WCW Uncensored ‘97

Live from Charleston, SC

Airdate: March 16, 1997

Attendance: 9,295 (7,640 paid)

Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, and the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes

Can Team WCW overtake the nWo AND Piper? Will Dennis Rodman appear? Read on!

Match 1 for the WCW US title (no-DQ): Eddie Guerrero (champion) versus Dean Malenko


Rating: ****1/2

Summary: You’d think that after numerous matches in both ECW and WCW that you’ve seen every Guerrero-Malenko match possible. Think again. This one’s phenomenal with a unique yet unremarkable finish. Check this one out.

After the match, Malenko looks down at the video camera in disbelief that he actually used it.

In the locker room, “Mean” Gene Okerlund shills the hotline and mentions someone has left WCW (**cough**Disco Inferno**cough**). He then interviews Piper who’s crazier than Randle McMurphy here. Immediately, the Horsemen join him, but Piper makes fun of them for their recent storylines. While Jarrett has Piper’s back, Mongo cuts a promo on Luger, the Outsiders, and Rodman (“a basketball player?”). The good news is that Debra stays quiet.

Match 2: Ultimo Dragon (w/ Sonny Onoo) versus Psicosis


Rating: **1/2

Summary: While the Charleston faithful sat on their hands, these guys put on quite a high-flying display.

At the entrance, Okerlund again shills the hotline and interviews DDP. As the Charleston faithful chant his name, DDP reminds Savage who he is. Suddenly, Savage and Elizabeth interrupt him from the broadcast location. While he respects DDP, Savage and Elizabeth provide us with a copy of Playboy’s Nude Celebrities.

While they show us the centerfold, Savage informs us that DDP is her husband. Kimberly then emerges having been spray-painted nWo. When DDP checks on her, Savage blindsides him. Kimberly tries to stop him to no avail as Savage spray-paints nWo on DDP’s back. Just as Savage wants to “piledrive” him, Kimberly protects her husband. He then spray-paints her back, but Elizabeth stops him. She then spray-paints and taunts her. How dastardly of her!

Match 3 (martial arts): Glacier versus Mortis (w/ James Vandenberg)


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: As you know, I gave Glacier all the hate in the world for being the greenest of all rookies while showcasing himself on Nitro. But this match stood as an exception. According to Meltzer, these two practiced this match constantly at the WCW Power Plant, so they certainly ironed any kinks out whatsoever. Kudos to you, gentlemen.

After the match, Vandenberg distracts Glacier so that Mortis can nail him from behind with his staph. Suddenly, the former Adam Bomb hits the ring as he and Mortis double-team Glacier. The former Adam Bomb then delivers a uranage to Glacier.

We then revisit the automobile “accident” perpetrated by Hall, Nash, and Syxx.

Match 4 (strap): Buff Bagwell versus Scotty Riggs


Rating: *

Summary: Not a good strap match although Bagwell was the deserving winner.

A seemingly pre-recorded black-and-white nWo interview airs as they predict victory for themselves. To say their commentary is uncensored is putting it mildly.

Match 5 (Texas tornado): Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri) versus Public Enemy


Rating: **

Summary: Elongated hardcore match with some decent high spots and a screwy finish. Sounds like ECW to me.

Back in the locker room, Okerlund interviews Team WCW minus Rick Steiner.

Match 6 for the WCW World TV title: Prince Iaukea (champion) versus Rey Mysterio, Jr.


Rating: **

Summary: While I understand that Iaukea is a rookie, he HAS to have some type of personality for the WCW fans to grasp. He is absolutely FLOUNDERING as champion.

Promo airs for Spring Stampede LIVE on PPV on 4/6. Order NOW!

Match 7 (elimination): Team WCW versus Team nWo versus Team Piper


Team WCW: The “Total Package” Lex Luger, Giant, & Scott Steiner

Team nWo: Hollywood Hogan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash

Team Piper: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jeff Jarrett, Steve “Mongo” McMichael, & the “Crippler” Chris Benoit


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While the excitement of Dennis Rodman brought the Charleston faithful to their feet, this match wasn’t very good.

After the match, Rodman spray-paints Luger’s back and paintbrushes him. As the nWo exits the ring, Sting rappels from the ceiling to a HUGE pop. As Hall and Nash enter the ring, Sting nails each of them with a baseball bat. Savage then leaps from the top turnbuckle but eats a bat shot as well. After whispering something in Savage’s ear, Sting gives him the Scorpion death drop.

Hall comes in and receives one too. Unbelievably, Nash also got one. Sting then points his bat at Hogan. When Hogan yells to “put the bat down,” Sting obliges and turns around. Hogan then enters, tries to nail Sting, but gets hammered instead. Sting then gives him a Scorpion death drop as the PPV goes off the air.

Conclusion: Wow! What an exclamation mark on a show. While the main event didn’t deliver, its aftermath was historic. Sting chose to fight against the nWo. If you’ve never seen that moment, you’re missing wrestling history.

As far as the rest of the show is concerned, the opener is a must-see, and the Glacier-Mortis match exceeded any and all expectations. Grab some popcorn, gather your friends, and enjoy this show!

Stay tuned for WCW Monday Nitro 3-17-97!

Buyrate: 0.89

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