Not bad for a WCW Pay Per View, but the crappy booking saps some of it's qualities as usual.
WCW Souled Out seemed to be a heavily hyped up PPV for the most part, with Bret Hart making his WCW wrestling début against Ric Flair, the hype was amazing, but it was nowhere as good as we expected. Dead crowd for the most part, and some of the announcing was unintentionally hilarious.
Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Lizmark, Jr. and Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Vs La Parka, Psicosis, Silver King and El Dandy. Fun little opener to start the show, with all the high-flying offense you'd expect from these guys. Guerrero wins it with a tornado DDT. Afterwords La Parka takes out everyone, including his own teammates with a chair.
Raven's Rules Match.
Raven Vs Chris Beniot. Crowd is WAY into Beniot. Excellent match here, with Benoit bumping like a mad man, per usual. Raven worked well with Beniot, and for a 10 minute time span, you certainly get your money's worth. Beniot makes Raven submit with the cross face. Malenko saves Beniot from a beat down after the match
3 1/2 /5
WCW Cruserweight Championship.
Rey Mysterio|C| Vs Chris Jericho. Jericho gets some great heat. Good, but not as good as it should have been with these two involved. These two are known for putting on classics, so this was disappointing. Jericho wins the title by making Rey tap to the Walls Of Jericho. Jericho destroy's Rey's knee afterwords, to a loud chorus of boo's
Gene Okerlund interviews J. J Dillon who is holding the World Heavyweight Title. He claims he made a controversial but smart decision. Roddy Piper is out to a big pop. He basically announcers Hogan Vs Sting at Superbrawl. Scott Hall walks off angry. WCW's poor booking shows here.
1 1/2 /5
WCW World Television Championship.
Bookert T|C| Vs Rick Martel. How bout that? Martel as a bland looking face, who isn't over. Not bad, technically solid, but totally underwhelming to say the least. Booker wins, and saves Martel from a beat down afterwords
2 1/2 /5
Larry Zbyszko/W Dusty Rhodes. Vs Scott Hall/W Louie Spicolli. LOUD "Larry sucks" chants, I doubt that's what WCW wanted. Boring to say the least, with nothing that exciting going on. Known for Dusty's failed heel turn, with Schivonnie infamously heartbroken performance.
Ray Traylor&The Steiner's Vs Konnan, Buff Bagwell, and Scott Norton. Scott Steiner was on the verge of a heel turn, and Traylor was on his way back to the WWE, so this is pure time killer, and not very good at that. Crowd is completely dead, and rightfully so. Faces win. Afterwords Bagwell and Scott Steiner tease a pose down love fest.
Kevin Nash Vs The Giant. Not bad for a big man vs big man match up actually, it moved along at a nice clip. The Giant is decent for his size, and Nash was great when motivated. Nash wins with a terrible botched Jackhammer.
2 1/2 /5
Ric Flair Vs Bret Hart. Lackluster pop for Hart. Hyped for a while, built as the two best in the world, and it has every right to be built that way. Solid is probably the nicest word I can give this, but it knows it has the potential to be one of the greatest. They just seemed uninspired out there. Bret wins with The Sharpshooter.
Lex Luger Vs Randy Savage. This is the main event???!. Not as bad as I've heard, but still below average. Savage's in ring performance was declining and it showed. Luger wins with The Torture rack. The NWO beats down Luger after the match, but Sting arrives and cleans house.
1 1/2 /5
Bottom line. Not bad for a WCW PPV, there are some good things to write home about, but the ego's, the politics, and the crappy booking brings it down several notches. If you are a WCW fanatic you'll no doubt wanna add this one to your collection.
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