Wednesday, February 13, 2019

WCW Superbrawl Revenge

WCW was running low on names, weren't they?

Anyway, the second of three WCW Pay-Per-Views taking place in 2001 before their eventual closure and purchase by the WWF .

Shane Helms defeated Shannon Moore, Kaz Hayashi, Yun Yang, Jamie Knoble and Evan Karagias in a Six-Way Elimination match. Leave it to the Cruiserweights to put on an entertaining show to kick off the night. Mind you, if this had been back in the day, I probably wouldn't have cared as much, but because it's years later and I know some of the names, it's a nice little time capsule to see where they sort of began and how they built the base for their future careers.

Hugh Morrus defeated The Wall. Started strong with some nice big man brawling and then they started taking naps like Ro... er, I mean, Scott Ha... um, er... this is awkward. Let's put it this way; this match started HUGE and then went LIMP. And it stayed there for a good long time.

WCW World Tag Team Champions Sean O'Haire and Chuck Palumbo defeated Mark Jindrak and Shawn Stasiak to retain the titles. Good, straightforward tag match with a simple story being told and a clean finish to showcase the superiority of the champions. I look back at this and I wonder why these guys didn't have better runs than they did because they looked the parts. Oh well... it was a fun match, regardless.

WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio to retain the title. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, this was a pretty good match. They work well together and it was fun shit. No complaints. Next.

WCW United States Champion Rick Steiner defeated Dustin Rhodes to retain the title and there goes the good feels. After a couple good matches, we're knee deep back in the shit. Boring, almost worthless match here.

Lex Luger and Buff Bagwell defeated Brian Adams in a Handicap match... meh. Apparently, Adams' Kronik partner, Bryan Clark was incapacitated... but then he shows up late and Adams lost the match anyway, so what's the point? Is this a trend in latter-day WCW shows where the first half is good and the rest of it is crap?

The Cat defeated Lance Storm to become WCW commissioner. Perhaps one of the low points in Lance Storm's career before he would becoming "boring" with a large penis and eventually replaced on Figure Four radio with a giraffe.

We're supposed to have DDP vs Double J, but Double J introduces Kanyon and so we get that match. Kanyon eventually beats Diamond Dallas Page and we get the other match we were supposed to have, which sees DDP beat Double J and I fail to see the point of any of this stuff.

WCW World Heavyweight Champion Scott Steiner defeated Kevin Nash to retain the title in a clusterfuck main event worthy of Vince Russo. Commissioner Ric Flair comes out and rules the match a retirement match, prompting Nash to be wheeled out on a chair by a bunch of ladies. He's a bad leg, you see - perhaps the most believable thing you can get out of Kevin Nash, actually. The ref starts to count Nash out, but he gets up and hits Steiner with the belt for the easy pin. Flair cries foul and declares this best of three falls and  No DQ. At some point, Steiner hits Nash with a pipe and Flair rules it Falls Count Anywhere, allowing Steiner to score the second pin. And then eventually, Steiner gets the third fall and retires Nash forever, I guess.

Yeah, so this was not a good match by any stretch and reeks of that Over The Edge match between Steve Austin and Dude Love (which I actually did like). I'll say this much about the main event; it wasn't boring and it was not offensive. It was more of a spectacle than anything, but that's low-hanging fruit at best.

So that was Superbrawl Revenge, everybody. Started off strong with some good matches, ended with a bunch of fuck finish matches that made me tune out. One more WCW Pay-Per-View to go and we're done... until I find more WCW shows to watch on the Network.

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