Hosted by Tony Schiavone, the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan
Can Bret topple Flair? Will Giant get to chokeslam Nash? How will Mysterio fare against Jericho? In what ways can Zbyszko humiliate Hall? Let’s find out!
Match 1 (eight-man): The “Chairman of WCW” La Parka, Psicosis, Silver King, & El Dandy versus Chavo Guerrero, Jr., Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, & Lizmark, Jr.
“Iron” Mike Tenay joined the broadcast table for this match.
When Calo reversed an Irish whip, Psicosis supplied him with an elbow drop.
Calo then reversed a cross corner whip, somersaulted off Psicosis, and powerslammed him.
As Calo delivered a sidewalk slam to Psicosis, tags were exchanged on both sides.
Silver King then scored with a superkick to Lizmark, Jr., gave him a cross corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
After Lizmark, Jr. launched a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, he got 2.
Lizmark, Jr. then tagged in Chavo, reversed an Irish whip, but ate a tornado DDT from Silver King.
While El Dandy tagged in, he dropkicked Chavo.
Speaking of Chavo, he reversed a cross corner whip and followed with a monkey flip.
He then provided El Dandy with a flying headscissors but missed a dropkick.
When El Dandy landed an elbow drop, Chavo reversed an Irish whip and backdropped him.
Both men tumbled over the top rope to the floor, so Guerrera and La Parka got their turn.
As Guerrera attempted a springboard cross body block, La Parka strutted with Guerrera in his arms. HA!
Guerrera then hit a jump kick and offered La Parka a ten-punch count-along.
After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Guerrera delivered a flying headscissors to La Parka.
Guerrera set up for a tope of some kind; however, Psicosis came in and LEVELED him with a clothesline. I mean, guillotine city, baby!
While Lizmark came in illegally, he equally decapitated Psicosis with his own clothesline.
Psicosis then reversed an Irish whip, but Lizmark, Jr. launched a springboard blockbuster.
When he hooked Psicosis in a crucifix, Lizmark, Jr. got 2.
El Dandy then secured la magistral cradle on Lizmark, Jr. for 2.
As Calo gave El Dandy a cross corner whip, he followed with the Sierra Madre equivalent of an avalanche.
He then hoisted El Dandy atop the top turnbuckle, joined, and hit a flying headscissors sending El Dandy down to the mat for 2.
After Silver King gave Calo a cross corner whip, he followed with a spinning heel kick.
He then supplied Calo with a helicopter slam and a somersault senton for 2.
While Guerrera botched his own flying headscissors, Silver King cradled him for 2.
He then placed Guerrera atop the top turnbuckle, joined, but Guerrera knocked him back down.
When Guerrera leaped from the top turnbuckle, he scored with a 450°. Woohoo!
Somehow, that only got 2.
La Parka then delivered a sit-out powerbomb to Guerrera for 2.
As Psicosis hit a sit-out gourdbuster, he mounted the top turnbuckle and launched a guillotine leg drop to Chavo for 2.
La Parka tagged in and tossed Chavo out of the ring like a sack of garbage.
After Silver King dropkicked Calo over the top rope to the floor, he attempted a springboard cross body block but hit NOTHING BUT THE FLOOR!
Calo then mounted the top turnbuckle and connected with a somersault dive.
While Dandy launched a tope suicida to Calo, Guerrera used Lizmark, Jr. as a springboard for Air Juvi.
Not to be outdone, La Parka scored with a corkscrew Asai moonsault. Holy flying skeletons, Batman!
Lizmark, Jr. then defied gravity with his own Asai moonsault to La Parka.
When Chavo mounted the top turnbuckle, he delivered a lariat to Psicosis.
He then gave Psicosis a cross corner whip followed by an avalanche.
As Psicosis reversed a cross corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
Chavo then mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a tornado DDT.
Chavo, Calo, Guerrera, and Lizmark, Jr. won at 9:30.
Summary: Great lucha libre match with all eight wrestlers putting on an aerial display. What can they do to put the cherry on top?
La Parka re-enters the ring with his chair and CLOCKS Calo with it. Next, he sends Lizmark, Jr. and Chavo reeling from chair shots. He then CROWNS Guerrera. After doing a little dance, La Parka isn’t finished! He then CLOBBERS El Dandy, decimates Silver King, whacks Psicosis, and stands atop his chair much to the delight of the Dayton faithful. To cement his stardom, he cups his hand to his ear, struts, and grins like a sailor on leave with his head held high.
