/20 December 1999
SPLN 62 3/8 (+ 8
13/32), TWX 66 29/128 (+ 1 29/128) - man I
wish we'd gotten some SportsLine options - weren't they in the teens back
when WM joined WrestleLine?
WCW logo - is ugly - sorry, I HAD to say it
TV-14-DLS ratings box seems odd when last night's PPV was apparently rated TV-PG-V. Anyway, here's a quickie look at last night's main event. "This isn't Montreal all over again?" Montreal? What the HECK are they talking about?
WE ARE PYRO from the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore, MD 20.12.99 for WCW Monday Nitro! Monday Nitro! Monday Nitro! TNT! Nitro! Let's IMMEDIATELY kick things off as
MADUSA & NITRO GRRL SPICE walk to the ring. Spice has a loaded handbag, while Madusa has giant breasts. Last night, Madusa became the first female ever to win the World Cruiserweight title. Madusa says women are dominating WCW with a little T&A...but she's not about that. The Powers that Be better watch out, lest they become the Power that Wuz. Madusa foolishly lays out the open challenge, then calls out to BUZZKILL who is carrying signs out in the crowd. Madusa asks Buzzkill for the equal right to kick his ass, shriek! Anyway, Buzzkill approaches the ring, Madusa waffles him with his own sign, and it's apparently on
MADUSA (with Nitro Grrl Spice) v. BUZZKILL - Spice distracts referee "Blind" Mickey J, throws some knux to Madusa, and Madusa wins it with a loaded punch, German suplex, and pin. There was also some wrestling in this match, but why bother with it? (1:38)
Your hosts are the Awesome 3 reunited - TONY SCHIAVONE & MIKE TENAY & BOBBY HEENAN. Everyone's abuzz about the end of last night's main event and speaking in cryptic terms. Heenan's wearing some old-man shades. Tonight, a ladder match between Jeff Jarrett and Chris Benoit for the US title! (What, you didn't PAY for that last night, did you?) Triple Threat match with the former members of the Triad. No holds barred when Jerry Flynn takes on Tank Abbott! Hardcore tag action when Smiley and Meng team up to take on Finlay and Knobs! Sid Vicious takes on the Wall, and...the VARSITY CLUB! All this and Tenay will make some faces...
In Charlie's office, the Unseen says that there's gonna be big problems tonight - emotions running high, sitting on a powderkeg. He asks his men to be ready. Curt Hennig says Hugh Morrus is back, so Charlie books him in a match with Hennig, with the directive that Hennig needs to ensure that this is his last match. Asking Creative Control if Piper's around (they dunno), he demands that he be brought to him as soon as he arrives...
Speaking of which, Roddy Piper - ARRIVES! He appears to have brought a son with him...
Here's a Special Video Look at - well, it's a WCW video for "Loose" by Primer 55 - a track on "WCW Mayhem: the Music" - still widely available, since nobody's buying it - did I read somewhere that they only sold ONE thousand units last week? That's downright dismal. There's gonna be more copies of this dumped onto the secondary market than Guns 'n' Roses "The Spaghetti Incident?", I PROMISE you
One more "WCW Mayhem: the Music" promo - oh, give it up, guys - it ain't sellin'
Closed captioning where available sponsored by JollyTime popcorn!
Piper and his kid share a moment - with the cameraman - Creative Control tells Piper the boss is ready to see him - finding no one to look after his son, Piper takes him with him...
HUGH MORRUS v.
HENNIG - as Hennig walks to the ring alone, we
look backstage to see a hooded, masked figure beating on Shane - then
running off. How does Hennig do that gum swat? That's harder than it
looks! Morrus attacks as Hennig tries to get in the ring, and gains early
control. Suplex into the ring. Clothesline. In the corner, Morrus laying
into him with boots. Into the opposite corner, running splash. Because
we've gone almost 45 seconds without some sports entertainment, we look at
SOME OLD GUY in
a hospital gown walkin' around. Morrus apparently
recognises him - leaving the ring and telling him "Pop, go sit down!" All
right, fine, no more play-by-play for the rest of this match, then. Hennig
takes control on Morrus' way back into the ring. Every subsequent Morrus
comeback is cut short when Morrus turns to the guy outside the ring.
