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Stone Cold saves it from being a complete snoozefest, 23 February 2017
4/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from New Haven, CT

Steve Austin is shown outside the building. He says all the Rumble participants belong to him. He says to tune in, relax, and watch him raise hell like only he can.

Ken Shamrock Vs Farooq

Shamrock wins with the ankle lock. afterwards, Stone Cold comes out and stuns both Shamrock and The Rock. This was a crappy match, but Austin's antics made it fun.

* out of 5

Jim Cornette is bringing back the NWA Heavyweight Title.

North American Heavyweight Title

Jeff Jarrett Vs Barry Windham

Jarrett wins the title with help from Jim Cornette. Austin comes out and hits the stunner on Jeff Jarrett. He also mocks Jarrett. The title didn't mean much in the long run. Jarrett's gimmick would falter. Austin was fun, of course.

*1/2 out of 5

Sniper & Recon Vs Skull & 8-Ball

Sunny is the guest ring announcer, which will be the only entertaining thing in this match. The DOA wins, Kurgan destroys them after the match. Let's move on, please.

3/4* out of 5

Degeneration X is out. Triple H makes dick jokes and calls out Owen Hart. Owen appears on the titantron and says he had Shawn Michaels beat last week. Owen says he'll show compassion by letting Triple H heal up, then he'll break the left leg because he's a black Hart. This crowd is just as dead as last week's.

Owen Hart Vs Savio Vega

Owen wins with a roll-up. Los Borircuas and DX gang up on Owen after the match and humiliate him. If you've seen their match at Summerslam 96, then you know they can produce an above average match. This one was about average.

** out of 5

Paul Bearer complains that Kane has left him and he hates Undertaker's guts. He says The Undertaker has poisoned Kane's mind. Paul begs for Kane to come home because he took care of him like a Father.

Steve Austin stuns Mark Henry off camera and The Headbangers are left to console him.

Marc Mero Vs Tom Brandi

Mero has the match won, but Austin comes out and stuns Mero. He even hits on Sable. Thank god for Austin! He saved us from this disaster.

3/4* out of 5

Flash Funk Vs AFKAG (Goldust)

Goldust is dressed as a black man. Some of the stuff in the Attitude Era was downright embarrassing. Funk wins by DQ. Goldust gives Funk a very weak Curtain Call, then Vader attacks Goldust after the match.

The New Age Outlaws Vs The Headbangers

The Outlaws win in very flukey fashion. Chainsaw Charlie and Cactus Jack scare off The Outlaws after the match. What a snoozefest this was, much like this episode of Raw itself.

* out of 5

Don King promises that Mike Tyson will be at Wrestlemania

Shawn Michaels mocks The Undertaker. He says he's beaten Taker, time and time again, but he's a glutton for punishment. Michaels says for Taker to bring his dead karkas, so Michaels can slap him around. The druids come out and bring down a casket. Shawn thinks it's Triple H and Chyna and kneels down on the apron.Triple H and Chyna come out and warn Shawn it's not them. Taker pops up from the casket and drags Shawn into the casket with him as Raw goes off the air. Good ending.

Aside from the ending and Austin's antics, this is an awfully average show and borderline boring at times. Check out Austin's stuff and the ending on the internet and skip the rest.

4.9/10

Entertaining, despite an AWFUL crowd, 21 February 2017
7/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Uniondale, Long Island

The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust comes out dressed as a New Year's Baby. He says he'll be in the Royal Rumble. Goldust says he's the toughest SOB in the WWF. He says he's gonna spank Austin and plays dress up with him. Out comes Steve Austin. He says he doesn't believe in New Year's resolutions. He's gonna continue swearing, drinking beer, and commit violence like never before in 1998. Cause Goldust is such a big piece of crap, he's not gonna wrestle Goldust, but he has a gift for him. Austin commits to his heel character, proving he's an anti-hero by saying he deserved to win the Royal Rumble in 97. He reveals an outhouse that says "Crapper, 3:16" Classic! Austin rams the door in Goldust's face and puts him in the outhouse. Goldust comes back out, so Austin stuns him, puts him back in, then proceeds to push the outhouse down. This wasn't as good as I remembered it to be. But like the santa thing, Austin made it silly fun.

The D.O.A Vs Los Boricuas

This crowd is dead. They even gave Austin a lukewarm pop. Oh, apparently this was a street fight. It was terrible. For those that care, the D.O.A win.

3/4* out of 5

Triple H reveals he can't wrestle tonight. He's out on crutches. He says Shawn Michaels is home with a 102 degree temperature. The Undertaker's music hits and out come druids with a casket. Shawn Michaels turns out to be in the casket. DX foils The Undertaker again. Shawn Michaels introduces two new members of DX, Chyna's boobs. He says she's the "breast" damn woman in town. They continue making breast jokes until Sgt. Slaughter comes out. Triple H is so lacking in charisma, it isn't even funny. So overrated. Sgt. Slaughter says Shawn Michaels must defend his WWF title against Owen Hart later tonight.