Schiavone shills Boston Brawl LIVE on wcwwrestling.com on 1/31.
At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund shills the WCW Hotline.
After Raven made his entrance, he cut a promo on Benoit.
Match 2 (Raven’s Rules): The “Crippler” Chris Benoit versus Raven
According to ring announcer David Penzer, the Flock was “barred from ringside.”
Before Benoit could enter the ring, Raven dropkicked him down to the floor.
He then whipped Benoit into the steel railing and sent him shoulder-first into the steps.
Next, he made Benoit taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Hoosier Daddy at the Rusty Bucket.
In the ring, Raven hooked a pair of snap mares, but Benoit countered a third one with a backslide for 2.
Raven then rammed Benoit face-first into the mat twice and put a knee into his midsection.
As the Dayton faithful chanted “Raven sucks,” Benoit countered another knee to the midsection with a rollup for 2.
Raven then tossed Benoit to the floor, joined, grabbed a chair, and SMASHED it on Benoit’s back. OUCH!
With Benoit prone on the apron, Raven leaped and landed a flying elbow smash.
He then snap-mared Benoit atop the chair and bulldogged him onto it.
When Benoit reversed an Irish whip, he sent Raven head-first into the chair via a drop toe hold.
He then clotheslined and snap-suplexed Raven atop the chair for 2.
After Benoit tore off Raven’s t-shirt, he positioned the chair in the corner.
Raven sought refuge outside the ring, but Benoit scored with a baseball slide that sent Raven into the steel railing.
While Benoit sent him reeling into the steps, he suplexed Raven on the ramp.
Back in the ring, he snap-suplexed Raven on the chair again, placed the chair over the head, mounted the top turnbuckle, and launched a diving head butt.
Unfortunately for Benoit, it was directly into the chair causing him to ring his own bell.
The Dayton faithful chanted “Ben-oit,” and their hero earned a 2-count.
As Benoit attempted a Northern Lights suplex, Raven countered with a DDT.
Raven then attempted another DDT, but Benoit countered with a Crippler Crossface.
Before he would succumb to the pain and pass out, Raven smiled eerily.
Benoit won in 10:36.
Summary: Fantastic match with liberal use of the chair for the no-DQ stipulation. Intensely, Benoit and Raven went all-out with workrate and counter-wrestling to entertain each of us. Bravo, gentlemen!
After the match, Kidman heads to the ring and mounts the top turnbuckle. Shockingly, Dean Malenko also comes to the ring, knocks Kidman down to the mat, and applies a Texas Cloverleaf to him. The Flock storms the ring and pummels both Benoit and Malenko. In the meantime, Hammer carries a limp Raven back to the locker room. Ultimately, both Benoit and Malenko eject the Flock from the ring and give each other a look of respect. Awesome!
Match 3 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: Rey Mysterio, Jr. (champion) versus “Lionheart” Chris Jericho
Like on Thunder, Jericho wore a Mysterio t-shirt during his entrance.
Tenay joined the broadcast table for this match.
While the Dayton faithful chanted “Jericho sucks,” Mysterio delivered a flying headscissors from the apron.
With Jericho on the floor, Mysterio performed a fake-out when Jericho saw him coming.
Mysterio then held his already-braced left knee in pain. Cue ominous music.
When Mysterio hooked a victory roll, he got 2.
Jericho then reversed an Irish whip, but Mysterio took him down by the blondies.
As Jericho moved to the apron, he baited Mysterio so that he could guillotine him with the top rope.
He then hit a double underhook backbreaker on the floor.
Upon maneuvering the steps, Jericho used them as a springboard to hit a high knee to Mysterio.
Back in the ring, Jericho gave Mysterio a cross corner whip and rammed him sternum-first into the top turnbuckle.
Mysterio rebounded with an Unprettier and gave Jericho a cross corner whip resulting in a Jericho flip.
While Jericho was on the apron, Mysterio utilized a baseball slide to send him to the floor.
He then launched a springboard somersault plancha from the top rope. Woohoo!
With both wrestlers on the floor, Mysterio scored with a drop toe hold sending Jericho face-first into the steps.
He then attempted another springboard maneuver; however, Jericho grabbed the top rope to upset Mysterio’s balance. Without any question whatsoever, he landed extremely awkwardly.