Hennigplex finishes it after about half an hour, which is really only
in the ring and Morrus gives the "Why me?" face. Probably
more of a "Why am I in this angle" bit.
Charlie addresses Roddy Piper. I think something gets censored in here. The Unseen Arm talks about the deal Piper's made with the devil. "You are THIS close to sealing the deal - all you need to do tonight is go out there in front of the people - YOUR people, Piper - and you need to tell those people that last night YOU SOLD OUT. It was YOUR idea from the get-go, and ME? I had absolutely NOTHING to do with it, because I will NEVER fess up to anything. You WILL take my heat, Piper, and if you don't, then this deal is off. I am TELLING you, don't blow it now." Piper SHOOTS with him! He says "smarts" and "marks!" Unfortunately, for some inexplicable reason crowd noise pretty much drowns out Piper's rantings. They manage to turn down the crowd as Piper says he's got God on his side. He broke in at 15 - over six thousand matches...he's STARTED this industry - him and Hogan and MTV, "no promoter, no stinking writers, just two guys that wanted to go for it. Oh yeah, you sent me out there, you sent me out there, you know why? Because you think you can set me up, huh? Baby, I'm smarter than you are. I set YOU up. You poor filthy lookin' drag queen. Those fans out there, they saved my life. I loved those fans. Never have I sold out, until I made some stinking deal with you!" Piper says he'll go out there...and he'll be a man. He calls Creative Control and La Parka the "condom head geeks." He's gonna put his son in the car, then come back and deal with him. "May God have mercy on your soul...'cause I'll have none."
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Tony: "Fans, approximately two years ago when Bret Hart was with the World Wrestling Federation, he was screwed out of the WWF title in the middle of the ring by WWF owner Vince McMahon. And many people feel since that incident, Bret Hart has never been the same man, and at that time, one of the Powers to Be here, Vince Russo, was a writer for the WWF under Vince McMahon. And many insi - many of the insiders say that it was actually Russo who scripted the finish to that match that ruined Bret Hart's professional and personal life. We want to go back now and show you exactly what happened on WCW Starrcade last night - Bill Goldberg facing Bret 'the Hitman' Hart - let's take a look - it was deja vu, maybe, once again? Well, replacement referee Roddy Piper called for the bell before Bret Hart even cinched in the Sharpshooter on Bill Goldberg. Piper claimed that Goldberg had given up, and he awarded the match to Bret Hart. Now here's the question: what really happened and why? Why would the Powers that Be screw Bill Goldberg, much like Bret Hart was screwed two years ago? And THAT'S the burning question we have right now." Stills from last night accompany all this. Heenan and Tenay chime in with speculation of Piper's motivation. Schiavone says "the boys" once again. There's apparently a rumour going around that Kevin Nash was very vocal on Goldberg's behalf. As if on cue, KEVIN NASH walks out without music or FUBU.
"You know...when you break into this business, it's like no other
business in the world. Twelve months a year you're on the road - twelve
months a year you go up and down the road in cars with guys. When you
first break into this business, the veterans sit you in the back and they
tell you the codes and the conducts that the boys live by. One of the
codes we live by is 'the boys NEVER screw one of the boys.' Now what you
see out here week in and week out is one thing. What you see behind these
curtains, or I should say what you DON'T see behind these curtains, well,
that's a different story. You see there's two separate entities in this
business. In one hand, you've got the boys, and in the other hand, you've
got the office. Night in, night out, we come out here and give our
body...you see, the boys - we're kind of a fraternity - we kinda govern
ourselves. The office - they're all business. It's all about the dollar.
The office takes, and takes, and takes, and takes. Because, quite frankly,
the office doesn't give [a shit] about us. We got no benefits - we got no
medical, no dental, we got no retirement, we got no disability - the son of
a bitches don't even pay our Social Security! But I'll guarantee you one
thing - if the office can find a way to screw one of the boys to make a
dollar, I'll guarantee ya, one of the boys is gonna get screwed. Now Bill
Goldberg, I don't give a damn about you, but what happened to you last
night in Starrcade was bull[shit]. You see, in this fraternity, if we
don't watch out for ourselves, we're in a lot of trouble, guys. It's about
survival, 'cause the office - those blood suckin'-- ... they'll take and
take and take, guys, until we got nothing left, then they'll throw us to
the curb. And that leads me to you, Bret Hart. Last night, Bret Hart, you
broke that code. You screwed one of the boys. Through the office you
found a way for your personal gain, and you screwed one of the boys. You
know, Bret Hart, you tell everybody that you're the best there is, the best
there was, the best there ever will be - well, buddy boy, you're nothing
but a piece [of shit]." Nash leaves the ring and we'll be right back.
