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Week 4, November 1997
North Charleston Coliseum (Charleston, North Carolina)
ATT: 14,000
TV: 19.42
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay


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We are just six days away from the newest event on the WCW calendar, and six days away from finding out exactly who will be heading into Starrcade as the number one contender to the biggest prize in professional wrestling, when thirty men walk into the WCW Mayhem Match.....and one man walks out with the biggest opportunity of the year.....

.....but that's in six days time.....tonight, it's all about Nitro, and it wouldn't be WCW Monday Nitro unless the Titans of Wrestling open the show.....

.....the whole group make their way out, and they clearly have a few things to get off their mind, first and foremost being the participant's in the Mayhem match.....Russo says that he and Hogan have been vetting the applicants (and there have been a LOT of applicants) and while most of those names have been scrubs that don't deserve to share a building with Hollywood Hogan at Starrcade, let alone share a ring with him, there have been one or two worthy names......

.....Russo says it doesn't really matter HOW worthy those names are though.....because they won't win.....it's going to be an all Titan Starrcade...why?...because Russo is going to announce the first guaranteed names in that Starrcade match.......Buff Bagwell....Adam Copeland....Christian Cage....Ray Traylor....The Macho Man Randy Savage..........and The Warrior......

......Russo says that the Titans are going to be in there to make sure that nobody wins that shouldn't....and then at Starrcade, whoever gets the privilege of main eventing with Hollywood (and unlike JPL) they WILL do the right thing, right there in the middle of the squared circle......

......Macho grabs the microphone, saying that we all know who WON'T be in that Mayhem match.....that the Heartbreak Joke himself, Shawn Michaels.....Macho says that Shawn Michaels obviously knows that WCW is where the big boys play......

".....it's where the Titan's play, yeah......and he don't want none of that.....Shawn Michaels, you can hide behind your little managers licence brother, but you can't hide from the Macho Man forever.....you're gonna be there at Mayhem.....you're gonna be there with Levesque.....well the Macho Man is going to be at Mayhem too.....he's gonna be right there with Buff Bagwell, Dig It.....and you ain't a fan anymore, you're just a punk with a piece of paper, and the Macho Man is going to get just a little taste of you...Oh Yeah....."

.....sounds like Jean Paul Levesque isn't going to be the only one with a man in his corner this Sunday night....Buff Bagwell is going to have a "Macho Manager" of his own, and things could get very heated out there at ringside......

.....Hogan takes over there, saying that Macho Man won't be the only one putting a punk in his place at Mayhem brother.....because the Champ is going to be slapping Diamond Dallas Page back down to where he belongs, firmly under the boot of Hollywood and back down into the midcard where he belongs.....

".....because Page, you've had your fun.....you've had your fifteen minutes of fame courtesy of Hollywood Hogan brother, and yes, one day you will be able to tell your grandkids that you shared a ring with greatest man to ever lace up a pair of boots.....but get a good look at these boots jack, because you're going to be down on your hands and knees kissing them at Mayhem brother....."

.....Russo wraps things up, saying that he wants to make something VERY clear.....because after last week, all he's heard from these moronic fans everywhere he goes....is why won't he let Sting Wrestle Hollywood Hogan?.....

".....and bro, let me make this crystal clear, so that even you morons in the crowd can understand......I'm not stopping Sting from wrestling ANYBODY......if Sting wants to walk down that aisle right now.....or drop down from the fricking ceiling....he can have a match right here tonight against Buff......against any one of the Totally Awesome Trinity.....he can have his ass kicked by The Macho Man or be embarrassed by the Warrior....again......he can even have a match with the man himself......he can fight Hollywood Hogan right here tonight.......

.....he just ain't fighting him for the WCW Title bro......"


.....Russo says that what these people have got to understand, that the one screwing them out of seeing Sting vs. Hogan....is Sting.....

.....the only one screwing them out of seeing Sting wrestle.....is Sting.....

.....the only one taking their hard earned money, without doing a damn thing to earn it.....is (you guessed it) Sting.....

......Vinnie Ru repeats his statement from last week, saying that Sting is a CONTRACTED wrestler for WCW, and he is not wrestling by his own choice......which frankly suits Russo fine.....sure he COULD fire Sting right now for breach of contract, but then Sting would be free to go off an make money for someone else.....so all the time Sting stays up in his rafters out of the way he can keep his job, but the next time he drops down to this ring and interferes in Titan business.....the next time Sting enters this ring and it's not for a contracted match.....then yes, Sting will be fired....and if he's not happy with that, he is welcome to kiss Vince Russo's New York ass.