When Jericho hung him out to dry on the top rope, he mounted the top turnbuckle.
Mysterio then upset his balance and crotched him on the top rope. OUCH!
As Jericho repositioned himself on the top turnbuckle, Mysterio attempted a super huracanrana.
On the other hand, Jericho held on and hooked a LionTamer.
Mysterio tapped out, so Jericho won in 8:22.
WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
Summary: The story of the match circled around Mysterio’s injured knee. While Mysterio tried to work around it, Jericho seized and used it to his advantage. Mysterio is on schedule for knee surgery, so don’t plan on his immediate return. Also, the finishing sequence was brilliant.
After the match, Jericho grabs the microphone and imitates Sally Field. He then removes Mysterio’s knee brace and whips him with it. Upon ejecting Mysterio from the ring, Jericho joins him and wraps Mysterio’s knee in the steps. He then takes a metal case, SMASHES Mysterio’s knee with it, and offers a faux apology. Mysterio has to be carried backstage.
In the ring, Okerlund interviews Chairman of the Executive Committee JJ Dillon who namedrops “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Speak of the devil, and he appears. Piper comes to the ring for the first time since Halloween Havoc ’97. Upon making a Clinton joke, Piper requests that Sting, Hogan, and Hall join him. Bischoff leads the nWo troupe to the ring, and Piper announces Hall as the winner of the battle royal at World War III ’97.
He then mentions that there isn’t a World champion right now, so he “couldn’t get a title shot at the DMV right now.” HA! Instead of Hall main-eventing SuperBrawl VIII, Piper teases Hogan about returning the title to him. He then declares Sting-Hogan III at SuperBrawl VIII. Hogan tries to rebut, but Sting gets in his face. Knowing he just got screwed, Hall walks away from his comrades. Hogan hightails it with questions in mind while Sting crotch-chops him.
Match 4 for the WCW World TV title: Booker T (champion) versus Rick Martel
Booker T leapfrogged him, but Martel hooked an O’Connor roll for 2.
As Booker T countered a hip toss with a clothesline, he got 2.
He then blocked a vertical suplex and delivered one of his own.
When Booker T missed an elbow drop, he recovered with a Spinaroonie!
He then connected with a Harlem side kick for another 2.
After Booker T reversed a cross corner whip, he ate knee on his follow-through.
Martel then mounted the second turnbuckle and launched a lariat.
While Booker T rebounded with a standing side kick, he couldn’t get 3.
Martel then sent Booker T into the corner but came up empty on his follow-through.
As Martel attempted a leap frog, they were not on the same page because Booker T ran right into him.
Martel took exception and gave Booker T a HARD cross corner whip to injure the back.
When he landed an elbow drop to the back, Martel followed with a gutwrench suplex for 2.
Unfortunately for both wrestlers, the Dayton faithful was eerily quiet. Must be a sale on beer at the concession stands.
Martel then reversed an Irish whip and hit a spinebuster for another 2.
After a pair of double axe handles to the lower back, Martel gave Booker T another cross corner whip.
Martel charged, but Booker T secured a sunset flip for 2.
While Martel applied an abdominal stretch, Booker T escaped with a hip toss.
Booker T then scored with a flying forearm but missed a dropkick.
As Martel hooked a Quebec crab, Booker T grabbed the bottom rope to break the hold.
Booker T then supplied him with a scissors kick followed by a sidewalk slam.
When he mounted the top turnbuckle, Booker T delivered a Harlem Hangover.
Booker T retained at 10:50.
Summary: You could hear a pin drop in Hara Arena during this match, but Martel used psychology to maintain offense. Conversely, Booker T used his quickness and aerial ability to get the win.
After the match, Martel rips the belt away from referee Billy Silverman teasing a hell turn yet presents it to Booker T. He then raises Booker T’s arm and shakes his hand. Sportsmanship!
Suddenly, Saturn enters the ring and provides Martel with a T-bone suplex. He then elbow-drops Martel and scatters when Booker T returns.
Match 5: Scott Hall (w/ Louie Spicolli) versus Larry Zbyszko (w/ ????)
When Zbyszko made his entrance, he mimicked Hall’s double-finger-point to signal Rhodes as his second for this match.
Zbyszko played and won a few mind games with Hall then hooked an abdominal stretch.
