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Week 4, November 1997
Fargodome (Fargo, North Dakota)
ATT: 25,000
PPV BUY: 1.70
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan


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Ladies and Gentlemen, we are just one month away from the granddaddy of them all.....four weeks away from Starrcade.....and TONIGHT, we will find out exactly who will be headlining the biggest event of the year.....welcome to the newest event on the WCW calendar.....welcome....to WCW Mayhem.....

......Tony Schiavone welcomes us to the broadcast, and he's joined by "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes and Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, as the trio talk about the ramifications of tonight's event, the Mayhem Match, and the fact that (as we saw on this past weeks edition of WCW Monday Nitro) the franchise of WCW is no more.....because Sting has been fired by Vince Russo.....

......Schiavone and Dusty are quick to condemn Russo for his decision, stating that he would do anything to keep Sting away from the WCW Championship, while Bobby Heenan plays devils advocate, saying that Sting got himself fired by refusing to wrestle.....Heenan says that if he, Schiavone, or Dusty refused to come out here and do their jobs, THEY would be fired too.....

".....well, maybe not me.....I am the Brain after all....."

......Schiavone calls Bobby a Weasel before moving on to rundown the card......every active title is on the line tonight, and on top of the debut of the huge Mayhem Match, we also have a ladder match between Eddie Guerrero and Curt Hennig.....the undefeated Goldberg gets his first championship opportunity.....the Pitbulls look to prove that their bite is worse than their bark.....and Jean Paul Levesque looks to continue his tale of retribution, as he looks to dismantle the Titans of Wrestling piece by piece, starting tonight....with Buff Bagwell.....

......but before all that, Lex Luger and The Giant will be looking to not only settle a score, but guarantee themselves an advantageous number later tonight in the Mayhem Match.....and that clash.....is next.....

Rating: N/A

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Winner Enters #25-30.....Loser Enters #1-5

There was a time when Lex Luger and The Giant were firm friends, both standing tall, side by side on the frontline of the war against the Titans of Wrestling......then ego's got in the way......ego's that saw both Luger and The The Giant become so blinded by their need to meet (and defeat) Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship, that they actually began working AGAINST each other instead of WITH one another.....The Total Package quickly saw the error of his ways (especially after his and Giant's bickering cost Team WCW the win back at the Fall Brawl War Games match) and attempted to extend the olive branch to his former friend in an effort to mend fences.....unfortunately, the Giant had little interest in mending anything, he was more interested in breaking.....like attempting to break Luger in half by Chokeslamming him into a wall a few weeks back, and delivering three more brutal Chokeslam's just six days ago on Nitro.....

.....it's safe to say that the Total Package is not in the best shape here tonight.....not only was he brutalised by the Giant to close this past Nitro, the Titans of Wrestling also gave him one hell of a beat down to boot, meaning Lex is walking into this match with his ribs heavily taped....talk about a target for the Giant to aim for.....

......the announcers talk about the importance of victory here....and a quick victory at that, because the loser of this in in for a hell of a long night, not only competing here, but having to come back out later and possibly compete for another hour (dependent on how unlucky they are with their draw) if they want any chance at winning the Mayhem match....and unfortunately for Luger, it looks as though the Giant knows that, because he zero's straight in on the injured ribs looking to grab a win as quickly as possible.....

......the Brain says that if Lex Luger had any sense, he'd quit right here and now, take his loss, go backstage and conserve his energy for later....

"....because believe me, that's one angry Giant.....and the way this one is going, he's going to lose anyway....problem is, if the Giant beats on him like this for much longer there might not be anything left of Lex Luger TO come out later...."

......Dusty Rhodes scoffs at that, calling Bobby a weasel.....he says that Lex Luger ain't never quit nothin' a day in his life, and he ain't gonna start now....."yeah, he's takin' a clubberin' right now Brain, but there ain't no quit in Lex Luger....."

.....no quit indeed.....but he's getting a hell of a beating here.....The Giant has focused virtually all of his offence on the back and ribs of Luger, going so far as to stand all of his (considerable) weight onto the sternum of his opponent....but it's not enough to keep him down, and with Dusty Rhodes words still ringing in our ears, Luger slowly begins to rally back into this.....he's limited as to what he can actually do after being almost broken in half, but what he can do is kick.....what he can do is punch.....what he can do, is move out of the way of a charging Giant, leaving the big man to crash into the turnbuckles.....what he can do, is bodyslam the Giant.....

.....well actually, he can't......

.....because his back can't take it.....and despite getting the man up a few inches off the mat, he eventually drops him back down (clutching at his back, which the Giant proceeds to hammer with clubbing blows)....Giant takes a moment to catch his breath, before dragging Luger back to his feet by his hair, and wrapping his hand around his throat.....but he doesn't go for the Chokeslam.....instead he wiggles a finger in Lex's face, telling him that he COULD end this right now, but where would the fun in that be.....before sending Luger across the ring with an Irish Whip.....

......which Luger ducks.....

.....and on the return he nails The Giant right between the eyes with the running forearm.....

.....it's been a few years since it was referenced, but as the big man staggers backwards the commentators make mention of the "metal plate" that Luger has courtesy of a 1992 motorcycle accident.....

.....Lex sees him opening, and he runs the ropes again.....again connecting with the forearm....and again the Giant staggers backwards......one more sends him back another few steps.....and the fourth and final forearm shot causes the big man to fall backwards into the ropes, rebounding back towards Luger......who with incredible effort, lifts the near 500lbs Giant up.....and Bodyslams him right down onto the mat......

.....sheer exhaustion from the amount of energy it took to perform that move means that all Lex can do is drop to the mat and drape an arm across the chest of his opponent, but it's just enough for the one......the two......and the three.......


















.....or it would have been......had Adam Copeland not draped the Giant's foot over the bottom rope before the official struck the mat for the final time.....apparently the Totally Awesome Trinity have decided to make an appearance.....

.....the official turns his attention to the WCW Tag Team Champions, as Luger wearily pulls himself to his feet.....which is why he misses The Enforcer climbing into the ring with a steel chair.....which he crashes across Luger's already battered back.....

.....Luger collapses in a heap as The Giant pulls himself back to his feet, looking down (almost confused) at the Trinity, who make their way to the back again, telling Giant that he scratched their back.....let them scratch his.....

.....not one to be too concerned with morals anymore, Giant drags his one time friend back to his feet.....

......wraps his hand around his throat.....

.....lifts the Total Package High in the air.....

.....and Chokeslams him right into the canvas.....

.....there might be no quit in Lex Luger.....but after all the abuse he's taken in the last week or so, it doesn't look as though there is any fight left in him right now either.....because as the official's hand strikes the mat three times, The Total Package is completely done.

Winner: The Giant
Rating: B

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We go briefly to the announce table as the medical personnel make their way out from the back to check on the condition of the Total Package, where Schiavone, Dusty and Heenan condemn the Totally Awesome Trinity for their part in Lex Luger losing this match, before questioning whether this is a long game on the part of Vince Russo to court The Giant into the Titans of Wrestling.....before changing the subject to a more positive note, as they send us to a hype package for the man who will be challenging for the WCW Television Title next......Bill Goldberg.....

......it's your basic highlight package, highlighting all of the major victories of Goldberg's undefeated streak....a streak which currently stands at forty nine matches....forty nine wins....and zero losses.....it's a long list (with a lot of jobbers) so we only see the "names" here.....the Barbarian, Meng, The Amazing French Canadians, The Public Enemy, Konnan....and perhaps the biggest name's of them all, Lord Steven Regal and Buff Bagwell......before we close on a shot of a snarling Goldberg telling Bobby Heenan that "....Lance Storm....YOU'RE NEXT!...."










.....and as the promo comes to an end we go to Mean Gene, who is standing by in the back alongside the current Television Champion Lance Storm....and it's clear from the monitor beside them that THEY have just watched that promo too.....

.....Gene asks Storm, after watching that, and seeing tonight's challenger destroy absolutely everyone put in front of him, does Lance Storm truly believe that he can walk out of Mayhem with his Television Title in tact?.....

.....Storm isn't the best talker in the world, but he can talk enough to get his point across, telling Gene that ANYONE can look like an unstoppable machine if they're going to put out a propaganda video like the one they just watched. Gene is a little confused by the statement, saying that it isn't propaganda....Bill Goldberg is undefeated.....Bill Goldberg has faced forty nine opponents in his short career, and he's defeated every one.....Storm is unimpressed however, stating that Bill Goldberg may have faced forty nine men, but he's never faced HIM, before asking Gene where the footage was of him taking Goldberg out this past Monday Night? Where is Lance Storms promo video? Gene doesn't miss a beat, telling Storm that if he can defeat Bill Goldberg tonight, he'll have more promo videos about him than he will know what to do with......but unless he has one hell of a game plan, that's a very big "if"......

......Storm tells Gene that he's not usually one for giving away his strategy before a match, but for all the pomp and circumstance surrounding him, Bill Goldberg is still a wet behind the ears rookie, so he's going to make an exception.....Bill Goldberg has two moves.....a Spear.....and a Jackhammer.....and one one leg, he can't do either.....on Nitro he softened up the knee.....tonight, he's going to lock on the Canadian Maple Leaf and finish the job.....

".....and I can categorically tell everyone now, that I WILL be leaving here with my Television Title around my waist.....and Goldberg WILL be leaving here with his first loss.....and that's a guarantee.....because I'm from Calgary....Alberta, Canada....and unlike you American's, Canadians are men of their word....."

Rating: B+

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This match has been slowly built off the back of very little....in fact, save for some chance aisle-way encounters that lead to Lance Storm feeling rather disrespected by the undefeated rookie, they barely had any real bad blood at all.....then Lance Storm took it upon himself to assault Goldberg with the Television Title ahead of his match with Lord Steven Regal.......that p!ssed the rookie monster off enough to utter his first televised words, declaring that Lance Storm was "next"......something that would worry most people, but so confident in his own ability is Lance Storm that he actually took it up a notch, leaving the commentary table this past Monday Night to assault the knee of Goldberg, again using the Television Title as a weapon.....he put Goldberg down, but as forty nine other opponents have found out, putting Goldberg down and KEEPING Goldberg down are two entirely different things, and the rookie was back to his feet before Lance Storm had even made it to the back.....

.....back to his feet.....

.....but was that a slight limp?.....

.....we're about to find out.......

.....Goldberg makes his way out first.....he might be becoming somewhat of a phenomenon around here, but (unless there are some mitigating circumstances) the Champion should always come out last.....plus.....it presented us with an opportunity to further push the game plan of Lance Storm.....

.....who came rushing out behind Goldberg as he made his walk down the aisle, clipping his knee from behind with a chop block, dropping him down to the floor, before dragging him over to the crowd rail by his ankle and driving his knee into the hard steel.....

.....fitting really that the action in this one should start in the aisleway, especially (as the commentators point out) since this entire feud started because of a chance meeting in the aisle.....

.....Storm makes his way down to the ring, and hands the Television Title over to the official, telling him to ring the bell, start the match.....and count Goldberg out.....

.....the referee is reluctant to do that.....especially since the seemingly unstoppable Goldberg is back to his feet.....well, foot.....and (now clearly) limping his way towards the ring.....

.....he rolls under the bottom rope and pulls himself to a standing position, and once the official has established that Goldberg still wishes to compete, only THEN does he ring the bell to signal the start of the match.....and where usually it's Goldberg rushing out of the starting blocks the second the bell rings, it's Lance Storm that goes on the attack here, using his speed advantage (and two working legs advantage) to rush his opponent, duck under a wild swing, and kick his leg out from under his leg (sorry Owen).....

......Goldberg goes down again and Storm does what he does best, goes to work on the injured body part....and as commentators point out, it IS a good game plan.....after all, a lot of Goldberg's offence uses his impressive leg strength....if the man can't walk then he can't Spear you.....if the man can't stand then he can't Jackhammer you.....Lance Storm knows that, and he's doing some serious damage to those legs, kicking, stomping and wrenching on the knee....

......Bill Goldberg might be fighting on one leg, but he is still fighting.....and as Lance Storm attempts an Irish Whip Goldberg reverses it (and from a stationary, standing position) Spears Storm straight out of his boots.....

......we all know what comes after that....Goldberg drags Storm back to his feet (and on one leg) lifts the Television Champion high in the air, before Jackhammering him right into the mat with the one, the two......and the three......

Winner: .....and New WCW Television Champion.....Bill Goldberg
Rating: B

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......Goldberg has done it.....fifty wins.....zero defeats.....and his first championship victory on the same night.....he growls in victory (still somewhat favouring the leg) before turning to the official to claim his prize......

......except the prize isn't there to claim......

