A few ramblings: a.. Wasn't Prince Iaukea at one time pushed? I was always under the impression that Jerry Flynn was a bigger jobber than Iaukea was. Guess I'm wrong... b.. Something you missed, Tenay called Van Hammer's move a "throwback." Not that it mattered, but I just found that interesting. c.. That 6-man lucha was pretty good, probably could even pass for a Thunder or Nitro.
This was a pretty good show, but I was disappointed to not see any tag matches. But since WCW has changed in mid-stream again with a new tournament, now double elimination, I guess they truly don't know what they're doing. A natural state, it seems, at WCW. Oh well, at least Disorderly Conduct is still in the tournament with only one loss! If the previous matches count, that is. Good to see the Luchadores back in action. I always like the trio matches they put on; great stuff. However, it appears as if they are back to square one. Wrestling against each other in great matches, and jobbing to everyone else. While I don't mind seeing Vincent win a match now and then, it's painful to see Damien have to come out and take the loss. Ditto with El Dandy. Some things never change. Kaos wrestling singles again? I thought he just teamed with Bobby Eaton for the tournament? Oh well, this is WCW.
Concerning last Saturday's "Main Event," did you catch, I believe it was Scott Hudson saying that the people in the crowd were "bowdy bowdy AND/OR rowdy rowdy?" Note the "and/or". Where do they get their announcers. Bring back "The Dean" Gordon Solie for all our sakes.
I don't know if anyone noticed but Van Hammer was in full hippie character Saturday. He went so far as to "roll a cigarette" in the air after giving his peace signs. This is certainly in keeping with WCW's "high" moral standards.
Ben from Mankato, MN sends the following arena report:
I was gonna submit this last night, but it was quite a ride back home from the Target Center and I need my beauty sleep.
I now know what to do with your signs if they don't make it on television. You fold them into a paper airplane and chuck them at the ring. Don't know how many people caught the shot of Chris Benoit getting pinged by an orange airplane, but what you didn't see is that it looked like LaGuardia airport before that with paper/tagboard airplanes everywhere during the Hall/Benoit match. I think the biggest cheer of the night was for the airplane that made it to the ring. :)
For the huge "Green Bay Sucks" chant, you can thank Michael Buffer for that. During the commercial break he commented that Elway thinks he's gonna make another super bowl, but Buffer would love to see the Vikes kick his ass! (He said "kick his ass"...it was great) Loved Buffer's slip of "Clark", instead of Hart.
Damn, the Nitro Girls were great, they dance a heck of a lot more then you see on television. Plus, they do all their "best" dances off camera. Lots of pelvic thrusts and jammblies. Fyre's dance got a rise out of every man, woman, and child in the arena... WOW!!!!
The crowd wanted to get into it, but, three hours is a long time to stand on your feet. I went to a previous Nitro where it was two hours, and people were on their feet the majority of the night. There were some big pops for Steiner and Jericho. Norton got some big pops, too. What you didn't see during the commercial break before Steiner and Jericho was that Steiner jumped the rail and took off after a fan. It looked pretty realistic to me, Steiner looked pissed.
The dark match afterwards featured some awesome no-namer luchadors. Blitzkreig/Mosco de la Merced vs. Felino/Superboy. But don't let the names fool you, these guys were AWESOME! Blitzkreig is an a'la Mysterio on caffeine. This guy was doing more flips and wild things. His off-the-turnbuckle move looked more like a freestyle snowboard jump. Fido is a 200-pounder at least, and he was doing moonsaults all over the place. Blitzkreig and Rasco won the match.
I always thought Nitro did some good things in Minneapolis. We couldn't hear any audio from the backstage or outside scenes, but I think we got the jist of what was going on. Shouts out to the boyz at ddt... I held up a www.ddtdigest.com sign all night... but I didn't get on the air :( Oh well, it made a great airplane...