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Week 2, February 1998
Breslin Center (East Lansing, Michigan)
ATT: 14,708
TV: 28.88
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Dusty Rhodes and Larry Zbyszko


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It's Thursday Night.....it's the new tradition on TBS.....it's WCW Thunder.....and we're on the air.....

.....we're starting a little differently here tonight (no, not with a match....hush) because while we would usually be seeing The Titans of Wrestling about now.....Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque.....maybe a Sting.....a Lex Luger.....The Rock? We WOULD usually get that.....instead, we get the public face of the Championship Committee.....

.....Eric Bischoff.....

.....Bischoff makes his way out and he does NOT look as though he's in the best of mood.....he grabs a microphone, telling the crowd that he's man enough to admit it when he makes a mistake.....

".....and as far as Shawn Michaels and Randy Savages number one contenders match at SuperBrawl goes.....

.....I made a mistake.....

.....see stupidly I believed that taking that match, placing it inside a steel cage and THEN putting a roof on that cage, would ensure that we had a clean contest with NO outside interference.....clearly I was expecting too much though, because I didn't think I'd have to account for people coming THROUGH the ring itself....."


.....Bischoff says that if people are going to be going to such ridiculous lengths as tearing through the canvas to get inside that steel cage, then he's clearly going to have to go one step further.....

".....because make no mistake, considering that this IS a number one contenders match, I don't want ANYONE influencing the result of the match.....

.....so.....

.....we have Shawn Michaels.....we have Randy Savage.....we have a steel cage surrounding the ring.....we have a roof on the top.....now since we can't do anything as overdramatic as having a cage on the mat, we're going to have to improvise a little bit.....so we're going to take that steel cage and we are going to expand it a little bit.....instead of enclosing the ring, it's going to enclose the entire ringside area.....AND it's still going to have a roof.....AND the officials are going to check underneath that ring before the match begins.....

.....there will be NO outside interference in this match.....don't make me have to add a shark filled moat out here people....."














.....sounds like we are basically getting a Hell in a Cell match upcoming at SuperBrawl.....but why is Sting making his way out?.....

.....I'll tell you why (since it would be a pretty dull diary if I didn't) it's because of one man.....and surprisingly it's NOT the Warrior.....Sting says that he has The Warrior at SuperBrawl, so tonight, he wants the stooge.....he wants the man who held him in position for the Warrior's assault this past Monday.....

.....he wants Adam Copeland.....

.....Sting tells Bischoff that he knows that the so-called 'Totally Awesome Trinity' are here this evening (in fact, he knows Buff Bagwell is here too) but he doesn't need a cage tonight, because if ANY other Titan gets involved in that match, he has a baseball bat ready and waiting.....










.....which brings Copeland (and Cage) out from the back, to tell Sting that this match is totally NOT going to happen.....

.....the pair climb into the ring, with Copeland telling Sting that he doesn't get to make matches for the Titans.....

".....and YOU Bischoff, after booking us in that totally heinous dog-collar match at Souled Out, YOU don't get to book us in any matches either.....the REAL man with a plan around here (our totally awesome boss) Vince Russo might not be here in person, but he already has the show planned.....you have a main event already and that's going to be the Chode Warriors Hawk and Animal, against Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque....."

.....Cage agrees with his partner, telling Sting to go shimmy back up into the rafters, because tonight, the Totally Awesome Two have the night off.....

".....and there's nothing you can do about it Mr. Championship Committee....."

.....Sting says that Copeland and Cage seem to be having a LOT of nights off at the moment, mainly because they keep running away from the possibility of a fight with the Forgotten.....but they....or rather, HE (with 'he' being Adam Copeland) WILL be facing Sting tonight.....and Eric Bischoff is going to make it happen.....

.....Bischoff looks pained to say it, but he actually agrees with Copeland, telling Sting that while he CAN make matches in the absence of Vince Russo (on evenings such as this) but the match schedule has already been arranged.....

.....Sting isn't taking no for an answer though, telling Bischoff that he can go and take any ticket from any of these great WCW fans in the crowd and they will all say the same thing.....

".....and that's 'card is subject to change'.....things happen Eric.....things change.....matches change.....and I'm sure that these fans aren't going to mind when YOU.....the public face of the Championship Committee makes the match.....Adam Copeland vs. Sting.....

.....with the WCW Championship on the line....."


.....the crowd do pop for that, after all, who doesn't like an unscheduled Championship Match.....and since it IS a proposed title match, Eric Bischoff is WELL within his rights to make the match.....

.....so that's exactly what he does.....

.....we're still going to have The Road Warriors facing Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque, but that's now going to be our SEMI main event, because in our main event is going to be Adam Copeland getting his first ever World Championship opportunity.....

.....and in all honesty, he doesn't look too thrilled about it.....

.....let's have a match.....

Rating: A*

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.....and it's a continuation of the current feud between Team USA and The Sovereignty.....America vs. Britain.....Old Glory vs. The Union Jack.....it's The Patriot, facing off against His Lordship, Steven Regal.....

.....Steven Regal has been involved in some surprisingly well received matches as of late, in particular a tag team affair with Lance Storm, which saw the two heads of state defeat The Road Warriors in what was the match of the night a few weeks back on Nitro.....

.....this match wasn't at that standard, but it was still pretty damn good.....

.....Regal is a bit of a maintenance player on the roster.....he can go in there against the big stars like Hawk and Animal (who are still even at their advancing ages on the cusp of the main event) and not look out of place, or he can step in the ring with the lower tier stars and elevate them enough during the match that even what 'could' be perceived as a squash match looks competitive.....

.....then there are matches like this.....matches where he SHOULD be winning.....but he doesn't......and it really doesn't hurt his momentum at all, because win, lose or draw he goes out there and puts on a mechanically good match.....

.....Patriot isn't quite the name he was a few years back as a member of Stars and Stripes, a few years away from the American audience saw his stock diminish quite a bit actually.....wins like this will likely see him move back up the card, although he did only win with a roll up out of nowhere.....

Winner: The Patriot
Rating: B-

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.....if Regal was considering some kind of revenge assault for that loss (because he really wasn't happy in the aisle-way, calling The Patriot a "bloody cheating yank") he soon changed his mind when Mike Tenay made his way out.....

.....probably because Mike Tenay didn't come alone.....he bought The Road Warriors, Jim Duggan, Lex Luger and DDP with him.....and if a victory over Regal didn't give the Patriot a little jolt up the ladder, sharing the ring with these men certainly will.....

.....Tenay says that Team USA made the challenge(s) and he can tell us that The Sovereignty have accepted.....at SuperBrawl we will see Steven Regal, the Blue Bloods and The Amazing French Canadians facing The Road Warriors, Jim Duggan, Lex Luger and Diamond Dallas Page, in a HUGE ten man tag match.....but as well as that we will also be seeing the Patriot in one on one action, facing the man that started this whole thing.....Lance Storm.....

.....there's a lot of patriotic talk from these men here, with all six men keen to step between the ropes with their opponents at SuperBrawl (although DDP becomes uncharacteristically tight lipped when questioned as the the allegiances of his one time partner Chris Benoit) but that doesn't mean that Hawk and Animal are looking past their opponents tonight.....

.....Tenay that they're going to beat Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque like they're Canadians tonight.....they say that Michaels and JPL don't only see fit to mock and ridicule WCW, but Monday night they even saw fit to mock the USA (donned in their Uncle Sam suits) and then saw fit to get in the faces of the Road Warriors.....

".....BIG MISTAKE.....NOT YOUR BIGGEST.....YOUR BIGGEST WAS AGREEING TO THIS MATCH TONIGHT.....YOU TWO MIGHT THINK YOU'RE PRETTY FUNNY GUYS.....WELL ME AND ANIMAL, WE'RE PRETTY FUNNY GUYS TOO.....JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO, ANIMAL TOLD ME WHAT HE WAS PLANNING TO DO TO JEAN PAUL LEVESQUE AND WE JUST LAUGHED AND LAUGHED AND LAUGHED.....THEN I TOLD ANIMAL WHAT I'M GOING TO DO TO SHAWN MICHAELS AND HE LAUGHED SO HARD THAT TEARS ROLLED DOWN HIS FACE.....JUST LIKE SHAWN MICHAELS EYEBALLS ARE GOING TO BE ROLLING DOWN HIS FACE, WHEN I SQUEEZE HIS HEAD SO HARD THAT THEY POP LIKE PIMPLES....."

.....the Patriot rounds the promo out, promising that at SuperBrawl, Lance Storm is going to either love America, or leave it.....because the Patriot is going to hurt him so badly that he's going to be running back to Canada with his tail tucked between his legs.....

.....yawn.....

.....whatever, Patriot isn't a great promo.....this American crowd don't care though, and as Hacksaw leads them in a loud "USA" chant, we go to commercial.....

Rating: B+

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.....it's time for Cruiserweight action now, as the Ultimo Dragon makes (I believe) his television debut for the company.....

.....Dragon made his official WCW back in November, as a participant in the Mayhem Match, while still officially under contract with CMLL.....he was bought over in part of what WAS a brief working relationship between the two companies, but Vinnie Ru don't like sharing, so he's severed those ties and secured a written (exclusive) deal with Ultimo.....

.....it's going to take a while to get Dragon up the card.....he's a big star north of the boarder, but in terms of worldwide television exposure (which is what WCW caters to) his opponent here tonight is actually the bigger name.....and since his opponent is relative rookie Kid Kash that should tell you something about where Dragon is.....

.....with that being said, the actual match quality (if not the crowd reaction) here was very good.....what Kash lacks in experience he makes up for with charisma, while Dragon is very good at what he does.....

.....and what he does here, is win.....

.....Kid Kash (as I've said before) has all the tools to become Cruiserweight Champion somewhere down the line, but tonight his job was to put the Dragon over on his debut, which he did, going down to the Dragon Sleeper in the middle of the ring.....

Winner: Ultimo Dragon
Rating: C

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.....from the Cruiserweight action we head over to the Champion of that division.....or rather, to the mouthpiece of the Champion of that division, as we go to what looks to be the Vestibule of Vandenberg.....WCW Cruiserweight Champion Hayabusa is there (inside this candlelit location) along with a praying Jinsei Shinzaki, Mortis, and finally the Minister to this Sinister bunch, James Vandenberg.....

.....Vandenberg states that he wants to take this opportunity to clear up any misconceptions regarding HIS Cruiserweight Champion Hayabusa and his upcoming title defence

".....you see, I've heard rumblings on the grapevine that my Hayabusa was trying to avoid defending MY Cruiserweight Championship against Juventud Guerrera, when in all honesty (and I'm nothing if not an honest man) nothing could be further from the truth.....Juventud Guerrera was simply a victim of his own arrogance....."

.....Vandenberg says that Juventud Guerrera arrogantly believed that he would simply be HANDED an opportunity at the Cruiserweight Title.....Juventud Guerrera believed that one little victory ensured him a shot at the Cleansed Championship.....

.....Juventud Guerrera was wrong.....

.....Vandenberg claims that had Guerrera simply waited, his day of reckoning would have come, Hayabusa was content to face one and all in turn, but now Guerrera has unleashed the beast and willingly moved to the front of the line.....a willing sacrifice to the cause.....

".....so be it.....another of the reckless youth shall be purged from the Cruiserweight Division.....because just as Jeff Hardy before him, Juventud Guerrera shall be struck down.....felled.....by a Falcon Arrow....."

.....with that, Vandenberg begins to cackle an evil little laugh.....as we go back down to ringside.....

Rating: B-

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.....where Mike Tenay is standing on the entrance ramp, waiting to welcome his guest this evening, the man who will be facing Curt Hennig in just a few weeks at SuperBrawl......The Rock.....

.....Ricky's music hits and the crowd erupts as the Great One himself comes marching out from the back with a look of sheer determination on his face.....

.....he doesn't break stride as he struts down the aisle towards a waiting Mike Tenay, before snatching the microphone from the hands of the bewildered announcer and carrying on towards the ring, telling Tenay that.....

".....Mike Tenay, this is The Rock's night, The Rock's segment and The Rock's show......and The Rock doesn't need someone to hold his microphone for him, because he's got two hands of his own.....one to hold this mic and the other to smack you upside the head if you don't get out of the Rock's way....."

.....Tenay takes the hint, disappearing to the back as The Rock climbs into the ring, looking to address Curt Hennig.....

.....Rocky says that at SuperBrawl, Curt Hennig is going to find out first hand exactly WHY they call him the Great One......

".....greater than great, better than perfect, THE most electrifying man in ALL of sports entertainment, the People's Champion, The Rock.....

.....but see, while the Rock is already the champion of the people, at Souled Out the Rock SHOULD have become the champion of ALL of America....instead, that 250lb pile of Minnesota Monkey Crap by the name of Curt Hennig, decided that he was going to cost The Rock and all the millions of the Rock's fans the chance to become the US Champion.....but who's in the US Title match now? It's not the Rock.....

.....it could have been The Rock.....defending the US Title against Lex Luger.....it could have been The Rock.....going one on one with Jeff Hardy.....with Chris Benoit.....Diamond Dallas Page.....it could even have been The People's United States Champion The Rock, against the Television Champion.....Bill Goldberg.....but no.....no, no, no, no, no.....instead we get Eddie Guerrero.....

.....and Jipple the Hairy Left Nipple....."


.....Rocky says that Curt Hennig did that.....Curt Hennig cost the Rock the United States Championship, he cost the People the United States Champion that they want.....and at SuperBrawl, the Rock is going to whoop Curt Hennig, like the Soul Man beat up his daddy back in 75.....

".....and the Rock says this.....The Crypt Keeper, Gamesmaster, Task Master-bater Kevin Sullivan.....Bam Bam Bigelow and that 500lb pile of brontosaurus crap Big Van Vader, YOU Curt Hennig.....for six months now the Rock has gone from one distraction to another, but it all stops at SuperBrawl.....because the Rock guarantee's....he guaran(damn)tees that at SuperBrawl, he's going to lay the smack down on your candy ass like no other.....he's going to go out there in front of the people and he's going to electrify like only the Rock can.....he's going to take his boot, and the Rock ain't even gonna shine that sumbich up, no, no, no.....the Rock's gonna take his boot, his dirty boot, he's gonna turn it sideways and shove it straight up your candy ass......

.....and then whoever it is.....whether it's Eddie Guerrero or Jipple the Hairy Left Nipple, it doesn't matter.....no more distractions, no more interference.....no more no more's.....because whoever walks out of SuperBrawl with the United States Championship, you're gonna have to go one on one with the Great One......

.....IF YA SMELLLLLLLLLLLL.......WHAT THE ROCK.....IS COOKING....."


.....someone's fired up.....let's calm this down a little bit shall we.....

Rating: A*

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.....how? Well by having Disorderly Conduct in action obviously.....

.....obviously any team consisting of "Mean" Mike and "Tough" Tom aren't really going to cut it as we approach a new millennium.....1988 maybe, 1998 not so much.....to be fair though, this pair aren't here to get over, they're here to PUT over.....and tonight they're putting over a team that's been on quite the roll as of late, Disco Inferno and Alex Wright.....

.....this dancing duo apparently took exception to Eric Bischoff's declaration that even The Nasty Boys were more viable number one contenders to the tag team titles, firing this pair on to a number of victories now, INCLUDING one over said number one contenders Knobbs and Sags.....

.....this victory (over perennial jobbers) wasn't nearly as impressive, but it was a victory non the less, with Wright picking up the pinfall for his team with (rather aptly) a Bridging German Suplex.....

Winner(s): Alex Wright & Disco Inferno
Rating: C-

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.....not just happy with winning, they're going to dance too..... it not until they get a few things off their chest.....

.....Disco says that the office doubted them.....they beat The Soul Train.....the office mocked them.....they beat the number one contenders.....

".....and tonight, we beat some REAL nasty boys.....nasty MEN.....men so Nasty that their names are literally "Mean" and "Tough", but they were no match for us.....so you can all stop doubting us now, because we are the real deal....."

.....ahem, Disco.....you beat Disorderly Conduct, calm down a little bit.....

".....me and Alex, we've been here in WCW for years and you fans and the people in the back still treat us like jokes.....maybe Shawn Michaels is right about this place after all....."

.....Alex takes the microphone next, telling the crowd that maybe now they will start believing what he and Disco already know.....and that's the fact that they are the best team period.....

".....so Bam Bam Bigelow and Big Van Vader, next week......forget about the Nasty Boys.....forget about EVERYTHING.....because Alex Wright and The Disco Inferno want the Forgotten.....and we want them on Nitro....."