......because the Television Title is currently halfway up the aisle in the hands of Jacques Rougeau, while Lance Storm is draped over the shoulder of Carl Oulette......

......Lance Storm guaranteed that he would be leaving here tonight with the Television Title, and while he may not be the Champion anymore, it looks like The Amazing French Canadians are going to make sure he lives up to that promise, because the trio disappear to the back and far away from an intense looking Bill Goldberg.....who is NOT going to let this stand.

Rating: B+

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Schiavone sends us to the back now, where his broadcast colleague Mike Tenay is in the trainers room.....

.....Lex Luger is currently grimacing and grunting his way through having his ribs and lower back heavily taped following the abuse he has taken tonight (and the series of Chokeslam's, he received on Nitro) and to be frank, he doesn't look in any condition to perform.....

.....Tenay says that he WOULD ask Lex how the back was holding up, but judging by the amount of tape that the medical personnel are applying, he probably doesn't have to.....Luger let's out a short breath of pain as the tape gets wrapped as tightly as possible, before telling Tenay that obviously he's not doing great.....not only did he come in to tonight at less than 100%, to face the Giant no less, he also had the added problem of the so-called Totally Awesome Trinity to contend with.....Luger says that not content with driving Sting out of WCW, now it looks as though the Titans of Wrestling are turning their attention to him, doing anything they can to keep him out of this Mayhem Match......

".....well it didn't work.....and it won't work......bad ribs, bad back, it doesn't matter, I am entering Mayhem tonight and there's not a damn thing the Titans OR the Giant can do about it....."

......Lex says yeah, he's hurting right now, but when he throws twenty nine other men over that top rope and stamps his ticket to Starrcade, all that pain will go away.....he says he doesn't know where Sting is tonight, but wherever he is, he hopes he's watching, because The Total Package is going to make each and every one of the Titans of Wrestling pay tonight.....and at Starrcade, if Hollywood Hogan still somehow has that title, Lex has got a Torture Rack waiting with his name on it.......















"......bro, the only thing around here that has anyone's name on it, is one of these five tickets right here......"



.....wouldn't you know it, it's Vince Russo.....

.....he's not here to gloat is he?.....of course he is.....telling Luger that win his back, and this number he's about to pick right now, the only person that he's going to be paying tonight his his chiropractor.....

.....Luger looks like he's about to hop right off that table and shove a fist down Russo's throat....and Vinnie Ru can see that too, telling Lex to calm down and remember that he's still the boss around here.....

"......you so much as look at me funny bro and you'll find yourself in the unemployment line, just like yer little buddy Sting......"

.....Luger asks Russo what he wants, to which Vince just laughs, saying that he'd have thought that was obvious.....he says that they have a big old tombola set up down the hall, with all the thirty numbers in there waiting to be picked.....BUT.....since Lex only has to pick between the numbers one and five, and since he's pretty banged up, Vince thought he'd do him a solid and bring those numbers to him (holding out his hand with five folded up pieces of paper inside).....

......Lex doesn't take his eyes off Russo as he reaches out and takes a number, and Vince doesn't even wait around to see what he's got, telling Luger that whether he's as low as number one, or as high as number five, it doesn't make much difference.....what it means, is he ain't winning squat tonight.....

......Russo walks out of shot and Lex slowly unfolds the paper, staring at it with a blank expression on his face.....obviously Tenay asks the question everybody wants to know.....what number did he get?....but Luger just gingerly climbs off the trainers table with a wince, before walking off without so much as a word......it's going to be a long night for the Total Package.....and Tenay signs off to Mean Gene.....

Rating: A

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......who is standing by in the backstage interview area with Jean Paul Levesque and his "manager" Shawn Michaels ahead of Levesque's clash with former team mate Buff Bagwell......

......Gene says that considering that Jean Paul Levesque is going to be a part of tonight's Mayhem Match, Lex Luger must be looking like a pretty cautionary tale about now.....a cautionary tale of what the Titans of Wrestling will do to cull the competition this evening....JPL would do well to watch his back in his match with Buff Bagwell to avoid entering Mayhem later this evening in much the same condition as The Total Package.....

......Levesque pauses before he answer's, as he and Michaels turn to look at each other.....turn back to look at Gene in unison.....turn to look at each other once again.....before Levesque looks Michaels up and down as Shawn pats his hands up and down his own body.....

".....wait, he can see me right?....."


".....I don't think he can see you....."


".....he can't see me?.....how old is this guy?....."


".....he's pretty old....."


".....I thought this was supposed to be a New Generat...."


".....SHHHHH.....do you want a lawsuit on your hands.......this is WCW....."


".....they don't have a New Gener....."


".....NO....no they don't have 'that'....."


".....so what do they have?....."


".....big boys....."


".....big boys?....."


".....big boys....."


"........................"


".....what?....."


".....this is why I don't work for WCW....."


.....Levesque quietens Michaels down, before turning back to Gene and telling him that if there's one thing he doesn't have to do tonight, it's watch his back.....Savage, Warrior.....the....the....

".....what are they called Shawn?....."

".....the Totally Awesome Trinity....."


.....the Totally Awesome Trinity.....even Hollywood himself.....if a member of the Titans of Wrestling even TRIES to stick their nose into this match, Shawn Michaels will be there to kick them straight in the face with some Sweet Chin Music.....

......Levesque says that he's been doing what he can around here lately......doing what he can to help out.....he says that while he's not (nor will he ever be) a saint, he sees the Titans of Wrestling for what they are now.....and while it's not ideal having to compete twice in the same night, but there is NOTHING that's going to stop him from tossing twenty nine opponents over the top rope, and heading into the main event of the biggest show of the year.....and while Shawn isn't in the Mayhem Match, he's still going to be out there at ringside, making sure that once JPL tosses a Titan out, they STAY out.....

......Gene turns his attention to Shawn Michaels next, asking him was he not tempted to try and enter Mayhem himself? After all, a guaranteed spot in the main event of the biggest show of the year is quite the prize.....but Shawn just rolls his eyes at the suggestion.....

".....I hate to break it to ya Scheme Gene, but Shawn Michaels has already competed in the main event of the biggest show of the year....and it wasn't.....in 'dubbya see dubbya'......."

.....Shawn says that Russo made it clear that he wasn't welcome in the Mayhem Match, but even if he was.....even if Russo rolled out the red carpet, he's here to help out Levesque.....he's here to watch his friends back.....he is NOT here to compete.....and he is certainly NOT looking to work for WCW.......but that doesn't mean that he'll hesitate for a second to knock Randy Savages head clean off his shoulders if he tries anything tonight.....

......Gene isn't overly thrilled with the former Heartbreak Kid's somewhat disparaging remarks about World Championship Wrestling (and Levesque at least has the decency to look mildly embarrassed by his friends words, smacking Shawn in the chest and telling him to behave "we talked about this") but he still wishes Levesque luck in his match next, making an offhand remark about being glad that SOME people are proud to lead the fight for WCW against the Titans of Wrestling, before signing off to Tony Schiavone back at ringside.....because Levesque vs. Bagwell is up next......

Rating: A*

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.....and this one has all the combustible parts needed to erupt into an all out war.....and by combustible parts, I mean Randy Savage....the original loose cannon of professional wrestling.....The Macho Man has been loved, the Macho Man has been hated, but one thing the Macho Man has ALWAYS been, is unpredictable....and he's made it clear that he has a major problem with Shawn Michaels presence in World Championship Wrestling......and BOTH men are right there at ringside tonight.....

.....to be fair, Savage isn't the only one that has a problem with Shawn Michaels being in World Championship Wrestling.....because Shawn Michaels himself doesn't appear to be overly enamoured to be featured on WCW programming....but what he IS here to do, is watch his only friends back, and Jean Paul Levesque may need all the help he can get, because as Lex Luger has found out first hand as of late, when you're on the Titans of Wrestlings radar, you're rarely in a one on one fight.....

.....speaking of fights, this is a big one for Buff Bagwell.....Buff has been a part of WCW for near on six years now (a fact easily overlooked considering his relatively young age) and after toiling for years in the tag team division, Buff is finally developing into a singles player thanks to his new found alliance with the Titans......and while Levesque and Michaels (almost) made mention of the WWF's much hyped "new generation" earlier this evening, this "new generation" of Titan (with Buff being only 26.....while Copeland and Cage are both only 24) has their whole future ahead of them, and they're ready to start making their mark......and what better way for Buff to make HIS mark, than to defeat a former member of their ranks right here......

......of course, that's going to be easier said than done......

......did I expect a five star classic from these two men here? No......did I WANT a five star classic from these two men here? No, of course not, that's why it was smack bang in the middle of the card.....what I did want, was exactly what I got....a decent match that progressed a story.....

......Levesque started out strong here from the moment the bell rung, assaulting Buff with an all fast paced flurry of blows that send Bagwell scurrying to the outside to seek council from the Macho Man.....Levesque doesn't give his opponent long to gather advice from his Titan Team Mate, following Buff to the outside where he rolls back the years with a good old fashioned double noggin-knocker, slamming the two Titans heads together.....and as Savage's famous temper leads him to stalk Levesque around the floor looking for retribution, things almost fall apart completely.....because Shawn Michaels puts himself between Levesque and Savage, and Savage looks p!ssed......

......the official finally calms the situation down (threatening to evict BOTH outside men from the match) and we get back to the action, where Bagwell (looking to take advantage of the fact that the referee is otherwise occupied), hits Levesque with a thumb to the eye as he takes control of the match.....

......now it's Bagwell on the offence (with a sprinkling of interference from Randy Savage...who despite Shawn Michaels presence, is still able to get the odd punch, slap and choke in) but obviously it was never going to last, and Levesque puts an end to that with a sudden high knee on a running the ropes sequence.....

......JPL fights his way back to regain the advantage, but Michaels and Savage are obviously there to do more than stand about at ringside.....and as Buff ducks a clothesline attempt (which sees Levesque nail the official) the Macho Man dives into the ring with a running ax handle to the back of Levesque's skull......

.......Macho looks like he's about to continue the attack, but Michaels isn't about to stand by and watch, and as Savage rears back a fist, Shawn rolls into the ring and grabs Macho by the hand, spinning him around until the two men are face to face.....

......the pair stare each other down, before they begin hurling insults at each other that quickly turn to threats.....Savage shoves Michaels.....Michaels shoves Savage back.....and in the blink of an eye the two men begin trading punches right there in the middle of the ring......

......Buff and Levesque barely miss a beat, and with JPL now recovered from that ax handle blow, they too begin hammering each other with rights and lefts, as a four way brawl breaks out.....

......Macho briefly gets the better of Michaels in their fist fight, and drives him back into the corner, before whipping him into the opposite turnbuckles and following him in with a running corner clothesline......or rather an attempted corner clothesline, because Shawn sees it coming and backdrops Savage all the way over the top turnbuckle and down to the floor......

......Levesque clocks Bagwell with a big right hand that spins him around 180 degrees......straight into the waiting foot of Shawn Michaels, who hits him right in the jaw with some Sweet Chin Music (that spins Buff right back around again, where Levesque is waiting to kick him in the gut and hook him into position for the Pedigree).....

......Savage gets back to his feet on the floor, but Michaels puts him right back down with a springshot plancha to the outside, just as the official comes back around....and just in time to see Levesque drop Bagwell with the Pedigree and make the cover for the one, the two, and the three.....

Winner: Jean Paul Levesque
Rating: B

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.....the bell rings, and Shawn Michaels is still hammering Randy Savage on the outside as Levesque gets his arm raised in victory.....looks like JPL had all the backup he needed after all.....although that was then......NOW might be an entirely different matter, because the Totally Awesome Trinity come rushing out from the back (again) and charge towards the ring.....

.....Schiavone isn't impressed with the arrival, asking out loud if these guys haven't got anything more constructive they could be doing right now.....like say, I don't know, preparing for their upcoming Tag Title match?.....Dusty has the insight there.....saying that Copeland and Cage "they be overconfident Tony.....they got those nasty mean Pitbulls coming up and they think they nothin' but a pair of puppy dogs.....they might not be so confident when those puppy dogs bite them in the bottom"......

......whether it IS overconfidence remains to be seen, but they're here again, much like in our earlier Lex Luger match, and they make a beeline straight for Jean Paul Levesque, who (with his back to the entrance way, still celebrating) has no idea what's coming for him.....

......fortunately for Levesque, Shawn Michaels is there for just such an occasion, and as the Trinity hit the ring he finally relents on his assault of Savage and grabs Levesque by the ankle, dragging him to the floor in the nick of time.....

