter"....because he's backstage with The Rock.....

.....Gene says that The Rock has made quite the impression on these fans since his arrival....but not everyone has been quite so enthused by his arrival....in fact, The Forgotten in particular have made their feelings about The Rock (and the number of other new arrivals) crystal clear...and while the emphasis right now may well be on entering the Mayhem match in less than two weeks, it's clear that Big Van Vader in particular, still has his sights set firmly on the Rock......

".....firmly on the Rock?......firmly on the Rock?.......Gene, the only thing Big Van Vader is going to have his sights firmly set on, is The Rock's foot kicking him straight in his Triple XL candy ass.......see The Rock, he already sent Bam Bam waddling back to Bedrock at Halloween Havoc.....he smacked the cobwebs off the Crypt Keeper on Nitro and sent Kevin Sullivan back to whatever creepy place he calls home.......as far as Big Van Vader goes, anytime Vader wants to go one on one with the Great One, he's going to find out what the Millions...and Millions of The Rock's fans already know.....and that's that Big Van Vader is nothing but a 450lb Grade-A piece of Monkeycrap....."


"......Well Rock, I would think......."


"......what do you think?....."


"......I th......"


"......IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK GENE......see the Rock says this....two weeks time.....Mayhem Match......twenty nine jabronie's....one Rock.....The Rock is going to walk into Mayhem.....and he's going to toss body's over the top rope like Big Van Vader tosses salad.....scrap that....his fat ass hasn't seen a salad a day in his life......

.....in one night, the Rock is going to face men he's NEVER faced.....and probably one or two he has.......he's going to load the spaceship with the rocket fuel, and blast the Warrior back to parts unknown.....he's going to dance La Cucaracha on the face of Eddie Guerrero.....Lex Luger.....The Giant.....Chris Benoit.....Buff Bagwell.....the Totally Crappy Trio.......IT DOESN'T MATTER......because the Rock is walking into Mayhem the Great One, and walking out of Mayhem as the ONLY one.....the only one going to Starrcade....the only one crowned as the number one contender.....and the ONLY one walking out of the granddaddy of them all, the brand new WCW Champion of the World..................IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLALALAOW........what The Rock....is.....cooking.........."


Rating: A*

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Chris Benoit has had more than his fair share of problems with the Titans of Wrestling....The Canadian Crippler has been tipped for big things by virtually the whole wrestling industry....in fact, the only people that don't see the untapped potential in this former member of the Four Horsemen seem to be the Titans themselves, who have deemed Benoit "not at their level".....funnily enough, for someone not at his level, Chris Benoit certainly took Hollywood Hogan to the limit on a number of occasions, even narrowly missing out on capturing the WCW Title thanks to Titan interference.....

......speaking of Titan interference.....it reared its ugly head in this match too.....

.....it was a fairly even match.....after all, Buff Bagwell has been tipped as one of the next big things in wrestling for a reason.....but Benoit is a man alone, and Buff Bagwell certainly is not....






.....because where one Titan goes, another is never far behind.....and it's Randy Savage (another Titan who has a rather "colourful" history with Benoit) that makes his way out for this one.....and as Buff retains the attention of the official, Savage comes off the top with an Ax-Handle to the back of Benoit's skull that drives him down to the mat.....

......Savage bails to the floor, and Benoit slowly gets back to his feet.....but Buff is there in the corner waiting.....and one Blockbuster later, this one is all over.....

Winner: Buff Bagwell
Rating: B

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.....well, the match is over.....the action is not....I'm sure a lot of people expected Benoit to pick up the win here tonight, but truth be told, Buff Bagwell eats the loss in more matches than he should, but that's what happens when you're the lowest name on the totem pole of a group that contains Hollywood Hogan, Randy Savage and The Warrior.....sometimes you have to take the losses that others wont.....so he deserves his victory tonight.....

.....Chris Benoit on the other hand, did NOT deserve the beating it looked as though he was about to receive.....and as Savage and Bagwell stand over him, it looks like it's about to go from bad to worse for the Crippler.......