.....the commentary team question the life choices of Wright and Disco here, stating that this might be the biggest (and last) mistake that these two idiots ever make.....they may be right, but that remains to be seen.....for now we get stuck with the sight of the two fools dancing, as we go to the back.....

Rating: C

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.....where the rest of the Sovereignty are consoling a furious Steven Regal.....

.....His Lordship clearly isn't happy about his loss earlier this evening, citing it a "bloody disgrace to be rolled up by that red, white and blue wearing pillock The Patriot.....he had my tights you know.....here I am, a gentleman.....a Lord of the realm.....and this cheating little toerag rolls me up and grabs on to my tights like it was a....a....a pancake trying to escape off his plate.....a disgrace.....Her Majesty shall hear of this travesty......"

.....the Blue Bloods and the Amazing French Canadians try to calm His Lordship down, but it takes the dulcet tones of Lance Storm to finally soothe this savage beast.....he tells Regal that he will have his revenge.....and he will have it at SuperBrawl, when he, Eaton, Williams, Rougeau and Oulette, show those American Dogs exactly what TRUE professional wrestling is.....

".....and as for The Patriot.....you have my word Mr. Regal, as a Proud Canadian and as a proud servant of Her Majesty The Queen, at SuperBrawl I will make that masked moron cry out in pain, before he submits to the Canadian Maple Leaf, just like the big American quitter that he really is.....

.....now if you will excuse me, I have some business of a personal matter to take care of....."


.....and with that, Lance Storm heads off to wherever his "personal business" is being conducted, leaving Regal to continue his tirade on the evil, cheating, American Patriot.....

.....let's have a match shall we.....

Rating: B

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.....and it's our second Cruiserweight Match of the evening (you lucky, lucky people) as two newcomers clash in direct response to their encounter on this past Monday's edition of Nitro.....

.....Brian Lawler made his WCW debut in a losing effort to current number one cruiserweight contender Juventud Guerrera, only to assault the Youth Warrior post match in retribution.....

.....that was when Psychosis made HIS debut in World Championship Wrestling, coming to the aid of his fellow Luchador and chasing off Lawler.....

.....hence this match right here.....

.....Brian Lawler is viewed as a pretty hot prospect to some in business insiders.....whether he lives up to that potential remains to be seen, but he does put on a decent showing here, as these two men both display their talents.....Psychosis' talents consist of high flying, death defying moves, while Brian Lawler's talents involve p!ssing off the crowd with his annoying laugh and generally cocky demeanour.....

.....funnily enough, both of these men utilise a top rope legdrop as their signature moves.....as far as debut's go though Psychosis made a pretty good one here, because it was he that hit the legdrop first, finishing off the cocky Lawler for the one, two, three.....

Winner: Psychosis
Rating: C

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.....great debut for Psychosis.....but that's back to back losses for Brian Lawler, who is amassing a streak not unlike Bill Goldberg.....except while our undefeated Television Champion is currently 61-0 (and set to make his return on this weeks upcoming Nitro) Brian Lawler is currently 0-2.....

.....yeah, not quite so impressive.....

.....he obviously knows that too, because as Psychosis celebrates his victory Lawler decides to re-enter the ring and (much as he did this past Monday) jumps his opponent from behind, before commencing in stomping him to the mat as he cackles his annoying laugh.....












.....and much as it was this past Monday, help is at hand, this time in the form of Juventud Guerrera, returning the favour from Nitro.....

.....he flys down the aisle and slides into the ring (managing to get about two shots on Lawler) before Jerry's Kid rapidly bails away from the action, diving to the floor and retreating up the aisle laughing as he goes, while Juvi helps Psychosis to his feet.....

.....there's a war a brewing in the Cruiserweight Division it would seem.....

Rating: C+

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.....from there we head backstage, where the rest of the Freaking Awesome Foursome are currently attempting to hype a less than enthusiastic looking Adam Copeland up, ahead of his first ever World Title match later this evening.....

.....I say less than enthusiastic looking, because it soon becomes clear that Copeland is somewhat hesitant about the thought of facing a p!ssed of Sting, and he's also somewhat conflicted about the prospect of taking "Hulk's" title.....

.....both Copeland and Cage are huge Hulkamaniac's (even donning the yellow and red regularly for their ring attire) and clearly think it's only a matter of time until Hollywood comes back to regain his throne.....

".....I mean, it's bad enough that Randy, Warrior and Vinnie Ru aren't even here tonight (Hollywood would have totally been here tonight) but now, not only does Warrior have a shot at the Hulksters belt at SuperBrawl, but when Macho beats Shawn Michaels (because he'll totally beat Shawn Michaels) then HE gets the NEXT shot at Uncensored.....that's totally NOT awesome for Hollywood 'brother'....."

.....Bagwell agrees, telling Copeland that Savage has got a bit too big for his boots lately, even going so far as to accept a match on Bagwell's behalf, for Buff to face off with Roddy Piper at SuperBrawl.....

".....I mean, not that I care or anything.....I beat that skirt wearing freak once before, I'll do it again.....but still, that's just not cool....."

.....honestly, Buff sounds about as thrilled at the prospect of facing Piper again as Copeland sounds to be facing Sting tonight, but Christian, he's trying to see the silver lining.....

.....he tells his partner to look at it this way, if he goes out there tonight and beats Sting ("and c'mon, you can totally beat Sting") then he's the WORLD champion.....he's the man.....

".....and as the man, you'll totally have the stroke around here.....Savage and Warrior, they'll totally have to remember that the Titans of Wrestling ain't just about them.....you've seen the Trinity shirts in the crowd.....Me....You....Big Ray-Ray.....we're Total Merch Magnets.....Buff Daddy here, he's a Totally Awesome fourth wheel.....if Macho and Warrior don't want to see that.....if they don't want to show Hollywood the respect that he deserves, then maybe the Freaking Awesome Foursome should become the Famous Five....."

.....Cage tells his partner to picture it.....he can give Hollywood the shot he deserves.....it'd be like a boyhood dream come true.....Adam Copeland vs. Hollywood Hogan.....for the World Title.....

".....that would be totally awesome....."

.....Copeland seems to be warming to this idea a little bit, but he still doesn't seem overly keen on the prospect of facing Sting.....telling Cage that he takes that big big damn bat everywhere he goes.....

".....look at me Christian.....look at me.....I'm too pretty to be hit with a bat....."

.....Cage just smiles, telling Copeland not to worry about it.....after all, where HE goes, Cage goes.....and where Cage goes, Ray-Ray and Buff-Buff go.....

".....and where Cage, Ray-Ray and Buff-Buff go.....well....."

.....Cage and Bagwell both hold up a steel chair a piece, while Traylor bounces that nightstick off the palm of his hand.....

".....let's just say that Warrior and Savage aren't the only friends that the Freaking Awesome Foursome have....."

.....that match is later.....and if Copeland ISN'T confident about his chances, it would seem like his team mates are very confident.....

....let's go down to ringside.....

Rating: A*

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.....where Ernest Miller and Ice Train (The Soul Train) are making their way out, along with their manager Teddy Long.....

.....clearly the pair are set for tag team action, but before that it looks at though Ernest Miller has something to get off his chest.....

".....because last week, we was out here to wrestle those two dancing fools Alex Wright and the Disco Inferno.....now, I don't know what they called those moves they was doing, but Mrs. Miller she didn't raise no dancing fool.....she raised the coolest cat on the block, so somebody call my momma, because she'll tell you that wasn't no damn dancing....."

.....Miller says that had that been a dancing contest, ain't no way they would have lost ("but then, had this cat been in the ring at the end, we wouldn't have lost the damn wrestling match either") because Ernest Miller can both dance AND wrestle circles around anyone.....

".....in fact, I'll kick your head right off your shoulders and two step all over your face....."

.....Ernest isn't coming out and outright saying it, but clearly he blames Ice Train for their defeat last week to Wright and Disco.....Train knows it too, you can tell by the look on his face that the thinly veiled insults aren't going over his head, but he's letting it slide.....

.....for now.....

.....Ernest on the other hand is on a roll, saying that it don't matter who they send out.....those dancing fools, The Road Warriors, Big Fat Vader and Bad Body Odour Bigelow, Hell, they could send out the (insert obligatory "local team" shout-out here) defensive line out from the back, and Ernest Miller would still whoop them.....

.....the crowd don't like that.....Miller knows he's a babyface right?.....apparently not, because he then proceeds to tell some "fat-boy" in the crowd to sit down before he slaps him upside the head.....

.....Train is getting more and more irate by the actions of his team mate, but Teddy Long finally quietens Miller down, as we find out who the opponents are going to be.....










.....oy that's a lot of beef.....Ernest Miller might want to rethink his boasts here.....because the Soul Trains opponent tonight, looks to be The Lumana'i.....

Rating: B

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.....which members of the Lumana'i isn't initially obvious, but as Ekmo and Kimo take up position in the ring, it soon becomes clear that they are the chosen pairing here.....

.....Ice Train is a big lad and can usually throw most men around the ring with ease.....these two Samoans don't look like pushovers however and even the powerhouse of the Soul Train struggles to knock them down.....Miller is surprisingly still feeling pretty cocky (even with the presence of Kokina and LA Smooth on the outside) but he soon takes a step back when one of those patented martial arts kicks barely phases Kimo.....

.....these Lumana'i boys might be dubbing themselves the "future" of the Samoan dynasty, but they still fight with a lot of the savage offence of their forefathers.....Ernest Miller might have been confident of a victory tonight, but because of this he didn't get a victory.....

.....granted, he didn't lose either.....it was Ice Train that ate the loss, after getting crushed with a huge splash from the top by Ekmo.....but still, The Lumana'i won.....the Soul Train lost.....

Winner(s): The Lumana'i
Rating: C

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.....Miller isn't happy about it either.....and as Kokina and Smooth join their stablemates in the ring, he waves off his own team mate (much to Teddy Long's disbelief) and heads to the back, as The Lumana'i surround the downed Ice Train.....

.....poor Ice Train has already been crushed by Ekmo, but his night hasn't ended there, because these Samoan's preceded to stomp the tar out of him, only to have the assault punctuated by a huge (and I do mean HUGE) leg drop from Kokina.....











.....which is when ANOTHER Samoan makes his way out from the back.....Rikishi Fatu.....

.....Rikishi has a lot of history with the team that the Lumana'i assaulted to make their debut (after being a former SST, as well as a former Headshrinker.....but he also has his fair share of history with Kokina (aside from the obvious family ties) because the two men spent several years teaming up as the Sons of Samoa in the World Wrestling Federation up until 'Kishi's jump to WCW last year.....

.....Rikishi puts a stop to the assault, before questioning just what the hell is going on? He says that the Samoan SWAT Team are their kin....their family.....their BLOOD.....

.....Kokina disagrees though.....telling Rikishi that the Samoan SWAT Team are an embarrassment.....a stigma.....a stereotype.....

".....this ain't how Samoa is now brutha, you know that.....THEY (pointing at the rest of The Lumana'i) know that.....these ain't mute savage morons, chewing on coconuts and raw fish.....THIS is Samoa.....THESE are Samoa.....and WE are the future.....The Lumana'i.....

.....we evolved brutha.....YOU evolved.....don't get stuck in the past.....and DON'T get in our way....."


......with that, Kokina leads his group to the back.....leaving a disappointed looking Rikishi in the ring.....

.....families.....am I right?.....

Rating: B+

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.....we go to the back ourselves from there.....and remember that "business" that Lance Storm had to take care of? It would seem as though that business involved Chris Benoit, because we see the two men here, deep in conversation backstage.....

.....these two men were opponents this past week on Nitro, but Storm was surprisingly respectful towards his fellow Canadian, refusing to stoop to his usual lowbrow methods and ordering the Amazing French Canadians to halt their numerous interference attempts.....

.....because of this, Chris Benoit was happy to accept Storms handshake following the match, even allowing Lance to raise his arm in celebration for him.....clearly the two men have at least a passing mutual respect for each other.....










.....this man however has ZERO respect for Lance Storm, as Diamond Dallas Page and the gorgeous Kimberly walk into shot.....

.....Dallas asks his one time partner what he's doing fraternising with the likes of Lance Storm, but Benoit is nonplussed, asking Page what he means by "the likes" of Lance Storm.....

".....Canadian?....."

.....Page tells Benoit not to be so ridiculous, saying that it's not Storm's homeland that's the problem.....

".....it's his attitude.....and he has a bad one.....he's got some pretty disrespectful things to say about the country where YOU make your living too bro.....or don't you care about that?....."

.....Benoit tells Dallas that the only one who doesn't care around here is HIM.....after all, he cared so little about their tag titles, that after HIS wife was to blame for them losing the gold to the Forgotten, DDP swanned off and joined Team USA, leaving Chris Benoit with little to do but stand around waiting for Page to decide that he was worth the effort of teaming with again.....

".....problem with that is that I was never very good at waiting, so I went out and found my own competition.....Lance Storm put up a hell of a fight last week, but when I beat him fair and square in the middle of the ring, he shook my hand like a MAN.....nothing disrespectful at all.....so while YOU might have a problem with Lance Storm, it's not MY problem....."

.....Storm tells Benoit that this was exactly what he was talking about.....America and Americans with their superiority complex.....they truly believe themselves to be the greatest nation in the world and woe betide anyone that doesn't see the world in their warped view.....

.....Page tells Storm that HE'LL have a warped view in a minute, when DDP makes him feel the bang right here, right now, but Benoit tells his partner that that's not going to happen.....he tells Page that he is having a conversation with Storm.....a PRIVATE conversation.....and if DDP has ANY respect for him at all, he'll walk away and leave them to continue their discussion.....a statement that leaves an uneasy silence between the former tag team champions.....











".....jeez.....you could cut the atmosphere with a knife around here huh....."













.....just when you thought things couldn't get any tenser, here come Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque.....in full Americana Regalia.....

.....the two Uncle Sam clad degenerates walk into shot and tell Page not to take that kinda backchat from a no good stinking Canadian like Chris Benoit, with Shawn egging Dallas on to do it for Truth.....for Justice.....

".....damn it man, do it for the American way.....do it for Uncle Sam and Grandma's Apple Pies.....do it for the Stars and Stripes.....do it for your NEXT United States Champion.....do it for JPL....."

.....Levesque joins in there, telling Dallas that he's got the faith of a Nation on his back.....he's got the American people on his side.....he's got the support of Shawn Michaels and JPL.....he's got.....actually, Levesque has forgotten what other (blatantly insincere) things he has to say, because he's gotten distracted by the ample chest of Kimberly.....

".....HEY.....eyes up here Monkey....."

.....Page tells the pair to save their energy, because they have the Road Warriors to contend with next, and Hawk and Animal, they have their own way of keeping them quiet.....breaking their jaws.....before walking away, with Kim on his arm.....

.....Storm looks Levesque and Michaels up and down for a moment, before actually physically shuddering, telling Benoit that it was time for to go, before THEY walk off too, leaving Michaels to slap JPL in the chest.....

".....now look what you did Jipple, you big Hairy Left Nipple.....

".....don't you start that too Shawn.....I swear to god....."

".....come on.....we have a match to get to.....'USA....USA.....USA'.....come on champ....."


.....let's go as well.....down to ringside.....

Rating: A*

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.....so now it's time for what WAS scheduled to be our main event of the evening, before Sting (and Eric Bischoff) intervened to make our unscheduled World Title match the main event, and it's a match that stems from the briefest of interactions.....

.....Shawn and Levesque made their way out during a segment involving The Road Warriors that was hyping up their upcoming ten man tag team bout at SuperBrawl.....it was both a match AND a segment that had absolutely nothing to do with either Michaels or JPL, but as the who,e of World Championship Wrestling has found out, when you're dealing with Shawn Michaels, EVERYTHING is about Shawn Michaels......

.....Hawk and Animal took exception to that interruption.....and here we are.....

.....The Warriors are usually greeted by a monstrous pop from the crowd, and given their opponents here tonight is no different......these WCW crowds are getting increasingly more eager to see someone shut the mouth of the former Heartbreak Kid (even going so far as to cheer the dastardly Titans of Wrestling against the artists formerly known as HBK and Triple H) so they will have high hopes that Hawk and Animal can slap the pair about a bit here.....

.....they weren't disappointed.....

