By King Leo of King
Leo's Wrestling Palace
WCW Thunder - Wednesday, October 18, 2000
G'day and welcome once again to the DDT Digest Thunder report for the last
show of the Australian tour.
All hail the DDT Digest chat room!
I've only found one person there ever, and it was Bill.
I apologize for a falsehood that was introduced in last week's trivia.
While Lance Storm is indeed a three time ECW World Tag Team champion, he
only held two of them with Justin Credible. His first title reign was with
Trivia Question: When Booker T and Stevie Ray first arrived in WCW
as Harlem Heat, what were their names? (answer at end of report) Bonus
Question: (One that not even I know the answer to) Which member was
I'm pleased to announce that Lance Storm Awareness Week was a personal
success. All my roommates are aware of Lance Storm and my friend Allen
admitted that he'd like Lance Storm if it weren't for the Canadian gimmick.
One of my roommates wants to know what the STF stands for. If anyone knows, let me know
so I can pass the word along.
Our Gimmick of the Week comes from Brian, who writes:
Most of the best gimmicks are extensions of the
person's own personality. I'd be a manic, insomniac writer who hangs around
in his bathrobe and boxers, drinking bourbon, smoking butts and waiting
for the light to shine on me so that I can write the great American script.
My finisher? A Texas Cloverleaf, nicknamed The
Plot Twist. With a character like that, it's almost guaranteed I'd
be a WWF late 80s, early 90s Jobber to the Stars. Maybe I'd get a fluke
win over Skinner.
Thunder is a TBS Superstation Original Series where they can kick it but
they can't shove things up it.
Once again we're not live from Melbourne, but it's okay because at least
I haven't read any spoilers so it's as good as if it were live with the
exception being that they tend to mute and blur more things when we're
There's a capacity crowd tonight!
Sam Greco kicks air and punchrd bags. He'll be interviewed tonight.
Will he be the next Steve Blackman or the next Glacier?
Match #1: Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Cruiserweight champion "Above Average" Mike
Sanders in a non-title no-disqualification match
Rey Misterio Jr. comes out with Tygress to Filthy Animal music.
They say that Rey spent some time in the hospital on Monday due to the
Mike Sanders comes out with a mic.
Sanders says that Nash is doing one he . . . of a job.
He stops himself from saying "hell," saying "heck" instead, but they try
to mute "heck."
It sounds like Sanders has a bad case of the "heckups".
Yes, a pun is the lowest form of humor, but I thought it was sort of amusing when I thought of it.
Sanders predicts that the Thrillers will kick so much a . . . heiny, that
they will hold all the titles in WCW.
In case we haven't mentioned it yet, there will be a three round kickboxing
match at Halloween Havoc between The Cat and Sanders for the commissionership.
Sanders says it's a non-title match tonight.
But The Cat comes out and makes the match no-disqualification.
The Cat says that he and Rey will beat Sanders and perhaps some fans, too.
The Cat joins Stevie Ray, Mark Madden, and Tony Schiavone on commentary.
Sanders attempts to attack The Cat at ringside, but Misterio stops him.
Then in one of the oddest things I've ever seen, Sanders deliberately strings
himself up on the second rope sets himself up for a guillotine legdrop.
It's not one of those things where they aid the move, it's a flat-out walk
around, then set yourself up for the move.
Rey gets a two-count from it.
Misterio reverses some moves and hits a bulldog.
Misterio hits a move best described as a swandive splash.
They cut to a shot of the announcers. The Cat and Mark Madden are making
fun of each other and Stevie Ray and Tony Schiavone appear to be greatly
Sanders gets in an offensive move while they're not paying attention and
gets a two count.
Tygress has a neck brace on from the guitar shot on "Monday."
I'm guessing it was the magical Australian Monday.
Misterio with another bulldog-type maneuver.
Rey with a spin kick.
Madden calls Misterio "the last of the little luchadors."
Rey-Rey hits the Bronco Buster prompting Madden to request a ban on it.
Sanders crotches Misterio on the top rope.
Sanders leaves the match to talk smack with The Cat.
Tygress attacks from behind.
The Cat throws Sanders back into the ring.
Misterio hits a springboard guillotine legdrop to the back of Sanders's
neck and rolls him over for a two-count.
Misterio hits a forward roll for the three-count.
Pete admitted that it was a cool move.
Your winner: Rey Misterio Jr.
Shane Douglas and Torrie join Pamela.
Shane is in the Countdown to Armageddon tonight and will get another title
shot if he wins.
We come back to a promo for the Goldberg/Kronik match at Havoc.
Speak of the devil, it's Goldberg walking.
And Kronik brutally attacking from behind.
I don't know who's mugging for the camera more: Madden or the fans.
The Countdown to Armageddon will be a 30-man Royal Rumble-style battle
royal with a 30 second period between entries.
Match #2: Big Vito vs. "The Franchise" Shane Douglas
Big Vito comes out with his stickball bat.
Vito's one of those guys who makes me proud to be a wrestling fan.
Vito's really milking the cheap local heat thing, though.
Vito wonders where Reno is.
Reno's the Hardcore champion, you know. To be honest, I forgot that.
His opponent for tonight: Shane Douglas.
He's with Torrie as usual.
Douglas is capable of a good match, too, but he's also capable of stinking
up an arena. Let's see what happens tonight.