......Copeland and Cage stop to check on Bagwell, while Traylor rolls to the outside to assist an extremely incensed Randy Savage, giving Michaels and Levesque all the time in the world to casually walk up the aisle and head to the back.....but not before the pair pause on the entrance way to chop their crotches at the Titans at ringside, letting them know loudly that they.....can Suck It.....before parting the curtain and disappearing.....

......I hope for Levesque sake that Savage has calmed down by the time Mayhem rolls around.....because right now he looks about ready to rip someone's head off.....

.....now let's go to our broadcast colleague Mean Gene, who is standing by with the number one contender to the United States Championship.....Curt Hennig.....

Rating: A

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.....Gene tells Hennig that this must be do or die for him as far as shots against Eddie Guerrero and the United States Championship goes.....not that Curt hasn't been successful in his previous encounters with Guerrero, just that he hasn't been successful in bringing home the gold....because the self proclaimed "Papi of Perfection" has worked every loophole he could to keep the title around his waist....

.....Hennig says that's true.....but there are no loopholes tonight....no count-outs, no disqualifications.....nothing that Guerrero can do to sneak out of Mayhem.....if he wants to walk out tonight still the US Champion, he's going to have to do the one things he's never done.....defeat Curt Hennig.....

......Gene is curious as to how well Curt's back is holding out.....after all, that was the focus of Eddies attack this past Monday, and a ladder match is not going to be kind to any potential injuries.....Curt waves the question off though, telling Gene not to worry about his back, worry about what Curt Hennig is going to do to Eddie Guerrero.....next.....

".....because there's only one man in wrestling who's perfect.....and you're looking at him.....and by the end of the night Gene, Eddie Guerrero is going to know exactly who his "Papi" is......."

Rating: B+

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WCW United States Championship: Ladder Match

It's now time for Curt Hennig's third bite at the United States Cherry.....not his third attempt at defeating Eddie Guerrero bear in mind, because he has won BOTH of these two's previous meetings......however with these being a deliberate disqualification and a deliberate count-out victory respectively, he walked out with the win....but not the Championship.....

.....tonight however there are no short cuts for Mr. Guerrero.....no count-outs or disqualifications.....no pinfalls or submissions for that matter either....because if Eddie Guerrero wants to walk out of Mayhem with his Championship in tact, he's going to have to climb the ladder and retrieve that title to do so.....

.....interestingly enough, this is only the second ladder match in WCW history.....the first if you want to get technical.....because the only other recorded ladder match in this company's history took place a decade earlier during the (then Jim Crockett Promotions) Great American Bash tour of 1987.....except it wasn't a Championship hanging above the ring, it was $100,000, as Dusty Rhodes defeated long time rival Tully Blanchard in a Barbed Wire Ladder Match.....

......there's no barbed wire in sight tonight....this is WCW not ECW.....but there are plenty of ladders scattered about, as Curt Hennig and Eddie Guerrero make their way out for this one.....

......the official retrieves the Championship from a reluctant Eddie and secures it in place above the ring, before signalling to the time keeper to ring the bell.....because thats really all he's here to do in this one.....signal for the start of the match, signal for the end of the match.....because everything is legal, and anything goes......

......the two men are cautious to stray too far from what they know best in the opening portion of this match, opting to wrestle a straight match for the first five minutes or so without so much as attempting to go for a ladder.....that all changes after a high backdrop from Hennig however, which sees Guerrero soar over the top rope and down to the floor below.....Curt follows him out and lands a series of stiff punches, until Guerrero cuts him off with a knee to the midsection and attempts to drive his opponent into a nearby ladder.....Curt reverses the momentum however, and it's Eddie's head that strikes the steel first this evening.....

......Curt knows that after coming so close to walking out with the Championship on two occasions now, he can't squander a third chance, and he keeps the offence up on the floor, leaving Eddie dazed and confused as he receives blow after blow.....Guerrero is a crafty little b@stard though, and he drops to his knees, begging off, only to tackle his oncoming opponent and drive that delicate back into the ring apron.....

......Curt may have been the one to first use the ladder offensively tonight, but it's Eddie that uses it first for it's intended purpose, sliding it into the ring and setting it up underneath the Championship.....he doesn't get far though....in fact Hennig is back into the ring before he's even half way up and drags him off, before driving his head into the rungs......

......Hennig nails Eddie with a picture perfect (obviously) dropkick, before picking up the ladder and crashing it across the back of his opponent, returning the favour from this past weeks Nitro.....the ladder gets propped up in the corner, and these two return to a more traditional wrestling match, with Hennig controlling most of the offence, finally nailing Eddie with a bodyslam, followed up by that Rolling Neck Snap to the seated Guerrero.....Eddie is scrambling away from his opponent but Hennig won't back down....until Eddie puts him down.....nailing him with a Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker off a rope running sequence....

......Guerrero knows that if Curt Hennig has one less-than perfect aspect, it's that back that kept him out of action on and off since 1991, and he capitalises on that, dragging the man to his feet and whipping him hard into the corner where he collides hard with that ladder that's still propped up.....Curt staggers forward clutching at his back, but there's no breathing room, because Eddie instantly backdrops him, before grabbing him by the legs and hitting a Slingshot that sends Curt face first back into the steel rungs of the ladder.....

......Eddie sets the ladder up and goes to climb, but we have our first crash landing of the night, because as Guerrero's fingertips brush against the US Title, Hennig pulls himself to his feet and tips the ladder (and Guerrero) over, leaving Eddie to crash to the mat.....

......Curt collects the ladder and drives it into the midsection of his opponent before crashing it down across his back.....he waits for Eddie to (slowly) get back to his feet and then runs the length of the ring, crashing the end of the ladder into the skull of Guerrero, sending Eddie through the ropes and to the outside, before setting up the ladder and beginning his own climb.....

......it's a slow climb though....Curt is selling the back well, and Guerrero is able to get back into the ring, where he climbs up to meet his opponent, as the two men begin trading blows atop the ladder.....perhaps realising that he's not going to win a fist fight Eddie goes for the eyes, but Curt blocks it and slams the Champions head into the top of the ladder, before tossing Guerrero all the way down to the mat.....

......Guerrero lands hard, leaving Curt all alone with the US Title only inches away.....Curt reaches up, but he's spent, and his initial swipe sends the belt swinging out of his reach.....Hennig pauses to steady himself (waiting for the title to stop swinging) and reaches up more carefully his time, finally getting his hand on the leather strap......


......just as Guerrero comes flying across the ring with a Springboard Dropkick that knocks the ladder out from under Hennig....and now it's Curt that crashes hard to the mat......


.....Eddie smells blood now.....Curt is down and still selling the back.....so Eddie folds up the ladder, spins it around into an inverted vertical position, and jams the end of it into Curt's lower back one, two, three times, before lifting it high in the air and crashing the full weight down onto Hennig.....

......Curt is down, face first on the mat, and Guerrero places the folded up ladder on top of him (running the length of his body) and then climbs to the top rope, telling the crowd that HE'S the only Papi of Perfection around here, before coming off with a huge Frogsplash, crashing down onto the ladder AND his opponent.....

......Hennig is seriously hurt now, and Eddie rolls him to the outside before setting up the ladder in the middle of the ring.....that Frogsplash did some damage to Eddie too though (driving your body into solid steel will do that funnily enough) and he's favouring the ribs as he slowly, very slowly, makes his climb.....so slowly in fact that Curt is able to drag himself back to his feet, and in a last ditch effort he tips the ladder up (with Eddie right at the top) and sends Guerrero flying....crotching him on the top rope before he finally crash lands on the arena floor, taking the officials legs out from under him as he lands......Guerrero is OUT.......and so is the referee.....

.....Curt is in a world of pain, but he knows this is his opportunity.....he sets the ladder up one more time and begins to climb.....

.....half way up and Guerrero hasn't moved......

.....three quarters of the way and the Champion is still flat on his back....

.....and he doesn't stir until Hennig has his hand on the leather strap of the belt....by which point it's too late.....because Curt unhooks the US Title and FINALLY holds it high in victory.....









......or he WOULD have held it high in victory had the referee been conscious to make it official....as it is, Curt is simply holding the Championship high in the air while the match continues.....

......although it doesn't continue for long......because Guerrero is finally back inside the ring, and much as Hennig did to him earlier, he tips the ladder up, sending both Hennig AND the Championship crashing to the mat, before kicking Curt to the outside and clutching the US Belt tightly to his chest.....

......just as the official regains consciousness.....

.....and seeing Guerrero holding the United States Championship he signals to the timekeeper that this one is over.....and SOMEHOW, Eddie Guerrero has found a way keep hold of his title again.....that lying, cheating b@stard.....

Winner: ....and still WCW United States Champion.....Eddie Guerrero
Rating: A

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As we leave Curt Hennig to contemplate where he goes from here, we go backstage where Jean Paul Levesque is with Mike Tenay, and the pair are standing beside that tombola that Vince Russo referenced earlier....and judging by the piece of paper in his hand, clearly JPL has just picked his number.....

....his face isn't giving much away....and when Tenay asks what number he's got he doesn't answer that either, saying that everyone will know what number he's got when he walks out from the back later.....

.....realising that he's not going to get the answer he's looking for here, Tenay changes track, asking Levesque where Shawn Michaels is? Levesque says not to worry, he's not gone far....he's headed down to catering while JPL draws his number.....Tenay (rather sarcastically) enquires as to whether or not WCW's catering is up to Mr. Michaels obviously high standards?.....

......Levesque gives an apologetic smile, telling Tenay that the catering is fine.....Shawn is just.....he's......he's just Shawn.....

......he says that Shawn Michaels scratched and clawed for so many years to make it to the position he has now.....the be seen as the number one wrestler in the world, that number two just isn't good enough for him.....he says that Shawn spent so long "up north" that he never considered anywhere else as anything but number two.....give it time, and Shawn Michaels will realise exactly what Jean Paul Levesque has realised.....and that's the fact that WCW is, and always has been.....number one......

......Tenay agree's, telling Levesque that he hopes that Shawn realises this quickly, because he's rubbing a lot of people up the wrong way.....Levesque just chuckles at that, before slapping Tenay on the shoulder, telling him that "rubbing people up the wrong way is something that Shawn does better than anyone", before walking out of shot still laughing to himself......

.......Mike Tenay turns to the camera to send us back down to ringside, but before he can sign off to Tony Schiavone there is the sound of a huge commotion coming from the same direction that Levesque went.....and as the camera goes to investigate.......





























.....where we find Shawn Michaels down in a bloody mess.......a SERIOUSLY bloody mess.....we're talking Survivor Series 2003 levels of blood loss here.....obviously he never made it to catering after all.......he's not alone back there either.....because the Macho Man (clearly still incensed from earlier this evening) is mounting his chest and raining blows down, hammering at the open wound.....

.....Levesque is there, but there is nothing he can do to help.....The Warrior has him held back, while Buff Bagwell and The Totally Awesome Trinity (who really should be preparing for their match next) shout words of encouragement to Macho (and occasionally lend the Warrior a hand in holding Levesque back any time the man struggles to break free......

......Savage finally dismounts Michaels, but only long enough to pick up a steel chair.....and after waiting for the bloody pulp that is Shawn Michaels to get back to his feet, he crashes the solid steel down into the head of Michaels with such force that it sounds like a gun shot going off......

......Michaels is done.....capital D......D.O.N.E........and it seems like Macho is done too.....because he turns and grips Levesque's face with a claw like hold, lifting his eyes up to meet his, screaming "HOW D'YA LIKE YOUR LIKE YOUR LITTLE FRIEND NOW LEVESQUE?" before wishing him good luck.....the Titans aren't going to destroy him now.....they're going to do that later.....and it LOOKS like his so-called back-up, isn't going to be ANY use tonight......and now we DO go back down to ringside.......

Rating: A*

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VS.

.....I think it's safe to say, judging by the flippant remarks in the last few weeks, coupled with the fact that they have clearly spent ZERO time preparing for this match tonight, that Adam Copeland and Christian Cage are NOT taking this match seriously at all.....in fact, they're not even taking it seriously as they walk down the aisle, still wielding those "invisible dog's" and laughing about the beating that Shawn Michaels took a few minutes ago......

......the bell rings......and in the space of about 30 seconds they begin to take this one VERY seriously.....because The Pitbulls fly out of the starting blocks and absolutely batter the two young Canadians with clubbing blows, before simultaneously military pressing the pair and dropping them out of the ring and down to the floor, where they scurry over to Ray Traylor for reassurance......doesn't look as though they're going to be winning in six seconds after all as they predicted......