.....the Road Warriors absolutely batter the antagonising duo (who are still clad in their Uncle Sam outfits) for a good portion of the bout, with Shawn in particular bouncing around the ring like a pinball for them, looking like absolute monsters as they manhandle the pair.....finally Hawk gets cut off and transcends into the "face in peril", with Levesque and Michaels using every underhand trick in the book to retain the advantage, even using the tried and tested 'distract the official, just as the babyface makes the hot tag' trick, which draws massive heat from the crowd when the (technically illegal since the official never saw the tag) fresh Animal hits the ring, only to be ordered back to his corner by the referee.....

.....it was never going to last though.....and Hawk DOES finally manage to tag out, leaving Animal to hit the ring like an absolute house of fire, nailing everything in sight.....

.....Hawk eventually gets back into the action, and the match breaks down to chaos as the four men begin to brawl both in and out of the ring.....









.....at which point, an irate (still obviously ticked off by his earlier loss) Steven Regal makes his way out to the ringside area.....

.....he climbs onto the apron, where he gives Animal a bloody good tongue lashing, telling the Road Warrior that they are associated with a low down and dirty cheat in The Patriot, before saying that he doesn't suppose he should be surprised given that they are all shady Americans......

.....so Animal smacks him in the mouth, sending him crashing to the floor......

......only to turn back around to eat a mouthful of Sweet Chin Music.....and that's enough for the one, the two....and the three.....

Winner(s): Shawn Michaels & Jean Paul Levesque
Rating: B

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.....we air a brief promo package hyping the return of Bill Goldberg to this weeks upcoming Monday Nitro, and then when we're done with that, it's straight onto our main event.....

.....the biggest main event in Thunder history according to Tony Schiavone.....

.....alright, calm down Tone, we ARE only 6 weeks into the run of Thunder after all.....although in fairness to the WCW Hype Monster, since this IS for he WCW Title, he might not be that far off the mark.....

.....Sting is on a collision course with the Titan's of Wrestling's own face painted phenom The Warrior at SuperBrawl, but since Warrior isn't here tonight Sting is more than happy to put the gold on the line in order to secure a match with the man who held him wide open for a Warrior assault on Nitro, Totally Awesome Trinity manner Adam Copeland.....

.....as we saw earlier, Mr. Copeland isn't as excited about securing his first ever World Title opportunity as one would expect, and in all honesty (while he IS most certainly a main eventer here in WCW) he's not quite World Title calibre just yet.....one thing you should know about Copeland though, he very, very rarely fails to put on a tremendous performance in his matches, and tonight is no exception.....

.....we have a little bit of ballyhoo before the bell, as Cage, Big Ray-Ray and Buff make their way out with Copeland, but the official is absolutely not standing for any shenanigans here, ordering all three men to the back before this one gets underway.....

.....it takes some persuading on the part of the referee, but the rest of the Titans finally leave and we get underway in what was actually a very good match.....Sting has never been afraid to sell for his opponent (even those slightly below him in the pecking order) so after a strong initial showing, he goes out of his way to make Copeland look as though he absolutely belongs in this league.....

.....despite that initial reluctance, Copeland soon finds his groove, and actually begins to become a little cocky as he takes control of the match, letting everyone know that he's bringing the belt home to Hollywood.....

.....he maybe shouldn't have been so cocky.....

.....Sting isn't the World Champion for nothing, and after taking everything Copeland could throw at him he eventually finishes the man off, converting what looks like a missile dropkick attempt into a Scorpion Deathlock, leaving Copeland little choice but to concede the match, right in the middle of the ring.....

Winner: ....and Still WCW Champion.....Sting.....
Rating: A

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.....the official may have banned the rest of the Freaking Awesome Foursome from ringside for the duration of the match but the match is over now, so here they come.....

.....Copeland rolls out to the floor (clutching at his lower back as he sells the effects of the Scorpion) to meet his team mates, where Cage tells him that it looked like being trapped in that Scorpion Deathlock totally sucked.....

.....but not as much as this is going to suck for Sting.....

.....Copeland and Cage have been somewhat reluctant in recent weeks to get physical with The Forgotten.....this is one man though, so they have no problem with trying their luck here.....

.....well, I say one man.....it's actually one man with a bat.....oh, and that one man happens to be the WCW Champion and it doesn't look as though Sting is backing down an inch......

.....the Awesome Foursome circle the ring (now Copeland has recovered) and while Sting does have that bat in hand, he IS still severely outnumbered.....Bagwell climbs up onto the apron first, but soon retreats when Sting swings wildly at his head.....Cage tries his luck, but he quickly drops back down to the floor too when that black bat misses his skull by inches.....

.....the four men stop for a minute to regroup, with the Enforcer telling his three (totally awesome) compadres to each pick a side of the ring.....Sting can't swing that bat at all of them at the same time.....

.....and that's exactly what they do.....

.....four sides of the ring, a man at each exit point.....and as Traylor, Copeland, Cage and Bagwell each climb onto the apron in unison, it looks like the Stingers luck has just about run out.....
















.....until that is, Roddy Piper comes running (ok, briskly walking) down the aisle, with a steel chair in hand that he crashes across the back of The Enforcer.....

.....Big Ray-Ray goes down, with the distraction giving Sting just enough time to nail first Copeland, then Cage in the side of the head with that bat, as both men stare dumbfounded at Piper.....

.....that just leaves Buff.....Buff who took advantage of a one legged Piper at Starrcade.....Buff who has verbally insulted (and berated) Piper for weeks now.....Buff, who claims to have no problems with facing Piper one more time at SuperBrawl.....and Buff.....

.....who looks absolutely terrified here.....

.....Bagwell is stuck between a rock and a hard place.....Reservoir Dogs was released about five years ago now, but much like the soundtrack to that great film said, he has Piper to the left of him, Sting to the right ('here I am, stuck in the middle with youuuu') and Buff Daddy is snapping his head back and forth, trying to decide his best option.....

.....retreat.....retreat is his best option.....

.....he quickly drops off the apron (away from the bat wielding Sting) turns, dives over the safety rail.....and disappears into the crowd, leaving the Totally Awesome Trinity laying on the arena floor.....

.....Piper watches him leave, before collecting the World Title from ringside, rolling under the bottom rope and presenting it to Sting, before raising the WCW Champions arm in victory, as we close the books on another edition of WCW Thunder.....

.....we'll see you Monday fans.....

Rating: A*

Final Rating: B+

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Highlights from ECW House Party 1998


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.....it's that time of the week again.....parents, take the kids out of the room because it's about to get a little bit Hardcore up in here.....

.....we open up this weeks show with the Hardcore Host himself (Joey Styles) in the control centre, as he runs down the action we're going to see tonight.....because the party is still going strong.....House Party that is.....and we might not have Kid 'N' Play, but we do have Val 'N' Jenna.....





.....so let's head to the ECW Arena now, where ECW's most Hardcore Duo are making their way out.....

.....they get a good reaction too.....but then why wouldn't they, it's Jenna Jameson in a predominantly male environment, I'm sure that more than one or two of the gentlemen in the crowd has got happy memories of Jenna.....

.....the two climb into the ring, where Val grabs a microphone.....he says that last time he was in the ECW arena he showed Stevie Richards and his gang what a REAL Supernova looks like when it explodes.....

".....because when the Big Valbowski is cocked....locked....and loaded.....and his Interstellar Instrument enters that black hole.....you'd better believe you're going to be seeing stars....."

.....Val says that's one down, two to go.....and since the Big Valbowski always saves the best for last, that means that the Blue Meanie is up next.....

".....so send out the fat man, because he's about to find out what a TRUE.....BLUE.....Meanie is all about....."

.....Jenna says that she's already got up close and personal with the Meanie.....and his 'Little Meanie' is exactly that.....little.....

".....so I'd LIKE to say come out here and face my man if you've got the balls.....but Meanie, from what I felt, balls are something that you're seriously lacking....."



.....which DOES bring out the Three Musketeers.....as the Tiresome Trio make their way down the aisle and into the ring.....

.....Nova's job last week WAS to job.....THIS week his job is as censor for the Meanie, holding his hands over his Chubby Buddy's ears, stopping Jenna's jibes from hurting his feelings.....Stevie on the other hand is as chatty as ever.....

".....because Jenna.....honey.....I know you're used to having BIG things in your mouth, but this time you've bitten off even more than YOU can chew.....

.....see Val, we watched your latest 'movie' (if you can even call it that.....I mean, the storyline was sketchy at best) but we watched it.....some of us more than others (Meanie, I'm looking at you) but me, I only had to watch it once to see that when it comes to 'performance', you ain't got nothing on Dancin' Stevie Richards, the King of Swing.....

.....Val, you can't hang with Big Stevie Cool, but luckily for you that's not going to be a problem.....because my Blue Meanie is going to have you flat on your back quicker than Jenna Jameson on prom night....."


.....strong words from Stevie there.....and words that fire Ms. Jameson up, but Val calms her down, sending her to the outside so that this one can get underway.....

Rating: C

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.....now, no one has ever accused the Blue Meanie of being a maestro of the mat.....a technical wizard he is NOT.....so let's be honest, you weren't expecting a classic here were you.....

.....it's entertaining enough though.....

.....Jenna is on the outside, along with Stevie and Nova.....and between Stevie's taunting of her and her stalking after him (no doubt looking to give him the same treatment Meanie received a few weeks back) the crowd barely noticed the 'quality' of the match.....

.....a match which saw Val win pretty convincingly, finishing off the Meanie with the Money Shot for the one, two, three.....

.....what?.....you wanted a longer match write up?.....

.....you're not getting one.....back to you Joey.....

Winner: Val Venis
Rating: D+

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.....it's back to the 'studio' now, where Styles points out that Val came, Val saw......and Val came again.....taking out first Nova and now Meanie in successive matches.....that just leaves Dancin' Stevie, who we're going to right now.....



.....because we're post match and we're in the locker room of the Three Musketeers.....

......Stevie repeats what he said pre match, stating that Val Venis doesn't know what he's letting himself in for.....

".....yeah ok, you beat Nova.....and yeah, you beat the Meanie.....but you won't beat ME.....I'm Dancin' Stevie Richards and I do the beating around here.....tell 'em Nova.....tell 'em Meanie.....Meanie?.....Nova?......HEY!....."

.....Meanie and Nova are busy.....although for once, NOT with a copy of Jenna and Val's latest release 'Good Will Humping'.....instead they are off to the side......and I dunno if they're comparing notes, or just comparing full stop, but Nova appears to be trying to peek down The Blue Meanie's (very tight) waistband on his daisy dukes.....

".....what in the name of Van Halen are you two doing?....."

".....it's not that small right Nova?.....Stevie.....Stevie, come and see....."


.....nope.....that's just about enough of that.....




.....instead we go to a D-Von-less Dudley Boys, as the five other brothers huddle together in an undisclosed location.....

.....clearly Buh Buh has had just about enough of the constant bullying that their (much meaner) brother has been inflicted, telling the (much more timid) Chubby, Dances with, and Sign Guy that they all need to find their inner Dudley.....they need to man up and put a stop to D-Von's bullish!t.....

".....I'm a Dudley.....you're a Dudley.....you're a Dudley.....you, you, you, you, you, you're a Dudley.....D-Von thinks that he's the only one that can carry on Big Daddy Dudley's legacy.....well there's five Dudley's right here, maybe it's time that we reminded D-Von of that....."

.....Buh Buh says that he's been keeping Big Dick on a leash because he was worried about what D-Von would do to his brothers, but it's time for them all to put on the big boy tie dye.....and it's time that they began to show D-Von what being a Dudley is all about.....

".....and it's time that he found out that if he keeps pushing his five brothers, eventually they're going to push back....."


".....eight....."


.....eight?.....Dances with Dudley isn't usually one to open his mouth, and he only said one word here.....but it's one word that sends his brothers into a frenzy as the rest of the clan quickly huddle around Dances with, frantically shushing him (with Sign Guy even clamping a hand over his mouth) while Buh Buh tells his brothers that D-Von can NEVER find out about that.....

.....ever.....



.....curious.....

.....let's go to the FBI.....who are currently sat around a table laden with all manner of Italian delicacies, just like you're momma used to make.....Little Guido has a huge helping of Lasagne.....a huge pizza for Tracy Smother, while the Big Don, Tommy Rich is tucking into a huge plate of spaghetti and meatballs.....

.....that's when JT Smith comes walking into shot.....

.....not that the FBI are very happy to see him.....in fact there are Italian Stereotypes and 'shaddupa your face's' aplenty as one of the founding fathers of the FBI pleads his case on making his return to the family.....

.....The Big Don tells Smith that he had it all.....he was a made man.....one of his lieutenants.....a member of the greatest family in the world.....he was a member of the FBI.....

".....but you threw it all away like the mook that you are.....now you want back in? Lucky for you JT I'm a forgiving Don.....let me just confer with my consigliere here....."

.....the FBI huddle together, leaving Smith standing there with a look of anticipation on his face, before the trio finally break and look back towards JT.....

.....the Big Don has his decision.....



"......fuggedaboutit.....get outta here ya mook....."

.....the FBI laugh at Smith, with Guido and Smothers throwing cannoli's at the retreating JT Smith, who tells the trio that he'll win his place back.....he'll prove himself.....he'll be a made man again, whatever it takes.....

Rating: C-

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.....it's back to the party we go now, as we continue to display the matches that took place at House Party.....

.....we briefly saw Chris Chetti a few weeks back in a losing (but impressive) display against Shane Douglas.....this week, the House of Hardcore graduate has perhaps an even more difficult opponent, because he's facing a man that has been steamrolling opponents in recent weeks (and incidentally, was key in the training of this young rookie) the Human Suplex Machine, Taz.....

.....the rookie impressed again here, particularly because his opponent WAS Taz (so the fact that he left the match alive was impressive in itself) and even managed to get some offence in.....certainly more so that Nova a few weeks back.....in the end though there was only ever going to be one result here, Taz choking out his opponent with the Kata-Ha-Jime.....

Winner: Taz
Rating: D

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.....the match is over and in a rare show of respect Taz helps young Chris Chetti back to his feet.....he grabs a microphone and pats the rookie on the back, saying that the kid might not have won tonight, but he's got more guts in his little finger than Rob Van Dam has in his whole body.....

".....because at least Chris Chetti had the balls to step into the ring with me.....unlike Bill Alfonso's latest little b!tch.....Van Dam, I know you're in the building brudda.....you've been spending all your time running your mouth about me, well I'm right here.....why don't you walk down that aisle and do something about it....."

.....or not.....apparently RVD has better things to do than come out here to answer the challenge of Taz, because there's no sign of him OR Bill Alfonso.....I guess we'll just leave Taz to celebrate his victory.....

.....not that he's exactly a celebratory person.....miserable b@stard that he is.....






.....instead we head over to someone that DEFINITELY likes to celebrate his victories (no matter how hollow they are) the ECW Television Champion, Shane Douglas.....

.....Douglas is with his Head Cheerleader Francine in a pre-taped segment, where he is still crowing about nailing Beulah.....

.....with the Belly to Belly that is.....minds out of the gutter please people.....

".....and all we've been hearing everywhere we go, is 'how could you do that to Beulah.....how could you do that to a lady'.....and what do we tell them Francine?....."

".....that b!tch ain't no lady....."

".....you're damn right she's not.....Tommy Dreamer, THIS is a lady.....that little gutter skank on your arm is nothing more than a tramp....."


.....Shane has a good laugh at that, before saying that at House Party, he'll be defending the Television Title against a man who's made a career out of Choke-slamming people.....

".....well that's fine.....because 911, know this.....I made a career out of BEATING people.....I made a career out of winning championships and I made a career out of being the Franchise....."

.....Douglas says that 911 is nothing but a one trick pony.....take away the Choke Slam and what does he have in his arsenal? Nothing, that's what.....at House Party, Shane Douglas will neutralise the Choke Slam and take 911 OUT.....

".....and Tommy Dreamer, I know you've got ideas about showing up....because take it from me Tommy, anything you THINK you're going to do, only pales in comparison to what I WILL do if you stick your nose in my business.....take your loss, mourn your week long title reign, and go back to looking after your tramp.....because if you show up at House Party, 9.1.1 won't be the numbers you need to concern yourself with....."

.....with that, Douglas laughs again, as he holds up three fingers.....is three the number Tommy Dreamer should worry about?.....

.....nah.....the Triple Threat is dead and buried.....

.....isn't it?.....

Rating: C+

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.....from there we go back to the ECW arena, as we continue to recap the events from House Party 1998.....

.....the event opened up (as we saw last week) with Terry Funk interrupting the victorious Justin Credible (and challenging him to a match) a challenge which Credible refused, stating that the Philadelphia State Athletic Committee would not appreciate him wrestling twice in one night.....