.......fortunately for him, help is at hand......help in the form of Triple H and HB....ahem....I mean JPL and Shawn Michaels.....

.......the duo tear down the aisle and Levesque goes straight for his Mayhem opponent Buff Bagwell, tackling him to the mat and unloading on him with punches......

......as Randy Savage comes face to face with Shawn Michaels......

......The Macho Man has been quite vocal in his opinion of Shawn Michaels.....and lets him know again right now that there's no place for him here in WCW.....he doesn't work here.....he doesn't belong here......so just leave......

......Michaels is un-phased, telling Savage to hold on a minute.....he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a coach's whistle, which he puts around his neck......blows on while giving his "client" Jean Paul Levesque some encouragement in his current brawl with Bagwell......then turns back to face Savage......blows the whistle again.....

....while giving Savage the Crotch Chop......

.....oh, Macho doesn't like that.......and he charges straight at Michaels......who obviously anticipated just such a response......

.....because he's waiting with some Sweet Chin Music, right to the jaw of Savage.....

.....Macho goes down, just as Bagwell scurries free of Levesque....and Buff quickly grabs the fallen Randy Savage, dragging him to the outside and assisting the half conscious Macho Man back up the aisle and to the safety of the back......score one to Levesque in his war with the Titans......and he further cements his new found fan favouritism by helping Chris Benoit back to his feet......

.....Benoit is naturally suspicious (following Levesque's Titan antics in recent months) but he finally takes JPL's outstretched hand, thanking him for the assist.....

.....he turns and offers the same sentiments to Shawn Michaels.....but Michaels isn't interested....

.....Shawn tells Benoit that he's not out here for him.....he's out here for HIM (indicating to Levesque) so he can save his thanks for someone that cares.....

.....Michaels slaps Levesque on the back, pointing to the back in a "let's get out of here" gesture, before doing just that.....JPL follows, but not before giving Chris Benoit an almost apologetic look and a shrug of the shoulders, as manager and client head to the back.....and so do we......

Rating: A*

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.....where Mean Gene is standing by with Diamond Dallas Page, Kimberly.......and Lex Luger?....

.....Gene says that Page has got a hell of a match coming up, when he faces The Giant next......but while his opponent tonight is more mountain than man, this match is still dwarfed by the sheer size of the match that Page will be involved in at Mayhem.....truly the biggest match of his career, when he faces Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship.....

.....Page is in 100% agreement......saying that these next few matches aren't just the biggest matches of his career.....they're the biggest moments in his life.....he says that he knows full well that the 7 foot tall, near 500lb Giant is going to be the toughest match of his life......to date......but if he can get through the Giant tonight, then everybody will realise that Diamond Dallas Page is the real deal.....

"......and believe me.....if they DON'T.....then watching me drive Hollywood "Scum" Hogan's face into the mat at Mayhem, and bring the WCW Championship home where it belongs, will leave NO doubt that there is NOBODY that I can't put down with the Diamond Cutter....."

.....Gene turns his attention to Lex now, asking the Total Package what his part is in all this?....Luger says it's simple, he's learnt from his mistakes......he says that he's already lost one friend because he and The Giant were too focused on their individual goals....he's not planning on losing any more.....he says that he's here to support Diamond Dallas Page in his match tonight....and he's FULLY behind Diamond Dallas Page at Mayhem in his WCW Title Match....

.....Luger says that at Mayhem, he has two goals......winning the Mayhem match (and getting the Starrcade title shot in the process) and gaining some measure of revenge against the Giant for his actions last week.....and Lex says that when HE wins at Mayhem......and PAGE wins at Mayhem, he will be there to shake the man's hand both BEFORE their Starrcade showdown, and AFTER their Starrcade showdown......win....lose.....or draw......

.....as for tonight, Lex is going to be right there at ringside to make sure that the Titans of Wrestling don't show their faces......and to watch DDP make The Giant.....feel.....the.....

"......tell em Page......."


".....BANG!....."