......from there the Titans take their opponents much more seriously, and it actually wasn't a bad match considering the fact that it involved the Pitbulls.....once Copeland and Cage realise that this isn't going to be a walkover they put their game faces on, and while they do manage to gain the upper hand briefly with some assistance from The Enforcer, it's the Pitbulls that have the majority of the offence in this one.......fortunately for the Champions, they're not called the Totally Awesome TRINITY for nothing (with emphasis on the Trinity part) and the Enforcer is there to put an end to this one.......because after delivering a heavy beating, the Pitbulls try to finish this off once and for all, going for that second rope aided Superbomb on Cage.....Copeland however takes the opportunity to distract the official, while Traylor hops onto the apron and nails Pitbull #1 (who's sat on the top turnbuckle) in the back of the head with his nightstick.....Cage wriggles out of Pitbull #2's grip and sends him to the outside (where Traylor holds him at bay) as Cage makes the cover for the one, two, three.....and after a much harder fought victory than the Champions were imagining Copeland and Cage quickly bolt to the back, clearly glad that this one is all over......however, by the look on the face of the Pitbulls, it might just be getting started.

Winner(s): ....and still WCW Tag Team Champion's.....Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
Rating: B+

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Before we get to our World Title match, Mean Gene makes his way to the locker room of the Challenger to try and get a few words.....he only gets a few words too, because Diamond Dallas Page has his game face on, and he concentrating solely on Hollywood Hogan.....

....Gene asks Page if he has any nerves ahead of this match, to which Dallas laughs, telling Gene that he's about to step into the ring with Hollywood Hogan.....he's about to step into the ring with arguably the biggest name the sport has ever produced, to prove to the world that he truly belongs in there with the best of the best.....he's about to step into the ring and compete for the WCW Championship for the first time in his life......is he nervous?.....he'd be stupid not to be......

"......but am I ready?.....your damn right I am.....Gene, I've been ready for this day since the first day I laced up my boots....."

......Page says that he's been hearing the same things since the first time he laced up his boots too.....the laughing....the whispered doubts.....too old....too green.....nothing more than an announcer and manager with ideas of grandeur.....well in some ways they're right.....he does have ideas of grandeur.....and nothing will be grander than to plant Hollywood "Scum" Hogan's Heat to the mat with a Diamond Cutter......because TONIGHT.....he's going to realise all his dreams......he WILL prove that he belongs.....he WILL show Hollywood Hogan what DDP is all about......and he WILL walk out of Mayhem as the new WCW Champion......because Hollywood Hogan is going to.....feel.....the.....

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

Rating: B+

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So this is finally the shot that Diamond Dallas Page has been waiting for.....for months now he's been front and centre in the war against the Titans of Wrestling, and for months now he's been mocked by the entire group as nothing more than an over the hill, never-was, who doesn't deserve to be sharing the ring with an icon such as Hollywood Hogan.....in fact, the Titans were so blasť about the threat that DDP posed, that the Warrior out right refused to even acknowledge the man......not until Page took matter into his own hands and FORCED him to acknowledge him.....when he laid him out with a Diamond Cutter to the concrete floor.....Warrior was victorious in their proceeding encounter, but only with the help of the Titans, as Page had him pinned slap bang in the middle of the ring after laying him out with ANOTHER Diamond Cutter......

......Page more than proved himself in that encounter with the Warrior, victory or no victory......now he just has to do it again......this match was never going to be amazing.....for as over as Hollywood is (and he is.....the most over man in the business to be precise) he's well into his decline in terms of in ring ability....and he was no Ric Flair to begin with....so this match was mainly carried by emotion......the emotion of the underdog fighting with everything he's got to win everything he wants.....

......the two lock up and Hogan immediately displays his superior strength, sending Page flying back halfway across the ring off the collar and elbow.....they lock up again, and again Hogan sends him flying, this time flexing those big pythons at him and mockingly challenging Page to a good old fashioned test of strength.....Page however shows that while he may be only a few years in the ring, he has PLENTY of years in the business, and as Hogan holds the arms up ready to lock hands for the test of strength, Page pokes him in the eye, and then lights his chest up with a series of knife-edge chops (Woooooooo)......

.......Hogan nails to the outside looking for a breather, quickly realising (just as the Totally Awesome Trinity did a moment ago) that his opponent tonight isn't going to be the push over he was expecting....but Page isn't going to let up, and he follows the Champion out, nailing him with right hands before sending him into the guard rail and tossing him right back into the ring.....

.......Page keeps up the offence, forcing Hogan back into the corner, and gives a clean break as the official attempts to separate them.....seeing an opportunity the Champion reverses the spot, with Hogan spinning Page into the corner, and then feigning a clean break, before trying a cheap shot that Page blocks, firing back with a series of right hands and an eventual backdrop after whipping Hogan hard into the opposite corner.....

........Hogan charges at his challenger, but Page is waiting with an arm drag, before cinching in an armbar in the middle of the ring......Hogan finally manages to work his way back to his feet and delivers a series of knee-lift's to Page's midsection that finally breaks the hold......whip into the ropes from the Champion, but he misses on a clothesline attempt and Page is inches away from dropping him with a Diamond Cutter before Hollywood shakes free.....

.......clearly spooked by the close call Hogan bails again to the outside....this time however he's waiting for Page to follow, and nails him with a right hand before slamming his head off the steel steps and taking his fingernails down the back of the challenger and tossing him back into the ring.....and NOW the champion is finally in control.....

.......now we move onto the heat part of the match, as Hollywood goes through his Schtick.....we all know how that goes right? There are chokes, eye rakes and punches galore, with the occasion body slam and clothesline thrown into the mix.....and we still have Mayhem to get to.....shall we just get to the closing moments of the match? Good.......

......because after finally fighting his way back into the contest, Page and Hogan begin trading blows, before Hogan finally sends Page across the ring with an Irish Whip.....Page ducks a clothesline but Hogan is waiting on the return, catching Dallas square in the jaw with that patented Big Boot.......

......Page goes down and Hogan hams it up for the jeering crowd for a moment, telling them that he told them all that DDP couldn't hang with him, before saying that it's time to finish it.....

......he backs up into the corner and runs across the ring.....here it comes......the Legdrop of Dooooooooom.......

......except he spent too long showboating to the crowd.....and before he can land it Page rolls out of the way, and Hollywood crashes on nothing but canvas, climbing back to his feet clutching at his tailbone.......

......and Dallas is there waiting.......


......Diamond Cutter!!!......



.......Schiavone loses his sh!t as Page crawls over to make the cover......





.....one.....








......two.....















.....thr......no......






......it's the Totally Awesome Trinity.....again......

......they're certainly making their presence known tonight, with Copeland reaching under the bottom rope to drag Page off of a Hollywood Hogan who was NOT kicking out under his own steam.....but (Copeland and Cage at least) aren't anywhere near as peppy as they were earlier in the evening....before the Pitbulls took a bite out of them.......

......they've just saved the match here for Hollywood though.....and the Tag Champions are acting as the perfect distraction for The Enforcer......who slides into the ring with that nightstick, sneaks up behind Page......spins him around.....

.......and gets dropped by a Diamond Cutter.......

......Page kicks Traylor out of the ring.....unfortunately, when he got dropped with the Diamond Cutter, The Enforcer also dropped his nightstick.....right there next to Hogan......who picks it up......nails Page in the back of the head.....and then finally (successfully this time) lands the Legdrop of Doom......

.......the official turns around just as Hogan makes the cover.....and three seconds later, the Titans of Wrestling have successfully defended the WCW Championship......and I say the Titans of Wrestling.....because Hollywood Hogan certainly couldn't get it done by himself.

Winner: ....and still WCW Champion.....Hollywood Hogan
Rating: B-

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We go to an extended promo package for our next match.....THE match.....the Mayhem Match.....featuring quick sound bites from a number of the competitors telling us why THEY are going to win Mayhem and then go on to Starrcade to become the WCW Champion......

.....finished with that and we cut to a scene in the parking lot, where a forlorn looking Curt Hennig is loading the trunk of his car up, looks like someone is leaving for the night.....Mike Tenay comes rushing into shot, asking Curt what he's doing, to which Curt gives the obvious answer.....he's going home.....

.....Tenay looks somewhat surprised, asking Hennig is he's not a part of the Mayhem Match coming up? Curt says no.....he's not a part of the Mayhem Match....he says even if he was it wouldn't matter.....he can't even capture the US Title after three times of trying, what chance has he got of capturing the WCW Title?.....

.....Mike Tenay offers some words of consolation, telling Hennig that the world knows that he had that title won on all three occasions, but Curt cuts him off, saying the only thing that matters is that Eddie Guerrero is the US Champion.....and Curt Hennig isn't.....

.....Curt slams the trunk of the car and climbs into the drivers seat, starting the engine....Tenay asks Hennig when we are likely to see him next, but it's a question he can't answer....giving a simple "I don't know" before driving out of the arena, as Mike Tenay stands there and watches him leave....















......someone else that's watching Hennig leave is the man who finally defeated him tonight (even if he did cheat to do it) Eddie Guerrero.....the US Champion is stood beside a monitor as we head back inside the building, smirking at the scene he's just witnessed with the United States Championship still draped over his shoulder.....

.....he chuckles to himself before muttering out loud that this is exactly why he's the Papi of Perfection, clearly pleased that his actions have left Curt Hennig a broken man......








".....I hate to break it to you Cheech, but the only Papi you know, is your own.....and he's the Papi of a little Pissant....."






.....oh, it's The Rock.....Rocky is stood behind Guerrero with his designer sunglasses pushed halfway down his nose....eyebrow raised....and he doesn't look impressed with Guerrero.....

.....he tells Eddie that he's been running his mouth for months now and it's only a matter of time before it runs him right into trouble.....Guerrero checks nervously over his shoulder, clearly looking for an exit point should the Rock decide to get physical, but Rocky tells him not to worry......he tells Guerrero that he's been ducking him since the day the Great One first stepped into WCW.....

".....now I got a little distracted with the Taskmaster-bater since then, and The Rock apologises for that.....because what the Rock SHOULD have been doing, is introducing you to THE most electrifying move in ALLLLLL of sports entertainment, the People's Elbow....but don't worry, don't worry.....The Rock hasn't forgotten about YOU, no, no, no, no, no.....

.....so what the Rock is going to do tonight.....The Rock is going to walk that aisle, he's going to meet twenty nine new faces....toss twenty nine jabronies over that top rope.....he's going to punch his ticket to Starrcade baby.....and THEN.....sometime soon, The Rock is going to La Cucaracha all over your face.....he's going to take that US Title from over your shoulder....he's gonna turn it sideways.....and he's gonna shove it straight up your candy ass and send you back to Tijuana with a tear in your eye........not tonight though.......so relax.......Champ....."


......The Rock pats Guerrero on the shoulder and walks out of shot, leaving Eddie to let out a big sigh of relief.......






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


....Eddie lets out an actual yelp as The Rock pops his head back into shot to deliver his newest catchphrase, causing the US Champ to drop his Title in surprise as the Rock just laughs, and we go back to ringside......just in time.....for Mayhem....

Rating: A

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30 Man: Mayhem Match

It's about that time......time to unleash Mayhem onto the WCW audience......although ironically, there is going to be significantly LESS mayhem in this match that in the overcrowded, convoluted mess that was the World War 3 battle royal.....

.....our ring announcer goes through the rules of this match....you know what they are, this is a blatant Royal Rumble rip-off......two men start, another enters every two minutes, with thirty entrants over all.....the only way to eliminate someone is to throw them over the top rope and down to the floor....and the man who outlasts twenty nine others, will punch his ticket to Wrestlem......erm, I mean Starrcade......so let's find out who drew numbers one and two respectively........

















Entrant #1: Jeff Hardy
Entrant #2: Meng

.....so the bell rings, we're underway.....and it's young Jeff Hardy that draws the worst number of the bunch, number one (although honestly, number two is no better.....it should be number 1a and 1b) and with the prospect of wrestling for over an hour from this starting position, Jeff would perhaps have been hoping for a relatively easy number two.....

.....he didn't get it though.....what he got was the Face of Fear.....Meng......

.....honestly it's a pretty lousy draw for the youngster, who is giving up size, strength AND experience against his opponent here.....that doesn't stop him from fighting like his life depends on it though, and he uses the one advantage he does have (speed) to keep as far away from Meng's grip as possible.....it looks to be working too (for the most part) and as the clock counts down from ten, a series of dropkicks has left Meng teetering above the ropes, as Jeff tries to gather enough momentum to tip the bigger man over.......









Entrant #3: The Barbarian
Joining: Jeff Hardy (2:00) Meng (2:00)

.....and if the number two draw was unkind to Jeff Hardy, the number three draw is positively awful.....because it's Meng's Faces of Fear partner.....The Barbarian.....