As Hall escaped, he and Zbyszko battled over another abdominal stretch, but Hall lost.
Hall escaped again but missed an elbow drop.
After Hall sent Zbyszko to the apron, he distracted referee Mickey Jay.
In the meantime, Spicolli clobbered Zbyszko. SNEAKY!
Rhodes then sauntered after Spicolli, but nothing came from it.
Nonetheless, Hall gave Zbyszko a cross corner whip followed by a corner clothesline.
While the Dayton faithful chanted “Lar-ry,” another portion of the Dayton faithful countered with a “Larry sucks” chant. Obviously, they want another Ernest Miller-Jerry Flynn match.
Hall then clotheslined Zbyszko and followed with a fallaway slam.
When Hall attempted an Outsider Edge, Zbyszko countered with a back drop.
Hall launched another clothesline, but Zbyszko landed a flurry of punches in the corner.
As Jay admonished Zbyszko, he stood between them.
Zbyszko then attempted a spinning thrust kick but got Jay instead of Hall.
With Jay down, Hall clotheslined Zbyszko and earned a false pin.
Hall checked on Jay, and Zbyszko played possum.
After Hall attempted a cover, Zbyszko trapped his head in a neck vice.
Spicolli tried to interfere to no avail, and Rhodes entered the ring.
While Rhodes scored with a series of bionic elbows to Spicolli, the Dayton faithful came unglued.
Zbyszko held Hall so that Rhodes could provide him with a bionic elbow, yet Rhodes inadvertently caught Zbyszko.
When Hall pointed toward him, Rhodes removed his WCW hat and denim shirt to reveal an nWo t-shirt.
WE HAVE A HEEL TURN!
Rhodes then delivered an elbow drop to Zbyszko, and Jay called for the bell.
As a result, Zbyszko won by DQ at 8:09.
Summary: More storyline than match as Rhodes joins the nWo. Remarkably, Rhodes hasn’t played heel since 1974. While one may believe his heel turn was inexplicable, it was actually a broadcasting decision to remove Rhodes and insert Scott Hudson and Mike Tenay on WCW Saturday Night.
After the match, Rhodes cements his turn as the nWo hits a trio of elbow drops to Zbyszko. Meanwhile, Schiavone and Heenan are completely torn apart by Rhodes’ defection. Schiavone then leaves the broadcast table temporarily.
Match 6 (six-man): The Steiners & Ray Traylor (w/ Ted DiBiase) versus Buff Bagwell, Scott “Flash” Norton, & Konnan (w/ Vincent)
Tenay joined the broadcast table for this match.
As Rick powerslammed Bagwell, he followed with a Steinerline.
Traylor tagged in, gave Bagwell a cross corner whip, and followed with an avalanche.
When he slammed Bagwell, Traylor tagged in Rick.
He then sandwiched Bagwell in the corner and got 1.
After tags were exchanged on both sides, Norton gave Traylor a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
Traylor then hip-tossed and CLOCKED Norton with an uppercut.
With Norton out of position, Traylor still “got” the sliding uppercut and nailed a nearby Bagwell.
Thanks to Konnan, Norton slammed Traylor and followed with an elbow drop.
Konnan tagged in, and the nWo triple-teamed Traylor.
Meanwhile, Scott distracted referee Billy Silverman.
Bagwell tagged in and dropkicked Traylor for 2.
While Norton tagged in, a double clothesline knocked both wrestlers down to the mat.
Tags were exchanged on both sides again, and Rick backdropped Bagwell.
As Konnan came in, he also got backdropped while Norton received a Steinerline.
Rick then provided Bagwell with a Steinerline, but Konnan supplied him with a DDT.
When Scott physically intimidated Silverman outside the ring, Bagwell sent Rick back-first into the steel railing.
Norton tagged in and delivered a backbreaker.
Oddly, both Traylor and Scott were on the same side of the WCW corner.
Konnan tagged in, and he and Bagwell hit a double back elbow to Traylor.
After Konnan scored with a somersault clothesline, he hooked a leg submission hold with Bagwell’s assistance behind Silverman’s back. Clever!
Konnan then applied an Indian death lock to further bore the Dayton faithful.
While Scott continued to be an annoying prick, Norton gave Rick a cross corner whip followed by an avalanche.
Konnan tagged in, and the nWo landed a dropkick/clothesline combo to Rick.
