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The streak comes to an end.
20 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1st Match: Johnny B. Badd vs Lord Steven Regal, WCW World TV Championship. Not a perfect match, but Badd has certainly proved by now that starting a PPV with him is a good idea. He beats Regal to win his first WCW title, which certainly took awhile, but the ending is kind of sloppy. The sad thing is, this is the best match of the night. Rating: 3.5/5

2nd Match: Cactus Jack vs Kevin Sullivan, Loser Leaves WCW match. You know for a match with a big stipulation like this, it sure isn't given a lot to work with. There's no backstory to it, or if there is, it isn't explained. The two guys are brawlers, but they're not given an opportunity to use weapons or anything. You'd think they'd put these two in a No DQ match and just let them go crazy. The only "good" part of the match is Foley taking constant abuse on the concrete. Rating: 1.5/5

3rd Match: Steve Austin vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan, WCW US Heavyweight Championship. So after a long introduction, Austin loses in 35 seconds. It's funny, but other than that it's nothing. It's hard to judge these kinds of matches. Rating: 3/5

4th Match: Pretty Wonderful vs Stars and Stripes, WCW World Tag Team Championships. Much like Foley's match from earlier, there's no backstory to this. It's just a one-off title match for the sake of Pretty Wonderful defending the belts. At least the crowd's into it, unlike their last PPV match. Rating: 2.5/5

5th Match: Vader vs "Totally Not The Big Bossman", Winner faces Sting to become #1 Contender for the WCW Heavyweight Championship. You know that moment when you're watching a bad PPV and you realize that no matter what the show does it can't recover, this is that moment. I'm guessing the idea of a Triple Threat match wasn't invented yet, because this match is just a ticking clock. No one thought Bossman would win this, so there's no suspense. Vader wins by cheating, cool. Rating: 1.5/5

6th Match: Vader vs Sting, #1 Contenders match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the prime example of why match time limits are stupid! The match goes 15 minutes, nothing happens. There's no suspense because the pace is so slow. The match is given 5 minutes of overtime, nothing happens and there's no suspense because the match is so slow. Sudden death is next and Vader wins by cheating, thus making the entire match completely pointless. Heels winning by cheating is nothing new, but the entire match exists only to have a guy in a mask screw Sting out of a title shot, and there's nothing to keep the match interesting for longer than 30 seconds. Rating: 0.5/5

7th Match: Team Rhodes vs The Stud Stable, WarGames. So after 30 minutes of build-up (I counted), we finally get to the match. 30 minutes of build-up without any action on a PPV is inexcusable to me. So this is my first WarGames match, and it's basically a combination of Hell in a Cell and Elimination Chamber. I don't know how this ranks among the other WarGames matches, but I found it entertaining. I'll just give this the benefit of the doubt. Rating: 3.5/5

Final Rating: 4 out of 10. Well, the streak of great PPVs had to come to an end at some point. I don't know what they were thinking with this show, but it feels like a lot of the matches were written at the last minute. This might just top my "Worst PPV of 1994" list.


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