......Hardy DID have the momentum in this one before the arrival of Barb, with Meng only few moments away from being tipped out.....Barbarian soon puts a stop to that however, with a clubbing blow to the back of Hardy, dragging him off his partner and whipping him across the ring, before almost taking his head off with a Big Boot (brother!)......

......Meng soon joins his partner, and the Faces of Fear go to work hammering the youngster with powerful blows, and almost eliminate him after a Meng clothesline that sends Hardy over the top.....fortunately Jeff was able to use him momentum to hang on and roll back under the bottom rope.....but this is a long two minutes.......









Entrant #4: Lex Luger
Joining: Jeff Hardy (4:00) Meng (4:00) The Barbarian (2:00)

....fortunately help is on the way.....because here comes the Total Package.....he wasn't unlucky enough to draw number one (or two) but we knew he was coming soon thanks to his loss earlier in the night.....and he's coming hurt.....

.....the ribs are heavily taped, and he's slower than usual getting down to the ring, but he's not shying away from this, bad back/ribs or not.....he climbs into the ring and goes straight for The Faces of Fear.....BOTH of them.....finally giving Hardy a moments reprieve.....but while he has some initial success, there are TWO very big men there, and Barbarian finally halts the offence with a knee to the ribs.....

.....Barbarian hoists Luger up over his shoulder and carries him over to the ropes, looking to toss Luger all the way down to the floor.....Lex clings onto that top rope with all he has though, preventing Barb from getting him over the top, as the clock counts down.....another entrant is on his way......









Entrant #5: Konnan
Joining: Jeff Hardy (6:00) Meng (6:00) The Barbarian (4:00) Lex Luger (2:00)

.....and it's Konnan.....who's certainly not there to aid Lex Luger, completely bypassing Lex and the FoF to go straight for Jeff Hardy.....although if he thought he'd have an easier time with the youngster than with the former World Champion then he was sadly mistaken, because Hardy sees him coming and cuts him off with a kick to the midsection.....

......meanwhile Luger has finally got himself down from the Barbarians shoulder, but it hasn't done him much good....because now the two Faces of Fear are hammering him with right hands up against the ropes, before Barbarian backs up and comes charging at Lex, looking to use that Big Boot again, this time to send Luger flying over the top.....Lex moves out of the way at the last minute however, and Barbarian goes tumbling over the top, down to the floor, and out of this match.....and it's not long before we have our next entrant.....










Entrant #6: Toshiaki Kawada
Joining: Jeff Hardy (8:00) Meng (8:00) Lex Luger (4:00) Konnan (2:00)
Eliminated: The Barbarian (5:46) (by Lex Luger)

......Eric Bischoff claimed that there were wrestlers the world over that were worthy of challenging Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship.....look no further than this man, AJPW's Toshiaki Kawada.....now granted, the majority of casual fans outside of Japan will have no idea who this man is, but you only have to look at his resume.....in All Japan alone he's held the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, the All Asia Tag Team Championships...three times....the World Tag Team Championships....FIVE times.....won the World's Strongest Tag Determination League....twice.....and was crowned the winner of the annual Champion Carnival.....now take all that and consider the fact that a few years back in 1994, Kawada and long time rival Mitsuharu Misawa had the ONLY Wrestling Observer 6 star rated match in history, and that should tell you everything you need to know about Toshiaki Kawada.....the boy can wrestle.....

......leaving Luger and Meng to continue their own battle on one side of the ring, he heads over to where Konnan and Hardy are trying to tip each other out of the ring, and goes to work kicking both men's heads off, as we get about ready for our next entrant.....











Entrant #7: Gideon Cain
Joining: Jeff Hardy (10:00) Meng (10:00) Lex Luger (6:00) Konnan (4:00) Toshiaki Kawada (2:00)

.......and it's another big man......Missy Hyatt's own Gideon Cain (who's been receiving tips all week from mentor Bobby Eaton.....Cain is actually developing quite well under Bobby's tutelage).....he hits the ring and joins Meng in punishing those ribs and that back of Lex Luger, clearly looking to pick up a huge scalp here.....

......Luger is still fighting, but every exertion causes him more pain.....he's only been in the match six minutes or so, but he already has one match under his belt tonight.....how much more can he take?.....

......over on the other side of the ring Kawada is still introducing Hardy and Konnan to his "educated" feet, kicking the bejesus out of them, before knocking poor Jeff Hardy silly with a Brainbuster.....the ring is filling up.....and we have another competitor on the way.....












Entrant #8: Chris Benoit
Joining: Jeff Hardy (12:00) Meng (12:00) Lex Luger (8:00) Konnan (6:00) Toshiaki Kawada (4:00) Gideon Cain (2:00)

......that other competitor being The Crippler, Chris Benoit.....

.....the action opens up a little bit now.....clearly deciding that Jeff Hardy is perhaps the better option than Lex Luger, Gideon Cain goes over to overpower the youngster......Konnan decides it's time for a breather as he retreats to a corner....Luger continues to battle Meng.....while Benoit decides to test himself against Kawada......

.....remarkably Benoit and Kawada HAVE met before.....not in Japan mind you.....but in Stampede Wrestling over a decade ago, where a skinny Benoit wrestled a masked man by the name of Black Mephisto.....although the masked man wore red, so quite why he was the "black" Mephisto is anyone's guess.....plus Mephisto is already a demon....the demon that (in German legend) Faust sold his soul to to gain unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures.....how much "blacker" can you get than that?.....I'm rambling aren't I.....nevermind.....long story short, Benoit and Kawada have met before.....Kawada won......

......with Cain off to punish Hardy (and he does, sending him highhhhh up in the air with a back body drop) that leaves Meng and Luger to carry on their scuffle.....and just a few minutes after eliminating the Barbarian, Luger eliminates his second Face of Fear member, finally tossing Meng over the top and down to the floor, before dropping to the mat and clutching at his ribs.....that took a lot out of the Total Package.......













Entrant #9: Bam Bam Bigelow
Joining: Jeff Hardy (14:00) Lex Luger (10:00) Konnan (8:00) Toshiaki Kawada (6:00) Gideon Cain (4:00) Chris Benoit (2:00)
Eliminated: Meng (13:26) (by Lex Luger)

......it's another big boy in next....former WCW Champion (and member of The Forgotten) Bam Bam Bigelow.....and he makes an instant impact turning young Jeff Hardy inside out with a running clothesline, before dropping Benoit with a headbutt to the back of the skull and going face to face with Kawada.....if there's one thing these Forgotten members seem to hate, it's former WWF stars coming into WCW, looking to take their spots......so you can be damn sure that they don't want no AJPW stars coming over here either.....much like with Benoit, Kawada and Bigelow have met before......not quite as long ago as that Calgary meeting between Benoit and Black Mephisto, but still a good seven years ago, during Bigelow's stint with All Japan back in 1990......

......meanwhile, Gideon Cain has Jeff Hardy teetering up in the corner, but Hardy has a death grip on the top rope, even wrapping his legs around....Konnan heads over to join him, trying to get underneath Hardy to force him over, but even the two men can't get Hardy to break his grip on the top rope......and eventually Chris Benoit makes his way over to break it up, stinging the chest of Gideon Cain with a stiff knife edge chop......

......Luger is glad of a chance to catch his breath, but he doesn't get long.....because as Kawada goes for a big kick to the flaming skull of Ghost Rider....sorry, I mean Bam Bam Bigelow.....Bigelow catches him by the leg and bundles him over the top, before spotting the injured Luger laid on the mat......












Entrant #10: Road Warrior Hawk
Joining: Jeff Hardy (16:00) Lex Luger (12:00) Konnan (10:00) Gideon Cain (6:00) Chris Benoit (4:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (2:00)
Eliminated: Toshiaki Kawada (7:22) (Bam Bam Bigelow)

.....before he can lay his hands of Luger however, Bigelow is met by the former NWA/WWF/WCW Tag Team Champion, Road Warrior Hawk......who cuts him off with a series of right hands as the two begin to brawl.....

......Cain is again attempting to power Jeff Hardy out over the top, but again Jeff has his legs wrapped around the top rope.....Hardy frees his hands long enough to wrap them around the neck of Cain, and uses his momentum to force the bigger man 3/4 of the way out before Cain manages to scramble back in under the bottom rope.....

......Konnan has Benoit teetering over the other side of the ring, but Luger makes his way over (bad ribs and all) and drags the Mexican Star off, holding him wide open as Benoit busts out a series of stinging chops to the chest......













Entrant #11: Adam Copeland
Joining: Jeff Hardy (18:00) Lex Luger (14:00) Konnan (12:00) Gideon Cain (8:00) Chris Benoit (6:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (4:00) Road Warrior Hawk (2:00)

.....as our first Titan of Wrestling makes his way out....one half of the WCW Tag Team Champions (and one third of the Totally Awesome Trinity) Adam Copeland......

....he hits the ring and (perhaps unsurprisingly given the Titans involvement in his match earlier) goes straight for Luger, blindsiding him with a running knee to those bad ribs, before forcing him into the corner, where he delivers a number of shoulder barges to the midsection of the Total Package.....

.....Benoit and Hardy have switched opponents, and as Bam Bam Bigelow and Road Warrior Hawk continue to hammer each other with blows, the Crippler hits an impressive looking back suplex on Gideon Cain, while Jeff Hardy catches Konnan with a Clothesline out of nowhere that sends the Mexican star sailing over the top and out to the floor......












Entrant #12: Buff Bagwell
Joining: Jeff Hardy (20:00) Lex Luger (16:00) Gideon Cain (10:00) Chris Benoit (8:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (6:00) Road Warrior Hawk (4:00) Adam Copeland (2:00)
Eliminated: Konnan (13:16) (by Jeff Hardy)

......look out Luger....because Titan number two is on the way, and it's Buff Bagwell.....he joins Copeland in beating down on the Total Package, and after a hard Irish Whip into the corner which sees Luger gasping for breath (and clutching his ribs) Bagwell hits a big bicep pose for this disapproving crowd......he really should have kept his eye on the game though.....because Chris Benoit spins Copeland around and unleashes a series of stiff chops to the co-holder of the Tag Team Titles......

.....that leaves Bagwell to turn around to see Copeland moving across the ring to get away from Benoit, while Luger stays slumped in the corner.....realising that Copeland is otherwise occupied, Buff charges at the Total Package.......who backdrops Bagwell right over the turnbuckles and out to the floor......I guess Buff wasn't the Stuff tonight, he barely lasted a minute and a half......

......Hardy and Cain have resumed their own personal battle, while Hawk and Bigelow are still stiffing the hell out of each other and (after simultaneously tumbling over the top rope) are currently attempting to knock each other off the ring apron and down to the floor.....












Entrant #13: Mike Awesome
Joining: Jeff Hardy (22:00) Lex Luger (18:00) Gideon Cain (12:00) Chris Benoit (10:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (8:00) Road Warrior Hawk (6:00) Adam Copeland (4:00)
Eliminated: Buff Bagwell (1:54) (by Lex Luger)

......Gideon Cain will be pleased to see the arrival of his tag team partner, as "the best big man in the business" Mike Awesome makes his entrance....and makes an impact instantly, slingshotting into the ring over the top rope with a clothesline to Jeff Hardy, before joining his partner in double teaming the youngster.....

.....Benoit has Copeland slumped up against the turnbuckles, lighting his chest up with knife edge chops, as Luger takes a breather and rests those bad ribs following Buff's (rather rapid) elimination, and while Bigelow and Hawk have both managed to get back into the ring, it doesn't look as though Bigelow is long for this match.....because Hawk has him up and is moments away from tipping him out to the floor.......












Entrant #14: Kevin Sullivan
Joining: Jeff Hardy (24:00) Lex Luger (20:00) Gideon Cain (14:00) Chris Benoit (12:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (10:00) Road Warrior Hawk (8:00) Adam Copeland (6:00) Mike Awesome (2:00)

......fortunately for him, the figurehead of the Forgotten makes his way out next.....and he picks a steel chair up on route.....

......Sullivan climbs into the ring and crashes the chair across the back of the Road Warrior....Hawk goes down, but Bigelow doesn't let him rest, and as he and Sully wrap Hawk up in the Tree of Woe in the corner, Bam Bam holds Hawk in place while Sullivan charges and drives his body weight into the defenceless Road Warrior......

.......Awesome and Cain are still working over Jeff Hardy, and they look like they're having fun....Cain picks the youngster up and holds his hands behind his back while Awesome paint brushes him with slaps, attempting to embarrass the young man.....Awesome finally backs up to the ropes and runs at Hardy with a clothesline.....Hardy manages to move out of the way however and Awesome strikes Cain instead.....