"During the Break" footage shows Bret Hart arriving - and unhappy
GENE O. works tonight! He stands in the back with Creative Control. "Gene, Nash shouldn't talk for all of us - fact is, Kevin Nash is the biggest politican in that locker room."
TANK ABBOTT v. LIGHTNINGFOOT JERRY FLYNN in a No Holds Barred match - referee "Blind" Mark Johnson bumps more than both men combined - after the last time he gets whacked, he rolls out of the ring, and then for no apparent reason, SECURITY comes in to separate the two men. Let's call it (no contest :50) - so now you DON'T want them to fight? Flynn is cuffed - and Abbott runs over to get a free shot. Heh. Apparently the Lugz kick of the week took place in here, 'cause here's THAT replay.
Goldberg - ARRIVES!
Next Monday - it's WCW Monday Nitro: New Year's Evil! WOW! Hey, I saw Jim Ross in that "Man on the Moon" ad!
Where's WCW this week? Glad you asked. Tomorrow, THUNDER! tapes in Salisbury, next Monday it's Nitro in Houston, Tuesday in Beaumont, the NEXT Monday is Nitro in Greenville, and Tuesday sees Florence for THUNDER!
Next Monday: New Year's Evil! Hype it!
Stills from last night's Starrcade showed the returning Varsity Club
turn on Hacksaw Jim Duggan. The Varsity Club.
The REVOLUTION makes it to the ring - it's time for Duggan to make good on his promise. Saturn cuts a goofy promo, because that's his gimmick now. Douglas tells us what Duggan's gonna do tonight, and I can't help but think he's not gonnna do ANY of that - well, we'll soon find out as HACKSAW JIM DUGGAN walks out, slowly, with a heavy heart and WITHOUT flag or 2x4. Tears in his eyes, even! We see that the Revolution already has an American flag in the ring. Crowd chants "USA" while Douglas encourages it with cool facial reactions. "As leader of this Revolution, Hacksaw, I ORDER you - I am ORDERING you to denounce the United States of America - and to do to that piece of crap what we threatened to do nearly a month ago." "(mumbling) I can't do it." "Oh, excuse me, tough guy, I thought I heard you say you're not gonna do it." "I SAID I AIN'T GONNA DO IT!" "Are you gonna go back on your word and be a big welch like the rest of America?" "I'm not welchin' on anything!" "You said that you would take back--" "I LIED!!" Duggan gets one shot on Douglas but Malenko and Saturn quickly take him down. "'I lied?!' You LIED?!? You lied? You lied - you denounce that flag and you'll damn well like it." Douglas punctuating his sentences with kicks. "We were ready for this crap from an American...to hell with those [jackasses] in Standards & Practices, those [jackasses] will watch us do what we say we'll do. We'll BURN that son of a bitch!" Before they do it, "Psycho" fires up - everybody looks shocked as KONNAN & KIDMAN & RAYMOND STEREO walk to the ring - and the Revolution - BAILS?!? What wusses! Duggan rescues the flag from the trash can and waves it high...
Piper and his son - are - WALKING!