Rating: A*

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Our first match of the evening sees two of perhaps the most underrated workers here in WCW....sure the hardcore fan knows just how good both men are, but I don't think the casual viewer realises the ability that both Curt Hennig and Steven Regal have in this ring....they're about to find out though, as these two men meet for (possibly) the first time ever.....and they have an absolute barnburner out of nowhere, helped by some pretty good chemistry out there.....

....Regal's snobbishness makes him a natural heel here in the good old US of A.....in an ideal world, Curt Hennig would perhaps be portrayed as a dastardly bad guy too, but when he initially arrived in WCW it was credible babyface's that we were lacking, so a fan favourite he is.....for now....

.....the two men do have a great match, so good in fact, that Eddie Guerrero decided that he wanted to watch the action unfold up-close and personal, because midway through the match he came walking out from the back.....

.....with a ladder in his hand?.....


.....Guerrero steps up the set of Home Depot's finest on the outside, before scaling the rungs and taking a seat at the very top of the ladder....a real birds eye view right there.......

.....inevitably the action spills to the outside, and as Hennig and Regal brawl right there below the United States Champion, while Guerrero hurls insults down at his Mayhem opponent....

.....clearly sick of listening to the taunts, Hennig tosses Regal back inside the ring, turns.....and tips the ladder right over sending Guerrero crashing to the concrete floor....

.....Hennig stands over the downed Champion, doing a little trash talking of his own, and as the official attempts to get Curt back inside the ring, both he and Hennig miss Earl Robert Eaton and The Duke, Douglas Williams running down the aisle....they also miss The Duke sliding what looks suspiciously like brass knuckles into the ring, and into the waiting hand of His Lordship.....

.....Regal slips the knuckles on.....Hennig re-enters the ring......and one punch later, Lord Steven Regal picks up an big win.

Winner: Lord Steven Regal
Rating: A

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The Earl and The Duke help His Lordship to the back, and while Hennig is still practically unconscious on the mat, Eddie Guerrero has recovered from that trip to the concrete, and he slides into the ring along with that steel ladder....

.....Eddie props the ladder up in the corner of the ring and proceeds to continue his taunting from earlier, telling Hennig that at Mayhem, he's going to find out exactly who the "Papi of Perfection" is around here.....

.....Guerrero drags the groggy Hennig back to his feet by his hair, before Irish Whipping him hard into those leaning ladders in the corner.....Curt bounces off that steel and collapses to the mat again, and as the commentators discuss Hennig's previous back issues, Guerrero picks the ladders up and crashes them down across that very same back.....

.....Hennig is in pretty poor condition now....and Guerrero knows it....because after getting knocked silly by brass knuckles AND assaulted with a set of ladders, Curt can do little else but lay there on the mat, while Eddie Guerrero holds his US Title high in the air......and we go to a commercial break.

Rating: A*

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We come back from commercial, and we go TO the back, where Mean Gene is standing by with The Total Package Lex Luger.....

.....Gene says that lately, Lex is a man with a lot on his mind......he has his unresolved issues with the Giant.....he has his unresolved issues with the Titans of Wrestling.....he still has a desire to challenge for the WCW Championship.....and he MUST be wondering exactly what is going on with his longtime friend Sting.....

.....Luger agrees.....telling Gene that it's a busy time for the Total Package.....he says that undoubtably, he and The Giant have unfinished business....Lex said that he HAD hoped to salvage their friendship, but that bird has flown, and the next time he finds himself across the ring from the big man, he's not going to be walking away this time....

.....as far as the Titans of Wrestling and Hollywood Hogan go, yeah, Lex is looking to get his hands on the Titans.....he's looking to get his hands on Hollywood.....he's looking to get a shot at that WCW Championship......well in six days time time, he's going to go a long way towards accomplishing all three of those tasks.....because he's just spoken to Eric Bischoff.....and while Vince Russo has already announced the first official entrants into the Mayhem match (six members of the Titans of Wrestling group) entry number seven is right here, because the Total Package is in the match......

......he says that means that he is going to be getting his hands on the Titans of Wrestling.....and once he's racked and tossed twenty nine other men, he's going to be getting that shot at the WCW Championship at Starrcade......and while he HOPES that he finds himself facing his good friend Diamond Dallas Page at that event, if NOT, then he'll finally get his hands on Hollywood Hogan too......that's three for three......and as far as Sting is concerned.....