......Cain stumbles backwards and slumps against the ring ropes, and before Awesome can react to his mistake, Jeff kicks him in the back and then drops him with a Twist of Fate....and after being in here for close to 25 minutes, the number one entrant drops to the mat too in sheer exhaustion.....of course that still leaves Gideon Cain up against the ropes, and all of a sudden Lex Luger (bad ribs and all) explodes across the ring, sending Cain tipping right over that top rope with a clothesline, before dropping down to the mat beside Awesome and Hardy......

......Benoit has Copeland in the free corner, hoisted up on his back attempting to power him up and right out of this match, while Bigelow and Sullivan are double teaming Hawk in the opposite corner......












Entrant #15: Road Warrior Animal
Joining: Jeff Hardy (26:00) Lex Luger (22:00) Chris Benoit (14:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (12:00) Road Warrior Hawk (10:00) Adam Copeland (8:00) Mike Awesome (4:00) Kevin Sullivan (2:00)
Eliminated: Gideon Cane (15:04) (by Lex Luger)

.....talk about good luck.....just as all looks lost for Road Warrior Hawk, here comes his partner.....

.....Animal flys into the ring and takes everyone down on his way to help out Hawk.....Benoit and Copeland both eat a double clothesline, before Mike Awesome gets kicked right in the face....and with Luger and Hardy already down on the mat, the coast is clear for Animal to drag Bigelow and Sullivan off Hawk, and an all out war erupts between the Road Warriors and The Forgotten....

.....Hawk has been beaten up pretty badly between the steel chair shot and the Forgotten's double teaming, but he's soon back to his feet, and as Animal turns his attention to Sullivan, Hawk and Bigelow resume their own personal battle that's been raging for the last ten minutes or so.....

.....the rest of the competitors slowly start to pull themselves back to their feet, just as Hawk and Bigelow simultaneously tip over the top rope again.....AGAIN landing on the apron....this time however both of their partners are there, and as the two men jockey for position on the apron, Animal and Sullivan attempt to eliminate their opposites from inside the ring.....













Entrant #16: The Rock
Joining: Jeff Hardy (28:00) Lex Luger (24:00) Chris Benoit (16:00) Bam Bam Bigelow (14:00) Road Warrior Hawk (12:00) Adam Copeland (10:00) Mike Awesome (6:00) Kevin Sullivan (4:00) Road Warrior Animal (2:00)

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

.....and just like that, this Mayhem Match just got a whole lot more electrifying......because THE most electrifying man in sports entertainment is making his way down the aisle.....

.....The Rock gets one hell of an ovation from this crowd as he hits the ring, and instantly starts hitting the competition.....and while most of these men have been in there for at least ten minutes (with Jeff Hardy pushing 30 minutes and Lex Luger not far behind) The Rock is as fresh as a daisy.....Copeland gets decked, Benoit gets levelled, Hardy gets laid out and Luger takes a punch to the face.....The Rock has been in WCW for around two months now, and he STILL has a long list of people that he's never faced.....that list is going to get shorter by the end of tonight......

.....two people he HAS faced however are Bam Bam Bigelow and Kevin Sullivan.....Bammers is currently still struggling on the ring apron with Hawk, while Sully is inside the ring with Animal as the pair attempt to help their respective partners......and since everyone else is down, The Rock walks up behind the tussling foursome, taking both Sully and Animal (who are both half hanging over the top rope) by surprise, as he hoists them both up and over.....Sullivan and Animal both crash to the floor, taking Bigelow and Hawk with them.....The Rock has been in this one less than a minute, and he's already eliminated four men......

......the two Forgotten men and the Road Warriors barely even acknowledge the elimination however.....and they pick right back up where they left off a moment ago, as they brawl all over the arena floor, until Doug Dillinger and his crack team of security guards FINALLY manage to separate them and get them to the back.....as our next entrant makes his way out......














Entrant #17: The Great Muta
Joining: Jeff Hardy (30:00) Lex Luger (26:00) Chris Benoit (18:00) Adam Copeland (12:00) Mike Awesome (8:00) The Rock (2:00)
Eliminated: Bam Bam Bigelow (15:08) (by The Rock)
Eliminated: Road Warrior Hawk (13:08) (by The Rock)
Eliminated: Kevin Sullivan (5:08) (by The Rock)
Eliminated: Road Warrior Animal (3:08) (by The Rock)

.....and while only the most dedicated (Non-Japanese) wrestling fan would know who Toshiaki Kawada was, even the more casual WCW fan should have some semblance of an idea as to who this NJPW star is, after all, The Great Muta was one of the first Japanese wrestlers to achieve a fan base outside of his native Japan, and is certainly no stranger to the WCW rings, having competed here throughout the late 80's and early 90's, capturing the Television and the NWA title along the way.....

......if the Rock was looking to face opponents he had never met before, Muta is certainly on that list, because not only have these two never met, they likely never WOULD have met had The Rock remained in the World Wrestling Federation........they don't QUITE meet up here either...because while they DO circle each other, Mike Awesome pounces at Muta before they have time to lock horns....not that it does him much good....because even though he gets a few shots in, Muta finally blocks it......and they sprays that mist right in the face of the former Gladiator......

......Benoit has resumed his fight with the Titans, and actually has Adam Copeland three quarters of the way over the top rope, leaning over himself in his effort to eliminate the Tag Team Champion......














Entrant #18: Christian Cage
Joining: Jeff Hardy (32:00) Lex Luger (28:00) Chris Benoit (20:00) Adam Copeland (14:00) Mike Awesome (10:00) The Rock (4:00) Great Muta (2:00)

......these Titans aren't ones to play by the rules however.....and as Benoit leans over the top rope in an effort to eliminate Copeland, Christian Cage comes running down the aisle.....he doesn't get in the ring though.....he comes to a halt on the floor in front of Benoit, reaching up and grabbing The Crippler by the hair, and giving him enough of a yank that the man can't hold on....and after twenty long minutes, Chris Benoit is eliminated.....

......Benoit is back to his feet quickly, questioning the validity of that elimination (considering the fact that Cage eliminated him from the outside of the ring before even entering the match)....unfortunately for Benoit it seems like the elimination stands.....and he's not happy.....

.....he grabs hold of Cage and throws him back first into the safety rail, before hitting a series of knife edge chops, until Adam Copeland rolls out under the bottom rope (keeping himself legal in this match) and picks up a steel chair which he crashes across the back of Benoit.....

.....Benoit drops the floor and Cage quickly picks up a second chair, as he and Copeland stand either side of the Crippler, weapons poised, waiting for him to stand.....

.....back inside the ring, Lex Luger is taking a breather in the corner (nursing those ribs) while Mike Awesome and the Rock duke it out in an opposite corner....that just leaves a weary Jeff Hardy and relatively fresh Great Muta to circle each other, and judging by the reaction from the crowd, THEY want to see these two hook it up too......

.....meanwhile (on the outside) Chris Benoit pulls himself up to a kneeling position, but he would have perhaps been better served staying down.....because the moment he's in a suitable position, both men swing hard......


.......Con-Chair-To......


.....and Benoit goes down hard.....

.....again, Doug Dillinger and his team rush out (to keep the Titans from doing any more harm) along with some medical personnel, who take Benoit to the back for treatment, as Copeland and Cage return to the ring and head straight over to Lex Luger......














Entrant #19: Rikishi Fatu
Joining: Jeff Hardy (34:00) Lex Luger (30:00) Adam Copeland (14:00) Mike Awesome (12:00) The Rock (6:00) Great Muta (4:00) Christian Cage (2:00)
Eliminated: Chris Benoit (22:15) (by Christian Cage)

.....here comes a big boy....it's Rikishi Fatu, he's fresh as they come and he goes straight for Mike Awesome.....The Rock has gone over to help out Lex Luger (who was being double teamed by Copeland and Cage) while Hardy and Muta are attempting to outperform each other.....Hardy has been in there since the start, and (in what Tony Schiavone calls a "real career defining performance from this young man right here fans") he doesn't show any signs of slowing down....Hardy and Muta run the ropes, each trying (and failing) to connect with the other as both men use their agility to avoid the other.....Hardy finally catches hold of Muta and whips him into the corner, attempting to follow that up with a one man Poetry in Motion....Muta moves however and Hardy crashes into the turnbuckles.....Muta comes in with an attempted Hamspring Elbow....but Hardy moves and Muta hits the buckles......the two run the ropes again and this time take each other out with simultaneous crossbody's.....and the clock counts down from ten.....
















Entrant #20: Randy Savage
Joining: Jeff Hardy (36:00) Lex Luger (32:00) Adam Copeland (16:00) Mike Awesome (14:00) The Rock (8:00) Great Muta (6:00) Christian Cage (4:00) Rikishi Fatu (2:00)

.....and The Macho Man makes his way out, and he heads straight for Luger too.....the Total Package has taken a lot of punishment here tonight, and even after competing once already this evening he's still out there over thirty minutes later....he's starting to fade though, and as Copeland and Cage attempt to keep The Rock busy, Randy attacks the ribs of Luger with a (funnily enough) Savage intensity.....

......Mike Awesome is doing everything he can to get the immense bulk of Rikishi up and over...that's a lot of Samoan to shift however, and he's not going easily.....fortunately The Rock breaks free of his Titan attackers, and showing that blood can still be thicker than water at times, drives a knee into the back of Awesome, saving his Samoan Brethren......of course, that leaves Copeland and Cage to join Savage in beating the holy hell out of Lex Luger, before the Macho Man tells the duo that it's time to end this and the trio pick Luger up......its time to toss the Total Package......













Entrant #21: Jean Paul Levesque
Joining: Jeff Hardy (38:00) Lex Luger (34:00) Adam Copeland (18:00) Mike Awesome (16:00) The Rock (10:00) Great Muta (8:00) Christian Cage (6:00) Rikishi Fatu (4:00) Randy Savage (2:00)

......or maybe not......

......because here comes Jean Paul Levesque......and he looks seriously p!ssed off.....

......he flys into the ring and goes straight for the Titan Trio, dragging them off Luger and laying into them with right hands.....Schiavone says that you can still see Shawn Michaels blood on the wrist tape of JPL (and he's right) he also informs us that Shawn Michaels has been taken to a local hospital for treatment following the brutal assault at the hands of the Titans of Wrestling earlier this evening.....

......Luger joins in the action.....and runs through Randy Savage with a clothesline (that further aggravates his already damaged ribs) as Levesque launches Adam Copeland up, over, and out of the match, before Irish Whipping Christian Cage straight towards Lex Luger, who tweaks those ribs a little bit more by backdropping Cage over the top and down to the floor, before collapsing to the mat utterly spent......

......Levesque barely misses a beat, and goes straight after Savage, driving him back into the corner and delivering blow after blow to the skull of the man who didn't the most damage to Shawn Michaels.....

.....meanwhile, the rest of the action continues as Hardy and Muta continue their war, while The Rock lays the smackdown on Mike Awesome (while Rikishi's fat ass takes a breather in the corner)......and the clock counts down again.....
















Entrant #22: Masahiro Chono
Joining: Jeff Hardy (40:00) Lex Luger (36:00) Mike Awesome (18:00) The Rock (12:00) Great Muta (10:00) Rikishi Fatu (6:00) Randy Savage (4:00) Jean Paul Levesque (2:00)
Eliminated: Adam Copeland (19:38) (by Jean Paul Levesque)
Eliminated: Christian Cage (7:45) (by Lex Luger)

......and another international star makes his way down to the ring.....and much like his countryman The Great Muta, he's been here before, just not with quite as much exposure.....

......Masahiro Chono has been wrestling on and off in WCW since the early 90's, with his first major appearance coming at the June 1991's Clash of the Champions, when he teamed up with Hiroshi Hase to (unsuccessfully) challenge the Steiner Brothers for the IWGP Tag Team Titles.....Chono captured the NWA World Title in the tail end of 1992, returning to WCW to defend it at both the Halloween Havoc and Starrcade events of that same year.....

......Chono heads straight over to where Hardy and Muta are going at it, joining his fellow countryman in laying the shots into Jeff.....

......Levesque and Savage are in the process of trying to rip each other's heads off, and are so intent in causing damage to each other that they eventually tumble through the middle ropes and down to the outside, where they continue to lay into each other.....Heenan obviously missed that, questioning whether or not these two men were eliminated, but Schiavone assures him (and the viewing audience) that both Savage and Levesque are still legal.....

......with The Rock and Mike Awesome pre-occupied, Rikishi decides that he's going to have a pop at eliminating Lex Luger (proving that there are no friends in this Mayhem Match) while Jeff Hardy does his best to continue to fend off the threat from the Far East.....there are plenty of bodies still in this one, and we're about to get another......

