Rating: B+

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It's Main Event time.....and a huge stepping stone for Diamond Dallas Page on his road to Mayhem, when he has to go one on one with The Giant.....

.....the announcers remark that it's no surprise to see Page tested against a man like the Giant just 13 days before he challenges for the World Title, while the Champion has basically had the night off.....it clearly pays to have friends in high places (remarks The Brain).....

.....Lex Luger does indeed accompany his (new) friend DDP to the ring....and the Giant is quick to taunt him, asking how he feels after his little trip last week? Before telling him that it won't be long before Luger has no friends left at all, because The Giant is going to crush Page like a bug tonight....and as soon as he gets his hands on his other buddy, the "Stinger", he's going to pop his little face painted head like a grape too.....

.....Luger tells Giant to concentrate on Page, not him.....and he does.....and Page takes a hell of a beating truth be told......but we've seen how resilient this man can be.....we saw the beating he took at War Games.......we saw the beating he took at the hands of the Warrior.....and while he lost BOTH of those matches, he only really lost either because of outside influences.....

.....Giant's own cockiness is his undoing here....that and the fact that he's so focused on taunting Luger throughout, even slamming Page to the mat and then asking the Total Package if he remembers how this feels (as he stands on the chest of Dallas).....he tells Luger to watch this (wrapping his huge mitt around the throats of Page and hoisting him high in the air) holding his opponent in position as he shout to Lex that this Chokeslam is just for him.....

.....problem is, with all that delay, Dallas was able to find the time to shift his body weight......and from high up in the air he's able to transition from the Chokeslam, straight into the Diamond Cutter.......and BANG.......three seconds later, the everyman has defeated the giant......

Winner: Diamond Dallas Page
Rating: B

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Not that Page gets to celebrate his (huge) victory for long.....because here come the Titans of Wrestling.....well....most of them.....Buff Bagwell and Randy Savage have obviously chosen to remain backstage to lick their wounds.....

.....of course, that still leaves Hollywood Hogan, The Warrior, and the Totally Awesome Trinity for Luger and Page to contend with.....that's five on two for anyone not keeping count.....not great odds.....and as the Titans surround the ring, it looks like there's a good chance of DDP not even making it to Mayhem.......



















.....it's time to pay it forward though.....because after receiving a helping hand in his own outnumbered battle with the Titans earlier, Chris Benoit comes running down the aisle, slides under the bottom rope.....and stands side by side with Luger and Page......

.....it doesn't stop Hogan and co. from attacking though.....they still have the numbers advantage after all....

.....not that you'd know it.....

.....because as they climb into the ring, they are met by a cascade of blows that almost instantly sends them reeling.....Benoit is single handedly fighting off Copeland and Cage, while Luger and DDP more than hold their own against Hogan, Warrior, and Traylor......

....then The Giant gets back to his feet....

.....and drops Luger with a big headbutt to the back of his skull.....

.....is the Giant defecting to the Titans of Wrestling?....don't bet on it.....he may be helping out Hogan and his cronies here, but that's purely to get his hands on Lex Luger.....take the Total Package out of the equation and the Giant is still very much interested in stepping into the ring with Hollywood for the WCW Championship......

.....the babyfaces have no chance now.....Giant goes to work brutalising Lex Luger, Copeland, Cage and Traylor lay a Totally Awesome beatdown on Benoit.....and that leaves Hogan and Warrior to show DDP exactly what they think of him.....and as Warrior whips Page into a Big Boot, a loud chant begins to resonate throughout the arena.......


".......WE WANT STING.......WE WANT STING.......WE WANT STING......."


......except Sting ain't coming......Sting can't come......not unless Sting wants to find himself sat in the unemployment line......

......although as Hollywood Hogan drops the Leg across the fallen Diamond Dallas Page to close the show, the camera does catch sight of a lone figure high up in the rafters......














......watching.....waiting......helpless......beca use for now, that's all he can do......watch the Titans of Wrestling do what they do best......beat people down.......see you next week fans.

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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