WCW Superbrawl X, 02/20/2000
WCW SuperBrawl X
Sunday, February 20, 2000
We're live. We're in color. We're at SuperBrawl 2000, also known as SuperBrawl X.
Just like SuperBrawls VII and VIII, WCW's February ppv offering is coming straight out of the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Should be plenty of cows on the show.
Alright... I've got my television on, and the show is about to start.
- Your hosts: Tony Schiavone, Mike Tenay and Mark Madden.
- Lots of video packages to begin the show.
- They've taken waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long to get to the first match. Something like 11 minutes.
- Match 1: Cruiserweight title tournament final - The Artist (w/What's-her-face) vs. Lash Leroux
- Lash to the ring first.
- Madden's commentary may be goofy, but he's an improvement on tired old Bobby Heenan.
- TAFKAPI out with what's-her-face.
- She takes the stick. Madden says she should show more cleavage, because this is ppv.
- Lash slaps her bottom.
- That did it. The match is underway.
- The Artist gets the initial advantage, forcing Lash into the corner.
- Punches by the Artist, and Lash pushes him out of the corner several times.
- Lash with a tackle and a quick cover. Two.
- Punches by Lash. Lash goes for the spinning punch and eats a superkick.
- Madden calls this "real wrestling."
- Lash whips the Artist to the corner, and the former Prince goes over.
- Lash vaults over the top.
- Back in, the Artist grabs Lash's foot for a dragonscrew legwhip.
- Somebody holds up an early pick for sign of the year:
- The pic's a little hazy, but you get the idea.
- Tree of woe, and Lash takes a running blow to the gut.
- Lash takes an elbow to the head.
- The Artist tries a backdrop but Lash counters with a sunset flip.
- Nakamaki keeps himself from going to the mat by grabbing the ref.
- Actually, he grabs the ref's wee-wee.
- Lash gets the pin attempt anyway for a one count.
- Lash with punches.
- The Artist throws Lash outside where they brawl a bit.
- Inside, the Artist keeps up the offense. A few two counts.
- Shitty punches by Lash.
- More brawling.
- Lash puts the Artist on the top turnbuckle, and tries a hurancanrana.
- The Artist hangs on to the ropes, Lash crashes to the mat, and the Artist hits a jumping DDT.
- The winner, and your new WCW Cruiserweight champ: a penis-grabber.
- Too bad Brian Knobs is too heavy for the cruiser division.
- Norman Smiley is getting his injured ribs taped.
- Brian Knobs bitches about his injured arm.
- I'm writing this just for the people who will read this in the future -- several wrestlers are wearing casts on their arms because The Total Package was on a tear in the weeks leading up to this show, attacking wrestlers and "injuring" them.
- A dressing room reserved by some mystery person is shown.
- Ooooh... a mystery. Who could it be?
- Match 2: Hardcore title - Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Brian Knobbs (w/Fit Finley)
- Bigelow enters the ring first.
- Knobs, with cast on arm, slithers to the ring.
- Bigelow has a chair, Knobby has a trash can lid.
- Fit Finley (also with cast) is at ringside. He distracts Knobs.
- Knobs clubbers Bigelow.
- They're already tossing each other around the WCW.com area.
- Bigelow with a trash can shot to the head.
- They're in the back.
- Bigelow slams Knobs through a table.
- Finley clubbers Bigelow with his cast.
- They walk back to ringside.
- Bigelow is pushed into the ring steps.
- Knobs pulls a table from under the ring and slides it under the ropes.
- They enter the ring.
- Knobs beats on Bigelow, and then he set up a table.
- Bigelow shoves Knobs into the table.
- Tony saw that coming.
- Tenay asks how Tony knew.
- "Well, we've just seen it too many times."
- Yeah, no kidding, arseface.
- Would Tony like me to tell him why WCW is way behind the WWF in popularity?
- Bigelow with trash can lids to the head.
- Greetings from Asbury park. No cover.
- Bigelow goes to the top with a chair.
- He throws the chair at Finley, giving Knobs an opening.
- He crotches Bigelow on the top rope, and hits him on the head with the cast.
- Bigelow falls outside.
- Knobs covers.
- 1-2-3. Title change.