Entrant #23: Mortis
Joining: Jeff Hardy (42:00) Lex Luger (38:00) Mike Awesome (20:00) The Rock (14:00) Great Muta (12:00) Rikishi Fatu (8:00) Randy Savage (6:00) Jean Paul Levesque (4:00) Masahiro Chono (2:00)

......and if things are bad for Jeff Hardy now (getting double teamed by Muta and Chono) they're about to get a whole lot worse.....because his long time enemy Mortis is making his way out.....

......Mortis (rather predictably) heads straight over to Hardy as soon as he enters the ring......UN-predictably however, he drags Chono off his rival, before laying out Muta with a right hand.....Schiavone is shocked at this, but as Brain points out, James Vandenberg has promised that his men will not lay one hair on Jeff Hardy's head as long as he is still alive in the WCW Cruiserweight Title tournament.....Dusty says that if Jeff Hardy keeps this up (forty minutes plus and counting) wins the whole thing, and goes onto Starrcade to Challenge Hollywood Hogan, then the Cruiserweight Title may become an afterthought.....

......Hardy stares at Mortis for a moment, unsure as to what is happening here, before Mortis turns away and continues brawling with Chono, leaving Hardy to return to his war with Muta.....The Rock continues his fight with Awesome, who tries to catch Rocky in a Chokeslam....Rock slips out of that, lands behind Awesome....and drops him with a DDT, before positioning his fallen body for the People's Elbow.....Lex Luger attempts to backdrop the immense girth of Rikishi over the top rope, but Lex has been in here a long, long time too, and his bad back/ribs won't allow him to get the big man up......

......Levesque and Savage are still on the outside....Macho is always the figure of intensity, but it's Levesque that has a look of Madness in his eyes after watching the life blood pouring from the head of his best friend earlier in the evening.....he drives Randy Savage's skull into the steel ringpost a number of times, before whipping him hard into the crowd rail as the clock begins to count down..........













Entrant #24: The Warrior
Joining: Jeff Hardy (44:00) Lex Luger (40:00) Mike Awesome (22:00) The Rock (16:00) Great Muta (14:00) Rikishi Fatu (10:00) Randy Savage (8:00) Jean Paul Levesque (6:00) Masahiro Chono (4:00) Mortis (2:00)

.......and it's yet ANOTHER Titan of Wrestling.....it's The Warrior.......

.......Warrior is in no rush however (despite the fact that Randy Savage is getting brutalised as we speak) and in a far cry from his Pre-Titan days, he slowly walks down the aisle towards the ring.....so slowly in fact, that Levesque see's him coming.....and steps right over Savage to run up the aisle to meet Warrior head on.......and it IS on.......as these two go right at it in the aisleway.....

.......the action inside the ring continues, but with so much going on on the outside, no one is really paying attention to it....after all, JPL is currently attempting to remove the facepaint of the Warrior by dragging his skull across the floor......

.......Savage groggily gets back to his feet and stumbles up the aisle to help out his team mate, but Levesque is still enraged.....so enraged that he barely feels the blow to the back by Macho, but he still turns around, driving a knee into the midsection of the multi-time World Champion, and beating him all the way back down to ringside......

......Warrior finally follows, and he picks up a camera cable along the way, reaching up and wrapping it around the throat of Levesque.....and much like earlier this evening (when The Warrior held onto JPL, forcing him to watch his friend getting destroyed) he holds him here for the Macho Man to take some free shots......things look pretty bad for Jean Paul Levesque......























Entrant #25: Sid Vicious
Joining: Jeff Hardy (46:00) Lex Luger (42:00) Mike Awesome (24:00) The Rock (18:00) Great Muta (16:00) Rikishi Fatu (12:00) Randy Savage (10:00) Jean Paul Levesque (8:00) Masahiro Chono (6:00) Mortis (4:00) The Warrior (2:00)

......well.......

......Eric Bischoff did say that this Mayhem Match was open to ANYBODY.....looks like the former Psycho (and current Vicious) Sid took him up on the offer......

(this is actually part of the reason for the M$C victory at the Survivor Series....and I say "part" because there is still a little bit more to that particular story.....Big Sid has not been a happy Psycho since the day Arn Anderson and Ric Flair put pen to paper on a WWF contract, and actually asked for his release about two weeks away from Survivor Series.......I figured that was this a real life setting, Sid would at least agree to work the Pay Per View if he was granted his release, so while his "in game" request was denied, I edited his contract to reflect his release.....and made him put Rich Steiner over on his way out of the door)

.......the crowd pops huge for Sid (as they always do) and the Big Man walks down the aisle bumping fists with the fans, before he comes to a halt in front of the Warrior/Savage assault of JPL.....and Sid has no allegiance to anyone, he's just here to make an impression.....which is why he decks Savage......smacks the Warrior square in the facepaint......and just for the hell of it, plants Jean Paul Levesque too......

......Sid steps over the top rope and into the fray.....and there are a LOT of bodies in there for him to make his mark on.....

......he makes an immediate impact when he comes face to face with Mike Awesome....the best big man in the business? Yeah, Sid Vicious might have something to say about that......Awesome goes straight for the near seven footer, and he does get some good blows in but eventually Sid catches him with a hand around the throat.....he doesn't go for the Chokeslam however....instead he forces Awesome backwards by the throat, all the way up to the ropes, before shoving Awesome with such force that Missy's Man is lifted right off his feet as he tumbles backwards 180 degrees over the top rope and down to the floor......

......Rikishi makes his move, looking to eliminate the biggest man in the ring, but Sid shows his immense strength, powering Big 'Kishi straight up over the top and right down on the floor beside Awesome......and that MUST be about two minutes passed by now.......

















Entrant #26: Ultimo Dragon
Joining: Jeff Hardy (48:00) Lex Luger (44:00) The Rock (20:00) Great Muta (18:00) Randy Savage (12:00) Jean Paul Levesque (10:00) Masahiro Chono (8:00) Mortis (6:00) The Warrior (4:00) Sid Vicious (2:00)
Eliminated: Mike Awesome (25:28) (by Sid Vicious)
Eliminated: Rikishi Fatu (13:44) (by Sid Vicious)

......and from one surprise entrant we go to another.....although this one doesn't have quite the same impact, as it's the (much) lesser known Ultimo Dragon.....and it's another Japanese athlete....with somewhat of a Mexican twist.....Dragon may have started his career in his native Japan, but he's actually spent longer wrestling for CMLL in Mexico than he ever did in NJPW (where he got his start) and even coined his ring name from the Spanish term for "last dragon" after (falsely) claiming to be the last student of Bruce Lee......

......Dragon is another one night loan, this time from CMLL, where Ultimo is one half of the current CMLL Tag Team Champions (along with Hector Garza) and it would be one hell of a feather in his cap to walk Into the biggest event on the WCW Calendar......but perhaps going straight after the Rock isn't the best idea......

......the same could be said for his countrymen.....because Masahiro Chono and The Great Muta are still very much in this as they battle it out with Mortis and Jeff Hardy....but how much more can Jeff Hardy have left in the tank after coming in at number one and lasting almost fifty minutes already? Enough to eliminate Chono apparently.....because as Chono sends Hardy into the corner, Jeff uses his momentum to hop, step and jump his way up to the top rope, before hurling his body back into the ring and catching Masa right between the eyes with his foot in a move dubbed the "Whisper in the Wind"......Chono has to use the ropes to get back to his feet, Hardy rushes him and hits him with a Clothesline that sends the NJPW star sailing to the outside.....

.......The Mega Maniac pairing of Savage and The Warrior roll back into the ring, followed slowly by Jean Paul Levesque.....and the Levesque and Savage resume their bitter battle, while the Warrior (who obviously took exception to Sid placing his hands on him) marches straight over to WCW's newest signee.......

















Entrant #27: Big Van Vader
Joining: Jeff Hardy (50:00) Lex Luger (46:00) The Rock (22:00) Great Muta (20:00) Randy Savage (14:00) Jean Paul Levesque (12:00) Mortis (8:00) The Warrior (6:00) Sid Vicious (4:00) Ultimo Dragon (2:00)
Eliminated: Masahiro Chono (9:33) (by Jeff Hardy)

......talk about the luck of the draw for this mass of man that's walking out right now.....because number 27 is The Forgotten's own Big Van Vader......and after drawing such a late number, it may well be Vader Time......

......Vader marches right into the ring, and he's only got eyes for The Rock.....unfortunately for Ultimo Dragon, that means he's in the way, because it's Dragon who has The Great One's attention at the minute......

......Vader shoves Mortis to one side as he heads over to where his nemesis is fighting, grabs Dragon by the scruff of the neck.....and tosses him straight over the top rope.....

......Rocky comes straight for Vader, but Vader is fresh (or as fresh as he can be given his size) and he takes every blow the Rock has, before driving him into the corner with stiff blows of his own, clubbing him in the corner, backing up.....and crushing The Rock against the turnbuckles with a Running Splash.....

.......Vader turns around, arms raised, screaming out a loud "who's the man" at the crowd before staring at the two men in front of him, Jeff Hardy and Mortis, and Mortis doesn't waste a minute......

.......in sacrificing Jeff Hardy......

......because he simply whips Hardy into the waiting arms of Vader, who presses the weary youngster high over head, before dumping him unceremoniously down to the floor.....and after close to an hour, Jeff Hardy has been eliminated, thanks in part.....to Mortis......who quickly fades into the background (out of Vader's way) as the Forgotten man turns his attention back to the Rock......

.......meanwhile, The Great Muta has turned his attention to the utterly spent Lex Luger.....Jean Paul Levesque has the throat of Randy Savage draped over the second rope (and is hoping to choke the life out of Macho as he forces all of his weight down onto the back of Savage).....and then there is Warrior and Sid, going nose to nose right in the middle of it all.....















Entrant #28: Ray Traylor
Joining: Lex Luger (48:00) The Rock (24:00) Great Muta (22:00) Randy Savage (16:00) Jean Paul Levesque (14:00) Mortis (10:00) The Warrior (8:00) Sid Vicious (6:00) Big Van Vader (2:00)
Eliminated: Ultimo Dragon (2:26) (by Big Van Vader)
Eliminated: Jeff Hardy (51:40) (by Big Van Vader)

.....the final Titan of the evening is also the final member of the Totally Awesome Trinity.....it's The Enforcer, Ray Traylor.....

.....Traylor hits the ring, and drives a fist into the face of Levesque to save the Macho Man from being garrotted by the ring rope......

.....Sid is laughing in the face of the Warrior, asking him "what you gonna do big boy?" before unleashing a big Sid right hand......a fist fight ensues.....

......Mortis (who's spent a good portion of the match trying to eliminate the Great Muta, has now joined forces with him, as the pair try to eliminate a valiant Lex Luger, who fifty minutes into this match has the same glazed over look in his eyes that Bob Backlund had towards the end of the 1993 Royal Rumble......

......and then there's Rock.....and Vader.....and a whole lot of bad blood as Big Van Vader looks to shut the Rock up permanently.....easier said that done though.....and with the people cheering his name, the Rock begins to show Vader exactly why Kevin Sullivan and Bam Bam Bigelow have already tasted defeat at the hands of the Great One.....

......he finally moves out of the way of a charging Vader, who crashes into the turnbuckles....Rock lets loose with a series of punches before rearing back with his arm and delivering a right hand that leaves Vader propped up against the ropes and in prime position to eliminate......

......Rocky punches.....punches.....and punches again.....before backing up and running at the opposite ropes to gain some momentum......

......and that's when a steel chair gets crashed across his back.....
















....courtesy of the United States Champion Eddie Guerrero.....

....Guerrero isn't in this match....but as The Rock drops to his knees on the mat, he IS directly responsible for his elimination.....because Vader quickly seizes his opportunity, and he Powerbombs the kneeling Rock straight into the mat, picks him back up......and tosses him out to the floor, where Guerrero drops to his knees and shoves the United States Championship into the face of the downed Rock, telling him that it looks like the only one of them that's going to be in a title match at Starrcade [i]"is the Papi of Perfection and United States Champion....Eddie Guerrero esŤ" slapping the Rock around the back of the head and walking off to the back......

















Entrant #29: The Giant
Joining: Lex Luger (50:00) Great Muta (24:00) Randy Savage (18:00) Jean Paul Levesque (16:00) Mortis (12:00) The Warrior (10:00) Sid Vicious (8:00) Big Van Vader (4:00) Ray Traylor (2:00)
Eliminated: The Rock (25:19) (by Big Van Vader)

......well, the Giant didn't quite draw the perfect number, but goddamn if he didn't come close.....the penultimate entrant here tonight is the biggest man in the match...the company......and (as Tony Schiavone rather ridiculously exaggerates) "the World".....