Here's the same set of clips that opened tonight's show
RODDY PIPER (with TV-14-DLS ratings box) makes his way to the ring at five to the hour. We take a look backstage to see Bret Hart watching on a monitor - and in another room, Goldberg is also watching on another monitor. "Cut the music - my name is Roddy Piper and I sold out. Yeah, yeah I know I know I know I know - to the slimeballs backstage - hey listen guys, I've done a lot of things in my time, man - I whipped Mr. T, I knocked out Snuka with a coconut, I kicked Cyndi Lauper, I started Piper's Pit, I fought in your town, I fought in your town, in your town, in your town, in your town, I'm the real deal. I am not a phony! And I don't dig this phony dog and pony act that's goin' on right now. Vince Russo, the new writer for WCW - you wanna write in all this clown baloney and the greatest athletes I've seen back there, and this guy does this, and this guy does that, and this guy beats this guy - hey, these people don't want to see that, man - they want to see guys fight, they want to see guys go into it - they don't wanna see that BS, man... And you know...Goldberg, Bill Goldberg, you're one of the greatest pieces of talent that I've seen in a long time, and I'm sorry - I'm sorry, Goldberg, but you know what, no, don't 'Roddy' me, I don't deserve it, no - umm, you know what? Okay, I'll tell you what, bottom line - 'Goldberg' is right, man. Come on, come on! Tell them you don't want a bunch of phonies! Tell them you want real deal fighters! I'll tell you something, the WCW has treated me better than any organisation ever that I've been with, but - boys - I'm a real fighter, man. And if you want me to do this dog and pony cartoon baloney - I QUIT. This is the last time - listen, hang on - this is the last time I'm gonna do anything for anyone - any - if you ever want a real deal fighter, man, you give me a call, but if you want somethin' um - to come down here and run around like an idiot, you - it ain't me - it ain't me, (?) - you know, I'll tell you something, man, please well you know what to do, just do me one solid - I've busted my body up for you for years, man, I'm asking you one thing - right now, you're at home, grab your kid, give 'em a big hug - and don't hit 'em - kiss 'em, man - tell 'em how much you love 'em - you know what, Christmas is not a holiday, it's someone's birthday. I spent my whole life in this sport - I quit. That's it." Piper's son runs out and they ... WALK! At the top of the ramp is GOLDBERG. We pause so Piper's son can say "I love you, Daddy." "You know what, Roddy? I stayed up all last night
trying to make sense of this crap. Unfortunately I
didn't come up to any conclusion. You know throughout the years, when I've
watched professional wrestling, there've been a couple guys I looked up to.
There've been a couple guys that I have respect for in this business - and
I considered you one of the, until last night. You were faced with a
decision, and as far as I'm concerned, you made the wrong decision. But -
I don't know where to go with it, man - I don't know where to go with it.
All I can tell you is...is that you made the wrong decision - you sold out
- and I will NEVER do that." "Sir, you're a great p- you're a great piece
of talent, and uh - I know what you can do - I wish you all the best - I'm
sorry, man - I'm sorry, but please don't be a phony. I'm not a phony-"
"Don't you worry, I'll carry that torch, brother - I'll carry it to the end
of the earth - 'til the day I die - I'll carry it." BRET HART: "Hey
Goldberg! Piper! Don't pin this on me! Enough, enough, enough! What's
the point? There is no point! No point with blaming him, no point blaming
anybody else - your heat's not with him, your heat's with the office!
Nobody knows better than I do what it's like to get screwed over by the
office! You think I want to walk around with this piece of trash around my
waist knowing that I didn't beat you soundly for it? Far as I'm concerned,
this here World championship belt is vacant! 'cause I don't want anything
to do with it - I'll tell you what I'm gonna do...I'm gonna go back there
right now, with the office, tell 'em to take this belt, and shove it right
up their ass!" We follow Hart backstage, then cut back. "Everybody makes
mistakes, brother - I understand." Goldberg leaves, and we follow Piper
and his son - then cut to
In Charlie's office, the word "shit" gets muted a couple times. Russo: "Bret, what don't you understand? I did this for you! I know that you thought I had something to do with the Survivor Series two years ago - I tried to make it up to you last night - don't take this out on me, I did it for you, Bret!" Bret says some more family friendly stuff that gets muted "stick it straight up your ass you piece of shit" or something) Somehow, another Goldberg/Hart match is booked for tonight - I think.
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REPEATEDLY MENTIONING THE WWF WILL TEND TO MAKE PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE WWF AND NOT YOUR COMPANY
The Awesome 3 ponder what's just happened - tonight, Goldberg v. Bret Hart for the vacant WCW World heavyweight title and Creative Control takes on Kevin Nash.
SCREAMIN' NORMAN SMILEY & THEMONSTERMENG v. FIT FINLAY & BRIAN KNOBS - Meng ignores the fact that they're tag team partners and wails away on Smiley. Smiley retreats up the aisle and the Soldiers jump him. Knobs now has a Finlay haircut, if you care. Standard weapons brawl in the aisle ensues - hardcore beatbox action from DeeJay Punk-Roc! I just like saying that aloud. After a triple beatdown to put down Meng, Finlay and Knobs turn to Smiley, who bolts. We end up in "the Kevin Sullivan/Chris Benoit bathroom!" Smiley is dunked. One bathroom door shot later, Knobs covers Smiley for the 3. No opening bell, but let's call it (just under 4:00)
Backstage, Piper tells his son that Daddy's gonna take care of something and he'll be back. He then picks up a baseball bat and tries REALLY hard to get across that it's a real bat.