".....Stinger.....it's time to come down and put an end to all this.....we need you.....WCW needs you.....you might not be able to compete for the WCW Title, but you CAN compete.....you can fight.....you can take the fight to the Titans of Wrestling.....you can lock Hollywood Hogan in that Scorpion Death Lock and make him squeal like the gutless coward that he is......"

.....Lex tells Sting to just think about it, because he would be proud to fight alongside his friend once again......

.....and speaking of friends.....Lex doesn't have a match tonight, but he isn't going anywhere....he's going to stick right around until the bitter end.....because Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit (along with JPL) will be facing the Totally Awesome Trinity tonight....and Lex Luger is going to be here to make sure that the rest of the Titans.....DON'T.....get involved.

Rating: A

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From there we go back down to ringside, just in time for a p!ss break.....erm, I mean just in time for exciting tag team action....as the (surprising) #1 contenders for the WCW Tag Team Titles, The Pitbulls, face off against the Amazing French Canadians.....

.....how did the Pitbulls become #1 contenders I hear you ask? Well it was pretty simply actually, they just asked Adam Copeland and Christian Cage for a match, and the Tag Champions found the challenge so amusing they accepted on the spot.....

.....now Copeland and Cage might think they have the easiest defence in the world coming up at Mayhem after battling the likes of the Road Warriors and Mike Awesome and Gideon Cain as of late, but as the AFC found out here tonight, the Pitbulls are scrappy little b@stards......they're brawny, they're strong, and they know how to fight.....and they took the Canadians out after an impressive looking aided Superbomb from the second rope to Jacques.

Winner(s): The Pitbulls
Rating: C+

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Madusa joins her Mutts in the ring, and she has a microphone in hand....she says that her Pitbulls are just six days away from proving to the so called Totally Awesome Trinity, that they have bitten off a little bit more than they can chew.....she says that Copeland and Cage might not be taking this challenge seriously, but that suits them just fine, because we'll see how funny they find it after her Pitbulls Superbomb them BOTH through the mat, and walk out of Mayhem as the brand new WCW Tag Team Champions.....

".....because that boys....and I do mean 'boys'.....will be Totally Awesome....."












.....well would't you know it......it's the T.a.T.....not the greatest acronym in the world I'll grant you....so let's just call them what they really are, the Totally Awesome Trinity.....

.....Copeland and Cage lead the way, with the Enforcer bringing up the rear.....and the tag team champions are certainly channelling their inner Bobby Heenan, because as Traylor brings up the rear stone-faced (with a bag in hand), the Tag Champions are being jerked and pulled by an "invisible dog" leash each.....

.....they finally make it to ringside, where Copland orders his "dog" to sit, while Cage lets Traylor know that he just stood in a little something there (leaving the Enforcer checking his boot for invisible mess).....

.....Copeland grabs a microphone from ringside (almost dropping it when his "dog" starts pulling him) before telling the Pitbulls not to worry.....

".....I mean, we WERE going to come out here and Totally kick your asses.....we were going to beat you so bad, but then we figured that since we're going to do that in about six seconds at Mayhem, then why bother....."

.....Cage takes the microphone next, telling the Pitbulls that if they're done sniffing each other's butt's, they have something for them.....a gift.....

".....I mean ANOTHER gift.....because we totally already gave you a super awesome gift by letting you face us at Mayhem......"

......Traylor takes Cage's "dog" from him, before handing the Tag Champion the bag....Cage tells the Pitbull's that this is their Totally Awesome Doggy Bag.....it's got everything that a happy Pitbull could want......it's got, a tennis ball (which Cage tosses to Pitbull #1....not that he catches it, it just bounces off his chest).....it's got some doggy chocolate (which Copeland sniff's and grimaces at before tossing it at Pitbull #2)......and it's got "and you're gonna totally love this"....a Totally Awesome stick!.....

......Cage shakes the stick back and forth a little bit, telling the Pitbulls to get ready....."watch the stick....watch the stick......aaaaaaaand.......FETCH!".....before tossing the stick right over the shoulder of both men......

[i]".....fetch.........FETCH.......FET...you know what, nevermind.....you Pitbulls totally suck....."

.....Copeland takes the microphone back as Cage looks dejected beside him, stroking his "dog" for comfort.....Copeland says that's fine....they're ungrateful, ok they get it.....but they're totally going to love this......or more importantly, Madusa is totally going to love it.....