Vito and Douglas play to the crowd and we establish the fact that Douglas
is the heel.
Nice scientific moves to start ending in Vito touching Franchise's butt.
Atomic Drop by Vito.
Madden mentions The Franchise's chain wrestling skills.
Vito reverses a waistlock with a drop toehold. Very nice.
Vito with an atomic drop.
Vito with a back bodydrop to the outside.
Douglas hits a hotshot and gets the advantage when they get back in the ring.
Vito with a belly-to-back suplex.
Vito hits a swandive headbutt for a 1.
Torrie distracts Vito, but Vito hits Douglas with an "Italian American" kick.
Vito hits the flying elbow for a two count.
Torrie distracts Vito and throws Douglas a chain.
Douglas hits Vito with the chain.
Madden again mentions Douglas's "chain" wrestling skills.
Douglas hits the Pittsburgh Plunge.
Vito kicks out! Vito kicks out!
He can kick out because Franchise has a new, crappy finishing move.
Vito with a rollup for a two-count.
They exchange punches.
Franchise ducks a clothesline and hits the least electrifying move in sports
Your Winner: Shane Douglas.
Goldberg is in back looking in rooms.
He runs into Ron Harris in back and beats him up.
Paula is in back with Those 70's Guys.
They're in the Countdown to Armageddon.
Crowbar says he's about making love, not war.
Awesome says that tonight's his chance to step up to the plate.
Match #3: Ron & Don Harris vs. Boogie Nights
Here come the Boogie Knights (or Das Wundersuck and That Duck Guy.)
Known as That Duck Guy because when he came out, Pete said: "Hey! It's That Duck Guy."
I think Alex Wright says they're the best team in WCW.
Disqo steals Konnan's catch phrases again.
The Boogie Knights lost the cointoss, so they're heels this week.
They're wrestling the Harris Boys.
But only Don comes out.
- What purpose do the Harrises serve?
Don will wrestle a handicap match they say.
Heavy D with a big boot to Disqo.
Disqo hits a swinging neckbreaker.
Wright tags in and hits a missile dropkick.
Heavy D with a urinage for two.
Disqo and Wright hit a combination side Russian legsweep/clothesline.
Ron runs in and hits a sidewalk slam on Disqo.
Ron with an elbowdrop on Disqo Duck.
They throw the duck out to the crowd.
The Harrises lock on a double Boston crab.
Harrises with a double facebuster on Disqo.
Disqo reaches under the ring and pulls out ANOTHER DUCK!!!!
That's what they keep under there!
Disqo hits a Harris with the spare duck.
Disqo with a flying crossbody block for the three count.
Your Winners: Boogie Knights.
Pamela's with Team Canada to talk about the Countdown to Armageddon.
Lance Storm decides he'd rather not talk about the Countdown to Armageddon
tonight and opts to talk about the upcoming match at Halloween Havoc instead.
The Canadians argue about who's going to win the Countdown.
The Armageddon match seems like the type where I won't really like the
match, but will watch because (a) I have to and (b) I want to know who
They show a promo for the title match at Halloween Havoc.
Pamela runs into Big Poppa Pump and Midajah.
Steiner invites Pamela to his motel.
Match #4: "Prime Time" Elix Skipper vs. "Bill" Goldberg
It's Prime Time all by himself.
He gets the mic.
He built this house.
Goldberg's standing behind him.
Then Goldberg's music plays.
Elix waits for Goldberg.
Goldberg's still standing there.
Goldberg with some power moves.
He sets up the SPEAR . . .
Followed by the JACKHAMMER . . .
Followed by the 1 . . . 2 . . . 3 . . .
Your Winner: Goldberg
Tony Schiavone points out that Goldberg won despite being attacked by Kronik earlier on.
Goldberg talks trash about Kronik.
Goldberg's now 11-0 in his Quest.
Some nights, Goldberg looks like he's just no-selling and coming out for his win. Tonight, he looked impressive. He may not be scientific, but he gets the job done.
Did I mention that I like Goldberg?
Hi. My name is Leroy and I'm a complete wrestling mark. I cheered Hulk Hogan the last time I was at Nitro. I have a bigger selection of wrestling videos than all the local video stores combined. I regularly wear wrestling apparel in public. I once ate some overstuffed Chef Boyardee Ravoli just because Big Show told me to in a commercial. And, yes, I like Goldberg.
Jeff Jarrett talks with Pamela.
Tonight, Kidman and Konnan will face Jarrett and Steiner.
Jarrett says that Sting is a shell of his former self.
Match #5: "The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett & "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner
vs. Billy Kidman & Konnan
Jeff Jarrett's music plays reminding us that Vince Russo cho-cho-chose him.
Here comes Scotty Steiner.
Konnan and Kidman come down.
Apparently, Kidman is part of the Filthy Animals once again.
Steiner with a clothesline from an Irish whip for a one count.
Steiner with a gorilla press slam.
Steiner with the Pushups of Doom.
Steiner kicks Kidman in the corner.
Steiner with a knife-edge chop.
Kidman with a missile dropkick.
Steiner nails a suplex on Konnan.
Konnan with a rolling thunder clothesline, except he rolled backwards and
Konnan with two Pushups of Doom.
Kidman tags in.
Kidman with a facebuster.
