I did a podcast on this show in 2 parts:
I saw the Nitro before this and wanted to review this as well. I have a thing for cages, especially a triple cage.
WCW World Tag Team Titles - Dark Carnival (Insane Clown Posse) vs The Filthy Animals
|"Yo Tygress, you like this shirt? Go ahead, feel! That's enough" - Konnan | "Tonight this is gonna be a cakewalk and Rey and Juvi are gonna step all over that icing." - Konnan|
|"You know what I like about ICP? They're from Parts Unknown, Weight Unknown." - Konnan|
Rey and Juvi got the win with the Nutcracker - a top rope legdrop on the nuts. Good match all things considered. Rey and Juvi were a really fun face team and they flew all around the ring with the ICP filling up the rest of the time. The commentary was bad and they made ICP look like jokes, but the crowd liked it and I bought into this.
Team Canada had won Major Gunns the week before where she would have to do what they said I guess for a week.
Russo and the Natural Born Thrillers came out to talk. The cage was lowered.
Nash came out and wasn't happy his belt was on the line.
|"We went over this. I'm not some fighting champion. I have to defend it once a month. I'm gonna defend it on 29th day on the 11th hour." - Nash|
Sting locked the door and went after Russo when Nash left, then JJ and Steiner came to the rescue.
Jeremy Borash got his head shaved by the Nitro Girls for some reason. They didn't explain it in anyway that I understood.
The Harris Brothers came out and said they had some home footage they wanted played.
|"Please play the footage." - Tony|
Wargames Qualifier - Sting vs Vampiro and The Great Muta
Team Canada was back with Gunns in the back.
|"We're checking her mental altitude." - Elix Skipper|
|"If she loses her train of thought, she might lose her chance to become Canadian." - Lance Storm|
|"But I don't wanna be Canadian." - Major Gunns|
|"Stevie, this could be your chance to become WCW champion tonight. Think about that." - Russo|
Stevie Ray vs Booker T
|"Vince Russo has threatened to tear up my contract tonight, if I don't do this match with...my brother." - Stevie Ray|
Stevie hugged Booker and said he attacked him from behind so he would know to keep his guard up. Swerve!
Kronik asked the Yung Dragons if they knew where the Harris Brothers were. They pretended they couldn't speak English and got beaten up for it when they were laughing about it. Jamie-san took a chokeslam through a table. He deadweighted them too so the bump looked bad.
3 Count was in the ring and Kronik followed.
|"Every fan in the world wants to see the Harris Brothers go up against Kronik." - Tony | "Don't be too sure about that." - Me|
Wargames Qualifier - The Cat vs Kronik
|"The woman's place is not in the damn wrestling ring. It's in the kitchen barefoot pregnant." - JJ | "Listen Beaver Cleaver, you don't say a word out here when the chosen one is talking." - JJ to Tony|
Steiner yelled at Russo.
Wargames Qualifier - "The Franchise" Shane Douglas vs Goldberg
|Goldberg's music hits|
Russo couldn't believe Goldberg won.
We were at the pool with Team Canada, with the Misfits in Action watching. We then had a big brawl with everyone taking a dip into the pool.
Arn Anderson got interviewed by Pamela Paulshock.
Big Vito vs The Natural Born Thrillers
|"I'm the Staten Island Express and I don't sweat nobody and I got the biggest grapefruits in the WCW." - Big Vito|
|"If there was a world 12-man tag title, these guys would be my favorites." - Mark Madden|
They said they are coming in one at a time on 2 minute intervals.
|"What could be more frightening than Scott Steiner with bolt cutters?" - Tony | "A microphone." - Madden|
|Cat gets nuked with a powerbomb|
I felt really bad for Golberg here. He looked so cool and was super over and they seemed determined to stop that from continuing on. It was very clear who WCW should be building around and Russo and Nash weren't it. Even a Booker T win would have been acceptable. Not today, folks.
The match wasn't that great. The 2nd and 3rd cages weren't useful due to being so high and the way they had to set them up. There wasn't a ton of room to work with due to the amount of wrestlers and the space available, so it was mostly just weapon shots. It still kept my interest, but it's just one of those things that looks cooler on paper than in reality.
Overall thoughts - Hmm, tough one here. I didn't love anything here but I did like the Goldberg/Douglas match and the pool fight was kind of campy. The whole angle with Kevin Nash and Russo fighting was really stupid, as was the show ending swerve. I didn't mind the show at all though until that. Yes, the commentary, especially Madden, was horrible and the signature phrases each wrestler had all sounded so forced, but the show did move along well otherwise. Tons of stuff happening here as always with Russo, but it really didn't make a lot of sense. Why would Russo risk putting Kronik in the cage just to teach Cat a lesson? Why would Russo and Nash be able to predict the future in order to swerve us? Why did Goldberg have to look freaking awesome only to look like a fool in the end? One other thing I didn't like here was that all of the stables looked weak, especially NBT. They should have been studs but were booked like jobbers. 3 Count got owned and Muta/Vamp looked weak as well losing a 2 on 1.
I can't recommend this show. The longer you take the think about this show, the less sense it makes and the worse it becomes.