".....because we're the Titans that keep on giving.....and we totally got......"

.....pulling a studded pink collar out of the bag.....

".....something for your b!tch....."

.....Copeland and Cage burst out laughing, before tossing the collar in Madusa's direction.....the Pitbulls look to make a move, but their manager (handler?) puts a hand across each man's chest.....

.....she tells C&C to laugh it up.....laugh it up because they can wait.....because they only have to wait six days.....six days.....and in six days time, Adam Copeland and Christian Cage are going to find out exactly what "mayhem" feels like, when her Pitbulls maul those titles right out of their hands.....and speaking of Mayhem, we go to a promo for that very event, as the Titan's laugh their way all the way to the back.

Rating: A*

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Pay Per View hype out of the way and we head to the back, where Mean Gene is standing by with Jeff Hardy....

....Gene says that Jeff Hardy has been a busy young man as of late.....an ongoing issue between himself and James Vandenberg's group of misfits notwithstanding, he's also had the Forgotten to deal with too.....a lot of weight for his young shoulders to carry....

....a lot of weight indeed.....but it's weight he wants to talk about right now....Cruiserweight to be precise....because Jeff Hardy has received word from Eric Bischoff, that he is one of the men that will be competing in the brand new WCW Cruiserweight Championship tournament....he says he doesn't know who his first opponent will be yet, but he knows one thing.....1998 is going to be the year of Jeff Hardy....and he's going to go INTO it the same way he plans on spending it....as Champion.......











"....unfortunately Mr. Hardy, you'll be spending 1998 much the same way you spent 1997.....drowning in the cleansing waves of my purification....."




.....Gene suddenly looks a little uncomfortable, as Vandenberg, Mortis and Yoshihiro Tajiri walk into shot....

.....Hardy readies himself for the impending attack......but it doesn't come.....and Vandenberg tells him to relax.....

".....relax.....tonight is not the night......this eve is not your final.....in fact, you can consider this an official reprieve.....see Mr. Hardy, you're not the only one around here with Cruiserweight aspirations....."

.....Vandenberg says that the creation of a new division provides certain opportunities for his mission.....a division yet to be corrupted.....a division yet to be sullied.....a division that can be kept pure, with the crowning as Tajiri as its Champion.....

.....but Vandenberg says that nothing would be sweeter than wiping the slate clean with not only a Championship victory, but with a championship victory over Jeff Hardy.....he says that Hardy's safety is entirely dependent on his own success.....because for as long as Jeff Hardy is alive in this tournament Vandenberg gives his word that his men will not lay one finger on him.....not a single hair will they harm on his head.....until his path crosses with Tajiri......and THEN........THAT.........will be Jeff Hardy's end......with the beginning of the Cruiserweight Cleansing......

.....with that Vandenberg and his disciples walk off....because Yoshihiro Tajiri has a match coming up.......next......

Rating: B+

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WCW Cruiserweight Championship: First Round Match

This isn't the first time that these two men have clashed.....but it is the first time they have clashed with Championship implications on the line.....sure, this match isn't FOR a title, but a win does take the victor one step closer to the brand new WCW Cruiserweight Championship.....

.....if this match here was any indication, then this new Cruiserweight division is set to give us some pretty exciting action......because this was fast paced, high risk, and high octane.....and after proclaiming that they were going to cleanse the new division, Tajiri moved one step closer to doing exactly that, taking out Crazy with a Shining Wizard.

Winner: Yoshihiro Tajiri
Rating: C+

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Mean Gene has already conducted a number of backstage interviews tonight, but he's out in front of the live crowd for this one, standing in the aisle as he introduces his next guest.....the 7'4", 450lb Giant.....

.....so what does the big man have on his mind?......gold apparently.....gold, his entrance into the WCW Mayhem match.......and last but not least......wrapping his hand around the throat of Lex Luger.....

.....Giant says the it doesn't matter WHO enters themselves into the match, because he'll be tossing people left and right, up and down, and way over the top rope....he's says that he's a certified, bonafide, god damn giant, and there ain't one man (or even twenty nine men) in WCW that will be able to eliminate him......








.......which brings out this man.....Vince Russo......

......Russo walks down to the ring (surprisingly alone) and tells the Giant that he's goddamn right.....he says that the big man has the potential to be an unstoppable juggernaut.....a giant amongst men.....a TITAN amongst men......