Kidman with a sitout powerbomb for a two-count on Jarrett.
Torrie runs out and kidnaps Tygress.
Steiner with a Samoan drop from the top.
Steiner locks in the Steiner Recliner.
Your Winners: Scott Steiner and Jeff Jarrett.
Goldberg's still in the building despite the fact that he's not in the Countdown to Armageddon.
Back in the Bill Watts days of WCW, nobody was allowed to leave until bell
rang signalling that the last match was over. I don't see anything wrong
with Goldberg sticking around awhile just as long as he doesn't interfere
in anything, like say the Countdown to Armageddon match.
Time for the Army Men Air Attack 2 Thunder Ringside Release.
A black limo pulls up.
Ric Flair himself comes out.
Mark Madden says he'll interview Flair later tonight.
Pamela is with Booker T in back.
Tonight, Sting and Booker T are wrestling for the Tag Team titles.
For some reason, Booker's in the Countdown for Armageddon.
If Booker wins, he'll wrestle himself on Nitro. It might not sound
too interesting, but it would be better than A-WALL vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan.
Coming up after the WCW Magazine Plug, we'll hear from Sam Greco.
Hey! That was quick.
Greco's from Melbourne.
It's a "shoot" interview.
Greco talks about his martial arts background.
Greco says he doesn't need to change his style to wrestle in WCW.
Greco calls himself a role model. Boy, is he in for a surprise.
Greco says there's been a lack of good martial artists in WCW during the
last several years.
What about Glacier? He was good wasn't he? Guess not.
Tony talks about how well WCW has been received in Australia.
Tony asks if Greco has any short term goals. What Tony doesn't realize
is that since they eliminated the Television title, there really are no
"short term goals" in WCW.
Tony is expecting great things from Greco.
The Thrillers entertain us all with a song that since I don't know the
title, I'll just call it a song.
It's sad when I know and recognize one line from a song as being from "Tie
Me Kangaroo Down" but don't recognize something I'm sure I should know.
We see a promo for the Sting/Jarrett match at Halloween Havoc.
Sting and Jarrett are two of the best wrestlers to watch live that I've
seen. It could be an excellent match, or it could suck. We just have to
wait and see.
Match #6: WCW World Heavyweight Champion Booker T & Sting vs. World Tag Team champions
Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire for the Tag Team titles
Jindrak and O'Haire come out as Schiavone thanks a bunch of people who
helped promote the Australian tour.
Yes yes yes!!!! No no no!!!!! Yes yes yes!!!! No no no !!!! It's the well-deserving
And this is Sting.
I love the crowd. A good crowd can make even the worst match seem not so
We start the match with the traditional bell ring and Gratuitous Crowd
Sting with a facebuster.
O'Haire with a clothesline.
The Thrillers throw Sting out.
Then they throw him back in from the outside.
Sting with a double back elbow.
The Champ tags in and cleans house.
O'Haire saves Jindrak from behind.
Booker with the ax kick on O'Haire.
Booker with a two count stopped by Jindrak.
Sting hits the Scorpion Death Drop.
Mike Sanders runs in, hits the ref, and calls for the bell.
Your Winners: Absolutely no clue, but it sure wasn't me.
WCW.com says it was Sting & Booker
T via disqualification.
Booker and Sting whip Sanders and Sting hits one of the best dropkicks
I've ever seen.
Schaivone actually apologizes for the match.
Good match, bad ending. They're killing any credibility the Tag Titles
may have had with crap like this.
WCW Motorsports time.
The WCW car didn't even qualify for the race in case you care.
In describing it, they call it "bittersweet."
Bitter because they didn't qualify but sweet because . . . um . .
I guess because nobody died.
Match #7: Kronik vs. Perfect Event
Kronik comes out and poses.
They're facing their long-time rivals, Perfect Event.
Brian Clarke starts out with a cool move off the ring apron onto Palumbo.
Kronik dominates against Stasiak, whom the announcers are calling the weak
link in the Natural Born Thrillers.
Clarke goes for the full nelson slam, but gets a bit distracted when Stasiak's
feet hit Palumbo.
Palumbo goes down, so Palumbo gets pinned instead.
Your Winners: Kronik.
Goldberg runs out, but Adams uses a chair.
Kronik hits the High Time on Goldberg . . . and Goldberg sells it.
Goldberg gets up, kicks Palumbo and spears Stasiak.
Up next, Ric Flair's going to show us what a REAL interview is supposed
to be like.
Madden announces Ric Flair and he gets the ovation that he greatly deserves.
Flair's a freaking legend!
Flair kisses up to the crowd calling Australia "the greatest country in
I really don't understand what Flair's talking about, but it's OK because
his mere presence makes everything right.
Flair says he came to Australia because of the women and to bring his son
David Flair's music plays and here comes David.
Ric says he and David can have all the women they want for the next 30
David says he never asked Ric to come.
There's a DNA match at Halloween Havoc between David Flair and Buff Bagwell.
I think they should just determine parentage by a 1-900 number poll like
they do in real life.
David sort of implies that Ric Flair may have cheated on his wife with
his son's girlfriend.
Ric leaves and David tries to give a blood test to Mark Madden.
We see the promo that we'll be seeing from now 'til Halloween Havoc, so
we'd better like it.