"The Artist - Recording Session #1" When Paisley says "Artist, they
just don't understand..." is she talking about ME? Interesting trivia: In
this 51 second clip, there are *28* cuts from one shot to another. It WILL
make your head hurt.
Bret Hart says something to Roddy Piper - a goodbye? Well, I can't hear it. Piper rants and raves to his bat.
MAESTRO (with Symphony) v. EVAN KARAGIAS - Maestro's not that bad, actually - he certainly deserves better than for me to completely blow off describing his match. Such is life. Flash to the sports entertainment ending - Symphony up on the apron, Karagias pushing her away - but he fails to hit the top turnbuckle manoeuvre when he gets soft and checks on her instead of leaping. Maestro over with a running knee. 1, 2, 3. (3:41) Symphony miraculously recovers - guess they had him well scouted.
Backstage, we hear a knocking on the office door - check that, it's actually the WALL - Piper knocks it down from behind - revealing that this is all just a set - then ranting about people who weren't phonies - I hear Adrian Adonis, Gorilla Monsoon, and Owen Hart's name dropped. Piper attempts to smash in a television and fails - oh well. We take a break while he's still smashing stuff up good
Jimmy Barron says "dude" a lot and spotlights next week's Nitro at the Astrodome in the 1-800-CALL-ATT Road Report
Sid Vicious and Sting are the subjects of the two latest WCW
Superstar Series videos! Also the Nitro Grrls Swimsuit Calendar special -
suitable for stroking!
Chavo Guerrero, Jr. approaches Evan Karagias backstage - with a copy of "How to Pick Up Chicks." Karagias takes umbrage at the salesman and lays into him with fists o' fire.
CHRIS "CHAMPAGNE" KANYON (with entourage) v. TRIPPA B v. DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE in a three-way dance - "You people just don't get it. Chris 'Champagne' Kanyon - CCK - has been to HOLLYWOOD. And Baltimore definitely ain't Hollywood! What? What? CCK single-handedly destroyed the Triad - the Triad is done. On Monday, I easily beat Bam Bam Bigelow...and then on Thursday I mad the exacta when I blew by Page. So what I want right now is for those two jabrones to come down here so I can show them and the world that nobody can stop CCK." Mr. J. Biggs joins the commentary team despite his voice being almost completely gone. Crowd chants "DDP" - or is it "BBB?" Triple lockup, Kanyon in the middle of a double arm wringer. Double punch to Kanyon. Whip is reversed, but Page hits a back elbow. Bigelow with a Samoan Drop off the ropes. For all intents and purposes, this is a Handicap match. Uranage by Page and headbutt by Bigelow. Bigelow holding Kanyon for a Page punch, and of course, Kanyon ducks it and Bigelow tastes it - tempers flair and now Page and Bigelow are going at it - no, they both take down Kanyon. Flying clothesline by Page - top-rope headbutt from Bigelow. Now Page motions for the Diamond Cutter - no, Bigelow wants to do Greetings from Asbury Park - and he does. Page shakes the hand - then hits the Diamond Cutter on Bigelow. He threatens one for referee "Blind" Billy Silverman as well - but doesn't. Page outside - liplock on a front row fan - then he...walks away?? Silverman puts on a count - for the two men in the ring who are out. Biggs puts his briefcase in the ring for Kanyon, but Silverman takes it away and gives it back to Biggs. In the meantime, Kanyon breaks a champagne bottle over Bigelow's head. And now the pinfall is academic... (4:19)
Kevin Nash - IS - WALKING!!
Still shots show Sting, silly string, and a violent thing that Liz done did to the Stinger with the bat. We learn that Sting has a hairline fracture in his skull and a broken wrist.
CREATIVE CONTROL v.