Ken Shamrock Vs Kama Mustafa

Shamrock wins with the Ankle Lock, by submission. The Rock comes out and says people wanna know how he feels about the elderly. He says, as long as The Rock's pockets are filled with green, he doesn't give a damn about the elderly. Haha! He says Shamrock's luck will run out, because he's facing Farooq next week. Farooq doesn't like that at all.

Vince McMahon promises 1998 will be the best year yet for the WWF. He was actually right about that.

Jerry Lawler & Brian Christopher Vs Taka Michinoku & George 'The Animal' Steele

The Animal gets the biggest pop of the night so far. That woke a very dead crowd up. The heels win by DQ. Steele goes nuts on everyone after the match. Well, that was harmless fun.

* out of 5

Cactus Jack Vs Road Dog

Cactus wins by DQ. Chairs and barbed wire bats don't cause a DQ, but Billy Gunn interference does. Gotta love wrestling logic! A chainsaw starts up in a crate near the entrance way. It turns out to be, Chainsaw Charlie (Terry Funk) he chases away The Outlaws with a chainsaw.

* out of 5

Sable is on the cover of the Raw magazine. She's about to reveal her bathing suit, but Marc Mero comes out. He berates Sable for trying to humiliate him. Kevin Kelly tells him to stop. Mero calls him a third string announcer and low blows him. Tom Brandi tries to save Sable, but he gets a TKO on the chair for his troubles.

Chainz, Skull, 8-Ball, The Headbangers, Scott Taylor, and Flash Funk call out Kane. This won't end well. Or will it? The Undertaker comes out. The Undertaker helps Kane fend off the jobbers. He then says he'll burn in hell before he fights Kane.

Chainsaw Charlie and Cactus Jack come in through the door, thanks to Charlie's chainsaw and go after The New Age Outlaws.

Jim Cornette does a worked shoot by trashing the attitude era, the nWo, WCW, Eric Bischoff, etc.

Sunny makes a very random appearance to promote the Raw magazine.

Mike Tyson is in negotiations with Vince McMahon to appear at Wrestlemania 14.

WWF Championship

Shawn Michaels (C) Vs Owen Hart

Owen Hart has the title won with the Sharpshooter, but Triple H nails Owen with the crutch to cause the DQ. This was a super fun match! The nearfalls by Owen were spectacular and extremely exciting. This is probably my second favorite match of theirs.

This is a fun show overall. Despite a terrible crowd (aside from the Steele pop) , I still enjoyed it for the most part.

7/10

Sting Vs Hogan II, 18 February 2017
7/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Baltimore, MD

Goldberg Vs Glacier

Goldberg absolutely destroys Glacier. What a pleasant sight that was. Glaicer is one of the worst gimmicks ever, so I was very happy about this. The crowd loved Goldberg.

1/4* out of 5

Bret Hart comes out to a huge ovation. Yet, Bischoff decided to put him with the nWo like an idiot after a while. If you look closely, you can also spot Stacy Keibler in the crowd as a Bret Hart fan. He says a lot of people questioned his loyalty to WCW. He says he proved he was a traditionalist when he screwed Hogan last night. He says the nWo are the lowest scumbags in the world and they remind him of the WWF. He says he wants to wrestle the likes of Sting, Chris Benoit, Lex Luger, and The Giant. Now, Bret is getting some boos. I thought today's fans were bad. He says he wants the nWo, but he wants Hulk Hogan the most. He says Hogan ran away from him a long time ago. That's true. Hogan didn't wanna job to Bret at Summerslam. He says Hogan will step into the ring with the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

Raven says Benoit is a masochist and he insists on giving Benoit punishment every week.

Chris Beniot Vs Van Hammer

Beniot has the match won before The Flock comes in. Oh F****! Steve McMichael comes in and cleans house. Just what we needed. A storyline to keep this bum relevant.

3/4* out of 5

Ric Flair congratulates DDP on winning the US title from Curt Hennig and says DDP can style and profile. He says he isn't finished with Curt Hennig. He says Sting saved WCW at Starrcade. He gives Bret Hart credit for doing the right thing. Flair is offended that Bret didn't mention his name. He's also offended that Dave Meltzer called Bret Hart the greatest of all time. I'm a Bret Hart guy, so I agree.

Cruiserweight Title

Eddie Guerrero (C) Vs The Ultimo Dragon

The Dragon shockingly wins the title with a dragon sleeper. WOW! On one hand, I'm overjoyed as a huge Ultimo Dragon fan. On the other, it made Eddie look pretty weak. Still a really cool moment.

* out of 5

Hollywood Hogan and Eric Bischoff are out. Hogan says he's the man and he made wrestling into what it is today. Hogan shows footage of J.J Dillon saying the referee for the Sting and Hogan match at Starrcade was Nick Patrick. Nick Patrick did a fast count. Hogan says he wants a new ruling of the bout between him and Sting last night.