We'll see something so shocking that we won't believe it until we see it
You'll have to insert your own joke here because I've run out of ideas.
Match #8: Countdown to Armageddon Battle Royal for a World Heavyweight
It's time for the Countdown to Armageddon.
Participant #1: "Above Average" Mike Sanders.
Participant #2: The Cat
What a coincidence.
It's one of those "Lethal Lottery" coincidences.
Sanders pounds on Cat.
Cat hits a kick.
Cat with an elbow.
#3: Shawn Stasiak
Cat forsakes Sanders to go against Palumbo.
#4: Chuck Palumbo.
Wow! Three Thrillers against an arch-rival.
#5: Disqo (sans Duck)
They're playing themes on entry, so it's easier to tell who's coming out.
One of the announcers mentions Disqo's state of ducklessness.
#6: Alex Wright.
Schiavone talks about how random it all is.
Miller's working on Disqo.
#7: Crowbar (coming out to his old music).
Schiavone says that Crowbar's not the 70's Guy, he's the psycho gas station
Stevie Ray interrupts Schiavone to ask what's wrong with working at a service
#8: Ron Harris.
#9: "Random" Don Harris.
Nobody's been eliminated yet. Nobody's done anything yet.
#10: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan.
#11: Lt. Loco
Loco with a cool dive into the ring.
#12: Kevin Nash.
We cut to commercial like in vintage 1997 WCW.
Just when business was about to pick up. We wouldn't want to see anything
Is it that hard to set things up so commercials don't have to happen during
We didn't miss much, though. Nash just gets in the ring.
Nash throws out Loco and Duggan.
He throws out Sanders and Cat.
He throws out Crowbar.
#13: Here comes David Flair.
Harris Boys are eliminated.
In fact, it's just Flair, Palumbo, Stasiak, and Nash.
Stasiak throws out Palumbo and jumps out.
#14: Cpl. Cajun
Nash throws out Cajun.
#15: Kwee Wee (sans music)
His music hits late.
Nash with a shortarm clothesline.
Kwee Wee is thrown out.
#16: Rey Misterio Jr.
Misterio with a springboard missile dropkick.
If you've seen Nash wrestle Misterio before, you know what's going on.
#17: Booker T!
#18: Mike Awesome
Awesome and Booker whip the Coach into the corner.
#19: Sting comes out lightning and all.
Stinger splash on Kevin Nash.
Another Stinger Splash.
#20: Jeff Jarrett
Big Poppa Pump jumps in, too.
Sting clotheslines Jarrett out
#21: Billy Kidman
Awesome throws out Nash and Booker.
Misterio's still in there.
#22: Lance Storm.
Awesome tries to throw out Misterio, but Misterio skins the cat.
#23: Big Vito.
#24: Sean O'Haire.
#25: Mark Jindrak.
I guess Kidman's back with the Filthy Animals. Why? Who knows?
Rey eliminates O'Haire.
#27 & 28: Kronik comes out together because . . . hey, how about the
Konnan throws out Misterio.
Awesome back bodydrops Lance Storm out.
Big Vito is eliminated.
It's Awesome, Kronik, Jindrak, and O'Haire left.
Adams with a piledriver on Awesome.
The heels quadruple-team Awesome as Goldberg comes in.
Goldberg's not a part of this match, but he eliminates Jindrak and O'Haire.
Goldberg spears Adams and throws him out.
Goldberg spears Clarke.
Awesome has a chair and is staring at Goldberg.
Goldberg and Awesome eliminate Clarke with a clothesline.
Your Winner: "That 70's Guy" Mike Awesome.
It's good to see Awesome win. Personally I'm hoping that Booker retains
just so I can see Booker vs. Awesome.
The Good: Most of the matches were pretty good. Even the Harris
Brothers, normally my bane of existance were watchable. I liked the Countdown
The Bad: Jindrak & O'Haire need to start winning matches cleanly
or lose the tag titles.
The Ugly: King Leo had to resort to using a pun. I've honestly read
hat one in those joke books that were in my elementary
Trivia Answer: Kane & Kole.
Gerry B. sends the following arena report:
Things you don't see on TV:
There is more but I can't remember, so here is:
- Just how sleek Torrie is in that jump suit.
- How bored some of the wrestlers are during the Aramageddon match.
- What a good job Penzer does making it all happen.
- What a waste of time Mike Sanders is.
- How much editing will be needed to make Ric Flair interesting.
- THE GOOD: Goldberg coming out after the show and sincerely thanking everyone and staying behind along with Booker T for autographs. And the fact that Russo wasn't there.
- THE BAD: Anything to do with the Natural Born Thrillers.
- THE UGLY: Mark Madden waiting in the ring for the cue for David Flair to come out as he adjusted his shirt and pants. Truely horrific.
Angelo L. sends the following arena report:
I arrived about an hour and a half before bell time, armed with the
obligatory signs. I had four in all. They were:
And no, I am not lying about that last one either !!! A little more about that last sign in a moment...
- JUVI FEARS THE PINK SLIP
- NATURAL BORN JOBBERS (which nearly got confiscated before the show - can you believe? Mark Jindrak loved that sign!!!)
- HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD LATELY? (just one of my own favourite sayings), but best of all:
- STEVIE RAY - OUR PATRON SAINT @ DDTDIGEST.COM (NOW CAN YOU DIG THAT!!!)