.....Funk scoffed at this, stating that he would wrestle ten times in one night if he wanted too, before making not so subtle hints at coming out here again later that evening to challenge the winner of the Sandman/New Jack ECW Title match immediately following their bout.....

.....of course, losing here might take the wind out of his sails a little bit.....after all, we can't have some loser challenge for the World Title now can we.....

.....Buh Buh isn't going to want to lose either.....especially not after his brothers already put one loss under the Dudley belt tonight, tasting defeat at the hands of the rookie pairing of Danny Doring & Roadkill.....

.....so D-Von is already p!ssed.....

.....he's about to be even more p!ssed too.....

.....because despite a tremendous display from Buh Buh (which saw these two men brawl all over the arena) the match finally came to an end after Funk crushed the Dudley Boy underneath a ladder, with a moonsault from the top rope.....

Winner: Terry Funk
Rating: C+

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.....oh dear.....oh dear, oh dear......another loss for the Dudley Clan and again, D-Von is (expletive deleted) furious.....

.....he climbs into the ring and drags Buh Buh back to his feet, grabbing him by the shirt and slapping him right in the mouth.....

".....first, these two fat f##ks lose to a pair of f*%#ing kids, and now you're out here losing to a f*%#ing old man.....it makes me sick to my stomach to call you my brothers....."

.....D-Von continues to berate the rest of his clan (as he has done for weeks now) while Buh Buh and Big Dick share a look.....we've already seen a glimpse of where Buh Buh believes the Dudleys should be about now earlier this evening, and as D-Von turns his attention back to him, clearly he has had enough of the abuse, telling D-Von to.....

".....shu....shu....shu....shu....shu....shu...."

.....until Big Dick slaps him on the back to jog his stutter along a little bit.....

".....shu....shu....shut the f*%k up before I knock your teeth down your throat....."

.....the crowd pops for that as D-Von actually smirks, asking Buh Buh if he finally found his Buh, Buh, Buh, Balls.....before shoving him in the chest and telling him to do something about it.....

.....Buh Buh stares at his brothers (who obviously haven't found Buh Buh's sudden surge of determination) before shoving D-Von right back.....

.....that's when D-Von swings a big right hand at his brother.....

.....which Big Dick blocks, catching D-Von's hand in his own.....

.....and then Buh Buh clocks D-Von right in the mouth.....

.....D-Von goes down (and the crowd pops) and Buh Buh is fired up now.....he screams at D-Von to get back to his feet, because he's going to beat the living (expletive deleted) out of him.....

.....D-Von DOES get back to his feet.....but it's not to fight.....as he smiles at Buh Buh (and Big Dick) telling him that that's more like it.....that's what he was looking for.....and THAT'S what he wants to see later at House Party, when D-Von Dudley goes up against Balls Mahoney.....

.....will we see that? Well I guess we'll find out, because we'll see that match next week.....but for now we're out of time, as D-Von heads to the back, leaving (the still p!ssed off) Buh Buh, Big Dick and the rest of the Dudleys in the ring.....

.....we'll see you next week with some more action from House Party 1998.....

Rating: B

Final Rating: C+

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The Monday Night Wars: Week 3, February 1998

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Preview for WWF Raw is War: Week 3, February 1998

Kane vs. Ahmed Johnson
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The Wolfpac (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) vs. The Steiner Brothers
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Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko
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Faarooq & Bradshaw vs. Dustin Rhodes & Marc Mero
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High Voltage vs. The Nation of Domination (D'Lo Brown & Mark Henry)
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Booker T vs. Raven
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Preview for WCW Monday Nitro: Week 3, February 1998

Sting & Shawn Michaels vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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Chris Benoit vs. Lord Steven Regal
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WCW Tag Team Championship Match
The Forgotten vs. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno
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Rikishi Fatu vs. Curt Hennig
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Juventud Guerrera & Psychosis vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
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Roddy Piper vs. Ray Traylor
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Another solid set of shows. Really feel like we'll close to a boiling point in the WWF, and I'm really excited to finally get to see a somewhat finalized for Mania after NWO. For WCW - I'm really enjoying this DDP/Benoit slowburn storyline. Made me really excited to see a stable with Benoit, Storm and Regal - even if the odds are low that we'll ever get that. To the guesses!
Well we have around 6 weeks worth of television before my self imposed end point of Wrestlemania XIV, with WCW still having 2 PPV offerings between now and then (since I fiddled with the schedule) so the question isn't whether we are or aren't going to see a stable with those guys, it's whether we are or aren't going to find out before he diary comes to a close

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And they pulled a hell of a grade for 1998 Edge too. A's have been rare in WCW but they're starting to come thick and fast now.....for what it's worth (spoiler alert) Benoit/Regal (both of whom have been putting in some great "performances") pulled out an A in the next show too.....WCW's New Generation are starting to blossom
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Preview for WWF Raw is War: Week 3, February 1998

Kane vs. Ahmed Johnson
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The Wolfpac (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) vs. The Steiner Brothers
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Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko
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Faarooq & Bradshaw vs. Dustin Rhodes & Marc Mero
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High Voltage vs. The Nation of Domination (D'Lo Brown & Mark Henry)
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Booker T vs. Raven
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Preview for WCW Monday Nitro: Week 3, February 1998

Sting & Shawn Michaels vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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Chris Benoit vs. Lord Steven Regal
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WCW Tag Team Championship Match
The Forgotten vs. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno
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Juventud Guerrera & Psychosis vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
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The Wolfpac (Kevin Nash & Scott Hall) vs. The Steiner Brothers
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Rey Mysterio vs. Dean Malenko
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Faarooq & Bradshaw vs. Dustin Rhodes & Marc Mero
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Preview for WCW Monday Nitro: Week 3, February 1998

Sting & Shawn Michaels vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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Chris Benoit vs. Lord Steven Regal
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Rikishi Fatu vs. Curt Hennig
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Juventud Guerrera & Psychosis vs. Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
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Week 3, February 1998
Worcester Centrum (Worcester, Massachusetts)
ATT: 13,334
TV: 38.16


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.....we open up tonight, not with a bang (or a gong) but an explosion of pyro and the ominous organ music, which usually signals the arrival of The Big Red Machine Kane.....

.....he's not alone either.....because right there by his side as he walks the aisle, is the man who suffered a heinous beating at the hands of the Loose Cannon Brian Pillman a few weeks back, Paul Bearer.....

.....the two men (if you can call them that) climb into the ring, and since Kane isn't really one for speaking it's Paul Bearer that takes a microphone.....

.....he says that Brian Pillman has no idea of the demons he's unleashed upon this world when he opened up the gates of hell.....

".....a smile on your lips and a glint in your eye, but that smile will morph into a scream and that glint in your eye will be replaced by the glint of the viscera seeping out of your bloody socket....."

.....Bearer says that Brian Pillman brutalised him.....Brian Pillman tortured Kane.....Brian Pillman attempted to kill the phenomenon of The Undertaker.....but you can't kill the unkillable, and you can't torture the torturer.....

".....you may have taken the WWF Title from my Undertaker Brian Pillman.....you may have shattered my leg.....but all that pain will be delivered back to you tenfold.....my Undertaker will return.....my Undertaker will rise.....my Undertaker is immortal.....

.....but my Kane is here.....

.....Brian Pillman, you believe yourself to be a Loose Cannon.....a little crazy?.....a little unhinged?.....all you are is a little man with a big belt and it's a belt that this Demon of Destruction is going to take.....

.....along with your head....."


.....Bearer says that at the aptly named No Way Out, there will BE no way out for Brian Pillman.....there will be no Hart Foundation to do his dirty work, and unlike at the Royal Rumble (where Mankind made his shocking return) there will be no surprises either.....because Kane is ready for anything and Brian Pillman will not make it out alive.....

.....with that Kane raises his arms, as we prepare for that eruption of fire that usually follows suit.....














".....HOLD ON.....WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE DAMN IT....."





.....hold on indeed.....because the boss is here, and he's not come alone.....

.....Mr. McMahon makes his way out onto the entrance with, along with his usual entourage of Mankind, the WWF Tag Team Champions Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.....and finally, last (but not least) the World Wrestling Federation Champion, Brian Pillman.....

.....The Corporate Cannon will be putting the gold on the line at No Way Out, but one things for sure.....he won't be competing tonight.....because he's currently wearing a neck brace, courtesy of the Tombstone Piledriver he received last week on Raw.....

.....McMahon says that last week, the Big Red Machine saw fit to stick his nose in the affairs of Brian Pillman, risking (not only) permanent injury to HIS Corporate Champion, but jeopardising the very main event of Wrestlemania XIII.....

".....because make no mistake, Brian Pillman WILL be walking into Wrestlemania as the World Wrestling Federation Champion....and Brian Pillman will be walking OUT of Wrestlemania, still your....AND my.....WWF Champion.....

.....make no mistake Mr. Bearer, Kane, he's nothing more than a blip on the radar, but a blip that must be punished non the less.....now while I'm sure (being the fighting Champion that he is) Brian Pillman would nothing more than to be competing here tonight, however, due to Kane's actions last week that just won't be possible......

.....YOU on the other hand.....you WILL be in action, right here tonight.....in that very ring....."


.....Jim Ross is somewhat sceptical here, saying that he highly doubts that Brian Pillman had ANY intentions of stepping in the ring here this evening (just six days out of his first title defence at No Way Out) but of course Vince McMahon is going to make the challenger compete.....

.....McMahon says that he hunted high and low for a competitor to face Kane, and he truly believes he's found the right man.....

.....a man that's fought and defeated The Undertaker.....a man that is physically able to match strength with Kane.....and more importantly, a former WWF Champion in his own right.....

".....because tonight Mr. Bearer, your so called Demon will be going one on one with a Walking Armageddon.....Ahmed Johnson....."

.....meh, Kane don't care.....he just raises his arms and then snaps them back down, sending those flames erupting from the ring posts.....

.....I guess that's his way of accepting the challenge.....

.....but we'll see that match later this evening.....

Rating: A*

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.....but for now, we're opening up the action with somewhat of an unusual match up.....Booker T vs. Raven.....

.....these two men have had little (to no) interaction as long as both men have been within the company, so why are they competing tonight? Well, the announce team clue us in on that.....because Jim Ross remarks that he has it on good authority that Ted DiBiase wanted the man that will be challenging Jeff Jarrett for the European Championship at No Way Out, to face a Monster of his own tonight (a different kind of monster to Kane, but Raven is a monster non the less) and he flexed his considerable wealth with the match makers to make this happen.....

.....Raven cares little about money, he's more concerned about.....well, something (or someone) unclear at the minute, but money is certainly not what he has been speaking to in recent weeks.....

.....this match was actually very good.....Booker has quietly been putting on some solid performances week in and week out, while Raven has been something of a sleeper star for about 18 months now.....a man solidly established as a main event star despite having very few "main event" feud's or matches.....

.....and then there's Jake on the outside to consider too.....

.....but it wasn't Jake that influenced the outcome of the match.....










.....it was the Nation of Domination.....

.....except perhaps not in the way you were expecting.....

.....in their efforts to enrol Harlem Heat into their ranks, the NoD have been frequently helping (a reluctant) Booker T win matches.....so as they make their way out here during this one, you'd be forgiven for assuming that they were out here again to do that.....

.....except the fact that Stevie Ray seems to be trying to talk them out of interfering g would suggest otherwise.....

.....the camera picks up Ahmed Johnson telling Stevie that they tried the easy way.....Booker ain't playing easy.....means it's time to play the hard way.....

.....and the hard way isn't helping Booker WIN.....it's helping Booker LOSE.....because Kama distracts the official king enough for Henry and D'Lo to slide into the ring.....one Worlds Strongest Slam (followed by a D'Lo frog splash) later, and all Raven has to do is make a cover, as the Nation gift him a victory here to open up Raw.....

Winner: Raven
Rating: B

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.....although apparently, WINNING isn't enough for Raven.....

.....he grabs a microphone (as Stevie and the Nation look on from ringside) to tell everyone that the whispers in the wind have yet to reach their destination.....the voices unheard.....the questions unanswered.....a destiny unfulfilled.....

.....but that doesn't mean that the world won't feel his pain.....

.....and with that, Raven (and Jake) proceed to pounce on the fallen Booker T.....

.....now, considering the fact that Booker T's partner.....nay, BROTHER is right there at ringside, you'd THINK he'd have some help here.....

.....didn't quite pan out like that though.....

.....sure Stevie WANTED to help.....desperately.....but Ahmed placed a hand across his chest, telling him that sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.....Booker will realise (one way or another) that it's better to work WITH the Nation, than it is to work AGAINST the Nation.....so reluctantly, Stevie Ray stands back and watches while Raven and Jake do their thing.....








.....fortunately help IS at hand.....because the man who was on the receiving end of this same beating LAST week has seen enough, and the British Bulldog comes rushing down the aisle.....

.....Davey Boy charges through the ranks of the Nation on the floor and slides into the ring, where he charges straight for the unsuspecting Raven.....Bulldog made the challenge official last week, and he will be facing the Deity of the Damned at No Way Out, but it doesn't look as though he's interested in waiting here.....

.....Raven on the other hand is perfectly happy to wait until Sunday and quickly rolls to the safety of the outside, before heading to the back, leaving Davy Boy to attend to a very groggy (and betrayed looking) Booker T, as the Nation of Domination play follow the leader.....because Ahmed is leaving, so it's time for them all to leave.....

.....including Stevie Ray.....because (as Ahmed tells him).....

"it's for his own good.....he'll see.....

.....or he won't....."


Rating: A*

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.....from there we go to the back, where Kevin Nash and Scott Hall are preparing for their upcoming match with a team they know all too well, the (tentatively) reunited Steiner Brothers.....

.....Michael Cole enters the Wolf Den to ask Hall and Nash (first) how Sean Waltman is doing, and second, just how united they think Rich and Scott will really be tonight, after all, these two brothers have not teamed up in over 18 months.....

.....Nash says that first of all, Sean Waltman is doing just fine.....

".....yeah, Ted DiBiase's Million Dollar Dumbasses took him down, but it takes more than that to take the Kid out Michael Cole.....Sean Waltman has been proving people wrong since he first stepped through the ropes as a skinny little rookie.....Jeff Jarrett, Southern Justice, they're gonna find that out first hand once Sean comes back....."

".....and Rich Steiner?.....is he going to find out too?....."

".....Rich Steiner?.....take it from me Cole, Rich Steiner ain't gonna be finding nothing out about nothing by the time me and Scott are done with him tonight....."


.....Hall agree's, telling Michael Cole that Rich Steiner might have played a part in putting Waltman on the shelf, but by the end of tonight, he ain't gonna be nothing more than a stain on the mat.....

".....as for the Steiner Brothers reuniting (Hall wiggles his fingers in fear) "who do you think it was that took the tag titles off those two morons in the first place Chico?.....the Wolfpac, we been taking out the Steiner Brothers since day one.....Rich Steiner, you took out my little buddy man(g), what happens to you tonight, that's for the Kid.....but Scott Steiner.....Chico, you took my WWF Intercontinental Championship away from me.....tonight, we gonna hurt you real bad man(g) but at No Way Out, I'm gonna carve you up....."

.....Nash says that luckily for Scott Steiner, Big Sexy has his hands full at No Way Out.....because he's going to be sticking Bret Hart with a big Jackknife Powerbomb and taking his rightful WWF Title opportunity.....

".....so it looks like I got a busy week Cole.....tonight, we're going to ruin this little family reunion.....Sunday I'm going to take out The Hitman.....Monday, I'm taking the strap.....but Scotty, me and you we're not done by a long shot.....Scott Hall, he's got you at the Pay Per View, but I got you somewhere down the line big boy.....and if you're lucky, maybe I'll give you a shot at the title that's going to be around my Big Sexy waist....."

Rating: A

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.....we've already seen the Nation of Domination once tonight.....of course, that was in an unofficial capacity.....they're out here again right now (although without Stevie Ray this time) but at least THIS time is to compete in a scheduled match.....

.....it's Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown doing the honours, as they face off against the pairing of Kenny Kaos and Robbie Rage, or High Voltage as they're more commonly called.....

.....I keep meaning to push High Voltage, I really do.....then I usually forget or get sidetracked by another tag team.....both these men are somewhat tipped for success by the people in the know (Kaos more so than Rage) but without a hot storyline to sink their teeth into they're nothing more than a pair of muscleheads with a good look.....

.....maybe tonight will be the start of that push.....