Bobby Heenan weasels his way back to the broadcast booth, claiming that he joined the nWo to protect everyone. Oh, Bobby!

United States Title

DDP (C) Vs Mortis

DDP wins with the Diamond Cutter. Wasn't much of a match, but it was a good way to kick off DDP's reign as United States Champion.

* out of 5

J.J Dillon says Sting will put the title up for grabs against any member of the nWo.

Television Title

Disco Inferno (C) Vs Booker T

Booker T wins the title. This officially turned Booker T into a legitimate single's star. Stevie Ray celebrates with his brother. Very cool moment.

*1/2 out of 5

Eric Bischoff says Hulk Hogan will challenge Sting tonight in the main event

Curt Hennig Vs Chris Jericho

OH, MAN! Hell yes! Hennig wins with the Hennig plex. This was disappointing. They didn't get to do very much at all. It's a dream match of mine and when both are motivated and in their prime, this could be special. Jericho also starts his heel turn by flipping out and whacking the post with a steel chair. Jericho would be much better off as a heel in WCW than a face.

*3/4 out of 5

Scott Hall does his survey thing.

Buff Bagwell Vs Lex Luger.

Luger wins with the Torture Rack. Luger says he's coming after Savage next. Thank god this feud is over.

* out of 5

World Heavyweight Title

Sting (C) Vs 'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan

The match goes off the air as Hogan pulls the referee in during a Stinger splash attempt. What a stupid cliffhanger. I didn't agree with this at all, nor did I agree on a rematch this soon. WCW mucked it all up. The match was actually much better than the one at Starrcade.

**1/2 out of 5

Well, despite the lame cliffhanger ending, this was a fun Nitro. Booker T won his first title and it was super enjoyable overall.

7/10

WCW Starrcade 1997 (1997) (TV)
I hate this PPV with a passion! WCW ruined almost two years of booking with one foolish mistake., 14 February 2017
3/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Washington, D.C

Attendance 17,500

Your commentators are Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay & Dusty Rhodes

Cruiserweight Title

Eddie Guerrero (C) Vs Dean Malenko

Eddie retains with the Frogsplash. This was a decent match that should have been a lot better. It moved a little slowly at times and I know what these two are capable of. Obviously, it was fairly entertaining, but this wasn't their best night.

**3/4 out of 5

Kevin Nash has no-showed apparently against The Giant. Scott Hall confirms that Kevin Nash won't be here tonight. Hall tries to battle The Giant, but The Giant kicks his ass and powerbombs him. Was Nash afraid of jobbing or something? Knowing his political BS back then, I wouldn't be surprised. I like Nash, but I'm just being honest.

The Steiner Brothers & Ray Traylor Vs Randy Savage, Vincent & Scott Norton

Savage is being so wasted here. Savage gets the pin for the heel team by pinning Scott Steiner. Better than I expected, but that isn't saying much. I was only half-paying attention.

** out of 5

Goldberg Vs Steve McMichael

Goldberg wins with a Jackhammer. This was TERRIBLE! It was almost unwatchable and extremely plodding. McMichael is a joke and Goldberg, as charismatic as he is, can't carry McMichael. Awful, awful stuff.

3/4* out of 5

Chris Beniot Vs Saturn

Raven chickens out for the 80th time. Saturn wins after Raven and Van Hammer cost Benoit the match. Benoit fights them off valiantly, but succumbs to defeat. This was an OK match. It had its moments and Benoit looked like a world beater at times. It just makes people wanna see Benoit get his hands on Raven that much more.

**1/4 out of 5

Buff Bagwell Vs Lex Luger

Bagwell wins, thanks to help from the nWo. This was an overbooked mess. The win does NOTHING for Bagwell. He looks extremely weak in victory. Not that I care, because I always thought Bagwell sucked. Boring and overbooked overall.

* out of 5

United States Title

Curt Hennig (C) Vs DDP

DDP wins the title with the Diamond Cutter. This was a pretty mediocre match that picked up a little bit near the end. If Hennig was in his prime, this match would have been killer. That aside, DDP winning the title is a great feel good moment for the original People's Champion.

*3/4 out of 5

Winner gets Nitro

Larry Zbyszko Vs Eric Bischoff

Bret Hart is the special referee. Zbyszko wins after stops Bischoff from cheating and puts the sharpshooter on Scott Hall. This could have been a disaster, but it was very well booked. Bret Hart's ambiguity was perfect and made you wonder whose side he really was on. The fans went bonkers after Bret beat up Bischoff and Hall. Bret could have been HUGE in WCW. What a shame. It started off so well.

Not Rated.