- Who gives a damn?
- Flair yaks while Luger and Liz stand there.
- More dressing room door shots.
- Match 3: Three Count vs. Norman Smiley
- Three Can't get into the ring, and set up their little place mats.
- Evan Karagias says they're not going to sing, and that gets a pop.
- He says Three Can't is here to kick ass.
- Norman comes out in a Jerry Rice jersey.
- Madden points out that Norman's wearing the right jersey, because Jerry Rice always drew triple coverage.
- Norman gets the early advantage.
- Three Can't come back after Karagias kicks out of a sunset flip.
- Basically, the match moves between Norman taking a beating, and Norman getting the advantage only to be double or triple teamed.
- As for your finish...
- Evan with a corkscrew splash.
- Shane with a frog splash.
- Shannon with a Boston crab -- and Norman taps.
- If that was supposed to get Norman over as a guy who can battle courageously against unfair odds, it failed.
- The secret door is shown again.
- Jarrett tells the Harris brothers he NEEDS to know who is behind the door.
- Match 4: The Demon vs. The Wall
- The sarcophagus is wheeled out to the strains of God of Thunder.
- Dale Torberg comes out in full Gene Simmons kit.
- Der Wall's music starts. Heil boredom!!!
- No Wall. Demon goes looking for him and gets ambushed.
- Wally brings Demon to the ring for a good old fashioned beating.
- Press slam.
- Wall pounds Demon in the corner. Boot choke.
- The crowd is chanting "boring."
- My cat walks in the room and yawns.
- Demon comes out of the corner with a clothesline.
- My cat starts to lick its ass.
- Demon pounds the Wall a bit and hits him with an elbow and dropkick.
- Vertical supplex.
- Demon with punches.
- Wall into the corner. He catches the Demon and drops him on the rope.
- Wally smashes Demon some more. Backbreaker.
- Wally to the top rope. Demon meets him in the corner, and he drops the Wall on the mat.
- Demon to the top.
- Wall meets him. Clokeslam.
- Madden: "The Wall's for real. His path of rage continues."
- Uh, no, Mark. "Path of rage" -- that's Taz.
- Mean Gene asks Ernest Miller about James Brown.
- Miller says Brown is in the building.
- The Harris bros pound on the mystery door.
- Tank Abbott and Big Al pace backstage.
- Match 5: Skins match - Tank Abbott vs. Big Al
- A pole is now attached to the ringpost. Tank's Ultimate Fighting jacket is on the pole.
- Winner is the guy who gets the jacket, I suppose.
- I think the real winners are the people who didn't order this show.
- Al out first. Abbott follows in his underwear.
- The bell rings and Al stalls.
- Al pulls off his belt for a special challenge. They clasp right hands, and tie the belt around those hands.
- They then trade clubbering each other with lefts as they scream "Bring it!!!" a lot.
- Al takes a shortcut by hitting Tank with a forearm, and Tank drops to the mat. He looks dead. And man, is it unconvincing.
- Al take forever to pull Tank under the turnbuckles, and then he stands on Tank's face.
- Looks painful.
- It was somewhat impressive. I certainly wouldn't want anyone standing on my face.
- Abbott gets up, and he's pissed.
- He punches Al repeatedly.
- Tank puts Al over his shoulder, climbs to the top rope, and drops onto the stairs.
- This is more stuntshow than wrestling match.
- Abbott climbs the turnbuckles and claims his jacket.
- Abbott approaches Al, and holds what looks like a knife to the man's throat. Wow. That's a little too much.
- Bad match with a few impressive spots.
- But not impressive enough.
- Geez... just think. If Abbott could do that to Big Al, just think of the damage he could do to Small Mitch.
- Stevie Ray talks smack to Booker.
- A tape is shown recapping their Souled Out confrontation.
- Match 6: Big T (w/Stevie Ray & J. Biggs) vs. Booker
- Big T? Geez... the former Ahmed Johnson is really packing it on.
- He's more like Big guT.
- So, the winner gets the rights to the Harlem Heat name. Yay.
- Here comes Booker with that great Leave it to Beaver music.
- Booker is distracted by Stevie Ray, allowing Big guT to attack.
- Clothesline. Slam.