As Konnan gave Rick another cross corner whip, Traylor pulled Rick out of harm’s way; thus Konnan came up empty.
Rick then hit a Steinerline, and both Traylor and Scott made the tag.
When Scott delivered a T-bone suplex to Norton, he followed with a belly-to-belly suplex.
He then clotheslined Norton over the top rope to the floor.
After DiBiase nailed Vincent outside the ring, Scott provided Konnan with a dragon suplex.
Officially, Traylor tagged Scott into the match.
Scott then DESTROYED Konnan with a Steiner Screwdriver.
Scott, Rick, and Traylor won in 12:20.
Summary: The whole match stinks except for Scott’s entire performance. I guess everyone mails it in and lets Scott do all the dirty work. Two heel turns in consecutive matches would lessen the significance; so I understand the continuation of the slow-burn of Scott’s character.
After the match, Scott and Bagwell confer and pose with one another.
Promo #2 for Boston Brawl!
Match 7: Kevin Nash (w/ “Hollywood” Hogan & Eric Bischoff) versus Giant
Giant countered a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex.
When he landed an elbow drop, Giant sandwiched Nash in the corner.
Nash rebounded with a cross corner whip and corner clothesline.
As Giant reversed a cross corner whip, he delivered his own corner clothesline.
He then hit a big boot and applied a boot choke in the corner.
After Giant tossed him out of the corner, Nash leapfrogged Giant. Amazing!
He then clotheslined Giant over the top rope to the floor, yet Giant landed on his feet.
While he attempted a plancha, Nash stumbled over the top rope. Oops.
Miraculously, Giant caught and made him HIT THE POLE.
He then tossed Nash back into the ring, and referee Mickey Jay checked on Nash.
That allowed Hogan to WHACK Giant in the back with a chair. How dastardly!
When Giant beat the ten-count by an eyelash, Nash supplied him with a series of running guillotines.
He then attempted a clothesline but ate one himself.
As they both connected with big boots, both wrestlers hit the mat. Cool spot.
Nash crawled over but only got 2.
After Nash tried to supply him with a ten-punch count-along, Giant countered with an inverted atomic drop.
He then clotheslined Nash thrice and followed with a big boot in homage to Hogan.
While he lowered the strap, Giant slammed Nash and signaled for the chokeslam.
With Jay distracted, Giant chokeslammed Bischoff from the apron to the center of the ring. Wow!
Hogan then handed Nash a pitcher of soda, and Nash doused Giant with it.
Despite the announcers claiming it was hot coffee, Nash provided Giant with a shot down I-75 SOUTH to Cincinnati.
He then attempted a jackknife powerbomb, but Giant was either too heavy or too wet from the soda.
Needless to say, but Giant’s landing looked SCARY!
Although Nash botched the move, he pinned Giant at 10:47.
Summary: While the match earned a * for Nash’s leapfrog alone, these guys give it the old college try, but trying to keep up with the smaller men isn’t a wise move. On another note, Nash no-shows Starrcade ‘97, but beats Giant here.
After the match, the WCW trainer checks on Giant who hasn’t moved. To sell the liquid in the eyes, the trainer protects Giant’s eyes initially. Since WCW follows up on the botched powerbomb on the next episode of Nitro, I’ll add ½*.
Promo airs for SuperBrawl VIII LIVE on PPV on 2/22. Order NOW!
Match 8: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus Bret “Hitman” Hart
Wait a minute! This match isn’t last?
For those curious, Bret’s last PPV appearance in Dayton was winning the King of the Ring in 1993 albeit at the Nutter Center.
This match marked Bret’s WCW wrestling debut.
As Bret slammed him, he immediately applied a figure-four leg lock.
Without hesitation, Flair made the ropes and escaped to the apron.
Bret then suplexed him back into the ring and got 2.
When Bret reversed a cross corner whip, he backdropped Flair.
He then slammed Flair again, reversed an Irish whip, and hooked a sleeper.
After Flair escaped with a belly-to-back suplex, he asked referee Billy Silverman to check the time.
That allowed Flair to implement his trick knee to a chorus of “woo” throughout the Hara Arena.
While Flair delivered a knee drop, he got 2.
The Dayton faithful chanted “let’s go Bret,” and Flair gave their hero a HARD cross corner whip.