World Heavyweight Title

'Hollywood' Hulk Hogan (C) Vs Sting

Hogan pins Sting clean 1,2,3.... Yes, seriously. No shenanigans, nothing. Inexplicably, Bret Hart punches Nick Patrick and restarts the match as referee. Sting puts Hogan in the Scorpion Deathlock and Sting wins the title. The WCW wrestlers surround Sting and hoist him on their shoulders. This is one of the biggest letdowns in wrestling history. After almost TWO YEARS of buildup and amazing storytelling, this is the bullshi***** we get? This was the start of WCW's downfall. Sting's "moral" victory doesn't change that he got his ass whipped by Hogan and pinned clean. Everything else feels tacked on. It's very much like Luger's "moral" win at Summerslam 93 over Yokozuna. Terrible match in general and one of the most angry times to be a wrestling fan. What a crock of sh****

* out of 5

This was one of the most anticipated PPV's in wrestling history. It had the chance to put WCW over the top. They blew it big time. I don't know if it was egos, stupid booking, or what not. The brilliant booking of Sting was ruined this very night. Almost two years for nothing. Bret looked cool and all, but they'd ruin him soon as well.

3/10

Starrcade (1983) (V)
Two classic matches and a special aura make this a must see, despite the slowness with certain matches., 12 February 2017
8/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Commentators: Bob Caudle & Gordon Solie

The Assassins (W/Paul Jones) Vs Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw

The Assassins win. Well, this was very oldschool. Not much happened but arm drags, backdrops, headbutts, and other rudimentary stuff. If you like basic wrestling, I suppose you'll enjoy this. Bugsy McGraw was fun.

*1/2 out of 5

Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee Vs Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin

Sullivan and Lewin win. Afterwards, Gary Hart takes something out of his boot. Lewin grabs it and lacerated McGhee severely with it. Angelo Mosca (Who had just left the WWWF at this point) runs in to try to make the save. Mosca rebounds and chases everyone away, while McGhee is left a bloody mess. Well, it was better than the opening match, that's for sure. I like the post-match angle as well.

**1/4 out of 5

Abdullah The Butcher Vs Carlos Colon

Butcher wins, thanks to interference by Hugo Savinovich. This one was technically fine, just lacking in excitement. Of course, The Butcher bleeds in the match, what else is new? Why else do you think he has those scars on his head?

*3/4 out of 5

Angelo Mosca cuts an awesome promo backstage. McGhee is a bloody mess.

Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood Vs 'Cowboy' Bob Orton & Dick Slater

Orton and Slater win after Youngblood gets pinned with a superplex by Orton. McDaniel gets his arm injured after the match. This was a great tag team match. It was pretty exciting. Youngblood played the face in peril perfectly and it just moved at a consistent pace. I enjoyed this one a lot.

***1/2 out of 5

They have trouble interviewing Dusty Rhodes because the sound is acting weird. Suits me just fine. With all due respect to Dusty, he was never my cup of tea. Always respected the man, he was just never a favorite.

Television Title (Hair Vs Mask)

The Great Kabuki (C) (W/Gary Hart) Vs Charlie Brown

Charlie wins with a simple elbow drop. That's the beauty of wrestling in the old days. Any move was a threat to win the match. The match was pretty boring. Once again, too many rudimentary moves.

*1/2 out of 5

United States Championship (Dog Collar Match)

Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine (C) Vs 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Piper wins the title. Wow! Despite the anti-climatic ending, this was a BRUTAL, nasty, hard-hitting brawl. This is hardcore stuff that made me cringe at times. Piper's ear got busted at one point. At first viewing, I was unimpressed. I watched it when I was in a rotten mood, which didn't help. This definitely lives up to the hype. Thankful for second viewings.

****1/4 out of 5

Tag Team Titles (Guest Ref, Angelo Mosca)

The Brisco Brothers (C) Vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood

Steamboat and Youngblood win the titles. This was a solid match from top to bottom. It was well-paced and fairly exciting. I wouldn't call it mind-blowing, though. I've seen them have better on an episode of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling. Good match, though.

*** out of 5

World Heavyweight Title (Steel Cage Match)

Harley Race (C) Vs Ric Flair

Flair wins the title with a very sloppy flying cross body. Aside from the sloppy ending, this is one hell of a cage match. Don't expect anything too fancy. It was just two guys busting their asses and giving you something to remember. Beautiful storytelling all the way.

****1/2 out of 5

I really have to give this PPV it's due. It's basically the first Wrestlemania for WCW/NWA, only much better than the first Wrestlemania. It has some classic matches and much more good than bad. Fans these days will be bored to tears. It's admittedly a little slow in spots, but it has some amazing stuff. Piper/Valentine & Flair/Race are true classics that need to be watched at least once. Any true wrestling fan must see this.

8.5/10

nWo Nitro had its moments, but it was too long with an overexposed, nWo., 10 February 2017
6/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Macon, GA

Eric Bischoff says Larry Zbyszko is going down at Starrcade, because he has Bret Hart in his back pocket.

Eddie Guerrero Vs Fit Finlay

Finlay wins by countout after Eddie leaves the ring. Kind of a shame, as I was enjoying this match. I enjoyed the flow and the psychology.