With my ringside seat (which I paid over AUS$400 for - bargain!!!), I was
able to get into a pre-show session in one of the corporate rooms where the
free beer was drunk and the free food was eaten. We did have the pleasure
of having a number of wrestlers drop in for some Q&A sessions. First cab
off the rank were the one & only "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and Hacksaw Jim
Duggan, who both got good response from the crowd who got into the session.
Of course, the first thing Flair did (apart from letting fly a few
obligatory WHOOO'S) was flirt with some woman standing right next to me, by
winking and blowing kisses at her.
The line of the night went to Hacksaw; who when asked what it was like to
get close to Major Gunns responded: "No one has managed to get close to
Major Gunns!!! (in obvious reference to the size of her assets)". That had
Flair cracking up. I managed to ask Ric this question: "Given that you are
a jet flying, limosuine riding, kiss stealing, wheelin' dealin', son of a
gun; what I want to know is: how has the kiss stealing been going on this
tour?". The reason I asked this was that the night before (Friday), Ric,
and a number of other wrestlers were out at a local nighclub called HEAT,
located in the casino/hotel where the wrestlers were staying. Let's just
say that Ric was in some fine form, with some young talent (presumably
local), and even managed to style and profile on the dancefloor - it was a
classic to watch.
Before he managed to answer, Hacksaw interjected with: "After last night,
this I want to hear." After avoiding the question for about 90 seconds,
which he spent talking about how he had never been to Melbourne before, how
impressed he was with Melbourne, how he was enjoying himself, and how great
the fans were, he finally responded by saying that yes, the Melbourne
women were fine, and that indeed he was a jet flying, limosuine riding,
CREDIT CARD paying son of a gun.
Both guys came across very well, and looked to be enjoying their time in
town. Following those two came Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire. It was a little
embarrassing for those two, as many of the crowd in attendance didn't
actually know who they were. They didn't stay long though. Then came the
Stinger, which I didnt stay around too long for; as I went downstairs to
give my access pass to my younger brother (who didnt have one), so he could
check out what was going on.
I made my way down to my seats, which were ringside, four rows from the
ring (beautiful position, except for the broad who insisted on standing on
her seat for most of the night - well she was less than 5 ft tall, so I
guess she didn't have a choice if she wanted to see!). David Penzer came
out, and warmed up the crowd for a bit; and introduced the dark match for
the evening, which was Kwee Wee (who actually got a mild pop initially)
versus a local wrestler (who I didnt quite catch the name of). The local
boy got the crowd gowing by waving the Aussie flag Hacksaw-style (I was
just waiting for him to wave a boomerang and use it 2x4 style - of course I
wasnt disappointed there, when he gave Kwee Wee a crotch shot with the
boomerang - which of course got a loud pop). Kwee Wee finally got the crowd
offside with a variety of hand gestures and insults. Kwee Wee won with his
finisher (which I cannot recall the name of).
Following that, Penzer (gee, I didn't realize how fat he was) introduce the
announce crew: Tony Schiavone (who actually got a pop - I was expecting him
to be booed out of the building), Mark Madden (who got heat - I kept asking
him "Who ate all the pies?"); and then OUR PATRON SAINT Stevie Ray. I got
myself into position on the side of the ramp and held the Stevie Ray sign
up high for the boys to see. Schiavone saw my sign almost immediately,
laughed and pointed the sign out to Stevie Ray. Stevie looked at it,
laughed himself silly for a few seconds and gave me the thumbs up sign.
That actually made my night. At that point, I actually felt like a true
Unfortunately. I don't believe any of my signs got onto camera, as my
ringside seats were on the near side of the main cameras, so they werent
really in shot. One of the ring cameramen got a good long look at my
NATURAL BORN JOBBERS sign as Jindrak/O'Haire got to the ring for their
title match, but I doubt it will get on to the show itself - after all, its
not really a complimentary sign is it?
The Nitro Girls entertained the crowd through most of the ad breaks. Music
was also played.
I wont get into details of the matches, and provide spoilers, as King Leo
will report the details, but the matches that were on the program were:
- Rey Mysterio Jr vs Mike Sanders (NO DQ, Non Title Cruiserweight match.
This didn't end the way anywhere near as I expected)
- Big Vito (who got the cheap face heat machine into overdrive prior to
the match) vs The Franchise (I have to admit, I am not a Shane Douglas fan,
as I find his wrestling boring, but watching him up close, the boy can sell
moves). This actually got the "BORING" chants going.
- Boogie Knights vs Harris Brothers (who seemed to be playing the face
role), which was 2 vs 1 for most of the match after Goldberg laid a beating
on one of the twins backstage pre-match - if you call one punch a beating).
The Harris Boys got a pop when one of them grabbed the Disco Duck and threw
it into the crowd. The throw actually cleared the floor area and got into
IElix Skipper vs Goldberg. What can I say but: Spear, Jackhammer,
Splat. I have to admit, Elix had me laughing after the match, as he lay
absolutely motionless for about 4 minutes, but still selling the move, as
Goldberg gave a post-match spiel on Kronik.
- Jeff Jarrett & Big Poppa Pump vs Kidman & Konnan: when was Kidman part
of the Filthy Animals again??? There were two things that stunned me here:
- Konnan did not go through the ANNOYING CATCHPHRASES OF DOOM.