.....or not.....because all the muscles in the world weren't enough to negate the pure power of Mark Henry, nor the high flying ability of D'Lo.....and after Henry crushed Rage with a World's Strongest Slam, Brown finished the man off with a crushing Frog Splash from the top.....and three seconds later, High Voltage lose.....

Winner(s): The Nation of Domination
Rating: C+

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.....we leave the Nation to celebrate in the ring and cut to backstage, where our WWF.com representative Kevin Kelly is hot on the trails of a downtrodden looking Stevie Ray.....

.....after being convinced by Ahmed Johnson to stand back and watch as his brother was decimated by Raven and Jake Roberts, Stevie Ray has obviously decided that he's had enough Raw for one night, because as Kelly catches up with him he has one foot out of the door and his bags packed and in hand.....

.....Kelly asks Stevie about the condition of his brother, wanting the hot scoop for the fledgling website.....is Booker T going to be in any condition to compete for the WWF European Championship at No Way Out?.....

.....Stevie says that as far as his brothers condition is concerned, he has no idea.....he says that he doesn't think he would be particularly welcomed in that treatment room right now, and after his behaviour tonight, he wouldn't blame his brother for not wanting him there.....

".....but as for my brother being at No Way Out, you can bet your ass he will be.....my brother (just like me) cut his teeth on 110th Street.....my brother (just like me) has been playing the game since before he even knew what game was.....and my brother WILL become the European Champion at No Way Out.....because as much as it probably doesn't feel like it right now, the Nation of Domination got his back.....and IF my brother makes the right choice, The Nation of Domination will GUARANTEE that he (and I) get everything he wants....."

.....Kelly clearly has more questions, but Stevie has answered just about enough of them, telling the interviewer that if he wants to know anymore than that, then all he has to do.....

.....is tune into No Way Out Sunday.....

Rating: B+

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.....and since we're already in the back, we may as well go over to Dok Hendrix, who's standing by with Dustin Rhodes, Marc Mero and Terri.....

.....Dok says that Rhodes and Mero have made no secret of their desire to become the World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champions (even dating back to their days as Goldust and Marcus) but it won't be them who challenge for the titles at No Way Out, but rather the (very unlikely) teaming of Billy Gunn and Al Snow.....a fact which Dustin Rhodes is NOT pleased with.....

".....is that the same Billy Gunn and Al Snow that we defeated last week Dok Hendrix? Do you want to explain to me how Marc and me, we beat the so called number one contenders, but we don't even have a match at No Way Out, let alone a TITLE match......

.....the way we see it Dok, WE ARE the number one contenders.....and no matter how many misfit teams you give that shot to before us, ain't no one taking those titles BUT us.....not Gunn and Snow, not Snow and Candido, not the New Age Outlaws......US......and you can tell Ric Flair from me, that as far as HIS old ass goes, just like a decade ago, there's still a Rhodes ready to take his gold.....










".....Woooooooooooo....."




".....and just like a decade ago, the Nature Boy will be the one left holding the gold, because just like your daddy found out before you, a Rhodes doesn't (and never has) held a candle to a Ric Flair pal....."

.....speaking of the tag team champions, here they are.....as The Nature Boy and The Enforcer walk into shot.....

.....Anderson tells Dustin (and Mero) that a shot at the WWF Tag Team Titles was there for the taking, all they had to do was earn it.....win a match.....

".....but when the time came, you showed the world that you're not Championship Calibre, but instead that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.....because just like your fat daddy before you, Dustin Rhodes is still playing second fiddle to Flair and Anderson....."

.....Flair let's out another Wooooooo, before telling thetwo men that they might feel like big shots (after beating the CURRENT number one contenders last week) but when you consider the fact that Billy Gunn and Al Snow can't stand it other, it's not quite the impressive feat after all is it.....

".....but I'll tell you what boys, since we've already got No Way Out in the bag, how about the Enforcer and The Nature Boy come out and watch your match now.....maybe if you impress us you'll be next in line for a shot at these World Titles.....Woooooooooo, we'll see you out there....."

.....with that, the tag champions walk off in the direction of the ring.....I guess they really are coming out to watch that match.....

.....let's get to it then.....

Rating: B+

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....."that match" being Bradshaw and Faarooq facing off against Dustin Rhodes and Marc Mero.....and true to their word, Flair and Arn do indeed make their way out to ringside, with the Nature Boy taking up residence at the announce table, while Arn stands beside him.....Enforcing.....

.....interestingly enough (or not) considering that it's Rhodes and Mero that are angling for a title opportunity, they don't even have a match at No Way Out, while their opponents tonight do.....Faarooq and Bradshaw shall be competing in Tag Team action at the Pay Per View, facing the Nation of Domination combination of Ahmed Johnson and Scorpio.....

.....that means that Bradshaw and Faarooq have no one to impress, but that doesn't mean they don't want the victory.....these two are a brand new team, of course they want to start strong, and while they presumably have no real beef with their opponents tonight, a win here would certainly give them some momentum going into No Way Out.....

.....with all that being said, this was actually a decent match.....it was certainly helped along by the presence of Flair and Arn on the outside too.....The Nature Boy is one of the best talkers period (and a hell of a multi-tasker too) and he uses this stint on commentary to not only build his (and Arn's) title defence this Sunday (basically laughing at the prospect of Al Snow and Billy Gunn being able to co-exist) but also found the time to mack on Terri as well.....

.....a fact which didn't sit too well with Dustin.....

.....Dustin Rhodes might be a heel right now, but he's not going to let someone try and slide up on the mother of his child like that.....ESPECIALLY Ric Flair (considering the history his father had with the Nature Boy) so it comes as no surprise when he climbs to the outside and knocks the headset right off the platinum blonde dome of Ric.....

.....he should really have concentrated on his partner, because all the while he was picking a fight with the Nature Boy, Marc Mero was fighting off two men, culminating in Bradshaw turning the man inside out, almost taking his opponents head clean off with a Clothesline straight from Hell.....

.....and that was all she wrote for Marc Mero.....

Winner(s): Faarooq & Bradshaw
Rating: B

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.....victory in the bag, Faarooq and Bradshaw head to the back, win their sights firmly set on Sunday Night and The Nation of Domination.....Flair on the other hand grabs a microphone, where he climbs into the ring (with Arn) as Dustin Rhodes tends to his fallen partner.....

.....Flair says that there's only one certainty in professional wrestling, and that's the fact that when it comes to a Flair vs a Rhodes, the Rhodes is always going to come up short.....

".....because Dustin.....you might not be your old man pal, but a Rhodes is a Rhodes is a, Woooooooo, still a Rhodes.....and what a Rhodes is, is not in my league.....

.....I have prided myself on being the greatest wrestler alive today for the last twenty years.....and for the last twenty years that's exactly what I've been.....I have been, the jet flyin'.....limousine ridin'.....kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin'......Wooooooooo.....son of a gun.....Rolex watches, diamond rings, custom suits.....I've been living the life of a champion since before I EVER wore the gold.....while YOU Dustin.....you're just the SON of a son of a plumber pal....."


.....Flair says that whether it's singles or tag team, when it comes to wrestling, his name is synonymous with World Champion, while Dustin Rhodes is best known for being a golden drag queen.....

.....Anderson says that on Sunday Night, he and Flair will walk into No Way Out alongside Brian Pillman, holding ALL the World Titles going, and the night is going to be a clean sweep.....because just like Kane isn't in the same league as The Corporate Cannon, in terms of tag team cohesion, Al Snow and Billy Gunn aren't even in the same SPORT as Flair and Anderson, let alone in the same league.....

".....no one is....."

.....be it Rhodes and Mero, The New Age Outlaws, OR Al Snow and Chris Candido, the fact of the matter is that Flair and Anderson could beat any combination of them on any given night.....IN FACT, they could beat all six men at once, and STILL make it to the bar in time for last call with their championships in tact.....

".....so at No Way Out, we WILL walk out with the titles still around our waists, and Dustin, when we do maybe we'll still give you that shot that you want.....

.....then again.....maybe we won't....."


Rating: A*

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.....we head to the back from there, to two teams who also have a vested interest in the WWF Tag Team Titles, because one man from each pairing will be facing Ric Flair and Arn Anderson in just six days time.....

.....now Billy Gunn and Al Snow (as the tag champs pointed out) haven't exactly been the most cohesive of units, in fact they (and their respective partners) have been at each other's throats on and off for almost a year now.....

.....it looks like they've reached some sort of parley here though, because they're sharing a room.....and they're not trying to kill each other.....

.....that's gotta be a start.....

.....right?.....

.....anyway, they're watching Flair and Anderson's promo on a shared monitor, but it seems like Sunny has a solution to all their problems.....

.....she says that Al Snow doesn't want to be teaming with Billy Gunn.....Billy Gunn CERTAINLY doesn't want to be teaming with a weirdo like Al Snow, so she has a proposition.....

".....because let's face it, Mr. Ass here is MORE than capable of carrying this idiot to the tag team titles, but after that all bets are off....."

.....Sunny says that she and the Outlaws are going to give Al Snow a gift.....the gift of a spot in the record book.....and that's with the record of being the only man to have TWO consecutive tag title reigns last less than a day.....

".....because WHEN Billy wins the tag team titles, we go onto Monday night....and we get rid of you two idiots once and for all....."

.....Al let's out a subtle cough, whispering at Sunny that she's forgetting someone (while making not so subtle eye motions towards Head) telling her ixnay on the wotsay, because 'she's' already pouting.....

.....Sunny lets out a sigh (and an eye-roll) telling Snow, fine.....the three of them, whatever.....either way she has a proposition.....next Monday.....one night removed from No Way Out, WWF Tag Team Champion Billy Gunn vs. WWF Tag Team Champion Al Snow.....winner take all, winner gets to pick his new co-champion.....you can't say fairer than that.....

.....I guess you can't.....as Snow and Gunn (cautiously) shake on it and for the first time in god knows how long, these two teams share to time without an altercation.....so I guess next week we will be seeing Gunn vs. Snow for the WWF Tag Team Titles?.....

.....maybe someone should tell them that they have to actually WIN the titles first.....

.....from Ric Flair and Arn Anderson.....

.....with the backing of Vince McMahon.....

.....yeah.....good luck with that.....

Rating: B+

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.....from there we go back down to ringside, where Dean Malenko and Rey Mysterio are preparing for their upcoming match.....

.....against each other.....

.....why?.....

.....well, mainly because of Chris Jericho.....the current WWF Intercontinental Champion has taken it upon himself to keep himself amused by constantly belittling and ridiculing the Man of 1000 Holds, to the point that Dean Malenko is severely doubting his own ability.....leading to frustrations building to such a boiling point that Malenko actually challenged Mysterio to this match here tonight, because he just HAS to know who the better Cruiserweight is.....

.....so here we are.....

.....Mysterio doesn't actually look to enthralled at the prospect of this match, and he grabs a microphone to let Malenko know that they don't actually have to do this.....

".....all these doubts, they're just in your head.....it's just Chris Jericho messing with your mind, you don't have to prove anything to anyone....."

.....Rey says that everyone knows what a great wrestler Malenko is, there's nothing and no one to prove wrong.....Dean disagrees though, telling Mysterio that there is one person that he has to prove wrong.....

".....myself....."

.....because right now, he's doubting everything he ever thought he knew about himself, so he has to know.....he has to win.....so this match IS happening.....and it's happening now.....

.....ok.....let's get on with it then.....

Rating: B+

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.....ring the bell then, because this one is underway.....

.....Malenko probably doesn't realise it, but he's actually doing Chris Jericho a favour here.....after all, Rey Mysterio has a shot at that WWF Intercontinental Championship in just six days time at No Way Out, but while he is (rather needlessly) competing here tonight, the Champion is not.....

.....advantage Jericho.....

.....as for the match itself, well obviously it was very good.....whether you were looking for high flying escapades or mat based proficiency this match had you covered.....granted, the face vs. face dynamic might have left fans at a bit of a loss as to which guy to root for (or rather root against) but it still didn't take too much away from the contest.....

.....the ending did though.....















.....because with both Mysterio and Malenko down, these two gentlemen made their way out.....

.....Test was obviously running distraction, because he instantly hopped up onto the apron to draw the attention of the official away from the fact that Chris Jericho had rolled into the ring (with a steel chair in hand) and with Malenko still down and oblivious he positions himself behind Mysterio, before driving the edge of that chair right into the back of Rey's knee, almost chop block style.....

.....damage done, Jericho quickly dives out of the ring and he and Test retreat back up the aisle, just as (the still oblivious) Malenko gets back to his feet.....

.....Dean sees Mysterio down and clutching at his knee.....he sees opportunity too.....because he quickly locks on the Cloverleaf, turns Mysterio over.....and with the damage already done by the chair, Rey has little option but to concede.....

.....and Malenko finally gets a big win.....

Winner: Dean Malenko
Rating: B

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.....there was no real animosity in this match, it was literally (in Malenko's case) a match for pride.....so the delighted victor has no hesitation on helping his opponent back to his feet and offering a handshake on a match well fought.....

.....Rey slaps that hand away though (much to the surprise of Dean) asking him what the hell that was? A question that clearly confuses Malenko, who has no idea what Mysterio is going on about.....

.....fortunately Chris Jericho is there at the top of the ramp with a microphone to let Malenko know exactly why Mysterio is so p!ssed......

".....because I was sat there in the back with my number one Jerichoholic Test and we were watching your match.....now Test, he doesn't say much usually (he's more of the silent but deadly type) but even my big buddy here had to say something.....because Bore-Us, you were boring us baby....."

.....Jericho says that they did what any self respecting Canadian would do, they came out here to liven things up a little bit, and that's exactly what they did.....

".....so Bore-Us, remember this.....when you go home tonight, and you pull out that old Light Heavyweight Title belt (because I know you wear it when no ones looking) and Great Aunt Mable Malenko (you know, the one with the questionable facial hair) congratulates you on a job well done, you be sure to tell her that the ONLY reason you won tonight, was because of The Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rolla, the Intercontinental Champion, the Paragon of Virtue.....your favourite wrestler and mine.....Chris "can't call me boring" Jericho.....because you would never.....eeeeeeeeeeeever......have won that match, without me.....thank you, goodnight!....."

.....now Malenko knows why Rey is so p!ssy.....and you've never seen a man go from jubilation to devastation quite so quickly as Dean Malenko here.....

.....this was quite the night for Jericho.....he got the night off, his No Way Out opponent had to wrestle (and looks to be favouring that knee) AND he got break Dean Malenko's spirit that little bit more.....that's a win on all fronts as we are just six days away from No Way Out.....

.....let's leave Malenko to his self pity and go to the back shall we.....

Rating: A

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.....where Booker T is currently being attended to in the trainers room.....

.....Booker is clearly still feeling the effects of that beating he took at the hands of Raven and Roberts earlier this evening, but that isn't going to stop Interviewer Extraordinaire Dok Hendrix from trying to get word with him.....

.....he asks Booker his condition, reminding him that he is only six days away from facing Jeff Jarrett for the European Championship.....although, after tonight (with his own brother standing back and watching Raven and Jake Roberts assault him, is his head even in the game?.....

.....Booker (who's clearly in pain) tells Hendrix that his head is ALWAYS in the game.....and he's damn sure ready for Jeff Jarrett on Sunday Night.....he tells Dok, that he didn't ask for this shot, but he's damn sure going to take it, no matter WHAT condition he's in.....just like he's going to take the European Championship, no matter WHAT condition he's in.....

".....as for my brother, my brother is a damn fool.....where is he anyway? Send that sucka in here, we got some things to talk about....."

.....Dok tells Booker that he's got a little problem there.....Stevie Ray already left for the evening.....










".....but he, just like WE, made his intentions perfectly clearly....."



.....this room just got a whole lot smaller.....because the entire Nation of Domination is here.....

.....Booker struggles to his feet, clearly anticipating another assault, but Ahmed tells him to "sit your ass down before you fall down boy".....Booker rather stubbornly chooses to remain standing, but it's clearly a struggle for him.....

.....Ahmed again reiterates that they're not here to take him out, earlier on was just a little love tap to prove a point.....that it's better to be IN the Nation than it is to be AGAINST the Nation.....Stevie Ray knows that, which is why Stevie Ray is trying to convince his brother to join.....

".....but as much as we want Stevie in the brotherhood, he's made it clear that Harlem Heat are a package deal, either you're BOTH in, or ain't neither of you win.....now I can respect that loyalty and we DO want you in too Booker......you just gotta stop being such a jackass about it....."