*3/4 out of 5

Meng Vs Steve McMichael

McMichael wins with a tombstone. It's funny. Meng no-sells chair shots to the head, but goes down from a tombstone on the canvas. The joys of professional wrestling. The match was garbage, as to be expected.

* out of 5

DDP says he's taking Ric Flair's spot against Curt Hennig at Starrcade. He says he's Mr. Christmas and he and Kimberly are known as the Griswold's. Haha! He says The United States title will be his Christmas gift. DDP says Hennig is gonna hear the noise and feel the bang.

Psychosis, La Parka & Silver King vs Rey Mysterio, Hector Garza & Juventud Guerrera

Mysterio, Juvi and Garza win. This was an extreme spotfest, but a rather entertaining one at that. Sue me, I'm easily entertained.

**1/2 out of 5

Chris Beniot Vs Van Hammer

The nWo COMPLETELY takes over. They vandalize everything, tear sets apart, and turn everything into the nWo. They even spray paint the ring and call it nWo Nitro. It's pretty cutting edge, even if it did get a little boring at times. It's now officially, nWo Nitro. They did an intro for it and everything. Eric Bischoff comes out, riding a Harley. This is totally badass. He brings out the entire nWo. Bischoff gets Hogan a brand new Motorbike, and a Hollywood Hogan customized bike, and a huge car with a hot tub in the back.

Rick Steiner Vs Scott Norton

Well, it was ballsy and partially effective, but it killed the crowd in the process. The match ends in a DQ after Konnan and Vincent get involved. Ray Traylor and Scott Steiner save the day. Terrible match.

3/4* out of 5

Curt Hennig Vs Disco Inferno

Hennig wins with the Perfect Plex. The match was kind of boring and I got annoyed by Bischoff's commentary. Nice to see Disco being taken seriously, though. He put up a fight.

*1/2 out of 5

Bobby Heenan comes out and wants to talk business with Bischoff. He says he's always admired Eric and says he left the WWF because of Bischoff. He says he wants to be a part of Nitro and the nWo, because he can see they are taking over. He wants to be with a winner. Bobby Heenan gets to announce with Bischoff.

Harlem Heat Vs Lodi & Scotty Riggs

Riggs abandons Lodi and Lodi gets the hell kicked out of him. This was one, long squash.

½*

Chris Jericho Vs Buff Bagwell

Bagwell wins with the Buff Blockbuster. Pretty bad match! Bagwell's offense was very boring and one-dimensional/ In my opinion, Buff is highly overrated.

*1/4 out of 5

Hollywood Hogan is given a mini-replica of the World Heavyweight Title in ring size to put on his finger. Bischoff is really starting to get overbearing and not in a good way. It's almost like he knows he's a damn good heel and purposely turns it on to be extremely off- putting. It also helps that he's a douchebag (Or at least he used to be) He also shows Hogan an old cover from 1985 of him being on Sports Illustrated. I'm a huge Hogan mark, but geez! Hogan's ego was out of control at times.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage Vs Lex Luger

Savage wins with the help of a Kevin Nash powerbomb. This was brutal. Savage didn't have the mobility like he used to at this juncture and couldn't really carry him.

* out of 5

Hulk Hogan gets a severed head that looks just like his. Bret Hart comes out from hanging with the nWo Nitro Girls and heads to the ring. Bret simply looks on as Sting glides to the ring as Nitro goes off the air.

Overall, there was WAY too much of the nWo. I enjoy the nWo. They're a cool group, but sometimes they overdid it and it ended up killing WCW. Bret looks completely out-of-place in WCW. Overall, a memorable episode, but a bit of a mixed bag as well.

6/10

DX is a poor man's NWO!, 8 February 2017
6/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Lowell, MA

Triple H warns The New Age Outlaws to stay out of DX's business. Triple H calls Owen Hart a nugget as the crowd chants for Owen. Triple H says he won a rock, paper, scissors contest with Shawn Michaels to face Owen Hart. He says Owen Hart is the baby in the family. He says if Owen needs a pacifier to suck on, he's got one for Owen. Shawn Michaels says he's beaten Undertaker twice and he beat Taker at Hell in a Cell like a red-headed step child. Heels lie. He says he never rests in peace and he can stay up all night. Shawn and Triple H completely strip afterwards. Sgt. Slaughter comes out and demands Shawn Michaels defend his European Title against Triple H later tonight. Triple H says he'll beat Shawn. Shawn calls Triple H a loser and says he doesn't lay down for anybody.

Thrasher (W/Mosh) Vs Henry Godwin (W/Phineas)

The match ends quickly in a DQ after Phineas interferes. The Godwinns whip The Headbangers with straps afterwards. I like The Headbangers, but this is a pointless feud.

1/4* out of 5

Mankind says he's getting revenge for Dude Love. He doesn't wanna be angry during the holidays, he wants to drink eggnog during the fire. He promises revenge.

