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One of three 1997 WCW PPVs to not receive an official VHS release in the USA. See more »

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Avoid it at all costs!
20 June 2016 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Live from Cedar Rapids, IA

Attendance: 5,120

Your hosts are Eric Bischoff & Ted Dibiase

Everything is nWo. The setup, the logos, the ring, the announcers, everything. To be honest, it's a little overbearing.

Masahiro Chono Vs Chris Jericho

Jericho is a face here and he's booed pretty loudly because Cedar Rapids seem to be full of idiots. The crowd ends up favoring Jericho anyway because of Nick Patrick. Chono wins with a boot to the face. Technically, this match is fine. It just lacks any real spark.

**

Mexican Death Match

Hugh Morrus (W/Jimmy Hart) Vs Big Bubba Rogers

A Mexican Death Match is where anything goes. No pinfalls, no countouts, submissions, etc. You keep going until you can't continue. Kinda like a Last Man Standing Match. Big Bubba wins after running over Morrus with a motorcycle. This was such a stupid match. They didn't take advantage of the stipulation and failed to be creative on anything. The finish was really silly.

*

Jeff Jarrett Vs M. Wallstreet

Jarrett wins after Steve McMichael interferes. This is another boring match. It was filled with rest holds that bored me to tears. Jarrett is a decent worker, but that's about it.

*1/4

Buff Bagwell Vs Scotty Riggs

Bagwell wins with the Buff Blockbuster. This one was REALLY boring. It felt like it went on for 30 minutes with how much it dragged. The only cool thing about it was seeing Buff's finisher. I've always thought Buff's finisher was awesome.

*1/2

Diamond Dallas Paige Vs Scott Norton

Scott Norton wins by countout when Buff Bagwell and other nWo members come down to the ring. Buff offers DDP another chance to be in the nWo. DDP accepts the nWo's invitation and puts on the shirt. It turns out to be a trick from DDP. DDP nails the Diamond Cutter on Norton, fends off the nWo, and escapes through the crowd.This is a pretty mediocre match that had a hot ending. DDP's tease was exciting.

*3/4

Tag Team Championship

The Outsiders (C) Vs The Steiner Brothers

The Steiner's win the tag team titles after Rick Steiner hits Scott Hall with a bulldog from the top. This was a pretty average tag team match. There was nothing horrible about it, but nothing overly exciting either. The Steiner's winning is a pretty cool moment, I guess,

**

United States Championship (Ladder Match)

Eddie Guererro Vs Syxx

Both pull the belt down at the same time, but Eddie gains possession and drills Syxx with it to fully gain possession of the belt and win the title. This might seem tame for today's standards because there have been so many ladder matches, but it's still an excellent ladder match. It was exciting and both did some cool stuff.

***3/4

Up next is Eric Bischoff in a painful segment, choosing the new miss nWo. This was way worse than the diva search.

World Heavyweight Championship

"Hollywood" Hulk Hogan (C) (W/The Dallas Cowboys) Vs The Giant

The match ends inconclusively. The Giant has the match won with a chokeslam, but Nick Patrick won't count the three. The Giant ends up destroying the nWo with chokeslams until Hogan nails The Giant with a guitar. Hogan and the nWo humiliate the Giant by spray painting nWo on him to end the show. This was an awful main event. Every match these two have with each other has stunk. I hated the finish as well.

3/4*

This is quite possibly the worst WCW PPV I've ever seen. It was obnoxious garbage from start to finish except for the ladder match. The setup is very murky as well. The nWo did do some memorable things, but Bischoff also didn't realize when enough was enough. They overdid it in a big way here.

2.5/10


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