NASH (with Scott Hall) in a "not match"
- a bit of a surprise as Nash brings out his tag team partner, who's on
crutches. If we end the night with Hall just fine and not really injured,
I should think we would want to be pissed off about that. There's no
referee here, and Gerald is swearing a lot (well, he's getting muted a
lot), which I BELIEVE is meant to convey the impression that this is a REAL
beating he's laying down on him. Take a drink every time a commentator
says "the boys" during this match! The two finally getting the upper hand
on the one - it's kinda funny watching them make tags when there isn't even
a ref in the ring. Now it's two on one - well, I guess Hall's really hurt
or he'd be in there by now - whoops, spoke too soon. Hall's in and
breaking a crutch over their backs. Hey, did Chris Benoit get screwed
again? Creative Control bolts - guess it's over as "Theme from Wolfpac"
plays - no opening bell, no closing bell, let's estimate it as
Outsiders play their crutches like guitars - does this mean THEY'RE GETTING
THE BAND BACK TOGETHER?
We look up in the rafters, where (THIS IS) STING....no, wait, it's THE NARCISSIST dressed up as Sting and doing a rather humorous impersonation, complete with LIZ wielding a bat.
Chris Benoit is WALKING!!
Same set of clips that opened the show by way of advertising the encore
Next Monday: WCW Monday Nitro - New Year's Evil!
JEDOUBLEF JADOUBLEREDOUBLET (with still shots and TV-14-DLS ratings box and gee-tar) v. CHRIS BENOIT in a return ladder match for the United States Heavyweight championship - tell me please, why should I pay for this match when they'll give it to me for "free" on Nitro? Hmmmm? Jarrett charge, Benoit ducks, chops, chops, chops, off the ropes, reversal, slides under, caught the foot, Benoit with the enzuigiri. Chop, off the ropes, drop toehold, off the ropes with a dropkick to the head. Buzzsaw elbowdrop.
Chop, kick, right, headbutt, kick, into the opposite corner, Jarrett
up and over, from behind, flips Benoit up and over, Benoit from behind,
setting him up on the turnbuckle, pounding on him - in the tree of woe
position - baseball slide to the head (sorta missed) - asking the crowd if
he should do one more - Jarrett pops up and Benoit misses. Jarrett outside
and making a sandwich of the ringpost with Benoit's legs. he's to the
ladder - but Benoit meets him out there and it's brawlin' time. Benoit's
head meets a chair. Benoit blocks another chairshot and puts Jarrett's
head on it. Jarrett rolls in the ring while Benoit brings over the ladder.
Jarrett misses a baseball slide, Benoit chops, gunshot chop, he's got a
chair in the ring. Kick to Jarrett, positioning the chair between the
ropes in the corner, pound, chop, hard into the corner, back to the chair.
Benoit grabs the chair out of the corner and WHACKs Jarrett in the back.
Snap suplex, and Jarrett's back lands right on the chair. DOUBLE OKIE
BLOW!!! Benoit once again placing the chair in the corner. Elbow,
headbutt, kick, whip into the corner, but Jarrett's knee collapses before
he gets into the corner. Jarrett goes outside and holds his knee. Referee
"Blind" Nick Patrick stands between Benoit and Jarrett and prevents Benoit
from going for him. Patrick calls for the trainer while Benoit sets up the
ladder and climbs...but the rungs fall off! (Oops, looks like Benoit had
to stamp extra hard - also one of the rungs fell off while he was setting
up the ladder - heh) Benoit to the outside but Patrick STILL won't let him
on him as they wait for the trainer. Benoit tentatively tries the other
side of the ladder, but THOSE rungs collapse as well. TRAINER DANNY YOUNG
is out, but Jarrett's popped up and reentered the ring with guitar in hand
- KABONG - Jarrett throws the ladder outside the ring and goes outside to
secure a SECOND ladder from under the ring. "What a blatant, blatant
screwjob this is!" Jarrett pulls down the belt with a great facial
expression - ladies and gentlemen, we have a new United States Heavyweight
Jarrett's a two-time US Champ, by the way.
When we come back, GENE O. accuses Jarrett of gimmicking the ladder. Jarrett says they just don't make ladders like they used to. Last night was muted bullshit, and tonight Benoit got his receipt. Curt Hennig interrupts proceedings, telling Jarrett he's needed at the limo, and they walk off...