Santa Clause is supposed to get Sable. He makes fun of a little boy and out comes Steve Austin. Steve Austin says Santa shouldn't have kicked the kid out of the ring. Santa says he's real. Austin asks if he's really real or just a fat piece of trash.Austin says when he was 6 years old, he was a good little SOB all year and asks Santa what he asked for. Santa says it was a Barbie doll and tiddlywinks. Austin says he can tell him what to do with tiddlywinks. He asks the crowd to give him a hell no if they don't think he's Santa. They respond with a resounding, hell no. Austin says he has a gift for Santa of his own. He stuns Santa and beats him up. A little corny to say the least, but I still get a kick out of it, since I lap up anything with Austin.

Rocky Maivia (W/The Nation) Vs The Undertaker

The Undertaker has the match won, but out comes Kane. Paul Bearer says The Undertaker is a shell of a man he once was. He says he's ashamed that he stood by The Undertaker and once called him his friend. Paul says his parents are celebrating the holiday season with the maggots and the worms. The Undertaker grabs Paul by the throat, but Kane strikes Taker. Kane beats Taker up severely, but Taker refuses to fight back. Fun match and a great angle after.

European Championship

Shawn Michaels (C) Vs Triple H

Owen Hart attacks Triple H before the match, so the match will take place later.

The New Age Outlaws mistakenly attacks an innocent bystander, thinking it's Mankind.

Marc Mero Vs Scott Taylor

Mero brings out Sable, who is in a reindeer mascot outfit. Mero wins with the TKO. Sable undresses and reveals a Santa's Little Helper outfit. She wishes the fans a Merry Christmas. This was decent for a squash match.

*1/4 out of 5

Triple H says he's gonna teach Shawn Michaels a lesson tonight.

8-Ball Vs Kurgan

Kurgan wins with a sidewalk slam. The Truth Commission comes out, but Skull comes out and chases everyone away with a 2 x 4. Next!

1/4* out of 5

Ken Shamrock Vs D'Lo Brown

Shamrock wins easily with the ankle lock. The Rock comes out and makes fun of Shamrock's name and says he's lucky that The Nation doesn't beat him up. The Rock says he's gonna face Shamrock at the Royal Rumble and put the Intercontinental Title on the line. The fun begins.

3/4* out of 5

The New Age Outlaws lock Mankind in a freezer.

Vader (disguised as Santa Clause) beats up Goldust (Dressed as a Christmas Tree) and hits him WAY too hard with the sack.

European Championship

Shawn Michaels (C) Vs Triple H

It turns out to be one big rouse. HBK lays down for Triple H and Triple H wins. That's how Triple H's career goes. He gets things handed to him. Slaughter mouths that Triple H will face Owen Hart for the European Title next week.

DX could have easily killed the WWF with this BS. Decent show, but the ending is disgusting. And people wonder why I can't stand Triple H.

6/10

Great show, aside from the three hours., 7 February 2017
8/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Charlotte, NC

The nWo start the show. Masahiro Chono is back. Oh, joy! Curt Hennig says he's gonna retire, Ric Flair in the cage match at Starrcade. Hogan says he's gonna search everywhere for Sting and beat him up later tonight.

Ray Traylor Vs Vincent

Traylor squashes Vincent. Nothing much to say about this one.

Television Title

Disco Inferno (C) Vs Yuji Nagata

Inferno wins with the Chart Buster (Stunner) This was an OK match. It's good to see WCW taking Disco seriously. The crowd loved every bit of his win.

** out of 5

Dean Malenko Vs Fit Finlay

Finlay wins, thanks to a distraction from Eddie Guerrero. This was a hard-hitting contest that had its moments. Finlay getting the win was a bit surprising.

**1/4 out of 5

Rey Mysterio & Juventud Guerrera Vs La Parka & Psychosis

Mysterio and Juvi win. Holy cow! What a high-flying spectacle this was. There were so many high-flying moves, I lost count. It was extremely exciting to watch and puts the cruiserweight these days to shame. Amazing stuff.

**** out of 5

Arn Anderson is introduced to a humongous ovation. Anderson calls the ring his home. Flair thanks the Charlotte police department for some memorial thing. He also challenges Curt Hennig tonight.

J.J Dillon and Eric Bischoff collaborate on knockout and submission rules for Bischoff's match against Zbyszko at Starrcade.

Scott Hall Vs Chris Jericho

Hall wins with the Outsider's Edge. This was pretty fun while it lasted. Jericho actually got in some convincing near falls, since he's upset Hall in the past. Good storytelling.

** out of 5

Steve McMichael Vs Meng

I hate McMichael with a passion. Screw this match! Goldberg lays out McMichael backstage. Goldberg is set to take McMichael's place, but McMichael tracks Goldberg down and they get into a pull apart brawl. McMichael ruins everything!

The Steiner Brothers Vs Konnan & Scott Norton

The match ends in a DQ. Vincent, Konnan, and Scott Norton triple team The Steiner's until Ray Traylor runs out to make the save. Scott Norton almost killed Rick Steiner in this match with a botched power slam. That's the only noteworthy thing about this stinker.