- Booker reverses a whip and hooks a belly to back supplex and then a vertical supplex.
- Booker with standing forearms and a flying forearm.
- Booker puts Big guT outside.
- Booker slams Big guT and Stevie together.
- Back inside, Booker with a flying chop.
- Stevie grabs Booker's leg, and Big guT knocks Booker outside.
- J. Biggs and Stevie Ray attack Booker while Big guT distracts the ref.
- Booker thrown back in.
- He gets out of a Big guT slam attempt and nails a Harlem Russian leg sweep.
- Booker with an axe kick, followed by a Harlem side kick.
- Biggs into the ring, and Booker clears him out.
- Booker with a T-bone supplex.
- Booker clubbers Stevie, hits a missile dropkick on Big guT, and covers for the pin... and the lights go out before the three count.
- The lights are on. But it's not Midnight who shows up.
- Some big guy is standing on the apron.
- Big guT with a crappy forearm on Booker.
- Big guT with his finisher, the Fat River Plunge.
- J. Biggs takes the mike and burps about the new Harlem Heat Incorporated, and what a loser Booker is.
- What a waste of Booker's talents.
- And what short matches. Barely 70 minutes in, and six matches are done.
- The Maestro burbles about Ernest Miller and James Brown.
- Maestro offers up conditions for their match. He says he doesn't think Miller will produce James Brown. So, he says if Brown is in the building, he will listen to whatever music Miller tells him to. If Brown isn't present, Miller must become the Maestro's personal lackey.
- Elsewhere, the Harris bros have found some guy to unlock the mystery door, but the lock's been changed.
- Match 7: Billy Kidman (w/Torrie Wilson) vs. Vampiro
- Kidman and Wilson out first.
- Vamp comes out in leather, looking something like an extra from Michael Jackson's Thriller.
- Tie up. Vamp tosses Kidman to the floor.
- Kidman with a headlock.
- Elbows by Vamp, and a toss over the back.
- Kidman lands on his feet.
- Vamp gets the advantage with a tilt-a-whirl slam and a clothesline.
- Kidman jumps on Vamp's back, and they tumble over the top.
- Kidman launches Vamp into the barrier.
- Inside, Vampiro meets Kidman on the top. Vamp with a top rope salto.
- Kicks by Vampiro.
- Brainbuster. Two.
- Powerbomb attempt that Kidman gets out of.
- Vamp regains the advantage with a dropkick to the knee.
- The rasslers fight as Torrie climbs to the apron.
- Vamp sends Kidman into the ropes, and he collides with Torrie.
- Kidman beats up Vamp, and attends to Torrie.
- Vamp hits Kidman and gets a chair. Torrie grabs it, allowing Kidman to whack Vamp with it.
- Inside, the rasslers trade the advantage a few times.
- Vamp with a supplex. He tries another that Kidman turns into a pinfall attempt.
- Vamp with a Rocker dropper. Two.
- Vampiro to the top. Dropkick. Two.
- Vamp climbs to the top. Kidman punches him and hits a hurancanrana.
- Vamp with a powerbomb. Another -- this time Kidman is tossed.
- Kidman set up on the top. Vamp tries to hook a move.
- Kidman punches Vamp, then falls backwards with a reverse DDT off the top.
- Ouch. Looked awkward. Man, Kidman can be sloppy.
- Terry Funk says his dad, Dory Funk Sr., was the king of the death matches.
- I thought Mick Foley was king of the death matches.
- Sid wants security to get someone for him.
- Daffney, dFlair and Crowbar are in da house...
- The Mamalukes yak.
- Match 8: World tag titles stretcher match - The Mamalukes vs. dFlair & Crowbar (w/screaming bimbo)
- dFlair and crew walk that aisle.
- Mamalukes and Disco Inferno to the ring.
- Brawl to start.
- No doubt it will be brawl to finish.
- Crowbar and Big Vito fight.
- dFlair and Johnny the Bull battle.
- Nothing special going on for awhile.
- Finally, Crowbar vaults over the top onto Johnny.
- More brawling...
- The Mamalukes take one of the stretchers, and run it into their opponents.
- Hey -- they all climb into the ring. Wow.
- The Mama's boys beat up dFlair and then they double team Crowbar.