- Scott Steiner did not spend the entire match talking trash to the
crowd. In fact, he was pretty much in a face role. JJ got a mixed bag of
- An interview with Sam Greco conducted by Tony Schiavone. Other
'backstage' interviews through the night were held with Mike Awesome &
Crowbar; Jeff Jarrett; Booker T, plus a couple of others which I forget.
- Mark Jindrak & Sean O'Haire vs Booker T & Sting for the Tag Team
Championship. This was probably the most disappointing match of the night,
even though Sting got the biggest pop of the night (even bigger than
- Kronik vs Perfect Event: can you say squash? Clark got a good pop from
ringside when setting up the High Times by yelling out: 'We're setting his
ass up now". Actually, as I write that, that sounds a bit suppressed doesnt
it? After Goldberg interfered following the match, Adams gave him a nasty
sounding chair shot to the back, which Goldberg was shaking off as he left
- Then there was the Nature Boy - David Flair interview. Flair Snr was
in his usual fine form, which you should see on the show. David got a pop
for decking Madden and trying to take a shot of blood from Madden's arm
(presumably for a DNA test).
- The 'Countdown to Armageddon' 30 man Royal Rumble style event
concluded the show (a wrestler entered the ring every 30 seconds, and the
winner gets a title shot the Nitro after Halloween Havoc). The winner was a
pleasant surprise to me, and in fact, he was the only wrestler apart from
Goldberg to get an actual chant going for him. It was a bit hard to follow
for a while but was entertaining to watch. The order of entry for the
1. Mike Sanders
2. The Cat
3. Sean Stasiak
6. Alex Wright
8. Heavy D
9. Big Ron (don't quote me on the order of the Harris
10. Hacksaw Jim Duggan
11. Lt Loco
12. Kevin Nash
13. David Flair
14. Corporal Cajun
15. Kwee Wee
16. Rey Mysterio Jr
17. Booker T
18. Mike Awesome
20 & 21. Big Poppa Pump & Jeff Jarrett (together - sort of)
23. Lance Storm
24. Big Vito
25. Sean O'Haire
26. Mark Jindrak
28 & 29. Kronik
Hang that's only 29 wrestlers!!!!! Either I forgot one, or WCW can't count.
Actually, the latter wouldnt surprise me, but I would expect it's the
former. Unless they count the interference by Goldberg as being the last
entrant. Perhaps it was supposed to be The Franchise, who surprisingly did
not appear in the match.
Following that, where I presume the telecast ends with the victor
(Mike Awesome - oops) standing victorious with Goldberg; Goldberg reentered
the arena to his full entrance - man is it loud!!! He proceeded to give a
short speech thanking the crowd for their support of WCW right throughout
the tour (you have to admit the crowds were pretty good), and talking about
how the performers were blessed to perform in front of crowds like the ones
I must say I enjoyed this show a lot more than the "RAW" show that I
attended whilst I was in the US earlier this year at the Continental
Airlines Arena in New Jersey (in March). Obviously, the fact that I was at
ringside rather than in the bleachers helps. One of the other main
differences between the shows was that the ad breaks (which were very long
for the RAW program, and dead quiet), were much shorter, and things were
happening to keep the crowd going (Nitro Girls, music, the appearance of
Pamela Paulshock ringside - who tried to get the now obligatory Aussie!
Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi! chant going - that chant makes me cringe,
Penzer etc etc). Production was on the whole pretty good - you could see
and hear all the backstage stuff)
Well, that wrote a lot longer than I thought, but it was a good night had
by the majority of the crowd. There were quite a few signs, but not as many
as I thought. My favourite, apart from my Stevie Ray sign of course, was
one in reference to Miss Hancock's pregnancy "Stacy: Just Call Me Daddy!".
I close (FINALLY, say all the readers) with the traditional DDT Digest
Nitro Report (sorry Aldo!!!) closer - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
THE GOOD: Eight matches. A good mix of matches and interviews. Nearly all
of the available big names were on the show. Most of the boys looked to be
putting in a effort (with the possible exception of the Armageddon match -
well, how much of an effort do you really need to put into one of
those???). Torrie Wilson (need I say more). The crowd - once again the
arena was all but packed (about 95% full).
THE BAD: The work of the Harris Brothers vs Boogie Knights match. The
timing of Mike Sanders in his interference to the tag title match (the ref
had to hold the 2 count for a while).
THE UGLY: The screw job finish to the tag title match AGAIN made the champs
look ordinary. Kevin Nash looking to be out of breath BEFORE HE EVEN
ENTERED THE RING for the Armageddon match. The absolute oversell of the
'The Franchiser' by Big Vito (it looked awful!!!).
Glen W. sends the following arena report:
Kwee Wee with Paisley Vs Ozzi
Ozzi comes out with an Australian Flag, and get big pops by the Melbourne
crowd. The match goes back and forth but after about 5 minutes Kwee Wee
gives Ozzi a DDT off the top rope for the win.
Show starts and Tony Shiavone, Mark Madden and Stevie Ray as Commentary.
Nitro girls come out to warm up the crowd (only 3).
David Penzer announces that there will be a count down to Armageddon Match,
where a wrestler enters the ring every 30 secs. There are 30 men in total,
and they can b only eliminated over the top rope.