.....Ahmed tells Booker that the time has ticked down, they want an answer by No Way Out.....but he might want to make sure he makes the right decision.....because Booker T IN the Nation of Domination means he's walking out of Sunday's show as the NEW European Champion......

".....where as Booker T AGAINST the Nation.....means you might not walk out at all.....you dig that? Sucka?....."

.....decisions, decisions Booker.....the clocks ticking.....

Rating: A

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.....we're about to go to commercial, but before we do we cut to a quick shot of the back where Rich and Scott Steiner are conversing ahead of their upcoming match.....

.....Scotty has Sable with him (while Rich has DiBiase) but Rude lets us know that his sources have informed him that Scott Steiner has point blank refused for the rest of the Million Dollar Corporation to be anywhere with him, stating that Scott might have agreed to work with his brother tonight, but that doesn't mean he's forgiven OR forgotten what the Corporation did to him when they recruited Rich Steiner into their ranks.....

.....Rich (for what it's worth) doesn't seem to be aware that Scotty is only just tolerating his presence, as he (soundlessly, the only audio is from the commentators) prances around the room like a jackass, thrusting money his brothers way.....

.....Big Poppa Pump doesn't like that though, he's made it clear that he's not joining the Corporation, and he emphasises the point by slapping the wad of cash out of his brothers hand, pointing a finger at him and shouting something we (probably fortunately) don't hear.....

.....and as Sable discreetly shoves the discarded cash into her cleavage for safekeeping, Jim Ross says that the Steiner Brothers might be back together, but they hardly look united here.....

.....as we finally go to commercial.....

Rating: B+

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.....and we're back.....and this one is set to be ugly.....not necessarily because of the skills of the participants, but more so due to the bad blood involved between them.....

.....the bad blood between Scott Steiner and the Wolfpac is well documented, beginning back at Novembers Survivor Series where Hall, Nash and Waltman (inadvertently) snubbed Big Poppa Pump during their Survivor Series encounter with The Hart Foundation.....since then Scott Steiner has gone out of his way to cause as much damage to the 'Pac as possible, putting Kevin Nash on the shelf with a lead pipe attack, assaulting Hall and Waltman on numerous occasions, costing Scott Hall the Intercontinental Championship, costing Kevin Nash the Royal Rumble match and finally, joining the Million Dollar Corporation in taking out Sean Waltman a few weeks back.....

.....it's going to be the battle of the Scott's at No Way Out, when Scott's Hall and Steiner meet in their encounter.....but then (like Kevin Nash said earlier) Big Sexy is only just getting started with Big Poppa Pump.....

.....as for tonight.....this was ugly, but good.....very good.....

.....these two teams clashed for the first time almost two years ago, where Hall and Nash dethroned the (then) WWF Tag Team Champion Steiner Brothers.....this was just as heated, and while Rich and Scott haven't teamed up since July of 1996, old habits die hard and they soon slip back into their Tag Team groove.....

.....Hall and Nash dominate the opening portion of the match.....and I do mean DOMINATE.....Rich Steiner in particular takes one hell of a beating until Scotty finally turns the tides on his No Way Out opponent, leaving Scott Hall to play the face in peril.....

.....obviously we were going to get that hot tag eventually, and when we did Big Sexy hit the ring like a man possessed.....so much so, that despite Scott Steiners original pleas, DiBiase desires that he has to rally the troops.....











.....and the WWF European Champion Jeff Jarrett makes his way out from the back.....guitar in hand.....clearly looking to turn the tides in the favour of the Steiner Brothers.....








.....except someone had a different idea, as Sean Waltman makes his return (still wearing a neckbrace) to nail Jarrett from behind, driving him face first into the steel ring post.....

.....that negates Jarrett, but Waltman ain't done.....

.....he picks up the discarded Acoustic Equaliser as Scott Hall tackles Scott Steiner to the outside, clipping the official as they go.....and with the referee (temporarily) down, Waltman crashes that guitar across the back of Rich (during a rope running sequence) causing Steiner to stagger forward, straight into the waiting hands of Kevin Nash.....

.....Jackknife.....

.....one, two, three.....

.....and Rich Steiner is toast.....

Winner(s): The Wolfpac
Rating: B+

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.....so much for brotherly love.....because with Rich Steiner down and out and the Wolfpac back in full force, Scott Steiner decides to beat a hasty retreat, clearly deciding that Sunday Night will be good enough for him, leaving Hall and Nash to celebrate with Waltman, as we go to the back.....

.....where Michael Cole is standing by with the Hart Foundation.....

.....No Way Out will be a big night for the Canadians, because Bret, Owen and Jericho are all going to be in competition, and they are all going to be in matches with Championship stakes.....

.....Bret does the majority of the talking here (although all Foundation members get a few minutes on the stick) telling Cole that Sunday is set to be a very successful night for the Hart Foundation.....

".....because while Chris Jericho will continue to tread the footprints of the Canadians that came before him, successfully defending that Intercontinental Championship just as Owen did, just as I did, Owen Hart is finally going to put an end to the vulgar phenomenon that is Stone Cold Steve Austin, when he snatches that dream of headlining Wrestlemania right out from under him.....just like I'm going to show Big Sexy that the Bigger they are, the harder they fall.....

.....Kevin Nash, you and your little degenerate KLiQ might have won tonight, but if you REALLY want to hold gold again here in the WWF then you might want to stick to tag team wrestling....because I WILL beat you at No Way Out, I WILL go on to main event Wrestlemania (for the fourth time may I add) and I WILL be walking out as your new World Wrestling Federation Champion, because I'm the best there is.....the best there was.....and you know the rest....."


.....Bret and Owen have a little playful back and forth here, with Owen telling his big brother that it will be HIM walking out of Wrestlemania the WWF Champion, not Bret.....but it's obvious there's no animosity here.....

.....the brothers agree to disagree in the end, choosing to settle for a "may the best man win" conclusion, before Bret addresses who the champion will be going IN to Wrestlemania.....

".....because honestly, it doesn't matter.....Kane or Brian Pillman, it's all the same to us.....but Brian, I can't stress this enough.....I hope it's you.....you're on the list of people that have screwed us over.....you left me high and dry in our tag team match a few weeks back.....and perhaps worst of all, you ushered in the cursing, middle finger waving era of Stone Cold Steve Austin.....

.....my baby brother Owen is going to take care of Steve Austin on Sunday just like I'm going to take care of that Big Idiot Kevin Nash, and then.....IF he can get past Kane, Brian Pillman is going to find out that a Loose Cannon is no match for a Hart Attack....."


.....that's one scenario I guess.....Michael Cole says that another scenario is WWF Champion Kevin Nash vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin.....Kane vs. Owen Hart?.....Bret vs. Owen vs. Kane?.....Brian Pillman vs. Owen Hart?.....the possibilities are endless, but rest assured, when the smoke clears at No Way Out, we could well know what our Wrestlemania main event will be.....

.....speaking of main events, Michael Cole sends us down to ringside for tonight's.....

Rating: A*

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.....and if our last match was branded ugly, this match takes ugly to a whole new level.....this was Hacksaw Jim Duggan ugly.....this was the Quasimodo of professional wrestling matches.....this was.....well, you get the point.....

.....it's Ahmed Johnson, the Walking Armageddon, taking on Kane, the Big Red Monster.....and while on the surface this is somewhat of a throwaway match, Vince McMahon picked about as good an opponent as possible if he wanted an opponent that could really make Kane suffer.....after all, The Undertaker might have defeated Ahmed back at the Survivor Series to capture the WWF Championship, but that was one victory.....Ahmed Johnson has a NUMBER of victories over the Deadman.....AND put him on the shelf for five months after crushing his larynx.....so if you want someone that can go toe to toe with Kane, go for the man who went toe to toe with his brother.....

.....as you would expect this match was filled mainly with punch/kick combinations and heavy hitting blows.....Ahmed is a former WWF Champion, but Kane is the one with a title opportunity just around the corner and he fights here like a man with Championship Intentions on his mind.....

.....in fact, as the match draws to a close, it looks like it's about to be curtains for Ahmed, as the Big Red Monster wraps a hand around his throat.....

.....cue the Nation of Domination.....


















.....or not.....

.....because it's not the Nation that make their way out, it's Vince McMahon's Corporate Champions (and Mankind) and Brian Pillman's neck has made a miraculous recovery.....because as he slides into the ring with Flair, Arn and Mankind, his neck brace is nowhere to be seen.....

.....the four men pounce on Pillman's No Way Out challenger, assaulting him from behind and beating him down to the mat.....

.....that's a disqualification if ever I saw one.....

Winner: Kane (via Disqualification)
Rating: A

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.....and this is NOT a good place for Kane OR Paul Bearer to be in now.....

.....both The Big Red Machine and his newfound Manager have felt the wrath of Brian Pillman in the past.....and that was when Pillman was trying to WIN the World Title.....he cobbled Kane and damn near crippled Paul Bearer, how far do you think he's prepared to go to KEEP the World Title?.....

.....well, figuratively about ten feet.....because that's how far he has to go to collect a steel chair from ringside.....but as Flair and Arn hold Kane in place (for Mankind to pummel him with blows in between squeals) it looks like The Loose Cannon, Brian 'F'n' Pillman is coming out to play, because after knocking Bearer right on his ample posterior with a right hand, he opens that chair up, slides Bearers leg inside and climbs up onto the second turnbuckle.....

.....someone is going to get Pillmanized.....again.....



















.....:::::!!!!!GLASS SHATTERS!!!!!:::::.....



.....at least until Stone Cold Steve Austin comes rushing out from the back, steel chair in hand.....

.....Mankind quickly breaks away from the pack to meet Austin in the aisleway.....or rather his head met the steel chair, as Stone Cold bashes his brains in and steps over his fallen body as he continues to the ring.....

.....Anderson is next to try.....he meets Austin at ringside, only to get the edge of the chair drove into his midsection, doubling him over and leaving him in position for Austin to crash that steel across his back.....

.....Flair is next, he gets backdropped over the top rope as he charges at the incoming Rattlesnake.....fortunately he lands on the apron.....not so fortunately Austin is waiting for him to stand, cracking that steel chair against his skull and sending him crumpling down to the floor below.....

.....and then there was one.....THE one.....the WWF Champion.....and Pillman isn't sticking around.....Brian Pillman is a pretty smart guy.....he crazy, don't get me wrong.....but he's crazy like a fox and he knows when it's time to fight and when it's time to run away.....

.....this is time to run away.....

.....Pillman quickly bails out of the ring, leaving Bearer (virtually) unharmed and makes his way up the aisle, coming to a halt at the entrance way with a manic grin on his face, as Austin mounts the corner, cursing like a sailor as he tells Pillman that at Wrestlemania, his ass belongs to Stone Cold.....

.....maybe it does.....maybe it doesn't.....I guess we'll find out on Sunday.....we'll see you there.....live only on Pay Per View.....

.....No Way Out.....

.....goodnight folks.....

Rating: A*

Final Rating: A

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Week 3, February 1998
America West Arena (Phoenix, Arizona)
ATT: 16,221
TV: 28.50
Announce Team: Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan and Mike Tenay


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.....it's that time again.....it's WCW Monday Nitro and the credits have finished rolling, which can mean only one thing.....it's time for the Titans of Wrestling to make their entrance.....

.....Randy Savage and The Warrior clearly don't like to work Thursdays (since they rarely appear on WCW Thunder) but it's clear that the Macho Man has at least SEEN this past weeks show, and apparently he didn't like what he saw.....

.....he tells the Freaking Awesome Foursome that he saw their display on Thursday.....he HEARD their display too ("heard you crying for Hollywood, yeah.....Hollywood ain't here") and he didn't like it one little bit.....

.....Macho says that Sting presented them a perfect opportunity on Thursday night ("not the title opportunity, no, no, no.....the opportunity of an opportunity.....the opportunity to take the Stinger Man OUT.....the opportunity to put the Stinger Man DOWN.....the opportunity, yeah, to make sure that when the Stinger Man steps in the ring with the Warrior Man at SuperBrawl, he's only HALF the man he used to be, ya dig?").....

.....Macho says that while Adam Copeland was out here trying to take the WCW Title for himself, he (as well as Cage, Bagwell and Traylor) SHOULD have been weakening Sting in preparation for the Warriors big match.....NOT thinking about himself.....

.....Copeland tells Macho that he thought that all that mattered was the Titans bringing the WCW Title home, not WHICH Titan did it.....

.....before muttering under his breath that Hollywood would totally have been rooting for him.....

.....and Macho doesn't like that statement.....slapping Copeland right in the mouth.....

.....Randy Savage has never exactly been a 'stable' guy.....no one has ever accused him of being Mr. Calm and Collected either, so Copeland should have perhaps been expecting that response.....even so, it doesn't sit well with the rest of the Foursome (with Traylor even going so far as to place himself between Savage and Copeland) and as Savage screams at Copeland not to mention that man's name, Buff and Cage stand side by side with their partner.....

.....Savage says that Hollywood isn't here, Hollywood isn't GOING to be here, and if he WAS here, Randy Savage would be asking him where he's been for the last two months.....but tonight, the Macho Man is going to hand Copeland another opportunity (since he squandered the last one) to make things right.....because tonight, Copeland and Cage are going to face off against the Macho Man's SuperBrawl opponent AND the Warrior's SuperBrawl opponent.....when they meet Shawn Michaels and Sting in the main event.....

.....and since Buff Bagwell seems to be shaking in his britches at the prospect of stepping into the ring with Roddy Piper ("I saw you run, run, running for the hills on Thunder brother, yeah") then Ray Traylor ("Mr. Beady Eye, giving me the eye yeah") the so called Enforcer of the group can do his job, stop staring out the Macho Man and face Roddy Piper.....

.....next.....

".....do you think you can manage that? Get it? Got it? Get them good, yeah.....Russo, book it boss man, do the thing with the thing....."

.....and "the thing" is exactly what Vinnie Ru does, making the match official and we have our main event of the evening, as well as our opening contest, as (the very tense) Titans of Wrestling promo wraps up, while Warrior, Savage and Russo make their way to the back.....

.....before the bagpipes begin to play.....








.....doesn't look like Roddy Piper is too concerned about the prospect of facing Big Ray-Ray.....

.....let's get the action started shall we.....

Rating: A*

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.....and what a huge match it is.....

.....it's not often that you see a name as legendary as Rowdy Roddy Piper curtain jerking a show, but here he is.....and against the Enforcer of the Titans no less, Ray Traylor.....

.....granted, on paper Ray Traylor isn't exactly what you would usually consider a big name in 1998, but Big Ray-Ray has benefitted immensely from his association with the Totally Awesome Trinity sub-group of the Titans of Wrestling, completely revitalising someone who's name would likely have been on the chopping block without it.....

.....speaking of the Trinity, Copeland, Cage AND Buff Bagwell (who keeps his distance from Piper as he enters, while still managing to taunt him) are all still out here at ringside, something that the official soon rectifies, evicting the trio from ringside.....

.....ish.....

.....because while not at ringside they still stick around in the arena, choosing instead to hijack the announce table (sending Bobby Heenan in particular, running for the hills) where they spend the duration of the match running down Piper, bigging up Hollywood Hogan, and choosing to completely ignore to mention Warrior and Savage.....

.....as for the match itself.....ehhh.....it was what it was.....

.....what it WAS, was a match between two men who are hardly in their primes.....it wasn't horrible, but in terms of In ring action it was hardly at the level of say Lance Storm vs. Chris Benoit.....

.....the crowd liked it though.....loved it actually.....Traylor played his Enforcer role perfectly a she overpowered Piper for the majority of the match, only for the wiley veteran to hook on the Sleeper Hold out of the blue, and it looks like Big Ray-Ray is ready for his nap time.....












.....until Buff Bagwell abandons the announce booth, grabs Traylors nightstick from ringside and rolls into the ring, where he nails Piper in the back of the head with the foreign object.....

.....that'll be a ding, ding, ding folks.....

Winner: Roddy Piper (via Disqualification)
Rating: B

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.....and it's not long before Copeland and Cage join him too, leaving Piper on the receiving end of a three on one beatdown that soon becomes a four on one beatdown when Big Ray-Ray gets his bearings back.....

.....if the Macho Man's plan here was for Roddy Piper to be significantly weakened ahead of his upcoming SuperBrawl match with Buff Bagwell then he's getting his wish.....Buff has seemingly found his backbone too, what with Piper being down while Bagwell is surrounded by his friends, so he's particularly obnoxious as he hurls insults at the man, before directing the two Chairmen of the Freaking Awesome Foursome to go and collect their chosen weapons.....