- Daffney into the ring.
- With a great deal of help from Johnny the Bull, she executes a hurancanrana.
- This prompts Disco to enter the ring.
- Daffney sprays Disco with something that blinds him.
- dFlair and Crowbar get the advantage.
- Daffney keeps screaming, which is grating on my nerves.
- It's just like Bill said about Oklahoma recently: bad heel heat.
- More bad brawling.
- Crowbar is put through a table.
- Johnny with a top rope leg drop on dFlair.
- dFlair tossed outside. He's put on the stretcher.
- The Mamalukes tape dFlair to the stretcher.
- Crowbar is getting up.
- The refs are wheeling dFlair to the back.
- Crowbar nails the Mamas with a table.
- He hits them with a trash can.
- The bell rings, but I think it's just Daffney being annoying again.
- Johnny the Bull with a lead pipe to Crowbar.
- Johnny sets Crowbar on a table, and Vito splashes him through it.
- The Mamas tape Crowbar to the other stretcher.
- The Mamas grab Daffney and tape her to a wheelchair.
- They gag her.
- Oh... there is a God.
- Crowbar is wheeled out.
- The match is over.
- The Harris brothers talk with Jarrett.
- Mean Gene is brought to Sid's dressing room.
- Sid says he deserves to be champ.
- Match 9: Ernest Miller vs. The Maestro (w/Symphony)
- Miller to the ring with his Butch Reed hairdo.
- Miller grabs the stick (though not in the TAFKAPI sense) and says people have showed him no respect and have doubted his ability to deliver James Brown.
- He says the crowd doesn't deserve to see James Brown.
- The Cat's music starts up again, and a guy who is not James Brown dances to the ring.
- Then he dances in the ring as Miller screams, "Go James! Go James!"
- Maestro and his concubine enter the ring.
- Maestro says the stipulation for the match was that if Miller couldn't produce James Brown, he'd have to become the Maestro's lackey.
- Maestro yanks the rug off the head of the fake James Brown.
- Miller says you don't disrespect James.
- "Says who?" sez The Maestro.
- "Says me!" sez some voice over the public address system.
- A huge entourage comes out, and James Brown walks to the ring.
- Wonder if he's going to beat up his wife?
- Anyway, The Maestro has collapsed in the ring out of sheer shock.
- The Cat and Brown embrace.
- The Cat dances, Brown dances, and the crowd pops.
- They keep dancing. Yup, WCW sure knows how to build credible heels.
- Crickey... where's Rikishi or a flame thrower when you need one of them?
- Brown actually screams "OW! I feel good!" a couple of times.
- I think he tries to plug his new album.
- The Maestro is still KO'ed by the site of Brown.
- Uh, that's it.
- Best match of the night so far.
- Scott Hall makes smart mark references to bookers and winning belts.
- Match 10: Texas death match - Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair
- For the uninitiated, a death match is a hardcore contest that can go several falls, until one guy can't get up. After each fall, there's supposed to be a 30 second rest period, followed by a ten count. If one man can't stand by ten, the match is over.
- So, in other words, these guys can go all night.
- Oh, hold on... these two guys are about 105 when you combine their ages.
- So, the match might go two falls and ten minutes.
- Funk is accompanied to the ring by the man with no angle, Dustin Rhodes.
- Flair comes to the ring to a great ovation.
- Tony says there will be no 30 second rest period. I guess that will speed up the match.
- The bell rings. The rasslers stalk each other.
- Flair pushes Funk into the corner. "Whoo!!!"
- They lock up a few more times. Funk knocks Flair to the mat and punches him over and over again.
- Flair puts Funk in the corner. Chops.
- Funk turns it around. Punches.
- Flair turns it around. Chops.
- Funk punches Flair to the mat. Flair to the outside.
- Funk meets Flair on the apron. Punches. Vertical supplex.
- Flair begs off.
- Flair to the corner. He gets backdropped and punched over and over again.
- Spinning toe hold, a move no one has submitted to since the Civil War.
- Flair gets out of the move, and they go outside.
- Flair tries a vertical supplex outside, which Funk reverses.
- Funk is whipped into the railing.