Rey Mysterio Jr (with Tygress) Vs Mike Sanders
Non Cruiserweight title Match,
Rey controls most of the match and eventually gets a rollup on Sanders for
The Cat came out during the match with Ms Jones.
After the match Goldberg is jumped backstage by Kronik.
Big Vito Vs The Franchise (with Torrie)
A "Boring" chant starts up during the match. The match is going back and
forth until The Franchise nails the Franchiser on Big Vito for the win.
Boogie nights (with Duck) Vs The Harris Brothers.
Big Ron only comes out, as Heavy D was beaten up backstage by Goldberg.
Boogie nights are controlling the match until Heavy D comes out from
backstage. The Harris bros start to control the Match and Heavy D starts
beating up the Duck and then throws it into the crowd.
Bookie nights eventually win the Match with a flying clothesline off the top
rope by Disco.
Prime Time Elix Skipper Vs Bill Goldberg,
Goldberg makes his entrance without Elix even noticing. Goldberg stands
behind him for a good 30 seconds before he realises. A Spear then a
Jackhammer and another win by Goldberg, Complete squash.
Jeff Jarret and Scott Steiner Vs Kidman and Konnan.
Match goes back and forth until JJ hits Konnan with the guitar and then Big
Poppa Pump puts Kidman in the Steiner Recliner for the win.
You see Ric Flair arriving at the arena.
A Sam Greco interview with Shiavone is shown.
Booker T and Sting Vs Jindrak and O’Haire
Match goes back and forth with Sting and Booker T mostly in control.
Sting nails His Scorpion Death Drop at the same time as Booker T nails his
Bookend. Sanders Runs out and hits the Ref resulting in a DQ.
The Perfect Event Vs Kronik.
Kronik controls basically the whole match and nails the High Times for the
Goldberg comes out and starts beating on them until Kronik gets him down and
then leaves. Goldberg then gets up slowly and takes out the Perfect Event.
Ric Flair comes out to a huge Pop
He says he loves Melbourne and the women, David then comes out and talks
about Buff and the DNA match upcoming at Halloween Havoc.
Ric tells David not to think about that, and then David accuses Ric of being
the father. Ric Flair leaves the ring and David starts beating up on Mark
Madden until Ric comes back in the ring and Makes the save. David leaves and
then Ric leaves to his music with another big applause.
Match 8, Main Event
The last man left in the ring gets a title shot the Nitro after Halloween
The wrestlers that came out in order, Mike Sanders, The Cat, Stasiak,
Palumbo, Disco, Alex Wright, Crowbar, Heavy D, Big Ron, Hacksaw Jim Duggan,
Lt. Loco, Big Sexy Kevin Nash, David Flair, Corp. Cajun, Kwee Wee, Rey
Mysterio Jr., Booker T, Mike Awesome, Sting, Jeff Jarret, Scott Steiner
(came in at the same time as JJ), Kidman, Lance Storm, Big Vito, Jindrak,
O’Haire, Konnan, Kronik.
When Big sexy came out he got a huge pop, and eliminates everyone in the
Ring, He eventually gets eliminated. At the end, Goldberg does a run in and
Help Mike Awesome eliminate Kronik.
Mike Awesome is the winner.
After the match, Goldberg comes out again and tells the crowd that himself,
Booker T and Sam Greco will be giving autographs, after two hours in lines with
thousands of people, I eventually get to the autograph area, only to find
that Booker T isn't there as he has a sore arm or some crap. Anyways, I got
Sam Greco's autograph and Goldberg's as well. Getting Goldberg’s autograph
was AWESOME and I also shook hands with him.
Big Poppa Pump
This was a great show.
Prashant M. sends the following arena report:
Well this was my first ever wrestling event and well I
was very happy with the product I saw. Anyway I
arrived at the arena a few hours early in hope to
catch a few wrestler’s arriving...mostly Ric Flair.
However, a lot of others had the same idea but got
nothing. I brought a sign saying, "I came to see
(insert my poster of Flair)." Merchandise at the
arena was disappointing to say the least, not a huge
lot of variety there. There were quite a few Bret
Hart t-shirts in the crowd considering they weren’t
selling any. I felt sorry for the Hitman die-hard
fans who have waited 10 years for this only to have
WCW cancel him off the tour.
On to the show: Taking away the fact I was there live
I thought it was a good show. All wrestlers really
tried their best I thought, bar maybe Sting. They say
Sting's heart isn't in wrestling at the moment and it
looks to me like that maybe the case. By the way I am
now officially a David Penzer mark. Don’t ask me why
but I am.
As the crowd were gradually making there way in Penzer
introduced the evening’s dark match. It was Kwee Wee
vs the new aussie sensation er jobber Sam Greco. I
cheered for Kwee Wee when he came out simply because
he’s so damn CHARASMATIC. Greco got a few cheap pops
in with the flag and aussie aussie aussie chants.
Kwee Wee did well in getting the crowd against him
which work out good for him later on in getting heat
from the crowd in the battle royal. Kwee Wee got the
win with a nice DDT off the top rope in a good start
of the show.
After the match the crowd was only half full and I was
getting worried about it not filling up in time for
the show. However once the show started it was a
miracle because I couldn’t find any empty seats.