.....we could be about to see Roddy Piper on the receiving end of a Con-Chair-To.....











.....but before they can deliver the blow, the now familiar sight of the WCW Champion rappelling down from the roof of the arena brings the proceedings to a halt, as the baseball bat wielding Sting storms the ring.....

.....since this Titan Foursome have already had one dressing down for failing to capitalise on a relatively vulnerable Sting (vulnerable in terms of numbers anyway) you'd think they would perhaps take this opportunity to deliver that beatdown that Randy Savage was looking for.....

.....they don't though.....

.....the bat in his hand (and the fact that Copeland tells a nearby camera that they got Sting later) means that the Freaking Awesome Foursome decide to bail, leaving the WCW Champion to help Roddy Piper back to his feet.....

.....Piper grabs a microphone and (between gasping breaths) tells Buff Bagwell that if that's all he's got then he's in for a whole world of hurt at SuperBrawl.....

".....because even Larry, Moe and Curly there aren't going to be enough to stop what I'm going to do to you at SuperBrawl.....you might think you're hot stuff prancing around here like some Greek Adonis, but Buff let me tell you, a Hot Rod will always beat a Hot Bod and I've been taking out Adonis' since 1987....."

.....Sting takes the microphone next, saying that it shouldn't really come as a surprise that the Warrior is going to be looking for Copeland and Company to do his dirty work for him and try to soften up his SuperBrawl opponent.....

".....not a surprise, but still a disappointment.....I'd have thought 'Jim' after the history we share, that you would at least be a man and face me head on.....but like I said, after you stabbed me in the back and joined up with the Titans of Wrestling like the coward you are, I'm disappointed.....not surprised....."

.....Sting says that while he'd rather have a man like Roddy Piper watching his back tonight, he'll STILL take out Copeland, Cage AND Buff and Traylor tonight.....

".....and Shawn Michaels.....'Sexy Boy'.....if you get in my way, I'll have no problem taking you out too.....because it's Showtime folks....."

.....so there we have it.....a fired up WCW Champion ready to go to war.....

.....let's go to the back.....

Rating: A*

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.....where Mean Gene is preparing to go through the talking abomination that is a Juventud Guerrera interview.....

.....this one is about to be even worse than usual too, because not only do we have Juvi's gibberish to contend with, but we have Psychosis babbling away in broken English too.....

.....the main gist of the promo seems to be that both Juvi and Psychosis have their sights set on the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and while Guerrera may have the first shot at SuperBrawl, Psychosis is putting his name out there to be next in line.....

.....although apparently someone finds that hilarious, because a rather obnoxious laugh cuts the promo short.....













.....as Brian Lawler cackles his way into shot.....

.....he tells Gene (and the viewers at home) not to worry.....because he's from Memphis, Tennessee, which means (thanks to the superior education system this side of the boarder) that he's fluent in English, Spanglish AND Gringo, so luckily for us, he's here to translate.....

".....this one here, the one with the horns? He says that he's officially announcing right here, right now, that he's never seen a more complete Cruiserweight competitor than Brian Lawler.....he says that no other wrestler is at my level.....I'm too fast, too strong, too agile and honestly, Too Sexy for this division......what was that? Ok, ok, much-ass grassy-ass.....he says that quite honestly, the Cruiserweight Division NEEDS a competitor like me, so he's officially withdrawing his earlier challenge.....he says that Brian Lawler should be next in line for a shot.....not him, and not this other little Mexican Jumping Bean either, isn't that right Horn Head?....."

.....no, that's not right at all.....in fact Psychosis emphatically shakes his head no.....

.....Guerrera tells Lawler that there's no way he will be batting a Title shot any time soon.....Juventud Guerrera has been winning matches.....Psychosis has been winning matches (including a win over Lawler) while Brian Lawler hasn't won ANY matches.....

".....you a loser!....."

.....now it's the two Lucha Stars who laugh, before walking off to compete in their next match.....slapping (a p!ssed off looking) Brian Lawler on the back as they go.....

.....how embarrassing.....

.....let's go down to ringside.....

Rating: B

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.....because whether Brian Lawler likes it or not, Juventud Guerrera IS next in line for a shot at the WCW Cruiserweight Championship.....a Championship currently held by a member of the opposing team tonight, Hayabusa.....

.....James Vandenberg has moved heaven and earth and cast his net far and wide in order to secure the possession of this Cruiserweight Championship, so you'd better believe that his Twisted Ministry is going to do everything possible to ensure that they keep hold of it now they have it, which is possibly why it's Guerrera that takes the brunt of the punishment here tonight.....

.....that's not to say that Psychosis gets off lightly, in fact NO ONE gets off lightly in this one, as these four men throw caution to the wind in a display or high flying, high risk action.....










.....that was ruined by this jackass.....

.....Mortis has been on the shelf for a few weeks now (with an injury which I constantly forget he has) so he's not here to lend a helping hand to his team mates.....

.....Brian Lawler is here though.....and he comes rushing out from the back (as Vandenberg distracts the official) to leap onto the apron and shove Guerrera from where he was perched on the top rope.....

.....Juventud lands hard, and one Phoenix Splash later Hayabusa racks up a big win on his next challenger, with only a few weeks before their scheduled title confrontation.....

Winner(s): Hayabusa & Jinsei Shinzaki
Rating: C+

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.....Lawler is clearly delighted that his actions cost Juvi the match and rushes to the outside to pick up the Cruiserweight Title, waving it in Guerrera's face telling him that he's NEVER going to get his hands on this.....

.....only to turn around (bellowing out that obnoxious cackle) and coming face to face with James Vandenberg's entire Ministry.....

.....Lawler is wearing yellow trunks, but perhaps brown would have hidden the fear better, because he absolutely sh!ts himself when he sees Hayabusa, Shinsaki and Mortis staring at him, as he quickly tosses the title at Hayabusa's feet and hightails in the hell out of dodge before anything untoward can happen to him.....

.....Shinzaki collects the Cruiserweight Prize and hands it to Hayabusa, as the Congregation stand over the (still) fallen Juventud Guerrera in celebration.....

.....as we take a commercial break.....

Rating: B

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.....and when we return, it's to the sight of Mean Gene standing in the middle of the ring.....

.....we shill the hotline just a little bit (1-900-909-9900, with Gene telling us that it seems like the not-so distinguished competition is so short of stars, that they are reduced to giving out pay rises to keep WCW cast-off's happy.....Option 2 will tell you all about the pay bump that Booker T just received) before saying that if it's REAL stars you want, then look no further than where the big boys play.....

".....because they don't get much bigger than my next guest.....he has had sixty one matches.....sixty one wins.....zero losses.....and he's the current WCW Television Champion.....ladies and gentlemen please welcome back, Bill Goldberg....."

.....he gets a good reaction too, and as the ominous music begins to play, the anticipation levels continue to rise.....and they rise because (as of yet) the Television Champion is nowhere to be seen.....






.....well, we might not have our Television Champion out (just yet) but we DO have the public face of the WCW Championship Committee, because Eric Bischoff is making his way out.....

.....Bischoff tells Gene that unfortunately, this right here is d-day.....he says that after suffering a separated shoulder at the hands of Eddie and Chavo Guerrero, Mr. Goldberg has been unable to defend the Television Title for the last 28 days.....

".....and as much as it pains me to say this, unless Bill Goldberg makes his way out this evening (to defend that Championship within the 30 day parameter) I and the Championship Committee will have no choice.....but to vacate the Television Title....."

.....there is a chorus of boo's to that statement, with Bischoff telling the crowd that he understands their frustrations, but unfortunately it will be out of his hands.....rules are rules, and ALL titles must be defended within that thirty day window, or ANY Champion can be stripped for failing to defend their gold.....

.....hold on to that thought.....

.....because the music begins to play for a second time.....

.....and the camera switches to a backstage shot.....























.....as the Television Champion comes bursting out of his locker room, beginning the long march to the ring.....

.....he LOOKS fit.....he LOOKS medically cleared to wrestle.....and he LOOKS to be mightily pissed off as he storms his way through the backstage area.....

.....only to suddenly get taken out, by a steel chair crashing against his back, right in that shoulder area.....
















.....as Eddie Guerrero strikes again.....

.....the first blow doesn't put Bill Goldberg down (in fact, he still has enough wherewithal to shove Chavo halfway across the hallway) but it certainly rattles him though.....

.....Eddie isn't done though.....and if one chairshot wasn't enough to take out the rookie sensation, then the succeeding four more shots were.....

.....each blow was delivered with precise accuracy and as Eddie finally drops the chair (as security rush into shot) and he and Chavo retreat out of shot, as we go to a commercial for SuperBrawl.....

Rating: A

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.....and when we return, we return to the backstage area, where Bill Goldberg is receiving treatment in the trainers room.....

.....he CLEARLY p!ssed off and looking to get out of there and his hands on Eddie Guerrero, going to far as to tell (the now entering) Eric Bischoff that he'll put the title on the line against anyone on the roster right here, right now, but he is going to tear both Guerrero's in half the moment he's done with that.....

.....the medical personnel on hand however are adamant that Goldberg will NOT be competing against ANYONE.....because thanks to this latest attack, he is once again not medically fit to compete.....they say that the shoulder isn't separated as it was last time, but it's one shot away from being and they can't in good conscious let him compete.....

.....so what does that mean for the Television Title?.....

.....hold that thought.....










.....because we can hear the sounds of Eddie Guerrero's music playing over the house speakers, as the camera shot switches to the uncle and nephew combination making their way out to the ring.....

.....they are in a VERY good mood too.....laughing and joking their whole way down the aisle, before climbing into the ring, where Eddie says that they can finally all stop talking about that silly little win streak.....

".....and start talking about the only streak that matters holmes.....Eddie Guerrero's streak....."

.....oh right.....this again.....

.....Eddie has rather bizarrely (yet repeatedly) taken offence to the fact that the undefeated streak of Bill Goldberg has been getting all the attention around here, while his "streak" has gone unnoticed.....

.....now, in fairness, Eddie's streak isn't quite so impressive.....in fact, in includes quite a number of losses.....BUT (like it or not) he does indeed have a streak.....he has walked out of every single US Title defence for the last seven months with the gold still around his waist.....it's just not quite as impressive as going undefeated since your debut match.....

.....none the less, Eddie says that there is only ONE Champion with a streak around here now (since Goldberg will have to be stripped of HIS title) so we may as well focus on that.....and at SuperBrawl, THE streak.....HIS streak will continue.....because Mr. JPL (just like Mr. Rock and Mr. Not-So Perfect before him found out) is NEVER going to be man enough to take this United States Title away from the Papi of Perfection.....but have no fear.....

".....because your favourite wrestler (Eddie Guerrero) will be taking the next few shows off esŤ, to make sure that (unlike Bill Goldberg) he is in PERFECT condition to perform....."












.....someone is having a busy night.....because Guerrero is rudely interrupted by this gentleman, who marches down the aisle and grabs a mic of his own, to let Guerrero know that while Bill Goldberg is still the TV Champion for the next two days, HE is lucky that HE hasn't been stripped of HIS Championship for his actions.....

".....but in regards to your statement Mr. Guerrero.....NO.....you will NOT be taking the next few shows off.....in fact, you're going to be in action on WCW Thunder.....and you will be putting the US Title on the line too.....against an opponent that you will find out on the night....."

.....Eddie isn't happy about that, but Bischoff tells him not to worry.....because if he loses the title on Thursday night, then he WILL get a show off.....SuperBrawl.....because while JPL will STILL be getting a shot at the US Title.....it might just be against a different US Champion.....

.....and with that, Bischoff storms to the back.....with the protesting Guerrero's following him all the way.....

.....we should have a match really.....

Rating: A*

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.....and it's a decent one too, as Rikishi Fatu takes on a gentleman who will be facing The Rock at SuperBrawl, Curt Hennig.....

.....I guess that should be incentive enough for Big 'Kish, after all, he and The Rock share the same blood.....but as we have seen in recent weeks, there doesn't seem to be much Samoan loyalty around here recently, especially if The Lumana'i are anything to go by.....

.....this match was pretty good.....it probably could have been better, but we aren't about to start throwing around twenty minute barnburners in the middle of the show.....this got just enough time to keep it competitive, but while Rikishi is flirting about on the outskirts of a Samoan Implosion (as he attempts to understand why the Lumana'i did what they did) Curt Hennig has a date with the Great One, so we should probably keep him strong right?.....

.....probably why he was able to catch Rikishi with a roll up for the one, two, three.....

Winner: Curt Hennig
Rating: B-

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.....Mean Gene makes his way out again to catch a quick word with Hennig (and it is only a quick word, this isn't a long segment) asking him how he feels about his upcoming match with The Rock.....

".....because Curt Hennig, in my opinion you have appeared to be extremely reluctant to be in the vicinity of The Rock, but at SuperBrawl there won't be any more running....."

.....Hennig is aghast at that statement, stating that he's never run from a fight in his life.....he tells Gene that the only reason he hasn't wanted to be around the Rock recently, is because he doesn't want to put an end to the young man's career.....

".....because that's what would happen Gene.....Little Rocky, he knows he's no match for Curt Hennig.....you know it, I know it.....these fans, the Rock's "People", they know it.....so really, the "People" should be thanking me, for not putting their precious hero out of the sport once and for all....."

.....and that is why (Curt tells us) that he's been "running" from the Rock, no other reason.....

.....but as for SuperBrawl, that match with The Rock.....it might not happen.....because Curt Hennig is officially throwing his name in the hat to be the mystery opponent of Eddie Guerrero on Thunder.....

".....and when I beat that slippery little Mexican Jumping-Bean, well it's like Eric Bischoff said earlier.....I'll be defending the United Starers Championship at SuperBrawl, against Jean Paul Levesque.....

.....so Rocky.....

.....you might just have to wait....."


.....Hennig makes a good point, he WOULDN'T have to face Rocky should he capture the US Title this week.....

.....of course the announcers play it up as Hennig trying to duck The Rock again.....and they might be right.....but then, throwing you name in the hat for a match and GETTING a match are two entirely different things.....

.....will Curt Hennig be Eddie Guerrero's mystery opponent?.....I guess you'll have to tune into Thunder to find out.....

.....but for now, let's go to the back.....

Rating: A

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.....where Chris Benoit is currently receiving some (seemingly unwanted) career advice.....

.....Dallas is trying to convince his former World Tag Team Championship partner that Lance Storm, Steven Regal.....this so-called "Sovereignty", can't be trusted, before telling Benoit that he'll have to keep his wits about him in this next match, because His Lordship isn't adverse to bending the rules.....

.....there might be a war of sorts going on between the Nations at the moment, but if that is the case then right now, Chris Benoit is Switzerland.....neutral.....

.....with Luger, Dallas and The Patriot telling Benoit that no matter what garbage Lance Storm is feeding him, sooner or later their true colours will shine through and the Sovereignty won't think twice about stabbing him in the back, The Crippler cuts them all off.....

.....he says that last week, he went one on one with Lance Storm.....and when he DEFEATED Lance Storm, Storm offered his hand AND his congratulations.....tonight he has a match with Steven Regal.....

".....but as far as the Sovereignty stabbing me in the back goes, there will be no stabbing me in the back, because there is no allegiance to betray.....all I'm here to do, is win matches and win championships.....there's no us vs them, only me vs anyone that's in my way.....tonight, Steven Regal is in my way, so tonight I will beat Steven Regal.....for me.....not you.....and if Steven Regal wants to shake my hand after the match, I'll shake his hand after the match.....for me.....not him.....because the Crippler stands alone....."

.....Benoit is usually a man of few words, but he makes his feelings clear there, particularly when he barges past Page and Luger and storms out of the room.....

.....alone.....

Rating: A

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.....and we go down to ringside.....where a pair of dancing fools are making their way out from the back.....

.....I guess if you want to get technical, Disco Inferno and Alex Wright are on a bit of a hot streak.....granted, they haven't exactly been beating the cream of the crop week in and week out, but they have been winning.....including a victory over the current number one contenders to the tag team titles, The Nasty Boys.....

.....because of that, it seems like Disco and Wright think that THEY should be getting the tag title shot that the Nasty's have lined up for SuperBrawl, and they are here to reiterate that point now.....they say that while Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff found the though of them challenging for the titles laughable, their opponents haven't been laughing lately.....and Disco says that the Forgotten won't be laughing tonight.....

".....because Alex and I are officially challenging them right here, right now.....we want our shot.....we want what's coming to us.....and we want it now....."