As Bret rebounded with a swinging neckbreaker, he bulldogged Flair for 2.
He then landed a standing leg drop, worked on the left leg, and prepped for the ring post figure-four.
Instead, Flair mule-kicked Bret sending him back-first into the steel railing.
He then made Bret taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Screamer at Blind Bob’s.
Back in the ring, Flair scored with an elbow drop for 2.
He then delivered a pair of knee crushers, but during attempt #3, Bret countered with an enziguri.
When Flair attempted a figure-four leg lock, Bret countered with an inside cradle for 2.
He then hooked Flair in a backslide for another 2.
After Flair chop-blocked him, he succeeded with applying a figure-four leg lock.
Bret reversed the hold, but Flair escaped.
While Flair mounted the top turnbuckle, Bret caught and slammed him down to the mat.
Flair then gave Bret a cross corner whip resulting in a sternum-first bump by Bret.
As Flair attempted another belly-to-back suplex, Bret blocked it and countered with a side-Russian leg sweep.
Seemingly impervious to pain, Bret pulled down his straps to inform Flair that his chops don’t affect him.
Bret then provided him with a ten-punch count along, yet Flair attempted an inverted atomic drop to block it.
On the contrary, Bret blocked it and hit a backbreaker for 1.
He then landed an elbow smash, mounted the second turnbuckle, and launched a flying elbow smash for 2.
When he hoisted Flair atop the top turnbuckle, Bret superplexed him from the top rope. Impressive!
Bret then hooked a Sharpshooter, and Flair submitted at 18:06.
Summary: Incredible match between two of the best in pro wrestling. If the World title had been at stake, it might have been an historical match for the ages. As it is, it’s worth seeking out.
After the match, much like his last WWF match, Bret pantomimed writing WCW in the air.
Match 9: “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth) versus the “Total Package” Lex Luger
When Elizabeth attacked Luger from behind in the aisle, Savage made Luger taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the Firebird at Lucky’s.
He then guillotined Luger with the steel railing and tossed him into the ring.
As he mounted the top turnbuckle, Savage delivered a double axe handle for 2.
He then clotheslined Luger for another 2.
After he supplied Luger with a belly-to-back suplex, Savage couldn’t get 3.
He then gave Luger a cross corner whip followed by a back elbow for another 2.
While Savage distracted referee Randy Anderson, Elizabeth gave Luger the business. What a jezebel!
Savage then gave Luger another cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
When Luger came off the ropes, Elizabeth hooked his ankle. Sacré bleu!
Savage then put a knee into Luger’s back sending him to the floor.
As he mounted the top turnbuckle, Savage hit another double axe handle making Luger taste the steel railing again. Waiter, could you give the muscle-bound guy a Pinto?
With Savage providing more distraction, Elizabeth slapped the bejeezus out of Luger.
She then baited Luger so that Savage could attack Luger from behind. Devilish!
After Savage fed Luger a third helping of the steel railing, he followed Luger amongst the Dayton faithful.
Luger then used momentum to send Savage into the riser twice and guillotined him with the steel railing.
While he made Savage HIT THE POLE, Luger unleashed a series of clotheslines.
He then connected with a flying forearm, and Scott Hall came to ringside.
When Luger powerslammed Savage, Hogan also came to ringside and stopped Hall in the aisle.
Hall then got up on the apron, but Luger sent Savage sending Hall flying down to the floor.
As Luger applied a Torture Rack, Savage submitted at 7:07.
Summary: Without question, Savage carried this match; however, Elizabeth performed her most ruthless work to date.
After the match, Hogan enters the ring and saves Savage. The nWo rushes the ring to ambush Luger until Sting storms in to save him. While Sting nails Hogan, Luger lifts Nash up in the Torture Rack. Sting then applies a Scorpion death lock to Hogan for an incredible visual.
Conclusion: Obviously the post-match drama of the main event gives the PPV a warm, fuzzy feeling similar to Nitro episodes in 1997. Without it, the question of why Luger-Savage being the main event would be raised.
Having said that, this show is a no-brainer to recommend. Bret-Flair steals the show while Benoit-Raven is a close second. The lucha libre opener need not apologize for being awesome, and Jericho’s heel work during his attaining of the Cruiserweight title adds tremendous goodness to the show. In a fascinating twist, this is a solid WCW show without a World title match included. Fire up the WWE Network and watch this one STAT!