After the dark match Penzer introduced Shivonie who
got a face pop which I was pissed off about. Madden
got a mixed reaction, and stevie ray came out to a
good pop including me yelling at the top of my voice
saying "OUR PATRONT SAINT."
Curtain jerker match was Rey vs Sanders: I don’t know
wheather they show it on TV but sanders blows a spot
in the first bit of the match. It didn’t really take
away the effort from both these 2 athletes. Cat got a
big face pop as did most wrestlers throughout the
night when he did his stuff on the mic. The end came
when Ms Jones slapped sanders and cat rolled him back
in for rey’s frankenstiener which got a massive cheer.
Good opener but it looked a little sloppy.
Next match Boogie Nights vs Harris Boys: Disco’d duck
got a big cheer from the crowd but after the 2 got on
the mic the cheers turned to jeers. Harris Boys for
what its worth put on a show which I believe was to
their personal best capability. With the hard work
they actually ended up being true faces in the match.
It also helped when one of the two did an elbow drop
on the duck and through it in the crowd. The end came
when Disco got ANOTHER duck and hit one of them for
Next match was Vito vs Franchise: A very good pop for
the greek adonas. I love that thing he does with his
fingers. Also cheers for Franchise, well they were
for Torrie Franchise actually got decent heat. After
the slow start it was a decent match, the end came
when Douglas hit Vito with the franchiser.
The Goldberg segment with Skipper I thought was
reasonably funny but it was at least classical. HUGE
HUGE cheer for Goldberg.
Jarrett & Steiner vs Kidman and Konnan: Huge cheer
for Jarrett and Steiner, especially Steiner. The
crowd was really into him. Unfortunately Kidman got
one of the softest cheers thus he and Gonnad weren’t
the faces in this match. Jarrett eventually hit
Konnan with the guitar, I have waited so long to see
that but when it happened I wasnt friggin watching.
Nash and NBT or NBJ (you choose) were shown backstage
singing backstreet boys (not that I know who the
backstreet boys are). This was pretty damn funny.
Booker T and Sting vs Jindrak and O haire: Sting in
my opinion got the biggest pop of the night. Very
deafening. Booker’s unfortunately was not that big.
I didn’t think this match was as good as it could have
been and the ridiculous screwjob ending made me even
more against it.
Kronik vs The Perfect Jobbers: Not much of a match.
Kronik were supposed to be the number one heels of the
night considering they were feuding with Goldberg,
however got face pops on their power moves.
OMG the interview with Flair was awesome. Selfishly
speaking I have waited 10 years for this, just to see
the guy in the flesh and god as my witness, he didn’t
let me down. I know at the wrestling you supposed to
cheer your head off but the people around me thought I
was f***ing crazy. I don’t remember much except for
the whooo’s and Flair saying Melbourne is the best
place on earth and he and David could have any women
in the arena both getting loud whooo’s. All I could
get out of my mouth was “RIC.” 17 years I have been
on this earth and its fair to say that, that was the
greatest moment in my life.
Next was the big countdown to Armageddon. This was
the same as a royal rumble except the contestants came
in every 30 seconds.
Unpredictable ending which was good I guess.
- Too much of a coincidence with tag partners coming out straight after his partner would especially those Natural Born Jobbers.
- Hacksaw got a huge HOOOOO chant when he came out.
- Lance Storm got the first real heat of the night.
- Rey was brilliant reversing 2 powerbombs.
- Awesome and Crowbar got good pops
- Jarrett, Steiner, Booker and Sting all got eliminated quickly
- Kwee Wee came out to great heat because of his effort pre show.
- Awesome won with Goldberg clearing house for him.
The crowd was very alive tonight. I talked to some
guy who had been to nitro the previous night and said
thunder was much better. Just about all wrestlers
came out to a pop. With Lance Storm with the only
legitimate heat. Is it just me or does wrestling look
much slower in the ring in attendance as opposed to
the fast pace of the shows on TV.
Top Face pops in order:
Heel heat wasn't too much as most wrestlers got cheered:
- Sting (I thought so anyway)
- Kevin Nash
- Scott Steiner
- I may be biased but I thought it was Ric with all those whooo’s.
After the show Goldberg came out and thanked us. I
really thought he meant that because you could tell
the wrestlers were very appreciative. He then said
he, Sam Greco and Booker T would sign autographs
- Lance Storm (good work, Lance). I think me and this other guy with a Canadian flag were the only 2 who cheered him.
- Kwee Wee (Good effort by Mr. Funk)
- Disco and Alex
We then sprinted to the line and after about 1 hour of
waiting we made it. I said to Greco "Good luck for
the future" and he replied with "Thank-you I hope to
have your support for the future" Then after all night
shitting on Goldberg I said "Good show, mate" with whom
he replied with "Thanks' partner", he then signed my
ticket and shook my hand. My sister was almost in
tears because she got a hug from Goldberg. On a side
note, we then caught the tram home where we bumped
into a top Australian wrestler. Well by his accent he
is from the states but wrestles in Australia’s AWF
monthly promotion. His name is TNT and handed us a
pamphlet to their next show. It took me a while to
get who he was then my friend said TNT and then I
congratulated him on his match last month with
BLITZKREIG, that’s right the man BLITZKREIG just in
case you were wondering what Blitzkrieg is doing now.