......Giant stops him right there....telling Russo that while he's more than qualified to be classed as a Titan of Wrestling (he is a former World Champion after all) it's that word "former" that's bothering him right now.....he says that he has every intention of becoming the WCW Champion again.....and if that means defeating Hollywood Hogan.....well, we've all seen what happens to Titans that challenge Hogan now haven't we......

.......Russo says that he understands the Giant's ambition.....he respects it even.....and if it comes to it, the Titans of Wrestling will cross that bridge down the line......but if Giant doesn't want to BECOME a Titan, maybe he can do something FOR the Titans.......something mutually beneficial to both parties......

.......Giant doesn't look too convinced, but he is intrigued, asking Russo what that would be exactly? Vince says that the Titans have a problem......that problem being Lex Luger......that problem being that the Titan's don't want him interfering with their business tonight.....and they don't want him interfering with their business at Mayhem.......so the proposition is simple.......take Luger out of the equation tonight......and at Mayhem, Giant can have that one on one match with the Total Package again......and THIS time, Russo can guarantee that Sting won't play a factor in the match......or he WILL be fired......

......the big man laughs at that, saying that Sting or no Sting, Giant would still snap Lex Luger like a twig.....in fact, he'd rather if Sting DID stick his face painted nose into Giant's business, because he's got a score to settle with that white faced coward.....but as far as scratching the Titans of Wrestling's back, they're going to have to scratch his....he will guarantee that Lex Luger doesn't interfere in whatever the Titans have planned tonight......he will CRUSH Lex Luger at Mayhem.....BUT.....if he beats Luger....sorry, WHEN he beats Luger at Mayhem.....he wants the number thirty spot in the Mayhem Match.....

.....Russo agree's....telling Giant to squash Luger tonight.....destroy Luger at Mayhem......and the number thirty spot is his.....IF he gets the job done.......










.....which brings out Eric Bischoff.....who says that as the face of the WCW Championship Committee, he takes this Mayhem match very seriously.....after all, the winner will be challenging for the WCW Title at the biggest event of the year, Starrcade.....so no....Russo won't be just handing out number thirty spots.....

.....Bischoff says that while the Championship Committee wouldn't have a problem with an athlete the calibre of the Giant winning this match, it's not going to be handed to him on a silver platter......so how about this.....The Giant vs. Lex Luger.....one more time at Mayhem.....and the winner will be GUARANTEED an advantageous number.....let's say, any number between 25 and 30.......BUT....on the flip side......the LOSER of the match, well he's going to have his work cut out for him......because he's going to be getting a very disadvantageous number.....anywhere from number 1 to number 5........BUT.......should there be NO winner (much like with their Halloween Havoc encounter) then Lex Luger and The Giant will enter at numbers 1 and 2 respectively.....so good luck.

Rating: A

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We come back from a quick commercial break, and we are treated to the arrival of the WCW Television Champion Lance Storm......

.....Storm isn't heading down to ringside however....instead he veers off to the right and takes up position at the commentary table ahead of our next match, because he has a vested interest in one of the competitors.....

....he spends a few minutes running down the man he will be facing at Mayhem for HIS Television Championship, before telling Bill Goldberg that Lance Storm is not "Next".....Lance Storm is LAST......the last man that Bill Goldberg will be facing as an undefeated rookie that is....because at Mayhem, he's going to wrap Goldberg up in the Canadian Maple Leaf....he's going to make Goldberg scream like a Girl Scout......and he IS going to defeat the undefeatable, regardless of what people think......why?......because he's from Calgary......Alberta, Canada......and that simply means that he's better than unbeatable......

".....and Bill Goldberg.....that means that it is YOU who is "Next"....."

Rating: B

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What a peculiar match.....but that's the problem when you develop a decent winning streak, heel, face, rookie, veteran, EVERYBODY wants to be the one to claim that scalp for themselves.....which might explain why Jim Duggan asked for this match......I hate Jim Duggan.....which might explain why he ate a Spear and Jackhammer in quick concession......your winner.....the man that picked up wins 46 and 47 in our b-shows through the week.....Bill Goldberg.....

Winner: Bill Goldberg
Rating: C+

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.....that's win number fourty eight in the bag, and with win number fourty nine potentially coming midweek ahead of our Mayhem event, Bill Goldberg may well be looking to break TWO new landmarks this Sunday night.....picking up win number 50.....and capturing his first taste of championship gold......