- Just to be different, Flair tries a vertical supplex outside, which Funk reverses.
- Flair screams in pain and then says, "Oh, shit!"
- Funk covers. 1-2-3.
- Flair gets up at the five count.
- They brawl around ringside.
- By the way, if any of this sounds entertaining, remember -- it's all happening in slow motion.
- Read this recap slower, and you'll get a feel for this match.
- Flair with chair shots to Funk.
- Madden says the crowd has been shocked into silence at the sheer violence of the match.
- Hey -- the crowd is just bored, okay?
- Inside, Flair batters Funk, locks on the figure four, and gets a submission.
- Funk gets up at five.
- Flair with a chop.
- Flair to the top.
- Madden: "This is always a mistake." Funk dumps Flair to the mat, and Madden adds that Flair hasn't hit a successful top rope move since he won the NWA title at Starrcade '83.
- Just think about how long ago that was.
- The rasslers take it outside again. Funk hits a piledriver.
- Flair with chops, Funk with punches.
- Funk with a piledriver on the concrete. Cover. 1-2-3.
- Funk gets a table from under the ring.
- The ref with a slllllllllooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww count.
- Flair gets up.
- Funk sets up the table in the ring.
- Funk grabs the microphone and asks Flair if he'd like to quit.
- Tenay says he's having a flashback to June '89, and the Clash of the Champions I Quit match between these men.
- That shows me Tenay's using Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Almanac as a reference. The PWI Almanac incorrectly lists that Clash as June '89, but it was actually November '89. I remember it vividly.
- But I forgive you, Mike... because sometimes you're only as good as your sources.
- Besides, referencing 1989 reminds us just how long ago it was that these guys were really good. Their 1989 feud was legendary. Now, these guys are merely legends.
- Anyway, back to tonight's match.
- Funk piledrives Flair on the table.
- He decides to forego the pin.
- Funk gets another table from under the ring and sets it up.
- He then covers Flair. Go figure. Two.
- Flair is selling a neck injury.
- Funk puts Flair on the table.
- Funk to the top... it looks like he's attempting a moonsault.
- Flair yanks Funk backwards through the table.
- Both men are down. The count begins.
- Both are struggling to get up. I guess we're one fall away from the end.
- Flair barely gets up. Funk doesn't. Um, okay...
- Well, it was getting good with the tables in the ring, but that ending just sucked.
- We get another look at the mystery door. Who is behind it?
- Could it be the Ultimate Warrior?
- Randy Savage?
- King Kong Bundy?
- Ted DiBiase?
- Big Daddy Dink?
- Mean Gene lets Hogan wheez into the microphone.
- Hogan threatens to hurt Liz. Nice guy.
- Match 11: The Total Package (w/Liz) vs. Hulk Hogan
- The Total Parcel comes to the ring with no heat.
- Out walks the orange-skinned, yellow and red clad nightmare.
- Parcel attacks Hogan.
- Hogan is wearing one of those arm casts, by the way.
- Parcel with basic brawling moves. Hogan recovers.
- He hits a crappy clothesline and a mediocre elbow drop.
- Hogan tosses Luger outside, and then tears off his shirt.
- He strangles Luger with the shirt. Gee... haven't seen that before.
- Chair to the back by Hogan.
- They brawl for awhile, and my eyes glaze over.
- Luger regains the advantage.
- They take it outside.
- Nothing really happens.
- So they take it back inside.
- And nothing really happens.
- Hogan starts to use his arm cast on Luger.
- Hogan slams Luger's head into the turnbuckle 10 times, and all the marks count with him.
- He does it again, this time to nine.
- Hogan punches Luger to the mat again and again.
- Hogan sets up for the legdrop, and Liz whacks him with a chair.
- Hogan chases Liz, and the Parcel recovers... which means this crap will go on.
- Jimmy Hart comes out and takes the bat from Liz.
- Luger gets the advantage and signals for the rack.
- He then hits a vertical supplex, which is as much technical wrestling as we've seen from the Parcel in years.
- Parcel signals for the rack again.
- Hogan rallies, and is once again ready to end it with the big leg, and Luger hits a low blow.
- Jimmy Hart also has a cast on his arm, and he hits Luger with it.
- Hogan with the leg drop. Pin.