SID VISCOUS v. THE WALL (with Berlyn) - Let Us Take you back to THUNDER! where Berlyn and the Wall had friction - nonetheless, they're out together again tonight. I'm not sure we can be bothered to care, though, you're right. I'd handicap this match with thirty-five seconds on the over/under. Lockup, Sid strikes, kicks, kicks, off the ropes, big boot. Clothesline to take him outside. Head to the commentary table, plastic bottle of water shot (ooh!), crappy punch, crappy punch, crappy punch, kick, kick, back in the ring we go, Wall tries to attack as Sid comes in and has a brief flurry. Axehandle. Off the ropes, Sid ducks, chokeslam. Berlyn on the apron - Vicious looking to the crowd for advice. Nothing comes of it. Looks like it's Millennium Bomb time - but Berlyn is AGAIN on the apron. Wall manages a double sledge from behind. Scoop - and a slam. Is the Wall related to Roadkill? Wall with a choke...but Berlyn is off the top rope with a dropkick that hits Wall (huh? DQ 2:33)
badmouth on Vicious - gutshot, powerbomb, nothing to see here, please move
along, orderly fashion, thank you. Vicious milks a "One more time" chant
while Wall gets up and makes menacing faces. Sid...extends the hand! And
Wall takes it! I feel like a special bond has been formed! Maybe they'll
tag up and we can confine them to ONE crappy match instead of TWO! Hah!
Jarrett: "You're ribbing me, right? Why didn't you tell me?" Russo: (I see his LEG!) "Jeff, man, I couldn't tellya - it was bigger than the both of us." "You've got - on top of this, it's gonna happen tonight?" "Tonight's the night." "On top of this?" "On top of this." "I don't know what to say." "Jeff, you don't have to say anything - you sit back and enjoy."
WCW Magazine ad
"WCW Mayhem: the Music" ad
Sting has a new T-shirt! And a new T-shirt ad! Did they really call that an "Attitude" T?
Tony Marinara is talking to his father - Vito and Johnny bring in Disco Inferno, or "Glen." Mr. Marinara offers him two choices - either join the Family, or spend the rest of life in a coma. If you're like me, you're wondering: what the HECK is that cameraman doing there?
MIKE ROTUNDA/O & RICK WOOF WOOF (with
Kevin Sullivan &
For no apparently reason, Sullivan goes in the ring and
Steiner gets on headset. Then Steiner's in and Rotunda's on headset. Now
I'm dizzy. Harlem Heat are easily THE tag team of the nineties, so let's
job them out to establish this new (old) tandem. Could be worse, I guess -
Sully could be wearin' them skimpy shorts he liked to wear towards the end.
The lights go out a bit later and MIDNIGHT has appeared. But
she's here to
argue with Stevie Ray, apparently. Then, after making sure he's suitably
distracted, Rotunda walks over and rolls up Ray with a tights pull for the
pinfall. Sigh. (7:14)
For an encore, PG-13 appears and strike at
Varsity Club with hubcaps, then run off, having seemingly done no damage.
Backstage, David's gothic stalker searches for a refreshing can of Surge - Jerry Only hits on her, then she knees him in the groin and bites his nose. Vampiro and the other Misfits make faces and she runs off screaming. Or something.
DAVID SAMMARTINO - ERR, FLAIR & DAPHNE UNGER walk to the ring - then Flair puts his gold crowbar to DAVID PENZER. Flair takes the mic and squeaks a lot - but the gist is he's calling out Vampiro. Vampiro comes out and says this is all a misunderstanding, and he's sorry. "I'm really sorry...that you're a psycho freak - and you...you're twice as mental--" now why'd he turn his back to Flair when he's holding a crowbar. Geez, he DESERVES that beatdown. Here comes JERRY ONLY. There goes Jerry Only. David squeaks. Daphne shrieks. I keep waiting for her to fall out of her top, but no luck. Hey Vampiro, tired of jobbing to Oklahoma? Here, job to David Flair for a while.
"WCW Mayhem: the Music" ad - what do you MEAN you haven't bought your copy yet?
Here's the "Loose" clipfest for the second time
Let Us Take You Back to Moments Ago where Vampiro tasted a crowbar.
Just think - Flair's gone from Torrie... to Daphne. Not that there's
anything wrong with Daphne, mind you. Just noting...
The Misfits throw a tantrum backstage. Some EMT's attempt to stay out of the way.
