Top Ten surprises that will be revealed this year at Starrcade:
10. The lWo will attack Rey Misterio Jr. and he will be utterly defeated simply because he was fooled by Silver King's 'stocky physique'.
9. Nash will destroy Goldberg, only to unmask after the match revealing that he's really... GOLDBERG'S MOM!
8. Disco Inferno will not be allowed to join the WolfPac because of the Red and Black's new 'Fashion Sense clause'.
7. Schiavone will officially announce that this is NOT 'the biggest night in the history of our sport', but actually only the fourth biggest.
6. Big Poppa Pump will reveal that his biceps are actually just basketballs implanted in his arms. Scott Hall will deflate said basketballs.
5. Kanyon will finally get the correct answer to his question... the Armstrongs!
4. Ric Flair's head will explode in an interview before his match with Eric Bischoff, giving Easy-E the win by default.
3. Konnan will come out in a full 3-piece suit and reveal that he's truly a Polish insurance salesman from Jersey.
2. Bret Hart will turn heel, then face, then heel, then face, then heel again before the PPV is over.
1. 'Hollywood' Hogan will be elected President... of the Hair Club for Men!
I thought i'd share this with someone at the DDT Digest (the BEST place for news about WCW). You wanna hear about life imitating wrestling? We're going through finals right now at my school, and people look like absolute hell walking around in the library at night. However, I almost died laughing when I saw this short (around 5'2"), pudgy, bald-headed guy wearing a wife beater's shirt with black pants, boots, and a plaid shirt around his waist. I almost yelled out "Konnan!" but I was afraid he's start grabbing his crotch and saying how "raza" he was.
On the subject of Hogan retiring, I was watching the Tonight Show when he announced his retirement. Right after he said that he was retiring, the TV I was watching cut out. I thought that I had lost my cable connection, but no, the last thing that 11 year old big screen ever showed was Hogan's face......
I'm sorry... that's just brutal.
I was very amused at the way the announcers tried to cover up the "boring" chant (a big ol' "Suck it!" to the lowlifes doing that, BTW) by saying "what are they saying? Sounds like 'Norman, Norman...'" Almost a nice save, guys. So, were they calling out Smiley during Kanyon/Benoit like they usually call out Goldberg during NWO beatdowns? I'd back that, actually. Norman needs to come out and bust some heads; in fact, I think that whenever the crowd starts chanting "boring," Smiley should do a run-in.
Here's some meaningless information for you. Back when Goldberg made his debut in September of 1997, he was at the brand new E Center in Salt Lake City. He came out and nobody knew who he was; we assumed he was a new jobber. He started wrestling his match (I can't remember who he beat), but he totally kicked the crap out of the guy and then put him in the Jackhammer (no spear). After he won, the referee tried to raise his hand, but Goldberg wouldn't let him. The crowd starting to heavily boo and mock Goldberg. How times have changed in a year. The point to this, if there is one, is that Bill Goldberg was once a heel, which may utterly rupture the concept of space and time to his fans.
P.S. Why the hell is there always a Goldberg chant for no reason? You don't hear an "Austin" chant ever do you?
Goldberg did something similar in a pre-Nitro match in Jacksonville, FL during the summer of 1997. Goldberg came out for his squash against Chip Minton as a heel and even slapped Minton's face upon a handshake request. Ironically, the crowd cheered after Goldberg delivered the Jackhammer and the pin.
You are right in that Goldberg was initially cast as a heel. However, the fans started to dig him when he was beating the hell out of all of those jobbers, so WCW had no choice but to cast him as a face. Anyone who has watched WWF programming has seen similar turns in D-X and the pre-Corporate Rocky Maivia in that they were heels, but were turned face because everyone cheered for them regardless.
As for the Goldberg chants, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe if we don't chant Goldberg, WCW thinks we'll want guys like Benoit or Jericho to be #1. Perish the thought!
For the record, the Tiger Mask fake out was invented by the first Tiger Mask, Sayama. And there's only been four Tiger Masks. Of course, all of them unmasked, unlike the Blue Blazer, who happens to be everybody in the WWF and their mother...
In "Judo" Gene Lebell's "Pro Wrestling Finishing Holds" he calls the move that Norman Smiley beat Kaz Hayashi with, a "Turkey Wing."
At least I'm pretty sure it's the same move, looking at the picture on the Thunder report. Unfortunately, I missed Thunder, so I can only go by the picture.
I believe, but may be mistaken, that the difference between a "Chicken Wing", and a "Turkey Wing" is whether or not the other arm is up around the throat of the "wingee." That may be an oversimplification, and I can't find my copy of Lebell's book...
According to Jesse's WCW Saturday Night report, Norman Smiley's new finisher is called the Norman Conquest. As for me, I'm just in shock that they are giving Smiley a push! Go Norman!
I was watching last weeks Thunder on tape and I noticed that at the end of the Juvi - Mysterio match, I saw a security guard run in the ring. I rewound the tape and discovered he was chasing some fat guy with big hair. I think he went for Eddy or Juvi and a bunch of the LWO guys were actually trying to pull him off. Just thought I'd mention it.
Thought I'd fill in the blanks on the red nWo logo on Scott Hall's "Outsiders" shirt on the Nov. 30th Nitro. If you watch Starrcade '97 again (I still want my $30 back) you'll notice that when Hall came out to inform "Frankengoof" that Nash wasn't going to show (Will we see a repeat this year?) he had an "Outsiders" shirt on with a red nWo logo on the sleeve.
There goes that theory, eh?
Many fans will probably be pissed that Bischoff had to shove his nose into this segment. Maybe he did shove his nose into it. However, to me, this is great heel work. Bischoff pulls a hoax on the fans and the family of Ric Flair and ends up laying waste to Flair's oldest son in front of his own mother, with assistance from one Barry Windham. In Charlotte, North Carolina, no less. Hell hath no fury like a mother's love for her child.
Say what you will about Bischoff's tendency to push himself in front of his wrestlers (and doing a lousy job at it), but I'll give the nod to Easy-E and say he did a good job here. Furthermore, this leaves Starrcade with three options:
Keep in mind, none of these would be great matches. Bischoff is pretty pathetic as a wrestler and this would be David's first pro match. Likewise, I don't book WCW events, as I'm only a measley reporter. However, for purposes of storylines, these would be three paths to look for in Starrcade.
I got to the show at 7:15, so I missed a few dark matches I believe. Alex Wright defeated Kaz Hayashi in the first dark match I saw. Alex played the crowd very well before the match, so the crowd chanted "USA" throughout. Wright won with a reverse neckbreaker coming off the turnbuckles. Glacier defeated Bobby Eaton. Eaton got a decent pop. I believe Glacier won with a sleeper, but I wasn't exactly concentrating on this one. Wrath defeated Scott Putski with the Meltdown. Wrath got one of the best pops of the evening. Wildcat Willie then came out to a disinterested audience. The announcers were introduced. Marshall was booed, but Bobby got a nice pop. Then the show started. They had sound problems with the video clips that aired on the monitors for most of the show. The loudest pops of the evening went to the Wolfpac members and Scott Hall. The best match of the night was Rey vs. Juvy, but a scuffle in the crowd during the match distracted much of the audience. After the show went off the air, Bischoff and his cronies exited and Flair's son remained on the mat. After several minutes, he was helped up and exited. Then Penzer announced that show was over, to the crowd's displeasure. Penzer announced throughout the show that the Giant would make an appearance, but he never did. Flair has missed three out of the last four shows in his hometown. Two were the result of bogus injuries (Hennig's door slam and this heart attack) and the other was during the lawsuit. Oh well.