......of course, the current champion might have something to say on the matter there.....because as Goldberg celebrates yet another victory, Lance Storm quickly leaves the commentary table and runs down the aisle, sliding into the ring behind Goldberg and crashing that solid gold Television Title belt right into the back of the Challengers knee....

......Goldberg might appear unstoppable, but take his legs away and he can't Spear you.....he can't Jackhammer you from down on the mat.....and he certainly can't beat you from down on the mat.....and as Storm drives the Championship two, three, four more times into the knee, the commentators question whether Bill Goldberg will be even fit to compete at Mayhem, let alone in any condition to win......because while it seems that nothing can keep this rookie down (he's back on his feet and staring a hole through Storm as he retreats) the man is certainly hurt, because try as he might to disguise it, there's no hiding the fact that Mr. Goldberg is carrying a slight limp

Rating: B+

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Last week, The Rock cut a promo stating that he was going to be heading to WCW Mayhem to stake his place in the Starrcade 97 main event......he referenced names like The Warrior and Eddie Guerrero as potential "opponents he's never faced", and in that same vein Vince Russo has set this match up tonight....The Rock against an opponent he's never faced.....Konnan....

.....that being said, Konnan was never going to win, especially after he p!ssed me off a few weeks back.....this was your pretty standard match with The Rock getting all his shtick in, before finishing K-Dog off with the Rock Bottom.

Winner: The Rock
Rating: B-

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Mean Gene makes his way out from the back as The Rock celebrates another victory here in WCW....he goes into shill mode trying to plug the WCW Hotline but The Rock cuts him off, telling him that "The Rock is a busy man Gene, so unless you hurry up and wrap this up, option one on the Hotline is going to be all about how The Rock stuck his boot straight up your candy ass".....

.....Gene says that with just six days until WCW Mayhem, picking up a big victory here tonight must have given the Rock quite the confidence boost ahead of the actual Mayhem Match? The Rock raises an eyebrow at this.....asking Gene if The Rock looks like someone that's lacked confidence a day in his life?.....The Rock says he was born confident.....in fact, The Rock was born so confident, that after he was delivered, he cut his own cord, slapped the nurse on the ass, slipped her ten bucks, and sent her down the street to get him a steak, because little baby Rock was hungry......

".....and The Rock is hungry now Gene.....he's hungry to prove to the world that he's exactly what he says he is.....he's hungry for gold.....and the Rock is going to Mayhem....the Rock is in the Mayhem Match.....but the Rock isn't going to Mayhem to slap no nurses ass, no, no, no, no....The Rock is going to Mayhem to lay the smack down ON twenty nine candy asses.....The Rock is going to Mayhem to win....to walk into Starrcade.....to prove that he IS the great one.....and the Rock WILL be walking out of Starrcade as the WCW Champion.......

...........IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLALALAOW........what The Rock....is.....cooking.........."


Rating: A*

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So that about brings us to our main event.....and it's a main event that sees Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Benoit team up with their one time nemesis Jean Paul Levesque, to face off against the Titans Totally Awesome Trinity of Adam Copeland, Christian Cage, and The Enforcer Ray Traylor......

....there's plenty of action inside the ring for this one, but there's a fair bit on the outside too....because while Buff Bagwell has accompanied the Titan Trio out, JPL's new "manager" Shawn Michaels is there on the floor too, and he and Buff spend a good portion of the match jaw jacking about Bagwell's upcoming clash with JPL at Mayhem, and they almost come to blows on a number of occasions.....

.....inside the ring the action is pretty good.....Copeland and Cage have come on leaps and bounds since arriving here in WCW, and their surprisingly entertaining partnership with The Enforcer sees Ray Traylor main eventing Nitro in late 1997 (something I never saw happening).....

.....of course, this was never going to end cleanly....not with the Titans involved.....because with Levesque and Benoit busy on the outside with Copeland and Traylor, DDP drops Cage with a Diamond Cutter.....before the official can register the three count however, Bagwell dives into the ring and breaks up the pinfall, leaving the referee no choice but to call for the bell.......

Winner(s): Jean Paul Levesque, Dallas Page & Chris Benoit (via disqualification)
Rating: B+

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......but the fun doesn't stop there.....because Hollywood Hogan, the Warrior, and Randy Savage make their way down the aisle, and it looks as though Diamond Dallas Page is going to find out first hand exactly what's waiting for him on Sunday night.....