3/4* out of 5

Booker T Vs Randy Savage (W/Elizabeth)

Savage wins, thanks to help from Elizabeth. This wasn't too bad. It was neat to see these two square off. I was never aware these two wrestled. It was an OK brawl.

**1/4 out of 5

Chris Beniot Vs Scotty Riggs

Beniot wins with the Crippler Crossface. Afterwards, he jumps the rail and attacks all members of The Flock and gets his ass kicked. Match is what you probably expected. Beniot jumping into the lion's den can be seen as both badass and stupid, depending on what way you choose to look at it.

*1/2 out of 5

Eric Bischoff tells J.J Dillon he wants a guest referee from the nWo. Dillon agrees, as long as he gets to pick it. His choice ends up being....BRET HART! Bret Hart says he knows what it's like to get screwed over by a referee and says Bischoff is on his own.

Buff Bagwell claims to be the new Total Package. He and Lex Luger squabble over things. As you can tell, I hate this feud.

Buff Bagwell Vs Lex Luger

Ugh... Bagwell wins by DQ after Luger throws him over the top rope. Good. Now we can move on.

3/4* out of 5

Mr. Perfect cuts a promo. You can see he's just dying to incorporate "perfect" into his promo. He says he's the "best" instead.

Ric Flair Vs Mr. Perfect

The match barely gets started before the nWo interferes. Flair handles himself for a while by lowblowing everyone.He gets outnumbered before DDP, Lex Luger and The Steiner Brothers come out and save the day. Flair is carried out.

DDP calls out Curt Hennig. A bunch of drunken nWo fans try to attack DDP until security gets them. The entire nWo comes out, so Paige smartly bails. Hogan talks smack until the lights go out and Sting is shown up in the rafters. The lights go out again, then Sting is shown standing on top of the WCW logo near the entrance way. Sting is about to head to the ring as Nitro goes off the air.

Well, despite the needless over length of three hours, this was a damn good show. With a four star match, surprises, and good character development, you can't ask for much more.

8/10

Welcome to the Attitude Era!, 4 February 2017
8/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Durham, NH

It's announced that The Undertaker will face Shawn Michaels for the WWF title at the Royal Rumble. Michael Cole announces it will be a Casket Match. He says he can beat Shawn Michaels at will. He says Shawn has to look in the eyes of the reaper, and he can't beat Taker one on one. He says he's lost only one casket match, and it took 10 people to stick him in the casket. He says he's gonna win the WWF title and that Shawn will rest in peace. Paul Bearer calls Taker a murderer and says Kane's 20 year suffering is Taker's fault. Paul Bearer says Taker must face Kane. Kane slaps Taker. He tries to slap him again, but Taker grabs his hand and simply, walks away.

Jerry 'The King' Lawler Vs Taka Michinoku

Michinoku has the match won the Michinoku driver, but Brian Christopher runs in to cause the DQ. Taka gets the last laugh, though. Lawler is horrible in the ring, wildly overrated at commentary and wrestling. The only thing he was good at was getting crowd heat. I never really saw the appeal.

*1/4 out of 5

The Rock and The Nation of Domination come out. The Rock says he's the undisputed Intercontinental Champion and the best damn Intercontinental Champion, there ever was. Farooq tries to say something, but The Rock politely tells him to be quiet. The Rock says Steve Austin stole the people's Intercontinental Title and calls Austin a "gutless, thief in the night" The Rock demands Austin come out. The Rock gets his wish. Austin says he does whatever he wants, when he wants. He reminds The Nation he ran his truck all over their asses. He says he gave Rock the title, because he was in a good mood and he had mercy on him. The Rock keeps licking his lips, so Austin tells him to stop it before he sows his lips shut. Haha! He says, The Rock will find out where his title is and he's in way over his head. The Rock says Austin has one our to return The Rock's belt or The Nation will come and find him.

Dude Love Vs Road Dog

Dude Love wins with Sweet Shin Music. Afterwards, The New Age Outlaws throw Dude Love off the stage, through a table. Good heat for The Outlaws. Job well done all around. I also enjoyed Dude having an identity crisis and acting like Mankind.

*1/2 out of 5

Mark Henry Vs The Brooklyn Brawler

Henry squashes him with a bearhug. Henry would turn heel soon after this and join The Nation.

Vince McMahon says Owen Hart has endangered the fans with his antics. Vince says Owen is still under contract to the WWF and he orders Owen to the ring. Owen Hart comes out dressed in black through the crowd. A huge "Owen" chant starts up. Vince asks Owen what's up. Owen says he doesn't owe Vince a damn apology or a damn thing. He says he's tired of pleasing everybody else and the BS stops now. He says nobody is gonna run him out of the WWF, not even Shawn Michaels. Owen says he doesn't care about the WWF title and calls it worthless. He says it's personal and he's gonna ruin Shawn Michael's life. He says he can call him the black sheep, he doesn't give a S (the s word) Vince brings in security. Owen grabs Vince by the shirt collar before security takes him away.