- Flair comes out and clips Hogan.
- Sting appears and saves Hogan.
- So much for Sting and Hogan's recent feud. Never happened, I guess.
- The announcers add that Sting is not the person who occupied the room behind the mystery door.
- Can anybody give me a good reason for not bringing Sting back a week ago to hype this show?
- Match 12: WCW World title, no DQ - Sid Vicious vs. Jeff Jarrett vs. Scott Hall
- Jarrett has the Harris brothers with him.
- Hall ambles to the ring. He tosses his toothpick at the camera, and misses. Maybe he's hammered again.
- Jarrett goes after Hall, who ducks and nails Jarrett.
- Hall dominates Jarrett and the Harris boys as Sid enters the ring.
- Hall attacks Sid.
- Sid clubbers Jarrett, Hall, the Harris boys, and then stands alone in the ring.
- Hall and Jarrett fight as the Harris boys post Sid.
- Jarrett pounds down both men.
- Jarrett and Hall exchange punches, and you can tell the ref is in position to get hit.
- Sid with a double clothesline and a double chokeslam. Sid covers.
- A second ref comes out. Two count.
- Sid nails Hall, Jarrett hits Sid with the title belt.
- Cover by Jarrett. Two.
- An angry Jarrett clubbers the second ref.
- After that, why the hell would a third ref want to come out?
- Sid throws Jarrett into a chair.
- A third ref comes to the ring, and Hall covers Sid for two.
- Jarrett attacks the third ref.
- After that, why the hell would a fourth ref want to come out?
- A fourth ref comes out.
- Jarrett attacks him, too.
- After that, why the hell would a fifth ref want to come out?
- Finally, the referee Jarrett wants, "Slick" Johnson, comes out as ref number five.
- Hall with the Outsider Edge on Jarrett.
- Cover. Ref Johnson counts to two, but a suddenly develops a shoulder injury which keeps him from counting to three.
- Hall appears lost. Sid whacks him, and boots Jarrett.
- Sid leans at Hall, and falls out of the ring in unconvincing fashion.
- Jarrett whacks Sid with a guitar.
- Roddy Piper (w/elbow brace) comes out as your sixth referee.
- He's the man from behind the mystery door, apparently.
- Piper stops referee Johnson from counting Jarrett's pin attempt on Hall.
- Sid with a power bomb on Hall.
- Piper with the count.
- Er, that's it.
DDT Digest's own James sends the following arena report:
Here is my arena report for SuperBrawl. I was going to get more detailed about the matches themselves, but 1) I just didn't feel like taking many notes, and 2) the show blew major chunks.
San Francisco, CA. The Cow Palace. SuperBrawl 2000. They should've called it SuperBore 2000, it was so horrible. Duds galore, folks. I'll get right to brief, brief summaries of the matches and such, because most of them were tough to stomach.
Match 1: Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Lash LeRoux vs.
TAFKA Prince Iaukea
This one was a complete dud. Lash had a few decent moves but both of them seemed lethargic and didn't execute very well. I was surprised WCW gave the belt to TAFKAPI, as well. What's he done to earn that belt? Nothing. This is what bugs me with WCW -- they'll give their belts to people who don't even deserve them.
What I'd have rather seen in this tournament would've been something like pushing one of the guys in 3 Count, like Shannon or Shane. Not Evan. See, I think those first two guys have some talent, but WCW's not using them very well (gee, where've we heard that before?). 3 Count gets heat, but it's not the kind of heat you want. It's the kind that equates to "You suck. Get outta here!" rather than the kind of heat generated from playing a role well. From what I've seen of Shannon and Shane, though, reminds me a bit of the Hardy Boyz. If WCW broke up 3 Count and tried to push S&S in a similar way as the Hardys, they might get some better heat.
But giving the belt to Iaukea is just pathetic. I don't expect him to have it for very long. Unfortunately, as much as I'd liked to have seen Lash win it, he didn't wrestle well enough in my opinion to deserve it, either.
Match 2: Hardcore Championship: Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Brian Knobbs
Your standard hardcore match with ample plundah thrown in. Nothing original, nothing of any real note. Just one of your basic duds. The ending was stupid as well, but to be honest I can't even remember it well enough to recall what happened.