Gene O. brings out BUFF IS THE STUFF. What the HECK is he doing in the final quarter hour? The gist of this interview is he's gonna go after some gold soon, yup. That and he's sucking up to Baltimore. No, wait, Gene tries to bring up "the rumour about you and one Kimberly Page" and then Bagwell gets all serious and talks to Gene off-mic which is supposed to make you think it's all SHOOT and stuff, but heck, Mark Madden already wrote a column about this (and I might add, stealing some material I wrote A WHOLE YEAR ago in the process ["If you see it on TV, it's a work"]) so why should we bother? Bagwell says do we wanna go there, Gene says "I wanna know if you've BEEN there." All right, a quote for you. "If Diamond Dallas Page was not married to Kimberly, I'm telling you - Buff would put his [stuff - all OVER her]." Bagwell all but intimates that Kimberly was draped across the bed in his hotel room one night, and this brings out DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE, complete with theme music and incredibly bad acting and facial expressions by Bagwell. Page all over Bagwell and shrugging off security to get a couple more shots in. Something else is muted in here and it takes quite a few folks to get between them. Is it this muted on YOUR coast, too? By the way, is ANYBODY talking about this angle? I mean, they SAY we're all talking about it, but this is the first I'VE brought it up, and that's only to talk about how it's NOT working... 'course, I'm biased, wink wink.
Backstage, Roddy Piper and Sid Vicious share a goodbye in the locker room. Piper addresses everybody in the room - don't let the writers turn them into a bunch of phonies, and remember what's important - family. Is the crowd actually chanting "boring?" Man, that's COLD. Somehow the word "union" gets mentioned...oh man, you know where THIS is going?
Jeff Jarrett enjoys a refreshing can of Surge, and casts his gaze towards a monitor - I guess he's not watching himself, or his reaction would probably be different.
BRET CLARKE v. COLD BEER for the World Heavyweight title - it's 2259 and we still have to give two or three minutes to Goldberg's entrance! Goldberg's on the cover of the new WCW Magazine, by the way.
Hey, that one cop
looks just like Butterbean! Lockup, roaming around, Goldberg shoves him to
the mat, lockup, knees from Goldberg, to the corner, right hand, out of the
corner, clothesline. Kick, kick, kick, kick. Right hand. Hart kicks at
the knee, Goldberg punches back. Standing on the throat. Hart goes
outside, Goldberg follows. Hart tries to strike, but Goldberg is all over
him. Hart rakes the face to stem the tide. Now Hart is putting the fists
to him. Whip into the barricade is reversed and Hart feels the STEEL.
Another shot to the barricade. Hart taken to the apron, then rolled back
in. Off the ropes, got him up on the shoulder, and slams him down.
Goldberg with the anklelock, Hart grabs the bottom rope. Hart kicks at the
knee again and five kicks later, has him almost down. Head to the buckle.
Hart wraps the knee around the second rope and pulls. Goldberg pushes Hart
to the mat and unwinds himself. Hart punching away, though. Again Hart
puts the knee around the second rope, stopping just after 4. Right hand
from Hart, Goldberg shrugs it off and puts him in a choke. Silverman goes
down to an accidental back elbow from Goldberg. Hart with a kick to the
nuts and a figure four. Here comes...SCOTT HALL. He's got a
KEVIN NASH also
has a bat. Hart covers up - but the Outsiders puts the
bats to *Goldberg!* Nash hands his bat to Hart. Tony: "What the hell?"
Hart with the bat to Goldberg. Tossed back to nash. Hart hooks the leg
but before Silverman can be routsed, RODDY PIPER is out and on
covers up Goldberg - Silverman counts a 3 anyway. Ladies and gentlemen,
Bret Hart is now a two-time (or seven-time, depending on how you're
counting) World Champion. (5:44) JEDOUBLEF JADOUBLEREDOUBLET
with his guitar and a duffel bag. Here's a gee-tar to Piper (2). Piper
and Goldberg are both out. Oh, God...Jarrett has a can of spray paint.
Some familiar music plays...and as the bodies are tagged, a disembodied
Nash: "Baltimore, Maryland...the BAND is back together!"
The World champion, the United States champion, and the tag team champions stand in the centre of the ring. It's ten after and everything old is new again. GOOD NIGHT!