The Sultan Vs Tom Brandi

Brandi gets the upset win with a roll-up. Mero low blows Brandi from behind afterwards. Not much to say about this one.

* out of 5

The Rock says Austin has pi*** him off and he's coming to find Austin. Steve Austin appears near a bridge. He throws a snorkel, flippers, goggles, an oxygen tank, a cellphone, a beeper, and a regulator. He says it's gonna hurt him to do this, but he doesn't give a damn about The Rock or the WWF, and throws the Intercontinental Title into the river. Epic moment and a damn classic.

Vince ushers in the Attitude Era and says the viewers are tired of having there intelligence insulted. No longer will their be good vs evil. He takes a huge shot at Hulk Hogan as well.

Steve Blackman Vs Jose Estrada

Blackman wins with a German suplex with a bridge. Blackman debuted with little fanfare.

* out of 5

Shawn Michaels & Triple H Vs The Legion of Doom

The match ends in a DQ after The Outlaws interfere. They destroy LOD with the help of DX. This would be the beginning of The Outlaws teaming with DX. It was a historical moment in a relatively average match.

** out of 5

This is an excellent episode of raw, despite a weak crowd. Everything clicked and there were many memorable moments. It's also the official start of the Attitude Era.

8/10

Beware, of the man with the black bat!, 31 January 2017
7/10

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Live from Buffalo, NY

Konnan Vs Ray Traylor

The lights go out for a bit. When they go back on, Konnan is knocked out cold. Traylor puts his foot on Konnan and gets the pin. Gee, I wonder who caused that.... Who's afraid of the man with the big old bat? Jokes aside, that was pretty damn cool.

* out of 5

Steve McMichael Vs The Barbarian

McMichael wins with a tombstone piledriver. Meng kicks McMichael's ass after the match and the crowd goes mild.

*1/2 out of 5

Disco Inferno is out for an interview. He says he's tired of people making fun of him behind his back. He challenges people to do it to his face. Buff Bagwell comes out and says WCW has kept him down for 6 years (I wonder why?) He issues a challenge to Lex Luger.

Dean Malenko Vs Prince Iaukea

Malenko wins with the Texas Cloverlead. It was a competitive and watchable match. That's probably, the best thing I can say about it.

*3/4 out of 5

We get a paid announcement by the nWo. It's clips of the nWo humiliating The Giant. Kevin Nash then does his own paid announcement and says he's the true giant in WCW. He challenges The Giant to a match at Starrcade. The Giant comes out and accepts Nash's challenge.

Chris Beniot Vs Lodi

Beniot dominates Lodi in epic fashion to get the win. He calls out Raven and mocks his catchphrase. He says he knows Raven was abused as a child. He says, if he steps into the ring with The Crippler, Raven will find out what abused really means.

*1/4 out of 5

Ric Flair is out for an interview, because we haven't had enough of them already. HA! there is a "Ric Flair is so old, he wrote 3:16" sign. Brilliant. Flair says he's betting money on Sting to beat Hogan. Flair challenges Curt Hennig to a cage match at Starrcade. Ric Flair says Bret Hart made a mistake by proclaiming himself, the greatest of all time. Flair says he's the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. He says comparing Bret to him is comparing John Elway to Jim Kelly. What a kissass. I respect Flair tremendously, but I'm not a huge fan.

'Macho Man' Randy Savage Vs Hugh Morrus

Jim Kelly and Randy Savage start landing blows on each other before the match. Savage has the match won 3 times, but keeps pulling Morrus up. The lights go out and keep flickering, as the crowd goes wild. The lights turn back on and Savage is knocked out cold with a Sting mask on him. Morrus is out as well. As inconclusive as this is, it was still very cool.

* out of 5

Rick Rude comes out and threatens to beat up the announcer's if Sting comes out again.

Television Title

Perry Saturn (C) Vs Disco Inferno

Holy crap! Not only does Disco win the title, but he looked convincing doing so. I loved his new aggressive style and how he made it work. Out of all the comedy characters, I enjoy Disco the most. It was an OK match.

** out of 5

Lex Luger Vs Buff Bagwell

Bagwell wins by countout after Scott Norton interferes. This was garbage. I've never understood the appeal of Bagwell and Luger's not that great in the ring, either.

* out of 5

The nWo makes fun of Roddy Piper. Please, no more Hogan and Piper stuff.

Scott Hall Vs DDP

It ends in a DQ victory for DDP after the nWo interfere. Another Sting dummy falls into the hole. Hollywood Hogan trash talks Sting and asks Bagwell to grab the dummy. They slap the dummy around. Hogan goes to take a shot, but it turns out to be STING. He attacks the nWo as Hogan watches on.

I enjoyed it. The ending was predictable, but that isn't always a bad thing. It was an enjoyable show from top to bottom.

7/10


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