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/8 January 2000
WCW Saturday Night


Guest columnist: E.C. Ostermeyer


I'm E.C. Ostermeyer, and this is the action on "WCW Saturday Night" for January 8, 2000.

Coming to you "live on tape" from the WCW Arena, with your hosts Mike Tenay and Scott Hudson.

Match # 1: Curt Hennig d. David Sierra.

As David Sierra tries to steal some cheap heat from the fans at ringside, Hennig wallops him across the shoulder to return his attention to the business at hand. Several collar-and elbow lockups and a staredown later, Hennig and Sierra take their first breather. Hennig does a cartwheel to show off for the crowd, and gets a fist to the face from Sierra, and takes another breather, fiddling with his hair. Sierra whips Hennig into the ropes, but Hennig reverses, and hits a low blow, then levels Sierra with a high knee lift, and takes a breather. While Hennig receives the plaudits of those in attendance, (and takes yet ANOTHER breather!) Sierra staggers to his feet, rakes Hennig across the eyes, then adds a punch to the face for good measure. Sierra then whips Hennig into the ropes and plants himself to administer the back body drop. Hennig has other ideas, as he stops short, gets Sierra in a small package, and hits the "Hennig-plex" for the pin. (2:54, less 1:22 for Hennig's "breathers" equals 1:32)

Match #2: Lash Laroux d. Al Green

Laroux comes to the ring looking like he got mugged by the "Mystic Krew" at Mardi Gras. Al Green looks like the answer to his question "Any chance of my career taking off?" was "Reply hazy, ask again later." Tenay and Hudson use the pre-match time to talk about the latest crop of WCW Power Plant grads, how great they are, and what the future may hold. Laroux uses the pre-match time to work up the crowd from the top turnbuckle. Al Green uses the pre-match time to sucker-punch Laroux off the top turnbuckle, there's the bell, and we're under way. In the early going, Green dominates the match with a succession of power moves and pinning combinations. But it's the "Ragin' Cajun who finally gets the momentum, and hits a series of outstanding combinations, including a wicked-looking "Northern Lights" suplex, followed by his patented "WhipLash" finisher, and Al Green's down for the count. (6:22).

Match #3: Kid Romeo d. Mike Sanders.

This is the first "WCW Power Plant" match of the evening, and a good one it is, too. The Kid and Sanders put together some outstanding multiple-move combos, all leading to the first highlight of the match, a top-rope flying head scissors from the Kid that sends Sanders through the ropes. Kid Romeo then tops this move with a towering plancha from the top turnbuckle that drives Sanders into the floor. Though Sanders did attempt to mount an offense, even hitting an outstanding standing moonsault from the ring apron, the match went to Kid Romeo. By reversing a Sanders' powerbomb into a DDT, the Kid followed it with a devastating enziguiri kick, (Tenay: "Jeez, The Kid just about kicked Sanders HAIR off!"). After hitting a short powerbomb, Kid Romeo gets the win. ( 5:02 )

At this point in the proceedings, we have a rare treat: Shane "Franchise" Douglas comes to the ring with the other (male) members of "The Revolution".
Mr. Douglas proceeds to:
1) Insult nearly everyone at ringside as well as a whole passle of folks watching on TV (shades of Tully Blanchard!),
2) Describe in vivid detail what fate awaits "The Filthy Animals" at the "Souled Out" PPV,
3) Hint at a new, as yet un-named "mystery partner" for Messrs. Saturn and Malenko at the PPV.

Match #4: The Revolution d. Villano IV & V

Ah, my kind of tag-team match-up! Two quintessential luchadore "rudos" against a steadily improving Perry Saturn, and the "Man of a Thousand Holds" himself. (Doesn't Malenko EVER smile?) As expected, the match was pretty much all Saturn/Malenko, with Saturn hitting a mean-looking slingshot on Villano IV, followed by a Malenko suplex. An attempt to shift the momentum by the Villanos was stymied by Shane Douglas' chain-wrapped fist to the face on Villano V, followed by Malenko applying the Texas Cloverleaf for the win. (3:54)

Match # 5: La Parka d. Adrian "Powerhouse" Byrd

Byrd has some impressive upper body strength which he used early on in the match with "The Chairman" La Parka, including a huge powerbomb from mid-ring over the top rope to the floor. But it was "el Esquelito" taking control in the later stages of the match, first shutting down Byrd's offense, then hitting a missile drop-kick followed by a superb flying (!) enziguiri from the top turnbuckle to the side of Byrd's skull for the win. (4:12)