.....he stalks his way slowly down the aisle, sidestepping The Rock who is still on the arena floor, with Vader leaning over the top rope, reminding the groggy Rock that he's "the man".....he perhaps should have done less showboating however and concentrated on the match, because JPL manages to slip away from Savage and Traylor for a second, turns around into Vader.....and tips the big b@stard right over the top rope from behind.....

......one giant of a man exits, one GIANT enters.....as THE Giant steps over the top rope and into the ring, dropping Levesque with a headbutt......Savage is all over that, and instantly pounces on JPL, leaving Traylor free to help out the Warrior in his battle width Sid.....

......Muta and Mortis are still battling Luger....Giant isn't waiting however, and much as Vader did with Ultimo Dragon earlier tonight, he grabs BOTH men around the throats, and eliminates Muta and Mortis simultaneously......before standing over an utterly spent Lex Luger.....

......Sid nails Traylor with a Big Boot, that sends The Enforcer rolling to the floor, before turning his attention back to the Warrior, and once again the two men begin exchanging blows, eventually finding themselves up against the ropes......

......that's when Traylor hops back up onto the apron, nightstick in hand, reaches over the head of Sid, and uses the weapon like a garrotte, pulling back with all his strength.....and being nearly seven feet tall, means that the big man doesn't have the best centre of gravity, so while Traylor pulls the top half of Sid's back by the neck, Warrior tips up the legs.....and like a seven foot seesaw, Sid topples all the way over the top and down to the floor.......he's outta there.....and we are ten seconds away from our final entrant......


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Entrant #30: Eric Bischoff?
Joining: Lex Luger (52:00) Randy Savage (20:00) Jean Paul Levesque (18:00) The Warrior (12:00) Ray Traylor (4:00) The Giant (2:00)
Eliminated: Big Van Vader (4:36) (by Jean Paul Levesque)
Eliminated: Great Muta (24:54) (by The Giant)
Eliminated: Mortis (12:54) (by The Giant)
Eliminated: Sid Vicious (9:47) (by The Warrior & Ray Traylor)

.....wait what? Eric Bischoff?......surely not......

....although as Bischoff makes his way out (and all the action within the ring grinds to a halt as everyone turns to stare at this sight) he doesn't actually make his way down the aisle, instead he comes to a halt underneath the Turnertron, pointing up to the big screen with that sh!t eating grin on his face.....

.....the screen flickers to life and it shows a replay of Eric Bischoff's announcement from a few weeks back, stating that ANYONE would be permitted entry into the Mayhem Match, be they a WCW employee or otherwise.....all they have to do is sign a contract....win Mayhem.....and that Starrcade Title Shot is theirs.......

......the scene switches to a shot of Eric Bischoff in the back, with the words "Earlier Today" in the corner of the screen.....it's a shot of Eric Bischoff, but although he is the only person in shot, he's clearly not the only person in the room.....Bischoff tells the mystery man that all he has to do is sign on the dotted line......pick his number......and he will be in the Mayhem Match......and IF he wins Mayhem, this contract here will guarantee him a shot at the WCW Championship at Starrcade, no matter WHO the Champion is.....

......Eric hands the contract over to whoever is out of shot, and after watching with a big smile, he positively beams when the contract is handed back......with a signature at the bottom of it.....

.....and suddenly the crowd erupts.....



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.....because there is a familiar looking face rappelling down from the rafters.....















Entrant #30: Sting
Joining: Lex Luger (52:00) Randy Savage (20:00) Jean Paul Levesque (18:00) The Warrior (12:00) Ray Traylor (4:00) The Giant (2:00)

......and that familiar face is painted black and white......


......it's Sting!.....


......Tony Schiavone practically wets himself live on air he's that excited.....and as Sting lands on the arena floor behind all the action, the people inside the ring have no idea just who that number thirty entrant is.......but they soon find out......because Sting climbs into the ring and lets out a loud "Owwwwwww".....a sound that Schiavone says we haven't heard for a long, long time from this mute warrior.......

.......speaking of Warrior's, it's The Warrior who is the last man to turn around......as Traylor, The Giant, and Randy Savage all snap their heads around to see Sting stood there......Levesque could care less, he just wants Savage, and he tackles The Macho Man to the mat as they resume their bitter war, while Lex Luger just allows himself a weary smile......

.......Traylor acts first (he's The Enforcer of the Titans after all) and he charges at Sting only to be met by a barrage of punches and kicks......before Sting finally tosses him over the top rope.....


Eliminated: Ray Traylor (6:28) (by Sting)


.....while JPL and Randy Savages single-mindedness in battling each other comes back to haunt them, because as the two scratch and claw their way over to one side of the ring (tangling themselves up by the ropes) Sting takes a few steps over and dumps BOTH men over the top and to the floor......


Eliminated: Randy Savage (23:58) (by Sting)
Eliminated: Jean Paul Levesque (21:58) (by Sting)




The Final Four

.......and as Doug Dillinger and his motley crew are once again called into action to separate Jean Paul Levesque and Randy Savage, we are down to the final four.....Lex Luger (who is rapidly closing in on one hour total match time) The Giant, The Warrior......and Sting.....

.......Giant and Warrior form an uneasy alliance as the two sides face off, while an utterly spent Lex Luger stands by the side of his longtime friend with an exhausted smile on his face, clearly happy to see Sting back where he belongs (out of the rafters and back in the ring) before the action starts......

.......Giant most definitely wants a piece of Sting, but first he wants to finish his destruction of Lex Luger, defeating him in singles action AND eliminating him from the Mayhem Match....and there's a good chance that he will too....after all, he's been in this match for five minutes compared to Lugers fifty five....and as the two men clash, he batters Luger all the way back into the corner......

.......with all that action going on around them, Sting and Warrior haven't moved an inch.....both men are staring eye to eye in the middle of the ring, both blank faced, both missing the bright neon colours that they were once famous for, replaced by a world of black and white.....and while Sting's downward spiral began with the formation of the Titans of Wrestling, it was The Warrior's final betrayal that finally broke the man from Venice Beach and bought us to tonight.....and after a tense (and silent) stare down (after all, neither man does a great deal of talking anymore) the Warrior swings a big clubbing blow at is former tag team partner.....which Sting blocks......and absolutely unloads with months of pent up aggression, hammering the hapless Warrior back into the corner, before Irish Whipping him across the ring to the opposite corner, and letting fly with a big Stinger Splash.......

......meanwhile Lex Luger has found a deep reserve of energy, and he's striking back at the Giant rocking him with right hands, before going back to the move that should have won him the match earlier this evening, the Running Forearm......he hits the Giant with two that stagger him backwards......a third that leaves him propped up against the ropes......before charging with a fourth that SHOULD have sent the Giant tumbling to the floor.......but it didn't.....because after fifty seven minutes and thirty three seconds Lex Luger is simply too slow and too exhausted to stop himself from running right into the Giants huge hand, which wraps around his throat, lifts him up, and tosses him over the top rope and out to the floor........it was a Champions effort from Luger here tonight, but it's all over for him now......much as it is for The Warrior.......because as he staggers out of the corner following that Stinger Splash, he gets clotheslined over the top rope by Sting......and then there were two......


Eliminated: Lex Luger (57:33) (by The Giant)
Eliminated: The Warrior (17:34) (by Sting)


......and they're the freshest two.....numbers 29 and 30.....The Giant and Sting......

......Giant is quick to taunt the Stinger, telling him that he's beat his little buddy Lex Luger twice tonight, squashing Sting like the bug that he is won't take longer that thirty seconds......it's difficult to intimidate someone who's been lurking in the rafters for months though, and Sting just beats his chest and let's out another loud "Owwwwwww".......

.......Giant makes the first move, coming towards Sting, but the Stinger ducks a right hand and delivers a series of kicks that drives Giant back towards the corner.....Sting backs up and charges, letting loose with another Stinger Splash.......and a second......and a third......

.......he goes for a fourth, but that's one too many.....and Giant plucks him out of midair, wrapping his hand around his throat.....

.......Giant spins Sting around and slams him into the corner (with his hand still around his throat) screaming in his face that he should have stayed in the rafters.....he should have stayed gone......and he should have stayed out of the Giants business.....before rocking Sting with powerful clubbing blows, before tossing the man halfway across the ring......

........the seven footer walks over to where Sting lays and places one foot on his chest, stepping right on the man with all his weight, before throwing that hand up in the air.....it's Chokeslam time......

........Giant drags Sting back to his feet and wraps his hand around his throat, hoisting him high up into the air.....

.......somehow Sting is able to reverse the momentum however, landing behind his opponent.....and drops him with that Scorpion Death Drop inverted DDT.......

.......Giant is slow to his feet (using the ropes in the corner for support) and Sting suddenly comes flying across the ring with another Stinger Splash that drives Giant chest first into the turnbuckles......Sting backs up.....beats his chest......and begins to try and lift the big tree trunk legs of the Giant up......

........Giant has been knocked silly by that Stinger Splash, but that just means it's almost 500lbs of deadweight to get up over the top rope......but with the crowd cheering like mad (and Tony Schiavone having an orgasm live on air) Sting lifts......and lifts......and lifts some more.....and with one final massive shove, he sends the Giant tumbling right over the top and down to the floor.......


Eliminated: The Giant (11:16) (by Sting)


......and Sting drops to the mat.....exhausted by the sheer exertion of getting the Giant up and over......exhausted.....but heading to Starrcade.....


Winner: Sting
Rating: B+

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......heading to Starrcade to face this man.....the WCW Champion, Hollywood Hogan.....who comes walking out from the back with a look of disbelief on his face.....he stands on the entrance way, but he clearly doesn't look happy......he thought he'd done with Sting months ago, when Sting lost the opportunity to challenge for the World Title......he definitely thought he was rid of Sting six days ago, when Vince Russo fired him live on Nitro......and yet here he is, a month away from the biggest event of the year.......and his opponent, in the main event of Starrcade......is Sting.......

......and as the show comes to a close the crowd goes wild as the two men stare each other down.....Hogan on the entrance ramp.....Sting in the ring.......you can't miss Nitro tomorrow night fans......we'll see you there......

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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Order of Entry

1) Jeff Hardy
2) Barbarian
3) Meng
4) Lex Luger
5) Konnan
6) Toshiaki Kawada
7) Gideon Cain
8) Chris Benoit
9) Bam Bam Bigelow
10) Road Warrior Hawk
11) Adam Copeland
12) Buff Bagwell
13) Mike Awesome
14) Kevin Sullivan
15) Road Warrior Animal
16) The Rock
17) Great Muta
18) Christian Cage
19) Rikishi Fatu
20) Randy Savage
21) Jean Paul Levesque
22) Masahiro Chono
23) Mortis
24) The Warrior
25) Sid Vicious
26) Ultimo Dragon
27) Vader
28) Ray Traylor
29) Giant
30) Sting

Order of Elimination

01) The Barbarian (by Lex Luger)
02) Meng (by Lex Luger)
03) Toshiaki Kawada (by Bam Bam Bigelow)
04) Konnan (by Jeff Hardy)
05) Buff Bagwell (by Lex Luger)
06) Gideon Cain (by Lex Luger)
07) Bam Bam Bigelow (by The Rock)
08) Road Warrior Hawk (by The Rock)
09) Kevin Sullivan (by The Rock)
10) Road Warrior Animal (by The Rock)
11) Chris Benoit (by Christian Cage)
12) Adam Copeland (by Jean Paul Levesque)
13) Christian Cage (by Lex Luger)
14) Mike Awesome (by Sid Vicious)
15) Rikishi Fatu (by Sid Vicious)
16) Masahiro Chono (by Jeff Hardy)
17) Ultimo Dragon (by Big Van Vader)
18) Jeff Hardy (by Big Van Vader)
19) The Rock (by Big Van Vader)
20) Big Van Vader (by Jean Paul Levesque)
21) The Great Muta (by The Giant)
22) Mortis (by The Giant)
23) Sid Vicious (by The Warrior & Ray Traylor)
24) Ray Traylor (by Sting)
25) Randy Savage (by Sting)
26) Jean Paul Levesque (by Sting)
27) Lex Luger (by The Giant)
28) The Warrior (by Sting)
29) The Giant (by Sting)

Winner: Sting

Most Eliminations

1) Lex Luger (x5)
1) Sting (x5)
2) The Rock (x4)
3) Big Van Vader (x3)
3) The Giant (x3)

Iron Man

1) Lex Luger (57:33)
2) Jeff Hardy (51:40)

Shortest Time

1) Buff Bagwell (1:54)
2) Ultimo Dragon (2:26)

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