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WCW SuperBrawl VIII

Live from San Francisco, CA

Airdate: February 22, 1998

Attendance: 12,620 (11,954) (sold out)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and “Iron” Mike Tenay

Who will win the vacant World title? Can the Outsiders recapture tag team gold? Will Jericho lose the Cruiserweight title, or Guerrera lose his mask? Who emerges as the victor in the TV title scene? And how is Savage involved with Luger, Hogan, and Sting? Let’s find out!

Match 1 for the WCW World TV title: Rick Martel (champion) versus Booker T


Rating: ***

Summary: Good chemistry between these guys, but when Martel got hurt, they changed the finish to have Booker T regain the title. Hopefully, Martel won’t be out too long.

Match 2 for the WCW World TV title: Booker T (champion) versus Saturn


Rating: ****

Summary: Incredible match especially considering Booker T’s having to wrestle two opponents consecutively. This was a major moment in Booker T’s career as both Martel and Saturn made him into a bona fide superstar. Great work, guys!

Backstage, Jericho joins Mark Madden and Lee Marshall at the internet desk. Kids, don’t put wcwwrestling.com into your browser. It’s not safe! I’m actually dead serious, hence, no hyperlink.

Match 3: Disco Inferno versus La Parka


Rating: *½

Summary: Popcorn, anyone? Honestly, this was wo comedy wrestlers trying to have a serious match where no one either expected it or cared.

At the entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Chairman of the WCW Executive Committee JJ Dillon. Upon requesting referee Nick Patrick’s presence, Dillon reinstates him without any restrictions. Patrick rejoices with a hug for Dillon and a kiss for Okerlund. HA! To celebrate, Patrick wants to “vindicate” himself by calling the main event. Unfortunately for him, Dillon disagrees. When Patrick argues the decision, he realizes that he forgot about back pay.

Match 4: Goldberg versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: *½

Summary: For a short match, Goldberg unloaded some high-impact workrate. More of this please, Mr. Goldberg.

Match 5 for the WCW Cruiserweight title: “Lionheart” Chris Jericho (champion) versus Juventud Guerrera


Rating: ****

Summary: Near falls, counters, workrate, and the San Francisco treat of despising Jericho encompass tis beauty of a match. Excellent job, gentleman.

After the match, Jericho grabs the microphone and thanks the Jericholics. Guerrera unties his mask, but Jericho impatiently steals it away from him. Guerrera then shows his face to the PPV audience.

Match 6: Steve “Mongo” McMichael versus the “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith


Rating: *

Summary: When one wrestler has a legitimate injury, a good story can be told by revealing and exploiting it.

After the match, a furious Mongo yells at Dickinson that he didn’t quit and shoves him down.

Match 7 for the WCW US title: Diamond Dallas Page (champion) versus the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: ****

Summary: Benoit had his chances, but DDP found a way to win to retain the US title. Solid work by both wrestlers. Good job!

Unfortunately, the Giant is unavailable tonight but will be at Nitro in Sacramento tomorrow night. Hmmm…Giant’s wandering around San Francisco? What could possibly happen?

Video featuring the Giant airs including the botched powerbomb.

Match 8 (no-DQ): The “Total Package” Lex Luger versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Elizabeth)


Rating: **

Summary: More storyline than match as Savage’s separation from the nWo festers.

Prior to the next match, Hall conducts his survey, and San Francisco is DEFINITELY nWo country.

Match 9 for the WCW World tag team titles: The Steiners (champions w/ Ted DiBiase) versus the Outsiders (w/ the “American Nightmare” Dusty Rhodes)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Obviously, this was all storyline for the inevitable Scott Steiner heel turn.

After the match, Scott hands the Outsiders all four belts and yanked referee Scott Dickinson down to the floor. He then celebrated with the new champions.

Promo for WCW Uncensored ‘98 LIVE on PPV on 3/15. Order NOW!

Match 10 for the vacant WCW World title: “Hollywood” Hogan versus Sting


Rating: *

Summary: As a match, this sucked. As a moment for WCW and in WCW’s history, the moment was monumental.

After the match, with Hogan OUT COLD, Sting sprays “WCW” on Hogan’s chest as retribution for the bulk of 1997. Dillon enters the ring and presents Sting with the WCW World title belt while the San Francisco faithful rejoices.

Conclusion: An historical main event coupled with three **** matches make this show a no-brainer to recommend. Honestly, Booker-Saturn, Jericho-Guerrera, and DDP-Benoit are all great matches while the main event puts WCW over strong whilst the nWo is crumbling.

Buyrate: 1.10

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 2-23-98!

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