.....Alex is in full ham mode here, telling the Forgotten that he is going to dazzle them with his European Wrestling style, before dancing on their stupid fat faces.....

".....and then we will have ze gold.....and that will be All Wright, alright?....."






.....alright.....

.....they asked for it.....and here come the Forgotten, apparently to accept the challenge.....

.....oh boy.....

Rating: B+

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.....this was not a pretty sight.....

.....I know I said that Wright and Disco had been on somewhat of a roll as of late but honestly, it came to a screeching halt here.....

.....Vader and Bigelow have been on more than a roll, they've been on a tear.....and they tore straight through their challengers here in no time, with Vader (mercifully) finishing off Disco with a hard, hard Powerbomb.....

Winner(s): .....and Still WCW Tag Team Champions.....The Forgotten
Rating: B

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.....The Forgotten don't look to be done any time soon either, with Kevin Sullivan joining his cohorts in beating on Alex Wright, while giving the flattened Disco Inferno a few good stomps along the way.....

.....there is a reason that Adam Copeland and Christian Cage have chosen NOT to attempt to jump the Forgotten in recent weeks and as they brutalise Wright and Disco here, that reason becomes apparent.....

.....you'd have to be nuts to get in between The Forgotten and their Prey.....











.....well, no ones ever accused Knobbs and Sags of being the sharpest tools in the box.....but they're clearly not completely stupid either.....because while they DO come rushing out to make the save, they DON'T come unarmed, because each man has a steel chair in hand.....

.....they slide into the ring and take Sullivan down first, before unleashing a series of strikes to the back of both Vader and Bammers, finally resulting in the Tag Champions bailing to the outside, where the camera focuses on the red welts already forming on the back of the Big Mastodon, Vader.....

.....Big Van and Bam Bam only take a moment to compose themselves, before they look like they're about to re-enter the ring (looking even MORE p!ssed off than usual) regardless of the weapons currently being wielded by the Nasty Boys, but Kevin Sullivan is finally the voice of reason.....

.....he convinces his (very) reluctant team mates that it would be a better idea to wait until SuperBrawl to destroy the Nasty Boys, and he leads the tag champs to the back, while Knobbs grabs a microphone.....

.....he tells the crowd (and the champions) that they might THINK they're Nasty, but they've never been down to Nastyville Baby.....and when it comes to holding Tag Team gold they know a thing or two about that as well.....

"....and Bam Bam.....Vader.....take it from me boys.....we've fought the biggest of the big and the baddest of the bad, and ain't no one as Nasty as me and Sags....."

".....SuperBrawl is right around the corner Sullivan, you might think you're making your mark but in reality, all you're doing is keeping those belts warm for us.....because by the time we're done with you, Forgotten is exactly what you will be....."


Rating: B+

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.....we leave the Nasty Boys (thankfully) and head to the back with the Unpopular Boys.....unpopular with their peers that is, because it's public enemy one (and two) Shawn Michaels and Jean Paul Levesque.....

.....we're in the pair's dressing room (obviously they get their own, who'd want to share with them?) and Michaels is just finishing up taping his wrists ahead of his upcoming tag team match against the Titans of Wrestling's Adam Copeland and Christian Cage and he's clearly not happy with his designated partner.....

.....Shawn tells JPL that Sting knows for a fact that at SuperBrawl, it's going to be old Blue Eye's himself (the King of New York, New York.....the Titan of Titans.....the Icon that can still go) it's going to be Shawn Michaels who's going to be walking out of that cage match against Randy Savage with a shot at that Big Gold Plated Piece of Tin Belt that Sting calls a World Title.....so OBVIOUSLY he's going to try something tonight.....

".....not that I NEED him to beat those two little junior Titans.....I mean, between you and me (because you know I can't stand anything or anyone in this little pissant company) I actually kinda, sorta, might like those two little annoying jack-off's.....they remind me of, well.....me.....and you obviously.....but regardless of that, Shawn Michaels they ain't.....

.....so I know I can take care of them, but I don't want to have to spend the match waiting for Sting to finish applying his eyeliner.....finding just the right shade of black for his lipstick.....practicing his little pout......only to have him turn around and swing a bat at the back of my head, you know?.....

.....you know?.....

.....DO YOU KNOW?.....

.....am I talking to myself here?....."


.....it does appear that way.....because while Shawn IS talking, Levesque ain't listening.....he's too busy staring at a monitor.....

.....Michaels spins the screen around to see what is so interesting, and it's a whole bunch of clips that have been strung together.....all clips of The Rock's promo's.....and ALL clips that contain the phrases "Jipple", "Hairy", "Left" and "Nipple".....and Jipple, uhm I mean JPL isn't happy.....

.....he turns to Shawn to tell him that he's had just about enough of this crap.....who the hell does the Rock think he is to be making fun of Jean Paul Levesque?.....

".....and I mean c'mon, that's not even funny.....Jipple the Nipple? Really? That's the best he's got?....."

".....I dunno, it's kinda funny....."


.....Michaels let's out a little chuckle as Levesque scowls at him, but he tells his friend not to worry.....he says that at SuperBrawl, JPL is going to do one thing that Little Rocky couldn't.....he's going to take the United States Championship and then he's going to be able to rub it in EVERYONE'S faces, not just Rock's.....

".....see, this is the problem with this place.....this isn't you, getting your little feelings hurt by some nobody.....all this time in 'Dubbya See Dubbya' made you soft.....the man I handed a black and white shirt to all those years back wouldn't have cared about this.....he was an assassin.....a predator.....he was a HUNTER.....so don't worry about that, worry about this.....worry about Sting hitting me upside my handsome head with that dirty black bat of his.....Rock's time will come, Guerrero's time will come.....tonight, tonight is MY time.....so HUNT.....there's a Crow out there with your name on it, make sure he stays in his nest where he belongs....."

.....Hunt indeed.....but who is Levesque going to be hunting?.....I guess we'll have to wait and see.....

.....let's have a match.....

Rating: A*

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.....and that match is the Chris Benoit/Steven Regal match that was alluded to earlier.....

.....as was also referenced earlier, Chris Benoit has no real animosity towards His Lordship (nor his recent allegiance and campaign with Lance Storm) he is just looking to win matches and advance to a possible singles title opportunity, since Diamond Dallas apage is currently too preoccupied to concentrate on regaining the tag team titles.....so if he has to beat Regal to move up the ladder, then he's going to do his best to beat Regal.....

.....the match was really very good (as you would expect) and a real technical masterclass.....much like Benoit's match with Storm, there was a lot of respect shown between both men too, something you don't see often from His Lordship.....something even more surprising (considering how irate Regal was after his loss to the Patriot) there was no sign of any outside interference either.....

.....at least not until the official took the obligatory ref bump.....









.....and the Blue Bloods made their way out.....

.....they were perhaps going to get involved in the match too, but as Benoit looks on warily at the new arrivals, His Lordship waves off any potential assistance, telling The Duke and The Earl to stand down as he and Benoit continue their bout.....







.....apparently Diamond Dallas Page isn't quite so trusting, because as the match progresses he comes rushing out from the back to try and prevent a threat that isn't actually there.....

.....Benoit isn't happy about the arrival either, telling Page that Williams and Eaton aren't doing anything, telling him that he hadn't asked for any help and to get out of here.....

.....a brief disagreement takes place between the former Tag Team Champions, and while Regal hasn't actually cheated at all during this match, he's not about to look a gift horse in the mouth....and as Benoit argues with Page, he rolls his opponent up from behind and gets a quick one, two, three.....

Winner: Lord Steven Regal
Rating: A

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.....oh man, Benoit isn't happy about that.....

.....he eyes up Regal as the bell rings, but like Regal (rightly) points out, he didn't do ANYTHING illegal.....His Lordship tells Benoit that he can thank his 'oafish American friend' for that loss, before offering the Canadian Crippler a hearty handshake.....

.....perhaps realising that Regal is right, Benoit accepts the Brit's offer, before congratulating Regal on his win, before the three Noblemen leave without issue.....

.....oh man, Page isn't happy about that.....

.....Dallas is into the ring to tell Benoit that Regal stabbed him right in the back, just like he warned him that he would.....

.....Benoit on the other hand shoves Dallas right in the chest, telling him that it was HIM that cost him the match, sticking his nose into business that didn't concern him.....

.....Page takes offence to that and he shoves Benoit right back, telling him that he was just watching out for his friend.....now, this being professional wrestling, you know how these things go.....a push here, a shove there.....and JUST as it looks like things are about to descend into a physical confrontation, Doug Dillinger and his minions rush the ring and go about separating the two 'friends'.....








.....as Lance Storm makes his way out from the back, pausing on the entrance way (Maple Leaf Flag draped over his shoulder) to survey the situation, shaking his head at the sight of another Canadian being disrespected by a typical American.....

.....and as we go to commercial, the camera just catches sight of the look that Storm and Benoit share.....a look which seems to say "I told you so".....

.....but hey, maybe we're reading too much into it.....

.....our main event is up next.....

Rating: A*

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.....and if ever the underdogs are actually going to be the favourites in a match, it's going to be in a match like this, where their opponents can't stand each other.....

.....I know it's a bit strange to think of former WCW Tag Team Champions as the underdogs, but while Copeland and Cage have seen a lot of success in their time here in WCW, they are still very early in their careers.....while their opponents are both former World Heavyweight Champions.....Shawn Michaels and Sting.....so yes, the Titan pairing ARE the underdogs.....but Michaels and Sting can't stand each other.....

.....and I don't mean can't stand each other in the "top this" kind of way that usually results in the opposition being overwhelmed and then defeated, I mean can't stand each other in a "either man is liable to attack the other at any given minute" kind of way.....

.....either way, the match here was great regardless....things might not be at their most harmonious with the Titans of Wrestling right now, but Copeland and Cage have been tasked with weakening the upcoming SuperBrawl opponents of Randy Savage and The Warrior, so while Michaels and Sting continue to bicker throughout the match, the Awesome Twosome continue to pick the bones of their opponents.....












.....although obviously not quick enough for an impatient Macho Man.....who walks out from the back (with Warrior, Traylor and Bagwell) to start throwing orders around in Copeland and Cage's direction.....and with Michaels down on the mat (and Sting looking to be in no rush to help out) he slides two steel chairs in the ring, telling the pair to "do the thing they do", presumably telling them to nail Michaels with that Con-Chair-To.....

.....Copeland and Cage don't look to want to do that, telling Savage that they will be disqualified, before kicking the chairs away and turning their attention back to Michaels.....

.....who quickly grabs an unsuspecting Christian Cage (who he launches at Sting, sending the WCW Champion crashing to the floor) before ducking a Adam Copeland clothesline attempt, only to nail Copeland right in the mouth with some Sweet Chin Music, as a disgusted Randy Savage watches the Titan man get counted down for the one, two, three.....

Winner(s): Sting & Shawn Michaels
Rating: A

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.....now Shawn Michaels is a lot of things, but stupid he ain't.....

.....ok, he might be a bit stupid.....but not stupid enough to stand in the middle of the ring as the rest of the Titans of Wrestling storm the ring.....

.....instead he quickly rolls to the outside, throws a crotch chop at Savage, throws a crotch chop at Sting (telling him to Suck It for good measure) before heading to the back with his arms raised high in victory.....looks like he didn't need Levesque out there 'Hunting' after all.....

....Sting (for what it's worth) looks as though he's considering facing the overwhelming odds, as he picks up his black bat and loiters at ringside.....but (as Savage begins yelling at Copeland and Cage) it soon becomes clear that the Titans have lost interest in him for the time being, so he too heads to the back.....

.....that leaves the Titans of Wrestling to stand alone.....and Randy Savage isn't happy that Copeland and Cage didn't utilise those steel chairs, again repeating that this match wasn't about them getting a win, it was about weakening Sting and Shawn Michaels ahead of SuperBrawl.....

.....to which Cage replies that they totally could have done both if Savage hadn't come out.....

.....to which Savage replies with a slap across the face.....

.....to which Traylor replies by nailing Savage in the mouth.....

.....Brian Pillman might have coined the moniker, but Randy Savage has been the TRUE Loose Cannon of Professional Wrestling for over a decade.....they didn't dub him the "Madness" for nothing after all.....and the Madness is indeed unhinged here as he dives towards Big Ray-Ray.....

.....Ray Traylor might be the Enforcer of the Titans of Wrestling, but his bond with Copeland and Cage is apparently even stronger than that, because he's not about to stand back and watch his Totally Awesome Trinity brothers get pushed about like that.....he's not about to step back when Savage comes his way either.....







.....meaning that Vince Russo has to come rushing out of the back to play peacemaker.....

.....not that Savage has any intention of doing ANYTHING peacefully here, and with Traylor egging him on it takes Warrior and Bagwell both to restrain the Macho Man while Russo attempts to calm things down.....

.....the Trinity have had just about enough of being seen as second class Titan citizens though, telling Russo that this totally wouldn't happen if Hollywood was still here, and that Randy Savage is totally schizo.....Copeland tells Russo that they don't even HAVE a match at SuperBrawl, so instead of being there week in and week out to help Savage and Warrior out, maybe they'll totally just take a vacation.....

.....and with that, the trio turn and walk away, heading to the back while Warrior and Bagwell continue to hold back the furious Macho Man.....

.....tense times indeed.....

.....we'll see you on Thursday fans.....

Rating: A*

Final Rating: A

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Preview for WCW Thunder: Week 3, February 1998

The Rock & Rikishi Fatu vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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WCW United States Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. ???
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Juventud Guerrera vs. Brian Lawler
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Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom vs. The Lumana'i
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Jeff Hardy vs. Meng
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Ice Train vs. Ernest Miller
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The Patriot & Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Blue Bloods
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Preview for ECW Hardcore TV: Week 3, February 1998

Matches From ECW House Party 1998

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Shane Douglas (c) vs. 911
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D-Von Dudley vs. Balls Mahoney
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Rob Van Dam vs. JT Smith
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Preview for WCW Thunder: Week 3, February 1998

The Rock & Rikishi Fatu vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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WCW United States Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. ???
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Juventud Guerrera vs. Brian Lawler
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Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom vs. The Lumana'i
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Jeff Hardy vs. Meng
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Ice Train vs. Ernest Miller
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The Patriot & Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Blue Bloods
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Preview for ECW Hardcore TV: Week 3, February 1998

Matches From ECW House Party 1998

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Shane Douglas (c) vs. 911
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D-Von Dudley vs. Balls Mahoney
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Rob Van Dam vs. JT Smith
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Preview for WCW Thunder: Week 3, February 1998

The Rock & Rikishi Fatu vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
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WCW United States Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. ???
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Juventud Guerrera vs. Brian Lawler
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Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom vs. The Lumana'i
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Jeff Hardy vs. Meng
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Ice Train vs. Ernest Miller
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The Patriot & Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Blue Bloods
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Preview for ECW Hardcore TV: Week 3, February 1998

Matches From ECW House Party 1998

ECW Television Championship Match
Shane Douglas (c) vs. 911
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D-Von Dudley vs. Balls Mahoney
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Rob Van Dam vs. JT Smith
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WCW United States Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. ???
Juventud Guerrera vs. Brian Lawler
Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom vs. The Lumana'i
Jeff Hardy vs. Meng
Ice Train vs. Ernest Miller
The Patriot & Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Blue Bloods

ECW Television Championship Match
Shane Douglas (c) vs. 911
D-Von Dudley vs. Balls Mahoney
Rob Van Dam vs. JT Smith
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Woah, the Titans of Wrestling explode! I really like the idea of the bitter (and smart) vets of the Titans splitting from Hogan and his cronies. I wasn't expecting it so soon (but then I remember this ends at Mania lol)

Preview for WCW Thunder: Week 3, February 1998

The Rock & Rikishi Fatu vs. Adam Copeland & Christian Cage
Comments: I really love C&C becoming real prominent figures here - but they've got to deliver in a main event soon. Big Kish eats the fall

WCW United States Championship Match
Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. ???
Comments: Here comes Gillberg baby!

Juventud Guerrera vs. Brian Lawler
Comments: I gotta say - Sexay has X-Pac heat with me. Get him away!

Mike Enos & Wayne Bloom vs. The Lumana'i
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Jeff Hardy vs. Meng
Comments: Tough - but this reeks of DQ

Ice Train vs. Ernest Miller
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The Patriot & Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Blue Bloods
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Preview for ECW Hardcore TV: Week 3, February 1998

Matches From ECW House Party 1998

ECW Television Championship Match
Shane Douglas (c) vs. 911
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D-Von Dudley
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Rob Van Dam vs. JT Smith
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