.....Benoit rolls into the ring as the Titans proceed to beat the snot out of Page, and the two men do rally back briefly....the odds are most definitely not in their favour however, and the pair soon find themselves overwhelmed.....

......on the outside, Shawn Michaels grabs Levesque by the arm and tries to lead him to the back, telling him that this is WCW's problem, not theirs.....Levesque shakes his arm free however, loudly telling Michaels that JPL IS part of WCW, before rushing towards the ring....










.....right along with Lex Luger a few seconds later.....as the Total Package comes running down the aisle......

.....that evens the odds slightly.....and when Levesque gets briefly double teamed by Buff Bagwell and Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels FINALLY decides to interject himself into the action (after all, he IS only here to help out Levesque) and he, JPL, Savage and Bagwell wind up brawling all the way to the back, just as the WCW contingent inside the ring begin to get the upper hand......

.....Levesque and Michaels might have taken two Titans out of the equation, and Benoit, Luger and Page might (briefly) have the upper hand, but it's still five Titans against three....and two of those five are Hollywood Hogan and The Warrior......











.......and things only go from bad to worse....when the 7'4" Giant makes his way out from the back......

.......the big man climbs over the top rope, and makes a beeline straight for Lex Luger, blindsiding the Total Package with a huge head butt to the back of the skull.....

......Luger goes down.....the Totally Awesome Trinity beat Chris Benoit into the mat.....and Diamond Dallas Page is left to the mercy of Hollywood Hogan and The Warrior....not that there is much mercy to be seen, because as The Warrior holds Page's hands behind his back, Hogan wraps his weightlifting belt around his fist and proceeds to hammer DDP right between the eyes with the thick leather strap......

















.....which is when the cameras finally catch glimpse of Sting.....watching helplessly from high up in the rafters.....

.....Giant spots Sting watching from above, and points up at the man as he wraps his hand around the throat of Lex Luger, lifting the Total Package up, before Choke-slamming him hard into the mat.....

......Benoit and Page have been completely dismantled, and the Titans shove them to one side, clearing some space for the Giant to deliver a second Chokeslam to Luger.....and then burst out in laughter as the Total Package receives a third......the Titans of Wrestling (and The Giant) are destroying the WCW contingent here......

.......Giant stands tall, throwing insults at the eye in the sky, as Hollywood decides to take advantage of the fallen Luger, delivering a number of lashes from that weight lifting belt....not content with a simple whipping however, Hogan calls the rest of the Titans over and all five men begin kicking and stomping at the fallen Luger in unison.......



......and Sting has seen enough.....


......rappels down from the rafters and lands in the aisle-way.....


......pulling a baseball bat from under his coat as he walks towards the ring......


......the announcers go crazy....stating that Sting has been specifically banned from interfering in Titan business, and even had his job threatened.....but it seems like a vicious gang style beat down to his long time friend is too much for even the Stinger to sit back and watch.....

......Hogan sends the Trinity out to meet him, but Sting (and his baseball bat) neutralises each man in turn.....and as the Stinger climbs into the ring (swinging wildly as he goes), Hogan and The Warrior have seen enough, bailing to the outside and retreating up the aisle......

......bat or no bat, The Giant doesn't look as though he's planning on backing down, but as Benoit and Page regain their senses, and Luger gingerly pulls himself back to his feet, the seven footer decides that even HE doesn't like those odds.....and he climbs back over the top rope and drops to the outside, following the actions of the Titans of Wrestling by ALSO retreating up the aisle......

......Page is up.....Benoit is up.....Luger is (mostly) up.......and Sting is standing square in the middle of the ring.....arm raised.....baseball bat pointing towards Hollywood......














....as Vince Russo makes it out onto the main entrance stage.....and he has a microphone in hand......

.....Russo says that he knows that these Charleston fans are clearly not the most intelligent of people.....but even THEY heard Russo's ground rules earlier this evening.....

"......Sting.....you stupid son of a b!tch.....you had three choices.....get back in this ring and wrestle.....stay up in the rafters and watch.......or come swooping down from above, stick your nose in Titan business......and be released for breach of contract......

.....and guess which one you took......

.....ladies and gentlemen, take a good long look at your hero.....take a good long look at your enigma......and take a good long look at the career of Sting, disappearing down the crapper.....I can categorically guarantee.....that this will be the very last time that you see Sting inside a WCW ring......

.......because Sting.......



......YOU'RE FIREDDDDD!......"



Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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