Match 3: Handicap Match: Norman Smiley vs. 3 Count
WCW had a chance to push Norman a little more but, as usual, they managed to screw it up. About the only highlight of this one was Smiley's big backdrop over the top rope. One thing -- this was supposed to be a 3-on-1 handicap match. What the hell are they doing with 3 Count having to tag in at one point?!? No sense at all. Another point -- Smiley seemed to be the picture of health UNTIL 3 Count took off his Jerry Rice jersey to expose his bandaged ribs. Yeah, okay. I expected Smiley to overcome the odds and win, but sure enough they jobbed him to 3 Count. Well, F*** You, WCW©. I've always wanted to say that.
Match 4: The Demon vs. The Wall
They billed this as a "main event" sort of match, and I've heard that was part of whatever deal WCW made with KISS. Whatever. This match was a complete waste of time. There was nothing of any value to report on this match. I went with my cousin and a friend, and this was the match we waited for to make the nacho run on.
Match 5: Skins Match - Leather Jacket on a Pole
Another dud. Just a lot of brawling. Ho-hum. When is WCW going to realize we don't care about crap like this? However, that spill Big Al took at the end looked pretty bad.
Match 6: Harlem Heat Ownership Match: Booker vs. Big T
Yet another BS ending. Just when it looked like Booker was going to win and get the rights to Harlem Heat back (ignoring what a stupid gimmick THAT was), the lights go out and some big fat guy I've never even seen shows up and distracts Booker long enough for Ahmed, I mean Big T, to get the win. I think this deserves another F*** You, WCW©.
Booker's one of the guys who they're going to need to carry them now that they lost Benoit, Malenko, Saturn, and Eddy. Might as well throw Jericho into that group, too. People like Hogan and Flair are on the way out, even if the fans still pop for them. It's time for WCW to realize that they need to focus more on the younger guys and develop them more, get them more exposure, better gimmicks.
I'm just afraid they're going to have Booker start calling himself "The Book," with a finishing move called the "Book Return" or something like that. Gag. I wouldn't put it past them.
Match 7: Kidman vs. Vampiro
Here's where the PPV started to pick up. It was on its way with Booker carrying the match before, but the BS ending screwed that one up. There was a good pace between Kidman and Vamp, but there were a few spots that looked glaringly sloppy. I liked Vampiro's double powerbomb-like move. However, the ending came as a surprise to me...it just came too soon and out of the blue, it seemed. That took this one down a notch for me. Vampiro put in a pretty decent match, though. Got some cheers from the crowd afterwards.
Match 8: Sicilian Stretcher Tag Team Championship: The Mamalukes vs. David Flair/Crowbar
So-so match. A better "hardcore" match than the Bigelow/Knobbs match, but this one still wasn't much to talk about, aside from a number of decent spots. Daffney's move in the ring was really cheesy and unbelievable. The one move that stuck with me the most was Johnny the Bull's top-rope leg drop after he hopped in the corner from the mat. That takes some dexterity. The Mamalukes seem to be a good enough tag team to have the belts, but right now it seems like the tag team division is in the pits again. Look for Harlem Heat to grab the belts again soon, I think.
Then we had the Cat. Annoying as usual, but lo and behold, once the real James Brown comes out everyone cheers. I HOPE it was more for the Godfather of Soul than it was for the Cat, even if he cut a good rug. The crowd popped big time, but I found myself not really caring that much after the initial excitement of seeing James Brown. It was just pointless in the end. What does that get us? A feud between the Cat and the Maestro? Tell me when it's over. I could care less.
Match 9: Special Death Match: Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk
Somewhere along the way I was expecting Dustin Rhodes to turn on Funk and side with Flair, but he didn't do a thing. There were a lot of LOUD chops by Flair but not a whole lot past that, to be honest. Funk's chest did look about as red as a lobster by the end of it. Some nice table spots by Funk, but what the heck was up with that ending? Funk piledrives Flair outside, once on the concrete, then he piledrives him through a table (which was a pretty nice spot), but one toss from Flair into the table and Funk's out? Give me a break. I may not think too much of Funk at this point in his career, but that's an insult. What a joke.