Match # 6: Big Vito & Johnny the Bull d. Disorderly Conduct

The push continues for the two Goombahs, though they get a good match out of Mean Mike and Tough Tom. Tony Marinara accompanies "his boyz" to the ring, to provide "necessary managerial oversight". Though Big Vito took control early on, Johnny the Bull momentarily lost it to a quick- tag combination by Disorderly Conduct. Vito regained the momentum with a swinging neck- breaker followed by a lariat on Mean Mike. But don't count Mean Mike out just yet, as he and Tough Tom use the top rope to hit an UGLY guillotine neckbreaker on Big Vito, and go for the pin. Tony Marinara distracted the referee, allowing Johnny the Bull to make the save. All four men in the ring, with Johnny the Bull dumping Mean Mike over the top rope, and Big Vito hitting a twisting DDT on Tough Tom for the win. (5:49)

Match # 7: Booker T. d. Chris Williams

The lead-in shows Stevie Ray's match with the awesomely-built Midnight, Midnight's small- package win, and Stevie Ray walloping both Midnight and Booker T. with the slapjack. Mike Tenay opines that Chris Williams is one brave soul for taking on the seven-time WCW Television Champ right off the bat, instead of working his way up through the ranks. Not surprisingly, it's a "Booker T. Wrestling Clinic" from the get-go, though Williams does give a credible performance in his role as "Matt Fodder", and does manage an inverted atomic drop that looks impressive. However: Axe kick, breakdance spin, "Raise the Roof", double leg cradle, hit the showers, Chris. (3:57)

Match #8: Disco Inferno d. Scott Armstrong

(I keep hearing about the "Armstrong Curse". Does it affect only Scott, or those other two masquerading as WCW's "Buzzkill" and WWF's "Road Dogg"?)

Anyhoo, Disco Inferno shows up with Tony Marinara and the Goombahs in tow, so he's obviously undergoing another "work evaluation" by Mr. Marinara. Looking for some cheap heat, Disco bitch- slaps a momentarily surprised Scott Armstrong to prove to "da Boss" what a tough guy he's become. Goombahs applaud politely. An attempted repeat of this by ol' Disco gets him face- slammed by a now thoroughly ready-to-go Armstrong. Disco regains the momentum with an elbow that knocks Armstrong to the canvas, and then tries a blatant choke. Referee Charles Robinson calls for the break. Disco misses an elbow drop. It's all pretty much going Disco's way, but Scott Hudson says that " 'WCW Saturday Night's' been pretty lucky for Scott Armstrong of late". Whoops, Scott spoke too soon, as the camera shows Big Vito slipping Disco Inferno a set of brass knuckles. Tony Marinara distracts referee Charles Robinson. It takes him two tries, but Disco finally rabbit-punches Scott Armstrong with the knucks and gets the win. (4:17)

Match # 9: David Flair and Devon "Crowbar" Storm d. (?!) Steven Regal and David Taylor

Your Main Event of the evening, and a wild one it is, too.

First, no Daphne (Daffney?) Unger at ringside. Darn! Second, Flair and Crowbar in another defense of their (I can't believe I'm writing this!) WCW Tag- Team belts. The match starts with Dave Taylor just all over David Flair with a flurry of European uppercuts. This causes Flair to make an early tag-in to Crowbar. It's Crowbar taking the brunt of the Regal/Taylor assault for the next couple of minutes, but mounting some offense of his own on Steven Regal. A mean-looking baseball slide followed by a diving plancha from the ring apron nails Regal on the floor. Flair and Crowbar double-team Regal outside the ring, and Taylor made it a four-way dance, until Regal and Crowbar re-entered the ring, trading punches. Regal and Taylor then double-team Crowbar in their corner, until Flair interferes, and leading to another four- way brawl in the middle of the ring, with Flair getting the worst of it. Sensing victory and a title change, Dave Taylor sets up a "Pedigree" on a groggy David Flair, but Crowbar wallops Taylor with a piece of pipe, then rolls Flair across Taylor for the win. ( 5:52)

Nine matches at just over forty-one minutes in a two-hour time slot. You do the math.

See you next week!

E.C. Ostermeyer

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