Crappy booking aside, this is an overwhelming example of taking too much of an advantage of a good thing.
NWO Souled Out had too much of that, The NWO. Dead crowd for a lot of it, Stupid booking, crappy finishes to the matches, a fake like feel, I really don't understand how WCW stayed on top as long as it did sometimes. I admit that Souled Out 97 has it's moments of entertainment, but it just got overbearing sometimes. Bischoff and Dibiase are grating, as the commentators lacking the humor I require, and as I said too much NWO, not enough quality stuff, and the Nick Patrick screwing everything got old fast.
Masahiro Chono Vs Chris Jericho. Horribly overbooked mess, they just seemed to be going through the motions, it just came off as awkward, the whole flow of the match. Chono wins after he pushes Jericho through a table, and hits a kick.
Mexican Death Match.
Big Bubba Rodgers|Better known as Big Bossman| Vs Hugh Morrus. For those that don't know, a Mexican Death match is almost identical to a Last Man Standing match. I expected a lot worse that's the best I can probably say about it. Crowd is almost dead, and for a Last Man Standing match, it's not that violent. Rodgers wins by running Morrus over with a motorcycle.
1 1/2 /5
Jeff Jarrett Vs Mr. Wallstreet. I. R S had just left the WWE a while back, funnily enough WCW repackaged him with an identical gimmick. Horrible match, didn't help matters that the whole Nick Patrick thing played out here heavily. Mongo McMichael interferes and helps out Jarrett, reluctantly mind you due to Debra.
Buff Bagwell Vs Scotty Rigs. Solid match here actually, the two put on some very good work. Bagwell was at one time a great worker, and I liked some of the high-flying stuff from Riggs, their styles contrasted well. Bagwell wins.
Scott Norton Vs DDP. Crowd is red hot for DDP, eating up everything he does. Norton is a boring performer, so DDP couldn't really do much. NWO thankfully interrupts the torture asking DDP to join NWO. DDP initially agrees, but hits a Diamond Cutter on one of them, making the crowd literally erupt!. Good after segment, horrible match.
WCW World Tag Team Championships.
The Steiner Brothers Vs The Outsiders|C|. Crowd seems mixed, and the match itself wasn't bad, if nothing outstanding. Lousy finish aside, I didn't mind this at all. Steiner's win the titles, when Referee Randy Anderson makes the three count.
2 1/2 /5
Ladder Match for The United States Championship.
Eddy Guerrero Vs Syxx. Very good, but not quite as good as I had expected from the two. Some great bumps, and great spots culminating in a crappy finish. Eddy wins.
3 1/2 /5
WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
Hulk Hogan|C| Vs The Giant. Lackluster reaction for Hogan, which was surprising to see. Crowd is firmly with The Giant here, with loud "Giant" chants. Not as horrible as I expected, but it's no Hulk vs Andre from Wrestlemania III either. Hogan played an effective heel, and I liked Giant's dominant offense, too bad it was dull a lot of the time. Match results in a No Contest, when NWO attacks Giant. Crowd starts a HUGE "We want Sting" chant, but to no avail.
1 1/2 /5.
Bottom line. Lackluster is the word of the show here. Eric was notorious for over booking things, and this pay per view proved why. A couple of decent stuff is nowhere near enough to save it. My heart was always with WWE, but I did enjoy WCW too, but NWO Souled out isn't anything to go out to rush and see.
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