Match 10: Hulk Hogan vs. Lex Luger
Well, the Hulkster got the biggest pops of the night, I believe. Healthy "Hogan" chant a few times. Sounded like "Rogaine" if ya ask me. All in all though, the match itself was nothing to really talk about. Basic Hogan match, basic Luger match. The only thing that made this even worth it was the Sting run-in at the end, but anyone could've predicted that. It's not a shock if it's not a true surprise. Huge pops for both of them at the end, though.
Match 11: No DQ Heavyweight Championship Match: Sid Vicious vs. Scott Hall vs. Jeff Jarrett
Nothing that REALLY stood out in this one...everyone got their shots in and it was active, but nothing really spectacular happened. So Sid's still champ. Yippee. Wondering if they're going to strip him of the belt because of Piper -- isn't he supposed to be, I dunno, unemployed by WCW as far as storylines go at the time?
The part everyone probably didn't see was after the match, with Scott Hall. He stayed laid out in the middle of the ring for a LONG time after the cameras went off, and at this point in time (Sunday night) I still don't know what happened to him. My gut tells me he probably suffered a pretty bad concussion from the combination of Jarrett's guitar shot and Sid's power bomb, but I don't know. A few minutes after the show ended, Penzer got on the mic and called for a trainer to come to the ring and they kept Hall laying there for a long time. We left about 20 minutes after everything ended and he was still in the same position. They seemed to be immobolizing his neck as a precaution and they were checking his legs, presumably to see if there was any feeling there. I don't know what happened after we left, but security was telling the crowd that lingered to get out. I just hope Hall's all right. It really didn't come off as something that was being
4Wrestle.com is reporting that Scott Hall was seriously injured at SuperBrawl:
"Blake Norton of The Bagpipe Report reports that after the main event match at Super Brawl, Scott Hall appeared to be seriously injured. There is possibility that it is a work, but he remained flat on his back in the ring for 20 minutes after taking Sid's power bomb. All of this went on after the show went off the air. 5 men immediately began working on Hall. He was put in a neck brace while breathing very erratically. People were ushered out of the building during the scene."
Nothing I didn't really tell you already. I highly doubt something like this would've been a work.
As far as PPVs go, this was a total waste of my time and money and I feel for anyone else who paid to see crap like this. I went to SuperBrawl last year and it was far more enjoyable than this one. WCW's house show in Oakland a few months ago was better, and WWF's house show a few months ago in San Jose blew SuperBrawl 2000 out of the water, hands down. Maybe WCW's struggling to find a new way to go since they've recently lost some of their top talent, but if this is the best they can do for a PPV, then they've got some serious, serious problems.
WCW needs to get their act together behind the curtains, first of all. They don't seem to have any sense of direction and it seems painfully clear to me. They're still relying too much on the old guard, people like Hogan, Flair, Funk, Nash, and probably even guys like Sting and the Hitman. They're still giving these guys the most attention and hoping that they'll continue to make it pay off, but they're neglecting everyone else.
While they have some good talent, they need to develop it more. As much as I like Norman Smiley, this whole "Screamin' Norman" gimmick is old and tired. It was funny the first few times, but not any more. Turn him into more of a legitmate threat and people should react to him with more than just amusement. Booker T (oh, sorry, can't use the "T" any more) is one of the guys who should be carrying them, yet they job him in stupid ways. I've already suggested what they do with 3 Count. They can get rid of Evan for all I care. The Wall needs to go. The Demon needs to go (what the HELL were they thinking with that one??). Tank Abbott needs to go. David Flair, to be honest, doesn't belong in the ring. I like Vampiro and hope WCW works him into more things. Same with Lash LeRoux, but he needs to step things up a bit to earn it. I think Crowbar (Devon Storm) has a bright future with WCW if they don't misuse him. Aside from that? I don't know. WCW hasn't really given too many other people enough of a chance to let us get much of an impression of them. Think things are bad right now? Wait until the old guys are gone and if WCW hasn't put enough time and thought into who's going to step up for them when that happens, they're going to be in worse shape than they are now.
Unless they really turn things around, this is the last WCW event I'm going to, and I'm going to have a very hard time even convincing myself to watch Nitro and Thunder now. Ugh.